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Twin-Stick Shooter Assault Android Cactus Coming This Summer

Developer Witch Beam has announced a release date for twin-stick shooter Assault Android Cactus – a title that gamers have previously been enjoying in Steam Early Access.

The game comes out this summer for PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Vita, and it features local co-op play, eight characters to choose from, dynamic levels, and more.

For more on Assault Android Cactus, check out this older hands-on preview of the Steam Early Access version of the game.

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Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Leads June 2015 PlayStation Plus Offerings

PlayStation Plus members will have plenty to keep them busy in the month of June, including four titles on PS4 alone.

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All of the following games will become available free for PS Plus members starting June 2. Don't forget to pick up this month's Plus games before that time.

PlayStation 4

  • Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
  • Skulls of the Shogun: Bone-A-Fide Edition  
  • Super Exploding Zoo
  • Futuridium EP Deluxe

PlayStation 3

  • Call of Juarez: Gunslinger
  • Cloudberry Kingdom

PlayStation Vita

  • Super Exploding Zoo
  • Futuridium EP Deluxe 

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PlayStation E3 Experience Tickets Are Now Available

If you want the E3 press conference experience without the trip to Los Angeles, you can pick up free tickets to watch the action unfold in a theater near you.

Sony had previously announced that it was once again showing its press conference in theaters, and the tickets just became available. If you want to see the announcements and demos on a big screen (instead of streaming at home), you can visit this site to get your free tickets.

To see if there's a participating location in your area, check out the full list.

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[UPDATE] 343 Industries Says Halo 3: ODST Listing Not Final

It looks like the Xbox.com posting hinting at Halo 3: ODST's digital release on Xbox One is placeholder. The official Halo twitter account tweeted the following.

[Original story posted May 26, 2015 at 07:31 PM]

According to its listing on the Xbox.com marketplace, Halo 3: ODST remastered for Xbox One is only a few days away.

You can find the listing here, as well as a screenshot of listing above. It shows that the game will be available on Friday May, 29 and will be 8.1 GB to download.

Following the botched online multiplayer launch of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, 343 promised it would give the Halo 3 follow-up campaign, ODST, the same remaster treatment and make it available for free to Master Chief Collection owners. We've known the game wouldn't be too far off, and even that it would release in May, but this is the first hint of a solid release date.

[Source: Xbox.com]

 

Our Take
This could certainly be a mistake or an inaccurate release date as it doesn't appear 343 has confirmed the date anywhere else, but it has said the game would be available in May and considering the last day of May is this coming Saturday, a Friday release seems like a pretty solid bet.

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Turn Your Screen Into A Mario Level With Screentendo

A new app allows you to give your computer desktop a definite Mario twist. Though it's just a proof of concept at this point, the Screentendo desktop app gives you the ability to process what is on your screen and transform it into a scene ripped straight from Super Mario Bros.

Aaron Randall's Screentendo accomplishes this by processing the image and applying several filters to make the image on your screen more readable for the app. From there, the section you designate is changed to feature brick blocks and the blue sky background from Super Mario Bros. You can check out the video of how Randall transformed the Google homepage into the image you see above.

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Despite how cool the app looks in action, Randall admits that its current state features several limitations including the need for a sharp contrast for it to work as designed, as well as some issues with the physics once you're put in control of Mario. The code is currently available on Randall's blog, but the app requires you to use Xcode to run it.

[Source: Aaron Randall]
[Via: Kotaku

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Pokémon Shuffle Update Adds New Content

Nintendo's free-to-play match-three 3DS puzzler gets an update that will make pokémon easier to catch among other changes. Here's the list of what to expect.

  • The new Super Catch Power consumable can be used to greatly increase the odds that you will successfully catch a pokémon at the end of a level. 
  • The special Victini's stage will appear every Saturday and Sunday for a limited time and grant extra experience points.
  • Heart usage has changed so that automatically regenerating hearts will be used first instead of ones earned through other methods.
  • Players will be able to look at a pokémon's stats immediately upon catching them.
  • Combo records are shown onscreen for a longer span of time.

Nintendo also promises that more new event stages are coming soon.

For the complete details, head over to Nintendo's official site.  

To see the game in action, watch our episode of Test Chamber.

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Bloodstained’s female lead, Miriam, reflects the game’s audience

“I think having a female hero is more motivating to male gamers, and I think women would like to control a female avatar, too,” Koji Igarashi says in a new interview. …


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Magicka 2 Launch Trailer Features Giant Enemy Crabs

It's not even E3 yet, and we get to talk about giant enemy crabs. Thanks, Paradox!

The launch trailer for Magicka 2 shows off the four-player mayhem that comes from wizards carelessly mixing spells with amusingly catastrophic effects. Oh, and there are giant enemy crabs

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Magicka 2 is available on PlayStation 4 and PC in two different versions. The base game costs $ 14.99, but there's a special edition available for $ 19.99. This upgraded version includes a Warlord robe, staff, and sword and the same gear in Cultist flavor. PlayStation 4 players that opt for the special edition also get custom theme.

There's also a digital deluxe edition for PC that includes everything in the special edition, the soundtrack, and an interactive digital map. Magicka 2 is available today on both platforms.

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The Kirkhammer, Multiplayer, And Storage Limits Tweaked In Latest Bloodborne Patch

There's playing Bloodborne, and then there's playing Bloodborne with the Kirkhammer. If you're doing the latter (and if so, you are to be commended), you'll be happy to know that your weapon of choice just got a bit more useful.

While the update history on your PlayStation 4 will only tell you that 1.04 brings improved balance and various bug fixes, the finer details revail a host of tweaks and changes. Currently, only the Japanese patch notes are available, however the Bloodborne Wiki offers a clean translation.

A number of weapons have been adjusted, with the Kirkhammer and Logarius' Wheel now consuming less stamina, the Rifle Spear receiving a damage increase, and arcane items buffed almost across the board. The update also changes the Insight fountain, so that it appears with only one point instead of the old minimum of ten.

Multiplayer among friends received a major change, with the level requirement abolished. As long as you use password matching, you can team up. Also, having a different oath as a friend will no longer inhibit matching.

Blood Stone Chunks are now available for purchase at the Insight store, too. This will allow you to level more items up to +9 (the highest without rare blood stones). 

Finally, that pesky "storage full" message should appear less frequently. You can now store up to 600 vials and quicksilver bullets. For more on Bloodborne, check out our review.

[Source: PlayStation (Japan), Bloodborne Wiki]

 

Our Take
I just finished Bloodborne this weekend, and while some of these improvements would have been handy, I'm glad they'll be in place for New Game+. That stamina change to Kirkhammer will go a long way for me, and the storage issue might have been the one that annoyed me the most after the load screen times were reduced. I'm glad to see the game continues to improve.

Also, if you are still playing, I recommend the Bloodborne Wiki. It's a great repository for lore and other quirks.

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More Final Fantasy XV Information Coming On June 4

While there won't be a major Final Fantasy XV E3 presence this year, director Hajime Tabata will be responding to fans next week. Square Enix has announced the date and time for the next episode of Active Time Report.

Tabata and global marketing manager Akio Ofuji will be back to offer another development update. In previous episodes, we learned about plans to update the Episode Duscae demo

It was also during Active Time Report that Tabata shared that the game won't be making a splash at E3. The program is fully subtitled, so you can understand everything, even if you don't speak Japanese.

Active Time Report will air on June 4 at 6 a.m. Pacific / 9 a.m. Eastern. You can watch on YouTube or Twitch. For more on Final Fantasy XV, check out our most recent preview.\

 

Our Take
I've spoken with Tabata before and have enjoyed how enthusiastic and open he is. The Active Time Report is a great way to keep fans in the loop, especially after Final Fantasy XV seemingly made no progress for years. Tabata seems like the right person to bring Final Fantasy XV through to the end, and I especially enjoy that Square Enix subtitles the Active Time Report so we can enjoy and learn from it. 

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