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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II Arriving In North America September 6

XSEED revealed an official North American release date for The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II. The RPG will be arriving on western shores on September 6.

The game will be available on both PlayStation 3 and Vita. It's priced at $ 39.99 and will be available later in the Fall for European players. It originally released in Japan in 2014. 

Cross-save functionality between both available platforms will be supported, with save data from the original title The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel offering special in-game bonus stats and extra items. The sequel takes place one month after the conclusion of the first and utilizes the same turn-based combat as its predecessor. 

The third game in the series, Trails in the Sky The Third has been announced for a 2017 western release as well, but we have no details on specifically when or what platforms it will be hosted on.

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Test Chamber – Taking On The Cold World Of Banner Saga 2

Stoic's second chapter in the Banner Saga introduces players to plenty of new faces alongside grizzled veteran vikings and battle-weary wanderers in a beautiful world that's coming to an end.

Join Daniel Tack and Ben Reeves as they take on a few fights in the story-heavy, "decisions matter" tactical role-playing game and make a few choices that have immediate consequences. 


Check out our review of The Banner Saga 2 here.

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Final Rise of the Tomb Raider DLC, Cold Darkness Awakened, Out Next Week

Lara Croft’s latest adventure is nearly complete, with the final piece of DLC dropping next week. With endurance mode and the Baba Yaga story expansion already out, we have the biting cold of Siberia ahead of us.

Cold Darkness Awakened brings us back to the frozen wastes, where an affliction has been revitalized. The result is that Trinity soldiers have become rampaging monsters.

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Lara will take on the Tomb Raider version of zombies on March 29 for Xbox One and PC (via the Windows Store). For more on Rise of the Tomb Raider, check out our review and coverage of the Baba Yaga DLC.

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GI Show – Doom, Trails Of Cold Steel, Back-Of-The-Box Trivia

Sadly, the holiday break and all the lazy gaming that comes with it is now behind us. On the bright side, we have recon intel from Reiner's recent trip to id Software for the latest cover of Game Informer: Doom. In addition to impressions from Reiner's extensive time with the gory single-player and mutliplayer modes of Doom, the rest of us are here to report on all the great games we played over winter break. Kim discusses her unexpectedly  fun experience with the JRPG The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel. Ben Hanson returns as your co-host this week to chat all about the joy he's had diving deeper into Amplitude and Tim is all about EarthBound right now.

Stick around after the first segment as we unpack all the emails that were waiting for us during our week off. We close out the show with a special themed-round of the wildly entertaining Back-of-the-Box Trivia. Place your bets now. Will it be Tim, Reiner, or Kim? And that's not all…

Officially announcing the Game Informer Show Game Club! The game club will begin with the classic RPG Final Fantasy VII, which is on everyone's mind as we learn more about the highly anticipated FF VII Remake. Dust off your old PlayStation discs or download it on PC or PS4 so you can play along with us and come back to discuss it on the podcast in coming weeks. Our goal for the first episode is to complete the entire Midgar section of FF VII for reconvening and discussing our thoughts. Our suggested focus on this first "chapter" of the GI Show Book Club is to examine how Midgar is pieced together by Square. Pay close attention to the pre-rendered backgrounds, 3D character models, and how they play off each other. Additionally, we encourage you to listen closely in the burrows for Midgar lore and see what you can piece together. Please your game club related observations/questions to [email protected] so we can possibly discuss them when the time comes.

You can listen to episode 281 below, listen on SoundCloud, or subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes. Also, be sure to send your emails to [email protected] for a chance to have them answered on the show and win a prize by becoming Email of the Week!

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To jump to a particular point in the discussion, check out the timestamps below…
1:55 – The Doom cover story trip
17:00 – The Legends of Heroes: Trails in the Sky
30:50 – Disney Infinity: The Force Awakens playset
39:25 – Amplitude
 43:40 – Minecraft on PS4
47:05 – Lionel Battle Trains
50:00 – Reiner's old-school adventure game deep-dive
57:13 – Emails
1:29:50 – Announcing the Final Fantasy VII Game Club
1:33:25 – Back-of-the-Box Game Trivia

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See Skywalker Force Push A Cold Assault Stormtrooper Into A Tie Fighter

Star Wars Battlefront is in the hands of reviewers and EA Access members, which means this is just the first of what will likely be many, many insane moments to show up online.

Below you will find a clip of Luke Skywalker force pushing a Cold Assault Stromtrooper off a cliff as a Tie Fighter speeds by, hits the Stormtrooper, and explodes. It's ridiculous.

For more insane moments from Star Wars Battlefront, head here to see seven crazy moments from the beta.

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Waiting For Fallout 4? Pull Up A Stool And Have An Ice Cold Nuka Cola

In Fallout’s wasteland, bottle caps are the coin of the realm. You’ve either got them, or you find other (likely less savory) ways of surviving.

The bottle caps in question come from a number of beverages, but two stand out amongst Fallout fans: Nuka Cola and Sunset Sarsparilla. Holly Green (whom we’ve featured before, as she’s written a gaming-focused cook book) took on a craft project to bring a bit of the Wasteland into her house.

The stools were purchased blank, so Green didn’t need to paint over a logo. Using a custom-made stencil from an Etsy seller, model paint, and clear gloss. 

The aging seen in the image above was achieved using newspaper ink, resin, and ash. With the clear coat on top, the smudges are sealed so they don’t come off on pants.

You can read Green’s entire, detailed process on her blog. There, she has additional images and specifics about where you can order the stencils and which paints worked well.

[Source: Holly Green via Gameranx, images used with permission]

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It’s A Cold Day, As Hellraid Development Put On Ice

Techland’s Hellraid has hit a major barrier, as the developer has opted to put the game on hold. The game was put on ice due to quality reasons.

A statement from Techland indicates that it will focus instead on growing the Dying Light franchise. That title was released earlier this year, with solid response from critics and fans (including Game Informer).

Here’s the full statement from Techland:

Dear Hellraid fans,

We would like to officially announce that our dark fantasy FPP game Hellraid will not be released this year as previously planned, and the development of the game has been put on hold.

In the recent months we conducted an internal analysis and came to the conclusion that Hellraid, in its current shape and form, is not meeting our own expectations for this project. Therefore, we decided the best course of action would be to send it back to the drawing board and invent our dark fantasy title anew.

In the meantime, we will consolidate our development resources and focus on further expansion of our Dying Light franchise.

We wish to thank all our fans for your support – you’re the best!

When it was announced, Hellraid was originally planned for release in 2013. It was then bumped to 2014, and then 2015 with an engine change and refocus on PC and current-gen consoles.

[Source: Techland]

 

Our Take
It sounds like Hellraid might never see the light of day. However, as a fan of Dying Light, I’m glad to see that franchise will continue.

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Batman: Arkham Origins – Cold, Cold Heart story add-on now live

The long-awaited story add-on for Batman: Arkham Origins has finally hit digital stores from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.  Cold, Cold Heart is the action-packed DLC set during New Year’s Eve in Gotham City and sheds light on the tragic origin story of Mr. Freeze.  Players will discover how Freeze earned his place as one of Gotham City’s greatest villains.  It is available on the PSN, Xbox Live Games Store and STEAM for $ 9.99.  Players who have purchased the Batman: Arkham Origins Season Pass can of course download it at no additional charge.

New locations including Wayne Manor and GothCorp will be introduced in the Cold, Cold Heart Story Add-On.  It will take players on an ice-cold journey as Victor Fries encounters Batman for the first time.  To prepare players for the new challenges that await Batman, access has been granted to all new gadgets including Thermocharged Batarangs and Thermal Gloves.  In typical Batman fashion, not wanting to be caught off guard and under gunned, Batman will be equipped with his powerful Extreme Environment (XE) suit to take down Mr. Freeze and his Cryo-thugs in hours of new story content.

Set several years before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, Batman: Arkham Origins, developed by WB Games Montréal, is based on DC Comics’ core Batman license and introduces an original prequel storyline.   Taking place before the rise of Gotham City’s most dangerous criminals, the game features an expanded Gotham City and showcases a young and unrefined Batman as he faces a defining moment in his early career as a crime fighter that sets his path to becoming the Dark Knight.

Available now for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U and Windows PC, Batman: Arkham Origins is the latest installment in the blockbuster Batman: Arkham video game franchise.

If this isn’t enough content to keep you occupied for a while and you haven’t already picked them up, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate is also available for the PlayStation Vita and the Nintendo 3DS.  In addition, the HD version, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition, is now available for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC.


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Invisible, Inc update comes in from the cold

Klei Entertainment’s turn-based espionage game Invisible, Inc remains in alpha testing, but to whet players’ appetites, the developer has cobbled together the above trailer to demonstrate the additions found in the game’s latest update.

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Batman: Arkham Origins’ Cold, Cold Heart DLC Scheduled For Late April

Warner Bros. is giving us a first look at the setup and cinematic for Batman: Arkham Origins story DLC. As suspected, Mr. Freeze is the starring villain in the Cold, Cold Heart expansion.

The story takes place on New Year’s Eve, and Batman will need some new toys in order to combat Freeze and his henchmen. The new extreme-condition suit is one of Alfred’s prototypes, and we’re sure he’ll object to Batman taking it into combat early.

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Batman: Arkham Origins – Cold, Cold Heart is coming on April 22 to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. For more, check out our review of the game and the recent news that the portable tie-in, Blackgate, is coming to home consoles and PC.

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