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Capcom Taps Into Nostalgia With NES-Era Disney Collection

Nostalgia continues to be a powerful force, and Capcom has announced a new game collection that's bound to appeal to people who spent much of their childhoods watching cartoons and playing games on tube televisions. The Disney Afternoon Collection is a compilation of six NES-era games, including DuckTales, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, TaleSpin, and more.

It includes Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers 2, Darkwing Duck, DuckTales, DuckTales 2, and TaleSpin.

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The games have been updated to HD resolution, though, unlike 2013's DuckTales: Remastered, they don't feature new sprites. Instead, they're the chunky 8-bit versions players grew up playing. Players can rewind the games if they miss a jump or want another shot at a boss attack, and there are also new boss-rush and time-attack modes. Historians can also check out an in-game museum, which features concept art, music, and other goodies from each game's development.

The collection is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on April 18, and it's priced at $ 19.99.

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Pokémon Center Launches Ditto Plush Collection

Look at this cute Pikachu doll! Isn't it absolutely… wait, what's up with its eyes? Surprise, it was Ditto all along!

The Pokémon Center's new Ditto Plush Collection has the series' shape-shifting creature taking the form of well-known Pokémon from the original 150. Plushes and keychains of Gen 1's starters, Eeveelutions, Clefairy, and Gengar sport Ditto's trademark beady-eyed smile. The line also includes Ditto in its original, non-transformed state as a keychain and a sleepy 17-inch plush to cuddle with for a post-battle nap.

For more news about the rise of pink Pokémon, check out the latest news on Pokémon Go's Valentine's Day event here.

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New Humble Bundle Offers Collection Of Classic Star Wars Games

A new Humble Bundle collects a handful of great Star Wars games (and throws a few not-so-great ones in for good measure).

The pay what you want tier includes Knights of the Old Republic, X-Wing Alliance, X-Wing vs TIE Fighter – Balance of the Power Campaigns, and Galactic Battlegrounds Saga. The pay above the average tier (currently $ 10.06) includes Battlefront II, Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, Starfighter, Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, and Rebel Assault I & II. Finally, in the pay $ 14 or more tier, is The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition, The Force Unleashed II, Rogue Squadron 3D, Shadows of the Empire, and Empire at War: Gold Pack. If you go up to $ 35, there is also a Star Wars shirt you can grab as well. As is the case with nearly all Humble Bundles, these are the PC versions of the game.

For our ranking of the 30 best Star Wars games, head here.

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New Humble Bundle Offers Collection Of Classic Star Wars Games

A new Humble Bundle collects a handful of great Star Wars games (and throws a few not-so-great ones in for good measure).

The pay what you want tier includes Knights of the Old Republic, X-Wing Alliance, X-Wing vs TIE Fighter – Balance of the Power Campaigns, and Galactic Battlegrounds Saga. The pay above the average tier (currently $ 10.06) includes Battlefront II, Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, Starfighter, Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, and Rebel Assault I & II. Finally, in the pay $ 14 or more tier, is The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition, The Force Unleashed II, Rogue Squadron 3D, Shadows of the Empire, and Empire at War: Gold Pack. If you go up to $ 35, there is also a Star Wars shirt you can grab as well. As is the case with nearly all Humble Bundles, these are the PC versions of the game.

For our ranking of the 30 best Star Wars games, head here.

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Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Review – A Great Collection Leading Into What Comes Next

After
various spin-offs and re-releases, the buildup to Kingdom Hearts III has been
nothing if not drawn out. Kingdom Hearts II launched more than a decade ago,
and a whole new generation of gamers can play the early entries thanks to HD
remasters on PS3 (and later this year on the PS4). Final Chapter Prologue
should be the last new remaster before Kingdom Hearts III; it includes Dream
Drop Distance (originally a 3DS exclusive) for the first time on the big
screen. Additionally, an episode starring Aqua and a mini-movie, which shows
how this crazy journey all began, are both new for this entry. As convoluted as
the Kingdom Hearts storyline is, after playing through this collection, I have
a clearer understanding of the narrative leading into Kingdom Hearts III. Even
without the extra story context, Final Chapter Prologue is fun on its own, and
Square Enix did a wonderful job making this a worthwhile collection and not
just a port of Dream Drop Distance.

The most appealing part
of the collection is A Fragmentary Passage, which follows Aqua after the events
of Birth By Sleep. The episode took me about three hours to complete, but if
you collect every treasure, you can extend that an extra hour. Aqua is one of
my favorite characters due to her selflessness and determination to save the
world, and getting some resolution to her story was satisfying. I won't spoil
anything, but playing the episode only makes me more excited for what potential
role she might play in Kingdom Hearts III.

A Fragmentary Passage
takes you through various levels, each with its own gimmick. For instance, in
the first world, Aqua must locate five clock gears, platforming on high ledges
and rooftops, while battling enemies to achieve them. In another, she must go
through mirrors and uses their reflections to create ledges or manipulate
gravity. Square Enix says A Fragmentary Passage uses development tools similar
to Kingdom Hearts III, showing off more expansive environments and the ease of
getting around them using the air slide and a powerful double jump, so it's
almost a first look at how the tech has advanced for the upcoming entry. It
makes me excited for Kingdom Hearts III's exploration. The episode also shows
off the smoothest combat I've experienced in the series, playing out in a
faster, more fluid pace. Camera issues didn't plague me as much as past entries
have, either.

While some cool boss
fights, like a titan that takes up most of the landscape and a tower of
Heartless that morph into different shapes, test your skills, these baddies
often repeat through the short levels, and a lot of the objectives feel like
busy work. You're never just locating one thing – it's usually five, or
backtracking to get what you need. The journey is breezy, so if you're looking
for a challenge, I recommend starting on Proud Mode. You can unlock Critical
Mode after completing A Fragmentary Passage on any mode for the highest
challenge, which really tests your combat prowess.

A Fragmentary Passage isn't perfect, but I'm
glad Square Enix included completely new content, and dressing up Aqua by
completing challenges is a fun bonus. My Aqua ended up wearing Minnie Mouse
ears and having a red-and-white dress with ribbons to match. At the end of the
episode, a lengthy scene (presumably from Kingdom Hearts III) allows you to
finally see the characters embark on the next part of their journey, which is
really what we've been waiting all this time for – to see that Kingdom Hearts'
plot is moving forward instead of explaining past elements.

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The collection also features an HD movie, Kingdom
Hearts Back Cover
, which runs a little
over an hour. The movies in these collections haven't always been that
impressive, and I was skeptical knowing that this was based on a mobile game's
story, but Square Enix really spruced it up. It's the best movie featured in
all the HD collections up to this point, and sheds worthwhile light on the
series' early history and how the prophecy of darkness affected the
Foretellers. The movie is a good look at what set the events of Kingdom Hearts
into motion, and has some memorable betrayals and action sequences, as everyone
tries to do what they think is right to save the world from its dark fate.

Dream Drop Distance HD is the part of the
collection you can sink the most time into, and Square Enix has made plenty of
enhancements and changes to get the 3DS game running smoothly on console. The
battles are faster-paced, the camera benefits from a larger screen, and load
times are improved from the original handheld version. The controls are also
better on the PS4, feeling less clunky. Square Enix updated the minigames and
abilities that previously used the 3DS' touchscreen, although it's not always
an improvement. For instance, the reality-shift slingshot worked much better
with touch controls, and petting your Dreameaters felt more natural with a
stylus. Still, this version is far from just a visual upgrade (although it does
look fantastic on PS4). For those who haven't played Dream Drop Distance, or
want a refresher, this is the best way to go.

Final Chapter Prologue is a solid collection that I
enjoyed playing, and got me more excited for Kingdom Hearts III due to how it
sets up everything so wonderfully. I wish I were playing Kingdom Hearts III
instead of another remaster, but this is the best collection for getting you
prepped for what's ahead. 

What’s In 2.8?
The only previous game included in Kingdom Hearts 2.8 is Dream Drop Distance; it does not have Kingdom Hearts I or II in it. If you want to play those, you need to buy Kingdom Hearts 1.5 and 2.5 for PlayStation 3, or wait for the announced PS4 versions.

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GTA Online Adds Collection Time Mode, Dewbauchee Specter Car

Grand Theft Auto Online shows no signs of slowing down as Rockstar today announced a new vehicle and Adversary mode that should give players more to do and a new ride to do it with.

Collection Time has two to four-player teams fighting over  literal bags of money. Each player starts with one bag of money, which drops upon death and can be picked up by anyone. The team with the most bags at the end of the match wins. To celebrate the launch of the mode, Rockstar is offering double cash and reputation rewards for playing Collection Time until January 30.

Also until January 30, players can save 25 percent on Benny's upgrades (including the Executive Upgrade, which adds the shop to players' own garage) to welcome the game's latest vehicle, the Dewbauchee Specter, a lightweight sports car.

 

Our Take
Dewbauchee is a pretty good name for a car. It's also nice to see Rockstar's still adding new modes for longtime GTA Online players to mess around in. 

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Wipeout Omega Collection Is Racing Toward PS4

During the PSX conference earlier today, Sony revealed that a new HD Wipeout collection would be coming to the PlayStation 4 next summer. 

Based on the trailer that Sony showed, the Omega Collection looks as blazing fast as the you remember. The whole package includes the tracks and ships from Wipeout HD, Fury, and 2048.

We'll post the trailer as soon as it's live.

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First Gameplay Trailer Revealed For Crash Bandicoot Remastered Collection

Earlier this year at E3, we found out that Crash Bandicoot was making a comeback in a remastered collection on PS4. Today at PlayStation Experience, we got a glimpse of its first gameplay trailer. The collection will include remastered editions of Crash Bandicoot 1, 2, and 3.

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You can read our previous coverage of the remaster when it was first announced by heading here. The remastered collection will release in 2017.

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Joe Madureira’s Battle Chasers: Nightwar Gets A Collection Of Impressive New Screens

Comic book artist turned Darksiders creator Joe Madureira's latest game, Battle Chasers: Nightwar, recently published some new screenshots and the game continues to look stellar.

Battle Chasers: Nightwar is a turn-based RPG inspired heavily by classic Final Fantasy gameplay, and picks up where the Battle Chasers comic book left off in 2001. We've been impressed with the game so far, and its latest batch of screens keeps the streak alive. For more on the game, head here.

It's not a new trailer, but you can see some of the game in action in the video below. Battle Chasers: Nightwar is planned for release next year on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Joe Madureira’s Battle Chasers: Nightwar Gets A Collection Of Impressive New Screens

Comic book artist turned Darksiders creator Joe Madureira's latest game, Battle Chasers: Nightwar, recently published some new screenshots and the game continues to look stellar.

Battle Chasers: Nightwar is a turn-based RPG inspired heavily by classic Final Fantasy gameplay, and picks up where the Battle Chasers comic book left off in 2001. We've been impressed with the game so far, and its latest batch of screens keeps the streak alive. For more on the game, head here.

It's not a new trailer, but you can see some of the game in action in the video below. Battle Chasers: Nightwar is planned for release next year on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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[Source: PlayStation Blog]

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