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Towerfall Finally Comes To Vita On December 15 With Ad-Hoc Multiplayer Support

Towerfall might have started its life on the ill-fated Ouya Android microconsole, but it has flourished on other platforms. PC and PlayStation 4 iterations have been well received, leading friends to shoot each other in the back and dish out healthy doses of trash talk and profanity.

The Towerfall Ascension experience finally makes the jump to Vita in just a few days. It will support cross-buy, so if you already own the game ($ 14.99) and its Dark World DLC ($ 9.99), you’ll be able to start playing immediately.

Despite multiplayer being Towerfall’s raison d’être, its single-player mode makes the transition to the smaller screen. You can still play against friends, though. The game supports ad-hoc multiplayer, meaning you’ll need to be in the same room to compete.

Towerfall Ascension arrives on Vita on December 15. For more, check out our original review.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

 

Our Take
It doesn’t sound like networked multiplayer is going to be part of the package, and that’s a bit of a bummer. However, given that the trash talk and angst of playing against friends is the big draw, ad-hoc play makes sense.

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Civil War Comes To The Marvel Universe In First Teaser Trailer

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been on a path of construction. The company has assembled the greatest superhero arc ever to grace cinema. Next May, it all gets torn to pieces.

The next Captain America film riffs on one of the most important storylines in Marvel Comics history: Civil War. It’s hero versus hero, with a reformed Bucky Barnes (The Winter Soldier) at the heart of the dispute.

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This is different than the comics, which focused on superhero registration in the wake of conflict between powered reality stars and a villain that destroyed a school. There are hints that there is something deeper here than just Bucky’s past transgressions while under mind control.

A short scene in the trailer shows something called the “Sokovia Accord,” which might be the MCU version of the Superhuman Registration Act. Sokovia was the battleground for Avengers: Age of Ultron and the birthplace of forcibly mutated characters Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. 

This is most emotional we’ve seen the MCU since Phil Coulson’s death in Avengers. We’ll see how it all plays out on May 6, 2016.

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A Lost NY Arcade Comes Back To Life In This New Documentary

American arcades seem to be a bygone relic of a different era. A new documentary hopes to shine light on New York City’s legendary Chinatown Fair arcade.

The Lost Arcade, a documentary by Kurt Vincent and Irene Chin, explores how the arcade became a “shelter to the community as diverse as the city surrounding it,” according to the film’s webpage

Chinatown Fair first opened up in 1944 as a penny arcade, springing to popularity when the home-console boom began to wipe arcades from the map. The arcade’s prominent reputation drew in players like fighting game champion Justin Wong and others.

The Lost Arcade premieres November 14 and 18 at the IFC Center in New York City during the DOC NYC documentary film festival.

Check out the teaser trailer below.

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Destruction Comes To Paradise In New Ratchet & Clank Gameplay Footage

The upcoming Ratchet & Clank remaster for the PS4 made an appearance on the show floor of Paris Game’s Week recently. Developer Insomniac has released new gameplay footage of Ratchet tearing his way through a familiar resort planet.

Check out the video below for a look at some familiar weapons and just how impressive the remastered tropical planet of Pokitaru looks. There's also the brand new weapon that turns enemies into little digitized 8-bit chunks.

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Ratchet & Clank for the PS4 is a retelling of the titular duo’s origin story, featuring remastered levels and gameplay from the original PlayStation 2 game. The game is scheduled to release in Spring 2016. You can also check out the recent story trailer from our previous Paris Games Week coverage.

[Source: Insomniac]

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[Update] Limited Edition Fallout 4 Art Book Comes With Exclusive Concept Art Print

Bethesda is wrapping up its week of new Fallout merchandise with a limited edition art book. This upgraded version ships in a slipcase featuring an image of the game’s power armor.

It also comes with a 9”x12” concept art lithograph digitally signed by concept artist Ray Lederer. This version is limited to 5,000 pieces and will ship on December 22. 

You’ll also get a code for a digital version of the art book with your order. You can secure yours on the Bethesda Store website for $ 85 until supplies are depleted. 

It's always important to know what time it is in the wasteland. How else will you know if the mirelurks are biting? Oh. Because they are probably biting you. Our mistake.

The Vault-Tec watch shown above is limited to 1,500 pieces. The watch is made of stainless steel with a leather band. It’s water resistant to 300 feet, and the crystal is scratch resistant. Each is etched with an individual number on the back.

Unlike traditional watches, this one features a single hand. Each segment represents 15 minutes. You can purchase it here for $ 150, with shipping scheduled for November 9.

Today’s new piece of Fallout 4 merchandise is a messenger bag designed in the style of a Pip-Boy. As you can see above, the bag is printed on the interior as well.

The bag includes a padded laptop compartment that can support up to a 17-inch notebook. You can purchase it here for $ 68, with shipment estimated for November 9.

Update: This week is a challenging one for Fallout fans, as Bethesda is revealing a number of new items for sale. In addition to the controller that was made available this morning (below), you can consider dropping $ 130 on a big bundle with the strategy guide at its heart.

In addition to the hard-cover guide with an exclusive “soft touch” dust jacket, the Ultimate Vault Dweller’s Survival Guide bundle comes with:

  • A Nuka Cola bottle opener
  • Five magnetic bottle caps
  • A Nuka Cola embroidered patch
  • Seven lithographs
  • A poster-sized map of the Fallout 4 world
  • The Art of Fallout 4 2015-2016 calendar

You can order the bundle from the Bethesda Store. As a bonus, your wallet will become lighter and easier to sit on (metaphorically, of course, as the Bethesda Store takes credit card and not cash). 

Update (October 20, 2015, at 11:51 a.m. Central): The Bethesda Store (and other retailers) are listing today’s Fallout item. As we reported yesterday, you can purchase a wired Xbox One controller decorated in Fallout colors with the visage of Vault Boy.

It’s designed by PDP, comes with a 10-foot cord, and it’s priced at $ 59.99. It’s compatible with PC and features a 3.5mm headphone jack with volume controls on the surface. Apparently, that’s what the mystery button by the right thumbstick is (working in tandem with the D-pad, which bears volume and balance symbols).

The Fallout 4 controller will be out on November 10. You can check out at Bethesda's store.

 

Fallout fans have less than one month before returning to the wasteland. While you likely don’t need any reminder, Bethesda’s merch machine is spinning up to get you hyped nonetheless.

This week, you’ll be able to grab extremely limited numbers of some very specialized swag. The week kicks off with a t-shirt commemorating the Great War (pictured above). It’s available to order now through October 26.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 20, you’ll have a shot at one of 5,000 wired Vault Boy-themed Xbox One controllers. These feature a powder blue and yellow design scheme, as well as the visage of Fallout’s famous mascot.

You’ll also be able to get a messenger bag printed to look like a Pip-Boy, a Vault-Tec watch (limited to 1,500 pieces), and then a limited version of the art book (limited to 5,000 pieces). Check back each day on Bethesda’s storefront for the new items.

We'll update throughout the week as more items become available.

[Source: Bethesda Store via GameSpot]

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Fallout 4′s Install Size On Xbox One Comes In At Just Under 30 GB

Turns out the big expansive open world requires a smaller install on Xbox One than expected.

According to the product details page on Xbox.com, you will want to set aside 28.12 GB of space on your Xbox One hard drive in order to install Fallout 4. That amount of space, 28.12 GB, is certainly nothing to sneeze at, but I'm sure many (myself included) expected Fallout 4 to take up a much larger chuck of the Xbox One's hard drive.

The PlayStation 4 and PC install amounts have not yet been revealed. One number you won't necessarily need to worry about regarding Fallout 4, is your level cap because there isn't one. You can read more about that here.

[Source: Xbox.com, via GameSpot]

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Dungeon Defenders II Comes To PS4 This Month In Paid Pre-Alpha

Both Sony and Microsoft are now experimenting with versions of early access. This morning, Trendy announced that eventual free-to-play Dungeon Defenders II will be arriving on PlayStation 4 this month in paid pre-alpha.  

Dungeon Defenders II, an action-oriented tower defense game, has been in early access on PC since the end of 2014. This marks Sony’s first major push into pre-release payments, as those that want in on Trendy’s pre-alpha phase will need to purchase currency bundles.

Trendy isn’t maintaining parity with the PC version. Some features will arrive first on console, including controller support and split-screen. Others will hit PC early access before making their way to PS4.

Dungeon Defenders II will eventually be free-to-play. If you feel the need to play early, you can buy in starting on September 29.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

 

Our Take
I have strong feelings about paid early access games on console. I expressed concern when Microsoft rolled it out, and I echo those sentiments here. The average consumer won’t know what they are getting into unless these games are cordoned off in a separate area of the store with a pop-up or other informative screen prior to purchase.

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Telltale Comes To PAX With Tales From The Borderlands Live Playthrough And Playable Minecraft: Story Mode

Telltale has unveiled its PAX Prime lineup, which features Tales from the Borderlands and Minecraft: Story Mode.

The latest episode of Tales from the Borderlands, Escape Plan Bravo, will be played in front of a live audience at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, in the Wyvern Theater. Members of the development team will be there, along with voice actors Laura Bailey (Fiona) and Mikey Neumann (Scooter).

For those interested in Telltale's more elusive Minecraft: Story Mode, the beta version of the first episode will be available to play at booth #3117. This will be the first public hands-on time with the game, and there will be more to see outside of last month's Minecon trailer. Telltale is also bringing four unique shirt designs, one for each day of the show. Playing the beta will get you the shirt for that day. Return on a different day wearing a previous day's shirt, and you might be able to score the current day's shirt without even playing the beta again.

Stay tuned for more PAX coverage when the show opens this Friday.

 

Our Take
I'm sure players want to see more of Minecraft: Story Mode after the surprisingly dramatic trailer from Minecon. I've scratched my head at Telltale's choice to adapt Minecraft, of all things, but getting hands-on time could shed valuable light on what exactly the developer is aiming to do with the property.

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Full 1080p, 60 Frames-Per-Second Xbox One Streaming Comes To Windows 10 Today

Windows 10 users are getting some new features today for Xbox One game streaming. The highlight is a bump to 1080p and 60 frames-per-second, but there are other additions worth noting.

You can now conveniently message friends or invite them to a party with a right-click of the mouse over their Gamertag. You can also add non-Xbox games to your Windows 10 Xbox App (similar to how Steam handles things).

Even if you’re not streaming to PC, the August update has something for you. You’ll also be able to compare achievements, see your games in a new grid view, and customize your notifications.

The Windows 10 Xbox App is also getting an update to fix some minor problems. These include issues with sign-in, localization, and streaming. To find out if you have the update, look for version number 8.8.15003.00000 or higher.

[Source: Xbox Wire]

 

Our Take
I’ve not yet upgraded to Windows 10 (I’m letting others put it through its paces first), but the streaming features intrigue me. I’ll wait a bit longer before jumping in, but I suspect this feature will get some play in my house.

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