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Hitman comes to mobile with a turn-based twist

Square Enix Montreal has been experimenting with tablet and smartphone spinoffs for its popular Hitman series, and this week revealed a surprising touchscreen-based take on the franchise. …


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NES Remix Volume 2 Comes With Full Super Luigi Bros., Out In April

NES Remix is getting a second volume in a couple of months. Along with a batch of new minigames based on later NES titles, the collection will come with a full version of Super Luigi Bros.

Players will have access to all levels from Super Mario Bros., except that you’ll be navigating them from right to left. Luigi’s familiar high jump is included.

The minigame selections will include Super Mario Bros. 3, Kirby’s Adventure, The Legend of Zelda II, and more. NES Remix 2 will be released on April 25.

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Naughty Dog pondering new IP and what comes after The Last of Us

Now that Naughty Dog has wrapped up “Left Behind,” the first (and only) single-player DLC for The Last of Us, the studio is considering new game ideas.

“We have started brainstorming some stuff. To be honest, some of them are sequel ideas, and some…
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Addictive iOS puzzling comes in ‘Threes’

Threes, due out on February 6, is an addictive little iOS puzzler from Ridiculous Fishing artist Greg Wohlwend and former thatgamecompany designer Asher Vollmer, both of whom collaborated on Puzzlejuice back in 2012. It’s another tile-based puzzle …
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Lego Star Wars Comes To Mobile With Tiny X-Wings And TIE Fighters

Lego is launching a new line of Star Wars-themed sets. These Microfighter kits aren’t the mammoth weekend projects like the Millennium Falcon or Death Star. They are tiny versions of familiar ships, including an X-Wing, TIE Interceptor, and Star Destroyer.

If Lego were to ever make a console kart racer, I’d expect these designs would feature prominently. The first Lego Star Wars: Microfighter game is a vertically scrolling shooter that takes place on four planets.

Players can choose from the six currently available toy kits: X-Wing, TIE Interceptor, Star Destroyer, Millennium Falcon, Droid ATT, and Clone Tank. Collected studs can be used to upgrade ships and purchase super weapons. 

The game is available for iPhones and iPads now for $ 1.29. The Lego Microfighters sets are $ 9.99 each and rolling out now.

[Source: App Store]

 

Our Take
This is a clever use of the licensing agreement between Warner Bros. and Lego. I wasn’t aware of the Microfighters series before hearing about this game, and as a fan of the building sets, I’m interested. I have a soft spot for Tt Games’ work, and I’m more inclined to give this game a try because of the studio.

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Blog: When it comes to work, make every day Saturday

“On Saturdays, I’m usually busy and quite productive. This is because I know that as soon as I get my chores and tasks done, I get the rest of the time for myself.” …


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Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster comes with physical bonuses too

This video for Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster explores the additional goodies that Collector’s and Limited Edition buyers can expect when the remakes arrive on March 18, including the bonus artbook and visual soundtrack found in the Collector’s …
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Lightning Returns demo available now for the PS3 and 360; PS3 demo comes with exclusive, knightly Utsusemi Garb DLC

Today, Square Enix announced that a playable demo of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is available to download this instant for Xbox Live Gold members (Silver members have to wait until January 28th) on the 360 and for PS3 gamers through the PSN.

As a special bonus for Sony console loyalists, players who download the demo through the PSN will receive the medieval Utsusemi Garb DLC (pictured above) for free, complete with fan and shield! This costume will carry over into the main game when it releases on February 11th and can even be purchased by latecomers who completely forget to download the demo for free stuff!

The demo sees Lightning running through the enemy-infested Yusnaan palace of her old ally, Snow, and gamers will get to experience the new customization options and battle system of Lightning Returns DAYS before the actual title comes out. Players who activate the online Outerworld services and submit their battle scores against the demo’s boss will receive the ‘Siegfried’ outfit for use in the retail game (a Soul Calibur crossover, mayhaps? FINGERS CROSSED).

Go download the demo now here (360) or here (PS3). Lightning Returns will be available for the 360 and PS3 on February 11th and can also be downloaded digitally through the PSN. The title will set you back $ 59.99. Rich gamers can opt for the super special limited edition version of the game exclusively through Square Enix’s Online Store, as long as they can pony up $ 89.99 (dat pocket watch, tho!). Anyone running to their consoles to start Lightning’s third adventure?


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Smooth McGroove’s Latest Comes From An SNES Classic

A cappella soundtrack performer Smooth McGroove has released a new track from a classic SNES action RPG. Square's Secret of Mana featured a exciting combat, a compelling story, and an extremely enjoyable soundtrack.

McGroove’s latest is “Into the Thick of It,” which comes from the early parts of the game as the male protagonist fights his way through rabbites after his exile. You can catch up with McGroove’s other work on his YouTube channel. You can also read a recent interview we conducted with the multi-toned maestro and reflections on the game written by editors Tim Turi and Kim Wallace

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Portal Designer’s Soul Fjord Comes To Ouya This Month

Airtight Games, the developer behind Quantum Conundrum and home to Kim Swift, lead designer on the original Portal, has announced a release date for its Ouya exclusive rhythm combat game, Soul Fjord.

The game will be available exclusively for the Ouya on January 28. If you're unfamiliar with the game, it's one part roguelike action game, one part rhythm game. It has its roots in Norse mythology, but it crosses over with a 70s aesthetic and funk music vibe. Players take on the role of Magnus Jones as he tries to make his way to Club Valhalla at the top of Yggdrasil, where he has been denied entry. Swift breaks the game down in more detail on the game's official blog. She discusses how combat works, and how after finishing Quantum Conundrum the team couldn't decide if it wanted to make a Norse mythology game or a 70s funk game, so they just mashed up the ideas.

You can find out more about the game, including a developer diary on the its development by heading here.

[Source: Soul Fjord, Ouya]

 

Our Take
Soul Fjord certainly sounds like a bizarre game. It's the sort of game Ouya pitched itself with before launch – strange indie games that were perhaps too weird for mainstream consoles – but has mostly failed to deliver. Maybe Soul Fjord can provide the Ouya with a similar boost of interest and confidence, much like Towerfall did. I'm certainly curious to find out if it can.

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