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Exclusive: Metal Gear Composer Covers Final Fantasy VI Track On New Album

Last week, we detailed a new album called Prescription for Sleep: Game Music Lullabies Volume II, which features relaxing arrangements by Metal Gear and Bayonetta composer Norihiko Hibino. Now, we're exclusively revealing one of the tracks on the album.

The album has arrangements from Skyrim, Shovel Knight, Final Fantasy, and more, but Scarlet Moon Records has been slowly trickling out the track listing. Today, we're revealing that Final Fantasy VI's "Kids Run Through The City Corner" will be one of the songs covered on the album. Better yet, we also have a sample of it, so you can get a taste of what's in store. 

So far the following tracks have been revealed: 

  • Troian Beauty – Final Fantasy IV
  •  The Streets of Whiterun – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  •  The One Who Is Torn Apart – Xenogears
  •  Courage Under Fire –Shovel Knight
  •  The Moon – DuckTales
  •  Scattering Blossoms – Chrono Trigger
  • Snake Eater – Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

 

You can listen to part of the track below.

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For more information and to pre-order, visit Scarlet Moon Records' site

Also, if you purchase volumes I and II on Loudr together, you get the Gentle Love single from Monarch: Heroes of a New Age Arrangements & Variations ("GENTLE OBLIVION").

What do you think? Does the album have your interest? Let us know in the comments below!

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Exclusive: Preview Of Sub-Zero’s Origin Story In Mortal Kombat X Comic

The Mortal Kombat franchise has a surprising amount of story for a fighting game. The background of events to the Mortal Kombat X game is detailed in a recent DC Comic based on the game. Chapter 16 details the secret origin of Sub Zero.

In Shawn Kittelsen's Mortal Kombat X, readers will find out what happened to bring an end to the quiet that the champions of Earthrealm fought for during the inter-dimensional war. Our news editor Mike Futter didn't love the book, but you can snag the first issue of this digital series for free and see if it's right for you, but you should definitely play the game first. Read the first four pages below.

The full chapter will be available on Sunday via the DC Comics App and other digital comics apps such as comiXology, Google Play, and Kindle Store.

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Apple Watch gets its first exclusive game, courtesy of WayForward

This week long-standing developer WayForward confirmed plans to launch its next game, appropriately titled Watch Quest, exclusively for the upcoming Apple Watch. …


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Wayforward Announces Apple Watch Exclusive Watch Quest

Wayforward is getting in on the Apple Watch video game platform early with Watch Quest.

The game uses the Apple Watch's screen as well as the iPhone for gameplay. The players' kingdom is housed on the iPhone while the bulk of the action happens on the Apple Watch's screen where you battle, solve puzzles, and track down treasure. It's a free-to-start model game where additional campaigns and characters must be purchased after completing the included free training quest.

The game is an Apple Watch exclusive and launches alongside the device on April 24. You can read more about the Apple Watch here and more about the game on Wayforward's website.

[Source: WayForward]

 

Our Take
It's very hard to make a judgment call on the game based on the few screens above and description, but this is a smart move for Wayforward. New Apple Watch owners are goingto be eager to try out something on their new hardware, and this will be the first stop for many.

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The Exclusive Collectibles Coming To Star Wars Celebration

Star Wars Celebration kicks off in a couple of weeks in Anaheim, CA, and we'll be in attendance to get our first look at DICE's Star Wars: Battlefront, and hopefully new footage from J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The show, which is expected to welcome over 50,000 Star Wars fans this year, is also a great place for collectors to empty their pocket books. Most toy and collectible manufacturers release exclusive items that can only be purchased for a limited time, usually at the show or online during the show days.

Over the next couple of weeks, we're rounding up all of the exclusive collectible announcements for the show. Here's what has been announced so far:

Kotobukiya's R3-A2 & K-3PO

Kotobukiya is releasing an ARTFX two-pack featuring R3-A2 & K-3PO. No pricing details have been given yet, but this item will be extremely limited and is only being produced once. Pre-orders for non-show attendees go on sale tomorrow 10 a.m. PT on Kotobukiya's website.

Funko's Pop Star Wars

We hope collectors are bringing extra luggage to the convention. Funko is releasing five different vinyl Bobblehead figures exclusively at the show. The figures are of an unmasked Darth Vader, R2-Q5, a red shock trooper, R2-R9, and E-3PO.

Hot Toys' Spacetrooper

Designed to function in zero-g environments, the spacetrooper design was first seen in Star Wars: A New Hope. Hot Toys is adding this stormtrooper variation to its 1/6 scale line of collectible figures. This item is exclusive to Star Wars Celebration, but Hot Toys does say that fans should keep an out for preorders from local distributors.

Funko's Super Shogun Boba Fett and Shadowtrooper

Funko and Super 7 are teaming up to bring two Super Shogun figures to Star Wars Celebration. Boba Fett and the shadowtrooper stand in at 24" in height, have wheeled feet, and a "left fist launcher." Boba Fett's rocket also fires.

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Watch A Goldfish Explode In Exclusive Asteroids: Outpost Trailer

Update: Asteroids: Outpost is officially available for Early Access on Steam. Atari temporarily priced the game at $ 19.79 to commemorate the year the original arcade hit was released (1979).

Trailblazing into new territory is rarely a peaceful process, and it’s foolish to think the expansion into space would be any less bloody. Atari has revealed the grisly premier trailer for developer Salty Games' first-person MMO space survival game, Asteroids: Outpost. Underwater in space, no one can hear your pet goldfish scream.

Check out the trailer below to see a stylish, slow-motion glimpse at the chaotic interstellar frontier. Be sure to also check out three new screenshots in the media gallery below this story.

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For the unfamiliar, Asteroids: Outpost is all about building up your base on a resource-rich planetoid, blasting asteroids out of the space above, racing to collect the useful materials that shower to the surface, then collecting those scraps to upgrade your gear and build out your base. All the while, you’ll have to fend off other villainous players and cooperate with allies with the option to link your bases.

Asteroids: Outpost is available today for Early Access on Steam for $ 29.99. I haven't gotten my hands on the game yet, but to learn more about what has me excited read this preview based off a recent GDC 2015 presentation.

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Check Out An Exclusive Early Peek At The Batman: Arkham Knight Lead-in Comic’s Fifth Chapter

The Batman: Arkham Knight prologue comic, which seeks to fill in the gap between Arkham City and Knight is going strong, and the fifth chapter releases tomorrow. We've got a early peek at a few of the pages as well as the cover. You can check out the pages below.

Batman: Arkham Knight release June 2 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

Click on the banner below to visit our Batman: Arkham Knight coverage hub.

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Exclusive Mad Max Screens Show Off The Brutal Wasteland

We haven’t seen Mad Max in a game for a long while, which makes his return exciting enough.  Couple that with the fact that the new title is being developed by Just Cause creators Avalanche Studios, and you’ve got the makings of something special. We got to play the game for several hours during our studio visit, and you can read our impressions in the April cover story of Game Informer magazine. If you missed it, now’s your chance to see a few screenshots from the game, which cover some of its highlights.

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The shot above shows more than just a man and his car. If you’ve watched the films, you’ll probably recognize Max’s black-leather getup. You won’t, however, recognize Max’s face or voice. He follows the antihero’s broad strokes, but Avalanche says its version of the character is essentially a reset. Take a close look at the car, too. It’s just one of a dizzying array of possible customized versions of Max’s car, which is affectionately called the Magnum Opus by the mechanic/companion who designed it. Players can tinker with a variety of the vehicle’s aspects, including ramming bumpers, tires, armor, engines, exhaust systems, and gearboxes. You can also pick one of several bodies, so you aren’t stuck with a muscle car if that’s not your thing. The car’s finish is worth a quick call out, too. Avalanche hesitates to call them paint jobs, since paint isn’t exactly commonplace in the Wasteland. Here, you can see that the car is blackened by a layer of tar, which has been etched to create the look of a street rod’s flame-inspired decorations. Sometimes you just have to make do.

Even though he spends much of his time behind the wheel, Max still has to hoof it from time to time. From our hands-on time, it’s rarely for a relaxing walk. As you clear out enemy outposts and accept other missions, you run into a variety of Wasteland scum. Here, Max is taking on a small crowd with his double-barreled shotgun. It’s certainly an effective way to remove a threat, but it’s not necessarily the most efficient tactic. Ammunition is scarce (expect to see a lot of arrows, like in the later films), which means that every frivolous shot you take could come back to haunt you later. Combat takes the center stage in this shot, but take a look at the Magnum Opus in the background. It’s another, rustier variation that players can create.


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[Update] Elite: Dangerous An Xbox One Timed Exclusive

Update: David Braben, co-founder of Elite: Dangerous studio Frontier Developments, has revealed that the Xbox One version of the game this summer is a timed exclusive.

[Source: Twitter]

 

Original Story: Head of Xbox Phil Spencer just announced that it is teaming up with Frontier Developments to bring Elite Dangerous to Xbox One. The port of the PC title will be arriving this summer.

Spencer is currently making a presentation on stage at GDC. We’ll have more from the show and more details about Elite Dangerous on Xbox One as they are available

Until then, you can read our review for more information.

Update: In a press release sent by Frontier Developments, the developer states that all material in the PC version through the February Community Goal's and March Wings updates will be included. 

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[Confirmed] The Gold Mario Amiibo Is A Retailer Exclusive

Update: Nintendo has announced that the Gold Mario Amiibo will launch alongside Mario Party 10 on March 20. It will be available only at Walmart. It appears that pre-orders were available for a brief time on the company's website, but no longer. If you're interested, you may want to plan to be at Walmart early on March 20.

Original Story:

Earlier this month, listings for silver and gold variants of the Mario Amiibo from the upcoming Super Mario Bros. line appeared online. It seems that the latter of these is soon to be a reality and a retailer exclusive.

A Reddit user by the name of “pituvision” snapped the image below that labels the Gold Mario figure as a Walmart exclusive. Given Nintendo’s propensity for retailer Amiibo exclusives (Rosalina at Target, Lucario at Toys R Us, Meta Knight at Best Buy, and Shulk at GameStop – Disclaimer: GameStop is Game Informer’s parent company), this fits right in line with previous strategy.

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We’ve reached out to Nintendo for more information. We’ll update should we receive a response.

[Source: Reddit, Images: NeoGAF user Zonic (above), Reddit (below)]

 

Our Take
Given the run of retailer exclusives, this certainly wouldn’t be a shock. I hope it does signal a change in approach for the company, though.

Retailer exclusive variants are much more reasonable than limiting characters to specific chains. Activision does this well with Skylanders, with Legendary versions at Toys R Us, Nitro versions at other retailers, and even glow in the dark varieties at others. This helps ensure players find the characters they want, even if not in the exact deco they’d prefer.

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