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iOS App Store downloads spike in October, reaching record high

The release of two popular new phones has helped to heat up the already popular market — a 39 percent rise year-over-year for app downloads. …


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October NPD: NBA 2K15, Smash Bros. 3DS lead in weak month for software sales

NPD results for the month of October place the 2K Sports behemoth NBA 2K15 in the lead, collectively across five platforms, with Super Smash Bros. 3DS in second – despite its single-platform status. Mario & Friends are still big moneymakers.

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Stiq Figures, October 27 – November 11: Loveable oddballs edition

Too-serious protagonists surrounded by stoic fighters have a time and place, but slogging through stern-faced casts can make everything seem a bit dull. For a medium thriving on fantasy worlds, the capacity for goofiness can feel pretty neglected at…
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Pixel horror finds a Home on PS4 in October

Home, the pixelated horror game from Benjamin Rivers, is due out on PS4 on October 28, “just in time for Halloween,” Rivers writes on the PlayStation Blog. The Vita version will come out soon after, and it is a Cross-Buy game, meaning those who buy…
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Demon’s Crest, Gargoyle’s Quest 2 invade eShop on October 30

Capcom will resurrect a pair of demonic platformers from its back catalog next week with the launch of Demon’s Crest and Gargoyle’s Quest 2 for the Nintendo eShop.

Both games star Ghosts ‘n Goblins series antagonist Firebrand, and both feature…
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Shin Megami Tensei 4 searches for Samurai in Europe, other regions on October 30

Good news, non-American JRPG fans – your extended wait for Shin Megami Tensei 4 is (probably) almost over! A recent press release from publisher Atlus lists a digital-only release on October 30 for Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia and New…
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Shadow Warrior takes a swipe at PS4, Xbox One on October 21

Following a short delay, publisher Devolver Digital has revealed that the gory ninja combat of Shadow Warrior will reach the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 21.

For those unaware, Shadow Warrior was originally created as an offshoot of the…
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Invizimals: The Resistance reaches Europe on October 29

The latest entry in the handheld alternate reality Invizimals series, Invizimals: The Resistance, is now slated to reach EU territories on October 29.

Like previous Invizimals games, Invizimals: The Resistance utilizes the Vita’s cameras to…
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Hironobu Sakaguchi’s Terra Battle Comes To Mobile Devices October 9

During PAX in late August, we had a chance to sit down with Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi to check out his upcoming mobile game. Terra Battle is a new take on mobile RPGs, with a grid-based strategy system that will have your fingers dancing across the glass.

In order to do damage, you’ll need to flank enemy monsters. Thankfully, you can nudge your party members as you’re moving around and line up characters to include their attacks. 

It’s a unique systems that is perfectly suited for touch devices. You’ll be able to check it out for yourself on October 9, when the game comes to iOS and Android devices. It’s free-to-play, so you can give it a try without committing to it long-term.

The more people that download it, the more will be added to the game. Sakaguchi’s Mistwalker studio calls this a “download starter” (in the spirit of Kickstarter, but without the financial contributions). You can read more about that in our preview.

 

Our Take
I have some reservations about the game’s energy-based system, but the gameplay is clever enough that I will be giving it a try. It carries the aesthetic of classic Square Enix titles, but offers something new in terms of gameplay that I haven’t seen done before in mobile. 

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Spend $100 on PSN in October, get $15 back

Sony’s latest promotion is dishing cash back to those that buy goods on PSN this month. As of October 1, players that spend at least $ 100 using their Sony Entertainment Network wallets will receive $ 15 in credit. The credit will be delivered to those…
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