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One man developer Fenix Of Green Studios shows off projects at C2E2 2014

 

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Mixed in among the comic book vendors, there sat Fenix Of Green Studios and its one man dev team. Haven’t heard of Fenix Of Green Studios? Neither had I, but this is what C2E2 is all about, especially for those whom we haven’t seen anything from yet. Show me your (soft)wares!

Ethan Dillon, the one man team himself, was there to take us through his projects that he has been working on for mobile devices. We were greeted with 3 tablets, each showing off retro-looking games that beckon the years of old school Atari and our love of arcade cabinets. He is currently working on three projects at the moment, Purger.exe, Angle Vox, and Pit Black. All three games feature retro graphics, an original soundtrack, and the hard work and sweat of one single guy.

Fenix Of Green's Ethan Dillon at C2E2

Fenix Of Green's Ethan Dillon at C2E2.

I was only able to play Angle Vox, a game where you control 3 different shapes (square, circle, triangle) in a series of platforming levels. But the twist is that each shape represents a certain play style. Therefore, playing as the square was more of a Super Mario style of play, whereas playing as the circle gives you more of a Sonic the Hedgehog feel to it. The levels are challenging, and the game works well on the mobile touchscreen.

Talking with Ethan, he said a lot of people were comparing his game Pit Black to Limbo, and watching fellow TVGB Editor Andrew Burrage play, it seemed like a reasonable comparison… it was like watching a creepy retro version of Limbo. I would definitely take that comparison as a compliment.

Ethan said he hopes to get the games out soon. Although, according to some recent posts on his twitter account @fenixofgreen, it appears that their first release will be Gigamites. This wasn’t on display at the booth, but this may have been something he was working on knowing it would hit the App Store soon.

For more info on Fenix Of Green Studios, head over to the official facebook page.


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Watch Dogs Season Pass Trailer Shows New Playable Character And Campaign

Watch Dogs' planned DLC will offer a hefty update to the game by adding a new playable character with their own campaign, and a number of other additions.

The season pass will be $ 19.99 and offer players a new single-player campaign, and the chance to play as T-Bone, who is a, "brilliant but eccentric hacker," with a southern accent and dreadlocks, and he likes to blow things up, because he's not a hippie.

The season pass also unlcocks new missions and outfits for Aiden, an exclusive untouchables pack which dresses Aiden up like a classic gangster, and the digital trip mode. Digital trip mode appears to give Aiden something similar to Google Glass that changes the way everything looks and puts Aiden on the hunt for cyborgs. Purchasing the season pass also gives owners the chance to start playing the DLC a week before everyone else.

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For more on Watch Dogs, check out our extended hands-on preview here, as well as a breakdown of the recent multiplayer trailer. Watch Dogs is coming to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on May 27 and to Wii U sometime later this year.

[Source: Ubisoft]

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Japanese Trailer Shows Characters And Court Room For Upcoming Early History Phoenix Wright

The next Phoenix Wright is going back in time, taking place in Japan's Meiji era, and a new Japanese trailer shows what the game will look like.

A few details about the game were revealed last week, which you can read more about here. The game takes place some time between the years 1868 to 1912 and casts players in the role of one of Phoenix Wright's ancestors, Ryuunosuke Naruhodo. It was also revealed Series creator Shu Takumi is back on board to fully direct after serving more of a consulting role on Dual Destinies.

The trailer below is in Japanese, so it's difficult to glean many details without knowing the language. The game does not have a confirmed release for North America, or an English title as it is currently called Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Ryuunosuke
Naruhodou no Bouken.

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You can read our review of Dual Destinies here, or take a stroll down memory lane in our feature about the series' funniest characters.

[Source: Capcom on YouTube, via CVG]

 

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I'm excited to see the series take this radical historical turn. Phoenix Wright has never offered a particularly realistic representation of the study of law, but there is some truth in its portrayal, and I am interested in seeing how law works in Japan's history. It will be a slightly educational experience.

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Chris Roberts Shows Star Citizen’s Dogfighting In Extensive Demo

Chris Roberts gave Star Citizen backers an extensive, early look at the game's dogfighting module, which should be coming within the next month. The event took place last night, on the eve of PAX East, but you can see the hour-long presentation now.

The clip below is Roberts' presentation in its entirety. It shows the game's impressive attention to detail, which begins in the virtual hanger and the animated sequence of entering a ship. Even the simple act of getting seated and putting on a helmet has a little extra pizzazz (one of the benefits of having such a large dev team). Once the bay's shutters are opened, you can see the ship-to-ship battles.

According to the in-game fiction, this dogfighting module is actually a simulation itself, called Arena Commander. Watch the video below to see it in action and to learn much more about the module. The top video is Roberts' entire gameplay presentation. The bottom video is a compilation of all of the gameplay showing during it.

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For more on Star Citizen, read our in-depth interview with Roberts. He talks about returning to game development, crowdfunding, and much more.

[Source: Trust Corp, via Joystiq]

 

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The crowd backed the game, so they're clearly invested in Star Citizen in several ways. Still, it's hard not to share their vocal enthusiasm when the player character gets settled into the detailed cockpit for the first time or locks onto an enemy target. The game looks fantastic, and it has to be satisfying for Roberts to be able to deliver some of the things he was aiming for with his Wing Commander series.

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New Trailer Shows Bound By Flame’s Combat In Action

The latest trailer for the upcoming previous- and current-gen fantasy action game, Bound by Flame, shows its combat in action.

You can check out the trailer below with shows combat from the PlayStation 4 version of the game. It has a bit of a Dark Souls flare to it, and previously the game's project manager, Walid Miled, did say the game's combat is intentionally difficult calling it, "no walk in the park." You'll see assorted weapons and combat stances in the video, as well as a little bit of stealth.

Bound by Flame is heading to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on May 8. For more on the game, check out its original announcement here, as well as more details and its previous trailer here.

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Oddworld New ‘N’ Tasty gameplay video shows Abe’s return Oddysee

Oddworld: Abe’s Oddyssey for the original PlayStation is getting a fresh coat of paint – and new window curtains, and fresh carpet, and a redone kitchen, and okay we’re gonna stop here. Point is, it’s getting a serious overhaul with the upcoming…
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Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty shows off new gameplay footage as we eagerly await its impending release

Oddworld Inhabitants Inc. has just released gameplay footage of their upcoming remake of the original Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty (greatest title ever). The footage shows off the title’s dynamic lighting, organic animation, special effects, and 1080p visuals, so take a gander:

Holy crap, that looks incredible! Sounds fantastic, too. Stewart Gilray, CEO at developer Just Add Water, is ecstatic over this astonishing title, saying:

“This really is taking the game above and beyond what we thought would be possible. We’re so excited to finally show what we’ve been working so hard to produce.”

There are some pictures of New ‘n’ Tasty below, but to really get how nice it looks, watch the video. The title is coming soon to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation VITA with PC, Wii U, Mac, and Linux versions to follow shortly thereafter. Since Oddworld creator Lorne Lanning is the creative director behind this and the game promises to expand on the much-loved classic in every way possible, I can’t wait to get my hands on it (that and I never played any Oddworld games). Check out more info on everything Oddwolrd here. Anyone looking forward to more Abe?!

DAT LIGHTING

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Chroma Squad trailer shows mighty-morphin gameplay

If you miss after-school action shows, you can manage your own series in Chroma Squad, an upcoming tactical strategy game for PC, Mac and Linux. This mock set of Japanese commercials details the gameplay behind making a show, sans killer guitar…
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Judith Trailer Shows Off Enemy Versatility In Abyss Odyssey

We previously wrote about how players can possess and control enemies in Abyss Odyssey. Today Atlus released a trailer titled Know Your Enemy that goes through the moveset and combos for a foe known as Judith.

Abyss Odyssey is an action platformer that treats combat as a key element, much like a fighting game. In a blog post accompanying the trailer, written by co-lead designer Carlos Bordeu, Bordeu talks about how the mechanics will be more comparable to the Super Smash Bros. franchise, rather than games like Street Fighter. Bordeu also notes that repeating the same attack can’t be used to juggle an opponent indefinitely.

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“This cannot be accomplished because of a simple rule of the game's combo system: Every time you repeat a same attack within a combo, the attack carries a decreased upwards momentum,” Bordeu said. “In other words: The more you repeat an attack in your combo, the less it pushes upwards, making it more and more difficult to continue the combo. We feel this was an excellent way of balancing juggles and making a system that forces people to use a diversity of attacks creatively in order to get the most impressive combos.”

The trailer is set in the practice room for Abyss Odyssey, which lets you hone your skills against a dummy with any character you’ve unlocked. The blog post also reveals that more videos showing off different characters will be released as the game nears completion.

Abyss Odyssey being developed by ACE Team and is set to release sometime in 2014 on PC through Steam, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. 

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“The Summoner’s Journey” launch trailer shows off the HD graphics and summons of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster

Square Enix has just released a launch trailer for Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster. Entitled “The Summoner’s Journey,” it showcases how the graphics for Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 have been improved, as well as illustrate how awesome and devastating the various Aeons and their Overdrives are.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster will release on March 18th for the PlayStation Vita and PS3. Anyone feeling nostalgic to return to Spira? I wasn’t too big on X-2, but watching this trailer reminded me that X has this badass:

So, it seems my hands are tied!


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