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Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Arrives At The Dawn Of Spring

If you are eagerly anticipating Nathan Drake’s next adventure, then you can now mark your calendar for March 18, 2016, just two days before spring is officially sprung. That’s the day that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is set to launch on PS4. In addition, if you’re an especially big fan, you can now make a decision regarding whether one of the more expensive editions of the game is right for you.

Sony has detailed a bevy of pre-order options, so strap in. 

If you’d like more than the $ 59.99 game, a $ 79.99 Special Edition of the game includes the Blu-ray disc, a collectible steelbook case, a 48-page hardcover art book, a sticker sheet, and a pack of in-game currency for use in purchasing multiplayer content.

For the true connoisseurs, $ 119.99 will net you a hoard of treasure as part of the Libertalia Collector’s Edition, including everything that is part of the special edition above, plus a 12” Nathan Drake figure from Gentle Giant, three multiplayer outfits and two weapon skins, along with a ball cap and Madagascar sidekick outfits. 

You thought we were done, but we’re not. 

The digital deluxe edition includes a digital copy of Uncharted 4, as well as what Sony is calling the Triple Pack, a set of upcoming content akin to what many companies have called a season pass. With the Triple Pack, you get future access to a single-player story add-on and two future multiplayer packs that unlock rare and legendary items. In addition, the digital deluxe edition includes two undetailed multiplayer-customization items.

Players who want to buy the Triple Pack separately can do so for $ 20, an offer that is also available to folks who have already pre-ordered.

I wish I could tell you that's everything, but there's so much more.

Sony has also revealed that anyone who pre-orders any version of Uncharted 4, whether digital or physical, will also get a bonus pack that includes the original Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune multiplayer customization options, the golden weapon customization, and a pack of Naughty Dog Points for use in multiplayer.

If you’re still reading, then it’s clear that you care deeply about Uncharted 4. And so, I’m happy to tell you that Sony is also exploring separate pre-order bonuses for different retailers, on top of everything listed above. 

Pre-order at GameStop, and you get a Multiplayer Booster Pack that includes a bunch of one-time multiplayer boosts, as well as a special dagger inspired by Uncharted 2. [Disclaimer: GameStop is the parent company of Game Informer]

Assign your pre-order to Amazon, and you pick up a Snow Camo weapon customization along with a reskin of Drake in multiplayer that has the intrepid explorer decked out for desert discovery.

Turn in your pre-order through the PlayStation Store, and you get an Uncharted 4 Dynamic Theme to grace your PS4’s home screen, along with some desert weapon customization options in multiplayer.

[Source: PS Blog]

 

Our Take
That’s too many pre-order bonuses for me to keep straight without a reference guide (which I’ve just written for you). It seems like a lot of options to ask your consumer to keep track of. Nonetheless, it’s clear that Naughty Dog and Sony are hoping that multiplayer cosmetic items are intriguing enough to fuel some big pre-order numbers. For my part, they had me at "new game from Naughty Dog."

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NASCAR 15 Coming To Last-Gen Systems This Spring At Reduced Price

DM Racing (an imprint of DMi Games) has announced that it is releasing NASCAR 15 to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC this spring – the first offering from the new rights holders of the stock car association license.

The retail version of the game will be sold exclusively at GameStop [Full Disclosure: Game Informer is owned by GameStop] for $ 19.99 on May 22. At the same time, a PC edition will be on Steam, and you can also download the game on Xbox Live and PlayStation Marketplace for those respective systems.

Befitting its price, NASCAR 15 (developed by Eutechnyx) is not a full-fledged sequel to NASCAR 14, but rather a standalone update to last year's game. NASCAR 15 features the season's new schedule, driver changes, over 60 paint schemes, bug fixes, and tweaks to the online multiplayer to ensure the promised 16-player races.

The game will not feature challenge updates through the real-life 2015 season, but paint scheme DLC will be offered.

A cover star for NASCAR 15 will be announced in the future.

For more on DM Racing's upcoming NASCAR plans – including the company's first sim-based title for the new home consoles – check out our interview with DMi president Ed Martin.

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Nintendo Discounts Pikmin 3, Mario Kart 7, Other Titles In Spring Sale

Nintendo is having a sale on its website for digital versions of some of its big titles.

The markdowns aren't huge, with most discounts being between $ 5 and $ 10, but there are definitely some very high-quality games, including Pikmin 3, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Mario Kart 7, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels.

Here's the complete list:

Wii U

  • A World of Keflings ($ 6.99)

  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker ($ 27.99)

  • CastleStorm ($ 6.99)

  • Chariot ($ 10.49)

  • F-Zero Maximum Velocity ($ 4.89)

  • Golden Sun ($ 5.59)

  • Pikmin 3 ($ 41.99)

  • Sportsball ($ 7.00)

3DS

  • Kersploosh! ($ 2.09)

  • Kirby: Triple Deluxe ($ 24.49)

  • Mario Kart 7 ($ 20.99)

  • Mighty Gunvolt ($ 2.79)

  • Siesta Fiesta ($ 3.99)

  • Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels ($ 3.49)

  • Tetris Ultimate ($ 13.99)

  • Tomodachi Life ($ 24.49)

  • Woah Dave! ($ 3.49)

 

You can get in on the action on Nintendo's eShop page.



[Source: Destructoid]

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Rumor: Street Fighter V Merch Description Hints At Release Next Spring

Earlier today, a listing on Capcom's Unity site detailing PAX merch had a description hinting at a Spring 2016 release for Street Fighter V. That description has since been changed by Capcom.

The description, which you can see below in a screenshot grabbed before Capcom changed the text, originally read,"Everyone is fired up for Street Fighter V coming to the PS4 and PC next Spring. Until then, you can sport the official SFV key art T-shirt, which features Ryu in a heroic pose, for $ 25."

The text now reads, "Everyone is fired up for Street Fighter V coming to the PS4 and PC."

For more on Street Fighter V, head here.

[Source: Capcom Unity]

 

Our Take
The fact that Capcom removed the hint at the release window adds some credibility to the rumor, but it is still very much that – a rumor. With PAX happening now and E3 not too far off, I'm sure we will learn more concrete details soon. But for now, Spring 2016 seems like a pretty solid bet.

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PSA: Sony Announces 8-Week PlayStation Plus Spring Fever Celebration

Sony has announced the 2015 Spring Fever sale, featuring eight new digital-only games. Along with the sale announcement comes release dates for a number of upcoming titles.

Each of the titles carries a 10 percent discount for PlayStation Plus members. The deal extends through the first week of launch.

Here’s the lineup:

  • March 3 – Helldivers (PS4, PS3, Vita)
  • March 10 – Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4, PS3, Vita)
  • March 17 – Jamestown+ (PS4)
  • March 24 – Metal Slug 3 (PS4, PS3, Vita)
  • March 31 – Axiom Verge (PS4)
  • April 7 – Bastion (PS4)
  • April 14 – Titan Souls (PS4, Vita)
  • April 21 – Shovel Knight (PS4, PS3, Vita)

Helldivers, Hotline Miami 2, Metal Slug 3, Titan Souls, and Shovel Knight are cross-buy. Bastion and Axiom Verge will be launching later on Vita and will retroactively be part of the cross-buy program.

Additionally, there will be movie and game franchises on sale during each of the weeks. They are:

  • March 3 – Lego (games), The Hobbit (film)
  • March 10 – Saints Row (games), X-Men (film)
  • March 17 – Assassin’s Creed (games), Transformers (film)
  • March 24 – God of War (games), Spider-Man (film)
  • March 31 – Batman (games and film)
  • April 7 – Dragon Age (games), Lego (film)
  • April 14 – Grand Theft Auto (games), Planet of the Apes (film)
  • April 21 – Call of Duty (games), Taken (film)

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‘Severed’ from Guacamelee dev reaches Vita in Spring 2015

Drinkbox Studios, the developer behind the stylish Metroidvania beat ‘em up Guacamelee, has announced that its next game, Severed, will debut exclusively on the Vita handheld next Spring.

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Lego Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin Sneaks Its Way Onto Portables Spring 2015

TT Games’s Lego titles may get attention for the enormous franchises it depicts, but games like Lego City Undercover and Lego Battles: Ninjago are proof that the developer is just as dedicated to pursuing the toy's original properties. That trend continues next spring with the release of the newly announced Lego Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin.

Shadow of Ronin is an untold story set in the universe of the Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu TV show. The game introduces a new threat to the Ninjas in the form of Ronin, a nefarious villain who steals their elemental powers. The Ninjas will have to venture to lands old and new to regain their powers, and learn devastating new combo moves, if they’re to thwart Ronin.

Lego Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin is slated for release in spring 2015 on Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita.

 

Our Take
While I'm not familiar with the Lego Ninjago property, TT Games has been on a roll with its Lego games. I'm sure there'll be enough in Shadow of Ronin for gamers of all varieties to enjoy.

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Bandai taking motorcycles out for a Ride in spring 2015

Bandai Namco reminded us of a universal truth today: Motorcycles are awesome. Hence the reason the publisher announced that Ride, a “complete motorcycle racing simulator,” will launch in spring 2015, a good time of year to break out super-cool motorc…
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Final Fantasy XIV’s First Expansion Heavensward Coming In Spring 2015

Announced during Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival this weekend, Heavensward, Final Fantasy XIV's first expansion, is coming spring next year.

Square Enix announced the expansion with a tweet reading, "Announcing FINAL FANTASY XIV: Heavensward! The 1st expansion for FFXIV set to release in Spring 2015! #Heavensward."

The expansion takes place in a very cold climate, but other than that no additional details have been offered yet. You can find a trailer for the the oppressively icy expansion below.

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[Source: @FF_XIV_EN, via: NeoGAF]

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SteamWorld Heist goes turn-based in spring 2015 [Update]

Image and Form Games announced its next project today, turn-based strategy game SteamWorld Heist. The next entry in the SteamWorld series is all about “space adventures and survival,” according to the developer’s announcement blog. In it, players…
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