Mugen Souls Z, Compile Heart's sequel to Mugen Souls, will be available in North America May 20 for PlayStation 3, Gematsu reports.
Mugen Souls Z was announced for a Japanese launch in 2012. The role-playing game begins directly after its predecessor; it follows the "Undisputed God of the Universe," Chou-Chou and the goddess Syrma. As Syrma, players will attempt to stop a reawakened, ancient threat.
A special edition of the game, which includes an artbook, poster, collector's box and keychain, is available on NIS America's online store for $69.99. The standard edition is priced at $49.99.
Our friends at Engadget report that Pennzoil and Nintendo have partnered up for what the 8-year old inside us could only describe as "the coolest commercial ever, next to those Stretch Armstrong guys." The two companies have brought the Mario Kart franchise into the real world with modified karts on a specially-designed track at the SXSW festival.
Icons representing familiar in-game weapons like the banana peel and red shell (as well as a Pennzoil icon) are spread throughout a 1,000-foot long track, and grant bonuses when activated. The Pennzoil icon, for example, will speed up a driver's kart. The karts are representative of Mario, Luigi, Peach and Bowser who - hey, imagine that! - will be appearing in Mario Kart 8, due this May.
This might seem like a strange partnership, but hey, it's not the first time Nintendo has spread to the real world to cross-promote products. Besides, the Big N couldn't have found a more appropriate partner - Pennzoil is owned by Shell. Shell. Get it? Cuz it's Mario Kart. [...]
EA chief executive officer Andrew Wilson recently laid out his company's current, loose plans for virtual reality during a panel at SXSW Gaming, explaining that in order to design around future technology, the company must first study how people are currently playing games.
The strategy is built around the idea that gaming hardware is too volatile a space to plan a company's distant future around — instead, Wilson explained, you have to start with how that technology will be used to consume games in entirely new ways.
"When we think about making games today, we think less about the technology or the means of experiencing the game, and we think more about the modality of play," Wilson said. "So, how are you trying to interact with that game?"
Renegade Kid's latest addition to its growing list of projects, Razor Global Domination Pro Tour, is a far cry from games like Mutant Mudds or Moon Chronicles. But its upcoming free-style scooter game will fit right into the developer's portfolio, according to co-founder Jools Watsham.
The team enjoys playing different games, Watsham said, and that spirit naturally fits with its desire to work on different games. Razor Global Domination Pro Tour, announced last month, takes players to skate parks and jam sessions worldwide. In order to perform better tricks, players will upgrade their scooters and customize their gear. Speaking with Polygon via email, Watsham said that it's not "too dissimilar" from the developer's past ATV games.
"Much like ATV Wild Ride 3D, our focus is on a fun arcade gaming experience," Watsham said. "There's something pure about a game that focuses on a few core elements and explores them in depth."
The first act of Double Fine's Kickstarted adventure game, Broken Age, is currently on sale for its lowest price ever on Steam. For $16.74 you can get the game, or for $20.09, you can snag the game as well as a copy of the soundtrack. Hurry though, because at the time of posting, you've only got two and a half hours to take advantage of the deal.
The release of Act 1 existed partly to fund the development of Act 2, so the back half of the game isn't ready to go just yet. Those who purchase ahead of Act 2's release will be given the conclusion as a free update, according to Double Fine.
Double Fine also announced a slew of statistics regarding Broken Age's production, in case you're the type who was ever curious about just how many lines of code go into creating a game like this. (Hint: it's a lot.) It's also been a time-consuming project: over the course of 22 months (or 339 man-months), the team has created 1,181 cutscenes, recorded 4,417 lines of voice, and consumed more than 680 gallons of coffee. Broken Age also takes 15 minutes (at a resolution of 1024x768) to show off 12,846 name strings during the credits. [...]
Lightbox and Fuel Entertainment's documentary on the supposed burial of millions of cartridges of ET: The Extra Terrestrial's game adaptation isn't, as the subject matter might suggest, all doom and gloom.
At a SXSW Gaming panel titled "Unearthing the Atari Graveyard: The Search for ET," producer Jonathan Chinn and Fuel CEO Mike Burns explained how the upcoming film, which will launch exclusively on Xbox 360 and Xbox One as part of a documentary series, touches on every aspect of how the game's failure affected the media landscape. It's not just a novel tale of Atari's overproduction of the critically decried cartridge, and the rumored disposal that followed; it's about how game consumers first started to push back against the shadier business practices of the era.
"Some say, because they only had six weeks [to develop the game], that it was a masterpiece, and maybe that's true," Chinn said, responding to a question from the audience. "To answer your question specifically, did they know it was a piece of shit — I think the people who understood gaming did. We've spoken to some of those people, the people who were really gamers in Atari knew. I think the suits were a bit more for, 'People will buy what you sell them.'
Hello, Bucketeers! Something weird happened this week. The Internet gave me a dose of that thing called “faith in the human spirit.” After having his finances upturned by that thing called a questionable health care system, IGF chairman Brandon Boyer put up a cancer treatment relief fund on GoFundMe. And after only five days? It’s [...]
Major League Baseball Advanced Media's R.B.I Baseball 14 will launch on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on April 10, with the iOS and Android versions being released on the same day, according to a tweet from ESPN's sports business reporter Darren Rovell.
MLBAM has set its release date for R.B.I. Baseball. PS3 & Xbox 360 hits April 10, same for iOS and Android versions.
The PC version of Dark Souls 2 is currently available for pre-purchase digitally through Steam. That version offers 10 early access weapons and shields and a host of digital extras: the original game soundtrack, an art book of concept drawings, characters and enemies in PDF format and the Dark Souls 2 digital comic book.
A physical version of Dark Souls 2's PC release is available from Club Namco in a collector's edition option. The higher-end collector's edition comes with a metal case, 12-inch tall Warrior Knight statue, hardbound art book, cloth map, the soundtrack on CD and codes for the game itself and the Black Armor weapons pack.
OS: Windows XP SP3, Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8 Processor: AMD Phenom II X2 555 3.2 GHz or Intel Pentium Core 2 Duo E8500 3.17 GHz Memory: 2 GB RAM Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9600GT, ATI Radeon HD 5870 DirectX: Version 9.0c Network: Broadband Internet connection Hard Drive: 14 GB available space Sound Card: DirectX 9 sound device OS: Windows 7 SP1 Processor: Intel Core i3 2100 3.10 GHz or AMD A8 3870K 3.0 GHz Memory: 4 GB RAM Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 465 or higher, ATI Radeon HD 6870 or higher DirectX: Version 9.0c Network: Broadband Internet connection Hard Drive: 14 GB available space Sound Card: DirectX 9 sound de
Mugen Souls Z, the Compile Heart-developed Japanese RPG for PlayStation 3, will arrive in North America on May 20 and in Europe on May 23, publisher NIS America confirmed to Gematsu.
A limited edition of the game is currently available for pre-order on the NIS America online store. The $70 bundle includes the PS3 game in a special edition collector's box, along with a hardcover art book, large 16"x26" poster, and Zodiac keychain.
Much like the release of the original Mugen Souls, publisher NIS America opted to remove a select amount of content for the Western release of Mugen Souls Z. At the time the cut material was confirmed, NIS America noted it was due to "the sensitive nature of some content." According to a forum post regarding the Western release's edits, the snipped stuff includes a bathing mini-game. [...]
A tiny online game is giving Jurassic Park fans an opportunity to revisit Isla Nublar, albeit in a very limited fashion.
Jurassic Systems is a recreation of the desktop used by computer programmer Dennis Nedry (played by Wayne Knight) which proves too tricky to hack for the park's chief engineer, portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson. Your job in the game, like Jackson's, is to fail to crack Nedry's security systems, while the villainous programmer is busy navigating a rainstorm and some freaky dinosaurs.
Three failed attempts gets you Nedry's famous pop-up ("nya-ha-ha..."), while use of the word "please" gets you a special treat.