Nintendo have announced that the once eShop exclusives, NES Remix 1 and 2 are to be given a full retail release across North America later this year. The NES Remixs which were released as stand alone downloads on the Wii U will now be bundled together for the physical package offering players more than 300 challenges based around classic NES titles. No European release date has been issued yet but I wouldn’t rule one out sooner or later.
Did you know, despite being 10 years old support for The Sims 2 only came to an end last week? Interesting no? Well more interesting yet is the news that EA have decided to give The Sims 2 and all the game’s expansion packs away free to all Origin users. Yes you read it right; The Sims 2, University, Nightlife, Open for Business, Pets, Seasons, Bon Voyage, Free Time, Apartment Life and ten stuff packs feature smaller content additions such as items, clothes and furniture can be yours today and all you need do is either download or login to Origin, click on the Origin tab, select ‘Redeem Product Code’ and enter the code I-LOVE-THE-SIMS. Then get to playing one of the most successful PC games of all time.
Hyrule Warriors has been shaping up nicely over the last few months and Tecmo Koei have been keen to show such progression off with a series of trailers which not only reveal fresh insight into how the game plays but who you’ll be playing as, with the likes of Link, Fi and Princess Zelda to name but a few already outed. But wait, what if you’ve missed some of these character trailers, however will you know who’s been revealed? Well fear not because Tecmo Koei have you covered with a new trailer featuring all of them in one place right here, enjoy.
BioWare has decided to give us a glimpse of their latest IP Shadow Realms in a trailer which you can see in the link below. No other details came with the trailer so platform, release date, title (Shadow Realms has been leaked but not confirmed) and exactly what form the new game will take remains up in the air however it’s unlikely BioWare will leave things this way for too long, so keep an eye on the game’s official site for more.
It was widely considered to be the best PS Vita game at this year’s E3 and yet Sony had planned to only release Freedom Wars outside of Japan digitally, well not any more. After much noise made by the PS Vita community Sony have U-turned and decided that Freedom Wars will be coming westward now both boxed and downloadable. Exactly when, the action RPG which tasks players with working off a criminal sentences of some 1,000,000 years by taking down some monsters will arrive in North American and Europe remains unclear but by the year’s end has been promised. In the mean time check out the latest Freedom Wars’ trailer right here.
We maybe getting a new Call of Duty this year but it appears it won’t be going head to head with a Battlefield title as usual as the next installment in the long running FPS series, Battlefield Hardline, has been delayed until early 2015.
“Today we are announcing that Battlefield Hardline will launch in early 2015. Obviously, this is big news, so I’d like to address why we’re making this change.”
Commented DICE VP and group GM Karl Magnus Troedsson in a statement which continued.
“Back at E3, we launched a beta for Hardline – we wanted to not only show you the game, but to let you play it for yourselves. Millions of you jumped in and had a great time. As a result, the Visceral Games team learned a lot from players about what they wanted in the game. We’ve been pouring over the data and feedback, and have already been putting a lot of it right into the game and sharing it directly with you.
This feedback also spurred us to start thinking about other possibilities and ways we could push Hardline innovation further and make the game even better. The more we thought about these ideas, the more we knew we had to get them into the game you will all be playing. However, there was only one problem. We would need more time. Time that we didn’t have if we decided to move forward with launching in just a couple of months.
We decided that the right thing to do was to take more time to ensure Hardline is the best, most innovative Battlefield experience we can give to you, our fans.
Here are a few of the things the new timing will allow us to accomplish:
1. Multiplayer Innovation: Coming out of our E3 beta, internal focus tests, and work with our community, we have received a lot of great Multiplayer thinking. We’re going to be adding some new feature ideas direct from the community that will evolve the cops and criminals fantasy into a truly unique Battlefield Multiplayer experience.
2. Single Player Story Depth: In order to ensure our Single Player experience delivers on player expectations, we’re spending more time polishing our core features, as well as adding a few new ones that will support a deeper “crime revenge” story experience.
3. Stability: This has been a focus for our team since day one and we’re going to be using the extra time to continue to optimize the game for a stable launch. We have learned a lot from Battlefield 4, are continuing to learn from our Community Test Environment and will learn more from another Hardline beta. More time allows us to surface issues that the team can attempt to fix prior to launch.
We are doing all of this for one reason. Because we want Battlefield Hardline to be the best game it can be, and so that we can create the best environment for a smooth launch for our players. We will give you updates on our progress and we’ll regularly share updates along the way via Battlefield.com/Hardline as well as the Battlefield social channels.
In addition to the ongoing development of Hardline, it’s important to note that the DICE teams continue to drive Battlefield 4. We continue to explore new opportunities for improvements and we are still releasing new content, including “Dragon’s Teeth,” the fourth expansion pack that launches worldwide on July 29, and “Final Stand” coming later this year. We remain committed to giving you the best BF4 experience possible.”
So there you have it, Hardline has been delayed to give the developers more time to improve it, great, however given the fact that many gamers have already air concerns that the Hardline beta plays very much like a Battlefield 4 mod as opposed to a stand alone game, developer Visceral Games may need more than just a short delay to get the game up to scratch. Time will tell.
Remakes and re-releases are currently all the rage so the fact that Temo Koei are planing a remake of their own shouldn’t come as a great surprise to anyone however, when said remake is of a PS3 title dubbed Bladestorm The Hundred Years War which nearly no one played, a few eyebrows are bound to be raised. Released back in 2007 Bladestorm, The Hundred Years War is, much like many a Temo Koei games, a Dynasty Warriors like tactical action game which tasks the player with taking down a huge opposing army. Bladestorm the remake (or Bladestorm: The Hundred Years War & Nightmare as its to be known) meanwhile will remain largely true to that template with some added refinements according to director Akihiro Suzuki who told Faimtsu that players can expect improvement to the game over all and a whole bunch of new modes. No release date or platforms have yet to be attached to Bladestorm The Hundred Years War & Nightmare but should you want to get a feel for the game the original Bladestorm is available on both the PS3 and 360 and goes for dirt cheap these days.
It’s been a long time coming but yesterday it finally arrived, id officially unveiled Doom 4 only it’s not actually called Doom 4, just Doom according to id’s Executive Producer Marty Stratton, who revealed that the forth instalment of the Doom series would be going back to the game’s roots both in terms of location in the series timeline (new Doom is a reboot) and gameplay with a renewed focus on fast paced, run and gun action. Mr. Stratton also went on to promise that this Doom would rely heavily on melee combat and a double-jump/jet pack mechanic. A short cinematic trailer for the game was released soon after it’s announcement however gameplay footage from QuakeCon 2014 has yet to surface. Attendees to the event have liken this new Doom, in spirit at least, to the mod Brutal Doom and in art direction to Doom 3. Doom will be heading to the PC, PS4 and Xbox One sometime in the not too distant future.
Nintendo have decided it’s high time we got our first real look at Fatal Frame 5 or Zero Nuregarasu no Miko as it’s known in Japan, so here’s the game’s first trailer. Fatal Frame 5, which is set for release exclusively on the Wii U this September 27th, in Japan is said to be the biggest, most ambitious Fatal Frame title ever created say developers Koei Tecmo, however it may be awhile before we here in the west get to find that out for ourselves as Fatal Frame 5 currently has no scheduled release outside of Japan.
Not one or two but three new fighters have been confirmed to be joining the Super Smash Bros. roster courtesy of the game’s official site. Captain Falcon of F-Zero will be returning to the brawl yet again and this time he’ll be joined by newcomers Lucina and Robin (who is available in both male and female flavours) from Fire Emblem Awakening as well as Chrom from the same game in the form of an Assist Trophy.. All three playable characters and Chrom can be seen facing off against one an other in a new trailer here but that’s not all the Super Smash Bros. news I have for you today, oh no, there’s more as series creator Masahiro Sakura has also revealed that Ubisoft’s Rayman will for the first time ever be included in the game as a basic trophy and one which you can see below, shame he isn’t a playable character though.