Just Another Week of New Games: 08/06/13

This week in releases for Xbox*, Playstation, Nintendo, and PC.

Sucker Punch Explains Delsin's Smoke Powers in Infamous: Second Son.

Every designer loves a burning car, I don't know why.

Batman: Arkham Origins Beta Invites Being Sent Now

Warner Bros. has been sending out emails to sign up for the beta test of the Arkham Origins newly announced multiplayer mode.

Playstation All-Stars DLC and Patch Update

Today, Sony Monica Studios, updated it's fans about future DLC releases and Patches. It's good to finally hear something about this game again.

30+ Minutes of Killzone: Mercenary Multiplayer Beta Gameplay

Killzone: Mercenary for the Vita is looking great. These gameplay videos are captured directly from the Vita. It looks absolutely gorgeous for an handheld title.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Senran Kagura Burst Will Be Released In North America This Fall

XSeed will be releasing the Senran Kagura Burst side-srolling brawlers to the 3DS in North America. The game will be launching exclusively via the Nintendo eShop this fall. The digital release will include enhanced version of Senran Kagura Skirting Shadows plus it's sequel, Senran Kagura: Crimson Girls, an 2 for 1 deal.

The game features an all female cast of ninjas that each have their own unique abilities to use during battle. The game is mostly beating the crap out of enemies but there will also be visual-novel like sections that carry the story forward. All of these scenes include the original Japanese voice acting with English subtitles.

Soul Sacrifice Gets More Free DLC Today

Since the launch of Soul Sacrifice, Comcept has released a good amount of free DLC that includes new levels, quests, and bosses. Eight more quests are available and 2 bosses more bosses to sacrifice, Cat Sith and Beelzebub. To acquire this new content just go to the Playstation Store and download the activation key.

Even more quests and bosses were announced and they'll be available later this summer.
  • August 20th: "The Cobbler Triplets and the Old Master"
  • September 3rd: "The Iron Lady's Tears of Red"
  • September 17th: "The Fall of the Gods."
Just a reminder to those that haven't download the latest patch, version 1.20. It adds a new level called "Luna Wastes" and a new episode, "Heretic Savior". The patch was released on July 23rd.

Happy Birthday To Sound Shapes

This week Sound Shapes turns 1. To celebrate the occasion there's going to be a huge Sound Shapes sale plus a contest and free DLC! The sale puts everything 50% off; the game and it's DLC, and all the Sound Shapes avatars are free! If you go wish Sound Shapes a happy birthday on the Playstation forums you'll get the Car Mini-Album and the Entity Pack for free also.

A level design/jam completion is also being held. To participate all you have to do is create and upload an level what you love about Sound Shapes and hashtag the title with #BDay. Upload the level before August 19th and if you win you level will be featured in an special Milkcrate plus you will receive a signed, screen printed Sound Shapes poster.

Now, if you have not played Sound Shapes yet; what in the hell have you been waiting on? Go buy it now as it's the perfect opportunity.

Monday, August 5, 2013

PS Vita Firmware v2.60 Adds Quicker Access To Game Saves Saved on PS+ Cloud & More (Updated)

Sony has released a new firmware update for the PS Vita, bumping up the version count from 2.12 to 2.60. The changelog is detailed below:
  • You can now easily upload and download you saved data using online storage. Select the PlayStation Plus icon on the LiveArea screen for each application.
  • You can now play content saved on a connected device (PS3 or PC) with [Videos] and [Music].
  • Some items have been added to the menu that appears when you press and hold the PS button.
  • [Devices] has been newly added under [Settings] and [Bluetooth Settings] has been moved under [Devices].
  • In addition, the usability of many features has been improved. 

You can download the new software update from either the Vita under Settings or on Playstation.com (Whenever they feel like updating the page.).

Investigate What Happened To a British Settlement In The Betrayer

Betrayer is a new PC first-person shooter from a new studio called Blackpowder Games. This studio consists of 6 developers that worked on F.E.A.R. and No One Lives Forever.
The art direction used in this game is pretty cool. The whole game has an black and white filter with a splash of red to highlight clues and enemies. It gives the Betrayer a dark and gloomy mood. The concept of it sounds good too. You have to travel in an open world and discover hidden clues to find out what happened to an abandoned British settlement by discovering clues, notes, and artifacts in the colonial era Virginia. To make things worse you have to deal with undead conquistadors.

Betrayer comes out on PC on Aug. 15th on Steam for 15$.

Why Can't PlanetSide 2 Do Cross-Platform Multiplayer?

Both the PC version and the PS4 versions are identical in everything except for one thing; how each platform handles updates. While SOE can update PlanetSide 2 anytime they want on the PC; the PS4 version has to get a thumbs up from Sony's Playstation division before it can even go live.

"Because of the update cadence, and the additional steps you have to go through to be able to release an update on the PlayStation Network, we're not going to be able to keep our servers in sync, so you won't be able to just play with the same people," he said. "They might be a week behind in terms of patching, or a day behind or whatever it ends up being, and we can't really have that." - Matt Higby, Creative Director for PlanetSide 2.

There is a chance that you might be able to bring your PC profile to the PS4 version of the game or vice-versa. The team at SOE is looking into it. They also might release an companion application for the Vita.

"Well, the main thing that we're doing is just the linked play so you can actually play on your Vita," Higby said. "In terms of Vita-specific functionality, we haven't really talked about doing anything yet, but we do have some ideas for doing kind of companion games that you could have. Either being able to navigate the map, or set missions and stuff on your Vita."


Sunday, August 4, 2013

Tales of Xillia has Two Heroes, Two Nation, and Only One Destiny.

The wait is finally over Tales fans. Tales of Xillia is coming out in a couple days. In preparation for release Namco Bandai gave us a new trailer to torture us and remind us that we have to wait a little longer for this highly anticipated role-playing game goodness.
Tales of Xillia releases on Aug. 06, 13.