Final Fantasy XIII-2 Demo Hitting PS3 And Xbox 360 Next Week

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Games and Players, PS3, Xbox


Square Enix enabling Final Fantasy fans to try-before-they-buy three weeks ahead of release.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 will get a demo via PSN and Xbox Live next week, Square Enix has confirmed.

The demo will hit PS3 and Xbox 360 in Europe on 11 January, but is only set for PS3 in North America where it launch a day earlier, the publisher confirmed.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 launched in Japan last month to critical acclaim, while Square Enix has been keen to push promotion of the game’s improvements in the West.

Vita’s Launch Lineup in PAL Territories Includes a New MotorStorm

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Apple, Sony

PlayStation Vita will be out in less than a month, on December 17, in Japan, and it’ll follow in North America and Europe on February 22. With Sony hosting a Vita-focused event in London today, the launch lineup for the system in PAL territories — including Great Britain, Ireland, and Australia — has been officially confirmed.

Among the titles that will be available alongside the system on February 22 are many of the usual suspects: Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Wipeout 2048, Little Deviants, and Super Stardust Delta. One of the surprise titles is the newly-announced MotorStorm RC, a new racing game in the works at series developer Evolution Studios.

Nintendo’s GameCube is Now 10 Years Old

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Apple, Games and Players, Microsoft, Nintendo, PS2, Sony, Xbox

GameCube

Just over five years after releasing the Nintendo 64, and three days after Microsoft entered the home game console business, Nintendo released the GameCube in North America on November 18, 2001. Although it was more powerful than the PlayStation 2, released a year earlier, and priced at just $199.99, for the second generation in a row Nintendo didn’t enjoy anywhere near the level of success Sony did.

Nintendo wasn’t able to tout the GameCube as the most powerful system of the generation due to the Xbox’s presence. It did have an edge over the PS2 horsepower-wise, and Nintendo finally left cartridges behind for its home consoles. But rather than opt to use DVDs like Microsoft and Sony, it opted for a proprietary optical disc format smaller than DVDs both in physical size and storage space. The system itself was incapable of playing DVDs — a feature that did wonders for the success of the PS2 — although Japan did get the Panasonic Q system that remedied that particular problem for its small number of owners.

Trenched Abandons its Name in Favor of Iron Brigade on November 30

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Apple, Games and Players, Microsoft, Xbox

Iron Brigade Trenched

Double Fine’s XBLA tower defense game Trenched will finally be out in Europe later this month, at which time it’ll take on a new name: Iron Brigade.

Both Double Fine and publisher Microsoft have had a real headache to deal with in Trenched. It was released as planned in North America this past June, but “unexpected challenges with distribution” got in the way of a European release. What that meant in reality was a trademark for a board game known as Trench was blocking Trenched’s release.

Kirby’s Adventure Now a 3D Classic on 3DS

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Games and Players, Wii

Kirby's Adventure

Kirby fans who own a 3DS are in for a treat this week. The fifth 3D Classics title has arrived on the eShop in North America today, and it’s the second Kirby game ever release: Kirby’s Adventure.

The game was originally released on NES in 1993 before later being released on Game Boy Advance in 2002 as Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land. A Wii Virtual Console version is also available. The obvious benefit of this 3D Classics version is the addition of 3D support and the ability to play it on the go if you don’t have a copy of Nightmare in Dream Land (and a system that plays GBA games) handy. Its price is set at $5.99.

Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition Bundles the Game and All its DLC

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Games and Music, Games and Players, PS3, Xbox

Fallout New Vegas

If you’ve missed out on Fallout: New Vegas until now and want some open-world action that features more guns than the swords and magic seen in the upcoming Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Bethesda plans to package the game with all of its DLC for a special edition release next year.

Scheduled for release on February 7, 2012 in North America and February 10 in Europe, the Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition bundles the game with all of its downloadable expansion packs: Dead Money, Honest Hearts, Old World Blues, Lonesome Road, Courier’s Stash, and Gun Runners’ Arsenal. With the level cap increases provided by these, you’ll be able to take your character all the way up to level 50, which should take a great deal of time.

Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition Bundles the Game and All its DLC

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Apple, PS3, Xbox

Fallout New Vegas

If you’ve missed out on Fallout: New Vegas until now and want some open-world action that features more guns than the swords and magic seen in the upcoming Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Bethesda plans to package the game with all of its DLC for a special edition release next year.

Scheduled for release on February 7, 2012 in North America and February 10 in Europe, the Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition bundles the game with all of its downloadable expansion packs: Dead Money, Honest Hearts, Old World Blues, Lonesome Road, Courier’s Stash, and Gun Runners’ Arsenal. With the level cap increases provided by these, you’ll be able to take your character all the way up to level 50, which should take a great deal of time.

PlayStation Vita Release Date Set for February 22

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Games and Music, Games and Players, Sony

Vita

After giving North America and European gamers nothing more specific than an “early 2012″ window, Sony has finally provided those in the west with a release date for the PlayStation Vita: it’ll be out on February 22, 2012 in North America and Europe.

The news was revealed at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco today by SCEA boss Jack Tretton. A Japanese release date of December 17 had already been announced.

Level-5 World Photo and Video Gallery

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Apple, Games and Players, Nintendo, PS3, PSP, others

Level-5 held its annual Vision press conference in Tokyo last night (Saturday morning in Japan) for nearly two hours. It covered a great variety of games, among them the absolutely gorgeous Ni No Kuni, which was confirmed again to be headed to North America and Europe in 2012, now with Namco Bandai attached as publisher. We learned that Professor Layton has a son who will be starring in Layton Brothers Mystery Room, a reworked version of DS title Mystery Room that is now coming to iOS. The Gundam Age game made an appearance and we heard about how the aim is to make something for a younger audience fans in order to create a new generation of Gundam fans.

In addition to the conference, also taking place this weekend is Level-5 World, a two-day event being held for the first time ever. You can check out our liveblog for a recap of the conference and flip through our gallery to get a look at pictures and video from the ensuing event. Click on any of the photos for a larger view.

Original World of Warcraft Server Blade Auctions to Support Charity

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Games and Music, Games and Players

WoW server blade auction



World of Warcraft fans are some of the most rabid around, and the opportunity to own one of the original server blades that housed the game’s many realms will be an exciting proposition for many of them. The opportunity to bid on one of these items should be good enough, but to make things even better, a worthy charity will be benefiting from the money they bring in.

About 2,000 original server blades will be auctioned off on eBay beginning on October 17. This will continue through November 14, with the net proceeds going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

These servers are no longer in use; WoW’s infrastructure has been upgraded since it first launched in 2004. They are HP ProLiant servers that were used to host hundreds of realms for North America and Europe. Each one comes inside a windowed case with the WoW logo and a plaque signed by the WoW development team.