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.

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.

Microsoft Xbox Turns 10 Years Old Today

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

Microsoft Xbox

It was 10 years ago today that Microsoft entered the videogame console business with the release of the Xbox in North America. The system debuted at $299.99 and its release came more than a year after the PlayStation 2 had already debuted in western markets and three days before the GameCube, which will celebrate its tenth anniversary in North America on Friday. Xbox was the most powerful of the three consoles during that generation (four if you wish to include the Dreamcast), though that didn’t translate into sales — PS2 ended up dominating the console market for much of the decade, but Xbox did prove to be influential in the long run.

The Xbox name came from the original idea of creating a DirectX Box, DirectX being the name for a set of APIs used on computers. (’DirectX Box’ ended up being shortened to ‘Xbox.’) The system was, like the PS2 and unlike the Dreamcast and GameCube, capable of playing DVDs in addition to games. Dolby 5.1 support and an integrated Ethernet port were both standard, as was an 8GB hard drive, a new concept for videogame consoles at the time. The obvious benefits of a hard drive included the ability to save games without a memory card and rip music from CDs that could then be listened to as a soundtrack in certain games. Its presence later opened the door for downloadable content in games like Halo 2. (A standard hard drive was abandoned for certain models of the Xbox 360, resulting in developers avoiding mandatory installs no matter the cost.)

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

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

Review: The Lord of the Rings: War in the North Delivers the Loot

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Apple, PS2, Xbox

With the two-part film adaptation of The Hobbit not due in theaters for another year, the chances of getting a quality The Lord of the Rings game before that seemed slim to say the least. So imagine my surprise when an M-rated title that pulls from both the films as well as the expanded universe materializes from the vapor. The team at Snowblind Studios are no strangers to loot-heavy hack-and-slash, with the solid Champions of Norrath and Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance both under their belt. And with The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, they’ve used their past experiences to forge a fun, although flawed, fantasy experience.

At a recent preview event, the developers stressed how this game was built around the concept of the Fellowship. Instead of following the events of the films verbatim, the game places you in control of a trio of warriors — a human Ranger, an elven Loremaster, and a dwarven Champion — with a journey that runs concurrent with Frodo’s. Your party of three can be filled with any combination of A.I. and human partners — the latter of which can be provided via splitscreen or online.

Get PlayStation Vita Early by Pre-Ordering a Bundle

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Apple, NDS, Sony

PlayStation Vita First Edition Bundle

Thanks to it being region free, you can import a PlayStation Vita from Japan and not have to worry about whether North American or European games will work on it. If you’d rather not resort to importing but want to get your hands on the system before anyone else, Sony is now presenting you with an option to do so.

By pre-ordering the PlayStation Vita First Edition bundle, you’ll be able to get the system on February 15, a week ahead of its scheduled release on February 22. The caveat is it’s bundled with some things you may or may not want, resulting in some extra costs.

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.