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Platform Win, 360, PS3, Mac, Linux, Wii U eShop, PS3 Publisher Gaijin Games Developer Gaijin Games Release Date 2013-02-26

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Bit.Trip Runner 2 review: video star

Runner 2's biggest improvement is a smoother difficulty curve Bit.Trip Runner 2's broad appeal starts with 3D environments seemingly plucked from a computer-animated children's film. The peppy soundtrack calls to mind the best songs from the iPhone's casual catalogue — which might sound like an insult if you haven't heard tunes like this one. But a new, smoother difficulty curve proves the most inviting change to Runner's side-scrolling formula. Runner 2 coaxes you along by gradually introducing new abilities. At first, you have to focus on jumping. Then you're jumping and sliding. By the end, you're jumping and sliding and kicking and loop-the-looping and batting projectiles all within a second. After only a few hours, I was a running pro, accomplishing inhuman feats that seemed...

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Wii U eShop sale offers 60 percent discounts on indie games

Nintendo is kicking off a two-week "Super Indie Connection Sale" in the Wii U eShop today, with discounts of 60 percent on a few different games, the company announced today. Five indie titles are part of the promotion. Wii U users who buy one of them during the sale, or already own one of them, will be able to purchase any of the other four games at 60 percent off. Here are the five titles in question: Two Tribes' Toki Tori 2+, KnapNok Games' Spin the Bottle: Bumpie's Party, Gaijin Games' Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien, Black Forest Games' Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams and WayForward Technologies' Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive Edition. The sale runs from noon ET today through 11:59 a.m. ET on Feb. 13.

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Runner 2 on PS3 added to PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection

Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien for PlayStation 3 is the latest title to be added to PlayStation Plus members' Instant Game Collections, netting them a free copy of the rhythm-platforming game for a limited time. Subscribers will also be able to grab Runner 2's roster-expanding DLC, Good Friends Character Pack, for the discounted price of $1.91, granting them access to playable runners like Quote from Cave Story and Spelunky Guy from Spelunky. Also on sale this week for all PlayStation Store shoppers is the Tomb Raider bundle, a pack which includes the full version of this year's Tomb Raider reboot, a handful of DLC (including weapons modeled after Agent 47's guns from Hitman: Absolution) and a voucher for Airtight Games' puzzle-platformer, Quantum Conundrum....

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Hitman: Absolution leads PS Store's August offerings

Hitman: Absolution, last year's stealth action title from IO Interactive, will be free for PlayStation Plus members starting tomorrow, Aug. 6, according to a post on the PlayStation Blog today. Joining Hitman: Absolution (regularly $19.99) in the Instant Game Collection this month will be the following games: Gaijin Games' platformer Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (PlayStation 3, regularly $14.99), Zen Studios' Zen Pinball 2: Star Wars Pinball (available for PS3 and PS Vita through Cross Buy, regularly $9.99) Capcom's fighting game Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower (PS Vita and PSP, regularly $9.99) Amanita Design's point-and-click puzzle adventure Machinarium (PS Vita, regularly $6.99). Sony has not announced the dates at which those titles...

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Bit.Trip Runner 2 DLC adds Portal 2 and Spelunky cameos

Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien's upcoming Good Friends Character Pack downloadable content will add Atlas from Portal 2 and Spelunky Guy from Spelunky. For an added challenge, the DLC will also include a transparent version of the game's hero, Invisible CommanderVideo. Today's announcement tops off the DLC's cast of indie characters, which also includes Raz from Psychonauts, Quote from Cave Story, Dr. Fetus from Super Meat Boy and Josef from Machinarium. You can check out the Steam-exclusive Atlas from Portal 2 in the video above, as well as Spelunky Guy and Invisible CommanderVideo in the videos below. The $3 Good Friends Character Pack will be released on Steam tomorrow, July 11, with PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U versions to follow. Check out P...

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Bit.Trip Runner 2 adds Good Friends from Super Meat Boy, Machinarium

Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien's upcoming Good Friends downloadable content will feature Dr. Fetus of Super Meat Boy fame and Machinarium's Josef. The pack, announced yesterday, introduces seven characters new to Runner 2. Each character is a crossover appearance from another indie title. You can watch the videos above and below to see how Dr. Fetus and Josef stumbled into Commander Video's colorful world. Yesterday, Gaijin unveiled Psychonaut's Raz and Cave Story's Quote. Three more characters will be announced tomorrow. The Good Friends character pack will be available via Steam July 11, while a PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U launch are expected at a later date.

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Runner 2 DLC brings back old friends from indie hits

Gaijin Games has announced new character-based DLC for its platformer Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien. This week the Santa Cruz, CA. company will be revealing seven individuals featured in the "Good Friends Character Pack," based on cross-over indie games. So far we've seen Quote, best known as the protagonist in Studio Pixel's Cave Story, and Raz from Double Fine's Psychonauts. Accompanying promo videos are voiced by renowned voice actor, Charles Martinet, who provided Mario as well as other Nintendo characters and has previously worked with Gaijin Games. Last week, Gaijin released a free-to-play endless runner browser game based on Runner 2.

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CommanderVideo endless runner is now free online

Gaijin Games has launched a free-to-play endless runner based on the Commander Video character, best known for its appearance in various retro-style Bit.Trip games. The 8-bit 2D sideways scroller features the eponymous Commander Video jumping and avoiding obstacles, complete with 1980s-style sound effects. Commander Video most recently appeared in Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien, released worldwide last March for multiple platforms, and still due to arrive for PSN in Europe and Australia in the weeks ahead. According to developer Gaijin Games' co-founder Alex Neuse, new downloadable content will also be announced in the near future, but for the moment, CommanderVideo the game aside, Commander Video the character will be taking a break. "Commander Video and...

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Gaijin Games developing Runner 2 for Vita to put it in 'as many people's hands as want to play it'

When Gaijin Games released Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend Of Rhythm Alien earlier this year, it did so simultaneously on several platforms: Windows PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network and Wii U. Notably absent was the PlayStation Vita. This summer — hopefully sometime between mid-July and mid-August, according to the developers — Gaijin will release Runner 2 for Sony's handheld. We caught up with Danny Johnson (game designer), Chris Meyer (artist) and Dant Rambo (associate producer) at E3 2013 to play an early version of the PS Vita version and learn how and why the colorful platformer is making its way to Sony's handheld. A small, independent studio doesn't have the resources to do everything it wants to, Johnson explained. Though the Vita version has...

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Bit.Trip Runner 2 devs working on Wii U bugs

A new update from Gaijin Games founder, Alex Neuse, details several fixes for the newly released Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien on Wii U, including a bug that locks up the console. Neuse announced the patch, which is currently in progress, via the Gaijin Games forums. Some Wii U owners have been experience a bug that locks the system after quitting the game or powering down through the Home Menu. According to Neuse, it's possible that the problem is "not even [their] bug." "We had never experienced this issue on our devkits, during development, so it seems that this is an issue that only occurs on retail Wii Us," Neuse wrote. "This makes it super gnarly to debug." The patch also includes fixes for leaderboards, settings, false score reporting and more. B...

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Bit.Trip Runner 2 coming to PS3 March 3, Vita this summer

Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend Of Rhythm Alien is coming to Playstation 3 on March 3 and to PlayStation Vita this summer, according to a post on the PlayStation Blog by Gaijin Games co-founder Mike Roush. The PlayStation 3 version will be available at at 20 percent discount for PlayStation Plus members for its first two weeks, though the price hasn't been set yet. It will not support Cross Buy, because "Gaijin Games is self publishing the Vita version and Aksys Games is publishing the PS3 version," Roush revealed in a comment. He ended his guest post with the Vita announcement and a bit of adoration for the handheld. "We are proud to announce that Gaijin Games will be bringing Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend Of Rhythm Alien to PlayStation Vita," Roush wrote. "PS...

Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien Releases
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  • Windows
    • Released 2013-02-26
    • Publisher Gaijin Games
    • Developer Gaijin Games
    • Score 8.5
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 2013-02-26
    • Publisher Aksys Games
    • Developer Gaijin Games
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 2013-03-05
    • Publisher Aksys Games
    • Developer Gaijin Games
  • Mac
    • Released 2013-02-26
    • Publisher Gaijin Games
    • Developer Gaijin Games
  • Linux
    • Released 2013-02-26
    • Publisher Gaijin Games
    • Developer Gaijin Games
  • Nintendo Wii U eShop
    • Released 2013-02-26
    • Publisher Aksys Games
    • Developer Gaijin Games
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 2013-12-17
    • Publisher Aksys Games
    • Developer Gaijin Games
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