The co-op component of Splinter Cell: Blacklist ties specific play styles to certain characters, so co-op players will need to be versatile, said Ubisoft Toronto's Zack Cooper on the PlayStation Blog.
Blacklist co-op features 14 missions split up according to the member of Fourth Echelon that gives them to you. Cooper, community developer at Ubisoft Toronto, revealed two of the characters and their respective game types today: Isaac Briggs and Anna Grimsdottir.
Briggs plays alongside protagonist Sam Fisher in story-based missions that focus on the interplay between the grizzled Fisher and the relative neophyte Briggs. The story ties in with Blacklist's overall narrative, and the missions are more free-form, with support for the Ghost (non-lethal stealth), Panther (lethal stealth) or...
An earlier trailer for Atlus' 3DS RPG Shin Megami Tensei 4 laid out the duties of a samurai who fights demons, and a new trailer explains just what that entails.
This trailer focuses on the gameplay aspects of the RPG; samurai must battle demons using series-staple abilities like Zio and Bufu magic spells. However, demons aren't just foes for the slaughter, and the player must negotiate with demons to have them join the squad where they can be fused together to create more powerful entities.
Shin Megami Tensei 4 comes out on Nintendo 3DS on July 16 in North America.
A Pokemon X and Y developer roundtable will be hosted by Nintendo at E3 2013, where representatives from Game Freak and The Pokemon Company will share details about the series' next generation, Nintendo announced today.
The event will be held the evening of Tuesday, June 11 — a few hours after the company's E3 Nintendo Direct presentation, which it will hold in lieu of a proper E3 press conference. Nintendo is known for hosting developer roundtables at E3 annually, though rarely do they focus on a single game like this. Panelists include president and CEO of The Pokemon Company Tsunekazu Ishihara and Game Freak director Junichi Masuda.
Unfortunately, the event will not be streaming, but we'll be on hand to share any announcements that come out of the roundtable. For more on Pokemon...
Nintendo will share a new Nintendo Direct presentation on Tuesday, June 11 during E3 2013, the company announced this morning.
The presentation will begin at 10 a.m. ET and will be streamed through Nintendo's website.
Hello. We already announced we will have another #NintendoDirectNA at E3, but now we can share the date/time: 6/11 at 7 am PT. #IwataSays
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) May 23, 2013
Nintendo previously announced the Nintendo Direct taking place prior to the expo would discuss the next Smash Bros. title, a new Mario game for Nintendo 3DS, the next Mario Kart and other Wii U titles.
While the majority of hype for Disney Infinity has revolved around the free-form Toy Box thus far, the game will also ship with pre-made play sets like this one for Pixar's upcoming Monsters University.
The film deals with the college days of Monsters, Inc characters like Mike, Sulley and Randy, and the play set holds fast to that, featuring prank wars with rival school Fear Tech. At the end of the trailer, we see how the monsters might interact with the Toy Box.
The Monsters University play set will be included with the Disney Infinity starter pack.
Disney Infinity hits most major platforms this August.
Aksys Games will reveal two new titles for the U.S. market at E3 2013, the publisher announced on its website.
At E3, the company will also show off its first mobile title, PlayStation Vita game Muramasa Rebirth and A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda EX, which is set to launch on Xbox 360.
Aksys Games recently released a new trailer for Muramasa Rebirth showcasing the game's two protagonists and their sword-slashing skills. Muramasa Rebirth launches June 25 on PlayStation Vita.
A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda EX is a re-imagined version of the side-scrolling action platformer for Windows PC and is set to launch on Xbox Live Arcade this summer. It will feature upgradable abilities, new weapons, areas, enemies and more.
The publisher is also bringing Idea Factory's visual novel Hakuoki:...
In this week's issue of Famitsu magazine, Level-5 announced that they're set to release an upgraded version of Fantasy Life, the RPG/exploration/goof-around-and-fish-all-day game they released for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan late last year.
Called Fantasy Life Link!, the upgrade mostly focuses on boosting the game's online feature set. Up to four people can now play co-op over the Internet once they exchange Friend Codes, and there's also a new Link Mode that, when you're online, lets you exchange messages with friends and keep tabs on their progress through the game. This will be accompanied by a new website launching alongside Link! that's set to feature forums, stats, and screenshot albums. In addition, Level-5 showed off a new island that will be available for exploration in Link!,...
Electronic Arts is developing games for the Wii U, but not as many as the company is developing for Sony and Microsoft's consoles, EA's chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen said today during the Stifel Nicolaus 2013 Internet, Media and Communications Conference.
Jorgensen's statement seems to contradict a statement last week from EA spokesman Jeff Brown, who said last week that the company has "no games in development for the Wii U currently."
When asked by a conference attendee which console manufacturer would lead the next generation, Jorgensen said that consumers, not publishers, would be the ones to decide.
"You know, I think Nintendo's business was more [an] extension of their last console," Jorgensen said today. "We are building titles for the Nintendo console, but not...
Activision shared a behind the scenes video for Call of Duty: Ghosts during Microsoft's Xbox One unveiling event, detailing the development ideology behind the company's next-gen Call of Duty title.
The video above shares more details on the development of the game's plot and characters, as well as information on features new to the franchise such as dynamic maps and the ability to have a dog as a squad mate.
A teaser trailer for the game leaked earlier this morning prior to the Xbox One announcement, but has since been taken down. The full trailer from Microsoft's presentation is available here.
Call of Duty: Ghosts will launch on Nov. 5 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U and Windows PC. The game will hit Xbox One at an unspecified date and will receive all downloadable content...
Nintendo recently released a minor system update for the Wii U to improve system stability and improve compatibility of certain software, according to the Nintendo website.
The 3.0.1 update comes less than a month after the 3.0 update Nintendo released in April. That patch addressed sluggish load times and added features like the ability to copy data between USB drives. Another significant update is due out this summer; it will focus on improving performance in general, according to Nintendo.
Singer and YouTube star, Smooth McGroove, performed and posted an a cappella version of the The Moon theme from DuckTales.
Gleason has recorded numerous classic video game a capella covers, including Guile theme from Street Fighter 2, The Legend of Zelda Overworld theme and the Dr. Wily Stage from Mega Man 2. He has even recorded a Pokémon theme parody a cappella called "Try To Catch a Few."
The Smooth McGroove YouTube channel has 193,474 subscribers and roughly 9 million views. The singer has a 22-track album out on iTunes for $9.99 featuring a capella covers of video game classics.
Smooth McGroove, whose real name is Max Gleason, recently told GamesBeat that he quit his full-time music teaching job to focus full-time on recording.
In March, Capcom announced DuckTales...
Shantae, WayForward Technologies' Game Boy Color-era side-scroller staring the titular belly dancing heroine, will be released on the Virtual Console June 20, the developer announced recently on its official blog.
Originally released in North America in 2002, the game puts players in the role of Shantae as she battles a pirate invasion led by her nemesis, Risky Boots. The Nintendo 3DS version will be available in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
The game is also notable having been released for Game Boy Color about a year after Game Boy Advance. Recent eBay auctions for the original GBA game have garnered over $130. As of this writing, an ongoing auction for a sealed version of Shantae stands at $821 from 10 bidders.
Last November, Nintendo Power reported that...
Target is offering discounts on Wii U hardware and software in its online store, according to listings on the company's website.
The Wii U Basic console, which includes 8 GB of internal storage, is on sale for $239.99, a discount off 20 percent of its regular price of $299.99 and a savings of $60. A bundle that includes the Wii U Deluxe console, which includes 32 GB of storage, Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros. U is on sale for $390, a savings of $19.99 off the combined $409.99 retail price.
The retailer has also discounted several Wii U games, including:
Assassin's Creed 3 for $29.99 (regularly $49.99)
Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two for $29.99 (regularly $59.99)
FIFA Soccer 13 for $29.99 (regularly $53.99)
Madden NFL 13 for $29.99 (regularly $39.99)
The high-definition release of Resident Evil: Revelations will be expanded with three batches of downloadable content coming in June, one of which includes two characters, Rachel Ooze and Lady Hunk, playable in the game's Raid Mode.
The first batch of content will hit June 4 in the form of two DLC packs: Resistance Set and Enhancement Set. Each pack will be priced at 160 Microsoft Points/$1.99/€1.99 and contain six weapon upgrades.
The following week, Rachel Ooze and Lady Hunk — a female, shorts-wearing version of Umbrella Security Service Unit member Hunk, first playable in Resident Evil 2 — will be available for 240 Microsoft Points/$2.99/€2.99. Both will be playable in Revelations' Raid Mode. The still-human version of Rachel and original Hunk will be also be available in...
Watch Dogs pre-order customers at Amazon and GameStop in the U.S. will receive their own exclusive single-player missions, publisher Ubisoft announced today.
Amazon pre-orders come with the Signature Shot Pack. The mission will task players with infiltrating the hideout of the Black Viceroys, a gang in Watch Dogs' near-future Chicago, and steal a package including the Biometric Assault Rifle — so they can imprint the gun with their hand and claim it — and a Black Viceroys outfit for protagonist Aiden Pearce.
Players who pre-order Watch Dogs at GameStop will get the Palace Pack. The mission within focuses on a police raid of a palace owned by an internet millionaire; it's up to Pearce to get in, wipe the guy's hard drives and get out before the cops show up. The Palace Pack also...
Batman: Arkham Origins stars noted voice actors Roger Craig Smith as Batman and Troy Baker as Joker, reports Joystiq.
Smith replaces longtime Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy; it was initially reported that Conroy would not appear in Arkham Origins at all, but he said last week that he is involved with the franchise in some capacity.
Smith's credits include Ezio Auditore da Firenze in the Assassin's Creed games and Chris Redfield in the Resident Evil series. Baker most recently lent his voice to BioShock Infinite protagonist Booker DeWitt, and stars as Joel, the male lead in Naughty Dog's upcoming survival title The Last of Us. He also appeared in Batman: Arkham City as the actor behind Two-Face and Robin.
Batman: Arkham Origins, which is in development at WB Games Montreal, launches...
Rebellion Developments' World War 2 tactical shooter Sniper Elite V2 will be available for Wii U tomorrow at retail in North America, publisher 505 Games announced today.
Sniper Elite V2 sets players in Berlin during the second world war, tasking them with saving or sniping members of Adolf Hitler's V-2 rocket-building program. The title features the "X-Ray Kill Cam" present in other versions of the game, in which players can view the shots they take in slow-motion and view the full, graphic impact of their bullets on their enemies.
The Wii U version allows play completely on the GamePad controller without use of the TV, and grants players access to a handful of new features. Players can use the GamePad to track enemies, set traps, monitor explosives and their subsequent blast radius...
Sam Fisher may be a super spy, but this new trailer for Ubisoft's Splinter Cell: Blacklist shows that even the best secret agents need a hand sometimes.
According to the trailer, Splinter Cell: Blacklist will ship with 14 different missions for co-op play across four mission types. This is at odds with what Polygon learned in our co-op preview, when we were told that Blacklist would have 16 co-op missions. In the co-op mode, players can either take charge of veteran Splinter Cell agent Sam Fisher or his CIA counterpart Isaac Briggs. Briggs and Fisher must watch each others' backs, and are shown assisting one another to get to areas they wouldn't be able to reach on their own.
According to the trailer, Splinter Cell: Blacklist supports couch co-op play with a split-screen mode. For...
Arc System Works' fighting game franchise BlazBlue is getting an anime series, set to launch in Japan this fall, reports Anime News Network.
The anime was unveiled at the Arc System Works Festival yesterday in Yokohama, where the company unveiled the anime's story, cast and staff members. BlazBlue Alter Memory will be based on 2008 title BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, which launched initially for arcades and was ported to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable and Windows PCs in 2009 and 2010.
BlazBlue Alter Memory takes place in December 2199 during New Year celebrations. The powerful rebel Ragna the Bloodedge, who has an incredibly high bounty on his head and is also known as the "Grim Reaper," appears to wreck havoc and destroy the world. A ragtag gang of fighters —...