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Persona 4 heroine Rise will be playable in fighting game Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

Rise Kujikawa, one of the heroines from Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 and its Vita re-release, Persona 4 Golden, will be a playable character in the upcoming fighting game Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, Gematsu reports via Famitsu. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, also known as Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold, is the upcoming sequel to Persona 4 Arena. Rise, a teenage idol, made her debut in Persona 4 as a party member. Although Persona 4 characters such as Yosuke, Chie and Yukiko were selectable fighters in Persona 4 Arena, Rise appeared only as a non-playable character. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax was announced alongside Persona 5 and several other spin-off titles in November 2013; it was confirmed for a Western release in February. Currently, the game is expected to launch this fall for...
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Is Watch Dogs doing anything original?

Watch Dogs begins with a tutorial mission that heavily accentuates the game's aspirations as a thriller about modern surveillance. Set in a sports stadium, this sequence forces the player to make use of cameras and security servers in order to demonstrate power over the world. It is an overlay of semi-transparent lines, criss-crossing the physical realm, bending and warping reality; a conspiracy-theorist's fantasy user interface. The in-game goons who would harm me can be rendered impotent by the flick of a switch. Reaching that switch is a matter of following simple sequential puzzles and holding down a button on the joypad. It is a secondary weapon, a smart bomb that the designers have placed in the world in order to add an extra dimension to the combat and to give the game a gleam...
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Ace Combat Infinity launching for free to PS3 on May 27

Free-to-play PlayStation 3 release Ace Combat Infinity launches May 27, publisher Bandai Namco confirmed today. The game is currently in development from studio Project Aces, best known for the flight simulation series. Ace Combat Infinity takes place in the near future and includes solo mission as well as up-to four-player multiplayer, pitting two teams of two players against one enemy to inflict the most damage. The game was first announced last year, with a tentative release window of late 2013. "The Ace Combat franchise has evolved dramatically over the years, but never before have we been able to offer its amazing graphics and tactical action for free," the publisher's Europe's senior vice president Olivier Comte said in a prepared statement at the time. "The team at Project...
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Destiny website revamp offers more on enemies, classes, locations

An updated website for Bungie's upcoming sci-fi shooter Destiny teases more information about its enemies, three character classes and locations. Destiny is set on a future Earth after it experienced a golden age introduced with the arrival of the Traveler who "breathed new life into our system." Its arrival brought rain to Mars and made the atmosphere of Venus habitable. Human colonies on planets within the solar system are now in ruins and colonized by interstellar visitors who are searching the ruined golden age settlements. Players are placed in the role of one of three Guardian types or character classes. New videos of the three character classes, detailed in Polygon's E3 in-depth interview with its developers, are available on the website. The character classes include the...
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Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day launches today in Australia and Europe

Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day, a side-scrolling action game tied into manga artist and Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo's four-part animated film Short Peace, is available now for PlayStation 3 in Australia and Europe, Bandai Namco Games Europe announced today. The PlayStation 3-exclusive video game component is directed by Goichi "Suda51" Suda, whose credits include killer7, Lollipop Chainsaw, Killer Is Dead and the No More Heroes franchise, and tells the fifth and final part of Short Peace. Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day follows the titular hero, "an average girl by day and a deadly assassin by night," according to Bandai Namco. "For the first time in video game history, Bandai Namco Games Europe is pleased to bring to players this tremendous cross-media experience," said Herve Hoerdt,...
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BloodRayne: Crimson Slayer is the Japanese version of BloodRayne: Betrayal

BloodRayne: Betrayal, the sidescrolling action game from WayForward Technologies, has been localized into Japanese and will be released May 1 on PlayStation 3, publisher Arc System Works announced today on the game's website. Last week, Arc System Works posted a teaser site featuring a countdown for the BloodRayne project. BloodRayne: Betrayal was originally published by Majesco Entertainment in September 2011 on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade, but never made its way to Japan. Arc System Works, the studio behind the Guilty Gear franchise, is publishing the Japanese localization of BloodRayne: Betrayal, which is known as BloodRayne: Crimson Slayer. You can check out a trailer for Crimson Slayer above.
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Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 heading to consoles, 3DS

A sequel to Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures will launch for Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U, Bandai Namco announced today. Like its predecessor, Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 takes inspiration from the animated show of the same name. The game introduces a new storyline featuring characters Pac, Spiral and Cylindria in their quest to defend PacWorld from Lord Betrayus and his army. Players will also have the chance to explore the ocean floor and space. Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 will be available in Fall 2014. Its accompanying show begins airing this year and will extend into 2015. For a look at the game, watch the trailer below. A price for Ghostly Adventures 2 has not been announced. The first game, which launched last year, was available for...
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Tales of Xillia 2 hits PS3 Aug. 19, $129.99 Collector's Edition revealed

Tales of Xillia 2 will arrive Aug. 19 for PlayStation 3, Bandai Namco announced today. The role-playing game was announced last July and follows the adventures of two new protagonists, Ludger Kresnik and Elle Marta. A $129.99 Collector's Edition will be available and include Tales of Xillia 2, a Ludger figure, a replica of Elle's pocket watch, a Rollo plush charm, a CD with music from the game and an art book. Purchasers will also receive downloadable content with costumes from Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World's Emil Castagnier, Tales of Graces' Asbel Lhant and Tales of Vesperia's Yuri Lowell. Set a year after the first game, players with save game files from Tales of Xillia will receive bonus items in the sequel. You can check out a pair of trailers — one that hints at a...
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Star Wars Pinball: Heroes Within trailer shows Masters of the Force in action

Zen Studios' is preparing to launch the final round of tables for Star Wars Pinball later this month, sharing a trailer today showing the Masters of the Force table in action. Masters of the Force — a table featuring Force-wielding heavy hitters like Yoda, Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine — is part of the Heroes Within DLC pack, which launches on April 29 for PlayStation 3, Android, iOS, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows PC via Steam and Xbox 360. The pack includes four tables for $9.99 on console and PC and individual tables will be available for $1.99 through the iTunes App Store, Google Play and the Amazon App Store. "The past two years of Star Wars Pinball development have been tremendously rewarding," reads a press statement from Zen Studios. "Masters of the Force feels...
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Soulcalibur: Lost Swords now available on PS3 in North America

Free-to-play brawler Soulcalibur: Lost Swords is now available on PlayStation 3 in North America, publisher Bandai Namco announced today. Players can choose from a roster of the Soulcalibur series' most popular characters and send them into combat. Lost Swords utilizes an item discovery and crafting system and elemental-based fighting mechanics to change up combat. Players can use weapons and armor taken from defeated enemies or build new ones from raw materials and imbue them with element-specific characteristics, such as fire and wind. Different weapon and element types will be stronger or weaker against certain foes in battle. Characters in Lost Swords can be customized through completing quests, which will unlock accessories and other items to equip to fighters. Player-built...
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Batman: Arkham Origins Cold, Cold Heart launch trailer shows Mr. Freeze in action

The launch trailer for Cold, Cold Heart, a story-based add-on for Batman: Arkham Origins featuring Mr. Freeze, offers a look at Batman's melting moves against the chilly villain. Cold, Cold Heart tells the origin story of Mr. Freeze, a cryogenics researcher named Victor Fries whose wife was diagnosed with a fatal disease. Like previous teasers, the trailer begins on New Year's Eve at Wayne Manor, where things quickly spiral out of control as Mr. Freeze makes his explosive entrance. The DLC adds new locations Wayne Manor and GothCorp, as well as new gadgets — Thermocharged Batarangs and Thermal Gloves — and the Extreme Environment suit. To see some of the game's new levels and items, check out the trailer above. Cold, Cold Heart is available via the PlayStation Network, Steam and Xbox...
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Grid Autosport coming to PS3, Xbox 360 and PC on June 24

Codemasters is bringing the next game in the Grid racing series — Grid Autosport — to PlayStation 3, Windows PC and Xbox 360 on June 24, publisher Bandai Namco announced today. The game will draw from Codemasters' TOCA Touring Car series and will incorporate features based on community feedback collected from fans of the Grid franchise, professional racers and experts from U.K.-based magazine Autosport. Like its predecessors, the game will be "all about the race," according to a press statement. Grid Autosport will feature a career mode in which players can dedicate themselves to one racing discipline or challenge themselves in all of them. This includes several different mini-modes such as endurance and tuner events, as well as touring cars and street races. The title includes 100...
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GameSpy shutdown taking Borderlands, Civilization titles offline 'temporarily'

The impending shutdown of online-service provider GameSpy Technology will "temporarily" take Borderlands and some Civilization games offline as publisher 2K Games moves them from GameSpy to Steamworks, while nearly 20 other titles will lose online support, 2K announced today. GameSpy Technology, which provides the online back-end for dozens of games, announced earlier this year that it would close May 31. On that date, 2K said today, online service for eight different games will "temporarily" be halted as the publisher migrates support from GameSpy to Valve's Steamworks platform. The titles in question are Sid Meier's Civilization 3, Civilization 3: Conquests, Civilization 3: Play the World, Sid Meier's Civilization 4, Civilization 4: Beyond the Sword, Civilization 4: Colonization, C...
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How Dragon Age: Inquisition's trailer opens up new story

Story has always been a central pillar in the enduring popularity of BioWare's Dragon Age series. A new trailer out today seeks to set the stage for Dragon Age: Inquisition, due to be released Oct. 7, 2014. Dragon Age: Inquisition begins with the events at a peace conference between the warring mages and templars. An explosion wreaks havoc on the tentative plans, while causing the extinction of many members of the world's ruling classes. The Inquisitor emerges from the chaos, ostensibly being blasted from metaphysical realm the Fade. The game's central character is given the power to fill the power vacuum, leading the Inquisition against invading demons, pouring through The Rift. "There's an interesting undertone here of people in the world believing that you have been sent as a...
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