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Apr
23
Posted by at 11:02
While the Switch waits for its version of the service to be as much as begun, the Wii U is still getting new games added to it- in North America, at least.

Siliconera reports that the Game Boy Advance games Rayman Advance- the GBA port of the first game in the series- and Rayman 3 are joining the service.

Switch hasn't been left behind, though, as it's getting another of the ACA Neo Geo games, in the form of Fatal Fury.
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Apr
20
Posted by Ben at 13:41
We've known Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 is coming for a while, but we now have a firm date for the latest sequel in the stunning looking Guilty Gear franchise, and it's coming pretty soon

Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 will arrive in Europe on May 26th, for both the PS4, and impressively the Playstation 3.

Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 boasts a rebalancing of characters, the return of Baiken, and improved tutorials. If you have Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator then Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 will also be available as a digital upgrade on both PS4 and PS3

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Apr
19
Posted by Ben at 13:12
I have incredibly fond memories of playing Micro Machines 2 on the Megadrive, using 4 pads thanks to the two extra ports on the game cartridge itself, and playing 8 player races thanks to the pad sharing mechanic. I'm of a generation that is watching Micro Machines World Series with impossibly high expectations

It's with some relief then that Codemasters have released a trailer for the upcoming Micro Machines World Series, and it's actually looking pretty good

Race and Elimination modes are back, as well as a 12 player battle mode and online modes, and nicely, 4 player local split screen. Micro Machines World Tour is set to release in June on PC, PS4 and Xbox One

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Apr
11
Posted by Ben at 13:28
I'm sure you're aware, but Sega have been teasing some Bayonetta news over the past week. The more optimistic amongst us have been hoping it will be the announcement of Bayonetta 3, unfortunately not (but never say never). Instead the more conservative theory that it was a port of the original game to PC turned out to be the big Bayonetta news

Not that I'm sniffing at that, prior to the WiiU getting a port of the original Bayonetta I'd have leapt at the idea of a steam port, particularly one priced at the Bulletstorm-antithesis price of 14.99

Bayonetta is on Steam right now, and boasts 60fps, up to 4K resolution, Japanese and English voice tracks, and some more advanced graphical options like improved anti-aliasing and SSAO lighting

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Apr
10
Posted by Ben at 12:26
The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ is coming to the Nintendo Switch in the fairly imminent future, and Nicalis have announced that they're teaming up with Headup games for a physical release

There's no firm date as to when we'll see The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ on store shelves, but we do know that it will be in Quarter 2 and priced at around 39.99 (depressingly that's probably a straight translation to 39.99 :( )
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Apr
07
Posted by Ben at 15:15
We took a look at Slime-San the other week, and was quite impressed with it. Well good news, it's out now on Steam

Priced at 8.99 (8.09 for launch) Slime-San is a challenging, rapid-fire platformer, not unlike Super Meat Boy and N+. It's not ordinarily my genre but I was quite impressed by Slime-San when I played it

While it's only on PC at the minute, Slime-San will be heading to consoles later this year. It's also part of this months Humble Monthly Bundle, but I think that information is a bit late.
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Mar
31
Posted by Ben at 17:18
Critically acclaimed PC adventure The Inner World is out today on PS4 and Xbox One

The Inner World is priced at 11.99, and is available on PS4 and Xbox one here in Europe (as of yesterday), and today for the US.

There's a trailer below, and we should have our review up fairly soon

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Mar
30
Posted by Ben at 13:20
If you'd told me there was a sequel to Akiba's Trip on the way I'd be expecting more of the same. The same simple 3rd person combat with the same "I probably won't play this one in front of people" theme. Instead we're getting Akiba's Beat, an interesting looking rhythm based JRPG

Akiba's Beat also has the rarefied pleasure of being a Western Vita release, as it's coming to both Playstation Vita and the PS4, with a European release date of 19th May

Publisher PQube are promising dual audio of Japanese or English, plus a 1:1 recreation of Akiba

Akiba's Beat looks pretty promising, and while there's a trailer below it does look like you might need to try the game to fully grasp the musical combat mechanic

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Mar
29
Posted by Ben at 15:01
In different kind of news, Women in Games have launched a new ambassador program, which is now sponsored by Google's Women Techmakers

I'll admit to not knowing who/what Women in Games was, but after reading a bit about them, they're a non-profit aimed at encouraging women's involvement in the games industry. The ambassador program is designed for the purpose of:
"Ambassadors are expected to reach out to young women at school, college and university locally in their region to encourage them to consider the games industry as a career. They will also reach out to the local public, regional industry and educational leaders and local government to form partnerships and long term strategic relationships."

So, whatever you think about about this, and I'm not here to lecture you, the last part, the bit where they go and talk to people in positions of power about gaming, is a good thing for us all. Gaming has begun to be taken more seriously, or at least become more accepted and openly talked about, but it's still got a long way to go

The ambassadors include the likes of Jessica Curry (who did the music for Dear Esther), and if you want to find out more head to www.womeningames.org
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Mar
29
Posted by Ben at 13:45
Mantis Burn Racing is a game I really quite enjoyed, and one that is also a pretty decent way to make use of your Playstation 4 Pro and 4K television, should you have them.

Well, should you need an excuse to dust off your game, Mantis Burn Racing now has 2 new pieces of DLC.

The first DLC to talk about is Snowbound Pack DLC. The Snowbound Pack if free, and while it only includes 1 new location, because of the way the game only uses parts of locations as tracks, you're actually looking at 4 new tracks. Plus VooFoo Studios are also throwing in seasons 2 and 3 of the Veteran career mode (another 34 events) for you to play with, should you have got to the point where you ran out of content in Mantis Burn Racing (seriously, that career mode is pretty long)

There's also some paid dlc, the Elite Class dlc, priced at 1.99, brings lightning fast hover-cars to mantis Burn racing, so 3 new vehicles, plus a 12 event Elite career, so again, not bad if you're looking to get back in to the game.

The trailer for the Snowbound Pack is posted below

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