First BioShock Infinite DLC Released, Upcoming ‘Burial At Sea’ Features New Story

Posted by Bob Muir on Jul 31, 2013 in Videogames

BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea

After much waiting, Irrational Games has finally revealed its DLC plans for game-of-the-year contender BioShock Infinite. Burial at Sea will be a two-chapter DLC that tells the story of an alternate reality Booker and Elizabeth who live not in Columbia, the city in the sky, but in Rapture, from the original BioShock, on the eve of is downfall. Unlike the first BioShock, which is set after the underwater city has torn itself apart, this story is at least partially set when the city is still functioning properly. It looks like a film noir story. But most enticingly is the fact that you will play the second chapter, set during the downfall, as Elizabeth, who will play much differently than Booker.

Burial at Sea hasn’t been dated yet, but I’d expect the first chapter to arrive later this year, with the second chapter stated to arrive by March 2014. Each chapter will cost $15, but those who paid $20 for the Season Pass DLC obviously get it for free.

In the meantime, there’s a new piece of DLC you can download right now: Clash in the Clouds. For $5 (or free if you have the Season Pass), you’ll get four arena maps with 60 challenges. It’s standard “horde” mode stuff where you fight waves and waves of enemies. Along the way, you can unlock new concept art, voxophones, kinetoscopes, and other materials in The Columbian Archeological Society. I’m not that astounded by this offering, but if you really enjoyed the main story’s combat, this will be another big dose of fighting.

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Nintendo Giving Away Rare, Shiny, Legendary Pokemon

Posted by Bob Muir on Jul 30, 2013 in Videogames

Shiny Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina

Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina are pokemon that control time, space, and antimatter, which is pretty powerful, as far as pokemon go. These were the box mascots for Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, the fourth generation of Pokemon games, and haven’t really been available outside of those games barring a special event in HeartGold and SoulSilver that not many players could access. Since they’re difficult to get in the current fifth generation and we’re on the edge of a sixth generation (Pokemon X & Y release on October 12), Nintendo will be giving them out free over the next few months. Even better, these are rare “shiny” versions, which means they have an alternate color scheme that is astoundingly rare to find without hacking! Read more…

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Fresh Wonderful 101 Gameplay Features Lots of Superhero Action

Posted by Ben Huber on Jul 29, 2013 in Videogames


I’ve been very excited for Hideki Kamiya’s upcoming Wii U game, The Wonderful 101 (even more so than for Pikmin, but don’t tell anyone I said that). Perhaps it’s the slight dash of Viewtifulness pervading the whole experience along with the action. This new gameplay trailer also gives a look at how much variety there will be in the game – I like the look of the various robot enemies you’ll be facing. Check out the full video below to get a better idea of how it’ll all play out. The Wonderful 101 will arrive September 15th in the US. Read more…

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Indie Game Alert: Shelter

Posted by Ben Huber on Jul 28, 2013 in Videogames


I love seeing creative and unique new games that come out of the indie game movement. Some are hit, some are miss – some aim so high that there’s no way they can meet expectations, but yet you still admire them for trying something new. Shelter is a recently Greenlit game that is a bit smaller in scope: you play as a mother badger taking care of her cubs, as you explore a wild and dangerous world. You must forage for food and escape danger, all while doing your best to protect your children. The game will arrive late this summer on Steam. Rock, Paper, Shotgun has a great writeup of a playthrough, or you can watch the trailer below. Read more…



Indie Game: The Movie Gets DLC

Posted by Ben Huber on Jul 26, 2013 in Cinema, Videogames


It’s only fitting that the wonderful documentary, Indie Game: The Movie, would get DLC, just like a real video game, right? Ok, ok, it’s technically a special edition, but if you’re like me and own it on Steam as well, then you can now purchase DLC that will upgrade it to the “special edition.” This includes over 100 minutes of new short films, epilogues on what happened to the developers, and new commentaries from the director and Team Meat. If you prefer the feel of a real disc, a full special edition box set is on the way in early August, which you can preorder here. If you haven’t seen this amazing documentary yet – do it! Read more…

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Fans Create Hip-Hop RPG ‘Kanye West 3030’

Posted by Bob Muir on Jul 25, 2013 in Fandom, Videogames

Kanye Quest 3030

Sometimes fans do crazy things. This time, it concerns Kanye “Yeezus” West. They’re making Kanye Quest 3030, a PC game made in RPG Maker VX that sends Kanye West through a wormhole to a future ruled by Lil B, The Based God, another rapper. To get back, Kanye West must fight and team up with clones of other rappers like 2Pac, Jay Z, Eminem, and more. Battles play out in RPG style, with rappers dissing each other to do damage. It’s as ridiculous older fan-RPG Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden, but I’d imagine this one depends more on a love of hip-hop. Still, it’s worth checking out the trailer below, or grabbing the free PC download here. Read more…

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Tomb Raider Comic Sequel Hints At Video Game Sequel

Posted by Bob Muir on Jul 24, 2013 in Comic Books, Videogames

Tomb Raider comic cropped

Despite selling over three million copies, March’s Tomb Raider prequel-reboot still failed to meet publisher Square Enix’s (apparently astronomical) sales expectations. However, that doesn’t mean the game is a failure, at least if this news is to be believed. Dark Horse is working on a new Tomb Raider comic that serves as a canonical sequel to the recent game’s origin story. Writer Gail Simone noted that the story occurs a few week’s after the game ends, but most interestingly will lead “directly” into a sequel. Read more…

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Capcom Announces New Strider Game at SDCC

Posted by Ben Huber on Jul 20, 2013 in Videogames


The Strider series is back! After many rumors and murmurings of a new Strider game, Capcom has announced a new title in the series, simply titled Strider. This sequel to Capcom’s highly-regarded assassin platforming games will reportedly be an open world game, allowing you traverse where you please. The developers are Double Helix, and the game will arrive on PC, PS3, PS4, 360, and Xbox One in 2014. No Wii U version was listed, which had some internet denizens upset, but with Wii U sales being so low, it’s honestly not a big surprise. Check out the trailer below – the game looks good! Read more…

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First Trailers For Next Adventure Time, Regular Show Games

Posted by Bob Muir on Jul 18, 2013 in Animation, Videogames

Adventure Time

The first footage of Cartoon Network’s next Adventure Time and Regular Show games is out! Both Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW and Regular Show: Mordecai and Rigby in 8-Bit Land are being made by WayForward, the 2D masters who also made the previous Adventure Time game Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?! However, the new AT game isn’t a 2D sidescroller with an overworld (a la Zelda II) like the previous one was. The new game is a multiplayer dungeon crawler, where you can play as Finn, Jake, Marceline, and Cinnamon Bun — yes, Cinnamon Bun! But of course, it’s got that Adventure Time charm, so I’d expect it to me more than just another Gauntlet game. Read more…

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New Street Fighter Update, Additional Injustice Characters Revealed At EVO 2013

Posted by Bob Muir on Jul 16, 2013 in Comic Books, Videogames

Ultra Street Fighter IV

If you were watching EVO 2013 over the weekend — which had a ton of intense, fun-t0-watch matches! — then you’ll have already heard about several fighting game announcements. But if you didn’t (and shame on you), then here’s some news: Super Street Fighter IV will be getting another update, supplanting the current version (Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition – Version 2012). This new version replaces the long name and simply goes by Ultra Street Fighter IV. Along with the usual game rebalancing and other tweaks, five new characters will be added: Hugo, Poison, Elena, Rolento, and a fifth character who is supposedly all-new, having never appeared in a Street Fighter game before. Read more…

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Steam Summer Getaway Sale Begins

Posted by Ben Huber on Jul 12, 2013 in Videogames


Are you ready to give Gabe Newell all your money? The Steam Summer Getaway Sale has begun, and it brings with it a whole host of discounted games, along with a new meta-game to play. Steam Trading Cards are out of beta and are available to all Steam users now. How do you get these virtual trading cards? Just play the games! TF2, Half-Life, Bioshock: Infinite, Hotline Miami, Toki Tori 2, and more will drop cards into your Steam inventory as you play. You can also collect Steam Summer Getaway cards by combining your existing cards, nabbing you emoticons and wallpapers. On, and the sales too. Buying stuff in the sales. Read more…

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Grand Theft Auto V Shows Character Swapping In New Trailer

Posted by Bob Muir on Jul 10, 2013 in Videogames

Grand Theft Auto V

If you haven’t heard, Grand Theft Auto V is going to have three main characters, all playable as you rampage around an HD version of GTA: San Andreas‘s Los Santos (a.k.a. Los Angeles). That’s pretty cool! What’s cooler is how you can play as them. In this new trailer, you’ll see how you can pick one character to play as, then switch over to another character who is living their life independent of your actions. You might even catch them in the middle of some trouble! Or, start a mission with one character, pop out to give support as another character, then pop back in to your first character. Even cooler! Read more…

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Final Fantasy X Looks Pretty Great In HD

Posted by Bob Muir on Jul 10, 2013 in Videogames

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Art Book

There’s a lot of ways to do an HD rerelease of a classic videogame. Do you go through and make sure everything looks and runs great, then make even further improvements like Bluepoint did for Sony’s Shadow of the Colossus? Or do you basically just tell the game to rerender at a higher resolution and call it a day like Capcom’s Devil May Cry? Square Enix thankfully put more effort into their upcoming rerelease of Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2. (Admittedly, they had lost a bunch of source files and had to redo a bunch anyway, but whatever.) Check out this comparison video between the original SD version and the new HD remaster, making sure to bump the video quality up to 720p or 1080p. Read more…

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Two Indie Game Stars Coming To Runner2

Posted by Bob Muir on Jul 9, 2013 in Videogames


Bit.Trip Presents: Runner2 Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (or just Runner2) will get seven new “well-loved” characters, according to Gaijin Games. The characters will be coming as DLC to the Steam version this Thursday, while console versions will get the characters at an unspecified later date. Five of the characters remain a mystery, but two have been revealed: Razputin (“Raz”) from Psychonauts and Quote from Cave Story! Read more…

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Check Out Three Oculus Rift Space Ship Games

Posted by Ben Huber on Jul 8, 2013 in Videogames


With Oculus Rift’s all over the place now, more and more tech demos and games have been popping up with support for the impressive virtual reality goggles. Perhaps one of the most exciting genres of expansion will be space flight sims. It works well with the current limitations of VR (sitting in one place, only able to look around) and is simultaneously impressive visually. Cymatic Bruce has returned to take a quick look at three recent space ship games: Delta Draconis, GoD Factory, and Space War. I must admit, my own Oculus Rift headset will be arriving in mere days, so this is a great look at what to prepare for. Read more…

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Now You Can Truly Be Nolan North – in Saints Row IV

Posted by Ben Huber on Jul 7, 2013 in Videogames


Nolan North really is in everything. The easier task would be to name the games he isn’t in. Like Metroid. Or uh… nope. I got nothing. Continuing his streak of world domination, Saints Row IV has unveiled their 7th, secret voice option for the character creator: Nolan North. As in, the voice option is Nolan North, as himself. If you make your character look like him, then you can literally play the game as him, the whole way through. I feel like this is just the right amount of silliness and self-referential humor – I know SRIV is really over the top already, but this is just the cherry on top. Read more…

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Final Fantasy VII Finally on Steam

Posted by Ben Huber on Jul 6, 2013 in Videogames


A while back, savvy internet users may remember, a list of crazy games coming to Steam leaked. It featured such titles as Halo 2, Halo 3, Final Fantasy VII, Fez, and more. Slowly but surely, those games are arriving on Valve’s service, with Fez arriving months ago, and now Final Fantasy VII (what do you think that says about Halo). It’s a bit of surprise, but I’m glad to see Square Enix embracing Steam more. It’s certainly not the HD remake people have been hoping for, but if you’ve ever wanted a chance to try out this game for the first time or revisit it, now it’s much easier. Read more…



Indie Game Alert: Rouge Legacy

Posted by Ben Huber on Jul 5, 2013 in Videogames


Do you like rougelikes? Maybe a little Metroidvania-style gameplay? And what about tying it all together with a family tree that let’s you play through each child in a generation? Rouge Legacy is a recent indie game that has really taken off, mainly because of it’s unique take on lives and death. You play as a knight exploring a castle that changes every time you enter – but if you die, it’s permanent. Instead, you return to the castle as your knight’s child, and the cycle continues again. Each new generation of knights has unique traits, some helpful, some hurtful, and some just weird (like colorblindness or hypogonadism). Check out the trailer below, or pick it up on Steam! Read more…



Celebrate Independence Day With This Patriotic Trailer For Saints Row IV

Posted by Bob Muir on Jul 4, 2013 in Videogames

Saints Row IV

With echoes of Independence Day, Volition and new publisher Deep Silver put out this patriotic trailer for this fall’s Saints Row IV. It promotes American values such as liberty, freedom, and kicking alien butt. The leader of the Third Street Saints has now become president of the US and must defend the country from an alien invasion led by Emperor Zinyak. Plus, it’s another game where the president rides around in a giant mech. It doesn’t quite make up for Metal Wolf Chaos never being released on the original Xbox, but at least Saints Row IV has a dubstep gun, which counts for something. Read more…



Preorder Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Get Cloud’s Outfit

Posted by Bob Muir on Jul 3, 2013 in Videogames

Lightning as Cloud

When the first trailers for Final Fantasy XIII came out, showing main character Lightning riding on a train, everyone immediately drew comparisons to the opening of Final Fantasy VII, with Cloud riding on a train. Connections were also made between the weather-based names and their demeanor. So how fitting is it that preordering Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, the third and final game of the FFXIII trilogy, will grant players Cloud’s outfit and massive Buster Sword? Read more…

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Minecraft’s 1.6 Update Features Horses and Carpet

Posted by Ben Huber on Jul 1, 2013 in Videogames


Minecraft is an unstoppable freight train. It’s popularity continues unabated, and continues to shock even me, such as when I heard my girlfriend’s 7-year-old cousins talking about how they’re installing mods and custom features in Minecraft on their PC. I think it’s amazing that kids are being introduced to such a creative world and learning about fun things like modding. Hopefully that tech knowledge will inspire future endeavors! The new Minecraft update (out now), version 1.6, introduces horses, leads, clay blocks, and carpets into the game world, and The Farlanders have done a neat little trailer showing off these features. Check it out! Read more…



Conan Visits E3, Falls in Love With Bayonetta

Posted by Ben Huber on Jun 29, 2013 in Videogames


Conan O’Brien has been checking out video games more and more recently, and while he doesn’t seem to understand them all that well, his outside perspective is both hilarious and refreshing. In this video he visits E3 and takes a look at both the PS4 and Xbox One. Perhaps the most telling thing is that he immediately tunes out all of the gritty, violent shooters and action games, and finds true happiness with Mario Kart 8 (and Bayonetta). He also makes a quick stop to talk with the voice of Mario, Charles Martinet, which is simultaneously funny and depressing. Watch the whole video below. Read more…

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Katamari Creator’s Next Weird Game Is Tenya Wanya Teens

Posted by Bob Muir on Jun 27, 2013 in Videogames

Tenya Wanya Teens

Katamari Damacy became a cult classic for good reason: it was an original gameplay concept based on a simple mechanic and a surreal style. Creator Keita Takahashi has since become disillusioned with making games and, after the similarly bizarre non-game Noby Noby Boy (which is more of a toy), he left Namco Bandai to do things like make playgrounds. But alongside Wild Rumpus and Venus Patrol, he’s working on a new indie game called Tenya Wanya Teens, though you’re more likely to find it at indie development gatherings, or perhaps an art installation. Read more…



Posters Want You To Travel To The Land Of Pokemon

Posted by Bob Muir on Jun 26, 2013 in Fandom, Videogames

Cerulean Poster

I love vintage travel posters. I also love Pokemon. So how would it look if vintage travel posters tried to entice travelers into visiting locations in Kanto, the region of Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow? Something like this, I’d imagine. A storefront called Little Pixel Posters has designed such posters, and I want to decorate a room with some of these. It’s a shame you can’t actually visit, but with the way vintage travel posters inspire the imagination for a given city or country, this is the next best thing. Well, besides playing the games and exploring the region virtually. That’s always good too. Read more…

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