November 22 (cont'd)
Platform: Wii U
EU: November 29
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on the fence about the Nintendo Wii U? This one may change your mind.
Combining the multiplayer anarchy of New Super Mario Bros. Wii, the vibe
of Super Mario Bros. 2, and the three-dimensional ingenuity of Super Mario 3D Land for the 3DS, Super Mario 3D World is transporting the famous
plumber and his friends to the Sprixie Kingdom in an all-new Wii U
as Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, or Toad, gamers will rally their
unique character talents to best stages crammed with familiar enemies
and power-ups like the Fire-Flower, Tanooki powers, and the new Cat
Suit. The Wii U's GamePad will also have an important role to play,
as gamers will use it to search of hidden objects and goodies and
control the camera throughout the levels.
eyes are on Super Mario 3D World. Fans are looking to the title to
bring new attention to the Wii U system and rejuvenate the Super Mario
franchise in the process. That's a pretty tall order, and you can read what we think of Mario's next outing in Super Mario 3D World: the lovechild of Super Mario Bros 2 and Mario 3D Land.
Platform: PS Vita
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innovators at Media Molecule are at it again with a new palm-sized
title that seeks to bring the LittleBigPlanet charm to a new, papery
world. Developed exclusively for the PlayStation Vita, Tearaway will
find players embarking on a third-person adventure through a
papercraft universe filled
with monsters to cut,
creatures to skin, and worlds to rip apart. Their mission: assume
the role of either Iota (guy) or Atoi (girl) and survive long enough
to deliver a unique message to you, the player.
with LittleBigPlanet, Media Molecule aims to make innovate use of its
platform. The PS Vita's rear touch panels will allow players to
manipulate the game world in various inventive ways, while its camera will be
used to take real world images and apply them to in-game environments
and animals. The front screen will also come in handy for cutting out
game objects by tracing them on screen, while the handheld's crisp
screen will bring the game's fetching papercraft visuals to life. Could
this be the game that puts PS Vita on the map? We think so. Read why
in Tearaway is the ultimate arts and crafts project for PS Vita.
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fact that a brand new Zelda game is being made for the 3DS--based in
the same universe as The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, no less--should
be reason enough to cancel all plans and line up in advance for this November 22 release. If you need more to get you motivated, here's the skinny:
Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds will return players to the
top-down gameplay of Zelda's olden days, with the added perk of
featuring crisper graphics and three-dimensional effects care of the
3DS. Set six generations after the events of the “Sealing War”
depicted in A Link to the Past, it will find players adventuring
through a map based on the SNES classic, yet populated with new
dungeons and dangers that will take full advantage of the handheld's
3D wizardry. Although
the world and its citizens may seem familiar, this is a genuinely new
Zelda experience. Abilities like the power to turn into an
illustration or slip between the Light World and Dark World via tears
in the universe are just some of new arrivals on tap. Players will
also be able to rent items to better manager dungeons, and a dark
version of Hyrule, called Lorule, will place a macabre twist on
your ground during Lord of the Ring's epic Helm's Deep battle in this
expansion to Turbine's MMORPG. Anchored by one of The Lord of the
Ring's most epic confrontations, The Lord of the Rings Online: Helm's
Deep will see players enlisting for the epic mountain-side battle while
earning rewards and swag for their valiant efforts.
expansion will feature a slew of new content, including areas like
the Westernment of Rohan, Rohan's Edoras capitol, Dunharrow, and Helm's
Deep itself. Meanwhile, players will see their level caps increased
to 95, gaining access to fresh skills and updated class
named the Lord of the Rings Online one of our top picks for free
MMORPGs. Find out what sets it apart from the F2P pack in The 31 best free games to play right now.
Platform: Xbox One
maker Frontier Developments is shipping the popular Zoo Tycoon to
consoles for the first time ever this month. Arriving as a launch
title for Xbox One, as well as a release for Xbox 360 (albeit in a
stripped-down form), Zoo Tycoon will deliver fans a mix of top-down
sim-gameplay and third-person animal interactivity using the Xbox One's Kinect.
This means in addition to creating and managing their own zoo, players will also have the opportunity to run around as a groundskeeper
and use motion-sensing gestures to interact with the animal populace
Tycoon will also make use of Microsoft's cloud saving functionality.
Friends will work on zoos together, while the community as a whole
will work together toward meta-goals. Not
into the Xbox One but still want Zoo Tycoon? The game will be
released for Xbox 360, however all the Kinect mini-games
functionality will be taken out to ensure it runs properly, and there
will be zero Xbox Live support.
Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers
Kurumada's saints go marching on in this Namco Bandai fighter. Set
within the Saint Seiya anime/manga universe, Brave Soldiers stars the
Knights of Zodiac warriors in crucial events throughout the
franchise. From the Sanctuary arc to Poseidon and Gold Saints,
players will control 52 characters through 36 stages, developing
their 7th Sense powers, cosmo attacks, and big bang offenses along the way.
to the heavenly fun, Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers will boast online
battle modes that will encourage players to compete against others
for the title of top Saint.
Platforms: PS4 / PS Vita
and Laarg are getting another shot at Sony superstardom. This
November, the pair will return in a PS4 port of their PS3 and PS Vita
adventures, bringing the macabre, black-and-white puzzle game to a
whole new audience.
much looks to be changing from Fun Bit Interactive's original
version. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. If you missed it the
first time around, Escape Plan offers a tight 2.5D experience wherein
Lil and Laarg must make it through a series of increasingly dangerous
rooms in order to escape captivity. The fact each wear's a number
indicating how many times they've died in their attempts to do so
should be a pretty big hint this is not a walk in the park. You can,
however, get the edge with our Escape Plan review.
Platforms: PS4 / PS Vita
entry from thatgamecompany, flOw will see gamers shrunk down to size
in a microbial world full of sublime beauty and the occasional
predator. Invoking the same easy-breezy playing style of Flower, it
will challenge players to consume smaller creatures to grow larger
and evolve their abilities.
its PS3 version, flOw for PS4 will offer a number of playable
organisms. We can only assume the surreal aquatic environment will be
given a visual upgrade as well. For now, all we know is flOw will be
part of the PS4's indie line-up, offering a zen-like next generation
diversion. Read our FlOw review.
until now, Zombie Studio's Blacklight Retribution has been a PC-only
party. That's about to change this fall when the online shooter makes
the leap to PS4, bringing the free-to-play fragfest to console fans.
When? We're not entirely sure. But soon..ish.
the non-PC crowd, Blacklight Retribution is an online FPS that sees
players running and gunning through futuristic environments inside
armored exoskeletons with various abilities and perks. Technically,
the game costs nothing to get into, but as with all free-to-play
games there are loads of weapons, gear, and assets that can be
purchased using ZEN, the in-game currency that can be bought with
real world money. Whether you spend money or not, there's plenty of
futuristic fun to be had.
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360
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Super Boy, Kid Flash and their juvenile DC friends (and enemies)
headline this third person action RPG. Based on the Warner Bros.
animated series, the game follows the Young Justice league as they
attempt to rescue Dr. Helena Sandsmark from the Light's clutches and
stop Light's villains from collecting the pieces needed to rip the
world in two.
Justice: Legacy features squad-based combat utilizing up to 12
notable members of the Young Justice team. The action will play out
over familiar series locations, include Earth-18 where heroes will be
forced to recon with over 15 off-world missions. Online and local
multiplayer and co-op modes will also let players team up with real
world allies and tackle the games' gallery of villains in teams.