Naturally, "the role of the samurai is to protect the people of the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado from the demons", and everything else you've read on Wikipedia about them was probably wrong. Anyway, the latest entry in the well-regarded Shin Megami Tensei series is heading the 3DS' way soon. It'll be featuring a greater focus on decision making affecting the outcome of your playthrough this time around, as well as the usual dungeon-wandering and demon-recruiting fans know and love. SMTIV will also be on display as a playable demo at Atlus's E3 booth, so more information on the localised version will likely be popping up soon. Check out the full trailer up above. It's definitely looking full-featured and rather pretty in a way few 3DS games have been ambitious enough to dare so far. Fingers crossed that their efforts pay off and the classically niche series finds its 3DS core audience.
Shin Megami Tensei IV is planned for...
Developed by the Dead Island lads at Techland, Dying Light is a new first-person, action survival-horror video game from Warner Bros, featuring open world survival and a particular focus on day-night cycles. While post-apocalyptic zombiethons aren't the most original setting by a long shot, Techland have at least opted for a metropolis that's more São Paulo than New York- which must be getting more than a bit tired of being nibbled upon by now. Players will have to scavenge the urban sprawl for supplies and weapons in preparation for the nightfall, during which the infected become "more aggressive and dangerous". The game also features a Mirror's Edge-esque free-running system to aid in both exploration and, presumably, scarpering from angry zombie folks.
You can check out the first round of screenshots just below, which hint the player will find themselves dealing with other unfriendly survivors as well as the night-loving beast...
Releasing on PS3 and 360 back in 2011 to warm reception, the Mortal Kombat reboot marked a successful return for the series in the new decade- though it's heart will forever remain in the 90s, bless it. Teaming up with High Voltage Software, NetherRealm Studios are finally bringing it to the PC, which isn't generally associated most readily with fighters, though various Street Fighter entries and the upcoming Skullgirls have proved notable exceptions. The Komplete edition contains all the DLC content already available on consoles, including the unlockable characters Skarlet, Kenshi, Rain and er, Freddy Krueger- as well as a grab bag of character skins and classic fatalities. Luckily, it'll be fully compatible with the official fight-stick and controllers- which is good news for anyone whose keyboard fingers haven't already twisted into horrible, misshapen claws.
Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition will be available at reta...
The final player in the major console trio was finally shown off to the world today, and the press release does happen to mention it as a new gaming device first, before mentioning a whole list of things that aren't really related to games at all. The push definitely seems to be for the Xbox to become an 'entertainment centre', with menu features allowing you to switch between games, TV, Skype and other features using Kinect voice commands, which are hopefully much more forgiving of the beautiful and broad range of human vocalisation this time around. Speaking of Kinect, it's now integrated directly into the console itself, and won't function if it isn't attached, (stop screaming). Microsoft have at least promised that this time around, it will indeed be "more precise, more responsive and more intuitive", and have stated it should work in your bedroom as well as your living room amid worries about its predecessor's difficulties in sm...
So along with a lengthy cinematic trailer that's a lot more worthwhile than the vaguely pointless 15 second teaser excerpt that preceded it, we've gotten a batch of six new screenshots and a confirmation that you'll be able to play as classic DC villain Deathstroke in challenge mode, although the option will only be available to pre-ordering fans initially (sigh). Deathstroke will have his own unique abilities and special moves, and his pack also comes with two alternate costumes so you can make him look as pretty as you'd always wanted. As usual, trailer above and screenshots below.
Batman: Arkham Origins releases on 360, PS3, Wii U and PC on October 25th.
This month's Nintendo Direct presentation saw the announcement of a new platforming title in the Sonic series, currently named Sonic: Lost World, along with the news that SEGA and Nintendo have arranged for the next three titles in the franchise to be exclusive to Nintendo platforms. No in-depth details on the game as of yet, but SEGA assures us there'll be more information about the game at a certain press event this June.
Here's a little round up of the rest of the news from the presentation, which you can watch in its entirety up above:
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games: The new title in the 'Mario & Sonic finally team up but just play bloody sports and disappoint everyone' series. Will apparently feature a range of 'realistic' events, while also featuring other, more Mario/Sonic themed events in which the pair flagrantly bend and mock the puny laws of our universe.
New Super Luigi U: The upcomi...