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...
So Nintendo's setting up a stand at this year's MCM Comic Con down in London, and there's a whole bunch of games on show. No big reveals though- that's for the upcoming Direct presentations and of course the rolling juggernaut that is E3. Here's a list of all the games you'll be able to get your greasy fingers on along with all the other happy, sweaty strangers:
Game & Wario
RESIDENT EVIL™ REVELATIONS
Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
Coaster Crazy Deluxe
Toki Tori 2
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
Pokémon™ Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Project X Zone
Mario Kart 7
Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move
Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo
3D Space Harrier
Luigi’s Mansion 2
Cut the Rope
MCM London Comic Con lasts from the 24-26th of May and is...
Released as a brand new gameplay trailer, 'gameplay' now seems to be a code word for 'has stuff in it that's in-engine instead of being pre-rendered'. It's all looking appropriately piratey at least- with sharks, cannons, a Blackbeard and all that kind of Arr-inducing stuff. Hopefully ACIV will make up for the slightly lackluster third title and scratch that industry-wide swashbuckling itch at the same time. You know, the one that Risen 2 refused to even rub tenderly. Check out the full UK trailer from Ubisoft above all these letters and punctuation marks.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is out this winter for PC, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4 and Wii U.
So the game formerly known as Ace Attorney 5 now has an English trailer and a proper official name. The US has received a July release date, while other territories should be seeing a date later on in the year for more lawyering goodness. Controversially enough, Capcom has taken the decision to release at as a digital title only outside of Japan, which is a bit of a double-edged sword. It's certainly proved a rather unpopular move among the fanbase, who understandably like the fuzzy feeling of owning a complete physical set. A limited print run certainly wouldn't have been a total non-option considering how tidily Atlus and Aksys have made out by playing their cards right with small but loyal fanbases. We also can't forget how Nintendo's eShop pricing for full titles has been rather unusual at best, bafflingly charging higher than the general retail price despite the whole 'not having to pay for shelf space, packaging and shipping' ...