Throwback Thursday: Soul Edge

Game: Soul Edge | Platform: Arcade, PlayStation| Developer: Project Soul|Release Date: 1995

The fighting games of yore had always followed the same formula. Fighters all walk along a 2D plane and use only their fists to defeat opponents. Virtua Fighter and Tekken broke this trend by adding a 3D plane to the mix. Then along came Soul Edge, which took the 3D fighting plane and added something only one other title had introduced before: unique weapons. These weapons became one of the series trademarks so much that the story and gameplay essentially revolves around them.

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This may strike that nostalgia feeling!

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Everyone’s Favorite Green Lizard Joins the MKX Cast

Reptile is back, folks, and he looks as twisted as ever. Sporting some sweet primal-dinosaur bone look and the same scaly skin, Reptile is up to his old acid spewing tricks. It seems like they kept him pretty true to his original character from the previous installments. He can spit acid both on the ground or directly at opponents, and his acid orb move sets up for some serious juggling combos. His X-Ray is particularly disturbing, and his fatality remains similar to that of what he does best: melting off people’s faces.

Not much is known aside from a few moves, an X-Ray, and a fatality. I’m assuming his styles are going to revolve around projectiles and setting traps, but check out the trailer and see for yourself!

Source: Press Release

Dragon’s Dogma Online Announced

Japan’s latest issue of Famitsu magazine announced the upcoming online rendition of the widely popular Dragon’s Dogma. Originally an action RPG released by Capcom, Dragon’s Dogma has a ton of MMO style elements, so it’s no surprise that it is being transformed into an online game.

Due to release in Japan this year, Dragon’s Dogma Online will be a Free 2 Play game for the PS3, PS4, and PC. It will retain similar gameplay as its predecessor, and it will also be focused on an open world ready for players to explore. Future (free?) updates will add more depth to the initial release. As far as multiplayer is concerned, players can team up in groups of four to tackle quests and enemies.

Not much else is released about this new F2P game, so we’ll keep our ears (or eyes, rather) to the ground and keep you updated!

Source: Famitsu

Throwback Thursday: Pac-Man

Game: Pac-Man | Platform: Arcade| Developer: Namco |Release Date: 1980

The past few weeks have been a super-throwback for us with games like the infamous Duck Hunt title. Now, we even go farther back in time all the way to 1980 to one of the most iconic video game characters of all time: Pac-Man. This 8bit yellow creature debut in arcades all across America over 35 years ago, and he still has a presence in today’s gaming culture (just like Duck Hunt, he was in the recent Smash Bros. title). Pac-Man resonates in our hearts as one of those nostalgic titles that remains a blast even to this day.

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The Order: 1886 “Goes Gold” and Teases with a New Trailer

Sony PlayStation’s exclusive title, The Order: 1886, is near completion. Creative director Ru Weerasuryia expressed his excitement for the release of this highly anticipated game with a lovely PlayStation Blog post. . .and also a new teaser trailer. Watch it after the break:

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Heroes of the Storm: Another F2P Game Offering Paid Beta Access

Blizzard, of course, prefers to call its new offering a ‘Founder’s Pack‘ which makes it more palatable to consumers. Gamers who want to get into Heroes of the Storm, a hotly anticipated MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) can now pony up $39.99 USD to get instant access to the title’s closed beta as long as they live in the Americas, Australia, New Zealand or Southeast Asia. The game’s final release date has still not been set.

In addition to the early access, buyers will also get three heroes (Diablo, Raynor & Tyrande), as well as an alternate costume for each, an exclusive mount and 2,500 gold to spend in-game.

Support for the package seems to be mixed, with the above video currently holding a 48% ‘thumbs up’ rating on YouTube. Other games have offered similar packages to fans, but some have backfired immensely (we’re looking at you ArcheAge).

Will you be willing to lay down cash for a chance to play in the beta? Or will you be waiting for the free access to begin?

This Week On Destiny…

Here’s a brief update for all you Guardians playing Destiny out there!

Today, Tuesday, aside from the weekly refresh of all raids, a new Nightfall/Weekly Strike has been introduced!

The Summoning Pits

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Nightfall Modifiers:

  • Nightfall (If all players die, you will be returned to orbit)
  • Epic (Heavily shielded and highly aggressive enemies appear in great numbers)
  • LightSwitch (Minions of the Darkness deal much more melee damage)
  • Angry (Minions of the Darkness won’t flinch, even after massive damage)
  • Arc Burn (Arc Damage from any source is greatly increased)

Weekly Heroic Strike Modifiers:

  • Heroic (Enemies appear in greater numbers and are more aggressive)
  • Arc Burn (Arc Damage from any source is greatly increased)

Also coming this week on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time is the raid, Crota’s End, on Hard Mode.

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Guardians will be able acquire four new weapons via Hard Mode: Abyss Defiant (Auto Rifle), Fant of Ir Yut (Scout Rifle), Oversoul Edict (Pulse Rifle), Word of Crota (Hand Cannon). Additionally, Guardians will also finally be able to upgrade their Eidolon Ally with the final piece, Crux of Crota, to acquire Nechrochasm. A new shader, Glowhoo, and ship, Bane of the Dark Gods, is also obtainable and exclusive to the new Hard Mode on Crota’s End.

The first six (or less, if you’re brave) players to complete the raid might also earn themselves some official Bungie gear…

“The first Fireteam to sink their teeth (and their sword) into the final boss (and by opposing, end him) will set the pace. We’ll be watching. We might even send the World First finishers some swag from the Bungie Store.” – Deej, from Bungie

Good luck out there, Guardians.

 

RIP Club Nintendo, Ye Will Be Missed

Nintendo has announced that its loyalty program ‘Club Nintendo‘ will be closing later this year worldwide. The official page about the shutdown has posted a schedule for the North American program’s last months:

  • 1/20/2015 Products released after this date are not eligible for registration with Club Nintendo
  • 3/31/2015 Last day to earn Coins, register products with Club Nintendo, and sign up for new Club Nintendo membership
  • 6/30/2015 Last day to redeem Coins or access your account on the Club Nintendo website. Club Nintendo program shuts down at 11:59pm PT on 6/30/2015.

The silver lining is that a new loyalty program is apparently right around the corner, although Nintendo isn’t quite ready to announce what they’re preparing. In addition, all Club Nintendo members will receive a download code to get Flipnote Studio 3D free of charge next month. Please note, that as listed above, the last day to register for an account will be March 31st.

How do you feel about the Club’s imminent death? Are you excited for what could come next?