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Obscure Changes Name to Final Exam

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JULY 10, 2013 — Unveiled a few months ago with the title Obscure, the game under development by part of Hydravision’s ex-members – creators of the Survival Horror series of the same name – has changed name. This decision was actually dictated by the numerous reactions from the original console game’s fans who, after Mighty Rocket Studio announced the new release, regretted it was not a real sequel to the Obscure series.

“When we read the first comments following the announcement of our new game, we understood that our fans expected a different content from a game entitled ‘Obscure'”, explains François Potentier, director at Mighty Rocket Studio. “We understand fans all the better because we are first and foremost passionate gamers! Thus, even if the game makes a great number of references to Obscure and Obscure 2, we thought it important to rename it. At the end of the day, it’s a question of honesty and respect to the gamers. ‘Final Exam’ does befit the game accurately. Final Exam is the first corner stone of our new studio, and we hope this title will enable us to grow, as we have not given up on the idea of developing a real sequel to Obscure.”

And so, under this new name and with brand new images, Final Exam opens the doors to its official website today! The Final Exam official website was also optimized for smartphones and touch-screen tablets, to let you throw yourselves into the crazy world of the game, wherever you are.

The site shows you everything you ever wanted to know about this action-packed 2.5D side-scroller, including details on the gameplay and the combat system, information on the super-fun cooperative mode (up to 4 players!), details on the four playable characters (Sean, Cassy, Nathan and Brutal Joe), on the monsters who will try and annihilate you, and on the arsenal at your disposal to nuke them off! Don’t forget to keep an eye on the media topic of the website: in the months to come, it will be updated with images and videos! The site will also provide the latest news about the game, the social media threads, and the Dev Blog from the developers, Mighty Rocket Studio, who will publish exclusive information.

To celebrate the launch, we would like to share with you three unpublished images from the game. Discover Nathan and Cassy, two of the four playable characters, grappling with particularly nasty monsters. And meet the ‘Tank’, a terrifying uninvited guest that will make life horribly difficult for our friends!

Final Exam will be released on Xbox LIVE® Arcade, PlayStation®Network and PC (in store and for download) next September.

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Motorbike Now Available on PSN

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baKno Games has released Motorbike, a 2.5D arcade-style motocross game already popular on iOS and PC platforms, on the PlayStation Network. Retailing for $14.99, Motorbike promises to challenge players across 80 unique tracks (40 exclusive to the PSN version) as they jump over obstacles and pull off stunts. It even touts a robust track editor for creating your own insane courses. Of course, you will be able to share these creations as well as download the tracks of others to further enhance your gameplay experience.

Black Knight Sword Review (PS3)

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Black Knight Sword is an M-rated, 2D side-scrolling platformer that conjures up not only feelings of nostalgia, but also a welcome sense of refreshment. While it may be your typical hack n’ slash title that follows an age-old, linear formula, this Grasshopper/Digital Reality title is far from average. It’s… odd, to say the least. Very odd – with Goichi Suda being a main collaborator on the project. From riding a giant, egg-shooting chicken to slicing up a gas mask-wearing spider, Black Knight Sword takes a shot at the dark, macabre, and downright silly. The result: A thoroughly charming and ridiculously-entertaining experience.

From the moment the deep red stage curtains open at the start of the game, you find yourself mesmerized by the abstract Medieval European puppet show art style. There are 5 levels of gameplay, each having a distinct nightmare-like theme, all while maintaining a level of vibrancy that resonates well with the witty and somber Poe-esque narrative. Each of these 25-35 minute stages are foreshadowed by a short introduction, reminiscent of Grimm’s Fairy Tales and, as you hack your way through the onslaught of increasingly bizarre creatures, the background is constantly changing, giving Black Knight Sword an even greater sense of movement. The levels look very much alive, keeping what could have been a boring adventure absolutely engaging. Enemies are animated well and whimsically-diverse, despite the larger of the lot being predictably “attack and dodge”. Once down, each explodes into a satisfying bloody mess, making each kill well worth the effort. That, coupled with Akira Yamaoka’s haunting and erratic score, makes for a tastefully-gloomy, good time.

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While the controls are simple enough, the first level being an in-depth walk-through of sorts, I found them to be unresponsive. They work, but it’s easy to find yourself stuck in an attack animation, swinging your sword at the air and getting pelted by the enemy, rather than striking. You’ll find yourself mashing the “square” button more often than not, despite having a ranged attack, hoping that your advance has been angled in the direction of your current foe. As the game progresses, you’re awarded with a powerful magical attack, as well as a few other moves for your sword that only proved to be useful in a handful of situations. Upgrades, such as armor and health slots, can also be purchased at mid-level points from a giant eyeball, using hearts dropped by each enemy you’ve slaughtered along the way. These become irreplaceable, especially when you’re going to encounter a boss, as health is sparse, to say the least.

In all, if you were ever a fan of classic titles such as Ghosts N’ Goblins or Castlevania, then this is the game for you. It maintains the retro feel of classic hack n’ slash titles while bringing something entirely new to the proverbial table. Black Knight Sword is dark, bloody, and morbidly fun. Despite its moments of unforgiving, platforming Hell and dreaded level restarts at a cursed “Game Over”, it was a joy to play through and definitely recommended as a weekend standalone title or a small-dose adventure!

One Piece: Pirate Warriors and Thundercats Release Dates Announced

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. officially announced the North American ship dates for One Piece: Pirate Warriors on the PlayStation Network and Thundercats for the Nintendo DS.

One Piece: Pirate Warriors puts players in the role of Luffy and other pirates from the popular anime series.  Players team up with other members from  the Straw Hat crew to defeat the unrelenting onslaught of pirates.  In One Piece: Pirate Warriors, players will be able to fight waves upon waves of enemies in both online and offline co-op modes with their friends.  One Piece: Pirate Warriors will be available for purchase exclusively on the PlayStation Network on September 25.

Thunder Thunder THUNDERCATS! Fans of this classic animated series should mark their calendars as Lion-O makes his debut on the Nintendo DS system on September 25.  Play as Lion-O and take on Mumm-Ra and his forces of evil in this side-scrolling adventure that follows the storyline of the new animated series!

 

Marvel vs Capcom Origins Gets Release Date

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SAN MATEO, Calif.July 5, 2012 — Capcom®, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today announced MARVEL® VS. CAPCOM® ORIGINS, a compilation of two of the most popular arcade games of the 90’s; Marvel® Super Heroes and Marvel vs. Capcom®: Clash of Super Heroes. MARVEL VS. CAPCOM ORIGINS will be released in September 2012 on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®Network.

MARVEL VS. CAPCOM ORIGINS offers both the one-on-one gameplay of Marvel Super Heroes with its unique Infinity Gem system and the two-on-two carnage of the original Marvel vs. Capcom®: Clash of Super Heroes, featuring a tag system, assists, and the wild Duo Team Attack. Bringing forth a host of features never before seen in these games, MARVEL VS. CAPCOM ORIGINS features GGPO-enhanced online play with 8-player lobbies and spectator mode, HD graphical upgrades, dynamic challenges and replay saving.

MARVEL VS. CAPCOM ORIGINS will be available for download on Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360 for 1200 Microsoft Points and on PlayStation®Network for $14.99/€14.99/£11.99/AUD23.95.

Ōkami HD Coming to PlayStation Network

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SAN MATEO, Calif.June 19, 2012 — Capcom®, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today announced that award winning Ōkami® will be re-born this fall as a digital download on PlayStation®Network for $19.99. Already one of the most beautiful games ever created, the addition of HD graphics will make this new version of Ōkami even more stunning. Ōkami® HD will also feature PlayStation®Move integration as well as a full suite of PlayStation®3 system trophies.

Initially released to critical acclaim on the PlayStation®2 system, players take on the role of Amaterasu, the Japanese sun goddess, who inhabits the form of a wolf. After a tyrannical monster turns the world into a ruined wasteland, she must use her magical abilities to restore the land to its previous glory full of life and color.

Ōkami HD brings Amaterasu’s epic tale to the PS3™ with fully integrated HD graphics and 16:9 aspect ratio. The trademark sumi-e ink art style lends itself perfectly to HD allowing players to experience more of the awe-inspiring world displayed in greater detail than ever before.

To create an even more immersive experience, players can take advantage of the PlayStation®Move motion controller and naturally make brush strokes with the essential Celestial Brush to defeat enemies and solve puzzles. Ōkami HD will also support the DUALSHOCK®3 wireless controller for those who wish to re-live the original experience

DiRT Showdown Demo Out Now

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Los Angeles, Calif. – May 1, 2012 – Featuring both a full-impact solo race and a devastating multiplayer demolition derby event, the DiRT® Showdown™ demo launches worldwide today and is available now from Xbox Live Marketplace, PlayStation Network and Steam on PC.

To mark the launch of the demo, Codemasters has released a “Demo Derby” video showcasing the all-action motorized mayhem that players can experience today; the gameplay video is now playing at www.dirtgame.com.

In the demo, the single player “8 Ball” race, players take part in a chaotic, full-impact race in the shadow of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, using boost to sprint ahead of rivals and speeding through crossover points where drivers can dodge or takedown opponents.  Once players have completed the race, they can challenge a friend online to unlock the “Rampage” multiplayer mode.  In “Rampage”, eight drivers feed their appetite for destruction in an online demolition derby event, earning points for crashes, smashes and eliminations.

Gamers who download the DiRT Showdown demo are also invited to sign up for RaceNet*, the free new online extension for Codemasters Racing games, which enables players to track their Races, Rivals and Rewards.  Launching in beta, players who register now will be able to join in community challenges and once the full game launches, track their progress in game and track challenges with their friends.  Gamers who join RaceNet will also be rewarded with an exclusive “RaceNet” skin for use in the full game and will receive $20,000 of in-game currency for DiRT Showdown when it races into retail stores on May 29.

A special “Hoonigan” edition of DiRT Showdown is now available to pre-order exclusively from Walmart.  Sporting unique packaging, the DiRT Showdown: Hoonigan Edition will include an in-game cash boost, an online XP multiplier plus Monster Energy skins for the Kohler D350, Duke Coupe and Ford Fiesta Gymkhana 3 and Hoonigan skins for the Holbrook Growler, Logan Vulture and Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X JUN, redeemed via an online code.

DiRT Showdown will deliver a new world of competitive and combative racing as players race, crash and hoon their way to “Showdown” finals on a chaotic tour of motorized mayhem when it launches on May 29 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and PC.  For all the latest updates straight from the studio, crash over to www.dirtgame.comwww.facebook.com/dirtgame or follow the team atwww.twitter.com/dirtgame.

 

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New Absolute Supercars Screenshots

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Eutechnyx has released some new screenshots from their upcoming PlayStation Network racing title, Absolute Supercars, which is due out in early 2012.

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Absolute Supercars Announced for PSN

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Activision and Eutechnyx have announced a new realistic racing-sim, Absolute Supercars, due out this December on the PlayStation Network.

About the Game

Available this December on PlayStation Network for $9.99, Eutechnyx’s Absolute Supercars allows people of all ages and skill to get behind the wheels of some of the world’s most powerful supercars. Take part in quick races, time trials, championships and even an epic Career mode in an attempt to earn the big bucks and fill your Showroom with a cavalcade of stunning motors! From Ferrari, to Pagani, to Aston Martin and McLaren, there’s a car for everyone and a series of stunning tracks to race them on.

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