SNK Playmore is breaking into the PlayStation Network in a big way on December 21. The publisher has announced they will be bringing ten games to a SNK-branded section of the PlayStation Store known as the NeoGeo Station.
The ten games will run the gamut of SNK’s arcade production from the 90s. All ten titles will be priced at $8.99 and feature online play. The first wave of NeoGeo Station titles will include:
Alpha Mission II
The King of Fighters ’94
Baseball Stars Professional
Art of Fighting
All titles in the NeoGeo Station will also be available on the PlayStation Store for PSP in January. They’ll be priced at $6.99 each with PSP versions of Fatal Fury and Metal Slug launching alongside the PS3 versions on December 21.
Game Informer has dug deep to reveal the cover story to their January 2011 issue (which should be arriving in subscriber’s mailboxes this week) and it features none other than Lady Lara Croft. The tomb raiding adventurer staring back at you looks a little different than she previously has. Besides the blood and dirt, this Lara Croft is considerably younger as the simply titled Tomb Raider will tell the tale of her first adventure. According to the magazine, developer Crystal Dynamics is looking to rebuild the franchise from the ground up and plans to make Tomb Raider a complete reboot.
“Forget everything you knew about Tomb Raider, we are exploring things that have never been done before in this game,” said Darrell Gallagher, Head of Studio, Crystal Dynamics. “This is an origins story that creates Lara Croft and takes her on a character defining journey like no other.”
Sqaure Enix has unearthed few other details at this early point. There’s no word on which platforms it’ll appear on and a tentative release date wasn’t announced. However, we do the game’s tagline is “A survivor is born…” and that the Tomb Raider will be supplying updates on the game’s progress on Twitter.
The World of Warcraft is undergoing a little renovation this week with the release of the long-awaited third expansion, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. If MMORPGs aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other big games being released this first week of December:
After years of rumors, Disney is finally ready to release a theatrical sequel to the groundbreaking Tron. Naturally, a tie-in video game is coming with it and Tron: Evolution will be released for the DS, PC, PS3, PSP, Wii and Xbox 360 this week.
Mario’s greatest adventures are coming to the Wii in a re-release of the Super NES game Super Mario All-Stars. The Limited Edition package includes a soundtrack CD and a booklet detailing the history of the world’s greatest plumber.
Finally, PopCap plans to take away your desire to do work with the release of Bejeweled 3 for the PC.
The full list of the rest of this week’s new releases can be found below. Continue reading →
Back in the 80s, the best way to make a sequel was a slap a frilly white dress or a bow on something and proclaim that it was for girls. See Ms. Pac-Man, She-Ra, Smurfette and a bunch of others for proof. Developer Twisted Pixel Games is taking that bit of wisdom to heart as they’ve announced a sequel to Splosion Man that won’t be called Splosion Man 2. Instead, we’ll all be following the explosive adventures of Ms. Splosion Man.
Scheduled for release next Fall, Twisted Pixel didn’t reveal too many details about the game, but they did have a little fun with the press release:
Many remember the terrifying events of July 2009: Splosion Man’s horrifying rampage through Big Science laboratories that meated hundreds of scientists and caused untold damage to their underground laboratories. Eye witnesses reported widespread destruction and a staggering number of t-bones and fillets left in his wake.
Today that ends, with Twisted Pixel releasing footage of the successful capture of the renegade experiment. The scientists speak with new-found confidence about their success. Says Dr. Wilson, “Even if some sort of newer, stronger, better threat were created, our newest security measures and fiendish traps would be more than enough to contain it. We’ve made incredible advances in our technology over this past year…. Not that there would ever be a use for any of it.”
Dr. Henry was quick to add, “Our lab, our equipment – everything has had functionality improvements and visual overhauls, and our company has expanded to some incredible new locations. It’s all pristine and beautiful – decadent environments that we are very happy no experiment gone wrong will ever rampage through.” Dr. Henry paused briefly before continuing, “I don’t even know why I’m mentioning that, because it’s 100% guaranteed that Splosion Man will never be a threat to us again.”
When asked if there was any risk of overconfidence amongst the scientists, Dr. Riley was quick to interject. “Why? What’s going to happen, some sort of freak accident in the after party that creates a “Ms. Splosion Man” mere seconds after Splosion Man’s capture? And then the Ms. Splosion Man goes on some monster tear in the fall of 2011? Yeah right. Not very likely.”
That is just super clever. As is the game’s teaser trailer, which you can view right here:
Telltale Games is getting ready to go back… back to the future. Or possibly the past… I’m not sure. But right here in the present, the developer has released the first trailer for Back to the Future: The Game, their upcoming distant sequel to the beloved film trilogy.
The first episode in the five part game will be released on the PC, PlayStation Network and iPad this month. With new episodes following every month afterwords. Telltale has even offered up a list of titles for each episode, which you can find right here:
It’s About Time – December
Get Tannen! – February
Citizen Brown – March
Double Visions – April
Outatime – May
Another world premiere for the 2010 Spike TV Video Game Awards has been revealed. Sony will showcase the first gameplay footage from Resistance 3.
In addition to the world’s first look at the game in action, Sony also plans to continue the live action storyline that began with the Gamescom trailer. You can watch a short preview of that right here:
The 2010 Spike TV Video Game Awards will be held on Saturday, December 11.
Bustin’ must make Atari feel good as the publisher is prepping a sequel to last year’s Ghostbusters: The Video Game. However, like the Ghostbusters themselves (“Everybody has three mortgages nowadays”), Atari is a tad strapped for cash and will be releasing Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime as a downloadable title for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Sanctum of Slime follows the further adventures of “The Rookie” from the first game and is set for release sometime next Spring. According to USA Today’s Game Hunters, the original team from the films (Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson) will not be appearing in the game.
Instead, The Rookie and the rest of his team will head into battle with the spooks and specters in a top-down shooter developed by Wanako. Four players will be able to play locally or online as they battle “gigantic bosses” and “a new supernatural threat.” Players will get the opportunity to drive the previously unseen Ecto-3.
Does the world need another twin-stick shooter? Um… maybe. What about a world that’s been overrun by a slobbering horde of the newly undead? Then the answer is most definitely yes! So say hello to Dead Nation.
The zombie shooter was added to the PlayStation Store yesterday and PS3 owners can download it for $14.99. That price drops to $11.99 if you’re a PlayStation Plus subscriber.
Also available this week is Funky Lab Rat, a game that asks players to help a rat escape from a lab and two PSone Import Classics: Blockids, a Breakout-like game; and Dezaemon Plus, a game that lets you design your own shoot ‘em up.
After missing out on all the excitement of Dead Rising 2, Frank West is ready to battle the undead one more time in the downloadable Xbox Live Arcade expansion Dead Rising 2: Case West. West will use his years of experience (he’s covered wars, you know) to invade the Phenotrans Facility in search of answers about the zombie outbreak.
But West won’t be alone, Dead Rising 2′s Chuck Greene will join him for some co-op zombie slaying. And both will be equipped with cameras to record evidence of the part Phenotrans played in the apocalypse.
Dead Rising 2: Case West will be available on the XBLA next month, but no price has been announced as of yet. Hopefully Capcom sticks with the Case Zero and gives us more downloadable Dead Rising for $5!
Capcom Unity has a ton of new screenshots, including one that shows Frank bashing a zombie in the head with a zombie head in a jar. How meta!
The soldiers of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 plan to storm Vietnam in three weeks time with the release of the Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam expansion.
PC gamers (who use Steam or the EA Store) will be able to get the first crack at the digital download on December 18. PS3/Xbox 360 owners will have to wait until December 21, when the expansion will come to the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live and other PC download services.
The Vietnam expansion will add four new multiplayer maps to the Battlefield: Bad Company 2 package for a price of $14.99 (1200 Microsoft Points). According to EA, players will be able to take control of either a U.S. Marine or a member of the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) through “varied, hostile terrain.”
If you can’t wait that long for new maps, EA has also revealed that the DICE-developed VIP Map Pack 7 will be made available to download tomorrow, December 1. The free map pack (provided you registered your VIP code) will include reworked versions of fan favorites Oasis and Harvest Day from Battlefield: Bad Company along with two additional maps.