Welcome to this week’s gaming recaps! It’s been a busy week for games news, so read on to find out some of the highlights!
Child of Light Release Date for PS Vita
This week, Ubisoft announced that Child of Light would be digitally released on Playstation Vita on July 1st for $15 in North America and on July 2nd for £11.99 in the UK. On the same day, they plan to release the game at retail as a Complete Edition, containing all additional in-game content including a bonus quest, a new character and a pack of collectibles. Set against a picturesque backdrop, inspired by the watercolor artworks of The Golden Age Of Illustration, Child of Light is a a return to the classic JRPG, and blends together platforming with turn-based combat. Using Ubisoft’s UbiArt framework, the artistic style in Child of Light, is rendered with a hand-drawn art style. UbiArt have brought life to games such as Rayman Legends and Rayman Origins using this same style concepts. If you don’t want to wait for the Vita release, Child of Light is available now for Playstation3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360 Xbox One, Wii U and Windows PC.
Bandai Namco Announces New Pac-Man Game
Video game publisher and developer Bandai Namco have announced a new game from the Pac-Man series, Pac-man and the Ghostly Adventures 2, for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS. The game which is set to be released in October 2014 in the UK,will feature Pac, Spiral and Cylindria in a brand new storyline as they defend PacWorld from the ghoulish army of Lord Betrayus. In order for Pac to defeat the troublesome ghouls Pac will have to do what he does best- EAT! Munching down on the various power berries will give Pac a much needed boost: Using the different types of power berries from the Tree of Life, Pac will be able to transform into a more enhanced version of himself with elemental powers such as FirePac and IcePac and new transformations including the gigantic PacZilla. The game will also be released in North America, although an official release date has not yet been confirmed.
Today, British television network Channel 4 announced a new partnership with E4 and Nintendo to celebrate its latest release, Mario Kart 8 on Wii U, which is due to hit the shelves on May 30th. Mario Kart 8 has a new feature called Mario Kart TV which allows players to share a 30, 45 or 60-second highlight reel of their best moments during a race, with their friends immediately after play using Nintendo’s MiiVerse social network and Youtube. The new partnership with E4 means players will also have the opportunity to enter a competition to win one of five chances to have their race highlights broadcast on E4 between June 2nd and June 6th. Ad spots for the competition are set to be released starting May 23rd. For more information and a chance to enter, check out the Miiverse website upon the games release.
Japanese dungeon crawler Elminage Gothic will be coming to PC, courtesy of Ghostlight. Not only does the new release mark the first time the Elminage series has been brought to PC, but it also marks the first time the game will see a Western release, as the series was originally only released in Japan for the DS, Playstation 2, PSP and the 3DS. For those of us that enjoy classic, old-school dungeon crawlers, Elminage Gothic incorporates all the typical motifs of the initial series, but there is a darker twist to the game’s theme and art style. Featuring multiple character classes, monsters, creatures and demons, and well over 80 hours of game play, the game even includes the traditional THAC0 system, the “To Hit Armor Class Zero” brought about in Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. Ghostlight have noted that they’re aiming at a late summer release and that their team are still in the early stages of the translation and conversion process, so anything seen in screenshots available now may undergo modification before release.
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