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Sonic Boom Games Get New Titles

Sonic Boom cast, 3DS, Wii U

Sega has today announced new subtitles for the Sonic Boom games coming to Wii U and 3DS. The Wii U game will be titled Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, while the 3DS version will be called Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal.

The Wii U game’s title refers to the new villain, Lyric who is described as “a giant and monstrous snake-like creature from an ancient race. An extremely tech-savvy mastermind who uses a sophisticated robotic body of armor to carry out his own nefarious deeds, he is a formidable enemy and a force to be reckoned with.”

Lyric, Sonic Boom Villain, Concept Art

“the most vile and formidable villain in Sonic history.”

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric is being developed by LA based Big Red Button and will be the first Wii U game to be powered by Crytek’s CRYENGINE. As well as the usual fast Sonic gameplay this game will feature intense combat and a new ability called the “Enerbeam”. This tool has multiple uses for both combat and exploration. It allows you to cross gaps by swinging or zip-lining and can be used to grab and throw enemies or remove their shields.

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, Enerbeam, Sonic, Knuckles

The Enerbeam in action

Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal meanwhile has San Francisco based Sanzaru Games on development duties. It has a separate story but shares character’s and events from the Sonic Boom universe. It gives players their first chance to take control of new character, Sticks, as she attempts to rescue Amy who has been kidnapped by Lyric. The 3DS game features more traditional Sonic platforming gameplay in the vein of Sonic Rush. Players who own both games can unlock special content on the Wii U version by finding unique collectibles in the 3DS version.

Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal, Sticks, Nintendo 3DS

Both games will be released in North America in November 2014 and will be playable at E3.

 

 

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Get Dead Space for Free on Origin

dead spaceAcclaimed sci-fi horror game Dead Space is currently available for free on Origin through the service’s ‘On the House’ program. The offer will last until 8 May 2014. Since it’s launch in 2008 Dead Space has been followed by two sequels, however the original is still considered the best by many so grab it for your PC while the offer lasts.

EA is planning on adding more games to the On the House program in the coming months so watch this (dead) space for further announcements.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Official Trailer

Paramount Pictures have released an official trailer for their live-action adaptation of classic comic/cartoon series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Check it out below.

The film is directed by Jonathan Liebman (Battle Los Angeles, Wrath of the Titans) and produced by Michael Bay – which probably won’t come as a surprise as the trailer definitely has a Transformers vibe about it, and not just because of the presence of Megan Fox as April O’Neil. The cast also includes Will Arnett as April’s ‘wise-cracking cameraman’ Vern Fenwick and William Fichtner as the Turtles’ nemesis Shredder. The turtles themselves are CGI creations filmed using motion capture technology.

The movie will hit cinemas in the USA on 8 August 2014 and the UK on 17 October.

Hints & Tips – Shadow of the Beast (Sega Master System)

Image courtesy of retrocopy.com

Image courtesy of retrocopy.com

Extra Life Trick

At the start of level 3 drop the coin down the well to get an extra life.

Jet Pack

Outside the entrance to level 5 you will find a jet-pack and mask. Make sure to put them on before you enter the room or you will die instantly.

Crucifix

Be sure to pick up the crucifix you find outside the castle as you will need it to summon the King Gargoyle.

Round Gold Key

You can find this key on the platform underneath the Orb Keeper on level 1. You’ll need it to open the door at the end of Level 2.

Round Green Key

This key unlocks the entrance to the caves on level 5.

Square White Key

This key can be found in the top left-hand corner of level 2. You need it to open the castle door

Round White Key

This key is actually a red herring so don’t bother picking it up – it doesn’t do anything.

High-Jump Potion

You will need this potion to destroy the monster at the end of level 4.

Infamous: Second Son’s Day One Patch Adds 5 Hours Worth of Gameplay

Infamous_second_son_boxartInFamous: Second Son is to receive a day one update, adding 19 extra missions to the game which combined will add another 5 hours of gameplay.

The extra content will comprise of a series of episodic story missions, entitled ‘Paper Trail’. Developer, Sucker Punch, described the side-story as an “innovative online and in-game story arc”, with players tasked with uncovering the full story behind the D.U.P.’s occupation of Seattle. Players can also delve into “web-based investigations” through viral website, enjoyyourpower.com. The new content will me made available to players directly through the game each week, for six weeks.

A well as Paper Trail, the 300mb update includes the Cole’s Legacy content pack which is free to those who pre-ordered the game.

Besides the extra content the update also makes tweaks to difficulty, NPC density and graphics.

InFamous: Second Son is a Playstation 4 exclusive and releases tomorrow, March 21.

Yoshi’s New Island Launch Trailer Released

yniNintendo has released a new trailer giving us an extended look at Yoshi’s New Island. The sequel to the classic Yoshi’s Island is only days away from release, so the trailer may help you decide whether or not to part with your hard earned cash. The gameplay looks very similar to that of the original with some new additions, such as new egg types and multiplayer mini-games.

The game launches on March 14th, check out the trailer for yourself below.

Next Mass Effect Game Will Be Unrelated to Shepard’s Story

Mass-effect-3-ShepardDuring a recent interview at New York Comic Con Mac Walters, Lead Writer of Mass Effect 3 revealed some of Bioware’s intentions for the next game in the series, including a desire to create a fresh experience that isn’t tied to any previous events. Walters said:

the idea is that we have agreed to tell a story that doesn’t relate necessarily to any of the Shepard events at all, whatsoever. Beyond that, that’s what we’ve been deciding for a while. But throughout it all, one of the key things is that it has to be Mass Effect. It can’t just feel like a spin-off. It has to feel like a Mass Effect game at its heart, at its core. Just without the Shepard character or the Shepard specific companions.

Walters was also asked about his thoughts on those who were unhappy with the ending of Mass Effect 3, he responded by reasserting Bioware’s intention to look to the future of the franchise and was adamant that the company will not make any further changes to the ending:

It’s been 18-19 months since it came out and my thoughts on it are that we addressed it the best we could in the extended cut. We’re obviously not going to be changing anything now. We’re only going forward […] one of the things we really underestimated […] was how much ownership people would take over a character that they could do that. You know, you’ve been given free choice to make all these decisions with this character, with the fates of millions of people, and then, you don’t get to choose your own fate. And I’m not saying that our decision was wrong or right. I think we just underestimated the impact that would have on certain players […] because there was no choice, it was going to be right for some people, and for others, in the middle, and other people were obviously very upset about it. In hindsight, I don’t think there was anything we would have changed about that, but it is a really good lesson learned.

Solid details about the next Mass Effect game are still thin on the ground, including when exactly the story will be set, however Bioware have previously stated that the game will not be called ‘Mass Effect 4’ so it is clear that they want the new game to be judged on it’s own merits rather than compared with previous installments. It will certainly be interesting to see what direction the company takes with the series and we will of course bring you more information as it surfaces.

Capcom Unveils Monster Hunter 4 Opening Cinematic

Capcom have uploaded this stunning CGI cinematic from the latest Monster Hunter game onto their Youtube channel. The latest entry in the Monster Hunter series is mere weeks away from release date in Japan, where it will be available from September, 14th but sadly Capcom has not yet announced whether it will be bringing the game to PAL regions. The title will, at least initially, be exclusive to Nintendo 3DS.

Shadow of the Beast Reboot Headed to PS4

Some interesting news from Gamescom for any retro gamers planning on getting a PS4, classic Amiga game Shadow of the Beast is getting the reboot treatment courtesy of developers Heavy Spectrum. The original game was a side-scrolling platformer produced by Reflections Interactive and published by Psygnosis in 1989, so it’s fair to say the beast has been out of action for quite some time, although the original game did get several sequels and ports, the last of which was released in 1992.

Screenshot of the original   Shadow of the Beast on Commodore Amiga

Screenshot of the original Shadow of the Beast on Commodore Amiga

Judging from the trailer the new game does not seem to be sticking with the series’ platforming roots, focusing more on brutal combat and action. Heavy Spectrum CEO Matt Birch wrote on the Official Playstation Blog, “We want to create a magical combination of unique combat and gameplay to enthral you as a player, with a mystical world that can engage you as a person.”

No release date has yet been announced.