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It hasn’t been officially announced yet, but some research suggest Assassin’s Creed Rogue may be coming to PC. I don’t own a last-gen console, so this is excellent news to hear. It looks like the game will be more like Black Flag, with us at sea, blowing stuff up, but that’s fine with me. More Assassin’s Creed is more Assassin’s Creed.

The evidence worth noting? The Brazilian Classification Board has listed Assassin’s Creed Roguefor PC, and even more worth noting, the game appeared briefly in Ubisoft’s Uplay Reward page for PC during the weekend.

Even if it doesn’t end up heading to PC, I’m still very excited to get my hands on Assassin’s Creed Unity and Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China. CHINA! With a female assassin!

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I’m a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes. I’ve read some of the novels, seen some of the BBC episodes, and the detective genius will always astound me.

I just came across Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments, and it looks wonderful. The locations look gorgeous, oozing with rich colors, intricate details, and the cozy English feel that makes you want to grab a fancy cup of tea. Of course, the game plot will be anything but cozy, but still.

I found these details on YouTube:

From luscious gardens to Victorian manors, to grim crimes scenes, discover the beautiful and meticulously detailed environments you will explore as Sherlock Holmes in Frogwares’ latest investigation game, Crimes & Punishments, coming from September 30 on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.
A testimony to Frogwares’ care and attention to detail in their gorgeous recreation of the Victorian era, this video is the third of a series focusing on the many new aspects brought to Crimes & Punishments, expanding on the series in every way.

London and its suburbs are composed of varied and exotic locations, sprawling with culture and class at every turn. From moon-lit grimy alleys, to sun-kissed Chinese gardens, no matter how seemingly peaceful a scene may be, it is always open to the horrible thefts and murders that Holmes charges himself with investigating. Hot on the scent, you – along with Watson – will find yourself readying the motor-carriage to visit some of the most famous locations in and around London, such as Kew Gardens and the Roman city of St Albans. Where there is beauty there is murder, in this faithful recreation of the Victorian world.

There are six unique cases in Sherlock Holmes Crimes & Punishments, and with each new case new locations to explore and piece together all the clues in order to feel confident about the choices you make, culminating in either the absolving or condemning of a suspect. Expanding on the universe of Sherlock Holmes games, Scotland Yard makes an appearance as the central-hub for interrogating suspects once arrested, examining evidence, and even inspecting corpse after autopsy, for any all-important missing clues!

Luscious indeed! And while I’m not a fan of how Sherlock looks in this (heh), I’m still interested in playing this game, because I’m a huge fan of mystery and adventure.

Here’s the official launch trailer:

SHERLOCK HOLMES: CRIMES & PUNISHMENTS releases on September 30th, for PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC. Find it on Gamestop, Amazon, BestBuy, and Steam.

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Up until I started this game blog, I never really paid much attention to the words ‘live action’ before some trailers. Now that I’m no longer blind, and I actually pay attention (heh), I’ve come to appreciate the work put into them.

Two of my recent favorites include DESTINY (which I’m playing and loving) and SUNSET OVERDRIVE (which I wasn’t much interested in until the trailer caught my eye).

Here’s the DESTINY one, which I’m sure you’ve already seen, because it has been everywhere lately. I’ve seen it so many times, and it never gets old. LOVE.

And here’s the SUNSET OVERDRIVE one, which looks pretty awesome. As you can tell, I don’t love it as much as I love the DESTINY trailer, but it still rocks.

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Is skateboarding your thing? Following the international success of their debut, OlliOlli on PlayStation and PC, London based developer Roll7 is proud to announce they are working on a sequel to the twitch score-attack hit – OlliOlli2 : Welcome to Olliwood. A… fun name, to say the least.

Players will be taken from the street and dropped in the middle of the Big Screen’s most bodacious cinematic locations. Gameplay will be massively enhanced with the addition of Ramps, Jumps and Epic Hills allowing for monster air and split level routes.

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OlliOlli2 producer, Tom Hegarty, is hyped about progress:

OlliOlli2 will be the embodiment of skateboarding flow and flair, with a whole new world of opportunities for the skater to bust out a crazy set of tricks and moves…”

The game will house 5 new worlds, 50 new levels, and 250 new challenges, and the hallowed ‘Tricktionary’ will include 540 Shuvits, Anti-Casper Flips and Darkslides to name but a few. A new combo (that has my interest piqued) will feature a split-screen local multiplayer mode for up to four players, pitting them in a race to ramp up the highest scores. New art, clean lines and gorgeous new backgrounds will also be eminent in the newest version—with over 9000 extra frames of hand drawn goodness!

I’m not a big fan of sports or sporting games, but the fact that you can play with up to four other people on one device sounds pretty spiffy.

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First things first: why on Earth is the new Nintendo 3DS called the New Nintendo 3DS? Could they think of no other name? Or were they on a deadline, and chucked New up front at the last moment?

Or maybe there was a name and I can’t find it anywhere -_-

Anywho, I just watched the trailer for the New Nintendo 3DS, and it looks awesome. It’s not very different from the old Nintendo 3DS, but the customization rocks socks, and the newer hardware and functions seem good enough to be called an upgrade.

Unfortunately, the New Nintendo 3DS won’t be arriving in the US or UK until 2015, but Nintendo (who just turned 125! Yay!) has announced that Australia and New Zealand will be seeing them in stores on November 21, 2014.

Watch the trailer right here:

What do you think? Do you want one?

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Remember the transparent purple Game Boy Color? This one? I do, because I have one.

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When I saw Nintendo’s announcement for this one, my mind pretty much shot back to the days when I would squint at the mini screen and watch Super Mario hop around.

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While these beauties are infinitely more different, I can’t help but reminisce. And I think I might just buy one solely for the nostalgia.

It’s been almost a year since the release of the first Nintendo 2DS, and these new ones, in Transparent Red and Transparent Blue, will hit European retailers on November 7th. No price has been disclosed as yet. Aside from the side paneling, both offerings are transparent in design, revealing the skeleton of the system underneath both the front and back of the system casing.

If you’re unfamiliar with the 2DS, it plays the same games as a 3DS, minus the 3D display, with a slightly different design.

With so many editions of the 2DS, 3DS, and 3DS XL releasing this fall, how is anyone supposed to choose? Paired with the bizarre timing—with Nintendo’s New 3DS releasing soon—how successful do you think these will be?

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Head on over to the Tower and meet up with Petra, the Queen’s emissary. Petra has shaders, gear and emblems for you to purchase, if you’re capable of raising your rank by garnering the Queen’s favor first. So find the Bounty Hunter, complete Queen-specific bounties and you’ll get rewarded with a piece of legendary gear.

For the loners out there (like me), ‘The Queen’s Wrath’ is single player—the first single-player content Bungie has rewarded us with post-launch. For free.

This is just a sample of what Bungie has in store for us Destiny players. Many complaints for Destiny surround the short game story, and these events that just keep adding to the world and story are a welcome treat.

The world of Destiny is huge, short story or not. Last week, players discovered a cave full of loot in Old Russia, and yesterday, IGN released a video, where an area accessible via a window in ‘The Black Garden’ was discovered. While it might just be an empty space right now, there’s always the possibility of something popping up there in the days to come.

Will you be meeting with Petra in the Tower today?

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You read that heading right: Assassin’s Creed is going to China with a female Assassin, and while that has us pretty excited, we’re not ‘head-over-heels’ excited, unfortunately. Because it’s not a ‘full-fledged’ game.

Ubisoft will be releasing DLC (downloadable content) for Assassin’s Creed Unity as part of its season pass. The usual, expect add-ons will be in there, with a new story campaign, additional weapons and more missions, and what no one was expecting, it will also house an entirely separate game: Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China.

You’ll play as Shao Jun, the last remaining assassin of the Chinese Brotherhood, who isn’t that new to the crew: she was a student under Ezio Auditore in the animated short, Assassin’s Creed Embers, and in the Assassin’s Creed Revelations novel.

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Set in the 16th century Middle Kingdom, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China will be 2D, and has been rendered in a style inspired by traditional brush paintings, Ubisoft says, and combines stealth, martial arts and all-new assassin gear. The game was developed by Climax Studios.

According to Ubisoft, the Assassin’s Creed Unity season pass content will arrive early 2015.

2D or not, I need this ASAP.

*twiddles thumbs*

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These days, the weekends fly by so quickly, and this weekend, it might fly even more quickly because of Sony’s PlayStation.

Starting this Friday, September 26 at 12:01am PST up until Sunday, September 28 at 11:59pm, PlayStation Plus will open up online multiplayer access for everyone, whether you’re paying for PS Plus or not. It’ just the multiplayer ability that’s open though—none of the other membership benefits will be accessible.

Will you be logging in this weekend? What will you be playing? Destiny? Diablo III? Madden? FIFA 15? Let us know!

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Out Now is a weekly feature, where you’ll find the week’s gaming releases, all in one place. Will you be picking any of these up? Which one are you most excited for?

September 23rd

Ar Nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star for PS3 | Find it on Amazon | Gamestop

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About the game:

Ar Nosurge is a Fantasy, Sci-fi, ‘7 Dimension’ RPG, that takes place in a world where music and song can create magic. It tells the compelling story of a civilization that lost their planet and has been roaming the edge of space for 2000 years in search of a new home. In Ar Nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star, the player follows two sets of characters: Delta and Casty, whose goal is to protect humanity and save the world, and Ion & Earthes, who are trying to find Ion a way home to Earth. The player can interchange between both pairs and soon discover a way to combine their storylines and strengths to eventually solve the mystery that shrouds their ongoing struggle. Developed by Gust, Ar Nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star is an intricately deep turn-based RPG and includes a detailed synthesis system for players to create their own items. A unique character development system focuses more on the bonds and relationships between the main characters than their success in missions and battles, with the player’s party growing stronger if the characters have a closer relationship. Additionally, character pairs fight together during battles in Ar Nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star. One is always the first line of defense, attacking enemies in melee with knives and swords while protecting the other, who is weaving a song to fend off enemies. The longer the song lasts the more damage it creates- not only to enemies visible on screen, but to ones that are in line to attack.

September 23rd

Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, PC, iOS | Find it on Gamestop | Amazon

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About the game:

In Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, players will use real-world interactive Marvel figures to activate original storylines (Play Sets) in the virtual game worlds of some of Marvel’s most popular franchises, including The Avengers. In the Play Sets – penned by award-winning Marvel comic writer Brian Michael Bendis – players will be able to take on the role of more than 20 Marvel characters including Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor, Hulk and Hawkeye to battle enemies, complete challenging missions, solve puzzles and ultimately save the world from destruction.

Featuring an enhanced Toy Box mode, Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes will introduce new structured, franchise-themed adventures that players can customize and play using any in-game character from across the Disney Infinity universe. Fans will also have hundreds of Marvel-themed items, locations, props and characters at their disposal to create their own stories or even re-create their favorite comic book moments.

September 23rd

FIFA 15 for PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, PC | Find it on GameStop | Amazon

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About the game:

FIFA 15 brings soccer to life in stunning detail so fans can experience the emotion of the sport like never before.

Witness the intensity of crowds and listen to commentators guide fans through the story of the game with Dynamic Match Presentation. New Emotional Intelligence allows players to react to opponents and teammates within context, and relative to the narrative of the match.

Next Generation Visuals put fans on Living Pitches with grass that wears as the match progresses. Authentic Player Visuals give players true to life appearance. Player Control heightens the responsiveness of player movement and makes Man-to-Man Battles more rewarding than ever before.

September 23rd

Gauntlet for PC | Find it on Steam

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About the game:

The classic Gauntlet 4-player co-op action gameplay returns in a completely new experience! Play as one of four distinct heroes in an intense monster filled dungeon brawler with a combination of both uniquely built and randomly generated levels to explore. Battle the endless hordes of foes as you and your friends fight for treasure and glory via both local and online co-op multiplayer. Invade the Darkness this Summer on PC and Steam Machines!

September 23rd

Stronghold Crusader 2 for PC | Find it on Steam

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About the game:

Stronghold Crusader 2 is the long awaited sequel to Stronghold: Crusader, the original ‘castle sim’. After 12 years Stronghold returns to the deserts of the Middle East circa 1189, with a new 3D engine and realistic castle destruction powered by Havok Physics. Crusader 2 will recapture the original game’s addictive, fast-paced gameplay and authentic castle simulation.

True to its roots this new Stronghold will define old school real time strategy, combining RTS and city builder gameplay. Playing as a brutal Crusader Knight or Arabic freedom fighter, you must use a deadly array of troops and destructive siege equipment to decide the fate of the holy lands. Lead your forces into battle as either Richard the Lionheart or the Sultan of Syria in two historic single-player campaigns, with dynamic events such as tornados and locust swarms. Become the greatest Lord by managing your desert economy and seizing control of vital oases.

To dominate the battlefield you will need to command more than 25 unique unit types, mastering their special abilities. Raise morale with the Sergeant at Arms, charge in with the Sassanid Knight, use Archers to launch an arrow volley or scale castle walls with the deadly Assassin. Once your skills have been perfected put them to the test in skirmish mode or take the battle online with up to eight players. Create teams, choose different AI opponents and design your own map in the ultimate skirmish or multiplayer game!

September 30th

Natural Doctrine for PS4, PS3, PS Vita | Find it on GameStop | Amazon

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About the game:

Strategy role-playing gamers be ready, as this game will truly test your ability to conquer the evils that lurk in the sprawling networks of mines and ruins in the areas surrounding the fortress city of Feste. Seasoned explorers and novices alike venture underground into dangerous caves to collect the coveted material known as Pluton. During your first trip down into the depths of one of these mines, you and your new explorer friends quickly realize that things may be more dire than you had imagined as you encounter a brand-new type of evil lurking below the surface. You and your newfound friends must strategically defeat these new difficult foes and warn the kingdom of their presence before it’s too late.

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