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Ni No Kuni and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Confirmed Playable At Eurogamer Expo 2012

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This will be at the show. Did you see what I wrote there? NI NO KUNI WILL BE AT THE SHOW.

If you don’t know already, this year’s Eurogamer Expo is jam fucking packed with some seriously great titles which are going to be playable right on the show floor. We’ve had the likes of Far Cry 3, Tomb Raider, Hitman: Absolution, Assassins Creed 3, Resident Evil 6, Devil May Cry: DmC and many, many more already announced.

And to add further fuel to the nerdgasmic fire comes news that Namco Bandai will not only be having the newest entry in their long-running Tekken franchise available for all to play, but they’ll also be debuting the gorgeous Studio Ghibli animated, Level-5 developed PS3 JRPG Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch *pant* on the show floor too – marking the first time it’ll be playable on UK shores.

Lee Kirton, Namco PR bod and marketing director had the following to say, via press release, regarding the announcement:

“Tekken Tag Tournament brings some incredible new gameplay styles for the franchise with brand new modes, an incredible roster of characters and the most involved and detailed training mode ever created for the genre,”

“Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is one of the most beautiful games we’ve ever had the pleasure of working with,” he continued, undeterred. “It’s already causing quite a stir within the gaming world with its blend of superb gameplay from Level-5 and incredible animations produced and supervised by legendary Japanese animation company, Studio Ghibli. It’s exciting that we can have both games hands on at the Expo.”

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Ni No Kuni; BOTH playable at this year’s Eurogamer Expo – what more do you need?

Again, if you haven’t done so already, you can grab some tickets here.

If you don’t have tickets for this, then the only conclusion I can draw is that you’re some sort of disgusting pervert or something.

The Eurogamer Expo is due to take place this year on September 27-30 at Earls Court in London.

Review: Spelunky (XBLA)

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When people talk about Spelunky they far too often refer to it as some sort of ‘death-grind’, where all you do is spawn and die and that’s somehow that’s the single, solitary hook that keeps you playing like some sort of brutal exercise in platforming S&M.

For me, it wasn’t the notion of getting flat-lined just to try again that kept me coming back, it was something a little more subtle than that; namely the concepts of greed versus survival and risk versus reward.

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July 17, 2012 at 10:24 am

Something You May Have Missed – The Dark Souls Of 2D Platforming; Spelunky Releases On XBLA Tomorrow For 1200MSP

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This is just the merest glimpse at the punishingly sadistic, yet wholly entertaining 2D platform bliss that is Spelunky. If you have even a passing interest in platforming, you OWE it to yourself to grab this.

Right, this is going to be an unashamed plug for a game that I feel not nearly enough people know about – a tragedy given just how titanically brilliant it is.  Originally released on the PC back in 2009, Derek Yu’s roguelike 2D platformer Spelunky will finally complete it’s elongated trek to Xbox Live Arcade tomorrow complete with updated HD visuals, brand new levels, obstacles, items, enemies and the welcome addition of competitive and co-operative multiplayer modes.

As we’ve already said, Spelunky is a 2D platformer and equally, the game itself us truly deserving of it’s Dark Souls analogous comparisons – the game is totally, rock-fucking-hard and each time you die, you are forced to start the whole thing again.  Such a brutal practice of punishing players would seem like a huge misstep, were it not for the fact that the game is bursting with more challenge, satisfaction and charm than any 2D platformer of recent memory.  The gameplay in Spelunky is simple enough; you must proceed from the top of the level to the bottom of it, avoiding obstacles and enemies unique to that level (every level has a different theme) whilst hoovering up as much loot as humanly possible.  Yet, this game is as a staunch test of your gaming credentials as anything else on the market – death is permanent and when you respawn, the level randomises itself; forcing you to play dynamically and adapt on your feet.

In all honesty as if you couldn’t guess, I am completely and unreservedly stoked for this and I remain in a state of flabbergast that what will surely be the downloadable title of the year isn’t a part of Microsoft’s ‘Summer of Arcade’ promotion (and thusly benefitting from all the extra marketing), yet inane Kinect-dross such as Wreckateer is.  I mean really, just look at the trailer below – the game practically sells itself:

Critical praise for the title has been staggering and as you can see by the reviews I have linked below, there is a common sentiment; the game is tortureously difficult but it’s in that difficultly, emboldened by peerless level design and playability, that players continually force themselves back into the fray – to see if they can get just that little bit further to make it onto the next level.  Despite it’s price of 1200 MSP, this appears to be a game that is worth every single bit of that Microsoft currency.  Go on, treat yourself to what will surely not only be the downloadable title of the year, but surely, one of the best platformers in recent memory.

Eurogamer – 10/10

IGN – 9/10

The Verge – 10/10

Team Xbox – 9/10

Destructoid – 9.5/10

Spelunky is due to release tomorrow on Xbox Live Arcade for 1200 MSP.  The original, relatively feature-lite version of the game can be downloaded on the PC for free – grab it here.

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July 3, 2012 at 10:08 am

E3 2012 – Gears of War: Judgment Multiplayer Gameplay Trailer Escapes

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The first real taste of the gameplay to be seen in the forthcoming Gears of War Judgment was released on the interweb a few moments ago.

As well as the trailer that was shown at the conference, the trailer also shows a good deal of gameplay from the newly announced ‘Overrun’ mode and shows a game that remains still very much in the spirit of the games that have proceeded it, despite the change in developer.

Have a peek at the video below and knock yourself out:

Gears of War: Judgment is due to be released exclusively on the Xbox 360 sometime in 2013.

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June 5, 2012 at 11:31 am

E3 2012 – Microsoft Press Conference: Gears of War Judgment Trailer Shown

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Look, let’s not kid ourselves here ok? I know why you clicked this story and you know why too.

So, with that in mind just fast-forward to 0:53 on the trailer below and you’ll get what you came for.

(Or maybe not, because they didn’t show any gameplay or anything terribly compelling. Great soundtrack though and the idea of bromance story with Baird and Cole-train intrigues but doesn’t necessarily terribly excite)

Gears of War: Judgment is due to be released on the Xbox 360 sometime in 2013.

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June 4, 2012 at 6:32 pm

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