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Mass Effect 2 by Electronic Arts Playstation 3 Game 014633365610 by Electronic Arts
DescriptionOnce again stepping into the role of the heroic Commander Shepard, gamers command their crew on a suicide mission in space. Players must assemble their squad from amongst the galaxy's most powerful mystics, geniuses, and convicts and lead them on a suicide mission to discover why humans are vanishing from the galaxy. The success of the mission hinges on the squad recruited and their loyalty to the mission. Shepard's future depends on it.
Speaking to GamingBolt, game director Brian Horton said that Rise of the Tomb Raider will be much larger than the Tomb Raider reboot released in 2013. In fact, its explorable areas will be three times larger than those in the last game. Its tombs will be significantly bigger as well.
In conjunction with the increase in size of the game's world, Crystal Dynamics has created a new system of puzzles for the game. The studio calls it the "Nested Puzzle Approach." Horton explained, "[This] means [that] there are multiple puzzles that all work together to solve one big puzzle."
Protagonist Lara Croft is also getting some major movement changes, including better traversal mechanics. In Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara can swim and climb trees. Horton said that players "can use [these abilities] not only for traversal but [also] as a way too subtly approach an enemy and take them out from above or from below."
But even though the game's world is bigger and more explorable, players won't have to wait at loading screens between areas. "Just like the last Tomb Raider, we've created a seamless experience," Horton stated. "As soon as you start a new game if you never died or don't quit you will have a seamless streaming experience throughout the whole game. We want to immerse the player into the world as soon as possible and flow from mission to mission in a very seamless way."
Rise of the Tomb Raider launches on November 10 for Xbox One and Xbox 360, although it's currently unclear whether Horton's statements also apply to the 360 version. Recently, publisher Square Enix revealed that the game will come to PC next spring and to PlayStation 4 in holiday 2016. In addition, the head of Xbox recently addressed the game's timed exclusivity, saying that Microsoft knew that it would disappoint fans.
Capcom's Yoshiaki Hirabayashi, who produced this year's million-selling Resident Evil HD remaster, wrote on Facebook that he pitched Resident Evil 2 HD to his boss today.
It's unclear how the meeting went. But the image being shared through Capcom's own social channel and presumably with its consent is likely a good sign.
The image refers to the game as Biohazard 2. The Resident Evil series is known as Biohazard in Japan.
Hirabayashi said he started compiling his ideas for Resident Evil 2 HD not long after Resident Evil HD launched in January. None of those ideas have been revealed. You can see the word "confidential" in the image embedded here, which appears to be the game's design document.
Back in 2012, Hirabayashi said the 1998 survival-horror game could get a remake if fans demanded it. And in May 2015, after it was revealed that the latest Resident Evil HD remake had sold more than 1 million copies, Capcom said it was planning even more HD remasters.
While you'll have to wait to see Capcom's own Resident Evil 2 HD remaster, if it does indeed happen, you can check out an impressive fan version right now.
An HD remake of 2002's Resident Evil 0 is also in the works.
Would you like to see a Resident Evil 2 HD remaster someday? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Zombi, as it's known on the new platforms, moves the minimap from the GamePad screen onto the main screen. Aside from that, Ubisoft has attempted to "maintain a minimal HUD as much as possible," producer Hélène Henry said in a new blog post. "It disappears when not required, giving the game a very lonely feeling. If you have surround sound, the awesome sound mix from the original still stands and greatly helps immersion. As much as possible, we've tried to keep those key elements."
More important than the map being located on the GamePad was the fact that the inventory was accessed on its screen. This forced you to take your eyes off the TV action, which wouldn't pause to give you time to handle things. Henry said Ubisoft has "kept the central idea that you're always vulnerable" by simply having you access your inventory on the main screen without pausing what's going on in the world. While in there, you'll have a very limited view of any approaching enemies.
One thing that wasn't quite so easy to bring over is the local multiplayer mode where one player used the GamePad to spawn zombies while other players fought them on the TV. This mode has been cut from Zombi, as Ubisoft opted to "focus on the solo mode, as [it] believe[s] this is where the ZombiU experience really lay."
Zombi's field-of-view has been increased slightly, and you will have some degree over control over the exact FOV. There will be limits to how much it can be changed, though, as Ubisoft wants to ensure you don't lose "that claustrophobic feeling."
Load times have been improved, and the existing cricket bat is no longer the only melee weapon at your disposal. The shovel can hit multiple zombies at a time (and from further away), and the nail bat does more damage and is also capable of dealing with multiple zombies with each swing.
Additionally, the flashlight now has an alternate mode that allows its light to reach further, but this uses more battery and is more likely to bring zombies your way.
There were no specifics shared regarding technical improvements; Zombi is simply said to "perform better" on the new platforms.
Zombi is slated for release as a digital-only game on August 18. A price has not yet been announced.
Dualshockers translated Kojima's tweet about the new Mother Base location, which you can see below. Kojima said the new gameplay video will showcase "the growth of the Mother Base over time." The video will also reveal some new online gameplay footage. It certainly looks large.The new Mother Base
Meanwhile, another tweet from Kojima shows a new bionic arm for a character that appears to be Snake. The arm features "Wisp" printed on it, in what appears to be a reference to Konami's Zone of the Enders series. In previously released artwork for The Phantom Pain, Snake had a red bionic arm.
Took a photo of TV screen. Guess what this is? pic.twitter.com/owxtxDnuai— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) July 31, 2015
The Phantom Pain will be playable next week at Gamescom, marking the first time the stealth-action game will be available for the public to try.
According to GameSpot's sources, Kojima will leave Konami after the game ships on September 1. Just recently, a voice actor for the series claimed that the game's developer, Kojima Productions, had disbanded.
For a closer look at The Phantom Pain, check out some images in the gallery below.
If you used your coins on any digital game codes, then today, July 31, is your last day to redeem them on the Wii, Wii U, or 3DS eShop. Codes will be rendered useless tomorrow, August 1.
This is the last of what has felt like countless end dates for Club Nintendo. Games and systems stopped coming with Club Nintendo reward codes earlier this year, and then there were deadlines for earning coins, getting Elite Status gifts, and claiming rewards. Now, all that's left is to use any download codes you might have (and to wait for any physical rewards to ship, which Nintendo says will happen by the end of September).
Nintendo announced the long-running rewards program's closure in January. It's set to be replaced by a new program that has still yet to be detailed much beyond the fact that it covers 3DS, Wii U, smart devices, PCs, and Nintendo's next system, NX.
Preorder Rare Replay (coming out this Tuesday, August 4) from the Microsoft Store and get a free $10 Xbox gift card. Alternatively, Amazon Prime members can preorder it for $26, and Best Buy's Gamers Club Unlocked members can get it for $24.
Steam has a weekend promotion on Steam OS games, but you don't need to be running Valve's Linux-based operating system to take advantage. All of the featured games run on Steam OS, but also have Windows (and in many cases Mac) versions, too. Deals include Ark: Survival Evolved's early access version for $24, the Metro Redux bundle for $10, Cities: Skylines for $20, Civilization V: Complete Edition for $12.49, and Mark of the Ninja for $7.49.
Buy two select Xbox One or PS4 games at Best Buy and save $45. Each game costs $60, but it still means getting the pair for $75 (or $60 if you have Gamers Club Unlocked). The included games are The Elder Scrolls Online, Mortal Kombat X, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Battlefield Hardline, Lego Jurassic World, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, and Evolve.
Best Buy also has a buy one, get one 50 percent off sale on select 3DS games today (July 31) only. There are more than 20 games included, among them Super Smash Bros., Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, and Ultimate NES Remix. Most of the games are regular price (in the $30-$40 range), but GCU members' discount applies before the sale, bringing the price of two $40 games down to $44.
Amazon's semi-secret discounts for Prime members currently include $50 preorders for Super Mario Maker and Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Xbox One/PS4), and $53 preorders for Halo 5: Guardians and Fallout 4 (Xbox One/PS4). Alternatively, all four games are $48 each with Best Buy's GCU discount.
Below you'll find the rest of today's best deals divided by platform.
The Destiny Taken King limited edition PS4 bundle is now available for preorder for $400.
Get the Last of Us Remastered PS4 bundle with a free copy of Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, three months of PlayStation Plus, and a Turtle Beach Ear Force P4c headset for $400 at eBay.
Groupon has the Last of Us Remastered PS4 bundle for $379.
Buying a PS4 at Best Buy this week allows you to save $5 on a 12-month PlayStation Plus subscription. You can also save $50 off a Disney Infinity Marvel starter kit.
Buy a used PS4 at GameStop, and get a free used game priced under $30.
A one-year PlayStation Plus membership is $40 at Rakuten (but with $4 shipping).
The PlayStation Store has a new Summer Sale going on for the next two weeks. Plus and non-Plus members have access, with Plus members getting larger discounts, such as Far Cry 4 for $30, Trine 2 for $4, and Roundabout for $6. PSN also has its weekly Plus-only deals, including The Escapists for $14 and Shadow of Mordor: Game of the Year Edition for $40.
Preorder Sword Art Online: Lost Song on the PlayStation Store and get a free copy of Sword Art Online: Re Hollow Fragment.
If you own a digital PS3 copy of Dishonored (including the freebie PlayStation Plus version from earlier this year), you can preorder the digital PS4 version of Dishonored: Definitive Edition for $20.
Other PS4 game deals:
The free PlayStation Plus games for July are still available and include Rocket League and Styx: Master of Shadows. August's free games were announced this week.
Walmart is selling the Halo Master Chief Collection Xbox One bundle with a free second controller for $349. You also get a free copy of Minecraft, Titanfall, NBA Live 14, or Rabbids Invasion, or you can pay a bit more to replace it with Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition ($20), Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare ($20), Evolve ($20), Battlefield Hardline ($30), or Batman: Arkham Knight ($30).
A similar deal is available, with the Halo bundle, an extra controller, and a copy of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, at Amazon for $349.
Get a free 12-month subscription to Xbox Live Gold and a copy of Assassin's Creed: Unity with the purchase of an Xbox One at the Microsoft Store (500 GB/1 TB). This is in addition to the bundled copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
A new Xbox One bundle to be aware of includes the 1 TB system, Madden NFL 16, and a one-year subscription to EA Access for $400. You will, however, have to wait until August 18 for it to be available.
Buy a used Xbox One at GameStop, and get a free used game priced under $30.
Buy an Xbox One at Best Buy and save $20 on an Xbox One controller and $10 on three months of Xbox Live Gold.
You can buy a year of Xbox Live Gold on eBay for $36.
If you own a digital Xbox 360 copy of Dishonored, you can preorder the digital Xbox One version of Dishonored: Definitive Edition for $20. If you're logged into an account that owns the 360 version, Definitive Edition should show up as the discounted price.
This week's Deals With Gold are on and include sales on Warframe and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag DLC.
Other Xbox One game deals:
July's free Games With Gold games are still available and include Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and So Many Me. August's free games have been announced and will be available starting tomorrow, Saturday, August 1.
GameStop has a summer sale on digital PC games, offering Titanfall's Deluxe Edition for $5, Typing of the Dead: Overkill for $5, Civilization: Beyond Earth for $20, and more.
GOG has a big selection of strategy games on sale this weekend, including Total Annihilation: Commander Pack for $1.79, Men of War: Vietnam for $3, Star Wolves for $1.79, and more.
The latest Humble Bundle is the fourth "Jumbo" bundle. For just a few bucks, you can get games like Mercenary Kings, Endless Space, The Stanley Parable, and Outland, while paying $18 or more gets you everything, including early access to Space Engineers. New games were recently added, including Screencheat and Coin Crypt.
The newest Humble Weekly Bundle features games from Japan like Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth, Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser, and Neo Aquarium: The King of Crustaceans.
Buy select Nvidia GPUs (or Nvidia-equipped laptops) and get a free copy of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
If you have a free Green Man Gaming account, you can access the VIP area of the site where you can find some nice deals, including Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin for $23 and Project Cars for $35.
You can save 20 percent at Green Man Gaming using the voucher GMGSAV-E20GMG-SAVE20.
Zuma's Revenge is free on Origin.
Other PC game deals:
If you don't mind a refurbished system, Nintendo's online store has a Wii U bundle with Nintendo Land for $200, or Nintendo Land and Super Mario 3D World for $225.
The eShop has a Ubisoft game sale going on, discounting Child of Light to $3.75, Rayman Legends to $20, Splinter Cell: Blacklist to $15, and more. The ongoing indie sale, meanwhile, is set to end on July 23.
Walmart is offering a New 3DS XL bundle with Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and your choice of select Amiibo figurines for around $240.
This week's Ubisoft eShop sale features deals like Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars for $7.49 and Tetris Ultimate for $15.
The PlayStation TV is available for $40 at GameStop.
The PlayStation Store has a new Summer Sale going on for the next two weeks for Plus and non-Plus members. Plus members get larger discounts, including Guacamelee and Luftrausers for $3 each. PSN also has its weekly Plus-only deals, with deals like Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth 3 for $32 and Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters for $28.
The free PlayStation Plus games for July are still available and include Geometry Wars 3 and Entwined. August's free games were announced this week.
Amazon prices are accurate as of publishing, but can fluctuate occasionally throughout the day.
GameSpot's gaming deals posts always highlight the best deals we can find regardless of retailer. We also occasionally use retailer affiliate links, which means that purchasing goods through those links helps support all the great content (including the deals posts) you find for free here on the site.
Being an elephant, Tembo is not normally a fast creature, but he’s got a whole mess of skills that make him a highly mobile platforming hero. Tembo’s main attack is a Sonic Rush-styled dash attack that smashes through anything in its way. The more you play, however, the more it feels like a mix between the movement of Yoshi’s Island (aerial flutter jumps and ground-pounds, aiming Tembo’s water-blasting attacks) and the modern Donkey Kong Country games (spinning jump attacks and rolls). Part of what makes Tembo so great is the slick, precise controls--you can seamlessly chain attacks and movements into each other, moving with fluidity and finesse. The sheer act of moving Tembo around--rolling and bouncing around the ground into a slide and then immediately following up with an upwards trunk-hammer bash--is a delight.
It’s so fun, in fact, that you might be tempted to just smash through everything. But Tembo wouldn’t be a proper platformer without tricks, traps, and hazards. You’ll realize how carefully your skills must be used the moment you first dash headfirst into a pile of cunningly placed explosive crates. And those aren’t the only threats: while the average Phantom lackey is easy to stomp, they’ll start bringing out heavy artillery and tougher-to-crush weaponry as you progress. Stone walls might not be able to stop Tembo’s charging rampage, but explosive mines and homing missiles sure can.
The hazards play well into the stage design, a well-balanced mix of speedy dashing and bouncing around, careful platforming, clever gimmicks, tricky dodging, and even a bit of puzzle solving… oh, and plenty of crushing through barriers and buildings with mighty elephantine strength. In fact, one of the main goals in each stage is to destroy as much of Phantom’s presence as possible: every enemy or vehicle you crush and each civilian you rescue adds to Tembo’s tally of destruction. Some stages are locked until a certain number of Phantom enemies are destroyed, though if you play through each stage from the onset looking to cause as much damage as possible, these numbers aren’t very hard to hit. Don’t get too trigger-happy with your destructive urges, however; levels are filled with secrets, like collectible peanuts (get 300 for an extra life), trapped civilians (ten in each stage), and hidden rooms. If you smash before thinking and observing, you may discover you’ve destroyed a path to hidden goodies.
That’s not to say the stages are easy. Like those of any good platformer, Tembo’s stages are littered with unique surprises and gimmicks, many of which involve the use of Tembo’s water-spraying trunk to put out fires, water plants that transform into useful objects, push platforms, and stun certain enemies. By combining the dash and the spray button, Tembo can even burst through fiery walls. Often, solving puzzles depends on using your water correctly. Other times, however, the threats are more urgent, such as electrified walls that immediately KO Tembo--and are quickly closing in behind you while you dash through a labyrinth of conveyor belts.
The variety of challenges makes Tembo fun and exciting, though the high-pressure, instant-death sections can become irritating because they tend to eat through your limited stock of lives much faster than any other parts of the game, throwing the otherwise solid pacing off. Much like platformers of old, Tembo has a lives system--once they're gone, it’s back to the beginning of the stage, no matter how many checkpoints you’ve hit. Because stages are fairly lengthy, restarting is a pretty harsh penalty.
After every four stages, you’ll encounter a giant mechanical boss. The boss designs are exceptionally clever. Each boss has a distinct method of attacking and a weakness to exploit that requires skillful play. One boss, a mechanical dragon, you’ll need to push off a cliff while neutralizing its fire attacks; for another, a robot bee, you’ll have to grow springy plants and dodge homing missiles to climb high enough to butt-bomb its weak point.
The worst thing I can say about Tembo is that it’s rather short. If you’re experienced with platformers, you shouldn’t have much trouble charging through Tembo in about six or seven hours. But there are plenty of ways to play it beyond the end screen. Tembo is the sort of game that encourages you to play for 100% completion and/or speedrunning, as well (it even tracks your times and high score). And with Tembo’s satisfying movement and controls, you could play through the game with some amazingly stylish platforming swagger.