News Wrap-Up: September 7th, 2011

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Indy game Fez just got a new screenshot today, and interestingly enough, it’s a video. This game plays in 2D side-scrolling style but you can rotate the world. It looks like fun; can’t wait to see this on XBLA.

WHAT!?

So… We called this on the last FAIOR. This is the “3DS Expansion Slide Pad”, it adds a 2nd analog pad to the system and apparently adds 2 more shoulder buttons. It looks ugly and it also blocks the game slot, meaning you’ll have to take it off to switch games. Oh well, I’m assuming this means the pre-TGS announcement Nintendo is scheduled to make is a new hardware revision for the 3DS.

Dead Island was recently released on Steam, however it wasn’t the finished product. People who bought it on the service received an older version, but the publisher Deep Silver has apologized and let us know that an update is incoming ASAP.

The system requirements for Rage has been released by Bethesda. The game is a little less than a month away, and I’m really looking forward to it. You can go check them out here, the specs aren’t that bad to be honest.

There’s a Persona 4 fighting game coming! Yes. You read that correctly. It’s being developed by Arc System Works, the same team behind Guilty Gear and Blazblue and it’s looking very pretty. It’ll be interesting to see how it plays and how it’s received by the public, you can check out some screen-shots here.

A bunch of PS Vita game announcements got leaked from the upcoming Famitsu Japanese magazine. They are:

• Lumines: Electronic Symphony
• Rayman Origins
• Michael Jackson The Experience HD
• Dark Quest
• Sumioni
• Dream Club Zero Portable
• Moe Moe Daisensou
• Ragnarok Odyssey

Interesting to see Rayman Origins and Ragnarok Odyssey on there. We already know what the Rayman game is, I’m just wondering if the Ragnarok game will be something entirely new.

G4 reports that all three Devil May Cry games have been rated by the ESRB for release on both the PS3 and Xbox 360.

A Japanese poster for Battlefield 3 might’ve revealed that the 360 version of the game will come packaged on 2 DVDs. Chalk up another reason to get the PS3 version, unless you have a beefy PC of course.

The latest entry in the Driver series has an “online pass” attached to it. Ubisoft fudged it up big time while the codes for these passes are non-functional, making it so no one could play online for a while. The game is now free-to-play, so go buy the game used! “Due to a printing error on the insert of some copies of Driver: San Francisco in North America, Ubisoft has elected to provide the Driver Uplay Passport content for free,” Ubisoft said in a statement sent to gaming news site CVG. “Although this problem does not affect players outside of North America, we have decided to mirror this offer to everyone in the world in order to be fair to all our players.”

News Wrap-Up: August 16th, 2011

Borderlands 2 has a teaser trailer up, it doesn’t really show much, but I do like the look of it.

Minecraft: Pocket Edition has been released today on Sony’s Experia Play (you know the PlayStation Phone), it costs $6.99. If you’ve played it before, you pretty much know what to expect.

GamesCom is happening as we speak in Cologne, Germany and a bunch of trailers has been released, so I’ll just list them all here. Soul Caliber V, Lollipop Chainsaw, Street Fighter x Tekken, Need For Speed: The Run, Devil May Cry, Dark Souls, Mass Effect 3, Battlefield 3, SSX, Uncharted 3, Infamous 2: Festival of Blood, Resistance 3 and UFC Undisputed 3.

EA has revealed a new FIFA Street will be debuting in early 2012. Continuing in EA news, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning will be released on February 7th, 2011.

After a Portuguese board game blocked the European release of Double Fine’s XBLA title Trenched, Microsoft confirmed today that the game will be released in Europe this September under the new title Iron Brigade.

Bastion is now available on Steam for $15, highly suggest checking it out if you don’t have a 360.

Announced during their press conference at GamesCom, Sony let word out that the Vita’s games will all be available to download. Ubisoft will bring a new Lumines and Assassin’s Creed to PS Vita. They also unveiled a new PSP model, that doesn’t have wifi and costs 99€, it will be available in Europe only.

Resistance: Burning Skies just got revealed for the PS Vita, it will take place moments before the 2nd game in the series. They showed off some gameplay footage on-stage, it looks good, finally dual analog sticks on a portable!

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 has been dated in Japan for November 17th. I’m guessing the North American release couldn’t be far off this date then.

Ninja Gaiden 3 has PlayStation Move support, I don’t know where the demand for it came from, but I’ll check it out.

Wow! The PS3 just got a world-wide price-drop effective immediately, you can go to your local shop and snap one up for $250. That’s insanely cheap.