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.”

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To no one’s surprise, DICE announced via their blog that Battlefield 3 will require an Origin account. So if you don’t already have an account, and you want to play BF3, you might as well create one now.

Saints Row: The Third has just released some new in-game footage, just adding to the already over-the-top nature of the game. You can go check it out on YouTube here.

Google adds video games to their plus social network. It’s first roll out of games will include 16 games such as, Rovio’s Angry Birds, PopCap Games’ Bejeweled Blitz, BioWare’s Dragon Age Legends. You can go check out the full details on their blog.

Grand Slam Tennis, a Wii exclusive EA Sports title, is getting a sequel on the PS3 and 360. It’ll feature total racquet control, which is just a fancy way of saying it’s dual analog, much like the NHL series. The PS3 version will also have PS Move support. It’s the first time a video game will feature all 4 Grand Slam courts, as well as the first time Wimbledon’s center court will appear in any game. The tennis video game competition seems to be heating up, with great titles like Virtua Tennis and Top Spin available to players. It’ll be interesting to see if we get a clear-cut winner. Grand Slam Tennis 2 will be out in 2012.

LG had placed a patent infridgment lawsuit on PS3 a while ago. Well now Sony and LG has agreed to terms out-of-court. The settlement was undisclosed. LG was claiming that they infidged on some sort of Bluray patent.