We don’t actually know a whole lot of details about the game, but Plants vs. Zombies 2 has finally been given a release date. Last year it was targeted for the first half of 2013. Yesterday PopCap Games announced that Plants vs Zombies 2: It’s About Time will be available in July. That’s technically the second half of 2013, but really all that matters is the game is coming out. The company has released a teaser trailer, which you can see below. It’s basically just a bunch of people screaming about wanting more PvZ, but it has Major Nelson in it.
One thing you can be sure about is that the game will have plants, it will have zombies and it will probably consume as much of my time as Animal Crossing currently is. I really hope the title is alluding to a possible crossover with Back to the Future and Doctor Who and be a game about fighting zombies across time. Wouldn’t that be great?
I know that Nintendo console owners have a rocky history with Ubisoft, what with the Imagine games released on the Wii and with how the original Red Steel turned out. However, you cannot really knock Ubisoft this generation, as they are supporting Nintendo’s Wii U with many of their big titles, despite the new system’s well-known sales struggles.
Such a big title is Splinter Cell: Blacklist, the latest in the stealth-action series. This trailer shows the various uses the Wii U GamePad has, such as controlling a drone via the controller’s gyroscope, or viewing the spy cam via the touchscreen. The version definitely looks promising, so here’s hoping the final product is something Wii U fans can be proud of and purchase.
Free Weekends have been getting a little lack around here lately. We’re going to need to do something about that. On this lazy Saturday, I figured I give you a dose from gaming’s past; some of my favorite game trailers to be exact. I like these trailers all for different reasons. Some capture the essence of their game while others have some great lines that generate visions of an epic journey. And some are just cool. I come back to these trailer often as they all strike a chord in me. There new trailer for a yet-to-be-released game I love as well. But since it’s totally non-PG, so I’m not going to link to it. Y’all can figure it out if you try hard enough.
Gears Of War
This is a teaser in the strictest sense. All you get is a view of some of the terrain. There is no actual gameplay but if you’ve played Mighty Switch Force on the 3DS, then you know exactly what to expect. This is the teaser for the upcoming HD edition of the game for Wii U. Get hyped now. It’s going to be good.
While Operation Rainfall is worrying about bringing Bravely Default: Flying Fairy (which I desperately want, by the way) to North America, I’m going to worry about another title that may need help coming here. Capcom said they have no plans “at this time” to bring E.X. Troopers to North America. This Lost Planet spin-off looks amazing and they keep releasing more and more vidoes for the game. This time it’s a video for the game’s theme song ‘Mr. Super Future Star’ by May’n. Not only does this song sound amazing (Shelby you’ll appreciate it), but it includes more of the lovely of E.X. Troopers.
I’m going to continue posting about this and hope you’ll help spread the word about E.X. Troopers because it’s a great looking game that could bolster the 3DS library even more. It’s also coming to the PS3 in Japan.
PLEASE CAPCOM, BRING THIS GAME TO NORTH AMERICA!!!!!
Nintendo presented another 3DS focused Nintendo Direct today. Among the things discussed were the new subtitle for Animal Crossing, now called New Leaf, the host of downloadable games coming to the system for the remainder of the year, and more. Check it out here in case you missed it earlier.
- Professor Layton going back to the high school years. New puzzles every day for free.
- New SpotPass based puzzles for Crosswords Plus!
- Leaderboards for New Super Mario Bros. 2 through an official website and more downloadable content available today.
- New details on Crashmo and Fluidity: Spin Cycle
- Liberation Maiden available today. Other Level-5 published eShop games (Aeroporter, Crimson Shroud) coming soon.
- Ikachan releasing later this year.
- Fire Emblem getting DLC in North America after launch.
- ANIMAL CROSSING!!!!!!
Okay, I’m going to level with you, folks. This game is going to be awesome! I am speaking, of course, about Persona 4: Golden. The vanilla Persona 4 was pretty awesome but if this trailer is real (and not just a figment of my imagination), this upgrade is going to blow things out of the water. Give this trailer a watch and see for yourself. Not only do you get to fight shadows on scooters but now you can go skiing. What more do you need, people? I already ordered this game and I don’t even have a Vita. Be like me, spend your money foolishly… wait… okay, maybe not. Still, think about this game. It’s good.
In a press release on Friday that detailed a large number of new games coming to the eShop, Nintendo also announced Level-5 would be bringing three titles over to North America. The publisher is most well known for publishing the Professor Layton series. Now they’ve partnered with three popular Japanese developers to bring these games to the masses.
The first, Liberation Maiden, is being developed by Grasshopper Manufacture and Suda51. Set 100 years in the future in New Japan, the game puts players in the role of Shoko Ozora, piloting a humanoid robot called Kamui. Suda51 and his company are best known for games like Lollipop Chainsaw, No More Heroes and Killer 7.
The second, Aero Porter, is being developed by Yoot Saito, who is best known for games like Seaman and Odama. In this new 3DS release, players combine puzzle elements with a simulation of airport operations and sort color-coded luggage onto conveyor belts while avoiding mishaps and delays. You will also able to design and share your own planes with a wide range of colors and patterns.
The third, Crimson Shroud, is a new RPG that reimagines the table top RPG and puts the power of dice in the player’s hands to determine their fates. This title is being developed by Yasumi Matsuno who previously worked on Final Fantasy Tactics.
No firm release date has been set for these games, but the first, Liberation Maiden, is expected out by the end of the year.
This week on the podcast ,TJ Lutz and Jordan Fisher from Pwnee Studios filled in for an absent Shannon. During our conversation they talked about a trailer showing off cutscenes from Cloudberry Kingdom and we said we’d share that trailer with you. Well, here it is. It does, in fact, show off some of the cutscenes and they look like glorious paper craft. I’ve been playing around in the beta and I’ll be sharing some of my thoughts about the game later in the week. Until then, enjoy.
Fractured Soul is a game I haven’t heard a lot about, but after reading this press release, seeing these screenshots and watching this trailer, I’m intrigued. The game is coming to the 3DS eShop on September 13th courtesy of Endgame Studios. It’s a sidescrolling action platformer that will actually take place on both screens at once.
According to the developer, there are more than 30 levels across five different zones that will encompass both side scrolling and shooter styles of gameplay. Online leaderboards will allow speedrunners around the world to compete against each other. If you really want to test your skills, there will be hardcore challenges available to unlock as you play.
The game reminds me a lot of another game that was available on DSiWare and WiiWare called Chronos Twins, which had a similar style of play. I’m going to start The World Ends With You soon, so I’ll be primed for some dual screen games. Fractured Soul hits the eShop on September 13th and will run you $11.99. Screencaps after the jump.