Massive List: Black Friday Gaming Deals
First off, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who reads/follows ALBOTAS. We’ve been incredibly busy with this holiday season, as you may have noticed by lack of posts.
I’ve decided that while I wait for this food to deflate in my stomach, I have time to compile a couple of sales for Black Friday/Cyber Monday on Amazon that are totally worth it. I’m not posting any store sales, because if you’re not already aware of them right now, chances are you’re too late.
You should be at home reading this list and shopping online instead of leaving your house tonight in search of cheap copies of Dishonored or Skyrim,avoiding all chances of getting stabbed or trampled by swarms of angry Walmart shoppers.
Anyway, read on for an easy-to-read list of sales for the PC/Mac, all consoles (including PS4 and XBOne), and current handheld devices.

Before you scroll down and look at what I’ve listed, keep in mind Amazon is doing flash sales on a TON of great games and devices until Monday. Pay attention to them this entire weekend. I just saw Animal Crossing New Leaf go for $25 and there’s a huge slew of games going on flash sale real soon at specific times of the day, so even if I did snuff the Wii / Wii U list below, keep in mind Amazon is doing flash sales for those consoles as well.
Currently $50 on PS4 and Xbox One:
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag XBOne |PS4
Battlefield 4 XBOne | PS4
Call of Duty: Ghosts XBOne | PS4
Dead Rising 3 XBOne Exclusive
FIFA 14 XBOne | PS4
Forza Motorsport 5 XBOne Exclusive
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes XBOne | PS4 ($40!)
Madden NFL 25 XBOne | PS4
Ryse: Son of Rome XBOne Exclusive
Xbox 360 / PlayStation 3 Deals:
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag360 | PS3 ($35)
Battlefield 4 360 | PS3 ($35)
Batman: Arkham Origins 360 | PS3 ($30)
BEYOND: Two Souls PS3 ($35)
BioShock Infinite 360 | PS3 ($20)
Call of Duty: Ghosts 360 | PS3 ($40)
Dead Island: GOTY Edition 360 ($10)
Diablo III 360 | PS3($40)
Dishonored GOTY Edition 360 | PS3 ($20)
Dragon’s Crown PS3 ($30)
FIFA 14 360 | PS3 $35
Gears of War: Judgment 360 ($20)
Grand Theft Auto IV + Episodes 360 | PS3 ($15)
Grand Theft Auto V PS3 (Digital Only, $40)
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix PS3 ($20)
The Last of Us PS3 ($35)
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 360 | PS3 ($30)
Madden 25 360 | PS3 ($35)
Max Payne 3 360 | PS3 ($10)
Ni No Kuni PS3 ($15)
Rayman Legends 360 | PS3 ($25)
Saint’s Row IV 360 | PS3 ($30)
Sleeping Dogs 360 | PS3 ($15)
Splinter Cell: Blacklist 360 | PS3 ($25)
Tomb Raider 360 | PS3 ($15)
Twisted Metal PS3 ($10)
Uncharted Dual Pack PS3 ($15)
Uncharted 3 PS3 ($15)
WWE 2K14 360 | PS3 ($35)
Wii / Wii U Deals:
Honestly, not much that you can’t already get on another platform at the same price. Keep posted on Amazon’s flash sales page until Monday.
PC/Macbook Deals (Repost from last week):
Bioshock Triple Pack (PC/Mac) $15
Borderlands 2 + Borderlands GOTY (PC) $12
Bully Scholarship Edition + Manhunt + Manhunt 2 + Midnight Club 2 (PC) $8
Burnout Paradise: Ultimate Box + Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit (PC) $6
Civ V Gold + Brave New World (PC) $20
Dead Island GOTY + DLC (PC) $33
FTL: Faster Than Light (PC/Mac) $5
GTA Trilogy + Grand Theft Auto IV (PC) $11
Guacamelee! Gold Edition (PC/Mac) $10
Mass Effect 3: Digital Deluxe (PC) $10
Max Payne 3 + Season Pass (PC/Mac) $7
Mirror Edge + DLC (PC) $5
Saint’s Row IV (PC) $30
Shatter (PC/Mac) $2.50
Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (PC) $15
To the Moon (PC) $3
The Walking Dead Pack (PC/Mac) $7.25
The Walking Dead: 400 Days (PC/Mac) $1.25
The XCOM Collection (PC) $10
TONSSSS of other deals happening for digital/PC/Mac games on Amazon. Seriously, don’t miss out.
Vita Deals:
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate ($25)
Dragon’s Crown ($30)
LittleBigPlanet ($20)
Lumines: Electronic Symphony ($12)
Murmasa Rebirth ($20)
Persona 4 Golden ($20)
3DS Deals:
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate ($25)
Kingdom Hearts 3D Dream Drop Distance ($15)
Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy ($15)
Scribblenauts Unmasked A DC Comics Adventure ($25)
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers ($23)
Shin Megami Tensei IV ($30)

Massive List: Black Friday Gaming Deals

First off, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who reads/follows ALBOTAS. We’ve been incredibly busy with this holiday season, as you may have noticed by lack of posts.

I’ve decided that while I wait for this food to deflate in my stomach, I have time to compile a couple of sales for Black Friday/Cyber Monday on Amazon that are totally worth it. I’m not posting any store sales, because if you’re not already aware of them right now, chances are you’re too late.

You should be at home reading this list and shopping online instead of leaving your house tonight in search of cheap copies of Dishonored or Skyrim,avoiding all chances of getting stabbed or trampled by swarms of angry Walmart shoppers.

Anyway, read on for an easy-to-read list of sales for the PC/Mac, all consoles (including PS4 and XBOne), and current handheld devices.

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Grand Theft Ebay: Influx of GTA V Collector’s Edition Goodies on Ebay
I threw my $150 down on a Collector’s Edition of Grand Theft Auto V early since I knew it’d sell out fairly quick. Picked it up at midnight to see around 10 people who got one as well. I’m assuming a ton of people didn’t expect it to actually sell out though, as Ebay’s got a massive amount of Collector’s Edition goodies up for grabs for ridiculous money. And when I say ridiculous, I mean ridiculous. 
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Take the New Era 9FIFTY snapback for example. It’s got a Los Santos logo stitched in front and a GTA V emblem on its side. It’s just a hat. And it’s going on Ebay for as high as $95, with actual listings with bids averaging around the $30-$40 area, though I have seen some hats with bids as high as $50 and some pretty decent knock-offs for $33.
The safety deposit bag from the Collector’s Edition is running between $20-$50, but it doesn’t seem to be a popular item with bids. This item is a safety deposit bag with the GTA V logo on it and a key to lock/unlock the bag. I honestly haven’t found a use for mine yet, but if I (frequently) sold drugs, I guess it’d be a cool bag to use? I don’t tend to keep wads of cash with me to need a lockup…
The blueprint map of Los Santos/Blaine County that was available for both the Collector’s Edition and Special Edition versions of Grand Theft Auto V are, as expected, the cheapest item to purchase online right now. I’ve seen a couple go for as little as $2 and as high as $10. Weird — I thought it’d be more sought after since the surfacing of the blacklight messages.
What’s absolutely blowing my fucking mind right now is the amount of money people are willing to spend on the DLC that was included in the Collector’s Edition, which gives players more tattoo options, another garage, an atomic blimp (which was the regular Special Edition of the game, but is going for way cheaper on Ebay), some car power-ups, faster charging ability gages of each character, characters from previous Grand Theft Auto games being available to use online (when it launches), and a couple of other bits. There’s a listing of the DLC for Xbox 360 currently at $89 (8 bids) and the same DLC selling for PS3 for $59 (24 bids!). This DLC is selling for insane cash.
And then, of course, we’ve got the Collector’s Edition of Grand Theft Auto V itself. The entire package, including the safety deposit bag, blueprint map, DLC, New Era snapback, and the steelbook game, all neatly packaged in its big box, is going for as low as $150 to as high as $1000. Chances are, if you’re bidding on a Collector’s Edition, no one really wants to go that much over $150. Those who really want this package are safely bidding up to almost $200.
People ask me if my $150 purchase for GTA V was justified. Was me hashing out an extra $90 for the game really worth it? Absolutely. I wear my Los Santos hat everyday (that’s me, pictured above) and I love having a giant empty box that says ‘Grand Theft Auto V,’ on my living room coffee table. It’s like my Gucci watch of video gaming.

Grand Theft Ebay: Influx of GTA V Collector’s Edition Goodies on Ebay

I threw my $150 down on a Collector’s Edition of Grand Theft Auto V early since I knew it’d sell out fairly quick. Picked it up at midnight to see around 10 people who got one as well. I’m assuming a ton of people didn’t expect it to actually sell out though, as Ebay’s got a massive amount of Collector’s Edition goodies up for grabs for ridiculous money. And when I say ridiculous, I mean ridiculous

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Critics Consensus: Tomb Raider
The much anticipated reboot of Tomb Raider by Crystal Dynamics/Square-Enix hit store shelves today, and without much surprise, it’s getting very positive reviews.
Lara Croft hasn’t been getting much talk since the Edios-published reboot trilogy comprised of Tomb Raider: Legend, Tomb Raider: Anniversary, and Tomb Raider: Underworld, but according to many critics, this is a drastically different experience. The game is much darker now (this is the first in the franchise to be rated ‘M’ for Mature) and pulls influence from the Uncharted video game series, as well as its own older titles.
Here’s what the critics had to say about the new reboot:
“The game itself contains some minor irritations, but Tomb Raider’s own failings are minimal – they only become magnified in light of the games it’s been inspired by and can be compared to. The story, script and cast fall some way short of the brilliance that the Uncharted series has consistently achieved, and the set-pieces never have quite the same ‘it’s too amazing for my brain to process’ factor. The exploration, side-activities and setting never compels or excites to the level of Far Cry 3, and the package offers much less for your money.” - Joel Gregory, Official PlayStation Magazine UK
“For those who have never delved into the series, Tomb Raider serves as a great first step. The combat is the best it’s ever been, puzzles are short but satisfying, and Yamatai is a veritable platforming playground. […] More importantly, it just may convince a new generation to like Tomb Raider again.” - Richard Mitchell, Joystiq
“The gaming equivalent of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, the latest Tomb Raider is a gritty franchise reboot, exploring the origins of everybody’s favorite female adventurer in a new environment. […] With a well written cast of characters, mightily impressive production techniques, sumptuous visuals, tight platforming and surprisingly enjoyable combat, Tomb Raideris most definitely a release to be treasured.” - Liam Martin, Digital Spy
“Beneath the noise there is an engaging story clamouring to be heard, and there are moments of true beauty, serenity and pathos fighting for attention. The game does get better as it goes on, and despite the distractions the last few hours are a pleasure to play. At the centre of it all is a brilliant character, still iconic but more human and believable than she’s ever been before.” - Ellie Gibson, EuroGamer
“Crystal Dynamics has nailed a pitch-perfect new vision for one of gaming’s most recognizable characters, and revitalizes her for what I hope will be many more installments.” - Matt Miller, GameInformer
“It doesn’t try to rewrite the book on third-person action adventure games. But with its excellent controls, engaging heroine, thrilling combat, and fascinating setting, it doesn’t need to. Lara may be covering some previously charted territory here, but Tomb Raider is so well-crafted, you won’t mind at all.” - Carolyn Petit, GameSpot
“Tomb Raider is well-written, sympathetic, exciting, beautiful and just incredibly well-made.” - Keza MacDonald, IGN
“It’s easy to point out the many ways that Tomb Raider borrows bits and pieces from other popular games of the last five years, but Crystal Dynamics has blended these disparate strengths into something remarkable. It’s cinematic yet open, intense yet laid-back, fresh yet polished. It’s a near-perfect embodiment of the age of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 with a hint of what to expect next.” - Phillip Kolar, Polygon
Bottom line: Tomb Raider has proven to be a remarkable reboot of a beloved franchise. The game took bits and pieces of other games of this generation (Uncharted, Far Cry), mixed them up a bit, and provided an exciting a fresh new take on an old hero. While the multiplayer might not be on par, the writing, story, and overall gameplay experience makes the title really shine. This is THE game to play if you haven’t had a chance to experience previous Lara Croft titles.
Check it: More Tomb Raider on AlbotasBuy it: Tomb Raider (360) (PC) (PS3) 

Critics Consensus: Tomb Raider

The much anticipated reboot of Tomb Raider by Crystal Dynamics/Square-Enix hit store shelves today, and without much surprise, it’s getting very positive reviews.

Lara Croft hasn’t been getting much talk since the Edios-published reboot trilogy comprised of Tomb Raider: Legend, Tomb Raider: Anniversary, and Tomb Raider: Underworld, but according to many critics, this is a drastically different experience. The game is much darker now (this is the first in the franchise to be rated ‘M’ for Mature) and pulls influence from the Uncharted video game series, as well as its own older titles.

Here’s what the critics had to say about the new reboot:

The game itself contains some minor irritations, but Tomb Raider’s own failings are minimal – they only become magnified in light of the games it’s been inspired by and can be compared to. The story, script and cast fall some way short of the brilliance that the Uncharted series has consistently achieved, and the set-pieces never have quite the same ‘it’s too amazing for my brain to process’ factor. The exploration, side-activities and setting never compels or excites to the level of Far Cry 3, and the package offers much less for your money.” - Joel Gregory, Official PlayStation Magazine UK

For those who have never delved into the series, Tomb Raider serves as a great first step. The combat is the best it’s ever been, puzzles are short but satisfying, and Yamatai is a veritable platforming playground. […] More importantly, it just may convince a new generation to like Tomb Raider again.” - Richard Mitchell, Joystiq

The gaming equivalent of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, the latest Tomb Raider is a gritty franchise reboot, exploring the origins of everybody’s favorite female adventurer in a new environment. […] With a well written cast of characters, mightily impressive production techniques, sumptuous visuals, tight platforming and surprisingly enjoyable combat, Tomb Raideris most definitely a release to be treasured.” - Liam Martin, Digital Spy

Beneath the noise there is an engaging story clamouring to be heard, and there are moments of true beauty, serenity and pathos fighting for attention. The game does get better as it goes on, and despite the distractions the last few hours are a pleasure to play. At the centre of it all is a brilliant character, still iconic but more human and believable than she’s ever been before.” - Ellie Gibson, EuroGamer

Crystal Dynamics has nailed a pitch-perfect new vision for one of gaming’s most recognizable characters, and revitalizes her for what I hope will be many more installments.” - Matt Miller, GameInformer

It doesn’t try to rewrite the book on third-person action adventure games. But with its excellent controls, engaging heroine, thrilling combat, and fascinating setting, it doesn’t need to. Lara may be covering some previously charted territory here, but Tomb Raider is so well-crafted, you won’t mind at all.” - Carolyn Petit, GameSpot

Tomb Raider is well-written, sympathetic, exciting, beautiful and just incredibly well-made.” - Keza MacDonald, IGN

It’s easy to point out the many ways that Tomb Raider borrows bits and pieces from other popular games of the last five years, but Crystal Dynamics has blended these disparate strengths into something remarkable. It’s cinematic yet open, intense yet laid-back, fresh yet polished. It’s a near-perfect embodiment of the age of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 with a hint of what to expect next.” - Phillip Kolar, Polygon

Bottom line: Tomb Raider has proven to be a remarkable reboot of a beloved franchise. The game took bits and pieces of other games of this generation (Uncharted, Far Cry), mixed them up a bit, and provided an exciting a fresh new take on an old hero. While the multiplayer might not be on par, the writing, story, and overall gameplay experience makes the title really shine. This is THE game to play if you haven’t had a chance to experience previous Lara Croft titles.

Check it: More Tomb Raider on Albotas
Buy it: Tomb Raider (360) (PC) (PS3
Cosplay Monday: Lollipop Chainsaw's Juliet
Cosplayer MolecularAgatha created this awesome Juliet cosplay, straight from the cult game of 2012, Lollipop Chainsaw. Terrific cosplay, and an even cooler photoshoot.
Check it: Lollipop Chainsaw on AlbotasBuy it: Lollipop Chainsaw (PS3) (360)

Cosplay Monday: Lollipop Chainsaw's Juliet

Cosplayer MolecularAgatha created this awesome Juliet cosplay, straight from the cult game of 2012, Lollipop Chainsaw. Terrific cosplay, and an even cooler photoshoot.

Check it: Lollipop Chainsaw on Albotas
Buy it: Lollipop Chainsaw (PS3) (360)
Critics Consensus: Aliens: Colonial Marines
Today saw the release of the Aliens title everyone has been waiting for since forever. I’m not too sure why so many people were excited for Aliens: Colonial Marines at all, considering the previous entries published by Sega weren’t so great, plus the title just looks like another generic space marine video game. But hey, it had a sweet ass collector’s edition release and it has the title “Aliens,” in it, so I guess that was enough to intrigue the lot of gamers.
Reviews came out and I think it’s safe to say that critics didn’t really have a mixed message here, as most major gaming sites have pretty much bashed this game to bits. ”It’s empty and nostalgic, meticulous and dated. More importantly, it’s hands-off. Like a museum, Colonial Marines is at its best when you’re admiring the view. The moment you attempt to reach out to interact you’re met with a barrier, reminding you that you’re there to look, not to touch.” - Hollander Cooper, GamesRadar
"The problem lies with the aliens themselves; they’re not smart enough to hunt in packs or take you by surprise, they just wilfully hurl themselves in front of your short, controlled bursts. There’s never a feeling of being outwitted or outmanoeuvred, just outraged that you’ve sat down to take on some deadly xenos in one of sci-fi’s most iconic settings and somehow ended up in the equivalent of a clunky, coin-operated shooting gallery." - Tristan Ogilvie, IGN 
“Take away the Aliens license, and you’ve got a shooter that has no reason to exist.” - Jeff Cork, GameInformer
“Unlike the movies, which relied on atmosphere, ominous sounds, and sharp surprises to frighten the bejeezus out of you, the life of these space marines is far more Doom-like. Xenomorphs in the story campaign don’t stalk you — they just lunge, which negates what made them so scary in the first place. Replace them with velociraptors, zombies, or demons, and you’d have essentially the same game.” - Chuck Osborn, Official Xbox Magazine
“If Gearbox’s quality scale has Borderlands 2 at one end and Duke Nukem at the other, Colonial Marines sits somewhere in the middle.” - Leon Hurley, Official PlayStation Magazine UK
“Aliens: Colonial Marines famously considers itself the canonical sequel to Aliens, but the quality of its campaign reduces such a claim to little more than arrogant posturing, as this bumbling fan fiction dares compare itself to one of the most respected science fiction horror films of the 20th century. It barely deserves a comparison with Battlefield Earth. Clocking in at just under five hours, and containing very little in the way of actual story, Colonial Marines quickly establishes itself as nowhere near notable enough to be the ‘true sequel’ it claims to be.” - Jim Sterling, Destructoid
Bottom line: Don’t fucking play this game. It’s generic, the A.I. is absolutely retarded, the graphics are acceptable at best, and it’s got an extremely short campaign experience that ends with a terribly anti-climatic ending. The only thing Colonial Marines has going for it is its use of “Aliens,” in its title, which should be the only reason why anyone would glance at this in the first place. Fans of the series may overcome a nostalgic feeling for the franchise, but it’s safe to say this isn’t even worthy of a thought.
Oh, and it should also be noted that EGM has the sole positive review I’ve seen of this title.
"All things considered, Colonial Marines is a consistently solid, occasionally spectacular shooter that does more than enough to honor the Alien name. It was going to be a tough task from the onset, but despite a ton of potential pitfalls for the talented team at Gearbox, they’ve gone a long way toward reminding us that, for folks who love the craft of building great games, the best challenges only seem impossible. Like most successful license-based games, Aliens: Colonial Marines is much more than a loving homage; it serves as one of the most robust story-driven co-op experiences to date. The concept definitely has room to grow, but as maiden voyages go, Colonial Marines is a clear winner.” - Brandon Justice, EGM
Okay, Brandon. Okay.

Critics Consensus: Aliens: Colonial Marines

Today saw the release of the Aliens title everyone has been waiting for since forever. I’m not too sure why so many people were excited for Aliens: Colonial Marines at all, considering the previous entries published by Sega weren’t so great, plus the title just looks like another generic space marine video game. But hey, it had a sweet ass collector’s edition release and it has the title “Aliens,” in it, so I guess that was enough to intrigue the lot of gamers.

Reviews came out and I think it’s safe to say that critics didn’t really have a mixed message here, as most major gaming sites have pretty much bashed this game to bits. 

It’s empty and nostalgic, meticulous and dated. More importantly, it’s hands-off. Like a museum, Colonial Marines is at its best when you’re admiring the view. The moment you attempt to reach out to interact you’re met with a barrier, reminding you that you’re there to look, not to touch.” - Hollander Cooper, GamesRadar

"The problem lies with the aliens themselves; they’re not smart enough to hunt in packs or take you by surprise, they just wilfully hurl themselves in front of your short, controlled bursts. There’s never a feeling of being outwitted or outmanoeuvred, just outraged that you’ve sat down to take on some deadly xenos in one of sci-fi’s most iconic settings and somehow ended up in the equivalent of a clunky, coin-operated shooting gallery." - Tristan Ogilvie, IGN 

Take away the Aliens license, and you’ve got a shooter that has no reason to exist.” - Jeff Cork, GameInformer

Unlike the movies, which relied on atmosphere, ominous sounds, and sharp surprises to frighten the bejeezus out of you, the life of these space marines is far more Doom-like. Xenomorphs in the story campaign don’t stalk you — they just lunge, which negates what made them so scary in the first place. Replace them with velociraptors, zombies, or demons, and you’d have essentially the same game.” - Chuck Osborn, Official Xbox Magazine

If Gearbox’s quality scale has Borderlands 2 at one end and Duke Nukem at the other, Colonial Marines sits somewhere in the middle.” - Leon Hurley, Official PlayStation Magazine UK

Aliens: Colonial Marines famously considers itself the canonical sequel to Aliens, but the quality of its campaign reduces such a claim to little more than arrogant posturing, as this bumbling fan fiction dares compare itself to one of the most respected science fiction horror films of the 20th century. It barely deserves a comparison with Battlefield EarthClocking in at just under five hours, and containing very little in the way of actual story, Colonial Marines quickly establishes itself as nowhere near notable enough to be the ‘true sequel’ it claims to be.” - Jim Sterling, Destructoid

Bottom line: Don’t fucking play this game. It’s generic, the A.I. is absolutely retarded, the graphics are acceptable at best, and it’s got an extremely short campaign experience that ends with a terribly anti-climatic ending. The only thing Colonial Marines has going for it is its use of “Aliens,” in its title, which should be the only reason why anyone would glance at this in the first place. Fans of the series may overcome a nostalgic feeling for the franchise, but it’s safe to say this isn’t even worthy of a thought.

Oh, and it should also be noted that EGM has the sole positive review I’ve seen of this title.

"All things considered, Colonial Marines is a consistently solid, occasionally spectacular shooter that does more than enough to honor the Alien name. It was going to be a tough task from the onset, but despite a ton of potential pitfalls for the talented team at Gearbox, they’ve gone a long way toward reminding us that, for folks who love the craft of building great games, the best challenges only seem impossible. Like most successful license-based games, Aliens: Colonial Marines is much more than a loving homage; it serves as one of the most robust story-driven co-op experiences to date. The concept definitely has room to grow, but as maiden voyages go, Colonial Marines is a clear winner.” - Brandon Justice, EGM


Okay, Brandon. Okay.

DoDonPachi: SaiDaiouJou 360 Confirmed for May 30 Release
What will likely be Cave’s final release for Xbox 360 will launch on May 30 according to the famous shoot ‘em up developer. The arcade version of the bullet hell game was released last year. This is presumably the final game in the DoDonPachi series, which started with DonPachi back in 1995, and is the followup to the very awesome DoDonPachi: DaiFukKatsu. The Japanese version will likely be region-locked, but Rising Star Games have been localizing recent Cave shooters like DaiFukKatsu and Akai Katana.
Check it: More Cave posts from Albotas
Buy: Dodonpachi Resurrection: Deluxe Edition (Region Free)

DoDonPachi: SaiDaiouJou 360 Confirmed for May 30 Release

What will likely be Cave’s final release for Xbox 360 will launch on May 30 according to the famous shoot ‘em up developer. The arcade version of the bullet hell game was released last year. This is presumably the final game in the DoDonPachi series, which started with DonPachi back in 1995, and is the followup to the very awesome DoDonPachi: DaiFukKatsu. The Japanese version will likely be region-locked, but Rising Star Games have been localizing recent Cave shooters like DaiFukKatsu and Akai Katana.

Check it: More Cave posts from Albotas
Buy: Dodonpachi Resurrection: Deluxe Edition (Region Free)

Halo 4' Gameplay Trailer

Shoot aliens in space in the first person all over again when Halo 4 drops November 6, 2012.

Pre-order: Halo 4
Check it: Live-action war between old & new school gaming icons
New Resident Evil 6 Demo Dropping September 18
Capcom has officially announced a new demo for RE6 coming later this month.

Players will be able to dive into content from Resident Evil 6’s three main campaigns, either solo or partnering up via online co-op, and experience firsthand why it is one of this year’s most hotly anticipated titles.
Play as either Leon S. Kennedy or Helena Harper and further explore the dark corridors and moonlit grounds of Ivy University, swarming with the victims of the latest bioterrorist attack.
The action in Jake’s mission switches to the neon-lit streets of Lanshiang as he and Sherry Berkin fight off the J’avo, including their fully mutated forms. Be sure to check out Jake’s special hand-to- hand combat moves and Sherry’s stun baton as you struggle to stay alive.
Showcasing Resident Evil 6’s global setting, Chris Redfield and Piers Nivans head with fellow BSAA team members to the war-ravaged streets of Edonia. The amassed J’avo forces provide a stiff enough challenge, but that’s before the 3-story high B.O.W. Ogroman crashes the party. Select Piers for a slightly different weapons loadout than Chris including a sniper rifle with thermal scope.

This demo will be completely different from the exclusive Xbox 360 demo that came with Dragon’s Dogma. Speaking of which, that demo won’t be so exclusive for long. PS3 owners who own a copy of Dragon’s Dogma will be able to download it from the PlayStation Store via token redemption starting September 5.
Resident Evil 6 will release on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 across Europe and North America on October 2. A PC version will follow soon. 
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New Resident Evil 6 Demo Dropping September 18

Capcom has officially announced a new demo for RE6 coming later this month.

Players will be able to dive into content from Resident Evil 6’s three main campaigns, either solo or partnering up via online co-op, and experience firsthand why it is one of this year’s most hotly anticipated titles.

Play as either Leon S. Kennedy or Helena Harper and further explore the dark corridors and moonlit grounds of Ivy University, swarming with the victims of the latest bioterrorist attack.

The action in Jake’s mission switches to the neon-lit streets of Lanshiang as he and Sherry Berkin fight off the J’avo, including their fully mutated forms. Be sure to check out Jake’s special hand-to- hand combat moves and Sherry’s stun baton as you struggle to stay alive.

Showcasing Resident Evil 6’s global setting, Chris Redfield and Piers Nivans head with fellow BSAA team members to the war-ravaged streets of Edonia. The amassed J’avo forces provide a stiff enough challenge, but that’s before the 3-story high B.O.W. Ogroman crashes the party. Select Piers for a slightly different weapons loadout than Chris including a sniper rifle with thermal scope.

This demo will be completely different from the exclusive Xbox 360 demo that came with Dragon’s Dogma. Speaking of which, that demo won’t be so exclusive for long. PS3 owners who own a copy of Dragon’s Dogma will be able to download it from the PlayStation Store via token redemption starting September 5.

Resident Evil 6 will release on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 across Europe and North America on October 2. A PC version will follow soon.

Pre-order: Resident Evil 6 Anthology, Resident Evil 6 Archives
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Under Defeat HD Possibly Coming to the US
Rising Star Games, the publisher that brought us the localized Akai Katana, have announced that they will be releasing G.Rev’s Under Defeat HD for Xbox 360 and PS3. What’s less clear is whether this will only be released in Europe (RSG’s homeland) or if it will make it across the pond. If it is only released in Europe, there may be hope for a region-free release as Rising Star did with DoDonPachi: DaiFukkatsu for Xbox 360.
We’ve reached out to Rising Star Games for clarification.

Under Defeat HD Possibly Coming to the US

Rising Star Games, the publisher that brought us the localized Akai Katana, have announced that they will be releasing G.Rev’s Under Defeat HD for Xbox 360 and PS3. What’s less clear is whether this will only be released in Europe (RSG’s homeland) or if it will make it across the pond. If it is only released in Europe, there may be hope for a region-free release as Rising Star did with DoDonPachi: DaiFukkatsu for Xbox 360.

We’ve reached out to Rising Star Games for clarification.

The New Indie Games Uprising Makes Me Care About Video Games Again
While “hardcore” gamers are stroking their collective boners over every bit of Black Ops 2 info that leaks, people with good taste in things are left wanting more from an industry that seems to be moving away from the audience that’s supported it for all these years. The only games I personally even give a shit about this year are Resident Evil 6 (please don’t suck!), Pokemon B&W 2, Sleeping Dogs, and SoundShapes (which hit PSN yesterday. Go get that shit.). Note how none of those games are online first person shooters.
Thankfully, Microsoft is here to support creativity in gaming with the third annual Indie Games Uprising. Take a look at the games that will be available on XBLA this September 10th-20th in the video below.

The New Indie Games Uprising Makes Me Care About Video Games Again

While “hardcore” gamers are stroking their collective boners over every bit of Black Ops 2 info that leaks, people with good taste in things are left wanting more from an industry that seems to be moving away from the audience that’s supported it for all these years. The only games I personally even give a shit about this year are Resident Evil 6 (please don’t suck!), Pokemon B&W 2, Sleeping Dogs, and SoundShapes (which hit PSN yesterday. Go get that shit.). Note how none of those games are online first person shooters.

Thankfully, Microsoft is here to support creativity in gaming with the third annual Indie Games Uprising. Take a look at the games that will be available on XBLA this September 10th-20th in the video below.

Upcoming 360 Shmup: Ginga Force

Qute, the makers of Eschatos, a pretty darn cool Xbox 360 shoot ‘em up, have shared screen shots of their new shmup, Ginga Force. Judging by the screens, it looks like this might be a mix between 2D and 3D play styles, which makes me skeptical. At the same time, I’m interested because the character design looks like it’s inspired by that of Radiant Silvergun. Plus the ship totally looks like the one from ThunderForce V.

(Source: andriasang.com)

Late-Ass Review: Fez

When I first saw footage of Fez, I said, “This is going to be the Braid of 2009.” When it wasn’t released a year later, I said, “It’ll be the Braid of 2010.” Yet another year later I said, “Uhh…” So is Fez the Braid of 2012? Pretty much. Fez is a hippocampus-shaking adventure through two and a half dimensions - a Rubick’s Cube molded into a platformer. But it’s not without its problems.

Amazing graphics and sound, very fun gameplay

 Completionist’s nightmare, frustrating navigation

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Cave Report: Akai Katana out May 16, Japanese Budget Version on June 14
The North American version of Cave’s most recent 360 port will be available on May 16, courtesy of Rising Star Games and Aksys. Akai Katana is Cave’s only horizontal shooter other than Progear no Arashi. At $40, it’s a steal. But now I’ve got a dilemma. There’s no way I’m paying the $75+ for the original Japanese release. But on June 14, the “Cave the Best” budget version is being released for the same price. Do I pay $40 for an American version or do I pay $40 (plus shipping) for the Japanese budget version? Where’s my Magic 8 Ball?

Cave Report: Akai Katana out May 16, Japanese Budget Version on June 14

The North American version of Cave’s most recent 360 port will be available on May 16, courtesy of Rising Star Games and Aksys. Akai Katana is Cave’s only horizontal shooter other than Progear no Arashi. At $40, it’s a steal. But now I’ve got a dilemma. There’s no way I’m paying the $75+ for the original Japanese release. But on June 14, the “Cave the Best” budget version is being released for the same price. Do I pay $40 for an American version or do I pay $40 (plus shipping) for the Japanese budget version? Where’s my Magic 8 Ball?

Albotas x Brisk x Star Wars x 7-Eleven.

The folks over at Brisk asked us to make a YouTube video telling you dudes about how you can use your Kinect to scan specially marked limited edition bottles of Brisk and unlock Anakin’s podracer in Star Wars Kinect. We wound up going overboard and making some sort of weird dubstep/rap video hybrid. Enjoy!

CONTEST TIME: Reblog this post for a chance to win Star Wars Kinect! [ENDED]
UPDATE: Game over, man. Thanks to everyone for playing!
The rad dudes over at Brisk are hooking us up with a copy of Star Wars Kinect to give to one lucky reader. Not only that, but they’re throwing in a bottle of Brisk that includes a special M-Tag that can be scanned by your Kinect to unlock the game’s Anakin Podracing Mode.
To enter, just make sure you’re following Albotas on Tumblr, reblog this post, and that’s it! Multiple reblogs WILL NOT get you multiple entries, plus it’s just obnoxious, so don’t be that person. Oh, and it also helps if we have a way to contact you in case you win, so be sure to enable your Ask Box.
One lucky winner will be announced this Friday. Good luck, and may The Force be with you.
Also, Brisk is giving away a buttload of radness over on their Facebook page for the next few days, so go peep that business for more chances at getting free things.

CONTEST TIME: Reblog this post for a chance to win Star Wars Kinect! [ENDED]

UPDATE: Game over, man. Thanks to everyone for playing!

The rad dudes over at Brisk are hooking us up with a copy of Star Wars Kinect to give to one lucky reader. Not only that, but they’re throwing in a bottle of Brisk that includes a special M-Tag that can be scanned by your Kinect to unlock the game’s Anakin Podracing Mode.

To enter, just make sure you’re following Albotas on Tumblr, reblog this post, and that’s it! Multiple reblogs WILL NOT get you multiple entries, plus it’s just obnoxious, so don’t be that person. Oh, and it also helps if we have a way to contact you in case you win, so be sure to enable your Ask Box.

One lucky winner will be announced this Friday. Good luck, and may The Force be with you.

Also, Brisk is giving away a buttload of radness over on their Facebook page for the next few days, so go peep that business for more chances at getting free things.

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