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Zero Escape Volume 3 Revealed

In the first half of 2016, Zero Escape Volume 3 will make it’s way 3DS and PlayStation Vita for North America.

Zero Escape Volume 3 is a direct sequel to 999: 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors and Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward. Unlike it’s predecessors, the North American version of Zero Escape Volume 3 is in production alongside the Japanese version. The release window for the Japanese version of Zero Escape Volume 3 was not announced.

“We’re working very closely with our Japanese development team to crank this out together and on time,” Aksys Games’ Danny Miscevich said.

Back in February 2014, Zero Escape creator Kotaro Uchikoshi said on Twitter that, due to poor sales in Japan, Zero Escape 3 was put on hold. Fans took to social media and created Operation Bluebird in support of Zero Escape 3.

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13 Ways 2005’s Batman Begins Beat Arkham Knight To The Punch

2005’s Batman Begins video game tie-in of the same name is a mostly forgettable licensed game, but playing Batman: Arkham Knight recently made me recall some of its gameplay and color it in a prescient light. Batman Begins may not have executed on its mechanics as well as any of the recent Batman games, but it had the right ideas – ideas that Arkham would later perfect.

Many of these mechanics were not invented by Batman Begins or the Arkham series, but they feel very similar when placed side by side.

Stealth movement
In both Begins and Arkham, stealth is important and as frequent as the normal fistfight. Both Batmen crouch in a similar position and both are able to move in that crouched position without losing much momentum.

Stealth takedowns
As I referenced above, Batman did not invent the one-button stealth takedown, but they feel and look very similar in these two games. In the crouched position, moving behind an enemy opens a prompt, and a flashy takedown animation occurs. Some of the animations are even similar between the two games.

Inciting fear and watching enemy heartbeats
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Fallout Shelter May Launch on Android in August

Android users wanting to play God to a host of vault dwellers may soon be able to play Fallout Shelter.

Bethesda’s Pete Hines revealed the free-to-play game will likely arrive on Android devices sometime in August.

coming along nice. Haven’t announced a date, but should be out next month. We’ll let you know when we have specifics,” he said in response to a fan question on Twitter (via Destructoid).

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Which MFi iPhone Game Controller Should You Buy?

The world of MFi controllers is still a bit of a crazy one at the moment. The first few months were rough: limited support from games, a dreadful selection of controllers, and even iOS issues that practically ruined the first good controller, the SteelSeries Stratus. Now, time has led to a greater number of games that support MFi controllers to where I have a huge folder full of them, and while the controller selection is full of ones with flaws, there’s at least one controller I can wholeheartedly recommend as a great all-around package. Still, MFi controllers are still not a fantastic proposition on iOS.

I would have hoped that by now any game that should support controllers would, but sadly not. Part of this is that despite a standardized protocol, you still hear of developers having issues with individual controllers:

@AfterPad Yes, it supports two at a time in coop mode. (No thanks to SteelSeries, had to buy a MadCatz in the end to test it. :))

— Kimmo Lahtinen (@gimblll) June 4, 2015

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Celebrate the 4th of July With Some Great Sales

If you are in the market for some good, cheap games, you’ve come to the right place. As the USA celebrates its Independence Day, many App Store developers have decided to join the celebrations by throwing cheap games your way in the hopes that all that eating and drinking will make you susceptible, and I believe they are correct in their assumption. So, take a look at the list below and use it as a guide for your shopping, but be sure to check back because I have a hunch that we’ll see many more sales before the weekend is over.

Infinity Blade [Free] – When this game came out in 2011, it awed many with its fantastic (for the time) graphics and became the center of discussions on the future possibilities of iOS games. While Infinity Blade has spawned two sequels already, it still holds up well, and, best of all, you can have it at the lovely price of zero dollars.

Fearless Fantasy [$0.99] – Certifiably the weirdest RPG you’ll play all year, this game sets you against the world’s weirdest creatures (seriously, not exaggerating) in a quest to save a girl from an awful marriage. …read more


How To Get Away With Gaming On July 4th

Three-day weekends are an excellent opportunity to catch up on games, but if your extra day off is a national holiday, a family gathering may supersede your plans. Thankfully, Game Informer’s Jeff Cork and Jeff Marchiafava are here to help you build a bulletproof defense for racking up some quality time with your television.

Jeff C: Let’s get this out of the way, first: HI JEFF IT IS JEFF. There. I feel better.

Jeff M: Agreed, this article already has too many Jeffs, but we’ll make the best of it. It’s not our fault our parents didn’t anticipate this problem.

Cork: Check this move out. I cede.

Jeff M: Someone had to. I’m glad that’s settled. Now, onto important matters: We’ve got a longer-than-usual weekend coming up, but unfortunately, most people are obliged to spend it with their families instead of playing video games.

Cork: And if you have a super-cool family that plays games together, that’s great. This isn’t for you. This is for the people who have to sneak it into their weekends like the shameful secret that it is. People who have to slink around, eyes darting side to side like cartoon thieves.

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Bungie Details the Content in Destiny’s The Taken King Expansion

Developer Bungie has revealed the contents of Destiny’s upcoming The Taken King expansion.

In a recent blog post, community manager DeeJ detailed what people can expect from the expansion, emphasizing its size by saying “The Taken King is more than DLC – it’s a game.”

New missions, weapons, quests, increased level cap, cooperative strikes, enemies, and a six-man raid are among the features in The Taken King. Read DeeJ’s list below for a comprehensive rundown of what players can expect, and visit Bungie’s blog for more details.

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‘Furdemption’ Review – A Great Puzzle-Platformer Brimming With Whimsy and Gore

Imagine a cute bunny hoping around a hellish landscape, leaving the bloody trails of his repeated failures all over the wonderfully-drawn landscape. Sounds fun, if somewhat macabre, doesn’t it? Well, it is indeed. Furdemption [$2.99], the puzzle platformer (or bunny-suicides simulator) from Raresloth (apparently a very philozoic two-person company), is a very fun game with great art and animations and a responsive control system that almost always delivers. Puzzle games don’t always excite me because I find most of them too reliant on trial-and-error design, which requires more time than I’m willing to put in games of this genre; fortunately, Raresloth expertly designed and molded Furdemption into an intuitive puzzle game that is a pleasure to play.

Raresloth got our forum members involved from early on in development when it hunted for beta testers to help the two-person development team build and finish the work they had poured their hearts and minds into. After iterating on their original idea (and listening to the feedback from the beta testers), Raresloth finally wrapped the game up and dropped it on the App Store. In Furdemption you play as a cute, bouncy royal rabbit that tries to make it through …read more


App Store Update: July 3

Every day hundreds of new apps make their debut on the App Store, and hundreds more are updated or reduced in price. We have sifted through the noise and highlighted those select few that might be worth your attention.

Note: The prices and deals compiled below are accurate at the time we published this story, but all are subject to change.

Welcome to the end of a special App Store Update week, iOS owners! 2015 is halfway over as of this week, so we’re doing a little mid-year evaluation on the state of the App Store so far. Looking back across the past six months, we’ve picked out 15 games that we consider to be among the best new Game Debuts of 2015 to this point. We’ve been presenting three picks a day for each day this week, so I hope you’ve checked out each of the past four days to see which apps made the cut previously!

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Ten Metroid-Like Games To Play While Waiting For Samus’ Return

One of the biggest disappointments coming out of E3 was the lack of what many people feel is a proper entry in Nintendo’s Metroid series. Even Nintendo understands the complaints, but that doesn’t mean we’ll be getting the Metroid that everyone wants anytime soon. Thankfully, gamers no longer have to rely on Nintendo to scratch that itch. Over the years, there have been a number of great releases that have emulated Metroid’s exploration-based gameplay in a variety of original ways. Here are some of the best non-Metroid, Metroid games that fans of Nintendo’s series should add to their catalog.

[This story has been updated since its original publication in August of 2014]

Axiom Verge – PS4, PC
This one-man project is everything you love about Metroid wrapped up into a nearly perfect package. Indie developer Tom Happ spent nearly half a decade refining the gameplay of this opus and his love for Nintendo’s classic sci-fi adventure shines through. The game follows the journey of a scientist named Trace who suffers a fatal injury during an experiment only to awake centuries in the future in a world overrun by technology and devoid …read more