New Trailers Show Off Lots Of 1080p Gameplay

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A pair of new trailers show off Odin Sphere Leifthrasir's updated, new-gen visuals.

If you're unfamiliar, Odin Sphere comes from developer Vanillaware (Dragon's Crown, Muramasa: The Demon Blade) and it was originally released in 2007 at the tail-end of the PlayStation 2's lifespan. We gave it an 8.5 writing, "Odin Sphere’s story, systems, and combat mechanics are easy enough to describe, but the game’s biggest strength is the way it cultivates a sense of wonder. Fantastic artistic design fuses with addictive gameplay to form a world that constantly impresses, despite some repetition and technical shortcomings."

The game is getting re-released on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Vita. There is still no exact release date, but it releases spring of next year and a fancy collector's edition will be available.

You Can Freefall And Shoot A Stop-Motion Gorilla

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You Can Freefall And Shoot A Stop-Motion Gorilla

Today Atlus shared a new trailer for The Deadly Tower of Monsters, an ACE Team-developed video game tribute to classic B-movies, that shows off its freefall mechanics. Watch as interstellar hero Dick Starspeed jumps through the air with his trusty jetpack to reach lower levels in the goofy, stunt-filled sci-fi spoof.

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Freefalling lets players traverse the game's tower environments and jump through rings to collect awards. You can also reach secret areas, or splatter yourself on the ground if you don't time your boosters properly.

Players Can Challenge 12 Eidolons Either Alone Or With A Team

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A Final Fantasy game would be incomplete without a roster of powerful creatures to summon into battle. Final Fantasy Explorers features 12 of the series legendary Eidolons, which players can challenge either alone or with up to four friends.

Joining series staples Bahamut, Odin, and Shiva are two brand new summons: the plant-like Dryad and the mysterious Amaterasu. Once an Eidolon is defeated, players call upon the creatures while in Trance Mode, the same state that allows players to transform into Final Fantasy heroes like Squall and Lightning. 

You can view them all in Square's nifty infographic (which you can click to expand). Final Fantasy Explorers launches for Nintendo 3DS on January 26, 2016. The U.S. release also includes all existing Japanese add-on content. 

Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 4 Launches December 22, As One Quest Ends

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Telltale is doing something a bit different with its five-episode Minecraft: Story Mode. The penultimate installment will wrap up the danger of the Wither Storm, as Jesse and friends travel to the Farlands in search of a mysterious object.

With the story coming to a close in episode four, “A Block and a Hard Place,” the remaining installment remains a mystery. Telltale says we’ll have a better understanding of where things are going after finishing up the next piece of the story.

Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 4 - A Block and a Hard Place will be out on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android on December 22. For more on the saga, check out our reviews of the first three episodes:

MechWarrior Online Drops Onto Steam Today, With Faction Play Feature Enabled

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MechWarrior Online Drops Onto Steam Today, With Faction Play Feature Enabled

Piranha Games’ Mechwarrior Online has been available to the public since a closed beta in 2012. Now, the title joins an ever-growing list of free-to-play games on Steam.

The launch on one of the most significant PC platforms comes with the wide rollout of a major improvement to the game. Community Warfare, also called “Faction Play,” allows players to pledge allegiance to one of the Inner Sphere houses and work to conquer territory on its behalf.

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Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 Beefs Up Solo Play Options

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Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare was a great first entry in the series, but it was lacking in the single-player category. This time out, PopCap is giving the solo modes a boost.

Solo Play now lets you form a team of four characters, with the other three controlled by the AI. You’ll be able to hot-swap among them with the D-pad, so if you need to take advantage of a particular plant’s abilities, you won’t need to rely on a computer-controlled ally.

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XCOM 2's Board Game Influences And The Race Against The Alien Clock

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Last week, I had the chance to spend a couple of hours playing Firaxis' follow up to 2012's XCOM: Enemy Unknown. While fans of the last outing will find familiar elements in the new game, XCOM 2 shakes up the experience by adding new features and a race against the clock.

XCOM 2 takes place 20 years after one possible conclusion to Enemy Unknown. The secretive military force has lost and Earth is now under the control of the alien forces. Rather than rule through might, the invaders have taken on the appearance of benefactors. They've built cities, cured disease, and eliminated most crime. Under the surface though, sinister experiments and disappearing people suggest a darker purpose.

The game's opening throws players into the tactical segment, commanding troops. One of the biggest changes is immediately front and center. Players begin each mission concealed. If handled properly, you can announce your presence with an overwhelming show of force. This is handled by carefully moving troops into position, setting most of them up in overwatch, and then taking your first shot. The result is a unified attack on enemy positions that can even the odds.

Warhammer 40K Gets Its MOBA On Today With Dark Nexus Arena

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Whitebox Interactive has entered the MOBA fray today, bringing the Warhammer 40,000 universe into a now well-worn genre. Dark Nexus Arena is available on Steam as an Early Access title.

The fight includes representatives from many of the universe’s races: Space Marines, Eldar, Orks, and Necron. With the launch of Early Access, a new mode is also making its premiere.

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Magic: The Gathering - Puzzle Quest Arrives December 10

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Magic: The Gathering fans are used to tapping lands to cast spells. Tomorrow, they’ll have the chance to tap touchscreens instead, as Magic: The Gathering - Puzzle Quest makes its debut on mobile devices.

In addition to the match-3 gameplay upon which the Puzzle Quest series is built, players will be able to craft their own decks of cards. It’s not entirely clear how this will factor into gameplay yet, or how Magic’s five-color system will be expressed in this new game.

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Four Reasons Lego Marvel’s Avengers Might Be The Best Lego Game Yet

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You don’t have to go far these days to be bombarded with superheroes or hear the word “Marvel.” The Disney subsidiary’s creations are an iconic part of pop culture, and we continue to be enamored with every facet of these characters. That’s part of what makes Traveller’s Tales' Lego Marvel’s Avengers so exciting. This team captures the love and detail of these beloved heroes, packing in as much content and fun nods to the franchises as possible. If you thought Lego Marvel Super Heroes delivered on all fronts, prepare for Lego Marvel’s Avengers to trump it, as Traveller’s Tales is constantly out to make every game better than its last. After seeing the game in action at PSX, I broke down what’s so cool about the new entry that’s out on January 26.