The Banner Saga Marches Onto Console January 12

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The Banner Saga is missing its 2015 console release, but you won’t need to wait long into the new year to take on the viking quest. Xbox One and PlayStation 4 releases are due at the start of January.

Developer Stoic explains that the console ports were a bit more challenging than original anticipated. This led to a longer than expected development cycle.

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Crytek’s Upcoming VR Game The Climb Blends Eco-Tourism And Kinect Sports Rivals

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Crytek is working on an exclusive game for Oculus’ upcoming Rift virtual reality display. It’s not a first-person shooter or a deep epic adventure. It’s a game about climbing.

Appropriately titled The Climb, Crytek hopes to take players to areas of the globe they might not otherwise be able to visit. While you’ll be able to use an Xbox One controller (there’s one bundled with every Rift), the trailer below seems to imply a better experience with Oculus’ upcoming Touch controllers.

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See The Guns And Dinos Of The Original Turok In HD

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Night Dive Studios, the same studio behind the upcoming System Shock remake, is also behind an HD remaster of the first two N64 Turok games due out for PC on December 17. See the updated man vs. dino first-person shooter in action in this new trailer.

Watch the trailer below to see Turok unleash his arsenal of weaponry, both ancient and futuristic, against cyborg raptors and a T-Rex with laser-guided artillery.

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EA’s Adorable Unravel Arriving February 9

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EA has announced that its tiniest protagonist Yarny, will be arriving in just a couple of months. Unravel, developed by Coldwood Interactive in Sweden, will be out in February.

The puzzle platformer puts players in control of a tiny yarn creature that makes his way through Northern Scandinavian environments to reconnect people to lost loved ones. Players will need to use Yarny’s body to lasso and swing through levels, picking up more string along the way.

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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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