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29. May, 2014 17:18 (HKT)

Release Highlights: Watch_Dogs, Mario Kart 8, Mobile Suit Gundam Side Stories, Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment, Chou Megami Shinkou Noire: Gekishin Black Heart and Arcana Heart 3 Love Max!!!!!


Welcome to our Weekly Release Highlights! Without a doubt, this week is one of the most busy weeks we've had. With all these heavy hitters, everyone wins, especially those who have time to play all these wonderful games!


WATCH_DOGS

PlayStation®3 PlayStation®4 Xbox360™ XboxONE™ [Open World]

Add another game to your list of 'must play' open-world action games! You are Aiden Pearce – a vigilante who has incredible potential when it comes to hacking - whatever he (or you) feel like, and with a plethora of devices to break into. 

Watch Dogs can easily be labelled as a GTA for the technological gangsters. Instead of stealing cars, you are stealing something much more valuable: information, and a lot of it. Find specific targets to eliminate, or scan the crowd for a victim to latch your bugs onto. Retrieve bank data, hack phones, their demographic information – all to either catch them yourself or save them if their life is important to your interests. 

There is more to the game that just being a hack-sim, you also have to do the dirty work yourself! Combat has a large focus on stealth mechanics and parkour so you can get around fast and evade or close in on enemies in a Third Person Shooter-style. 

Follow the digital connections as you track people’s every move – but not just people, the whole city of Chicago. As the main setting for the game, you will experience beautifully created graphics that do justice to the real city. 

Watch DogsPlayStation 4 (PS4)US US$ 21.2924h
Watch DogsXbox OneUS US$ 19.9924h
Watch DogsPlayStation 3 (PS3)US US$ 34.991w
Watch DogsXbox360 (360)US sold
Watch DogsWii UUS US$ 33.991-5d
Watch Dogs (DVD-ROM)PC CD-ROM (PC)US US$ 59.991w
 
Find the full list of all regions, versions, and editions here!


PlayStation®3 PlayStation®Vita [Anime Fighting]

While Arcana Heart 3 LOVE MAX!!!!! (more exclamation marks = more hype) may be old news for arcade-goers, for console gamers it is big new, as we can now board the hype train! Coming to both PlayStation3 and PlayStationVita get ready to play the new and heavily improved Arcana Heart 3 LOVE MAX!!!!! on May 29th.

So what changes have they made to warrant all that punctuation? The biggest updates are 'Time Attack Mode', the long list of cast balance changes. It doesn't end there, stages and music from the original Arcana Heart have been added to LOVE MAX. Both console versions will include a special 'After Scenario' along with the existing story mode. 

Arcana Heart 3 Love Max!!!!!PlayStation 3 (PS3)JPN US$ 69.991-5d
Arcana Heart 3 Love Max!!!!!PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita)JPN US$ 34.991-5d
Arcana Heart 3 Love Max!!!!! (Japanese)PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita)ASIA US$ 15.9924h


MARIO KART 8

Nintendo WiiU™ [Racing]

The kart game that started it all is back! On the most recent Nintendo Direct, the confirmed worldwide release date of May the 30th has been confirmed! Get ready to accelerate when Lakitu drops the signal!

In Mario Kart 8, and taking a cue from the logo's mobius strip design - new anti gravity tracks never seen before now take the stage. Featuring inversed pathways, insane loops, and upside down travesals - getting that blue spark for that extra bit of speed just got a lot more intense. 

For the character roster, currently there are a total of 26 characters. In addition to the staple fan favorites that have appeared across all previous titles, Mario Kart 8 introduces the return of the Koopalings - once considered Bowser's children from the classic Super Mario Brothers 3! All 7 racers - Iggy, Roy, Morton, Lemmy, Ludwig, Larry and Wendy are sure to bring the heat! 

Mario Kart 8Wii UUS US$ 59.991-5d
Mario Kart 8Wii UEUR US$ 49.992-4w
Mario Kart 8Wii UJPN US$ 68.991-5d

And for those who want the most out of Mario Kart 8, here are some Mario Kart themed Controllers!

Mario Kart 8 Handle for Wii Remote Controller (Luigi)JPNUS$ 36.991w
Mario Kart 8 Handle for Wii Remote Controller (Mario)JPNUS$ 19.991w
Mario Kart 8 Protect Case for Wii U Gamepad (Luigi)JPNUS$ 35.991w
Mario Kart 8 Protect Case for Wii U Gamepad (Mario)JPNsold

Wii Remote Control Plus (Peach)JPNUS$ 49.991-5d
Wii Remote Control Plus (Peach)USsold
Wii Remote Control Plus (Yoshi)JPNUS$ 49.991-5d
Wii Remote Control Plus (Yoshi)USsold


CHOU MEGAMI SHINKOU NOIRE: GEKISHIN BLACK HEART 

PlayStation®Vita [Strategy RPG] 

Underneath the anime cutscenes, vivid colours, adorable chibi faces, exaggerated battle animations and a really long name is a game that inherits the qualities of an amazing strategy RPG.

Developed by Sting, creators of Knights in the Nightmare and Yggdra Unison, this Hyperdimension Neptunia Spin-off is a wonderful title that represents all the things that fans love about Japanese games.

Staring Noire from the Neptunia universe in her very first game as a protagonist, Chou Megami will feature Noire in her "Black Heart" form - Noire transforms from her usual polite and calm tempered self to a quasi-Tsudere mode of being tough and competitive. Supporting her in this adventure will be 29 other playable characters for a total of 30, with Neptune, Vert and Blanc returning as well. Many of these characters are based on popular characters from other franchises such as Street Fighter, Hatsune Miku, and even Pac-man!

Chou Megami Shinkou Noire: Gekishin Black Heart has two special versions: 

LIMITED EDITION FAMITSU DX PACK:

  • PS Vita Game: "Chou Megami Shinkou Noire Gekishin Black Heart"
  • Original Micro Fiber Towel
  • Visual Clear File Set (9 pcs)
  • Compile Heart Wallscroll (B2-size)
  • Original Clear Poster (B3-szie)
  • Original Badge
  • Visual Book
  • Noire Figure
  • Original Drama CD

LIMITED EDITION

  • PS Vita Game: "Chou Megami Shinkou Noire Gekishin Black Heart"
  • Noire Figure
  • Original Drama CD 
Chou Megami Shinkou Noire: Gekishin Black Heart [Limited Edition Famitsu DX Pack]PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita)JPN sold
Chou Megami Shinkou Noire: Gekishin Black Heart [Limited Edition] (Japanese)PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita)ASIA sold
Chou Megami Shinkou Noire: Gekishin Black Heart (Japanese)PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita)ASIA sold


MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM SIDE STORIES

PlayStation®3 [Action RPG]

On May 29th, Bandai Namco Games will be releasing a collection of 6 Gundam games titled Mobile Suit Gundam Side Stories - an HD compilation of games, once released for the Sega Saturn or PS2, that cover the entirety of the 'One Year War'. As the name implies, Mobile Suit Gundam Side Stories will be heavily driven by both story and characters - featuring characters from many of the old titles.

Missing Link is the brand new MSG story arc; Famitsu has published tons of pictures of the game giving us an idea of what we should expect! Gameplay will revolve around the deployment of three mobile suit teams in both ground and space battles; players can switch between the three mobile suits of their choosing in the midst of battle, while support craft can be summoned for both offense and defense. Side Stories will also feature zero-gravity and three-dimensional maneuvering. A remastered version of each of the 5 Gundam classics will also be included, having received a facelift using Missing Link's new gameplay as the model.

At least one new mobile suit will be introduced in this title, as to which - we'll have to wait and see!

The Side Stories collection will include:

  • NEW Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story: Missing Link
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story: The Blue Destiny
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story 0079: Rise From the Ashes
  • Space, To The End of a Flash (of Mobile Suit Gundam: Encounters in Space)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Zeonic Front
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Lost War Chronicles

Limited Edition includes the above as well as:

  • Ganpura HGUC "Pale Rider" Limited Metalic Version Gundam Model
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Gaiden Series Original Soundtrack
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Gaiden Missing Link Booklet
Mobile Suit Gundam Side StoriesPlayStation 3 (PS3)JPN US$ 19.9924h
Mobile Suit Gundam Side Stories (Chinese Sub)PlayStation 3 (PS3)ASIA sold

 


SWORD ART ONLINE: HOLLOW FRAGMENT (English + Chinese Sub)

ソードアート・オンライン -ホロウ・フラグメント

PlayStation®Vita [RPG] 

ENGLISH or CHINESE MENUS, TEXT, QUEST INFO... Pretty much all you need to understand!

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment's story will be separated into two chapters - the first chapter is a slightly modified version of the previous game, Infinity Moment, while the second is the brand new 'Hollow Area' chapter. The Hollow Area will reportedly include a brand new story involving the notorious player-killing guild "Laughing Coffin" and of course the new playable character Philia!

The gameplay will remain very similar to that in Infinity Moment, but expanding with the 'Burst Gauge' which allows continuous attacks, so long as you have the available burst energy to pull them off; and you won't be pulling them off alone in Hollow Fragment as Bandai Namco have added the ability to create your own non-playable character to fight alongside you! 

The title also takes full advantage of the PSVita by allowing player-formed raid teams (4 players max) which will be a major element of the 'Hollow Area' concept and design.

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment (Chinese & English Sub)PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita)ASIA sold

That's a lot of games... phew~


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