Mar 222012

R18+ games bill passes The House of Representatives.
Australia is finally being allowed to grow up as we step closer to an R18+ rating for video games.

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Mar 222012

The Simpsons Arcade Game took the top spot in the list of downloaded PSN and PS3 games for the month of February, though there is no mention of whether free PlayStation Plus downloads are considered. Following The Simpsons is Gotham City Impostors and House of the Dead 3, according to the PlayStation Blog.

With the launch of the PS Vita last month, Sony is now ranking downloads for that platform in its own specific, monthly list. Escape Plan was the most downloaded Vita game for the month, followed by 3G freebie Super Stardust Delta and Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack.

Hit up the PlayStation Blog for the full list.

JoystiqThe Simpsons, Escape Plan top February PSN downloads originally appeared on Joystiq on Thu, 22 Mar 2012 23:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mar 222012

Gaijin Games has been toiling away on Runner2 since we last saw it (and working up a nice buzz in the process), polishing up the look with particles, new animations, and other tweaks in preparation to show it to people other than us at PAX East. You can see the results above, and then compare them to the earlier version here.

Perhaps even more exciting than fancy effects: in this new video, you can see CommanderVideo’s “dance” mechanic demonstrated for the very first time. You can also see his new rainbow cape. Did you know the rainbow trail from Bit.Trip Runner was a cape? We didn’t either.

JoystiqSee CommanderVideo’s best dance moves in Runner2 video originally appeared on Joystiq on Thu, 22 Mar 2012 23:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mar 222012

- New enemy types include agile Native American foes and burly Scottish men
- Plot covers 35 years of Connor’s life
- Connor is looking to save his people and give them a place in the future of America
- New feature: stalking zones
- With stalking zones, Connor can slink into bushes and move through the foliage; the players can move around a target and go in for the kill
- Snow patrol (mostly redcoats) in carriages throughout the frontier
- Snow, rain, and fog conditions
- Enemies will carry axes
- Combat has seen a complete overhaul
- Players can assign weapons in each hand and alternate with the X/Y buttons
- New Chinese-inspired weapon: rope dart
- With this weapon, you can string your enemies up like poultry
- Simplified controls for free running
- Play 30% of the missions in the frontier
- Frenchman Lafayette is in the game
- Citizens have individual roles and routines in the cities
- 3:1 is the scale of Boston compared to the real city
- Narrative scope is 20% larger than Assassin’s Creed 2
- Percentage of spoken characters in the game based on real historical people is 80%
- “Assassin’s Creed 3 is all but to renew your faith in the series.”


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