Esperino http://www.esperino.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 03:45:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Xbox One Collector’s Edition Now Contains Extra Content http://www.esperino.com/the-witcher-3-wild-hunt-xbox-one-collectors-edition-now-contains-extra-content http://www.esperino.com/the-witcher-3-wild-hunt-xbox-one-collectors-edition-now-contains-extra-content#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 03:45:48 +0000 http://www.esperino.com/?p=21919 CD Projekt RED’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Collector’s Edition for Xbox One now comes with added content.

Previously revealed and available on multiple platforms, the Xbox One release has taken a leg up with the inclusion of newly announced extras.

One of the new features of The Witcher 3 is Gwent, a card game experience embedded within the game.

The game is about the clash of two armies locked in mortal struggle on a battlefield where the players are the leaders and the cards their forces.

With four different factions offering unique combat styles and endless paths to victory, Gwent is every adventurer’s first choice when it comes to one-on-one card-based dueling. Take risks and think on your feet, strategize and deliver cunning combos, use potent magic and mighty hero cards and be the last one standing on the field of honor!

You can play Gwent out of the game with physical cards now exclusively included in the Xbox One release. In addition, a unique cloth map has also been added to the package.

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The Xbox One Collector’s Edition now includes :

  • The standard edition of the game, containing: the official soundtrack, a beautiful and detailed map of the in-game world, unique stickers, and the developer-created “Witcher Universe – The Compendium”
  • A giant, 33x24x26 cm, 100% hand painted, Polystone figure of Geralt of Rivia battling a Griffin
  • An exclusive, collector grade Witcher medallion
  • A one of a kind SteelBook
  • A two-hundred page artbook, containing breathtaking art from the game
  • A cloth map of the game world
  • Two Gwent card decks
  • Huge outer and inner Collector’s Boxes you can store your Witcher merchandise in!

You’ll still be able to pick up the Collector’s Edition on other platforms and experience Gwent in game, but if you want the cards and cloth map, you may want to consider switching your pre-order over to the Xbox One version.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will release in Australia and New Zealand on the 24th February 2015 on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

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Watch 35 minutes of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Gameplay http://www.esperino.com/watch-35-minutes-of-the-witcher-3-wild-hunt-gameplay http://www.esperino.com/watch-35-minutes-of-the-witcher-3-wild-hunt-gameplay#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 03:40:07 +0000 http://www.esperino.com/?p=21917 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming in 2015, which seems like a fair way away. If you’re like many The Witcher fans and simply can’t wait, CD Projekt RED have released a 35 minute gameplay demo from the game to excite, and maybe cause a little drooling as well.

Geralt of Rivia has never looked so good, exploring a landscape some realistic and immersive, you may not see your friends and family for days!

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Experience realistic day and night cycles, observe weather changes that influence gameplay, and conquer the lush environment using arcane witcher lore.

Evolve unique witcher skills to tailor gameplay to your liking; hunt bloodthirsty monsters and develop your signature fighting strategies; use potent battle magic, and slay your way to victory in a truly limitless open world.

So now you know why The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was pushed back to 2015, don’t you feel glad they did?

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is scheduled to launch in Australia & New Zealand on February 24th, 2015 and will be available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Gauntlet Release Date Pushed Back, Spawn of Kerthull Pre-order Bonus Added http://www.esperino.com/gauntlet-release-date-pushed-back-spawn-of-kerthull-pre-order-bonus-added http://www.esperino.com/gauntlet-release-date-pushed-back-spawn-of-kerthull-pre-order-bonus-added#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 03:33:54 +0000 http://www.esperino.com/?p=21915 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment of pushed back the release date of Gauntlet to September 24th, 2014 in Australia.

The later release date for the modernised reboot of the classic series will allow the developers extra time to fine-tune the game in order to deliver “gamers an even more robust multiplayer experience.”

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Gauntlet will still be coming to Steam for Windows PC in 2015. As a thank you (and possibly apology), fans that pre-order the game will now receive an in-game bonus, the Spawn of Kerthull item. This special Wizard’s Robe is made from dead imps, who are children of the greater demon, Kerthull. Gross.

Developer Arrowhead Game Studios have also revealed a new trailer today. Check it out below:

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Danganronpa 2 Artbook with Pre-order at EB Games Australia http://www.esperino.com/danganronpa-2-artbook-with-pre-order-at-eb-games-australia http://www.esperino.com/danganronpa-2-artbook-with-pre-order-at-eb-games-australia#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 03:26:42 +0000 http://www.esperino.com/?p=21913 Pre-order Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair at EB Games in Australia and you’ll also receive a bonus artbook.

The bonus artbook contains illustrations and art from the game, which has proven to be very popular despite it’s unusual story telling gameplay.

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As far as I can tell, the artbook bonus is only available at EB Games locally. You can place a pre-order online via the link here, or alternatively head in-store to lock in your order at your favourite brick-and-mortar location.

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is out exclusively on the PS Vita on September 11th, 2014 and will be priced at $59.95 AUD.

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Disney Infinity 2.0 to Include “Big Hero 6″ Hiro and Baymax http://www.esperino.com/disney-infinity-2-0-to-include-big-hero-6-hiro-and-baymax http://www.esperino.com/disney-infinity-2-0-to-include-big-hero-6-hiro-and-baymax#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:11:49 +0000 http://www.esperino.com/?p=21909 Disney Interactive have confirmed rumours with the announcement of Hiro and Baymax from “Big Hero 6″ to the playable character line-up.

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Fans will be able to use Hiro’s mind-power and Baymax’s super strength, along with hundreds of items, locations, props, vehicles and more from across the Disney and Marvel universes to create all-new adventures born from the imagination of players.

Below is a brief description of Hiro and Baymax:

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Hiro: From the heart of San Fransokyo into Toy Box 2.0 comes the brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who created “Big Hero 6.” The inventor of mind-controlled microbots uses his brain as his most powerful weapon.

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Baymax: There is no robot better suited for the Disney Infinity 2.0 Toy Box than the plus-sized inflatable Baymax. While this robot might have a huggable side, he definitely packs a hard armor shell. His Kung Fu fighting moves can ward off even the fiercest of enemies. His rocket fist, super strength and thrusters are unmatched.

In addition to the new figures, there will also be a Big Hero 6 theme Power Disc, the Chem Capsule which allows players to create a cloud of frost that freezes enemies right in their tracks.

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According to Disney, Hiro and Baymax figures will be available in Australia and New Zealand from November 6th, 2014.

See the two new characters in action below:

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Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn Review http://www.esperino.com/dynasty-warriors-gundam-reborn-review http://www.esperino.com/dynasty-warriors-gundam-reborn-review#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:40:26 +0000 http://www.esperino.com/?p=21900 The Dynasty Warriors: Gundam franchise returns with Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn, the first title in the Dynasty Warriors: Gundam series to not adopt a numerical numbering system. It’s a case of familiar gameplay, catchy tunes and deceptively same old storylines, but scratch the surface a little and you’ll find the most comprehensive Dynasty Warriors: Gundam experience to date.

Dynasty Warriors Gundam Reborn Review

Developer: Koei, Omega Force
Publisher: Tecmo Koei
Platform: PlayStation 3 (Reviewed), PlayStation Vita
Players: Single-Player, Co-Op
Genre: Action Role-Playing Game, Hack ‘n Slash
Release: (NA) July 1st 2014, (EU) June 27th 2014

Gundam Reborn reverts back to its roots, replacing the cel-shaded art direction of Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 with a more realistic art style seen in the first two titles. Personally I quite liked the updated visuals in Gundam 3 but apparently not everyone was so welcoming of the new changes resulting in Tecmo Koei re-visiting its earlier interpretations. Don’t get me wrong, the graphics are just as impressive now as ever before, maybe even taking the visuals up a notch in its short lived absence.

Unlike the visuals, the gameplay mechanics remain largely untouched and familiar to past titles. It’s still runs at typical Dynasty Warrior: Gundam breakneck pace, presenting fluid animation despite the army of enemies littering the hectic battlefield. Gone are the over-the-top flashy attacks and in its place are more appropriate moves seen in its source material. Space battles have been bought back during certain levels to break up the constant running around, adding some much need variety to the hack-n-slash mix. Thankfully Partner Strike attacks have been retained. One of the highlights is seeing mobile suits cross between series, intertwining attacks to deliver devastating effect.

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The roster of playable characters have been further bolstered to 120 different units including returning favourites, as well as the inclusion of new Mobile Suits and Mobile Armors featured in popular series such as Gundam SEED and Gundam Unicorn. One of the biggest complaints from fans was these character absences so this will surely quell the community, at least for the time being.

Mobile Armor is now available in Gundam Reborn, but there is a catch to accessing the new suits. Similar to Mobile Suits, Mobile Armor can be unlocked in the same fashion however in order to unlock their pilots, players will need to play through the Official Mode, a sort of “what-if” scenario mission as well as Ultimate Mode, that can take a bit of grinding to get through. Mobile Armors are a treat to ride around in, particularly the differences it offers compared with its Mobile Suits counterparts.

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Also introduced to Gundam Reborn is the all-new Burst System, whereby capable mobile suits are able to transform into powered up versions of themselves. Interestingly the Burst System doesn’t use an SP Attack, but rather takes into consideration the modes, add-ons and pilot abilities as factors for determining whether the system is applicable. This approach tries to mirror the characters from the long-running anime which fans will certainly take a liking to.

Upgrades are not as cumbersome as before as Tecmo Koei take on a simpler, streamline approach to enhancements and boosts. Individual modifiers such as beam weapon length, projectile shots can all be modified with system plans which can also be merged together with other plans for better overall results.

Dynasty Warriors Gundam Reborn Review

The storylines have been updated to cover a greater timeline, with extra CGI visuals and screen captures from the series themselves adding to the storytelling and immersion. Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ (Double Zeta) doesn’t make the cut in Gundam Reborn, as the developers opted for the New Translation version of Zeta Gundam instead. Crossover scenarios have now been broken up, replacing the longer connected story used in its predecessor. Interestingly, the localized release does not included a redubbed track like past games, so you’ll have to make do with Japanese voice acting and English subtitles.

Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn is in essence the culmination of all the Gundam Musou series to date, refined and tuned for its loyal fan base. A chunkier roster, greater story canon depth with further enhanced gameplay, visual and overall quality makes it a highly recommended purchase for Gundam and Musou fans. Tecmo Koei rarely deviates from their unique formula and why would you when you’re on to a good thing? Gundam Reborn represents hours upon hours of gaming enjoyment, but those not familiar with Gundam may want to watch a few series before venturing into its complex story modes.

8.5 – Great. An enjoyable experience, fans and newcomers of the genre will be entertained. Any noticeable flaws are largely outweighed by the positives.

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Super Smash Bros. 3DS Console Goes on Sale at EB Games and Sells Out…Sorta http://www.esperino.com/super-smash-bros-3ds-console-goes-on-sale-at-eb-games-and-sells-out-sorta http://www.esperino.com/super-smash-bros-3ds-console-goes-on-sale-at-eb-games-and-sells-out-sorta#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:18:03 +0000 http://www.esperino.com/?p=21899 EB Games Australia unloaded the Super Smash Bros. 3DS console yesterday morning and have sold out… sorta.

If you missed out, you may still be in luck with a second offering to be made available shortly.

Previously announced for Europe only, the Australian release does not include Super Smash Bros. 3DS installed, however you do get a limited edition console and handy charger, not to mention the cheaper price that comes with not having to deal with exchange rates.

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The console is reportedly very limited in stock, sort of selling out quickly despite the $249 AUD price tag. Sort of? Well technically EB Games are still holding some stock, but unfortunately due to the online website collapsing under the sheer weight of fans storming the site all at once, the remainder of the consoles will be offered at a later date.

If you missed out, there’s still a chance to nab this rare console however when it will be available for pre-order again and how many are left is still a mystery. Best of luck in the second round as you’re probably going to need it! Keep checking here and the EB Games Australia twitter account for updates.

According to EB Games, the remainder won’t be available this week, however should be released some time in the near future.

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Squids Odyssey (Wii U) Review http://www.esperino.com/squids-odyssey-wii-u-review http://www.esperino.com/squids-odyssey-wii-u-review#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 02:34:07 +0000 http://www.esperino.com/?p=21864 The Game Bakers’ Squids series has already carved success on the mobile platform with the original Squids and Squids: Wild West. It seems only natural progression for a title with lush visuals and kooky character design receives a port on to the Nintendo Wii U platform. Tweaked for gaming consoles, Squids Odyssey retains its charm, with a gentle helping of features for first time calamari adventurers.

Squids Odyssey (Wii U) Review

Developer: The Game Bakers
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Wii U (Reviewed), 3DS
Players: Single-Player
Genre: Action-Adventure, Tactical
Release: (EU) May 22nd 2014

Squids Odyssey is a comprehensive compilation including the previously released Squids and Squids: Wild West, tweaked and enhanced for the Wii U gamepad and unique control scheme. Odyssey goes beyond the series with an all-new campaign for fans, the introduction of a new hero and new wearable helmets.

This hybrid RPG, strategy adventure throws together a colourful cast of likeable cephalopod heroes who must save their underwater homes from a mysterious black ooze corrupting the other marine wildlife. To tackle the dangers that lurk beneath, you’ll fling their soft spongy bodies at enemies, similar to a game of billiards. It’s a matter of dragging your finger and letting go on the touch screen to launch a squid, although the stylus and left stick for aiming does improve overall targeting.

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On face value, the gameplay mechanics are deceptively simple however each squid has a set amount of stamina which is expended with every action, adding a touch of strategy to everything you do. As fun as it is to flick your merry band at everything in their way, the turn-based system makes planning and precision a must for ensuring your team are fighting fit by the end of each battle. Placing your squid at a distance to reduce damage during an enemy phase before launching an all-out assault pays dividends in the long term, particularly towards the more tactically challenging stages at the tail end of the campaign.

Environmental hazards such as spiky obstructions and bottomless holes adds further challenge, as its never a nice feeling to watch one of your hapless squid companions plummet to their watery deaths. The environments can also be used to your advantage, prodding enemies to the bottomless pits with a well-placed nudge.

Adding a touch of complexity to the characters are the four different classes, offering perks and bonuses. Scouts have greater movement capacity, Shooters are equipped for long-range assaults, Troopers can knock back enemies and have AoE (area-of-effect) attacks for crowd control, and Healers… heal. Classes aren’t unique to one particular character so you can mix-and-match your favourite squids to create a team that suits your style. Stat bonuses can be added through the course of play via the in-game Pearls you collect, adding a hint of RPG but nothing overly in-depth. Pearls are a versatile currency that can also be used on restoring stamina and in-game items.

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In the mobile version, Pearls could be purchased with real-life currency; however that isn’t the case with the Wii U version, thankfully. Pearls are plentiful so you won’t be left wanting; particularly if you’re a completionist looking for all those hidden treasure troves of glistening plunder. Squids Odyssey retains the same Hat system of its predecessor, where equipping a stylish new brim will bestow extra stat modifiers. You can permanently increase a squid’s stat by ‘transferring’ the stat boost from the hat on to the squid; however you won’t be able to transfer it back if you change your mind. It’s a peculiar design choice, offering players flexibility depending on how they want to play the game.

Squids Odyssey is both a standout in both graphics and audio. The art style adopts a charming cartoony look which suits the family friendly nature of the Wii U. Even playing on the smaller GamePad doesn’t detract from the visuals too much. The backgrounds are literally a sea of colour you that resonates with the light-hearted and bouncy tunes you’ll still be humming long after the adventure is over.

Squids Odyssey balances its cutesy visuals with just enough strategy to keep things interesting across the 90+ levels of gameplay. It’s a thoughtfully put together title that does plenty with what is essentially a basic premise at its very core. If you’re looking for an eShop title worth its weight in pearls, it’s hard to go past this revised compilation for the Wii U.

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If you’re interested to learn more about each of the individual titles, you can read also read our Squids and Squids: Wild West review for mobile devices.

8.5 – Great. An enjoyable experience, fans and newcomers of the genre will be entertained. Any noticeable flaws are largely outweighed by the positives.

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Ar Nosurge Limited Edition Available for Preorder at NIS America http://www.esperino.com/ar-nosurge-limited-edition-available-for-preorder-at-nis-america http://www.esperino.com/ar-nosurge-limited-edition-available-for-preorder-at-nis-america#comments Sun, 13 Jul 2014 23:54:31 +0000 http://www.esperino.com/?p=21885 Ar Nosurge Limited Edition has been added to the NIS America online store for pre-order.

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The Limited Edition Includes:

  • Ar nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star for PS3
  • Full color, 36 page hardcover art book
  • Original soundtrack with jewel case
  • Ar nosurge poster (16″x23″)
  • Collector’s box

After the release of Ciel nosurge in April 2012, Gust introduced a new gaming genre: the 7-dimensional RPG. Now the series director, Akira Tsuchiya, continues his opus with a new, deep and robust world. A world where songs are magic, and emotions are strong enough to form bonds. Ar nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star is a story of love, emotional bonds and the frailty of existence.

Ar Nosurge Limited Edition is priced at $64.99 USD and will be available on September 23rd, 2014 exclusive to the PlayStation 3. Pre-orders can be placed via the link here.

It isn’t currently available on the NIS America European store just yet, but hopefully it’ll surface for us european and PAL territory customers in the coming weeks ahead. Keep checking the NIS America europe store if you want to be in the know when it does appear.

There’s still plenty of stock on the NIS America store, probably since some of us are hindered by our territorial dwelling.

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LEGO Batmobile Tumbler Bonus with LEGO Batman 3 Pre-order http://www.esperino.com/lego-batmobile-tumbler-bonus-with-lego-batman-3-pre-order http://www.esperino.com/lego-batmobile-tumbler-bonus-with-lego-batman-3-pre-order#comments Sun, 13 Jul 2014 23:24:46 +0000 http://www.esperino.com/?p=21882 Well here’s a pre-order bonus for the LEGO fanatics. Place an order early for the upcoming LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham at EB Games in Australia and you’ll score yourself a Batmobile Tumbler LEGO set.

LEGO Batman 3 Batmobile Tumbler Set Pre-order Bonus

The LEO Batmobile tumbler is stylized on the more rough-n-tumble design seen in the more recent Batman movies. The set is more of a mini-set so don’t expect a highly detailed design, but it does roll around and is free after all.

You can claim your Batmobile Tumbler by ordering LEGO Batman 3 on any of the available platforms (PC, 3DS, PS Vita, Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4), with prices starting from $49.95 AUD. Next-gen, or rather new generation consoles are the most expensive of the lot, coming in at $89.95 AUD for the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 release.

To place an order online via EB Games, hit the link here. LEGO Batman 3 will be available in 2014, although a release date is yet to be confirmed for Australia.

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