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Win a Free Copy of SteamWorld Dig for PSN!

swdtitle When SteamWorld Dig: A Fistful of Dirt launched on the 3DS eShop last year, it blew pretty much everyone away with its cyber/western/retro flavored mashup of Dig Dug and Metroidvania. Reviewers had a ton of fun with the game – IGN named it the Best 3DS platformer of 2013 (go read my review!) – but we also had fun working silly/obligatory puns into our reviews like “Dig It” and “Dig Deep.” Now SteamWorld Dig is about to launch on PSN, and to celebrate, we’re giving away 3 North American download codes courtesy of developer Image & Form Games!

To enter, all you have to do is reply to this post with your best attempt at a SteamWorld-related pun, then sign it with your Twitter handle (you have to be on Twitter!) and follow @nvsblgamer and @ImageForm. We’ll pick three of the punniest comments below and DM you a free copy of the game to play on your PS4/Vita (cross buy, baby!) once the  North American PSN update goes live later today, March 18th.

Check out our official contest rules… no cheating! The contest will be closed at 5PM EST, or once we’ve received three eligible responses. Winners will be contacted this evening via Twitter DM once we’ve made our selections!

Retro City Rampage DX: Coming to the eShop… tomorrow!

Surprise! Retro City Rampage, Vblank Entertainment’s hilarious homage to ’80s pop culture by way of Grand Theft Auto, is launching on the 3DS eShop in North America tomorrow, February 6th as Retro City Rampage DX, and from what Vblank founder Brian Provinciano told me in a conversation last week, it looks to be substantially improved over the original version.

When I reviewed the original release of the game back in 2012, I found it to be a heartfelt but flawed tribute to everything I loved as a child: “a shapeless mélange of Mario, Sonic, Contra, Skate or Die, Ninja Turtles and Mega Man, mixed with an equally gaseous helping of Back to the Future, Bill and Ted, Batman, ThunderCats, Ghost Busters and Saved By the Bell.” My issues with the game didn’t stem from the near-endless assault of flashbacks I had while playing it, but more from the fact that Provinciano seemed so slavishly dedicated to re-creating the ’80s within RCR’s universe that he failed to take into account the fact that today’s players want to experience a game from beginning to end without having to deal with unreasonable difficulty spikes.

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From our discussion last week, it sounds like Provinciano took the criticism of the original release to heart: there’ve been a whole host of improvements to the game, from a more balanced difficulty level, to graphical improvements, new gameplay modes, and more! I’ve only gotten to spend a few minutes with Retro City Rampage DX so far, but rest assured, I’ll be putting the game through its paces before posting a complete review some time in the next couple of weeks.

Stay tuned!

PSA: SteamWorld Dig launches today on the 3DS eShop!

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Forgive us for gushing, but if you’ve been following Invisible Gamer for any decent amount of time, you’ll know we’re big fans of Metroidvania-style platformers…especially ones that dare to do something a little different. SteamWorld Dig, a 3DS game from Swedish indie developer Image & Form, launches on the eShop today in the U.S., and combines open-ended exploration and mining in a wild west setting we don’t think you miss. Our full review should be up next week, but in the meantime, why not have a look-see at the launch trailer?

Nintendo, Best Buy announce stores presenting E3 demos

On Sunday, we let you know about Nintendo’s radical plans for E3, including exclusive demonstration of their show floor games at select Best Buy locations. Today, Best Buy revealed which stores around the United States you’ll be able to pick up your Wii U Gamepads and play… whatever it is that Nintendo will be showing.

On June 12, between 4 pm and 8pm, and June 15, between 1pm and 5pm, customers will be able to play Nintendo’s selection of titles, which will be revealed at the link above on June 11. Will you be heading out to the nearest location to see what’s new for the Wii U? Let us know in the comments.

Best Buy Locations

Alabama: Huntsville, Hoover
Arizona: Camelback
Arkansas: Little Rock, Fort Smith
California: Culver City, Blossom Hill, Elk Grove, Tracy, Emeryville, Visalia
Colorado: Denver
Connecticut: Manchester
Delaware: Concord Pike
Florida: Pensacola, Gainesville, Fort Myers, Brandon, Kissimmee, Doral
Georgia: Cumberland, Duluth, Augusta, Savannah
Illinois: Bloomington, Schaumburg
Indiana: Greenwood
Iowa: Cedar Rapids, Jordan Creek
Kansas: Wichita, Overland Park
Kentucky: Florence, Lexington, Outer Loop
Louisiana: West Bank
Maryland: Glen Burnie, Frederick, Wheaton
Massachusetts: Dedham, Cambridge, Worcester
Michigan: Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Flint, Rochester Hills
Minnesota: Eden Prairie
Missouri: South County
New Jersey: Woodbridge, West Paterson, Deptford
New York: Albany, West Nyack, Amherst, Long Island City, Syracuse, Valley Stream
North Carolina: Cary, Winston Salem, Fayetteville, Carolina Mall
Ohio: Toledo I, Beaver Creek, North Olmsted, Reynoldsburg
Oklahoma: Quail Springs
Oregon: Cascade Station
Pennsylvania: King of Prussia, Wyomiss /Reading, Whitehall, Century III, Erie
South Carolina: Greenville, North Charleston
Tennessee: Memphis, Cedar Bluff, Brentwood
Texas: Arlington, The Woodlands, South Austin, Tyler, Galleria, West McAllen
Utah: Sandy
Vermont: Williston
Virginia: Virginia Beach, W. Broad, Charlottesville
Washington: Lynnwood
Wisconsin: Southridge

The next Xbox is Xbox One, releases worldwide in 2013

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Microsoft’s next generation console is the Xbox One, announced this morning by Don Mattrick in Redmond, WA.

Aired live on Spike TV, Xbox Live, Xbox.com and GameTrailers.com, the Xbox One was unveiled in a one-hour presentation to assembled media and developers at Microsoft’s headquarters, promising a new generation of gaming and entertainment. While no price or launch date were revealed, the Xbox One, the new Xbox controller, and the second generation of Kinect were all on display and Mattrick, the president of Microsoft’s Xbox division, revealed that the console will launch across the world later this year.

The event featured focuses on new, refined Kinect integration, in-app Skype calls, and the ability to switch between TV inputs to view your cable or satellite broadcasts instantly, and  exclusive content agreements with the NFL, EA Sports, and Call of Duty. Forza Motorsport 5 was revealed as a launch title, Quantum Break is the new game from Alan Wake developer Remedy Studios, and Microsoft Studios president Phil Spencer said that 15 first-party titles are currently in development for Xbox One, eight of which are new properties. In addition, 343 Industries and Steven Spielberg are partnering for a live-action Halo television series following the success of the Halo 4 tie-in “Forward Unto Dawn.”

Expect much more information about the Xbox One at Microsoft’s E3 press event, scheduled for the morning of Monday, June 10, just 19 days from now. Keep it tuned to Invisible Gamer for more coverage as we learn all about Xbox’s next generation, and look forward to a roundtable discussion from our staff in the coming days.

Watch the Xbox Reveal Live! (Just not on Invisible Gamer)

GTXboxMay21This morning, at 10 am Pacific, Microsoft will be unveiling the ‘new generation’ of their Xbox home entertainment system, and Invisible Gamer is here to bring you the latest.

The event at Xbox’s Redmond headquarters will be broadcast live on Spike TV and Xbox Live, but it is also going to be followed at many other game sites. While we can’t stream that coverage live on Invisible Gamer, here are a host of places you can follow the proceedings:

GameTrailers.com Live-stream

IGN Live-stream, featuring special guest Peter Molyneux

Polygon/The Verge Live-stream

GameSpot/CBS Interactive Live-stream

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Tune in to these streams, then come back to Invisible Gamer after the event to hear what Michael, Brien, Eric, Gabe, Nathan, Amy, and the rest of our writers have to think about the new Xbox.

 

Electronic Arts, Disney reach licensing agreement on Star Wars properties

ea-logoIn a busy day for Electronic Arts, the Redwood Shores-based publisher announced today that they have entered a “multi-year, multi-title exclusive licensing agreement” with Disney and Lucasfilm to produce new Star Wars titles for PC, consoles, mobile devices, and tablets.

In addition to BioWare, already involved in Star Wars materials with their free-to-play MMO The Old Republic, EA developers DICE (Battlefield 3) and Visceral (Dead Space 3) will be developing “all-new gaming experiences set in the ever-expanding Star Wars galaxy” according to a press release from StarWars.com.

EA’s press release notes that “Disney will retain certain rights to develop new titles within the mobile, social, tablet and online game categories,” while their studios will handle “new Star Wars titles for a core gaming audience, spanning all interactive platforms and the most popular game genres.”

This announcement comes just a month after Disney, which purchased Lucasfilm, Ltd. from founder and owner George Lucas last year for $4.04 billion, closed and cancelled internal game development at LucasArts.

EA also announced that the next installment of their popular Sims franchise, The Sims 4, will be released on PC in 2014, and unlike Maxis’s current release SimCity, will not require an always-online connection to play.

‘A Next Generation Revealed:’ Xbox Event on May 21

ht_microsoft_cc_120823_wgMicrosoft has announced the date for the reveal of their long-rumored successor to the Xbox 360. Larry Hyrb, spokesperson for the Xbox brand, posted on his Major Nelson blog this morning that they will “share our vision for Xbox, and give you a real taste of the future” at a private event at their Redmond, WA headquarters. Further details on the next Xbox will be revealed 19 days later at their 2013 E3 press conference, where Microsoft will “showcase our full lineup of blockbuster games,” said Hyrb.

Invisible Gamer will keep you up-to-date on the latest information on Microsoft’s next console, and all of the next-gen information in the months to come.

PSA: Dragon Fantasy Book 1 headed to PS3 and Vita next week!

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Developer Muteki Corporation, recent recipient of SCE’s Pub Fund, will release its retro-styled RPG Dragon Fantasy Book 1 to PlayStation 3 and PS Vita platforms on April 16th. The game, initially released as an iOS-exclusive homage to 8-bit JRPGs, features all-new content for its PlayStation Network debut, including an SNES-style 16 Bit Mode, remastered music, a new dungeon, and trophy support.

Dragon Fantasy Book 1 has been in various stages of development since 1995, and finally saw an initial release in 2010 as a tribute to the late father of Adam Rippon, the game’s Creative Director. A sequel is set for release on PSN later this year.

 

Telltale’s The Walking Dead coming to PlayStation Vita

The-Walking-Dead-farmSony’s intention of making the PlayStation Vita the home of great independent titles took another step forward today, with IGN revealing that Telltale will be bringing their critically acclaimed adventure game The Walking Dead to the platform.

Don Mesa, Director of Product Planning and Platform Software Innovation for PlayStation, said to IGN that The Walking Dead, based on Robert Kirkman’s comic of the same name, “sends a strong message” about support for the company’s handheld device. “We think that the emotion and the immersive experiences you’re going to get there, wherever you’re sitting, if you’re in your living room and playing on your Vita or sitting at a café or at the bus stop and playing this, you get that shock or fright,” Mesa told IGN’s Colin Moriarty.

No release date for The Walking Dead was announced, and IGN received no information on whether the content would be released episodically or as a single download or retail release. Along with Hotline Miami, Machinarium, Thomas Was Alone, and talk of Fez coming to the device, the Vita seems to be the spot for indie titles. Let us know what you think about The Walking Dead coming to PS Vita in the comments below.