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Dead Space Free On Origin March 31, 2014

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It looks like EA wants to finally get their users an excuse to download their Origin program, as they have decided to offer the original Dead Space for free .  I honestly consider the original Dead Space to be one of the best games of 2008, which is quite an impressive feat as it came up against other major titles that year including Resistance 2, Mirror’s Edge, and Gears of War 2.  EA threw a lot of weight behind marketing this game, releasing an animated graphic novel series online, and a full length animated feature called Dead Space: Downfall on DVD and Blu-Ray that was pretty great.  However, EA was actively including anti-consumer DRM in all of their PC games that year, and because of that, I consciously decided not to buy the game on PC, and instead picked up the console version of the game.

That said, once I did finally play the game, I found it incredibly enjoying.  In fact, I actually listed its opening in my list of the Best Game Openings Ever.  If you have a PC and an Origin account, you really should give the game a look!

You will need to download the Origin client to play the game.  If you don’t have it currently installed, you can install it here.  You will also need to create an Origin account, but if you already have an Origin account through EA (for games like Sim City, Battlefield 4 or Simpsons: Tapped Out), you will be able to use it to download the game.  The game should continue to be available to purchase free until the month of May, but once you do purchase it, it will be yours to play forever.

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Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Wii U Trailer March 31, 2014

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While many 3DS owners may have been first exposed to the Mario & Luigi series with the release of Mario & Luigi: Dream Team last year, I was first exposed to the Mario & Luigi series when Bowser’s Inside Story was released on the Nintendo DS.  Little did I know that there was a game in the Mario & Luigi series that was released on the GBA.  Now, anyone who loves this awesome series who never owned the original platform it appeared on will finally be able to play it.  Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga will be one of the first GBA games released on the Wii U Virtual Console early next month, and here’s the trailer for it.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga will be available to download April 3rd, 2014 on the Nintendo Wii U’s eShop for a price of $7.99 US.

Metroid Fusion Wii U Trailer March 31, 2014

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Metroid Fusion will be one of the first Game Boy Advance games ported to the Wii U’s Virtual Console, and Nintendo plans to take full advantage of the Wii U Controller’s screen.  It is currently the final game in the Metroid timeline, taking place after the events of Super Metroid and Metroid: Other M.

To celebrate the game’s upcoming rerelease, Nintendo has released an official trailer.  Check it out!

Metroid Fusion will be downloadable on April 3rd, 2014 on the Wii U eShop for a price of $7.99 US.

BioShock: Ultimate Rapture Edition Unboxing March 27, 2014

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In honor of the release of Burial at Sea Episode 2 yesterday, Maniac unboxes the BioShock: Ultimate Rapture Edition on the Xbox 360. It includes the first and second BioShock games, and all the downloadable content for both of them.

Let’s see if it is as good a value as it is advertised.

First GBA Virtual Console Titles Coming to Wii U April 3rd March 26, 2014

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Nintendo’s Virtual Console is one of the best features of their modern consoles and handheld gaming devices.  It gives today’s gamers the chance to play the nearly hundreds of amazing games that Nintendo released over the past twenty years for a reasonable price on modern systems.  When the Wii U’s Virtual Console was announced in North America, Nintendo promised that they would be able to bring over games from the original NES, Super Nintendo, and Game Boy Advance systems.  While the Wii U’s Virtual Console saw a pretty decent official launch last year with titles like Super Mario World and Excitebike, up to this point we have only seen games get released on Wii U from the NES or SNES, with no GBA titles getting a release up to this point.  The GBA has one hell of a great back catalog of exclusive titles including Pokémon Emerald, and Metroid: Zero Hour, and it has been a shame we have been waiting as long as we have for GBA games to get relereleased on the service.  That is about to end.

Nintendo announced today they will start to release games previously exclusive to the Game Boy Advance for sale on the Wii U Virtual Console starting April 3rd, 2014.  Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga and Metroid Fusion will be the first two GBA games released through the service.

Each GBA game will cost $7.99 US, the same price a Super Nintendo game costs on the Wii U VC.

All God of War: Ascension Multiplayer DLC Free Until April 1st March 26, 2014

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In honor of the first anniversary of the release of God of War: Ascension on the Playstation 3, Sony Santa Monica has announced that all multiplayer downloadable content items for the game will be free to download until April 1st.  That includes all special armor, tattoos, and weapons that you can customize your multiplayer champion with.  The only thing that hasn’t been made free are the Double XP bonuses, but they are at a reduced price right now, and if you choose to download the complete multiplayer DLC pack (which is also free with the promotion), you should get a limited time Double XP voucher along with it.

Finally, Sony Santa Monica is giving away an exclusive item to anyone who participates in this forum post.  Anyone who enters an answer will get e-mailed a download code for two exclusive items, the Marked One Tattoo, and Studio Cape, which will never be available to purchase or download again after this promotion concludes.  So click the link and post your answer!

The cool thing about God of War: Ascension’s downloadable content is that there’s really nothing extra to download.  Once you purchase or redeem downloadable content for the game, it is automatically tied to your Playstation Network account, and will become unlocked in your game without the need to download anything extra to your Playstation 3 Hard Drive.

God of War: Ascension is out now exclusively to the Playstation 3.

Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars Demo Released March 25, 2014

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I’m afraid that I haven’t been following the release of Conception: II Children of the Seven Stars too closely as of recent, but I do know that it is under development by Atlus Games, the same developers responsible for the Shin Megami Tensai series and Catherine.  Today, Atlus has released the game’s official demo on the Playstation Store and Nintendo eShop for free download.

Give it a look!  Atlus promises that your demo progress will carry over to the full version of the game, and the demo will offer bonus content for the full version of the game.

Take a look at this official demo walkthrough!

Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars is coming April 15th, 2014 to the Playstation Vita and Nintendo 3DS.

Bioshock: Infinite Burial at Sea Episode 2 Launch Trailer March 25, 2014

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Today, Bioshock Infinte’s third and final DLC expansion has been released, and by now it should be available to download on all platforms, at least in North America.  It is Episode 2 of Burial at Sea, a single player expansion which will conclude the Burial at Sea story.  Take a look at the game’s launch trailer.

I don’t know if this helps anyone, but I noticed a small bug in my version of the game and was able to rectify it.  For some reason, the Xbox 360 version of the DLC was released in two parts, both of which you will need to download if you want to play the game.  If you happen to download the DLC through the Bioshock: Infinite Season Pass menu on the Xbox 360 version, for some reason the game did not detect the second half of the DLC was downloaded after I finished downloading it.  Because the game could not detect the second part was downloaded, this prevented me from playing the DLC.  However, after restarting the game, the game was able to successfully detect the content and I was able to play it.  Hopefully Irrational will fix this small issue in time.

Bioshock: Infinite is out now on the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.

Bioshock: Infinite Burial at Sea Episode 2 Release Details March 24, 2014

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Tomorrow, the second part of the episodic DLC single player expansion for Bioshock: Infinite, Burial at Sea Episode 2, will be released. Here are the full details on the final DLC episode for Bioshock: Infinite, courtesy of the Irrational Games Twitter Feed.

Xbox 360: 5AM EDT
PC: 1-3PM EDT
PSN NA: 3-7 PM EDT
PSN Europe/Asia: Wednesday

The DLC is expected to weigh in between 6 and 10GB, depending on your platform. PC users will have to download a small 12MB patch through Steam in order to play the DLC.

Burial at Sea Episode 2 is included with the Bioshock Infinite Season Pass.

The Sky: Art of Final Fantasy Review March 21, 2014

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When Princess Angel wasn’t looking, Maniac produced this review of The Sky: Art of Final Fantasy.  The three volume boxed set contains Yoshitaka Amano’s artwork from Final Fantasy I through Final Fantasy X, and it is heavily inspired by traditional Japanese artwork.  The book was originally published in a limited quantity, but the high demand for it made Dark Horse decide to rerelease it in the form of a three volume boxed set.

If you’re interested in viewing more video game art book reviews, check out Princess Angel’s reviews here.