Platinum Games' critically-acclaimed action game Bayonetta 2 will be released exclusively for the Wii U at Australian retailers this week.
The game is a sequel to 2010's Bayonetta, which was released for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and is included with Bayonetta 2. Like its predecessor, Bayonetta 2 follows the story of the titular Bayonetta in her fight against angels and demons.
The game is one of the few to have scored a perfect ten on GameSpot. Editor Mark Walton praised it for its "stunningly deep, yet accessible combat system" and "relentless, action-packed pacing" in our review. To see what everyone else is saying about it, check out our review roundup.
Fans of Sid Meier's Civilization series can look forward to this week's release of Civilization: Beyond Earth. As the name suggests, the turn-based strategy game sees players lead an expedition into space to colonize a new planet. Decisions made early in the game will have a large affect on subsequent gameplay.
Beyond Earth was announced six months ago during PAX East. The game marks the first time a Civilization game explores the future of the human race, as opposed to playing in the past. Beyond Earth's science-fiction setting will undoubtedly be familiar to fans of Firaxis' 1999 hit, Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri, as both share a similar, humans-on-an-alien-world premise.
For more details on games out at Australian retailers this week, check the list below.
October 21, 2014
Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved (Xbox One, Xbox 360)
October 23, 2014
Just Dance 2015 (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Wii, Wii U)
Shadow Warrior (PS4)
October 24, 2014
Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth (PC)
October 25, 2014
Bayonetta 2 (Wii U)
Disney Magical World (3DS)
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The Wii U version of Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty, the remake of Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee first released on PlayStation in 1997, is having some trouble, but it's not canceled.
Speaking on the Fragments of Silicon podcast, the series' creator Lorne Lanning said that publisher Oddworld Inhabitants is facing challenges, but is committed to bringing the game to new platforms, especially the Wii U.
"If you're going to make a game for the Wii U it better run on the 8 GB unit, otherwise it's not really a Wii U game. I'm desperate to get on Nintendo, I believe it will resonate with that audience."
The Wii U comes with either 8 or 32 GB of storage, and Lanning said that the limited space is posing a problem.
The Oddworld Inhabitants Twitter account later clarified the situation: "New 'n' Tasty is not cancelled on Wii U," it said. "We are currently having challenges with the platform that we are striving to overcome. Regarding Wii U, while supporting the 8GB model is a consideration, it is neither a deal-breaker nor the only challenge."
New 'n' Tasty is currently only available as a downloadable title on PlayStation 4, but PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita versions will follow with Cross-Buy support. PC and Xbox One versions are in the works as well.
GameSpot's review of New 'n' Tasty on PS4 gave the game an 8/10 for its gorgeous graphics and deep and engaging puzzle platforming.
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Last year, HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel aired a segment about the rising popularity of eSports, and debated whether or not games like League of Legends qualify as a real sport. The show and co-host Soledad O’Brien will revisit the subject in its next episode, with a segment about Robert Morris University in Chicago, where eSports has become the school's newest varsity sport and the first scholarship eSports team in the country.
The episode will debut on October 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.
Real Sports is returning to the subject of eSports just as the Samsung White team won a million dollars in the League of Legends 2014 World Championship. The event was held in the World Cup Stadium in Seoul, South Korea, which sold out its 40,000 seats, and was also broadcasted in select theaters around North America.
"I believe in my lifetime eSports will be part of the Olympic Games," CEO and Co-Founder of League of Legends developer Riot Games Brandon Beck said in a press conference at the event, though he clarified that this is his prediction, not a goal.
In September, ESPN's president John Skipper said games like League of Legends and Dota 2 aren't a sport, but ESPN 3, the cable television network's online branch, continues broadcasting eSports events, including this latest League of Legends World Championship.
Spec Ops: The Line developer Yager has released a video showing off Dreadnought, its new, free-to-play multiplayer game where each player controls a hulking capital spaceship.
In the video, Game Director Peter Holzapfel and Game Designer Eino Joas give us a play-by-play of a team deathmatch round. At first, we get to see them command a new ship called the Archon Dreadnought. They say it's one of the lighter Dreadnoughts in the game, meaning it's faster, but can't take too much damage. We later get to see them pilot the Technical Cruiser, which can repair allies, and the Thanatos, which is the heaviest Dreadnought in the game.
Overall, The game contains five classes, with multiple ships in every class, each with a fully customizable set of weapons and abilities. You'll be able to dedicate power to specific sub-systems, customize weapons, engines, armor, abilities, crew, and the ships’ aesthetics. The game will feature 5v5 multiplayer as well as a single player campaign.
Dreadnought is scheduled for release on PC in 2015. For more on the game, read our interview with Yager from E3 2014.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection developer 343 Industries has released a trailer for Remaking the Legend - Halo 2 Anniversary, a documentary about the game and 343's efforts to remake it.
The trailer description says the documentary will give viewers "unprecedented access to the development process as 343 and their team of partners from around the world bring Halo 2 to the Xbox One, while maintaining and honoring its fabled past."
Much like Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary is an updated version of the original Xbox game first released in 2004. The campaign will feature a Classic Mode to instantly switch between the remastered next-gen graphics and original game, updated sound effects, and completely new cut-scenes.
The Master Chief Collection includes remastered versions of Halo 1-4, as well as beta access to 2015's Halo 5: Guardians. It launches for Xbox One on November 11. The game is now available to pre-download, though you should be prepared to download a 20 GB day-one patch.