Minecraft Is Finally Coming To Wii U Later This Month

It took them ages, but Nintendo has finally announced that Minecraft is coming to the Wii U later this month. The game, called Minecraft: Wii U Edition will launch on December 17th for $29.99.

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The game will have all of the standard features that fans have come to know and love, though the devs promise that Nintendo-specific content will be coming at a later date. Hopefully that means some Mario and Zelda skins at some point.

The following free and paid content packs will also be available to download when the game launches:

Free DLC:

  • Battle & Beasts Skin Pack
  • Battle & Beasts 2 Skin Pack
  • Natural Texture Pack
  • City Texture Pack
  • Fantasy Texture Pack
  • Festive Mash-up Pack

Paid DLC:

  • Festive Skin Pack
  • The Simpsons Skin Pack
  • Doctor Who Skins Volume 1
  • Doctor Who Skins Volume 2
  • Star Wars Classic Skin Pack
  • Star Wars Rebels Skin Pack
  • Star Wars Prequel Skin Pack
  • Mass Effect Mash-up Pack
  • Skyrim Mash-up Pack
  • Plastic Texture Pack
  • Candy Texture Pack
  • Cartoon Texture Pack
  • Steampunk Texture Pack
  • Pattern Texture Pack
  • Greek Mythology Mash-up Pack
  • Halloween 2015 Mash-up Pack

Final Fantasy VII Remake Releasing In An Episodic Format

The episodic format is something that gaming developers are embracing more and more these days, as it not only allows them to get games out earlier but also make more money. It looks like Square Enix could be looking to get in on that action with the release of the Final Fantasy VII Remake, as word from the PlayStation Experience reveals it will not release as a single game.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Episodic

Square Enix has gone on record saying that Final Fantasy VII Remake will release as a multi-part series, with each part being a unique experience. There was no other information beyond that that was revealed, but it’s pretty self-explanatory so I guess it really isn’t needed. I’m hoping it doesn’t mean that the game is essentially going to become Final Fantasy VII Remake: A Telltale Games Series, but who knows these days.

Final Fantasy VII Remake still has no release window, though Final Fantasy XV will be releasing sometime next year.

EA Admits Star Wars Battlefront Lacks Depth

For months leading up to the release of the Star Wars Battlefront there was plenty of controversy due to the lack of a dedicated single-player campaign. This being Stars Wars and also being part of a series where all previous games contained them, fans were obviously very upset that the developers were foregoing that part of the experience entirely to focus on multi-player. If the multi-player was packed with depth this would be forgivable, but the game launched in the typical shallow state that most of the games of that ilk do and fans were rightfully disappointed.

Now, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen has gone on record saying that the game lacks the depth that hardcore players wanted. He said the following at the Nasdaq Investor Conference in Europe:

Star Wars Battlefront is a first-person shooter, but it is [one of] the only teen-rated first-person shooters,” Jorgensen said. “We had designed it to be a much more accessible product to a wide age group.

“So, an 8-year-old could play with his father on the couch, as well as a teenager or 20-year-old could play the game and enjoy it. It is more accessible. And for the hardcore, it may not have the depth that they wanted in the game.”

I guess I can understand what they were going for, but it doesn’t excuse the game’s lack of content. Star Wars is a series that does not have a casual fanbase, but a ravenously hardcore one that obsess over the game’s far-reaching lore and universe. The fact that they basically took a great opportunity to release another great Star Wars game and instead rushed it to come out before the new movie did is a slap in the fact to fans, in my opinion.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Gameplay Debuts At PlayStation Experience

The biggest reveal that this year’s PlayStation Experience was gameplay for the highly-anticipated Final Fantasy VII Remake, where thousands of fans got to witness how the game plays for the very first time.

Square Enix has assured fans several times that this wasn’t going to be a straight remake, with many changes being made to the core experience to update for the modern age while also staying true to the game’s roots. The gameplay trailer has definitely exemplified that vision, as there are definitely some big changes on hand. We have altered character appearances, a different control scheme, a combat system that now looks similar to Final Fantasy XV… and Barret rocking shades.

Personally, I think it’s looking pretty solid so far, though obviously there are still a lot of questions to be answered. How much of the hardcore RPG mechanics will remain in the game and how much will be replaced by the more streamlined action RPGs that are more common today? I’m hoping that they can successfully blend the best of both worlds, as even though turn-based combat is old hat now there was still something really fun about it that I really miss.

There is still no release date for Final Fantasy VII Remake as Square Enix is still relatively early into the development of the game, but I wouldn’t expect it anytime before 2017. Remember, the long-awaited Final Fantasy XV is still on the horizon and we don’t even have an official release date for *that* yet.

Dark Souls III USA Release Date Revealed + Day One Edition & Collector’s Edition Details

Dark Souls III is coming out this April, but thanks to a new bit of info we now know exactly when in April. A new trailer released by Bandai Namco has revealed that the game will be launching on April 12th, 2016.

For those not aware, there is a distinct possibility that this could end up being the last game in the Souls series as the developer does not wish to milk the franchise to death. It’s honorable, but if it is the case I’m really gonna miss the series.

Details for both the Day One edition and Collector’s Edition of Dark Souls III were also released, so be sure to scroll down to check out the details for both of those.

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The Dark Souls III Day One Edition will cost $59.99

  • Dark Souls III software

  • Prima Starter Guide

  • Official Dark Souls III Soundtrack

  • Exclusive O-Sleeve packaging

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The Dark Souls III Collector’s Edition will cost $129.99

  • Dark Souls III software

  • Prima Starter Guide

  • Official Dark Souls III Soundtrack

  • Official art book

  • Cloth game map

  • 10” Red Knight Statue

  • Collector’s box

New Game From Stanley Parable Creator Out Today And It’s Free

The new studio formed by The Stanley Parable co-creator William Pugh, Crows Crows Crows, has released their first game on Steam and it is absolutely free. The game has the hilarious title of Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and the Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist, and apparently contains a lot of the meta-humor and mind-twisting just like the Stanley Parable.

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The game is coined as a heist game that consists of a car chase, a booby-trapped mansion, tigers and more… so it would seem. The things that are happening aren’t exactly 100% certain, which results in you your play-choices resulting in some wildly different scenarios. There is also apparently a big secret about the game that won’t be noticed right away, so I guess we’ll all just have to keep playing until it all makes sense… or makes less sense… I don’t even know anymore.

Konami Blocked Kojima From Attending The Game Awards

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain won some awards last night at The Game Awards 2015, but the game’s creator Hideo Kojima was nowhere to be found. However, Kojima had every intention of going to the ceremony, but he was blocked from going at the last minute by Konami.

Geoff Keighley made the announcement to let everyone know of the situation at the ceremony. Here’s what he said:

“As you noticed, Hideo Kojima is not here with us tonight and I wanted to tell you a little bit about that. Mr. Kojima had every intention of being with us tonight, but unfortunately he was informed by a lawyer representing Konami just recently that he would not be allowed to travel to tonight’s award ceremony to accept any awards.”

It’s absolutely ridiculous that somebody would do something like this, however, seeing as it is Konami I can’t say it’s the most surprising thing ever. The only thing this accomplishes is making people hate that company even more. #FucKonami