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Alas, it’s that time of year again where every otherwise-rational gaming enthusiast turns into drooling manchildren, evacuating their trousers for games that will never live up to their expectations. It must be E3 season!

Due to… scheduling conflicts (yeah let’s go with that), 30lives won’t be able to actively cover E3 this year like we were able to last year. However, we promise that we’ll be sending out smarmy tweets and Facebook posts whenever appropos, so make sure to watch our social media pages for ’em. Predictions? We haven’t been paying much attention. Personally I’m pining for a Fallout 4 trailer (with gameplay this time) and for Nintendo to pull something cool out their behinds. Otherwise, it’s looking like a “safe,” sterile and uneventful E3 this year, as none of the expected announcements really excite me.

If you’re new to E3, you’ll soon figure out that the actual press conferences (i.e., where the actual hype/hilarity happens) actually take place a few days from the conference. That’s right, starting tomorrow, all bets are on as to which company’s PR/marketing department deserves to be fired. Microsoft will kick off the pressers at 9:30am (PST, which is… 12:30am Tuesday Philippine time), followed by EA, Ubisoft, and Sony. Nintendo won’t have a live press conference; instead they’ll be broadcasting a live Nintendo Direct to take the company’s yearly dump on their fans. I really liked this chart from NeoGAF, so I’ll be stealing it. For those that didn’t make it past grade school, the Perth/AWST schedule is what you’re supposed to be looking at.

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Twitch.tv will be the official streaming partner for this year’s E3, and will be broadcasting a smorgasbord of content throughout the next week. For your convenience, here’s what’s on their schedule; please note that all times specified are in Pacific Standard Time.

Monday 6/9 PT

  • 9:30am – Xbox E3 2014 Media Briefing
  • 11:00am – Xbox E3 2014 Media Briefing Post show
  • 11:30pm – Hotline Miami 2 (Dennaton Games/Devolver Digital)
  • 12:00pm – EA World Premiere: E3 2014 Preview
  • 1:00pm – Battlefield Hardline Live Stream
  • 2:00pm – EA World Premiere: E3 2014 Post show
  • 2:30pm – Battlecry (Bethesda)
  • 3:00pm – Ubisoft 2014 E3 Media Briefing
  • 4:00pm – Ubisoft 2014 E3 Media Briefing Post show
  • 4:30pm – Witcher 3 (CD Projekt RED)
  • 5:00pm – Dying Light (Techland)
  • 5:30pm – Final thoughts
  • 6:00pm – PlayStation E3 2014 Press Conference

Tuesday 6/10 PT

  • 9:00am – Nintendo Digital Event
  • 10:00am – Deep Silver (Unannounced title)
  • 10:15am – Deep Silver (Unannounced title)
  • 10:30am – Dragon Age: Inquisition (EA)
  • 11:00am – Ubisoft (Unannounced title)
  • 11:20am – The Division (Ubisoft)
  • 11:40am – Farcry 4 (Ubisoft)
  • 12:00pm – Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Activision)
  • 12:20pm – Microsoft Studios (Unannounced title)
  • 12:40pm – Microsoft Studios (Unannounced title)
  • 1:00pm – DRIVECLUB (SCEA)
  • 1:20pm – Evil Within (Bethesda)
  • 1:40pm – Lords of the Fallen (NAMCO)
  • 2:00pm – Destiny (Activision/BUNGIE)
  • 2:20pm – The Order: 1886 (SCEA)
  • 2:40pm – Nintendo Demo
  • 3:00pm – Evolve Special Tournament (2K)
  • 4:00pm – Super Smash Bros. Invitational (Nintendo)

Wednesday 6/11 PT

  • 10:00am – Alienware
  • 10:30am – Twitch Time
  • 11:00am – Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac Games/Microsoft Studios)
  • 11:20am – ID@Xbox (Unannounced title)
  • 11:40am – Killer Instinct: Season Two (Iron Galaxy/Microsoft Studios)
  • 12:00pm – Square Enix (Unannounced title)
  • 12:20pm – Square Enix (Unannounced title)
  • 12:40pm – H1Z1 (Sony Online Entertainment)
  • 1:00pm – EA (Unannounced title)
  • 1:20pm – Batman: Arkham Knight (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
  • 1:40pm – Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
  • 2:10pm – Nintendo Demo
  • 2:30pm – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (Unannounced title)
  • 2:50pm – Crytek (Unannounced title)
  • 3:00pm – SCEA (Unannounced title)
  • 3:15pm – SCEA (Unannounced title)
  • 3:30pm – Hohokum (Honeyslug, SCE Santa Monica Studio)
  • 3:45pm – Helldivers (Arrowhead Game Studios/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • 4:00pm – Alien Isolation (The Creative Assembly/SEGA)
  • 4:20pm – Civilization: Beyond Earth (2K)
  • 4:40pm – Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition on PS4 (Blizzard)
  • 5:00pm – Evolve Special Tournament (2K)

Thursday 6/12 PT

  • 10:00am – Tetris w/creator Alexey Pajitnov
  • 10:15am – Zombies Monsters Robots (Ying Pei Games)
  • 10:30am – Guinness World Records – certificate presentation
  • 11:00am – Fable Legends (LionHead/Microsoft Studios)
  • 11:20am – #IDARB (ID@Xbox)
  • 11:40am – Project Spark (Team Dakota/Microsoft Studios)
  • 12:00pm – Nintendo Demo
  • 12:20am – Square Enix (Unannounced title)
  • 12:40pm – PlanetSide 2 PS4 Edition (Sony Online Entertainment)
  • 1:00pm – 505 Games (TBD) 1:20pm – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (Unannounced title)
  • 1:40pm – Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (Gearbox/2K)
  • 2:00pm – Ubisoft (Unannounced title)
  • 2:20pm – The Crew (Ubisoft)
  • 2:40pm – Nintendo Demo
  • 3:00pm – Tecmo Koei (Unannounced title)
  • 3:20pm – Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes (Disney Interactive)
  • 3:40pm – SEGA Sonic BOOM! (SEGA)
  • 4:00pm – Evolve Special Tournament (2K)

Weakest release week ever! Boooo!

But I would suggest you get OlliOlli if nothing else (given you have a PS Vita).

 

NO NEW RELEASES

 

Lucifer Ring (PSone Import/PSN)

OlliOlli (PS Vita/PSN)

 

Dead Rising 3 – Operation Broken Eagle (DLC)

 

Insurgency (PC/Steam)

Kickbeat Steam Edition (PC/Steam)

l_51fb2358603e8Popular gaming peripherals company HORI revealed their latest gaming tie-up; the Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII controller. Sporting her default costume colors Red and White, this piece of waifu hardware costs 3,980 Yen and includes a special cleaning cloth (not pictured) and connects via a 3m long cable. It’ll be for sale on Nov. 21st, the same day Lightning Returns goes into retail.

It has an overall mass/weight of 160g and comes in dimensions of  155mm x 66mm x 105mm. Compare it to a PS3 DualShock 3 controller that weighs 190g with measurements of  160mm x 97mm x 55mm.

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Don’t forget to read up our previous Lightning Returns-related articles on other wallet-emaciating merchandise, including the Cloud Strife costume DLC, original soundtrack with costume DLCs, and the uber fangasmic ultimate box.

For my fellow Final Fantasy XIV ~A Realm Reborn~ players, Lightning ‘s showing up in the world of Eorzea and will hand out neat rewards. She’ll also receive a special Miq’ote costume in Lightning Returns as well.

 

Source: Famitsu

 

It’s the official release week for Dragon’s Crown (the image above is from the game’s fantastic unlockable gallery)! If you have a PS3 and/or PS Vita then this should be an instabuy for you or else we can’t be friends anymore. Meanwhile, Pikmin 3 arrives for the game-starved Wii U and Tales of Xillia finally sees the western light!

Here are this week’s vidyas:

Disney Planes (Wii/Wii U/DS/3DS Retail)

Pikmin 3 (Wii U Retail)

Cloudberry Kingdom (Wii U eShop)

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (3DS Retail)

SteamWorld Dig (3DS eShop)

Dragon’s Crown (PS3/PS Vita Retail/PSN)

Tales of Xillia (PS3 Retail)

Ibb and Obb (PS3 PSN)

The Red Star (PS2 Classics)

Superfrog HD (PS3/PS Vita PSN)

Little Acorns (PS Vita PSN)

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (XBLA)

Saints Row 4: Inauguration Station (Demo)

Divinity: Dragon Commander (PC) [Steam]

Guacamelee! (PC) [Steam]

Guncraft (PC) [Steam]

Papers, Please (PC/Mac) [Steam]

Saints Row 4: Inauguration Station (PC) [Steam]

The Sims 3: Dragon Valley (PC/Mac)

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In a recent Q&A session with the devs of the upcoming Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, main protagonist Lightning’s new character model was discussed. Our friends at Dualshockers posted a translation of the meaty (heh) part:

Q: Is it true you said you wanted Lightning-san’s size from a C cup to a D cup?

Nobuhiro Goto (Character Modeling Designer):  Toriyama-san said “I want it bigger” so…

Motomu Toriyama (Director): [What a] cop-out! (laughs)

Goto: Yes, it was enlarged.

Q: Was it a C cup until now? Does it even jiggle this time?

Goto: Yes!

Toriyama: It’s determined by clothing, like the so-called corrective underwear. (laughs)

Masaru Suzuki (Designer): There’s an unreleased costume that exposes the l’Cie scar on her chest. Please think [carefully], is there any other information that should be disclosed? (laughs)

Q: So there were costumes that were rejected?

Goto: I think there are a few designs that were rejected.

Suzuki: If reproducing the outfit proves to be difficult, then I’ll consult with the artwork designer as much as possible, but if the costume design slows down to a crawl, it gets scrapped.

Q: I heard that the chest Jiggles?

Goto: Yes, her chest jiggles. Since everyone can decide what costume she’ll wear, you can make sure it does (laughs). By the way, since Lightning swings her arm when you change her weapon in the menu screen, that’s a recommended action for sure-fire jiggling! To see it even better it could be useful to equip a small shield. Look forward to it!

There you have it! It’s a bit disgusting but I have to say the way they talk about it is hilarious. They even gave tips on how to best make and see her mammaries jiggle! Square-Enix should probably rename the game when it comes to the Philippines — “Lightning Returns: From a visit to Vicky Belo”.

Stay classy.

Source: Famitsu

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During PAX Australia BioWare producer Cameron Lee let out that saves from Dragon Age and Dragon Age 2 will be used in the third installment of the series, Dragon Age: Inquisition.

No specific details on how it will be used were povided, mentioning “past decisions will matter” and “it will absolutely come across. It’s safe to assume that decisions that you were a part of from the previous games will have a significant effect on DA:I‘s world.

Unlike its futuristic sister franchise Mass Effect, the Dragon Age series is centered on a different protagonist every game so it will be interesting how they will incorporate the Grey Warden and Hawke’s story into the third character’s world.

The game will release on both current gen and next-gen consoles but I don’t know if we will be able to import our saves between them (PS3 to PS4, Xbox360 to XboxOne), but I sure hope so!

Did you impregnate her? The third game needs to know!

Source: Gamespot

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According to Capcom product manager Matt Dahlgren in an interview with Siliconera at the SDCC, there will be no new Darksltalkers game for the forseeable future. The beloved fighting franchise will be on indefinite cryo suspension because of poor sales of the HD remake Darkstalkers Resurrection.

Darkstalkers Resurrection did not perform as well as we would have liked to perform,” Dahlgren said with an SMH. “There is nothing Darkstalkers on the immediate horizon for sure,” he followed.

Welp, back to your coffin, Dmitri. lol

Source: Siliconera

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We reported the announcement of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z (not to be confused with the Brad Pitt movie) a few weeks and now developer Studio ARTDINK dropped some screenshots of the multiplayer brawler based on Akira Toriyama’s insanely famous franchise.

The game is being demo’d at the San Diego Comic Con right now and it’s garnering very positive impressions, citing fluid movement and animation that is very faithful to the source material. It features 4 vs. 4 player competitive battles and 4 player co-op ala Monster Huntercomplete with huge enemies requiring combined effort to kill.

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z is coming ‘Holiday 2013’ for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and Xbox 360.

 

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lightning_cg_micotteSquare-Enix is sparing no time slacking off. They’re really pushing aggressively on marketing their newest flagship titles, namely Final Fantasy XIV ~A Realm Reborn~, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster and of course, their holiday season offering Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. As of today, they officially launched the “Final Fantasy Go There” Campaign, which is basically a cross-collaboration between these three Final Fantasy games.

They began by introducing Lightning to the world of Eorzea in FFXIV ~A Realm Reborn~. She will be appearing as a guest character in a series of side-quests (FATE Events, specifically) where you will gain rewards such as Lightning and Snow costumes as well as Final Fantasy XIII-themed weapons for your avatars. We already covered that in a past article, so you should be familiar with this by now.

micotte_lToday, the official site of Lightning Returns: FFXIII released details of their second “korabo” (collaboration – Japanese slang) with FFXIV. This time, the tables are turned as  Lightning will be getting a Miq’ote (or Mithra to you FFXI nuts) costume/wear. The Miq’ote outfit for Lightning will feature a sword, shield (though which ones are not specified yet), a special victory pose and of course, the FFXIV victory fanfare.

This will be Lightning’s second cross-over wear, since  her first one is with Cloud Strife where she gets his SOLDIER uniform as well as the Buster Sword and the FFVII victory fanfare.

There is also a planned cross-collaboration between Lightning Returns: FFXIII and Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, but details have yet to be revealed. Watch the SD-HD comparison video about the HD Remaster if you haven’t yet. It’s mind-blowing.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (PS3/Xbox 360) will be out Nov. 21st. Final Fantasy XIV ~A Realm Reborn~ (PC/PS3) will be launching August 27th with the PS4 version coming 2014, and Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (PS3/Xbox 360) is coming sometime 2013, exact date pending.

 

Credits go to my Irish Linkshell mate Alan/Siege for pointing the Miq’ote outfit out! I wouldn’t see this campaign otherwise!

Capcom just announced in the San Diego Comic Convention the return of their elite ninja agent Strider Hiryu in a brand new Strider game in development for Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PC, and next generation consoles Playstation 4 and Xbox One (still no love for the Wii U here I see) and is scheduled for release in 2014.

Like most modern-day renditions of classic games, Strider stays true to its roots and promises you the same old fast-paced and fluid action the original Strider games were known for before Strider Hiryu became a jobber in Capcom’s cross over fighting games. Check out the first trailer below:

 

Strider is being developed by Double Helix Games in conjunction with Capcom and is scheduled for digital release in early 2014.

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If you haven’t been reading our article about why Lightning will be making an appearance in Square-Enix’s Final Fantasy XIV ~A Realm Reborn~, you should be ashamed of yourself.

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Announced some time ago by FFXIV Producer Naoki Yoshida (Yoshi-P) in the Japan Expo in Paris, here are some (if not all) of the rewards you’ll be getting once you’re done with Lightning-related side-quests in the game. Lightning’s costume on a Lalafell is an acquired taste.

No official confirmation yet if male characters will also be given the chance to get Lightning’s costume. If it’s possible I’ll definitely get it, because I’m fabulous.

Or you can use common sense and assume that all guys will get Snow’s costume, and all girls will get Lightning’s.

Lightning-Returns-X-FFXIV-4Aside from the costumes, FFXIII-themed weapons will also be included in the mix, and those who played the game will recognize to whom these weapons originally belong to.

There is also no confirmation if these weapons will have any vital stats or if they’re just cosmetic or event-related with limited battle capabilities. Details will come later as they become available.

Don’t forget, Final Fantasy XIV ~A Realm Reborn~ will be officially out August 27th, but you’ll be given early access by pre-ordering the game now on Amazon or the Square-Enix Online Store.

 

Images courtesy of Dual Shockers.

 

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Lightning-Returns-X-FFXIV-2It’s not special that I’m a Legacy player of Final Fantasy XIV, though I didn’t get my Conjurer past the endgame because I seriously got pissed off at it and marched straight back to Vana’diel in Final Fantasy XI. Fast forward, years later I once again find myself, this time with the entire 30lives team in the Beta test on newly-resuscitated Final Fantasy XIV ~A Realm Reborn~

…which brings us to the topic at hand. Working with the worldwide community of almost a million, Naoki Yoshida (aka Yoshi-P) detonated a bomb that caused quite a stir online: Lightning, the pink-haired “female Cloud Strife” star of Final Fantasy XIII will be in the game in a series of special side-quests, and no it’s not a clone, not a Lightning wannabe in the world of Hydaelyn, but the actual Lightning herself.

Perusing through Japanese forums and comments on Niconico Douga, fans say harmless things like キモイ (Kimoi; Eww) to as far as 裏切りだ (Uragiri da; You Traitor). Funny, I don’t remember hearing people bitch about it when Cloud Strife appeared in Final Fantasy Tactics not once, but twice (if you consider Shishi Sensou; War of The Lions as a “different” game).

With fans demanding an explanation for this “abomination”, Yoshi-P wrote a letter exclaiming why he’s doing it and I quote ad verbatim:

The story that answers these questions is already being created and it will also be related to the Lightning saga. This is not just a Lightning clone showing up in Eorzea; it is the one and only Lightning. We are also creating a lot of character dialogue for Lightning as well as special cut scenes. We’ve established a proper story, and I hope you’re excited to see it.

Interestingly, he followed it up with :

  • We will never introduce characters that would destroy their meaning or story
  • We will not use characters that are already dead or whose role has ended in their title

Lightning-Returns-Final-Fantasy-XIII_015-670x377So he’s basically telling you that he’s putting in Lightning because he can and because he wants to, so shut up and just deal with it. I also can’t help but think this crossover is but a cross-promotion for the upcoming game Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. I personally don’t mind her, in fact I’m GLAD they decided to shoehorn her in, rather than Vanille, Hope, or worse… ugh Serah. That’s just my opinion though.

Either way, Final Fantasy XIV ~A Realm Reborn~ is gonna be officially out on August 27th, but pre-ordering the game now on Amazon or the Square-Enix Online Store will grant you early access. Take note that the physical Collector’s Edition of the PC version is exclusive to the Square-Enix Online Store.

 

Credits for the images in this article go to Dual Shockers.

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Capcom is at it again.

Super Street Fighter 4 added new characters to vanilla SF4, then SSF4: Arcade Edtion added some tweaks and a couple more characters, and now they announced a new update officially named Ultra Street Fighter 4.

Great (lol).

Anyways, this new update will add new stages and 5 new characters to the mix. The people from Metro City; Poison, Hugo, Elena, and Rolento will be joining the gang, freshly copy-pasted from the travesty that was Street Fighter X Tekken. The fifth character is still a secret though, and Capcom says it’s “a character who has not appeared on a Street Fighter game ever”. With the Final Fight theme of the new characters, I’m betting it’s Mayor Haggar.

USF4 will also include balancing changes stemmed from fan feedback. I suppose that’s a good thing, eh?

Ultra Street Fighter 4 will be available “Early 2014” for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It’s $15 to update to it if you already have SSF4, and $40 to get a standalone copy.

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Rockstar (we cool kids type it as R*) dropped the first official trailer of their much-awaited and much-delayed Grand Theft Auto V.

The almost 5-minute video is a showcase of features and mechanics of the game, narrated by a sexy female voice.

So watch and listen!

Grand Theft Auto V is coming September 17, 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and XBOX 360.

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Everyone’s pretty worked up with the Lightning Returns Cloud Strife Wear DLC announcement yesterday, and the resulting excitement is well precedented. Aside from plucking at the heartstrings of Final Fantasy VII players with a nostalgia nuke, the game is offering up even more Wears, called the Wafuu Kachuu Ishou Series (和風甲冑衣装), literally meaning “Japanese Style Armor Outfit Series”.

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These wears are Samurai-inspired (hence Wafuu), and can only be obtained as an in-game bonus code if you pre-purchase the game in different places online or around Japan. Let’s go over them, from left to right (refer to image above):

  • Fuushi Kaden (pink): buy the Original Soundtrack
  • Tenka Fubu (black-orange): buy the game from the Square-Enix e-Store
  • Kongou Bosatsu (pale yellow): buy the game from Lawson
  • Raii Shiseigai (golden yellow): buy the game from Amazon.co.jp
  • Oni Yasha (black): buy the game from Geo
  • Fuurin Kazan (red): buy the game from Game TSUTAYA
  • Utsusemi (purple): buy the game from WonderGOO, Teitsu, Best Denki, Yamada Denki and Shoushin Denki

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Although it’s bordering towards insanity to buy a copy of the game six times just to obtain all six outfits, the Fuushi Kaden outfit is the more practical bonus we could possibly acquire, considering it’s from the 4-CD soundtrack, which costs 3990 Yen. It will also be more readily available everywhere, starting Nov. 21st, the same date the game goes into retail.

A simple caveat: the game version will only be Japanese should you have money to burn ordering one (or all) of these. Then again it won’t stop fans from making outrageous purchases and I don’t judge them.

 

 

Featured/stock images provided by Famitsu and screencapped from the Official Site.

 

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IGN has reported that the much-awaited DLC for Telltale’s Game of the (last) Year will be releasing sooner than we’ve expected.

How soon? Well, if you have the game on the PlayStation 3 and have a US PSN account then you can download 400 Days tomorrow! Other platforms will get it shortly after. 400

How shortly after? Here:

  • Tuesday, July 2nd – PlayStation Network (North America)
  • Wednesday, July 3rd – PC/Mac (Steam, Telltale Games Store)
  • Friday, July 5th – Xbox Live (Worldwide)
  • Wednesday, July 10th – PlayStation Network (Europe)
  • Thursday, July 11th – iOS (Worldwide)

My predictions on the story? Clementine versus Ellie (The Last of Us) in a steel-cage match.

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No matter what you say, Final Fantasy XIII was awesome so I’m shunning all you non-believers. I am still pretty excited with Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII and what more with this bit of news from the US PlayStation Blog! Pre-ordering the game will net you a SOLDIER first class uniform (the one worn by Zack and Cloud in Final Fantasy VII), a Soldier band, as well as one of the most recognizable weapons in video game history, the Buster sword!

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Also included in the DLC is the Final Fantasy VII fanfare (victory music) and animation! Check out the video and weep if it takes you back.

Welp Square, you sure know how to tug at my heartstrings. Preordering nowwww… *throws $60 at the screen*

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My new favorite character after SiMo, the coffee-making sniper droid.

Last week marked the release of the first DLC for Sanctum 2, a hybrid FPSxTower Defense game by Coffee Stain Studio. This DLC introduces the ballista-touting-rogue-insurgent-shorty-of-a-rebel named Tsygan and controlling her is a blast!  Her main weapon (Ballista) can deal the most amount of damage among all weapons when fully charged or deal damage over time (DOT) with pulsing bolts which release shock waves damaging all creep around the target it impales. That ain’t even the kicker, the final round in Tsygan’s weapon deals MASSIVE amounts of damage. We’re looking at a hit modifier of at least 200%. I don’t have a definite number because I don’t really bother to do math while killing things. This last shot modifier apparently also affects the DOT of her Ballista’s secondary fire (DOT pulse bolts) and the SMG’s poison darts so Tsygan is pretty much THE badass DPS machine right now. Hitting weak spots takes some adjustment because the Ballista fires at an arc so you need to adjust your aim depending on the distance of the target to some extent; nothing a little muscle memory can’t solve. The new secondary weapon, Gatling Laser, is also pretty bad-ass. It has high rate-of-fire, long range, and even deals damage over time on everything it hits. The secondary fire (right mouse button) of the Gatling Laser charges up the weapon and deals are-of-effect (AOE) damage around your character. It can be used as crowd control or concentrated fire on a single target making it my new favorite secondary weapon as well, with the SMG in a close second.

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The the number of “+” signs? That’s the number of times mutators evolved the blasted creep.

The new creep introduced in this DLC can be a real pain, especially when you are trying to complete the five (5) feats of strength or when you neglect their presence in the battlefield. Mutators are the worst. They basically shoot gunk at other creep to increase their health and if left alone will eventually evolve normal creep to epic boss levels. Healers aren’t that bad because they expose themselves in the air unlike the mutators who stay in the rear which makes them difficult to kill but likewise can be a big threat if you don’t kill them off immediately.

The four (4) new maps bring all sorts of new challenges with its layout but mostly because of the Mutators and Healers thrown into the mix. They are also a massive pain when you attempt to finish them with the five (5) feats of strength (each feat basically makes the game harder). I haven’t gotten around finishing the feats of strength with the original content but I have made some attempts on finishing the new maps with the feats only to repeatedly fail so hard at them even with Tsygan’s bad-ass DPS abilities. 

Surprisingly, I haven’t unlocked any of the new perks but I was able to finish all four (4) new maps. It looks like I’ll have to start grinding or playing old maps with feats of strength on to take my level to 20 and beyond (I’m currently level 19) in order to try out the companion bot (pet). I also haven’t gotten around using the new towers namely the Range Spire (increase surrounding tower’s attack range) and Slow Field Dispenser (allows your character to take portable mines to slow down creep on the fly)I’m not really a fan of support towers since I just simply go all DPS with some Kairos (tower which slows creep) to create choke points. It seems like I’ll have to explore more tower placement tactics if I want to accomplish all maps with the feats of strength on though. However, if you just want to finish the game without challenging yourself too much, you need not bother with the new perks of towers.

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Good Points:

  • The new weapons bring in more fun factor with higher damage output.
  • Maps are still well designed and very challenging when attempting to finish with the five (5) feats of strength on.
  • The new creep bring in a new set of challenges.

Bad Points:

  • You can’t acquire all the new feats and towers without grinding which is rather pointless.

Things that can swing either way:

  • I suppose if you hate getting your ass kicked, you will not like Sanctum 2 or any of its DLC.

Sanctum 2 is available on Steam and Xbox 360 for $14.99 and the first DLC: Road to Elysion can be purchased for $3.99. You can also get a season pass for all four (4) planned DLC for $11.99.

Coffee Stain Studio’s tower defense FPS hybrid: Sanctum 2 just released its first expansion pack: Road to Elysion. This first of four planned DLC expansions introduces a new playable character who is deeply tied up with the game’s story line. If you haven’t read my review of the game, delving more into the story line probably means more comic panels. I’m still disappointed about that approach but hey, new playable character, new weapons, and new perks which include a pet robot? There are more reasons to be excited than disappointed with Road to Elysion. I’ll certainly give some impressions as soon as I’ve gone through the expansion.Santcum2RTE_TSYGAN01 Oh yeah, check out their promo video above too, it’s hilarious.

Road to Elysion Features:

• New Playable Character and Weapons – Tsygan, the “Rogue Insurgent”, who also introduces the Gatling Laser and handheld Ballista to the game.
Four New Maps – These maps will introduce new tactics to make things more refreshing for those who played the hell out of Sanctum 2 already.
• Two New Towers – The Range Spire dramatically increases the reach of nearby offensive towers and the Slow Field Dispenser dramatically hinders the speed of enemies to make choke points more effective.
Enchanced Enemies – New support monsters can heal or mutate attacking creep to give you all sorts of new problems and if that isn’t enough, you’ll have to deal with an aerial boss monster this time around.
• Additional Perks – Customize your character even more with six new perks, including one that gives you an in-game pet robot that will fight for you.

The Sanctum 2: Road to Elysion DLC is now available on Steam for $3.99 and on Xbox Live Marketplace for 1200 MS Points. You will need the full version of Sanctum 2 to play the DLC which goes for $14.99 on said platforms. But if you really like Sanctum 2 like me, you’re better off getting the season pass for all four (4) planned DLC at only $11.99.

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