Level Up! We Got New Games (Mania.com)

By:Tim Janson
Date: Thursday, January 26, 2012


I can’t tell you how happy I am to bring you a Level Up where we actually have some anticipated new games to talk about.  Next week’s release slate features the first significant releases for 2012.  Next week we have Final Fantasy XIII-2, Soul Calibur V, and NeverDead all hitting store shelves and not a moment too soon.  I was beginning to have withdrawals from not having any new games to play.  Obviously Final Fantasy and Soul Calibur are absolutely huge.  These are long-popular franchises with a legion of fans.  NeverDead, however sounds like a lot of fun and I’ll definitely be looking forward to playing that one.
As a huge baseball fan I am anxiously awaiting this year’s releases of MLB 12: The Show and MLB 2K12.  We got a first look at the trailer for MLB 12: The Show down in the news section.  MLB 2K12 will feature my hometown hero Justin Verlander on the cover, 2011’s AL Cy Young and MVP award winner. 
Resident Evil 6 Confirmed for November
Capcom has issued a press release confirming that Resident Evil 6 will be released  November 20 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, with a PC version set to come at a later date.  Capcom has revealed that RE6 will star both Chris Redfield and Leon Kennedy. The two will have their own stories that overlap with one another.  A brief description note the following: "It has been ten years since the incident at Raccoon City and the President of the United States has decided to reveal the truth behind what took place. Raccoon City survivor and personal friend of the President, Leon S. Kennedy, arrives to find the President transformed beyond recognition by a bioterrorist attack. Leon is forced to make the hardest decision he has ever made. At the same, Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance Member, Chris Redfield arrives in China , itself under threat of a bioterrorist attack."   Check out the debut trailer below:

Konami announces release dates for Silent Hill games
Konami announced the definitive release dates for the three 2012 Silent Hill franchise titles: Silent Hill HD Collection, Silent Hill Downpour and Silent Hill Book of Memories. 
Silent Hill HD Collection: March 6.  Silent Hill HD Collection serves as a tribute to the core Silent Hill fans by taking the most famous games of the series, Silent Hill 2 & 3, and re-mastering them in high-definition graphics and adding new voiceovers.
Silent Hill Downpour: March 13.  Silent Hill Downpour follows the story of Murphy Pendleton, a convicted felon, who finds himself trapped in Silent Hill after his prison transport bus crashes. Silent Hill Downpour is the most expansive Silent Hill to date, as players can embark on side missions, explore the town and piece more of the mystery of Silent Hill together.
Silent Hill Book of Memories:  March 27. Available exclusively for the brand new PlayStation Vita handheld device, Book of Memories is an all-new game in the Silent Hill series, with a unique premise and storyline.  The story begins with a strange book that is received; inside that book is your entire life story and all of your memories.  You discover that by altering what's written you can actually change the past.  You can write your own ideal history.  And for the first time ever in a Silent Hill game, it will support multiplayer, so friends can share in the fright in a co-op mode.
Assassin's Creed Revelations Mediterranean Traveler Map Pack DLC Now Available
Ubisoft unveiled the Mediterranean Traveler Map Pack, all-new downloadable content for Assassin’s Creed Revelations for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC.
The Mediterranean Traveler Map Pack enriches the Assassin’s Creed Revelations multiplayer experience with features that include:
•    All-new multiplayer maps to maneuver through: Jerusalem , Constantinople and Dyers
•    Fan-favorite Italian Renaissance maps from Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood to revisit: Firenze ( Florence ), San Donato and Siena
•    All-new Trophies and Achievements to earn
The addition of six multiplayer maps introduces new gameplay opportunities through each map’s varied terrain, perches and hideouts. The new collection of Trophies and Achievements will allow players to try their hand at kills and escapes that are as impressive as they are effective.
The Mediterranean Traveler Map Pack is available for download at a price of 800 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE and $9.99 on PlayStation Network and Windows PC.
Quake Con dates announced
This year’s QuakeCon will take place August 2 – 5, 2012 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas , Texas .  QuakeCon offers nonstop fun and entertainment for those that don't bring their own computers. Bethesda Softworks will offer the first chance anywhere for gamers to get their hands on upcoming titles, and the world's leading technology companies will be on hand to demonstrate their latest hardware and software. Every day of QuakeCon is packed with contests, entertainment, announcements, panel discussions, and parties!
UFC Undisputed 3 Demo Out!
THQ and the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization today announced the UFC Undisputed  3 playable demo is now available for free download via Xbox LIVE Marketplace as well as PlayStation Network.  Consumers will explore a fantasy UFC matchup between current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.  In addition, they will relive a classic PRIDE  Mode rivalry between renowned UFC fighters and former champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Wanderlei Silva.  The playable demo will also offer mirror matches, enabling consumers to play against friends or opponent AI as the same fighter, in the ultimate test of skill.  UFC Undisputed 3 is currently scheduled for release on February 14, 2012 for Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 system.
Sony releases the first trailer for MLB 12: The Show
You know Spring cannot be far away if were talking baseball and to prove that, Sony has released the first look at MLB 12: The Show which highlights many of the game’s new features.  Check it out!

Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Square Enix)  Rated T PS3, Xbox 360
FINAL FANTASY XIII-2 is the follow-up to the 2010 hit title FINAL FANTASY XIII, and the latest installment in the world-renowned FINAL FANTASY series, which has shipped over 100 million units worldwide. The all-star production staff returns to create a true sequel that offers a more immersive experience than its predecessor, with extraordinary level design that encourages exploration, a more strategic paradigm-based Active Time Battle system, the ability to tame monsters and have them fight in your party, and a multi-path, player-driven experience that offers significant replay value.
Three years after Lightning and the others saved Cocoon, some survivors decided to start over by rebuilding on Gran Pulse. Lightning, however, is nowhere to be found and thought dead by many, but Serah believes otherwise. When her town is suddenly overrun by monsters, a mysterious man named Noel appears to save her. Together, the two set off on a journey that transcends time and space, hoping to find Lightning.

Soul Calibur V (Namco) Rated T  PS3, Xbox 360
Soulcalibur V is the latest entry in the premier weapons-based head-to-head fighting series. Soulcalibur V takes place 17 years after the events of Soulcalibur IV and continues the epic story of warriors in search of the legendary Soul Swords in 17th century Europe . The heroic battles transpire in a beautiful and fluid world with eye-popping graphics and visual appeal. Soulcalibur V tunes the battle, movement, and visual systems so players can pull off cool dynamic attacks with ease and battle with complete freedom.

NeverDead (Konami) Rated M PS3, Xbox 360
Over 500 years have passed since a mortal named Bryce Boltzmann endured a life-altering tragedy at the hands of Astaroth, the Demon King. His wife murdered, left defeated and rendered immortal, he now moves through life without aspirations other than where he will find his next drink. Lending a hand to the clandestine group, the National Anti-Demon Agency(NADA), he pursues redemption through the extermination of demonic forces within the modern day world along with his agency partner, Arcadia .
NeverDead is a third person action/shooter offering a radically new game experience within the genre based on decapitation and regeneration. Lose any limb and still have the ability to endure the fight as death has already passed you by...