Level Up! Dragon Age III Announced (Mania.com)

By:Tim Janson
Date: Thursday, September 20, 2012
Source: Mania.com

Back again this week with another Level Up!  Borderlands 2 arrived just a bit too late for inclusion but I should have that review ro you next week.  Down below in our news section we’ve got announcements about Dragon Age III, and the latest news on Activisions 007 Legends game. 
  
Dragon Age III Announced! 
  
BioWare has announced Dragon Age 3: Inquisition to be released in late 2013. Dragon Age 3 will utilize DICE's Frostbite 2 technology as its gameplay engine. Not many other details at this time other than the development team contains many of the same people that have been working on the franchise since Dragon Age: Origins. 
  
Darksiders II Argul’s Tomb DLC Pack Available September 25 
  
Prolong your time with Death starting next week with the first downloadable content pack for THQ’s action adventure title Darksiders II. The Argul’s Tomb DLC pack launches on Tuesday, Sept. 25 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. Argul’s Tomb features: 
·        Two icy new dungeons 
·        New legendary loot 
·        Challenging new boss battles 
  
Any new purchaser of the Limited Edition version of Darksiders II will find a unique code in their game box entitling them to download this first content pack for free. Users should follow the instructions on the card to redeem their content. For all other customers Argul’s Tomb is available to download for 560 MS Points / $6.99 
  
New Footage from Need for Speed Most Wanted 
  
Here’s a peek at some new footage from Need for Speed Most Wanted. Get an exclusive inside line on the features of the Most Wanted Single Player campaign and see Fairhaven City, the game’s connected open world setting, like never before. See the new footage from Fairhaven City, home to the 10 Most Wanted drivers, who stand in your way of becoming the Most Wanted. With all cars being available at the start, if you can find it, you can drive it. 
  
Examine firsthand how the Easy Drive system allows for truly seamless driving experience with no pausing necessary. Drive or go directly to a race’s starting line, and swap cars and performance mods to suit any condition or driving style, all without ever having to leave gameplay or leaving the open-world behind. Beat the competition using all new features of Autolog 2, pull off monstrous drifts to earn Speed Points which contribute to unlocking performance modifications and secure your rank on The Most Wanted List amongst your friends and rivals. 

 
Dead Island Riptide CGI trailer 
  
Deep Silver this week released a trailer inspired by the next installment in the Dead Island franchise which will be released in 2013. 
  
Furious monsoon rainstorms have laid waste to the island of Palanai in the Banoi archipelago, waters have risen and caused a flood disaster – because of this and the raging zombie invasion, a rescue mission for the survivors seems to be without prospect of success. All hope seems to have been lost for the surviving humans… 
  
With invigorating new elements infused into a proven mix, Dead Island Riptide will reanimate the zombie terror in the original game. A monsoon has hit the once beautiful archipelago and heavy rainstorms have laid waste to large areas of the islands. The city of Henderson and jungle areas on the island of Palanai were flooded leaving boats as the only remaining way of transportation. Dynamic weather conditions will force the team members to adapt to changing visibility conditions.
 

 
Activision reveals Goldfinger as fifth film in 007 Legends 
  
Activision revealed Goldfinger - one of the most iconic James Bond movies - as the fifth 007 movie-inspired mission that joins Die Another Day, Moonraker, Licence to Kill and On Her Majesty's Secret Service, in this year's upcoming 007 Legends video game. In 007 Legends, the Goldfinger mission finds the best undercover agent early in his career investigating Auric Goldfinger - a gold magnate thought to be behind a recent spike in gold prices - only to discover a larger plot to irradiate the entire Fort Knox gold reserve. 
  
In order to thwart the plot, Bond takes action to infiltrate Goldfinger's headquarters with help from a questionable acquaintance - Pussy Galore. Upon arrival at Fort Knox, 007 is tasked with defusing a nuclear bomb before it detonates, and the only thing standing between Bond and the bomb is Goldfinger's henchman - Oddjob - and his notoriously deadly hat. Will Bond be able to defeat Oddjob? Will Goldfinger's evil plans succeed? Check out 007 Legends this fall to experience some of the biggest moments in Bond history in this unique movie-inspired game. 
  
A first-of-its-kind Bond gaming experience, 007 Legends features an original, overarching storyline that explores the undercover operative's journey from a newly-minted secret agent to the most beloved, or hated, spy legend there ever was. By tying together five classic Bond movie-inspired missions, plus a sixth mission based on this year's highly-anticipated movie - SKYFALL - which will be available post launch as downloadable content, players will experience the conscience and gritty evolution of James Bond like never before! As the most diverse Bond video game yet, each of the 007 Legends movie-inspired missions include multiple levels based on a re-imaginings of some of the most popular Bond films, showcasing state-of-the-art spy gadgets, an arsenal of weapons and sleek vehicles, exotic locations, and intense situations that require Bond's quick wits to take down notorious villains and their brutal henchmen. 
  
Konami announces New Little King’s Story for PS Vita 
  
Konami has unveiled the launch date for New Little King's Story, available for download for the Playstation Vita system on October 2 in North and South America. Featuring a brand new storyline and online functionality, New Little King's Story offers players a royal role playing game with enhanced PlayStation Vita system graphics and features. 
  
New Little King's Story follows players as they assume the role of King Corobo, tasked with reclaiming his kingdom from the Devil King, "The Nightmare." Players will experience an incredible journey as they visit seven different kingdoms and battle against evil dark lords that have captured the royal princesses. As King, gamers will need to lead their Royal Guard in every grand battle, and plan attacks wisely as they grow their populations and broaden their territories. 
  
The action adventure title takes full advantage of the PlayStation Vita system, featuring upgraded 2D and 3D visuals, and utilizes intuitive touch controls, including the PlayStation Vita system rear touch pad. Players can also enjoy a myriad of newly added online features including downloadable content, item combining co-operative play, and online leaderboards. 
  
Activision Releases New Gameplay Trailer for 'Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2013 
  
Activision today launched a gameplay trailer for its upcoming title, Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013. Tread carefully as the game introduces a brand new Prowler AI system, making animals smarter and deadlier than ever before. These ferocious beasts can attack at any moment and will even work in groups to set up deadly ambushes. 
  
You’ll need to be prepared at all times as Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013 offers one of the most thrilling campaigns to date. This title goes far beyond any other hunting game as animals will coordinate attacks with other members of their pack, alter their strategy and utilize the surroundings to their fullest advantage. No two situations will be the same. Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013 will be available with the all-new Top Shot Fearmaster for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation3 on Oct. 23 for $79.99. The game will also be available with the new Top Shot peripheral, without heart rate sensors, for the Wii for $59.99. 
 

 

DUE OUT NEXT WEEK 
  
FIFA Soccer 13 (EA Sports) Rated E All Platforms 
 
FIFA 13 is the 2012 release in Electronic Arts' long-running professional soccer game franchise. Based on the current real-life players, teams and leagues associated with the FIFA organization (Federation International de Football), the game aims to present the most realistic international soccer experience available in a video game to-date. Features include, gameplay mechanics improvements on both offense and defense, an extensive roster of players, teams and leagues, multiplayer play options both locally and online, and social network functionality through the EA Sports Football Club.
 
FIFA 13 captures all the drama and unpredictability of real-world soccer, and is driven by five game-changing innovations which revolutionize artificial intelligence, dribbling, ball control and physical play. It is the largest and deepest feature set in the history of the franchise. These innovations create a true battle for possession across the entire pitch, deliver freedom and creativity in attack, and capture all the drama and unpredictability of the real-world game 
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria (Blizzard) Rated T, PC 
  
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria is the fourth expansion to the Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing game (MMORPG), World of Warcraft.* Set in Pandaria, an until now hidden corner of Azeroth, the expansion features an Asian inspired theme that includes: a new playable race the Pandaren, the new Monk class, and new instanced adventures. Additional features include: PC and Mac compatibility, a new level cap of 90, challenge modes, a vanity pet battle system, and talent calculator. 
  
Shrouded in fog since the world was sundered more than ten thousand years ago, the ancient realm of Pandaria has remained unspoiled by war. Its lush forests and cloud-ringed mountains are home to a complex ecosystem of indigenous races and exotic creatures. It is the homeland of the enigmatic Pandaren, a race that celebrates life to the fullest even while under siege by an ancient menace. The new continent reveals itself to a broken world just as the Alliance and Horde are spiraling ever closer to a war that will consume all of Azeroth. Will the mists of Pandaria part to reveal the world's salvation? Or will the battle to control this rich and breathtaking new land push the two mighty factions over the brink of war and into total annihilation? The answers await within Pandaria's mysterious shores. 
  
Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 (Konami) Rated E PS3, Xbox 360 
  
Kick off for thrilling soccer matches on the pitch with PES 2013: Pro Evolution Soccer. Experience the excitement and heart-racing action of the world's most popular sport on your PlayStation 3. Jump onto the pitch and compete against some of the top players in the sport thanks to the inclusion of the UEFA Champion's League and Copa Santander Libertadores. Vie for glory against many of soccer's prolific personalities with the lifelike player models that have been upgraded to feature movements to appear more like the real-life players. Dribble and pass with more freedom than ever, and go up against top goalkeepers that are more true-to-life than ever before with improved animations, logic and responses. Take advantage of precise offensive and defensive controls to fire electric shots, execute pinpoint passes or to sway the momentum with strategic defensive stops and turnovers. Connect to and interact with other players thanks to the enhanced MyPES platform that links all online and offline gamers. At kickoff, do you want to be standing on the sidelines, or dominating the pitch? 
  
Angry Birds Trilogy (Activision) Rated E, PS3, Xbox 360, 3DS 
Whether you're playing Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons or Angry Birds Rio, it won't take long for you to be hooked on the straightforward yet satisfying gameplay that defines this franchise. There are 19 episodes, each with an exclusive new level that will keep you interested and ready for more. New HD animated cut scenes will get you in the zone as you work your way towards earning new achievements and trophies. Become a bird slinger, banana fanatic or the Grinch and get lost in hours of hilarious fun that keeps you saying, "just one more board." 
  
Dead or Alive 5 (Tecmo Koei) Rated M, Xbox 360, PS3 
  
Dead or Alive 5 is the fifth entry in Team Ninja's iconic fighting series, and is designed to evolve the series beyond eye candy status and into the realm of a more broad-based fighting entertainment. Features include, dynamic interactive stages that challenge combatants, diverse gameplay options both online and in local play, realistic and warm graphics, stunning cutscenes, new special moves and a dream lineup of characters. 
  
DOA5 stages are more than spectacular visual backdrops, instead playing to a fighter's strengths. As a fight progresses, the backdrop will change and interact with players. Skilled fighters will be able to utilize these dynamic stages to pit their opponents against fresh obstacles to create a new fighting experience. This fusion of combat and dynamically changing backdrops is a formula for the evolution of fighting games as "Fighting Entertainment." 
  
With a sensual yet realistic style, Dead or Alive 5 characters are rendered in incredibly lifelike detail. From smooth, lithe muscles to emotive facial expressions, every character comes to life. Characters can even perspire as they fight, with realistic depiction of wet skin, damp hair, and moist, semi-translucent clothing as the match progresses. 
  
Along with a rich array of single player modes including story mode, DOA5 offers new online options with arcade-style matches, tournaments, and social features. Players can be paired into one-off matches or work their way up the leaderboards for the honor and prestige of competing with players from around the world for top spot on leaderboards. 
  
No longer content to be eye candy with a deadly kick, the female fighters of Dead or Alive 5 show a whole new level of character and style. The unique style of each fighter, both male and female, will be accentuated by their individual personalities as they battle with a new look and feel for an intense new generation of Dead or Alive combat. 
  
REVIEWS 
  
Edifier Sound to Go Plus Sound Bar 
  
You’ve heard of sound bars for your HD TV but now you can get a portable for your laptop, smartphone, tablet, or iPod.  This power in a small package is the perfect take along accessory when you want the world to hear what you are jamming to!  The Sound To Go Plus measure just over 10” long and about 3” tall but packs quite a wallop.  Sound To Go PLUS features a 2 channel stereo with 2 full range 1.25” drivers on each channel (magnetically shielded). It also features a built-in ‘Class D’ amplifier and a 3” x 1.25” oval passive radiator. 

 

The auxiliary input allows you to plug into any device that can handle standard headphones such as tablets, laptops, smartphones, or MP3 players.  The Sound To Go Plus unleashes surprisingly deep audio with strong bass and resonating tones throughout.  It’s the perfect choice for when you want quality sound but don’t need to blow the neighbors away.  The unit comes with a rechargeable Lithium battery that provides up to 10 hours of play on a single full charge.  A USB input allows you to plug it in to your laptop or any other USB compatible charging device. 
  
Best of all the Sound To Go Plus is perfect for taking along in the car, to the game, to the park, whatever.  A soft protective carrying pouch allows it to be easily transported in your backpack, laptop case, or book bag.  At around $50 the Sound To Go Plus is also highly affordable.  Grade A



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