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This Week in Gaming – Week Ending on 5.18.12

This Week in Gaming – Week Ending on 5.18.12
Must say this was an interesting week filled with demons, zombies, bullet time and then some. Chock full of links, videos and images of last week’s top stories from the week that was.

Monday – May 14th, 2012

Curious to check out the official Ghost Recon Alpha film?

The full film is now available for viewing online. I took the liberty of just embedding it here to save you the trouble.

Tuesday – May 15th, 2012

The Day of Error 37

Diablo III hits stores and millions of players were plagued with the notorious “Error 37” that prevented many from logging in the game. Apparently, Blizzard wasn’t aware of the massive strain that would have been placed on their servers. I know first hand that you can’t test for all scenerios but this is becoming all too common with releases nowadays. Read Blizzard’s full apology here…

Oh and Max Payne 3 was also released. In case you’re not into PC games, it’s probably worth checking out.

Closing Time – The final DLC for Final Fantasy XIII-2 has been announced

On Wednesday May 16th, 2012, the last DLC for Final Fantasy XIII-2 will be available and will include two new episodes entitled: Snow’s Story: Perpetual Battlefield and “Lightning’s Story: Requiem of the Goddess”. In a nut shell, “Snow’s Story” has Snow “engaged in battles at the Coliseum after being separated from [Serah].” Playing through this episode unlocks Snow as a party member. Similiarly, playing through “Lightning’s Story” also unlocks a Final Fantasy XIII-2 version of Lightning to add to your party. However, since this episode touches upon the main story line, basically the battle between Lightning and Caius, you’re highly encouraged to play the game prior to playing through “Lightning’s Story”. For more details, check out this link.

Chaos Shrine in THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY™:

Chaos Shrine is a game mode unlocked by gaining Rhythmia when clearing songs. In the Chaos Shrine, you can play mysterious music scores called Dark Notes, which are randomly generated combinations of field and battle songs. Players can share Dark Notes via the StreetPass feature or through Nintendo 3DS Local Play.

In the Chaos Shrine, players can unlock new characters, find rare items, and play new songs.

THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY™ is available for the Nintendo 3DS™ handheld system in North America, July 3, 2012.

Heroes of Ruin – Multiplayer Trailer

HEROES OF RUIN is an action/adventure which pushes social and online interaction to the forefront of play. Either alone or through four-player drop-in/drop-out multiplayer with voice chat, players can explore a dangerous world packed with fearsome creatures and routes that change every time you play. Heroes can trade rare and powerful items through an in-game shop which has an inventory updated through StreetPass. Connect the 3DS console online and fresh daily challenges allow you to earn rewards as you play.

Join the community online at www.HeroesOfRuin.com for more information.

Wednesday – May 16th, 2012

SQUARE ENIX ANNOUNCES MARK OF MASTERY EDITION
FOR KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance]

Kingdom Hearts fans rejoice! The collector’s edition box set is officially announced! This July 31st, 2012, fans will be able to get their hands on this limited edition marking the 10th anniversary of the franchaise.

Kingdom Hearts [Dream Drop Distance] Limited Edition Set

[Square Enix] today announced the Mark of Mastery Edition for the North American launch of KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance]. Scheduled for release on July 31 for the Nintendo 3DS™ system, the box set will be available for $54.99.

The series’ first collector’s edition for the North American market is housed in a KINGDOM HEARTS-branded magnetic box. It will include a copy of KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance], a branded clear hard case skin cover and 12 art cards. It also contains five augmented reality (AR) cards that allow players to unlock rare Dream Eaters such as Meowjesty, Frootz Cat and Kab Kannon, and a 360° viewing stand that allows players to take a closer look at their Dream Eaters from all angles. The Mark of Mastery Edition is an excellent opportunity for fans to commemorate the groundbreaking franchise’s 10th anniversary.

Halo 4 Multiplayer News

Details about Halo 4’s unique and revamped multiplayer were announced today. Feel free to check out Game Informer’s post here with all the details and below for all the screenshots.

Dungeon Defenders’ The Quest for the Lost Eternia Shards Part III: Aquanos, Available Now on XBLA and PSN

Dungeon Defenders is rated E 10+ by the ESRB and is available for download now on Xbox LIVE Arcade for 1,200 MSPoints and on Steam and PlayStation Network for $14.99. For more information on the game, visit www.dungeondefenders.com, like the game on Facebook http://facebook.com/dungeondefenders or follow the Trendy team @TrendyEnt.

Thursday – May 17th, 2012

Quantum Conundrum ‘Time’ trailer

Friday – May 18th, 2012

SIX EPIC TRACKS FROM HEAVY METAL PIONEERS IRON MAIDEN COME TO THE ROCK BAND MUSIC STORE!

Available on Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation®3 system (May 22nd, 2012):

  • Iron Maiden – “Phantom of the Opera”
  • Iron Maiden – “The Prisoner”
  • Iron Maiden – “The Flight of Icarus” X
  • Iron Maiden – “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” X
  • Iron Maiden – “Infinite Dreams” O
  • Iron Maiden – “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” O
  • (These tracks will be available in Europe on PlayStation®3 system May 23rd)

Tracks marked with “X” will offer Pro Guitar and Pro Bass expansions for $0.99 per song; tracks marked with “O” feature support for keyboards.

Price:

$9.99 (800 Microsoft Points™, 1000 Wii Points™) for the “Maiden Epics” pack

$1.99 USD (160 Microsoft Points™,200 Wii Points™) per song

$0.99 USD (80 Microsoft Points™,100 Wii Points™) per song for eligible Pro Guitar/Pro Bass upgrade

Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City is now available for Windows PC in North America and Europe.

I don’t know if anyone was looking forward to this but here you go: Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City is now available for the PC. The game features NVIDIA 3D Vision support and has all the same modes that can be found in the original console version.

Capcom will support the release of Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City with a DLC offering that expands gamers’ experience of the events unfolding in Raccoon City. Arriving shortly after launch will be a US Spec Ops Mission, available for consumers to download at no charge. Experience the horrors of Raccoon City through the eyes of the good guys as you are deployed to the city to obtain evidence of Umbrella’s involvement in the outbreak.

Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City for Windows PC is rated “M for Mature” by the ESRB and carries an MSRP of $49.99.

For more information on Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City, please visit: http://press.capcom.com and http://www.capcom-unity.com.