The studio behind the commercially and critically successful XCOM and Civilisation titles, Firaxis Games, has announced their next strategic foray; the freemium iOS strategy title Haunted Hollow.

As the moniker suggests, Haunted Hollow marks a significant thematic departure for the studio.  Gone are the po-faced issues of world domination and alien invasion, instead replaced by haunted houses, cartoony ghouls and ghosts and all manner of charming things that go bump in the night.

We’ve got all the details (and the screens) after the break!

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After being the subject of rumour late last year, news has reached our ears today that Capcom is now putting the finishing touches on getting Capcom Vs SNK2 released on the Playstation 3.

Regarding the release, Capcom USA boss Christian Svensson said “[The] current schedule for the release of the PS2 game is the end of April.  Mind you, if Sony chooses, that could move (it is later than I had originally anticipated).” Effectively meaning that while April is their targeted date, there is every chance it could slip.

The actual release itself however, won’t be a rebuilt version of the game with trophies and other nicities as Street Fighter III: Third Strike was before it, but will instead be a part of the PS2 Classics catalogue, meaning that it’ll be the exact same game you used to play on your Playstation 2 way back in the day.

It might not be perfect, but its better than not having the game at all.

The game is due to release on PSN sometime next month.

Today developer Giant Sparrow, the people behind The Unfinished Swan announced a new game codenamed Edith Finch.

Other than the fact it’s not a sequel to Unfinished Swan there isn’t any other info. We’ll keep you posted when more is announced.

According to a Japanese report deciphered by gaming website Siliconera, Final Fantasy V will make its debut on iOS powered smartphones next week in Japan, with an Android version of the game following later in the year.

If previous Final Fantasy games have been any indication, I imagine we’ll see with a western release later in the summer.

Rather than a 3D re-imagining of the game from the ground up as evidenced by the Final Fantasy III & IV remakes, Final Fantasy V will instead retain the 2D perspective seen in the 1992 Super Nintendo/Famicom title and will naturally include higher-resolution visual assets than those seen in the over two decades old title.

Additionally, the game will also boast the now-expected touch screen controls and probably a premium price point too.

What do you reckon folks, are you up for a bit of Final Fantasy V on your smart device of choice?

Let us know in the comments!

The developers of perennial downloadable favourite Castle Crashers, The Benemoth, have today confirmed through their blog the release date and price of their next outing.

The co-operative and competitive multiplayer platform brawler, Battleblock Theatre, will make its debut on Xbox Live Arcade on April 3nd and will retail for $15/1,200 Microsoft Points.

Thusly, it looks like April just got a lot less shit and to celebrate that fact, the developer has released a new, deliciously irreverent trailer for you to engorge your retinas upon after the break.

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Supergiant Games, those effortlessly talented bods behind downloadable hit Bastion, have today unveiled their new title.

Its called Transistor and has a 2014 release date, but no platforms or publisher have yet been confirmed for it.  That said, an early build of the game has been confirmed to be playable at PAX East this week; so lucky attendees can get their hands on the game well in advance of its release sometime next year.

Adopting a similar isometric viewpoint to Bastion, Transistor has a much more bespoke sci-fi theme to it but still seemingly borrows retains a number of gameplay elements from its spiritual predecessor.  See what we mean by taking a look at the debut trailer after the cut.

Also, just listen to that soundtrack.  JUST LISTEN TO IT.

Yep, I’ll have me some of that thanks, Supergiant Games.

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Originally beginning as a 2ch rumour, the latest issue of Japanese magazine Jump has confirmed that not only does Final Fantasy X-2 HD exist, but that it will be included on the same disc of the PS3 version of Final Fantasy X HD.

Vita owners will have to purchase Final Fantasy X-2 HD separately.

The magazine also goes on to claim that the HD versions of both games will release this year.

Praise the sun!

After the break, we have a scan of the Jump magazine article in question; confirming the rumour.

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According to a listing on Amazon, it looks like the Wii U will be receiving a souped-up version of 2011′s cyberpunk action RPG Deus Ex: Human Revolution on May 7th.

Titled Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut, the Wii U version of the game looks to pack in the Missing Link DLC that was released alongside other additional content and use of the Gamepad as a “neural hub”.

The full product listing can be seen after the cut alongside the funky new boxart and disappointingly, this newest version of the game still has those risible boss encounters in it.  Opportunity = missed.

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Looks like PS Plus members are getting two freebies this week. Nice treat considering today is my motherflippin birthday! Boo yeah! Would’ve been happier with Disgaea, but maybe next week…

Anyways, freebies this week are The Cave on PS3 and Tekken 6 for PSP. The Cave is the newest game from Ron Gilbert and Double Fine Productions which sees seven adventures explore something. Might be a mine or a or a cavern or a grotto or something. Can’t remember. Tekken 6 for the PSP is the PSP version of Tekken 6. It’s also Vita compatible, so yay for that!

In addition to the freebies, there are a couple of discounts as well. Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken is 40% off on both PS3 and Vita, but sadly no cross buy. Grab the PS3 version for $7.19 and the Vita version for $5.99. There is also a Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational DLC pack on sale for $8.99 which includes three courses and three characters.

It’s Friday night (technically, I guess) and it’s time for another episode of The SML VaultCast! Yeah, it’s a few hours later than usual, but moving will do that to you… Anyways, good lord, I can’t even begin to describe this episode, but I guess I’ll have to do my best, right?

The SML VaultCast Episode 6: CRUNCH Time has as little structure as possible for one of our episodes, and I’ll even include our Episode Zero test run. Things start well intentioned with a focus on SimCity and Tomb Raider before devolving into crunchy snacks, bros before hos trophies, Wii U release talk, random news bits, and fleshlights.

Things sound insanely off topic, and they really do get there, but we had a blast doing this so hopefully you get a kick out of us getting as random as we could. Grab the mp3 HERE or hit the jump for the YouTube version!  Read More »