What do you do when a notorious, intergalactic criminal is being transported along the edges of space? Ask Ratchet and Clank to come along for the ride! Experience the epilogue to the Future series with Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus, a new, story-driven adventure starring a classic gaming duo.
With Into the Nexus, the team at Insomniac Games has once again built a planet-jumping tale of adventure and daring. The story follows Ratchet and Clank as they work to stop the terrifyingly powerful Vendra Prog, whose intentions defy the very boundaries of the dimension. Into the Nexus features brand new weapons, new planets to explore, and — of course — the iconic humor that series fans will recognize right from the start. Into the Nexus will be available in stores and on PlayStation Store this coming Tuesday.
But Ratchet and Clank aren’t the only brave souls facing an alien threat this week. XCOM: Enemy Within is also launching for PS3 on the 12th. Fans of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, take note: Enemy Within is a huge, standalone expansion that incorporates everything from the first strategy experience, but with a staggering number of additions.
Enemy Within adds new maps, new missions, a new soldier class, new alien opponents, and even a new currency that can change the flow of battle. Just about everything from Enemy Unknown has been refined and expanded on. Anyone looking for a rich, rewarding strategy campaign should keep XCOM: Enemy Within on their radar.
This week also sees the arrival of three new Wonderbook experiences. For a complete list of the games coming this week, read on — and enjoy the Drop.
But wait! There’s a certain, special event happening this coming Friday, November 15th. You may have heard of it. The PS4 launch is here at last, and we’ll have more details on the full PS4 launch lineup of games on Friday.
New PlayStation Releases This Week
DuckTales: RemasteredPS3 — Retail (Already Available Digitally)
The classic, 8-bit adventure returns to the world of gaming with a plethora of refinements and upgrades. Hand-drawn sprites, authentic voice talent, and simple play for platformer fans.
Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate EditionPS3, PS Vita — Digital, Retail
The super-charged fighting game is back, and comes packing six new playable characters, 60 new missions, and more than 30 new skins. A surefire hit for any fan of the DC universe.
Ratchet & Clank: Into the NexusPS3 — Digital, Retail
Return to the Future with another space-faring adventure. Wield (crazy) new weapons and stop a devastating new villain. Comes with a digital version of Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty.
Velocity UltraPS3 — Digital (Already Available on PS Vita)
Sci-fi shoot ‘em up with a teleporting ship! Features an anime-influenced art style, fast-paced combat, and some pretty rockin’ music. Start hunting for a high score.
Wonderbook: Book of PotionsPS3 — Retail
Travel back to the world of Harry Potter with the second Wonderbook title set in J.K. Rowling’s renowned fantasy. Brew potions, compete for the Golden Cauldron, and meet a brand new character created by Rowling herself.
Wonderbook: Diggs NightcrawlerPS3 — Digital
Restore order to the film noir world of Library City. Help the bookworm super sleuth stop crime, and find out who really bumped Humpty from his wall.
Wonderbook: Walking with DinosaursPS3 — Digital, Retail
Uncover prehistoric dinosaur fossils, then use Wonderbook to bring them to life. Walk among towering herbivores and deadly predators, and interact with them from the safety and comfort of your home. No time travel required.
XCOM: Enemy WithinPS3 — Digital, Retail
Revisit the immense challenge and deep combat of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, now with a tremendous array of additions. New maps, missions, weapons, and soldiers make this the definite version for PS3.
The information above is subject to change without notice.
DuckTales: Remastered is available on Xbox Live today, completing the platform circuit that already includes PSN, Steam and Wii U. The game is priced at 1200 Microso... sorry, sorry, still getting used to real money on Xbox Marketplace. It's $14.99.
For having to wait a little longer than other platforms, Xbox Live players can unlock DuckTales: Remastered avatar items for free. That seems antithetical to how Scrooge made his millions. Oh, you have to buy the game to access them? There it is.
Fans of physical stuff can walk into their local game store and pick up a PS3 copy of DuckTales Remastered today. You may want to act sooner rather than later, as Capcom-Unity says game disc quantities are "hyper-limited" - so maybe call first rather than just stopping by.
The boxed copy of DuckTales Remastered, priced at $20, includes a download voucher for the game (no disc!) on PS3, cover art sleeve and an exclusive collector's pin of protagonist Scrooge McDuck. DuckTales Remastered is currently available for download on PS3, Steam and Wii U; the Xbox 360 version arrives on September 11.
The following info comes from a Vooks interview with WayForward’s Austin Ivansmith and Capcom USA’s Rey Jimenez.
- WayForward ‘immediately jumped at the chance’ to the do the game
- Capcom says WayForward is ‘the best studio you could ever hope to do it’
- WayForward is a huge fan of the original cartoon and Disney's style
- easy has been changed to be slightly easier than the original
- hard is ‘pretty much identical’ to the original game
- 40% of each level is new stuff
- extreme difficulty is unlocked if you beat the game on hard
- WayForward says they 'would love to, working on this game is of the most exciting things I’ve ever done, I hope DuckTales sell really well. It will increase the chances we’ll be able to more’
DuckTales Remastered makes some minor missteps in the attempt to revive one of the greatest NES games of all time, but then again, the latter is a pretty tough act to follow. Mechanically, the game holds up great, and I had a smile on my face nearly the entire time. So long as you can overlook a few fundamental issues, old and new fans alike shouldn't miss re-experiencing this lovingly crafted classic.
Almost, nearly, but not quite a great update. While new looks, sounds and design tweaks give DuckTales Remastered modern appeal, spoon-feeding gameplay features and inane cutscenes peg back the enjoyment somewhat. It'll make you feel nostalgic and you'll have fun - but you'll also know that with just a little more attention to detail, it could have been truly great.
San Mateo, Calif. – August 13, 2013 — Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today confirmed that DuckTales: Remastered will release across North America and Europe as a digital download for PC, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Nintendo eShop on Wii U™ and the Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft® starting from today. DuckTales: Remastered is priced at $14.99 / €14.99 / 1200 Microsoft Points.
Originally released in 1989 on the Nintendo Entertainment System™, DuckTales was widely acknowledged as one of the generation’s seminal platform titles. DuckTales: Remastered once again follows the adventures of Scrooge McDuck and his nephews – Huey, Dewey and Louie, as they explore different themed worlds on their search for five legendary treasures.
DuckTales: Remastered has seen the development team at Way Forward take the levels and layout from the original release as a foundation before expanding upon them to significantly enhance the gameplay experience; but where this update truly impresses is its graphics and sound. All of the visuals from the 8-bit game have been beautifully re-created as hand-drawn and animated sprites, across a backdrop of luscious, re-envisioned level backgrounds. Furthermore, original Disney Character Voices talent, including some from the cartoon TV series, bring in-game characters to life with charm and wit, while the classic melodies of the original soundtrack are given a modern twist.
Further additions to the original include an all new tutorial level where players can get familiar with the iconic pogo jump and cane swing and Scrooge McDuck’s very own Money Bin stage where Scrooge can dive into his dimes collected from each level directly off the springboard.
DuckTales: Remastered will be available on these dates: PC – August 13 for North America and Europe; PlayStation®Network – August 13 for North America and August 14 for Europe; Nintendo eShop – August 13 for North America and August 15 for Europe; Xbox Live online entertainment network – September 11 for North America and Europe.
DuckTales: Remastered is a beautiful hand-crafted reimagining of one of the most cherished 8-bit titles of all time. Go back to one of the golden ages of gaming, now refined with a level of detail that will please the most hardened devoted Disney or retro Capcom fan alike. Featuring hand-drawn animated sprites, authentic Disney character voices talent and richly painted level backgrounds from the classic cartoon TV series, Scrooge McDuck and family come to life like never before.
The gameplay retains the authenticity of its 8-bit predecessor; simple and fun, with slight modifications to improve gameplay flow and design. Embark on an authentic DuckTales adventure, as Scrooge McDuck and his three nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie travel to exotic locations throughout the world in their quest to retrieve the five Legendary Treasures.
I’ve been working with the team at WayForward Technologies to bring you guys DuckTales: Remastered, launching today for PS3 as part of PlayStation Store PLAY. At the start of development, the main goal of the project revolved around updating the game while keeping the gameplay true to the original NES game. As the game progressed in development, we found that all of the new content really started to bring the original cartoon to life as well.
For those that may not know, the original DuckTales is firmly seated in the pantheon of the greatest NES games of all time. Widely praised for its tight controls, addicting platforming, and some of the best 8-bit music known to humanity, DuckTales stood apart as a fantastic licensed game. When creating DuckTales: Remastered, the very first step was to make sure the game felt right, meaning it played just like the NES version. To do this, early versions were tuned so that you could play the original NES version of the game and our new version at the same time with one controller. So for your pure platform gamers, you’re going to find that this game just feels right.
When you boot DuckTales: Remastered up, the first thing you’ll notice are the new visuals. All of the characters in the game are painstakingly animated in a traditional 2D method that would have been similar to what Disney used to do in their cartoons. Each frame is individually drawn in high resolution and digitally animated. The results of this technique are smooth, cartoon-like animations that are highly expressive.
The environments have gone through an equal amount of care. They were based on layouts by an artist that worked on the cartoon, then painted by an artist that worked at Disney TV for years. These high-resolution paintings were then scanned and used as the textures for the 3D models that make the levels.
The moment development felt like we were bringing the show to “life” was when the voice-overs started dropping in. Thanks to Disney, we were able to have every surviving cast member from the show reprise their role, as well as new actors to fill in the rest of the roles. Using the VO work to really flesh out the story and explain what’s going on, DuckTales really started to feel like watching episodes of the show.
The last piece of the “remastered” puzzle was to update the music. WayForward games are known for their fantastic music. The music in DuckTales: Remastered has the unique trait of being modern arrangements that have a classic 8-bit “sound” to them without actually being 8-bit music. When you hear the updated and new tracks in DuckTales, you’ll really hear the NES roots come through.
For the team, this project has really been — in the words of the project director — a love letter to our childhoods. Everyone involved has a soft spot for Scrooge and crew, and it’s been an honor to update a true classic to what we all feel is the total package. The gameplay stays true to the original, while the art, animation, voice-overs, and music not only bring the game to the present, but brings the cartoon to life in a way that wasn’t possible before. I hope you all enjoy playing the game as much as we loved working on it.
Exclusive to PS3 will be a boxed version available at retail stores that contains a voucher to download the game from PSN as well as a special collector’s pin. This pin is actually slightly different from the pins we gave away at E3 and SDCC. It’s a little bit thicker and of better quality and has the rubber Mickey Mouse backing that makes this an official Disney pin for all you collectors out there.
DuckTales: Remastered is available today for $9.99. Remember, you’ll get bonus PSN cash vouchers if buy multiple PlayStation Store PLAY games!