Namco-Bandai posts teaser site

Yes, yet another damn mystery teaser site, this time from Namco. It sports a big X and the line “The key to unraveling the adventure’s mystery is action and insight.” That’s all there is. Start speculating if you feel inclined to do so, I’ll just wait for an official announcement.

PSO2 goes free-to-play

Sega’s next big MMORPG and follow-up to the legendary Dreamcast title, Phantasy Star Online 2 will be free-to-play on both PC and PSVita. You’ll get the usual micro-transactions, so let’s hope they don’t overdo it. Along with the main game Sega will publish an app for iOS and Android which will take your character’s data and stick them in a simple game which is said to have social features. My bet is on one of those “herpaderp press button and wait lols” kind of games. With a free-to-play model in effect, chances for a US release of the game have increased quite a lot.

Epic Mickey 2 for 3DS will be a sequel to a classic

Phenomenal news for old-school gamers and Genesis fans: The 3DS version of Epic Mickey 2 will not be a port / stripped down version of its console counterparts, but rather a completely different game based on – wait for it – Castle of Illusion. Released back in 1990, it was actually the second Genesis game I’ve ever played and I’m stoked as hell to finally see another sequel (after Land of Illusion, World of Illusion and Legend of Illusion, which were all incredible games but didn’t have much to do with the Genesis original.) The game will be called Epic Mickey 2: Power of Illusion and is being developed by Dreamrift, the guys responsible for the awesome (but under-appreciated) Henry Hatsworth and the Puzzling Adventure.

Fez coming very soon

After being first announced back in 2007, indie game Fez is finally nearing its release. Developed by Polytron exclusively (for now) for XBLA, Fez is basically a colorful mix of Super Paper Mario, Crush and Echochrome with the gameplay relying heavily on shifts between 2D and 3D as well as Escher-like optical illusions. You can get your hands on it on April 13th for only 800 MSPoints.

Massive GTAV leaks hit the net

A friend of an ex-Rockstar employee (that got fired for general misconduct, by the way) has recently posted a crapton of info on the upcoming GTAV to get petty revenge on his former employer. Wow. Sounds like a real tough guy. Anyway, the list of info is so huge that I won’t try to cram it all in here but if you’re looking forward to Rockstar’s latest romp through San Andreas, I suggest you check out the full list of details here. There’s some cool stuff in there, especially regarding the multiplayer and the game world which is said to be 5 times larger than in GTAIV. Damn.

Sega posting huge losses

Bad news for Sega fans: Due to the “rapid change” in the video game industry, Sega Sammy is reportedly suffering losses of $86.4 million in 2012. This will force the company to undergo “structural reform” and “studio streamlining” which is fancy-talk for “downsizing people” and “cancelling games” respectively. They did assure fans that their strong IPs (Sonic the Hedgehog, Football Manager, Total War, Aliens…) are safe. I wish all the best to everyone getting laid off during this period.

8-Bit movie posters are sweet

8-Bit graphics make everything awesome and don’t you try to deny it. So how would you like some movie posters re-done in a minimalistic 8-bit sprite style? If your answer was along the lines of “Golly, I’d like that very much indeed, kind sir,” you might want to head on over here and check out the work of graphic designer Eric Palmer. His posters of movies such as Titanic and The Dark Knight are basically just sprite edits of Mega Man characters, but they’re still pretty cool.

Sonic 2 HD finally sees release, kinda

After what feels like an eternity and a half, fan-developed project Sonic 2 HD (which is an HD-remake of Sonic 2, if you couldn’t guess already) has finally seen some sort of release this week, even if it’s just an Alpha now. The project, which originated on Sonic Retro and has now spun off into something of its own features completely re-drawn graphics which, quite frankly, look amazing. If you’re curious, download the Alpha on the official site.  However, I do recommend you read this editorial too, which sheds some light on the project and how it’s not all that it’s cracked up to be. But criticism aside, the game itself is actually pretty nice.

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