We've been on the surface of Mass Effect's Mars, we've fought the ender dragons of Skyrim, but Minecraft's next Mash-Up Pack will take us to its biggest franchise yet. Minecraft: Halo Edition transforms the game into the popular FPS series, complete with needlers and energy swords. The pre-built world includes re-creations of classic multiplayer maps including Sandtrap, Valhalla and Blood Gulch. The pack comes with 40 new skins, including Master Chief, Cortana, Guilty Spark and much more. A new texture pack and 31 songs from the franchise are also included to truly sell the Halo vibe. The Halo Mash-Up Pack comes out tomorrow for $3.99. Check out the screenshots after the jump to see everything the pack has to offer.
Clementine has been through some tough times, but in the next episode of The Walking Dead she really will be In Harm's Way. Telltale has released the first screenshots from the new episode, showing the terrors Clem and her group will face after the brutal finale of Episode 2. The episode will feature characters from Season 1's 400 Days DLC, as well as more of Michael Madsen's villainous William Carver. Episode 3: In Harm's Way is coming soon, with the release date anticipated to be announced in the near future. Check out the screens after the jump.
Zen Studios has announced that more Star Wars Pinball tables will be coming to Pinball FX2. Heroes Within will contain for new tables, all focusing on our favorite heroes from the saga. First up we have the Han Solo table, where the action takes place on the Millennium Falcon. The titular smuggler and his buddy Chewbacca are heading to the Death Star, but not everything is going as planned.
R2-D2 and C-3PO get their own time to shine on the Droids table. They're on their way to deliver the Death Star plans, and it's up to you to guide them to safety. Episode IV: A New Hope gets its own table, focusing on the memorable moments from the first film leading up to the destruction of the Death Star. Masters of the Force is a table dedicated to the most powerful beings to wield lightsabers, both good and evil. Star Wars Pinball: Heroes Within will be available this spring. Check out the Han Solo trailer above, and screens from the tables after the jump.
Batman: Arkham Origins: Blackgate, the handheld companion game to Batman: Arkham Origins will soon make the jump to the Xbox 360. Subtitled Deluxe Edition, the new Metroid-esque, 2.5D brawler will retain the gameplay of it's less deluxe parent, but will improve on visuals and adds Dolby 5.1 surround sound. Console players can also unlock a Zero Year Batman suit by signing into (or registering for) their Warner Bros ID account. The Armature studio title feature motion comic-styled cutscenes and a fully voiced narrative. The game arrives April 1, 2014 and will retail for USD 19.99. No word yet on whether any cross-unlocks will occur between the original Origins and Blackgate. Hit the jump for a trailer, additional screenshots, and the press release.
Anyone who's played Skyrim probably remembers the Minecraft easter egg on top of the Throat of the World. Minecraft will soon be returning the favor, releasing a new Mash-Up Pack centered around Bethesda's fifth Elder Scrolls game. Considering both games feature mining, sword fighting, undead enemies, giant spiders, and (of course) dragons, this combination is a perfect match.
The pack includes a Skyrim-themed texture pack, a remodeled user interface, 40 character skins, and over 20 selections from the game's original soundtrack. Players will be able to explore the homeland of the Nords in a pre-built world containing recreations of Whiterun, Riverwood, and Bleak Falls Barrows. The pack currently doesn't have a release date, but will be priced at $3.99/£2.69/€3.79.
The highly-anticipated The Walking Dead Season 2 is coming soon, and the new teaser trailer gives us a glimpse of what it has in store. The protagonist of next season will be none other than Clementine, the little girl who accompanied Lee throughout Season 1. Now a bit older, she must fend for herself as she fights both the living and the dead for survival. Decision-based gameplay will make a return to test your morals in life or death situations. The Walking Dead Season 2 will consist of five episodes, with releases beginning later this year and going into 2014. You can check out some screenshots after the jump, if you think your heart can handle seeing Clementine in danger.
Hot off the heals of the Plastic Texture Pack, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition is already getting another new texture pack. The Natural Texture Pack substitutes the original, cartoony look of Minecraft with a more realistic look for the environment and animals. There's currently no release date or price, but if the previous texture pack is any indication we should expect a $1/£0.65/€0.95 price tag. Several screenshots have surfaced showing off the new textures. Check them out after the jump.
Compulsion Games has announced its puzzle-based platformer, Contrast, will finally see the light of day on November 15, priced on Xbox Live Arcade at $15. The game places you in the role of Dawn, the imaginary friend of a troubled little girl, Didi, who relies on the playable character as a coping mechanism to process an unknown trauma. As Dawn you'll accompany Didi, slipping in and out of shadow form to platform along two-dimensional shadows cast by the 3D environment.
We delved into Contrast at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo during our preview with Compulsion Games Studio Head Guillaume Provost. The game is quite simply loaded with charm and a striking, film-noir aesthetic, but that story of a little girl who escapes into her imagination might be the biggest draw. “We try to explore something that’s a little bit more interesting than saving the world, or beating a big bad guy or getting revenge for something or other,” Provost said during our time with him. “It’s really the story of this little girl and what she wants out of her family.”
Our time with Contrast definitely left us wanting more. Be sure to keep this one on your radar for a busy November, and for more glimpses into the shadows enjoy the slideshow after the jump.