Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3

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Capcom Digital Collection release date announced

Capcom Digital Collection release date announced

Xbox 360 exclusive out in March.

Capcom Digital Collection launches in Europe on 30th March, Capcom has announced.

The Xbox 360 disc-based exclusive includes eight games previously available on Xbox Live.

The games included are: 1942: Joint Strike; Bionic Commando Rearmed; Final Fight Double Impact; Flock!; Rocketmen: Axis of Evil including Rocketmen: It Came From Uranus expansion; Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix; Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix; and Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3.

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Capcom Digital Collection an Xbox 360 exclusive

Capcom Digital Collection an Xbox 360 exclusive

1942! Bionic Commando! Final Fight! Street Fighter!

Capcom has announced Capcom Digital Collection, a collection of eight downloadable games bundled together in an Xbox 360 exclusive retail release for spring 2012.

The games included are: 1942: Joint Strike; Bionic Commando Rearmed 2; Final Fight Double Impact; Flock!; Rocketmen: Axis of Evil including Rocketmen: It Came From Uranus expansion; Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix; Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix; and Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3.

Each game includes all of the features, online functionality and Achievements from their download versions. Capcom is yet to announce how much it will cost.

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Commando 3 storms onto Euro PSN

But still no echochrome or Elefunk.

Commando 3 leads the PlayStation Store update this week, and is well worth looking into if you fancy a spot of co-operative top-down two-stick shooting.

Commando 3 on Euro PSN next week

The circle is complete.

Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 will be released on the European PSN store next Thursday, 3rd July, a Sony source has told Eurogamer.

Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3

Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3

Eats Green Berets for breakfast.

It's been almost twenty-five years since Commando hit the arcades, and yet the original title still holds some allure for gamers of a certain age. This is all the more impressive when you consider that there are few Capcom games that last so long without clocking up a stream of spin-offs. Taking over two decades to produce three games in a successful series is surprisingly out of character for the sequel-happy Japanese developer.

Good timing probably helped cement the series in our shared memory. The original Commando, released way back in 1985, may not have been officially based on the identically titled Schwarzenegger action "classic" which came out the same year, but Capcom was certainly happy to let arcade kids assume otherwise. The same is true for the second Rambo movie, also released in 1985, which made rescuing prisoners of war the heroic endeavour of choice. By accident, or more likely by design, Commando rode a zeitgeisty wave of post-Vietnam violence and military fetishism.

It was never the most innovative shooter of its stripe though, and was soon outclassed by the likes of Taito's Ikari Warriors. Much like Capcom's upcoming update of 1942, very little has changed here. Commando 3 has been tweaked to bring it in line with modern expectations, but the core components are immediately recognisable from the start of the first level, as you advance on fiendish enemies hiding behind sandbags. The "Wolf of the Battlefield" tagline is even a literal translation of the original Japanese title, Senjo no Okami.

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Frogger 2 coming to XBLA tomorrow

Joins Capcom shooter Commando 3.

Microsoft is preparing a double whammy for Xbox Live Arcade tomorrow, with the known-about Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 to be offered alongside bouncy sequel Frogger 2.

Capcom questions N+ dev's logic

Responds to XBLA outburst.

Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 director Adam Boyes thinks N+ developer Metanet was wrong to call the vast majority of games on XBLA rubbish.

Lack of SSFII beta for PS3 explained

Lack of SSFII beta for PS3 explained

Regional submissions not so Turbo.

Capcom has explained that it would be too costly and take too long to get a SSFII Turbo HD Remix beta running on PS3.

For now, only those of you with an Xbox 360 will be invited to participate after you buy Commando 3 from Live Arcade.

"We are resource constrained. This project already has gone over the original budget," explained Christian Svensson, Capcom business development boss, on the official forums.

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Capcom Gamers' Day Roundup

Street Fighter IV, Dark Void, Okami Wii and more.

It ended with a bang. At the first Capcom Gamers' Day to be held in Europe - our own fair capital of London, to be precise - it looked for ten excruciating seconds like the big reveal of an extremely lengthy press conference really was going to be the announcement of a PS3 version of Lost Planet. But we should have known better.

Commando 3 for PSN/XBLA

Capcom's co-op winter shooter.

Snuck in around the edges of Capcom's fancy Gamers Day in London this week was news of Commando 3 for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network.