99.9% of JSR soundtrack returns for HD outing
Sega have announced, via the humble art of the blog post, that “99.9%” of Jet Set Radio‘s original soundtracks will be brought back for the forthcoming HD re-release. Only two songs from across the Japanese, European and US soundtracks didn’t make it – Deavid Soul’s ‘Yappie Feet’ and ‘Many Styles’ by O.B. One.

The post refers to the list as the “worldwide soundtrack”, so I wonder if all three will be blended into one, or whether you’ll be able to select by region? Either way, this is great news considering what a huge part the music plays in the Jet Set experience. It’s even more pertinent when you think about what happened to the soundtrack for Crazy Taxi‘s HD appearance…

Ni No Kuni release date announced
Namco-Bandai has announced that Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch will launch in Europe on 25th January 2013.

The Level 5/Studio Ghibli-developed jRPG is currently being localised, with the dialogue being re-dubbed in English, and subtitles added for French, German, Spanish and Italian. However, the game will also include the original Japanese voicework, playable with English subtitles.

It’s been a long time coming, but, as I found out at last week’s MCM Expo, Ni No Kuni will be well worth the wait.

New Tomb Raider trailer gives away release date
Crystal Dynamics’ Tomb Raider reboot will be released on March 5 2013, a new trailer has revealed.

The brutal trailer, which you can see below, shows a young Lara Croft struggling to stay alive, fending off attacks by humans and animals alike, as well as using a bow and arrow to hunt a deer for it’s meat. The trailer is interspersed with footage of plenty of massive set-pieces, and, dare I say it, seems a little reminiscent of Uncharted in places (ironic, no?). With that said, it also looks far darker than any of Drake’s (or indeed Lara’s) adventures to date.

Doom 3 BFG edition announced
A remastered and expanded version of Doom 3, dubbed the BFG Edition, has been announced for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 by iD Software.

This new version features remastered graphics, 5.1 surround sound, and support for 3D and head mounted displays. Also included are the original Doom, Doom 2, the Resurrection of Evil expansion pack and the never-before-seen Lost Mission, a separate story set across seven new levels.

Best of all? The game now features an armour-mounted flashlight so you can finally see and shoot at the same time!