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Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Shenmue 3 Review Reviewed by Kyle Hilliard on PlayStation 4


Shenmue 3 Reviewed by Kyle Hilliard on PlayStation 4. Also available on PC.

The story of Shenmue began 20 years ago, and for its time the original game was an undeniable marvel in video game storytelling and world-building. You lived Ryo Hazuki's life, developing relationships and maintaining a day job in your Japanese hometown, all while trying to track down your father's murderer so you could extract vengeance.

Time has not been kind to that original game, nor its 2001 sequel, as video game stories and performance capture tech have improved drastically. In many ways, Shenmue 3 is a stark reminder of the leaps and bounds developers have made in the last 20 years. That's not to say there isn't a compelling experience here - it just feels out of time and doesn't reward the Shenmue faithful with meaningful revelations in the story.


Monday, 25 November 2019

Arizona Sunshine Launches December 5 On Oculus Quest


ROTTERDAM, NL – November 22, 2019: 
Vertigo Games and Jaywalkers Interactive are excited to reveal that Arizona Sunshine, one of virtual reality’s most played and award-winning titles, will make its way to new audiences on Oculus Quest on December 5, 2019, marking three years since its original launch in 2016. The VR shooter is now available for pre-order in the Oculus Store with a pre-order discount of 10% running up to December 2nd. Its DLC will arrive on Quest in the following months; a timeline and details will be announced shortly.


Over the weekend, Vertigo Games has reconfirmed that Arizona Sunshine on Oculus Quest does not support cross-platform multiplayer due to the nature of the game being rebuilt from the ground up for this completely new and different headset.


Arizona Sunshine was rebuilt in its entirety for Oculus Quest and puts up to four players in the midst of the VR zombie apocalypse that fans have come to love. Jump guns blazing into a southwestern America overrun by zombies anytime, anywhere in the unprecedented freedom offered by Oculus Quest and fight hordes of zombies coming at you from 360 degrees. Handle weapons with real-life movements, freely explore a post-apocalyptic world, and put your survival skills to the test in untethered VR - putting the undead back to rest is more thrilling than ever before.

Buy from https://www.oculus.com/experiences/quest/2190353671014400/

Saturday, 23 November 2019

Google Stadia Review


Stadia, Google's new streaming service is here and it works, but it still has a lot of missing features and a long road ahead of it.

The service is integrated with YouTube, and its "state share" feature allows viewers of a Stadia stream to launch a game on the service on the same save state as the streamer. This has been used as a selling point for the service. It is compatible with HID class USB controllers, though a proprietary controller manufactured by Google with a direct Wi-Fi link to data centers is available alongside the service. Stadia is not similar to Netflix, in that it requires users to purchase games to stream via Stadia rather than pay for access to a library of games. While the base service will be free, a Pro tier monthly subscription allows users to stream at higher rates for larger resolutions, and the offer to add free games to their library.

Known in development as Project Stream, the service was debuted through a closed beta running Assassin's Creed Odyssey in October 2018. Stadia was publicly released on November 19, 2019 in selected countries and received a mixed reception from reviewers. 

Friday, 22 November 2019

Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts takes aim: are you ready to take on the toughest Sniper challenge yet?


WARSAW, Poland (November 22, 2019) - CI Games is thrilled to announce the launch of the eagerly anticipated Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts, which promises to deliver in-depth play elevating the series to new heights.

Focusing on top new features – including an all-new Dynamic Reticle System which offers intense sniping experience, dramatic dismemberment mode and upgradeable AR mask – and pure sniper fun gameplay set in the unforgiving Siberian wilderness, the open sandbox game allows players to enjoy Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts on their terms, picking their own route and playing how they want to.


The game comprises 25 unique and challenging contracts across five considerably-sized maps; each one there to be explored extensively. Players are challenged to eliminate targets using new precision sniping mechanics, while choosing from an arsenal of new weapons and gadgets.

Gamers will need to carefully plan out and execute the perfect kill and exfiltration from a given encounter: no two missions are the same.

From its in-depth single-player campaign, to its return-to-form, intense mission-based contracts system, Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts seeks to perfect the feeling of staring down a scope and planning your approach. Get ready to tackle the Siberian wilderness and all the unique environmental obstacles it brings with it, because Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts is taking aim.

Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts is out now on PS4, Xbox One and PC. For more information about the Sniper Ghost Warrior series, head to SGWContracts.com

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Thursday, 21 November 2019

The First 22 Minutes of Shenmue 3


One of the most anticipated video games in history, from legendary game developer, Yu Suzuki.
Play as Ryo Hazuki, an 18-year-old Japanese martial artist hellbent on avenging his father’s death.

In this third installment of the epic Shenmue series, Ryo seeks to solve the mystery behind the Phoenix Mirror, an artifact sought after by his father’s killer. His journey takes him to an immersive representation of rural China, brimming with activity and surrounded by beautiful landscapes.

Ryo’s adventure leads him to towns and mountain villages where he can further his training, try his hand at gambling, play arcade games, and work part-time jobs while investigating those who know truth behind the Phoenix Mirror.

Ryo Hazuki's journey finally continues in Shenmue 3. Check out the first 22 minutes of the game where Ryo and Shenhua explore a town in search for info on Shenhua's father.


Borderlands 3 – Moxxi's Heist of the Handsome Jackpot Official Reveal Trailer | Xbox One


Ready for the biggest score of your loot-hunting career? Moxxi has just the job for you, sugar: a good old-fashioned heist. Join her crew of ragtag ""experts,"" battle your way through Hyperion security forces and crazed casino-goers, and claim The Handsome Jackpot's vault of loot for yourself.

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2 ARRIVING ON PC THIS DECEMBER


LONDON (18th November 2019) –   Square Enix Ltd., today announced that the critically acclaimed, block-building RPG DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS™ 2 will launch for PC via STEAM® on 10th December. The STEAM version will include all downloadable content (DLC) that were previously released with the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system version Season Pass, including new content, recipes, hairstyles, clothing and new areas to explore. This includes the Hotto Stuff Pack, Aquarium Pack and the Modernist Pack DLCs.

From today until 6th January 2020, budding builders that pre-purchase or purchase the game early on STEAM will receive bountiful in-game bonus content that will allow players to customise their DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2 experience including the following:

Ornamental Medicinal Herb Recipe
Dragon Quest Logo Recipe
Ornamental Chimaera Wing Recipe
Five Sigil Block Recipes for building decorative blocks with sun, stars, moon, water and soul motifs
Legendary Line Art Recipe
Lo-Res Luminary Recipes

To pre-purchase the game for PC, visit: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1072420/DRAGON_QUEST_BUILDERS_2/

DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2 is a completely standalone experience that provides the perfect entry point for PC gamers curious to learn more about the story-based building adventure. Players take on the role of a young apprentice builder who washes up on the Isle of Awakening alongside Malroth, a mysterious youth suffering from amnesia. Together, the two explore different islands while developing skills to become a “Master Builder” by helping townsfolk, crafting materials and fighting off enemies.



Monday, 18 November 2019

Street Fighter V: Champion Edition – Reveal Trailer | PS4


Rule the ring with Street Fighter V: Champion Edition, the most robust version of the acclaimed fighting game! This all-new knockout edition includes all content (excluding Fighting Chance costumes, brand collaboration costumes and Capcom Pro Tour DLC) from both Street Fighter V and Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition and adds each character, stage and costume that released after Arcade Edition and will release with Champion Edition.

In total: 40 characters, 34 stages and over 200 costumes! READY? FIGHT!

Full Version Coming February 14, 2020!

Friday, 15 November 2019

Planet Coaster arrives on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, Summer 2020



Cambridge, UK – 5 November 2019. Frontier Developments plc today revealed Planet Coaster, the ultimate coaster park simulation game will come to consoles in Summer 2020. Following great success on PC, Planet Coaster will join the Xbox One all-in-one games and entertainment system and PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system for fans and newcomers alike.

Planet Coaster: Console Edition brings all of the depth, strategy and customisation found in the beloved PC game, allowing new players the chance to dream big and build bigger on their journey to simulation stardom while benefiting from the ongoing development since its original launch.



The living, breathing world of Planet Coaster combines physics driven realism, piece by piece construction and advanced simulation to offer control over every aspect of a park. The challenging yet rewarding sim tasks players to be the boss as they create the park of their dreams, full of thrills, chills and spills.

Players can build jaw dropping, white knuckle rollercoasters that challenge the law of physics and stomachs alike, place an empire of food, gift and merchandise shops, add exhilarating rides and hire a crack team of theme park staff to help deliver the ultimate experience for visitors in this sophisticated management simulation.

Planet Coaster: Console Edition comes to the Xbox One all-in-one games and entertainment system and PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Summer 2020


Thursday, 14 November 2019

Shenmue III - The Story Goes On Launch Trailer | PS4


Play as Ryo Hazuki, an 18-year-old Japanese martial artist hellbent on avenging his father’s death.


In this third installment of the epic Shenmue series, Ryo seeks to solve the mystery behind the Phoenix Mirror, an artifact sought after by his father’s killer. His journey takes him to an immersive representation of rural China, brimming with activity and surrounded by beautiful landscapes.


Ryo’s adventure leads him to towns and mountain villages where he can further his training, try his hand at gambling, play arcade games, and work part-time jobs while investigating those who know truth behind the Phoenix Mirror.

Planet Zoo reviewed by T.J. Hafer on PC


Planet Zoo reviewed by T.J. Hafer on PC.

From Frontier Developments, the makers of Planet Coaster, comes a new kind of theme park sim.

Planet Zoo is a construction and management simulation video game developed and published by Frontier Developments for Microsoft Windows. The game is a spiritual successor to Zoo Tycoon, with gameplay similar to the studio's theme park variant, Planet Coaster. It was released on 5 November 2019.

Stormland - Oculus Rift - Review


Stormland reviewed by Gabriel Moss on Oculus Rift.

Stormland is a new VR exploration-shooter from Insomniac Games, developers of Marvel's Spider-Man and Edge of Nowhere.

Introducing the world of Stormland – an alien sky hosting lush exotic life and a scattered android civilization. Play single-player, or explore forgotten ruins with a friend in two-player co-op*. Take on an expansive world with complete freedom—bound up cliffs, glide across chasms, and fly through the slipstream with velocity. Detonate explosives, harness electricity, and wield high tech weapons to overcome a malevolent army of robotic invaders.

The Tempest shattered your android body. Journey through an ever-changing cloudscape to augment yourself and save your friends. Explore an expansive world with complete freedom – bound up cliffs, glide across chasms and fly through the slipstream with velocity. Detonate explosives, harness electricity and wield makeshift weapons to overcome titanium sentries and monolithic guardians. Play single-player or explore forgotten ruins together.

Sparklite - Launch Trailer | PS4


She was out cold when we first found her..." "She may fall...but she will get up and fight again!"

Start your adventure with Ada, our brave hero who has crash-landed on another world!

Sparklite is an action-adventure set in the whimsical and ever-changing land of Geodia. Battle foes in top-down action using an arsenal of gadgets, guns, and gear. Explore dangerous corners of the procedurally generated world, take down titans of the mining industry, and harness the power of Sparklite!

Key Features
•        Stunning visuals - Intricate pixel art aesthetic inspired by retro classics
•        Original soundtrack - GameCube inspired soundtrack by composer Dale North (Wizard of Legend)
•        Explore the world of Sparklite - Five beautiful, procedurally generated biomes
•        Invent your arsenal - Invent gadgets to solve puzzles and defeat enemies
•        Battle bosses - Take on the Baron Mining Corp and its formidable gremlin Titans
•        Meet the locals - Befriend the people of Geodia and help build The Refuge
•        Hunt collectibles - Discover collectibles scattered throughout the world
•        Buddy up! - Rescue Ada’s robotic sidekick to play local assistive co-op with a friend

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Fractured Minds, launches on multi-platforms to raise support for mental health awareness


Watford, England – November 14, 2019 – Fractured Minds, a first-person puzzle adventure game highlighting the impact of mental health issues, launched today digitally on PC, Nintendo™ Switch, the PlayStation®4 Entertainment System, and Xbox One. The immersive and emotionally-fueled project is published by Wired Productions and now available for £1.79 / €1.99 / $1.99, with 80% of the proceeds going to Ms. Mitchell and Safe In Our World, a new games industry charity dedicated to raising and supporting mental health awareness.

Fractured Minds comes from the imagination of 2017 BAFTA Young Games Designers award winner, Emily Mitchell, who at 17 years-old found solace through game development. Inspired by Emily’s personal journey through severe anxiety Fractured Minds seeks to create greater understanding and stand in solidarity with mental health sufferers around the world. Players will embark on a deeply personal and emotional journey through the human psyche. Exploring atmospheric and thought-provoking chapters, each symbolizing a different aspect or challenge associated with mental health — from isolation to anxiety, with everyday situations becoming distorted beyond recognition.

The game can be glimpsed in the new launch trailer unveiled today:


“I created Fractured Minds to help those who suffer from anxiety and other mental health issues feel they’re not alone,” said Emily Mitchell. “The effects of illness can be invisible from the outside, yet debilitating to those affected, so it’s important to continue raising awareness and offering support. I am grateful for the support I’ve received and want to help others however I can.”

Safe In Our World is a new mental health charity for the video games community with the goal of raising awareness of mental health issues among gamers and creators and affecting positive change within the industry. Supported by industry luminaries and ambassadors across the world, its mission is to create a digital destination where sufferers can seek help, gain access to resources and information, and discover stories from real people within and surrounding the games industry.

“Fractured Minds shows how great talent can develop incredible experiences that can change how we all feel and identify with mental health. It can create debate, empathy and allows us to walk in the shoes of others. Safe In Our World is honoured to be a beneficiary as we support Emily and her poignant project,” said Gina Jackson, Trustee for Safe In Our World. “We are passionate about shedding light and destigmatizing mental health conditions while helping the game playing and development community come together in support of one another.”

Game Details
BAFTA award-winning indie game exploring matters of mental health
Interactive environments to overcome though challenges and puzzles across 6 levels, each inspired by real-life obstacles
Explore the emotions surrounding emptiness, anxiety, depression and paranoia with hope
Enjoy a rich and immersive soundtrack including “Silence” provided kindly by Kai Engel
A thought-provoking experience about what it means to live with mental health
Giving back via 80% of proceeds split equally between Emily Mitchell and Safe In Our World

Developed by Emily Mitchell with global publishing by Wired Productions, Fractured Minds is available for £1.79 / €1.99 / $1.99 on PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4™, and Xbox One. The game is rated “E” for Everyone by the ESRB.



Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Yaga - Official Gameplay Trailer | PS4


Yaga is available now!

Smash, clobber and bash the murderous legends of Slavic mythology in this darkly funny action role-playing game that changes every time you play. Play as Ivan, a one-handed blacksmith with incredibly bad luck, who must take on the impossible tasks given to him by the tzar. All the while the mysterious witch, Baba Yaga, watches over Ivan’s fate.

The world of Yaga is a world steeped in Slavic folklore and ancient Pagan beliefs. Featuring a head-bobbing Romanian hip-hop soundtrack from Subcarpați and striking, hand-drawn 2D artwork. Yaga is an authentic love letter to childhood fables from Romanian indie developer, Breadcrumbs Interactive.

Features:
+ Bludgeon the ancient monsters of Slavic folklore using a vast arsenal of hammers and tools forged by Ivan’s own hands.
+ Your actions change Ivan’s story, his reputation, and the upgrades he can choose.
+ Experiment in the deep forging system to make weapons like teleporting lightning hammers and hookshot pitchforks.
+ Explore the combinations of talismans, magic items, blessings, perks, and curses to fundamentally change how Ivan plays.
+ Multiple endings, multiple mission outcomes, random maps, random encounters, and hidden secrets mean Yaga is meant to be played over and over again.
+ Ivan’s grandma just wants him to find a wife. Don’t disappoint her!

Monday, 11 November 2019

Airborne Ocean-World Fantasy Combat RPG, The Falconeer, soars its way to Xbox One and PC in 2020 from Wired Productions


Watford, UK– November 11, 2019 –– Award-winning publisher Wired Productions proudly announces it is bringing the ocean world action RPG The Falconeer to console gamers for the first time, on Xbox One. Created by independent developer Tomas Sala, The Falconeer combines classic aerial dogfighting mechanics and acrobatic twists and turns, with an awe-inspiring open environment and bestiary of fantastic enemies in land, sea, and air. The Falconeer will have its world debut at the upcoming X019 in London on November 14-16, 2019, and will land on Xbox One and PC in 2020.

Check out the mesmerising new trailer, created using in game footage:



Set above The Great Ursee, a mystical world drowning in the corruption of the swollen oceans, players will take their armed aerial mounts in third person to the skies as a “Falconeer,” an airborne and agile warrior equipped with devastating ranged weaponry. Your mission as a Falconeer will be what you make it – be it the noble cause or the life of a rogue - each player experience will be unique as they explore the bleak and hauntingly beautiful world, filled with wondrous locations and warmongering rival factions vying for the mysterious secrets hidden at the Ursee's unfathomable depths.

“We’re excited for fans to experience The Falconeer, a true gem that will set the bar for what indie developers can offer games,” said Leo Zullo. “From the beginning, we’ve been enamoured with this breath-taking aerial combat RPG, and are proud to be able to work collaboratively with Tomas, whose passion and talents can be seen in this beautiful and mesmerizing game.”

Fans of aerial combat will be treated to a fluid and eye-catching open world experience. Majestic mounts control fluidly and freely with graceful flight, just as their bird of prey counterparts, giving players a sense of freedom and awe whilst being truly immersed in the Ursee’s simultaneously epic and hypnotic soundscape.

The Falconeer will be taking centre stage at X019 with the world’s first playable demo of the unique arcade game. More news will be landing later next year as Wired Productions shares more through official announcements and community channels on the game.

For more information, visit http://www.thefalconeer.com

Saturday, 9 November 2019

The Stretchers – Launch Trailer – Nintendo Switch


The world has a bad case of the Dizzies, residents dizzied by Captain Brains, and only you can rescue them! Work with a friend in co-op or skillfully control two medics on your own to overcome the physics-based puzzles of each madcap mission. Either way, how you go about it is totally up to you, whether you work together to transport many Dizzies at once on a stretcher or work in parallel by splitting up dragging the Dizzies to the ambulance one by one. As you play and replay missions, you’ll complete bonus objectives and uncover hidden collectibles with hilarious results!

You’ll also unlock additional hats, costume colors, and furniture for your home base by exploring mission areas and the world map. When you receive a distress call, don’t be afraid to get curious and experiment. You never know what hilarity will ensue, whether it’s the laugh-out-loud writing or yet another unexpected slapstick situation. But don’t let the levity distract you from your ultimate mission: to stop the evil mastermind Captain Brains and the spread of his chaotic Dizzies!

Platform Nintendo Switch
Release Date Nov 08, 2019
No. of Players up to 2 players
File Size 1.9 GB

Surprise! The Stretchers is available NOW, exclusively on Nintendo Switch!

Friday, 8 November 2019

Jumanji: The Video Game - Launch Trailer | PS4


It's your turn… JUMANJI The Video Game is Out Today!

Play as movie heroes Dr. Bravestone, Ruby, Mouse, and Prof. Shelley in a hilarious new 3D action adventure. Buy now digitally and physically on PlayStation 4!

Unite in adventure and laughter in the action-packed game of Jumanji, as you try to survive the ultimate challenge for those seeking to leave their world behind.

Only you and three team mates can recover the 'Jewels' and save Jumanji. So get online, gather friends for split-screen play, or go alone with AI companions. There's an army of evil marauders to take on, deadly beasts and traps to dodge, and cool customisations to unlock. And with heroes Dr. Bravestone, Ruby, Mouse, and Prof. Oberon as your avatars, you know you've got the unique abilities - and hilarious failings - to save the day!

Online Multiplayer Coming Soon to PS4.

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Monday, 4 November 2019

Last Labyrinth - Official Trailer | PS VR


From a team of veterans involved in past classics (ICO, The Last Guardian, Shadow of the Colossus, Doko Demo Issyo) comes a new escape-the-room adventure game for the PlayStation®VR.

Featuring the voice of Stefanie Joosten (voice and model for Quiet in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain) and the music of Hiroki Kikuta (Seiken Densetsu 2 and 3, Sōkaigi)

Escape a merciless mansion alongside a girl words cannot reach, in a tale that can only be experienced in VR.

Sunday, 3 November 2019

Battlefield V – Year 2 Edition Trailer


The best way to join Battlefield™ V. Experience WW2 as you’ve never seen it before with a vast arsenal, including a catch-up of all weapons and vehicles delivered across year one of the Battlefield™ V Tides of War Chapters. Stand out on the battlefield with the most popular weapon and vehicle skins released during the year and customize your Company with two Epic soldier outfits.

Battlefield™ V Year 2 Edition includes the Battlefield™ V base game and 33 Chapter Reward items released in the game’s first year:

• 13 Primary Weapons
• 4 Vehicles
• 2 Epic Soldier Outfits
• 10 Weapon Skins
• 4 Vehicle Skins