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Saturday, 27 June 2020

Urban Flow - Launch Trailer - Nintendo Switch


Urban Flow is a game about the subtle beauty of city streets filled with cars moving in perfect harmony. But such order does not happen all by itself - the city needs YOU to control the traffic lights and to make sure everything goes smoothly. That means no crashes, no jams. Everything will run perfectly - as long as you stay focused!

Immerse yourself in a beautiful, hand-crafted, low-poly world to discover the enormous satisfaction of watching the hundreds of tiny, colorful cars flowing through the streets – all while listening to the chill, urban music.

Over 100 levels, each with its own busy intersection. You have one job: operate the lights and keep it safe.

Party Game (even if you party all alone!)
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Play by yourself or with friends in scalable drop-in, drop-out local co-op mode for two, three, or four players!
You can help your friends or be a little rascal and spread the chaos!

Avoid accidents by paying close attention to special vehicles and to the other players. Special vehicles include the ambulance, which can’t wait for long, and the tank – which will plow through anything in its way.

Don’t want to play the campaign?
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Try the score-based Endless Mode or the Chill Mode - where you play for as long as you want, no rush and no score - only you and the music. Urban Flow is designed to be a great single player experience!

Discover various environments and weather conditions. Play with touch controls, Pro Controllers or Joy-Cons. Complete challenges and unlock rewards.

Become one with the flow. The Urban Flow!
Out now on Nintendo Switch

Thursday, 25 June 2020

Ninjala - Launch Trailer - Nintendo Switch


An online action battle game featuring ninja and gum! Assume the role of a modern-day ninja and take part in the Ninjala tournament!

Ninja-Gum
Use Ninja-Gum to blow bubbles that can be tossed at your foes, craft all sorts of weapons, and dash across stages.

The appearance and variety of your weapon will vary depending on the type of Ninja-Gum you use.

Competitive Player
Take part in Battle Royale-style matches of up to 8 players and vie for supremacy with ninja around the world. The player who earns the most points over the course of the match will be declared the winner. Score points by defeating your opponents, obtaining items, destroying drones positioned across the stage, and more. Earn extra points by taking down your opponents with an IPPON—impressive finishing techniques.

Cooperative Play
Join up with friends and take part in a 4-on-4 team battle. Cooperate with your teammates and earn more points than the opposing team to be declared the winner.

Avatar
A colorful variety of costumes and accessories from an array of unique fashion brands are available. Choose from a wide variety of avatar items which can be combined as you see fit. You can stick to one brand for a consistent look, or mix and match to create a style all your own!

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Fallen Legion Revenants - Announcement Trailer - Nintendo Switch


Seek vengeance through steel and secrecy in Fallen Legion Revenants! The world is covered in miasma, and the remnants of mankind have taken refuge in a floating castle ruled by a madman. Swap between manipulating events within Welkin Castle as the cunning Lucien and fighting off monsters in the wasteland below as the vengeful Rowena in this real-time action RPG. Your choices will decide the fates of many!

Coming to Nintendo Switch in 2021.

Coming to PS4 in 2021.
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Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Hardspace: Shipbreaker - Tips and Tricks Trailer | PS4


Hardspace: Shipbreaker offers tips to future spaceship cutters in new Tips and Tricks Trailer

Blackbird Interactive and Focus Home Interactive’s space sandbox salvaging game Hardspace: Shipbreaker will be released on PlayStation 4. Equipped with cutting-edge salvaging tech, carve and slice spaceships to recover valuable materials. Upgrade your gear to take on more lucrative contracts and pay your billion credits debt to LYNX Corp. For those looking for pointers on how to make their fortunes in zero-G, take a look at today’s Tips and Tricks Trailer.

Learn to navigate the deadly world of spaceship salvaging

Today’s Tips and Tricks Trailer is a great first step towards entering the dangerous life of a Cutter. Hardspace: Shipbreaker’s creative director, Trey Smith, takes you through the tools, tricks and techniques essential to the job. Pay close attention, and your billions in debt will be paid off in no time!

Thursday, 18 June 2020

Volta-X - Reveal Trailer - Nintendo Switch


Coming from GungHo Online Entertainment, Volta-X is an upcoming strategy RPG for the Nintendo Switch that pits giant robots against massive monsters in epic battles across the globe. Taking cues from other tactical strategy games like XCOM and FTL: Faster Than Light, Volta-X puts you in command of a heroic squad of pilots and engineers who embark on different missions in their massive, highly-customizable mechs.

In comparison to the high-stakes and steep losses of XCOM, Volta-X is much lighter in tone, focusing more on the excitement of commanding a squad of dynamic characters that feels inspired by Power Rangers and classic mecha anime shows.

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Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Desperados III - Launch Trailer | PS4


Desperados III is out now for PS4. - https://amzn.to/3e8ic5w

Desperados III is a story driven hardcore tactical stealth game set in a ruthless Wild West scenario. In this long awaited prequel to the beloved classic Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive, you experience the origin story of the infamous John Cooper and his gang. Combine your specialists to overcome tough challenges in many different ways. Plan your moves wisely and execute them perfectly in real time to sneak past your enemies while remaining undetected.

Monday, 15 June 2020

REVIEW - Edna & Harvey: The Breakout - Anniversary Edition


Review By Jon Donnis
I was kindly sent a copy of Edna & Harvey: The Breakout - Anniversary Edition by Daedalic Entertainment for review.

You play as Edna, a young girl who wakes up in a padded cell of an insane asylum with no memory of her past or how she ended up there. Her only help is her talking toy bunny Harvey. Will she be able to escape, regain her memory and find her way home?


Originally released over 10 years ago on Windows PC, you can play the game in its original graphic mode, or an updated HD mode. The basic games mechanics find you trying to solve puzzles, and get to the next part of the story.


Now I have not played this game on PC, but from videos I have seen you play with a mouse, as you would expect on what is a "point and click adventure", on Xbox instead you have to choose pre-selected points with your right stick, while moving around you character with the left stick. I hate to say this but it is a truly awful control system. It completely ruins the game when you first start and I imagine many players will simply give up. Why you cant just have a cursor on screen that you can move about with the right stick as you would a mouse I will never know.


However I am not many players, and I did not give up. And I am glad I did not, eventually you will get used to the control system, it will take a while, but when you do you will find yourself quickly forgetting how frustrating it felt when you first started the game.

The puzzles can be quite hard, and with no built in hint system, this soon turns into a game where you tend to rely more on trying every possible options, clicking every possible interactive element, as opposed to using pure skill. This is an annoying game mechanic, as it takes away a certain feeling of achievement, since you rarely feel like you get past an area or puzzle purely on skill, but more as on a trial and error basis.


With all of that said, I still felt the need and desire to complete the game, the graphics are fantastic in the new version compared to the older style graphics which you can swap between at any point. The characters you interact with are fun, well voiced over. And with two slightly different endings, you will want to make sure you make a save near the end of the game, so you can see both.

I am unsure how to score this game, I really came close to just giving up on the very first screen at the start of the game, and then again the first time I was supposed to swap controls between Edna and Harvey due to the fact it was almost impossible to figure out how to swap between them, as the game doesn't tell how, and the little clue (press up on the control pad) was obscured by onscreen graphics. I figured it out in the end purely by luck. Now I did not give up, and once I got going, I did enjoy the game, and I even started a second play through as I wanted to see how the early parts of the game would play, now I actually fully knew the controls, and I sailed through it.

I enjoyed the game in the end and as such I will score the game 7/10. But with that said, I implore the game makers to release an update so people can play the game closer to how you would on a PC, either with a plug in mouse, or with an onscreen cursor controlled by the right stick. Add a bit more of an on screen tutorial, at least until the first time you swap characters, and I would push that score up to an 8/10

Review By Jon Donnis

Find out more at
https://www.daedalic.com/edna-anniversary-10th
Daedalic Entertainment releases Edna & Harvey: The Breakout - Anniversary Edition for the first time for the current console generation. From 17 June 2020, the award-winning adventure hit from Hamburg-based adventure game specialist can be played on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.



Thursday, 11 June 2020

PS5 design REVEALED: Sony unveils the PlayStation 5, digital edition announced


Looks a bit like my wifi router? Not really impressed! What do you think of it?



Sony have revealed that there will be two different PS5 units - a regular PS5 as well as a PS5 digital edition.

An exact release date and price has yet to be confirmed yet for the PS5.




PS5 Games Release Trailers - Goodbye Volcano High, Kena: Bridge of Spirits and Oddworld Soulstorm


Goodbye Volcano High - Reveal Trailer | PS5

Goodbye Volcano High is a cinematic narrative adventure about the end of an era… and the beginning of a love story. Coming 2021 to PS5 & PS4.


Kena: Bridge of Spirits - Announcement Trailer | PS5

A story-driven action adventure with a stunning visual aesthetic combining exploration with fast-paced combat. Players find and grow a team of charming spirit companions called the Rot, enhancing their abilities and creating new ways to manipulate the environment. Kena: Bridge of Spirits seamlessly blends action and narrative into an unforgettable experience. Travel with Kena, a young Spirit Guide on a quest to uncover the mysterious story surrounding the demise of the village.


Oddworld Soulstorm - Announcement Trailer | PS5

"Witness Abe's horrifying conflict with a terrifying new machination in this fresh narrative adventure. Oddworld Soulstorm represents a big visual and cinematic leap aiming that breaks new ground for Oddworld. With intelligent new mechanics and twisted new devices which enable highly explosive deviousness. This is a dark parable that tells an epic tale of a volatile society pushed to its limits."

PS5 Games Release Trailers - NBA 2K21, JETT: The Far Shore and GhostWire: Tokyo


NBA 2K21 - Announcement Trailer | PS5

NBA 2K21 is built from the ground up for PS5. Get ready for Next Gen graphics, load times, and power.


JETT: The Far Shore - Reveal Trailer | PS4

JETT: The Far Shore invites you on an interstellar trip to carve out a future for a people haunted by oblivion in this cinematic action adventure coming Holiday 2020 on the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4.


GhostWire: Tokyo – Gameplay Reveal Trailer | PS5

"Tokyo is overrun by deadly supernatural forces after 99% of the city's population vanished. Use a powerful arsenal of spectral abilities to fight the paranormal threat and unravel the mystery behind the mass disappearance.



PS5 Games Release Trailers - Solar Ash, Gran Turismo 7 and Godfall


Solar Ash - Introduction Trailer | PS5

Journey through a surreal, vivid and highly stylized world filled with mystery, wild high-speed traversal, endearing characters, and massive enemy encounters. The Void beckons…


Gran Turismo 7 - Announcement Trailer | PS5

From classic vehicles and tracks to the reintroduction of the legendary GT Simulation Mode – Gran Turismo 7 brings together the best features from past installments of the series alongside the future. An even more realistic driving experience awaits thanks to haptic feedback, which brings to life what it’s like when the tires hit the road. PS5's immersive 3D audio allows players to sense the position of other cars and drivers around them. Coming to PlayStation 5.


Godfall - Gameplay Trailer | PS5 Reveal Event

Vanquish entire armies with tons of epic weapons and armor in this new gameplay trailer for Godfall.

Beyond Blue - Launch Trailer | PS4


Launch Trailer for Beyond Blue which is a single-player narrative adventure that takes you deep into our planet’s beating blue heart.

Beyond Blue is a single-player narrative adventure that takes you deep into our planet’s beating blue heart.

Set in the near future, Beyond Blue explores the mysteries of our ocean through the eyes of Mirai, a deep-water explorer and scientist. Become a part of a newly-formed research team using groundbreaking technologies to see, hear, and interact with the ocean in a more meaningful way than has ever been attempted.

History
Embracing the same inclusive development process that was used to create Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna), E-Line’s BAFTA award-winning game about Alaska Native culture, the company partnered with BBC Studios (developers of the acclaimed Blue Planet II), OceanX Media, world-class game makers, and some of science’s leading ocean experts to craft an experience that reflects the awesome wonder and unbounded mystery that infuses our planet’s beating blue heart.

Features
An evocative narrative with full voice cast – Anna Akana (Ant Man, YouTube), Mira Furlan (Lost, Babylon 5), Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Black Sails, Hotel Rwanda), and Ally Maki (Toy Story 4)
Exploration and adventure within an untouched world
A captivating and entertaining soundtrack featuring an original score and music from Miles Davis, The Flaming Lips, The Edisons, and more
Sixteen unique mini-documentaries called Ocean Insights that feature original footage and interviews with science’s leading ocean experts

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

REVIEW: Formula Retro Racing on Xbox One


Review By Jon Donnis
I was kindly sent a copy of Formula Retro Racing on Xbox by Repixel8 for review.
As someone who grew up in the 80s and 90s just the suggestion of a retro Formula 1 type game excites me. And in Formula Retro Racing we have a gem. My first thought was "wow, this is Virtua Racing on a Xbox".

Formula Retro Racing picks up right where the Sega classic finished, and although only a spiritual sequel, this game is every bit as good as you would hope it would be.


The graphics are glorious, yes they are polygon graphics, a term rarely used in 2020. But they are rendered so perfectly, that they actually look great and help give that true retro feel. And on a modern console that can easily handle high definition and 60 frames per second, the game plays very crisply, without any problems.

So you know the graphics are cool, what about the sounds and music, well the sounds are as you would expect for a racing game, nothing to moan about nothing to cheer about, they are what they are, the lack of any proper commentary as you play is notable, I just think it would be so much better having a commentary mode, is Murray Walker still alive by the way? The music although catchy is very repetitive, and I would say that that is probably the one downer I have on the game.


Onto the game play, you have 8 unique tracks, all pretty different to each other, in style, shape, and surroundings, and you have 2 different modes of play as well as your usual free play.


First up is the simple checkpoint racing mode. Complete a number of laps, try to win the race. Pretty simple.

Then there is the more interesting eliminator mode, get yourself as high up in the standings as possible, and then each lap you complete your level rises but your opponents get faster. Drop below 10th place and you are eliminated.

The eliminator mode is probably the most fun but also the most frustrating, but in a good way.

This is an arcade racer, so do not expect perfect physics, but this is a fun game. The AI opponents can be ruthless at times, and although the first time you play you will think this game is super easy, you will soon learn it is anything but.

The Good
Excellent graphics and fun game play.

The Bad
The soundtrack is a bit annoying.

Overall
I loved this game, cant really say much more than that. It is fast, intense, exciting. I highly recommend it.

8/10

Review by Jon Donnis



Monday, 8 June 2020

Killing Floor 2 - Perilous Plunder Trailer | PS4


Hoist the sails and take on the zeds in Killing Floor 2's Perilous Plunder Summer Update! Featuring 3 brand new weapons, a killer community map, and tons of new cosmetic items to satisfy your inner swashbuckler!

In Killing Floor 2 players descend into continental Europe where the outbreak caused by Horzine Biotech’s failed experiment has quickly spread and gained unstoppable momentum, essentially paralyzing the European Union— Just one month after the conclusion of the events in the original Killing Floor, the specimen clones are everywhere and civilization is in disarray communications have failed, governments have collapsed, and military forces have been systematically eradicated. The people of Europe know survival and self-preservation too well and lucky survivors have gone into hiding. Not all have given up hope though... A group of civilians and mercenaries have banded together to combat the outbreak and established privately funded operation bases across Europe. Upon tracking specimen clone outbreaks, players will descend into zed-laden hot zones and exterminate them. PS4 Pro Enhanced

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Epic Dumpster Bear 2 - Launch Trailer | PS4


Epic Dumpster Bear 2, coming to PlayStation 4 on June 9th, 2020.

A thrilling new chapter in the Dumpster Bear Saga is upon us! The long awaited sequel to the cult classic, Epic Dumpster Bear 2 is an action packed platformer where you play as a dumpster bear seeking revenge for the destruction of his forest. Containing 6 worlds of expertly designed levels, gripping cinematics, and locked 60fps gameplay that harkens back to the glory days of 16-bit platformers.

Coming to Playstation Store on June 9th, 2020

Thursday, 4 June 2020

Elite Dangerous: Odyssey | Announcement Trailer


It is time to disembark and look up at the stars once more. Frontier Developments plc have proudly announced Elite Dangerous: Odyssey, a new major expansion for Elite Dangerous, arriving in early 2021.

Elite Dangerous: Odyssey marks the birth of a highly anticipated new era for the long running definitive space simulation, allowing players to touch down on countless new planets powered by stunning new tech, and explore with unrestricted freedom from a first-person, feet-on-the-ground perspective.

Check out the Elite Dangerous Odyssey announcement trailer



Taking life on the frontier of space to new depths, Elite Dangerous: Odyssey’s emergent gameplay will let players forge their own path through a wide variety of missions, ranging from diplomacy and commerce to lethal stealth and all-out combat. Diverse settings, objectives, and NPCs will offer endless mission variety and a near infinite amount of content to enjoy.

Conflict will rage as players venture into Elite Dangerous: Odyssey’s intense combat experience. Coordinating with your teammates and selecting the right equipment for the mission at hand will be key to master a multi-layered, tactical sphere of group combat where Commanders, SRVs and starships converge.

Though the Elite Dangerous universe can be a cutthroat, unforgiving place, players can find solace and regroup in social hubs spread throughout the galaxy to plan their next contracts, form new alliances and even procure the coveted services of the Engineers. These public spaces are also the ideal place to acquire and upgrade weapons and gear to suit each Commander’s own gaming style.

"Odyssey is our most ambitious Elite Dangerous expansion to date," said David Braben, Founder and CEO of Frontier. "Extending coverage to the super-fine scale that is needed for on-foot gameplay while maintaining the vast raw distances measured in light years, is a huge achievement by the team, and greatly extends the already rich Elite Dangerous experience. We hope you will join us to continue this journey of discovery and adventure when Elite Dangerous: Odyssey launches in early 2021."

 Visit the Elite Dangerous official website at elitedangerous.com

The Last of Us Part II – Official Extended Commercial | PS4


Watch the all-new extended commercial for The Last of Us Part II launching on June 19, 2020.

As Ellie pursues vengeance after a Traumatic violent event, you must confront the devastating physical and emotional repercussions of her actions. Five years after their dangerous journey across the post-pandemic United States, Ellie and Joel have settled down in Jackson, wyoming. Living amongst a thriving community of survivors has allowed them peace and stability, despite the constant threat of the infected and other, more desperate survivors.

When a violent event disrupts that peace, Ellie embarks on a relentless journey to carry out justice and find closure. As she hunts those responsible one by one, she is confronted with the devastating physical and emotional repercussions of her actions. A complex and emotional story experience the escalating moral conflicts created by ellie's relentless pursuit of vengeance.

The cycle of violence left in her wake will challenge your notions of right versus wrong, good versus evil, and hero versus villain. A beautiful yet dangerous world set out on ellie's journey, taking her from the peaceful mountains and forests of Jackson to the lush, overgrown ruins of greater Seattle. Encounter new survivor groups, unfamiliar and treacherous environments, and terrifying Evolutions of the infected. Brought to life by the latest iteration of the Naughty Dog engine, the deadly characters and world are more realistic and meticulously detailed than ever before.

Tense and desperate action-survival gameplay new and evolved gameplay systems deliver upon the life-or-death stakes of ellie's journey through the hostile world. Feel her desperate struggle for survival through improved features such as high-intensity melee combat, fluid movement, and dynamic stealth. A broad variety of weapons, crafting items, skills, and updates allows you to personalize ellie's capabilities to your play style.


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Project Cars 3 - Official Announcement Trailer (4K)


Slightly Mad is back with Project Cars 3, a new entry into their popular racing simulator series. Project Cars 3 is coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC this Summer 2020.

Production director Pete Morrish
‘Project Cars has always been pushing the limits in terms of graphical fidelity and we’re continuing to do so with the third one,’. ‘But the delta between games is lessening as the capabilities of the hardware increase. So this time round we’ve focused more on… almost the theatricality of motorsports.’ ‘We haven’t concentrated on making it a 100% accurate simulation of real life. We’ve added some interesting post-processing effects and motion blur and things like that, that are our attempts to make it feel more real in as much as you’re a racing driver in a bubble, with that tunnel vision, as you’re screaming down a track. ‘It’s all about role fulfilment, it’s not a 100% realistic po-faced simulation of what it actually looks like. We want a simulation of what it feels like’.