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Sunday, 11 October 2020

Guilty Gear -Strive- Coming April 6, 2021


Described as a fresh start for the series by the development team at Arc System Works, the latest trailer for Guilty Gear -Strive- confirmed that the game will come out on April 6, 2021 for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Steam.

Much like the Guilty Gear Xrd releases (you can read our review of REV 2 here), Guilty Gear -Strive- will feature cutting edge 3D anime-style graphics, a fully animated story, and deep combat.

New mechanics to the game include the wall-stick hit-state (which can have players break the wall), revised Dust attacks and Roman Cancels, tweaks to the Gatling system, and different recovery motions.

Learn more with the trailer below:

Guilty Gear -Strive- Release Date Announcement Trailer [English]

Note that the Deluxe and Ultimate Edition of the game will launch on April 6, 2021, while the Standard Edition of the game will launch on April 9, 2021. For those looking to get ahead of the game, pre-orders for the title are now open, with special colors for Sol Badguy and Ky Kiske available as an early purchase bonus.

Source: YouTube

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Star Wars: Squadrons Review

Seventeen years after the last Rogue Squadron, Star Wars: Squadrons flies in to fill the void. Was the wait worth it, or should we hold out for remasters of the Rogue Squadron series? Check out our review and find out.

Star Wars: Squadrons Review

Squadrons starts with you making two characters: one for the Empire and one for the Rebellion. After a brief training mission, you are pushed forward in time to after Return of the Jedi.

What's left of the Imperial fleet is still in control of the skies, and the new Republic is trying to push them back. The story isn't anything to write home about; it's serviceable, but after Fallen Order, it's just okay. It'll run you roughly seven to nine hours, depending on difficulty and how quickly you get used to the controls.

I commend the story mode for teaching you all the tips and tricks for each of the ships. After the prologue, you can jump right into multiplayer, but you will be blown out. Learning to drift, how to target correctly, capital ship weak points, and how to handle the ships is an absolute must. I foolishly jumped into a fleet battle and had no idea what to target on the enemy Star Destroyer, and we lost as a result. Put your time into the Story Mode to become a superior pilot.

There are also interactions with your crew members on in your hangar in Story Mode. These are mostly forgettable, with a few exceptions. Wedge showing up was pretty cool, but his first mission was actually pretty dull. The other thing comes when you talk to your fellow pilots. They look at you and there is occasionally a delay after the say things. It's almost like they had a choice system in place for your responses and dropped it, leaving an awkward pause in some conversations. Choices would have made the story much more interesting, that's for sure.

Star Wars Squadrons Honest Review

Now let's talk about the gameplay. If you are looking for Rogue Squadron, this is not the game for you. Star Wars: Squadrons is more of a flight sim than an arcade dogfighting game. There is no third person perspective, which is a huge bummer for me. You will always be looking out of the cockpit, trying to find your targets. It can become extremely frustrating when you don't know where the enemy is shooting you from, and you die without ever seeing them. There is a radar and an auto-target system, but the results are often a mixed bag.

One really cool feature is the power management system. Basically, you can give your weapons more power, get more speed, or increase your defense. Doing this will lower your other stats, but the payoff can be massive if timed well. Using the A-wing at max speed to track down an enemy bomber, switching to attack stance, killing them, and then speeding away before another guy can get you feels great. It does mean you will need to be doing a lot of micromanagement in the middle of combat, but it's as simple as pressing a direction on the d-pad.

Speaking of ships, you have four on each side. For the Republic, you have the X-wing, A-wing, Y-wing, and the U-wing. The Imperials have the Tie Fighter, Tie Bomber, Tie Reaper, and the Tie Interceptor. Each one plays a little different and is designed for certain things. The Bombers are great against big capital ships, but are slow and not as good against fighters. Fighters are good at blowing each other up, but not as good against capital ships. Support ships can resupply your missiles and heal allies while doing a moderate amount of damage to enemies. Then the speedy ships get in and out without being hit because their armor is trash. A good squad has a mix of these ships in order to achieve victory.

Star Wars Squadrons honest game review

Each of these ships can be customized to your personal preferences. You can change the color and adjust a few cockpit items for cosmetics. Most of it will come down to new lasers, hulls, missiles, and other upgrades. Some lasers have less distance, but can be charged up or can be made to shoot quicker. You can make your hull more sturdy, but you lose a bit of speed and maneuverability. You can change missile countermeasures and special weapons to help spice it up. These options help keep things somewhat fresh, but sadly there are only two online modes, where you will spend the bulk of your time.

Dogfight mode is the team deathmatch mode of the game. It's a 5v5 battle in space where you pick your ship and go at it with the enemy team. You don't have to worry about any AI pilots or capital ships taking you out in this mode; the first team to get up to 30 kills wins the game. Teamwork is a requirement, and if you don't communicate, it can be very frustrating. You will often have someone on your tail trying to burn you down. Still, this is the mode to test your piloting skills against other space cowboys.

The other mode are the Fleet Battles. Fleet Battles consist of three stages: There is a dog fight stage where the fighters battle it out until one team breaks through. From there, one team will defend, and another will attack with the idea being to either destroy enemy support ships or protect the support ships for your faction. Finally, the capital ships are the targets. You'll have to break multiple parts to disable shields, weapons, tractor beams, and other parts. If you destroy the enemy capital ship, you win. If yours is destroyed, you lose.

Star Wars: Squadrons is a solid Star Wars game, but it will only have legs for a specific kind of player. If you are okay with more sim-based fliers instead of arcade ones, be sure to check this one out.

This review of Star Wars: Squadrons was done on the PlayStation 4. The game was purchased digitally; a code was later provided.
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Pikmin Short "The Night Juicer" Released


Ahead of the release of Pikmin 3 Deluxe later this month, Nintendo has released the new short "The Night Juicer."

Players will be able to get a firsthand look at the antics of the multicolored Pikmin (and Olimar) through this short. Two more are planned in the future, dubbed "Treasure in a Bottle" and "Occupational Hazards." Never fear though; Nintendo stated that no Pikmin were harmed in the making of this film.

You can watch the first short movie below:

PIKMIN Short Movies – The Night Juicer – Nintendo

An expanded version of Pikmin 3 for the Wii U, Pikmin 3 Deluxe has players exploring a strange world and saving their famished planet. Different crops of Pikmin are at your command, which can be used to overcome obstacles, take down creatures, and uncover food.

New to this release are a variety of difficulty settings, lock-on targeting, and optional hints. New side-story missions that put the spotlight on Olimar and Louie, the ability to play Story mode with a friend, and all DLC stages from the original release have also made their way to the Deluxe edition of the game.

The game will come out for the Nintendo Switch on October 30, 2020.

Source: YouTube

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Fall Guys Season 2 Now Available


After months of anticipation, Season 2 of Mediatonic Games and Devolver Digital's Fall Guys is here. See what awaits players with our write-up.

Featuring a medieval theme set in the Middle Ages, this update brings with it new Rounds, emotes, costumes and more.

The following Rounds have entered the rotation:

  • Hoopsie Legends – Teamwork (sometimes) makes the dream work
  • Knight Fever – Our most challenging Gauntlet yet
  • Egg Siege – Tactical scrambling action
  • Wall Guys – Build it up, tear it down

Along with these new events, a new Featured store schedule has been created for the duration of the season. New features, including a Show Selector, have also been included.

Learn more with the trailer below:

Fall Guys Season 2 – Jump In Now!

Inspired by game shows like Total Wipeout and Takeshi's Castle, Fall Guys pits players against 59 other opponents in an attempt to not get eliminated and win the coveted Crown. Along the way, players can purchase cosmetics and raise their Fame level.

The game is now available for the PlayStation 4 and the PC via Steam. You can read our review of the base game here (we gave it a 75/100).

Source: Press Release

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Rambo Coming to Mortal Kombat 11


The infamous Sylvester Stallone will come over to WB Games and NetherRealm Studios' Mortal Kombat 11 as part of Kombat Pack 2.

Based off of his appearance in First Blood, Sylvester Stallone will voice the character. The design and cinematics teams drew inspiration from the 1982 classic.

Also coming to the game as part of Kombat Pack 2 are fan-favorites Mileena and Rain. Rain now wields a katar, and can use his water powers in new ways. Mileena, on the other hand, now has razor-sharp claws, and has her own Shao Kahn style helmet as part of her Kahnum Mileena outfit.

Learn more with the trailer below:

Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate | Kombat Pack 2 Official Reveal Trailer

The game is now available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC, with releases planned for the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series S/X. Note that the Ultimate Edition of the game (which features the base game, the Aftermath expansion, and Kombat Packs 1 & 2) will come out on November 17, 2020, and current-generation owners can get a free upgrade to the next-gen version. "Kross-play" support between generations will also be included.

You can read our review of the base game here (we gave it a 70/100).

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Double Payouts on All Contact Missions This Week in GTA Online


Take advantage of Double GTA$ & RP in all Contact Missions this week in Rockstar Games' GTA Online.

From now through October 14, all classic and contemporary Contact Missions will pay out double. Take them on by keeping an eye out for texts and calls, browsing the Missions list (located in the Jobs Menu), and by using the Quick Job feature on your iFruit.

Associates and Bodyguards will earn Tripled Salaries for the next seven days, and Transform Races will pay out Triple Rewards.

All those that play GTA Online anytime this week can net themselves the Fruit Tee on the house.

Those that swing by The Diamond Casino & Resort and give the Lucky Wheel its daily spin could walk away with GTA$, RP, clothing, and more. This week's top prize is the supercar Lampadati Tigon.

Players will also be able to take advantage of the following discounts this week:

High-End Apartments – 40% off

All Garages – 40% off

Laser Weapons:

  • Up-n-Atomizer – 40% off
  • Widowmaker – 40% off
  • Unholy Hellbringer – 40% off

Vehicles:

  • Blista Kanjo – 40% off
  • Dinka Sugoi – 40% off
  • JB700W – 30% off
  • Maxwell Vagrant – 30% off

Finally, GTA Online players that have connected their Rockstar Games Social Club account with their Prime Gaming account will receive GTA$200K for playing any time this week. Members will also receive the following:

  • The Vespucci Canals Nightclub location for free
  • 80% off the P-45 Nokota
  • 80% off the FH-1 Hunter

Prime Gaming members that link their Amazon account to their Rockstar Games Social Club account can get themselves a one-time GTA$1,000,000 bonus deposited to their Maze Bank Accounts within 72 hours.

Source: Press Release

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Trophy Changes Coming to PlayStation Systems


Sony Interactive Entertainment is bringing a number of Trophy enhancements to the PlayStation ecosystem.

In a blog written by the Director of Product Management Toshimasa Aoki, he mentions that the Trophy level range is being changed from the current "1-100" to "1-999." This means that players' Trophy level will automatically be remapped to a new level within this new range, dependent on the Trophies earned to date. As an example, somebody who used to have a Trophy level of 12 now has a level in the low 200's.

To go along with this, a new Trophies level calculation system that is more optimized and rewarding has also been included. Early levels can be progressed through more quickly, and levels will increase on a more consistent basis. Platinum trophies will also count more toward level progression.

Trophy level icons correspond as follows:

  • Bronze: levels 1-299
  • Silver: levels 300 – 599
  • Gold: levels 600 – 998
  • Platinum: level 999

Finally, Trophies earned on previous PlayStation systems will come with players to the PlayStation 5. These can be seen in past systems, the PS App and My PlayStation.

These updates will be automatically implemented on the system side, starting later tonight in North America and tomorrow in Europe.

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Cosplay Wednesday – Watch Dogs Legion's Ded Coronet


The world of Watch Dogs moves from San Francisco to London with the upcoming release of Ubisoft's Watch Dogs Legion. In honor of this upcoming title, Gamers Heroes takes a look at a spot-on cosplay of Ded Coronet.

Hailing from Russia, the duo of Daria Gerenal & kuroru helped make this dead-on cosplay of Watch Dogs Legion's Ded Coronet. These two have been looking for a Watch Dogs character to cosplay ever since the first game came out in 2014.

They were drawn to the number of customization options the game provides, with each mask being stylish and unique. Ded Coronet was chosen due to his resemblance with the classic DedSec skull symbol and the general Shakespearean vibe he gives off.

Credit goes to kuroru for the photo.

You can find general-kuroru on DeviantArt here, on Twitter here, and on Instagram here.

Do you enjoy a bit of gaming cosplay? Or maybe you're passionate enough to do it full time. Drop me a line at casey@gamersheroes.com and we'll feature some of your cosplay.

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How To Fast Travel In Baldur's Gate 3

How To Fast Travel In Baldur's Gate 3
Baldur's Gate III has a very large world to explore, and walking isn't overly quick. This guide on How To Fast Travel In Baldur's Gate 3 will explain the process of fast traveling as well as information on how to unlock new waypoints so you can fast travel to various areas around the map.

Before you're able to fast travel in Baldur's Gate 3, you need to unlock Waypoints. They are easily visible on the map, once discovered. It looks like a purple whirlpool icon. When you are exploring the game world, look for glowing purple glyphs on walls and other surfaces. If you approach, you will see the glyph respond to your presence and a message will pop up on the screen saying you have unlocked a waypoint.

How To Fast Travel In Baldur's Gate 3

How To Fast Travel In Baldur's Gate 3
The act of fast traveling itself is actually very simple in Baldur's Gate 3. When you are running around the world exploring, look in the top right. In the top right corner there's a number if icons. This is how you visit your camp, take a short rest, take a long rest, and various other actions.

Click the icon that looks like a small wing. This will open the menu for Fast Travel. You cannot click the icons on the map itself, which can be a little confusing. Once you have pressed the Fast Travel button, you will see a Waypoints menu appear in the top right.

This is how you fast travel. You select one of the Waypoints. Once selected, you will immediately fast travel to that location. You do not need to be at a waypoint in order to fast travel.

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How To Open Overgrown Ruins In Baldur's Gate 3

How To Open Overgrown Ruins In Baldur's Gate 3
Baldur's Gate 3 has many side activities to discover and explore. This guide on How To Open Overgrown Ruins In Baldur's Gate 3 will tell what you need to do in order to open the large gate that's blocking the entrance to the Overgrown Ruins but be careful, it's not a welcoming place.

Depending on your character, the skills and proficiencies you have, there's often multiple ways to solve most of the puzzles and obstacles you encounter. However, there's also a chance that you're completely ill-equipped for a particular situation and may have to revisit it later down the line. The Overgrown Ruins could be one such situation.

How To Open Overgrown Ruins In Baldur's Gate 3

Open Overgrown Ruins In Baldur's Gate 3
A short distance West of the entrance to the Overgrown Ruins is a busted old dock. There are two wooden crates at the entrance to the dock. Search the larger crate and inside you will find Thieves Tools. These are a special item that allow you to attempt to lockpick a locked door or container. However, the success percentage is based on your Sleight of Hand skill. If that skill is incredibly low, there's a very good chance accessing the Overgrown Ruins could be tough..

To check your Sleight of Hand open the character sheet menu and look at Dexterity. There's a small drop down arrow next to it. As long as your Sleight of Hand is average, you shouldn't have too much trouble. If it's -2 or -3, it may take quite a few attempts but should still be possible.

Return to the Overgrown Ruins gate and save the game. Save it in a fresh slot. Then right click the door and select Lockpick. Depending on your Sleight of Hand skill rating, you may be able to unlock the door on your first attempt. Otherwise it could take many attempts.

When you enter the ruins, search the Sarcophagus in the center of the room last. It activates a number of traps that blast fire across much of the room. Open the Sarcophagus from the North West side so you can run straight towards the door once the traps activate.

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