Compete in a retro pixel styled soccer match where you get to smack around the ball, and other players, with bats and other weapons. Guts N Goals is a madcap multiplayer-centric soccer game available for most current consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here. Play control is simple. Just press a button to swing […]
We're about a month away from the launch of Shin Megami Tensei V's November 12 launch, and what better way to celebrate than to get more glimpses at the game? Today, we have exclusive info and screenshots that show off the demons you'll encounter and what's awaiting you in Da'at, an alternative, post-apocalyptic Tokyo.
First up, demons! You'll encounter over 200 demons in your journey. You can expect the classics, but several new demons will also appear, designed by Masayuki Doi, who has worked with Atlus since Persona 2: Innocent Sin. Today, we get to see how some of the classic demons, such as Mara and Kaya-no-hime, have been updated for the game. And yes, we also have more looks at Nuwa and her battle abilities in action. She's going to give the protagonist a lot of trouble, isn't she?
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Now that we've focused on some of the faces you'll encounter, it's time to look at the venue you'll meet them in. During your time in SMT V, you'll explore Da'at, an alternative, post-apocalyptic Tokyo. As we showed in our last update, the terrain of this expansive world will change drastically depending on the area, as will the enemies and challenges of the traversal. We also discussed Gustave and Cadaver's Hollow, which you access at leylines which allow you to save at various locations in Da'at. Today, we have more screens showing off Gustave.
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In our previous update, we also discussed Abscesses and quest navigators. Abscesses are mysterious red structures that block your path, and they're accompanied by powerful enemies lurking nearby. Taking down an Abscess unblocks the path and nets you Glory, which you can spend to master new powerful abilities called Miracles. The gallery below shows this in action, as well as quest navigator Amanozako, who acts as your guide as you explore Da'at, offering helpful hints and pointing to treasure. Atlus said she won't be your only navigator, confirming some demons may also join you as navigators rather than allies in battles.
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That's it for now. Enjoy the more detailed look at Shin Megami Tensei V? Let us know in the comments below what has you most excited for the game, which hits the Nintendo Switch exclusively on November 12.
We now have gameplay for Death's Gambit: Afterlife, the action-RPG platformer that has just come to Switch. Serenity Forge and White Rabbit released the title this week. Here's some information about the game: The promise of immortality lies at the heart of Siradon. As Death's right hand, challenge the undying guardians of the realm and endure the eternal struggle to...
JARS is a beautifully animated adventure that blends puzzle and tower defense elements as you use creatures and household objects to fend off creepy crawlies while searching for dark secrets in your basement.
In JARS you follow the story of a young kid whose father has gone missing and is now searching for answers in his family basement. There's a mysterious book with missing pages, … Read More
A new gameplay video has surfaced for Gearshifters, an arcade-action shoot 'em-up rogue-lite from Numskull Games and Red Phantom Games. The title was first announced back in April. We have the following overview for Gearshifters with additional details: An arcade-action shoot-'em-up rogue-lite. Steer, drift, spin, smash and gun through waves of enemy vehicles. Go to war against extreme-machine bosses. Build up...
Nintendo has added on to its upcoming maintenance schedule, and there's quite a bit planned over the next few weeks. Switch, 3DS, and Wii U will all be impacted. Here's the full maintenance schedule as things stand now: Switch / 3DS / Wii U eShops – 1 PM PT (October 4) – 5 PM PT (October 4) – 4 PM...
New World has dominated the MMORPG headlines – and really all gaming headlines – this week as Amazon's new AAA MMO finally launched around the world, with massive queues that have yet to persist in spite of the doubling of servers and improvement to server capacity as transfers still aren't ready. Nevertheless, on Saturday, the […]
From Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin's release date and new demo to exciting details on Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak, here are all the biggest stories and trailers from the Tokyo Game Show 2021.
You may remember that, a couple of weeks ago, Chocobo GP was announced in Nintendo's September 2021 Direct. Well, Square Enix has been talking about the game more during a panel at this year's Tokyo Game Show. In fact, there was even in-depth information about the gameplay, including the ability to pick up iconic magic […]
Sanuk Games will soon be releasing Drum Box on Switch, which is apparently "the most complete drumming game" on the system to date. In it, you'll play drum parts across eight music genres: Reggae, Rock, Blues, Hip Hop, Metal, Jazz, Funk, Salsa. The game will include popular backing tracks from "Drum! Drum! Drum!". A few different modes are included like...
You'd be forgiven for thinking that kicking out a sizzle reel for a game that's hitting early access next year is a bit like jumping the gun, but that's just what Fractured Veil has done. The video in question lauds what the upcoming large-scale multiplayer survival game is all about, including PvE, PvP, base building, […]
I can't help but be drawn to Steph Gingrich. Like many fans, I loved her when she first appeared in Life is Strange: Before the Storm as a passionate dungeon master and gifted artist. Chloe Price might have said it best in her journal when she wrote that she couldn't tell if Steph was the coolest or nerdiest person in Blackwell. That's part of Steph's charm and appeal; she completely indulges in her interests without caring what other people think.
When Deck Nine brought Steph back for True Colors, she reached a new level of awesome, still completely throwing herself into roleplaying, but also pursuing her passion for music by working in the record shop and DJing for Haven Springs' local radio station. The new Wavelengths DLC serves as a True Colors prequel to bridge the gap between Steph moving to Haven Springs after the events of the original Life is Strange and Alex Chen's arrival in the small Colorado town. Deck Nine once again excels with witty and relatable writing, while finding intriguing ways to involve the players in Steph's story that do justice to her personality and interests.
Wavelengths has you living out days in Steph's life over the course of four seasons, seeing her settle into her new life and grow as a person as she confronts her past and future. The DLC takes place a year before Alex shows up in Haven Springs and puts you right in the DJ booth as Steph begins her job as a host for the local radio station. You perform the basic functions of the gig, such as picking the music, reading advertisements, and answering phone calls for song requests and advice. You also have some downtime to get Steph's dating profile activated and swipe for matches to resurrect her love life.
Having to perform Steph's job day-in and day-out has its advantages and disadvantages. Running a DJ booth is exciting at first; I was constantly queuing different records to spin, and I enjoyed that dialogue options let me add flavor to how Steph read the on-air ads, but the tedium of the job soon sets in. I stopped queuing up a unique playlist, and the gig started to feel like I was just going through the motions of completing an annoying checklist of tasks from my employer. Part of this is no doubt the point. It showcases Steph getting into a comfortable rhythm with the job, going from a fumbling rookie to a calm and collected pro, and it makes sense for the future decisions she makes. However, the lack of variety in her day-to-day life didn't keep me engaged, and I longed for a few more surprises along the way.
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That being said, controlling Steph's dating profile was a nice reprieve from some of her DJ tasks, and I thought it was a clever way to implement player choice into the experience. Sometimes reading text convos can feel like a slog, but Deck Nine makes these interactions engaging and memorable, thanks to some humor and all-too-real dating app fiascos. For instance, at one point, I realized I was talking to a bot. A few other times, I didn't hit it off with someone and discovered I had been ghosted. These exchanges represent the awkwardness of dating apps, while also showcasing the unexpected connections people can make through them. I won't spoil where some of my relationships went, but I found it refreshing how the writers explored common dating issues like miscommunication, while also representing more personal struggles such as identity and mental health.
Those looking for more callbacks and connections to previous Life is Strange entries will find a great deal more here than they did in True Colors. I do recommend being familiar with Before the Storm and the original Life is Strange before playing this DLC. Steph has a connection to Arcadia Bay with Chloe and Rachel Amber, which isn't ignored in Wavelengths. A great deal of the experience touches on Steph coming to terms with what happened in her hometown, and it's done in a way that feels very true to a young person facing their first big tragedy and realizing the fragility of life.
What's most admirable about Wavelengths is how it stays true to the character of Steph and finds cool ways to represent hobbies, personality, and identity into the experience. For instance, you decide how to craft a song she's writing, from the instruments to the tone of the break. The story also discusses her life as a queer woman, such as having her reflect on her memories of Pride through the years and how she feels isolated in a small town that lacks a diverse community. I enjoyed hearing her perspective and learning how she's grown to become the more confident person she is in True Colors.
Wavelengths does a lot well to make an already great character even more intriguing. It touches on Steph's past and where she's headed, giving me a new appreciation for the role she plays in Alex's journey. I felt it was a great encore to True Colors, capturing a similar cleverness and depth. This DLC is worth the return trip to Haven Springs, especially to see things from Steph's perspective. There's a reason so many people have latched onto her as a character, and Wavelengths only further proves why she's so captivating.
Wavelengths is now available for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Google Stadia, and PC.
Simpler, smaller games live or die on the strength of their central gimmick, an idea to grab hold of the player and force them to pay attention. Sadly, Antonball Deluxe's grand design doesn't quite live up to its WarioWare-esque presentation.
So what's the deal? You've got a pretty strong central idea in Antonball; think Arkanoid, but with you controlling a little platforming character instead of a bat. That's a fun concept, we think, but in execution we found it singularly frustrating. Both the ball and Anton himself seem just too small, with too much scope to, well, miss. Yes, get good, we hear you, but in practice the most efficient way to "get good" is to simply find a spot from which the ball will always be reachable on its return trips, then effectively just stand there, dropping down or leaping up to hit the ball when it travels either low or high. It's less than thrilling.
All rise, the greatest earthbender in the world has arrived. Toph Beifong, the fan-favorite character from Avatar: The Last Airbender, was announced as a playable character for Nickelodeon: All-Star Brawl. She's bringing her fiery and stubborn personality with an array of heavy attacks. Yet, as an earthbender, she has the means to fight from afar as well. Toph follows the tail of other Avatar characters, Aang and Korra, who were recently announced as playable characters. Compared to the other two, Toph seems to utilize her bending abilities the most. While Aang and Korra are somewhat reserved with their bending skills, Toph is filling the map with projectiles and sweeping earth attacks. The melon lord arrives for another battle Toph's kit is filled with references to the show, including one of the rock puppets she uses while masquerading as the "melon-lord." (She can even metalbend with one of her abilities.) Her moves look a bit slower than the others...
Below are the latest Nintendo products that can be currently pre-ordered at retailers: United States Switch Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania – October 5 – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl – October 5 – Amazon LEGO Marvel Super Heroes – October 5 – Amazon, Best Buy Metroid Dread – October 8 – Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop Doki Doki...
A new 1.03 update has gone live for Monster Harvest on Switch. It largely includes a laundry list of notable fixes as well as some adjustments. Below are the full patch notes: Fixed an issue affecting save game files not loading, previous save game files should now load again. Localisation changes Queen Slime Spawn issue fixed Hybrid Plants now grow...
Ashes of Creation has yet another chunky batch of question-absent answers to the community that it posted on the forums. Intrepid said that it hasn't found a new lead game designer yet, has no announcement date for Alpha 2, and promised to show off the Ranger class when it's ready to be shown. And this […]
The people at Canadian Visual Effects Studio MARZ (Monsters, Aliens, Robots, Zombies) have made a huge impact on the industry as of late with work on Emmy nominated shows like the Umbrella Academy and WandaVision, plus a number of other major shows that you are probably already watching.
Battlefield 2042 Open Beta will start between October 6-9, 2021. Early access is available on October 6-7, 2021 for all players who pre-order the game or are current EA Play members." Also, the Battlefield 2042 preload starts on October 5, 2021. So, if you are getting your hand ready to play the Battlefield 2042 beta […]