Launch Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Launch RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network An Interview with Derek Neal, Executive Producer of Extinction Tue, 03 Apr 2018 15:11:46 -0400 Erroll Maas

Derek Neal is an executive producer at Modus Games and on the upcoming ogre-slaying action game Extinction. He took some time out of his busy pre-launch schedule to sit down and chat about the different types of enemies and gameplay elements featured in Extinction.

a sword-wielding warrior descends upon a gigantic ogre in an image from Extinction

GameSkinny: Most of Extinction revolves around fighting giant ogres known as Ravenii. Why were ogres chosen specifically as the main enemy of the game?

Derek Neal: In order to provide gameplay variety, we wanted different armor sets to behave really differently; so for example, the spiked armor can hurt you, the iron armor has dangling locks on it, and the bone armor has flaming skulls you have to put out. The Ogres can wear various combinations of different types of armor, as well as potentially weapons, which makes their loadouts seem very patchwork. At the same time, they aren’t just pure brutes -- they do have some culture, as well as some level of technology, and their own language, all of which are facts that feature prominently in the story. We needed a villain class that was brutish, but not completely stupid ... cultured, but likely to show up in patchwork armor. Ogres were a natural fit.

a top-down view of a warrior about to take on a group of enemies in Extinction

GS: What were the inspirations for the vulture and jackal minions that follow the Ravenii, and why do they do so?

DN: They are some of the lesser races that have been enslaved by the Ravenii. As far as what gameplay purpose they serve, even though all the terrain is destructible, there are still places the Ravenii (being 150ft tall) can’t really go ... for example, inside of caves. The Jackals and other enemies provide a constant and immediate threat that Avil has to deal with, while the Ravenii are slower, implacable, and much harder to handle.

Avil, the main character of Extinction, holding a sword, with beaming light behind him

GS: The main character Avil is said to be the last of the Sentinels, due to the order degrading over time. What can you tell us about how or why this happened?

DN: The main factor in the decline of the Sentinels is that the Ravenii have been absent for many generations. As the threat grew more distant, people began to forget, and the need for the order seemed less pressing.

a more comic book-y style image of the ogres in Extinction

GS: It has been said that prior to the arrival of the Ravenii, humanity was constantly at war with itself. We haven't seen any footage of the Ravenii fighting each other -- is there a possibility of seeing this in the game?

DN: The Ravenii will beat their chests and roar at each other sometimes, or make other threatening gestures, but it never gets to the level of an all-out brawl. They are part of the same army, they are intelligent, and they are generally cooperating with each other.

a huge ogre about to stomp Avil in Extinction

GS: What is the difficulty curve for this game like? Would it be best for fans of the stylish action genre, or will it be more welcoming to all types of players?

DN: The game is actually fairly difficult, but it’s not because it’s hard to play. The controls are very straightforward, and most of the individual systems (like climbing, wall running, saving people, combat, etc.) are easy to get into and manipulate. The difficulty comes when trying to combine everything together seamlessly. Ogres are assaulting the city from all sides, a group of people close to you are being eaten by Jackals, your health is running out, and you’re failing the mission objective. What do you prioritize? Can you do it fast enough to save them all? If not, what do you sacrifice? And can you make those decisions on the fly, while trying to avoid imminent death from a huge monster trying to stomp you?

Avil standing on a rock and looking at an ogre in Extinction

GS: We know there are various techniques Avil can use in combat. Are there extra benefits and rewards to gain from using a variety of techniques?

DN: Doing well in combat earns you SP, which you can use to upgrade Avil. But the main reward for mastering the combat system is doing better at the missions, having more time to save more people (which also earns you more SP), and making you look like a total badass.

basic white text on a black background assuring the reader that Extinction doesn't include microtransactions

EM: In the beginning of the features trailer, it is explicitly said that Extinction has no microtransactions; however, the game does have exclusive pre-order content depending on where it's purchased from. What influenced these decisions?​

DN: Obviously, we want to encourage people to pre-order the game, so we provide some incentives for doing that. Honestly, adding microtransactions never really entered our thought process while we were initially building the game ... it was always going to be a story-based, single-player experience. But now, with all the recent controversies over microtransaction implementations in games, we’re definitely pleased not to have gone that way.

I thanked Derek for taking the time out of his busy schedule to answer my questions. Extinction will launch on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on April 10, 2018, and both physical and digital copies of the game are available to purchase. Players who pre-order Extinction will gain access to exclusive DLC depending on where they pre-order it from.

StarCraft: Remastered Launch Event Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:02:08 -0400 Kengaskhan

Blizzard Entertainment's 1998 real-time strategy game, StarCraft, is one of the most celebrated e-Sports in gaming history. StarCraft was, and still is, a huge part of South Korean entertainment culture (some might even consider it to be South Korea's national pastime), and it was a major part of some of the first truly big eSports leagues and events, like the World Cyber Games.

Today, nearly 10 years later, Blizzard is releasing StarCraft: Remastered worldwide -- a revamped version of the classic title with brand new, high-definition graphics, re-recorded audio and dialogue, and localization for 13 different languages.

Blizzard has also fully integrated the Remastered edition with its current social infrastructure, which will finally bring first-party ranked multiplayer matchmaking and leaderboards to Brood War.

But most importantly, the gameplay (for better or worse) remains completely unchanged -- so you'd best be prepared to wrestle with the infamously whacky Dragoon pathfinding if you start playing again.

StarCraft: Remastered Launch Stream

With no changes made to the classic gameplay they know all too well, old Brood War pros will find themselves right at home with the Remastered edition -- and Blizzard has seen fit to gather several of those players together for a StarCraft: Remastered launch event.

The event, hosted by the Day[9], Tasteless and Artosis (the 'Tastosis' casting duo), and iNcontrol, and will feature eight of Brood War's Western greats: Legionnaire, Draco, G5, Nyoken, Ret, White-Ra, Artosis, and iNcontrol.

The launch event will run from 3PM until midnight, both today and tomorrow, over on takes place 3 p.m. to midnight, both today and tomorrow, on Day[9]'s Twitch channel.

Come join the stream, and experience the re-rerelease of one of eSport's most celebrated games!

The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind Expansion Goes Live Today Tue, 06 Jun 2017 09:48:44 -0400 daisy_blonde

The eagerly anticipated Morrowind expansion for Elder Scrolls Online launches today on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.  In this addition, you will be exploring the island of Vvardenfell, which is located in the northeast of Tamriel. 

According to the ESO official Twitter account @TESOnline, the servers will go live at the following times worldwide:

  • London, UK  – 10:00 BST
  • Berlin, Germany/Paris, France – 11:00 CEST
  • Moscow, Russia – 12:00 MSK
  • New York, USA – 05:00 EDT
  • Los Angeles, USA – 02:00 PDT
  • Sào Paulo, Brazil – 06:00 BRT
  • Tokyo, Japan – 18:00 JST
  • Sydney, Australia – 19:00 AEST
  • Auckland, New Zealand -  21:00 NZST


Set 700 years before the events of the original main series Morrowind game, this expansion switches up the series’ usual focus on you against the world by introducing exciting real-time battle elements. The new Battlegrounds mode pits you against online opponents in brief 4v4v4 matches that are intended to offer a break from the MMO grind and make the game more accessible to casual players.

This expansion also introduces the iconic houses of Redoran, Telvanni and Tres, who call the shots in the new land of Vvardenfell. You'll also encounter the secret society of the Morag Tong (ESO’s answer to Stonemasons) and an expansion-exclusive Warden class.

Any fans who pre-ordered the Morrowind expansion will receive an exclusive Warden outfit, a new dwarven war dog pet, additional crates, and treasure maps.

For more information, check out the trailer above or visit the official Elder Scrolls Online website

It's Launch Day for Prey, and the Reviews Are Glowing Fri, 05 May 2017 15:05:25 -0400 Paige McGovern

Only two days ago, the launch trailer and release date for Prey was announced. Today, the heavily-anticipated space shooter thriller is available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It has also been released on Steam for PC players. 

Prey has been in development by Arkane Studios for the last four years. Set in the year 2032, you awaken on a space station named Talos I and discover that aliens are hunting you. With no way to escape, you must fight back against the threat and save Talos I. 

So far, almost 1,000 players have left reviews on Steam alone, with the majority very positive. In addition, the game is currently rated 4.8 out of 5 stars on the Xbox One store. Both players and video game critics alike have been blown away by this reboot of the 2006 original. Our own reviewer here at GS gave Prey a 9/10. 

Interested players can get Prey now on their preferred platform for $59.99. 

Prey's New Launch Trailer Reveals Its Release Date Wed, 03 May 2017 15:47:04 -0400 Jerline Justo

Bethesda Softworks has posted a launch trailer for Prey on YouTube, revealing its release date -- May 5, on PC , PS4, and Xbox One.  

This sci-fi first-person shooter game introduces players to a space station called Talos I, where failed experiment have left Earth in danger. Players must walk in the shoes of Morgan Yu in order to exterminate an alien threat called Typhon. As the game progresses, players will learn more about the Talos I station’s past and the Typhon threats.

This trailer begins with a pan shot of the Talos I station in space and fades into station's courtyard with a yellow aura frozen in the area. It then cuts into short shots of the alien creatures as well as the gameplay, revealing futuristic weaponry.

Players can pre-order the game to receive an exclusive Cosmonaut Shotgun Pack, which holds Neuromods for new abilities, a Margrave shotgun and tools, a fabrication plan to craft Shotgun Ammo, a starting builder kit for weapons and tools, and a new upgrade.

If you're still undecided as to whether or not you want to pick up the game, a free demo of the first gameplay hour is available now for PS4 and Xbox One.

For more information about the game, you can visit the official Prey website. And for more news and reviews on Prey once the game launches, stay tuned to GameSkinny!

Let's Get Playful: Creativerse Launches on May 8th Tue, 02 May 2017 14:48:39 -0400 Jenifyr Kaiser

Playful Corp, the developers behind the popular free-to-play, sandbox game Creativerse, announced today that the game will launch on Monday May 8th. This brings to a close an Early Access phase that lasted over two years and brought the game's community into the development process. 

Creativerse is an open world game designed to allow players to build to their heart's desire -- alone or with friends online. The unique multiplayer system allows players to build and share custom worlds both privately and publicly, allowing for a truly customized gaming experience. 

While the game is free-to-play, it doesn't follow the typical freemium business model -- opting instead for an item mall format that offers everything from new building bricks, to a 'pro' version that literally gives players wings. There is no pay-to-win here, as the game is feature-rich on its own. 

Garnering praise from it's players and the media alike, Creativerse has come a long way from its humble beginnings. Spurning a high-priced marketing campaign, Playful has built a faithful following of over 2.6 million players through nothing more than word-of-mouth and a few odd articles in gaming publications like this one.  

Playful is rewarding their loyal Early Access players with an in-game gift -- and in keeping with their quirky sense of humor, the item will be the incomparable Unicorn Sword (a.k.a. The Rainbownator 5000). Players logging into the game from now until May 7th can retrieve their reward from the in game store. Check out the blog post for more details. 

Creativerse can be downloaded on Steam and or the official website. Watch for the full release coming May 8th...and let the building begin!

Nioh DLC, Dragon of the North, Launches Next Week Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:19:44 -0400 Curtis Dillon

Team Ninja has announced that Nioh DLC, Dragon of the North, will launch on May 2 for PlayStation 4.

The news was announced via the PlayStation Blog. Team Ninja provided the following summary of the DLC's plot, which contains a slight spoiler for the ending of the original game:

Dragon of the North will take place in the Oshu region and introduce the ambitious ruler, Masamune Date, also known as the “One-Eyed Dragon”. Just when you thought that peace is finally restored in Japan through your brave efforts in completing the original campaign... we now begin to hear troubling rumours that the One-Eyed Dragon is secretly gathering spirit stones, setting a stage for more unrest and mayhem to take hold.

In regards to the One-Eyed Dragon, a well-known historical figure, Team Ninja say he was an impulsive leader, who believed he was superior to most men. The team hope he will present a formidable adversary to William.

Dragon of the North will introduce new locations, Yokai, Guardian Spirits, armor, ninja skills, magic, and a new weapon called the Odachi. Furthermore, Team Ninja also announced the long-awaited PVP feature will accompany the DLC. This allows players to fight each other, assuming they have a PlayStation Plus subscription.

Nioh originally launched on February 7, to critical acclaim, and managed to ship 1 million units in its first two weeks on the market. We thought Nioh was a great game that fused Onimusha and Dark Souls to create one of the best examples of the Souls-style yet.

The Dragon of the North DLC launches on May 2 for PlayStation 4. For more on Nioh and all other games, stay tuned to GameSkinny.

New DLC and PS Vita Release Announced for Platformer Shu Fri, 14 Apr 2017 10:57:43 -0400 ESpalding

At the latter end of last year, Sunderland-based indie developer Coatsink released its hand-drawn platform adventure Shu on PC and PS4 -- with the hope of releasing on PS Vita at some point this year. Now the company has announced that this will be happening on May 23rd.

Coinciding with the Vita launch, Coatsink will also be adding a ton of new content in the game's first DLC, called "Caverns of the Nightjars". The DLC will come in two stages on Steam, but it will be released on PS4/Vita in full on May 23rd. 

New areas to explore

The first half of the DLC will include 3 new levels called Beneath the Ruins, No Turning Back, and Depths of Discovery. It will also add new character combinations, more collectibles, new achievements, and new time trial records to beat. This first part is available now for players on Steam and is free.

The second part of the DLC will introduce another three levels, and will be released on the same day as the game (and its DLC) arrives in full on the PS Vita.

Find out how different characters interact with others

If you want to know more about Shu, check out the high scoring review we did for it! And stay tuned to GameSkinny for more info on the DLC once it all comes out.

Nexon's New Mobile Game, Dynasty Warriors: Unleashed, is Now Worldwide Thu, 30 Mar 2017 21:13:05 -0400 Paige McGovern

On March 30, Dynasty Warriors: Unleashed was launched worldwide on Android and iOS devices. Previously, the mobile game could be downloaded in the Philippines, Australia, Canada, and Indonesia.

While the game is relatively new, the Dynasty Warriors series is not. The series revolves around the struggle for power in ancient China, and brings that struggle to life through hack-n-slash action combat. For Unleashed, developer Nexon drew their inspiration from one particular game, Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends. The mobile adaptation features 48 characters from the series, new modes, including siege and conquest modes, as well as stunning cutscenes. 

In February, when the mobile game launched in select countries, Nexon called it a soft launch, as more improvements were needed. Players from these countries were assured that their progress would not be erased once the game was open to the wider public. 

Only a few days before the worldwide launch, Nexon released an update that included a bronze, silver, and gold frame system, a legendary weapon system, the Lucky Shop, new officers, mutants, and bug fixes. 

Dynasty Warriors: Unleashed is free-to-play, with the option to pay for in-app purchases. It is the first of the series to come to mobile devices, as another planned adaptation, Dynasty Warriors: Blazing Battles, is still in development. 

The Switch is Out and These 3 Launch Titles are a MUST! Sun, 05 Mar 2017 13:00:01 -0500 Will Dowell

The Nintendo Switch is already out! From the Switch's portable nature to the utility of the Joy-Cons, this new Nintendo console shows a lot of promise.

But what about the games? While the first year is full of interesting titles in which to invest your time, the launch lineup itself is quite small. Luckily, there are a few games that are must-plays for the new Nintendo console. Here are 3 launch titles you just have to get.


Fast RMX

While only an eShop title, Fast RMX is essential for anyone wanting some F-Zero-like racing. Previously known as Fast Racing NEO, Fast RMX is an remix meant to show the power the Nintendo Switch possesses. Showcasing the Nintendo Switch's hardware, Fast RMX runs at a stellar 60 FPS at 1080p resolution. This graphical fidelity is used to create beautiful tracks for the player to race in. Speed through stunning storms, fantastic canyons, and colorful cities.

Fast RMX focuses on adrenaline fueled racing to keep players engaged. Players must use a phasing system to gain speed and win the 10 Cups on offer. For those looking for friendly competition, Fast RMX offers 4-player split screen racing and 8-player online action. At a price point of $19.99, Fast RMX is also the cheapest title of this list. Engage in fast paced racing with Fast RMX.


Super Bomberman R

Super Bomberman R marks the grand return of the enjoyable Bomberman series. Considered a premier party/action game, Bomberman pits up to eight online players against each other in maps reminiscent of previous Bomberman games. For local multiplayer, you can have up to four players per Switch battle each other. Engage in energetic combat as you bomb each other into oblivion. 

For those looking for a single-player campaign, don't worry. There is a 50-level campaign that can be played either solo or with a friend. In said campaign, take part in five boss battles and defend the world from the Evil Emperor Buggler. For those interested in explosive combat, you can't go wrong with Super Bomberman R.


Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is clearly the killer app for the Nintendo Switch's launch. Adventure through an open-world as you explore dungeons, find treasure, and save the world. Taking a different direction than recent Zelda games, Breath of the Wild focuses on a fully explorable world, one that is not blocked by item progression. You can take on the final boss from the beginning, but, of course, it would extremely difficult to do so.

Breath of the Wild still shares many similarities to its predecessors, primarily the first game. Exploration is key and dungeons are laid out in a way that challenges the player. Combat is similar to the 3D Zeldas, but relies more heavily on different bows and weapons. With Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, be prepared to experience Zelda like you never have before.


These games stand above the rest of the Switch's launch library. With these games, the Nintendo Switch can provide hours of entertainment right off the bat. The Nintendo Switch is on store shelves right now, retailing for $299 in the U.S.

3 Things Everyone is Ignoring About the Nintendo Switch Launch Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:38:20 -0500 Angelo De Bellis

As the anticipation surrounding the details of the Nintendo Switch hits a boiling point -- and just before the news erupts from Nintendo’s upcoming Treehouse Live event -- I’d like to discuss some of the finer details that excited fans may be forgetting about. And one of them is a really, really big deal.

Take the time to do a little background research on the Nintendo Switch and you'll surely come across articles, reports, and rumors that talk back and forth about the release date, price, power and battery life of Nintendo’s supposed savior. But those aren’t the things that interest me most about what will be unveiled at Nintendo’s upcoming Treehouse Live event or the days after the launch of the new hardware. I’m interested more in the smaller things that will allow for a successful future, a secure means to transport the device, and most importantly, avoiding a frustrating launch—but we’ll get to this final point later.

Let's start with the most obvious thing that people aren't thinking about. 

1. Fresh Juice, Not From Concentrate

No matter what battery comes with the Switch, you’ll never be satisfied with its longevity.

What will it take to have me satisfied as a bona fide Nintendo fan when it comes to a hybrid device that is future proof? I’ve mentioned it in previous articles, and I’ll mention it again: the ability to swap and upgrade the battery pack included with the Nintendo Switch. I must tread carefully with this point, but I don’t so much want a powerful, long-lasting battery as much as I believe it’s imperative that the Switch have a battery bay equipped with the ability to welcome future iterations of batteries.

Though it’s fair to expect a battery that allows for on-the-go gaming for several hours—after all the gimmick of the Switch is its ability to play modern games portably—I think it much more important to have a decent battery from the get-go with the possibility of upgrading later on. Think of it this way, if the Switch is to pack graphical abilities that reach somewhere near the power of the original iterations of the PS4 and Xbox One while remaining portable, then costs need to be cut down somewhere to ensure affordability.

Source: Gizmodo

Now you may say that it’s inconvenient to have to pay more for a better battery later on, to which I’d argue that you will most certainly have to buy a new battery anyway. That is, no matter what battery comes with the Switch, you’ll never be satisfied with its longevity.

Unless Nintendo has solved the issue inherent in almost all portable devices nowadays, I think it’s a far superior argument to make that Nintendo should equip the Switch with a balanced battery that is just decent enough to get the console out to fans for a reasonable price, while having the overt expectation that power users will need to purchase a better battery in the following year or so.

Make no mistake, it's a contentious point, but I think it’s a compromise that is needed. And if it’s indeed true that the Nintendo Switch, according to reports, won’t accept additional batteries, it would be wise of Nintendo to let us at the very least use portable chargers to juice the device. This may not be the most effective or unobtrusive method of keeping our games alive, but it sure beats plugging it into car adapters or power outlets on the bus.

That being said, battery life won’t matter if your console meets a terrible fate when it slips out of your sweaty, Nintenditus-ridden hands.

2. The Nintendo Seal of Quality

What makes the Nintendo Switch such an interesting piece of tech when it comes to discussions of relocation, is that the console itself is the controller. So if you plan on taking your Switch out with you and you lose or break the device, it’s game over for you. This isn’t like breaking a controller or losing a stylus in the depths of your hungry couch—if something happens to your Switch while on the go, the entire piece of hardware goes with it.

Source: NintendoNews

For these reasons I think people may have overlooked the fact that it’s probably wise to set aside money to purchase a decent case or cover for their Switch on release day. Though loss prevention is an issue too complicated to solve, as least you can protect your device from damage. The hybrid nature of the console really does have the potential to present some really odd situations.

I mean, it’s one thing to have a crack or scratch on your 3DS screen, but it's quite another to lug a console back and forth with a scar along its face. Worse still is that consoles are normally permanent fixtures—physical damage to set-top boxes seldom incur physical damage—but because the Switch can be taken out, it would be senseless not to treat it with the utmost care.

As of now there have been a few reports of accessory availability, but none of have caught my attention just yet. Oftentimes consoles or handhelds will launch with a ridiculous number of accessories that reside somewhere between being complete trash and being somewhat useful. Launch accessories mostly boast obnoxious design choices that do nothing to improve their functionality.

Unlike the Wii U GamePad, the Nintendo Switch boasts a sleek, high-quality look that would be a shame to shroud in an ugly, flimsy third-party sleeve. It’s up to Nintendo to sell some quality licensed cases, covers, and screen protectors to accompany the launch of their newest effort. But we’ll have to wait and see—after all, knowing Nintendo, they'll come up with a way to make a $6 screen-protector-and-microfiber-cloth combo a rarity.

3. Pick a Number Please

Yes, that’s right, I’m firing a shot at the big N’s scanty efforts at keeping things in stock. The Wii was virtually impossible to get your hands on back in the day, and in recent years amiibo have been something of a hit-and-miss collectathon. And of course, it goes without saying that the recent release of the NES Classic Edition has certainly been abysmal. The tiny recreations of over-30-year-old hardware are still near impossible to come across. And that makes me worry for the launch of the NX.

Graphics, price, release date, battery life, and launch titles aside, I just want to know that it'll be manageable to pre-order the Nintendo Switch. From the buzz surrounding the rumors of Nintendo’s next console, then called the NX, to the hype leading up to the reveal event, Nintendo have certainly heard the excitement of new and dormant fans alike, haven’t they?

While it’s logical to believe that Nintendo has spent enough time manufacturing a reasonable quantity of Switches, given the shoddy efforts of stocking store shelves with the NES Classic Edition -- a device clearly sought after by fans when it was announced in the summer -- it’s just as logical to conclude that Nintendo will treat us to another game of survival-of-the-clickiest.

Source: Forbes

Even though Nintendo will likely accept pre-orders for the upcoming device as opposed to the pre-orderless, reservation-less NES Classic, the potential result is still the same: online preorders will sell out almost immediately after the Switch presentation on Thursday as will in-store preorders the following morning.

And while this may all be a game for the devious business people looking to continue the recent Nintendo craze, I think they stand to make a lot of returning fans give up on the whole thing entirely. The Wii U hasn’t been able to attract past Nintendo fans back, and the Switch seems to represent a sort of lighthouse beckoning old fans and serving to establish the aged company’s ability to compete in the modern hardware space. So it’d be a foolish, uncalculated move for them to tamper with the user base they could achieve.

But, as usual, there is no telling what Nintendo will do. Like the rest of these items you should be on the lookout for, Thursday’s Treehouse Live Event will put everything to rest. Let’s hope that Nintendo crushes my concerns and exceeds our expectations. My body is ready.

Resident Evil 7 - When Will It Launch? Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:28:22 -0500 Henri Herrera

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard will be released January 24th for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One!

Resident Evil series promise to take a huge jump in the horror category with Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. The public had access to the demo and the teasers to show us the direction that the team was taking, but it won't be part of the final game like it was announced during Sony's presentation at E3 2016.

For the PlayStation 4 platform we can expect having support for the PlayStation VR headset, being promised to be from a first person perspective, but the core gameplay will remain the same between both models.

The game is expected to be released for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in North America and Europe on January 24th 2017 and in Japan on January 26th. For 12 months of it's release, the virtual reality format will be exclusive to PlayStation VR. A cross-save feature between Microsoft Windows and the Xbox One is also confirmed as of November 2016.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard pre-order is available on the official site -- the Standard Edition at $59.99 and the Deluxe Edition at $89.99, which includes the Season Pass with three packs of additional content as they become available. It promises to be one of the best survival horror games of the series. Will you be controlling Ethan and overcoming all the threats that step in your way on January 24th?

Almost 40 Games will be Available for PS4 Pro at Launch Thu, 03 Nov 2016 04:26:04 -0400 Angie Harvey

Sony has finally revealed via the PlayStation Blog a complete list of games that will be optimized for PS4 Pro on launch day. The PS4 Pro is set to launch next Thursday, November 10th, and will offer players enhanced performance via boosted CPU and GPU, resolution up to 4K, HDR imaging technology, and faster, more stable frame rates.

Since the announcement of the PS4 Pro, the list of supported games has been quite scarce with companies keeping tight lipped on whether their games will be optimized for the new hardware. However, that has all changed today, with Sony announcing that 39 titles will be updated with PS4 Pro support on launch day. 

In addition to the launch titles, fan can expect more than 45 games to be optimized for the PS4 Pro by the end of the year. These titles will include Watch Dogs 2, Killing Floor 2, The Last Guardian and Final Fantasy XV

You can also expect to see Gravity Rush 2, Horizon Zero Dawn, Days Gone, Gran Turismo and all first party software launched in 2017 and onward to include support for the PS4 Pro.

Here's the full list:

  • Battlefield 1
  • Bound
  • Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
  • Driveclub VR
  • FIFA 17
  • Firewatch
  • Helldivers
  • Hitman
  • Hustle Kings
  • inFAMOUS First Light
  • inFAMOUS Second Son
  • Knack
  • Mafia 3
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • NBA 2K17
  • Paragon
  • PlayStation VR Worlds
  • Ratchet & Clank
  • Rez Infinite
  • RIGS Mechanized Combat League
  • Rise Of The Tomb Raider
  • Robinson: The Journey
  • Smite
  • Super Stardust Ultra
  • The Elders Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited
  • The Elders Scrolls Online: Skyrim Special Edition
  • The Last Of Us Remastered
  • The Last Of Us: Left Behind
  • The Playroom VR
  • Titanfall 2
  • Tumble
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
  • Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
  • Viking Squad
  • World Of Tanks
  • XCOM 2

It should also be mentioned that not all of these games will require an update to add PS4 Pro support, as more recent titles like Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare have the enhancements built into the base game.

Are you planning on picking up a PS4 Pro? Let us know in the comments section below!

Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location Released Today Fri, 07 Oct 2016 11:35:59 -0400 Greyson Ditzler

After a very brief delay in its release, the latest installment in the Five Night at Freddy's series, Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location was finally released for PC on Steam today.  

Sister Location is the fifth installment in the Five Night at Freddy's series of stress-management horror games; a series whose prolific nature and seemingly endless popularity have kept it going strong for over two years since its debut in 2014. Sister Location appears to be an installment focusing on the original restaurant that would become Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, as fans have speculated for some time, but as is the case with the in-depth and mysterious lore of the previous games in the series, only time will tell.  

Based on what little gameplay footage of the game has been released so far, Sister Location appears familiar, while also being a slight departure from the formulaic design of the past games in the series, which some fans believed had long since gotten stale. If you were once interested in Five Nights at Freddy's, but grew tired of the formula, Sister Location might just be a good place to jump back in.

You can buy the game now on Steam, and if you'd like to know a bit more about it beforehand, you can watch the game's trailer below:

Is the NX Already Doomed? Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:43:17 -0400 Brawler1993

In six months time, Nintendo's new console, currently code-named the NX, will be released to the general public. Usually, the release of a new console is one of anticipation and excitement; one that has people discussing almost every aspect of it and making plans to camp outside shops weeks in advance just so they can get it before anyone else. But this is not the case here because there is only one question that people are asking, and it's one that should've been answered a very long time ago:

What is the NX?

For some reason, Nintendo has remained completely coy about the thing; absolutely refusing to talk about it. In fact, in an interview with Nintendo of Canada rep Andrew Collins that was written on this very website, a small section was completely removed at the behest of Nintendo of Canada because the NX was simply mentioned. I was already pretty pessimistic about it, but now, I am genuinely beginning to believe that Nintendo don't know what they're doing and, as a result, the NX may flop hard.

The obvious rebuttal is that Nintendo is just generating hype. Every games company does it and for a good reason. We've all seen those teaser trailers that make incredibly vague promises; they DO get us excited. But Nintendo seems to have been going about this in the wrong way and has wound up alienating, confusing and downright irritating the gaming community.

Let's recap. The NX was officially announced by Nintendo in March 2015. In their defense, they did clarify that we wouldn't really learn anything about it for at least another year, probably as a means to keep hype at a minimum. Fair enough, but I can't help but feel that, if that was the case, then they should've waited a bit longer before dropping the bombshell of a new home console being in the works. The Wii U was barely over two years old at the time. The poor thing was already underselling, and now Nintendo was throwing it under the bus.

Regardless of what they said, Nintendo were very much giving up on it. They deemed it a lost cause and for a good reason. Between the poor marketing, the new controller that wound up being something of a hindrance, and a shoddy (and kind of pathetic) launch, it's no surprise that Nintendo would decide to drop it.

But this had clearly left them stuck between a rock and a hard place, if the rock was on fire and the hard place was covered with rusty knives. They couldn't continue to support the Wii U. Despite having a year head-start, it was lagging behind both the PS4 and Xbox One. As of July 2016, it had sold at least 13 million units worldwide. Think that's a lot? The PS4, in less time, has sold over 40 million.

So, it only made sense to drop it and focus all their efforts into a brand, spanking new console, right? Well, here's the drawback. Upon announcing the NX, everybody knew this meant that the Wii U was on its last legs. Everybody knew that Nintendo were admitting defeat; admitting that they made mistakes regarding it. The question, then, wasn't how the NX would help them recover. It was:

How can we trust you not to make the same mistakes again?

And to their credit, so far they haven't made the same mistakes. Instead, they opted to make brand new ones.

In the year-and-a-half since its announcement, what have Nintendo actually told us about it? Ignore all the rumours and what do we officially know about it? Almost nothing.

Nintendo had a prime opportunity to at least give us something at this year's E3. Maybe a scrounge of information. At least a mention of what it could entail. But nope. The whole time was spent on showing off the new Zelda and Pokémon titles. And don't get me wrong, I'm especially excited for both but when that's all you have to show at E3, arguably the biggest video game related event of the year, it doesn't leave a good impression.

It may not have been as hilariously awkward as some of the press conferences on show but at least they had plenty of things to reveal and show off. At least they had something of a prescence. I stayed up until 2am to watch Sony's conference and I didn't regret it at all. Nintendo had three days of content on show; I watched maybe ten minutes of it.

We don't even have a list of games to get us excited for it. I'm sure there are games in the works but so far, we only have five officially confirmed titles - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Dragon Quest XI, Project Sonic 2017, Just Dance 2017 and Pikmin 4.

Three of those are multi-platform titles, meaning you won't need the NX to play them. We haven't seen anything about Pikmin 4, so it's definitely not a launch title and, while it has a sizable fan-base, it's not enough to convince the gaming masses to invest in the console.

That just leaves Zelda which could've been the NX's killer app if it wasn't for the fact that it'll also be released on Wii U. So, there is not a single game on the NX that will convince people outside of the die-hard Nintendo fans to buy it on launch.

Nintendo's secrecy regarding the console has just become asinine at this point. I can understand not wanting the competition to know what you're working on but when you won't even tell third-party developers what it is whilst simultaneously asking them to make games for it, you officially become that guy. You know, that guy who loved to brag about all the juicy gossip and secrets they knew, daring you to ask what they know and then saying "Oh I'll never tell."

Generating hype is all about timing. Like a fine wine, you need to let the secrecy fester but only for a while. Leave it for too long and it becomes stale and uninteresting. Suddenly, people no longer care what you have to offer; they grew tired of it long ago and are now invested in another shiny new toy. Nintendo's utter refusal to discuss the NX in any shape or form is backfiring on them big time.

I'm sure the NX will be snapped up by the Nintendo fan-boys and fan-girls out there when it launches in March, and if you're reading this and are genuinely excited for the NX, then good on you. I'm glad you can find something to look forward to that I can't. But, as the Wii U proved, Nintendo can't rely on that core fan-base to bail them out.

You want to know why the Wii did so well and lasted so long? Because it wasn't just the die-hards that wanted it so they could play Super Mario Galaxy. It was because everyone else also wanted it. Little boys and girls wanted it because it could make them feel like a bad-ass samurai or an expert tennis player. Mums and dads that had never touched a video game in their lives wanted it. Third-party developers wanted to make games for it. Sony and Microsoft wanted it to the point where they came up with their own alternatives to the motion-sensing controller craze that the Wii Remote started.

As it stands, the only people that want the NX want it because of brand loyalty; because they believe in it and the company. But Nintendo has yet to convince the rest of the world, and with only six months to go and still no sign of new info, it may be too late to win us over.


10 PS4 Virtual Reality Games to Play when PS VR Releases Wed, 21 Sep 2016 07:16:57 -0400 Michael Keener


Demo Disc


While not really a single game, PlayStation has announced that it will be including a demo disc for those who buy the virtual reality headset regardless if it is the full launch bundle or just the headset. For consumers, you will have nearly 20 demos to enjoy:

  • Allumette (Penrose)
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  • Battlezone (Rebellion)
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  • DriveClub VR (SIE WWS)
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  • Eve: Valkyrie (CCP Games)
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  • Gnog (KO_OP)
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  • Harmonix Music VR (Harmonix Music Systems)
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  • Headmaster (Frame Interactive)
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  • Here They Lie (SIE WWS)
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  • Job Simulator (Owlchemy Labs)
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  • PlayStation VR Worlds (SIE WWS)
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  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard — Kitchen Teaser (Capcom CO., LTD.)
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  • Rez Infinite (Enhance Games)
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  • Rigs Mechanized Combat League (SIE WWS)
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  • Thumper (Drool)
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  • Tumble VR (SIE WWS)
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  • Until Dawn: Rush of Blood (SIE WWS)
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  • Wayward Sky (Uber Entertainment)
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  • Within (Within)
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It's a large list of games to enjoy, and is a promising sign to see from Sony. It'll offer tons of VR gameplay without having to spend more money right off the bat after digging into your pockets for the headset and required additional accessories. There will be tons of games supporting VR as we finish 2016 and even more to follow throughout next year, but this is all a great start during launch in October.


The Playroom VR


Just as the current Playroom is free, Playroom VR will be as well, giving everyone with VR headsets something to enjoy immediately after purchase. While it does look a little cheesy, it also looks like a ton of fun when playing with a few friends with a handful of mini games.


Hunt ghosts in Ghostbusters inspired fashion, play a Tom and Jerry cat-and-mouse mini game, Godzilla-like chasing and destruction, or a wild west shootout in a saloon. The full PlayStation game page for Playroom VR has a lot of pictures and added descriptions for you to learn more about.



Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives


If you think coming home from your job to play a job simulator sounds ridiculously lame and miserable, you'll think twice when you see the gameplay of this VR title. While I'm not entirely sure about how the game will implement any kind of story or objectives, the complete randomness of interacting with things at your desk looks to be pretty hilarious and fun, even if just for a little while.


Nothing is off limits with this game, and it could prove to be a good anger management simulator. Throw that cup of hot coffee over the cubical in the video game and still keep your day job in the real world. There's a few different 'jobs' to do, allowing for diverse gameplay and fun. Don't forget to check out the full PlayStation game page for more of these details.



Until Dawn: Rush of Blood


If you've already played Until Dawn, you're well aware that the foundations of this young franchise are decision-making and tons of jump-scares. Rush of Blood is focusing on the same aspects from before, but changing up the gameplay this time around.


It plays out as a rail shooter in a nightmare rollercoaster. Dual-wield 6 different types of weapons and progress through several different levels while also competing for global leaderboard positions. The full PlayStation game page will go into slightly more detail, but also provides a few extra images.





Reviving the classic tank warfare experience, the updated version of the VR franchise Battlezone brings innovation and combat to life like never before. Developed by Rebellion, you'll be able to wage heavy metal ground war in multiplayer as well as single player campaign (co-op optional). It takes place in a retro-futuristic world and yields great attention to detail and stunning graphics. You can check out its official PlayStation game page for more images and details.



EVE: Valkyrie


The backstory of the game is raising debate in a great story. A man known as Fatal is stealing the consciousness of fallen pilots to work for him by means of illegal technology, and placing them into clones. The game is a space-based combat shooter with a focus on multiplayer action, but includes a more than interesting looking single player campaign.



The official PlayStation game page has a lot of interesting information about the game, including deeper story details, as well as this overview description: 


"Live out the fantasy and thrill of being an elite spaceship pilot in the sprawling sci-fi universe of EVE.


Join the Valkyrie, an outlaw band of galactic pirates, and take up arms to claim what's yours. Trade cannon fire for cash as you chase wealth and notoriety on the edge of space.


With a wide variety of ships, customization options, weapon loadouts, and combat styles, EVE: Valkyrie™ gives you the ultimate freedom to fly. Virtual reality space dogfighting is here."


World War Toons


If Battlefield 1 was an animated cartoon game for kids (and VR supported) it would look exactly like this. A fun light-hearted take on historic warfare, but one that I'm sure will still allow for great competition. You change classes with pick-ups located around the map, and there's even tanks that players can become.


The interesting part is how those two ideas mesh together. Which class of infantry you are playing as when you become the tank will determine which specialty of tank you'll play as. The game will also be playable without the VR headset, extending the potential player base for it right out the gate. Don't forget to check out the full PlayStation game page for more info.



PlayStation VR Worlds


Arguably the most anticipated VR game that will be available on launch day; this title has 5 different experiences in one: The London Heist, Ocean Descent, Scavengers Odyssey, VR Luge, and Danger Ball. These will take you on journeys of epic proportions.


Find the official PlayStation descriptions below that are featured on the game's page, as well as the trailer.


The London Heist:

"Step into the shoes of an East-end gangster in London’s gritty underworld. Tool up for a dramatic heist, survive a thrilling high-speed getaway and then withstand a brutal interrogation that ends with an impossible choice…"

Ocean Descent:

"Dive into an ocean adventure, plunging the depths within a suspended shark cage and marvelling at the incredible marine life as you descend. As you journey, witness amazing sights, discover a lost secret and face extreme danger."

Scavenger's Odyssey:

"Board your dynamic all-terrain alien craft and explore a treacherous nebula as you hunt for a highly coveted ancient artifact. Leap canyons, crawl over vast space hulks and fire up your cannons as you battle hostile creatures on your journey towards the mysterious treasure."

VR Luge:

"Feel the exhilaration of illegal street racing just inches from the asphalt. Weave in and out of oncoming traffic; avoid hazardous landslides and scrape under big-rig trucks as you speed towards the finish line."

Danger Ball:

"Enter THE competitive sporting event of the future where victory is everything. Master your skills, destroy your rivals and survive to win the tournament. Win… or be destroyed."


RIGS Mechanized Combat League


Developed by Guerrilla Cambridge, and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment, the game features arena combat in team vs. team fashion. It's depicting a futuristic sport where pilots control mechs and battle it out in front of stadiums packed to the top with fans.


Dive into the single-player campaign, buy the best teammates available, and upgrade your mech with weapons and abilities or simply upgrade to completely new mechs. Perfect your combat craft and take your skills to the online arenas, where you will battle it out with other aspiring champions. You can check out the official PlayStation game page for more information.



Batman: Arkham VR


Developed by Rocksteady Studios, and Published by Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment, players will put on the infamous Dark Knight mask and step into the world of Gotham. The game focuses on of the investigation aspects of Bruce Wayne's adventures and nestled under the action/puzzle genre. The official PlayStation game page describes it as follows:


"Experience Gotham City through the eyes of the World’s Greatest Detective in an all new Arkham mystery.


Think like Batman. [Utilize] his legendary gadgets in Virtual Reality to unravel a plot that threatens the lives of Batman’s closest allies."



PlayStation VR, formerly known as Project Morpheus throughout development, is set to release October 13, 2016 with ambitions to change the landscape of videogaming for all. It'll open a new way to experience some of the craziest events imaginable -- from the most horrifying realities we never want to be in, to joyful competitions, and more.


Its price will be set at $399.99 right out the gate, with additional costs for the PS Camera and PS Move Controllers, and will have a handful of games launching alongside it. Whether you are looking for hype on the upcoming games, or trying to decide which VR game to by first, this slideshow will prove to be a great start. Check out 10 of the exciting games that will be releasing day one of the PS VR launch.

Be Prepared For World of Warcraft: Legion Content With This Release Schedule Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:29:34 -0400 ThndrMge

Get your demon hunters ready and empty your bags, World of Warcraft: Legion is upon us. With only a handful of hours left until the August 30th launch you might be wondering what you should focus on during the first few weeks of Legion. Blizzard has been keen to share their content release schedule with us, so you can plan all your escapades on the Broken Isles with your friends and guildmates.

Let's start from the beginning, Legion will be launching on August 30th at 12:00 am (PDT) for North America. With the launch of Legion you will be immediately able to access all dungeons on Normal and Heroic difficulties. Mythic dungeons will become available at 8:00 am (PDT) in accordance to standard weekly dungeon reset times. Player versus Player Season 1 will also begin with the launch, meaning you can begin earning Honor and Prestige immediately.

September 20th marks the beginning of raiding. The Emerald Nightmare Raid dungeon will become available on Normal and Heroic difficulty. In addition to that, an item called Mythic Keystones will begin to drop. These keystones allow the player to increase the challenge in Mythic Dungeons for much better rewards. This is of course optional.

If you're looking for a bigger challenge or a way to ease yourself into raiding, you'll be waiting for September 27th. Mythic difficulty of The Emerald Nightmare Raid will become available at this time, promising the most powerful loot yet. For those looking for that first step into raiding this is when the first wing of Raid Finder difficulty will open -- you could think of it as easy mode for raids --, allowing you to battle the first few bosses of The Emerald Nightmare like a normal dungeon.

The next two wings of Raid Finder difficulties will open on October 11th, and October 25th which marks the end of the planned content. There is no word yet what Blizzard plans to do next after opening Raid Finder Wing 3 of The Emerald Nightmare. Though, it might have something to do with the previously hinted at trip to Karazhan.

World of Warcraft: Legion launches for Microsoft Windows on August 30th, and you can still pre-order for access to exclusive content right now!

Tumblestone Drops Onto Home Consoles Today Thu, 18 Aug 2016 06:08:23 -0400 Brawler1993

Are you looking for one of those "match three" puzzle games, except one boasts all manner of gameplay options, completely reinvents the genre, and lets you play as a sausage? If so, it's a good thing that Tumblestone is available on pretty much every major home console right now.

Developed by The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild (who also created award-winning puzzle game The Bridge) and originally released on Steam, Tumblestone is possibly one of the most content-packed and addictive puzzle games you'll come across. Not only does it feature competitive multiplayer for both local and online play, but also a massive single-player campaign that boasts an actual story, special challenges, and boss battles -- all of which will take you over 40 hours to complete!

Since its initial release, Tumblestone has been met with critical acclaim. Both The Escapist and GameSpew have given it perfect scores, and Destructoid even called it "the most intelligent Match-3 game [they've] ever played."

If you like the sound of it, Tumblestone is available right now on Steam, PS4, Xbox One and Wii U. You can learn more about the game's features, like its multiple arcade modes and customization options, in the trailer below.

Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate is out Tomorrow! Mon, 25 Jul 2016 03:30:01 -0400 HaruOfTime

Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate is out for the PlayStation Vita tomorrow, July 26. It is developed by Chunsoft and published in America by Aksys Games, and is the fifth main game in the Shiren the Wanderer series.

Players take the role of Shiren the wanderer, who is followed by Koppa the talking weasel. The two explore the Tower of Fortune, which is said to be inhabited by a god that can change a person's fate.

The game is a 2D rouge-like RPG where players explore randomized dungeons, fight monsters, and find treasure and equipment. Dying will cause the player to reset to level 1 and lose all their items, and the dungeon changes. There is also a multiplayer mode where you can either battle your friends or work together with them to conquer the difficult dungeons.

You can order Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate on For more information about the game, check out the official site.

[NSFW] World's first eight-player car combat dating sim racing game releases today Wed, 06 Jul 2016 12:18:47 -0400 Anthony Pelone

Say that five times fast: eight-player car combat dating sim racing game. That's the genre Bum Rush pegs itself as, and you can play it today for free on your PC.

The premise is as ridiculous as it sounds: eight college students who share a dorm have received invitations for sex that night, but there's only one bedroom present. Up to eight players must speed through their date as smoothly as possible so they can be the first ones back home.

The catch? You can interfere with each others' dates. Cars run over pedestrians and slam into each other for the purposes of slowing down the competition or even stealing the opponents' dates. As seen in the above GIF, Bum Rush is a hilarious maelstrom of chaos where winning leads are never certain and fivesomes are possible.

Brought to you by the same developers of last year's Cibele indie game, Bum Rush is available for download here.

Will you download Bum Rush? Let us know in the comments below!