Reveal Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Reveal RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network NHL 21 Review: The Hockey You Know, For Better or Worse Wed, 21 Oct 2020 15:49:25 -0400 RobertPIngram

If it seems like the Tampa Bay Lightning were lifting the Stanley Cup for the second time in franchise history just the other week, that's because it was just the other week. While most years the latest editions of EA's NHL series drop in the run-up to a new campaign, when fans are champing at the bit for the season to start, this is 2020, and nothing in 2020 is normal.

At least, nothing in the real world of 2020 is normal.

While sports have had to undergo massive changes to business as usual, including delays, pauses, and fanless bubbles, sports gamers know that franchises have an almost supernatural ability to make much ado about comparative nothing when it comes to changes and innovations.

Unfortunately, though NHL 21 arrives with all the standard pomp and circumstance of a new year's release, it feels like a lot more of the same. That includes all the excellent highs the series has to offer and, sadly, some of the same frustrating lows.

NHL 21 Review: The Hockey You Know, For Better or Worse

While it's not entirely without its flaws ... it is perhaps the most satisfying of all the sports simulations available.

Full disclosure: I have spent a lot of time playing NHL 20 and FIFA 20 over this summer of self-isolation. As a result, it can be hard to view the newest experience through the eyes of a new player, or someone who hasn't played an NHL game in a few years. While I will look at some of the pros and cons of the changes in this year's game, I want to first assess what players without any prior expectations can find when they boot up NHL 21.

The good news is that if you're considering making the jump into digital hockey, be it for the first time ever or the first time in a while, NHL 21 is an excellent game in that vacuum. While it's not entirely without its flaws, which grow only more frustrating when you've seen them year after year, on the balance, it is perhaps the most satisfying of all the sports simulations available.

Controls in NHL are extremely fluid. Using one stick to skate and the other to control your stick opens up a world of stick handling and dekes. Although some of the moves can be extremely challenging, and will likely remain well outside of the comfort zone of most casual players, the game provides a lovely training mode that quickly walks you through the basics of play and gets you comfortable enough to head out for a proper game in short order.

NHL 21 also features a range of modes to provide variety. There's the sporting-game standard Ultimate Team mode, where you slowly build a team of players by completing online games and challenges to open new packs of cards with new, hopefully-better, players. Pond hockey modes, including one-on-one and three-on-three games are also back, as well.

All told, it's a strong offering that is a worthwhile addition to any gaming collection with a hockey-shaped hole.

What's New: Lot's of Sizzle, Minimal Steak

If you're not an every-year buyer of NHL games and have a recent addition,  NHL 21 becomes a harder sell. While I advocated for NHL 20 doing just about enough to justify its purchase last year, the same can't be said of the latest edition. While there are new tweaks and features, they don't add up to $60 of new content if you aren't a fan of the HUT mode or feel the need to stay up to date on it.

Some of the lack of updates isn't entirely on developers. With the NHL's entire schedule thrown off by COVID-19 and a start date for next season currently existing only in the form of targets, not concrete answers, it's understandable that roster situations are fluid.

The draft just happened last week and free agency is still underway. However, when the biggest dig thrown at new sports games is that you pay full price for a roster update when even that isn't properly in place, it is a big dent in appeal.

There is also an upsettingly minimal amount of development put into the pond hockey modes. The two single-player circuits still send you on a tour of each conference that culminates in Las Vegas and Washington, respectively, champion representatives that are now two seasons out of date. When jumping into one-on-one modes, the starting pros unlocked are the same ones you'll find in NHL 20.

The Be a Pro mode is more of a mixed bag. On the positive side, NHL 21 represents a major improvement in representation as developers have finally solved the complex puzzle of how to incorporate women players as an option. If you want to play as a woman, you can choose to do so, with the game otherwise playing exactly the same. 

[Be a Pro's] approach to balancing traits, skills, and experience is the best blend of player development in any of the major franchises for my money.

The other big addition, the use of interviews and interactions, is more hit and miss. While it is a concept I enjoy seeing added to the game, and it helps to further distinguish the mode from standard play, the novelty runs off fast.

It is understandable that pouring resources into writing may not have been a priority, but it's still frustrating to be given the choice of three responses only for, time and time again, all three to make you sound like a bit of a dork, even when the game is describing one as the Star or Charm option.

Overall, Be a Pro remains a strong mode, and its approach to balancing traits, skills, and experience is the best blend of player development in any of the major franchises for my money. That said, this year's tweaks feel more like waxing your used car than buying a new one off the lot.

The final big addition, at least until NHL 94 Rewind drops at the end of the month, is the new HUT Rush mode. Featuring speedier games that reward players for skills and tricks, it offers a change of pace for online play. However, it also comes at the expense of Online Seasons and draft modes, meaning some players will actually find the change to be a net loss.

NHL 21 Review — The Bottom Line

  • The engine plays extremely smoothly and feels as fast and fluid as a real NHL game
  • The various pond hockey modes provide a fun change of pace from traditional games
  • Franchise mode offers a deep array of immersion options, with the ability to turn them off for a less-intensive approach, as well
  • Lack of change and innovation makes it hard to justify an upgrade for owners of NHL 20
  • Stickwork on defense still provides significantly more risk than reward, with tripping penalties so common you're often better off leaning into a body-heavy approach
  • Teammate AI is less effective in set-piece offenses when established in the offensive zone, making effective play on breaks overly important

The biggest condemnation I can offer for NHL 21 is that I could largely have just copied and pasted my closing for last year's game into this spot and spent a minute making some tweaks to the cons, and it would still work.

For players who haven't bought a hockey game in recent years, my recommendation is full-throated. While there are still some gameplay elements that aren't quite right that skew the way you play, in general, it provides a strong and entertaining simulation of fast-paced hockey. 

If you've already got a copy of NHL 20 and are enjoying it, and you aren't a HUT addict who doesn't want to be left behind, there's little here to make me recommend picking this year's edition up.

At least until real-world rosters finalize, the differences between last year's version and this year's version are minimal and hardly justify the expense. In that case, you're probably better off getting another year out of what you've already bought and seeing how things change for NHL 22.

If you do decide to take to the ice, you'll find a good game here, but it's just more of the same. 

[Note: A copy of NHL 21 was provided by Electronic Arts for the purpose of this review.]

Four New Digimon Revealed for Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory Tue, 09 Jan 2018 12:54:39 -0500 Erroll Maas

After a successful 2018 retweet campaign, Bandai Namco has revealed four new Digimon which will be added to Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory through a free update.

The new Digimon are Ryudamon (Rookie level); Ginryumon (Champion level); Hisyaryumon (Ultimate level); and Owryumon (Megal level). These Digimon are all part of the same digivolution line and  were previously only obtainable in the Digimon Battle and Digimon Masters MMORPGs.

What's notable about the Mega-level Digimon Owryumon is that it can combine with fellow Mega-level Digimon Alphamon (pictured above) to become Alphamon Ouryuken. Although it has not yet been confirmed whether Alphamon will be obtainable, it was previously obtainable in the first Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth video game, and a fifth new Digimon has also been announced to be added through a free update (but it has not yet been revealed). Alphamon Ouryuken was also only previously obtainable in Digimon Masters.

Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory released in Japan for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on December 14, 2017, and will release in North America and Europe on January 19,2018. The PlayStation Vita version released in the West will be digital only. Those who pre-order either version of the game will receive exclusive Digimon and costumes.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory news leading up to its Western release.

Call of Duty: WWII Trailer Offers a Sneak Peek of Classic Warfare Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:05:30 -0400 Auverin Morrow

After tons of rumors and some leaked artwork suggesting that the next Call of Duty game would be set in World War II, developer Sledgehammer Games has confirmed that speculation with an official trailer for the upcoming Call of Duty: WWII. 

Marketed as an authentic reimagining of World War II, this is the first Call of Duty game in a long time that won't be featuring futuristic warfare. It's set in the European Theater from 1944-1945, and will have you playing a young private who is green on the battlefield and getting his first taste of "real action" during the Battle of Normandy. 

The trailer above teases several other features alongside the main campaign -- including a co-op Zombie mode, an Axis vs. Allies multiplayer mode, and a social lobby that looks a lot like what you'd find in Destiny. 

Call of Duty: WWII will be released on November 3 for PC, Xbox One, and PS4. There will also be a closed beta available later this year, but there aren't further details on that just yet. 

New StarCraft II Commander Reveal on Twitch Incoming Sun, 23 Apr 2017 22:45:57 -0400 ReverendShmitty

Prepare to tune in to the Star Craft II Twitch channel on Monday, April 24 at 11 am PDT.

Lead Co-Op Designer David Sum and Terran Champion Nathan “Nathanias” Fabrikant will head the unveiling of the new Co-Op Commander soon to be released. They’ll cover the new Commander’s abilities and characteristics, as well as what will make this new character really stand out. Sum will explain why they designed the Commander the way they did and what they expect it do before handing it off to Nathanias to show those in attendance what it can do with a more hands-on approach.

With Nathanias being a Terran Champion, many fans are speculating that the new commander will be as well. This has led to many using Starcraft lore to theorize that the new Commander will be either Fenix/Talandar or Tosh.

If you want to catch up and get your hands on some of Starcraft II's past Commanders, you can pick up a bundle here. And don’t worry if you can’t make the stream. Blizzard will also hold a Q&A to cover anything you might’ve missed.

Who do you think the new Commander will be? Let us know in the comments.

The Nintendo NX Reveal is Happening Tomorrow-- Here's How to See It Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:55:27 -0400 Auverin Morrow

Ever since its initial announcement nearly 2 years ago, the Nintendo NX has been a total enigma. Nintendo has been tight-lipped about its next home console, and fans all over the world have been snapping at the bit for any information they can get their hands on. 

We thought we might see a reveal sometime this month, but all rumors were unsubstantiated until today. A new message at the top of Nintendo's official website tells fans that they should tune in at 7 A.M. PT, 10 A.M. ET, and 3 P.M. UK time on Thursday, October 20th.

At this time, Nintendo will release a preview trailer that will serve as the first real peek into its upcoming NX console. Fans will get a first look at what the system has to offer, and will hear some preliminary information about the platform. 

This is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated reveals of the year. Surely fans will be hyped to know that we won't have to wait nearly as long as we thought to see what Nintendo has in store for us next. 

Mystery Solved -- Persona 5's English Voice Cast Announced Wed, 19 Oct 2016 08:49:42 -0400 Jeffrey Rousseau

Today, ATLUS revealed the cast behind Persona 5, which will be released on both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 next year. In addition to the short "Introducing the Protagonist" video down below, Atlus posted a video interview with the voice behind the protagonist, Xander Mobus.

Mobus' previous work includes being the announcer for Super Smash Bros Wii U. In the video he discusses his familiarity with the series and several other things. Check the header above for the full interview.

Most of the rest of the case was also announced, including:

  • Cassandra Morris as Morgana
  • Max Mittelman as Ryuji Sakamoto
  • Erika Harlacher as Ann Takamaki
  • Matt Mercer as Yusuke Kitagawa
  • Cherami Leigh as Makoto Niijima
  • Erica Lindbeck as Futaba Sakura
  • Xanthe Huynh as Haru Okumura
  • Robbie Daymond as Goro Akechi 

The voice cast includes actors who have lent their voices to recent anime and video games. It was also shared that the cast was selected with newer actors in mind to reflect the new cast in the game. 

Persona 5 was released in September in Japan and marked the JRPG series' 20 year anniversary. Persona began as a spin off of the Shin Megami Tensei franchise. The series differentiated itself where the games are more character driven. The series has become well known for stories involving teenagers addressing emotional duress and supernatural threats. 

Fans of JRPGS can look forward to Persona 5 releasing February 14, 2017.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare & Modern Warfare Remastered Will Require 130GB Of HDD Space Wed, 05 Oct 2016 05:54:18 -0400 Angie Harvey

A French retailer has leaked the box art that features the requirements needed to install both Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Modern Warfare Remastered. Unfortunately, if you plan on installing both of these games on your PS4, you will require an enormous 130GB of HDD space.

This information was revealed by Charlie INTEL, who was lucky enough to snap a picture of the leaked box art for the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Legacy Edition

While the Legacy Edition of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare may include 2 full single player campaigns and 2 multiplayer clients, no one was prepared for this reveal. Many fans had already assumed that the install size would be quite hefty for the 2 games, however, the reveal of the true installation size has left many fans angered and annoyed that they will need at least 25% of their 500GB HDD free just to install the games.

At current, Modern Warfare Remastered requires around 40GB of space. This leaves Infinite Warfare with an install size of a whopping 90GB. Activision has currently made no official statement as to why the installation size is so large. 

Along with the installation size, the box art has revealed that a number of other studios were involved in the development of the two games. These studios include: High Moon Studios, Beenox, and Certain Affinity. 

Let us know your thoughts on Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare's installation size in the comments section below! 

Final Fantasy Receives A Limited Edition PS4 Tue, 13 Sep 2016 16:01:32 -0400 Angie Harvey

Announced during Sony's TGS 2016 press conferenceFinal Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata has taken the stage to reveal a limited edition Final Fantasy XV PS4 Slim.

The limited edition console is called the "Luna Edition" and will be available on the day of Final Fantasy XV's release, November 29. 

The Final Fantasy XV "Luna Edition" PS4 Slim will be available exclusively at GameStop (EB Games in Canada) for $449 USD / $549 CAD. 

The Limited Deluxe Edition Bundle will come with a custom version of the new slimmer PS4, which features a large illustration on the front, and also the brand new DualShock 4 that is adorned with an XV graphic.

Along with this, the bundle will also include the following:

  • Final Fantasy XV exclusive Steelbook
  • The Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV Movie Blu-ray
  • DLC - Royal Raiment Outfit, Masamune Weapon, and Leviathan Regalia Skin

Let us know your thoughts on the limited edition FFXV PS4 in the comments section below!

September's Xbox Live Games With Gold Reveals Another Big Lineup Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:07:58 -0400 Angie Harvey

September's Games with Gold reveals another big lineup for current Xbox Live subscribers. September will see a total of four free games, with the Xbox One and 360 both receiving two dedicated titles each. Xbox One users will also be able to utilize the backwards compatibility feature to play both of the titles that are on offer for the Xbox 360. 

Xbox Live subscribers will be able to experience the following game's for free throughout the month of September.

Available on Xbox One

Earthlock: Festival of Magic ($29.99) - The anticipated modern turn-based role-playing game is set to launch on September 1, and will be available for free all the way up to September 30. 

Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China ($9.99) - The 2.5D stealth platformer provides a brand new unique take on the classic Assassin's Creed series. The game will be available for free starting from September 16 to October 15.

Available on Xbox 360

Forza Horizon ($19.99) - The backwards capability open-world racing game will be available from September 1 to September 15. Also to be noted is that backwards capability racing titles will now support Xbox One wheels. 

Mirror's Edge ($14.99) - The critically acclaimed first person parkour game will be available for free from September 16 to September 30.

Let us know your thoughts on this months Games with Gold lineup in the comments section below!

Titanfall 2 Will Unveil Live Multiplayer Gameplay This Month Tue, 09 Aug 2016 17:05:05 -0400 Angie Harvey

Respawn Entertainment has announced that Titanfall 2 will unveil live multiplayer gameplay on August 16th at this month's Gamescom. Respawn is dubbing the event Titanfall 2 Factions, and it will be the first time we get to see live gameplay from Titanfall 2 since its reveal at this year’s E3.  

Specially for the event, Respawn has recruited a number of the biggest gaming personalities in the community, where they will go head to head to provide the first live look at Titanfall 2’s multiplayer. The event will begin at 11 am PST and will be streamed live on

The gaming personalities that will be featured at the event are as follows with more being announced as the event gets closer:

"XFactorGaming -
Darkness429 -
TheZombiUnicorn -
Jahovawitniss -
TheRealaxingEnd -
Vikkstar -
Whiteboy7thst -
SSSniperWolf -
WillieRex -
iiJerichoii -
Pietsmiet -
SpeedyW03 -
Titanfall Legends -"

For those that are preparing for the upcoming Titanfall 2 Multiplayer Tech Test, this will provide the perfect preview on what you can expect from the game. Respawn has stated that information regarding the Tech Test will be available very soon.

In the comments below, let us know what feature in the Titanfall 2 multiplayer you are looking forward to playing the most!

Blizzard Reveals Ana, Overwatch's Newest Hero Tue, 12 Jul 2016 09:57:20 -0400 Cody Drain

Today, Blizzard unveiled the newest hero who will soon join their explosively popular multiplayer shooter Overwatch. Her name is Ana (full name: Ana Amari), and her unique skill set provides players with another way to support their teammates. The support sniper can heal teammates and damage enemies with equal efficiency, and her specific abilities and ultimate have the chance to change the tide of battle.

According to Blizzard, Ana was one of the founding members of Overwatch, and she served as second-in-command under Soldier: 76 (Jack Morrison). She served into her 50s, but was thought to be killed by Widowmaker while participating in a hostage rescue. Instead, she lost one of her eyes and retired from combat. Escalating conflicts have brought her back into the fold, as she fights to protect her allies and the innocent. She is also Pharah's mother, which should result in some interesting interactions when they share the same team in-game.

Ana wields a biotic rifle, which can shoot darts that either heal teammates or damage enemies over time. As previously stated, she's a sniper, so her weapon includes a scope for precision aiming. Her two abilities are Sleep Dart and Biotic Grenade. As its name suggests, the Sleep Dart temporarily puts enemies to sleep, although Blizzard warns that damage will immediately wake them up. In her gameplay trailer, Ana uses the Sleep Dart to put McCree -- who just activated his ultimate -- to sleep, saving herself from certain death.

Her Biotic Grenade, meanwhile, has an area of effect in which teammates are healed and enemies are damaged. In addition, allies standing in the grenade's AOE receive improved healing from all sources for a few seconds, while enemies cannot be healed over the same period. Because of this, her grenade sounds like the perfect crowd control weapon, and it will be interesting to see how she pairs with other support characters to take the most advantage of the increased healing aspect.

Her ultimate, Nano Boost, temporarily makes one target faster, hardier, and stronger. In the gameplay trailer, she hits Reinhardt with her ult and proceeds to watch him manhandle a Hanzo, Junkrat, and Bastion with ease. In the right hands, this ability might make the difference between a game-winning push to take the objective, and failure.

Blizzard has yet to announce Ana's release date, though presumably Overwatch players won't have to wait very long now that she has been officially announced. Her arrival will bring the roster up to 22 heroes, and it will be refreshing to have a new support to try -- especially for players who enjoy playing as Hanzo or Widowmaker all the time. A good support (or two) can make victory much easier to reach, and hopefully Ana's arrival will encourage more players who otherwise wouldn't play this class to give it a shot.

To see Ana in action for yourself, you can visit her official page.

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WWE 2K17 Cover Star to Be Revealed This Monday Sat, 25 Jun 2016 14:31:45 -0400 Joe Passantino

According to the official WWE 2K Twitter account, the cover star for the latest in WWE's main gaming series, 2K17, will be revealed on Monday, June 27.

As seen above, John Cena appears in the tweet doing his signature military salute and "You Can't See Me" taunt. Cena has already been confirmed for the game, and he could be the cover star. Of course, his appearance in the tweet does not guarantee that that will be the case. Cena previously starred on the cover of WWE 2K15 as well as on several WWE SmackDown vs. Raw covers before the series changed its name in 2011.

Other recent cover stars have included "Stone Cold" Steve Austin on last year's edition and The Rock on WWE 2K14.

WWE 2K17 will be available in October for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game is currently available for pre-order through the 2K Store and WWEShop, as well as other outlets.

Which WWE Superstar do you hope to see on the WWE 2K17 cover? Let us know in the comments below!

Monster Hunter Generations: New trailer and demo details revealed Thu, 16 Jun 2016 08:39:05 -0400 Jenifyr Kaiser

Capcom released a new cinematic trailer as well as more details about their upcoming 3DS game, Monster Hunter Generations, at E3 this week. Among the announcements was the release of a downloadable demo coming soon for all 3DS players. Although most of us will be able to download the demo on June 30th, some fans will start receiving early access codes for the demo this week.

The demo will feature multiplayer and have three monsters for players to hunt. The monsters include a newcomer named the Great Maccao. After delivering a beating to this poor creature, players will then face off against another new monster -- Malfestio. This one looks a bit like a giant owl. The third and toughest monster is an old fan favorite -- Nargacuga. 

Some monsters from previous games will make an appearance in Monster Hunter Generations, but they aren't the same old baddies we've fought in the past. These are the creatures that somehow survived our raucous beatings in the past and have now evolved to become the most dangerous monsters ever. They are called Deviant monsters -- and they came to chew bubblegum and kick ass, but they're all out of gum.

At least two of the new creatures have been revealed. They are the Dreadking Rathalos and the Thunderlord Zinogre. These will be some of the toughest creatures players will face in the game, but they will also be the most rewarding. Parts from these baddies will be used in crafting some of the most awesome gear in the game, so the reward should be worth the risk.

Monster Hunter Generations releases on July 15th. Look for the demo on June 30th, then sharpen those Gunlances and get ready for monster smashing fun for the whole family.

Persona 5's Ninth Phantom Thief Revealed, Along with New Character Trailers and the "Cooperation" System Wed, 15 Jun 2016 13:27:35 -0400 Daniel Lopez

During the "Revealing the Phantom Thieves" livestream event on Nico Nico Live this morning, Goro Akechi was revealed as the mysterious ninth member of the Phantom Thieves for Persona 5

Previously, Goro was featured on Persona 5's official cover art (top right). He was presumed to be a party member like the rest of the characters on the cover, but had yet to be officially identified until now.

While not much was revealed about the character, we did learn that Goro is a detective in high school and is voiced by Sōichirō Hoshi. Hoshi is a voice acting veteran whose work includes voicing characters like Kilik from Soulcalibur and Kira Yamato from the anime show Gundam Seed.

The livestream also revealed the "Cooperations", which will act as Persona 5's new social link system. Cooperations are created between the Protagonist and the people he meets around Tokyo. Much like the social link system, your interactions will build a bond that gives players access to new abilities as a Phantom Thief.

New trailers were released by Atlus for three of these Cooperation characters:

Tae Takemi
Arcana: Death (La Mort)
Tae Takemi appears to be a nurse who also acts as a shopkeeper for the Protagonist.

Sojiro Sakura
Arcana: Hierophant (Le Pape)
Sojiro is a coffee shop owner and father of fellow Phantom Thief, Futaba Sakura. He also acts as caretaker for the Protagonist during his stay in Tokyo.

Munehisa Iwai
Arcana: Hanged Man (Le Pendu)
Munehisa is a shopkeeper who provides air-soft guns that the Phantom Thieves presumably utilize in battle.

It is yet to be seen how exactly Cooperations differ from the social link system, but there's a good chance that the new name brings new mechanics along with it.

Lastly, if you're confused as to why there are French translations for each arcana, that's because Persona 5 is using each arcana's French name for the game's redesigned tarot cards. The new design helps the cards fit in with Persona 5's unique aesthetic.


Images via Persona Central

In case you missed the news last week while nestled under a rock, new story info was also revealed for Persona 5, including how the Protagonist finds his way into the Velvet Room.

Baby got class -- Twin Saga classes revealed Sat, 11 Jun 2016 06:40:30 -0400 Jenifyr Kaiser

Aeria Games released a new game trailer this week revealing the 10 character classes that will be available in their latest MMORPG -- Twin Saga. Currently the game is in pre-alpha, but they are accepting sign ups for the closed beta now. No word yet on when the closed or open beta sessions will begin.

The class system, in which a character may switch classes as often as they like, allows the character to keep all of the skills learned in one class and carry them over to the next. Although there will be ten classes at launch, players will begin with four and must unlock the rest. Whether that happens in game or via item mall purchases is unclear.

One of the more interesting features of the game is what they call "Terracottages". They are basically moving houses that serve as both a home and a means of transportation. The player can modify and upgrade their homes as they progress through the game, adding various useful features such as crafting stations.

Aeria Games is known for other MMO titles such as Echo of Soul and Aura Kingdom. Both games were very successful in their own right. It remains to be seen if Twin Saga will follow in their footsteps. Fans of the genre should keep a close eye on this one. For more information and to sign up for the beta, check out their official webpage.

Phoenix Point: First Screenshot Revealed Fri, 03 Jun 2016 09:47:47 -0400 Jenifyr Kaiser

Snapshot Games has just released the first screenshot of its newest title, Phoenix Point. The game comes from the mind of Julian Gollop, the creator of the original X-COM and (more recently) Chaos Reborn. Julian Gollop founded Snapshot Games with David Kaye in 2013. Three years later, this new game will be a tactical, turn based affair with a world-based strategic overlay.

Few details have emerged on Snapshot's latest game; however, we do have the very first screenshot to tide us over until more is revealed. We also know that the game will feature large-scale monsters to fight, and that your soldiers will be able to target certain parts of them during combat. That will be an important aspect of combat.

An example given on the game's Facebook page reveals one monster called the Crab Queen. It states:

"The Crab Queen has a black mist ejector in its abdomen. If it is disabled the queen will no longer be able to eject mist which summons reinforcements and gives them cover. Shooting out its face will send it into a blind frenzy, rendering it unable to direct attacks or movement."

The game appears to be following a sci-fi horror theme, and if Julian Gollop's past releases are any indication, we can expect a deep strategic game with hints of X-COM and plenty of cinematic battles. More details will certainly emerge after the game's full reveal at E3 later this month. Keep an eye on the game's official website for more information.  

Titanfall 2 Leak Teases New Weapons And Poster Wed, 25 May 2016 08:50:31 -0400 Justin White

Thanks to an apparent leak via /r/titanfall, fans of the mech-piloting FPS are now abuzz with speculation thanks to a new poster and supposed leaked news of a few new weapons and gameplay features.

The original thread has been preserved over at NeoGAF and yields this quote:

I've been sitting on some Titanfall 2 information that was shared with me, and I've finally got the go ahead to post.
Titanfall 2 will release in October and the Mountain dew leak is indeed legitimate. They've added a ton of new pilot abilities including the addition of a grappling hook. My source said you can use it quite extensively, for getting into your Titan, aiding free-running, or tactical plays such as pulling enemies while they're midair. The pre-order bonus will be a handgun called the Violator. Multiplayer maps are bigger which I can assume they upped the player count to go along with them.
The left side of this will be the box art.
Stay tuned.

That is a lot of fun info to break down. A grappling hook would greatly enhance the already astounding verticality of Titanfall's unique free-running gameplay, not to mention the possibility of snagging your opponents from mid-air. 

The addition of a handgun called "The Violator" is positively rife with speculation, but it does sound cool.

The final piece of the leak centers around the supposed poster/box art for the upcoming sequel, official information about which is due out June 12th. The poster seems to indicate the Titans now possess a new "shadowing" ability, because the Titan's and Pilot's poses are mirrored as they both seem to run along the wall. 

But as always with leaks, take this information with a grain of salt. We'll know for sure in a few weeks.


Battlefield 5 title and artwork revealed ahead of event Fri, 06 May 2016 10:56:14 -0400 Eric Levy

It looks like the rumors are true and we'll be going back in time to World War I in the upcoming Battlefield 5.

An image from the game showed up on Xbox Live this morning in order to advertise today's livestream.  A retail promotional poster was also found on Reddit, showing the same image and confirming the title of the upcoming entry as Battlefield 1.  

As you can see in the image above, a release date of October 18, 2016 seems to be all but officially confirmed, and there will be a DLC entitled the Hellfighter Pack.  The Hellfighter Pack will contain "themed items inspired by the heroic Harlem Hellfighter infantry regiment."  Whether this pack is just a pre-order bonus or DLC available to the public is still unknown.

Finally, it seems a Battlefield 1 beta will be announced at the event as well. According to an image found on NeoGAF (below), if you register to become a Battlefield-Insider, you will receive early access to the public beta as well as other exclusive content.

We'll be covering the Battlefield Event when it starts at 4PM EST / 1PM PST, so be sure to check back when the time comes for all your Battlefield needs.

2Dark announced for release in 2016 Wed, 16 Mar 2016 11:47:28 -0400 Cresta Starr

This past Friday on March 11th 2016, the indie survival horror game 2Dark was announced for release later this year. A few days later at GDC, the developer Gloomy Wood showcased their game. The game was conceived by Frédérick Raynal -- the creative driving force behind Alone in the Dark, which was released way back in 1992.

Frédérick Raynal explains that he wanted to do something different than most horror games, which often ask the player to risk their own life. But what's scarier then risking your own life, you might ask? Risking the life of kids. And this game does exactly that. In 2Dark, you play an ex cop by the name of Mr. Smith who is not only on the search for his own kids, but who also sets out to rescue children from serial killers in the town of Gloomy Wood.

2Dark is  blend of different things: action, horror, stealth...but above all -- rescuing children. The relentlessly dark and seedy gameplay will leave you with chills. Players can look forward to playing 2Dark on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Mac, and PC.

Brand new story trailer for Uncharted 4 revealed Thu, 25 Feb 2016 02:27:31 -0500 Alec Pearce

A new trailer for the long-anticipated PS4 exclusive, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, has been released by Naughty Dog on the PlayStation YouTube channel.

In a PlayStation blog post, Neil Druckmann, the creative director of Naughty Dog, had this to say about the new trailer"

"Uncharted almost done. Up until now we’ve dropped small hints about Nate’s final adventure. It’s time to finally pull the curtain back and give you the official Story Trailer. But before jumping into it, a warning: We’re being careful not to reveal too much — but story trailers by their very nature contain some story spoilers. If you’re on a media blackout… what are you doing here?"

Druckmann also made the bold claim that this was the "best trailer in Naughty Dog's history".

In the trailer itself (see above), protagonist Nathan Drake can be seen alongside a plethora of new and returning cast members, along with shots of stunning vistas and dangerous situations, such as nearly falling over a huge waterfall.

Fans of the series will be hoping for a culmination of Drake's story that befits a character of his stature and popularity -- and from what we've seen so far, A Thief's End looks set to do exactly that.

New info, screenshots and behind-the-scenes videos will be released about the game right up to its release on April 26th 2016.