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January 19, 2018

Look inside Vampyr with the first chapter in a new series

Last week, Focus Home Interactive and Dontnod teased a web series that focused on Vampyr and what makes the game, today they have released the first part of it, check it out below.

In Episode I: Making Monsters, Dontnod gives more information about Jonathan Reid, the doctor-turned-vampire that players will step into the shoes of in Vampyr. Freshly turned, Reid’s ‘condition’ unveils a dark new reality, thrusting him into a once-hidden society of wretched creatures like himself. Ancient Ekons plot from the shadows, terrifying Vulkods prowl the streets at night, and cursed Skals hide in the darkest places of the city.

The three following web series’ episodes will release weekly, with Vampyr releasing Autumn 2018 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

World of Warships Blitz is out now

Wargaming has announced that World of Warships is now available on mobile, both on Apple and Android devices in World of Warships Blitz, check out the trailer below.

World of Warships Blitz takes the realistic vehicles and epic naval experience of its PC counterpart and combines them with smaller teams and maps so that every 7 vs 7 encounter is fit to bursting with instant, rapid-fire action. Forge a path of destruction with the legendary battleship USS North Carolina, outwit foes with the USS Iowa, take the helm of an Imperial Japanese Navy Kongo-class battlecruiser and lead your team to victory—anywhere, anytime—on the bus, hanging out at home, or trapped in another boring meeting.

Just like the PC version and the World of Tank Blitz version, the game is free to play, so get going and take naval combat anywhere you go.

Life is Strange: Before the Storm is getting a limited edition

Square Enix has announced that Life is Strange: Before the Storm is getting a retail release, via a limited edition, which comes packed with a host of goodies, in addition to the game.

Those are wanting to pick up the game can do so on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, either on its own now, or on March 9th in the limited edition.

The Limited Edition contains a physical artbook featuring art from Life is Strange: Before the Storm plus the licensed soundtrack on CD. The Limited Edition also includes access to the Life is Strange: Before the Storm Bonus Episode, ‘Farewell’. In this episode, players see the return of a young Max Caulfield. This episode welcomes the original voice actors Ashly Burch & Hannah Telle, resuming their roles as Chloe and Max.

The Limited Edition also includes access to the following digital content:

• Mixtape Mode – Design your own playlist from the Life is Strange licensed soundtrack and listen to it alongside a cinematic scene from the game
• Outfit pack – Change up Chloe's look with three new complete outfits. Includes Punk Doe, Hawt • Dawg Man & Illuminati outfits
• Episode 1 from the first Life is Strange season

A full list of included tracks can be found below:
Daughter – Flaws
Koda – I Don’t
Daughter – Glass
Ben Howard – Black Flies
Daughter – Youth
Lanterns on the Lake – Through the Cellar Door
Daughter – All I wanted
Speedy Ortiz – No Below
Daughter – A Hole in the Earth
Broods – Taking You There
Daughter – Burn it Down
Wolf Alice – Bros
Daughter – No Care
Brody Dalle – Don’t Mess With Me
Pretty Vicious – Are You Ready for Me

First look at What Ails You for Batman: The Enemy Within

Telltale Games have released a trailer for the upcoming penultimate chapter of the Batman Season 2 game, titled 'What Ails You'

When the Pact puts its plan into motion, Bruce's cover is finally blown, and as his web of lies unravels, new questions emerge: When and how will the Pact regroup? What's truly motivating Amanda Waller and the Agency? And perhaps most importantly, how will John Doe handle the truth about his buddy Bruce? With another showdown brewing, the clown prince of crime may finally earn his crown...

The episode is out on Jan 24 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and mobile devices.

The Fall Part 2: Unbound is out this February

Over the Moon has announced that The Fall Part 2: Unbound, will be hitting all platforms next month, specifically on February 13th, included platforms are PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, Linux and Nintendo Switch.

The Fall Part 2: Unbound is a hybrid of haunting metroidvania exploration merged with brain teasing point-and-click adventure puzzles and a healthy dose of chilling hard sci-fi. This sequel picks up right where its predecessor left off as we follow the exploits of A.R.I.D., a rogue AI who’s rewritten its protocol to follow one rule: “save myself”. The new parameters of A.R.I.D.’s programming have allowed her the ability to possess new hosts including a posh, reality-divorced Butler, a sexy service Companion and a mysterious combat drone, known as "One".

“With The Fall Part 2: Unbound, our goal is to give players a deeper level of gameplay and story integration than they have ever seen,” said John Warner, CEO of Over The Moon. “Our newest trailer highlights a strange and unsettling section of the game, during which players possess a robot designed to pleasure humans, only twist and manipulate her into hurting others to obtain their goal. We want this game to shock you, excite you, make you laugh, thematically challenge you and put you in situations you have never been in before. It’s our highest goal that video games can change people for the better, and The Fall part 2: Unbound is as rich with interesting ideas as it is fun to play.” 

The first part of the game originally released back in 2014, so it has been a while for the second chapter, are you on board?

Nine Parchments gets some important updates on Switch

FrozenByte has announced that Nine Parchments for Nintendo Switch has been updating, fixing a host of things, the PC release already has the fix, but the PlayStation 4 version is still in development.

The update includes the much sought-after multisaving feature as well as a number of smaller fixes, in fact the full change log is below.

The full changelog:

• You can now store up to 10 runs
• Fixes to saves being wiped when disconnecting from an online game
• Online game can be started alone, no need to wait for others to join in the lobby
• A lot of bug fixes to different kinds of issues of camera not moving and enemies not spawning or dying correctly
• Changes to the online matchmaking logic
• The invisible quill in Endless Snowbanks is now visible
• Fix to the ”The Hero of Trine” Amadeus not unlocking if Amadeus dead when the boss is defeated
• Other minor fixes

No word on when the PlayStation 4 version will get its update, but I would assume soon.

January 18, 2018

Meet Nintendo Labo

Overnight, Nintendo announced that they will be announcing a fun new way to play with Switch, for kids and kids at heart and now we know what they are talking about, meet Nintendo Labo. 

Players will get to assemble a variety of cardboard creations, which take the Nintendo Switch and Joy-Con and use them in a range of ways. For example, you can build a functioning 13-key piano that brings your musical creations to life once the Nintendo Switch console and Right Joy-Con controller are inserted. As you play, the IR Motion Camera in the Right Joy-Con detects which keys are pressed and translates them into unique notes that are heard through the console. You can even take control of your very own motorbike by constructing a functioning set of handlebars, with a Joy-Con inserted in each side and the Nintendo Switch console cradled in the middle. Simply hit the ignition button, turn the right handle to engage the accelerator and watch your adventure unfold on the Nintendo Switch screen, as you race to new destinations.

“Nintendo Labo continues our longstanding mission of making people smile by surprising them with new experiences,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s President and COO. “It is an exciting evolution of the Nintendo Switch platform – one designed to inspire curiosity, creativity and imagination in people of all ages.”

Nintendo Labo is set to release on April 20th, with two kits, the Variety Kit and the Robot Kit, those looking for the Variety Kit will be able to pick it up for $99.95 and the Robot Kit for $119.95.

“We are excited to introduce Nintendo Labo, our new invitation for everyone to make, play and discover with Nintendo Switch,” said Kamon Yoshimura, Managing Director of Nintendo Australia. “We are looking forward to seeing how families and all creative minds craft new ways to play together.”

However for now, you can see what you get in each kit, the Robot Kit contains a large cardboard backpack and accessories, which turn you into a giant robot in the game.

The Variety set offers up lots of options, you can make an RC Car, House, Fishing Rod, Motorbike and Piano, check out them below.

Perhaps the most appealing thing is that the entire Nintendo Labo range requires no other skills, only some patience to put it all together. No scissors or glue is required, just fold and insert, but as its cardboard, you can decorate any piece anyway you want, with a special customising kit being released as well.

Discover ways to unwind in Yakuza 6

Sega have released a new video for Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, which shows just even the toughest members need to relax and unwind, of course if you are in Japan, quite a range of activities are open to you.

In Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, Kiryu will find out exactly how much people are willing to sacrifice for family - be those ties through blood or bond - when he investigates a series of shadowy events that involve the ones he holds closest to his heart. He'll journey to familiar grounds in Kamurocho and the new setting of Onomichi, a beautiful, sleepy port town in Hiroshima Prefecture, in order to find the answers he seeks. Powered by the brand-new Dragon Engine, the game is the ultimate iteration of Yakuza's blend of gritty crime story, hyper-explosive combat, and all the vices and distractions those locales have to offer.

The game itself is coming out on PlayStation 4 on March 20th.

Discover whats new in Civilization VI Rise and Fall

You might think you know all you need to know about Civilization, but 2K and Firaxis think otherwise, which is why they have released a new video for the upcoming Civilization VI: Rise and Fall that details the games new features.

In this video you will learn the details of all the new features like Great Ages, Loyalty, Governors, Emergencies and Enhanced Alliances, check it out.

The expansion is set to release next month on PC, specifically on February 8th

Build your own Gundam in New Gundam Breaker

Unable to keep a good mech down, Bandai Namco have announced an all new Gundam game, called New Gundam Breaker and its coming to PlayStation 4 this year.

Players will find themselves in a new story, while at the same time, as they are able to destroy incoming hostile Gunplas, gather those parts and seek to construct their very own Gundam.

No specific release date has been given, even any sort of a smaller window, just 2018, so stay tuned.

January 17, 2018

Assassin's Creed Origins dates its DLC

Ubisoft have released more details on the DLC coming to Assassin's Creed Origins, including the release dates. First up is the first DLC pack, The Hidden Ones.

This story-driven expansion builds upon the growth of the Brotherhood, taking players four years after the events of Assassin’s Creed Origins, as they clash with an occupying Roman force in a new region of the world, the Sinai. This expansion will increase the level cap to 45, allowing players to continue to upgrade and customise their character. Players will have access to four new Legendary weapons, a new outfit, two new mounts and multiple new weapons, as well as two new levels for all crafted gear. The Hidden Ones DLC is available for all season pass owners or can be purchased separately on January 24, 2018.

The second DLC pack called, The Curse of the Pharaohs is coming in March. his new expansion offers players a completely new storyline to delve into as they travel to Thebes to investigate an ancient curse that is plaguing the region. The Curse of the Pharaohs focuses on Egyptian mythology, pitting players against famous pharaohs and Egyptian beasts, as they investigate the cause of the curse that has brought the dead pharaohs back to life. This new piece of content will increase the level cap to 55 and give players access to new outfits and gear, including rare and legendary weapons, all themed around classic Egyptian mythology. The Curse of the Pharaohs DLC will be available for season pass owners, or can be purchased separately, on March 6th, 2018.

If you are someone that wants to explore the world of the game, but without worrying about dying, the Discovery Tour by Assassin’s Creed: Ancient Egypt will be available on February 20th. The update is free to all game owners, but the mode can be purchased on its own from the uPlay shop on PC, letting you explore the world, but nothing else.

Monster Hunter World gets a limited edition PlayStation 4 console

Sony Interactive Entertainment and Capcom have announced that on January 26th, when Monster Hunter World is released, players will also have the chance to pick up this limited edition PlayStation 4 Pro console.

The limited edition PlayStation 4 Pro is emblazoned with eye-catching artwork featuring the fire wyvern Rathalos, the apex monster of the Ancient Forest. The bundle also includes a physical copy of Monster Hunter: World standard edition, and a customised red DualShock 4 controller with unique designs.

As part of the bundle, players will also receive voucher codes for an in-game Origin Armour Set, Fair Wind Charm Talisman, as well as a Monster Hunter: World dynamic Theme for PlayStation 4.

The whole package is not cheap, at $659.95 its up there in terms of cost, but if you love Monster Hunter, then this is one impressive way to show it.

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