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January 19, 2019

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown has blasted to release on consoles today

Do have the need? The need for speed? Well you can get your fix today, as Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is out now for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Those who are on PC, will need to wait until February 1st to get their fix, but when they do, they will be able to take to the skies and experience an all new story and world in the latest entry in the Ace Combat series.

Across the emotive Campaign Mode, players will dive into a world-wide conflict - with blurred lines between who is right and wrong - and experience sky battles bursting with graphical power. 
In Multiplayer mode, budding pilots can take to the skies in intense 8-player dogfights or Team Deathmatch mode. From cold, strategic aces to daring, genius pilots, each player will be able to customise their favourite aircraft with more than 100 different enhanced parts, in order to perfectly match their needs. 

Days Gone reveals new world details and special collectors editions of the game

Days Gone has been a bit silent since it slipped back from its planned release last year, to April this year, but now Bend Studios and Sony Interactive have started to talk about the game more. To do this, they have released the first of a series of videos that talks about the game, this time its all about the world.

I had the chance to play the game at E3 last year and came away impressed, hopefully the full game matches the expectations that I now have set. But if that was not enough news for you, they have also announced to special editions of the game.

Those who just want the base game, can do that now, but there are also two other versions of the game announced, a Special Edition and a Collector's Edition. The Collector's Edition looks amazing, the figure of Deacon St. John, leaning against his bike, is incredible. 

If you want to order yourself the Special Edition, you can do that here, but if you want the much cooler looking Collector's Edition, you need to click here.

All the Mortal Kombat 11 details you could ever need are here

After being teased at The Game Awards last year, Netherrealm Studios and Warner Bros Games have taken the wrap of Mortal Kombat 11, with multiple trailers, new character announcements and more, first up the gameplay trailer.

Eagle-eyed views might have noticed a new character in that gameplay trailer, that is because there is a new character. Meet Kronika the all-new, time-bending character and also the first female boss character in Mortal Kombat history, who is the Keeper of Time and creator of existence.

If you want to learn a little more about the gameplay, check out this deep dive, which was presented on stage at the reveal, be warned its about 10 minutes long.

Also, it has been announced that Sonya Blade is now being voiced by UFC champion, Ronda Rousey, who has been a fan of the series for a while.

“I’ve been a lifelong Mortal Kombat fan, and Sonya Blade was the first kick-ass, female video game character that I related to,” said Ronda Rousey. “Now I get to voice her in Mortal Kombat 11. It’s a dream come true to be a part of the Mortal Kombat franchise that I grew up playing.”

Finally, a whole new fighter was announced, meet Geras

The game is out on April 23rd for Xbox One, PC and PlayStation 4, but the Switch version appears to be delayed a few weeks, no reason has been given though.

“We’re thrilled to showcase Mortal Kombat™ 11 and reveal the gameplay, new features and epic characters to the fans,” said Ed Boon, Creative Director, NetherRealm Studios. “We have an amazing community, and it’s an honour to share this celebration of the Mortal Kombat™ franchise with all of our passionate fans around the world.”

If you want a little more Mortal Kombat 11, here are the fatalities and a look at the behind the scenes.

Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid announced - coming this April

Almost out of nowhere, thanks to a leak, Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid has been confirmed as coming this April to Switch, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, with a PC release coming later in the year. The best news, the game supports cross-platform, meaning no matter where you play, you should always find an opponent.

Power Ranger: Battle for the Grid is an easy to learn but hard to master fighting game that delivers a modern take on the Power Rangers franchise. Featuring a streamlined combat system, the game welcomes newcomers to the genre with simplified controls, while maintaining depth and detail for more intense and experienced competitors. Players will be challenged to test their skills online against friends and other players around the world, providing endless replayability. With new content and game modes releasing throughout the year, the game will continuously offer the community new ways to play and compete.

“Power Rangers fans have been asking for a high fidelity fighting game on console and PC that match up iconic Rangers and villains across the expansive Power Rangers multiverse for quite some time now,” said Taehoon Kim, co-founder and CEO of nWay. “We wanted to deliver this to the fans and make sure it has cross-play and cross-progression capabilities as we believe playing with friends across multiple platforms at the same time is where the future of gaming is headed.”

“Since the acquisition of the Power Rangers IP, we’ve been looking forward to bringing Power Rangers fans memorable experiences. With Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid, we’re expanding the portfolio of great Power Rangers games to more platforms,” said Mark Blecher, Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Affairs at Hasbro.

“The Power Rangers have proven to be an enduring global phenomenon among audiences of all ages,” said Daniel Engelhardt, Senior Vice President of Interactive Ventures & Games at Lionsgate. “We are excited to build upon our successful mobile game, Power Rangers: Legacy Wars, to offer a unique opportunity for fans to enjoy a new cross-platform fighting game experience on console and PC.”

With cross-play across multiple platforms, all players whether on Xbox One, Nintendo Switch or PC, will be in the same player pool and will have the ability to compete against each other in real-time. Even when players change their platform, their mission progress they have worked to achieve will still be available to them, allowing for cross-progression and true seamless gameplay no matter where they play.

Take a closer look at the story and more of Anthem

Anthem developers Bioware have released a new video for the upcoming shared world adventure, which takes a look at the story, progression and customisation that players will experience when the game launches next month.

Over the past few months, with one happening just the other day, they have also been taking a look at the different javelins that players can pilot in the game. The recent one, which you can watch below, took a closer look at the Ranger.

Before that was the Interceptor

And finally, the Storm.

Anthem is due out on February 15th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, with a demo expected to launch on January 26th.

Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Complete Edition is out today

Bandai Namco have announced Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Complete Edition is out today for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, giving players access to everything that the game has to offer, including an all new expansion.

The game is a third-person shooter / RPG, where players will enter the world of Gun Gale Online, a new virtual world featuring the usage of firearms in battle, levelling up and gaining skills as they progress through the story.

The Complete Edition comes with the base game, new expansion, Dissonance Of The Nexus, which features even more new characters and story, as well as all the other previously released DLC. 

The game is out for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, with a Nintendo Switch version coming later this year.

Overwatch is getting ready to celebrate the Year of the Pig

Blizzard have announced that the Lunar New Year event is returning in 2019 and celebrating the year of the Pig this time around. So far, all we have are the dates, January 25th is the start and it will run until February 19th.

More details are expected to be released across the various Blizzard social channels, so keep an eye there, or come back here for the complete list.

Protector the castle and save the princess in Guard Duty

Developer Sick Chicken Studios is in-need of help, they need some guards, or more specifically a single replacement for the Castle of Wrinklewood, as one guard, Tondbert, drank to much and allowed the princess to be kidnapped.

With Princess Theramin, the heiress to the throne and the object of Tondbert's unrequited affection, kidnapped by a mysterious stranger in a black cloak, it is up to Tondbert to save the day, but is he up to the challenge?

Guard Duty is coming to Steam this Autumn and will support PC, Mac and Linux machines.

Learn the ways of the spy to help your conquest in Total War Three Kingdoms

Sega and Creative Assembly have released a new trailer for Total War: Three Kingdoms, which shows off some of the ways spies can help you achieve total domination.

In Three Kingdoms, your most guileful characters can sneak behind enemy lines to poison, assassinate, and even incite war. They'll have to keep a low profile at first, sharing smaller secrets like the movement of enemy troops. But, once they rise through the ranks, they can bring your foes to their knees.

Be warned: treachery isn't without its perils. If a spy is caught in the action, they risk brutal execution. Of course, they can always betray you to save themselves, returning to you as an extra devious double agent. Is your star general fighting for your glory, or is another another hand pulling the strings?

They never said unifying China would be easy... The game is out for PC on March 7th.

January 18, 2019

Save the world from darkness in Odallus: The Dark Call

Not content with releasing one Switch title on February 8th, Digerati and developer JoyMasher have announced that Odallus: The Dark Call, will also be out on that day for Switch and if you buy one of them, you can get the other for 10% off.

Odallus: The Dark Call is an exploration/action game and loving homage to the 8-bit genre classics. You play as Haggis – a battle-weary warrior who must wield his sword once more to rescue his son from Darkness.

Whilst the game is launching on February 8th for Switch, those on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, will need to wait a little longer, as the game is set to release sometime this Autumn. Those on PC, can already experience the adventure.

Oniken: Unstoppable Edition is launching first on Switch, next month

Indie publisher Digerati and developer JoyMasher have today announced that Oniken: Unstoppable Edition will be coming to Switch, on February 8th. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners will need to wait until later in the year.

In a post-apocalyptic future controlled by a sinister corporation, ninja mercenary Zaku is the last hope for humanity. Inspired by the demanding gameplay of 8-bit action/platformers, Oniken: Unstoppable Edition pits your agility and swordplay against a gauntlet of enemies, traps, and challenging bosses.

A retail release is planned, but is not expected until later in the year, once dates have been announced, I will let you know.

Bust out on mobile as The Escapists 2: Pocket Breakout is coming soon

Team17 have announced that escaping prison is now ever easier to do, with The Escapists 2: Pocket Breakout coming on January 31st to iOS and Android devices.

The full prison escaping experience is bring brought across to mobile devices, attend daily roll call, undertake your daily duties and more, all while planning your grand escape. Team up with 3 friends and plan the ultimate escape together.

With 5 large prisons to map and escape, there are countless ways in which you can do things, so get to thinking as the escape begins on January 31st.

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