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November 14, 2018

Get crafty in My Time at Portia


Team 17 have released a new trailer for My Time at Portia, this time taking a look at the crafting options available to players, check it out.



As well as crafting and building there’s plenty more to do and discover in Portia including growing crops, raising animals, befriending the towns quirky inhabitants and uncovering the mysteries this charming post-apocalyptic land has forgotten.

My Time at Portia is currently available in Steam Early Access and will be coming soon to Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

November 13, 2018

Things are heating up as Spyro Reignited Trilogy is out now


Activision have announced that Spyro Reignited Trilogy is out now for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, bringing the purple dragon to modern consoles for the first time, in a true remastering of the classic PlayStation experiences.



Spyro Reignited Trilogy introduces players to a fully remastered game collection with a re-imagined cast of characters, animations, environments, brand-new lighting and recreated cinematics—all in stunning HD. 



Those who have a PlayStation 4 Pro or Xbox One X will be able to experience the game in true 4K as well.

Activision celebrated the release, by crafting a very delicious looking cake, which was created by baking sensations and long-time pals, Raymond Tan and Vickie Liu.






The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince gets a new gameplay trailer


NIS America have released a new gameplay trailer for The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince and have announced the games release date, check out the trailer below.

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The game is set to release in North America on February 12 for Switch and PlayStation 4, for us here in Australia, we are still waiting on final confirmation, but we usually get the games either the same week, or a few later.

How do two lonely souls navigate the precarious path from a tragic misunderstanding to a fairytale ending? 

Overcoming these dangerous hurdles requires both strength and smarts! Shift between the wolf's mighty form to muscle your way through, or utilize the princess's cleverness to guide the prince to safety.

Just Cause 4 kicks things up a notch with a new trailer


Square Enix and Avalanche Studios have released a wicked new trailer for Just Cause 4, the results of which are that if you thought Just Cause was insane before, you aint seen nothing yet.



This high-octane CGI trailer is produced and directed by Visual Works in collaboration with Director’s Duo. The title track, 'I’m Just (Remix)’ by Artizan, is one of four tracks created for Just Cause 4 which are out now for digital download. The full Just Cause album releases on December 4th to tie in with release of the game. Watch out for the extremely limited edition coloured vinyl too!

The Forge is out now and has a new trailer to boot


During the recent X018 event, Square Enix released the first trailer for the upcoming Shadow of the Tomb Raider DLC, called The Forge, check it out.



The Forge is available today and will test players as they brave the lava-flooded Forge of the Fallen Gods to uncover the secrets of a lost city! Conquer this all-new challenge tomb, playable solo or in co-op, to unlock the new Brocken outfit, Umbrage 3-80 weapon, and Grenadier skill. 

Along the way, Lara must uncover details of a friend’s ancient legacy, and overcome a danger thought to be lost in flames.

The DLC is included in the season pass or available to purchase on its own.


November 12, 2018

Taiko no Tatsujin Drum 'n' Fun - Review


Whenever a new music rhythm game comes onto the scene, I find myself always keen to play it, regardless of its platform, or input method. For Taiko no Tatsujin, it making its way out here for the first time was always going to be something that caught my eye, but now that it is here, does the series live up to the hype or is it just marching to the beat of its own drum.


For those that are not aware, the game is all about bashing a drum, in tune to some popular songs from Japan, while bashing is not an accurate description, it does represent how most people are likely to play the game. The games main method of input are the two strike types., Don for the red and Kat for the blue, if you are using button controls, you need to press one button for Don if you are striking on the right side and another for the left side. The other two face buttons do the left and right versions for the Kat, if you are playing with motion controls, you swing down for Don and swing from the side for Kat, it takes a little bit to adjust to the differences between the two, but pretty quickly you will be donning and katting away.

As you play the main game, the symbols of the actions you need to complete will enter from the right side of the screen, and when they land on the indicated spot, you drum away. If you have played another music rhythm game before, the concept will feel very similar, the only thing you need to be aware of, before you do anything, is the delay between screen and sound is going to be different for everyone, so adjusting that will help you out. Once you have that done, you have mastered the basics of the game, but that is not enough for you to play it, as sadly the controls, as simple as that are, are all over the place.


If you use standard buttons for the controls, then you will get the game, but without any of the fun, it would be like playing Guitar Hero without a guitar, kind of pointless, but if you use motion controls, then you need a heaping help of patience. Now I don’t know if the issue is with the game, the Joy-Con I used, which was a lot, or a combination of them, but the game would always register more inputs than I did, some getting my hand back up, ready to swing would result in the game detecting a swing. Thankfully the game is pretty forgiving, only giving you a bad result if you miss a beat, but adding more is all good in its book, the problem is when the game throws two successive notes at you, be they Don or Kat, the result is that the game just can’t understand the rapid inputs required. When you leave the music rhythm portion and enter the mini games, the game handles things a little better, whilst the mini games are a fun diversion, you are not going to be getting the game for them.

The other issue I had is the music selection, not because they are in Japanese, for the most part, but more so that the drumming noises always overshadowed whatever track was playing, if you turned down the drum to hear the music, it defeated the purpose of the game. Overall though, the track selection was pretty good, it covers a range of genres, from the traditional Japanese pop, to some classic orchestral songs, also included was the ability to listen to some classic anime and gaming tunes, perfect for the otaku in you. As the version of the game that I reviewed was the Switch one, it had some Nintendo elements in it, from tracks from Super Mario Odyssey and Splatoon, to characters like Squid from Splatoon and Kirby from, well Kirby. The characters though are not just a cosmetic element, each character impacts the game.


Some of the characters will give you not bonus effects, perfect for those that want the pure experience, there are some though, that are loaded with effects, to make things easier for you. One character, removes the need to spam a button press, or shake things constantly for when you need to hit the rolling notes. Another makes it more forgiving on how close you are to hitting the note, so swapping between characters often, is a great way of finding one that works for you, if I used motion controls, I always went with the more forgiving of the characters, in order to stand a chance. As you play through the main mode, each milestone you hit, will unlock more tracks and characters, the rate of which is pretty decent, so you won't spend hours attempting to unlock a new song or two, should you wish to get more, there are packs available for download, letting you expand past the games initial roster.

From a presentation point of view, the game has a great balance between cartoon visuals and performance, that some games fail to meet, which given the intense nature of some of the songs, on the more challenging difficulty’s is impressive. The visuals though are basic, which may help explain that, seeing characters like Don-chan or Kirby at the top of the screen, I would have liked to see more than just the same repeating animations, one for normal, one for when you do something bad and one for when you are on fire. The other weird presentation issue, is that none of the characters speak in English, which again is fine, except there are also no subtitles to be found, which means whenever a character speaks, unless you are someone who speaks and understands Japanese, you will be like me and have no clue what is being said.


Taiko no Tatsujin Drum ‘n’ Fun is a decent game, it is clear though that you really need to play the game with its designed controller, to get the best experience from it. The mini games, whilst fun, are not worthy of the investment into the game and the less said about the motion controls the better. Die-hard series fans will surely enjoy this entry, but those who are new to the series, may way to avoid this one for now.


Review code provided by Bandai Namco

Forza Horizon 4 is set to dig up some treasure on Fortune Island


During the recent Inside Xbox show, at X018, Playground Games announced the first of the two planned DLC packs for Forza Horizon 4, Fortune Island. They also announced that it is coming soon, how soon we were not told, but I would imagine early 2019 for sure.



As the video explains, the new location will test players with dangerous roads, insane weather and plenty of chances to get some treasure. 

Crackdown 3 gets a multiplayer mode and a new release date


Xbox have finally released details about the multiplayer in Crackdown 3, thanks to Inside Xbox at X018, their annual Xbox fan event, which this year was held in Mexico City. They kicked things off, with a look at another Terry Crews filled trailer.



Those who watched the Terry Crews trailer will have noticed that the game now has a release date, at least for now, with February 15th 2019, being the current one. 

The multiplayer, which will be there day one is called Wrecking Zone and consists of two, five player teams, in a massive arena, where you can win by dropping a building on someone, check it out.



November 10, 2018

Aladdin is getting a new wave of collectables


Funko and Disney have announced that the animated classic Aladdin, is getting Pop! and more, with a new range of collectables.

If you’ve ever wondered what Abu would look like as an elephant, wonder no more. Iago has a lot to say, and will likely conspire with any villains or evil forces in your collection. Genie is ready to grant three wishes, but remember that it’s against the rules to wish for more wishes. And Prince Ali might look like a real prince, but appearances can be deceiving, especially as Jasmine is escaping the city in disguise



Reenact your favorite scenes from the Disney animated classic with 12-piece Mystery Minis including Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie, Jafar, Rajah, Abu, Razoul, Sultan, Peddler, Aladdin as Prince Ali, Iago, Carpet, Jasmine in disguise and Jafar as an old man, varying in rarity from 1/6 to 1/72.



Look for SuperCute Plush of Aladdin, Abu, Genie, Rajah and Jasmine!

For those looking for something more, look for the 5 Star range. 5 Star Aladdin is ready for adventure with Abu and his magic lamp by his side.  5 Star Jafar has his loud-mouthed parrot Iago and magic scepter. 5 Star Genie and his magic carpet are ready to grant you three wishes and maybe take you on a tour of Agrabah. 5 Star Jasmine has her loyal tiger Rajah at her side.



Finally, you can relive the magic and romance of Jasmine and Aladdin’s magic carpet ride over Agrabah with a Magic Carpet Ride Movie Moment.

Valiant Hearts: The Great War is out now for Switch


Ubisoft has announced that the Great War can now be experienced on Nintendo Switch as Valiant Hearts: The Great War is out for the platform.



A story of friendship, love, sacrifice and tragedy during World War I, Valiant Hearts: The Great War is a heartfelt adventure through history that tells the story of five separate strangers and a broken love in a world torn apart, brought together by the horrors of war and a faithful canine companion.

On a journey filled with exploration, action and riddles, players will explore famous WWI locations like Reims and Montfaucon, and crucial, war-impacting moments like the Battles of Marne and Somme as they work with their trusty and lovable dog to solve puzzles and sneak behind enemy lines. From the green forests of the French countryside, to dark trenches and snowy fields, players will travel through history in this emotional adventure game delivered with a unique tone and art style.




The Secrets of Dr Wu will be exposed in Jurassic World Evolution


Frontier has today announced that Jurassic World Evolution: Secrets of Dr. Wu is coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 20!

Jurassic World Evolution: Secrets of Dr. Wu is a new premium content pack featuring all-new locations, dinosaurs, challenges and a brand new Jurassic World story starring BD Wong as geneticist Dr. Henry Wu.



Jurassic World Evolution: Secrets of Dr. Wu also introduces the herbivore Olorotitan and the venomous Troodon to Jurassic World Evolution, alongside three new Wu-created hybrids: the Stegoceratops, Ankylodocus and Spinoraptor. Players can progress through Jurassic World Evolution: Secrets of Dr. Wu missions to unlock new upgrades and research options that can be used throughout the Jurassic World Evolution campaign, including the Indominus Rex’s unique camouflage gene as seen in 2015’s Jurassic World.


Alongside the new expansion, all Jurassic World Evolution players will receive a free game update introducing an optional day/night cycle to the campaign, new dinosaur grouping and sleeping behaviors, new contracts and new large-capacity feeders. 

The free update will be out the same day as the premium content.

Roll out commander as Battlezone Gold Edition is out now for Switch


Rebellion has announced that beginning today, your Nintendo Switch can transform into a hovertank as Battlezone Gold Edition is out now for the platform.



Battlezone Gold Edition features motion controls that transform the Switch into the Cobra's cockpit, giving you truly immersive control of the most advanced war machine ever built! Battlezone Gold Edition also offers support for both online and wireless local co-op play for up to 4 players, as well as ALL the content ever released for the game including bobbleheads, tank skins and Classic Mode.

Tackle an explosive "rogue-lite" campaign that never plays the same way twice. Earn upgrades, customize your Cobra tank and preserve your lives as you fight your way through to the iconic volcano showdown. Play solo or with friends via drop-in, drop-out 4-player co-op available across the entire campaign.




 
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