Summer is here, that means Sun's Out Buns Out for Overcooked 2

by: Rob -

Sun's Out Buns Out is the free DLC for Overcooked 2. It introduces two new canine chefs, two new dishes for the menu, and five new levels to play through. The DLC is free for all players and available now. The Sun’s Out Buns Out update re-introduces the sauce dispensers from the previous DLC, Carnival of Chaos, and includes new hazards of it's own like like fireworks. Fireworks in the kitchen? Rarely a good combo.

I've not gotten a chance to play Overcooked 2 yet myself. My brother in law absolutely adores it and I've put hours into the original and had a fantastic time. So it's great to see the sequel continuing to be supported and at a great price, free! One of these days it'll push to the top of my unplayed pile, maybe this DLC will do just that...

Your second first chance to play Kingdoms of Amalur is right around the corner

by: Eric -

There was a lot of jibber-jabber in the press surrounding the original release of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning back in 2012. Swirling scandal surrounded the finances of developer 38 Studios, and the fact that Amalur was down-scaled from its original scope as an MMORPG only served to distract the gaming press and public from what was ultimately a very solid and enjoyable open-world fantasy game.

I played Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning on Xbox 360 when it released (a gift from my brother-in-law, who knew that I adored open-world RPGs), and it quickly became one of my favorite games of that generation. I was delighted to learn that remake/remaster factory THQ Nordic had snatched up the rights to the franchise last year, as I thought I would never see the shores of Amalur again.

But it's 2020, and anything can happen. Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning will be releasing on September 8, 2020 on Xbox One, PS4, and PC - complete with every piece of DLC released for the original title. Crazier still - a new DLC add-on (Fatesworn) will be released in 2020. Could this be the precursor to a full sequel? For a certain sub-section of gaming fans, that would be one of the biggest gaming stories of the year.

For the uninitiated, Kingdoms of Amalur was a world/game created by some major fantasy heavyweights - bestselling author R.A. Salvatore, Spawn creator Todd McFarlane, and Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion creator Ken Rolston.

According to a recent press release,"the game is best known for an unmatched level of player choice, including countless character customization combinations, as well as a rich story filled with a myriad of side quests that layer romance, magic, whimsy and political intrigue into the player’s primary mission. Ultimately delivering hundreds of hours of gameplay, Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning will take players from the vibrant city of Rathir through the vast region of Dalentarth to the grim dungeons of the Brigand Hall Caverns as they uncover the secrets of Amalur!"

That sounds about right. Amalur is huge - with the player working their way though a very large selection of MMO-like zones, each with its own storylines, characters, and secrets. 

The fact that this game became a weird footnote in gaming history is a total injustice, and the fact that this franchise is being dusted off delights me beyond reason.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning will release in several editions. The standard edition will retail for $39.99, while the Fate Edition (which will include the upcoming DLC) will run $54.99. Superfans may opt for the Collectors' Edition ($109.99), which will include:

  • A highly-detailed Alyn Shir Figurine (20.8cm tall x 18cm wide x 14.2cm deep)
  • A custom Amalur keychain
  • Five pieces of original in-game artwork
  • The award-winning game soundtrack composed by Grant Kirkhope
  • A high-quality Collector’s Box

Infliction: Extended Cut is out now on Nintendo Switch

by: Sean Colleli -

Publisher Blowfish Games and developer Caustic Reality have announced that their psychological horror thriller Infliction: Extended Cut is now available on Nintendo Switch. Billed as an interactive nightmare, in Infliction: Extended Cut you explore the haunting history of the small suburban family as reality warps around you. You can use your camera to gather and examine evidence, but an AI horror stalks you the entire time and the deeper you delve into this mystery, the more unhinged this broken family home becomes.

I honestly haven't played the original Steam release of Infliction but I will say this, I love how it wears its inspiration from P.T. on its sleeve. Games like this tend to be disappointingly linear but Infliction has piqued my interest; maybe I'll finally pick it up on Switch. You can grab it on the eShop here for $19.99.

Shadow Warrior 3 revealed in gorgeous, sarcastic teaser trailer

by: Sean Colleli -

Devolver Digital and studio Flying Wild Hog have revealed the long-anticipated Shadow Warrior 3 in a new teaser trailer. As usual Lo Wang is cracking wise and filleting demons, although the trailer hints at some other new elements. He appears to have a new grappling hook to aid in mobility, but then again post-Doom Eternal any shooter that doesn't let you bounce around like Daffy Duck on speed will feel positively sedate. Wang also looks like he's about to unleash a hadouken, but flips his enemies the bird at the last second, so no telling whether that's a new attack or just a smarmy joke.

I've been a fan of the crazy Polish folks at Flying Wild Hog ever since I got sucked in by their immersive cyberpunk shooter Hard Reset, way back in 2011. It's amazing that it's been that long but I was also quite fond of their Shadow Warrior reboot (GN score 9.0) and its even nuttier sequel (ditto), which seemed to foretell the id Software FPS revival and the current renaissance of the 90s-style shooter in general. I'm still holding out for that Hard Reset sequel (maybe a self-aware pastiche in the wake of Cyberpunk 2077?) but I'm just as excited to see the gameplay reveal for Shadow Warrior 3 during this year's Devolver Direct on July 11th.

Manor Lords has you both raise the town and rush into battle

by: Randy -

This game is being built by one person. A solo developer who's worked for three years "in the dark cave of my room." And yet Manor Lords is one of the most exciting early access titles I'm seeing on the horizon. 

It already had my attention with the gridless, free-form Cities: Skylines-style city-building mechanics. Roads organically bending to accommodate foot traffic, wagon routes, and curving with the landscape. Stick-by-stick buildings going up, shaped and nailed into place by villagers. That would've been enough for me. But then Manor Lords further introduces Total War-like battles with swords and shields, a whole lot of suits of armor, and, yes, enough tactics to keep Total War fans scratching that itch.

Not sure I'm as sold on those kinds of battles. But I'll acknowledge that it's ambitious to combine those fights with such do-what-you-want city management. As long as those suits of armor don't come anywhere near my actual buildings. I didn't see a whole lot of defensive structures going up. It's not like these farmers can turn their plowshares back into swords, can they? 

Manor Lords hits Steam Early Access in Fall 2020. Easiest wishlist I've made all week.

Persona 5 The Animation finally getting an English dub... and it comes at a hefty price

by: Nathan -

Persona 5 The Animation was released in Japan a few years ago and while it's been available to watch with subtitles since then, there hasn't been and English dub of the series. Until now that is. Atlus and AniplexUS have announced that the full series has finally gotten that English dub with most of the English VAs making their return to voice our favorite characters. 

Ren Amamiya: Xander Mobus
Ryuji Sakamoto: Max Mittelman
Ann Takamaki: Erika Harlacher
Morgana: Cassandra Lee Morris
Yusuke Kitagawa: Matt Mercer
Makoto Niijima: Cherami Leigh
Futaba Sakura: Erica Lindbeck
Haru Okumura: Xanthe Huynh
Goro Akechi: Robbie Daymond

Now while that is all well and good, there is a catch. The series is available to buy as a 6 disk Blu-Ray set.... for $300. Good lord. Well if you are interested, the Blu-Ray set can be pre-ordered on Persona 5's official website and will be available on September 29th. 

Hellpoint releases co-op trailer ahead of 7/30 release

by: Carter -

Want to fight mindless bloodthirsty creatures on a derelict space station? Want to bond with a friend at the same time?

Hellpoint could be your game. Check out the latest co-op trailer below.

Hellpoint, a hardcore action role-playing experience in the genre of science fiction, will be released on July 30, 2020. The game is landing on several PC platform stores (Steam, GoG, and Epic Games Store), as well as on consoles - PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. 

So, what are you playing?

by: Randy -
 
For its 10th anniversary, PlayStation Plus threw in a bonus game that you probably weren't expecting. How the galaxy-brained video game term "ludonarrative dissonance" made it into the New York Times. And following the success of The Witcher, CD Projekt Red and Netflix are adapting a 10-part Cyberpunk 2077 anime series.
 
So, what are you playing?
 
Eric Hauter
I can't stop messing with Crayta – Stadia's new Free-with-Pro game about making games. I work in software for my day job, and I have been known at times by developers as "the guy who tells us why we can't do things." I poke holes when I see them, and it's difficult to turn that part of my brain off. Now I'm neck deep in creating my own game, and my hole-poking brain is going insane pointing out flaws in my own work. I've been waking up at night with dire realizations about my game. But instead of just dumping the problems on a dev team, I am having to go in and fix them myself, and I find that I am woefully unprepared.
 
My latest problem? My entire level is made out of glass. This means that players can shoot it away, voxel by voxel. The initial plan was that players could create traps for others, shooting holes in platforms and such. But now I realize that I haven't built in a method to rebuild my map after the rabble has damaged it. I don't have the concept of "rounds" in my game, which means that I don't have a method to reset/rebuild the map. I haven't been able to figure it out yet, but my hope is that now that the game went live on July 1, I might recruit some of my fellow GN-types with deeper skills than my own to help me repair the thing. Help me, John Yan! I have spent too much time on Transector to just let it be shot into oblivion! 
  
Randy Kalista
I naturally gravitate towards hunting in video games. Not the sprinting-around-unloading-fully-automatic-gunfire kind of hunting. I mean taking long walks in open worlds, scoping the terrain with slow, panning binocular shots, and not even reloading my nearly empty clip because this'll only take one hit to the vitals. I've scoffed at hunting games because my only experience with them was playing, like, putting quarters into Big Buck Hunter at a pizza joint in the early '00s. But now I'm grown and sophisticated and a genius so I'm playing Hunting Simulator 2.
 
That and Hardspace: Shipbreaker. Want to chip away at a mountain of debt, cutting up one squarey spaceship at a time, and whipping their pieces and parts into either the furnace, further processing, or a component barge? Me, too! As a blue collar cutter with country music piped into my helmet, it feels like I'm in the spiritual prequel to Dead Space, if Captain Malcolm Reynolds were to swing by the shipyard to drop off some scrap.
 
Rob Larkin
I'm away from my PC and PS4 Until August, so it's all Switch and mobile gaming for me these days. I'm still playing The Elder Scrolls: Legends daily on my iPad. Just had a nine-win run in the last gauntlet I was especially proud of then somehow with the exact same deck managed to go 0-3 in my next run.  RNG giveth and RNG taketh away. I also made a run and hit Legend rank for the first time this month. Being a F2P player isn't the easiest route there but I have a goblin control deck that is cheap, very much in the meta and can go head to head with just about anything. Inside Legend rank I've been having even more success with a Crusader deck that is a little more outside the meta that I don't want to talk about too much.
 
For Switch I am playing through Steamworld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech while I wait on a few review codes. It's cute and fun and so far has been a joy to play. If you haven't caught on to the whole CCG theme I'm on right now, then let the last game bring it home, on deck for the Switch I have Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales loaded up for when Steamworld comes to an end. It's actually nice to have some quest based CCGs to balance out the endless war of attrition that a game like TESL can become. 

Destroy All Humans! releases "Dependence Day" trailer

by: Carter -

Are you enjoying your freedom? You don't have much longer to make the most of it. 

Ahead of Destroy All Humans! July 28 release, Black Forest Games released the "Dependence Day" trailer, showcasing more of the upcoming remake's gameplay. 

Once this cult-classic returns, players will be able to terrorize the people of 1950s Earth in the role of the evil alien Crypto-137. Harvest DNA and bring down the US government in the remake of the legendary alien invasion action adventure.

Get ready to annihilate puny humans using an assortment of alien weaponry and psychic abilities. 
 

It's Hero Time...this October

by: Russell -

If you would have told me that Ben 10 is turning 15 this December I likely wouldn't have believed you before today. It's hard to believe that Ben Tennyson and his Omnitrix first hit our TVs in 2005 and since it's a long running franchise, naturally there have been several video games. Well it's time to add one more to the list as Ben 10: Power Trip launches October 9th on the PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Steam. The game focuses on Ben's efforts to uncover the truth behind four mysterious crystals unleashed by the evil magician Hex that threaten the world. Ben must use his Omnitrix to transform into various alien creatures to save the world. While not much has been released about the game so far, a short trailer has been uploaded and you can pre-order the game over at the game's official website.