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Retro cartoon FPS Mouse shows off new gameplay

by: Jason -

1930s cartoon inspired boomer shooter Mouse shared a new gameplay trailer this week, and it continues to impress. If Cuphead was a black-and-white FPS, I envision it looking something like Mouse. The new trailer shows off some new gameplay mechanics, including a grappling hook for rapid movement, helicopter for aerial traversal, and PowerUp Spinach, which is used to enhance your melee capabilities – Popeye style.

In Mouse, players assume the role of a private detective fighting to clean up a city engulfed in chaos and corruption (those darn mice!). Polish developer Fumi Games also reiterated that the game is targeting a 2025 release, though no specific window or platforms have been nailed down. I still can’t get over the striking art and animation work in this one. Check it out:

Monster Jam Showdown launching August 29th

by: Jason -

Developer Milestone announced today that its monster truck racing game Monster Jam Showdown will launch on August 29th for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Three days of early access will also be offered, through what I am assuming will be a premium edition of the game.

Monster Jam Showdown lets you get behind the wheel of 40 trucks, including fan favorites Grave Digger and Megalodon. An additional 26 trucks will be added later as free or premium DLC. The game also features three environments to compete across in 10 game modes. Check out the original announcement trailer below:

New 'Centre Court Report' details the modes of TopSpin 2K25

by: Jason -

We are a mere two weeks away from a moment that tennis sim fans have been waiting for – the return of the TopSpin franchise. Yesterday, 2K published a new “Centre Court Report” video that dives a bit more into the modes we can expect to play when TopSpin 2K25 launches on April 26th.

New tennis players will want to start at the TopSpin Academy, where tennis legend John McEnroe will guide you through tiers of training exercises to you get you familiar with the ins and outs of the game. Once you feel comfortable (of if you are the person who skips tutorials) you can jump in to offline and online Exhibition modes to play matches against the CPU or other humans. The real meat of the experience will be MyCareer – a staple of 2K Sports’ titles for years now. The MyCareer mode lets you create and customize your own player and then compete to climb the ranks of the pro tour in a single-player environment.

If you prefer to go head-to-head against your fellow humans, you can jump into World Tour or 2K Tour online modes. World Tour features rotating challenges where you select from a real tennis pro and compete against other players. 2K Tour lets you bring your created player online to take part in ranked and unranked matches as you try to climb global leaderboards.

Surprisingly, there doesn’t appear to be a MyTeam or similar card-based mode in TopSpin 2K25, which has been another staple of 2K Sports’ games. Regardless, I’m in on this one. Check out the new video below:

Become a space scoundrel when Star Wars Outlaws launches on August 30th

by: Jason -

Rumors had been swirling for a couple of weeks now that a Star Wars Outlaws release date was imminent, and now, we can put the speculation to rest. Ubisoft studio Massive Entertainment announced yesterday that the third-person open-world title will be launching August 30th across Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, Amazon Luna, and PC through Ubisoft Connect. The game will come in three editions – Standard for $69.99, Gold for $109.99, and Ultimate for $129.99. The two premium editions will come with a season pass that grants access to two DLCs, three days early access to the game, and a smattering of digital items.

In addition to the release date announcement, Ubisoft also shared a story trailer for the game, detailing protagonist Kay Vess' journey through the criminal underworld of the Star Wars universe. Kay is running from a bounty on her head when she is given a chance at freedom by executing the heist of a lifetime. From there, she sets off to gather a crew and resources necessary to pull off the job.

Honestly, I am not a big Star Wars fan, but this looks great. And I’m always down for a new Massive Entertainment experience. Check out the new trailer below, or peruse the game’s various editions available for pre-order on your preferred marketplace.

Ermac coming to Mortal Kombat 1 next week

by: Nathan -

The next DLC character for Mortal Kombat 1 is releasing very soon and it's another classic Mortal Kombat ninja, Ermac. Making his debut in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, the collection of souls known as Ermac will release on April 15th and will bring with him all those telekinetic powers we know and love. He's also gone some new tricks up his sleeve like being able to summon the souls of fallen warriors within him to use in attacks as well. Ermac will also come with Kameo Mavado, who debuted in Deadly Alliance and hasn't been in a game since Armageddon. 

Ermac will be released for those who own the Premium Edition or Kombat Pack on April 15th while Mavado will be released in May. 

Foamstars Mysterious Swing season begins soon

by: Elliot -

Foamstars was a game I picked up once with a couple of friends from Gaming Nexus. As you can watch, we had a blast playing it, but I didn’t find myself going back. If you want a game that lets you hang out with three of your friends, is low-stakes, and still competitive, then Foamstars should be on your list. Square Enix has announced that the next season, Mysterious Swing, will be debuting on April 12. There will be a newly released character, new events, and a variety of new free and premium cosmetic content. Mysterious Swing will be available to all players from April 12 until May 17.

Mysterious Swing highlights include:

  • A new Foamstar– Chloe Noir: a mysterious art gallery director who uses a straight-shooting foam charge rifle to hunt down opponents using Ciel, her Bubble Beastie. Chloe Noir can be acquired by all players for free as a Tier 31 reward for the Season
  • Pass or can be obtained immediately by purchasing the Premium Pass.
  • Weekly free limited-time items: Slide into the Foamstars shop every Friday to get free content. One item per week is available for all players and includes a Character Skin for Mel T, a Foam Gun Skin for Jet Justice, and more.
  • Ranked Party: Two limited-time seasonal events, the solo player-based Ranked Party Lonestar and team-based Ranked Party Tribe-Vibe.
  • Extreme Party: Challenge players in two special themed events; the All Chloe Party - where every player team competes to chill opponent teams as… Chloe Noir, and the Bubbly Penguin Party, where players can only fight using Penny Gwyn with her Toboggan Bomb and Emperor March skills.

Foamstars is available to purchase for $29.99 via the PlayStation Store and requires a PlayStation Plus subscription. A Premium Season Pass is available for purchase at $5.99.

Nostalgia hits with Rugrats: Adventures in Gameland

by: Elliot -

My wife loves to joke about how sheltered my early childhood was. Like some of you, at least I hope, my parents were careful with watch I watched on TV at a young age. As such, Rugrats was a show I was not initially allowed to watch as a kid. Of course that meant all I did was watch the show, same with the Simpsons. Looking back, it’s a little funny to see what is what my parents were worried about. Poop jokes. Anyway, the MIX, Limited Run Games and WALLRIDE have come together to create Rugrats: Adventures in Gameland. This is a all-new platforming adventure is coming to PC, consoles, and, believe it or not, the NES care of an exclusive Limited Run physical edition. If you can’t wait to play as Tommy, Chuckie, Phil or Lil until later this spring then you can check out the free demo now available. The real treat for collectors seems to be the Limited Run physical edition for Rugrats: Adventures in Gameland.

There are two different tiers of collector’s editions. “The VHS Edition is inspired by classic Nickelodeon orange tapes and features an LRG-signature VHS-styled box and gold Reptar SteelBook. Collectors going a step further can pick up a Collector’s Edition that features an exclusive gold Reptar figure from Super7 alongside extras like a CD soundtrack, a digital code for the full game to be delivered upon digital release, and a certificate of authenticity.” Both physical editions will be available to pre-order until April 21st. Rugrats: Adventures in Gameland launches digitally this Spring for Nintendo Switch, Xbox, PlayStation and PC via Steam.

Lost in the Open has a demo available for Turn Based Thursday Fest

by: Rob -

There no firm release date for Lost in the Open. Born from Kickstarter, the tactical RPG is expected to release sometime in 2024 but you can play it now with the playable demo. The demo was released in conjunction with Steam's Turn Based Thursday Fest, a celebration of turn-based games. Lost in the Open plunges your king, alone and wounded after an assassination plot, into a dark land. You must carefully manage your resources and recruit wisely allies to survive each node of the roguelike, randomized world. 

The demo can be found now on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/2027380/Lost_In_The_Open/ 

 

Exoprimal is getting a Mega Man collab, new modes, exosuit variantes, and more later this month

by: Russell -

On April 16th, Exoprimal will launch Update 4 which will feature a collaboration with Capcom's blue bomber, Mega Man. The update will give players some new Exosuit variants, two new game modes in Custom Match and Time Loop Rebellion, and some Mega Man-themed cosmetics.  Can't beat Air Man? Why not be Air Man? You can also be Mega Man and the Yellow Devil, but there's something else coming with the update that, as someone who's never played Exoprimal, really has my interest piqued. As a fan of Mega Man I've dealt with Yellow Devil several times throughout the series, but never like what's shown in the trailer. The fight shown against the Yellow Devil really has me interested in checking out Exoprimal, and thankfully there's only a couple more weeks before the new update drops. You can check out the trailer on Exoprimal's YouTube Channel.

 

Tekken 8, Eddy Gordo, and another Fighter's Pass

by: joseph -

Tekken 8 has released Eddy Gordo, and he is out today for everyone now. You can get your kicks with him for $7.99USD. It might be better for you to just upgrade to the Ultimate pack to get the other three incoming characters. It's only $19.99, and that's a $12 dollar difference. That's your math for the day. Eddy Gordo doesn't have his own Arcade Story yet, but that is coming soon. Check out our first impressions with Loot Lovas Lounge on the Games N Moorer channel. 

With Eddy, comes a "Tekken Fight Pass", and like other passes of the sort, there is a Free tier, and a Premium Tier. As you play the game, in pretty much any mode, you will receive Fight Exp. Fight Exp will automatically unlock things for you. Now the things you unlock may not be the most desirable things, but you don't HAVE to buy the premium pass either. Round 1 goes untilJust enjoy the free stuff, and keep it moving. 

I don't understand the discourse of these passes. If you don't want it, simply don't buy it, but I think calling someone a "corporate bootlicker" for wanting to spend their own money on fatalities or cosmetics is very weird to me. If the people who didn't buy the premium items outweighed the people who do, then I could understand the 20 minute Youtube videos about calling someone out. Yet another reason why I will never understand the anger behind people wanting to spend money on the things that they want. Get over it. /rant