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The Dark Pictures: The Devil In Me gets new story trailer located in a spooky hotel

by: Henry -

Bandai Namco released a new story trailer for Supermassive Game's upcoming horror anthology: The Dark Pictures: The Devil In Me. This new title has the Lonnit Entertainment TV crew receive a mysterious phone call from a man called Granthem Du'Met. They are invited to a tour of the H.H. Holmes murder castle, which quickly turns into a trap made by their host.

Aside from the standard edition of the game, an "Animatronic Collector's Edition" was also announced. It is exclusively available at the Bandai Namco store and includes the folllowing: 

  • An Animatronic bust figurine
  • An exclusive postcard and envelope
  • A Lonnit Entertainment business card
  • A trusty map of the Hotel Island

The Dark Pictures Anthology: The Devil in Me is releasing sometime Autumn 2022 for PC via Steam, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S|X.

Check out the brand new story trailer below:

Hex Gaming adds more features to modular Rival eSports controller, releases the Rival Pro

by: Eric -

Hex Gaming made waves last year with the release of the Hex Rival Controller, a modular eSports controller that was constructed by heavily modding a PS5 controller. One year (and one week) later, Hex Gaming is back again with a new and improved version - this morning announcing and releasing the Hex Rival Pro Controller.

The Hex Rival Pro is available today from Hex Gaming's official website and Amazon, starting at $199.99. Players can switch various components in and out from the controller situationally, creating the best fit for their hands depending on the type of game they are playing.

 Key features include:

  • Interchangeable thumbsticks, play wired or wireless, switch thumbsticks in seconds, and remappable rear buttons configurations on the fly.
  • Players can activate the remap program during the game and assign a maximum 15 buttons (X, O, Triangle, Square, Up, Down, Left, Right, L1, L2, R1, R2, L3, R3, Touchpad ) to the rear buttons.
  • 6-in-1 interchangeable thumbsticks, 3 different heights, 2 different ergonomic thumb grip design, domed or concave. Gamers can operate the controller flexibly, capture targets faster and improve accuracy.

For the super-serious, $289 will add on a few extra features, including hair triggers on the trigger buttons, a high-performance grip, and clicky LBRB buttons. 

These are some seriously nice controllers - and they are seriously nice looking. You can choose from a number of different faceplates and custom paint jobs that are so attractive that I would be afraid to touch the thing for fear of messing it up. I can imagine opponents being pretty intimidated when you pulled out one of these things.

For more information on different models available, check out the Rival Pro Controller site here.

Michael Jordan revealed as the cover star for two covers (NBA 2k23)

by: Kyle -

2K have revealed that Michael Jordan is the cover star for the Michael Jordan Edition, with an image of the back of his jersey gracing the cover of the Championship Edition.

In the trailer, 2K shows some of Michael's iconic moments like his free throw dunk, his shot over Craig Ehlo, and others. The trailer focuses on switching back and forth between live video and a video game version of Jordan dunking from the free throw line looks accurate - dramatically showcasing the accuracy of the rendering in the game. We also see the 1988 All-Star court when Michael won it. Preorders for NBA 2k23 go live tomorrow, July 7th. 

Nintendo shows off new Splatoon inspired Switch

by: Elliot -

It may not be the Switch Pro, but there is a new Switch model on the horizon. A special edition Splatoon 3 themed Nintendo Switch – OLED Model system will be available in stores featuring design inspiration from the new Splatoon 3 game. “Adorned with splashy, squid-tastic images straight out of Splatsville, the Nintendo Switch – OLED Model Splatoon 3 Special Edition includes a set of one blue and one yellow gradient Joy-Con controllers with white underbellies and a white, graffiti-themed Nintendo Switch dock.” The Nintendo Switch – OLED Model Splatoon 3 Special Edition will be available in stores at a suggested retail price of $359.99.

But that’s not the only Splatoon inspired gear that’s coming soon. On Sept. 9 the Splatoon 3 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller becomes available, at a suggested retail price of $74.99. There is also a Splatoon 3 Edition Carrying Case, at a suggested retail price of $24.99.

Of course don’t forget the actual Splatoon 3 game launches on September 9.

 

The Tale of Bistun is inspired by a 12th century epic poem

by: Elliot -

I was immediately drawn to the color and art of The Tale of Bistun. Then when I learned the story of the game is inspired by a 12th century epic poem I was completely on board. “The Tale of Bistun follows an amnesiac stone-carver on his journey up the slopes of the intimidating Mount Bistun. He’ll have to battle legions of monstrous foes using fast-paced, melee combat and powerful magical abilities as he explores the real world and the mysterious place of forgotten memories, known as the Revelations Realm, in search of answers. All the while, a mysterious voice encourages him to keep going, recounting his every step and keeping close tabs on his quest through these beautiful but blight-infested lands.” One of the other interesting bits about Tale of Bistun is that it is a modern re-telling of the classic Persian romance, an epic poem from the 12th century, “Khosrow and Shirin”, the story is about love, loss, and adventure through a magical land.

The Tale of Bistun arrives on July 13 for PC, Xbox One, and Series S|X.

Forspoken gets delayed again... releases January 2023 now

by: Henry -

Square Enix and Luminous Productions have decided to delay their upcoming game Forspoken to early 2023 from an official tweet this morning. This is the second delay for Forspoken as it was slated to launch in May this year, then got pushed back to October.

Please see the tweet below for more information:

 Forspoken is now coming to PlayStation 5 and PC on January 24, 2023. Let's hope it doesn't see another delay!

 Check out latest trailer below:

Biomutant is coming to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series in September

by: Henry -

THQ Nordic and Experiment 101 announced that their Kung Fu fable RPG Biomutant from last year would be getting native next-gen versions very soon. In case you missed it, check out Rob's review of Biomutant on the PlayStation 4.

Please see below for all the next-gen technical details:

PlayStation 5 Technical Details

Choose between three different graphic modes:

  • Quality: 30 frames per second 4K resolution
  • Quality Unleashed: 40-plus frames per second, averaging 50 to 60 frames per second, up to 4K resolution
  • Performance: 60 frames per second locked at 1440p

Biomutant on the PlayStation 5 unleashes not only framerates but also the power of the DualSense. Feel even more immersed with haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, motion control, and speaker sound. On top of that the PlayStation-exclusive Activity Cards will also offer a variety of different ways to jump straight back into Biomutant. If you already own the PlayStation 4 version, you will be able to upgrade to this enhanced version for free and you can even bring those delicious PlayStation 4 save files with you!

Xbox Series S|X Technical Details

On Xbox Series X, Biomutant offers native 4k resolution with up to 60 FPS, the Xbox Series S offers a 1440p resolution and up to 60 FPS as well.
These are the three different graphic modes:

  • Quality: 30 frames per second at 4K resolution (1440p on Series S)
  • Quality Unleashed: 40-plus frames per second, averaging at 50 tot 60 frames per second, up to 4K resolution (1440p on Series S)
  • Performance: 60 frames per second locked at 1440p (1080p on Series S)

Biomutant is coming ti PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S|X on September 6, 2022 for $39.99. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners can upgrade the game for free at no extra cost.

Check out the announcement trailer below:

 

God of War Ragnarök is coming to PS4/PS5 this November

by: Henry -

The official PlayStation Twitter account announced this morning that the long awaited sequel to 2018's God of War would be releasing this November! God of War Ragnarök is set three years after the events of the prequel. We see Kratos and now grown up son Atreus take on Thor and Freya while searching for the Norse god of war, Tyr.

Developer Santa Monica Studios also unveiled the Collector's and Jötnar Editions of the game. 

Collector's Edition:

  • Printed voucher code for the full God of War Ragnarök game on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 consoles.
  • A Steelbook Display Case (no game disc included) – The God of War Ragnarök Steelbook Display Case depicts renditions of the Bear and the Wolf. 
  • 2” Vanir Twins Carvings – In the same style as Atreus’ wooden toy carvings of the Huldra Brothers from the God of War (2018) Collector’s Edition, the God of War Ragnarök Collector’s Edition completes the set with carvings of the Vanir Twins. 
  • Dwarven Dice Set – This set comes with a set of dice with a quality wood-like finish in a dice bag with a symbol of Yggdrasil on the outside. 
  • 16” Mjölnir Replica – A highly detailed replica of Thor’s signature weapon from God of War Ragnarök
  • Kratos Darkdale Armor** 
  • Atreus Darkdale Attire (cosmetic) ** 
  • Darkdale Blades Handles for the Blades of Chaos** 
  • Darkdale Axe Grip for the Leviathan Axe**
  • Official God of War Ragnarök Digital Soundtrack 
  • Dark Horse Digital Mini Artbook 
  • Avatar Set 
  • PlayStation 4 Theme

Jötnar Edition:

  • Printed voucher code for the full God of War Ragnarök game on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 consoles.* 
  • 7-Inch Vinyl Record with music by Bear McCreary – This includes two tracks from composer Bear McCreary. 
  • The Falcon, Bear, and Wolf Pin Set – Representing Faye, Kratos, and Atreus respectively, this pin set symbolizes our heroes’ family. 
  • The Legendary Draupnir Ring – A ring from Norse Mythology, the Legendary Draupnir Ring comes in a red cloth bag. 
  • Brok’s Dice Set – This dice set comes with a metallic silver finish with blue detailing. The dice bag features the Huldra Brothers’ brand. 
  • Yggdrasil Cloth Map – This cloth map shows each of the Nine Realms within the branches and roots of Yggdrasil. 
  • A Steelbook Display Case (no game disc included)
  • 2” Vanir Twins Carvings 
  • 16” Mjölnir Replica 
  • Kratos Darkdale Armor** 
  • Atreus Darkdale Attire (cosmetic) ** 
  • Darkdale Blades Handles for the Blades of Chaos** 
  • Darkdale Axe Grip for the Leviathan Axe**
  • Official God of War Ragnarök Digital Soundtrack 
  • Dark Horse Digital Mini Artbook 
  • Avatar Set 
  • PlayStation 4 Theme

**Unlock in-game items via story progression.

God of War Ragnarök is coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 on November 9, 2022. For more information, please check out the official PlayStation Blog. Pre-orders begin July 15, 2022 at 10:00 am Local Time.

Check out the cinematic "Father and Son" trailer below:

Action JRPG Valkyrie Elysium releasing September 2022

by: Henry -

Square Enix launched a new trailer showcasing their upcoming JRPG Valkrie Elysium, featuring new characters, combat gameplay, and narrative elements.

Please refer below for the official game description via the PlayStation Store:

  • This action RPG incorporates the series' signature Einherjar and combo systems, allowing players to enjoy speedy, three-dimensional combat. The game's unique art style beautifully depicts a collapsing world as Ragnarok looms, with series veteran Motoi Sakuraba returning to enrich the title with an unforgettable soundtrack.
  • Story: Long ago, Ragnarok—the End Times—loomed upon the realms. The All-Father Odin, with the last of his strength, created an emissary of redemption, Valkyrie; her sole task being the salvation of a doomed world.
  • High-Speed Action RPG: Effortlessly soar through the battlefield and perform high-speed actions with the new Soul Chain system. Utilize a wide array of abilities and skills at the Valkyrie’s disposal to unleash devastating combos.
  • Einherjar: Summon Einherjar – strong warrior spirits selected by the Valkyrie – to aid you in battle! Summoning Einherjar imbues the Valkyrie with elemental bonuses, giving players a tactical advantage in battle.
  • Combo & Divine Arts System: The “Arts Gauge” fills as players perform a J19 continuous stream of attacks and maintain combos.
    Consuming the Arts Gauge enables the Valkyrie to perform powerful, special techniques known as Divine Arts.
  • Upgrade and Customization Features: Upgrade your weapons, skills, and Einherjar/Divine Arts combos to customize your playstyle. 

Valkrie Elysium is coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 on September 29, 2022 and PC via Steam on November 11, 2022. Pre-orders are now available on the PlayStation Store for $59.99 for the base edition and $74.99 for the digital deluxe edition. The digital deluxe edition includes the base game, Valkyrie equipment "Svartaljr", and Valkrie Profile: Lenneth. Lenneth is a previous Valkrie game being ported to the PlayStation 4 and 5 consoles.

Check out the release date announcement trailer below:

Lollipop Chainsaw getting a remake next year

by: Nathan -

The cult classic Lollipop Chainsaw, about a cheerleader zombie slayer, has sadly been all but forgotten now thanks to it never receiving any kind of ports or backwards compatibility, probably due to it being a licensing nightmare.

The game was a little janky but it was still fun and was one of the funniest games I have ever played, especially with how Juliette carries her boyfriends talking head around with her everywhere. The game had a lot of heart with well written characters and a fantastic soundtrack as well. 

As reported by IGN the remake will release sometime in 2023 and will be a full remake of the original game build from the ground up. Also confirmed is that sadly, while it will contain a few licensed tracks, the game will mostly consist of new music. 

launch trailer for the original game courtesy of Gamespot