If you've been looking for your Elder Scrolls fix on the go (because let's face it, you can't exactly lug your consoles or desktop around with you no matter how much you want to), then you might be delighted to hear that The Elder Scrolls: Legends is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Adapted to smaller screen sizes, the mobile version of the game has all the features of the PC version (which is of course still available for download on Steam and Bethesda.net).
If you're new to the game like me, here's the rundown. The Elder Scrolls: Legends is a strategy card game with a flexible deck-building system and a variety of modes for both the casual and the competitive player. You can play your way through the single-player Story Mode, Versus Mode, and Arena Mode, and AI opponents are available if you don't feel ready to face off against another human player (or if you just plain don't feel like it).
This game has been at the back of my mind for a while, but its expansion to mobile might be the final push I was looking for to finally delve into it. I swear by The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, so I'm particularly excited to see a bunch of familiar faces in the recently-launched Heroes of Skyrim expansion. It added over 150 new cards to collect, plus a bunch of new mechanics and powerful abilities.
The Elder Scrolls: Legends is now available for your iOS or Android phone on the App Store and the Google Play Store, respectively.
One of the modern hallmarks of a good flight simulator is, somewhat counter-intuitively, the ability to arrive at an airplane that doesn't already have the engine(s) running and all of the switches correctly positioned for flight. This is known in the real world as a "cold and dark" airplane.
The latest update to Dovetail's Flight Sim World provides exactly that. It may sound trivial to implement until you consider the number of switches, knobs, levers, and buttons that need to have additional code behind them. Many pieces of modern avionics have start-up splash screens too, so all of that needed to be modeled as well.
Cold and dark also presents a challenge to the pilot. These things have a proper order to be done in, and picking the correct control from the plethora of similar-looking things on the panel and often spread throughout the cockpit takes a lot of study and practice. Dovetail has addressed this issue by creating virtual checklists that visibly highlight the item that needs to be set or activated next. Once the pilot is comfortable with doing the process unassisted, the highlights can be turned off. Very cool.
There's one more significant change that's part and parcel with the cold & dark starts: no pilot wants to sit at the departure end of a runway starting his engines. Having to do so in a sim would entirely negate the boost in realism incumbent with all of the switchology, so they have also added the ability to spawn your flight on a taxiway, parking spot, or even a passenger gate if they ever add airliners.
Everyone's favorite cooperative cooking game is available on Nintendo Switch. A new batch of Overcooked is fresh out of the oven! Originally released in 2016 for Windows, Xbox One and PlayStation 4; Published by Team 17 and developed by Ghost Town Games, this version of Overcooked (dubbed the "Special Edition") includes both "The Lost Morsel" and "Festive Seasoning" DLC packs.
In total, Overcooked on Switch will feature 44 campaign levels to conquer with a spatula, 9 versus levels in which to do delicious battle, and 22 different chefs to whip up culinary masterpieces as. Each of the campaign levels can be played single player, or local co-op with up to 4 players.
Quick! Before it gets all cold and soggy... go pick up Overcooked on Nintendo Switch eShop today!
While PC and PS4 owners have been enjoying Killing Floor 2 for over a year now, the zed-slaughtering funhouse is finally making its way to Xbox One and Xbox One X on August 29th. This new version will run you $40 and include all previous DLC, in addition to some timed exclusive content that Xbox owners will get first. First of all you can get your hands on the Freezethrower weapon, which much likes its Duke Nukem 3D namesake freezes zeds solid for subsequent shattering. You can also suit up with the Wasteland Armor uniform, which is only cosmetic and doesn't affect gameplay. Naturally, the Xbox One X allows for 4K support, increased performance and high-res textures and shadow maps.
It's great that Xbox One owners can finally get their hands on this fantastic game--no doubt the delay was rather disheartening to the Microsoft faithful. That said, I can't wait for the timed exclusive Freezethrower to make its way to Steam, where I've been getting my zed-killing fix.
The Razer Tiamat headsets have been some great gaming headsets. Having owned the original 7.1 version, it provided good quality sound and good clear voice communication.
Razer is now updating that line with two new headsets. The Razer Tiamat 7.1 V2 has five drivers in each ear cup to help create awesome 7.1 directional surround sound. It's got a rotating mic that can be moved out of the way when not in use. Included is an Audio Control Unit that lets you control the sound as well as let you plug in speakers so if you want to switch between the headset or your speakers, it can easily be done through the unit.
Of course, the ear cups and Audio Control Unit has the Chroma feature so you can get a nice colorful display of lights that can be adjusted via Razer's software.
The Razer Tiamat 7.1 V2 is out now for a price of $199.99.
For those who aren't looking a less expensive but still very capable headset, Razer also has the Tiamat 2.2 V2 coming at you. This $129.99 headset should excel in 2.1 sound and has a single audio connector for connection to the PC and mobile devices such as your phone or Nintendo Switch.
Each cup holds a 50mm driver and there's a rotating boom mic for voice communications. It's got inline controls so you can control your audio easily as well.
Both headsets are now available worldwide.
The Sims 4 [GN score: 8.8 out of 10] is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 17. Now, I'm the type of socially responsible and mortgage-paying adult that thinks he's totally over The Sims. Like, who needs that kind of game in their life except [insert wildly false platitude about middle aged mom gamers or what-have-you].
The truth is, I still love The Sims. In fact, one of my favorite games of the past year has been RimWorld. RimWorld is more often described as "Accessible Dwarf Fortress," but that's not how I play RimWorld. It's all well and good that I can adjust the air conditioning in each and every room and build double-wide sandbags around my solar panels, but I come to RimWorld for The Sims-like drama. Yes, Colonist Randy, please bring the crash landed resources back to base—but how are you feeling, little buddy, considering the fact that Colonist Scarlett Johansson totally shot down your marriage proposal even though you've been sleeping together for several months and she considers you her lover but she completely nixed your idea of wedding bells? Like I said, RimWorld Randy, what's got you down?
So, maybe I'm not over that kind of drama, the kind of drama that's inherent to The Sims gameplay. Suffice it to say, maybe I'm looking forward to The Sims 4 reaching more platforms. Sure, it's difficult for me to buy in, nowadays, when I know that the initial $50 buy-in is only the start, and that there are three expansions, five Game packs, and 11 Stuff packs to release before EA even begins thinking about developing The Sims 5.
Yet here I am, mouse hovering over the send button in Gmail, debating on whether to send a request for review code to my editor-in-chief.
Again, The Sims 4 hits PS4 and Xbox One on November 17. It's been on PC since 2014.
Have you ever played Ikaruga, the shoot-em-up where you have to switch your ship between black and white to avoid the corresponding bullets? Well imagine that, but spread across two different screens and you'll have an idea of what Dimension Drive is about. The game is a vertical-scrolling shmup split horizontally across two screens; the only way to avoid the bullet hell on one side is to swap to the other. Developed by 2Awesome Studio, Dimension Drive is coming to Steam and Nintendo Switch this fall. Here's the latest trailer for a closer look.
Need For Speed : Payback is slated to be one of this years best motoring experiences and this new trailer shows off the load of cars, AND a customization system for the ages. As a gearhead myself, I could see a load of quality cars to upgrade. Just from the video I could see a '66 Mustang, a Nissan 350Z, a Jaguar F-Type, a '70's Datsun 240, a BMW M4, a 55 Chevy Bel Air, a new Challenger, and a Porsche GT3. Besides that, when you pre-order, you get the Premium Pack that gets you these awesome rides :
Exclusive Platinum Blue Underglow & Tire Smoke Vanity Items
Nissan 350Z 2008
Chevrolet Camaro SS 1967
Dodge Charger R/T 1969
Ford F-150 Raptor 2016
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 2016
You can pre-order the game here: https://www.ea.com/games/need-for-speed/need-for-speed-payback/buy
XSEED has announced that Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star is out now on Nintendo Switch and PC. The Steam version is 10% off in the first week of sale and all DLC is 20% off. Switch owners might get the better deal, however, as the Switch version comes with over 30 DLC costumes and the exclusive "Unshackles Bride" outfit. Nathan really enjoyed this Musuo-style hack-n-slash title when it debuted on the PS4 back in January, so if you missed Fate/EXTELLA the first time around it might be worth picking it up for the platform of your choice. Here's the launch trailer if you want to get a feel for the game.
Switch players who are Rayman fans are in for a treat. Ubisoft has announced that the Definitive Edition is coming to switch September 12th and that a demo for the game is on its way. It allows up to four players and offers an exclusive wireless local multiplayer experience in Kung Foot mode. It also allows access to a new tournament feature in Kung Foot.