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Delightful psychedelic exploration game The Eternal Cylinder coming in hot on next-gen consoles this October

by: Henry -

ACE Team and Good Shepherd Entertainment have announced the next-gen versions of their adventure survival open world exploration game The Eternal Cylinder. You play as a small creature known as a Trebhum that can evolve and mutate, gaining new abilities and attributes. It is up to you to navigate obstacles and face dangerous predators to save your planet from The Cylinder, a giant structure that relentlessly crushes everything in its way.

See below for some key features of the game:

  • An Unforgettable Alien World… Explore a vast, open land with four unique biomes, each filled with extraordinary flora, bizarre fauna, and wondrous surprises and horrors at every turn.
  • …with Real-time Environmental Destruction: Each time The Cylinder roars to life, more of your beautiful planet is crushed under its weight, leaving nowhere to hide. Run for your life and watch out for new hazards created by the ancient destroyer to survive.
  • Build Your Own Alien Family: Choose from more than 50 mutations for each Trebhum, with special abilities like the power to fly, shoot tornadoes, grow spikes and more, to give your herd a variety of ways to overcome any danger. Each mutation grants a unique appearance for your lovable creatures, creating a growing family of diverse companions for your journey.
  • Solve Ancient Mysteries: Unlock ancient knowledge from past generations of Trebhum in hidden sanctuaries protected by a variety of clever puzzles.
  • Beware The Cylinder’s Dark Servants: Be on guard for monstrous abominations created by The Cylinder to infest, consume and destroy every living thing on the planet.

Along with the next-gen versions also comes a free anniversary update:

  • New Creatures to Discover: Two new beings are roaming the world – approach at your own risk!
    • The Buddugh Gropp is a highly aggressive herbivore found in the tundra biome.
    • The Gharukuk is a large tripodal omnivore located in the desert.
  • New Mutation: Your Trebhum have developed a fiery new mutation that lets them shoot jets of flame from their trunks, a spicy defense against predators – especially those with fur!
  • New Graphics Options: You’ve never experienced The Eternal Cylinder like this before! Become even more immersed in this wildly vivid world with the following upgrades:
    • Steam/Epic Games Store: Enjoy 4K resolution and ray tracing.
    • PlayStation 5: Choose between 4K or ray tracing modes, with support for haptic feedback and adaptive triggers on DualSense™ wireless controllers.
    • Xbox Series X: Choose between 4K or ray tracing modes (ray tracing unavailable on Xbox Series S).

The Eternal Cylinder is available now on PC via Epic Games Store, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. It is coming out on PC via Steam, Xbox Series S|X, and PlayStation 5 on October 13, 2022. A free demo will be available on Steam on October 3, 2022. The next-gen upgrades will be free for existing owners.

Check out the official Steam and next generation console trailer below:

Horror anthology The Fridge is Red coming to PC this September

by: Henry -

Developer 5WORD Team and publisher tinyBuild have announced a release date for their upcoming horror anthology game The Fridge is Red, based on old school PlayStation 1 inspired visuals.

You play as Frank as he finds himself in nightmarish scenarios after a client leaves an unusual red fridge for you to repair. The game is split among six episodes in varying different locations, including an abandoned hospital, remote highway, or scary cemetery. Each episode focuses on a specific theme and experiments with different mechanics and ideas.

The Fridge is Red is coming to PC via Steam on September 27, 2022. You can try out the first episode via the free demo on the official Steam page!

Check out the official release date trailer below:

Cosmic horror The Chant gets a post Halloween release date

by: Henry -

Developer Brass Token have unveiled a new trailer and release date for their upcoming horror game The Chant

The Chant is a single player, third person horror action adventure game set on a remote island of spiritual retreat. It is inspired by 1970s psychedelic horror, with bright neon colors and lighting. A ritual accidentally releases occult nightmares and attendees must now face their darkest fears. The newest trailer showcases a snippet of melee combat that can be employed during the game. Will you choose to run or stay to fight?

Take a look below for the full cast of characters:

• Siobhan Williams, starring as Jess
• Kira Clavell, Starring as Kim
• Nicole Anthony, starring as Maya
• Praneet Akilla, starring as Sonny
• Emily Tennant, starring as Hannah
• Adam Millard starring as Tyler

The Chant is coming to PC via Steam, Xbox Series S|X, and PlayStation 5 on November 3, 2022. You can wishlist the game now on Steam to support the developers!

Check out the newest trailer for The Chant below:

Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed materializes this October, right in time for Halloween

by: Henry -

Developer Illfonic finally dropped a release date for their upcoming 4v1 hunt or haunt asymmetrical multiplayer game Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed, along with pre-order bonuses and goodies.

Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed allows you to group up with a squad of four in order to track down invasive ghosts around the city. The game offers cross platform multiplayer or solo with AI bots. The ghosts work alone, roaming classic locations such as the museum, prison and firehouse. Possess objects to raise a global haunt percentage, regain power and cause Hysteria. It seems like an internet connection is required, even for solo play.

Digital pre-orders include Advance Access to Slimer, a Custom Particle Thrower and Proton Pack, and special clothing colorways. 

Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed is coming to PC via Epic Games Store, Xbox One, Xbox Series S|X, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5 on October 18, 2022. The game is priced at $39.99 and pre-orders are available today!

In case you missed it, here is the official announcement trailer for the game:

Midnight Fight Express Gameplay

by: Eric -

On August 23, Midnight Fight Express will be dropping on PC and consoles. Published by Humble Games and developed by Jacob Dzwinel, Midnight Fight Express has players fighting their way across a brutal city in one night, trying to overcome an entire criminal organization before the sun rises. 

I dug into Midnight Fight Express the other day, thinking I would just skim through the first few minutes of the game. What I found was an action movie extravaganza, with a fight system that slowly deepens (and becomes more awesome) the further you play. As the player finishes each of the game's brief levels, they are given a skill point, which opens up a variety of cool moves, turning player character Babyface into more and more of a badass.

I recorded my play sessions. Be warned, the music in Midnight Fight Express is so banging and loud that you can hardly hear me talk. No worries there, I was mostly roaring in approval or laughing hysterically when the game killed me. The music is better than my ramblings anyhow.

Session one included the story setup (skip to the 6:00 mark to get right to the action), and the game's first few levels.

My second session is when the game really starts heating up. Weapons become more powerful, enemies become more lethal, and the Jackie Chan-like use of environmental objects becomes more pronounced. 

When it heats up, Midnight Fight Express absolutely feels like a late night action movie - with all the one liners and lip-busting fight scenes you might expect. Beat-em-up fans should definitely consider picking this one up when it drops on PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, Xbox, and PC on August 23. Midnight Fight Club was also recently announced for Game Pass, so if you are a subscriber, Xbox has you covered.

Keep an eye on my YouTube channel for more gameplay videos and previews. Not thinking I'm done with this one yet. 

You can pre-order Square Enix life-sim farming game Harvestella for Switch today

by: Eric -

Square Enix has so many projects going on that I can't keep track of them all. One announcement that caught me by surprise today (because I didn't know the game existed) was the proclamation that pre-orders for life simulation RPG Harvestella are now live for Nintendo Switch and PC. 

That's right, there is a game named Harvestella, and you can preorder it today, in either physical or digital formats. Harvestella sounds like a mix between a farming game and Final Fantasy. Sure, you can Harvest Moon it up by planting crops, and then using them to cook. I'm sure there will be plenty of watering, fishing, and townsfolk quests as well.

But then there's the other side of the game, in which players choose a "Job", stuff like Fighter, Shadow Walker, and Mage, and then plunge into the local dungeons to "discover the origins of the world as well as the truth behind the “Quietus,” or season of death". Sounds like more than your usual farm sim to me. All that, and a vaguely Irish accent to narrate!

Harvestella is scheduled to arrive on November 4, 2022, on PC and Steam. For more info on how to preorder on all platforms, check out Harvestella's official site.

Another Plague Tale: Requiem gameplay trailer, demo at Gamescom

by: Elliot -

If you happen to be lucky enough to be attending Gamescom from August 24-28, you can get your hands on a demo of A Plague Tale: Requiem, the upcoming action-adventure sequel to A Plague Tale: Innocence. If not, you can still learn more about the upcoming title with Focus Entertainment’s In Focus, a behind-the-scenes video series, on August 30 to present the making of A Plague Tale: Requiem. But before any of that can take place, you can go ahead and watch the over-five-minute gameplay overview trailer released by Focus Entertainment.

A Plague Tale: Requiem picks up a few months after Innocence, at the start of summer. “Embark on Hugo and Amicia’s next journey and venture south of 14th century France before setting sail to a mysterious island in the Mediterranean Sea. Brave a terrible fate and find a cure for Hugo’s illness thanks to Amicia’s new resources—including the use of alchemy to manipulate fire, the long-distance power of a crossbow, her cunning use of terrain, and her ability to wrestle out of an enemy’s grasp.” A Plague Tale: Innocence was a story-heavy adventure title, and Requiem looks to follow that tradition.

A Plague Tale: Requiem will release on October 18 on Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation5, PC, and in Cloud Version on Nintendo Switch.

Ultra-ambitious "Scrolls-like" All Hail Temos enters Early Access this fall

by: Eric -

We often see one-man games at Gaming Nexus - passion projects that one person created over several years alone - but rarely do we say anything as ambitious as All Hail Temos. This is a game that is using Elder Scrolls as a point of comparison, which is a lofty, nigh-impossible goal for a single developer. Hell, even Bethesda struggles to complete one of these games.

But it seems that All Hail Temos is done enough that solo developer Geoffrey Howland is comfortable pushing it into Early Access this fall, with a playable prologue demo dropping in September. The game boasts a small handcrafted open world, with dozens of side quests to complete. In fact, there is not a single story mission that works as a through line for the game; rather, the side mission culminate in one of many possible endings. Sounds kind of awesome.

Every character can use magic, regardless of class. Players can also claim property in the game world, or become mayor of the game's town (yes, it seems like there is only one town; remember, small open world and solo developer). Still, it seems as though Howland has created plenty of content to keep players busy, and he deserves a world of praise for even trying to create something this complex and cool all by himself.

Folks interested in diving into the adventure early can wishlist All Hail Temos on Steam here. 

Arcade 1UP releases a gameplay trailer for NFL Blitz: Legends

by: Nathan -

Arcade 1UP has released a gameplay video showing off from their NFL Blitz: Legends cab releasing in October. The cab is called NFL Blitz: Legends because this is technically a new release of Blitz and not just the original roms from when these games were originally released in the arcades.

Blitz, Blitz 99 and Blitz 2000 Gold are included in the cabinet and are all remasters of the original game which include HD graphics, 60 FPS and updated gameplay. As mentioned before this unfortunately means the removal of late hits due to the NFL not allowing their license to be used unless they did. Disappointing but this isn't Arcade 1UP's fault. The same thing happened when EA released the Blitz reboot back in 2012. 

That said, despite not having late hits the game still does look like Blitz. The gameplay in the video looks great in HD and still looks like it will have all the fun of the original games. 

Jackbox Party Pack 9 is now available for a 10% pre-order discount; releasing Fall 2022

by: Henry -

The Jackbox Party Pack 9 is now open for pre-orders for 10% off the full retail price of $29.99. This newest collection of party games will contain 5 brand new titles that are sure to spice up any party! Please see below for the official description of each game:

Fibbage 4: Fibbage 4 is the latest installment from the long-running Jackbox Party Pack series. In this irreverent bluffing game, players get a true fact with a key word or phrase blanked out and must enter lies that fit the blank to fool the other players. You get points for spotting the actual truth and for tricking people with your lie. Fibbage 4 has a truckload of exciting new features, including Fibbage Enough About You mode, Cookie’s VHS Vault, Fibbage Fan Questions and more!

Junktopia: Featuring a deranged wizard who turns unlucky players into (hopefully) canny frogs, Junktopia follows players’ quest to earn back their human form by finding old objects and giving them an amusing backstory to increase their value. The player who nets the highest profit margin wins the right to get transformed back into their human form and earns their place in the wizard’s good graces. Junktopia provokes creativity and lets players flex their storytelling skills, with the help of guiding prompts.

Nonsensory: Nonsensory combines writing, drawing and guessing for a silly, laid-back game of perception and intuition. Nonsensory gives fans their fix of fun and fantasy with creative prompts that test their levels of NSP (Nonsensory Perception). Players must accurately intuit the secret nonsense in the minds of their friends – guess correctly, and they’ll score big-time!

Roomerang: Roomerang is a game of responding to prompts, role-playing, and whatever level of competition you bring to the table. Players in a reality TV show world are encouraged to answer prompts through their game personas, to gain status... and avoid elimination.

Quixort: In this game, players are challenged to sort a series of objects according to a prompt as they fall on blocks guided by adorable little robots. In this trivia sorting factory, you and your group can join forces and talk through (probably yell) where each block needs to go as it falls. Additionally, players can also enable Quixort Forever, a separate game mode that lets a single player or team see how long they can place blocks before topping out.

You can learn more about Party Pack 9 as part of this blog post on the official website.

The Jackbox Party Pack 9 is coming to PC via Steam fall 2022. You can pre-order the game now on the official Jackbox website or on Steam for a 10% discount.