The Valkyria Chronicles series was one of the JRPG heavyweights during the PS3's lifespan. The most recent series installment, Valkyria Revolution, was released this past January in Japan on the PS4, and now it's making its way west on the PS4 and Xbox One.
The most interesting bit of information about this Western release is that the Xbox One version of the game will be exclusively Western, meaning that it will be unavailable on the Xbox One in Japan. This is a clear sign of an attempt at westward expansion, something I couldn't be more excited about. The Xbox family has always been left behind in the Japanese game department, and I'm happy to see it starting to catch up.
You can watch the trailer below.
Hey all you history buffs, guess who's coming to town? Or, you could say guess which ancient leader is coming to the world of Civilization VI? As you can tell by the title, it's Alexander the Great, and he'll be leading Macedonia and the Macedonians.
In a new trailer, the developers highlight new features Macedon will be bringing to the game, including bonuses based on what districts are in a conquered city, as well as a new unit called the Hypaspist, which you can read about on their blog here.
The video and blog don't make it clear whether players can purchase the new leaders as DLC, or if they come out as updates, but a quick look at their website makes it look like they may be traditional purchasable DLC.
Here's Alexander's trailer:
It's a number 2. With The Last City burning. That's it for Bungie's announcement of Destiny 2. Ok, well we're probably going to hear a lot more sooner or later, but that's all for now from The Destiny Twitter account. We've heard leaks and rumors about the game in the past few months, but it shouldn't be long now before we get a good amount of detail on the game. Until then, enjoy the big 2 above the The Last City.
Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition is a remastering of the 2011 shooter, Bulletstorm. The original didn't shake the industry but it reviewed pretty well. We gave it a 7.9 and it sits between an 82-84 across pc and consoles on Metacritic.
Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition releases on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on April 7th, 2017. You can check out the story trailer here or enjoy the launch trailer below.
We've already discussed the reimagining of the Camping Grounds and the details about the closed beta but now Bethesda Softworks is giving us our first look at the Burial Grounds Arena for Quake Champions.
From the press release:
The bones of a massive beast decorate the entry to this massive tomb. Hazardous platforms at the Perilous Outcropping dot the sea of lava, providing an ideal sniping spot for those skilled enough and brave enough to make the leap. With its winding tunnels and low ceilings, the claustrophobic grave sites of the Molten Underground offer up the opportunity for heavier Champions to do some serious splash damage, while the Lava Falls could provide an excellent chokepoint for skilled tacticians. Just be careful to avoid being pushed into the lava, which is a prevalent threat throughout the map.
Quake Champions is expected to release sometime in 2017. A trip to the official website will reveal the Beta signups which are still ongoing.
From Software has released a new trailer for Dark Souls III's final DLC, The Ringed City. The trailer doesn't give that much away in terms of story (hey, it's Dark Souls) but it seems like it might serve as a concluding arc to the Ashen One's story. It does showcase plenty of enemies, however, including a giant troll, a dragon, and a sad lady clutching a broken orb (probably a boss, I don't know). There is also a shield-type weapon that looks like two doors welded together. It gives new meaning to the term door-buster, if you know what I mean. The Ringed City releases March 27th on Steam, and March 28th on PS4 and Xbox One.
StarCraft was and is one the premier real time strategy games out there and it's still immensely popular today. While StarCraft 2 has been a huge success, the original is still one of the most played games out there.
This summer, Blizzard will update the classic as StarCraft Remastered was announced yesterday. The game's graphics gets cleaned up with updates to make it look great on a 4K monitor. The online features will be beefed up to today's standards and the dialogue has been re-recorded.
What won't change is the way the game plays as it looks to retain the classic gameplay that made it so great. That's one thing Blizzard won't be messing with, which is a good decision.
Look for the StarCraft Remastered to come out this summer on the PC and Mac. No pricing has been announced yet.
A big esports weekend is coming up. Here's a brief roundup of what's worth checking it out:
The Halo 5 World Championships are here! That means OpTic Gaming will probably win again, but maybe Liquid will come out on top? Who knows! Check it out here on Twitch, with the semis running from 1pm EST to 10pm EST today, and the finals at 5:30 EST Sunday.
You can check out all the League of Legends regular matches going on at their respective Twitch channels. North America has Immortals v. Counter Logic Gaming and Team Liquid vs. Team Solo Mid both at 3pm EST. China's Royal Never Give Up,will be playing at 6am EST tomorrow if you want to see some top tier play in the early morning.
For Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, check out the Esport Championship Series 3 semifinals here at 2pm EST (VirtusPro v. Space Soldiers and Fnatic v. North) and at 7pm EST (Complexity v. Renegades) with more on Sunday.
For more Esports coverage this weekend, check out the Twitch Esports twitter.
SMITE officially turns 3 years old on March 25th, and Hi-Rez is celebrating by holding tons of sales and events all weekend long including sales on chests, free gems, double everything and free chest rolls.
Friday, March 24th
Saturday, March 25th
Sunday, March 26th
Monday, March 27th
In addition, Hi-Rez is also holding this years community skin contest, where players will get to submit their own designs for potential god skins and the community will vote to see which one will become an actual skin in game.
Here is a rundown of the community skin event schedule...
Vote for Theme – March 24th to March 27th
Submit your Design – March 28th to April 11th
Vote on Top 10 – April 14th – 17th
Vote on Top 3 – May 9th – May 11th
Winner Announced – May 12th
Horizon Zero Dawn sold 2.8 million copies in less than three weeks. Correy Bunnell gained recent fame for posting on a forum board back in 2007 that he wanted to work for Nintendo, then appearing, 10 years later, in the credits for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. And, just in time for Mass Effect: Andromeda's launch week, BioWare is once again fending off online threats and abuse against its developers.
What are you playing?
Patrick Aloia, Staff Writer, email@example.com
Hello all, from sunny Florida! Taking a vacation this week, and trying to stay outdoors, so gaming has been light. A lot of casual Hearthstone between outdoor activities, and some Binding of Isaac to wind down in the evenings. I have decided that tonight is my Oxenfree night. I'm going to wait until my girlfriend goes to sleep and dive into the spooky summer camp game in earnest—and I should actually have stuff to report back afterwards.
Russell Archey, Staff Writer, @NeoScyther
I'm soon going to be part of the crowd with these where you can just insert a certain game as my response and that's it. I'll be spending some of my free time exploring more of Hyrule in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I have a good amount of the shrines done as well as two of the Divine Beasts, so I have a ways to go in terms of finding most of the things in the game (screw finding every Korok Seed, I'd like to have some semblance of a life). Beyond that I'll also be diving into Out of the Park Baseball 18, OotP's latest in their series of baseball simulation games. While I'm typically terrible at guiding a team to success, I'm curious to see if and how they'll improve upon last year's entry.
Sean Colleli, Staff Writer, @scolleli
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has become a way of life in my house. It's the first game in quite a while to leave me sleep deprived, and my fiance is hooked now, too. It's hard, it's majestic, it's at times frustrating but utterly engrossing. Now I just have to figure out how to write a review that's less than 10 pages long, lest Randy kill me. I'm also really digging into Turok 2 Remastered, an N64 classic brought back by the brilliant Night Dive Studios. I love how gleefully violent, gory, and corny the whole thing is. I missed Turok 2 back in the '90s, so I'm glad I can catch up now. I might also actually sign back into No Man's Sky, if Randy lets me know if the Path Finder update is worth any time at all.
Chapel Collins, Staff Writer, @ChapelCollins
I started playing Ghost Recon on a whim the other day. Not Wildlands, either, I'm talking the OG 2001 Ghost Recon. It has been a spiritual experience for me. I'm having another Dark Souls moment, where a game is so good that it threatens to ruin other games like it. It's so tense, thoughtful, and smart. I swear the AI behaves more realistically in this 16-year-old game than any recent shooter. So yeah, I guess I'm playing Ghost Recon now.
Kinsey Danzis, Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm continuing my post-review adventures in Mass Effect: Andromeda like Randy, taking my time to explore every niche of every planet where last week I didn't have the time. I feel like I've come back home, even though it's in an entirely different galaxy; the game is just so distinctly Mass Effect, even with its flaws (and, I say as I look at the wonky animations, especially with its flaws). Now that I have the time to just spend time admiring the landscapes in between fending off raiders on Kadara and Remnant on Havarl, I plan to do so—but don't think for a second that that means I'm not going to be going back to my Vanguard roots as much as humanly possible. Maybe a display of battle prowess will woo Vetra.
Charles Husemann, Editor-in-Chief, @chusemann
This weekend will be light on gaming as I will be out of the house most of the weekend. After a busy week with lots of social interaction I am hoping to spend some quality time "de-peopling" with Elite: Dangerous. Nothing like the quiet black of the universe to recharge and refocus. My plan is to spend some quality time sucking up to the Federation so that I can rank up to earn my pass to the Sol system. I might shelve my Asp Explorer in exchange for my more combat-ready (and cheaper) Viper Mk IV so that I can hunt down some bounties and wrap up a few massacre missions. Time permitting I might pick up Mass Effect: Andromeda to see where that rabbit hole goes. It's not a perfect game but there is still a lot of Bioware/Mass Effect magic woven in.
Randy Kalista, Staff Writer, @randykalista
All the folks dissing Mass Effect: Andromeda on Twitter couldn't stop me. Better luck next time, tweets! Planetfall in 30. Andromeda also inspired me to dust off Stephen Ambrose's Undaunted Courage, a book based on the journals and letters written by Meriwether Lewis (of Lewis & Clark Expedition fame). Sure, Andromeda has a few goofy animations. But it'd take a lot more than that to keep my hands off a BioWare game. I'm too busy mapping my route through the Heleus Cluster, navigating the shoot-first politics of the Kett, and rising up to my role as a scavenger, explorer, expedition leader, scientist, soldier, son, brother, and A+ alien lover. Check it, it's all in the job description.
Nicholas Leon, Staff Writer, email@example.com
I'll be revisiting my time in Star Wars: Battlefront II. There's just something about the chaotically hectic battles of that game that are pulling me there. All thanks to the AI, of course. Sure it's a bit dated and a little easy, but they're also a whole lot more deadly than the ones from the newest Battlefront. I think I'll also try my hand at Mount & Blade: Warband, it seems to be a much similar game to Battlefront, except it's not scifi. I miss old-school bot multiplayer, where the bots were actually a force to be reckoned with.
Matt Mirkovich, Staff Writer, @Stillmywords
I'm focusing on getting all of the endings to NieR: Automata. Now that Breath of the Wild isn't my focus, I can move to another open world game. Then I can go back to another open world game and try to get the platinum trophy from Horizon Zero Dawn. I picked up Mass Effect: Andromeda this week as well, and maybe I'll give that a shot this weekend.
John Yan, Senior Hardware Editor, @TheJohnYan
This weekend, I'll be trading commodities as I try and get enough money to buy a Python in Elite: Dangerous. I've had pretty good luck with my trade routes, which Randy has heartily approved of [I have not. -ed], so hopefully I can make good headway into earning about 70 million credits. Even though the ship only costs 56 million, I need the extra money to outfit it and pay the insurance. I'll also try and make some progress in finishing The Last Guardian. I want to get that off my plate. From what my friends say, about 10 hours should be enough to get through the entire game.