Isometric environments, adventure game storytelling, twin-stick controls. What a beautiful harmony of gameplay mechanics. Divide [official site] has got some smooth combat animation going on, and the confidence to slow things down when it comes to storytime. It's character-driven sci-fi. It's wide, detailed scenes. It's deliberate in how much it reveals with every flick of the light switch, every computer hack, every turn around the corner.
Divide emphasizes clue hunting and the thoughts and ideas surrounding truth and lies. You need to find your way home, too, wherever—and whatever—home is. The game wants to mire you in an ever-expanding bog of half-truths and compromises on the truth, spinning out dialogue options, and looking to you, the player, to draw your own conclusions on the narrative. It's a post-truth era, folks. Not sure if Divide realizes it's landing smack dab in the middle of it or not.
While I'm seeing pretty boilerplate writing in the trailer below, but I'm hoping that's simply to cultivate a sense of mystery and to pique my interest without walking me straight into spoiler territory. In a recent PlayStation Blog, developer Exploding Tuba describes Divide as a "lonely sci-fi dungeon crawl," and goes about pieces together its story and environments with non-linear exploration.
I'm also listening to the buttery lead single from the trailer, "Divided," on Spotify. The whole EP is on there. It's written and composed by Chris Tilton, who worked on the music for Assassin's Creed: Unity and the TV series Fringe.
Divide, through either a technical or marketing move, pushed its PlayStation 4 launch window from this year over to January 31.
Yesterday, Atlus USA revealed three of the Confidants, formally known as Social Links, that we will be spending some time with in Persona 5 and today we are introduced to another member of the Phantom Thieves, Futaba Sakura.
Already being dubbed "meme girl" or "Splatoon Squid Girl", Futaba will act as your navigator in Persona 5 like Fukka from Persona 3 and Rise from Persona 4. Since the dungeons in Persona 5 aren't randomized like they were before, the navigator will act a little differently this time around. Futaba can point you in the direction you need to go, find escape routes and provide the team major buffs when in battles.
She will be voiced by Erica Lindbeck. Some of Erica's other voice acting credits include Ema Skye from Phoenix Wright: Sprit of Justice, Terra from SMITE and Taliyah from League of Legends.
Be sure to check out Futaba Sakura's character trailer below as well as Atlus USA's interview with her voice actor. Also be sure to check out all of the previous character reveals by clicking the names below.
Persona 5 launches (hopefully) on April 4th for PS3 and PS4.
Anyone familiar with Blizzard knows that they love their seasonals, and they're at it again with Overwatch. What with the Summer Games and Overwatch Halloween Terror, it was honestly only a matter of time before, in the spirit of giving, they gave us Christmas.
The official Overwatch twitter dropped this gem earlier today, and while it doesn't say exactly what we're invited to, there isn't much room for doubt. A holiday event is coming, people.
Blizzard is pretty tight-lipped about the specifics of the event, other than its start date of December 13, but dataminers have discovered more than a few details themselves. Though the company hasn't explicitly confirmed nor denied any of these claims, rumor has it that this update will include the following:
Again, none of these details are yet confirmed by Blizzard, but since it seems pretty similar to the playout of Halloween Terror I wouldn't be surprised if we have a bunch of digital gifts to unwrap come the 13th. And of course, by "unwrap," I mean "grind experience for loot boxes once we spend all of our money." I'm crossing my fingers for at least one ugly sweater skin, because why not?
This is unexpected: Dreadnought is coming to PlayStation 4. I've admired the slow, lumbering, big-huge-ship team-versus combat from a distance, ever since we got our hands on it at E3 2014. And we've kept up with its development since then, interviewing one of Dreadnought's directors, Peter Holzapfel, last year. I'll have to check in with our own Chuck Husemann again, but, as Chuck put it, developer Yager may still very well have a sleeper hit on its hands.
There are more ship types than just dreadnoughts. There are smaller support ships, too, though they're all pretty big ships. There are ships that run more auxiliary roles. And I'm guessing the best 5v5 teams know how to assemble a balanced team, focus fire on specific targets, and know how to wrestle their big ol' honkin' ship into advantageous positions on the battlefield.
Dreadnought is coming "exclusively" to PS4 sometime in 2017 (although the word "exclusively" barely holds any meaning nowadays). You can already sign up for the PS4 beta here and be notified whenever they kickoff that event. The game is free-to-play on PC (see, already that "exclusively" doesn't make sense), so it's likely a similar free-to-play model will carry over onto PS4.
Capcom seems to be sticking to their word of supporting Street Fighter V as more of a multi-year fighting platform than as an individual game. The company has recently announced that there is in fact a new “season” of characters headed to the game, and like I thought, it all starts with Akuma.
The new season pass costs $29.99 and will consist of 6 additional characters for the game’s roster. The first character is Akuma, and he will be available to those who buy the new season pass on December 20, 2017. According to Capcom, this is the only returning character that will be used this year; everyone else will be brand new. Their releases will be spread out throughout the year, roughly 2 months apart. We can probably expect the next addition sometime in February.
SMITE is getting a new patch this week and with it brings a new god, new skins and the coolest looking tier 5 skin to be released in the game yet.
First up is Nike "Goddess of Victory", who also has the honor of being the first Greek Warrior in the game. Nike also has one of the most ridiculous passives in the history of SMITE which I am fully expecting to get nerfed into the ground in the coming months. Her passive is called "To Victory" and here is what it does...
That's just.... wow. Regardless, it's nice to finally have the long awaited Greek Warrior so all of the original Pantheons are now complete.
Also, the last of the Odyssey items are being added to the game and include the following...
We also got the big reveal for "Demonic Pact" Anubis, this years Tier 5 Odyssey skin. The Tier 5 Odyssey skins are extremely rare skins which can only be obtained by completing the Odyssey, or in the case of this year, earning enough points to unlock the skin. Once the Odyssey event is over, these skins will NEVER be available ever again. The Demonic Pact skin includes the following features. Seriously, this skin is amazing and the sky catches when you activate your ultimate once you reach level 15.
Finally, Bacchus and Ares get their updated mastery skins.
Hi-Rez also announced that this years SMITE World Championship will be presented by Twitch Prime and will be taking place at the Hi-Rez Expo from January 5th - January 8th.
For the full list of patch notes, be sure to check out SMITE's official website.
Here we are, finally reaching the end of the 2016 release rush. This week brings the last key releases of the year and things will be relatively silent until we switch the calendars over to 2017.The year surely isn’t going out with a whimper either, there are two really big consoles exclusive games launching this week.
First up is the latest in the Dead Rising franchise as Frank West returns to the Willamette Mall in Dead Rising 4 on the Xbox One. This holiday-themed title is an open world action game that will have you mowing down thousands of zombies, literally. Just like the previous games, you’ll be arming yourself with pretty much anything and everything that you can get your hands on. This means swords, bats, pipes, lawnmowers, segways, teddy bears, remote control helicopters, and just about anything else you can find throughout the mall. Our own Nate reviewed the game and felt it was an absolute blast but not exactly the return to form for the series that it has been heralded as being.
Of course, the big news this week is the release of one of the year’s most highly anticipated games, The Last Guardian for the PlayStation 4. Fans have been waiting for this game for many, many years, only to have it delayed repeatedly to the point most thought it would never be released. You control a young boy who befriends a giant, griffin-like creature. While you can run, jump, climb, you have to influence the creature to assist you in solving puzzles and navigating the environment. The creature’s massive size will make it an incredible asset for reaching high spaces and battling large creatures. You also have to take care of the creature, which will strengthen your bond with him.
What are you picking up this week?
One of the most popular features of the Persona series, starting with Persona 3 and then in Persona 4 was the Social Link system. With the Social Link system you could hang out with certain individuals and the more you ranked them up the more power Personas of the same Arcana would earn during Persona fusions. It wasn't just being able to gain more power for your Personas, but it was also the fact that each character has their own story which you could experience the more you hang out with them. In certain cases, you may also find love as well.
This time, in Persona 5, these individuals are called "confidants" and not only will these characters give you a power boost for Persona fusion, but some of them may also give you access to special items as well. Muneshia Iwai will unlock a wider selection of gear, discounts and the option to customize airsoft guns. Tae Tekemi will give you access to stronger health potions and consumables that help during fights and Sojiro Sakura will allow you to create coffee and curry that can be consumed in dungeons to restore SP.
Check out their descriptions and their character trailers below.
Persona 5 launches on PS3 and PS4 on April 4th 2017
As Russell posted earlier this weekend, a new Marvel vs. Capcom is in deed on the way for 2017. Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite was revealed over the weekend, finally putting an end to the rumors that had been circling for weeks. The announcement came with a pre-rendered trailer showing off the first 4 characters in the game: Ryu, Mega Man X, Iron Man, and series newcomer Captain Marvel.
A few hours later, Capcom released the first gameplay trailer for the game highlighting the same 4 characters, showing fans exactly what the game would look like in action, and it definitely didn’t disappoint. The game looks absolutely fantastic in motion, using a similar visual style to what MvC3 utilized. However, it looks a thousand times better this time. The gameplay trailer also confirmed the fact that the infinity stones are going to play a major role in the game. This is something that we haven’t seen since 1995‘s Marvel Super Heroes.
An extended version of the gameplay trailer, which you can see below, was released to the internet that shows 2 more additional fighters joining the fight: Captain America and Morrigan. This brings the roster to a total of 6 so far, with 5 returning characters and 1 brand new one. With the rumors that the X-Men will be completely eliminated from the game, who do you think we’ll see joining the roster in the coming months?
It's been 14 years since the last single player MechWarrior game, but we're going to get a new in two years. At this year's Mech_Con, Piranha Games took to the stage to show off a very early version of MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries.
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries uses the Unreal Engine, a departure from Piranha's multiplayer only MechWarrior Online, which uses the CryEngine. It's being built by a team that's separate from the online game as well.
As a rookie pilot, you're thrown into the Third Succession War in 3015. Like the older Mercenaries, you'll earn C-bills by taking on contracts and salvaging your kills on the battle field to either upgrade your mech or sell for profit.
It's good to see a single player game come out once again, but I really hope they add a co-op component into it. As my review of MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries back in 2002 said, the one thing missing from Microsoft's version was playing with friends. Here's hoping Piranha will let us do that for the campaign.
Oh, and give me VR support please.
We got a while to go before the game does come out and many details can change, but here's an early look at how it's coming along. But one thing that's got some MechWarrior fans a little riled up is that the demo has a Raven, a mech that doesn't go into production until 3024. It's OK folks. It's just a pre-alpha demo.