Thursday, June 14, 2018

Looking back at E3 2018!

Did you enjoy E3 this year? Whether you were watching the shows at home or actually visited this event, I think we can all agree it was a blast!

EA surprised us with the announcement and immediate release of Unravel Two! And we’ve already heard about Battle field 5 and Sea of Solitude, so it was awesome to see more of those games! And the great news didn’t stop there; does Anthem, Fifa and NBA does ring a bell? Check out all the EA E3 trailers!


Microsoft presented some nice exclusives and everyone was totally excited about the announcement of the new Halo game of course. I personally was woohooing when I saw the Gear 5 trailer. And there is a free-to-play game called Hyper Universe available for you right now! Check out all the Microsoft E3 trailers for more awesome news!


I was looking forward to the E3 presentation by Bethesda, because I really could use a new Wolfenstein or Doom. So, can you believe my luck? Doom Eternal is the sequel Doom (2016). And what do you think of two times Wolfenstein? Of course Bethesda has more in store for us, so make sure to check out all there Bethesda E3 trailers!


Ubisoft not only presented their awesome games, but also opened the beta registrations for The Division 2 and Skull and Bones! So, make sure that you don’t miss out on this. And make sure you check out all the E3 trailers of Ubisoft, because you definitely want to know more about Transference, Beyond Good and Evil 2 and the new Assassin’s Creed Odyssey for example!


Square Enix Had such a marvelous show with so much cool announcements. I was particularly happy with the announcement of The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, which is set in the world of Life is Strange and might actually hold references to characters for a Life is Strange 2, according to the developers. And the best news is this game will be a 100% free and available from June 26! Are you looking for new trailers about Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the release date for Kingdom Hearts 3 or want to know about the new Final Fantasy games! Than make sure to check out the Square Enix E3 trailers


Let’s talk about Sony here, because I think I shouted a “Want this” after every trailer. Resident Evil 2 is finally announced and I couldn’t be happier. The brand new title Control looks very promising with a main character who has amazing time/telekinesis powers. It was totally awesome to see new footage of The Last of Us 2 and Days Gone! And don’t forgot about to check out the PSVR video, because VR owners have really something to look forward. Ghost Giant and Déraciné are really titles to keep an eye on. So check out all the E3 trailers of Sony and be amazed! 


Nintendo presented all their cool games from their awesome Treehouse. I was so happy with the announcement of Super Mario Party and the new Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle: Donkey Kong Adventure. I also really enjoyed the presentation of Overcooked 2. For the fans of Splatoon and Super Smash Bros, there’s also great news from Nintendo. In other words; please make sure to check out Nintendo’s E3 trailers!


Focus Home Interactive also release some brilliant E3 trailers. I personally can't wait for Call of Cthulhu and did you already hear about Greedfall? Better make sure you catch up!


One of my favorite zombie games gets a second part! I'm talking About Dying Light 2. So I can't thanks Techland enough for this brilliant news! Visit the official website to watch the trailer and sign up for the newsletter! Good night, good luck!






Friday, June 08, 2018

The most wonderful time of the year!

No, no, I'm not talking about Christmas! It's June, so that means it's E3 time!


The event will be open for visitors during June 12-14, but as everybody knows we can enjoy the conferences and live streams before that!

We're totally looking forward here at HQ, to see what all the lovely game studio's will present to us. If you don't want to miss out on your favorite developer/publisher or just want to see every show, from the comfort of your own home, below we have the times and dates of the big shows for you:

EA E3 2018 conference times - Saturday, June 9
UK: 7pm (BST)
Europe: 8pm (CEST)
East Coast US: 2pm (EDT)
West Coast US: 11am (PDT)

Microsoft E3 2018 conference times - Sunday, June 10
UK: 9pm (BST)
Europe: 10pm (CEST)
East Coast US: 1pm (EDT)
West Coast US: 11am (PDT)

Bethesda E3 2018 conference times - Sunday, June 10
UK: 2:30am (BST, Monday)
Europe: 3:30am (CEST, Monday)
East Coast US: 9:30pm (EDT, Sunday)
West Coast US: 6:30pm (PDT, Sunday)

Square Enix E3 2018 conference times - Monday, June 11
UK: 6pm (BST)
Europe: 7pm (CEST)
East Coast US: 1pm (EDT)
West Coast US: 10am (PDT)

Ubisoft E3 2018 conference times - Monday June 11
UK: 9pm (BST)
Europe: 10pm (CEST)
East Coast US: 4pm (EDT)
West Coast US: 1pm (PDT)

Sony E3 2018 conference times - Monday June 11
UK: 2am (BST, Tuesday)
Europe: 3am (CEST, Tuesday)
East Coast US: 9pm (EDT, Monday)
West Coast US: 6pm (PDT, Monday)

Nintendo E3 2018 conference times - Tuesday June 12
UK: 5pm (BST)
Europe: 6pm (CEST)
East Coast US: 12pm (EDT)
West Coast US: 9am (PDT)


For more info, please visit the official website. Happy E3!!


Thursday, June 07, 2018

Aragami: the story continues and we already had a peek!

Aragami: Shadow Edition and the story expansion Aragami Nightfall is out now for PC, PlayStation 4 and debuting on Xbox One!


The Aragami Shadow Edition is a collection of the original base game, the expansion Aragami Nightfall and all currently released DLC. The game and expansion also support full two player online co-op in cross-platform multiplayer between consoles and PC.

Now I already how great Aragami is. Two years ago the honor was mine to play this game and of course write a review about it. I was impressed by the smooth game play. Now you must know, the stealth genre is not a genre that I master, but Aragami did a good job and making the stealth techniques a lot more accessible. But let’s refresh your memory about it, shall we?


Aragami puts you in the role of, as the developer tells us, 'an undead assassin with the power to control the shadows', named, as the title of the game gives away, Aragami. He is summoned by a princess who is kidnapped and locked up. Our shadowy hero is tasked with collecting talismans which are necessary to free her. Aragami has a great katana to help him with this task, but this mighty sword is only used for stealth attacks. Because this cool warrior has a great power he can use and manipulate the shadows!

I was particularly looking forward to the coop option and I was wondering if a stealth game would work out as a coop. I had visions about you tiptoeing and do your best to be silent and your coop partner is making a tiny mistake (or fucking things up big time) and you both get caught!


It’s appears my fears were all for nothing. It’s great to enter this stealth adventure with friend (or another gamer) at your side. Aragami doesn’t support couch coop, so you’ll need to play online and both have a copy of the game. You can actually help each other; if one player can’t continue his or her way, because of a soldier who is standing in the way, the other player can flank the opponent!

You can play the original Aragami game and it’s Expansion Nightfall in multiplayer mode. Nightfall takes you back to events that happened before the original story. Aragami is a signature game for the stealth genre and offers you a true stealth experience. You need to do things the silent-like-ninja way, there is no other way. No second chance with guns or anything!


Both stories are awesome and I so love the cell-shaded style of the Aragami games. And to have a bit of an advantage, the setting is always at night. So, in this game you don’t need to be afraid of the dark, you’ll need to be afraid of the ninja’s who hide in the dark!

Aragami
Lince Works
PC / PS4 / Xbox One
June 5, 2018
 

Telltale's The Walking Dead: The Final Season!

The final chapter of Clementine's journey begins August 14 on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, and will arrive on Nintendo Switch later this year.


Clementine, now a fierce and capable survivor, has reached the final chapter in her journey. After years on the road facing threats both living and dead, a secluded school might finally be her chance for a home. But protecting it will mean sacrifice. Clem must build a life and become a leader while still watching over AJ, an orphaned boy and the closest thing to family she has left. In this gripping, emotional final season, you will define your relationships, fight the undead, and determine how Clementine's story ends.

Emotional, Gut-Wrenching Story - See Clementine's journey through to the end. As she builds a new life, you will have to grapple with new types of choices and live with the consequences as AJ looks on, learning from your every move.

More Control, More Tension - A new over-the-shoulder camera system, greater freedom to explore detailed environments, and scenes with unscripted combat capture the fear of living in a world overrun by the undead and create the most engaging The Walking Dead game yet.

Striking New Visual Style - The all-new Graphic Black art style rips the ink from the pages of the Eisner Award-winning comic book series and brings the world of The Walking Dead to life like never before. Supports 4K resolution and high dynamic range on compatible devices.


Starting June 8, players will be able to pre-order the game on PC, PS4, and Xbox One for $19.99. All players who pre-order The Final Season will receive download access to each of the season's four episodes as they become available. Players who pre-order on PS4 and Xbox One will also receive immediate access to The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series Collection, which gathers all 19 existing episodes of the award-winning series into a single package.

PC players who pre-order on Steam, GOG, GamersGate, or the Humble Store will receive 10% off the full retail price. Win10 pre-orders through the Microsoft Store will unlock season one of The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series. All pre-order offers expire August 14.


For more information on the game, visit the official website and Facebook page, and follow Telltale Games on Twitter. For more information on The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman, and all of his titles, visit Skybound.com.
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Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Sneak preview: The Crew 2 Beta!

(Note that this is a beta and things can change in the final game)

Last weekend was very exciting, at least for me and Michael "Magic Mike" Dumee, because we were the two lucky bastards who received beta codes for the The Crew 2! Between Thursday May 31 and Monday June 4 our place was in a car, boat or plane!


The first thing that stands out is how awesome it looks and how well the gameplay is. Experience the thrill of intense motorsports action in a car, truck, motorcycle, boat, off-road buggy, or even a stunt plane! During the tutorial you'll get to try the three types of vehicles of this game: a car, a boat and a plane. This tutorial promises one thing; this game is going to be spectacular!

The Crew 2 will offer you a single player campaign, but it so much fun for a friend to ride along. You can join the game of a friend and complete the many challenges that this game has to offer. I think it's cool that there are several kinds of tracks for each type of vehicle. I tried the car campaign and here you can choose Steet Racing, but also Off Road challenges! And let me tell you, they are excellent! Other types of challenges were Free Style and Pro Racing.

The developers of The Crew 2 would like to tell you about their game in person, so check out their Closed Beta Live Stream video:


The Crew 2 will release at June 29 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. We can expect more epic news about The Crew 2 during E3, so please visit the official Ubisoft website for more info. You can also discover the announcement of The Crew 2 open beta, which will be coming soon! So stay tuned...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Time isn't on my side!

It's time for a game that completely revolves around... well, time! Or, rather, the passing of time and the aging process that comes with it. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, it's time for a look at The Watchmaker; a puzzle platform game by Chilean developer Micropsia Games.


In The Watchmaker, you play as Alexander, a clock tower keeper. It is your daily job to care for the mechanisms that keep track of time. Then, one day, Alexander wakes up from his much earned sleep when a mysterious voice tells him that there is trouble afoot. The clock tower has been sabotaged and everything is going to hell in a handbag very, very fast. As a result of this heinous act of destruction, Alexander starts aging far too fast. He needs to repair the mechanisms in the clock tower before time runs out and old age catches up with him.

The game is presented in a steampunk art style with cool looking environments and characters. The aging process of Alexander is something we were very impressed with, visually. Apart from the textures changing to give him an older appearance, his posture and movements also change as he gets older. This makes for a complete makeover of the character as time goes by.


Luckily for Alexander, there are ways to reverse the aging process before the Grim Reaper comes knocking. By crossing checkpoints, you set your age back to what it was at the beginning of your current life-phase. Alexander has three different life phases: 30 to 50 years old, 50 to 70 years old and, finally, 70 to 90 years old. But don’t worry if you’ve arrived at one of the latter two phases of your life; you can actually go back a few phases by using a special stamina liquid, found around the levels. To get through the levels, Alexander can make use of his magnetic glove and time-slowing bombs. So get ready to get old... and young again!

The Watchmaker looks cool with its expansive clocktower environment, beutifully crafted in a semi steampunk / cartoon style. All the different parts that make up this enormous tower present a fun platforming challenge while the manipulation of said parts makes for enjoyable and, at times, quite challenging puzzles. And although the game might not be for anyone, it is a fun experience for those among you that enjoy a good puzzle platformer!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Utomik Preview: June 2018 // Summer is almost here!

Did you know Utomik is out of it's beta phase and officially live now? To celebrate, they're pulling all the stops on Utomik in June. What to think of the super-recently released (and super hard!) turn-based RPG For The King? Redout: Enhanced Edition, the finger-licking tribute to F-Zero, WipeOut, and other old racing classics? Or maybe you are more into a classic Hitman game? Utomik has you covered with the first 3 of the series! These and 22 other games are added to Utomik in June.


For The King
It's dangerous to go alone! Put together a makeshift party and stop the chaos from spreading further throughout the kingdom in this challenging mix of tabletop game, RPG and roguelike.

Hitman 1 - 3
Hitman (Codename 47, Silent Assassin & Contracts)
In the world of contract hits, there is only room for one man at the top: Agent 47. Sneak and kill your way through the roots of this iconic franchise with the first three games!

Redout: Enhanced Edition
Taking the best elements of F-Zero and WipeOut, Redout: Enhanced Edition builds on them to deliver the fastest, toughest, and most satisfying racing experience from the future!

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
The LEGO series has the magic ability to put a smile on anybody's face. Grab a player two and forget the real world while you venture through Hogwarts.

AER - Memories of Old
Embrace the power of a shapeshifter and be free like a bird! Soar from one floating island to the next on your pilgrimage to the Land of Gods and the secrets it holds.

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