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Today in Video Games – May 15, 2017

The biggest video games stories from Monday, May 15, 2017, including Devolver Digital, HTC Vive, Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2, and a mobile Zelda game.

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The biggest video games stories from Monday, May 15, 2017.

HTC Vive gets a finance option

Quite fancy the idea of a virtual reality headset, but don’t want to take on a second mortgage to do it? Well, HTC are going to let you take on a second mortgage small credit loan, to spread your pricey headset’s payments over two years, Eurogamer reports. At retail a headset costs £759, but with 24 low, low monthly payments of £34.84 (plus initial shipping) it’ll wind up costing you a total of £836 and change. That’s an interest rate of 9.9% if you’re counting.

You’re still going to need a PC costing a grand (or more) to play it on, so it hardly democratises VR in the same way as PlayStation VR, but it’s something.

The Legend of Zelda might be getting a mobile game

If the rumours on the Wall Street Journal (behind a paywall, sorry) are to be believed, Nintendo are working on a mobile version of The Legend of Zelda. At the current time we have no idea what that means, but based on Nintendo’s dramatic variety thus far – a Panini sticker album of a card game in Fire Emblem Heroes, a freemium endless runner version of Mario, and an as-yet unreleased Animal Crossing title – it could be pretty much anything.

Nintendo have always been wary of cannibalising their handheld market with mobile games, but they have effectively already done it with the Nintendo Switch consheld, so all bets are off at this stage. Get your Sheikah Slates ready, folks.

Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 announced

If you want to make an impact, drop a teaser featuring the adorable Baby Groot while Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is romping around in theatres globally.

Officially announced todayLego Marvel Super Heroes 2 will launch on November 14, 2017 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, with a Nintendo Switch release to follow “later this year”. Given there’s not much time between the multi-platform release and the new year, we’d wager Marvel and TT Games will be trying to get that onto Switch before Christmas.

Parappa the Rapper is getting a spiritual sequel

Jeez, have we not had enough of spiritual sequels yet? Didn’t we learn our lesson with Mighty No. 9, or Yooka-Laylee? Well, in any case, Parappa the Rapper’s Masaya Matsuura and Gitaroo Man’s Keiichi Yano have joined forces to create a new rhythm game, tentatively titled Project Rap Rabbit.

Predictably, Project Rap Rabbit is coming in the form of a Kickstarter, and they’re looking for… £855,000? And the Stretch goal for a Switch version is nearly five million dollars? I’m done. Someone else finish the rest of this segment.

Speaking of Kickstarter fatigue

Head on over to Eurogamer to read this interesting piece on the state of play with crowd-funding in the games industry. It covers where everything started, how it got so big, and why it might now be contracting; or at least, shifting sideways onto more business-focused platforms like Fig.

“We’re going to need a bigger balloon”

Devolver Digital, the indie publisher famed for their irreverent, unofficial E3 antics, are stepping up their game again this year. As ever, they’ll be tipping up in a parking lot over the street from the LA Convention Center’s South Hall, but instead of a rough-and-ready tailgate party, they’re switching things up with a gentile picnic.

The Devolver Indie Picnic will be free to all E3 2017 badge holders, and will be open each day between 11am – 7pm, from June 13 – 15, 2017. We’ll see you there (if E3 haven’t popped their balloon before the event starts).

Remember PS1 classic RPG Arc Symphony?

No, and neither do we, but apparently lots of people are doing, in spite of the fact Arc Symphony never existed. Between the relatively convincing box art, the chatter online, and the fact that Japanese RPGs did often fail to see Western releases in those days, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was true.

People really got behind Arc Symphony on social media:

Really, really behind it:

Dig a little deeper and you find that most of the chatter has come from a group of Toronto game developers. Before too long, it was revealed that Arc Symphony was a combination of clever hoax and even cleverer publicity stunt, for Sophia Park’s new itch.io game of the same name.

Hitman might have a stay of execution

And finally, some good news, following the surprising news last week that Square Enix are seeking a buyer for IO Interactive. If rumours from German site Gamestar are to be believed, IO Interactive will retain the rights to the Hitman franchise, and season two of the rebooted, episodic will still be in the works.

It’s unusual for the IP rights to go with the developer and not the publisher, but given that Square Enix are trying to sell IO Interactive – and not just shutter the studio entirely – it would certainly make them more valuable and desirable.

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New Nintendo Switch releases (April 6-11, 2020)

This week’s new Nintendo Switch eShop releases include brawling animals, massive earthquakes, space-stations, and dragons. Here’s the full lineup of new games.

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This week’s new Nintendo Switch eShop releases include brawling animals, massive earthquakes, space-stations, and dragons. Here’s the full lineup of new games.

It’s a reasonably quiet week for new Nintendo Switch releases. There are no massive hits to look forward to, but there are a few little gems to enjoy. (Fortunately, we all have Bunny Week to fall back on.)

Pick of the week is Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories, the long-in-development earthquake survival adventure from Granzella. Based on the free eShop demo, the series hasn’t changed much, but it does have a tangible sense of place and a quietly chilling tone.

If you watched the recent Nintendo Direct, you would have seen Vigor, the self-proclaimed “free-to-play shoot ‘n’ loot game, where you build the Shelter in post-war Norway.” Interested players might just squeeze into the game’s closed beta which begins on Thursday,

Fans of the Picross series should also check out Depixtion, which gets a European release this week. It’s a colourful twist on a classic puzzle format, and value for money too. Other new Switch games include Towertale, Galaxy of Pen & Paper, Tharsis, and Fight of Animals, the bizarre meme animal brawler from Digital Crafter.

Here’s the full lineup of new Nintendo eShop releases. We’ll keep this post updated with new additions throughout the week.

Nintendo Switch releases – April 6-11, 2020

Monday, April 6, 2020

  • No releases, go find an egg.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

  • Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories
  • Grimvalor

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

  • Towertale
  • Galaxy of Pen & Paper
  • Pen and Paper Games Bundle
  • Convoy: A Tactical Roguelike
  • Ubongo

Thursday, April 9, 2020

  • Bridge 3
  • Fight of Animals
  • Gunbrick: Reloaded
  • Vigor – Closed Beta
  • Monster Viator

Friday, April 10, 2020

  • Depixtion
  • RMX Real Motocross
  • Rush Rover

Saturday, April 11, 2020

  • Tharsis

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New Xbox One releases (April 6-10, 2020)

This week’s lineup of new Xbox One releases includes a classic survival horror, an interactive movie, and a game about delivering parcels that isn’t Death Stranding.

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Next week’s lineup of brand new Xbox One releases includes…some games.

Final Fantasy VII Remake isn’t coming to the Xbox One just yet. Instead, players can look forward to Retro Tanks. Yes, folks, it’s a quiet week on Xbox One.

The highlight of the week is probably Null Drifter, the fun and furious twin-stick shooter from Panda Indie Studio. And if you fancy making your own games, BQM – Block Quest Maker is an engaging RPG dungeon-creation tool.

Other new Xbox One releases include console ports of Indietopia’s ageing tactical combat game Convoy: A Tactical Roguelike, and Behold Studios’ ageing RPG, Galaxy of Pen and Paper.

There’s a more comprehensive range of games coming to PlayStation 4. In addition to FFVII Remake, there’s Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories and, erm, Sharknado VR: Eye of the Storm.

Each new release can be purchased from the Xbox One digital games store and Microsoft online store. Here’s the confirmed lineup.

New Xbox One games – April 6-10, 2020

Monday, April 6, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

  • Construction Simulator 3: Console Edition

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

  • Convoy: A Tactical Roguelike
  • Galaxy of Pen and Paper +1 Edition
  • Glaive: Brick Breaker
  • Null Drifter
  • Rush Rover

Thursday, April 9, 2020

  • Beholder 2

Friday, April 10, 2020

  • BQM – Block Quest Maker
  • Braveland Trilogy
  • Obduction
  • Retro Tanks

If none of these games are to your liking, read about April’s Games with Gold lineup.


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New PlayStation 4 releases (April 6-10, 2020)

Final Fantasy VII Remake headlines next week’s lineup of new PS Store releases for the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita.

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Final Fantasy VII Remake headlines next week’s lineup of new PS Store releases for the PlayStation 4, PS Vita, and PS VR.

A classic franchise returns to PlayStation 4 next week. Yup, it’s the long-awaited release of Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories. Granzella’s game has a long, storied history, beginning life as a PS3 title in 2011 before real-world events caused its postponement. The game’s western release comes at an equally difficult time, but patient fans of the series should be satisfied.

Speaking of patience, this week’s actual big release, Final Fantasy VII Remake, will hopefully be everything fans have been waiting for. We loved what we played back at E3 2019, and also enjoyed the recent demo. Early reports point to a game that is both modern and respectful to the original. Final Fantasy VII Remake is officially out on Friday, but is shipping early in some regions.

Meanwhile, PS VR owners might not be able to play Half-Life: Alyx, but they do get to experience the rush and thrill of Sharknado VR: Eye of the Storm. Other new PS4 releases include Null Drifter, Troubleshooter, and Rush Rover.

Here is the full lineup of new PlayStation Store games for the PS4, PS VR, and PS Vita. We’ll update this post with any late additions throughout the week.

New PlayStation 4 releases – April 6-10, 2020

Monday, April 6, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

  • Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories
  • Form
  • Galaxy of Pen & Paper +1 Edition
  • Null Drifter
  • Rush Rover (and PS Vita)

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

  • Convoy: A Tactical Roguelike
  • A Room Where Art Conceals
  • Sharknado VR: Eye of the Storm

Thursday, April 9, 2020

  • Troubleshooter

Friday, April 10, 2020

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake

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Three nice enough games are free on Xbox this weekend

ICYMI, here’s news of three more games that are currently free to play on Xbox One.

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In case you missed it, here’s news of three more games that are currently free to play on Xbox One.

“Nice.”

My English teacher used to say that you should never use the word “nice” to describe something. But sometimes, it just fits. Xbox Live Gold members and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members have three new games to enjoy this weekend as part of the latest Free Play Days promotion. The lineup is unlikely to get anyone truly excited – outside of fans of each series – but free is free.

WWE 2K20 would normally headline the list, but the latest edition of the long-running wrestling franchise is notoriously rough and was widely panned on release. Nonetheless, if you’re stuck at home with family, the game could be a good bet for some local multiplayer. It will likely make you smile, even if it’s for the wrong reasons.

Monster Energy Supercross 3 lets players recreate the 2019 AMA Supercross season with a suite of gameplay modes and a robust track creation tool. And if you want to lose yourself in some faraway lands, The Elder Scrolls Online Tamriel Unlimited offers a wealth of adventures to embark on.

WWE 2K20 and Monster Energy Supercross 3 are available to play until midnight on April 5. The Elder Scrolls Online is free to play until April 13.

As always, game progress and achievements can be carried over to purchased copies. And there are some discounts available to tempt you into that purchase.

Free Play Days Discounts

WWE 2K20

  • Standard Edition –  67% off
  • Deluxe Edition – 67% off
  • Originals: Bump in the Night – 35% off
  • Backstage Pass – 35% off

The Elder Scrolls Online Tamriel Unlimited

  • Standard Edition – 60% off

Monster Energy Supercross 3

  • Standard Edition – 30% off
  • Special Edition – 30% off

Nice enough.


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Indie adventure Windbound looks like Breath of the Wind Waker

Take the mechanics of Breath of the Wild and splice it together with the heart of Wind Waker, and you’ve got something close to Windbound.

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Take the mechanics of Breath of the Wild and splice it together with the heart of Wind Waker, and you’ve got something close to Windbound.

At the time, with its cartoon cel-shading and Kevin Costner’s Waterworld version of Hyrule, people sneered at The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. Sandwiched between the darker Majora’s Mask on the N64 and Twilight Princess on the Wii, Wind Waker was critically acclaimed, but not terribly well-received by fans.

It’s funny how often fan opinions age badly, isn’t it? Wind Waker is now widely regarded as one of the highlights of the series. It also spawned two direct sequels – The Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks – which is a rarity for the series, and its meandering open-world clearly formed part of the blueprint for 2017’s Breath of the Wild.

Announced today by developer 5 Lives Studios – the team behind Satellite Reign – and publisher Deep Silver, indie adventure Windbound clearly carries the spirit of both Wind Waker and Breath of the Wild in its DNA. (With a touch of Rime’s puzzling and The Flame in the Flood’s survival thrown in for good measure.)

The accompanying press release reads:

“Created by Australian developer 5 Lives Studios, Windbound is a beautiful rogue-like 3rd-person survival adventure, fuelled by hunting, exploration and crafting. The player assumes the role of Kara who has been shipwrecked on an unknown land and must learn to adapt and survive, while solving the mysteries of a series of forgotten islands.

Windbound takes the survival genre in a new direction, focusing on nomadic hunting and exploration, together with custom boat building and an immersive tactile sailing experience. The game provides endless replayability options thanks to the procedural world, dynamic wildlife and modular boat crafting.”

Windbound will release for PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch on August 28, 2020. That’s a smart move by 5 Lives Studios and Deep Silver – if you get the news of the Switch version out of the way early, it’ll stop people begging for it incessantly.


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