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Posts tagged “E3 2019”

Trials Of Mana is a Square Enix JRPG classic remade, one of three headed to PC

One of the weirdest things about this year's E3 is Square Enix realising that they've got a huge back-catalogue of excellent, untranslated JRPGs to bring west.  Trials Of Mana is the new English name for Seiken Densetsu 3, a Super Nintendo action-RPG classic that never (officially) made it out of Japan. While there's a gently remastered version headed to Switch, the PC is also due a…

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Stronghold: Warlords takes the castle-building series eastwards next year

Yet another series announced to be returning at E3 is Firefly's Stronghold series. Stronghold: Warlords transplants the RTS game of European (and Arabic) castle building and siege-ing to the east, with Japan, Korea, China and other nations represented. Warlords is also expanding the game outwards, and adding a 'light' grand strategy layer, letting players boss around the titular warlords; AI controlled minor factions that can…

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Contra: Rogue Corps attacks PCs aggressively on September 26th

Another surprise during yesterday's Nintendo Direct E3 show: Contra: Rogue Corps is the latest in Konami's long-neglected series of hard-as-nails arcade shooters, and the first to come to PC since the DOS era. Ditching the side-scrolling style of most good games in the series in favour of a roaming camera, and up to four-player via online co-op, it seems like an odd way to revive the…

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Zombie Army 4: Dead War pits four players against Cloud Hitler, the hitler made of clouds

Reveal trailers are funny things. Sometimes, they flawlessly showcase the brilliance of the game in question. Sometimes they show you absolutely nothing. And sometimes, they end with a crimson-tinted smog effigy of Hitler laughing at you from the skyline. The reveal trailer for Zombie Army 4: Dead War is one of those ones. Have a butcher's below (I'm so sorry, that Watch Dogs game has…

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Feature: Ignore the faces, ignore the faces, must ignore the faces

Marvel’s Avengers game release date, trailer, everything we know so far

Everyone knew what the Square Enix conference of this year's E3 was building up towards, and our expectations were finally fulfilled as we were treated to an extended presentation on Square Enix's upcoming Marvel's Avengers game. If you can move yourself to look beyond the uncanny valley faces that makes the entire team look like a group of cosplayers rather than the real deal... Well,…

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I’ve seen how choices impact your Dying Light 2 city and I’m sold

Dying Light, Brendy will tell you, is the best 7/10 game in existence. I'd tell you that too, and add that it could easily have been more. Perhaps if the plot had been halfway engaging, or if the more interesting second area and grappling hooks (yes, there were grappling hooks) had appeared at some point before the ten hour mark. They're the kind of problems…

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Watch Dogs Legion: how to talk like a fackin future fackin cockney

LAHNDAHN. The Grand Canary. Beelzebub's Toothpick. Queen Lizzie's Pisspot. The Grey Sneeze. Captain Concrete. Poundland Prime. Pintmageddon. The Bad Onion. Johnson's Jungle. Hard Mode Paris. Disneyland Extreme. Fumes-on-Thames. Four Weddings and a Dog Fight. Sir Rentalot. Pigeon Purgatory. The Big Piss. The Big Vape. The Big Snort. Barbara Windsor's Local. No Elephants, Some Castles. Canary Wharfare. Whatever you call it, we call it FACKED.

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Feature: Expectations: tempered

Cyberpunk 2077’s E3 demo has weak gunplay and unimaginative stereotypes

At some point, Cyberpunk 2077 has to evolve from a visually impressive - yes Keanu, even breathtaking - world and into something more interesting. I want more than meat and gun oil: I want moral dilemmas and a thoughtful exploration of transhumanism. More importantly, I want the game not to lean on racial stereotypes. After CD Projekt Red's latest E3 demo, I'm concerned on both…

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The beasts of Monster Hunter: Iceborne are good, and I have killed one

Have you ever seen a Banbaro? Oh, you sheltered child of reality. They are quite lovely creatures. Banbaros are large herbivorous snowbeasts with big, chunky antlers, presumably used for bickering and clashing with other Banboys down at the Banbar on a Friday. Bantlers. Ignore my jokes, they’re beautiful creatures. Serene, tranquil, perfectly at home in the cold ecology of their glittering wintry domain. I murdered…

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Devolver Bootleg review

What have those scoundrels at Devolver Digital gone and done now? Oh look, it’s Devolver Bootleg, a mixtape of the Punk IPA publisher's classics that someone left in their jeans pocket before a wash and now the musics all fuzzy and the track list is garbled nonsense. Also it’s one percent off, yeah, because screw…discounts? So, is this a delightful slice of performance-art-as-consumer-product brilliance? Or…

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Bloodlines 2’s vampires are scrappy fighters and goofy dancers

Press X to dance. It’s not the first demonstration of demonic prowess I expected to see during my brief hands-off playthrough of Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines 2. But it is one of the very first things developers Hardsuit Labs show off. Our character has just been sauntering through the streets of Seattle. Sewer grates pump steam into the air, the lights of the city glare…

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The moment I’m most excited for in the Final Fantasy 8 remaster

Square Enix are but a fading spectre of their former glory. Square Enix can tie a crate of Final Fantasy trading cards to themselves and get in the sea. Square Enix are all horrible bastards who don’t understand what makes a good RPG anymore. Never again will I have to say any of these clearly untrue and potentially libellous phrases, because Square Enix - who…

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The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance Tactics faces trial by stone this year

Among the sentences I least expected to write, "At E3, Nintendo just announced a PC-bound strategy-RPG based on Jim Henson's cult '80s fantasy muppetfest The Dark Crystal" ranks pretty high. The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance Tactics (I'll just call it Dark Crystal Tactics, okay?) is based on the upcoming Netflix-produced prequel miniseries, and developed by BonusXP. It'll be a single player, turn-based SRPG ala…

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Read Only Memories: Neurodiver will continue cyberpunk investigations

We're headed back to that old cyberpunk future next year in Read Only Memories: Neurodiver, a sequel to 2015's mystery game 2064: Read Only Memories. We'll be digging into people's memories as a telepathic detective with the aid of the eponymous weird critter, the neurodiver, searching for traces of a rogue psychic who's been wrecking people's minds in Neo-San Francisco. I'm game. I missed the…

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Cris Tales clocks in with a timely free demo

Among the storm of announcements at E3's PC Gaming Show, Cris Tales stood out because it's a JRPG that looked and sounded like an interactive cartoon, with a clever time-travel twist. Perhaps developers Dreams Uncorporated and SYCK are aiming more at the Sailor Moon and She-Ra crowd than I, but even I can appreciate that Sailor Uranus will forever be the best. After playing the…

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Terraria: Journey’s End will be its final major update

Enduringly popular 2D mine-and-crafter Terraria's next big patch has been teased for a while, and at E3's PC Gaming Show yesterday, developers Re-Logic announced it will be its last. Formerly known as version 1.3.6, Journey's End will be adding one last big round of features and content. There'll be a variety of quality-of-life features, another 800 items to discover (or build), and the usual new…

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Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch Remastered hits PC in September

Studio Ghibli and Level-5's JRPG Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch is the next console game of yesteryear to see a remastered PC release. Due September 20th, it seems that publisher Bandai Namco aren't changing much from the PS3 original beyond a boost in resolution and frame rate. Not there's much that needs changing, as the game's real-time art was almost as pretty…

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Auto Chess creators bringing their own standalone version to PC

Not only are Valve making a standalone version of mega-hit Dota 2 mod Dota Auto Chess, the mod's creators yesterday announced they're releasing a standalone Auto Chess on PC too. And this came mere hours after Riot Games announced an Auto Chess clone mode for League Of Legends. It's rare to see a mod attempt to bloom into a full genre in real time.

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Phoenix Point launches September 3rd on Epic and Xbox Game Pass

Turn-based post-crabpocalyptic strategy game Phoenix Point is on track for a September 3rd release, announced during yesterday's Inside Xbox presentation at E3. The X-COM-alike is due to launch simultaneously on the Epic Games Store and now the Xbox Game Pass for us PC folks, but won't hit Steam until a year later. It looks like it's coming together nicely too, after a few bare-bones early backer…

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Square Enix is making a game based on the paintings of the Avengers on the sides of fairground rides

After so many years of the big screen being dominated by the Avengers as portrayed by Evans, Hemsworth and company, it’s great to see the limelight passed on to some less well-known interpretation of the famed superheroes. Namely, those daubed on the side of janky-looking ferris wheels which appear without warning on turd-strewn commons across the UK.

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