Chris Garcia


Looking for an MMORPG to fill your gaming needs during the quarantine? How about one of the best MMORPG’s out in recent memory?

Square Enix is giving PSN US Account users a taste of the Mog life as the Starter Edition of Final Fantasy XIV is free to download on the PlayStation 4.

This comes after an official announcement from the official Final Fantasy XIV Twitter account:

Take note, this offer is only available until May 26 but if you redeem the item before the promo ends, then the title is your to keep forever! Even better, the Starter Edition comes with a free 30 day trial so you can continue your journey if you wish to do so. You do not need a PlayStation Plus subscription for this but take note that you do need to top up and subscribe on a monthly basis via the FFXIV site.

The FFXIV expansions like Shadowbringers are not included in this package but the content available in ‘A Realm Reborn’ is enough to keep you on your toes for hundreds of hours, all the way up to level 50.

If you’ve ever wanted to snap Thanos away ala Infinity War, well this isn’t the game to do it on… But if you fancy some fast flying, repulsor blastin’ action, you’ll be glad to know that Marvel’s Iron Man VR will be available on July 3 across authorized local retailers.

You can check out the demo trailer below:

A special bundle All-in-one pack will also be available and will set you back PHP19,990. The bundle will a PS VR Headset, PlayStation Camera, two PlayStation Move Motion Controllers, and Marvel’s Iron Man VR Blu-ray Disc.

If you’re still on the fence about the title, you’re in luck because now available is a playable demo which will take you through a series of missions, like the Malibu tutorial mission, Out of the Blue Stark Jet gameplay mission, Flight Challenge optional mission, and the Advanced Combat Challenge optional mission. If you download and play the free demo, you’ll be able to unlock the exclusive Molten Lava Armor Deco when you purchase the full game.

Download links depending on your PSN account region can be seen below:

PSN US Account – Click HERE.
PSN SG Account – Click HERE.
PSN HK Account – Click HERE.
PSN MY Account – Click HERE.
PSN TH Account – Click HERE.

After what seems like forever (the lockdown really messed up our body clocks), Valorant will finally go worldwide on June 2, with the game being free to download from the official website.

Peep the announcement video below from the Valorant Youtube Channel:

Right now, the game is on CBT or closed beta testing and Riot will be using this period to gain information about the game, fixing what’s needed before the game goes live for everyone. CBT will end on May 28 and it is important to note that if you’re one of the lucky players to have gained access during this phase, all progress will be reset so everyone starts off fresh.

Upon launch, a new agent and map will be added along with a beta game mode, skins, and a battle pass. Players from North America, Europe, South Korea, Japan and much more will be the first to hop into the game with everyone else following shortly after.

As with all worldwide releases, expect extremely high server traffic, which is why Riot will be deploying new servers in Atlanta, Dallas, London, Madrid, and Warsaw to handle the load.

If there was any title out there that popularized the “One more turn” (or even One more game!) phrase, its Sid Meier’s Civilization series and for one week, you’ll get a chance to play this masterpiece for FREE.

Yep, free.

Last week it was Grand Theft Auto V and now, Civilization VI takes center stage as the Free game of the week from Epic Games.

For the uninitiated, check out the trailer below:

To avail of this special offer, head on over to the Epic Games Store and simply create an account and you’ll be able to redeem the game for free. But hurry, the promotion is only valid until May 28.

The free game for next week is still a mystery but if it’s anything like GTAV and CivVI, we can expect next week to be a good one as well.

The Castlevania series has some very memorable soundtracks and now, you can take them with you on the go as Konami Europe has made them available on Spotify.

“What is Spotify? A miserable little pile of soundtracks!”

You got that right, Dracula!

As announced by the Konami Europe Twitter account, you can now listen to a whole slew of Castlevania soundtracks on the Konami Europe Spotify Profile:

The collection includes 12 soundtracks including the highly acclaimed Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Peep the full list below:

  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
  • Castlevania: The Original Game
  • Castlevania Chronicles
  • Castlevania: Circle of the Moon & Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance
  • Castlevania: Lament of Innoncence
  • Castlevania: Curse of Darkness
  • Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow & Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
  • Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
  • Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles
  • Caslevania: Order of Ecclesia
  • Castlevania Judgement
  • Castlevania: Harmony of Despair

Konami also mentioned that more games and soundtracks will be uploaded soon, so we’re hoping to see some Metal Gear in the mix sooner or later!

A new player has entered the arena in the hopes of filling the void that E3 had left behind in the form of New Game+ Expo.

As announced by their newly created Facebook Page, the event will be held on June 23 PDT, which translates to around 11PM Philippine time. You can view the full announcement below:

Announcing New Game+ Expo (NGPX), an online showcase of video game publishers and developers from around the world….

Posted by New Game Plus Expo on Wednesday, May 20, 2020

New Game+ Expo will be bringing together quite a number of Japanese developers and publishers, with the full list of participants below:

  • Sega
  • Atlus
  • Natsume
  • Idea Factory
  • Spike Chunsoft
  • Koei Tecmo
  • GungHo America
  • Acttil
  • Arc System Works
  • Playism
  • Inti Creates
  • Aksys Games
  • NIS America
  • Grasshopper Manufacture
  • SNK
  • Way Forward

This is quite a list with pretty big names like Sega, Atlus, Koei Tecmo, Arc System Works, and even NIS, so expect some juicy announcements and reveals when New Game+ Expo happens.

New Game+ Expo is scheduled for June 23 and will be streamed via Twitch.

We don’t know much yet about the PS5 since Sony has been very secretive regarding their next generation console but it seems that other companies are doing the leaking themselves.

Gran Turismo 7, a PlayStation 5 exclusive racing game, looks to have been leaked by Australian racing cockpit manufacturer Next Level Racing via their Instagram account.

In a now deleted post, Next Level Racing asked which racing game the audience was looking forward to the most in 2020, with 4 racing game logos laid out in the center – AMS2, F1 2020, GT7, and Dirt 5.

Check out the screencap below:

As of this writing, their Facebook Page still has the post up:

What racing game are you most looking forward to in 2020?#nextlevelracing #simracing #racingsim #esports

Posted by Next Level Racing on Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Gran Turismo 7 has not received an official announcement yet but this leak seems to have blown the lid open on the game, putting it in a 2020 launch window and possibly a launch title to go along with the PS5. There has been no official announcement yet and unlike the October PS5 release date leak which Sony has quickly dismissed, we’ve yet to receive the same dismissal from Sony… Unless GT7 is indeed coming later this year.

The Instagram post is not an official Sony posting so for now, a copious amount of salt is required but it’s not wrong to hope for Gran Turismo 7 to be a launch title for the PS5.

In the mean time, we wait (again), for Sony to blow us all away with their full PS5 reveal.

Sony and Naughty Dog have dropped the second (out of 4) episode of the video series which documents the creation process of The Last of Us 2. As with the first one, this video is spoiler free!

Announced by the PlayStation Blog, check out the video below which gives us a look inside the gameplay of The Last of Us 2:

Each of the videos will feature interviews with key members of the team as they discuss various aspects of the game and how it was developed over the last 6 years.

A new video will be shown every week with the following schedule:

  • May 13: Inside the Story
  • May 20: Inside the Gameplay
  • May 27: Inside the Details
  • June 3: Inside the World

The Last of Us 2 is scheduled to release on June 19 exclusively for the PlayStation 4.

Reports are now circulating that the latest iteration of Call of Duty for this year will be Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and as the title implies, we’ll be going back in time for this one.

Twitter user Okami has ‘leaked’ this photo, which could have been just any other photo edit, but the most telling indication is that it has been backed by Eurogamer sources as reported.

No other details have been confirmed as of this writing but Eurogamer has indicated that the series will be “returning to its roots with a historical setting. Treyarch’s series began in the 1960’s , before leaping into the future for its sequels.”

Call of Duty Modern Warfare: Warzone has been teasing the opening of a number of bunkers in the game which holds Cold War references, giving strength to this report.

Activision has not yet confirmed nor denied the report as of this writing.

Ghost of Tsushima is looking to be a huge game, not only in terms of hype and anticipation but also in terms of scope. Coming from the recent State of Play that outlined exploration options, Ghost of Tsushima will allow you to move and explore the map freely, and it’s looking to be a big map, which could justify the game taking at least 50GB of space from your PS4.

Creative director Nate Fox had an interview with Brazilian site Voxel and as translated by Gaming Bolt, there were some choice statements that gives us an idea on how expansive the game really is.

Fox was asked a simple question – how long would the game take? The answer, quite intriguing, as it implies that it would take quite a while because of all the exploring that could happen.

“It is a difficult question to answer, because the world is a large space with several isolated side stories,” “We did several tests with people playing about 6 and a half hours a day and the results were very different. Many did not finish the main story because they were busy exploring other aspects of the game.”

When asked whether 40-50 hours was a good estimate, Fox answered with certainty, “Yes, absolutely”. Fox also encourages players to explore and “get off the main route and get lost on the island of Tsushima, since there is a lot to discover there.”

Does a 50 hour game fill your fancy? Would you have wanted it to be longer or is the length just right?

Ghost of Tsushima is scheduled for July 17 exclusively for the PlayStation 4.