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While 2020 was a pretty crummy year for a lot of people, but it was also the year that ushered in the next-gen consoles from both Sony and Microsoft, with the hype and buzz around them peaking during their launch in November. It hasn’t been easy to cop these new consoles, and stocks have been sparse throughout the world, but early 2021 data shows a clear favorite so far. The folks at GamingSmart crunched the numbers and data, with their sources coming from sites like StatCounter and VGChartz, and have shown that the PlayStation 5 is the clear favorite in terms of popularity and market share, taking 65.05% of the pie. Here are some of the categories revealed in the study that was published last January 10. Unit Sales Currently the PlayStation 5 has nearly double the sales compared to the Xbox Series X/S. This is just a few months…

The 1.2 Update for Genshin Impact may have been already released back in December 2020 but there’s still a lot more content on the way, with players already likely exploring the new Dragonspine area and also having tried their luck in getting the new playable character Albedo. It looks like Albedo’s time in the spotlight is done for now as here is a rundown of the latest content for 1.2, which features the new character Ganyu. New character Make way for a new Cryo based character as the “Plenilune Gaze” Ganyu is going to be up for grabs. Along with this new 5-Star bow user, players will get a chance to get Xiangliang, Xingqiu, and Noelle as well with their drop-rate also getting a boost. Those who want to try out Ganyu and other characters too will get a chance in Character Trial events also offered as part of the…

Ghost of Tsushima is a PS4 exclusive that will be remembered for so many things. It was the PlayStation 4’s fastest selling new IP debut with 2.4 million copies sold in its first 3 days. And it also made history in the gaming scene for being the third Western video game to receive a perfect 40/40 score from Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu. The impact of the game has also went beyond gaming, as back in 2020 the Nagasaki Prefecture, which Tsushima is a part of, partnered with Ghost of Tsushima to help promote tourism for the location. Fast forward to 2021 and just at the start of the year, Ghost of Tsushima is once again helping the location that inspired it. Photo taken from Famitsu The Torii Gate of the Watatsumi Shrine located in real-life Tsushima was unfortunately destroyed in a typhoon. Yuichi Hirayama, the shrine priest then started a…

NieR: Automata was a gem of a game when it was released back in 2017. It’s definitely remembered for its cast of characters, PlatinumGames’ brand of hack and slash gameplay, hauntingly amazing soundtrack, and a story with deep philosophical overtones. It was also a very demanding game, with a total of 26 possible endings to get that involved multiple playthroughs, and 5 of which are the main endings. No spoilers here, but those of you who managed to make it through to the end will know how grueling a journey it was to get to that final true ending. You’d think that was it but almost four years after its release, who would have thought that NieR: Automata still had one more surprise up its sleeve that just beckons you to come back one more time. As noted in Weekly Famitsu 1527 back in 2018, NieR: Automata director Yoko Taro…

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is a breathtaking and nostalgic RPG. It was good enough that an upgrade was released years after, and filled with enough new features that even players of the vanilla game are encouraged to return to the world Erdrea and rejoin the Luminary and his companions on their grand adventure. The journey of the Luminary to defeat the Dark One and save the world is going to be long and fraught with dangers. And any experienced adventurers would tell you to always plan and prepare before anything else. Newcomers to the Dragon Quest series may be in for some unfamiliar mechanics. So here are some things that you should know to get you started on your quest in Dragon Quest XI S – Definitive Edition. Resurrect your Party Members Obvious at first glance, yes, but unlike some games of its genre where party…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73FRi8W1oCM The Dragon Quest series is one that needs no introduction, especially to Japanese gamers. It’s immediately recognizable for its character designs by the legendary mangaka Akira Toriyama of Dragon Ball fame, very heavy fantasy elements like dragons (duh) and castles, the Slime monster which became the series’ mascot, and the legendary handed-down technique known as Puff-Puff (plus points if you know what it is). It’s an iconic RPG that has spawned numerous installments, which brings us to the latest in the series – Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition. So yes, if you’ve been wondering, this is actually a re-release of a Dragon Quest game which came out back in 2017. Its been quite normal to make a few tweaks and slap “insert-awesome-sounding-adjective-here” Edition on any old game and re-release it, so the thousand peso question has got to be whether or not…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8xLOtvp1KQ Mythology has always been a rich source of inspiration because of its collection of tales about heroes, monsters, and gods. Look no further than the God of War series and Hades, some of the best examples of adapting mythology in a video game in recent times. And it looks like the folks over at Ubisoft Quebec got the same idea. This new IP had an interesting starting point. It was conceptualized during the development of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and surprisingly, while checking for bugs. Basically, the developers wanted to create a game with an enormous emphasis on the mythology aspect of Ancient Greece. As someone who liked the premise of myths and legends, it was an idea I could definitely get down with. And so, like how Athena was born from the forehead of Zeus, from Assassin’s Creed Odyssey out came a completely new game about gods and monsters.…

The Game Awards 2020 was a celebration of all things gaming, with The Last of Us Part II coming out as the big winner for this year. In between all the awards were also a lot of world premiere trailers and announcements that will surely excite a lot of fans! If you missed The Game Awards, don’t fret! We’ve got you covered. Here are all the game trailers announced during the show. Loop Hero https://youtu.be/G37bO9vg8RY Sea of Solitude https://youtu.be/LEI0zd1DrHw Shady Part of Me https://youtu.be/qXR4iwaJJOA Nier Replicant https://youtu.be/K7WZN-nkl14 We Are OFK: Follow/Unfollow Music Video https://youtu.be/G18PyDey6sU Century: Age of Ashes https://youtu.be/21T_6N_uYHo Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Sephiroth Announcement https://youtu.be/cCMErUyCCNc Perfect Dark https://youtu.be/S–lFTxAVs8 Back 4 Blood https://youtu.be/sG8-0UlzrEA Scavengers Beta Announcement https://youtu.be/HOYih6ReE94 Hood Outlaws and Legends Gameplay Trailer https://youtu.be/XcbYWVA3nac Forza Horizon 4 x Cyberpunk 2077 Collaboration https://youtu.be/GQmAp4_5GI8 The Callisto Protocol https://youtu.be/WnVhgyLbC8A Warhammer 40K Darktide Gameplay https://youtu.be/R2pRaQOfWqA Open Roads https://youtu.be/SMV4Etp9Exo Disco Elysium: The Final Cut https://youtu.be/P-UY6IyI03Q…

Typhon is wreaking havoc in the Golden Isle and Prometheus has foretold that a mortal will be the one to stop him. Unfortunately, Zeus thinks that’s just a bunch of baloney and what better way to stick it to the supreme ruler of the Olympian gods than to prove him wrong. In Immortals Fenyx Rising, you play as the mortal in Prometheus’s prophecy, Fenyx. Now this shield bearer may be a relative nobody compared to the likes of Heracles, Odysseus, Atalanta, and Achilles, but every great hero always has to start from somewhere. Well hero, if you’re reading this then you must have chosen to take this journey with Fenyx to bring down Typhon. In that case here’s some tips for Immortals Fenyx Rising that will help you get started on your adventure. Now before the actual tips, a good place to start is to link your Ubisoft Connect account.…

Good Smile Company is no slouch when it comes to high quality and detailed figures of iconic characters. Previously, it was a Death Stranding’s Clifford Unger Figma and later on, we got a Nendoroid of Ellie from The Last of Us Part II. Ready to add a ‘Ghost’ to your collection? The widely popular Ghost of Tsushima is getting its hero in Jin Sakai immortalized in a Figma that looks as good as the game, with intricate details throughout, making it a must buy for fans of the game. This Figma of Jin will have him donning his iconic Ghost armor, fully upgraded with the various tools he gets in the game. The details are simply stunning, like the texture on the rope on his Grappling Hook and the sculpting on Jin’s Ghost mask. Smoke not included, but it does make for quite the dramatic effect! More details here show…

Anyone who has owned a PlayStation would know Sony’s console had a plethora of RPGs by Squaresoft. Alongside Final Fantasy VII, gamers enjoyed titles like Parasite Eve, Brave Fencer Musashi, and another little gem called Xenogears. Xenogears was quite a game back in the day, with its deep storyline, memorable characters, and you simply can’t leave out the Gears because giant robots are just awesome. It was definitely something special as Xenogears became the first of the Xeno series of games and following in its footsteps came Xenosaga and Xenoblade Chronicles. Now while there hasn’t been a proper sequel to the classic PlayStation RPG (and we’re still hoping for one or at least an actual remake), something is coming for all Xenogears fans out there, especially fans of the Gears. Here’s Square Enix’s Structured Arts line of 1/144 model kits featuring the main Gears of Xenogears: Weltall The main Gear…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSxwhCkpTgs Before Dreams, Media Molecule’s LittleBigPlanet series was the avenue to let out your creativity in game design. Aside from great platforming, it also introduced gamers to another well-known face of the PlayStation: the lovable Sackboy. From his debut in LittleBigPlanet, Sackboy has been a popular gaming icon with his cute appearance, and how fun it was to customize his look! This bundle of yarn is stepping away from LittleBigPlanet and into a big new adventure that’s coming to both the PlayStation 4 and 5. Is this a journey worth taking with Sackboy or would you rather go adventuring somewhere else? Here’s our review of Sackboy: A Big Adventure and for brevity, we’ll just call it Sackboy, cool? Craftworld Crisis Welcome back to Craftworld, home of the Sackfolks. As they happily live out their lives, out of the blue an evil entity known as Vex captures Sackboy’s people and forces…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HwEuNql-aI Man of Medan was just the beginning for Supermassive Games’ Dark Pictures Anthology. After a horrifying experience at sea on the Ourang Medan, the second entry in the Anthology brings us back to dry land and to the quiet but ominous town of Little Hope. Those who played Man of Medan should already know what to expect from Little Hope in terms of gameplay and tone. Strap yourselves in for a suspenseful ride as we get into the nitty gritty of an abandoned and mysterious ghost town in the second game that is The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope. Welcome to Little Hope Little Hope puts us in the shoes of five individuals, all the victims of an unfortunate accident after their bus was forced to take a detour through the titular town of Little Hope. Stuck in the middle of nowhere and mysteriously kept inside the town by…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOGOn0pTx6g Kamen Rider is a beloved Tokusatsu franchise that’s just as big as Super Sentai/Power Rangers. The franchise centers on masked heroes with different motifs (usually insects) that use motorcycles, change forms using cool gimmicky belts, and fight using different weapons ranging from but not limited to swords and guns. It’s a series that’s ripe with imagination, one that has spawned quite a number of games over the years. Its latest entry entitled Memory of Heroez, is being touted as a “Hero Chain Action” game and is now available for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. Does it Rider Kick its way to greatness or does it fail to impress just like one of Hiden Aruto’s jokes? Here’s our review of Kamen Rider: Memory of Heroez. A Kamen Rider’s Work Is Never Done The setting is a new area called Sector City, where circumstances have brought three Kamen Riders together,…

Final Fantasy VII Remake has been a very bright spot for everyone this year. It’s a fantastic game with a supremely talented and star-studded voice cast. One of them is actress and content creator Briana White. Briana is well known for voicing our favorite flower girl from the Final Fantasy VII Remake, Aerith Gainsborough, and she does a spectacular job at it! Not only that, but she had been streaming the game to the delight of many of her fans on her very own Youtube channel, Strange Rebel Gaming, where you can also view her other content. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stE3kKb_hBo&list=PLeNs2fU0UP2VRk826IHs9DpAI8vGhSgYQ&index=2 Briana has definitely gained a lot of fans for this iconic portrayal, but she’s not done just yet! What’s better than voicing an iconic Final Fantasy character? Being that character of course! Briana recently cosplayed her character to full effect, complete with props and styling, with pictures taken by Martin Wong, a…