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If you haven’t played the comprehensive demo of Outriders before its launch date, it is available now for download and the amount of content for it basically covers the whole of chapter 1, which is quite a good chunk. Love it or hate it, you can’t deny the amount of value that the devs have laid out for you to try. You are encouraged to try out all the classes after completing the first mission, however if you have no time for that, we got you, fam! So what would be the best class for you? Pokemon starts you off with Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur, but with the fourth class in Outriders, you can add Pikachu to the mix. So it’s Pyromancer, Technomancer, Trickster, and Devastator… which choice would be perfect for you? To answer it simply, it would depend on your playstyle and what you’re comfortable with. If you’re…

It’s no Nintendo Direct or Playstation State of Play, but the New Game Plus Expo will be streaming tomorrow on Twitch throughout the wee hours of morning on March 5, 1AM Manila time. If you’re staying up for some updates and announcements, let this guide help you out on what to expect and which developers/publishers to stay up late watching. INTI CREATES — 1:00 am MNL time https://youtu.be/MZjYTwG2_mI Bloodstained and Mighty No. 9 developer and publisher INTI CREATES will kickoff the stream. Nothing really up in the air save for an upcoming Azure Striker Gunvolt 3 for the Nintendo Switch. So we’ll probably see more of that. Aksys Games — 1:30 am MNL time https://twitter.com/aksysgames/status/1366578605472452608?s=20 I’m you’re planning to stay up expecting a Guilty Gear Strive video for Aksys Games, I’d suggest sleeping it off and waking up much later during Arc System Works’ stream. While Aksys Games have published…

A few days into March and we already get another delay a day just before the New Game Plus Expo. Guilty Gear Strive, originally slated for an April 9 release, has now been delayed to June 11th, two whole months from the planned launch date. https://twitter.com/ArcSystemWorksU/status/1367278816125718537?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1367278816125718537%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_c10&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pushsquare.com%2Fnews%2F2021%2F03%2Fguilty_gear_strive_delayed_from_april_to_june_on_ps5_ps4 While this isn’t the first time Guilty Gear Strive has been delayed, it’s done so with good reason. According to their announcement: “Since we have received valuable feedback after the recent Open Beta Test, we would like to make the most of this opportunity to provide the best game possible. We need extra time to polish some aspects of the game, such as online lobbies and the server’s stability.” For players that have preordered the Deluxe and Ultimate version of the game, Early Access will now be available on June 8, 2021. Our beta impressions of Strive were all praises, but the online lobby does…

It’s been a while since we heard from Mistwalker, creators of Lost Odyssey and The Last Story, and led by Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi. Their latest title, Fantasian, is currently coming soon to Apple Arcade, with no plans to release on a console any time soon. From the story trailer, it’s very much looking a lot closer to Final Fantasy rather than the hyper realistic Lost Odyssey, which was a masterpiece in its own right. Fantasian looks like a very inviting game to play, and goes a totally different direction from another mobile game remaking a remake. https://youtu.be/9guC7V_Cvdk From what looks like a cross between Xenosaga and Final Fantasy IV, in an interview from the Verge, Sakaguchi explains, “Playing [Final Fantasy IV] reminded me of how much I really adore that classic RPG genre, and renewed my interest in it,” Sakaguchi explains. “It made me want to go back…

Solar Ash has been teased without a release date at the recent Playstation State of Play despite the previous promise during the infamous CES 2021 PS5 Sizzle Reel that showed a June release. Love or hate the February 25 broadcast, it confirmed the official launch of Kena Bridge of Spirits, promised Oddworld Soulstorm as April’s free PS Plus game, and surprised us with Yuffie in Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade, the debut PS5 port that comes with said new episode. CES 2021 Sizzle Reel Release Date window Many other familiar games featured a deep dive (Returnal and Deathloop’s new trailer), some new titles that we already know are coming (Crash 4 and Knockout City), and some new teasers (Sifu and Five Nights At Freddy’s Security Breach). That leaves Solar Ash as the elephant in the room, being the only title from previous PS5 events with an ambiguous 2021 window, previously…

There are certain games with fantastic English voice acting, but for some titles with both Japanese and English dubbed voices, a lot of gamers seemingly prefer to choose the former over the latter. Take for example Ghost of Tsushima – not saying that the English voices were bad (I’d rather read the subs if Japanese audio wasn’t available), but the Japanese dub just proved to be a more immersive experience. I’m sure many would agree! It was the same for the English trailer of Project: Triangle Strategy, where its Japanese counterpart had superior voice acting. Now, the same can also be said for Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade. While the star-studded English VA cast of the FF7 Remake drew high marks for their great performances (I’ll take their word for it), doesn’t Yuffie sound so much better in Japanese? You can give it a listen below: https://youtu.be/gyJ6K0dd_vc While there is…

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is the hottest thing out right now even if it is currently a PS5 exclusive. Between the Remake base game being offered free right now on the PS Plus service and the upcoming mobile games, Intergrade has definitely renewed the hype for the series. Square Enix has recently confirmed that the Yuffie episode DLC will span 2 chapters, which will focus on Yuffie and Sonon’s adventures with Avalanche to steal “the ultimate materia” from Shinra. With the current 18 chapters of the original Remake, adding the Yuffie episode into the mix will increase total content to 20 chapters long. Check out all the new details below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7bEoGile7Q Story Amidst the confusion of Mako Reactor 5’s destruction, Wutai makes its move on the city of Midgar.Yuffie and her partner Sonon, two elite ninja operatives for the Wutaian government, have been assigned a dangerous mission: to steal…

Following up from the super stylish trailer from Playstation State of Play that gives vibes of 007 and Snake Eater, Deathloop comes with another trailer featuring game director Dingka Bakaba explaining the game world and mechanics in the same style as the game. If you haven’t heard by now, Deathloop is a shooter from Arkane Studios that is aptly described as Groundhog Day but with more murder. Arkane developed the critically acclaimed Dishonored series and while it’s an fully fleshed out world with some interesting game mechanics, it may not be for everyone as it has some designs that might be too hampering for completionists and those wanting to play as they’d like. After watching Deathloop Explained, it feels that this game, while functioning like a rogue-like, feels a lot more accessible. https://youtu.be/R7A-xbYoqlY The premise if you haven’t checked out the last three Deathloop trailers, is that you are Colt,…

Just a couple of days into March and we’re already getting news of another delay. Development for the new title in the Need For Speed franchise will reportedly be delayed for a year, as Criterion Games will assist DICE on the next Battlefield 6, who have been feeling the pressure and fatigue brought about by the pandemic. The recent acquisition of Codemasters, best known for their F1 and Dirt series, will be bringing in a racing game to fill the void of the absence of a Need For Speed title. For clarity, the Need for Speed franchise is neither in trouble nor is Criterion being pulled from the game, as reported by Polygon speaking to Laura Miele, EA’s chief studios officer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeRnez3di1I Taking over from Ghost Games on the Need For Speed franchise, Criterion Games has been a support team assisting DICE with past titles such as Star Wars Battlefront…

The Outriders demo is out now, and if you haven’t given it a go yet, it’s a pretty good way to gauge if the game is for you or not. It features about 3 hours of content per character, across 4 classes that you can try out, and the whole of chapter 1, which is quite generous. You’ll also be able to transfer your save files to the live version should you choose to continue your journey. Outriders tells the story of a group of space faring humans searching for a new home after an apocalyptic event destroyed Earth. Upon reaching their new planet, Enoch, what awaited them was a lush world of verdant green, open air vistas, and exotic wildlife. Unknown to them, are the cataclysmic anomaly storms that would wreak havoc on their ranks, which completely disentegrates carbon-based lifeforms as well as render electronics useless, driving humanity back…

The game release calendar for March 2020 was particularly strong, with Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Doom Eternal leading the charge. However this year, due to unforeseen delays, it’s slim pickings. Never fear though, one of Nintendo Switch’s most anticipated exclusives Monster Hunter: Rise drops late March two months after the demo dropped on January. One thing you’ll notice this month is that there are a lot of re-releases in the forms of remasters or next-gen ports for familiar games. Out of this group, Disco Elysium: The Final Cut stands out as the cream of the crop and for most console gamers, this will be the first time they’ll come across this indie classic that almost stole the Game of the Year award from everybody back in 2019. No final date has been announced yet though, so we’ll have to see if the release still holds for this month! Without…

As expected, Returnal is part of the showcase of the literal “deep dive” during the State of Play broadcast. I appreciate how they teased us with the Atropos trailer to remind us about the game, but this sneak peak is more of how the game play and interactive storytelling are put together. Before this, so much has been focused on the game play content rather than story, which this new look opened up with. https://youtu.be/5929rKazHbE In previous trailers, we see quick jump cuts of the game play as opposed to the trailer during the State of Play deep dive, we see longer and fuller action sequences. Because of the quick dashing action while taking on large hordes of enemies, shifting between powers, alt-fires, and dashing — it really reminds me of Hades with a gun in space. In an interview by Push Square, the devs pointed out various details of…

The Outriders demo is now available to download and if we don’t already have enough reasons to play it yet, Square Enix and People Can Fly has released a demo trailer showcasing more information on what we can expect. Check out the comprehensive 8-minute trailer below. Long story short, it’s looking good and we’re definitely excited for it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMIqCnbYh0U For a quick rundown, here’s what we already know – the save data of the said demo will be transferable to the full version, the first chapter (prologue) of the game will be fully playable, all classes will be available, and crossplay between platforms on multiplayer will be possible up to three people to a squad via matchmaking. Outriders will also be giving current-gen console owners a free next-gen upgrade, allowing for save transfers as well. Based on the trailer, we can speculate that player level would most likely cap between…

Following the cancellation of Anthem Next, the small team working on the troubled live service relaunch was moved to the new Dragon Age title, in what is now being reported by Jason Schreier of Bloomberg as exclusively a single-player game. Returning to their roots with this title and the upcoming Mass Effect reboot, BioWare from the outset appears to be learning from their experiences with Anthem, for the better. From what is being said in the report, BioWare’s parent company Electronic Arts, have “removed all planned multiplayer components from the game”. Schreier observes that this is a “big pivot” and a “significant move” for the company who has made significant attempts to moving electronic gaming from the traditional model to “games as a service” model. https://twitter.com/jasonschreier/status/1365005940739743745?s=20 The shift in perspective in EA’s top brass didn’t happen until certain Star Wars properties were shifted back to a single player focus, such…

While we didn’t get a lot correct on our predictions on the State of Play, parts of it did come true. One thing we did get right is one for Oddworld: Soulstorm, along with a release date to boot. In Oddworld Soulstorm, the second of the quintology, we’re introduced again to Abe the Mudokon who’s become a leader of his people, the Mudokons. Now that the Gukkons have imprisoned his people, he feels compelled to save everyone amidst getting over his own impulse to first save himself. https://youtu.be/23fDmggOajM On the writeup on the Playstation Blog, it is said that the environment is 2.9D, which brings out the depth and immersion. There’s a big emphasis on the PS5’s haptic feedback from its Dualsense controller being able to feel Abe’s heartbeat during suspense filled action sequences. As you save 1,000 of the Mudokons, you will be needing them as your makeshift army…