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Earlier today, the Annapurna Interactive Showcase kicked off a handful of updates to some much-awaited indie titles, including Stray and Solar Ash. I love my indies, and this showcase did not disappoint one bit. Annapurna Interactive, now in its sixth year, is an innovative publisher that brings about some fantastic titles like The Outer Wilds and bizarre wonders like Kentucky Route Zero. In between, there was also some exciting news of new collaborations with Outer Loop studio (Falcon Age) and Sound Shapes creator Jessica Mak. With a slate of anticipated titles and some surprises, the hour-long showcase proved to be quite the treat. Annapurna Interactive Showcase Recap The Artful Escape (Sept 9 – Xbox, PC) https://youtu.be/ZDj13Mz2voM Neon White (PC, Nintendo Switch) https://youtu.be/hA7aG1C5FU0 A Memoir Blue (Xbox, Playstation, Switch, PC) https://youtu.be/2uwLG_-69EQ Storyteller (Nintendo Switch, PC) https://youtu.be/evbrPS8xw8w Solar Ash (October 26 – PS4, PS5, PC) https://youtu.be/1xC9uHfgzwU Skin Deep (PC) https://youtu.be/CeyXnAn-7wY Stray (PS4,…

When Stray was teased during the Playstation 5 Showcase, we could only imagine the type of gameplay for this story that stars a stray tabby. During the recently concluded Annapurna Interactive Showcase, we finally get to see what’s in store, and it basically looks like an awesome and visually stunning cat simulator. We do get to play as a cat and do cat-things, solve environmental puzzles, defeat hostiles, and interact with robots. Unfortunately, it’s not coming out this year as previously announced, but is now set for early 2022. Check out this cute gameplay trailer below: https://youtu.be/8R-splyERsI I’m not a cat person, but this game has convinced me to at least consider one. Stray releases for the PS4, PS5, and PC in Early 2022.

During the recently concluded Annapurna Interactive Showcase, which showed some enticing game reveals and updates, we finally get a release date for one title we’ve been looking forward to since it was announced, Solar Ash. The good news is that Solar Ash will be releasing on October 26 for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC. That’s about 3 months from now, and it’s looking to be worth the wait. The bad news is, given its release date, it may not be a PS Plus giveaway (which we really hoped for), at least based on the trends from the past months. Nevertheless, the game is still looking amazing as ever, and we can’t wait to play it. https://youtu.be/1xC9uHfgzwU Solar Ash is developed by Heart Machine, known for their work on Hyper Light Drifter, and is set to release for the PS4, PS5, and PC on October 26.

One of our more anticipated titles for August, Kena: Bridge of Spirits has been delayed to September 21, as announced by Ember Lab. Further polish is needed for the title, and while a delay is unfortunate, the good news is that it will only be delayed by a month from its initial release date of August 24. https://twitter.com/emberlab/status/1420489786641444866?s=20 Due to the pandemic, working through extraordinary situations has been tough for everyone. Returnal was also delayed previously to get some extra polish in, and it has become one of the best titles of 2021. Rushing out this game so close to completion isn’t a good idea, so this extra month should hopefully work well in their favor. Kena: Bridge of Spirits will now release on September 21 for the PS5, PS4, and PC.

Putting an end to the rumors, Dead Space remake has been revealed as their “one more thing” teaser trailer during EA Play Live. The remake will only be available for the PS5, Xbox Series, and PC, so last-gen console fans wanting to play this classic will have to find some way to upgrade before it launches. The Dead Space Remake will be rebuilt from the ground up using the Frostbite Engine, and because of the power of the new hardware, EA Motive is looking to make it a seamless experience from start to finish without any loading. The teaser trailer revealed the iconic suit worn by Isaac Clarke and the foreboding atmosphere, and it got real when the ominous literal writing on the wall revealed “Cut Off Their Limbs”, hearkening back to the classic Dead Space experience that haunted us back in 2008. Why are you even reading this, just…

Already running from a full head of steam from previous reveals, Battlefield 2042 is getting even bigger with the introduction of Battlefield Portal, a community-driven platform that gives players the power to offer imaginative modes of play to create their own definitive Battlefield experience. Developed by Ripple Effect Studios, Portal is the third mode that will accompany Battlefield 2042 on launch alongside All-Out Warfare and Hazard Zone, an all-new squad-based mode that has yet to be revealed. https://youtu.be/q4qWMcQfOCc Battlefield Portal will let players to use a suite of tools that will allow players to create custom battles played with elements from previous games like Battlefield 1942, Battlefield Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 3.   You can mix and match content from all the Battlefield games from all across the board, like 1942 versus 2042 matches, or even knives versus defibrillators battles. Take note that there are limits to the editor, meaning you can’t…

During the EA Play Livestream, the latest season of Apex Legends made a huge splash, showing off a brand new launch trailer. Apex Legends: Emergence is set to launch on August 3, and the message is clear: Change is Coming, and we get to see a lot more of the newest legend to join the roster, Seer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQBKoZIYNrs Seer has an Ultimate that allows for microdrones to track enemies. It’s been teased that he’s a stealth oriented legend, and since he’s a tracker like Bloodhound, new ways to play have been added such as moving slowly to avoid being detected. New maps and ranked arena are planned, and Ranked mode will be introduced in Emergence, which will be different from Battle Royale mode. Apex Legends: Emergence drops on August 3 with a gameplay trailer reveal on July 26, 2021.

Last year, I was lucky enough to check out Microsoft’s Project xCloud. It was rough around the edges and offered a rather lukewarm experience, but I definitely saw the potential for something great in the future, especially when the infrastructure improves over time. Fast forward one year later, Project xCloud is now known as Xbox Cloud Gaming, an added bonus to the mighty Xbox Game Pass, which is already making waves in the industry. The service can only get better, and Microsoft is taking steps to ensure that gaming is more accessible, whether you own a next-gen console or not. Adding More Platforms Game Pass, at the moment, is available for Xbox Consoles, PC, and Cloud. By far, the best way to experience the service will be on your Xbox consoles, as it offers the most up to date selection of games, including triple A and first party releases on…

The Yakuza series is definitely well celebrated, especially in recent years. Its resurgence is sparked by the incredibly popular Like A Dragon that launched last year and the upcoming spin-off sequel Lost Judgment, which recently received a new trailer during Sony’s State of Play. What if I told you that none of these new games even come close to being finished by players compared to other games in the series? Not as much, at least. By far, if you look at the completion rate on the PlayStation alone, Yakuza 4 Remastered is the highest completed game of the bunch, with Yakuza Kiwami 2 and Yakuza 3 Remastered rounding out the top 3. I was also surprised that popular titles like Yakuza 0, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, and even new titles and spin-offs didn’t come as close. Yakuza 4 Remastered Completion RateYakuza Kiwami 2 Completion RateYakuza 3 Remastered Completion…

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart launched a month ago to rave reviews from both players and critics, calling it a must play for PlayStation 5 owners. The game is selling well in territories around the world, and despite the PS5 being a tough console to get a hold of, Rift apart has been garnering good sales numbers. The game can be easily completed in about 10 or so hours depending on how you play, with a rather easy Platinum Trophy. One of the most well known Trophy guide resource out there, PowerPyx, describes the Platinum difficulty a 2/10, something that should almost be an instant-get especially for trophy hunters. 17.3%, or roughly around 1 in every 6 players, have achieved “The Masters of the Multiverse” Platinum Trophy for Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. When compared to its 2016 release, only a very small percentage (2.4%) of players have achieved “The…

As shown in today’s State of Play livestream, Deathloop featured a 9 minute deep dive on some exhilarating gameplay. The game features the signature style that we’ve come to expect from Arkane, who have dazzled us before with the likes of Dishonored. While many trailers have already been revealed for the game, this deep dive makes it the best one yet, and if you aren’t already sold, this should seal the deal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rzjq6myYALo While you spend replaying the same day, you’re able to learn more about your targets and find the best way to complete the mission. Know that if you die or fail to kill the target, you will restart the loop again. However, with every death, you learn new skills such as rewinding time before the loop restarts. Residium is the currency being used in this game to “save” equipment, power, and weapons that you can carry over…

Update: Sony has revealed that the price for Death Stranding Director’s Cut standard edition in the Philippines will be PHP2,490 for the Physical version. Original: As one of the much awaited remasters revealed back in June during Summer Game Fest, Death Stranding Directors Cut books a September 24 release date and a much awaited feature-filled trailer on what to expect. Besides the much celebrated main questline featuring a mind-bending story that involves connecting the cities of America ravaged by a mass extinction event, Death Stranding Directors Cut contains a lot of new additions that have been developed from the ground up. Since this is the definitive version of the game, additions like the Half-Life and Cyberpunk 2077 content from the PC version will also be available here. Check out the brand-new trailer below: https://youtu.be/6tgsz7WbidU While there are advanced combat mechanics such as upgraded melee, mounted guns, and the Maser gun…

Remember Jett: The Far Shore? One of our predictions actually came true! We finally get a look at what this exploratory action is all about. Jett: The Far Shore tasks you to explore and potentially select a particular planet for the survival of your species. It’s impressive that this game was developed by three game designers and how their journey has grown to a full team. Check out the video below: https://youtu.be/-Aw1CXL1gug You play as the interplanetary explorer Mei who embarks to a mythical ocean planet. Most of your adventure will occur on one planet and its exploration and eventual colonization. The gameplay contains two phases – exploration using your star cruiser and the third person boots on the ground. Combat isn’t the main design of the game, allowing for the indigenous wildlife to prosper. While danger is imminent, the key is mostly discovery and observation. Jett The Far Shore…

The recently concluded State of Play livestream reveals something interesting from brawler Sifu that we haven’t seen in many of its trailers: The Aging Mechanic. From what is shown in the trailer, it jumps two years, three years, four years, and exponentially increases depending from the damage you take or everytime you are defeated, it looks like. We’d love to see how this aging mechanic works specifically as the game progresses. Check out the new trailer below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vy-enf5xxgQ Absolver wants the game to be a learning experience for players, much like how Martial Arts teaches perseverance, saying “Players can make mistakes, try again, and learn in the process. We want to make that experience smooth and fluid: players will be able to restart instantly where they died and keep going forward like an unstoppable force of revenge. You cannot age eternally, however; eventually you will become too old and have…

Forged in Shadow Torch is an interesting side-scrolling platformer featuring a cybernetic bunny named Rayton and is looking as one of the more interesting titles to be featured on the State of Play livestream. The combination of side scrolling action and intriguing story is something to look forward to, and we get to see more of the action in a new trailer. Check it out below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1EHQKECRdE F.I.S.T. releases on September 7th for the PS4, PS5, and PC and will retail for $29.99.