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If the names Yuji Naka and Naoto Oshima ring a bell, that’s because these guys are the duo responsible for the now iconic Sonic the Hedgehog character, as well as a hidden gem from the Sega Saturn days called Nights into Dreams. You can imagine how the announcement of their latest project, Balan Wonderworld, became a pretty big deal simply because of their background. Balan Wonderworld is an upcoming 3D platformer developed by Balan Company and published by Square Enix, which is scheduled to release in March. In it you control one of two characters, Leo Craig or Emma Cole, as you traverse different levels all under the watchful eye of the titular maestro Balan. Being the latest project from the minds behind Sonic the Hedgehog and Nights, and their first collaboration again after so many years, you can’t help but be a little curious as to what they cooked…

In case you didn’t know, Capcom recently revealed a ton of new content and info about Resident Evil Village, including its release date of May 7, 2021. While that’s still a few months away, you can actually get a taste of the upcoming game via a PlayStation 5 exclusive demo called “The Maiden”, which is available to download right now on your respective storefronts. For other platforms, a separate demo will be made available at a later date. To call The Maiden a demo is both downplaying what I just experienced as well as overplaying the interactive aspect of Resident Evil Village. Much like Beginning Hour, Resident Evil 7’s teaser, this sneak peek gives you a taste of what to expect atmospherically, but not much in terms of gameplay. It is also pretty short, spanning around 15-20 minutes, less if you know what to do, but it doesn’t take away…

Platformers aren’t exactly my cup of tea, but I know a good one when I see one. Astro’s Playroom really cranks up what I expect to find in a platformer and art installments like Ori and the Blind Forest really make you pause and go “is that how competitive the market is these days?” When the Little Nightmares II trailer dropped, I was quickly reminded of Limbo and Inside, a couple of personal favorites. So when the demo became available, I downloaded it and played it right away. A Whole Lot Of Nope Sure enough, I haven’t felt this tense since Resident Evil VII and while it really reminds me of Inside to a fault, there’s something about this game that draws you in and asks you to trust it, before it puts you in a highly stressful situation leaving you only with your wits and cunning to get through…

The controversy behind 2020’s The Last of Us Part II was a big reason for making me buy and play the game. I’ve pretty much played every Naughty Dog game that was given on PS Plus and I actually liked The Last of Us when it first came out in 2013, but wasn’t too keen on the sequel years leading up to its release. Why were people reacting so violently about the game? Was it the developers and the crunch they endured? Maybe the treatment of a beloved character? The new “protagonist”? The game being too “woke”? I just wanted to know what pissed people off so much. “I could only find Crunch, what do you mean you want a Snickers” I didn’t enjoy The Last of Us 2. Let me qualify that, it’s a technical marvel with beautiful graphics for the PS4. The gameplay is on par with the…

The Monster Hunter Rise limited-time demo launched on January 7 (8 in the Philippines) and despite the small number of missions you could do, it gives you a good rundown of what to expect when the game releases on March 26. It’s the classic Monster Hunter we’ve come to know and love, this time going back to its portable old self, and its been a blast to say the least. As the disclaimer reads before you begin the demo, after 30 runs, you won’t be able to keep the data of said game. So it’s best to treat the demo as a way to get a taste of what’s to come and not get too attached to it. You’re limited to 30 missions, which are divided into four parts: Beginner, Intermediate, and two training missions. The hunts are straightforward: you follow your compass, locate the monster, give it a thrashing,…

Xbox Game Pass, the wonderful service to some of the best game titles around for the price of a streaming service subscription. It’s the best option to save you money on gaming, and with a library boasting of 100+ titles, it is literally gaming’s Netflix. Also, it gives you another problem, which is decision paralysis. While you are limited by your storage space on how many games you could fit, let us help you out with ten titles to choose from the massive gallery of games to play. I tried to avoid titles that are first party (well, except Doom Eternal) like Grounded and Gears of War, as they will be in the library longer than these other titles on this list. I suggest you start these titles as soon as possible before they leave a few months down the line. Doom Eternal https://youtu.be/FkklG9MA0vM It is a Game of the…

Oh January, a month we use to catch up on all of the big releases from the Holidays before they become part of our permanent backlog that will haunt our library until the end of time. That said, between Game Pass and all of the free stuff on PSN this month as well as the PS Plus Collection for the fortunate gamers who have secured a PS5, that’s a lot of games. We’ve yet to get our platinum trophies for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Cyberpunk 2077, but those will have to wait until another playthrough of the God of War and Days Gone. However, January also sees a slew of new games bannered by Hitman 3 and The Medium. With our recovering budget, we’re glad that January is quite a slow but quality month nonetheless. Here are some of the games to look out for this January 2021! Hitman 3…

2021, a year that we will unfairly entrust with so much hope. Most of us will probably have a better chance of acquiring next gen consoles by then, so it’s already looking better than 2020! As the new year comes, new games will also come and with it, a hope that they will be good as far as trailers and advertisements go (looks at Cyberpunk 2077). There’s a lot to look forward to, but here are ten games that will hopefully make 2021 a better year for everyone. Bravely Default II Release Date: February 26, 2021Platform: Nintendo SwitchAlmost a full year after the release of its content-rich demo back in April 2020, sort of like an appetizer for Final Fantasy VII: Remake, Bravely Default II makes its debut on the Nintendo Switch to give about 100-or-so hours of distraction while the rest of us plebs wait for our next-gen console,…

The PS Plus Collection is a set of twenty games from the Playstation 4 era curated and touted to be some of the best titles of that generation. While that list is quite debatable, you cannot go wrong with twenty free games for a PS Plus subscription and it is quite possibly some of the best titles seen compared to the free games given in the last three years. PS Plus is a service that’s been around for the last ten years and with the launch of the Playstation 4 back in 2013, the PS4 has been the next longest platform on the service since the exit of the PS3 and PS Vita on January of 2018. If you’ve been a dedicated member of such a service, ten of the games from the PS Plus Collection have already been given one way or another. The ten featured games on this…

Bravely Default II just released their final demo on the Nintendo Store. I didn’t expect another demo prior to release date, but this is an extra added bonus – quite a bit of service from this much anticipated JRPG from Square Enix. I played the original demo and enjoyed it, so much that I went back to play the original game (that I didn’t enjoy as much). Original Demo (top); Final Demo (bottom) This Final Demo tackles the first chapter of the game, straight after the prologue, which is exactly the same play through from the original demo. The difference is that the original demo shows it as “Chapter Two”. There are story revisions from the original demo, which involved cutting the unnecessary dialogue between the party significantly (a real plus) and the introduction of Orpheus the Bard. Graphically, I feel that the Final Demo has better contrast in some…

Astro’s Playroom, the pre-loaded game that comes with every PlayStation 5, is not only a celebration of all things PlayStation-related leading up to the latest console, but is also chock-full of easter eggs and cameos that make it all the more enjoyable to play. The game is basically a tech demo of your new DualSense controller, and will feature levels that will give you a taste of what the next-gen controller is capable of. Scattered throughout the various levels are easter eggs and throwbacks, such as PS Icon flowers and PS1 controller cord tightropes, but there are some iconic character references too! This isn’t the whole list, and we’re sure we’re missing a couple of them here and there, but check them out below and try to see if you can recognize all of them! Warning – This post is image heavy but we’ve lowered the resolution a bit. Hover…

Cyberpunk 2077’s episode four of Night City Wire had a prime focus on the different types of vehicles you could drive in Night City. Across my playthroughs, I’m still about 500,000 Eddies short so I could buy five more of these cars. It’ll take time, but the devs took their time to release this, so that means I can take my time too. Don’t look at me like that, even with all these rides, you’re my main ride! Even if I sold everything I owned including all my legendary and iconic gear, that would net me around E$130k, which would afford me just one of those rides. Night City rides can get quite expensive. That being said, I was able to buy most of these vehicles, with the most expensive being E$225k, and I tell you, it’s not a good ride. One star, will not buy again. However, they are…

Wake the fuck up, Samurai, the game is burning. As Cyberpunk 2077 released in such a dismal state, it was disappointing to most players who were waiting on this next venture from CD Projekt Red. Memes were made, and this one might be the best. Anders Lundbjörk, a mobile game developer, imagines Cyberpunk 2077 as if it were running on a PlayStation 1 (with all the bugs, it might just have) and comes up with a perfect way to represent night city, bugs and low-res textures and all. Check out the video below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNqWPtcXk5w In the words of CDPR, it runs “surprisingly good”, and it maybe accurately reflects the buggy state of the game when it released. CDPR have been putting out hotfixes and patches over the past week or so, and the game will be fixed eventually, but this is definitely something we’d like to play! I wouldn’t ask…

Microtransactions, love ‘em or hate ‘em, are here to stay. AAA companies surely would keep pushing them into our beloved franchises and they’ll find more creative ways to monetize games. Just like blockbuster movies and TV series, product placement and in-game advertising will make their way into your gaming screens if it’s feasible to do so. Remember that time when Final Fantasy XV did some collab with Audi for the Regalia? Would have been nice if I could pay $14.99 to get a Chocobo in real life. Or maybe get Gladio as my personal bodyguard for $19.99. It’s a sweet ride, you gotta admit There’s that, and then there are the sports games. We’ve dropped an insane amount of money before with the trading cards and collectable card games in the past, so we’ve accepted microtransactions and licensing throughout our lives. I, for one, have paid a lot of money…

2020 was a year where we spent more indoors than we did out, where we spent more time getting to know the fictional characters of the IPs we perused rather than our established relationships… It’s also the year where I did more than a hundred runs in Hades but still found new things to enjoy. 2020 was also “bad” for video games – The Last of Us Part II being depressing, Cyberpunk being delayed multiple times, console preorders being a mess… but at least we get Bugsnax for free. There are a lot of events to remember and many more to talk about, but it all boils down to the games that stood beside us throughout the year and made us smile despite the pandemic. Like I said, 2020 was good for games and here are just some of the games that made the year more memorable. 13 Sentinels -…