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OlliOlli World Preview https://youtu.be/M5NiQbqh51Q During a recent closed doors preview of OlliOlli World, the latest entry in the series from developers Roll7, our expectations were all over the place. The obvious changes point to OlliOlli World being a huge departure in terms of looks but still keeping its core – a skateboarding platformer – despite the visual overhaul. Upon playing, it is quite clear that OlliOlli World is the same fun game we’ve come to know ever since it first released back in 2014, all while introducing a brand new coat of paint that portrays its chill and fun vibe, introducing an exciting new world with memorable characters and a story to follow. The Virtual Hands-On Event allowed us to tackle 2 biomes (Cloverbrook and Sunshine Valley) in the world of Radlandia, each with its own distinct personality and challenges to overcome. A quick comparison of the game with its…

E3 2021, for the most part, has been underwhelming. Out of the last five days including IGN’s Summer Game Fest Kickoff, blown away wasn’t one of the feelings I had. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been a real challenge to everyone in the industry and many projects have been pushed back to an optimistic 2022. While we still have half of 2021 to go, much of the anticipated titles this year like Horizon Forbidden West and Halo Infinite are still without a specific release date. However, the one good thing about having a lackluster event is that the presentations that are exceptional really stand out. As we will list on our E3 2021 round up, there will be some good and there will be the not-so-good aspects of E3 2021. So let’s get into it. The Good Microsoft is ready to fight The PS5 had a pre-emptive strike to start…

During the recently concluded E3 2021, which hosted some great shows from the likes of Microsoft and Nintendo, there were definitely some titles that may have been overlooked due to being sandwiched in between live service updates and the occasional musical performance, whichever comes first. Personally, Indie games excite me and during E3, we’ve searched for these “E3 hidden gems” that look like future hits in the making. In the roundtable discussion about Indie Games preceding the E3 Indie Showcase, the group qualified what an indie game is as its classification is now starting to blur, as you have fantastic cult classics like Among Us and Hades redefining genres. Indie games as defined by one of the roundtable guests, Edmund McMillen, is a game taking “a big risk on themes and concepts not usually taken by a big company…to go against what is the current trend that big companies won’t…

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is the new game from Team Ninja and Square Enix, and upon announcement at Square Enix Presents livestream, a PS5 demo was made available to try until June 24th. Now that the issue regarding its corrupted data file has been patched, we can finally take a sneak peek at the trial version of the Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin and see why this guys wants to kill Chaos so bad. This current build of Stranger of Paradise really feels like an Alpha version of sorts, with its visuals feeling comparatively closer to the look of Final Fantasy Type 0 but with the rough aesthetic seen in the demon world levels of Devil May Cry. The characters certainly didn’t make a good enough first impression in the trailer and neither did they when I started this journey. You take the role of Jack, a…

The 40-minute Nintendo Direct for E3 has been standard fare with some pretty interesting games in their lineup. Yet managing our expectations, we weren’t holding out on the more anticipated games like Metroid Prime 4 and Bayonetta 3. However, there were some small surprises to keep smiling, along with Eiji Aonuma announcing the first look for the much awaited Breath of the Wild sequel. While we didn’t see Metroid Prime 4 in this segment, we did get a presentation of Metroid Dread, the first 2D side scroller in the mainline series after a long while. With a release date of October 8, it’s something to bide the time for the eventual announcement of the new generation sequel. Also, Shin Megami Tensei V finally gets unveiled following the leak from before E3. There were many reiterations of the announcements heard from other presentations, remasters like Danganronpa Decadence and Advance Wars 1+2…

It’s Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart day today, and if you’re still thinking about picking up the latest from Insomniac Games, you can check out our review here to help you out. Throughout the course of Rift Apart, you’ll encounter various baddies as you traverse the galaxy and dimensions in the hunt for Dr. Nefarious. Insomniac Games have created vibrant worlds, but have snuck in a few easter eggs as well if you pay close attention. *Warning – Spoilers ahead* If you’ve been checking the Insomniac Games Twitter account, they’ve been quite busy with some fantastic marketing for the game, including some of the PlayStation Studios family getting in on the action. Later on in the game, you’ll be able to collect a weapon called the RYNO 8, which is a secret reward for collecting all of the Spybots in the game. The RYNO “fires a ball of energy that…

Historically being a slow month, the June 2021 Game Releases appear stacked with quite a number of high profile titles such as the much awaited PS5 debut of Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. There’s quite a lot here, from new games to great remasters, so fasten your seatbelts and get ready for a wild ride into the halfway mark of 2021! June 2021 Game Releases Operation Tango https://youtu.be/WmXL5gpSZ30 Release Date: June 1, 2021Platform: PS5, PS4, PC Co-op games are a big hit this year with It Takes Two leading the way. We do miss playing along with a friend hence the appeal. Starting this month off is this promising indie game boasting the same co-op appeal while it looks equally fun when you play with a friend. Chivalry 2 https://youtu.be/GhzVwJEzot0 Release Date: June 8, 2021Platform: PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC Taking…

Guilty Gear has managed to make its mark in the fighting game scene with its catchy metal soundtrack and of course, its cast of memorable characters, and we can thank the awesome ensemble of voice actors that have given life to the world of Guilty Gear through these combatants. So before its release on June 11, 2021, let’s meet the Japanese voice cast that make up the playable roster of Guilty Gear Strive. And you might just be surprised to see a few familiar names in there, both in the anime and video game scene: Guilty Gear Strive Japanese Voice Cast Jouji Nakata as Sol Badguy Notable roles: Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie – Balrog (Boxer)Vision of Escaflowne – Folken FanelX: The Movie – Kusanagi ShiyuHellsing – AlucardSgt. Frog – GiroroFate Series – Kotomine KireiOne-Piece – Hody JonesJujutsu Kaisen – Naobito Zen’inTekken/Tekken 2/Tekken Tag Tournament – Kazuya MishimaKingdom Hearts…

Mass Effect 2 was not a perfect game, but it was a game that came at the best possible time. It didn’t win the Game Awards that year (still known as Spike Video Game Awards), as the honor went to Red Dead Redemption, which was an excellent game in its own right. It was a time when the popularity of the console RPG was starting to transition into a more mainstream variety, pivoting away from the highly popular Japanese RPGs marked by the strange creative choices made by Final Fantasy XIII. Nier came out the same year, but its genius won’t reach cult status until NieR Automata seven years later. Mass Effect 2 was in the right place at the right time. It presented itself friendly to the shooter crowd by adopting a more action-centric core, striking a perfect balance between the two. Personally, I felt the move was off-putting,…

Returnal is the latest PS5 exclusive from Housemarque that features a punishing adventure for players who wish to take the journey with Selene (check out our survival guide!). Its a great ride, but its tough for a lot of people who aren’t blessed with God-like abilities, similar to those speedrunners and no-hit completionists. How would you feel if someone beat Returnal in under 5 minutes? Youtuber MentalToast just did, and although it was just Biomes 4-6, 5 minutes is a hell of a feat. In 5 minutes, I would probably just be in the second or third room, killing off those bats with my default pistol. See how MentalToast did it on the video below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDVN5mo06Ww That’s pretty crazy, huh? Of course, this is not his first time around the block, and it is not a new save file, as evidenced by some of his gear, but it doesn’t make…

Over at Gadget Pilipinas, we took 3 sub-PHP10K phones and put them to the test in a spec battle that resulted in the Xiaomi Redmi 9T taking home the prize. While the comparison was pretty close in some areas, based on value for money, the Redmi 9T pulled away in some key categories. We’re now taking that head to head battle in the only way we know best, gaming! All 3 phones are very much capable of playing some of the most popular games in recent memory, but we’ll look at the more experiential aspects to compare each phone with, like audio quality, battery life, comfort, and much more. Xiaomi Redmi 9T vs. realme C15 vs. vivo Y20i Mobile Gaming Comparison In this comparison, we’ll be playing Mobile Legends, Genshin Impact, and Call of Duty Mobile for a couple of hours each, to simulate a regular daily gaming experience from…

Ever since the Resident Evil 2 Remake, Capcom has since had a fascination over “boxed” Collector’s Editions. With Resident Evil 7 being the exception (it was a huge house), the 3 most recent titles all have the same theme. The Resident Evil Village Collectors Edition is the latest of Capcom’s entries that follows the lead of the previous entries, with these CE’s packaged in a collectible box that symbolizes the game – RE2 with the RPD box, RE3 with the S.T.A.R.S. box, and now Village with a luggage of sorts. The Resident Evil Village Collectors Edition retailed for $219.99 (PHP11,995 locally) and is the most expensive out of the three. It contains the base game, the Trauma Pack DLC, the pre-order bonus DLC, a Steelbook, Cloth Map, Artbook, and a Chris Redfield Figure. Considering the contents, it does seem pricey, but it is nice to know that the Chris Redfield…

As Resident Evil Village hits retail shelves in a couple of days, Lady Dimitrescu will be unleashed to fans looking forward to the game, which chronicles the latest adventures of Ethan Winters. But before that, we look back at the recent April fools prank that Capcom did to make Lady Dimitrescu a little less scary than she normally is. Back in April, Capcom made a few interesting announcements to promote the eagerly anticipated game. One was a new Image Song and the other is a puppet show feature Resident Evil Village’s antagonists, including everyone’s favorite Tall Vampire Lady Alcina Dimitrescu. https://twitter.com/BIO_OFFICIAL/status/1377444232659542016 Naturally since the announcement was made on April Fools, everyone seemed to treat it as such. Fast forward to near end of April 2021 and what started as pranks actually became reality as Capcom released actual videos of the image song and puppet show on the official Japanese Resident…

Based on CD Projekt Red’s recent earnings call, it was revealed that Cyberpunk 2077 sold 13.7 million copies, which is quite the staggering amount for a game that suffered a less than favorable launch due to its many well documented issues. A further breakdown by industry analyst Daniel Ahmad shows that 7.67 million copies was attributed for PC, 3.84 million for PS4, and 2.33 million on Xbox. https://twitter.com/ZhugeEX/status/1385259926856081410?s=20 Let’s quickly assume that 1 copy sold = 1 person playing the game. That begs the question – Despite its troubled release, how many of these people who purchased copies actually persevered and played through the game? Surprisingly, quite a lot of people didn’t mind the state that the game was in. I personally know of a number of people who have purchased the game but haven’t touched it since, as they’re waiting for either the next-gen version or a fix for…

The past few months may have been slow in terms of high profile blockbuster releases, but that’s all about to change because the May 2021 Game Releases has some of the biggest and most anticipated titles of the year so far like Resident Evil Village and Mass Effect Legendary Edition. We’re nearing the halfway point of 2021, and hopefully you’ve secured your next-gen consoles by now, because these new titles will absolutely be a blast to play thanks to the power of the new hardware. Even if you haven’t yet, that’s alright! These will still be playable on your current PS4’s or Xbox Ones. Without further ado, here are some of the best May 2021 Game Releases! May 2021 Game Releases Pick of the Month: Resident Evil Village https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btFclZUXpzA Release Date: May 7, 2021Platform: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC This title really needs no introduction as it…