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One of my favorite indie games in recent memory has been 11 Bit Studios’ This War of Mine. For the last seven years, I’ve played it on different platforms, from the mobile phone to the PS4 and even on the Nintendo Switch. With This War of Mine: Final Cut releasing on current-gen consoles and on Xbox Game Pass, it’s about time for another deep dive into this subversive survival sim. Watch – This War of Mine: Final Cut Trailer https://youtu.be/SJAdkY1soh4 The premise of the title is simple: Survive during an urban warfare situation. A group of motley strangers finds themselves in their safe house during this conflict, each with a particular skill set. Maybe you’ll end up with an athlete, a medical practitioner, and a gardener; all in the prime of their lives. Just like in real life though, you may also end up with a retired office worker or…

As with anything Saints Row, you can expect things to go from 0 to 100 in record time. The team at Volition is making sure things are extra special with this reboot, and after being treated to a lengthy hands-off preview showing a comprehensive look at gameplay, it would be safe to say that things are going as planned. The journey through the fictional Southwest city of Santo Ileso is looking to be a vast expanse with 9 districts to explore, each with a unique feel that is dense and vibrant. There are no Saints yet to start with, and in this reboot, we get to see how a group of four roommates from rival factions struggling to make rent become some of the most notorious players in the business. Within minutes, players will be thrust into a car chase, and Volition looks to have that part of the game…

Stranger Things 4 is fast approaching, and for fans of the series, we’re a little over a week away from finally jumping back to Hawkins, 6 months after the battle of Starcourt. Exciting! For eagle-eyed fans, and for horror fans in general, you may have noticed that an iconic actor is making an appearance in the upcoming season. It’s really a “blink and you’ll miss it” moment, and at the 2:43 mark of the trailer, you’ll see a mysterious figure with scarred eyes. The old man is the one and only Robert Englund, who’ll be playing Victor Creel, a new character in the show that’s looking to be a major player for this season. Watch – Stranger Things 4 Official Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQEondeGvKo Robert Englund is iconic for many reasons, but mostly for his role as Freddy Kreuger in the Nightmare on Elm Street series. We don’t know much about his…

It’s been six months since the Battle of Starcourt and in a few days, we’re hopping back to Hawkins to finally find out what really happened after the horrifying events from the third season. Stranger Things 4 is upon us, but the gang isn’t done with reminiscing about the events from the past season. Watch – Stranger Things 4 Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQEondeGvKo In particular, Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson) fondly recalls an iconic moment of the show, now famously known as the “Neverending Story Moment,” where he gets to show off his singing prowess alongside Gabriella Pizzolo (Suzie) in a piece that will be remembered by fans of the series. It was heartwarming, and as inopportune as it was, we couldn’t help but find out if Matarazzo will figure in another similar scene come Stranger Things 4. During a press conference with media over Asia Pacific, Matarazzo coyly shies away from saying…

Gaming on a budget? Want to play the latest and greatest games but are a bit short on funds? No need to worry because PC gaming need not be expensive with PC Game Pass, which is now available in the Philippines. For a measly PHP 49 for the first 3 months and a PHP 119 recurring fee for each succeeding month, you can play over 100 high-quality PC games such as Bethesda titles along with an EA Play membership. Best of all, Xbox Game Studios releases will also be available on the service on day one. With so many games to choose from, what should you play? We’ve got some suggestions, and based on our reviews, here are some of the best games you can play on the service. Best games to play on PC Game Pass Halo Infinite https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyMlV5_HRWk The latest adventure for Master Chief sees him take on…

Can you believe that we’re nearly at the halfway point of 2022? Our May 2022 Game Releases continue to be light and breezy, following a few big delays such as Forspoken and Sons of the Forest being moved to October. Despite the light offering, we’re treated to a few potentially enjoyable indies and re-releases led by Trek To Yomi and Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising. With a few high-profile titles on the horizon like Vampire The Masquerade: Swansong and The Evil Dead, it’s definitely a good month to catch up on your backlog while preparing for the jam-packed gaming season once Q3 and Q4 come in. Without further ado, here are some of the biggest May 2022 Game Releases! May 2022 Game Releases Sifu: Vengeance Edition https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TINP9ynhidY Release Date: May 3, 2022Platform: PS4, PS5 Kicking off the May 2022 Game Releases is the physical release of Sloclap’s Sifu, which launched to good…

The Philippines will get a taste of the Uniqlo x Final Fantasy 35th Anniversary Collab shirts on May 6 but in other parts of the world, some lucky customers (like me) were already able to grab themselves some new swag. With 16 unique designs to choose from, you’ll probably be reppin’ your favorite Final Fantasy. Whether you’re a fan of Cloud, Tidus, or Lightning (I’m not, but who’s asking), you’ll want to get one quick because once these shirts run out, they’re gone. I learned my lesson from missing out on the Uniqlo Haruki Murakami collab last year, but that’s another story. Some of these will probably sit on shelves, but expect some to fly off the racks once Uniqlo stores open on that day. Players will have their own personal favorites, but it wouldn’t take a genius to know that some of these will run out first more than…

Elden Ring has seen insane engagement from the community ever since it was released back in February. During the first month alone, the Platinum Trophy percentage hit 3.7% and was setting a pace that would seemingly outrun other Souls titles after a few months of gameplay. Now, in its second month out in the market, the Platinum Trophy rate of Elden Ring has more than doubled already, hitting 8.4% as of April 25, 2022, already beating out the likes of Dark Souls 3, Demon’s Souls (PS5), and Bloodborne. *Minor spoilers below, secret trophies/achievements have been named* Elden Ring 2nd Month Platinum Watch *PS and Xbox are from the console records (thanks to Hikusaak), PC from the Elden Ring Steam Community page. Numbers are accurate as of April 25, 2022. All trophy percentages are taken from PS5 versions / Played on PS5. For comparison sake, here are the Platinum Trophy percentages…

Video game collector’s editions have been rising in popularity over the past few years. Once ignored for their absurd prices, these packages containing figures and other game-related paraphernalia are now flying off the shelves, with some even being scalped for a handsome profit. The most obvious solution here is to purchase these directly from local retailers when they post pre-orders for the said collector’s editions. Stores such as Gameline, Datablitz, and Game One PH offer these sought-after collector’s editions straight from the publishers and regional suppliers, which ensures you get the items at regional SRP. Sadly, the selection can be quite limited at times, and there are some titles with collector’s editions that don’t make it to our shores for whatever reason. One way to go about it is to directly order from the publisher sites but since these are usually based in the US or Europe, you’ll have to…

Gundam Evolution is an upcoming free-to-play title from Bandai Namco and is billed as the “world’s first competitive online Gundam FPS” that is sure to excite both fans of the genre and of Gundam. We were fortunate enough to take part in the network test that was scheduled to run until April 12 and by playing a number of matches with other participants, Gundam Evolution shows off fast and frantic gameplay that feels good from the get-go but also needs to tweak some things to make the experience even better. Watch – Gundam Evolution Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3-EXtjXo3U For the uninitiated, think of Gundam Evolution as something like Overwatch, only with Mobile Suits. Each mobile suit has different weapons and abilities that are faithful to its anime counterparts – The Barbatos excels at close-quarters combat while the Guntank can lob cannon fire from long range. Controls are standard-fare for an FPS game…

It’s been a while since I’ve let myself experience an MMORPG since Final Fantasy XIV. Enter Pearl Abyss, who was kind enough to let us take a look at Black Desert’s latest expansion just as it was about to launch to the public. Coming in as a newbie, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, so this was a surprise. Black Desert New Starting Point – Mountain of Eternal Winter Aptly named Mountain of Eternal Winter, this new Black Desert expansion adds a brand-new starting zone for the game which allows adventurers to start off in treacherous snow-capped mountains that lay host to new monster zones, questlines, winter-themed activities, and a challenging boss.  Coming in with a new character, you’re given a choice on whether to start with the default Ancient Stone Chamber questline or the new Mountain of Eternal Winter Questline. Despite being classified as a starting point for…

When Grand Theft Auto V was released almost ten years ago on September 17, 2013, nobody expected it to go on this historic run spanning multiple console generations. In fact, a PS5 and Xbox Series X version was launched just a few weeks ago, and to the delight of fans looking forward to jumping back into Los Santos, the game is being offered at an irresistibly cheap promotional price. The ensemble story of Michael, Trevor, and Franklin as well as all of its side content still remains the same to this day and it’s a chance for us to revisit it on the PS5 and the Xbox Series with a bunch of visual upgrades. By some chance, if you haven’t experienced Grand Theft Auto V yet and have recently purchased a brand spanking new PS5 or Xbox Series, it’s almost a shame to let this piece of gaming history pass…

Triangle Strategy is the latest tactical RPG from Square Enix, drawing many similarities to a classic from years ago, Final Fantasy Tactics. The clamor for a Tactics remake is palpable, but Triangle Strategy is not a title that players should overlook, providing quality gameplay topped with an intriguing storyline that will hook you from start to finish. We recently got a chance to speak (email) to a very important person on the team, Triangle Strategy producer Yasuaki Arai, to answer a few questions pertaining to the game. We asked about some of the changes made from the player feedback given, how the Scales of Conviction feature came to be, and what game did Arai-san want to give the HD-2D treatment to. Triangle Strategy Producer Yasuaki Arai Last year, the team gathered feedback on the game and quite a number of players provided their thoughts about various aspects of the game.…

As the dust settles from the heavy February and March game releases, we enter a relatively slow month that mostly features titles for the Nintendo Switch. The April 2022 Game Releases range from classics such as Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and House of the Dead to an upcoming favorite in Nintendo Switch Sports, the system is on fire with a ton of releases. One of the most anticipated April 2022 Game Releases comes in the form of Chrono Cross: Radical Dreamers Edition, which is a remaster of one of the most beloved titles from the PS1 era. This is definitely a must-buy for fans and something that will also be appreciated by newcomers who want to see what the hype is all about. Without further ado, here are your biggest April 2022 Game Releases! April 2022 Game Releases MLB The Show 22 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5o1y9qDVNc Release Date: April 5, 2022Platform: PS5,…

Hearthstone is taking big strides in 2022, adding 3 expansions throughout the year with the first one coming in April. Entitled Journey to the Sunken City, Blizzard is taking us deep into the lost city of Zin-Azshari where the fearsome Naga resides. Not only do we get 135 new cards to play with, but we’ll also see a new minion type in the Naga, along with 2 new keywords in Dredge and Colossal that are sure to shake the Hearthstone meta up. Serving as tour guides to this underwater journey are Features Team Lead Chadd Nervig and Senior Narrative Designer Valerie Chu, who we recently got to sit down with for a special talk on what to expect in Hearthstone’s first expansion for the year. *Parts of the interview have been edited for clarity. https://youtu.be/PfmUdCsr1nw Hearthstone Journey to the Sunken City Interview Hearthstone’s Voyage to the Sunken City seems like…