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Just in time for Halloween, I have had the pleasure of experiencing the latest from Supermassive’s The Dark Pictures Anthology, House of Ashes. In this hour and a half build of the game that takes us from the prologue to the end of the first act, I was treated to jump scares, an intriguing plot, and an introduction to our five main characters that overall, looked to be a promising entry into the series. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k376AdPGCPg House of Ashes starts during the Sumerian Dynasty when its mad king is sacrificing prisoners to appease their gods. As an invading army continues their siege on the empire, the king orders his general, Balathu, to prepare for battle. As an eclipse descends upon their city, an ancient evil emerges from the shadows to feed, and now, friend and foe are united to fend off this new enemy. As seen from previous iterations of the…

Hearthstone is about to get a huge bump in content come October 12 as Mercenaries, the new game mode, is set to go live. Mercenaries is totally free and a new way to play Hearthstone, so everyone is certainly invited to try it out to see what the fuss is all about. Ahead of its release, we got to sit down and take a shot at the upcoming mode and suffice to say, Mercenaries offers a lot of content to sink your teeth into, even if you’re just looking for a purely PVE affair. https://youtu.be/OflnVhFRKJs What is Mercenaries? Mercenaries offers the core card-battling gameplay of Hearthstone but takes it in a slightly different direction, employing a rock-paper-scissors mechanic to determine damage effectivity against opponent cards. You use Mercenary cards that belong under 3 roles – Protectors (red), Fighters (green), and Casters (blue), as signified by their card color. These cards…

After such a long wait, fans of the franchise now have the latest installment in Metroid Dread for the Nintendo Switch and the reception has been overly positive, to say the least. The Metroid Dread Special Edition is a solid package and an absolute must-buy for fans. Because of its relatively cheap retail price of $89.99 (PHP5,495 in the Philippines), the price is not a big turn-off and based on what you get in return, is totally worth it Contents of the special edition include: Base gameCollectible steelbook case190-page Metroid franchise artbookSet of five holographic art cards While not officially included in the contents, you might as well put the outer box of the special edition as part of it because it looks gorgeous enough to be a centerpiece and a worthy addition to your growing collection. Without further ado, let’s get right to it! Metroid Dread Special Edition Unboxing…

As someone who has a full-time work-from-home arrangement, I have a humble setup but not a lot of space to work with. I can only dream of the time when I can have a full-fledged workspace complete with all manners of peripherals that can be worthy of an Instagram post. For now, I work with what I have, which has a mix of a lot of things but still mostly gaming-related that really describes my personality. Take a look at my ‘before the ROG Flow X13’ setup: Not a lot of space here. Also dirty walls. The most immediate question you might ask is why the Switch Dock isn’t plugged in, but more importantly, how huge my laptop is that it almost eats up a good chunk of space that I could be using for something else. I’m not a fan of desktop setups because of the space it eats…

Shin Megami Tensei V is an upcoming RPG from Atlus and is the latest installment in the long-running franchise that is set to release on November 11 for the Nintendo Switch. Ahead of its release, Atlus has revealed the English voice cast of Shin Megami Tensei V via a special video, which boasts of an impressive lineup of talents that compliments the Japanese cast. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBjMUHl_Qyo Atlus has brought in a number of well-known talents for the Shin Megami Tensei V English dub like Mark Whitten (Shiden from Scarlet Nexus), Erica Lindbeck (Jessie from FF7 Remake), and Laura Post (Almeidrea from Tales of Arise). For the Japanese, a lot of Genshin Impact talents are here as well, so you can expect some good English and Japanese performances in Shin Megami Tensei V. Without further ado, let’s meet the Shin Megami Tensei V English and Japanese Voice Cast! Shin Megami Tensei V…

Far Cry 6 will soon go live, and the liberation of Yara is slowly building up against Anton Castillo. Players all over the world will soon enjoy the game and the many activities to do across the massive map that we get to explore. A lot of work has gone into the development of the game, which features one of the longest credit rolls I have ever seen in any game. From Montreal to Kyiv and even Shanghai, support teams from all over the world are featured in the credits. Of course, the talented devs from Ubisoft Philippines are also credited! While the devs are properly credited, Ubisoft has not forgotten about the production babies and pets, each having their own sections in the list. Peep the full list of devs who have shared their talents in building the latest installment in the series: Far Cry 6 Ubisoft PH Devs…

Squid Game is quite possibly the hottest show on Netflix (and around the world) right now and with its increasing popularity by the day, it was just a matter of time that the show invaded some of our beloved games. One such game that can give the show such a platform is Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which we’ve seen before with some great collabs with KFC and Uniqlo. The community has gone to work, and the results are phenomenal. Of course, it goes without saying that if you haven’t seen the show, this post contains spoilers, so please don’t proceed any further. Check them all out below! Squid Game x Animal Crossing: New Horizons First off, as spotted by Nintendo Soup, player Stitchwu posted these images on Imgur, showing some tension-filled moments in the show, as evidenced by the faces and actions of the characters. You get to see some…

October is finally here! Game season is upon us and what a year it has been – filled with delays, more delays, and even more delays. September was a fantastic preview of what’s to come and it only ramps up from here. From shooters to party games and even to a highly-anticipated remaster, the roster October 2021 Game Releases show no sign of letting up, featuring a wide variety of releases that everyone can enjoy whether on PlayStation, Xbox, or Nintendo. Barring any further delays, here is a bumper crop of your AAA prime cuts. October 2021 Game Releases Pick of the Month 1: Alan Wake Remastered https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Kz_lcugd5E Release Date: October 5, 2021Platform: PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One Alan Wake, one of the precursors to Remedy’s fantastic Control, was a fantastic stealth survival horror for the Xbox 360 that has an ingenious mechanic of using light to combat terrors.…

Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars, at first glance, appears like a traditional JRPG but with cards. Yoko Taro and his team have always been known to take an existing formula and turning it on its head, taking liberties with the storytelling that requires trust and patience. The payoff is usually worth it, more often than not. Making an appearance at the recently concluded Nintendo Direct, we’re shown a game that’s literally made of cards – an entire epic spanning a full story, characters, world, combat system, and even its own mini-game involving… well cards. It sounds like a concept that can easily be dismissed but we would caution against it because Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars is loads of fun and even quite captivating, as it takes elements of classic JRPG’s and presents it in a whole different way that is fresh and interesting. The real-life…

The recently concluded Nintendo Direct was much-anticipated and for good reason. Despite some announcements being leaked hours prior to the show, Nintendo certainly brought out some huge titles. Bayonetta 3 was certainly one that was a long time coming, along with some welcome updates regarding Triangle Strategy, Disco Elysium: Final Cut, and even Splatoon 3. We even got to see the next big expansion for Monster Hunter Rise along with the announcement of a Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic release! Without further ado, here’s a recap of everything that was announced! Nintendo Direct September 2021 Recap Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak Expansion (Summer 2022) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPjbAxaS_mE Mario Party Superstars (October 29, 2021) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fce7YwdwIS8 Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars (October 28, 2021) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVk3vWIMrsw Disco Elysium: The Final Cut (Digital October 12, Physical Early 2022) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKpT3Gut4HA Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Expansion Pass Wave 2 (October 29, 2021) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5nayvoBMtU Chocobo…

Creating a game is no easy feat. During the pandemic, things get unreasonably tougher. And then you have the likes of a much-beloved title in Diablo II that has left an indelible mark in the gaming industry. With the pressure of remastering such a classic, everyone will certainly have their eyes on you and your work, especially with a passionate community and following. Diablo II: Resurrected goes live later today to tens and thousands of fans worldwide. To some, this will be their first foray into the series. For others, a piece of their childhood is making its long-awaited comeback. During a recent roundtable discussion, Rob Gallerani and Michael Bukowski of Vicarious Visions (now a part of Blizzard Entertainment) talked to various members of the media about Diablo II: Resurrected and how challenging it is to remaster such a timeless gem. Parts of the interview have been edited for brevity…

God of War Ragnarok has been made official (the title, at least) with its reveal during the recently concluded PlayStation showcase, featuring a reveal trailer that is more than just a simple logo but equally as awesome. Just in case you missed the epicness of it all, check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EE-4GvjKcfs At around the same time, some character posters were unveiled and as shared by the IGN Twitter account, we can finally take a first look at the cast of characters for God of War Ragnarok, which features Kratos, Atreus, and even our new antagonists in Freya and Thor. The English voice cast is chock-full of talent coming from a variety of backgrounds that can most certainly bring these characters to life. While most of there are returning since this is a sequel, we get a look at the new characters like Thor and Angrboda as well. Check them out…

Sony’s PlayStation Showcase 2021 is now in the books as fans have waited a long time to see the latest updates from the company after it had skipped the recent E3 and Gamescom shows. The wait, it seems, was worth it, as the show was filled with great reveals and updates spanning the likes of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake, Forspoken, and much more. The biggest reveal though was from Insomniac Games which unveiled Marvel’s Wolverine and Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. We also got our first look at God of War Ragnarok, which is looking fantastic. But enough of that, let’s jump right in and check out everything that was announced during the PlayStation Showcase 2021! PlayStation Showcase 2021 Recap Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic Remake https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lL-RfE-ioJ8 Project Eve https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3X3JR3pG0I8 Tiny Tina’s Wonderland (March 25, 2022) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfcDN-Yewh8 Forspoken (Spring 2022) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdZUrXCqUck Rainbow Six Extraction (January 2022)…

Tales of Arise, the latest entry in the long-running series from Bandai Namco, has finally arrived and is now in the hands of fans who have waited years for a new game. It has received rave reviews across the board from various outlets, with our own review calling it “a solid outing that we can’t recommend enough” and is a must-play for fans and newcomers. Apart from being a must-play, the Tales of Arise Collector’s Edition is definitely a must-have for fans. Sporting a HUGE but exquisite-looking box and slipcase, the Collector’s Edition sold out almost immediately after being posted by local retailers on their respective websites. And for good reason, because I think it’s one of the best CE’s in terms of packaging I’ve ever owned in recent memory. The Tales of Arise Collector’s Edition retailed for $199.99 or PHP9,995 and includes the following items: Full Game (Ultimate Edition)Collectible…

Call of Duty: Vanguard will find itself in unfamiliar territory later this year when it faces off against a couple of heavy-hitters making their comeback after years of absence. With its return to a WWII setting, Vanguard aims to take players back to some gritty boots-on-the-ground action carried by superb gunplay that the franchise has been known for. Following the Champion Hill Preview, we recently got a chance to take a look at the upcoming Call of Duty: Vanguard Multiplayer modes along with a number of outfits from the Southeast Asian region, and needless to say, it was a couple of hours of fun but still mostly the game you’ve come to know over the years. Whether that is a good or bad thing, we’ll leave it completely up to you. Go as fast as you can take it Call of Duty: Vanguard Multiplayer is divided into 3 “Combat Pacing”…