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Nintendo’s Indie World Showcase is a short and sweet lineup of refreshing indie games making their way to Nintendo Switch. While I was excited for a few games, Aerial_Knight’s Never Yield caught my attention with both the re-envisioning of Detroit with a Neo-Tokyo style aesthetic to the tune of Daniel Wilkins’ dope acid jazz funk. The sound is a love child between Yoko Kanno and Shoji Meguro’s tunes if Lupin III becomes a playable Persona 3 character. https://youtu.be/wHlMthKtSuo In this free running platformer, it reminds me a lot of Pitfall with those moving levels from Super Mario 3 that pressures you into getting your groove on to avoid getting killed. The cool thing with this game is that you don’t have worry about lives as you have unlimited continues (at least on Normal difficulty) as long as you don’t yield. You use the directional buttons on your D-pad to Jump…

The upcoming Mortal Kombat movie has fans excited for its upcoming theatrical release and for good reason. If the trailers are anything to go by, then the movie is certainly a bloody good time, fatalities and all. Mortal Kombat is a fighting game series as iconic as Street Fighter, and was also very controversial for its time. It’s the game that caused the creation of a rating system for video games in the West, and it made words like Fatality and Toasty iconic phrases. It was also adapted into a film back in 1995 that became a classic favorite for its faithfulness to original game and its cast has become iconic to Mortal Kombat fans. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55QjhYwmdJs Fast forward to 2021, and in anticipation for the film, we had a blast looking at all the nitty gritty that the 2021 reboot got right. In fact, it may very well seem like…

Mid-2000s was my first foray into seeing fewer completed games from the AAA variety, most notably Fable 2 and to a lesser extent, Final Fantasy XII. Final Fantasy XII because it’s more of a personal reaction to the ending – it felt like we were missing the third act to the game. Fable 2 was egregious to that fact because while I enjoyed the Act One of the game so much, I was looking forward to how the game would progress and conclude. I was hoping for an epic confrontation between the hero and his slaver nemesis. Unfortunately, we get a rushed second act and somewhat of a battle, and then the game ended. What just happened there? While Fable 3 was an improvement, I will never get that terrible aftertaste from my mouth. https://youtu.be/yjUrrDPL-Gs So when I hear comments from John Garvin “blaming” gamers for not supporting developers by…

Resident Evil Village’s latest gameplay demo, entitled “Village”, has come and gone thanks to a questionable 8-hour only access window that gets you 30 minutes of game time. Despite the limited time, the demo gives a fantastic sneak peek into the village and its inhabitants, showing us bits and pieces of the story but not enough to spoil us when the full game launches next month. So what does 30 minutes buy you? It’s not a lot, so if you’ve gotten around to exploring and want a bit more time, you can actually go on ahead and use another account to log in another playthrough worth 30 minutes. By the time you read this, the access period will be over, but worry not, because a new demo comes out next week and we can do this all over again. Easier said than done. In classic Resident Evil fashion, you have…

Our recent coverage of the Diablo II Resurrected technical alpha left us impressed. With a remaster that modernizes the visuals while staying true to its core, the game is already looking like a masterpiece, especially for long-time fans of the game from 20 years ago. We got the chance to do a sitdown session with a couple of developers working hard to ensure that Diablo II Resurrected is as good as it can be. Game Designer Andre Abrahamian and Game Producer Matthew Cederquist took the time to indulge us with answers to a flurry of questions from various Southeast Asian Media outfits that shine a light on what we can expect from the game when it releases later this year. Do note that the questions asked revolved around the recently concluded technical alpha phase. *Some parts of the interview have been slightly edited for brevity and readability. Game Producer Matthew…

The recent Nintendo Indie World Showcase has come and gone, and it was 20 minutes of great announcements that highlighted the upcoming slate of Indie titles for the Switch. In case you didn’t catch it, here are all of the announcements that were made during the broadcast (release dates are subject to change): Road 96 (DigixArt, 2021) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhSGG9ZjY-Y Aerial_Knight’s Never Yield (May 19, demo available later today) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnGT9dr2aUI Last Stop (Annapurna Interactive, July 2021) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4I8AO-_c6EM Hindsight (Annapurna Interactive, 2021) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIa8iGppp94 OlliOlli World (Roll7, Winter 2021) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YB-2wM47WTE The Longing (Studio Seufz, later today) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zwrk5K74-Cg There is no game: Wrong Dimension (later today) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xw8BhXyc2aQ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge (DotEmu, 2021) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13qJvTq7_KA Cris Tales (July 20) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTiKax5erjc GetsuFumaDen (2022) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7c0hZ4w7T2o Aztech Forgotten Gods (Fall 2021) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2vQnCg8eMg Skul: The Hero Slayer (Summer 2021) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-K1mDwQ-zr4 Art of Rally (Summer 2021) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOPc9JeCaVw Key We (August 2021) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHstezhSMMw Labyrinth City: Pierre The Maze Detective (Spring…

Apple Arcade launched on September 19, 2020 to little fanfare with The Pathless headlining its debut games for the service. It wasn’t until Final Fantasy legend Hironobu Sakaguchi’s Mistwalker studio announced their latest project Fantasian coming to the service just this April. Since then, the service released a total of 30 new games this month alone in a move to promote subscribers going into the service. While there are games that crossover to consoles and the PC, Apple Arcade is a service that promotes indie mobile developers wanting to make quality mobile games without having to rely on the microtransaction business model seen in garbage games like Clash of Clans and countless licensed RPGs that rely on loot boxes and in-game purchases. For $4.99 a month and a free 30-day trial, one can experience everything on the service given that you could play said service on an Apple device, from…

Apple Arcade is Apple’s game subscription service that delivers on original mobile gaming content from emerging and established mobile game publishers without having to rely on the microtransactional business model currently seen in the mobile games network. Though unlike Steam or the Epic Games Store, this service is only available for devices on the Apple Brand just the way the PlayStation Store or the Xbox Store is available for purveyors of said consoles. Apple Arcade then becomes an exclusive service to owners of the product and it is currently not available on Android or the PC. If you do have an Apple device and are willing to make the jump to Apple Arcade, the service does come with a complimentary 30-day trial to test out its service and try out some of its titles. We’re here so you don’t have to waste your trial finding out what we already know…

Before I get to my impressions of Diablo 2 Resurrected, a (very) short story. I was around 19 years old when the original Diablo 2 was released. The stories of my cousins and uncles about the first Diablo game inspired me to save up to buy the sequel. It was one of the first PC games that I purchased with my hard earned cash, and was the game that made me fall in love with the genre. My relationship with Diablo (the franchise, heh) goes way back, so you can imagine that getting a remastered version this year is quite special for me. 23 seasons of Diablo 3 later, we were given the opportunity to play the first Technical Alpha of Diablo 2 Resurrected – a full remaster of the game from 20 years ago. I was excited, but I didn’t expect such a faithful remaster that takes me back…

Diablo 2 Resurrected is the upcoming remastered version of the classic from the year 2000 and over the weekend, a select few were able to access the Technical Alpha to test out the game. With Diablo himself smiling in our favor, we had a chance to play through the game and really enjoy the nostalgia kick that it brought, only this time in stunning 4K visuals that modernizes the game. One cool feature in the game is the ability to switch in an out of the “old” and “new” version of the game with a press of a button, allowing for some wonderful comparisons, showing how far graphical quality has come in 20 years. Vicarious Visions have done fantastic work on this remaster and it clearly shows. Check out some of the comparison screenshots below of Diablo 2 Resurrected and the original Diablo 2. *Drag the slider left or right…

In case you didn’t know, PS Now is PlayStation’s streaming service ala Netflix, but also not quite. As Xbox Game Pass is starting to become more aggressive with their campaign, for a limited time, PS Now is offering their services for a dollar to try it out. I tried it out for science and so far, what is offered could use some work. If you’re wondering about making the jump, first test your internet connection if it’s stable enough to handle game streaming. There are some downloadable games for those who don’t have a stable enough internet connection, but I’ll get into those in detail. Here are ten things you should know before jumping on the PS Now bandwagon. Some of these things may surprise you and many of them, you probably already know. The Good Massive PS3 Library With Sony shutting down its PS3, PSP, and PS Vita online…

When NieR launched back in 2010 in the West, the state of the Japanese RPG was going through an awkward transition phase. Sadly, the game was caught in a crossfire of JRPGs trying to reinvent the wheel during its time. NieR Replicant didn’t see the light of day in the West until now, but what we remember of it back in the day was actually NieR Gestalt. Three years later after the release of Automata, NieR Replicant finally comes to the West as a remaster and a curious re-title featuring the “ver 1.22474487139…” subtitle, which is a relevant thematic point that I’ll let you find out for yourself. Weeks before the launch of the game, I got to experience this upcoming release and in this Nier Replicant preview, I’m allowed to only talk about a limited number of things, so here’s a quick account of our early playthrough. https://youtu.be/6oeGxoTFF18 Traces…

Following a pretty slow month in March comes a rather stacked lineup for April, thanks in part to some titles that have been delayed from their original release dates. Starting our month off is Outriders, delayed from an early February release but following a demo with a save carryover feature, April starts out big. And did we say that Outriders will come to Game Pass on day one? Another big release comes later in the month – the new remaster for NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139…, a remaster that would take everything that made Nier Automata great and will retroactively apply it to its predecessor. A stunning Lunar Tear edition is also set to release for fans and collectors! Ending the month is Housemarque’s rogue-like bullet hell Returnal, PS5’s biggest exclusive since Demon’s Souls, ending a six month drought of finding exclusive games to play for the popular console. It’s definitely Hades…

There’s clearly no lack of talent from the Southeast Asian region, where we are slowly seeing some fantastic titles come out one after the other. Studios from the region may be small, but can create great experiences that can stand toe to toe with the rest of the world. Remember No Straight Roads and Grand Guilds from last year? In case you’re looking for more titles from the region as a show of support, here are 3 games you can look forward to in the next few months. Rising Hell (Tahoe Games – Indonesia) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-2q0rB6f-g Adding to the long list of indie rogue-lites is Rising Hell, which gives a new meaning to the phrase “nowhere to go but up.” Rising Hell is a vertical platformer that looks like a mix of Castlevania and Dead Cells, all wrapped up with crispy effects and a banging soundtrack. The talented devs over at…

Every since it was announced late last year, Monster Hunter Rise has been on every Switch owner’s must-buy list, and for good reason. The game has been received quite well by critics and fans alike, owing to its addicting gameplay and solid performance on the Switch. Many of the local fans lined up yesterday to pick up their copies of the game, while some didn’t settle for anything less than the Collector’s Edition of the game, including us here at OMG. The Monster Hunter Rise Collector’s Edition is a simple package, consisting of the Deluxe Edition of the game with some DLC, A Magnamalo Amiibo, a Kamura Mark Enamel Pin, a Sticker Pack, and a nice box to keep everything nice and tidy. The whole set retails for PHP5,500 ($99.99), which is actually quite pricey if you look at it, but Monster Hunter fans wouldn’t mind shelling out a little…