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The Clash of Clans World Championship Finals and Clash Royale League (CRL) World Finals 2022 of Supercell’s world-renowned mobile games were held in Helsinki, Finland last weekend. After three days of fierce and exciting battles, QW Stephanie from Japan and Mohamed Light from Egypt won the world championship of Clash of Clans and Clash Royale respectively. During this year’s world finals, Supercell initiated a number of “Clash Fest” offline viewing parties in the Philippines and other countries around the world, where avid players gathered together to witness the top players battle it out for the crown of Clash of Clans and Clash Royale. The Clash of Clans World Championship Qualifiers is a global competition that happened across four stages within five weeks. At the initial stages of the qualifiers, the 64 teams battled for the top 16 positions, then the 8 teams out of 16 made it to the final…

The Destroy All Humans! remake released back in 2020 to much fanfare, and has revitalized the franchise in this current gaming landscape. All things considered, the remake was a success, retaining the spirit and charm of the original while infusing modern touches for the current audience. In fact, the formula also carried over to its most recent release, as indicated in our review of the sequel, Destroy All Humans! 2: Reprobed. The age-old question of whether you need to play the original game comes to mind when playing the sequel. While Reprobed can be enjoyed without prior exposure to the series, similar to games like Psychonauts 2 and Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart, Crypto’s adventures are most surely worthwhile. That said, is the original even worth playing, or should we just jump right into the sequel? Having never played any of the titles in the Destroy All Humans! franchise back…

PGA Tour 2K23 is making its return to the green after a 2K22 absence. This time around, the game is swinging back in a big way, with Tiger Woods playing a big role in the development and even serving as the cover athlete for the latest iteration. Ahead of its October 14 release date, we got to try out a few of the features that players and Golf aficionados can expect from the game, specifically Top Golf and MyCAREER, to see how they stack up to expectations. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tEsAHb5HeM Green or Rough? One thing players will have to know about PGA 2K23 is that there are significant gameplay changes on top of the usual roster and course updates. PGA Tour 2K23 introduces 3-click swings as an alternative to the classic mouse swing method. Depending on your preference, this new system potentially gives you more control of your shot. The way it…

Forspoken is an upcoming title from Square Enix that has been receiving a lot of flak lately due to some marketing and trailer-related mishaps. After being delayed, the game is now scheduled to be released in January 2023, just about 4 months away from today. Thanks to our friends from Square Enix, I got to play a 25-minute demo of the game during Tokyo Game Show 2022, which gave me a glimpse of what to expect from it when it comes out early next year. While I wasn’t totally sold on the short gameplay slice just yet, I also feel that Forspoken could surprise a lot of doubters given a few tweaks here and there. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6skG7ykCiY The demo I tried out didn’t really fill me in on any story details, as it was more tailored to trying out battle and traversal capabilities. In this sense, Forspoken really surprised me because…

The prayers of fans all around the world have been answered, and in a few more months, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion will be playable again, adding to an already hefty list of Final Fantasy titles leading into 2023. Just last week during Tokyo Game Show 2022, Square Enix graciously invited us out to try the game through a private session that, because it would have been shameful to the public if I somehow died and looked like a fool. Thankfully, my PSP memories have served me well, and I’m glad to say that fans and newcomers will want to keep a close eye on the game when it comes out on December 13, 2022. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiL7huRoyxM&t=2s SOLDIER 2nd Class Zack, Victorious Again The Crisis Core demo I got to play lasted around 25 minutes, and while brief, it was more than enough to give me an idea of what…

During the RGG Summit (and the PlayStation State of Play) just ahead of Tokyo Game Show, we were treated to an unexpected announcement. Not only did we get Like a Dragon 8, but we also got a remake of a title that has never seen a western release since 2014 – Like a Dragon: Ishin! Of course, during our time in Japan, we got our filthy hands on a brief playable demo of the game thanks to our good friends at SEGA. Our time spent with the game was very short, but it did give us an impression of what to expect when the game comes out early next year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBIWZQpAyLA For starters, Like a Dragon: Ishin! is a full remake of the 2014 release, and is a spin-off of the Yakuza series. Not many know about this game, particularly because it was never released outside of Japan, so you…

Sonic Frontiers isn’t out until November, but during our time at Tokyo Game Show 2022, we got to try out the game for a brief period, and while the general gameplay is a stark departure from previous Sonic outings, the game still keeps some familiar elements that fans of the blue blur will enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XET9s-9PLas We started out very early on in the game, which we’ll just assume to be the beginning as there were still some tutorials being presented. Controls are easy to learn, with Sonic being able to move around with ease as he double-jumps and dashes his way around the world. The world feels quite barren at this point, especially if you’re used to similar open-world titles that are teeming with wildlife. I am not sure if this will persist throughout the game because it might be a story-related thing, but it is something to point out…

The RGG Summit saw a flurry of reveals from the studio that surely put fans of the studio in a frenzy. From Like a Dragon 8 to Kiryu’s appearance once again, Yakuza fever is at an all-time high, especially with the upcoming remake of the once Japanese exclusive, Like a Dragon: Ishin. During Tokyo Game Show 2022, we (along with other media from Southeast Asia) got the chance to sit down with Director of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio and Executive Producer Masayoshi Yokoyama & Yakuza Series Chief Producer Hiroyuki Sakamoto to talk about Like a Dragon: Ishin, why they decided to remake the game, why change to Unreal Engine, and what players can expect from the upcoming project. Masayoshi Yokoyama and Hiroyuki Sakamoto at Tokyo Game Show 2022 *Parts of the interview have been edited for clarity Why did the team decide to use Unreal Engine instead of the Dragon Engine for…

The much-awaited Nintendo Direct dropped today, with 40 minutes of information mostly focused on Nintendo Switch games launching this winter. In this jam-packed show, there were a few amazing surprises as well as some anticipated announcements that many fans of a certain series have been awaiting. For fans looking forward to the sequel of Breath of the Wild, look no further now that Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom has been officially announced and will be dropping with a launch date of May 2023. Likewise, the succeeding announcements of fan favorites like Fire Emblem Engage and Octopath Traveler II will surely light up the start of 2023. There are expansion pass announcements for ongoing Nintendo titles such as Splatoon, Mario Kart 8, and Xenoblade Chronicles 3. Also, much-awaited release dates for previously announced games, such as the remakes of Front Mission and Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- Reunion. But…

The recently concluded Ubisoft Forward show featured a full slate of announcements and reveals for the future of Ubisoft’s games. The company has had a pretty quiet year so far, save for a few games at the start of 2022, like Rainbow Six Extraction and a number of Rainbow Six Seige updates here and there. Apart from some small updates for Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope and Skull and Bones, there was a big focus on Assassin’s Creed, which revealed a whole slate of games like Mirage and Codename RED. There’s also a big push for more mobile games, namely The Division Heartland, Rainbow Six Mobile, and Assassins’ Creed: Codename Jade to name a few. Without further ado, here are all the announcements from Ubisoft Forward 2022! Ubisoft Forward 2022 Recap Brawlhalla-vania: Simon Belmont & Alucard Reveal https://youtu.be/_cDzc3iiy9M For Honor: Year 6 Season 3 – The Demon Dagger https://youtu.be/1sQPesKUmZg…

WrestleQuest has been on our radar for a while now since its announcement back in March, and we luckily got a chance to try out a demo of the game during our time at PAX West 2022 thanks to Skybound Games. While there were other fun games in their lineup like The Big Con and The Walking Dead: All-Stars, for me, it was WrestleQuest or broke. Are you ready to rumble? WrestleQuest follows the story of Randy Santos as he traverses the world seeking guidance from legends like Randy “Macho Man” Savage and Diamond Dallas Page, all while challenging other wrestlers for glory and fame. WrestleQuest is a straightforward RPG inspired by 16-bit classics like Earthbound, so if this is not your first rodeo (or more aptly, Wrestlemania), you’ll be able to pick it up from the get-go. After the prolonged tutorial, you’ll be able to explore the world, and…

PAX West really stood out by featuring so many of the amazing Indie and AA games on the market, but there were also a few AAA titles up on display. One of the more eye-catching and interactive attractions was Bandai Namco’s area, which included an Elden Ring scavenger hunt, a photo booth for Dragonball Breakers, and my personal favorite–One Piece Odyssey’s exhibit. Bandai Namco went all out with the One Piece Odyssey attraction, making it the crown jewel of their exhibit. A gigantic billboard was displayed for everyone to see, but the main attraction was obviously a chance to demo the upcoming game. Personally, playing One Piece Odyssey was a reward in itself. Despite not having played with the previous titles, the IP is somewhat familiar to me. I was immediately drawn to its JRPG style, especially since many games from Bandai Namco mostly revolve around fighting game mechanics. Pirate…

Events are finally starting to get back on track, and I got the chance to attend PAX West 2022 in Seattle just last week. It was a busy weekend filled with games and fellow gamers after quite a long time, which was quite fun, all things considered. While there are definitely many titles to try out and choose from, one game I’m decidedly curious about is Lies of P. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3PfHlrh0GE While it follows a Victorian-era steampunk motif, which is an attraction in itself, the draw is its similarity to Bloodborne. I have a disdain for Soulslike titles, but Bloodborne is my favorite of the bunch because of its faster-paced gameplay, gothic motifs, and cosmic horror elements. So, under the beautiful umbrella display of AMD and ROG, which held creative exhibits that included a Saint’s Row taco truck and the bombast of the Halo Infinite tournament; amidst the impressive setup of…

September is here and the games are coming in hot and fast. The September 2022 Game Releases look to usher in the last few months of the year with an opening salvo that won’t disappoint. Headlined by Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part I, Nintendo’s Splatoon 3, and NBA 2K23, the September 2022 Game Releases hold some really big titles we’re all excited about, and this month has something for everybody. Fighting fans can look forward to the new JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R, RPG fans can peruse some of Square’s finest including Diofield Chronicle and Valkyrie Elysium, with much more to look forward to. Whether you’re a triple-A enthusiast or an Indie aficionado, the September 2022 Game Releases will surely have something for you. September 2022 Game Releases JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVUD5me50Xg Release Date: September 2, 2022Platform: PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series…

Video games might not be the go-to entertainment option among MacBook owners. We often associate Macs with work and leave video games to gaming consoles, gaming laptops, and custom-built desktop computers. Having said that, such a sentiment does not necessarily have to be true. The idea of playing video games, especially FPS games, on a MacBook is becoming more and more common. Apple is putting extra effort into manufacturing computers with better hardware. Video game developers are interested in targeting wider demographics, which leads to more time spent optimizing video games for macOS. First-person shooters, also known as FPS games, are a great option if you want to enjoy gaming on a Mac. Keep in mind, though, that you will need a proper gaming mouse because FPS games are not really playable with a trackpad. In some instances, you might also need to adjust the operating system. For example, downgrade…