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Ever wonder what it would be like to run your own shop inside a game, filled with crafting items for would-be heroes and townspeople alike? It’s neither Moonlighter nor the Atelier series, but an upcoming game from Big Village Games called Merek’s Market due out later this year. Featuring an aesthetic closer to claymation films like Wallace and Gromit, Merek’s Market plays just as advertised. If you enjoyed the shopkeeping aspect of Moonlighter and the high stakes co-op cooking mechanic of Overcooked, Merek’s Market would be right up your alley. You play as Merek, a humble shopkeep running a business in his hamlet somewhere in Europe. One day, your friend Tess comes by and gifts you with some magical blueprints to come up with better items. From a pot and rod shop to a legit enterprise, you then expand your business, crafting made-to-order weapons and armor to a full-on medieval…

Despite some big-ticket titles last month like Hades and Ghost of Tsushima: Directors Cut, August was a rather tame month in terms of releases. That’s not the case this month, as the September 2021 Game Releases go into overdrive with a LOT of highly-anticipated titles. The September 2021 Game Releases kicks off strong with the release of the much-awaited Tales sequel Tales of Arise on September 10. If that wasn’t big enough, Bethesda’s final game outside of its Microsoft exclusivity, Deathloop drops soon after. It would be foolish to discount the rest of the September 2021 Game Releases as they range from remakes like Sonic Colors Ultimate to original sequels like Lost Judgment from SEGA. Also on the remakes and remasters front, Diablo 2 Resurrected finally drops as well as Death Stranding: Director’s Cut. Without further ado, let’s check out some of the biggest September 2021 Game Releases. September 2021…

Tales of Arise, the latest game in the long-running series, will launch on September 9 to the longing arms of fans worldwide. It’s been a long time coming since the last “Tales of” title for the consoles (not counting the side and mobile releases) and Tales of Arise is looking to fill that gap quite well based on everything we’ve seen so far. Bandai Namco Entertainment has enlisted a great lineup of Japanese voice actors for the game and their resume is pretty impressive, with some standouts like the voice of Caesar Zeppeli from Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure and Kirito from Sword Art Online. Meet the Tales of Arise Japanese Voice Cast! Tales of Arise Japanese Voice Cast Takuya Sato as Alphen Notable roles: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure – Caesar ZeppeliRune Soldier – LouieHaikyuu!! – Yasushi KamasakiGundam Build Fighters – Tatsuya YuukiWelcome to Demon School!! Iruma-kun – Sabnock SaburoMoriarty the Patriot -…

2021 will see quite the battle for FPS supremacy and Call of Duty is gunning for the top spot once again with their upcoming release, Call of Duty: Vanguard. Set in the backdrop of World War II, Call of Duty: Vanguard aims to deliver the complete package to fans with a story campaign, Warzone integration, Zombies, and its tried and tested online multiplayer with the spotlight on the Champion Hill mode. Champion Hill is a round-robin tournament-style mode that pits groups of 2 or 3 to do battle against others in a 60-second no-frills shootout rotating across 4 maps. You start the battle with 12 “lives” (for duos, 18 for trios), and each time a player from your squad is killed, you lose a life. In between rounds, you earn cash to purchase equipment, weapons, and even perks to give you the edge against the competition. The last team standing…

Final Fantasy IX is held in high regard by a lot of franchise fans, with some even calling it the best game in the series. There’s no doubt that Final Fantasy IX has had its share of fanart throughout the years, but recent artwork being shared over social media has fans excited and amazed. A couple of Twitter posts shared by @nanana_2s (Pixiv page here) has been making the rounds, with her anime rendition of the cast of characters from Final Fantasy IX looking perfect that some fans are actually asking Square Enix to make this official. We get to see fantastic versions of the memorable cast like Zidane, Garnet, Vivi, Eiko, Steiner, Kuja, and even a personal favorite in Beatrix. The only thing missing now are the opening and ending themes! Peep the artwork below: https://twitter.com/nanana_2s/status/1427073258013163520 https://twitter.com/nanana_2s/status/1429962097480265754 Back in June, it was announced that a Final Fantasy IX animated…

Goodbye E3, hello Gamescom! The annual gaming event is taking place despite the ongoing pandemic, albeit in the form of a virtual presentation. Hosting the Gamescom 2021 Opening Night Live festivities is none other than Geoff Keighley, who kicked things off with the big Saints Row reboot announcement. The almost 2-hour show had a lot of updates and reveals for upcoming titles such as Death Stranding Director’s Cut, Sifu, and even a surprise appearance from Horizon Forbidden West! Gamescom 2021 Opening Night Live even played host to the Halo Infinite release date announcement, which was strangely missing from the recently concluded Xbox Showcase. Without further ado, here’s everything that was announced during Gamescom 2021 Opening Night Live: Gamescom 2021 Opening Night Live Recap King of Fighters 15 (Pre-show trailer) https://youtu.be/XCllbw-aPmg Nine To Five (Pre-show World Premiere) https://youtu.be/eamCL0MqJJQ Bus Simulator 21 (Pre-show World Premiere) https://youtu.be/8gZmT-SHarY House of Ashes (Pre-show trailer) https://youtu.be/bkn02kIn4kQ…

With a strong lineup announced during E3, it was time for Microsoft and Xbox to step on the gas and continue the momentum during the Gamescom 2021 Xbox Showcase. The 90-minute show was packed with updates from Dying Light 2 to Psychonauts 2 and a deeper look at Forza Horizon 5, Xbox fans have a lot to get excited for. Without further ado, here’s everything that’s been announced during the Gamescom 2021 Xbox Showcase. Gamescom 2021 Xbox Showcase Recap Dying Light 2 Gameplay https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KvZxjlCdlI Microsoft Flight Simulator Updates https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsIEnwMSjvU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNpsPyeklUo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBmH2nMiaXs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnljQuHhvM8 Humble Games Game Pass Sizzle Reel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S90uou_Jrqo Into The Pit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFzB9imSf_Y Age of Empires IV https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKIJDo8AZVI Xbox Cloud Gaming coming to Consoles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BomfVh2PSkM Wasteland 3 Cult of the Holy Detonation DLC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxD3ou1i8BE Sea of Thieves Mayhem Ship Set https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOlt9be4QIw State of Decay 2 Homecoming https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSM9y3vhgy0 Stray Blade https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgGqVOHamJA Crusader Kings III https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsKImC3_UGQ Psychonauts 2 Launch Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmAUMT403os Neverwinter:…

Shopping around for a TV or Monitor is not exactly an easy task. Apart from the various tech specs and jargon that the average consumer won’t be able to understand right away, there are simply too many out there to choose from.Add miscellaneous items like a soundbar and some ambient lighting solutions, and you’ve got a headache waiting to happen. Enter the Philips 559M1 Momentum, the first “designed for Xbox” monitor that can also be the all-in-one entertainment solution for your home. https://youtu.be/26eIBXqmVnA The Philips 559M1 Momentum is the latest offering from Philips and is designed for the true console gaming enthusiast. It features a 55″ screen that was built with the Xbox Series X in mind, giving you an optimal viewing experience out of the box. 4K 120FPS Console Gaming for the enthusiast Carrying 3 HDMI 2.1 ports, the Philips 559M1 Momentum can take on any current-gen console out…

Ghost of Tsushima showed some love to some of their other properties like Sly Cooper and Infamous when the base game was released last year and now in the Director’s Cut, they’re bringing the rest of the family in to enjoy Iki Island. As you start to uncover more of Iki Island from the Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut DLC, you’ll come across three wind shrines that seemingly do nothing, but there is a record you can read that will reveal some hints pointing to Bloodborne, Shadow of the Colossus, and even God of War. The shrines themselves hold some sort of puzzle that we haven’t figured out yet, so we’ll be playing more of it until then. We won’t be showing the records and where to find these so that you may discover them on your own, but check out some of the screenshots below that show the references…

We’re almost a month away before the release of Diablo II: Resurrected and given the iconic status of the series, the wait must be unbearable for some ‘old-timers’ who have spent countless hours of playing this game from back in the day. Thankfully, the recently concluded early access beta gave us a glimpse at what to expect before the game launches next month. While there are quite a number of things that still need fixing up (it is still in Beta, so this is understandable), Diablo II: Resurrected looks to be taking a step in the right direction. Welcome back to Sanctuary The Diablo II: Resurrected Beta offers the first 2 Acts of the game for you to play through. In case you’re wondering, you can fully play through the first 2 acts, which take about 5 hours to complete, more or less, which you can work on with other…

Disclaimer: This piece has spoilers for Final Fantasy VII Remake and The Rebuild of Evangelion, read at your own risk. Part 2 of the Final Fantasy VII Remake is probably one of the most anticipated games in the next few years and is set to deliver a brand new story after the familiar first act from the classic game. Another title parallel to this IP already achieved this feat and is another cultural landmark in the realm of anime – Neon Genesis Evangelion. Ironically enough, Evangelion was introduced to me as something similar to Final Fantasy VII in the late 90s. Serving the same nihilistic themes revolving around teenagers being used as living weapons by powerful groups to bring about permanent change, mixing Judeo-Christian motifs with intense giant robots versus kaiju battles, while tackling overdone anime tropes – Neon Genesis Evangelion was groundbreaking at the time. These two titles, Final…

Cris Tales, the latest title from Dreams Uncorporated and Syck, is a fascinating game that features an intriguing time manipulation mechanic that’s touted as a love letter to classic RPG’s. With its stellar art design, a Collector’s Edition was most certainly in order. The Cris Tales Collector’s Edition was released locally via Datablitz and sold out almost immediately, so if you’re out on the hunt for one, then your best bet might be through some resellers. The Collector’s Edition retailed for $99.99 (PHP5,695 locally) and contains the following items: Cris Tales Game (Physical game for Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S or Xbox One. Digital download code for Steam)Collector’s 60-page art bookMatias Plush (approx. 9”)4 Enamel Character Pins3 Character Stickers2 Lithographic Art Prints (approx. 4”x6”)‘Peek-a-boo’ Game O-sleeveCollector’s BoxBonus: Digital download of 4 desktop wallpapers, 8 phone wallpapers, and 10 character avatars Pricing may seem a bit steep compared to other CE’s…

The Ascent was not a perfect game, but the game was fun to play and considering the small team from Neon Giant, the visual quality of the game was superb. So much so, in fact, that it looked more cyberpunk than the actual Cyberpunk game. Well, a modder took the game further and Gaming with Griff Griffin created a mod that allows you to get a glimpse of what The Ascent would look like in first-person. Spoiler alert, it looks absolutely glorious. You can check out 8 minutes of the fantastic video below. https://youtu.be/JCKrMsRh5FA The mod allows you to traverse around the Arcology including its most memorable areas: Cluster 13, CorpZone, and The Warrens. Playing through The Ascent already shows you its fantastic visuals from an isometric point of view, mowing through the streets and making it rain bullets. In this first-person mode, you can see the staggering amount of…

The Nintendo Indie World Showcase was a short and sweet affair, but packed with a ton of announcements and upcoming Indie games coming to the Nintendo Switch. This 20-minute extravaganza, just like its previous event, doesn’t leave any room for fanfare and just dives right away to game trailers. We saw the likes of Bomb Rush Cyberfunk, Loop Hero, and a number of shadow drops including Axiom Verge 2. Without further ado, here’s everything that was announced: Nintendo Indie World August 2021 Showcase Recap Bomb Rush Cyberfunk (2022) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrQ-Xc_uEUc Toem (Fall 2021) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQaIAN7YiLY Loop Hero (Holiday 2021) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n703nP2WDvM Far: Changing Tides (Early 2022) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aU07QiKF2YQ Necrobarista Final Pour (Available later today) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFFQn8ngOeQ Garden Story (Available later today) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTEWmmYP1S4 Boyfriend Dungeon (Available later today) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOhVJuN_3Ao Axiom Verge 2 (Available later today) https://youtu.be/DZG0vU9RYSE Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon (Holiday 2021) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfHcodACgek Islanders Console Edition (Available later today) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPnhv-3qFKM Metal Slug Tactics (2022) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhIAIEH-dL4 Tetris…

The recently concluded ID@Xbox Showcase that aired on Twitch Gaming is a 2-hour showcase that consisted of trailers, interviews, and gameplay demos of some of the most innovative Xbox indies releasing soon. Hosted by Steve Saylor and Meghan Camarena, they are your guides to this showcase full of surprises and other features unique to indie gaming. Unlike the first ID@Xbox showcase, it’s a lot more streamlined, but still celebrates the wonder of indie gaming. Here are the games featured on this showcase: Lightyear Frontier https://youtu.be/B0ZFFW2tN8Y The Wandering Village https://youtu.be/-q0ku3mXF7o Lab Rat https://youtu.be/TWuPrkHsdis Xbox Indies Sizzle Reel https://youtu.be/qLqsxWg-71Q RPG Time: Legend of Wright https://youtu.be/diwKyQZoOks Olli Olli World https://youtu.be/GG4RPDnSlE4 Inked: Tale of Love https://youtu.be/jIwZPzUx8oU Sam and Max Save The World Remastered https://youtu.be/cN8Lz5YXeFQ Aeon Drive https://youtu.be/UdhOAAdiDjk The Big Con https://youtu.be/a0CR2_IumyE The Vale: Shadow of the Crown https://youtu.be/Zf5sAmloov4 Aragami 2 (Day One Game Pass) https://youtu.be/d8_jGVN9Tew Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous (Day One Game Pass)…