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VALORANT has just released Episode 2 Act III, which introduces the new Breeze Map, a new Forsaken skin line, and a new Battlepass. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLYnq0eA89w Valorant Breeze Map Breeze is a new map set within the southern part of the Bermuda Triangle. It has a bright, playful, and colorful enviornment with wide open spaces and opportunities for long range encounters. “One of the main goals we had with Breeze was building larger and more open spaces with longer sightlines than the other maps in the pool. This provides an opportunity for different weapons and Agents to shine. Each map should provide different strengths and weaknesses for the Agents in the roster to explore while supporting different types of strategies and team compositions,” said Sal Garozzo, Senior Game Designer at Riot Games. Valorant Forsaken skin line The new Valorant Act also introduced the Forsaken skin line for the Vandal, Operator, Spectre, Classic,…

If you’re lucky enough, then you should soon be receiving an invite to one of the most anticipated Tech Alpha tests of this year for Diablo II Resurrected. Announced during BlizzConline and met with excitement from fans, a select group of players who have signed up for a chance at the tech alpha have been chosen to take part in the testing that will take place this weekend, starting April 9-12. The tech alpha will be for PC players only and will open up Act I and II of the single-player campaign. Players will be able to choose from 3 classes – Barbarian, Sorcerer, and Amazon and will support controller inputs. Another testing phase in the future will open up the other classes such as the Necromancer and the Assassin, as well as multiplayer and console versions. https://twitter.com/Diablo/status/1379481264135225345 As this is an alpha build of the game, it has to…

Riot Games has announced an expansion for VALORANT, its tactical shooter titled VALORANT: Agents of Romance. VALORANT: Agents of Romance will be Riot Games’ first game in the dating sim genre. This follows the success of League of Legends’ Spirit Blossom event, which featured dating sim components. The new title will allow you to take on the role of a new recruit as you train to be a VALORANT Agent. As an Agent in Training, you’ll be building meaningful relationship with each of VALORANT’s Agents, collecting items, going on dates, and maybe even saving the world. “We’ve been looking into ways to expand and explore the VALORANT universe, even prior to launch, and when we landed on a dating sim, it just made sense,” said Anna Donlon, Executive Producer of VALORANT. “We believe that everyone can relate to and enjoy the Agents of VALORANT, whether they’re tac-shooter players or dating…

Quite possibly one of the more original concepts in recent memory, GameDec revealed its world premiere today at the Future Games Show. Funny enough that cyberpunk-style games received a bumper crop in recent memory (Cloudpunk and The Observer comes to mind) nevertheless, I’m still looking for the right game to fill the hole that Cyberpunk 2077 left. https://youtu.be/xmTlZIOECPo I’m not sure how this game would play out, but the concept sounds interesting and I’m always in a mood for a well designed detective RPG. With Disco Elysium Final Cut around the corner, I’m always looking for what game to follow up with and this IP would probably scratch that itch. No word on any console release as of yet, but hey many Steam games usually make the jump after a while. GameSec will be released on PC via Steam on September 16.

Capcom has announced the system requirements for their upcoming title Resident Evil Village, which is set to release not only on console but on the PC as well. Of course if you’re looking to pick this title up for the PlayStation or Xbox, you won’t need to worry about any of this but for PC gamers, this is welcome information to see if you’ll need to upgrade your rig to handle Lady Dimitrescu and her vampires that have taken the internet by storm. This information comes from the Resident Evil Village Steam page and ResetEra, which lists out what you’ll need to run the game, and surprisingly it isn’t too demanding especially if you’re not a stickler for ultra settings and ray tracing. Check it out below: https://youtu.be/btFclZUXpzA Resident Evil Village Minimum Specs: OS: 64-bit Windows 10DirectX Version: DirectX 12Processor: Intel Core i5-7500 or AMD Ryzen 3 1200Memory: 8 GBGraphics…

In case you missed it, Valorant just got a new game mode called Escalation. It is a 5v5 team deathmatch style mode that encourages you to practice and experience the other guns. You start Escalation mode with more powerful guns but as you get more kills, your weapons are replaced progressively with more challenging and less lethal ones. Each match has a randomly-generated set of 12 weapons/abilities which both teams must cycle through. A team must collectively get X number of kills/points in each of the 12 stages before you’re able to progress to the next one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwCdxfz8kMU For those that have not gotten a kill with a weapon will stay on the previous level until they get a kill which will then auto-upgrade the weapon to the next level. This will allows newer players or players that are still improving the chance to have a leg up as far…

Persona 5 Strikers is just one of the many great titles coming out this month, making February a good month for getting those hours in. One of the bigger releases is Persona 5 Strikers, which is a musou-mashup with the hugely popular Persona 5. Sounds like a match made in heaven? If the reviews are any indication, then indeed it is! As of writing, the game has a Metacritic rating of 85 for the PS4 version and 81 for the Switch version, and is looking to be another hit from Sega and Atlus, proving thus far that the Persona franchise is beloved by fans. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YR3z7eFJNHU PlayStation Lifestyle gives it a 95/100, saying “There really isn’t a lot that Persona 5 Strikers does wrong. The combat is rewarding, the story is interesting, and the characters/setting are fleshed out, all with a good soundtrack. It’s by no means a perfect game, but…

I guess the tagline “It’s about time” is finally accurate this time around, as Crash Bandicoot is finally making its way to the Nintendo Switch, alongside the next-gen versions, on March 12. Announced on the Activision Blog, the latest installment in the Crash Bandicoot series make its next-gen appearance, bringing with it “enhanced 4K resolution, faster loading times, and more”. Specifically, PS5 and Xbox Series X will enjoy the game at native 4K 60fps, with the Series S upscaling to 4K. All this will come as a free upgrade to owners of the base game on the last-gen consoles. The PS5 version, in particular, will receive DualSense upgrades that will make use of the adaptive triggers, as well as support activity cards. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIrTfLA4f58 Our review of Crash Bandicoot 4 calls it a “wumpin’ good time”, and while it is as good as a Crash game can get, it is also…

Following the leak from last week, official screenshots have now been revealed by Aniplex for the upcoming Demon Slayer game entitled Kimetsu no Yaiba Hinokami Keppuutan. The game is also now confirmed to be launching on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, and PC in Japan this year, with no word of a Western / Worldwide release just yet. A series of Tweets from the official account highlights the key visual and brand new screenshots from the game, as can be seen below: This official announcement also confirms a Story, versus, and 2v2 tag battle modes, which will be playable both in offline and online. No announcement has been made as of yet to indicate what parts of the anime / manga the game will cover, so the final roster and other details have yet to be seen. You can also find out more about the game…

Over the weekend, the hugely successful MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV dropped a number of huge announcements, the first of which was the reveal of the next expansion entitled Endwalker, set to release in the Fall of 2021. As announced on the official Final Fantasy XIV website, the expansion will come with the usual slew of new content such as a new main questline, new areas to explore, a level cap increase to 90, and a new high-difficulty raid called Pandæmonium, among others. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsVraq-v0JI In the midst of all the Endwalker hype, a PlayStation 5 version for the game was also announced, which will have an open beta on April 13, 2021. The next-gen version will utilize the power of the hardware, translating to improved frame rates, lightning fast load times, 4K support, and much more. Even better, if you’ve been playing the game on the PS4, you’ll be able to…

Following the official reveal and the announcement of the release date scheduled for May 14, the groundbreaking sci-fi epic Mass Effect will be making its way back to your consoles and PC’s in stunning fashion, bringing along the Normandy crew in all its 4K 60fps glory. The system requirements have been recently revealed as well, and it looks pretty manageable! All things considered, you may not even need to upgrade for when the game comes out, but one thing that you might have to do is clear some space because you’ll need 120GB. For 3 games, that’s not too bad. Minimum Requirements: 64-bit Windows 10Intel Core i5 3470 or AMD FX-83508 GB RAMGPU: NVIDIA GTX 760, AMD Radeon 7970 / R9280X GPU RAM: 2 GB Video MemoryDirectX Version 11120 GB available space Recommended Requirements: 64-bit Windows 10Intel Core i7-7700 or AMD Ryzen 7 3700X16 GB RAMGPU: NVIDIA GTX 1070 /…

Despite the recent news of Overwatch 2 not releasing this year, Blizzard has been giving its players a steady drip of new content, and if you’re ready for some fireworks, the Lunar New Year 2021 event is now live on PC, Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch. From February 5 – 26, participate in the event to take part in the new brawl called bounty hunter, as well as various new weekly challenges to satisfy your itch for new cosmetics. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKB-sumbymc Below are some of the details each of the new activities during the limited-time event: New Brawl – Bounty Hunter Player who scores the first kill of the match becomes a Target; everyone else becomes a Bounty HunterWhen the Target is killed, the player who dealt the final blow becomes the new TargetBounty Hunter will become part of the standard Arcade rotation after Lunar New Year Weekly Challenges Weekly Challenges are…

Can’t get enough of Atelier Ryza? You could always buy the PHP1.2 million statue or you could settle for the Atelier Mysterious Trilogy from Koei Tecmo, a deluxe pack that is arriving on the PS4, Switch, and the PC on April 22 which features Firis, Lydie, Suelle, and my girl Sophie as previously seen on the PS4 and the PS Vita a few years ago. This deluxe pack will include Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey DX, Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book DX, and Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings DX. Weekly Famitsu also confirms a photo mode, digital art book, and double-speed battle mode for all three titles. As per gonintendo (via Nintendo Life), all three titles will include most DLCs and new content for the set such as a new Sophie costume and episode for Atelier Sophie, along with…

The Valorant Challengers Philippines Stage 01 Week 01 is set to conclude, with the main weekend taking place from February 5-7, 2021 and has a total prize pool of PHP 375,000 for the teams. The event features six weeks of open qualifiers and elimination brackets, and for week 01, only eight teams remain to tough it out on the Playoffs. In the Playoffs, the eight teams will battle it out in single elimination best-of-three quarterfinals and semifinals and close out the week with a best-of-five in the finals. The top four teams from Week 01 lock-in their spot in the Playoffs of Week 02 and get closer to the Valorant Masters stage. In addition to securing their Week 02 spot, the top four teams take home a piece of the prize pool as follows: 1st place – PHP 20,0002nd place – PHP 10,0003rd place – PHP 2,5004th place – PHP…

Initially scheduled for an early 2021 release date, a fair expectation would be around February or March. We didn’t think “early” meant July, as a new trailer just dropped, confirming its new release window of July 2021 (I guess you can make an argument for “early” that it’s not Q4 2021). Now seen in their publisher’s website, the surprise announcement got me excited knowing that summer isn’t too empty after all. https://youtu.be/q3OaU-nmMa4 Check out our demo impressions of Cris Tales, where its impressive time magic mechanic that affect both in-battle and the game world revitalizes the classic JRPG turn-based battle system. It is available for download on PSN, Nintendo eShop, Xbox Live, and on Steam. Cris Tales is now available for pre-order and its collector’s edition looks amazing.