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  1. A new Monster Hunter Rise Nintendo Switch console and Pro controller have been revealed, getting RPG fans even more excited for the latest entry in the beloved beastie-hunting franchise. The latest celebratory system comes with a bold Magnamalo emblazoned in gold on a black backdrop with similarly themed designs on the rear of the console. The Joy Cons as well have similar designs, though in black with gold accents on the thumbsticks alongside the Pro Controller that also has that golden touch. Nintendo revealed a few new images showing off the Monster Hunter tribute, scroll through the
  2. EA answered years’ worth of prayers when it announced the return of the Skate franchise last July. The reveal offered no trailer, gameplay, concept art, or much of anything because the game was very early in development. How early? Well, as of today, EA has announced the formation of a new studio that will helm development of the next Skate game. Meet Full Circle, a Vancouver based team led by Daniel McCulloch, formerly Head of Xbox Live at Microsoft. Fans will be pleased to know that Deran Chung and Cuz Parry, who helped create the Skate franchise and worked on all three mainline games, mak
  3. Set six months after the conclusion of Persona 5, Persona 5 Strikers reunites the Phantom Thieves of Hearts for an all-new adventure. Rather than focusing on Tokyo, Persona 5 Strikers expands the adventure to include a road trip to various regions across Japan. Not only is the scope of the journey expanded, but the combat is completely different from the turn-based fare of Persona 5. This time around, the Phantom Thieves traverse dungeons and encounter Shadows, triggering action-packed, hack-and-slash battles. However, the turn-based inspiration carries through to Persona 5 Strikers, as Jok
  4. Click here to watch embedded media Bowser's Fury is a brand new Nintendo Switch game that comes included with the upcoming release of Super Mario 3D World. This new adventure features free-roaming gameplay that fans of Super Mario 64 or Odyssey will love, especially since Mario will be working with Bowser Jr. to help subdue an island-sized Bowser that's wreaking havoc on Lake Lapcat. Nintendo fans old and new can look forward to playing Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury when the game releases on February 12, 2021. If you enjoyed this early glimpse at new gameplay of Bowser's Fury, be su
  5. Click here to watch embedded media Publisher: Bloober Team Developer: Bloober Team Release: January 28, 2021 Rating: Mature Reviewed on: PC
  6. Click here to watch embedded media Olija is a 2D action game that follows the quest of Faraday, a ship-wrecked lord on a journey to find his lost crewmates with the help of a magical harpoon. The game's story unfolds in the mysterious lands of Terraphage, which are fully realized through the game's atmospheric environments and stylized pixel art. Lord Faraday's moveset revolves around melee-focused combat and is enhanced by his ability teleport around a level by throwing his cursed harpoon and warping to its location. Join by Join Jeff Cork, Marcus Stewart, and myself for another episode o
  7. Bethesda Softworks just revealed an in-depth first look at Oblivion, the next expansion to hit The Elder Scrolls Online. A year-long event will take players to places they have never been before, but denizens of Tamriel have more to look forward to than new locations and the return of Mehrunes Dagon; the introduction of companions is another major feature of this expansion, and it's a bigger deal than you might realize. Why? It all comes down to one ever-popular aspect of RPGs: romance. In the single-player Elder Scrolls games, players have a select amount of characters they can build relat
  8. Click here to watch embedded media Rare announced seasonal progression was coming to Sea of Thieves during a big December update, and now we’re on the cusp of it kicking off. Season One sets sail on January 28, and for the next three months, players can engage in new activities to earn exclusive rewards, both free and paid. Rare also released a helpful primer video detailing exactly how seasons to give players a (peg) leg up before the festivities begin. Seasons introduce Renown, a new progression currency that is earned by simply engaging in existing activities, such as sailing and comba
  9. A new expansion is on the horizon for Elder Scrolls Online players, taking them back to the world of Oblivion with the return of the Daedric prince Mehrunes Dagon. The upcoming expansion is set 800 years before the events of the single-player Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion experience, setting up an incredible backstory to add to the phenomenal lore surrounding Tamriel. But it's not just a new location and a returning baddie to look forward to. For the first time ever, Elder Scrolls Online will allow for companions that players can spec out to their heart's content. But first, let's look at what el
  10. Halo Infinite was delayed following an overwhelming amount of feedback when gameplay was first shown off last year. Originally meant to be an Xbox Series X launch title, the move to push the latest Halo adventure back to November 2020 was one not made lightly. That being said, communication on the status of the development pivot has been scarce and that's why 343 Industries is committing to doing better. As the launch date of Halo Infinite looms closer, community director Brian Jarrard took to Reddit to offer a promise of more steady updates going forward. When one Redditor took to the Halo
  11. The world had no idea that it needed a Gollum-focused video game until Daedalic announced its Lord of the Rings project in Summer 2019. The game was set to launch at some point this year, but GamesRadar reports that The Lord of the Rings – Gollum will be delayed to 2022. Apparently, a recent email announced a new partnership between Deadelic Entertainment and Nacon who is now set to be a co-publisher on the game. Nacon has been involved with a few sports titles as well as the upcoming Vampire: The Masquerade - Swansong. The email ends with the information about the game's delay. A narrati
  12. Click here to watch embedded media In a world of skill-based matchmaking and unending third-parties from lesser-skilled squads, Fuse emerges from the flames with an ability kit made to devastate enemies as well as create space for his teammates. Respawn Entertainment has given us a new look at Season 8 with a gameplay trailer that you can watch above. Fuse, the latest Apex Legends character, can stun and damage opponents with his pellet launcher or throw grenades from a mechanism on his wrist (just like at the end of the previous cinematic trailer). His ultimate casts projectiles that fall t
  13. Role-playing games have come a long way since we were slaughtering slimes in Dragon Warrior, hunting for the rat tail in Final Fantasy, and being endlessly wiped for wandering into the wrong tile in The Bard's Tale. While the genre umbrella is now wider than ever as more and more games over the last decade have embraced progression systems, character classes/jobs, and choice and consequence, RPG experiences have never been available in so many forms. From modern takes on the classic JRPG to action-infused scaling open worlds, the role-playing genre continues to capture the hearts and minds o
  14. Eli Roth's live-action Borderlands movie under the Lionsgate umbrella is set to begin filming here soon in Budapest and while an official first look has yet to be revealed, we do have one major rumor confirmed to be real. Kevin Hart is confirmed to be playing Roland in the upcoming Borderlands movie alongside Cate Blanchett as Lilith. The confirmation comes by way of The Hollywood Reporter, solidifying earlier rumors of Hart's role in the film. His involvement was previously confirmed but who he was cast as was a mystery until now. For those that may be unfamiliar with the Borderlands franc
  15. Saying "now is the perfect time to play Fortnite" is a bit misleading, since it's almost always a great time to play it. We haven't seen anything like it before, where new jumping-on points are introduced like clockwork through big events, shocking twists, and an onslaught of savory licensed and unlicensed content. These entry points are distinct in that they can attract both retired Fortnite veterans and newcomers alike. Ideas like "We need to team up to defeat Thanos" likely even brought back people who swore they'd never play the game again. From gameplay to cosmetics, the complete pictur
  16. When IO Interactive announced its next game would be about Bond, James Bond, fans were excited to see the IP land into the hands that have perfected what being a hired killer means. While Bond doesn't kill nearly as many as Agent 47, he is an iconic piece of cinema history with a wealthy impact on games as well. Details about the upcoming James Bond game are still scarce, but we do have new insight into IO Interactive's plans of growth and the hopes of the new IP becoming a trilogy. Currently, the studio houses approximately 200 team members as they embark on this new IP following the launc
  17. In case you missed it, Hitman 3 came out last week, and it's really good. If you have the means to do so, we highly recommend checking it out on PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X to see the game running in 4K, at 60 frames-per-second, and all that good stuff. But surprisingly, IO Interactive's World of Assassination trilogy was also recently released on the Nintendo Switch. After putting the game through its paces on the handheld, we found that it's a surprisingly good way to play Hitman. First and foremost, Hitman runs on the Switch via cloud streaming, meaning this isn't a port of the game yo
  18. Biomutant is coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on May 25. This year! Finally, we have a date for the third-person mutant masher where you get to play as a gene-splicing martial arts master in this open world action RPG. Over the course of your adventure, you can unlock all kinds of traversal and combat options as you explore, craft new gear, and more. One interesting note about this news is that there is no mention of a current-gen (PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X/S) version, but that doesn't mean that one won't be available. Biomutant is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on
  19. Acclaimed platformer Celeste turned three-years old this week, and to celebrate, creator Maddy Thorson surprised fans by announcing a sequel of sorts to the game. No, it’s not a direct follow-up to the game available on consoles and PC, but rather a sequel to classic Celeste, the original Pico-8 version of the game dubbed Celeste Classic 2: Lani’s Track. The best part? It’s available now for free and can be played right on your browser. For context, the Celeste most of us are familiar with was born from an earlier version developed on the Pico-8, a virtual platform designed to mimic a tradi
  20. January is coming to a close, but that doesn't mean that it's over quite yet for Animal Crossing fans. In a new video, Nintendo revealed what players can expect from the upcoming Animal Crossing: New Horizons January update alongside a small tease of what's ahead for the next big drop coming in March with a special Mario crossover. The upcoming update that goes live on January 28 provides a ton of new updates but also heralds in the arrival of Festivale. Festivale is a carnival-style event that will go down on February 15 and brings with it the arrival of Dancer Pavé. Click here to watch
  21. When you look at the upcoming games of 2021, you can see that this year is poised to deliver plenty of brand-new experiences. Though many exact release dates remain vague, the months ahead will bring impressive-looking games with the potential to show off what the new generation of hardware can achieve – but that isn’t the only exciting thing I see on the release schedule. I am looking forward to new games, but I am equally enthusiastic about the opportunity to revisit some of my old favorites in new forms. After all, as fun as it can be to anticipate the unknown, I also enjoy familiar comf
  22. Games like Doom and Quake shaped my childhood in such a profound way. The run-and-gun shooter type is a go-to for me, almost a comfort genre, and it's a genre that Boss Key Productions' Lawbreakers slid into perfectly. Unfortunately, the launch was anything but successful and the studio behind the first-person shooter faded away into memory. But as we go into a new year and I look forward to seeing what other fresh adventures we can dive into, I can't help but reflect back on how much joy Lawbreakers gave me and how sad I am that it didn't last. What I loved Lawbreakers was released back i
  23. I'm not Commander Shepard but Garrus is my favorite companion on the Citadel. This glorious Turian can be your best bro or the apple of your eye in the Mass Effect trilogy and to celebrate the upcoming launch of the remaster, BioWare just teased our first look at the upcoming Garrus Vakarian statue coming soon to its store. If you heard a terrifying pterodactyl-like scream, don't worry — it was just me. In its unpainted glory, BioWare showed us our first look at the upcoming Garrus statue. Unlike the previous statue of the same character by Gaming Heads (which has been sold out for years),
  24. Click here to watch embedded media Through the partnership of Yacht Club Games and developer Mechanical Head Studios, fans of 8-bit platformers have something to look forward to this month. Enter Cyber Shadow, an homage to the ultra-hard games of yesteryear that features all the elation and frustration that comes with titles such as the original Ninja Gaiden and Dark Souls. The game follows Shadow, a cyber assassin who must fight back against a scourge of synthetic enemies and save his clan from complete destruction. As Shadow progresses through the levels, players must square off against
  25. Increasingly, after a long day of work, the last thing I want to do is play video games. It's a trivial problem to have, to be sure, but playing something like Yakuza: Like A Dragon (a game I love, mind you), sifting through its hours of cutscenes and lengthy battles, or something like Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, with its nonstop action, is simply too much for my tired brain. Not to mention I spend 40 or more hours every week talking, writing, and thinking about video games. I like video games fine enough, but sheesh! Enough is enough sometimes. The converse of this complaint is I want
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