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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Nioh 2 Last Chance Free Trial

Team Ninja offers another shot at their upcoming dark samurai adventure title Nioh 2 in Last Chance Trial.

Only a month away from release, upcoming action role-playing PlayStation 4-exclusive title Nioh 2 from developer studios Koei Tecmo Games and Team Ninja has already showed off gameplay footage and revealed story bits.

Ahead of launch on March 13, 2020, players are offered a Last Chance Trial that doesn't even require a PlayStation Plus subscription. Starting from February 28, this limited time demo will go live and will be available until March 1, 2020.

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Nioh 2 Last Chance Free Trial

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If you have participated in early Open Beta program and taken notes, your chances of survival may improve. Powered with ability of summoning Yokai beasts and wielding Switchglaive weapon in combat are only a few useful tools.

This trial picks three missions to put your fighting skills into test against legion of deadly creatures. Though no game progress will be transferred from demo to main game on launch, your custom samurai character surely will.

RELATED: Nioh 2 Story Trailer

Like any other masocore games, Nioh 2 will best your skills and improve your style to shape your character up. Playing carelessly can lead to an end of your journey into dark fantasy adventure with a single shot from a common enemy.

It has a nice blend of Japanese tradition with inclusion of mythological Yokai creatures and history of Sengoku era. Popular in folklore stories, not all of these beasts are always hostile and there are some friendly ones around as well.

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Nightmares of Dark Realm

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Getting assisted by Yokai allies can make you feel overconfident though and rather vulnerable to deadly blows. This time-limited demo of Last Chance Trial features new bosses and will only transfer your system save file to full game.

Nioh 2 doesn't include an easy mode but adds deep customization that would eventually suit your unique playstyle. Upon completing first mission from demo, players will unlock Kamaitachi helmet DLC item and carry it to main game.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Nioh 2 Won't Have Easy Mode

Team Ninja has revealed recently that Nioh 2 will not add an easy mode but let players take different approach.

Set during Sengoku period of feudal Japan, upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive action role-playing game Nioh 2 from developer studios Koei Tecmo Games and Team Ninja is currently scheduled to launch on March 13, 2020.

With only mere months away from release, Team Ninja has recently revealed not to add an easy mode for sequel to Nioh. There will be a set difficulty level but people are given choice to approach enemies in various ways.

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Nioh 2 Won't Have Easy Mode

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Of course, there are casual player groups that would often ask for an easy mode, debating on accessibility in video games but dev team argues that giving them an easy pass can completely ruin an overall vision they have for the game.

Although you are locked in with a specific difficulty level, there are ways to change outcome through combat tactics. That means, when someone dies in-game, it is because they made a mistake and not because of impossible complexity.

RELATED: Nioh 2 Story Trailer

Those who took part in Open Beta program earlier has complained that combat seemed unfair and too hard at times. Afterwards developers adjusted have accordingly so that if you die making a risky move, it would feel like your fault.

Nioh 2 not only features a variety of new enemies but there are a number of different ways to take each of them down. This is unlike its predecessor title, where one can get used to deal with certain enemies in specific areas.

RELATED: Nioh 2 TGS 2019 Gameplay Demo

Many of common combat elements like ki meter and stances will return alongside new move like Yokai-Force, which would allow players to call upon their guardian spirits when needed in battle to change course of an ongoing fight.

Instead of playing with a set character like Irish warrior William Adams from first game, Nioh 2 would allow players create their own custom samurai to fight monstrous supernatural enemies known as Yokai from latter half of Sengoku era.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Nioh 2 Story Trailer

Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja unleashes mysterious horrors of Dark Realm in epic new story trailer for Nioh 2.

Though technically a sequel by order of its release, upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive action role-playing game Nioh 2 is set before the events of its 2017 predecessor title Nioh and serves as a prequel in terms of story premise.

Fans are now ready to get on board with this samurai adventure following an Open Beta from last year. Only months away from launch on March 13, 2020, a brand-new story trailer is dropped as well as post-launch DLC roadmap.

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Nioh 2 Story Trailer

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Witness the unforgettable journey of a renowned Yokai hunter of feudal Japan in latest story trailer for Nioh 2.




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During Sengoku period of war-torn Japan in 1555, entire nation has been plunged into chaos by forces of demons known as Yokai. These devilish spirits are deadly harbingers of mayhem that mercilessly prey on their helpless victims.

To end their reign of terror among innocents, a rogue mercenary took it upon himself to hunt them down in Mino Province. This lone hero bears a dark secret of being a half-breed himself, possessing both human and Yokai blood.

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A War-Torn Realm

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Cast out from society for his origin, he minds his own business and during one of his battles with a fiendish monster, he loses control. A near inevitable calamity is then prevented by a by a wandering merchant named Toukichiro.

It appears that he trades in mysterious "Spirit Stones" of magical power that allows its wielder to speak with Yokai spirits. Gaining control over his demonic persona, these two embarks a journey to collect more stones for using later.

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Yokai Huntswoman Mumyo

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Their valiant quest is funded by a prominent warlord and joined by a Yokai huntswoman named Mumyo when they face an unknown adversary. They took sanctuary in Owari Province and ended up serving the great Oda Nobunaga.

Plans for post-launch roadmap include three DLC and Season Pass by developer studios Team Ninja. Each of these releases will focus on a different storyline with new characters, abilities, weapons, several main and sub-missions.

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Nioh 2 Pre-Order Bonus

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All three DLC packs are bundled within Digital Deluxe Edition, which is priced $79.99 only and currently available for early purchase. Players will be receiving a dynamic PS4 theme and premium in-game items pre-order bonus.

Nioh 2 Special Edition to add Demon Horde weapons, Kodama Netsuke charm and PSN avatar set aside from base game and Season Pass contents. It will also feature extra physical items like "The Art of Nioh 2" book and a slick Steelbook case.

Friday, January 3, 2020

God of War Director Hints at Sequel Plot

Game director Cory Barlog recently shares his plans on where God of War story may head over to up next.

A return to mainline series with a reinvention of its lore, 2018 series reboot for God of War from developer Santa Monica Studio and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment has earned it universal acclaim for its gameplay and gripping narrative.

A sequel to God of War III, the game has moved away from its Greek legends and embraced Norse mythology. In a recent interview with PlayStation Access, game director Cory Barlog reveals a planned vision for the future of GoW series.

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God of War Director Hints at Sequel Plot

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOR GOD OF WAR (2018).

Barlog talked about his journey of fitting Kratos into realm of Midgard, sources of inspiration for development process, suggesting where a sequel could be headed and answered many other questions on a number of topics for almost an hour.

Regarding future direction of the series, he reflects on some plot details of new God of War. When asked about what story part he would like to revisit, Barlog expressed keen interest in learning more of Faye, Atreus' mother and Kratos' wife.

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GoW 4 begins with death of Faye, which sent her beloved husband and son on a journey across realms to fulfill her last wish. Of course, there is a lot more than what she appears to be and has been responsible for a lot of things around her.

Santa Monica has taken her funeral event as just a starting point for their 2018 PlayStation 4-exclusive title. He is very curious to see how first meet of Faye and Kratos would turn out, leading to a new relationship and a new family.

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The acclaimed developer then elaborated on how he could relate to Faye more than any other GoW character.

The story of Faye and Kratos meeting, there’s less weight when you don’t know anything that’s coming ahead, right? Meeting her needs to actually feel like something, that you already know the story that we told here, so that there’s a greater weight behind who she is. She’s got a mythology built up.

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When Atreus and Kratos reach J├Âtunheim to carry out her request of spreading her ashes from highest peak of nine realms, they realize Faye was a giant who stayed back in Midgard and eventually settle down with former Greek God of War.

This made her son Atreus belonging to a descendant of a giant, god and mortal, whom she had originally named Loki. Even the father/son duo was getting attacked by Baldur because he was after Faye and didn't know that she passed away.

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Barlog states his wishes to explore further backstory of Faye nearing 37:12 timestamp of this latest interview.




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Whether or not they are already working on next God of War game for upcoming release of PlayStation 5 on later this year, he is definitely trying to figure out how to bring them together but that story may not told in a direct sequel.

Cory Barlog returned to Santa Monica back in 2013 to direct God of War (2018) that went on to became one of the top selling PS4 games of all-time. At some point, he would love to take Kratos to ancient Egypt for a possible future sequel as well.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Darksiders, Darksiders 2 and Steep Free on Epic Games Store Now

Epic Games Store is giving away free copy of Darksiders, Darksiders 2 and Steep for PC platform until January 9.

Continuing twelve days of non-stop free games giveaway at the end of 2019 and more that started during annual Holiday Sale, Epic Games has welcomed New Year of 2020 by bringing more titles for PC platform on Epic Games Store.

Joining today on Epic Store are three great titles; Darksiders, Darksiders II and Steep that would be accessible to claim for another nine days. So, be sure to check all of them out as soon as you can and add to your ever-growing online library.

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Darksiders, Darksiders 2 and Steep Free on Epic Games Store Now

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Play as first Horseman of the Apocalypse, War and cancel end of the world in Darksiders Warmastered Edition. Appointed by Charred Council, he arrives at kingdom of man upon sensing of end times only to find it as a ruse.

Then continue from where War left off as his brother Death and clear his name in Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition. Riding on his horse Despair, the most feared among all Horsemen embarks a journey to uncover a grand conspiracy.

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Also don't forget to pick up standard edition of open-world extreme sports game Steep from developer/publisher Ubisoft. Grab your skis and snowboards to steer through mountain Alps this winter season for an unforgettable experience.

Epic Store has previously given up two games bundle consists of six titles with Batman Games Collection in September 2019. This time, they have tripled down on freebies and are available to claim before January 9, 7:59 AM PT/10:59 AM EDT.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Darksiders: Genesis is Overpriced on Google Stadia

Google Stadia would charge $10 extra on regular price of Darksiders: Genesis and THQ deny commenting.

Latest installment of Darksiders series is a top-down hack and slash action role-playing game from developer Airship Syndicate and publisher THQ Nordic titled Darksiders: Genesis just came out on December 5, 2019 for PC and Google Stadia.

If suffering from a rocky launch last month was not bad enough for Stadia due to lack of promised features and latency issue, Genesis would cost people $10 extra on Google's cloud gaming service than it would for PC version.

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Darksiders: Genesis is Overpriced on Google Stadia

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Stadia Pro subscribers received an exclusive offer from Google of up to 50% discount on select games like Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Tomb Raider reboot from 2013 but members got no price off on Genesis purchase or pre-order.

It would cost you $39.99 to buy Darksiders: Genesis on Stadia whereas you can get a copy of at Steam for only $14.99 right now to save $25 right off the bat or get it from outlets like GOG or Humble Store at a standard price of just $29.99.

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A price difference with PC version is a very absurd idea for a service that just had a rough launch period earlier and very less to offer in terms of their game catalog, with major titles like Borderlands 3 to arrive later this year.

When reached out to THQ Nordic for comments on price variation between platforms, their representative chose not to speak on their price policy and there is clearly no indication of why Stadia would charge more for a game than other stores.

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Some players are trying to point out that console versions of games often cost more than PC release and Google is likely taking an additional $10 to follow similar pricing model but then again, Stadia is not a console at all.

Set before events from previous titles, Darksiders: Genesis is a spin-off prequel that awaits a console release on February 2020. Its plot explores a war between Heaven and Hell, featuring both Strife and War as two playable lead characters.

Bayonetta & Vanquish 10th Anniversary Bundle Revealed

Recent listings at Microsoft Store reveals remaster version of Bayonetta and Vanquish for modern consoles.

Following a recent leak on ResetEra forum has lead to players finding out a remaster project for sci-fi action third-person shooter Vanquish is in works from Microsoft Store listing, another fan-favorite title is discovered shortly afterwards.

Then another listing for cult classic action-adventure hack and slash title Bayonetta from developer Platinum Games appeared with a February 18, 2020 release date for both alongside Bayonetta and Vanquish 10th Anniversary Bundle.

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Bayonetta & Vanquish 10th Anniversary Bundle Revealed

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Both of these fan-favorite titles were originally released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 that are now being considered for a re-release on Xbox One platform with 4K graphics support at 60 FPS and most likely for PlayStation 4 as well.

Product description reads that these games will run on 4K Ultra HD on Xbox One X aside from having achievements and cloud saves. If not exclusive to Microsoft consoles, then same features will hopefully be available on a PS4 Pro.

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There are no further details on what upgrades Platinum Games would be adding to these decade-old games since they are already backward compatible with Xbox One platform right now, apart from their graphical enhancements.

In 2017, a rumor surrounding Bayonetta and Vanquish got out when a box art for the bundle was leaked online. Looks like, developers were busy for past two years to finish their work before making an official announcement.

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On October 29, 2019, Bayonetta series has celebrated its 10th anniversary of release on PS3 and Xbox 360 back in 2009 with a special artwork from series director Hideki Kamiya and character designer Mari Shimazaki.

10th Anniversary Bundle will include remastered versions of Bayonetta and Vanquish but has yet to reveal a price point. Though publisher Sega didn't officially announced the titles but has re-released them both on Steam in past.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Diablo 4 to Bring Back Elective Mode

Blizzard confirms to add beloved "Elective Mode" for Diablo IV to let players assign skill categories.

Fans of hack and slash action RPG game series Diablo are excited once again after recent reveal of Diablo IV at BlizzCon 2019 by developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment following Diablo Immortal debacle from BlizzCon last year.

According to a latest official blog post, Blizzard has confirmed plans of bringing back popular "Elective Mode" system from Diablo III that would allow players assigning specific skill selection slots to buttons of their choosing.

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Diablo 4 to Bring Back Elective Mode

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Initially, certain categories such as defensive and primary skills will be allocated to set of buttons on controller or keyboard. What Elective Mode does is that gives players a choice to customize their own set as they want.

Maybe you have one particular skill type set on a certain button and that is not matching with what you have in mind, then you can simply place that skill under a different key using the feature, which gives you flexibility in playing.

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Because of a user interface from demo showed at BlizzCon this year, members of player community were speculating if D4 will lock skills under specific slots but Blizzard came clearing all confusion on that by confirming Elective Mode.

Lead systems designer David Kim stated that every skill categories will remain unlocked for all players to let them freely assign and select. Besides, the shown UI is not final just like many other aspects due to an ongoing development.

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Elective Mode From Diablo III

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Customization has always been a great part of the looter RPG and in terms of itemization, Blizzard looking to add more depth for base items. They will also allow people to spend money on in-game cosmetics and mounts for characters.

Diablo IV is announced to arrive for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One but an official release window is yet to be determined. Currently, they are mostly busy gathering feedback from fans to improve overall gameplay experience.