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Friday, May 15, 2020

Nioh 2 Gets Photo Mode and New Missions

Team Ninja releases more action-packed missions and Photo Mode feature for PS4 masocore game Nioh 2.

It has been months since publisher Koei Tecmo Games in association with and Sony Interactive Entertainment released long-anticipated action role-playing PlayStation 4-exclusive game Nioh 2 that met with critical and commercial success.

After reaching a milestone of selling over one million units worldwide, Team Ninja revealed a release date for its first DLC expansion. Also, a free content update is rolled out adding new Guardian Spirit, missions, Photo Mode and more.

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Nioh 2 Gets Photo Mode and New Missions

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First major feature of recent Update 1.09 will be Photo Mode for Nioh 2, which is a more than a simple add-on. There are a wide range of camera settings including image exposure, filters, gradation, lighting adjustments and others to explore.

Nine new missions that are comprised of several sub-missions and one Twilight mission were added as part of latest update. 1.09 to introduce new Guardian Spirit Mizuchi to the game but no instructions on how to unlock them was found.

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Nioh 2 Photo Mode Settings

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Nioh 2 will be getting three DLC release for additional content such boss characters, skills, storylines and Yokai. Fresh armor and a new weapon will give players an edge on performance over set stances to tackle deadly challenges.

First expansion pack for Nioh 2 titled "The Tengu's Disciple" is currently set to release on July 30, 2020. Dev team will eventually deliver end-game content and new difficulty levels to further expand campaign mode adventures.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Diablo 2 Remaster Reportedly Coming in 2020

A remastered version of second Diablo game titled Diablo II: Resurrected is reportedly coming later this year.

Though majority of Diablo series fans are currently waiting for developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment to release upcoming action role-playing hack and slash title Diablo IV soon, old-school fans are still hoping for a Diablo II remaster.

A recent report on French gaming site ActuGaming suggests that a high-definition remake of D2 titled Diablo II: Resurrected is currently being developed by Vicarious Visions, which is currently scheduled for fourth quarter of 2020 release.

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Diablo 2 Remaster Reportedly Coming in 2020

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As for credibility of source, ActuGaming has previously reported on announcements of Diablo IV, Overwatch 2 and World of Warcraft: Shadowlands expansion shortly before they were officially revealed to public at BlizzCon 2019.

Vicarious Visions is an Activision subsidiary studio that has worked on Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and PC version of Destiny 2 earlier. Both of their works were praised for staying true to their original sources while adding improvements.

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Until there is an official confirmation from Blizzard, you can't be absolutely sure of a remaster though. Maybe they are being cautious following a major debacle with Warcraft III: Reforged earlier this year to avoid another disappointment.

Diablo II: Resurrected is one of the several projects under Activision/Blizzard that is constantly drawing increased amount of fan-interest and it may end up getting released before Diablo IV given its larger scale of development level.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

NieR Replicant Remake Announced

Square Enix announces a remake for NieR Replicant to celebrate 10th anniversary of NieR franchise.

To celebrate 10th anniversary of action role-playing game series NieR in April, publisher Square Enix has announced a new version of NieR Replicant for PC via Steam, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, in association with developer ToyLogic.

Before being revealed for modern systems lately as NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139, the game originally launched in Japan, for PlayStation 3, followed by a version for Xbox 360 in Japan and Western market that came out as NieR Gestalt.

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NieR Replicant Remake Announced

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Square Enix released a teaser trailer lately, during a livestream ahead of series anniversary for next month.




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Instead of going for a high-definition remaster for current-gen consoles at this point, Square Enix has chosen to do a version up for Replicant. All of its original Japanese voice acting will be redone and a new character will be introduced.

When asked whether there will be a different ending for Replicant, series producer Yosuke Saito has played coy about it but there is a possibility. All of its songs are re-recorded and NieR composer Keiichi Okabe has added new songs.

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Another new game, NieR Reincarnation has also been announced for Android and iOS devices with a teaser.




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Reincarnation is a role-playing game for mobile by Applibot, employing a free-to-play model with some micro-transactions involved. Aside from showcase of a location called "The Cage", there is nothing much to pick up from the teaser.

Nier is about a journey of titular protagonist to find a cure for his terminally ill daughter in a dystopian world. Keeping that same premise intact, latest version would only change its lead character as a brother to Yonah instead of her father.

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Square Enix has yet to reveal further details on features included in new version and a possible release window very soon. Platinum Games officially has shown no involvement in Replicant project but may have some minor ties after all.

A cult-classic RPG title, NieR Replicant sets stage for its sequel Nier: Automata, which became an even bigger success on release. Ver. 1.22474487139 is essentially a polished re-release that has spawned from 17-year old Drakengard series.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time Announced

Adult Swim Games announces Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time to release on summer 2020 for all major platforms.

For many years, fans of action-adventure animated television series Samurai Jack have been clamoring for a fun-filled video game adaptation based on the popular animated show since 2004 action-adventure title Shadow of Aku.

In a surprised reveal today, developer Soleil Games and publisher Adult Swim Games has announced upcoming 3D hack and slash action game Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time, which is currently scheduled for a summer 2020 release.

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Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time Announced

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Adult Swim released an official trailer for Battle Through Time, briefly showcasing gameplay bits and its story.




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Battle Through Time takes place before Jack fights against Aku for one last time in 2017 series finale of Season 5. During his quest, he will band together with many allies and come across old enemies as he goes back and forth in time.

Trying to find ways to confront his demonic arch-nemesis, Samurai Jack fights an array of dangerous and strange enemies in various different locations like ending up in a graveyard, travelling to a futuristic city or a lake area.

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As his site of operation changes, Jack gets a different outfit each time except his trusty katana. He will be wielding more than a dozen different weapon types apart from his iconic magic sword and unlock new skills through combat.

To maintain series continuity, series writer of original show was hired to write a script for the game. There is also cue of taking major inspiration from final season in trailer above with Jack having an appearance in longer beard and hair.

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An Untold Adventure

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Samurai Jack series creator Genndy Tartakovsky and lead writer Darrick Bachman to appear in a panel hosted by Adult Swim Games at PAX East 2020 on February 28, to talk more details on their current project Battle Through Time.

Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time will launch on summer this year for Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Players can likely to expect a full gameplay trailer and set release date to arrive anytime before E3 2020 event. 

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.

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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.

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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.