Showing posts with label Metroidvania. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Metroidvania. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Ori and the Will of the Wisps Out Now

Platform-adventure game Ori and the Will of the Wisps from Moon Studios and Xbox Game Studios is now available on PC and Xbox One.

A direct sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest, platform-adventure Metroidvania title Ori and the Will of the Wisps from developer Moon Studios and publisher Xbox Game Studios is out now on PC via Steam and Xbox One platforms.

Little spirit guardian Ori returns for an all-new adventure with Kuro's owlet Ku on forest of Niwen that has lost the light of spirit tree. In a stormy night, they got separated and Ori begins a quest to discover secrets of the lost ones.

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Ori and the Will of the Wisps Out Now

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Will of the Wisps improves its combat system with new spirit skills, weapons and a shard system that lets you customize Ori's powers in a distinctive way, which would allow players to experience a unique playthrough every time.

You can choose from Easy, Normal and Hard modes, while select and swap Spirit Shard loadout to match your playstyle. Aside from that, threatening challenges and dreaded enemies from around will be testing your resolve at all times.

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Beautiful Hand-Drawn Visuals

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Ori can perform double jump or grab any objects mid-air to gain extra height in order to solve in-game puzzles. Dev team has managed 3D models to integrate into a 2D world seamlessly and it adds a new level of depth to surrounding areas.

There is a newly added mini game mode called Spirit Trials that puts you up to complete a goal as soon as possible. Players can compete in leaderboard-based races to beat best times set by others by traversing through obstacle courses.

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Encounter Towering Enemies

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Moon Studios previously released an official trailer during The Game Awards 2019 to showcase gameplay overview.




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Ori's latest adventure is immersed in beautiful visuals with scores composed by award-winning composer Gareth Coker. Microsoft and Moon Studios are teaming-up with Iam8bit to release all of its soundtracks in a two-disc vinyl set.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps will also be available at Microsoft Store and Xbox Game Pass on day one for all of its valued members. Game Pass Ultimate includes Ori and the Blind Forest and all features of Xbox Live Gold service.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Bloodstained Cancels Roguelike Mode Stretch Goal for Randomizer

Developer of Bloodstained is cancelling promised "Roguelike" mode and offering "Randomizer" as alternative.

Debuting last year following a successful Kickstarter campaign; side-scroller action role-playing game Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night from developer ArtPlay and publisher 505 Games has been a modern-day successor of Castlevania series.

In a latest update post in Kickstarter page, chief developer Koji Igarashi has revealed that previously promised Roguelike dungeon mode is not likely to happen, even though it met original stretch goal of $5 million years ago.

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Bloodstained Cancels Roguelike Mode Stretch Goal for Randomizer

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In his post, Igarashi explains that early development stage of code for Bloodstained is not compatible to roguelike style of gameplay, especially to procedurally generate castle and therefore, they had to back out from that part.

Although they couldn't make it, ArtPlay have decided to develop a new game mode called "Randomizer" instead. This update will eventually be rolled out for free with release of playable character and swordsman exorcist Zangetsu.

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Randomizer mode will play out campaign with players tweaking different game parameters for an arbitrary playthrough. Backers of Bloodstained were so eager to get a roguelike mode that its $5 million worth stretch goal was fulfilled by next day.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is currently available on Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms. When Randomizer and Zangetsu content update will finally arrive, a "Boss Revenge" mode will be added as well.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Dead Cells: The Bad Seed DLC Out Now

Expand rogue-like universe of Dead Cells with The Bad Seed DLC expansion, out now on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

As part of post-launch support, a new DLC expansion for 2018 roguelike metroidvania title Dead Cells was announced by indie studios Evil Empire and Motion Twin last year, which is out now on Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

All newcomer and veteran players can to try out this first-ever paid DLC titled Dead Cells: The Bad Seed in same difficulty level of original base game featuring two new early levels, a boss character, companion, new enemies and weapons.

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Dead Cells: The Bad Seed DLC Out Now

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To celebrate launch of their latest content, Motion Twin has revealed a quirky new animated short today.




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The Bad Seed expansion introduces a two-handed weapon called Scythe to tear through anything on your way. New enemies include blowgunners, carnivorous plants, jerkshrooms, mushroom men, ticks and yeeters on new biomes.

You would start off from Arboretum, which is a greenhouse location full of mushrooms and other plants. Many of these vegetations would like to get a piece of The Prisoner but he can always use them for quick vertical movement.

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Ruins of Arboretum

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There is a little friend lurking around that would befriend you and then attack anyone who comes closer to you. Then head over to Morass of the Banished, which is a swamp area filled with danger and pointy things to hurt you badly.

Surviving its perilous surroundings and unsuspecting ambushes from group of hostile locals will take you to The Nest where you will finally have a major boss fight against Mama Tick, a massive mutant creature with many eyes and claws.

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Noxious Swamp Area

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Bad Seed DLC is priced $4.99 only and is released in an attempt to support dev team's effort in continuous free updates. Evil Empire is already working hard on lining up more content and major gameplay overhauls for near future.

Dead Cells is currently available on sale for both Steam and Xbox One platform at 30% discount. A collection bundle of main game and recent DLC pack is also out offering 10% off on PC version and 20% for console players right now.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Dead Cells: The Bad Seed DLC Release Date

Motion Twin to release first-ever paid DLC expansion for Dead Cells titled The Bad Seed on February 11.

In response to overwhelming positive reception and universal acclaim, developer/publisher Motion Twin has offered players of 2018 roguelike metroidvania game Dead Cells a number of free content updates since its release.

In December 2019, Motion Twin announced the game's first-ever paid DLC expansion The Bad Seed for Q1 2020, which is now scheduled to arrive for Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on February 11, 2020.

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Dead Cells: The Bad Seed DLC Release Date

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A brand-new gameplay trailer for Dead Cells: The Bad Seed is also released to offer a glimpse of what is coming.




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Priced for $4.99 only, upcoming DLC will introduce two new levels to play through; The Arboretum and The Swamp. You will be unlocking new abilities and a bunch of cool weapons while exploring these new territories.

Some newly added enemy type will be joining alongside older ones and there will be a creepy boss fight at the end. In terms of difficulty level, it will give you a tough time on par with The Concierge boss from original base game.

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Also, players who would love to get nostalgic and enjoy early versions of the game can now do so following release of The Legacy Update. This patch will easily allow you go back from any recent phase to even Early Access build.

Evil Empire and Motion Twin looks forward to support continued development of Dead Cells with its first paid DLC pack. Instead of making change to ending, new biomes will be added to main game via The Bad Seed content expansion.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Sundered: Eldritch Edition Free on Epic Games Store Now

Epic Games Store is offering PC version of Sundered: Eldritch Edition in free giveaway game of this week.

Originally, Epic Games have announced to offer turn-based strategic role-playing game For The King for this week a day after revealing of their freebie lineup of New Year 2020 but then they backed out afterwards for some unknown reason.

Later on, Metroidvania title Sundered: Eldritch Edition from developer/publisher Thunder Lotus Games was revealed to be latest free games on Epic Games Store for PC platform, available now to claim before January 16, 7:00 PM PT/10:00 PM EDT.

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Sundered: Eldritch Edition Free on Epic Games Store Now

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Sundered explores a narrative full of Lovecraftian horror elements that are centered on a woman named Eshe. Her journey throughout the game is all about embracing or defying an ancient eldritch power by a mysterious force.

Due to its roguelike nature, no area pattern is the same once your character dies and any amount of enemies can spawn randomly at any time. However, death doesn't punish you too severely to try out a different approach next time.

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Eldritch Edition features new areas to wander around, brand-new boss to fight off, quest chain that serves unique rewards and all updates. It also comes along with local co-op play support that lets you join with up to four-players.

Epic Games Store already revealed one of the best platforming adventure games from last year, Horace for giving away next week. This critically-acclaimed title will become available from January 16 and will remain up until January 23, 2020.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Dead Cells: The Legacy Update Live Now

Motion Twin to allows players to enjoy older versions of Dead Cells on PC with brand-new Legacy Update.

Earlier this month, an announcement of upcoming The Bad Seed DLC for roguelike metroidvania title Dead Cells were made by indie studios Evil Empire and Motion Twin, which is currently scheduled to arrive on Q1 2020.

Following its original debuted in Early Access, the game has gone through many changes with regular updates but some prefer versions from early days and developers have allowed players to do that in recently released The Legacy Update.

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Dead Cells: The Legacy Update Live Now

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The Legacy Update is a latest patch that allows you to load up any older build of Dead Cells from current state to Early Access era. This has been a frequent request from player community for a very long time that is finally fulfilled.

From here on, Motion Twin plans on to keep this up with all of their major future updates as well. This way, dev team will be able to look back at how things have changed and players can take a trip back to nostalgia lane at any time.

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Aside from increasing replayability, Legacy Update includes new handy weapons Ice Shield and Ice Armor. Two more mutations for hardcore players as well as rework on least-used weapons are among latest noteworthy changes.

Available now on PC via Steam, the update will soon arrive for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms. As part of continued post-launch content support, more upgrades will keep rolling as we move on to 2020.

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Added Weapon Reworks

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Like any major patch, Legacy Update introduces a bunch of common bug fixes and rebalances as par community requests. It also offers solution to a recent issue of cloud saves getting deleted by adding a regular backup system.

You can head over to Steam library to select which version of Dead Cells you would like to play from properties for PC. As a sweet holiday bonus, a Santa Claus skin for jolly occasion of Christmas is added on top of all improvements.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Dead Cells: The Bad Seed DLC Expansion Announced

Motion Twin has announced release of first paid DLC expansion The Bad Seed for Dead Cells in Q1 2020.

After spending a year on Early Access phase, roguelike metroidvania game Dead Cells from developer/publisher Motion Twin finally came out on August 2018 for Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms.

Players have been receiving frequent updates including first free DLC, Rise of the Giant earlier this year. Today, developers have announced plans to deliver their first-ever paid content The Bad Seed for "Best Action Game" of 2018.

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Dead Cells: The Bad Seed DLC Expansion Announced

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Motion Twin has released an official teaser trailer offering a glimpse of what to come and get a slight idea.




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The Bad Seed will arrive in Q1 2020 as first paid DLC for Dead Cells on all available platforms and priced $4.99 only. This premium model will allow dev team to continue producing more free content and major updates in future.

Currently, at least two years worth playable content are on planned roadmap of the studio that largely depends on its success. Regularly introducing new improvements like creatures and secret areas will only increase replayability of the game.

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This brand-new DLC will feature two levels for The Prisoner protagonist to explore around, which are just alternative routes from early game. Some old enemies will return in Arboretum and Swamp biomes before enter a creepy boss fight.

Aside from new adversaries, players will get their hands on a giant scythe weapon to wield and a mushroom buddy to keep company. Despite being known for difficulty, devs are planning to make the DLC more accessible for everyone.

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To wrap up holiday season of this year, developers are in work for another major update that they intended for long and while nothing about it is revealed yet, it is quite safe to assume that it would arrive before upcoming DLC next year.

Upon handing over development of Dead Cells to a new studio named Evil Empire earlier this year to continue post-launch support, Motion Twin has been working on two new prototype projects and will likely to reveal them very soon.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

IGN Editor Fired for Plagiarized Review Responds to Allegations

Fired IGN editor Filip Miucin talks about his involvement on the alleged plagiarism of Dead Cells game review.

When allegations of plagiarized review on newly released rogue-like metroidvania game Dead Cells came out online on August 7, people started calling IGN out like crazy while they quickly deleted the copy from their site and took action against the accused editor Filip Miucin by officially firing him from their team. After taking heavy fire for past few days over this controversy, the accused have finally decided to take YouTube for explaining his side of the story in a response video.

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IGN Editor Fired for Plagiarized Review Responds to Allegations

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This is the first time when Miucin actually opened up about the fiasco that has disgraced him on public and cost him his job. However, his tone towards the matter was less than expected as he starts with saying that he didn't intentionally do that and then apologized to developer Motion Twin as well as his former employer company, except for YouTube channel Boomstick Gaming, who has accused him of content theft in the first place. It clearly shows that he was not sincere about his apology.

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Even IGN was open enough to publicly issuing an apology to a relatively small YouTube channel Boomstick Gaming who made a video by making side-by-side comparison about how his original review video on the game was copied. Miucin only made the video when people kept attacking him on social media but this response video was heavily downvoted by viewers and was later removed by him. So, what really stopped Filip from mentioning the source for once that he was ripping off?

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Previously, an article on Kotaku pointed out that he partially plagiarized the FIFA 18 review from NintendoLife site in last September. On account of that incident, original author of that review Chris Scullion stated over Miucin’s speech that, he clearly failed to admit his guilt. However, Boomstick Gaming has gained the spotlight and this newfound fame has tripled the number of Subscribers to the channel since then.