Showing posts with label Nier: Automata. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nier: Automata. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Xbox Game Pass to Add Journey to the Savage Planet, Stranger Things 3 and More

Newest batch of games for Xbox Game Pass includes Journey to the Savage Planet, Stranger Things 3: The Game and more.

In a time of distress when almost everyone is busy practicing social-distancing, you can surely get busy playing some video games to fight boredom and Xbox Game Pass service has a collection of over 100 great titles to choose from.

Latest monthly lineup update for Game Pass service allow members access to brand-new games, some of which are already available. Also don't miss out Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited and Gears 5 this week on Free Play Days.

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Xbox Game Pass to Add Journey to the Savage Planet, Stranger Things 3 and More

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Alvastia Chronicles | Console, PC, Ultimate
A retro-styled turn-based RPG title from last year, Alvastia Chronicles follows story of a young hero named Alan who is set out on a life-long journey to avenge his parents and protect his young sister Elmia by fighting monsters.

There are over 100 NPCs that player can recruit into party as companions though recruitment management system. Alan works to restore peace to Alvastia and can assign these characters into small teams to go after various objectives.

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Alvastia Chronicles on Xbox Game Pass

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Football Manager 2020 | PC, Ultimate
Fans of soccer games can try out Football Manager 2020, a management simulation that tries to fully live up to its name. Instead of playing in field, you will be busy strategizing your moves to run a successful football club in FM20.

You can either run things in typical way just to progress somehow or pour your attention into each detail to achieve certain goals. Those who want to be long-term managers can plan their way to expected achievements with enough time.

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Football Manager 2020 on Xbox Game Pass

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Journey to the Savage Planet | Console, Ultimate
Made its debut earlier this year, first-person Metroidvania adventure game Journey to the Savage Planet by developer Typhoon Studios and publisher by 505 Games is exactly what its namesake suggests with lots of hostile aliens.

You work for space exploration company Kindred Aerospace and are now stuck in an alien planet ARY-26. You have to explore its uncharted territory, check possibility of human colonization and find a way to get back home.

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Journey to the Savage Planet on Xbox Game Pass

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Mistover | PC, Ultimate
A roguelike RPG title by developer/publisher KRAFTON Inc. that is rich in art-style but slightly lacks in story, Mistover is a journey of a survivors group called Corps trying to repel an invasion of dreadful creatures originated from Pillar of Despair.

Its gameplay elements involve a healthy amount of dungeon-crawling while keeping tabs on your replenishments on the go. Even after clearing all objectives and defeating most enemies, a remaining few of them can spell doom for you.

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Mistover on Xbox Game Pass

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NieR: Automata | Console, Ultimate
In celebration for 10th anniversary of NieR series, publisher Square Enix is adding 2017 action role-playing game Nier: Automata to Game Pass. Xbox version is titled Become as Gods Edition that additionally includes a few character skins.

Automata is a story of man-made androids fighting against alien machines that offers several playthroughs and even more endings. Gameplay mechanics heavily employs hack and slash-style combat with elements of role-playing.

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NieR: Automata on Xbox Game Pass

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Stranger Things 3: The Game | PC, Ultimate
Based on acclaimed third season of Netflix original sci-fi thriller series, 2019 beat 'em up game Stranger Things 3: The Game from developer/publisher BonusXP features all of your favorite characters rendered in 80's style pixel art design.

Going back to Hawkins once again, you will come across Eleven, Police chief Jim Hopper, high school student Steve Harrington and more. Join in local co-op or go solo in an adventure to save townsfolk from uncanny threats of The Upside Down.

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Stranger Things 3: The Game on Xbox Game Pass

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Totally Reliable Delivery Service | Console, Ultimate
A ragdoll physics simulator from developer We're Five Games and publisher TinyBuild Games that is built with intent to create funny situations while making deliveries, Totally Reliable Delivery Service is for you to go nuts and don't care.

Making chaos all the way is what it offers mostly and that sounds like an experience to have with friends in online multiplayer. Your customers can wait on their deliveries when you are busy making fool of yourself in its open-world.

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Totally Reliable Delivery Service on Xbox Game Pass

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Regular membership to Xbox Game Pass on console usually costs $9.99 only for a month and Game Pass Ultimate comes at $14.99 monthly with all perks of Xbox Live Gold service but you can now sign up for just $1 for your first month.

Players on Xbox One living in U.S. can now donate to CDC Foundation for Coronavirus response efforts through Microsoft Rewards app. By playing select games or completing quests you will be donating $1 for each 1,000 Rewards points.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Platinum Games Takes Investment from Tencent

Bayonetta developer Platinum Games recently announced partnership with Chinese media giant Tencent.

Largely known for their work on action games like Bayonetta series and NieR: Automata, Japanese video game developer Platinum Games has two more upcoming major releases; Babylon's Fall and Bayonetta 3 set to arrive on 2020.

Most recently, company CEO and president Kenichi Sato has came out announcing a new partnership with Tencent that involves huge influx of cash but has claimed that it wouldn't affect their independence in game making.

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Platinum Games Takes Investment from Tencent

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From early 2000s, Tencent got involved in video game market and it has become a big-name within industry by 2018. One of their biggest moves includes getting ownership of League of Legends creator/developer Riot Games.

Being a major Chinese internet and media company, Tencent has large stakes in high profile publishers like Blizzard Entertainment, Epic Games and Ubisoft. Looking forward to expand their reach, they now have invested in a new studio.

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In his statement on official website, Kenichi Sato said what people can expect from this partnership.

This partnership has no effect on the independence of our company, and we will continue operations under our current corporate structure. We hope to use this capital to strengthen our foundation as a business and expand from game development into exploring self-publishing.

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For some time, Platinum intended to expand their business further from development and wanted to self-publish two of their brand-new IPs. With recent capital investment from Tencent, they can most likely pursue that vision.

In past, the developer has struggled financially for a period of time until they were saved by unprecedented success of NieR: Automata. So, this affiliation can at least offer them financial stability and let focus on more creative work.

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In recent years, companies like NetEase and Tencent gaining more influence in games industry is actually worrying as they tend to go after live-service style monetization but we can really get some good games if Platinum can keep their integrity.

Whether or not Platinum Games can possibly go ahead independently from here on under a new corporate structure is still unsure because Tencent won't invest a large sum of money without having some interest of their own.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers Release Date

With new dungeons, jobs and raids, upcoming Shadowbringers expansion for Final Fantasy XIV will arrive July 2, 2019.

The enigmatic world of popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game Final Fantasy XIV is about to grow further with its upcoming expansion Shadowbringers, which was officially announced back in November 2018.

Following the success of early releases like Heavensward (2015) and Stormblood (2017), developer/publisher Square Enix has revealed the third one through director/producer Naoki Yoshida, which now has a release date set for July 2, 2019.

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Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers Release Date

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Although an official announcement trailer was already dropped initially, another extended version is released and we got that right here.

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FFXIV raises level cap from 70 to 80 as battle against Garlean Empire rages on while including new dungeons and zones. Alliance raid will arrange a crossover themed on NieR: Automata titled YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse and may give away 2B armor or skin.

Standard Edition of Shadowbringers is priced only $39.99, whereas Collector's Edition will cost you $199.99 for physical copy and $59.99 for digital download. Square Enix is also offering starter edition of this classic MMORPG worth $19.99 to Twitch Prime subscribers for free.

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Final Fantasy XIV – Shadowbringers Collector's Edition

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New Job Gunbreaker and more!

One of the newest jobs that come to FFXIV: Shadowbringers is called Gunbreaker, a gunblade welding tank class. Current plan of development states that the job class starts at level 60 but that is still subject to change according to Yoshida.

You probably know already that another unique job is going to be introduced after update 4.5 and it is Blue Mage, inspired from the tradition of Final Fantasy V. This one will arrive long before the release of the expansion and from a level cap of 50.

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New Playable Race "The Viera"

On the FFXIV Fan Fest in Las Vegas, Naoki Yoshida was wearing a t-shirt featuring an image of Bugs Bunny standing beside a motorcycle and people were quick to predict humanoid rabbit race of Viera folks are joining as new playable race.

This peaceful race from the land of Ivalice and the short clip above displays a couple of variation of customizable outlook wearing their signature outfits. As they keep running around and wandering, we see no male members present within them.

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Viera Race Reveal

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Longtime series fans and other casual players can place their pre-order from February 6 and it would allow them an early access on June 28. Also, a Baby Gremlin minion and an earring come along with your copy as a special benefit to increase 30% bonus experiences up to level 70.

Final Fantasy XIV is already available to play on Mac, PC and PlayStation 4 with game's third expansion pack Shadowbringers launching on these platforms as well on July 2, 2019 holding promises for new adventures for everyone to enjoy.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Steam Autumn Sale 2018

Valve brings back annual Steam Autumn Sale for gamers to find some new favorites as well as Steam Awards.

Everyone is going cuckoo with the Black Friday Deals on games and consoles these days but your holiday shopping season now gets more exciting with the Steam Autumn Sale of this year that has over 14,205 titles on sale for PC gamers.

Valve's video games digital distribution platform Steam already kick started today and will run till November 27, 10 AM PT. Go browse for your favorite games to see what offer they have in store for you or simply look over the recommendations they have for you.

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Steam Autumn Sale 2018

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On the highlighted deals from their list we have some good deals for the day and so far titles like Age of Empires II HD at 80%, Cities: Skylines at 75% and Jurassic World Evolution at 60% discount are looking pretty good for now.

Then there are Dead Cells at 20%, Enter the Gungeon at 50%, Frostpunk at 33%, Grand Theft Auto V at 34%, Graveyard Keeper at 30%, Episode 1 of Life is Strange 2, NBA 2K19 and NieR: Automata for a 50% price off is pretty decent as well.

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These are what we saw on the screen which is entirely tailored by our frequent searches what it appears. Based on your browsing preference, you may see some more games popping up in the page and some games from your wishlist may also show up there.

Action-adventure game Rise of the Tomb Raider from developer Crystal Dynamics and publisher Square Enix is going on sale at 80% off, which makes the title available for only $3.99. This would be a good pick up choice if you are planning to jump on board with the sequel anytime soon.

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Steam Autumn Sale Games on 50%-Off

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The top-selling chart currently consists of titles like Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Monster Hunter: World and Divinity: Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition, offering a 33%-35% reduction on them. Witcher 3: Wild Hunt GOTY and Civilization VI Gold Edition offers 60% and 69% money off for now.

Far Cry 5, Rocket League, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Total War: WARHAMMER II and Valkyria Chronicles 4 are all available on half of their original price. Artifact, Farming Simulator 19 and Playerunknown's Battlegrounds are the only two games going on their regular price.

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From Bethesda Softworks, post-apocalyptic role-playing franchise of Fallout is on 50-75% off excluding Fallout 76. Both Fallout and Fallout 2 is available to grab on a 75% off while Fallout 3 GOTY and Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate can be yours for a 50% reduction.

Fallout 4 base game or VR edition is up for grabs at 50% price but Game of the Year Edition offers a solid 60% off. The Season Pass for the game with a lot of add-on content is going up for 67% less than general and there is never a bad time to go back to the wastelands.

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This season is also time for choosing Game of the Year like many other renowned platform and Steam Awards has returned to do the same. They have opened up and taking nominations for your favorite games and will accept your votes even after the sales end.

You can just pick up any games to nominate from now on and the finalists will be revealed from those in December. The voting will then commence to determine winners, which will be announced in February 2019.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Soulcalibur 6 Adds 2B from NieR: Automata

The combat android 2B from action RPG NieR: Automata will be joining the fight in Soulcalibur VI very soon.

Even though weapon-based fighting game franchise Soulcalibur has pioneered many other titles to step into the ring, it heavily struggled to stay popular and relevant over time and Soulcalibur VI is trying to bring it back on track by as a reboot to the series.

The game was already in talks for featuring a huge guest appearance of Geralt of Rivia from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and now Bandai Namco Entertainment is planning to bring the android heroine of NieR: Automata, 2B as their next guest fighter.

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Soulcalibur 6 Adds 2B from NieR: Automata

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An official reveal trailer for the character is released today and before we talk more about 2B, lets' just jump into it (Read in Philly D's voice).

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YoRHa No. 2 Type B will be added to the roster as the second guest character while wielding her signature dual blades. You can already see many of her fighting styles originated from the action role-playing game of Square Enix are adapted into it.

Additionally, she will have a custom costume inspired from NieR's Kaine, a brand-new themed stage, award-winning background music from the original game, spear weapon, extra parts and stickers as shown in the gameplay trailer above.

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Since 2B was created to fight against an army of hostile robots that invaded the planet, her fighting capabilities and skills are unquestionable. Aside from acrobatic prowess, she is profound in melee attacks and she intends to continue fighting as long as she can for the glory of mankind.

During combat, 2B will be assisted by her robot companion Pod 042 to perform long distance attacks on her opponents. She is introduced in the game as a complete package because of her unmatched fighting abilities and for a great crossover value.

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2B and Additional Downloadable Contents

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Although when 2B will join the cult classic series is yet not confirmed, we know that it would be through a downloadable content included in the Season Pass priced $29.99 only. However, buying the Soulcalibur VI Deluxe Edition for only $89.99 automatically adds her with two other playable characters when they are released.

One of the returning fighters from the series, Tira will join 2B when the season pass finally launches in an undisclosed date in near future. Maybe we get to see Bandai Namco include Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII or Kratos from God of War next.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

NieR: Automata Become as Gods Edition for Xbox One

NieR: Automata Become as Gods Edition is available on Microsoft Store to bring glory to your Xbox One console.

Although it was never a PlayStation 4-exclusive as it was released alongside PC, players who owned an Xbox One were left behind for a year from enjoying PlatinumGames' action role-playing game NieR: Automata. However, it has finally come to Microsoft Store to deliver salvation to those eagerly awaiting fans. Now, they too can join the fight to deliver freedom for humanity from a thousand year of exile on moon while the ruthless race of machines took over earth.

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NieR: Automata Become as Gods Edition for Xbox One

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The game arrives at Microsoft consoles titled as "NieR:Automata Become as Gods Edition" and the launch trailer below showcases some of the game-playing experiences from it.

Before the announcement was even made at E3 2018 press conference, the news was leaked from website of publisher Square Enix. On Xbox One X, the game will run on 4K graphics and seeing how amazing it looks, players are going to love it. The combined sales unit of the game has already passed 3 million on PC and PS4 in one year. Considering how long Xbox users had to wait for it, another selling landmark is just ahead of them.

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Your Side Quest Awaits

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Your first mission as an android from YoRHa units will be on earth and since the game does not have an auto-save option, you will be wise to save your game progress whenever you can. There are considerable amount of side quests but you shouldn't worry too much about them as you can still pick them up to finish at a later time. For suport in combat, find Pods in Desert Zone as well as Flooded City and upgrade them. These features will come in handy when you are playing the game on Xbox One for the first time.

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Bring Glory to Mankind

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Lots of plug-in chips are there to help you heal using health items routinely, collecting item on the go, EXP boost and even increasing the amount of item drop by enemies. You can purchase NieR: Automata Become as Gods Edition from Microsoft Store now for only $49.99. It will get you the base-game, a few cosmetic skins for your assisting Pods and 3C3C1D119440927 DLC. For beginners, there is an "Auto Mode" to automatically attack or evade incoming hits from your enemy.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Looking Back at Nier: Automata Soundtracks

Developer PlatinumGames and publisher Square Enix released the action role-playing game Nier: Automata a year ago today. One the first yearly anniversary, composer Keiichi Okabe was brought in to look back at the achievements the game amassed not only for a very appealing gameplay but also in regard for great music. Okabe happens to be the CEO of Monaca, Inc. who designs background music for anime and video games in general.

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Looking Back at Nier: Automata Soundtracks

While composing background music for a game, it usually takes two to three months to complete before the final product goes out for sale. Meanwhile, there are interviews to attend to and events to show up on talking about the work during the period of launch. Things pretty much wraps up like this all the time.

When working on the Nier: Automata project, the development of the original soundtrack begins right after they were done with the in-game sound design. A concert and voice-over performance was in order as part of an event called “The Memories of Puppets”. Right after the program, the original soundtrack came out on CD and then there was a theatrical stage show “YorHa”. So, a year has passed doing all that. Technically, when an album is released, his work is done but his involvement with Nier: Automata seem to be an ongoing process.

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NieR: Automata Original Soundtrack

Since the predecessor game of the series had a great track-record for music, Keiichi Okabe ensured to maintain that legacy by making the tones mysterious and ephemeral in contrast to the vibe of the game. Instead of the previous Nier's sad feel, Nier: Automata received a more dynamic treatment while maintaining the spiritual theme of the series.

The visuals and the situation of the game greatly impacts on the creation of the sounds that sparks life into play and the goal is to make it rich in quality. From battle music to songs, the procedure varies and designing background music for video games is way different than usual track-making process. The instruments often play a big role in expressing emotions of the characters and they way it should be designed that it could move you.

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Nier Music Concert

During his work on the Nier: Automata soundtrack designing, Okabe would often receive requests from game director Yoko Taro to make songs for specific scenes or sequences. The delivered tracks are sometime used as the composer would have hoped for and then there are times, when things go very surprising for him. One funny story about it was the song “Alien Manifestation”, which was originally requested for one of last stages but ended up playing in the very beginning instead.

Producer Yosuke Saito on the other hand never really asked for anything in particular from composer Okabe except for a rearranged version of a song from the previous Nier (2010) game. If Okabe and Yoko were cool with something, he will just go with it. His deal was as simple as that. Since director Yoko Taro is not easily moved as a creator, it was very brave of producer Saito to rope him on board.

Keiichi Okabe grew up listening to music of North America and Europe, the influence of which clearly reflects on his work. However, his very own style has Japanese base. Listening to a lot of tracks and putting his own emotions to the project brought out the beautifully scored soundtrack for Nier: Automata. In the end, fans worldwide loved his work very much and some are regarding the work on the game tracks to be one of the best for the category, which is not wrong though.

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NieR: Automata Game Soundtrack

Usually it is very tense moment before the original soundtracks of a game is released in anticipation of the fan reaction. With a lot of pressure and struggle already invested in the work, one can only hope for everything to turn out well. Upon release, not only it was well received by the fans, the album started getting nominations and ended up winning a number of awards, which really tells a lot about the quality of the unique content.

People who have played Nier: Automata on PC and PlayStation 4, as well as loved the soundtracks designed by Keiichi Okabe has his gratitude for honoring his work. The firsthand fans’ reactions from many events in Japan and online reactions on his work from west truly overwhelmed him and inspired to do more great work in the future.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Wins Game of The Year at DICE Awards

Nintendo's Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild scores big-time at the 21st annual DICE Awards 2018.

Last year, Nintendo's open world action-adventure game the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was released from Legend of Zelda series.

The game was exclusively dropped on Nintendo Switch and Wii U, which ended up receiving critical acclaim as well as breaking Nintendo's sales records of the past by selling over six million copies. On Thursday night, the game won big time at the 21st DICE Awards.

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Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Wins Game of The Year at DICE Awards

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The latest installment from Legend of Zelda franchise won prestigious awards like Adventure Game of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Game Design and Game of the Year at the event.

Genyo Takeda, executive and designer of Nintendo received Lifetime Achievement Award at the same night for his contributions to gaming over the years.

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Genyo Takeda Accepts Lifetime Achievement Award

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Four other games that won the night from Nintendo in Handheld Game of the Year, Mobile Game of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design and Racing Game of the Year for Metroid: Samus Returns, Fire Emblem Heroes, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Super Mario Odyssey respectively. With that, Nintendo takes eight trophies home from the 21st DICE Awards this year.

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DICE Award Winners 2018

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Battle royale sensation, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds becomes Action Game of the Year and gets another for Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay.

Styled in 1930's era of animation, run and gun indie title Cuphead from StudioMDHR gets award for Animation, Art Direction and Original Music Composition. Horizon Zero Dawn was picked for both Outstanding Achievement in Story and Outstanding Technical Achievement.

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Other achievements worth mentioning are FIFA 18 for Sports Game of the Year, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – Senua for Outstanding Achievement in Character, Injustice 2 for Fighting Game of the Year and Nier: Automata for Role-Playing Game of the Year.