Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Xbox Game Pass Adds Ark, Life is Strange and More

New year 2019 is here to bring us games like Ark: Survival Evolved, Life is Strange and more on Xbox Game Pass.

2019 is here now and Xbox Game Pass has already brought in new titles for their members to play on the month of January. Some of the games added to the lineup would probably make you jump with joy and be thankful for your subscription.

A considerable amount of great games were added for their subscription service by Microsoft Studios to the existing catalog of over 100 others. The parade of titles we are going to talk about started marching from December 20, 2018 and will continue to the second week of this month.

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Xbox Game Pass Adds Ark, Life is Strange and More

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To start a new month of a year, there is an array of games on different genre and taste for anyone who wants to stay engaged to the experience. First off, there is a martial arts-themed indie title that will be followed by co-op based multiplayer online first-person shooter.

Then there is an action-adventure survival game set in an open world followed by some good ol' farming business to take care of. Go back to blowing up stuffs up next or get into the critically-acclaimed series of episodic adventure to see the mysteries of life.

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Absolver on Xbox Game Pass

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Absolver
Developer studio Sloclap has banded with publisher Devolver Digital to let players assume the role of a martial arts expert in an action RPG title, where they fight other opponents to prove their worth of joining the ranks of Absolver peacekeepers.

Throughout the gameplay, players earn combat deck cards to customize fighting moves and gain weapons to progress further. The game has already saw release on PC and PlayStation 4 before finally coming to make Xbox One debut on January 7, 2019 through Xbox Game Pass.

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Aftercharge on Xbox Game Pass

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Aftercharge
Another new title that is headed for debut on January 10, 2019 for Xbox One is online multiplayer FPS Aftercharge by developer/publisher Chainsawesome Games. It basically centers on a 3v3 squad-based combat between two teams in space.

One party has three invisible robots that will try and sneak past another gang of invincible guard robots to destroy six cylinders as a main objective. The fast paced nature of this competitive shooter will keep players on their toes with excitement at all times.

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Ark: Survival Evolved on Xbox Game Pass

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Ark: Survival Evolved
Ever had the idea of getting stranded on a futuristic remote island where dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals are wandering around? If you ever really did then Ark: Survival Evolved from developer/publisher Studio Wildcard is just the thing for you.

Despite what many criticizes about the down point of the game, there are quite a grind for survival through crafting and hunting in it but in overall, the title 2017 stands out simply because of a unique concept and sold very well.

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Farming Simulator 17 on Xbox Game Pass

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Farming Simulator 17
Not everyone dreams of becoming a farmer one day but even if you did and could never pursue that for other stuffs at hand, Farming Simulator 17 is the best solution to give you the near accurate feel for sure. So, roll up your sleeve and be ready to get in the dirt, or maybe not.

You can explore farming the variety of corps like oilseed, soybeans and sunflowers with many different equipment and tools while riding more than 250 vehicles on field that you have access to without having to do any physical labor at all. Ain't that nice, y'all?

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Just Cause 3 on Xbox Game Pass

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Just Cause 3
The second sequel and the third entry to action-adventure game series Just Cause takes players to a fictional Mediterranean island called Medici as secret agent Rico Rodriguez to overthrow an evil dictator and cause massive scale of mayhem upon reaching there.

With the recent release of Just Cause 4, this is an ideal time to go back to an earlier installment and let Rico do his thing in an open world environment including hijack cars, blow up stuff and even skydive with his wacky seriousness.

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Life is Strange on Xbox Game Pass

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Life is Strange: Complete Season
The first in the line of critically acclaimed episodic graphic adventure, this original title from developer Dontnod Entertainment and publisher Square Enix became a surprise hit out of nowhere for emotional depth, unique gameplay mechanics and exploring issues considered taboo.

The base plot of the game revolves around teenager Maxine Caulfield and Chloe Price from the town of Arcadia Bay. Max discovers that she can rewind time but this action requires a cost of unavoidable consequences that will last for a lifetime.

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Life is Strange: Before the Storm on Xbox Game Pass

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Life is Strange: Before the Storm
The overwhelming success of the previous episodic adventure has spawned a prequel by developer Deck Nine, which was only three episodes long and featured a younger Chloe Price from the first game as the main character.

Before the Storm focuses on Chloe and her classmate Rachel Amber from Blackwell Academy of Arcadia Bay, where they got entangled into the personal struggles of the latter that would led to many events and leave the former with choices to make.

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Life is Strange 2 on Xbox Game Pass

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Life is Strange 2: Episode 1
If it could be any stranger already, you would probably see the second game of the series, or are you? Yes, the first episode of Life is Strange 2 is hitting straight to Xbox Game Pass with new characters and a very different setting while keeping the mystery alive.

The sequel follows the story of Sean and Daniel Diaz, two brothers who had no choice but to run from home and head toward Mexico after a tragic incident. When the rest four episodes will eventually launch, they will also be added to the service soon.

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If you still think this is not a lineup that you have been looking for some ungodly reason and not even a single one of them interest you, we believe there are many other ones within the service that would be worth your monthly subscription.

You can browse up to 100 great games in Xbox Game Pass library aside from new ones added to the fray every now and then. So, if you haven't signed up for the ride yet, don't be shy to go ahead and try out your 14-Day Free Trial right now.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Top 10 Most Anticipated Video Games of 2019

New Year looks promising for gaming fans and we are here with our top 10 most anticipated video games of 2019 that are going to blow everyone away.

Along with numerous bumps in the road, 2018 went somewhat well in terms of video games released throughout the year mostly because of wonderful games like God of War (2018), Marvel's Spider-Man, Monster Hunter: World and Red Dead Redemption 2.

We had few unfortunate stinkers like Fallout 76 and Metal Gear Survive but despite all that, 2019 is looking very promising with all the new and remake titles headed to launch on Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One all year long.

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Top 10 Most Anticipated Video Games of 2019

Here are the top 10 most anticipated and long-awaited list of games players are waiting for in 2019 to launch on their favorite platforms.

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01. Resident Evil 2

01. Resident Evil 2 (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
Of course this one will be at the top. Fans have been waiting like crazy for this anticipated remake of the ageless survivor horror classic for the last few years and even though this is a reiteration of the original Resident Evil 2, people are still excited as hell!

Rookie cop Leon S. Kennedy and college student Claire Redfield finds them amidst a zombie apocalypse in Raccoon City and tries to fight their way out. Developer/publisher Capcom went back to the root of horror with RE2Make using their revolutionary RE Engine.

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02. Anthem

02. Anthem (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
Although developer BioWare was not very successful in satisfying the fans with their last game Mass Effect: Andromeda, players are still willing to give them a chance with this one and admit it or not, it might actually course correct its way where Destiny 2 has failed.

This online multiplayer shooter avoids the typical norms of an open world environment and regardless of what some may think, it could really become a blockbuster hit. An Open Beta is currently scheduled for early February that you should take part in to see what they are offering.

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03. Kingdom Hearts III

03. Kingdom Hearts III (PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
Even though it basically is the twelfth installment from Kingdom Hearts series, it is the latest main entry coming on consoles from developer/publisher Square Enix, fourteen years after the release of Kingdom Hearts II as a worthy successor.

Series protagonist Sora is returning with his friends Donald Duck, Goofy, King Mickey and Riku to prevent the second Keyblade War. Popular Disney and Pixar characters will crossover during the journey alongside some familiar faces from Final Fantasy franchise.

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04. Crackdown 3

04. Crackdown 3 (PC, Xbox One)
Okay, if Microsoft Studios delays the game for some reason this year again, we are officially not interested in it anymore. Because, the title was all set to launch in 2016 which is then got pushed to next year and the next after it settled for February 2019.

Despite all the skepticism it has given us, we still believe that the game can be one of the most successful title of the year 2019 if it can manage to live up to the promises it made to fans. The sort of in-game destructive mechanism it is offering is essential for an addictive multiplayer mode.

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05. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

05. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
In past, developer From Software has worked on games like Bloodborne and Dark Souls, which should give you an idea of the quality for their upcoming action-adventure title Sekiro and if you have seen any in-game footage so far, you know that we are not exaggerating.

However, the studio has no intention of making it anything like their past games at all. The game follows the chronicles of a fallen shinobi with a prosthetic arm who took it upon himself to go after a samurai for attacking him and kidnapping his lord.

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06. Devil May Cry 5

06. Devil May Cry 5 (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
After a long departure following the commercial failure of DmC: Devil May Cry in 2013, developer/publisher Capcom brings back the action-adventure hack and slash game series with Devil May Cry 5 that is currently aiming at March 2019 release.

Both Dante and Nero are returning as playable characters in DMC5, which is set after the second game of the franchise. Aside from the signature combat system and photo-realistic graphics style, the game introduces The Void mode for extensive training.

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07. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

07. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
After the debacle of Star Wars Battlefront II, fans are not trusting Electronic Arts or EA DICE with the franchise anymore but with Respawn Entertainment on the development wheel, we have some hope that Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will actually be good.

The game follows the narrative of a Padawan survived the Jedi purge after the events of Star Wars Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. The title is going to focus on an action-adventure gameplay from third-person perspective and we may get an exclusive reveal before E3 2019 as well.

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08. Days Gone

08. Days Gone (PlayStation 4)
Zombie apocalypse is quite a cliché in the world of video game now that except for a few established franchises, not everyone is making it exciting anymore but developer Bend Studio showed enough promise with their upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive Days Gone that we were hooked.

The game took a different approach with the horde and making them fast runners like the ones from 28 Days Later but calling them "Freakers". Players will enter this journey of survival horror by assuming the role of bounty hunter Deacon St. John.

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09. The Division 2

09. The Division 2 (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
Although the original game died down after a time by losing players for not having engaging endgame content and due to lack of updates, developer Massive Entertainment assures that they will not repeat the mistake with the anticipated sequel that is offering Year One DLC for free.

The series arguably has one of the best core gameplay that can outshine many other AAA titles but coming up with a satisfying endgame experience is also crucial to its success. A better progressing system can keep the upcoming online action RPG alive in the long-run.

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10. Mortal Kombat 11

10. Mortal Kombat 11 (Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
For long, game director Ed Boon has been teasing the fans of Mortal Kombat series on the next release but each time they backed out of revealing it. Finally, developer NetherRealm Studios dropped an announcement trailer of MK11 during The Game Awards 2018.

The long-awaited game is going to release more details this month in a "Community Reveal" and will return in its gory glory within next four months with a possibility of introducing the Multiverse. The iconic brawler looks better and badass than ever.

To our deepest regrets, some of the top-notch game everyone has been looking for has not made it to the list because they do not have a definitive year of release officially announced yet, namely Cyberpunk 2077, Death Stranding and The Last of Us Part II.

Depending on your taste and viewpoint, you may have a completely different list in mind and we believe that is perfectly normal, because so many titles have been keeping the fans hyped up for 2019 and it is too damn hard to pass most of them from including into the list.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Persona 5 R Revealed

Developer Atlus reveals Persona 5 R as their next project for 2019 but says nothing about a Nintendo Switch version.

At The Game Awards 2018, immediately after the announcement of the Joker of role-playing game Persona 5 being added to crossover fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, fans coming theorizing that the game may see a Nintendo Switch version release.

Then developer/publisher Atlus proceeded registrations for P5R.jp domain to fan the flame until Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai took a trip to their HQ. Right before stepping into 2019, they teased for a new project in works.

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Persona 5 R Revealed

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Just have a look at this recently dropped trailer on YouTube by the company which doesn't tell much other than playing over the mystery of what comes next.




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Yup, that's it. Nothing much but a date for next year following the PlayStation logo over its iconic blue screen and then comes the line "Take Your Heart" a on a red background with a voiceover before revealing the date to be just March 2019.

Aside from clearly hinting that they are working on something, the developers didn't say much for now and chose to keep everyone in the dark. The trailer also confirmed that the domain that was registered earlier is activated and belong to this new project now.

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However, the meaning behind that "R" still remains a mystery to all and we cannot help but wonder it is a nod to "Remake" or "Remaster" for Nintendo Switch maybe? We don't know that for certain but our bet is fans of the handheld console would wish it was.

Then again, why would a port for Switch would then show up with a PlayStation logo in the first place? Since the original Persona 5 was released on both PS3 and PS4, a release on the Sony console shouldn't be much surprising at all. We all have to wait until March 2019 is here.

Fallout 76 Nuka Cola Dark Rum Outrage

Bethesda managed to make Fallout 76 fans mad once again by doing Nuka Cola Dark Rum bottles wrong.

If you think for moments that developer/publisher Bethesda Softworks will let the year 2018 go without making any more headlines, you are absolutely wrong! However, this time they had to irk the fans with something other than their game Fallout 76.

If struggling with the overall sales of their latest venture of online action role-playing with the Fallout series wasn't enough, they have now annoyed the fans by doing their Nuka Cola Dark rum bottles completely wrong. Tough break!

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Fallout 76 Nuka Cola Dark Rum Outrage

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Nuka-Cola is a soft drink that exists within the fictional world of the game and the company decided to file a patent for it after partnering up with Silver Screen Bottling Company. Currently it is available in limited amount for the price of $80.

The drink inspired by the game eventually came a month late and fans remained very patient on that but then they got really pissed about the bottles it came in that looked like cheap plastic rather than being made of glass.

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After all, they expected something that would be higher in quality for the solid price they paid and even though it may look like a misleading marketing, both parties involved in creating and selling the product has a lot to answer for to the paying customers.

Players go to social media platforms to voice their frustration but then again, Silver Screen Bottling Co. never really specified what the bottles would be made off and people just assumed that for the overprice they paid, they should at least get a glass bottle.

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Fans were never really on board with the idea of the title being strictly online but they waited for it anyway and got a buggy game at the end of the year as a payback for their anticipation. Then these customers were denied refunds because of Bethesda's strict no return policy.

You might think that they would stop there but then they try to outsmart the customers who pre-ordered the $200 worth F76 Power Armor Edition by handing them over cheap nylon bags instead of the West Tek canvas duffel bag they originally promised.

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Things started to worsen when a law firm took interest investigating the matter from within after noticing wave of complain from pissed off customers towards the developer and only then they announced to keep their promise by replacing the nylon bags.

When the news came out about Nuka Cola Dark, people knew for sure that the developers are not going to make actual alcoholic beverages and expected to get the product in some sort of glass bottle to keep it as a collectible item. Otherwise, why they would spend so much on a bottle of rum?

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Some may say that people are overreacting and probably trying to take a dig at the company just because they need an excuse to do so but getting ripped over twice in a year by someone as reputed as them really give you trust issues that you cannot really shake off.

Bethesda could've simply ended the year by being more serious to their commitment to the consumers after all the debacle they already faced but somehow, they haven't learned anything at all and making their loyal fans angry with each move.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Celeste Developers Cancelled Making Skytorn

Developers of Celeste cancelled their new 2D Metroidvania action game Skytorn, years in the making.

Noel Berry was the co-developer of 2018 platformer video game Celeste alongside Matt Thorson, which ended up winning in the "Best Independent Game" category at The Game Awards 2018 aside from receiving universal acclaim from critics.

He was also working on another Metroidvania game titled Skytorn from five years ago and the development was postponed for the making of the best indie title of last year but Berry always said that he would finish the game in future, until now.

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Celeste Developers Cancelled Making Skytorn

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People who knew about the project were very excited for it and the team behind the game invested a lot of time into it but unfortunately, they have come to the decision of not finishing the game anymore. It was mostly because they never figured out what they were making.

Even after working on it for years, they couldn't progress because they were developing a game without permadeath and that is contradictory with the themes of Metroidvania. At this point, it will require them to throw away a huge chunk of code and gameplay design.

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Just have a look at the amazing glimpse of the gameplay preview for Skytorn that was originally planned to drop back in 2017.




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However, he assured that he is sticking together with the "Celeste" team as they will be adding some very hard new "Farewell Levels" to the game according to an announced earlier and will also be working on their upcoming title.

It is really a shame seeing all that beautiful sprites and level design going away in waste as Skytorn really had the potential to become the next indie blockbuster. Hopefully, the entire team will be able to move on with their next project at hand and implement this learning experience.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Monster Hunter: World X Assassin's Creed Collaboration Event

The latest collaboration of Monster Hunter: World with Assassin's Creed with new event quest is live now!

As a part of their continual support with Monster Hunter: World, latest release from action role-playing game series Monster Hunter, developer/publisher Capcom arranged a number of collaboration event throughout the year 2018 and fans have enjoyed those crossovers.

This year, we saw MHW collide with MMORPG title Final Fantasy XIV and announced for an upcoming event with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 2019. What no one ever saw coming out of nowhere is a surprise mix-up with Assassin's Creed franchise.

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Monster Hunter: World X Assassin's Creed Collaboration Event

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Before we go ahead with spewing details on the event, be sure to check out the official trailer released for the occasion.




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Needless to say that, this is an update that no one could have possibly expected but still, it is here sneaking up on us like members of the secret society of assassins. The first thing we get to celebrate is armor and gear themed on Assassin's Creed.

You can get your hands on "Bayek Layered Armor" or "Assassin’s Hood" tool based on Bayek and Ezio Auditore from Assassin's Creed Origins and Assassin's Creed II respectively by taking part into the limited-time quest called "SDF: Silent, Deadly and Fierce".

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SDF quest will pit you against three of the most aggressive creatures of the game; Odogaron, Deviljho and an elder dragon Lunastra for a face off. When you will enter the arena, the first two will appear right there and the third one only comes up once they are beat.

Despite the gameplay require everyone to be strategic; SDF can be considered as simple beat down at best. Anyone alone can play fool with the two if they want but since others will be playing online, no one is stopping you from trying your luck on multiplayer.

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New SDF Event Quest Live Now!

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Players will only be rewarded with a unique quest item called Senu's Feather after they manage to defeat all three of them. This item will help you unlock "Bayek Layered Armor" gear from AC Origins and requires another one to forge it.

When the Armory attendant Smithy of MHW, he will also offer players "Assassin’s Hood" before sending them to collect another Senu's Feather. Apparently, both of these themed armor and gear requires two of the items and you need more than one SDF quest to complete.

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The event is already started and will run until January 10, 2019 for players on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. No official date for PC version of the experience is given out by Capcom yet except for the mention that it will come at a later date.

Previously, Monster Hunter: World has arranged a cross-promotional event for PS4 players where they could play as Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn. Then there were few other instances where the game introduced elements from Devil May Cry, Mega Man and Street Fighter.

Streets of Rage 4 Reveals New Screenshots

Developer Lizardcube releases new screenshots of Streets of Rage 4, showcasing Axel Stone and Blaze Fielding.

The last game of side-scrolling beat 'em up series Streets of Rage came out more than two decades ago and no one has thought that the franchise would return anytime soon until it did with a bang in August 27, 2018 when Streets of Rage 4 was announced.

Although not much of the game is revealed yet, we see the 90's vibe is very much alive in the newest installment. Recently, developer Lizardcube has released a fresh batch of screenshots from the game for fans to look at before they come up with more.

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Streets of Rage 4 Reveals New Screenshots

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Right after the announcement for SoR4 was made through the official reveal trailer; long-time fans of the game just lost their minds and started posting some amazing line of fan-arts of protagonists Axel Stone and Blaze Fielding everywhere.

The newly revealed images depict how the studio reinvented the retro feel with hand-painted art for a better visual that would appeal to both the arcade goers of old days and modern day console lovers. They also hint at a hell of a lot of action to enjoy.

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Original developer/publisher of the series, Sega handed development of the third sequel to Lizardcube and Guard Crush Games, which DotEmu will publish. Even though beat 'em up is not as popular as once they were, the nostalgia could be a very powerful selling factor for the game.

Streets of Rage 4 is expected to release sometime on 2019 that is still unspecified and for yet to be revealed platforms but we believe the game will probably launch simultaneously on Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Steam Top-Selling & Most Played Games 2018

Valve has revealed the best-seller games and the ones that are played most throughout 2018 on Steam.

It is almost the end of the year 2018 and Valve Corporation came up with an updated list of the top best-selling and most played PC games with a great number of simultaneous players on their digital distribution platform Steam.

Some of the titles that made it to the list are also part of their ongoing Steam Winter Sale and you may find some really good games in it for a great discounted price. So, without any further delay, let's jump into the topper into the yearend list of 2018.

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Steam Top-Selling & Most Played Games 2018

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The top selling 100 games are categorized into four different classes like Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze based on their overall earned revenue throughout the last twelve months. Some of the best-sellers from the early count are still holding their grounds.

Games like Warframe, Far Cry 5, Rainbow Six Siege, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Rocket League, Grand Theft Auto V, DOTA 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Civilization VI and Elder Scrolls Online are on the top 10 of Platinum group.

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Top Selling Steam Games of 2018

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Players are counting Dead by Daylight, Path of Exile, Stellaris, Divinity: Original Sin 2, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Total War: WARHAMMER II, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Assassin's Creed Origins and Jurassic World Evolution among the Gold standards.

Titles like Fallout 4, Euro Truck Simulator 2, Dying Light, Team Fortress 2, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Frostpunk, No Man's Sky, Final Fantasy XV, Warhammer: Vermintide 2 and Dragon Ball FighterZ are really finding a Silver lining on the list.

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In Bronze section we have Hunt: Showdown, ARMA 3, Total War: WARHAMMER, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Payday 2, Sniper Elite 4, Call of Duty: WWII, SMITE, Soulcalibur VI, For Honor, The Division, Watch Dogs 2, Darkest Dungeon and Middle-Earth: Shadow of War.

Currently, CS: GO, DOTA 2, GTAV, PUBG, R6S and Warframe are joined by Monster Hunter: World, Realm Royale and Path of Exile that has been on the peak with over 100,000 concurrent players being engaged to them.

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Most Played Steam Games of 2018

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With 50,000 players engaged in it in real-time Subnautica, ARK: Survival Evolved, Vermintide 2, Scum, Atlas and Artifact are apparently on the second tier. Left 4 Dead 2, Conan Exiles, NBA 2K19, Killing Floor 2, DayZ and H1Z1 is following that up with 25,000 and more.

At 15,000 players on a constant, Age of Empires II HD, AC Origins, Quake Champions, Borderlands 2, Pathfinder: Kingmaker, Vampyr, Dark Souls III, Dark Souls: Remastered, XCOM 2 and Total War: ROME II are holding their line as well.

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Despite so many good games falling into the trap of "Broketober", the real good ones survived till the end. However, not many of them have seen a good time like Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 or Red Dead Redemption 2 and died down.

Aside from the purchase of the base game, Steam also took account of the revenue earned from DLC packs. Though some of the elite on the lists are free-to-play, you can easily find some of the best AAA games of recent times within 33-85% discount for sure.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

PlayStation Plus Free Games For January 2019

PlayStation Plus free games lineup has picked up Steep and Portal Knights for the month of January 2019.

Christmas is over and so is 2018. So, nearing the edge of the year, Sony Entertainment came up with new free games lineup that is coming soon in January 2019 for PlayStation Plus subscribers to celebrate the New Year.

We previously thought that the October 2018 lineup was bad with Friday the 13th: The Game and Laser League but last month, we changed our minds when we saw PS Plus including games like Soma or Onrush for November 2018, because that just made it worse.

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PlayStation Plus Free Games For January 2019

Before taking a just jump at the upcoming PS Plus lineup, let's take a moment to look at the clip below showcasing all the titles for January 2019.




The first entry on the list is an extreme sports game Steep from developer/publisher Ubisoft that came out in 2016. The premise is set on the Alps and the massive open world environment it featured was inspired by Ghost Recon: Wildlands.

So, paraglide, ski, snowboard or wingsuit your way to a little excitement while exploring the most epic mountains throughout this winter season. Steep is mostly online-focused and you can bump into other players if you simply enable the "Collide Feature".

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Steep on PlayStation Plus Free Games

The next title to join the lineup is survival action RPG game Portal Knights from developer Keen Games and publisher 505 Games. The in-game characters have a LEGO-like appearance and you might even notice the gameplay has similarities with Minecraft but it still is a fun play.

The game has a cooperative multiplayer where you can team up with up to three of your friends other than wandering alone on your own and that is one of the delightful experience the game has to offer aside from other role-playing aspects.

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Portal Knights on PlayStation Plus Free Games

Other free games PlayStation Plus lineup is offering for the month of January 2019 is still there and let's take a quick look at the list below.

  • Zone of the Enders HD Collection (PlayStation 3)
  • Amplitude (PlayStation 3)
  • Fallen Legion: Flames of Rebellion (Cross Buy with PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4)
  • Super Mutant Alien Assault (PlayStation Vita)

If you are into free-to-play cooperative third-person shooter game Warframe, then developers from Digital Extremes studio has a gift for you and it is an exclusive PlayStation Plus Booster Pack III to jump right into it and get going.

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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Top 10 Worst Video Games of 2018

While reminiscing about the memory of gaming triumphs of this year, we are also looking back at the top 10 worst video games of 2018.

We saw 2018 started with bunch of good games and were hopeful to see some more to join the parade, which they did. However, there will always be some let downs down the line that will either ruin the day for you or leave a bad taste in your mouth for long.

This year was no different on that term and we got our fair share of terrible titles that can drive players into frenzy after the developers to get their money back. Looking at their over reception from fans and critics, we came up with a list of top 10 worst video games of 2018.

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Top 10 Worst Video Games of 2018

Here are the top 10 disaster ride no one asked for in 2018 or turn out to be huge bummer in spite of high expectation.

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1. The Quiet Man

1. The Quiet Man (PC, PlayStation 4)
Although the game comes from renowned developer/publisher Square Enix, it fails to impress players and it is so hurtful because the game was announced back at E3 2018 but turned out to be a disastrous outcome for its poor quality.

A best, the title is an interactive movie which is completely out of place and time, which easily confuses anyone by dragging into a genre that is hard-to-define. The gameplay could have been better but kills the mode with its repetitive nature.

2. Super Seducer (PC)
When you try to come up with a simulator to help men get laid but ended up creating one that awfully objectifies women by trying to implement the art of seducing them. If the low-level production quality is not enough, the bad acting will surely kill the mode for you.

It might accidentally end up helping out some guys in need somehow but at the same time it will infest creepiness and misogyny in their minds. With that much cringe in it, Super Seducer easily made it to the top of this list.

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3. New Gundam Breaker

3. New Gundam Breaker (PC, PlayStation 4)
Seeing Bandai Namco backing this game up, you may think that they are up for another fun-filled mech action bonanza but you would also be very surprised to find out how often you can come out completely wrong and unfortunately, that is what happened with this game.

The game has successfully let down critics and fans alike by not living up to standards of any past game of the series and fails to even generate sparks of interest among players. Die-hard fans of the franchise would probably die down due to lack of a story as well.

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4. Metal Gear Survive

4. Metal Gear Survive (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
Whether or not developer/publisher Konami thought that they can make a Metal Gear game work without having creator Hideo Kojima on board. However, they gave it a shot to learn things the hard way and they know now that they simply can't.

Ditching the good old espionage action, players are now tasked to work on survival by searching for food, water and killing zombies, which is why aspects of Metal Gear Solid V don't even work here. This looks like a badly made modification using their Fox Engine.

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5. Fallout 76

5. Fallout 76 (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
You won't have to look any further to find another E3 disappointment because Bethesda Softworks has it covered with their recent online action role-playing release. The failure started with their B.E.T.A (Break-it Early Test Application) program and continued to follow.

First and foremost, the game is entirely online and there is no single player campaign. When it finally launched full of bugs and glitches, people just lost their minds. They are denied refunds, some special edition owners were even handed with poor quality goods and those are just the tip of the iceberg.

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6. Agony

6. Agony (Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
The idea of making a first-person survival horror game where player is actually trapped in hell was innovative but it eventually left everyone in literal agony for spending their precious money and time on it for no good reason at all.

If the non-engaging playing style and similarly worse plotline it offered was not enough to count it as a stinker, the bugs and crashes did the rest. The AI is dumber than you can think of and the use or gory tortures are overused.

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7. Fear Effect Sedna

7. Fear Effect Sedna (Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
You think that the third game of the Fear Effect series would be nearly as good as the first two but then again, you can be wrong. In fact, Sedna actually throws everything out of the window to become a train wreck including gameplay and perspective.

If those didn't do much to harm the title, it suffered from lack of straight storytelling and horrible dialogues. The characters are not the ones people loved playing and that was backed up by boring gameplay to make it another Kickstarter disaster.

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8. Past Cure

8. Past Cure (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
We are quite convinced that developer/publisher Phantom 8 Studio had an intention of creating a genre defining title but somewhere along the line the development efforts end up being less enthusiastic about it and you can tell that by looking at it.

Past Cure started telling a story of two brothers digging into a dark conspiracy where there are scopes for action and stealth to keep you going but they ended up digging their own grave instead for not living up to the starting points.

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9. The Inpatient

9. The Inpatient (PlayStation 4)
Even though this psychological horror title comes as a prequel to Until Dawn, developer studio Supermassive Games miserably failed to deliver another breakout hit. They followed the same mechanics of narrative choices but failed to provide an appealing story.

It may seem a bit unfair to expect too much from them but the least they could do was to come up with a decent game if not a better one. The anticipated hype for the game was soon turned into an intensely underwhelming experience because of its consequence-free gameplay.

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10. Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn

10. Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn (Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
Back in the 1994, Shaq-Fu made a name for it using the star power of Shaquille O'Neal but an attempt to cash on that nostalgia today didn't work pretty well and they had to go through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign just to make the project happen.

In terms of reboot, the title switched the genre of fighting game into a beat 'em up. Even after that, Big Deez Productions couldn't just make it into a solid side-scrolling brawler and has no replay value at all despite its hilarious take on its own past to cheer people up. The backers got ripped.

At this point, we are almost certain that you have not heard of many of the above-mentioned titles up until now and we don't blame you. People missed them out because they were never good in the first place and so, nobody cared for them at all.

Amidst all these wrecks, Fallout 76 stands out as one AAA black sheep that could only been just a plain bad game but Bethesda had to escalate things by creating controversies with their refund policy and attitude towards pre-ordering customers made it all blew up on their face.