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Showing posts with label Sega. Show all posts

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Yakuza Kiwami 2 Coming to PC

Sega recently announced for PC version of Yakuza Kiwami 2 to come out on Steam next month.

Looks like developer/publisher Sega is about to bring another of their PlayStation 2 title from their renowned action-adventure crime thriller series Yakuza on PC platform by introducing Yakuza Kiwami 2 on Steam next month.

Back in February, Yakuza Kiwami of 2016 made its debut on Valve's popular digital outlet after some initial teasing with a GIF of Goro Majima and now, they announced an official release date for YK2 to arrive on May 9, 2019.

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Yakuza Kiwami 2 Coming to PC

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Sega dropped an official trailer for PC release of Yakuza Kiwami 2 with a brief glimpse at its story premise as well.




RELATED: Judgment Pulled From Sales in Japan

Player assumes the role of ex-yakuza member and series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu who has left behind his old ways but forced to return to action once again when Yukio Terada of Tojo Clan is killed by a rival group named Omi Alliance.

Kiwami 2 will also feature "Majima Saga" that explores an adventure trip by Goro Majima detailing events of how he got past his troubles from prior. This remake didn't forget to add some new features along with a few mini-games like Cabaret Club.

RELATED: Judgment Will Still See Western Release

Pre-order is already open and early purchasing players will receive "Clan Creator Bundle" that includes all DLCs, rare Clan Creator Leader cards, exclusive weapons and several outfits alongside a few other in-game items as bonus.

By the end of 2017, Yakuza Kiwami 2 saw a PlayStation 4 release in Japan and in August 2018 for Western region. Like its predecessor PC version, the game will have 4K resolution with unlocked frame rates and custom control options.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Judgment Will Still See Western Release

Despite pulling off the game from all marketplaces, Sega will still release Yakuza spin-off Judgment on PS4 over UK and US.

Even before Yakuza series spin-off and PlayStation 4-exclusive action-adventure game Judgment from developer/publisher Sega was pulled from sales for alleged drug scandal of voice actor, Western audience was curious about the title.

After voice cast Pierre Taki was arrested for possession of cocaine, the game was removed from every outlet in Japan and people wondered whether or not it is coming to the West but Sega decided not to halt its international release.

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Judgment Will Still See Western Release

RELATED: Judgment Pulled From Sales in Japan

When Taki is taken to custody for illegal use of drugs only weeks after official announcement for a long-awaited Western release, both digital and physical copies of the game was removed from all marketplaces almost immediately.

This caused a vacuum of sudden demand for any retail copy available for the game (locally known as Judge Eyes) and thus, created a massive price rise of ¥45,000 or $400 within Japanese market that made it a "Collector's Item" for players.

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Any drug related controversy is quite a huge deal in Japan and they were quick to remove the game off store shelves to avoid any possible backlash. Creative chief Toshihiro Nagoshi recently states that the decision was not easy for them as it was already been out for a few months.

Although return of Yakuza sub-series crime thriller is uncertain for local market, Sega is still on board to release it on UK and US because Taki is not involved among localized cast and therefore, his arrest would not likely be a concern to Western customers.

RELATED: Yakuza Kiwami Comes to Steam

As previously planned, a recently released trailer revealed that the publisher is about to launch the game on June 25, 2019.




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Interestingly enough, the character Kyohei Hamura played by Taki is noticeably not around much in entire announcement trailer they posted on social media even though he was more prominently featured in an earlier version of the clip.

If everything regarding Judgment drug scandal situation remains the same as it is right now, then it would become one of the rarest case when a game that was originally meant for Japanese region is released and become available in UK and US except for Japan!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Streets of Rage 4 Gameplay Teaser

New Streets of Rage 4 gameplay teaser trailer shows off reinvention of classic combat system and a modern art style.

Officially revealed back in August 2018, upcoming Streets of Rage 4 by developer Lizardcube and Guard Crush Games with DotEmu and Sega acting as publishers, is aiming to revive the renowned side-scrolling beat 'em up game franchise.

A long-awaited sequel to Streets of Rage 3, the classic franchise has managed to return after a decade of hiatus. Ahead of PAX East 2019, creators of the game have announced earlier to offer a new look at their gameplay, which is right below.

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Streets of Rage 4 Gameplay Teaser

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Take a brief peek at what a piece of art Streets of Rage series has evolved into from its Sega Genesis debut in 1991.




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SOR4 brings back series favorite martial art expert ex-cop Axel Stone and police detective Blaze Fielding to tame down a city ruled by crime. Packed in less than a minute clip, there is a couple of new street goons and gameplay feature to point out.

One prime aspect of combat turns out to be juggling around enemies between two players to perform more follow-up attacks or against walls. This would not create more room for extended combos but also help uplifting its co-op spirit.

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Here, take a moment to appreciate how nicely Axel and Blaze makes butt-kicking action fun through juggling thugs.


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Aside from stylish hand-drawn visuals and engaging gameplay system, we are also teased of at least two additional playable characters from an easily missable background silhouettes shown in a title card near the end of the teaser trailer.

We are still due for a release date and select platforms Streets of Rage 4 will be available on but we are hoping that we will see the beat 'em up title to on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and even Nintendo Switch within 2019.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Judgment Becomes Collectible Item in Japan After Drug Scandal

After making headlines for drug scandal, price for Yakuza spin-off Judgment goes sky high and becomes a must-have item.

As an action-adventure game and a Yakuza series spin-off by developer/publisher Sega and Ryu Ga Gotoku studio, PlayStation 4-exclusive title Judgment was doing great after it came out in December 2018 and was set for a worldwide release on June 2019.

However, things went south pretty quick when one of the game's voice actors, Pierre Taki was arrested on a drug scandal and the game is entirely pulled off from sales in Japan, which has made it a collector's item for players these days.

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Judgment Becomes Collectible Item in Japan

RELATED: Judgment Pulled From Sales in Japan

Only weeks after a long-anticipated Western launch date announcement, Taki was arrested for alleged possession and usage of cocaine, leading Sega to voluntarily stop distribution of the game from digital and retail stores in response.

Although there was no official statement on when they will come back in marketplaces, it is easily predictable that the publisher may not resume sales anytime soon as long as the investigation on Taki is ongoing, thus creating a high demand for the PS4 title.

RELATED: Yakuza Kiwami Comes to Steam

Judgment drug scandal has caused a massive spike in price in all over Japan and since there are no new copies available, used copies are currently being sold for as much as a whooping ¥45,000 or $400 following the controversy.

Originally, it used to sell for a price of ¥8,953 or $80 only but now that supply is scarce from source, even retailers are charging somewhat $100 or more. It all happened so fast within a few months of its release and the game is a must-buy item all of a sudden.

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Kyohei Hamura Voiced by Pierre Taki

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Aside from serving as a voice actor for the game, Pierre Taki has also dubbed voice for Olaf in animated musical fantasy Frozen and reprised his role in Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts III, which will be replaced soon according to Square Enix.

Known as Judge Eyes in Japan, Judgment probably won't see an unusual price hike when it will be released worldwide but then again, we don't really know for sure yet that whether or not dates will be pushed back because of Taki's arrest.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Judgment Pulled From Sales in Japan

Yakuza spin-off title Judgment was pulled from sales by SEGA in Japan after voice actor arrested for drug scandal.

An official spin-off title of the acclaimed Yakuza series, developer/publisher Sega has released action-adventure game Judgment back on December 2018 in Japan for players on PlayStation 4, also eyeing for a Western release this year.

The title was commercially doing pretty well and fans were eagerly waiting for a summer 2019 release worldwide. However, it has been pulled from sales after one of the game's voice actors was arrested for alleged possession and usage of cocaine.

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Judgment Pulled From Sales in Japan

RELATED: Yakuza Kiwami Comes to Steam

Japanese actor and musician Pierre Taki, who has voiced over for in-game crime boss character Kyohei Hamura for the PS4 title has been arrested recently after tips on suspicion of his using a small amount of cocaine was received by police.

Initially, there was no drug to be found but when given a urine test, Taki was tested positive for cocaine usage. Right after this incident, Sega voluntarily came out with a press release for halting distribution and promotion for the game in response.

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Following their brief statement, the publisher completely pulled the game off from digital and retail stores while the investigation is ongoing. Also, the planned release date of Judgment on June 25, 2019 is now in question until the investigation comes to a conclusion.

For many people, it may seem like a lot of drama over some routine drug charges but Japan has a very strict outlook on drugs and possession of cocaine can lead to seven years of prison sentences for voice actor Pierre Taki.

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Pierre Taki Plays Kyohei Hamura

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Originally developed as codename Project Judge and known as Judge Eyes in Japan, the game follows private detective Takayuki Yagami working on a serial murder case and engages in a beat 'em up adventure in third-person perspective.

This sudden drug scandal fiasco and Taki's arrest is obviously quite disheartening for everyone who put a lot of effort and labor in creating and promoting Judgment, both from within and outside of Japan, considering the studio announce a worldwide release date only a week ago.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Yakuza Kiwami Comes to Steam

PC version of Yakuza Kiwami reveals a February release date by publisher Sega to arrive on Steam.

A remake of Yakuza, action-adventure game Yakuza Kiwami was originally a title for PlayStation 2, which has been rumored to receive a PC port ever since E3 2018 after developer/publisher Sega announced to bring Valkyria Chronicles 4 and Yakuza 0 on the platform.

Whereas both of these above-mentioned titles have already saw release on Steam last year, the titular game in question on Valve's digital distribution storefront had no mention of the launch date until now and we have a release window of February 19, 2019.

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Yakuza Kiwami Comes to Steam

RELATED: Sony Announces PlayStation Hits on Budget Price

Up until this point, the app page for Yakuza Kiwami on Steam only stated "Coming Soon" for so long and Sega didn't stop people from speculating whatever they could come up with. They simply uploaded a GIF with a heading "MAJIMAAAA!"


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The animated file showcase a brief glimpse of Goro Majima, a rival for series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu appearing out of a manhole in the middle of a city street. There is a frame for a brief split-second that says "February 19th" and you know what that means.

This is not the first playful tease Sega has been giving us as earlier this month; they posted a tongue out image of a Sheep on the Steam page of Bayonetta to herald the news of Catherine coming to PC before it was confirmed by an ESRB Rating.

RELATED: Catherine on PC Confirmed by ESRB

The Yakuza remake saw release on Japan for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles in January 2016. PC version of the game will be offering options for 4K resolution, customizing controls, uncapped frame rates and widescreen support.

Yakuza Kiwami is already available for pre-order for the price of $19.99 only and the Digital Deluxe Edition will cost you $21.99. The site is also offering a 10% discount on pre-purchase of the title, which is a part of special promotion that will end on February 19.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Catherine Classic on PC Out Now

Sega introduces the PC port for action-adventure puzzle title of 2011 as Catherine Classic, available now on Steam.

It was only a week ago when publisher Sega decided to tease players of the upcoming release of Catherine on PC platform through the News tab of the Steam page for Bayonetta, which was then confirmed shortly after by an ESRB Rating.

Today, the critically and commercially successful 2011 puzzle platformer from Japanese developer Atlus has made its way to the digital storefront of Steam and Humble Store, debuting on Windows PC as Catherine Classic, a port to the original console release.

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Catherine Classic on PC Out Now

RELATED: Catherine on PC Confirmed by ESRB

Sega was also generous enough to drop an official announcement trailer for series fans from the past and the normies to sink their teeth in.




RELATED: Catherine: Full Body E3 2018 Trailer

The recently launched port has received a several upgrades over the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 console versions. Players can unlock the frame rate while enjoying the nightmare quests in 4K resolution with now customizable controls for a better experience.

Also, the game offers you to choose between English and Japanese-language voiceover, something that was not a part of Western release in the past. Catherine Classic is priced $19.99 only and comes with all three original game modes.

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Although you get to play the story campaign and enjoy the two existing multiplayer modes, Atlus decided not to include an online multiplayer feature, which they plan on to include on the remastered version of the game, Catherine: Full Body with a third character named Rin.

Full Body will come out later at some point on 2019 and the Western version of the game will only be launched on PlayStation 4. Catherine takes you to a twisted journey of love, betrayal and the terror of a romantic thriller of protagonist Vincent between three women in his life.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Catherine on PC Confirmed by ESRB

After teasing on Steam, a recently revealed ESRB rating confirms that puzzle platformer game Catherine is coming on PC.

Before Catherine: FullBody was announced for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita as a remaster version of the 2011 puzzle platformer Catherine by developer/publisher Atlus, the original title was also available on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Recently, an image of a Sheep with its tongue out was posted on the news section of the Steam page for action-adventure title Bayonetta by publisher Sega and people took it as a hint of Catherine coming to PC but it was later confirmed by an ESRB Rating.

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Catherine on PC Confirmed by ESRB


Even though there was no solid confirmation, fans were quick to point out that Catherine is coming to PC seeing the sheep on the site and taking it as a messenger. What the curious players want to know now is which version of this puzzle adventure game are they getting?

The game gets a Mature 17+ rating from ESRB for most obvious reasons like having partial nudity, sexual themes and strong language within its content but people already knew that. The updated version, Catherine: Full Body has additional contents that have everyone interested in it.


To simplify things, we took a look at the Australian Classification Board rate for the game where it is titled as "Catherine Classic", which most likely to suggest that this one is the 2010 release version and it was submitted by Sega as well.

Having to re-release a game when they are already developing an updated version is pointless but is it because the company wants to keep Full Body as a Sony consoles exclusive while re-launch the original on Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One?


It doesn't sound simply anymore, does it? If Atlus wanted, they could simply make the game backwards compatible on Xbox One. Or maybe they are doing this because they wanted to avoid confusion among fans on which version are they getting by renaming it.

It could also be that Catherine Classic will add the newly introduced third girl named Rin and new endings for her but will not include the many newly developed animated cut scenes and content from Catherine: Full Body. We hope an official announcement clear this out soon.

Friday, December 28, 2018

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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Streets of Rage 4 Screen 1
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Streets of Rage 4 Screen 2
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Streets of Rage 4 Screen 6

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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.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

PlayStation Plus Free Games for November 2018

PlayStation Plus free games lineup has picked up Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition and Yakuza Kiwami for the month of November 2018.

Hope you are having a blast this Halloween whether trick or treating or just lazily sitting around playing video games, which is probably your favorite thing to do, right? We are at the endgame of the year 2018 and November seems to be very promising (for now).

Last month, not everyone was impressed with survival horror title Friday the 13th: The Game and futuristic sports game Laser League. So, a new free games lineup of this month for PlayStation Plus subscribers has been carefully chosen this time.

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PlayStation Plus Free Games for November 2018

Before we just jump into the PS Plus lineup, let's take a quick look at the short clip below showcasing all the titles for November 2018.




The very first game we got our hands onto is a first-person shooter titled Bulletstorm from People Can Fly and Epic Games that Electronic Arts had the Publishing rights to. You can play it in both solo and co-op mode in a 26th century setup.

Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition gets you all the exclusive content of the game for a definitive experience. Players will take the role of Grayson Hunt, who runs a black ops team called the Dead Echo and on a mission to either seek payback or survive.

Next up is a remake of the first game from the acclaimed action-adventure Yakuza series, Yakuza Kiwami from Sega and Deep Silver. Originally released on PlayStation 3, the game was later launched on PlayStation 4 in 2016 and now is visually enhanced for 4K.

The game follows the story of Kazuma Kiryu, who is known as the Dragon of Dojima and he takes the fall for a murder of a crime boss at the hands of his friend. When he finally comes out ten years later, he discovers himself in the middle of a mess.

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Yakuza Kiwami on PlayStation Plus Free Games

Some more free games from PlayStation Plus lineup for the month of November 2018 is still there and let's take a quick look at the list below.

  • Jackbox Party Pack 2 (PlayStation 3)
  • Arkedo Series (PlayStation 3)
  • Burly Men At Sea (Cross Buy with PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4)
  • Roundabout (Cross Buy with PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4)

If the Battle Royale genre interests you and you don't mind playing H1Z1 (because this is clearly not PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, nor even Fortnite) then we recommend you get the PlayStation Plus Blueshift Pack with goodies for free until November 13.

Hopefully, Bulletstorm and Yakuza Kiwami will be able to sustain you for the month or long enough till games like Battlefield V, Fallout 76 and Spyro Remastered Trilogy comes out and makes you completely forget everything else.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Humble One Special Day Bundle 2018

Humble Store brings you a wide variety of titles and discounts on great games like Guardians of the Galaxy and Streets of Rage while contributing on Special Effect charity.

Starting today at 11 AM PT, digital video game storefront Humble Store has launched a handful of selected titles to support One Special Day fundraising event Special Effect. For those who don't know, the latter is a UK-based organization working hard to help every other disabled people regardless of their age to enjoy video game anyhow and anywhere possible.

On the official page of Humble Bundle, you can find this limited time special offer which will run till October 2nd.

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Humble One Special Day Bundle 2018

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There are a variety of genres to pick your preferred games from first person shooter to episodic graphic adventure and they all are divided into three tiers to make things easy for you to decide and pick up. Many high-profile game developers have taken part in this cause to add their contribution.

The One Special Day 2018 Humble Bundle lets you participate for as low as $1 and then step by step rises to $6.46 and then $9 or more, so that more contributors can chip in for a worthy cause and enjoy some good video games in their free time as well.

RELATED: Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle Announced

Pay What You Want:
Pay as little as $1 to unlock games like third-person shooter title Binary Domain from Sega or hit the road for some wild ride with Crazy Taxi if racing is your thing. Want to do something slightly different? Pick up skateboarding game OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood from developer Roll7 and publisher Devolver Digital.

Get off some steam with 90's side-scrolling beat 'em up game Streets of Rage since this cult-classic series is making a comeback soon with a newest release; Streets of Rage 4.

  • Binary Domain
  • Crazy Taxi
  • OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood
  • Streets of Rage

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More Than Average:
Enter the average tier by spending $6.46 or more to pick up action role-playing game Alpha Protocol from Obsidian Entertainment, where you take the role of agent Michael Thorton and go into classified black ops missions.

Developer/publisher Codemasters have brought you some competitive racing fun with GRID 2 or just jump into the thrill of tactical shooter in Operation Flashpoint: Red River. Finally, get into the shoes of an expert surgeon in Surgeon Simulator: Anniversary Edition.

  • Alpha Protocol
  • GRID 2
  • Operation Flashpoint: Red River
  • Surgeon Simulator: Anniversary Edition

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More Than Average Tier

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Pay $9 or More:
As we come to the last two games of the bundle, we have real-time strategy from Stronghold Crusader II from Firefly Studios with positive reception and a five-part episodic graphic adventure Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series.

For obvious reasons, players may feel drawn towards the latter title because of its brand affiliation with Marvel and Telltale Games. GotG alone is originally priced $24.99 and given that, $9 is a flat-out super discount for One Special Day occasion.

  • Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series
  • Stronghold Crusader 2

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Pay $9 or More Tier

What else come along with these tiers are some bonuses like a 10% off your first month of Humble Monthly subscription when you unlock the first bundle. Second one grants you Surgeon Simulator 2013 Soundtrack and you are getting Stronghold Crusader 2 Soundtrack for free on the final row.

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One other friendly reminder we would like to give to you is that, popular team-based multiplayer shooter Overwatch from Blizzard Entertainment is currently available on the monthly bundle for October and by spending only $12 to subscribe, you can reserve a copy for yourself.

We certainly believe Humble Store has offered not one but two superb offer for any gamers to resist this month which also serves charity. So, to support a great cause and get some fine games, you should hurry before the offer expires.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Valkyria Chronicles Coming to Nintendo Switch

Sega's World War 2 fantasy take Valkyria Chronicles brings the strategic action on Nintendo Switch console.

We already knew that popular tactical role-playing game Valkyria Chronicles 4 from developer/publisher company Sega is coming to Nintendo Switch handheld console on September 15. Today, at their panel from this year's PAX convention, they announced another critically acclaimed classic title heading towards Switch and it is the original Valkyria Chronicles from 2008, which is currently available on PC, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 to play.

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Valkyria Chronicles Coming to Nintendo Switch

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Players who own VC4 in their Switch library will enjoy a 20% discount at the retail eShop price of $19.99 over the remastered VC title. Last month, a demo version of the game was made available for Nintendo Switch in advance for players to try out the game before making the purchase. These initiatives will hopefully draw audience to this beloved RPG series once more after they finish the fourth installment from the franchise.

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Valkyria Chronicles sets in the 1930's Europa, which is divided by two fractions known as the Empire and the Federation. Both are heavily dependent on a rare natural resource called Ragnite and to secure a major deposit of it, the Empire launches an invasion to the neutral Principality of Gallia. Protagonist Welkin Gunther takes charge of the Squad 7 and fights in a prototype tank with Captain Alicia Melchiott. Despite having less combat experience, Welkin manages to win everyone showing his tactics.

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Valkyria Chronicles 4 Comes to Nintendo Switch Too

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Sega also mentions that this one is not the remastered version of the game which came out in 2016 for players to enjoy on other platforms nor did they clarify what version it would be. So, we are not sure yet if it will run at 1080p in 60fps on Nintendo's hybrid console. Maybe it will simply fare the same like VC4 as it is on Switch now. VCR will debut on September 27 in Japan and then on October 16, it will see worldwide release.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Xbox Live Gold Free Games for September 2018

September 2018 brings free games like Lego Star Wars III and Monster World to all Xbox Live Gold subscribers.

We are almost near the end of August and a new lineup of free games for Xbox Live Gold is waving at the subscribers to welcome them on the month of September. Gold members can enjoy all of these new titles for a limited time while it lasts.

Just like last month, two of these games are for Xbox One and the remaining two from Xbox 360 platform but can still be played on Microsoft's modern console using backward compatibility. Meanwhile, you can still grab July’s free Games With Gold.

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Xbox Live Gold Free Games for September 2018

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Before going in for more details, we want you to take a look at Games with Gold lineup on September 2018 for Xbox One.




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Prison Architect
First off, we have a prison simulation game, Prison Architect where you are in the role of construction and management of a max-security private penitentiary. From laying out grand designs for the facility to hiring stuff members for running it, you gotta do it all.

There will be riots, fire and even difficult hostage situation that needs to be taken care of wisely and this game tests if you are the right man for the job. This one will be available on Xbox One from September 1 to 30.

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Prison Architect on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Livelock
Up next, Livelock takes you into a war of the machines where you pick one from three different class of Catalyst, Hex or Vanguard before going to battlefield to enjoy a 3 player co-op to save humanity.

This top-down multiplayer shooter from developer Tuque Games may seem to resemble quite a lot like the Diablo series in terms of gameplay and is no less fun either. Starting from September 16, you will be able to access the game from September 16 on your Xbox One till October 15.

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Livelock on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
To give you a flavor of Star Wars love, LEGO brings you action-adventure title LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, based on the "The Clone Wars" animated show. Experience a tour around the galaxy to stop the Separatist army, engaging in boss fights and exploring space but amusingly in LEGO style, which is even more fun.

There are around 20 story-based missions within this game that no other LEGO game could offer you and you can get it within September 1 to 15 on Xbox One and Xbox 360.

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LEGO Star Wars III on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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At last, a blast from the past comes in the form of an anthology that captures the magic of three classic RPG titles in Sega Vintage Collection: Monster Worlds. This is a great chance to revisit Wonder Boy in Monster Land, Wonder Boy in Monster World and Monster World IV, which was exclusive to Japan till now.

Onwards September 16 to the end of the month, you can indulge yourself into some retro adventure of Wonder Boy franchise on your Xbox One or Xbox 360 consoles.

RELATED: Minecraft Nintendo Switch Cross-Play

Considering all of these great titles mentioned above for free and an advanced multiplayer experience, an Xbox Live Gold membership deserves a shot. Don't forget the exclusive discount offers in Microsoft Store against your monthly subscription that comes with it.

This month alone offers you $69.96 worth of free games and while a few days of August still lasts, members still have access to For Honor, Forza Horizon 2 and Disney Epic Mickey 2 from last month's lineup.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Streets of Rage 4 Announced

After remaining in hiatus for 25 years, Streets of Rage 4 from arcade brawler series has been finally announced.

Back in the 90's era, side-scrolling beat 'em up game series Streets of Rage went on to become a very successful trilogy of cult classics from renowned developer/publisher Sega when it was followed by two more follow-up sequels.

Announcing partnership with original creator of the series, DotEmu, Guard Crush Games and Lizardcube later attempted to develop a fourth game Streets of Rage 4 that is recently revealed with a new trailer featuring fan-favorite Axel Stone and Blaze Fielding in action.

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Streets of Rage 4 Announced

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Here goes the brand-new reveal trailer for upcoming Streets of Rage 4 in its blazing beauty after nearly 25 years of absence.




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Ex-cop and martial artist Axel returns to eradicate crime with his long-time ally and a former police detective Blaze in an all-new story. The trailer showcases how much this iconic side-scrolling brawler has evolved in terms of fascinating hand-drawn visuals and modern gameplay.

A very short glimpse of story animation and brief combat tease of our heroes facing new enemies on mean streets once again, we can only deduce that the fanboys are up for some nonstop action when the game eventually launches.

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After Streets of Rage 3 was released in 1994, Sega ended an era of the franchise for their iconic Genesis consoles because they couldn't introduce better quality graphics or gameplay mechanics in that 16-bit hardware system.

Afterwards, no one ever thought that a sequel will ever come out but fortunately, we got our prayer answered. Since the makers of Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap is behind the project, we can expect nothing but another blockbuster victory on street in a raging glory.

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Nonstop Bare Knuckle Action

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Following a legacy of its thriving predecessor, the game also appears much enriched in music as well aside from a stunning in-game display. While keeping the originals vibe intact for nostalgic fans they invite newer generation of players with a modern style art design.

Despite a hyped up reveal trailer to announce Streets of Rage 4, we still don't have a definitive release date or details on selected platforms yet. So, hold on to your horses with patience till they come up with something in foreseeable future.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Aliens: Colonial Marines' Lame AI Caused by Typo

It took five years for a modder to uncover a single typo in game's code after Aliens: Colonial Marines is released.

Despite belonging to the Alien science fiction movie series, first-person shooter Aliens: Colonial Marines from Gearbox Software and Sega was terribly bashed over by fans and critics alike. To bring back fans of this popular sci-fi horror franchise; the game was initially planned as a canonic sequel to James Cameron’s movie Aliens. Not only had it suffered years of delay before releasing on 2013 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but was heavily criticized for low graphics quality and weak enemy intelligence.

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Aliens: Colonial Marines' Lame AI Caused by Typo

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Dedicated modders have been trying to improve the AI of the Xenomorph enemies lurking around so they would behave more agile and intelligent rather than fooling around like a drunken old person waiting to be blasted by Pulse Rifles all the time. A modder from ModDB known as jamesdickinson963 has discovered lately that a single letter "a" added in the word "tether" game's .INI files, which actually messed up code and caused them behave weirdly. Here’s the code:

ClassRemapping=PecanGame.PecanSeqAct_AttachXenoToTether ->  PecanGame.PecanSeqAct_AttachPawnToTeather

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Instead of coming at player on sight in a blood-thirsty aggression, the Xenomorphs mostly wander around casually like they have other things to do like coming in and out of vents, falling off wall, getting stuck on ceiling or running clueless than tearing you up in to pieces. Apparently, removing the typographical error from the code simply doesn't correct enemy AI behavior but it improves the gameplay by making them far more engaging in a fight than they used to.


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Just after fixing the typo in question, they start behaving more aggressively and play smart. Where the Alien from the first scenario was easily confused and went back when player started running away from it, the bug stayed focused on its prey on second encounter after correcting the error. Their sluggish and erratic movements are no longer there to make them look like bad jokes from a horror movie anymore.


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Gearbox Software simply failed to deliver what they promised in demos and it was nothing more than a mediocre shooter that portrayed the deadliest killing machines of the galaxy as some panzy bugs lurking around. Now, five years after the disastrous release of the title a modder has recently discovered that a single typo in code was one of the primary reasons for the terrible gameplay experience it delivered and upon fixing, it can have some serious impact on enemy AI.

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Developers should have noticed this error while testing if they weren't in such hurry to somehow release the game and be done with it, causing Aliens: Colonial Marines being a chaos in spaceship Sulaco. Hadn't it for their sloppy development, the game could've been a lot better than it turned out. Meanwhile, FoxNext is developing an Alien shooter game for PC and consoles. Publisher Dark Horse Comics is also adapting unused Alien 3 screenplay by William Gibson into a five-part comic-book series.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Shenmue and Shenmue 2 Re-Release Date

Sega's re-release of their classic Dreamcast titles; Shenmue I & II are now confirmed for August 2018.

Though debuted as an action-adventure game in 1999 for Dreamcast, Shenmue was one of the first games to feature a day-and-night system, non-player characters and some role-playing aspects. Almost two daces after its original release, publisher Sega announced of bringing Shenmue and Shenmue II on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as high-definition ports. Following a lot of speculation of when it is going to be available, now we know that the first two Shenmue games are coming this August 21, 2018.

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Shenmue and Shenmue 2 Re-Release Date

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With constant release date leaks on rampant, the publisher company went on to set their record straight by releasing a trailer that announces the day of arrival for this collection.




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Shenmue I & II collection will be out in a bundle as modern PC ports from Sega, priced $29.99 only. They have also announced of planning to release physical copies of the collection for both PS4 and Xbox One. The company also wishes to bring Valkyria Chronicles 4, Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami to Steam, which they mentioned during E3 2018 press conference last month. Yakuza 0 is scheduled to release on August 1 for PC, weeks before HD remastered versions of Shenmue I and II.

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When Sega announced Shenmue and Shenmue II back in April 2018, it was revealed that the first two games of the series are coming in one package and the porting will be based on the Xbox version and not Dreamcast. Despite being re-released, they truly are not full remakes or remasters with HD graphics. However, noticeable graphical differences from their original console debut will be present in the modern remake versions despite having all the technical obstacles.

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Features like full screen resolution will be available though along with modern or classic control, updated UI and voice over option for original Japanese or English. You will be able to save the game anywhere in both titles and that's not all. Your progress can be carried over from Shenmue into Shenmue II for all available platforms. Players on PC are allowed to configure mouse and keyboard as they like with controller support. FPS setting will be fixed on 30 frames per second though.

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Currently, pre-orders of the games are available on Steam and Xbox Store, except for the PlayStation Store of U.S. You are only months away now from experiencing Shenmue saga once again with protagonist Ryo Hazuki as he seeks revenge for his father's death. A second sequel, Shenmue III is on works after series creator Yu Suzuki managed to crowd fund more than $6.3 million on Kickstarter three years ago. It was set to release at the end of 2017 but is delayed more than once before finally setting on releasing it in 2019.