Showing posts with label Steam. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Steam. Show all posts

Monday, April 15, 2019

Octopath Traveler on PC Confirmed by Square Enix

Square Enix is officially porting acclaimed role-playing game Octopath Traveler from Nintendo Switch to Steam.

After accidentally announcing news of their award-winning RPG title Octopath Traveler coming to Steam in an official blog post last week and deleting it shortly afterwards, developer/publisher Square Enix have finally confirmed its arrival on PC.

Whatever reasons they had for deleting original post that has leaked the announcement in advance, it appears that it is indeed launching this year on June 7 and will be released digitally on Valve's digital distribution platform.

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Octopath Traveler on PC Confirmed by Square Enix

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To give PC gamers a brief introduction, here goes a brand-new trailer heralding release of this acclaimed JRPG title.




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Players take on a unique journey from one of the eight main protagonist characters, each following a distinctive yet interlaced path of adventure on a fictional land of Orsterra that would finally have them unite with rest of their peers.

They would often come across NPCs during quest and sometime engage in confrontation using different abilities via a turn-based combat system. Also, they can be helpful at times in building reputation, getting new armor and finding items.

RELATED: Octopath Traveler Sold Out in Japan

We are still not sure that whether or not the game would go through any significant changes switching form Nintendo Switch to Steam since there was no mention of adding any special feature but we may expect some higher frame rates perhaps.

To match upgraded visuals of modern day consoles, it is rendered in a graphical aesthetic that developers termed as HD-2D, which offers high-definition textures while retaining a retro-vibe capturing essence of 16-bit era of video games.

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Embark an Epic Journey

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Previously thought to be a Switch-exclusive, the role-playing sensation has rocked the platform upon release last year by taking only less than a week for stock of physical copies to completely run out in Japan and selling over a million copies within a month.

Octopath Traveler not only met with instant commercial success but critics have praised it on high regards in general and now Square Enix is even working on a prequel game to launch on Android and iOS devices, which will be free-to-play.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Octopath Traveler for PC Leaked by Square Enix

Square Enix has accidentally confirmed PC version of Octopath Traveler after a Korean rating has teased it earlier.

While working on Octopath Traveler for Nintendo Switch, developer Square Enix might have never thought of what a phenomenon it would become but players on other platform could never have that experience because of Switch exclusivity.

However, a Korean game rating for a PC version of the game was spotted online last week, which clearly hints at launch of a possible port and that theory is confirmed recently, according to a now-deleted official blog post.

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Octopath Traveler for PC Leaked by Square Enix

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No longer remaining an exclusive, players on PC would be able to roam through the land of Orsterra for a magical ride via Steam from June 7. Whether or not there will be any notable changes to upcoming port is not mentioned yet though.

That same rating from Game Rating and Administration Committee of Korea also suggests for Bandai Namco to publish the acclaimed JRPG on the region. Previously, release of Super Bomberman R title to PlayStation 4 was leaked similarly by a rating online.

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Players can start by simply picking up from eight different characters of certain abilities to walk on their unique adventurous path. As your quest starts, there are other seven heroes to recruit in your cause and NPCs to interact with upon meeting.

The game employs a battle system that is very easy to get into and features some exciting boss battles. Aside from its beloved character progression elements, it appealed to audience for a distinctive HD-2D style of graphical aesthetic.

RELATED: Octopath Traveler Sold Out in Japan

After pleasing critics and players alike, it even becomes one of the best-selling games on the platform. When publisher Nintendo released it on Japan, physical copies of the game was initially sold out in less than a week.

Octopath Traveler is currently available for Nintendo Switch and soon will be heading over to Steam. A prequel game titled Champion of the Continent is announced by Square Enix to arrive on Android and iOS devices later this year.

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.




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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.

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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.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Borderlands 2 is Most Played Steam Game Now

After unexpected review bombing earlier, Borderlands 2 suddenly becomes one of most played games on Steam.

When developer Gearbox Software launched popular looter shooter title Borderlands 2 back in 2012, it became very popular among players and sold over 13 million copies worldwide, making it one of the most successful game from publisher 2K Games.

Now that it's much awaited sequel Borderlands 3 has been announced lately, Vault Hunters are getting back at it once again. It has picked a notable peak among PC gamers on Steam recently as one of the most played titles on the platform.

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Borderlands 2 is Most Played Steam Game Now

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Despite the game getting review bombed at the platform after an unpleasant discovery of it being an exclusive to Epic Games Store, players are taking their interest on the title again by giving it a massive boost on Steam charts.

At March 31, number of concurrent players started to rise above an average flow and by April 8, it quickly became one of the top 5 most played games on the platform when those numbers were pumped up to 59K and more.

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Borderlands 2 were an all-time high with a simultaneous number of 123,596 players back in September 2012 and this recent climb is nearly half of that. Aside from in anticipation of upcoming sequel, there are other potential reasons for this rise.

The game is now on sale at 75% discount on store and recent arrival of The Handsome Collection with remastered graphics were offered for free who already owned it and these factors surely contributed to spike some interest.

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Borderlands 2 Player Count on Steam Charts

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Besides, many players were just getting prepped up to get back to the series that is back after seven years and perhaps they want to show Gearbox that they are more than happy to wait until 2020 until exclusivity of Epic Store expires.

Whatever the real reasons were behind this sudden growth, it still is amazing that fans showing love to beloved Borderlands action role-playing shooter franchise, so much so that they gave it an impressive 500% increase in average player count.

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Fans of the series cheered in joy when Borderlands 3 was revealed at PAX East last month but a major fraction among them from PC platform were angry when it was revealed to be an Epic Games Store exclusive for first six months.

They didn't like it a bit and started review bombing Borderlands 2 on Steam and while Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford added more fuel to that rage machine; Steam actually took steps in retaining its former "Overwhelmingly Positive" score.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Assassin's Creed Origins on Humble Monthly Bundle

Ubisoft's popular stealth adventure Assassin's Creed Origins gets included in Humble Monthly Bundle for May.

Set in ancient Egypt of Pharaoh era, action-adventure title Assassin's Creed Origins arguably is one of the best among recent releases of the series if not the best and its helps establish a century-long lore for entire Assassin's Creed franchise.

We are talking about it because it is going to be included on Humble Monthly Bundle for May 2019 as an Early Unlock game. Typically, there are two or three titles announced but in this case, Origins alone is enough to draw attention of players.

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Assassin's Creed Origins on Humble Monthly Bundle

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Available on various digital storefronts, you can generally bag this acclaimed title usually priced $59.99 by simply signing up for a $12 only subscription of Humble Monthly, which gives you access to several other PC games after May 3, 2019.

Their regular lineup for monthly games typically offers 8-10 games worth $100 or more from different genre to add them to your Steam library. Since they are DRM-free, you can always keep them to yourself whether or not you continue membership.

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On each month, customers also receive an early access to exclusive games developed for and published by Humble in Humble Originals. Of course these indie titles don't take the industry by storm but they sure are a treat for monthly subscribers.

Regular members have already gotten their hands on Absolver, Dandara, Minit, Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, Northgard, She Remembered Caterpillars, Steel Rats and Tannenberg on their bundle for April 2019, which has a total value of $171.

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April 2019 Humble Monthly Bundle Games

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Gamers on PC platform don't have much choice in terms of choosing access to a monthly service for online play like PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold and subscription to Humble Store has always been considered as a great alternative for them.

Also, Humble Monthly bundle takes a percentage off overall purchase each month and donates them to charity. Proceedings from May 2019 will be spent to support Action Against Hunger, an organization that works hard to feed the malnourished worldwide.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Borderlands 3 to Be Epic Games Store Exclusive

It was leaked via a series of official Tweets that Borderlands 3 would arrive on September 13 as an Epic Games Store exclusive.

Only days have passed since developer Gearbox Software announced their much anticipated action role-playing game Borderlands 3 in association with publisher 2K Games at PAX East 2019 followed by a "Mask of Mayhem" teaser earlier.

No select platform for this upcoming looter shooter has been confirmed yet and so is an official date of release but apparently PC version of the game is going to be an Epic Games Store exclusive, according to a now deleted official Tweet.

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Borderlands 3 to Be Epic Games Store Exclusive

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Among a series of Tweets from Borderlands official Twitter account was a release date of September 13 when they referenced the game as "Mayhem" just like many times they did before but ended up deleting it because it was way too early.

If that is true then previous theories of it coming on October 2019 is debunked and a brief clip that was posted in a follow-up Tweet also has hint at the title being heading towards Epic Games' digital distribution platform on launch as well.

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Lucky for us, Twitter user Wario64 has pulled it out of internet archive and posted for everyone to take a look at.



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People initially thought of it as a sort of "April Fool" prank but then again, why would someone joke about a long-awaited game that is nothing but a jerk move unless it was not meant to come out right now and maybe on a later date?

There is a brief footage on the second deleted Tweet which has the Epic Games Store logo at bottom left beside 2K and Gearbox, which doesn't give away anything about its exclusivity essentially but surprisingly, we see no logo for Steam there.

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Whatever doubts anyone had on their minds regarding these sudden leaks are later addressed by Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford and he gave us some pretty strong hints at where they are going in terms of distribution in a series of Tweets.

Pitchford directly said nothing about their stand on the situation of the game being a timed exclusive and neither denied nor confirmed anything officially.



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Pitchford also pointed out that the upcoming FPS title would be a timed exclusive for at least six months on Epic. He also brought up their support for cross-platform play for PC and consoles but irritated fans are still vouching for releasing it to Steam.

Though he cleverly pointed everyone to 2K Games and Take-Two Interactive for further queries by stating they do not decide which partner or platform to choose when it comes to circulation, fans are yet not happy about moving over to Epic Games.

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Being an Epic Games Store exclusive is not actually a bad thing but considering their launcher having a series of issues including account security; Steam is a better choice for PC gamer base who does not like to shop on other platforms.

Besides, all of previous Borderlands games are still on Valve's distribution outlet and are quite popular on the platform. Therefore, making Borderlands 3 a high-profile exclusive to their rival store makes it somewhat awkward and very surprising move.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Player Beats Sekiro All Bosses, No-Hit

One YouTube gamer horheristo takes down all bosses of Sekiro in NG+2 with an aggressive play and by taking no-hit.

With their newest action-adventure release of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, developer From Software has defied every rule they taught players throughout their infamous Souls series but managed to set a new high with a defined gameplay.

Although some people are having a hard time getting past first few bosses and desperately begging for an easy mode, many have already beaten the game. Some even found their way with dreaded boss enemies like it is a walk in the park for them.

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Player Beats Sekiro All Bosses, No-Hit

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Other than taking one single blow at the beginning of his journey that is essential for him becoming Sekiro (One-armed Wolf), he takes no other hit gameplay-wise and unleashes barrage of attacks on his unfortunate enemies by adapting an aggressive gameplay style.

Horheristo recorded this entire rundown on New Game Plus 2, which makes each opponent even more challenging than they are while using some wide range of skills and rare upgrades to display true potential of protagonist Wolf in battle.

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His confrontation with notoriously difficult boss Corrupted Monk and Lady Butterfly seemed way too easy like they were nothing. You can also witness some efficient use of Loaded Umbrella and Shinobi Firecrackers from his Shinobi Prosthetic.

He literally ends career of some of the toughest bosses of Sekiro like there is a recession going on in 16th century Japan and Ashina clan is unable to do anything at all to stop him but to make their futile attempts at stopping him, only to fall flat.

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOR SEKIRO: SHADOWS DIE TWICE.

Watch how YouTube user horheristo masterfully demonstrates way of true shinobi warrior against Ashina clan.




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Published by Activision, the game has been out for only over a week and many already quit playing for frustration over difficulty level but seeing horheristo making a mess of his enemies only makes you wonder if this is how From Software intended you to play it.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is currently available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for everyone to play that offers more than what players in general think and instead of running around complaining, you can actually "Git Gud".

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Killing Floor 2: Cyber Revolt Update Live Now

Cyber Revolt has emerged into popular zombie shooter Killing Floor 2 through free seasonal update from developer Tripwire.

As a successful sequel to first-person shooter title Killing Floor by developer/publisher Tripwire Interactive, Killing Floor 2 has come a long way after initially launching back in 2014 and keeping players engaged with frequent updates.

This year, you can witness a cyberpunk revolution of the undead and can wield some freshly available Horzine tech killer hardware in latest Cyber Revolt seasonal update that is currently live now on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Killing Floor 2: Cyber Revolt Update Live Now

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Have a look at Cyber Revolt free update in a newly released official trailer showcasing maps, outfits and weapons.




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Mercenaries are armed with cyber themed gears and weaponries to slay oncoming horde of Zeds with ruthless efficiency. One of the finest new additions is Helios Rifle that fires off plasma balls in three round bursts or in full auto mode.

This new powered assault rifle is designed for Firebug perk to cook those rotten fleshes with energy rounds and explode them inside out. Another energy based weapon for gory destruction is called Killerwatt, which is for Survivalist perk.

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Cyberpunk Revolution Returns

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Operating on two different modes, the rifle either fires high-velocity wave of electricity bolts in automatic rounds or can be used to unleash an "overcharge" storm at the freaks and see them all left in meaty pieces in front of you.

A community-made map named Spillway set on a dam facility is added to KF2 as part of the event that is compatible for Endless, Survival, VS Survival and Weekly Outbreaks game modes to have more Zed encounters within corridors and open spaces.

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New Spillway Map

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To reclaim Spillway facility from those ravenous packs would take a lot of teamwork and survival skills, which would obviously be rewarded with Cyberpunk variant outfit upon completion of all objectives as long as the seasonal event lasts.

Several of community reported bugs and crash fixes were fixed regards to joining new game sessions and others. Also, PC players can play the game for free throughout the week and purchase later on for a 67% discount at Steam.

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Started with a beta from last month, Cyber Revolt event is here to shake things up within the renowned zombie shooter and developers are tirelessly working to adjusting any issues reported by fans even after 18 months of the release of it.

Tripwire introduces the first major content update for their beloved zombie shooter in 2019 via this update and they have been supplying so much post-launch content for free to improve Killing Floor 2 experience for every new and seasoned players.

Monday, March 25, 2019

DOOM Eternal, RAGE 2 and Wolfenstein to Steam

Upcoming titles from Bethesda like DOOM Eternal, RAGE 2 and Wolfenstein will be heading towards Steam.

In a heated war between Epic Games Store and Steam, developer/publisher Bethesda is apparently taking a stand against the former and is siding with the latter as they are about to bring some of their most anticipated titles to Valve's platform.

With a recent emergence of Epic Games' brand-new digital outlet, many game developers of the video game industry has sided with them by signing timed exclusives, leaving Steam behind with not much support and then, along came Bethesda.

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DOOM Eternal, RAGE 2 and Wolfenstein to Steam

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In one of their recent Tweet, Bethesda has confirmed to release PC version of some of their upcoming games to Steam.



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Ever since Epic Games have launched their very own distribution platforms last year, Valve Corporation is suddenly getting some tough competition and even lost some major AAA-titles to their rivals like Metro Exodus and The Division 2.

In case of the above-mentioned games, developer studios have pulled of their titles that were already announced and available for pre-order on Steam for some time and moved them over to Epic Games Store for a lucrative exclusive deal.

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Many yet to be released titles like Control, Phoenix Point and The Outer Worlds will also are heading to their store as well. Bethesda decided to pick a side in this waging war of exclusivities and will release some of their renowned franchises to Steam.

Players will get their hands on games like DOOM Eternal, RAGE 2, Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot and Wolfenstein: Youngblood on their scheduled launch date now via Valve's distribution outlet, with possibility of more to join the march in future as well.

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Also joining to the bunch later in 2019 is Fallout 76, arguably one of the worst games of 2018 for a series of mishaps including a buggy release and controversies for delivering cheap nylon bags over West Tek canvas duffel bag with its Power Armor Edition.

Many players on PC also decided to opt out from buying the game because of having to play it on official Bethesda launcher that everyone hates. However, a Steam release might finally have some interested customer eventually purchase it after all.

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Though Steam is no way a perfect digital outlet at all, PC gamers do have a soft spot for the platform because of their pro-consumer behaviors like having a friendly refund policy and a dedicated forum for customers to help them out in need.

Bethesda letting Valve host their games takes a new turn in ongoing storefront wars between them and Epic. Hopefully, other publishers would consider being more friendly to their customer base on PC in future and will not be greedy for exclusive deals.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Sekiro is Biggest Steam Game of Q1 2019

Latest action-adventure game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is fourth most played game on Steam, making it the biggest platform launch of 2019.

Renowned for making Bloodborne and Dark Souls series in past developer From Software made a comeback with their newest action-adventure title Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice that publisher Activision has brought to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Not only has it received a universal acclaim from critics and fans alike but PC version of the game has already sold over 100,000 copies within its first 24 hours of launch, making it one of the biggest release on Steam in 2019 so far.

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Sekiro is Biggest Steam Game of Q1 2019

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As a worthy successor of Souls series, Sekiro has successfully beaten down other contenders like Devil May Cry 5 and Resident Evil 2 Remake to climb on top of most-played games chart of Steam, currently sitting at number four spot of that list.

On Sunday, March 24, the title had a recorded peak of 124,334 numbers of concurrent players at Valve's digital distribution platform. Of course, this is not an actual number of sales as we need to account physical copies and other distribution channels to figure out overall sales number.

RELATED: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Gameplay Overview Trailer

By count, Sekiro is currently topping games like Grand Theft Auto V, Rainbow Six Siege and Team Fortress 2, which is truly a huge deal for a single-player game these days. It also is the third-largest Japanese game behind Dark Souls III and Monster Hunter: World.

To siege top spot, all it needs to do is to dethrone Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds and DOTA 2 respectively. It would take another 800,000 players to become the most-played game on Steam.

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Sekiro is 4th on Steam Charts

RELATED: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Launch Trailer

Sekiro sends players on a personal journey of a titular shinobi warrior to rescue his young lord from a samurai of Ashina clan using his ninja skills and a prosthetic arm. The game challenges you with a difficulty level that even rivals to games from infamous Dark Souls franchise.

Announced back at E3 2018, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice adapts to an evolved combat system inspired by aspects of both action and role-playing aspects of past From Software games on a medieval fantasy premise during Sengoku period of Japan.

Can You Beat First Boss Genichiro Ashina in Sekiro?

What really happens when you actually managed to defeat first boss Genichiro Ashina in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice?

Newly released action-adventure game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice by developer From Software and publisher Activision for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has gained universal acclaim for its unique aesthetics that sets it apart from Dark Souls series.

Its initial quote unquote boss-battle has some lasting ramifications for our titular hero, which is supposed to end in his defeat and build pathway for a journey he takes later on but do we know, what would really happen if he happens to stand victorious?

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Can You Beat First Boss Genichiro Ashina in Sekiro?

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOR SEKIRO: SHADOWS DIE TWICE.

Immediately after release, Sekiro made a reputation of being brutally hard and has some punishing boss fights to deal with. People are dying more than twice in attempts to figure out a way to kill them or just simply getting used to gameplay mechanics.

From what early marketing campaign has fetched to us, it appears that lead protagonist Wolf had his arm severed by a samurai and later discovered it to have been replaced with a Shinobi prosthetic by an unknown sculptor who revived him.

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Genichiro Ashina Defeated

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So, our elder ninja is somewhat pre-destined to lose his left arm following an unfortunate battle with the samurai antagonist who is better known as, Genichiro Ashina because it is significantly important for rest of the story to progress on a certain path.

However, defeating Genichiro in combat is entirely possible if you are a master of swordplay but Sekiro is eventually fated to lose limb to him during that prologue fight. Only good takeaway we get from this is that From Software doesn't force you to submission.

RELATED: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Gameplay Overview Trailer

Below is a video from YouTube channel Boss Fight Database that displays the outcome of defeating the game's first boss.




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Sekiro losing his arm in a battle against Genchiro Ashina could have been easily played out through an in-game cut-scene. Yet developers have you played out the entire section by yourself and have the same outcome anyway.

This way, even an inevitable event gives you some sense of accomplishment when it is made playable and players can feel even more connected to the plot that is built over Sekiro's vengeance over Ashina clan for kidnapping his master.

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Ashina Strikes Back!

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According to global achievement list on Steam, only 46% of players have managed to defeat Genichiro Ashina so far. This is very much possible due to many casual players joining in for some fun and then quitting after a short while.

Those who have already given up shortly after beginning or have continued regardless should know that Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice intends to test your ability to master new skills and getting good at them over time above all.

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

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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.

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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.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Artifact Loses 97% Players

Only two months after its debut, Valve's online card game Artifact has lost over 97% players and still declining.

For the past few years, Hearthstone was dominating the ever growing market of online digital collectible card game genre and Artifact has debuted in November 2018 as an answer to the game from developer/publisher Valve Corporation.

Sure, Valve has a history of delivering huge hits like Half-Life and Left 4 Dead franchise that fans still love till date but sadly for their latest release, not even card game players are showing any interest as it is currently facing a concurrent player drop.

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Artifact Loses 97% Players

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Initially, the game has launched two months ago with a simultaneous players number of 60,740 at that time. By next month on December, it was surpassed by No Man's Sky on Steam and from ever since, that downward trend is showing no sign of stopping.

Seeing an all time low, their playerbase has come down to a drop of 97.5% in just two months after release and ranking at 145 on Steam Charts. Even Valve's first-person puzzle-platform and critically-acclaimed game of 2011, Portal 2 has more players online.

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Apparently, the DOTA 2 inspired card game is failing to pick up any interest among players and there are a number of reasons for that. The crown-jewel of online card game is following a free-to-play model, whereas Artifact is charging everyone $19.99 only to buy the game.

However, fans who believed in the developer still took part in the alternative model but when it was revealed that you simply cannot get newer cards without spending real money; it sparked a huge wave of complaints within the community.

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In the weeks that followed, it became very clear that Valve is not attracting new players to their anticipated online trading card game. Moreover, many angry people bombed the game's Steam page with negative reviews for their shoddy monetization scheme.

The developer tried to do damage control by adding balance and leveling where one could earn new decks by simply playing which was followed by an update that re-balanced some of the overpowered cards but it didn't help to impress their fallen playerbase.

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When Valve finally decided to return into making video games and roped in world-famous game designer Richard Garfield for the development of DOTA 2 based card game experience, people were genuinely hyped but seems like all of it was for seemingly nothing.

Artifact could have possibly made it if they chose to follow a free-to-play system rather than their widely criticized pay-to-play model on top of the staring fee of $19.99 bucks that no other title of the same genre has asked for ever, turning it into one of the most disappointing releases on Steam.

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

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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.




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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.

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.