WarTales: E3 Reveal

Today during E3’s PC Show Case we got a stunning game reveal from Shiro called WarTales. This beautiful medieval strategy game will be available early access on Steam this year. Players will also have access to a playable demo during steams next festival from June 16th to the 22nd.

WarTales allows players to control a company that will travel throughout dangerous lands. It is the player’s job to keep them fed and paid while they encounter obstacles that are more life like than fantasy. The combat will be turn based but everything else will be survival and management. Players will also have access to train your mercenaries with different jobs, skills, and weapons.

This game will also feature interesting events such as the plague that will cause your party to go hungry and mad, as well as medieval churches and other groups. The enemies faced will be rogues and animals such as wolves, and all regions are open to travel in any way players want meaning this game is far from linear and will be bleak and life like.

Lemnis Gate: E3 PC Show Case

Today during the PC Show Case on E3 we got a good look into Lemnis Gate, a turn based strategy FPS being developed and published by Ratloop Games Canada. In this new groundbreaking 4D adventure we get to control operatives on various planets near Earth and fight through various 25 second time loops. The game is announced to finally release this coming August 3rd for Xbox, PlayStation, and PC.

While controlling these operatives in this new TBS game, players will have 25 seconds to complete a turn, which can consist over out maneuvering enemies or setting up strategies for the next turn. This game will call for strong critical thinking whether it be planning your moves ahead of time or simply fixing past mistakes given the short amount of time you have to execute.

PC Players will get early open beta access this coming July, and luckily for Xbox Players and PC players the game will be available on Xbox.

Babylon’s Fall: E3 Update

We finally got a further look into Babylon’s Fall during E3’S Square Enix show case, and it looks gorgeous. The last information we received was during the State of Play on December 10th last year, and fans have been eager to see more. Though we did not get a release date yet, we did get some insight on the development and reassurance that it is still in the works.

For those that do not know of the game, Babylon’s Fall is an action RPG in the works with Platinum Games and Square Enix. We don’t have much insight for the game, or it’s story. What we do know is that the story takes place in a world that promised a tower of dreams over a thousand years ago. This tower, known as Babylon has caused ruin and chaos throughout this world, and it looks like adventurers are fighting their way to the top in the gameplay footage we have seen.

Much still remains a mystery, especially with the game first announced at E3 in 2018. However the update and footage is reassuring considering what happened with Scalebound. The developers also advised they will provide more updates as they can, hopefully that will come with some more story information as well. From the little bit we have seen, the gameplay looks very good and the environment is aesthetically pleasing.

Outer Worlds 2: E3 Reveal

Outer Worlds is a newer franchise with the first title that released October 25th 2019. While the first game is still fairly popular, today during E3’s Microsoft/ Bethesda showcase Outer Worlds 2 was announced! The sequel will be releasing on Game Pass for Xbox One and Xbox Series S and X. No release date is in sight, in fact the trailer itself joked that only the developers have the title figured out so far.

Outer Worlds is better known as one of Obsidians top action RPGs, and sends a deeper message for bashing capitalism. You play as a creatable character that awakens on a planet where their ship has crashed. You stumble upon a conspiracy against other fellow colonists of Halcyon. Players get to choose their own path, literally, with the help of unique companions from each world along the way. What made the first Outer Worlds so special is that players can choose how they want to play through the game, were it be shooting their enemies with a hefty flame thrower or shotgun, or stealth their way and avoid nearly all combat.

While we don’t know any information in regards to the story, what we do know from Obsidian is that it is the same Outer Worlds, but a new crew, new story, and new solar system. In addition to that information we have that very flashy title to look forward to. I can’t help but feel so much excitement and anticipation to see where the next game will take us. I do hope that they will keep the same style as to where you can play through the game however you want, in addition to killing whoever you want and change the game entirely.

Hades Coming to XBOX: E3 Microsoft Showcase

Hades was a massive success and won Best Indie Game and Action Game at the Game Awards. Supermassive games developed and published this game for PC and Switch on September 17th, 2020. Today during Microsoft and Bethesda’s E3 Showcase this critically acclaimed title will now be available on Game Pass and available on PlayStation as well this coming August 13th. For PC players out there that use Game Pass, you will also have access to Hades.

For those who have not played Hades, the story Follows Hade’s son Zagreus whom is trying to escape the Underworld to leave his uncaring father and join Zeus at Olympus. Other Gods such as Poseidon and Athena grant him boons along the way to aid his escape out of the massive areas in the Underworld like Tartarus, Asphodel, and Elysium. Not only the Gods are aiding Zagreus in his journey, but a lot of the local residents of the Underworld are aiding the young God as well like Eurydice and Charon who sells him various goods and grants safe passage. The gameplay is insanely fun as a newer dungeon crawler due to the various boons that grant additional abilities to Zagreus’s moves and various weapons.

For those buying it on the PS4 and PS5, the game will feature a free PS5 upgrade for PS5 users. The games performance will feature 1080P at 60 frames per second on the Playstation 4, while performing at 4k and 60 frames per second on the PS5. PS5 users will also experience extra features via the controller such as haptic feedback and adaptive triggers according to the creative director of Supermassive Games Greg Kasavin on the PlayStation blog. Xbox users will get to play the game for free if they have Game Pass. The performances will be the same, Xbox One users will play the game at 1080p and 60 frames per second, while the Series X and Series S players will experience the game in 4k at 60 frames. The only downside for these platforms will be that unlike the Nintendo Switch, they will not support Cross Save from PC to Console.

Final Fantasy Origin: Stranger of Paradise

The rumors have been confirmed surrounding Final Fantasy Origin today during Square Enix’s E3 Showcase. The game should be released 2022 Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4, PS5, and PC. Team Ninja will be working with Square Enix again in developing the game, which explains the Souls-like gameplay that we’ve seen in Nioh from the team before. The last time Team Ninja worked with Square Enix was in their popular release of Dissidia NT, so we can expect great things from this title.

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What we do know about the game is that its retelling the story of the first Final Fantasy. We see the Warrior of Light pairing with his team to take down Chaos and save the realm. However, along the way we see them run into a famous old friend we fans know and love, Garland. Garland is hindering the progress of these warriors by using the power of Chaos to increase his immense power. He was originally a warrior himself, but strayed from this path and teamed up with Chaos.

We are also getting a PlayStation 5 exclusive demo soon for those who can’t wait to play! In the meantime we can enjoy this beautiful yet angsty trailer to hold us over.

Back 4 Blood getting open beta, also coming to Xbox Game Pass

Even though Warner Bros. Entertainment didn’t have that much to go around for this year’s E3, it did have one title that’s sure to spill some carnage this October – Back 4 Blood.

The spiritual successor to the Left 4 Dead series (developed by the same team at Turtle Rock Studios), Back 4 Blood allows up to four players to jump in and take on their zombie adversaries – and even play as them, in case they get bored. There are various types available, along with upgrades for the soldiers and a whole lot of carnage. And soon, players everywhere will be able to see what’s in store.

The game’s open beta kicks off on August 12th, across the board for players to try on Xbox consoles, PlayStation consoles and PC. If you pre-order the game, however, you’ll have earlier access, running from August 5th through the 9th. Otherwise, the beta lasts through the 16th.

Those that have Xbox Game Pass will be able to enjoy the game on day one, starting on October 12th. Otherwise, you’ll have to pay for it on other platforms. Oh, and contend with the fact it releases the same day as Evil Dead: The Game. Hope you like killing zombies.

The latest trailer is posted below. We’ll see you in zombie-land.

Square Enix teams up with Marvel again for Guardians of the Galaxy

The partnership between Marvel and Square Enix continues to blossom. Along with the growth of Marvel’s Avengers, Eidos Montreal is hard at work on a whole new action/adventure for the publisher – and they’re calling upon the Guardians!

Yep, Guardians of the Galaxy is returning to gaming for the first time since Telltale Games tried to cover the team in a narrative adventure a few years ago. It’s a third-person action/adventure game that features the whole squad – including Star-Lord (well, Peter), Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon and good ol’ Groot. For the most part, though, you’ll play as Star-Lord, using his blasters and maneuvering to take on adversaries.

The game will feature various characters from the Guardians Marvel universe, with a story put together by comic book writer Dan Abnett. It looks like it’ll be a lot of fun – and it’s actually coming this year, on October 26th, for Xbox consoles, PlayStation consoles and PC. And unlike Avengers, it’ll focus on a single player perspective.

Also, did we mention the freakin’ amazing soundtrack?!

Check out the trailer and first gameplay look below and come get your love! (Mind the tentacle.)

Microsoft introduces Arcane’s original action game, Redfall

The Microsoft/Bethesda merger is bringing a lot of content to the Xbox over the next year, but one interesting title that stands out is an all new action IP, one that pits superhuman soldiers against vampires.

Redfall is currently in development at Arcane Austin studios. In it, the island town of Redfall, Massachusetts falls under siege to a deadly army of vampires. They’ve managed to isolate the city from the outside world, and even managed to blot out the sun, so they can run wild without fear of melting away.

It’s up to a handful of elite soldiers to step up and try to fight back against the horde, armed with special abilities like flotation tubes that let them fly up to rooftops, as well as invisibility and high-powered weapons that can easily put a stake in their adversaries. Oh, and did we mention there’s a robot dog of sorts too? One that can use his head in vital situations, to say the least.

The open world co-op-based adventure is the latest Bethesda exclusive for Xbox and PC consoles, meaning it’s not going to see the light of day on PlayStation in any form. That’s good news for Microsoft, adding yet another asset to their growing library of games – like Starfield.
We’ll see more of Redfall in the months ahead, leading to its summer 2022 release. And yes, it’ll be on Xbox Game Pass, so don’t fret that. In the meantime, enjoy the carnage-filled trailer below.

Forza Horizon 5 hits the road this November

Man. We’re still working our way through the loaded circuit in Forza Horizon 4, but now we’re going to have to book a trip to Mexico this fall, as the fifth chapter in the series is already coming our way.

During today’s Microsoft E3 Showcase, the company revealed that Forza Horizon 5 will make its debut on Xbox platforms and Windows 10 PC starting on November 9th. Playground Games is once again handling development, even though the team is quite busy with the next chapter in the Fable series (as announced earlier this year). This appears to be the first game in the series designed with a next-generation engine in mind, so it’ll take full advantage of the Xbox Series S and X, as well as high-end PC’s.

The gameplay trailer below shows just what kind of terrain you’ll be covering in Mexico, from driving near the Grand Caldera volcano (they actually motion captured on one, believe it or not) to kicking your way up through a dust-filled desert. You also get to do so in a variety of vehicles, with many gorgeous cars that you’ll be able to drive over the course of your journey. Like previous Forza games, you’ll be able to challenge your friends in match-ups, or even just go for a fun drive in the outer reaches of the country.

The gameplay looks fantastic, running at 60 frames per second without missing any details. The setting t really shows off just how colorful Mexico is, right down to the smallest of architecture.

Oh, and there’s a new feature called the Events Lab, in which you can create your own neat gameplay experiences. This includes turning your car into a freakin’ bowling ball, knocking down pins as you go!

Check out the trailer below and get revved up for November.