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  1. This is not a drill. REPEAT, this is not a drill! SEGA's long-awaited Valkyria Chronicles 4 is finally set to release in late September! The first true sequel in the series since 2011, Valkyria Chronicles 4 is set in the same time period as the first game, but features an all-new cast as they brave the realities of war. Once again, the BLiTZ battle system makes its return, offering a mix of turn-based strategy, RPG, and real-time third-person shooter elements. You'll also be introduced to new additions such as the Grenadier class, offensive/defensive battleship support options, the chance for units to take a "Last Stand" action before their death, and much more. And, of course, Hitoshi Sakimoto (Final Fantasy Tactics, Final Fantasy XII), makes his grand return here with a sweeping orchestral score for the fourth installment. Valkyria Chronicles is set to launch with two different versions at retail. One is the standard "Launch" version, which contains a Ragnarok (the adorable medic doggo) controller skin for whatever platform you chose, as well as the game itself. The other is the "Memoirs from Battle" Premium Edition ($99), which contains the following: Vinyl statue of the "Hafen" tank "Claude's Travel Journal" 100-paged themed artbook Two DLC adventures featuring Squad 7 characters (offers over 3 hours of content across 4 exclusive story missions and fully-voiced cutscenes) Valkyria Chronicles 4 is slated to release digitally and via retail on September 25 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. Source: Press Release Will you be getting the game on launch? If so, which version will you get? Let us know in the comments below!
  2. What does everyone think of E3 so far? Missed EA's conference but Microsoft's was pretty good, I thought. Eager to see what Ubisoft, Sony, and Nintendo have in store! :)

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      Also, just a head's up, I'll be posting some stuff about the show this week. Maybe not news, but definitely opinions of some sort? I definitely want to do a piece with Barrel, Jon, Justin, and Lee on what our favorite games/moments were.

  3. Share your last beaten games here!

    What is Past Cure? Is that DLC for it? Or is it part of the game's title? Nm, just looked it up, lol. It's a different game (and I've never heard of it till now!).
  4. Anyone watching Krypton?

    I'm trying to watch this on my Xbox One but the SyFy app keeps giving me an error despite my cable service provider carrying SyFy. Heard it's really good though. Good on SyFy for having a decent show of this calibur; it's on my list to watch next after the current season of Supergirl ends.
  5. Share your last beaten games here!

    Totally agree about Fairune. There comes a certain point in the game where, like you said, it's impossible to finish on your own. Makes me wonder if there was a person out there who beat the whole thing without resorting to a guide. Same thing happens in Fairune 2 as well.
  6. Share your last beaten games here!

    Didn't even realize Itch.io had VR games (some of which I assume are free?) until now. Huh, you learn something new every day!
  7. We're just a week out from the release of Choice Provision's Runner3 and the anticipation fans are feeling couldn't be any higher. But if you thought Choice Provisions was done announcing surprises, think again. The developer revealed that two high-profile indie characters will be able to be unlocked as playable characters in-game. First up is Yacht Club's Shovel Knight, who has made cameo appearances in a number of indie games since his self-titled, breakout game in 2014. As for the second character, it's none other than Eddie Riggs, the protagonist of Brutal Legend. Fans may recall that Double Fine recently received the rights back from EA for the game, meaning you could possibly see Eddie Riggs make appearances in other games as well. Finally, a third character that was revealed was none other than Charles Martinet, also known as The Narrator of Runner2 and Runner3. But you would probably know him better as the iconic voice of Nintendo's Mario for the last 22 years. I... probably wouldn't expect to hear him do Mario's voice here, however. You know, all of that copyright stuff and such. You can play as all three cameo characters (well, when you unlock them) when Runner3 hits the Nintendo Switch eShop first on May 22 and then on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC at a later date. Source: Runner3.game Are you looking forward to playing as these characters in Runner3?
  8. Nintendo Switch Online Service Info

    There's nothing that really gets me "excited" here, but I'm super down with paying only $20 for all of this, especially when PS+ and XBLG are $60 at this point. Will be interesting to see if the games selection grows a lot over the course of the next year or two. If it can reach 50-100 games within the next year, I could see that being a real draw for people to subscribe (other than the access to multiplayer and such).
  9. While Avengers: Infinity War is breaking box office records, the movie's villain, Thanos, has set his sights on something else that's extremely popular these days: Epic Games' hit game Fortnite. That's right -- thanks to Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo being big Fortnite fans and reaching out to Epic Games, they've arranged a special limited time event in Fortnite where the Infinity Gauntlet will be making an appearance. Anyone who manages to snag the gauntlet during a match will then be transformed into Thanos and have full command of his powers. The Infinity Gauntlet Limited Time Mashup mode will be available to play for free via Fortnite Battle Royale tomorrow, May 8. Source: IGN Will you be checking out the limited time mode in Fortnite tomorrow?
  10. Share your last beaten games here!

    BUT IS IT GAME OF THE YEAR?? Ron Howard narrator voice: "It is."
  11. Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze

    I'd love to double dip on this since I loved the Wii U version, but sadly I'm running low on funds these days. Hopefully someday soon I can buy it! I still need to go back and unlock/play through the extra levels!
  12. Nicalis and Treasure have teamed up to bring Ikaruga, one of the most beloved vertical shooters of the last 20 years, to Nintendo Switch later this month. Starring a pilot named Shinra who battles against enemy forces in his ship (the titular "Ikaruga"), the main hook in the game has you switching between two energy polarities in order to absorb bullets. Not only does this help the Ikaruga avoid damage, but it also increases your special meter which, when maxed out, gives you the option to unleash a special homing laser attack that's 10x more damaging than your normal attack. The Switch version of Ikaruga will have both singleplayer and two-player (local) co-op modes, global leaderboards, and can be played in the standard horizontal mode or flipped vertically for arcade-style "TATE" action. Ikaruga will debut on the Nintendo Switch eShop on May 29 for $14.99. Source: Press Release Are you excited that Ikaruga is heading to Switch this month?
  13. Ever since the Atari VCS was announced earlier this year, the console has been shrouded in secrecy. Is it a retro-centric console (ala the NES Classic)? Or is it actually going to compete with the likes of Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch? The truth is a combination of the two, it turns out. Atari has announced a few details about the console ahead of its pre-sale, which is slated to kick off late next month. The company has teamed up with AMD to provide the Atari VCS with a custom processor that uses Radeon Graphics Technology. Some other features listed include: Support for 4K resolution HDR and 60FPS content Onboard and expandable storage options Dual-band WiFi Bluetooth 5.0 USB 3.0 support If you're wondering what the Atari VCS' full product specs are, the company seems to be keeping a tight lid on it for now but has said that they will be posted with the pre-sale when it goes live. As for the console itself, Atari is calling it "retro-inspired" but not a "retro box." Rather it's slated to be a fully customizable entertainment experience, giving you access to a wide variety of games as well as media and streaming content. The VCS also includes an Atari Vault with over 100 classic games (such as Centipede, Asteroids, and Breakout among many others); a full list of which will be released at a later date and compatible with a new, updated classic controller as well as a modern controller designed specifically for the console. The Indiegogo-exclusive pre-sale starts on May 30 and features a time-limited Atari VCS collector's edition sporting a retro-inspired wood front (like the original Atari 2600 had). Atari is also offering an early-bird Onyx version (sleek black) for $199 as well as other packages that include the modern and classic controllers. Initial Atari VCS shipments are being planned for Spring 2019, so it won't be too much longer before we finally find out if it's worth the wait. Source: Press Release Are you interested in the Atari VCS at all? Would you consider buying one through the pre-sale?
  14. We first got word about Splatoon 2's 3.0 update in last month's Nintendo Direct, and wouldn't you know it, it's already here. The amount of additions, changes, and fixes is too numerous to mention here, but here's a rundown of the major things that the update adds, as a reminder. First off, Callie is back! Yes, if you meet a certain condition in the game's story campaign, Callie will appear in Tentakeel Outpost in Octo Canyon and offer recent multiplayer stats about the player's character. Next, 100 pieces of gear are being added; they're a combination of new and returning gear (from the first Splatoon). New songs from Chirpy Chips (an in-game chiptune band also from the first game) are being added to multiplayer matches. And tonight, Camp Triggerfish (originally from the first Splatoon) will be added to the level rotation. Finally, arguably the biggest new addition to the gameplay is a new rank called "Rank X." It'll be the most challenging experience in Ranked mode thus far, and any players that reach S+10 (or are currently at that point or above) will attain the rank. Rank X players will battle to increase their X Power level, and each month, 500 players with the highest X Power levels will be announced on the Splatnet 2 mobile app. X Power levels will also be reset every month, thereby reducing players' ranks back to S+9. According to Nintendo, this is being done to encourage players of all ranks to enjoy improving their play and maintaining their skill, as opposed to simply focusing on playing to rank up. To see a complete list of the other changes and fixes that Update 3.0 brings, see the official documentation on Nintendo's website. Splatoon 2's 3.0 update is scheduled to go live at 6 PM PT later today. Source: Press Release Will you be checking out the new additions in Splatoon 2's 3.0 update?
  15. Tribute Games is one of the hottest up-and-coming indie developers in recent years thanks to their most recent games -- Mercenary Kings, and last year's fast-paced roguelike, Flinthook. And now, thanks to Limited Run Games, you'll have the chance to buy physical versions of both games for the Nintendo Switch. Pre-orders have officially opened today (April 23) and will run until May 7 at 11:59 pm ET. The games will cost $29.99 each (hey, those Switch carts aren't cheap!) and will feature reversible covers and full-color manuals. Not bad! Additionally, a special, limited collector's edition containing both games called "The Tribute Treasure Box" was also announced for $89.99. In addition to including physical versions of Mercenary Kings and Flinthook, this edition also contains the following: Reversible cover and comic book Reversible cover and manual Official Tribute Treasure Box SteelBook® that can hold both games Mercenary Kings Physical Soundtrack CD Flinthook Physical Soundtrack CD Double sided 18 x 24 inch Flinthook poster Double sided 18 x 24 inch Mercenary Kings poster The Tribute Treasure Box is being limited to 3,000 copies worldwide, so if you're interested in it, you'll have just one more opportunity to preorder it. While the first allotment has sold out, it will be available again later today (April 23) at 6pm ET; at the time of this writing, that's less than two hours away, so you'll need to act quick. Here are the links to each product's pre-order pages: Click here to go to the Flinthook preorder page Click here to go to the Mercenary Kings preorder page Click here to go to The Tribute Treasure Box preorder page [limited to 3,000] Last but not least, Marcus reviewed Mercenary Kings here when it originally released on PC back in 2014, so if you're interested in finding out more about that game, check out his thoughts by clicking here. Will you be preordering the Limited Run releases of Flinthook and/or Mercenary Kings?
  16. Share your last beaten games here!

    So is the best Far Cry game still 3? I think that's the one people swear by. Or 2, depending on who you talk to.
  17. Zen Studios has been incredibly successful over the years with their licensed pinball adaptations, and next week they'll keep their streak going with a new two-pack based on Star Wars: The Last Jedi. One table will be based on the overall plot of the film, featuring the Resistance on the run from the First Order, Finn and Rose's side adventure to the casino world of Canto Bight, and the final showdown on Crait. The second table will focus on the other half of the movie -- namely, Rey's time on Ach-to with Luke Skywalker. You'll get to play through both tables in the Star Wars: The Last Jedi two-pack is released as DLC for Pinball FX3 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam as well as Mac, the App Store, and the Google Play Store on April 17. Check out the trailers for both tables below! Source: Press Release Will you be checking out the latest Star Wars-themed tables for Pinball FX3?
  18. Runbow developer 13AM Games' next title is Double Cross

    I would guess $20 since I think that's where Runbow launched at. 13AM Games seems to be going for the same quality bracket as Image & Form (Steamworld series), so the price doesn't seem too farfetched, but I know what you mean.
  19. If you've been wondering how much longer you'd have to wait to play SNK's all-female fighting throwdown known as SNK Heroines ~Tag Team Frenzy~, then wonder no more. NIS America has announced that the game will be making its way to a Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 near you in both North America and Europe on September 7. Also announced as joining the in-game roster is another fan-favorite female fighter from SNK's past: Shermie. First appearing in King of Fighters '97, Shermie is a grappler and one of the Four Heavenly Kings of Orochi. Also, fun fact: she's based on the character of Fujiko Mine from the anime, Lupin the 3rd. Check out the trailer below to see Shermie in action. Source: Press Release Are you interested in playing as Shermie in SNK Heroines ~Tag Team Frenzy~?
  20. When you think of SNK, you probably think of their classic titles for NEOGEO, like The King of Fighters or Metal Slug series. However, SNK's earliest games were arcade titles that have mostly stayed in the past. Now NIS America is re-releasing those arcade titles for a whole new generation of gamers in a compilation called SNK 40th Anniversary Collection. Every title will feature updated graphics at 1080p, a rewind functionality that will help you easily bypass any pesky mistakes you make, redesigned control schemes, and high definition artwork and original promotional assets from each game. The collection currently stands at just over a dozen titles with more to be announced, according to NIS America. Here's a look at the first 13 games that have been announced. Alpha Mission (Console/Arcade) Athena (Console/Arcade) Crystalis (Arcade) Ikari Warriors (Console/Arcade) Ikari Warriors II: Victory Road (Console/Arcade) Ikari Warriors III: The Rescue (Console/Arcade) Guerilla War (Console/Arcade) P.O.W. (Arcade) Prehistoric Isle (Arcade) Psycho Soldier (Arcade) Street Smart (Arcade) TNK III (Console/Arcade) Vanguard (Arcade) It's worth noting that some games, like Crystalis -- which was only recreated as a Game Boy Color game -- haven't been available to play on any other platform since its arcade debut, so this is a great way to finally collect and experience them. SNK 40th Anniversary Collection is currently slated for release on Nintendo Switch this Fall. A more detailed release date will be provided at a later date. Source: Press Release What are your thoughts on NIS bringing back some of SNK's older games?
  21. We found last year's Chicken Wiggle to be a fun and charming platformer, but unfortunately, the game was released on 3DS at a time when its audience had moved onto the Nintendo Switch, and it didn't perform as expected sales-wise. Not one to give up so easily, Atooi's Jools Watsham launched a Kickstarter on March 6 to bring an HD version of the game -- renamed Chicken Wiggle Workshop -- to the Nintendo Switch. The good news is that the Kickstarter crossed the threshold with success, closing after meeting its funding goal and the first stretch goal. Not only does this mean that the Switch version of the game will go into production and get a visual upgrade with redone HD art, it also means that Grant Kirkhope -- legendary video game composer who scored Banjo Kazooie, Donkey Kong 64, and more -- will be contributing an all-new orchestral soundtrack to the game. Of course, the level creation and sharing aspect will also be present in this new version, as will be the function to switch back and forth between retro visuals (of the 3DS version) and the newer, HD art. According to its Kickstarter, Atooi is aiming to have Chicken Wiggle Workshop available on Nintendo Switch by December 2018. Source: Kickstarter Are you excited that Chicken Wiggle be getting an enhanced HD version for Switch?
  22. After leaking online late yesterday in an online store listing, Activision has revealed today that Spyro the Dragon is indeed returning in late September in a fully remastered collection titled Spyro Reignited Trilogy. Unlike last year's Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, which was remastered by Vicarious Visions, Spyro Reignited Trilogy is being worked on by Toys for Bob, the same developer that created the now-defunct Skylanders series. Insomniac Games, who developed the original Spyro trilogy of games, is not involved with this collection. IGN spoke with Toys for Bob's Paul Yan and Joshua Nadelberg, who revealed that the original score (which was composed by The Police's Stewart Copeland) has been reimagined for this collection. Also, while the original Spyro was split between two different voice actors, the Spyro in Reignited Trilogy will be entirely voiced by Tom Kenny -- the renowned voice actor behind Sponge Bob Squarepants and many other characters, and who originally did the voice for Spyro in Spyro: Ripto's Rage and Spyro: Year of the Dragon. Spyro Reignited Trilogy is slated for release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 21. No official release has been announced for Nintendo Switch as of yet, though the game is listed on Nintendo UK's online store; it is unknown if this is simply a mistake or if that version's reveal will come at a later time. Check out some of the gorgeous remastered footage from the remastered collection below. Source: PlayStation Blog Are you excited that Spyro is coming back?
  23. 13AM Games' colorful platformer Runbow has been a modest hit for the indie developer over the past few years, releasing first on Wii U and then subsequently on other platforms. Now the Canadian indie team is ready to unveil its next game. Double Cross is an action-adventure game that puts players into the role of Zahra -- an agent of an interdimensional peace-keeping agency called R.I.F.T. (Regulators of Interdimensional Frontiers and Technology) -- as she investigates an attack on the organization by an unknown assailant and must uncover their nefarious plans. One big aspect of the game will give players the ability to custom tailor their own play style by collecting Upgradium and using it to level up and unlock new R.I.F.T. gear. The game's adventure style investigation system also lets players tackle levels in the order they want. Double Cross is currently being planned for release on Nintendo Switch and Steam later this year. If you're going to PAX East, you'll be able to demo the game if you stop by publisher Grafitti Games' booth. Be sure to check out the game's initial trailer below. Source: 13AM Games Are you interested in checking out Double Cross?
  24. Spider-Man PS4 game's release date will be revealed tomorrow! Woohoo :D

  25. So yesterday I went to see Ready Player One, and despite Twitter and the rest of the internet ready to disparage it completely before its release, I actually thought it was pretty good. To reiterate what I mentioned on Twitter, it's not high cinema in any form but it is a fun popcorn flick that's made in the same spirit as some of Spielberg's films from the '80s and '90s (The Goonies, Hook, Jurassic Park etc.). There's a surprising amount of self-aware humor in it; despite the fact that the futuristic world has major issues (overpopulation has caused people to resort to spending most of their time in a VR-simulated world where even its currency is more widely used than in the real world), it never gets too serious for its own good and heavy-handed with its themes. At the end of the day, it's mostly about visually-intense action-packed sequences and the protagonists reaching the easter egg built into the game before the movie's antagonist can (an evil corporation bent on gaining control of "The Oasis" and thus the world). It's a fun experience all-around, and I definitely recommend either seeing it in 70mm or IMAX 3D if you can. The 3D is SURPRISINGLY good in this as is the sound. Not lying when I say this is probably the most impressed I've been from hearing the sound in a movie in a long time; this one will get nominated for visual and sound Oscars for sure this year. Anyhow, go see it if you're on the fence or interested. It's pretty good. Have any of you seen it yet? If so, what did you think of it?
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