Memorial Day lands on May 30th 2022 this year and although that's a week away, retailers like Walmart and Best Buy are already kicking off with early Memorial Day deals. Here we're going to round up the best deals on consoles, games and PC gaming accessories from this year's Memorial Day sales, and the best places you can find them.
So far, we've spotted incredible savings on Nintendo Switch storage, as well as heavily discounted PlayStation and Xbox games and console accessories. If you want to grab a bargain on something ahead of Prime Day 2022, you won't want to miss out on these offerings. We'll be updating this page with even more deals as they go live so keep checking back regularly.
Amazon has launched a wide range of deals ahead of Memorial Day and we've picked out our favourite gaming deals below. This includes Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite bundles with Micro SD cards, and a number of console games going cheap.
Despite the rumour-mongering over the years, I can promise you there will never be a Bloodborne 2. It’s just not really been Hidetaka Miyazaki’s style (yes, he did direct Dark Souls 3, but then that was Bandai Namco’s IP, and you always got the sense that he grudgingly returned so he could snuff the bonfire out for good). Besides, seven years later, the best PS4 exclusive remains perfect – and I say that despite the 2015 title looking aged, now, with a lack of 4K resolution and no 60FPS patch for PS5.
That doesn’t mean Yharnam’s blood can’t be found in FromSoftware’s other games, though. Indeed, rather than aping the industry’s constant desire to expand an IP’s universe until all the fun and mystery has been sucked out, the developer has always been adept at creating new worlds while carrying over similar ideas or mechanics, evolved or fine-tuned to become something fresh.
That’s certainly true of Elden Ring, which – in many ways – is far more epic and grandiose than what has come before. Yet, in other ways, it almost feels like a FromSoft Greatest Hits package. Which means there is something of a spiritual Bloodborne 2 in The Lands Between for those craving it the same way Father Gascoigne thirsts after that sweet, sweet blood.
Another day, another Fortnite collaboration, this time with none other than Pac-Man.
The announcement of the collab was made over on the official Japanese Pac-Man website, but details are currently on the slim side as to how it will unfold. "Fortnite, an online game marketed and distributed by Epic Games, and Pac-Man have decided to collaborate," reads the announcement (translations by VGC). "Pac-Man motif items will be available. The collaboration will begin on June 2."
Oddly though, the official Fortnite Twitter account has made no mention of Pac-Man being featured in the game. Yesterday (May 22) was Pac-Man's birthday (we didn't get you anything, sorry), and the Fortnite Twitter did wish the circular man a happy birthday, prompting suspicion amongst fans. Obviously now a collab is in the works, though it doesn't seem like Pac-Man himself will be playable.
Indie studio Pixelsplit has revealed its next game Reveil, an intriguing looking horror game with a trippy circus setting.
Described as a first-person narrative experience on the game's Steam page, in Reveil, "the player is immersed into a world… where the boundaries between reality and illusion become blurred." You play as Walter Thompson, waking up in a surreal location, unsure of where your wife and daughter are.
The game also sounds like it has something of a fun concept, with the main character apparently having previously worked as a stage builder at a circus. That circus, called the Nelson Bro's Circus, seems to be the main setting of the game, and the announcement trailer certainly presents it as something that might not be particularly friendly to those with coulrophobia.
Eidos Montreal was at one point in time apparently going to make Final Fantasy 15, which has now been confirmed by a former art director.
Jonathan Jacque-Belletête, who used to work at Eidos Montreal, recently spoke with TrueAchievements confirming a longstanding rumour that the Canadian developer was working on Final Fantasy 15.
"Eidos Montreal brought back Deus Ex. I was the art director on that - Deus Ex: Human Revolution," Jacque-Belletête explained to TrueAchievements about his time at the studio. "Then [I was] the executive art director on Mankind Divided. Then we tried to do Final Fantasy XV. Then they decided to bring it back to Japan - which I think was a big mistake, but it's still the truth. Ours was really, really cool."
The Ni no Kuni series has delighted RPG fans for over a decade. With its combination of incredible art and animation, thrilling stories, and deep RPG mechanics, Ni no Kuni has long established itself as one of the best RPG series around. Now, Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds not only lets you experience the series' incredible world with friends, but also in your pocket, as an all-new mobile MMO experience developed and published by Netmarble. Here are 7 reasons why RPG fans should get excited about Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds.
Cross Worlds is Ni no Kuni most ambitious adventure yet, bringing a whole new story and a compelling new cast of characters. Players assume the role of beta testers for a cutting-edge Virtual Reality game called Soul Diver. Yet as players don their VR headsets and awaken in the beautiful fantasy world of Evermore, it slowly becomes clear that Soul Diver is more than just a game. As the fantasy realm comes under attack from malevolent forces, the fates of both Evermore and the real world become increasingly intertwined.
Cross Worlds is a mobile game that makes zero compromises. Powered by Unreal Engine 4, Ni no Kuni's distinctive art-style is more vibrant and colourful than ever. Explore the rolling fields, shimmering lakes and sprawling castles of Evermore, including unique locations like the autumnal forests of the Golden Grove. All of this is brought to life by a rousing soundtrack composed by Joe Hisaishi, the world-renowned Studio Ghibli composer who has previously worked on films like Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle. It's a fully-fledged RPG experience carefully designed to fit on your phone.
Are you a fan of the Halo series, and the gorgeous alien worlds it takes you to? We’ve been to some great places in the series’ twenty years history: the dark forest and sprawling interiors of 323 Guilty Spark in Halo 1, the Forerunner Gas Mine in Halo 2, or the gigantic open world of Halo Infinite’s Zeta Halo.
However, it looks like a member of the Halo community wants to throw their own hat into the ring with their own jaw-dropping Unreal Engine 5 fan project. Titled ‘Fractured’, creator Infinite Forges - a level designer at Gearbox - has shown off their latest explorable experience in the video embedded below. It’s fantastic and well worth a watch.
With a setting sun covering the map in an orange glow, the demo shows the player character explore a tropical local covered in palm trees and other lush flora, which clash perfectly against the hexagonal structures that make up the Zeta Halo and giant triangular Forerunner structures that you can see sparking overhead.
It's looking like the Final Fantasy 9 animated series might be shown off for the first time later this week.
According to an interview with Animation Magazine, Bruno Danzel d'Aumont, VP of international licensing and marketing at Paris-based animation studio Cyber Group Studios, the animated take on Final Fantasy 9 will be shown off alongside a handful of other projects. It doesn't sound like anything will be revealed to the public, as it's specifically being shown at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas this week.
"It will be a great opportunity to share our upcoming plans with our licensees, agents, and new partners," said Danzel d'Aumont. "Additionally, our most recently developed shows - Digital Girl, The McFire Family, Press Start! and Final Fantasy 9 - will be presented for the first time. These four new series have a strong licensing appeal for different age targets."
This also goes for enemies, some of which are simply not fun to fight against. But no enemy in the entirety of Elden Ring has garnered as much hate as the Royal Revenants. Okay, maybe they're tied with Liurnia's Giant Crayfish - but those are far less common in the game's world.
The Royal Revenants are the multi-limbed, crown-wearing centipede-like creatures. They're hated because they often surprise you by spawning out of nowhere, so you can't exactly avoid them. They're hard to stagger, and seem to have infinite stamina; pummelling you with one attack after another with their flailing arms until you're dead.
To make Revenants even more aggravating, they have the ability to burrow into the ground and pop up behind you after they're done with their combo, which can sometimes cause you to accidentally aggro other nearby enemies, and eat a few hits unnecessarily as you attempt to reposition - not to mention make it very hard to escape.
In a recent interview with Leo Edit, Norman Reedus seemingly let it all slip when it comes to the mention of Death Stranding and a possible sequel. When asked about his work on the original game, Reedus responded with, "We just started the second one." Oops.
Norman need not worry, though, as Hideo Kojima has publicly responded to the rumours with a simple tweet.
The tweet consists of a handful of photographs of the pair appearing to celebrate Reedus' work on series, The Walking Dead, accompanied by the caption "Go to your private room, my friend." Paired with a cute thumbs up and a heart eyes emoji to boot, there's no mistaking that the pair clearly have a friendship like no other.
Teamfight Tactics has been trucking on for some time now; for almost two years in fact. As a result, it has grown to become a surprise hit for Riot Games. Nestled within its own corner of the League of Legends client, Teamfight Tactics has garnered its own community of dedicated players, some of whom have been along for the ride ever since its release.
All this time later, can the latest update, Dragonlands, still impress an audience that has stuck around with the Auto Battler? In this preview, we took a look at the update on the PTR to find out.
Dragonlands is coming with some serious switcheroos, mix-ups, and overall twists on the Teamfight Tactics formula. As with all updates to the title, it brings a whole new cast of characters each with their own origins and classes. In Dragonlands, there are fourteen of each, with every one contributing a unique spin to your board of units that drastically alter their performance.
In a world where people can't help but compare Xbox to PlayStation, PSN to Xbox Live, Game Pass to whatever PS Plus Premium will end up being, it's hard to stay objective about the numbers. But, per a new report from the PlayStation parent company, it's fair to say that Sony is, indeed, raking it in.
In the latest corperate strategy meeting presentation, Sony announced that the PlayStation Network currently generates a frankly eye-watering ¥1,833.8 billion (that's over $14 billion) in sales per year. That number is up ¥800 billion (or $6.27 billion) from 2021.
The company noted that over 100 million monthly active users contribute to this staggering number, as Kenichiro Yoshida – CEO of Sony Group – extols the virtues of having a loyal consumer base attached to a monthly subscription service.
Amazon Prime Day is one of the best times of the year to upgrade your storage, whether it's your desktop, laptop or new console.
The older, 2.5" SATA SSDs are still a great choice if you're rocking an older laptop or desktop, and is the most significant upgrade you could probably make to an older machine, especially to boot an OS like Windows. And with USB enclosures, you can also use these for other devices, including PlayStation and Xbox consoles. They'll only be able to store PS5 and Xbox Series X|S games (but store and play PS4 and Xbox One titles), but they're a heck of a lot faster than traditional spinning hard drives.
The Crucial MX500 remains the best 2.5" SSD you can buy for both performance and value, and Amazon have small reductions across different storage capacities compared to the standard RRP. There are already discounts on some of the storage options ahead of Prime Day, which you can find below.
Amazon Prime Day is happening very soon so it's time to get ready with what we can expect to be on sale during this year's event. This will mean reductions on many games and accessories, and a potential deal or two on consoles.
Unlike the PlayStation 5, the Xbox Series X has slowly been recovering in terms of stock availability. In the UK, Microsoft's flagship console has remained in stock at Amazon for the last few weeks now. With stock being available during last year's Prime Day and other events like Black Friday, we can expect it to be a little easier to buy from this online behemoth.
As for the US, the Xbox Series X restocks have still been sparse. We hope the console makes an appearance this Prime Day but we don't expect to see any discounts. In the meantime, you can check for the latest Xbox stock updates over at our Xbox stock checker page at Eurogamer.
Japan is getting an incredibly wholesome looking Animal Crossing-themed encyclopedia that's meant to be an educational tool for kids.
Blathers has plenty to say about all kinds of critters and creatures in the world of Animal Crossing, but we don't always want to hear it. For those who do want to learn a bit more though, there's an encyclopedia based on all of the non-anthropomorphic animals in New Horizon coming out later this year, though unfortunately it's Japan only (thanks, VGC).
Apparently the book will have information on all 235 species that you can find and catalogue, but the pages shown off mostly just show little tidbits of information. As well as this, the book comes with a 57 minute long DVD, and the pair together are meant to teach kids about various aspects of ecology.
Maxis has properly revealed the next two kits coming to The Sims 4, with a cosy looking camping kit, and one that will let you decorate with a more Parisian aesthetic.
The kits were first teased earlier this month, and were expected to release some time this month. Now, Maxis has confirmed that these two kits, called Little Campers Kit and Moonlight Chic Kit, both of which will be released on May 26. Kits typically cost around £4.99, which will probably be the case for these two as well, and generally just introduce items.
"Build your backyard for a night of creative family fun," wrote the official Sims Twitter account. "With DIY toys, blanket-fort, & even an outdoor projector made out of a bedsheet, your kiddos can enjoy a cosy night at home with their friends." The kit does look pretty comfy, with things like the aforementioned projector, a cardboard truck, and plenty of places to lounge.
With 2018's God of War having been released on PC earlier this year, mods of course were expected to come, and now a mod will let you play as Homer and Bart Simpson.
God of War tells a tale of a broken man, with a long, painful history, trying to figure out how to once again be a father. And this Simpsons themed mod takes all of that, and undercuts it by replacing Kratos and Atreus' character models with Home and Bart. The mod comes from Omega Fantasy, who has a history of God of War mods, with the video showing it off on YouTuber ToastedShoe's channel.
It's unclear if the mod will be playable for everyone or not, but it's genuinely kind of impressive. A simple character model swap, it is not, as Omega Fantasy hired some voice actors doing impressions of the characters too, with Benjamin Rudmar as Homer, and June Briar as Bart. Not only that, YouTuber and voice actor Brock Baker played the role of The Stranger, who of course is replaced by Ned Flanders.
Final Fantasy 14's now iconic producer Naoki Yoshida has recently detailed how his first game ended up getting cancelled.
Not every game is going to see the light of day, and it turns out that that was the case for Yoshida's first title he was working on at Square Enix. All the young readers might not be aware of this, but back in the day, Square and Enix used to be two separate companies. And now, speaking with We Are Vana'diel, Yoshida spoke of how the 2003 merger between the two eventually led to the cancellation of the first title he worked on at the joined company (thanks, Kotaku).
At the time, Yoshida was working as an outside developer on an online PC title at Enix, prior to the merger. However, things started to change once the merger took place. "As a result, we were told the game might not stay PC-exclusive, and sure enough, after the merger actually took place, we were told to rework it for the PlayStation 2," Yoshida told Akihiko Matsui, producer of Final Fantasy XI.
An incredibly impressive mod for Fallout 4 called Fallout London, first revealed last year, has shown off around 20 minutes of gameplay.
All mods are equal, but some mods are more equal than others. That happens to be the case with this particular mod, Fallout London, which essentially looks like an entire game in its own right. A new gameplay trailer shows off what looks to be the first roughly 20 minutes of gameplay for the "DLC-sized mod," with a pretty classic style opening. There's a slideshow explaining what happens when the bombs dropped in London, because war never changes, as we all know.
Then of course, it starts you out in some kind of mysterious lab, where two scientists are studying you. There's even some original voice acting! The wildest part about that though, is that these two scientists are voiced by none other than Sylvester McCoy and Colin Baker, the seventh and sixth Doctors from Doctor Who respectively. Quite the bit of talent to open up the game with, and certainly impressive for a fan project.
After Embracer Group's recent acquisition of Tomb Raider and more, it's looking like "remakes, remasters, and spinoffs," are on the table.
The start of the month saw the next big acquisition of the year in the gaming industry, this time with Embracer Group taking on IPs like Tomb Raider and Deus Ex, and studios like Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal. It's obvious that Embracer Group would want to capitalise on this wealth of media and talent, but how it planned to do so wasn't clear just yet. Now, in the company's quarterly earnings report, plans are a bit clearer.
Talking about the acquisition, Embracer Group wrote that it received "an overwhelming and positive response," saying that it sees "great potential, not only in sequels, but also in remakes, remasters, spinoffs, as well as transmedia projects across the Group."
Right now we’re all sitting on our hands, waiting for The Elder Scrolls 6. Wondering what delights it might hold for us. Whether the NPCs will be able to simultaneously move, talk, and come off like something close to humans. Dreaming of a world full of undiscovered quests, un-plundered chests, pristine sweetrolls.
But the human brain doesn’t sit well with incomplete information loops. It’s difficult to live with the uncertainty of the Elder Scrolls 6 – it might be a terrible pile of wretched nonsense, for all we know. Our subconscious mind wants to solve problems, not simply sit with them.
That’s the best explanation I have for why I installed Oblivion again recently. It’s so far in the past that the memories I have of it are one sugar-coated glossy haze now, more of a fuzzy feeling than a clear sequence of events. It almost feels like a new game, albeit one made from rather rudimentary parts.
After years of mostly average review scores for Sonic games, Sega is aiming high with the upcoming Sonic Frontiers.
We all love the fastest hedgehog around, we just don't all love his games. But it seems like Sega is targeting high review scores for the next entry in the beloved-but-flawed series. As shared by VGC, during a recent analyst and investor Q&A, the company was asked if it had any targets in mind for review scores on sites like Metacritic, which Sega Sammy's CEO Haruki Satomi and CFO Koichi Fukazawa confirmed was the case.
"We have set internal targets, as the correlation between the scores of external evaluation organizations and sales is high in Europe and North America," the two said. "If the game gets a high score, it can become a must-buy game, and possibly generate synergy with sales, so we are currently working hard to improve the quality of the game toward its sales for the holiday season."
A fan project has given us a taste of what a 3D Pokémon game might look like if the series tried to mimic its original 2D art style.
Pokémon's art style has changed a lot over the years, but obviously plenty of us still have a fondness for the original 2D art from character designer Ken Sugimori. His art style around the time of the original Pokémon games was incredibly distinctive, opting for very angular looks, and played with light in creative ways through a watercolour look. And now a fan has translated that 2D style into a 3D one, giving us a look into an alternate reality.
The project comes from fan artist pokeyugami, showing off a short video on Twitter of their take on a 3D Pokémon game. It's pretty obvious that the video is mimicking Sugimori's art style, one that looks ridiculously good in 3D. So much so that it's almost upsetting there isn't a game in this classic art style.
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards was released to Nintendo Switch Online yesterday, May 20, and players of the game have found a rather serious bug.
According to a post on reddit from user keyblademasternadroj (thanks, Nintendo Everything), the bug appears in underwater levels when hit by certain damage sources. This causes Kirby to be stunned "forever," and to fix it, you need to quit the level.
Apparently, the bug was not included in the original N64 game, so it is something new with the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack release.
Swedish game developer Stunlock Studios have announced V Rising, its open-world vampire survival game, has sold over 500,000 copies after releasing on Steam Early Access.
The feat was accomplished within three days, as the game went live on the service May 17.
As of press time, there are currently 112,906 folks playing V Rising on Steam, which is currently the highest it's peaked. We look for more folks to join in on the vampire fun over the weekend.
The weekend has rolled around again, which means it's time to do something other than work.
Well, it's May, and that means you may have to spend some time outside doing things to make your place look dapper. You may have flowers to plant, mulch to spread, a yard to mow, dog leavings to pick up, a gate to fix, a car to wash... any number of things.
But don't work too hard. You just finished a workweek and you deserve to forget it existed, stay out of the sun for a bit, and do nothing but play a game or two.
Riot Games has revealed details for its latest League of Legends champion through a cinematic trailer.
The new champion, Bel'veth, is an empress and "God of Oblivion" coming from the heart of the Void in Runeterra.
Bel’Veth is decribed as a "dark cancer" that has metastasized within the heart of the Void, and she wants to consume and rebuild Runeterra in her own image. She devours whole cities and their populations and repurposes the information gathered from each into an alien landscape known as the Lavender Sea. In the void, she forces all to submit to her will or be destroyed.
New social features are coming to Pokemon Go to help bring people together for raids, and arrange potential meetups.
The new social features, some of which are based on a separate Niantic app, have been "tested over time" and will be available in Pokemon Go sometime in the next few months.
Niantic said the hope is that the new features will make it easier for Trainers to communicate with each other, discover new communities, and enjoy local raid battles.
Sony has released its first PlayStation 5 Bundle, and it comes with a copy of Horizon Forbidden West.
Currently only available in the UK (thanks, IGN), you can pick the bundle up at various retailers such as Argos, ShopTo, and Smyths.
It appears all of the stores linked above are sold out of the bundle, but keep checking back. Once available again, it will run you £499.99.
Let’s not mince words: Sonic’s cinematic adventures are now significant. Impossible to ignore, even. Sonic 2 is a great movie, but it’s also gone on to become the highest-grossing film adaptation of a game ever. And you know what? It’s deserved.
Beyond just creating a couple of good big-screen adventures, the Sonic movies have done a convincing job of creating a new version of the Sonic canon; a universe it’s easy to become invested in the expansion of. With Sonic 3 officially coming, that means we can’t help but ask… what should be in it?
We’ve got a couple of thoughts; some picks of things we reckon should appear in Sonic the Hedgehog 3, whenever it hits cinemas. What would you like to see?
The Nintendo Switch OLED has been out for eight months now, and it has kept well in stock in the UK so we're seeing some great bundles as well as discounts appearing at various retailers.
The Switch OLED is £50 more expensive than the standard Switch with a retail price of £309, but for that money you get a bigger OLED screen, a more secure kickstand, a better dock to connect it to your TV, and an internal storage boost.
That price difference has been cut by more than half at UK retailer Very, thanks to a ten percent discount code.
The Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus seems to have confirmed development on a Death Stranding sequel has started.
Speaking in an interview with Leo Edit, Reedus was asked about his work on Death Stranding to which he replied, "We just started the second one.".
He also recounted how he famously landed the role of Sam Porter thanks in part to Guillermo Del Toro and how he spent "two or three years" finishing the mo-cap sessions for the game. (thanks, Nibel)
Assassin's Creed Origins and For Honor: Marching Fire Edition are both coming to Xbox Game Pass, and now we know when.
The dates were revealed via the coming soon section of the Xbox Game Pass app and corroborated by Game Pass Counter.
For Honor: Marching Fire Edition will arrive on June 1 to PC via the Ubisoft Connect app, the cloud, and console versions will be upgraded to the Marching Fire Edition.
"Some call it a puffball, some call it a marshmallow, but most people prefer to simply call it Kirby." This was the beginning of Kirby 64. Back when Nintendo donned an even more finicky website, the teaser for Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards still rings true over two decades later. As a Kirby fan through and through, the amount of people asking me what exactly Kirby is never ends: let's settle on pink puffball.
As of today, May 20, the pink puffball cometh to Nintendo Switch Online and Expansion Pack members in the form of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. Initially released on the Nintendo 64 back in 2000, the game was HAL Laboratory's first dabble with making Kirby 3D.
It wasn't until this year, with Kirby and the Forgotten Land, that we saw Kirby go on their first fully 3D adventure. It wasn't an easy ride though, and Paul Cecchini delves just how long and complicated Kirby's journey to 3D was in this article.
The Genshin Impact version 2.7 livestream has just concluded. In it, all the new content, characters, and limited time events that we can expect on May 31 when the update goes live. Titled Hidden Dreams in the Depths, it looks as though we’ll be headed back into The Chasm for some additional story dealing with the mysteries down there.
For those who missed the stream, or just want a recap on everything that was shown off, we’ve created this Genshin Impact version 2.7 stream recap so you can find all the details in one place!
In version 2.7, we’re headed back into The Chasm. We, alongside Xiao, Arataki Itto, and the new character Yelans and Kuki Shinobu are heading back underground into a mysterious new domain. In this new location, we uncover more about what’s going on with this area, as well as meet up with our sibling in what promises to be a huge story moment in the ongoing Genshin Impact narrative.
Pokemon Go trainers who also happen to be Amazon Prime members can now claim exclusive Pokemon GO bundles through Prime Gaming. Starting in May 2022, the bundles are available now and are packed with bonus in-game items such as Poke-Balls, Max Revives and more. This month's Pokemon GO Bundle includes 30x Pokeballs, 5x Max Revives and 1x Star Piece.
This is all thanks to Prime Gaming and Niantic, who have teamed up to bring Pokemon Go trainers with an active Amazon Prime membership or Prime Video membership (depending on your location) extra in-game content up until at least July 2022.
If you're not already an Amazon Prime member, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial here, or click the Try Prime button, which is positioned above the active Pokemon GO bundle.
It's been a good week for Embracer Group and Saber Interactive: after the publisher/developer combo announced that Evil Dead: The Game sold 500,000 units in under a week, it's become clear that there's an appetite for all things multiplayer horror – a trend helped into popularity by the runaway success of games like Dead by Daylight.
During Embracer Group’s Q4 Report presentation, Saber Interactive CEO Matthew Karch was asked about the launch of Evil Dead: The Game, with the host of the presentation bringing up the game's review scores... which he says "aren't fantastic, but for the genre are quite solid".
In response, Karch notes that the Saber team is "pleasantly surprised" by the scores to date, which have – to date – exceeded the team's internal targets. "The other thing we've learned," Karch continues, "is that the days of a Metacritic score determining how well a game sells are long gone."
For those Guardians out there tuned into Destiny 2, you’ll be aware of the This Week at Bungie news posts that offer a constant update on what’s up and coming in the popular sci-fi MMOFPS. However they don’t always bring good news, as within the May 19 issue of TWAB it was announced that Xur, the NPC that offers exotics and other valuable weaponry, is undergoing some changes that while small, have essentially killed a passionate sub-community of Destiny players.
But first, an explainer on how these players were messing with the game. Xur, the squid-faced NPC that has long been a beloved figure in the Destiny series, works on a weekly cycle. He disappears for a few days between Tuesday and Thursday, before showing up in a random spot on the weekend in one of the game’s open world maps with a fresh inventory of exotic weapons, armour, and legendary equipment for sale.
As you may imagine, he’s always worth a visit for every player! Newer Guardians can often grab a new exotic to play around with while the more hardcore, stat-focused community can occasionally grab an especially great piece once in a while. But what if Xur doesn’t have something you need? Well, enter the Xur Instances Discord community.
Santa Monica Studio has revealed a selection of the accessibility options for God of War Ragnarok.
According to the studio, there will be over 60 options available to players starting with a redesigned UI which will allow for more flexibility and readability..
The studio also rebuilt controller remapping from the ground up and added more customization to the combat and interaction systems. All accessibility features from 2018’s God of War have been retained and expanded upon so that you can adjust the gameplay to best suit your style and needs.
The PC Gaming Show returns this year, and it will take place on Sunday, June 12.
In its eighth year, the PC Gaming Show will feature a mix of world premiere announcements, new trailers, and interviews with developers.
This year’s show will be hosted by PC Gamer’s 2010 “Gamer of the Year,” Sean 'Day' Plott, and Mica Burton, an actress, digital content creator, live event presenter, and professional cosplayer.
In its Q4 and year end report, Gearbox's parent company Embracer Group announced the studio has nine triple-A titles in the works.
Gearbox has both a development wing and a publishing arm. It is unclear whether all nine games are in development with Gearbox Software, or are being published by Gearbox Publishing as Embracer did not clarify.
Embracer acquired Gearbox in February 2021 for $1.3 billion. It was announced that the funds will allow the studio to expand to develop more games and grow its publishing business in North America. The Borderlands IP is still owned by Gearbox and the studio will continue to work with publisher 2K Games on the franchise.
As we wait for The Elder Scrolls 6 to materialize one way or another, and endure a now-even-longer wait for Starfield, The Elder Scrolls Online remains Bethesda’s flagship all-you-can-eat title. And it’s not even developed by Bethesda Game Studios.
When it launched back in 2014, TESO made many mistakes – something that sadly feels like tradition for large online games. Chief among them was the decision to go with a subscription-based model, trying to take a bite out of World of Warcraft’s real state. The Old Republic couldn’t achieve that even with all the power of the Star Wars IP and BioWare’s expertise. Unsurprisingly, things didn’t work out too well for ZeniMax Online’s MMORPG at first, either; less than a year after it launched, TESO dropped the mandatory subscription and worked towards actually becoming The Elder Scrolls (but) Online.
2015 and 2016 brought forth the changes that essentially turned TESO into the unique MMORPG that it is today. Of course, changing the obligatory subscription into an optional offering for the more hardcore players was a big step forward, but it was the One Tamriel update in late 2016 which won many players over. The game’s biggest rework removed level restrictions tied to areas and the core activities, effectively adding the layer of player-driven freedom that had defined Bethesda Game Studios’ games for over a decade.
We’ve recently had some time to mess around in the Multiversus closed alpha test, the upcoming two versus two platform fighter from Player First Games and Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment. In it, players pick one of several iconic characters from the vast and colourful WB vault and team up for some good ol’ fashioned fisticuffs.
So what do we think of this game from our time with this super early version of the title? Well, we like it. Quite a lot actually. For our detailed thoughts, we delve into each aspect of the game below, but you can also check out some footage of the game for yourself embedded below:
The first thing that struck us, even with this early version of Multiversus, is the quality of presentation. The game itself is slickly presented, but also not so serious as to separate itself from some of the more goofy aspects of its cast. Each character is presented wonderfully - making it hard for any of your excitement to be dampened as you find yourself in the colourful character select screen.
CD Projekt Red has announced a Q4 2022 release window for the PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X/S versions of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition.
The next-gen version was originally expected sometime during Q2 before it was postponed until "further notice" back in April.
The delay was announced alongside news that development had moved in-house, and the team was evaluating the "scope of work to be done." It was originally being handled by Saber Interactive.
The Epic MEGA Sale has kicked off on the Epic Games Store, and the first of four free games being offered during this time is Borderlands 3.
You can download Borderlands 3 from today through May 26 at 11am ET.
If you have never played the looter-shooter before, it's free, so now there is no excuse.
Looks like Switch users may finally get their hands on Skyrim Anniversary Edition if a listing from the Taiwan Digital Game Rating Committee is any indication.
The listing was found by Switch Brasil and it definintly lists the game for Switch.
Released for all platforms back in November, save for Switch, this entry in the series is the most comprehensive as it comes with the main game and all of its expansions plus 500 Creation Club mods along with new quests.
Frogwares are currently working on a new horror game with the working title Project Palianytsia.
While the first reveal should happen within a few months, the team decided to show off a bit of concept art ahead of time to get you interested.
According to Frogwares, the war in Ukraine has forced them to suspend its next open-world game and shift the team over to something different and more streamlined. This is where Project Palianytsia comes into play.
Humble Bundle's Store began its Spring Sale a few weeks ago now, offering big discounts on PC games like DOOM Eternal Deluxe Edition, and The Outer Worlds. You can also get an amazing 50 per cent off on games like Tales of Arise and Life is Strange: True Colors. The great thing about buying from Humble is with every purchase you make you donate to charity at no extra cost.
There's a long list of games you can get for less in the full Humble Spring Sale, so we've picked out a few of our favourites.
In Deep Rock Galactic you play as a crew of Dwarf miners who must fly out to various planets to mine them for their materials and complete objectives using weapons and tools that include portable platforms, gatling guns, launchers, flamethrowers and much more. While the base game is on Game Pass, and was a free game for PlayStation Plus users back in January, this Dwarven Legacy edition gives you the supporter upgrade, the Megacorp and Dark Future DLC packs, and the full game soundtrack, for £22.53/$28.37 in the sale which is cheaper than the base game at normal price.
The Epic MEGA Sale has kicked off on the Epic Games Store, and for the next four weeks you can score all sorts of nice deals.
This year, the Epic MEGA Sale will feature free tentpole games via the Epic vault, limitless MEGA coupons worth 25% off, deals, and discounts up to 75% off.
All Epic Games Store users will receive a 25% Epic Coupon to use during the MEGA Sale. You can use it either on single purchases orpurchases with multiple games that are $14.99 or more.
After what has felt like an eternity, we’ve finally got a date for the Genshin Impact version 2.7 release. It’s been a few weeks since the indefinite delay was announced alongside weekly complimentary primo gems, however it looks like the wheels are finally turning again.
So if you’ve been wondering when Genshin Impact version 2.7 is coming out? Or when the Genshin Impact version 2.7 livestream is set to go live? We’ve got all the info here for you, so you won't miss anything important.
The Genshin Impact version 2.7 update is set to go live May 31 (UTC+ 8). This information comes directly from the official English Genshin Impact twitter account, which also announced that the standard maintenance period of around five hours can also be expected.
Auto-battlers are currently the hottest thing in strategy gaming, but until now they’ve had some drawbacks on mobile platforms. Long sessions demanding constant player engagement are fine for PC gamers, but mobile gamers need a drop-in/drop-out experience, and that’s exactly what Mythic Legends delivers. And it does so without sacrificing any of the tactical depth you’d want from a strategy RPG.
We don’t have space here to cover every single strategic detail of Mythic Legends in depth, but we can run you through some expert tips that are sure to give you an edge over the competition.
First of all, unlike in other auto-battlers, there’s no time pressure in Mythic Legends, so you can take as long as you like to study your opponent and set up the perfect counter-attack. Simply maxing out your power rating won’t work in every battle here. In fact, your most satisfying wins will be against opponents with higher power ratings. You really need to set up your formation so that you defend against your opponent’s strengths, and target their weaknesses. Never assume that a formation that works against one opponent will work against every opponent in the Tournament. If you really want to win, you have to tailor your tactics to every battle.
Roller Champions, the free-to-play PvP roller skating game coming from the minds at Ubisoft, is launching on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC via the Ubisoft store on May 25. This news comes alongside a new cinematic trailer showing off some of the characters featured in the fast-paced sports action game.
For those who’d like to get their hands on the title but aren’t a fan of those particular platforms, the game will also be launching on the Nintendo Switch, the Epic Games Store, Amazon Luna and Stadia at a later date. The game will also feature cross play and progression from launch, so you’ll be able to hop between platforms if you can’t pick just one.
The game is a three versus three PvP title where two teams battle it out in an arena. It’s a goal-focused title, where both teams race to score five points first in order to secure the win. You can grab the ball and pass it between your team, as well as rip it from the arms of the enemy team by tackling them to the ground.
Evil Dead: The Game may have had something of a quiet launch as far as marketing and buzz go, but the game has already been a success; per a new tweet about the owner of the game IP, Embracer Group, the game has sold through 500,000 units in just five days.
It helps, of course, that the game is multiplatform and cross-play – being an asymmetric multiplayer title, the deck would be stacked against you if you were limiting your player pool to just one platform, right? So these sales count for every version of the game sold since its fitting release date of Friday 13, May across PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
Given the strong start the game has enjoyed, then, it makes sense that the developer has announced a fairly comprehensive Evil Dead DLC roadmap, which includes a new map heavily based on Castle Kandar from Army of Darkness, coming later this summer.
It looks like Battlefield 2042 has begun the process of rethinking the major shift to 128 players in its game modes. As part of this morning's new update, the 128-player Breakthrough playlist has been abolished. Going forward, Breakthrough will be limited to the classic 64 players.
This, of course, only applies to the PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S versions - since last-gen consoles are already limited to 64 players.
Interestingly, however, DICE will be using the 128-player versions of some of the game’s maps in the 64-player playlists. Discarded, Manifest, Orbital, and Kaleidoscope will retain the 128-player version, whereas Hourglass, Breakaway, and Renewal will play the 64-player layout.
The Chant is an upcoming horror game that is set to explore the dark side of spirituality. Set at a spiritual retreat, the third-person horror is going to require players to scramble to survive when things turn awry. You are expected to craft and fight your way out of the retreat, escaping the psychedelic horrors and cosmic terror that occurs when one ritual goes wrong.
Sounds like an interesting take, right? Well, for players on Xbox One and PS4, I bear bad news. Following a recent press release, it appears that The Chant might not make its way onto the consoles. Previously, Brass Token stated the game would release on Xbox One, Xbox Series S|X, PS4, PS4, and PC, but the most recent press release neglected to mention the current-gen consoles.
After Gematsu queried this on Twitter, @TheChantGame responded, "At this stage we are focusing on Gen 9 and PC to make sure they meet the highest quality standards. News regarding Gen 8 versions will follow in the near future."
Arma 4 has been confirmed to be in development, and to hold you over in the meantime, you can experience Arma Reforger.
First up, the developers provided the news that Arma 4 is in development with a video that takes a look back at previous entries in the series and teases Arma 4 at the end.
Nothing is known about the title, Arma Reforger is being described as a platform that serves as a stepping stone on the road to Arma 4 by offering a glimpse of the future ahead. It allows you the chance to test Arma’s approach, gameplay, and infrastructure and to shape what comes next for Arma 4 and the series as a whole.
Capcom has released two short videos for Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak, each one giving you a look at a specific weapon.
The first one, which is posted below, takes a look at the Hammer. It features the attacks Impact Burst, Impact Crater, the Switch Skill Swap action which will be common to all weapons, Spinning and Charge for Silkbind Bludgeon.
The Great Sword is the subject of the second trailer. The massive sword features the Silkbind Attack Strongarm Stance, and like other weapons, you can use Skill Swap to switch to Hunting Edge, Slash combos Charged and Surge, then there's Rage Slash and True Charged Slash.
Torn Banner Studios announced today that Chivalry 2 is heading to Steam on June 12.
Previously a timed-exclusive to the Epic Games Store, the Steam version of the game will have immediate parity with all other versions, containing all game updates released to date, and the same content as every platform.
Alongside the June 12 release on Steam, players can look forward to the Tenosian Invasion update across all supported platforms - including Steam.
Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown has not only been delayed into 2023, but the PS4 and Xbox One versions have also been canceled.
According to Nacon, the delay will allow KT Racing to make it "the most polished gaming experience in the franchise" by spending more time on its development.
KT Racing will also use the extra development time to optimize the game and to get players more involved. The plan is to schedule closed betas which will allow the team to gather feedback to keep improving the game's quality until it releases.
If you haven't jumped into Call of Duty: Vanguard multiplayer, you can do so from today through May 24.
During this time you will have access to over 20 maps and 10 modes including the new Mayhem Multiplayer map, Arms Race, Ship Haus, and others.
In Mayhem, you get to stomp around a 1950s monster movie set on this new map. Despite its tiny layout, you'll feel large as you battle through a small-scale replica of a metropolis. You will fight around skyscrapers in the center of the map, surrounded by an outer path where you can traverse an ocean or move off-set.
Rovio has announced Angry Birds have come to Minecraft via a new adventure DLC.
Available now for Minecraft: Bedrock Edition players, the new world comes with two game modes, and a gaggle of extra goodies.
Developed by Oreville Studios, the DLC features the famous birds once again trying to stop the pigs from whatever nefarious scheme they have concocted.
The Valiant is an upcoming action-RTS with RPG elements "coming soon" to consoles and PC.
Described as a fresh experience for players wanting something new in the genre, the game focuses more on tactical combat with smaller forces.
In it, you will encounter a story-driven campaign where each mission’s challenge is unique. Decisions both on and off the battlefield will count, and you will want to select your forces carefully for each mission as well as decide the skills and equipment given to each hero.
We can expect some news on Final Fantasy 7 in June as part of Square Enix's celebration of the series' 25th Anniversary.
This is according to Square's Tetsuya Nomura, who said to expect the news next month.
"Next month, we're planning to publish information related to [Final Fantasy] 7's 25th anniversary," said Nomura stated during a promotional stream for for the mobile-based spin-off, The First Soldier. (thanks, RPGsite).
When it comes to JRPGs, there are few that are more unashamedly themselves than Xenoblade Chronicles. Released in 2010 as a final hurrah for the all but abandoned Wii, its colourful blend of MMO-lite combat, mechs, and endearingly earnest UK voice acting come together in a gaming experience like no other. Despite its humble Wii Origins, Xenoblade’s vast expanse and all-timer orchestral score create a grand sense of adventure that few of its genre mates have managed to top – even now, 12 years later.
Yet, that’s not to say it’s perfect. If we were to label it anything, we’d have to file this cult curio under ‘flawed masterpiece’. This is a game that meanders. It’s a story of teeny tropes and towering titans that bores as often as it excites, and thanks to its auto-attack system – ripped wholesale from an MMO – it features one of the most bizarre combat systems in gaming. Yet in spite of it all, I find myself returning to Bionis and Mechanis’ luscious lands, time and time again.
Xenoblade Chronicles has not always been an easy game to enjoy – and the hardware it’s been relegated to certainly hasn’t helped. I’ve tried getting into Monolith Soft's RPG masterwork on various occasions, with varying degrees of success. With the Wii version releasing via an incredibly limited run, getting a copy of the game was near impossible. So, I initially started my journey across the Bionis via a Dolphin-emulated version on my Mac – and thanks to some unusable Wii controller mappings, failed miserably.
If you’ve ever wondered why ReedPop, a company that runs multiple pop culture events such as PAX, NYCC, and MCM doesn’t have a pop culture news and features website, wonder no more. Popverse is live.
Created by a team of world-class pop culture experts who have written for the likes of USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, Newsarama, Paste Magazine, The Comics Journal, and The AV Club, Popverse will delve deep into your favourite fandoms.
Here’s Editor-in-Chief, Chris, to fill you in some more:
Nacon and Spiders have announced GreedFall 2: The Dying World is in development for consoles and PC.
A sequel to Greedfall, the RPG will focus on story and player choice and includes new gameplay in the form of more tactical combat.
Set three years before the events of the first game and the adventures of De Sardet, this time out you will play as a native of Teer Fradee, uprooted by force from your island. Taken to the continent of Gacane, where the colonists are from, the old world has been ravaged by war and scarred by the Malichor plague and the political scheming of the different factions.
There’s been an update to the ongoing Capcom esports licensing debate, one which seemingly closes the book on the issue with the owners and attendees of community events in a more favourable position than they were this March.
In an official post published on the Capcom USA website, revisions to the original rules have been laid out, alongside an explanation on why these changes have been made and a short series of quick elaborations on certain sticking points that were a source of frustration. All in all, it seems as though the vast majority of major problems have been at the very least lightened up, which in turn provides smaller events like your typically regional monthly tournament or weekly boozy bar gaming session more breathing room.
A selection of major changes were also listed out in the article, which we’ve included below:
Techland, the studio behind Dying Light and Dying Light 2, has announced the development of a new triple-A project.
The studio said it has a team dedicated to the unannounced title, which is an open-world action RPG in a fantasy setting.
With the success of Dying Light and the great opening for Dying Light 2, Techland felt now was the time to announce it has a new title in development, and that it is hiring folks to help fill various positions within the team.
Microsoft has announced a batch of games coming to Xbox Game Pass in May.
Available from today are: Her Story for PC, Skate for Cloud through EA Play, and Jurassic World Evolution 2 for Cloud, Console, and PC.
Also available today is Little Witch in the Woods for console and PC through Game Preview. The game tells the story of Ellie, an apprentice witch. In the game, you will explore the mystical forest, help the residents, and experience daily life as a witch.
World’s Edge is back in Apex Legends, and any long term player will know what that means. We’re dropping back into Fragment! This point of interest is a beloved hotspot for early game drops, meaning a large chunk of the match population will be dropping there as their very first stop.
But why is that? Well, for one, it’s massive. Even with a large number of squads dropping there, you’ll likely be able to find a decent amount of loot for you and your buddies to pick up and use against other squads. Secondly, due to its position being somewhat close to the centre of the map, it’s a great spot to rotate out from when the first or second circle starts drifting away.
When the circle remains over Fragment, you can be certain that fresh squads will continue funnelling in from all directions, so it’s also one of the best places to hold up if you’ve got a taste for action. It’s a good thing people who like hot dropping - intentionally starting in heavily contested locations - are typically starving for high-intensity games.
Saints Row has got a long and chequered history. We’ve come a long way from the the 3rd Street Saints and Volition’s fairly detached view of gangland violence back in 2006. Perhaps because the developers at the studio got sick of its games being labelled ‘GTA clones’ or perhaps because the market was shifting quite significantly into the 2010s, Saints Row – as a series – mutated quite a lot from its original vision until its hiatus in 2013.
And perhaps that was for the best; ending the series with your main character being elected President of the United States after foiling a terrorist attack, defending the earth from an alien invasion, and then being planted into a simulated world seemed like good call (but not before having him learn the true meaning of Christmas, and go to hell, of course).
With Saints Row 2022, things couldn’t be more different. This game – a complete reboot of the series – sort-of goes back to the roots of it all; you’re a young upstart gang member, disillusioned with gangland life, and eager to set up your own crew to break up the status quo. To that end, you recruit members of each of hometown Santo Ileso’s three main controlling factions: the gym bros of Los Panteros, the anarchist Idols, and the private military contractors of Marshall Defense Industries.
I didn’t expect to be putting Resident Evil and Attack on Titan in the same headline this morning, but Behaviour Interactive clearly know their audience. Last night, during Dead by Daylight’s sixth anniversary broadcast, BHVR revealed that players can expect to see a second Resident Evil chapter, an Attack on Titan crossover, and a Dead by Daylight-inspired dating sim.
During celebrations of the fifth anniversary, the first Resident Evil chapter for Dead by Daylight launched. With it came legends of horror, Leon S. Kennedy and Jill Valentine as survivors, and Nemesis as a killer. However, the map that came as a part of the chapter, Raccoon City Police Department, came with various issues and was not available for a while after launch.
Considering the overall success of the chapter, with Dead by Daylight reaching its highest player count during the chapter’s launch, it comes as no surprise that we’re going to soon be seeing more faces from Resident Evil. This is the first time that Behaviour Interactive have introduced two chapters from the same franchise, and this time around, the chapter will be called ‘Project W’.
Amazon Prime Day 2022 is getting closer and closer, and there's no better time to find a deal on that new Nintendo Switch console you've been eyeing up. Before that day arrives, you can look back on the best deals for the Switch during Prime Day 2021, and take a look at our predictions about what we might see on sale again.
Last year, there were some great Nintendo Switch Bundles that included games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and New Pokémon Snap that ended up being cheaper than the console itself at its regular price. There was also speculation of a new Switch Pro being released around that time, and now that the Switch OLED has been out for over half a year hopefully there will be some discounts and bundles for that too.
Below we'll have more highlights of Switch deals from Prime Day 2021, as well as links to consoles, games and accessories that we think could have offers on them this year. Also, following the Jelly Deals Twitter account is a great way to stay up-to-date on Nintendo Switch and Prime Day news so you never miss a deal. Once you've dropped a follow, let's get into the Switch Prime Day 2022 breakdown.
Evil Dead: The Game is an affectionate love letter to Sam Raimi’s horror franchise and its mass of loyal fans. I’ll hold my hands up and immediately say that I feel indifferent towards the Evil Dead movies. While I’m a horror devotee through and through, my love lies with the crass nature of Rob Zombie movies when it comes to those delicious horror/camp crossovers. That being said, I have a huge appreciation for the work of Sam Raimi, and was still incredibly interested to see just how the direction of his movies would be applied to an asymmetrical horror game.
Despite my interest in the game, my hopes were never that high: the last multiplayer horror game that I played – Back 4 Blood – inspired one of the biggest feelings of disappointment I’ve ever experienced when it comes to games. Yes, really. So this time, despite the two games being very different, I couldn’t help but expect more of the same; they're both horror-focused, multiplayer games coming from developers with patchy histories. You understand my caution, right?
But I was pleasantly surprised by Evil Dead: The Game. It felt as though the title had learned from previous mistakes in the genre, for the most part. There’s also no need to fear that a lack of love for Evil Dead is going to dampen your enjoyment – the game is playable and parseable in its entirety even if you know nothing of Ash and friends; you’re just going to have multiple punchlines fly over your head.
Elden Ring has received a handful of patches since its release at the end of February. Developer FromSoftware made a number of improvements to the game's performance, fixed a few bugs, and rebalanced a whole host of skills and weapons in an attempt to tone down the most obviously overpowered options.
As with many Japanese developers, FromSoft is guilty of making tweaks that do not get mentioned in patch notes. Players are left to discover and document those on their own in an attempt to keep track of what actually changes from one patch to another.
Those changes are usually relevant, which is why players tend to look for them. But some go entirely unnoticed - unless you're an eagle-eyed modder. YouTuber Illusory Wall, who made a career out of digging deep into FromSoftware's games to discover cut content, clip through boundaries and track hidden changes, has put out a video about a particular unlisted change you may not even think to check for.
Fall Guys, the family friendly battle royale that released to immense levels of success back in 2020 is going free to play June 21. While that’s big news for the game on its own, the folks at Mediatonic have also announced the title is coming to Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and the Epic Games Store alongside the free version.
If you’re a PlayStation player feeling a little left out, don’t worry! A PS5 version is also set to release alongside the rest. If you’ve got friends spread out across platforms you’ll be able to run the gauntlet alongside them, as crossplay and cross progression will be included on all of the above.
Those who buy Fall Guys before June 21, or have been a steadfast fan of the game since its release, will receive a free legacy pack, which includes the following cosmetics:
Only a few months ago, we heard that the Grand Theft Auto series overall continued to sell like hotcakes: as of February 2022, unit sales for the series topped 370 million, with the latest mainline release – GTA 5 – sales sitting pretty at over 160 million units.
Fast-forward three months, and the game has – somehow – sold even more. During Take-Two Interactive's conference call for Q4 2022, the publisher noted that GTA 5 sold yet another 5 million units over the last three months.
This means that the Grand Theft Auto Series, combined, has now sold 375 million copies across the globe since the last count. When you think about it, doesn't sound too good for the GTA Trilogy: The Definitive Edition, which didn't even make it to 1 million units sold over the last quarter. Chalk that one up to delayed physical editions, horrendous bugs, and missing files.
So, you've finally completed Elden Ring. After dozens of deaths to every one one of dozens of bosses. After untold moments where that infernal golden tree looks like it's just over the brow of the next hill only for you to get waylaid up a mountain – or for a whole new land to emerge between you and your goal – your beautiful, arduous journey is over.
The completion of a From Software game can be a strange time, the initial elation of victory fading into an existential emptiness as boss patterns in other games suddenly seem a little too predictable, and quest markers in mainstream RPGs feel a little on-the-nose (giving you the sobering epiphany that most open-world games really do take you for a fool).
But with Elden Ring already being FromSoft's best-selling game to date, I've deduced that many - if not most - of its players are yet to play its distant predecessor Dark Souls. If you're one of these people, then upon completing Elden Ring there's only one true way to fill that void (no, I'm not talking about Godfall).
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor's best feature was easily the nemesis system, and an upcoming mod seeks to add it to Skyrim.
If you're unfamiliar with Nemesis system, it works like this: enemies will remember the players actions, such as whether you had previously killed them or been killed by them, allowing them to move up and down the hierarchy. Get beat by a grunt often enough and it could work their way up the ladder, and they will bully you for constantly dying too. And now modder Syclonix seeks to add a similar system to Skyrim (thanks PCGamesN).
Syclonix calls the in-development mod Shadow of Skyrim: Nemesis and Alternative Death System, or SOS-NADS for short, as they described on Reddit. The post paints a pretty picture of how they imagine the mod to work narratively, telling a tale of a player bested by a bog vampire called "Breaks-Many-Shields."
The rumour mill doesn't want to stop at the moment, as a new rumour has come out claiming that The Medium developer Bloober Team is working on a Silent Hill 2 remake.
Earlier this week, some images leaked of a supposed Silent Hill reboot were taken down via DMCA by Konami. While it can't be confirmed if these images are real or not, the take downs certainly are suspicious. And now YouTuber NateTheHate has claimed that a remake of Silent Hill 2 is in development, as well as multiple other Silent Hill projects.
According to NateTheHate, this supposed remake will have reworked puzzles, new endings, and would be a timed PlayStation console exclusive. As well as this, a new mainline Silent Hill title is apparently in the works, and "side 'stories'" too, whatever that means.
After what seems like ages since the last tease towards Genshin Impact’s future, we’ve gotten the first look at a new character coming to the game via the official twitter account for the game. The character in question: Shikanoin Heizou.
Another Inazuma character joining the cast, they are an anemo character working for the Tenryou Commission as a detective. We’ve not heard anything about them in game as of right now, making them an entirely original addition to the cast.
On its own this is exciting news - everyone loves to see a new character! However, this newfound reveal should also ignite some hope that the Genshin Impact next update is right around the corner. We’ll have to keep an eye on official channels to find out when the reveal livestream will be coming in the coming days.
Just when we thought we had seen it all, someone has gone ahead and flipped our world upside down using Unreal Engine 5. How’d they do it? Well, they made a UE5 demo initially featuring a cute squirrel running around minding their own business. However, it’s when the squirrel picks up a gun that we were truly won over.
First off we’re treated with our furry friend wrapping their hands around a pistol grip as they carry the loaded sidearm around the little sandbox made for them. Their tiny hands can barely reach the trigger, so we don’t see them let loose any shots. That being said, we do see them run around on their back legs whilst keeping it upright in comedic fashion.
The video really comes into its own when they grab a Mac 10 submachine gun though, as they leap into the air and use the rapid fire to propel themselves upwards. Look, we know everyone is looking at cool Unreal Engine 5 demos and screaming “wow, they should make this into a full game!” but c'mon now, this one surely deserves it. You can check out the video below and you’ll see what we mean.
A new cinematic trailer for MultiVersus has dropped, revealing two new characters, as well as an open beta coming this July.
Prospective MultiVersus players can already sign up to take part in the closed alpha test that kicks off May 19. But for those who don't get in, or don't feel like signing up, there is an open beta coming some time in July. The open beta was announced alongside a cinematic trailer, which most importantly revealed the addition of two new characters: the Tasmanian Devil, and the kindest robot around, the Iron Giant.
It being a cinematic trailer, nothing in particular was revealed gameplay wise. But it did give us some fun pairings, like the caped crusader Batman and the endlessly hungry Shaggy. The trailer also shows Shaggy powering up Goku-style, landing a pretty powerful punch on the wisecracking Bugs Bunny.
Sink your teeth into this: a town that was, once upon a time, known for its quaint streets, breezy boardwalks and charming neighborhoods has been taken over. A new sect has moved in. The vampires. They ruined everything. They have eclipsed the sun. They are using the town’s population like their own personal feedbags. And they’re keen on taking more.
That’s the premise of Redfall – the now-delayed title coming from Arkane Austin for Xbox Series X/S and PC. You will be taking a trip to the quaint island town of the eponymous Redfall, Massachusetts, to try and fend off these science-experiments-gone-wrong and bring a semblance of sanity back to the area. It sounds a bit like a mix of From Dusk ‘til Dawn and The Lost Boys. And that sounds great.
Though the debut trailer we got from the game at E3 2021 paints the title as some sort of Left 4 Dead/Back 4 Blood-alike, little bits of information we’ve been left to scrape off the sides of press materials and leaks seems to suggest that we’ll actually be getting an experience that’s more akin to, say, Borderlands. Like the sound of that? Well, here’s what we know so far.
The first batch of games have been confirmed for the "all-new" PlayStation Plus, with some big headliners like Assassin's Creed Valhalla and Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut.
Announced back in March, the new, revamped PlayStation Plus launches next month, June 22 (for Europe, anyway). And over on the PlayStation Blog, we've been given a little taste of the games that will be available on the service. The selection detailed in the post isn't as big as you might expect, though the post does note that this is an "early look at some of the games that will be included during the launch time frame."
The post starts off with the list of PS4 and PS5 games that will be available. You probably won't be surprised to see titles like Bloodborne on there (which was already available on PlayStation Now). The first God of War is included, alongside some other big name titles like Marvel's Spider-Man and the Demon's Souls remake. There are some slightly nicher titles in there too, like both Gravity Rush games, and the most important flagship title there is, Knack (but sadly no Knack 2).
The prolific modder who brought both Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3 remakes to VR has gone to even further lengths to bring the Resident Evil universe to a virtual reality headset near you. This time around, Praydog has updated and added to a handful of already impressive mods to bring Resident Evil 7 Biohazard and Resident Evil Village to PCVR, with full 6DOF.
Rather than the flatscreen experience, Praydog has integrated full 6DOF VR support for each game, full VRIK (so you're no longer a pair of floating hands), and motion controller support. Motion controller support is still a work in progress according to the mods Github page, but as it stands, the new controls already work to make the experience even more immersive.
These motion controls now allow players of Resident Evil 7 and Village to use their hands freely in their gameplay. You can go about waving your arms wildly in front of your own face, or anyone elses, to your hearts content. This also amplifies how immersive combat can be, so fleeing from Lycans is going to be all the more chaotic.
You're probably a fan of Need for Speed; the franchise – which has been knocking around for some 28 years at this point – has racked up some 150 million sales in its lifetime. It's been under the care of some of the most notable names in racing, including EA Canada, EA Black Box, Slightly Mad Studios, Criterion, and Ghost Games.
Though the series has struggled lately (turns out people don't want weird live-action cutscenes in their racing games), veteran gamers still remember the halcyon days of NFS fondly – and why not? Titles like Need for Speed 3: Hot Pursuit are classics for a reason. Whether it's the incredible-looking tracks, the challenging police pursuits, or the 3D-accelerated graphics, the game made a massive splash when it released – and that notoriety has never really gone away.
How nice is it to see, then, that the game – rocking its original models – still looks absolutely amazing in 2022? The video embedded above shows footage of Hot Pursuit ported into Unreal Engine 5. The modder, David Kerekes, said that he's "barely started working" on the game and that what we see here is a very early look at the game after Hometown and Atlantica have been migrated into Epic's latest engine. Kerekes apparently used "various NFS modding tools and some Houdini and Python" to get it all operational – but this is the project in a very early stage that he's "barely started working" on it.
Amazon Prime Day 2022 is just around the corner, meaning now is a good time to refresh ourselves on the best PS5 deals we saw last year, and to share what deals we'd like to see during this year's Prime Day event. While discounts on the PS5 console itself still don't seem likely, we predict there will be some big bargains on games, controllers, hard drives and more for PS5 owners.
Ahead, you can find highlights from 2021's Prime Day that could go on sale again, as well as other PS5 accessories we think will have new deals, below. We'll have links to everything we talk about so you can get an idea of current pricing and favourite things you'll want to get when the big day comes around.
It's also a good idea to follow the Jelly Deals Twitter account where you'll get constant updates on gaming deals, restock alerts for PS5, and news on Amazon Prime Day 2022. Let's get into the breakdown of Prime Day's PS5 deals!
It looks like Gears of War might be going the way of the Master Chief Collection, according to a new report.
Important to note right off the bat this is just a rumour, but according to journalist and podcaster Nick Baker, speaking on the XboxEra podcast, Gears of War might be getting a collection similar in style to the Master Chief Collection (thanks, VGC).
"A while back I said there is another Microsoft franchise that’s getting the Master Chief Collection-type treatment, I am of the belief that that is coming this year," said Baker. Following up with this, he added "everyone has guessed it," encouraging his co-hosts to come out and say it's Gears. "If you go from November 2021 to November 2022 and you look at Microsoft’s big game output, it could wind up being Halo, Gears, Forza," Baker also noted.
There are plenty of spirit ashes for you to hang out with in Elden Ring, but a new mod lets you summon your favourite NPC or boss.
Despite Souls games often having strong themes of a solitary struggle, they do frequently let you summon other players and certain NPCs to help out every now and then. Of course, when it comes to in-game NPCs, this is generally limited to very specific characters, so unfortunately for you, if you want to hang out with Ranni, you're fresh out of luck. Unless of course you download this very cool sounding mod that lets you summon a few fan favourite NPCs à la Skyrim (thanks, PC Gamer).
The mod, very aptly titled NPCs and Bosses Spirit Summons (available over at Nexus Mods) lets you summon characters like Melina, Sellen, Millicent, Ranni, and the best boy in town Blaidd the Half-Wolf. It doesn't stop there though, as there are plenty of bosses to chill with too, like Malenia (who is, as you probably know by now, the Blade of Miquella), Radagon, Godfrey, or even the worst pair of bosses in the game, the Godskin Duo.
Developer Square Enix briefly touched on Balan Wonderworld during its recent full-year earnings call, after the game's director Yuji Naka recently discussed his lawsuit against the company.
Last month, Naka revealed that he had sued Square Enix over issues he faced regarding the development of Balan Wonderworld. But during the company's recent earnings call, it said that "it is a game we recommend with confidence," after confirming that it had been involved in a lawsuit with Naka. Though Square Enix declined to comment further, according to Bloomberg's Takashi Mochizuki (via VGC).
The lawsuit has now been resolved, which meant that Naka could discuss some of the reasons that Balan Wonderworld received a lacklustre response. "I personally regret that Balan Wonderworld was released to the world in an unfinished state," wrote Naka at the time. "I wanted to consider all kinds of things and release it as a proper action game. I don't think that Square Enix and Arzest value games and their fans."
Industrial band Health and Rockstar Games have announced that a 10-year anniversary edition of the soundtrack for Max Payne 3 is in the works.
Today (May 15) is the 10-year anniversary of the third-person shooter, and to celebrate that, a special edition of the game's original soundtrack is being released later this year. This new edition of the soundtrack will feature the tracks included in the original game, but will also debut previously unreleased tracks too. A release date hasn't been set in stone, but it will be available digitally. And for the gamer who likes to buy vinyl soundtracks but doesn't necessarily have a record player, there's a limited-edition vinyl coming too.
"When we began work on the Max Payne 3 score we could not have predicted the momentous effect it would have on the trajectory of our band and the music we make," said Health in a statement. "Now, 10 years on, we are still as proud as ever to be part of the story."
There's a new gameplay trailer for the very cool looking Soulstice, which also confirms an autumn release window.
Italian studio Modus Games has shown off a roughly 11 minute long look at the action adventure game Soulstice, which has some very strong Devil May Cry vibes. The game stars a pair of sisters, Briar and Lute, who have been "reborn as a chimera." According to the description for the trailer, this "transformation has granted Briar superhuman strength and resilience, while Lute, who was sacrificed in order to bind her soul to her sister’s, has become a ghost with mystical powers."
The game does seem to be incredibly combo focused, and even has a points system that looks like the one from Bayonetta as you wrack up hits on enemies. Players will predominantly play as Briar, with Lute taking on more of a long range role.
PUBG Mobile is currently featuring a crossover with the classic 90s anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, apparently.
In a world where Fortnite dominates the battle royale world by featuring crossovers with the biggest western franchises like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, PUBG Mobile has taken a different approach with a collaboration with the mecha anime Neon Genesis Evangelion. The collab features a new game mode called Core Circle, and will let players unlock a variety of outfits and items.
"The new 'Core Circle' game mode comes to Livik and Erangel," reads a press release. "Players can watch EVA-01's face off against Evangelion's sixth Angel in a special event running from May 19 to June 19 in Erangel." Essentially, it sounds pretty similar to the current Operation Monarch event in Call of Duty Warzone that sees Godzilla and King Kong facing off against one another.
Netflix has released a pair of trailers giving us our first proper look at its upcoming live-action Resident Evil series.
Earlier this week, Netflix gave us more of an in-depth taste of its next Resident Evil project that focuses on series mainstay Albert Wesker. The first trailer introduces us to Billie and Jade, new characters to the franchise and Wesker's children. It shows them in the year 2022 moving into New Raccoon City, before showing how the world has been devastated by a T-Virus pandemic, with the time jump being set in 2036.
The second trailer sheds a bit more light on how the pandemic got its start. Unsurprisingly, the blame lies with the Umbrella Corporation, though this time it's due to the company attempting at sell a drug called "Joy."
The creators of Genshin Impact have revealed its latest game, Zenless Zone Zero, a ridiculously stylish roguelike with a modern setting.
On Friday (May 13), HoYoverse gave us a first look at the studio's next game, Zenless Zone Zero, an "urban fantasy ARPG". Right off the bat the game looks like it's going to have a lot of style, with flashy, over the top character designs, and fast paced action combat. The trailer very quickly differentiates itself from Genshin Impact, which very obviously has a fantasy influence, whereas Zenless Zone Zero looks more like Jet Set Radio or The World Ends With You.
According to a press release, the game features roguelike gameplay, where players take on the role of a "Proxy" to explore Hollows. These mysterious Hollows apparently "grow exponentially out of thin air, creating disordered dimensions where mysterious monsters dubbed the 'Ethereal' roam." It sounds like these Hollows will feature an amount of procedural generation, as part of the roguelike aspect. Other than that, gameplay looks to be similar to something like Bayonetta.
It's been a long week, but it's finally over. Huzzah!
The end of the workweek means it's time to kick back and play some games, and that's exactly what we intend on doing. We may even make some pasta, garlic up some bread, and pour a nice glass of Moscato if the mood strikes us. Then again, that sounds like work. Best just to get some takeout instead.
This week we're conquering civilizations, getting into some cyberpunk, and diving into a word puzzle game.
Funcom is expanding its development team to work on the studio's unnamed Dune title.
The firm is looking for folks in live operations, art, design, engineering, production, marketing, and many more. If you have what it takes, here's the list of job openings with links to apply.
The studio announced back in 2019 that it was developing an open-world multiplayer game based on the Dune universe, and it was just one of three in the works for PC and consoles.
We may finally get a proper look at The Callisto Protocol next week as news is expected to drop on the game.
News of the impending information came from Glen Schofield, founder, and CEO of developer Striking Distance Studios.
Unveiled at The Game Awards 2020, all we've seen so far is the cinematic trailer, so hopefully, we'll get to see some gameplay next week.
Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition is getting a new batch of DLC on May 26 called Knights of the Mediterranean.
It will see the addition of the Italian and Maltese civilizations along with a wealth of new content including the casual friendly Tycoon Game Mode and Diplomacy Mode.
The content adds the first-ever set of Historical Maps, of which there will be eight, nine new minor civilizations, and 30 random maps.