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Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Closed Beta “A Huge Success” Says Developer

Posted on February 27, 2018 by Rae Michelle Richards

This weekend’s  closed beta for Warhammer: Vermintide 2 was a “huge success” according to a press release issued by developer Fatshark. In addition to the news of the beta test’s success they also announced that 10,000 more closed beta keys will be available on the game’s website. Open Beta servers will operate until 9 am PST on the 28th so make sure to get your freebie Vermintide 2 gameplay in!

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is the sequel to the 2016 release Warhammer: End Times Vermintide. Like its predecessor the sequel sees the 5 heroes from the original game return to take on the combined forces of the Skaven army across a number of waves on 13 brand new maps. Players will be offered 15 different career paths each with their own talent trees and customizable weapons. Some heroes excel at melee weapons crossbows while others use melee weapons like dual swords or large flaming staffs.

According to Fatshark CEO Martin Wahlund players killed millions of NPC enemies.

“It’s been an amazing weekend, with millions and millions of Chaos and Skaven enemies eliminated.”

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 will see a retail release next week on March 8th on Windows PC. A vague “2018” date has been given for the PS4 / Xbox One console port.


Hyperdimension Neptunia V.II Now Available On Steam

Posted on July 5, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Idea Factory International’s latest fourth wall breaking, self referential JRPG Hyper Dimension Neptunia VII is now available on Steam for Windows PC. Neptunia VII sees the return of several key characters from the console wars of GamesIndustri – heroine Neptunia, medic Compa and Neptune’s little sister Nepgear.

Neptunia VII brings several new features to the franchise including the ability for characters to link up for joint attacks allowing your party to reduce enemy stats and enter ‘Giant Battles’. Unlike other titles in the franchise VII actually tells three different interconnecting narratives across three different scenarios.

I reviewed the PlayStation 4 version of+ this game last November when it was released on PS4. The Steam version comes in three different flavors, each with additional bonus items:

  • Neptunia VII Steam Version
  • Neptunia VII Digital Deluxe – Steam Key + Artbook + OST
  • Neptunia VII DLC Collection – Steam Key + 12 Addonal Add-ON DLCs


Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak Second Story Trailer – “The Transmission”

Posted on January 17, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Homeworld Deserts of Kharak

The latest Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak trailers contains some rather chilling words from a representative of the antagonistic Gaalsien fleet… “Diplomacy has failed!”

It seems as if the forces that chief science officer Rachel S’jet will face in the game’s campaign as she attempts to explore the mystery of an anomaly in the deserts of Kharak are more than ready for a fight.

Kath Gaalsien are a major religious sect and antagonists of this latest game, who have existed on the planet of Kharak ever since the Kushan settled on Kharak after being exiled from their former planet in the original Homeworld (1999). They believe that eventually their exile will expire and that they will be sent into heaven by Sajuuk, their believe that this sentence was imposed upon them for their ancestor’s arrogance.

Check out the brand new trailer in the embedded player below. Gearbox Software is publishing this Homeworld prequel on January 20th on Windows PC via Steam. Development was handled by former members of Relic Entertainment at the Vancouver based studio Blackbird Interactive.

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Guilty Gear Xrd –Sign- Coming To Steam

Posted on December 8, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

Arc System work’s latest entry in the long running Guilty Gear franchise, Guilty Gear Xrd –Sign-, will be brawling its way on to steam starting tomorrow. To celebrate the impending release of this 2014 fighting game on to Windows PC the developer has released a brand new trailer alongside a fact sheet that gives readers a rundown of some of the new features on display in Guilty Gear Xrd –Sign-.

Here are just a few of the highlights of Xrd –Sign-:

  • 17 Total Characters – 12 returning from previous versions of Guilty Gear and 5 brand new characters. 3 additional characters – Leo, Sin and Elephant can either be purchased using real-world money or in-game currency as DLC.
  • Expanded Online Modes – Go online and face the world in Ranked Matched, practise casually against other opponents in Player Matches or learn through observation with the Spectator Mode.
  • Plenty of Game Modes – Arcade Mode is pretty self explanatory; it plays just like the arcade cabinet! Story Mode lets you experience the in-game narrative for your self, M.O.M Mode (Medal of Millionaires) is an endless gauntlet of A.I opponents that you must defeat to rank up your favorite fighter. There’s also a Gallery Mode that will let you sample all of the games background music and a training mode to help you get started.

Want to know if your PC will be able to run Guilty Gear Xrd –Sign-? Here’s the full System Specs as released by Arc System Works:

OS: Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1
Processor: Intel Core i5, 2.0 GHz
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 / Radeon HD 7770
DirectX: Version 9.0c
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Hard Drive: 10 GB available space
Sound Card: Direct X Sound

If you’re interested in pre-purchasing Guilty Gear Xrd –Sign- it’s Steam Store page is already live.

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Codemaster’s DIRT Rally Takes a Sharp Turn Out of Early Access

Posted on December 8, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

After collecting driver feedback through the Steam Early Access program Codemaster’s next racer, DIRT Rally has given the full release treatment on Valve’s digital distribution platform.  A physical release for current-gen consoles (Xbox One & PS4) as well as a Windows PC DVD release is expected to hit store shelves on April 5th 2016.

Dirt Rally entered Early Access this past March with 36 stages and 14 cars. In contrast the full version of Rally features an increased number of vehicles and tracks to test your handling skills on. In the latest update – titled Winter Wonderland – three new tracks from Sweden make their way into the game just in time for launch.

Version 1.0 of Dirt Rally also add support for the SteamWorks service meaning that users can share their Car Setup & Force Feedback settings.

As of press time Dirt Rally is currently 15% off on steam to celebrate it’s launch, priced at $46.74 Canadian.

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Disgaes 5 Now Available In Europe

Posted on October 16, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

Nippon Ichi Software has announced that the European delay for Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance is finally over as the game has shipped to retail.

In this sixth installment in the long running Disgaea franchise players must gather together an entire army to take on the forces of the Void Dark.

We reviewed the game last month and had this to say about it:

In the end Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance is probably the most solid entry in the franchise to date and is easy to recommend for returning players as well as newcomers alike. If you are looking for a rich Strategy RPG experience that will keep you thinking and allows you to grind away hours until you reach LVL 9999 Alliance of Vengeance is the game for you. Despite not utilizing all of the processing power available to it in the visual department, which we suspect to maintain a franchise identity, Disgaea V delivers a memorable experience that will reward players who stick with it. If you are an anime fan you’ll appreciate the excellent English language voice work, a bad 90s dub this is not! Grab your closest demon friends and get ready to fight evil whenDisgaea 5: Alliance of Vengence launches on October 6th!

Alongside the confirmation of the European release NIS also released a new launch trailer in French!


Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 Looks Like a Hot Mess

Posted on September 29, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

Skinned knees, sore joints and maybe the occasional broken bone are all expected hazards when learning to skateboard but how about glitching through the walls and stuttering back and forth? From early first hand reports the retail version of Activision’s Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 is absolute mess.  What happened, Bird Man?

Activision’s revival of the long dormant Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater franchise shipped to retail this morning and it sounds like the game turned out to be a complete bail. With reports (and YouTube videos) of skaters glitching back and forth on the rails, to riders clipping through the environment it looks like the developers may have let more than a few minor bugs slip through the certification process.

As of the time of writing there are more than few threads over on the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater Reddit warning potential buyers that they should “know what you’re signing up for” before putting down $60 for the game. Reports have varied from the aforementioned bugs to a large 7 gigabyte patch that’s nearly double the initial install size of the game being available out of the box.

It is no wonder Activision hasn’t supplied us or many other press outlets with review codes for Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5. We’ve sent multiple requests for a review code and will update this article if we hear anything back from the publisher.

Perhaps you should do a 180 if you approach this game at your local GameStop? If you’re having issues with THPS5 we’d love to hear from you!

Check out some of the glitch videos below.

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Destiny’s The Taken King Comes Out Tomorrow, Let’s Take A Look

Posted on September 14, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

Bungie’s Destiny turned a year old this past week and with the near simultaneous release of the Destiny 2.0 patch and its latest expansion The Taken King the game looks a lot different now than when we originally reviewed it a year ago. Whether you are a returning Guardian already at the existing level cap ready to grind out some new gear or exploring the solar system for the first time we’re going to try and get you up to speed before the game launches tonight at midnight.Read More


Warhammer 40K Marches Out Of Early Access

Posted on September 8, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

Are you ready to do the emperor’s bidding for the good of the imperium?  Hammerfall Publishing has released the final version of their combat strategy / chess hybrid title Warhammer 40K: Regicide, based upon Games Workshop’s long running franchise, out of Early Access and onto Steam.

This unique strategy game features over 50 different missions linked together in a full campaign as well as a skirmish mode that allows you to take on an A.I opponent in this bloody game of wits.  In the full version you can also customize your army with the ‘Dark Angels’, ‘Space Wolves’ and “Ultra Marine’ Space Marine chapters.

The game has a very positive rating on its Steam page.  As part of its launch week Warhammer 40: Regicide is currently on sale for $14.44 CDN!

Check out the game’s trailer below.

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Mad Max Road Rages Onto PS4 / Xbox One / Windows PC

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

Avalanche Software and Warner Bros Interactive have kicked things into overdrive with the release of Mad Max for Windows PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

This new open world action game puts players in the role of Max as he is confronted by the current warlord of gastown, Scrotus, as his iconic car -the interceptor – is destroyed and Max is left for dead.  Players must complete main story missions as well as explore the Wasteland for side activities to upgrade their abilities, scavenge for scrap and supplies to upgrade their new ride – the Magnum Opus.

Peter Wyse of Warner Bros Interactive’s Production and Development Division had this to say about the game:

“Avalanche Studios has created an expansive, beautiful open world environment that comes to life with a brand new story for Mad Max.”

Mad Max is available at physical retailers and digitally through the Xbox Live Market Place, PlayStation Store and Steam for Windows.



Velocity 2X Blasts Onto Xbox One and Windows PC

Posted on August 19, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

Futurlab’s excellent top down space shoot’em up / platforming hybrid Velocity 2x has zoomed it’s way on to Windows PC (via Steam & Windows 10 Xbox Games Store) and Xbox One.  Players take the role of ace pilot Kai Tana (heh.. Get it?) as she explores space with the goal of freeing her fellow prisoners. You’ll visit alien facilities, defeat countless enemies both on foot and in your quarp jet through 50 different story stages. Once you’ve beat them main game there are also daily challenges available to keep you coming back for more!

This enhanced version of Velocity not only includes the base game but also the previously released ‘Dual Core’ and ‘Critical Urgency’ DLC packs as well. Velocity 2X was originally released for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and Vita as part of PlayStation Plus last fall.

The Xbox One and Windows versions of Velocity 2X will retail for $19.99 USD.

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Valkyria Chronicles Now Available On Steam

Posted on November 12, 2014 by Rae Michelle Richards

SEGA has released their 2008 strategy RPG Valkryia Chronicles onto the Steam Store this morning. As we covered earlier in the month, the announcement of VC coming to PC was pretty surprising and almost out of nowhere. This port comes with some good news – it supports any resolution your video card can handle , heck PCGamer got the thing running at 4K resolution!

The system requirements are pretty lax too – SEGA is recommendations a 3GHZ Dual Core with 3GB of RAM and at least a Geforce280. Next thing you know you’ll be able to play this on a modern smartphone, come on SEGA why not?

Click after the jump for the official and recommended specs for this awesome strategy RPG!

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Atelier Escha & Logy Now On Store Shelves

Posted on March 12, 2014 by Rae Michelle Richards

Tecmo Koei’s long running Atelier series gets another release stateside with the announcement that Atelier Escha & Logy has shipped to retailers for the PlayStation 3.

This latest iteration offers more than just the usual Atelier trimmings we’ve come to expect – aside from gorgeous graphics and adorable characters – Escga & Logy also bring with them the new imbue system. This system allows players to customize their weapons and armour by amending a wide variety of properties. Tweaks to the series staple synthesis system mean that as players progress they will unlock the ability to craft more complex potions/items as the story progresses. Party size has also increased, doing away with the franchises’ traditional 3 party model for a much fuller six member roster.Read More


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