Go All Out In SOULCALIBUR VI’s Free Network Test On PS4/Xbox One

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Much like an open beta, players on both Playstation 4 and Xbox One will be able to play SoulCalibur VI during the network test this weekend! This is a chance for you to feel the controls of the new character Azwel, try out the famous newcomer Geralt, or even try one of the many beloved characters that have been with the SoulCalibur roster since the beginning.

Bandai Namco is giving a full three days to play with this welcoming message,

“Warriors, prepare yourself for online battles on PlayStation 4 & Xbox One! You are invited to help us test our online network for SOULCALIBUR VI. Login and play RANKED MATCH mode!“

In order to participate, here are the following instructions to follow starting today, September 27th.

For PS4 Users, with PS Plus:

  • Create a Sony Entertainment Network account (or use your existing SEN account).

  • Select the PlayStation Store icon from the PS4 system home screen. 

  • On PlayStation Store, search for “SOULCALIBUR VI” in the search bar.

For Xbox One Users, with Xbox Live Gold:

  • Create an Xbox Live account (or use your existing Xbox Live account)

  • Navigate to the Microsoft Store on your Xbox One home screen. 

  • Select Search and enter “SOULCALIBUR VI”.

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The schedule for when the download will be available, as well as how long the network test will take place is as follows:

  • Client Available for Download
    Thursday, Sep 27th
    8:00AM PDT

  • Network Test Start
    Friday, Sep 28th
    8:00AM PDT

  • Network Test End
    Sunday, Sep 30th
    8:00PM PDT

Fans of the soul series, prepare your blades and limber up your muscles; the time to fight is upon us! Will you be participating in the free SoulCalibur VI free-for-all weekend?

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You Can Visit THE CONJURING HOUSE In This New Game

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One of the most popular horror universes out there is The Conjuring universe. With the recently released movie The Nun grabbing peoples attention and the popularity of both the Annabelle and The Conjuring movies, it’s time for us to take a step inside of the Atkinson House ourselves. Are you brave enough?

The Conjuring House by RYM Games will have players sent to the Atkinson House to investigate unusual happenings surrounding the death of the owner. It doesn’t take long to discover that they are unable to leave and are now haunted by an incessant demonic woman who stalks them with murderous intent! In order to survive, artifacts of the occult must be destroyed, but beware of the lurking woman and creatures as you make your way through.

Taking on the role of a lone survivor from a group of investigators sent to the house to research the sickening death of its owner, whose body mysteriously decomposed in less than a day, the truth must be within reach. The question is, will you be able to survive long enough to know what happened?

This psychological and defenseless horror title is available now on Steam. To celebrate their launch of The Conjuring House on September 25th, the game is currently 20% off, but don’t expect this deal to last too long!

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CASTLEVANIA REQUIEM Bundle Is Coming Exclusively To The PS4

Konami announced earlier today that the new bundle Castlevania Requiem, which includes Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and Rondo of Blood, will be released exclusively to the PlayStation 4. As of now, pricing in North America is yet to be revealed, but the bundle will cost €19.99 in Europe.

“Both games are the originals emulated for the PlayStation 4, with several updates that take advantage of the new hardware,” Sony revealed via the PlayStation Blog. “This includes 4K/1080p upscaling, multiple high-resolution backgrounds, different rendering options such as smoothing and full trophy support.”

The original Castlevania: Symphony of the Night was initially launched in 1999 for the PlayStation and received overwhelmingly positive reviews. Rondo of the Blood, on the other hand, was released for the PC Engine CD in 1993 and became the biggest game on that platform.

Castlevania: Requiem is scheduled to release on October 26, exclusively for the PlayStation 4.

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KINGDOM HEARTS 3 Voice Actors Revealed

As the release date of Kingdom Hearts 3 approaches, Square Enix is consistently releasing updates and new trailers to keep the hype going. Earlier today, the studio revealed the voice actors that would be giving life to our favorite characters.

Of course, given the inclusion of new worlds in the game, new voice actors were cast to play the roles of some of Disney’s beloved characters. However, familiar voice actors would also return such as Tony Anselmo to reprise the role of Donald Duck, and Bill Farmer as Goofy. Below is the list of voice actors and their characters:

  • Josh Gad as Olaf from Frozen

  • Kristen Bell as Anna from Frozen

  • Idina Menzel as Elsa from Frozen

  • Jonathan Groff as Kristoff from Frozen

  • Zachary Levi as Flynn Rider from Tangles

  • Donna Murphy as Mother Gothel from Tangled

  • John Ratzenberger as Hamm from Toy Story

  • Wallace Shawn as Rex from Toy Story

  • Tate Donovan ad Hercules from Hercules

  • Kevin R. McNally as Gibbs from the Pirates of the Caribbean

  • Tony Anselmo as Donald Duck

  • Bill Farmer as Goofy

  • Haley Joel Osment as Sora

Kingdom Hearts 3 is set to release on January 29, 2019, for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Sony Will Finally Allow Cross-Play On The PS4

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After years of resistance, Sony is finally relenting to the much-requested feature of players to allow cross-play with other platforms. Sony revealed that it will now enable cross-play “for selected third-party content,” which will give PS4 owners the ability to play the same game on other consoles.

“Following a comprehensive evaluation process, SIE has identified a path toward supporting cross-platform features for select third-party content,” Sony said in a blog post. “We recognize that PS4 players have been eagerly awaiting an update, and we appreciate the community’s continued patience as we have navigated through this issue to find a solution.”

The good news is that cross-play is now available on the PS4 starting with an open beta for Fortnite that will allow for "cross-platform gameplay, progression, and commerce across" the PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, and mobile.

Sony then added that allowing cross-play on the PS4 will represent a “major policy change for SIE,” which makes sense since cross-play has been available to other platforms for a long time now, which is proof that technically, the PS4 is capable of having cross-play, but Sony decided not to support it, until now.

Source: PlayStation Blog

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Netflix THE WITCHER Showrunner Returns To Twitter And Teases Finale

A few weeks ago, the showrunner of Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of The Witcher series announced her hiatus from Twitter after the tremendous backlash concerning the casting of Ciri. Now, Lauren S. Hissrich returned to the social media platform with big news about the upcoming series.

In a tweet posted recently, Hissrich showed off the work that she’s been doing for the season finale of The Witcher, which is currently titled episode #108, confirming earlier reports that the first season of the upcoming show would comprise of eight episodes.

This latest development came a week after she temporarily departed Twitter saying that, “The love here is amazing, and the hate is enlightening, like a real-life Trial of the Grasses, except I HAVE to read less and write more or we won’t have a damn finale.” Well, it seems that her brief disappearance from social media got the job done.

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Netflix Offers To Produce STRANGER THINGS Game After The Collapse Of Telltale Games

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After the shocking announcement of Telltale Games’ closure last Friday, players were left wondering on what would happen to the studio’s current and upcoming titles. Telltale’s most popular franchise, The Walking Dead, is currently in its http://gametyrant.com/news/the-walking-dead-season-4-trailer-is-dark-without-even-trying that will conclude the story of Clementine. Unfortunately, the studio is yet to confirm whether subsequent episodes will still be released, or if players will be left hanging.

As for upcoming games, Telltale still has titles in their queue such as the adaptation of Netflix’s Stranger Things. In a statement released to Polygon, Netflix revealed that they are still willing to produce the upcoming game adaptation of Stranger Things, and are currently looking at other options to make this happen.

“We are saddened by the news about Telltale Games,” Netflix said in a statement. “They developed many great games in the past and left an indelible mark on the industry. Minecraft: Story Mode is still moving forward as planned. We are in the process of evaluating other options for bringing the Stranger Things universe to life in an interactive medium.”

The collaboration between Netflix and Telltale was announced last June where a five-episode interactive narrative series is planned for Minecraft: Story Mode. The Stranger Things game, on the other hand, was intended to take in the form of similar games in Telltale’s roster and would be styled similarly to The Walking Dead.

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What Happened To Telltale Games?

Last Friday, Telltale Games made the shocking announcement that the studio is undergoing a major closure that will result in 200 people losing their jobs. Several reports from Telltale employees revealed that people were asked to leave the building within 30 minutes after the news was announced.

One of the developers who was asked to leave was Emily Grace Buck, who previously held the role as narrative designer. In a recent tweet she posted, Buck revealed that Telltale employees were given 3 hours to return to the building and retrieve their things the day after the studio announced its closure.

The studio’s CEO, Pete Hawley revealed that the studio suffered from an “incredibly difficult year,” and while Telltale is proud of all the games they have released so far, sales weren’t enough to keep the company from running. As for the upcoming projects and current games, it seems that most titles such as Telltale’s Stranger Things are canceled indefinitely.

Telltale’s most popular game so far is The Walking Dead, which is currently in its final season, with the first episode already released. The second episode is due on Tuesday, but it is unknown if Telltale will continue to publish all episodes, but promised to announce specific details in the coming weeks.

Reports claimed that the first season of Telltale’s The Walking Dead and Minecraft were both successful concerning sales. However, every single game that followed after lost the studio a significant amount of money. Out of all the games released so far, The Batman Game is reportedly the worst performing title released by Telltale.

What do you think about Telltale’s sudden closure? Will we ever see the end of Clementine’s story?

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Devlover Digital Offers Help To Port RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 To The PC

A few days ago, Rockstar Games officially announced the online component of Red Dead Redemption 2 called Red Dead Online that is set to launch this November. Unfortunately, it seems that the game will only come to consoles and PC players won’t be able to take part in it. Now, Devlover Digital offers its lending hand to possibly help Rockstar Games bring the game to the PC.

Not long after the initial announcement of Red Dead Online, Devolver Digital, known by their games such as Broforce and Enter the Gungeon, has offered its services to bring the game to the PC. In a tweet released by the studio, Devolver expressed their interest to help by saying, “Hello, we’d like to publish your new cowboy game on the PC.”

Currently, Rockstar Games has not responded to the tweet, but it is unlikely that they would accept the offer. It is worth remembering that GTA V was initially released on consoles before coming to the PC with several enhancements and has since become a best-seller.

Red Dead Redemption 2 launches on October 26, for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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STAY Review: A Nail-Biting Experience For The Switch

The Nintendo Switch has hosted to a diverse selection of games from fun and colorful games such as Super Mario Odyssey, to dark, scary games such as Resident Evil Revelations. However, Stay by indie studio Appnormals, takes it to another level and provides a depressing yet exciting title that is just too hard to put down.

Initially released to the PC, Xbox One, and iOS devices, before coming to the Nintendo Switch, Stay delivers a unique and scary experience that allows players to experience helping someone who is in a helpless situation. The game is not horror in a supernatural sense, but rather derives fear from a possible real-life situation, similar to the Saw movie franchise.

Story

The game introduces players to the character of Quinn who was abducted by an unknown perpetrator and finds himself waking up in a dark, creepy room, with nothing inside but a computer. Upon inspecting the machine, Quinn was only able to access an opened chatroom, that is connected to a single person—you.

The player doesn’t take any character or role as with previous games. Instead, you play as yourself and would serve as Quinn’s final hope as you guide, comfort, and motivate him to make it out alive. Interactions are made between dialogue choices that players have to choose carefully. If Telltale Games takes player’s preferences into account, Stay revolves entirely out of those choices, which will determine whether Quinn would survive and get out, or forever rot in that dark-hellish room.

Gameplay

The game features a time-counter that measures the time the player has stayed playing the game, and the time spent away. Staying away and not playing the game would prolong Quinn’s agony in captivity and will render him more depressed and unstable. Dialogue choices play a significant role in the game and is the only means of interaction with Quinn. Once a player makes a specific dialogue choice, it will dictate Quinn’s overall mood and trust-level to the player which is signified by four meters labeled as Sanguine, Choleric, Phlegmatic, and Melancholic.

As you and Quinn explore the place that he is in, several puzzles that the player has to solve would be needed to progress through the next area. These puzzles range from the simple arranging of items in a particular pattern to mind-boggling math problems, and a few insane puzzles such as the mirror-maze later in the game.

Stay takes into account the choices that players would make and builds a path until the ending is achieved. Players should remember to take each decision seriously as there are instances that the game would let you think that freedom is at hand, but leads to the premature death of Quinn as he falls into a deadly trap. The saying, “if something appears too good to be true, then it probably is,” is a helpful motto to remember when playing Stay.

Each area in the game would impose a new set of puzzles with inspiration from different mythologies, cultures, and historical events. The player must balance between solving these puzzles and keeping Quinn calm and safe at the same time. The game’s graphics sport a pixel-themed design, reminiscent of games such as Stardew Valley, which may seem unnecessary given the game’s premise. The soundtrack is one of the better elements of Stay as it delivers a haunting atmosphere that quickly builds tension and a feeling of anxiety.

Verdict

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Overall, Stay tells an exciting story but delves into dark themes such as loneliness, isolation, depression. The game gives a fair warning to players at the beginning concerning the mental health elements that will be at play during gameplay.

Stay provides an exciting story and cleverly guilts the player into staying and help Quinn escape his own personal hell. Although the pixel-art graphics didn’t work out for me personally, the game’s overall atmosphere, which is made creepier by the fantastic soundtrack delivers a nail-biting experience, which is pretty much a new experience in the Nintendo Switch.

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Stay is now available for the PC, Xbox One, iOS, and Nintendo Switch.

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