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Ys Origin is coming to Xbox One next month

Dotemu has recently announced that Ys Origin will be coming to the Xbox One this spring. This will mark the first time that an Ys game has hit an Xbox console. Ys Origin, initially released on PCs in 2006 in Japan and 2012 worldwide, and then on the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita last year, takes place seven hundred years prior to the events of Ys I and Ys II with the land of Ys on the brink of destruction. For anyone who hasn't played an Ys game before and are curious about Ys Origin, I'd say it's worth a shot. This was the first game in the series I ever played and while the earlier games can take some getting used to with how combat works, I'd say that Ys Origin was a good introduction for me.

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World of Tanks celebrates four years on consoles

This month marks four years since World of Tanks hit consoles beginning with the Xbox 360 back in 2014. Since then World of Tanks has hit the PlayStation 4 and all Xbox One generations, including as an Xbox One X launch title this past November. Since that initial release four years ago, the game has expanded from one hundred tanks from three nations and only twelve available maps, to over six-hundred sixty tanks from nine different nations and over ninety unique maps today. To celebrate this milestone, all players who log into the game through the end of the month and win a single match will get the Japanese Tier II Ashigaru Te-Ke tank.

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Elite Dangerous: Beyond - Chapter One arrives next week

Beyond is the 3rd season in Elite: Dangerous' expansion history and will be free for all players February 27th. It will add community-requested enhancements and new in-game content. The crime and punishment system is getting an overhaul to improve the response to players’ criminal activities in attempt to make the MMO more competitive.
 
The new Advance Tactical Response will be hunting repeat offenders, and crimes will be attached to ships, creating ‘Hot Ships’, with new notoriety levels leading to increased consequences for illegal activities. This should open up a new avenue of difficulty for experienced  pilots. 
 
Also being added is GalNet Audio. Now news and the latest updates can be easily accessible in game, with no need to leave the immersion. The season also brings added content to Elite Dangerous Horizons owners with the introduction of new contacts, tech brokers. These dealers of rare tools and technologies open up new items based on a player's personal narrative and experience. Material traders will also allow players to convert and exchange materials, opening up engineering and making missions with the tech brokers more accessible. 
 
Beyond - Chapter One also adds a trade data overlay to track down the most profitable trades in the galaxy, changes to engineering mechanics and improved crafting, an overhaul of mission rewards, and a new combat ship, The Chieftain, to directly respond to the new Thargoid threat.
 
Elite Dangerous: Beyond - Chapter One is a free update on PC, PS4 and Xbox One; available February 27th. 

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So, what are you playing?
Kingdom Come: Deliverance According to the governor of Kentucky, guns don't kill people, video games kill people. A New Hampshire senator adds their voice to the concerns of the casino-like mechanics of loot boxes. And Super Seducer wades right into the middle of the #MeToo era with a self-help book's worth of pick-up artistry from a self-professed "renowned seduction guru." So, what are you playing? Kinsey DanzisThe inevitable finally happened; I'm back in Skyrim. I've logged hundreds upon hundreds of hours in this game and it's still not enough, and I could only take so much of my fiancee playing it (finally) before my resolve crumbled. Even now, somehow, I'm finding new things that I'd never discovered before, and new enjoyment from the things I'd known about for years. I'm level 44 on my new character—which is fairly decent, until you take into account the fact that I waited until then to do the final quest and as such had to fight off approximately 83 Draugr Deathlords at once in Skuldafn, but nuance. I'm taking a break to review Fe, of course, but the breakup was painful, and I'm sure I'll be back at Skyrim's side soon enough. Eric HauterOut of excitement for Far Cry 5, I picked up a copy of Far Cry 4 to re-familiarize myself with the controls and game loops. I know that Far Cry 5 is just around the corner, but I'm in danger of getting sucked back in to 4 for a complete playthrough. I'm also continuing on with Monster Hunter: World, poking around as usual and making no real forward progress. Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology is occupying all of my handheld time. I hate flying, and I'm actually looking forward to a flight this week so I can have some uninterrupted time with this classic game. Randy KalistaI'm officially in dereliction of duty. Instead of writing up my preview of Ash of Gods: Redemption, or my so-late-nobody-cares-anymore review of Assassin's Creed Origins: The Hidden Ones, I'm playing Kingdom Come: Deliverance. I haven't been this shackled to a game since last winter, when I'd finally gotten Elite Dangerous and was eating, drinking, and breathing the Milky Way. Now, with Kingdom Come, I'm eating, drinking, and breathing 15th century Bohemia. But—and this is an unintended side effect of that—I'm now way more knowledgeable than you about medieval Czech peoples, places, and things. This game is a cult classic in the making, and I'm going to be here for every minute of it. [Edit: It's sold 1 million copies in a week, so "cult classic" is probably a misnomer. -RK] Rob LarkinI’m finally back, I mean really back. No more of this in between homes and in between games nonsense. I plan on playing a lot of Vive, not even sure what yet, but a lot of VR for sure. I also started up Spec Ops: The Line from internal recommendations from the GN staff. And there will be some ARK: Survival Evolved to wrap up that review, all done on a new setup from Roccat I’ll be demoing and writing about soon. That’s it for the PC, but I'm sure I’ll be on the PS4 too, probably splitting time between Horizon Zero Dawn and Farpoint. I might try and clean up Fallout 4 on PS4 as well; with the VR version high on my PC list it would be good to polish off that platinum first. Kevin O’ConnellI have gotten two or so achievements in Mutant Football League for killing, mauling, and shooting players. It really is a fun game and it works pretty good with friends too. I had a good time playing South Park: The Fractured But Whole this weekend too, however, the shock and awe that the Stick of Truth gave was definitely worn off by the time I was 10 minutes into the game. This game has a ton more structure and storyline than the last game and has a more involved battling screen. More later.[...]



Curse of the Pharaohs DLC enemies get wrecked in Assassin's Creed Origins

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[CORRECTION: Curse of the Pharaohs DLC has been pushed back from March 6 to March 13.]

Assassin's Creed Origins: Curse of the Pharaohs DLC is less than two three weeks away, launching March 6 March 13 as part of the season pass.

The Hidden Ones DLC raised the level cap from 40 to 45. This upcoming Curse of the Pharaohs DLC raises it from 45 to 55. With level-based enemies, this means you do not want to jump into Curse of the Pharoahs without leveling up first by completing vanilla Origins [GN score: 8 out of 10] and then The Hidden Ones. Otherwise, if you aren't leveled up, you'll just be seeing a bunch of unbeatable enemies with skulls over their heads, indicating that you've wandered into the wrong part of Egypt, my friend. There are new fighting skills to unlock, and whichever developer is playing in this video knows how to wreck shop with them. They're making undead pharaohs look like chumps; nothing more than a nuisance for you to sweep aside on your way to the bathhouse. 

Curse of the Pharaohs unlocks the city of Thebes which stands near the Valley of the Kings. Valley of the Kings is where enormous tombs were excavated from the rock for 16th to 11th century BC Egyptian rulers and nobles. Focusing on Egyptian mythology, you'll face off against undead resurrected rulers of Egypt, like Nefertiti, traveling into their individual afterlives—which are, in and of themselves, maps connected with portals to their tombs. The afterlife operates by its own rules. So be prepared for human-faced birds, ships sailing through golden fields of grain, and Fallout-sized scorpions.

Assassin's Creed Origins: Curse of the Pharaohs DLC launches March 6 March 13 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.




PAX East to feature the eMLS Cup

Major League Soccer is teaming up with EA Sports and PAX East to bring the eMLS Cup to life. The cup will play out on FIFA 18 as 19 elite FIFA players will each partner with one team form the MLS, 10 form the Eastern Conference and 9 from the West. The field will whittle itself down throughout the convention, April 5th-8th, and compete for spots in the FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs on the Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018 as well as other prizes. The rules of the eMLS Cup state that competitors will choose their squads of 11 starters, 7 bench players and 5 reserves from the FIFA catalog, but must field at least 3 MLS players at all times and 2 from the MLS teams they represent. I'm actually pretty interested to see how this team selection plays out. 

Preliminary rounds start on Thursday and Friday, April 5th and 6th, at the eMLS HQ at PAX East. The prelims will see a round robin where each competitor plays the rest of the conference once. The top eight players from each conference advance to knockout rounds on Saturday with the eMLS Cup Final on Sunday, April 8th. Those Saturday and Sunday’s matches will be at the PAX Arena Main Stage and live-streamed on PAX’s Twitch channel. The Final will also be live-streamed on the MLS homepage, www.mlssoccer.com.

For more information on PAX East, visit http://east.paxsite.com.

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Muddy monster hunter, Hunt: Showdown, hits Early Access

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The Dirty South monster hunter, Hunt: Showdown, is out of closed beta and now on Steam Early Access. For $29.99, you'll head into a Crytek-powered PvP sandbox populated with actual monsters and, let's be real, other human players who'll be the real monsters.

I like what I see, though. Poor, shack-like dwellings, swampy backyards, fire, fog, moonlight, iron sights on the guns, no mini maps. Pick up some bounties and other loot along the way. This stuff gets me going.

The video showcases actual player's chatting with their team during gameplay. The monsters are key to the whole setup, but it's far more interesting watching the players PvP all over each other.

Hunt: Showdown hits Early Access on PC today, February 22.




Get ready for some classic JRPG goodness - Atlus USA to release The Alliance Alive on March 27

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JRPG fans, 2018 is a time of glorious riches. The Radiant Historia revamp came out last week, Ni No Kuni II is right around the corner, and now Atlus USA is prepping FURYU Corporation’s The Alliance Alive for on March 27.

Written by Yoshitaka Murayama (you might have heard of another little game series that he created that goes by the name of Suikoden), The Alliance Alive takes place is a world that has been invaded by daemons, resulting in reality being split into five separate realms by a mysterious force called Dark Current. The player must gather a team of nine characters and journey between the Rain Realm, Burning Realm, Caged Realm, Snow Realm and Crystal Realm in an attempt to defeat the daemons, remove the Dark Current, and restore the world.

With classic RPG gameplay, including an intricate turn-based battle system, seven weapon types, and a variety of vehicles that the team can use to explore the world, The Alliance Alive looks like it will be rich with the sort of golden-age RPG goodness that fans can’t get enough of.

The Alliance Alive is available for pre-order now for $39.99. Like Radiant Historia, the launch edition comes with a lot of goodies, including a soundtrack CD, an art book, and a cool little keychain.

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Nature finds a way…Jurassic World Pinball breaks out of the paddock

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Zen Studios’ Pinball titles are gaming mainstays for me. I have their various pinball applications downloaded on my iPad, PS4, PS3, Vita, Switch, you name it. Further, I never delete them, no matter how dire my data storage situation becomes. When I have a thirty-minute window before work, or I’m sitting on the sofa waiting for the wife to get ready to go somewhere, I can always dip into my reliable pinball collection for some quick thrills.

Zen’s licensing team must work overtime, because the only other game series that can even come close to landing so many giant franchises is the Lego series, and I feel like Zen has the upper hand at this point. Star Wars, Marvel Heroes, South Park, The Walking Dead, Back to the Future, Fallout, Aliens, the list just goes on and on.

Roaring into the fold this week (I’m sorry, but I had to use “roaring” somewhere) is the new Jurassic World Pinball pack.  Consisting of three tables (Jurassic World, Jurassic Park, and Jurassic Park Mayhem), this new set of tables is playable through Zen’s freely downloadable Pinball FX3 platform on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Steam and Windows 10 (also available on iOS, Google Play and Mac through the Zen Pinball app, because Zen likes to cover all their bases).

With the steady stream of tables released by Zen, Pinball FX3 is one of the best platforms in gaming. I come back to it, over and over again. If you haven’t tried it, I would encourage you to give it a shot. The FX3 app is free to download, and comes with one table. Additional tables are usually around five bucks, and three-packs are in the ten-twelve dollar range (though you can sometimes catch older sets on sale). I haven’t tried Jurassic World Pinball yet, but you can bet I’m gonna. Setting aside the mediocre Jurassic World, the JP franchise is one of my all time favorites. Zen's tables all feel unique, with different look and feel for each, so there is a lot of play packed into each set they release. Ten bucks for hours and hours of fun is my kind of deal.

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The quietly popular Northgard officially launches next month with new single-player campaign

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Northgard, which quietly became one of my favorite strategy games from last year, launches out of Early Access on March 7. That's a couple weeks away. A new single-player campaign is the biggest proclamation coming out of this launch. The vanilla Civilization-style rando game sessions are 100 percent solid in their construction. But it will be cool to follow this new protagonist, Rig, on a tale of revenge through the crafted continent of Northgard in an 11-chapter campaign.

Now, I understand, looking at screenshots and videos of Northgard may not be the most convincing argument. The game isn't over the top. It's not pushing graphical limitations or wowing people with bombastic cinematics. What the trailers aren't showing, though, is the white-knuckled panic that pairs up with the deceptively sedate landscapes and animations. The trailers also don't convey the well-paced and board gamey nature of its gameplay. You'll win some and you'll lose some, but I'm most impressed with how every uncovered tile of land presents interesting but tough choices for you and your Viking clan. 

Northgard launches March 7 on PC.




Big PSVR content sale on the PSN to coincide with the hardware bundle sales

A few days ago I reported on the $100 discounts across the board for PSVR bundles. Well what's a fancy new piece of hardware with a library of games to go with it? Fret not, Sony has you covered. To partner with the hardware sale, the PSN has a number of top titles at deep discounts. You will need a PS Plus subscription to take advantage, but really, you should have that already. If you're doing any decent amount of gaming on PS4, PS Plus is a great value. It unlocks certain multiplayer contents, gives better discounts on just about every sale, and while the free monthly games don't knock it out of the park every time*, there is a ton of value to be had there over the course of the year. 

There are some big names in this sale at moderate discounts, but there are a few real gems there at fantastic prices. My personal highlights:

Game PS Plus Price Discount
Doom VFR $20.99 30%
Skyrim VR $41.99 30%
100ft Robot Golf $4.99 75%
Star Trek Bridge Crew $24.99 50%
Arizona Sunshine $19.99 50%
Archangel $8.99 70%
PlayStation VR Worlds $5.99 70%
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood* $5.99 70%

* Until Dawn: Rush of Blood was even a free PS Plus game a month or two ago.

There's more to check out on the PSN store.

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Four new playable African and Arabian nations invading Total War: Rome II

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If you want to get wrecked—or do some wrecking—by/with some 3rd century North African and Middle Eastern nations, Total War: Rome II – Desert Kingdoms is here to oblige. There's Nabatea west of Egypt, Kush south of Egypt, and Saba at the southern end of the Red Sea, which fall under the African and Arabian subculture. Masaesyli (sail south from Spain, France, or Italy and you can't miss 'em) is of Numidian origin. These are four new playable factions. They're bringing plenty of elephants, camels, spears, and bow-and-arrow support into the fray.

All I know is, back when I was deep into the first Rome: Total War, if I was playing an Italian house, it was often bad news by the time I reached Africa and Arabia. I've come late to the Total War: Rome II party. Only snagged it during the Steam Winter Sale after years of threatening myself to get it. But it's one I'm enjoying now. Well, outside of real game-breaking bugs I've run into—game-breaking bugs that somehow still exist nearly five years after launch. 

The Total War: Rome II – Desert Kingdoms Culture Pack launches March 8 and retails for $8.99. This brings Rome II's total DLC (there are 12 other DLCs) to $111.88, not including the $59.95 base game, which you'll need in order to play Desert Kingdoms.




Portal Knights latest update is now available on PCs and mobile deviecs

If you've been playing Portal Knights on PC or a mobile device, you might have noticed that a new update recently dropped. For those who haven't, the update includes a new warrior guild, new dedicated servers (PC only), improvements to dungeons, treasure and adventure porting, improvements to combat with more than twenty new weapons, cloud saving, and controller support (mobile only). There's also an in-game Spring Festival event going on celebrating the Chinese New Year and will run until March 5th. The event tasks the players with helping the Emperor solve mysterious troubles plaguing his island. Completing quests in the event will give players exclusive Spring Festival themed items and pets such as pandas and dragons. Come on, who doesn't want a dragon as a pet?

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Full patch notes for Rainbow Six: Siege's Operation Chimera released
The full list of Patch Notes for Rainbow Six Siege's Operation Chimera have been released and there is a ton of great stuff here. First up are the two new Operators, Finka and Lion, both of which are attackers from Russia and France respectively.  Twice per match, Finka can buff the entire team by giving them health, can revive them from a downed but not out position, and can pretty much eliminate their recoil. This ability also reduces the effects of enemy gadgets like concussion grenades and flash grenades. The ability can also overcharge an allies health over the 100HP threshold like Doc can with his Stim pistol. This sounds pretty over powered but there are a ton of counters to this. Stepping on a Lesion mine or getting hit by the Echo Drone will completely wipe out the buff. Since your heart is beating faster while utilizing the buff, you will make more damage and will take damage faster from Smoke's gas grenades and you will be detected by Pulse's heartbeat sensor from further away.  The second attacker Lion has a recon drone that can't be destroyed by defenders and can be used three times per match. Upon activation a three second countdown will be seen by both the attackers and defenders. At the end of the three seconds, any defenders that are moving completely visible to the attackers. Basically, it's a wall hack. There are ways to avoid being seen such as standing next to a mute jammer when the drone activates or by standing completely still. You can still crouch, turn, aim down sights and fire your weapon and you won't be seen, but the second you move you will be detected.  These new Operators are going to completely change the meta of the game as these are abilities that we have never seen before and I cannot wait to see how the game will change once they are available to everyone.  Next up is the big new limited game mode, Outbreak, which is a Left 4 Dead type game mode where you will need to complete objectives and take down hoards of Alien invaders with two other teammates. So I guess it's Left 3 Dead... with aliens. Anyways, there are three maps you can play and ten Operators will be available to use including Finka and Lion. The game mode will only be available from March 6th - April 3rd. There are a number of other changes as well including a major nerf to Ela including her damage output and a recoil increase. Now for the best part of the patch notes. Possibly the greatest thing that has ever happened to the game. The casual map pool is being changed. Yacht is being added back again and the god awful map which everyone hates, Bartlett U is being removed. The main problem with Bartlett U is that it was extremely difficult to enter seeing as there is only one door on the entire building. To enter building near a majority of the objectives, you either needed to repel into a window or enter a window on the bottom floor. This is difficult because it makes tons of noise, gives away your location and there are tons of places for Defenders to hide and pick you off as soon as you enter.  Be sure to check out the trailers for the new Operators and Operation Outbreak to see them all in action.  For a full list of the patch notes, be sure to check out Rainbow Six Siege's official website.  src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zXV4Sgeyr2c" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" data-mce-fragment="1"> src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/d78X4eBgL6Q" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" data-mce-fragment="1">[...]



Moss adventures onto PS VR next week!

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In a very brief news release today, Polyarc announced that their adorable mouse adventure game Moss would release next Tuesday, February 27, 2018. I checked out the demo on the PS VR Demo Disc 2 late last year, and found it to be engaging and fun. The little mouse (who goes by the name Quill, and not "Moss", by the way) is beyond cute when you see him in action in VR, lending a real sense of life to the game. And of course, VR gives the entire game a feeling of scale that you just can't get in standard gaming.

This new trailer gives us a slightly wider look at her world than we've had so far. I love all of the statues of mouse heroes lurking in the backgrounds. It would seem that the little mouse comes from a long line of adventurers, and I'm excited to accompany Quill on her adventure (yes, Quill is a girl). More details on Moss are available here, at the PlayStation Blog.

 




Crimson Days on now, faction rallies returning next week in Destiny 2

After a flurry of communication from Bungie over the dire state of Destiny 2, things have settled back into the normal cadence of the developers communicating mostly through the This Week at Bungie (TWaB) blog updates. The latest TWaB mostly serves to announce the ongoing activities in the game's universe, namely the return of the Crimson Days event (a one-off Valentine's 2v2 PvP themed action on now) and next week's faction rally return (an ongoing game wide event where players pledge a faction for loot).

But in addition to those announcements, the latest update on the ongoing gameplay shifts do also appear. the Sandbox team is now taking a long look at making exotics more, well exotic. But in a powerful way. It's worth walking through the Graviton Lance example in the TWaB post, but essentially there are far too many exotic weapons that are grossly underwhelming and have no utility. Considering that you can only equip one exotic weapon at a time, the slot becomes to valuable to ever spend on these duds. Well, the Sandbox team claims to be on it and change is in the air. The more popular exotics will stay as is, working as intended, but those duds are scheduled for a welcome face-lift.

My biggest problem with Destiny 2 is that it stripped the power fantasy from Destiny 1. Making exotics great again is a good place to start to bring it back. The problems with the game, and even with the fantasy run much deeper, but it's a step in the right direction.

 

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Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology’s Friendly mode is the best thing to ever happen to JRPGs

Classic Nintendo DS RPG Radiant Historia got a new coat of paint and was re-released last week as Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology on the 3DS. The new version has a slew of cool new features (see my release post here), but the very best thing about Perfect Chronology is its shiny new “Friendly” mode.

I have a mixed history with “Easy” modes on games. While I sometimes start a game on “Easy” if I know I have to finish it in a hurry, I still feel a pang of guilt. I worry that I am doing things “wrong” and will somehow miss out on some secret sauce that “Normal” players will get to taste. As much as I try to fight it, I still consider “Normal” mode to be the “real” way to play a game, with the balance and tuning the way the developers intended it. As the result of my pent-up prejudices, I was eyeing “Friendly” mode in Radiant Historia with suspicion and distrust. However, after starting the game on Normal and playing through a few hours, I decided to switch over to Friendly mode, just to check it out for a few minutes.

Thank goodness I did, because I am never going back. Friendly mode is a godsend to a busy old man like me, and it has completely changed the way I play the game. Basically, Friendly mode allows all trash mob battles in the game to be optional. Not “Oh, I can just dodge around this guy and not fight him” optional. Rather, its “I can decide whether to go through the whole battle as normal or I can just kill this clown with a swipe of my sword, skipping the hassle and still getting all the XP and goodies” optional.

You can literally just whack at baddies in the field with your sword and watch your XP and cash go up as though you had fought the entire battle. Its the best. The cool thing about it is that you still have the option to engage with the awesome battle system as normal, if you wish. And you’ll want to, because you still have to fight boss battles and you will need to keep in touch with what new skills and powers your dudes gain as you level up. I’m still going through battles about 40% of the time, which is perfect for keeping my chops up while still cutting the grind time by 60%. It takes the prospect of engaging with a giant game from intimidating down to something much more manageable.

I think about all the times I’ve restarted older RPGs, never to finish them because I got bogged down in the grind. Atlus has made all of that hassle go away with the wave of a magic “Friendly mode” wand. Rather than feeling guilty about playing on an easy mode, I’m a total convert. Friendly mode for life, y’all!

If you have never played it, or if you have played it and want to relive the great memories, Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology is out now. If you can, I would grab the physical edition, as it comes with some fun stickers and a cool artbook for the same price as the digital edition. Bonus!

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Logitech releasing a new updated version of the X56

As a person who has over 200 hours in Elite Dangerous, I'm always searching for a good HOTAS setup. I spent many hours using the Saitek X52 Pro and recently bought a Thrustmaster Warthog setup. During my search, I looked at Logitech's X56 Rhino, but many of the reviews turned me off from picking that up.

Well good news for those that are thinking of getting the X56. Logitech recently announced they have revamped the HOTAS to fix the problems that it was plagued with. Details on what's been changed can be found here in the reddit post that an official Logitech account posted on. From the sounds of it and if it's true the issues have been resolved, the X56 could be a very, very nice pickup for those looking for a good HOTAS.

You can tell if the version of the X56 is the updated one by the color scheme. The old one has blue in it, while the updated version replaces the blue with grey. 

The new version is available now through Logitech's website and will be hitting stores soon. At $249.99, the Logitech X56 H.O.T.A.S. might fit the bill as being a great all-around HOTAS for games like Elite Dangerous.

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Take a look at Moss, a PSVR action-adventure puzzle platformer

Developer Polyarc's debut title Moss has pulled back the curtain and let us mere mortals gaze upon it once more. 

In showcasing a fifteen minute preview of the current build to PlayStation, Polyarc lets us see a bit more of what makes Moss tic. 

After watching it, I can say that the video is more a demonstration of the game's world and puzzle elements, rather than anything related to story. The player-character, a big, bipedal mouse named Quill, has to make it across platform puzzles that must be solved by the player. That to me is the one thing that makes it a VR title. Essentially, the player is the camera. Using the headset, they can physically zoom in by pushing their head closer to the screen (or visor, or whatever it's called), and they use the controller to point Navi-like beam of light to heal or take control of various enemies. 

The majority of the demo takes place in an underground mine shaft in three stages. The first contains multiple enemies of two types (an exploding bug, and a seriously pissed off beetle) who come at the player in waves. Quill can use a sword to cut them down, but a better tactic is using the the blue light beam to take control of the bombers and destroy multiple enemies with one swoop. 

The second stage has Quill going up and across multiple platforms to get to an exit. It's fairly simple, with the player just using the blue light beam to control the exploding bugs and turn the levers to operate the platforms. 

The final stage has the player exiting the mine and entering into an old forest, where a castle awaits them further in. The demo ends soon afterward, with Quill running off towards the castle. 

The demonstrators made a big deal of the world and the protagonist, Quill. What disappoints me about that, however, is that neither of those two elements had much time to shine. Sure, Quill is cute, and the world only gets more intriguing as the demo goes on, but I've seen too little of it to get a good picture.

The best part about the demo for me, however, is that Quill communicates in American sign language. Not only does that show, rather than tell, about the character, but it's also just awesome. 

Moss has a release date of December 31st, 2018. Find out more here.

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All hail the King: Black Panther is coming to Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2

Warner Bros. Interactive has announced the release of the Black Panther Movie Character and Level Pack for Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2.

Priced at $2.99 and also available in the season pass, the pack will have player journeying to the depths of Wakanda to save it from the villain Erik Killmonger. New playable characters include Black Panther (in Vibranium Suit), his royal guard Okoye, Nakia, Erik Killmonger (in Black Panther Suit), Ulysses Klaue, and Everett K. Ross.

The DLC is available now for Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2.

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