Free-to-Play Version of Toukiden 2 Now Available

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Free-to-Play Version of Toukiden 2 Now Available

If you're only somewhat interested in slaying oni with your friends, then Koei Tecmo has a deal for you. Toukiden 2: Free Alliances arrived yesterday for the PlayStation 4 and Vita and it allows you to check out some of what the full game has to offer as a kind of free-to-play version. In this case, it means you can only play a few missions each day before you run out of "Stamina" and have to wait for it to regenerate.The free version of Toukiden 2 is, in many ways, a glorified demo for the full thing. Players are limited to about midway through the first chapter of the story, and can only play a max of three Group Missions or one Ruins Expedition mission per day. This is due to the new "Stamina" mechanic that's been added for the Free Alliances version only, which caps how much you can do. Your Stamina starts at 3, but can be increased to 8 if you purchase new in-game items, Gems, with real world money. Those gems also let you acquire Mitama, restore your Stamina to full, and expand the maximum size of your weapons/material chest. It is very free-to-play. Here's a list of everything you can do in this version from the website:Note: Ad-hoc multiplayer is not supported with the PS Vita version.

Stream Cooperatively with Mixer

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Stream Cooperatively with Mixer

Live streaming is all the rage these days and there are a variety of services, like Twitch, YouTube Gaming, and Smashcast, that allow gamers to watch others or show off their own gaming skills to others. Microsoft has been working on their own service, originally called "Beam," that's gotten a major overhaul along with a new name. Now called "Mixer," four gamers can pool their streams together into one broadcast (dubbed "co-streaming") for some co-op friendly streaming.The major appeal of Mixer over the other services is the low latency in the broadcast. Rather than the 10 or 20 second delay between seeing the streamer and what the streamer is actually doing, Mixer offers more of a "live" experience. The service is automatically built into the Xbox One, and Windows 10 (as of the recent Windows 10 Creators Update) and can be accessed from the "Game Bar" once you launch a game on the PC.We'll be giving it a test run for our own regular Monday night streams starting soon so you all can let us know what you think about the new hotness.

Gamera's aRPG Alaloth Signs On Industry Vets

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Gamera's aRPG Alaloth Signs On Industry Vets

Gamera's debut title Unit 4 launched last week on the PC and Xbox One, but they've already got their next game in the works. Alaloth: Champions of the Four Kingdoms is an action RPG with some Dark Souls leanings but opting for the isometric viewpoint instead of the third-person action route. While the title won't be heading our way until 2018, the dev team has got a couple of industry veterans to help out.First up there's Kevin Jordan, a former Blizzard employee that was part of the original design team that developed the core systems in World of Warcraft, who will be working on designing and developing the underlying systems of Alaloth. Along with Kevin, Chris Avellone, one of the co-founders of Obsidian Entertainment and something of a creative freelancer within the industry as a whole, will also be lending support in the form of world-building and lore. That's some good talent to have.Alaloth: Champions of the Four Kingdoms will support four player co-op locally and online when it is released sometime in 2018 on PC and consoles. There aren't a ton of details just yet about what all that co-op will entail, but we'll be keeping an eye on it.

Snag Assassin's Creed 3 for Free Next Month on the Xbox

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While there's still time to grab both Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris and LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga for free this month thanks to Microsoft's "Games with Gold" program, you can start looking forward to next month when Assassin's Creed 3 "goes gold."The third entry in the stealth action series was the first title to feature a co-op mode, "Wolf Pack." Much as with the series as a whole, this idea would be iterated upon over the course of the next several games, but the original version is still a pretty fun romp. Team up with three other players to attempt a series of stealthy tasks. The better you fare, the more points, XP, and gear you acquire. It's a lot easier than it sounds, especially once you're a few rounds in and you have to be very careful about not getting spotted by guards.Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is available until June 15, 2017, while LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga is available until tomorrow, May 31. Assassin's Creed 3 will then become available starting on June 1 and go until June 15.

Battlerfont 2 Promises

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With E3 right round the corner, a number of studios attending are releasing videos teasing or covering what they will have on display for the show, come June 13-15. Keeping up with this trend, EA has tapped a number of their creative minds to put together a video outlining what players can expect Star Wars Battlefront 2 to feel and play like.In the video, which can be seen in full below as well as on YouTube, a number of producers are directors are featured from different companies within the EA (the publisher of Battlefront 2) family. Thanks to this, we can get a feel of what type of talent will be seen on the game, such as the team at Criterion games, formerly of the Need for Speed and Burnout Series.This video summarizes what has been said about the upcoming Battlefront 2 while preparing players for what they can expect to see in the coming weeks, such as specifics on the campaign, multiplayer, new heroes and villains and of course, co-op.