Mobile RPG Watch – Star Ocean: Anamnesis And Food Fantasy Impressions

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Mobile RPG Watch – Star Ocean: Anamnesis And Food Fantasy Impressions

Every year, I try to do at least one column focusing on the RPG mobile scene. We’ve seen a bevy of developers capitalize on this growing landscape, giving popular series like Final Fantasy and Fire Emblem time to shine on the small screen. About a year ago when I highlighted two interesting mobile titles, I wrote that “more of these types of experiences coming to this platform is inevitable.” Therefore, I feel it’s important to bring some of them to your attention when I can. 

Mobile RPGs are a different beast from the other platforms we play these massive games on. They’re meant to be played in short bursts – stages often take less than a minute to complete. The allure usually lies in building your team and strategizing behind the scenes, and in many cases, there’s fanservice to boot. Gacha games have become increasingly popular in this realm, which allow you to draw characters via loot box systems to use in your party. The two games I’m showcasing today both use gacha mechanics but also have other hooks to lure you in. 

Mobile RPG Watch – Star Ocean: Anamnesis And Food Fantasy Impressions

about X hours ago from
Mobile RPG Watch – Star Ocean: Anamnesis And Food Fantasy Impressions

Every year, I try to do at least one column focusing on the RPG mobile scene. We’ve seen a bevy of developers capitalize on this growing landscape, giving popular series like Final Fantasy and Fire Emblem time to shine on the small screen. About a year ago when I highlighted two interesting mobile titles, I wrote that “more of these types of experiences coming to this platform is inevitable.” Therefore, I feel it’s important to bring some of them to your attention when I can. 

Mobile RPGs are a different beast from the other platforms we play these massive games on. They’re meant to be played in short bursts – stages often take less than a minute to complete. The allure usually lies in building your team and strategizing behind the scenes, and in many cases, there’s fanservice to boot. Gacha games have become increasingly popular in this realm, which allow you to draw characters via loot box systems to use in your party. The two games I’m showcasing today both use gacha mechanics but also have other hooks to lure you in. 

Science-Fiction Weekly – Defiance 2050, Mothergunship, The Spectrum Retreat, Earthfall

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Science-Fiction Weekly – Defiance 2050, Mothergunship, The Spectrum Retreat, Earthfall

Caprica. Dark Matter. Stargate Universe. Helix. Defiance. The Expanse. All of these shows aired on Syfy. All were canceled.

Thanks to the rise of streaming networks and the need to lock up exclusive shows, The Expanse will live on to see another day on Amazon. I have a feeling a number of the aforementioned shows would have a second chance at life if the arms race we are seeing today for exclusive shows existed when they were canceled. Stargate Universe was on the verge of greatness, Caprica was a fascinating expansion of Battlestar Galactica, and Defiance...well...

Defiance isn't done yet. You may never see another episode of it, but the Ark Hunters are still splattering alien blood in the newly released video game, Defiance 2050. Don't think for a second this is a sequel, however. Trion Worlds says it hopes to "evolve the story with new content in the future," but the bulk of Defiance 2050 is a slightly reimagined version of the 2013 massively multiplayer open-world Defiance game.

Science-Fiction Weekly – Defiance 2050, Mothergunship, The Spectrum Retreat, Earthfall

about X hours ago from
Science-Fiction Weekly – Defiance 2050, Mothergunship, The Spectrum Retreat, Earthfall

Caprica. Dark Matter. Stargate Universe. Helix. Defiance. The Expanse. All of these shows aired on Syfy. All were canceled.

Thanks to the rise of streaming networks and the need to lock up exclusive shows, The Expanse will live on to see another day on Amazon. I have a feeling a number of the aforementioned shows would have a second chance at life if the arms race we are seeing today for exclusive shows existed when they were canceled. Stargate Universe was on the verge of greatness, Caprica was a fascinating expansion of Battlestar Galactica, and Defiance...well...

Defiance isn't done yet. You may never see another episode of it, but the Ark Hunters are still splattering alien blood in the newly released video game, Defiance 2050. Don't think for a second this is a sequel, however. Trion Worlds says it hopes to "evolve the story with new content in the future," but the bulk of Defiance 2050 is a slightly reimagined version of the 2013 massively multiplayer open-world Defiance game.

An In-depth Look At Destiny 2: Forsaken's New Supers And Subclass Branches

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An In-depth Look At Destiny 2: Forsaken's New Supers And Subclass Branches

One of the biggest changes Forsaken will bring to Destiny 2 is the arrival of nine new supers. Come September 4, players will be able to not only choose which subclass they like best, but which super under each subclass best fits their playstyle, leading to more options in PvE and more engaging encounters in PvP.

With each super comes a new subclass branch, and at the beginning of the Forsaken campaign, players choose which new subclass branch for their class they want to chase first. Once they've made their way to the Dreaming City, they can find additional quests there that will unlock the other two subclass branches, similar to the way unlocking additional subclasses works in the original Destiny 2 campaign.

After playing around with each of them, the new subclass branches feel more synergistic than past ones, laying out more defined gameplans with abilities that build and sync up with each other, while also creating new roles players can take on while playing a specific subclass. And after speaking with Bungie senior sandbox designer Claude Jerome, we got a better of idea to the studio’s approach to creating these new subclasses and supers, including what roles the new branches are designed to fill, how support might be a new role for players to fill, and more.

An In-depth Look At Destiny 2: Forsaken's New Supers And Subclass Branches

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An In-depth Look At Destiny 2: Forsaken's New Supers And Subclass Branches

One of the biggest changes Forsaken will bring to Destiny 2 is the arrival of nine new super abilities. Come September 4, players will be able to not only choose which subclass they like best, but which super under each subclass best fits their playstyle, leading to more options in PvE and more engaging encounters in PvP.

The new supers are just the start, however. Each super comes with its own subclass branch, and at the beginning of the Forsaken campaign, players choose which of the subclass branches for their class they want to chase first. Once they've made their way to the Dreaming City, they can find additional quests there that will unlock the other two subclass branches, similar to the way unlocking additional subclasses worked in the original Destiny 2 campaign.

Playing around with each of them, the new subclass branches feel more synergistic than past ones, laying out more defined gameplans with abilities that build and sync up with each other, while also creating new roles players can take on while playing a specific subclass. And after speaking with Bungie senior sandbox designer Claude Jerome, we got a better of idea to the studio’s approach to creating these new subclasses and supers, including what roles the new abilities are designed to fill, how support might be a new role for players to fill, and more.

How Destiny 2: Forsaken's Outlaws Breathe New Life Into Its Worlds

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How Destiny 2: Forsaken's Outlaws Breathe New Life Into Its Worlds

Right now, Destiny 2’s destinations feel like beautiful but uncoordinated spaces. Drop onto any of the available planets (or moon) to complete the weekly Flashpoint milestone, and you’re left to run a handful of public events (or kill defenders and conquerors, on Mercury) to fill up a meter and get your Powerful Engram for the week. Meanwhile Lost Sectors, miniature dungeons tucked away in various corners of Destiny 2’s worlds, offer little reward for their completion, as do patrols.

Bungie hopes to alleviate these issues with Forsaken by incorporating more activities into the Flashpoint milestone, as well as giving players new targets to chase (or more accurately, hunt). While Bungie is still working on the specific details of these changes, their current state should offer a glimpse into how different your experience on Destiny 2's many beautiful locales might change once Forsaken hits this September.

The week Forsaken launches, players will find the Flashpoint milestone works a little differently. Rather than simply wait for the distinct blue icon to start filling with orange on their map as they hop between public events, players will also be able to venture into Lost Sectors and complete patrols while they wait to earn completion percentage for the Flashpoint milestone.

How Destiny 2: Forsaken's Outlaws Breathe New Life Into Its Worlds

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How Destiny 2: Forsaken's Outlaws Breathe New Life Into Its Worlds

Right now, Destiny 2’s destinations feel like beautiful but uncoordinated spaces. Drop onto any of the available planets (or moon) to complete the weekly Flashpoint milestone, and you’re left to run a handful of public events (or kill defenders and conquerors, on Mercury) to fill up a meter and get your Powerful Engram for the week. Meanwhile Lost Sectors, miniature dungeons tucked away in various corners of the Destiny 2’s worlds, offer little reward for their completion, as do patrols.

Bungie hopes to alleviate these issues with Forsaken by incorporating more activities into the Flashpoint milestone, as well as giving players new targets to chase (or more accurately, hunt). While Bungie is still working on specific details of these changes, their current state should offer a glimpse into how different your experience on Destiny 2's many beautiful locales might change be once Forsaken hits this September.

The week Forsaken launches, players will find the Flashpoint milestone works a little differently. Rather than simply wait for the distinct blue icon to start filling with orange on their map as they hop between public events, players will also be able to venture into Lost Sectors and complete patrols while they wait to earn completion percentage for the Flashpoint milestone.

New Gameplay Today – Defiance 2050

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New Gameplay Today – Defiance 2050

Defiance is back, baby! The open-world shooter from 2013 makes its return on current-gen console and PC today, in a shiny new free-to-play format. Reiner took Ben Hanson and me on a trip down memory lane – and also introduced us to his amazingly named (and coiffed) hero. 

Check out our episode below to see one of the game's Arkfall events, a little exploration, and a quick runthrough of the game's store. It's free to play, after all, so of course there's one of those. Defiance 2050 is out today on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

New Gameplay Today – Defiance 2050

about X hours ago from
New Gameplay Today – Defiance 2050

Defiance is back, baby! The open-world shooter from 2013 makes its return on current-gen console and PC today, in a shiny new free-to-play format. Reiner took Ben Hanson and me on a trip down memory lane – and also introduced us to his amazingly named (and coiffed) hero. 

Check out our episode below to see one of the game's Arkfall events, a little exploration, and a quick runthrough of the game's store. It's free to play, after all, so of course there's one of those. Defiance 2050 is out today on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.