Candy Crush Creators Release "Midcore" RPG Legend Of Solgard

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Candy Crush Creators Release

In many players' eyes, Candy Crush is a bit of a laughing stock. It's the harbinger of everything long-time gamers dislike about free-to-play mobile games and it has become so ubiquitous that when a portion of the awful 2017 animated film, The Emoji Movie, needed a scene that took place in a phone game, it used Candy Crush because what other phone game would be recognized by every person in the theater?

It's easy to dismiss the game for these reasons, but it's also easy to forget why the game became so popular to begin with: it's really good. It's simple while maintaining a healthy challenge, there are an absurd number of levels to complete, the monetization is generally not too bad, and it's pleasant on the eyes and ears. For those reasons, learning that the developer released a new game it is defining as a "midcore" RPG last week makes it worth taking a look at.

Legend of Solgard is a match-three RPG with some unique features that uses facets of Norse mythology and the threat of Ragnarok as its loose plot (Norse mythology is so hot right now). It's free-to-play and is similar to Candy Crush in the way you move through its levels, but has unique mechanics in its match-three gameplay. It actually plays a little bit like a single-player Clash Royale, for better and worse.

Pre-Order An Awesome (And Expensive) Psycho Mantis Statue

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Pre-Order An Awesome (And Expensive) Psycho Mantis Statue

"You like Castlevania, don't you?" Well, then you're in the wrong place. But if you like Metal Gear Solid and its creepiest villain, then you should check out First 4 Figures' new Psycho Mantis statue.

The normal figure looks great, but it also has a separate optic camouflage edition. Each one will set you back about $525, but as you can see from the video below, that money gets you a pretty sweet-looking representation of Psycho Mantis.

Pre-orders are open now through September 18, so that gives you some time to save up.

Pre-Order An Awesome (And Expensive) Psycho Mantis Statue

about X hours ago from
Pre-Order An Awesome (And Expensive) Psycho Mantis Statue

"You like Castlevania, don't you?" Well, then you're in the wrong place. But if you like Metal Gear Solid and its creepiest villain, then you should check out First 4 Figures' new Psycho Mantis statue.

The normal figure looks great, but it also has a separate optic camouflage edition. Each one will set you back about $525, but as you can see from the video below, that money gets you a pretty sweet-looking representation of Psycho Mantis.

Pre-orders are open now through September 18, so that gives you some time to save up.

Blizzard Outlines Gamescom Plans

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Blizzard Outlines Gamescom Plans

Blizzard apparently has some big plans for Gamescom 2018, going as far to release an iOS and Android app for the occasion. The lineup includes dedicated presentations for Overwatch, World of Warcraft (which recently released the Battle for Azeroth expansion), StarCraft, Heroes of the Storm, and Diablo. 

Here's the planned schedule for Wednesday, August 22 presentations on the main Gamescom stage:

Opening Ceremony | 10:30 a.m.

Blizzard Outlines Gamescom Plans

about X hours ago from
Blizzard Outlines Gamescom Plans

Blizzard apparently has some big plans for Gamescom 2018, going as far to release an iOS and Android app for the occasion. The lineup includes dedicated presentations for Overwatch, World of Warcraft (which recently released the Battle for Azeroth expansion), StarCraft, Heroes of the Storm, and Diablo. 

Here's the planned schedule for Wednesday, August 22 presentations on the main Gamescom stage:

Opening Ceremony | 10:30 a.m.

David Hayter Joins Metal Gear Film Director's Celebration Of The Series' Anniversary

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David Hayter Joins Metal Gear Film Director's Celebration Of The Series' Anniversary

Update: Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kong: Skull Island) is trying his best to get his Metal Gear movie off the ground, and as part of that concerted effort, he has been celebrating the series' 31st anniversary by sharing his favorite fan art and creating videos with the game's voice cast.

Recently, he released a codec conversation with David Hayter, the voice of Solid Snake in every Metal Gear Solid game, except for Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain. Listening to the dialogue, it's pretty clear that David Hayter (as Solid Snake), himself an accomplished film maker having written movies like X-Men and Watchmen (a lot of 'men' films) and directed Wolves in 2014, wants to see this movie happen.

We actually had a discussion about the potential of Vogt-Roberts' Metal Gear movie on the most recent episode of the podcast. You can watch/listen to that below.

David Hayter Joins Metal Gear Film Director's Celebration Of The Series' Anniversary

about X hours ago from
David Hayter Joins Metal Gear Film Director's Celebration Of The Series' Anniversary

Update: Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kong: Skull Island) is trying his best to get his Metal Gear movie off the ground, and as part of that concerted effort, he has been celebrating the series' 31st anniversary by sharing his favorite fan art and creating videos with the game's voice cast.

Recently, he released a codec conversation with David Hayter, the voice of Solid Snake in every Metal Gear Solid game, except for Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain. Listening to the dialogue, it's pretty clear that David Hayter (as Solid Snake), himself an accomplished film maker having written movies like X-Men and Watchmen (a lot of 'men' films) and directed Wolves in 2014, wants to see this movie happen.

We actually had a discussion about the potential of Vogt-Roberts' Metal Gear movie on the most recent episode of the podcast. You can watch/listen to that below.

Suikoden II Gets A Nostalgia-Filled Concert In Japan

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Suikoden II Gets A Nostalgia-Filled Concert In Japan

The love and nostalgia for the Suikoden series is still going strong, even if the franchise has been dormant for about a decade. 

After a positive reception to its previous Suikoden II concert, Music Engine is back for another go this November. The concert, which takes place in Japan, features a full orchestra alongside a pipe organ and choir.  

The concert kicks off on November 17 at the Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall. For more information, you can check out Music Engine's official site. Music Engine focuses on throwing concerts for retro and recent games. 

Suikoden II Gets A Nostalgia-Filled Concert In Japan

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Suikoden II Gets A Nostalgia-Filled Concert In Japan

The love and nostalgia for the Suikoden series is still going strong, even if the franchise has been dormant for over a decade. 

After a positive reception to its previous Suikoden II concert, Music Engine is back for another go this November. The concert, which takes place in Japan, features a full orchestra alongside a pipe organ and choir.  

The concert kicks off on November 17 at the Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall. For more information, you can check out Music Engine's official site. Music Engine focuses on throwing concerts for retro and recent games. 

Awesome Guile Vs. Nash Street Fighter Diorama On The Way From Kinnetiquettes

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Awesome Guile Vs. Nash Street Fighter Diorama On The Way From Kinnetiquettes

Statue manufacturer Kinnetiquettes is adding Street Fighter's Guile and Nash to its line of War Heroes dioramas. Although Guile and Nash are designed to be fighting each other, they are sold separately. Guile retails for $429, and Nash is a bit more at $449.

Both of these polystone statues are 1/6 scale, and feature stands that interlock to create the remains of a downed jet. Although Kinnetiquettes is opening up pre-orders now, neither statue will be available until the second quarter of 2019.