Risky Boots Is Ready To Plunder In New Pirates Queen's Quest

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Risky Boots Is Ready To Plunder In New Pirates Queen's Quest

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is coming to Nintendo Switch this summer, and the titular hero has brought a friend along for the ride. Well, if you want to get technical, it's actually her nemesis, Risky Boots.

The Switch version of the game includes the same action that you may have played before, as well as new DLC, Pirate Queen's Quest. This new adventure includes a new storyline where players take command of Risky Boots as she plots to take over Sequin Land for the pirates. Players will be able to track down new gear that unlocks abilities for Risky Boots, such as the ability to perform multi-jumps and glides, or use her bomb shot and grappling hook to defeat her foes.

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E3 Trailer Highlights A Curious Combo Of Fighting, Rice Cultivation

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E3 Trailer Highlights A Curious Combo Of Fighting, Rice Cultivation

You have to hand it to Edelweiss: With its upcoming game Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin, the indie studio has created a truly unexpected hybrid. The game features frantic melee combat against monsters, as well as more meditative gameplay where you nurture rice crops from planting to harvest and beyond.

Publisher XSEED Games teased the title leading up to E3, but a new English-language trailer is a bit more approachable for Western audiences, even if the concept remains decidedly foreign. After being banished from the celestial realm, the harvest goddess Sakuna is exiled to a demon-infested place called Hinoe Island. There, she has to fight the monsters and bring peace and prosperity back to the land.

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Things Get Personal In Yakuza 6: The Song of Life

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Things Get Personal In Yakuza 6: The Song of Life

In early 2018, players have the chance to once again fill the shoes of Kazuma Kiryu on a new adventure exclusively on PS4.

While the Yakuza titles are filled with off-kilter humor and often veer into the world of the completely bizarre, the plot this time around is personal. Blood for blood kinda stuff. Are you ready to take up arms for your family and wreck your opponents with off-the-wall combat, headbutts, and other giant things being thrown around?

Of course you are! Yakuza 6 features the new "Dragon Engine" which lets Kiryu and the environments really shine and sparkle.

Roaring Around The Race Track

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Roaring Around The Race Track

Project Cars 2, the sequel to the popular motorsports game by Slightly Mad Studios, arrives in September. We recently got some hands-on time with the game that allowed us to experience first-hand what Slightly Mad is bringing to the speedway this September.

I drove around a single track that was covered in beautiful daylight. I spun between mounds of tires with my modified Porsche and bounced along the sides of other vehicles as we tore around a circular track. The handling was fun and challenging to get used to after the floaty driving of Grand Theft Auto V and other open-world games. However, there's an amount of weight behind those controls that makes every impact feel heavier and more satisfying, and the hum of the engine is pleasant to hear...at least until you run headlong into a wall. 

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E3 Trailer Reveals New Gameplay And Release Date

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E3 Trailer Reveals New Gameplay And Release Date

Bandai Namco has released another trailer for the sequel to Ni no Kuni that shows off more of its colorful world as well as when the game hits digital and physical retail. This colorful, whimsical fantasy  will be out on November 10.

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A Dizzying, Exhilarating Virtual Reality Experience

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A Dizzying, Exhilarating Virtual Reality Experience

The seventh  numbered entry in the Ace Combat simulator creeps toward release. At a recent pre-E3 event, I recently got some hands-on time with the game's VR experience, specifically in PSVR, and came back with a belly filled with butterflies.

We played through a brief enemy encounter, which began with me seated inside the cockpit of a fighter jet stationed on a aircraft carrier. There was some brief disorientation during takeoff as the plane zoomed across the deck of the carrier and shot into the sky, but it quickly dissipated. 

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New Foe Introduced In E3 Trailer

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New Foe Introduced In E3 Trailer

The Sonic Forces E3 trailer has arrived and with it, some light shed on what our blue hedgehog is going up against. Shadow, Chaos, and Eggman round out the valley of rogues, but there's also a mysterious new foe.

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Relive The Birth Of Yakuza With Yakuza Kiwami

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Relive The Birth Of Yakuza With Yakuza Kiwami

The 2005 PlayStation 2 title that put the Yakuza franchise on the map is back in an all-new HD remake exclusive to PlayStation 4.

After Yakuza 0 resonated with audiences here in the west, it's not surprising that more Yakuza is on the way. Yakuza Kiwami adds a considerable amount of content to the original game outside of just pure visuals and technical upgrades, such as more story, tons of side quests, and updated combat.

As with what has become a franchise staple, there are a ton of mini-games and side pursuits that you can take on during your journey, such as bowling, darts, or yes, even a bizarre fighting game that features scantily-clad women battling dressed up as bugs. Kazuma Kiryu (beloved series protagonist) is ready to take on Kamurocho yet again with physical and digital releases. And why not pick up a motorcycle or anything not nailed down and pummel your opponents senseless with them? Everything is over-the-top!

The Uncompromising Vision Of Co-op Title A Way Out

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The Uncompromising Vision Of Co-op Title A Way Out

Josef Fares and the small team at developer Hazelight have a clear vision for co-op title A Way Out, and it's not just that the game can only be played via online or couch co-op.

Certainly co-op is a great gameplay format to bind the fates of Vincent and Leo as they attempt to break out of jail for their own, different reasons. This is good news for those who want more co-op titles, but what Fares and Hazelight believe will keep you engaged to the experience from moment to moment is the various gameplay mechanics within the co-op itself.

"[The demo] is also nothing that represents what A Way Out is," said Fares after letting me and a stranger play a slice of the game. "A Way Out is this five minutes, and it could be something else, also."

FIFA 18 On Switch Is A Pleasant Surprise

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FIFA 18 On Switch Is A Pleasant Surprise

Gamers were excited when FIFA was announced for the Switch, but this was tempered by the fact that it was a game custom-made for the console. While that may sound luxurious, in the sports video game world it meant that the soccer title wouldn't have the same features as the PS4 or Xbox One versions. This is indeed the case with FIFA on the Switch, but after spending some time with the game, I'm more impressed with it than I admit I thought I would be.

The main thing is that it feels like FIFA. The Switch version doesn't use the Frostbite engine (and therefore doesn't have the Journey story mode), but it looks great, and it moves and reacts like you'd expect from the series – even a little tighter than FIFA 17. On the handheld screen it runs at 720p/60fps, and 1080p/60fps when docked. While it doesn't match all the gameplay changes for FIFA 18, it does include some of them such as the revamped crosses, slow dribble controls, and hard tackles.

When it comes to physically playing the game (I played it undocked on the handheld screen), I didn't have a problem playing it like I normally would. It supports all controller configurations of the Switch, although if you play it with the Joy-Con controllers detached and held sideways you not only lose the ability to perform skill moves, it simply isn't comfortable.