Manage Not Just Your Riders, But Your Emotions Too

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Manage Not Just Your Riders, But Your Emotions Too

Neo Cab is a game from Chance Agency (whose staff has worked on games like Firewatch) that's billed as an "emotional survival game," touching upon themes like the gig economy, technology, and human connection. Taking influence from ride-sharing apps like Lyft and Uber, Neo Cab puts you in the shoes of a driver who must manage both their emotions and riders.

You play as Lina, a young woman who is a newcomer to the city of Los Ojos. In the not-too-distant future, she's one of the last remaining cab drivers since most have been replaced by robots. She's empathetic and knows when to speak up or when to bite her tongue depending on who gets in her car. This insight is helped by an item she wears that helps track her emotional status. When rude customers make her angry or sad, this item will flash a certain color to let her know. This way, she can keep her emotions in check so that she can be level-headed and careful with how she interacts with riders.

Outside of conversations with riders and your resulting emotional health, you also have to manage your finances and reputation in order to progress.

Become Acquainted With 1918 London In This Dark And Gritty Trailer

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Become Acquainted With 1918 London In This Dark And Gritty Trailer

We're just a couple months away from the release of Vampyr, an RPG about vampires taking place in 1918 London. A new trailer was recently revealed, giving us another glimpse at protagonist Jonathan Reid's plight and the world he inhabits.

Set as World War I comes to a close and around the time of the Spanish Flu, Britain is ravaged with death and overcome with hopelessness. In Vampyr, these dark times give vampires the opportunity to kill to their heart's desire without much of the city noticing. Playing as Reid, you are a vampire yourself, and one of the biggest challenges you face is morality. You need to satisfy your thirst for blood, but as a doctor, you often don't want to kill unless absolutely necessary. 

You can view the trailer below.

The Nazi-Killing Action Game On The Go

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The Nazi-Killing Action Game On The Go

At PAX East, Nintendo gave us hands-on time with the Switch version of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, last year's story-heavy action showcase from Bethesda.

The demo we played started about half an hour into the game, where protagonist BJ Blaskowicz obtains the ability to start moving around in the game's action sequences. The first area had Fergus Reid, BJ's partner-in-arms from the army through the resistance, imploring BJ to take back the resistance U-boat from Nazi clutches. 

On first glance, the game looks like the PC version on lower settings. It makes a lot of the same compromises that Doom made on the Switch last year, lowering resolution and depth of field to run at a consistent albeit decidedly lower framerate. When just walking around, this is not terribly noticeable, but getting close to walls or character models like Fergus bring you back to the reality that you're playing a game where the baseline was PlayStation 4 and Xbox One now crammed on to a Switch.

Bring On The Slow Survival Jams

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Bring On The Slow Survival Jams

During PAX East 2018, State of Decay developers Undead Labs unleashed a new trailer for the game showing off different aspects of the zombie survival sim.

The somber trailer plays slow music over the gameplay and management mechanics of the game, showing off leader mechanics, shooting, even zombie tossing. At one point, the player character stuns a large zombie by shooting it in the head a number of times before running at it and swinging around its neck to stab it in the back of the head.

You can check out the new trailer below.

Fly In With The First Gameplay Trailer

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Fly In With The First Gameplay Trailer

Dragons make everything better, and that's no exception when it comes to Yasuhiro Wada's latest project in his pedigree of slice-of-life simulation video games from Harvest Moon to Story of Seasons. While disparate footage from GDC 2018 and screenshots of Little Dragons Café have been released slowly, official gameplay footage has emerged from its cave with a new trailer showcasing the major features of this vibrant-looking title that looks like it came straight out of a coloring book.

Two siblings are tasked with managing their mother's café shop since she's fallen into a deep sleep, but a wizard appears telling them that they can save her if they rear a baby dragon that he gives them. Not only must they feed and care the dragon around their island, but also fret about gathering ingredients and executing recipes for a diverse set of customers. Exploration and cute, simple mini-games are spread throughout the experience as you test your cooking and multitasking prowess. 

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Releasing From Early Access With A Double-Edged Appeal

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Releasing From Early Access With A Double-Edged Appeal

In the harsh landscapes and social climate of Conan Exiles, day and night means survival. The action-based MMO has been through plenty of growing pains in the last year, so we went back to the Hyborian Age in a hands-on session to give you a rundown of how Funcom’s take on the decades-old fantasy franchise is evolving a month before its release from early access.

One of the most notable changes is how combat has received an overhaul to be more engaging. Light and heavy attacks can now be mixed together with a wide assortment of weapons that have overhauled animations, giving a greater heft and weight to combat akin to The Elder Scrolls Online’s simple, yet engaging fights. As silly as the comparison sounds, Exiles has a Dark Souls vibe with a focus on locking onto opponents and dodging wisely (with less of the precision and difficulty); you’ll need to feign and time your attacks accordingly as you wait for the right openings to expose opponents.

See The Race Through Chaos In The Latest Trailer And Screens

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See The Race Through Chaos In The Latest Trailer And Screens

Codemasters and Deep Silver have come together to show off a new trailer for their upcoming arcade-style racer, Onrush. Developed by the former Evolution Studios team (MotorStorm, DriveClub), this game focuses on getting up close and personal with your opponents, taking them down at every opportunity. Getting to the finish line isn't the primary goal – it's about making it there with style.

The tracks are reminiscent of Burnout and MotorStorm, with shortcuts to find, multiple paths to take, and allows a quick return to the action once your vehicle has become a fireball. Cars and motorcycles are both on display in this new trailer and each should provide unique challenges.

If high-octane action is in your blood, be sure to check out the trailer below.

Engage In Jolly Cooperation Once Again

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Engage In Jolly Cooperation Once Again

Dark Souls, it can be argued, defines an entire genre of games at this point. When the game originally released in 2011, fans of Demon's Souls were excited for the spiritual successor, but a lot of others were baffled putting their hands around the Souls formula for the first time. The game stymied some, charmed others, and created an experience that has yet to be truly paralleled in exactly the same way.

When Dark Souls Remastered was announced for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC, there were a lot more questions than answers. Bandai Namco has been fairly mum about details, but we finally had the chance to go hands-on with the game and find out whether Dark Souls Remastered could end up as the definitive version for the games.

In terms of graphics, Dark Souls Remastered will offer you different features depending on the platform you play it on. While PC will of course be native 4K and 60 frames per second if your hardware supports it, PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X will have upscaled 4K and 60 FPS. Base versions of those consoles will be 1080p and 60 FPS. The Switch version will also be 1080p when docked, and 720p in handheld mode, but will be 30 FPS regardless of whether it's docked or handheld.

Male And Female Protagonists, New Villains, And A New World

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Male And Female Protagonists, New Villains, And A New World

Square-Enix recently opened the Japanese website for Dragon Quest Builders 2, showing off the designs for the male and female protagonist choices, the villain, and some new screenshots.

Much like the first game, Dragon Quest Builders 2 is Minecraft meets Dragon Quest, with the game putting you on a campaign to build and defend worlds from Dragon Quest monsters. The first game had players rebuilding the kingdom from the first Dragon Quest game, Alefgard. This time around, players wash ashore on a deserted island devoid of any life and, as a descendant of an ancient builder, try to build something there.

Malroth, the scaly boss of Dragon Quest II, plays an important role in the story and even gets attention in the game's Japanese subtitle. The sequel also boasts a few improvements over its predecessor, like online multiplayer for up to four players, swimming, and more.