The Sequel's Improved Combat Is Flat-Out Fun

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The Sequel's Improved Combat Is Flat-Out Fun

Being dropped into a Studio Ghibli-inspired world is breathtaking, providing a childlike wonder to every discovery. This was no doubt the highlight of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. The sequel tries to recapture that magic, but also shore up on some of the first game’s weak points. At a Pre-TGS event, I went hands-on and saw a presentation for Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, and it’s looking promising. 

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom may not have Studio Ghibli directly involved, but Level-5 and Bandai Namco were sure to include its top talent from its predecessor for the sequel. This includes longtime Studio Ghibli fan and director Akihiro Hino, who wrote the story; character designer Yoshiyuki Momose, who worked as an animator on Spirited Away and Porco Rosso; and lastly composer Joe Hisaishi, who worked on film scores for everything from Princess Mononoke to Kiki’s Delivery Service. All three were core to the original game, complementing one another to deliver Oliver’s story. 

The Sequel's Improved Combat Is Flat-Out Fun

about X hours ago from
The Sequel's Improved Combat Is Flat-Out Fun

Being dropped into a Studio Ghibli-inspired world is breathtaking, providing a childlike wonder to every discovery. This was no doubt the highlight of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. The sequel tries to recapture that magic, but also shore up on some of the first game’s weak points. At a Pre-TGS event, I went hands-on and saw a presentation for Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, and it’s looking promising. 

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom may not have Studio Ghibli directly involved, but Level-5 and Bandai Namco were sure to include its top talent from its predecessor for the sequel. This includes longtime Studio Ghibli fan and director Akihiro Hino, who wrote the story; character designer Yoshiyuki Momose, who worked as an animator on Spirited Away and Porco Rosso; and lastly composer Joe Hisaishi, who worked on film scores for everything from Princess Mononoke to Kiki’s Delivery Service. All three were core to the original game, complementing one another to deliver Oliver’s story. 

The Three New Kingdoms Are A Blast To Explore

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The Three New Kingdoms Are A Blast To Explore

Over the years, Nintendo has shown it isn't afraid to redefine what makes a Super Mario game. From Mario's ever-expanding power-up arsenal in the 2D games to the more extravagant 3D adventures like Galaxy and 3D World, we've seen the definition of what makes for a Super Mario game molded to fit new gameplay ideas. However, with Super Mario Odyssey, Nintendo is stretching the gameplay of the core series further than what we saw with games like Sunshine, while keeping the D.N.A. of the series intact. I recently played through three new Kingdoms of Super Mario Odyssey to see how Nintendo is revolutionizing the series in unprecedented ways.

In Super Mario Odyssey, Nintendo alters certain conventions fans have grown accustomed to. Things like the lives system are done away with, while the seemingly countless coins Mario snatches up suddenly have value beyond giving you a better score. With your coins, you buy new outfits that Mario can equip to not only change up Mario's look, but also give him access to certain areas. In a previous play session, I needed to fit a certain look in order to access the mariachi club in Sand Kingdom, so I bought a sombrero and a poncho and they let me in. These themes carried over in my latest session with Super Mario Odyssey as I checked out Cap Kingdom, the food-themed Luncheon Kingdom, and the beachy Seaside Kingdom.

The Three New Kingdoms Are A Blast To Explore

about X hours ago from
The Three New Kingdoms Are A Blast To Explore

Over the years, Nintendo has shown it isn't afraid to redefine what makes a Super Mario game. From Mario's ever-expanding power-up arsenal in the 2D games to the more extravagant 3D adventures like Galaxy and 3D World, we've seen the definition of what makes for a Super Mario game molded to fit new gameplay ideas. However, with Super Mario Odyssey, Nintendo is stretching the gameplay of the core series further than what we saw with games like Sunshine, while keeping the D.N.A. of the series intact. I recently played through three new Kingdoms of Super Mario Odyssey to see how Nintendo is revolutionizing the series in unprecedented ways.

In Super Mario Odyssey, Nintendo alters certain conventions fans have grown accustomed to. Things like the lives system are done away with, while the seemingly countless coins Mario snatches up suddenly have value beyond giving you a better score. With your coins, you buy new outfits that Mario can equip to not only change up Mario's look, but also give him access to certain areas. In a previous play session, I needed to fit a certain look in order to access the mariachi club in Sand Kingdom, so I bought a sombrero and a poncho and they let me in. These themes carried over in my latest session with Super Mario Odyssey as I checked out Cap Kingdom, the food-themed Luncheon Kingdom, and the beachy Seaside Kingdom.

Free Day One DLC Adds Shadow As Playable Character

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Free Day One DLC Adds Shadow As Playable Character

Sonic Forces pulls out all the stops with the enemies that Sonic and his crew must take on. From staples like Eggman and Metal Sonic to the return of fan-favorite Chaos and the newly introduced Infinite, the baddies have multiplied, while the number of playable characters has shrunk. Sonic Forces puts you in control of just three characters: Modern Sonic, Classic Sonic, and whatever custom character you come up with. However, through newly announced day one DLC that is free to anyone who buys the game, players can also play as Shadow.

The Episode Shadow add-on is available to players beginning launch day. The DLC focuses on the backstory between Shadow and the new antagonist, Infinite. Episode Shadow adds three stages for Shadow, as well as the ability to replay over 10 Sonic Forces stages as Shadow. In addition, if you get the Digital Bonus Edition (which retails for $39.99), you get a Shadow costume for your custom character. The Digital Bonus Edition also includes the Sega/Atlus Pack add-on, which gives your custom character in-game outfit items and accessories to make your character look like five other characters from Sega and Atlus games.

Latest Trailer Reveals Villainous Shadow Organization

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Latest Trailer Reveals Villainous Shadow Organization

Assassin's Creed Origins may take place before the era-spanning clash between the Assassins and Templars kicks off, but that doesn't mean it's lacking in evil shadow organizations. 

The latest trailer introduces us to The Order of the Ancients, a power-hungry clandestine group that controls the Pharaoh and seek to unlock the mysterious power of the ancient gods. Remind you of anyone? They also rock some pretty intimidating and bad-ass masks. 

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Dishonored: Death Of The Outsider Presents The Impossible Mission

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Dishonored: Death Of The Outsider Presents The Impossible Mission

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider comes out tomorrow, September 15 (PS4, Xbox One, and PC), and tasks new character Billie Lurk with perhaps the series' hardest mission: kill The Outsider.

Lurk reunites with her mentor Daud and heads to Karnaca from Dishonored 2, with new supernatural abilities, weapons, and gear at her disposal.

For more on the standalone game, check out this previous gameplay trailer and read creator Harvey Smith's thoughts on the matter.

Latest Trailer Shows Mind-Bending Horror In A Broken World

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Latest Trailer Shows Mind-Bending Horror In A Broken World

Bethesda has released a new gameplay trailer for The Evil Within 2, which shows off some of the bizarre horror that Sebastian Castellanos faces. As you can see in the video, not even the ground beneath his feet can be trusted.

Castellanos is searching for his daughter, Lily, whose brain is being used to power a new version of the STEM simulation. This time, he is stuck in a crumbling town called Union. He's not alone, either. 

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Pre-Order Bonuses Include Costumes For Thor, Hulk, And More

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Pre-Order Bonuses Include Costumes For Thor, Hulk, And More

A new trailer for the upcoming Marvel Vs Capcom: Infinite shows off some pre-order bonus costumes for characters like Thor, Ryu, Hulk, and Mega Man X. As long as you buy the game before it hits on September 19, you can get some extra costumes.

The Warrior Thor and Evil Ryu costumes come with the standard edition pre-order (priced $59.99), whereas Gladiator Hulk and Command Mission X are included in the Deluxe Edition ($89.99).

Watch the teaser below to see these costumed characters in action.

Pre-Order Bonuses Include Costumes For Thor, Hulk, And More

about X hours ago from
Pre-Order Bonuses Include Costumes For Thor, Hulk, And More

A new trailer for the upcoming Marvel Vs Capcom: Infinite shows off some pre-order bonus costumes for characters like Thor, Ryu, Hulk, and Mega Man X. As long as you buy the game before it hits on September 19, you can get some extra costumes.

The Warrior Thor and Evil Ryu costumes come with the standard edition pre-order (priced $59.99), whereas Gladiator Hulk and Command Mission X are included in the Deluxe Edition ($89.99).

Watch the teaser below to see these costumed characters in action.