Darksiders 3 Info Leaks

UPDATE: here’s a trailer.

At what seemed to be an eternity of teasing, Darksiders 3 is finally happening thanks to the team at THQ Nordic. The info got leaked via Amazon which quickly got taken down.

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As predicted the latest chapter will let player control the 3rd horseman, Fury.

Play as FURY – a mage who must rely on her whip and magic to restore the balance between good and evil on Earth!
Harness FURY’s magic to unleash her various forms – each granting her access to new weapons, moves and traversal abilities
Explore an open-ended, living, free-form game world in which FURY moves back and forth between environments to uncover secrets while advancing the story
Defeat the Seven Deadly Sins and their servants who range from mystical creatures to degenerated beings
Darksiders signature art style – expansive post-apocalyptic environments that take the player from the heights of heaven to the depths of hell, dilapidated by war and decay and overrun by nature

Expect to hear more about next month at E3 2017.

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Don’t Expect Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Kingdom Hearts 3 Until 2018 (At The Earliest)

Nomura continues to tug our emotions as today we finally have concrete proof that we will not be playing Kingdom Hearts 3 or the Final Fantasy 7 remake this year. The news comes from a recent investor meeting that lists both games as 2018 and beyond.

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While I can’t say I’m surprised it’s worth noting that Kingdom Hearts 3 was announced at 2013 which, come this June, will be 4 years ago. I can only hope that at the very least we get one of them next year.

Upcoming Switch App ‘Rainway’ Will Allow You To Stream PC Games

A recent developer on Reddit has confirmed a PC steaming app is heading to the Switch.

Rainway is an app that allows users to stream PC content, particularly games, with ease from PC to other less powerful devices in HD 60 FPS. This is similar to apps like Moonlight which make use of Nvidia’s Gamestream technology.

The developer confirmed that it will be launching a BETA next month with a Switch release imminent as well. It seems odd for Nintendo to allow such an app but either way this is exciting news if true. The Switch’s screen is ideal for streaming content and I honestly can’t wait to try it out.

Play The First Tomb Raider in Your Browser

The first original Tomb Raider demo can now be played in your browser. No, really check it out for yourself.

You may have noticed a few new things. First of all this is not the same engine CORE design 20 years ago but actually rebuilt from scratch. This obviously means we get fancy new effect such as dynamic shadows and water. The engine itself is also built to accept level assets meaning you can load any classic TR game level as long as you own them.

If you’re interested in finding out more then be sure visit the folks at OpenLara.

Crawl is The Most Original CO-OP Game in Years – Review

Whenever someone tells me let’s play a CO-OP game I immediately picture Halo 1, Streets of Rage, or Gears of War. The idea of working together to overcome the odds and beat a game has always been an endearing childhood feeling for me. Even going back to the Famicom days of having two controllers wired into a box, CO-OP have followed this formula for ages. That is until I played Crawl.

While the design may scream “another indie pixel game” don’t be so quick to judge. I at first assumed this would be your typical old school brawler where me and friends dungeon ‘crawl’ our way out and beating up some baddies. Instead Crawl ended up being one of those few games that surprised me in a very good way.

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You and three other players start off each dungeon in a brawl. The one left standing ends up staying as a human who needs to level up to at least 10 throughout the dungeon to challenge the boss. Defeating him wins the game. The remaining players end up becoming ghosts who need to be revived as a human by killing the human player. This can be achieved by possessing certain objects or traps or using a pentagram on the floor to spawn as a monster. The monster itself also has a leveling system that could be upgraded using wrath points which can only be acquired while being a ghost/monster. So while you may not be getting XP you will at least continue leveling up your monster using the wrath points to have a better chance next time. You can level up your monsters after the player decides to move deeper into the dungeon. Furthermore ghosts can possess certain parts of the dungeon boss which again can force the player to lose. This could mean possessing a giant arm of a monster to smash the floor or the head to shoot off a devastating laser beam. If the player loses a boss fight they’ll be kicked out with low health and need to continue leveling up by descending further into the dungeon. As a human player, you actually want to summon your friends as monster because by defeating them you gain XP which is needed to level up and defeat the boss. You can also earn coins that can be used at a vendor to upgrade your gear and weapons.

Now that may sound like a lot to digest but it’s one of those things that you pick up very easily. The game does offer a sort of light tutorial section when starting the game but even newcomers will slowly get it while playing. But I can’t lie, at certain moments I was forced to sort of pause the game to brief each of my friends what this does and how not to get lost. This mostly happens when going into the technicalities.

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The thing that makes Crawl so fun is that it works well as a competitive and as a CO-OP title. Yes, you are more or less co-operating with each other as you, the human player, needs XP and ghost players need to become human to further their chances as well. Also, if you end up descending for a period time and fail to defeat the boss, the game will end so at its core it still works as a CO-OP title.

Crawl is a game meant to be experienced with friends, there are bots who can work as suitable substitutes. Actually, I want to take a minute here to talk about the AI and how smart it is. I mean besides getting lost and sometimes going the right way, the AI would also go to a vendor and ‘think’ about what to choose before picking an item. There were plenty of times where I had to double check it wasn’t my friend. But even with that, the game’s charm comes from sitting with your buddies on a couch and just screaming at each other. It’s the type of game where at one moment you’re working together and others are fighting to win. Again, this sort of dynamic works exceptionally well and honestly can’t think of any multiplayer game that attempted this before.

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Visually the game borrows the typical classic 8-bit look we see in plenty of indie titles. It looks good, especially during boss fights but I couldn’t help but squint every now and then to make up what was written or trying to make out the tiny details. The pixel visuals can also be headache inducing as the camera at times zooms in at what is something intentionally made low res. I would also often get lost especially as the ghost clips through objects. My friends didn’t face this problem as much but I certainly found it a bit inconvenient.

Crawl is one of the most original CO-OP game I played in years. It’s the type of game that shows how being unique can not only separate you from the crowd but give players something no current game offers. Most importantly it’s fun but only with friends sitting beside you.

9/10

New NES Classic Mod Allows You To Play N64, SNES, and More.

It seems that little tiny box has more potential than we thought. A new mod has been released for the NES Classic that will allow you to play N64 games, SNES, Mega Drive and much more. Yay for hacks!

The mod is apparently easy to apply and essentially turns your NES Classic into a Retroarch emu box. Those of you unfamiliar, Retroarch is an all in one emulator that sorts the hassle of using various emulators. Making it even more amazing is the ability to change the menu music and even add your custom box art for each rom.

Big warning: those of you who are willing to dip their toes into this need to follow the instructions carefully.

Thanks for the Zubari.