All posts by Ryan McNeal

Just another guy on the internet who loves video games. Endlessly curious and fascinated by all things science.

July Releases

Game Releases

That’s You PS4 07/04/17
SpeedRunners PS4 07/05/17
Lego Worlds – Classic Space Pack PS4/Xbox One/PC 07/05/17
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Absolution DLC Pack PS4 07/06/17
Kirby’s Blowout Blast 3DS 07/06/17
Revenant Saga Wii U 07/06/17
Vaccine Switch 07/06/17
Table Tennis Infinity 3DS 07/06/17
Shephy Switch 07/06/17
Toby: The Secret Mine PS4 07/06/17
ACA NeoGeo Metal Slug 2 Switch 07/06/17
Ninja Usagimaru: Two Tails of Adventure PS Vita 07/07/17
Save the Ninja Clan PS4 07/07/17
Energy Cycle PS Vita 07/07/17
Accel World vs. Sword Art Online PS4/PS Vita 07/07/17
Antihero PC 07/10/17
Fire Pro Wrestling World PC 07/10/17
Hunting Simulator PS4/Xbox One 07/11/17
Fable Fortune PC/Xbox One 07/11/17
Defenders of Ekron PS4/PC 07/11/17
Minecraft: Story Mode – Season 2 PS4/Switch/Xbox One/ PC 07/11/17
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age PS4 07/11/17
Black the Fall PS4/PC 07/11/17
Iron Crypticle PS4 07/11/17
Serial Cleaner PS4 07/11/17
The End is Nigh PC 07/12/17
Iron Crypticle Xbox One/PC 07/12/17
Asdivine Cross 3DS 07/13/17
Death Squared Switch 07/13/17
Serial Cleaner PC/Xbox One 07/14/17
Rogue Stormers PS4/PC 07/14/17
Aerea Collector’s Edition PC/Xbox One 07/18/17
Orcs Must Die! Unchained PS4 07/18/17
Children of Zodiarcs PS4/PC 07/18/17
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles PS4/PC 07/18/17
Moon Hunters Xbox One 07/19/17
Aporia: Beyond the Valley PC 07/19/17
Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires Conspiracy Android/iOS 07/20/17
Gigantic Xbox One/PC 07/20/17
Conga Master Xbox One 07/21/17
Splatoon 2 Switch 07/21/17
Pyre PC/PS4 07/25/17
Aven Colony PC/PS4 07/25/17
Fortnite PC/PS4 07/25/17
Super Cloudbuilt PS4/PC 07/25/17
Fallen Legion PS4/PS Vita 07/25/17
Constructor HD Xbox One/PS4 07/25/17
Ancient Amuletor PC 07/25/17
Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star Switch/PC 07/25/17
Unbox: Newbie’s Adventure PS4/Xbox One 07/26/17
Hey! Pikmin 3DS 07/28/17
Super Cloudbuilt Xbox One 07/28/17
Miitopia 3DS 07/28/17
Collar X Malice PS Vita 07/28/17
Namco Museum Switch 07/28/17
Little Nightmares – Secrets of the Maw DLC PS4/PC 07/28/17
Mafia III – Sign of the Times DLC PS4/PC/Xbox One 07/17
Shadow Hand PC/Mac 07/17
Archangel PC/PS4 07/17
Tokyo 42 PS4 07/17
DeadCore PS4/Xbox One 07/17
Escape from Tarkov PC 07/17
The Legend of Heroes: Trials of Cold Steel PC 07/17
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered PC/Xbox One 07/17
The Snack World 3DS 07/17

My 9 Favorite Games from E3 2017

Another year, another E3 down in the books. This year’s event was jammed packed with games as Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, and the others hit us with trailer after trailer. Although the common consensus was that overall the conferences were somewhat underwhelming, there were still a lot of titles that managed to stand out from the crowd. Here are my favorite games from E3 2017.

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Anthem

While Bioware Montreal took over the development of Mass Effect: Andromeda, Bioware Edmonton focused their attention on creating a brand new IP. That brand new IP is a shared-world action RPG called Anthem, which was revealed during EA’s press conference. It wasn’t until Microsoft’s conference, however, that we finally got some real details and saw some gameplay.

In Anthem, you are a freelancer who has an arsenal of exosuits called Javelins. Using your Javelin, you’ll explore (either alone or with up to three friends) a large futuristic open world, brimming with wonder and peril. Based off of first impressions, many have described the game as Destiny, but with a Bioware narrative.

Will Anthem be a more story driven version of Destiny? We’ll have to see when it comes out. However, what really stood out to me was the vibrant, lush environments and the way you traverse seamlessly through these areas. The way the player switches at ease from flying, to diving, to dashing around the world looked really fun. Expect to see Anthem out for PS4, PC, and Xbox One in Fall 2018.

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Beyond Good & Evil 2

One of the biggest surprises of E3 2017 was the reveal of a brand new trailer for Beyond Good & Evil 2. If you’re like me, you have been begging Ubisoft to make this sequel ever since they showed the first trailer, which was revealed all the way back in 2008. Yeah, it has really been that long. With time comes change, and it looks like Beyond Good & Evil 2 is no exception.

Instead of continuing the adventures of Jade and Pey’j, BG&E2 will be a prequel that’s set a few generations before the first game. At the moment, it’s hard to say what kind of game BG&E2 will be, but we know it will ambitious. The revival of BG&E2 is exciting, but keep in mind, this was just another pre-rendered trailer. Unfortunately, we probably won’t see this game anytime soon.

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Super Mario Odyssey

With Mario’s new ability to possess everything around him, traveling to real world-like destinations, and dinosaurs, Super Mario Odyssey is shaping up to be one of the weirdest additions to the series yet. I mean, the trailers have even taught us that Mario isn’t human! Regardless, after watching the new trailer and demo Nintendo brought to E3, I have a good feeling that it may also end up being one of the most creative.

According to the positive feedback from the demo, it sounds like this game could become a contender for game of the year. We’ll be able to get our hands on Super Mario Odyssey on Oct. 27, 2017.

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Detroit: Become Human

We got a taste of Detroit: Become Human last year, but this year, we have new details and a brand new trailer that sheds light on the overarching story. The game takes place about 20 years into the future. Although advancements in technology have made androids nearly indistinguishable from humans, they are still treated as mere objects. This problematic dynamic between humans and androids has caused “deviant” androids to start an uprising.

In this game, you control three characters: Kara, Connor, and the newly introduced Markus. All three are androids and they will all have their own distinct storylines that will run parallel to each other over a four day period. Throughout the game, you’ll make decisions that will influence the story and may also impact the other characters.

The thing that I love about this game is the importance they put on decisions. Each decision forces you to think critically and can have real consequences in the future. This is probably the reason why the demo for this game resonated with me as much as it did. Also, the amount of detail put into each character and the environments they inhabit is incredible.

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Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Nathan Drake’s days of treasure hunting may be over, but Chloe is just getting started. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is a 10-hour long spin-off starring Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross. The two will embark on an adventure to retrieve an ancient Indian artifact all while trying to avoid a ruthless warmonger who wants it for himself.

This will be the first Uncharted game to feature someone else other than the wise-cracking Nathan Drake. Since Chloe and Nadine take themselves a little more seriously than Drake, it’s expected that the tone of this game will be slightly different from the other games. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy will come out on August 22, 2017, for $40.

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The Last Night

I stumbled across this indie game last year and was blown away by its art style. Ever since then, I’ve been trying to stay up-to-date on the development of The Last Night. So I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the announcement trailer during Microsoft’s conference. Some people have begun comparing this cyberpunk sidescroller to something like Blade Runner. The Last Night will be available on Xbox One and PC in 2018.

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Spider-Man

We finally got some gameplay footage of Insomniac’s Spider-Man game and it looks amazing. Although the end of the trailer felt a bit like a QTE-fest, overall I liked what I saw. From what was shown, it looks like the player will have plenty of options on how to dispatch enemies. For example, you can either fight up close, set up traps, or use the environment to your advantage.

I also like that Insomniac chose to use Mr. Negative as a villain instead of a more well-known villain. It’s become painfully obvious to me that both superhero movies and games tend to focus on a small select group of that hero’s rogue gallery. Usually, the most popular villains that everyone already knows, e.g. Doctor Octopus or Green Goblin. So it’s nice to see other villains enter the spotlight every once and awhile. Spider-Man is PlayStation exclusive and will release sometime next year.

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A Way Out

If it wasn’t for the Beyond Good & Evil 2 trailer, this game would’ve been my biggest surprise of the show. Revealed during the EA press conference, A Way Out is a split-screen, co-op action-adventure game from the creator of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. The game focuses on the story of two convicts and their escape from prison.

What I found interesting about this game is that both characters can be in different places, doing their own thing, while their stories are told simultaneously. For example, player one could initiate a cutscene where they talk to a prison guard. While that player watches a cutscene, the other player can use that opportunity as a distraction and do things without the guard noticing.

What I saw of the game reminded me of something I’d expect to see from Naughty Dog, so I have high hopes for this title.

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Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Going into E3, we knew Ubisoft was going to announce a Mario and Rabbids crossover title. However, nobody knew what kind of game the title would be. We all had our suspicions, but no one expected to be told that the new game would be a turn-based tactical RPG.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle puts both companies mascots into a fun and colorful XCOM-like quest where Mario and the others must team up with Rabbids Heros in order to take back the kingdom from the mischievous Rabbids. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle will be a Switch exclusive and will be available on August 29, 2017.

Honorable mentions:

Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds, Yoshi Switch, Observer, Dishonored: Death of the Outsider

Ninja Theory Announces Release Date for Hellblade Senua’s Sacrifice

On Monday, developer Ninja Theory teased us with news that an announcement would be coming today. As it turns out, that announcement was a definitive release date for their upcoming game, Hellblade Senua’s Sacrifice.

Announced back in 2014, Hellblade is an action game that focuses on the journey and mental state of its protagonist, Senua. Senua is a Celtic warrior who suffers from psychosis. Alone, she must embark on a very personal journey through a hellish landscape created by her own psychotic manifestations.

According to Ninja Theory, their goal with Hellblade was to bring the mid-sized game back by creating an independently developed game with AAA polish. Hellblade Senua’s Sacrifice is scheduled for release on August 8th, 2017. You can get the game for $29.99/€29.99/£24.99 on Steam, GOG, and PlayStation 4.

Leaked Screenshots Reveal Plans for Life is Strange Prequel

According to some leaked screenshots, it seems like we could be in store for a Life is Strange prequel in the near future.

The original Life is Strange, developed by Dontnod Entertainment and published by Square Enix, was widely considered a surprise hit in 2015. The game followed the adventures of Max Caulfield, a high school senior who discovers that she has the ability to rewind time. While the original game focused mainly on Max and her relationship with Chloe, it appears that this prequel will instead focus on Chloe and her relationship with Rachel.

The screenshots were found in this gallery that was anonymously uploaded to Imgur. There are nine images altogether, eight screenshots and one piece of branded concept art. You’ll also notice in the screenshots that this is a Chloe who has yet to dye her hair fully blue.

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If you remember, Dontnod took to Twitter no too long ago to celebrate Life is Strange selling over 3 million copies and to announce that they would be working on a second Life is Strange game. However, this prequel is not the game they were talking about. This prequel will actually be in the hands of the Denver studio, Deck Nine Games.

Previously known as Idol Minds, this development studio is best known for making games like Cool Boarders 3, Rally Cross 2, and Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal. Two days ago, the team announced that they will be rebranding as Deck Nine to signify their shift toward more narrative-focused games.

Dontnod Entertainment Announces A New Life is Strange Game

If you liked the 2015 surprise hit, Life is Strange, then I have some good news for you.

Today, the developers at Dontnod Entertainment took some time off from working on their upcoming game Vampyr to acknowledge and celebrate Life is Strange selling over 3 million copies. In the tweet below, the devs express their appreciation for their many fans. However, it’s the end of the video that’s interesting.

Near the end of the video, the devs mention that there will be a Life is Strange 2. They also revealed that the new game has been in development since the original game received a boxed version – which happened last year. Unfortunately, they never mentioned a release date for Life is Strange 2.

It’s hard to believe that the next game in the series would be a continuation of the first game since the ending seemed to be pretty conclusive. In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising at all if Life is Strange 2 featured an entirely new cast of characters.

What do you think? Would you be down for a brand new adventure in the Life is Strange Universe, but with different characters?

Every Game We Expect to See at E3 2017: Nintendo Edition

In less than a month, E3 2017 will kick off. Wasting no time, Nintendo has revealed their plans for the event. Still forgoing the traditional E3 press conference, Nintendo will be doing their now annual Nintendo Spotlight: E3 2017 video presentation. They will also bring back Nintendo Treehouse Live at E3, where presenters will show off upcoming games for the Switch. Last of all, they will be hosting live-streamed tournaments for both Arms and Splatoon 2 from the show floor.

It’s expected that Nintendo will share new details on upcoming games for the Switch, but for now, these are the games we know Nintendo will have at their booth:

ARMS

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ARMS is a brand new IP coming to the Switch. Some have described this brawler as a mix between Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots and Punch-Out!! If you’re dying to try it out for yourself, don’t worry, you’ll be able to get your hands on this game soon. On June 16, right after E3 to be exact.

Splatoon 2

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The Inklings are making their way to the Switch in the sequel to one of the Wii U’s best games, Splatoon. Splatoon 2 takes place two years after the first game and will boast a variety of new weapons, gear, and maps for players to enjoy. Splatoon 2 is scheduled for release on July 21.

Super Mario Odyssey

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E3 2017 will have the first playable build of Super Mario Odyssey. The game will be the first sandbox-style Mario game since Super Mario Sunshine. E3 event goers will be the first ones to get to play the new Mario game, the rest of us will just have to wait until the holiday season.

May Releases

Game Releases

The Caligula Effect PS Vita 05/02/17
TumbleSeed Switch/PS4 05/02/17
Portal Knights PS4/Xbox One 05/02/17
Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series PS4/Xbox One 05/02/17
Gnog PS4 05/02/17
Nier: Automata 3C3C1D119440927 DLC PS4/PC 05/02/17
Super Rude Bear Resurrection PS4 05/02/17
ACA NeoGeo Last Resort PS4 05/02/17
Nioh – Dragon of the North DLC PS4 05/02/17
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky PC 05/03/17
Planetbase Xbox One 05/03/17
Triple Breakout Wii U/3DS 05/04/17
Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade PC 05/04/17
Blackwood Crossing Xbox One/PC 04/04/17
Dawn of Andromeda PC 05/04/17
FlatOut 4: Total Insanity PS4/Xbox One 05/05/17
World to the West PS4/Xbox One 05/05/17
Super Rude Bear: Resurrection PC/Linux 05/05/17
AFL Evolution PS4 05/05/17
Prey PS4/PC 05/05/17
Dreamfall Chapters PS4/Xbox One 05/05/17
Save the Ninja Clan Xbox One 05/05/17
Last Stitch Goodnight PS4/PC 05/09/17
Revenant Saga PS4/PS3 05/09/17
Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland PS4 05/09/17
Resident Evil Code: Veronica X PS4 05/09/17
Blade & Bones PS4 05/09/17
Birthdays the Beginning PS4/PC 05/09/17
NBA Playgrounds Switch/PS4 05/09/17
Strafe PS4/PC 05/09/17
Elliot Quest PS4 05/09/17
Forza Horizon 3 – Hot Wheels PC/Xbox One 05/09/17
Lethal League PS4 05/09/17
LocoRoco Remastered PS4 05/09/17
Moonshot Galaxy PS4 05/09/17
Polybius PS4 05/09/17
Balloons TD 5 PS4 05/09/17
Butcher PS4 05/09/17
Human: Fall Flat PS4 05/09/17
Lethal League Xbox One 05/10/17
Butcher Xbox One 05/10/17
Narcosis Xbox One 05/10/17
ACA NeoGeo Garou: Mark of the Wolves Switch 05/11/17
Minecraft Switch 05/11/17
ACA NeoGeo King of Fighters ’95 PS4 05/11/17
Demon Crystals Xbox One/PS4 05/12/17
Human: Fall Flat Xbox One 05/12/17
Elliot Quest Xbox One 05/12/17
MXGP3 – The Official Motorcross Videogame PC 05/12/17
Baila Latino PS4 05/16/17
Akiba’s Beat PS4/PS Vita 05/16/17
Don’t Starve Together Xbox One 05/16/17
Injustice 2 Xbox One/PS4 05/16/17
Farpoint PS4 05/16/17
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 – Zombie Chronicles PS4 05/16/17
The Surge PS4/PC 05/16/17
Seasons After Fall PS4/Xbox One 05/16/17
Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy PS4/PS Vita 05/16/17
Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop 3DS 05/16/17
Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds PS Vita 05/16/17
Black & White Bushido PS4/Xbox One 05/17/17
Bokida – Heartfelt Reunion PC 05/17/17
Empathy: Path of Whispers PC 05/17/17
Watch Dogs 2 – No Compromise DLC PC/Xbox One 05/18/17
City: Skylines – Mass Transit PC/Mac 05/18/17
Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days PC 05/18/17
Inner Chains PC 05/18/17
Thumper Switch 05/18/17
Skyler & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island PS4/Xbox One 05/19/17
Endless Space 2 PC 05/19/17
Mayan Death Robots Xbox One 05/19/17
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valencia 3DS 05/19/17
Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception PS4/PS Vita 05/23/17
Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada PS4/PC 05/23/17
MXGP3 – The Official Motorcross Videogame PS4/Xbox One 05/23/17
Starpoint Gemini Warlords PC 05/23/17
Summer Night 6: Lost Borders PS4/PS Vita 05/23/17
Pox Nora PS4 05/23/17
Impact Winter PC 05/23/17
Steel Division: Normandy 44 PC 05/23/17
Disgaea 5 Complete Switch 05/23/17
Vanquish PC 05/25/17
Two Worlds II: Call of Tenebrae PC/Mac 05/25/17
Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 PS4/PS3 05/26/17
Rime PS4/PC 05/26/17
Friday the 13th: The Game PS4/Xbox One 05/26/17
Spellspire Xbox One 05/26/17
Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challenge Switch 05/26/17
Get Even PS4/PC 05/26/17
Perception PS4/Switch 05/30/17
Locks Quest PS4/Xbox One 05/30/17
Mafia III – Stones Unturned PS4/PC 05/30/17
Star Trek: Bridge Crew PS4/PC 05/30/17
Redout Switch/PS4 05/30/17
Toukiden 2: Free Alliance Version PS4/PS Vita 05/30/17
Ys Origin PS Vita 05/30/17
Don’t Knock Twice PC 05/30/17
Dark Rose Valkyrie PS4 05/31/17
Tokyo 42 PC/Xbox One 05/31/17

Martial Arts RPG Absolver Gets Release Date and New Details

A new trailer for the martial arts focused online role-playing game, Absolver, has released new details and a release date.

As you’ll see in the video, the trailer dives headfirst into the details of the game’s complex combat system. There are three main styles that players can choose from. The Forsaken style focuses on parrying, Khalt style is good for absorbing hits and Windfall style is for nimble fighters who can dodge attacks.

In addition to the combat styles, there are also different stances that your fighter will be able to use. Each stance will open up new move sets which will, in turn, change the flow of how you fight. If you want to know more, check out the video below.

Absolver has a release date of August 29, for PlayStation 4 and PC.

Early Mass Effect: Andromeda Concept Art Shows What Could’ve Been

A new collection of early concept art for Mass Effect: Andromeda has popped up online. The gallery comes to us from former Bioware Montreal Lead UI Artist, Eric Bellefeuille. The images Bellefeuille has shared with us shows what the game looked like in the early stages of its five-year development.

The images not only provide interesting insight into what the game could’ve looked like, but it also reveals a few of the team’s earliest ideas that were nixed in the final release.

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Some of these ideas included earning gameplay-enhancing bonuses for scanning Remnant glyphs, an omni glove that shows the mission description and your location on the map, and a much different looking Pathfinder quarters with SAM contained in a Zordon-like tube a la Power Rangers.

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You’ll also notice that many of the characters have different looks and descriptions. Most notably Peebee’s appearance, Vetra Nyx’s name change, and Cora Harper sporting a different haircut. It’s also interesting to note that in the screenshot below, Cora is listed as an Asari when she is clearly a human.

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You can find the rest of Bellefeuille’s Mass Effect: Andromeda artwork on ArtStation.