All posts by Ryan McNeal

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

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.

Nintendo Plans to Launch the SNES Mini

It’s only been a week since Nintendo made the surprising announcement that they will be discontinuing the production of the NES Classic. Many fans still feel confused and disgruntled by the baffling decision given that the product was still highly desired. Nintendo clarified its decision explaining that the NES mini was never meant to be a permanent product.

snessys01gr_p_0xp4xqThe NES Classic, which is a reimagined miniaturized version of the original NES, has been a hard to acquire item since its release in December 2016. Mainly due to Nintendo’s inability to keep up with public demand. Although Nintendo has given up on the nostalgia-inducing system, it may not be all bad news.

Hot off the heels of the discontinuation, Eurogamer reports that Nintendo has plans on releasing a mini SNES console. The new system is scheduled to release at the end of this year, around Christmas, and is already under development.

Unfortunately, it’s very likely Nintendo will make this new microconsole a temporary novelty as well. Here’s to hoping that Nintendo has learned it’s lesson with the NES Classic and will be better prepared to keep the SNES mini in stock while it’s available.

11 Addictive Mobile Games You Need to Play

Are you on the go and need some great games to keep you busy? Here are a few mobile games that you should put on your phone right now.

Her Story

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The problem with interactive movie games is that most of the time they just don’t work. They’re usually either boring, poorly made, or have terrible acting. However, this is exactly what makes Her Story something of a rarity. It’s an interactive movie game that doesn’t just work; it works well.

Her Story is a murder mystery where you take on the role of a police investigator (presumably). As the investigator assigned to this case, you must sort through and review interview footage of a woman named Hannah. Hannah is not only the victim’s wife, she’s also a possible suspect. It’s up to you to piece together the subtle clues in the videos and find out the truth.

Lara Croft GO

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How do you turn a game franchise like Tomb Raider into a turn-based puzzle game? Developer Square Enix Montreal figured out a way. Lara Croft GO simplifies the action-adventure game without sacrificing the key essentials that make Tomb Raider what it is. The result is a very clever and challenging experience that genuinely feels rewarding.

Similar to the first game in the GO series (Hitman GO), you move the protagonist one space at a time. Every space you move allows each enemy or booby trap on the board to move as well. This makes it necessary to come up with a strategy that will allow Lara to avoid obstacles and get safely to the goal. If you dig this game, then you might want to give Hitman GO and Deus Ex GO a try as well.

Adventures of Poco Eco – Lost Sounds

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Adventures of Poco Eco – Lost Sounds is one of the most visually appealing games available in any app store. Its unique art design and bold color palette have some comparing it visually to the critically acclaimed game Monument Valley.

In this game, you help the curious explorer Poco Eco on his search to find his tribe’s lost sounds. To assist Poco Eco on his mission and restore the sounds of his tribe, you must complete 12 different levels that include clever 3D puzzles. The world of Lost Sounds is built around a mixture of electronic music and design, which creates a relaxing atmosphere.

Prune

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Want to play a game that will help you relax in the process? Prune might be just the kind of game you’re looking for. This beautiful puzzle game about growing and trimming trees will put you into a zen-like state of mind.

As far as gameplay is concerned, it’s pretty straightforward. You need to help a tree grow to its full height so it can sprout flowers. As the tree grows, you’ll have to prune any branches that are hindering its growth. When the branches hit the sunlight, flowers will begin to bloom. You need a certain number of flowers to bloom in order to complete the level.

Fallout Shelter

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Fallout Shelter is a free-to-play simulation game based on the Fallout universe. Players must create a vault, fill it with post-nuclear survivors, expand their underground bunker, and manage the ensuing chaos. It didn’t take long before Fallout fanatics found themselves hopelessly addicted to this mobile game.

Downwell

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As Jessica Jones would say, it’s not flying, “it’s more like guided falling.”

Downwell is an ’80s arcade-style, vertical scrolling shooter where you play as a young curious boy who one day decides that he wants to explore the depths of a mysterious well. You are armed with gunboots to protect yourself from the dangerous monsters that live within the well.

As you fall and shoot monsters, you’ll also need to collect gems. These gems will allow you to purchase power-ups. It’s a pretty simple but adrenaline-pumping game.

Alto’s Adventure

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Endless runners have been a staple among mobile games ever since the App Store was launched in 2008. However, Alto’s Adventure stands out from the rest because of its stunning visual presentation. The ever-changing scenery combined with the day/night cycles cause the environment to evolve and transform beautifully. You’ll be feeling the need to take screenshots of the artistic backgrounds constantly.

Neko Atsume

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Not all games have to be about shooting stuff or brain-melting puzzles. Neko Atsume is a simple game in which you try to attract as many cats as you can to your backyard. This bizarrely entertaining game essentially lets you become the crazy cat person you always wished you could be.

The premise of the game is to make your backyard as inviting as possible. To do this you must collect cat toys and lay out snacks for your soon-to-be friends. The game is free, so there is no reason not to start collecting all those adorable cats.

LIMBO

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Eerie is the perfect word to describe LIMBO. LIMBO first came out for the Xbox 360 in 2010 and has since made its way to the Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and 4, PC, Android, and iOS.

The story follows a boy who finds himself in a scary, dangerous world. He must traverse this perilous, noir world to find his lost sister. The haunting atmosphere is persistent throughout the game and is one of the things that make it special.

Rick and Morty: Pocket Mortys

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If you watch Rick and Morty on Adult Swim then Rick and Morty: Pocket Mortys is a must-have. The game is basically a parody of Pokémon packed full of Rick and Morty references and jokes. Underneath all the jokes, however, is a real game that provides a good amount of entertainment.

Similar to Pokémon, your goal is to become the best trainer around. You’ll need to travel through the multiverse, collecting alternate reality versions of Morty to battle against other Ricks standing in your way. It is free on iOS and Android, so give it a shot.

Monument Valley

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Monument Valley is one of the best mobile games out there right now. Its Escheresque puzzles and fascinating art style make it unusual and uncommon.

Each level in the game centers around different 3D puzzles. You’ll need to shift and contort each puzzle like a Rubik’s Cube to get the protagonist to her desired location. Every level completed will reveal bits of the game’s story.

This game’s only downfall is that it’s a little short, completing in only 10 levels. However, it’s still totally worth the cost.