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.

April Releases

Game Releases

Use Your Words PC/PS4 04/04/17
Plutobi: The Dwarf Planet Tales PS4 04/04/17
Persona 5 PS4 04/04/17
Air Conflicts: Secret Wars PS4 04/04/17
Blackwood Crossing PS4 04/04/17
LEGO City Undercover PS4/Xbox One 04/04/17
Drawn to Death PS4 04/04/17
ArmaGallant: Decks of Destiny PS4 04/04/17
Mr. Massagy PS4 04/04/17
PaRappa the Rapper Remastered PS4 04/04/17
Mortal Blitz PS4 04/04/17
Paradigm PC/Mac 04/05/17
Talent Not Included Xbox One 04/05/17
Blackwood Crossing Xbox One/PC 04/05/17
Shovel Knight: Spector of Torment PC/Mac 04/05/17
Stellaris: Utopia PC 04/06/17
Graceful Explosion Machine Switch 04/06/17
Europa Universalis IV: Mandate of Heaven PC 04/06/17
Pinball Breakout 3DS 04/06/17
Animal Gods Wii U 04/06/17
Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition PS4/PC 04/07/17
The Signal From Tolva PC/Mac 04/10/17
Symphony of the Machine PS4/PC 04/11/17
Cosmic Star Heroine PS4/PC 04/11/17
Crawl Xbox One/PS4 04/11/17
Yooka-Laylee PS4/PC 04/11/17
StarBlood Arena PS4 04/11/17
Fairune PS Vita 04/11/17
A Rose in the Twilight PS Vita/PC 04/11/17
Stardew Valley Collector’s Edition Xbox One/PS4 04/11/17
Aaero PS4/PC 04/11/17
Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition PC/Linux 04/11/17
Cossacks 3: Guardians of the Highlands PC/Mac 04/11/17
Snow Moto Racing Freedom PS4/PC 04/11/17
Kero Blaster PS4 04/11/17
Shock Tactics PC 04/11/17
Lichtspeer PS Vita 04/11/17
Euro Fishing PS4 04/11/17
The Sexy Brutale PS4/PC 04/12/17
The Jackbox Party Pack 3 Switch 04/13/17
Rolling Bob PS4 04/13/17
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (Telltale) Xbox One/PS4 04/18/17
Planet Nomads PC 04/18/17
Flinthook PS4/PC 04/18/17
Voodoo Vince Remastered Xbox One/PC 04/18/17
Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom Xbox One/PS4 04/18/17
Full Throttle PS4/PC 04/18/17
ATV Renegade Xbox One/PS4 04/18/17
The Disney Afternoon Collection Xbox One/PS4 04/18/17
Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap PS4/Switch 04/18/17
The Silver Case HD Collection PS4 04/18/17
Inner Chains PC 04/20/17
De-Formers Xbox One/PS4 04/21/17
Cities: Skylines Xbox One 04/21/17
Statik PS4 04/24/17
Dragon Quest Heroes II PS4/PC 04/25/17
Syberia 3 PS4/PC 04/25/17
Outlast II PS4/PC 04/25/17
Wilson’s Heart PC 04/25/17
Puyo Puyo Tetris PS4/Switch 04/25/17
What Remains of Edith PS4/PC 04/25/17
Outlast Trinity Xbox One/PS4 04/25/17
The Deer God PS4/PS Vita 04/25/17
Batman: Arkham VR PC 04/25/17
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 PS4/PC 04/25/17
Period: Shackles of Amadeus PS Vita 04/25/17
Pinstripe PC 04/25/17
Valhalla Hills: Definitive Edition Xbox One/PS4 04/25/17
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II PC 04/27/17
Expeditions: Vikings PC 04/27/17
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Switch 04/27/17
Little Nightmares PS4/PC 04/27/17
Constructor HD Xbox One/PC 04/27/17

The Flash Returns to Redeem Himself in New Injustice 2 Trailer

The fastest man in the world is back for another go in the new Injustice 2 trailer.

To freshen up your memory, The Flash fought for Superman’s Earth One regime in Injustice: Gods Among Us, but he was clearly conflicted by his decision and left the team. In this new trailer, we see the scarlet speedster donning his red boots once again, hoping for a chance at redemption.

Check out the new trailer below

Superhero Games I’d Love To See Rocksteady Make

Now that the Arkham series has concluded, Rocksteady Studios can focus on the future. At the moment, we know almost nothing about their new project. However, we can surmise that it will probably be another superhero game based in the DC Universe. Given that, I thought it would be interesting to come up with some ideas for heroes they should consider. These are heroes I’d love to see Rocksteady use for a new game.

Green Arrow

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Green Arrow is the Robin Hood of the DC Universe, minus the stealing part of course. Like Batman, Green Arrow doesn’t rely on any superpowers. He simply uses his athleticism, archery skills, and tech to dispatch his foes. Making a game around a superhero like this seems like it would be right up their alley. In fact, it might be the safest gamble for Rocksteady.

Since they wouldn’t have to worry about superpowers, they could easily extrapolate what they learned from their Batman games and apply it to Green Arrow. I think it would probably be the most natural progression for the developer. I have further confidence in this idea after playing Horizon Zero Dawn. Guerrilla Games found a way to make bow and arrow combat exciting, fun, and challenging and I believe Rocksteady can do the same.

The Flash

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Could you imagine what Rocksteady could do with a superhero like The Flash? The scarlet speedster has all sorts of interesting powers (other than just running fast) including the ability to pass through solid objects, immunity to telepathy, the ability to create vortexes, lightning throwing, and more. There’s more than enough for Rocksteady to work with here. Just think about how fun it could be to fight the Reverse Flash or Gorilla Grodd at breakneck speeds.

Vixen

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Although Vixen isn’t as big of a headliner as a Superman or Batman, she could be a very interesting choice given her unique skill set. To give a little background to her character, Vixen is a superhero who has the power to use the abilities of any animal on Earth, alive or extinct.

Since her story isn’t as well known as others, Rocksteady could explore her origins. Since she would be gradually learning how to use her abilities, there would be a built-in explanation (gameplay-wise) as to why she would continue to learn new abilities throughout the game. The potential for a game with a protagonist like this would only be limited by the developer’s imagination.

Cyborg

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Although Cyborg has recently been getting a big push from DC, he’s still a somewhat undervalued hero. He has an interesting backstory that could be explored much further in detail. And in addition to having a good backstory, he also has amazing powers.

His most well-known power is his sonic cannon, but he also has the ability to continuously adapt the technology that surrounds his body. This means he can enhance his abilities throughout the game. On top of that, he has the ability to immerse himself into cyberspace, which could lead to some pretty cool and maybe cyberpunk-like ideas.

Wonder Woman

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Let’s be honest, Wonder Women is due for a video game of her own, and who better to give us the game she deserves than Rocksteady? Given Wonder Woman’s connection to Greek mythology and her warrior mentality, I think a game with visceral combat would probably work best. As an example, I could see the game being something like a God of War.

The Atom

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The Atom’s powers allow for him to grow or shrink himself or objects at will. This could provide a rather appealing dynamic where you would have to switch back and forth from the normal world to the subatomic world. Imagine The Atom dealing with bad guys at normal size then having to deal with a problem at a subatomic level.

Jonah Hex

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For those of you who don’t know who Jonah Hex is, he’s a Western-style bounty hunter who occasionally time travels in his free-time. His marksmanship and expert tracking skills make him a formidable force to be dealt with. With a character like this, Rocksteady could make a Western-type game, maybe along the same vein as something like a Red Dead Redemption.

Static Shock

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This suggestion is a little bit of a stretch since he’s a not as closely affiliated with DC as the others, however, he is a great character who deserves much more attention. Static Shock is a metahuman with electrical powers. He was originally created by Milestone Comics and later incorporated into the DC Universe.

Static’s origin story is somewhat like Cole McGrath’s (Infamous) origin story; he was a normal guy until a big explosion changed him and everyone nearby. Think of Static in an Infamous type of game—it would be perfect.

My Top 5 Games of 2016

Although 2016 was overall a pretty terrible year, at least it was a good year for games. So how about we forget all the bad stuff and focus on the good things that came out of this year. These are my top 5 games of 2016.

*This list is in no particular order*

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

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It’s been one heck of a wild ride following Nathan Drake and company from one adventure to another. He took us on journeys through the golden city of El Dorado, the fabled land of Shambhala, and to an Atlantis in the sands known as the Iram of the Pillars. But as they say, all good things must come to an end. And what an ending Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was. Naughty Dog has once again outdone themselves and set an industry standard for compelling storytelling. Not only does Uncharted 4 provide a satisfying conclusion to the tale of Nathan Drake, it also answers many lingering questions we’ve all had about the main protagonist. Couple that with spectacular visuals and a little nostalgia peppered in, and you have yourself a game of the year candidate.

Inside

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This dark and haunting 2.5D side-scrolling puzzle platformer (that’s a mouthful) has made it onto many favorite games of the year lists and for good reason. From storytelling, to gameplay, to mechanics, Inside just does everything right. The game is short so I won’t go too far in depth about it, but I do want to highlight what Inside does best, creating moments. There are certain points in this game that are crafted so well that it will make you feel genuine moments of dread, panic, and/or anxiety. Now I know that probably sounds awful, but I mean it in the best possible way. All I’m saying is that game does a phenomenal job producing visceral reactions in its players. On top of that, the controls are tight, the puzzles are clever, and the animation of the main character is exceptional. It’s the culmination of all of these aspects that make Inside a truly standout experience.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

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If you know me, then you know that I absolutely love a good cyberpunk game. In my opinion, no one does it better than the Deus Ex franchise. And in a year where people seem to be more divided than ever, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided couldn’t have been released at a better time. What makes Mankind Divided worthy of being one of my favorite games of the year is its deep story, plentiful secrets, engaging dialog, action, and meaningful gameplay choices. The addition of new abilities also opens up new creative avenues for ways to handle certain situations. When it all comes down to it, I had a very hard time putting the controller down while playing this game, even after I beat it.

Hyper Light Drifter

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Some games are all style and no substance, others may have substance but can lack in style. When a game manages to have both qualities, that game is special. Hyper Light Drifter is one of those special games. Heavily inspired by The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Diablo, this indie action RPG provides thoroughly satisfying and challenging combat through its variety of complex and dynamic enemies. It also boasts some of the coolest artwork I’ve seen in a game all year.

Dishonored 2

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One of the main reasons why the original Dishonored was a great game is because of the freedom it gave its players. Thanks to the creative level design plus Corvo’s plethora of supernatural lethal and non-lethal abilities, players could choose the way they wanted to accomplish their objectives. Dishonored 2 takes what worked in the first game and improves upon it in every aspect. For instance, in the first game, you couldn’t really use your lethal abilities if you wanted to finish a mission with low chaos, obviously because killing is a no-no. In Dishonored 2, the devs found a way to work around that by incorporating mechanical enemies. One of the highlights of this game, however, was the clockwork mansion. The whole level is basically a puzzle. Rooms can shift and shuffle around offering different ways to bypass enemies, lead you to secrets, or even open up new pathways to your destination. This level is so intricate and impressive that I’m willing to go out on a limb and say that it may be the most ingenious level design I’ve ever seen in any game.

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