I’m Enjoying Anthem And I Don’t Know Why
Other / 1. 3. 2019

I’m no stranger to playing weird and confusing games, having reviewed everything from house-flipping sims to erotic milking mini-games, and even a few titles that don’t actually exist. Even so, it’s been a long time since a game has left me as bewildered as Anthem. From its core dissonance between gameplay and storytelling to its dreadfully predictable mission structure to some utterly bizarre design choices and a litany of facepalm-worthy bugs, I am continually scratching my head while playing Anthem. The biggest mystery, however, is why I still feel compelled to play it in the first place. Even Marie Kondo would run screaming from the mess that is Anthem. So why am I having fun? I should start by admitting that I’m not the hugest BioWare fan in the world – the Dragon Age series has never done much for me, and neither do all the hornball romance options that have players humping their way across whatever galaxy or fantasy realm they find themselves in. Call me old-fashioned, but when you’re fending off an intergalactic calamity threatening all life as we know it, there are better uses of your time than trying to figure out if your sex parts are…

Everything You Need to Know About This Weekend’s Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 Open Beta
Other / 1. 3. 2019

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is one of the year’s most anticipated games, and the more we see of the upcoming action-packed RPG, the more excited I am to play through it. I recently had the chance to spend a good chunk of quality time with the new-and-improved Dark Zone offerings, and while they were a ton of fun, I had a hankering for a taste of the looter shooter’s main campaign. Thankfully, those desires were fulfilled when I spent the better part of a day at an event in San Francisco a couple weeks ago getting my hands on a bunch of the early game content that will be in this weekend’s Open Beta.  Let’s take a closer look at what you can expect when you dive in. Wait, did you say that there’s beta? I did! The Division 2 Open Beta will include both early game and endgame missions, and will run from March 1 at 1AM PT through March 4 at 1AM PT. Grab it now! Where does the beta start? The first mission I played, called “The Dawn’s Early Light”, takes place immediately after the prologue and tasked me with taking back The White House. Yes, THAT White House….

Writer Chris Avellone Wraps Up Work On Jedi Fallen Order
Other / 1. 3. 2019

We will not have to wait much longer to hear about Jedi Fallen Order, Respawn’s upcoming single-player action game set in the Star Wars universe. EA has already announced we’ll be seeing the game at next month’s Star Wars celebration event, but we did get one little tidbit today about the game: veteran writer Chris Avellone was on the project. The news came from an off-the-cuff tweet today. A fan asked Avellone what he was working on and, being careful to tiptoe around any non-disclosure agreements, he revealed that he just finished up on Jedi: Fallen Order with Respawn. I can’t say 100% b/c of NDAs, but the ones I can say: I just finished up work with Jedi: The Fallen Order – and beyond that, there’s another big bomb dropping in a month! Er, I mean, maybe. Ahem. — Chris Avellone (@ChrisAvellone) March 1, 2019 The Star Wars game, which was announced at least year’s E3, was detailed to take place between the infamous Star Wars prequel trilogy and the original trilogy. Hewing so close to the prequels might be a cause for concern, but with Avellone writing for Fallen Order, it boosts the credibility of the game’s writing quite…

Fear the Rats in A Plague Tale: Innocence, Pre-order Today on Xbox One
Other / 1. 3. 2019

Bringing together a deep narrative and an incredible rendition of war-torn, plague-ridden 14th century France, A Plague Tale: Innocence tells the grim tale of young Amicia and her little brother Hugo in a third-person adventure through medieval times. Today we are celebrating the launch of pre-orders on Xbox One so please pick it up and experience our new, original IP in just a few months – we hope that you will enjoy the journey as much as we enjoyed crafting it. This first solo effort is a project very close to our heart at Asobo Studio, telling the story of a young group of children dealing with the harsh realities of medieval life as the black death and war ravage the country of France. As siblings Amicia and Hugo cope with life on the run, hunted by the Inquisition and endlessly avoiding the rat plague pouring from every hole in the Earth and unattended building, they grow with each other. Follow their journey and keep them safe. While they are not hardened soldiers, Amicia’s training as a hunter by her father and noble upbringing gives her a steely approach to the horrors around her. Her brother is much younger, and…

Kill la Kill – IF Will Eventually Release In Europe
Other / 1. 3. 2019

Arc System Works’ latest anime-based fighting game, Kill la Kill – IF, joined the ranks of our Hidden Gems of TGS 2018. The game is set to be released in Japan this year but, today, English Publisher PQube revealed plans for a Europe-wide release. With a campaign penned by Kazuki Nakashima – the head writer of the anime adaptation – and a roster of beloved characters (including the newly announced dual-wield forms of Ryuko and Satsuki), Kill la Kill – IF will provide fans a satisfying dose of bombastic action similar to Arc System Work’s previous fighter titles.  Kill la Kill – IF will be available in Europe and Japan for PlayStation 4, Switch, and PC, but a release date has not been set. In the meantime, check out our glowing review on Arc System Works’ other popular and highly competitive game: Dragon Ball FighterZ.   Despite there being no info about intentions to release Kill la Kill – IF in the US, its European availability is a good sign that state-side fans of the hit anime may one day have access to the game. 

PlayStation Vita production has ended in Japan
Other / 1. 3. 2019

Sony has ceased production of PlayStation Vita in Japan. It was announced earlier this month the last PlayStation Vita units were rolling off the assembly line in Japan, and today, the lines have stopped. While PS Vita is being discontinued, you will still be able to acquire games off of the PS Store. Sony announced last year it would cease production of Vita units in Japan, following news from earlier in the year it would end production for PS Vita entirely. This month, Sony also stopped handing out PS Vita titles through PlayStation Plus alongside PS3 games. It’s the end of an era for Sony handhelds. Thanks, Siliconera.   The post PlayStation Vita production has ended in Japan appeared first on VG247.

The Industry Refuses To Hold Itself Accountable And THQ Nordic Proves It
Other / 1. 3. 2019

Earlier this week, THQ Nordic held an Ask Me Anything on an image board of ill-repute, answering questions from a community that feels rules of any kind are shackles. It was a site that was blacklisted by Google due to reports of child pornography and, within the AMA itself, featured links to drawn underage pornography, homophobic slurs, racial slurs, anti-semitic slurs, and basically any kind of slur you can get your mind around. THQ Nordic’s head of PR, Philipp Brock, happily matched the tone and tenor of the questions being asked with his answers before professing ignorance of what the site was about. If you take Brock at his word, and there is absolutely no reason to do so, he was the sole arbiter of this AMA and it came from a position of ignorance. Brock apologized for the issue, saying that no one else was involved at THQ Nordic. Despite this, THQ Nordic left the tweets linking directly to a website and specific page with underage depictions of naked minors engaging in sexual activities with adults up for 15 hours. It was not until Microsoft’s general manager of Xbox studios Shannon Loftis called them out over Twitter did they even…