The Big List of Nintendo Switch Games: Nintendo Switch Presentation Update
Nintendo Switch Presentation: Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Special Edition and Master Edition revealed
343 Industries is working on "super secret future stuff" related to Halo
Brotherhood Final Fantasy XV is an anime prequel series to the game and the first episode is available now
New Releases: Oculus Rift, MLB The Show 16, Resident Evil 6, More
Daily Scoop: January 19, 2017 – Get Deadpool for just $19.99
TowerFall Ascension will be released for the Xbox One on January 25
Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 will be released for PC and Xbox One on March 7; PS4/Xbox One disc release will be available on same day
Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment will be released in April
A new “main series” Fire Emblem game will be released for the Switch in 2018
Bandai Namco and Tarsier Studios have announced that Little Nightmares will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on April 28.
Little Nightmares was first revealed by Bandai Namco back in August during the Gamescom expo. The spooky little adventure stars Six, “a helpless little girl dressed in a yellow raincoat on a mission to escape from The Maw”:
Little Nightmares presents a grim shadow-filled adventure through an interactive storyline, outstanding sound design, and a unique art-style that is sure to deliver eerie chills and goosebumps. Players will discover that Little Nightmares blurs the lines between dreams and nightmares as they explore The Maw in an effort to escape its nightmarish confines. Gruesome enemies and environments can be found at every turn on this strange vessel; the fate of Six lies in the skillful hands of hands of players.
Little Nightmares was initially designed as a digital title, but Bandai Namco also plans to release a special retail-only Six Edition for the game. Available from your favorite retailer for $34.99, the “themed cage box” will include a 4″ tall Six figurine, the original game soundtrack, a sticker board, and an exclusive poster.
Bandai Namco also released a new trailer for Little Nightmares to go along with the release date announcement, and it’s been embedded above.
Travel back to the 90s with today’s Xbox Games Store update, as Bandai Namco has launched Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Mega Battle for the Xbox One. Based on the first season of the long-running kids show, Mega Battle is a side-scrolling beat ’em up with an art style that wouldn’t look out of place on the Super NES or the Genesis.
Also available to download on the Xbox One today is RWBY: Grimm Eclipse, which is based on Rooster Teeth’s RWBY. Players will be able to go behind the storyline of the show and explore new location, meet new Grimm types, and battle a brand new villain.
Finally today, Blowfish Studios will add Siegecraft Commander to the Xbox Games Store for the Xbox One. Offering both real-time and turn-based strategy gameplay, players will need to build a strong base of operations in Siegecraft Commander in single-player and multiplayer modes.
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Tonight, I’m taking a break from working and having a game night! I’m really excited to tackle this monstrous pile of Kickstarter games that have been coming in this week. We have too many to play alone, and I’m hoping our friends are excited about reading rules! Because I don’t think I can read that many rules.
Anyway, let’s talk about deals! There are some awesome sales happening at the Humble Store right now. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Game of the Year Edition is $29.99, Blood Bowl 2 is $11.24, Superhot is $16.99, and Batman: Arkham Knight is $6.79, among many others.
The Midweek Madness deal at Steam is Steep. You can get the regular edition for $40.19, or the Gold Edition for $53.59. The Daily Deal is WRC 6 FIA World Rally Championship. Get it alone for $17.99 or snag the Deluxe Edition bundle for $21.98.
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Go Go Power Rangers…
Sony has pushed out this week’s PlayStation Store update, and leading the charge is Bandai Namco’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Mega Battle, a side-scrolling beat ’em up fort he PS4 that’s based on the first season of the show.
Also available to download today is The Flame in the Flood, a roguelike survival game for the PS4. Developed by The Molasses Flood, players will help a girl and her dog fight to survive as they travel on foot and by raft down a procedurally-generated river.
Finally, Sony Japan Studio’s Gravity Rush 2 will be available to download for the PS4 beginning on Friday. The gravity-defying action game is a direct continuation to the story from the first game, as Kat is still searching for her identity and still fighting to protect the very fabric of the universe.
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Gabe Newell’s Reddit AMA: Valve is working on multiple single-player games and a new game in Half-Life/Portal universe
Gabe Newell, the famed CEO of Valve, answered a ton of questions during a Reddit AMA yesterday. While the developer didn’t want to talk about Half-Life 2: Episode 3/Half-Life 3 (“The number 3 must not be said,” he replied), he was very forthcoming about some of Valve’s other projects.
Newell was a big fan of short answers during his AMA, replying with “Yep” and “Yes” to the questions, “Any chance of a new IP that takes place in the half-life/portal universe?” and “Is Valve still working on any fully-fledged single player games?” Obviously, he didn’t reveal any specific details about these games (or how they connect to the existing Half-Life and Portal universe), but he did confirm that the Half-Life and Portal film adaptations from J.J. Abrams are still in the works.
However, Newell was a bit more verbose with his reply to a fan asking about the future of the Left 4 Dead franchise. The developer said that new technology often drives Valve’s projects and that a team interested in “shared narratives” would be one he’d steer towards a third Left 4 Dead game:
Products are usually the result of an intersection of technology that we think has traction, a group of people who want to work on that, and one of the game properties that feels like a natural playground for that set of technology and design challenges.
When we decided we needed to work on markets, free to play, and user generated content, Team Fortress seemed like the right place to do that. That work ended up informing everything we did in the multiplayer space.
Left 4 Dead is a good place for creating shared narratives.
But if you’ll notice, he never actually said “Yes” or “No” to the question of whether Left 4 Dead 3 is in development.
Newell gave many other interesting answers during his Reddit AMA, and if you’ve got the time, it’s worth it to read through the whole thread. You might even want to do it twice. But I wouldn’t recommend a third time.
Square Enix will bundle the locations and episodic content from Hitman‘s first season onto a disc in a brand new retail release later this month. However, if you skipped Agent 47’s adventures in 2016, you might be unaware of some of the finer points of how to be an assassin. Thankfully, this “Hitman 101” gameplay trailer should provide you with the beginnings of a proper education.
The appropriately-named Hitman: The Complete First Season will be available for the PS4 and Xbox One on January 31.
My weekend was 90% homework, 5% hanging out, and 5% gaming, which is a really pathetic amount, but I’ll be honest: I was grateful for every single second of it because there was so little of it. I played some board games and some video games, but mostly, seriously, all I did was homework. Here’s hoping these next nine weeks fly by!
Over at Humble, there’s the brand new Best of 2016 Bundle! Pay what you want for Else Heart.Break(), Evoland 2, and Victor Vran. Beat the average to unlock Shadowrun Hong Kong: Extended Edition, Stronghold Crusader 2, and early access to Rust. Finally, pay $10 or more to unluck Homeworld Remastered Collection.
Over at Steam, the Midweek Madness is on Stellaris. Pay $26.79 for the game, $33.49 for the Nova Edition, or $34.99 for the Galaxy Edition. The Daily Deal is early access to Blitzkrieg 3. Get the Standard Edition for $17.99 or the Deluxe Edition for $29.99.
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NIS America has announced that Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls, an action-adventure spinoff that’s set between Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair will be released for the PS4 on June 27.
Originally released for the Vita in 2015, Danganronpa Another Episode stars Komaru Naegi, the sister of Trigger Happy Havoc’s protagonist, Makoto Naegi:
Komaru Naegi, little sister to Makoto Naegi, has been imprisoned inside a mysterious apartment for over a year. One day, she is rescued by Byakuya Togami of Future Foundation, but the rescue is derailed by a sudden attack of hundreds of Monokumas. Komaru soon discovers that the city has been taken over by a group of children calling themselves the Warriors of Hope. Their leader, Monaca, declares that the city will be the site of a “children’s paradise,” and to accomplish this, all the adults will be exterminated. Komaru teams up with Toko Fukawa to try to survive the rampaging Monokumas, escape the crafty Monokuma Kids, and uncover the secrets of the city.
In addition to Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls, NIS America has big plans for the Danganronpa franchise on the PS4 this year. Danganronpa 1-2 Reload, a compilation of the first two games in the series, will be released for the PS4 on March 14. And both titles will be followed by Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, which should be available before the end of the year.