May 2018

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Confirmed by Ubisoft

Ubisoft has confirmed Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is real and teased more information to come at E3.

“See you at E3!” a post on the official Assassin’s Creed Twitter account reads. The tweet is accompanied by the following teaser video:

See you at E3! pic.twitter.com/03NTPhCkCf

— Assassin’s Creed (@assassinscreed) May 31, 2018

The announcement comes just a few hours after details about the next entry in the Assassin’s Creed franchise surfaced online. According to reports, the game is set in ancient Greece, which indeed appears to be the case given the game’s title and what is shown in the incredibly brief teaser.

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Ancestors Legacy Review

There’s a spectrum with games about knights and vikings regarding how much they lean into the popular perception of history rather than the reality. Ancestors Legacy definitely falls on the end that would make Braveheart seem like a PBS documentary, with Norse warriors screaming about Valhalla and how much fun it is to slaughter peasants. While it may not live up to its claims of being a “historically accurate” depiction of the “harsh, brutal times” of the Medieval era, it is a reasonably entertaining, squad-based RTS.

The bread and butter of its six historically-inspired campaigns, multiplayer, and skirmish versus AI modes is a familiar and well-designed throwback to RTS classics. You build a main base that produces units while capturing and fortifying smaller villages that generate resources around the detailed, tactically interesting maps. Units are organized into squads of five to ten, creating a level of intimacy that reminded me a lot of Company of Heroes in mostly positive ways.

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SwitchArcade Roundup: ‘Just Shapes and Beats’, ‘West of Loathing’, and Too Many New eShop Releases

Welcome to the SwitchArcade Roundup for May 31st! It’s been a crazy month for Switch releases, and everyone just kind of decided to drop even more new games on us, it seems. Like, there are 16 new releases today. And it’s not just a bunch of throwaway titles, there are some solid originals and ports in the bunch. Plus, Sega released the third episode of the awesome Sonic Mania Adventures cartoon shorts, so watch that, then browse through all the new releases, and a few relevant sales!

New Releases

Lost Sea ($9.99)

I dig cel-shaded graphics and hope they make a big return someday. Thankfully, Lost Sea is here to give me the cel-shading I crave. You get stranded on a mysterious island in the sea, and have to recruit survivors, and find items and upgrades to help you survive and eventually get off of the island. We have to go back, Kate…and play this game again! A little Lost reference there for you. Though, the real winner of mystery shows this millennium? Gravity Falls. It actually has a satisfying conclusion and answers all the important questions! But it doesn’t take place on an island unless …read more


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First Gameplay Trailer Revealed for ‘World of Demons’ from PlatinumGames and DeNA

Last month PlatinumGames flew a host of games writers, including our own Eli Hodapp, out to Japan to reveal one of their newest projects. To the surprise of many, Platinum announced that their new game would be a free to play mobile title, and that they’d be partnering up with prolific mobile developer and publisher DeNA to help bring it to fruition. Being that Platinum is known for creating hardcore titles like the Bayonetta series and Nier: Automata, there is the worry that existing fans of the company will automatically be turned off by World of Demons due to it being on mobile and being free to play. Those are certainly valid concerns, but based on Eli’s hands-on time with the game last month, I think the developers have a good chance at creating a real skill-based action title on mobile that might surprise even the realist of Real Gamers. Today, Platinum and DeNA have released the first gameplay trailer showing World of Demons in action, check it out.

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Octopath Traveler: On the Town With Cyrus the Smooth-Talking Scholar

Octopath Traveler – then titled simply “Project Octopath Traveler” – had me at hello.

The art style of Square Enix’s RPG boldly asked – and answered – the question, “What if 16-bit graphics were dynamically lit with volumetric fog?” When the surprise playable demo dropped onto the Nintendo eShop last fall, I was pleased to see that the gameplay lived up to the uniquely impressive visuals. Now, as the July release nears, I played another 30 minutes of the octo-heroed RPG and its Bravely Default-esque turn-based combat system and once again came away very impressed.

This was my first introduction to Cyrus the Scholar, who joins Primrose the Dancer and Olberic the Warrior as the characters we’ve seen so far. Cyrus is a bit…self-confident, proudly boasting about himself in his conversations. He used to be an instructor at an academy but he got fired. His overarching goal is to try and find a missing tome. His action path is Scrutinize, which lets him get extra information, such as rumors, from conversations with people. (Olberic’s is Challenge, if you’ll recall from the demo, which let him challenge anyone, even townsfolk, to a fight.)

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Monster Hunter World Update 4.0 Adds New Elder Dragon

Monster Hunter World’s latest free update, 4.0, is now out and it adds a new Elder Dragon, among a variety of gameplay changes.

Per Capcom’s blog post, players can now take on the Empress of Flame, Lunastra, a returning Elder Dragon who has appeared in past Monster Hunter titles.

Lunastra is more aggressive than her male counterpart Teostra, with both able to fight side-by-side. Lunastra can also easily alter the environment, and teamwork is essential when trying to defeat her.

Taking down Lunastra will net players rare materials which can be used to craft special armor and weapons. These materials can also be combined with those from Nergigante and Xeno’jiiva, among other monsters.

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Assassin’s Creed Games Have Leaked 13 Times

Another year, another Assassin’s Creed leak. We recently reported on a promotional keychain that seemed to point to the next AC game being set in Greece, and titled Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. If that’s the case, this marks at least the 13th (!) leak in the long, porous history of the Assassin’s Creed franchise. In fact, the only core entry in the series to date not to have been leaked in some fashion is Assassin’s Creed 2, which released back in 2009.

Let’s take a look back through the fine tradition of Assassin’s Creed revelations through less-than-ideal means.

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FIFA 19 for Nintendo Switch Will Have Improved Graphics

FIFA 19 will have improved graphics on Nintendo Switch despite not utilizing the Frostbite engine.

Per Dream Team, this year’s entry will look a lot better than FIFA 18 on Switch and the game will run on a custom engine. However, there’s still a chance FIFA titles on Switch might run on Frostbite in the future.

“I’m not closing the door on that possibility,” Andrei Lazarescu said, supervising producer for FIFA World Cup mode. “However we didn’t want to create a dumbed-down version of the Frostbite engine.

“The intent was never to have a one-off custom engine that were never going to touch again. It was to have that as a baseline and then build from there.”

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Battlefield V Teases Brand New Game Mode

New details about Battlefield V have emerged since its official reveal earlier this month.

Battlefield V will feature a new multiplayer game mode called Airborne, where players parachute onto the map and destroy or defend artillery on the ground, all while explosive dogfights presumably take place in the air above.

The new mode was introduced with very few details on the Battlefield franchise’s official Twitter account. The tweet stated: “Say hello to Airborne: a new Battlefield V mode where you’ll parachute into the battlefield and work with your squad to destroy enemy artillery, or defend them and make sure the threat from above is dealt with.” It included the image below.

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