September 2019

Ten Games You Might Have Missed at Gamescom

It’s been a while since this year’s Gamescom closed its gates, but the dreaded Gamescom flu had me firmly in its grip for three long weeks.

So, without further delay: here are a bunch of noteworthy games shown at the convention.

Wrath – Aeon of Fury (KillPixel Games, 2020)

A brand-new FPS using the old Quake engine? That does sound ever so slightly anachronistic, but the demo I played quickly won me over. Contrary to what you might think, developing games with old tech can be incredibly tricky, but definitely worth it. Wrath plays like a dream and it is shaping up to be a merciless, fast-paced hell of a good time. The game even supports Voodoo’s 3dfx GPUs. That’s dedication.

Hitch Hiker (Mad About Pandas, 2020)

Narrative-based game Hitch Hiker takes you along on five different rides. You don’t know who you are and how exactly you got here, but hey, maybe you’ll figure it out on the way? There isn’t really that much to do when you’re stuck in the passenger seat, but small interactions with your surroundings and picking the right conversation topics might …read more

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“Mario Maker Meets Bastion” Action RPG ‘Monolisk’ is Launching October 15th on iOS and Android

We first caught wind of Monolisk, a unique action RPG from developer Trickster Arts, back in May when it was posted to our upcoming games forum. Right from the start I was digging the look of Monolisk, which had a sleek art design and utilized the same sort of visual technique as Bastion where each level would sort of fly in piece by piece as you moved further through it. Digging beyond the surface though and Monolisk was doing some really interesting things. First off, each of its bite-sized levels are called Shards, because as the story goes the world where the game takes place was shattered into all these little pieces. Functionally though, Shards are little levels that users can create and upload for others to play, and then earn rewards based on how well the community rates those creations. Think of it sort of like Bastion and Mario Maker had a weird little baby. Here’s the trailer from the initial announcement of Monolisk that gives you a good idea of what it’s all about.

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Next Pokemon Anime Revealed With New Art Style and Companion

The next season of the long-running Pokemon anime has been revealed. And Ash is getting a new redesign and friend to tag along with him on his new journey.

Ash is back traveling the world on his journey to become a Pokemon Master. After his surprising Pokemon League championship win in the last series, he’s hitting the road again with Pikachu and a new character. His name is Gou and he’ll be joined by Scorbunny from the upcoming Pokemon Sword and Shield as his companion.

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Apple Arcade: ‘Hot Lava’ Review – Your Screen is Lava, Don’t Use It

You may have heard of and even played Hot Lava before. This game has been in development for a few years now and many people got their chance to play its beta version on Steam. Now, after 27 updates, the game has finally officially released, and we can play it on Apple Arcade.

Hot Lava is an action game developed by Klei, the studio behind games like Don’t Starve. This game takes your childhood memories of playing “the floor is lava” to the next level. You’ll be jumping, sliding, swinging and sticking to walls. You can do anything but touching the floor because, you know, it’s lava. Just in case you didn’t get that part.

You’ll start the game playing as Hazard, but you can also play as the other Global Action Team (G.A.T.) members available from the toy shelf. You’ll play in different maps that go from the school to the playground and even the basement. As of right now, there are 6 maps, each one with a series of levels. Mostly, you’ll have to get from point A to point B in each level. However, that’s easier said than done. You’ll face a lot of obstacles along the way.

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2013 vs 2020: Which Final Console Year Will Be Better?

2013 feels like forever ago, an era slowly fading away that included many iconic single-player narrative stories, a time before ongoing shared-world experiences existed, before the rise of loot boxes and microtransactions; an era where not every game was an open-world experience with RPG elements, before every game with backtracking was referred to as a “Metroidvania.” The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 era was a simpler time, and yet, here we are again on the cusp of the next generation of consoles, where cloud-based gaming is the hot new trend, and everyone has their own game streaming service. With that being said, 2020 might be the biggest year we’ve had in video games since 2007 (which saw the release of BioShock, Halo 3, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Super Mario Galaxy, and The Orange Box – which included Portal.)

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Apple Arcade: ‘Red Reign’ Review – Simple RTS on the Outside, Complex Strategies on the Inside

If you’ve ever played Starcraft’s or Warcraft’s traditional multiplayer modes, you’ll probably be drawn to Red Reign initially. Your goal in the game is to destroy your opponent’s castle and this is done by gathering up resources, creating and upgrading troop-buildings, and sending your soldiers on their merry way either up, right, or diagonally. Each of these options have their own benefits other than just trying to flank enemy troops. Idle mines, towers, lumber mills, and more lay on some paths which will help you earn resources faster or defend your castle more easily.

While there are those similarities, you can definitely see some differences in the gameplay. There are no hero troops nor any mobs to kill on the battlefield, but even so, it’s a game that works and offers up a good variety of strategy and troop-types. You also don’t have to upgrade any buildings other than the bastion or stronghold to unlock the bigger and better buildings, like the ones to allow you to build siege weapons. This means that you could save all your resources up at the start and begin by throwing out mounted units and wizards while avoiding footmen or archers entirely.

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European early-stage VC firm ‘Project A’ on Europe’s startup scene taking the next step

Project A, the Berlin-based VC, just raised a new $200 million fund (€180 million) to continue backing European startups at Seed and Series A stage.

In addition, the firm — whose investments include WorldRemit, Catawiki, Voi and Uberall — announced it will now have a presence in London and Stockholm in order to put people on the ground in what it says are “two of its favorite ecosystems.”

What better time, therefore, to catch up with the team at Project A, where we talked investment thesis, why Stockholm and London, and the increasing interest in Europe from U.S. LPs and VCs. Other subjects we touched on include diversity in venture, and, of course, Brexit!

TechCrunch: You last raised a fund in 2016, totaling €140 million, what changes have you noticed since then with regards to the types of companies you are seeing and the European ecosystem as a whole?

Uwe Horstmann: Entrepreneurs definitely matured a lot over the last few years. We see more and more of serial founders who combine drive with experience delivering great results. We also noticed an increase in more tech / product-centric and in B2B models.

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Ranking Every Resident Evil Spinoff

Capcom recently announced Project Resistance, a team-based Resident Evil spin-off game that pits a group of survivors against the zombies and big bads the franchise is famous for. Whilst this new game looks all kinds of fun, it’s true that past Resident Evil spin-offs have been fairly hit and miss in terms of quality.

More experimental than games in the core series, the spin-off games have a history stretching back to the turn of the century and have dabbled in a surprising number of different genres. Whether any of them are worth revisiting before Project Resistance hits beta testing in October is, of course, up to you – but to help you decide we’ve put together a list of every console Resident Evil spin-off released so far, and how it fared on our review scale.

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SwitchArcade Round-Up: ‘Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3’ DLC Available, ‘Cuphead’ on Sale to Celebrate 2nd Anniversary, Today’s New Releases, the Latest Sales, and More

Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for September 30th, 2019. It’s the final day of the month and the first day of the working week. What will the new week and month bring? Lots of games. Lots and lots. But that’s just normal around here, isn’t it? Today at least is a little quiet, with a pair of new releases, a little bit of news, and a whole bunch of sales. Let’s head in!


The First DLC Pack for ‘Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3′ is Out Now

If you bought that shiny expansion pass for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, your day has finally come. Marvel Knights: Curse of the Vampire is now available, adding a new story scenario and bringing Punisher, Blade, Morbius, and Moon Knight to the playable roster. There are also some new challenges in the Gauntlet Mode. For those who didn’t pick up the expansion pass, you still get some goodies today. As promised, free costumes for Captain America, Black Panther, Iron Man, and Thor have been made available. Cap’s Super Soldier look, Black Panther’s awesome Thrice-Blessed Armor, Iron Man’s Extremis Armor, and Thor’s Ultimate Thor style are now in …read more

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The Best Games of 2019 So Far – September Update

With the end-of-year rush on the horizon, we’re pausing to look back at the best games of 2019 so far. We’ve already covered the best games on each system — PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC — but this list encompasses all platforms to provide a more complete look at this year’s top reviewed games. Below you’ll find all 40 games released in 2019 that received a review score of 8.5 or higher from IGN. Note that, despite their qualifying scores, expansions (e.g. Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers) and ports (e.g. Cuphead and Unravel 2 on Switch) aren’t included. Remakes (e.g. Resident Evil 2 and Link’s Awakening) are, however, since they are effectively new games rather than remasters.

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