Complete Guide to the Valkyria Chronicles 4 Preorder Bonuses

The next chapter in the Valkyria Chronicles series is coming this fall. Set in the same period as the original, Valkyria Chronicles 4 introduces new characters, improvements to the battle system, the same hand-drawn art style, and the return of original composer Hitoshi Sakamoto.

There are two versions of the game, both of which are available for preorder right now: a standard edition for PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, and a “Memoirs From Battle” special edition.

If you’re after cool bonuses, the Memoirs From Battle version is the version for you. In addition to the main game, you get the following:

  • 100-page Art Book
  • 2 side missions starring characters from the original Valkyria Chronicles
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SwitchArcade Roundup: ‘Zen Bound 2’, ‘Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night’, ‘N++’, and More

Welcome to the SwitchArcade May 24th! Busy day for new releases, with some really solid new titles and some weird ones as well. I haven’t filled my 128 GB microSD card yet…but I’m terrified I’m going to fill it soon. I don’t want to start deleting Switch games. Or to have to buy another big microSD card. I have a massive card in my Android phone, and also don’t want to switch out cards like I had to do on the Vita!

News

Mario Tennis Aces Online Tournament Demo available for download

Nintendo and Camelot Software Planning’s newest Mario Tennis game will have an online tournament happen pre-launch starting on June 1st. You can download this now from the eShop, but the service is currently unavailable, so you’ll have to wait until next Friday to actually play the game. It will focus on online play, but a singleplayer mode against the CPU will also be available for practice purposes.

Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido demo now available

There is another Nintendo game that has a demo available today…and this one’s actually playable! This action-puzzle hybrid releases on Switch and 3DS on June …read more


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Epic Games Outlines Future Fortnite Improvements, Including New Playground Mode

Fortnite developer Epic Games has announced some new features it’s working on to improve the game.

A post on the official website details the changes which include general improvements to controller play, Limited Time Modes, performance, quality of life, and the replay system.

For players using a controller, you can expect improvements to both Builder Pro and Turbo building after complaints that items wouldn’t always place or be accidentally canceled. You’ll also be able to turn off aim assist mode while building so your crosshair doesn’t move to an enemy mid-construction and custom keybindings are coming in the future.

Changes to Limited Time Modes may see 50v50 or something like it stick around after the mode’s popularity. A new mode called Playground LTM is also coming which will feature the standard Battle Royale Map but with extended time and increased resource generation. Treasure and crates will automatically spawn so players can immediately drop in on the loot and friendly fire lets you shoot your squad with immediate respawns.

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Ramble Allows Players To Walk Through Gorgeous Paintings

Ramble has taken procedural generation and used it to create shifting worlds of watercolor artwork, having you traverse beautiful landscapes as you watch the visuals come to life.

You’ll have a front row seat to an ever-changing art show as you explore painted worlds, meandering through the generated areas in first person. While there is no large overbearing story, players will be able to complete minor tasks like repairing or building structures. You’ll want to make sure everything is picture perfect in this amazing work of art, but overall, Ramble exists to give you a place to meander, encouraged to introspection as you take the changing art in.

Given the striking colors and soothing places, players who appreciate an artistic emphasis will not want to miss out on this amazing experience.

You can find Ramble on Itch.io here! You can also check out the developer’s Itch.io page and official website!

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Apple Rejects Valve’s ‘Steam Link’ App on iOS After Previously Approving It Earlier this Month

We all knew in our hearts it was too good to be true, right? It looks like Apple has decided to reject the Steam Link app from Valve Software, according to news coming out of the game developer and creators of Steam. Valve originally announced news of Steam Link coming to iOS and Android on the 9th of this month, with the plan being to launch it the week of the 25th–aka this week. The Steam Link app would allow iOS and Android users to stream games from their Steam library on their desktop computer right to their mobile devices, and the whole thing actually worked quite well as we noted in our hands-on preview of Steam Link about a week later.

Well, apparently Apple is not cool with all of this, and so they’ve rejected the Steam Link app. But wait! That’s not all. According to Valve’s press release, Apple had already pre-approved the Steam Link app on May 7th, leading them to announce the news to the world on May 9th. The very next morning Apple revoked that initial approval, citing “business conflicts with app …read more


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20 Crazy Unrealistic Things Battlefield Does, and One Realistic One

While we didn’t get to see real gameplay, EA and DICE’s reveal of Battlefield V did shine a light on a lot of details about the upcoming game. It’s coming out October 19, it’s going back to the series’ World War II roots, and it will not have a premium pass, meaning that all major post-release content will be free to everybody.

But along with these facts has come a backlash from a vocal minority around the fact that the trailer and box art focus on a female soldier with a prosthetic arm. The argument is that this detail means that we won’t be getting an “authentic” World War 2 experience from Battlefield V because there were no women in combat in World War 2. We’ll revisit the accuracy of that last assertion in a bit, but before we do, we have to challenge the premise that anyone has ever gotten an “authentic World War 2 experience” from any Battlefield game.

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‘Dungeon Maker: Dark Lord’ Tips and Strategies Guide – Wickedly Good Fun for the Wickedly Evil

Unless you live in an actual dungeon, there is no way you have not heard of Dungeon Maker: Dark Lord [$2.99] developed by GameCoaster, the same indie company to bring the little gem Dungeon Defense: The Invasion of Heros [$2.99] to the mobile gaming world. In my opinion Dungeon Maker: Dark Lord feels like a stand-alone sequel to its predecessor; it’s the natural evolution of a good game becoming great.

Just in case you are stuck in a dungeon somewhere let me tell you about this mind-blowing new release. Celebrating its official release on the weekend, Dungeon Maker: Dark Lord has quickly become a game people are talking about. This is because of its fresh feel and great mix of genres melding together giving the player a seriously remarkable experience. You don’t need to take my word for it, you can head on over to our forums and see what other players are saying.

At its heart Dungeon Maker: Dark Lord is a roguelike game, it then seamlessly incorporates elements from the card, tower defense and strategy genres to enhance the gameplay experience. Even GameCoasters’ approach to in-app purchases is unique. It’s a full game, offering in-app …read more


New Gameplay Today – Dauntless

Dauntless is now in open beta, which means that you can check out the free-to-play monster-hunting game at this very moment! If you’re not sure you’re ready to commit the hard-drive space to Phoenix Labs’ game, don’t worry! Dan Tack walks Leo and I through the game’s basics, and you can make up your own mind from there.

Tack doesn’t swat me out of my chair for saying it looks a lot like World of Warcraft meets Monster Hunter, so I might be onto something there. Basically, you and a small group of players meet up, kill some monsters, and craft new gear from their corpses. Unlike Capcom’s series, this one’s a free download – though you can spend your brains out on cosmetic microtransactions. Check it out, okay?!

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New Gameplay Today – Dauntless

Dauntless is now in open beta, which means that you can check out the free-to-play monster-hunting game at this very moment! If you’re not sure you’re ready to commit the hard-drive space to Phoenix Labs’ game, don’t worry! Dan Tack walks Leo and I through the game’s basics, and you can make up your own mind from there.

Tack doesn’t swat me out of my chair for saying it looks a lot like World of Warcraft meets Monster Hunter, so I might be onto something there. Basically, you and a small group of players meet up, kill some monsters, and craft new gear from their corpses. Unlike Capcom’s series, this one’s a free download – though you can spend your brains out on cosmetic microtransactions. Check it out, okay?!

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‘Sky Squadron’ is an On-Rails Aerial Dogfighting Game Looking for Beta Testers

The developers of Astro Attack [Free], an incredibly fun vertical shoot ’em up that launched back in the spring of 2016, are back at it again with another game about flying vehicles and shooting stuff. This time around it’s a game called Sky Squadron, and they describe it as a blend of Star Fox and Crimson Skies. Ah Crimson Skies, a game I remember fondly for being bundled with the Xbox Live starter kit on the original Xbox way back in the early aughts. Anyway, the idea behind Sky Squadron is to have an on-rails shooter experience similar to the Star Fox games but using the more grounded “sky pirates in the era of World War I” theming. I mean more grounded compared to anthropomorphic animals flying around in space. Here is a VERY early video showing where Sky Squadron is currently at, but keep in mind that it’s EARLY so things look pretty rough around the edges.

So that whole part about Sky Squadron being very early in development is where you can come in, dear readers. The developers loved the feedback and engagement they got …read more