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Review: Judgment (PS4)

The same, but different.

Sega, specifically the Yakuza team at Sega, are really damn good at what they do. The primarily Japanese developer has been on a roll with their stellar Yakuza-focused releases this generation that include Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami and Kiwami 2, and Yakuza 6. All of these titles have received high praise both from myself and from other media outlets these past few years.

It should then come as no surprise that the level of quality found in those titles does not take any sort of hit with the team's latest release, Judgment. Make no mistake about...
 

EA Attempts to Distance Themselves from 'Loot Boxes' by Calling them 'Surprise Mechanics'

If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it must be a surprise mechanic.

EA and loot boxes, loot boxes and EA. In some people's minds, there is no better pairing save for "gamers" and "rising up." For the past several years now, the studio has been repeatedly under fire for how they included loot boxes in many of their titles. They have included loot box mechanics in games like Madden with their Madden Ultimate Team card packs, FIFA with the similar Ultimate Team mode, Battlefield 1, and perhaps most notably, Star Wars Battlefront 2.

In fact,...
 

New Video and Post-Launch Plans for Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers

As release draws near, the information ramps up.

Square Enix once again decided to share a bunch of fresh information about their upcoming Final Fantasy XIV expansion, Shadowbringers. This fresh batch of information includes a new gameplay video along with a little look at some of the post-launch plans that are in the works for the expansion.

The new gameplay video can be seen below. This video features clips from a recent dungeon walkthrough video from the latest "Letter from the Producer LIVE #52" that happened recently. This video shows off a variety of...
 

Collection of Mana Available Now on Nintendo eShop

Play the first three Mana titles right now on Switch.

Those with a Nintendo Switch can pick up Collection of Mana for $39.99 (USD) right now from the Nintendo eShop. A physical release of this pack of games will be out starting August 27 and can be pre-purchased from various retailers and the Square Enix Store.

Collection of Mana includes the first three titles in the Mana series. It all starts with Final Fantasy Adventure, Secret of Mana, and Trials of Mana. This is the first time that Trials of Mana has been released in the West, and it is not the same as the Trials...
 

Chivalry 2 Announced as Epic Games Store Timed Exclusive

Another Tripwire published title revealed as an EGS timed-exclusive.

The Chivalry series is making a comeback at what could be a very interesting time. Despite fierce competition from Mordhau, Torn Banner Studios announced that they are working on Chivalry 2. It will once again be a multiplayer first-person "slasher" set in medieval battlefields. The game, published by Tripwire Interactive, is targeting a 2020 release on the Epic Games Store.

The publisher confirms that, just like their previously announced title Maneater, Chivalry 2 will be a one-year timed...
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  • Gato Roboto is a Newly Announced Cat Mechtroidvania Game

    Gato Roboto is a Newly Announced Cat Mechtroidvania Game

    Oh you sure as hell read that headline correctly. A new game called Gato Roboto combines cats, mech suits, and metroidvania style game design.

    They called it a "cat mechtroidvania" game. Get it? Mech? Jokes....
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  • Valve Released Parts of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for Free

    Valve Released Parts of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for Free

    If you ever wanted to play Counter-Strike: Global Offensive but you just didn't have the cash, you may be happy to hear that a feature stripped version of the game was just made available for free tonight.

    Valve released Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Free Edition for those who don't mind just playing against bots or viewing matches through GOTV. I did hear that LAN play was possible with this release as well, so that's certainly a pretty big plus. However, if you wants things like actual online games, matchmaking, inventories, XP, ranks, and everything else, you'll have to pony up the $14.99 (USD). I'm assuming ...
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  • Narrative-Driven Game 'The Bradwell Conspiracy' Announced by Bossa Studios

    Narrative-Driven Game 'The Bradwell Conspiracy' Announced by Bossa Studios

    Bossa Studios, the company that brought you such games as Thomas Was Alone, Surgeon Simulator, and I Am Bread just announced that they publishing a new narrative-driven first-person game called The Bradwell Conspiracy. The game is being developed by A Brave Plan, a studio made up of devs that previously worked on Fable, Tomb Raider, and more.
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  • Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet 'Collapse of Balance' DLC Out Today

    Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet 'Collapse of Balance' DLC Out Today

    The new "Collapse of Balance" DLC was released today for Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam.

    This DLC, priced at just $9.99 (USD), adds new characters, new campaign story, and more.
    The new DLC finds players teaming up with two new characters Alice and Eugeo as they try to stop Lievre from destroying the capital city SBC Gloken. In addition to this new campaign, the Collapse of Balance DLC will also add a new Defensive Battle Quest, two new Sword Skills, four new weapons, and a new dungeon to explore.



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  • Azure Reflections Takes Switch Owners to Bullet Hell Today

    Azure Reflections Takes Switch Owners to Bullet Hell Today

    Nintendo Switch owners can dip their toes into the bullet hell stylings of Azure Reflections today thanks to Souvenir Circ. and the Sony publishing label UNTIES.

    From what I'm reading here, this game is an "unofficial entry in the Touhou Project" which is a "series recognized by the Guinness World Records as the 'most prolific fan-made shooter series'."
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  • First Episode of Destination Primus Vita is Out Now

    First Episode of Destination Primus Vita is Out Now

    A new episodic adventure game called Destination Primus Vita was recently released on PC and Mac. More specifically, the first episode of this first-person puzzler adventure game was released.
    The first episode focuses on the character of Austin, the local quantum physicist. ...
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  • Battlefield V Delayed Until November; Beta Still on Track

    Battlefield V Delayed Until November; Beta Still on Track

    EA and DICE just announced that they have pushed back the release date for Battlefield V until November 20, 2018. This places the release at a period that's about one month after its originally planned October 19 release date.

    General manager of DICE Oskar Gabrielson, made the announcement today with a lengthy explanation as to the reason why.
    We believe we have one of the best Battlefield games ever on our hands. A game that will deliver on an emotional journey through the return of unseen single player War Stories, a deep multiplayer experience, Battle Royale, along with our new live service, Tides of War - a journey across multiple theaters of WW2
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  • EA is Giving Over $1 Million to Help Support the Victims of the Recent Tragedy in Jacksonville

    This past weekend, a tragic shooting took place during a sanctioned Madden NFL 19 event in Jacksonville, Florida in which two people lost their lives and many others were injured. Tonight, EA announced that they will be are contributing $1 million to help support the victims. Not only that, but they announced that they are working on setting up a special fund that will allow others to contribute alongside EA's donation. More details on this fund will be revealed soon. EA says that this fund will go to help support the families of Taylor Robertson, Elijah Clayton, and all others who ere affected. EA also stated that they will have a specia...
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  • Free Games for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for the Month of September 2018

    Free Games for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for the Month of September 2018

    It's the end of the month again which means it's time for both Microsoft and Sony announced their lineup of free games coming to Games with Gold and PlayStation Plus.

    This month we'll start with what PlayStation owners will get. The games for September 2018 include Destiny 2 and God of War III Remastered.

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  • Spelunky 2 in 2019, First Gameplay Trailer Revealed

    Spelunky 2 in 2019, First Gameplay Trailer Revealed

    People loved the first Spelunky so it just makes sense that Spelunky 2 eventually became a thing. Spelunky 2 was indeed announced today along with a 2019 release window and the first ever gameplay trailer.

    The PlayStation Blog chatted up Spelunky creator Derek Yu to find out a bit more about what's in store for the roguelike adventure title.
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  • Praey for the Gods PAX West Gameplay

    Praey for the Gods PAX West Gameplay

    Some new gameplay for Praey for the Gods is finally starting to come out. This footage is courtesy of PAX West 2018.
    In Praey for the Gods, you play a lone hero sent to the edge of a dying world to discover the mystery behind a never-ending winter. Arriving with only the clothes on your back, you must survive the colossal dangers that you encounter. To restore balance and reclaim the land from the brink, you will be faced with questions that not even a God knows the answer to.
    Praey for the Gods seems to be targeting a release on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC at some point when it's ready to be released. ...
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