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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  • Sega Announces Another Ten Titles Coming with the Sega Genesis Mini

    Sega Announces Another Ten Titles Coming with the Sega Genesis Mini

    We dropped the ball on the original launch lineup, I fully admit that. However, I aim to correct that oversight by telling you about the SEGA Genesis Mini and the games that are coming with it. Prior to today only ten games were known. Today, another ten games join those original ten and we're going to tell you what all of those are. ...
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  • Shoppe Keep 2 Leaving Early Access this Month

    Shoppe Keep 2 Leaving Early Access this Month

    Excalibur Games announced today that Shoppe Keep 2 will leave Early Access status come April 25. By my non-existent watch that is just one week away from today. When that day comes the game will reach the coveted version 1.0 that many dream of hitting.

    Shoppe Keep 2 places you in the shoes of a town merchant, one that you would typically find in your typical fantasy RPG. You sell armor, food, clothes, magical potions, and the like. You set the prices and ensure you have a good supply. You can customize the layout of your shop and grow it out beyond a single room store. It's...
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  • Mortal Kombat 11 Official Launch Trailer

    Mortal Kombat 11 Official Launch Trailer

    Mortal Kombat 11 will be released starting April 23 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. We've already had a ton of coverage for this game over the prior few months, so be sure to check that out.

    Today, the launch trailer for the game was released by WBIE and developer NetherRealm Studios. The trailer includes a remix made by DJ Dimitri Vegas and 2WEI for the song "Techno Syndrome."

    Don't forget that just yesterday we saw the Shao Kahn reveal trailer that included a look at his special moves and at least one of his fatalities. There...
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  • Persona's Joker Added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Today

    Persona's Joker Added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Today

    A new challenger has been added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate today in the big 3.0 update. The new DLC character is Joker from Persona 5. Joker is playable right now for those that own the Ultimate Fighters Pass or those that purchased Challenger Pack 1 for the game.

    The Challenge Pack 1 goes for $5.99 (USD) and includes Joker, the Mementos stage, and some music from the Persona series. The Ultimate Fighters Pass is $24.99 and gives you access to the Joker content along with four other upcoming Challenger Packs.

    A new trailer shows off Joker in action in addition...
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  • Mortal Kombat 11 Shao Kahn Reveal Trailer

    Mortal Kombat 11 Shao Kahn Reveal Trailer

    Those that pre-order Mortal Kombat 11 will get immediate access to Shao Kahn. It seems like it's only natural that we see a proper reveal trailer for him. NetherRealm and WBIE aren't quite done just yet. They promise another gameplay reveal is coming on April 22 at 3PM (CDT) via Twitch, YouTube, Mixer, and other social media sites.

    But first, it's Shao Kahn's time to shine. He's big, he's a bad guy, that's kind of his thing. Mortal Kombat 11 will be available starting April 23 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. So far, we've yet to see any Switch gameplay...
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  • Trine: Ultimate Collection Overview Trailer

    Trine: Ultimate Collection Overview Trailer

    Modus Games released a new video overview for Trine: Ultimate Collection today. This video shows off how you can get four games in one package for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. This also includes the upcoming Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince.

    We actually already talked about this game about a month back. A lot of the details on what this package offers can be found there. ...
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  • Assassin's Creed Unity is Free Following Recent Fire at the Notre-Dame de Paris

    Ubisoft is giving away Assassin's Creed Unity for free via Uplay. This free game will be available only for a limited time, so be sure to grab it while you can. If you pick up the game prior to April 25 at 3AM (ET), then you will be able to keep Assassin's Creed Unity forever without having to pay a dime.

    This move by Ubisoft is being done in response to the recent fire at the Notre-Dame de Paris. As Unity takes place in Paris, it is actually possible to go "visit" Notre Dame within the game. As I understand it, the in-game recreation of the building is actually...
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  • Saints Row: The Third Coming this May to the Nintendo Switch

    Saints Row: The Third Coming this May to the Nintendo Switch

    If you want to experience all of the over-the-top but insanely fun action that is Saints Row: The Third but on the go, you're in luck. On May 10, Saints Row: The Third - The Full Package will be released on the Nintendo Switch. This release will be the debut of the Saints Row franchise on a Nintendo platform.

    In case you don't know what Saints Row: The Third is, I'll just say that it's a more over-the-top Grand Theft Auto style of game. It has VR style missions, you become a blowup doll, you may become a toilet, there are lasers, there's a giant purple dildo bat, there is...
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  • How to Stay Safe When Playing Online Games

    How to Stay Safe When Playing Online Games

    No matter who you are or how old you may be, you run the very real risk of exposing yourself online. No, I do not mean it that way, so get your minds out of the gutters.

    No, we are instead referring to the fact that whenever you are connected to the Internet, be it browsing a website or playing your favorite online game like Fortnite or Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, you are exposed to a huge number of nefarious actors that could potentially spy on you. People you do not know or even want to know could find out information about your browsing habits. They can see the sites...
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  • First PlayStation 5 Details Emerge

    First PlayStation 5 Details Emerge

    A new report from Wired provides us some of the first confirmed details for the next-generation PlayStation console. Though it's not confirmed to be called "PlayStation 5" we'll do so for the time being until we know otherwise.

    The online magazine sat down with Sony's Mark "Knack's Baby Daddy" Cerny to talk about the upcoming Sony hardware. Though a lot of specifics were omitted, we did learn a bunch of tasty new details.

    We know that the system will include backwards compatibility with PlayStation 4 games. The system will not ship in 2019....
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  • Vulkan Support Added to No Man's Sky, Promises Better Performance

    Vulkan Support Added to No Man's Sky, Promises Better Performance

    If there is one thing that is critical to a game having VR support, it's making sure that the base game can run well on capable hardware. A VR experience with poor performance and framerates isn't a VR experience that you want to have. Fallout 4 VR, I'm looking at you.

    It's perhaps a good thing then that Hello Games just launched a new experimental branch update for No Man's Sky that adds Vulkan support to the game. The performance gains should be felt by most players, especially those on AMD video cards. More performance in the game is great because No Man's Sky is set to...
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