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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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  • Tales of Arise Announced by Bandai Namco

    Tales of Arise Announced by Bandai Namco

    A new "Tales of..." game announced.

    This past weekend, the latest in the popular Tales of... games was revealed during Microsoft's E3 press conference. The new game is called Tales of Arise and is the latest chapter in the RPG series that is quite popular throughout Japan. The head of God Eater franchise, Yusuke Tomizawa, is taking the lead of the development team for Tales of Arise.

    This latest entry in the series is slated to be released in the Americas in 2020. The planned release platforms are the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. ...
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  • Elden Ring Announced by FromSoftware and George R.R. Martin

    Elden Ring Announced by FromSoftware and George R.R. Martin

    Game of Souls.

    Hidetaka Miyazaki, the director for some of FromSoftware's most notable releases and best-selling fantasy writer, George R.R. Martin, are teaming up for a brand new action-RPG title from FromSoftware. Martin may be better known as the author behind the fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, which served as the basis for most of the entire Game of Thrones TV series. Miyazaki is best known for creating the various Souls titles, Bloodborne, and the recently released Sekiro.

    Their joint venture is called Elden Ring, an "epic fantasy title" that...
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  • Blair Witch Game Announced from Layers of Fear Creators

    Blair Witch Game Announced from Layers of Fear Creators

    A horror filled trip back in time.

    Bloober Team, the studio that created some horror classics like Layers of Fear and Observer, announced a new game at this E3. It's called Blair Witch and, as you probably assumed from the title, it is a first-person psychological horror game set in the Blair Witch universe. It's a completely original story that is looking to be released on August 30, 2019 for the Xbox One and PC.

    The game will be released at a $29.99 (USD) pricepoint. It will also be available through the Xbox Game Pass at release. It is said to be a game that "studies your reactions to danger and stress." ...
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  • Final Fantasy 7 Remake Will Be Released March 3, 2020

    Final Fantasy 7 Remake Will Be Released March 3, 2020

    Announced rather quietly via a new trailer.

    Square Enix quietly announced a release date for Final Fantasy VII Remake during a new trailer shown off at a concert in LA this evening. Square Enix says that there will be "further announcements" made tomorrow, presumably during their E3 2019 conference.

    Their conference is scheduled for June 10 at 6PM (PT). ...
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  • Phantasy Star Online 2 Coming to North America Spring 2020

    Phantasy Star Online 2 Coming to North America Spring 2020

    Xbox One has first dibs.

    Phantasy Star Online 2 is slated to make its debut in North America coming Spring 2020. This comes years after it was had become one of Japan's biggest online RPGs. However, it won't be available for anything other than the Xbox One platforms at its initial release. In fact, I'm not sure when it will hit other platforms or even what those other platforms will be. All I see is that it's debuting in North America on the Xbox One come Spring 2020.

    When it releases, Phantasy Star Online 2 will be free-to-play for everyone on the Xbox One. There will...
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  • Cyberpunk 2077 Dated for April 16, 2020 as Pre-Orders Open

    Cyberpunk 2077 Dated for April 16, 2020 as Pre-Orders Open

    Also, Keanu Reeves is in the game.

    CD Projekt RED showed off a new trailer today for Cyberpunk 2077 during Microsoft's E3 conference. Not only did they show off a new story segment, but they also announced a release date and the fact that Keanu Reeves is in the game.

    Cyberpunk 2077 will be released on April 16, 2020 on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam, or GOG, and "coming soon" to Epic Games Store. There is also a physical release of a Collector's Edition that fans can also pre-order. This includes the game along with a variety of "high-quality collectibles." ...
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  • FIFA 20 Announces VOLTA Mode - It's Basically a FIFA Street Mode

    FIFA 20 Announces VOLTA Mode - It's Basically a FIFA Street Mode

    Soccer. Football.

    EA Sports announced the new VOLTA Football mode for FIFA 20. This mode is new to the game but it's essentially a new and improved version of FIFA Street that you used to play. EA Sports FIFA 20 will be released on September 27, 2019 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

    Fans can pre-order the game now for their preferred platform. ...
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  • Battlefield V - Introduction Videos for Marita and Al Sundan Maps, Iwo Jima Returning this Fall

    Coming this July.

    During EA Play 2019, DICE and EA provided some introductory videos for Marita and Al Sundan (pictured above). Marita will be released this July while Al Sundan will be out on June 27 for Battlefield V.

    But then again, we already knew about this.

    We have both introductory videos for Marita and Al Sundan below. Two additional maps coming at a date "to be determined" is Lofoten Island and Provance. The final map revealed was Operation Underground, which is slated for October. Yes, this is the Operation Metro set in WWII you've always...
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  • Apex Legends' Latest Character is an Electric Wall of Defense

    Apex Legends' Latest Character is an Electric Wall of Defense

    Watson is the name and defending is their game.

    The second season, called Battle Charge, for Apex Legends was detailed today at EA Play. Respawn announced a number of new additions coming to their still fairly popular battle royale game, including the addition of a new playable character, Watson.

    This all kicks off on July 2. This is when the new season will begin in addition to the new Battle Pass release, and the addition of Watson to the roster. Watson was introduced today via an animated short. ...
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  • Almost 14 Minutes of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Gameplay

    Almost 14 Minutes of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Gameplay

    It looks like a video game.

    As part of their EA Play event, Respawn Entertainment and EA showed off about 15 minutes of actual gameplay for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. We won't get into specifics about the game here. For that, you can check out our previous coverage.

    Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is slated for release on November 15, 2019. ...
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  • Granblue Fantasy: Versus Coming to North America

    Granblue Fantasy: Versus Coming to North America

    XSEED Games is to thank for this.

    XSEED Games announced that they are publishing Granblue Fantasy: Versus in North America for the PlayStation 4. This is a new fighting game from the developers of Guilty Gear and BlazBlue, Arc System Works. This game is set in the world of Granblue Fantasy, a mobile RPG that has somewhere over 20 million players. ...
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