ThinkGeek has unveiled a new series of figures based on PlayStation games. Available exclusively at GameStop in the US (and GAME in some European regions, apparently), the ‘Totaku’ collection is launching with 10cm “highly detailed” figurines of Kratos from God of War, Crash Bandicoot, LittleBigPlanet‘s Sackboy, Tekken‘s Heihachi, PaRappa the Rapper, Hunter from Bloodborne, and WipEout‘s Feisar FX350.
Specifications provided are as follows:
GameSoul provides the following additional information (translation via ResetEra):
To the delight of collectors, the very first series of Totaku will be marked with a symbol that identifies the first edition. All other copies produced will not have this mark, so the statuettes of the main draft will certainly be the rarest and most desired by fans. Each of these small figures is about 10 centimeters tall, and represents a character in one of his most iconic poses. In addition, the small base where the Totaku are supported is in the shape of a cross and can be joined to the other by interlocking, forming fun scenarios with your favorite video games characters.
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One became a success right off the bat and the other largely flew under people’s radars. We’re talking about Epic Games’ hit Fortnite and MOBA Paragon, which the developer admits is struggling to retain players beyond a month.
Understandably, the success of Fortnite and players’ response to Paragon both have their implications. Epic has now written an open letter to fans on Reddit, announcing that it’s slowing down the latter’s development until further notice as it figures out how the MOBA can achieve growth. We also learn that a lot of Paragon developers have jumped ship to help out with Fortnite.
Part of the letter reads:
Work on Paragon continues. V.45 ships this week with both Hero and Card balance as well as stability improvements.
However, progress has been slower lately for two reasons: First, the team’s time is split between immediate improvements and longer-term efforts, so there’s less visible progress. Second, a number of Paragon team members jumped onto Fortnite to help sustain the game as it has grown far larger than anything in Epic’s past.
Here inside Epic, we’re talking about the future of Paragon in pretty much the same terms as you’re talking about it. The core challenge is that, of new players who try Paragon, only a small number continue to play regularly after a month. Though Paragon has evolved, no iteration has yet achieved that magical...
Last July, Netflix confirmed that it had renewed its take on Castlevania for a second season. Writer Warren Ellis has now revealed on Twitter that the show is set to return this summer with eight episodes.
— Wᴀʀʀᴇɴ Eʟʟɪs (@warrenellis) January 19, 2018
In case you didn’t watch Castlevania‘s first season, here’s how Netflix describes it:
Inspired by the classic video game series, Castlevania is a dark medieval fantasy following the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepe himself. The animated series is from Frederator Studios, a Wow! Unlimited Media company, written by best-selling author and comic book icon Warren Ellis and executive produced by Warren Ellis, Kevin Kolde, Fred Seibert and Adi Shankar.
We’re not sure if the cast will return for season two but we’ll keep our readers posted as we hear more details.
Netflix is also working on a drama series based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher saga, which is being written by Daredevils and The Defenders writer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich.
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Overwatch‘s new Blizzard World map is set to release on Tuesday, January 23, but that’s not all the update will bring. Accompanying the map are new skins, sprays, emotes, and icons that Blizzard has begun previewing on Twitter.
Here are some of the cosmetics revealed:
Only 6 more days until our cosmetics update arrives in Overwatch! Join us as we count down to their release with new item reveals every day.
Today’s reveal: NEW HERO SPRAYS
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) January 17, 2018
Only 5 more days until our cosmetics update arrives in Overwatch! Join us as we count down to their release with new item reveals every day.
Today’s reveal: ASP PHARAH (Legendary Skin) pic.twitter.com/hDROJPh8WZ
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) January 18, 2018
Only 4 more days until our cosmetics update arrives in Overwatch! Join us as we count down to their release with new item reveals every day.
Today’s reveal: NEW HERO EMOTES pic.twitter.com/3aX8bhLZn1
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) January 19, 2018
Blizzard will continue updating its Twitter page with more sneak previews so make sure to keep an eye out.
Overwatch is due to receive over 100 new items for all 26 heroes starting January 23. You can unlock the cosmetics via standard loot boxes and the Hero Gallery.
We’ll update our...
Battlefield 1‘s fourth expansion, Apocalypse, will release in February for Season Pass owners, DICE has announced. Accompanying the release window were details of the upcoming content, which introduces the new Air Assault mode, five multiplayer maps, new vehicles, and much more.
Here are the details revealed thus far:
Battlefield 1 Apocalypse adds five multiplayer maps to the mix. The bloody, muddy hell of Passchendaele and the Austro-Italian clash of Caporetto portray two of the most infamous battles of World War 1, where you’ll go over the top to conquer bitterly-contested ground. The scenic wheat fields by River Somme transform into a nightmare after devastating artillery barrages.
On London Calling and Razor’s Edge – two maps created exclusively for aerial combat – you’ll be able to live out your dogfight fantasies. Master the skies in the new Air Assault game mode and expand the horizon of your Battlefield 1 experiences.
You’ll also get your hands on new vehicles, weapons, and gadgets with Battlefield 1 Apocalypse. For instance, the Assault Class’s AA Rocket Gun arms infantry soldiers with a way to assist airborne team mates and deliver serious damage to enemy aircrafts.
And with new ranks, Service Assignments, Specializations, and Dog Tags, you’ll have plenty of challenges to tackle. Take a deep-dive into the details on the Battlefield 1 Apocalypse page.
We’ll update our readers when release dates are announced.
NIS America has announced that The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 will release in Europe and North America on March 30 and March 27, respectively.
In a press release, the developer promised the following key features:
Adapt to Your Surroundings – Switch between the Hundred Knight’s six Facets to turn the tide in battle! Gather Tochkas, the indispensable minions, to aid you in your exploration.
Pint-Sized Powerhouse – Execute Depletura to finish off enemies and replenish your GigaCalories! Trigger your Third Eye and unleash the full power of Hundred Knight for a brief time. Leave enemies to tremble before your boosted speed, power, and skills!
Temper Your Strength – Forge new weapons with items from the field at your base. Pass Witch Petitions; granting you access to new Tochkas and other benefits!
In case you missed our previous articles, here’s an official description of the title:
Follow Hundred Knight in its journey through a witch-ravaged world. Young girls are contracting a strange illness and awakening as witches, causing mayhem across the region of Kevala. Along Hundred Knight’s side are two sisters: Amalie, an agent of an organization who opposes witches; and Chelka, the witch who awakened in Amalie’s younger sister, Milm. Uncover the mysteries of Kevala as you protect them both from harm.
Delve through dungeons and landscapes teeming with fiends and monsters, looking for equipment of legendary power. Grow stronger with...
NPD Group has shared US video games retail market data from 2017, revealing an 11 percent year-on-year increase in spending across hardware, software, and accessories.
Sales reached $14.6 billion mark in 2017, out of which $3.3 billion were spent in December. Total software sales in 2017 were up 4 percent, amounting to $6.7 billion. Hardware spending saw an increase of 28 percent, with $4.7 billion spent.
“Combined sales of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One continue on a record-setting pace,” wrote NPD’s Mat Piscatella. “Over the first 50 months in the market, the combined hardware installed base of the PS4 and Xbox One now exceeds that of the PS3 and Xbox 360 by 18 percent, and that of the PS2 and Xbox by 4 percent.”
In terms of software, Call of Duty: WWII was unsurprisingly the best-selling game of 2017. Last December was the 8th consecutive December that a Call of Duty game topped sales charts.
Overall, here are the top 10 best-selling video games of 2017 in the US (physical and digital unless noted otherwise):
*Battle.net sales not included
**Digital sales not included
PlayStation 4 exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn was the 5th best-selling game on the console. In the accessories department, DualShock 4 was the best-selling item of 2017.
Another week, another Bungie apology. This time, the issue involves a not-so-discreet move in Destiny 2 whereby the developer throttled the number of Faction Tokens players earned from Lost Sectors. A lack of communication resulted in players highlighting the issue on sites like Reddit, leading Bungie to finally address it in its latest weekly blog post. The studio has promised to make appropriate changes and share further details in due course.
There was an issue in the previous Faction Rallies where players were earning hundreds of Faction Tokens per hour without firing a single shot. In the recent December 12 update, Faction Token rewards were added to an existing system that was locking players out from Lost Sector Rewards. We have heard player feedback that this solution was too disruptive. We’re looking at a change that won’t make players feel forced to run to and from a single chest for hours while also not placing a hard stop on enjoying Lost Sectors. We want to ensure that every time you open a chest there is loot inside. We’ll share more details on this before the next Faction Rallies.
Bungie also acknowledged that it didn’t clarify when/how the Season 2 weapons will be made available.
The other question that players immediately asked when decrypting their Faction Engrams was: “Where are the new Season 2 weapons?” It was not made clear...
The European PlayStation Store is currently running two promotions until February 7: Games under €20 and Digital Zone. While the former is self-explanatory, the latter is offering players discounts of up to 60 percent on a selection of titles.
You can find the full list of games under each of the promotions below, however, you’ll need to head over to your local PlayStation Store for your regional pricing. Additionally, some titles may not be available in your region.
Games under €20:
Square Enix announced that new content from the upcoming Final Fantasy VII remake would be shown off at an art exhibition taking place at the Mori Arts Center Gallery in Tokyo, Japan, and non-surprisingly what was shown off was some artwork. Several beautiful pieces of concept art were shown off at the display. Some of the new in-game dialogue was also shown in a pamphlet.
Check out all of the concept art below (courtesy of Twitter user @jsjunshen):
— junshen (@jsjunshen) January 20, 2018
Any clearer pic.twitter.com/dLuJv6OauK
— junshen (@jsjunshen) January 20, 2018
This isn’t the first time that new Final Fantasy VII Remake information has been debuted in a unique way. Last year the Mako Reactor, Guard Scorpion and other in-game assets made their debut in Mobius Final Fantasy:
The Mobius Final Fantasy event will use in-game assets from the PlayStation 4 remake including Cloud’s model. “We received 3D resources from Final Fantasy VII Remake, which is currently under development, including Cloud, Guard Scorpion, and the Mako Reactor,” explained Project Leader Naoki Hamaguchi. “Which we then set up to fit within...
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth: Hacker’s Memory is now available. To celebrate the release, publisher Bandai Namco put out a new launch trailer for the game showing off a bunch of gameplay. The video also focuses on the new story, which has players taking on the role of Keisuke Amazawa, a Digimon tamer who can commandsup to three companions in battle against other Digimon. Keisuke’s Eden Account is stolen, and he must track down those who stole it after he’s implicated in a crime..
Watch the Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker’s Memory launch trailer below:
Here’s how Bandai Namco describes the new Digimon game:
Today, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. is excited to reveal a new Digimon in Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker’s Memory — Arukadhimon. Arukadhimon is a demonic creature created from an amalgamation of data taken from other Digimon and can Digivolve through absorbing its opponent’s data. Arukadhimon is the greatest threat to the digital and real worlds as it attempts to spread fear, amplify hatred, and create conflict between people.
In addition to Arukadhimon, we are also thrilled to introduce a ‘Fashion Collection’ feature within Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker’s Memory. The collectable T-shirts include special designs based on the Digimon 15th Anniversary, Summer Camp, Beelzebumon Emblem, Digimon 20th Anniversary, and more. Players can collect these exclusive T-Shirts at the in-game shop...
The GDC YouTube account just put up an interesting GDC talk from 2014. It deals with one of Sony’s most beloved games, The Last of Us. In the talk, Naughty Dog’s Keith Guerrette talks about the game’s skies, and how they used something many gamers take for granted to create dramatic moments. It’s an interesting talk that every fan of the game should watch.
Check out the GDC 2014 The Last of Us talk below:
For even more on the 2013 release, check out our The Last of Us review. Here’s what Anthony Severino had to say at the time:
13 hours and 17 minutes later, the credits rolled and I was left stunned by conflicting emotions, especially by the ending. The Last of Us will have different meanings for different people, but I honestly can’t say I’ve ever been personally moved like this before. Not by a “game”. Multiplayer is damn good too, really highlighting that survival focus and feel. You can read all about it in a multiplayer preview I wrote. But for the sake of this review, I want to focus on how The Last of Us makes me feel, because that’s where its true achievement in design lies.
The Last of Us highlights the human traits in us all: our instincts, our emotions, and the things we do to get by....
The Dragon Quest Builders Switch port is set to release next month, and Digital Foundry has compared that new version of the game with the PS4 version. It’s a surprisingly solid Nintendo Switch port for a game developer before the Switch came out. The only real issues come from some frame rate drops when in more complex areas, but it mainly stays at 60 fps when docked, much like the PlayStation 4 version. So, while the PS4 version of Dragon Quest Builders is the way to have the optimum technical experience, the added portability definitely can make it worth picking up.
Check out the Dragon Quest Builders Switch and PS4 comparison below:
Now that the legendary Builder is here to get humans things, they won’t leave you be with simply building a city for them to live in. Some will order you to leave the safety of the village to explore distant lands and bring back other people, recipes, materials, and building blueprints. At least while you’re exploring there’s a chance you’ll learn a new fighting technique, find new treasure boxes, discover new materials that you weren’t sent out to find, make new friends, discover new recipes, etc. The list really does go...
Developer Spike Chunsoft just put out a really cool Danganronpa series trailer on their official YouTube channel. The video spans all three games in the series (and even shows the spin-off Another Episode). It’s a great way to remember what is special about these adventure games, or a nice tease for what is to come if you haven’t started them yet!
Check out the official Danganronpa series trailer below:
If you want to know more about Danganronpa V3, check out our spoiler-free review. Chandler Wood had a lot to say about the surprising conclusion:
If you delight in the sense of drama and anticipation that arises from impossible situations, if you are engaged by a twisting mystery that is never quite what you expect, then the Danganronpa series is for you. I can’t in good faith recommend that you play Danganronpa V3 before the other two, just like I would never tell you to enjoy Return of the King before partaking of Fellowship of the Ring and Two Towers. As the third part of an incredible trilogy of games, Danganronpa V3 deserves your attention in its rightful place after the other two. Make no mistake though, it’s a title that’s well worth arriving at when you get there, a vibrantly dark mystery that sinks its teddy bear claws in and won’t let go.
Also, if you’re okay with spoilers, feel free to jump into our Danganronpa V3 class trial guide that will take...