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  1. One of the biggest surprises of this year's VGA! Introducing Bayonetta's origin story. Long before this trainee of the dark arts would come to be called Bayonetta, she took a fateful journey into the forbidden Avalon Forest. Alongside her was Cheshire, her very first demon, possessing Cereza’s stuffed toy. Play as both Cereza and Cheshire and search through the treacherous forest to look for the power to save Cereza’s mother. Any good story has a lesson about teamwork, no? In this tale, Cereza and Cheshire coordinate their efforts to fight faeries and solve puzzles. Use the left Joy-Con controller to move Cereza and bind enemies with her magic. With the right Joy-Con controller, move Cheshire to slash and chomp foes. Turn the pages of Cereza’s story as you explore the enchanting, storybook-inspired Avalon Forest. But Avalon Forest is just as beautiful as it is beastly. Each new area looks like it has been painted carefully by hand. Fully narrated story scenes are told through the vibrantly illustrated pages of a storybook. Be sure to stop and smell the roses in this whimsical world, but don’t tarry too long - the forest has a taste for lost witches! Announcement trailer: Out on Saint Paddy's day!
  2. The rather average PS2 third-person action game series Gungrave is getting another sequel ! In Gungrave G.O.R.E, play the gun-wielding badass anti-hero of your dreams as you mow down tons of enemies in a gory ballet of bullets and experience a story of vengeance, love and loyalty, all in a beautiful third-person action shooter, combining the best that Eastern and Western game design have to offer. As the titular Gunslinger of Resurrection, you become the badass anti-hero Grave, an ultimate killing machine, brutalising your foes without mercy. Taking cover and retreating is not an option for Grave, he only ever goes full steam ahead, preferably right through his enemies. Stylish third-person shooting meets close-range martial arts, creating seamlessly flowing action as you crush your enemies in a gory ballet of bullets. Utilise your unlimited ammo Cerberus pistols and your transformable EVO-coffin to unleash devastating combos in pursuit of maximum damage and style. Strap in for a wild ride, an epic & emotional story of vengeance, love and loyalty, with more than 12 hours of gameplay in the story mode, for Gungrave fans and newcomers alike. Go on an epic adventure across South-East Asia, based on real-life locations with a dark, futuristic twist. Debut trailer: Latest trailer: >> Official website. Releases November 2022.
  3. [i am aware the joke in the topic title does not make sense since Ys is pronounced like "eece" from fleece than "yiss"] I should state from the beginning that I am in no way an expert of the majority of Falcom's releases or even the Ys series as whole. I only recently got into the series with the last few years but would like to share some of my enthusiasm about the series and a few other English released Falcom series. No doubt this thread will basically die a death but will serve my purposes when I'm endlessly pimping either Ys or Trails when they're on sale. There will be a variety of Youtube clips scattered throughout this post so remember that people are dicks and don't scroll down to the comments section. Ys This series focuses on its main character, Adol Christin, who as a teenager begins his first adventure in the original game, Ys. Cursed with an urge to adventure, the various games focus around Adol as he explores different regions in the world, encountering numerous different companions and of course, equally numerous enemies. Adol is also a (mostly) silent protagonist and throughout the course of the series has less than half a dozen lines of dialogue. Typically the game is regarded for its fast combat and generally first rate soundtracks. Below is a quick (stolen) look at the various games in their series and their respective release formats although this is now slightly outdated. http://i.imgur.com/BJNXRKT.jpg Ys I + II These are typically bundled together since the second game follows on immediately after the first as well as the first game being overall slightly shorter. Ys - Oath in Felghana Originally released as a side scrolling game on various platforms most notably of which was the Mega Drive, this game was remade in 2005 using an engine developed for a later game in the series. Ys IV Memories of Celceta Originally, this release was not handled by Falcom at all but instead the Ys license was given to two separate developers who had previously worked with Falcom. Each made their own game which while both featured the same cast, setting and basic plot, the structure of the game and story plays out differently. Of the two, Mask of the Sun was viewed as part of the official canon storyline while Dawn of Ys was viewed as a parallel story type affair. In 2012, Falcom decided to remake the 4th instalment on the Vita using a similar style to their latest entry in the series Ys Seven. Ys Memories of Celceta effectively replaces both of the previous versions of the game. Ys V Kefin, The Lost City of Sand The true black sheep of the Ys series. Ys VI The Ark of Naphistim After an 8 year hiatus, Falcom resurrects the Ys brand with a new game and graphical shift into 3D which will become prominent in their future releases and remakes. Ys Seven The first release of the series to be made specifically for a handheld console, shifting away from Falcom's traditional releases on PC. It also features the first move away from the game mechanics of previous releases. Overall, it also a has a slightly more significant emphasis on its storyline. It also changes from shrunken sprite based character models to a more realistically proportioned character models. Ys Origin Falcom revisits their roots and creates a prequel to Ys I & II and sets the scene for many of the events the will have an impact in those games. This game, despite having the moniker of Ys, does not feature Adol as the main protagonist although he is available to play as an extra once certain conditions are clear. This was the last game to use the similar art and gameplay style first used in Ys VI. As this was a prequel to a much earlier pair of games, there is a above average emphasis on storyline in this game as it seeks to clarify events which may not have been covered in great detail in the initial games. Ys 8 The game retains the party system from Celceta and Seven but now has the inclusion of jumping once more. The game is also set before 7 and between games 5 and 6 making it unlikely to be labelled as Ys 8. New features to the game include social-link-esque quest wherby completing them rewards you with more information about the villagers and a town defence mode where you have to repel monsters in various waves. So which should I play? The general safe recommendation for both the Steam and PSN releases is to start with Ys Oath in Felghana. While it does have a fairly standard storyline it is not overly intrusive or verbose and focuses more on the combat which is the most enjoyable thing. For Steam people, Origins can be slightly overly verbose and is perhaps better served when the series is more familiar. Ys I & II Chronicles is also still a fun game but due to the nature of it's dated mechanics and absence of most modern signposting, can put people off. Napishtim is a good starting point however as it was the first game to use the new battle system, it has rough edges and people can find dramatic leaps in difficulty between new areas. For PSN people, the comments about I & II Chronicles also apply. Ys Seven is a fun game which has a lot of fans, particularly newcomers and is a good introduction to the gameplay mechanics of the upcoming Vita game. It does have slightly more of a focus on it's storyline than usual which may put people off. The Legend of Heroes This series began life as part of Falcom's Dragon Slayer series but after the first two games, it dropped this moniker and moved into its own series. Initially the only game to be released in English was the very first game until the beginning of the "Ghargav Trilogy" in 2005. From the Trails in the Sky entries onwards, all events take place on the same continent set in differing times and regions. Thus far any links with the Ghargav trilogy or the initial two Dragon Slayer entries has yet to be confirmed. Ghargav Trilogy The Trilogy consists of a series of three games that while featuring references to each other and being set on the same continent, largely have their own cast and storyline. To give the series a fresh start in the US, the publisher Bandai-Namco decided to drop the numbering of the series in the title but more bewilderingly, decided to change the order of release: Tear of Vermillion which is classed as part 4 of the overall series and 2nd in the trilogy was released first. Prophecy of the Moonlight Witch which is classed as part 3 of the overall series and first in the trilogy was released second with also being labeled as number 2. The last game, Song of the Ocean retains continuity and is the final game in the Ghargarv trilogy and labeled as part 5. All three of these games however, suffered from a poor to average reception on their release in part down to a fairly average storyline hampered by a terrible English translation and average, unchallenging combat. These games are unavailable outside of the US and are only available on UMD format. Trails in the Sky (abbreviated to TitS) The start of a brand new trilogy of games, initially released in Japan on the PC but later ported over to the PSP and then to the PC, is held in high regard among most fans of the series. This trilogy of games is known as the Liberl Kingdom Arc to differentiate itself from later releases Initially it was announced by XSeed games that they had the intention of bringing out all three games in the series, however after a lacklustre performance of sales on the PSP, which in itself was struggling in the Western market, the future of the series in English was in doubt. In 2013, Xseed announced it would be releasing the PC version of First Chapter with the additional PSP content of the Bracer Notebook. This was released in 2014 It was also announced that as part of the partnership with Carpe Fulgar, they would release the second game, Second Chapter. This is due for release in 2015. As yet there has been no indication if the final part of the the trilogy, Third Chapter but Xseed have gone on record to say that it any possible release for this - and other games - will revolve around sales. Despite being labelled as a trilogy, the main plotline of the trilogy is established in the first two games while the third game setups up additional plotlines for the series as a whole which are still being explained and explored in more recent titles. As this series has been out in Japan for a while, it is highly recommended to stay away from sites such as Wikipedia and GameFAQS where discussion of spoilers and plot points related to future events may be being posted openly. Trails in Zero/Trails in Blue Officially labelled as the 7th numbered entries of the Heroes series in two separate games. Set in the region of Crossbell they are thus known as the Crossbell Arc. Trails of Cold Steel 1 & 2 Labelled as the 8th numbered installment of the Heroes series split into two parts. These entries are known as the Erebonian Arc as they are set in the region of the same name Future of the Series Additional Projects While Falcom has made numerous other games, there are few others that have received or have had fan-translations made from them. Nayuta no Kiseki While this bears the Trails/Kiseki moniker, there is no known linkage between this and the Heroes series beyond some basic terms such as terms of measurement and currency. This game is an action RPG with an emphasis on platforming elements. Xanadu Next This game was developed as a spin off to part of their Dragon Slayer series and features a graphical style similar once again to the engine used in Ys VI and Ys Oath. Gurumin An original IP, Gurumin is light hearted 3D Action Adventure game with basic combat and platforming. Brandish: The Dark Revenant Falcoms take on a dungeon crawling series however rather than a first person perspective it is done from a third person instead with players changing the camera angle instead. All action and combat is done in real time.
  4. By Yager Development Official Site Release Date: Spring 2015 ABOUT IMAGES VIDEOS Looks a bit good (very). That being said, Dying Light, Hellraid and now this all look extremely similar but I have faith in Yager!
  5. After strange disappearances hit Tokyo’s population, it’s up to you to uncover the source and purge the city of a strange, new evil. Armed with your own mysterious abilities, you will face down the occult, unravel conspiracy theories and experience urban legends like never before. Don’t fear the unknown. Attack it. Ghostwire: Tokyo is an action-adventure video game played from a first-person perspective. The player can use various psychic and paranormal abilities to defeat the ghosts and spirits haunting Tokyo. Combat director Shinichiro Hara described the combat as "karate meets magic", as the player character utilizes hand movements inspired by Kuji-kiri hand gestures to cast spells. When an enemy loses most of their health, its core is exposed and the player can use takedown moves to destroy it, killing the spirit. GhostWire: Tokyo is the newest title by Tango Gameworks, the developer behind The Evil Within. The game was first revealed during Bethesda’s 2019 E3 press conference. Tango Gameworks is known for its work in the horror game genre and while this game definitely seems to have some spooky vibes, Tango notes that this is more of an action-adventure game. Official reveal trailer: Latest trailer: Announced exclusively for PS5 for March 2022.
  6. Trailer. Saw some behind-the-scenes footage and some longer versions of the footage in the trailer last October. The trailer leans more into the action side of things, but from what I saw there is a persistent dark humour throughout. Intrigued to see what the final tone of the film will be, and certainly one of the films I’m most excited for this year.
  7. Chivalry: Medieval Warfare What is it: - First Person Slasher - With a Multiplayer focus (A competitive multiplayer FPS). “You have a sword and you want to hurt some people.” - Basic concept of the game. And it works on that level but there is so much depth to the combat that you can become a master swordsman over time. The game is skill-based and controls like a FPS, but instead of guns and grenades, players are given swords, shields, maces, battleaxes and longbows. Set in a fictional yet gritty and realistic world, players will fight in fast paced online battles besieging castles, raiding medieval villages and fighting for glory in the arena with up to 32 players. Why did we make it? “To create the best melee combat game ever.” We wanted to capture the experience of truly being on a medieval battlefield. To accomplish this we drew on our inspiration from epic swordfighting movies such as 300, Gladiator and Braveheart. We seek to bring the chaos, intensity and epicness that those movies deliver to the hands of a gamer. We were also disappointed with melee in other games. We didn’t want to be locked in to a canned animation, see damage numbers above enemies heads or have quicktime sequences. We wanted the player to be in control and have the ability to adjust his attack in real time with the mouse. Why this is significant: You control the action. Not like assassins creed where you press one button to do a triple backflip and kill 5 guys, in Chivalry you individually select each action that your character performs and always retain full control. This allows the player to perform expert level manuevures, like ducking under or jumping over his opponents strike, but only if the player himself is good enough. Screenshots: Videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BDfJwglo6BY so we dont have to spam up the steam thread talking about chivalry!!
  8. Eight years before the events of the first game, a young boy named Damon encounters a small injured alien named Fu. Damon decides to take care of Fu while hiding it from government agents who are also searching for Fu. While searching for a way to return Fu to its planet, Damon and Fu become best friends, forming a strong connection. After they finish building a rocket, Damon and Fu say goodbye to each other, with Fu promising to return in 20 years. Fu finally goes home just as government agents attempt to capture him. Twenty years later, and two years after the events of Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes, an adult Damon, who is now the CEO of Nova Enterprises, awaits a happy reunion with Fu. Fu returns in a large spaceship, introducing his cronies, and revealing to Damon that he intends on taking over the world, much to Damon's horror. Damon pleads with Fu to stop, but it is too late. The invasion has already begun. Damon has no choice but to contact Travis Touchdown, a former famous assassin in the UAA. So Travis returns to Santa Destroy from his self-imposed exile. Learning of the situation, Travis must take on a new breed of intergalactic assassins while reuniting with old friends and reconciling Damon and Fu's friendship Prior to development, Grasshopper Manufacture developed and released Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes, which was Goichi Suda's first title in a directorial role since the original No More Heroes game. While the title was made in part as a tribute to indie games, Suda had expressed long-term intentions for the title to be a stepping stone on the path to a proper numbered entry. The ending of Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes even included a playable portion where Travis was controlled in third-person, similarly to previous titles, with a comment from Travis suggesting that development on a mainline sequel had properly commenced. Suda explained in an interview following the release of the game that the playable segment was a prototype they used in development, and that the intention behind its inclusion was to evoke a similar feeling that viewers get from the post-credits teasers in Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. The game was announced at E3 2019 as part of the Nintendo Direct showcase, featuring a reveal trailer of Travis battling alien invaders. Suda had previously explained that the foes which Travis will go up against will be "Avengers-scale" threats, using the recurring supervillain Thanos as a point of comparison. He also made note that Travis' "Death Glove" from Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes would make a return, in a bid to make Travis' skill set more distinct as a video game protagonist, and that the skills he accumulated throughout the game would come into play. Travis is once again voiced by Robin Atkin Downes, while Paula Tiso reprises her role as his wife, Sylvia Christel, who has abandoned the assassin world and is now an internet celebrity and influencer. No More Heroes III is being developed by a core team consisting of the same talent that worked on Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes, alongside external talent, and former Grasshopper Manufacture staff, rounding out the development team at roughly 100 people. Unreal Engine 4 is once again being used as the development engine. Suda51 will be assuming the role as director, writer and designer, with Ren Yamazaki and Nobutaka Ichiki - co-director of Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes and lead director of No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle respectively - returning to the franchise as co-directors. The soundtrack of the game is being composed by Nobuaki Kaneko, drummer of Japanese alternative metal band Rize. While confirming that the game will be able to be played on a regular controller, Suda has stated the game is being heavily designed around the Joy-Con's capabilities, both in and out of combat. He also confirmed that the open world, which was absent from No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, is likely to make a return, along with new side activities. Debut trailer: Series overview trailer: Launch trailer: Launches some time 2021.
  9. E3 Announce trailer: E3 Gameplay demo: E3 LiveCast: This formed a fairly big chunk of the Sony conference and it looked pretty cool to me. According to the developers in the LiveCast, and going by what was shown in the gameplay video, it's a post-apocalyptic open-world adventure game set in the Pacific Northwest where you play a biker-turned-bounty hunter, riding across the gorgeous environment while trying to avoid huge hordes of former human beings that the developers emphatically say aren't zombies but are in fact called 'Freakers'. My first thoughts on watching the video was that it was a Last of Us spin off, which got me very excited. It turns out it's not, but in as much as it does look very derivative of other games and franchises, I think the horde-chasing-you mechanic and the non-linear design should make for some interesting gameplay. Even just watching the demo I found myself urging the player character to get away, so it all seems suitably intense. On the downside, the developers are definitely not Naughty Dog, the last thing they made being the Uncharted game for the Vita, which was pretty sub-par from what I can remember, and the Syphon Filter games before that, which I haven't played but, from what I can recall, were reasonably well reviewed. There's no release date yet from what I can see, but apparently they've been making it for three years, and the demo, if it is actual gameplay (which, admittedly, it did look like), looked pretty polished from where I was sitting, so maybe early 2017, or possibly even by the end of the year. I especially like what seemed to be happening in the gameplay video, where the player was strategically trying to kill the enemies in particular places so that their dead bodies formed an obstacle for the other enemies and slowed them down. That seems like a mechanic that has a lot of potential. The developers are also selling it as entirely open world, so just because the player in the demo ducked underneath the train car, for example, you don't have to go that way in the actual game, meaning that horde encounters can be played out in lots of different ways and you can get creative with the way that you use the environment to your advantage. Your bike will also play a big role as there are very few working vehicles in the environment, meaning that it's more like your 'noble steed' than a bike. What are your thoughts?
  10. Strangely enough, there isn't a topic on this game yet. Strangely enough, because it looks like it could be one of the last great games released for the regular NDS. The game's been out in Japân for a couple of months now, and has received reasonable critical acclaim (33/40 in Famitsu). It's been confirmed for a July 2011 Euro release (no US release though) last week. What got me interested, are the high profile developers/designers attached to this title; most notably CyberConnect2 itself (responsible for the .hack// series and more recently Asura's Wrath) and Madhouse (Animatrix, Death Note etc.). The game itself is an action-JRPG and is the pseudo-sequel to the rather unknown PSX title Tail Concerto (1999). Trailer: More info, images, and video can be found on the official Japanese site. Official Euro boxart.
  11. Well, next to nothing is known thus far about Suda51's recently announced new game, except that it looks to be full of a bit of the old ultraviolence, and that it's being released exclusively on Sony's new console somewhere in 2015. In the year 2026 AD, a large tectonic disturbance occurred causing mass destruction around the world. South Western Tokyo split off into the ocean and became an island covered by a deep fog. Continuous seismic activity then caused a large spire to rise out of the ocean through the island creating a tower-like structure that pierces the clouds. Many mysteries remain hidden from the eyes of mankind await those courageous enough to dare approach the tower… Players fight through a treacherous tower obtaining various types of weapons and armor while finding creatures and mushrooms to eat in order to stay alive. Upon death, a player’s “death data” is then circulated among other player’s games where they will appear as formidable opponents. The sharing of “death data” is one of the various asynchronous multiplayer elements that can be found in the game. Let It Die is a free-to-play hack and slash action video game developed by Grasshopper Manufacture. It was developed for the PlayStation 4, along with a companion app for the game to be playable on smartphones. E3 2014 teaser trailer: First trailer: Launch trailer: First images: Killing and maiming in your underwear ftw? Well, that's my PS4 ordered then... >> Official website.
  12. Konami has announced GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon, a roguelite action title and sequel to the 1987 Japan-only NES original . Labeled as a Ukiyo-e style hack-and-slash roguelite action game, GetsuFumaDen combines intense roguelite hack-and-slash action with a stunning dark fantasy world, brought to life through the stroke of traditional Japanese art. Descend into the underworld while mastering a variety of unique weapons and equipment combinations. Perfect your hits and timing to unleash bursts of other-worldly powers. While death is not the end, the world of Hell lives and breathes, presenting new layouts and challenges to overcome with each attempt. Highly strategic action based on the unique spacing and timing aspects of Japanese martial arts, featuring ten beautiful and harrowing Ukiyo-e style stages, with fearsome bosses immersing players into the sublime world of GetsuFumaDen. A diverse range of weapons will be possible to be paired to suit a variety of play styles. Debut trailer: Latest trailer: It’s planned for release sometime in Q1 2022.
  13. Since we are getting it after all, I figured a thread was in order Azure Striker Gunvolt (also known as Armed Blue Gunvolt in Japan) is a platform action-game released by Inti Creates for the Nintendo 3DS eShop. It's gameplay is similar to Mega Man Zero (made by the same publisher), but introduced new gameplay elements to the Mega Man style of game such as Gunvolt's ability to "tag" enemies and target multiple targets at once, adding an additional layer of complexity to the genre. Like Mega Man, Azure Striker Gunvolt is a side-scrolling platform game. The player controls a single character (the eponymous Gunvolt) who is able to jump, fire a gun, and attack enemies "tagged" with bullets using a large, homing electrical field. The player's actions are limited by an energy bar, which depletes when using the electrical field, using additional movement abilities such as double-jumping or air dashing, or being hit by enemies. Gameplay focuses heavily on the player's technique and skill in moving through levels. While finishing a level is relatively easy, the game provides a ranking system as well as several optional challenges. The game introduces a "chain" system in which the player's score is constantly increased so long as the player avoids being hit by enemies, with special actions such as defeating an enemy in the air or defeating multiple enemies in one time, providing an additional bonus. The game also uses an item-forging and equipping system. Storywise, Azure Striker Gunvolt is set in the future in which several people, called "adepts" have developed "septimal powers".These powers enable superhuman feats including flight, use of powerful energy weapons, and manipulation of the elements (e.g. fire, water, electricity). The world is at peace thanks to the efforts of a world-spanning corporation known as the Sumeragi Group. However, the Sumeragi Group is, in reality, controlling and experimenting on adepts. Gunvolt, one of the most powerful adepts, with the ability to create electrical fields, works for a resistance organization known as QUILL. The game opens with Gunvolt assigned on a mission to assassinate an adept named Lumen. However, Gunvolt discovers that Lumen is housed within the body of a young girl named Joule and instead rescues her, defecting from QUILL and setting out on his own to protect her. Debut trailer: Gameplay mechanics explanation: Looks SNES-tastic! >> Official website: >> http://gunvolt.com/en/ Date of release? Somewhere in 2015...
  14. (Surely the search function is screwing up for me and there's already a thread for this?) Anyone who reads RPS or went to Rezzed or Eurogamer will already be well aware of this game, it's been hyped up for months. Hotline Miami is a top-down arcade/strategy game by Dennaton Games (designer/coder Jonaton 'Cactus' Soderstrom and artist Dennis Wedin). You might know Cactus from his extremely warped games on the Adult Swim games portal (or his previous collaboration with Wedin, Keyboard Drumset Fucking Werewolf.) You're a guy in 1989 Miami who gets coded messages left on his answering machine instructing him to go to addresses around the city and kill everyone. It plays like an ultrafast top down version of ... well, a bit of Hitman, a bit of Ninja Gaiden, a bit of Commandos and a bit of Alien Breed/Smash TV/Paradroid... with the visual style of Dreamweb mixed with Manhunt. There's no scope whatsoever to go in guns blazing. You die over and over again and gradually form a plan as you get a bit further through the level each time. It's amazingly satisfying. It's getting 9's and 10's everywhere because it's awesome. The plot is a complete mystery to me and the violence is stomach turning. You can pour a pan of boiling water on a man's face, for instance. The soundtrack is amazing also. GOTY? I can't think of anything released 2012 off hand that tops it.
  15. Formerly known as True Crime: Hong Kong, before being axed by Activision, now due to be released by Square-Enix and the original developer, United Front Games of Canada. S-E seem to be putting the big money on this one, some lucky members of the press got bribed with free trips to Hong Kong recently
  16. http://www.gametrailers.com/player/43990.html?type=flv An interesting trailer, appeared in my RSS last night... Starts off looking a bit gash (aside from lovely pre-renderedness) but slowly looked more cool as the trailer went on.. I'm kinda interested Does anyone know anything about it, or looking forward to it? ________________ Update : PS4 rumours: http://www.vg247.com/2014/01/21/demons-souls-exclusive-ps4-spin-off-teased-by-industry-tipster-rumour/ Update 2: eventually became Bloodborne
  17. A few months ago in an issue of Famitsu, there was an interview with Etsunobu Ebisu, current president of Good-Feel, to mark the studio's 15th anniversary. Since its inception in 2005, Good-Feel has worked almost exclusively on Nintendo hardware, creating titles such as Wario Land: Shake It!, the excellent Kirby's Epic Yarn, Yoshi's Woolly World, Yoshi's Crafted World and -more recently- Monkey Barrels, its first self-published title. In the interview, which we've had translated, Ebisu-san discusses his career and mentions that he was at his previous company for 15 years and developed 35 titles – however, as is often the case with Japanese developers, he declines to name the company itself. [Update: he worked at Konami on titles such as The Adventures of Bayou Billy, Batman Returns and several Goemon titles – thanks to Nintendo Life reader Splodge for pointing that rather vital fact out to us – he lends his name to Goemon's longstanding sidekick Ebisumaru, so we must have been half asleep to not realise that]. Ebisu-san then reveals that Good-Feel is expanding by creating an Osaka office, and claims that people in Osaka are generally more "comical"; the company's next original title (and the game in question) is being developed from this very office. The game in question – which is in the 'action' genre and is targeting to launch on Switch in 2022 – doesn't have an official title as yet and is only shown via storyboards and some concept artwork, but there's definitely some major Goemon vibes from what's been shown, which isn't a shock given that Ebisu-san was heavily involved in that series while he was still at Konami. Ebisu-san explains that the Japanese setting is down to the fact that Good-Feel is based in Japan, and that the company understands what makes Japanese people laugh – but he adds that he "has a feeling gamers outside of Japan might like it too... " Not much else is known so far except for this piece of art work: But it does sound (and looks) good for old-time Goemon fans like myself, missing the loveable outlaw from Japan's Sengoku period's antics on present-gen consoles. Art looks typically clourful and arcadey, just the way a new Goemon game should be. Here's hoping there'll be more info on this soon
  18. EDIT: Instant Hero is out NOW! You can download it FREE on the App Store here: Http://Www.tinyurl.com/instantherogame Really excited, hope you'll all support the game! Here's the brand new launch trailer to celebrate: ORIGINAL POST: Hey guys! So for the last few months, a few of us here (Carleton, Breaksmith, Melon Bread (aka pixelartist extraordinaire Army of Trolls) and myself) have been working on a game, and it's now pretty much ready for launch. It's sort of a cross between a traditional RPG and Peggle, and we think it's pretty cool. There's even jokes in it and a selectable female character, because, y'know, fuck GG. We're just looking for 10 or so people with iOS devices (iOS 6.0+) to try it out. If you'd like to try it out, and give us some feedback, we'd really appreciate it. If you get in touch below, with your device and iOS version and we'll pick a few out to test it. Don't worry if you've got an older device, we want to test it across a range. We'll try and sort out something cool for anyone who takes part. EDIT: Carleton's made a handy link now, so if you want to enter our Beta team, just click here! http://tflig.ht/11NXodj Meanwhile, here's a few images to give you a look at the game. Cheers!
  19. Thanks to Agatsuma Entertainment, Kinu Nishimura’s (Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors; Street Fighter...) Code of Princess' fantasy world is coming to Nintendo 3DS! The heroine of the game, Solange Blanchefleur de Luxe ( -yup...), is a gigantic sword carrying sorceress, with healing powers, and typically prefers not to wear pants. The game’s story takes place in a world where humans and monsters co-exist. However, the balance between the two groups breaks and the monsters attack the royal castle. Solange’s father then entrusts her with a sacred sword and the task of restoring balance to the world. And it doesn’t look like Solange is going to write treaties, because the game is a side-scrolling beat‘em-up with simple button commands and flashy special attacks. Code of Princess will also support co-operative play for quests and a competitive mode where you can fight other players. Main characters: Solange Blanchefleur de Luxe: Entrusted by her father with the sacred blade DeLuxcalibur to restore peace to the land. Apart from these characters, players will meet and take control of other characters like a cool and composed samurai, a hulking gladiator, a pious morningstar-wielding nun, and ...erm, Tut-Ankh Amon's cat? Each of the characters has their own special abilities, and you gain experience by defeating enemies. You can also raise six attributes by investing points in them: vitality, piety, attack, defense, mind, and speed. So far so good, but this is where things get really interesting... Apparently, Code Of Princess is being developed by none other than (part of) the team from Treasure responsible for the Sega Saturn cult-hit (and all-time rllmuk favourite) Guardian Heroes !! Just take a look for yourselves... Trailer: Guardian Heroes 3DS in all but name methinks. Code of Princess is slated for release in Japan in spring 2012, no word on a Western release thus far.
  20. Assemble your own colourful crew, hop inside a range of specialised tanks and roll into crazy tank warfare for up to six players in Tank Troopers! Operate more than 30 different tanks with intuitive controls and slog it out with the enemy in a number of expansive maps, complete with destructible environments. Perch on a faraway hill and aim through the periscope to expertly place your shots, or face your enemies head on with a frontal assault! Rally the troops and buckle up for a panzer bonanza in explosive local multiplayer matches for up to six players. With download play, you can enjoy six-player skirmishes with just one copy of the game between you – no soldier left behind! If you consider yourself a one-man army, there’s an action-packed single-player campaign with 30 objective-based missions where you can hone your tank-based tactics. Want a little extra firepower? You can augment your abilities and get brand new ones by hiring troopers! These wacky warriors ride alongside you in the hull, and they can supply increased firepower, improved mobility and more enhancements at the touch of a button. Some troopers can even fire paintballs to block the enemy’s view, or stop them in their tracks entirely with a freeze attack. This is not your average vehicular warfare! Debut trailer: Tutorial: >> Official website The game in itself looks nothing out of the ordinary, but it's been developed by Vitei (the guys who did the Steel Diver games) so it might prove a neat little download title.
  21. Preface: We have a nonspecific MOBA thread, but it's impenetrable and a bit dead at the best of times. This is an attempt to get some Mukkers to try Dota 2, and help those looking to get into it to organise themselves and ask questions without fear of being scoffed at. “Why should I care about Dota 2? MOBAs are stupid/scary/impenetrable. The people that play them are weird, unlike us hypercool non-MOBA playing videogamers. Hurry up and Make Half Life 3. Hats are dumb, etc.” DOTA2 is the most popular game on Steam, and growing. It’s free to play, can be played on a fairly low-end PC, and looks lovely on a high-end PC. There are no (and will never be) any “pay to win” elements. It’s got a Cockney porcupine, a guy who can throw an entire ghost ship at people, and a barely disguised Dr Kleiner from Half Life 2 stomping around in a mechsuit summoning hordes of tiny robots to nip at the ankles of the enemy. It’s silly, funny, deadly serious, fun, frustrating and elating in equal measure, but most of all it’s rewarding to learn. It’s as much a team “sport” as it is a videogame. If you are avoiding giving it a go based on any preconceived ideas you may have, you're robbing yourself of a brilliant game. “Alright, alright. But why should I care? Valve should make Half Life 3. Beli3ve!” Dota 2 is a Valve game, through and through. Whilst it may at first seem far removed from any of their previous efforts, which it is, it’s also quite possibly their best game by some margin. The underlying game, the rules of which were defined in the original DOTA, was sculpted by years of experimentation and balance tweaks. Valve don’t mess with this, they simply add a triple-A sheen, a robust infrastructure and a brilliant business model. This is a solid gold chunk of game carved from millions of hours of player data over many years, balanced nearly to perfection, with a massive dollop of Valve flair on top. And just think, the more virtual crap you buy from the Dota 2 shop, the more development money Valve has to spend on Half Life 3 making new badges. “OK, I’m still here. So uhh, what is it?” “DOTA” stands for “Defense of the ancients”. Though "Dota 2" is simply Dota 2, probably for legal reasons. There are two teams of five players, starting at opposite sides of a map. Like most sports, the map/field/pitch layout never changes. Each team has a base, inside which is a structure called an ancient. You must defend this from attacks by the enemy team, whilst mounting your own attacks upon theirs. Whichever team destroys the opposing ancient first wins the game. That’s it. Not so complicated, right? There’s a bit more to it than that, but nothing you can’t pick up by bumbling through a couple of games. You control a single character (and occasionally pets or minions) so the game is much more akin to Diablo than Starcraft. You don't build bases or level up tech trees, you don't research stuff, you can't get a cultural victory. Moment to moment it's nothing but fast, deep, dirty combat and frantic "farming", i.e. grinding gold and XP as quickly as possible. The only way to win is to smash your enemy in the face until they fall down dead, or help the bloke standing next to you do it. There are 100+ characters (or “heroes”) to pick from when you start a match. Each has their own set of strengths, weaknesses and abilities. Different team compositions and match-ups grant the game an endless variety of possibilities and a depth of strategy that most games can only dream of. Think of it like a five-a-side match where you can pick any player from any club in the premier league for any position. And they've all got magical powers. Daunting, but exciting. Right? Unless you hate football, in which case think of it like a team-based multiplayer videogame with 100+ characters. Daunting, but exciting. Right? “So I need to learn 100 bloody characters before I can play the game?” No. Recently Valve has implemented what it calls the “limited heroes” pool. Essentially, they’ve taken 20 easy-to-learn heroes and created a game mode where you can only pick from these. As there are 10 players per round, it will not take too long for you to see each of these heroes in action. You could play 20 rounds as a different character each round if you like, or pick one you like the look of and stick with him/her/it. You can sit in this pool for as long as you like. Hell, you can sit in it forever if you wish. “Will everyone shout at me for not knowing what I’m doing?” Yes. But Valve has made efforts to match you with people in a similar situation. If you wind up in a game with people who have a few wins under their belt and feel like screaming at you instead of being helpful, they're the ones playing it wrong. There’s a mute button and a report button, both of which work wonders. The important thing to remember is that nobody really knows how to play the game in the early matchups, so concentrate on improving your own game. Take constructive advice from teammates, try your best to play with people you know rather than randoms, and try to experiment and have fun. People only see the number of wins you've got against your name (and only if you turn that on!) so don’t take losses too badly. You will lose your matches at least half of the time if the matchmaking works as intended. But if you can improve your own game in some way every match, you’re always winning. The matchmaking, despite Valve's best intentions, can often throw up some "interesting" oddities, so try to play with people you know and can communicate with whenever possible. “Who should I play as first? What’s a “lane”? What are the different roles? How do I buy items, which items should I buy? Can I Meepo? Why is everyone screaming in Russian? Can you recommend a long, complicated guide for me to read before I get stuck in?” Look, don’t worry about it. I’m not going to put any detailed guides, tips or suggestions in this OP. There are far better sources for that. Pick someone you like the look of, and if you decide you don’t like them, pick someone else next time. It really doesn't matter early on. Chances are everyone else is doing the same, though they might shout at you for daring not to pick a character which complements their own. But fuck ‘em, pick the guy with the sweet beard or the silly glasses or the funny name just for that reason. You have to start somewhere. If you want to take advice or ask for help from your teammates, go right ahead. The limited heroes pool offerings are: The game makes you run through a couple of dopey tutorials before you can play properly. These teach you how to move around, how to buy basic items, how to level up and how to use skills. When you get into a “proper” game, you’ll be expected to choose which items to buy and which skills to level up. This can seem extremely daunting, but there’s an app for that. You can actually pick a community created “build” from a list, which works like a template, telling you exactly which items to buy and skills to pick. Anyone can upvote or downvote these builds, so pick the highest rated build and use that. Some of them come with extra tooltip advice too, which is handy. Don’t worry about barrelling through guides just yet. That will come later. For a new player, even the best and simplest guides contain too much info to take in at once or put into practice. Instead, play with at least one person who can answer your questions, and don’t be afraid to ask! Think of it like Dark Souls. You need to learn through doing, through experience. To use my own brother as an example, he reluctantly agreed to play with me last weekend, and quickly found himself having fun. He asked plenty of questions as we played, and he was open to having his mistakes and his successes pointed out to him, and he took advice keenly. In just two or three games he had picked up enough of the game to finish with a respectable score and be an asset to his team, and most importantly he enjoyed it. And oh yes, everyone is screaming in Russian because it’s Dota 2. Welcome to Dota 2. Either learn Russian ("cyka" is "bitch", I think) or team up with friends to reduce the non-English speaking element from your team. There are however generic ways to communicate (there’s a chat wheel) so you can overcome the language barrier to some extent. “Doesn’t it take forever to get into? Don’t I have to play it for hundreds of hours before I’m any good? I don’t have time for that.” During your first game you will feel overwhelmed, there’s no way around that. But you can play as much or as little as you like. Once you've got the basics down, you can easily play a couple of games a week and still get something meaningful out of it. There's no overarching skill-levelling besides your own as a human being. Some of my most enjoyable games were very early victories when I had just begun to understand certain parts of the game. There is much enjoyment in that moment of understanding, however small it may be in the grand scheme of things. “OK, I’m ready to take the Dota 2 challenge. Gulp. Where do I start?” Well, first you need a Steam account, you probably already have one of those. Then you need Dota 2. Anyone can download it now: http://store.steampowered.com/app/570/ Do the first set of tutorials (you’re forced to) and then you can join the Rllmuk guild. Every member of the guild has the ability to add more members, so go ahead and ask in the thread. Someone will hook you up! It's a social guild, for finding people to play with and chatting. Nothing is expected of you, so don't be intimidated. “I’m still not sure, I need a final push” “I know you said no guides, but can you recommend a couple?” Alright: Dota 2 in 4 minutes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akUNmFAzS98 Pyrion Flax guide to DOTA2 (funny) Dota 2 in 45 minutes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzYNyDF_nDk 50 videos about how to play Dota 2, in no particular order: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvPMQjsM-jQ&list=SP24EB71B773DFB306 Comprehensive Dota 2 guide http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=123364976#19574 “I've heard I should play League Of Legends instead. Should I?” Allow me to refer you to this handy visual guide I found on google image search: So there you have it, conclusive proof that people who play LOL should be institutionalised. All 5 million of them. "What's the pro scene like? How do eSports work in Dota 2?" They work very well. The game is chock full of esports features, including the ability to connect to a "live" game (there's a short delay to avoid cheating) and choose between different commentators. Sometimes these games are free to connect to, and sometimes you have to buy a season pass to gain access. Viewers of these tournaments can often receive extra items for buying a season pass, and very rare items are sometimes awarded to a viewer at the end of a match. You can also connect your Steam account to your twitch account and watch the games via twitch instead, and receive the same benefits. The full length "free to play" documentary is available here: "Alright, wrap it up." Interested? Questions? Fire away! TLDR? Add me on Steam (below) and let me know if you're interested in Dota 2. Finally: Don't be like this idiot.
  22. Resources: Official Website Interactive Halo 4 Guide Discs: 2 | Install MP from Disc 2, launch from Disc 1 Required HDD Space: 8 GB for War Games disc and Spartan Ops Season 1 Achievements. For additional details, head to http://www.xbox360ac...4/achievements/ War Games Map Pass A bundle of the first (only?) three map packs for Halo 4 for 2000MSP, and some digital avatar and in-game weapon and armour skin items. New Multiplayer Stuff: Load Outs Introduced in Reach, load outs play an even more important role in Halo 4's combat. Now fully player customizable, a load out consists of: Primary Weapon | Rifles such as the BR, DMR, Carbine and Light Rifle. Secondary Weapon | Support weapons such as Plasma Pistol and Magnum. Grenade Type | Frag or Plasma. The Promethean grenade type is considered heavy ordnance. Armour Ability | One recharging ability, similar to Reach's implementation. Tactical Package | One of the new classes of perks armour mods. Support Upgrade | The other class of armour mod. As players accumulate XP and progress through ranks, content unlocks for use in a number of custom load outs players can create, name, and save. The options players have to customize their load outs are determined by what content they have have unlocked, and what playlist they are in. You won't be picking DMRs when playing Grifball, for instance.Each matchmaking playlist will provide a number of default load outs, suitable to that playlist, so you don't have to unlock content to have access to suitable weapons. (For example, BTB will include default load outs with BRs and DMRs.) Universal Sprint Sprint is now a base trait, and metered very similar to Reach. Armour Abilities Similar to the implementation in Reach, armour abilities are a "fourth leg" to the combat sandbox, a reusable ability controlled by a recharging meter. Halo 4's set strives to correct the balance issues presented by some of Reach's, through removals, replacements, or rebalancing. Armour Mods Armour mods are perks which boost or add different passive abilities to players, selected as part of a load out. Divided into two categories, players can have one from each category active at a time. Armour mods are unlocked for use in custom load outs as players progress through the ranks. Note that the list below includes Specializations, some of which are locked away until 343 unlocks them. Player Progression: Halo 4's progression is a major departure for the series, making many of the items unlocked affect gameplay, rather than pure cosmetics (though there are plenty of those as well). In most other ways, it builds on ideas introduced in Reach. For a detailed review of the progression system, head here. Rank Players progress through ranks, dubbed Spartan Ranks, 1-50 through Spartan XP earned during War Games, Spartan Ops and Forge. Spartan points are awarded at each rank, which can be spent unlocking items in the armoury. Custom load out items are joined by cosmetic armour, decals and such to customize your Spartan IV with. XP is also earned by completing commendations and challenges. Specializations Once SR-50 is reached, players next choose one of eight paths, each of which consists of 10 additional ranks, and which unlock their own set of armor, decals, weapon skins and armor mods. Only one Specialization can be worked on at a time, and must be completed before moving to the next. At launch two are available, with the rest to be unlocked down the road by 343, unless you have early access via marketing promotions (namely the LE edition of the game or playing prior to November 20). For more on Specializations, head here. Spartan Ops: Spartan Ops four player cooperative, episodic campaign where players take their Spartan IV into a series of missions set six months after the Halo 4 Campaign ends. A replacement for Firefight in the sense that it's gone and this replaces it, Spartan Ops is more akin to a second Campaign, broken into smaller, more focuses pieces. Features Players: 2-player split screen, 4-players online co-op Theater: Alas, also removed from Spartan Ops. Episodes Spartan Ops Season 1 is broken into ten episodes, but only one ships on-disc. The remaining episodes are delivered episodically, once per week, for the nine weeks after launch. Each episode begins with a CG cinematic, and consists of five missions, for a total of 50 missions (!!!). Customization & Progression Games of Spartan Ops reward XP just as War Games do, and contribute to the same progression through the ranks. Content unlocked in one mode can be used in the other, including custom load outs. Weapons unlocked via Spartan Ops are available in War Games, and earlier missions can be replayed with more advanced ordnance after doing so. War Games: War Games is Halo multiplayer, renamed and rebooted by 343. While Halo's core gameplay is very much intact, game types are pruned and redesigned, game systems are updated or added and the overall flavor of the game is quite different than what came before. Global Ordnance The new system used to spawn heavy weapons onto the map. Whereas past Halo games spawned in weapons at specific points and times, only the initial spawn at the start of a match if fixed in Halo 4. After, ordnance spawns in at various, per-determined points on the map, with the game system rotating both the locations and weapons selected from those the designers made available on that map and game type. Spawned ordnance carries a waypoint, so all players in the game knows it has appeared. Personal Ordnance Used in Infinity Slayer (and available in other game modes via custom options) is an additional ordnance delivery method, initiated by individual players. Medals earned and their associated points contribute to filling an ordnance meter, which when filled prompts players to select from one of three randomly selected options. These options can include power ups, weapons and grenades. Once chose, the ordnance will spawn in near the player. Power Ups Deployed as part of Personal Ordnance, they include Speed Boost, Shield Boost, and Damage boost, and do pretty much what you might think from those names. Kill cams Featured in specific game types, kill cams show a free camera replay of your untimely demise. Instant Respawn Featured in certain fast paced game types (think Slayer and Flood), players can choose to tinker with their load out between spawns, or hit a button to spawn in instantly. Objective focused games like CTF still feature timed respawns. Scoring Multiplayer now features personal scoring, with medals and actions accumulating XP and conveying each increment on-screen. Headshot +10 pic Forge: Halo 4's Forge is very much an iteration on Reach's version, for better or worse. Co-developed by Certain Affinity and 343, it remains an object editor for spawns, weapons and pre-built geometry for use in customizing, or creating custom, maps. Still allowing up to eight players to romp on a map in construction, it has a handful of improvements, among them: A "magnet" system to snap Forge pieces together neatly and quickly. Think Legos. The lighting system applies to Forge objects, improving the visuals of custom maps. Controls to rapidly duplicate or delete objects, to speed up the building process. Gravity zones, so that sections of maps can have altered gravity traits. Trampolines! Defined player trait zones, enabling players who enter them to take on defined abilities. Rather than the one giant "Forge World", Certain Affinity has built three smaller spaces for the construction of custom maps. The object list builds upon that of a modified Forge World set, with unique objects provided for each of the three themed spaces.Scores: Destructoid - 10 Machinima - 10 MondoXbox - 10 Game Revolution - 10 NZGamer - 10 Britbox - 10 Gaming Examiner - 10 Gaming Age - A Joystiq - 5/5 Stars IGN - 9.8 Xbox Addict - 9.8 Gaming Trend - 9.6 Polygon- 9.5 OXM - 9.5 Game Informer - 9.3 Canadian Online Gamers - 9.3 Gamespot - 9 Games Radar - 9 Xbox 360 Achievements - 9 GameReactor Sweden - 9 GameReactor Denmark - 9 Halo Council - 9 Eurogamer Italy - 9 MMGN.com - 9 Gamer.No - 9 GamesBeat - 9 1UP - A- G4TV - 4.5/5 Stars Edge - 8 Eurogamer - 8 The Sixth Axis - 8 Metro Game Central - 8 CVG - 8 Giant Bomb - 4/5 Stars EGM - 7 Kotaku - Play This Game Rev3 Games - Buy it Ars Technica - "Jumping head first without a Bungie (and loving it)" Penny Arcade - "This isnt Bungies Halo anymore its better" Old Info: And it is official!! Continuing from where halo 3 ended. New Info 5th March 2012 Making Of Interview, contains in game footage and comparisons to Halo 3: Screenshots! Campaign: The story will be the most cinematic Halo experience to date, that will set the stage for the next decade of the franchise. Master Chief is back, and a new ancient and dark threat is going to be thrown at him that will not only test his abilities, but will give players an understanding just who he really is, all while introducing some new gameplay mechanics. Cortana will play a huge part in the story. Master Chief's armor design has been upgraded to provide the functionality needed to convey his power. Story will be darker and more sophisticated than past games. Multiplayer- Story wraps around the multiplayer experience for the first time in the franchise. - Players now control Spartan IV's, which promise to be just as powerful as Master Chief. - There is a reason why red and blue soldiers are killing each other. - Beyond the typical cosmetic customization options, players will be able to augment their Spartan IV's abilities and weapon loadouts, altering their gameplay styles for the first time. A lot of focus has gone into giving players a better sense of weight. - Audio design has been much improved and really gives a player a sense of where shots are coming from. - Maps have been built from the ground-up. - Two maps have been announced so far: War House and Wrap Around. - War House takes place in a civilian manufacturing plant that is travelling in a near space orbit above a gas giant. - Wrap Around is a small slayer style arena, set in a Forerunner facility, that contains catwalks, ramps, and plenty of man-cannons to keep the action fast and frantic. EuroGamer Interview: E3 FOOTAGE: I'm not going to lie, a lot of this info was lifted from Neogaf and Neowin. Mainly to get a good base of covering stuff. Link & Most credit here: http://www.neogaf.co...ad.php?t=497808
  23. Konami’s classic run-and-gun franchise Contra seems to be back. And no, it's not a pachinko machine. On Tuesday, Konami revealed Contra Rogue Corps, a new over-the-top entry in the series. Two years after the Alien Wars had ended, a mysterious area called the Damned City arose from the grounds where the final battles took place. Ruthless Fiends roamed the area, bringing a world full of madness. In the midst of chaos, 5 scoundrels emerge...they are the Rogue Corps. They do not look anything like heroes of justice, but have they come to save humanity, or maybe they are looking to hit the jackpot by searching the Damned City for treasures...either way, the fate of the world is in their hands. Contra Rogue Corps trades the traditional side-scrolling perspective for a top-down isometric view of the action, like previously done in Super C and Contra 3: The Alien Wars. Players will shoot up Damned City, both as classic Contra characters like Kaiser, a mutated bug and ... a panda bear? Official E3 2019 trailer: Launch trailer: Contra Rogue Corps will feature single-player and multiplayer gameplay when it launches on September 26.
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    Nuclear Throne

    Nuclear Throne is the latest game from Vlambeer, the geniuses/indie darlings behind Ridiculous Fishing, Super Crate Box, and Luftrausers, and it's just come out as an eary access alpha, available from Steam for £10 or from the developers directly for $12.99 (Steam key included). It's due for release on PS4 and Vita once it's done, and the developers will see if they can port to mac (notoriously difficult for games built in game-maker) at a later date. It's a twin-stick shooter roguelikelikelike (think Binding of Isaac with different sized rooms and no keys), but with bullet hell elements, and some Hotline Miami style twitchiness. The idea is simple, kill enemies, pick up bullets, weapons and health to stay alive, and collect the little rods of plutonium they drop in order to level up your character and buy perks between levels. There are a couple of small twists to keep things fresh too, the most notable being you're only allowed to carry two weapons at once, making switching weapons often enough to ensure you don't run out of ammo paramount to success. There are also several different characters to pick from, each with their own unique ability, ranging from an incredibly useful shield, to lowered max HP for increased XP gains and the ability to use "explosive retaliation" (that is, BLOW UP ALL ENEMY CORPSES ON SCREEN). Anyway, the ultimate aim is simple; finish enough levels, and sit the Nuclear Throne*. Easier said than done though, as like any good roguelike, it's harder than trying to explain how to play Crusader Kings II to an infant. A deaf, blind and dumb infant. The pixel art/animation and music are as good as you'd expect from Vlambeer, and likewise the core gameplay doesn't disappoint either. The audio and visual feedback makes all the weapons in the game, (and there are many, many weapons in the game) incredibly satisfying to use, there's a great variety of enemies and bosses to test your mettle against, and well, despite being in alpha and a liiitle bit rough, it already feels like a fairly complete package. Saying that, there's fucktonne of content still in development and being added on a weekly basis: more levels, types of enemies, three characters, and all sorts of secrets and assorted craziness are planned before the game is "out" proper. And if you're not quite convinced yet, check out this giant bomb quick look and marvel at its mutated glory. You can follow along with development on these streams as well! Main development livestream + gameplay - http://www.twitch.tv/vlambeer (Tuesdays & Thursdays) In-game art (animation, character design, etc) - http://www.twitch.tv/pietpiet Music - http://www.twitch.tv/kozilekmusic Sound design - http://www.twitch.tv/kissa3m0 Promotional artwork - http://www.twitch.tv/justinchans *Not yet implemented in the game.
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