Encouraging LARPing, Capcom have announced that Monster Hunter: World‘s icy Iceborne expansion won’t arrive on PC until we’re already wrapped up in scarves and mittens, coming our way this winter after a console debut in September. Yes, it is unfortunate that our version is still lagging behind, but isn’t it fitting to be exploring an icy island while huddling around your PC for warmth? That’s more IMMERSIVE than any light-up keyboard. Capcom blasted a load of details and videos about the expansion last night, including a look at a beastie swimming through snow with its horn poking out like a shark’s fin. Nope!
Spring has truly sprung for your deals herald this week, because man alive there are so many of them! There are deals everywhere you look, sprouting up like weeds, forcing themselves up through the cracks in the tarmac and strangling all the non-deal plants until they, too, submit and become one with the deals. So whether you’re looking for the biggest discount ever seen off Assassin’s Creed Odyssey or a cheap new graphics card, your deals herald will provide. Now hold onto your deals hats, because we’ve got a lot to get through today.
The first thing you do in Yakuza Kiwami 2 is walk through a graveyard. As caring dad hero, Kiryu, you’re visiting the resting place of those who died at the end of the previous game. It’s a sombre moment, a cemetery visit with your adoptive daughter to pay respects to loved ones killed in terrible circumstances. You bow your head and inspect the graves.
Then a bunch of mobsters with guns show up and you kick them all in the belly. Hiiii-YAH.
Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy is one of many cases where I’ve seen the internet lose their collective marbles. From the review that compared it to Dark Souls, to the complaints about the High Road, this much-anticipated re-imagining of the original Crash Bandicoot games became less of a celebration of what came before, and more of a battleground where people would rant about those two subjects ad nauseam.
Grip: Combat Racing was, for better or worse, little more than a remake of old PSX racer Rollcage. Developers Caged Element had crafted a nicer-looking if familiar game, retaining that same twitchy, aggressive mix of wall-riding racing, shooting rivals off the track while trying to maintain control during spins and crashes. Today, it’s a bit more than that. Today’s free update adds fifteen new “AirBlade” hover-vehicles with notably different handling, two new tracks plus some new music and skins. This is building on last month’s update adding four more tracks and new team play-modes. See the update trailer below.
Stellaris, the sprawling and much-expanded 4X space strategy game by Paradox, is free to try out from now until Sunday, May 12th. If you like it, you can snap it up for cheap. The game has now been out for three years, and while it may have been considered a little bare-bones at launch, a trio of major expansions (and some smaller DLC) plus some huge free patches have turned it into a 4X favourite. As well as managing a sprawling space empire, it has a bit of personality to it, with major and minor story arcs cropping up in the vein of Crusader Kings. See the anniversary trailer below.
A fictional Pacific archipelago, a mega-corporation and an army of killbot-assisted high-tech mercs. Ghost Recon Breakpoint, announced today and out on October 4th, looks largely like we expected from Ubisoft’s leak last night. A sequel to sandbox shooter Ghost Recon Wildlands, trading the ethically sketchy ‘US covert ops fighting the drug war’ setting for a more videogamey near-future scenario. As with its predecessor, it’s a co-op focused game playable with bots or up to three buddies, optional PvP, and even plans for a post-release raid on a villain’s volcano lair. See the debut trailer and a quarter-hour of action below.
For the first time ever, there is an official Windows version of Blood, Monolith Software’s classic horror-themed FPS. Blood: Fresh Supply is out today, and a subtle remaster produced by Night Dive and their porting maestro Samuel “Kaiser” Villarreal, brains behind their Turok, Strife and System Shock updates. It’s an almost surprisingly straightforward port to modern systems, retaining the old look while adding widescreen, high-refresh and variable FOV support, mouse-look that doesn’t warp perspective and split-screen for up to eight players. Take a look at the fancied up trailer below.
After a couple months of test-server experimentation, Ubisoft are rolling out their new team-killer punishment to Rainbow Six Siege proper. While the studio confirm that today’s iteration of “Reverse Friendly Fire” (RFF) is still to be refined and has a couple bugs still to be hammered out, it’s ready enough for the big leagues. In short, if you shoot a teammate, they can choose whether or not to replace your bullets with karmic ones that bounce off friends and back into their owner’s careless (or malicious) face for the rest of the match. A poetic punishment if there ever was one.
Life becomes odder than ever in the third episode of Life Is Strange 2, released today. Our lads are still on the lam, reaching the redwood forests of California and–uh oh!–you know who’s found in forests: hippies. And me. Often me. But it’s hippies they’re hooking up with this time as they continue to trek cross-country and, y’know, come to terms with puberty and superpowers and hormones and all that.