‘Summoners War’ Gets a Short Film to Celebrate 100m Downloads

One trend I’m really digging these days in the world of video games is studios with popular games releasing these super elaborate short films that basically exist as ten minutes (or so) of complete fan service. Riot does this all the time on their YouTube channel, most recently releasing the cinematic titled Awakening. Similarly, Blizzard has an entire playlist of shorts they’ve done for Overwatch. Well, Com2uS is also throwing their hat into the ring with the animated short Friends & Rivals, where the world of Summoners War comes to life for seven and a half minutes. Check it out:

Com2uS is really pulling out all the stops here, among the many hands in the proverbial cooking jar in the creation of this short was the creators of The Walking Dead, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and The Angry Birds Movie. They’re calling this the “tip of the iceberg” when it comes to supplemental Summoners War materials. I always like it when we see mobile IP expand outside of the small screen of a phone, because quite often the game universe of mobile stuff isn’t fleshed out much, if at all. Even if you don’t play Summoners War, it’s pretty rad to see something like this come out of it.

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Arma 3: Try it for free!

If you are not very fond of red roses and chocolate, this is an idea that you might like to occupy your Valentine’s Day. From 14 February at 19h (Paris time) to 18 February at the same time, you will be able to storm the battlefield, because Arma 3 will be playable for free on Steam. All game content will be accessible during this trial, including the Arma 3 Apex expansion.

Released in 2013, Arma 3 is a military open-world multiplayer simulation game. The game has, of course, a solo campaign, which takes the form of three episodes: Survive, Adapt, and Defeat. In the campaign, you play as Ben Kerry, a corporal in the US Army. But Arma 3 also features a multiplayer side, with many modes available that allow you to play even local co-op or online.

Loading ammunition in Arma 3

The latest addition to the game is the Warlords mode, included in the game last December through a free update. Warlords is a competitive game mode in which two teams compete to storm the opponent’s base. You will play as either NATO or CSAT, having to progress by taking control of some area directed by an AI. In this way, you will clear a safe path for your troops to reach the opposing team’s camp during the game. You can also earn command points, allowing you to get different resources, weapons, vehicles, strategic benefits, and even reinforcements by air.

Arma 3 is a must-have for all the fans of the genre, and it’s arguably the richest military simulation game to date. With more than 40 weapons like assault or precision rifles, pistols, grenades, and more than twenty vehicles, including tanks, fighter planes and submarines, it puts a whole arsenal at your disposal. And that’s not all, because Arma 3 also focuses on the community. Indeed, you can create and share scenarios, but also Mods to enjoy more content and enrich your gaming experience.

To take advantage of this free trial weekend, visit the game page in the Steam store on February 14, starting at 7pm. And to get Arma 3 for the best price, take a look at our comparator.

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VeePN Review – Quality VPN with Useful Features

VeePN is a popular VPN provider with unique features and location options. Read our detailed review here. About VPNs and VeePN We’re sure you already know what a VPN is. If you don’t, this page by VeePN will explain it well. Even if you don’t care about your privacy (you should!) you can still use […]


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SwitchArcade Round-Up: ‘Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom’ Update Details, Nintendo Interviews ‘Dead Cells’ Developer, ‘The King’s Bird’ Releases, Today’s Sales, and More

Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for February 12th, 2019. As is often the case for this time of the week, there isn’t a whole lot going on today. Still, we’ve got some news about updates to some great games, an interview Nintendo posted with the developers of one of last year’s best games, a few new releases, and the usual daily sales. Let’s get to the goodness!


Nintendo Interviews Motion Twin, Developers of ‘Dead Cells’

Every so often, Nintendo’s YouTube channel puts out videos where they talk to developers of Switch games. They’re typically not that long, but they’re sometimes quite interesting. That’s the case with the latest interview, which has as its subject Motion Twin, the developer behind the hit Dead Cells. The first couple of questions are mostly fluff, but some interesting info comes up when they’re asked about their plans for 2019. It seems Dead Cells players have some nice updates to look forward to, with new content, some serious performance improvements, and more.

‘Disgaea 1 Complete’ Updates With Autosave, Event Skip, and More

While fans seem divided as to the merits of Disgaea 1 Complete, it’s at least nice that the many fans of Disgaea 5‘s Switch port got something else in the series to play. One of the problems is that Disgaea 1 Complete is missing a lot of the quality of life features found in later games, however. The latest update aims to address some of the feedback about the game. Among its large list of additions and fixes is a new function that lets you skip events, an autosave feature, another level of camera zoom in battles, and some improvements to the UI. There are plenty of other little improvements, so make sure to update your game as soon as you can.

Here’s What You Can Expect from Version 1.0.4 of ‘Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom’

The newest update for the outstanding Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom is being submitted soon, and as such, the specific contents of the patch have been made available by FDG Games. Probably the biggest thing players will notice is that they will now have multiple save slots at their disposal. The Haunted Manor map has been updated to add a few points of interest hints, an option has been added to reduce the intensity of flashing light effects for those who are sensitive, and a massive stack of bugs that have been reported have been fixed. Some minor balance adjustments have also been made to make for a better gameplay experience.

New Releases

The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince ($19.99)

If you’re looking for a game with a gorgeous look and interesting story, this may just be what you’re after. If you’re hunting for a high-quality puzzle-platformer, well… you’ll probably want to continue the search. The gameplay isn’t bad enough that you can’t put up with it to get at the well-told story, but it’s not good enough to avoid being a liability, either. This is basically one of those games where you have to use different sets of abilities to guide a helpless second character through the world, a tried and tested formula if there …

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Niantic Announces GO Snapshot for ‘Pokemon GO’ Letting You Take the Best Photographs of Your Pokemon

At this point I expected a Valentine’s Day event for Pokemon Go (Free) because that is what loads of other games are doing this week but The Pokemon Company International and Niantic had something else in mind. The AR+ feature in game allowed for some great photographs and the team was inspired by that for this new feature. GO Snapshot will arrive soon for Pokemon GO on iOS and Android.

GO Snapshot will let you take a photograph of any Pokemon in your Pokemon Storage. You can use this by accessing your camera from your Bag of Items or when looking at a specific Pokemon. Once you throw a Poke Ball for a Pokemon and your Pokemon is at the correct spot, you can move around to get the best angle for the photograph. All photographs are saved to your device and can be shared to social platforms That are linked within the app.

Now is a great time to get into (or back into) Pokemon GO with the new social content, trainer battles, and more that have been added in addition to the content you can unlock in the Switch games through Pokemon GO. Given that the Switch games sold about 10 million copies, I expect a lot of cross promotion in the future as well for both games. Head over to our forum thread for more discussion around Pokémon GO.

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Little Comet Review

Space might be the final frontier, but it’s also a cutesy place to play minigolf in Outgunned Games’ new title Little Comet. The star of this adventure is certainly catered toward a younger demographic, but does it prove to be a compelling adventure for all ages?

Little Comet Review

In Little Comet, players take control of a cheerful little star with the brightest cheeks. He must find his way to the black hole on the other side of the screen, and it’s up to players to launch him on his way. Using the mouse, players will grab directly behind this little star, releasing when it’s time for him to go. Much like a rubber band, this star can go farther if this mechanic is used to do a larger wind-up. For those who need an added boost, players can click the mouse while in flight to travel an additional short distance.

It’s all easy to understand, and the game eases players into things with levels that are overly simplistic. However, things quickly ramp up with the introduction of new concepts. After the initial levels, players will have to contend with planets with their own field of gravity, spheroids that contain water that slows your movement, electrified walls, and even traffic that packs a number of hurtling asteroids. There is certainly no shortage of variety, and though this title is a bit on the short side, there is enough to keep players interested throughout.

All of these mechanics are wrapped into an overly sweet aesthetic that is pleasing to the eye. Walls let out musical notes, planets grin from ear to ear, and children cry with joy upon the completion of each level. Those weaned on more macho titles might balk at these aesthetics, but it sets out to do what it intended, and it does it well.

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Just be warned that this game quickly ramps up in challenge. Early levels give way to races against polygons that have twice as many turns as you, suitcases that weigh you down, multiple switches that lie just out of reach, and other things that prevent you from your mission. There is no penalty for taking your sweet time, though players can only get all three stars each level provides by collecting all items and completing each stage under a set amount of turns. Some levels absolutely require multiple playthroughs to get all three stars, which encourages some replayability at the expense of finding the perfect route through each stage. It’s a trade-off, one that will appeal to some and be a turn-off to others.

The more casual fans among us need not worry about all of that though. Worlds are unlocked by collecting a set amount of stars, and four levels that can be completed in any order are unlocked in each area. Requirements for progression are pretty lax, so those who would rather avoid certain stages can certainly do so. Note that there are no achievements incorporated into this title.

Little Comet is a casual title that packs just enough challenge to appeal to more hardcore gamers. Don’t be fooled by its cutesy aesthetics – completionists will have a field day getting every last star.

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Tactical RPG ‘Brown Dust’ Gets a Global Release Date from Neowiz for iOS and Android

If you’ve been following releases for games that originate in Asia, you’re probably used to seeing launches first happen in one country before the global audience. These aren’t necessarily soft launches but usually make sense to see whether a particular game can do well enough in the home region before expanding it for a worldwide audience. Worldwide launches often require more localisation and more resources. Neowiz who published one of my favourite rhythm games, DJMax Respect are bringing their tactical RPG Brown Dust to a worldwide audience next month. Watch the trailer below:

Brown Dust promises to be the ultimate mobile strategy experience with turn based combat and loads of mercenaries to collect. It will have more than 1000 battles and also PvP and co-op raids. I love how most free to play games always promise the moon but rarely deliver. This one looks interesting enough to me to try out when it arrives on iOS. I hope the “global” launch promised is actually global and not just the usual bigger countries that some developers consider “worldwide”.

If you’d like to play it as soon as it launches, you can pre-register for it on Android here. It will launch simultaneously for free on both iOS and Android on March 7th. Pre-registering nets you some exclusive in game items like a 5* Mercenary and Premium Scrolls. Get ready to take the role of Fabian’s son to form an army of mercenaries across the land of Brown Dust.

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Apex Legends on a roll with 25 million players in a week

Yahoo! Finance recently reported that Apex Legends is an early hit for Electronic Arts Incorporated. This doesn’t come as a surprise when they hit 10 million players in the first three days of the launch, and now 25 million players in just a week and a peak of over 2 million of concurrent users. This number may as well put Apex in the league of Fornite’s – but that’s just too early to tell.

Apex Legends hits 25 million players ina week

Apex Legends is a free to play battle royale game developed by Respawn. In the announcement made by Vince Zampella (Respawn Entertainment) in EA’s blog, he said that the game is doing more than great. In the same post, he also announced upcoming events for Apex Legends. One of those is the one that Twitch is sponsoring, called Twitch Rivals Challenge. It is an event that will pit 48 of the biggest streamers together to compete against each other for $200.000 in prizes. This event will be held today and again on February 19.

Aside from that, Apex Legends will also have a Valentine’s Day event where the player gets Valentine’s themed loot. Last on the list is the Apex Legends Battle Pass that will premiere on March. There will be new characters, new legends, loot, weapons, and many more.

Why the buzz?

Apex Legends is doing remarkably well and the buzz isn’t dying anytime soon. So why? The magic is probably due to their accessibility settings. Polygon’s Cass Marshall wrote about the shockingly good settings of Apex and specifically the audio section of the menu and its varied options. Apex went beyond and took extra measures to accommodate players who may have difficulties in hearing, speech, and sight. For more of these options, give Marshall’s opinion a go.

Below there is a recap/review of Apex Legend. See for yourself!

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Civilization VI: Gathering Storm, bad weather incoming

With Civilization VI: Gathering Storm being released in a couple of days, we wanted to explain all the fans of the strategy the reasons to be excited about the launch of this new DLC. This expansion for Civilization VI puts an emphasis on climate change as its main theme. Now not only will you have to battle it out against eight new civilizations and nine new leaders, but you will have to contend with Mother Nature too.

With Gathering Storm, the usual “finding a spot to settle on” dilemma will become more difficult as some civilizations like the Maori will start at the sea, gaining bonuses every turn they do not settle down. You will also be able to take advantage of the Phoenicians ability that lets them move their capital to another city with their unique building. Those tactical opportunities will definitely make for a much more interesting game.

Gathering Storm – Volcano eruption

Now building on a flood plain or a volcano puts you into risks of natural disasters, but it also does have advantages and you can always try to work your strategy around those. Disasters are random and they will strike anytime. They are not like an aggressive civilization that you can keep content or erase from history. At least from modern age onward, you can construct buildings and projects that can mitigate the problems caused by climate change.

Considering that resources like coal and oil will produce CO2 and accelerate the climate change, taking time to change to a new energy source will be worth the time and the effort it takes to switch all your cities and units to clean energy.

Gathering Storm – Example of a city

Regarding politics, the World Congress will be able to create an emergency event were you force other civilizations to send emergency help. These events are similar to other emergencies, and each civilization will try to outdo others to earn points. Also, the new diplomacy system allows the use of favor as a currency, just like gold or promises. Competing in international events, helping in emergencies and gaining allies will speed up the process to gain diplomatic favor. Once you have enough, you can use it in World Congress meetings to push your own global agenda. This also has become a new viable strategy to achieve a diplomatic victory and it makes the game much more fun.

Overall, Gathering Storm is a great expansion for Civilization VI. It brings new mechanics that will spice up your gameplay with a lot of strategic options, but also new content like new scenarios, civilizations, seven new world wonders, seven natural wonders, 18 new units, 15 new improvements, 9 new buildings, 5 new districts, 2 new city sets, 9 new techs and 10 new civics.

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Necessary Cybersecurity Requirements in 2019

Over the years, cybercrime is a fast-paced world where the bad actors constantly network, research and test out new tactics to increase the scale of attack. With cyber attacks becoming more complex and regularly exposing the new vulnerabilities, many CSos and COs around the globe are spending billions of dollars preparing themselves for the worst. Heres a few shifts you should keep an eye on.

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