Discover the history behind the 1996 first-person shooter Chex Quest with a new behind-the-scenes video for the game.
The video, which can be seen below, features Creative Director Dean Hyers as he talks about this one-of-a-kind shooter. He mentions how it was a total gamble, different ideas they brainstormed to figure out what kids want, the team and budget, the approval process, and other facets of game design. Sound Designer and Composer Andrew Benson also weighs in on what went into Chex Quest’s sound design.
The Official History of Chex Quest
Those itching for more cereal-based shooter action can check out Chex Quest HD, which is coming out soon.
After a long wait, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, the newest entry for Nintendo’s long-running tactical RPG series is finally set for a release. The game was first announced back in January 2017, and since then, the release date has been changed a few times. Finally, Nintendo has given us a definitive date of release, and it’s coming on July 26, 2019. The first Fire Emblem title was released back in 2007; it’s no surprise that expectations are high for this upcoming game.
Players of Fire Emblem: Three Houses will be introduced to the continent of Fodlan. This land is divided into three states who are living in peace. The game’s main setting is the Officer’s Academy. Similar to the previous Fire Emblem title, players can customize their characters, and the character of choice will act as your advisor. In this game, you are no longer a mercenary but a professor at the Academy, where your warriors will also act as your students. The students are divided into three different houses based on their nationality – the Blue Lions, the Black Eagles, and the Golden Deer.
Become the best professor this July 26 in Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Fire Emblem: Three Houses Features
This title will have the same turn-based combat and life-and-death stakes game style as others in the franchise. However, this time, you can create battalions of troops to support you on the battlefield. When you’re not out there fighting the enemies, you can explore the Academy and bond with your students. This bond will be helpful and can influence their performance in battle.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses has two editions – we have the Standard Edition which includes the main game and the Seasons of Warfare Edition which includes the base game, a sound selection CD, an art book, a steelbook case, and a 2020 desk calendar.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses – Seasons of Warfare Edition
There’s still a few months until Fire Emblem: Three Houses is released, but if we get any updates, we’ll be writing about it right away!
With a little more than a month to its release, SNK has released a new trailer for Samurai Shodown that puts the spotlight on the newcomer Yashamaru.
A dark and brooding young warrior with roots tied to a fallen warrior family, Yashamaru is on the warpath against the Tokugawa shogunate, which falsely convicted and executed his father. He utilizes supernatural Tengu powers that inherited from his family bloodline, and fights with his weapon Shanaō in hand.
See him in action below:
Samurai Shodown – Yashamaru
The game will come out for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox on June 25.
Did you miss our giveaways? Don´t worry, here is a new one!
Those who have been following for a while (we thank you for that!) probably know already how our giveaways work but a little reminder of the rules never hurts.
By participating in our giveaway, you can win a PC game of your choice worth up to € 50 in our comparator. Apart from that, you can choose any PC game present on our comparator, including DLC and pre-order games. For example, Total War: Three Kingdoms that’s coming out today, or Elsweyr, the next expansion for The Elder Scrolls Online.
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The giveaway will end on Wednesday May 29th at 9 pm, and the winner will be contacted by e-mail.
Any good shmup has its fair share of danger, but Newt Industries cranks things up to 11 with their new shmup Risk System. Featuring a risk-reward system and “high speed kinetic action,” does it stand toe-to-toe with the greats?
Risk System Review
Taking place in the far off year of AD 2194, a number of parasites have taken over, and your former squadmates are under enemy control. Humanity’s last hope lies in the pilot Alys and the RSK-9, a ship that features Pre-Gate technology that absorbs parasite energy. This is your typical sci-fi plot, but the slick pixel art, fully voiced cutscenes, and attention to detail with all facets of the tale make it really stand out. Story is relegated to brief comms, but it adds to the game, rather than takes away from it.
At first glance, this title follows your typical horizontal shmup formula. Enemies and fire fill the screen, and it’s up to players to make it to the end in one piece. However, a number of tweaks make things unique. For one, players can charge up a B-Meter by getting close to enemy fire. It’s one thing to avoid a deadly laser, but to position yourself close to it means that players will actively seek out these attacks.
Once you fill said meter, players can then use the Barrier Breaker attack. One may feel like this is a get-out-of-jail card that clears the screen of enemies, but it is absolutely necessary for high level play. For one, the brief period of invincibility it provides is mandatory to defeat even the early bosses. In addition, the way players can quickly charge it means that this attack will be a common occurrence. It also helps that it is a sight to behold too.
Players will also come to love the barrel roll feature Risk System provides. Mapped to two different buttons, players can quickly move up or down at the press of a button. This is a good way to get out of a sticky situation, but one quickly realizes that it’s also a way to modify your attack and deal more damage. Your default blaster (which is fired automatically when enemies are close) proves to be a bit on the weak side, so those actively looking to speed things up will come out ahead.
The game is far from easy either – this speed, when paired with the sheer amount of lock-ons, enemies, and fire filling the screen, make muscle memory an absolute must. Players are given a letter grade at the end of each level, which plays heavily in the game.
Note that the game is never, ever unfair. Some sections might be challenging, but there is a pattern to both enemies and their fire. Finding a groove with each battle is a thrilling feeling, and there are checkpoints for those that absolutely need them.
Featuring an original mechanic and a fair amount of polish, Risk System leads the shoot-em-up pack. Those willing to cut their teeth will enjoy a title carefully crafted by experts of the genre.
This review of Risk System was done on the PC. The game was purchased digitally.
The Ventrue, masters or political warfare, rulers since immemorial times, business moguls and architects of the vampire society as we know it. Also known as the Patricians this clan of vampires has always been tied to power in all of its forms. In the Seattle of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 it couldn´t be any different than that. The Ventrue control most of the political power in the city, as well as the industrial areas and the economy. They are one of the most important factions, whose schemes to be present almost everywhere. That means that you will undoubtedly have to deal with them, and it´s quite unlikely that it’s going to be in your terms.
If you join the manipulative Ventrue, you will be able to use their contacts and power in your favor, but you will have to be very careful with your allegiances because everything has a price and you will start as the smallest fish in the pond. The Ventrue make use of several disciplines to back up their position as guardians of the Masquerade, and you will be able to get two of them if you choose to align with them: Fortitude and Domination.
Fortitude discipline will boost your physical resilience to unbelievable limits, allowing you to fend off damage that would easily be lethal to other kindred. The Absorb skill allows you to block all attacks for a brief moment transforming all the damage you would receive into healing. Personal Armor will harden your skin, ultimately making you impervious to damage. Such an invulnerability display will be seen as unnatural by mortals; therefore, it´s considered to be a Masquerade violation.
Domination is one of the most powerful disciplines since it allows the user to control the actions and memories of others. Mesmerize skill will leave the victim oblivious to everything around them and even their own pain. Command skill takes that power to the next level, allowing you to make anyone do your bidding. Domination powers can be used anywhere without fear of breaking the Masquerade.
Bloodlines 2 – Ventrue
Those powers will prove to be quite useful to you in the world of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2. The use you make of them is only up to you, but keep in mind that the Ventrue also have enemies. They are often seen as pompous manipulative nepotists, and many other kindred are against their methods and the way they have embraced progress.
There is nothing like the best obvious choice in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, where dealing with the world of humans and the world of vampires at the same time can be a very difficult task.
That’s really good news because Apple’s data migration fee was quite high. You would really have had to factor that in if, in case, you wanted to upgrade your old Mac to a new one.
Previously, when you went to the Apple Store to upgrade your computer to a new one or had some repairs done, you’d have to pay a whopping $99 to migrate the data to your new device or new hard drive. As first reported by TidBITS on Tuesday, Apple quietly discontinued charging this particular fee.
For tech savvy folks, data transfer from one Mac to another can easily be done.
Nevertheless, if you’re confident in your tech savviness, you could do so yourself at home; Apple offers a set of instructions explaining how to move content from an old computer — even if it’s a PC — to your new Mac. If you got into the habit of uploading your files to iCloud, there’s no transfer even necessary when you change computers.
Data transfer is not the only issue that you have to deal with when you buy a new Mac. There are a lot of other issues that you could be confronted with. After all, anything can happen to your new Mac.
You wouldn’t have much of a problem if issues arise within the first year of your purchase. Your new Mac would still be under warranty.
It’s the same thing if you avail of the insurance they offer upon purchase. You wouldn’t have to worry if something really bad happens to your new Mac. That is, if you avail of an insurance upon purchase. What if you don’t?
You’ll only be worry-free within the first year of your purchase. After that, you would really have to find ways and means to take care of your Mac.
Considering the cost of your new Mac, you want to avoid some serious issues that could easily damage it. Hence, is the reason why you should rely on …
Codemasters is bringing back its iconic racing game series after five years of hiatus. According to the company announcement, the fourth installment of the GRID series is launching on September 13, 2019.
Previous GRID games were highly detailed and authentic with a certain level of accessibility. We can expect those same features in the upcoming GRID as well. Chris Smith, GRID game director said that the game will “offer so much variety and depth.” There will be various of modern and classic cars available to drive and the title “will appeal to all types of players, from casual drivers who want to learn, to crazy drivers who want to have serious fun.”
Check out the trailer below.
GRID will have Fernando Alonso, the two-times Formula One world champion. He will serve as a consultant of the game and will be cameoing as well. There will be several races that players have to complete before they finally meet Fernando, and if you beat his team you will have a chance to race against him in his classic Renault Formula One car.
A World Time Attack mode is also included. It features a series of highly modified cars competing for the best lap times in race tracks.
The game will have 12 racing locations with multiple routes, varied weather conditions, and time of the day. GRID will also have six race modes (racing, oval racing, time trial, time attack, skirmish, and hot lap). You will have six main career paths and additional showdown events such as Touring, Stock, Tuner, GT, Invitational, and the Fernando Alonso Challenge.
As you progress in the game you will be rewarded with liveries, player cards, achievements, and driving accolades. You can race against online players or compete against AI. Car damages will affect both the performance and handling.
The new GRID will be playable in PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Until then, you should give GRID Autosport a try if you haven’t already.
IGN recently sat down with Codemasters’ Grid reboot, capturing footage of both the San Francisco and Shanghai tracks.
You can view the footage below:
Grid – First Gameplay
In Grid, players will race on four different continents with cars ranging from classes like Touring, GT, Muscle, and Super-Modified. Realistic damage will also play a big part in this title, affecting both handling and performance.
The game will come out for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on September 13.