With titles like Castle Crashers and BattleBlock Theater under their belts, The Behemoth announced today that Game 5 from the studio will be Alien Hominid Invasion.
A reinvention of Alien Hominid HD, this title will bring with it new mechanics, gameplay, progression, and other tweaks.
Learn more with the trailer below:
Grab hold of something, and don’t get abducted — Game 5 is coming.
We're excited to share our next game in development, Alien Hominid Invasion! This reinvention of Alien Hominid HD will feature new gameplay, progression, mechanics, & more. Stay tuned for more details at PAX. pic.twitter.com/tgjcrN4nIL
Designed by Dan Paladin and Tom Fulp, Alien Hominid got its start in 2002 as a Flash game on Newgrounds. A run and gun in the same vein as Metal Slug, players take on the role of a hominid that must fight off waves of secret agents .
For those looking to get some hands-on time with the title, it will be at both PAX East 2020 (happening from February 27-March 1, 2020) and EGX Rezzed 2020 (happening from March 26-28, 2020).
The winter doldrums might be in full swing, but at least the world of gaming has some great titles in store. See what awaits players with the 5 best games of February 2020. Oh, and we won’t make you click through five pages to look at the entire list.
5 Best Games of February 2020
Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r]
The latest entry in Arc System Works, PQube Games, and French Bread’s Under Night series, Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r] features the new playable character Londrekia, and nearly a thousand balance changes. Easy to learn and difficult to master, the title includes a number of beginner-friendly tutorials and a story campaign. We’re looking forward to mastering its mechanics.
Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r] will come out for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on February 21, 2020.
Conan Chop Chop
Originally conceived as an April Fool’s joke, Funcom and Mighty Kingdom are making Conan Chop Chop into a reality in February. Featuring co-op support for up to four players, a diverse cast of warrior gods, epic quests, and multiple worlds, there’s no shortage of things to do. We’re especially looking forward to mastering its combo system and amassing all of its loot.
Conan Chop Chop will come out for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on February 25, 2020.
Street Fighter V: Champion Edition
Capcom’s Street Fighter V may have had a rocky start when it launched back in 2016, but the upcoming release of Street Fighter V: Champion Edition seems to have ironed out the kinks. This upgrade features 40 characters, 34 stages and over 200 costumes, along with balance updates and new V-Skills. We’re especially looking forward to trying out Seth, which will now be available in the roster.
Street Fighter V: Champion Edition will come out for the PlayStation 4 and PC on February 14, 2020.
Warriors Orochi 4 Ultimate
A re-release of Warriors Orochi 4, Koei Tecmo’s Warriors Orochi 4 Ultimate brings with it new Scenarios, new Sacred Treasures, the reincarnation system of Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate, and a gameplay challenge called Infinity Mode. We’re especially looking forward to trying out the seven new playable additions to the roster, which includes Gaia, Hades, Yang Jian, and even Ryu Hayabusa.
Warriors Orochi 4 Ultimate will come out for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on February 14, 2020.
Bayonetta and Vanquish 10th Anniversary Bundle
A collection of two of PlatinumGames’ classics, SEGA is releasing the Bayonetta and Vanquish 10th Anniversary Bundle in February. These two titles will be in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second, and features two titles for the price of one. We’re especially looking forward to playing through these titles once more, which can both be considered cult classics.
The Bayonetta and Vanquish 10th Anniversary Bundle will come out for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on February 18, 2020.
Players will be able to be the galactic hero (or villain) of their dreams when Obsidian Entertainment, Virtuos Games, and Private Division’s The Outer Worlds comes to the Nintendo Switch on March 6.
An action RPG featuring a first-person perspective, The Outer Worlds features an alternate reality where megacorporations are beginning to colonize and terraform alien planets. Players will wake up from a cryosleep and will take on different missions set across the Halcyon galaxy, filling out your ship with various outlaws and outcasts.
You can view the announcement trailer below:
The Outer Worlds – Announcement Trailer – Nintendo Switch
The title will retail for $59.99 and will be available as both a boxed version with a code to download the game and as a digital download through the Nintendo eShop.
You can read our review of the PlayStation 4 version here (we scored it favorably).
A bonus of up to GTA$2,000,000 awaits all players that log into Rockstar Games’ GTA Online between January 30 to February 5, and February 6 to February 12.
All those that play the title between January 30 and February 5 can earn themselves GTA$1,000,000. If that’s not enough, those that return next week between February 6 and February 12 can get themselves another GTA$1,000,000. This bonus cash will be deposited in your Maze Bank account within 72 hours of play.
New to the title this week is the suave Albany V-STR sports car. Players will be able to grab it starting today from Legendary Motorsport.
For those looking to get a little something extra, Target Assault Races will pay out double this week, and Motor Wars will feature 2X GTA$ & RP during the same time period. Deadline will also deliver twice the GTA$ and RP rewards until February 5, and VIP/CEO Work and Challenges will all paying out double this week as well.
Those that swing by The Diamond Casino & Resort and give the Lucky Wheel a spin can get the chance to win cash, RP, clothing and more. This week’s top prize is the Pegassi Oppressor.
For those looking for something new to add to their wardrobe, Yellow Dog with Cone is making their t-shirts, chain and slip-on loafers available to all players.
Players will also be able to take 40% off the following:
Weaponized Vehicle Workshops
Imponte Ruiner 2000
BF Ramp Buggy
BF Dune FAV
Declasse Weaponized Tampa
Vom Feuer Anti-Aircraft Trailer
Karin Technical Aqua
Karin Technical Custom
HVY Insurgent Pick-Up
HVY Insurgent Pick-Up Custom
Finally, Twitch Prime member that link their account with the Rockstar Games Social Club can get themselves the Pixel Pete’s Arcade property in Paleto Bay for free via rebate within 72 hours. Linked Twitch Prime members can also take 80% off the price of the Buckingham Pyro and Rhino Tank, and an extra bonus 10% off the previously listed discounts.
In a world ravaged by war, the remnants of humanity fight to survive. Battling over resources and land, the struggling survivors fight to overcome harsh deserts and deadly automatons. Arc of Alchemist follows the story of Major Quinn, the leader of a small battalion sent to retrieve the Great Power – a mysterious power said to hold the ability to save the Earth.
In the brief 10-15 hour story, you learn of humanity’s attempts to save the Earth before generations of environmental abuse pushed it to near extinction. The attempts were not successful, and Earth has become a near endless desert with minimal life and dwindling hope.
Arc Of Alchemist Review
Unfortunately, that’s about as far into the story I can venture before touching on spoiler territory. It’s a very short story for an RPG, with much of it feeling rushed and unfinished due to the lack of time given to invest into the narrative. As you begin your adventure, you’re introduced to Major Quinn and her battalion of fighters, each brilliantly voiced but lacking in visual character and charm. It’s a group that clearly has a history, a reason for being so loyal and caring toward one another, but it’s an aspect of the narrative rarely explored.
During certain parts of the game, when you return to base, you’ll often see a conversation or event between some of the characters. However, these are so detached from the main story that it often undermines the seriousness and tone of the adventure. There’s nothing like a pointless, comedic conversation between a man and his cat to really undermine the fact you just lost a battle that could have doomed all of humanity to extinction.
Arc of Alchemist’s shortfalls continue, and are present throughout the entire experience. The visuals are poor, the animations rigid, and any hope of being visually impressed disappears when the game struggles to maintain a decent FPS. Using a PlayStation 4 Pro to play a game that would not look out of place on the PlayStation 2, and still suffering serious frame issues…there’s no excuse. It’s embarrassingly poor from a technical standpoint.
Sticking to the trend of feeling outdated and lacking in creativity or innovation, Arc of Alchemist’s combat is mindless hack and slash with very little variety. There’s a good selection of weapon types, but each falls into the same mindless trope: a primary attack, a secondary attack, and a couple of combinations. Almost every enemy encounter is over in seconds, until the game decides to randomly throw a boss at you, often wiping your party out in seconds – forcing a tactical retreat and a rethinking of tactics.
That in itself could be rewarding, but it’s a simple matter of returning to base and spending some resources on increasing your parties stats, learning new passive abilities, and improving the facilities at your base to purchase higher tiered gear and items. The entire game is the same from start to finish. You run around needlessly huge areas, void of anything interesting, gathering materials, only to eventually encounter a difficult enemy before returning to base and improving your stats and equipment.
Hardcore JRPG fans will likely enjoy customizing the base, upgrading the facilities, and perhaps even the simplicity …
Want to remove the dirt that covers some chests in Arc of Alchemist? This guide on How To Clear Dirt Mounds In Arc Of Alchemist will tell you exactly how far you have to progress before you unlock the ability to remove the dirt mounds that cover some chests.
As you have probably guessed already, the dirt mounds are another form of Gimmick. In Arc of Alchemist, Gimmicks are special parts of the map that require you to solve a puzzle or to use a specific ability in order to interact with the Gimmick to either progress through the area or unlock some cool rewards, items, and materials. The Dirt Mount Gimmick is seen fairly early in the game but when you first discover the dirty covered chests, you lack the ability to clear the dirt.
How To Clear Dirt Mounds In Arc Of Alchemist
You must follow the main story. After a couple of large maps, filled with difficult enemies, you will reach the Abyssal Valley. In this part of the story you are looking for the Great Power alongside another group of rivals. Eventually you will encounter a robot in the story that you are not strong enough to kill. A member of the rival party will sacrifice themselves so that you are your battalion can escape.
The next objective has you returning to this same area except this time, you will be faced with a Sandstorm. Erin will give you a special item as a token of her trust, the Wind Orb. Slot this into your LunaGear and you will have the ability to use the Wind Orbs power. Use the power to blow the dirt away that covers the chest. You are now able to open the chest and claim the loot from within.
Stumped by the tornado like sandstorms blocking your path? In this guide on How To Get Past Sandstorms In Arc Of Alchemist we’ll tell you where you need to go to obtain the special Wind Orb that gives you the ability to clear the Sandstorms that block your path and so you can progress.
Sandstorms in Arc of the Alchemist are part of the Gimmicks mechanic of the game. On nearly every map, as you continue to progress through the main campaign story, you will encounter obstacles that block your path and impede your progress – these obstacles are called Gimmicks. Each Gimmick requires you to solve a short puzzle or utilize elemental orbs in order to activate the Gimmick so that it allows you to continue on your journey,
How To Get Past Sandstorms In Arc Of Alchemist
Follow on the main story until you reach the Abyssal Valley. It’s quite a large map so it can take some time to progress through. You will see Sandstorms all over here, blocking various paths and progress in a number of locations. When you first encounter Sandstorms, you do not have the ability to get passed them.
Carry on with the story until after the robot fight, it’s a unique robot fight that the story stops you from completing. Shortly after this you will ally with Erin and her friends. It is at this point that you are given another special LunaGear, the Wind Orb.
With this new and exciting power at your disposal you are now able to use the Wind Orb in your LunaGear to clear any Sandstorm that previously blocked your path. And that’s How To Get Past Sandstorms In Arc Of Alchemist.
Want to remove the electric or lightning lines that blocks your path? In this guide on How To Get Past Electricity In Arc Of Alchemist we tell you have to remove this troublesome Gimmick from blocking your path, so you can continue to progress and sometimes, find the loot hidden behind the obstacle.
Arc of the Alchemist features multiple, large, open areas that you can explore. Often this are the path to progress in the story but there’s also a hidden cache of loot, collectibles, items, and materials hidden away behind special Gimmicks. Gimmicks are special names in Arc of Alchemist, given to very specific objectives that block your path. They are miniature puzzles, tasking players with figuring out the correct usage of elements via the LunaGear and special orbs that you can find.
How To Get Past Electricity In Arc Of Alchemist
One of the many Gimmicks you will encounter is a field of lightning, marked by electrical lines zipping across the screen and blocking your path of progress. The electric Gimmick is one of the more unique ones in Arc of Alchemist as it’s unlike the others. Whereas ice can always be melted by fire, mist can always be frozen by water, the method to solving the electric Gimmick puzzles is different every time as the electricity itself is not the Gimmick.
There is a single piece of continuity with the electric Gimmick, a fuse box.
While each electric Gimmick is different, each of them has a fuse box. For this particular puzzle, I had to use my Water orb to freeze some mist so I could pass and find the location of the fuse box. That’s exactly the same for all lightning Gimmicks. Search nearby for a fuse box, paying special attention to other Gimmicks that may hold the route to the fuse box.
Steam like Mist is one of the many Gimmicks that block your path in Arc of Alchemist. This guide explains How To Get Past Mist In Arc Of Alchemist as it’s a Gimmick that appears before you’re able to solve the puzzle, but you can get past before too long.
In Arc of Alchemist Gimmicks are special interaction options scattered across the map, throughout the entire game. In the initial stages of the game you’re introduced to some basic Gimmicks, a sort of tutorial breaking you in to how the system works. This is first seen early in the game when you use your Fire LunaGear to burn ice surrounding chests and other items. These Gimmicks evolve throughout the game, requiring different LunaGears and sometimes different combinations in order to solve so you can progress.
How To Get Past Mist In Arc Of Alchemist
You need the Water LunaGear before you are able to pass the steam-like mist in Arc of Alchemist. Orbs are special items that can be discovered, granting you new power once you place them into your LunaGear. You need to progress through the main story, following the objectives in the Encroaching Sands. Towards the end of the area, you will encounter an Event on the map. This event has your team discover the Water Orb.
Once you have unlocked the Water Orb, you can use it on a nearby steam vent to stop the steam so you can grab the chest. This is the same for the mist that you discovered earlier in the area. Now you can use the Water Orb on your LunaGear to create a frozen puddle, allowing you to cross the mist with ease.
And that’s How To Get Past Mist In Arc Of Alchemist. Below is a quick breakdown:
Those subscribed to PlayStation Plus can get themselves Bioshock: The Collection, The Sims 4, and Firewall Zero Hour in February.
A remastered collection of 2K Games’ BioShock series, Bioshock: The Collection includes BioShock, BioShock 2, and BioShock Infinite. All titles run in 1080p at 60 frames per second, and the challenge game modes from all three releases (along with the Museum of Orphaned Concepts) is also included.
The Sims 4 from EA Games and Maxis gives players the chance to craft a number of different Sims that all have their own personalities, appearances, and emotions. Along the way, players will be able to travel between worlds, explore a variety of unique neighborhoods, and explore different venues.
Finally, Firewall Zero Hour is a squad-based shooter that has players choosing from one of 12 contractors. The ultimate goal is to work as a team and either obtain or protect valuable data that is found on a laptop.
Learn more with the trailer below:
PS Plus February | Bioshock: The Collection + The Sims 4 + Firewall Zero Hour