Atelier Lydie & Suelle ~ The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings 1.01 Update Released in North America

The latest alchemy role playing game from development studio Gust recently received its first patch in North America. This 1.01 patch adds significant gameplay upgrades to the existing base game which we found to be very fun and addictive in our Launch Week Impressions of the PlayStation 4 Pro edition.

Update 1.01, which released in Japan some time back, adds in 3 new skills for each playable character, increases boss fight levels from 100 to 200, and most importantly allows players to level up to 100 instead of just 50 as most previous titles restricted the game to.

While some of the other features in future patches of the Japanese version of this game were already included in the title at launch, such as background music from past Atelier games, there is still expected to be more forthcoming content both for free and paid in regards to the game’s DLC path.

This is including, but not limited to; even more nostalgic music from the franchise, additional boss fights such as Sophie, Nights of Azure 2 crossover content, high end recipes, more exploration equipment, adding rare items to the game, a special merchant, more playable characters such as Lucia, more outfits including swimsuits, a secret recipe book containing various elements from past Atelier games, quests that can be used to grind/farm large amounts of XP or Coll, and more.

There’s even special events for characters, new areas, and powerful trinkets. Publishing house Koei Tecmo and development studio Gust have done a fantastic job of bringing over this localized version of the game to North America. And, even though there is no English dubbed version of the game, fans can rest assured that the Japanese voice acting has been paired with decent English subtitles.

Our full review is still on the way, as the game itself contains dozens upon dozens of hours of storyline content, side-quest content, and a generally open challenge for creating the best and most efficient alchemy recipes. Mysterious Paintings is a game that keeps on giving and is available now on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation Vita, and Windows PC (via Steam).

Darwin Project (PC, XO) 1.8.3 Hands-On Impressions

If you’ve ever imagined the anxiety of trying to keep warm, well nourished, craft weapons, dominate zones, and face off against online opponents all betting on being the last player standing – you’ve come to the right place. In Darwin Project you’ll experience a game-show style, early access battle royale game based on nature and unlike any other.

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South Korea punishes game companies for lootboxes with ₩1 Billion Won ($945,200 US Dollars) in fines

With governments around the world finally picking up the slack on their tech knowledge and holding corporate giants accountable for data breaches as well as predatory, anti-consumer practices, South Korea joins the United Kingdom, United States of America, Belgium, and Australia in educating their politicians and going after those tech companies which abuse their power.

An investigation has began to expand in the video games sector of corporate crime as reported by outlets in the sovereign nation just south of the famous conflict zone and they aren’t taking lightly to lootboxes in which players wager money against a desired outcome.

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Ex-PlayStation CEO Jack Tretton working against gamers, How the mighty have fallen

Perhaps those politely written goodbyes from Sony and Jack Tretton four years ago were not all that genuine. We don’t know what really led to the end of Jack’s reign as PlayStation CEO for Sony. Helping turn around the PlayStation 3 through serving gamers and re-branding the console with tons of pro-consumer moves and solid game studio investments, perhaps the executive behind those well written speeches got sick of all that customer service. Instead, Jack Tretton now joins a group of vultures in predatory practices against gamers on the board of directors at a company called Scientific Revenue which offers to get players spending double the usual amount on in-game purchases, lootboxes, micro-transactions, DLC, and more.

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Another up-to-date look at Terraria Otherworld

! Update: On April 13, 2018 Re-Logic announced that work on the Terraria Otherworld project was discontinued and the game’s final version has been cancelled. They’ve listed a number of reasons why and Lessons They’ve Learned on their official blog.

Awhile ago I wrote an article in regard to Terraria Otherworld. Well after a bit of waiting here’s a lot more information regarding this game. Terraria Otherworld’s alpha was released a few years ago. From first glance some would say it is just a remake of Terraria but that is definitely not true.

On this 3 year anniversary since its original announcement, and several months after a new management team has taken over the project, let’s take an up-to-date look at how this game turned out. In fact Terraria Otherworld adds some, if not many, new features, such as vital NPCs.

Many, many other mechanics and items also turn the original formula of Terraria on its head and give a new experience. Some of which are a new Skill Tree Mechanic. One example being, if a player prefers a certain combat style (i.e. melee, ranged, magic.) then the player will see said skill improve over time with constant use of those types of weapons.

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Rainbow Moon Revisited

Recently PlayStation Network had a massive sale on various titles including Rainbow Moon and I took this as an opportunity to check out a unique looking turn-based SRPG (strategy role playing game) which I normally might not have given a chance to. I selected hard mode and an adventurous start, which in this game means you literally embark on a new world with no items other than the most basic sword to begin with. The resulting hours of gameplay were fascinating and left me wondering why I haven’t heard more about this game before.

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Why you’re wrong, Radical Heights isn’t like other Battle Royale games

Tomorrow, Radical Heights brings NEW features to the concept of Battle Royale games, and Boss Key Productions is the first company with the bravery to get creative in this new, explosively popular sub-genre of online shooter mayhem.

Fresh off the heels of the currently most popular sub-genre in gaming, Radical Heights was announced today by Boss Key Productions. An American game company, Boss Key is best known for recently admitting defeat in the attempt to get LawBreakers popular, and their pseudo-celebrity (Gears of War Creator) Cliffy B. Even though players are probably already thinking negative thoughts about a game they haven’t even tried yet – I urge you gamers, try it. It’s free and we’ve seen a great mind at work with lot’s of positive fan reception in LawBreakers. While it’s a shame that the title will need to go free-to-play and be completely revamped, possibly never gaining a steady player-base, that doesn’t mean Boss Key has nothing to offer. We’ve already got gameplay footage to check out, and the underdog effect in place.

More importantly, this game is nothing like what you’ve played before. Instead of just copying the Battle Royale formula, Boss Key Productions has shown that they have the guts needed to bring truly exciting and original design ideas to the genre that could’ve been sent to its doom quicker than every flash-in-the-pan fad that came before it.

The premise is something different from what we’ve heard before. A reality television game show called Reality Heights is a phenomenon in the world in which players kill to gather up cash and spend it, or bank it overseas, throughout the ultimate search for guns and gear. Washed up folks who need some hope in life might come here, psychopaths who don’t fit in elsewhere could show up, but others just want to have some fun and live life in the fast lane.

CASH FLOW

Everything from the reason you naturally want to keep playing to the details of how each match will play out are different, and perhaps better, than other BR games.

In this game you’ll be able to earn tons of money and get items that you actually want with it. You’ll won’t be creating a new, addicting, anti-consumer habit with $20 costumes that just get replaced next week but instead an actual gamer’s game with plenty of in-game stuff to earn and brag about and destroy with. It’s been a while since a game came out with a real focus on the gamers, and it’s refreshing that Boss Key plans to keep the cash flowing in Radical Heights.

Cash Is King – Carry Over Your Earnings

With heavy influences from the 1980s and 90s, particularly ballad rock and social commentaries, this game is set to bring some new ideas to the genre. Instead of only relying on scavenging and starting from scratch every time, players will be able to carry over cash found in-game. They’ll still have to start each match with $0 in-hand while fighting to survive and get to areas where they can buy the weapons they want. However, cash can be banked and carried over to the prize room. This introduces a more iterative gameplay experience while still challenging the skill levels of players and maintaining a fair and universal playing field.

This is something we haven’t seen in Battle Royale yet, and likely ahead of the trend since titles from large companies will soon try their hand at the newly famous game mode as well. For this reason it is clear that Boss Key isn’t just trying to ride on the fame of other titles but instead is a derivative product aiming to add new perspectives and features to the concept of Battle Royale games. Risk and Reward aims to be a much more important idea in Radical Heights and you’re now fighting for something more important than just costumes. In addition to the aforementioned features players can personalize their own showroom with the money they make.

Unique Game Show Moments

Things like “Spin The Wheel” or “What’s Behind Door #1?” become decisions players must make within the madness of a sprawling, open-world shooter where you all die one day and you only live to tell about it if you’re on a crazy run. These additional experience enhancements will happen randomly, are unpredictable, and while they won’t give you an unfair advantage – they will help in your quest for victory. The risk of pursuing such moments also opens up the chance for others to take in the reward of denying you that victory by assaulting you afterwards, so be careful out there!

Unconventional Warfare Weaponry

It’s a game show in which something like a trampoline could even end up having way more to do with your death than you thought. It’s not too serious of a simulation, so confetti bombs and remote explosives are featured as well as inflatable decoys. The many gadgets in the game that players think up during this X-Treme Early Access development stage will best be understood by those who get in the game early, so be ready to play tomorrow.

Fame System, Custom Kill-Cards

Hundreds of items exist in the game that can be purchased by currency that you only get by actually playing the game! Sure, there’s some cosmetic items too. But besides that, players will explore in order to acquire, kill in order to gain, and collect to spend gratuitous amounts of Benjamin Franklins for upgrading their show room, enhancing their arsenal at weapon stations, customizing their character, kill cards, and more.

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Resident Evil VII Revisited

His wife was thought to be dead for the past three years, missing, lied to her husband, in over her head in some sinister abduction scenario in the swampy bayou of Louisiana. Now against all better judgment he must pursue the smallest chance that she’s still alive, or at the very least find out what happened to her. But when she sent communications back home and told him to stay away, it was for good reason…

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Fortnite Easter Update Removes 30FPS Option & Adds Guided Missiles at 1am PT (4am ET)

Fortnite shattered records when top streamer Ninja reached over 1 million viewers on Twitch during a livestream with Drake. Shortly after that, YouTube Gaming Director Ryan Wyatt announced that Rubiu5 consolidated 1.1 million concurrent viewers with over 42 million total live views for a Fortnite: Battle Royale tournament. All in all, the world’s biggest game just keeps on getting bigger. With Epic Games themselves reporting over 3 million concurrent players at once on a single platform (PC) and at last estimates over 50 million registered player accounts total, the growth seems unstoppable. March 30 marks another milestone for the title as the 3.4.1 update releases with new weaponry, bug fixes, updates to the game’s core mechanics, and more.

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PUBG is married to China, smaller map coming, and creator regrets bad mouthing Fortnite

For many battle royale players around the world, PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds remains the game of choice. Enjoying its new home with over 5 million registered players on the Xbox ONE game console in USA, Europe, Canada, etc., PUBG is remaining a household name and changing itself for the better. A smaller 16km² map will soon release giving quicker paced rounds to players.

But not all of the changes happening to PUBG are what you’d expect, and the direction of the game is not really aimed at pleasing its western world audience. When the reality of this game is analyzed it becomes more obvious that China is PUBG’s area of focus, and with good reason.

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