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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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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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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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Monster Hunter: World Gets DMC Crossover w/ Trailer As Popularity Remains Sky High

Monster Hunter: World and Fortnite are currently topping charts as some of the most popular games in the world (only second to perhaps the Grand Theft Auto series in total sales, but likely more active than even that game’s online mode).

Right now we are seeing a great time for crossover content in games with Final Fantasy receiving Assassin’s Creed characters stepping into the world as well as other Square Enix properties such as Laura Croft making her appearance in the FF world. Continuing that new age legacy is Capcom with the Devil May Cry crossover for Monster Hunter: World, a game that is taking the planet by storm.

For many years gamers in Japan, US, and Europe (other countries don’t count, JK) have been enjoying the MH series but it was usually portable. Gamers of all kinds, long-time fans of MH or not, had longed for a chance to experience the title in high-fidelity quality on a home console again. With Monster Hunter: World they finally got their chance. Capcom took a huge risk making this game as the costs are a lot higher than usual MH games and many financial experts had predicted that the series was mostly a Japan phenomenon relying on Japan’s high volume of portable game sales. Fortunately for all parties involved, it turns out that was a false prediction, the game is a massive hit and by all accounts a good game.

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Video Game Deals Ongoing Right Now [US] (Week of 1/7/2018)

Some are worried recently about Microsoft’s light lineup forecast for the year, with confusion around the lackluster launch of the Xbox One X. New Rumors have led to a persistent belief that Microsoft is currently shopping around IP to invest in to fix that problem. The company is searching for the right partner to create the next Xbox exclusive games through exclusivity contracts which have not been used much this console generation but were a major theme of the PlayStation 3 vs Xbox 360 console wars.

Currently there’s more than a handful of deals going on in the United States video games market. Everything from games to computer parts and even the consoles themselves have a discount one place or another. Perhaps it’s an after-shock from the New Year and Christmas, or maybe it’s in precedence of upcoming rumored hardware in the next few years. Either way, it’s always a great time to get deeper into gaming, and these deals offer up the chance for gamers to get more bang for their buck now.

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New Monster Hunter: World Trailer Shows 5th Generation Elder Dragons

Plus All Locations, Monsters, Weapons Monster Hunter: World Info RoundUp:

Recently featured in our article about the Games of January 2018 and trending in polls among readers as one of their Most Anticipated Games, Monster Hunter: World is a title that brings a traditionally renowned franchise into a new existence among 4K Gaming quality graphics with highly smooth online gameplay experiences. The dream come true for many home console players who have always hoped for an ultimate vision of what Monster Hunter could be if given true home console power rather than only handheld gaming as its platform for a change.

Co-Op will become even more of a focus than ever as the PlayStation community gets their hands on what fans of home gaming and Monster Hunter have always hoped for all along. Monster Hunter: World is a massive return to form with a modern twist from developer / publisher Capcom, who has been reigniting passion in more than one of their franchises lately. The company is doing great to be part of a wave of Japanese game development studios staging a huge takeover and comeback in the game industry.

Releasing Worldwide on Friday, January 26, 2018 in North America, Japan, and Europe, Monster Hunter: World will feature Sword and Shield, Dual Blades, Great Sword, Long Sword, Hammer, Hunting Horn, Lance, Gunlance, Switch Axe, Insect Glaive, Charge Blade, Light Bowgun, Heavy Bowgun, and the Bow as far as weapon choices go. Confirmed Monsters in the game so far include Barnos, Gajau, Girros, Grimalkyne, Jagras, Kestodon, Mernos, Noios, Anjanath, Great Girros, Great Jagras, Jyuratodus, Kulu-Ya-Ku, Legiana, Nergigante, Odogaron, Paolumu, Pukei-Pukei, Radobaan, Tzitzi-Ya-Ku , Tobi-Kadachi, and Zorah Magdaros.

Continue reading below for all locations in the game and which locations will feature each sort of enemy as well as artwork for each area and the newly released Elder Dragons artwork and trailer which came out in English today.

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January Gaming 2018: Video Games For Every Gamer, Every Month

With this year shaping up to be loaded with so many great releases, it would be easy for early year content to get swept up in the mix. Here is a list of some upcoming 2018 games that you won’t have to wait around for pining, watching paint dry.

While many Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 users have realized at this point, their consoles will be favored among developers looking to get the most bang for their buck. Whether its PlayStation VR support, PS4 Pro 4K textures, or the ability to pick up and go on Switch.

In this case, we’ve also included the latest upcoming HTC Vive and Oculus Rift / Oculus Touch VR Games for your January 2018 perusal. This month there appears to be something for everyone, and it’s only just getting started.

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