Mass Effect: Andromeda shows off gameplay footage.

Mass Effect: Andromeda puts you in the role of the Pathfinder; an elite soldier, explorer and guide tasked with finding humanity a new home an uncharted galaxy. From arresting visuals and thrilling combat, to epic story and characters, Mass Effect: Andromeda is truly the next generation of Action/RPG gaming.
Mass Effect: Andromeda – Coming Spring 2017 to PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, and Xbox One

Ubisoft not COMPLETELY crazy with those Assassin’s Creed 2 remaster NPCs?

Reddit user SupJamChan recently uploaded a video explaining his thoughts on why maybe we should hold off on blindly listening to the internet to fuel our hatred. As many have seen, the Ezio Collection remastered package has a few…glitches.

The video goes on to show that while Ubisoft didn’t…exactly do anything wrong with this NPC’s face, they did ignore other multitude of glitches that plagued the original. So they’re not exactly off the hook yet.

Manami Matsumae makes for a Mega Musical hero!

Manami Matsumae is a legendary composer. You might recognize her music from Mega Man, Shovel Knight, or the new Mighty No. 9. So when we got the chance to ask her some questions, even in Japanese (Wth the help of my friend Andrew and Manami’s co-worker), I jumped at it.

You can hear my favorite track by her above, incidentally. 

You can find the full interview below! Continue to interview…

Miitomo is great, but these 7 Tricks would perfect it!

It’s safe to say that Miitomo has taken social media by storm. Everywhere I look, people are posting Miifotos, talking about it, answering questions and telling their friends. And it’s totally obvious why! Miitomo is the perfect simple Social Network. Learn more about your friends in a silly, not entirely-awkward way! But…it COULD be better. There’s a few small kinks that I have, but I think I’ve come up with a few work around.

WHY CAN’T WE BE FRIENDS?!

Bringing all my friends from Facebook and Twitter is fantastic, and I love seeing a new friend request pop up. And seeing friends of friends pop up is great too! However… I’ve noticed that it’s somewhat difficult to find my Facebook and Twitter friends in the suggested friends. There’s a few work-arounds for this, such as separating the suggested into “Facebook” “Twitter” and “You May Know” categories. Another option would maybe be a “Not Now” button on the suggested friends list. This would do something like dismiss the mutual friend notification for a while, but not completely ignore it.

Friends should be Friendly! I give gifts to my friends! 
After playing Miitomo Drop, I’ve got SO many cat sweaters and skirts. Now, I’m a dashing gentleman. But I can’t really pull off a skirt. So why can’t I give my friends any duplicates or items that I don’t want? A simple gifting option or even a trading option would make having extras or items you don’t want a lot more tolerable, perhaps making it impossible to trade or gift an item if they already have that item.

THERE’S TOO MUCH! MAKE IT STOP!

I, like many others, set up push notifications when I set up Miitomo. This has led to basically non-stop notifications. A way to set up that you only receive notifications from certain friends to limit the amount of notifications. Perhaps with a “Best Friends” feature. If you and another friend both select to be “Best Friends” then perhaps that unlocks the ability to send gifts, select to receive notifications from them, and possibly other features.

JUST LET ME TALK TO MY FRIENDS! 

Such as…a Direct Messaging system. With Miitomo truly feeling like a social networking platform, perhaps now would be the best time to bring something like Swapnote back? Perhaps only with Twitter and Facebook-matched friends, the risk of strangers is a bit lessened. Bring back Nikki, bring back SwapNote, and introduce a proper messaging system.

This game seems to have a lack of..games. 

Though Miitomo Drop is a ton of fun, it gets a bit old after a bit. Introducing a few new small new minigames would be a great introduction. Perhaps bring the Badge Catcher from Badge Arcade, a pinball style game, or maybe even a simple multiplayer game. What would these different games get you? Well…

CUSTOMIZE MII CAPTAIN!

Miitomo has a ton of customization options, and is all about showing your personality and style to the world. What if you could add a customized room to that? Maybe the games above could nab you sweet things like wallpapers, carpets, furniture sets, or even potentially special themed music. It would make visiting friends into an even more unique experience.

I just can’t stop dying! 

One of the biggest complaints I have with Miitomo is that my battery won’t stop dying! While I am using the app a bit more than normal, I’ve heard similar from multiple other users that the battery just can’t last while Miitomo is running, even while in the background. While there is a Power Saver mode, it does cut performance pretty hard. A bit more optimization might not be the worst thing to happen to Miitomo.

While all of these are just my personal wish list I honestly feel like they’d make Miitomo a more complete game. What features would YOU like to see in Miitomo?

Hyperkin Announces Turbo HD – What!?

Our friends over at Hyperkin have finally spoken up on the rumored Turbo HD, releasing a full PR (found below). While I am a bit young for the TurboGrafx, I’ve always stared longingly at them at our local retro store. With a handful of great games, the chance to play the TurboGrafx games on the go will be one of the biggest advantages to Hyperkin’s awesome new device. We can’t wait to get one of these in our hands and play around with them! Check out the full press release below, and let us know what TurboGrafx game YOU want to play!

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March 31st, 2016 (LOS ANGELES, Calif.) On March 31st, Hyperkin, a video game hardware developer from Los Angeles, has announced they will be developing the Turbo HD, a handheld console compatible with TurboGrafx-16 (PC Engine in Japan) games – otherwise known as HuCards. Click on to read the full PR…

THE EDF DEPLOYS! XSEED GAMES UNLEASHES EARTH DEFENSE FORCE 2: INVADERS FROM PLANET SPACE FOR “PSVITA” & EARTH DEFENSE FORCE 4.1: THE SHADOW OF NEW DESPAIR FOR PLAYSTATION 4!

A fan favorite, Earth Defense Force is always a bit…off the rails. The new titles don’t disappoint either, but I’ll let the press release talk for itself:

Torrance, Calif. – December 8, 2015 – XSEED Games, the independent-minded publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc., today announced that the newest additions to D3 Publisher’s renowned third-person action series, Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space for the PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system and Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, are now available across North America for retail and digital purchase at an MSRP of $29.99 and $49.99 respectively.

“We’re pleased to be able to provide North American gamers with the opportunity to experience one of the most beloved releases in the Earth Defense Force series, Earth Defense Force 2, as well as a fresh take on EDF 2025 with Earth Defense Force 4.1,” said Nobuyuki Okajima, producer at D3 Publisher, widely regarded as the series’  “Supreme Commander.” “The original developers at Sandlot have done truly marvelous work in revitalizing both titles, and have included an abundance of new content that EDF fans and newcomers alike will enjoy.”

For the rest of the PR, along with some amazing screenshots…
Click on to read the full PR…

First screenshots from Blood and Wine, the second expansion for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

CD PROJEKT RED, right off the heels of their wins at The Game Awards, have announced the second expansion for Witcher 3, and man. They’ve started it out strong.

CD PROJEKT RED, creators of The Witcher series of games, have just released the first two screenshots from the upcoming expansion to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — Blood and Wine. The expansion is slated for release in the first half of 2016. The studio has also announced that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has collectively garnered over 300 awards, including a Golden Joystick for Ultimate Game of the Year, and The Game Award for Game of the Year.

“2015 is almost behind us. It’s a great year for open world games and a fantastic time for The Witcher. A year of intense work for the team and a time filled with many personal victories for everyone involved in a project that received more than 300 awards so far (wow!). We overcame so many obstacles to get to this point, and we’ve always done it with gamers rooting for us. It’s your year, too!,” said Konrad Tomaszkiewicz, Game Director, CD PROJEKT RED. “Blood and Wine, the second expansion for The Witcher 3, is on the horizon. It’s a massive new land to explore, visually unlike anything you saw in Wild Hunt or Hearts of Stone, and it too is brimming with stories we want you to discover,” adds Tomaszkiewicz.

Blood and Wine is a 20-hour tale that will introduce the all-new in-game region of Toussaint, will take Geralt to a land untainted by war, where an atmosphere of carefree indulgence and knightly ritual masks an ancient, bloody secret. Currently, Blood and Wine is available for purchase as part of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Expansion Pass — more information available here.

Dust off Your Gold Chains and Break out the Party Favors, Yakuza 0 is Coming to the Americas

Get ready for the world of Yakuza in full HD, Yakuza is coming to the PS4 and the PS3! Check out the PR now!

IRVINE, Calif. – Dec. 5, 2015 – The 1980s in Japan were defined by unprecedented amounts of decadent overindulgence – and nothing was out of greed’s reach, especially in Kamurocho. A chilly but electric Tokyo in December 1988 is the backdrop for Kazuma Kiryu’s ascension into the ranks of the Yakuza – the name given to members of notorious crime organizations. And with Yakuza 0, newcomers to SEGA® of America, Inc.’s Yakuza series will be able to get in on the ground floor, with the game’s standalone, story-driven action that focuses on navigating the seedy underworld of Japan with series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu, and for the first time in a numbered title, players will be able to play as long-time NPC, Goro Majima – the Mad Dog of Shimano. Available on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the game will be localized and released as physical and digital versions in the Americas.

Click on to read the full PR…

Psychonauts 2 to be Crowd-Funded, coming soon!

Standing on stage the Video Game Awards in Los Angeles tonight, Double Fine Productions President and CEO Tim Schafer announced the launch of a Psychonauts 2 crowdfunding campaign on new games crowdfunding site Fig.

“Our fans constantly ask us to make Psychonauts 2, and often we’ve talked about doing it” said Schafer “The problem is that through traditional means we’ve never been able to raise a budget high enough to do it justice. When we crowdfunded Broken Age in 2012 and broke all the records with the amount we raised, it really showed me the power of our community, and it made me think… maybe we can do this, maybe we could make Psychonauts 2 this way!”

Click on to read the full PR…

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