Starlord Prepares To Take On Thanos In The First Telltale Guardians Of The Galaxy Trailer

Telltale has released the first trailer for the first episode of its upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy game series.

The trailer gives you a chance to hear the game’s voice cast, which is different from the film, and teases confrontations with Thanos. Groot also says his famous catchphrase, “Hello. I am a tree creature. I am very tall.” The first episode, Tangled Up In Blue, will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, iOS, and Android on April 18.

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For more on Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy, head here.

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (March 30, 2017)

Another week, another Blog Herding – and a good one, at that. So what are
you waiting for? Get reading!

Community Blogs
For March 23 – March 29:

Wolfenstein:
What Would Have Really Happened If He Won?

StarterPack gives his take on alternate history – something I love about
Wolfenstein games – and does his best to analyze what may have happened if Germany won World War II. It’s an interesting read for alternate-history buffs.

100th
Blog Post? Wanna Hear a Secret?

Haley Shipley loves The Legend of Zelda – to the
point where she wrote an entire series of blogs on the women of the franchise. Well, now that
she has reached 100 blogs in just over year, she’s telling us a secret: a Zelda
game is not her favorite game. I was a little shocked, but what she chose is
super cool.

A
Brief Exchange With David Baggett, Co-creator of Crash Bandicoot

Jonathan Harrison was able to ask one of the creators of Crash Bandicoot about early
versions of the game. What we learn is a neat story about level design and
securing demos against thieves. I’ve not read about this before, so I found it
to be very fascinating.

Top
5 Forgotten Gems

Okay, so StarterPack’s list is an…interesting one. But he backs up the choices
with some sound reasoning. Just for fun, off the top of my head, here are five
forgotten gems I think deserve more love: Robot Alchemical Drive, Shadow
Hearts: Covenant, and… okay I would have to think on that more, but anyway, there
are a lot of forgotten gems out there!

In
Honor To Blog Herding

GerardoExber has been one of our most prolific bloggers since I’ve run Blog
Herding. It is difficult to believe it has been so long. This is not only an
ode to the feature, but to the writing process, and the community – those who
make it what it is. I’m super happy that
I am able to put the feature together each week and read what the community
writes.

Community Reviews:

Review:
Horizon Zero Dawn

Brendon Curzio is here to tell you what many people believe – that Horizon is a
beautiful game that excels at pitting human versus machine. I only played about
two hours of the game before Breath of the Wild hit, but even in that limited
amount of  playtime, I knew this was a
special game. Even if I dislike the heroine’s name.

Writing Challenge:

For someone who has played soccer in both Japan and England,
and worked on an island in Alaska, I actually don’t travel all that much. I am traveling to another state this week, however, which prompted me to think of a new
writing challenge: What games do you like to travel in? Fast-traveling is
great, but I like to walk every inch of earth to my destination, taking in the sights. Or maybe you just like to hop on the fastest vehicle available
and cruise to your next mission. Let me know how you like to travel in games,
or even better, your best travel story!

I hope you enjoy
the blogs! Please contact me via my Game Informer page or on Twitter at @LouisGarcia12 with
any blog news or playdate suggestions.

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Quake Champions Closed Beta Coming In April

Bethesda has announced that the closed beta for the hero shooter Quake Champions commences on April 6, starting with an initial batch of testers.

The beta features, among other combatants, hoverboard-bound punk Anarki, who you can see in action in the new trailer below. Anarki benefits from a health injection that adds to your max health, and a passive hoverboard ability that gives him both speed and maneuverability. 

The company says that more testing slots will be open over time after the initial period on April 6. You can sign up here.

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[Source: Bethesda]

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Don't Bother Pressing The PS4 Share Button In Persona 5

One of the things that this hardware generation brought was the ability for console players to easily capture and share screens and video clips from their favorite games. Publishers can turn off the feature, to prevent people from posting cutscenes or other sensitive game elements that might spoil the experience for other players. Atlus has decided to go that route with Persona 5, though they’re blocking the functionality wholesale.

According to Polygon, Atlus has decided to block sharing because of sensitivity around spoiling the story, and that it won’t be reactivated once the game is on sale here on April 4. 

[Source: Polygon]

 

Our Take
Taking pictures of interesting/broken/funny things in games has almost become second nature to me now, and it’s a bummer that people won’t be able to capture moments that they find interesting in Persona 5. It’s certainly Atlus’ right to block it, just as it’s ours to say that it seems like a short-sighted approach to the issue, considering everyone’s phone has a camera now.

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Play Gwent: The Witcher Card Game This Weekend On PS4

The Witcher developer CD Projekt Red is starting a technical beta for its digital card game Gwent on the PS4 this weekend, and you’re invited to play along.

The beta (which does not require a PlayStation Plus membership to join) starts on Friday, March 31 at noon central time and ends on Monday, April 3rd at 2 a.m. central time.

Any progress in the beta will not be saved once it’s over, and the game does not have an official release date at this time.

For more info on the beta, head over to the official FAQ. You can also find out more about the title (including a video) in our previous preview.

[Source: CD Projekt Red]

Beta Test Play Gwent: The Witcher Card Game This Weekend On PS4

BioWare Promises To Share More Of Its Immediate Plans For Mass Effect: Andromeda Soon

BioWare tweeted a statement today offering some optimistic promise for those underwhelmed by Mass Effect: Andromeda.

You can find the full statement below, but the highlight version is that BioWare is taking in all of the feedback on the game – positive and negative – and will be offering an update about its immediate plans for it on Tuesday, April 4.

Overall we were happy with Mass Effect: Andromeda, but the game is certainly not without flaws. You can find out review of Mass Effect: Andromeda here.

[Source: @bioware]

 

Our Take
I’m curious what BioWare has planned for April 4. The game’s assorted bugs and glitches have certainly been heavily highlighted by the collective internet over the past few days. Maybe BioWare is readying a big patch? We’ll find out more in a few days.

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Never Played Shenmue II? Watch Us Play The First 19 Hours

Last year, over the course of four months, we played through Shenmue for the Dreamcast in its entirety. It was an experimental video series, with an undefined schedule that allowed us to take in all the feedback for each episode by reading and responding to comments in (almost) real time. The experiment was a success! So we immediately decided (after playing through Dark Souls III, Tex Murphy: Under A Killing Moon, Shadow of the Colossus, and Resident Evil 4) that there was no time like the present to return to Yu Suzuki’s masterpiece. For the sequel, we’re playing the Xbox version that was published by Microsoft in 2002.

In the first episode we explore the city a little bit, make a friend with a fellow capsule toy collector, and get all our stuff stolen. There’s also a lady who forgot to finish getting dressed who really likes her motorcycle. In episode two, we make some progress by giving a hungry guy who loves naps some money, and getting a job that’s almost as cool as being a forklift driver. We punch a tree in episode three. In episode four we break a rock with our hand because a homeless porcupine asked us to. In episode five we follow a lady to her apartment in the middle of the day and sleep on her couch. In episode 6 we look for a book. Spoiler alert: we don’t find it. In episode seven we calm our revenge nerves by catching some leaves, you know, as one does. In episode eight, we pursue duck races with every ounce of our being. In episode nine, we attend a Fight Club. In episode 10 we achieve something amazing. In episode 11 we punch a tree so hard a duck falls out. In episode 12, we get back to the actual game. I don’t remember what we did in episode 13, but I am sure it is entertaining. In episode 14 we fight a caveman for way too long. In episode 15 we spend all the money we spent episode 14 trying to earn. In episode 16, we go to Kowloon and act out that one scene from Once Upon a Time In Mexico. In episode 17, we look through all the drawers in someone’s apartment for some reason. In episode 18 we learn that Kowloon apparently has the economy to support 5,978 separate bird stores. In episode 19 we walk on a board instead of using the stairs like a pair of fools.

Stay tuned for more episodes at some point, and leave us lots of comments! We’ll probably read yours on the next episode.

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First Look At Star Wars Battlefront 2 Coming At Star Wars Celebration

EA dropped a new piece of news today via the Star Wars Battlefront website, revealing that fans can get their first look at Star Wars Battlefront 2 on April 15, during Star Wars Celebration. The reveal will take place at 2:30 PM ET/ 11:30AM PT during the “Galaxywide Premiere of Star Wars Battlefront 2 panel”. You can check out the full announcement here

During a January earnings call EA revealed that Battlefront 2 will feature a single player campaign mode and take place across multiple eras of Star Wars lore, both of which were absent from the 2015 series reboot, much to the disappointment of fans. You can read more about it here.

[Source: Starwars.ea.com]

 

Our Take
2015’s iteration of Star Wars Battlefront had the makings of a great online shooter, but came up short when it came to meaningful offline content. With the reported addition of a single player campaign and multiple eras, Battlefront 2 is already looking to be an improvement in several key areas. Hopefully April 15 gives fans a satisfactory look at what to expect from a Star Wars shooter campaign.

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Narcosis Review – Not Quite Buoyant

Although it dabbles in the surreal elements of horror, Narcosis emphasizes people over plot points. By the end, I felt more like I’d finished a longform profile article or listened to a This American Life segment on deep-sea divers than accomplished something or had a grand adventure. But while that story is intriguing and its character study successful, the moments between beats are so boring that those nuggets of characterization are the only thing driving your trek across the ocean floor.

Narcosis casts you as a man in a diving suit looking for a way to jerry-rig a way back to the surface after the underwater station he works in floods, killing most of the crew. The story is told mostly through natural, well-acted dialogue in which a narrator delves into the specifics of what happened before and after the events of game. These voiceovers deftly convey the pragmatism, single-mindedness, and survivor’s guilt that come with working in such a dangerous profession.

Between setpiece moments, you find collectibles on each of the bodies of your dead crew members. However, because the game doesn’t explicitly tell players which crew member they are controlling, the collectibles are more valuable for helping you piece that mystery together. You begin with a list and pictures of the entire crew, and as you their find bodies or personal effects, their pictures are grayed out, making it easier to deduce who you are. You don’t get anything out of figuring it out before the game outright tells you, but it’s a great way to make collectibles worthwhile, and I enjoyed having that mystery to think about as I played.

As you piece together what happened and who you are, reality becomes warped during a few segments. Disturbing images pop up on screen, and some of the later environments don’t comply with the laws of physics. These segments tie into the plot naturally, but aren’t captivating and often feel unnecessary. While my character’s heart rate increased whenever he ran into one of these events, the character models aren’t detailed or animated well enough to induce any real scares. At one point, I lowered the visor of a helmet and laughed at the twisted face inside it as the trademark horror stinger played.

Apart from some light platforming, Narcosis doesn’t have much action. The diving suit you wear lumbers along at a glacial pace, but the thrusters on its back make navigating the coral reefs and submarine volcanoes quicker. However, wandering around beneath the sea is usually a mellow and dull experience. Don’t expect many surprises between when you find the lift you need to ride and the batteries that power it (which you need to turn on in the right order). You do have to keep an eye on your oxygen, but you find enough canisters lying around that it isn’t a problem.

Most of your time is spent looking around for the right part of the environment to interact with, and the few times it deviates are often for the worse. Combat involves slashing squids or anglers with your folding knife before they latch onto your helmet. It’s too simple to be interesting and too threatening to ignore, making it a huge annoyance. I learned I could evade damage if I simply turned to my side before they lunged, but I still had to gut the suckers before moving on.

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Knives don’t work on larger spider crabs, which creates a few stealth segments where you have to wait for them to pass by or evade them entirely. These sections are more frustrating than tense. Not only are the checkpoints infrequent enough to make multiple attempts a chore, but I had more than one issue where a crab refused to continue along its intended path, stopping them in place and preventing me from progressing.

Although Narcosis’ runtime is fairly short (about four hours), it’s padded by frustrating stealth segments and banal puzzle-solving that get in the way of some great storytelling and voice-acting. While captivating, those aren’t enough to make this experience worth wading through.

Built For VR
Playing Narcosis in VR (on either Oculus or Vive) is optional and makes the experience feel more natural, but still has faults. Although the HUD and movement feel tailor-made for the tech (you can only move forward based on what direction you’re looking in), the game looks noticeably blurrier through a headset. No choice comes out on top, but neither feels like it hinders the experience.

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PSA: April's PlayStation Plus Games Include Drawn To Death, Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime

Among the upcoming line-up of free games this April, PlayStation Plus members have access to two wildly different couch co-op titles on PS4. 

Drawn to Death, the latest project of Twisted Metal’s David Jaffe, is a gruesome third-person shooter starring notebook drawings come to life. Featuring six playable characters with unique abilities, missions for each character that unlock costumes and taunts, and competitive online play, Drawn to Death will be free to gamers with PlayStation Plus upon its launch on April 4. 

Also available on PS4, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime allows up to four players to work together piloting a ship in their fight against evil forces. With separate stations for the vessel’s engines, shield, and weapons, communication plays a large role in players’ ability to successfully fend off enemies and navigate the environment as they rescue animals and take down bosses.

The full line-up of April’s PlayStation Plus titles includes Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom and Alien Rage Extended Edition on PS3, as well as 10 Second Ninja and Curses ‘n Chaos on PS Vita. More information about the line-up can be found in the original PlayStation Blog post here.

Check out our previous coverage of Drawn to Death and our review of Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

Beta Test PSA: April’s PlayStation Plus Games Include Drawn To Death, Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime