Last month we learned that Goku is coming to Dragon Ball FigherZ… again. The latest iteration of the popular Super Saiyan is his child-like form from Dragon Ball GT. This new arrival is set for May 9th on all platforms. In the meantime, publisher Bandai Namco just put out a new trailer that shows off GT Goku in action, including his Super Saiyan 4 form.
We’ve been hearing rumblings about a new Xbox model since last year, and the rumors of a disc-free Xbox One really picked up last month with talk of an imminent reveal. While this isn’t always the case with rumors, this time all that smoke was coming from a very real fire. During the ongoing episode of Inside Xbox, Microsoft has just unveiled a new Xbox model.
As previously reported by multiple sources, Microsoft will indeed be launching a cheaper Xbox One model that only plays digital games. This new model is called Xbox One S All-Digital Edition and it launches on May 7th. Thurrott had predicted that it would cost “$200 or less,” but the actual price tag is $250. You can check out the somewhat bizarre reveal trailer above.
Update: According to Tech Crunch the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition will come with download codes for three games: Sea of Thieves, Minecraft, and Forza Horizon 3. This adds some solid value to the bundle despite its higher than anticipated price tag.
Last May, Epic Games teamed up with Marvel for a crossover event that brought the villainous Thanos and his all-powerful Infinity Gauntlet to Fortnitefor a limited time event. Players could find and equip the gauntlet to transform into Thanos himself and wreak havoc on their opponents with overpowered punches and laser attacks.
The event was short-lived, but it may soon be returning. Data miners have been digging through the version 8.30 update, and they’ve discovered new kill and death feed messages that mention Thanos. Last year’s event kicked off shortly after Avengers: Infinity War hit theaters, so it would make sense to bring it back around the same time that Avengers: Endgame begins its run later this month.
A few months back Celeste developer Matt Thorson revealed that a new chapter is headed to the game as DLC. This final update is titled Chapter 9: Farewell, and it will be free on all platforms. Farewell will be a single, continuous chapter (no B-Side) with some new mechanics, and it’s said to be the hardest Celeste challenge yet.
We haven’t heard much about it since January, but Matt and his team are still hard at work. The official Celeste Twitter account just broke the silence to inform fans that development is “on the home stretch.” Although it won’t be out this month, it shouldn’t be much longer after that. The update also confirmed that the team is waiting to release the physical version of the game until after Farewell is completed.
If you’re a fan of over the top courtroom drama, today is a good day! The beloved Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney series is back in a new trilogy bundle that includes Ace Attorney, Justice for All, and Trials and Tribulations. All three games have been remastered with improved graphics and new features. You can pick the trilogy today on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.
Millions around the globe are eagerly awaiting the debut of Stranger Things Season 3 (including yours truly), and when the new episodes drop on Netflix on July 4th, fans will also be able to enjoy a tie-in video game. Developed by BonusXP, the game is a top-down beat ’em up with puzzle solving and some added lore that will help flesh out the town of Hawkins. The latest trailer shows off some of the game’s dialogue and takes us on a tour of Hawkins that includes the pool, the mall, the ice cream shop, and more.
Last week, Gearbox Software finally released the first trailer for Borderlands 3. The game’s big reveal didn’t come with a release date attached, but Gearbox didn’t make fans wait long to find out. A new trailer launched today that highlights the new Vault Hunters and the villainous Calypso Twins they’ll be fighting. The trailer also revealed a release date of September 13th.
Borderlands 3 is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Sorry, Switch owners. Publisher 2K Games has confirmed that the PC version will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store until April of next year, so don’t look for it on Steam any time soon. We’ll find out more about the gameplay during a special livestream event on May 1st, but in the meantime, Gearbox gave the following descriptions for the game’s new heroes:
Moze as The Gunner: When Moze needs backup, she digistructs her mech – Iron Bear – for a sucker punch of additional firepower.
Amara as The Siren: A confident, capable brawler with the ability to summon ethereal fists, Amara uses her Siren powers to smash her enemies.
FL4K as The Beastmaster: FL4K lives for the hunt. So do the loyal beasts that follow their master’s every command. Their preferred prey? Unsuspecting bandits, those poor suckers.
Zane as The Operative: Specializing in battlefield gadgetry, Zane is extremely proficient at slipping into combat, creating chaos, and sneaking back out as if he were never there.
With a new month comes a new rotation of free games for active Xbox Live subscribers. Microsoft recently revealed their lineup for April’s Games with Gold, featuring a collection of free Xbox One titles and backward compatible extras that some players might want to pick up, available via Xbox Live Gold for a limited time only.
Most of this month’s collection seems to carry an extraterrestrial theme, as these games revolve around space-faring adventurers, featuring an old favorite from Microsoft’s debut system. For Xbox One owners, April’s highlights kick off tomorrow with Focus Home Interactive’s 2016 title The Technomancer, where you play as an on-the-run vagabond mage-warrior, feared and respected by all on Mars. It will be free to download from April 1 to April 30.
On April 16, Bigben Interactive’s Outcast: Second Contact will be available for free up until May 15. This game is a complete remake of the cult classic original Outcast from 1999 on PC, developed once again by Belgian studio Appeal. This will replace Electronic Arts’ Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 from the March Games with Gold rotation.
For Xbox 360 owners, as well as Xbox One via backward compatibility, Star Wars: Battlefront II (no, not EA’s) from the original Xbox is free to own for Xbox Live Gold members starting tomorrow. The game, developed by the since-EA-shuttered Pandemic Games, comes with improved graphics via Xbox One X enhancements. This will be followed by Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2, available until April 31.
Are you subscribed to Xbox Live Gold? Which of these games for April’s Games with Gold are you fancying downloading? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.
Yacht Club Games made a name for themselves with the highly successful retro-styled platformer Shovel Knight. Since its launch, they’ve been releasing regular updates and expansions, but they’ve also been working on something brand new. Today the indie studio revealed that they’ve teamed up with Mechanical Head Studios to create a new game called Cyber Shadow.
Like Shovel Knight before it, Cyber Shadow draws its inspiration from classic 8-bit games and will emulate that style. You’ll be playing as a ninja known as Shadow fighting back in a world that’s been taken over by synthetic life forms. Cyber Shadow has been in development by Mechanical Head for years, and with Yacht Club’s help it’s finally about ready to release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. You can pre-order it now on the official website for $14.99, but the release date has not yet been determined. Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect from Cyber Shadow.
Dash, slice, and leap through masterfully designed levels filled with sharply honed ninja platforming action.
Authentic 8-bit presentation with hand-crafted sprites, a detailed pixel aesthetic, and perfect controls. Modern touches like fluid animation, multi-layered parallax backgrounds, and evolved game design.
Take down more than a dozen apocalyptic bosses, from enormous war machines to your synthetic clan rivals.
Relive the authenticity of classic 8-bit challenge or experience it for the first time.. with an added convenience or two.
Rescue your clan to unlock permanent Ninjutsu skills and abilities, combining them seamlessly as only the warrior of legend could.
Search for secrets as you explore the ruined world. Return to your old haunts to find supplies, items and upgrades.
Experience the gripping story, told both in-game and through animated cinematic story scenes between the action. Who can be trusted? How far will Shadow go to protect his clan and the one he loves?
Pulse-pounding soundtrack by Enrique Martin, produced by Jake Kaufman.
It has only been a little over two years since the launch of the crowdfunded Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. This fourth installment of WayForward’s acclaimed indie series was the titular half-genie’s breakout onto HD back in 2016. It made for Shantae’s biggest adventure yet, what with additional expansions, storylines, and playable characters cumulating towards the all-inclusive Ultimate Edition last year.
With the franchise milestones set with Half-Genie Hero, excitement towards the future of Shantae has continued to build, and it all came to a head tonight with a special announcement from WayForward. The studio has revealed that Shantae 5 is in active development, and set to launch on Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and the recently unveiled Apple Arcade with an estimated release window for later this year — no Kickstarter campaigns necessary this time!
What do you hope to see in the indie darling’s upcoming adventure? Share your thoughts on Shantae 5 with us in the comments below.
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With a deeper insight into the inner machinations of Team Sonic Racing at SXSW 2019 came additional details about the upcoming racing title’s own music. Jun Senoue of Crush 40 fame has confirmed that the TSR original soundtrack—appropriately titled Maximum Overdrive—will be dropping worldwide with the release of the game, and it will be a behemoth of an anthology to collect at that.
The Maximum Overdrive OST will launch physically in a three-disc collection featuring a rough total of 130 tracks, with the crux of Team Sonic Racing‘s music split between remixes of old favorites and brand new tracks. For those who prefer the convenience of downloads, the soundtrack will also be available for purchase via popular digital outlets such as iTunes, Amazon Music, and Google Play, as well as streamable via the likes of Apple Music and Spotify.
At the panel, Senoue spoke at length to fans about the production process behind the music from Team Sonic Racing, most notably with a particular emphasis on the keyword “Team.” The Sonic sound director went on to describe the collaborative effort in producing the soundtrack with a number of special guests involved outside of SEGA’s own sound team.
One such artist was introduced to the Gotta Go Fast panel via a brand new song reveal, this being a remix of a fan-favorite track pulled straight out of Bingo Highway from 2003’s Sonic Heroes. TORIENA, an esteemed chiptune composer and performer based in Kyoto, Japan, has lent her talent to the project by joining forces with Senoue in “Bingo Party,” which you can jam to above! If you liked what you heard, you can also check out TORIENA’s website for her complete discography, social media links, and more.
TORIENA is but one of many names we know are involved with Jun Senoue in producing Team Sonic Racing‘s music, with the soundtrack building up to a real ensemble cast of Sonic music greats:
Crush 40 returns with vocalist Johnny Gioeli through the theme track “Green Light Ride.”
Tee Lopes, a longtime Sonic remixer who rose to prominence within the community in composing the entire soundtrack to Sonic Mania Plus, contributed to “Boo’s House” (feat. violinist Tei Sena) and “Sand Road” (feat. bassist Takeshi Kaneda).
The SEGA-hosted “Gotta Go Fast” panel at SXSW 2019 was all about Sumo Digital’s Team Sonic Racing, the next multiplatform Sonic the Hedgehog racer coming to consoles in the next two months. Fans were treated to a deeper dive into what the upcoming Sonic title has to offer, with expectations high following the studio’s All-Stars Racing Transformed in 2012. If what was shown at the panel was of any indication, TSR is shaping up to be quite the treat for longtime fans.
One extensive preview of the game showed off the vehicle customization feature, where players can swap out parts, paint jobs, vinyls, and horns to make their car their own. Check out the trailer above, backed with a tasty “Crank the Heat Up!! …for Final Egg” remix from Sonic Adventure!
So yes, you can have the brooding Shadow drive a hot pink car while the content Big the Cat pilots a disastrously edgy ride, though you’ll need to put in some elbow grease to earn new swappable parts. You can earn more parts for your vehicles by nabbing in-game currency, though whether the parts are purchaseable, randomly earned like Rare Blades in Xenoblade Chronicles 2, or unlocked through a total currency count like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is not yet known.
Team Sonic Racing comes to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on May 21.
Dragon Ball FighterZ has been a huge hit with well over 3 million copies sold since its debut just over a year ago, and Bandai Namco has kept players engaged with regularly released new content. New fighters have joined the game in DLC packs, and Season 2 is in full swing. The latest newcomer has just been revealed, and it’s… an interesting choice.
According to the most recent issue of Japanese publication Monthly V-Jump, Goku is coming to FighterZ… again. The latest version of Goku to join the fight is his childish GT form. He’ll come equipped with the Super Kamehameha which “transforms him into Super Saiyan 3 when there are two or fewer overall team members remaining” according to Gematsu. He also has access to the Super Spirit Bomb and another unknown Meteor Special. He can also fight with his Power Pole and fire off a Reverse Kamehameha.
While many fans wish they could just forget GT ever happened, GT Goku should be a welcome addition to the roster. The more the merrier!
Hot on the heels of the reveal that Halo: The Master Chief Collection is coming to PC, 343 Industries also revealed that Halo: Reach is finally making its way to the collection on both PC and Xbox One. For Xbox players, Reach will come in two packages: the multiplayer component (which will come free for all owners of the Master Chief Collection) and the campaign/firefight component, which is coming as premium DLC. The entirety of Halo: Reach will also be available with a Game Pass subscription. For those who want to play on PC, these components will come in a single package as the first release of 343 Industries’ release schedule.
No information was revealed on a release date or pricing for the Xbox DLC, but 343 may have more information available on Sunday at SXSW.
Fortnite is one of the hottest games in the world right now, with millions of players across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, and mobile devices. It also has cross-play functionality, letting players on different platforms compete directly. However, Epic Games has just announced that the latest update makes some major changes to player pools.
According to the Version 8.1 patch notes, Battle Royale cross-play matchmaking is getting a big shakeup. From now on, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players will be pooled together (you’ll have to opt-in to cross-play) while Nintendo Switch players will be pooled in with mobile players. Epic expects this will lead to “an on-average better per-game experience for both Mobile and Switch players.”
It’s a move that makes a lot of sense from a hardware perspective. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are similar machines, but Switch is a different beast entirely. With its Tegra architecture, Switch is much more similar to a tablet, and now that will be reflected in matchmaking.
Back in January, we learned that developer nWay is creating a new Power Rangers fighting game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid aims to be the “high fidelity fighting game” that Power Rangers fans crave, and it’s set to launch this Spring. Following the brief teaser we got in January, nWay has just released a more extensive gameplay trailer.
FromSoftware is best known for ultra-challenging, bleak-looking action RPGs with the word “Souls” in the title, but their latest game switches things up a bit. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice should still feel familiar to Souls fans, but it places players in the shoes of a shinobi from Japan’s Sengoku period and includes more stealth elements. It’s still about a week and a half away from release, but FromSoftware decided to get a head start on things with an early launch trailer.
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is set to launch on March 15th, but depending on your platform of choice and internet speed, it might be a while before you actually get to enjoy it. Whether you buy the game physically or digitally, you’ll be required to download the initial Title Updates on day one before you can start playing.
Ubisoft has just revealed the install size data for various platforms, and it’s pretty shocking. On PC and Xbox One you’ll need around 48-52 GB of space, which is fairly standard these days. However, if you buy the PlayStation 4 version of the game (digitally or physically) you’ll need between 88 and 92 GB of space for the download and installation process. It’s not clear why there’s such a massive difference between Sony’s console and the other platforms.
Tomorrow, Capcom will unleash Devil May Cry 5 into the wild, but a handful of select outlets already have their hands on the latest hack and slash adventure. Reviews have started to roll in, and so far it’s great news for Capcom. The game’s score varies by a few points across the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC versions, but regardless of platform, Devil May Cry 5 is receiving praise.
The Xbox One version has by far the most reviews. With 49 critics weighing in, Devil May Cry 5 has 46 positive reviews and 3 mixed reviews for an average score of 88/100. The PC version is scoring even higher at 89/100, but it has just 16 reviews. Finally, the PlayStation 4 version has an average score of 86/100 based on 23 reviews. Devil May Cry 5 is being heralded as a beautiful game with fun and engaging combat and outstanding action sequences. Some have praised the story while others found it lackluster, and a few complained that it doesn’t innovate enough.
Respawn Entertainment, developers of Titanfall, stealth launched a new battle royale game last month, and the results have been staggering. Despite receiving no pre-launch hype or marketing (unless you count leaks hinting at its concept and gameplay), Apex Legends has quickly become a tremendous success in a crowded marketplace.
In fact, Apex Legends is growing at such a rapid pace that it just reached a major milestone much faster than other games in the genre. As of yesterday, Apex Legends has over 50 million registered players according to the game’s official Twitter account. To put this in perspective (as Daniel Ahmad calculated), Fortnite Battle Royale took 16 weeks to reach 45 million players, and Apex Legends just passed that up in four weeks.
Respawn founder Vince Zampella thanked players in a celebratory tweet and promised that “there’s much more to come!” Apex Legends is truly off to an incredible start, so Respawn will no doubt be looking for ways to continue to improve and attract more players.
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