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Hey guys and gals! James here aka Wade D McGinnis! Today I give another weekly episode of Holo Call. This week I talk about Twitch Affiliate program, why I stopped reviewing Nier Automata, Friday the 13th release date, and why Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 think's it's okay to have a five minute load time. Are you excited for Twitch making steps towards non-partner streamers, are you ready to chase teenagers as a masker serial killer, or do you think shorter in-game loads make up for longer overall ones? Check out the video below and let me know your thoughts.
Iwata tribute in Breath of the Wild, GDC 2017 panels, pretend journalist/felon tries to get people to harass former Bioware employee while blog and hit piece site try to get people to harass a different former employee, YouTube’s restriction rules impacting videos that neither violate YT's CoC nor contain adult content, Noah Gervais on Tyranny and the language of power, interviews with Nier Automata director and CD Projekt Red studio boss, the humanity of the robots in Nier Automata, the strange history of Capcom's Big Bang Bar, making of Torment Tides of Numenera and Mass Effect Andromeda, Extra Credit looks at Xbox One's Co-Pilot mode as a tool for development and accessibility, a look at urban spaces in virtual worlds, video interview with Richard Garriott, snomaN Gaming talks about Zelda doing an open world right, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, release dates, previews, interviews, expansions, DLC, updates, company news, new tech, mods) The 2017 Independent Games Festival Awards GDC 2017 Panels Uncharted 4 awarded top honor at 2017 SXSW Gaming Awards YouTube’s restriction rules are impacting gaming channels Injustice 2 adds Firestorm to lineup Injustice 2 says it isn’t pay-to-win, but it will happily take your money Building a Better 'Nidhogg' Teslagrad follow-up World to the West coming in May Phoenix Point - the next game from XCOM creator - gets a spooky teaser trailer The Under-Appreciated Radiant Historia Gets A Full Remake Mass Effect: Andromeda - Introducing Drack Your Krogan Teammate (4K) - IGN First Mass Effect: Andromeda multiplayer guide - Strike Teams, missions, classes, and customisation Mass Effect: Andromeda Easter egg says we owe everything to SpaceX Mass Effect: Andromeda’s weird animations won’t get fixed with day-one patch Conquering Andromeda, Fryda Wolff Conquering Andromeda: Tom Taylorson. A lot of Mass Effect: Andromeda players are disappointed by its male/male romance options Cyberpunk 2077 likely out by June 2019 The Signal from Tolva Is Basically Far Cry With Robots Persona 5 special editions are not dangerous despite Amazon canceling orders, Atlus says The puzzles and paradoxes of Syberia 3 Seiken Densetsu Collection announced for Switch Sonic Forces’ first gameplay looks like the 3D Sonic games you know 'Prey' Reveals More About its Aliens in New Trailer You can watch the first 35 minutes of Prey right now Prey's origins in Arx Fatalis and the legend of the Turret Lord with lead designer Ricardo Bare Battle Brothers Announcement Trailer Fire Emblem Echoes is getting a limited edition release Narita Boy Is A Cyberpunk Game Inspired By TV Scanlines We played Dawn of War 3 multiplayer, and it’s really good Fog of War #3 - Environment Showcase 'We'll see an expansion' for Dawn of War 3 says Relic Lamenting the loss of Dawn of War's cool kill animations Roguebright – Away: Journey To The Unexpected Oily Souls: The Surge launch announced for May 16th Outlast 2 Has Been Refused Classification In Australia Star Citizen now plans to use the Vulkan API, dropping DX12 support Sailaway trailer teases dramatic, realistic sailing on fully-simulated oceans Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Returns With An Even Longer Name Shenmue III ‘Development Report Vol. 2’ video Bloodstained’s Wii U version canceled, game now coming to Switch Asymmetrical roguelike Crawl comes out of Early Access next month Time to kill: Crimsonland devs announce Time Recoil New faction the Riftborn bring time manipulation to Endless Space 2 Drawn to Death will be a free PS Plus title at launch The Evil Within 2 job listing suggests horror sequel is in development Bethesda hopes Quake Champions will give it a 'large esports presence' Capcom bundles up its Disney Afternoon NES classics for PS4, Xbox One and PC Smite's Clash Royale-Style Spin-Off Put 'On Hold' Faeria getting new co-op campaign in first expansion Furi's fast and frantic One More Fight DLC out now DICE is changing the way Battlefield 1 ammo resupplies work Crypt of the Necrodancer adds moddable hard mode to Amplified Early Access DLC Kerbal Space Program gets its next big update with the Making History expansion No Man's Sky Continues To Make Decent Progress With Its Big Update Sniper Elite 4 reveals 'Deathstorm' DLC, first chapter due next week Frank West is a flesh-eating zombie in new Dead Rising 4 DLC Squad Alpha 9 rolls out on Steam with a cracking new trailer Civ 6 spring update announced, will add Persia and one other new civilisation Killing Floor 2 gets new maps and guns in the free Descent Content Pack The dreaded Necromancer is coming to Grim Dawn as a playable class The fiery Lt. Colonel Morgan Kinsano joins Halo Wars 2 as a new multiplayer leader Hacknet: Labyrinths expansion is due later this month Behaviour Interactive introduce a free to play option for Eternal Crusade For Honor players calculate that it would take at least two and a half years to unlock everything Blizzard Demands $8.5 Million In Legal Battle Against Cheat Maker Changes to reduce the frequency of Overwatch draws are coming 'very soon' Overwatch patch 1.10 notes - massive Lucio changes and Assault map fixes Jeff Kaplan 'extremely open-minded' about Overwatch map editor Sources: Telltale CEO Steps Down League of Legends director: LGBT characters will appear in the game ‘at some point’ Nintendo to Double Production of Switch Console PS3 production ending soon in Japan DotEmu closing its own online store AUSTRALIAN SENATOR ATTACKS GAME CENSORSHIP, CLASSIFICATION BOARD Trump Plan To Defund U.S. Arts Programs Could Impact Video Game Programs Wii emulator can now buy games from the official Wii Shop Channel The Best Civilization VI Mods Esports News UK Gambling Commission Issues Position Paper on Esports Gambling Establishing Its Role as Regulatory Body, Issues Warning to Parents Norwegian Gaming Authority to Sanction Skin Betting Operators, View Skins as Virtual Currency The Weekend In Esports: Duty Calls In Texas Brazil Will Have Another National CS:GO Tournament Live on TV Fnatic Expands Into China With B.O.O.T.: “This Partnership Will Allow Us to Bridge the Gap… Between Western and Eastern Esports.” Gwent Challenger tournament pits amateurs against pros for $100,000 in prizes Meet the Street Fighter Pro Who Intentionally Picks Underrated Characters Street Fighter V Invitational Match Ends With A Different Kind Of Comeback Dota 2 Pro Goes Undercover As A Tree, Dies Anyway Player Lands One-Hit KO In Japanese Fighting Game Tournament Hearthstone Team League Finals Cap Off With Gimmicks And Miracles Lifecoach on quitting Hearthstone: 'You don’t get rewarded, you get punched in the face' Hotel Noise Complaint Forces Fighting Game Competitors To Cheer Very Quietly Why players’ personal brands are becoming a problem for pro League of Legends The League Of Legends Team House That Fell Apart Little-Known Overwatch Team Is Tearing Up The Apex Tournament With Bizarre Strategies Crowdfunding News Sacred Fire: Psychological RPG about revenge and loyalty Battle Princess Madelyn Battle Princess Madelyn is a neat father-daughter collaboration that echoes Ghouls N Ghosts Mages of Mystralia INDIE G ZINE - Volume 2 STARFIGHTER INC Kova is a super stylish sci-fi metroidvania, crowdfunding next week All Walls Must Fall combines XCOM with Braid - Kickstarter launching March 22 Content I found interesting this week (interviews, reviews, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, criticism, etc) When pigs flew: The strange history of Capcom's Big Bang Bar The making of Torment: Tides of Numenera Taking Death Seriously in 'Torment: Tides of Numenera' Inside the Making of 'Mass Effect Andromeda' The Endless Light and Hunger of Cities in Games How we exhibited our no-budget indie game at PAX without a booth Scumbags Harass Woman For Working On Mass Effect: Andromeda's Animations <br /> The other guy getting more racist harassment than usual doesn't even work on animations and character creation and was also with the company for ME 3, he also left and started his own Indie company a month ago once the game was finished. Mostly it just lead to him delivering brutal owns to people that can't spell. Game Developers Respond To Nasty Tweets By Donating Thousands To 'Girls Make Games' A King of Glaives: Profiling Gaijinhunter, YouTube’s Master of Monster Hunter A Photographer Chronicles The Alien Beauty of 'Horizon Zero Dawn' Beyond the pitch: How FIFA is influencing youngsters away from the TV 'Nier: Automata' Director Taro Yoko Doesn't Envision a Happy Ending for Humanity 'Witcher' Studio Boss Marcin Iwinski: 'We Had No Clue How To Make Games' Sombra’s voice actor doesn’t mind the haters, loves her character Overwatch’s search for diversity 20 years on, Bushido Blade remains a fighting game masterpiece Nier: Automata is a Brilliant Takedown of Drone Warfare and the Escalation of Conflict The Uncomfortable Humanity of the Robots That Inhabit ‘Nier: Automata’ Flashback: Gothic Masterpiece 'Castlevania: Symphony of the Night' WHY BREATH OF THE WILD IS THE FUTURE OF BLOCKBUSTER GAMES Tom Clancy's Inherent Silliness: Why Ghost Recon Wildlands Couldn't Escape Its Fate How Dishonored 2 hides its best details in the periphery Level Design Deep Dive: Dishonored 2's Clockwork Mansion Looking Back at the First Time Link Learned to Leap Making political videogames may not work. But we have to try Dwarf Fortress creator Tarn Adams talks about simulating the most complex magic system ever XSEED Interview – Executive Vice President Ken Berry Talks PC Initiative, Localization, and Upcoming Games The video game industry has a diversity problem – but it can be fixed Celebrating the Uncommon Economy of Kalinatek, from the Original ‘Splinter Cell’ Here's What Gears Of War Creator Thinks About Gears Of War 4 What Should Parents Do When Their Kid's Favorite YouTuber Gets Racist? A List of Gaming YouTubers Suitable for Children and Young Teenagers I wish, a lot of the recommended ones would certainly lead to better educated gaming communities. Going from guy making faces and guy pretending to be scared of games to Errant Signal, Extra Credits, Ahoy, or Game Makers Toolkit is quite a leap though. That Time An Island In GoldenEye Disappointed A Generation Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s alleged Iwata tribute is beautiful American Says In 2007 It's His Dream To Work At Nintendo, Winds Up In Credits For Breath Of The Wild How To Build An Airship In Zelda: Breath of the Wild Tyranny and the Language of Power [Spoilers] Late Night Ponderings: Horror Games Vs Horror Elements Richard Garriott on Pulling Pranks and Pooping in Space - IGN Unfiltered #17 (Part 1) Conversations: Karol Zajaczkowski (PR & Marketing Manager at 11 bit studios) Stuff That Bugs Me About the Thing Everyone Likes Right Now Unreleased Dreamcast racer found on devkit, now playable Good Game Design - Breath of the Wild: Open World Done Right Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - An Open World Adventure | Game Maker's Toolkit Co-Pilot Mode - Better Together - Extra Credits Zelda's Aonuma & Marvelous: Another Treasure Island - Region Locked Feat. Dazz (Gameplay & Analysis) Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games Video Game Youtube Esports Hanzo Main Andromeda Nomad Things I Missed From Previous Weeks The story of Crash magazine OPENED WORLD: WALLED CITY Waypoint Rescores: 'Life Is Strange'
As I have promised, since I luckily got this game on PS4 because I have a singapore PSN account, I got Nier Automata's japanese version, which is in english anyway so thank God I got a japanese game that's in english compared to the Yakuza seriesessss that's not available in english yet. This game's story takes place MAAAAAAANNNNNYYYYY years after the first Nier. So there's aliens from outer space attacking earth with their robots. People on earth can't survive against them so they all have to evacuate to the moon, and they have to combat these aliens by dispatching these androids. Many of them regular androids who's just like normal people, but they are not enough to fight. So these more advanced androids named YoRHa androids are sent in to help the androids fight. This game stars one of these androids, her name is 2B and she's a combat android capable of kicking tons of robots asses. Together with a recon robot named 9S, they fight the machines in order to take back earth from the evil hands, or tentacles of the aliens. Then mind blowing and epic shit ensues, which doesn't. Freaking. Stop. So I played the entire 29 hours of this game, completing every single part of this game, well except the sidequests which I'm going to do after finishing the game, and getting every ending to the bitter well fought end. And......... well, here's the thing. Everytime the story progresses in this game, it always makes me go And in some cases And finally when the end happens, I do this This game.... is fucking phenomenal. I..... I can't even...... zzuh...... HOW?? HOW CAN THIS GAME JUST GET BETTER AND BETTER EACH TIME I PLAY IT AND END IN SUCH A SATISFYING AND EPIC FASHION??? If I can compare Platinum games with something in relation to this game, I think of this game as AJ Styles' career. So AJ Styles back when TNA doesn't fucking suck = Bayonetta + Madworld + Vanquish + Metal Gear Revengeance AJ Styles when TNA slowly decends to hell but still has couple of good moments = Legend of Korra + Transformers Devastation AJ Styles when TNA decided to suck hard = Mutants in Manhattan (because although Styles tries his best, TNA just hampers his potential) AJ Styles in NJPW and afterwards WWE to become one of the best WWE champion of all time = Nier Automata Platinum has returned in full fucking force. Or if I can compare Yoko Taro's previous games with something, I think of his game collections as Bray Wyatt's career. Bray when he starts his "family" back when he was a threat: Drakengard 1 Bray when he's lost his credibility afterwards: Drakengard 2 Bray when he beat Daniel Bryan at Royal Rumble 2014: Nier Bray when he lost against Undertaker: Drakengard 3 Bray winning the WWE championship and becomes a threat: Nier Automata I just watched WWE so...... In short, I didn't expect Nier Automata to be this fucking amazing. Like, Platinum did a much2 better job in making the gameplay actually fun and fucking awesome compared to when Cavia made Nier and Drakengard 1 & 2. I feel bad for Cavia since they make with what they could back then, but Platinum just trounces them like an elephant stepping down a rat and splatter it's guts all over the floor. The gameplay is like what you have seen in the demo if you have played that. But overall, it doesn't feel like you're playing Bayonetta with Nier elements thrown in. It feels like you're playing the first Nier, but your character just so happens to move as smooth as Bayonetta.... if that makes any sense. And it's great. It's really jarring though that this game doesn't have any QTEs at all. Seriously. A Platinum game without this?? That's a first! The open world is, well, as you might expect from an apocalyptic wasteland, filled with ruins of civilization and other robots that are mostly harmless and don't attack you, except the ones that are fucking dicks. It's actually quite big and have many different areas, and you can explore these places either by running or taming animals with animal bait and then ride them to go fast as hell. No you don't get them by doing a quest like the first Nier where you have to beat an incredibly hard to kill boar that takes 10 minutes to kill, it's much easier in this game. Here's how you can ride them And when you progress through the game, it comes to the point that you don't even need to use bait anymore, you can just ride them whenever you like. Neat! There are these things scattered around the map that looks like vending machines, but they are actually save posts that you can use to enable saves. Yes, this game purposefully doesn't do autosaving so you have to manually save. Don't worry, it's actually really easy to do and really fast. Now in the first couple of hours playing this game, it can get annoying that this game doesn't have fast travel, especially when the place for the next quest is pretty far away. But after a few hours you'll unlock fast travel and you can travel to any of the vending machines you have found in the world map, so it's all good! Also this game is surprisingly influenced by Dark Souls a bit, because it has that "if you die you have to recover items from your dead body or else you will lose everything" stuff. HAHAHA, but if you have just saved your game before you die, you can pretty much just load your game easily and you don't have to recover your dead body in the first place. You can stumble into other dead player's bodies in this game, especially in boss fight areas because man, there's a lot of dead bodies there, and you can interact with these bodies in 2 ways: either take what they have which will heal your health as well, or have them fight alongside you, which is especially useful in boss fights. Well not really because their defenses are weaker than a wet paperbag, but they can help you in combat if you want. Upgrading your character is pretty interesting here. Upgrading weapons is like the first Nier, you go to a weapons specialist and then either buy weapons or upgrade weapons as long as you have the right parts. Upgrading yourself though requires these chips that you can assign to the slot as long as you have enough storage. You buy more storage from the shopkeeper, and there's a lot of chips with their stat boosts, like "increase health", "auto heal", "increased damage" etc. It's up to you to decide which chips you want to use. And yes just like in the demo, if you remove the OS chip, you're basically killing yourself and you'll get a false ending. Neat! In the first Nier, you get Grimoire Weiss to help you shoot magic bullets and special attacks. Here you get support pods which helps you attack, and you can get more than 1 pods as long as you found them in the open world, which comes with their own weapons. You got the one that fires a machine gun just like in the demo, and I found a pod that fires a missile launcher. Plus remember in previous Nier Grimoire Weiss have special attacks like firing lancers, summoning giant fists and other cool stuff? The pods here can do that as well. And as expected from Nier, there's areas in the game where the camera will switch from 3D to side scrolling 2D or even top down. But unlike the first Nier which is annoying and kind of clunky, here it's much smoother and better. Because Platinum knows their shit. And then there's other surprises thrown in that change the game completely, like the flying shooter segments, which are hmmmm, SWEET AS CANDY. It pretty much feels like playing Astebreed without the score multiplier, or bullet hell shooters There's more stuff this game has, but I can't spoil any of it. So you'll just have to trust me that they're in the game, and they're awesome. Not only is the gameplay a major improvement, everything else is great too! It's has everything that makes the first Nier great, this time even better, which surprises me because I don't think it's even possible to top the first game's story, but it did! The characters are all great. 2B, 9S, Adam, Eve, the pod companion 042, the pacifist robot Pascal who's the sweetest robot you will ever see in this game, hell, even the enemies later in the game have great characterization that you care about all of them, and you feel sorry when they are subjected to racism in the game. Yes, racism. By the androids. Even though they're both robots. Even robots can be racist to each other, who knew? The story is fucking phenomenal. How can a game that features androids fighting against robots that looks like this be phenomenal? I don't know but this game fucking did it. And nope, I will not spoil anything about this game's story because it is a tale filled with so many twists and turns that has to be experienced. Do you have to play the first Nier to understand the story? Well no actually! It's perfectly accessible even to newcomers. There are MANY references to the original Nier which will send nostalgia up your spine if you have played the first game, but overall this game tells its own tale and you don't have to play the first game to enjoy it. Playing the first game enriches this game, but not necessary, which is sweet! Lastly the music, OHOHOHO THE MUSIC. If you think the first Nier have great songs, this game just up the ante. These are some examples. I can't put more because the titles of the songs will spoil stuff. The only issue I have with this game is that at first, traveling can be a drag because the fast travel isn't unlocked yet. And then there's quite often framedrops happening in the city area of this game. It will fall from 60 to 30 ish, especially when there's dozens of enemies in the screen at once. Maybe by the time this game comes out in March 7 and 10 this won't be an issue. BUT those things are just minor inconveniences compared to the amazing stuff this game has. Unlike the first Nier where I actually hated playing the game but I keep onwards because I like the story, in this game I love everything about this game except for the issues above. In fact I like this game so much, that out of all the great games that has come out this year so far that deserve to be in the top 10 games list like Nioh, Gravity Rush 2, Resident Evil 7 and Yakuza 0, this is the first game that deserve to be GOTY. And I am dead. Fucking. Serious. Ah yes, and the game also lets you play any part of the game that you want through a chapter select! Which is so unlike the first Nier where the game makes sidequests incomplete if you missed them after a key moment so you have to play the game from the beginning and makes sure to complete those sidequests or else you won't be able to complete them, and makes you repeat the same parts just to get through the endings other than A. Of course you have to get through 29 hours for that to happen but it's awesome that it's there, especially for completionists that wants to complete every single sidequests but doesn't want to replay the entire game from the beginning all over again. And I think this is the first game I have ever seen that lets you unlock trophies, and later on Steam achievements by buying them. You read correctly. And all it takes is you to actually complete the entire game's story and a fuckload of in game money! Want to get that delicious platinum trophy but don't want to sink in 100+ hours to do every single trophy requirements? Just buy them. I won't do it though because I am not even close to finding every single thing this game has to offer, and I will get them with my own determination damn it! I give this game the rating of "so awesome that my mind is blown, I'm very happy, and I will play this game ALL over again! Well, before Horizon Zero Dawn comes out and I'll play the crap out of that game. But after playing that game, I'll return to Nier Automata to play the game all over again!" And of course this game gets the Badass seal of Approval! Too bad Joe won't review this game. Or will he??? Oh I feel sympathy for you people that have to wait till 7 or 10 March for this game. But you know, anxiously waiting for the game and then playing it only to be blown away by how awesome it is is more satisfying, I think. Be prepared to have buckets ready near you when you play this game, because your mind will be blown and fall into pieces, and you'll have to reassemble your fallen mind chunks piece by piece! Let's see if Horizon Zero Dawn is as great as the reviews said. Man, 2017 is probably the best gaming year since..... I don't know since when! Update after playing Horizon. Looks like Horizon is ALMOST a GOTY contender, but that game is now one of the top 10 games of 2017 list, which is still great. Oh well, back to playing Nier again then, because I don't have a Wii U or Switch so I can't play Zelda. Damn you Nintendo, just make your first party games without motion controls multi platform already!
Rami Ismail asks devs and players to share stories of how games effected or helped people, Youtuber gives reasons why they keep imploding, Centipede programmer Dona Bailey holds AMA, Steven Messner looks into an Ark roleplaying server, how the Yakuza helped sell Nintendo's first game, Colin Campbell writes about what Gabe Newell is like during a press event and how he answers questions, Payday 3 in production, visual essay jam, variety of Japanese titles get western release dates, how "games as a service" delayed Owlboy, what developers think of Steam Spy, Folding Ideas and Linkara discuss Youtuber Life Tycoon game and state of Youtube, Bethesda working on three new games, interview with the devs of Nier Automata, Zelda community talks about giving Link a voice, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, release dates, previews, interviews, expansions, DLC, updates, company news, new tech, mods) Watch the trailer for the 2017 Independent Games Festival Awards! Raw Fury offer to pay indies' Steam Direct fees for any game they deem good enough Valve won't automatically detect cheaters for fear of "an arms race" with cheat makers Are You Making Nintendo Switch Games? Japanese Developers Answer That And More Hands-On Nintendo Switch Impressions From A Dream I Had Last Night Nintendo eShop purchases will finally be tied to Nintendo Accounts Leaked Switch Was Stolen, Nintendo Says Nintendo Switch launch lineup includes Zelda, 1-2-Switch Nintendo Switch download sizes revealed, making extra memory a must Claim Your Nintendo Switch Account ID Banana Peels, Nasty Aliens, and Brain Hacking in 'Prey' An hour with Prey ‘Prey’ Is More Freaky Sci-fi, Less Horror Dropzone is a competitive RTS for the modern era My Memory of Us teaser tells a tale of children trapped in a war-time ghetto The Black Death Spreads to Videogames With A Plague Tale: Innocence A special message from YOKO TARO MASS EFFECT™: ANDROMEDA – Gameplay Series #1: Combat Hardcore Girls and Bullet Hell: A Conversation with the Makers of 'Nier: Automata' Kona, the snowy supernatural mystery set in Canada's north, is coming in March Sea of Thieves Technical Alpha 0.1.1. gameplay video released – Taming New Seas NIS America is localizing Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, and it's coming to Steam Talking Dreams and Nausea-Free VR with Tim Schafer Bard's Tale remastered trilogy will be finished, Olde Skuul boss says Watch 15 minutes of sci-fi zombie beatdowns in a new trailer for The Surge Bethesda's Todd Howard Hints at 3 New Games Oops! Game developers forget to hit the submit button and miss scheduled release date Dawn of War 3 trailer battles over mythical pointy stick Choice, Consequence and Vampires Power the Next Game From 'Life Is Strange' Studio Square Enix Announces New RPG Called Project Prelude Rune Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s best trailer yet has fans crying ‘spoilers’ Danganronpa V3 And A Bunch Of Other Japanese Games Get Western Release Dates Payday 3 is in production, but could be a long way off Songbringer is a Zelda-like with galactic war and hallucinogenic cacti Redeemer is an action slasher that's like God of War meets Hotline Miami A Game About Houses Of Cards, Without Any Politics Stranger of Sword City Revisited first English trailer, eight-hour free trial announced New Persona 5 Trailer Features This Returning Character Rogue Legacy devs announce Full Metal Furies, a four-player co-op brawler Touhou Kobuto V coming west this summer Tokyo Tattoo Girls for PS Vita, PC coming west this summer RPG Maker Fes coming west this summer Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy for PC launches March 27 Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire - Backer Update 14 - Neketaka Pillars of Eternity 2's overhauled weather system will affect player status and NPC routines Redeemer is an action slasher that's like God of War meets Hotline Miami Ghost Recon Wildlands open beta starts Feb 23, tontos Final Fantasy VII Remake's Director Shows Screenshots Of The Game's First Boss Fight The Gardens Between Looks Just Lovely Isabella von Carstein heads to Total War: Warhammer as another Legendary Lord Total War: Warhammer's free Bretonnia faction lands on February 28 - here's a trailer Warhammer News: Bretonnia Update 19th Feb Total War: Warhammer - Full Bretonnia Army Roster (Battle Gameplay) Nioh to add high-difficulty missions in late March, PvP in late April; first DLC details Homefront: The Revolution’s final expansion coming in March Valve Fixes Accuracy Bug That's Been In Team Fortress 2 For Ten Years Blizzard Retires Classic Cards In Anticipation Of New Hearthstone Season Is this really the worst Hearthstone meta we’ve ever had? Blood Bowl 2 introduces Chaos Dwarfs and Khemri teams to its bloody roster Watch Dogs 2 “Human Conditions” DLC due to release on PC on March 23 Kolin is Street Fighter 5’s next character. Here’s why you should play her. War Thunder gets new Japanese tanks in impending update Final Fantasy 15’s PS4 Pro patch does more harm than good Conan Exiles' new region lock has prevented some regions from playing on official servers Final Fantasy XIV’s New Expansion “Stormblood” Gets Plenty Info on New Areas, Features and Much More Civilization 6 Free Update And New Australia Civ DLC Announced First For Honor patch will buff Valkyrie, nerf Conquerer and Berserker, fix guard breaks Watch the world end in Defcon VR’s virtual war room Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan trolls fans who are begging for Valentine’s content The Overwatch Playboy parody 'Playwatch Magazine' has been shut down by a copyright claim Crafty Overwatch Players Are Staying Up Late To Get Better Ranks Overwatch's next hero may not be Doomfist, suggests Jeff Kaplan Is this Overwatch’s next hero? See Overwatch devs answer your questions in last weekend's PC Gamer Weekender Q&A What do developers and publishers really think of Steam Spy? Portal writer Erik Wolpaw leaves Valve Humble Bundle raises more than $6.5M for charity EA's Origin Access subscription service is running a limited time free trial PewDiePie versus the media: Why he’s so mad to be losing the fight I remember last time he was complaining about Polygon and another site talking about him that he lied about their articles and said they used him as clickbait, when he wasn't mentioned in the header, as the picture, and was the focus for maybe part of a sentence in the middle of the articles. PewDiePie Is Only Part of the ProblemPew The three reasons YouTubers keep imploding, from a YouTuber Twitch Streamer Dies During 24-Hour Marathon Stream Court Throws Out Digital Homicide's Case Against Critic Jim Sterling The ‘Stardew Valley’ Modder Who Added Jerk Off Schedules For Every Guy Esports News Riot's New Replay Tool Could Seriously Affect League Matches Counter-Strike Pro Promises To "Crush" Opponent, Backs It Up In Dominating Fashion FIFA Pro Puts Away Two Goals In Under A Minute At Miami Regionals League of Legends Pro Dances Before Pushing For The Win In Guilty Gear It's Never Over Until The Vampire Sings North Seizes Double Overtime Win At DreamHack Masters Las Vegas Pro Overwatch Player Wrecks Entire Team's Defense With Sneaky Lucio Boop This Is Why You Don't Challenge The Street Fighter V Champ Nazara will invest $20 million in eSports for India Danish CS:GO Players Barred from Competing at Copenhagen Games LAN The Rise in College Esports Scholarships Crowdfunding News Fig kicks off $500k funding initiative aimed at late-stage game dev woes Shardbound Content I found interesting this week (interviews, reviews, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, criticism, etc) Rami Ismail asks devs and players to share stories of how games effected or helped people Some of the responses Gabe Newell isn't really here Gabe Newell discusses the downsides of working at Valve Video Game Tries To Tackle Gang Violence In Chicago, Fails Grandia – 1998 Developer Interviews, originally featured in Sega Saturn Magazine (jp) Centipede Programmer, Dona Bailey, holds AMA VISUAL ESSAY JAM ROUNDUP How Sega Brought Yakuza 0 To The West I was drugged, forced to sing, and accused of murder in one night on an Ark roleplaying server Raising Questions of Power in Reigns Portal 2’s Co-Op Was Perfect How 'Memoranda' Successfully Brings Haruki Murakami's Surrealism into a Video Game For Honor Gets Female Armor Right Meet the superfans who spent a decade bringing Daikatana back to life The dark art of creating gorgeous death animations 'Freelancer' Was the Original Open-World Space Opera Devs discuss the history and the future of so-called 'walking sims' Road to the IGF: The Molasses Flood's The Flame in the Flood Road to the IGF: Ocelot Society's Event Games As Service - How it delayed Owlboy for nearly a year ‘Horizon: Zero Dawn' is ‘The Witcher 3’ for the ‘Avatar’ Generation 'Horizon Zero Dawn' made me fall in love with open-world RPGs Gender, Race, and Robot Dinos in Horizon Zero Dawn Let's Talk About How 'Resident Evil 7' Falls Apart at the End How The Zelda Community Finally Gave Link a Voice How to Make the Best of Working on Licensed Video Games Youtubers Life and the State of YouTube (w/ Linkara) How the Yakuza helped sell Nintendo's first game - Here's A Thing Guide to Games: Valkyria Chronicles The Magic of the First Legend of Zelda | Game Maker's Toolkit Sierra's Lost Gem - The Dagger of Amon Ra #GLG29: Diversity in Watch Dogs 2 Noclip Project 4 Teaser Advanced Game Literacy - Finding Meaning in Games - Extra Credits Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games Game Industry Valentines FFXV Ignis Dishes DeMarcus Cousins' Trade Was So Shitty NBA 2K17 Won't Let You Do It Things I Missed From Previous Weeks 'Metacritic' Still Matters, But For How Long? HOW CHICAGO'S OVERLOOKED VIDEO GAME CREATORS SCORED AN EXTRA LIFE Not Forgotten - Hellgate: London (Innovative Diablo Successor / Looter Shooter) Other Places: Hitman