The latest footage from the upcoming PlayStation VR game Rigs looks actually decent (shown below). While it’s difficult to recreate VR based footage via straightforward video, the latest footage does a good job of conveying what the game will be like. It looks good too and better than I was expecting. My only minor gripe is that the weapon shot effects look somewhat lacklustre but I am willing to give the game some slack as it is a launch title for the new hardware and the rest of it looks good. The Japanese and Australian version of the game are listed for release on the 13th October, which would make sense as that also coincides with the release of PlayStation VR itself. It’s likely that the US release will be similar, considering how badly Sony needs games to support their new VR push.
Following the news that Super Robot Wars V is coming out next year on PS4 and Vita, as well as the awesome fact the game is getting a full English localization, we now have some very nice screenshots of the game to look at. The obvious weirdness in this iteration is the inclusion of Yamato 2199 but on the flipside we get Crossbone Gundam (shown above) and Hathaway’s Flash. As the game is getting an Asian release it also means Bandai Namco can bypass a lot of the licensing nonsense in the West and localize the game accordingly. Not to mention that both the PS4 and Vita are region free, means Bandai Namco has found a wondrous loophole to bring Super Robot Wars westward. Sadly, the game is out next year so we have a fair while to wait but in the meantime you can pre-order the English release here.
Along with Hawken coming to Xbox One, the game will also be released on PS4. The latest trailer (shown below) also clarifies that the game will also remain free-to-play on consoles. Considering that whole monetization setup killed Hawken on PC, I had hoped they would have gone back to the game’s origins and do something more standalone. I still think the fact that Hawken wasn’t released as a straightforward downloadable arcade game on the 360 is one of the biggest missed opportunities of the last console generation.
The game is now being handled by Reloaded Games and 505 Games. Thus far, they seem to be doing a better job than Meteor Entertainment did, as they pretty much killed the community through overt greed and incompetence. I feel sad for the old team at Adhesive Games though, as seeing their work resurrected like this must be difficult.
That said, Hawken is finally getting a wider release. Let’s hope that this time the game survives a bit better and finds the audience on console it so badly needs.
Following the first Titanfall released back in 2014, we now have an all-new and shinier Titanfall 2 on the way later this year. While the first game mostly serviced Xbros, this new game will also be coming out on PS4. The game looks good though and this time around there’s an actual proper singleplayer mode and the new grapple mechanics give me major Lost Planet 2 feels. While the singleplayer mecha setup looks interesting, in terms of narrative, the mecha themselves still look like they handle akin to people in robot suits.
Admittedly, the whole “Titans aren’t mecha” hilarity is probably worth bringing up here but I know that members of Respawn read this humble site and seem to enjoy it, so it’s clear that one guy’s slightly nutty viewpoint on mecha doesn’t represent a whole studio.
If I am brutally honest, while I personally enjoyed the first game, the mecha were dull to play with. This was proven out by the fact that both Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Black Ops III only copied the powered suit parkour from Titanfall and eschewed the mecha. It’s a shame as the Titans looks amazing but I just wish they had been more vehicular in terms of their control, rather than just feel like a slow and heavy dude.
The singleplayer and multiplayer trailers are shown below and Titanfall 2 comes out this October.
The Akatsuki Gundam returns to the VS series in Gundam EXVS Maxi Boost On! Last seen in Gundam VS Gundam Next, the Akatsuki brings in more pack-switching action to the roster. Changing between the Oowashi and Shiranui pack allows for different movesets, similar to other pack-switching units like the Strike and Impulse before it. The Shiranui pack has its funnel-like dragoons to attack from long range or act as a beam shield similar to Nu Gundam. The Oowashi pack appears to provide more mobility and a better plethora of melee attacks. And it wouldn’t be the Akatsuki if it didn’t have its beam deflection ability. It will be interesting to see if it works on gerobi type attacks as well. Granted we won’t be seeing Maxi Boost On outside of Japanese arcades for a long time, check out the release trailer for the Akatsuki below!
Gematsu have recently reported the western release of Gundam Extreme VS Force will be digital-only. This comes to us as no surprise considering how late this is coming into the Vita’s life on top of the game’s niche status. Needless to say, if you’ll be wanting a physical copy of an English language version, you’ll have to go hunting for the Asian copy. Another note found in the recent teaser trailer is the fact that all the post launch updates and DLC units will be included right from the get go! No more worrying about missing out on Free Battle, Course Battle, and new units like Extreme Gundam Excellia when the game launches on July 12 next month. Until then, check out the latest teaser trailer below!
Bandai Namco have recently released update 1.04 for Gundam EXVS Force adding three more units to the roster and updating Free Battle to version 1.02. New to Force’s roster are the Tallgeese II, Gundam Virsago Chest Break, and the brand new Extreme Gundam Excellia from Maxi Boost. In Free Battle 1.02, you can now add NPCs and bosses to your matches. If you ever wanted to play against Big Zam and Psyco Gundam at the same time or have a boss on your team, now’s your chance! Hopefully we’ll see more updates come to Force in the near future, but until then check out the recent gameplay vid of Extreme Gundam Excellia below.
We now know that Super Robot Wars OG The Moon Dwellers will have its Asian version released on August 5th. This version of the game will also be localized into English, with subtitles being available throughout (though thankfully retaining the original Japanese voices). While the Japanese release will be made available on both PS3 and PS4, it seems the Asian version will only be on PS4. As winkysoft are sadly no more, this looks to be more of an in-house game at Bandai Namco. It’s looking lovely though but it’s sad to think that much of the engine gruntwork was likely down to winkysoft. You can pre-order the game here and by all means check out the English trailer for the game below.
What is it? It’s a casual, mecha themed shmup game featuring local co-op. It’s also sporting some great stage visuals, as well as an incredibly fun soundtrack which you can actually listen to here! It’s also available for purchase on Steam. You can choose from 4 different mecha, each with their own abilities, as well as selecting your weapon setup before launching. The game also boasts some light RPG elements, as you can choose different upgrades after beating a stage. This game certainly is fun, and if you’re the kind of person who likes to customize their experience; you can switch things up in the options. Giving you the options for things like enemy durability, fire rate, and more. The game can change as you want it.
With just 38 reviews on steam right now, this title really didn’t receive a lot of attention. Something I don’t quite understand. While researching the game in order to write this small article, I’ve found those who have played it seem to love it. The devs are nothing to turn your nose up at either it seems, as they’re quite passionate and really care about providing a quality product. As this Steam review I found highlights. I really look forward to seeing what Dreamloop has in store for the future. You can view the trailer for Stardust Galaxy Warriors below.
Bandai Namco have added a brand new original unit to the Maxi Boost On roster, Extreme Gundam Excellia. This unit is comes from the Gundam EXA universe and piloted by Sthesia, who you might know as the main navigator of the series. Excellia looks to be a pretty solid long range unit with gerobis, funnel-like beams, and AoE blasts. Considering its variety of attacks and health, it looks to be at least a 2500 cost unit. And if you aren’t lucky enough to play this in Japanese arcades but have Extreme VS Force, this unit will also be appearing in the 1.04 update coming some time in the near future. Until then, check out some Excellia gameplay in the video below!