|Posted by Bruno B on June 19, 2021 at 9:20 AM||comments (0)|
Back with our final coverage of E3 , it's showcases and our consclusion. this is the first of three posts covering the remainder of the show.
So after the entertaining XBOX showcase we where excited to see what Sqaure Enix had in store. .We must admit we did not catch the early part did ctach up. Man's gotta eat you know.
Square Enix showcase was a mixed bag to be honest , fans where expecting some announcmenets that did not turn up and then some of the announcmenets where not as expected.
Standout games where of course the New Guardians of the Galaxey game which unlike thier previous Marvel Avengers game is a standalone single player campaign game with squad controls. This pleased many as the previous title was microtransaction hell and a online service game .
The new Gaurdians game looks really fun and characters are well animated though your role is as Starlord and you control your team mates through a control hub by the looks of it. But it's one where looking forward to.
Talking of online service games the anticpated game by Platinum Games for Square Enix Babylons Falls was revealed and like Marvel Avengers is a online service title which upset a lot a people and really is at odds of the type of games Platinum usually makes.
But I'm sure those interested will enjoy it.
Then the other title revealed was Strangers of Paradise a hack and slash game which is a spin of the Final Fantasy universe.
Coded by Team Ninja at Koei Tecmo this is one s that got everyone excited , it's a campaign based or mulitplayer adventure with real time battles that Team Ninja excell at. Definitely has character and one to watch.
The only other franchise to get a good slot was the new Life is Strange game True Colours which we saw a indepth look at and has become quite a franchise considering the original launched as a episodic Indie title.
I do enjoy these type of games and enjoyed my time with the original , I will probably give this a whirl to.
But the lack of any news of the Tomb Raider or Just Cause franchises also was noted by many.
Also their lack of any indepth look at Final Fantasy XVI which is a timed exclusive for Playstation 5 .
Overall Square Enix showcase was average at best even though it did have a couple of highlights.
Of course later that day , or night i should say well infact it was the next morning as it started at Midnight , I sat down for the Future Games show .
This was a good show as it offered up looks at all sorts of games from a host of developers and publishers like Xseed who are bringing the likes of Story of Seasons Friends of Mineral Town to Xbox One / X /S and Playstaion 4/5 . formerly a Nintendo Switch game.
The Switch also got info on ShadowVerse Champions of Battle and Rune Factory 5 coming in 2022.
Another on from Xseed for Nintendo Switch and PS4 was Akibas Trip Hellbound and Debriefed coming July 2021.Rounding of with Rune Factory 4 Special for PS4 / Xbox One /Xbox Series and Nintendo Switch coming this fall.
Sega also made a appearence with a more indepth look at Sonic Colours Ultimate , this game looks magnificent and having played the Wii Original can not wait to get my hands on this new version. Also from Sega and their Two Point Studios was Two Point Campus , a sequel to the highly successful Two Point Hospital which also got a juicy upgrade a short while back.
With Campus they have changed things up a bit and you actually get to build your Campus before you get to actualy work it. It looks like a lot of fun like it's predecessor and where looking out for this one which launches across all current formats and PC.
Team 17 also showed quite a few titles coming to many formats as well , Namely King of Seas ( All Current formats) , Hokko Life (Steam) , Honey I Joined a Cult ( Steam) , GREAK (Switch -PS5 - Xbox Series ) and Overcooked All you can Eat ( All Current Formats).
The next in the OLLI OLLI series made a appearence with Olli Olli World which looks like a vast upgrade to the last game and is coming along nicely.
In the end the Future games show was a fun showcase which offered a insight to the more smaller titles which many may have missed and sometimes these games can often outshine many titles from the big boys and their AAA titles.
this is BrunoB signing of - up next we go all Nintendo and why didn't Sega just wait to bring all their announcments together in one showcase themselves as thier announcments the past month have been quite consistant.
|Posted by Bruno B on June 15, 2021 at 7:15 AM||comments (0)|
Bruno B here back with more from E3 . So did XBOX and Bethedsa deliver or did they miss the mark. Considering before their aquisition of Bethedsa each company would host a Ninety minute conferance , here we have one combined confernace showcase at Ninety minutes or just under if where being picky.
Theres' No doub't that Bethedsa took a huge chunk of the show , they even opened up the show with the first reveal of their new game StarField which opened up the show and confirming that it was a Xbox Exclusive and coming 2022.. It looked interesting , but little is really known what the games about and how gameplay will be. We know it's set in Space and that's it..
Next up was the reveal of Rare's Sea of Thieves update with a new free expansion featuring Jack Sparrow of Pirates of the Caribbean , it looked really good i must admit. , but no news on Rare's Everwild which apparently has been rebooted in development with a new lead , the guy behind Banjo Kazooie. So don't be expecting this for a long while , or any news on it.
Then we had the reveal of Yakuza Like a Dragon coming to Gamepass , making the entire series available to play on Gamepass.
We had news on Elder Scrolls Online getting updates and a cute Smash style combat game called Party Animals which looked well crazy.
Then the big one hit , the most important game for Xbox and Halo Infinate in it's current state after the low key reception it got before Xmas last year. Even though i thought it looked ok.
With restructing at 343 and anew lead in the form of the guy behind the original Halo games it looks like it's looking truly next gen , even thopugh it's still coming to Xbox One as well.
The engine looks better and even though we did not see single player campaign gameplay they did show of the Multiplayer Gameplay to good extent and it looks lush . Really looking forward to this one.
In all thirty games where shown for Xbox and twenty seven of those are coming to Gamepass day one.
Slime Rancher 2 looked amazing and so bright and welcoming and a really cool Snowboarding game called Shredders which is Xbox Series only , no Xone. It looked really cool and a style of game we have been misiing on Xbox .
Age of Empires got a update on PC and looks really nice for those on PC and Microsoft Flight Simulator coming to Xbox Series after it's PC launch last year looks wonderful and the new expansion Top Gun Maverick also looks like a fun diversion for it.
Then we had what was rumoured that Playground Games would unleash Forza Horizon 5 before Turn Ten got the rebooted Forza Motorsport ready for Series X./ S . Yes it was true and launching before Christmas to and on both Xbox Series X / S - Xbox One - PC . Set in Mexico this time round and not Japan as previously rumoured .
It does make me think that Japan might have been intially the place but due to Covid that Mexico was easier due to having teams needing to travel to these places to get locations right. . Hopefully FH6 is set in Japan as i was hping for that but I settle for Mexico as the game looks stunning and how Playground has done this in the short time i don't know. Well looking forward to this.
But that was not all the ending of the show revelaed a new IP from Arkane studios ( Prey / Dishounoured ) a new Single or Multiplayer Vampire Hunting game which looks pretty cool. Named REDFALL it's due to come 2022 if where lucky.
So yes we had no news on Perfect Dark after the reveal last year and no new gameplay from HellBlade 2 from Ninja Theory , but it was rumoured to be shown but was cut.
So yes Xbox had a good showcase and Halo and Forza Horizon 5 along with Redfall probably gave it the edge they needed , was it outstanding or their best , I don't think so but i think time with a combined show probably limited it somewhat.
But they are having a stream on Thursday 17th at 6PM BST , where devs will talk about upcoming projects and it's here we might see more of Perfect Dark, Everwild and HellBlade.
This is BrunoB signing of . Next up Sqaure Enix - Future Games Show and Capcom.
|Posted by Bruno B on June 13, 2021 at 7:40 AM||comments (0)|
Back again with more E3 coverage - So last nights Ubisoft Forward for 2021 was the big start to E3 this year and the hour long show started of with Rainbow Six Extraction , a new expansion to the series which gives the feel of being in a Aliens movie. , Some have been critical when they heard that the theme was a Alien invasion , while others have embraced it. Time will tell how well it does .
The return of Rocksmith as Rocksmith+ on PC and Consoles looks interesting if your into learning to play the guitar, the principle is a subscription service which many games are heading of this ike it seems.
Far Cray 6 which is forthcoming looks like a involving story with a good cast , I must admit I have never played a Far Cry game , i just never thought the series appealed to me. , I viewed it as just another FPS game. But must admit I might give this a twirl.
Riders Republic shown last year has come on leaps and bounds and really is a Extreme sports version of Forza Horizon by the looks of it. , Definetly giving this a whirl., will it deliver and give the buzz of classics like Steep Slope Sliders ,1080 , Amped or Cool Boarders , we will see.
Assassins Creed Valhalla launched last year is getting some new expansions and the game does look lush to be honest.
The yearly version of Just Dance also got announced for the three main platforms , No Wii version this year , so i reckon sales will be down as the Wii version usually outsold the others .
The New Mario and Rabbids game Spark of Hope looks lovely , shame it was revealed a few days before by the leakers and then Nintendo spoiled it by hosting a picture on their site.
By now i was thinking yeah OK , nothing to excite me that i had not seen last year or heard about , but then the last innings of the show their suprise showing was a new game in the Avatar series - built in the new Snowdrop Engine Ubisoft unveiled AVATAR - Frontiers of Pandora coming in 2022 , and this looked truly next gen , in a way Ubisoft saved their showcase with this one . Good game and not a bad start to E3 2021.
Later today where be watching the Microsoft stream at least , if i have time will watch the others tonight or might just catch up on those.
Back again tomorrow.
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|Posted by Bruno B on June 12, 2021 at 10:00 AM||comments (0)|
North America: 12pm PDT / 1pm MDT / 2pm CDT / 3pm EDT
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Next we have the Devolver Direct which is part of Summer Gamefest - also airing Saturday June the 12th --
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Next up is Sqaure Enix Presents airing 13th June 2021 ---
North America: 12:15pm PDT / 1:15pm MDT / 2:15pm CDT / 3:15pm EDT
UK/Ire: 8:15pm BST
Europe: 9:15pm CEST / 10:15pm EEST
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Next on Sunday is Warner Brothers at E3 showcasing back for Blood airing 13th June 2021
North America: 2pm PDT / 3pm MDT / 4pm CDT / 5pm EDT
UK/Ire: 10pm BST
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Next we have The Future Games show by Gamesradar airing 13th June 2021 ---
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UK/Ire: 12am BST
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We really enjoyed the Future games show last year and look forward to it again.
Monday 14th June 2021
Monday sees a host of different events with a Indie special , Capcom events.
Next up is a Indie Showcase airing June 14th 2021
North America: 12pm PDT / 1pm MDT / 2pm CDT / 3pm EDT
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Capcom at E3 returns to our screens airing June 14th 2021 ---
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Tuesday 15th June 2021
Nintendo Direct and Treehouse Live airing 15th June 2021---
North America: 9am PDT / 10am MDT / 11am CDT / 12pm EDT
UK/Ire: 5pm BST
Europe: 6pm CEST / 7pm EEST
Asia/Oceania: 1am JST / 12am AWST / 2am AEST
Next Bandai Namco have a showcase at E3 airing June 15th 2021 ---
North America: 2:25pm PDT / 3:25pm MDT / 4:25pm CDT / 5:25pm EDT
UK/Ire: 10:25pm BST
Europe: 11:25pm CEST / 12:25am EEST
Asia/Oceania: 6:25am JST / 5:25am AWST / 7:25am AEST
Then to round of the proceedings there's the E3 awards on June 15th
showcasing the past years best games and offering a few surprises to apparently.
So there you go a gaming fest like no other and you don't even have to leave your chair. Where be updating this feed with all the updates and on twitter at our accounts
|Posted by Bruno B on June 12, 2021 at 9:15 AM||comments (0)|
Hi All Yes Bruno B here Kickemintheghoulies own resident Game expert and fan.
Yes I know I have been quite of late but I have been busy behind the scenes sorting out the sites game related pages. And even with the event of the new consoles launching before Xmas I was going to do a over view of events but to be honest felt content was shallow and with so many speculative rumours abound i thought best to avoid..
Plus the scarcity of being able to obtain a PS5 or Xbox Series X even more then five months later is still impossible for many . Though stocks of the Xbox series S seem abundant in both the USA and UK , Proving that the uptake of digital only consoles is not as big as many may think.
Even Sony's PS5 Disc edition outsells it's digital counterpart even though there's a £100 difference in price.
But with the Pandemic still going on and restrictions still in place for many supplies and events are still on hold.
Plus this has caused a worldwide Microchip shortage which is effecting not just the new game consoles but phone manafactures , Audio and Video makers and much more.
This has seen a increase in used items selling and this has pushed the prices up of used items on line across various auction sites and second hand dealers in retail like CEX where prices have risen dramatically . As demand of course drives prices up.
But as i come to a end of this post we are approaching that time of year where gamers unite and after last years cancelation E3 is back in a digital form starting this weekend.
As well as that we have the Summer Gamefest which kicked of on Thursday 10th of June and we also have the Future game show incoming as well this weekend.
So remember it's time to get your game on.
For more on E3 see our next post.
Bruno B .
|Posted by Bruno B on September 29, 2020 at 3:00 PM||comments (0)|
Hi all as We near the launches for next gen gaming , all eyes are on what the two big rivals do. Yes we know Microsoft have said they don't see Sony as rivals.
But this is good old Console wars and no matter how you look at it , this is what where heading for. Sony's confidence has been noted since the overhwhelming success of the PS4 after the legendary 2013 balls up by Don Matrick at the Xbox Conferance.
But with a good few years of leadership by Phil Spencer has seen the team in green gain the much needed respect they lost.
Of course this new generation has been hampered by the Global Pandemic , resulting in the usual fan fare associated with console launches , like live events and fans getting hands on with the systems months before launch go out of the window.
What we have had is a series of digital reveals , outlining the games on the systems and some hardware specs , some of these digital showcases have been ok while others have not revealed enough or the right infomation.
But in the end the past month has seen both companies reveal more info on the systems and the all important launch dates and price which both held up on until recently and really only got revealed because of leaks from Microsoft's end .
So yes with Xbox where getting two consoles , one a super uber Series X which is aimed at 4K gaming and those wanting the best in performance at the highest resolution. Also in Xbox's court is the smaller more affordable digital only console ( Xbox Series S) aimed at the more casual purchase and people who are going to play on a standard HD TV or Moniter up to 1440p .
Sony have gone with two consoles as well , but there two consoles are identical apart from one being a disc based unit and the other being a digital only unit. Both of Sony's units aim for 4K gaming , they share the same hardware.
The big thing this generation is that these uber consoles don't come cheap at a whopping £449 .00 ( $499) for both Microsofts and Sony's Disc Based units and Sony's Digital unit coming in at £359.00 ($399) , while Microsoft's Smaller Xbox series S comes in at a affordable £249.00 ($299).
Both consoles launch in November.
But where as Sony has lined up a couple of specific launch day exclusives like Spider Man Miles Morales and Demon Souls , Microsoft has had to delay their big hitter , HALO INFINITE due to a poor recpetion in digital events and not wanting to release a sub par game which is vital to showcase the system . This basically means Microsoft have no Xbox studio launch days games , or launch window for that matter.
Yes other compaines have Launch games for both systems , but many are cross gen titles .
But where Microsoft have been translucent with the new system , offering as much infomation as possible the past month, Sony on the other hand still have details they have not disclosed to their fans and customers. .
At time of writing Xbox and the team in green seem to have the upper hand , not only are they releasing two consoles aimed at two completely different price points and consumers they have also made sure their new console is fully back ward compatible with all Previous Xbox one games , and all 360 and OG Xbox back ward compatible games that currently work on Xbox One, as a bounus most of these games run with improved frmae rates , lighting and effects just from the bog standard edition.
Add to this many games getting free upgrades as you transition from one eco system to the next and you have a forward thinking concept.
But that's not all Xbox's game pass has been a marvelous addition to the Xbox eco system which offers great value to try out new games and all Xbox Studio games on day of release.
Then add in Included Xcloud play for Android devices , the inclusion of EAPLAY being included as part of the gamepass subscription from Xbox Series launch day .
Then the big one happened when a day before the Tokyo Game show , Xbox announced they had purchased Zeniax , the company who own the likes of Bethesda , Id Software , Arkane Studios and more . this means all the IP associated with these developers are now owned by Microsoft .
It means the likes of Doom Eternal.,Wolfenstien series , Fall Out and more are going to be coming to Gamepass . this will of course take time but Doom Eternal already has a date .
Xbox seems to be off to a flying start , they even have review units in the hands of reviewers and digital foundary have done a couple of videos on the new system , showcasing it's power.
Sony seem intent on keeping silent after a good showing of games , which was diluted the next day when suppossed exlcusives where found out to be coming to PS4 as well ( Spider Man Miles Morales / Horizon Zero 2 ) , where as Xbox uses the same Operating system as the current Xbox One range , it has been upgraded with new features and a new shop experiance which have been launched on the previous gen as well.
So gamers know what to expect. . Sony's Operating system seems scarce and in reality potential purchasers have pre-ordred not knowing vital info or what even the UI looks like on Sony's system.
Sony and Microsoft have less then six weeks to launch and Sony seem to be lacking in communication at present.
Xbox Series X / S launches on November 10th 2020 worldwide / X =£449 ($499) - S =£249 ($299)
Sony PS5 launches November 12th in the America's and the USA and on November 19th in all other regions £449 (499) Disc - £359 ($399) Digital.
Are you entering the next gen early or are you waiting ?
As of writing all preorders have sold out , though both compnies say more stock would be arriving after launch day.
This is Bruno B , your gaming expert giving you the lowdown .
I'll be back with more news on the next gen of gaming shortly.
Our next article will feature the debacle of using the new SSD drives , the pro's and the con's for gamers. and how to manage that data.
|Posted by Bruno B on April 25, 2020 at 8:55 AM||comments (0)|
My final news of the day, Just a slight bit of info , for those who have been playing Yakuza 0 on Xbox will be pleased to know that Yakuza Kiwami ( the remake of the original game) is out now on Xbox One in digital format at a reasonable £14.99 .
Plus Gamepass subscribers can also play the game on their subscription along with the Prequel .
Of Note * Yakuza Kiwami requires approximatley 22gb of storage space on Xbox One , and require roughly 44gb for the install on PC.
We will give a update once Kiwami 2 releases on Xbox as soon as we know.
This is Bruno.B signing off. Be Safe everyone.
|Posted by Bruno B on April 25, 2020 at 8:35 AM||comments (0)|
Yes more news for you all , Those lovely people at Bandai Namco are giving away a free digital copy of Pacman Championship edition 2 on PC /PS4 / and Xbox One , in a mesaage to get people to play at home amidst the covid19 outbreak.
Unfortunately Nintendo Switch owners have been left out as Switch has the Plus edition of the game and is not in the offer.
Pacman is a classic iconic game and even though this edition may not be the best , it's a welcome gift.
All i have to say is Thank You very much Bandai Namco and may you all be safe.
copyright (C) Bandai Namco
|Posted by Bruno B on April 25, 2020 at 8:20 AM||comments (0)|
Hi All I'm back with more gaming news, April the 30th sees the release of STREETS OF RAGE 4 , yes the long awaited sequel to Sega's arcade classic. Developed by Lizardcube and Produced by Sega the title looks to be a great homage to the classics. So come April 30th Owners across Xbox One / PS4 and Switch will be able to get down and gritty in this new iteration of the classic beat'em up and at Kickemintheghoulies we can not wait. .
Big Bonus for Xbox One owners is the title is coming to Gamepass on launch day , so subscribers to the service get to play right away. , it seems Phil Spencer and the Xbox team have pulled out the stops once again with Gamepass getting a plethora of Sega titles these past couple of months or so. Of course we don't know how long these titles will remain in Gamepass , so play them while you can.
Image copyright(c) Lizardcube / Sega
|Posted by Bruno B on March 18, 2020 at 1:50 PM||comments (0)|
Hi all , The past couple of days have been big for the gaming Community , if there's one thing the worlds lockdown on COVID19 is doing is bringing gamers together across the world as online portals are spiking with more players online then ever before. And looks like it's going to get busier with the announcement today that all UK schools will be closed by the end of the week to curtail the virus outbreak.
We should see more gamers online for the next few weeks at more times of the day.
So This week we have had Nintendo reveal a indie showcase with many titles arriving this year and many timed exclusives for the Switch. Of the ones where most impressed by include Baldo and The Last Campfire..
The Last Campfire is by Hello Games ( No Mans Sky) and arrives on Switch and other consoles this Summer
Baldo is a Anime inspired RPG which looks adorable ( C) NAPS TEAM
But also in the news is the SPEC Reveals for Xbox Series X and PS5 . Microsoft where out of the gates first on Monday confirming the 12 Terraflop beast with a 1TB SSD , a new controller with capture button and the systems Raytacing abilities and iterating Full backward compatability with all XBXO ONE titles and all excisting compatiable Xbox 360 and Xbox OG titles. .
They even showed a demo of how fast the Series X loads a game compared to a Xone X. It's fast.
Other news is that if you buy a title for XONE Xone X , and later upgrade to the Series X you can use the same disc and the system will upgrade the game to the Series X version via the internet at no extra cost. ( Providing developer has taken advantage of the Series X )
So play the latest titles on your excisting hardware and when you can afford to upgrade you can play the same game but looking so much better.
Storage- Series X comes with a 1TB SSD and has a expansion port for 1TB Specific cards . you can still use a USB hard drive for Your XONE and XONE 'X' games . so the most sensible thing to do is have all your Back compat titles installed on the USB drive ( unless it's Series X enhanced) and leave the console SSD and Expansion for your Series X games. .
Coming Holdiay 2020
Now to todays PS5 deep Dive which today chief architect MARK CERNY , Big surpise here was the how limited the Deep Dive was with Cerny's focus on how fast the SSD is in the PS5 , it's apparently very fast , like instantaneous. But the reveal of the the system only being 10.28TerraFlops upset a few PS4 stalwarts from the sounds of it. ( To be honest does it make a difference) , but then they go and reveal the SSD size as 825GB , which seems ludicrous for next gen. especially when some games come in at 100GB , if your lucky it will store ten AAA games or so unless your only buying indies.
Yes they have NVME EXPANSION cards coming as well , but when buying a new console added cost of extras adds up and many buyers won't have the dosh.
On the topic of Back Comaptability Cerny said they had tested a 100 of the most popular PS4 games and most worked. So what does that say about the other hundreds of PS4 games , will you still need your PS4?
No mention of other systems being back compatable.
No reveal of what the console looks like ( something XBOX have been early with )
In breakdown the PS5 specs don't match the Series X and with their fan service of Gamepass and their back compatable program and the fatc that all forthcoming games will work on all XBox One systems and the Series X , it looks like Microsoft are ahead.
We wait with bated breadth for more info over the coming weeks as Summer approaches.
This is Bruno B Signing Off
Keep Well and Safe all