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Mar
29
Posted by Ben at 15:01
In different kind of news, Women in Games have launched a new ambassador program, which is now sponsored by Google's Women Techmakers

I'll admit to not knowing who/what Women in Games was, but after reading a bit about them, they're a non-profit aimed at encouraging women's involvement in the games industry. The ambassador program is designed for the purpose of:
"Ambassadors are expected to reach out to young women at school, college and university locally in their region to encourage them to consider the games industry as a career. They will also reach out to the local public, regional industry and educational leaders and local government to form partnerships and long term strategic relationships."

So, whatever you think about about this, and I'm not here to lecture you, the last part, the bit where they go and talk to people in positions of power about gaming, is a good thing for us all. Gaming has begun to be taken more seriously, or at least become more accepted and openly talked about, but it's still got a long way to go

The ambassadors include the likes of Jessica Curry (who did the music for Dear Esther), and if you want to find out more head to www.womeningames.org
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Mar
29
Posted by Ben at 13:45
Mantis Burn Racing is a game I really quite enjoyed, and one that is also a pretty decent way to make use of your Playstation 4 Pro and 4K television, should you have them.

Well, should you need an excuse to dust off your game, Mantis Burn Racing now has 2 new pieces of DLC.

The first DLC to talk about is Snowbound Pack DLC. The Snowbound Pack if free, and while it only includes 1 new location, because of the way the game only uses parts of locations as tracks, you're actually looking at 4 new tracks. Plus VooFoo Studios are also throwing in seasons 2 and 3 of the Veteran career mode (another 34 events) for you to play with, should you have got to the point where you ran out of content in Mantis Burn Racing (seriously, that career mode is pretty long)

There's also some paid dlc, the Elite Class dlc, priced at 1.99, brings lightning fast hover-cars to mantis Burn racing, so 3 new vehicles, plus a 12 event Elite career, so again, not bad if you're looking to get back in to the game.

The trailer for the Snowbound Pack is posted below

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Mar
28
Posted by Ben at 14:20
PQube have announced that they're bringing Fight of Gods to Steam, and while very little has been shown yet, the reason I'm posting about it is because of what it's not, being instead a Western looking 2D-fighter

Not that I've anything against Japanese, or faux-Japanese style 2D fighters, on the contrary I love them. In fact I'm struggling to think of a Western 2D or 3D fighter that would trouble my top 10 fighting games (or top 20 for that matter), but it is nice to see someone try something different.

Fight of Gods features the likes of Odin and Zeus battling it out, we're probably not going to see Allah v Jesus so don't get your hopes up, but the likes of Shin Megami Tensei have shown that gods do tend to have characteristics that lend themselves to being extrapolated for a game.

There's a trailer below, and Fight of Gods is due in the summer on Steam

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Mar
25
Posted by Mark at 16:26
In a suprising act of openness for the firm, Nintendo's US QA/localisation/marketing team Treehouse have launched a blog, which can be seen here.

Right now, there's only two posts- one from Bill Trinen, and another from Nate, who wrote the English script for Paper Mario.

While this is a welcome- if unusual- development from Nintendo, it still puts them well behind the social media presence of Sony and Microsoft- and considering a number of recent decisions from the company haven't been met with universal praise, this will be an interesting one to watch.


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Mar
23
Posted by Ben at 17:17
I'm a little surprised there hasn't been a Wonder Girl before if I'm honest, it seems like something that would have been added along the way. Anyway, DotEmu have addressed the lack of female character in Wonder Boy by letting you play as Wonder Girl

Wonder Girl will be playable in the new HD Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap, plus also the retro inspired version. There's a trailer below that shows her, and Monster Boy, in action

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Mar
21
Posted by Ben at 15:49
I never got around to Radiant Historia on the Nintendo DS, the few people I knew who had raved about it and told me I'd love it, but it soon became a bit of a nightmare to find for a decent price. Good news then, Atlus have announced that they're going to be brining a remake of Radiant Historia to the 3DS

The remake will be called Radiant Historia Perfect Chronology and, assuming it gets an English translation, should allow people like me who missed the game first time a chance to play it. For those who played the original version, Radiant Historia Perfect Chronology will boast an extra scenario to play through
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Mar
18
Posted by Ben at 18:18
I really liked Lost Dimension on the Vita. It's got it's problems, but it's a decent modern strategy Jrpg that nothing like enough people played. Good news then, thanks to Ghostlight Lost Dimension is getting a second chance with an upcoming PC release

Lost Dimension kind of mixes Dangonronpa's idea of a traitor amongst your group, with a trial of sorts to work out who it is. The problem I had with that mechanic, while an interesting idea, because the traitor is "randomly" selected, there's no motivation in place for them to do it, something Danganronpa mostly got right.

Anyway, I really liked it for the free-moving rpg combat, which you can see in the video I made no one watched, posted below. Lost Dimension is coming to Steam later this year

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Mar
17
Posted by Ben at 15:21
2Dark, the isometric horror from the creators of the legendary Alone in the Dark is out now

2Dark is available both physically and digitally on the PS4 and Xbone One, and also available on Steam, priced at 34.99 for the physical edition (which includes a few extras like an artbook, a cd, and a steelbook) and 18.99 for the PC version

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Mar
14
Posted by Ben at 18:11
Atlus are clearly big fans of our Grandia Let's Play series as they've sent us a Let's Play video of their own, featuring Erika Harlacher playing some Persona 5

It goes without saying that this Persona 5 video is going to be a bit spoilery. It looks very early in, there's a tutorial explaining about being surrounded by enemies, so I'd guess maybe the first or second dungeon, but I know some people want to go in completely blind.

Erika Harlacher plays Ann Takamaki in Persona 5, and this dungeon seems to focus on her a bit. Again, to stress, don't watch the video is you don't want some scenes spoiled, but Persona 5 is looking pretty good.

On a related note, Atlus have also announced that Atlus have also made some PS4 themes and avatars available for free until the 21st March, so you've got a week to grab those

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Mar
13
Posted by Ben at 01:19
March has been a busy month already, but if you're after some over-the-top action racing, with stunts and, well, nonsense, keep a space for FlatOut 4: Total Insanity, because it's looking pretty good

Set to release on Playstation 4 and Xbone One on March 17th, FlatOut 4: Total Insanity looks like it's going to capture the spirit of the old games and return the franchise to form. Hopefully anyway.

There's a trailer below that shows off a few of the modes

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