5 Things To Get Hype About NieR Automata

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Console: PS4

Release Date: March 7th, 2017

NieR Automata has been released in Japan while in America we have to wait with bated breath for another month. Automata is the sequel to Platinum Games original title NieR that was released in 2010. There has been a lot of excitement surrounding this game due to the well received demos released in December. For some, the name NieR may be new since it’s coming sandwiched between Horizon Zero Dawn and Zelda. To help those that may have missed the information about the game, here are 5 things to get hype about NieR Automata.

NieR’s Story Makes Science Fiction Dreams Come True

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This game takes place in the distant future where humanity is at risk yet again. The Council of Humanity decides to deploy android soldiers to combat the threat using their newest unit YoRHa. These androids will be fighting against more machines to wage a war that may uncover many of humanities forgotten truths.

The Characters Have Mysteries All Their Own

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Reading through the character bios on the official NieR site, it seems like the android soldiers are a mystery. The androids assigned to the YoRHa unit appear to have very strict rules set for them. The androids are only assigned code numbers with no real names. They are encouraged to stifle their emotions even though they all have unique personalities. In the demo, players are introduced to new YoRHa unit 2B, environmental research companion 9S and YoRHa obsolete prototype, A2. The characters also have unique battle styles and, at the moment, I am unsure how many players will get to try.

The Setting is Dystopian and Open World

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Incoming open world fatigue. The game is beautiful of course and there is a lot of it. The game camera switches perspectives to top down in some encounters or seemingly 2-D as 2B wall runs. The setting gives me a steam punk vibe but there are only a few screenshots of the world at large available. From the demo we know that a bulk of humanity is on the moon so running into other people may not happen often.

Prepare for an Action Based Battle Experience

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The combat is action based using a mix of light and heavy attacks. Players will be able to block as well to create strategies when taking down foes in the open landscape. The rest of the action combat staples follow like free range of motion, jumping, rolling etc. 2B is the master at slinging around a very huge sword with the fluidity to make a Samurai jealous. 2B also has a robot drone at her disposal to dish out some additional damage.

The Game Is Available For Preorder

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The game is available for preorder and has a collector’s edition set for those interested. The Collector’s Edition includes a 2B figuring, steel book case, art book, original sound track, the game and bonus DLC of different skins and accessories. The cost for all of this may be a little steep so waiting for reviews is also an option.

Are you excited for NieR? Did you play the demo? Do you think it will live up to the hype? Let us know in the comments below as we wait out this month together.

 

Platinum’s TMNT Project Leaked, Activision Releases HD Trailer

The first ever trailer for PlatinumGames’ upcoming TMNT game titled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan, has been leaked ahead of schedule.

While there is very little combat, it is nice to see the look they’re going for and how the game is shaping up from the conceptual stages.

Here is the full trailer in HD, courtesy of Activision.

 

While I can’t truthfully say that I am a big fan of anything TMNT related, it is nice to know that the game seems to be achieving a genuine comic book aesthetic, rather than some bizarre Michael Bay deformity.

Furthermore, it’s reassuring to know that TMNT is in the hands of the talented people at PlatinumGames, who have a nearly flawless record of developing fun and frenetic action games. Even if they seem to have about ten thousand projects on the go at once.

I am certain we will be seeing much more on TMNT in the coming months, so definitely stay tuned for whatever is next.

Corrin and Bayonetta are the Final Newcomers for Super Smash Bros

Nintendo has released its final video presentation for Super Smash Bros for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, detailing the last of the DLC content that will be released for the games.  Tonight, the previously announced Final Fantasy VII DLC will release and include Cloud as a playable character, a Midgar stage, a Chocobo hat for Mii Fighters, and a new Mii costume based on Geno from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars.  Geno has been a popular pick for the roster for some time, but the character is owned by Square Enix and hasn’t been able to make any sort of return since his initial appearance.  A Mii costume isn’t exactly what fans were hoping for, but it’s certainly more exposure than what the character has seen in years past.

The rest of the DLC is set to release in February of next year and will add two brand new characters to the roster.  First, there will be Corrin, the main character from Fire Emblem: Fates.  Like Robin and Wii Fit Trainer, Corrin will come in male and female versions to match the character’s player avatar roots.  Having manakete blood, Corrin is part-dragon and will be able to perform monstrous transformations.  Corrin’s moveset includes an extremely lengthy side-smash, a back-air that propels him/her forward, a chargeable projectile, a counter, and a spear that can pin opponents to the ground.  Her/his final smash is Torrential Roar, a close-range assassination attack that deals massive damage and knockback to anyone caught in its range.  There won’t be a Fire Emblem: Fates stage added to the game, but there will be two  tracks from the game added to the coliseum stage.

The final character joining the roster, and the winner of the Smash Ballot, is Bayonetta from the series of action games of the same name developed by Platinum Games.  She was the single highest voted character in Europe, in the top five for North America, and was the single highest voted character overall out of the eligible characters.  The Umbra Witch is a combo fiend to rival even the highly technical Ryu, even capable of performing lengthy combos in the air.  Her down special is Witch Time, which acts like a counter, but, instead of directly returning damage, it slows the opponent based on the amount of damage the opponent currently has and the frequency of Witch Time being used.  Even if the timing on Witch Time is off, it will at least reduce the damage Bayonetta receives rather than fully negating it.  Her final smash is Infernal Climax, which sets a Witch Time slow-down for the entire screen and begins a Climax Gauge.  Fill the gauge by damaging opponents and you’ll summon the demon Gomorrah to devour any enemies you damaged while the gauge was onscreen.  If an opponent caught by Gomorrah has 100% damage or more, they will be instantly KO’ed.  There will also be a new stage to accompany Bayonetta called Umbra Clock Tower, based on one of the most memorable scenes from her original game.  There will also be amiibo figures released for every DLC character in Super Smash Bros.

One final addition in the February update will be a final set of Mii Fighter costumes.  Along with bionic armor for the brawler, it will include costumes based on Tails and Knuckles from the Sonic series, Takamaru from The Mysterious Murasame Castle, Gilgamesh from The Tower of Druaga, and Ashley from the Wario Ware series.  You can check out the full broadcast for Smash’s final update here.  What are your thoughts on the final newcomers?  Who did you vote for in the ballot?  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

You Should Watch This NieR: Automata Gameplay Reveal Trailer

E3 2015 was such a massive tease for fans of Nier; the Square Enix published Japanese RPG that, since launch, garnered quite a cult following.

With Paris Games Week happening right now, we’ve finally been given a proper glimpse into the anticipated sequel, just titled NieR: Automata.

Check out this killer trailer below.

 

 

I am glad to see actual gameplay being shown off here. Nier, while fantastic in some ways, suffered heavily from its stunted and repetitive action and terribly sub-par graphics. Luckily for us, this trailer demonstrates that Nier has received a massive facelift and a complete redesign of the combat.

While not revolutionary or technically astounding, the new engine displays some nice crisp visuals at what I would argue is 60 frames per second. What was before a slow and brutish exercise in patience is now a flashy, physics-defying combo-fest and I am so ready for this welcomed change.

I hope it is not a long wait until the next time we see more of Nier. 

Scalebound – Xbox One Exclusive Gameplay Revealed

Scalebound is the next game from developer Platinum Games, responsible for fast paced high octane action such as Vanquish and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. After first being revealed at E3 in 2014 with a slick looking CGI trailer, the first look at gameplay was presented at Gamescom 2015.

You can see from the gameplay video below that this game will feature melee based combat, reminiscent of Devil May Cry, and a giant dragon that you control to do your bidding. The similarities between Scaledbound and Devil May Cry don’t stop with combat, the main character seems to have been inspired by the series. He has a cocky attitude, mysterious powers and a love for putting on headphones before a battle. Much like Nero’s demon arm, the main character has what appears to be a scaled arm which I am sure will play a pivotal role in the story.

What was not shown in the trailer is whether the dragon is a playable feature or a simply an ally that is commanded to complete certain actions. This is certainly a feature that everyone wants to see and could be what distinguishes this game from other third person action games.

What did you think of the Scalebound gameplay reveal? Are you as excited to play it now the gameplay has been revealed? Let me know in the comments below.