New Gameplay Today – Ion Maiden

You like old-school shooters? You’re in luck! 3D Realms, the studio behind Duke Nukem 3D, Shadow Warrior, and other classics, is working on a new game built on old tech. Watch our new episode of NGT to hear what Javy Gwaltney thinks of Ion Maiden.

The game has many of the hallmarks of 3D Realms’ other games – fast action, weird weapons, and equally weird texture stretching when you look up too far. It’s retro in the best sense. Check out the game in action below.

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Ion Maiden is available on PC in early access, with the full release planned for sometime this fall.

In a sea of what was then referred to as “Doom clones,” 3D Realms made a name for itself by innovating the first-person shooter genre with the likes of Duke Nukem 3D and Shadow Warrior with its Build engine. The developer announced today that it’s returning to developing the kinds of games it made its names on with Ion Maiden, a first-person shooter made in the  Build engine that’s meant to channel the chaos and fun spontaneity of early shooters.

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The developer laid out the threadbare but amusing setup to the game and described its new action hero:

Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison earned her nickname as a bomb disposal expert for the Global Defense Force. When transhumanist cult mastermind Dr. Jadus Heskel unleashes a cybernetic army on Neo DC, Shelly decides it’s time to start chucking bombs rather than diffusing them.

Her journey will leave trails of blood and gore in huge, multi-path levels filled with those famous colorful keycards and plenty of secrets and Easter Eggs to discover behind every corner. There’s also no regenerating health here, so stop taking cover and start running and gunning.

Ion Maiden is now available in Early Access with a prequel campaign that’s standalone from the main game. For our thoughts on that campaign, be sure to check out our New Gameplay Today.

Ion Maiden is due out sometime in 2018.

Our Take
I dug my time with Ion Maiden a fair bit, so I’m looking forward to more of this retro shooter later on this year.

H1Z1, once one of the most popular games on Steam, is coming out of early access today with a HUD overhaul and a mode titled Auto Royale.

Sometimes credited as the progenitor of the Battle Royale genre, H1Z1 is leaving early access after roughly two years in the in-development category once the game split into two different projects. The officially released version adds a vehicle combat battle royale mode that pits 30 teams against each other in a map surrounded by ramps, oil slicks, turbo boosts, and more.

The news that H1Z1 is officially releasing accompanies the recent revelations of the game’s numbers dropping precipitously over the last year, according to this report by Gamasutra. At its height, H1Z1 stood shoulder-to-shoulder with other Steam giants like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Dota 2, but has fallen to 9000 – 14,000 concurrent players in recent months.

The H1Z1 league, a competitive professional league for the game, season for 2018 is scheduled to begin in Q1. You can check out the launch trailer for the vehicular battle mode below.

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Our Take
While it’s about time the game came out of early access, after Fortnite and Battlegrounds, H1Z1 feels a generation behind and has certainly been left behind in market mindshare. Maybe the release will help it recapture its glory, as the battle royale market is still extremely volatile.

New Gameplay Today – Moss

Moss is out today on PlayStation VR. You know – that cute game with the little mouse? Don’t worry if you’re not completely familiar with it, because Kyle straps on the headset and guides us through the charming puzzle-platformer.

As with a lot of VR games, watching it on a traditional display drains the game of some of its magic. Fortunately, Kyle is able to articulate where he thinks the game succeeds and where it falters. Stay tuned for one of Leo’s notoriously challenging questions, too.

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For our review of Moss, head here.

Sega has pulled the Yakuza 6 demo from PSN on its day after release after some intrepid players discovered ways around the story gating progress to play the entire full game.

As we reported yesterday, the Yakuza 6 demo came in at a huge 36GB, essentially downloading the full game with the ability to progress stopping midway through the first chapter. It did not take long for people to figure a way around this, however, and have been posting screenshots from the English localization through the game’s third chapter. As a response, Sega pulled the demo from PSN less than a day after putting it up.

“We apologize, but have had to remove the Yakuza 6 :The Song of Life demo from the PlayStation Store,” Sega said on social media. “We are as upset as you are, and had hoped to have this demo available for everyone today. We discovered that some were able to use the demo to unlock the full game. We’re looking into the nature of the issue. Thank you for your patience.”

It is unknown if the existing demo will be patched or turned off in any way. Yakuza 6 is scheduled to release exclusively on PlayStation 4 on April 17.

 

Our Take
This isn’t particularly surprising and I am hard-pressed to think of a situation where having more data in a demo didn’t result in people finding ways to access it. Still, hopefully Sega can get a demo out on PSN soon, as I’m sure many are eager to try it.

Arika revealed the details on the release structure and window for Fighting EX Layer the other day, following it up with a gameplay trailer of new characters Blair and Jack.
Blair relies on fast movement and quick mix-ups for her combos, darting around the screen and confounding the opponent rather than focusing on power moves. Jack, who used to be known as Cracker Jack, has ditched his riverboat gambling attire in favor of rodeo cowboy duds, and hits hard with juggle combos and a baseball bat.
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Arika is launching Fighting EX Layer sometime before June exclusively on the PlayStation 4 as a digital release.

Blizzard never lacks for Overwatch merchandise and they’re definitely giving the people what they want with this new Widowmaker figma.

The figure measures about 160mm in height, features her Widow’s Kiss rifle, a venom mine, and two different face plates of normal and aiming variations. Like all Figma, there’s a number of points of articulation, ensuring you can pose your Widowmker in whatever Play of the Game pose you want.

The store is taking pre-orders now for the price of $80.00 with a Q4 release date. You can check out the store page at the source link below.

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In a post on PSBlog today, Capcom’s Monster Hunter World producer Ryozo Tsujimoto explained the details of the second Horizon: Zero Dawn quest that nets you an armor that makes your hunter look like Aloy and a similar bow.

The quest, which begins tomorrow, has players fighting a giant Anjanath because the team rationalized that the monster best represented Horizon by looking similar to the game’s Thunderjaw. Players will have to fight the Anjanath multiple times to get enough materials to craft the armor set, but some degree of urgency is called for, as the quest is only live until March 15.

Don’t worry too much, though, as Tsujimoto confirms that event quests like the previous Horizon quest for palico armor will come back.

“If you missed the first event quest period to get the Watcher-themed Palico gear, we have good news for you today,” the post reads. “Event quests are on a rotating schedule so you will have an opportunity to try out the quest at a later date. Please stay tuned for more information on when it will return.”

To access the Horizon quest, you need to be at least Hunter Rank 11, which can be attained before the end of the game, but is in the territory of High Rank quests. Unlike the Ryu armor, Aloy’s armor is High Rank itself, and has skills that can be upgraded, such as the ability to run faster. Obviously, the Horizon quest is exclusive to the PlayStation 4 version of the game.

You can read our review of Monster Hunter World here. There has been more DLC announced after the Horizon quest, including a costume of Sakura from Street Fighter V, and the monster Deviljho being added, both for free.

First-person survival horror title Outlast has suddenly
appeared to download on the Nintendo Switch’s eshop.

The Bundle of Terror is available for $24.99 and comes with
the full game and its prequel content titled Whistleblower. There is no word
yet on a physical release. The trailer says Outlast II is available to
pre-order now, but it has yet to turn up on the eshop.

Outlast follows journalist Miles Upshur as he investigates
and attempts to escape an asylum overrun by psychotic patients. Players can’t
attack enemies and must rely on stealth, as well as a camera to see in the dark.

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Outlast developer and publisher Red Barrels in early December announced a
third game and another project set in the Outlast universe
are in
development, with the latter set to release first.

Read our Outlast review here.

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Our Take
Seeing more horror games coming to Switch is great news. Curling up on the couch with the Switch is a neat way to experience a terrifying title. Just make sure you’re not playing this in a Starbucks so you don’t freak out other patrons.

Square Enix is bringing one of the greatest RPGs of all time to a new platform. Today, the company made the surprise announcement that Chrono Trigger is now available on Steam. 

Chrono Trigger originally released on SNES in 1995, though it has been ported over the years to platforms like DS and iOS. The Steam version (which costs $15) appears to be based on the iOS iteration, since it retains parts of that interface. 

Square Enix says this version also has updated graphics and sound, in addition to an autosave feature and support for controller and keyboard/mouse.