A long seven months after its console release, PC players are finally getting to jump into Monster Hunter: World. And despite this being the first time a Monster Hunter game has appeared on the system, it’s received a massive welcoming committee; over 240 thousand people were online concurrently shortly after release. By player count, the game is by far Steam’s biggest new release of 2018.

We said that the PC version “provides the same great hunting and gathering loops console players dove into earlier this year,” with the added benefit of flexible resolutions and frame rates, and hugely shortened load times. Although the system requirements are relatively high, that clearly hasn’t stopped hundreds of thousands of people from digging into the game’s deep systems. 

Much of Monster Hunter: World’s lasting appeal has come from challenging new monsters designed to be taken on by full hunting parties. Capcom has promised that these will be trotted out for PC players soon, which should hopefully maintain the game’s high engagement. 

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Our Take
After co-oping with Suriel for his review, I’ve been playing Monster Hunter for the past couple weeks. I’m now comfortably endgame and can’t wait to stunt on all these newbies who have just joined the fray. 

Dragon Ball Super’s next movie, Dragon Ball Super: Broly, has been hyped since release. While we knew that the movie would at least include Broly, Goku, Vegeta, and Freeza, a new set of character posters released by TOEI also confirm Trunks, Goten, and Bulma are involved.

In a story about the history of the Saiyan race, it makes sense that Trunks and Goten would also get some screen time, but Bulma is an inclusion people are keeping their eye on. While she remains an important character in the Dragon Ball universe, Bulma’s longtime voice actress Hiromi Tsuru died last November, having voiced the character since her first appearance in 1986. She is being replaced by veteran voice actress Aya Hisakawa, who is best known for voicing Sailor Mercury in the classic show Sailor Moon.

 

While Akira Toriyama is writing the script and doing the movie’s character designs, TOEI has confirmed that Tatsuya Nagamine will be directing. Nagamine is best known as the director of One Piece Film Z, one of the better-liked One Piece movies. Dragon Ball Super: Broly releases later this year in Japan with Funimation planning to air the movie in American theaters in January.

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Studio MDHR, the developers behind the highly acclaimed Cuphead, have announced that the indie 2D platformer has sold three million copies since its release last year.

It’s been a fairly long journey from Cuphead, which had been shown at multiple Microsoft E3 press conferences. The game was lauded for its fantastic art style, but faced skepticism for its boss rush structure, leading to some time spent on additional content. The game was well liked when it first released, reaching the one million milestone within weeks and then two million not long after.

At E3, a new DLC expansion was announced for the game with a third playable character and new bosses scheduled for release in 2019. You can find the trailer for the DLC below.

Cuphead is available for the Xbox One and PC. 

Today the public got its most in-depth look at Red Dead Redemption II to date with a six-minute gameplay trailer that highlighted the many new features coming to Rockstar’s first game built from the ground up for the current-generation consoles. The richly detailed world – from striking vistas of pristine landscapes to densely packed shelves in the general store – proved the famed open-world developer is taking its craft to the next level.

The six-minute clip gives us a lot to digest, so we cut up the trailer to highlight the features we’re most excited about.

Insanely Detailed Weapons

Max Payne 3 featured some of the most detailed gun design ever seen in third-person shooters, and this aspiration for authenticity carries over to Red Dead Redemption II. In this trailer alone, we see unique reload and shooting animations for revolvers, repeaters, and shotguns. Morgan even takes time to polish one of his six-shooters, giving players a nice view of the weapon detail. Looking at the guns of the fellow outlaws, it looks like some have unique custom handles as well. We hope the gunsmiths let you tailor the look of your firearms.  

 

The Tiny Combat Reticle Returns

Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer the subtly of this small reticle to the giant, complex ones you see in many modern third-person shooters. It keeps the action looking cinematic and also gives you accuracy to the pixel. I’m glad to it carries over from Red Dead Redemption, as well as the X mark on the map that shows you where there are dead bodies to loot.

 

Another Gang Member With Dead-Eye Aim 

It looks like Arthur Morgan is just as talented as his partner in crime, John Marston, when it comes to shootouts. The famed dead-eye system from Red Dead Redemption returns with a new sheen. 

 

Improved Melee Combat

Hand-to-hand combat has never been a focus of Rockstar open-world games, but it looks like Rockstar is taking a major step forward with its fisticuffs in Red Dead Redemption II. In the few fistfights we see in the trailer, you can see block, kick, grapple, and shove mechanics.  

 

Varied, Intricate Vistas

The attention to detail and draw distance in the environments is remarkable in and of itself. Then, consider how many different biomes Rockstar has created in Red Dead Redemption II. In this trailer alone we see a modernizing Blackwater city, dusty cattle towns, bustling villages with abodes sprinkled around the main street, dense forests, mountains covered in deep snow, arid deserts, and everything in between. Each of these looks more lifelike and authentic than the original game thanks to minor details and impressive lighting. To keep the environments front and center, it appears Rockstar has opted for a minimal HUD as well.

 

A Dynamic Ecosystem

Based on this clip, it looks like various wildlife that wanders the vast expanses of open terrain in Red Dead Redemption have their eyes on more than just the humans wandering into harm’s way. Various animals square off against each other dynamically, and you may just stumble upon a fight that leaves you a healthy heap of animal skins to sell.

 

A Reactive World

This small clip demonstrates how the world can react to your actions. As Morgan pulls the trigger and downs an enemy by the barn, we see bats disperse from the rooftop. You also get a glimpse of this reactive dynamic in an earlier sequence where Morgan is thrown through a saloon window. He lands in the mud, which leaves his clothing soiled exactly where he landed. As his aggressor approaches in the thoroughfare, a crowd naturally gathers around them to gawk at the fight.

 

A Man and His Horse

Rockstar has previously detailed how it wants to create a strong bond between horse and player in Red Dead Redemption II. We see some of that in action in this trailer, as Morgan takes time to tame a wild stallion, brush his steed, and store extra weapons in his saddlebags. Some horses are better off being used for certain tasks, which should drive a healthy economy if you like taming horses and selling them off for profit. The horse animations look dramatically improved as well; I particularly love the moment where a horse bucks off its rider as Morgan buries a bullet in him. 

 

More Varied Interactions With Strangers

As with Marston in the previous game, you don’t need to make Morgan an irredeemable outlaw. The honor system returns and takes into account how you react to strangers you come across. Sure, you can intimidate witnesses to your crimes or even rob them, but you could also choose to walk away from fights and diffuse tense situations and build relationships instead. This system works both ways, so don’t be surprised if your bad (or good) reputation precedes you as you walk into a new town and are recognized for your past transgressions (or good deeds). 

 

Another Collection Of Interesting Side Characters

Red Dead Redemption boasted several memorable interactions with characters like Nigel West Dickens, Landon Ricketts, and Bonnie McFarlane. This gameplay trailer teases some of the varied personalities we can expect to come across in the follow-up, including what appears to be a man of science, brothel madame, and a man who likes to think of himself as an oilman. 

 

Parlor Games Return

Sometimes you want to take a break from all the gunplay and relax with some good old-fashioned gambling. RDR included era-specific parlor games like liar’s dice, blackjack, poker, and five-finger fillet, so it’s only fitting the next game in the series carries forward that tradition. Here we see Morgan playing cards with some fellow Van der Linde gang members using currency amounts that make way more sense for the time period than the hefty sums gambled in Thieves’ Landing last time around. Perhaps these moments can act as bonding activities (or lead to serious fallout) with your fellow outlaws. 

 

Organic Side Missions

One of the ways Red Dead Redemption stood out from other open-world games was you never had an overwhelming to-do list of side missions. This could be carrying forward in the sequel. As we see Morgan interact with his compatriots, the trailer indicates this is how many side missions may organically arise within the game. The lady putting her hand on Morgan’s also could imply romances may develop among the camp members. 

 

Taking Friends Along For The Ride

Not all activities in Red Dead Redemption II are about living the outlaw life; sometimes you just want to relax (or help out the camp’s food situation) by hunting or fishing. Judging from this trailer, you can invite camp members along for these activities should you want some company. 

 

Enjoying Camp Life

In addition to performing various tasks to keep the camp running, you can also enjoy some downtime with your partners in crime. These moments may provide an incentive to rush back to camp every night to hear character backstories or enjoy some song and dance in between all the gunfights and heists. We even see a happy young family sitting around the campfire that appears to be John Marston, Abigail, and young Jack.  

 

Living On The Run

With lawmen and bounty hunters always in pursuit, the Van der Linde gang can’t stay in one place too long before finding a new place to hide. The trailer shows the outlaws picking up camp and moving out. Since they have some big wagons in the cavalcade, it appears the group is at great risk of ambush during these sequences. I’m curious to see how much say the player has in where they decide to make camp down the road.

We liked Steep when it launched during the tail end of 2016, but things have been a bit strange for the snowboarding title since then, with a mix of regular updates and just a hint of spicy politics. The latest part of the saga is the quiet confirmation the game will no longer be heading to Nintendo’s hybrid console.

The news comes from an unceremonious announcement from the game’s Twitter account, which replied to a question from a fan asking for any updates on the Switch version of steep.

“We are wholly dedicated to support the live game, and made the decision to stop Steep development on the Nintendo Switch platform to focus on bringing new live content and challenges to Steep players instead.” The company tweeted.

https://twitter.com/Steep_Game/status/1027527193528856576

The account also mentions publisher Ubisoft will have “more exciting news to share soon,” though I have to imagine it won’t be very exciting for Switch owners.

 

I can’t say I’m too broken up about this loss personally, but it’s still disappointing for the company to not announce this earlier to fans who may have been waiting for the Switch version to get into Steep.

The beta for Fortnite on Android devices starts today, with Samsung Galaxy users being the first able to log on and jump into the action. Later on, Note 9 and Galaxy Tab S4 owners can play and get the Galaxy outfit.  The select devices currently supported are: 

  • Samsung Galaxy: S7 / S7 Edge , S8 / S8+, S9 / S9+, Note 8, Note 9, Tab S3, Tab S4

The beta will become available to other Android devices in the coming days, and those looking to jump in as soon as possible can sign up here. In a bold move, Epic is eschewing the Google Play Store and releasing Fortnite directly through Fortnite.com.

The other devices the beta will be coming to are: 

  • Google: Pixel / Pixel XL, Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL
  • Asus: ROG Phone, Zenfone 4 Pro, 5Z, V
  • Essential: PH-1
  • Huawei: Honor 10, Honor Play, Mate 10 / Pro, Mate RS, Nova 3, P20 / Pro, V10
  • LG: G5, G6, G7 ThinQ, V20, V30 / V30+
  • Nokia: 8
  • OnePlus: 5 / 5T, 6
  • Razer: Phone
  • Xiaomi: Blackshark, Mi 5 / 5S / 5S Plus, 6 / 6 Plus, Mi 8 / 8 Explorer / 8SE, Mi Mix, Mi Mix 2, Mi Mix 2S, Mi Note 2
  • ZTE: Axon 7 / 7s, Axon M, Nubia / Z17 / Z17s, Nubia Z11

Fortnite on Android will have full cross-platform play and progression on all systems. The game will be able to play with PlayStation 4 users, but that account will still end up being locked to that system and unable to transfer to Xbox One or Nintendo Switch.  

A new limited edition 2TB PlayStation 4 Pro is on the way, this time in a beautiful translucent blue color. Sony announced the console’s release as a celebration of the 525.3 million PlayStation systems sold since the original PlayStation’s launch. We recently learned Sony has shipped 83 million PS4 units, putting the console ahead of the PS3’s numbers.

The limited edition console features a translucent dark blue casing, calling back to the days of translucent PlayStation controllers of the late 90s and early 2000s. This makes the lights on the front of the console look particularly cool.

The PlayStation logo on the console and other details on the controller are a nice gold, and the console features a gold plate on the front that displays the serial number.

 

Tragically, this edition is limited to 50,000 copies, so you’ll have to be quick to get your hands on one when it launches on August 24. The bundle, which includes the console and controller along with a matching PlayStation Camera, mono headset, and vertical stand, retails for $499.99. 

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Man, this thing is just awesome. Here’s hoping I can somehow come across 500 spare big ones in the next two weeks…

Earlier this year, eccentric game developer Hidetaka “Swery” Suehiro and Arc System Works announced a collaboration, The Missing, with a curious little teaser trailer. Earlier today, they finally showed off a few screenshots from the game, and have added a new subtitle.

The Missing: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories is the new mouthful of a title for the collaboration. Judging from the screenshots, The Missing looks to be a 2D puzzle-platformer. In one of the screenshots you can see a player character (presumably Macfield) jumping across chandeliers. You can see a couple of luminescent food items, (which could be healing or powerups), as well as an owl (which could be a collectible).

Other screenshots show someone being electrocuted by the old “exposed wire in water” setup, as well as two lovebirds sitting by a fire.

The Missing: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories will be hitting sometime this year.

 

The latest trailer for Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu! not only shows off Vermilion City, but also Mega Evolutions, which were discussed in Japanese magazine CoroCoro yesterday.

The trailer below shows of Mega versions of Charizard, Blastoise, and Venusaur, as well as an encounter with Team Rocket, gym leader Lt. Surge, and the S.S. Anne.

For more on the game, take a look at our hands-on impressions here and here.

Earlier this year, Persona fans the world over started to get their groove on when news hit that dancing spin-off titles for both Persona 3 and 5 were due out next year. It looks like they have even more reason to get excited now: Atlus has apparently pushed the release date for both games to December 4, 2018.

The company made the announcement with new trailers for Persona 4 Dancing Star Night and Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night, which you can watch here:

For more on Persona and dancing, you can check out our review of Persona 4: Dancing All Night right here.