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April 12, 2020

The week’s best game trailers: Rocket League, Streets of Rage 4, and Oculus exergaming

The week’s best game trailers: Rocket League, Streets of Rage 4, and Oculus exergaming

Trailers! Developers and publishers still fire them off like crazy each week, and this roundup gives a home to ones we might otherwise have missed.

We’ve got a n00b mo— sorry, a new mode for Rocket League, a VR exergame, Dwarf Fortress in space, and a sequel 26 years in the making! Well, not literally, but it has been that long since its predecessor. Anyway, commence au trailers!

The Last Campfire

Who: Hello Games

When and Where: This summer, Nintendo Switch, Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Why: It’s Hello Games’ (No Man’s Sky) followup work, first announced in December 2018, and we got a reminder of it during Nintendo’s Indie World showcase on March 17. This trailer offers a longer look at the gameplay involved. Steven Burgess, the game’s lead designer, guides us on a tour of the game’s opening moments. Hello Games is going for a high-touch feel to its exploration and puzzle solving. Anyway, is it just me, or does Ember look like a palette-swapped Journey cosplayer?

Rocket League — Heatseeker Mode

Who: Psyonix, of course.

When and Where: April 16 on all platforms.

Why: Heatseeker mode looks like something that quickens the pace and ramps up the action for Rocket League, particularly those who are new to the game (or just plain bad at it, like me). Every whack on the ball directs it toward the goal, and increases the shot’s speed. So there’s no premium on accuracy, just get your car in front of the thing and hope for the best.

Meeple Station

Who: Vox Games (no relation)

When and Where: Now, on Windows PC. (Its 1.0 launch out of Early Access was on Friday.)

Why: Meeple Station is a space-station base-builder, and its creators at Vox Games cite Dwarf Fortress and Rimworld as its inspirations. “When something goes wrong, it goes really wrong in Meeple Station,” says the game’s official website. Players will have to work hard to keep their Meeple alive, and sometimes work against them, as the Meeps are prone to do stupid things. Pirates and meteor showers provide crises that are a little less passive-aggressive.

Supernatural

Who: Within

When and Where: Coming soon, on Oculus Quest

Why: Well, it’s not like we’re going to the gym any time soon. Supernatural resembles a Beat Saber clone with the goal of toning you up. The exergame’s makers promise “daily personalized full-body workouts and expert coaching from real-world trainers.” Oculus’ blog has a lot more. Supernatural resembles my Red Bull Crashed Ice workout on Kinect 1.0, but looks like it should be a little more effective. I hope so, as Within is asking for a subscription payment, whose “discounted introductory rate” is $20 a month.

Streets of Rage 4

Who: Lizardcube, Guard Crush Games and Dotemu

When and Where: Sometime this year, the full Ginsburg (Switch, PS4, PC and Xbox One)

Why: Pure comfort food, baby. Streets of Rage 4 is also a fully modernized sequel to Sega’s beat-em-up franchise (which last published Streets of Rage 3 in 1994). The standard characters (Alex, Blaze, Adam, Cherry and, uh, Floyd) are five hand-animated fighters, and the alternates include some pixelated throwbacks to bring the total roster to 17. Streets of Rage 4 will also time-warp you back to your dormitory floor (where I played Sega Genesis, at least) with the chiptune soundtrack from Streets of Rage and Streets of Rage 2. Streets of Rage 4 will support four-player co-operative play, where its predecessors only supported two. In its predecessors’ defense, it was 26 frickin’ years ago.

Published at Sun, 12 Apr 2020 18:14:51 +0000

Assassin’s Creed 2 will be free on PC this week

Assassin’s Creed 2’s PC version is free to download and keep forever starting Tuesday, April 14, via Ubisoft’s uPlay service.

The news comes through a German-language bargains site, and the industry analyst Daniel Ahmad, who notes that the offer is global and also comes with discounts for Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood and Assassin’s Creed Revelations, which close out the arc of Ezio Auditore da Firenze in Renaissance Italy.

The offer is separate from uPlay Plus, the subscription service (similar to EA Access) that Ubisoft announced at E3 2019 and launched the following September. The entirety of the Assassin’s Creed series is already part of uPlay Plus’ library of more than 100 PC titles. To claim it, users will need the uPlay client, which is available only for PC. The offer begins on Tuesday, so don’t buy it before then.

Assassin’s Creed 2, which launched in November 2009, successfully answered criticisms of the series’ 2007 debut with a more engaging story and characters, less repetitive gameplay, and more quasi-role playing features to vary the player’s fighting style and progression. It’s still considered one of the best entries in the 12-year-old franchise.


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Published at Sun, 12 Apr 2020 16:06:10 +0000

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