The Council

The Council episode 1 out now on PS4, Xbox One and PC

With The Council, indie studio Big Bad Wolf had the ambition to offer something new, something fresh to the narrative adventure genre. That’s something we like to hear at Nitchigamer.

Episode 1 Out Now – PS4, Xbox One And PC

Released earlier this week on March 13th, the first episode of the story-laden game has received a warm welcome:

It begins in 1793, with you taking on the role of secret society member Louis de Richet after his invitation to a private island off the shores of England – from the enigmatic Lord Mortimer.

The Council promises to have a deep and ‘captivating’ story, featuring intricate characters and smart writing. The developer hopes the title will push the narrative adventure genre beyond its boundaries with meaningful choices and impactful consequences. Make a decision and you truly have to live with it, that’s the core idea anyway.

The Council
The Council

The first episode of The Council, The Mad Ones, is available now on PS4, Xbox One and PC. If you’re as intrigued as I am, then you may just have the weekend plans sorted.

It’s worth noting that the full season comprises five episodes to be released across 2018 – the release dates for these will be announced at a later date.

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Switch firmware 5.0

Switch updates to firmware 5.0 – could it be?

The Switch has updated itself to firmware 5.0 – it has a sentient mind you see. Well technically, a mind is sentient, yes that’s true… ahem… The good news? It’s now even faster to download games. The bad news? There’s still no web browser.

Nintendo Switch Firmware 5.0

So here’s everything that’s been updated with the latest firmware:

  • You’ll be able to add Facebook and Twitter contacts to your friend list – good for the socialites out there
  • New user icons are available from ARMS and Kirby – Kirby is ridiculously cute!
  • There are now new ways to view news articles on the Switch (once you’ve read one, it will go a slightly lighter colour. That’s some Nintendo-level attention to detail!)
  • Switch Pro Controllers will now be coloured in the controller menu
  • Purchase downloadable software via PC (and smart device) and the download will now whizz along for you
  • A new whitelist feature for the parental controls app – good to keep the kids (and parents) happy

Pretty functional stuff in reality then. The number of times I’m playing games and want to quickly Google search for information (images, artwork, developers, release dates, facts etc) is increasing – come on Nintendo, that browser needs to be added.

Two simple gifts for E3? A browser and some jolly menu music. Thanks in advance – Sally!

INSIDIA

In case you missed it, INSIDIA launched last week…

With so many games being released on a weekly basis these days it can be hard (see impossible) to keep track of them all. On that note, INSIDIA may have been one you missed last week.

The Launch Of INSIDIA

INSIDIA is an online, turn-based strategy game from Italian indie dev Bad Seed and it’s out on Steam now. After six months of development in Early Access, the release rounds off months of dialogue between the team and the INSIDIA community, who provided their feedback and, excitingly, shaped the final game.

Here’s the release ‘trailer’ – if you can call it that:

There are also a few updates to the official release of the game, including:

  • A definitive version of Coma, the game’s newest Champion
  • An in-game news system
  • New skins and poses
  • The all-new Wastelander’s Pack

Bad Seed‘s CEO, Jacopo Musso, had this to say:

“INSIDIA is a rare type of strategy game in which we’ve managed to marry tactical depth and extremely fast-paced battles, and provide our players a quick and thrilling experience.

“INSIDIA features a unique combat system based on simultaneous turns and a flexible combo system. With a simple order, given within a handful of seconds, all the heroes on a team can join forces to create spectacular results!”

INSIDIA will feature regular tournaments on FaceIT, a platform for online competitions with over 10 million users – there are even prizes for those who are able to rise to the top. Sweet!

Moss

PS VR game Moss shows charming new gameplay footage

Developer Polyarc has released some new gameplay from their PS VR platformer Moss. In short: it’s looking promising and, most importantly, quite distinct. Did I mention it’s really cute?

Moss – Exploring The Magic Of VR

For those that haven’t been following, Moss is a single player, platforming puzzle game. Built for PS VR from the ground up, the title reimagines classic action-adventure gameplay in an immersive virtual reality environment.

In Moss, players control Quill, a young mouse who has dreams of greatness beyond the confines of her own little settlement. While exploring the woods, she finds a mysterious piece of glass and an ancient magic is awakened… The rest is up to you!

What we’re seeing in Moss hasn’t really been done before, and that makes it all the more exciting:

“From the beginning we wanted to take the core of what makes a game great and bring it to life with the magic of VR. We’re so excited to finally share Moss with the world.” Tam Armstrong, Co-Founder and CEO of Polyarc.

Moss is due out on the 27th Feb, exclusively for PS VR at a price point of £24.99 in the UK. You can try it out while you wait via the free PlayStation VR Demo Disc 2.

Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[st]

Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[st] is out today

The spectacularly named Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[st], a fighting game published by the talented Arc System Works, is out today.

The Missing Link: Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[st]

Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[st] is developed by French Bread, the creators of Melty Blood, a classic fighting game that’s been a staple of Japanese arcades for years, and is often considered the missing link between traditional 2D fighter gameplay and the over-the-top madness of anime fighters:

Taking place in a fictional modern-day Japan, the game presents a world to us where a mysterious event called ‘Hollow Night’ occurs and spreads terror on a monthly basis.

“Encounter shadowy organizations who have their own plans regarding the mysterious events.”

During the Hollow Night, shadowy creatures called ‘Voids’ appear and attack innocent people from the shadows. Survivors of these attacks sometimes develop special abilities and become known as an ‘In-Birth’.

If that sounds of interest, you can pick up Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[st] for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and even PlayStation Vita right now.

The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights Of Britannia gets a pre-launch trailer

Anime fans will be happy about this one. The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights Of Britannia game is coming exclusively to PS4 on February 9th, and Bandai Namco have just released a pre-launch trailer to build the hype up some more:

The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights Of Britannia

In case you didn’t know, The Seven Deadly Sins is a Japanese manga series that was later turned into an anime series in 2015 – it was then licensed for an English release by the mighty Netflix.

Knights Of Britannia allows you to fight with Meliodas, King, Ban and the other Seven Deadly Sins and play the anime stories of over 100 quests across Britannia.

The adventure mode allows you to roam around the land with Hawk Mama to find out where the other Sins are. There are side-quests to complete and you can perform the special character attacks called ‘Sin Action’.

In the duel mode, you can face off in traditional arenas set in locations from the anime; there’s both 1 vs 1 and 2 vs 2 modes. You can customise your character with magic crystals and there are 20 playable characters available – with an online mode as well.

There’s a physical version on its way called The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath Collector’s Edition which features this shiny lot for super fans:

  • The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia Full Game
  • Genuine Official Laser Cell Art, designed exclusively by the anime studio
  • 12cm (4,7“) figurine of Meliodas by Banpresto
  • Collector’s Box

The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights Of Britannia

You’ll see recreations of some of the fights from the show along with battles from the second season Revival of The Commandments. It’s looking fun from the trailer already, so hopefully, it’ll turn out to be a winner.

Wild Buster: Heroes of Titan

Wild Buster: Heroes of Titan is free this weekend on Steam

Wild Buster: Heroes of Titan, from developer Nuriworks, is free this weekend on Steam – the 26th to the 28th of January.

Wild Buster: Heroes of Titan: Hack ‘n’ Slash Mayhem

Wild Buster itself is a sci-fi action MMOARPG (massively multiplayer online action roleplaying game, categorised enough?) with fast-paced hack and slash combat. It requires strategic teamwork, the clever use of special abilities and an appreciation for over-the-top weaponry!

What’s more, Jon St. John, the voice behind Duke Nukem, has teamed up with Insel Games. Duke, alongside Serious Sam, is one of the thirteen playable heroes:

And here’s Sam looking sort of serious, as you’d expect:

In addition, Insel Games is offering a 33% discount on the “Founder Edition” of the game. Nothing planned this weekend? Wild Buster: Heroes of Titan is available on Steam now…

The Incredible VR Game Show

The Incredible VR Game Show is coming to Steam very soon

Tantawowa Games has announced their next VR game: The Incredible VR Game Show.

The Incredible VR Game Show – Fun With Family And Friends?

The Incredible VR Game Show features 10 minigames each with different gameplay mechanics. The VR minigames range from 60 to 180 seconds-long to encourage everyone to get involved. That’s the idea anyway!

The gameplay is described as “turn-based, fun and sociable” with a reference to Wii Sports and Wii Play. Remember those games anyone?

You can see it in action below with lots of smiley people excitedly jumping around:

Tantawowa Games’ CEO, George Cook, had this little nugget to share with us:

“I’m a humble man. This is the greatest game show of all-time and is the perfect game for family and friends to share and enjoy.”

So there you have it. The Incredible VR Game Show is coming to Steam “later this month”, (so we assume next week), and will cost $9.99/around £7. You’ll need a VR headset, of course.

Reborn: A Samurai Awakens

PS VR title Reborn: A Samurai Awakens gets playable demo at Taipei Game Show 2018

Good news samurai lovers, the PS VR title Reborn: A Samurai Awakens will get a playable demo at the Taipei Game Show 2018 – in Taiwan.

Reborn: A Samurai Awakens

A VR-only first-person combat game featuring futuristic alien robot enemies, Reborn: A Samurai Awakens allows you to experience ninja melee action in a hectic VR world. If you can take it!

Set in the year 2480, in its quest of galactic exploration, mankind has naturally incurred the wrath of an alien civilization. You are Yukimura Sanada, the famous samurai warrior of Feudal Japan, resurrected to fight against extraterrestrial invaders of the earth:

Previously seen only in glimpses in the official trailer above, the new Taipei Game Show demo reveals more details about the boss fights in the game.

The exclusive demo also shows off the full moveset of the famous Japanese warlord Date Masamune. His origins are a complete mystery – no one knows why he is fighting against the human race, and what powers he possesses. Transported via a bird-like mount, Date Masamune holds nothing but a laser katana (or lightsaber!) at his side:

Reborn: A Samurai Awakens

The Taipei Game Show 2018’s exclusive demo for Reborn: A Samurai Awakens will be playable at the Sony Booth. So if you happen to be in Taiwan January 25th – 29th, don’t miss it!

Reborn: A Samurai Awakens is expected in Q2 this year.

Past Cure game

Psychological action thriller Past Cure launches next month

Phantom 8, a Berlin-based first-time indie developer, has released a new behind-the-scenes video for their game Past Cure, which is set for release February 23rd on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Past Cure: Please Cure Me!

Past Cure puts you in the role of Ian, a former elite soldier, whose story begins at his brother’s safe house where he’s hidden away from the world and his nightmares.

After years of experimentation, coupled with years of torture in prison (nice), Ian is now telekinetic and happens to be able to manipulate time. These powers take their toll though, Ian’s mind is fractured and often drifts between reality and hallucinogenic states. (Sounds like me at work!)

With the help of his brother then, Ian sets out on a path of revenge:

“Developed by a team of only eight, we aim to showcase that desire, talent and ambition can help you deliver a title that stands apart from what’s traditionally expected from an Indie studio.

Past Cure is our first title, and having secured multiple awards throughout its development, the team is excited to finally have the game out in the wild.”

Past Cure will be available soon for pre-order and purchase on Steam, Green Man Gaming, Fanatical and other digital platforms. We’ve been told that bonus content for digital and physical pre-orders will be announced soon.

News Round-up: My Eyes on You

News Round-Up With Walker Jesse – 18th December

D-pad Joy’s Walker Jesse takes us through the gaming news you may have missed in his video news round-up this week. What a time to be alive.

Gaming News Round-up

You can find this week’s video below:

Here are all the news stories featured this time around. Notable mentions include a new MediEvil remaster on PS4 in 4K announced at PSX, the latest UK game charts, indie title My Eyes On You, new Shadow of the Colossus gameplay and much more below:

Never Go Home Screenshot

Never Go Home’s new teaser has arrived

Never Go Home from indie developer Goodnight Games has a new teaser trailer for us.

But what’s it about? Well, lost in the clutches of the endless void of space the experimental starship the Aeternum has suffered a critical meltdown. You, reader, must join the crew in their struggle to survive:

In Never Go Home you’ll be able to explore procedurally generated galaxies, full of planets, moons, asteroids, wormholes, and black holes. You will also fight the “minions of the unholy twilight” and rescue your stranded crew from far off worlds.

It’s coming next year to iOS devices – stay tuned.