There’s not going to be many names more difficult to remember or type out this year than Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner M∀rs.
Aside from the difficult name, it’s also a noteworthy release thanks to the fact that it’s not just a remaster of a 15-year-old game, but it’s a game published by Konami. The Japanese publisher has been less than prolific in their releases lately and seemed quite happy to fade away from the games industry entirely.
Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner M∀rs
Moving on, Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner M∀rs looks like it’s had some real love and care poured over it. The video below clearly showcases just what the development team have been up to in bringing the game kicking and screaming into the modern age. They’ve done a whole load of work but it boils down to making the game look really sharp and 4K ready:
Zone of the Enders: the 2nd Runner M∀rs also has a ‘1st Person VT Mode’ being touted on its promotional materials. What this mode actually consists of can’t be confirmed yet. Perhaps you’ll be able to play through the whole game in this mode, perhaps not.
It’s fair to say that the original Zone of the Enders was mainly sold to people through a demo for Metal Gear Solid 2 – there’s no way I was the only one who did that. Still, a pleasant surprise was in store for people happy to pay ridiculous amounts of money for a demo. It turned out that the original Zone of the Enders was a great game and this was also true of the 2003 sequel.
Look out for Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner M∀rs when it launches on the PS4 and PC this September.
Aspyr Media has announced Torn, a ‘dark’ science fiction mystery inspired by The Twilight Zone and Black Mirror (the TV show, not the game). It’s coming to PS VR, Oculus, and Vive this spring.
Torn VR – It’s Not Doctor Who
Here’s our first look at the peculiar world, which features what appears to be a sonic screwdriver, although we’re not sure it’s meant to be one:
Every science fiction mystery needs a good story: we begin the journey in 1953 when on the brink of a major scientific breakthrough, the renowned physicist Dr Lawrence Talbot has vanished. For 64 years, his mansion remained hidden away from the world, his eerie laboratory and work all but forgotten. Until now, of course.
Torn is the first VR game developed in-house at Aspyr Studio and was written by Neill Glancy (Stranglehold), Susan O’Connor (Tomb Raider, BioShock), along with an original orchestral score composed by Garry Schyman (BioShock, Middle Earth: Shadow of War). The title has its credentials then.
We’ll find out soon whether it’s worth your time (and money) when it releases this spring.
By kicking off the registration phase for Indie Game Expo at QUO VADIS 2018, organizer Aruba Events extends a long-standing tradition; up to 60 selected indie studios have the opportunity to present their works at their own booth.
QUO VADIS 2018 – The Indie Game Expo
QUO VADIS 2018, Europe’s longest standing developer conference enables aspiring studios to present their viral hits of tomorrow to an expert audience.
Up to 60 indie developers will be selected and can choose between three packages. All three comprise a booth with furnishings, include wide-coverage media presence for the first time, as well as a contingent for the matchmaking platform MeetToMatch and more.
In time for the Indie Game Expo registration kick-off, the website received a redesign to give a better overview of the conference’s many attractions. The improved appearance offers a more engaging interface for the confirmed speakers and bundles all details about schedules, event location, offers into an inviting package.
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.
Nuclear Studio’s new VR game, Innocent, will go into Early Access via Steam on February 26th.
VR Game Innocent: What’s It About?
Innocent is not the developer’s first VR game, but they have stated it’s their biggest project to date. Many a late night has occurred during the creation of the title then. But what’s it all about?
Fundamentally, it’s a puzzle adventure game with an ‘intense’ storyline and a bit of a twist:
“This is not a typical room escape game – you don’t just escape from one room – you escape from the run-down earth and find a way to survive.”
What about that story?
In the year 2218, Earth has been devastated by disasters caused by excessive logging and destruction of natural resources. Unknown viruses have filled every corner of the world with raging “mutated creatures”.
The most terrible of such viruses is known as “carbonized disease”. It’s the greatest threat to humanity that has ever been seen. Infection with the disease will cause a human to carbonize from the inside out:
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.
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:
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.
Wasting no time, the PS Store January sale has already started. That’s the modern world for you. With that being said, there are some decent offers available here, with over 500 games being discounted.
The following content is all on offer:
STAR WARS™ Battlefront™ II
Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
Assassin’s Creed Origins
Need for Speed™ Payback
Call of Duty: WWII
Fortnite – Standard Founder’s Pack
Battlefield™ 1 Revolution
The Evil Within 2
Grand Theft Auto V
GTA V & Great White Shark Card Bundle
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus™
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Mortal Kombat X
Mortal Kombat XL
TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW SIX SIEGE
The Sims™ 4
Crash Bandicoot™ N. Sane Trilogy
Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition
Grim Fandango Remastered
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
UNCHARTED™ 4: A Thief’s End Digital Edition
Uncharted™: The Nathan Drake Collection
South Park™: The Fractured but Whole™
Mafia III Deluxe Edition
Dragons Dogma: Dark Arisen
RESIDENT EVIL 7 biohazard
EA SPORTS™ UFC 2
ARK: Scorched Earth
ARK: Survival Evolved – Founder’s Edition
ARK: Survival Evolved Season Pass
Complete Your ARK Season Pass
KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX
KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
DARK SOULS™ III
DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 1 and 2 Bundle
FINAL FANTASY XII THE ZODIAC AGE
FINAL FANTASY XV
FINAL FANTASY IX Digital Edition
FINAL FANTASY XIV Online Complete Edition
FINAL FANTASY XIV Online Starter Edition
MONSTER OF THE DEEP: FINAL FANTASY XV
Friday the 13th: The Game
And many more…
Battlefield™ 1 Premium Pass
Wolfenstein II: The Freedom Chronicles Season Pass
Fortnite – Various
GTA V: Megalodon Shark Cash Card
The Witcher 3 – Various
Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer
Bloodborne™ The Old Hunters
TEKKEN 7 – Season Pass
Fallout 4 Season Pass Bundle
The Sims™ 4 City Living
The Sims™ 4 Vampires
The Sims™ 4 Vintage Glamour Stuff
RESIDENT EVIL 7 biohazard Season Pass
Banned Footage Vol.1
Banned Footage Vol.2
DARK SOULS™ III – Season Pass
DARK SOULS™ III : The Ringed City™
DARK SOULS™ III: Ashes of Ariandel™
Nioh Season Pass
Watch Dogs2 – Various
FINAL FANTASY XIV Online Complete Collector’s…
FINAL FANTASY XIV: Stormblood™ (Digital Collector’s Edition)
FINAL FANTASY XIV: Stormblood™ (Standard Edition)
Tom Clancy’s The Division™ Streets of New York Outfit Bundle
HITMAN™ – Game of the Year Edition Upgrade
HITMAN™ – GAME OF THE YEAR UPGRADE
The Elder Scrolls® Online – Various
Warframe®: PS4™ Obsidian Azura Collection
WWE 2K18 Season Pass
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Illustrious Pirates Pack
PlayStation VR puzzle platformer, Light Tracer, is coming to Steam on January 15th.
Any gamers wanting to possess the magical staff and godlike powers to help the ‘loveable’ princess climb the Babel-esque towers will be able to do so by purchasing the HTC VIVE or Oculus Rift versions on Steam for $14.99 USD. Here’s the launch trailer for your peepers:
Oasis Games will be adding improvements to Light Tracer too: both VIVE and Rift releases will be updated with enhanced graphics, optimized visuals and the game’s operation system has been upgraded for more “natural control”.
Do you remember the days when certain individuals said the console market was dead? Mobile was going to destroy it and that was that. I do too. It seems they got it wrong, as the PS4 has just hit an impressive 70.6 million sales worldwide.
PS4 Brings In The Money
Here’s a rundown of Sony’s latest sales, including PS4 games and PS VR:
The PS4 has sold more than 70.6m units worldwide
More than 617.8 million copies of PS4 games have been sold at retail stores globally and through digital downloads on the PS Store
PS VR has sold more than 2m units
150 titles have been released for PS VR so far, achieving more than 12.2 million copies sold at retail stores globally and through digital downloads on the PS Store
Sony’s Andrew House, Chairman of Sony Interactive Entertainment is, of course, pretty happy about the news:
“We are delighted that so many people are enjoying the unique entertainment proposition of PlayStation 4 and that an emerging technology like PlayStation VR continues to gain traction.
I cannot thank our fans and partners enough. Their support, since the launch of [sic] very first PlayStation in 1994, has helped to make PlayStation one of the biggest console gaming networks in the world. We will continue to work closely with partners to maintain this momentum and remain steadfast in making PS4 the best place to play.”
There’s plenty more to come to the PS4 as well, with God of War, Detroit: Become Human, Spider-Man, Shadow of the Colossus, Dreams, Days Gone and a small game called The Last of Us Part II all on their way.
As for PS VR, there are 130 games in development including The Inpatient and Bravo Team. Consoles are doomed? Nonsense.