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  1. Everyone's favorite platforming knight finally has his helmet off and he's.... a catfish? The shovel-wielding warrior for justice was doffed his helm for the First 4 Figures line of Shovel Knight figures. The line of figurines will be available in three days, but the helmetless version of Shovel Knight will be exclusive to First 4 Figures. The other figures available feature Shovel Knight with his helmet on and the Ornate Plate version of Shovel Knight (basically the golden version). Each of these figures goes for $299, which is quite a lot of money. Even if those are outside of your holiday price range, isn't it neat to know that Shovel Knight is a weird fishman-frog-thing? An interesting twist to a thoroughly weird and lovable game. Shovel Knight is available on pretty much every platform in existence. The upcoming and final DLC, King of Cards, is scheduled for 2018. After that, who knows? Maybe we'll get a story about Shovel Knight's aquatic origins! View full article
  2. Everyone's favorite platforming knight finally has his helmet off and he's.... a catfish? The shovel-wielding warrior for justice was doffed his helm for the First 4 Figures line of Shovel Knight figures. The line of figurines will be available in three days, but the helmetless version of Shovel Knight will be exclusive to First 4 Figures. The other figures available feature Shovel Knight with his helmet on and the Ornate Plate version of Shovel Knight (basically the golden version). Each of these figures goes for $299, which is quite a lot of money. Even if those are outside of your holiday price range, isn't it neat to know that Shovel Knight is a weird fishman-frog-thing? An interesting twist to a thoroughly weird and lovable game. Shovel Knight is available on pretty much every platform in existence. The upcoming and final DLC, King of Cards, is scheduled for 2018. After that, who knows? Maybe we'll get a story about Shovel Knight's aquatic origins!
  3. The developers at Virtuoso Neomedia Enterprises describe Blazing Legion: Ignition as "an introspective, character driven, tactical first person bullet-hell about mecha and the consequences of becoming who you have to be." It is a concept that the game's producer and lead developer Ethan Redd has summarized as "Top Gun meets Gundam." And, honestly, that's one appealing pitch for pretty much anything - someone turns to me and says, "Top Gun meets Gundam" and I'm gonna respond, "Cool, let's do whatever that is!" Players take on the role of Vana, a legendary ace mecha pilot, as she comes to the forefront of a populist revolution against a galactic empire. the action hops between the present day realities that threaten a massive space war and Vana's memories of past missions with the Burning Legion, her former comrades. The team at Virtuoso hopes to balance out the frantic action with more thoughtful, quiet moments that give context and meaning to the explosive, kinetic action sequences. If the striking color, stylish combat, giant robots, and dramatic sensibilities of late 90s anime are up your alley, then Blazing Legion definitely deserves to be on your radar. Blazing Legion: Ignition should be released for PC sometime in 2018 with a show-ready demo surfacing around GDC in March. View full article
  4. The developers at Virtuoso Neomedia Enterprises describe Blazing Legion: Ignition as "an introspective, character driven, tactical first person bullet-hell about mecha and the consequences of becoming who you have to be." It is a concept that the game's producer and lead developer Ethan Redd has summarized as "Top Gun meets Gundam." And, honestly, that's one appealing pitch for pretty much anything - someone turns to me and says, "Top Gun meets Gundam" and I'm gonna respond, "Cool, let's do whatever that is!" Players take on the role of Vana, a legendary ace mecha pilot, as she comes to the forefront of a populist revolution against a galactic empire. the action hops between the present day realities that threaten a massive space war and Vana's memories of past missions with the Burning Legion, her former comrades. The team at Virtuoso hopes to balance out the frantic action with more thoughtful, quiet moments that give context and meaning to the explosive, kinetic action sequences. If the striking color, stylish combat, giant robots, and dramatic sensibilities of late 90s anime are up your alley, then Blazing Legion definitely deserves to be on your radar. Blazing Legion: Ignition should be released for PC sometime in 2018 with a show-ready demo surfacing around GDC in March.
  5. Metal Gear Survive hits store shelves in February, but before the official release Konami will open up a beta in January. the beta will run from January 18-21. The beta will open up the game's co-op to test out the core mechanics (and network stability) of Survive: Base building, crafting, and combat. People who play the beta will be given in-game bonuses in the core game, such as a FOX HOUND name plate, a bandana, and a Metal Gear REX head. The beta will be immediately available to everyone on January 18. Speculation has run rampant about the future of the Metal Gear franchise since the high profile departure of Hideo Kojima. Konami's follow up to Metal Gear Solid V certainly raised some eyebrows when it was announced at E3 2016. The shift to some kind of zombie survival game struck many as odd and the lack of information on the game only caused people to become more uncertain, especially after the guiding force of the franchise split from the company. To give players an idea of what to expect, Konami has released a lengthy, commentated trailer to give an overview of Metal Gear Survive. First off, the story is not canon. It takes place in an alternate reality where following a massive attack at the conclusion of Metal Gear Solid V a portal opens up to another dimension, sucking up parts of structures and soldiers from Mother Base. One of the soldiers from the base, the protagonist, manages to avoid being sucked into the wormhole, but is sent into the rift several months later by a shadowy government organization. Once on the other side, the protagonist must hunt for food, build a base, fight off the ever-present zombie threat, and complete missions out in the strange, new world. Metal Gear Survive releases on February 20 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. View full article
  6. Metal Gear Survive Beta Drops in January

    Metal Gear Survive hits store shelves in February, but before the official release Konami will open up a beta in January. the beta will run from January 18-21. The beta will open up the game's co-op to test out the core mechanics (and network stability) of Survive: Base building, crafting, and combat. People who play the beta will be given in-game bonuses in the core game, such as a FOX HOUND name plate, a bandana, and a Metal Gear REX head. The beta will be immediately available to everyone on January 18. Speculation has run rampant about the future of the Metal Gear franchise since the high profile departure of Hideo Kojima. Konami's follow up to Metal Gear Solid V certainly raised some eyebrows when it was announced at E3 2016. The shift to some kind of zombie survival game struck many as odd and the lack of information on the game only caused people to become more uncertain, especially after the guiding force of the franchise split from the company. To give players an idea of what to expect, Konami has released a lengthy, commentated trailer to give an overview of Metal Gear Survive. First off, the story is not canon. It takes place in an alternate reality where following a massive attack at the conclusion of Metal Gear Solid V a portal opens up to another dimension, sucking up parts of structures and soldiers from Mother Base. One of the soldiers from the base, the protagonist, manages to avoid being sucked into the wormhole, but is sent into the rift several months later by a shadowy government organization. Once on the other side, the protagonist must hunt for food, build a base, fight off the ever-present zombie threat, and complete missions out in the strange, new world. Metal Gear Survive releases on February 20 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
  7. The fine folks at crea-ture Studios have been hard at work for the past month managing a Kickstarter campaign that aims to help them finish their skating simulator Session. Session has managed to succeed, cresting its fundraising goal and surging toward the various milestones set for it that would unlock additional features in the final game. The basic goal crea-ture Studios has for Session is to create as fluid a skating experience as possible. To that end, it employs a novel dual stick control system with each stick controlling a different leg. This allows for the performance of smooth and skillful tricks that rely on players understanding how to shift their weight between each foot. The mastery of this control scheme not only affects how players pull off tricks, but also how they maintain them. Shifting weight will have effects on the duration of tricks, making them either failures or flawless successes. In a major departure from previous skating games, Session won't have a scoring system. Tricks will be performed for their own merit with the option of filming and sharing them on social media. This combines with the in-game cameraman. Players can choose from various filters and angles to capture their tricks in the most flattering light before editing them in-game to share with friends and strangers alike. Inspired by the golden era of skateboarding, the early 90s and early 2000, Session's primary goal is to make you experience what skateboarding really is; an incredible sport where there are no other goals other than expressing your creativity and achieving success through hard work, perseverance and bits of madness for no one else other than yourself. Still, some people might find the lack of positive reinforcement via a points system perplexing, given the history of the genre. Crea-ture Studios explains it well in their Kickstarter saying: The main purpose of the game is to live the sport in its entirety. Feel what it is to be a talented street skater. Explore and tame the concrete, film yourself, your friends and share your footage on the internet with the worldwide skateboarding community. Session focuses on the authenticity of skating, both in the way the game feels and is presented to the player. Based on this philosophy, each feature makes the game even more innovative, fun and respectful to the skateboarding culture. There's still a week remaining on Session's crowdfunding campaign. The next stretch goal is solidly in sight CA$155,000 and the total raised so far sits at a little over CA$137,000. Beyond that, Session will have online multiplayer if the campaign can raise CA$255,000. If you aren't quite sold on the premise, but are interested in checking out Session to see if it might be interesting, the Kickstarter has put out a demo, which can be downloaded here. What do you think? Are you craving a successor to Tony Hawk's skateboarding throne? View full article
  8. The fine folks at crea-ture Studios have been hard at work for the past month managing a Kickstarter campaign that aims to help them finish their skating simulator Session. Session has managed to succeed, cresting its fundraising goal and surging toward the various milestones set for it that would unlock additional features in the final game. The basic goal crea-ture Studios has for Session is to create as fluid a skating experience as possible. To that end, it employs a novel dual stick control system with each stick controlling a different leg. This allows for the performance of smooth and skillful tricks that rely on players understanding how to shift their weight between each foot. The mastery of this control scheme not only affects how players pull off tricks, but also how they maintain them. Shifting weight will have effects on the duration of tricks, making them either failures or flawless successes. In a major departure from previous skating games, Session won't have a scoring system. Tricks will be performed for their own merit with the option of filming and sharing them on social media. This combines with the in-game cameraman. Players can choose from various filters and angles to capture their tricks in the most flattering light before editing them in-game to share with friends and strangers alike. Inspired by the golden era of skateboarding, the early 90s and early 2000, Session's primary goal is to make you experience what skateboarding really is; an incredible sport where there are no other goals other than expressing your creativity and achieving success through hard work, perseverance and bits of madness for no one else other than yourself. Still, some people might find the lack of positive reinforcement via a points system perplexing, given the history of the genre. Crea-ture Studios explains it well in their Kickstarter saying: The main purpose of the game is to live the sport in its entirety. Feel what it is to be a talented street skater. Explore and tame the concrete, film yourself, your friends and share your footage on the internet with the worldwide skateboarding community. Session focuses on the authenticity of skating, both in the way the game feels and is presented to the player. Based on this philosophy, each feature makes the game even more innovative, fun and respectful to the skateboarding culture. There's still a week remaining on Session's crowdfunding campaign. The next stretch goal is solidly in sight CA$155,000 and the total raised so far sits at a little over CA$137,000. Beyond that, Session will have online multiplayer if the campaign can raise CA$255,000. If you aren't quite sold on the premise, but are interested in checking out Session to see if it might be interesting, the Kickstarter has put out a demo, which can be downloaded here. What do you think? Are you craving a successor to Tony Hawk's skateboarding throne?
  9. Earlier this year, Atari announced its intention to enter back into the hardware game after a abandoning the field decades ago. That's all set to change soon with the release of their chosen device, the Ataribox. Atari has announced that pre-orders taken via an Indiegogo campaign will open tomorrow. Not much is currently known about the capabilities or support of the new console. We know from the initial announcement that the device sports four USB ports, an SD card reader, and an HDMI port. Atari has also stated that the Ataribox will be supporting classic Atari games as well as more "current content." Their website promises both new and old content on the device. Presumably more details will come alongside the launch of the pre-order campaign for the Ataribox - it would be very strange to offer pre-orders on a device with only vague claims about support for it! Those who sign up for the Indiegogo waiting list have a shot at grabbing a limited discount on the device. What do you think? Is the Ataribox something you're interested in or will you have to wait and see what it can do? View full article
  10. Earlier this year, Atari announced its intention to enter back into the hardware game after a abandoning the field decades ago. That's all set to change soon with the release of their chosen device, the Ataribox. Atari has announced that pre-orders taken via an Indiegogo campaign will open tomorrow. Not much is currently known about the capabilities or support of the new console. We know from the initial announcement that the device sports four USB ports, an SD card reader, and an HDMI port. Atari has also stated that the Ataribox will be supporting classic Atari games as well as more "current content." Their website promises both new and old content on the device. Presumably more details will come alongside the launch of the pre-order campaign for the Ataribox - it would be very strange to offer pre-orders on a device with only vague claims about support for it! Those who sign up for the Indiegogo waiting list have a shot at grabbing a limited discount on the device. What do you think? Is the Ataribox something you're interested in or will you have to wait and see what it can do?
  11. Fresh off of seeing Crash Bandicoot's swell in popularity following the release of the Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy, Sony seems to be angling MediEvil to be their next big blast from the past. The franchise ran from 1998-2005 and consists of MediEvil and MediEvil 2 (MediEvil: Resurrection, too, if you count a remake of the original as another installment). Though there have been some re-releases of the titles on PSN and a few appearances by series protagonist Sir Daniel Fortesque in Sony projects like Everybody's Golf 2 and PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. The undead series might be one of the lesser known Sony properties, but clearly one that the company feels deserves another chance to find an audience. MediEvil stars Sir Dan, a gifted storyteller given the station of knight and made honorary captain of the Royal Battalion, which turns out to be a real bone-head move when an evil wizard named Zarok returns from exile and tried to wage war against the kingdom. Sir Dan dies immediately from an arrow to the eye... only to be resurrected centuries later when Zarok, who was defeated previously, pops up again to cast a spell resurrecting an undead army. The only one in the kingdom gifted with undeath and a thirst to prove himself a hero, Sir Daniel Fortesque takes up his sword and sets off to save the land from the undead menace. MediEvil comes from the same vein of action-platformers that formed the backbone of late 90s video games in Crash Bandicoot, Mario 64, or Spyro the Dragon. While it might not have been a smashing hit at the time, perhaps it can make more of a splash twenty years later with a new coat of paint? So far, not much is known about the resurrection of MediEvil. It's coming to the PlayStation 4 in 4K and it will likely be out in the next year or so. It's unclear whether this remaster will include the full MediEvil series or if it will only be the first game. How do we all feel about MediEvil remaster? View full article
  12. Fresh off of seeing Crash Bandicoot's swell in popularity following the release of the Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy, Sony seems to be angling MediEvil to be their next big blast from the past. The franchise ran from 1998-2005 and consists of MediEvil and MediEvil 2 (MediEvil: Resurrection, too, if you count a remake of the original as another installment). Though there have been some re-releases of the titles on PSN and a few appearances by series protagonist Sir Daniel Fortesque in Sony projects like Everybody's Golf 2 and PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. The undead series might be one of the lesser known Sony properties, but clearly one that the company feels deserves another chance to find an audience. MediEvil stars Sir Dan, a gifted storyteller given the station of knight and made honorary captain of the Royal Battalion, which turns out to be a real bone-head move when an evil wizard named Zarok returns from exile and tried to wage war against the kingdom. Sir Dan dies immediately from an arrow to the eye... only to be resurrected centuries later when Zarok, who was defeated previously, pops up again to cast a spell resurrecting an undead army. The only one in the kingdom gifted with undeath and a thirst to prove himself a hero, Sir Daniel Fortesque takes up his sword and sets off to save the land from the undead menace. MediEvil comes from the same vein of action-platformers that formed the backbone of late 90s video games in Crash Bandicoot, Mario 64, or Spyro the Dragon. While it might not have been a smashing hit at the time, perhaps it can make more of a splash twenty years later with a new coat of paint? So far, not much is known about the resurrection of MediEvil. It's coming to the PlayStation 4 in 4K and it will likely be out in the next year or so. It's unclear whether this remaster will include the full MediEvil series or if it will only be the first game. How do we all feel about MediEvil remaster?
  13. Part Devil May Cry, part Ninja Gaiden, part Final Fantasy XV, and part something new entirely, Lost Soul Aside has been on the indie radar since mid-2016 when a trailer surfaced showcasing its combat, world, and hints of its story. The original trailer has since been viewed over three million times, bringing a great deal of attention to solo indie game dev Yang Bing. The Shanghai-based developer set up a studio called Ultizero Games and crafted the entire thing (at least up until that point) solo, with relatively little input from others. A site was launched that offered more tantalizing glimpses of what Lost Soul Aside might hold for players, though not much in terms of what the game might actually be about. The only hint of the tale that the game hopes to tell reads as follows: The war ended ten years ago, the unknown monsters then appeared, Kazer accidently [sic] got combined with an ancient race Arena, Then they got on the journey to seek for the mysterious crystals with their own purposes. "This is not for saving the world, just for saving myself." Lost Soul Aside appears to be an open world action game starring a war veteran who has inadvertently become fused with a strange creature that gives him the ability to fly, project energy from his sword, and access to a wide variety of combos and attacks. The action feels very reminiscent of the combo systems seen in Devil May Cry and the modern incarnation of Ninja Gaiden, which Yang Bing has said served as a big point of inspiration. The art style and openness of the environments has garnered comparisons to Final Fantasy XV. The world itself spans across vast locations set on floating islands. Some locations are temperate fields full of flowers, others are parched deserts or ruined structures. Since the initial reveal, Lost Soul Aside has been relatively silent. Yang Bing kept his head down working steadily on Lost Soul Aside all the way up to PSX 2017. On the 9th, he released a short teaser for a demo that would appear at PSX. The trailer shows off a short gameplay segment that people at the show would be able to play, including a face-off against a massive creature with blue energy swords. There's still no release date or even platforms announced (though it is pretty safe to assume it will come to PC). However, the demo has people talking. Sources from the show have reported people lining up for a chance to play Lost Soul Aside and those who have had a chance to play say that it's a fun, responsive indie game well worth keeping an eye on. What do you think of Lost Soul Aside? View full article
  14. Part Devil May Cry, part Ninja Gaiden, part Final Fantasy XV, and part something new entirely, Lost Soul Aside has been on the indie radar since mid-2016 when a trailer surfaced showcasing its combat, world, and hints of its story. The original trailer has since been viewed over three million times, bringing a great deal of attention to solo indie game dev Yang Bing. The Shanghai-based developer set up a studio called Ultizero Games and crafted the entire thing (at least up until that point) solo, with relatively little input from others. A site was launched that offered more tantalizing glimpses of what Lost Soul Aside might hold for players, though not much in terms of what the game might actually be about. The only hint of the tale that the game hopes to tell reads as follows: The war ended ten years ago, the unknown monsters then appeared, Kazer accidently [sic] got combined with an ancient race Arena, Then they got on the journey to seek for the mysterious crystals with their own purposes. "This is not for saving the world, just for saving myself." Lost Soul Aside appears to be an open world action game starring a war veteran who has inadvertently become fused with a strange creature that gives him the ability to fly, project energy from his sword, and access to a wide variety of combos and attacks. The action feels very reminiscent of the combo systems seen in Devil May Cry and the modern incarnation of Ninja Gaiden, which Yang Bing has said served as a big point of inspiration. The art style and openness of the environments has garnered comparisons to Final Fantasy XV. The world itself spans across vast locations set on floating islands. Some locations are temperate fields full of flowers, others are parched deserts or ruined structures. Since the initial reveal, Lost Soul Aside has been relatively silent. Yang Bing kept his head down working steadily on Lost Soul Aside all the way up to PSX 2017. On the 9th, he released a short teaser for a demo that would appear at PSX. The trailer shows off a short gameplay segment that people at the show would be able to play, including a face-off against a massive creature with blue energy swords. There's still no release date or even platforms announced (though it is pretty safe to assume it will come to PC). However, the demo has people talking. Sources from the show have reported people lining up for a chance to play Lost Soul Aside and those who have had a chance to play say that it's a fun, responsive indie game well worth keeping an eye on. What do you think of Lost Soul Aside?
  15. Fueled with a love of retro PC RPGs and the dream of reviving them for the current generation, four Finnish developers put everything on the line to craft Legend of Grimrock. Their creation climbed to the top of the Steam sales charts and spawned both a sequel and a successful Kickstarter for a live-action series (which has yet to materialize). While it certainly has flawed AI and a repetitive environment, Legend of Grimrock deserves another look for the way it brought a dormant genre back to life. With schedules being what they are, sometimes coordinating a full episode of The Best Games Period can be difficult. When we can't have a proper discussion, we will be breaking off to do these shorter mini-casts, Honorable Mentions, to talk about fringe games that we might not otherwise be able to talk about on a full episode. Outro music: Secret of Mana 'Variations of Fear' by Kylok, Bree, and Trev Wignall (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03647) You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is (sometimes) available as well, so you can watch what we are talking about while we talk about it! If you want to have your opinion heard on air, share your opinion in the comments, follow the show on Twitter, and participate in the weekly polls: @BestGamesPeriod New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday View full article