Over the years video game fans have continually gotten frustrated at the amount of DLC game developers try to force on them. Even with this frustration growing, it certainly hasn't stopped Bandai Namco from adding day one DLC to their upcoming fighter, Soulcalibur VI which they revealed at this year's Gamescom event. In a bold move, the company is adding the character Tira as a purchasable option. Along with the fighter reveal, a second trailer also detailed another unique story mode where players create their own custom character.
Close Look at Tira
Tira is a bi-polar fighter that was introduced to the series back in Soulcalibur III and has since appeared in Soulcalibur IV and Soulcalibur V. Throughout the course of the series' history her fighting style has evolved to match her personality. This unique character has two different fighting states known as Gloomy, which allows her to dish out devastating attacks at the cost of her own health, and Jolly, which allows players to take a faster but weaker approach to combat. These styles can be switched on the fly or when certain moves are used.
Soulcalibur VI Campaign Details
The new story mode that Bandai Namco detailed is known as Libra of Soul and features a custom character trying to fulfill his destiny. Character creation certainly isn't new to the Soulcalibur series, Bandai added this mode back in Soulcalibur III and it has appeared in every subsequent game. As usual, players will be able to alter their character's appearance and choose how they fight opponents.
We here at Gigamax Games can't wait to try Soulcalibur VI when it releases on October 19th of this year. Make sure to check back with GigamaxGames.com for more details on this highly anticipated sequel as they become available!
Fans of Shonen Jump manga & anime should be reasonably excited for the upcoming fighting game, Jump Force. This new title is a love letter to all fans of the publication and brings in characters from almost every universe in Shonen Jump's catalog. Bandai Namco recently took advantage of Gamescom 2018 to show off a brand new trailer for Jump Force, revealing a number of new characters for a previously announced series and two from a previously unrevealed series.
The action-packed trailer below has all the latest announcements.
Jump Force - PS4/XBox One/PC - Gamescom 2018 Trailer
The biggest news from the trailer is that Gon and Hisoka from the popular series Hunter x Hunter will be joining the growing roster. Fans of Dragonball Z will also be happy to see that the villain turned hero, Vegeta is also making his way to the battlefield along with a map based on a planet he iconically tore apart in search of the Dragon Balls, Namek. Those that enjoy One Piece are also getting a number of new additions from the pirate fantasy including; Sanji, Sabo, and the infamous Blackbeard.
Bandai Namco is Dedicated
So far, Bandai Namco has shown they're dedicated to including as many characters from multiple series as they can possibly fit in this compilation. They've already revealed Luffy and Zoro from One Piece, Ichigo, Rukia, and Aizen from Bleach, Naruto, and Sasuke from Naruto, as well as Goku and Frieza from Dragonball Z. It was also revealed that Light and Ryuk would be making their way to the game, but unfortunately, they are unplayable and only exist to advance the story in campaign mode.
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With a total of 15 fighters, Jump Force is quickly building the hype for Shonen Jump fans and we can't wait to see what other characters Bandai Namco pulls from the impressive backlog of heroes and villains at their disposal. For more information on Jump Force, be sure to check back with GigamaxGames.com as more details become available!
The start date for the Nintendo Switch Dragon Ball FighterZ open beta is right around the corner and Bandai Namco shared a few details of the event. The beta is set to start next weekend and will give owners of Nintendo's hit console their first opportunity to play the critically praised fighting game before the full release launches in September.
Players that want to take part in the trial version are required to download the open beta from the eShop or Nintendo's website. The beta begins on August 10th at 12 A.M. ET and August 9th at 9 P.M. PT. The beta runs through the weekend and will conclude on August 11th at 11:59 P.M. PT.
Those that have downloaded Dragon Ball FighterZ's beta will have the chance to try four different types of game modes including, Practice Battle Tutorial, Arena Match, Ring Match, and Ring Party Match. Players will also have the chance to try the entire starting roster for the game, along with Super Saiyan Blue Goku and Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta, for a grand total of 23 playable fighters. Don't forget to check out the full beta roster below.
Dragon Ball FighterZ officially launches on the Nintendo Switch this September 28th. Bandai Namco revealed that the Switch version will include some new options for local multiplayer, specifically an offline six player Party Match mode and 2v2 and 1v1 type matches. Although, Bandai Namco has yet to clarify if these changes will be coming to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions of the game.
There are some cool bonuses for pre-ordering the game, including immediate access to both Super Saiyan Blue Goku and Vegeta. Additionally, those that commit to the game before launch will receive a digital Japanese copy of Dragon Ball Z: Super Butoden, a rare Super Famicom that has never been released in North America.
Nintendo takes the throne once again as a driving force within the gaming industry. The Japanese video game maker faced some troubled times starting with the Wii and continuing through the release of the Wii U. Now the company and their new console are once again in the limelight for a good reason. Since it was released in 2012, the Wii U sold 13.56 million consoles worldwide but the Nintendo Switch is expected to dwarf those numbers.
Time For Big Numbers
Launching in March of this year, Nintendo expects to sell 14 million consoles by the end of March 2018. They increased their forecast from 10 million consoles and all this buzz is beginning to catch the attention of game publishers and developers across the globe. Nintendo has welcomed third-party and independent developers to develop software for the Switch but previous blunders kept most away. However, with the Switch flying off the shelves, people are scrambling to get a piece of the pie.
Bandai Namco Takes Notice
Recently news broke that Bandai Namco, a highly respected Japanese game developer, will be producing three Switch-exclusive games. Expected to release between the spring and summer of 2018, word broke after their latest financial briefing. Executives from the company admit they were surprised by the success of the new console and want to bring three 'big' games to the revolutionary console. There were no other details but the fact that it caught the attention of this big name developer could mean this is only the beginning.
Major Industry Players Impressed
Even well-known industry players like Phil Harrison who was instrumental in launching the original PlayStation in the mid-90's was impressed by Nintendo's latest success. He states in an interview with GamesBeat, "Nintendo has surprised me in a good way. They've put some excitement back in, or at least added a dynamic to the console equation that wasn't there previously." (http://bit.ly/2zDO41g)
Harrison makes mention about adding a dynamic console to the market and this is a major realization game developers and even console manufacturers have made as well. Switching up how people view a gaming console could be the beginning of a fundamental shift that takes place throughout the industry.
A Look At The Power Of The Switch
The Future Looks Bright
The future looks bright for the Switch and Nintendo as a whole. Games that were never expected to make it to a Nintendo console like Skyrim and Doom being released have people excited. Opening the doors to independent developers is absolutely mindblowing. Developers openly stating that they are surprised by its success and beginning to develop games for the new console is impressive. However what's more impressive is what this could mean for gaming.
The video game industry was flipped upside down with the emergence of the Nintendo Switch. There are big things coming and gamers are the ones that will benefit.
Bandai Namco teased their new RPG, Code Vein last week with an animated teaser trailer. Following the video Japanese gaming publication, Famitsu released an article giving more details on the upcoming mystery project.
The teaser aptly titled, “Prepare to Dine”, was initially thought to be a reference to Bandai Namco’s previous RPG, Dark Souls. To many fans surprise Code Vein was revealed to be an entirely new IP. The “Dine” in the title refers to the player’s ability to control a super powered vampire that eats monsters to gain power.
The game is being developed by the same team that made the popular “God Eater” series. Bandai Namco is out to create a new “dramatic exploration hard action RPG,” for new consoles that is unrelated to the God Eater series.
All the Gory Details
The story behind Code Vein is fairly interesting, set in a dystopian future players will take control of vampires also known as Revenants. These vampire have figured out how to transcend humanity but unfortunately in the process they have lost their memories (very inconvenient). The teaser trailer showed off what happens to a Revenant who fails to consume blood, they become a giant monster called a “lost.”
For an unbeknownst reason, Revenants have been outcast from society and must live in an area known only as Vein. The vampires have to cooperate with each other to discover the mysteries of their world and maybe a way to escape. The game takes on a dungeon crawler feel with players entering caves with an AI buddy to help them out. These companions will help players overcome various challenges but not without the hero helping them out as well.
Players get to use a variety of special abilities along with a series of melee weapons to dispatch the lost. Short swords, great swords, spears and hammers will all be used to damage the enemy and when defeated, their power will be absorbed through the Revenant’s blood veil. This piece of armor takes the shape of an article of clothing and Revenants all have a different form of blood veil.
Code Vein certainly sounds like an exciting experience that we can’t wait to see more of. Don’t forget to keep checking back with Gigamax Games for more details on this awesome vampire RPG as they are made available!