Octopath Traveler Is What Final Fantasy Fans Were Actually Waiting For

Octopath Traveler immediately hooks you with its “HD-2D” style graphics, and immerses you further with the varied and interesting characters, gorgeous locations, fun battle system and an amazing soundtrack. Originally released last year for the Nintendo Switch, this JRPG gem has finally made it to the PC. Many called it the true Final Fantasy sequel fans were waiting for it, and in a sense they are right. Octopath Traveler is fantastic.

The name itself gives away that there are eight paths for you to embark upon. This comes by means of asking you to pick one of eight starting characters, each with their own back story, unique class, abilities and personality. As you progress, you come across the other characters and can add them to your party of heroes. Picking different a different starting character gives you a somewhat different mission structure, and really different approach to the combat. Your interactions with NPCs and side characters also change up accordingly.

Firstly, the game looks absolutely gorgeous – there’s a beautiful tilt shift effect that makes the 2D style looks 3D, and brings the world to life. Backgrounds are gorgeously drawn and animated, and the character designs are really endearing. The locations are also varied – sandy beaches, snowy mountains, deserts, and so on. The visual effects that bring these regions to life are truly breathtaking.

Each of the characters you can play as has their own story to tell, and all of them are fairly different since they all don’t have the same end goal. There’s no real big bad to bring down, so the story feels grounded, if a bit anti-climactic. There are some really powerful moments in between for all characters, and it’s worth going back and playing as one of the other characters once you’re done with a playthrough. It is also possible to miss out on meeting certain characters in a single playthrough, making replaying the game an even more appealing option.

Exploring the world is also fun – NPCs can give you some basic quests, but going about is enjoyable and some of the simpler missions makes these NPCs more real, instead of everything feeling grandiose at all times. Paths along the main roads will often split up, leading to caves and other regions to explore. Regardless of the rewards, exploration feels really satisfying, given the beauty of the world.

The combat is the main highlight here – it’s a really deep system that encourages experimentation, and looks really flashy. You need to study enemies, find weaknesses and exploit them using the right party member. It’s immensely fun and leaves you feeling really smart, especially after taking on a particularly tough enemy. The enemies themselves are varied enough to keep the combat engaging throughout. With the right mix of party members, unique skills and abilities, the combat in Octopath Traveler remains fresh through the game.

Overall, I really enjoyed my time with Octopath Traveler and I am not nearly done with all that the game has to offer. With it’s solid battle system, interesting narrative, wonderful characters, various abilities and absolutely gorgeous world, Octopath Traveler is a near masterpiece. My one complaint – it’s overpriced on PC.

Score – 9/10

Journey to the Savage Planet E3 2019 trailer

Publisher 505 Games and developer Tyhpoon Studios have released the E3 2019 trailer for first-person adventure and exploration game Journey to the Savage Planet.

The trailer teases player-driven gameplay, bright and colorful environments, and strange creatures.

Here is an overview of the game, via 505 Games:

Journey to the Savage Planet is an upbeat first-person adventure and exploration game set in a bright and colorful alien world filled with weird and wonderful creatures. As an employee of Kindred Aerospace, which proudly touts its rating as the “4th Best Interstellar Exploration Company,” players are dropped onto the uncharted planet AR-Y 26, deep in a fictitious, far-away corner of the universe. Launched with high hopes but little equipment and no real plan, players are invited to explore, catalog alien flora and fauna and determine if this strange planet is fit for human habitation.

Journey to the Savage Planet is due out for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via the Epic Games Store in early 2020.

Etherborn launches July 18

Gravity-bending exploration platformer Etherborn will launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC via Steam on July 18, developer Altered Matter announced during the Kinda Funny Games Showcase at E3 2019.

Here is an overview of the game, via Altered Matter:

About

Etherborn is an elegant leap in the gravity-puzzle genre; an environmental puzzle platformer built on exploring and understanding gravity-shifting structures.

You are a voiceless being that has just been born into a world where a bodiless voice awaits your arrival. As your first thoughts emerge, you realize your journey has just begun. You must reach this ethereal voice to fully understand your own existence.

In this world, the laws of physics behave in a way that will bend your imagination. You experience gravity perpendicular to the surface you are standing on, allowing for creative exploration possibilities in environments carefully crafted as navigation-based puzzles.

Travel through beautiful and exotic sceneries where each level is an organic puzzle that you need to explore, manipulate and shift your gravity on in order to decipher the way forward.

Etherborn will be available in these languages: English (audio and text), Spanish (audio and text), Catalan (audio and text), French (text), German (text), Italian (text), Russian (text), Simplified Chinese (text), Japanese (text), and Korean (text).

Key Features

  • Gravity-shifting platforming and exploration
  • Navigation based puzzles based on your unique sense of gravity
  • Surreal levels in an atmosphere inspired by artists of the 20th-21st centuries
  • Dynamic and captivating original soundtrack tailored to each level

Final 23 Xbox One backward compatibility and eight Xbox One X enhanced titles announced

Microsoft announced the final batch of original Xbox and Xbox 360 titles that will be made backwards compatible for Xbox One, as well as the final backwards compatible Xbox One X enhanced titles.

Here is the full list:

Original Xbox

Xbox One BC

  • Armed and Dangerous
  • Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb
  • Spinx and the Cursed Mummy
  • Splinter Cell
  • Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow
  • Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
  • Splinter Cell: Double Agent
  • Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict

Xbox 360

Xbox One BC

  • Asura’s Wrath
  • Battlefield 2: Modern Combat
  • Enchanted Arms
  • Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
  • Far Cry Classic
  • Far Cry Instincts: Predator
  • Infinite Undiscovery
  • Peter Jackson’s King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie
  • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
  • Skate
  • Star Ocean: The Last Hope
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
  • Syndicate
  • Too Human (free)
  • Unreal Tournament III

Xbox One X Enhanced

Xbox One BC

  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Banjo-Tooie
  • Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
  • Kameo: Elements of Power
  • Perfect Dark
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • Viva Pinata
  • Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise

“We’ve listened closely to community feedback and respect the game libraries you’ve built throughout the last 18 years,” partner director of Xbox platform Jason Ronald said in a blog post. “That’s why we’re taking our work a step further and announced this week that thousands of games from all four generations will be playable on Project Scarlett. As such, we have now shifted our focus to help make the games you love playing on Xbox One compatible with future Xbox hardware. After this week, we have no plans to add additional Original Xbox or Xbox 360 titles to the catalog on Xbox One, but we’re excited to continue our work on Xbox compatibility across platforms and devices, which remains a top priority.”

Phoenix Point launches September 3

Phoenix Point will launch for Xbox One, PC, and Mac on September 3, developer Snapshot Games announced.

Here is a brief overview of the game, via Snapshot Games:

In 2022, the Pandoravirus was first discovered in the arctic permafrost by excited scientists. By 2047, it had overrun the Earth. Now, humanity is nearly wiped out, and mutated alien creatures dominate every corner of the globe. The Phoenix Project is a worldwide organization, designed to be activated when humanity is in crisis. Now, the world’s best scientists, engineers, and soldiers look to you to lead mankind back from the brink.

Phoenix Point is a new strategy game from the creator of X-COM.

The Surge 2 E3 2019 Trailer

Publisher Focus Home Interactive and developer Deck13 Interactive have released the E3 2019 trailer for The Surge 2.

Here is an overview of the game, via Focus Home Interactive:

About

On the way to Jericho City, your plane is shot down by a mysterious storm and crash-lands in the outskirts. Soldiers enforce Martial Law, robots are on a rampage, and a dark, expanding nanostorm looms over the cityscape.

In a bid to survive, explore the sprawling, devastated Jericho City. Fight ferocious threats in brutal, unforgiving combat, slashing and tearing the limbs off your opponents to steal valuable equipment that will make you stronger—strong enough to face the most fearsome, imposing foes lurking in the city. With an expanded arsenal of weapons, armors, abilities, implants, and drones to build your character, and a bigger, more varied and more ambitious world, The Surge 2 challenges you to survive and unravel its hidden secrets.

Key Features

  • Hardcore, brutal melee combat.
  • Face deadly foes and colossal bosses.
  • Cut off parts of the enemy you want to loot.
  • Rich character progression and customization.

The Surge 2 is due out for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on September 24.

Watch Dogs: Legion launches March 6, 2020 for PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Stadia

Watch Dogs: Legion will launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Stadia on March 6, 2020, Ubisoft announced during its E3 2019 press conference.

The game will be available in the following editions:

Standard

Pre-order now and get the Golden King pack, featuring a mask and golden skins for a pistol and vehicles!

Upgrade to the Gold Edition or Ultimate Edition for three-day early access and additional content!

Gold Edition

Receive three-day early access and the Season Pass with the Gold Edition, including five new stories, four iconic heroes with unique abilities, and immediate access to one story!

Pre-order now and get the Golden King pack, featuring a mask and golden skins for a pistol and vehicles!

Ultimate Edition

Ultimate edition includes the season pass, up to three-day early access to the game, and additional digital content: Urban Jungle Pack (three unique characters), three masks and four-week VIP Status.

Pre-order now and get the Golden King pack, featuring a mask and golden skins for a pistol and vehicles!

Collector’s Edition

Collector’s Edition includes a 38cm replica of the in-game Ded Coronet mask, the Ultimate Edition (Urban Jungle Pack, three masks, four-week VIP status, Season Pass), the ULC of the Ded Coronet mask, a SteelBook, a set of three stickers, a poster, up to three-day early access to the game.

Pre-order now and get the Golden King pack featuring the Uneasy Lies mask and golden skins for a pistol and vehicles!

Here is an overview of the game, via Ubisoft:

About

It’s time to take back London, and virtually anyone you see in this iconic city can be recruited to your resistance. The people are being oppressed by corrupt opportunists and it’s up to you to build a resistance to give the city back to the people. With an entire population of potential recruits and the city’s technology at your fingertips, you’ll need to hack, infiltrate, and fight your way to a liberated London. Welcome to the Resistance.

Key Features

  • Play as Anyone – Recruit anyone from the entire population of London into your resistance: from an MI6 agent to a tough bareknuckle fighter, a brilliant hacker or an illegal street-racer, a rising football star or an inconspicuous old lady… Anyone you see can join your team and has a unique backstory, personality, and skillset.
  • Customize Your Recruits – Unlock unique perks to personalize each member of your Legion according to your playstyle. Level-up each character within classes such as Hacker, Infiltrator, and Assault. Customize them further with unique outfits and iconic masks.
  • Hacking is Your Weapon – Weaponize London’s tech infrastructure. Hijack armed combat drones, deploy stealthy spider-bots, covertly take down enemies using an Augmented Reality Cloak, and much more.
  • Total Freedom, Real Consequences – Play the game the way you want. A brand-new melee system and a wide range of weapons and abilities means that the way you approach combat has real consequences. If you use non-lethal force, the enemy will attempt to subdue and arrest you. If you shoot to kill, you risk having your characters permanently killed.
  • Open-World London – Explore a massive urban open world and visit London’s many famous landmarks – including Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Tower Bridge, Camden, Piccadilly Circus, or the London Eye – and engage in side activities like bareknuckle boxing, freestyle football, illegal courier contracts or street art.
  • Team Up with Friends – Bring your team online and join forces with up to three friends as you freely explore the world together or take on entirely new co-op missions and challenging end-game content. Enjoy free regular updates adding new online modes, rewards, and themed events.

Rainbow Six Quarantine announced for PS4, Xbox One, and PC

Ubisoft announced Rainbow Six Quarantine, a new three-player tactical cooperative first-person shooter for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, during its E3 2019 press conference. It will launch in early 2020.

Here is a brief overview of the game, via Ubisoft:

Set several years into the future of the Rainbow Six Universe, Rainbow Six Quarantine takes the tactical action that the series is known for and sets it against the backdrop of an entirely new co-op campaign. When a mutated alien parasite starts infecting human hosts, it’s up to the Operators of Team Rainbow to stop the deadly threat before time runs out.

Created by Ubisoft Montreal, and a dedicated new team comprised of developers from For HonorGhost Recon, and more, Rainbow Six Quarantine aims to create a chaotic, intense, and unpredictable co-op, player-versus-enemy experience. Players will band together with two other teammates and storm into quarantine zones around the country in an effort to turn the tide for humanity.

Ubisoft announces free-to-play team sports game Roller Champions for PC

Ubisoft has announced Roller Champions, a free-to-play, skill-based, team sports game for PC. A free demo will be available via Uplay from June 10 to 14.

Here is an overview of the game, via Ubisoft:

About

Welcome to 2029. Roller Champions arenas are built all over the world and fans rush to the stands to admire their modern-day heroes, the Roller Champions. They roll up to 100 miles an hour, dash into opponents with visceral impact, wall-skate to the sky, and dunk while thousands of fans scream their names.

You are one of them.

As a Roller Champion, you compete in a team of three against three. The rules are simple: take the ball, make a lap while maintaining team-possession, and score. You can go for more points by completing additional laps before attempting a goal. After each game, you gain fans, unlock sponsors, customize your character, and ultimately unlock impressive fan celebrations.

Roll up to glory!

Key Features

  • Gather Your Team and Compete – Team up with two players and dive into fun Roller Champions gameplay, which combines competitive action and collaborative team play.
    • Go head-to-head against the opposing team through speed, wit, crushing tackles, and daring dodges to lap around the arena and be the first team to reach 5 points by throwing the ball through the hoop.
    • Feel the thrill of riding up and down the wall of the arena as you gain speed, quickly stop, pivot, and re-calibrate your location as your teammate races toward the goal with just one pass away from winning or one interception away from losing.
  • From Zero to Hero, Build a Life of a World-Renowned Athlete – Write your own legend. Start your sports career as the underdog and roll up to glory as you win matches.
    • Obtain more fans in the arena stands as you complete spectacular actions and progress to bigger stadiums.
    • Write your name in Roller Champions’ history books as you climb up the leaderboards.
    • Gain sponsors and sport their colors when you acquire notoriety, fans, and credits.
  • Create and Fully Customize Your Sport Legend – Create your own character and customize your outfit as you progress.
    • Unlock new gear, including wheels, knee pads, helmets, and shoulder plates.
    • Create your perfect gathering of admirers to celebrate your every success in the arena.
    • Customize your fans with dedicated outfits and group animations.

Ubisoft announces Gods & Monsters for PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, and Stadia

Ubisoft announced Gods & Monsters, a “storybook adventure about a forgotten hero on a quest to save the Greek gods,” for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, and Stadia during its E3 2019 press conference. It will launch on February 25, 2020.

Here is an overview of the game, via its official website:

About

From the creators of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey comes a storybook adventure about a forgotten hero on a quest to save the Greek gods. Embark on a journey to the Isle of the Blessed, taken over by dangerous creatures of mythology. Prove your legendary heroism by taking on their leader, Typhon, the deadliest monster in all of mythology in a face-off for the age. Explore a beautiful fantasy world where tricky puzzles, mysterious dungeons and heroic feats await. The journey will be as challenging and rewarding as the final destination. Will you be the Hero of the legends foretold?

Key Features

  • Save the Gods – The gods have fallen victim to the most deadly creature in Greek mythology, Typhon. Embark on an epic journey to help restore their powers.
  • Wield the Power of Gods – The gods of Olympus have given you special powers. Use them to fight and explore on the ground and in the air.
  • Confront Mythological Beasts – Put your combat skills to the test as you face off against mythical beasts like Gorgons, Hydras, and Cyclops.
  • Live in a Painted World – Discover a beautiful and artistic open world full of surprises in this heroic journey.