Vampire: The Masquerade – Shadows of New York weaves a familiar tale. Yet it is not a tale familiar out of triteness, but rather in its bleak and despairing contemporaneity. Shadows of New York artfully depicts our 2020 hell-scape, holds it up as a mirror and doesn’t so much ask whether or not we’re fucked as yell it in our faces.
It is a tale of a debauched, grotesquely wealthy elite presiding over a city of broken, desperate people, haunted by an impending apocalypse—climate-induced, technological, viral, pick your horror—precious few seem inclined to curtail, let alone prevent.
And this apocalypse cares not a whit for whether you’re human or vampire; after all, Kindred were once human themselves, and its ruling body, the Camarilla—so intent on maintaining the status quo at all costs—a potent metaphor for a global system that refuses to change, adapt, or evolve.
With every ‘Souls-like’ comes the unavoidable comparison to Dark Souls and Mortal Shell uses many of the mechanics found within FromSoftware’s legendary series. The way in which it uses these mechanics but also carves a little space to use them in it’s own way is very reminiscent of the first time I ever played a Souls game. At first I didn’t really know what I was doing, or where I was going, or if I was even making any kind of meaningful progress. But I knew what I was playing was captivating and so I forged on into oblivion.
Welcome to The Reticule’s definitive roundup of gaming releases throughout July 2017. All release dates stated are for the EU, across all currently available platforms including Playstation, Xbox, PC, mobile and others.
7th Accel World vs. Sword Art Online
PS4, PS Vita
11th Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
“The biggest addition to The Zodiac Age is what we missed out on with the international release years back. XII took a lot of grief for the license board, and Square Enix made vast improvements by adding distinct jobs to incentivize replayability and tactical gameplay. This means you’ll be able to make Vaan a black mage if you want (but who would ever choose Vaan, right?) or maybe you’ll make Basch into a thief so he can nab you some precious goodies. Many proselytize this version of the game, and it’s pretty amazing to finally get it on Western shores. We’re also getting a much-needed fast-forward mode like the (amazing) Dragon Quest VIII remake on 3DS, which should make some of those more tedious sojourns into danger more manageable.” RPGFan.
17th Albion Online
PC, Andriod, iOS
“Albion Online is a sandbox MMORPG set in an open medieval fantasy world. It has a fully player-driven economy; all equipment items are player-crafted. You can freely combine armor pieces and weapons in our unique classless system – you are what you wear. Explore the world and tackle challenging PvE content. Engage other adventurers in small- or large-scale PvP, and conquer territories. Gather. Craft. Trade. Conquer. Leave your mark in the world.” Albion Online.
18th Children of Zodiarcs
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles
20th Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy
21st Splatoon 2
Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star
25th Fallen Legion
PS4, PS Vita
“For those who played Supergiant’s previous titles, Bastion and Transistor, Pyre‘s art style and presentation will be familiar. While neither Bastion nor Transistor felt small, Supergiant claimed that Pyre ups the ante. We likened Pyre‘s team-oriented competitions to a magical version of NBA Jam. The competitions are referred to as Rites, fast-paced three-on-three battles where the goal is to take out the other team’s signal flame before they manage to extinguish yours.” Digital Trends
“Redout is a stylish, futuristic racer bringing back the speed and vertigo of genuine arcade racing — get in the ship and slam that throttle. From the first moment, you will feel the enormous amount of power coming from your engine. Hovering a few meters above the ground going over 800 km/h is no piece of cake. Redout will take advantage of the Switch capabilities by using the right Joy-Con analog stick increase or decrease speed and left Joy-Con stick to drift around curves.” IGN
27th The Darkside Detective
28th Hey! Pikmin
Dr Kawashima’s Devilish Brain Training: Can You Stay Focused?
Dovetail Games Expand Relationship With Microsoft – Train Simulator to Xbox One!
Tomorrow is a big day in the world of the new generation machines. They’be both been selling by the bucketload, but apart from Halo: The Master Chief Collection and (a botched) DriveClub, they’ve been lacking on any exclusive title to set them apart with re-releases like The Last of Us Remastered making up the numbers. As we march our way through November, we are going to see if Grand Theft Auto V will bring the remaining few old-gen gamers over to the new world. …
So you thought Assassin’s Creed Unity was going to be one of those games that tried to be serious and easy to follow did you? Well, think again because Ubisoft have just released two brand new trailers that throw all that out the window.
The first trailer shows the player deperatley trying to escape a time anomaly within the animus, It eventually catches up to him and he is transported to a future version of Paris with planes, machine guns and massive V adorned on the Eiffel Tower. What could it all mean? Watch the trailer below and let us know what you think.
The second trailer takes the lighthearted approach as four voice actors impersonate celebrities as they play a co-op mission within Assassin’s Creed Unity. I’m not quite sure what the point of the trailer is, but there are a few laughs to be had and the voice actors are actually very good.
Assassin’s Creed Unity Trailer Explores Revlutionary Paris
The latest Assassin’s Creed Unity trailer shows an open world Paris with much more to offer than any of the previous games. Among new activities you can now complete co-op heist missions with friends, embark on fleshed out side quests such as murder mysteries and treasure hunt in the streets and on the rooftops of 18th century Paris.
For me the Assassin’s Creed series has been calling for something such as a co-op mode to freshen up the similar gameplay from release to release. An improved combat system, interesting setting, redesigned graphics engine and improved climbing system also reinvigorate my interests in a series I once loved.
Part 1 and 2 of the video series can be found here and here.
Assassin’s Creed Unity launches on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on November 14th 2014.
Geralt’s Still Chasing Girls In New Witcher 3 Cinematic Trailer
Yennefer, the immensely powerful sorceress and one time love interest of Geralt is on the run. From what or to what we do not yet know, but her journey is very dangerous and requires quick thinking and determination merely to survive. Geralt the Witcher has not given up hope of once again finding Yennefer and pursues her through this harsh environment with the help of his mentor Vesemir.
The Witcher 3 is set to be the largest and most impressive entry to the series yet and boasts a open world 35 times larger than that of its predecessor. With the release still months away this new cinematic trailer begins to explore the story and setting behind one of the most impressive looking RPGs since we Fus-Ro-Dah’d our way across northern Tamriel.
The Witcher 3 launches on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in February 2015.
New ‘The Evil Within’ Trailer Shows That Enemies Are Not Your Only Problem
If you’re going to survive a playthrough of The Enemy Within there’s a few points you’ll first have to consider. Firstly you’ll need a strong heart and stomach to avoid gruesome creatures popping out at you from all angles. Secondly you’ll need to conserve your ammo, only using it when absolutely necessary. And finally you will need to use your wit avoiding traps and instead, using them to your advantage.
This new trailer shows you just how devastating traps can be in The Evil Within, but also shows how you can turn them to your advantage. Some traps can be avoided and turned on enemies, others can be dismantled and used to create stronger weapons and ammo. One things for sure, you’re going to need to use your head just as much as your gun to survive.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor Trailer – Gameplay, Mechanics And More
Set between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is an open world game that follows Talion, a ranger killed along with his family by the minions of Sauron. Talion is brought back to life by an Elven spirit and is bestowed with new powers as he seeks revenge for the death of the people he loved.
The below video explains more about the game’s story and mechanics and shows some of what you should expect gameplay wise.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is due to be released in Europe on October 3rd for PC and consoles.