ONRUSH and Conan Exiles playable at EGX Rezzed

There are now over 100 games announced to be playable at EGX Rezzed in April, and that list now includes ONRUSH and Conan Exiles. Strange Brigade was previously announced as being playable, but the list keeps on growing!

ONRUSH is the latest action racing game from UK based racing experts Codemasters and is coming to both PS4 and Xbox One on July 5th 2018. There will also be an open-beta in May, so gamers can check it out before release. ONRUSH is developed by Evolution Studios, the creators of Driveclub, who were purchased by Codemasters, and is the game that F1 Creative Director Lee Mather hinted at in our interview back in 2017.

Conan Exiles is an open-world survival game, in the brutal lands of Conan The Barbarian. You are an exile, one of thousands cast out to fend for themselves in a barbaric wasteland swept by terrible sandstorms and besieged on every side by Enemies. Here you must fight to survive, build and dominate. It has been available for a few months on Xbox Game Preview and Steam Early Access.

Playstation have also announced that four indie titles will be playable, including the sequel to the awesome Guacamelee!

The Swords of Ditto – The Swords of Ditto is a compact action RPG that creates a unique adventure for each new hero of legend in the relentless fight against the evil Mormo. Explore a delightful but dangerous overworld, brave menacing dungeons, and improve your hero in a charming village, during your quest to overcome the evil that plagues the island. Unleash the mystical Sword of Ditto and grab a co-op friend for an unforgettable adventure filled with delightful characters, extraordinary loot, and heroic battles!

Guacamelee! 2 – Seven years after defeating Carlos Calaca, Juan Aguacate is forced to don his luchador mask again to face a new threat — this time to the very fabric of space and time. Punch your way through a whole new action exploration-style world and try to save the Mexiverse!

Heaven’s Vault – From the creators of the multi-award winning 80 Days and the Sorcery! series comes an archaeological science fiction adventure game. Uncover a forgotten past and decipher a lost language in this narrative archaeological science-fiction adventure. The search for a missing roboticist leads archaeologist Aliya Elasra and her sidekick Six into the depths of the Nebula where they live, and to the ruins of a lost age – and a discovery that will change things forever.

The Adventure Pals – An epic adventure fuelled by imagination. Enter a beautiful world in a game about friendship, exploration and riding giraffes.

For full details of all 100 games check out the official Rezzed website.

Robocraft Infinity launching on Game Pass on April 11th

UK developer Freejam have announced that Robocraft Infinity, the console version of the popular PC game Robocraft, will be released onto Xbox One on April 11th. Not only that, it’s also available to Game Pass subscribers for free, following hot on the heels of Sea Of Thieves as new games releasing straight to Microsoft’s subscription service.

If you’ve ever seen the TV show Robot Wars you will have a clue on what Robocraft Infinity is. Essentially you are given the tools and materials to design and build your own robot that you then send into battle in arenas across a multitude of game modes.

For more information visit the official website, Facebook or Twitter.

Star Wars The Last Jedi pinballs onto FX3

Star Wars The Last Jedi is the latest film to be given the Zen Studios Pinball FX3 makeover. The pack features Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: Ahch-To Island and will release on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on April 17.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Survive a First Order onslaught as the Resistance, train Rey in the ways of the Force on Ahch-To, and defend Finn from Captain Phasma, blasting away at stormtroopers as BB-8. Jump a ramp to shoot down TIE fighters, fight off Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer, and teach Rey that the Force isn’t just moving rocks!

Star Wars: Ahch-To Island – Luke Skywalker (reluctantly) welcomes you to his secluded hideaway. Train Rey in the ways of the Force, convince Luke to join the Resistance and help Chewbacca deal with some Porg problems. You’ll even get a taste of everyday life on the island as Luke, including reminiscing about his Rebellion days through R2-D2’s hologram projections. And when the lights go off during a multiball mode? Let’s just hope the Force is with you…

No Man’s Sky is headed to Xbox

No Man’s Sky is the next title to make the jump onto Xbox One. Previously only available on PlayStation, Hello Games have plodded through update after update of its space exploration game, No Man’s Sky and the next one is going to be a big one, and one that sees the game launch onto Xbox One.

“We are calling this No Man’s Sky Next because it is an important next step in a journey for No Man’s Sky, for Hello Games and for our devoted community.” said Sean Murray, founder at Hello Games. “Each update for No Man’s Sky has been more successful than the last; this was especially true of our last update Atlas Rises. It emboldens the team to push ourselves further. This journey is far from over, and it’s exciting to be working again on something you know will surprise people.”

Releasing later this year, the Xbox One version will include all previously released content. First Crash Bandicoot, then Hellblade and now, No Man’s Sky – what will jump next onto Xbox?

Jurassic World Evolution launches June 12

There has been an influx of world building games lately, but what we have all been wanting to know is when we can build our very own Jurassic Park. Well, that time is almost upon us. Coming June 12, Jurassic World Evolution will be availble digitally with a disc version releasing the following month – July 3. This places the world building game of dino parks right before the theatrical release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

Now, there is just one thing left to address… you are all totally humming the Jurassic Park theme tune in your heads right now…

Return to Mars with Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered

Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered is headed to console in Q2 2018.

Set 50 years after the first Red Faction game, you play as an insurgent fighter battling for liberation from the EDF. With destruction firmly at the centre of this open-world action adventure, physics-based destruction has never been more fun. If an enemy is dug in then just blow up the building! The game also allows you freedom to decide who, when and where you want to fight – and as the name suggests – using guerrilla tactics to destroy the EDF.

The game’s graphics have been fully reworked with new textures, improved shadow and light rendering, and 4k support. Multiplayer also returns, including fully destructive environments.

I can’t say that I bonded too well with Red Faction Guerrilla when it first released way back in 2009, while the destruction was super fun, it just didn’t click as well as the original title – but who knows – with this spit and polish maybe Guerrilla will ignite something new, and not just an in-game uprising. Who knows… we may even see the developer invest some funds into producing a new game in the series.

 

Gran Turismo Sport gets additional VR mode

Hot on the heels of Wipeout Omega Collection’s VR update, another PlayStation title is also getting a VR upgrade. A new patch for Gran Turismo Sport, available now, adds a VR Time Trial to the game.

Gran Turismo Sport launched with a VR mode, which was heavily stripped down – namely with the volume of cars on track – so it will be no surprise to hear that expanding the game’s VR capabilities is one of the most received requests. This new update adds a series of VR time trials on the Nurburgring and Suzuka race circuits.

The full patch notes are available on the game’s official website.

Wipeout Omega Collection gets its VR update

Prepare to get nauseous because the planned VR update to Wipeout Omega Collection is out now! Unlike other racing titles that merely give you a taste of the game in VR, Wipeout has had a complete VR overhaul. What’s more, is that the game has also received some exclusive VR updates with three ships new ships.

Wipeout’s audio has also been given an overhaul, with the ‘game’s soundscape’ rendered into full 3D audio and also includes a new remix of Shake It by competition winner Vieille Griffe.

I’m yet to jump into VR to give this a spin but it’s been getting high praise from one of my colleagues who is VR crazy – he owns pretty much all the VR platforms.

..I’d go as far as saying it’s one of the best PSVR games period. Great sense of scale, loads of content and impressive sense of immersion – I’m sold. It changes the game completely, so much more depth to it – check it out ASAP 🙂

Arrr… there be a Sea of Thieves patch

Arrr… me hearties, Rare have patched Sea of Thieves to address numerous issues that you land lovin’ folk have had since launch.

I say patch… this is actually a full game update so rocks in at a hefty 9.9GB on Xbox One and 18.97GB on Xbox One X – the next update promises to be a more traditional patch, which will hopefully address the ‘known issues’ that Rare have listed, and are as follows:

Known Issues

  • Player gold and reputation can be delayed when cashing in a reward.
  • Player achievements can be delayed. For an update on both of these issues, please read our Launch Update written by Executive Producer, Joe Neate.
  • Bounty quest skeletons sometimes do not spawn or cannot be found. If you encounter this bug, a potential work around is to sail away from the island until it’s out of range, and then sail back in to trigger the Island Name banners.
  • Joining a player whose ship is parked at an active skeleton fort will prevent the joining player’s radial menus being opened.
  • Rare Lore Items throughout the world will read in English, regardless of current language settings.
  • “Hunter of Cursed Crews”, Commendation is not updating.
  • Players may become comically smaller after fighting the Kraken.

Rare have also addressed the much debated ‘Death Tax’ that they planned to unleash and thankfully, they have decided to drop their plans. The full notes can be found below or by visiting the game’s official website.

Fixed Issues

  • Players who have redeemed their Black Dog Pack pre-order code will now correctly see these items in their in-game chests. Not received your code? Check your Xbox Live messages over the next couple of days.
  • Characters should no longer lose details such as hair colour and scars.
  • When digging up a chest, there is no longer a chance that it will be impossible to pick up.
  • Players should no longer intermittently be missing items and weapons when loading into the game.
  • Weapon, clothing and ship cosmetic changes made after migrating server will now persist across sessions.
  • Players will now correctly see other players titles.
  • Snakes will now behave correctly, turning to face the player when agitated.
  • Animal and skeleton movement around slopes has been improved.
  • The game will no longer enter an unresponsive state after accepting a game invitation whilst matchmaking.
  • Merchant Alliance notifications for handing in various items have been corrected.
  • Lighting has been tweaked in order to improve performance on multiple islands and outposts.
  • Fixed tinnitus sound which persists after being killed by multiple explosive barrels.
  • Seagulls now fly over floating barrels.
  • Players can no longer be held by a seemingly invisible Kraken tentacle.
  • Fixed a range of potential game crashes.

Performance Improvements

  • Drastically reduced the likelihood of tearing when using the small ship.
  • Reduced the likelihood of tearing when inside the Taverns.
  • Sizeable framerate improvements when traversing large islands.
  • Reduced likelihood of framerate hitches when navigating outposts.
  • Optimised Foliage for smoother experience in overgrown jungle areas.

LEGO The Incredibles officially announced

The internet is dark and full of leaks. LEGO’s next entry into the world of video games is The Incredibles, which was unofficially revealed earlier this month. This will be Pixar’s first entry into the world of LEGO – odd how they never entertained the idea of LEGO Dimensions – and it ties in neatly to this year’s cinematic release of The Incredibles 2.

“The Incredibles franchise, full of super-powered characters, adventures and teamwork, combined with all of the humour, puzzle-solving elements and unexpected surprises of LEGO®games makes for the perfect combination for players,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games Publishing. “With LEGO® The Incredibles, fans can experience the non-stop action from both movies while fighting crime together as a super hero family.”

The game aims to recreate the scenes from both movies, so won’t release until July 13, 2018, which is the same day that The Incredibles 2 opens at the cinema.

Once again, it seems that the newest titles in TT Games ever-growing portfolio of LEGO titles will feature couch co-op gameplay. While it’s great that we still see this level of support for co-op, I would so love for the titles to one day get some form of online multiplayer/co-op.