All posts by Rich Berry

I've been gaming for longer than I care to remember and spent four years writing for another XCN website leading a 10 strong team. Now I'm in charge of TiX alongside Dave Moran – I hope you enjoy what we do!

Horizon Zero Dawn to get a board game variant

Steamforged Games are the brains behind the operation – previous work includes Resident Evil’s board game and the excellent Dark Souls board game – Horizon Zero Dawn’s transition to board game will also receive the full support of Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe and Guerrilla, so I expect a highly polished game with miniatures that do the game proud.

“As huge Horizon Zero Dawn™ fans, we could not be more excited to be given the honour of developing a board game which will allow fans to explore this incredible world in a new and unique way,” said Mat Hart, Creative Director and Co-founder of Steamforged Games.

“Horizon Zero Dawn™ represents an incredible achievement in the videogame world and a much-beloved universe for fans all over the world. Many of the staff at Steamforged have been in love with Horizon Zero Dawn™ since it was first released, and so have an intimate understanding of what makes it so appealing and enthralling. With this game we’re going to give players a compelling new way to play and experience this amazing video game.”

As a huge board game fan, I am super excited to see another video game make the jump from pixel to physical. The campaign will get going on kickstarter – I can’t imagine they will struggle getting support.

Things get hot for Descenders in the latest content update

While Descenders is still in Xbox One’s Preview program, it doesn’t mean that RageSquid are content with just tweaking the experience when bugs and feedback are submitted. Launching August 7, the world of Descenders is going to get hot, hot, hot – a bit like the heatwave the UK has been ‘enjoying’.

The Ring of Fire update brings a brand new location to whip, jump and scrub your way through and brings the total area number to five. Aptly named Volcano, stunts are omitted in favour of “tectonics” – which means a bumpy ride that is accompanied by the immediate danger of flowing lava!

Unlike the other areas, The volcano region is only accessible by completing special requirements during your Descender runs. The area also contains a new – third – secret area so keep your head on a swivel. To top the update off, new freeride options, kits and bikes have also been added.

Now… queue Jonny Cash’s ‘Ring of Fire’.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider shows off its ‘stunning world’

The newest Shadow of the Tomb Raider trailer shows off its ‘stunning world’ and they aren’t wrong… the world looks incredible and makes me giddy with excitement to see this running on an Xbox One X. Not to get ahead of myself, I got serious Tomb Raider chills from watching this – I’m talking the original game from the days of the first PlayStation console.

Vast vistas, lush environments and Lara standing at the base of an imposing piece of ancient machinery makes for all the ingredients that made the original game so damn good. I hope that this third title in the new look series can finally hold a torch to what made Tomb Raider so good.

Let the excitement continue…

Vampyr gets an easier and harder mode

If you’ve yet to sink your teeth into the juicy neck of Vampyr, then you may want to hang fire until later this summer when two new difficulty modes are unleashed upon DONTNOD’s narrative driven vampire adventure. The update also addresses feedback since the game launched. But the best news is that a story mode is launching, so if you couldn’t get on with the combat – or were put off by it – then you can tackle the game in a mode that “de-emphasizes combat”.

For those that revelled in the combat, a “cranked-up” hard mode is also launching. This adds in more challenging combat scenarios, which rewards less XP from fights, making the choices of who to embrace that much more vital as this will be the only real way to get XP.

DONTNOD are quite clearly offering something for everyone – well done!

Darksiders III burns brightly toward a November release

November 27. Mark it down now because the much anticipated Darksiders III finally releases onto console.

The next entry into the awesome hack-n-slash action-adventure also come with a several flavours of pre-order to ‘reward’ the loyal fanbase who will undoubtedly be rushing to their favourite retailer to place an order.

First up is an exclusive armour DLC that is available at ‘participating retailers’. Next is a pre-order offer for those who like to purchase their games directly through the Xbox or PlayStation stores. Gamers can “have their choice of THREE distinct pre-order opportunities featuring exclusive in-game content, special discounts and 24-hour early access to Darksiders III”, further details are said to be here, but currently no details beyond the above are known.

And finally, for the physical gamer there are two SKUs to choose from

Darksiders III Collector’s Edition

  • Premium Box
  • Fury Figurine about 29cm – 11″ high
  • Original Steelbook
  • Artbook
  • Soundtrack
  • Darksiders III Game
  • Exclusive Armor DLC; completely original skin replacing Fury’s base armor set (purely aesthetic, no gameplay impact

Darksiders III Apocalypse Edition:

  • Premium Box ~117cm – 46″
  • Wall Scroll – Fabric print with hanger 77 x 100 – 30″ x 40″
  • 4 Figurines: Fury (~29cm 11” high), Vulgrim, War, Death (each about 25cm 10″high)
  • Heavy weight amulet 5cm – 2″ with necklace
  • Original Steelbook
  • Artbook
  • Soundtrack
  • Darksiders III Game
  • Exclusive Armor DLC; completely original skin replacing Fury’s base armor set (purely aesthetic, no gameplay impact)

Those statues look pretty badass… Now, who is up for making a Darksiders recap? I for one have totally lost track of the story…

Shenmue I and II to hit consoles in August

Today SEGA have confirmed that Shenmue I and II will hit console on August 21. Originally released on the Dreamcast, Shemnue hit cult acclaim and for years fans have been calling for a third title to finish off the story. Eventually this became a reality when Shenmue III appeared as a kickstarter.

Now that the first games are slated for an Xbox One release, will the third title also find its way onto the console?

Mutant Football League touchdowns with a Dynasty Edition

Locked and loaded for a September release, Mutant Football League is getting a Dynasty Edition.

The updated edition includes a new mode that see you on the other side of the football playing as the GM over several seasons and managing not just the rooster of players but also salary, playbooks and agent signings. The edition also comes with two new species to wrestle play with.

“We’re looking forward to introducing Mutant Football League to an all new audience with its debut on the Nintendo Switch,” said Michael Mendheim, Creative Director of Digital Dreams. “With the Dynasty Edition, old and new players alike can really build onto the core game to make their own unique experience. The only predictable element across the board is broken bones and fun.”

You can check out what we made of the original game – minus all the Dynasty Edition goodness – right here.

Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr delayed again

Action-RPG Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr has been slated for a digital release on August 23, with the physical launching the very next day. A release date for North America and Latin America is yet be confirmed.

The latest game set in the Warhammer 40K universe has a “strong focus on a persistent online world” and it’s this core mechanic that has led the game’s release to be pushed back – which isn’t the first time the developer has requested the title be delayed. Let’s hope they can stick to the new August date.

Atari’s classic Tempest gets new lease of life

“Just one more go” was a true statement of the arcade classic Tempest, so it’s apt that Tempest 4000 gets “one more go” with a new lease of life on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Releasing this summer – July 17 – for $29.99, the classic vector based arcade game is getting an overall of bright neon retro vibes.

“Modern home consoles are the descendants of arcade gaming,” said Jeff Minter, Executive Producer of Tempest 4000 and founder of Llamasoft. “We wanted to bring the classic arcade experience into players’ homes, so both franchise legacy fans and new gamers can test their mettle.”

With over 100 levels to beat, Tempest 4000 includes Classic, Pure and Survival game modes set against a ‘retro techno soundtrack’.

Get fruity with All-Star Fruit Racing

Launching on July 13, All-Star Fruit Racing will race on to Xbox One and PlayStation 4. While the name may sound a bit silly – childlike even – the game looks like it will be a ton of fun, just check out the trailer below.

Including split-screen for up to four players, the karting racer is set within lush vibrant environments that could have been plucked straight from Wreck-It Ralph’s Sugar Rush world. As you progress through the career mode, which is set across the four seasons of the year and in ‘Special Islands’, the action unfolds over 21 tracks. As you progress, kart parts are unlocked so you can really pimp up your fruity vehicles with over 32,000 possible kart combinations.

And no kart racer would be complete without the obligator weapons arsenal. Once powered up, the juicer can unleash a wave of fruit-based attacks to cripple your foes with individual shots as you gain juice or with an almighty attack once it is full to bursting.

With Dragster races, Hill Climbs, Elimination races, Time Attacks and modifier modes, there seems to be plenty of juicy content in All-Star Fruit Racing.