Cat Quest Might Be The Most Charming Game Of 2017

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Even though there are still several months left, Cat Quest seems like the most lovable game of the year. When you put your paws on this cute open-world RPG, you will be caught up in an irresistible story that you could play for hours. The GentleBros created a real indie gem with a unique world … Read more Cat Quest Might Be The Most Charming Game Of 2017

Vampyr The Video Game: Gameplay And Release Date Details

Vampires are beings that are part of various folklores across the globe. The ancient people talked about spirits and demons that had monster features, but it’s the Balkans where the word used for these undead beings originated. The movie industry portrayed vampires in numerous different ways. You might have seen Nosferatu, the horror classic where … Read more Vampyr The Video Game: Gameplay And Release Date Details

Divinity: Original Sin 2 Is The Greatest Strategy/RPG Game Since XCOM

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There are games you just know are going to be fantastic even when you only try the early access version. One of those is Divinity: Original Sin 2, whose full release expected tomorrow, but players can already buy the game and test it. You might be familiar with the Divinity franchise, which had a reboot … Read more Divinity: Original Sin 2 Is The Greatest Strategy/RPG Game Since XCOM

Destiny 2 is set for release in September 2017, check out the trailer here

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A big surprise for all the Destiny fans I believe we can all agree that the Halo franchise exceeded all expectations of the players and creators alike. Bungie definitely proved its worth with that series, and it’s what brought them a ten-year deal with Activision. Destiny was the first game made during this agreement. The … Read more Destiny 2 is set for release in September 2017, check out the trailer here

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Will Keep Everyone at Home This Summer

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If you are a Tolkien fan like me, I’m sure that you’ve played Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, one of the greatest games in 2014. Boy, have I got great news for you! Monolith Productions confirmed the release date for the sequel to the game. Middle-earth: Shadow of War is scheduled for launch on PlayStation 4, … Read more Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Will Keep Everyone at Home This Summer

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord Gameplay, Release Date And Closed Beta

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Oh, man, was I excited when I got the chance to play the demo of Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord on the E3 Show held in Los Angeles this year. It all went quickly through my mind; how the original release in 2012 was an unpolished, but fantastic game. How the sequel was announced FIVE years ago, and TaleWorlds have been quiet about it ever since and how I expected a lot from their latest action RPG. The good news is that the demo kept up to my expectations, so let’s take a look at the way the developers presented epic medieval battles in Mount & Blade 2.

The First Demo Started a Bit Slow

We played a total of three different PC demos at E3, and the first one was there to heat things up a bit. It was nothing but a tutorial that explained us controls of the melee combat. We were put on a map and placed in a fight to the death with a bunch of other soldiers, while Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord explained us our moves.

The attacks that you can perform depend on the weapon you use. For example, you can slash your sword by dragging either left or right, do a stab by dragging down while pressing the left button of the mouse and dragging up will do an overhead strike. Depending on the weapon you choose you will have a different arsenal of moves. You don’t have to use only swords; for example, there are also spears in Mount & Blade 2.

Shields up If You Want to Protect Yourself

On the defensive end, you can use directional blocking, but the shields still do a better job of protecting you on the battlefield. Even if you happen to miss the direction in which you want to perform a block, you probably won’t get hurt at once, but your armor will suffer a bigger blow. That looks pretty realistic on the Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord battlefield.

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The next thing we tried in the demo is throwing axes. That moved things from the close up to ranged combat, and it was very satisfying to inflict some damage from afar. It’s pretty simple to use the ax; you merely press the attack button when the reticle is located above your enemy. You should be careful when using your ax because the enemy can block it with a shield.

Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord Battle Runs Smooth

If you are a new M&B player, it might take some time until you adjust to the combat system. On the other hand, if you’ve played previous installments, you know what to expect. Once you get the grip of how things work, you will find yourself performing some cool moves, such as hitting two people at once with a slash right after you blocked an axe coming your way.

The controls are responsive, and everything works smoothly in Mount & Blade II. The thing I liked is that it’s not all about hacking and slashing, you also need a dose of tactics aside from insanely clicking the buttons. The damage system is improved, and it now considers different factors, such as weight distribution. That practically means that the same type of hit won’t inflict the same amount of damage to the opponent every time, but the results vary.

Let’s Take Things One Step Further

The next demo allowed us to see a truly epic medieval battle unfolding on the screen. We were placed in the shoes of a commander wielding a sword while leading his army to victory. Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord allows you to send your units wherever it fits your tactics, but it also places you right in the middle of the fight. It’s an incredible feeling when riding a horse and leading an army into a battle to the death. You are in the core of the combat, which is much better than other RPG games where you feel like you are sitting on the sidelines despite the fact you are commanding an army.

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There is a bunch of different moves you can order your units to perform. You can split them into two groups or merge them, order a lighting attack or ask them to form a defensive shield wall. Mount & Blade 2 solves the controls in a nifty way, allowing you to directly perform those orders by clicking a single button to avoid it influencing your performance on the battlefield.

Do You Prefer to Command or Wield Your Sword?

M&B2: Bannerlord also gives you the option to allow your units make independent choices and focus on killing as many opponents as possible. Fortunately, the AI factor that comes into play here does an excellent job. The developers claimed that they analyzed some of the most famous battles in history to ensure that the behavior of the units on the battlefield is realistic.

One would imagine that wielding your sword and riding a horse at the same time is tricky and that is something that Mount & Blade 2 faithfully replicates. There’s so much you have to do; you need to slow down the pace of your horse, make sure to turn it properly to find the right angle and time the attack so that you actually inflict some damage to the enemy.

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Unfortunately, riding a horse saw us feeling frustrated on more than one occasion. It seems that, even when you manage to land a hit, the opponent doesn’t suffer significant damage, which is why we soon focused on battling on foot. There’s still time for the developers to iron out this issue and we hope they will do that.

Control the Entire Army or Just a Portion of It

Aside from being the general commander, you can also control just a section of the army on the battlefield. That changes the things drastically because you need to follow the orders of the top command while making sure everything goes your way.

Unfortunately, this is the first time when AI messed up. We let the commands, and that led to many deaths of our soldiers because AI believed that the best tacticwas to attack the enemy at close range, leaving us pretty vulnerable.

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We hope that the final version of Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord will solve these issues. On the bright side, we got to see archers in action, and they looked kind of cool with pointing out their arrows, despite the fact that the configuration only allowed them to shoot to their left.

Oh, My Lord! Lords Are There in Mount & Blade II

Aside from regular soldiers, you will notice that some of them wear special dresses. These are so-called Lords, which should represent figures of power worth respecting and keeping alive. We still don’t know for what reason because it remained unclear, but they should play a role in the final edition of Mount & Blade 2.

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The Perfect Combo of Action and Strategy

Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord is shaping up to have everything that you can expect from an epic medieval battle. It combines the elements of action of dropping you right into the core of the combat with the strategy element of commanding your troops (or executing the commands of your superior). All in all, we expect a lot from the release.

Unfortunately, there is no set release date for Mount & Blade 2 yet. We are glad that the game is much more close to the final version that in 2012 when it was first announced and TaleWorlds should publish it soon. Our estimation is that the release of the full version will be by the end of 2017. Looking forward to it!

South Park: The Fractured But Whole – Story, Characters & Release Date

If you ask me, there are two American animated TV shows worth your while. There is the family from Springfield, and there is the gang of four boys, whose adventures we have been following for two decades (yes, it’s been that much). Kyle, Stan, Cartman and oh-so-incredible Kenny will surprise us for the 20th anniversary … Read more South Park: The Fractured But Whole – Story, Characters & Release Date

All we know about Darksiders 3, release date, gameplay and more

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Whether it was on purpose or by accident, it was Amazon who first announced that the third sequel of the apocalyptic hack-and-slash adventure Darksiders is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Although we didn’t get a precise release date, THQ Nordic soon confirmed that the game is planned for 2018. We even got … Read more All we know about Darksiders 3, release date, gameplay and more

The Call of Cthulhu Gameplay Trailer, Release Date, And Impressions

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If you are a fan of horror movies,  you must have heard of H.P. Lovecraft. Although some consider him to be among the pioneers of the genre, he is still one of the best horror writers out there. In fact, you will find a whole lot of authors that admire and idolize him. The Call of Cthulhu, one of his classics, served as an inspiration for Focus Home Interactive and Cyanide to create a video game.

There is still a lot of work to be done in the game, but its release is expected towards the end of 2017 for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. In the meantime, we got our hands on an early alpha version and saw what The Call of Cthulhu Is all about.

The Call of Cthulhu Demo Scared the Hell Out of Me

H.P. Lovecraft knows how to bring the horror atmosphere to anyone reading his novels, and it’s not an easy task to transfer that kind of experience to a screen. The Call of Cthulhu demo trailer we watched starts on Darkwater, a fictional island where the secluded Hawkins Mansion is located. Not much passes and we can see Edward Pierce, a private detective who investigates what seems to be another usual case.

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The atmosphere draws you in from the second the trailer starts. You take a look at the creepy manor from the outside only to be terrified by the crows that make an obnoxious noise as they fly right in front of you (the jumpscare worked on me, unfortunately). You go exploring the outskirts of the mansion when you come across the graveyard.

Can You Survive the Terrifying Manor?

The Call of Cthulhu is a horror game, but it essentially belongs to the survival genre with some RPG elements. Those come into play while you explore the graves of the Hawkins family because you need investigation points to do that. The first unusual thing you notice is that the flowers are on everyone’s tombs except on the one that belongs to the head of the family.

The graphics and the color palette considerably contribute to the horror atmosphere. As you finish the exploration of the grave, the road leads you to the mansion back door. Before you enter, you have your first encounter with one of the residents; the groundskeeper comes to say hi, and he does that with an axe in his hand.

Can You Talk Your Way Out of Trouble in The Call of Cthulhu?

The first conversation introduces you to the dialogue system that you might recognize from Bethesda’s games. There are different dialogue options that demand various skills – you can intimidate the person you are talking to, persuade them to do something or simply do some small talk. Depending on that, your relationship with that character will be either positive or negative. Each response you provide and question you ask influences the outcome, which means that you need to choose carefully.

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In case you didn’t know, The Call of Cthulhu is, besides being a novel, also a role-playing game. All the skills Edward Pierce are taken directly from the rulebook of that game. That is done for a reason because this is an official video game of The Call of Cthulhu and it aims to resemble everything important to the book/RPG faithfully.

Connect the Dots and Use Your Detective Skills

The demo shows how to use your skills properly. You take the ax out of his hand’s thanks to some intimidation and then manage to convince him to let you in with your investigative abilities. You properly connected the flowers on the graves to him, and he was apparently touched by that, so he let you in.

However, we were told that the outcome could have been different which would lead to Pierce searching for an alternative way to get into the manor. That means The Call of Cthulhu is a dynamic game, which adds to its replayability and emphasizes the importance of your choices. The developers convinced us that the best way is to convince the groundskeeper to unlock because otherwise, you might risk Pierce’s health or even sanity.

The Call of Cthulhu Crime Scene

Once you get in the mansion, you notice that the room where the family died completely burned down in the fire. You don’t believe in the official explanation that it was an accident and you use your skills to investigate. I assume that other crime scenes aren’t exactly a visual treat, but this one is quite freaky.

As you explore the room, you will see young son’s ashes, a bunch of broken clocks and overturned furniture. The Call of Cthulhu requires you to carefully collect all the clues before comparing them to the police report. You should try to find the things that don’t match. If you don’t, it’s not the end of the world (yet), but you will be off the main path of the case and sliding down into insanity will be much more likely.

Knowledge is Power in The Call of Cthulhu…Or Is It Not?

The final trailer for The Call of Cthulhu featured an art gallery. That was apparently a part of the game a bit further from the start, but we didn’t mind. Pierce’s task is to find a monster hidden in one of the paintings. We already mentioned the possibility of our protagonist going mad, but here’s how it works.

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The game has a so-called sanity system. While you need to know a lot about the in-game world to complete the investigation, with knowledge comes great burden. Some information is not meant for humans, and if you discover them, you risk going insane. The burden of knowledge will cause Pierce to experience hallucinations that are vivid, violent and scary at the same time. As your sanity level decreases, you will have fewer dialogue options at your disposal until the moment you won’t know the difference between reality and fiction.

The Cool Graphics and Homage to Lovecraft

The visual experience in The Call of Cthulhu is fantastic, and all animations and scenery are incredibly detailed. If you know Lovecraft’s work, you will notice that there are items that pay the honor to one of the greatest horror authors ever, such as ceremonial daggers or fish-people statues.

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Let’s return to the trailer. The moment you are in front of the right picture, you will know it. A massive beast with his mouth wide open will cause you goose bumps, but you are in for a much bigger thrill. In a not-so-surprising twist, the monster ripples the painting and comes out to attack you. Pierce makes the only logical decision to run away.

Violence Isn’t the Solution

Although being a survival horror game, The Call of Cthulhu sends a message that violence isn’t the solution but merely a desperate measure. Yes, you can grab a dagger and lightly hurt a monster, but it didn’t seem that you can kill him at any given moment. Instead, you choose the cowardly option and hide in a closet (hey, it’s a monster, whatever you have to do to survive).

At that moment, you find out another problem you need to solve – claustrophobia. As you hide in the closet, you notice that Pierce’s heart rate will go through the roof. You can’t let your hero suffer a heart attack and die on the spot (and in the closet while hiding), so you need to make sure you don’t spend too much time in there. Oh, and just so you know, claustrophobia isn’t the only phobia Pierce has and he can develop new ones as you play.

Being Smart Is the Way to Go in The Call of Cthulhu…

Killing the beast from the image requires a creative solution. You will hide in the closet until the monster just passes and then come out chasing towards the painting. Grabbing the dagger from the exhibits in the gallery and stabbing the painting should be enough for killing the creature. Or at least that’s what we thought. Stabbing the painting doesn’t seem to work, and the monster comes towards you with its huge mouth opened. Alas, that is where the trailer ends.

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The Call of Cthulhu Things You Need to Know

The Call of Cthulhu will last for about 20 hours, and there is more than one possible ending in the game. According to the developers, at the moment there are four endings, and not a single one is happy. Knowing Lovecraft’s work that is precisely the way things should unfold. You can only hope that you will manage to keep Pierce alive through the entire game.

Although the demo of The Call of Cthulhu only showed small portions of the game, it is shaping up to be a great release for all the lovers of survival horror genre out there, along with Death Stranding and Outlast 2. I believe that there is no doubt that you will also love it if you are a fan of the master of horror H.P. Lovecraft. At the very end, the bad news is that the game doesn’t have an exact release date, but the developers want to release it by the end of 2017.

Dark Souls III: The Ringed City is the Conclusion of an Epic Series

Dark Souls 3 The Ringed City

The Dark Souls Story Comming to and End It was 2009 when From Software had first released the Demon’s Souls game. After almost a decade and a series of brilliant games, Dark Souls III: The Ringed City (finally) brings closure to the Souls series. The Ringed City is the second and final DLC for Dark … Read more Dark Souls III: The Ringed City is the Conclusion of an Epic Series