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    November 30th, 2018GamespotUncategorized

    SNK is perhaps most notable for its 1990s inventions—Neo Geo and a slate of arcade classics like Metal Slug, Samurai Shodown, and Fatal Fury—but its formative work in the 1980s, while less impressive technically, is arguably far more interesting historically. The Japanese developer broke new ground during the Reagan era and produced many arcade gems (and subsequent console ports), several of which feature in SNK 40th Anniversary Collection. Although the compilation lacks diversity—many of the games are thematically and mechanically indistinguishable—it's a worthwhile investment thanks to a handful of classics, an extensive virtual museum, and some modern conveniences and quality-of-life features.

    Included in SNK 40th Anniversary Collection are 13 games (or 14 if you want to include Iron Tank as its own installment) released between 1981 and 1990. Really, though, there are 21 total games, as many arcade hits come bundled with their console counterparts. You can opt to play the Ikari Warriors popularized in the arcades or the NES port, for example.

    On paper, this is an impressive bonus—and, to be fair, it does make the collection more historically valuable and complete—but in reality it's unlikely you and your friends will boot up console incarnations of Alpha Mission, Athena, and P.O.W. when the superior arcade originals are available. Yes, many of the NES games feature new areas and bosses—SNK was good about creating new content for its home conversions—but technological limitations, grainy graphics, and two-button controls hold these versions back.

    The 13 originals fare better, of course. A few are great, most are serviceable or at the very least fascinating in their novelty, and one is just not worth playing (sorry Street Smart). Some of the best include Alpha Mission (1985), a clever vertically-scrolling shooter that boasts eight power-up armors, each with a special effect; Ikari Warriors (1986), an addictive simultaneous local co-op top-down shooter; P.O.W. (1988), a Final Fight-esque side-scrolling brawler; and Prehistoric Isle (1989), the best horizontal shooter you've never heard of. 

    The crown jewel of the collection, though, is Crystalis (1990), SNK's first foray into the action-RPG genre. This Zelda-like is one of the more under-appreciated 3rd-gen games, even as it suffers from some frame rate and screen defect problems, and a general opacity. Go in armed with a walkthough guide, or at least the original NES manual.

    Other titles are fascinating in their ambition and inventiveness. Vanguard, from 1981, is one of the first shooters to scroll in multiple directions—vertical, horizontal, and diagonal—and, along with Fantasy (also by SNK and promised as free post-launch DLC), the first arcade game to allow continues. TNK III (1985) is the first SNK title to use a rotary knob (later the loop lever), which allowed players to move and fire in different directions. Psycho Soldier (1987), a sequel to Athena (1986), features a vocal soundtrack—the first ever in an arcade game.

    Despite these novelties, many of the games in SNK 40th Anniversary Collection bleed together, due to mechanical and thematic similarities. Much of the content on cartridge, like a lot of SNK titles of the time, is inspired by Hollywood war movies. Expect to play as a John Rambo analog in P.OW., TNK III (and its expanded console remake Iron Tank), and no fewer than three Ikari Warriors games. Furthermore, several of the entries in the compilation play in similar fashion. Guerrilla War, for example, is essentially Ikari Warriors with larger sprites and hostages.

    If you grow tired of blasting bad guys, you can retire to the collection's robust virtual museum, which includes three main features: SNK complete works 1978-1990; bonus features; and game soundtracks. Complete Works covers all of SNK's 1970s and 80s offerings, alongside screenshots, manual scans, promotional art, instruction cards, sell sheets, and some fascinating bits of trivia. Bonus Features covers advertising scans, behind-the-scenes content like Crystalis concept art, and a selection of arcade guide books. Soundtracks includes each song from every game in the anthology.

    Not only does SNK 40th Anniversary Collection feature some great archival content and a bunch of interesting arcade games, it also makes those games more accessible than ever before. You'll be able to save and continue, rewind your game footage to erase a costly mistake, and, in the game's most surprising and gracious invention, "watch" an expert replay of each game to determine how to navigate an especially difficult section. You can even take over manual control mid-watch, if you really don't feel like beating a certain boss or advancing past a tricky stretch.

    If you've never played SNK's 1980s arcade canon or if you have and want to relive your glory days, there's no better way to experience or re-experience it—a few lackluster or homogenous titles notwithstanding. With a collection of 13 mostly-good games (and 11 more due on December 11, all gratis) an impressive library of promotional and behind-the-scenes content, and some welcome modern quality-of-life mechanics, it's a worthy compendium for one of Japan's greatest arcade developers. 

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/393519/snk-40th-anniversary-collection-ns/

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    November 30th, 2018GamespotUncategorized

    Intelligent Systems announced it will host a Fire Emblem Expo in Tokyo, Japan on May 4, 2019. Tickets will go on sale on December 28 at 18:00 JST. 


    You can visit the event's website here. No more information was announced.

    Thanks Gematsu.

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/393725/fire-emblem-expo-headed-to-japan-in-may-2019/

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    November 30th, 2018GamespotUncategorized

    Publisher Modus Games and developer The Balance has released a new trailer for Override: Mech City Brawl.

    View it below:

    Here is an overview of the game:

    No Gears, No Glory.

    Pilot a diverse roster of epic mechs, each with their own play style, special moves, and finishers. Tower over your opponents and lay waste to entire cities underfoot in local and online versus, co-op, and more.

    • Supercharged Mechs – Pilot 12 outrageous mechs of epic, skyscraper-sized proportions, each with diverse fighting styles and unique skills.
    • Real World Locations – Destroy 3D arenas modeled after actual cities and countries, including Tokyo, Egypt, San Francisco, and Mexico.
    • Party Co-Op – Gather 2 to 4 friends to engage in party co-op where each player is responsible for one part of a towering mech.
    • The Garage – Customize your mechs in the Garage, changing their accessories and skins to create your own unique style.
    • Multiple Game Modes – Challenge other players in local and online Versus and Co-Op modes and experience Override’s story in a single-player campaign.

    Override: Mech City Brawl will launch for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC on December 4 for $29.99.

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/393724/override-mech-city-brawl-gets-launch-trailer/

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    November 30th, 2018GamespotUncategorized

    Compile Heart has released the introduction for the upcoming tactical action RPG, Arc of Alchemist.

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    Arc of Alchemist will launch for the PlayStation 4 in Japan on February 7, 2019, and summer 2019 in North America and Europe.

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/393723/arc-of-alchemist-introduction-released/

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    November 30th, 2018GamespotUncategorized

    Spike Chunsoft has released a new trailer for Conception Plus: Ore no Kodomo wo Undekure! that introduces the characters.

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    Conception Plus: Ore no Kodomo wo Undekure! will launch for the PlayStation 4 in Japan on January 31, 2019.

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/393722/conception-plus-trailer-introduces-the-characters/

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    November 30th, 2018GamespotUncategorized

    Microsoft earlier this month announced 16 titles that are coming to Xbox Game Pass and has now revealed three new games coming to the subscription service over the next week. 

    The three games are The Gardens BetweenMutant Year Zero and Strange Brigade.

    Here is an overview of the three games:

    The Gardens Between (November 29)

    Follow two best friends Arina and Frendt who fall into a surreal world full of dreamlike garden islands. Together they’ll embark on a nostalgic journey through a world built around objects from their childhood, lighting constellations and illuminating threads from a time when friendship was the most important thing in the world. Manipulate time to solve puzzles and traverse each precious memory to reach the summit of each island in this single-player puzzle adventure.

    Mutant Year Zero (December 4)

    A tactical adventure game with turn-based combat and real-time exploration of a post-apocalyptic world, Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden puts you in command of a unique squad of mutant soldiers as you scavenge through the remains of civilization to survive. From the creators of Hitman and PayDay, experience a mix of story, exploration, stealth, and strategy in the brutal environment of a decimated planet Earth as your band of heroes embark on a quest to discover the legend of Eden.

    Strange Brigade (December 6)

    Join an elite agency of extraordinary adventurers and investigate the darkest corners of Egypt, where mythological menaces manifest! Strange Brigade offers a rip-roaring, 1930s-style campaign full of peril, intrigue, and good old derring-do for one to four players as you tackle an army of mummified monsters! Solve mind-bending puzzles, defy dastardly traps, unearth incredible treasure in a mysterious, ancient landscape and use the most marvelous firearms known to man in thrilling third-person combat to defeat the witch queen Seteki and send her petrifying minions back to the afterlife.

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/393721/the-gardens-between-mutant-year-zero-and-strange-brigade-headed-to-xbox-game-pass/

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    November 29th, 2018GamespotUncategorized

    The official Elder Scrolls Twitter account revealed The Elder Scrolls: Blades has been delayed from 2018 to early 2019. 

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    You can sign up to play The Elder Scrolls: Blades via Early Access here.

    The Elder Scrolls: Blades is in development for iOS and Android. 

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/393720/the-elder-scrolls-blades-delayed-to-early-2019/

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    November 29th, 2018GamespotUncategorized

    Developer Dontnod Entertainment announced the second episode of Life is Strange 2 will launch in January 2019. The episode is called "Episode 2: Rules."


    Read the blog post from the developer below:

    Hello everyone,

    As you know we have kept you updated on what we’re working on for Episode 2 with our developer update blogs. Thanks for tuning in each time and thank you very much for the support you’ve shown us in return. We hope to keep doing these developer updates as we continue to build Life is Strange 2.

    Of course, there is a pertinent piece of information that everyone has been asking for since Episode 1 launched: When will Episode 2 be releasing?

    The Life is Strange series is a project close to all of our hearts and one for which we do not want to rush development and thereby fail to meet the benchmark of quality and emotional impact that you, our players, deserve. This is why we so far have not announced an official release date - we want to ensure that we will be in a position to release something that we are proud of and that you will enjoy and remember forever.

    We understand that there are certain expectations that episodes will be released at a similar cadence as previous Life is Strange games have. The ambition of Life is Strange 2, however, means that the previous frameworks no longer apply if we are to meet the quality of play and storytelling that our vision for a game like this demands and that you deserve.

    With this in mind, we can now officially say that Episode 2 will be released in January 2019, but more will be unveiled in mid December, this year. We can’t wait to reveal more about ‘Episode 2: Rules’ to you soon! We’re truly very excited to show you what we’ve been working on and what’s in store for Sean and Daniel.

    Thank you again for your ongoing support and patience and we will see you again soon!

    The Life is Strange team

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/393719/life-is-strange-2-episode-2-launches-in-january-2019/

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    November 29th, 2018GamespotUncategorized

    Geoff Keighley announced via Twitter a new Anthem trailer will premiere at The Game Awards next Thursday, December 6 at 5:30 pm PT / 8:30 pm ET.

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    Anthem will launch for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC on February 22, 2019.

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/393716/new-anthem-trailer-to-premiere-at-the-game-awards-2018/

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    November 29th, 2018GamespotUncategorized

    Microsoft announced Kingdoms of Amalur: ReckoningSonic Unleashed, and Aliens vs. Predator are coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today.

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    Some other recently added games include Final Fantasy XIIIFinal Fantasy XIII-2,Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Just CauseCastlevania: Lords of Shadow, Crysis, Crysis 2, Crysis 3, and Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty HD Edition.

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/393715/kingdoms-of-amalur-reckoning-sonic-unleashed-and-aliens-vs-predator-coming-to-xbox-one-backward-compatibility/

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