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We Happy Few: What Do We Know?

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It’s nearly time to take our Joy.

I have kept a close eye on the drug-riddled dystopia of We Happy Few for about two years now. I have written about it a few times so I will take care to not repeat myself. Needless to say, I am glad that it is almost here.

So, what do we know about Compulsion Games‘ latest survival game?

Set in an alternate timeline 1960s England, to try to forget the horrors they went through and did, the residents of Wellington Wells escape reality by using a drug called Joy.

You can play as three characters, the main character and the one we know the most about is Arthur Hastings. He has lost his brother and is keen to figure out what exactly is going on. Another playable character is Sally who appears to have a past with Arthur.

Then there is Ollie, and thank the gods my prayers have been answered! Finally, after what feels like forever we have a Scottish character in a video game! I know that sounds like a small thing to get excited about, but I have been complaining about the lack of my countrymen in gaming for quite some time.

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Outside of his nationality, we don’t know much about him, but he seems to know a bit more about the situation if the trailer is to be believed and is Arthur’s neighbour.

In terms of Gameplay, you need to blend in the drug-addled locals by taking small amounts of Joy, too little and you stand out and paint a target on your back, too much and you join the madness.

On top of that, each character is going to have different playstyles. For example, Sally is “stealth-focused and relies on sneaking around and using syringes to take out enemies”. But whatever you do, you need to be aware of your surroundings less you get beaten senseless by the brutish Bobbies.

We Happy Few is due to be released on the 10th of August this year for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

As I said in the beginning, I have been looking forward to getting my hands on this game for years, so I am overjoyed that it is just around the corner. The more info they tease us about We Happy Few, the more excited I get.

Looking forward to strolling into Wellington Wells!

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Overwatch Anniversary 2018: What Do We Know?

McCreeHeroes, clear your schedule, the mission begins in two days. That gives us enough time to brief ourselves on what this event has in store for us.

So, What Do We Know?

This year’s Overwatch Anniversary Event will start on the 22nd and run until the 11th of June. On top of that, for those of you who still haven’t played Overwatch, you can get a taste of the game for nothing during the Free Weekend from the 25th to the 28th of May.

A popular Arcade game mode is back, free-for-all Deathmatch. During this session a new map will be released, Petra. Set in and around a stone temple built into the rock, the map looks rather promising.

Yet again, skins for this event have been leaked and on top of that, there isn’t a single one for D.Va in sight. Don’t get me wrong, the skins I have seen look great and all, but it sucks that my main rarely gets anything.

Blizzard, you are really getting on my nerves at this point. Cough up some skins and a D.Va centric comic soon or I am going to lose it!

At least during this event, all the skins from previous events will be available. Giving us the chance to grab the skins that we missed out on the first time around. That softens the blow a tad, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t miffed.

mercy-overwatch-pink-mercy-skin-4k-db-1080x1920On the note of skins, last call for the Pink Mercy skin. For $14.99 not only do you get a super cute skin, but 100% of the proceeds go to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The campaign isn’t even over yet and almost $10 million has already been raised.

Blizzard didn’t stop there, they are also selling tees featuring Pink Mercy designed by community artist VICKISIGHand again all proceeds will go to BCRF.

Both the tees and the skin will no longer be available after the 21st, so if you want to support the fight against breast cancer with Mercy, now is your final chance.

All in all, I am looking forward to the second Anniversary Event. I might be a tad on the bitter side, but Overwatch Events tend to deliver. The last event Retribution was great, so I hope they keep the momentum going.

See you on the battlefield!

 

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11-11: Memories Retold: What Do We Know?

c41c39a3-d876-4567-8eea-5f60ee11b711When you hear Aardman Studios, chances are you will fondly think of Wallace and Gromit, not World War One. Yet that is about to change.

Bandai Namco announced the partnership between the animation studio and indie game developer studio DigixArt with information about their upcoming game, 11-11: Memories Retold.

So, what do we know about this upcoming game?

Bandai Namco referred to the game “a story-driven narrative adventure” and if the teaser is anything to go by, as well as the title itself as 11-11 is a reference to Armistice Day, it will be a haunting gaming letting players explore the brutality of The Great War firsthand.

While this caught me off guard initially, the more I thought about it, I am honestly surprised Aardman hasn’t created games bar game adaptations of their films. In fairness, if you told me Aardman was going to make a game I would have pictured a puzzle game or even a RPG of some sort, not 11-11: Memories Retold by a long shot.

treeDavid Sproxton, Co-founder of Aardman had this to say “Engaging audiences with compelling stories through animation is at the heart of what we do at Aardman. With this project, we want to produce an emotionally rich experience with a distinctive visual identity that reflects the sentiment of this narrative,”

11-11: Memories Retold is truly an exciting step for us as it marks the first time that Aardman has collaborated on a game of this scale and we’re delighted to see this come to life.”

Yoan Fanise, game director at DigixArt, chimed in “11-11: Memories Retold is a very special game at many levels. From the painted style to the emotional journey we create for the player to revive their heritage, we are pushing the boundaries of what a game can be and hope it will leave a mark on you.”

11-11: Memories Retold will be available for  PC, PS4 and Xbox One although at the time of writing there has not been an official release date. Considering the title and subject matter, my guess would be that it might be out in time for Armistice Day 2018 but that is only my theory.

Either way, 11-11: Memories Retold has caught my eye and my interest, so I’m keen to see how this unfolds.

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Overwatch Retribution Event: What Do We Know?

squadThis time last year we had the Uprising Event which was the first lore based event for Overwatch, now it is time for Retribution.

Well, in two days but close enough.

So, what do we know about this upcoming event?

Firstly the story mode mission will be recounting the fateful Blackwatch mission. You can choose from Reaper, Moira, McCree or Genji. All four of which I suck at.

Not for a lack of trying though, but I feel as if I need to apologise in advance. If you play on PS4 and there is someone in the group who sucks beyond belief, chances are that’s me. Sorry!

overwatch-retribution-nuova-missione-archives-evento-stagionale_GogoMagazine-560x600On top of that, it will take place in a new map set in Venice which will also play host to an Escort PVP game mode. From what I have seen the map looks great, I’m looking forward to finding out what it has in store for us.

This event will also give those who missed out on the Blackwatch skins another chance to grab them, as well as eight new legendary skins. Skins are being teased in the run up to the start of the event.

I must sound like a broken record at this point but please give D.Va a skin! In the Uprising event she got a highlight intro so please give me something!

I can’t wait until this event kicks off. If it is half as good as Uprising, we are in for a good time!

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Overwatch World Cup 2018: What Do We Know?

owThe third Overwatch World Cup is on the horizon, so what do we know about this year’s tournament?

Up until the 28th of April Blizzard will be tracking the SR of the top 150 players in every country. The top 20 countries will earn the right to compete in the Cup. You can keep an eye on the live ranks here.

Outside of those 20 countries, the four house countries get an automatic place in the Cup, meaning there will be 24 teams in total. The host countries are France, South Korea, Thailand, and the United States.

There is an update regarding the committees for each country. According to the Overwatch website; “Each will be comprised of three people: a GM, a coach, and a community lead. Members will be compensated for their time and effort, along with travel and accommodations required to support their teams during the Group Stages and Finals.”

widThe committees will be revealed on May 31st.

In terms of the players, from the 1st to the 5th of July tryouts will be held. Each team can include up to 12 members, of which seven will take part in the Live Events.

The Group Stages will start in August and wrap up in October with the Top 8 facing off in November

At the time of writing, my country, the UK is ranked 3rd. I’m hoping we can get a decent result this year.

All we can do now is continue playing and hope for the best.

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Overwatch 2018: What Do We Know?

77158f5c30a1fb4d3c3e6d4e9c5e1462cb23f9dc_hqJeff, just tell us what is going on already!

In his latest update video, he said that he was just “touching the tip of the iceberg” which was a bit of an understatement if you ask me.

Well, I don’t need to know every detail about the upcoming events, but I do need to know if D.Va is finally getting something! She hasn’t gotten anything noteworthy since the Anniversary event and as a D.Va main, I am losing my patience with Jeff and his team.

Thankfully, one of the events that gave her some nice stuff was last years Lunar New Year event, so I am hoping she gets something new this time around.

Sorry for going off on a tangent, the lack of D.Va content is a sensitive subject for me. Let’s about what Overwatch has in store for us this year.

As you probably already know, you can now use Overwatch League skins. If you logged before yesterday you would have received a free one, if you missed out or want another, that will be $4.99 a piece. You need to pay in League Tokens which you can only get by paying for them.

tumblr_oki69v2Aao1ufdtcro1_r1_500Next up, Lunar New Year. The skins you missed out on will be back at a reduced price like other events prior. He said in the update video that the team has made “significant changes players will be happy with” and that they listened to feedback. Hopefully, the feedback was to give D.Va the skins she deserves!

Sorry, couldn’t help myself.

While most of the update video was vague, what we know for sure is that there is going to be an Uprising 2.0. We are going to get another event tied to the lore of the Overwatch world. Jeff talked about wanting to give folks who missed out last year a chance to experience it but didn’t want to just repeat it.  I’m curious to see what they will come-up with.

They are also going to start putting new skins in the base loot boxes. Needless to say, he didn’t say exactly when this will be implemented into the game, he says it should happen sometime this month. I for one think it can’t come soon enough. I am sick of getting voice lines for heroes I don’t even use.

And finally, a new challenger approaches. Currently known as hero 27, this character is due to be released sometime this year. I am hoping it’s a fellow Scot, but considering the lack of Scottish characters outside of Demoman from TF2, I’m not holding my breath.

All in all seems like we have some interesting content on the way. Look sharp heroes, and good luck in your placement matches this year!

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Bridge Constructor Portal: What Do We Know?

gladosI have conflicted feelings about this upcoming game.

Like many Portal fans, I have been waiting for what feels like an eternity for new Portal games. However, I must confess that a Bridge Constructor game set in Aperture was not what I was hoping for.

Yeah, this is a thing.

This game was going to be announced later this week but the teaser trailer, as well as a screenshot, got leaked yesterday.

Apparently, Value licenced the use of Portal’s IP to Headup Games so they can make a Portal-themed version of their game.

From what I can tell Bridge Constructor Portal is simply a mashup of both games. It’s Bridge Constructor with Portal mechanics such as portals, aerial faith plates and turrets as well as other elements.

While I might not be over the moon about this game, it is great to hear Ellen McLain back as GLaDOS, not to mention that at this point I will take anything Portal related. Bridge Constructor with Portal wasn’t the game we were hoping for, but its what we got and it is better than nothing.

In all honesty, I might consider giving this game a shot. It might be a good timekiller.

Bridge Constructor Portal is due to be released for Mac, Windows, Android and iOS on the 20th of this month. It will also get a release on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in the new year.