Category Archives: Video Games

Marvel Releases New Digital Card Game

As most franchises eventually do, Marvel Comics will soon be releasing its own digital CCG known as Marvel Battle Lines, GameSpot reports.

 

PC and mobile developer Nexon will be handling the game, currently set to release on Android and iOS sometime later in the year (though a PC release will likely come in time). From what is known so far, Marvel Battle Lines will be free-to-play and will likely utilize the standard randomized pack system seen in similar titles.

 

Marvel writer Alex Irvine, best known for titles like Hellstorm: Son of Satan and several novelizations of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, will be handling the campaign mode for the game, though no details on what the story will be like have been revealed yet. Other single-player modes will let players reenact different events and pivotal moments from the Marvel Comics timeline with the cards available, too.

 

At present, the full scope and scale of just which of Marvel’s numerous heroes and villains will be available to play with is not known, but a sampling of some of the cards available show off a healthy variety of characters. Superheroes like the Hulk, Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Gwen Stacy’s Spider-Woman are known to be usable alongside villains like Thanos and the Green Goblin. Additionally, each card will reportedly have a second side to them explaining a bit about the character featured on it and their history in comics.

 

While a player battle system is planned to be implemented, the exact details of what that will involve are not yet revealed. The same can be said for how playing the game is carried out, with nothing confirmed as to what kind of rules are involved. Some speculate it may be similar to the Marvel Trading Card Game released on PSP, Nintendo DS, and PC a decade prior, though given the lukewarm reception it received at the time, this is unlikely.

 

Even so, with such a large and eclectic cast of characters to make into cards, the game likely won’t have much problem getting off the ground once it launches.

Apple Rejects Steam App

Steam is a popular pc gaming vehicle in which users purchase games and play them on their desktop computer. The main disadvantage of this is that you need to be on your physical computer to enjoy the game.

 

Valve, the company that is responsible for the Steam platform, has tried to bring pc gaming out of the desktop and into the rest of your life. One way that they tried to do so is with Steam Link, which conveniently linked With your television and Allows you to play PC games with a steam controller on your television. Unfortunately for steam this product never fully took off or was successful.

 

Steam announced back in May, that a new free app called the steam link app, would be available to individuals who want to play games on their smart phone. With this app, players would be able to link to their steam account and play PC games from the convenience of their home or while they’re away from their home on their smart phone. Valve was able to roll out the steam link app through the Android App Store which is less restrictive and more inclusive than Apple’s iOS operating system.

 

Apple originally reported that they would allow the steam link app to be accessible to players with their App Store, but announce this week that they are rejecting the steam link app for undisclosed reasons. This has left gameplayers skeptical of these reasons including concerns that Apple is rejecting it as a team will not allow in app purchases of which Apple typically retains 30% off.

 

Instead, Valve announced that the app was rejected due to Business Conflicts and has indicated that they remain hopeful that the app would be allowed in the future and that they will be working to have the app approved in the future. For players of pc games who are on the Apple platform, this is truly a lost opportunity but hopefully a short one.

No Man’s Sky is Finally Getting Multiplayer

After its disastrous launch in 2016 brought to light Hello Games’ many miscommunications, half truths, and flat out lies, many believed it was over for No Man’s Sky, with the few who held out hope finally giving in after seeing just how lifeless and boring the actual game turned out to be. Despite this, though, the developers have been working over the past two years to bring the game up to a playable state, now finally ready to implement one of the features promised from the start but never delivered: multiplayer gameplay.

This major gameplay update was announced at the same time as the release date for the Xbox One port, both of which will come to pass on July 24. On that day, the update (known as No Man’s Sky Next) will become available for the Xbox, PlayStation 4, and PC versions of the game, finally enabling players to meet and interact within the game world. And, as with every update in the game so far, it will be entirely free for everyone.

Up to this point, players have technically been able to play the game together, just not in a way one would actually be able to classify it as “multiplayer”. On launch, there was absolutely no interaction between players, with a famous video showing two players having navigated to the exact same coordinates in the universe yet not being able to see each other despite claims that such would be possible from the developers.

Later, an update made it possible to identify other players in the game world, though only as glowing orbs of light. This newest update, though, promises to bring a more true multiplayer experience, with Sean Murrary (Hello Games’ founder) claiming that Next will allow players to “help friends to stay alive, or prey on others to survive.”

The Next update also promises several other changes to the game, though the details on exactly what are sketchy right now. Hopefully the studio can make good on its promises this time.

Dragon Ball FighterZ Announces First Timed Event

Bandai Namco’s hit 2.5-D fighting game “Dragon Ball FighterZ” has finally been given its first ever limited-time event. Known as a Party Battle in the game itself, this event will continue from now until 11:00 PM PT on May 21 (2:00 AM ET on May 22), giving players a chance to pool their efforts against strong opponents and earn prizes.

 

This first event is titled “The Emperor Strikes Back” and, unsurprisingly, involves arguably the most iconic Dragon Ball villain of all time, Frieza. Players will be pitted against the tyrant at an extreme difficulty level, having to defeat him as many times as possible along with others across the globe to defeat him once and for all.

 

Dragon Ball FighterZ involves teams of three fighters against opponents. In this instance, the opponent is only a single Frieza. However, the twist comes in the form of having three human players working together on a single team, rather than a single player controlling and switching between three characters.

 

The Party Battle mode was added to the game as part of the latest patch, which also included the second game mode called FighterZ Cup. The FighterZ Cup mode can be accessed monthly as a tournament against others, with winners gaining points towards their Z-Union (essentially a kind of in-game fan club for specific characters similar to Motal Kombat X’s Guilds).

 

Participants in the Party Battle will earn the in-game Zeni currency as well as the Premium Z Coins, both of which can be spent on various items in the game itself. According to the game’s producer, Tomoko Hiroki, all victories by players will be logged across every platform the game is on, meaning everyone is in the fight together whether they be playing on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or PC.