Out August 14, Phantom Doctrine from Good Shepherd Entertainment and independent developer CreativeForge Games offers up tactical XCOM-style turn-based action set during the height of the Cold War. A setting that we instantly fell in love with during our recent hands-on preview. Today a new gameplay breakdown showcases just how much detail can be found in the game.
With UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker becoming a brand ambassador for Bethesda in the region. Chalk this one up as a weird one for me because, a, I've little to no UFC knowledge outside of knowing that it's a thing, 2, adding the word brand to ambassador removes a lot of the second word's weight, and d, UFC and Fallout 76 cross-promotion could be incredible. Or ridiculous. Either way, this is good news.
A new game from Valve in 2018? Yep, and for those that need a refresher Artifact is Valve's new competitive card game set in the DOTA universe. Although we have to wait until PAX West in Seattle (Aug 31 - Sept 3) for the game's first public showing, we do know that a release date has been set for November 29 on Windows, Linux, and MacOS via Steam.
2K's Mafia III may have received a mixed reaction from fans and critics at the time of its release but the general consensus was that protagonist Lincoln Clay and the 1960s version of New Orleans both provided a fresh and cinematic take on the open-world organised crime saga. And in a very cool move the game will be free for all PlayStation Plus subscribers on August 8.
And let's take a look at this for a second. This is the Forza Horizon studio. I remember thinking to myself the first time I played Forza Horizon 2 "I wish these guys made an open-world game", and subsequently I think I internally hoped it'd be an action-RPG. Which is exactly what's happening, and now they have some serious talent helping make that dream come true.
Where it finally dawned on me what the new impressive looking side-scrolling indie Planet Alpha reminds me of. Shadow Complex crossed with the visual aesthetic No Man's Sky. Now, that's not to say that it's unoriginal - it's more of a statement of how my brain works. Anyway, Planet Alpha will be out on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC on September 4.
Plantronics has quickly made a name for itself in the gaming headset space, where according to recent reports the company has taken a leadership position in the Australian market. As the rise of affordable and reliable gaming headsets has grown in recent years, this is no small feat. Although it helps when you have products like the wireless Plantronics RIG 800LX.
Ubisoft's hilarious sequel to the equally hilarious South Park: The Stick of Truth, The Fractured But Whole, has enjoyed some great post-release content. And today punters get to deep dive into the world of Lake Tardicaca where an "idyllic summer" will turn into a "nightmare when the camp counselors go missing".
Or, more specifically "some spectacular surprises". With Gamescom 2018 scheduled to take place from August 21-25 in Cologne, Germany - the world's largest games expo will no doubt be home to several new announcements and updated looks at the most anticipated games. But with this new announcement from NVIDIA can we add hardware to the list? Specifically the long-awaited reveal of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1180.
Where according to the news from Microsoft over five million pirates have set sail in Sea of Thieves so far on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. Which is pretty impressive and a good sign that Rare's continued support for the game is paying off. And today is special day in the Sea of Thieves verse as it marks the arrival of the Cursed Sails update which introduces a first for the series - NPC ships roaming the seas.
Where in addition to the improved visuals showcasing greater track and background detail than ever before we also get a montage of all the new career mode features - which look quite extensive. And polished too, with character and racer models that don't look out of place when placed next to the wonderfully detailed car models.
The remastered re-release of Shenmue I & II is set to drop August 21 for PS4 and Xbox One, and to get up to speed of remind you of its world comes a new video series delving deeper in the story and world of Shenmue. And with Corey Marshall, the English-version voice actor of Ryo Hazuki, narrating this is definitely worth watching.
But fear not, they don't come in the form of random loot boxes. The new and updated Brand Central mode now links directly to the PlayStation Store allowing players to purchase individual cars that cost less than 2,000,000 Cr. The update comes alongside a new track "Circuit de Sainte-Croix" and eight new cars.
Okay, so that headline is definitely a mouthful. But the gist is this, a seemingly innocent indie game by the name of Abstractism that looked like another minimalist platformer turned out to be something far more sinister. After several players noted that it included malware disguised as a Steam process further investigation concluded that it was secretly installing cryptocurrency mining software. Yikes. But that's not all.
With the Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Multiplayer Beta scheduled to kick off this weekend on Saturday August 4 at 3AM AEST for PS4, Activision has released a beta-specific trailer detailing what players can expect to find. In addition to the new maps, modes, and weapons of which the beta looks to be quite extensive we also get our first look at the Battle Royale inspired Blackout mode coming.