Out tomorrow we've spent some considerable time with Relic's latest Warhammer 40,000 outing to bring you our verdict. Spoiler alert, it's pretty good! Taking a different approach to the action-RPG styling of Dawn of War II the third game in the series (standalone expansions aside) sees a return of base building and amassing large armies. And in a strange twist, MOBA-style structure and objectives for the multiplayer.
Not to be confused with the upcoming retro-inspired Sonic Mania, which provides new levels in the style of the 16-bit originals, Sonic Forces is the the bigger, fully-3D Sonic game coming this holiday season for Nintendo Switch, PS4, PC, and Xbox One. When gameplay footage debuted for Sonic Forces it looked like a more Sonic Generations behind the hedgehog point of view affair. And now it looks to be a mixture with a new video showcasing some classic side-view Green Hill Zone gameplay.
Night Trap, the FMV-driven Mega-CD title where a house full of barely clothed women are harassed by supernatural weirdos, is making a comeback with a 25th anniversary re-release on PS4 and Xbox One. Outside of being a mostly terrible FMV experiment for the Mega-CD (or, Sega-CD) add-on for the Sega Mega Drive, it also became the focal point for the U.S. government's probe into the dangers of video game violence in the '90s.
In a response to a forum post, Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan let a fan who was a little concerned about the lack of new maps coming to game that there are three new maps "past the initial play-testing phase" that are on track for release this year. And these are Quick Play/Competitive Play maps. Jeff also advised that there were three additional non-traditional maps in the works, alongside "a few other experiments."
With Chun-Li from Street Fighter, Hiryu from Strider, Chris Redfield from Resident Evil representing the Capcom side of the new additions. And Hulk, Thor, Avenger-lite Hawkeye, super villain Ultron, and Rocket Raccoon making up the Marvel side. Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite also has a release date of September 19, and will also feature a story mode. As featured in the latest cinematic trailer.
So yeah, it's a tactical strategy game featuring an alien menace. But, one of the good ones. With a tentative launch window of Q4 2018, Phoenix Point has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Fig where in under a day it has already raised over 50% of its somewhat modest $500,000 goal. And we say modest because the game itself, which has already been in development for a year, looks fantastic.
It's probably safe to say that at this point the Sim City crown is sitting firmly on top of Cities: Skylines, err, figurative head. Okay, the point being that when it comes to city builders and simulation games you really only need to be looking at Cities: Skylines, one of the most important releases for the genre in a long while. And now it's made it's way to console with the debut of Cities: Skylines for Xbox One.
Sometimes you don't know what you want until you're taken by surprise. The latest cinematic trailer that has launched alongside the release of Heroes of the Storm 2.0 to showcase the arrival of Overwatch's Genji into the Nexus alongside the serene battleground of Hanamura has done just that. In it we get to see Genji face-off against Diablo. Yeah, ol' Deebsy himself. And just when things couldn't get any cooler, in comes D.Va to lend a helping hand. This is the best sort of illogical fan fiction come to life in stunning detail.
The long-awaited next installment in the Dawn of War series is out this week, and Relic are once again taking the series in a slightly different direction -- with larger-scale battles and multiplayer that features elements reminiscent of the MOBA genre. Our review will be up later this week, but in the meantime click through for a snazzy new launch trailer, and some impressions from playing the campaign.
Both for Xbox 360 and playable via Backwards Compatibility on Xbox One. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 and Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga makeup the Star Wars offerings for the month, most likely to celebrate May the Fourth. And remind everyone how much better the original Force Unleashed was. On the Xbox One front two titles are also up for grabs, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams - Director's Cut and the pretty cool isometric affair Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris.