News | Elden Ring expansion Shadow of the Erdtree releases on June 21

Shadow of the Erdtree, an expansion for FromSoftware's Elden Ring, will be released on June 21. The first images were revealed today.

The expansion will cost 39.99 euros and offers a completely new story set in the ‘Land of Shadow’, a “land that was plundered during a great battle” and the land where goddess Marika comes from. Players can expect new mysteries, dungeons, enemies, magic and weapons, and switch between the Elden Ring and expansion game worlds at any time.

“Explore uncharted territories, face formidable opponents and revel in the triumph of victory.” According to FromSoftware, Shadow of the Erdtree is the largest expansion they have made for a game to date.

A special bundle will also be released that includes both the base game and the expansion.

Shadow of the Erdtree will be released on the same systems that Elden Ring is available on, i.e. PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One and PC


News | Extensive co-op gameplay from Little Nightmares 3 shown

Bandai Namco has shared a video showing cooperative gameplay of Little Nightmares 3.

The third installment in the horror franchise was revealed earlier this year. New is the addition of online co-op, so that two players can explore the game world. Tarsier Studios, the developer of the first two parts, previously indicated that they no longer wanted to work on the series. This third part is being developed by Supermassive Games, known for The Dark Pictures Anthology and Until Dawn.

Little Nightmares 3 will be released in 2024 on PlayStation and Xbox consoles, Nintendo Switch and PC.


News | Elden Ring will receive new Colosseum DLC tomorrow

FromSoftware has announced DLC for Elden Ring through a trailer. Starting tomorrow, players will be able to compete against each other in multiple colosseums scattered across the in-game map.

The free update focuses on PvP (Player versus Player) and is styled the ‘Colosseum Update’. A press release surrounding the new DLC states that “the colosseums of Limgrave, Leyndell, and Caelid will open their gates, allowing players to engage in different types of combat such as duels, free-for-alls, and team battles.”

In the new trailer released this afternoon by Bandai Namco, we first see how two characters battle each other. Moments later, they both summon Spirit Ashes turning the fight into a two-on-two battle. Later on, a three-on-three battle is depicted, which was not possible in Elden Ring before.

That there is now DLC with colosseum battles is no surprise. Data miners already discovered unused arenas in the game’s data files in March.

Incidentally, there is speculation that more DLC is coming to Elden Ring. For example, there are rumors that a major game expansion will be announced during The Game Awards, which will take place on Thursday night. That would explain why FromSoftware releases this DLC right before the show, rather than after.

Elden Ring was released in February this year and is considered a favorite for the Game of the Year award.


News | Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Coming to PS5 and Xbox Series in 2023

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot will be released in 2023 on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and S.

Bandai Namco and developer CyberConnect2 have announced this. There is no exact release date yet.

A second season pass was also revealed, called Additional Scenario: -Bardock- Alone Against Fate. Players can experience the story from the television special Bardock: Father of Goku and compete against Frieza, among other things.

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot was already released in 2020 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam and then also came out on Nintendo Switch. It is an action RPG in which the Dragon Ball Z world can be explored, filled with sidequests, NPCs to talk to and skills to learn. The game mainly features content from the Dragonball Z series, but there are also new backstories to be found in Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot.


News | Tactical Combat in Digimon Survive

Bandai Namco has released a new gameplay trailer for Digimon Survive.

Digimon Survive was announced back in 2018 but has been delayed several times. Last year, the game was again postponed to an unknown date in this year, partly due to the consequences of the corona pandemic and possible adjustments that were going to be made to the game. It has now been announced that the game will be released on July 28 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Steam.

The video shows how players can use tactical elements and a variety of items during combat. Digivolution is also being examined. The trailer can be seen below.

Digimon Survived differs from the usual gameplay in Digimon games. The game still takes place during a summer camp, but the game has a two-dimensional graphic style and offers a strategic camera angle during combat.


News | Elden Ring PC System Requirements Revealed

The system requirements for the PC version of Elden Ring have been revealed.

Following are the minimum and recommended system requirements.

Minimum system requirements:

OS: Windows 10
Processor: Intel Core i5-8400 or AMD Ryzen 3 3300X
Memory: 12 GB
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, 3 GB or AMD Radeon RX 580, 4 GB
DirectX: DirectX 12 (feature level 12.0)
Storage: 60GB
Sound Card: Windows Compatible
Recommended system requirements:

OS: Windows 11 / 10
Processor: Intel Core i7-8700K or AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
Memory: 16 GB
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070, 8 GB or AMD Radeon RX Vega 56.8 GB
DirectX: DirectX 12 (feature level 12.0)
Storage: 60GB
Sound Card: Windows Compatible

Elden Ring was announced in 2019 by publisher Bandai Namco and developer FromSoftware. The latter is the developer of games such as Dark Souls, Bloodborne and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. A Song of Ice and Fire writer George R.R. Martin helped write the story. The game will be released on February 25 on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One, and PC.


News | Gameplay and Collector's Edition of Elden Ring Revealed

Bandai Namco has shown 15 minutes of new gameplay footage of Elden Ring. The collector's edition of the game is also shown.

The gameplay, which comes from the PC version of the game, shows more of the game world, aka the ‘Lands Between’. For example, viewers see a Site of Grace, the Bonfires of this game. A gigantic dragon is also shown, the map of the game can be seen and there is a lot of riding on a horse.

At the end of the gameplay, a collector’s edition of the game was also shown, of which a photo can be seen below. This includes not only the game, but also a steelbook, artbook, digital soundtrack and image. In addition, there is a premium collector’s edition that includes all of the above, as well as a replica of the game’s main character’s helmet.

Elden Ring was announced in 2019 by publisher Bandai Namco and developer FromSoftware. The latter is the developer of games such as Dark Souls, Bloodborne and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. A Song of Ice and Fire writer George R.R. Martin helped write the story. The game will be released on February 25, 2022 on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One, and PC.


News | Elden Ring Coming January 21, 2022, First Gameplay Shown

Elden Ring, the new game from FromSoftware, will be released on January 21, 2022. The first gameplay images were also shown.

That happened during the Summer Game Fest show tonight. The new game is coming to PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One, and PC.

The trailer shows, among other things, the game world, with a large, glowing tree in the middle and many ruins scattered across the landscape. You can also see how a knight rides on a horse through the game world. Various monsters come his way, which he slaughters with his sword. There are also some gigantic creatures to be seen. Later in the trailer you can see a battle against a large dragon, as well as several gothic buildings.

Elden Ring was announced in 2019 by publisher Bandai Namco and developer FromSoftware. The latter is the developer of games such as Dark Souls, Bloodborne and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. A Song of Ice and Fire writer George R.R. Martin helps write the story. Until tonight, no new footage of the game had been shown since the game was announced.


Review | Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot

After years of multiplayer games, there is finally another Dragon Ball Z title that focuses on the fans. Kakarot is an RPG, which unfortunately cannot compete with its genre mates.

It has been over fifteen years since Buu’s Fury appeared for the Game Boy Advance. It was the last ‘real’ role-playing game based on the Japanese animation series that, despite moderate criticism, still has a warm place in the hearts of Dragon Ball fans.

Developer Cyberconnect2 is now trying to respond to that sentiment with Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot. In recent years, the studio has been responsible for the .hack games and recent Naruto fighters, making it the main supplier for games based on Japanese anime. With Kakarot they aim at a large scale: the game covers the full story of Dragon Ball Z, from the arrival of Raditz to the fight against Majin Buu.

The combat system is a bit like that from earlier 3D fighting games in the Dragon Ball series, such as Budokai Tenkaichi and Xenoverse. You fly around in a three-dimensional environment, where you string simple combos together and fire powerful super attacks. In Kakarot, the system has been slightly modified to give it more of a role play feel, so that you can block during an enemy attack, for example.

Kakarot has a kind of open world. The game is split into several large areas, through which you can walk or fly. There you can start side missions, find food and resources and fight strong monsters flying around.

Almost every mission that you play alongside the main story, is the same. You’re asked to collect some materials, which you then hand in for a reward. Although the areas in the game are large, they sometimes feel a bit empty. Every region is filled with floating Z orbs, which you can collect to buy new upgrades.

It can be tempting to fly into the world and eliminate random enemies, to gradually make your characters stronger. Kakarot profiles itself as an RPG, one that constantly tempts you to save points for new super attacks and other skills, but you will be disappointed after you have tried this. All optional content gives extremely few experience points, while continuing to play the story makes you grow enormously fast in level.

It may be clear, Kakarot presents itself as a role play, but in reality it gives you hardly any control over the growth of your characters. This is also reflected in the way you unlock new attacks. You can purchase upgrades through an extensive skilltree, but after a few investments it ends: you have to reach a specific chapter to unlock the rest. The game basically just wants you to ignore the entire RPG system and simply follow the story.

We understand that to a certain extent: after all, you don’t want Goku to become Super Saiyan after long grinding, even before his best friend is murdered by Freeza. But it probably proves why the story of Dragon Ball, which relies on the heroes’ power-ups and new attack techniques, does not lend itself to role-playing such as this one. If Kakarot had its own story, that would lead to a freer and more creative game.

Score:

7,0

+ Story of the whole Dragon Ball Z
+ All the favorite DBZ characters are included.
+ Graphic style looks good.

– Empty world
– Undermines its own RPG systems.

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is now available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. For this review, the game was played on PlayStation 4 Pro.