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After studying film for four years, Cameron decided that he'd much rather spend his time rambling incessantly about video games.

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Marvel Future Fight's major May update adds new Guardians of the Galaxy campaign, characters, and costumes

Posted by Cameron Bald on May 27th, 2020

Marvel Future Fight's latest update has now landed, and it sounds like a big one. The focus this time around is on Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, and it introduces all-new characters, quests, and uniforms for players to collect.

The latest characters include Beta Ray Bill, Phyla-Vell, Darkhawk, Nova (Richard Rider), and Gladiator. On top of that, a new Grounded uniform for Star-Lord has arrived, as well as a Cosmic Ghost Rider uniform for Punisher.

SINoALICE, Yoko Taro and Pokelabo's fantastical RPG, opens for pre-registration on iOS

Posted by Cameron Bald on May 24th, 2020

Yoko Taro and developer Pokelabo's SINoALICE has now opened for pre-registration over on the App Store. It's already amassed 1.5 million Android pre-registrations, and it's currently slated to launch on July 1st.

This one revolves around iconic literary characters attempting to resurrect their authors. You can expect to see fresh takes on Alice, Cinderella, and many more fantasy characters as you continue along on this strangest of quests.

Combat plays out in real-time and requires you to make best use of your roster of collectable heroes. The game will have two major crossover events with director and writer Yoko Taro's NieR, and NieR series composer Keiichi Okabe is also behind SINoALICE's soundtrack, underscoring the action with "life-or-death gravitas".

Evil Hunter Tycoon celebrates 2 million downloads with a major update

Posted by Cameron Bald on May 22nd, 2020

Evil Hunter Tycoon has proved to be quite the hit since launching back in March, with its most recent milestone being 2 million downloads. To celebrate the achievement, developer Super Planet has released a new updated called Darkness' Front Yard.

Here, your hunters will advance through a portal in an effort to save humanity from its greatest threat, the Dark Lord. That said, you'll first need to obtain the scroll, so it's a whole thing. This challenging, likely fatal quest will ultimately decide the fate of your town and villagers. No pressure, then.

So how do you find the scroll? Well, you'll first have to catch the new hunting ground's field boss. This would be hard enough as is, but the only way to receive the scroll from the boss is to take him on at hard difficulty or above.

Chaos Road is an adrenaline-pumping combat racer for iOS and Android

Posted by Cameron Bald on May 12th, 2020

Chaos Road is a fast, frankly ludicrous combat racer that recently launched globally for iOS and Android. You'll get behind the wheel of a gun-toting, heavily-armoured supercar to take down, among other targets, helicopters, drones, tanks, and lorries transporting toxic waste.

All of the destruction brought about by your advanced arsenal is seemingly in aid of a good cause, however: ridding the city of crime. You'll work to take down gangs and crime lords one at a time, mostly by resorting to acts of extreme laser-blasting violence.

The reality, shockingly, is that the story here is not of much consequence, with the game's focus being placed on delivering nonstop thrills. You'll seemingly know who's who thanks to the fact that the crime bosses all have their own unique vehicles. This should add some variety to the action, keeping things fresh for longer and allowing the game to ramp up the challenge.

Whack-A-Tile is a modern spin on whack-a-mole for iOS and Android

Posted by Cameron Bald on May 8th, 2020

Developer Crazy Oyster Games' Whack-A-Tile is a simple, refreshing spin on the age-old game of whack-a-mole. It aims to offer a reflex-testing good time, and it's out right now for iOS, with an Android version set to follow on May 13th.

If you've ever played whack-a-mole, then it won't take long for you to get the hang of Whack-A-Tile. You'll be told to hit a specific type of tile as fast as you can. Succeeding will net you points, while failing to do so will chop your remaining time in half.

Collecting a certain number of points will give you some extra time, so it's really an intense battle against the clock. The longer you stay playing, the higher your score will grow. And before you know it, you'll have earned yourself an impressive ranking on the leaderboards.

Marvel Future Fight celebrates its 5th anniversary with in-game events and giveaways

Posted by Cameron Bald on May 6th, 2020

Marvel Future Fight, Netmarble's hit action-RPG, is celebrating its 5th anniversary this month with a host of special events and in-game giveaways.

Since launching back in April 2015, the game has amassed 120+ million downloads across 148 countries, featured over 200 of Marvel's biggest characters, and delivered over 250 costumes for players to collect.

The Ebony Maw world boss raid has been completed 190+ million times, and 15 million Titan's Records have been used to upgrade 1.5 million characters to the highest current tier. That's a lot of big, impressive-sounding numbers, but what about the celebratory in-game events?

Totally Realistic Space Combat Simulator is a fun, fast spin on the classic Rogue Squadron games

Posted by Cameron Bald on May 2nd, 2020

Totally Realistic Space Combat Simulator is a fun, fast spin on the classic Rogue Squadron games that throws you into large-scale space battles against swarms of ships both small and gargantuan.

You'll work your way through six handcrafted levels, each with their own unique enemies to face and challenges to overcome. I like its simple aesthetic and the real sense of furious speed you get from the trailer alone.

Brave Nine's latest update adds new companions, costumes, and more

Posted by Cameron Bald on April 29th, 2020

Brave Nine, Neowiz's hit tactical RPG, has today received a major update that adds new costumes, companions, and more. The update arrives following the game's major rebranding from Brown Dust to Brave Nine early last month.

Four fresh companions are now available to add to your roster. They include Aesthena (Ventana's Companion), Hispa (Valtor's Companion), Belete (Ebony's Companion), and Yana (Naja's Companion). Their respective mercenaries can be levelled up to Skill Level +15.

Hue, the colour-hopping puzzle-platformer, lands on iOS and Android today

Posted by Cameron Bald on April 23rd, 2020

Hue, Fiddlestick Games' smart, colour-hopping puzzle-platformer, has today launched for iOS and Android. It arrived first for consoles and PC back in 2016 and was quite the hit with critics, largely thanks to its smart core concept and appealing presentation.

It sees you playing as young Hue, who one day heads out on a grand adventure through his metroidvania-style world to solve the mystery of his mother's disappearance. What starts out as a rather grey video game locale soon becomes a vibrant, striking land of colour and intrigue.

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery celebrates its second anniversary by releasing impressive-sounding stats and launching a contest

Posted by Cameron Bald on April 23rd, 2020

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery players have played a whopping 35 billion minutes altogether. That's roughly 583333333 hours or 66590 years, if you're wondering. Why has developer Jam City released this impressive-sounding info? Well, in celebration of the game's second anniversary, of course.

35 billion of anything is, I'll admit, beyond the realm of my own personal comprehension, but in dollars is still somehow around a third of what Jeff Bezos is worth.

Anyway, thanks to Jam City's big ol' stat dump, we have lots of other stupidly massive numbers to ponder, including that 50 million Quidditch matches have been played, 2 billion spells have been cast, and over 2 million owl exams have been sat since the game's launch in April 2018.

Persephone, the stylish puzzler inspired by Greek mythology, gets a major content update

Posted by Cameron Bald on April 16th, 2020

Persephone is an asymmetric puzzler that requires you to die repeatedly to solve its many tricky challenges. It pulls its characters and setting from Greek mythology, casting you first as Persephone, the queen of the underworld and wife to Hades himself.

Since launching back in 2018, the game has received a number of major content updates that added a surprising number of new missions. Now, the story is finally complete, and Persephone, Demeter, and Hades all have their own campaigns to work your way through.

Apple Arcade games Lego Brawls, Stranded Sails, and Secret Oops! all receive major updates

Posted by Cameron Bald on April 13th, 2020

Apple Arcade has been on quite the roll recently after hitting a few bum notes earlier this year. Lots of great games have arrived in rapid succession, and it's seemingly settling into launching one new game almost every week.

In addition to the fresh releases, a fair number of the service's earlier games have received major updates, adding new content and quality-of-life improvements to some of Arcade's biggest hits, including Grindstone and Patterned. Now, three of the service's more recent releases have received the same treatment.

Be-A Walker is an upcoming sci-fi shooter that sees you attempting to save humanity by quelling a native uprising

Posted by Cameron Bald on April 9th, 2020

BE-A Walker is an upcoming shooter where you'll take command of a gun-toting walker mech and attempt to colonise a populated alien planet. It doesn't take long for violence to erupt, and soon you're thrown into even murkier moral terrain as you're told the survival of humanity hinges on the rapid, brutal quelling of a native uprising. It's pretty grim stuff.

"For all the game's bloodthirsty nature and cruelty, each native's death is a tragic consequence of the struggle for survival and should not bring any pleasure or satisfaction to the player. In general, we tried to refrain from the player feeling like a 'hero and saviour of the world'. He is simply hostage to a situation in which there is no 'right' decision to make", says Stanislav Zagniy, Art and Game Designer at Tequilabyte Studio.

HitNut is a fast-paced runner where you play as a superpowered squirrel

Posted by Cameron Bald on April 7th, 2020

HitNut (otherwise known as HitNut: I Need This Nut!) is a newly released runner that casts you as a squirrel who's desperate to nab some precious nuts. A pesky eagle has gone and nicked the lot, so you head off on a grand adventure to reclaim what's yours.

And know that you're not any old squirrel, no sir, you're a magical flying squirrel, not to be confused with a standard flying squirrel. This gal can soar through the air in style, avoiding trees and other wildlife as she goes. Thankfully, you'll have a friendly bear to help you along the way, who can use his giant club to send you flying.

Bark Park is a joyfully silly multiplayer game where you'll play as a power-hungry dog

Posted by Cameron Bald on April 1st, 2020

Bark Park is a charming, good-humoured game about competing against other players to claim as much territory as possible by peeing on nearby trees. Did I mention that everyone is playing as a dog? Makes things a little less weird.

It comes to us from the team over at Ancient Games, and it's set to launch for iOS next Wednesday, April 8th.

As I say, the general idea is that you'll fill up on water found in fountains dotted around the map, then piddle on trees to claim them. You'll of course have to defend your territory from power-hungry dogs, and you can do so by distracting or outmanoeuvring them with special power-ups.

In the trailer, we get to see a speed boost skill being used and, naturally, a poo power-up.

Any money you earn during matches can then be used to unlock more playable dogs, accessories, and even all-new game worlds. Pretty neat.

It'll likely come as no surprise to hear that the team behind this one specialises in all things silly, with their previous games including Maximum Car and 8-Bit Waterslide.

More info can be found over on Bark Park's official site, and be sure to keep an eye out for its iOS launch on April 8th.