New Fable Game in the Works


2 years after the closure of 20-year veteran studio, Lionhead Games, Eurogamer is reporting that Microsoft has commissioned a new game in the Fable series, which will act as a reboot for the series. The developer is said to be Playground Games, makers of the Forza Horizon series.

According to sources, Microsoft was inspired to create an open-world action RPG after the success of Sony’s Horizon: Zero Dawn. Using the name recognition of Fable to do that is a pretty excellent idea. Forza Horizon 3, the latest title from Playground Games is considered essential to the Xbox One, and was met with critical acclaim and financial success.


Dynasty Warriors 9 English Trailer Unveiled

As a kid, I played a lot of Dynasty Warriors. It’s been one of the most enduring “beat-em’up” games in the world, and its continued evolution is an important part of that. Koei Tecmo America has released a press release and a new trailer for the upcoming open world Dynasty Warriors 9, showing how the combat system and gameplay has been updated for a large, open world.

Dynasty Warriors 9 releases in Japan on February 8th, 2018 for PlayStation 4, and will release in North America and Europe on February 13th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Capcom Unveils Mega-Man 11

Capcom hosted a Mega Man (Rock Man) 30th Anniversary stream on Twitch this morning, and as expected unveiled some pretty great Mega Man news, with our first proper entry into the series in several years. Mega Man 11 is set to hit Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC late next year, and our first trailer is above.

On top of that, a Mega Man X collection was also unveiled featuring the entire Mega Man X series for players to revisit.

Battlegrounds Hits Xbox One in December


The wildly popular phenomenon, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, will finally be hitting Xbox One consoles December 12, 2017, Microsoft Studios and PUBG Corp. have announced. The game will debut on the Xbox Game Preview program, with version 1.0.

Xbox players will also be able to snag some exclusive cosmetic packs (the PUBG Warrior Pack, the PUBG Accessory Pack, and the PUBG Tracksuit Pack), but details have yet to be finalized. Stay tuned for more information as it hits.

New Okami HD Trailer

Capcom has debuted a beautiful new trailer for the upcoming HD-update to the fan-favorite, Okami HD. The new trailer shows us what to expect from the remaster, and its updated visuals. Okami HD will feature 4K support on the PlayStation 4 Pro, Xbox One X, and PC. Players will also get to choose to play in 4:3 ratio, or 16:9 widescreen format.

Okami HD releases in North America and Europe on December 12th, 2017, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

First Xbox Backwards Compatible Titles Revealed


Following a leak on Friday and now officially confirmed by Microsoft through IGN, the first 13 titles that will be available to players for Backwards Compatibility with the original Xbox have been revealed. The games will be available for Xbox One users on October 24th.

The list includes the already announced Crimson Skies, as well as Psychonauts, Red Faction 2, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Bloodrayne, Ninja Gaiden Black, Fuzion Frenzy, Dead to Rights, Sid Meier’s Pirates!, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, BLACK, Grabbed by the Ghoulies, and The King of Fighters: Neowave.

Dragon Ball Fighter Z Gets Release Date in Japan


Bandai Namco shared a few updates on Dragon Ball Fighter Z in the latest issue of V-Jump with a release date for Japan, as well as the reveal of two new characters: Nappa, and Captain Ginyu. V-Jump reveals that Nappa who can summon Saibamen and his Meteor special attack is Kapa, the mouth-energy-beam attack from the show.

The other new character is Captain Ginyu, who comes with the ability to call the members of The Ginyu Force. His Meteor special attack is Body Change, which, similarly to the show, allows him to swap bodies and health with opponents. Dragon Ball Fighter Z releases in Japan on February 1st, 2018, in Japan for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game is expected to release in early 2018 in North America, and Europe.

Xbox Backward Compatibility Hitting Before Year-End


Fans of the original Xbox have been chomping at the bit since this year’s Electric Entertainment Expo, when Microsoft unveiled backward compatibility with the first Xbox, and it’s library of cult-classic titles. Since then, we’ve heard little in the way of BC announcements aside from the initial Crimson Skies, and Fusion Frenzy.

Fortunately, in an interview with GameSpot, Xbox head Phil Spencer has assured everyone that things are still going according to plan. “We’re close, we’re really close,” he says before confirming that means backward compatibility should launch by the end of the year. Microsoft has been going all-in on the release of the Xbox One X next month, so we should expect to hear something shortly after launch.

New Trailer for Code Vein


The Dark Souls-like vampire title, Code Vein, received a new trailer at the Tokyo Game Show showcasing more of its original vampire-filled world, and the story, as the main characters are in search of a new source of food, aka blood, for their people. The character creation alone makes this game worth it, but the gameplay and beautiful visuals just keep selling me more and more on this.

Code Vein is releasing in 2018 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Slew of Halo Games Now Backwards Compatible


Microsoft has announced that players who don’t care to grab the Master Chief Collection on Xbox One now have a more classic option as Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo 4 are all now backwards compatible.

If you own the game discs for any of the original titles, just pop it in, and enjoy the game with free HD upgrades, as well as all of its original DLC included at no extra cost.

Hyperkin’s Duke Controller Heads to Production


Peripheral developer Hyperkin has been working with designers of the original Xbox controller to recreate the famous Duke controller, the over-sized original form factor of the Xbox. Seamus Blackley, one of the designers of the first Xbox, has assisted in recreating The Duke in all its glory for the Xbox One and Windows.

The new version of the controller features the original’s shape, and an OLED screen that animates the Xbox intro upon startup. It also includes a 9-foot breakaway cord. The controller has been approved by Microsoft, and now heads to tooling to go into full production. No word yet on price, but expect to hear something very soon.

Okami: Zekkei Announced


Capcom has finally confirmed its long-awaited Okami HD/4K remaster with the announcement of Okami: Zekkei for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game releases in Japan on December 21st, with a physical release on the PS4 and PC releasing on December 13th.

Information is still scant on the title, but we know it will retail for 2,990 yen plus tax, with a limited edition version being released for 4,990 yen.

UPDATE: The game is releasing in North America and Europe on December 12th.

Shenmue Combo Pack Coming?


While this may be a strange source, it’s still a reliable source nonetheless. Gaming retailers across the Czech Republic and Slovakia have possibly leaked that a Shenmue 1 & 2 Pack for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One could be on the way. This comes by way of new game listings on the retailers pages.

While there’s no cover art, or confirmation of any such kind, it’s appeared on 4 separate retailers websites. Keep in mind that this is still rumor, and to take it with a grain of salt. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more.

Kentucky Route Zero Headed to Consoles


Considered to be one of the greatest narrative games ever created, PC hit, Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition is finally headed to the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The game is known for its episodic structure, and gorgeous art style, with the fifth episode hitting PC’s in early 2018.

The console version of the game is expected to feature all 5 episodes for new players to enjoy the story from its strange beginnings.

Ph LEVEL Review: Sonic Mania


To say the hype surrounding Sonic Mania has been considerable, would be quite the understatement. The game started as a fan-game, with a dedicated group of players coming together to take matters into their own hands, and create a true-to-form Sonic the Hedgehog game in the vein of the classics, using new and older content to craft intricate levels, with updated sprites.

However, SEGA got word of the project and it was quickly ordered a cease-and-desist. Except, it wasn’t. Instead, SEGA snatched up the developers and started working together with them, noticing a rare opportunity, and taking full advantage of of the situation to create a great game. Did it work out? Hit the jump to find out.

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