Game Pass Adds 10 New Games to the Service, Including Deathloop, Grounded, and Slime Rancher 2

We have a new wave of games being added to Game Pass this month, and on the same day PlayStation Plus updates its own Game Catalogue, what a coincidence! We have 10 titles to go through, plus another that was released earlier in the week, so let’s get into it!

First up, though, Aragami 2 was listed as leaving the service in the previous update. Thankfully, that’s not the case, and the game will remain on the service; and as always, you can check out our Game Pass vs PlayStation Plus article to see which service is best for you.


Deathloop

Speaking of “coincidences”, looks like Deathloop hits both subscription services at the same time. You’ll excuse us if we just copy-paste the description of the game: Deathloop is a First Person Shooter where you’re stuck in a time-loop until you kill all the key characters on the Island of Blackreef.

Something of note not just with this game, but with a lot of titles on this list, is that they’re only available for the Series consoles. This means that Xbox One consoles are being left behind, which was inevitable, but it’s still sad to see.

Available now on PC, X|S and Cloud today.


Hardspace: Shipbreaker

Hardspace: Shipbreaker is a slow-paced game where you float in space to cut off and collect various pieces of space debris to pay off an impossibly-high debt. In this game, your life is not worth as much as the tools you use to get rid of space junk.

Available now on X|S and Cloud today.


Amazing Cultivation Simulator

Despite what the name might have you believe, this is actually a gorgeous 2D strategy sim and management game inspired by Chinese mythology. Go in search of immortality while also dealing with pandas, fires and dragons.

Available now on PC.


SpiderHeck

Ok, who gave the spiders lightsabers? SpiderHeck is a 4-player brawler where you and up to 3 friends swing around both your laser swords and yourselves in order to try to stab each other, or you can play co-op to survive a swarm of insects. Not much else to say, other than “It’s over, Arachnid! I have the high ground!”.

Available September 22nd on PC and Console as a day 1 title.


Beacon Pines

A cute and creepy adventure game about changing fate. Go out into the world with Luka and his friends and uncover the secrets behind the strange events in their home town, while making out new friends and uncovering hidden truths.

Available September 22nd on PC, Console and Cloud as a day 1 title.


Slime Rancher 2 (Game Preview)

The sequel to the 2017 acclaimed title, Slime Rancher 2 is about managing a ranch full of slime. Obviously. You’ll make a living by wrangling a variety of slimes and taking them to the Far, Far Range.

If you’re wandering what “Game Preview” is, it means that the game isn’t finished and it’s still in active development. This is the equivalent to Steam’s Early Access.

Available September 22nd on PC, X|S and Cloud as a day 1 title.


Moonscars

A grim metroidvania with souls-like elements. You are clayborn warrior Grey Irma, a being made out of clay, who must uncover the mystery of their existence in a cruel and challenging world while facing off against relentless enemies and the mistress of the Moon.

Available September 27th on PC, Console and Cloud as a day 1 title.


Grounded

Have you seen “Honey, I Shrunk the Children”? No? Well, you should, it’s a fun movie. On an unrelated note, Grounded is a game where 4 children the size of a pea must fight their way through their back yard in order to make it back home. The game, developed by Obsidian Entertainment, gets its final update this month, completing the story of the game and offering players the full package.

Available September 27th on PC, Console and Cloud.


Let’s Build a Zoo

A cute pixel-art management sim where you build a theme park. No, wait, that’s a different game. In this one, you build a Zoo, where you’ll try to keep your visitors happy and deal with various events. Your visitors are bored of your animals? Throw caution out the window and start splicing them to get new types of animals!

Available September 29th on PC, Console and Cloud.


Valheim (Game Preview)

A survival and exploration game for up to 10 players, inspired by Norse mythology and Vikings. Like Slime Rancher 2, this one is in Early Access.

Available September 29th on PC.

PAW Patrol Grand Prix

Lots of PAW Patrol games on the service lately. This one is a cart racer for up to 4 players split-screen set in the PAW Patrol universe.


DLC, Ultimate Perks, and Touch Controls

The following DLC are available to players:

  • Jurassic World Evolution 2: Late Cretaceous Pack – 4 new dinosaur species.
  • Sea of Thieves: The Sirens’ Prize – Limited time event focused on going to the bottom of the ocean to the sunken Shrines, available until September 29th.
  • Sniper Elite 5: Concealed Target Weapon & Skin Pack – New camouflage gear and a new map.

Ultimate subscribers have access to the following:

  • Deathloop: Hunting Pack – 2 skins and a weapon, available today.
  • Super Animal Royale: Season 5 Perks Pack – Cosmetic pack, available September 27th.
  • FIFA 23 – Try for 10 hours on September 27th, a few days before launch.
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: Kronos Pack – Gear set, a mount, and a spear, available October 6th.

The following games now have touch support for the Cloud version of the games on mobile:

  • Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony Anniversary Edition
  • Grounded – Full Release (September 27)
  • Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered
  • Road 96
  • Shadowrun Returns
  • Shadowrun: Dragonfall
  • Shadowrun: Hong Kong
  • This War of Mine
  • Torment: Tides of Numenera

Games Leaving the Service

Once more, some games will be leaving the service later this month. Make sure you finish any lingering business before then. The games that are leaving are:

  • AI: The Somnium Files (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Astria Ascending (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Dandy Ace (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Dirt 4 (PC) EA Play
  • Dirt Rally (PC) EA Play
  • Going Under (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Lemnis Gate (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Slime Rancher (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Subnautica: Below Zero (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • The Procession to Calvary (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Unsighted (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Visage (Cloud, Console, and PC)

What do you think of the new additions to the service? Anything else you’d like to see added? Let us know in the comments below!

Nvidia Announces the 4000 Series of Cards, 4090 and 4080 Launching This Fall

Nvidia just held a Keynote event where they announced, among a plethora of other things, the next generation or RTX graphics cards. As expected, these cards will have an increased power draw compared to their predecessors, and unfortunately the price also went up. You can check all this information on Nvidia’s official site once their full write-up of the new cards is posted.

First up is the 4090, the absolute best card in the line-up (until the TI version gets released in a few months). The card will cost a whooping 1599 USD, with a power draw of 450W, both number 100 units higher than the 3090. It’ll also be MASSIVE, likely bigger than its predecessor. It will launch on October 12th.

Up next is the 4080, and this one comes in two flavors. The 16GB version will cost 1199 USD and consume 320W, while the 12GB is 899 at 285W. The power consumption here is actually the same or lower than the 3080, which was at 320W. The price, however, is higher, with an increase of 500 USD and 200 USD, respectively. Both cards will be available in November.

No sign of a 4070, which is odd. There’s likely to be another keynote later announcing it, with a small chance it’ll release in December to take advantage of the holiday shopping. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait until 2023 for lower-tier (and cheaper) cards, or see what AMD has planned on their November 3rd presentation.


What do you think of the 4000 series so far? Are you looking to get one, or will you wait to see what the competition is brewing? Let us know in the comments below!

Free Epic Games Store Titles For Week 37: Sprit of the North and The Captain

Tokyo Games Show is happening this week, but that doesn’t mean Epic games will stop coming. This week, we have a nice little foxy adventure and… Well, let’s get into it!


Spirit of the North

A game where you play as a fox.

… Ok, fine, here’s some more details! You play as a fox in an exploration game set in an environment inspired by the Icelandic landscape. As you travel around the world, you’ll cross paths with the fox spirit of the area, and help each other on your journeys.


The Captain

Generic and hard-to-Google name aside, The Captain is a unique adventure game where you explore the galaxy and try to make your way back home. Make tough decisions and decide who you save and who you leave behind, as the game has multiple paths you can take.


Next week we’ve got a returning freebie in the form of ARK: Survival Evolved (warning, this game is as brutal as it is fun!) and Gloomhaven, a co-op board game dungeon crawl for up to four players.

Have you tried Spirit of the North or The Captain? Did you enjoy either of them? Let us know in the comments below!

PlayStation State of Play reveals two games coming to PlayStation VR 2: Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge and Demeo

PlayStation VR 2, the successor to Sony’s Virtual Reality headset from the previous console generation, will be getting two new games for the console. We don’t know much about the console other than the fact it releases next year, but we should be getting more news soon, as many internet reviewers are testing the system (hopefully we’ll get one some day). In the meantime, let’s talk games!


Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a Star Wars character? To make a name for yourself in a galaxy far far away? Well, now’s your chance, with this adventure inspired by the Disneyland attraction Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Initially released for the Oculus Quest in 2020, this version of the game will come to PSVR2 in 2023, with improved graphics for the more powerful console.


Demeo

From sci-fi theme park attraction to fantasy table-top game. Demeo is basically what would happen if you took Dungeons & Dragons and transplanted it in a virtual environment. The game is already out for Oculus Quest and Steam, and supports multiplayer, so you can play with your friends. The current version is cross-platform, so hopefully the PlayStation version will be as well when it comes out.

About PlayStation VR 2

As mentioned before, this is the second version of the PlayStation VR headset. The original was released in 2016 for the PS4, and had 2 displays with a resolution of 960 x 1080. Tracking was done with the PlayStation camera, and it used PlayStation Move controllers. It’s compatible with the PS5, but you need to request some additional hardware from Sony. Needless to say, it’s time for an update.

PSVR2, which is slated to release in 2023, has a number of improvements over its predecessor. The displays have been upgraded to OLEDs with a resolution of 2000 x 2040 each, and features eye tracking for your… well, eyes, as well as Inside-out tracking for positioning, so you don’t need a camera or sensors.

The headset also features haptic feedback, and you only need one cable connected to your console to get going. The controllers have been completely revamped, and are more in-line with what the rest of the industry uses.

You can learn more about PlayStation VR 2 on Sony’s dedicated site.

Sega Changes the Name of the Yakuza Series to “Like a Dragon”, Announces New Games and the Judgement Collection

We have some exciting (and come confusing) news for the fans of the Yakuza series! Sega held its 2022 Ryu Ga Gotoku Summit, an event dedicated exclusively to the Yakuza game series. You can find the livestream below, and it’s about an hour of dev talks and interviews, but there’s also some game announcements that we’ll get into in a bit. Let’s get started!


The Judgement Collection

The most immediately relevant news is the release of The Judgement Collection on Steam. This includes the original Judgement, the sequel Lost Judgement, as well as the The Kaito Files Expansion for the latter. This is the first time the games are available on PC, not counting the time they spent on Stadia and Luna.

The collection can be bought for around 100 USD/EUR, but you can also get the first game for 39.99, the second for 59.99, and the DLC for 29.99 (check your Steam store for an exact number in your region). Basically, getting the collection gives you the DLC for free.

The Name Change

Before we continue with the games, we need to talk about the name change. No official press release from Sega on the matter, but basically all the games in the series will drop the Yakuza moniker and fall under the “Like a Dragon” umbrella. This is pretty much a direct translation of the game’s original Japanese name, Ryu Ga Gotoku.

This is going to be a little confusing to anyone trying to get into the series, as there are 9 games in the series with that name, not counting the remakes of the first 2. Things get even more confusing with Yakuza: Like a Dragon, which is actually the 7th entry in the series story-wise. We’ll see if Sega will retroactively change the names of the old games.


Like a Dragon: Ishin!

Yes, the exclamation point is part of the title. A remake of the Japanese-exclusive Ryū ga Gotoku Ishin!, which is a spin-off game of the Ryū ga Gotoku series set in Japan during the Bakumatsu period, between 1853 and 1867, and will focus on Sakamoto Ryōma, a real-life samurai who got tangled in a coup d’état.

The remake’s name in Japan is Ryū ga Gotoku Ishin! Kiwami, so we can expect the improvements to be similar to those of Yakuza Kiwami 1 and 2. In terms of spin-offs not released in the west, there’s Ryū ga Gotoku Kenzan!, set 200 years before Ishin!, and the two Kurohyō games, which were released for the PalyStation Portable and focus more on 1-on-1 fights rather than the brawls of the other games.

The game releases in February 2023 on PS4/5, Xbox One and Series X|S, and Steam.


We also have an extended 5-minute trailer to get a better tase of the game.

Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name

An interquel game set between Yakuza 6 and Yakuza: Like a Dragon, The Man Who Erased His Name will focus on the time spent by Kiryu after he… Well, that’s spoilers, in case you’re late to the party. The reveal trailer shows Kiryu, codenamed Joryu (60% different, should be enough), accepting a mission that will force him out of hiding.

The game releases in 2023 on PS4/5, Xbox One and Series X|S, and Steam.


Like a Dragon 8

Last, and with the least amount of information, is Like a Dragon 8 (have we mentioned how confused new players will be?). The game looks to focus on regular series protagonist, Kazuma Kiryu, and the main character of Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Ichiban Kasuga.

The game releases in 2024 on PS4/5, Xbox One and Series X|S, and Steam.


The Sequel to Breath of the Wild Finally Gets a Release Date and a Name – The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

It’s been a long wait, be we finally have a name and a release date for the sequel to Breath of the Wild. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will release on the Nintendo Switch on the 12th of May, 2023. Now that’s a way to close out a Direct!


What did you think about the trailer for Tears of the Kingdom? What about today’s Direct as a whole? Let us know down below!

After Years of Waiting, Nintendo Reveals Pikmin 4 for the Switch

Nintendo just announced a new entry in the cult classic series Pikmin. After being quiet for nearly a decade regarding the series (aside from the mobile game Pikmin Bloom), the 4th entry in the series is coming in 2023. We don’t have much to show in terms of gameplay, but the existence of the game is already exciting!


It’s not much to go on, but are you excited about Pimkin 4? Let us know down below!

Faefarm Is a New Farm Simulation RPG Coming to the Nintendo Switch

A brand new Farming Simulator RPG is coming exclusively to the Nintendo Switch. Faefarm is developed by Phoenix Labs and will launch in Spring 2023, and will let you interact with a world of fairies while looking after your fantastical farm


Are you ready to get your farm on? Let us know down below!

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla The Last Chapter Is a Free Quest That Ties up the Storyline of the Game

Valhalla players are getting a free quest to tie up the game’s storyline. As the name implies, The Last Chapter is the final piece of DLC that will be released for the Viking-themed Assassin’s Creed title.


How do you feel about Valhalla’s story being tied up? The trailer is giving massive Vikings Season 6 vibes if you ask me. Let us know in the comments below!

Netflix Teams up With Ubisoft To Bring 3 Games to the Streaming Platform

Well, this is a surprise! Netflix is getting some more games for their platform (yes, they have mobile games) from Ubisoft. The first two are Valiant Hearts 2 and a sequel to The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot. The third is a new Assassin’s Creed game, which will be accompanied by a new TV series.

All the titles will be exclusive to Netflix without any additional costs or microtransactions, and they’ll all come in 2023.


What was your favorite part of the Ubisoft Forward event? Let us know in the comments below!