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The Biggest Games Releasing in April 2022

*exhales and stretches* Man, the last two months of game releases were pretty wild, right? Some of the biggest titles of 2022, such as Gran Turismo 7, Triangle Strategy, and WWE 2K22, dropped in March. And the month prior in February, gamers got treated to quality experiences like Elden Ring, Horizon Forbidden West, and The King of Fighters XV. Now that we’re in the month of April, the rollout of major game releases will slow down a bit. Even still, there’s still a good amount of games worth keeping your eye on and playing while those infamous April showers kick in for all those May flowers.

‘LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga’ – April 5 (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam)

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is going above and beyond to make sure it moves the series forward in a major way for longtime players. This “blocky” adventure in that famed galaxy far, far away features all three movie trilogies, a who’s who of playable characters in LEGO form, and modernized melee/ranged combat mechanics that make lightsaber dueling & laser-blasting more fulfilling activities. The young fans that have just gotten their first taste of the Star Wars films/TV shows and the older fanatics that have been with the series for the long haul will get a lot of mileage out of this one.

Here’s everything else you need to know about LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga.

Be sure to check out our review for this game right here.

‘MLB The Show 22’ – April 5 (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch)

The only Major League Baseball game on the scene today has broken barriers by not only being tied to a single console. MLB The Show 22 is making its way onto PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo consoles in order to satiate everyone who’s thirsty for some digital baseball goodness. Los Angeles Angels two-way player Shohei Ohtani is playing the part of the cover star this year, so fans of his should be more than pleased with that high honor. As far as updates go, this year’s MLB simulator comes with an improved version of Stadium Mode and a host of graphical/audio upgrades for PS5 users.

Check out our interview with Ramone Russell about MLB The Show 22.

Be sure to check out our review for this game right here.

‘Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition’ – April 7 (PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam)

Chrono Cross is among a long line of classic PlayStation 1 JRPGs that still get remake requests from fans. Square Enix has heard those fans loud and clear, but they’ve chosen to go the remaster route instead. That’s not a bad development, however – Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition is arriving with new & improved visuals, redone character illustrations, battle enhancements, and a whole bunch of quality-of-life enhancements. This updated re-release of a highly lauded JRPG has a ton of old heads going crazy and it’s easy to see why. If you’ve never given Chrono Cross a shot, now’s the best time to do so.

Here’s everything else you need to know about Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition.

‘The House of the Dead: Remake’ – April 7 (Nintendo Switch), April 28 (PS4, Xbox One, PC – Steam, Google Stadia)

“RE-RE-RE-RELOAD-RELOAD!” If you’re one of those arcade dwellers from back in the day, chances are you sunk a few quarters into Sega’s light-gun zombie blaster. And now, we’re due for a revamped remake that’s set to bring the classic shooter onto the Nintendo Switch. The House of the Dead: Remake brings the 1997 original back with an improved graphical sheen along with the fervent zombie blasting that fans have come to recognize as the very best. It’s time to put those Joy-Cons to work and blast each and every nightmare-inducing beast that tries to rip you & your co-op partners’ heads off.

‘Nintendo Switch Sports’ – April 29 (Nintendo Switch)

One of the most unexpected gaming announcements of the year has to be the one that revealed the impending release of Nintendo Switch Sports. The motion-controlled sports game compilation is coming to the Switch and will utilize the Joy-Cons for some fun living room competitions. Prepare yourself for some heated rivalries with your loved ones as you play to decide who’s the very best in tennis, bowling, soccer, etc. Nintendo Switch Sports will definitely get the blood boiling and the muscles tense when it’s time to get up and get physical.

Here’s everything else you need to know about Nintendo Switch Sports.

Console Ports

‘13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim’ – April 12 (Nintendo Switch)

‘Nobody Saves the World’ – April 14 (PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch)

‘LEGO Builder’s Journey’ – April 19 (PS5, PS4)

‘Glover’ – April 20 (PC – Steam)

‘Star Wars: The Force Unleashed’ – April 20 (Nintendo Switch)

‘Chernobylite’ – April 21 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S)

‘Zombie Army 4: Dead War’ – April 26 (Nintendo Switch)

‘Bugsnax’ – April 28 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam)

‘Ultra Age’ – April 28 (PC – Steam)

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Everything You Need to Know About ‘Nintendo Switch Sports’

Do you know what game had everyone’s living rooms and retirement homes everywhere in a chokehold? The original Wii Sports.

The Nintendo Wii launch title fully realized the amazing potential of motion-controlled gaming and introduced so many non-gamers to the interactive medium as a whole. After the monumental success and mainstream popularity of Wii Sports, Nintendo kept the ball rolling by releasing two new entries over the years – 2009’s Wii Sports Resort for the Wii and 2014’s Wii Sports Club for the Wii U. And now Nintendo’s hybrid home/portable console is finally getting into the motion-controlled sports arena with 2022’s Nintendo Switch Sports.

Come April 29, a new generation of gamers and everyone that could never kick their Wii Sports habit from back in the day will converge upon their Switch & big-screen TVs to enjoy some new living room athletics. Here’s everything you need to know about the highly anticipated Nintendo Switch Sports.

Confirmed Sports Games

The playable games that are marking their return to Nintendo Switch Sports have been confirmed to be tennis, bowling, golf, and swordplay (which is referred to in-game as “chambara”). Speaking of golf, that game, in particular, is slated to release as a free update sometime later this fall. And as far as debuting games go, those have been confirmed to be soccer, volleyball, and badminton.

Just like the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controller combination, players will utilize the Switch’s Joy-Con controllers and the gyroscope functionality embedded within them to simulate the real-world motions of each game. At launch, the Leg Strap attachment (which made its debut with Ring Fit Adventure) will play a huge role in how players interact with the “Soccer Shootout” minigame. And during a later update, that same device will be utilized during soccer matches as a whole. Miis make their return as playable avatars alongside the newly introduced characters known as “Sportsmates,” who have more detailed facial and body features/motions in comparison to those aforementioned Wii icons.

Local and Online Multiplayer
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Nintendo Switch Sports features local multiplayer modes that are split up into 1v1, 2v2, and free-for-all. The bowling game allows every active player to play simultaneously, which means no one has to wait to take their turn anymore. Hopping online means you can do it solo or play alongside another player on the same system. Each game comes with an online Pro League – players can attain the type of currency from their participation in those games that helps unlock in-game avatar rewards, such as outfits, sports accessories, gear, etc.

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Everything You Need to Know About ‘LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga’

Development studio Traveller’s Tales has always been the go-to makers of LEGO games that adopt the IPs of iconic entertainment staples.

Young and old gamers alike have enjoyed plenty of lighthearted co-op shenanigans in LEGO games that have delved into the worlds of Marvel, DC, Indiana Jones, The Hobbit, etc. The Star Wars universe has gotten plenty of LEGO games of its own that have covered each and every part of the series’ cinematic episodes. The latest LEGO journey into a galaxy far, far away is the most ambitious one to date though, as it’s ready to take a departure from the well-worn formula of previous games.

Before you dive into the newest “blocky” interpretation of the Star Wars movies’ most impactful moments on April 5, allow us to give you a thorough overview of everything LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga entails.

Cinematic Episodes Featured in the Game

Just like the game’s name implies, this new LEGO Star Wars adventure will cover every cinematic trilogy. And that means players will get caught up in all the iconic events of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace through The Rise of Skywalker. Each in-game world is based on a specific film and each one contains five stages to navigate, which means players will hop into a total of 45 main story missions. And the best part about that? You can actually tackle the game’s story and stages in any order you please now that the linear level progression of past LEGO titles has been abandoned here.

Gameplay

Anyone that’s ever played a LEGO game in their lives is in for quite the major change here with how the gameplay is now being handled. From a combat standpoint, this new Star Wars game goes above and beyond to make its battles feel more impactful and better reflect the big screen action fans have become accustomed to. Lightsaber wielders are now capable of pulling off slick combos that mimic their recognizable melee stylings. Lightsaber maneuvers come in the form of light & heavy attacks and Force-powered abilities. As for the characters equipped with laser blasters, players can now command their sharpshooting skills via third-person shooter controls and an over-the-shoulder camera angle.

When it comes to interplanetary traversal, players will have the chance to enter a wide range of Star Wars spaceships and fly right into open areas within the series’ vast galaxy. If you choose to do so, you can get caught up in furious dogfights while you’re on your way to other planets in order to keep progressing through the game’s main campaign. There will also be certain stages that utilize vehicle-based segments on various planets, such as being able to hop into the T-47 Airspeeder during clashes with all those towering AT-AT Walkers.

The explorable planets and moons that have been confirmed for this game thus far include:

  • Naboo
  • Tatooine
  • Coruscant
  • Kamino
  • Geonosis
  • Kashyyyk
  • Utapau
  • Mustafar
  • Yavin 4
  • Hoth
  • Dagobah
  • Bespin
  • Endor
  • Jakku
  • Takodana
  • D’Qar
  • Starkiller Base
  • Ahch-To
  • Cantonica
  • Crait
  • Ajan Kloss
  • Pasaana
  • Kijimi
  • Kef Bir
  • Exegol
Confirmed DLC Character Packs

The base game will feature a grand total of 300 playable characters (it’s also worth noting that you won’t be able to create your own custom characters this time around, however). And some of those characters will even have their original movie voice actors in tow (Billy Dee Williams will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian and Anthony Daniels will return as C-3PO, for example).

The post-launch DLC schedule for The Skywalker Saga will cover a wide collection of Star Wars TV shows, spinoff movies, and more. Check out the DLC Character Packs and their planned release dates in the list posted below:

April 5

The Mandalorian, Season 1: Din Djarin, Grogu (non-playable), Greef Karga, Cara Dune, IG-11, and Kuiil.

Solo: A Star Wars Story: Young Han Solo, Young Chewbacca, Young Lando Calrissian, Qi’ra, Tobias Beckett, and Enfys Nest.

Classic Characters: Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Darth Vader, and Lando Calrissian.

Trooper Characters: Death Trooper, Incinerator Trooper, Range Trooper, Imperial Shore Trooper, and Mimban Stormtrooper.

April 19

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: Jyn Erso, Bodhi Rook, Cassian Andor, K-2SO, Chirrut Îmwe, Baze Malbus, and Director Krennic.

May 4

The Mandalorian, Season 2: Ahsoka Tano, Boba Fett, Bo Katan, Fennec Shand, and Moff Gideon.

The Bad Batch: Hunter, Wrecker, Tech, Crosshair, and Echo.

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Everything You Need to Know About ‘Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands’

2K Games and Gearbox Software’ Borderlands franchise is home to a nice amalgamation of fun features that have helped it stand the test of time.

The cel-shaded first-person shooter has maintained high visibility among gamers thanks to an addictive gameplay loop centered around varied character classes, tons of collectible loot, plenty of baddies to blast away, and a huge dosage of humor sprinkled in for good measure. One of the funniest and most memorable characters from the Borderlands series that has gained quite the fan following is Tiny Tina, who’s a popular NPC that’s made several appearances throughout numerous entries.

Now she’s set to take the spotlight in a Borderlands spinoff that adopts a completely different theme for its compulsive running and gunning. Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is set to mashup all the best parts of the series while adopting the sorts of scenery and familiar themes that make up the entirety of Dungeons & Dragons.

Join us as we give you an overview of this fantasy-themed foray into the magical realm of Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, which is planned for release on March 25.

Story & World

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands takes place right after the events of the Borderlands 2 expansion, “Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep.” And just like that special piece of DLC, this full spinoff game will be played within the confines of a world that reflects a fantasy-themed tabletop role-playing game. The many personalities you’ll encounter during your magical adventure include Tiny Tina herself, who fills the game’s important role of “Dungeon Master.” Some of the other characters you’ll bump into along the way include a successful tavern owner named Izzy, a formidable “Soothsayer” named Vesper, the head of the “Diamond Guard” elite defense force named Paladin Mike, and many more unique personalities.

Gameplay

The Borderlands playstyle is front and center, albeit with a few noticeable alterations. You’ll be able to tackle the game’s epic journey by your lonesome or right alongside three other players via online or local split-screen multiplayer. You’ll traverse a massive overworld patterned after a tabletop RPG map that’s filled with a host of open biomes that reflect the medieval fantasy themes present in Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands. Players will engage in combat with a host of baddies as they rely on a mix of damage-dealing guns, close-range melee weapons, Wards that play a part in improving their defense, and Rings & Amulets that further upgrade their stats. Borderlands’ signature grenades have now been replaced by spells, which are tied to a cooldown meter right after using them.

Classes & Skills

Instead of selecting vault hunters, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands gives players the chance to choose and customize their very own “Fatemakers.” These characters’ looks and abilities can be attached to one of six different character classes, which include the Brr-Zerker, Stabbomancer, Clawbringer, Spellshot, Graveborn, and Spore Warden. A special blog post straight from the game’s official site noted the main skills that each class relies on during battle:

Brr-Zerker

  • Ice Breaker lets you deal increased damage to enemies who are Slowed, which just so happens to be a side effect of Frost damage. The closer your target gets to being frozen solid, the more damage you’ll deal!
  • Blast Chill gives every melee attack the chance to create a Frost Nova, giving you the potential to deal tons of area damage by swinging your melee weapon like a wrecking ball during a crowded encounter.
  • Blood of the Fallen is a Kill Skill that activates whenever you slay an enemy, reducing your Action Skill Cooldown a tad for each enemy downed. Use your Action Skill, score lots of kills with the damage it deals, repeat!

Stabbomancer

  • Follow Up creates a stacking effect that increases the damage of your next melee attack whenever your gun deals damage, so close the distance on targets for a lethal one-two punch.
  • Elusive lets you sprint at full speed and shoot at the same time, with a chance to evade incoming attacks that increases the faster you’re going. You’ll be a blur of death on the battlefield.
  • Executioner’s Blade gives your Gun and Spell critical hits a chance to summon an Ethereal Blade that shish-kebabs your target; with enough Critical Hit Chance stacked up, you’ll be skewering opponents left and right!

Clawbringer

  • Dragon Aura grants increased elemental damage to you and any nearby allies so you can burn, shock, and freeze your foes like never before.
  • Storm Breath lets your Wyvern Companion spew forth arcs of electricity that bounce between targets, and gives you damage reduction to boot!
  • Indomitable is a huge boon to your survivability; the next time you would enter the Save Your Soul downed state, you’ll instead refill your Ward and gain bonus Lightning damage. Talk about a shocking comeback!

Spellshot

  • Magic Bullets take a portion of your bonus Spell Damage and applies it to your guns, so you can blast out tons of damaging projectiles, be they magic or lead.
  • War Caster is a Kill Skill that gives you a chance to instantly reload your weapon when you slay an enemy, with increased chance based on your Spellweaving stacks. With any luck, you’ll rarely have to fish for a new clip mid firefight.
  • Sever the Thread gives your gun’s critical hits a chance to instantly reset all your spell cooldowns, letting you fire off a nigh-unending onslaught of spells with the right build.

Graveborn

  • Faithful Thralls gives you bonus damage for each Companion you have, providing a strong incentive to Multiclass with another Companion-based class.
  • Dread Covenant redirects some of the damage you sustain to your Demi-Lich Companion—and if you’re about to croak, your Demi-Lich Companion will sacrifice itself to give you back some health. Talk about taking one for the team!
  • Lord of Edges provides increased damage dealt and damage reduction the closer you are to death’s door; turn that dwindling health bar into a means for death and destruction!

Spore Warden

  • Spore Cloud gives your Mushroom Companion the charming ability to let one rip and create a poison cloud in the process that damages over time. Stink has never stunk like this before.
  • Called Shot provides an increasing degree of bonus gun damage and damage reduction the longer you aim down your gun’s sights, letting you really get a bead on your target before the precision kill shot.
  • Play the Angles will get your shots bouncing hither and thither, as your gun’s critical hits have a chance to ricochet once or sometimes even twice. That’s getting the full value out of every bullet.

You can get a better look at the rest of the custom character classes in action via the gameplay trailers posted above. It’s worth noting that players will eventually unlock the “Multiclass” system, which allows them to attach an additional battle class to their Fatemaker and pave the way for a wholly unique character build that impacts their stats and newly acquired abilities over time. And once you’ve beaten the game’s main campaign, you’ll unlock the option to change your secondary class (keep in mind that your primary character class is locked in permanently, though!).

Gear & Loot

You’ll come across a whole host of sweet gear and loot in Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands. That loot includes all sorts of melee weaponry and firearms, which are categorized under pistols, SMGs, assault rifles, shotguns, sniper rifles, and heavy weapons. The rarer the gun is, the more powerful it’ll be. Some guns rely on elemental attributes, such as Fire, Frost, Lightning, Poison, and Dark Magic. And of course, you’ll also be able to get your hands on additional Wards, Rings, and Amulets that’ll continue to strengthen your custom Fatemaker’s stats & abilities.

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Everything We Learned From the ‘Hogwarts Legacy’ State of Play

Sony’s latest State of Play presentation was a Muggle-free zone. The lengthy livestream gave viewers their first real look at the upcoming open-world RPG set in the Harry Potter universe, Hogwarts Legacy.

Developed by Avalanche Studios for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s publishing label Portkey Games, Hogwarts Legacy takes place in the late 1800s. Players take on the role of a student at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in a realm long before Harry Potter and the gang were ever born.

It’s been some time since we had any sort of meaningful look at the title, which was first announced during a PlayStation 5 event in September 2020. It had its first lengthy delay as of January 2021, which pushed it into 22. Now, it’s set for a holiday release, and after seeing what’s in store for Potter fans, the wait is certainly going to be excruciating.

In the new footage seen during the State of Play, players can engage in duels throughout Hogwarts with other students, potentially play quidditch, and get to know their classmates as they work their way toward becoming a full-fledged witch or wizard. That, and a whole lot more. If you were expecting a quick one-and-done Harry Potter adventure, you haven’t seen anything yet.

‘Hogwarts Legacy’

That includes learning new spells, making potions, growing magical plants and collecting crafting items, and much more. If you’ve ever dreamt of becoming a student at Hogwarts, up to and including being sorted into your own House, befriending other students, and honing your craft, you’ll find it here in Hogwarts Legacy.

Players can leave the school grounds and even venture out into the Forbidden Forest and Hogsmeade Village, where they can interact with a variety of magical beasts or go shopping for supplies. Using what they’ve learned while attending classes at Hogwarts, they’ll be able to potentially tame said magical beasts as well, seen in the presentation where a dragon rolls onto its side, expecting some friendly belly scratches.

Combat looks to be a mixture of classic third-person engagements, except soaked in Potter lore. You’ll be able to sling dangerous magical spells at your foes if they decide to get in your ways, utilize potions in your parlays, and even investigate a group of enemies alongside magical creatures who appear to have been possessed by a type of strange energy.

During the presentation, Sony also showed off an abundance of more new footage, including the ability to erect and customize your own house within the Wizarding World, magical showdowns between goblins, wizards, and other practitioners of the Dark Arts, and the Room of Requirement, a secret room within Hogwarts Castle that will appear to players when they need something. 

The Room of Requirement itself looks like it’ll behave as something of a base where you can craft concoctions, practice your own magic and potions, and keep your favorite magical beasts with you in a menagerie-style environment. It’s your home within Hogwarts Castle to catch up with the other students in terms of ability and academics, so use it wisely.

Everything in the game is geared toward making players feel as though they’ve truly found a home at Hogwarts. If you’ve ever dreamt of receiving your own owl-delivered letter all of these years, it looks like this is the game that can finally make those feelings come to life.

Potterheads will find a wealth of things to see and do when Hogwarts Legacy finally launches. It’s targeting a fall 2022 release, though there’s no concrete date to expect it out just yet.

You can pick up Hogwarts Legacy when it debuts on Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC.

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Everything You Need to Know About ‘Kirby and the Forgotten Land’

Nintendo has a cavalcade of video game icons within its kingdom.

Mario, Princess Peach, Link, Samus Aran, and Fox McCloud are just a few of the GOATs that have been produced by the good folks at Nintendo. Another precious Nintendo character that’s garnered a ton of goodwill over the years is the pink puffball who sucks up anything and everything, Kirby. Ever since the tough little hero hopped onto the scene in 1992, Kirby has starred in a long line of classic platformers and several spinoff games. His mainline platformers have always stuck close to the side-scrolling formula, but Kirby’s latest adventure is doing something fans have been requesting for years.

In celebration of Kirby’s 30th anniversary, Nintendo and HAL Laboratory are putting forth a 3D open-world adventure called Kirby and the Forgotten Land. Before you venture into Kirby’s latest journey on March 25, here’s an overview of everything you can expect from the upcoming Nintendo Switch exclusive.

Story

For this next platforming go-round, Kirby finds himself whisked off to a far-off, post-apocalyptic world that’s referred to as the “Forgotten Lands.” Upon his arrival, Kirby comes into contact with a villainous group of creatures called the “Beast Pack” that goes out of its way to kidnap the friendly Waddle Dees. Kirby and his newfound buddy Elfilin make it their mission to embark on a trek across this new world in a bid to rescue all the kidnapped Waddle Dees and bring an end to the Beast Pack’s reign of terror.

Gameplay, Copy Abilities, and Mouthful Mode

Kirby and the Forgotten Land is the very first game in the series that allows for full 3D exploration. Players can play solo as Kirby or alongside a local co-op partner with Bandana Waddle Dee and explore a bevy of stages that feature different types of missions to complete. This game also comes with special “Treasure Road Challenges” that gift players with “Rare Stones” upon successful completion. Plus you’ll go toe to toe with massive beasts within assorted “Boss Stages.” Two difficulty modes exist here – “Wild Mode” (which is tougher) and “Sping-Breeze Mode” (which is much easier).

Kirby’s signature ability, which helps him suck up certain enemies in order to copy their abilities, makes its return here as expected. Kirby has 12 regular copy abilities at his disposal, which includes:

  • Drill – Kirby can burrow underground to get past enemy attacks.
  • Ranger – Kirby can blast enemies from afar.
  • Fire – Kirby can burn through enemies and obstacles, plus he can rush forward like a fireball.
  • Ice – Kirby can skate and slide, fling a chunk of ice, and use big icy blocks to surf over mud & magma.
  • Cutter – Kirby can use a sharp-edged boomerang to grab far-off items and cut down his foes.
  • Crash – Kirby can pull off an enormous blast.
  • Sleep – Kirby can take a quick nap to recover his health.
  • Sword – Kirby can slash at his foes wirth a sword in hand while adorned with Link’s cap on his head.
  • Tornado – Kirby can pull enemies, blocks, and stars into his vicicnity with a cyclone.
  • Needle – Kirby can use prickly needles to jab at his enemies.
  • Hammer – Kirby wields a massive hammer that has a whole lot of power behind each and every swing.
  • Bomb – Kirby can throw explosives.

All 12 of Kirby’s copy abilities can evolve into far more powerful forms, such as the “Needle” power upgrading to “Crystal Needle” and “Clutter Needle.”

Kirby’s newest power is his ability to suck up real-world objects and enter “Mouthful Mode.” The modes that have been revealed for this debuting mode thus far are:

  • Arch Mouth
  • Car Mouth
  • Cone Mouth
  • Dome Mouth
  • Gear Mouth
  • Light-Bulb Mouth
  • Pipe Mouth
  • Ring Mouth
  • Rollercoaster Mouth
  • Scissor-Lift Mouth
  • Stairs Mouth
  • Storage Mouth
  • Vending Mouth
  • Water-Balloon Mouth
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Everything You Need to Know About ‘WWE 2K22’

WWE 2K20 wasn’t just a massive letdown for the gamers that played it – it was also a hell of a heartbreaker for the development studio that made it.

Developer Visual Concepts knew that it had to come correct with its next foray into the realm of digital pro wrestling, which is why it decided to skip its annual release schedule by taking its time creating the next WWE 2K game. Now in 2022, Visual Concepts is going all out to make sure WWE 2K22 is a celebratory return to form for the greatness the series was once heralded for. A retooled gameplay system, a roster full of current-day superstars & legends, a wealth of legacy modes & a brand new one, etc. are all a part of the package WWE 2K22 is delivering to its future adopters.

March 11 (March 8 for “nWo 4-Life” Edition and Deluxe Edition purchasers) will mark the grand debut of WWE 2K22. Before you all head into the ring and attempt to become the next favorite of the digital WWE Universe, let’s take an inside look at everything it has to offer.

Gameplay Changes

The ninth game under the WWE 2K moniker is coming in hot with a completely retooled control scheme and faster gameplay flow. At first glance, you’ll recognize that matches are displayed from a new camera angle that brings players even closer to the action. The controls have been changed in order to implement a new combo system, different inputs that can activate varied strikes & grapples, and new ways to pull off signatures and finishers.

Players no longer have a limited stock of reversals, which means you can counter any and all of your opponent’s maneuvers throughout the entirety of a match. Keep in mind, though – there are different types of reversals and blocks to learn, so it’ll be a bit tougher to pull off reversals this time around. You also have the ability to block and even dodge moves now. The newly added “Stun Meter,” which fills up as a wrestler gets peppered by light and heavy strikes, appears over their head once it’s close to being filled. Once full, that wrestler will enter a “Stunned” state that keeps them from blocking and dodging for a while.

Roster

WWE 2K22’s roster includes a large mixture of superstars hailing from Raw, SmackDown, NXT, and NXT UK. It’ll also feature a bevy of Hall of Famers and other notable legends. Some of the wrestlers you’ll be able to take control of in this game include Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Kushida, and Tyler Bate. If you happen to pre-order any of WWE 2K22’s four different editions, you’ll instantly unlock three versions of The Undertaker (Classic ‘Taker with the mask, “Ministry of Darkness” ‘Taker, and “American Badass” ‘Taker).

And if you pre-order the nWo 4-Life edition, you’ll get playable nWo versions of “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, Syxx, and Eric Bischoff. The next-gen (PS5 and Xbox Series X|S) downloadable bonus that comes with every edition of WWE 2K22 is a playable ’96 Rey Mysterio. The game’s Season Pass, which is spread out across five different packs, will expand its roster with newly added superstars and legends.

2K Showcase

Like previous year’s versions of this legacy mode, 2K Showcase will focus entirely on WWE 2K22’s cover star – Rey Mysterio. Players will get to follow the legendary luchador’s career by actively participating in the biggest matches he’s competed in. 2K Showcase is changing things up a bit by splicing in real-time footage of specific moments as you carry out the tasks assigned to you during each match. Some of the confirmed 2K Showcase matches you’ll come across in WWE 2K22 include Rey Mysterio vs. Eddie Guerrero (WrestleMania 21), Rey Mysterio vs. Dolph Ziggler (SummerSlam 2009), and Rey Mysterio vs. The Undertaker (Royal Rumble 2010).

MyFACTION

The newest mode making its debut in WWE 2K22 is MyFACTION, which should be familiar to those who’s played NBA 2K’s MyTEAM. By drafting in-game cards of various superstars and legends, players will earn the right to build their own custom stable. By continually collecting, managing, and upgrading new superstar & legend cards, you’ll strengthen your stable’s legacy as you compete in weekly events and various updates.

MyRISE & Creation Suite

MyRISE is practically WWE 2K22’s rendition of MyCAREER. Once you’ve created your own male and female superstar, you’ll get to embroil yourself in two unique storylines for them both. And as expected, you’ll be able to indulge your superstar in alliances, get engaged in intense storylines, and get caught up in subplots that are impacted by the decisions you make throughout your bubbling career. This year’s Creation Suite is extensive with options to utilize for your custom superstar – it’ll be cross-platform and allow for uploaded custom images to be used in character select screens.

Universe Mode

This year’s Universe Mode is doing things a bit different by only allowing for one superstar to be played with during their run, which means you’ll only be able to actually play their matches and follow their ongoing storylines. Keep in mind that you can still alter Universe Mode’s shows, superstars, championships, rivalries, etc.

MyGM

The often requested GM Mode is making its grand return under the new name of MyGM. MyGM, which hasn’t been seen in its previous form since WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008, lets you take on the role of one of the following real-life general managers – Sonya Deville, Adam Pearce, William Regal, Shane McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, or a custom-made character. Once you’ve chosen one of the WWE brands available to you (Raw, SmackDown, NXT, or NXT UK), you’ll be responsible for booking arenas/matches, drafting superstars, keeping tabs on their contracts, and managing superstar hiring/show production costs.

Soundtrack

This year’s soundtrack (which has been curated by future playable character Machine Gun Kelly) includes the following tracks:

  1. Machine Gun Kelly – “Concert for Aliens”
  2. Machine Gun Kelly ft. YUNGBLUD & Bert McCracken – “Body Bag”
  3. Wu Tang Clan – “Protect Ya Neck”
  4. Motorhead – “Iron Fist”
  5. Poppy – “Say Cheese” (Live NXT version)
  6. Royal Blood – “Typhoons”
  7. Bring Me The Horizon – “Happy Song”
  8. The Weeknd – “Heartless”
  9. Turnstile – “I Don’t Wanna Be Blind”
  10. Asking Alexandria – “The Final Episode (Let’s Change the Channel)”
  11. KennyHoopla – “Hollywood Sucks”
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The Biggest Games Releasing in March 2022

Last month was unrelenting madness! So many major games dropped week after week and forced gamers to make some tough decisions about which titles they had time to invest in the most. Now that the shortest month of the year has come to a close, March has arrived with an even larger slate of noteworthy releases worth checking for. The next WWE simulator is set to drop, Kirby is coming back for some open-world 3D hijinks, Borderlands is making its grand return with a Dungeons & Dragons tinge, etc. Now’s the time to take a look at all the big games coming your way this month!

‘Shadow Warrior 3’ – March 1 (PS4, Xbox One, PC – Steam)

Lo Wang is back to make even more hilarious quips while he’s slashing away at demonic foes and blasting them into tiny bloody pieces. Shadow Warrior 3 should scratch that itch that fans of DOOM Eternal have been searching for. This fast-paced shooter lets you run, jump, and grapple your way across a series of beautifully designed linear stage layouts within the confines of a “Neo-Feudal Japan” setting. Shadow Warrior 3 will offer a decidedly old-school approach to running and gunning from a first-person perspective.

Be sure to check out our review for this game right here.

‘Babylon’s Fall’ – March 3 (PS5, PS4, Xbox One, PC – Steam)

In conjunction with publisher Square Enix, developer PlatinumGames is releasing a brand new action RPG that features the studio’s signature hack & slash gameplay. Babylon’s Fall gives players control over their very own Sentinal, who’s capable of utilizing two weapons and a special device known as the Gideon’s Coffin (which lets them call upon the powers of two spectral weapons). Up to four players can team up together to ascend the Ziggurat tower as they clash with an army of mystical enemies, discover awesome loot, and attempt to save the world.

‘Gran Turismo 7’ – March 4 (PS5, PS4)

PS5 and PS4 owners are getting treated to the ultimate racing simulation experience once Gran Turismo 7 launches. This latest entry in the PlayStation exclusive series is packed to the brims with content thanks to 400+ cars, a vast array of tracks & layouts, and a bevy of legacy/new modes to enjoy. PS5 owners will definitely get the most out of Gran Turismo 7 as it’ll look, sound, and feel the best with that console’s powerful horsepower backing it.

Here’s everything else you need to know about Gran Turismo 7.

‘Triangle Strategy’ – March 4 (Nintendo Switch)

The strategy RPG player base out there has a lot to be thankful for when it comes to Square Enix’s output. If you count yourself among those fans and have a Nintendo Switch within hand’s reach, then Triangle Strategy should definitely appeal to you. This upcoming tactics game will throw you in the middle of an HD-2D conflict between three warring nations. Command your forces in battle by abiding by the elemental, flaking, and positioning-based ruleset that powers Triangle Strategy.

‘Aztech: Forgotten Gods’ – March 10 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam)

Is this the first-ever cyber-stone action-adventure game the world has ever seen? It just might be! Aztech: Forgotten Gods follows a young Aztech woman named Achtli, who makes it a mission of hers to bring down a line of gargantuan gods. With a rocket-boosting arm at her side, Achtli uses it to propel herself into the sky and right towards her towering foes. Aztech: Forgotten Gods‘ Aztec-inspired art design and overall themes present it as a one-of-a-kind indie game worth exploring.

Be sure to check out our review for this game right here.

‘Chocobo GP’ – March 10 (Nintendo Switch)

It’s hard to believe that we’re finally getting a follow-up to 1999’s Chocobo Racing. Chocobo GP is a Nintendo Switch exclusive that puts Final Fantasy’s iconic bird mascot and a host of other characters onto the race track. Each character can knock out the opposition with items called “Magicites” across a wide swath of colorful track layouts. Chocobo Racing includes a Story Mode, Series Races, Time Attack, Custom Races, and a 64-player online Chocobo GP Mode.

‘WWE 2K22’ – March 11 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC – Steam)

It looks like the decision to take a year off for the WWE 2K franchise may have worked out for the better. Development studio Visual Concepts is going all out with WWE 2K22 in the visual, gameplay, and content department. The game’s roster looks far better when compared to previous entries’ wrestlers, which is a welcome feature. And the gameplay has slightly moved away from its simulation feel to allow for more fast-paced clashes. With additional modes such as 2K Showcase (which focuses on cover star Rey Mysterio this time around!), the newly added MyFaction, MyRise, the Creation Suite, and the return of MyGM, WWE 2K22 is looking like a champion.

Here’s everything else you need to know about WWE 2K22.

Be sure to check out our review for this game right here.

‘Phantom Breaker: Omnia’ – March 15 (PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam)

This update to the 2011 anime fighter Phantom Breaker: Extra has been a long time coming. Phantom Breaker: Omnia brings back past characters and throws in a bunch of brand new combatants for some furious weapons-based encounters. What helps this fighter stand apart is the employment of three different fighting styles (Quick, Hard, and Omnia), which gifts each character with different abilities that mesh well with their signature movesets.

‘Tunic’ – March 16 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC – Steam)

Canadian indie game developer Andrew Shouldice has taken his time crafting this top-down action-adventure that harkens back to the classic days of The Legend of Zelda. Tunic is all about a miniature anthropomorphic fox that sets out on an epic journey full of threatening foes and mysterious locales. Tunic’s one-man development team is pouring his heart and soul into it, so here’s hoping his efforts come to fruition in the best way possible.

‘Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame 5’ – March 17 (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC – Steam)

The riders and all the bikes of the Monster Energy Supercross 2021 Season are getting proper representation in the latest entry in this motorbike simulation series. So if you’ve been keeping tabs on the 450SX, 250 East, and 250 West roster, then you’ll have plenty to enjoy here. There’s a whole bunch of pre-made tracks to rip dirt on here, plus the game’s Track Editor lets you create some of your very own. The game’s deep Career Mode and free-roaming enabled Compound also do a lot to give you your bang for your buck.

‘Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin’ – March 18 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC – Epic Games Store)

Chaos…there’s a whole lot of chaos waiting for you to massacre in Strange of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin. Even though the cringy main character leaves a lot to be desired, the Nioh-inspired gameplay at the heart of this Final Fantasy spinoff will seemingly make up for his awkwardness. This new take of the very first game in Square Enix’s legendary series presents an action RPG premise that’s hard as hell. The intense real-time combat, extensive job system, and challenging enemy encounters should make “Soulsbourne” fans quite happy.

Here’s everything else you need to know about Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin.

‘Ghostwire: Tokyo’ – March 25 (PS5, PC – Steam)

Now that everyone has a clearer idea of what Ghostwire: Tokyo is going for, it feels a lot safer to be excited about it. This first-person action-adventure fully embraces the supernatural and does so with a Japanese spin. After the human population of Tokyo completely disappears, evil spirits called “Visitors” eventually invade it. As a young man possessed by a spirit detective named KK, you set out to rid Tokyo of its new otherwordly residents. And you’ll do just that with a toolset filled with elemental spells that can be cast via special hand motions.

Be sure to check out our review for this game right here.

‘Kirby and the Forgotten Land’ – March 25 (Nintendo Switch)

It has taken way too long for Nintendo’s pink puffball of power to get a Super Mario 64-like experience. But here we are! Kirby and the Forgotten Land takes place within a world filled with abandoned cities and other modern structures. As Kirby, you’ll get to fully explore each locale and do the usual – suck up enemies, acquire their abilities, and use them to do big damage & progress further into each stage. Kirby’s new “Mouthful Mode” goes over the top by letting him suck up massive items, such as a car and a vending machine, to cause even more havoc.

Here’s everything else you need to know about Kirby and the Forgotten Land.

‘Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands’ – March 25 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC – Epic Games Store)

Tiny Tina has emerged as one of the more worshipped characters from Borderlands. So much so that she’s stepping up to the forefront as the face of her very own spinoff game, Tina Tina’s Wonderlands. This first-person shooter/RPG goes full Dungeons & Dragons by taking place within a fantastical realm. The fantasy tabletop RPG themes are front and center here as Tina plays the part of a dungeon master, who can switch up each campaign’s playthrough on the fly. Custom characters can be created through a myriad of classes that all utilize magic in some way, shape, or form. Borderlands mixed in with a tinge of magic should be an immense joy to play.

Here’s everything else you need to know about Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands.

‘Weird West’ – March 30 (PS4, Xbox One, PC – Steam)

Publisher Devolver Digital is known for putting out some of the more unique and complex games ever seen. Weird West, which is being developed by Devolver Digital, is a top-down action RPG set within an entirely different take on the Wild Wild West. As an American frontiersman, you’ll be forced to fight for your life against supernatural baddies. The world and its many environmental elements can be used to your advantage, so it’s worth keeping an eye out for ammo boxes you can shoot down & blow up near your enemies. If you like twin-stick shooters and are up for the challenge of a separate permadeath mode, then Weird West should appeal to you.

Console Ports

‘.hack//G.U. Last Recode’ – March 10 (Nintendo Switch)

‘Ashwalkers: A Survival Journey’ – March 10 (Nintendo Switch)

‘Grand Theft Auto V’ – March 15 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S)

‘Curious Expedition 2’ – March 17 (PS4, Xbox One)

‘Persona 4 Arena Ultimax’ – March 17 (PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam)

Shantae and the Seven Sirens– March 22 (PS5)

‘The Ascent’ – March 24 (PS5, PS4)

‘Crystar’ – March 29 (Nintendo Switch)

‘Crusader Kings III’ – March 29 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S)

‘Death Stranding Director’s Cut’ – March 30 (PC – Steam)

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Everything You Need to Know About ‘Gran Turismo 7’

Polyphony Digital has always taken its time to make sure every entry of its prized franchise looks and plays its very best.

And now that the PS5 is on the market, Sony PlayStation’s first-party racing game development studio is slated to drop the next Gran Turismo. Fans that have been in for the long haul since the IPs grand debut on the first Playstation back in 1997 should be more than satisfied with what’s set to arrive on March 4. In a first for the series, Gran Turismo 7 will be the first release seen across multiple consoles as it’s set to speed onto the PS4 and PS5.

Now without further ado, let’s take a look at every important facet of what Gran Turismo 7 will entail.

Visual Fidelity

You can take a single glance at a piece of Gran Turismo 7 footage and realize just how gorgeous it looks in action. Due to the PS5’s immense horsepower, this racing simulator will look, sound, and feel even better than ever before. This latest entry in the series will take advantage of the DualSense controller’s haptic feedback and adaptive triggers to reflect the physical aspects of its onscreen racing. On a graphical level, Gran Turismo 7 will run at 4K resolution and 60 frames per second. It’ll also offer support for HDR (High Dynamic Range). And if you have a compatible pair of headphones in tow, you’ll be able to enjoy the game’s usage of the PS5’s Tempest 3D AudioTech feature.

Gameplay Modes

Gran Turismo 7 will offer a large suite of gameplay modes for longtime fans of the series. GT Campaign, GT Auto, GT Sport, Arcade, and Driving School will be included. Plus the grand return of GT Simulation Mode should be welcome good news for longtime fans that have been crying out for its reintroduction to the series. Some of the other modes set to make their return are the Tuning Parts Shop, Brand Central, Discover, Special Events, and Championships.

On the multiplayer front, Gran Turismo 7 offers a local two-player split-screen option and an online suite. The online suite comes with Lobbies & Meeting places for friendly meetups, while the Sport Mode is focused on some serious competition as you compete against racers from all across the globe.

Car and Manufacturer List

The total launch roster of cars available in Gran Turismo 7 maxes out at 420. Players will be able to obtain these vehicles through the game’s Brand Central and the Used Car Dealership components. You can take a look at the game’s cover art to spot two automobiles that’ll pop up in the game itself, which are the Porsche Vision Gran Turismo and the Mazda RX-VISION GT3 Concept. Some of the car manufacturers that will have their prized cars featured in Gran Turismo 7 are Mitsubishi, Mercedez-Benz, Nissan, Mazda, etc. You can get a full outline of every vehicle and its manufacturer featured in the game right here.

Tracks

Gran Turismo 7 has a wide variety of tracks that are spread out across Asia/Oceania, the Americas, and Europe. Two of the tracks that have been revealed via extended gameplay demonstrations are the Daytona International Speedway and the Deep Forest Raceway. The game’s dynamic time and weather factors will play a huge part in how each track will be presented and how you’ll need to adapt to those changes as you race. You can check out the full lineup of the Gran Turismo 7’s 34 locales and 90+ different track layouts right here.

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Everything You Need to Know About ‘Elden Ring’

The most hardened, resilient, and patient gamers out there have a lot to thank FromSoftware for.

The games that have been produced by studio director Hidetaka Miyazaki and the rest of his gifted dev team have provided countless hours of enjoyment for its fans. Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice have all solidified the greatness of the “Soulsborne” sub-genre that has inspired countless games that adopt its signature characteristics. Now, we’re due for another monumental action RPG that’s garnered a bunch of substantial hype since being announced at E3 2019. That upcoming release is known by many – welcome to Elden Ring.

Before you deep dive into its massive open world on February 25 to engage with its ferocious beasts & savage warriors, let’s break down all the essential elements that Elden Ring incorporates.

Story

Elden Ring’s overarching plot has been composed by director Hidetaka Miyazaki and famed fantasy novelist George R. R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire). The game takes place in the “Lands Between,” which is ruled by Queen Marika the Eternal. The legendary Elden Ring, which is the source of the Erdtree, has been destroyed and turned into shattered pieces known as the “Great Runes.”

Marika’s demigod offspring have gotten their hands on those powerful runes, which in turn has corrupted them all and triggered a war referred to as “The Shattering.” Players take on the role of a “Tarnished,” who are exiles that hail from the Lands Between and have lost the Elden Ring’s grace. After being revived due to an event called the “Shattering,”, you venture through the Lands Between in a bid to defeat all the crazed demigods, gather all the Great Runes, restore the Elden Ring, and ultimately be crowned the almighty Elden Lord.

Gameplay

Elden Ring is a Soulsbourne game through and through. While your trek through the game’s Lands Between starts out on a linear note, it eventually opens up to allow players to freely explore its massive open world. The world of Elden Ring is split up into six different locales that are all interconnected through a main hub area players will visit on a constant basis.

Players now have the ability to travel on horseback much faster and also rely on a fast-travel system to do the same. The demigods serve as Elden Ring’s man bosses, who’ll provide quite the challenge once you take them on in battle. A helpful mechanic that can be called up in battle is summonable spirits, which are spectral allies that can assist you in battle. Players can also discover them throughout the Lands Between and even utilize spirits based on previously defeated foes. You and another Tarnished can play side by side thanks to the game’s online co-op mode as well.

Classes

Your custom Tarnished avatar can be outfitted to rely on one of the following classes (each one determines your character’s starting stats and equipment):

  1. Hero (comes equipped with an ax)
  2. Bandit (comes equipped with a dagger, parrying shield, and a bow & arrows)
  3. Astrologer (comes equipped with a magical staff, sword, small shield, and offensive magic spells)
  4. Warrior (comes equipped with two scimitars and a light shield)
  5. Prisoner (comes equipped with a with an estoc, magical staff, a healing spell, an offensive spell, and shield)
  6. Confessor (comes equipped with a a broadsword, kite shield, and a magic casting item called a finger seal)
  7. Wretch (comes equipped with a club)
  8. Vagabond (comes equipped with a Sword & Shield)
  9. Prohpet (comes equipped with a a spear, a finger seal, and a small shield)
  10. Samurai (comes equipped with a katana, round shield, longbow, Bone Arrows, and Flame Arrows)

Each class can be customized as a male or female avatar.