The real beauty of being a fan of the games industry is that, even on a slower news week, there will always be something to cause outrage and excitement in equal measure amongst the gaming community. For me, this week has provided quite a lot of excitement, as well as an unexpected/forgotten about delivery of a Dark Souls Remastered pre-order. Whoops. Not to worry though, as I’m going to review it for you now I’ve got no choice in whether I buy it at launch or not, so if I seem a little salty during next week’s article (yeah, yeah, more than usual, you cheeky buggers) then you’ll probably know why. Speaking of which, I should probably start playing it, so let’s get on with the news.
‘Resident Evil 7’ Has its Head in the Clouds
Resident Evil started off the week in pretty bizarre fashion, and ended it with some absolutely sexy rumors about one of my most anticipated things ever. Starting with the former, Resident Evil 7: biohazard Cloud Version is an actual, real, legitimate, really real thing. Nope, I don’t know why either. Now, despite it being a real thing, it’s actually not a tangible thing, because this version of Resident Evil 7 – one of the best games of last year, and easily in my top five Resi titles – is to be streamed directly from Capcom on your Nintendo Switch. Your Japanese Nintendo Switch, anyway.
Capcom released a trailer on Monday, but it was basically fucking nonsense. I’m pretty sure it was one of the trailers from the original launch with a new logo slapped on the end, but I can’t be bothered to check that for legitimacy. It’s not important anyway, because the game has already released in Japan as of May 24th, and gameplay videos – like the one below from wccftech – are already surfacing from the big J.
The version being streamed to the Switch is actually the PC version, and it therefore looks like it actually runs pretty well, and doesn’t suffer any graphical downgrading (as far as one can ascertain when comparing a YouTube video against one’s memory of a game that one played over a year ago). I was good and ready to shit all over this idea and talk about how it’ll run about as well as a bow-legged dog with two heads, but colour my mouth a nice shade of shut, as it actually looks like a pretty decent idea.
The key with Nintendo is precedents. It’s all about proving something can be done and hoping they don’t forget about it. The game costs about $18 for 180 days of playtime, and you really can’t argue with that for value. The test is whether this comes out of Japan, and whether it gains any traction as a model in the West. I can’t see why it wouldn’t, and an entire Netflix-style library of AAA games that are streams of better versions from more powerful machines sounds pretty enticing to me.
‘Resident Evil 2 REmake’ Details Are Super Exciting (Providing They’re Real)
Hoo boy, this one makes me very tingly. Now, granted, these aren’t officially confirmed details, but I’m thinking the most important aspect of this supposed leak is that it brings the game back into public consciousness and should hopefully mean that an E3 reveal is almost a guarantee. For a quick reminder, we already know from Capcom that the game will be rebuilt from the ground up, is looking to capture the spirit of the original, and… well, that’s it. But thanks to gaming site Rely on Horror, we maybe know some more details about the game, perhaps.
According to these ‘leaks,’ the remake will be built in the same engine as Resident Evil VII, but will feature a mix of the over-the-shoulder camera view of Resident Evil 4 and a “stylized” fixed-camera, reminiscent of the original game. The source also claims that the game will hit 1080p and 30fps on PS4, with 60fps and 4k “at times” on PS4 Pro, making it Capcom’s “best-looking title to date.”
The final part of the rumor details that we’ll be able to play through a campaign for both Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield, as in the original, but that both campaigns will be longer and contain new areas and content. It’s all very promising stuff, and certainly fits in with the spiel Yoshiaki Hirabyashi, the game’s producer, gave when announcing the game back in 2015 as a response to fan feedback. This is a game for the fans, as requested by the fans, and it should be FANtastic. It’s been a long time since we heard anything at all, so surely this year’s E3 is the one. Please?
‘Battlefield V’ is Apparently More ‘Historically Inaccurate’ Than Usual…
…and this time it’s vaginal. Trust the worst parts of the gaming community to overreact to basically anything, but the needless hatred surrounding the trailer and box art featuring a female soldier is… well, actually it’s pretty much par for the course. Historical inaccuracy is the flimsy line being used by sexless basement-dwellers everywhere to deride a game trying to include a female character in a World War II shooter – a shooter that also features the escapades of several other super soldiers whose bullet wounds will miraculously heal if they stand behind a wall for a few seconds, and who had an unlimited set of lives to burn through as they killed entire armies single-handedly. We’ve all seen genuine historical documentation about these immortal behemoths, but a woman holding a gun during the war? Preposterous!
I think I’ve made my sarcastic point, so let’s punctuate that by saying that if you have a problem with a female character in a World War II shooter, you’re a piece of shit, and let’s move on to some facts about the game. The female in question will be one of the playable characters in the game’s – wait for it – single player campaign (remember those?) that will follow Battlefield 1’s format of splitting the game into several playable “war stories.” As well as playing the female Norwegian resistance fighter, developer DICE has teased that you’ll be killing Nazis in Greece, France, North Africa and Rotterdam.
Polygon reports that there are also some new multiplayer modes, notably a four-player raid mode named Combined Arms, and a 64-player mode called Grand Operations, where players compete in huge objective-based matches, with each round affecting the state of the proceeding one based on the performance of each team. If necessary, the mode culminates in a sudden death match where players only have one life each. How’s that for historical accuracy, lads?
Of course, Battlefield V will feature microtransactions – which is now apparently less egregious than featuring a woman – but won’t have randomized loot boxes. Talk about humility, right? Only having microtranscations for cosmetic items is practically on a level with giving to charity these days. Thanks, EA. The game’s out on October 19th, with the Deluxe Edition out on the 16th and an early trial version for EA/Origin Access on October 11th. Plenty of time to stay angry about that Norwegian girl, then.
‘Yakuza’ 3, 4 and 5 Are All Coming to PS4
Sometimes I get the feeling that I give too much page space to remastered games, but then I think that it’s not me making them and I’m just the messenger, so leave it out, you knob. Having put my hypothetical nemesis in his place, it’s now time to talk about remastered games – three of them! Having discussed the Shenmue 1&2 Remaster a few weeks back, it is with great pleasure that I can bring you news of yet more fighty, open-worldy Sega RPGs being remastered for current gen. The company announced this week that all three of the PS3 Yakuza titles will join Yakuza 0, Kiwami, Kiwami 2 and Yakuza 6 on PS4, meaning the console will eventually host the entire catalog of main series titles. That. Is. Awesome.
The only problem I have is that the games are to be released individually, as Famitsu confirmed that Yakuza 3 will hit Japanese stores on August 8th. This is disappointing (especially as I own all three of these games on PS3 already), as several other franchises, like Batman Arkham, Bioshock, and Metro 2033 have all released updated last-gen games for modern consoles as collections rather than shipping one game at a time. There’s no word on the price of each game yet, but it still seems a little cheeky to me.
A problem I absolutely don’t have is that the games will all run at 60fps and display in full 1080p, because that’s bloody lovely. The Yakuza series has had a fantastic 12 months with 0, Kiwami and 6 all releasing to rave reviews and commercial success, and Sega isn’t resting on those laurels at all. If you haven’t played any of the Yakuza titles before, you’re about to have seven excuses to make if you’re going to avoid them as a PS4 owner. Well, unless they don’t come out in the West.
PlayStation Mini Confirmed?
Last, and probably least, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO John Kodera was quizzed by Japanese publication Mantan Web about the possibility of Sony releasing a mini console akin to Nintendo’s recent NES and SNES Classic Minis. As per GamesRadar, he responded by saying there are “no official plans” he can discuss, but that “our company is always digging up past assets, and I think there are various ways to do it. There have been discussions happening (in the company) on what kind of ways there are.”
While this is pretty vague and non-committal, it at least shows that Sony are discussing something with regards to either a mini console or some other form of retro platform. The current state of PS4’s retro offerings is not good, and a mini console would almost certainly sell like hot cakes, but GamesRadar’s Connor Sheridan also pointed out that the storage space required by the PS1’s CDs might be difficult to replicate as easily as the smaller cartridges used by the NES and SNES.
Let’s just say for now that it might be a thing, and if it is, then here’s a brief list of ten titles – some I’ve played and some I’m desperate to play – I’d like to see on the hypothetical PlayStation Mini (or you could check out our very own Top 70 Sony PlayStation Games for way more):
- Chrono Cross
- Final Fantasy VIII
- Mega Man X4
- Parasite Eve
- Ridge Racer: Type 4
- Silent Hill
- Suikoden II
- Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2
- Vagrant Story
- WWF Smackdown 2
And with that, we’ve come to the end of another news week. I’ll let you all go away and make up your own fantasy PS1 Mini games roster and I’ll see you in seven days (or so).
The Asus GX701 Gaming Laptop Competes with the Most High-End Desktops
As the gaming industry soars to new heights with more powerful technology—and manufacturers such as Asus, Razer, and Alienware—that brings the most beloved, pixelated characters to life on screens of various sizes, gamers often find themselves torn between what kind of hardware to utilize to get the most out of their gameplay.
Naturally, an individual’s desires and expectations vary from person to person, but for those who are consistently on the lookout for the best hardware on which to play their games on max settings with little to no frame drop, options tend to be far more limited—and expensive. Those limitations tend to be further strenuous for those PC enthusiasts who would also like to play their favorite games on the road.
Enter the gaming laptop, where manufacturers attempt to take some of the most powerful hardware and condense it into a mobile framework for those consumers with the budget and drive to use them. While historically it has been difficult for gaming laptops to even come close to competing with high-end desktops—something that is still up for debate among the tech community—the technological landscape has evolved to the point that manufacturers are on their way to narrowing the gap between laptop and desktop.
When investing in any piece of technology, however, there are various obstacles of which consumers should be aware while researching what hardware (or pre-built machines like a gaming laptop) do the best job of overcoming those hurdles. Everything from ventilation to CPU clocking and general performance based on the games in which one is interested must be taken into consideration.
In the search for finding a machine that can play the most graphically intense games on max settings without sacrificing frame rate, Goomba Stomp decided to put the ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701 to the test.
Before delving into how the Asus GX701’s hardware performs, it’s important to note the laptop’s hardware specifications.
The CPU is the i7-9750H Six Core Processor that clocks between 2.6GHz and 4.5GHz. Next is the graphics card (GPU)—the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6 with Max-Q Design (which basically means it’s a watered down version of the standard RTX 2080 GPU due to its smaller size to fit in the laptop, sacrificing a small amount of power). Couple the CPU and GPU with the 32GB of RAM and the 1TB NVMe SSD, and the Asus GX701 is a mighty powerhouse on paper.
Hardware Performance — CPU
Functioning as the laptop’s brain, the i7-9750H Six Core Processor decodes the actions it’s instructed by the RAM to process. Even operating towards its base end of 2.6GHz, the Asus GX701’s CPU rapidly produces the output users command it to execute, resulting in swift completions that turn into web pages, game activation, reduced loading times, and more.
With a max operating temperature of 100 degrees Celsius, gamers can rest assured this CPU will give them a decent amount of wiggle room when it comes to putting the laptop under heavy loads. For titles that are CPU-intensive, however, such as Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Black Desert Online, and the Total War franchise (where thousands of soldiers and other objects must exist on the battlefield), it should be noted that the i7-9750H does get hot to the touch above the keyboard.
When its heat rises (often above 90 degrees Celsius when under a load), the fan kicks up to compete with the high temperature, often becoming loud. While the noise is both obnoxious and disconcerting at first, one becomes used to it after extensive use; though, the nagging sensation at the back of one’s mind can be enough to leave one paranoid that the machine is going to overheat and shut down. Despite this paranoia, the Asus GX701 never shut itself off during any of Goomba Stomp’s gaming sessions and continued exhibiting rapid outputs when receiving input commands while performing several tasks at once.
Hardware Performance — GPU
The RTX 2080 is one of various state-of-the-art graphics cards available to gamers. Released in September 2018, this 8GB GPU is just one step behind the RTX 2080TI. To put this card to the test, Goomba Stomp cranks Black Desert Online up to max settings, with its vibrant colors and overwhelming amount of assets (including other players in the game) and without losing any frame rate in the process. Doing so produces vivid images that are crystal clear at the maximum range available in Black Desert’s world. Everything looks real, and frame rate never drops below 60 frames per second (FPS), allowing for beautiful aesthetics and smooth gameplay.
Moreover, using Total War: THREE KINGDOMS and Total War: WARHAMMER II as the examples in which Goomba Stomp employs max settings in a strategy title and the “Extreme” setting for unit size (number of soldiers in each individual unit in an army), the frame rate does not drop. The i7-9750H works hard, heating up to 90-95C, but does not overheat or experience any catastrophic failures that result in the game crashing (even with the maximum amount of units allowed on the battlefield at once).
While playing these two titles does cause the i7-9750H to pick up the pace, resulting in temperatures that made the area above the laptop’s keyboard almost too hot to touch, the GPU has no problems rendering images while working in conjunction with the CPU to maintain high FPS. Indeed, for the likes of Total War, the RTX 2080, even with Max-Q Design, is overkill.
Something that all gaming hardware requires is proper ventilation, allowing devices to suck in cool air and blow out hot. To that end, a machine’s architecture must allow for vents that permit efficient intake and exhaust. Historically, gaming laptops have lagged in this regard, often relying more on decent thermal paste and powerful fans in lieu of sufficient vents.
To remedy this shortcoming, the Asus GX701 has four vents—one on each side and two on the back. When the laptop is under a heavy load, one can feel hot air being expunged from the system through these vents. Despite the amount of hot air that gets blown out of the system, the CPU still manages to get hot to the touch.
However, as mentioned above, since the laptop has not shut itself off to protect itself and the games played have yet to falter, these vents appear to be enough (when working in conjunction with the fan and thermal paste) to keep the machine within normal operating temperatures.
Software – MyAsus
MyAsus is a program that allows users to receive product information, as well as notifications that certain apps, drivers, or features have an update available. If the software detects any available updates, it will automatically notify users and prompt them to either download and install the update or postpone it for a certain amount of time (10 minutes, one hour, or four hours).
While this app seems useful on paper, its execution is a travesty at best. When receiving a notification regarding updates and choosing the option to “update now,” Goomba Stomp experienced a frustrating issue in which MyAsus drifted into a perpetual cycle of trying to begin the update process—the swirling icon next to each update indicating the system was processing the information never went away, and the updates never proceeded to be downloaded or installed.
Anytime Goomba Stomp opted to “postpone” the update for an hour or more, MyAsus pretended to not receive that command and would send another reminder 10 minutes later that updates were found. Therefore, the most useful facet of MyAsus was the ability to uninstall it and clear up a negligible amount of space in the Asus GX701’s memory (thus relegating it to the past tense). Despite MyAsus being a preinstalled program, it was removable and ceased to be annoying once discarded and virtually burned, never to plague Goomba Stomp’s gaming laptop again.
The most prominent miscellaneous feature is the ROG (Republic of Gamers) Armoury Crate application. This program allows users to adjust the keyboard’s colors and color animation settings, giving those with an interest in the laptop’s aesthetics the power to choose what look suits them best. From a static color pattern to a reactive mode in which keys don’t light up unless pressed, the RGB (red, green, blue) system provides several minutes of entertainment all by itself, until one figures out which pattern(s) they wish to use.
Moreover, Armoury Crate serves as a hub for ROG fans to browse online deals for video games (a store), a logistical manipulator that allows users to observe their apps and free up memory space at will, and a hardware monitor for users to track their fans’ RPMs as well as CPU and GPU stats (temperature, voltage, etc.).
For those with the budget and desire to possess a high-end gaming laptop that travels well and can compete with some of the most powerful desktops on the market, the Asus GX701 is a prodigious choice. With hardware that rivals almost any modern gaming rig, any game one plays will be a smooth, gorgeous experience.
However, bear in mind that the CPU does run hot, often idling between 50-60 degrees Celsius and heating up to 85-95 Celsius when under a load. Nevertheless, the ventilation, fan, and thermal paste work well together to prevent the laptop from overheating so users may continue enjoying their virtual worlds. Moreover, to assist with remedying the paranoia that abounds in one’s mind when dealing with the hot CPU, Goomba Stomp also invested in a cooling pad, which helps keep the CPU five-to-ten degrees cooler while under load.
Considering the horrendous perversion that is MyAsus being a troublesome and irrelevant preinstalled software is the only real drawback Goomba Stomp experienced, it’s safe to say the GX701 is a phenomenal machine, despite its burdensome cost and large size.
‘Black Widow’ Teaser Trailer: A Shot By Shot Analysis
After years of speculation, we finally got official confirmation of a Black Widow movie from Marvel Studios at the San Diego Comic Con during the summer this year. This was a big deal for fans of the first female Avenger; as a woman who has been a fan of Marvel movies since first seeing Iron Man in 2008, I personally think that this has been a long time coming. Black Widow will hopefully be as influential as Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman when it comes to female-led superhero movies (that are actually good). And we now have a Black Widow teaser trailer to break down, so let’s take a look.
Spoiler warning for a key plot point in Avengers: Endgame.
Just like in Budapest
The opening shot is of Budapest, the capital of Hungary, which holds significant meaning to Natasha Romanoff a.k.a Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). In the first Avengers film, whilst fighting against the Chitauri, she quips to Clint Barton a.k.a Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) that the situation is “just like Budapest all over again.” Hawkeye retorts with “you and I remember Budapest very differently.” It was probably intended as a throwaway line, but fans became curious as to what exactly did go down in this mission. It is mentioned again in Avengers: Endgame, so it is clearly an important mission where something big happened. This opening shot may well be a flashback to this moment, or it could be that Natasha finds herself back in Budapest once again during the movie.
The Black Widow teaser then has Natasha reflecting on her past, saying that she used to have nothing, as the Red Room ballerina flashbacks from Avengers: Age of Ultron are shown. The Red Room is where we see the girls dancing; it’s a Soviet training facility where Natasha was groomed to become a spy and killer. The premise of the movie is vague at the moment, but the theme of facing the past is prevalent. I would not be surprised if Natasha returns to the Red Room in the film.
More flashbacks are seen of the original Avengers film, as Natasha narrates that having nothing changed when she got the job as an Avenger and gained a family. We see Clint and Nick Fury, two of the most important people in Natasha’s life, as well as a small flashback from Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It is clear that Natasha’s feelings towards her fellow Avengers changed significantly the longer she was with them. They were her family, something she had never had before. As a character who was originally portrayed as manipulative and cold, it is encouraging to see her given more depth and made to feel more human.
Natasha goes all stereotypical brooding protagonist as she looks in the mirror and narrates that “nothing lasts forever.” The film is said to be set after the events of Captain America: Civil War and deals with the fallout of the Avengers becoming fractured; Natasha is clearly affected by the split in the family dynamic.
Black and Red
Not really much of an analysis here but this is a super cool variation of the Marvel Studios logo made to look like the Black Widow symbol. Awesome. Moving on.
On the Run
A voice (it sounds like General Ross to me, but I’m not sure) says that he heard that Natasha had to leave in a hurry. She responds with, “it’s never easy these days,” and we see Natasha navigating her way through a crowded train station. Following the events of Civil War, she is likely to be on the run after helping Captain America with his plans. She is pretty much a fugitive at this point.
After a convoy of armoured cars is shown, we then see General Thaddeus Ross looking a lot younger then we have seen him before via de-aging technology. This is likely to be a flashback of some kind to long before any of the Avengers came to light, as we don’t even see him looking this young in his first appearance in The Incredible Hulk.
After Natasha says that she is done running from her past, we see her stalking through the corridors of an apartment when she comes face to face with Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh). Belova is a character from the comics, as well as a fellow Black Widow who was trained in the same Red Room as Natasha.
The two have a brief scuffle here. Whilst it looks like they are enemies at first, it becomes clear that they seem to be practising their sparring skills, or at least fighting one another with no intention of using lethal force. Natasha refers to Yelena as “sis;” their time in the Red Room must have brought them closer together, close enough to consider one another family. In the comics, Yelena is the one to take on the mantle of the Black Widow after Natasha’s death. Knowing what we do after Endgame, it is possible that Belova could be set up as a possible successor.
Natasha is next shown looking awesome in a new outfit. Her suit certainly seems more armoured than the usual attire, and amoured suits are always an improvement from the skimpy cat suits that a lot of lady heroes have to wear. I’m also living for those warrior braids she’s got going on.
A glimpse at an action-packed rooftop chase shows Natasha chasing someone off screen before leaping to what looks like a tall chimney pot. She isn’t alone either…
It looks as though Yelena is clinging to the chimney as well, while Natasha holds onto someone unknown. Could this be a friend or foe? It looks a little bit like another fellow Black Widow named Melina (more on her later).
The next shot in the Black Widow teaser shows two silhouetted figures — one looks like it could be Natasha — in a dark room with screens showing red dots. It looks like it could be depicting locations across the world, or possibly even tracking agents. This may be the base of operations for the Soviet facility where Natasha and her fellow Widows were trained. This is also suggested by Natasha’s narration, as she says that she has to return to where it all started, heavily implying this could be related to the Red Room. This is a very vague shot, so it is interesting to wonder what exactly this scene could be.
We get another new look for Natasha, as she does a superhero landing down from a helicopter in a white outfit, obviously intended to camouflage her in the snow-laden military base she finds herself in. This outfit is similar to one that she wore in the comic series Black Widow: Deadly Origin. Deadly Origin explores her past as an assassin, so it is likely that there will be more inspiration taken from the comic.
The Black Widow teaser next offers a glimpse of super-villain Taskmaster, as he readies his bow in a scene that looks like he is ambushing the Widows. Taskmaster is a well known villain in the Marvel universe, but his identity in the cinematic universe is yet to be confirmed. There are already some fan theories floating around as to who is underneath the mask.
We next see Melina (Rachel Weisz), the Black Widow mentioned earlier. She is a seasoned assassin, and also part of the Widow family.
This is followed by a shot of Alexei Shostakov (David Harbour), otherwise known in Marvel comics by his hero guise Red Guardian. In the comics, Alexei is the second person to take up the mantle of the Red Guardian, who is basically the Russian version of Captain America. Natasha and Alexei were actually once married in the comics, but it is unclear as to whether the two will have a romantic connection in the film, as a character named Rick Mason (O-T Fagbenle) is said to have a romantic interest in Natasha.
Natasha narrates that this will be a hell of a reunion, as we see Alexei donning his Red Guardian outfit and proudly announcing that it “still fits.”
The Black Widow family sits down for a spot of dinner around a table in the next shot. Alexei says “Family, back together again” as Yelena rolls her eyes, Melina mocks Alexei for putting on weight, and Natasha does her best to console him with a somewhat disingenuous smile. You know, typical family stuff. This group are clearly close (or were close at some point), but I can’t help but feel that someone around the table may not be entirely what they seem. That’s a gut feeling on my part, though.
Natasha has always had trust issues, but she may have loosened up a bit following her time with the Avengers. It would make sense to challenge her character development by having someone close betray her. Again, though, that is just speculation at this point. Also, does anyone else find it weird that these people probably spent a LOT of time in Russia together, and Natasha is the only one without a thick Russian accent? No? Just me? Let’s move on then.
The Black Widow teaser trailer continues with a quick shot of Alexei in his Red Guardian outfit again, this time fighting with an unknown enemy. He still seems to have what it takes, as he brutally headbutts the bad guy.
A helicopter attempts to escape a massive avalanche at some kind of military base. It is possible that this where the Red Room is located, and the film may focus on the Widows teaming up alongside Red Guardian to bring down the facility once and for all. Hopefully, Taskmaster will have a role to play in this as well, and I really hope it is a good one. Marvel villains have a tendency to fall a bit flat outside a few exceptions (Thanos and Loki), and I hope Taskmaster doesn’t end up falling under the category of yet another underwhelming Marvel bad guy.
Natasha leaps from a collapsing platform in the CG-heavy but super cool final shot of the trailer, as she manoeuvres herself around bits of falling debris while being shot at by falling bad guys. It’s empowering to see a badass female character in such an action-packed scene. I just hope she has a parachute.
Where It All Began
I love this little reference to Natasha’s debut in Iron Man 2 here in the title card ending the Black Widow teaser trailer. It makes you realise how far the character has come since she took out those guys in the corridor with such ease.
Black Widow will hopefully tie up any loose ends within Natasha’s narrative. The movie could be quite poignant, and maybe even a little emotional following her death in Avengers: Endgame. I think any fans of her character will agree that as long as the film does justice to her and is a fitting farewell, then we will be able to let her go and move on to the next generation of Marvel heroes. What I really do not want to see is some kind of resurrection for her. She died heroically in Endgame, and I feel that her legacy would be tainted if they were to suddenly revive her. This was only a teaser trailer, of course, so hopefully the full trailer will give us a little more context.
Black Widow will be released in May 1st, 2020. Check out the new poster below.
‘Shovel Knight: King of Cards’ and ‘Shovel Knight Showdown’— Everything You Need to Know
8-bit retro aesthetic indie games aren’t exactly new, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find one that matches the quality found in Shovel Knight. The indie darling was one of our favourite games of 2014 and ever since it released on the Wii U, we’ve been huge fans of Yacht Club Games following their every move including the four additional campaigns which continued to deepen the Shovel Knight universe. Of those four campaigns, only two have been released (Plague of Shadows and Specter of Torment), with the last two releasing later this month. It’s been five long years but the journey comes to an end as fans will finally have a chance to play Shovel Knight: King of Cards and Shovel Knight Showdown which comes out on December 10th, 2019 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, & PC each for $9.99 USD. Here’s everything you need to know about the release.
With Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove now complete, it is also getting a physical release on Nintendo Switch & Xbox One on December 10th as well. The PlayStation 4 version will follow suit in early 2020.
Additionally, Yacht Club is releasing new amiibos the same date including the Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove amiibo 3-Pack that includes Plague Knight, Specter Knight and King Knight as well as a new Shovel Knight Gold Edition amiibo.
Shovel Knight: King of Cards
Shovel Knight: King of Cards is the final campaign in the Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove saga, and it’s bigger and grander than ever! Step into the regal shoes of King Knight, the Gilded Goon himself, as you shoulder bash and spin jump through all those who would oppose your reign! Travel through 4 new worlds and more than 30 all new courses, all on a journey to best the “Three Kings” who lord over the land. Discover what it takes to become a true monarch, meet a friend or two, and amass a King’s ransom in items and loot! Plus, try your hand at Joustus, King of Cards’ very own collectible card game, with over 120 unique cards! Refined platforming, exquisite visuals, story with heart, action-packed courses, glorious new bosses and more await in Shovel Knight: King of Cards!
Shovel Knight Showdown
Shovel Knight Showdown is the ultimate platform fighting experience, where you can duel with up to 4 players and scramble after gems as your favorite heroic or villainous knight from the Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove saga. Gather your pals for endless multiplayer clashes, or choose from more than 16 playable characters in Story Mode, each with their own unique story to tell. Master every move, explore a vast array of items and locales, and discover new revelations in Shovel Knight Showdown!
Earlier this year, developer Yacht Club Games also revealed the next entry in the wide-ranging franchise, Shovel Knight Dig, taking the famously retro series into 16-bit for the first time. The full reveal trailer and info on that can be seen here.
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