Free Demo Out Now For Military Tactical RPG Valkyria Chronicles 4

If you’re a fan of the cult-favorite tactical-RPG series Valkyria Chronicles, you’ll be happy to know that you can download a demo of its fourth entry right now. It’s available as a free download on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC. Valkyria Chronicles 4 is the first non-portable mainline entry to launch on major consoles since the series’ debut in 2008.

The demo allows you to play through Valkyria Chronicles 4‘s prologue up until the end of its second chapter. According to Sega, this amounts to around two or so hours of gameplay. Any progress you make is transferable to the final game, so any customization options and lasting consequences you make, like dead comrades, will follow you should you choose to allow it.

Valkyria Chronicles 4 is set in the same timeline as the previous games, taking place during the events of the first game. It depicts the battles between the Atlantic Federation and the Autocratic Eastern Imperial Alliance on the Eastern front. In a last-ditch effort to end the war and capture the imperial capital, the Federation executes Operation Northern Cross. You play as Commander Claude Wallace and his friends in Squad E, who are sent to fight imperial soldiers and the Valkyria.

Much like the original, Valkyria Chronicles 4 is split between the gameplay of turn-based strategy RPG and the mechanics of third-person shooting. You command units on a map towards strategic positions, but when you move a unit, you directly control them and execute actions in real-time.

New to the formula this is the addition of the Grenadier class, along with a suite of battleship support options. In addition, it introduces a feature known as the Brace system, which, when used, allows you to enhance the abilities of troops when a soldier is killed or fatally wounded in action.

Valkyria Chronicles 4 is set to release on September 25 for PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.

from GameSpot

Some Great Xbox One Game Deals This Week

This week’s Xbox One game sale is now live on the Microsoft Store, giving players an impressive set of deals on downloadable titles between now and August 13. Several of the best discounts are on games that have sequels coming up, so if you haven’t played them, now is a great time to catch up. Note that some of the deals require an Xbox Live Gold membership (noted with an asterisk below). Let’s dig in.

With Fallout 76 landing on digital and physical store shelves on November 14, you can pick up Fallout 4 for $15 / £10 right now. It introduces some of the ideas this year’s installment will expand upon, like building settlements. And if you want all the DLC, you can grab Game of the Year Edition for $30 / £25.

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Lara Croft’s next adventure kicks off with the release of Shadow of the Tomb Raider on September 14. Xbox Live Gold members can pick up her previous outing, Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration, for $15 / £11.25. One of the later games coming this year is Just Cause 4, releasing on December 4. To get a head start on the outrageous action it’s sure to offer, you can grab Just Cause 3 for just $6 / £5. Other series have numerous games on sale, including Dishonored, Wolfenstein, and The Evil Within. You can find pricing for those games in the list below.

If you’ve been enjoying Forza Horizon 2 this month (it’s free for Xbox Live Gold members until August 31), you can pick up the DLC at a massive discount. The Storm Island expansion, which introduces a new area and extreme weather conditions, is on sale for $5 / £4. And if you want to add 31 new cars to your game, you can pick up the Car Pass for the same price.

You can find these and more highlights listed below, or click over to Major Nelson’s blog to see the full list of Xbox One and Xbox 360 games and add-ons that are on sale this week.

from GameSpot

H1Z1 Officially Out Of Beta On PS4

H1Z1 has officially left open beta and launched on PlayStation 4 as a free-to-play game, Daybreak Games announced. The update, which converts the early access version to an official release, makes launch bundles and a season pass available, as well as new things to do in the world before the fight for survival begins.

Battle Passes are available across three tiers: free, premium, and PS Plus. You can purchase the Premium for $5.50 / €5.50. Plus members will be given that level for free and level progression can be transferred between tiers. You can also purchase a Viper Starter Bundle ($5 / €5) or Hardline Deluxe Bundle ($35 / €35). The Deluxe bundle includes a Premium Battle Pass. Both will be offered at a launch discount until September 4.

Also marking the event are a few new in-game items to purchase with an airdrop ticket. A new explosive RPG from gold-level airdrops can help you take out vehicles, and a SOCOM sniper rifle from purple airdrops gives you another long-range option. A new ARV can help transport you and your entire team, and even includes a hatch for one of the squadmates to fire from.

“Everyone here at Daybreak Games is thrilled with the overwhelmingly positive response to H1Z1’s debut on PS4,” said H1Z1 producer Terrence Yee in the announcement. “10 million new players in our first month in open beta is an incredible milestone, and our entire development team has worked tirelessly to build on that early success. We’re beyond excited to officially launch H1Z1 on PS4—this is our fully realized vision for battle royale on console.”

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Battle Waves Of Supernatural Monsters In The Co-Op Shooter Strange Brigade

Coming from the same team behind the Aliens vs. Predator and the Sniper Elite series, Rebellion’s Strange Brigade focuses on overcoming unique challenges and trials in the vein of a pulpy 1930s action-adventure film. With four-player co-op in mind, you’re tasked with facing off against hordes of ghouls, mummies, and other supernatural beings as your expedition ventures deeper into ancient ruins and lost lands. Set for release on August 28 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, we spent some time going hands-on with the game’s offerings, which goes beyond the standard story campaign.

In the video above, we dive into a co-op session with Rebellion’s head of creative Tim Jones, who helps break down what to expect with Strange Brigade. In the main campaign, your squad of explorers will use their particular skill-sets–including specific weapon loadouts and special powers–to discover the origins of the supernatural threat, while also collecting the lost treasures hidden within the ruins. In similar style to co-op oriented action games like Left 4 Dead, you’ll have to work together to make it through dangerous traps and waves of monsters.

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Along with the main campaign are several side-activities and challenges in the form of the Score Attack and Horde modes. In Score Attack, your squad will have to clear through smaller stages as quickly as possible before the time runs out–all the while racking up score multipliers and taking out as many enemies as possible. As is tradition, the Horde mode has your team face off against waves of monsters in levels filled with environmental hazards and other dangers. After the end of each wave, you can turn in cash for new weapons, upgrades, and the unlocking of new areas on the map. But as you branch out further into the level, more enemies will come flooding in, requiring far more coordination within the team.

Strange Brigade looks to be a fun send up of the classic adventure serials, which promised dramatic action and exotic locales to explore. The developers at Rebellion also have plans in store for the game after its release, which will also come packed in with the game’s season pass. Along with a set of new weapons and costumes for existing squad throughout the several content updates, additional characters, weapons and a bonus campaign will also become available sometime post-launch.

For more info on Strange Brigade–releasing August 28 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One–be sure to check back in with GameSpot for more info.

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