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Pokémon Go Makes a Splash with Global Water Festival In-Game Event

Niantic, Inc. and The Pokémon Company International today revealed Pokémon GO’s next in-game celebration, the Pokémon GO Water Festival. From March 22 at 1:00 P.M. PST until March 29 at 1:00 P.M. PST, Trainers will be more likely to encounter Water-type Pokémon like Magikarp, Squirtle, Totodile and their evolutions around the world. Trainers will also have a greater chance of encountering Water-type Pokémon originally discovered in the Johto region, which recently began appearing in the game, when exploring areas where Water-type Pokémon more commonly appear.

To coincide with the festivities, beginning today Trainers will also have access to a new avatar wardrobe item, the Magikarp Hat.

To learn more about the Pokémon GO Water Festival, please visit the official Pokémon GO blog at:
PokemonGOLive.com

Trainers can also stay up to date on Pokémon GO announcements by following the game on Twitter or liking on Facebook.

HEAR YE, HEAR YE! TALENT NOT INCLUDED SETS THE STAGE FOR ITS XBOX ONE DEBUT

Places, please! Frima, independent Canadian game developer, has announced today that Talent Not Included, their theatrical drama-filled action/combat platformer, will be released on Xbox One on April 5th. After launching to critical acclaim on PC via Steam last August, Frima’s creative team is delighted to invite Xbox One fans to the Talent Not Included stage for the performance of a lifetime, this April… Ready? Action!

Feast your eyes upon the Talent Not Included Xbox One launch trailer, here: https://youtu.be/5rmJ51cM_6k

WHAT’S THIS GAME ABOUT
Talent Not Included is an action/combat platformer where mechanical soldiers, animals, hard-headed monsters, and rotating cylinders will challenge you in one of the most demanding plays to ever hit the stage! Set in the fantasy land of Notthatmuchfurther, the game tells the story of three monsters: Zordok, Derp, and Kevin, all three huge fans of slaughter, bloodbaths, and Shakespeare.

One night, as they were bored out of their minds, they decided to put on their own play. Unfortunately, nothing went as planned…That’s mostly because Zot, a demonic critic hired for the occasion, chose three mediocre actors with strong personalities, hoping to sow hell on stage for the public and his own amusement. Break a leg! As you will be playing these actors in hopes of making a nice profit out of your marvelous performance! Come on! Show’s this way!

REASONS TO PERFORM

  • Cylinder-based platforms
  • Combat galore
  • Absurd humor
  • Local co-op

Talent Not Included brings a whole new platformer gameplay experience, with its cylinder-based action machinery! This exciting mechanic is suited for casual and hardcore gamers alike, as it introduces a completely innovative and never-seen-before kind of game. If you’re the kind of player that likes to go co-op, this game has it all! Go head-to-head with your girl/boy/undetermined/other friend(s) and show them the lovely paper craft-inspired art style that will have everyone talking. Seriously though, everyone!

When life just gets dull, let Talent Not Included be the change you need, a change that will have you pinned to your couch in hopes of beating a game that keeps on delivering! BE WARNED: This is a fun game for fun people only. If you feel like you meet these qualifications, gear up and bring on the talent, for Talent Not Included is about to give you the time of your life, or your money not back (nice try, though).

Brace yourselves, for the play won’t exactly be a walk in the park.

Crime and Punishment – This is the Police out now on consoles

Finally, owning a console pays off… This Is the Police is now available for PlayStation®4 and Xbox One in retail stores and as a digital download! Grab your controller and help Jack Boyd, Chief of Police, Freeburg PD, to fight crime, annoy the Mayor, the Mafia, the Labor Union and everyone else… but, more importantly, make a f****** fortune!

Watch the launch trailer on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAVtVCBvzFI&feature=youtu.be

About This is the Police:
This Is the Police is a strategy/adventure game set in a city spiralling the drain. Taking the role of gritty Police Chief Jack Boyd, you’ll dive into a deep story of crime and intrigue. Will Jack reach his retirement with a nice stack of bills, or will he end up broken … or worse?

  • Your mission is clear: make $500,000 in 180 days, before Jack Boyd reaches retirement. How? That’s up to you!
  • Decisions, decisions! This Is the Police is all about a dark story and how you react to it. Whatever you decide, your choices will influence the game – and the fate of Jack Boyd.
  • The Good, the Bad, and… the Ugly? The Chief of Freeburg’s Police Department deals with all kind of people. It is up to you to find the bad guys, and decide how to deal with them.
  • Carry out your duties. As head of Freeburg PD, Jack deals with all sorts of challenges every day: responding to emergencies, managing his officers, defending the department against City Hall and a corrupt mayor, and much more.
  • Solve Investigations and gather evidence against the criminal gangs of Freeburg.
  • Deal with the competing powers of the city. Everyone offers you favors, and each one comes at a price.
  • Rich and fully voiced story: Jack Boyd is portrayed by Jon St. John, the voice of Duke Nukem.

This is the Police is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Mac and Linux as digital download and at physical retail, retailing for €19.99 / UK £15.99.

GOG Galaxy – Biggest Update Yet Marks the End of Beta

GOG Galaxy, the gamer-friendly client, is coming out of beta with a major new update. Designed for convenient purchasing, playing and updating games, as well as online play between gaming platforms, GOG Galaxy is also built with optionality in mind, and a belief that you should own the games you buy.

The highlight of GOG Galaxy Update 1.2 is Universal Cloud Saves. This new feature makes it possible to add cloud saving functionality not only to new games, but also to titles that never offered cloud saving before. Thanks to this, excellent titles like Planescape: Torment, Dragon Age Origins, Heroes of Might & Magic III, Vampire: the Masquerade Bloodlines will gain benefits of saves syncing and cloud backup for the first time ever. Additionally, because GOG.com is all about giving freedom of choice to users, cloud saves are not locked behind the gaming platform – at any moment users can download backup of their saves data and use it as they see fit.

“Losing your save files can be really frustrating. And a big part of gaming legacy, including many of the greatest games, was missing cloud saves – until now.” explains Piotr Karwowski, Managing Director at GOG.com. “Thanks to the Universal Cloud Saves feature of GOG Galaxy, not only new games, but also the all-time classics and titles which development has been finished years ago, will be upgraded with saves syncing and cloud backup.”

GOG Galaxy Update 1.2 also introduces an option to customize the Client to users’ needs by selecting features they want to use, for a personalized experience and no feature-creep. In addition, the brand new hibernate mode cuts on Client CPU usage when playing a game, and saves resources and battery life when idling in the background. Update 1.2 also packs many of community’s most-desired requests, including bandwidth limiting and scheduling, FPS counter, screenshot capturing, in-game overlay, achievement rarity, desktop and in-game notifications system, new chat and more.

GOG Galaxy Update 1.2 is available today to users who opted to test upcoming updates, and will be rolling out to everyone in April. To download GOG Galaxy or see what’s new and improved visit GOG.com/Galaxy.

LEVEL-5’s YO-KAI WATCH Wibble Wobble Coming Soon to Android & iOS

­­ LEVEL-5 Inc. and NHN PlayArt are proud to announce that the world of YO-KAI WATCH will be soon be wobbling its way onto mobile and tablet screens across Europe and Russia. After unprecedented success in Japan, North America, Canada, and Australia – garnering over 10M downloads to date – YO-KAI WATCH™ Wibble Wobble – a skillful blend of puzzle gameplay and RPG mechanics is coming to Europe and Russia on Android and iOS on 30th March 2017. Inspired by the popular TV series, the game has players fight alongside Jibanyan, Komasan, and other bite-sized fan favorites to defeat – and befriend! – dozens of Yo-kai in the world of Springdale.

“We’re super excited to bring this fully localized version of YO-KAI WATCH Wibble Wobble to Europe and Russia – and to be able to share the Yo-kai story with the world at large,” says Yukari Hayakawa, COO of LEVEL-5 abby. “2017 is set to be a great year for YO-KAI WATCH for Europe and Russia, as we look forward to the launch of YO-KAI WATCH Wibble Wobble, as well as as well as YO-KAI WATCH 2: Bony Spirits and YO-KAI WATCH 2: Fleshy Souls for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on April 7th. The app has already been rated 4.5 out of 5 stars in Japan, and has amassed more than 10 million players worldwide to date. With such fun characters and entertaining gameplay, we’re confident that the localized European version will be a big hit as well.”

The World of YO-KAI WATCH
One day, while searching for bugs in the woods, an average boy named Nate comes across a peculiar capsule machine. He opens one of the capsules and brings forth Whisper, the Yo-kai butler who gives Nate a device known as the Yo-kai Watch. Using this device, only Nate is able to identify and see various Yo-kai that are hanging around town causing mischief. Yo-kai are invisible beings and the cause of your everyday annoyances: Have you ever felt the sudden need to run to the restroom? Do your socks go missing in the dryer? How about the uncontrollable urge to reveal secrets? Chances are, a Yo-kai did it!

Joined by Jibanyan, a lazy but cute cat Yo-kai, Nate and Whisper start befriending all sorts of Yo-kai. Each time Nate befriends a Yo-kai, he receives a Yo-kai Medal as a sign of friendship. Using the medals, Nate can summon his Yo-kai friends to help him solve problems around his town of Springdale.

Gameplay at-a-glance
YO-KAI WATCH Wibble Wobble is easy to learn and hard to master. In each battle, players must swipe to connect one Wib Wob to one of the same kind, forming an even larger Wib Wob. Quick fingers are a must: connect small Wib Wob and tap on the large ones to deal damage to enemy Yo-kai (who usually attack in approximately five second intervals). The larger the player’s Wib Wob, the more damage it can deal against enemy Yo-kai. The more Wib Wob you connect, the faster the Fever Gauge will be filled . . . which kicks off Fever Mode, rendering players invincible for a brief period of time.

Occasionally, when players pop a large Wib Wob, a Bonus Ball will appear. By popping a Bonus Ball, surrounding Wib Wob will grow even larger for extra damage! Pop enough of a specific Wib Wob to fill up its Soul Meter and ready a Soultimate Move, which ranges from damage to restoring HP. Once the meter is full, players can tap on a particular Yo-kai to perform its Soultimate Move!

But defeating Yo-kai is just half the fun. After each battle, players may befriend enemy Yo-kai they have defeated. Players can even increase their chances of befriending enemy Yo-kai by giving them snacks just before battle. If players befriend multiples of the same Yo-kai, they will then earn valuable skill points. Once players have collected a select number of Yo-kai, they can summon forth an extremely powerful and useful Legendary Yo-kai!

All befriended Yo-kai can be viewed in the Yo-kai Wib Wob section of the menu, where players can arrange and strategically pick the best ones for their roster. If arranged properly, players can be awarded extra bonuses for a competitive edge. Yo-kai stats, character descriptions, and Soultimate Moves are also viewable in the Yo-kai Medallium.

Players can participate in daily, normal, and event missions for Y-Money rewards. Y-Money comes in handy in the Yo-kai Watch world and can be used to buy items, coins, and even food to treat potential Yo-kai friends. Before jumping into battle, players must spend Spirit, which regenerates over time as well. Players who want extra Y-Money and Spirit may purchase them in-game or earn them by progressing through the campaign.

Players may share their unique profile code and add friends who they can send Spirit to daily. It’s also possible to challenge friends for the top spot in the YO-KAI WATCH Wibble Wobble leaderboards.

Another unique feature to YO-KAI WATCH Wibble Wobble is that players can save up to 3 different profiles onto one device. This means that families sharing a single device can still have separate save files for multiple YO-KAI WATCH fans. This way Mom, Dad, and a little one can play through the game at their own pace without missing out on anything, and compete with each other for high scores!

Tech-Noir Tactics Game All Walls Must Fall Goes Live on Kickstarter

Independent developer, inbetweengames, today announced that the Kickstarter campaign for its tech-noir tactics game – All Walls Must Fall – has gone live, with the campaign set to run until Wednesday, 19th April. Scheduled for launch on PC, Mac and Linux, All Walls Must Fall combines classic turn based gameplay with a heavy emphasis on music, inspired by the likes of X-Com, Syndicate and Rez. With a sleek cyberpunk aesthetic and pulsating electronic soundtrack, inbetweengames have turned to Kickstarter in order to realise their dream. Check out the All Walls Must Fall Kickstarter Page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/inbetweengames/all-walls-must-fall-a-tech-noir-tactics-game

The initial funding goal of €15,000 will allow the team to run a closed alpha on itch.io for Kickstarter backers, followed by an Early Access release on Steam. The team will also add additional stretch goals, allowing them to deliver additional features and content to All Walls Must Fall once the original crowdfunding target has been met. These range from improved combat, diverse environments and intricate dialogue options, to a larger range of weapons. Acts 2 and 3 will also be included as additional stretch goals and will bring further content to expand the story, introducing a new playable character in each Act.

“We’re hugely excited to share our Kickstarter campaign with the public. While our time working on AAA titles at Yager was a wonderful experience in terms of lessons learnt and friends met, we decided it was time for us to do away with compromise and make the game we’ve always wanted to,” said Jan David Hassel, Designer of inbetweengames. “Drawing on our combined love of cyber-punk and film noir, as well as classic tactics and music games, All Walls Must Fall is a unique reinterpretation of those influences tied together by a healthy dose of style. We can’t wait to embark on this journey with backers to make All Walls Must Fall the best game it possibly can be.”

In the world of All Walls Must Fall, the Cold War never ended. For 150 years, both sides have used time manipulation technology to observe and counter each other’s every move. Now this fragile state of affairs is approaching breaking point, as a rogue nuclear strike has been ordered that will send the world into turmoil. Both sides have scrambled to send agents back in time to find the person behind the order in the hope they might prevent it. If they fail, the whole world will turn to ash, forever.

All Walls Must Fall is an isometric tactics game where action happens to the pulsing beat of the music. You control time travelling secret agents as they jump and loop through a single night in the city of Berlin. Using a pausable real-time system, carefully plan your decisions and use powerful time manipulation abilities to your advantage, as you carry out your mission in the shadows or in plain sight. Levels are procedurally recombined using a bespoke system developed by inbetweengames, giving All Walls Must Fall a highly replayable campaign structure, while still offering individually crafted components and set-pieces.

View the All Wall Must Fall Kickstarter trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEUCG_aX-wg
For more information please visit the All Walls Must Fall website:
http://www.allwallsmustfall.com/

That’s all for news today!
~Ciao!

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