Hand Crafted Adventure ‘Harold Halibut’ Swims To PC And Consoles In 2019

It’s hard to stand out in a world of video games, but Harold Halibut has an intriguing and ambitious look that may place it above the fray. The narrative exploration game centers on a lab assistant who was born on a submerged spaceship that crash landed on an alien planet that consists entirely of water. Harold spends his liquid days and nights dreaming of what Earth would have been like and he eventually becomes determined to find the mystery behind his adopted home.

Developer Slow Bros. created the models and puppets that inhabit the Harold Halibut universe, and a group of digital artists have rendered these objects into a virtual existence.

Harold Halibut started out as a dinner table conversation about the adventure games we played as children,” said Slow Bros. designer, writer, and composer Onat Hekimoglu. “We soon started building dollhouse sized sets and puppets in our bedrooms. The result works like a game but it looks like a stop motion film. Welded metal, carefully sewn textiles against tiny wooden floorboards, and clay faces the size of walnuts pull the player into Harold’s world.”

Published by Curve Digital, this hand-crafted title comes out in 2019 on PC and consoles. The Harold Halibut announcement trailer is visually jaw dropping and refreshingly offbeat – check out the video and tell us what you think!

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‘Shonen Jump’ Heroes And Villains Head For Battle In All-Star Driven ‘Jump Force’

Bandai Namco Entertainment America has announced that Jump Force will be released in 2019 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via steam. The game will feature characters from the iconic Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, and Naruto franchises, with the action taking place in such landmarks as New York’s Times Square and the Matterhorn in the Alps.

“With Jump Force, we are thrilled to bring to life Shueisha’s deep catalogue of beloved franchises that has produced some of the most popular pop culture characters to ever come from Japan,” said Bandai Namco Entertainment America VP of Marketing Eric Hartness. “Jump Force gives fans of manga and anime a dream opportunity to see their favorite heroes come to life in our world in a globetrotting adventure filled with explosive battles of epic proportions.”

Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think! 

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‘Fallout 76’ Teaser Trailer Releases With Single Player Campaign Rumors

There are few franchises in the gaming universe that have reached the stratospheric heights as the Fallout series, so it’s no surprise that the Fallout 76 teaser trailer has reached over 5 million views since its release.

More importantly, there is a ton of speculation as to whether this revered, open ended world title will not have a single player campaign. The trend towards the multiplayer aesthetic is hard to ignore, and one would understand if this installment is an online survival RPG.

As an old school gamer who prefers the comforts of solitude, the shift away from single player mode has me a tad frustrated, but due to my love for Fallout’s massively open world design and always impressive storytelling, I will be more than happy to enter the multiplayer fray. More details on Fallout 76 will be had during the Bethesda E3 Showcase on June 10, but for now, check out the teaser and tell us what you think!

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Colorful RPG ‘Rainbow Skies’ Hits PlayStation Store In June

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Turn-based role playing games coupled with immersive gameplay are a great combination, and hopefully that’s just a part of a combo that works with the upcoming title Rainbow Skies. Created by SideQuest Studios, Rainbow Skies hits PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita on June 26 (it hits Europe and Asia the following day).

The storyline focuses on Damion, a monster tamer who, after a terrible hangover, accidentally destroys the entire monster compound, thus threatening his town’s safety. The title is a collaboration between publisher Eastasiasoft Limited and its development partner SideQuest Studios.

“Featuring a humorous story with interwoven narratives, monster taming, a revamped battle system allowing greater tactical depth, treasure hunts, new min-games and an improved sidequest system, Rainbow Skies offers even the most seasons of RPG players countless hours of fun,” said SideQuest Studios CEO Marcus Pukropski.

The trailer features vibrantly colorful visuals and promises gamers that they will can use hundreds of skills to defeat their enemies. With tons of items, character building, and sidequests in its aresenal, Rainbow Skies has all the makings of an immersive RPG. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!

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‘Fantasy Strike’ Takes 2D Brawler Action To The Nintendo Switch

setsuki1Now in Steam Early Access, the visually arresting 2D brawler Fantasy Strike will be released this summer (exact date tbd). This debut will coincide with its debut on the PlayStation 4 console and PC.

Fantasy Strike is the perfect fighting game for Switch,” said David Sirlin, lead designer of the title. “The Switch is a take-anywhere console, so fighting games would be great on it if not for how notoriously difficult they are to control Usually, playing a fighting game on a JoyCon would be tough, but Fantasy Strike is designed specifically for that. Detach the JoyCons, give one to a friend, and you can play a deep, strategic fighting game anywhere.”

During the latest patch, professional voice acting and facial animation for all 10 characters, along with a new Team Battle mode, have been added. Sirlin Games has also combined its own network tech with GGPO networking to give players a more seamless gaming experience. We’ll be reviewing the game in the coming months (possibly on the PlayStation 4) so stay tuned for our coverage!

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First Person Puzzler ‘Q.U.B.E. 2’ Lands March Release

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Q.U.B.E. 2, the highly anticipated follow-up to the critically acclaimed first person puzzler Q.U.B.E., hits PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on March 13. The sequel, which features new characters, has gamers playing archaeologist Amelia Cross as she attempts to escape an alien world with fellow stranded scientist Emma Sutcliffe.

“We’re very proud of how Q.U.B.E. 2 has shaped up – no pun intended – after nearly five years of development,” said Toxic Games Managing Director Dan Da Rocha. “When we made the first Q.U.B.E. we were still students, but after a half decade of real industry experience we’ve put together the kind of premium product we’ve always dreamed of. We hope you have as much fun playing it as we did making it.”

Armed with a unique pair of gloves that helps her manipulate the environment, Amelia must manipulate as well as become acclimated to her new environment in order to find a way back hope. The open ended adventure features over 80 puzzles – check out the gameplay trailer below and tell us what you think!

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