The Week in Wikis: Top RPG News on Horizon Zero Dawn, Torment Launch, Mass Effect Gameplay & More

Happy weekend from Fextralife! If you’ve been too busy to keep up on the latest in the games we cover or are looking for a refresher we’ve got your back. Let’s take a look at the comings and goings across the Fextralife Wiki Network. Check out the video above and read on for the text!

Nioh

  • We took a look this week at all of the ways that Nioh is not a Dark Souls clone.
  • One could spend hours detailing things that make the Souls series what they are, and how other games are similar, which of them are heavily influenced, and which are simply using clever marketing to obtain fame by association.
  • But we believe it is the differences, not the similarities, that should determine if a game is trying to emulate another or not. A shortage of differences would surely demonstrate no creativity.
  • In the video and accompanying article we look at a list of ways that Nioh stands apart from the Souls series. Be sure to give it a watch and read and let us know what your thoughts are on the matter!

Horizon Zero Dawn

  • Sony and Guerrilla Games’ PS4 exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn released this week. The action RPG from the Killzone developer fuses exploration with hunting combat in a world far into the future, where nature has reclaimed civilization and the only thing that remains of technology are massive animal like machines.
  • To mark the release we had some launch day video guides ready to go!
  • Our first guide was a way to level up quickly and efficiently if you want to focus on killing monsters right away.
  • As you play you will encounter Special Items such as Metal Flowers, Ancient Vessels, Banuk figures and Vantages locations. We put together a collectibles guide to help you gather them all!
  • The wiki is full of launch day resources for you to make your way through the world. Bookmark the following pages and keep them handy:
    • New Player Help: valuable starting out tips and a glossary of terms!
    • Skills: all of the skills main character Aloy can use in her beast hunting quest.
    • Weapons: the variety of tools Aloy can use and fashion .
    • Resources & Crafting: everything you need to improve your equipment.
    • Enemies: the stars of the show, learn how to bring each one down and what you can harvest from them.

    There’s of course so much more in there so be sure to browse around for everything you need!

  • We reviewed Horizon and found it to be a delightful open world game with engaging gameplay, immersive graphics and audio and a compelling storyline that features a charismatic protagonist in Aloy. Be sure to read the review for a full breakdown of all of our thoughts!

Mass Effect Andromeda

  • In a first look at Mass Effect: Andromeda, IGN has released a new 17 minute video of one of the game’s Loyalty Missions featuring one of your squad-mates, Peebee.
  • Loyalty Missions are making a return to the series as they were a popular feature for fans. They give players an opportunity to dig a little deeper into their squad-mates’ stories. However, in Andromeda, these missions will not affect the ending of the game as they did in Mass Effect 2. In this particular video, you get a look at some skills and weapons in action.
  • Later in the week we got a video look at the exploration we will be engaging in while we are scouring the Andromeda galaxy looking for a new home for mankind.
  • Thoughts on the extended gameplay look? Mass Effect: Andromeda has gone gold and is set to release March 21st for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Nier: Automata

  • Square Enix and Platinum Games have released a 27 minute video of uncut Nier: Automata gameplay that shows off several of the game’s systems.
  • The video explores some of the more interesting features in the game, such as its well written quests, your robot assistants called PODs, skills which take the form of Plug-in Chips that you can freely install and remove from your android character, as well as the Reliquary System which is Nier: Automata’s spin on handling player death where players can return to their bodies for buffs or repair them to gain a new ally. Also shown were rideable animal mounts in action and some mini-game fun in fishing.
  • NieR: Automata releases March 7th for the PS4 in NA and March 10th in EU, and PC soon after. We’ve been playing the Japanese release and have been exploring everything it has to offer, including its multiple possible endings (26!) and more and getting it all in the wiki. Give it a look if you’re spoiler friendly or make sure to bookmark it for when the game is out worldwide!

Torment: Tides of Numenera

  • This week saw the launch of inXile Entertainment’s highly anticipated Torment: Tides of Numenera on the PS4, Xbox One and PC. The Sci-Fi/Fantasy RPG is the long awaited follow up to Planescape: Torment and is another part of the revival of the CRPG genre along with games like Divinity: Original Sin and Tyranny.
  • The new game explores deep and personal themes of life, mortality, and sacrifice, challenging players to take intellectual stances and make moral decisions.
  • Check out the following links on the Torment wiki to help you on your way:
    • Classes: all you need to make a choice between the Jack, Nano and Glaive.
    • Stats: the stats that make up the Last Castoff and what they do.
    • Abilities & Skills: learn about the faculties you’ll make use of in combat and dialogue.
    • Tides: learn about these mysterious moral leanings
    • Cyphers: unique devices that can perform all manners of different actions, such as offensive area of effects, life drain, or summon beings.
    • Pary Members: get to know the diverse people who will be accompanying you on your travels
    • Locations: there is a diverse collection of places you’ll be visiting filled with intriguing inhabitants
    • Quests: the journey to solving the mystery of the Changing God involves a multitude of quests
  • Playing through Torment: Tides of Numenera this week? It was one of the most backed games on Kickstarter and it promises to be one of the most philosophical experiences of the year, and perhaps even in recent gaming. You’ll want to take your time with this one!

The Surge

  • Keeping it short and sweet, Focus Home Interactive and Deck 13 have announced via Twitter that The Surge will be coming to the PS4, Xbox One and PC on May 16th.
  • The Surge is Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13’s scifi take on the Soulsborne series but very much stands on its own (severed) legs with a visceral targeting combat system that allows players to hack the limbs of foes and use them for their own purposes as weapons and armor. The story explores global climate change in an industrial facility of the company CREO where something has gone terribly wrong.

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Overwatch

  • Blizzard has announced the newest member of hero shooter Overwatch. Named Orisa, she is a four-legged robot designed by a brilliant 11-year-old engineer named Efi Oladele to keep the peace in Numbani.
  • Orisa is the sixth tank to join the Overwatch lineup, and much like her programming, her gameplay is engineered around protection. She’s built for making a stand with her entire team, and her abilities are geared toward protecting and enabling a group of nearby allies. Her barrier provides something to hide behind when it’s time to make a push, and her Supercharger ultimate gives her teammates a compelling reason to stay nearby for a coordinated assault.
  • Time for the internet to erupt in discussion. Orisa is available now for players to test on the public test region on PC. No word on the full release date just yet.

Salt and Sanctuary

  • As part of their GDC postmortem on the development of brilliant Soulsborne inspired sidescroller Salt & Sanctuary, developer Ska Studios detailed a wonderful explanation of what went into the game’s creation. The post can be found in its entirety on the Playstation Blog and we highly recommend a full read.
  • The game featured more than 600 weapons, armor pieces, spells, and items and took the 2 person husband and wife team of James and Michelle years to put it all together. To look back at the game now and see what 2 people have accomplished, we can see just how amazing an accomplishment this was, given the quality of the game (we scored it with supremely high marks in our review!).
  • The post finishes off with a promise to patient Vita owners that the port is still on its way.
  • Congratulations to Ska Studios on all of their success!

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6 comments on “The Week in Wikis: Top RPG News on Horizon Zero Dawn, Torment Launch, Mass Effect Gameplay & More”

  1. Avatar Fexelea says:

    Well that was great to catch up. I’ve had a busy week finishing Nier 3 times!

  2. Avatar BWO_RazrSrorm says:

    It’s like every year the gaming scene reminds me how terrible it was of me to be an xbox only gamer. :<

  3. Avatar Emergence says:

    Lol PS4 owners have the converse issue of not having enough money.

  4. Avatar EldritchImagination says:

    It seems like being exclusive to any one system excludes you from a lot of games, Playstation and PC especially (at least now). Fortunately, all the games I want are on Playstation and PC, so I don’t need an Xbox or Nintendo console.

  5. Avatar BWO_RazrSrorm says:

    I need a pc. i’ll have a switch eventually. I can’t stand playstation controllers :<

  6. Avatar ElCazador says:

    Reminds me of the times when I played Last of Us on my friend’s PS3.


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