The Week in Wikis: Top RPG News on Nioh, Nier, The Surge, Code Vein & 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

  • The first piece of DLC for PS4 exclusive Nioh, Dragon of the North is now available for players on the Playstation Store. The new DLC brings with new missions, enemies, bosses, guardian spirits and more in a story that explores more figures from historical Japan.
  • In addition, today’s DLC release was also accompanied by a free patch for everyone that brought most notably with it the game’s PvP mode which can be accessed via the Torii gate. The patch brought the following, among others:
    • Added Dragon of the North content
    • Added PvP mode
    • Expanded functionality
    • Adjusted game balance
    • Various bug fixes
    • New skins for the female NPCs
    • Ability to equip 2 guardian spirits (the second one equipped will give passive benefits, and you can alternate the primary at will)

    Additionally not listed in the english notes were a variety of changes to the base game such as changed amrita costs for leveling. For the full list of changes see the Patches page on the wiki!

  • The DLC can be bought on its own for 9.99 USD or obtained as part of the game’s 24.99 USD season pass. Settling down for some PvP and some new samurai goodness? Let us know what you think of the new content in the comments!
  • We have new videos on our YouTube channel of the boss fights! Be sure to check them out.

Nier: Automata

  • The first DLC for Square Enix and Platinum Game’s hit Action RPG, Nier: Automata is now available for players. Obtusely titled “3C3C1D119440927“, it is available on the Playstation Store and Steam for download at 13.99 USD.
  • In the DLC players will be able to unlock new outfits for the game’s playable android characters, inspired by the past game in the series. You will be able to earn the following:
    • 2B — “Revealing Outfit”
    • 9S — “Young Man’s Outfit”
    • A2 — “Destroyer Outfit”

    To unlock them you will have to complete a series of challenges in colosseum battles. The outfits are the final reward for the 3 different colosseums you will find in the world. Additionally, there are a few new things you can do and earn with the new DLC. As you complete new challenges and quests you will earn new items.

  • Now get in there and do some battle in the name of fashion!

ESO

  • Zenimax online has released the next in a series of videos that give players a brief tour of some of the new locations that are going to be explored in Morrowind, their upcoming expansion to the Elder Scrolls Online. This guided tour gives you a look at the Dwarven ruins you will be exploring in Vvardenfell.
  • Your tour guide for the excursion is the assassin Naryu Virian and in the video she gives you an overview of what the Dwarven Ruins in the landmass will contain. They will be deadly passages with abandoned ruins but will hold some promising loot for players.
  • The Elder Scrolls Online Morrowind is in closed beta right now on the public test server and will be the largest piece of expansion content to date for the popular MMO. In addition to the new locations, it brings a new class, the Warden, new dungeons, sets, PvP battlegrounds and a ton more. It’s set to release June 6th for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.

The Surge

  • Focus Home Interactive and Deck13 have released a new behind the scenes video for The Surge. The video features some gameplay footage and some insightful face time with the members of the development team.
  • The video goes on to look at the design considerations that went into the game’s combat such as hitboxes, the enemies that you’ll be squaring off against, the target-loot-equip feature that forms the spine of the game and more. We also get a look at some of the motion capture that was used to make the combat feel even more realistic.
  • We recently spent some hands on time with The Surge and put together an extensive look at all of the game’s mechanics and how it feels to play the game, which you can watch on our channel.
  • The Surge is set to release May 16th for the PS4, Xbox One and PC. Keep checking with us for more!

Code Vein

  • Bandai Namco has released a debut trailer for Code Vein, their upcoming vampire inspired Action RPG, developed internally by the team responsible for the God Eater franchise.
  • The new trailer highlights the mysterious and captivating universe found in Code Vein along with a quick look at the game’s thrilling weapon-based combat. The trailer also teases the game’s companion gameplay mechanic. As players venture out into the world, they will be able to choose a partner companion from the various residents of Vein. Added strategy presents itself when players choose companions that complement their play style to give them a fighting chance against the vicious enemies they’ll be up against through their journey.
  • Thoughts on the announcement trailer? Let us know what you think about the game in the comments!

Darksiders 3

  • THQ Nordic and Gunfire Games have officially announced Darksiders 3 for the PS4, Xbox One and PC with a launch trailer.
  • Return to an apocalyptic planet Earth in Darksiders III, a hack-n-slash action adventure where players take on the role of Fury in her quest to hunt down and dispose of the Seven Deadly Sins. The Charred Council calls upon Fury to battle from the heights of heaven down through the depths of hell in a quest to restore humanity and prove that she is the most powerful of the Horsemen. As a mage, Fury relies on her whip and magic to restore the balance between good and evil. The expansive game world is presented as an open-ended, living, free-form planet Earth that is dilapidated by war and decay, and overrun by nature. Fury will move back and forth between environments to uncover secrets while advancing the story.
  • Some new screenshots were also released with the trailer that show the game’s diverse settings and long haired protagonist Fury.
  • Exciting stuff. Fans of the franchise have long wondered if a third installment would see the light of day after THQ and Nordic combined and now it looks very much like it will. The first 2 games of the franchise featured War and Death in a Zelda meets God of War gameplay feel. Darksiders 2 expanded upon the formula by introducing some open world and light RPG elements and it seems as if Darksiders 3 will continue that evolution. This is one we’ll definitely be keeping an eye on.

Horizon Zero Dawn

  • Guerilla Games has announced a patch for Horizon Zero Dawn that will release next week for players of the hit sandbox RPG. The big feature for the update is a new photo mode which will be adding three new filters, the ability to show a grid, an option to add ‘greetings from’ to the image, the ability to select different poses for Aloy, select a facial expression and make her look into the camera.
  • Beyond that, the update will include a slider that will adjust the camera/aim sensitivity, a Map legend where you are able to filter on icons, more HUD customization options (hide enemy stats, quest markers and tutorial tips), the ability to hide head gear and more. For language the update adds Spanish language support for North American copies of the game. Spanish subtitles can now be enabled, and Spanish audio is also now supported via a Spanish VO pack that can be downloaded from the North American PlayStation Store.
  • Robust photo modes are underrated features, and anyone who’s played around with the one in Uncharted 4 will tell you how much fun it is to set up picturesque shots. In graphically brilliant games like Horizon it’s an opportunity to slow down and appreciate all of the effort that has gone into it, as well as take some stunning images.

Elex

  • Piranha Bytes has released a new gameplay trailer for Elex, their upcoming open world Action RPG set to release for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The new trailer explores one of the factions in the game, the Berserkers.
  • Having found a way to transmute Elex into pure Mana, the Berserkers are transforming Magalan’s shattered wastes into lush, living woodland. The Berserkers decline any kind of technology, their city looks like right from the medieval times. When it comes to combat, they rely on sword, axes, crossbows … and magic.
  • Pretty interesting stuff. There will be several factions in the game competing over control of the planet and it’s limited resources, and the Elex substance will play a huge part in that. We had some hands on time with the game at last year’s E3 and are looking forward to seeing how this game develops. Keep checking back with us for more!

Hellpoint

  • The kickstarter campaign for Cradle Games’ Souls in space RPG, Hellpoint has entered its final week, and it’s going to be close as they head towards their final push. To drive up some awareness, the studio streamed the game from their Twitch Channel this past Saturday at 8PM EST, where they played through the game and gave folks a chance to meet the dev team.
  • We recently put together a preview of our hands on time with the game and felt that it had good potential, so much so to merit a backing. The controls and combat were very fluid for a game so early in development and the horror vibe was unlike anything the Soulsborne series had ever touched, and had jump scares that remind us of Dead Space. You can check out our preview vid on our channel.
  • Don’t just take it from us, you can download the demo on Steam and try it out yourself. If you dig it’s promise as we did, you can head to their Kickstarter to help get it going, they have some pretty reasonable backer tiers. There’s nothing wrong with more Souls in our lives now is there?

Dead Cells

  • With upcoming games like Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night and Runic helping to restore the Metroidvania genre to prominence, we are seeing a resurgence of interest in that straightforward exploration experience. No pretenses or bombast, just enter a large castle or sprawling structure and unlock your way through a host of enemies. Dead Cells is a new entry in that genre but with its own twist: the Roguelike genre staple of permadeath that really raises the stakes. Check out video preview of the game on our channel or read it on the blog.
  • The gameplay of Dead Cells looks promising even from the perspective of a masochistic player. It seems to be taking the best of things we love about games like Castlevania, Salt and Sanctuary, and Rogue Legacy and applying its own unique approach.

Reviews

  • Check out our reviews on the blog we did this week of Persona 5, Little Nightmares and Moonfall.
  • Persona 5 is half visual novel, half dungeon crawl, all awesome. 100 hours of actually meaningful content, a unique (and sometimes uniquely brutal) combat system, excellent writing, and extremely unsubtle social commentary, all wrapped up in a very stylish package. Definitely not for everybody, but if you’ve spent the last 10 years wishing they still made JRPGs like they did in 2006, and you’re willing to put in a lot of time, then this is probably the game for you.
  • Little Nightmares is an evocative and very creative game adventure platformer. It’s clear that developer Tarsier was invested in making this not only a game but an experience. It explores themes of childhood and some of our deeper fears, although it’s lack of story context does leave it a bit more abstract than it needs to be. The gameplay of the puzzles are well designed and escaping to the next is a harrowing and rewarding experience. Although it’s short, the experience is tense and meaningful. There is enough to ponder here philosophically to merit a look.
  • Moonfall, overall, is a hack ‘n’ Slash game with basic combat and exploration, and simplistic RPG elements. While its hand drawn art style is gorgeous to look at, every other aspect is not bad, just, average. If 2D beat em ups are your thing, it might be worth checking out.

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