Top RPG Game News of the Week on Code Vein, Destiny 2, Monster Hunter, Diablo 3 & 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!

Code Vein

  • At the Anime Expo 2017, Bandai Namco shared some new Code Vein gameplay footage, which is the upcoming Action RPG from the God Eater team.
  • As you can see in the footage, despite the distinctly more animation style graphics, the basic weapon attacks bear a resemblance to the Dark Souls series of games. There’s a heft to it all, and the timing and spacing all seem to take cues from the patient combat Souls fans have come to know.
  • In Code Vein you play as vampires on the side of good in a post-apocalyptic dystopia, charged with vanquishing fiends who have give in fully to their bloodlust. It is set to release in 2018 for the PS4, Xbox One and PC. Thoughts on the Code Vein gameplay? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Destiny 2

  • In a first look with IGN, we got a glimpse at the new social space in Destiny 2, called The Farm. In the 4 plus minute video we learn a little bit more about where your Guardians are going to be hanging out between crucible matches, quests, strikes and raids.
  • Bungie has released the open beta trailer for Destiny 2, which is landing July 18th for the PS4 pre-orders and July 19th for Xbox One pre-orders. Everyone else will gain access on July 21st, except for PC players who have to wait until August. Destiny 2 will release for PS4 and Xbox One on September 6, and for PC on October 24.
  • Play the opening of Destiny 2’s new, cinematic story campaign, take on the three-player cooperative Inverted Spire Strike and battle in two competitive multiplayer modes.
  • Clans aren’t supported, character progression won’t be accurate and character continuity will not carry over to the main game when it releases in September, however players who participate in the beta will earn a special emblem.
  • So now we’ve got our marching orders and know what to expect. The only thing left to do is hurry up and wait 2 weeks! See you on the battlefield.

Monster Hunter World

  • Capcom has released a new 23 minutes gameplay video for Monster Hunter World that shows a new hunt quest for an Anjanath in the Ancient Forest. The hunt and gear fest is coming to the PS4, Xbox One and PC in early 2018.
  • Monster Hunter: World sees players take on the role of a hunter that completes various quests to hunt and slay monsters within a lively living and breathing eco-system full of predators and prey. In the video you can see some of the creatures you can expect to come across within the New World, the newly discovered continent where Monster Hunter: World is set, including the Great Jagras which has the ability to swallow its prey whole and one of the Monster Hunter series favorites, Rathalos.
  • Players are able to utilize survival tools such as the slinger and Scoutfly to aid them in their hunt. By using these skills to their advantage hunters can lure monsters into traps and even pit them against each other in an epic fierce battle. The hunter will need to select their weapon choice carefully from 14 different weapon classes and think strategically about how to take the giant foe down including packing the camouflaging ghillie suit. Once your foe is slain you can craft armor and weapons for yourself as well as your Felynecompanions.
  • As you can see, the gameplay of the hunt is pretty epic stuff and the kills are quite rewarding both in the loot they give and in the feeling of badassness.

Diablo 3

  • As many of you have no doubt heard, Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls now has a new class: Necromancer, along with a few other interesting, but not overwhelming content updates. Blizzard was gracious enough to send us a code so we could check out the new improvements, and see how the Necromancer played vs. the other Diablo 3 classes as well as vs. the Diablo 2 Necromancer. Check out the video on our YouTube channel for our in depth impressions.
  • For 14.99 getting a new Class is absolutely worth it…if you can stomach playing through the entire game AGAIN.
  • We still had a blast fighting over corpses as we fought our way to Hell, Heaven and beyond for the umpteenth time and I can see myself spending another week or two running some rifts, seeing just how powerful I can make him. If you were looking for a reason to get back into Diablo 3 after months or years away, this would be a great time to do it!

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Elder Scrolls Online

  • Zenimax Online announced a new bonus event for the Elder Scrolls Online, specifically for members of the ESO Plus service for players of the MMORPG on PS4Xbox One and PC. The event runs from July 5th – 9th and hooks players up with some free goodies including a free trial to ESO Plus for those who want to see what it’s all about.
  • If you’re a current ESO Plus member simply log into the game with an active ESO Plus membership between 12:00am EDT and 11:59pm EDT (Eastern) each day of the event! Once the event is over, you’ll receive one Dwarven Crown Crate for each day you log in.
  • A free trial is also available so if you haven’t given it a shot you still have some time left today.
  • Not a bad deal for those who are signed up for ESO Plus and a great opportunity for those interested in what a subscription offers in value to the game.

Horizon Zero Dawn

  • A new patch arrived for PS4 exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn that adds a few new features to the open world Action RPG from Guerrilla Games and Sony. The highlight of the patch is the much requested New Game Plus.
  • In New Game Plus you will be able to continue the game into a new playthrough after beating it a first time and you’ll maintain your character progression and your inventory. You won’t be able to go past the level cap of 50 but you’ll still be able to earn XP.
  • They have also added some new difficulty options to the game. Now before starting a new game cycle you can adjust the difficulty level as you wish, including selecting the new Ultra Hard difficulty.
  • The New Game Plus mode adds 2 new trophies to the game for completing New Game Plus and completing it in Ultra Hard Mode. These trophies are separate from the Platinum so they are not necessary to complete to earn the coveted trophy
  • Horizon Zero Dawn keeps dishing out the post launch goodness. For many, New Game Plus was its most glaring omission, and now that it has been added, the conversation can begin anew for game of the year. DLC is also on the way, with The Frozen Wilds announced at E3 which we’ve heard few details about but can anticipate more of the same epic mech hunting in the base game.

Final Fantasy XIV

  • Square Enix has released a new patch for Final Fantasy XIV, that adds some new content and makes some changes to the game, following the recent Stormblood expansion for the MMO on PS4 and PC.
  • The patch adds new quests, the new Omega raid, changes to the job classes and more. You can view the full patch notes for it on the blog.
  • If you’re new to the game and want to learn more about the newest expansion, be sure to check out our FFXIV: Stormblood Guide for an overview of the new content as well as a brief primer on the base game.

Mass Effect Andromeda

  • A new patch is out for Mass Effect: Andromeda that addresses some issues in the base game and adds some features in multiplayer. The main highlights of the patch are multiplayer related and are the addition of Platinum difficulty in multiplayer and the Batarian Scrapper character you can choose for loadouts.
  • In multiplayer, Platinum players will battle tougher enemies and a mix of heavy hitters from all factions. BioWare has added Veteran Bonus ranks that increase your available power, combo, and melee damage stats for every character and have adjusted many Ultra Rare weapons so they pack a heavier punch. They have also added new variants for Uncommon, Rare, and Ultra Rare weapons. The Batarian Scrapper brings the Kishock Harpoon Gun along for the ride.
  • In single player they’ve made some bug fixes and improvements to facial animations and cinematics, which has been and ongoing issue for the game since its launch.
  • Rumors abound that Mass Effect: Andromeda is not receiving any single-player DLC, and will instead only receive the weekly Apex Missions, but neither EA nor BioWare have confirmed or denied those reports. We’ll have to wait and see.

Overwatch

  • After this week’s earlier tease, Blizzard has now officially revealed Doomfist, the newest hero for their multiplayer shooter Overwatch. Let’s have a look at his launch trailer and get to know the new hero who is landing on the test server on PC and will release to the PS4Xbox One and PC masses soon.
  • Doomfist’s cybernetics make him a highly-mobile, powerful frontline fighter. In addition to dealing ranged damage with his Hand Cannon, Doomfist can slam the ground, knock enemies into the air and off balance, or charge into the fray with his Rocket Punch. When facing a tightly packed group, Doomfist leaps out of view, then crashes down to earth with a spectacular Meteor Strike.
  • Thoughts on Doomfist and how he will change the meta for Overwatch? Speak your peace in the comments.

Star Citizen

  • When we last checked in with Star Citizen, the mega ambitious space Sim/MMO, developer Cloud Imperium Games had unveiled their upcoming alpha update 3.0, which will let players seamlessly land on a planet and explore, all in first person as well as add a host of new features and ships. The update was scheduled to release June 29th for those players already flying their ships around space, but has missed that mark, according to their production schedule for the update. However, they have not been lacking in reveals for the sandbox space MMO that lets you pilot your own spacecraft (along with friends) and engage in the dangerous economy of hauling, defending and raiding in an intergalactic trade network.
  • Since the announcement of update 3.0, developer Cloud Imperium Games has been working on other features for the game in addition to their efforts towards the update. Specifically, they’ve announced a few new ships that will be available in the future, and these are of particular interest as the ship you choose will be an extension of your character, an integral part of your gameplay experience. We took a closer look this week at the 3 newly unveiled spacecrafts, the Aopoa NoxAegis Eclipse and the Banu Defender
  • They put a ton of thought into every last detail, right down to the physics of the ships and how they all interact in the overarching interstellar network. The breadth of function in the ships gives players a lot of options to customize their playstyle and determine the kind of spacefarer they truly want to be, for a price of course. Some of these ships will be steeper in price than others but there will be options to earn in game credits eventually to work towards that next upgrade.
  • Cloud Imperium games has shot down a bit of rumor mongering that stated that the developer was in financial trouble. So far, although progress has seemed slow, the studio has had production to show for it and remain highly communicative of the process.
  • Players still are able to experience the early alpha content that’s available through the starter packages, while they wait for the now August dated major 3.0 update.

Dark and Light

  • In a recent development update for Dark and Light, the upcoming Magic meets Survival MMORPG from Snail Games, we learned more about the game’s bestiary, as well as some of the creatures we’re going to be facing. The game is soon heading into early access on PC, with an eye towards full release in 2017.
  • Not simply an in-game codex, the bestiary you can access in the game will be a valuable tool in subduing the various creatures you will encounter in the wild world.
  • Every creature has its own card in the Bestiary and at the start of the game, they will all be greyed out. When you kill or tame  one for the first time, you’ll unlock the card and will be able to view some new details and lore about the creature.
  • They have also shown some of the unique creatures called Elementals. Elementals are physical embodiments of concentrated elemental magic and are a challenge for rookies but veterans can harvest them for powerful magical cores.
  • In other development news on the game, they recently announced NVIDIA Ansel support to enable players to take 360 degree screenshots and studio quality 2D screenshots.
  • Dark and Light is shaping up to be quite the vivid playground, with its heavy dose of magic and untamed wilds just begging to be explored and mastered. When it comes to survival sandboxes, few have tackled it with this magical, fantasy bend and we can’t wait until its early access begins.

CrossCode

  • The old school 2D, SNES style throwback Crosscode from Radical Fish Games and Deck 13 has received its first major story update in a year for the game which is presently in early access on PC.
  • Since the last story update, the Action RPG which is a bit of a meta take on the MMO genre has received new gameplay areas, new quests and skills but the story had not progressed. Now that has been rectified with fresh story content and on the heels of that, the game is now set for an early 2018 release.
  • Additionally the update adds the following highlights:
    • Extends the Autumn’s Fall area
    • Opens up Rookie Harbor North
    • Adds equipment level icons and cross references against enemy level when determining difficulty
    • New quests and the removal of boring fetch quests
  • Back in April we previewed Crosscode with a hands on write up of everything in the package, which includes energetic real time combat as well as challenging physics based ball tossing.
  • For under 20 USD (it’s presently 16.99 on the Steam Summer Sale), it’s a great value for fans of the classic RPG experience.

Lucah

  • This week we took an in depth preview of of the wacky, weird and Soulslike Lucah. Give it a look on the blog to see the mind of developer melessthanthree at work.
  • There are definitely flaws in L U C A H. The pattern of; enter room, kill enemies, find item, go to next room…does create a repetitive feel.  However, as this is very much pre-release; the game shows polish already, and further refinement should be expected. We won’t say this game will appeal to everyone, but it has a shot of becoming a gaming cult classic.

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