Top RPG Game News of the Week on Nioh, Final Fantasy, Destiny 2 & 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!

Destiny 2

  • We got a double shot of some Destiny 2 news from Bungie as they’ve revealed a new white PS4 Pro Bundle for the game as well as some new PvP details.
  • For starters, Sony announced the limited edition Destiny 2 PlayStation 4 Pro bundle, which will launch alongside the game on September 6. Moreover, Pre-orders are available today for the 449.99 USD bundle which will include the following:
    • “Glacier White” PlayStation 4 Pro with a one terabyte hard drive
    • Matching DualShock 4 controller
    • A physical copy of Destiny 2
    • Voucher for the Destiny 2 Expansion Pass and premium digital content.
  • Furthermore in a first look with IGN, we got some new info on the changes coming to the Control game mode in game’s PvP, known as the Crucible. Accordingly, the following changes are coming to the mode:
    • Points no longer capture faster if multiple people are standing on them.
    • You can activate a power play if you capture all points.
    • Point A and point C begin as captured.
    • Capture is no longer a two-step process eliminating neutralization. Now you only have to capture the point.
    • If you capture all the zones you now enter a “power play,” meaning you’ll get even more points per kill.
    • Matches are now 8 minutes long.
    • Mercy rule is a feature, but is in development with the beta.
  • Destiny 2’s beta begins next week for the PS4 and PC (August for PC) and last week Bungie released a new trailer and info on what we will be playing during it; hyped yet?

Nioh

  • Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja have revealed that the next Nioh DLC titled Defiant Honor is coming to the PS4 on July 25th. This follows the release of May’s Dragon of the North and is included in the Season Pass or will cost 9.99 on its own.
  • Included in the DLC is a new weapon, the Tonfa, new armor, new magic items, and guardian spirits. There are also new Yokai and enemies to battle across new stagesand sub-missions. Also coming are new difficulty levels and trophies as well as new NPCslike Sanada Yukimura.
  • There is sure to be more info, screenshots and a trailer to follow so be sure to keep checking back with us. Nioh recently released a new patch that made some additions to the Blacksmith as well some other quality of life upgrades such as letting you play your own background music.
  • Thoughts on the new DLC coming later this month? Let us know what you think in the comments.

 

Diablo 3

  • Next week, July 20th, Diablo 3 Season 11 begins for players on PS4, Xbox One and PC. As with every new seasons, the fresh start brings new seasonal rewards, conquests and other goodies for dedicated players, of which there are quite a few with the release of Rise of the Necromancer. Therefore, to give players an overview of what to expect, we went into some detail as to what Season 11 is bringing.
  • To start, new cosmetic rewards are obtainable by progressing through the Season Journey
  • For those players who have not yet earned 4 stash tabs via the Season Journey can unlock an additional tab by doing some tasks at Conqueror tier
  • There is a new class set coming via Haedrig’s Gift for completing specific chapters in the Season Journey. Completing chapters 2,3 and 4 of the Season Journey will net you 3 of the gifts, one for each chapter.
  • Finally, starting with Season 11, Blizzard is removing old personal bests from Season 2. When Season 12 arrives, they will remove old personal bests from Season 3, and so on.
  • For the full nitty gritty, check out the complete overview guide on the blog

 

Elder Scrolls Online

  • The next DLC pack for the Elder Scrolls Online is titled Horns Reach and will be available this August for the PS4, Xbox One and PC. Zenimax Online has laid out what’s inside the DLC, so let’s take a closer look at all the new content you’ll be able to play later next month.
  • Horns of the Reach will contain the following:
    • 2 New DungeonsBloodroot Forge and Falkreath Hold
    • Base Game Update with quality of life improvements
    • The update will also include a new Battlegrounds map and game type
  • Horns of the Reach made its way to the Public Test Server today, July 10th on PC/Mac and you can view the full patch notes on our wiki. When the pack releases in August it will be available in the Crown Store for purchase or as a part of the ESO Plus membership of which they just wrapped up a free weekend.

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

  • Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age released this week for the PS4 for 49.99 USD. The remastered version of the game updates Square Enix’s PS2 classic as well as adds some brand new features.
  • So what do the critics say about it? Currently it has a metascore of 87 with a user rating of 9.3.
  • The consensus is that the game has held up very well over the years, which we touched upon. The additions are solid. In particular the Zodiac job system is drawing praise for the freshness it brings to the gameplay table. While making all these improvements, the question for many is whether it’s enough to win over those who didn’t enjoy it during the PS2 era.
  • Are you playing Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age? Thoughts on the remaster and all that’s inside? Let us know what you think in the comments!

Final Fantasy XV

  • Square Enix has announced that the Final Fantasy XV Magitek Exosuit update that was delayed from February will now release in July for free. The DLC, termed the Booster Pack was delayed due to the suits’ similarities to the Power Rangers so that Square Enix could tweak the designs. You cannot make this shit up.
  • Once available, the suit will make you invincible for 30 minutes and oddly enough, improve your ability to fish. Invincible fishing anyone? Once used, you cannot equip the suit again for a full 24 in-game hours. Square Enix has not set an exact date for the update.
  • Go go power best boys! Final Fantasy XV is out now on PS4 and Xbox One and continues to receive post launch support with free updates and paid DLC.

Overwatch

  • Activision Blizzard has announced the first city-based teams for the Overwatch League, their new professional esports league for the hero shooter. This step is seeking to take the game into city-based territory of major professional sports like the NFL, but in this case with a much more global flair.
  • Blizzard plans to expand the amount of teams. There isn’t a set number of final teams in mind but with traditional sports leagues featuring somewhere around 20-30 teams, it’s a good bet they will expand by more than a few.
  • The Overwatch League is planned as a forever league (Overwatch for life?) and will begin later this year with regular season matches going down in a Los Angeles arena for the first season. Down the road they will see the more traditional home/away matches in the teams’ respective cities. Overwatch League will hold back new heroes, maps, and balance changes until Blizzard properly gauges them.
  • Thoughts on the new league? Planning to tune in? Let us know in the comments!

XCOM 2

  • 2K Games and Firaxis have kept the XCOM 2 gas pedal pressed this week with another reveal of the upcoming War of the Chosen DLC. They have detailed just what’s coming with the new expansion when it launches August 29th for the PS4, Xbox One and PC. In tandem, they’ve released a mission from the new expansion
  • In the mission video you get a narrative rundown of some of the new features you’ll be encountering during the new missions. Furthermore, in a detailed Playstation blog post, the developers laid out everything you need to know for the expansion.
  • There are new elite enemies, 3 new playable classes, 2 new Advent units, and new aliens
  • There are of course new locations and missions to take on
  • A new Headshot Chain mechanic should satisfy many
  • Soldier Bonds so that some squadmates can work better together over time. Daww.
  • Photobooth mode, which allows you to “posterize” your favorite squads and missions with unique filters, backgrounds and whatever text you choose.
  • New Challenge Mode, to compete against the world in one-time missions so you can see how well you do against other XCOM 2: War of the Chosen players.

The Surge

  • Focus Home Interactive and Deck 13 have announced that a free The Surge demo is coming next week for PS4, Xbox One and PC. The studio’s follow up to Lords of the Fallen takes their Bloodborne meets Metroidvania formula to a dystopic future. Marred by climate change and insane coworkers, it’s the proverbial worst first day on the job.
  • With the summer lull upon us, it’s a good time to dig into the game for the first time. We’ve enjoyed playing the game and covered its positives in our comprehensive review that found it had advanced the formula further, with impressive visuals, fast, fluid combat and rewarding gear progression and crafting.
  • For those who already own the game, a new update dropped this weak that featured some pesky bug fixes.

Castlevania Netflix

  • This week we reviewed Season 1 of the Castlevania Netflix animated series, to see if the adaptation delivers. Read the full review on the blog.
  • Overall, the show is a pretty fun ride for Castlevania fans and gamers in general. It’s not a mirror image (since vampires can’t be seen in mirrors anyway) of the games but it’s faithful to its roots.  We don’t expect any major awards to be handed out for Castlevania. But honestly, what should one expect about a cartoon inspired by video games that at their heart are essentially nothing more than whipping the bejesus out of monsters? And that’s what Castlevania always has been. The series sticks with the formula and that’s fine by us.

Castlevania Netflix

Ni No Kuni 2

  • Sad news for those of us Ni No Kuni fans, but Bandai Namco has announced that Ni No Kuni 2 would be delayed until January 19th, 2018. Level-5’s sequel was to land November 10th, 2017 for the PS4 and PC..
  • In a video message on Bandai Namco’s Twitter, Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino goes into the reasons for the delay. He states that the studio needed more time to add the polish they expect for the game.
  • The game is set hundreds of years past the first game and finds the cat and mouse tribes at war. In it, the mouse tribe initiates a hostile takeover of the kingdom and the main protagonist, Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum from the cat tribe is tossed from his kingdom. He sets out on a mission to reclaim his throne, aided by his allies Tani and Roland.
  • We got to play Ni No Kuni 2 hands on during E3 2017 and found it visually delightful as expected, with a depth to the battle system that could surprise some who have dismissed it as a kids game (humblebrag: we killed both bosses).
  • It’s certainly never pleasant to see the game’s delayed. However, in the name of polish and day one stability, it doesn’t hurt to take extra time. Thoughts on the Ni No Kuni 2 delay?

God of War

  • The upcoming God of War is getting quite the modern treatment. Gone are the days of arcadey murder-death-killing marked by chaining together obscene amounts of combo attacks against obscene amounts of enemies, topped off with bombastic deicide. Now the deicide may yet be there but the game has grown up significantly, at least at first glance. And it’s precisely at first glance that we see how the franchise has matured by taking its cues from story and gameplay role models like The Last of Us and Dark Souls.
  • See our video piece to see how the series’ story and gameplay is evolving by learning from its peers.

Immortal Planet

  • Last month we gave a rundown on upcoming Dungeon Soulslike Immortal Planet, from teedoubleuGAMES. With plenty of features that should appeal to the Souls starved gamer, Immortal Planet hit the FextraLife Top 5 RPGs for July, 2017. Recently, we had the opportunity to play through the game’s beta ourselves, ahead of its July 31st release.
  • Immortal Planet stands out as a game that does far more than share some mechanics. At it’s core, it’s very much “Isometric Souls” and goes far in capturing the elusive feeling of gameplay that is the Souls signature
  • In a gaming climate where the word Soulslike gets tossed around casually, Immortal Planet has a true soul for the term.

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