The Top 5 Best Gacha Games in 2020

Gacha games are primarily known for incorporating a mechanic that is similar to capsule toy vending machines. The method is basically similar to loot boxes where players can get great items after progressing or unlocking new features. This video game genre rose to popularity in Japan during the 2010s and is still popular among players worldwide today. 

With the Gacha game genre on the rise, many have been seeking more and more of this type of game. Some are dubbed to be player-friendly and generous while others are quite known to be the opposite. Now, this brings us to the question, what are the best Gacha games? More specifically, what are the best Gacha games in 2020? We took the liberty to list down the top 5 best for you. And take note, all these Gacha games are completely free to play.

1. Gacha Life

Gacha Life is a simulation game where players can personalize their characters from head to toe. The game also boasts a wide catalog of predetermined characters, clothes, accessories, weapons, skin tone, and hairstyles for every category. You can also choose from hundreds of backgrounds to create the perfect scene and even use Studio Mode to create mini-stories!

2. Honkai Impact 3

Honkai Impact 3 is the 3rd entry to the Honkai series and one of the best Gacha titles you can find in the market today. Similar to Genshin Impact, it features well-crafted characters that were derived from the previous titles. 

It also boasts a captivating illustration of the world that will leave players stunned, especially with its immersive combat system. Just like the majority of JRPGs, there are several chapters and quests you’ll need to partake to progress in the game and unlock new areas, chapters, and characters.

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3. Fate/Grand Order

Fate/Grand Order boasts an immersive storyline and captivating soundtrack. Just like other good RPG Gacha games, it features a great selection of characters to summon, special events, and an impressive anime art-style. Fans of the Fate/Grand Order anime series will surely love this game version too!

4. Azur Lane

Azur Lane is another Gacha and RPG hybrid. It features side-scrolling mechanics where players will battle enemies they cross paths with. Azur Lane sure has no shortage of characters for players to summon since it has a pool of 300 playable characters. It also uses the same summoning mechanic that is typical of other Gacha games. However, do take note that the characters you summon are girl versions of World War II warships.

5. Arknights 

Arknights is a good mix of Gacha, RPG, and strategy game in one. It features campaign modes, seasonal events, and a great collection of anime-art style characters to summon. The combat system is more tactical than the usual RPG titles. 

In Arknights, players deploy specific units to play vital roles on the battlefield. The game has a great storyline and soundtrack, with the focus mainly on strategic combat and character collection. Players have a lot to grind for in Arknights, and this means you can unlock a set of new characters without spending a single cent. 

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If you have been searching for Gacha games to play, you might have heard about one or two good things about these games, so why not give them a try? You can check out and download the games through their respective links for free. 2020 also brought us Genshin Impact, which is pretty much a Gacha game too. And who knows, maybe 2021 has more in store for the Gacha game genre?

 

Author’s Bio
Jonathan J Kingston is a video game enthusiast, gamer, and a veteran video game news writer for Games.lol. He spends his free time hunting for free game sites and testing their reliability.  

Latest Tech Updates for Video Game Audio Design

Technology continues to grow by leaps and bounds, and the video game industry is no exception. Video games have become far more sophisticated in recent years, and changes to audio are some of the most noticeable differences. What should game enthusiasts expect from these changes in technology?

Leading Tech

Logic Studio is one of the commonly taught programs for music production. Even though this program is one of the older applications in use, it is still popular, with an update in June 2019. This update helps keep Apple established as a leader in video game technology. Wwise from Audiokinetic is another leader in the field, creating audio solutions that work across all major gaming platforms. Adobe has seen a decline in the video game world, with support for Flash being discontinued in 2020.

Are There New Roles to Consider in Video Game Design?

As the technology for video game audio design continues to evolve, there will be a greater need for professionals who handle the different aspects of audio. One of the more well-known positions involves composing the musical score for games. Video games now have more complicated storylines that include the use of elements like movie-style soundtracks. Sounds used in video games have also gotten more elaborate, with more authentic sounds in many cases. Games based on popular movies and TV shows, for example, will often have music and sounds similar to the production’s soundtrack. These elements, along with many games featuring speaking characters, have created more life-like gaming experiences.

Open Source Programs

Open-source programs have also commonly been used in video game development. One of the advantages that these types of programs offer includes more updates and greater customization options for those with the necessary programming experience. The open-source applications also make it possible to create video games without spending money on more expensive software suites. One of the better-known open source options that allow the creation of audio elements in games is Cocos2d-x. Audacity is also one of the most popular open-source audio programs, popular for both its ease of use and sound quality. Access to these types of programs provides some of the most considerable flexibility for anyone working with audio in video games.

Video game audio design is a field that always has a fascinating new development of some type in the works. The more you learn about these developments. The more exciting new technology will be for you.

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3 Cities Esports Have Taken Off In

Gamers all over the country are rejoicing in the recent surge of esports events. Although the trend has begun to spread everywhere, there are a few definitive cities that boast the highest interest in this form of gaming. Here are three cities where esports have especially taken off recently.

Los Angeles, CA

Business valuators explain that LA has become a hub for the esports scene. This regional gaming hotpot features a variety of factors that continue to draw gamers. LA has always been known as a sports town so it makes sense that the city would also become the home of the professional gaming scene. The eclectic and edgy vibe of Southern California makes LA the natural choice to be a leader in the esports gaming industry. The city has historically attracted a bevy of entrepreneurs who have built their fortunes creating unique entertainment and content. Esports is just another addition to this field.

Seattle, WA

The Emerald City has also established itself as a hub for esports activity. As one of the nation’s most venerable technology hotspots, it is logical that Seattle would emerge as a leader in the esports space. With a host of innovative technology companies such as Microsoft and Amazon calling Seattle home, it is no surprise that the city hosts so many esports tournaments. Game hosts describe how an increasing presence of high-tech workers gives the city a rich population to market these events and draw spectators. The progressive and forward-thinking vibe of the city provides the perfect backdrop for this unique form of entertainment.

Orlando, FL

Because of its status as one of the most popular convention cities in the nation, Orlando has solidified its position in the esports industry. An abundance of convention space and exhibition halls make it easy to find a suitable venue to host gaming tournaments of any size. It’s also reported that new esports arenas are being developed in the near future. Because the city is such a high-traffic tourist destination, Orlando also delivers an amazing amount of reasonably priced lodging accommodations, flight options, and car rentals. This makes it easy and convenient for gamers looking to either participate or simply watch a game.

As the gaming industry continues to grow at a breakneck speed, experts predict that the esports arena will also continue to explode. LA, Seattle, and Orlando are all expected to remain strong contenders in this industry, with even more locations joining in on the growing trend of esports as a popular entertainment option.

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God of War Fans, THANK YOU!

It’s been a year since God of War was released, and the team at the Santa Monica Studio want to thank their fans.

In 2015, we celebrated the 10 year anniversary of God of War, having started the saga back in 2005. And, so, here we are reflecting on the one year anniversary of a new era for Kratos, now with his son, Atreus. When Cory Barlog first brought us this transformative vision of a father and son embarking on an incredible journey together, a journey to honor a wife and a mother… but also one where a boy would teach his father how to be human again; and the father (Kratos) would teach his son how to be a measured god, we knew we had something special for our fans. Yet, change is hard. Change to a longstanding franchise comes with immeasurable doubt, a studio defining risk and a huge leap of faith. Thank you to our entire worldwide team; the Sony PlayStation family and you, the millions of God of War fans around the world who embraced that leap with us, on a journey we never expected. We made this journey together.

You can read the entire post on the PlayStation Blog, along with the video they have included (or just click play on the video above). According to the rest of the post, and as reference above, they have something special in store for us…

Today kicks off a week-long celebration where they will be releasing a God of War Anniversary character PS4 avatar set (coming out on Wednesday) and a PS4 dynamic theme. Just search for ‘God of War’ in the PlayStation store. Both are being released for free, regardless of whether you have purchased the game or not.

I, personally, thoroughly enjoyed this game and am excited for the next chapter to come out! Great job again guys and great work, keep it up!

Upcoming Video Game Releases – August 2018

With summer soon wrapping up and school starting up again, here are the latest video game releases coming out this month!

If you haven’t already, become an Insider to get exclusive access to this and other tech news and earn some exclusive loot! Learn more here. The releases for this month are organized by date, so if you don’t see your game right away it might be on a date that has multiple game releases.

August 1, 2018

Yakuza 0

Platforms:
– PC (previously released on PlayStation systems)

Story:

December 1988 – Japan
The winter was chilly but electric in Kamurocho, the premier entertainment district in the east. Here, money buys luxury, and luxury is a way of life. With the nation’s economy at the height of a boom, the people of Kamurocho believed that nothing they could wish for was out of reach. But there are some places where money only goes so far.

A vacant lot. A humble square of concrete and weeds, hardly the size of a parking space.

The Kamurocho 21st Century Revitalization Project is underway, and to own the land is to hold the power. Whoever can obtain the final piece in the puzzle, this tiny patch of ground, will have the leverage to change the balance of the city and spearhead a mammoth commercial property known as the Millennium Tower. Two men are flung into a conflict they do not yet comprehend. Those in power have every intent of burying them in this sea of change, unaware that they were setting events into motion that would give birth to legends.

August 3, 2018

WarioWare Gold

Platforms:
– Nintendo 3DS

Story:

When Wario realises he’s out of money, he sets out to make some cash – and fast. After asking some old “friends” to make some games for him, Wario plans on hosting the greatest video game tournament of all time to scheme his way to deep pockets! With a 10 thousand coin fee per entrant, he’s sure to achieve his goal of getting rich quick – though he’s offered a whopping 10 million coins as the winning prize! Will it be you who walks away with it all, or will the zigzag-‘stached man himself scheme his way out of the promised jackpot in the heist of the century?

Wario’s problems don’t end here though – he’s also stolen a rather heavy piece of golden treasure, and someone’s after him to get it back!

August 7, 2018

Dead Cells

Platforms:
– Steam (Windows PC, Mac, Linux)
– Nintendo Switch
– PlayStation 4
– Xbox One

Story:

Dead Cells is a rogue-lite, Castlevania-inspired action-platformer, allowing you to explore a sprawling, ever-changing castle… assuming you’re able to fight your way past its keepers.

To beat the game, you’ll have to master 2D “souls-lite combat” with the ever-present threat of permadeath looming. No checkpoints. Kill, die, learn, repeat.

Overcooked 2

Platforms:
– Steam (Windows PC)
– Nintendo Switch
– PlayStation 4
– Xbox One

Story:

Overcooked returns with a brand-new helping of chaotic cooking action! Journey back to the Onion Kingdom and assemble your team of chefs in classic couch co-op or online play for up to four players. Hold onto your aprons … it’s time to save the world (again!)

You’ve saved the world from the Ever Peckish. Now a new threat has arisen and it’s time to get back in the kitchen to stave off the hunger of The Unbread!

August 9, 2018

Layton’s Mystery Journey DX

Platforms:
-Nintendo Switch

Story:

Solving mysteries runs in the family! With Professor Layton’s whereabouts unknown, it’s time for his daughter Katrielle to take centre stage in LAYTON’S MYSTERY JOURNEY: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy for Nintendo 3DS family systems!

The story this time begins with Katrielle setting up the Layton Detective Agency on Chancer Lane, determined to prove her worth and hoping that the exposure will help her to uncover clues regarding her missing father’s whereabouts. Whizzing around London on her trusty bicycle, solving case after unlikely case, Katrielle will become embroiled in a quizzical quest that eventually leads to her unwitting discovery of the Millionaires’ Conspiracy.

Monster Hunter: World

Platforms:
– Steam (Windows PC)

Story:

NOW COMING TO PC! Battle gigantic monsters in epic locales.

As a hunter, you’ll take on quests to hunt monsters in a variety of habitats. Take down these monsters and receive materials that you can use to create stronger weapons and armor in order to hunt even more dangerous monsters.

In Monster Hunter: World, the latest installment in the series, you can enjoy the ultimate hunting experience, using everything at your disposal to hunt monsters in a new world teeming with surprises and excitement.

Once every decade, elder dragons trek across the sea to travel to the land known as the New World in a migration referred to as the Elder Crossing.

To get to the bottom of this mysterious phenomenon, the Guild has formed the Research Commission, dispatching them in large fleets to the New World.

As the Commission sends its Fifth Fleet in pursuit of the colossal elder dragon known as Zorah Magdaros, one hunter is about to embark on a journey grander than anything they could have ever imagined.

Ōkami HD

Platforms:
– Nintendo Switch

Story:

Experience the critically acclaimed masterpiece (now on the Nintendo Switch) with its renowned Sumi-e ink art style in breathtaking high resolution. Take on the role of Amaterasu, the Japanese sun goddess who inhabits the form of a legendary white wolf, on a quest to defeat Orochi, an eight-headed demon and tyrannical monster responsible for turning the world of Nippon into a ruined wasteland.

Yakuza 3

Platforms:
– PlayStation 4

Story:

Yakuza 3 is the next cinematic chapter in the prestigious video game saga offering an authentic, gritty and often violent story set in modern day Japan. Following the events of the previous game, Kazuma and Haruka (his adopted daughter) have left Kamurochoto to seek a new life in Okinawa where they manage an orphanage for children. However, their peaceful life is soon interrupted when a series of events unfold pulling Kazuma back into the shadowy past he thought he had left behind. Now remastered for the PlayStation 4 system, the rich story and vibrant world of Yakuza 3 lets players engage in intense brutal clashes within the streets of Okinawa, and the pulsating and often dangerous city of Tokyo where only the strongest will survive.

August 10, 2018

Madden NFL 19

Platforms:
– Windows PC
– PlayStation 4
– Xbox One

Story:

Madden NFL 19 is set to take digital football to new heights with features like Real Player Motion and game-changing control and responsiveness. This season is set to build on the success of previous seasons with added depth to community favorite game modes like Madden Ultimate Team and Connected Franchise. Those who purchase the Hall of Fame Edition get access 3 days early along with one of five upgradable Elite Legends. Select either Terrell Owens, Brian Urlacher, Rod Woodson, Dan Marino, or Terrell Davis and add them to your lineup to start dominating opponents.

We Happy Few

Platforms:
– Steam (Windows PC, Mac, Linux)
– PlayStation 4
– Xbox One

Story:

We Happy Few is the tale of a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial. Set in a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England, you’ll have to blend in with its other inhabitants, who have their own set of not-so-normal rules.

August 14, 2018

Death’s Gambit

Platforms:
– Steam (Windows PC)
– PlayStation 4

Story:

Death’s Gambit is a challenging Action RPG set on a medieval world shrouded in mystery, tortured by the immortal souls who call it home. Each boss represents a unique challenge that will require you to think outside of the box. Scale their colossal sword, or maintain balance on a precarious platform, all while finding the right time to strike! Every weapon comes with its own set of abilities. Equip and arrange your equipment to find powerful synergies and combinations to create a build all of your own. Through the tundra wastes of the Obsidian Vale, across the Sanguine city of Aldwynn, find yourself lost in the wonders of a kingdom set to ruin.

The Walking Dead: The Final Season – Episode 1

Platforms:
– Windows PC
– PlayStation 4
– Xbox One

Story:

Clementine, now a fierce and capable survivor, has reached the final chapter in her journey. After years on the road facing threats both living and dead, a secluded school might finally be her chance for a home. But protecting it will mean sacrifice. Clem must build a life and become a leader while still watching over AJ, an orphaned boy and the closest thing to family she has left. In this gripping and emotional final season, you will define your relationships, fight the undead, and determine how Clementine’s story ends.

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth

Platforms:
– Windows PC
– Mac

Story:

Azeroth paid a terrible price to end the apocalyptic march of the Legion’s crusade—but even as the world’s wounds are tended, it is the shattered trust between the Alliance and Horde that may prove hardest to mend. As this age-old conflict reignites, join your allies and champion your faction’s cause—Azeroth’s future will be forged in the fires of war.

August 15, 2018

State of Mind

Platforms:
– Steam (Windows PC, Mac)
– Nintendo Switch
– PlayStation 4
– Xbox One

Story:

Berlin, 2048 – The world is on the brink. Lack of resources, illnesses caused by polluted air and water, crime on the rise, war. Governments and companies promise remedies through technological progress. Drones and humanoid robots replace humans in the public sector, everything is interconnected, surveillance has become omnipresent.

Richard Nolan is one of the few journalists openly criticizing this development. When he wakes up in hospital after an explosion and finds that his wife and son have mysteriously vanished, Richard realizes: he and his family have become more than just bystanders in a storm of rivaling ideas pertaining humankind’s salvation between dystopian reality and digital utopia. Instead, they find themselves right at the center of it.

This domestic drama evolves into a thriller about a worldwide conspiracy, which at its core aims to determine the fate of humanity: Could a perfect digital utopia be the answer? A virtual paradise not affected by material needs and quarrels? Could a super-AI be our savior – or would it simply declare us as dispensable since it could not be taught the value of philanthropy?

What will the world look like after this storm, what will remain of humanity?

August 21, 2018

Shenmue 1 & 2

Platforms:
– Steam (Windows PC)
– PlayStation 4
– Xbox One

Story:

Now being released for PC, PS4 and XBO, Shenmue is a tale of revenge.

In 1986, teenage jujitsu artist Ryo Hazuki returns to the dojo of his father, Iwao Hazuki, only to witness his murder by a Chinese man, Lan Di. Lan Di steals a mysterious artifact known as the Dragon Mirror. Ryo vows to avenge his father’s death and sets out tracing Lan Di’s path.

The first game in the series, Shenmue begins the tale as Ryo travels around Yokosuka, Japan, gathering clues about his father’s murder and dealing with nefarious gangsters along the way.

The sequel Shenmue II continues Ryo’s quest, this time crossing the sea to Hong Kong, China. Ryo ventures deeper into the criminal underworld, meeting martial arts masters who aid him on his journey and offer insight into his father’s death, and unravels the mysteries of the Dragon Mirror that his father kept hidden.

August 23, 2018

My Hero One’s Justice

Platforms:
– Windows PC
– Nintendo Switch
– PlayStation 4
– Xbox One

Story:

This release date is for Japan ONLY! Everywhere else, this game comes out on October 26, 2018.

Whether you want to see the destruction of humanity or believe heroes should defend those in need, fight to prove your justice in MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE. The popular Weekly Shonen Jump manga series comes to life, as players experience the abilities of fan favorite characters such as Izuku Midoriya, Katsuki Bakugo, Tomura Shigaraki, and many more in this arena brawler, where you’ll get to choose between hero and villain in your path to justice.

Utilize Quirks and call upon your side-kicks to activate powerful attacks where your environments are at your disposal in total field destruction. The battle doesn’t just confine you to the ground – take the fight upwards where buildings and walls become a part of the action.

August 24, 2018

F1 2018

Platforms:
– Steam (Windows PC)
– PlayStation 4
– Xbox One
– iOS

Story:

The 2018 Formula One season has started in exhilarating style with victories for Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel at both the Australian and Bahrain Grand Prix™, and then for Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo in China. Lewis Hamilton then won a thrilling and dramatic race at the Baku City Circuit in Azerbaijan, and most recently Hamilton was again victorious in last weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix. The 2018 season also sees the return of the French Grand Prix for the first time since 2008, at the Circuit Paul Ricard, which last hosted the French Grand Prix in 1990. The German Grand Prix also returns to the Championship after not featuring last year, with the Hockenheimring hosting the race in July. F1 2018 will feature all of the official teams, the drivers and circuits of the 2018 season.

Little Dragons Café

Platforms:
– Nintendo Switch
– PlayStation 4

Story:

The story begins with a twin brother and sister learning to cook and manage a small café under their mother’s tutelage. All was peaceful and routine until one morning when the twins discover that their mother has fallen into a deep sleep and won’t wake up. Suddenly, a strange old man appears to inform them that they must raise a dragon in order to save her life. Working together with three quirky café employees, the two siblings must figure out how to a wrangle a dragon and manage the family business while finding a way to save their mother.

August 28, 2018

Blade Strangers

Platforms:
– Steam (Windows PC)
– Nintendo Switch
– PlayStation 4

Story:

A malevolent force known only as Lina is devouring data from a vast, interdimensional network of servers overseen by sentient computers called ”motes.” In desperation, the motes summon heroes from a variety of parallel game worlds to face off against each other in one-on-one combat. The tournament victor has the potential to be awakened as the Blade Stranger—the savior who can vanquish Lina and protect the motes from further harm!

Developed by Studio Saizensen, Blade Strangers is a hardcore old-school fighting game. The streamlined four-button control scheme makes it easy for beginners to deal out damage from day one…but the intricate combos, counters and specials give tournament-caliber players plenty of opportunities for frame counting, chain construction and hit-box science.

De Blob 2 Remastered

Platforms:
– Nintendo Switch

Story:

de Blob 2 follows a protagonist who mixes colours to paint various objects, restoring life to Plasma City. The original game combined 3D and 2D platforming sections, while building on its predecessor’s gameplay. Paint the world back to life!

Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate

Platforms:
– Nintendo Switch

Story:

This critically acclaimed action RPG series makes its debut on Nintendo Switch. Take on epic hunts on the go or from the comfort of your own home! Choose from 14 different weapon types, mix and match them with unique Hunting Styles and Hunter Arts, or even play as an adorable but ferocious Felyne in Prowler Mode! Featuring the largest cast of monsters for any game in the series, from returning fan favourites to mysterious never-before-seen monsters!

You can join up to three other players for co-op multiplayer action, either online or in person using local wireless. Join the hunt in Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate for Nintendo Switch!

Pro Evolution Soccer 2019

Platforms:
– Steam (Windows PC)
– PlayStation 4
– Xbox One

Story:

‘Feel The Power Of Football with PES 2019!

Buy now and receive bonus myClub content:

• David Beckham 2018 – 10 match loan
• Philippe Coutinho – 10 match loan
• Premium Agent (3 Players) x 10 weeks
• 3 Player Contracts x 10 weeks

PES 2019 new features:

• AUTHENTIC LEAGUES – Huge addition of licensed leagues

• MAGIC MOMENTS – Player individuality has been taken to the next level with 11 new skill traits. Score great goals with improved shooting motion & animation, and see stamina have an impact with Visible Fatigue

• NEW MYCLUB – Every element has been redone, from how you sign players, to special versions of players released throughout the year

• THE BEAUTIFUL GAME – Experience photo-realism with stunning animation flow, supporting 4K HDR

• ML REAL SEASON – Experience life as a real manager with 3 significant changes: ICC pre-season, in-depth transfer system and new league licenses

Strange Brigade

Platforms:
– Steam (Windows PC)
– PlayStation 4
– Xbox One

Story:

Egypt, the 1930’s. Erased from ancient history and buried in a nameless tomb for 4,000 years, Seteki the Witch Queen has risen once again.

Only one troop of daring heroes can stand against the fearsome power of Seteki and her army of mummified monstrosities: The Strange Brigade!

Explore remarkable ruins, solve perilous puzzles and uncover tantalising treasure while blasting your way through an array of undead enemies in thrilling third-person action that’s certain to bring out your inner adventurer!

Victor Vran: Overkill Edition

Platforms:
– Nintendo Switch

Story:

Become Victor, hunter of demons, now on the Nintendo Switch! Forge your own hero on a quest to liberate the cursed city of Zagoravia. Vanquish the servants of darkness, as you battle with the burdens of a life left behind…

You will require great skill to defeat your enemies. Look your very best and reinforce your play style with a monumental arsenal of powerful weapons, game-changing outfits, wicked demon powers and fate-binding destiny cards.

Redefine how you play at any moment, even in the heat of battle. Modify your demon slaying loadout as you dodge deadly attacks, leap from towering locations, and crush the skulls of your foes.

Fedora or no fedora, you decide!

Yakuza Kiwami 2

Platforms:
– PlayStation 4

Story:

Yakuza 2 was released to the world in 2008 for PlayStation®2, a sequel to the critically acclaimed Yakuza, following the journey of Kazuma Kiryu as he attempts to distance himself from the criminal underworld he was raised in. Ten years later, Yakuza Kiwami 2 brings that world to the PlayStation®4, completely rebuilt from the ground-up. In the tradition of 2017’s Yakuza Kiwami, the envelope is pushed to the extreme, using the all-new Dragon Engine to update one of the series’ stand-out titles into a modern classic.

Kazuma Kiryu thought his Tojo Clan days were behind him. He and his young ward, Haruka Sawamura, have built a peaceful life from the ashes of conflict. All it took was a single gunshot to shatter that peace. Yukio Terada, the fifth chairman of the Tojo Clan, has been assassinated. With war on the horizon, the legendary Dragon of Dojima is pulled back into the world he wanted to leave behind.

August 31, 2018

Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker

Platforms:
– Steam (Windows PC)
– PlayStation 4
– Xbox One

Story:

The Naruto franchise is back with a brand new experience in NARUTO TO BORUTO: SHINOBI STRIKER! This new game lets gamers battle as a team of 4 to compete against other teams online! Graphically, SHINOBI STRIKER is also built from the ground up in a completely new graphic style. Lead your team and fight online to see who the best ninjas are!

 

 

Want to Build a Gaming App? 4 Tools That Will Launch You to Success

Jumping into the world of gaming apps can be a daunting process. For those who have never built apps before, it can feel very overwhelming not to know which tools you should use to develop your desired apps, let alone what to look out for.

In this article, we’ll be highlighting things you should think about when creating your ideal gaming app while also providing you with four tools that will help you out in the long run.

Something you should keep track of when trying to build an app is performance monitoring. Performance monitoring is part of an application or computer that allows you to monitor the performance of your hardware to prevent issues of overheating, GPU clock speeds, and CPU levels. There are a lot out there that you can try and see if they would fit your endeavours or budget. For example, the Appoptics Application Performance Management tool offers a free trial that you can test before you buy. When designing an app, it is essential to be able to keep track of how your app affects the overall performance of a device, as users are less inclined to install something that negatively impacts their device’s performance.

Here are four tools that are useful when building a gaming app for the first time:

Unreal Engine 4

This well-reputed game development engine is known for being instrumental in the creation of many critically acclaimed games. In 2018 the approach of the software has expanded, making it a suitable tool for any type of device and situation that you can think of. It now boasts extensive mobile capabilities, making it a likely contender for anybody looking to make their first mobile gaming app.

Visual Studio

One of the oldest developing suites available in the business, Microsoft’s Visual Studio continues to lead the competition, bringing many different ways for you to integrate different app designs beyond platforms and environments. It also makes the experience incredibly intuitive, providing you with the tools to succeed regardless of your experience level.

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe’s Photoshop has held the title of being the industry standard for photo editing for a number of years now. This isn’t undeserved, though, as the software provides users with a multitude of functions for editing and creation that will no doubt assist anybody planning on creating designs and icons for a gaming app.

Blender

If your gaming app is set to include 3D models of some sort, Blender is an ideal app for the creation and rendering of those models. Not only is it open source, but it also lets you work extensively with modeling, animation, and texturing, leaving the only limits to your imagination.

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PUBG To Debut Event Pass, But Will It Work?

Ever since Battle Royale came out (you can thank Minecraft for the idea from the many hunger game mods that tested out this idea), gaming corporations have looked to capitalize on the market and give war-hungry gamers the satisfaction of being the solo victor atop ninety-nine losers who just weren’t good enough.

PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS, also known as PUBG or PUBG Corporation, was by far the gamers choice until Fortnite: Battle Royale entered the scene. Epic Games, developers of Fortnite, came in quite unexpectedly and in the blink of an eye became the #1 played game worldwide. Smashing all the charts, stealing most of the market share and cashing in quite handsomely from their efforts left PUBG quite literally in the dust.

So what has PUBG done to show that they are #1 (or #5)? Well, for starters they copied Fortnite and released their own mobile-version of PUBG. Now, they’re looking to copy the Fortnite Battle Pass. From a recent dev post, they explained why:

We wanted to create a whole new gameplay and reward experience. Ultimately, we decided to go with a new system: the “Event Pass.” It’ll be made available on June 22, the same day Sanhok hits live servers.

The Event Pass is designed to reflect the opinions of players who wanted a trackable progression-related system, and at the same time allows you to unlock new content in PUBG in a way that is different from the crate and key system.

Even though they haven’t posted any pricing details yet, speculations for this four-week event pass have many guessing this will cost around $10USD. Which, ironically, puts it right in line with the pricing for a Fortnite Battle Pass, which lasts three months.

Many gamers on Twitter voiced their concerns:

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Will Nintendo Switch Soon Have Loot Boxes?

Nintendo US boss Reggie Fils-Aime thinks loot boxes aren’t that bad.

At the recent E3, Nintendo US boss Reggie Fils-Aime discussed several topics including loot boxes. These micro-transactions are recently being seen in a not-so-favourable manner where players pay without knowing what they’re getting.

He thinks loot boxes have a “bad rap” and other developers have “made some mistakes” when it comes to paid digital content.

“The game mechanic of buying something that you’re not sure what’s inside is as old as baseball cards,” he told Bloomberg.

“What we believe at Nintendo is that a gameplay mechanic that offers the consumer something to buy that they’re not sure what’s inside can be interesting as long as that’s not the only way you can get those items.

“And that’s where some developers have made some mistakes. For us, its one of many mechanics we can use to drive on-going engagement in the game.”

We’re not sure if this means the Switch will have loot boxes or something similar in the future. But with its stance on the subject, it’s clear that the company isn’t averse to the idea.

In other news, when asked about Netflix and YouTube coming to Nintendo Switch, he confirmed that they will “come in due time”.

“When we launched the Switch, we were very clear we wanted to position the device as a game-playing device. We’ve done that, and so you’ve seen Hulu for example come on to the platform. In terms of other services, the conversations are on-going. We’ve got nothing to announce right now. But certainly those opportunities will come in due time.”

 

Valve Updates Steam Chat To Compete With Discord

Steam Chat Updated By Valve To Compete With Discord

Valve is set to compete with Discord by updating Steam Chat.  The most common choice for game-related communications is Discord.  It has risen among the ranks of gamers and earned such title.

It is easy to see why as it works well with pretty dismal competition.  Valve overhauled the chat options of its gaming platform Steam to keep users in-house.

The Updating Of Steam Chat

Valve’s update and overhaul of its gaming platform  is a welcome change to its users.  They have been surely asking for it.  Although the platform is convenient in many ways,  is also outdated in others.  Valve did not fail to hear its users’ cries.

The Revamped Chat

The revamped chat is very Discord-like. With text and voice channels listed separately, in-game details like map and game type listed next to friends.  And it has a useful quick list for your go-to gaming partners. There’s also a robust web client.

Voice and text chat is all encrypted and passed through Steam’s servers.  This prevents the NSA competition from monitoring your squad’s tactics during PUBG games, and griefers from tracing your IP.

The revamp is long overdue for Steam.  But it what is important is that they are able to keep Discord in check.  Discord could conceivably grow itself a game store or promotions page in order to subsidize its free services.  This would mean stepping into Valve’s turf.

In Conclusion

In reality, Valve will have a hard time convincing Discord users to favor them.  It has been adopted by far too many communities and the benefits of switching aren’t really substantial.  But for people who have not yet installed Discord, the presence of a robust chat and voice client within Steam is a powerful deterrent for them.

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Boost Arena Will Be Launched On June 28

Boost Arena Launching Will Be On June 28

Boost Arena is a destruction derby game which will be launched on June 28.  This “slither.io” style Destruction Derby Game has slick visuals.

The “.io” game craze was spawned by the likes of Agra.io and Slither.io a couple of years ago.  It has provided a seemingly infinite wave of similar simplistic multiplayer games.  But for some reason, they almost all look like crap.

All About The Game

This game will have you frantically collecting “boost balls”.  You will also be smashing open power crates before your opponents can get to them.  It would be to their advantage if they get to the power crates first and snag up its contents.  You will be armed with good weaponry.  The player can use this to take out your opponents.  You can also use the good old fashioned physical contact to take out your opponents.

To survive the game, you have to get to the crates first, smash them open and get the power ups inside them.  Aside from gathering as much boost balls as you can, you also need to collect as much power ups as you can so you can defeat your opponents and take them out of the game.

How To Get Hold Of The Game

Developers have taken the time to make this game look good visually. If this game has captured your attention, you can click on the link on an iOS 11 device so you can pre-order the game in the App Store.

But if pre-ordering is not for you, then you can wait for the game to arrive on June 28.  It will then be available in the App Store for free.So, let us wait till June 28 and have fun with the game.

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