TMA 167 – On Game!

On a totally, 100% film discussion free podcast, the boys get back to the good stuff! Video m’games! Tom’s finally succumbed to the charms of JRPGs with Persona 4 (a Parry certified ‘game for planes’) and Xenoblade Chronicles X. Mat on the other hand (and to the surprise of nobody) has beaten Yakuza 3, so he spends his time telling you where it currently lies in his rankings, before he gets into the joys of the 4th instalment in the series…

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Niantic Team up with Chester for Exclusive Pokemon GO Event

Niantic Labs the developers behind Pokemon GO have partnered up with the City of Chester to bring Pokemon GO to fans around the UK for an action packed event on the weekend of Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd of July. 

The event will take place along side Chester's annual Heritage Festival, which celebrates the heritage of one of the world’s most historic cities.

You can follow the latest details as they evolve on the Chester's Pokemon Go Facebook page and we'll keep you updated as we hear more details.

UPDATE:

The team at http://bigheritage.co.uk have released some more information regarding the event held within Chester City;

Specifically related to Pokemon GO, we can confirm the following taking place between 10am-4pm across Chester on 22-23rd July:

Opening of Chester Castle for the first time to the public in 20 years - with Norman soldiers, a fully working medieval field kitchen, arms and archery demos and hands-on activities. The Castle will also home to more than one Pokémon Gym and a number of Pokéstops, meaning trainers will be able to enjoy some digital raids, alongside some historic ones!

  • Pokémon GO PastPort - Visit four historic camps across the city (to be revealed on the day) to find characters from across the city's history. They'll be ready to stamp your limited edition Pokemon GO Pastport which will be given out to trainers on the day. This is the only event in the world where Pokemon GO PastPorts are available!
  • Pokémon GO Map Trail - use the game to help you navigate around the city to find 10 specific Pokéstops and find the answer to questions on a special Pokémon GO explorers map. Complete all 10 and hand your map into a series of hubs across the city to be rewarded with a limited edition official Pokémon GO History Explorer certificate.
  • Free Pokémon Go facepainters, musicians, birds of prey, odd characters will be dotted around the city and free entry for under 16s at the Sick to Death attraction (also a gym!).
  • Free film screenings and craft activities at the Grosvenor Museum throughout the weekend.

We know that a lot of the above appeals to a family audience, and we are aware that people want to know what is happening within the game itself for the festival. We are currently working out this detail with Niantic Inc, but can already confirm the following:

  • Over 120 new Pokéstops and gyms across the city, (we think Chester will have the highest concentration of gyms in any city!)
  • Lure-mania - there are going to be more lures across the city than you'll have ever seen before.
  • Raid Radio - we want maximum participants at raids, which is no easy task given the amount of gyms. We will be helping to share radio info live via the Facebook event page and broadcasting live on Facebook throughout the weekend. Make sure you're following our page  to keep updated.
  • Chance to help us create your own in-game Pokéstop - As part of our partnership with Niantic Inc, we are aiming to hugely increase Pokéstops and gyms at historic sites across the UK. We will be asking players over the festival to nominate historic sites or places in their own local area (not just Chester) and adding these into the game (conditions apply!).

We will be confirming further details (both live and in-game) later this week as things develop. This is just the start!

One of the main activities at the event is the Pokemon Go PastPort, where players can collect stamps as they visit select locations around Chester and learn about the given area, these are; Vikings, Civl War, Romans and Normans.

TMA 166 – Full of Wonder

On this week’s TMA, Tom has finally done it! He’s finally got a full set on Retro Collect… If only it were the N64! It is of course, the Pokemon Mini! He talks us through that, Japanese N64 games and Super Famicom Fighting Games! Mat has perhaps unsurprisingly been playing a new Yakuza game (3) and gives us his feelings on how the ‘Year of Yakuza’ is going, before the boys get completely side tracked by discussions about film…

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TMA 165 – Fun ‘n’ Games!

On yet another episode of Tom and Mat Attack, the boys do a little reflecting on the state of games. Mat’s Year of Yakuza brings him from 2 to Kenzan, a Japanese only release set in Edo Period of Japan’s history. The game has some questionable content by Western Standards that the boys pick apart and fan boy over Takeshi Kitano movies. Tom then has dabbled in some more N64 pick ups, that made him reflect over the purity of games that is becoming lost in an age of visceral experiences… Just to keep it light though, Mat’s been raiding in Pokemon Go and making some crazy money in Crazy Taxi Gazillionaire! What fun!

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Adventure game Obscure Coming to Steam Soon

Obscure is a platformer, puzzle, adventure game inspired by titles like "The Witness", "Abzu" and "Journey".

We have a couple of screen shots of the game below and a few alpha in-game trailers for the game. Obscure is due to be released on Steam at the end of July, and we'll keep you posted on any more details about the game.

Death Squared Coming to Nintendo Switch on July 13th

Death Squared the co-op puzzle game by SMG Studio is coming to Nintendo Switch on July 13th. The game is already released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One but this month you'll be able to get your Death Squared on in a portable manner!

3..2..1..Grenades! Blasts onto Steam for PC

3..2..1..Grenades! is a snowball fight with high explosives. Help save Grenades Co from the terrible monster it's unleashed in this LOCAL MULTIPLAYER ADVENTURE GAME. Save the day or battle it out by yourself with bots, or with up to 4 of your friends!

Over 20 Mix and Match Game Variants!

  • Explosions++
  • Big Head
  • Invisible Grenades
  • Slow Mo
  • Low Gravity
  • Turbo Speed
  • Bullseyes Only

Lots of Multiplayer Modes (with bots to fill in any flesh gaps)!

  • Deathmatch
  • Fallball
  • Tennis
  • Capture the Pug
  • Paintball
  • Target practice

You can find the game over on it's Steam Page here and also checkout the 3..2..1.. Grenades website!

SEGA Forever Gives You FREE Retro SEGA Games For iOS / Android

SEGA launches it's classic games collection with the release of SEGA Forever for Android and iOS devices, but the best part? All games will be available for FREE with new games added every two weeks, oh and the below launch trailer has all sorts of amazing nostalgia thrown in!

SEGA FOREVER™ MAKES TIME TRAVEL* COST-EFFECTIVE, CONVENIENT

Three decades after it all began, SEGA Networks announces a growing collection of classic video games for mobile

SAN FRANCISCO, LONDON – 21st June 2017 - In celebration of a simpler time - an era that came before cool kale, hyper-connectedness, DIY artisanal beer-making, and social media mayhem - SEGA Networks Inc. is bringing a growing collection of classic video games from every console era to your mobile device for free. The collection, called SEGA Forever, is a re-awakening of archetypal gaming, an ode to the deep and diverse SEGA catalogue, and the beginning of a retro revolution that will transport players back through two decades of console gaming.

Each game in the SEGA Forever line-up is free-to-play, ad-supported, playable offline, and includes added features like cloud saves, controller support, and leaderboards. For players who prefer a pristinely ad-free mobile gaming experience - folks who want to play SEGA just like they remember playing in their basement, without interruptions from parents, siblings, or homework - we’ve rolled back the price so each game can be purchased without ads for £1.99. As the SEGA Forever collection expands through months and years, it will include both official emulations and ported games that pan all SEGA console eras, each adapted specifically for mobile devices while remaining faithful to the original games.

“Above all else SEGA Forever is a celebration of nostalgia. It’s about allowing fans to reconnect with past experiences and share them with family and friends in an accessible and convenient way" explains Mike Evans, CMO of SEGA’s Mobile Division in the West. “Join us on a journey of rediscovery as we roll out two decades of classic games free on mobile. Create your own ‘SEGA Forever folder’ and collect your favourite classics. Enjoy moments of nostalgia on the go, or sync a Bluetooth controller to enjoy a console-like experience in your living room. SEGA Forever democratizes retro gaming, and seeks to change how the world plays, rediscovers, and shares in classic game experiences.”

The first batch of SEGA Forever games has been carefully curated, boasting both blockbusters and core fan favourites; The collection will officially kick off tomorrow with five Mega Drive / Genesis titles, all of which will be available to download for free on the Google Play Store for Android devices and on the App Store for iPhone and iPad, where they will be accompanied by iMessage sticker packs:

● Sonic The Hedgehog, the 1991 household classic that has remained at the forefront of hearts and minds since inception
● Phantasy Star II, the long-time fan-favourite RPG from 1989
●Comix Zone and Kid Chameleon, two American titles developed by SEGA’s in-house studio STI
● Altered Beast, the original Genesis pack-in title, a beat ‘em up set in Ancient Greece that represents a weird and wonderful segment of the SEGA catalogue that is ripe for rediscovery

Following tomorrow’s launch, the SEGA Forever collection will continue to grow with additional releases coming every two weeks. To stay up-to-date with launch news, share your love of the golden age of video games, cast your vote in polls, share your opinions in surveys, and interact with other SEGA fans, check out the SEGA Forever website and follow our dedicated Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.

New Bikini Ready - Valkyrie Drive Bhikkhuni is Out Now on PC

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Grab your swim suit and remember that suncream as were heading to island of Bhikkhuni, VALKYRIE DRIVE -BHIKKHUNI- is out now for PC.

  • Fully remastered in 1080p, 60FPS with native support for even higher resolutions!
  • Choose between 7 unique playable characters to learn and master, each with their own playstyle!
  • Battle your way through 24 Story Missions and crank up the difficulty or change your character for even more replayability!
  • Print the underwear of your wildest and sexiest dreams by earning Bhikkhuni Points through combat prowess to spend on Echigoya’s revolutionary Lingerie Printer! 
  • Engage in fast-paced arena based online multiplayer with up to four players!
  • Full-featured dressing room for deep customization of all playable characters — from hair to accessories, clothing and more!
  • Support for both Steam cloud saving, achievements, and exclusive trading cards, plus backgrounds, emoticons and badges to unlock!

Read all the latest details over on Valkyrie Drive Bhikkhuni Steam Page and while the launch lasts, you can grab 10% OFF the game!

We'll also be releasing more videos of the game over on our YouTube channel.

The Town of Light Out Now for PS4/Xbox One/PC

The Town of Light, the Historically Inspired Psychological Thriller, Makes Console Debut alongside Launch Trailer Draped in Mystery

Uncover the Secrets of the Volterra Psychiatric Asylum in the Enhanced Edition of this Solemn yet Striking Story of Mental Illness, Now Available on PlayStation®4, Xbox One and Windows PC

Watford, U.K. — June 6, 2017 — In partnership with developer LKA.it, independent games publisher Wired Productions is delighted to announce today that the chilling, first-person psychological adventure game The Town of Light is now available in physical and digital formats. Featuring countless enhancements along with new story-supporting content for its console debut, The Town of Light has arrived on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Windows PC. Distribution of the physical edition will be delivered in partnership with THQNordic.

Fans of the game can grab the exclusive The Town of Light Collector’s Edition, which includes never-before-seen behind the scenes footage in addition to a stunning 100-page artbook, from the Wired Productions Store.
 
“The aim of the project was to talk about mental illness,” said Luca Dalcò, Studio Head and Founder of LKA.it. “This is one of the single biggest issues affecting the day to day lives of people throughout Europe and the world. In telling these stories and today bringing the game to console, we do our part to help de-stigmatise mental illness and raise awareness for the struggle of those who suffer with it.”
 
“We’re incredibly excited to bring The Town of Light to consoles today,” said Leo Zullo, Managing Director at Wired Productions. “In addition to creating a flawless recreation of a real-world location, the game tells a mesmerizing story of the struggles of real people. The game’s grounding in reality is hugely immersive and the quality of the narrative is a testament to the incredible team at LKA.it.”
 
An enhanced edition of the original, this new release of The Town of Light offers a host of new puzzles, new story-supporting content, reworked voiceover dialogue, additional interactive elements and a huge graphical and UI overhaul that aims to deliver a more polished and immersive experience for its console debut and enhanced Windows PC release. The game also now features the heart-rending track ‘I Will Find You’ from Icelandic singer-songwriter Sóley.

Tom and Mat Attack 161 – Merlot Trapezoids

On this week’s TMA, we cram all of our collective energy into for May into one podcast! There’s talk of chairs, games and a whole lot more besides! Mat’s been playing some Switch with titles like Tumbleseed and Kamiko, while Tom’s been playing old favourites like Need for Speed Undercover on the Wii, Ghost Rider on the PS2 and is still disappointed by Battlefront on the PS4… What a time to be alive!

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Tom and Mat Attack 160 – Twisted Metal Underwater

On this week’s TMA, Tom has been back to Horsens and netting himself some titles like NFL BLITZ THE LEAGUE 2 (all caps), Critical Depth and Pitfall: The Lost Expedition Besides that, he’s been playing some Another World  Little Nightmares and falling out of love with Yooka Laylee. Mat’s still knee deep in Persona 5, but took some time out to walk around the world of What Remains of Edith Finch. It’s a good un!

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The Deer God Available Now on Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita

The Deer God Now Available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita

SYDNEY - 25 April, 2017 -The Deer God, the lush 3D pixel art adventure from Blowfish Studios and Crescent Moon Games, launches today for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita as a Cross-Buy title. 

Downloaded more than 1.5 million times across Xbox One, PC and mobile platforms,The Deer God tellsthe story of a hunter who learns what it means to become the hunted. After setting out to bring home a large trophy, the protagonist meets an untimely end and comes face-to-face with the Deer God, who in an act of karmic retribution reincarnates him as a fawn.

Journeying through stunning, procedurally-generated pixel art landscapes, players rely on their platforming skills and wits to protect the young deer from ever-present dangers while solving puzzles to unlock new skills and abilities that will aid the pursuit of continued survival. 

Deer can also go down a dark path and acquire destructive powers to unleash upon hunters and other creatures of the forest, but this could result in the eventual reincarnation as a life form lower than a deer.

Inspired by classic titles, including Metroid, The Legend of Zelda and Ecco the DolphinThe Deer God also draws from childhood experiences enjoying the peaceful experience of immersion in the great outdoors. 

"As games have evolved as an art form we have seen them address everything from heroics on the battlefield to war crimes, but we have not seen many games that show an appreciation for the environment," said Ben Lee, CEO, Blowfish Studios. "Whether you have a love of nature or not, The Deer God will provide an experience that is as rich and rewarding as it is entertaining."

Tom + Mat Attack 158 – 1, 2, Switch It Off

On this week’s TMA, the boys have been playing a plethora of gaming delights! Mat’s up to his elbows in Persona, so Tom’s had to get his beak wet with the likes of Mighty No. 9! The boys finally play 1, 2 Switch and are left wanting… Fortunately, not for too long as they then played Puyo Puyo Tetris! A brief discussion about the Vita library, the questionable nature of wanting a full set and the latest Nintendo Direct make it a long podcast, but hopefully you’ll agree, a good one!

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