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Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings (PS4, Switch, PS Vita) – 9/9/9/8 [35/40]
OPUS: The Day We Found Earth (Switch) – 7/8/7/7 [29/40]
Yodanji (Switch) – 7/7/7/7 [28/40]
Yo-kai Watch Busters 2: Sword / Magnum (3DS) – 8/9/8/9 [34/40]

Telltale CEO says their games have dipped in quality/innovation, plan to fix that in 2018, tease new IP

A portion of a Venturebeat interview with Telltale CEO, Pete Hawley...

Hawley: One of the challenges over the last few years, as the company doubled in size and the amount of product going out increased exponentially — we just took our eye off the ball on innovation and quality. Before I took the job, the first thing I did was go on forums and app stores and try to get an idea of the voice of our players. It was clear that our games had become fairly predictable. The formula is loved, but it’s getting old. It’s time for us to innovate, get back to our roots, and do a much better job with fewer games.

We made the decision, going into 2018, that it’s better for us to get to three games next year and do our very best work again. Give ourselves some breathing room, time, space, get back to some real innovations. We’re closing the Walking Dead storyline with season four. We want to get back to our best with that. That’s coming in the summer. We’ll close out Batman in the first half of next year. We have a new IP that I can’t announce yet, but we’re really excited about it. We’re doing that for Q4.

GamesBeat: Is it fair to say that we might see fewer things like Batman and more things based on newer IP?

Hawley: Yeah, for sure. We’re very proud of Batman. Some of the more recent reviews have said it’s the best treatment of the Joker as a character they’ve read for decades. I think we’re still doing great work. It’s done well for us. But really I think we’re best when we get back to the grittier, deeper, darker side with some of the IP we’ve worked with, and when we’re given real freedom of choice. We’re not playing in worlds or with characters that have very specific sets of rules and ideals and approval processes around them. We have more freedom when we take our own path.

Romancing SaGa 2 - UK trailer

Romancing SaGa 2 arrives on Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch on 15th December 2017!

SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition coming to Switch on Dec. 28th, 2017

In SteamWorld Heist, you command space pirates in a series of epic tactical shootouts. Strategy fans will feel right at home and get hooked on the game’s unique action twist. By aiming your weapons yourself you'll shoot bullet-bouncing trick shots with unrivaled precision. No need to rely on chance to take down your foes!

A few centuries after SteamWorld Dig 2, it’s up to a hearty crew of steambots to board, loot and shoot their way through enemy spaceships. With you as their captain! Take on the challenges of the vast frontier by upgrading your recruits with unique abilities, weapons — and even stylish hats!

SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition comes with extra content previously only available as DLC. Including a mysterious ally and a shipload of weapons, upgrades, hats, and missions. Accompanied by a catchy soundtrack by Steam Powered Giraffe, you’re in for an adventure that’s out of this world.

What are you waiting for? Prepare for boarding!

Thanks to Aurora Unit for the heads up!

Fire Emblem Heroes - Tharja wins “Enduring Love” Voting Gauntlet

I have a feeling that a lot of Fire Emblem fans are going to be happy with this one. The 9th Voting Gauntlet has come to an end, and Tharja has been announced as the winner. She appears to be quite the fan favorite!

Along with the announcement of Tharja as the winner, it has been revealed that some special maps and special quests will be coming to the game soon.

Pokemon Shuffle - content update for Dec. 12th, 2017

- new stage featuring Chespin (Winking) stage that runs until December 19th 2017
- Shiny Mega Diancie Escalation Battle stage has begun
- Nihilego, Tornadus Therian Forme, Deoxys Attack Forme and Delibird (Holiday) stages have begun repeat runs

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon Update Is on the Way

An update for Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon will be available later in December 2017. This update will be required to play online—you will receive a message in your game if you attempt to go online before updating.

Note that once this version has been installed, any Battle Videos saved prior to the update cannot be played or shared.

The update will include fixes to these issues:
· On rare occasions at the beginning of the game, if you choose Litten as your first partner Pokémon, the game stops right after the cutscene and prevents you from proceeding.
· The Wide Guard move doesn’t work correctly against some Z-Moves.
​· The Ion Deluge move doesn’t work correctly.
· When a Pokémon learns moves using BP at Mantine Surf Spots or Battle Tree, it will sometimes automatically forget moves it already knows.

Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon - Surf’s Up in the Next Global Mission!

Hit the beach and pull off your best tricks in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon with the “Have Fun Mantine Surfing!” global mission, now in progress. The goal is for all Trainers to collectively earn 1,000,000 Beach Points (BP) in Mantine Surf events by December 25, 2017, at 23:59 (UTC). If the goal is reached, every participant will receive 2,000 Festival Coins as a reward. Even if the goal isn’t reached, everyone will get a participation prize of 1,000 Festival Coins. Trainers who have registered their game at the Pokémon Global Link by the end of the global mission will receive double the number of Festival Coins—4,000 when the goal is reached, and 2,000 even if it isn’t. Be sure to sign up today.

Start racking up points on the waves of the Alola region in the “Have Fun Mantine Surfing!” global mission now!

Check out How to Participate in Global Missions for a detailed walkthrough on how to join the fun.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp - content update for Dec. 12th, 2017

[Log-in Bonus] A new set of Daily Log-in Bonuses is now live, allowing players to get the following: Leaf Ticket x1, paper x3, sea throw net x3, 1 000 Bells, sporty essence x1, request ticket x2, steel x3, river throw net x3, 1 000 Bells, and 1 cute essence (available until December 22nd)

Guns, Gore & Cannoli coming to Switch in Europe on Dec. 21st, 2017

Welcome to Thugtown circa 1920, the height of Prohibition.

Prepare yourself for a non-stop, action-packed, completely over-the-top, fast-paced, platform game. Set against the gangster heyday of the roaring twenties. Lose yourself in an exciting, elaborate tale of the underground and underworld. Experience friendship, betrayal, vengeance, and witness first hand the rise and fall of a criminal mastermind.
This is survival horror, wiseguy style... Capiche?

"Leave the gun, take the cannoli... actually, on second thought, take the gun and eat the cannoli, you’re gonna need it."

Story
The game tells the story of Vinnie Cannoli and his mob family, set in the fictional Thugtown circa 1925, the height of prohibition. Beneath the city overrun by zombies, there's a dark story of conspiracy and betrayal. Unravel the sneaky mafia ways and government conspiracy while you try to look for your lost pal and for answers about the zombie-outbreak.

Key Features
Action-Packed Gameplay
Prepare yourself for a non-stop, action-packed, completely over-the-top, platform game where you have to fight, shoot, blast and kick your way through a deeply engrossing story. Not only will you have to take on the undead, but also rivalling gangsters and the army trying to cover things up.

Beautifully hand-drawn 2d graphics and animations
Step into the atmospherical, shady world built by HD hand-drawn 2D graphics. Experience fluid animations and cinematic style cut-scenes.

Immersive World and Period
Despite Prohibition and the imminent Depression, people are ready to drink themselves to (un)dead. Every inch of the game is like a picture straight from the Prohibition era. The cars, the furniture, the Speakeasy clubs, the music and the weaponry reflect the turbulent days of the roaring twenties.

Local co-op mode
Partner up to 4 friends and unravel the mystery together.

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