Graveyard Keeper Preview

I keep typing “Gravy” instead of “Grave” …I’m hungry.

Last year, Lazy Bear Games announced Graveyard Keeper and pitched it as “the most inaccurate medieval cemetery management sim of the year“, but being as it’s the only graveyard sim out there, accuracy is moot. It’s “a game of capitalism” and about “doing whatever it takes to build a thriving business.”

You’re the keeper of a small village cemetery, thrust into the position via a tumble with fate. Walking home to your partner while texting and crossing the road (there’s a lesson to be learnt here, Spot it?). Tasked with watching over the dead, the real job is to make a living and help restore the village to past glory. There’s much more to do than just dig graves and bury bodies, every Sunday you have to lead a sermon, like mass for example. There are relationships to maintain and you will come across a few choices you’d rather not make.

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Graveyard filling up? too many bodies coming in? well… you could throw them in the river. Want to increase the amount of money the village traders have… give a sermon about how important the traders are. The more money they have and the richer they become will in turn increase the amount of visitors the church will receive.

There are three types of experience, Red – gathered by performing acts of physical strength such as crafting or chopping down trees, Green – acquired by gaining knowledge of nature and Blue – representing your knowledge of the immaterial world, the spirit world. Everything you do will earn you some kind of these to spend on new craftables or skills from the progression trees.

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Performing an autopsy on the intake, harvesting various pieces and using them for crafting or sale. Crops to harvest, armour and weapons to craft and dungeons and caves to delve. Using any and all means to connect the coin of the village to your wallet.

Befriending the traders grants access to more to purchase and more ways to exploit your influence upon the town such as sending a few of the easily persuaded on a fool’s errand.

There are six key characters you can befriend and they visit the graveyard or the village and surrounding area once a week, these characters are pivotal in your progression of skills and money-making as well as progressing the narrative. The Inqusitor is a favourite of mine, he reminds me of Vito Corleone from the Godfather, he has the raspy hushed voice and insinuates he could sort you out if he needs to… in a good or a bad way.

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As posted in the dev diary “the more popular your church and your graveyard are, the better it is for local businesses” and “the more you trade with a certain character, the quicker he/she levels up. Selling and buying things from a character helps him/her to evolve and become richer“. Its clear from the offset that Graveyard Keeper has big plans, to offer far more than the title would suggest.

It’s like Stardew Valley in appearance but slapped with a great dose of dark humour and ethical dilemma. Graveyard Keeper is due out on August 15th 2018.

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The Elder Scrolls VI Announced

The Bethesda E3 Media Showcase is done, it’s over and we got a ton a great things coming from them. The event finished with a teaser for the next game in The Elder Scrolls series, that’s right, number VI (6).

It’s currently in pre-production and perhaps should be expected for another few years, but I am so happy they announced it regardless.

Published by Rhys Baldwin.

Ride 3 Announced

Milestone have announced the next game in the Ride series with Ride 3, which will release for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on November 8th. It will feature more than 230 motorcycles and 30 tracks with 12 of them being brand new to the series.

The sequel is being developed in Unreal Engine 4 and makes use of drones to capture and recreate real life tracks. The career mode is going to be based on volumes in order to create an experience that tells the story of a specific bike category, track or manufacturer. Improved AI, physics and collision systems also feature. Customise your bikes mechanically and aesthetically with more than 500 customisation parts and the Livery Editor.

Published by Rhys Baldwin.

Ubisoft Confirms E3 Press Conference Date & Time

This year, Ubisoft’s E3 conference will take place at the Orpheum Theatre on June 11th at 9PM UK Time. The conference will feature a live-streamed pre-show and a post-show will follow to celebrate the games and players.

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Last year at Ubisoft’s press conference we were treated to many announcements, news and trailers. Not to mention the re-reveal of Beyond Good & Evil 2 which delighted many fans including myself.

What does Ubisoft have in store for us this year? Only time will tell, and I am hyped!

Published by Rhys Baldwin.

New Battle-Royale Game Radical Heights Coming Today

Boss Key Productions have unveiled their latest project which comes in the form of a free-to-play battle-royale game called Radical Heights. Players have next to no time to wait, being able to play the game in early access starting today, April 10th.

With the X-treme Early Access, you shape the future of the game, with going updates, patches and real-time feedback implementation, the community will help guide development decisions during the journey to its full release in 2019.

Radical Heights takes the form of a game show in which contestants face off against each other with the hopes to win big. Dynamic game show moments can occur at random throughout each match and can be different from one game to the next, spin the wheel, open a prize door, go for the cash-grab or maybe just wait for someone else to.

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In-game cash carries over into future matches! Play matches, collect that sweet cold cash, kill enemy contestants, interact with game show elements which allow for more acquisition of ‘moolah’ for your personal prize room, or put the cash in your wallet to help buy a weapon in the next game faster than your opponents.

Gadgets are included and take the form of workout trampolines, inflatable decoys, confetti bombs and more.

Upon first glance, this sounds very much up my alley and I am excited to get my hands on Radical Heights when it releases later today on Steam.

Published by Rhys Baldwin.

 

 

Spider-Man Release Date & Collector’s Edition Announced

Insomniac has finally announced the long awaited release date for perhaps one of the most anticipated games of the year. Marvel’s Spider-Man will be released September 7th for PlayStation 4.

Not only that, but more details such as what comes with the Collector’s and Digital Deluxe Editions, DLC and the box-art has been revealed.

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In the US and Canada, there will be a Digital Deluxe Edition that features the game, a DLC pass and a physical pin of Spider-Man from the box art. The Collector’s Edition comes with everything from the Digital Deluxe one but is also packed with physical goodies such as the Steelbook case, mini artbook and a statue of Spider-Man perched on top of something, which is to be revealed in the summer.

There will be post-launch DLC, called “Marvel’s Spider-Man: The City That Never Sleeps” which is a three-part campaign that contains new missions, villains, characters and additional suits for the web-slinging hero.

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Those who pre-order will net some goodies in the form of three Spider-Man suits, a Spider-Drone Gadget, PSN Avatar, PS4 Theme and 5 Extra Skill Points. Only one pre-order bonus suit has currently been shown which is the Spider-Punk outfit.

Published by Rhys Baldwin.

 

Nintendo Switch Nindies Showcase Announcements

That’s right, another Nindies Showcase has arrived and has given us a look at what Indie titles Switch gamers can expect in the coming months. All titles they announced have a release window within 2018.

Mark of the Ninja Remastered is coming to the handheld, home console hybrid in Fall 2018. Stealth your way to victory over your enemies by traversing 2D levels in this HD remaster from Klei Entertainment.

Fantasy Strike from Sirlin Games is a fantasy meets martial arts fighting game in which anything can become a weapon. It features local and online multiplayer and will release Summer 2018.

Just Shapes & Beats is Berserk Studios upcoming bullet hell game. Deadly shapes are set to funky beats that players need to navigate carefully. It launches on Nintendo Switch, this summer.

Garage is a brand new game from tinyBuild that will be launching exclusively for the Switch on May 20th. The top down shooter is inspired by the gory VHS era of B-movies.

Adult Swim Games and Rekim brings Pool Panic to the Nintendo Switch in Summer 2018. The cartoon game of pool will place players in levels ranging from cities to deserts. With more than 100 levels to play through, go it alone or join up with friends in local multiplayer.

Bomb Chicken is a chicken platformer that requires players to lay bombs in order to defeat enemies or make your way through levels. It comes to the Switch first in summer 2018.

Lumines Remastered is an HD remake of the puzzle game from enhanced games. Play solo with a friend in local multiplayer and go up against the puzzles placed in your path. Expect to play it in Spring 2018.

In Reigns: Kings and Queens, you are a monarch of the modern age. Face neverending requests from allies and enemies, your choices mean everything and will be the difference in glory or failure. It comes this Spring and features local co-op.

Light Fall is coming in Spring 2018 and is a platforming adventure game in which players are taken to the forgotten world of Numbra. Uncover the past and hopefully save the inhabitants of the world in the process. Speed-run mode will be added to the game for those competitive gamers out there.

West Of Loathing from Asymmetric is a stick figure western RPG. That’s right, it features turn-based combat, lots of hilarity and plenty of quests. It releases on the Swithc as a console exclusive in Spring 2018.

Pode is a co-op exploration puzzle game from Henchmen & Goon. Inspired by Norwegian art and culture which results in a stunning story environment. It can be played solo but recommended to play co-op. It launches this Spring on Switch.

The Messenger is a stunning platformer that allows gamers to transport between an 8-Bit platformer and a 16-bit adventure world through time-travel. It release Summer 2018 on Switch and comes from Sabotage and Devolver Digital.

Bad North from Plausible Concept and Raw Fury puts you against the viking horde whilst you seek to arm your troops, protect your citizens and inspire loyalty. When a captain falls, he is gone for good, so play smart. It releases in Summer 2018.

The Banner Saga 3 is heading to Nintendo Switch. The epic conclusion to stoic’s award winning trilogy releases Summer 2018. The mature story based role-playing game will be joined by it’s predecessors The Banner Saga and The Banner Saga 2 on the hybrid console. Both the first and second games are coming soon, with save files carrying over.

Published by Rhys Baldwin.