- Release date
Feb 14, 2020
Street Fighter V: Champion Edition is the third incarnation of SFV that includes balance tweaks and bundles together 40 fighters, 34 stages, and over 200 costumes. The latest fighter to join the roster is master of fire and ice Gill, who comes with his own Sun Chase Moon stage.
The upcoming game can be purchased separately for $29.99, whether digitally or at retail. Existing owners can upgrade to Champion Edition and receive immediate access to its already available content for a marginally lower price of $24.99.
One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows is a 3v3 fighter based on a hit manga and anime series. Players form teams of their favorite heroes and villains to take on missions in the story mode or compete against each other in battle.
The list of playable characters confirmed by publisher Bandai Namco thus far includes Genos, Hellish Blizzard, Mumen Rider, Speed-o’-Sound Sonic, Metal Knight, Stinger, and of course Saitama himself. The latter also has a pajama-wearing alter ego: Dream Saitama, who is able to fight without vaporizing his opponents with a single punch. Getting him early is one of the pre-order bonuses, as detailed after the jump.
Half-Life: Alyx is a VR-exclusive shooter and the first entry in the series since 2007. It is not the long-awaited continuation to Half-Life 2: Episode 2, but rather a tie-in that takes place between the events of the first and second games. Players take control of Alyx Vance, and together with her father Eli, mount a resistance against the Combine’s invasion of Earth.
The game is built from ground-up for VR, and supports every SteamVR-compatible headset including HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality, and Valve’s own Index. Input-wise, it works with both button-based and modern finger tracking systems.
Samurai Shodown is a weapon-based fighting game by SNK and a reboot of the long-running series. Set in a fantasized version of 1787 Japan, it features a roster of over 20 fighters, including several newcomers to the series.
The game has already been released on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Google Stadia, and is set to launch on Nintendo Switch in February. It will run at 60 FPS with support for tabletop, TV, and handheld modes. There is also a bonus for early purchasers as detailed after the jump.
- Release date
May 19, 2020
Wasteland 3 from inXile Entertainment is a story-driven RPG with strategic turn-based combat that, like Wasteland 2, was crowdfunded, raising over $3 million. Compared to its predecessor, the upcoming game offers more fluid squad-based combat, player-controlled vehicles, and two player co-op.
Wasteland 3 takes place in post-apocalyptic wastes of frozen Colorado. Players once again step into the shoes of a Desert Ranger, who takes on a job for the self-proclaimed Patriarch of Colorado in order to secure aid for Arizona. The developer promises an engaging story rife with difficult moral choices.
Phoenix Point is developed by an independent Bulgarian studio Snapshot Games, which is headed by a maker of the cult-classic X-COM. As X-COM‘s spiritual successor, Phoenix Point combines a strategic world view called Geoscape with tactical turn-based battles. It features destructible environments, extensive soldier customization, and plenty of weapons and gear acquired through trading, conflict, or research.
Phoenix Point takes place in a post-apocalyptic Earth devastated by a virus that mutated most of its life forms into alien monsters. Notably, these aliens evolve and adapt to the player’s tactics through procedural generation. The remains of humanity broke up into factions that the player may ally with to gain access to their resources and unique technologies.
Nioh 2 is a “masocore” action RPG from Team Ninja. Timeline-wise it is a prequel to the original Nioh, and follows a different protagonist: a half-yokai, half-human mercenary who can utilize both weapons and supernatural abilities, and even enter the Dark Realm. This time around, the protagonist is fully customizable by the player including gender, appearance, and so on.
Like its predecessor, Nioh 2 can be played in Action (60 FPS), Movie (30 FPS with superior visuals), and Variable modes – and switching between them is easier than before. Regardless of the mode, PS4 Pro owners will enjoy higher resolutions.