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River City Girls 2 Beats Down PS5, PS4 Next Year

River City Girls also coming to PS5.

A sequel to uber-popular retro brawler River City Girls is in development for the PlayStation 5 and PS4, while the original will thump Sony’s next-gen system as well. The sequel – due out in 2022, with Arc System Works on publishing duties and WayForward developing – will follow directly after the events of its predecessor, and will once again put you in control of Misako and Kyoko, as well as Kunio, Riki, and more.

The press release teases: “New moves, new enemies, new recruits, new environments, and the return of an old foe await, along with the same over-the-top sense of humour and adrenaline-pumping combat of its predecessor. The game will also feature two-player co-op action both locally and online.”

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Fantasy RPG Soulstice Goes Grimdark on PS5

Metal Gear Solid’s Stefanie Joosten voices main character.

Was Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin not edgy enough for you? How about Soulstice, then, a new fantasy RPG from publisher Modus Games and developer Reply Game Studios. The game’s scheduled to release next year on PlayStation 5, and will feature two sisters – one turned into a ghoul, we should add – with superhuman strength and mystical powers. Stefanie Joosten of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain fame will provide the voices.

“Manage both characters simultaneously,” the blurb reads. “Briar masters melee attacks and combos, while Lute controls the battlefield with her otherworldly abilities. Combine their strengths to unlock powerful transformations and fulfil their true potential as a Chimera.” It actually looks and sounds pretty good – there’s a gameplay trailer embedded above.

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Mini Review: Minute of Islands (PS4) – A Short But Beautiful Island Trip

Ah, fresh air.

Minute of Islands is a beautiful adventure game that’s maybe less light-hearted than you think. While the outer appearance is wonderful — we love its cartoonish, hand-drawn style — the game quickly establishes a darker, sadder tone for its six-hour runtime. You play as Mo, a young girl who resides underground after a devastating blight wipes out much of the life on the archipelago she calls home. Tasked with maintaining four giants who manually keep the islands a safe place to be, the game is about restoring the beasts after they all mysteriously stop working.

To do so, Mo must travel across the islands and dispel the airborne toxins polluting the land. Creepy half-synthetic, half-organic technology is brought to life by Mo’s staff, the Omni Switch. Once you’ve activated all the purifiers, you’ll go back underground to wake up the giants with simple environmental puzzles. Gameplay-wise, there’s not much to chew on with only very basic interactions and somewhat fiddly platforming, but the story does enough to keep you invested in Mo’s journey.

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The Crew 2 Keeps on Rolling with Ongoing Support

Crew cut.

Say what you will about Ubisoft, but it keeps its games alive for a very long time. The Crew 2 is celebrating its third anniversary, but developer Ivory Tower is not going anywhere, with another season of content ready to release. This will get underway with the US Speed Tour East starting next month, bringing a new set of events spanning New York to Miami.

You can check out the trailer above for a glimpse of what’s in store, as well as an overview of some of the other events and activities planned for the release. There’s still no word on a PlayStation 5 patch, however, which is a bit of a bummer for those continuing to play on next-gen consoles.

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Mini Review: Chicory: A Colorful Tale (PS5) – Painterly Puzzler Is Almost Perfect

An easel recommendation.

Sometimes the world can feel colourless. Yet when we attempt to add some of our own — a splash of vivid red across, for example, a bus shelter — we’re on the wrong side of a vandalism charge. So to the escapist world of gaming we once again turn, leaping into this absolute charmer about the emotional burden of creativity. Okay, that sounds quite exhausting, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Chicory: A Colorful Tale sees you take control of a chipper custodian (named after your favourite food) for the titular Chicory themselves, who is the latest in a long line of wielders of a magic paintbrush that allows them to deftly add colour to the world. Chicory has gone missing and left the paintbrush behind for Superintendent Jaffa Cakes to take up the bristles and go Bob Ross on the game world’s candy ass.

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Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions Pulls No Punches on 3rd September

It’s a livin’.

Announced earlier in the week for PlayStation 4, arcade sports game Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions now has a release date and trailer. Due out on 3rd September, the tie-in features a number of famous faces from the Rocky film franchise, including Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang, and Ivan Drago. They’ve all been given a cartoon makeover, but we actually like the art style.

“Step into the ring and show off your boxing skills in a knockout arcade experience, where you can fight as 20 iconic characters from the Creed and Rocky universe,” the IGN video blurb explains. “Take on world-class opponents across a variety of thrilling locations, or challenge your friends and family in intense, head-to-head matches.” Is this looking like a knockout? Let us know below.

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Mini Review: The Persistence Enhanced (PS5) – Survival Horror Roguelite Still Rocks

Returnal.

Before there was Returnal, there was The Persistence. Being tethered to PlayStation VR at launch, Firesprite’s roguelite sci-fi survival horror never quite got the attention it deserved, but it was a well-executed marriage of genres. Set aboard an abandoned deep-space colony ship overrun by a mutated crew, you find yourself revived by the system’s AI as a series of “printed” bodies, with your ultimate goal being to restore the craft’s systems and prevent it from being ripped apart by a deadly black hole.

The narrative serves largely as justification for the gameplay loop, which sees you dying frequently and gradually upgrading your arsenal and abilities. Stem Cells can be violently extracted from foes and spent on persistent unlocks, making you increasingly more capable in combat and stealth as you progress. The gameplay is actually extremely well designed: should you get detected then you can use a shield to counter enemy attacks, creating an opening for you to strike.

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: Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade (PS5) – A Welcome PS5 Upgrade, and Yuffie Stars in a Short but Solid Expansion

Remake 1.5 Remix.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is the PlayStation 5 version of Final Fantasy VII Remake, boasting enhanced graphics and better technical performance. Needless to say, it takes the adventure up a notch, and when you throw Episode INTERmission into the mix, it feels like Remake has evolved into a more complete package.

In this review, we’ll be covering both Intergrade and INTERmission in separate chunks, with a full conclusion at the end.

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Beware This Trophy in PS5 Stunner Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Easy Platinum undone by annoying oversight.

Oh, Insomniac Games! Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is incredible, but the developer has cocked up one of its Trophies, rendering a potentially easy-peasy Platinum a real bolt in your boots. The developer clearly intended for the game’s virtual pots to be seriously straight-forward to unlock – after all, you don’t even need to find All Collectibles Locations, just some of them.

However, one Trophy, Shifty Character, requires you to hit all the Blizon Crystals – these are runes which toggle you between dimensions – on two of the title’s primary planets: Blizar Prime and Cordelion. It should be simple – you can return to any prior location once you’ve beaten the campaign anyway – except for the fact that some of the Blizon Crystals you need are perched on a grind rail on Blizar Prime which you can never access again.

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: Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection (PS4) – Cut-Throat Action, Old-School Design

Ninja star.

Ryu Hayabusa has been enjoying an early retirement ever since the Ninja Gaiden series was put on ice years ago. Team Ninja has been busying itself with the Nioh games in the meantime, a more deliberate style of action title that takes things in a different, yet more modern, direction. Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection brings Ryu back with three major games in one package, but the genre has somewhat moved away from the flash and breakneck pace. How does it all stack up, then?

Well, let’s first go over what’s included. Simply put, Master Collection contains the enhanced editions of the three mainline entries. You get Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge. To be clear, this collection is not a remaster; these are ports of the PlayStation 3 games, running at a higher resolution and a flawless 60 frames-per-second. While it’s not a particularly impressive re-release, the package does also contain most of the DLC, a nice digital artbook and soundtrack, and allows you to play as various other characters too.

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