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Weekly Games Update for July 31 - Halo Infinite F2P, Modern Warfare 2 for PS Plus, and Eiyuden Chronicle gets Kickstarted.
posted on: Friday, July 31, 2020

Welcome back for another gaming news roundup! This has been a fairly quiet week but we have a few things worth your time. Let's check them out.

Modern Warfare 2 Remastered and Fall Guys Available for PS Plus Subscribers in August

The free games lineup for PS Plus subscribers in August is pretty great! Starting this week you can grab the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered campaign and you will also be able to grab Fall Guys when it launches next week on August 4th. There have been several preview articles this week claiming that Fall Guys is going to be 'the next big game' so it sounds like it is definitely something you will want to check out.
Check out the video below from Playstation Access to get all the details on these great games.

Suikoden Followup Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes Funded on Kickstarter in 2 hours

If you are a fan of Japanese RPGs then you will probably be interested in the newly announced game Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes. Billed as a spiritual successor to the classic PS1 game Suikoden, Eiyuden Chronicle aims to be a large traditional JRPG with a massive cast of characters to recruit to your side. It launched a Kickstarter this week and was funded in less than 2 hours and continues to pull in donations even as we speak with more than 2 Millions dollars pledged so far!. Check out the Kickstarter trailer below and if this is something you're interested in you can get more details on the Kickstarter at this link.

Halo Infinite Multiplayer Going Free 2 Play?

Reports surfaced this morning that Halo Infinite's multiplayer may launch as a Free to Play mode distinct from the campaign. This would be a very interesting move from Microsoft and it could give them a chance of carving out a place in the highly competitive landscape alongside Fortnite, COD:Warzone, and Apex Legends. I have always been a fan of Halo Multiplayer and I'm excited to see what 343 has in store for us with Infinite. Hopefully we will all get to give it a shot later this year.

Blackjack Masters v1.1.5 released for all platforms

Here at F5 Games we have been hard at work improving our game Blackjack Masters and working on some new projects that we hope to launch later this year! This week we released v1.1.5 of Blackjack Masters to the Apple, Google, and Amazon App stores so no matter where you play you can grab the latest version of the game and play some cards! Please let us know what you think and please consider giving us a review on your App store, it really helps us.

Play Blackjack anytime for free with Blackjack Masters! Learn Card Counting and Blackjack Strategy even compete with your friends!

Thanks for reading, have a great weekend.

Weekly Games Update July 24 - Crysis Launches, Xbox Games Showcase, and Star Wars Squadrons Looks Legit.
posted on: Friday, July 24, 2020

This week saw one big release and some major hype for games coming this Christmas season. Let's step through it all shall we?

Crysis for Switch is a real thing you can play right now!

Yes, it has actually happened, Crysis has launched for Nintendo Switch and, from all accounts, it's actually pretty great. Check out this awesome Digital Foundry video to see an in-depth look at how Crysis looks on the Switch in comparison to both the original PC version and the version that released for last-gen consoles. It definitely looks like a miracle port and I still can't believe that we can run Crysis on a portable gaming machine.

Star Wars Squadrons Previews Raise the Hype Level to 11

When Star Wars Squadrons was announced earlier this year I was instantly excited. As I have mentioned before, I am a huge fan of the classic PC space sims Wing Commander, X-Wing, and Tie Fighter and Squadrons looked like it may be trying to bring that style of gameplay back in a beautiful new package. But, this is EA we're talking about, so there was also the chance that the game would have a stripped down tutorial parading as a single-player campaign and then a few multiplayer modes tacked on. I tried not to get my hopes up too high.

Thankfully, it appears Star Wars Squadrons may be 'the real deal'! Several previews of the game hit this week and across the board they sound like Squadrons has brought them back to the days of classic space combat. The game appears to be highly skill based with advanced flight maneuvers, power management, and tough capital ship attacks. I can't wait to get my hands on this thing when it launches on October 2nd.

If you want more detail on Squadrons check out these previews from Eurogamer and The Verge.

Mario Kart Tour Landscape Update!

While it may not be for everyone Mario Kart Tour has been a success for Nintendo on iOS and Android. Nintendo has continued to update the game, bringing in new characters, karts, and tracks since launch. The latest update, which went live this week, brings a much requested feature to the game, the ability to play in Landscape Mode! Check out the trailer below for a look at the new feature, which makes this feel just that much more like the Mario Kart of old.

Microsoft Xbox Games Showcase and the Game Pass Experiment

Microsoft held an Xbox Games Showcase yesterday to show off their slate of upcoming games for the Xbox Series X launch later this year. While many games were shown, there were very few that displayed actual gameplay, in fact most of the reveals were nothing more than CGI renders or title announcements. The general consensus is that Microsoft hasn't done enough to sell players on purchasing an Xbox Series X this Christmas, and I have to agree. What I find interesting is that Microsoft may not be making the case, because they don't really care if people buy the Series X this Christmas, they just want people to sign for Game Pass.

Microsoft made it very clear that every game shown yesterday would be available on their Game Pass subscription service the day it was launched. That means Halo, Forza, Fable, and the other dozen Microsoft Game Studios games shown off can be secured with a $10 a month subscription instead of by plopping down $60 for each game individually. It is a really interesting move from Microsoft, by focusing their sales efforts on the subscription they are minimizing their new hardware launch and trying to push players to Game Pass which allows you to play on an Xbox One, PC, or even Mobile with their xCloud streaming service.

I get the feeling that Microsoft as a corporation has decided that they can't beat Sony and Nintendo in the classic 'Console War' fight and they are choosing to move the battlefield to a new location, services. It could be a very smart move on their part but we will just have to wait and see how it plays out for them. I imagine that if this push to services doesn't take off like they hope Microsoft will exit the hardware business and transition into being a software publisher only, much like Sega did in the 2000s.

In the meantime we do have a new Halo game to play this year. So check out the gameplay from that below and let the nostalgia wash over you. If you are interested in reading about the other games announced yesterday this article at Eurogamer has you covered.

Here at F5 Games we are working on the next update to Blackjack Masters which will add weekly tournaments! These tournaments will make it easy to compete with other players and your friends to see who is a real Blackjack Master. If you haven't downloaded the game yet you can play for free on iOS and Android.

Play Blackjack anytime for free with Blackjack Masters! Learn Card Counting and Blackjack Strategy even compete with your friends!

Thanks for reading, have a great weekend.

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Weekly Game News Roundup - Jul 17
posted on: Saturday, July 18, 2020

It has been another great week for games! We have a couple hype videos and the launch of two major games from first party publishers! Let's dive in.

Ghost of Tsushima Launch

The latest Sucker Punch Production, Ghost of Tsushima, launched today to mostly positive reviews. Nearly everyone has praised it for fantastic visuals, in-depth combat, great atmosphere and story. Reviewers that found fault with the game tend to all focus on the overdone 'open world' gameplay loop that we have seen in so many games this generation. It looks like a great send-off for the PS4 as this is the last first-party game that will be released for the system. Congratulations to Sucker Punch on the launch, I can't wait to give it a try.

Crysis Remastered for Switch - Launching on July 23rd

Can the Switch run Crysis? Apparently it can, and it has awesome features like dynamic lighting, destructible environments, maximum explosions, and sharks. While I know that this will be the worst looking version of Crysis Remastered I still want to pick up it just to see what it looks like to run Crysis on Nintendo's portable wonder-machine. I also can't wait for Digital Foundry to get their hands on this thing. Check out the trailer below and get your body, and your Switch, ready for launch on July 23rd.

No Man's Sky Desolation Update Coming Soon

Talk about a game that just keeps going and going, No Man's Sky just will not quit. After it's difficult initial launch it has continued to improve with large game changing updates coming at regular intervals. The next update on the list is called Desolation and among a ton of bug fixes and other enhancements it adds a new randomized mission type that has you board derelict space freighters that may, or may not, have scary face-hugging aliens on board! Check out the trailer below for a taste of that and if you want more details on the update check out this article on Polygon.

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Paper Mario: The Origami King Launch

The last Nintendo game for Switch launches today, at least the last one we know about. Paper Mario: The Origami King launched today to mostly positive reviews and it looks adorable. Retaining the off-beat humor that the series is known for but with an all new puzzle based combat this looks like another great game for our favorite plumber and friends.
Check out the trailer below and send me your impressions on Twitter if you give it a try.

Game Maker's Toolkit: Birth of the Japanese RPG

I am a big fan of the Game Maker's Toolkit channel on YouTube and their recent video about the origins of Japanese RPGs was great. If you are an RPG fan like me I'm sure you will find a lot to love about this video. Tracing the origins of classic series like Dragon Warrior and Final Fantasy back to some of the original PC RPGs shows that while we may still make a distinction between Eastern and Western RPGs, they all started in the same place. Check out the video below and make sure to check out the GMTK channel on Youtube.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Weekly Game News Roundup - July 10
posted on: Monday, July 13, 2020

It has been another great week for game news. Let's dive in to the roundup for this week and find you a new game to play.

Curse of the Moon 2 Launches

Starting off with a game you can actually play today, Curse of the Moon 2 is now available for the Nintendo Switch, PC, Playstation 4, and Xbox One! I picked this up today for the Switch and have already played through the first few levels. I have loved the retro presentation and I really enjoy the nostalgia it generates for one of my favorite NES games of all time, Castlevania III. Apparently not wanting to take a break Inti Creates has already announced an update that will be hitting next week for the game. Version 1.2.0 will include a Boss Rush mode as well as other fixes and enhancements. Check out the trailer below for a look at the Boss Rush mode but be aware it shows off several bosses from the game as well as some advanced coop techniques.

Xbox Series X Games Showcase coming July 23

It appears the next salvo in the next-gen battle will be fired on July 23rd. Microsoft has announced that they will be showing off their first-party game lineup for the Xbox Series X later this month in a streaming event on the 23rd. The Xbox Games Showcase will be broadcast on Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter on Thursday, July 23 at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT. If you are a Geoff Keighley fan, like myself, then you will want to check out his Summer Gamefest pre-show which starts at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT.

Ubisoft Forward Event and Assassin's Creed Valhalla Gameplay Leak

Ubisoft has announced that their Ubisoft Forward event will take place on Sunday July 12th. We are expecting reveals for Farcry 6, gameplay for Watch Dogs Legion and Assassin's Creed Valhalla, and whatever crazy end of show surprise Ubisoft has planned for this year. As is often the case however, there has been a leak of nearly 30 minutes of gameplay from the new Viking themed Assassin's Creed prior to the show. Polygon has the details on the leak although it appears the footage has been pulled from most sites at this point. Thankfully we won't have to wait long to see what Ubisoft has in store for us. I have embedded the video stream for Ubisoft Forward below so you will be able to check it out on Sunday starting at 12 p.m PDT / 9 p.m CEST.

Great new games coming for Nintendo Online Subscribers

Nintendo has announced that new games are coming to the NES and SNES collection for Nintendo Online subscribers on July 15th. The SNES will get Donkey Kong Country, one of the biggest SNES games of all time, as well as Natsume Championship Wrestling. On the NES side we will be getting a cult classic action RPG from EA named Immortal. This is a game that I remember playing as a kid and just getting destroyed by the difficulty. I'm excited to try it again now that I am so much older and wiser. Check out the trailer below for a better look at these gems and make sure to try them out on the 15th.

Ghost of Tsushima gets an awesome Japanese trailer

We are only a week away from the launch of the last big PS4 release from Sony, Ghost of Tsushima. To celebrate the upcoming launch Playstation Japan put together an awesome trailer that mimics the retro movie trailer style of days gone by. It's really pretty incredible and I encourage you to check it out. Make sure you turn on subtitles so you can get the full experience. I am really looking forward to checking this game out when it launches next week.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend and let me know on Twitter what you think of Curse of the Moon 2

Weekly Game News Roundup - Independence Day Edition
posted on: Friday, July 03, 2020

Happy Independence Day! While we are going through some troubling times here in the U.S.A I think it is important to recognize the history of this great nation and celebrate its founding. Before we all head out for a weekend of BBQ, Fireworks, and swimming pools, let's recap some of the interesting game news from the last week.

Curse of the Moon 2 Launches Next Week

Curse of the Moon 2, the retro action game announced by Koji Igarashi last week, already has a second trailer and a release date! Thankfully we won't have to wait long for this awesome looking throwback to hit Nintendo Switch, PC, Playstation 4, and Xbox One, as the game will be available for download on July 10th. This trailer also shows off the games new coop mode, which is something I am definitely interested to try out. Check out the new trailer below and look forward to our impressions in the weeks to come.

Next-Gen Games Getting a Price Hike?

With the announcement this week of the 'Mamba Forever' versions of NBA2K21, 2K Sports also dropped a next-gen bombshell about game pricing. While some publishers like CD Projekt Red and EA have announced that their cross generational games will allow owners of the current-gen game to upgrade for free to the next-gen version 2K is taking a different approach. 2K has announced that the next-gen version of NBA2K21 will cost $69.99, which is a $10 hike over the standard price of $59.99 that has been in place for the last two console generations. Also, there is no upgrade window like we have seen from other publishers, which mean that if you would like to grab the current-gen version and then upgrade to next-gen later you will either have to purchase the game a second time or you will need to purchase the 'Mamba-Forever' version for $99.99 which will give you access to the game on both generations of hardware. For more details on the specifics of this check out this article on Polygon

While it isn't clear if this will be an industry wide move for next-gen games I wouldn't be surprised. Game budgets continue to grow and the technical requirements for next-gen are only going to increase that problem. Bumping up the standard pricing for new games to $70 will help offset that additional cost, and I imagine more and more publishers will give this a try. If this does start to look like a trend across the industry you may want to think twice about purchasing a digital only console. Physical games still continue to see much better discounts than digital titles after launch and if the prices are going to start higher those discounts may be more important than ever.

Ghost of Tsushima - A Storm is Coming Trailer

Ghost of Tsushima continues to impress with each new reveal, and this new story trailer is no exception. I am very interested to see what Sucker Punch has been able to do with the long development cycle for this game. By all accounts it looks fantastic, and thankfully we won't have to wait much longer to find out for ourselves. Ghost of Tsushima will be released on July 17 for PS4.

Fallout Getting a TV Series?

As reported by Eurogamer, Amazon has teased a new Fallout TV Series for their Prime Video service. Industry news says that this project is being headed up by the creators of the HBO hit Westworld and that it will dive in to the dark comedy and off-beat storylines of the game world.

For more details check out this article at Eurogamer

Crysis Remastered Trailer Leaks and the Game Gets Delayed

Early this week Crytek started a tease for the first trailer of Crysis Remastered, an upgrade of the legendary Crysis with the latest graphics tech that would be coming to current-gen consoles. This is a game that has been highly anticipated by fans for years and something that I was personally excited for as I never had a PC that 'could run Crysis'. After the tease the upcoming trailer leaked, as they tend to do these days, and basically all hell broke loose.

WARNING - Late game story elements of Crysis are revealed in this trailer

It didn't take fans long to start complaining that, based on the trailer, Crysis Remastered looked worse than the original Crysis! Honestly, I don't see the issue but I am not as familiar with the original version. Interestingly the outcry from fans was so negative that within a day of the leak Crytek announced that they would be delaying the game to improve its quality and visuals. Hopefully Crytek can make some upgrades to the game and release it in a condition that will please the fans. I am excited to give it a try and will definitely check it out on release.

Blackjack Masters Leaderboards Update

The latest update for Blackjack Masters launched this week on iOS and should be coming soon for Android and Kindle Fire Tablets. It includes leaderboards so you can compare your Blackjack skills against other players from around the world and it allows you to link up with your friends so you can compete with someone a little closer to home as well.
You can grab Blackjack Masters for iPhone and iPad by tapping here. Let me know what you think.

Thanks for stopping by this week. I hope everyone has a fun and safe July 4th weekend and that you'll swing by again next week for another round of gaming news updates.

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Weekly Game News Roundup - Jun 26
posted on: Friday, June 26, 2020

What a week for game news! Over the last week we have seen several new game announcements and updates for some old favorites. I thought it might be fun to highlight a few that we are excited about at F5 Games.

Star Wars: Squadrons

I was a huge fan of the Wing Commander and Star Wars dogfighting games for PC back in the 90s; I played through every level of the first 5 Wing Commander games, X-Wing and Tie Fighter. While the space sim used to be a staple genre in video games it has really fallen on hard times over the last few years with very few releases to speak of. That is why I am extremely excited for the reveal of Star Wars: Squadrons, an all new Space Dogfighting game for PS4, PC, and Xbox One. The trailer below covers all of the details we know as of right now except for the fact that this will be a $40 game and that there will be no micro-transactions!. I will definitely be picking this up on Oct 2nd, the only question I have is how in-depth the single-player story will be. I really hope we are getting a fleshed out single-player experience in line with the classic X-Wing and Tie Fighter games, if we do this could be in the running for my Game of the Year.

Pokemon Unite

While Nintendo has been pretty quiet on the announcement front lately there have been several updates from the Pokemon Company over the last week. Last week we heard about Pokemon Cafe Mix, a new F2P Pokemon puzzle game which is available now on Mobile and Nintendo Switch. The bigger announcement, in my opinion, was the reveal this week of Pokemon Unite, a new Pokemon themed Moba for mobile and Nintendo Switch. This game is being developed by Tencent and is set up like a Pokemon version of League of Legends. I don't know about you but this almost feels like a Meme. LoL + Pokemon = Profit!

If a Pokemon multi-player team battle game sounds like your jam, check out the reveal trailer below.

Curse of the Moon 2

A few years ago Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night was kickstarted as a spiritual successor to the Castlevania series. As a long time Castlevania fan I was interested but I never could have imagined how an unexpected outcome of that Kickstarter would end up being one of my favorite games of the last couple years. That game, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, was released as a downloadable title that looked like an homage to Castlevania 3 within the Bloodstained universe, I grabbed it on day one and never looked back. It is a small snack of a game that really takes me back to the glory days of hair pullingly difficult NES platformers while still giving you just enough help to get over the hump.

I say all of that to let you know how excited I am that there is GOING TO BE A SEQUEL to Curse of the Moon! Check out the reveal trailer below for Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 and get hyped for some awesome retro action coming our way 'soon'.

Cyberpunk 2077

This week saw the first in a series of reveals for Cyberpunk 2077 called Night City Wire. This first episode was a roughly 25 minute video that showed off a new gameplay trailer, walked through some new gameplay features like 'BrainDance' investigations, and included some discussions with CD Projekt developers. This game looks fantastic and it is really shaping up to be an incredibly detailed world, I hope they can pull it off by November.

Blackjack Masters Update

We have also been hard at work here at F5 Games on our latest game Blackjack Masters. Next Monday we will release our next update for the game which includes Leaderboards so you can compare your success at the Blackjack tables with our other players. We have also added the ability to link up with your friends in the game in case you want to see which one of your friends is the best Blackjack Player.

The Tournament update for Blackjack Masters should hit iPhone and iPad on Monday with Android and Kindle Fire version getting the update later in the week. Please let us know what you think of the new additions and if you are enjoying the game please spread the word and leave us a review on the App Store. Get Blackjack Masters on the App Store for Free

Thank you for reading. With many more rumored announcements coming up in the next few weeks we would like to make these weekly roundup posts a more regular occurrence. Check back next week for more coverage.

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