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F5 Games Developing Games for the Infinity Game Table™ by Arcade1Up™
posted on: Friday, October 15, 2021


F5 Games is proud to announce that we are one of the first independent game developers for the Infinity Game Table™ by Arcade1Up™! After participating in the hugely successful Kickstarter campaign for the Infinity Game Table™ by Arcade1Up™ we received our unit and immediately saw the potential for incredible new gameplay experiences. We quickly got to work on several titles that we felt would benefit from the large shared play space of the Infinity Game Table and shared those ideas with Arcade1Up™. They were open to the idea of us developing for their platform and we have been working together for the past several months. Today we get to make that collaboration official!

We are extremely excited to be working with the team at Arcade1Up™ and can't wait to share more with all of you about our upcoming titles. You can expect details about the next title from F5 Games later this month and info about our other upcoming titles later this year.





F5 Games LLC is an Oklahoma company that focuses on the development of fun and engaging games for mobile devices. With past releases such as Blackjack Masters, IncrediBlox, House of the Lost, and Pocket Heroes, F5 Games has created a diverse catalog of gameplay experiences that speak to the player in everyone.

Infinity Game Table™ by Arcade1Up™ is a high-fidelity touchscreen board game table preloaded with digital versions of family game night essentials like Scrabble, Monopoly, Chutes & Ladders, Sorry, and more. For more information, check out Arcade1Up.com and infinitygametable.com

Game News Updates for September 24 - Bayonetta is Back, Deathloop Earns High Praise, Nintendo Drops a New Direct, and Back 4 Blood is stumbling near
posted on: Friday, September 24, 2021


Welcome back! It's been a few weeks since our last update but that just means we have even more news for you this time. In fact, we are looking at a cavalcade of game trailers and videos today that I'm sure you will enjoy. So sit back, grab your favorite fall drink, and let's get started.



Nintendo's September Direct Hand Some Surprises

Nintendo held a September Direct yesterday and they had quite a bit to show. We were given a glimpse at new Monster Hunter Rise DLC, a 3D Kirby game, and a new trailer for Splatoon 3. Each of those announcements also indicated that the games will be coming out early next year so hopefully we won't have to wait too long for more info.

We also got the surprise releases of Castlevania Advance Collection and a remake of Actraiser, the quirky SNES action RPG that combines side scrolling combat with Sim-City style kingdom management. Both of those games are available now in the eShop.

We also got some answers on what Nintendo is planning to do with Nintendo Switch Online in the future. There had been rumors of an N64 style Switch controller working its way through FCC approval and it turns out they were true. Nintendo Switch Online members will be able to 'enhance' their subscription and gain access to a selection of N64 and Sega Genesis titles on their Switch. We don't have specific details on release dates or what this 'enhancement' will cost but it would be great to play some 4-player Star Fox again.

For all these announcements, and several more, you can check out the Direct video below.



Bayonetta 3 Finally Gets a New Trailer!

Another welcome update from the Direct was a new trailer for the Switch exclusive Bayonetta 3! We have been waiting years for an update on this game but it looks like the time has been well spent so I won't complain too much. The Bayonetta series is known for over the top action and this entry appears to be turning that up to 11. It appears Bayonetta now has the power to summon and command massive monsters to fight in Godzilla style city destroying battles, it makes for a very impressive trailer. You can check it out for yourself down below and hopefully we will get more frequent updates on this one since it is now scheduled for a 2022 release.



Deathloop Delivers

The PS5 exclusive time-bending shooter Deathloop has released and is getting high praise from the gaming press. It currently sits at an 88 on Metacritic and has garnered great reviews from Polygon, who call it one of the most incredible games they have ever played, and a 10 out of 10 from IGN.

I haven't had a chance to play this one yet but I'm hoping to pick it up in the near future. For more info on the game you can check out IGN's review in the video below.



Back 4 Blood Drops a New Campaign Trailer

I bet that Left 4 Dead probably got more playtime than any other game on my Xbox 360. In fact, we were playing Left 4 Dead on that fateful New Year's Eve when it finally gave up the ghost and entered the Red Ring of Death. There are few game experiences as fun as standing up to a zombie horde with your friends and coming out the other side. While we haven't seen a real sequel to Left 4 Dead 2 in more than 10 years, and likely never will, there is light at the end of this tunnel. Many of the team behind the Left 4 Dead games are back with the spiritual successor Back 4 Blood, and it is coming out in just a few short weeks!

Back 4 Blood turns to 'space worms' to explain their zombie hordes but that is fine with me. The chance to get back into a 4 person squad and stop a worldwide plague of zombies makes this one a must play. Check out the trailer below for a rundown on the story and get ready to start blasting space worms on October 12th.



Metroid Dread Video Shows Off the Gameplay Goods

Nintendo continues to release a lot of info about Metroid Dread. Between the almost weekly videos and Dread Reports there is a lot to cover. I'm actually to the point that I'm starting to tune it out so I can come into the game as blind as possible. However, if you are still looking for more info on the Switch's biggest release for the rest of the year check out the gameplay overview trailer below.



World War Z Aftermath is Available Now

Have I mentioned I like coop zombie shooters? Oh, I have. Okay.

Coming in a few weeks before Back 4 Blood sucks up all the attention World War Z has released their Aftermath Expansion that adds two new campaigns, new classes, and the ability to play in first-person mode. I was actually playing WWZ with a friend last night and I am happy to say we had a blast, so if you're into this style of game definitely give it a shot. You can check out the video below for IGN's impressions of the new campaigns and the FPS mode to see if this might belong in your group's rotation.



There you have it, we're getting into release season so there is a lot to look forward to over the coming weeks. Let me know what upcoming games you are most excited about, or if you have tried any of these new releases, over on Twitter or Facebook. Also, don't forget to take some time away from the games, get outside, and enjoy the first official week of Fall. Have a great one!

Game News Updates for September 3 - No Man's Sky Opens New Frontiers, Dead Space is Back, and Game Boy Color Games Are Coming to Nintendo Switch
posted on: Friday, September 03, 2021


It's time to recap another week of game news. Last week was packed with game reveals and trailers from Gamescom but this week is a little lighter. We have a couple first looks at games coming next year, a rumor or two, and a couple updates for older titles that just keep drawing players in. Grab your favorite Friday beverage and let's take a look.



No Man's Sky Frontiers Update

With the release of its 17th free update No Man's Sky continues to expand what is offered in its seemingly endless galaxy. After the initial lackluster release failed to live up to the sky-high hype it would have been understandable for the team to walk away and try something new. However, the team at Hello Games decided to throw everything they had into updating and saving the game, and that has turned No Man's Sky into an incredible title that is unlike anything else available.

The new Frontiers Update includes several features, but the headline is the creation of procedural alien settlements on the worlds scattered around the galaxy. In addition to visiting these settlements you also have the opportunity to become the governor of these communities, settling disputes and defending them from attack. It looks fantastic and it could be a great opportunity to dive back in if you haven't played the game in a cycle or two. Check out the trailer below to see it in action.



Crysis Remastered Trilogy Dated for October 15

That's right, you'll be able to jump back into the suit and blast your way through the Crysis trilogy starting on October 15 2021. All three games have now been remastered and you'll be able to pick them up individually or as a trilogy for $49.99 on the digital storefront of your choice. I'm looking forward to putting my PS5 through its paces with these great games.



Are Game Boy Color Games Coming to Nintendo Switch Online?

Rumor has it that Nintendo will begin rolling out Game Boy Color games to their Nintendo Switch Online service sometime this month. Mid September will mark the 3rd anniversary of the Switch Online service and it is likely that Nintendo will release a new retro console to entice players to keep up those subscriptions. I'll be excited to see what games are announced and what, if anything, Nintendo does to enhance the titles for release on the Switch.

We'll keep an eye on this and let you know if we hear any more info.



A First Look at the Dead Space Remake

EA held a livestream this week to show off an early look at the upcoming Dead Space Remake. The Verge has a great breakdown of the high points from the stream. It looks like EA is trying to walk a fine line of updating the game visually while staying close to the concept and atmosphere of the original. They are also enhancing the zero-gravity sections of the game, amping up the 'strategic dismemberment', and promising to not include micro-transactions.

Check out the video below for a short look at how the team is approaching the graphical updates and environment of the game and let us know what you think about the direction of this interesting remake.



Project Magnum Video Comes Out of Left Field

I just ran across this video today and thought it would be interesting to share. It is a reveal video for a new 'looter-shooter' game with the working title of Project Magnum. It looks to be an interesting mix of Destiny and Final Fantasy that makes for a strange and distinctive design. The graphics look incredible, and the gameplay looks exciting especially with the addition of the lasso to maneuver around the levels. I don't know anything else about this game beyond the video so check it out below and let us know what you think.



That is all that we have for this week. We also share a lot of news and updates on our social media accounts as they happen so don't forget to follow us on Twitter or Facebook. Have a great Labor Day Weekend, and we'll see you next Friday.

Game News Updates for August 27 - Elden Ring Impresses, Call of Duty Vanguard Plays, Metroid Dread Reveals, and Destiny 2 Expands
posted on: Friday, August 27, 2021


If you thought last week had a lot of game news to sift through, just wait until you see what we have for you this week! Gamescom 2021 dropped a ton of announcements, updates, trailers, and hands-on impressions. We can't possible cover it all here but we have tried to highlight some of the titles that have us the most excited. So grab your favorite beverage, settle in, and let's get started.



Call of Duty: Vanguard - Campaign Reveal and Playstation Alpha

Activision is not making us wait for updates on Call of Duty Vanguard, this week we get a multiplayer alpha and our first look at gameplay from the campaign. Harkening back to the early days of CoD, the video below takes us back in Stalingrad where we get to take a look at some early moments from that horrible battle as the main character finds herself, and her home, behind enemy lines.

If Call of Duty multiplayer is more your style, and you have access to a Playstation, you can get your first taste of Vanguard this weekend! That's right, the first multiplayer Alpha for Call of Duty Vanguard is live on Playstation from August 27 - 29, so grab your trench gun and go get some wins. You can get all the details about the Alpha from this post on the Playstation blog.



New Metroid Dread Trailer Shows Off the Action

Nintendo kept their promise from last week and dropped a new trailer for Metroid Dread today that amps up the action. The new trailer shows off some of the enemies we will see in the new game as well as a collection of new powers and moves from our favorite interstellar bounty hunter. You can watch the trailer below or check out the latest Metroid Dread Report from Nintendo to get additional details on what is shown in the video.



Could Elden Ring be a Breath of the Wild Moment for Souls games?

I have to be honest, I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with FromSoftware games. I am very intrigued by them, I think the mechanics of the games are fantastic, the lore and world-building is incredible, and the impact they have had on gaming is hard to quantify. But, even though I have played a few, I have yet to complete one. I usually get to a point that I just cannot get past and the enjoyment that had been propelling me forward fades into frustration. I know that is the point when I am supposed to 'git gud' and overcome the challenge but I've reached a point in my life where I just can't dedicate that kind of time to gaming and justify the expense.

I share that to explain that I haven't really followed what has been revealed about FromSoftware's next title, Elden Ring. I knew that From was working on a new game, and that it would be coming to next-gen consoles, but the initial trailer looked like 'more Dark Souls' and I didn't expect that it would be for me. However, the impressions that have hit this week could be changing my mind. This article at Polygon, Elden Ring might be FromSoftware’s Breath of the Wild and this preview from Eurogamer We've seen Elden Ring up close and in action - here's the complete breakdown both highlight something that I was not aware of, Elden Ring is morphing the Souls format into a kind of open world RPG experience. That just might be enough to get me pulled in, one more time. Hopefully we'll see more exciting reveals before Elden Ring is released early next year.



Psychonauts 2 Reviews

Psychonauts 2, the long in development Double Fine sequel, has been released and is getting rave reviews from around the internet. Polygon says it "one of the most imaginative platforming games out there, with an absolute flood of joyous ideas and images". Eurogamer recommends the game and calls it a "feast for the wandering mind". ArsTechnica goes a step farther than most and calls it an "early nominee for 2021 Game of the Year".

While I haven't had the chance to play it yet I am hoping to fire it up this weekend. With reviews like these, and the fact that it is free for Xbox Game Pass subscribers, I'm looking forward to diving into the incredible minds of Tim Schafer and the crew at Double Fine.



World War Z Aftermath Looks Fantastic, Adds First-Person Mode

I have just started playing the original World War Z on Game Pass and found it fun but not quite up to the level of Left 4 Dead. One of the things that I think detracts from the game for me is the 3rd person perspective so I was very excited to see that an option in the new Aftermath expansions allows you to get up close and personal with the zombies by playing in first-person mode! I haven't been able to determine if this release will be available on Game Pass or not but either way it looks like a great expansion on the base game and worth a look.



Yes, the PS5 Can Run Crysis Remastered Trilogy

I'm a sucker for Crysis Remasters and the upcoming release of the entire remastered Crysis trilogy in one package will likely be too much for me to resist. This week I came across the video below which highlights the differences between the PS3 releases and the remasters, and was very pleased with what I saw. Based on what they show in the trailer, it looks like the PS5 will do the series proud.



Destiny 2 Season of the Lost and Witch Queen Look Tempting

This was also a big week for Destiny fans as the new 'Season of the Lost' kicked off and we got a look at the next expansion titled 'The Witch Queen'. I have dabbled in Destiny over the years but I am by no means up to date on the lore or where the game currently stands. However, the trailer below has me excited to see what Bungie has in store as it appears they are brining the current narrative to a close over the next few seasons. If you're interested in the details check out this post from Bungie and maybe I'll see you out in the system.



Even with all of these updates we have only scratched the surface of what was revealed this week. If you want even more check out this Polygon article about Xbox at Gamescom and this Eurogamer piece about the biggest Gamescom announcements. As always, we love to hear from you so please send us your thoughts on Twitter or Facebook. Have a great weekend everyone. Happy gaming!

Game News Updates for August 20 2021 - Nintendo Sets Records in Japan, Call of Duty Vanguard Revealed, Quake Returns, Cyberpunk Gets An Upgrade, and New Metroid Dread Info
posted on: Friday, August 20, 2021


Wow, what a week! Just in the last few days we've had new game reveals, surprise releases, giant patches, and history making sales figures. So grab a beverage, settle in, and let's get right in to it.



Activision Reveals Call of Duty: Vanguard

Probably the biggest news of the week was the surprise reveal of the latest game in the Call of Duty franchise, Call of Duty: Vanguard. As you can see in the trailer below, Vanguard is set during World War II and focuses on different characters across four different fronts in the war. I really got a nostalgic vibe for the original Call of Duty titles on the PC based on the different characters and viewpoints from different areas of the war. In addition to the single player campaign there has also been info released about integration with Call of Duty: Warzone and the inclusion of a Zombies mode built by Treyarch. So far it looks like a great addition to the series and we'll keep an eye out for additional updates as we get closer to launch.



Nintendo Dominates The Top 30 Games List In Japan.

During the first week of August every game in the Japanese Top 30 was a Nintendo Switch title. This was the first time in the last 33 years that a single platform has accounted for every title in the top 30 list. Nintendo continues to enjoy success around the world, but especially in its home of Japan, and these sales figures are just another example of how successful the Switch has been. It will be interesting to see if Switch sales slow down as the PS5 and Xbox Series X get into more homes around the world. But for now, at least in Japan, Nintendo reigns supreme.



QuakeCon 2021 Kicks Off With A Surprise.

This year's digital QuakeCon started off with a double barreled shotgun sized bang when Bethesda announced an enhanced version of the original Quake. This new version of Quake offers "up to 4K resolution and widescreen support on compatible platforms, enhanced models, dynamic lighting, anti-aliasing, and depth of field". It also includes all three official expansions as well as a brand new expansion created by the team at MachineGames.

If going it alone isn't your style you can also play through the campaigns in local and online co-op modes for up to 4 players. And it wouldn't be Quake without the incredible deathmatch modes that started the online shooter craze 25 years ago. You'll be able to face off in eight player battles with crossplay between systems, custom matches, dedicated servers, and downloadable mods. The best part of it all? This new enhanced version of Quake is available today on Xbox, Playstation, and Switch. If you have Xbox Game Pass you'll get Quake, and backwards compatible versions of Quake 2 and 3, as part of your subscription. If you're interested in playing a few rounds send us your Xbox Gamertag on Twitter and we can smash some heads.



A New Look at Metroid Dread

Nintendo released a new Metroid Dread video this morning that sheds some light on the setup for the game, and teases more info about Samus' new suit. Nintendo also released a blog post on the Powers of Samus that gives us a look at some basic actions you'll be performing in the game as well as some additional background on Samus' suit and her previous interactions with the X-Parasite.

Metroid Dread looks like a great new installment in the Metroid series, and I can't wait to get a look at it this October. Until then we will continue to keep you updated on interesting new reveals.



Cyberpunk's Massive New Patch

While Cyberpunk hit the streets in a pretty rough state at launch, CD Projekt Red has continued to work on the game post release and deliver fixes and upgrades for its players. This week saw the release of an absolutely huge new patch that promises to fix numerous performance issues, gameplay bugs, and around 100 tweaks and fixes for various missions in the game. If you are interested in diving into the patch details for Cyberpunk v1.3 you can read the patch notes here.

I am a huge fan of CD Projekt Red and have been excited for Cyberpunk for years. I tried to play it at launch on a base PS4 and quickly realized that it wasn't the experience I was hoping for. Since then I have put it on the shelf, waiting both for fixes to the game and to get my hands on a PS5 so that I could play the game in the best possible way. Well, my PS5 is supposed to arrive in late September and it looks like CDPR is still working to improve the game so hopefully my second journey into Night City with go much better.



So there you have it, a full week of game news. Things are picking up as we head toward the holiday season so I'm sure we will have many more jam packed weeks ahead. What do you think of these new reveals? Any big news that we missed this week? Let us know what you think on Twitter or Facebook. Have a great weekend, and we'll see you next week.

Game News Updates for August 13 2021 - PS5 Breaks Records, Infinity Game Table Nears Release, and Tetris Connected is Coming to Switch
posted on: Friday, August 13, 2021


We're back! As you know, the world has been a little bit crazy over the last year but we are still here, working behind the scenes to bring you new and exciting games. While we're not quite ready to share what our next projects will be I did want to get back into the swing of posting updates to the blog so here is a new update on some interesting news from around the industry.



Sony announces 10 million PS5 units sold, even with constrained supply

As reported by Polygon, Sony has reached the 10 million units sold milestone with the PS5 faster than any other Playstation system in history. As anyone who has been trying to buy a system since launch will know the PS5 still seems impossible to get your hands on. Online sales run out of stock in less than a minute and there are dozens of buyers trying to get their hands on every available unit. To hear that they have still sold 10 million units so quickly just makes you wonder how many they could have sold if they weren't constrained by supply.



Arcade 1Up Infinity Game Table releases on August 15th

The team at Arcade 1Up are adding to their lineup of scaled down arcade cabinets with the upcoming release of a new product that could really enhance the board game market, the Infinity Game Table (IGT). The IGT is a coffee table sized device that focuses on bringing players together, either by sitting around the table or connecting with other table owners online, and playing dynamic versions of board games. While the initial game library is mostly focused on classic board games, like Monopoly, Scrabble, and Sorry, it also has a collection of newer games that really benefit from the large, shared play space. It is an interesting new platform that we are really excited about here at F5 so I hope you'll check it out. You can get more information about the IGT at their website, and you can place a pre-order with Best Buy before it goes on sale this weekend.



Tetris Effect: Connected is coming to Nintendo Switch on October 8th

We are huge fans of Tetris here at the studio, and throughout its lifecycle the Nintendo Switch has been a fantastic console on which to get your Tetris fix. With the early release of Puyo Puyo Tetris and then the Nintendo Online exclusive Tetris 99 the Switch has had two fantastic Tetris games for players to enjoy. But, there has been one massively successful Tetris game that Switch owners have not been able to enjoy so far, thankfully that will change this fall with the Switch release of Tetris Effect: Connected.

Based on the video announcement below it appears that Switch owners will get the incredible journey mode from the original PS4 release as well as the additional multiplayer modes introduced in the Xbox exclusive Connected version. Basically you get the best of both worlds with this release and, for the first time, you can play on the go in handheld mode. I can't wait to grab this when it is released on October 8th.



Descent: Legends of the Dark is available now

There have been a lot of new releases in the 'hardcore dungeon crawler' board game space over the last few years. Since the incredible success of Gloomhaven it seems like the floodgates have opened up for large, and expensive, RPG boardgames such as Bardsung, HeroQuest, and now Descent: Legends of the Dark.

Legends of the Dark is the third game in the Descent series and based on the info I have seen they decided to 'turn it up to 11' with this one. Not only does the game come with dozens of gorgeous miniatures it also has multi-level cardboard terrain pieces and a companion app that runs the adventure for you so you don't need a player to be the 'dungeon master'. If you're interested, you can check out the Fantasy Flight Games website for more information on how all of this comes together. It definitely has my interest, but I'm going to need to clear up some serious shelf space before I can splurge on this one.


Thanks for reading! We will continue to post updates here and on our Twitter account so follow us there to stay up to date. Have a great weekend!

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