Train2Game News Pokémon 25th Anniversay Tease

The Pokémon Company International teased its upcoming 25th anniversary celebration for the Pokémon brand during the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®.

A troupe of Pikachu danced to the original and iconic Pokémon theme song in New York’s Herald Square.

The electrifying performance ended with Pokémon Trainers unfurling a massive banner revealing the official logo for the celebration.

This year also marked the 20th consecutive year in which a giant Pikachu balloon floated among Manhattan skyscrapers and delighted fans during the Parade.

The Pokémon Company International invites fans around the world to stay tuned for more information about the very special upcoming celebration of Pokémon’s 25th anniversary in 2021.

You can enjoy a clip of the dancing Pikachu below…

Train2Game News 38 Golden Joystick Awards

The wait is finally over as the results of the 38th Golden Joystick Awards were revealed live tonight via Twitch, YouTube, Facebook and GamesRadar at 12.30 PST / 15.30 EST and 20.30 GMT. 

The Golden Joystick Awards honour the best videogames of the year. The event was first held in 1983 and since then it has grown to become the world’s largest public voted gaming awards brand.    

More than 3 million votes were cast to determine the winners in 20 categories. Four Critics’ Choice awards were also revealed on the night.

The show was hosted by Travis Willingham, the voice of Thor in Marvel’s Avengers and Laura Bailey, voice of Abby in The Last of Us Part II and Black Widow in Marvel’s Avengers. The event also featured musical performances from Harry Mack and Lara6683, as well as appearances from some of the biggest names in gaming.    

The 2020 Golden Joystick Award winners are:

  • Best Storytelling: The Last of Us Part II
  • Best Multiplayer Game: Fall Guys
  • Best Visual Design: The Last of Us Part II
  • Best Game Expansion: No Man’s Sky: Origins
  • Mobile Game of the Year: Lego Builder’s Journey
  • Best Audio: The Last of Us Part II
  • Best Indie Game: Hades
  • Still Playing: Minecraft
  • Studio of the Year: Naughty Dog
  • Esports Game of the Year: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Best New Streamer / Broadcaster: iamBrandon
  • Best Family Game: Fall Guys
  • Best Gaming Community: Minecraft
  • Best Performer: Sandra Saad (Critics Choice)
  • Breakthrough Award: Among Us (Critics Choice)
  • Hall of Fame: Team17 / Worms (Critics Choice)
  • PC Game of the Year: Death Stranding
  • Best Gaming Hardware: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  • PlayStation Game of the Year: The Last of Us Part II
  • Xbox Game of the Year: Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Nintendo Game of the Year: Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Most Wanted Game: The next God of War game
  • Critics Choice Award: Hades (Critics Choice)
  • Ultimate Game of the Year: The Last of Us Part II   

Daniel Dawkins, Content Director, Games and Film at GamesRadar+ said:

“Thank you to all the developers, publishers, performers and broadcasters who have made this year’s virtual award ceremony possible, joining us from your homes and offices all over the world. We are truly humbled by everyone who has worked so hard to create and release games in this difficult year, and to everyone who has rallied around the Golden Joystick Awards.

“Finally, the biggest thank you goes to the millions of gaming fans who played and then voted for their picks of the year. This year, more than ever, games have brought people together and provided much needed escapism, empowerment and community. We’ve been celebrating the people who make games for 38 years, and it’s never felt so important to come together and recognise their achievements.”

You can watch the full awards show on catch up via:

Twitch – The Golden Joystick Awards

YouTube – GamesRadar

Facebook – GamesRadar

GamesRadar   

Train2Game News: Gods Will Fall Announced

Deep Silver is pleased to announce Gods Will Fall, a dark fantasy action game due to launch on January 29, 2021 on the PlayStation®4, Xbox One and the Xbox One X, Nintendo Switch, PC, and Google Stadia.

Developed by Manchester-based Clever Beans, Gods Will Fall is a high-stakes, dark fantasy action game about the few remaining Celtic warriors of a destroyed army, on their way to overthrow the diabolical Gods. Pre-orders will go live in January of 2021.

View the announcement trailer on YouTube – https://youtu.be/q3FEhQf98wE

In Gods Will Fall, you are the last hope for humanity. The gods’ torturous rule over humanity has lasted for millennia. Bent on cruelty and suffering, they demand to be served with blind worship through an oath of fealty pledged from every man, woman, and child.

To those who don’t submit to the gods’ will, a slow and merciless death awaits.  

Experience the brutal trials of a venturous band of warriors in their desperate plight to sever the gods’ callous grip on humanity. Every man and woman who can muster a blade, having suffered the brutality of the gods’ reign for too long, will be called upon to form your clan of eight Celtic survivors and rise up to take on the legions of horrific beasts and minions that dwell in each of the gods’ hellish realms.    

A personal tale emerges with every decision made. Succeed and see legends born. Fail and watch lives turn to dust.

Features:

  • Iconic Gods & Realms – Unravel the dark secrets of each ancient god as you venture into their elaborate and perilous lairs. Crawling with minions who will stop at nothing to defend their deities, each location will be deadlier than the last.
  • Celtic Warrior Clan – With eight different warriors of every size, each equipped with their own exclusive weapon type, choose your next hero wisely. Success is hard earned and brings unique skills, weapons, and items, but failure will see the challenger imprisoned and screaming for salvation. 
  • Navigate a World of Duality – Savor the calming sights as you explore the stunning and lush terrain of the Overworld. But beyond each ancient doorway lies a god’s realm. Brimming with foul creatures, stalking a world built from human suffering. Each path you tread and each door you open will be different from the last, ensuring a brand-new tale unfolds every time.
  • A Lesson in Brutality – With a pick up and play combat style that is easy to learn but hard to master, a massive challenge awaits all who venture within. Strengthen your warrior by entering the fray and embracing the berserker within. Defeat is always moments away as the gods await their challenger.

Gods Will Fall will launch on January 29, 2021 on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC and Stadia. For more information about Gods Will Fall, please visit the official site GodsWillFall.com

Train2Game News Discover Free Games Anywhere

Digiwalls Media has released the latest feature on GamerPower and enabled new API functionality that is free for all users.

The new API system, available here, allows any user to find and track gaming giveaways programmatically by platform, giveaway type or even a specific giveaway at the press of a button.

This feature further expands on GamerPower’s already impressive functionality that delivers gamers the best giveaways in the world of gaming.

Whether it is on PC, Steam, Mobile or a specific console, GamerPower provides instant access of giveaways across the internet and keeps its users, who pay no cost for the service, up-to-date with instant access to giveaways from all the world’s leading game publishers.

The addition of the new free API gives users unprecedented ease of access to giveaways that mean the most to them and this feature is slated to be expanded on with the addition of other search criteria in the future as well as through the implementation of user feedback.  

Interested users can check out the free service through the link above or by visiting GamerPower directly at https://www.gamerpower.com

Train2Game News Unique Production Line Puzzle Game Announced

Malmyr is a story-driven building game about production chains and automation.

It is heavily inspired by games like the Settlers, Anno and Factorio. In comparison to these you are not meant to build a huge city or factory. The goal is to take a puzzle and logic oriented approach into solving the missions at hand. It looks easy on a quick glance but gets very complex and harder with every mission. A big part of Malmyr is the constant, rather slow pace and the fitting sound design.

The feature standing out are the quite unique logistics of Malmyr. To be able to construct buildings (and for production chains), resources need to be transported to the respective buildings by road. Instead of “just” connecting two buildings, the direction of the resource flow on the roads needs to be set (and constantly adapted) manually, so that you have to learn how to handle the complexity coming from that.

You are sent to the forgotten lands of Malmyr by your King and his Court Magician. With an advisor by your side it is your task to explore Malmyr, mine its ores, process them and fill your King’s treasury. While doing so you will find ancient ruins and magical runes left behind by the previous occupants of Malmyr: The dwarves. With each mission you will learn more about the dwarves and the dark secret behind their disappearance.

In each mission you are given story context by written dialogues between the NPCs. A mission has multiple sub-goals to fulfill which have to be handled differently in each mission. The maps of the missions have different rules. An example would be that you are missing a crucial resource that needs to be sourced in another way, like from a certain special delivery building or by transmuting other resources. But there are also environmental hazards in some missions, like a lava wave you have to “outrun” or fires triggered by lightning strikes.

Features:

* A main campaign with a continuous story, consisting of 3 acts with 4 unique missions each.
* A freeplay mode, where you progress through an increasingly difficult mission. You will unlock new buildings by finishing mission steps. In the end you will unlock a building unique to this mode and face a final task.
* A sandbox mode, where you have most buildings available and start with copious amounts of resources.
* Over 50 buildings.
* Over 50 resources.
* 12 Magical Runes and 3 special Runewords.

Planned release: Q4 2020 – Q1 2021
State of development: Feature complete, currently polishing and improving UX

Price: USD 14,99$ / EUR €12.49 / GBP £11.39
Platform: Steam (PC), https://store.steampowered.com/app/1470320/Malmyr/
Multiplayer: No (Only Singleplayer)

You can find some more information, a presskit and an up to date demo on https://www.malmyr.com

Train2Game News When The Past Was Around

From the teams that brought cult hits Coffee Talk and A Raven Monologue, Indonesian developer Mojiken and Indie publisher, Chorus Worldwide proudly present When the Past was Around, a whimsical point-and-click puzzle game about love, loss and letting go. Prepare for your soul to be touched and your heart to be warmed When the Past was Around launches for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in mid-December.
 

The game offers a wordless yet profound narrative experience and features heart-wrenching moments to move players of all ages. When the Past was Around invites gamers to gather clues, solve puzzles and unravel secrets buried deep within the protagonist’s memory. Award-winning violin music accompanies you as you explore Eda’s world, as she re-traces the steps of her lost love within her memories.
 

When the Past was Around won the coveted Best Game Award at this year’s Gamescom Indie Arena Booth. Original music, composed by Masdito “ittou” Bachtiar, also won Best Audio at this year’s Taipei Game Show Indie Game Award.
 

Features:

Pictures Paint a Thousand Words – Experience the game’s story not through words or dialogue, but through beautifully hand-drawn art created by talented Indonesian artist, Brigitta Rena.

A Short, Sweet, Whimsical Journey – Explore a bittersweet tale between a girl and her love in disjointed rooms of memories through time.

Personal and Relatable – A game about overcoming the past and finding yourself.

Brain Teasing Puzzles – Solve intriguing puzzles to uncover the story.

Award-Winning Music – Atmospheric violin music accompanies you from moments of peace to heart-wrenching sadness.

You can enjoy the trailer below…

Train2Game News Shadowlands Expansion Launch Celebration On Twitch

HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., is teaming up with Blizzard Entertainment for a livestream event to celebrate the launch of World of Warcraft®: Shadowlands, Blizzard’s new expansion for its acclaimed massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

WoW fans can join the Into the Shadowlands event through HyperX’s Twitch channel on 20 Nov. 2020 at 10 a.m. PST, 6 p.m. GMT or 7 p.m. CET for hours of entertainment leading up to the expansion’s Nov. 23 release.  

HyperX will play host to familiar WoW faces, musicians, voice actors, Blizzard developers, esports players, and more to explore the ins and outs of the Shadowlands. During the event, HyperX will be offering viewers the chance to win great prizes that will support them on their journey through the wondrous realms of Azeroth’s afterlife.  

One of the highly anticipated features coming to World of Warcraft with Shadowlands is the all-new character-customisation options, including a wide range of hair and facial designs, which will enable players to enhance the look of their characters. Reflecting this deeper in-game customisation, HyperX’s NGenuity software enables gamers to personalize their gaming gear not only with specialised commands but also to match RGB lighting with their customized WoW characters. Whether gaming with an Alloy Elite 2 keyboard or Pulsefire Raid mouse, HyperX enables WoW players to extend their characters’ personality to their peripherals.   

“As long-standing partners with Blizzard Entertainment, we are excited to offer our #HyperXFamily the chance to celebrate this amazing franchise’s latest expansion pack three days ahead of its release,” said Jessany Van’t Hoff, head of global gaming partnerships, HyperX. “We believe that all gamers play better with HyperX. Our prize giveaway during the live Twitch stream will ensure that a lucky few will have the ultimate personalisation experience when playing World of Warcraft: Shadowlands.”

To learn more about World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, visit http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/shadowlands.

Train2Game News Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory

SQUARE ENIX® and Disney today announced the launch of KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory, the first rhythm action game in the wildly popular video game series.

Starting today, players can battle to the beat of legendary composer Yoko Shimomura’s beloved tracks and timeless classics from Disney, including “Let It Go” and “Under the Sea,” on the Nintendo Switch™ system, the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One X. This celebration of music and adventure marks the KINGDOM HEARTS series’ debut on the Nintendo Switch.

  To watch the KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory Gameplay Compilation trailer, visit:
https://youtu.be/dWu66QEB27Y

  In KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory, players will relive their favorite moments from the series as they journey alongside Sora, Donald and Goofy, along with other familiar KINGDOM HEARTS characters. As players travel through iconic Disney worlds, they will join forces with beloved Disney characters along the way. Players can master more than 140 musical tracks, including favorites like “Destiny Islands,” “Hand in Hand,” and “Working Together” from Yoko Shimomura, as well as classic songs from Disney’s cinematic universes.

  Whether alone or with friends and family via local co-op and online multiplayer, players will bounce and bop to the beat of the exhilarating KINGDOM HEARTS soundtrack to defeat tough enemies and bosses. The game offers three different play styles so players of all ages and skill levels can enjoy their magical musical adventure in KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory. Players can casually explore all the worlds and tracks with One Button mode, or really showcase their prowess with the frenetic “Performer” mode for more fast-paced and skillful combo sets. Along the way, players will unlock and collect iconic story scenes from across the entire KINGDOM HEARTS saga, to be enjoyed in the game’s Museum. Competitive Online Battle modes mix up the formula even further, with special tricks to confound your opponents. Players of the Nintendo Switch™ version can also participate in a Free-for-All battle mode with up to seven other players via local play.

  Celebrations of the game’s launch continue in the hit mobile game, KINGDOM HEARTS Union χ Dark Road, as fans can obtain the brand-new SN++ – MoM Kairi Medal for a limited time. Full details on how to obtain this new Medal can be found in-game.

In addition, for those eager for even more musical KINGDOM HEARTS content, the official KINGDOM HEARTS III soundtrack is now available worldwide digitally. The soundtrack features ten hours and over 160 songs from the critically acclaimed KINGDOM HEARTS III and a curated selection of recent KINGDOM HEARTS-related titles composed by Yoko Shimomura, Takeharu Ishimoto and Tsuyoshi Sekito.

  Fans can also look forward to the release of KINGDOM HEARTS Ultimania: The Story Before KINGDOM HEARTS III, the long-awaited English translation of the fan-favorite reference guide. This gorgeous oversized hardcover containing a collection of KINGDOM HEARTS art and trivia will release on June 15, 2021, and can be pre-ordered from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other select retailers now.

  KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory is rated E10+ by the ESRB and is now available for $59.99 on the SQUARE ENIX store, the Nintendo eShop, PlayStation®Store, Microsoft Store and other select retailers. For a limited time, those who purchase for the PlayStation®4 system from the PlayStation®Store before December 31st, 2020 will also receive the KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory theme. The KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory free demo is also available to download now on all three platforms. For more information, visit: www.kingdomhearts.com/mm

  KINGDOM HEARTS Union χ Dark Road is available now as a free-to-play app (with in-app purchases) through the App Store® and on Google Play Store™ and the Amazon Appstore.

Train2Game News Voting Now Open For 2020 Ultimate Game of the Year

Voting is now open in the Ultimate Game of the Year category for this year’s Golden Joystick Awards.

The voting shortlist is only open for one week, so the public are encouraged to vote now for their game of 2020. Voting closes at 1pm GMT / 8am EST Friday 20th November.

Winners will be revealed in the new all-digital format Golden Joystick Awards show on Tuesday 24th November. The evening kicks off with the pre-show at 8.30pm GMT / 3.30pm EST with the awards following at 9pm GMT / 4pm EST on Twitch and YouTube.
 

The nominees are:
 

  1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  2. The Last of Us Part II
  3. Final Fantasy VII Remake
  4. Microsoft Flight Simulator
  5. Crusader Kings III
  6. Fall Guys
  7. Hades
  8. Half-Life: Alyx
  9. Death Stranding (PC)
  10. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  11. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  12. Demon’s Souls (PS5)
  13. Ghost of Tsushima
  14. Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  15. Factorio
  16. Spelunky 2
  17. F1 2020
  18. Yakuza: Like a Dragon
  19. DOOM Eternal
  20. Genshin Impact

The Golden Joystick Awards are the world’s biggest public-voted games awards. Every year millions of fans show their support by voting for the games, developers, publishers and personalities who have entertained and thrilled them the most over the last 12 months.
 

Daniel Dawkins, Content Director, Games and Film at GamesRadar+ said:
 

“We’re thrilled to announce the biggest Ultimate Game of the Year vote in Golden Joystick Awards history. These 20 incredible titles reflect gaming’s broad diversity of genres and the once-in-a-generation launch of new gaming consoles. The Golden Joystick Awards are held in such special regard because they attract millions of votes from gamers worldwide. In 2020 more than ever, we want our nominees list to reflect the joy that gaming has brought us – the thrill of competition, community and adventure that takes us from our everyday lives – and give everyone a chance to support their favourite games. We’d like to extend our gratitude to everyone in the industry who has worked so hard to create and launch games in such a challenging year – and we’re sure people worldwide feel the same.”
 

Voting opens today and closes on November 20th 2020. For more information visit www.goldenjoysticks.com or follow The Golden Joysticks Awards on Twitter and Facebook.

Train2Game News EVE Online Raises Money To Fight COVID-19

CCP Games, creators of the deep and uniquely player-driven spaceship MMO game EVE Online, are proud to announce PLEX for GOOD, the charitable EVE Online program, has been successful in raising over $130,000 for the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (CHS).

Raising $135,500 since April 3rd, PLEX for GOOD is a charitable program operated by CCP Games on behalf of EVE Online players.

Having already raised $107,454 in February for Australian bushfire relief efforts by the Red Cross, this year has been its most successful yet. It provides a way for EVE players to donate to a charitable cause through the use of the in-game digital currency PLEX – allowing for charitable donations by those who otherwise might not have the means to donate real money.

“An unprecedented global crisis has been met by an unprecedented level of support and for that, I am once again hugely proud, grateful and humbled by the efforts of our players,”said Hilmar Veigar Pétursson, CEO of CCP Games. “We stand together as a community in our support of the work that is being done by health workers, scientists, and institutes around the world to fight this pandemic and bolster its relief.”
 

Money raised will go directly to the World Health Organization (WHO) to coordinate the global relief effort for COVID-19, supporting countries to prevent, detect, and respond to the pandemic. It will also help the WHO to ensure that all countries – especially those with the weakest health systems – are prepared, as well as supporting their work to understand the virus, to ensure frontline workers get essential supplies and information, and to accelerate efforts to develop vaccines, tests, and treatments.
 

Donations were also made to the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (CHS), the prestigious policy think-tank which works to protect people’s health from epidemics and disasters, ensuring that communities remain resilient to major challenges, such as COVID-19. Their research focuses on improving organizations, systems, and tools to prevent and respond to outbreaks, whilst advancing policies and practice to address a range of challenges, including the global rise in emerging infectious diseases and a continued risk of pandemic flu.
 

Beginning in 2005 with fundraising efforts for the South East Asian Tsunami, PLEX for GOOD has now raised $713,620 for charitable causes, an incredible feat of which all EVE Online players can be immensely proud. 
 

EVE Online can be downloaded for free by visiting www.eveonline.com. For all the latest information about the game, please visit EVE Updates and for any questions on CCP Games, visit the FAQ.