Train2Game News Grid Fight All Hand Drawn

Join Donna and more than 35 other unique playable characters in their mission to cure the madness infecting the goddesses of the world in this action-RPG game set in a carefully hand-drawn, vividly animated and most beautifully colourful world. 
 
Grid Fight draws inspiration from classic grid-based games like Mega Man Battle Network to deliver a whole new experience where quick reflexes and careful team management are key to win the battle.
 
Different characters are especially suited to overcome different challenges and it’s your mission to get to know them enough so they will join your squad. Enlist, evolve and equip powerful masks to make them achieve their ultimate potential and use them in PVE and local PVP battles, all while you enjoy the earworm 90’s inspired soundtrack.
 
The demo of Grid Fight – Mask Of The Goddess is out now on Steam where players can have a taste of the main mechanics of the game, including recruiting new characters and choosing different paths in their story.
 
The game will be available for PC and console platforms in 2021. You can watch the trailer here.

More Information about Grid Fight can be found on the official website

Train2Game News Consoles Prices Over The Years

Gamers shelling out £450 for the new PlayStation and Xbox consoles are actually getting a great deal, as gaming systems of yesteryear would have cost as much as £1,200 in today’s money.

The money saving team from NetVoucherCodes.co.uk have looked at how much 33 classic consoles were when they launched and after adjusting the prices for inflation, it turns out that just over 30% of them would have cost more than the PS5 and Xbox Series X.

This means that the new PlayStation and Xbox consoles, which feature the very best in modern gaming technology, are actually great value for money.  

One of the first video game systems to be brought into the home was the Atari 2600. In 1977 it would have cost families £199, which translates to a whopping £1246 in today’s money.

Other expensive consoles include the 1990 TurboGrafx 16 which cost the equivalent of £914, and the 1993 Panasonic 3DO that cost a staggering £600 at the time – around £1231 now.

Some of the most budget friendly consoles that the research has highlighted include the Nintendo GameBoy Advance and Nintendo DS, which would have cost just £92 and £195 in today’s money.

TheNetVoucherCodes.co.uk team have used digital Argos catalogues going back to 1977 to find the £RRP of the consoles at launch, and worked out what they’d cost now using Bank of England’s inflation calculator.

A spokesperson forNetVoucherCodes.co.uk said: “After the new consoles were announced, gamers were waiting with bated breath to see just how much of a dent they were going to leave in their pockets.

“For the top-level consoles, families are going to have to shell out at least £500 for the system and a game which sounds extortionate, but looking at how much popular consoles have cost throughout the decades, we’re actually getting a pretty good deal.

“Video game technology is more advanced than ever before but, taking into account the price of inflation, just over 30% of mainstream consoles have technically cost more than these new releases.

“This should be good news for gamers who are keen to get their hands on the new systems. Only question is which one do you choose? It’s worth taking into account the games that will be exclusive to each console, as well as subscription costs like Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus.”

Train2Game News Fall Guy Christmas Jumper

Numskull Designs and Devolver Digital/Mediatonic are excited to announce that the bean-based battle royale sensation, Fall Guys, are being added to the Christmas Jumpers range.

Grab, bounce and elegantly stumble your way to the best-dressed crown this holiday season!
 
This jumper may not give you the ability to tumble through crowds of beans, but it is sure to be the smash hit of any Christmas gaming session! Knitted from 100% premium yarn, this jumper shares the same colourful charm as the beloved beans, with plenty of added festive cheer to help spread the Christmas spirit.

The Fall Guys Christmas Jumper will be releasing this November and is now available to pre-order from selected retailers found on the Numskull Designs website.

PRICE: £34.99/$44.99 (USD)/ €39.99/$69.95 AUD / $79.95 NZD / $59.99 CDN

RELEASE DATE: Mid November 2020

  • Official Mediatonic/Devolver Digital product.
  • Designed and engineered by Numskull Designs.
  • 100% knitted (not printed).
  • Made from Premium quality yarn for extra comfort.
  • Unisex design and fit, and can be worn all year round.
  • Features detailed front and back knitted design.
  • Available in various sizes. UK, EU and AUS – XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL and US – 2XS, XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL.

Watch the launch video on YouTube

Ready to customise your look?

Pre-order the Fall Guys Christmas Jumper here – http://bit.ly/FallGuysWebPR

Train2Game F1 Manager Supporting Men’s Health

Leading mobile games developer, Hutch, has today announced a partnership with leading men’s health charity, Movember, to support with the innovative work it does to encourage men to talk about their mental health.
 
The partnership, which runs between 4th-8th November, will introduce Movember into its popular game, F1 Manager, during a special in-game event. Players can unlock in-game rewards in the form of special Grand Prix crates, with a large portion of the revenue earned being donated to Movember’s annual funding push. 
 
Six members of the team, including CEO Shaun Rutland, have decided they are due for a trim, and have pledged to shave off their facial hair and grow a moustache for Movember. Players and friends of Hutch are encouraged to take part and share their progress with Hutch’s social channels. 

Not only that, but players will also get the chance to vote in a knock-out-poll to decide which driver had the best moustache in F1 history. Players can also download a limited edition F1 Manager X Movember Instagram filter to show their support on social media and wear a uniquely themed racing helmet for all to see.  

Shaun Rutland, Hutch CEO, said: “Movember is a wonderful cause and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to support them on their drive to help men around the world. 2020 has been yet another reminder of the indefinable value of our physical and mental health, so we are proud to be working with such a dedicated and motivated team. We’re excited to be doing our bit, and hope our community joins us to help a worthy cause”

To download the game or find out further information, please visit:
https://f1manager.onelink.me/MWaJ/a24e2b6b

Train2Game News One Special Day Raises Half A Million

Gamers’ charity SpecialEffect is delighted to announce that, thanks to a record number of partners from the games industry, their One Special Day fundraising campaign on Friday 2nd October has raised over £500,000.

The charity, which has experienced an upturn in demand for their services since the first COVID-19 lockdown in March, are incredibly grateful to their friends from the worldwide games industry who have rallied to support their life-changing work. From donating UK income from mobile and PC games, to a special Humble Bundle and a series of socially-distanced ‘virtual’ challenges, industry partners large and small have raised vital funds to help SpecialEffect continue to find cutting edge solutions to help people with physical challenges play and avoid isolation.

SpecialEffect’s CEO and Founder, Dr Mick Donegan said “All of us at SpecialEffect are delighted and humbled at the outcome of our 5th and most successful One Special Day 2020 ever and are massively grateful to friends throughout the games industry. They’re not only ensuring that we can carry on meeting the ever-growing demand to help disabled gamers to play, but also the demand to help developers all over the world to make their games more accessible to all.”

More information about One Special Day can be found at www.onespecialday.org.uk

Train2Game News Free AirConsole Games

AirConsole, a globally leading platform for casual games, today announced that they will provide everyone with free access to all of their video games during the month of November in a new attempt to stop the spreading of the coronavirus.

While Europe and other parts of the world are facing a renewed  increase in coronavirus cases, the Swiss gaming company AirConsole is doing what it can to help the millions of people in quarantine across the globe.

AirConsole is a cloud based video game console that is accessible from every home through the web browser or Android TV. Smartphones are used as gamepads. No additional hardware is required for a full video game console experience. AirConsole boasts a library of 160 games across a variety of genres.

“During the first lockdown AirConsole was able to help millions of people to stay entertained with their families and loved ones. We received overwhelming positive feedback from our community and with people returning to StayHome we understood that it was time for us to act again,” says Rafael Morgan, Head of Product at AirConsole. “Today we’ve decided to give everyone access to the full platform for free for two weeks. We know that a lot of people are affected by lockdowns and quarantines at the moment, and that many will be looking for new forms of entertainment.”

“It’s been a tough time and we would like to help as many people as possible,” says Andrin von Rechenberg, CEO at AirConsole. “After the first lockdown we increased the number of family friendly games on AirConsole. It’s important to us that people without a lot of gaming experience feel welcome as well!”

As in the previous solidarity campaign, players will be able to use the promotional code “919 2020” and get two weeks of full access to AirConsole’s 160 games, which are normally available as part of a subscription called AirConsole Hero.

Get access to the full version of AirConsole:


1. Download the AirConsole App from Apple’s AppStore or Google Play.
2. Launch the app and insert the following code when the numpad appears: “919 2020”
3. The full AirConsole experience will be unlocked for two weeks.
4. Open www.airconsole.com on your desktop browser, connect your smartphone as the gamepad by following the simple instructions and start playing instantly.

The code is valid until November 30th, 2020

Train2Game News New SoloCast Mic For Streamers

HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology, Inc., today announced the release of HyperX SoloCastTM USB microphone for streamers and content creators.

SoloCast offers Plug N Play audio recording capability and a tap-to-mute feature that indicates the mute status when the red LED is flashing. Using a cardioid recording pattern, it provides a clear sound ideal for streamers, casters, students, and working from home. 

SoloCast microphone offers an easy Plug N Play setup. It utilises a cardioid polar pattern that is more sensitive to sound sources directly in front of the microphone, making it great for in-game voice chat, streaming voice audio, and audio recordings for content creation.

“We are excited to expand our USB microphone line with the addition of HyperX SoloCast,” said Bianca Walter, Business Manager, HyperX EMEA. “We are always looking for new ways to deliver an amazing user experience, expanding our USB microphone lineup with our new SoloCast brings a different option to streamers and content creators.”

The SoloCast small size and rotatable stand with adjustable tilt positions gives it the ability to fit in small or tight places, such as under a monitor. The included mount adapter fits both 3/8” and 5/8” thread sizes and is compatible with most stands and boom arms. 

The SoloCast microphone joins the HyperX microphone lineup with the recently launched QuadCast S microphone with RGB lighting. Both microphones are compatible with PC, PS4, and Mac® and works on major streaming platforms like Streamlabs OBS, OBS Studio, and XSplit and is certified by Discord and TeamSpeakTM.

Availability
HyperX SoloCast USB microphone is available for €74.99 / £64.99 MSRP through HyperX’s Online Shop. For more information on the HyperX SoloCast USB microphone global availability, please visit the SoloCast USB microphone product page

Train2Game News Parkour VR Game STRIDE Now Available

Developer Joy Way is delighted to announce its parkour and combat game STRIDE on the Oculus store is available now.

Called “A worthy Mirror’s Edge VR tribute” by UploadVR, STRIDE is a high octane VR game which fuses parkour and combat to create one of the most nail-biting virtual reality experiences available. Joy Way wants to put players in the shoes of a master free-runner as they vault, swing, roll, and shoot through an intense, action-packed adventure.

STRIDE has been available in Steam via the Early Access program, but has now launched in full on the Oculus store. The game is due to leave Early Access on Steam on November 4th.

STRIDE launches on Oculus with three game modes:

  • Endless mode: Infinite procedural level generation provides unlimited challenging terrain to traverse.
  • Arena mode: A spacious arena with waves of enemies. Perfect for practicing tricks across a varied terrain and refining shooting skills.
  • Time Run. Perfect for testing parkour-at-speed skills in a race against the clock.

A full story mode update is planned for release in 2021.

Joy Way has painstakingly crafted an homage to parkour which feels incredibly close to the real thing. Designed specifically for virtual reality play, the rush of leaping across impossibly wide gaps over dizzying heights is replicated perfectly in STRIDE

Players can navigate city rooftops like a pro, grabbing ledges, jumping from roof to roof, vaulting through windows, sliding down cables, swinging from hooks; with a near unlimited skill ceiling, anyone can put on their running shoes, but it’ll take some work to truly master the city.

STRIDE is now available on the Oculus store for Oculus Rift devices with Oculus Touch support.

STRIDE will leave Steam Early Access on November 4th.

Enjoy the trailer below…

Train2Game News Next-Gen Purchase Intent Report

Global video game research firm VGM and communication agency White Label PR have released a new Next-gen Console Preorder and Purchase Intent Report, based on the survey of UK-based gamers.

This is a follow-up survey to its U.S. Next-Gen Purchase Intent report published in October.

Download the report: http://bit.ly/VGM_UK_NextGen
 

Key Takeaways:

– 26% of U.K. respondents say that they have successfully preordered a next-generation console, but a slightly higher percentage of participants (30%) say that they tried to preorder a next-gen console and were unable to do so.
– Among U.K. respondents that successfully preordered one or more next-gen consoles, 58% preordered a disc edition of the PlayStation 5, 38% preordered an Xbox Series X, 24% preordered a PlayStation 5 digital edition, and 7% preordered an Xbox Series S. 21% of respondents said they pre-ordered more than one next-gen console.
The survey was conducted in October 2020.

The full report also contains info on the most anticipated games and can be downloaded here: http://bit.ly/VGM_UK_NextGen

Train2Game News Dragonborne For Gameboy

Independent retro-development studio Spacebot Interactive will be shipping Dragonborne on Nintendo Game Boy in January 2021.

Pre orders are live for the 2nd run now and will end on 30th November.
 
Dragonborne is a brand new 8-bit adventure RPG featuring a turn based battle system and various mini quests and puzzles that you must complete to progress through the game.
 
Travel through the region of Argon as Kris in search of your missing father Kurtis, the greatest dragon slayer the region has ever known, as you fight your way through dungeons to save the region before the dragon awakes.
 
Dragonborne contains more than 6 hours of gameplay, dozens of enemies, weapon and armour upgrades, character zapping and ranking systems, collectibles, detailed battle scene graphics, and multiple endings.
 
Dragonborne is a cartridge available in an original box including a manual and can be acquired at https://www.spacebot-interactive.com for $54.73/£42/€46,46.

The game is fully compatible with all Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance handhelds.