Boomerang X’s demo offers Devil Daggers-style delights with a sense of progress

Devil Daggers, naming it our game of the year back when, but one of the most common criticisms from the “not for me” crowd was that it lacks a sense of progress.

Try Boomberang X, then. It’s a first-person arena shooter with escalating waves of greebly enemies and a focus on a single weapon, but you unlock new abilities and move to new areas in between fights. There’s a demo available now.

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Amazon Cancels Its Lord of the Rings MMORPG

Amazon has canceled its Lord of the Rings MMORPG that was first announced in 2019.

As reported by Bloomberg, the game was in development at Amazon Games Studios alongside China-based Leyou Technologies Holdings Ltd, which was purchased by Tencent Holdings Ltd. in December 2020.

The contract negotiations between Amazon and Tencent were said to have caused a dispute that eventually led to the game’s cancellation.

An Amazon spokesperson confirmed that, following Tencent’s acquisition of Leyou, that it had “been unable to secure terms to proceed with this title at this time.”

The team will be shifted to other projects, and Amazon shared its disappointment in not being able to bring this project to the world.

“We love the Lord of the Rings IP, and are disappointed that we won’t be bringing this game to customers,” a spokesperson for Amazon said.

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Genshin Impact’s 1.5 update will add player housing inside magical teapots

Genshin Impact since a few weeks after launch, when it entranced me with brightly coloured grass and the ability to climb tall things. Since then the action RPG has added several new regions and new characters to unlock or buy, but nothing to pull me back in.

The next update, 1.5, adds magic teapots though, so maybe this time I’ll return.

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Feature: Final Fantasy Veterans Discuss Their Upcoming JRPG, Astria Ascending

“Maybe remote collaboration is the best way after all!”.

Announced initially in Famitsu in March and unveiled for worldwide release shortly after, Astria Ascending is a JRPG in the classic mould that has a bevy of veterans from the genre — and the Final Fantasy series in particular — involved, including narrative by Kazushige Nojima (whose credits include Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy VII Remake), art from CyDesignation (Akihiko Yoshida and Hideo Minaba), as well a soundtrack from composer Hitoshi Sakimoto (Final Fantasy XII, Vagrant Story, Radiant Silvergun, Gradius V, Final Fantasy Tactics, Valkyria Chronicles).

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Feature: Bringing SNK Vs. Capcom: The Match Of The Millennium To Switch After Two Decades

“We hope that re-releasing this SvC title will serve as an opportunity for more”.

For anyone old enough to remember the initial 1999 release of SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium, its recent surprise arrival on Switch was a real event. This crossover fighter is part of a celebrated series that pits the finest combatants from the stables of both companies’ fighting series against each other, and this entry in particular hasn’t appeared on any console platform in an official capacity since launching on Neo Geo Pocket Color over two decades ago.

For Neo Geo Pocket Color series producer Adam Laatz and assistant director Lionel Ackah, the collaboration with Capcom which led to seeing this series return gives hope for further releases going forward.

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Book Review: Ask Iwata: Words of Wisdom from Satoru Iwata, Nintendo’s Legendary CEO

A wonderful insight into Iwata-san, and Nintendo itself.

It’s been said often that Satoru Iwata wasn’t just a CEO of a hugely successful company, he was far more. That sentiment is frequently connected to his various iconic public appearances, but more depth could be found in translations of his excellent Iwata Asks interviews and, for Japanese readers, on the Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shinbun website. This book — Ask Iwata: Words of Wisdom from Satoru Iwata, Nintendo’s Legendary CEO — is largely a skilfully translated compilation of those sources, along with touching words from Iwata’s colleagues and friends, Shigeru Miyamoto and Shigesato Itoi.

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