Check out our gaming news round-up for January 4th 2018, including news on LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2’s upcoming DLC, the reveal of the 2D action-platformer The Messenger, and details for upcoming The Elder Scrolls Online content.
– LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2’s new ‘Champions’ DLC has been revealed
Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment and TT Games have revealed the new ‘Champions’ character pack DLC for LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2.
It brings all new characters from Marvel’s ‘Champions’ comic book series, including the likes of Nova, Armadeus Cho, Ironheart, Devil Dinosaur, Moon Girl, Viv, Wasp (Nadia Pym), and Hawkeye (Kate Bishop). I’ll admit it, I haven’t heard of most of them, but I’m not going to complain about adding to the game’s already massive roster.
– 2D action-platformer The Messenger has been unveiled (it’s got Ninjas, yiss)
I’m a big fan of old-school 2D action-platformers, and I’m a fan of Ninjas – clearly, The Messenger is made for me. Just check out the trailer and see what I mean:
“You play as a young ninja on a quest to avenge his clan by any means necessary, even if it means traveling through space and time. The Messenger is an homage to NES and SNES games, packed with classically-inspired intense ninja action platforming, deep replay value, a cast of ridiculous characters, catchy chiptune music and lots of secret unlockables! Completionists and speedrunners are in for a treat!”
So that’s another game to look forward to this year. So far the platforms confirmed are PC and ‘consoles’, but hopefully we’ll get a few more details soon.
– The Elder Scrolls Online’s latest expansion ‘Dragon Bones’ gets new details
It looks like The Elder Scrolls Online players have plenty to look forward to in 2018, thanks to the new ‘Dragon Bones’ DLC pack and the free new update that brings new features to the game.
“The Dragon Bones DLC Game Pack will include two new dungeons – Scalecaller Peak and Fang Lair – available in both normal and veteran modes, with a veteran Hard Mode for each final boss. These new dungeons pit players against new and returning enemies, including plague-ridden ogres, powerful sorcerers and their undead creations, and even the reanimated bones of an ancient dragon.
Players will be rewarded with new items and monster sets, collectibles, and achievements as well as a Renegade Dragon Priest mask, awarded just for entering one of the dungeons. The Dragon Bones DLC Game Pack will be free for ESO Plus members, and available for purchase from the Crown Store for non-members.”
– Paladins is getting its own ‘Battle Royale’ mode later this year (and they decided to call it ‘Battlegrounds’)
The free-to-play hero-based shooter Paladins is getting its own 100-versus-everyone mode later this year, when it launches its new game mode called ‘Battlegrounds’. Original name, right? Check out the trailer below:
I’m not bored of these huge battles yet, so I’m excited to try it out. It’s hero-based too, so that should add a bit of a twist to the formula.
– A Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia’s new trailer focuses on ‘Alfred the Great’
Strategy games have never been my forte, but I’ve got an appreciation for the Total War series. The latest game in the series, A Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia, has an all-new trailer that showcases Alfred the Great – you can check it out below:
“Alfred the Great’s victory at the Battle of Edington, in which he stood fast against the Viking invaders and changed the future of the British Isles, marks the player’s historical starting point of 878 AD in the forthcoming game A Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia.
Like Alfred, each playable faction leader will face a series of unique events and branching dilemmas based on historical events. The choices made will have far-reaching and impactful consequences allowing players to write their own story and re-write history.“
– ‘Boss Rush’ action title Furi launches on the Nintendo Switch next week
Nintendo Switch gamers eager to get their fix of ‘boss rush’ action don’t have long to wait – the incredibly stylish (and very fun) action title Furi hits the platform on January 11th.
“Furi’s release on Nintendo’s hybrid console is entirely feature complete. The Switch edition includes the boss roster-expanding “One More Fight” DLC, the option to speedrun its ultra-challenging Furier difficulty mode (never before available on console), and all improvements and updates previously added to the game.”
I was a big fan of Furi when it released on Playstation 4, so the chance to play it again on the go is pretty tempting.
– 2D puzzle-platformer Albert & Otto hits the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One next week
After releasing previously on PC, the atmospheric 2D puzzle-platformer Albert and Otto is coming to the PlayStation 4 on January 17th and the Xbox One a little earlier on January 10th.
“Albert & Otto is a story set in 1939 Germany about a boy and his abducted sister’s magical bunny. They embark on a journey to find her, overcoming murderous beasts and lethal puzzles by working together.”
The game was originally meant to be an episodic release, but the lack of success on PC meant that the developers weren’t able to carry on with development. Hopefully, it’ll be a bit more popular on console and we’ll be seeing all new adventures for Albert & Otto in the near future…
– Versus Evil’s digital board game Antihero is out now on mobile devices
After a successful launch on PC, the devious digital board game Antihero is now available for mobile gamers to play on the go.
“In Antihero players can test their thievery skills in a gas-lit Victorian underworld overrun by corruption and greed, your task is to manage your thieves’ guild, recruit street urchins, hire gangs, steal everything… and bribe, blackmail and assassinate your way to victory! Resource management is key to growing your guild and utilizing your nefarious assets as you set about your dastardly deeds. Spend your ill-gotten riches to hire new recruits such as thugs and saboteurs to disrupt your opponent’s progress and dominate key ground, upgrade your thieving skills and acquire deadly weapons to give you the ultimate edge. Gold is a thief’s best friend!”
I actually played a lot of Antihero on PC and had a good time with it (you can check out our review through this link). It actually feels like it would fit the mobile platform a lot though, so if there was ever a time to check it out, it’s now.