Dynasty Warriors 9 Coming in February 2018

Koei Tecmo will be bringing out the next entry in the Warriors series, Dynasty Warriors 9, on February 13, 2018 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows, and Steam.

One versus a thousand will be moving into an expanded open world installment.  In addition to the new title, you bet there will be some DLC.

KOEI TECMO America has put together an exciting bundle of bonus content for gamers opting to pick up the physical or standard digital version. Comprised of seven costumes for fan-favorite characters, the bundle includes an imposing Beijing opera-style costume for Zhao Yun and six costumes inspired by traditional Chinese undergarment styles – one each for Guan Yinping, Diaochan, Sun Shangxiang, Lu Lingqi, Wang Yi, and Wang Yuanji.

It’s like Dynasty Warriors, except it’s just Dynasty Warriors!

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Little Nightmares gets second chapter in Maw expansion

Bandai Namco has launched the second chapter of the Secrets of the Maw expansion for Little Nightmares.

The new chapter of LITTLE NIGHTMARES continues the adventure of The Runaway Kid, a young prisoner trying to escape the depths of The Maw, an eerie, dark vessel filled with dangerous and sinister enemies with voracious appetites. The Kid ventures into The Hideaway, a grimy place populated by the Nomes. Only by finding and rescuing these curious creatures can The Kid make his way out of The Maw; but first, he must uncover the secrets that are buried in their nest.

The third and final chapter of the Secrets of the Maw expansion will be released in January 2018, and will ultimately determine the fate of The Runaway Kid.

Have you had a chance to pick up this title?  What did you think of it? Let us know in the comments!

Mimikyu gets a new Z Move in Pokemon Ultra Sun/Moon

One of the newest Pokemon, Mimikyu, will be getting a new move in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.  Check out the video below to see what “Let’s Snuggle Forever” will look like in the next version of Sun and Moon!

Do you think this Z Move will help Mimikyu gain everyone’s affection?

Are you a Mimikyu fan? Let us know in the comments!

NCG Watches: Juni Taisen: Zodiac War

I am never usually quick to pick up a seinen series, but I’m glad I got a chance to start Juni Taisen.  Maybe it’s my obsession with killing games (since Battle Royale happens to be one of my favorite series) or it’s my obsession with plots that feel unpredictable.

Based on a light novel by Nisio Isin and illustrated by Hikaru Nakamura, Juni Taisen takes place in a city where 500,000 citizens have been evacuated so the deadliest killing game can take place. The tournament happens every 12 years and the winner will have a wish granted to them.  Each character is a warrior with a fighting style and name based on the 12 Chinese Zodiac animals.  In order to ensure the battle is quick, each warrior must swallow a black gem that will kill them in 12 hours.  Their goal is to retrieve all other gems before their time runs out.

What I enjoy about the series is how unpredictable it feels.  We start off following the Boar, assuming the story will follow her.  However, the series takes a quick twist when she dies at the end of the first episode.

Not only is the series unpredictable, but there’s a variety of characters.  Each character has a unique, almost inhuman ability that gives them an advantage over their opponent.  It is fun watching the battles play out wondering who the winner will be.

That said, I recommend checking this series out to anyone who doesn’t mind violence and prefers a more mature story line.

I will admit that I do worry about the ending.  I’ve noticed that some series with strong openings tend to fall flat in the end.

Have you had a chance to check out this series? What do you think of it so far? Let us know in the comments!

Monster Hunter: World “Horizon: Zero Dawn collaboration” and PS4-Only Beta date

During the PlayStation Media Showcase at Paris Games Week 2017, Capcom announced A PlayStation 4-only beta for Monster Hunter: World will be available exclusively for PlayStation Plus users from December 9 to 12.

Additionally, special Horizon: Zero Dawn content featuring Aloy’s bow and full armor set plus Palico armor will be available exclusively in the PlayStation 4 version of Monster Hunter: World.

Monster Hunter: World launches on January 26, 2018 with a PC release coming at a later date.

Here’s an overview of each announcement:

Beta

Available starting December 9, players from around the world can experience three fearsome quests as they join up with other hunters online or take on the beasts alone in the exclusive beta for PlayStation Plus users. Running for three days, hunters participating in the beta can tackle the hungry Great Jagras, a scavenger capable of swallowing other monsters whole, or the fiery and territorial Anjanath, both of which roam the dense and complex eco-system within the Ancient Forest. For those feeling brave enough they can adventure to the desert land of the Wildspire Waste where the armored Barroth can be found lurking in the muddy waters, waiting to unleash its devastating charge attack.

Horizon: Zero Dawn Collaboration

Horizon: Zero Dawn’s young machine hunter Aloy comes to life in Monster Hunter: World for PS4 with Aloy’s bow and full armor set as well as Palico armor that can make the player’s Palico look like a machine from Horizon: Zero Dawn. The full armor set will make any player character look like Aloy from head to toe, including facial likeness. After completing the Horizon: Zero Dawn collaboration event quest, which is planned to be distributed to online players post launch, special materials can be obtained to forge collaboration equipment. By bringing the necessary materials to the in-game facility (Smithy), players will be able to forge the Horizon: Zero Dawn collaboration equipment. Details on the exact timing and availability of the Horizon: Zero Dawn collaboration quest will be revealed soon.

A new trailer was also released. Here’s an overview, via Capcom:

The latest Monster Hunter: World trailer released at Paris Games Week highlights for the first time the terrifying Rotten Vale area of the New World. Littered with the skeletons of deceased monsters, a land of unique and gigantic creatures awaits amongst this bed of bones. The deeper players journey into the inner layers of the Rotten Vale, the tougher the environment gets with a dangerous and toxic mist blanketing the land obscuring the perils that lurk nearby until the very last minute. The Radobaan, a hulking beast that wears the carcasses scattered around the Vale for armor will need hunters to be quick and fast as they take off chunks of its bone armor and avoid its rolling attacks. Hunters can brave the beast alone or with their team of four hunters. With drop in multiplayer, each hunter has their own story to tell – but will they live to tell it?

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