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News Wrapup: 19/4/17

Bayonetta's strong opening week, Starcraft's new patch and more.

Bayonetta sells 100k Steam copies in its first week.

PlatinumGames’ critically acclaimed character action game is off to a strong start with its steam release selling over 100, 000 copies in a week. This is the third release of Bayonetta since it launched over seven years ago in 2009 on the PS3 and Xbox 360, and was later re-released on the Wii U to coincide with the Nintendo exclusive sequel.

Opinion: As a huge PlatinumGames fan, I would urge anyone who has an interest in action games to pick this up. It’s one of the greatest action games of all time. Hopefully the success of Bayonetta’s Steam release will trigger publisher Sega to port more of Platinum’s work, like Vanquish or Anarchy Reigns, to the PC.

Starcraft: Brood War goes free and gets its first patch in over 8 years.

Nearly 20 years after release, the 1998 RTS classic is still seeing support from developer Blizzard. The overall point of the patch is to improve the online experience of the game, adding features such as Observer mode, actions per minute display, UI improvements, and improved compatibility with newer Windows versions. With the remastered version of Starcraft: Brood War on the way and crossplay between the remaster and the original being confirmed, Blizzard is working to bring the original version in line with the updated features of the remaster. You can find the full patch notes and download links here.

Opinion: With the Starcraft 2 scene on the decline and veterans of the series lamenting for a reason to return to the original, it’s natural that Blizzard wanted to take action about it. As someone who grew up playing Brood War, I would love to get back into it once the remaster is launched. I tried for a while to get into Starcraft 2 but the multiplayer just didn’t grab me like I wanted it to. That being said, both of the Starcraft games boast excellent campaigns and I’m excited to revisit the campaign of the original even if I don’t get into the multiplayer.

Nier: Automata DLC detailed.

NieR: Automata’s DLC, titled “3C3C1D119440927”, comes in the form of new quests and a challenge mode called ‘Colosseum Battles’. These are said to be set in three different colosseums located across the world. This is most likely what’s behind the mysterious locked doors which are overlooked by the Apologetic Machines. There are a number of rewards to be earned for completing these challenges such as:

  • 2B — “Revealing Outfit”

  • 9S — “Young Man’s Outfit”

  • A2 — “Destroyer Outfit”

  • New equipment and cosmetic accessories such as hairspray that allows you to change the color of 2B and A2’s hair.
  • Masks with unique “on equip” effects.
  • Records that add special music tracks to the players’ jukebox.
  • Special bullets that change the appearance of enemy bullets.

The three costumes are references to the Japanese version of the original: NieR RepliCant. The revealing outfit is what Kainé wore in the original, and the other two costumes are what Nier wore in different parts of the game. Additionally, the DLC features two ridiculous looking boss fights against the Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda and the PlatinumGames president Kenichi Sato. The DLC is set to launch on May 2 on PS4 in Japan and has no confirmed release date for other regions or the PC version.

Opinion: NieR: Automata quickly became one of my all time favourite games and is easily my favourite game of the year so far, despite the year having such a strong start. I’ll take any excuse to go back for more NieR’s fluid gameplay and cannot wait to see how these boss fights play. I’m getting a real Senator Armstrong, from Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, vibe from them.

Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late is getting a new edition on PS4.

Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late, more commonly known as ‘UNIEL’, is a 2D anime fighting game developed by Ecole Software and French-Bread, who developed the Melty Blood games. According to Famitsu, the new version, titled Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st], will include Tutorial and Mission modes, a new character called Enkidu, and balance changes. UNIEL[st] is set to release on July 20 in Japan on PS4, PS3 and PS Vita.

Opinion: As a huge fighting game fan UNIEL[st] does interest me slightly. The game certainly looks fun to play and I have dabbled in anime fighters Blazblue and Guilty Gear before. 2017 is looking to be an incredible year for fighting game fans with Injustice 2, Tekken 7 and Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator 2 all coming out within the next couple of months and Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite releasing at the end of the year.

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