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NOT TO BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION. http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/ en-gb Sun, 23 Sep 2018 14:18:34 GMT Copyright (c) 2018 Pocket Gamer Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 457 - PlayStation Classic, Life is Strange: Before the Storm <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-jmah/pg_podcast_450.jpg" width="200" alt="Pocket Gamer Podcast: Episode 457 - PlayStation Classic, Life is Strange: Before the Storm" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The thing with being the Pocket Gamer Podcast is anything that plays games and fits in your pocket falls within our remit.<br><br>Ipso facto: James, Em, and Ric find themselves debating the merits of the newly announced PlayStation Classic.<br><br>They also cover new releases like Life is Strange: Before the Storm on iOS, light-based puzzler Where Shadows Slumber, and more.<br><br>Plus James talks to the devs behind Oceanhorn 2 live from the Pocket Gamer Connects: Helsinki floor.<br><br><strong>Download episode 457:</strong><br><br><strong><a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/media/pgtv/pgtv.iphone.ep457.mp3">MP3</a> </strong>(right click to save-as, left click to play)<br><br><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/pocket-gamer-iphone-podcast/id300280568?i=87169637">iTunes</a></strong> <br><br> <br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=78754'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Pocket+Gamer+Podcast/news.asp?c=78754 Fri, 21 Sep 2018 17:36:59 GMT Fortnite Season 6 is dropping into battle next week <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-kmmi/maxresdefault.jpg" width="200" alt="Fortnite Season 6 is dropping into battle next week" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Earlier today on their <a href="https://twitter.com/FortniteGame/status/1043138261370249217">Twitter</a>, Epic Games announced the start date for Season 6 of Fortnite.<br><br>The studio advised that we get in now to unlock those final few Battle Pass rewards, as Season 6 will be starting soon on September 27.<br><br>Thankfully we'll have a bit of help, with the added bonus of 400% Match XP all weekend, from now until 1pm UK time on September 24.<br><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><br><br><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Season 6 is now dropping from the Battle Bus on September 27.<br><br>Celebrate its arrival and unlock those final Battle Pass rewards with an additional 400% Match XP all weekend, from now until September 24 at 8 AM ET (1200 GMT). Glide into the party! ??</p><br><br>— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) <a href="https://twitter.com/FortniteGame/status/1043138261370249217?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 21, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Fortnite+Battle+Royale/news.asp?c=78749'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Fortnite+Battle+Royale/news.asp?c=78749 Fri, 21 Sep 2018 17:06:00 GMT The 14 best 2D platformers for Nintendo Switch <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-iazlu/cave-story_-nintendo-switch-white-cloud-cat-moon-metal-beam-platforms.jpg" width="200" alt="The 14 best 2D platformers for Nintendo Switch" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> With the Nintendo Switch a year and a half old, it's always impressive to see how far the system has come and how well developers have been responding to it.<br><br>Platformers are one of the most classic genres of video games, right alongside sh'mups and arcade fighters, and you know we've already seen a lot of them pass through the Switch's doors.<br><br>Since we know there are some knock-out 3D platformers on the market at the moment, we wanted to focus solely on which 2D (or 2.5D if you're being really picky) platformer games you should think about picking up.<br><br>Not because we want you to throw money away, but because we know you'll be getting a fantastic experience. At the end of the day, that's all we want as gamers, isn't it?<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Best+Switch+games/feature.asp?c=78743'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Best+Switch+games/feature.asp?c=78743 Fri, 21 Sep 2018 15:52:00 GMT Check out Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition's first ever English language gameplay <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-bdyvwtftz/tales-of-vesperia-definitive-edition-switch-power-up.jpg" width="200" alt="Check out Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition's first ever English language gameplay" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Earlier today, Tokyo Game Show 2018 gifted us the first English language gameplay footage for Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition.<br><br>As reported by <a href="https://gematsu.com/2018/09/tales-of-vesperia-definitive-edition-tgs-2018-english-gameplay-screenshots">Gematsu</a>, the footage gives us an idea of what to expect from new character Patty Fleur, although it remains unclear if the re-release will feature the original English voice actors for returning characters.<br><br>This also marks the first time that the classic title has been available on a handheld system, carrying on the current trend of porting beloved JRPG series' over to Switch - perhaps making Nintendo's system the best place to be for lovers of the genre. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Tales+of+Vesperia/news.asp?c=78733'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Tales+of+Vesperia/news.asp?c=78733 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:26:15 GMT Review: Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna - The Golden Country Switch review - A huge slice of lovely JRPG <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ulpbly/xenoblade-chronicles-2-torna-the-golden-country-switch-screenshot-ordia-great-plains.jpg" width="200" alt="Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna - The Golden Country Switch review - A huge slice of lovely JRPG" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Xenoblade Chronicles 2 was big enough as a base game, but developer Monolith Soft apparently decided there should be even more of it - hence the new expansion, Torna - The Golden Country.<br><br>But don't think this is just a small bit of add-on DLC. Torna - The Golden Country is absolutely massive, stuffed to the brim with new skills to unlock, stories to uncover, and quests to complete.<br><br>If you already enjoyed Xenoblade Chronicles 2, you're definitely going to enjoy this expansion. But as a standalone piece, it's not entirely clear who it's appealing to.<br><br><strong>This is the power of the Manado<br><br></strong><br><br>Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna - The Golden Country, to give it its full title, takes place 500 years before XC2, and focuses on new character Lora and returning Blade Jin.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Xenoblade+Chronicles+2%3A+Torna/review.asp?c=78729'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Xenoblade+Chronicles+2%3A+Torna/review.asp?c=78729 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:48:55 GMT Bayonetta 3 development is going according to plan <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-wgrbqt_bay3_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Bayonetta 3 development is going according to plan " border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Development for <em>Bayonetta 3</em> is going just swimmingly, according to developer Platinum Games. It’s been <a href="/r/Switch/Bayonetta+3/news.asp?c=76138">nearly a year since we heard anything</a> from the much-anticipated game, but it seems as though everything is going according to plan.<br><br>“It’s nice to be able to tell you that everything is going very, very well,” director Hideki Kamiya and Platinum Games’ Atsushi Inaba said at a Bitsummit event in Tokyo today, “We’re all very excited about what we’re doing on that game.”<br><br>That’s about all we have to go on, though. No new information has sprouted up from this year’s Tokyo Game Show, so we’ll just have to keep on waiting. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Bayonetta+3/news.asp?c=78719'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Bayonetta+3/news.asp?c=78719 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 21:57:07 GMT Try Dark Souls Remastered ahead of schedule <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-wvic/ss_e3935ede00d64b875f3af060a0eab2d9786732a8.jpg" width="200" alt="Try Dark Souls Remastered ahead of schedule" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> If you’re keen to get your hands on <em>Dark Souls Remastered</em>, you’ll have a chance to try the game out on Nintendo Switch this weekend ahead of its release.<br><br>Nintendo is launching a network test for the game beginning September 21 from 6-10 PM BST. Tests will continue on September 22 and 23 at the same time. If you want to join in on the test, <a href="https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-Switch/Dark-Souls-Remastered-1325790.html">you can download the client from the eShop</a>.<br><br>The test places players in the Undead Parish area, and you’ll be able to explore single-player and multiplayer content. While it’s technically free to participate, you will need a Switch Online membership. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Dark+Souls+Remastered/news.asp?c=78718'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Dark+Souls+Remastered/news.asp?c=78718 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 21:34:11 GMT Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu/Eevee's latest trailer shows off a few Pokemon GO features <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-effo_pokemon-lets-go-eevee-switch-screenshot-town-poke-shop_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu/Eevee's latest trailer shows off a few Pokemon GO features" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Each week that ticks past brings us another step closer to Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu/Eevee, and we're getting seriously giddy. Today the Pokemon Company did us a solid and released yet another trailer showcasing some cool new features. <br><br>While we've focussed a lot on the Switch-side of things and how awesome the game is going to look and perform, it's easy to forget that the game will also work alongside Pokemon GO. <br><br>In this new trailer we see what happens when you visit GO Parks. Here you can import your Kanto Region Pokemon (and Alolan forms too), and play an adorable mini game to earn Candies. <br><br>You can power up Pokemon either by battling or using Candies, transfer Pokemon to earn extra Candies, and challenge Legendary Pokemon in battle. You might even manage to catch one yourself.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Pokemon%3A+Let%27s+Go%2C+Pikachu%21%2FLet%27s+Go%2C+Eevee%21/news.asp?c=78717'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Pokemon%3A+Let%27s+Go%2C+Pikachu%21%2FLet%27s+Go%2C+Eevee%21/news.asp?c=78717 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 20:41:07 GMT Review: NES Switch Online Collection review - A tidy selection of classic (and not-so-classic) games <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-cxuq/nes-switch-online-collection-switch-screenshot-donkey-kong.jpg" width="200" alt="NES Switch Online Collection review - A tidy selection of classic (and not-so-classic) games" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Nintendo loves re-releasing classic NES games whenever possible - practically every system the company has made since the first one has had the original Legend of Zelda available in some form.<br><br>The Switch is no different, thanks to the NES game library that comes as part of the Switch Online package, which brings 20 games from Nintendo's first console to your new hybrid device.<br><br>It's a fairly robust package when all's said and done, with a decent mix of games to play and online multiplayer which is fairly smooth, and it makes for a nice addition to a service that you're probably already going to jump on if you want to keep playing Switch games online.<br><br><strong>Takes me back<br><br></strong><br><br>No matter what kind of game you enjoy, you're pretty well-catered for in the NES collection. There's platformers, sports games, beat-'em-ups, and more - though there is a distinct lack of RPGs. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/review.asp?c=78709'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/review.asp?c=78709 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 14:30:59 GMT Fortnite's getting its very own Nintendo Switch bundle <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-fulut/fortnite-switch-promotional-bundle.jpg" width="200" alt="Fortnite's getting its very own Nintendo Switch bundle " border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Nintendo’s releasing a <em>Fortnite </em>Nintendo Switch bundle, giving fans of the game added incentive to pick up the console if they haven’t done so already.<br><br>The new bundle comes with a standard bi-color Switch, along with a plethora of in-game bonuses. If you purchase the bundle, you’ll receive 1,000 V-bucks and the Double Helix Set, which includes an exclusive outfit, Back Bling, Glider, and Pickaxe. 1,000 V-bucks will currently set you back £7.99, and is enough to unlock the Battle Pass, which gives players access to <em>Fortnite’s</em> weekly challenges and premium items.<br><br>The <em>Fortnite</em> bundle is coming to stores on October 5 to the U.S. and Europe and will retail for $299.99. An official UK price is still pending. The bundle probably won’t have a whole lot of appeal to current Switch owners, but it’s a pretty smart move capitalizing on <em>Fortnite’s</em> incredible popularity on mobile and other platforms. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Fortnite+Battle+Royale/news.asp?c=78706'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Fortnite+Battle+Royale/news.asp?c=78706 Tue, 18 Sep 2018 22:49:09 GMT Review: Cities: Skylines Switch review - A brilliant city-builder hampered by performance issues <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ckqxxp/cities-skylines-switch-screenshot-close-up-factories.jpg" width="200" alt="Cities: Skylines Switch review - A brilliant city-builder hampered by performance issues" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Everything's in tatters. There's crime everywhere because I can't afford a police station. My dedication to green energy is causing city-wide blackouts. And, of course, I'm heavily in debt.<br><br>Within an hour of loading up Cities: Skylines, I was already overwhelmed and screwing everything up. But I was also having an absolute whale of a time playing it.<br><br>It's held back by some unfortunate performance issues, but if you're willing to put up with its errors, there's a fun and, at times, calming experience to be had here.<br><br><strong>The skyline's the limit<br><br></strong><br><br>It wasn't always like this. Cities: Skylines does at least try to ease you in, with a fairly simple tutorial to teach you the absolute basics before it sends you off into the big bad world.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Cities%3A+Skylines/review.asp?c=78700'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Cities%3A+Skylines/review.asp?c=78700 Tue, 18 Sep 2018 14:08:38 GMT South Park: The Stick of Truth heads to Nintendo Switch next week <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-dudwy_ss_0b8823375d6ecb0969df1e79bf0beee6f1faebdc_1920x1080_jpg_100.jpg" width="200" alt="South Park: The Stick of Truth heads to Nintendo Switch next week" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <a href="/r/Switch/South+Park%3A+The+Stick+of+Truth/news.asp?c=78102">Back in July</a> we found out that South Park: The Stick of Truth was headed to Nintendo Switch in September. Well, now there's a solid release date - September 25th. <br><br>The Stick of Truth has you creating your very own South Park character as you go off on a fantastical adventure. Those of you with a sensitive disposition might want to give it a miss. With a Mature rating (and if you've got any knowledge of South Park) you know the humour is going to be crude as hell.<br><br>Team up with Kenny, Kyle, Stan, and Cartman, as the battle between man, elves, and wizards gets really out of hand. In the fight for the Stick of Truth, you'll have to use your fart powers as you cross aliens, Nazis, cows, underpants gnomes, and more. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/South+Park%3A+The+Stick+of+Truth/news.asp?c=78699'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/South+Park%3A+The+Stick+of+Truth/news.asp?c=78699 Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:04:38 GMT The Swindle tip-toes onto Switch next month <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-yzsmbj/swindleicon.jpg" width="200" alt="The Swindle tip-toes onto Switch next month" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Folks looking for an infiltration sim that will have you performing intricate heists have much to look forward to in the coming weeks--<em>The Swindle</em> arrives on Nintendo Switch next month.<br><br><em><br><br>The Swindle </em>is a procedurally generated platformer that looks to recreate epic criminal heists a la <em>Oceans 11</em>. You’ll creep through each level, dodging guards and hacking security cameras, although your techniques will grow increasingly over the top the further you progress, brainwashing security guards and destroying entire buildings. You’ll also be able to kit your character out with gadgets and skills to help you succeed in your life of crime. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/The+Swindle/news.asp?c=78696'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/The+Swindle/news.asp?c=78696 Mon, 17 Sep 2018 23:14:13 GMT You can play Switch Online NES titles without an internet connection <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-rcjlj/double-dragon-switch-screenshot-street-fight.jpg" width="200" alt="You can play Switch Online NES titles without an internet connection" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The Nintendo Switch Online NES games won’t require an internet connection, at least for a few days at a time. Fans eager to get some retro gaming in once the new online service launches tomorrow will be eager to hear they’ll have a bit of say in when and where they can access these classic titles.<br><br>Details continue to trickle in about the Switch Online service, which launches tomorrow, September 18. According to <a href="https://www.nintendo.com/switch/online-service/faq/">a recent FAQ posted by Nintendo</a>, players can access the service’s NES games offline for seven days before they’ll need to find an internet connection.<br><br>Switch Online members will get access to 20 NES classics when the service launches, and Nintendo will be rolling out more titles over the coming months. <em>Double Dragon</em>, <em>Tecmo Bowl</em>, and <em>River City Ransom</em> will be some of the games on offer starting tomorrow. <a href="/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=78672">You can check out a full list of the upcoming games here.</a> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=78695'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Nintendo+Switch/news.asp?c=78695 Mon, 17 Sep 2018 23:09:42 GMT Five things you need to know about Broken Sword 5 on the Nintendo Switch <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-brpu/broken_sword_5_switch_thumbnail.jpg" width="200" alt="Five things you need to know about Broken Sword 5 on the Nintendo Switch" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <p>The Broken Sword adventure games are classics of the genre, with the first hitting PCs in 1996. The five games in the franchise have been a favourite mystery series, adapted for various platforms including mobile.</p><br><br><p>Broken Sword 5, subtitled The Serpent's Curse, first hit computers at the end of 2013. It hit iOS and Android devices in two episodes starting in 2014.</p><br><br><p>And now it's coming to Nintendo Switch, so a new generation of gamers can enjoy it on the big screen or on the move.</p><br><br><p></p><br><br><p>Charles Cecil MBE is boss of Revolution and the mastermind behind the Broken Sword tales. He took time out at Gamescom in Germany last month to show a select group of journalists and fans that port and talk them through his thought processes.</p> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Broken+Sword+5+%2D+the+Serpent%27s+Curse/feature.asp?c=78694'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Broken+Sword+5+%2D+the+Serpent%27s+Curse/feature.asp?c=78694 Mon, 17 Sep 2018 21:24:00 GMT