Pocket Gamer | www.pocketgamer.co.uk | Latest previews The latest stories from Pocket Gamer, updated every five minutes. FOR INFORMATION ONLY. NOT TO BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION. http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/ en-gb Sat, 22 Sep 2018 22:52:25 GMT Copyright (c) 2018 Pocket Gamer More details on Phantomgate, Netmarble’s upcoming adventure RPG based on Norse mythology <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-ewixtnu/phantomgate.jpg" width="200" alt="More details on Phantomgate, Netmarble’s upcoming adventure RPG based on Norse mythology" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> In our <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Phantomgate%3A+The+Last+Valkyrie/news.asp?c=78636">last preview</a> of this 2D side-scrolling adventure game, we looked closely at how Phantomgate is mixing this style of presentation with its own riff on turn-based battles, as well as going deep into the story. Now sitting just a couple weeks away from release, we thought we’d dish the details regarding more about what the game has in-store for players.<br><br><strong>Exploring the lay of the land<br><br></strong><br><br>The deeper into Phantomgate you progress, the more its world will eventually begin to open up to you. That’s pretty normal for this type of game, right? Yet, here the way you move through it continues to change as Astrid gains more abilities and unlocks new areas. Players will quickly become familiar with Phantomgate’s 2D landscapes, running, jumping through it, before finally gaining the power to levitate. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Phantomgate%3A+The+Last+Valkyrie/news.asp?c=78666'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Phantomgate%3A+The+Last+Valkyrie/news.asp?c=78666 Fri, 14 Sep 2018 14:30:00 GMT The War of Genesis: Battle of Antaria preview - a strategy MMORPG where the sky’s the limit <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-iykrrz_6__gnss_combat_2_jpg_100.jpg" width="200" alt="The War of Genesis: Battle of Antaria preview - a strategy MMORPG where the sky’s the limit" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The skies of Antaria are teeming with war-ready airships, Pacific Rim-style mechs are slugging away at one another on the battlefield, and a conflict the forces of good lost several years earlier has plunged the world into dark uncertainty.<br><br>That’s the scenario <em>The War of Genesis: Battle of Antaria</em> has been thrusting players into during soft launch ( the game is available at the moment for Android users from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, Philippines, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia).<br><br>Developed by Joycity, <em>The War of Genesis</em> is a mobile entry in the popular <em>The War of Genesis</em> SRPG series. You might think a gaming franchise that’s been running since the ‘90s is incapable of delivering surprises, but its latest instalment is shaping up to be a breath of fresh air. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/The+War+of+Genesis/news.asp?c=78505'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/The+War+of+Genesis/news.asp?c=78505 Wed, 29 Aug 2018 18:00:00 GMT Starlink: Battle for Atlas Switch preview - Hands-on with Ubisoft's toys-to-life sci-fi space shooter <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-maqsh_screen_shot_2018-06-11_at_22_02_58__2__png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Starlink: Battle for Atlas Switch preview - Hands-on with Ubisoft's toys-to-life sci-fi space shooter" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's fair to say that some of us at Pocket Gamer were a bit baffled by the announcement of Starlink at E3. After all, we've witnessed the slow decline of toys-to-life - what made Ubisoft think it would work this time?<br><br>But that was before any of us had the chance to actually play the thing, and now we've had some time to fiddle with it at Nintendo's UK VS event, we're a little more excited about the whole experience.<br><br>It's a surprisingly competent sci-fi shooter with enormous bosses, tons of customisation, and some clever design ideas - though we're not entirely sold on the physical aspects just yet.<br><br><strong>Fly me to the moon<br><br></strong><br><br>Starlink's main gimmick is that you can spawn ships into the game by attaching them to your controller, before adding wings and guns to build your perfect combination. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Starlink%3A+Battle+for+Atlas/news.asp?c=78274'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Starlink%3A+Battle+for+Atlas/news.asp?c=78274 Fri, 3 Aug 2018 13:00:00 GMT Pokemon Let's Go, Pikachu!/Eevee! Switch preview - Hands-on with the first proper Pokemon console game <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! Switch preview - Hands-on with the first proper Pokemon console game" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Pokemon Let's Go! Pikachu/Eevee was something of a surprise announcement this year – and not one that fans looked too kindly on.<br><br>From what little was shown at the time, it was all a bit gimmicky. There's the Poke Ball Plus controller, for one, and the Pokemon GO mechanics which have been transplanted over.<br><br>But we can chalk all the misgivings up to a poor representation of the full product, which is in effect more like a remake of Pokemon Red/Blue. We've played Pokemon Let's Go! at Nintendo's UK VS event, and we can safely say there's a lot more going on than we first assumed.<br><br><strong>I choose you!<br><br></strong><br><br>First of all, yes, there is Pokemon GO style catching. You wander around the in-game world, rummaging through the tall grass to find new creatures to add to your collection, as has been the case in all the main entries so far. <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=78270'>[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=78270 Fri, 3 Aug 2018 10:00:00 GMT Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Switch preview - Hands on with the platform fighter to rule them all <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-yrrmk/super-smash-bros-ultimate-daisy.jpg" width="200" alt="Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Switch preview - Hands on with the platform fighter to rule them all" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Let's get this out of the way - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is not for everyone. If you were expecting some flashy new upgrade to the series, you won't find that here. This is a game for the fans, through and through.<br><br>But because of that mentality, it's already shaping up to be the finest entry in the series so far, not least because it brings together every single character from every single Smash Bros.<br><br>We didn't get to play with it for long at Nintendo's recent UK VS event in London, but what we have played has us certain that the full game will be worth the wait.<br><br><b>Happy feet<br><br></b><br><br>The basic aim of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is to knock your opponent off the stage by any means necessary - throwing items at them, using special moves and throws, or just punching them really hard in the face. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Super+Smash+Bros+Ultimate/news.asp?c=78231'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Super+Smash+Bros+Ultimate/news.asp?c=78231 Tue, 31 Jul 2018 11:16:01 GMT Overcooked 2 Switch preview - Hands-on with the choatic multiplayer party game sequel <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-mzvw/nswitch_overcooked2_03.jpg" width="200" alt="Overcooked 2 Switch preview - Hands-on with the choatic multiplayer party game sequel" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> There's one minute left on the clock. Something's about to burn and set the whole kitchen alight. You have five orders on the go, and there's no clean dishes. Oh, and half of your kitchen has just sunk into murky space water, killing two of your chefs in the process.<br><br>That's a fairly standard thing you'll see in Overcooked 2, the upcoming sequel to one of the best and weirdest party games to be released in recent years.<br><br>The new edition is instantly familiar to veteran players, but with new recipes, locations, and a couple of small mechanical additions which open the experience up to a whole new way of playing.<br><br><strong>Order up<br><br></strong><br><br>Overcooked 2 has you and up to three friends running a small kitchen, making food, serving dishes, and cleaning plates against the clock to please your customers and rack up huge points. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Overcooked+2/news.asp?c=78179'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Overcooked+2/news.asp?c=78179 Wed, 25 Jul 2018 16:24:44 GMT Arena of Valor Switch preview - Hands-on with a new take on the biggest MOBA in the world <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-xwuymw/arena-of-valor-switch-screenshot-3.jpg" width="200" alt="Arena of Valor Switch preview - Hands-on with a new take on the biggest MOBA in the world" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Arena of Valor is one of the biggest mobile games in the world – though it has seemingly struggled to gain much traction in the West.<br><br>While the MOBA has captured audiences in China, generating hundreds of millions of dollars every month, over here it just hasn't attracted the same level of audience.<br><br>But now it's getting a second chance outside of mobile, thanks to an upcoming Switch launch, and from our hands-on with the beta, the change in console could also see a change in fortunes for the game.<br><br><strong>MOBA over<br><br></strong><br><br>Arena of Valor is a 5v5 MOBA set on a three-lane battlefield, on which players are tasked with destroying towers and ultimately the opponent's base to steal victory.<br><br>It's about as familiar a setup as a MOBA can get, so if you've played anything in the genre before, you'll already feel right at home here. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Arena+of+Valor/news.asp?c=77938'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Arena+of+Valor/news.asp?c=77938 Fri, 29 Jun 2018 15:14:06 GMT World of Demons preview - Hands-on with the first mobile game from PlatinumGames <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-xsts_world_of_demons_logo_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="World of Demons preview - Hands-on with the first mobile game from PlatinumGames" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> World of Demons is a new mobile offering from Platinum Games, the quirky Japanese developer behind such hardcore favourites as Bayonetta, Nier: Automata, The Wonderful 101 and Vanquish.<br><br>This is a developer with serious pedigree when it comes to creating tight and distinctive action games. Which explains why we're so excited that Platinum is making its mobile debut this summer with World of Demons.<br><br>The game recently soft launched on the App Store in Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore, and I've been playing around with it. So how is it shaping up?<br><br><strong>Yokai the new</strong><br><br>World of Demons is a third person arena action game that sees samurai protagonist Onimaru slicing his way through waves of brainwashed yokai (Japanese spirits) in a bid to bring down a nasty oni (demon).<br><br>The controls are an interesting hybrid of classic virtual buttons and more modern mobile inputs. You move Onimaru with an invisible virtual joystick to the left of the screen, but he attacks automatically when you get close to an enemy. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/World+of+Demons/news.asp?c=77816'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/World+of+Demons/news.asp?c=77816 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:39:23 GMT Hands-on with God of War: Mimir's Vision on iOS and Android <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-igozjg/gow.jpg" width="200" alt="Hands-on with God of War: Mimir's Vision on iOS and Android" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> God of War on mobile? Yes please!<br><br>Those were my sentiments when Harry asked me to take a look at God of War: Mimir's Vision. What that sly dog failed to mention was that this isn't a game at all.<br><br>Rather, what we're looking at is another one of those free companion apps that publishers release as part of the marketing push for their big-budget console games. In this case, that big budget game is the recent (and highly lauded) PS4 reboot of the God of War series.<br><br>I'm not going to review the app, as such, because there really is nothing remotely gamey about it. But I thought it might be worthwhile bringing you a few impressions to see if it's worth your time.<br><br><strong>Norses for courses</strong><br><br>The new God of War game sees series antihero and all-round angry dude Kratos quit wailing on the Greek pantheon in favour of some Norse god bloodshed. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/God+of+War%3A+Mimir%27s+Vision/news.asp?c=77806'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/God+of+War%3A+Mimir%27s+Vision/news.asp?c=77806 Thu, 14 Jun 2018 15:33:48 GMT Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn Switch preview - Hands on with the sequel to one of the worst games ever made <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-lqivfik_shaq-fu-a-legend-reborn-switch-screenshot-big-d-armour_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn Switch preview - Hands on with the sequel to one of the worst games ever made" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> There's something a little disconcerting about getting five minutes into a new game and realising you've essentially seen everything it's going to offer.<br><br>But that's exactly what happened during our hands-on with Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn, a sequel to what publishers Wired Productions happily refer to as "one of the worst games ever made".<br><br>This new edition is shameless in its humour and 90's brawler influences, but ultimately, it feels like a relic of a different era which didn't need digging up.<br><br><strong>Shaq attack<br><br></strong><br><br>Which isn't to say it's a truly awful game like the original. To be fair to Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn, the actual gameplay is fairly sound.<br><br>You have a main attack button which can be chained into a finishing move, and a special attack which fills up as you deal and take damage. You can also dash into enemies to stun them and roll out of the way of any incoming attacks. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Shaq+Fu%3A+A+Legend+Reborn/news.asp?c=77686'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Shaq+Fu%3A+A+Legend+Reborn/news.asp?c=77686 Mon, 4 Jun 2018 12:43:00 GMT Mario Tennis Aces Switch preview - A unique serving of bat and ball goodness <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-kwki_mario-tennis-aces-screenshot-wario-trick-shot_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Mario Tennis Aces Switch preview - A unique serving of bat and ball goodness" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> There's something about Mario appearing in sports games that feels strangely nostalgic, like they're relics from an older time when video game mascots appeared in every genre imaginable to maximise sales across the board.<br><br>Most of these bigger mascots have since died down – we have "brands" now instead of characters, c'est la vie – but Mario keeps plugging away, swinging a golf club, kicking a football, and taking part in the Olympics for reasons unknown.<br><br>He's back in a sports role once again in Mario Tennis Aces, and we got the chance to put it through its paces for an hour or so and determine if the modern age is truly ready for Mario to take a break from platforming again.<br><br><strong>Smashed it<br><br></strong><br><br>Mario Tennis Aces scored some hype when it was first announced thanks to the reveal of its Adventure mode, a dedicated single-player mode that had been sorely lacking in the series' previous Wii U entry. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Mario+Tennis+Aces/news.asp?c=77637'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Mario+Tennis+Aces/news.asp?c=77637 Tue, 29 May 2018 14:00:00 GMT Octopath Traveler Switch preview - Hands on with the tough-as-nails JRPG <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-ywjma_octopath-traveler-screenshot-odette-talking_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Octopath Traveler Switch preview - Hands on with the tough-as-nails JRPG" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Octopath Traveler is by far and away one of the strangest, most intriguing games currently on Nintendo's slate.<br><br>Developed by Square Enix, it mixes 2D sprites with 3D environments for a hardcore JRPG experience which already got us excited almost a year ago when the initial demo first launched.<br><br>A few major changes have come since that demo, and we had the chance to sit down and get our hands on a new and improved version of the game to see how things are coming along.<br><br><strong>Octo means eight<br><br></strong><br><br>In our demo, we got to reunite with demo stars Olberic and Primrose, along with two new characters, H'aanit and Cyrus, the latter of whom took the lead this time around.<br><br>When you enter a location, you get to choose which of the characters' stories you want to play through – or you can just ignore them and have a wander around, if you'd rather just explore for a bit first. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Project+Octopath+Traveler/news.asp?c=77636'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Project+Octopath+Traveler/news.asp?c=77636 Tue, 29 May 2018 14:00:00 GMT Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion preview - A fresh approach to the ink-based shooter <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-erqq/splatoon-2-octo-expansion-screenshot-character-customisation.jpg" width="200" alt="Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion preview - A fresh approach to the ink-based shooter" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Splatoon 2 has been graced with numerous free updates since launching around a year ago, and it's been basically enough to keep the game alive and fresh up until this point.<br><br>But Nintendo is trying something new with this iteration – an expansive piece of single-player DLC known as the Octo Expansion.<br><br>The initial trailer didn't give much away, but we've now had a chance to play a handful of levels from the expansion, and it's definitely not what you'd expect from the game.<br><br><strong>I'm a kid<br><br></strong><br><br>The Octo Expansion forgoes the traditional level structure of previous story-based Splatoon outings, in favour of around 80 smaller, more tightly-focused challenge rooms.<br><br>This means you're given less control over what equipment you take into battle, and it's hard to call any of these challenges a battle either – they're more small puzzles built on Splatoon's underlying design principles. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Splatoon+2/news.asp?c=77634'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Switch/Splatoon+2/news.asp?c=77634 Tue, 29 May 2018 14:00:00 GMT Rumble Stars Soccer preview - Badland maker mixes football with Clash Royale <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-uihb/rumblestarssoccericon-r225x.jpg" width="200" alt="Rumble Stars Soccer preview - Badland maker mixes football with Clash Royale" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> First <a href="r/iPhone/New+Star+Soccer+Manager/news.asp?c=77591">New Star Soccer Manager</a>, then Rumble Stars Soccer. Anyone would think that there's a massive international football tournament right around the corner, or something.<br><br>Recently soft-launched in a bunch of territories, Rumble Stars Soccer isn't quite what you might be expecting.<br><br><strong>Right Royale Rumble</strong><br><br>This is the latest effort from Frogmind, the studio behind the wonderful adventure-flier Badland and it's even wonderfuller sequel.<br><br>Not that you'd have any clue as to this fact simply by playing Rumble Stars Soccer. It's operating in a completely different part of the market.<br><br>Indeed, Rumble Stars Soccer has way more in common with the work of Frogmind's majority stakeholders at Supercell. Specifically, <a href="r/iPad/Clash+Royale/review.asp?c=69269">Clash Royale</a>. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Rumble+Stars+Soccer/news.asp?c=77625'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Rumble+Stars+Soccer/news.asp?c=77625 Mon, 28 May 2018 11:00:00 GMT New Star Soccer Manager preview - Hands-on with an exciting new football contender <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-legp/new-star-soccer-manager-match-engine.jpg" width="200" alt="New Star Soccer Manager preview - Hands-on with an exciting new football contender" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Few smartphone games over the past decade have provoked as much of an intense and long-lasting obsession as <a href="r/Android/New+Star+Soccer/review.asp?c=41148">New Star Soccer</a>.<br><br>This is a game that distilled the world's most popular sport into a portable format better than any game prior to its 2012 debut - or since, for that matter.<br><br>It's with considerable excitement that I've been playing an early build of the next chapter. New Star Soccer Manager is due to enter soft launch within the next week or so, but here are a few early impressions.<br><br><strong>Player-manager</strong><br><br>The first thing to note is that New Star Soccer Manager is not New Star Soccer 2. That sequel essentially arrived in the form of a <a href="r/iPhone/New+Star+Soccer/feature.asp?c=71560">massive update to the original</a> a couple of years back. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/New+Star+Soccer+Manager/news.asp?c=77591'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/New+Star+Soccer+Manager/news.asp?c=77591 Thu, 24 May 2018 09:00:00 GMT