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Chris Redfield Explodes Zombie Heads in the Not a Hero DLC Trailer

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Resident Evil 7 managed to wow gamers with gameplay that, while seen from a first person perspective, retained the classic, survival-horror feel that had been missing from Resident Evil‘s more recent entries. However, none of the franchise’s iconic monsters or characters were present in the game until the end when series strongman Chris Redfield dropped in, apparently working for the recurring villainous organization Umbrella. This news sent fans into a tizzy, trying to rationalize why a man renowned for killing zombies would work for a company reviled for making them. However, the promise of an upcoming DLC chapter, “Not a Hero,” reassured fans at least some of their questions would be answered, and judging by the new gameplay trailer, the DLC might live up to expectations.

The trailer starts with Redfield examining a mine, and the first thing audiences see demonstrates how different the DLC will be compared to the base game. I am, of course, talking about the HUD. The base Resident Evil 7 game doesn’t have a HUD, and players have to “pause” the game to check their health and ammo, but these are prominently displayed on the HUD, in addition to a new oxygen meter, which implies the DLC might feature new environmental hazards in the form of poisonous gas.

The gameplay clearly demonstrates that unlike Resident Evil 7 protagonist Ethan Winters, Redfield is a fully-trained and capable zombie-killing machine, as he comes equipped with an assault rifle, a pistol, and grenades, all of which tear through Molded zombies. And when all else fails, Redfield can explode their heads with a solid punch to the face (what else can you expect from a guy who once fought a giant boulder and won). However, the “Not a Hero” DLC will apparently retain a sense of survival horror, since ammo seemingly will be limited, and Molded zombies can swarm Redfield and overpower him through sheer numbers. Plus, the end of the trailer features a new type of Molded zombie that is absolutely gigantic and soaks up bullets like a sponge. However, this new creature doesn’t even faze Redfield (he calls it “just another monster”); he has, after all, faced off against even bigger monsters and won. Redfield might not be a hero, but he’s got a big brass pair on him.

I am excited for the release of the “Not a Hero” DLC, and I won’t have to wait long, as it will be released December 12th for free.

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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Bandai Namco and Nike designed Tekken 8 sneakers with tag-team designs

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Nike, the maker of high-quality shoes, is working with Bandai Namco, the company that makes the Tekken series, to make a pair of sneakers. The fun competition is part of the franchise’s 30th anniversary celebrations. You can get your own pair for $250 or the equivalent in your country, though they’ll probably be worth a lot more on the sneakerhead black market.

Two pairs of Tekken 8 x Nike Air Foamposite One Fist sneakers are set to come out in September 2024, according to shoe fan Sole Retriever (thanks, VGC). The designs are based on Kazuya and Jin, two main characters in the series. You can get them at Nike and some other stores. People who like hypebeasts and fighting games are likely to buy these quickly, so if you like Tekken and shoes that make people talk, you should probably act fast.

Should Bandai Namco and Nike work together? What do you think? Are you going to fight for your own pair? Make sure to take good care of your shoes and keep their value in the comments section below.

 

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You can now preorder the official Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree strategy guide

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There will soon be a new book in Future Press’s Books of Knowledge series, which is FromSoftware’s officially licensed line of hardcover strategy guides. This will help players who are having trouble with Elden Ring’s Shadow of the Erdtree expansion. The base game came with two books, and now you can get the unholy trinity for $45 (or the equivalent amount in your currency). It will ship on September 30th.

Like the first two games, The Lands Between and Shards of Shattering, Shadow of the Erdtree is both a complete guide to how to play and a beautiful artbook with full-page pictures of enemies, landscapes, and weapons. This big book has 352 pages and is likely to sell out quickly, based on how quickly the ones that came before it did.

Do you know a lot about strategy guides? You could read the first two Books of Knowledge. If so, what did you think of them? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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