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Fire Emblem if: all you need to know

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Fire Emblem: Awakening is lauded for saving a series from cancellation, and the upcoming Fire Emblem If aims to breathe more life into the franchise. Fire Emblem: Awakening sold nearly 2 million copies internationally, so it’s a no-brainer Nintendo wants another installment out in the west.

I’m a fan of the linear gameplay of Fire Emblem GBA (the first title to reach the U.S.), love the customizability of Fire Emblem: Awakening, and can’t wait to pop Fire Emblem If into my Nintendo 3DS. Why? Because its revolutionizing the franchise.

Two (wait, four?!) versions. Taking a hint from Pokémon, the newest Fire Emblem will be released as two separate versions called Fire Emblem if: Black Kingdom and Fire Emblem if: White Kingdom.

Don’t like either version? Nintendo announced a third downloadable rendition, with a unique plot, is on its way. The DLC will be released after the first two games are out for an undisclosed period. Additionally, Fire Emblem if: Special Edition (a cartridge with all three storylines) is available for pre-order in Japan, and hopefully will reach the U.S. market.

Three paths. With different versions, and different sides to choose, comes different endings. Fire Emblem normally starts out with the player commanding the army of a peaceful nation against an aggressor bent on conquest. But in the new game, the player will have the choice, depending on the version you buy, to be the goody Hoshido (White Kingdom) or the big bad Nohr (Black Kingdom).

If you go with the bad guys, the game is supposedly more difficult. For instance, you won’t have as many opportunities to level up your characters outside the chapters. And don’t forget, there’ll be the eventual release of a neutral storyline that represents neither side. Multiple endings have grown into a popular fad in gaming, and it’s smart for Fire Emblem If to follow suit.

But no matter your choice, you’ll still have to face off against the mysterious evil that’s really behind everything. Be warned though: The characters you get will be affected by the storyline.

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New weapons and classes. What’s a new Fire Emblem without introducing never-before-seen character classes and weapons? Here’re the new classes: Songstress, revenant knight, rod knight, bowman, pegasus warrior, oni (means demon in Japanese), ninja, priestess, maid, and butler. The new weapons are:  katanas (a curved sword), naginatas (a sword on a pole), kanabōs (elongated Japanese mace), ofuda (Shinto amulet), and shuriken (throwing stars). Also, weapons will now modify character stats, like defense or luck. Fire Emblem if appears to be bringing in more Japanese culture, considering the series has been known for predominantly European weaponry.

The infamous weapon triangle, which decides who has the combat advantage, has also been changed. It now goes like this: Sword and magic > axe and bow > lance and hidden weapons > sword and magic.

Release date, please. We bet you’re wondering when Fire Emblem If will be available for us English speakers. If you can read Japanese (and have a Japanese 3DS) you’ll want to order it June 25. If you’re an English speaker — like most of us — you’ll have to wait for the (hopefully) soon-to-be-revealed 2016 release date.

Watch the U.S. teaser trailer below.

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Helldivers 2 Players Face Overwhelming Hordes of Factory Striders

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In the ongoing conflict against the Automaton invasion fleet, the Helldivers 2 players have successfully halted their advance. However, the situation has now reached a tiresome stalemate. Yet again, the machines refuse to take a break from their relentless pursuit of progress, with reports emerging of the Factory Striders being deployed in record-breaking quantities.

There have been reports of alleged machines that were supposedly encountered during Operation Swift Disassembly, which was just the beginning of a larger campaign. However, these accounts should be taken with a grain of salt, as they are unverified and seem to be more on the imaginative side. Factory Striders have gained a reputation as formidable weapons platforms that can produce more Automatons while enduring significant damage. If the machines are able to withstand such a relentless assault, it will be necessary to develop innovative strategies.

Have you come across groups of Factory Striders in Helldivers 2? Which strategies are proving to be the most effective in taking down these armored brutes? The Orbital Railcannon Strike will prove to be a valuable asset in the comments section below.

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Todd Howard affirms that the timeline of the Fallout series is coherent and well-constructed

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The recent release of Amazon’s adaptation of Fallout has ignited a renewed interest in the series and brought attention to the captivating alternate history that forms its foundation. Fans have expressed concern that the TV show’s events might be at odds with the plot of the Obsidian Entertainment video game New Vegas. Warning: Spoilers ahead for New Vegas and Amazon’s show!

Bethesda Game Studios director Todd Howard and Fallout TV executive producer Jonathan Nolan recently sat down with IGN to discuss the timeline. Howard was taken aback when showrunners Graham Wagner and Geneva Robertson-Dworet presented him with the surprising concept of obliterating Shady Sands, the bustling capital of the New California Republic, in the aftermath of the events in New Vegas. Howard eventually warmed up to the idea: “After discussing it, we realized that this could be a significant story moment that many things hinge upon.”

It seems that they had to make some tough decisions to ensure everything fell into place, but Howard emphasizes the importance of preserving the integrity of the Fallout timeline: “We take great care with the timeline. There seems to be some confusion in certain areas. However, all the events from the previous games, including New Vegas, did occur. We take great caution in that matter. We’re really pushing the limits here, but the explosions occur right after the events of New Vegas.

What are your thoughts on this? Is it up to par? Even though it may not have a significant impact on the overall quality of the games or show, it is comforting to know that those in charge are paying attention. We value your feedback and would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Evaluating Fallout 76’s Value in 2024

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If you’ve been keeping up with the new Fallout show on Amazon Prime, chances are you’ve been relying on PS Plus Extra and PS Plus Premium to access and enjoy one of Bethesda’s legendary RPGs. We decided to bypass the highly acclaimed Fallout New Vegas and Fallout 3, opting instead to explore the vast landscapes of West Virginia in Fallout 76. Infamous for its initial reception, Todd Howard’s “Fallout with Friends” has evolved significantly over the past six years. However, does that imply the game is of high quality? Is it worth playing in 2024?

As we ventured out of Vault 76 for the very first time, we were determined to find the answers to those burning questions. Recalling our escapades on the Push Square YouTube channel, we encountered quest-giving NPCs—a feature that was surprisingly absent upon release—awe-inspiring bases built by fellow players—and an abundance of loot that could easily burden us 76 times over.

In the midst of the vast array of open-world online experiences, we found ourselves quite enthralled by the combination of 50s classics playing in the background as we obliterated the heads of ghouls. And to top it off, we were able to enjoy all of this with our friends. Exploring the wasteland in the company of a ragtag band of survivors adds a unique element to Fallout 76, setting it apart from other games in the series. However, does it manage to prevent us from uninstalling and transitioning to one of the mainline entries in the series? To discover more, be sure to watch the complete video!

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