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Man, it still feels fresh playing Horizon Zero Dawn even after a month since the PlayStation 4 exclusive’s release. After all I didn’t spend complete days no-lifing Aloy’s adventure in a post-apocalyptic land hundreds of thousands of years in the future to not get the Platinum trophy. Which incidentally took me only four days. (I NEED HELP!) Still the experience was one of the best gaming could offer thanks to a wonderfully complex and thought out story mixed with an intriguing open world. Of course, our conduit through that journey was the amazing heroine, Aloy. She didn’t take crap from anyone, was steadfast in her ways, and even as a child wanted to discover everything around her. (There’s a reason for that, but that would be spoiling!)

Her birth is something of a mystery for those who haven’t completed Horizon Zero Dawn. As far as those gamers know, she just up and appeared with no parents and shunned by the Nora tribe because of it. Still according to the title’s official lore, April 4th is Aloy’s birthday. Guerrilla Games even mentioned it on Twitter as to bring more appreciation to such a great character. Also, she’s just adorable as a baby. I mean how can you not think the picture below is cute? You’d be a monster otherwise.

This piece may not be very long, but Aloy has joined my list of video game characters I actually care about. I have no qualms wishing a fictional character, who became real to all of us, a Happy Birthday. We’d sing the song, but believe it or not that tune is copyrighted and trademarked up the wazoo. Now if you haven’t beaten the amazing game that is Horizon Zero Dawn, go do it!!! I don’t care if you have to work, take care of your family, or play other games. This takes priority dammit!

 

Lover of all things video games and PlayStation and my many platinum trophies can attest to that fact. My life was literally saved by gaming and I do everything to pay back that debt every day.

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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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