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Lost Soul Aside’s Gameplay Demo Is the Lovechild of Devil May Cry and Final Fantasy

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Indie games look more and more impressive each year thanks to talented and dedicated teams of developers. But, what about the games with development teams of one? Surely they can’t look as beautiful? Well, Lost Soul Aside demonstrates that one talented individual is more than enough to create a beautiful game. Sure, we’ve known about Lost Soul Aside ever since the announcement trailer dropped last year, but today Bing Yang posted a video that demonstrates the game’s combat system in full, and it’s a thing of beauty.

While Lost Soul Aside takes visual cues from Final Fantasy XV (the main character Kazer looks almost identical to Final Fantasy XV‘s protagonist Noctis), the gameplay is pure hack and slash bliss in the vein of Devil May Cry or Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.  Kazer has all the abilities we have come to expect from such games: he can slide on the ground to dodge attacks, switch between different weapons, and unleash shockwaves from his blade, just to name a few. The first minute of the gameplay demo shows Kazer easily tearing through small, human-sized monsters. and the next four are spent fighting a boss.

The boss serves to demonstrate the level of challenge players will face in Lost Soul Aside. The fight starts off rather simple, and the creature only crawls on all fours and violently swipes at Kazer. It’s nothing most gamers haven’t seen before, but once the battle enters the second phase, the monster kicks it into high gear. What was at first some seemingly feral creature becomes a terrifying bipedal titan that swipes at Kazer with ethereal arm blades and conjures blue flames that litter the ground and restricts player movement. The second round isn’t Dark Souls levels of challenging, but it’s not the kind of boss fight players can take lightly.

During the cutscene that introduces the boss, you might have noticed it’s passive until it notices Kazer, at which point it starts rolling around in pain; the creature even shakily reaches for Kazer in much the same way characters in movies, tv shows, and video games reach out when they are in desperate need of help. While this is by no means solid evidence of anything, it implies that the boss monster — and possibly all the other monsters Kazer killed — might have been human once. If this is true, what caused them to transform, and why does Kazer’s presence force them to go rabid? These are questions the game will likely answer when released

The gameplay demo has sold me on Lost Soul Aside, and it’s still in develepment. The game will undergo numerous changes and improvements before it is ready for release, and I’m looking forward to the final result. Bing Yang deserves all the attention he can get for this game.

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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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