Author - Jerry Paxton

Happy Holidays 2019

From all of us at GamingShogun.com, we hope you and yours have an incredible holiday celebration. We will see you all in a couple days once the crazy gift exchanges, caroling, and big meals are done with. Thanks for an amazing year so far.

 

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 – Winds of Magic Out on Xbox One

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, December 19, 2019. Today Fatshark announced that the Warhammer: Vermintide 2 expansion, Winds of Magic, is available to Xbox One.

The first expansion for Warhammer: Vermintide 2 brings a brand new enemy faction and new challenges to the game. As a meteor crashes down in the Reikland, the Beastmen rush to the epicenter to claim it as a Herdstone. It is up to the five heroes to stop them before a dreadful disaster strikes the Empire.

“We are happy to bring the Winds of Magic expansion to our Xbox One players, and have them join the fight against the Beastmen.” says Martin Wahlund, CEO Fatshark.

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 – Winds of Magic features
Beastmen – The New Enemy
Dark Omens – New Level
Winds – New Game Mode
Raised Level Cap
New Talents
New weapons for all heroes
New Difficulty

Winds of Magic Xbox One
https://www.microsoft.com/store/productid/9pj0jjw2gq9v

Not playing Warhammer Vermintide 2 on PC? Pick it up now.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/552500/Warhammer_Vermintide_2/

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners Up for Pre-Order

12/16/19 – Skydance Interactive, a division of Skydance Media, and Skybound Entertainment today announced that digital pre-orders for the highly-anticipated VR title The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners are now available. The studio also revealed the game will be launching on Oculus Rift, Rift S, Quest (via Link cable only) and HTC Vive on January 23, 2020. The game is slated to arrive on PlayStation VR in Spring 2020, followed by Oculus Quest standalone later in the year.

Players can choose between the Standard, Deluxe and Collector’s Editions, and collect in-game bonuses and exclusive items unique to the game’s special editions and platforms. Details on these exclusives include:

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners Standard Edition – $39.99

  • PlayStation VR

    • Pre-order not available but there is a free Playstation theme available for Playstation players in the coming weeks.

  • Oculus Store or Steam or The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners website

    • Digital game code + Pre-order bonus cosmetic In-game item: craft recipe for “The Sheriff” (Revolver)

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners Tourist Edition (Digital Deluxe Edition) – $49.99

  • Digital game code + Bonus cosmetic In-game items:

    • In-game craft recipe for “The Judge” (Baseball Bat)

    • In-game craft recipe for “The Sheriff” (Revolver)

    • In-game craft recipe for “The National” (Combat Knife)

    • “Bustomization” New Orleans voodoo dolls

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners Tower Edition (Collector’s Edition) – $149.99

Available only via The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners website

  • Digital game code + Bonus In-game items:

    • In-game craft recipe for “The Judge” (Baseball Bat)

    • In-game craft recipe for “The Sheriff” (Revolver)

    • In-game craft recipe for “The National” (Combat Knife)

    • “Bustomization” New Orleans voodoo dolls

  • Collector’s SWAG Physical Items

    • Special Edition Reversible Unicorn Backpack / HMD Travel Case

    • Magnetic Camping Lantern

    • Concept Art Stash

    • Collector Saints or Sinners Challenge Coin

    • Set of 4 Collector’s Pins

    • Eerie Postcard

    • 16GB “Thumb” Drive

In The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, freedom of choice and visceral combat offer players a new way to live survival horror in a deep-rooted VR gaming experience. Scale buildings to ambush enemies from above, hold down a walker’s head to rip a knife out of its skull or attack from a distance with throwing weapons, bows and long-range firearms. Players can choose from an arsenal of weapons or craft their own to fit their play style and survive their way. Physics-based combat makes every swing of an axe or jab of a knife resonate with impact.

Choices in The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners will affect not just how the combat plays out but the fate of the city and its other survivors. New Orleans is at war and the living are not just fending off the dead, but each other as well. As players dive deeper into this unforgiving journey they will uncover the mystery at the heart of the conflict that threatens to tear the city apart.

To keep up to date on news and update for The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners register at www.vrwalkingdead.com and follow the official Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels for the game.

Wreckfest Holiday Update Trailer

Vienna, AUSTRIA / Helsinki, FINLAND, December 17th, 2019 – Vroom-Vroom-Vroom! Celebrate Christmas early with Wreckfest’s holiday update as well as the new car pack DLC.

The holiday update contains the following additions. See here for the detailed patch notes.

  • Two new free tracks
  • Multiplayer event voting
  • Player-hosted public servers
  • Car customization in lobby

The Modified Monsters Car Pack brings you a collection of five backyard built vehicles with a mix that will make you go hog-wild! Strike fear with the crazy monster truck, or head into battle in a fully loaded military pickup! Burn rubber like a pro with the dragster, or try the hilarious mini racing car for size! And finally, try taking the pig car out for a spin – enjoy the roast! The Modified Monsters Car Pack is out today on all platforms for $3.99 | €3.99 | £3.29.

Gladiux Teaser Trailer

Dec. 16, 2019 – Starcaster Games (Starcaster LLC) is happy to share the first look at Gladiux® coming to Consoles and PC in 2020. Gladiux is an Action Combat game that takes place in the days of Ancient Rome. We will reveal more about the story and the full trailer closer to GDC 2020 in San Francisco.

This is the first title by Starcaster Games since the studio was founded in April 2019. We have a lot more in store down the road and are excited to be coming out of the shadows finally.

You can find out more about the game at www.gladiux.com as well as follow our company for future announcements.

We hope you enjoy our humble first look.

Holiday Gift Guide 2019: Video Games

Another installment of our Holiday Gift Guide series for 2019 – this one focusing on video games which, if you haven’t ascertained by all the theme park coverage and airsoft articles on this site, is what we’re all about! 😉 Enjoy!

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries (PC)

The MechWarrior game franchise goes back a long time, and this latest installment has plenty of strategy, tactics, and all-out mech carnage to fill the entire Inner Sphere. Set before the invasion of the clans, MW5: Mercs puts you in command of your own mercenary unit and all the glory and pain that goes with it. Pick it up for the PC gamer in your life via the Epic Game Store (get over it people).

Official Website

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (PC, Xbox One, PS4)

While the gameplay can be somewhat uneven, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order tells a gripping tale set in post-Order 66 Star Wars (14 years before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope). It follows a young Jedi Padawan named Cal Kestis as he is being hunted. Also, Respawn Entertainment needs major kudos for the amount of Star Wars lore and material they have packed into the game. There’s so much to chew through – even benign stuff in the background ended up giving me geeky-chills.

Official Website

Death Stranding (PS4)

Hideo Kojima’s first post-Konami title is polarizing to say the least. You play as Sam Porter Bridges/Norman Reedus, a courier tasked with delivering supplies to the fractured and isolated colonies that remain and reconnecting them via a wireless communications network. At least, that’s how Wikipedia described it. After playing it a while now, however, I would describe it as part delivery sim with realistic cargo/weight management and bat-shit crazy Kojima style. It’s insane, and I loved every strange minute of it.

Official Website

Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Nintendo Switch)

Luigi’s Mansion 3 is an outstanding, funny romp through a haunted hotel. It takes everything we loved from previous Luigi’s Mansion games and adds so much more to it – with smooth gameplay and spooky ghost hunting equipment and enemy types. It’s not just a perfect game for the Halloween season but, also, any time you want to have a spooky-fun time on your Nintendo Switch.

Official Website

Red Dead Redemption 2 (PC)

While Red Dead Redemption 2 came out on consoles last year, it made its PC appearance in 2019. So, it makes this list! With enhanced visual options thanks to the potential graphics powerhouses in modern gaming PC’s, the game looks more beautiful than ever.

Official Website

Microsoft Unveils Xbox Series X for Holiday 2020

December 13, 2019 – For eighteen years and three console generations, the Xbox community has shown us the power both games and fun can have on all of us. As we enter a new generation of gaming, we see a future where you’re instantly absorbed in your games – where worlds are even more lifelike, immersive, responsive and surprising – and where you are at the center of your gaming experience. With the new Xbox Series X, we will realize that vision.

Xbox Series X will be our fastest, most powerful console ever and set a new bar for performance, speed and compatibility, allowing you to bring your gaming legacy, thousands of games from three generations and more forward with you. Its industrial design enables us to deliver four times the processing power of Xbox One X in the most quiet and efficient way, something that is critically important in delivering truly immersive gameplay. We also designed Xbox Series X to support both vertical and horizontal orientation. It’s bold and unique, very much like our fans around the world and the team of collaborators and innovators who built it.

The name Xbox is an expression of our deep history in gaming, our team’s unrelenting passion, and our commitment to both our fans and the future of gaming at Microsoft. It also signifies our belief that a gaming console should be for just that – gaming.

Alongside Xbox Series X, we also unveiled the new Xbox Wireless Controller. Its size and shape have been refined to accommodate an even wider range of people, and it also features a new Share button to make capturing screenshots and game clips simple and an advanced d-pad derived from the Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller. The new Xbox Wireless Controller will be compatible with Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, and will be included with every Xbox Series X.

The possibilities of what Xbox Series X enables developers to achieve was also brought to life this evening with the unveiling of Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II. A sequel to the award-winning Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice from world-renowned developers Ninja Theory, the game is being built to leverage the full power of Xbox Series X. The footage shared tonight was captured in-engine and reflects the power of Xbox Series X available to developers to deliver new universes, experiences and games in ways you have never imagined.

Bringing Developers’ Dreams to Life with Xbox Series X

Games today deliver amazing visuals and tell an array of different and deep stories. That’s why, when we started work on Xbox Series X, it was vital we continue to advance state-of-the-art visual capabilities for developers, while also ensuring they could realize even greater feeling, emotion and empathy in their games. With Xbox Series X, we will elevate the way games look, play and feel. We will also remove the technical barriers faced in previous generations and enable developers to create more expansive, immersive gaming worlds that invite more players to play.

From a technical standpoint, this will manifest as world-class visuals in 4K at 60FPS, with possibility of up to 120FPS, including support for Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), and 8K capability. Powered by our custom-designed processor leveraging the latest Zen 2 and next generation RDNA architecture from our partners at AMD, Xbox Series X will deliver hardware accelerated ray tracing and a new level of performance never before seen in a console. Additionally, our patented Variable Rate Shading (VRS) technology will allow developers to get even more out of the Xbox Series X GPU and our next-generation SSD will virtually eliminate load times and bring players into their gaming worlds faster than ever before.

We are minimizing latency by leveraging technology such as Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and giving developers new functionality like Dynamic Latency Input (DLI) to make Xbox Series X the most responsive console ever. Xbox Series X is also designed for a future in the cloud, with unique capabilities built into the hardware and software to make it as easy as possible to bring great games to both console and elsewhere. Xbox Series X will deliver a level of fidelity and immersion unlike anything that’s been achieved in previous console generations.

One Console, Four Generations of Gaming

One of the things we’re most proud of with Xbox Series X is the promise we’re delivering to our fans who have and continue to invest with Xbox. Thanks to backward compatibility, you can expect your gaming legacy, thousands of your favorite games across four generations of gaming, all your Xbox One gaming accessories, and industry-leading services like Xbox Game Pass to be available when you power on your Xbox Series X in Holiday 2020.

Building on our compatibility promise, with Xbox Series X we’re also investing in consumer-friendly pathways to game ownership across generations. Leading the way with our first-party titles including Halo Infinite in 2020, we’re committed to ensuring that games from Xbox Game Studios support cross-generation entitlements and that your Achievements and game saves are shared across devices. As we branch out and extend gaming to more players around the world, console gaming will remain at the heart of our Xbox offering. Game creators around the globe are already hard at work building content for Xbox Series X and our 15 Xbox Game Studios are developing the largest and most creatively diverse lineup of Xbox exclusive games in our history. On behalf of Team Xbox, we’re excited to enter the future of console gaming with you and can’t wait to share more in 2020.

Holiday Gift Guide 2019: Headphones

Here is our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide showcasing our recommended headphones!

Razer Kraken Ultimate Edition ($129.99)

Corporate Spiel: “MAKE SOUND YOUR WEAPON – Hear the unfair advantage firsthand and be the one to beat with the Razer Kraken Ultimate—a PC gaming headset built for the ultimate competitive gaming experience. With threats lurking all around you, it’s time to go on the offensive and let them know who’s hunting who.”

Our take: Excellent build quality, style, and sound reproduction come together to make this one killer gaming headset.

Official Razer Website

Apple AirPods Pro ($249.00)

Corporate Spiel: “We refined the details of comfort, creating a new class of in-ear headphones with a customizable fit that forms an exceptional seal for Active Noise Cancellation. You’ll feel your music, not your headphones.”

Our Take: Terrific noise canceling and channeling make these earbuds outstanding for any activity. Well worth the increased price point and slightly larger size.

Apple Official Website

Creative SXFI Air ($159.99)

Corporate Spiel: “Experience the magical audio reality of Super X-Fi with the Creative SXFI AIR! This Bluetooth and USB headphone has built-in Super X-Fi technology that provides holographic audio personalized to your own ears for an unbelievable headphone experience that’s as good as the real thing.”

Our Take: The Creative SXFI Air is extremely comfortable and its audio holography has to be heard to be believed. If you are an audiophile, I would definitely recommend them.

Official Creative Website

Wicked Audio Syver True Wireless ($99.99)

Corporate Spiel: “Who says you can’t have it all? Rock out loud or on a more personal level with the speaker + earbud combo of your dreams whenever and wherever you want.”

Our Take: Syver has taken two complimentary products: Wireless earbuds and speaker, and combined them. While neither is outstanding in their own right, together they make for a flexible mobile audio experience that will satisfy the outdoor-folk, dorm-dwellers, and river-rats in your life.

Official Syver Website

LucidSound LS1X Premium Chat Headset ($24.99)

Corporate Spiel: “Lightweight and comfortable, featuring LucidSound proprietary quick-access audio adjustments. No need to search for the volume wheel just reach up and turn up the volume.”

Our Take: LucidSound’s LS1X chat headset is made of good construction and features very good audio quality thanks to its 50mm driver, not to mention decent microphone noise cancellation. In short: It’s a terrific chat headset choice for your Xbox One or PS4.

Official LucidSound Website

Most Tear-jerking Christmas Commercials

While I stay away from “top” anything lists usually, I thought it would be fun to share some of the most tear-jerking Christmas commercials I have ever seen. Some of them are new – and some are old. Either way, they make my eyes rain. And now, they’ll make yours…. BEWARE, dear reader, there be tears ahead, and it be too late to alter course!

Anzara “Love is A Gift”

Publix “Christmas Morning”

Edeka “2015 Christmas Commercial”

Apple “The Surprise”

Erste “2018 Christmas Ad”

Sainsbury’s “1914”

Xfinity “A Holiday Reunion”

 

Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous CRPG Announced

Moscow, Russia, December 5, 2019 — Developer Owlcat Games is proud to announce Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous, a classic isometric CRPG game. Based on the adventure path of the same name, it follows in the footsteps of the previous digital adaptation of Paizo’s legendary tabletop RPG, Pathfinder. The first key art image of the game has been released as a teaser of things to come for the title.

While not a direct sequel to Pathfinder: Kingmaker, Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous will expand and elaborate on the core elements that made Owlcat’s previous installment successful. New features include the mythic progression system, a new corner of the award-winning Age of Lost Omens setting to explore, and more classes and character customizations drawn from Pathfinder’s extensive history. Owlcat will be releasing more details as development progresses so that fans can stay caught up on how the process evolves over time.

“We are tremendously excited to announce Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous today. With our new game, we are taking everything that made Kingmaker enjoyable and building on top of it. We laid a solid foundation and are going to push the boundaries of the CRPG genre with our next title,” says Oleg Shpilchevskiy, Head of Owlcat Games studio. “We especially want to thank the Kingmaker community for their support because we would not be making this game if it weren’t for them. When Wrath of the Righteous is ready, we cannot wait to see them answer the call again.”

Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous is based on the Wrath of the Righteous Adventure Path from the tabletop game but includes new characters, plots, and elements to entertain even players already familiar with the adventure. It tells the story of a large-scale conflict between mortals and demons where players are invited to immerse themselves in a world under siege from demonic forces. As a vicious invasion threatens the world, the consequences of one’s decisions will forge a unique narrative of their personal battle between good and evil.

Kingmaker’s Creative Director Alexander Mishulin and Lead Writer Alexander Komzolov return to their respective roles, and Owlcat is happy to confirm that Chris Avellone is back on board lending a hand and supporting the narrative team as he did with Pathfinder: Kingmaker.

To stand against the demonic invasion, the player character and their companions will receive additional powers from the player’s chosen mythic path. These paths vary widely in nature and profoundly impact the storyline of the game, permanently changing the characters and the world around them. Players may choose the path of the immortal lich, wielding powerful spells and commanding an army of undead; the path of the trickster, causing mischief and finding fun even in the middle of the demon-filled abyss; the path of the angel, summoning celestial allies into battle and meting bolts of divine judgment upon foes; or something else entirely.

Some Pathfinder RPG character classes that didn’t make it into Kingmaker will make their CRPG debut in Wrath of the Righteous alongside the returning roster, including — but not limited to — the fan-favorite witch and oracle. More classes and character options will be revealed in the near future.

Boasting an improved visual style, Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous will offer a look and feel distinct from that of Pathfinder: Kingmaker. Set in locations including a demon-infested wasteland, besieged crusader cities, and the foul, twisted Abyss itself, Wrath of the Righteous’s art will capture the epic fight of the world’s defenders as they struggle to hold the line against the corrupting force of otherworldly entities.