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[Games Around the Corner] Week 21, 2021 – Mutants, Demons, Warhammer

This week finally sees the release of open world action RPG Biomutant, which was announced a few years back. Additionally, there’s a remaster of an almost two decade old game from the Shin Megami Tensei series and a game based on the Warhammer: Age of Sigmar tabletop game.


Announced back in 2017, Biomutant is a post-apocalyptic open world RPG with martial arts styled combat and weird mutated creatures that include its protagonist. The character creation allows the protagonist’s size and appearance to change depending on which stats (like Strength, Vitality, and Intellect) are prioritized, as well as which fur colour, element resistance types, and class are chosen. Elsewhere, the game promises mutation and psi-mutations depending on your exposure to bio-contamination or radioactivity, crafting that allows you to add cork-screws and battery-powered chainsaw modules to your weapons, equipment like jump-packs that are crafted by other characters.

Biomutant’s third-person combat will allow players to combine melee, shooting, and powers and enjoy “maximum freedom of movement and agility”, with masters that will teach you new forms of “Wung-Fu”. The gameplay also involves exploring the world through various means and equipping items like a gas-mask and oxygen tank or protective gear depending on the environment you venture into.

The story will see the protagonist venturing across a dying world with divided tribes in order to restore the Tree-of-Life, which is being damaged by poisonous oil. The player’s choices will affect the story, and there will be a Storyteller to provide narration during gameplay.

Biomutant will be released on May 25 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne HD Remaster

A remaster of a 2003 JRPG, Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne HD Remaster offers old fans improved character models and backgrounds as well as more difficulty settings, Japanese and English voice options, and suspend saves. For newcomers, the game provides the chance to visit a post-apocalyptic Tokyo that is affected by a cult-triggered apocalyptic event called the Conception and turned into the Vortex World.

The main character is a high school student who ends up being reborn as a Demi-fiend after a series of events, and the factions he meets and the choices he makes will influence how the world is remade. The game uses the turn-based Press Turn System, which the original version introduced, that allows players to both gain and lose turns in combat, and also offers players the ability to combine demons at the Cathedral of Shadows to create a stronger one.

Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne HD Remaster will be released on May 25 for PC, PS4, and Switch.

Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground

Based on the Warhammer Age of Sigmar tabletop game (which replaced the Warhammer Fantasy setting that Total War: Warhammer is based on a few years back), Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground is a turn-based strategy game that sees three factions – the knightly Stormcast Eternals, the ghostly Nighthaunt, and the disgusting Maggotkin – battling it out. The Stormcast are heavily armoured and have lightning powers and a dragon-like creature on their side, while the Nighthaunt are numerous and have deadly weaponry. For the Maggotkin, they have durability, infection-related abilities, and can alter the battlefield.

The game promises army customization with collectible and upgradeable unit types and equipment and unlockable skills, as well as a dynamic, non-linear campaign. Campaign aside, there will be 1v1 multiplayer matches.

Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground will be released for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch on May 27.


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