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[Games Around the Corner] Week 23, 2021 – Materia Girl

This week sees various series making a return, with a new Chivalry, Ratchet and Clank, and Guilty Gear game all coming within this period. Additionally, Final Fantasy VII’s Yuffie gets her first Remake appearance.

Chivalry 2

The Chivalry series returns, this time with 64-player medieval battles and improved Unreal 4-powered visuals. Chivalry 2 has four classes – Knight, Vanguard, Footman, and Archer – and features objective modes that include goals like burning villages, besieging castles, and killing peasants. The revamped combat is described as being quicker and more fluid than its predecessor, and the developers also say that players will be able to keep fighting after losing limbs in battle or even when downed.

It’s not a wholly serious affair, however, with the developers promising the ability pick up pitchforks to fight with or even grab and throw chickens after setting fire to them. Other features include character customization and a ton of new voice-lines.

The game will be released on June 8 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. On PC, it will be exclusive to Epic Games Store for a year.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is described as a visually enhanced version of 2020’s Final Fantasy VII Remake for PS5. Aside from visual improvements, it comes with FF7R Episode Intermission, which allows players to play as materia-hunting ninja Yuffie in the remake for the first time in a new adventure. Episode Intermission will see Yuffie and her partner Sonon infiltrating Midgar and working with Avalanche HQ to steal materia from Shinra. In combat, Yuffie brings a massive throwing star, ninjutsu, agility, and the ability to fight both up-close and from afar.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade will be released on June 10. For owners of the PS4 version Final Fantasy VII Remake who also own a PS5, they can download the enhancement update for PS5 for free, but have to buy FF7R Episode Intermission separately.

Guilty Gear Strive

The latest installment of the Guilty Gear anime fighting game series, Arc System Works’s Guilty Gear Strive offers a starting roster of 15 characters and the conclusion to the series’ story, with players getting a final confrontation with That Man. Along with 2D/3D cel shaded visuals and a rock soundtrack by creator and composer Daisuke Ishiwatari, the game has a new wall-breaking gameplay mechanic and promises deep but easy-to-learn gameplay.

Guilty Gear Strive will be released on June 11 for PS4, PS5, and PC.

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart

The first PS5 exclusive Ratchet and Clank title, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart sees the two battling to stop an alternate reality robotic emperor from taking over their dimension. The journey will involve visits to new planets and alternate dimension versions of old ones with “exotic flora and fauna”, as well as puzzles, weapons like the Topiary Sprinkler and Shatterbomb, and new “physics-defying” gadgets. Additionally, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart sees Clank gaining new “interdimensional mechanics” and has another playable character in the form an alternate dimension female Lombax.

The game will be released on June 11. #gamesaroundthecorner #gatc


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