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Ocean simulation “Volumetric Water” to make some waves in the newest part of the Fishing simulation brand

Moenchengladbach/Germany, August 30, 2019 - The success story continues: With Fishing: North Atlantic, astragon Entertainment and developer Misc Games will release a successor to the simulation hit Fishing: Barents Sea in 2020. Lots of new features, fish species, fishing methods and, of course, ships are set to delight fishery fans around the globe. As the game’s title already suggests, players will also be able to discover a brand-new setting: The Canadian province of Nova Scotia and the North Atlantic Ocean will be offering an exciting backdrop for even more extensive fishing expeditions. Another interesting news for players is the cooperation of Misc Games with the UK software studio Simul Software. Misc Games will use the already well-known weather renderer true SKY from Simul for Fishing: North Atlantic, but also their realistic ocean renderer Volumetric Water, which is currently still in development.

Watch the teaser trailer of Fishing: North Atlantic


While the open source ocean simulation Ocean Project used in Fishing: Barents Sea reproduced the waves of the Barents Sea only as adjustable sine curves, Volumetric Water will be able to calculate the waves by taking the in-game wind direction and intensity into account, which will result in a more realistic water behaviour including wave breaking. Moreover, the new water shader provides natural transparency and light reflections on the water surface.

Additionally, Misc Games plans to develop a completely new buoyancy algorithm for Fishing: North Atlantic to ensure realistic buoyancy for every ship in the game. Fans can also look forward to seeing and steering lots of new ships and boats which will come in a varied mix of different sizes, shapes and functions.

Detailed particle effects will display water displacement, water turbulences as well as wake and therefore ensure that Fishing: North Atlantic will provide an immersive fishing simulation experience.

Fishing: North Atlantic will be released 2020.




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FTS: Final Fantasy & Life is Strange Headline Square Enix's PAX West 2019 Lineup


LOS ANGELES (Aug. 26, 2019) - Developer panels, fan activities and giveaways will be among the many offerings from SQUARE ENIX® at this year’s PAX West 2019, held at the Washington State Convention Center from August 30 – September 2. Midgar comes to life in Booth #2335 with several familiar sights from Sector 1, including a re-creation of the train station and a stunning Mako reactor that looms over the show floor, and houses gameplay demos of FINAL FANTASY® VII REMAKE. Square Enix also invites fans to experience current and upcoming games at Booth #2141, including FINAL FANTASY XIV: Shadowbringers™, FINAL FANTASY VIII Remastered, Trials of Mana™ and more. Fans can also hop on Cloud’s iconic Hardy Daytona motorcycle from FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE for photo ops and take part in a variety of other fun activities at PAX.

In addition to the activities listed above, visitors to Square Enix’s booth will be able to:

  • Attempt to beat Titania in the FINAL FANTASY XIV: Shadowbringers Titania battle challenge. Those who can best the ruler of the pixies will earn an “I Beat Titania” t-shirt.
  • Join together with three other newcomers to FINAL FANTASY XIV Online and challenge Ifrit, Lord of the Inferno. This special challenge, designed for new players, will reward participants with a free copy of the FINAL FANTASY XIV Online Starter Edition to take home and continue their adventures with their friends.
  • Play the hit mobile game FINAL FANTASY BRAVE EXVIUS® on a giant touch screen.
  • Score daily giveaways (while supplies last), including:
    • Two-sided FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE poster featuring the game’s hero, Cloud, and iconic villain, Sephiroth (Booth #2335).
    • DISSIDIA® FINAL FANTASY OPERA OMNIA™ and FINAL FANTASY BRAVE EXVIUS enamel pins.
    • KINGDOM HEARTS Union χ[Cross] character buttons and zodiac Chirithy postcards.
    • Two-sided poster featuring key art from Trials of Mana and Collection of Mana™.
Square Enix merchandise will also be at Booth #2141. Fans can purchase a variety of official character products and accessories, including Square Enix Store exclusives: CLOUD STRIFE Another Form Variant Limited VersionNieR:Automata™ 2B ver 2.0 – 2P Color Variant, a new selection of DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY Acrylic Keychains and more. Attendees can also learn to play table top games including: FINAL FANTASY TRADING CARD GAME (FFTCG)CHOCOBO™ PARTY UP! THE BOARD GAMEFINAL FANTASY XIV GOLD SAUCER CACTPOT PARTY and TOMB RAIDER® LEGENDS: THE BOARD GAME.  

PAX West attendees can also look forward to the following events and panels:

LIFE IS STRANGE™ : Bringing Relatable Characters & Stories to Life 
Friday, August 30 from 12:00 -1:00 PM at the Raven Theatre, 7th floor of the Hyatt Regency
Join Michel Koch, Co-Creative Director of LIFE IS STRANGE 2, and the cast of the game for an exclusive in-depth discussion where you will discover the stories behind the performances, and behind-the-scenes secrets of the research involved in creating the relatable characters, grounded settings and extraordinary events that define LIFE IS STRANGE.

LIFE IS STRANGE 2 FAN MEET & GREET with What’s Good Games 
Friday, August 30 from 7:00 – 10:00 PM
 at Art Marble 21, 731 Westlake Avenue N – 2nd Floor
Celebrate the launch of the latest episode of LIFE IS STRANGE 2 with the co-founders of What’s Good Games, along with developers from DONTNOD Entertainment. Share your favorite moments from the series, enjoy refreshments and once you arrive, get a free ticket to have the chance to win limited LIFE IS STRANGE 2 posters at the event. Winners will have the opportunity to take a photo and meet the Co-Creative Director Michel Koch. Free Admission.


Creating FINAL FANTASY XIV: Shadowbringers - Narrative and Visual Insights
Sunday, September 1 at 2:30pm PT at the Main Theatre, 911 Pine St
The newly released third expansion for FINAL FANTASY XIV, Shadowbringers, introduced players to a whole new world—quite literally—as they ventured through the most compelling chapter in the MMO’s story yet. Join art team lead Takeo Suzuki and main scenario writer Natsuko Ishikawa as they look back at how the unforgettable setting and narrative of Shadowbringers came to be. Additionally, two signing sessions with the panelists will be held on Sunday, September 1 at 11:00am PT and 4:30pm PT at the Seattle Sheraton. Fans can have a chance to receive tickets to these sessions either by participating in the Titania battle challenge at the Square Enix booth on Friday and Saturday, or by attending the Sunday panel. No Warrior of Darkness will want to miss this glimpse behind the scenes, but those who have not yet taken up the mantle of shadow be warned: spoilers abound!

The full lineup of games that will be featured in the Square Enix booth at PAX includes:

DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY OPERA OMNIA
Platform: Android, iOS
Developer: Square Enix, Koei Tecmo
Available: Now
DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY OPERA OMNIA continues the DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY adventure on mobile devices, where players can form parties from dozens of their favorite FINAL FANTASY heroes and villains and equip them with a variety of weapons from the series. The mobile game features an extensive story and strategic turn-based combat that the FINAL FANTASY series is known for.

FINAL FANTASY BRAVE EXVIUS
Platform: iOS, Android, Amazon
Developer: Square Enix, gumi Inc.
Available: Available Now
Reaching its third anniversary earlier this year and recently surpassing 40 million downloads worldwide,FINAL FANTASY BRAVE EXVIUS is a full-scale FINAL FANTASY adventure made for mobile devices. Fusing together the epic features of all FINAL FANTASY titles, including a captivating story and a classic turn-based battle system with a simplified mobile interface and pixel art style, FINAL FANTASY BRAVE EXVIUS is an adventure appealing to both newcomers and long-term fans alike.

FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE
Platform: PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system
Developer: Square Enix
ESRB: RP (Rating Pending)
Available: March 3, 2020
FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE is a reimagining of the iconic original game that re-defined the RPG genre.  The new game series will allow player to dive deeper into the vast game world and its characters than ever before. The first game in this project will be set in the eclectic city of Midgar and presents a fully standalone gaming experience that provides a great starting point to the series. Along with unforgettable characters and a powerful story, FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE features a hybrid battle system that merges real-time action with strategic, command-based combat.


FINAL FANTASY VIII Remastered
Platform: PlayStation®4 system, Nintendo Switch™, Xbox One, STEAM®
Developer: Square Enix
ESRB: T (Teen)
Available: September 3, 2019
FINAL FANTASY VIII Remastered brings the game’s classic story to modern platforms, now with newly rendered visuals that bring the story’s characters to life like never before. In FINAL FANTASY VIII, the military nation of Galbadia has declared war on the Dukedom of Dollet and its up tomercenary force SeeD, to defend the country. Led by Squall Leonhart, a new member of SeeD, and an army of his friends, including Rinoa Heartilly, now a member of a resistance group, they get pulled into the war, unaware of their fated task to save the world.


FINAL FANTASY XIV Online
Platform: PlayStation®4 system, Windows, STEAM, Mac
Developer: Square Enix
ESRB: Teen
Available: Now
FINAL FANTASY XIV Online is celebrating its highest number of active subscribers in the title’s history, and recently surpassed 16 million total registered users. A free trial is available now, inviting new players to access content up to level 35, create up to eight playable characters, and experience the different playable races, classes, and jobs with no restrictions on playtime. New players who wish to experience the free trial may register here: http://sqex.to/FFXIVFreeTrialShadowbringers, the next chapter in the critically acclaimed FINAL FANTASY XIV story, is now available, and includes breathtaking new environments, exotic new races, exciting new jobs and more.

KINGDOM HEARTS Union χ[Cross]
Platform: Android, iOS, Amazon
Developer: Square Enix
Available: Now
With over 10 million players worldwide, KINGDOM HEARTS Union χ[Cross] lets players uncover story elements from the earliest parts of the series’ history, as well as from KINGDOM HEARTS III. Players can create their very own Keyblade wielder and adventure through Disney worlds with beautiful and stylized art while interacting with a rich cast of memorable Disney characters. The game also features both co-op and player vs player (PvP) modes, so gamers can play with friends and compete on leaderboards to win rewards.


LIFE IS STRANGE 2
Platform: Xbox One, PlayStation®4 system, Windows PC
Developer: DONTNOD Entertainment
ESRB: Rating Pending
Available: September 27, 2018
Discover a story of two brothers, 16-year old Sean and 9-year old Daniel Diaz, who have to flee their home in suburban Seattle after a tragic event that changes their lives forever. On the run from the police, Sean makes a difficult decision; to take his brother and go to Puerto Lobos, Mexico. Life on the road is dangerous and the brothers will be faced with tough decisions as they bravely undertake a journey that will test the bonds of brotherhood. Everything is new in LIFE IS STRANGE 2 – a new cast of characters, multiple new settings, new gameplay features and a brand-new power for players to discover, makingLIFE IS STRANGE 2 the most ambitious project in series history.



ONINAKI™
Platform: Available digitally on PlayStation®4 system, Nintendo Switch, STEAM
Developer: Tokyo RPG Factory™
ESRB: T (Teen)
Available: Now
With supervision by Creative Producer Takashi Tokita (Chrono Trigger, Parasite Eve), ONINAKI depicts the story of Kagachi, a young watcher whose duty is to usher Lost Souls into the next world. After meeting a mysterious girl named Linne, his fate becomes entwined with blood and death. Kagachi can unleash the powers of daemons against his foes, using them to provide unique and powerful skills and abilities during gameplay. With highly customizable skill trees for each daemon, fast and engaging action-RPG gameplay mechanics and a mysterious, involving story, ONINAKI is set to take players to a whole new world where death is only the beginning.

Trials of Mana
Platform: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation®4 system, STEAM
Developer: Square Enix
ESRB: RP (Rating Pending)
Available: Early 2020
Trials of Mana is a full high-definition remake of the third entry in the Mana series, previously released in Japan in 1995 as Seiken Densetsu 3Trials of Mana tells the story of six heroes in their battle to defeat monsters of destruction trying to take over the world while the power of Mana has been weakened. Players can choose between six main characters and supporting allies, the story will play out in different ways depending on the combination of the main character and allies in the party.




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Belly-Rub Pups... Reviewed!


Recently we received a plushy meant to be more than just a cute toy. Belly-Rub Pups are meant to take the place of your average pups while at work or somewhere you don't have access to a real pup to help you keep calm, stress less, and smile.

Initially I was like... okay, but I've taken time to sit with Chica Loca and rub her belly on numerous occassions. I think it its an okay concept when I think of how I feel about rubbing an actual pups belly. Doesn't have the exact same feel... because the real thing is the real thing but I like holding it.

They have 4 Belly-Rub Pups to choose from (I like the first two on the left the most). These two are the most toonish to me... and Chica Loca name fits her perfectly (and she's a perfect fit for SDGT).


There isn't much to using the Belly-Rub Pups, you just follow the 3 super simple steps below. The 3rd step might be the hardest for some because laughing out of the blue (especially when you're pissed) might be a challenge... unless you're Joker. If you need a reminder to calm down, this could serve a purpose at work.

I think a Belly-Rub Pup would be a great Secret Santa gift for the hothead on the job (and they won't know who gave it to them). It also comes with a durable stretchy storage bag too... which will further extend the life of the product. It's not being presented as a product for kids, so I don't see it being played with like a standard toy, but perhaps it could help a child with anxiety and anger.




The plushy's fabric feels good, stitching is tight and doesn't feel like it will just fall apart... if you're wondering (I don't know of any teddy bears that fall apart to be honest). It reminds me of the way the authentic beanie babies feel.

The Indie GoGo goal was met shortly after launch... but there were still 20 or so days remaining by the time this review was posted. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/belly-rub-pups-are-here-to-relieve-your-stress#/ If you make it in time... you're able to get a Belly-Rub Pup for a lower price than the suggested retail price of $40. For me... this price just feels a bit too steep, and the ultimate goal should be to get it to $19.99... $25 at the highest.


Usefulness: 4

Visual Appeal: 5

Quality: 5

Price: 2


"4 / 5 Cool Points"



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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare... REBOOTED!


We could just do a standard post about this game... but (yeah) that's not happening. Not because it's COD, but because this is a... (soft) reboot of COD's Modern Warfare, which should've been rebooted a few installments ago if you ask me. It's all good though, it's here... so it is what it is as long as they take it in the right direction to actually be a new experience.

They could totally take a sub-series like Modern Warfare in a direction with a feel that doesn't feel like it's just one upping the previous Black Ops installment and before that series takes the next leap. All it takes is the right amount of creativity, the right amount of freedom, and the right amount of time to make it happen. Both the developer and the gamer win then... because you'd actually get something different from both which would allow you to look forward to them both (even if released in the same year). I'm not saying that they should be released in the same year, but you would have something to look forward to respectively because its exclusive to that sub-series.

Anyway... here is the trailer and keep your head on a swivel as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare moves in October 25th, 2019 with both single-player, and... multiplayer modes that I equally look forward to.


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