For all its popularity, the Pokémon series has taken its sweet time entering the current-gen market. The series’ latest games, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, are still exclusives for the Nintendo 3DS. Finally, Nintendo is breathing new life into the series with a flurry of Switch exclusives.
To start, Nintendo has quietly launched a free-to-play Pokémon game today for the new console. Called Pokémon Quest, the game mixes our favorite critter catcher with the graphics of Minecraft and the elements of an RPG.
Set in Tumblecube Island, Pokémon Quest offers a unique experience for those new to the series. Players create their own camps where they can attract and befriend Pokémon from the Kanto region (Pokémon Red and Blue). From there, they can take Pokémon expeditions to explore the cube island. Every expedition ends with a gaggle of loot, which you can use to upgrade your Pokémon or spruce up your camp.
While the game itself is free-to-play, players can boost their experience with a set of paid DLCs that upgrade their abilities.
Regardless, the game uses mechanics that are simple enough even for more casual users. Nintendo’s latest push for more Pokémon aims to draw newer users to the series.
To complement this, Nintendo is also launching a couple more games this November. Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee will link the new current-gen exclusives with yesteryear’s smash hit, Pokémon Go. Despite the AR integration, both games are essentially remakes of 1999’s Pokémon Yellow. As such, they will feature only the Pokémon from Kanto.
Additionally, all three games will herald the series’ first major release on the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo has not revealed any details on these games yet. However, they promise that they will launch sometime in 2019.
With #PokemonQuest and #PokemonLetsGo, there are so many new ways to explore the world of Pokémon! Trainers can look forward to even more with an all-new core series Pokémon RPG title in development for the second half of 2019! pic.twitter.com/d5uiIpenMI
— Pokémon (@Pokemon) May 30, 2018
Razer announces inaugural SEA Invitational 2020
Brought about by esports’ successful stint in the 2019 SEA Games
Esports is seeing a steady rise in viewership as the COVID-19 pandemic kept everyone indoors. Gaming companies started rolling out their own versions of esports tournaments open to all players, whether amateur or professional. And after its successful stint in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, Razer wants to take esports to even greater heights.
As such, the company announced its inaugural Southeast Asia Invitational 2020, an esports tournament for the best of the best. The tournament organizers hope to gather the best esports athletes across Southeast Asia to prepare them for the 31st SEA Games in Vietnam. It will feature a unique tournament format, and will kick festivities off on June 22, 2020.
The invitational will feature three popular esports titles, two of which were in the 2019 SEA Games lineup. Expect intense and hotly contested action as players take the field in games like PUBG Mobile, DOTA 2, and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang. All of these will be available for streaming on Team Razer’s social media platforms: Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch.
This tournament is also in partnership with Tier One Entertainment, supported by esports federations across the region. Those who wish to participate in the invitational should talk to their respective federations.
New PS4 bundles, discounts on Days of Play 2020
Promo period is from June 3 to 16
Sony PlayStation’s annual promo is back! Days of Play 2020 is here and it’s one of your best chances to snag a PlayStation 4 along with some fantastic titles from recent years.
From June 3, 2020 until June 16, 2020, customers can purchase the following hardware deals from PlayStation Authorized Dealers:
PS4 Slim (Model: CUH-2218AB01, 500GB HDD), comes with NBA2K20 and Gran Turismo Sport at promotional price of PHP 14,990 — SRP: PhP 19,990
PS4 MEGAPACK (Model: CUH-2218BB01, 1TB HDD) at promotional price of PhP 13,990 — SRP: PhP 17,990
PS4 Pro God Of War™ / The Last Of Us™ Remastered (Model: CUH-7218BB01, 1TB HDD) Bundle at promotional price of PHP 18,990 — SRP: PhP 24,990
PS4 DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller at promotional price of PHP 1,990* — SRP: PhP 2,990)
A bunch of games are also discounted for the duration of the promo!
PS4 Software Title
Promotional Price (PhP)
|Call of Duty: Modern Warfare||2,299|
|Death Stranding Standard Edition||2,095|
|Nioh 2 Standard Edition||2,095|
|Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Standard Edition||1,955|
|Dreams Universe Standard Edition||1,495|
|Days Gone Standard Edition||1,495|
|God Of War™ HITS||765|
|The Last Of Us™ Remastered HITS||765|
|Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End™ HITS||765|
|Ratchet & Clank™ HITS||765|
For more information visit this official Days of Play 2020 website.
Microsoft Edge has a minigame you can play when offline
Sometimes our Internet connection suddenly drops and we are lured to fall into a fit of rage. If you use Google Chrome, you must be familiar with the offline side-scroller game that has you avoiding obstacles as an 8-bit T-Rex. It turns out that Chrome’s offline minigame is so popular that Microsoft built its own for its Edge browser.
Just like Chrome, Microsoft Edge will suggest a minigame once you’re offline. Unlike Chrome though, there’s no visual indicator telling you that there’s some sort of a game that you can play to pass the time. The prompt for the minigame appears at the bottom of the error page. You have to click the button to toggle the minigame.
Edge’s minigame is actually much more sophisticated than Chrome’s. To begin the game, you press the spacebar and use the mouse or keyboard controls to guide the surfer safely across the open waters. There are a lot of obstacles on the way that you have to avoid. Once you hit an obstacle, you lose a life. Given that you have three lives in the game, you have more chances to score higher than Chrome’s dino game where you’re given only one life.
Of course, the game increases its difficulty by throwing more obstacles as you speed along. Later in the game, giant octopuses will try to catch up with your surfer. You can use various power-ups to outrun these obstacles. The game ends when you lose all of your three lives.
There are also three modes to choose from: “let’s surf”, “time trial”, and “zig-zag”. Each mode has its own mechanics, and the default one is set to “let’s surf”. Aside from choosing the modes, you can also choose from different surfers. Sadly, they don’t have any special abilities whatsoever.
If you’re eager to try out the minigame, you must update the Microsoft Edge to version 83. Once you go offline, you’ll see a prompt inviting you to play Microsoft’s new minigame. But if you’re really excited to play the game, you can type “edge://surf” in the address bar sans the quotation marks. From there, you can start playing the minigame if you fancy.
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