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Gaming: Angry Birds launches into VR; BioWare classics come to consoles; Sekiro shows off trailer

By Jacob Oller
SEKIRO: Shadows Die Twice trailer shot

An eclectic bunch of gaming news today is sure to find interested parties in every kind of gamer, whether you’re an app addict or a sucker for nostalgia.

First up, something new. The Angry Birds aren’t just invading cinema and TV screens, they’re in virtual reality. The smash puzzle franchise has released their first foray into the up-and-coming medium with the Vive and Oculus Rift game Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs. Out today, the game utilizes the same core concept as the original, only without swiping.

As Engadget reports, the game plays through a VR slingshot which the player loads with the different birds and shoots off towards oblivion. Fans can see exactly how you attack the pig-filled structures in the game’s trailer.

Check it out:

The $15 game has a few more perks compared to the mobile versions (the ability to zoom around the buildings you’re demolishing in three dimensions, for instance), but has the penalty of costing cold hard cash.

Next, something for the throwback fans. Engadget reports that a few of BioWare’s oldest and best will be coming to consoles thanks to Skybound Games and Beamdog. A collaboration between the two companies will be bringing games like Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate ll, Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear, Neverwinter Nights, Icewind Dale, and Planescape: Torment from PC to consoles — something sure to please RPG fans looking for either a history lesson or a trip down memory lane. While no solid release dates are set so far, look for these titles over the course of 2019.

As far as games that have already been released go, some enterprising investigators over at Kotaku have delved into the voice acting of Kingdom Hearts III — and their findings are delightfully nerdy. The below video finds that the Disney/Final Fantasy mashup that is the KH universe only features 56.7 percent official Disney voice actors in the franchise finale.

Take a look:

Someone got way too deep into IMDb.

Finally, a new trailer for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice has been released. The bloody samurai story from the makers of Bloodborne and the Dark Souls franchise got its equally grim story set-up in the video:

The clip shows off the revenge-seeking hero’s rock-bottom and why he, and you the player, may want to follow the game’s tagline and “kill ingeniously.”

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice takes the violence back to Sengoku Japan on March 22.