Bioware’s new 2018 open-world RPG, Anthem

Anthem, is a new IP from Bioware/EA, slated to be released in 2018. The game will be released on PC, Xbox One and PS4, an open world RPG that is being compared to Destiny and Titanfall, with some Mass Effect elements. Anthem is a science fantasy game similar to Star Wars, meaning that technology and the surrounding environment isn’t using real science. You play as a Freelancer, an explorer of the large landscape. Up to four players can play together, you share in the exploits of missions. Freelancers can wear fully customizable exosuits called Javelins. So far two Javelin types were revealed the Ranger and the Colossus.

Bioware has made it clear that single player will also be a big component of the game. Anthem’s lead designer Corey Gaspur confirmed on twitter that, “single player experience is very important to the team.” EA has suggested that Anthem is a “10 year journey,” this is a similar strategy to that of Activision’s view of Destiny. EA’s executive VP Patrick Soderlund stated that “Anthem is a social game where you and your friends go on quests and journeys. It’s a game that we’ve been working on for almost four years now, and once we launch it next year I think it’ll be the start of a ten-year journey for us.”

The former script writer from Mass Effect and KOTOR is work on the story for the game, showing that EA/Bioware is serious about single player. Players will encounter “world-altering events called Shaper Storms.” These storms are similar to Destiny’s “public events,” they are “massive tempests crackling with lightning that wreak havoc on the environment as they intensify. Shaper Storms seem to warrant grouping up to prepare for an added challenge.” You will face off against marauders and beasts, you will have a home base or main hub called Fort Tarsus. Protected by a wall that segregates the civilians from the more dangerous outside environment, you’ll be free to go in any direction.

sources: Gamesradar , EA


AO Tennis preview

The first grand-slam of the 2018 tennis season begin in the middle of January, The Australian Open. I previously mentioned an upcoming game from several former game developers from 2K Czech, creators of the Top Spin series. Tennis World Tour will be released sometime in the spring. AO tennis will be released on January 16th in New Zealand and Australia and in March it will debut in the states. According to press-star, “The control scheme will be very familiar for those that have played Top Spin 4. ”

The gameplay is very similar to the Top Spin series (which is a good thing), “Controls in rallies are also very familiar, with you being able to hit flat, top-spin, slice and lobs, with power being increased by holding and releasing or just tapping to hit a more controlled shot. You can also rush to the net or hit an inside out shot exactly like you could in Top Spin. ” A new entry to a tennis game will be the challenge system (where players challenge calls they believe were wrong).

It’s of course no surprise that the game is graphically better than any previous tennis game. Big Ant made good use of their new “photogrammetry tech,” animations seemed to be “realistic and smooth.” Despite it’s title the game is not entirely focused on the Australian Open, and it will feature “a career mode and clay and grass surfaces,” as well as A.I based on “ten years of ball tracking data taken from Australian Open.” Finally, there will be player creation, in addition to customization of “clothing, stadiums and logos,” and of course online play. I looks like will be a good year for tennis gamers.

For more check out: Game Informer

My top five most anticipated anime for 2018

My Hero Academia season 3

It’s of no surprise that My Hero Academia go the green lit for a 3rd season. The third season of the series will focus on School Trip Arc, the eighth arc in the series. (Manga chapters 70-83). The arc focuses on the events after the ending of U.A.’s first semester, and during summer break. Class 1-A goes on a school trip to a training camp under the supervision of the hero team, the Pussycats. Season 3 will begin in April 2018 and likely end in June 2018 if previous seasons are the example.

Attack on Titan Season 3

Like, My Hero Academia, AOT was quickly given a third season. Unlike season 2 we will not have to wait four years for the next season. The third season was announced earlier this year, at Anime Expo 2017 earlier this year and it will premiere in July 2018. A compilation movie of season 2, titled “The Roar of Awakening” will premiere on January 13, 2018.  While it’s unconfirmed it will mostly be another 12 episode season. Regardless, last season left fans (who aren’t reading the manga) wondering what’s happening next.

FLCL Seasons 2 & 3

This year at Anime Expo 2017, FLCL was announced by Production I.G. and Adult Swim. Each season will span six episodes and begin in 2018. The original FLCL starred “Naoto Nandaba, a young boy whose life is turned upside down when Haruko Haruhara hits him with her iconic yellow Vespa.” However, According to Toonami’s Jason DeMarco, seasons 2 will “stars a young girl named Hidomi who runs into a substitute teacher that looks like Haruko. She and her classmate, Ide, get caught up in the conflict with Medical Mechanica.” The third season will have a different story.

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card

The series from CLAMP is getting an anime adaptation next year. The clear card series begins after the previous series ends. 14 year old Sakura Kinomoto begins junior high school, after a mysterious dream all of her card turn blank. She begins a quest to find out what happened, together she and her friends use a new key to capture transparent cards. The anime will debut on January 7th, 2018. The main cast from the original series will all return.

Darling in the Franxx

Trigger and A-1 Pictures work together to bring a new series, Darling in the Franxx. The series takes place in a distant future, where humanity lives in mobile fort city Plantation due to the destruction of land. Pilots from the Plantation live inside the “birdcage,” the children’s lives consists carrying out mission facing off against giant creatures named Kyoryu.

They pilot robots called Franxx to face off against them. A boy named Hiro, once a prodigy, has now fallen out of favor. A girl called “Zero Two” appears before him possessing two horns that grow out of her head. The series seems interesting and Trigger maintains high quality animation. This could be another great one like Kill la Kill or Little Witch Academia. The series will begin on Jan. 13, 2018.




Tennis returns to gaming with Tennis World Tour

World no. 1 after winning his record 10th French Open title

As a tennis fan and an avid gamer it shouldn’t be a surprise that I love tennis games. However, unfortunately the tennis genre is one that is under represented in gaming. Unlike, the most popular sports titles like Madden, FIFA and NBA 2K, tennis has failed to capture the same sized audiences and sell millions of copies. Generally, the games tennis games that sell the most feature famous characters from other gaming franchises like, the Mario Tennis and Sega Superstars tennis series.

In 2011 2K Sports cancelled the Top Spin series, the most prominent of the simulation tennis series. Top Spin 4 sold over 600,000 copies across several gaming platforms. I personally spent over a hundred hours playing that game and was disappointed when the online support ended. I’ve been waiting for a new tennis game ever since.

Finally, the wait for another tennis game is over. Tennis World Tour is a game from some of the producers from 2K Czech and 2K Sports. It will be the first tennis simulator since Grand Slam Tennis 2, in 2012. Back in May Developer Breakpoint Studio and publisher Bigben announced the game, which will feature some of the top ranked tennis players like Roger Federer and world number one Rafael Nadal.

Pierre André, a former Top Spin 4 producer, stated that due to technological advances “we can create the ultra-realistic simulation that we’ve always dreamed of.” André told Polygon during this year E3, “in that the game will be very close to what we had in mind for Top Spin, with the shot control and the movement of the player models. The meta-gameplay and tactical, strategic layer is where we will be innovating the most.”

He suggests that the game will have better “character building, playing style and strategies,” it will also feature created-player customization and a career mode. However, the tennis venues will not be licensed, despite this Tennis World Tour will have a variety of new features. André hopes that this series will be the unofficial successor to Top Spin 4 and so do I.

Sources: vgchartz, Polygon


FLCL season 2 and 3 trailer

The second and third season trailer of FLCL was released. Cartoon Networks Adult Swim, along with Production IG revived the series. There will be a dozen episodes, divided between the two seasons. FLCL 2 and FLCL 3 will be released in 2018. The animation and style in the trailer is consistent with the previous season. However, the question is without the majority of the cast from the previous series, will FLCL still maintain elements that made it good?


Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon revealed

During the latest Nintendo Direct, the next installments in the Pokemon series were revealed. Pokken Tournament DX was heavily represented and at the end of the trailer Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon. Despite the rumors the Switch doesn’t appear to be getting a Pokemon RPG, at least not yet. The updated versions of the games will be exclusive to the 3DS and released on November 17, 2017.

According to the Pokemon Direct video, “each will offer an alternative story set in the same world as Sun and Moon, and will feature new Pokemon that didn’t appear in those games.” Is the rumored, Pokemon Stars real, I hope so but we won’t find out for awhile anyway. In the meantime, Pokemon Ultra will have to do.

Source: IGN


Godzilla: Monster Planet preview

The next Godzilla movie will be animated by Toho animation and streamed on Netflix. This will be the 32nd film in the series, but the first animated film. It will be the first of a trilogy, being released in Japan in November 2017. In the movie the human race abandons the Earth after being forced to leave due to Godzilla and other monsters. The central governments AI chooses people to send on a mission to the planet Tau-e, after 20 years of space travel they find that it’s basically inhabitable.

They decided to return to Earth and defeat Godzilla and the monsters. However, it has been 20,000 years and Earth has change with Godzilla being the center of the ecosystem. The movie explores how humanity will attempt to regain it’s place at the top of the world. I have seen almost every Godzilla movie, visually they don’t always hold. I also love animated movies so this movie excites me. The general premise sounds interesting, although I don’t see how humanity stands much of a chance, but that’s why you should watch right?


Nintendo shows off more of the Switch


Nintendo Switch system details

The pre-orders for the Nintendo Switch starts on January 21 (according to venturebeat), but I have already acquired my pre-order from Amazon. The Switch will be released worldwide on March 3, 2017, it will cost $300. The Switch features a 6.2 in screen, with multi-touch capabilities. It has been confirmed that the Nintendo Switch will have “32 gigabytes of internal memory, and it is expandable via microSD cards. The 256-gigabyte microSD card fits in the back, near the kickstand.” 


The Joy of the Joy-cons

Nintendo focused on the controllers, named the Joy-cons. According to venturebeat “There’s a left and a right version, and Joy-Con grip that connects them so they can be used as one controller. Each controller has an accelerometer and a gyro sensor, enabling the Joy-Cons to detect movement. The right Joy-Con also has an infrared camera sensor that can detect shapes and objects a couple of feet away.” 


Nintendo Switch online service

Nintendo announced that it will finally be charging for it’s online services. It will be giving Nintendo Switch owners a free trail period. According to Nintendo, “This service lets Nintendo Switch owners enjoy online multiplayer gaming as well as a dedicated smartphone app that connects to your Nintendo Switch system and helps you connect with friends for online play sessions.” 


The online service will also have an online lobby and voice chat. Nintendo has developed a smart device app, to connect Nintendo Switch, allowing gamers to “let you invite friends to play online, set play appointments, and chat with friends during online matches in compatible games, all from your smart device.” Subscribers will get to download one game a month for free, and will also get some exclusive deals.



The games coming to the Switch

All this new information was great, but none of it matters without the games. It was pleasant to here that third party was so far on board with the Switch. Nintendo also announced that it will no longer be region locking their games. Some of the games that they revealed were:




Overall, I thought the presentation did what it intended. While, many gamers seem troubled that there aren’t a large variety of games for the launch, I think that always seems to happen. Nintendo has managed to spread out their first party games at least for the first year, with Zelda at launch (March 3), Super Bomberman R (March 3), Mario Kart 8 deluxe (April 28), Splatoon 2 (Summer), and of course Super Mario Odyssey (Holiday 2017). I’m more excited for this console now than ever. Can’t wait until March 3.



Marvel Vs Capcom: Infinite

The rumors that Marvel verses Capcom have turned out to be correct. The official trailer and a gameplay trailer have been released. Several characters have been confirmed, Ryu, Mega Man, Captain Marvel and Iron Man. The game will include single player, mission mode, training, cinematic story mode, as well as online features.

For those who may not know, Marvel vs Capcom is a series that features iconic characters from Marvel comics and Capcom video games. It debuted in 1999 and has since generated over 7 million in copies sold. Sony announced that Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, the previous game in the serieswill be exclusive for the Playstation 4.


Capcom has announced that they are looking to “enhance its corporate value even further by utilizing its library of rich contents.” If Capcom does revitalize some of it’s core series it could be a good few years. 




Pokemon anime for Sun and Moon looks good

Pokemon anime was just released

The latest Pokemon anime series was just released in Japan on Thursday. An anime adaptation of the upcoming (Nov. 18) Pokemon Sun and Moon  games, the new series looks to be a hit. I haven’t really watched a full season of Pokemon since the Sinnoh League, but I might be convinced to watch this series from start to finish. I’ve already seen the first two episodes and I really enjoyed them.

The art style of the series, particular Ashes new look was a point of controversy, but I didn’t really notice. The overall animation in the series was what I notice. The brighter colors, more dramatic facial reactions and fluid motion are much better than previous Pokemon anime. I’m excited for this upcoming season, although it will be weird without Pokemon gym, I hope there will be good battles. Anyway, if you want to check out the first two episodes without subtitles they’re on YouTube.