Shenmue 3’s new game trailer

Shenmue 3 is due to be released on August 27th this year. Slated for the PC and PS4, the series first appeared on the Dreamcast in 2000. The sequel was released the following year and was always intended to be a trilogy. Shenmue was created, produced, and directed by Yu Suzuki. The series featured open world elements before open world became so popular. It also was responsible for the introduction of the “quick time events.” The story follows Ryo Hazuki, a teenage martial artist who’s father is murdered.

Shenmue I & II – PlayStation 4

The original Shenmue once was the “most expensive video game ever developed,” and despite the cult following and critical acclaim it was a commercial failure. After having a successful crowdfunding campaign, becoming the “fastest-funded and the highest-funded video game project in Kickstarter history, earning $6.3 million.” Shenmue 3 began production. During the MAGIC 2019, Yu Suzuki presented the trailer.

The trailer shows several characters in the next game, particularity Ryo. While, I excited for this game, it doesn’t look great graphically. Ryo and the other characters are not that realistic and their moment seems rather wooden. However, the series is known for it’s detail, with Suzuki claiming that there’s over 400 NPC’s in the game. Suzuki claims that the shops in the game will be more in-depth. I’ll admit that sometimes the details in this series was tedious, but if they sacrifice some graphic for the detail I’m fine with that.

Sources: VG247, Eurogamer, ANN

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30 Day Video Game Challenge – Day 14 – Current (or most recent) gaming wallpaper

I don’t really use gaming wallpapers like I use to, I tend to focus on anime. The most recent wallpaper I have found was of Bayonetta. I love her, I thinks shes a really cool character and her design is great.

30 Day Video Game Challenge – Day 13 – A game you’ve played more than five times

Resident Evil 4


Over my 20 + years of playing video games I have played many games more then five times. I’m assuming we are talking about main stories in single player. However, fighting games and racing games are designed to be played over and over again. Once again I’m going to use a game from the past decade. A lot games are primed to be played again. Hack and Slash games like Bayonetta and Devil May Cry have ratings for each stage played. This encourages players to replay the stages and games multiple times. I usually like to replay stages as I go but that ends up taking forever. That said I have only played these games about 3 or 4 times each (I haven’t played the new DMC yet).

I basically play ALL Pokemon games more than once. Of course the Mass Effect series is literally design to be replayed. The story arcs, choices and character creation make this series necessary to be replayed. Personally, I always have a male Shepard, a female Shepard and then go for at least a third run. However, the game that I have probably played the most is Resident Evil 4. I played it at least 5-7 on the GameCube, then when it was re-release TWICE, once on the PS2 and the Wii. I played it on each console and multiple times on the Wii (it had motion controls added). I’m surprise how much I loved this game as I was lukewarm on the Resident Evil series. Resident Evil 4 is well worth a replay or 10.

30 Day Video Game Challenge – Day 12 – A game everyone should play

Well there are a lot games that can be suggested for this challenge, however, you can only pick on right. Since the list of games I would recommend, I decided to narrow the games I considered to worthy of recommendation. First the game should have received a perfect score from Famitsu, GameSpot and IGN. Famitsu uses four reviewers to score a game from 0-10. Due to the larger number of reviewers I think it’s the standard. However, it seems to have a bias in favor of Japanese developers, so I will use GameSpot and IGN to back the score up. Finally, I will focus on games in the last decade.

Anyway, the game I choose isn’t surprising and many have played it (11.68 Million). The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a game that is considered the best designed game of 2017 and one of the best ever. I have always loved Zelda games, but this one is the best, I’ve played. Personally, I have had difficulties finishing open-world games. The non-linear play allows the gamer to have an unprecedented level of freedom. Players can approach a problem in many different ways.

The game uses a “chemistry engine” that is described as ” the physical properties of most objects and governs how they interact with the player and one another.” For example, ” players may take advantage of the game’s dynamic weather by throwing metal objects at enemies during thunderstorms to attract a lightning strike.” This can backfire on the player as well as I found myself begin struck by lightning while wearing metal during a storm.

The addition of hunting, gathering fruit and the ability to cook them is a mini game in and of itself. The puzzles remain clever and rewarding. The story is imagining and the boss battles fun and challenging. Breath of the Wild is viewed as a “masterpiece,” I think everyone should experience it.

Mob Psycho 100 S2 Episode 9 Review – Show Me What You’ve Got ~Band Together~

Enraged Mob

I gotta say I was kinda disappointed when this episode began. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy Mob’s family isn’t dead, I just wanted to see Mob go off. Regardless, Dimple quickly informs Mob that the bodies aren’t real. Mob uses his powers and locates the fire starters. Hanazawa Teruki is attacked at his home, meanwhile, Mob is attacked by a guy that uses electricity and one that can make “impregnable armor out of energy.” Mob crushes them with ease.

The member of Claw’s upper echelon

Former Claw 7th division member Koyama and Sakurai arrive and give Mob a ride. Reigen and the former members claw, have decided that they are going to use their powers for good. Elsewhere, we are introduced to several new characters. Claw Foreigner Squad members, Joseph and Udo, and the head of Claw, Suzuki Toichiro. They goal is to “declare war on the world.” Hatori, an Ultimate 5 uses his ability to project Suzuki onto the worlds televisions. He declares to the world that ” a new world is about to begin.”

The Ultimate 5

Shou is watching and it’s now clear that he’s not the bad guy. Mob and Ritsu’s parents are fine. Claw Division 1 leader Tamaki explains the “plan.” Infighting between the Ultimate 5, Claw’s upper echelon and Claw traitors. It’s all so confusing. Joseph admits that he’s a government spy. The insurgences are quickly defeated by the Ultimate 5. As, Reigen and the rest are eating, it’s noted by the narrator that they missed the message due to having the television off. It’s a silly but plausible reason that they wouldn’t know what’s going on, otherwise, the conflict would arrive too early.

The former members of Claw eating a meal

Shimazaki is sent by Suzuki Toichiro to kidnap the Prime Minister. He’s blind, but can predict the movements of others and teleport. He takes the Prime Minister to a park. It’s here he encounters, Teruki. He uses telekinetic explosion, air whips, pyrokinesis and a new multilayered barrier. He defeat by the quick, Shimazaki, who then teleports with the Prime Minister. Last weeks ending was manipulative of our emotion, I’m not sure what for. Mob never blow up as Shou wanted him to. It was a wasted plan. He’s correct that Mob’s not a fighter, so asking him for help of front wasn’t going to work.

Shimazaki handling Teruki

Mob’s family and friend being in danger is the only way. However, wouldn’t simply waiting until his father tries to take over the world, then use that danger to inspire Mob work better? Also there’s WAY too man characters in this episode, almost all the espers from last season, Claw and Ultimate 5. We’ll likely get familiar with most of them later though. It’s safe to say that front this point forward the battle will begin.

30 Day Video Game Challenge – Day 11 – Gaming system of choice

I’m not really sure what this challenge is asking here. All time favorite console? Favorite current console? I’ll just choice all time favorite.

All time favorite console (SNES)

My gaming began in the “fourth” generation or the “16 bit” generation. The SNES is my all time favorite gaming console. Part of the reason for this is that it was my first gaming console, so I’m probably a little nostalgic. Anyway, the SNES was the second console from Nintendo. It would become the best selling console of the era, with almost 50 million sold. The SNES controller introduced many elements into the gaming industry.
Of course the MOST important aspect of a gaming console is the games. The SNES had a large library of games that covered a large array of genres. Many of those games are among the most highly regarded games of all time.

With games like, Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country (1-3), Super Mario Kart, Street Fighter 2, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Killer Instinct, Star Fox, Mortal Kombat 2, Mega Man X and NBA Jam you see how I spent countless hours playing the SNES. While, gaming consoles have far superior tech. now and many games have surpassed the quality of SNES games the console will always be a trailblazer in gaming.

Dororo Episode 9 Review – The Story of the Merciless

Dororo’s father Hibukuro

Dororo becomes ill and passes out. Hyakkimaru searches for someone to help him. He’s able to say some words, but no one could or would help. A nun arrives and takes Hyakkimaru and Dororo to a temple for treatment. Dororo remembers his childhood. His mother, Ojiya and father, Hibukuro were members of a group of bandits. They regularly came into conflict with samurai. Hibukuro second in command, Itachi runs afoul of Hibukuro, who threaten to kill him.

Dororo falls ill

Itachi betrays Hibukuro, taking his men and cripples him. Dororo’s family is left to raid dead bodies on the battlefields in search of supplies. Dororo witness a legs less solider, cannibalizing a dead one. Hibukuro is recognized by some samurai and is killed before the eyes of Ojiya and Dororo. They bury his body. They begin to starve. Hearing that the samurai are handing out food, they find that Itachi is doing well since his betrayal. When they begin to running out of food, Ojiya runs to the head of the line.

Ojiya burning her hands

She doesn’t have a bowl, so she sticks out her hand. Ojiya burns her hands and gives Dororo some food. Unfortunately, she collapses from starvation and dies. It is revealed that Dororo is actually a girl, as the nun accidentally reveals this to Hyakkimaru. I’m not sure why Dororo’s gender matters other than typical sexism that must exist in this world. Regardless, we get to see that Daigo has learned that Hyakkimaru is alive.

The nun revealing that Dororo’s a girl

Eventually, Daigo and Hyakkimaru must come into conflict. As he gains his limbs, he simultaneously causes Daigo to lose some of his power. Of course, this is the reverse of what Daigo did to his son. It seems predictable that Tahomaru will grow to hate his brother because his mother still longs for her first child or at least try to kill him for his fathers approval. However, Dororo could surprise me with some twist.

Daigo learning about Hyakkimaru survival

30 Day Video Game Challenge – Day 10 – Best Gameplay

I’m not entirely certain what is meant by “gameplay.” Genre? According to Wikipedia, gameplay, ” is a term used to define the way players interact with a certain video or computer game.” It’s still not clear. Does that mean the literal controls? They console? All of the above? Regardless, I’m going to choose genre. Based on my gaming library the best gameplay is Third Person Shooters.

TPS are defined as ” a genre of 3D action games in which the player character is visible on-screen, and the gameplay consists primarily of shooting.” This genre features games like, Fornite, Gears of War , Mass Effect , Resident Evil, Tomb Raider and Metal Gear Solid. The third person perspective is just superior to me. To be honest, I use to hate first person shooters. Being able to see your avatar in the environment, is simpler and more enjoyable.

I found that my depth perception was off when playing FPS. Much of this has been fixed with better game designing. TPS allow game developers to easier include, shooting, with platforming, puzzle solving and driving. You get the most balanced games that actually include some gameplay from other genre’s.

30 Day Video Game Challenge – Day 9 – Saddest game scene

Mordin Solus (Mass Effect 3)

Most people automatically chooses Final Fantasy 7, Aerith/Cloud death scene, but I wasn’t into the FF series at the time and had it ruined for me by friends so the impact was limited. Instead I going to choose the death of Mordin Solus from Mass Effect 3. Solus is a salarian geneticist, professor, and a former operative of the a group that created the genophage. The genophage is a “biological weapon deployed against the krogan.” In Mass Effect 3, Solus is tasked with curing the genophage.

Mass Effect 3

What make his death so sad to me is that he seem to be the last person to risk his life for someone else. He seems to lack sensitivity needed to do so. However, he not only is able to reverse the genophage, he’s willing to give his life to do so. If the player heard him sing in a previous moment, he will sing “Scientist Salarian” as he dies. Furthermore, the character Eve will name her first child “Mordin” in his honor. A child that wouldn’t exist if it was for him and his sacrifice.

30 Day Video Game Challenge – Day 8 – Best Soundtrack

My instinct was to suggest that I don’t really care about video game soundtracks, but that wouldn’t be true. The soundtrack in the game of course is in the background. You might not notice because your so focused on playing but good ones are hard too ignore. Some video games create soundtracks that are just hit songs from any era, think Grand Theft Auto. Finally, a single song obviously doesn’t count.

For me the game that had the best soundtrack is Jet Grind Radio. The game was the first to use the now common “cel-shaded” visuals. Published by Sega on the Dreamcast in 2000, you controlled a member of a gang rollerblading and spraying graffiti. Your goal is to defeat the CEO of Rokkaku, Goji Rokkaku who plans to conquer the world with The Devil’s Contract ” a vinyl record which reportedly has the power to summon demons.” Anyway, the includes original and licensed songs.

The songs are varied in genre, from J-pop, hip hop, funk and trip hop. The series exposed me too different types of music I would normal not listen to. At this point in my life I NEVER listened to music from other countries, the soundtrack is well put together. Every entry feels like it belongs and they’re upbeat and catchy too. Unfortunately, Sega feels the need to continue to make Sonic games and haven’t made a sequel to this game. Until they come to their sense, I could still listen to the great soundtrack.

Jet Set Radio SEGA Original Tracks