E3 2018 Day 2: Microsoft Xbox

Microsoft has been lagging in sales compared to the PS4 and soon the Switch. The largest part of the problem seems to be a lack of exclusive games. While not exclusive we did see the debut of a new Kingdom Heart 3 trailer featuring Frozen.

Square Enix announced that KH3 will be released January 2019 :

Halo Infinite was announced for Windows 10 and Xbox One. Personally, I stopped caring about Halo years ago but I would like to see fans of the series get another good entry. The teaser was brief and will be made by 343 Industries.

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Gear of War is another series that I stopped caring about. The gameplay that was at one point revolutionary became rather stale. The large brooding characters and large monsters are back. Along with Gears of War 5, Microsoft announced a mobile game as well a turn-based strategy game for PC.

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Finally a game I’m excited about, Devil May Cry 5. It’s been a decade since DMC4 and apparently this is the “true” sequel. The trailer seem to introduce a new remodeled Nero, and of course Dante returns, regardless it looks epic.

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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 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.

Resident Evil 7 impressions

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At E3 this Capcom finally showed us Resident Evil 7 . . . well not really. The teaser demo they released was more of a preview. According to IGN the director Koushi Nakanishi said of the teaser, that it is a “kind of a tonal preview instead of a content preview.” The demo didn’t feature all the gameplay elements that will be in the final game. The teaser was released as a free demo on PSN.

“Resident Evil 7 less scary, Capcom says you should make your family watch”

Nakanishi emphasized that the older elements of Resident Evil like “puzzle solving, resource management, and combat,” will return. The demo reminds many gamers of the Silent Hill: PT demo. This demo didn’t have a great deal of action, but did feature puzzle solving. It was also from the first person perspective.

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You play a cameraman that breaks into an abandoned home to film a movie. After you wake up you search the house for clues, while trying to leave the house. You can “beat” the demo and get multiple endings. Some fans have expressed disappointment regarding the demo. However, Capcom has put those disappointments to rest, revealing that “this is just a statement of intent, purpose, to say it’s back.

“Resident Evil 7′ in VR is a sweaty, puke-inducing masterpiece”

Resident Evil 7 will exists in the same universe as RE5 and RE6. Instead of the action style of the RE5 and RE6, the game will be more like the previous games in the series. Nakanishi has said to  Eurogamer. “We are separating these aspects out into different titles where that gameplay can come to the fore, and makes the most sense for that title. [Resident Evil 7] is not going to be a gun fest.

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IGN spoke with producer Masachika Kawata and director Koushi Nakanishi to learn more about the game. Resident 7 will not be a “reboot,” Kawata said “It’s the next title in the numbered series, so obviously it’s part of the Resident Evil universe, and overall canon, so to speak. It’s not a separate thing, but we have intentionally made it so that maybe when you first play it you’ll almost think: how could this possibly be related to the rest of Resident Evil? But it is. It is an extension of the series so far. It’s not a reboot. It’s the next main game.” 

“Resident Evil 7’s demo content won’t be in the main game, but a new hero will”

The article is worth a full read, but overall this demo is a good start. It definitely sets the tone for the series return to it’s survivor horror roots. Hopefully, they can find a balance between action and horror. The first person perspective can take getting use. However, I do think that the first person view will add to the horror aspect in this game. I’m excited, and hope that Capcom delivers. 

New Nintendo 3DS

gammasquadnew3ds2Nintendo has a habit of changing very little and updating their handhelds slightly and still manage to sell millions of the “new”DS. This time they seemed to put more into this new handheld. I clearly sounding negative but I want one. I don’t know why they didn’t pair the new 3Ds with the Pokemon remakes, that seems to be a lost opportunity.

New Features

  • Right sided analog control stick added (C – Stick)
  • ZL and ZR shoulder buttons
  • Facial Camera tracing
  • Automatic brightness toggling
  • Built-in NFC technology for use with Amiibo figures
  • wireless transfer of media files between the handheld and a PC
  • more powerful CPU
  • greater storage
  • improved web browser
  • improved battery life
  • new colored face buttons
  • larger screen size
  • compatible with 3DS games
  • however certain games can only work on the new CPU.

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Silent Hill (PT)

pt-annaI’m not a BIG fan of Silent Hill (mostly because I’m horrified by it) and of course I find the series a bit unsettling. Apparently during Sony’s Gamescom presentation a demo of a game dubbed PT was revealed. You can download the demo on PSN.

Not long after the demo went live, people discovered that beating the demo revealed that P.T. is a brand new Silent Hill game, titled ‘Silent Hills’ headed up by Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro.

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If your into horror games give it a try, I did but I was too chicken to complete it so I just watch someone else (SoapyWarpig) do it on Twitch.

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