Sega made a surprise announcement back on October 29th: Sega Ages Phantasy Star for Switch launches in Japan on October 31st. The game was initially supposed to come out on September 20th along with Sega Ages Sonic the Hedgehog and Sega Ages Thunder Force IV. To celebrate the game’s release, Japanese news site Game Watch published on October 31st an extremely long interview with the key developers of the game: developing studio M2’s CEO Naoki Horii, Sega producer Kagasei Shimomura and director Rieko Kodama. Kodama-san, also known as Phoenix Rie, used to work as an art designer on the Phantasy Star games, and later on, ended up directing Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium. She participated in many other games over the years. She was, for example, the producer of Skies of Arcadia. In short, she’s one of the best game developers of all time. The interview deals with Phantasy Star’s development, (both the Switch version and the … [Read more...] about Interview Reveals Phantasy Star for Switch Comes West on November 15th, Sega Developers War Stories
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While any time is a good time for a Metroidvania, Drinkbox Studios, White Rabbit, and Motion Twin must have all gotten together and decided that August was the best time for a Metroidvania. Developer Bit Kid must have just missed that conversation, as Chasm came out at the end of July. Guacamelee 2, Death’s Gambit, and Dead Cells all released within a few weeks of each other. And while they can peacefully coexist with each other, the prevalence of battle royale makes it hard to not rank them and declare a winner winner chicken dinner. So how do the entries in the Month of Metroidvania stack up? Month of Metroidvania: Death’s Gambit Death’s Gambit isn’t directly a Metroidvania but we can squeeze it into that genre with a little bit of work. It is (almost to a fault) inspired by Dark Souls, which, in turn, is a modernized take on Castlevania. With that logic, it is a Metroidvania. It’s just not a good one. While challenge is inherent to the Soulsborne … [Read more...] about Month of Metroidvania: Who Came out on Top?
After leading back in May, the Dragon Ball FighterZ Evo entries have continued their dominance and finished as the most popular game at this year’s biggest fighting tournament. Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and Tekken 7 round out the top three, respectively. Evo 2018 runs from August 3 to August in Las Vegas, Nevada. The rest of the list, as tweeted out by Evo tournament producer and director Joey “Mr. Wizard” Cuellar, goes as follows: 1) DragonBall FighterZ – 2530Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition – 2421Tekken 7 – 1504Super Smash Bros. for Wii U – 1303Super Smash Bros. Melee – 1302BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle – 1148Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev 2 – 621Injustice 2 – 356 The standings that Cuellar tweeted in May were similar, although both Smash Bros. games were flipped and, as you might have already noticed, are now only separated by a single player. Street Fighter 5 is still in second place. It’s the … [Read more...] about Dragon Ball FighterZ EVO Entries Come Out on Top
The Injustice 2 Legendary Edition is going to be coming out today, bringing with it not just the base game but also all of the different DLC fighters that have come out since the game released last year in May. This means you’ll get all three Fighter Packs, and Darkseid too. Injustice 2 is the sequel to the 2013 fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us, which takes place in an alternate universe where the Joker caused Superman to take over the world and replace it with his brutal Regime. Injustice 2 continues the story where the first game left off; Superman has been defeated and the world freed, but remnants of the Regime still cause trouble, and the DC Universe’s villains have formed an organization known as the Society. To top all of this off, Brainiac, one of Superman’s arch-nemeses, is coming to Earth. Batman, now in charge of the remaining superheros, must try and figure out whether or not to free Superman in order to prevent Brainiac from destroying the world. … [Read more...] about Injustice 2 Legendary Edition Is Coming Out Today, Includes All DLC
Having taken a close look at all four console builds of Kingdom Come Deliverance, one thing is clear - this is a highly demanding game built on an engine that traditionally favours PC hardware. Xbox One X comes out on top with improved performance and a 1440p resolution, but frame-rate dips to the low 20fps region on all versions, with long initial loading times and abundant pop-in across the board. The good news is that the PC version solves a number of those problems, provided you have sufficiently capable hardware. Yes, perhaps not surprisingly, bearing in mind the CryEngine roots, this game can push even the most powerful kit to its limits. It's also a great example of a game that benefits immensely from running from solid state storage. The console versions take anything from 53 seconds (Xbox One X) to almost two minutes (PS4) to complete their initial loads. On PC, the experience is transformed. Blink and you'll miss it: within one second, you're at the front-end menu. From … [Read more...] about Kingdom Come Deliverance on PC offers huge upgrades over console