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In Topic: The Video Game News/Countdown to E3 Thread

Today, 03:09 AM

Megaton announcement for SSLF's hundreds upon hundreds of Yakuza fans: they're remastering Yakuzas 3, 4 and 5 for the PS4, with higher resolution and framerate. They aren't full remakes like Kiwami and Kiwami 2, but considering 3, 4 and 5 were PS3 games to begin with and are much more modern and playable, I think just bumping them up to 1080p and 60FPS will do just fine. And hopefully they won't take too long to bring out in English, since the original games are already localised. After this you'll be able to play the entire mainline Yakuza series on PS4: 0, Kiwami, Kiwami 2, 3HD, 4HD, 5HD and 6.


EDIT - Microsoft's E3 show is going to be two hours long this year:




And Microsoft doesn't have any VR or Amiibo stuff to pad out that time with, so hopefully it'll be games games games. I'm ready, boyeeeeeeeee

In Topic: John Wick News and also Regular Movie/TV News Thread

Yesterday, 07:20 PM

BEEP. BEEP. It's your regularly scheduled JOHN WICK 3 NEWS UPDATE!


Today we learn that, joining Keanu Reeves and friends in John Wick 3 will be:


Halle Berry

Anjelica Huston

Mark Dacascos

Yayan Ruhian (bad guy from The Raid 1)

Cecep Arif Rahman (bad guy from The Raid 2)

Tiger Chen (main guy from Man of Tai Chi, little sunglasses dude from the chateau fight in Matrix Reloaded)

Jason Mantzoukas (ZOOKS!)


You guys who isn't in this movie? And, followup question, give me one reason why this won't be the best movie ever made. Oh, you can't? Yeah, I thought so.

In Topic: What Are You Currently Playing?

Yesterday, 03:54 AM

I've been playing Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin, a.k.a. Yakuza Ishin, a.k.a. that one Yakuza spinoff set in samurai sword Japan that came out early in the PS4's lifespan and was never translated into English, a.k.a. just watch this trailer and tell me it doesn't look sick:



So the Ryu ga Gotoku Studio makes a lot of these games, and they're all set in the same city with the same characters rolling in and out, and I think every now and then they get a bit sick of it and have to do something different. So far we've had two sword-and-sandal spinoffs, one zombie spinoff, and one Fist of the North Star spinoff, and even two PSP games with a different character that I don't think ever saw the light of day outside Japan. The one we're looking at here is the second samurai sword game, set in around about 1860 by our Western calendar, during a time that the Japanese call Ishin and we Westerners call the Meiji Restoration. Long story short, Japan is switching over from the Feudal system with Shogunates and swords and stuff to the Imperial system with a new capital city and guns. The game is mostly set in Kyoto, Japan's old capital city in the last few years before they switch capitals and rename Edo as Tokyo, and we're playing as a fellow named Ryoma Sakamoto (who I understand is actually a real figure from history, but I don't want to read up on him too much for fear of spoiling this game's story for myself).


But before you get the impression that this is some sober, fact-checked take on real Japanese history, just know that I've spent the last ten hours tracking an actual Ninja who broke into my home town's castle and killed my Dad with an incredibly powerful secret martial arts style. I made friends with the proprietor of an udon restaurant who was so taken with my skills playing his udon-selling minigame that he asked me to run a second branch of his franchise for him. A man who'd fished every day for years but never once caught anything asked me to give him some of my fish so he could convince his wife to let him keep fishing every day. The teacher at a local dancing academy was so taken by the grace and prowess I showed while violently assaulting the ruffians trying to mug her that she invited me to dance on stage. Oh, and one time I was at a bathhouse when some guy stole my clothes and I had to chase him through the city in a loincloth, and THAT ISN'T EVEN THE NAKEDEST I'VE BEEN IN THIS GAME:




I guess I always mentally wrote this game off as something smaller in scale than your typical Yakuza, since they never bothered selling it in the West and I'd always heard it was 'just' a spinoff, but I was super wrong because this game is huge and every bit as wonderfully silly as all the other Yakuzas. I don't think there's any series out there that can so expertly flit back and forth between pure absurdity and genuinely good dramatic moments. One minute you're infiltrating the powerful, corrupt secret police force of the day to take down their murderous captains from within, and the other you'll be bluffing your way through a class at the local school teaching the kids which country is which on a primitive globe of the world after their teacher flags you down begging for help because he's never so much as seen a map before. You have four different fighting styles, but they all run the gamut from perfectly mo-cap'd, period-appropriate sword techniques to kicking a guy into the air and shooting him three times before he hits the ground again. If you do a context-sensitive special move near a body of water you just pick a dude up like a sack of potatoes and throw him straight in. It's the best.


The cool thing about these Yakuza spinoffs is that they keep the same cast of characters we know and love from the regular Yakuzas, but they 'recast' them as different people. Eagle-eyed regular readers of my overlong posts about Yakuza games might notice series regular Kiryu in that gif up there, fighting Ryuji Gohda (main villain of Yakuza 2). In fact, it's actually Kiryu's voice actor and Kiryu's face, but recast as Ryoma Sakamoto. Likewise, Ryuji is playing a different guy, and practically every character in this game is a reimagined version of a series mainstay. Some of them are more or less the same person as always, but often they'll be playing a different take on their usual character, and it's a lot of fun to see who's 'playing' who. It's something I don't think I've ever seen in any other game; not just a voice actor playing a different character, but a voice actor playing a character who is playing a different character. I like it a lot.


So I'm trying to go off and join the Shinsengumi, but the game just opened up a huge new section of Kyoto to explore and there are a million things I need to do and people I need to talk to before I move on with the main story. God I love these games.


I've also been playing Zero Time Dilemma, the third in the series of Zero Escape games after 999 and Virtue's Last Reward. This time it's less visual novel than just a series of cutscenes with terrible low-budget 3D models and animation, but it is at least good Japanese practice for me. I've heard nothing but bad things about this game, and it's hard not to let that kind of reception get to you when you go into a game. You're always thinking, "Is this the bad part? That wasn't so bad; when's it going to get really bad?", and it colours every moment of the experience. I don't think this game has been all that bad so far... buuuut I just hit a twist so ridiculous that I think I might understand what people are talking about. I'm right near the end, though, so I'm going to finish it before I go into any detail. Maybe it gets worse!

In Topic: The Video Game News/Countdown to E3 Thread

14 May 2018 - 08:22 AM

Rage 2 is real, and it looks like Sunset Overdrive and Mad Max had a baby. Or, like, if Borderlands was good. Apparently gameplay is coming tomorrow, but for now enjoy this nonsense. It comes to us from Bethesda and Avalanche Studios (the Just Cause duders):



Also there's a new rumour going around that Retro Studios, aka those guys what made Metroid Prime and have been dead silent for the last four years or so, have been working on a Star Fox Racing game named Star Fox Grand Prix. It started with a the darkest nether region of the Internet which shall not be named leak, which would otherwise sink a rumour before it went anywhere, only this time a couple of Eurogamer editors say that this matches up with behind-the-scenes things that have been a'stirrin'.




EDIT - Rage 2's lookin' pretty good:


In Topic: The Video Game News/Countdown to E3 Thread

11 May 2018 - 06:38 AM



Sony appears to be doing a Nintendo Direct for E3 this year, as in a pre-recorded show with no live stage presence. The link goes to a podcast which nobody's going to listen to, so here's a synopsis I stole from Resetera:


Monday, June 11th 2018, details coming soon
Exclusive looks and deep dives on 4 upcoming Sony World Wide Studios titles
Death Stranding
Ghosts of Tsushima
The Last of Us Part II
Highlight on indies
3rd party publishers (as usual)
No hardware announcements at E3 2018 (PS5 reference?)


So I guess it's just the usual thing, only pre-recorded and without the VR rubbish bogging things down. And there's still a spot for third party stuff, so DMCV is still definitely happening. It's a shame we won't get to hear the screams and explosions of hype in the crowd when DMCV overshadows everything else there, but it should be fine, I spose.
Now, we don't know if those 'action/adventure' listings are three different games or one multiplatform thing, and we don't know if that's the sum total of everything Capcom's going to show. For all we know they're just demo booths for the E3 show floor for Monster Hunter World or whatevs. BUUUUUUT, what if Microsoft has thrown some buckets of money around backstage and DMCV is actually a Microsoft exclusive? It'd be the biggest bombshell since DMC4 went multiplatform, and an excellent excuse for me to buy one of them there Xbox One Xes.
Walmart Canada's website has accidentally leaked a whole slew of upcoming E3 announcements, including Splinter Cell, Just Cause 4 and, bizarrely, Rage 2:
#Bethesda Showcase is in one month. I’m starting to get excited. We have a lot to show you this year. Might be our longest E3 Showcase ever? Not sure, but it’s packed. 


You guys, can you smell it? The E3 in the air? It's right around the corner!