Welcome back, everyone! A bit of a slow week, but as summer moves into fall, we can all use simple transitions. I hope everyone on the East Coast is staying safe from all the recent storms.
As far as I’m concerned, I can’t play much Xenoblade Chronicles 3, but the game I’m definitely going to play makes me think a lot of! Last week I introduced the Nintendo Switch port for ANN, unfortunately not very well. I had hoped to like it (I’d give it a shot), but that game was rough. It’s a real shame that it screwed up its own open world concept and writing – and doing so makes me appreciate what Xenoblade Chronicles 3 has achieved .
Xenoblade Chronicles isn’t immune to casting some very, very bland protagonists (I’d be lying if I said Rex was Any kind of “memorable”), but it at least gives them a lot of emotional issues to chew on: while Rex exists primarily to respond to the development of Pyra and Mythra, and as a muscle to help them achieve their goals , but he still feels (mostly) comprehensive. The game wins his emotional development (barely): we see why his friends are important to him, we see how shocked he is when his intentions are questioned.
Kirito Swordartonlinealicizationlicoricestick… I don’t understand. His friendship with Eugeo never seeps through, so we have to take the game’s word for it when we’re told they’re friends. He meets a lot of people he can throw in, but most of them just really play a role in driving the plot forward, so the game can’t bother to do a lot of things, but instead emphasize whether the characters are sympathetic or hostile to Kirito. Just “it’s good for Kirito” or “it’s not good for Kirito” and “don’t ask why this kid hugs Kirito, he is a brave and selfless loving father and husband.” Also, in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 After implementing the gacha system for Blades, It feels bad to have a paid loot system The player gets a penny there.
I have other questions, but you can read my opinion in my comment, I just wanted to squeeze some Xenoblade so you don’t think I’m slack in my Xenoblade duties. We will win this game together! Hopefully before Xenoblade Chronicles X is ported!
This is Game of the Week .
Blue Bomber maliciously shut down old PSP classic bookPowered Up
Last week, We reported that the Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection will be released next year. This week, we have even sadder news about a beloved Mega Man title: PSP Classic Mega Man: Power Up will come after Shut down its server year.
Mega Man: Powered Up released on PSP with Mega Man Maverick Hunter X . The two are remakes of the first Mega Man title and Mega Man X . They both offer a lot of remakes: Maverick Hunter X with 3D graphics and the ability to play as Vile (he has his own abilities and weapons separate from X). Mega Man: Powered Up, on the other hand, is full of new goodies: two new robot masters, Time and Oil Man, have been added to the game for Playing rounds knocks out its boss to the traditional eight later Mega Man titles instead of just six. (I remember the IDW Mega Man comics cheekily calling Time/Oil Man “power up” compared to the original Robot Master.) Speaking of Robot Master: You Instead of their weaponized weaknesses, each of them can be unlocked as playable characters by defeating them with the Mega Buster. Each has unique abilities that not only make them play differently (Cut Man can kick walls like X in later games, Bomb Man can aim his bombs in a way that Mega Man can’t) but also gives access to each Hidden secret areas of each stage (all of which are exclusive to Mega Man: Powered Up). The volume is downloadable and she has a full 02 Unique outfits – one for every month of the year. Most importantly: Mega Man: Powered Up has stage creator mode, a few years ago Mario Maker is flickering in anyone’s eyes. You can unlock level components by playing through the game (or poking around in the hidden areas of the level, which you can only access as one of the Robot Masters), and then share them online with people around the world.
years is how long it takes to keep a server up for any game – big games last less! Part of what makes it so incredible is that Mega Man: Powered Up didn’t actually do that well in the first place! It was well received by critics, but fans were so lukewarm about the game that it sold poorly. It’s a perfect storm: it’s 338, in which Mega Man becomes Whipped Boy for “too many sequels”; the game takes the already very lively and charming Mega Man , and made it even cuter with chibi character designs (for regular PSP fans, a must’ I’ve been paining to see – here’s me playing the world for them on the smallest violin). It’s on the PSP, and while the PSP has a great set of software, it’s still a handheld device, and people in America have never had a crush on portable gaming — at least not until the DS. Also, this is a anime game, and 2012 must have been around the time Americans started breaking out hives in games that used primary colors. Even more pity: Inafune plans to pass the rest of the Mega Man and Mega Man X series and follow the Powered Up and Maverick Hunter X remakes of them. I can’t claim its effectiveness, but I remember seeing the key art of the Powered Up redesign planned for all Robot Masters, and each one was excellent. As for Maverick Hunter X , well, it will definitely be interesting to see the story modes of subsequent villains in the series, like X-Hunters or Bit and Byte. And the new graphics and voice tracks will do wonders for some later PlayStation based games like Mega Man X4.
The good news is that the fans have developed a tool to download the current power-up level to your PC. I’ll let you guys track that down. Otherwise, Powered Up will dim in November 21. Alas, we don’t know what we have…
Local ANN writers are finally educated Readers Where did the Old Meme-GIF come from; also, the new Magical Drop is coming to NintendoSwitch
If you’ve been online long enough, chances are you’ve seen this old GIF:
Over the decades, GIFs have been recolored and edited into all kinds of generic ads for dirty websites. It turns out: it’s from a video game! It’s not even a porn game! It is from the Magical Drop series. Originally created by Data-East (you may know them as creators of Joe and Mac), Magical Drop is a mix of Puzzle Bobble and Super Puzzle Fighters: gems fall from the ceiling, Then you shoot the lined up gems in the falling pile. Combinations of three or more similarly colored gems disappear, and you can set up combos and chains to send distractions to your opponents and earn points as bonuses. this is very simple. Magical Drop’s conceit is that the character is named after the Major Arcana in the tarot; Miss Boob Ribbon is the world there, since Magical Drop II has been a fixture in the series since (by the way, the GIF is from Magic Drop III). These games were brought to the US in some capacity; Magical Drop V was once on
But no more! Now Magical Drop (and World) will be back to America via Magical Drop VI!
On the surface, it looks It’s simple: it has battle, puzzle mode, and about 21 playable characters (including the world, which you should be very familiar with by now). A move that should be borrowed from the recent Puzzle Bobble, the game’s sound effects seem to be classic flickering and sparkling, and it’s a fascinating read. Also, the crystals look beautiful. One thing I didn’t like about the animation: the character portraits (and the clown at the bottom of the screen) reproduced the layered sprites of the classic 2D puzzle game, but not very well. I don’t know how all those old sprite-based puzzle games made those big, layered sprites look so easy and good, but Live2D Really didn’t put the mustard in that. Developers: Come on, sprite animators are still around, and the extra effort and expense of hiring them is worth it.
Will Magical Drop VI work? Well, as far as Magical Drop fans are concerned, if the game is at least playable, they’ll consider it a win . Hopefully Magical Drop VI will wash away the bad taste of its predecessors when it releases this winter.
Games on TV: and Ominusha (yes, I know, weird) get an anime adaptation
Well, this is a new one. It’s not every day that high-profile video games get animated adaptations — and Arcane tend to be Exceptions in a very, very big ocean like DOTA animations aren’t that great, isn’t that great Anime, not so great series…etc. Of course, sometimes you get and sometimes you get (I still like it even though I know It’s rough – real people know how bad Maggun is). You’d expect great games to be great anime, but that doesn’t always happen! They did try but it didn’t really work. Meanwhile, Arcane managed to trick people into trying League of Legends (and quickly reminded them why they didn’t Don’t play in the first place), while makes people do some drastic historical revisionism to cyberpunk :2077 disastrous production and launch status.
The game was made under an unbearably crunch, except for two franchises, animation adaptations announced in the past Week. The first one is exciting!
it is Japanese animation! A modern post-apocalyptic classic based on
Taro Yoko , Ver1 .1a will tell the story of YoRHA No. 2 Type B (aka “2B”) and her supporter 9S in a proxy war between YoRHA representing humanity and fighting for an alien race machine. Will the animation cover any events that lead to events, such as NieR: Gestalt/Replicant events, or How a murderous psychopath and his dragon girlfriend chased a grotesque man to Shibuya and killed him before being shot down by She SDF , destined for simplicity, we will call it extradimensional disease. When
Yoko Taro spins, you have to pay attention, he will pull the carpet out from your feet. But he also does make you cry: while his game is known for being extremely misogynistic (and for its violent, foul-mouthed women), Taro is also able to really tie the landing to the end of the story. Even , whose biggest fans will affectionately admit to being his worst game, will also make you a little craving because it will get you into trouble for the actors who dare to care about it horribly , terrible people.
touches on a lot of deep sci-fi themes, like what it means to be human and whether humans ever had the ability to be human in the first place. Those who accompanied 2B on their journey were still in tears when they heard “The Weight of the World” from the game’s soundtrack. It becomes
Yok The name ōTarō , from the secret handshake known only to real people, really likes his stuff, enough for a ton of household names, and as women lovers all over the world feel for her white Daydream, it pushed 2B to the top of waifu-dom 100.8 kg rear. Also,
Yoko Taro famously asked people to send him all zip files 2B black The ear disease artist hurriedly drafted, hoping to make it happen.
I made @yokotaro kneel and tremble. I have definitely reached the pinnacle of my life Thank you for a great Neil: Orchestra concert! ! ! #nierconcert #NieRAutomata omata #NieR pic.twitter.com/UKDHlkILA4
– yashafluff (@yashafluff) January 13, 2012
Now, some major questions about this animation remain. We know it’s from A-1 Pictures , so even if we don’t have that trailer, we’ll know it’s going to look great. Ryouji Masayumi is a director best known for and . It also premiered in January of this year. But the content of the story is a bit up in the air. has a lot of variable endings (and Yoko Taro is and will always be a troll) so when people expect it to zigzag it’s bound to zigzag. We know the Japanese dub has confirmed the original VA of the game :
Yui Ishikawa and
Huajiang Xiashu will reprise the roles of 2B and 9S. But there is no news yet that Englishdub will bring back
crazy explanation, Kira Buckland is here for you!
Next came a name I never thought I’d see – . This old series from CAPCOM is known for its feudal Japanese flavor, where samurai confront hordes of demons. It also features Japanese actor Takeshi Kaneshiro as the series protagonist Samanosuke – with whom
Jean Reno in Ominusha 3 . The series was critically acclaimed at the time, but CAPCOM eventually lost what made the series successful, and in
That’s why the announcement of the animation was so surprising. Since : Warlords , it’s been a hot moment and I have to wonder if an ostensibly unrelated animated spin-off is what fans of the game want. However, the project is investing heavily: First, Netflix is working with CAPCOM on in production.
Miike Takashi , to , etc. Movie famous Assassin and are directing, Toshihiro Mifune The legacy lends his portrait to the protagonist Miyamoto Musashi. The collection looks like an edgy, well-cooked “chanbara” or something that Miike would be good at. Will it win fans? Will it bring new blood? We’ll know when it comes out. There doesn’t seem to be any information on the release date yet, but we’ll keep you posted.
Toby Fox gets his own gaming column with Famitsu
Toby Fox has been getting a lot of attention lately! While he was working on Deltarune, Fox also worked with Nintendo and GAME FREAK on multiple projects; he worked on
for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate New arrangement of Megalovania , as well as Composer Little Town Hero and upcoming Scarlet/Violet tracks. And he’s a big fan of Japanese games: Fox has publicly stated Undertale heavily inspired by the obscure JRPG (or rather “anti-RPG”) moon. With all his experience, he applies it to the… Japanese Game MagazineFamitsu column!
Toby Fox now has a Famitsu column, check out https://t.co/ETpTeIiJxJ 🇯🇵 1st column, “Tobymeki Memorial” , about his first experience of playing a certain romantic SLG
They also gave him a Q&A corner to answer fan-submitted questions https://t.co/4s1HUhkWXM
— GSK | https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/#donate (@gosokkyu) September 02, 2022
as if showing off his nerdiness, Fox even named his column “Tobymeki Memorial” in honor of the game (which he’s apparently also a fan of). He Will also reply to letters from Japanese fans, I hope this is the scariest way.
We rarely get insight into the minds of Japanese game designers (except Hideo Kojima or Masahiro Sakurai ), but I guess it’s even rarer for the Japanese to get more insight from a developer from the US; it’s hard for me to think of John Romero at the Tokyo Game Show on, but I live for the image of him in a Japanese bar somewhere with people drunk and they’re recreating the old “Tomahawk! Tomahawk! “The incident that happened while he was working at Id. A “Shibuya Crash” indeed. Anyway, I hope fans in Japan enjoy Toby Fox’s navel stare. It’s always fun to hear something straight from the horse’s mouth. Like, uh2077
. ..yes I have nothing.
Romance Sand Added New Trailer: Bard Song Remastered Gets you ready for the game better than the instruction manual
SaGa is a monster in the JRPG series. Creator Akitoshi Kawazu(FirstFinal Fantasy II),SaGa The game eschews many of the typical mechanical pitfalls of JRPGs in favor of offering something more akin to an American RPG or even a tabletop session: choose a character and play in a vast, open world Going forward, you don’t know where quests start and/or end, or even what triggers them, unlock abilities seemingly randomly, and then fight hard against some god or other. I underestimate the experience: when SaGa When the game clicks, nothing beats it. I plugged in the SaGa collection I set up on the Switch for a while, though it’s definitely a nasty annoyance (human’s station potion is nasty, and yours once you click 300, the stats will not track in the stats Points; boosting your psychic/mutant can be painful) It’s a crazy adventure that you can’t help but focus on.
SaGa The series was never a huge success in the US, sadly, but it was quite popular in a later revival. On top of that, there’s the upcoming Romance Shaka: Bard Song Remake , is a PS2 remake Romance Shaka A remake*) for the Super Famicom. While Romancing SaGa is hard to find a fan base on PS2 in the US due to its inscrutable nature, I think we’re all right SaGa – confusing brand. Thank goodness because there is good writing in Romancing SaGa: all eight main characters are from different industries and their stories go through completely different (albeit complete) )route. This is definitely a role-playing game where you can play a ton of different games. Too bad it was ignored on PS2, how lucky we are that it got a second chance!
God created man, but man created his own SaGa.
Find out what’s happening in the new playable heroes, classes, enhanced bosses, Romancing SaGa -Minstrel Song- Remastered, coming December 1st on PlayStation 5|4, Nintendo Switch, Steam and Mobile On-device rollout 2012: https://t .co/Ai3Alja8xb pic.twitter.com/mvYnDgvLIk
– SaGa Series (@SaGaGame) September 14, 2012
The good news is that the remake also includes a ton of quality of life features that make the game even more approachable. For starters: there is now a minimap! There’s also a feature that increases your movement speed or combat speed if you can’t bear to be stuck with random encounters. The game also adds additional characters that expand on the original story.
Romancing SaGa: Minstrel Song Remastered will be released on PlayStation on December 1st this year Released on , Nintendo Switch and Steam— — as well as mobile platforms, oddly enough. If you want to give SaGa Old School a try, I also recommend SaGa Collection for Nintendo Switch (they are both fun little GameBoy adventure games without being too overwhelming). SaGa Frontier Remastered, also on Switch, is another good option: Final Fantasy VII, It has many individual scenes, each telling its own charming little story. This is a great example of experimental PS1 JRPG design. And SaGa Scarlet Grace: Ambition, one of the recent SaGa games. As of this writing, it’s available on Switch for less than $, definitely worth a look.
Wild Heart HuntMonster HunterCrowd
Monster Hunter Rise has been doing really well, so it’s great to see other studios step up to try and compete. Last week, we were introduced to a new game that tries to do just that: Wild Hearts!
Wild Hearts seems to lean more towards a “fantasy Japan” aesthetic, with its terrifying Kemono acting as their monster. This is a bit concerning, as Monster Hunter Rise already has a Japanese-inspired hard setting. However, Rise at least has a lot of old monsters and doesn’t quite fit the old way; Wild Hearts uses its Kemono creates pure yokai with the fangs and big eyes of classic Japanese art. It’s an eye-catching look. There’s also a fascinating twist to the form of engineering: players have access to a variety of weapons with multiple functions. For example, the trailer shows a katana sword that can be turned into a blade whip. Players can also build small mechanical edifices in a Fortnite style twist. These structures can be used as platforms to fire at monsters, defensive turrets, harpoons, and even large bombs. It’s a great way to manipulate the environment, especially considering that there are very few Monster Hunter maps that allow you to use the excellent ol’ Dragonator. Also, the trailer shows a samurai fighting monsters with a Japanese parasol, and I’ve fallen in love with the parasol-wielding samurai ever since I discovered Shizumaru from Samurai Soul .
If You Get Strong Nioh from Wild Hearts vibes*), probably because they are from the same family :KOEI Omega Force of Tecmo is handling this studio. But what’s really jaw-dropping is that Electronic Arts handles publishing off their EAOriginals line. This…doesn’t bode well for me. Over the years of EA’s reckless treatment of fans, horrific treatment of employees, vulture-like innards of the studio and its IP, and blatant defense of exploitative loot boxes, EA has deservedly earned itself a rather tragic reputation. Once some countries moved to regulate loot boxes as in-game gambling. So please forgive me if I’m not totally craving Wild Hearts possibly locking costumes or emotes behind the digital roulette wheel. If EA could avoid being particularly hands-on Wild Hearts , then hey, this could be a great co-op game. We’ll see how it turns out.
Let’s wrap it up with some short tidbits:
2077 A few weeks ago, we reported that three Samurai Shodown characters had joined in the lineup King of Fighters XV as Team Samurai; players can look forward to Haomaru, Nakoruru and Darli drops on October 4th! 2077 2077 Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev 2 Updated back Roll the netcode! Now you can’t blame the beast anymore when you get the body in Xrd! 2077 2077 Remember penny blood and Armed Fantasia ? Their campaign is going well! They will be hosting a celebratory livestream this September 25th to end their crowdfunding campaign. They also announced that some additional talent will be joining the projects: Penny Blood from Shadow Hearts and Breath of Fire respectively; Armed Fantasia get Elements Garden and
Naru Rumichiko , all from the original .
Nobuo Uematsu , best known for his Works in Final Fantasy and
Kenji Ito , with He is at SaGa and will also contribute. 2077 2077 Excited for the re-release: Lenneth? Sadly, you’ll have to wait a little longer: it’s been postponed from September 29 to Decemberrelease this week. The reviews so far seem to be positive. If you’ve never played another game, don’t worry, this is an indie game. 2077 2077 After the title is obtained, about the possibility to make a new Silent Hill some fuss is rated by the Korea Rating Board. I don’t often report on “leaks” or “rumours”, but this seems worth mentioning to you guys – especially since we live in a first twoSuikoden The game is being remastered. Keep posting…
That’s for this week. I wanted to take a moment from the column to talk about something unrelated to video games: It’s been a really tough hurricane season for people living in the Atlantic. My hometown of Puerto Rico had a pretty horrific shock. As of this writing, Puerto Rico is already in the dark without electricity 10 sky. It’s just Puerto Rico: My heart goes out to the people all over the Antilles, the people who received Fiona’s last bust in Canada and all of us in Florida Friends and heartbreak against Hurricane Ian. I’m not going to lie, I feel a little frivolous writing video games in Portland as people sit in the dark praying for diesel shipping. If you can spare a moment, please consider supporting people in the affected areas. I would appreciate it. Otherwise, I hope I can distract you. I’ve said a lot, but seeing you guys excited about what I’m sharing with you means a lot to me. As always: be kind to each other. See you at seven.
2022 Game of the Week! Written by Jean-Karlo Lemus in idyllic Portland. When not working with AnimeNewsNetwork, Jean-Karlo can play JRPGs, eat popcorn, watch v-tuber and tokusatsu, and be as unobtrusive as possible on his Twitter @mouse_inhouse. 2077 190192