Dark Souls Trilogy Box Set Announced. In other news, Heaven is Real

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Something something ports of last gen games are bad something something….look, i’m biased here, ok. Dark Souls in my all time favorite game and this is a simply stunning collection. A Remastered Dark Souls 1, along with the other two games in the franchise, 6 CD set of the soundtrack, plus bookends art work and an item encyclopedia….yeah, i’m into it ok. What i’m not into is the saddening $450 price tag and the fact that this has only been announced in Japan for the moment. So even if i could afford it, there’s no grantee it’ll even be available to me. However, i’d be lying if i said i expect this to stay only in Japan. Dark Souls began life as a niche title for hardcore games who wanted a little more bite in their games, and then became a worldwide sensation. Simply look at how often Dark Souls is used as a point of comparison (for good or ill) and it’s hard not to say it’s the most influential game of the last generation. As such i’m sure From Software is going to ring as much as they can out of the franchise while they can. And so long as they are providing material as extravagant as this, i’m ok with that.

Hey Look, Some Actual Satire from South Park: The Fractured But Whole

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South Park is trash. It’s always been trash. That’s okay, but it has always annoyed me when people try to pass off it’s trashiness by calling it “satire”.  The only thing South Park has ever been interested in saying was “everyone who cares about anything is stupid”. I really hate to break it to you ladies and gentlemen, but that isn’t satire.

But, i do believe in giving the devil his due. And as such, The new South Park game does have at least one instance of creative and poignant satire. The difficulty of the game is based on your characters race. The darker your character, the harder the game is. In a world were literal neo-nazi’s and white supremacist are marching down the street and African America’s are still disproportionately targets of police brutality,  this still shows a certain…cultural awareness i wasn’t expecting from the makers of South Park. It’s still possible (and lets face it, more than likely) that the game will end up wasting the ability to really say something about race relations in modern America, but if our choices are between “lack-luster satire” and the kind of “you know, BLM and the KKK are pretty much the same thing” that you’d expect from Trey Parker and Matt Stone, i’ll go with the former.

Path Out Trailer and Impressions

War isn’t a new topic for games. Many games have been set against the back drop of war, many have even put you in the shoes of soldiers fighting them. Hell, we even have enough games commenting on the nature of war that it no longer feels novel for them to do so. But as one of those anti-war, “let’s all just get along” hippy types, i’ll always have a soft spot for games that look at the human cost of armed combat. Enter: Path Out, an RPG about fleeing a war torn Syria. Based, at least in part, on the life of its creator Path Out looks to be a really be shaping up to be something really interesting and i can’t wait to see how it turns out. For those interested, the game has a Demo on Itch.Io. I can’t attest to the games quality, only that i think it looks interesting. But for the low price of “nothing”, i think it’s more than worth it to give an interesting looking game a try.

Kingdom Hearts 3 (Supposedly) Releasing Next Year

At this years D23, Disney showed new footage og Kingdom Hearts 3, including an extended bit set in the Toy Story universe. The game continues to look amazing, but the real interesting news came at the end of the trailer. While no hard date was given, they did announce that the game in scheduled to be released sometime in 2018. After a decade long wait it’s hard not to get excited by this news, but it’s also just as hard for me to believe this information. I’ve yet to see any English language footage, which has me worried the localization with end up delaying the game at some point. Even so, having a release window is preferable over the “sometime in the next 3 years” Square Enix last said for this and the upcoming Final Fantasy 7 remake.

Planescape Torment Enhanced Edition Trailer and Impressions

It sure is nice to see games that deserve releases getting them instead of games from the last few years. If we were still living in the same gaming climate we were at the start of this generation you know we’d be looking at something like a “Bloodborne Enhanced Edition” or some shit instead. And this is one i’m really happy to see.

Planescape Torment is one of those games that people seem to have nothing bad to say about it, but one I’ve never played. Originally releasing in 1999, it was just before my time in that i didn’t take up computer gaming until relatively recently. But, I’ve always hoped I would get the chance to experience it at some point. Hopefully in the future we see more re-releases for games that deserve to be played; games that have informed the coarse of gaming history. Even if they’re games i don’t get the appeal of (like starcraft) I’m okay with more of gaming history becoming more readily available and accessible.

Final Fantasy 15: 101 Trailer

Are you simultaneously excited for Final Fantasy 15 to the point of wanting to know every little detail about the game while also having managed to miss every piece of relevant information about the game that’s been released over the last 10 years? Well, here’s just the trailer for you oddly specific breed or Apathetic Superfan. Jokes aside, i really don’t know who this trailer was made for, but over all i think it’s a nice extended look at the upcoming game. Like anyone who’s been paying attention since the “Verses 13” days, yeah, i wish there was more here that i didn’t already know but i will say that this was a pretty nifty hype booster.

Persona 5 English Voice Cast Trailer

At this point there is not much left for me to say about Persona 5 other than “fuck it, i my just end up pre-ordering against my better judgement”. However, there is one thing i can think to say: that took forever. Fuckin’ hell, why has it taken this long to get an English VO trailer? The game has already become Atlus’ fastest selling game in japan, you’d think they’d want to use some of that hype to increase US sales. But until today it almost seemed like they just did not give a single shit about the US market. Granted, that may be true, i don’t know how the franchise has sold here, but as a fan i’ve been getting pretty damn antsy. So yeah, enjoy yet more proof that P5 is going to be killer while i try and decide on whether or not to pre-order or keep my dignity…..got to be honest, i’m lening pretty heavily towards the former.