In Case You Were Wondering, Kingdom Hearts 3 still Exists

It’s been over a decade since Kingdom Hearts 2 was released. We had an entire console generation come and go without seeing another real installment in this franchise. This kind of wait would kill most other franchises in other forms of media. But unlike other long awaited returns like Half-Life 3 or Beyond Good and Evil 2,  there has at least been a decent drip feed of information regarding this newest Kingdom Hearts game to make the wait not as tedious as it could have been. “Not AS tedious” being the key phrase there.

But in all honesty, after watching this i am kind of impressed, as the game doesn’t look like it’s been 10 years in the making. It’s hard to explain what i mean: i last played the games when they were re-released on the PS3, where i marathoner my way through the two main titles. This footage feels like, had i been playing this then, it would have been right at home in that collection. That’s pretty miraculous in my opinion, as you would think that over 10 years either something would have changed or the style would have become out dated. But no, this looks just as fun as the original games did. Even though i’m one of those weird-o’s who likes the more complicated side of the franchise more than the “Disney self-insert fanfiction” stuff the series made it’s name on, i’m still excited for this and i’m really happy to know it’s at least looking like it’s been worth the wait.

Unformed Trailer and Impressions

“…set in a fantasy world inspired by Chinese folklore and Lovecraft’s stories.” If nothing else, that alone makes me want to see how this game comes out. Lovecraft’s brand of cosmic horror is something i’ve been fascinated with for a while now. And to that my near total lack of knowledge of non-western mythology, and you have a combination that captures my interest. Personally, i’m really enjoying the look of the game. The art directions, creature design and color palette gives the game a really interesting look, and i’m totally into it.

 

Unfortunately there isn’t a lot here to talk about. But there is a playable demo on the games homepage, and if you like what you see there, the game also has a kickstarter, which at the time of this writing is only about a 10th of the way to it goal. Sadly i’ve got way too much to do and cant justify spending time on a demo to give you my thoughts on it, but if any of you give it a spin, feel free to leave your thoughts on it in the comments, i’d love to hear what you have to say.

Spartan Fist Trailer and Impressions

Every now and again, a game comes along and reminds you of one really important fact: video games are dumb sometimes, and that’s okay. Honestly, when was the last time a game let you punch someone into pieces? When was the last time a game juxtaposed extreme gore with an endearing art style….that wasn’t trying to traumatize  players with a gut punch of an ending (looking at you Hotline Miami)? I do kind of wish the trailer showed us a bit more of what too actually expect from the game, but as an introduction it works well enough.

Call of Duty: WW2 Traverses Old Grounds, for Better and Worse

Call of Duty returning to World War Two is probably the best decision anyone involved in the franchise has made since choosing to leave the setting back in 2007. While some have criticized the idea of making a for fun shoot em up about one of the ugliest points in human history, i’m choosing to hold off on that for right now. I mean, people were saying the same thing about Battlefield One, which was based on an even more useless waste of human lives and suffering, but once it was released people found that the game did in fact try to be a respectful interpretation of the events it depicted. With that in mind, i’m going to wait for release before making my mind up on that front. However, the games first trailer does give me one major reason to be concerned: players will once again be storming the beaches of Normandy.

It might be hard to remember, but once upon a time, World War 2 shooters were a dime a dozen. So much so that “first person shooter” and “world war two” might as well haven been synonyms. If you don’t remember this then you probably also don’t remember HOW MANY GOD DAMN TIMES WE STORMED THE BEACHES OF NORMANDY.

While a lot of people like to say that the move to modern combat was due to WW2 shooters over-saturating the market, that’s not quite true. The real problem was that most of the games we were getting focused on the same events. WW2 was a truly global conflict, yet game designers rarely use that to their advantage. Because of that, yeah i’m a little concerned for how this new Call of Duty is going to pan out. If the team at…..whichever studio is working on this game (they’ve got what, three teams making COD now?) thinks that revising WW2 means having go through the same motions as before the switch to modern day, then there really isn’t a lot of reason to get excited for this up coming game.

As always when i write something super negative, i hope i’m wrong. I hope the game has more than this one trailer has to show. But the fact is, you only ever get one chance at a first impression, and so far COD: WW2’s first impression is “you’ve done all this before”.

Fez is releasing on Mobile

Five years after it was released, Fez is coming to Mobile devises sometime this year. This is pretty surprising given how Phill Fish….less than gracefully left the gaming scene, to put it nicely. With this and the fact that he released a patch for the game around this time last year as well, maybe we’re seeing his reemergence, maybe enough time as past and Fish has been able to calm down. I hope so, becuase i really enjoyed Fez and the idea that we wont get another game form it’s creator, whatever you think of him, is kind of a shame to me. Or maybe he’s late on a car payment and is doing this for the cash, i don’t know, but i choose to be an optimist.

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.

Starcraft Remastered Trailer and Impressions

I’ve never really understood Starcraft. To be more accurate i’ve never gotten the whole RTS genre. That’s not really a good thing when you’re trying to make a name for yourself writing about video games. But yeah, i’ve always been one of those people who would rather shoot the bad guy rather than tell someone to do it. Because of that my feeling about this remaster are rather mixed. On one hand, yeah, this might give me an excuse to start digging into a genre i know little about with an updated version of one of it’s most notable franchises. On the other hand, nothing about this really makes me want to play it. I’m sorry to, like….the entirety of South Korea and the esports community, the only two places where i know Starcraft matters, but holy hell this just looks so god damn boring. Honestly, if you can explain the appeal of Starcraft to me then you’re probably more qualified to talk about games that i am i would appreciate it greatly.