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.

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”.

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.

What The Fuck Sony: Everything Trailer and Impressions

A few months ago Sony shocked the world by promoting “Life of Black Tiger” and “Skylight Freerange 2” on the official PlayStation YouTube as well as access to the PlayStation  store. These were not just bad games, these were “never to be finished steam early access” bad. I don’t know why Sony gave these games the attention they did, but the only reasonable assumption i can make is that the creators had some dirt on Sony CEO Kaz Hirai that he was desperate not to let get out. If so, those two must have let something slip becuase here we are again, asking “what the fuck sony” as an unbelievably bad trailer for an even worse looking game gets featured.

To Everything’s credit, it is more ambitious than those other two crimes against nature. The ability to zoom from the molecular level to a galactic one is, admittedly, an interesting concept. On top of that, the idea that it all matters, that a grander or more complex scope isn’t inherently more important, that’s something i can get behind. But then the gameplay starts and all i can say is “what the fuck sony?”

Did all the games budget go into that pompous voice over? Did the dev team thing ambition meant they didn’t need to do some basic fucking animation? I mean….the animals just fucking role around. I got more fluid movement out of little wooden animal figurines as a child than these guys got with modern technology.

And the trailer just….keeps….going. This motherfucker is over 10 minuets long. 10 minuets of pseudointellectual rambling and awkward gameplay.

I can really only see two good reasons as to why this trailer even exists: the game is not ready to be shown but something had to get pushed out, or the PR team fundamentally does not know how to properly market it. Then there is the potability that this is exactly what the game is like, this is exactly how the team behind it wanted you to first experiences it and whoever runs the PlayStation YouTube took a big hit of “everything” and said “yup, that looks like a quality product we want to promote.”

 

Huntdown Trailer and Impressions

My knowledge of shoot-em-ups pretty much begins and ends with the original Contra. I’ve never made a point of avoiding the genre i just never had much of an excuse to get into it. I started my gaming life well after side scrolling was the norm and have found few games, retro or otherwise, to be available to me. But you know what i do know pretty well? Something i do have an affinity for that this game capitalists on? The 1979 film The Warriors and Cyberpunk. Mash those two things up and you get Huntdown. And this works just as well as that idea seems. Each gang has a clear identity that could make for interesting shake-ups the the formula, and…while i hate the idea that the game might endorse police overeach the way poorly thought out cyberpunk can….i do kind of want to take the giant rocket wielding police robot out for a spin. I mean, if that’s not this games version of the tank from Metal Slug, then what’s even the point?

Dauntless PAX East Trailer and Impressions

It’s games like Dauntless that almost make me hate this whole “trying to be a real games journalist” thing. The game looks good, don’t misunderstand. I have no issue covering the game whatsoever. But see, i was actually got into the closed alpha. Wanna know how much i got to play? Nothing. With working on reviews, school work and trying to sleep enough that the overall quality of both of those didn’t reach a point i was unsatisfied with, i just never got around to it. Yes, woe is me, surly future generations will sing praises of my sacrifices for non have suffered as much as I. Sarcasm aside, this does look really good and i do hope i get some hands on time with it before i die. I’ve never really gotten into the whole “Monster Hunter” thing, but this looks like a good introduction to that kind of gameplay. I mean, Final Fantasy 15 was basically just, “Final Fantasy: Minster Hunter”, but the game play was still very much rooted in fast and over the top action. I’m looking forward to the slower and weightier approach to combat that’s shown here. Maybe it’s just the Souls nerd in my that really likes these kinds of slower, animation based combat systems, but once you mix that with the bright and cartoon visuals and you pretty much have perfect “William Bait”. Hell, add in some Heavy Metal to the soundtrack and it might even be a conflict of interest for me to keep talking about it becuase of how much i enjoy each component.