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Phantom Pain boots photo
Phantom Pain boots

How practical are these real-life Metal Gear Solid sneaking boots?


Form versus function
Jul 24
// Steven Hansen
I feel like I have vague memory of when Pumas were a trendy shoe around the era of Sidekicks, maybe? Followed soccer's 90s-era rise in US prominence (because of Puma's cleats)? Anyways, these Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom P...

How the hell did Galak-Z hide a Gundam for three years?

Jul 24 // Steven Hansen
Let's recap for a second if you haven't been following along. Galak-Z is broken into five seasons each with five episodes. The fifth season will be added in for free post launch. This is one diversion from the typical roguelike set up, in that when you die, you don't start all the way at the beginning of the game, but rather at the beginning of whichever "season" you're on. "One of [Kazdal's] pet peeves with roguelikes" is that playing very beginning segments over and over can get boring, so this blends that death-based need to replay with earned progression. More typically, levels are randomly generated, and you get different fractions of story and dialogue every time. This way you won't hear the same repeated bits death after death, but slowly glean more information until you finally get through the season. The space shooting half we already knew about is not just a twin-stick shooter, either. The ship maps thrusters (and a boost) to the triggers. There's also a backwards thruster so you can shoot and flee, a dodge thruster, and a a barrel roll (square) that juts the ship "toward" you like it's coming out of the screen (and over incoming bullets on the 2D plane). You have your standard weapon and an Itano Circus missile salvo (limited, but you can buy more if you find the shop during levels). [embed]296589:59676:0[/embed] Ok, so the not-Gundam? You can morph the ship into the robot at any time with a smooth, Transformers-like animation and change up the playstyle completely. It has a beam sword, which can be charged for a stronger, wider attack, and a shield that has parry capabilities. Perhaps most fun, though, is the extending claw arm that can grab dangerous space junk and throw it at enemies, or grab enemies themselves, bringing them in close so you can start wailing on them with punches. Keeping the mech locked up this long is impressive. The feature was locked off in the many public shows Galak-Z has been demoed at and no one slipped up about it. Kazdal tells me there were plans for a third, stealth-focused character, initially, but that it made for too many mental hoops in dealing with all the other things that could be happening at any given moment. Galak-Z is smooth, feels great to play, and the mech is a welcomed addition, adding one more layer to the game. There are warring factions you can sometimes pit against each other, environmental hazards to be aware of (and sometimes use to your advantage -- thanks alien trapdoor spider who saved my ass!), and instant shifts between ranged and close-quarters combat. It's tough, gorgeous, encourages exploration (beyond mission goals, there are blueprints for new gear and other upgrades to find), and a ton of fun.
HANDS ON: Galak-Z  photo
Spelunky by way of Macross...and Gundam
We've covered the "Spelunky by way of Macross" space shooting roguelike for a couple of years now and the follow-up from Skulls of the Shogun developer 17-bit is almost here, coming to PS4 August 4 and PC a few months down th...

FEF(os) photo
FEF(os)

Fire Emblem Fates gets Awakening characters as DLC


FEF(os)
Jul 23
// Steven Hansen
Fire Emblem Fates, which is not coming to the United States until 2016, has been out in Japan for a while and is being supported with DLC. Today marks the start of a month's worth of free maps, one of which includes character...
Pac-Min photo
Pac-Min

Wow, I CANNOT believe Namco's Pac-Man redesign


Pac-Min
Jul 23
// Steven Hansen
I've been seeing this (above) and similar images all over the 'net and I am stunned that Namco would choose to redesign an iconic character like Pac-Man so dramatically. I mean, the arms and legs in all those earlier 3D Pac-M...
Luigi's Mansion photo
Luigi's Mansion

I'm going to play the hell out of Luigi's Mansion arcade


Publicly debuting in Japan
Jul 23
// Steven Hansen
I love Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. It is filthy with ghosts and adorable little touches (physics fun, Luigi's whistling to the score). It even has some great multiplayer (and inspired the second best Nintendo Land minigame)....
3DS port photo
3DS port

Well, Dragon Quest VIII almost looks as good as it did 11 years ago


3DS port
Jul 23
// Steven Hansen
I'm always down for photo modes. Still, adding a photo quests feature that tasks you with snapping pictures for rewards, in a port of a game that looked a little bit better in 2004? (For reference, it is now 2015) Well, ok. ...
Madden tricks photo
Madden tricks

Madden 16 screenshots lie about Marshawn Lynch dick-grabbing mechanic


I'm just here so I don't get fined
Jul 23
// Steven Hansen
Madden 16 used the above photo for Marshawn Lynch in its running backs player rating reveal. He is, naturally, number one at 96 overall. He cannot, however, grab his dick in defiance, as he is wont to do in real life. Seriously, watch this.
Arkham easter egg photo
Arkham easter egg

Batman: Arkham Knight has a Halloween-themed Easter egg


'Spoilers,' I guess
Jul 23
// Steven Hansen
I came home to my pal Kenny playing Batman: Arkham Knight. Unfortunately for him (and me), he spent most of this time doing the Cloudburst, stealth-tank fight, and swearing. I'm actually second-hand mad at the game all over ...
Red PS4 photo
Red PS4

Blood red Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain PS4 up for pre-order


Exclusively through GAME in Britain
Jul 23
// Steven Hansen
That Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain special edition with the robot hand and the limited run blood red PlayStation 4 are up for pre-order through GAME, bundled any which way you want it. Unless you want it for North Amer...
In Japan photo
In Japan

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is a 25GB download


Also, bloody Quiet tits
Jul 23
// Steven Hansen
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain popped up on the Japanese PlayStation Store and weighs in at 25.1GB on PS4. On PS3, it is a svelte 11.7GB. There numbers can vary by region (the addition of localization files, like those recently scrounged out of ICO) and platform (it's coming to PC, Xbox One, and Xbox 360), but here's a decent ballpark. Also, new poster below.
Daybreak CEO photo
Daybreak CEO

Sony Online Entertainment founder steps down


Currently Daybreak
Jul 23
// Steven Hansen
John Smedley co-founded EverQuest developer Verant Interactive, which morphed into Sony Online Entertainment following EverQuest's huge success. He even hung on after Sony sold SOE earlier this year, turning it into Daybreak ...
Dick slip photo
Dick slip

Miiverse moderation can't catch ALL the dicks


NSFW dick slip
Jul 23
// Steven Hansen
Sometimes they just slip through the cracks.
Drive photo
Drive

Techland's zombie free run Dying Light is getting...cars?


'Future content additions'
Jul 23
// Steven Hansen
The official Dying Light YouTube uploaded this look back on the first six months of post-release support Techland and Warner Bros. gave Dying Light through its season pass and occasional free update. It's been a huge success...
Dishonored, cheaper photo
Dishonored, cheaper

Dishonored remaster $20 cheaper if you own the original (update)


Do you own it digitally on PS3?
Jul 23
// Steven Hansen
[Update: Bethesda confirmed to Eurogamer that the half-off price is available on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for those who own a digital copy of the original game. If you bought the disc, like a sucker, "retailers will ha...
Skiffy photo
Skiffy

Lords of the Fallen dev is working on sci-fi RPG The Surge


The surge is working
Jul 22
// Steven Hansen
The Surge is working on Lords of the Fallen co-developer Deck13. Wait, I mixed that up. The sci-fi themed, "visceral hardcore RPG with innovative new combat mechanics" will be at gamescom next month courtesy of publisher Focu...
Hail-fellow-well-met photo
Hail-fellow-well-met

That wearable Mega Man helmet is $150


Hail-fellow-well-met
Jul 22
// Steven Hansen
I am not a hat person. I have little choice, what with my madly wild hair having achieved sentience. It refuses to be shamed into covering up. Very progressive like that, it is. Ialsodon'thave$150. Anyways, that Mega Man hat ...
Hands-on photo
Hands-on

You can play Dark Souls III at gamescom


You can also buy me a beer
Jul 22
// Steven Hansen
Namco Bandai announced Dark Souls III at E3 this year, just a few months after the release of Bloodborne exclusively to PS4. It's coming early 2016. And any of you planning on attending gamescom in Germany in a couple of week...
Sad JRPG photo
Sad JRPG

Square Enix's secret new JRPG Project Setsuna is about sadness


Just like my life
Jul 22
// Steven Hansen
"Project Setsuna," an "all-new console project" that's in development from a brand new studio called Tokyo RPG Factory, was a footnote at Square Enix's E3 press conference. Project name, concept art, studio. That's all we kne...
Ico script photo
Ico script

Thank Dormin: Team ICO cut over half of Ico's script


Original script translated
Jul 22
// Steven Hansen
Video game writing is so bad, guys. I mean, most writing is bad. Most books are bad, most movies are bad, most television shows are bad, this article is bad. That's just how it goes. But games have a long history of not even ...
MGO photo
MGO

Metal Gear Online gear customization doesn't affect stats


Though it affects visibility
Jul 22
// Steven Hansen
I've already played two days worth of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. It's good stuff. Anyone attending gamescom in a couple weeks will be able to play it, too, in the first public hands-on. All well and good. But Metal...
Dead Island HD photo
Dead Island HD

Dead Island: Definitive Edition listed by South African retailer


PC, Xbox One, PS4
Jul 22
// Steven Hansen
What happens when you have nothing to show at E3, delay Dead Island 2, and then fire the developer of Dead Island 2? HD remake! HD remake! South African retailer Loot.co.za listed (now removed) Dead Island: Definitive Edition for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. It would certainly make sense while Deep Silver figures out how to get Dead Island 2 and silly ass Homefront into 2016. via @lifelower
Coming this summer photo
Coming this summer

Full blown Resident Evil 2 fan remake in Unreal 4


Basically Resident Evil 4, playable soon
Jul 21
// Steven Hansen
Italian studio Invader Games is coming up on its summer release of its non-profit remake project, Resident Evil 2 Reborn. The playable alpha missed its October 2014 release, but is now in Unreal 4 instead of Unity, and will ...
$150 photo
$150

Celebrate Journey on PS4 with a pretty, limited run statue


$150
Jul 21
// Steven Hansen
Journey looks great on PS4. This statue does, too. But Journey on PS4 is free if you own it on PS3 ($15 otherwise), which I do, while this statue is $150, so I'm going to celebrate Journey on PS4 by maybe playing it on PS4 at some point. You are free to celebrate by buying the statue, or really whatever form of worship you prefer. Light a candle, maybe.
Mooncrest photo
Mooncrest

Ex-BioWare devs doing new Neverwinter Nights inspired RPG


Mooncrest
Jul 21
// Steven Hansen
"Mooncrest is a single-player, story-based fantasy RPG, with a focus on real-time tactical combat, cinematic conversations, and challenging puzzles," so reads the official site set up by KnightMayor for its first game. The ...
Fan remake photo
Fan remake

Could Shenmue 3 end up looking something like this?


Fan remake: Original Shenmue in Unreal 4
Jul 21
// Steven Hansen
Korean modder Kid Nocon began his unofficial HD remake of the original Shenmue last year, before any of us knew that Shenmue 3 would burst onto the scene and become the most funded video game Kickstarter yet.  Nocon's o...
Bigger in America photo
Bigger in America

Animal Crossing amiibo cards get firmer dates, pack details


100 cards, different sizes by country
Jul 21
// Steven Hansen
The first set of collectible cards with amiibo functionality are releasing at the end of this month, July 30, in Japan in conjunction with Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. In Europe the cards launch October 2 alongside t...
Sega's boner photo
Sega's boner

Pricing error PSA: Don't buy Tembo on PS4 yet


Sega's boner in North America
Jul 21
// Steven Hansen
Sega -- or someone -- made a boner (that is, a mistake) with the listed price for Tembo the Badass Elephant on PlayStation Network. The $15 game is currently listed at $40. This will differ with your territory, mind. When I l...
lol photo
lol

Mega Man board game team doing a Street Fighter one


The next big EVO event
Jul 20
// Steven Hansen
After an exciting EVO weekend of fighting game intensity, I guess it's a good time to announce a much more boring version of that? Jasco Games, the company behind the official Mega Man board game, has partnered with Capcom ag...
The real Evil Within photo
The real Evil Within

In the end, the true Evil Within is just an empty stomach


Hunger kills
Jul 20
// Steven Hansen
Nothing worse than an empty stomach. Come on over if you want some leftovers (partially pictured below).
Alongside Messi photo
Alongside Messi

Women's national team players grace FIFA 16 cover


Alongside Messi
Jul 20
// Steven Hansen
FIFA 16 marks a first for the series with its inclusion of women footballers in the form of 12 playable women's international teams from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Swede...

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