You’re in for one hell of a trainwreck, my dudes. Please ignore the background noises, I’m stuck at home in quarantine and my family still thinks they are actually going to go on a vacation. Hah, laugh at both mine and their misfortune. Anyone who thinks going on vacation is a viable thing in the near future is just setting themselves up for disappointment. Sad!
Oh uh, right, Final Fantasy 7 Remake the Official Game Deluxe for PS4 is out, if you haven’t played the demo yet, I’m assuming you don’t have internet or having just been living in the woods. Nothing wrong with living in the woods. What’s fun with this vid is watching me get worse and worse as I get further into it.
It gets even worse when for the entire boss fight, I didn’t realize that I had to switch to Barrett to cast lightning. So I was annoyed when Cloud kept saying “use lightning” and I’m like “how?” Well, just to prove I’m better than that Kotaku guy, I still managed to beat the boss. It was tough and I got progressively worse at playing the game as time went on. Cursed muscle memory is cursed.
I really do wanna play the whole game when this comes out, but my biggest concern is that my PS4 seems to be incapable of installing some games. Short version is it refuses to download Siege or Spiderman, I’ve contacted Sony and we’ve literally done EVERYTHING and it still won’t download. They said to go to someone elses house and try their network instead. They legit told me this, twice. During the pandemic.
Kingdom Hearts 3 was developed and published by Square Enix and let’s just jump on into it.
Kingdom Hearts 3 is a game 13 years in the making. It kinda shows. The game doesn’t look bad. It’s a cartoon design how could it? But it doesn’t have any huge flair either. It lacks the Pixar sheen thats makes the 3D animated films outstanding. On the other hand, it does have the illustrious color of the classic 2D Disney films. It just doesn’t do anything to really stun the player. Although, the way the team managed to recreate environments from some of the greatest movies of all time is incredible, the initial wow factor fades quickly.
Where to begin? Quite literally might be the single toughest question the development team had to handle. And boy did they miss the mark. There is no way to get into Kingdom Hearts 3 without having played the series before, assuming Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2 are enough. The game immediately throws a bunch of characters in without any introduction. Not necessarily to who they are, as most are Disney icons, but rather how they impact whatever is going on. And because of this there is hardly any explanation of what’s going on. It’s probably a great finale to a great series, but as a standalone title it opens with way too many questions.
Similar to the graphics, the development team’s ability to recreated classic sound effects was astonishing. The hours and man power that must have went into this absolutely paid off. The family film feeling was in every valuable sound bit. Coupled with the incredible voice acting, the world could not have felt more alive. Sure the menu sound suffers from the Square Enix gold standard of using annoyingly sharp chimes for menu navigation, but worth the trade. The sound design makes for Kingdom Hearts 3 to be a truly immersive experience.
Kingdom Hearts 3 has an incredibly balanced combat system. The key blades weapon setup that gives each keyboard two nearly opposite play styles adds an incredibly strategic layer to the game. Coupled with the magic skills, it moves the needle way past the hack and slash threshold. Exploring the universe, rather the “Ocean Beyond”, quickly turned itself into it’s own super fun fast paced minigame. There are so many elements to explore, nearly every gameplay aspect could be its own game.
This game makes itself very easy to keep playing. Battle after battle, the combat felt exciting. Some players might want to adjust the control setting for their preferences. It’s hard not to want to be a part of the adventure even though the game makes its so damn hard. Inclusion is the only barrier for newcomers. With that said theres no way that anyone who understand the story aren’t going to enjoy the hell out of this. The combat system is great, flying the ship is way more fun than it should be, and the worlds are colorful, oozing imagination. It really feels like a major Disney event. All major Disney events are fun.
Kingdom Hearts 3 might be the greatest finale to a long running series to date. However, it ignores all new players by providing no welcoming entry point. The game is a ton of fun to play, so it’s hard to imagine anyone who loves the series being disappointed at all. The only real way to fully enjoy Kingdom Hearts 3 is certainly to play all the games before it. Or at least watch the recaps on Youtube.
Post PAX East festivities! This past weekend the video game industry came to visit the northeast New England region. A place also recognized as Boston. And although it didn’t bring a ton of news, the news it did bring was insane. Collaborations, new projects, and single player second year DLC. Yea feel lucky, cause I damn sure do. Here’s why:
1. Fantasy Raider 1.
That seems like it will be the exact title of the upcoming project from Square Enix. To open the PAX East gates Square Enix announced a cross over project of two of its biggest franchises, Final Fantasy & Tomb Raider. There wasn’t any other information reveled so time to go into hyper speculation mode. I think it would be amazing to introduce some sort of lore that ties the two worlds together with one being present/past and the other being present/future. Either way I’m excited to see what comes of it, so long as its not a damn Pachinko machine. Looking at you Konami.
2. Final Fantasy XV lives on.
A few years back. Ok, maybe a little bit more than a few years but who’s counting. I remember conversing with my co-workers about DLC. I would always say to them, all I would want from DLC would be story expansion. You know like, when theres still more to the story but not necessarily enough for a full fledged sequel. Fast forward to 2018, and for the most part that’s what we get. Anyway, on to the news. Final Fantasy XV will be receiving new story based episodic DLC all the way through 2019. That is amazing because of how long the string of content for this game has been. Imagine a world where you fall in love with a game and instead of being given a full blown sequel that wasn’t necessary, you get episodic additions to the game you love. That’s he direction we could be heading in the games industry. That, and of course Battle Royales.
3. Return of the Dragon.
Everyone’s favorite purple dragon is back. Don’t believe me? Find another purple dragon nearly as popular as Spyro. I’m not even gonna wait because I know you won’t. Spyro the dragon is returning for the second time. This time however, he’s coming back in true form. Activision announced the Spyro remastered trilogy, featuring the first three games to make the dragon a star. Much like the recent Crash Bandicoot Trilogy, the remaster will feature upgraded graphics, modernized controls, and a reimagined take on the original music. The game will be available on September 21 for PS4 and Xbox One and no mention of a Switch version in the works.
4. Spider-Man, Spider-Man, spins a web when he can.
This week Spidey showed up to drop gems about his upcoming game. First the release date. Spider-Man will be arriving exclusively on a PS4 near you on September 7th, 2018. Plans for DLC were also briefly highlighted stating in will come in the form of a three part campaign with new villains, suits, missions, and more. And speaking on suits, this new Spider-Man game will allow us to dress Spidey up in over a dozen different suits from various comic story lines. A collector’s edition was also announced with more info coming in the summer, but it will come with all DLC included just like the Deluxe edition. Insomniac, the developers, also made a big deal to note there will be absolutely no micro transactions in the game.
5. Vive Pro Starter Edition.
With VR finally reaching a point of mass general interest, the manufacturers have also started finding better ways to cut cost on production. This perfect middle ground genesis is the type of thing that results in price drops and special bundles. In this case we are getting a special bundle from HTC. Taking feedback and backlash into consideration, HTC has announced a new starter kit for the Vive Pro VR system. This special bundle includes the Vive Pro Headset, two Vive 1.0 controllers, and two 1.0 base stations for $1100. Considering all of that is necessary to use the system it makes a ton of sense to see such an aggressive pricing. When considering the cost of all things separate that’s about a $300 savings. Pretty good if you ask me.
6. PC to Console, Console to Switch.
So before any Nintendo fan boys come at me for not calling the Switch a console, understand I do it with the highest respect. The Switch is not a console. It is so much more. That however is save for another day. Today let’s talk about Firewatch, the incredibly unique adventure game, coming to Nintendo Switch. The Switch version will include system specific upgrades, although most of those will be under the hood. And no date was provided. On the flip side, I am very excited for a new RPG being ported from PC to Console. As rarely as that happens, it is my pleasure to share with you Divinity: Original Sin 2 is coming to PS4 and Xbox One in August. Featuring 4 player online and local split screen Co-Op, Divinity is a story based action RPG that looks phenomenal.
7. Is that a new… Challenger?
Warner Bros has obtained the rights to distribute and publish IO Interactive’s Hitman. Wasting no time with this new muscle, Hitman: The Definitive Edition will be releasing on May 18th. And with rumors floating around the world of a new Hitman coming, it’s very possible we may see some version of the nemesis system in everyone’s favorite modern day assassins world. This is the real outrageous news though. Here comes a new challenger! In the most abstract way. Right now you can hop on Kickstarter and support the Street Fighter Board Game. I don’t even know how to explain the incredible thing that is this project. I mean for real the only bad part about it is the price tag but as a collector’s item its well worth it. Dive in and see for yourself.
Sony recently announced one of the most amazing looking Limited Edition PS4 consoles. The new God of War PS4 Pro bundle will be released alongside the game on April 20th. The metallic silver and gray custom system is also covered in God of War decals. For $400 you get the fully customized PS4 Pro, a Leviathan Gray Dualshock 4 with the God of War logo, a physical copy of the game, and some exclusive digital content.
This recent announcement prompted me to go into full fanboy mode and debate (with myself of course) which of the limited edition PS4’s is the best. Since I couldn’t come to which is the best, here are my top 10 in no particular order:
Taco Bell Edition/ Golden Dubai
When Taco Bell ran the contest to win an exclusive gold PS4, it was the first time I had ever taken part in the craziness that is winning a sweepstake. Unless of course you count McDonald’s Monopoly, which no one should because everyone plays it. Anyway the arrogant gold with black accents look is amazing. I cant help but feel super jealous of anyone who actually won one of these beauties. Quick honorable mention goes to the Dubai Edition PS4 that was made of actual 24k gold and retailed for like $16,000 or something ridiculous.
Destiny Taken King Edition
I’ve always been a mega fan of white colored consoles and electronics. something about that white glistening amongst the rest of your electronics is super satisfying in a weird way. The Destiny Taken King PS4 managed to take things a step further in terms of beauty with the incredibly well detailed sketched in decal. The final icing on the cake though? The gold emblem on top. Absolute beauty.
Full disclosure: I am a ridiculous Metal Gear fan boy. Kojima can literally do no wrong and it’s still f*ck Konami till I die. Except for Yu-Gi-Oh, I love that sh*t. Anyway the Metal Gear Solid V PS4 could very well be my absolute favorite console of all time. My god, the two tone burgundy and black with the slight hint of gold. Just stunning. The moment I saw the console I knew the type of romantic trouble I was getting myself into. And here we are.
This one is no brainer. If you didn’t think this was going to make the list you are 100% crazy. No questions asked. The 20th anniversary PS4 is one of the most sought after collectible consoles of all time. Making a PS4 that looks like the console that put most of us on this crazy life long adventure was an absolutely genius business decision. More so, its a decision that spawned what is undeniably one of the most nostalgia inducing console designs of all time. It’s beautiful, meaningful, and irreplaceable. Than you Sony for changing gaming forever.
Final Fantasy Type 0
When the Final Fantasy Type 0 PS4 was announced I realized how much I actually appreciate the burgundy/blood red color scheme. This console added the two tone concept by make the HDD plate black with gold accents. It came out incredible stunning and there isn’t much more hat can be said. Honorable mention in this field is the Final Fantasy 15 console which opted for a standard black finish with a laser etched image of the world of FF15.
The Uncharted 4 makes the list without concern for being the first PS4 to sport my favorite color. Something about the classy feeling of the steel blue/cool grey just pulls a flame of confidence out of me. Coupled with the etched in drawing of Nathan Drake himself on top, it really give the console a pristine look.
Bruce Lee Edition
When EA received the rights to use Bruce Lee’s likeness in UFC 3, they wasted no time trying to capitalize on his name. Not only was he one of the best fighters in the game, but he also got a whole console themed after him. The extremely bright yellow PS4 with the black accents was designed to resemble Mr. Lee’s iconic sparring pants. A little too bright for me but definitely one of the most uniquely designed consoles on the list. This was also one of those that had to be won rather than simply purchased.
Monster Hunter World
Sleek and powerful. The glossy black with a massive beast on the top seemingly covered in something else’s blood. Thats the Monster Hunter World PS4. It looks like a Monster Hunter game and that in itself is incredible. Definitely one of the most aggressive looking PS4 consoles to ever be made. Just bask in its glory. Oh and of course the control would have the beautiful burgundy, black, and gold combination I love. And that color scheme seems to be really popular amongst Japanese developers.
Available in either black or white the Dragon of Dojima arrived in style. No matter which you chose you were treated to an astoundingly detailed dragon etched into the hard drive cover. The dragon art style resembles the authentic Yakuza tattoo styles that have become iconic throughout the world. The only disappointing part was that there was nothing special about the control. Just got a base black or white Dualshock 4.
God of War
And of course the God of War PS4. I already described it up above so here’s some pictures.
“Enter the World of Assassination in style as you play Hitman using this one of a kind PlayStation 4 console. Custom fashioned as a replica of Agent 47’s suitcase, this ultimate collector’s item for any Hitman fan” That’s the direct line from the product page on Square Enix official website. It’s still up. The item isn’t available but it’s still up. This insanely detailed console was available to any member of the Square Enix rewards program. Look at it. What a way to please the long time series fans.
One fantasy that should have never been finalized.
Final Fantasy is one of the longest running RPG franchises of all time. Gamers have spent countless hours crawling through dungeons, connecting with protagonists, and defeating god-like antagonists. Released on January 11, 2018, Final Fantasy Dissidia NT is a an arcade style battle royale fighting game featuring some of the most iconic heroes and villains to appear in any of the many series entries. Developed by Koei Tecmo’s Team Ninja and published by Square Enix, the Playstation 4 Exclusive is promising to bring intense battles between fan favorites. Does this brawler do the Final Fantasy fans justice?
Since the introduction of 3D graphics in games, Square Enix has pushed its development teams to achieve incredible visual moments. Unforgettable moments in games like Final Fantasy 7’s death of Aeris to Final Fantasy 15’s planet sized enemies have been a staple of the game. And Final Fantasy Dissida NT is no exception. Every cutscene looks breathtaking. Stage design is truly fascinating. The entirety of the games visual bring to life the arena that Dissidia NT has created within multiple worlds of Final Fantasy. With a ton of action happening on the screen, there were no memorable frame rate drops or broken visuals of any sort. Running on a day one PS4 the game remained fluid and well constructed, so it’s hard to imagine this is its best form.
Final Fantasy games are typically well known for the depth of their plots. Unfortunately, the gameplay makes it so difficult to play the game that the plot is heavily hindered by it. By placing the plot behind a gameplay wall, Koe Tecmo made an interesting gamble. Had the game been more playable or even fun in the slightest bit this would have worked incredibly in their favor. The gameplay is so complicated and uninteresting that it makes acquiring the necessary memoria items feel more like a burden than an adventure. From what can be read online the plot is rather interesting however no one should have ti sit through the gameplay to enjoy it.
Forgettable. The soundtrack is good but that’s it. It’s just good. For a franchise that typically has incredible music scoring, this game just felt bland. Perhaps the frustration in the gameplay mechanics was distracting from the sound. In battle sound effects never sounded like something overly impressive. The in battle sound effects were expected which isn’t a bad thing, but it isn’t brag worth either. Voice overs were handled well enough to match the quality of the cut scenes. However, that should be expected from a franchise that has had multiple successful cgi films. Again, nothing blatantly bad but also nothing memorable.
Never has their been a more clustered setup for a video game. #onlythefacts. Just looking at the novel of a tutorials menu is enough to push the casual gamer as far away from this game as possible. The tutorial has to break down so many control schemes and game mechanics that playing the game frequently feels like an unwanted chore. Having a battle system that consist of two complete different health meters is outrageous. One meter is the stamina bar which as it widdles down adds to the players stamina. Once the enemies stamina is brought down to 0 the player can now attack the health bar doing damage equivalent to the amount of stamina the player has. Only being able to control one of the three selected characters takes away control of special combos that could turn the tide of battle. Once things seem to makes sense the game introduces an entirely different winning condition based around acquiring summoning crystals. The differences between these two winning conditions take up 6 or 7 tutorial menus themselves. Ultimately the game gets in its own way with all the different mechanics it tries to incorporate.
As with most character clashing games, the concept is extremely fun sounding. The application on the other hand, not so much. Perhaps with clearer less clunky game mechanics and a better way to experience the plot, the game could be tons of fun. The things that could make this game fun in its current state would result in an entirely new game. There is definitely a market for this somewhere because Dissidia NT is technically a remake of an arcade remake of a psp game that would have been third in the series. Without playing the previous versions, there is no way of knowing if this game remains true to the original outline. Either way, the most fun part of this game is admiring iconic 8bit and early polygonal characters step into the current generation in the character select screen.
Final Fantasy Dissidia NT is a major disappointment. Dissidia NT lures players in on the premise of seeing some of there favorite characters battle it out and then ruining the experience with complicated control schemes and other odd gameplay mechanics. True die hard fans of the franchise may find the strength within to sit through this and enhance their Final Fantasy lore experience but most people may be deterred quickly. The idea of Final Fantasy Dissidia NT is very exciting, the execution on the other hand, not so much.
Guess who’s back with goodies? Ok, maybe no actual goodies.
I’m back! Hope you guys didn’t miss me too much. I was down in Austin, TX performing at SXSW cause you know I’m still a rapper. But I have returned to you all to continue to provide the great news that should make us all feel like Lucky Lucky Gamers. Are you ready? Alright, let’s get into it. To make up for my absence I’m going to include some stuff that we missed from the past weeks. So Here’s why you should feel like a Lucky Gamer this week:
1. Fortnite and PUBG Go!
Well, they go mobile anyway. Both Fortnite and PUBG have made their mobile debut on bothered the Android and iOS app stores. Scaled down to fit and run on mobile devices without losing any of the features that players love is an incredible achievement. More so for games of these massive scales. Even more amazing and most users are reporting that the mobile version of PUBG runs smoother than the Xbox One version. I feel like that’s good and bad news. Either way a congratulations is in order for both development teams. This moment will be a big one in the history books years from now.
2. The Dino’s Are Coming to Switch.
Nintendo’s best console continues to secure incredible content to bolster its already impressive portfolio. At the 2018 Game Developers Conference Studio Wildcard announced that Ark: Survival Evolved will be coming to the Nintendo Switch. The Switch version of the game is being co-developed by Abstraction Games but fear not, it will feature all the content from the original release. Alongside the announcement, Studio Wildcard also announced that beta invites for the iOS version of the game have been sent out. With the Nintendo Switch also recently getting an announcement of other top games coming to the console like Diablo 3 and the new No More Heroes entry, things are really looking good for the unique machine.
3. Here comes a new cameo!
One of the many things this console generation will be remembered for is definitely going to be cross branding. It feels like everyday there is an announcement of some sort of cross branding going on with our favorite games. Don’t believe me? Watch this. First we have the announcement that Geralt from the Witcher series will be joining the cast of the upcoming Soul Calibur 6. It’s undeniable that he’s a perfect fit but remember that’s just example 1. Here’s example 2. Noctis, the protagonist from Final Fantasy 15, will be joining Tekken 7 as a playable character in an upcoming DLC pack. Noctis is an interesting addition to a game that already has a visit from a resident character in Street Fighter. But wait I’ve got one more for you. Monster Hunter World will be getting some Devil May Cry themed DLC. With rumors striking of a new entry in the series and the remastered version of 1-3 releasing soon this screams cross branding even if it is the same parent company. There you have it folks, the generation of the cameo.
4. Unleash the Leaks.
Every week the Lucky Gamer Recap has some leak based information. Little slip ups by retailers or job resume updates, you know the usual. This week however I wanted to give special attention to Leaks because some of them have my pants tightening. First up we have the one most exciting for me, an Amazon listing for a 2018 Splinter Cell game. Please be real. The Sega Genesis Collection is coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC if a deleted tweet is to be believed. I’ll throw this rumor in with the leaks because why not. Supposedly Cyberpunk 2077 will be at E3 in some capacity. That’s the other rumor that has be losing my pants. And if a recent job listing is real then boy do the Star Wars fans have something good coming. Apparently EA Vancouver is hiring for an open-world Star Wars game. Hows that for exciting potentially fake information?
5. Official Releases in exchange.
First let’s start with an annual franchise. Call of Duty: Black Op 4 is coming to a console near you on Friday October 12th. That’s all I’m saying on that one. Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the third entry since the reboot, will be arriving to PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on September 14th. Looks like the timed exclusive stuff is coming to an end, thankfully. The Crew 2, the follow up to Ubisoft’s open world racing project, will be releasing on June 29th on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. For those of you still willing to purchase Konami games, Bomberman R will be released on PS4, Xbox One, and PC with platform exclusive characters on June 12th. Anyone who read my review of Yakuza Kiwami and found themselves interested in the series, rejoice! Yakuza Kiwami 2 will be released on August 28th exclusively on PS4. And previously PS4 exclusive Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice will be coming to Xbox One on April 11th. Now hopefully that makes up for any of the rumors or leaks that end up being complete lies.
6. Oh my and the announcements!
With E3 around the corner this is the time that smaller studies used to announce their upcoming games and big studios announce the projects fans are expecting so they can save the surprises for late. It’s better this way. Nothing cool gets over shadowed by the big name stuff flying around all over the place. Ubisoft has a big surprise up it’s sleeve if it’s choosing to announce the slightly unexpected Tom Clancy’s The Division 2. Maybe because it’s the Omega Force 20th Anniversary or maybe its because Dynasty Warriors 9 was so bad, who knows? Regardless Koei Tecmo announced that Warriors Orochi 4 will be coming to America sometime in 2018. Narcos, the Netflix phenomena that took the world by storm sort of, is getting a video game adaptation in development by Kuju. Who is Kuju you may ask? Well I don’t know, I’m no journalist. Kidding, kidding.
7. Street Fighter TV
What roman numeral is TV? Oh right, it’s Television. Yes you read that right, Street Fighter is returning to television but this time in live action fashion. The series will be developed by Capcom’s new media partner Entertainment One. They will also be bringing the team that developed the Street Fighter Web Series that later came to Blu-Ray. It seems like video games are going to be attack mainstream media in full force. It is definitely an exciting time to be a gamer. (But for me it was a Tuesday…)
[From the editor: Good LORD Kuju entertainment puts out a lot of shovelware, they’re going to make a high profile release? I’m skeptical.]