BREAKING NEWS: Capcom Hints at a ‘Resident Evil 2’ Remake

Credits goes to zisforzombiez for this amazing find! In the opening sequence of the Resident Evil 7 demo, there is a series of numbers. These numbers  line up with the product ID for Resident Evil: Director’s Cut, which included the Resident Evil 2 Demo. This is too much of coincidence to disregard the possibility that Capcom might be showcasing a remake of Resident Evil 2.

This is exciting news, since Capcom once stated that they were going “back to their roots”. At first glance, Resident Evil 7 is more of departure from the original series, with more inspirations coming from games like Amnesia: The Dark Descent and the cancelled project Silent Hills. Capcom definitely is moving forward in the industry with this decision, considering they’re also implementing VR in Resident Evil 7. The Resident Evil series has steadily been declining over the years. Recently, they’ve released HD Remasters of the main series to try and remain relevant as the new game approaches, but with this new rumor, the franchise will appeal not only to the new audience but to old fans as well.

Resident Evil Fans have been begging for a remake of Resident Evil 2. The only games close to that were the on-rails shooter Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles and Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City.  But let’s not get our hopes too high – there’s a possibility that this game will only be available through a special edition of Resident Evil 7, akin to how  Call of Duty 4: Remaster was only available by paying $80 for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.  I mention this because Capcom has a history of overpriced DLC and other practices. Capcom already revealed that the collector’s edition for RE7 will not include the base game. Despite the good news of the rumor, it could be disappointing money-wise.

Lets hope I’m wrong and the rumor is true. Resident Evil 7 will be releasing January 24th, 2017 for Windows, Playstation 4, and Xbox One.

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Sega Re-Releases the Genesis

154553With Nintendo re-releasing their NES with its embedded selections from the NES library, it only makes sense that Sega would be doing the same thing. The Sega Mega Drive Classic Game Console is being released, in part, to celebrate the  25th anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog. The console gives the ability  to play classics such as Virtua Fighter 2  and Golden Axe, and also includes the original Sonic games (excluding Sonic 3).

It comes with 80 built-in  games, compared to the NES’ 30 games. Only half of the built-in games are actually classic titles; the other half seem to be filler, with titles like Cross the road, Mahjong Solitaire, Whack-a-Wolf,  and  Sudoku Quiz. 

Thankfully, the rereleased Sega Genesis will include the option to play cartridge games. Despite the somewhat dodgy game list, you can expand the library by buying physical Genesis  games. Just check the batteries inside the cartridge to make sure it still works.

Going by the game titles themselves, the release could be more thrilling. The selected games were already in the Ultimate Genesis Collection, except for Phantasy Star and Shining Force being  taken out in preference for Mortal Kombat. There are also complaints about the wireless game pads, poor audio quality, and the complete lack of HDMI support. These are issues shared by previous “plug in and play” Genesis models, such as AT Games version of the Genesis and Genesis II.  In fact, the only difference between their release and Sega’s is the special Sonic 25th Anniversary branding. The only real hook with the diminutive console is the ability to play cartridge games. The complete lack of HDMI support may make it very tough to hook up to your television.

The retail price of the Sega Mega-Drive is around $65 dollars, at about the same price point as the Nintendo NES offering.

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Konami’s ‘Metal Gear:Survive’ Arrives Without Kojima

dzpuntxuxtvklidi80qnDuring Gamescom, Konami released a trailer announcing a new entry to the Metal Gear Solid franchise. This is after the entire debacle that involved Hideo Kojima leaving the company under a cloak of law suits and gag orders, along with Kojima Productions. So, what does Konami have up their sleeves to continue the series? Well, it’s a  zombie survival co-op game titled Metal Gear: Survive, giving a four-player online experience that is set after the events of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes.

This entry explains what happened to the soldiers who were left in Mother Base,  getting swallowed up through a wormhole and sent into an alternate universe. The trailer gives a  glimpse of what the setting will be, resembling a desert with infrastructures destroyed and piled all around. There are also zombies with blue glowing shards stuck in them, giving off a very Resident Evil theme.

Metal Gear: Survival will run on the FOX engine, and use the same resources to cut development costs. This will not be a $60 game. After Gamescom, Konami will have more information regarding this title. There is an outcry from the online community, questioning its role in the series. Fans are perceiving this as simply a way to milk the franchise, since the mastermind behind Metal Gear Solid, Hideo Kojima, is not present. Whatever complaints may be, this could be a smart move by Konami. This will give them an “expansion” of  Metal Gear Solid VThe Phantom Pain, similar to Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater and Subsistence. This could explain the missing soldiers  in the game, give further explanations of the missing Chapter 3, and possibly give new insights to the Metal Gear universe.

Metal Gear: Survive is planned to be released 2017, with further information coming out soon.

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Nintendo DMCA’s ‘Metroid 2’ Remake

coverart-1280x800For the past decade, a small dedicated team took it upon themselves to create their ideal Metroid game. Milton Guasti, the mastermind behind the project, worked diligently to provide an experience that was crisp and smooth. The game was  titled Project AM2R, or Another Metroid 2 Remake.  Gameplay wise, it incorporates the fast-paced gameplay of Metroid: Zero Mission, and the tone of Super Metroid. There are also new areas, animations, music and enemies included in AM2R.

Unfortunately, Nintendo have apparently given the creators of the remake a DMCA takedown notice, resulting some reorganization of how the game is being hosted and what servers that happens from. For the moment, the game is still available, so if you want it, grab it quick. The developers of AM2R commented, stating that they’ll check if it’s a real DMCA notice. Luckily, Nintendo has a good record with respect to allowing the existence of fan-made games, Super Mario 64 HD being one of the few exceptions.  The question now is, if it is indeed an authentic DMCA takedown notice, why did Nintendo wait such a long time to issue it? This project existed for over 8 years. One of the theorized reasons is because Nintendo is planning to exercise the Metroid intellectual property soon, and doesn’t want any competition. The developers of Project AM2R will give an update on the DMCA notice as soon as they can confirm its legitimacy.

The game was just released on August 6 and made available for free on their website. This brings an experience that veteran Metroid fans will love; the developers made sure to make a game worthy of the name Metroid. With zero Nintendo involvement, AM2R  runs very smooth and plays beautifully. Surprisingly, Nintendo hasn’t celebrated the 30th anniversary of Metroid yet. Their acknowledgement of the series is prominent, with the latest release of Metroid coming from the 2010 game Metroid: Other M, with a side of small games like Metroid Prime: Blast Ball and the controversial Metroid Prime: Federation Force.

Hopefully Nintendo will relent and allow this project exist. There is an obvious demand for a proper Metroid game, and this is a classic example of what happens when an obvious demand in a marketplace isn’t filled by the owner of the property in question: if the fans cannot find it, they will make their own. This is a golden opportunity for Nintendo to make huge points with its fan base. Perhaps some kind of licensing deal can be worked out. It’s not an infringement if it’s properly licensed.

What do you think? Offer us your comments below.

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Get Your Fightstick Ready for EVO2016!

EVO-2016-555x328-555x328For those unaware of what Evolution(EVO) is,  it’s the equivalent of the World Cup to fighting games and fanatics alike. Companies such as Capcom, SNK, and Namco host a tournament of their fighting games. With prize pools of $3000 dollars, players from all over the world come to Las Vegas, Nevada and compete in the hopes of winning EVO.  It’s the longest running fighting tournament and embodies a great deal of the spirit of the fighting game community.

This is why this year, ESPN2 announced they’re going to show EVO2016  with a four hour time slot, recognizing competition fighting games tournaments  as a sport. This year EVO2016 will be hosting:

  • Street Fighter V
  • Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
  • Mortal Kombat X
  • Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator,
  • Pokken Tournament
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee and Smash Bros for Wii U
  • and finally, Tekken 7: Fated Retribution. 

Since this is an eSport, there are well known players  and a lot of technical terminology used during the battles, but the concept of two people fighting shouldn’t be hard to grasp. When it comes to a clutching moment between a win or a lose, you know exactly how to react. There are plenty of great moments from EVO, such as the time Daigo  parried an entire combo winning him the match , or when the odds are against you but you still give a fighting chance. It’s moments like these that make EVO such a thrilling experience. As you can see, you don’t need to know the players or the game itself to get a sense of what’s going on.

ESPN2 will be showing EVO on July 17th. There will also be online streams of the entire event(or specific games) throughout the weekend, this will last from July 15 to July 17 . If you miss EVO2016,  no worries! Streams will be saved and availabe online, along with compilations of the best moments from the event. If you’re curious of the time slots you can check the schedule on the offical site.

So, uh – what do you bring to an eSports tailgate party?