The real beauty of being a fan of the games industry is that, even on a slower news week, there will always be something to cause outrage and excitement in equal measure amongst the gaming community. For me, this week has provided quite a lot of excitement, as well as an unexpected/forgotten about delivery of a Dark Souls Remastered pre-order. Whoops. Not to worry though, as I’m going to review it for you now I’ve got no choice in whether I buy it at launch or not, so if I seem a little salty during next week’s article (yeah, yeah, more than usual, you cheeky buggers) then you’ll probably know why. Speaking of which, I should probably start playing it, so let’s get on with the news.
‘Resident Evil 7’ Has its Head in the Clouds
Resident Evil started off the week in pretty bizarre fashion, and ended it with some absolutely sexy rumors about one of my most anticipated things ever. Starting with the former, Resident Evil 7: biohazard Cloud Version is an actual, real, legitimate, really real thing. Nope, I don’t know why either. Now, despite it being a real thing, it’s actually not a tangible thing, because this version of Resident Evil 7 – one of the best games of last year, and easily in my top five Resi titles – is to be streamed directly from Capcom on your Nintendo Switch. Your Japanese Nintendo Switch, anyway.
Capcom released a trailer on Monday, but it was basically fucking nonsense. I’m pretty sure it was one of the trailers from the original launch with a new logo slapped on the end, but I can’t be bothered to check that for legitimacy. It’s not important anyway, because the game has already released in Japan as of May 24th, and gameplay videos – like the one below from wccftech – are already surfacing from the big J.
The version being streamed to the Switch is actually the PC version, and it therefore looks like it actually runs pretty well, and doesn’t suffer any graphical downgrading (as far as one can ascertain when comparing a YouTube video against one’s memory of a game that one played over a year ago). I was good and ready to shit all over this idea and talk about how it’ll run about as well as a bow-legged dog with two heads, but colour my mouth a nice shade of shut, as it actually looks like a pretty decent idea.
The key with Nintendo is precedents. It’s all about proving something can be done and hoping they don’t forget about it. The game costs about $18 for 180 days of playtime, and you really can’t argue with that for value. The test is whether this comes out of Japan, and whether it gains any traction as a model in the West. I can’t see why it wouldn’t, and an entire Netflix-style library of AAA games that are streams of better versions from more powerful machines sounds pretty enticing to me.
‘Resident Evil 2 REmake’ Details Are Super Exciting (Providing They’re Real)
Hoo boy, this one makes me very tingly. Now, granted, these aren’t officially confirmed details, but I’m thinking the most important aspect of this supposed leak is that it brings the game back into public consciousness and should hopefully mean that an E3 reveal is almost a guarantee. For a quick reminder, we already know from Capcom that the game will be rebuilt from the ground up, is looking to capture the spirit of the original, and… well, that’s it. But thanks to gaming site Rely on Horror, we maybe know some more details about the game, perhaps.
According to these ‘leaks,’ the remake will be built in the same engine as Resident Evil VII, but will feature a mix of the over-the-shoulder camera view of Resident Evil 4 and a “stylized” fixed-camera, reminiscent of the original game. The source also claims that the game will hit 1080p and 30fps on PS4, with 60fps and 4k “at times” on PS4 Pro, making it Capcom’s “best-looking title to date.”
The final part of the rumor details that we’ll be able to play through a campaign for both Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield, as in the original, but that both campaigns will be longer and contain new areas and content. It’s all very promising stuff, and certainly fits in with the spiel Yoshiaki Hirabyashi, the game’s producer, gave when announcing the game back in 2015 as a response to fan feedback. This is a game for the fans, as requested by the fans, and it should be FANtastic. It’s been a long time since we heard anything at all, so surely this year’s E3 is the one. Please?
‘Battlefield V’ is Apparently More ‘Historically Inaccurate’ Than Usual…
…and this time it’s vaginal. Trust the worst parts of the gaming community to overreact to basically anything, but the needless hatred surrounding the trailer and box art featuring a female soldier is… well, actually it’s pretty much par for the course. Historical inaccuracy is the flimsy line being used by sexless basement-dwellers everywhere to deride a game trying to include a female character in a World War II shooter – a shooter that also features the escapades of several other super soldiers whose bullet wounds will miraculously heal if they stand behind a wall for a few seconds, and who had an unlimited set of lives to burn through as they killed entire armies single-handedly. We’ve all seen genuine historical documentation about these immortal behemoths, but a woman holding a gun during the war? Preposterous!
I think I’ve made my sarcastic point, so let’s punctuate that by saying that if you have a problem with a female character in a World War II shooter, you’re a piece of shit, and let’s move on to some facts about the game. The female in question will be one of the playable characters in the game’s – wait for it – single player campaign (remember those?) that will follow Battlefield 1’s format of splitting the game into several playable “war stories.” As well as playing the female Norwegian resistance fighter, developer DICE has teased that you’ll be killing Nazis in Greece, France, North Africa and Rotterdam.
Polygon reports that there are also some new multiplayer modes, notably a four-player raid mode named Combined Arms, and a 64-player mode called Grand Operations, where players compete in huge objective-based matches, with each round affecting the state of the proceeding one based on the performance of each team. If necessary, the mode culminates in a sudden death match where players only have one life each. How’s that for historical accuracy, lads?
Of course, Battlefield V will feature microtransactions – which is now apparently less egregious than featuring a woman – but won’t have randomized loot boxes. Talk about humility, right? Only having microtranscations for cosmetic items is practically on a level with giving to charity these days. Thanks, EA. The game’s out on October 19th, with the Deluxe Edition out on the 16th and an early trial version for EA/Origin Access on October 11th. Plenty of time to stay angry about that Norwegian girl, then.
‘Yakuza’ 3, 4 and 5 Are All Coming to PS4
Sometimes I get the feeling that I give too much page space to remastered games, but then I think that it’s not me making them and I’m just the messenger, so leave it out, you knob. Having put my hypothetical nemesis in his place, it’s now time to talk about remastered games – three of them! Having discussed the Shenmue 1&2 Remaster a few weeks back, it is with great pleasure that I can bring you news of yet more fighty, open-worldy Sega RPGs being remastered for current gen. The company announced this week that all three of the PS3 Yakuza titles will join Yakuza 0, Kiwami, Kiwami 2 and Yakuza 6 on PS4, meaning the console will eventually host the entire catalog of main series titles. That. Is. Awesome.
The only problem I have is that the games are to be released individually, as Famitsu confirmed that Yakuza 3 will hit Japanese stores on August 8th. This is disappointing (especially as I own all three of these games on PS3 already), as several other franchises, like Batman Arkham, Bioshock, and Metro 2033 have all released updated last-gen games for modern consoles as collections rather than shipping one game at a time. There’s no word on the price of each game yet, but it still seems a little cheeky to me.
A problem I absolutely don’t have is that the games will all run at 60fps and display in full 1080p, because that’s bloody lovely. The Yakuza series has had a fantastic 12 months with 0, Kiwami and 6 all releasing to rave reviews and commercial success, and Sega isn’t resting on those laurels at all. If you haven’t played any of the Yakuza titles before, you’re about to have seven excuses to make if you’re going to avoid them as a PS4 owner. Well, unless they don’t come out in the West.
PlayStation Mini Confirmed?
Last, and probably least, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO John Kodera was quizzed by Japanese publication Mantan Web about the possibility of Sony releasing a mini console akin to Nintendo’s recent NES and SNES Classic Minis. As per GamesRadar, he responded by saying there are “no official plans” he can discuss, but that “our company is always digging up past assets, and I think there are various ways to do it. There have been discussions happening (in the company) on what kind of ways there are.”
While this is pretty vague and non-committal, it at least shows that Sony are discussing something with regards to either a mini console or some other form of retro platform. The current state of PS4’s retro offerings is not good, and a mini console would almost certainly sell like hot cakes, but GamesRadar’s Connor Sheridan also pointed out that the storage space required by the PS1’s CDs might be difficult to replicate as easily as the smaller cartridges used by the NES and SNES.
Let’s just say for now that it might be a thing, and if it is, then here’s a brief list of ten titles – some I’ve played and some I’m desperate to play – I’d like to see on the hypothetical PlayStation Mini (or you could check out our very own Top 70 Sony PlayStation Games for way more):
- Chrono Cross
- Final Fantasy VIII
- Mega Man X4
- Parasite Eve
- Ridge Racer: Type 4
- Silent Hill
- Suikoden II
- Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2
- Vagrant Story
- WWF Smackdown 2
And with that, we’ve come to the end of another news week. I’ll let you all go away and make up your own fantasy PS1 Mini games roster and I’ll see you in seven days (or so).