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Tokyo Game Show 2017 Day 3 News Roundup

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Today we didn’t really hear too many new announcements but rather more trailers for games on the way, but there were a couple exceptions!

Just last month Sega released Yakuza Kiwami, a full remake of the original Yakuza game for the PlayStation 4. While it’s been out in Japan since 2016, its western release just happened, but already we saw a new gameplay trailer for Yakuza Kiwami 2, which is also a remake of the second Yakuza game. Check out the trailer below!

Tango Gameworks’ upcoming The Evil Within 2 also had a new gameplay trailer shown today. This trailer is actually pretty substantial clocking in at 24 minutes, showcasing Chapter 5 of the main story. If you don’t mind some spoilers, the trailer shows off new gameplay mechanics like the detection mechanic, new weapons and new horrifying yet fascinating creatures. The Evil Within 2 is launching in a couple weeks on October 17.

We’re on a horror roll here, so let’s keep the ball going with Resident Evil 7. The biggest and final DLC of the game “Not a Hero” will be launching when the gold edition of the game launches on December 12. Capcom showed off gameplay footage from the DLC for the first time today, so check out a first glimpse at Chris Redfield’s new chapter.

Lastly but definitely not least, Monster Hunter World showed off a new gameplay video of four hunters working together to take down Barroth, a brute wyvern with a penchant for mud. Barroth is a returning monster from the previous games, so his moves will seem familiar to veterans. He’s got a couple new tricks up his sleeve (tail?) so be on the lookout for new moves! As we reported before, Monster Hunter World has been confirmed for a worldwide release on January 26, 2018, with the PC version coming later. Hunters from around the world, prepare for the biggest hunt ever!

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Tokyo Game Show 2017 Day 2 News Roundup

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We’re back, and we’ve got some more news surrounding the latest Japanese game developers!

First off, some more info on the recently announced Left Alive game with the crazy all-star development team. The game will be developed and published by Square-Enix, and today a new trailer was released. To our surprise the game actually isn’t a new IP, but is part of Square-Enix’s long forgotten Front Mission franchise. You know, Square’s take on the giant mech genre? We don’t blame you if you’re unfamiliar; Front Mission Evolved was the latest release and that came out in 2010. Anyways, back to Left Alive – the new trailer shows off mostly cinematic story cutscenes, but there’s a small snippet of gameplay at the end. It looks like the game will be a third-person shooter, and hopefully we’ll be able to pilot the series’ trademark Wanzers.

Secondly, Namco Bandai teased with some more footage of Dragon Ball FighterZ. The game will feature a fully fleshed out story mode in which the Z fighters will take on a new threat. The new character’s design will be supervised by famed character designer Akira Toriyama, so you know this will be a truly authentic Dragon Ball story.

Lastly, this isn’t really news news but it’s fascinating nonetheless! Square-Enix is apparently in talks with Epic Games on bringing the full version of Final Fantasy XV to the Switch. Yes, we’re talking the original game – not the pocket edition or mobile version, the actual game. Needless to say that will be quite the task, but we’re sure anything is possible in the world of video games. Square-Enix had tested a version of game on the Switch before, but it wasn’t really up to par, as you can imagine. This is why they’re trying to figure out something with the Unreal Engine, which works wonders on the Switch. If they can hopefully figure this out, this could pave the way for future titles on the Switch.

That’s all of the major news today from TGS. We’ll be back with more!

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Tokyo Game Show 2017 Day 1 News Roundup

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Tokyo Game Show 2017 is officially underway in Japan, and of course the big Japanese game announcements are coming!

First and foremost, perhaps the biggest announcement of today that threw everyone off guard was Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner M∀RS. We don’t know what hit us more – the fact that Konami has brought out one of their cult classics after seemingly leaving the games industry, or the fact that it was Zone of the Enders being said cult classic. Regardless, we’re psyched! This enhanced port will be based on the PS3 HD version of the game, and it’ll have 4K and VR support on PlayStation 4 and PC. VR support? Sign us right up! The game is scheduled for a Spring 2018 release.

Players will once against save the Earth from an army of giant bugs in Earth Defense Force 5, launching for PlayStation 4 on December 7 in Japan. This is the latest entry into the bug smashing third-person shooter extravaganza, and we here at Common Sense Gamer are actually big fans of the series. Earth Defense Force is perhaps the epitome of “stupid fun”. Fight big bugs with even bigger mechs, vehicles, weapons, and more. It’s explosive fun for everyone!

Western monster hunters rejoice! The upcoming Monster Hunter World will launch worldwide for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 26, 2018, with a PC release to come later. The game will have a regular edition and a digital deluxe edition which will grant players bonus skins to use in-game and PSN avatars.

Square-Enix showed off their new project Left Alive, what seems to be a gritty, futuristic deal. No gameplay was shown in the trailer, but the team behind the game is incredibly noteworthy. Toshifumi Nabeshima (Director of Armored Core), Yoji Shinkawa (character designer on Metal Gear Solid), and Takayuki Yanase (mech designer on Ghost in the Shell: AriseXenoblade Chronicles X) join forces to create what’s shaping up to be a spectacular experience.

We’re just getting into TGS so be sure to stop by tomorrow when we’ll have coverage on day 2!

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Battleborn Development Officially Comes to a Close

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Battleborn creative director Randy Varnell left a touching message on the official Gearbox forums earlier this week. The message announced that from here on out, there will be no more planned content updates for the game. In a sad yet inevitable conclusion, Battleborn has been put to rest, in a way.

The servers will remain up, so you can still enjoy the game online as much as you like. The last update will be the previously announced Fall update which will introduce new Borderlands themed skins for your favorite heroes, updated title art, new Finisher Boosts and Taunts, and some minor balance changes.

After that, the game will enter “maintenance mode,” where the game will stay up and any updates will be related to minor fixes and the like. If you’re still really into the game, be sure to keep a close eye on the Gearbox Software social media accounts for any news about potential content updates.

Battleborn was definitely a unique game. Featuring Gearbox’s trademark offbeat style, the game was a mishmash of MOBA games and class-based first-person shooters. It offered a pretty unique experience, but unfortunately the game had the monumental task of going up against the behemoth that is Blizzard’s Overwatch. Releasing just a couple weeks before OverwatchBattleborn’s plate was already filled to the brim.

Sadly, as much as Gearbox tried, things never looked up for Battleborn. It got to the point where the game even went sort of free-to-play, and yet that still wasn’t enough to attract a sizable playerbase. That’s why this decision to bring development to an end was inevitable and everyone saw it coming.

But it’s okay, though! Gearbox is already hard at work at an all-new project, so hopefully this will pave the way to bigger and better things in the future.

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Forgotten Sonic 2 HD Fan Project Springs Back Into Action

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Way back in 2011, a small indie team known as Team S2HD set out to recreate one of their favorite games in full HD – Sonic the Hedgehog 2. On January 15, 2011, they released their first trailer showing off the new engine and artwork, and the Sonic fanbase was blown away.

When they said full HD, they really meant it! For the first time ever we saw Emerald Hill Zone recreated in beautiful hand drawn artwork. Sonic himself and the badniks also had gorgeous sprites because everything was redrawn from the ground up. While Sonic Mania went for the traditional classic sprite look – and that looked amazing, don’t get us wrong – there’s just something awesome about seeing Sonic and friends this sharp looking.

Following a playable alpha build, the future was looking bright for Team S2HD, and fans were excited to see the full product. Unfortunately, due to some internal struggles with some of the team members not getting along and having different outlooks on the project, the project went silent for years and many thought it was cancelled.

Around February 2015, the Team S2HD YouTube channel began uploading videos again, and it was looking bright. The first video showed the process of detailing Sonic’s end level pose, so the community thought the game was back in development. But, again, after a short string of videos the channel went silent again. It was during this time where the team had reformed with new members, and things were about to spring back into action.

November 2016 saw another video that showed off the Hill Top Zone boss’ new sprites and artwork. And now, fast forward today, the team has fully revved up and they’re ready to bring the project back into full production. Officially titled Sonic 2 HD Demo 2.0, this is the result of six years of work. The team has seemingly been inspired by the recent success of Sonic Mania, and we’re rooting for them! Buckle up, because the demo is coming at us September 30!

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Call of Duty: WWII Multiplayer Beta Comes to PC September 29

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We’re two months away from the release of Call of Duty: WWII, and the beta tests are now underway. The private multiplayer beta on consoles just wrapped up, so that means it’s the PC community’s turn! Sledgehammer Games, in conjunction with Raven Software, is excited to announce that the PC open beta for Call of Duty: WWII will officially kick off on September 29 and run through until October 2nd on Steam.

Developers actively communicated with players during the console beta. There were lots of discussions on the official subreddit for the game, and some lucky testers even got to play with the developers themselves. The team has taken technical feedback and has changed some stuff for the PC beta.

This time around, the developers will be focusing on stress testing the online infrastructure. They’ll also keep their eyes open for optimization and porting options for the PC version, because we all know that sometimes the PC ports of games can get a little wonky.

The dev team will once again open to any and all feedback, so be sure to get a word in if you experience something a little dysfunctional. To gear players up for the beta, Sledgehammer Games has released a full list of recommend specs for the beta. Take a look!

OS: Windows 7 64-Bit or later
CPU: Intel® Core™ i3 3225 or equivalent
RAM: 8 GB RAM
HDD: 25 GB HD space
Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 660 @ 2 GB / AMD Radeon™ HD 7850 @ 2GB or better
DirectX: Version 11.0 compatible video card or equivalent
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

As is the case with any beta, these specs are subject to change and the finalize version will come out probably next week or so, as we get closer to the actual beta. Once the beta starts, be sure to keep an eye on the Call of Duty: WWII subreddit – there will be an official PC beta discussion thread just like they had for the console betas. You can chat with the devs and report anything you’d like to them there. Until then soldier!

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Latest Nintendo Direct Shows Off a Plethora of New 3DS and Switch Games

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There was a new Nintendo Direct today, and in case you missed it we’ve got a quick run down for you right here!

The Direct started off with the Nintendo 3DS. The first piece of big news are the new features of the upcoming Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon. New ultra beasts, new story sequences, and more! There’s a treat for old school fans as well – Pokemon Gold & Silver are now available on the Nintendo eShop!

Afterwards we got a sneak peak at the new Mario and Luigi adventure Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions. The game is a full remake of the original GBA game, and it features an all-new side story mode based on Bowser’s minions!

A new Kirby fighting game is also coming to the 3DS! Taking the top-down view of Kirby Blowout Blast and mashing it with the fighting of Kirby Fighters DeluxeKirby: Battle Royale is the ultimate pink puffball showdown! It’s even got online play, a first for Kirby!

And of course, Metroid: Samus Returns is featured one last time before its official launch on September 15. Journey to the center of SR388 in this reimagining of the Gameboy classic, and eliminate the metroids!

Now, onto Switch news. First we got a detailed preview at the upcoming Xenoblade Chronicles 2, which showed off the core battle system mechanics and revealed some of the background lore and story. The game seems to use the same MMO-style combat system as the previous two games.

Splatoon 2 will be receiving new – and old – maps! Kelp Dome from the original Splatoon is making a return, while Snapper Canal is an all-new map. There’s also new weapons to try out too, like the Tenta Brella! ARMS is also receiving a new stage and fighter, Lola Pop! As an added bonus, you can now customize your controls to however you like.

While we knew the existence of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, we also heard from Bethesda that were still more titles planned for the Switch. In a move no one saw coming, both Doom (2016) and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus are headed for the Switch!

From Square-Enix, we got an official trailer for Project Octopath Traveler, a new RPG from the team that created Bravely Default. We’re really digging the art style, with the 2D character sprites on 3D backdrops. Looks really slick! In addition to that, Dragon Quest Builders is coming to the Switch as well.

To end the Direct on a big note, we got a new trailer for both Kirby Star Allies and Super Mario Odyssey. They both look great and 2018 is already shaping up to be a great year for the Switch!

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