Yakuza 3 PS4 remaster may be on its way to the West

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Yakuza 3 PS4 remaster may be on its way to the West

One of Sega’s gamescom 2019 surprise announcements might have been spoiled.

It’s well known at this point that although Sega brought Yakuza Kiwami and Yakuza Kiwami 2 to the West, the publisher has yet to officially localise the PS4 remasters of Yakuza 3, 4 and 5.

Now that fans in the West are more or less caught up on Kiryu’s story, it makes sense that Sega would want to bring the rest of the games Westward to PS4 players. At gamescom this week, we may just get our wish.

See Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2’s ray-traced reflections in new trailer

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Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is one of several big games showing off ray tracing support this week at gamescom.

To kick things off, Nvidia and Paradox unveiled a first look at how RTX tech is being utilised in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2.

The game will make use of ray tracing for real-time reflections, similar to Battlefield 5.

Gamescom 2019 Schedule: Google Stadia, PlayStation, Xbox, and Opening Night Live date & time

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Europe’s premier gaming conference – Gamescom 2019 – is close at hand, so save the date! This time however, you won’t be completely left out if you’re not on the show floor. As part of the Gamescom 2019 schedule, there will be news conferences from Google Stadia, Inside Xbox, and a special opening night presentation which is rumoured to include something from PlayStation as well as many other major publishers.

Unlike it’s American cousin E3, Gamescom doesn’t usually have big conference streams with new announcements, preferring to let the demos do the talking. But especially for Gamescom 2019, the Monday night before the show opens its doors will feature a more traditional conference, including a showcase presented by Geoff Keighley – who also presents and produces The Game Awards.

Gamescom 2019 runs from Monday August 19 to Thursday August 22. However, you’re not going to be able to tune in for new stuff every day.

System Shock 2 Enhanced Edition will feature improved co-op, support for existing mods, and might come to consoles

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System Shock 2 Enhanced Edition will feature improved co-op, support for existing mods, and might come to consoles

Some new details about the Enhanced Edition of System Shock 2 have emerged, and they point towards some improvements to co-op and strong mod support.

System Shock 2 Enhanced Edition was announced last week, and it’s being worked on by Nightdive Studios, the team behind the Enhanced Edition (and upcoming remake) of the original System Shock. Now, thanks to an interview with Gamesradar, we have a better idea of what is going into this sequel to improve on the much loved original.

According to Nightdive CEO Stephen Kick, one of the goals with this Enhanced Edition is to make co-op play easier to set up. “As of right now starting a co-op campaign is needlessly complicated and we’re going to address that by implementing features that will enable a more modern and streamlined experience,” he says.

The Angry Birds Movie 2 is the best reviewed videogame adaptation ever – but it might be a financial flop

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The Angry Birds Movie 2 is the best reviewed videogame adaptation ever – but it might be a financial flop

The Angry Birds Movie 2 is, apparently, actually pretty good – but not a lot of people went to see it on opening weekend.

The first Angry Birds Movie was a bit of a nightmare, and the reviews reflected that. That didn’t stop it from having a strong performance at the box office, though – it opened to $38,155,177 in the US, and eventually made $352,333,929 worldwide on a $73 million budget. That’s strong enough to warrant a sequel.

Now, weirdly, it looks like the second film will have a reversed fate. The film is currently sitting on 76% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, with a Metacritic score of 60. Those are comfortably the highest scores videogame adaptations have ever earned on either site.

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot will feature events from the Cell saga, plus the episode where Goku and Piccolo learn how to drive

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Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot will feature events from the Cell saga, plus the episode where Goku and Piccolo learn how to drive

The trailers for Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot have so far only shown events up to the point of the Frieza saga, but it’ll go beyond – including everyone’s favourite filler episode.

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot tells the story of Goku during Dragon Ball Z, but will also expand out and let you play as other characters. It hasn’t been clear how much of the show the game would cover, but some new info has emerged that suggests it’ll cover at least up until the Cell Saga, and that it’ll cover some of the anime’s filler too – including the episode where Goku and Piccolo take a driving lesson.

This news comes via Ryokutya, which gets its information from the Japanese magazine Jump, as translated by Siliconera. It says that the Cell Saga will have Gohan and Trunks (presumably Future Trunks) as playable characters, indiciating that it’ll run up until the end of the saga (where Gohan really becomes instrumental). It’s also confirmed that there will be a driving game featuring Goku and Piccolo, just like the iconic episode of the anime.

A prolific leaker is suggesting that Risk of Rain 2 will be announced for Switch during the Indie World presentation

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A prolific leaker is suggesting that Risk of Rain 2 will be announced for Switch during the Indie World presentation

In the lead-up to Gamescom, the rumours are starting to drip in – and speaking of dripping, this one’s about Risk of Rain 2.

You might remember Sabi from their infamous E3 leaks earlier this year, including Ghostwire Tokyo and Keanu Reeves’ appearance during Microsoft’s conference. You might also be aware of Nintendo issuing them a cease and desist notice back in June. Cut to Gamescom this year, though, and it looks like they’re once hinting at what Nintendo’s going to be showing off.

Over at Resetera, user Atheerios noticed that Sabi had made a tweet very strongly hinting at Risk of Rain 2 coming to Switch – and when asked directly if it was going to be shown off during Nintendo’s Indie World presentation, they all but confirmed it.

The Mortal Kombat movie has cast its Liu Kang, Mileena, Jax, and others

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The first casting decisions for Mortal Kombat, the upcoming videogame adaptation film, have started rolling in.

The film, which is currently casting for extras in Adelaide, South Australia (my home town, coincidentally), is building up its roster with a mix of established and unknown actors. Ludi Lin has been announced play Liu Kang in the movie. The actor, who played Captain Murk in Aquaman, Zack in the recent Power Rangers movie, and Lance in the Black Mirror episode Striking Vipers (he was the guy in the fighting game), took to Twitter to give thanks to Mortal Kombat fans.

Much luv to all the MK fans button mashing that kept the series thriving. Respect to Robin Shou for portraying the OG LK. An unshakable source of pride for countless of us. Times are changing but the challenges keep coming. I’m so ready for the fight. #MORTALKOMBAT! #LiuKang

World of Warcraft: Classic is anticipating login queues exceeding 10,000 players in the Herod realm

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World of Warcraft: Classic is anticipating login queues exceeding 10,000 players in the Herod realm

World of Warcraft Classic is due to go live next week, but if you don’t want to queue for an extremely long time, you’ll want to think about switching realms.

The re-release of the original World of Warcraft, which will emulate the game’s 2004 state, opened up for name reservations last week, letting players create up to three characters ahead of the game’s release on August 26. There’s just one problem – an awful lot of players want to be a part of the Herod realm, far more than the game can handle.

In an update on the Blizzard forums, community manager Kaivax has asked that players consider moving over to the recently opened Stalagg realm.

Borderlands 3: here’s 18 minutes of midgame Amara gameplay, focused on her Phasegrasp skill tree

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Borderlands 3 is out next month, and as the hype mounts we’ve got some new footage to look at.

This footage comes direct from Arekkz, who had a chance to go hands-on with Amara in Borderlands 3. He’s posted some impressions and a deep dive into the Phasegap skill tree, and how it looks once you hit around level 22.

Amara is Borderlands 3’s ‘siren’ character, as we’ve previously seen Arekkz dig into her skill tree. We’ve also seen a character introduction video, so at this point we’re well acquainted with Amara – although, as this video shows us, there’s still a lot we can learn.