New Gameplay Today – The Messenger

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New Gameplay Today – The Messenger

When I saw The Messenger at Game Developers Conference earlier this year, I loved the throwback to the old-school Ninja Gaiden style. While that early brush with Sabotage's 2D action game impressed me, I finally have the full game in my possession and you can watch me play through a part of the Switch version alongside Leo Vader and Kyle Hilliard.

While I'm not yet done with the game and nowhere near ready to render my verdict, you can learn my early impressions in this quick episode of New Gameplay Today. I acquire a new ability, check out the upgrade tree, platform through several screens, and fight some enemies.

Gamescom 2018 Quick Hits: Dying Light 2, Hitman 2, And More

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Gamescom 2018 Quick Hits: Dying Light 2, Hitman 2, And More

Gamescom is the world’s biggest gaming convention, with hundreds of thousands of game creators, industry types, and fans converging in Cologne, Germany. It offers a lot to see and play, and with that in mind we’ve rounded up some of the best and most interesting games we’ve seen during the show. We’ll be updating this list over the next few days, too, so come back and see what’s been added. 

Be sure to check out our expanded Gamescom previews for some of the biggest upcoming games, including Devil May Cry 5, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Resident Evil 2, Life is Strange 2, Man of Medan, and Ori and the Will of the Wisps.

Platform: PS4, Xbox One, Switch PC Developer: Lunar Great Wall Studios
Release: September 6

Gamescom 2018 Quick Hits: Dying Light 2, Hitman 2, And More

about X hours ago from
Gamescom 2018 Quick Hits: Dying Light 2, Hitman 2, And More

Gamescom is the world’s biggest gaming convention, with hundreds of thousands of game creators, industry types, and fans converging in Cologne, Germany. It offers a lot to see and play, and with that in mind we’ve rounded up some of the best and most interesting games we’ve seen during the show. We’ll be updating this list over the next few days, too, so come back and see what’s been added. 

Be sure to check out our expanded Gamescom previews for some of the biggest upcoming games, including Devil May Cry 5, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Resident Evil 2, Life is Strange 2, Man of Medan, and Ori and the Will of the Wisps.

Platform: Switch Developer: Blizzard
Release: Fall

Hidetaka Miyazaki on Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

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Hidetaka Miyazaki on Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

During E3, we had a chance to speak with Hidetaka Miyazaki, the mastermind responsible for Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and more broken controllers than anyone (probably). Miyazaki and From Software unveiled Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice at E3, a ninja-themed twist on the studio’s brutally precise concoctions. We took the opportunity to probe Miyazaki’s mind about what makes Sekiro such an intriguing departure for the storied studio.

*This interview originally appeared in Game Informer Australia issue 104

When did From Software begin work on Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice? Around the time DLC on Bloodborne was wrapping up. That was when initial talks began. We don’t really have teams on projects at From. We don’t have a Bloodborne team and a Dark Souls team. But some members of the Bloodborne staff will be working on Sekiro, but also a lot of people from other projects as well.

Hidetaka Miyazaki On Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

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Hidetaka Miyazaki On Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

During E3, we had a chance to speak with Hidetaka Miyazaki, the mastermind responsible for Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and more broken controllers than anyone (probably). Miyazaki and From Software unveiled Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice at E3, a ninja-themed twist on the studio’s brutally precise concoctions. We took the opportunity to probe Miyazaki’s mind about what makes Sekiro such an intriguing departure for the storied studio.

*This interview originally appeared in Game Informer Australia issue 104

When did From Software begin work on Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice? Around the time DLC on Bloodborne was wrapping up. That was when initial talks began. We don’t really have teams on projects at From. We don’t have a Bloodborne team and a Dark Souls team. But some members of the Bloodborne staff will be working on Sekiro, but also a lot of people from other projects as well.

New Gameplay Today – Shenmue I & II

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New Gameplay Today – Shenmue I & II

In 2015 and 2016, Andrew Reiner and I played Shenmue I and Shenmue II, respectively, in their entirety. You can follow the links to see both of those Super Replays. Jeff Cork and Leo Vader usually host New Gameplay Today, but for the HD re-releases of Shenmue I & II in one package, we had to bring the original crew back together! And we let Leo come, too.

You can watch the video above to see what Shenmue I & II look like in HD, see a quick comparison to the original Dreamcast version of the first game, and generally reminisce about our time exploring Yokosuka, Japan and Hong Kong.

How To Tackle Guacamelee 2's Most Difficult Challenge

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How To Tackle Guacamelee 2's Most Difficult Challenge

Much like the first Guacamelee, the sequel is full of technically optional challenges that test your platforming abilities to the fullest. Arguably the most difficult of all of these challenges are the ones seen in the video below. If you don't want spoilers for Guacamelee 2 then move along! If you want a few more details before jumping into the video, however, check out the text below.

If you want to see Guacamelee 2's best ending (and you should) you need to see 100% of the map. To do this, you must complete a collection of challenges to retrieve keys to unlock a special door which will take you to the game's ultimate challenges where even the slightest mistake means death and a restart. The video below contains those challenges, and how to beat them, as well as Guacamelee 2's best ending. Enjoy! Or ignore! It's entirely up to you!

For more on Guacamelee 2, you can find our review right here.

How To Tackle Guacamelee 2's Most Difficult Challenege

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How To Tackle Guacamelee 2's Most Difficult Challenege

Much like the first Guacamelee, the sequel is full of technically optional challenges that test your platforming abilities to the fullest. Arguably the most difficult of all of these challenges are the ones seen in the video below. If you don't want spoilers for Guacamelee 2 then move along! If you want a few more details before jumping into the video, however, check out the text below.

If you want to see Guacamelee 2's best ending (and you should) you need to see 100% of the map. To do this, you must complete a collection of challenges to retrieve keys to unlock a special door which will take you to the game's ultimate challenges where even the slightest mistake means death and a restart. The video below contains those challenges, and how to beat them, as well as Guacamelee 2's best ending. Enjoy! Or ignore! It's entirely up to you!

For more on Guacamelee 2, you can find our review right here.

How To Tackle Guacamelee 2's Most Difficult Challenge

about X hours ago from
How To Tackle Guacamelee 2's Most Difficult Challenge

Much like the first Guacamelee, the sequel is full of technically optional challenges that test your platforming abilities to the fullest. Arguably the most difficult of all of these challenges are the ones seen in the video below. If you don't want spoilers for Guacamelee 2 then move along! If you want a few more details before jumping into the video, however, check out the text below.

If you want to see Guacamelee 2's best ending (and you should) you need to see 100% of the map. To do this, you must complete a collection of challenges to retrieve keys to unlock a special door which will take you to the game's ultimate challenges where even the slightest mistake means death and a restart. The video below contains those challenges, and how to beat them, as well as Guacamelee 2's best ending. Enjoy! Or ignore! It's entirely up to you!

For more on Guacamelee 2, you can find our review right here.

Moving Toward The Magical In Assassin's Creed Odyssey

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Moving Toward The Magical In Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Asssassin’s Creed has always found itself at the nexus of science and historical fiction, trying to marry the idea of machines and genetics to what-if scenarios from recorded human history. Ubisoft's grip on historical accuracy has loosened game by game, and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey seems to be seizing the fantastical with both hands.

This series has had brief flirtations and full-on entanglements with the First Civilization (also known as the Precursor Race or the Isu). This highly intelligent race created humans as a potential workforce and eventually lost control over them, leading to their own decline. With Assassin’s Creed Odyssey becoming the earliest game in the series, ahead of even the creation of the Assassin Brotherhood, it seems like the Isu still have some influence on the world before Origins.