Exclusive Interview On The Future Of Dragon Ball Games

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Exclusive Interview On The Future Of Dragon Ball Games

With our new cover story on Dragon Ball FighterZ, we've shown a lot of new gameplay and focused a lot on the game's developer, Arc System Works. With this video interview, we wanted to zoom out and discuss the process of creating Dragon Ball games in general and what the future path looks like for publisher Bandai Namco. We spoke with producer Ryo Mito, who goes back to producing games like Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi, and Dragon Ball Xenoverse's producer Masayuki Hirano at Bandai Namco's headquarters in Tokyo.

Watch the interview below to learn how they choose the right development studio, genre, and vision to successfully carry the Dragon Ball license into the future.

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From An Orange Box To A Crate Of Hats – Team Fortress 2’s Best Updates

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From An Orange Box To A Crate Of Hats – Team Fortress 2’s Best Updates

Team Fortress 2 is now over a decade old, but it consistently ranks among Steam’s top 10 games in terms of active player count. This surely wouldn’t be possible without all the free updates Valve has released for the game. Since today marks the 10 year anniversary of the release, here are the seven best Team Fortress 2 updates over the game’s first decade, with insight from our interview with the lead designer about the transition to microtransactions and a free-to-play model.

Science-Fiction Weekly – Breaking Down The New Last Jedi Trailer

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Science-Fiction Weekly – Breaking Down The New Last Jedi Trailer

The new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi debuted last night during one of the worst football games I've ever forced myself to sit through. Turns out, I didn't have to do that at all – the trailer was released across the web at the exact moment it aired on ESPN's Monday Night Football. Take note of that for the future, everyone. There's no need to suffer through bad sportsball to get our Star Wars fix. Despite Mark Hamill and Rian Johnson telling us to avoid everything carrying the Star Wars name until The Last Jedi opens in theaters on December 14, the trailer was a knockout that didn't spoil too much. At the most we gained an understanding of what happened to Luke Skywalker. If anything, the footage raised more questions, particularly around what is happening to Kylo Ren and Rey. I love fan theories and speculation as much as anyone, and I have some crazy ideas as to what may be happening in this sequel. Below is a breakdown of the key moments I gleaned from this outstanding second look at The Last Jedi.

Tekken Producer Katsuhiro Harada Discusses His Role In Dragon Ball FighterZ

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Tekken Producer Katsuhiro Harada Discusses His Role In Dragon Ball FighterZ

A Bandai Namco employee for more than 20 years, Katsuhiro Harada has served as a producer on Tekken since the series’ introductory release in 1994. From a development perspective, he does not have much to do with Dragon Ball FighterZ, but as the publisher’s premiere fighting game producer, he has been helping with promotion, while also offering feedback and advice as the game moves through development.

“Harada-san is, to me, the father of fighting games,” says Dragon Ball FighterZ producer Tomoko Hiroki, when asked about using him as a resource. “Among the various things he taught me, what really left an impression on me was how he emphasized to keep a good eye out on players playing the game, and to keep your channel of communication open with the players of the game.” He also taught Hiroki that wearing sunglasses will you make you look cool. “And that, too,” Hiroki jokes.

“I did receive a bit of advice here and there from him in regards to quality,” Hiroki says, “Harada-san offered advice as the creator of Tekken, and there was a lot he advised in relation to fighting games that left a strong impression with me.”

Watch Us Take Down Our Nemeses In Shadow Of War Today

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Watch Us Take Down Our Nemeses In Shadow Of War Today

Long-awaited sequel Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War releases today, and we're celebrating with a livestream of us digging into how the Nemesis system has changed from the first title and hopefully showing off some intense battles. We'll be playing on a late-game but not-quite-end-game save and aiming to avoid story spoilers of any kind.

Tune in at 3 PM CT (three hours after this posting) to watch the Twitch stream below, or catch it over on YouTube!

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15 Tips To Get The Most Out Of Shadow Of War

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15 Tips To Get The Most Out Of Shadow Of War

Middle-earth: Shadow of War is one of the bigger games of 2017 in both anticipation and sheer scope. From the moment you drop into the new and improved version of Mordor, you are given a high degree of freedom in approaching the game the way you want to. While this is awesome for players who know what they want to experience, it can also be a tad overwhelming in the beginning.

Shadow of War does an exemplary job of explaining each of its intricate systems to the player, but there are so many that it's easy to forget or neglect them as you play on. Below you'll find some tips we feel are the best way to not only hit the ground running, but also keep enjoying for the duration of Talion's conquest.

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Suda51 Discusses His Strange Approach To Game Development And The 25th Ward: The Silver Case Remake

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 Suda51 Discusses His Strange Approach To Game Development And The 25th Ward: The Silver Case Remake

Goichi Suda (aka Suda51) has made a name for himself with surreal games such as Killer7 and The No More Heroes series. He also created a slew of smaller novel experiences from Flower, Sun, and Rain to The Silver Case. The latter received a remaster last year with some new content, and now he's giving its sequel, The 25th Ward, similar treatment. The upcoming remake features completely rebuilt HD graphics and new content.

The game, which is due out sometime in 2018, takes place five years after the events of the original, when a woman's murder sets off a chain of strange events. The tale will bridge across multiple protagonists, including The Silver Case's Tokio Morishima. To find out more about The 25th Ward: The Silver Case, we chatted with writer Suda and director Nobutaka Ichiki.

When you set out to remake The Silver Case, how likely were the prospects of The 25th Ward also making it stateside? Was The 25th Ward remaster contingent on The Silver Case doing well?

The Sports Desk – The Death Of The Franchise Mode

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The Sports Desk – The Death Of The Franchise Mode

Even with a yearly schedule for many sports games, you never know what you're going to get. What's the focus this year? Did the developers fix that thing? Is there a new feature or direction they're taking? I don't know if it's a coincidence or what, but some of this year's titles have created an overall trend that I hope only applies to this year: The lack of features for games' franchise/GM modes over online collection modes.

As I've mentioned before, my favorite mode in sports games is franchise mode. The ascendancy and lucrative nature of Ultimate Team-type modes (a term I'll use to cover all the player collection modes including Diamond Dynasty, MyClub, etc.), however, seems to be related to the relative stasis of the franchise modes.

First, here's a non-exhaustive look at what some of what this year's sports games have done with their Franchise modes:

Dragon Ball FighterZ’s Seven Nerdiest Details

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Dragon Ball FighterZ’s Seven Nerdiest Details

Dragon Ball FighterZ loves its source material and it shows in every fight. The game takes all of the anime and manga's most memorable fighting moves and implements them into the game, but there are deeper cuts, too. Here are seven, very nerdy, deep cuts form the game that we noticed during our time with Bandai Namco and Arc System Works in Japan.

Android 18 Shows Her AllegiancesThis is certainly not one we discovered on our own as it has been public since Android 18 and Krillin were revealed, but Android 18's three-meter Meteor attack will change depending on whether or not Krillin in is in your party. If he isn't, 18's brother, Android 17 shows up to help.

If Krillin is in the party, however, he will jump in to assist his wife in lieu of her brother.