From Software's Hidetaka Miyazaki On Déraciné And Pursuing His Hidden Passions

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From Software's Hidetaka Miyazaki On Déraciné And Pursuing His Hidden Passions

Just as E3 was kicking into gear, Sony and From Software announced they were collaborating on a new VR title. Déraciné puts players in control of a faerie detached from space and time, meaning that you're invisible and navigating the world when human time stands still.

I had a chance to try Déraciné and it is undoubtedly a different style than what we've seen from From Software before. Full of exploration-based puzzles, Déraciné is all about examining clues and being aware of your surroundings as you find different ways to convince the children of an orphanage that you exist.

You can do this in myriad ways; I convinced one child by restoring the life into a wilted flower she was holding, while I made a believer of a boy by slipping a bitter ingredient into the stew he was eating. After playing a demo, I sat down with From Software president Hidetaka Miyazaki to learn more about Déraciné.

From Software's Hidetaka Miyazaki On Déraciné And Pursuing His Hidden Passions

about X hours ago from
From Software's Hidetaka Miyazaki On Déraciné And Pursuing His Hidden Passions

Just as E3 was kicking into gear, Sony and From Software announced they were collaborating on a new VR title. Déraciné puts players in control of a faerie detached from space and time, meaning that you're invisible and navigating the world when human time stands still.

I had a chance to try Déraciné and it is undoubtedly a different style than what we've seen from From Software before. Full of exploration-based puzzles, Déraciné is all about examining clues and being aware of your surroundings as you find different ways to convince the children of an orphanage that you exist.

You can do this in myriad ways; I convinced one child by restoring the life into a wilted flower she was holding, while I made a believer of a boy by slipping a bitter ingredient into the stew he was eating. After playing a demo, I sat down with From Software president Hidetaka Miyazaki to learn more about Déraciné.

The E3 2018 VR Round-Up

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The E3 2018 VR Round-Up

VR does not have a huge presence at E3. Facebook and Oculus have a spot on the floor, and there are a few PlayStation VR titles in the PlayStation booth, but otherwise E3 is focused on non-virtual reality experiences. That won't stop us from writing about them, though!

Developer: From Software, Sony Japan Studio Platforms: PlayStation VR
Release: 2018

Dark Souls series director Hidetaka Miyazaki is taking a bit of a break from creating brutal, oppressive worlds that frustrate as much as they fascinate to bring us something a bit lighter. Taking on the role of a magical faerie, your goal in Déraciné is to convince humans that you're real. You do this by manipulating the world around you in a few ways, including snatching vials and keys from children who swear they just had these objects in their pocket and mixing them into a stew to make them bitter.

The E3 2018 VR Round-Up

about X hours ago from
The E3 2018 VR Round-Up

VR does not have a huge presence at E3. Facebook and Oculus have a spot on the floor, and there are a few PlayStation VR titles in the PlayStation booth, but otherwise E3 is focused on non-virtual reality experiences. That won't stop us from writing about them, though!

Developer: From Software, Sony Japan Studio Platforms: PlayStation VR
Release: 2018

Dark Souls series director Hidetaka Miyazaki is taking a bit of a break from creating brutal, oppressive worlds that frustrate as much as they fascinate to bring us something a bit lighter. Taking on the role of a magical fairy, your goal in Déraciné is to convince the world around you you're real. You do this by manipulating the world around in a few ways, including snatching vials and keys from children who swear they just had these objects in their pocket and mixing them into a stew to make them bitter.

Replay – Sonic Boom: Rise Of Lyric

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Replay – Sonic Boom: Rise Of Lyric

Early in the lifespan of the Wii U, Nintendo struck an interesting deal with Sega. Sonic's parents agreed to bring three exclusive games to the Wii U starring its famous blue hedgehog, and today we're playing the second of those games.

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric did not turn out great. We gave the game a 4 saying, "No matter how fast he sprints, Sonic just can't seem to outrun the curse that follows him from game to game." For all its shortcomings as a game, however, it did turn out a pretty decent animated TV show. And we're not just saying that because we recently learned it contains a reference to our Super Metroid Super Replay! We decided to revisit the game and see if maybe, just maybe, we were wrong about our initial review of the game. Spoiler alert: we weren't.

Replay – Sonic Boom: Rise Of Lyric

about X hours ago from
Replay – Sonic Boom: Rise Of Lyric

Early in the lifespan of the Wii U, Nintendo struck an interesting deal with Sega. Sonic's parents agreed to bring three exclusive games to the Wii U starring its famous blue hedgehog, and today we're playing the second of those games.

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric did not turn out great. We gave the game a 4 saying, "No matter how fast he sprints, Sonic just can't seem to outrun the curse that follows him from game to game." For all its shortcomings as a game, however, it did turn out a pretty decent animated TV show. And we're not just saying that because we recently learned it contains a reference to our Super Metroid Super Replay! We decided to revisit the game and see if maybe, just maybe, we were wrong about our initial review of the game. Spoiler alert: we weren't.

The Top 10 Cyberpunk Games Of All Time

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The Top 10 Cyberpunk Games Of All Time

Hackers. Androids. Body Augmentation. Political conspiracies. Neon. Since cyberpunk's inception in the early '80s, the anarchist trappings of the genre have taken root in culture, resulting in influential and ridiculously stylish works across all mediums – including video games. Observer, a unique cyberpunk horror game that feels like a combination of Blade Runner and Silent Hill, launched today (spoiler: it's pretty great) so what better time than now to take a look at the best cyberpunk games of past and present? We ranked these games by their influence, whether they have (or will) stand the test of time, and how they use the genre's strengths to create intriguing, unique gameplay.

With that in mind, let's get to it injustice-fighting cyberpunks.

The Apocalypses Of E3 Ranked By Scientific Likelihood

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The Apocalypses Of E3 Ranked By Scientific Likelihood

The apocalypse is a popular backdrop for games, and the titles of E3 2018 are no exception. You can’t blame developers for leaning on the end-of-the-world crutch; it’s an easy justification for all sorts of gameplay and narrative tricks. Plus, there are few better ways to give players total freedom than throwing them into a lawless world full of terrible monsters.

But how many of these apocalypses (apocali?) are actually likely to happen in the Earth’s future? Here’s our official, scientific ranking of each scenario’s likelihood of happening in our future.

11. Fallout 76 – 0.0% Likelihood A nuclear apocalypse is, sadly, pretty likely. However, Fallout’s timeline diverged from ours a long time ago. In the Fallout universe, the nuclear-obsessed Cold War era basically continued indefinitely until 2077, when the apocalypse occurred. Sure, plenty of people are still afraid of Communism and nukes in our world, but we’ve clearly moved past 1950s culture. That means we can at least stop worrying about seeing anything like the Fallout-specific nuclear apocalypse. (Phew?) Though maybe we should be sad, because apparently the world of Fallout 76 is all fun-and-games if you're exploring it with a few fellow survivors.

The Apocalypses Of E3 Ranked By Scientific Likelihood

about X hours ago from
The Apocalypses Of E3 Ranked By Scientific Likelihood

The apocalypse is a popular backdrop for games, and the titles of E3 2018 are no exception. You can’t blame developers for leaning on the end-of-the-world crutch; it’s an easy justification for all sorts of gameplay and narrative tricks. Plus, there are few better ways to give players total freedom than throwing them into a lawless world full of terrible monsters.

But how many of these apocalypses (apocali?) are actually likely to happen in the Earth’s future? Here’s our official, scientific ranking of each scenario’s likelihood of happening in our future.

11. Fallout 76 – 0.0% Likelihood A nuclear apocalypse is, sadly, pretty likely. However, Fallout’s timeline diverged from ours a long time ago. In the Fallout universe, the nuclear-obsessed Cold War era basically continued indefinitely until 2077, when the apocalypse occurred. Sure, plenty of people are still afraid of Communism and nukes in our world, but we’ve clearly moved past 1950s culture. That means we can at least stop worrying about seeing anything like the Fallout-specific nuclear apocalypse. (Phew?) Though maybe we should be sad, because apparently the world of Fallout 76 is all fun-and-games if you're exploring it with a few fellow survivors.

So What Exactly Is Going On In Babylon's Fall?

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So What Exactly Is Going On In Babylon's Fall?

All we know about Platinum Game’s new title, Babylon’s Fall, is a timeline. The quick trailer shows a rapid chronology of events, sprinkled with proper nouns like Elder Gods, Ephesian Book, and Soul Plague. When watching the trailer in real time, reading any of the text that flashes onscreen is almost impossible. However, a frame-by-frame look at this history reveals snippets of text that form a 500 year backstory and hints at where the game may eventually take us.

In the first half of this article, we’ll try and sort out all the names, places, and events that whiz by during the trailer. After that, we can take all the info thrown at us and make some educated guesses about the characters and gameplay mechanics of Babylon’s Fall.

The Power Of The OversoulThe early history of Babylon’s Fall is shaped by a mysterious energy source, with the power to create weapons or even see the future.