Extended Interview: Nihon Falcom President Talks Trails Of Cold Steel III And Future Games

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Extended Interview: Nihon Falcom President Talks Trails Of Cold Steel III And Future Games

A little over a week ago, we shared our deep dive on The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III. We were fortunate to play the first five hours and interview Nihon Falcom president Toshihiro Kondo. While we focused a lot of our interview on the upcoming entry, we also asked some questions about Falcom as a whole and how he sees the company's future. A lot of Kondo's answers made it into our feature, but since we had a glut of info, we couldn't fit everything in. For today's Grind Time, I wanted to share the complete interview, which touches on everything from Rean's complicated next chapter to plans for Falcom's future in the RPG market. As always, let me know if you'd like to see more developer interviews in the future on Grind Time. I'd love to make this a more regular thing. 

Some time has passed since the Erebonian civil war, what’s the world like now for Rean and company? 

After Trails of Cold Steel II, we see that [Chancellor Giliath] Osborne is alive and well, and now holds all the power. He is currently carrying out a campaign of invading foreign lands to increase the Empire's territory. As for Rean, he is caught up in the events that happened at the end of II, and—as the Awakener of Valimar—is following Osborne's orders. 

Extended Interview: Nihon Falcom President Talks Trails Of Cold Steel III And Future Games

about X hours ago from
Extended Interview: Nihon Falcom President Talks Trails Of Cold Steel III And Future Games

A little over a week ago, we shared our deep dive on The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III. We were fortunate to play the first five hours and interview Nihon Falcom president Toshihiro Kondo. While we focused a lot of our interview on the upcoming entry, we also asked some questions about Falcom as a whole and how he sees the company's future. A lot of Kondo's answers made it into our feature, but since we had a glut of info, we couldn't fit everything in. For today's Grind Time, I wanted to share the complete interview, which touches on everything from Rean's complicated next chapter to plans for Falcom's future in the RPG market. As always, let me know if you'd like to see more developer interviews in the future on Grind Time. I'd love to make this a more regular thing. 

Some time has passed since the Erebonian civil war, what’s the world like now for Rean and company? 

After Trails of Cold Steel II, we see that [Chancellor Giliath] Osborne is alive and well, and now holds all the power. He is currently carrying out a campaign of invading foreign lands to increase the Empire's territory. As for Rean, he is caught up in the events that happened at the end of II, and—as the Awakener of Valimar—is following Osborne's orders. 

All The Ways You Can Customize Your Modern Warfare Multiplayer Character

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All The Ways You Can Customize Your Modern Warfare Multiplayer Character

Customization has become a bigger and bigger part of allowing players to express themselves in online multiplayer matches. For Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Infinity Ward wants to not only allow players to change the way their characters look, but also how they play. We sat down with several key members of the team to discuss all the ways players can make the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare multiplayer experience their own.

Players can customize their characters on three main levels: looks, loadouts, and guns. As you play, you unlock new operators to choose from, new skins to equip them with, and new attachments to snap onto your gun. When many people think of deep customization systems, they look at the purely cosmetic ways you can make your character look cool. However, with Modern Warfare, the cosmetic side of multiplayer character customization is perhaps the shallowest when it comes to the options available to players.

All The Ways You Can Customize Your Modern Warfare Multiplayer Character

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All The Ways You Can Customize Your Modern Warfare Multiplayer Character

Customization has become a bigger and bigger part of allowing players to express themselves in online multiplayer matches. For Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Infinity Ward wants to not only allow players to change the way their characters look, but also how they play. We sat down with several key members of the team to discuss all the ways players can make the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare multiplayer experience their own.

Players can customize their characters on three main levels: looks, loadouts, and guns. As you play, you unlock new operators to choose from, new skins to equip them with, and new attachments to snap onto your gun. When many people think of deep customization systems, they look at the purely cosmetic ways you can make your character look cool. However, with Modern Warfare, the cosmetic side of multiplayer character customization is perhaps the shallowest when it comes to the options available to players.

The Angry Birds Movie 2 Is Not Actively Horrible

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The Angry Birds Movie 2 Is Not Actively Horrible

The original Angry Birds Movie was a hit. It featured a cast full of SNL alumni and other famous comedians and it grossed an estimated $350 million worldwide. I thought it was, surprisingly, pretty solid and featured a story that ended conclusively with satisfying growth for its protagonists. It certainly didn’t demand a sequel, but here we are. Much like the previous film, most of its cast spent (or are currently spending time) on SNL, along with a collection of other talented comedians. The sequel is also, similarly, pretty solid. The Angry Birds Movie 2 is not a great film, serving mostly as a visual gag and joke machine, but if “solid” is what we can expect from video game movie adaptations in the future, then I consider that a step in the right direction.

The movie begins with Bird Island’s Red (Jason Sudeikis) and pals Chuck and Bomb (Josh Gad and Danny McBride) living as famous heroes continuing their war with Piggy Island and its leader, Leonard (Bill Hader). The war has evolved into harmless pranks, but a new threat appears when a third island, Eagle Island, starts launching giant meteoric balls of ice at the other two islands in an effort to take them over. The birds and the pigs decide to form a cooperative team to combat the new threat, and things move on from there.

The Angry Birds Movie 2 Is Not Actively Horrible

about X hours ago from
The Angry Birds Movie 2 Is Not Actively Horrible

The original Angry Birds Movie was a hit. It featured a cast full of SNL alumni and other famous comedians and it grossed an estimated $350 million worldwide. I thought it was, surprisingly, pretty solid and featured a story that ended conclusively with satisfying growth for its protagonists. It certainly didn’t demand a sequel, but here we are. Much like the previous film, most of its cast spent (or are currently spending time) on SNL, along with a collection of other talented comedians. The sequel is also, similarly, pretty solid. The Angry Birds Movie 2 is not a great film, serving mostly as a visual gag and joke machine, but if “solid” is what we can expect from video game movie adaptations in the future, then I consider that a step in the right direction.

The movie begins with Bird Island’s Red (Jason Sudeikis) and pals Chuck and Bomb (Josh Gad and Danny McBride) living as famous heroes continuing their war with Piggy Island and its leader, Leonard (Bill Hader). The war has evolved into harmless pranks, but a new threat appears when a third island, Eagle Island, starts launching giant meteoric balls of ice at the other two islands in an effort to take them over. The birds and the pigs decide to form a cooperative team to combat the new threat, and things move on from there.

Every Borderlands Character You Need To Know Before Borderlands 3

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Every Borderlands Character You Need To Know Before Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3 is rapidly approaching, and there is a lot to catch up on. Who’s doing what, why are they doing it, why are there so many guns, and just what the heck is a Claptrap? These are big games with big worlds and big characters, and there realistically isn’t enough time left to play all the Borderlands games before the upcoming sequel. Well, you don’t have to worry anymore, because your comprehensive Borderlands breakdown has arrived. Here is everything and everyone you need to know going into Borderlands 3. 

Warning: There will be spoilers to the events of Borderlands, Borderlands 2, Tales from the Borderlands, The Pre-Sequel, and the DLC episode Commander Lilith & The Fight For Sanctuary. 

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Every Borderlands Character You Need To Know Before Borderlands 3

about X hours ago from
Every Borderlands Character You Need To Know Before Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3 is rapidly approaching, and there is a lot to catch up on. Who’s doing what, why are they doing it, why are there so many guns, and just what the heck is a Claptrap? These are big games with big worlds and big characters, and there realistically isn’t enough time left to play all the Borderlands games before the upcoming sequel. Well, you don’t have to worry anymore, because your comprehensive Borderlands breakdown has arrived. Here is everything and everyone you need to know going into Borderlands 3. 

Warning: There will be spoilers to the events of Borderlands, Borderlands 2, Tales from the Borderlands, The Pre-Sequel, and the DLC episode Commander Lilith & The Fight For Sanctuary. 

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Five Games I Can't Wait To Play This Month

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Five Games I Can't Wait To Play This Month

I’ve played a handful of great games over the last few months, but 2019 hasn’t felt like a big year for the medium yet. In fact, it’s been somewhat disappointing. Perhaps we’ve just been spoiled over the last few years with juggernauts like Overwatch, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and God of War, but 2019 hasn’t had that one game that truly stands out from the pack. Apex Legends is damn good. I’m also having a blast with Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Kingdom Hearts III, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Devil May Cry 5, and Resident Evil 2 also deserve nods for living up to the hype. That said, I don’t know which one of these games I would label as my Game of the Year. One doesn’t jump out from the pack.

Looking ahead to the remainder of the year, I’m hoping Death Stranding becomes another Hideo Kojima classic, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is everything I want it to be as a Star Wars dork, and The Outer Worlds is more Fallout than Fallout 76 was. One of those games could define the year. Let’s not forget about the sequels either. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare looks awesome, as does Borderlands 3. I also can’t wait to get my hands on Pokémon Sword and Shield and Doom Eternal.

Five Games I Can't Wait To Play This Month

about X hours ago from
Five Games I Can't Wait To Play This Month

I’ve played a handful of great games over the last few months, but 2019 hasn’t felt like a big year for the medium yet. In fact, it’s been somewhat disappointing. Perhaps we’ve just been spoiled over the last few years with juggernauts like Overwatch, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and God of War, but 2019 hasn’t had that one game that truly stands out from the pack. Apex Legends is damn good. I’m also having a blast with Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Kingdom Hearts III, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Devil May Cry 5, and Resident Evil 2 also deserve nods for living up to the hype. That said, I don’t know which one of these games I would label as my Game of the Year. One doesn’t jump out from the pack.

Looking ahead to the remainder of the year, I’m hoping Death Stranding becomes another Hideo Kojima classic, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is everything I want it to be as a Star Wars dork, and The Outer Worlds is more Fallout than Fallout 76 was. One of those games could define the year. Let’s not forget about the sequels either. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare looks awesome, as does Borderlands 3. I also can’t wait to get my hands on Pokémon Sword and Shield and Doom Eternal.