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.

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.

The Strongest Ships In Assassin's Creed Odyssey

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The Strongest Ships In Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Naval combat is one of many ways you can flex your muscle as a mercenary in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. However, if you are a player who especially loves this facet of life in ancient Greece, you may want to test yourself beyond the typical high-seas encounters. The team at Ubisoft Quebec has a solution for that: Alpha Ships. These are vessels scattered throughout the world that will put your naval combat prowess to the ultimate test – and yield commensurate rewards.

“When an Alpha Ship is defeated, the player gains the Alpha Ships’ customization options for their own ship,” game director Scott Phillips says. “So, they can now have the same hull and sails pattern as the Alpha Ship they defeated. Players also gain a lot of regular resources as well as some rare resources and epic chests.” So, if you like the look of the Porphyrion (pictured above) or the Theia (pictured below), you can apply their visual style to your own ship if you defeat them. Of course, that is easier said than done.

The Strongest Ships In Assassin's Creed Odyssey

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The Strongest Ships In Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Naval combat is one of many ways you can flex your muscle as a mercenary in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. However, if you are a player who especially loves this facet of life in ancient Greece, you may want to test yourself beyond the typical high-seas encounters. The team at Ubisoft Quebec has a solution for that: Alpha Ships. These are vessels scattered throughout the world that will put your naval combat prowess to the ultimate test – and yield commensurate rewards.

“When an Alpha Ship is defeated, the player gains the Alpha Ships’ customization options for their own ship,” game director Scott Phillips says. “So, they can now have the same hull and sails pattern as the Alpha Ship they defeated. Players also gain a lot of regular resources as well as some rare resources and epic chests.” So, if you like the look of the Porphyrion (pictured above) or the Theia (pictured below), you can apply their visual style to your own ship if you defeat them. Of course, that is easier said than done.