Danganronpa Spoiler Talk: Creator Sheds Light On Bringing Back Characters And How Monokuma Works

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Danganronpa Spoiler Talk: Creator Sheds Light On Bringing Back Characters And How Monokuma Works

Recently, we interviewed Danganronpa's creator, Kazutaka Kodaka. Kodaka covered a lot of ground from how it feels to kill off his characters to what the future holds. However, he also answered a few questions that contain spoilers. We wanted to share his responses, but only those who have finished both games should read the interview below.  You've been warned; spoilers are ahead!

How Monokuma Works

Monokuma is one maniacal villain, but as we found out later in the first game, someone was actually his puppetmaster. Junko was really behind the robotic bear, but it's never been clear how she controlled him. This was Kodaka's chance to set the record straight, but he left part of it up to your imagination. "There's a control room for Monokuma and Junko might be in there playing around with all the switches," Kodaka teases. "Hopefully, that's what happened. Remember, different Monokumas pop up in the first game, so it's possible they might have been set up beforehand in those rooms to pop out."

Destiny - Xur's Gear And Upgrades For The Weekend Of April 3

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Destiny - Xur's Gear And Upgrades For The Weekend Of April 3

Happy Xursday! This week, Bungie and Xur are trolling you. You see, the Agent of the Nine has a rocket launcher. It isn’t the one you want, though.

This week’s offerings are the weakest in a while, though the Hunter gauntlets on offer are useful in specific situations. Here’s the full rundown:

Location: Tower North. From the spawn point, turn left, go past Eris Morn and down the hallway. Xur is along the back against the railing by the Speaker Chamber.

Are Evolve's New DLC Characters Worth Buying?

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Turtle Rock has unleashed a new monster on its asymmetrical 4v1 shooter, along with a new squad of hunters to deal with him. Despite our confusion yesterday, we've finally got hands-on time with all five characters on the chaotic battlefields of planet Shear. Read on to find out how the new monster and hunters fit into the existing rosters, and to get a sense of whether the DLC is worth your time and money.

Franchise Follow-Ups No One Expected

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Every once in a while a game comes along that catches people off-guard. Whether they’re good or bad, unexpected games are always interesting to explore and discuss, especially when they’re part of a long-running series. Whether it’s because the games differ greatly from their predecessors, or weren’t how anyone expected the series to continue, these are some of the most surprising follow-ups in the video game world. First up are the pleasant surprises.

Test Chamber – Pinch-Hitting With RBI Baseball 15

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Test Chamber – Pinch-Hitting With RBI Baseball 15

We already played a bit of the PlayStation-exclusive MLB 15: The Show, and now it's time to check out the lone multiplatform baseball offering: RBI Baseball 15. The game is made by the MLB's in-house development team, MLB Advanced Media. After last year's extremely rough debut, RBI Baseball is back with plenty of improvements, but is it enough to make it worthwhile?

Reiner and Brian put the game through its paces and see if the attempt at a retro baseball experience is worth your time. In addition to minor gameplay improvements showcased in this Test Chamber, RBI Baseball 15 also includes stat tracking, full rosters, online play, and new difficulty settings. Check out the video below and see if Game Informer's two biggest baseball fans deem this year's outing worthy.

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Test Chamber – Throwing Out The First Pitch In MLB 15: The Show

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Test Chamber – Throwing Out The First Pitch In MLB 15: The Show

Spring is here and the smell of fresh-cut grass is finally more than a memory, which can only mean one thing: baseball is back. This year, SCE San Diego is promising some big things with its annual baseball series' newest title, MLB 15: The Show.

Watch as Reiner and Brian check out the various modes of The Show, including an inning of exhibition and a look at Reiner's character in the game's career mode, Road to the Show. Our review won't be live for a few days, but this video will give you a good idea of if it's worth upgrading from last year's release.

MLB 15: The Show released on March 31 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita. For more on the game prior to our review, you can check out our preview from last month.

Turtle Rock Lays The Groundwork For Evolve’s eSports Future

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Turtle Rock Lays The Groundwork For Evolve’s eSports Future

At PAX East, during the Evolve PRO-AM tournament, I had the chance to speak with producers Anna Coulter and Jon Bloch about the game. The duo was instrumental in creating Evolve’s eSports-friendly Observer mode, which launched earlier this week.

While I was at PAX, I wandered past the PRO-AM tournament stage a number of times. The seating area was packed and fans were cheering. With the Observer mode in the hands of players, Turtle Rock and 2K hope to see fans organizing their own live-streamed competitions.

One of the features that will help viewers keep track of the match is the informational HUD. Included in the data are projected survival chances for the monster and the hunters.

Danganronpa’s Mastermind Discusses Killing Off Characters And The Next Entry

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Last year, NIS America and Spike Chunsoft debuted a new niche series for the PlayStation Vita in North America that centered on murder and challenged just how far people would go to save themselves over others. The delightfully demented Danganronpa meshed visual novel storytelling with intense courtroom trials akin to Ace Attorney. The game captivated those who played it enough for NIS America to publish both entries in less than a year. 

Who would have thought a game that locked students away and forced them to kill each other to escape would be so gripping? Sure Battle Royale and The Hunger Games have operated a similar premise and found success, but in a game you're actually interacting with it. Still, the shocking material, story full of twists, and memorable characters kept players hooked. We recently chatted with the mastermind behind the series, Kazutaka Kodaka. Kodaka covered a slew of topics, from his favorite characters to his goal with the gruesome execution scenes.

His Creative Process And Killing His Darlings