Tales Of Arise Is A Reinvention Of The Series, But Not Open World

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Tales Of Arise Is A Reinvention Of The Series, But Not Open World

When Tales if Arise was announced at Microsoft's Xbox conference, fans of the series experienced a moment of exhilaration and then hours to days of concerned questions. Ever since the reveal, which showed a more technologically advanced Tales game than the previous titles, fans had been wondering exactly how this title is going to change up a fairly traditional series.

We sat down with Yusuke Tomizawa, the new producer of the Tales series after Hideo Baba left the company, to discuss the newest Tales game. Tomizawa himself had a sticker of Sans from Undertale on his laptop, a game which he professes a fandom for. It has been a few years Tales of Berseria, which crossed generations with both a PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 version, making Tales of Arise the first game in the series completely untethered to the previous generation and built solely for modern hardware. In the trailer, it looked like the game might be leveraging that technology for an open world RPG similar to games like Xenoblade X or The Witcher 3. Not so, according Tomizawa.

While screenshots and the initial trailer somewhat suggested an open world title, the structure of Tales of Arise is similar to other Tales games. Tomizawa pointed out that the reveal trailer had no UI, so suspicions about a lack of world map are not correct.

Banjo-Kazooie's Spiral Mountain Smash Bros. Theme Is Online For Your Listening Pleasure

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Banjo-Kazooie's Spiral Mountain Smash Bros. Theme Is Online For Your Listening Pleasure

At a one minute and 30 seconds long, it doesn't seem like it's the full theme that will be added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate later this year alongside Banjo-Kazooie as a playable fighter, but it's always exciting to hear new Smash Bros. arrangements. We heard this song during Banjo-Kazooie's announcement trailer, but it's nice to have it standalone without all those messy sound effects on top.

For more on Banjo-Kazooie in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, head here and here.

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Here Are The Rare Encounters At This Year's Pokémon Go Fest

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Here Are The Rare Encounters At This Year's Pokémon Go Fest

Pokémon Go Fest just kicked off in Chicago's Grant Park, and trainers are currently working through way through a nine-mission quest that concludes with an encounter with Jirachi. This year's Pokémon Go Fest runs from Thursday to Sunday, but a player can only participate for one day. This means if you play today, you can't go back to the park to catch the event-specific Pokémon on Saturday.

The course that trainers will be exploring is much larger than last year, yet is once again themed with regions filled with Pokémon you'd find in those habitats. Trainers are reporting that shiny Abra is spawning at the park, and shiny Horsea is also out in full force. A special flower crown Pikachu is there, and the Unown on hand reportedly spell out WAKE UP. The only regional Pokémon spawning is supposedly Pachirisu.

I'll be on hand at the Fest throughout the weekend and will update you on the quest and other Pokémon I encounter. Happy catching, everyone!

Linda Hamilton Will Play Sarah Connor In Gears 5's Terminator: Dark Fate Pack

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Linda Hamilton Will Play Sarah Connor In Gears 5's Terminator: Dark Fate Pack

During Microsoft's E3 press conference, at the end of its Gears 5 presentation, it teased a crossover with the Terminator franchise by showing one of the titular robots holding Gears of War's iconic chainsaw lancers, but it didn't offer many other additional details.

Appearing on The Game Informer show, however, Coalition studio head Rod Fergusson offered a few more details. The Terminator content will be called the Terminator: Dark Fate Pack (to coincide with the film) and it will include the T-800 (with a small redesign which you can see with the lights on the chest above), and Sarah Connor who will be voiced by Linda Hamilton. Fergusson says he will be recording with Hamilton in about two weeks from the time of recording, and she will probably do a lot of yelling.

You can watch the full Terminator/Gears 5 chat below. For hands-on impressions for Gears 5 at E3, head here.

The Strangest Sights Of E3 2019

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The Strangest Sights Of E3 2019

If you missed E3 this year, don't worry, we've got you covered. Join us for a quick tour of all the sights and sounds of E3. Trust us, you're better off not smelling this one. Without further adieu, here is what you missed from E3 2019.

Sega has a sport climbing wall, which is great, but the javelin throw did not go well.

The crowd for the Super Soul Bros. was pretty wild. Personally, I think they ... sold out.

Square Enix Committed To Making Its Complete Library Available Digitally

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Square Enix Committed To Making Its Complete Library Available Digitally

Square Enix has been around for decades creating one monstrous library of games. This makes us wonder if there any plans to make all these games readily available digitally, whether it's in some sort of subscription service or elsewhere. President and CEO Yosuke Matsuda confirmed he's heard the demand for the library to be available completely digitally.

 "We're working on that in a variety of ways," Matsuda said. "That is a request that we hear often. As far as our major titles go, most of those, we still have variations out that you can play now. The more classic titles that you might have played on NES, we are still working hard to make it so you can play those. We actually have launched a dedicated project internally to port those, so we are working to make them available on a variety of platforms. Certainly down the road, we would like to see that on a subscription or streaming service, so we're exploring the possibility of creating a dedicated channel for ourselves."

Square Enix President Comments On Final Fantasy VII Remake Potentially Going Cross-Gen

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Square Enix President Comments On Final Fantasy VII Remake Potentially Going Cross-Gen

No official announcements have been made regarding Final Fantasy VII Remake going cross-gen. However, considering it will span multiple games and the first one isn't even scheduled to come out until March 3, 2020, it seems clear that later installments will be on new hardware. But what about that first entry? Based on our interview with Square Enix president and CEO, Yosuke Matsuda, the first Final Fantasy VII Remake game could eventually hit next-gen systems. 

We asked Matsuda if Square Enix is having any reservations about having the installments of Final Fantasy VII Remake split between generations, or if the first installment had a chance of making it over to new-gen consoles. "It's the hottest topic at the moment and we thought you might ask us that," Matsuda said. "I believe that our teams have made it so that the game will support both the next generation and the current generation of consoles. I believe it is being developed so that it is going to be playable on both, so I'm not really concerned about that and I believe that the fans are also going to be able to enjoy it on both, including the next-generation of consoles."

Matsuda's comment does not constitute an official announcement, but it can at least give you some comfort if you've been wanting to know if there's a chance you'll be playing Final Fantasy VII Remake on the new consoles. 

Arcade 1Up Announces Star Wars Home Arcade Cabinet Releasing This Fall

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Arcade 1Up Announces Star Wars Home Arcade Cabinet Releasing This Fall

At its E3 booth today, home arcade manufacturer Arcade 1Up unveiled its newest cabinet, an Atari Star Wars home cabinet. 

According to the company's press release, "This is the only at-home arcade cabinet that uses the original arcade software and features the X-Wing pilot controller! On this new addition to our line-up, will be the original arcade versions of Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi!" 

The Star Wars cabinet will be joining a roster of home consoles that includes Street Fighter II, Space Invaders, Mortal Kombat, Centipede, and several others. While no information on pricing has been disclosed for this cabinet, similar cabinets are listed under $400 on the website, and the Star Wars cabinet is expected to follow that trend. 

Nintendo Plays Through Half An Hour Of Fire Emblem: Three Houses On Treehouse Live

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Nintendo Plays Through Half An Hour Of Fire Emblem: Three Houses On Treehouse Live

Nintendo kicked off today's Treehouse live stream with gameplay of Fire Emblem: Three Houses. The game seems to be a dramatic departure from its recent 3DS Fire Emblem titles, with a sizable central hub – dubbed "the monastery" – fully 3D battles, and a new Persona-like calendar system. Check out the nearly half-hour segment for even more details!

Fire Emblem: Three Houses launches on Nintendo Switch on July 26, 2019. You can see the game's E3 story trailer right here.

How Street Cred Can Help Or Hurt You In Cyberpunk 2077

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How Street Cred Can Help Or Hurt You In Cyberpunk 2077

In Cyberpunk 2077, you’re working as a mercenary named V, taking on jobs to get by and brushing shoulders with unscrupulous personalities. It’s just another day on the job, but in the world of mercenary work, your reputation means everything. That’s where the “street cred” feature comes into play. This is how you improve your reputation, which in turn gets more people interested in your services.

“The more you work on the streets, the more assignments you do, the more contracts you complete, as a merc, you gain a bigger name for yourself,” explains lead quest designer Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz. “This works both for gangs and for the other potential employers that you might get.”

Here’s why it’s essential to getting the most out of your Cyberpunk 2077 experience: The more street cred you accumulate, the better contracts you gain access to. If you improve it enough, some factions might come directly to you with jobs, meaning you won’t have to seek out employment. While Tomaszkiewicz said they’re still working on the game so he can’t go into specifics, he did hint that the rewards can get pretty big. When I asked if this would unlock some of the best items and gear in the game, he responded with “probably.”