Yakuza Was Brought To Microsoft And Nintendo Originally, Both Refused

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Yakuza Was Brought To Microsoft And Nintendo Originally, Both Refused

When Yakuza was first released in Japan under the title of Ryu ga Gotoku in 2005, the gaming industry was a very different place. The PlayStation 2 was so far ahead in terms of install base that nothing else could really compete, but technology allowed publishers to put their game basically anywhere if there was a will and support. While its identity is now primarily tied to the PlayStation, having been long exclusive to Sony systems until a recent PC release and a disastrous Wii U HD remaster, Yakuza was almost a multi-platform series.

In an interview with U.K.-based gaming magazine EDGE, Sega chief creative office Toshihiro Nagoshi talked about the genesis of the title. When Nagoshi first pitched the game to Sega executives, who were ailing after the Dreamcast and were cornered into a merger with arcade company Sammy, Sega said no to the idea. Nagoshi put aside proper channels and tried to talk to his bosses' bosses at Sammy, who told him to go ahead with it. 

Nagoshi now says that doing this was both irregular and wrong and he kind of understands why Sega refused the idea in the fist place.

Grab Both Your Pistols, Tomb Raider Legend And Anniversary Are Now Backwards Compatible On Xbox One

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Grab Both Your Pistols, Tomb Raider Legend And Anniversary Are Now Backwards Compatible On Xbox One

In their unceasing march towards total backwards compatibility, Microsoft announced today that both Tomb Raider Legend and Tomb Raider Anniversary are now playable on Xbox One. 

Tomb Raider: Legend and Lara Croft Tomb Raider Anniversary are coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today (and both are currently on sale) https://t.co/qPMRNs2ZLo pic.twitter.com/d3RTJMgOiM

Tomb Raider Legend was a reboot of sorts for the series, giving Lara a different origin story and modernized controls. Anniversary used those same controls and engine to remake the original title, giving the 1996 game new life. 

Smash Bros. Fans Think They Have Figured Out Where The Trail Of Dead Characters Is Leading

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Smash Bros. Fans Think They Have Figured Out Where The Trail Of Dead Characters Is Leading

Like any good murder mystery, people watch as investigators make connections they hadn't considered, but seem to make total sense as soon as our minds make the connection. Since Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was shown off at E3, the newcomers have left a pile of bodies in their wake in each new CG trailer. Metroid villain Ridley killed both Mario and Mega Man, Castlevania's Death shuffled Luigi from this mortal coil, and King K. Rool made King DeDeDe pay for impersonating him.

During last week's Smash Bros. Direct, director Masahiro Sakurai placed a mosaic censor over a mode in the game's main menu, saying he would explain the mode in due time. Shortly after the stream, however, twitter user @noctulescent noticed that the mosaic blur was overlayed over the video footage and not hardcoded onto the image. That means that, when the menu is zooming in or out, the blur is not keeping up with it pixel-to-pixel. According to noctulescent, this means you can make out the word "Spirits" from the menu button.

frame by frame, the pixelated green thing in #SmashBrosDirect says "Spirits". @GameXplain pic.twitter.com/fZKN0nYmIC

First Uncut Devil May Cry 5 Gameplay Will Be At Gamescom

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First Uncut Devil May Cry 5 Gameplay Will Be At Gamescom

Capcom hasn't said much about Devil May Cry 5 since its announcement at E3, preferring instead to focus on the sooner-releasing Resident Evil 2, but it seems like we won't have to wait too much longer for hands-on impressions.

Devil May Cry series producer Hideaki Itsuno revealed on Twitter that they've finished the demo for Gamescom, showing that the title will be playable for the first time next week in Germany. The tweet comes with an off-screen shot of DMC5's vibrant demo splash screen.

Demo version for gamescom2018 is completed! 10 days to the world's first playable! pic.twitter.com/dlctQwIIPr

First Uncut Devil May Cry 5 Gameplay Will Be At Gamescom

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First Uncut Devil May Cry 5 Gameplay Will Be At Gamescom

Capcom hasn't said much about Devil May Cry 5 since its announcement at E3, preferring instead to focus on the sooner-releasing Resident Evil 2, but it seems like we won't have to wait too much longer for hands-on impressions.

Devil May Cry series producer Hideaki Itsuno revealed on Twitter that they've finished the demo for Gamescom, showing that the title will be playable for the first time next week in Germany. The tweet comes with an off-screen shot of DMC5's vibrant demo splash screen.

Demo version for gamescom2018 is completed! 10 days to the world's first playable! pic.twitter.com/dlctQwIIPr

Dynasty Warriors Meets Strategy In The New Total War: Three Kingdoms Trailer

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Dynasty Warriors Meets Strategy In The New Total War: Three Kingdoms Trailer

Total War: Three Kingdoms' new trailer showcases Sun Jian throwing down on his enemies and features the new campaign map as well as some battle footage. The whole trailer is in-engine and looks as gorgeous as ever, with the campaign map in particular showcasing the change in scenery China will bring compared to past entries in the series. 

Total War: Three Kingdoms mixes the historical focus of past entries, alongside the larger-than-life heroes of Total War: Warhammer. The game features a number of new systems, including more dynamic generals who will become friends or bicker during battles, affecting their performance and abilities. In our preview, we said "it has a lot of potential for adding an engaging level of unpredictability in the campaign".

Total War: Three Kingdoms was originally delayed and will not be making its debut until Spring 2019, but until then there is plenty of Total War to go around. Creative Assembly has kept fans busy, between the more bite-sized Thrones of Britannia, the recent expansion to 2014's Total War: Rome II, and Total War: Warhammer 2's Norsca add-on. 

Dynasty Warriors Meets Strategy In The New Total War: Three Kingdoms Trailer

about X hours ago from
Dynasty Warriors Meets Strategy In The New Total War: Three Kingdoms Trailer

Total War: Three Kingdoms' new trailer showcases Sun Jian throwing down on his enemies and features the new campaign map as well as some battle footage. The whole trailer is in-engine and looks as gorgeous as ever, with the campaign map in particular showcasing the change in scenery China will bring compared to past entries in the series. 

Total War: Three Kingdoms mixes the historical focus of past entries, alongside the larger-than-life heroes of Total War: Warhammer. The game features a number of new systems, including more dynamic generals who will become friends or bicker during battles, affecting their performance and abilities. In our preview, we said "it has a lot of potential for adding an engaging level of unpredictability in the campaign".

Total War: Three Kingdoms was originally delayed and will not be making its debut until Spring 2019, but until then there is plenty of Total War to go around. Creative Assembly has kept fans busy, between the more bite-sized Thrones of Britannia, the recent expansion to 2014's Total War: Rome II, and Total War: Warhammer 2's Norsca add-on. 

Black Ops 4 Teases New Battle Royale Info – Including The Date For The Private Beta

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Black Ops 4 Teases New Battle Royale Info – Including The Date For The Private Beta

Although we've already gotten hands-on time with the traditional Black Ops 4 multiplayer, Treyarch has been cagey with details on the game's brand new battle royale mode, Blackout. However, a new teaser dropped today tells us some key details for the last-man-standing romp.

Prepare accordingly.#Blackout pic.twitter.com/X70KVQ75gU

"Solos. Duos. Quads," the preview says, promising both free-for-all and team action in Blackout. Players who have pre-ordered the game will get access to a private Blackout Beta. The beta will start on September 10 for the PS4, and (presumably) shortly after for the PC and Xbox One.  

Black Ops 4 Teases New Battle Royale Info – Including The Date For The Private Beta

about X hours ago from
Black Ops 4 Teases New Battle Royale Info – Including The Date For The Private Beta

Although we've already gotten hands-on time with the traditional Black Ops 4 multiplayer, Treyarch has been cagey with details on the game's brand new battle royale mode, Blackout. However, a new teaser dropped today tells us some key details for the last-man-standing romp.

Prepare accordingly.#Blackout pic.twitter.com/X70KVQ75gU

"Solos. Duos. Quads," the preview says, promising both free-for-all and team action in Blackout. Players who have pre-ordered the game will get access to a private Blackout Beta. The beta will start on September 10 for the PS4, and (presumably) shortly after for the PC and Xbox One.  

Become Grossly Incandescent In October With Dark Souls Remastered On Switch

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Become Grossly Incandescent In October With Dark Souls Remastered On Switch

Good news Souls fans, this fall you will be able to take Dark Souls with you wherever you go. The Switch version of Dark Souls Remastered finally has an official release date, after being delayed alongside the Solaire of Astora amiibo. The game will be out October 19, just in time to explore the dilapidated depths and cavernous catacombs for a bit before Halloween. 

We have kept you waiting long enough, and now are pleased to announce that the Nintendo Switch version of DARK SOULS REMASTERED will be
released on the 19th October, 2018.
Finally we hope you can look forward to playing Dark Souls wherever, whenever you wish. pic.twitter.com/F8z8AjUIPA

Dark Souls Remastered originally released on May 25 on PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One. The title received some visual enhancements alongside a resolution bump and a more stable framerate. In our review, Dan Tack called it an "incredible experience" and praised the framerate changes, making areas like Blighttown finally "playable" on console, and on PC without a third party fix.