Showing posts with label Konami. Show all posts
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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Castlevania Anniversary Collection Lineup Revealed

Entire Castlevania Anniversary Collection lineup has been revealed by Konami that will arrive on May 16.

Back in 90's beloved era of retro games, side-scrolling adventure series Castlevania was among the most critically acclaimed games and has released some fan-favorite titles over years that eventually became best-selling arcade classics of all time.

This year, developer/publisher Konami decided to release collection of their most popular franchises in preparation for their upcoming 50th anniversary and they have finally revealed the full eight-game lineup for upcoming Castlevania Anniversary Collection.

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Castlevania Anniversary Collection Lineup Revealed

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Konami already announced to include select titles like 1986 action-platformer original Castlevania, Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge, Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse and Super Castlevania IV for this compilation back in March 2019.

Joining the bundle is four more notable releases from Game Boy and Sega Genesis era such as Castlevania: Bloodlines, Castlevania: The Adventure, Castlevania II: Simon's Quest and even 1993 spin-off game Kid Dracula.

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Monster-Slaying Castlevania Classics

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Scheduled to arrive on May 16, Castlevania Anniversary Collection is priced $19.99 only for Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Also, Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection is out today on all four platforms for the same price.

In recent years, fans of this action-adventure gothic horror series received two seasons of Castlevania animated series on Netflix to cheer for. Then Richter Belmont and Simon Belmont joined roster of crossover fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate last year.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

PlayStation Now Adds Metal Gear Solid V and More

PS Now has added DiRT 4, Metal Gear Solid V and more titles to Sony's game-streaming service in April 2019.

Members of PlayStation Now game-streaming service can currently enjoy a vast library of over 750 games on their beloved PS consoles and Sony Entertainment keeps introducing exciting new titles to their monthly subscribers.

Aside from streaming from a huge collection of more than 275 games, PlayStation 4 owners can now also download those titles to their devices and choose to play later. Even players on PS2 or PS3 have so many games to enjoy within the service.

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PlayStation Now Adds Metal Gear Solid V and More

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As April 2019 kicks in, a new PS Now lineup of games headed straight to pick up with some action-adventure stealth experience in overhead military fiction of Metal Gear Solid franchise from Japanese developer/publisher Konami.

Subscribers can now get their hands on Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and its epic follow-up Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Both of these titles from Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience bundle is now available to stream.

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Below is the official launch trailer for MGS V: The Phantom Pain that briefly showcase the journey of Venom Snake.




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Also dropping on PS4 is simulation game Clouds & Sheep 2, rally-themed racing title DiRT 4 and platform-adventure Shadow Complex Remastered. Players on PS3 can have some fun with racing game Bang Bang Racing from developer/publisher Digital Reality.

PS2 console will see a whole lot of action from Star Wars universe in Star Wars: Bounty Hunter, Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter and Star Wars: Racer Revenge. First two games are mostly action-focused whereas the third one offers high-speed podracing.

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PlayStation Now Hit Games in March 2019

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Most recently, Bethesda Softworks celebrated 25th Anniversary of The Elder Scrolls and therefore, Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited has effortlessly managed to come on top of other most played PS Now games for the month of March 2019.

Fallout: New Vegas, For Honor, Mafia III, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Mortal Kombat X, NBA 2K18, Red Dead Redemption, Saints Row IV Re-Elected, Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution, Sniper Elite 4 and WWE 2K18 has also made it to the list.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Xbox Live Gold Free Games for March 2019

March 2019 will bring free games like Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and Star Wars: Republic Commando to Xbox Live Gold members.

Continuing a successful run of bringing average to decent games for Xbox community, Microsoft Studios has brought some more great titles on Xbox 360 and Xbox One for members of their monthly subscription service Xbox Live Gold.

March 2019 is opening up doors for action hack and slash, adventure and third-person shooter with a brand-new lineup. Another Star Wars game from developer/publisher Lucas Arts is joining the fray to hit fans with nostalgia blasters.

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Xbox Live Gold Free Games for March 2019

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We encourage you to take a look at the brief showcase of Games with Gold lineup for March 2019 before joining the ride.




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Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion
When the Land of Ooo goes underwater, Finn, Jake, Marceline and BMO set sails to discover the reason behind it by exploring places and fighting pirates. Developer Climax Studios provides a 3D visual style that totally matches with the tone of the show.

As they go look for an answer, these beloved heroes will form new alliances while fighting opposing forces to go up ahead. Tactical combat system is the key to solve puzzles and upgrade your heroes using in-game items.

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Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2
By moving afar from their PvZ tower defense game mechanics, developer PopCap Games have raised the stakes further when delved into third-person shooter genre in a spin-off series and a follow up sequel Garden Warfare 2 in 2016.

Keeping all of the previous gameplay mechanics intact, some new plants are introduced since Dr. Zomboss is back with some new zombie minions of his. There are a variety of different modes like Backyard Battleground, Graveyard Ops and Herbal Assault to keep you engaged for long.

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Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Star Wars: Republic Commando
Prepare yourself to take command of a Clone trooper team during Clone Wars in a galaxy far away for a tactical shooter experience. Released back in 2005, the game has been made available to Xbox 360 and Xbox One using backward compatibility over time.

Republic Commando vastly emphasize on teamwork among the members of Delta Squad in an attempt to seek and destroy your enemies. While chasing tails of Separatist forces, you and your unit may even come across menacing villain General Grievous himself at one point.

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Star Wars: Republic Commando on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Throwing the action-adventure stealth style of Metal Gear Solid series, Revengeance goes all-out for hack and slash action with a cyborg protagonist named Raiden. Initially worked out by Kojima Productions, the spin-off title was developed by Platinum Games.

Despite focusing on melee combat, players can still choose to ditch swordplay to favor stealth elements. Publisher Konami packed a solid punch with this one in an epic storytelling of revenge of a child soldier, who becomes a super-weapon.

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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Aside from favorable reviews in general, Xbox Live Gold is bringing a well assortment of monthly games worth $89.96 for their members in March 2019 and they can also join a large multiplayer community with an ongoing subscription.

You can also consider signing up to Xbox Game Pass by paying only $1 fee for first month or take a 14-Day Free Trial to decide if it is worth your money. Hopefully, you won't be disappointed seeing their library of more than 100 great games.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Top 10 Worst Video Games of 2018

While reminiscing about the memory of gaming triumphs of this year, we are also looking back at the top 10 worst video games of 2018.

We saw 2018 started with bunch of good games and were hopeful to see some more to join the parade, which they did. However, there will always be some let downs down the line that will either ruin the day for you or leave a bad taste in your mouth for long.

This year was no different on that term and we got our fair share of terrible titles that can drive players into frenzy after the developers to get their money back. Looking at their over reception from fans and critics, we came up with a list of top 10 worst video games of 2018.

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Top 10 Worst Video Games of 2018

Here are the top 10 disaster ride no one asked for in 2018 or turn out to be huge bummer in spite of high expectation.

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1. The Quiet Man

1. The Quiet Man (PC, PlayStation 4)
Although the game comes from renowned developer/publisher Square Enix, it fails to impress players and it is so hurtful because the game was announced back at E3 2018 but turned out to be a disastrous outcome for its poor quality.

A best, the title is an interactive movie which is completely out of place and time, which easily confuses anyone by dragging into a genre that is hard-to-define. The gameplay could have been better but kills the mode with its repetitive nature.

2. Super Seducer (PC)
When you try to come up with a simulator to help men get laid but ended up creating one that awfully objectifies women by trying to implement the art of seducing them. If the low-level production quality is not enough, the bad acting will surely kill the mode for you.

It might accidentally end up helping out some guys in need somehow but at the same time it will infest creepiness and misogyny in their minds. With that much cringe in it, Super Seducer easily made it to the top of this list.

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3. New Gundam Breaker

3. New Gundam Breaker (PC, PlayStation 4)
Seeing Bandai Namco backing this game up, you may think that they are up for another fun-filled mech action bonanza but you would also be very surprised to find out how often you can come out completely wrong and unfortunately, that is what happened with this game.

The game has successfully let down critics and fans alike by not living up to standards of any past game of the series and fails to even generate sparks of interest among players. Die-hard fans of the franchise would probably die down due to lack of a story as well.

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4. Metal Gear Survive

4. Metal Gear Survive (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
Whether or not developer/publisher Konami thought that they can make a Metal Gear game work without having creator Hideo Kojima on board. However, they gave it a shot to learn things the hard way and they know now that they simply can't.

Ditching the good old espionage action, players are now tasked to work on survival by searching for food, water and killing zombies, which is why aspects of Metal Gear Solid V don't even work here. This looks like a badly made modification using their Fox Engine.

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5. Fallout 76

5. Fallout 76 (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
You won't have to look any further to find another E3 disappointment because Bethesda Softworks has it covered with their recent online action role-playing release. The failure started with their B.E.T.A (Break-it Early Test Application) program and continued to follow.

First and foremost, the game is entirely online and there is no single player campaign. When it finally launched full of bugs and glitches, people just lost their minds. They are denied refunds, some special edition owners were even handed with poor quality goods and those are just the tip of the iceberg.

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6. Agony

6. Agony (Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
The idea of making a first-person survival horror game where player is actually trapped in hell was innovative but it eventually left everyone in literal agony for spending their precious money and time on it for no good reason at all.

If the non-engaging playing style and similarly worse plotline it offered was not enough to count it as a stinker, the bugs and crashes did the rest. The AI is dumber than you can think of and the use or gory tortures are overused.

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7. Fear Effect Sedna

7. Fear Effect Sedna (Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
You think that the third game of the Fear Effect series would be nearly as good as the first two but then again, you can be wrong. In fact, Sedna actually throws everything out of the window to become a train wreck including gameplay and perspective.

If those didn't do much to harm the title, it suffered from lack of straight storytelling and horrible dialogues. The characters are not the ones people loved playing and that was backed up by boring gameplay to make it another Kickstarter disaster.

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8. Past Cure

8. Past Cure (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
We are quite convinced that developer/publisher Phantom 8 Studio had an intention of creating a genre defining title but somewhere along the line the development efforts end up being less enthusiastic about it and you can tell that by looking at it.

Past Cure started telling a story of two brothers digging into a dark conspiracy where there are scopes for action and stealth to keep you going but they ended up digging their own grave instead for not living up to the starting points.

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9. The Inpatient

9. The Inpatient (PlayStation 4)
Even though this psychological horror title comes as a prequel to Until Dawn, developer studio Supermassive Games miserably failed to deliver another breakout hit. They followed the same mechanics of narrative choices but failed to provide an appealing story.

It may seem a bit unfair to expect too much from them but the least they could do was to come up with a decent game if not a better one. The anticipated hype for the game was soon turned into an intensely underwhelming experience because of its consequence-free gameplay.

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10. Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn

10. Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn (Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
Back in the 1994, Shaq-Fu made a name for it using the star power of Shaquille O'Neal but an attempt to cash on that nostalgia today didn't work pretty well and they had to go through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign just to make the project happen.

In terms of reboot, the title switched the genre of fighting game into a beat 'em up. Even after that, Big Deez Productions couldn't just make it into a solid side-scrolling brawler and has no replay value at all despite its hilarious take on its own past to cheer people up. The backers got ripped.

At this point, we are almost certain that you have not heard of many of the above-mentioned titles up until now and we don't blame you. People missed them out because they were never good in the first place and so, nobody cared for them at all.

Amidst all these wrecks, Fallout 76 stands out as one AAA black sheep that could only been just a plain bad game but Bethesda had to escalate things by creating controversies with their refund policy and attitude towards pre-ordering customers made it all blew up on their face.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Trevor Belmont of Netflix's Castlevania Gets His Own Statue

The success of Netflix's Castlevania animated series is getting new PVC collectible statue for Trever Belmont in 2019.

You can tell that the collaboration of showrunner Adi Shankar (Dredd, The Grey) and comic-book writer Warren Ellis (Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis, Iron Man: Extremis) worked pretty well for Netflix's Castlevania TV series that they ran it for two seasons and renewed for another.

Based on the action-adventure gothic horror Konami game Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse from 1989, the show ha reinvigorated the franchise in gaming and has now led to production of cool collectibles of protagonist Trevor Belmont.

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Trevor Belmont of Netflix's Castlevania Gets His Own Statue

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Renowned for creating various pop culture action figures and fan-favorite replicas, Diamond Choose Toys decided to cash in the success of the show and come up with a PVC statue for the whip wielding monster hunter from Belmont clan.

The early look that they have just revealed is a full-color, nearly nine inches tall PVC figure of Trevor in a window box, designed by Caesar and sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. From December 19th, the statue will be up for pre-order and will be priced $49.99 only when it arrives on store in summer 2019.

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Trever Belmont PVC Statue

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This striking pose of Trevor Belmont is a true spectacle that deserves a place on the shelves of series fans. Hopefully, Diamond Choose Toys will later come up with some unholy creatures from the same line that would look perfect right next to it.

Last month, we heard that Shankar is currently working on his upcoming Devil May Cry project, which is being developed as a Netflix original series ad is also assigned for an Assassin's Creed animated show that has yet to announce an official date.

Metal Gear Solid Board Game Announced

IDW Games and Konami Entertainment have signed on to bring Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game in 2019.

These days, tabletop games are really making an impact to a larger group of video game fan-base who actually indulge in one of those board games adapted from their favorite franchises and we have so many examples in front of us that back it up.

We already have Assassin's Creed, Dark Souls, Horizon Zero Dawn and Resident Evil 2 on our hand as prime examples of what is slowly becoming of it and now action-adventure stealth video game series Metal Gear Solid is being adapted into tabletop game.

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Metal Gear Solid Board Game Announced

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IDW Games have announced today that they are teaming up with Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. to adapt the story of the very first game of their acclaimed series into Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game for an exciting gaming experience.

IDW has previously worked with Konami, the original developer/publisher of the series, to bring on the saga on the pages of comic-books and now they are partnering up once again to adapt the legacy of MGS into miniature tabletop gaming medium.

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Designer Emerson Matsuuchi, who was the man behind the sci-fi stealth ops masterpiece board game Specter Ops, has joined the venture, which he considered as an honor and eventually came up with a mockup of the cover for the product.

Francesco Orrù has a reputation as a highly regarded sculptor and he is supposed to work on miniature figures for the project while artist Kenneth Loh (Dead Rising: Road to Fortune, G.I. Joe) will be providing art. Eager players will have a chance to test the demo at E3 2019.

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Emerson Matsuuchi Returns to MGS

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The fact that modern day video game maestro Hideo Kojima being the mind behind the inception of Metal Gear Solid franchise made it one of the greatest and even after his departure, the series still thrives among fans.

When Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game is fully completed, players will assume the role of Solid Snake, while play along with Meryl Silverburgh, Dr. Hal "Otacon" Emmerich and the Cyborg Ninja, Gray Fox as they get into a fully cooperative system to take on sandbox-style missions.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Metal Gear Solid 2 & 3 is Backwards Compatible on Xbox One

Sneak on your enemies like a snake in classic stealth espionage action titles Metal Gear Solid 2 & 3 on Xbox One via backwards compatibility.

With blessings of the backwards compatible feature of Xbox One, many classic titles are joining an ever-growing catalog of Microsoft video game consoles. The most recent notable addition being Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.

Both of these action-adventure stealth titles were released as Metal Gear Solid HD Collection for Xbox 360 back in 2011. Now they are available again for modern day platform in a single bundle worth of $19.99 only.

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Metal Gear Solid 2 & 3 is Backwards Compatible on Xbox One

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Following the original game that launched the series, MGS2 follows the story of Solid Snake as he is involved in an investigation of new prototype Metal Gear. When it was being transported to an undisclosed location, it came under attack by Russian mercenaries.

MGS3 is set in the 1960's and revolves around U.S. operative Naked Snake entering into Soviet territory in order to rescue a scientist. Things were going pretty smoothly until his mentor; The Boss decides to switch her allegiance with two portable nuclear missiles.

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Metal Gear Solid 2 has a 96% rating on Metacritic and has a boasting commercial success, making the title as one of the greatest of all time. Although not regarded as highly as its predecessor, Metal Gear Solid 3 has a commendable reputation as well.

With Hideo Kojima's departure from Konami and the most recent release of the series, Metal Gear Survive garnering mostly negative reception, the company was wise to focus on bringing back these classics as players can use some of these great titles now.

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If you happen to have Xbox 360 version physical copy of these games, you can simply get on board right away. Or if a digital copy is already owned by you, it is part of your library now and you are good to go with it for an adventure of tactical espionage.

Courtesy of Xbox One backwards compatible, every single game from the fan-favorite series has joined the platform except the original Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots because they were launched exclusively for PlayStation consoles.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Castlevania Requiem Announced for PlayStation 4

Two of the legendary Castlevania games from Konami are heading to PS4 as an exclusive collection.

Being adapted for a TV show on Netflix gave platform-adventure action role-playing Castlevania game series a new height and two of the protagonists from the series; Richter and Simon Belmont joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as playable fighters took it even further.

Recently, an exclusive new bundle, Castlevania Requiem for PlayStation 4 featuring two classic titles of the franchise has been announced by developer/publisher Konami that will be available to digital download from 26th October for $19.99 only.

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Castlevania Requiem Announced for PlayStation 4

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The official confirmation came in today on Twitter and YouTube with a short trailer clip to announce the upcoming collection.



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The collection includes Castlevania: Rondo of Blood from 1993 and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night from 1997. The characters and plot of these two games are interrelated as the former explores the journey of vampire hunter Richter Belmont and the latter follows the adventures of Dracula’s son Alucard.

Rondo of Blood was originally released as Japanese exclusive that offer the experience of the best side-scrolling games. Symphony of the Night is not only one of greatest of the series but most probably one of the best games ever made according to fans.

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Symphony of the Night Coming to PS4

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Konami has emulated these games from the originals for PS4 with some new updates given the advantage of the modern hardware. High resolution scaling of 4K/1080p is available along with options for smoothing and a bunch of Trophy support.

There is no official news on whether there would be a version for Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One for players to dive deep into the legend of Dracula through these titles in near future but we can only hope that they strongly consider that.