Showing posts with label Konami. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Konami. Show all posts

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.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Castlevania Season 2 Official Trailer

Netflix’s Castlevania series drops a new trailer for upcoming second season and will start streaming on October 26.

Premiering with only 4 episodes in 2017, Season 1 of Castlevania anime adaptation became very successful and received critical acclaim. Developed for online streaming service Netflix, the series was based on a 1989 video game Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse from developer studio Konami and belongs to gothic fantasy game series of Castlevania. Executive producer Adi Shankar (Dredd, The Grey) has unveiled the official trailer on Twitter first, before adding them on Facebook and Instagram today.

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Castlevania Season 2 Official Trailer

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Things are not the same anymore and Season 2 opens up with all stakes raised higher than the previous season in a brand-new trailer.




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A double-sized Season 2 takes us back to the struggle of monster-hunting Belmont clan against the lord of vampire, Vlad Dracula Tepes. Trevor Belmont tries his best to save humanity from the creature of the night under the command of their sinister lord. To stop his reign of insanity over the grief of his deceased wife Lisa Tepes, Dracula's son Alucard decides to step up and join his unlikely human allies to form a last stand against his father and his vampire war council before it is too late.

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Aside from being a little too short in length, Castlevania animated TV series was meant to change standards for video game adaptation and it did by breaking a streak on Rotten Tomatoes. On the same year, Assassin’s Creed and Warcraft movies opened up to less favorable critical reception. This year, Hollywood superstar Dwayne Johnson (Baywatch, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) starrer monster flick Rampage debuted with a bang but then failed to keep up in long run.

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Back in January, series writer Warren Ellis (Astonishing X-Men – Xenogenesis, Iron Man – Extremis) announced on Twitter that Castlevania series is returning to summer 2018 with eight episodes for this season and Netflix has announced that date to be October 26, 2018. Even though Season 2 hasn't still been aired, Richard Armitage voicing Trevor Belmont already revealed earlier that Season 3 is already in production, which shows their vast confidence on the series' success.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Metal Gear Solid 5 Update Lets You Play as Quiet

Sniper assassin Quiet from Metal Gear Solid V is now available to play with in newly released update from Konami.

The last update released for action-adventure stealth title Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain by Kojima Productions and Konami was deployed almost a year ago, which let players control Venom Snake's ally Revolver Ocelot. Now, a recent update released for the game today lets you play as Quiet, who is a female sniper assassin and one of the boss characters from Metal Gear series. She was introduced in the series and came across Snake throughout the events of Phantom Pain.

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Metal Gear Solid V Update Lets You Play as Quiet

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Primarily, Quiet is available to take part in Forward Operating Base missions of the game, where players can simply pick her up to break into forward operating bases of other competing players and because of her extremely fast speed, she will come in handy to take down enemies on her path with quick dash attacks. Her cloaking ability activates itself if she remains still for some time at one place. Also, Quiet is better at taking long distance shots with slightest swing, thanks to her steady hands.

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In MGSV: TPP, she was sent to Afghanistan on a mission by Skull Face and upon encountering Venom Snake there; she engaged in a fight with him and is defeated before being taken to Mother Base as a prisoner. Later, she becomes a companion character to provide assist on various missions. Her general weapons of choice are three sniper rifles Guilty Butterfly, Sinful Butterfly and Wicked Butterfly, which she carries around. Only the first one of these rifles is non-lethal.

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Metal Gear Solid V Quiet Playable Form

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Quiet carries two sniper rifles, a pair of dark matter generators to both stun of kill enemies and a protective energy bubble shield. this scantily-clad assassin received a parasite treatment in past to recover severe injury that grants her superhuman abilities like enhanced agility and durability but she had to breathe through skin as side-effect and wearing clothes will only suffocate her, which actually explains her lack of clothing. So, you are not allowed to change her uniform or head options.

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Update 1.17 for Metal Gear Solid V: TPP is currently available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Quiet is considerably better at jumping in high altitudes where Snake would require a ladder in general. The update also brings new features for online competitive multiplayer mode, gadgets and weapons to the game but these are only exclusive to FOB missions. There is a hard difficulty mode to Event FOB to collect more reward points.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Konami Shuts Down Silent Hills P.T Remake

Publisher Konami has taken down the fan-made Silent Hills P.T Remake by a 17-year-old game developer.

In an attempt to reinvent Silent Hills franchise, video game publisher studio Konami roped in Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape of Water) for a collaboration. They came up with P.T. or "Playable Teaser" in 2014 but then suddenly got scrapped even before Kojima left the company. For long it stayed on PlayStation store but was pulled from there in 2015. However, it still existed in places and one recent form was a latest PC port by a dedicated fan.

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Konami Shuts Down Silent Hills P.T Remake

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A 17-year-old game developer going by the name Qimsar has taken over a herculean task of doing a complete remake of the first-person psychological horror for PC. He self-taught himself to do it by using Unreal Engine 4 and have done a commendable job making a port of the game for PC, so that players who have missed out the opportunity to play P.T. on first place can still enjoy it. His attempt of recreating one of the scariest gaming moments in history met with positive response too.

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However, as he was offering this downloadable build to everyone for free on GameJolt, Qimsar expressed concerned over the possibilities of Konami wanting to take it down anytime like any other fan-made games and the bell is finally rung. After his version of the remake gets coverage on social media and gaming sites, his project got the boot and is permanently removed when Konami reached out to him regarding the matter. This doesn't make sense as there are plenty of P.T. remakes still out there.

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Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro

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On GameJolt, Qimsar has detailed the entire phone conversation he had with one of the company representative before taking down the game and they were apparently very nice about the whole thing. Although his game had to be taken down for legal issues but the company stuffs were really impressed seeing his effort. So, they tried to make up for his endeavors by offering him an internship at Konami, which is super cool for him or anyone you know.

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Silent Hill series from the 90's had been a staple for horror-fans but after Silent Hill 2, the latter titles were not able to bring back the nightmarish charm it had. Considering P.T. was downloaded over 1,000,000 times, they could've gone with it with their eyes closed. Before the original "Playable Teaser" went to development hell, actor Norman Reedus (The Boondock Saints, The Walking Dead) was involved with it as well. Currently, he and director del Toro are involved in Kojima's upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive action game Death Stranding.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Silent Hills P.T Remake for PC by Fan

Thanks to a dedicated fan, first-person psychological horror game Silent Hills "Playable Teaser" is being remade and available to play for free!

Before video game legend Hideo Kojima got busy with upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive action game Death Stranding, he was involved in creating a "playable teaser" for Silent Hills alongside film director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape of Water), which got cancelled eventually. P.T. demo was removed from PlayStation Store upon Kojima's departure from Konami. If you haven't gotten that in time, there were no hope for you to have it but apparently, now you can.

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Silent Hills P.T Remade for PC by Fan

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A 17-year-old developer Qimsar is currently working on building a complete remake of the game for PC, so that everyone has a chance to enjoy this cult classic. Of course, it is still on alpha state, the demo looks pretty scary as it should. He also added a shout out to a recently deceased sensational rapper in the very beginning. Qimsar added disconnected movement style, quick changes in camera angles and the hallway that keeps creating loops as it redecorates itself.

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Take a brief look at the current state of P.T. remake below by Unreal Engine 4. Although it is in early stages, his work has managed to garner positive feedback for recreating one of the scariest moments of gaming history.




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He made quite an impressive progress with the project that is sure to please many P.T. fans. His works and titanic efforts are being appreciated in Reddit threads by community. With brief experience with the Unreal Engine, he has worked hard for about 140 hours to build it up while self-teaching himself many aspects as well. A downloadable build is currently available on GameJolt for free a port of P.T. If anyone is interested to try it out, they can feel free to go ahead and have a shot.

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The demo is now in v0.9, using almost all of the original assets but still far from complete. You will notice that there are no animations, some textures are missing and most importantly, no save feature is added to it yet. So expect nothing more than a simple play-testing until the debugging is complete. To get this port finished, he does need help from some animators to complete his work. Considering how much little experience this young developer had before starting the project, his achievement is quite baffling.

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The Crying Fetus

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Qimsar is very much aware that like any other fan-made games, the developers can takedown his project anytime if they want. However, he has stated that if Konami hits it with a copyright strike, he will personally upload the game to anyone who wants to take a spin while he keeps updating it. The original Playable Teaser dubbed as "7780s Studio" and had actor Norman Reedus (The Boondock Saints, The Walking Dead) involved with the project from beginning until it was scrapped.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Netflix’s Castlevania Returns on Summer 2018

The animated TV series adaptation of Konami's fan-favorite action-adventure horror game series Castlevania by comic-book writer Warren Ellis (Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis, Iron Man: Extremis) and executive producer Adi Shankar (Dredd, The Grey), Castlevania on Netflix was exceptionally well received by the fans. As Netflix was interested for Castlevania Season 2 after the first Season, viewers are growing restless for it.

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Netflix’s Castlevania Returns on Summer 2018


Recently, series writer Warren Ellis took Twitter to clear some air about the speculation for the second Season and here it goes.


Ellis is the one who helped Adi Shankar to adapt this Netflix project on 1989's Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse from game developer studio Konami. When the online streaming network was pleased with the positive reception for the four episode-long Season 1 of Castlevania anime, they decided to continue with a second Season. However, there were no announcement on when the show will return again and everyone was kind of caught off in the show's success party.


The Tweet from Warren Ellis reveals that the show is returning this summer of 2018 and instead of only four episodes, they are doubling up the number to eight. Which means, we are about to witness a lot more blood, gore, sword fighting and whip-wielding action from the Belmont clan with the undead monsters of night this summer. We are excited to see Trevor Belmont (voiced by Richard Armitage), Sypha Belnades (voiced by Alejandra Reynoso) and Alucard (voiced by James Callis) to return for more adventure this Season.


Netflix’s Castlevania anime adaptation for TV is also proven to be one of the most successful adaptations of a popular video game, which even broke the plateau of bad receptions on Rotten Tomatoes for the type. Many believes that Shankar’s Castlevania Netflix series having critically praised is no coincidence because, his unique take at this horror franchise was what it needed actually helped get it a lot of attention in the first place.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Castlevania Breaks Rotten Tomatoes Record

It's been quite a trend in Hollywood that whenever they see a franchise with a massive cult-following, they feel the necessity of milking that cow, regardless of the genre of that franchise. So far, comic-book movie adaptations are a phenomenon these days on both theater and televisions. Sometime, they even manage to garner critique's praises too. This trend is goes reverse whenever they decide to do a video game adaptation and for decades, it's been carried away like an ancient curse.

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There are movies that made huge bucks at the box office like Tomb Raider movies, a series of multiple sequels like Resident Evil or have highly dedicated fan groups like Silent Hill that ranks high among the list of video game adaptations that has failed to satisfy the ever so unsatisfied tastes of the critiques. It looks like there is no apparent end to this misfortune of critically unsuccessful video game adaptations. The most recent causalities to add to the pile are the Assassin’s Creed and Warcraft adaptation films of 2017.

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Castlevania Breaks Rotten Tomatoes Record

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This massive curse streak has been broken recently and the credit goes entirely to the Netflix’s Castlevania anime series that has been certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a 90% rating. However, the rating is currently based on 10 reviews that have been given by various reviewers but to officially certified as “fresh”, Castlevania has to get a total 20 positive reviews. Still, the sign is enough for everyone to take a hint about what is about to happen.

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Netflix’s Castlevania series is a project produced by Adi Shankar (Dredd, The Grey) and popular comic-book writer Warren Ellis (Iron Man, Ultimate Fantastic Four). The immense success of the series has also resulted a renewal for Castlevania Season Two by Netflix. With everything going right, there is also news that Shankar will also be taking over Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed TV Series adaptations.

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The series is loosely based on the plot of 1989' Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse from the NES Game Pak. The story revolves around Belmont clan’s eternal clash against Count Dracula, when he returns after every century. Castlevania anime features Graham McTavish as the lead antagonist Count Dracula, along with Alejandra Reynoso, Emily Swallow, James Callis, Richard Armitage and Tony Amendola in the roles of Sypha Belnades, Lisa Tepes, Alucard, Trevor Belmont and the Elder respectively.