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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Resident Evil 2 Remake Celebrates First Anniversary

Capcom is celebrating first anniversary for Resident Evil 2 Remake by sharing key-moments of game development.

Only a year ago, survival horror genre got its long-due remake of an original PlayStation classic title Resident Evil 2 by Japanese developer/publisher Capcom on all major platforms with amazing reception after years of fan pledging.

A zombie-ridden Raccoon City was built from ground up for protagonists Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield to step in. Familiar menacing faces like Mr. X. and a mutated William Birkin made their most-anticipated return as well.

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Resident Evil 2 Remake Celebrates First Anniversary

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Now these days, almost every other fan-favorite game is being remade and we are even getting a Resident Evil 3 Remake in months but RE2 will always be one of the finest examples of how a studio should approach things for such projects.

From official announcement by Capcom to its first trailer reveal on E3 2018, enthusiasm for this 1998 classic from fans has been immense. Going back to a redesigned RPD Police Station was a major trip to nostalgia lane for many players.

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On one year anniversary of the game, art director Satoshi Takamatsu, composer Shusaku Uchiyama, director Kazunori Kadoi and producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi sat together recalling memorable moments from development.

Always been hearing from players of a remake, entire dev team struggled to figure out where to begin groundwork for reinventing an all-time classic like Resident Evil 2 and that time finally came a few years later when they were ready.

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Survival Horror Resurrected

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It even took some time for Capcom to come up with their "We Do It" announcement back in August 2015 as soon as they got this project greenlit because of their excitement and a relevantly small team begins development immediately.

As soon as they had their eyes on initial visuals of how gameplay will work with a shooting test on zombies and how their limbs can be taken off with precise gunshots, director Kazunori knew that this new design is special and would work.

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A Greenhorn Rookie

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Since a legion of players worldwide has already been devotees of original RE2, their biggest challenge in working was to stay true to its fundamental aspects while keeping things fresh and not to fail short on people's general expectation.

Art director Satoshi Takamatsu looks back at redesigning iconic characters as rookie cop Leon S. Kennedy, who made his series debut. His look, police outfit and other accessories are touched up, leaving shoulder pads behind this time.

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Redone From Scratch

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In case for college student Claire Redfield, slight changes are introduced to her original design to keep them modern yet realistic. Her love for bikes earned her a Harley-Davidson FXSTB Night Train and a redesigned red biker jacket.

Another prominent debutant mercenary Ada Wong posing as fake FBI agent has gone through more than a few rendition of her attire before settling on trench coat and dark glasses before taking six months to finalize her face model.

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New Look of Ada Wong

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Rather than being a cute little girl, Sherry Birkin got a bit of depth in her character than just a design upgrade. Same thing goes for her parents, Annette and William Birkin, who were former researchers for Umbrella Corporation.

From his entry scene to general design, the T-00 model Tyrant known as Mr. X has received his most striking form ever. His nigh-invulnerable nature in RE2 Remake and heavy footsteps has been reasons for players to be scared of him most.

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Iconic Monsters Return

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Composer Shusaku found his challenge in creating new score and sound design that would be a worthy improvement over original. Going back to the vibe of two decades back was not easy though but it was a memorable experience for them.

Director Kazunori admits not expecting to see an overwhelmingly positive response on E3 booth following official reveal, despite being just a remake of an old game and believes this is what has kept them on their toes to make RE2 great.

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Producer Yoshiaki remembers throwing a big party once Resident Evil 2 has gone gold and noticing each team members having an expression of an achievement that has finally lead them to that point of completion after so long.

All the hard work from every member of Capcom development team has paid off when Resident Evil 2 Remake received critical-acclaim from both critics and fans, selling over 4.7 million copies within a month as well.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Bridge Free on Epic Games Store Now

In free giveaway game of this week, Epic Games Store is offering logic-based puzzle game The Bridge for PC.

Intending to continue a popular feature of weekly free game giveaways, Epic Games is bringing more exciting titles on PC platform and being developer friendly throughout 2020 on their digital distribution storefront Epic Games Store.

For this week, 2013 logic-based puzzle game The Bridge from developer/publisher The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild is coming to Epic Store today for anyone to claim a copy anytime before January 30, 7:00 PM PT/10:00 PM EDT.

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The Bridge Free on Epic Games Store Now

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Players take control of a guy who seems to be a middle-aged science professor and starts exploring into a beautiful hand-drawn worlds of quirky physics looking for a getaway after waking up from a revelation like Isaac Newton.

Contrary of many renowned games from its genre, The Bridge attempts to introduce change to your outlook at things and help you overcome many boundaries of perspective through a few twists in ways of how gravity works its charm.

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There will be times when you are repeatedly doing something over and over but couldn't make it right for overlooking some tiny details. What you are looking for may be lying right in front of you but yet, often times it will be easily missed.

When it will be time to harvest your next freebie title on Epic Games Store, you can get your hands on ultimate farming simulation game Farming Simulator 19 from Giants Software and Focus Home Interactive on January 30, 2020.

Wreckfest and Zombieland: Double Tap on Xbox Free Play Days

Free Play Days event offers Wreckfest and Zombieland: Double Tap for Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass Ultimate members this week.

This weekend, Free Play Days event has returned as usual to serve all Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. A bunch of new titles have arrived that members can enjoy on Xbox One consoles for free through Sunday.

Hitting off the steam from January 23, 12:01 AM PST/3:01 AM EDT, both Wreckfest and Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip are going to be available for download and play until January 26, 11:59 PM PST/2:59 AM EDT.

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Wreckfest and Zombieland: Double Tap on Xbox Free Play Days

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Devoid of typical racing game formula, developer Bugbear Entertainment and publisher THQ Nordic goes with a vehicle ramming contest in Wreckfest where you see real-life physics taking toll for breaking rules on a range of combative cars.

Taking motorsport games to an extreme level, you can have fun smashing steel in career, multiplayer and custom events mode. Winning is not everything here but surviving after epic crashes on dirt track in a combative race is.

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Riding back off a successful sequel of 2009 zombie comedy, Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip is a co-op shooter title from developer High Voltage Software and publisher GameMill Entertainment that is played in a top-down perspective.

Hop in with Columbus, Little Rock, Tallahassee, Wichita and more in a post-apocalyptic world taken over by an undead army. All you have to do to survive this global outbreak is to follow rules and use your arsenal of weapons wisely.

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Nearing closer to this weekly event, you can still keep playing these games to keep up all your in-game achievements and earned gamescores by simply purchasing them at a hefty discounted price using your membership.

Pick any of Standard and Deluxe Edition of Wreckfest up at 20% off or get Zombieland for a 40% lesser price. Whether you eventually decide to purchase them or not, at least give them a try when they are here for free before this Monday.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Project: Mara Announced

Hellblade developer Ninja Theory does a surprise reveal of their latest work-in-development titled Project: Mara.

Having delivered fan-favorite games like DmC: Devil May Cry, Heavenly Sword and Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice in past, developer Ninja Theory has recently revealed their upcoming brand-new experimental title Project: Mara.

Trying to explore a new of storytelling in video game, their latest in-development game will largely focus on mental terror but instead of taking a fantasy-esque setting, Mara would set on real-world surroundings for a grounded experience.

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Project: Mara Announced

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A brief teaser trailer for Project: Mara is just released that offers a primary idea of its ominous story premise.




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Opening shot of the trailer begins with a shot of a corridor with heavy-breathing sound in background. A female character is seen fearfully looking around to get out and coming face to face with a startling dark reflection of her own.

Winning over accolades of best performer at Bafta Games Awards for playing Celtic warrior Senua who suffers from psychosis, German actress and video editor Melina Juergens is returning once again in latest Ninja Theory venture.

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Studying on many real-life events, developers are trying to create horrors that live deep beneath our psyche with accuracy. Entire clip drips with creepy vibe from both 2007 Spanish movie [•REC] and cancelled Silent Hills reboot.

Ninja Theory has been working on upcoming multiplayer 4v4 team brawler title Bleeding Edge for some time ever since they joined Xbox Game Studios back in 2018 and has also announced Senua's Saga: Hellblade II at The Game Awards 2019.

Xbox Game Pass to Add Indivisible, ScourgeBringer and More

Wrapping up January 2020, Xbox Game Pass brings new games like Indivisible, ScourgeBringer and more.

After adding a bunch of new titles in beginning of January 2020, Xbox Game Pass is bringing more for PC and Xbox One. Some of these great games are consoles only and some are available via Game Pass Ultimate for both platforms.

From January 23 to 30, four more new titles will be joining Game Pass lineup for members to enjoy. There are tons of fun-filled quests within its vast library of games to take on and earn some precious achievement points as well.

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Xbox Game Pass to Add Indivisible, ScourgeBringer and More

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Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour | Console, Ultimate
Aside from a means to get food, fishing is a relaxing hobby for many grown-ups and Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour just takes that pastime to next level by making players master their craft to become between and even compete with others.

Although many don't consider fishing as a sport, those who are serious about it sure does and they can have their way in career mode to be an elite influencer or play in custom multiplayer mode by setting own rules with friends online.

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Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour on Xbox Game Pass

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Indivisible | Console, Ultimate
Creators of critically-acclaimed 2D fighting game Skullgirls, developer Lab Zero Games has returned with action role-playing-platform game by teaming up with publisher 505 Games that nicely blends key-aspects of both genres.

Indivisible takes you to a journey of a girl named Ajna who goes after a warlord named Ravannanar, seeking revenge for burning her village down and attempts to do so by absorbing various incarnations using her mysterious powers.

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Indivisible on Xbox Game Pass

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ScourgeBringer | PC, Ultimate
A roguelite platformer game that has mix of hack and slash gameplay mechanics, ScourgeBringer from developer E-Studio and Flying Oak Games lives very much into the vein of popular indie titles like Celeste and Dead Cells.

When an ancient machine of unknown origin come threatening humanity, a female warrior named Kyhra took it upon herself to fight for salvation in a fast-paced metroidvania experience through procedurally generated deadly dungeons.

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ScourgeBringer on Xbox Game Pass

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Sea Salt | Console, PC, Ultimate
In a rater uncommon ground of playing an old god, indie action strategy game Sea Salt from developer/publisher YCJY Games lets players exact some divine vengeance on mortals of Earthly plane with nightmarish horde of minions.

Worshipping an eldritch sea god known as Dagon, those pesky humans will always defy their lord after their times of need finally expires, which will bring an inevitable doom upon them in form of many vicious creatures sent to them.

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Sea Salt on Xbox Game Pass

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Recent addition in Game Pass also includes new games like Children of Morta, Faster Than Light, Frostpunk, Grand Theft Auto V and Tekken 7. Also, you can Wasteland Remastered is coming soon and can be pre-installed from January 30.

Microsoft is currently offering an amazing deal of a 3 months Xbox Game Pass membership for only $1 for all newcomers. Singing up to this monthly service will allow you access to a collection of over 100 games on PC and consoles.

Nioh 2 Story Trailer

Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja unleashes mysterious horrors of Dark Realm in epic new story trailer for Nioh 2.

Though technically a sequel by order of its release, upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive action role-playing game Nioh 2 is set before the events of its 2017 predecessor title Nioh and serves as a prequel in terms of story premise.

Fans are now ready to get on board with this samurai adventure following an Open Beta from last year. Only months away from launch on March 13, 2020, a brand-new story trailer is dropped as well as post-launch DLC roadmap.

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Nioh 2 Story Trailer

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Witness the unforgettable journey of a renowned Yokai hunter of feudal Japan in latest story trailer for Nioh 2.




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During Sengoku period of war-torn Japan in 1555, entire nation has been plunged into chaos by forces of demons known as Yokai. These devilish spirits are deadly harbingers of mayhem that mercilessly prey on their helpless victims.

To end their reign of terror among innocents, a rogue mercenary took it upon himself to hunt them down in Mino Province. This lone hero bears a dark secret of being a half-breed himself, possessing both human and Yokai blood.

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A War-Torn Realm

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Cast out from society for his origin, he minds his own business and during one of his battles with a fiendish monster, he loses control. A near inevitable calamity is then prevented by a by a wandering merchant named Toukichiro.

It appears that he trades in mysterious "Spirit Stones" of magical power that allows its wielder to speak with Yokai spirits. Gaining control over his demonic persona, these two embarks a journey to collect more stones for using later.

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Yokai Huntswoman Mumyo

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Their valiant quest is funded by a prominent warlord and joined by a Yokai huntswoman named Mumyo when they face an unknown adversary. They took sanctuary in Owari Province and ended up serving the great Oda Nobunaga.

Plans for post-launch roadmap include three DLC and Season Pass by developer studios Team Ninja. Each of these releases will focus on a different storyline with new characters, abilities, weapons, several main and sub-missions.

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Nioh 2 Pre-Order Bonus

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All three DLC packs are bundled within Digital Deluxe Edition, which is priced $79.99 only and currently available for early purchase. Players will be receiving a dynamic PS4 theme and premium in-game items pre-order bonus.

Nioh 2 Special Edition to add Demon Horde weapons, Kodama Netsuke charm and PSN avatar set aside from base game and Season Pass contents. It will also feature extra physical items like "The Art of Nioh 2" book and a slick Steelbook case.

Half-Life: Alyx Finished Development

In a latest AMA session on Reddit, Half-Life: Alyx developers revealed the game is finished developing.

After a decade-long hiatus, Valve Corporation has returned to game developing but not essentially with Half-Life 3. Instead, they are offering players a brand-new VR experience though Half-Life 2 prequel game, Half-Life: Alyx.

During a recent AMA session on Reddit, dev team has revealed new information on HL: A, including the game is already pretty much complete and was worked on by largest development team in Valve history on board.

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Half-Life: Alyx Finished Development

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On previously set time, Alyx team joined fans for an AMA sharing many key-moments and promised that the game will absolutely not be delayed for launch in two months as they are done aside from some tweaking to its final scene.

Hearing that from developers themselves is a huge relief considering New Year of 2020 has seen a series of delay for many AAA-titles. Even Half-Life 2 was delayed for a year and players never saw release of Half-Life 2: Episode 3 till date.

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They also added working with a development team of 80 members, which has been the largest one in history of Valve. Many of them and play-testers within studio have run through entire HL: A for more than once by now.

As they are expected, dev team is currently busy fixing bugs and polishing at this stage they are in to reach their planned release window. Keeping VR features in mind, Valve worked around with accessibility and possible movements.

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Gameplay is focused on two-handed play at once but weapons are generally for one-handed use but players can grab them by offhand for steady aim while your other hand will be occupied with flashlight, gravity gloves and interactions.

In terms of game length, Alyx will roughly take as long as it would require to playthrough HL2. Players can of course put a bucket over headcrabs but they will be able to move it as they keep crawling and play-testers reported it as a bug.

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Half-Life: Alyx Dev Team

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Half-Life: Alyx has also changed voice actress Merle Dandridge for its protagonist and replaced her with Ozioma Akagha. Initially, Valve started working with Merle but then decided to approach a different route by the end.

In terms of voicing for a younger Alyx, Akagha makes more sense according to a past statement from designer Greg Coomer. Though it didn't made fans happy, many games have successfully changed voice actors in past for various reasons.

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Mainline games of Half-Life series mostly had theoretical physicist Gordon Freeman in lead role, who is silent but deadly. However, upcoming VR-exclusive title will solely focus on his closest ally and recurring character Alyx Vance.

Fans were so excited following official announcement last year that there was a rise in selling of Valve Index VR headsets on a large number in Canada and North America, leading to stock shortages in many stores of those regions.

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Though people are not getting their hands on HL3 just yet, at least a return to Half-Life universe is not that bad. Who knows, maybe events of HL: A can eventually bring back Gordon Freeman and make a third installment happen in future.

Lately, Valve has made entire Half-Life series of games free-to-play on Steam until release of Half-Life: Alyx in March 2020. So, you can take this time to go back to catch up to past events before entering the world of Alyx in virtual reality.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Half-Life Games Will Be Free-to-Play Through March 2020

Valve made announcement of making Half-Life series of games free-to-play for next two months on Steam.

On 21st anniversary celebration of original Half-Life series of games, developer/publisher Valve Corporation made announcement of their upcoming flagship VR game titled Half-Life: Alyx that is set to arrive soon on March 2020.

Keeping that in mind, Valve has recently made Half-Life games free-to-play on Steam for next two months, until Alyx launches. This is a huge opportunity for all newcomers and veteran players to catch up to this iconic franchise once again.

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Half-Life Games Will Be Free-to-Play Through March 2020

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From original Half-Life of 1998 to its latter addition of DLC missions like Blue Shift and Opposing Force are included. Also joining this free lineup is Half-Life 2 with its add-on episodes; Half-Life 2: Episode One and Half-Life 2: Episode Two.

Valve has made it so that players can now play these old titles to get acquainted with characters and story elements while catching up to all past events that have led things to their VR-exclusive Half-Life prequel game HL: A.

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Mainline games of HL series features theoretical physicist Gordon Freeman as protagonist who tries to save humanity from an alien invasion that originated from an inter-dimensional rift created after an experiment gone wrong.

Entire series received critical-acclaim from critics and players alike for its narrative style and puzzle solving. One of his closest allies named Alyx Vance will be appearing as lead character in next virtual reality game of the franchise.

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After sitting down for more than a decade, Valve has finally returned to game development business. Although fans are not getting long-anticipated Half-Life 3 just yet, a VR game set within same universe has everyone hyped regardless.

Entire first-person shooter games of Half-Life are currently available for Linux, Mac and PC platform. Half-Life: Alyx would run compatible with HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest, Windows Mixed Reality and Valve Index headsets.