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Yakuza Kiwami 2 is Coming to the North American PS4’s This Year

Yakuza Kiwami 2 is Coming to the North American PS4’s This Year

It won’t be long until fans of the Yakuza series in North America will get to play Kazuma Kiryu’s last chapter, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. Although, that’s not the only adventure fans will get to play. Sega recently announced that Yakuza Kiwami 2 will hit PS4’s in the west on August 28th, 2018. Japanese gamers have been able to play Ryu ga Gotoku: Kiwami 2 (the Japanese title for the game) since December of 2017. Kiwami 2 is a remake of the original version of Yakuza 2 that was released for PlayStation 2 back in 2006 in Japan and 2008 in North America.

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More Adventures Await!

Yakuza 2 starts one year after the events of the original game, where protagonist Kiryu finds himself in inter-clan related troubles yet again. Struggles inside the Omi alliance turns long-running animosity into a full out war in the series setting of Kamurocho. These issues can all be traced back to a coup within Omi, led by the antagonist Ryuji Goda. The son of an old Tojo chairman returns to the Yakuza way of life to protect the sanctity of the families, and of course, Kiryu will be there to help him out. Everyone’s favorite wild card Goro Majima will also be there to lend a hand.

Fans of the series will recognize many of the faces in the game such as Makoto Date, Osamu Kashiwagi, Haruka Sawamura. A new character by the name of Kaoru Sayama, a Osakan detective, will make her series debut to keep an eye on Kiryu and his accomplices. All of these details are merely the setup for the wild ride that makes up Kiwami 2.

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Get Ready for a Wild Ride

A brand new addition to Sega’s’ Kiwami 2 is a whole campaign centered around the Mad Dog called The Truth of Goro Majima. Players will take on the role of the man himself and find out how he became a tycoon of the construction business just before Yakuza 2 starts. Playing as Majima was one of the many highlights of the prequel Yakuza 0, where gamers got to take a personal look into the life of one of the series’ most recognizable characters.

Kiwami 2 uses the new Dragon Engine which is also the foundation of the upcoming Yakuza 6. This engine offers the best graphics the series has to offer and allows players to transition between the street and stores without loading screens, even during fights. Yakuza 2 is set in Tokyo’s fictional red light district of Kamurocho as well as the riverside Osakan town of Sotenbori; both have seen a massive visual boost thanks to the Dragon Engine.

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Mini-Games Still Included

The Yakuza series wouldn’t be what it is without the extensive list of mini-games available to distract players. Golf Bingo and Virtual On are just a few examples of these wacky little additions that can be found around town. Players can also expect to see the return of the Cabaret mini-game from Yakuza 0 along with the MVP hostess Yumi, who Kiryu trained himself.

Kiwami 2 will be available for $50 both digitally, physically. Pre-ordered and first run copies of the game will come in a special steel book with artwork of Kazuma Kiryu and Ryuji Goda.

This isn’t the first PS2-era Yakuza game to get remade for the PS4. Yakuza Kiwami came west last year and gave a modern update to the series’ first release. Including additional substories, The Majima Everywhere subplot, and tweaks that made the story easier to understand, they’ve been amazing additions to the Yakuza franchise.

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Shadow of the Colossus Remake Developer Confirms Next Project Is a Remastered

Shadow of the Colossus Remake Developer Confirms Next Project Is a Remastered

Austin, Texas-based developer, Bluepoint Games, confirmed that their next project is a remastered. This studio has been responsible for many recent high-profile remasters such as Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, The God of War Collection, and the Shadow of the Colossus remake. They’ve more than proven their talent in moving games to the latest generation of consoles. The president and co-owner of Bluepoint Games, Marco Thrush, recently confirmed the remastered status of the next game in an interview with Eurogamer. The studio was also asked if they would be producing their own game soon, to which Thrush suggested that it’s not happening anytime soon, but definitely not out of the question.

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The Final Word

“Well, we could but we’re doing another remake,” Thrush said. “[Shadow of the Colossus] served us as a great point of growing the art team to the point where we can take on a full AAA game major scope of art content. So now our next step is, let’s improve the art pipeline, let’s improve the engine, let’s improve workflow for artists, let’s grow on the art side some more to handle our next project because it’s a bit bigger. And our next focus is, all right, let’s work on design and add new stuff to get to the next remake, because now that can be our sole focus of making sure that’s where we put the time and everybody else, they’re already at a level where we can perform.” (http://bit.ly/2DhcJpz)

Technical director at the studio, Peter Dalton , attributes their success with the Shadow of the Colossus remake to the teams’ growth, in not only literal employment numbers, but skill level as well. He also said that the team is still growing and looks forward to the addition of more staffers in Bluepoint’s weak areas.

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Only up from Here

“One area that we’ve not explored very deeply is, What does our design prowess look like? What is our ability to build something original and to expand it, rather than just upgrading something? and so we look at those things and we are constantly trying to enhance and strengthen the studio to get to a point where, yeah, doing original development or whatever comes our way, we’re fully capable of doing it,” Dalton said. (http://bit.ly/2DhcJpz)

Job Opportunities at Bluepoint!

If you’re currently searching for a job in game development, Bluepoint currently has over 10 open positions on their website.  The studio was founded in 2006 by members of the team that worked on the original Metroid Prime.

While many consumers disagree with the practice of remasters, they can be a very lucrative opportunity for developers. These games tend to have a low development cost compared to producing a brand new title and they are often times commissioned to an outside studio. A recent example is the Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy, which was the best selling PS4 remaster to date.

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Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection | Gigamax Review

While Assassin’s Creed didn’t see a release this year, a collection of some of the best games in the series has been released. Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection centers around the lovable protagonist Ezio as he goes on a story filled with laughs, tears, and more glitches than you can throw a hidden dagger at. This year has been filled with a myriad of excellent HD re-releases, that’s why it’s disappointing to see the state in which this iconic collection has been launched.

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The games included in this bundle are Assassin’s Creed 2, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, and Assassin’s Creed: Revelation. The games have the same action that fans loved the first time around and for the most part it looks better. Everything has obviously been upped in resolution, but this only serves to show how bad it looked the first time around. Not to beat a dead horse, but when great remasters like Skyrim and Modern Warfare are being released it is disappointing to not see these games completely reworked.

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To be more specific most glitches seen are character models not appearing correctly, clipping issues, and unresponsive characters. What makes these mistakes even more astonishing is the fact that they were all present in the original release and were at some point patched. None of these glitches break the game and but they are very noticeable and may affect newcomers immersion into the story.

The collection is not all bad though, the games remain some of the strongest in the Assassin’s Creed line-up and contain all the same content they originally had. While nothing new is added Ubisoft relies solely on each of these games strong single player experiences. Multiplayer is not in any of the games which is upsetting considering this addition was such an important part of what made these games great. It would have also helped give veteran players a reason to return to this collection of games.

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Unfortunately there isn’t much in this collection for veteran players. In fact our recommendation is that if you’ve already played these games, spend your money on the immense amount of other Triple A titles that have been released this holiday season. It’s also hard to recommend this game to newcomers. This is due to the lack of multiplayer and the glitches that were no longer present in their previous iterations. In fact if those that missed out on these gems would like to experience them in their full glory, it would be better to dust off those last gen systems and play them for next to nothing instead of the steep $60 price point they’re at on current gen.

Night of the Living HD Remake

The HD remake is an interesting concept that is relatively new to the gaming industry. Games that would have once been forgotten and left on the shelf to collect dust now have a second chance to entice players that may have missed it the first time around, or remind returning users why the game was so great. This idea started as a small trend that saw lesser known games like the last generation being revived and quickly turned into a torrent of triple A remakes from all throughout gaming history. Although HD remake is a term used to describe the genre, it is very broad and it’s simply not fair to compare the love some developers put into their remakes while others seem to be going for nothing more than a quick cash crab.Bioshock HD edition: Andrew Ryan propaganda statue

Remastered editions like Skyrim:Special Edition know how to show love to the history of the game. Remakes like this come with vastly improved graphics and content which feels like a more refined experience. It is impressive to see some of the work done to almost every aspect of games that were already amazing. On the other side of the spectrum are games like Hitman HD Trilogy. This reboot was plagued with problems that had existed in the original and was still being run at 720p resolution. Laziness like this leaves the genre with a stigma that makes many wary to spend hard earned cash on them.Skyrim HD edition: Nord staring into distance

HD remakes are not cheap either, with many price points being set at the same rate as the original release. Considering a videogame in the U.S. currently runs consumers around $60, this is a steep number to ask for something that is already a year or more old. Many developers try to ease people’s worries by including all the downloadable content as well as pre-order bonuses. It’s very rare but sometimes entirely new content will also be added too, but this may be locked behind another paywall.

HD remakes may have a small stigma to them but it does not stop people from making the purchase. The sheer amount of these remakes that get released is proof the industry is still seeing a profit from remastered blockbusters. A ton of these games are worth the time and money, but always remember to do research before committing to a purchase. In the end, whether or not this style of game is toxic to the industry or a nice way to play old games has yet to be determined. But if you’re interested in learning more about these titles make sure you check out all our latest reviews here!

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