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    • This is the probably the most atmospheric upcoming game coming to Xbox Series X/S and PS5. The game looks very crisp and the animations look really good. I suspect that this game will do really well. I've never played this series personally but Diablo 3 piqued my interest and Diablo 4 has my attention. If it's on gamepass(I suspect it will be) then I'll probably at least give it a try.

       

    • I think PlayStation had a pretty solid state of play.

       

    • The xbox showcase on the whole was not exactly what I was hoping for. They did deliver in terms of showing off Redfall and Starfield. After the showcase concluded I'm a little less excited for Redfall but even more excited for Starfield.

    • From Final Fantasy 7 Remake to Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth. I'm not sure if I'm 100% on board with the name change. Since they originally choose Final Fantasy 7 Remake as the name I would have preferred if they simply called the second one FF7 Remake part 2.

      By adding in Rebirth to the title it makes it seem like a spinoff of FF7 Remake. Plus there are so many other final fantasy 7 games out there, it isn't immediately clear(by the title) that Rebirth is a sequel to the original FF7 Remake. Square would have been better served calling the first game Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth. In the music industry this "Remake" project, would actually be considered a remix. In my opinion it no longer qualifies as what most of us would expect from a "Remake".

      Either way though, the true fans will know. Newcomers might be confused at first but they'll find their way, if they do a little research.

      As for the trailer itself it is a reveal trailer, so I wouldn't even classify it is a teaser at this point. Its more of a "hey this game is coming out next year and here's its official name".

      The graphics look on point. I think I actually prefer the graphics in this game compared to the graphics in the upcoming Final Fantasy 16. In the trailer they tell us to not focus on the past and instead focus on the future. I think this is the perfect mindset going forward.

      The way things are being set up, this entire project is actually a sequel to the original FF7 that released back in 1997. It's like we are playing an alternate timeline where some characters from the old game may have somehow time traveled or multiverse traveled to wherever this game is taking place.

      So we have totally new rules here. Anything can happen. And the way that Cloud is talking, its almost as if Clouds memories are merging with old cloud's memories of Aerith or perhaps old cloud is somehow able to speak to Aerith in the present timeline.

      I have a feeling that this is going to become a lovely convoluted mess, hopefully Square-enix can pull it off. I know I'm gonna enjoy the journey either way. The greatest works of fiction in my humble opinion, have always been convoluted or at least multi layered. I also suspect its going to get really meta towards the end.

      It looks like we have only 18-20 more months to go before we get out hands on part 2. I can't wait!

    • Resident Evil 4 Remake! I'll admit I'm kind of disappointed that they didn't show off a little bit more. But the little that they did show looks great.

      I've seen it mentioned that the original resident evil 4 had a focus on action but the remake seeks to keep that going  but increase the atmospheric tone and the feeling of loneliness.

      I never played the original game but I watched a friend play the entire game and its the first time I came to really appreciate what capcom was doing with the resident evil series. It had a good mystery, interesting story and felt much more cinematic.

      One thing I love about the resident evil series is that the presentation really seems to improve with every single game. With every remake they develop I appreciate the series more and more. I can't wait to see what they do with this one.

       

    • I must say even though this is simply an announcement trailer Ara has caught my special attention. Im a big fan of Civilization, Crusader Kings 2 and age of empires so I'm very interested to see what the team does with this game.

      From my understanding it seems like the team developing this game has a lot of former Civilization 5 leads so at the very least I'm expecting a a twist on the classic Civ gameplay. But I'm hoping for a lot more.

       

    • The arguably the biggest news out of this interview is Fallout 5 is coming after Elder Scrolls 6 which is still in preproduction. So its going to be a while before we get it.

      Todd Howard indicates that the space combat is not gonna be overly fast and more on the slower side. He indicated mechwarrior was an inspiration. It seems like we will be manipulating various power systems during space combat including engines, shields and weapon systems.

      The main quest right now is estimated to be around 30-40 hours.

      Todd confirms you can't fly the ship straight down to the planet.

       

    • We finally get to see some Redfall gameplay! I have to admit that its not exactly what I was expecting. The tone is surprisingly kinda sorta mature and dark. It has an odd sort of humor too it.

      To be completely honest I'm not quite sure what to make of it but I have a feeling that Redfall could end up quite popular. Right now next gen consoles are quite starved for new content, especially Xbox. With its co-op multiplayer focus its a game that has the potential to keep players occupied for quite some time. Plus when you add in the fact that its going to be immediately accessible to over 25 million people on gamepass its hard to imagine it failing.

      My biggest concern is that I'm not entirely sure who the target audience is. It feels a bit too dark for young kids and I could see its art style and comedic voiceovers turning off older gamers that may prefer a more serious horror experience. I'm very interested to see how this performs.

       

    • I haven't played a fighter in years, so I'll admit I don't have any real hype for this release but I'd be lying if I didn't admit that I am a bit intrigued.

      It finally feels like fighters are branching out a bit. I like how they seemed to have included a bit of an open world component. It makes the game feel a little bit deeper.

      Also, Street Fighter is a lot more colorful than I remember.

       

    • I am extremely excited about this game. The first time I saw this gameplay reveal trailer I watched it on my phone with no sound(due to my environment) and I just thought the reveal was solid. It showed off some interesting features but  I have since watched it several times now, slowing it down on certain parts to really take my time with it and absorb everything. And I must confess that I am now more excited then ever to play this game.

      Combat
      I've seen some people complaining about the combat. But I still feel like what we saw is just the tip of the iceberg. Right now its hard for me to imagine that their won't be some kind of time dilation feature. I know a lot of people loved the VATS system in Fallout 4. I'm thinking the really cool combat stuff is being saved so people can discover it for the first time in-game.

      This is a sci-fi space game with a 1000 planets. So to me the game is just primed for some type of alien abduction, sentient AI pairing or contamination/evolution due to being in close proximity to the artifacts that Constellation(one of the factions) is searching for. What I'm trying to say is, there is likely something that makes the player special. Something that makes us different then everyone else. In Elder Scrolls Skyrim it was being dragonborne and access to shouts. In Fallout 4 it was the VATS system. I am fully convinced that there is a major game mechanic related to combat that we aren't aware of yet. 

      This game has been germinating for 20 years with Todd Howard and likely some key devs, that have been at Bethesda forever. They will have plenty of surprises for us.

      Story
      So far the story seems pretty basic but highly appropriate for the game. The game is obviously about exploration and discovery. Its story focus is much more Star Trek than Star Wars. For fans of big open worlds this is a very good thing. As a member of Constellation we will be trying to track down artifacts which I imagine are scattered throughout the known universe. An easy story to follow for most people. It's not a revenge story or save xyz important person story but a story about discovery. 

      My major question about the story though is how impactful will our decisions be? How much will they influence the game. In Fallout 4 we were just playing in a small region. In Skyrim we are playing on a continent. But in Starfield we will be playing in a universe. I can imagine some of our decisions affecting a planet or even a galaxy. I'm talking about Death Star level vibes. Or possible extinction level threats like "The Reapers" in Mass Effect. A ton of cool stuff to consider here when operating in a universe. I think people are seriously underestimating how much of a passion project this is for Bethesda. I'm expecting some good stuff.

      I'm not expecting Game of thrones level plotting from the story but I'm expecting that Bethesda delivers or at least swings for some next gen level impact when players make story based decisions. Again, so far its a simple story of discovery but we know there's much more. I enjoyed the twist at the end of Fallout 4 when you find out more about the institute, what it is, who runs it and its true purpose. I suspect Bethesda has some more good twists coming.

      Outpost Development
      I think dieheard Bethesda fans all expected an expansion of the settlement system and this gameplay reveal trailer showed exactly that. It looks like they've put a lot of thought into it. It definitely feels like a step up from Fallout 4. I know there are going to be a lot of barren planets so I wonder just how far we can go in developing an outpost. Can an outpost become a town or perhaps a city? Right now I doubt it. That would be too much to expect for them to include at launch. But I'm hoping its a possibility later. 

      Another question that comes up in my mind is can we build more than one outpost on a planet? What happens if we build an outpost on a hostile planet? Will it constantly be under threat of attack. Can it get wiped off the map without us even knowing that it was being attacked? There are a lot of things to consider. But right now what I enjoyed the most was that Bethesda wanted us to know that it was in there but did not reveal much at all. So I'm really expecting some cool stuff.

      When I played Fallout 4, I  found myself enjoying the settlement development much more than the actual story and if I'm being honest, more than the exploration aspect.

      Crafting System
      Players are going to have a field day with the crafting system. It looks like we will be able to conduct research projects in 5 different areas: Pharmacology, Food & Drink, Outpost Development, Equipment and Weapons. From there we gather resources to build stuff. I don't know if we'll be crafting actual items or will just be building mods. Perhaps a bit of both!

      One thing I'm very curious about as it relates to crafting is if we'll be able to craft ammo or if we'll have to buy it. I'm imagining that there will be a bit of resource scarcity and that our primary method of gathering raw materials outside of the basics will be mining it ourselves,  either by hand or having a crew member oversee its collection.

      Spaceships
      We can build our own spaceships, pilot them ourselves and engage in space fights! This is gonna be great! I know a lot of fans had this question so its good to get this answered and for it to be seemingly made a priority. When they started changing the colors in this demo , I was like that's really cool. And I'm going to be honest, this is going to open the doors for microtransactions if Bethesda wants to go that route. At the least I can see small DLC(downloadable content) packages being offered giving players access to some insanely cool decals, artwork and paint jobs to create their spaceship masterpieces.

      Character Creation System
      I was extremely happy to see the in depth character creation system. It felt like a proper RPG. Giving me PC RPG vibes. Not only do we get to choose our background like diplomat, explorer, bounty hunter etc but they have some rather uncommon backgrounds in there as well like Bouncer, Ronin and Professor.

      We also get to choose some optional traits. Now at first I was thinking, na I'm good I don't want to choose any traits if I'm going to receive weaknesses that come along with that but after looking them over, the weaknesses don't really seem that bad. Plus traits can give your character a little more color.

      Last but not least, I love that some NPCs will recognize your chosen background so I'll be very interested to see how my background and traits affect gameplay.

      Conclusion
      I'm more hyped for this game than ever. I think this was a great reveal. It doesn't blow your socks off with visual fidelity, animations or incredible action sequences. But this is obviously a very deep game with heavy RPG elements. I guarantee you, that this game will rack it up in the hours played department. Its unfortunate that it was delayed but its easy to understand why. With such a big game, Bethesda wants to make sure they get it right! I can't wait to play it!

    • The Last of Us Part 1 Remake looks solid. I will be honest and admit that I was expecting a bit more of a graphical jump. But for the most part I feel like the game succeeds in bringing the 2013 game into 2022.

      I can't wait to see some gameplay. I'm sure that the Remake will sell well, especially since its release is going to coincide with HBO's The Last of Us Series.

       

    • I think the game looks and sounds solid. Seeing single player action is always nice but multiplayer is where its at. I look forward to multiplayer reveals.

       

    • Wow everyone is really trying to cash in on the Marvel superhero craze. This game actually looks like it could be pretty fun based on the characters they are including. Venom, Hulk, Blade! You don't often see to much of these characters in video games let alone all in the same game. We of course still have to see actual gameplay but in terms of characters, I'd say they have a very good roster in this game. 

       

    • Final Fantasy 16 action looks energetic and epic. 

      Based on some of the new footage it looks like we will be able to turn in Eikons and do battle with other dominants that can do the same. It looks like things will become pretty epic.

      In terms of visual style I'm not 100% sold. I don't see any iconic character styling and it doesn't seem like this will be an epic adventure where you recruit party members, train them up and discover the world together. As a lifetime Final Fantasy fan that is more than a bit disappointing.

      I'm sure Square has some surprises up its sleeve and I'm hoping that what's been revealed regarding story and characters so far is only the tip of the iceberg and not a full representation of gameplay as a whole.

      I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that this game delivers!

       

    • Callisto Protocol seems to be on track for a december 2022 release I hope it doesn't get delayed. It seems like it will be a wild ride. I predict many dead space fans will be picking this up.

       

      • The sequel to Dragon Age Inquisition has been officially announced by Bioware titled Dragon Age Dreadwolf.
      • We will get more information on the game later this year 2022.

       

    • Finally the sequel to Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order has been officially announced!

      This game will be huge!

      Fallen order took me by complete surprise. That game had some great gameplay mechanics and even though there was a decent amount of backtracking through old environments, it never felt like too much. 

      Expectations will be sky high for this one because the original was so well done.

      I'm expecting game of the year level quality.

       

      • The Last of Us - HBO 
      • Twisted Metal - Peacock
      • God of War - Amazon
      • Horizon - Netflix
      • Gran Turismo - ???
    • This is great news for Sony fans. Someone over at Amazon studios must love the fantasy setting. And someone at Netflix must love the sci fi setting. All that being said neither studio has the cache of HBO. I still think The Last of Us series currently in production with HBO will be the best performer. But who knows. Maybe Amazon and Netflix will rise to the challenger. Also don't forget about the twisted metal series in production with Peacock. Sony has really spread the love. It will be interesting to see which one rises to the top.

    • It's official! Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 will be available on October 28th. I know its going to sell like crazy!

       

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