Pokemon Sun And Moon Announcement: Video Analysis & Theories

Earlier today (26/02/16), fans of the Pokemon game series waited anxiously to hear news and potential confirmation of the newest installments to the series leaked the day before. However, after a very tense wait, the details leaked prior were confirmed and the squeals of excited Pokemon fans echoed worldwide, Pokemon Sun & Moon are officially on the way, due later this year (2016).

Now, in correspondence with the order in which the Pokemon games are usually released, fans were expecting more of a Pokemon Z release, especially after the X and Y game releases followed by the Ruby and Sapphire remakes (Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire). I appreciate this makes little sense to those outside the community of avid Pokemon fans however, those within these borders will understand that it was what we were expecting. Now, that said when the titles Sun and Moon were trademarked, it was fair to say we were surprised however, the excitement for these new installments is still present regardless. Now, let’s look into the reveal video itself.

Although a brief video, we can make several assumptions about what we can inspect in the latest installment. The first notable thing we can see in this video is the new assumed flying type Pokemon, resembling either a woodpecker or humming bird of some kind. This leads us to believe the obvious that there are in fact going to be a number of new additions to the Pokedex in Sun and Moon. Could this mean some more mega-evolutions are going to be unveiled also? Furthermore, we can see numerous conceptual designs for vehicles. The most recent incorporation of cars and land vehicles in the Pokemon game series was in X and Y in which Lumiose City possessed a taxi service to help to traverse the enormous city. Could this be hinting towards a potential follow on to Kalos much like Black 2 and White 2? As it no longer seems we are getting Pokemon Z, or for a while at least shall we say.

 

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Pokemon Sun And Moon Theories 

As expected of the dedicated Pokemon fans, many theories of the new installments have already arisen in regards to the new designated region, new potential mega-evolutions, legendaries and generally about how the new games are going to tie in with it’s predecessors.

From what I have gathered so far, there are several reoccurring ideas:

  • Zygarde and it’s newly released forms are to be associated with the sun game. This is because of it’s forms needing photosynthesis in order to develop.
  • Sun and Moon are definitely going to have some relation to Kalos, whether they actually be based in Kalos or islands situated around Kalos. This is due to references in X and Y for instance, the sundial in Anistar City (Pokemon Sun).
  • Potential Mega-evolutions of Solrock and Lunatone both representing each of the games, possibly posing as exclusives.

All of these are relatively plausible ideas seeing as Zygarde’s new forms would seem redundant if only used in the new Pokemon movie. Futhermore, it would seem out of character for Nintendo & Gamfreak to not incorporate Kalos into the new games in some shape or form also considering how they are due a Pokemon X and Y follow on of some sort.

 

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As this year progresses more teasers are bound to be put out there to taunt us but until the profoundly awesome moment in which these new games are released, it is fair to say we are going to let our minds run wild with these brilliant theories in order to get by.

 

PS4 Exclusive Game Without Memory Is a Promising Thriller

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The “console exclusive” battle this generation will be extremely interesting to watch because the console that has the most AND best exclusives has the biggest chances of becoming the winner of the current gen. The PlayStation 4 seems to have an unexpected trick up their sleeve with the interactive thriller Without Memory.

So why “unexpected”? Well, because this game is developed by the virtually unknown Russian studio Dinosaurum Games, and it’s not in the genre you would expect to draw in a lot of attention. It’s not a shooter, it’s not an RPG… it’s not even Flappy Bird! It’s an interactive thriller, which makes us think of revolutionary adventure gaming or at least a visual delight.

And a visual delight we’ll get for sure, as the concept art for Without Memory already looks amazing. And knowing that the game will run on the Unreal Engine 4 makes us be pretty sure that it will deliver the eye candy.

There will definitely be multiple choice for the player to make throughout their adventure, and each choice will influence the direction of the story and hopefully we’ll have some smart writing and difficult decisions to make (think Telltale’s The Walking Dead series). The game also promises “tens of endings” and world class quality. I’m really eager to find out more about this!

Without Memory will be released as a PS4 exclusive sometime in 2016 and actual in-game screenshots are promised to arrive this summer. Until then, you can check out some of the amazing artwork from the game:

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Source: Dual Shockers

Civilization: Beyond Earth First Details Are Impressive (Trailer & Screenshots too)

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It’s time for a new Civilization game this year and fans of the series will surely be pleased to hear that Sid Meier is taking his game in space, once again. Titled Civilization: Beyond Earth, the game is the actually the second in the series to take place on a planet other than Earth: Alpha Centauri, released back in 1999 was the first one to take the Civ series on another planet.

This time, things seem to be a bit different an more challenging. In Civilization: Beyond Earth, players will start with an Outpost on a planet far, far away and their goal will be to survive. Exploring new planets and keeping the colonists safe from the alien threats will be also part of the game and personally, I can’t wait to see it happen!

Here are the top features announced for now:

Seed the Adventure: Players will establish a cultural identity, select a leader and sponsor an expedition by assembling the spacecraft, cargo and colonists through a series of choices that directly impact starting conditions when arriving on the new alien planet.

Alien World: Exploring the benefits and dangers of a new planet filled with dangerous terrain, mystical resources and hostile lifeforms unlike those of Earth, players will build outposts, unearth ancient alien relics, tame new forms of life, develop flourishing cities and establish trade routes to create prosperity for their people.

New Technology Web: Reflecting forward progress in an uncertain future, technology advancement will occur through a series of nonlinear choices that affect the development of mankind. The tech web is organized around three broad themes, each with a distinct victory condition.

New Quest System: Quests are infused with fiction about the planet, and will help guide players through a series of side missions that will aid in the collection of resources, upgrading units, and advancing through the game.

New Orbital Layer: Players will build and deploy advanced military, economic and scientific satellites that provide strategic offensive, defensive and support capabilities from orbit.

From what it seems, we’ll have more of a campaign type of game, but I am sure that the old “build your own game” mechanic won’t be removed from Civilization: Beyond Earth – the development team is certainly not planning to kill the game, right?

A trailer presenting the upcoming game has also been released and you can check it out below, even though, as you might expect, there’s no actual gameplay footage in it:

There are also a few screenshots from the upcoming game launched, showing us a bit of the colorful alien planets we’ll explore:

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Fortunately, Civilization: Beyond Earth is expected to hit stores by the end of the year, which means we’ll be exploring and trying to build civilization on alien planets very soon.