5 Reasons Why Persona 5 Is Worth the Wait

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Being a bit hesitant to jump on the bandwagon of any new tech update (and also being a huge cheapskate), I’m still holding on to my good old PS3 with a vice grip. ‘I’ll buy one when Uncharted 4 comes out,’ I assure my weary friends after they question my life decisions, new copies of Dying Light perched securely in their hands. Yet behind my characteristic thrift lies another reason for my hesitance: I’m just not excited enough to buy one.

That was, at least, before I saw the new trailer for Persona 5 (you can check it out below in case you’ve missed it). Please excuse me while I do some online shopping. Of course, Persona 5 is also coming to PS3 but what I watched was unmistakably next gen, and now there’s no going back.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDIK6HVA9NY

Those of you who know and love the Persona series, in which certain people can create beings called Personas to protect them from danger, will probably empathise with me after seeing it. Essentially Persona is a turn based RPG, where the strength of your relationships with NPCs reflect the strength of your character. It’s always been a cult classic.  Big in Japan, with a relatively small, but loyal, following in other countries, the Persona games in their various forms have always retained a fantastic sense of humour and explore the theme of personal identity, as well as revolving around a mystery plot.

For all the series’ merits, the fact is that we’ve been waiting one hell of a wait. Apart from a series of (admittedly enjoyable) Persona 4 spin off titles, we haven’t seen a true sequel since 2008 when Persona 4 was released, meaning that game creator, Atlus, have a lot of patient fans to please.

Here’s my list of reasons why Persona 5 is in fact worth the wait, using observations from the new gameplay footage.

You don’t even need to know what Persona is.

You really don’t. These are new characters in a new setting, no doubt with a new mystery to solve. Persona 5 looks like it’s going to draw in new audiences as well as bring back loyal fans of the series, which means fans of the series can introduce their friends to the franchise with what looks to be an accessible introduction to this classic RPG. If you need any convincing to give it a go, just look at that amazing HD Catherine-style animation art that the whole thing is presented in. It’s okay if you judge this book by its cover.

We’re out of the dungeons!

These environments are colourful and lively. In the previous games, the dungeons (or grinding areas) looked more like randomly generated mouse traps than actual levels. The trailer shows real, dynamic environments, filled with enemies that fit the theme of that environment. Dungeon crawling is inevitably going to be a part of the game, but these scenes hint at a new possibilities. Possibilities that hopefully lead to a less tedious grinding experience.

Signs of effort can be seen… everywhere.

Did you see those menus?!

There’s action outside of the turn based battles?

There’s a short scene around one and a half minutes in that shows the main character stealthing around that lush hotel/palace area. That’s not typical Persona dungeon crawling. Is it just a new feature to the combat? Or are Atlus planning introducing something different all together. The new hero looks incredibly like some kind of master thief/cat burglar/ masquerade enthusiast, so does this mean we get to stealth around and steal things? There’s also the fact that all the characters are very acrobatic in the trailer, which could also signify a possible new element in the game.

There’s something wicked about our new hero

If you watch all the way to the end you’ll see our hero’s manic smile and his face being engulfed in blue flame. Considering the fact that previous protagonists have taken a form more like blank canvases for you enact your choices out with, a character with a strong personality, let alone a kind of menacing characteristic, would be a refreshing change.

Did you catch anything revealing from the trailer? What would you like from a new Persona? Leave your comments below.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Gets First Gameplay Footage

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Sony has revealed the first gameplay footage of the highly anticipated Uncharted 4 via Playstation Experience, and it is a delicious return to form.

Being the heavy hitter that they are, Sony has provided a whopping 15 miutes of debut gameplay. From improved melee combat to a glorious firefight, you are bound to pump your fist at all of this glory.

Behold… Uncharted 4.

With each new Uncharted game that is announced, you always know what to expect. Improved graphics, new player mechanics, and a handful of new one-liners that somehow avoid grating on your nerves. What I didn’t expect however, was such an emphasis on verticality and movement. This trailer has blown me away with the amount of chaos that happens during any given firefight.

In the previous games, many of the firefights would go down with you simply finding cover and waiting for enemies to flood in. In Uncharted 4, it seems – so far at least – that enemy AI is more dynamic, and enemy placements are much more meaningful. Drake is constantly climbing, hiding, running, dodging, and shooting, and it all seems much more fast paced and hectic than ever before.

Whether this segment is representative of a majority of the action in Uncharted 4, or simply a heavily scripted one off, we will have to wait and see. I am feeling quite positive however, as Naughty Dog never disappoints.

Telltale’s Game Of Thrones Gets First Teaser, Slew Of Details

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It seems like decades since we’ve heard anything on Telltale’s Game Of Thrones series. Luckily our collective luck has changed, as Telltale has graciously released the first teaser for Game of Thrones, and a nice bit of info to boot, so no more rumors and leaked screenshots – this is the real thing!

Sharpen your blades and steady your shields, for this teaser is quite a doozy. Sit back, relax, grab a cup of ale… or Mountain Dew, it doesn’t really matter and enjoy the first Game of Thrones video game teaser from Telltale below!

Here is the official press release in its entirety.

Today we can announce that some cast members of the series will reprise their roles in the game. While players will control five members of House Forrester in their story, the series will have them interacting with fan favorite characters throughout the season, including Tyrion Lannister performed by Peter Dinklage, Cersei Lannister performed by Lena Heady, Margaery Tyrell performed by Natalie Dormer, and Ramsay Snow performed by Iwan Rheon. Additional cast members will appear in later episodes.

The game series is based on the world, characters and events seen in HBO’s TV show, which in turn is based on George R. R. Martin’s books (A Song of Ice and Fire).The events in the game series begin towards the end of Season Three of the series, and end right before the beginning of Season Five. Players will visit familiar locations such as King’s Landing and The Wall, as well as unfamiliar locations such as Ironrath, the home of House Forrester.

House Forrester is a noble house from the Wolfswood in the north of Westeros. Bannermen to House Glover, they have always offered unswerving loyalty to the ruling great house of the North – the Starks. The Forresters are seated at Ironrath, an imposing stronghold surrounded by towering ironwood trees. Built over fifteen hundred years ago by Cedric Forrester and his triplet sons, Ironrath is a testament to the strength and endurance of Ironwood. The Forrester house words are ‘Iron from Ice’, which echoes their belief that – like the ironwood itself – the adverse conditions and unforgiving landscape of the North only makes them stronger.

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The game will be played from five different points of view. Each is a member of House Forrester; either a direct family member, or a person in service to the House. Scattered across Westeros and Essos, each will play their part in seeking to save House Forrester from destruction.

Playing as five characters not only reflects the epic scope of Game of Thrones, but is also something that the player needs to be mindful of. This is because the actions of one character can ripple out to affect the rest of House Forrester. Multiply the actions of one character by five, and you’re truly playing the Game of Thrones… where you win, or you die.

Additional details on the series and its upcoming premiere episode, ‘Iron From Ice’ are forthcoming. Stay tuned to the Telltale Games Blog, twitter, and Facebook pages for more information as the premiere approaches, the first of six episodes, which will be arriving for download soon on PC/Mac, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and iOS, with additional platforms to be announced.

Well, that sums it up nicely. Official cast members returning for their beloved voice – except you Ramsay, you’re despicable – is quite a nice touch. It’s also interesting to see an entirely new perspective on the incredibly well established land of Westeros. Telltale is quite brave for attempting to add their own story to such an interwoven tale.

Deep Down Gets Futuristic Gameplay Trailer For TGS 2014

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One of Capcom’s most intriguing games, Deep Down, has received a new trailer courtesy of TGS 2014. The trailer displays a different picture than previously given, with an emphasis on the future aspects of the story and setting.

Up until now we’ve seen mainly dungeon crawling, so this change of pace is surprising.

Here is the full trailer for you to dissect.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6eKPwv_LY4

I’m not entirely sold on it, and this trailer hasn’t swayed me much. Seeing more info on a potentially unique and satisfying experience is never a bad thing however, so I will remain cautiously optimistic about the future of Deep Down. If we’re lucky, it will avoid tropes that other free-to-play experiences rely on.

Final Fantasy XV TGS Trailer Confirms That The Hype Is Real

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When Final Fantasy XV didn’t show up at E3, nobody was impressed. After a fantastic showing in 2013, people craved more footage of the game in action. Our patience has been rewarded, as Square-Enix has released a new trailer for TGS 2014, and it looks delicious.

The last fan festival for Final Fantasy 14 wrapped up in Frankfurt, Germany over the weekend. It was here that fans like myself were treated to the final bit of information concerning Final Fantasy 14’s Upcoming expansion. You can find more depth coverage in this article from Nova Crystallis. There is a lot of information to cover from all three fan fests so buckle up. Stormblood is coming and here are some of the details for FF14’s upcoming expansion.

The approximately two and a half minute trailer, displays how the player will traverse the world beyond walking on foot. It details one of presumably several vehicles at your disposal, and how seamless the dialogue will be while you do such activities as monster hunting and joy riding.

Though not as impressive as the E3 2013 showing, the clever dialogue towards the end that breaks the fourth wall, combined with the consistently fluent combat and beautiful world make for quite a showing. I can only begin to imagine how this game will turn out, but the more we see, the more I get excited.

Dragon Age Inquisition Has Multiplayer, Debut Trailer Released

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Despite Bioware having teased it months ago, the official announcement of Dragon Age Inquisition‘s multiplayer is still a shock. This week, the Xbox Youtube channel as uploaded the first reveal trailer of the co-operative multiplayer mode that the game will offer.  With a focus on unique classes, mini-campaigns, and customization, this mode appears to be very entertaining, but don’t take my word for it.

Say what you will about Mass Effect 3 and it’s multiplayer mode. At the end of the day, it was a surprisingly polished, balanced and enjoyable experience. Nobody wanted it, and nobody was excited when it hit, but the community was booming and the action never stopped.

If Bioware manages to make this mode even half as close to as fun as Mass Effect 3 was, I think it’s safe to say that we’re in for a treat. This is especially the case when you consider how few high fantasy games actually offer any sort of online experience.

Below is the mode in action; prepare yourself for the first taste.

Say what you will about Mass Effect 3 and it’s multiplayer mode. At the end of the day, it was a surprisingly polished, balanced and enjoyable experience. Nobody wanted it, and nobody was excited when it hit, but the community was booming and the action never stopped.

If Bioware manages to make this mode even half as close to as fun as Mass Effect 3 was, I think it’s safe to say that we’re in for a treat. This is especially the case when you consider how few high fantasy games actually offer any sort of online experience.

Behold! Over 35 Minutes Of Glorious Witcher 3 Gameplay

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The Witcher 3 had but a tease at Gamescom, showing only mere minutes of one particular side quest. It left many wanting more, especially when the scale of the game is considered. It’s my pleasure then, to deliver you a whopping 35 minute video containing the most extensive look into The Witcher 3 that we’ve had as of yet.

Grab a soft drink, sit back, relax, and enjoy the mesmerizing world of The Wicther in all of it’s glory in the video below. It’s better than most movies released these days, anyway!

What surprises me most about this game is not all of it’s mechanical upgrades or large world, but the apparent consistency and depth that we’re being offered here. The towns feel alive and have a sense of purpose, the citizens and various NPCs real and full of character, and the world is so lush and beautiful that it’s almost shocking how the game can keep a solid frame rate.

New Bloodborne Gameplay Screams “Buy Me”

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Bloodborne, FromSoftware’s newest monster, has been given the ‘new trailer’ treatment at Gamescom 2014, and by Gwyn, does it ever hit hard.

Miyazaki dropping the more methodical approach of Dark Souls combat in favour of a more visceral, on-your-toes action game appears to be a smart move, as the action looks even more exhaustingly difficult and punishing than ever.

Imminent trailer ahead.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WsqQtqwP9E

My gushing for all things FromSoftware never ceases. With that however, comes exceptionally high expectations. Luckily, it appears that Bloodborne is shattering all of them with every new video.

Only time will tell if this game can manage to surpass the absolutely ridiculous standards FromSoftware has set for themselves. If this trailer is any indication, they’re on the right track.

Rime Is Back With A Glorious New Trailer

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Rime was an incredibly beautiful and nostalgic game. One that captivated everyone watching Gamescom in 2013. It’s great then, that Tequila Works offers a new trailer for Gamescom 2014, and it’s even better than the last.

It has Wind Waker and ICO written all over it, and that is never a bad thing, is it?

Check out the glorious Rime trailer below and prepare to be very, very excited!

This is one of my most anticipated titles for the Playstation 4. This game seems to perfectly capture atmosphere and tone with its beautiful cel-shaded graphics and simplistic soundtrack, and it scratches my Wind Waker itch that no game has come close to touching before.

Please let this game come out already! The excitement can hardly be contained any longer.

Ninja Theory Announces Hellblade At Gamescom

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Ninja Theory has been in the news a lot lately about a new IP, and thanks to Gamescom, we now know what it is. Hellblade … yes, that’s the real title, is a Playstation 4 exclusive action game from the team that brought you DMC, Heavenly Sword, and Enslaved.

To say I am excited for this new IP would be to put it mildly. Ninja Theory is a master at crafting bizarre and inspired worlds, fascinating characters, and tales full of drama and action. Hellblade, despite its title, appears to be up to snuff so far.

As always, your video awaits.

Ninja Theory is defined by three things: ninja-class melee gameplay, strong character stories and a unique art vision.
On Hellblade, we will double down on what we do best to give you a deeper character in a twisted world with brutal, uncompromising, combat.

We are embracing the creative spirit that comes with independence without letting go of the stunning production values that we are known for. It’s not indie, it’s not AAA. This is a third way. It’s independent AAA.

It’s about making a more focused game experience that isn’t trying to be all things to all people but satisfies a particular gaming itch. It’s about being in command of our creativity so that we can give you what you want from us at a lower price.

It’s very early days in the project but we are opening our doors and inviting you to join us every step of the way. We want to show you how we make this game warts and all so that you can be part of this journey.

Hellblade’s official website goes into a bit more detail and offers an additional video of details, so make sure to check it out.