I’ll admit it. At one point in my life I thought the Yakuza series could be boiled down to ‘GTA in Japan’ if someone asked me to describe the series. However, I’ve found now that the game is so much more than that. It’s more than just bashing in dude’s heads with bicycles or gunning down mobs of people just for fun and sport. Yakuza 0 started the year with a brand new game in the series and now just a few months later Sega has released its first remake in the series, Yakuza Kiwami. Let me tell you right now if you’ve never played a Yakuza game before Kiwami could be the perfect place to jump in and see just what the series is all about and here’s why.
My first real experience with the Valkyria franchise was the remake of the original game that was release last year. It was a beautiful experience that introduced me to a franchise I’d had interest in before, but hadn’t played. The turn based tactics married beautifully with cover mechanics and light third person shooting. I was immediately hooked. Fast forward to this year and I was again excited at the prospect of getting back into that world again with Valkyria Revolution. The experience hasn’t quite been the same.
Valkyria Revolution is a spin-off of the regular Chronicles timeline of games. It’s set in an alternate universe to an alternate universe where Europe is again at war. This time, though. It’s not all about guns and tanks. Swords and magic make an appearance. The game is set, as mentioned, in a universe that’s different from the already established universe. It takes place 100 years before the events of those games. War has broken out between two major powers. The Ruzi Empire is the dominate force in the area. Jutland wants to break free and rule themselves so they start, as the name suggests, a revolution. However, the events of the war are all controlled by a group of five people known in the story as the Traitors.
These aren’t the first types of devices like these on the market, but AtGames has announced that they’re going to be putting out brand new versions of the plug & play Genesis consoles that have been on the market before. Much like the NES Classic these systems come bundled with a selection of classic games and plug straight into your TV. Titles include Sonic the … Continue reading AtGames Announces New Plug & Play Systems
Vanquish was originally released in October 2010 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, doing what Platinum does best and infuses over the top crazy action with the third person genre, which by then has become tried and true with its corridor waist high cover based shooting. The fast paced, high octane, time slowing action brings something innovated to the Third person shooter genre. Along with its visual design and boss fights, Vanquish garnered much praises. Continue reading “Vanquish On PC Is The Definitive Way To Play”
Today wasn’t just about the indies. Sega has released another trailer for Puyo Puyo Tetris, which is coming to Switch on April 25th. The new trailer, called the Back To Basics trailer, shows off some new game play for the game. If you’re not sure what Puyo Puyo is or you’re curious to know just how that series can work with Tetris check out this … Continue reading Get Back to Basics in Puyo Puyo Tetris
It has been a long time since a new episode of Data Drain has posted but in this one we decided to go fast and talk about Sonic and his awesome 3d platforming games. If you were expecting Mega Man X don’t be angry it will be in a future episode once we can figure out how to properly schedule things in the year 20XX. … Continue reading Data Drain – Episode 23 (Sonic)
Yakuza. It’s a series I’d never gotten into, but is well loved with other staffers here at Nintendo Okie. You can’t go a few weeks without someone talking about it and for good reason. Yakuza 0 is the most recent game in the series and if you’ve never explored the streets of Japan as a heavily tattooed man who commits crime, but is ultimately a good person then now is the best time to do so.
Yakuza 0 tells the story of two different members of the Japanese yakuza, Kiryu Kazuma and Majima Goro. At the beginning of this game Kiryu is framed for a murder that he didn’t commit. Ultimately he’s kicked out of the family and tries to redeem himself and prove his innocence at the same time. Majima is a cabaret owner who was exiled for not following orders years earlier. He too is looking to better his name. These two men’s stories will intertwine with each other at different points.
Yakuza 0 tells the story of two different men, Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima. They’re men who lead similar, yet very different lives from each other. During the course of the game you’ll come across different people on the streets who need your help. These sidequests will show you a different side of the two men. For example in this 12 minute long quest Kiryu … Continue reading Yakuza 0 Sidequests Filled With Heartfelt Moments
There have been a number of different games to come to the states featuring digital diva Hatsune Miku. We had one less than six months ago so it was kind of surprising that we’d get another one so soon. This most recent release, Hatsune Miku Project Diva Future Tone is even more surprising in that it’s a home release of a Japanese arcade game.
Project Diva Future Tone is a multi-part package. You can download the base package for free from Playstation Network. That gives you two songs to play. If you want more you’ll have to buy one of the packs, Future Sound or Colorful Tone. Each of these packages are available for $30 a piece or as a bundle you save a little bit of money and can get them for $54. Regardless of which package you choose you’re getting a great deal. There are over 220 songs in the full package, easily the most content rich game in the series, in terms of songs. The Future Sound package contains songs that come mostly from the releases of Project Diva F while Colorful Tone takes its song selections from the Project Mirai games on the 3DS.
I really enjoy the Sonic Boom television show. I think it’s fun, clever and just a really enjoyable experience to watch with my kids. I thought the first game on DS wasn’t that bad either. It felt like the developers at Sega were trying to get back to what made Sonic fun. There were hints back then of things that really made the game feel like a Sonic game and I thought with another go at it the series could be really good. Well, the developers are back at it with Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice on the 3DS, and unfortunately it feels like more of the same, yet again.
The game goes along with the animated series of the same name. Sonic and his crew of friends spend their days fighting Dr. Eggman and his group of robotic baddies. In this case Eggman has found a new source of power called ragnium and he’s mining the world for the element. It’s causing fissures to open up on various islands around the world. Sonic, Tails, Amy and the rest all have to team up and work together to close those fissures so they don’t destroy their home.