Tuesday, July 5

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Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto Hated Wind Waker’s Art At First

Image: NintendoIf there’s one thing that’s helped The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker stand the test of time, it’s the game’s distinctive art style. But it turns out this now-defining aspect stoked some controversy in development. According to a slew of old interviews, resurfaced and translated by the folks at DidYouKnowGaming?, Nintendo bigwig Shigeru Miyamoto initially couldn’t stand the way the game looked.It is almost impossible to picture a Wind Waker that doesn’t look like Wind Waker. First released stateside in 2003 for the GameCube, it deviated visually from the previous Zelda games, Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask, both released for N64. Rather than an ill-advised attempt at photorealism—which, in the era of gaming’s technical arms race, would’ve doomed it to a brief half-life—N...
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Unreleased Footage Of Scarface 2 Game Leaks Online

Screenshot: Mafia Game Videos / Radical / KotakuRemember in 2006 when we got a Scarface game set after the ending of the classic ‘80s gangster flick? It was a weird setup, but the end result was a slightly clunky, yet kind of fun GTA-like open-world game. Apparently it did well enough that a sequel began development, but it was never finished. However, new footage from that canceled Scarface sequel has surfaced online, giving us a good look at the follow-up that never was. The newly released footage of this never released sequel, which was known as Scarface Empire, comes courtesy of YouTube channel Mafia Game Videos. The footage shows an early build of the game, showcasing the new Las Vegas setting, upgraded graphics, improved combat, and lots of swearing.Scarface 2 Gameplay Footage (2008)...
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Yakuza Fan Is Fixing The PS2 Original’s Localization Mistakes

It’s easy to forget in 2022, now that it feels like we get a new or remastered Yakuza game every six months, that for a very long time the series was MIA from Western shores, in large part down to the disastrous decisions made by Sega for the original game’s release back in 2006.The whole point of the Yakuza series is that it’s Japanese as hell, from the convenience stores to the overwrought voice-acting, but for the series’ debut in North America and Europe Sega made the bizarre decision to essentially tilt the entire experience on its axis via its localisation.Voice actors like Michael Madsen, Mark Hamill and Eliza Dushku were brought in (at the expense of the Japanse audio track, which was cut entirely), the script’s tone was altered to be a bit more street and the whole vibe of the gam...
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Here Are 8 Adorably Wholesome Indie Games To Keep Your Eyes On

The Wholesome Games Direct presentation just wrapped, and after about an hour of trailers, the livestream underscored one thing for me: There sure are a lotta farming sims out in the wild. Hey, I don’t mind the abundance of these games. Farming in games can be a cozy escape, but it was strange seeing so many trying to bite the successful formula of games like Animal Crossing and Stardew Valley. That said, the broadcast did feature a number of compelling indies, from turn-based rhythm games to visual novels, some of which are coming sooner than you might expect.In case you don’t know, the Wholesome Direct, now in its second year, is a livestream dedicated to comfy-cozy indie games usually developed by marginalized creators. So what you’re getting are experiences that venture off the beaten ...
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Duke Nukem Film In Development From Cobra Kai Producers

Image: Gearbox / 3D RealmsI hate to ruin your Friday right as the weekend is starting, but I bring some troubling news from the land of Hollyweird. It seems the creative folks behind Cobra Kai, the Karate Kid revival, have decided they want to make a movie, a full-length film, based on the once-popular ‘90s first-person shooter character Duke Nukem. 2022 continues to be a strange year.The Hollywood Reporter is, uh...reporting that Legendary Entertainment has licensed the Duke Nukem franchise’s film rights from Gearbox and is now planning to make a new movie with the character. According to the outlet, this new project will be produced by Cobra Kai creators Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg.Jean-Julien Baronnet, who previously worked on the film adaptation of Assassin’s Creed,...
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Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order 2, Jedi Survivor, Out In 2023

Screenshot: Respawn / EA / Lucasfilm / KotakuStar Wars Jedi: Survivor, the highly-anticipated sequel to 2019's Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was finally revealed today via a new teaser trailer during Star Wars Celebration. It will be released in 2023 for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S. While we knew a sequel was in the works, this is the first time EA and Lucasfilm have confirmed the rumored name, which leaked earlier this year. Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is the follow-up to Respawn’s 2019 third-person action-adventure Star Wars game, Fallen Order. Like that game, this new sequel stars Cal Kestis, a former Jedi who is on the run from the Empire alongside a ragtag group of misfits and outsiders. Y’know, classic Star Wars stuff. The newly announced sequel is being led once again by former God of ...
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Norman Reedus Might Just Have Confirmed Death Stranding 2

Screenshot: Kojima Productions / KotakuSpeaking with men’s lifestyle site Leo, actor Norman Reedus seems to suggest that not only will there be a sequel to 2019’s Death Stranding, but that production has “just started.” This piece of information comes in the middle of a wide-ranging interview where the actor discusses his time on The Walking Dead, his friendship with other actors and celebrities, and, of course, his time working with video game auteur, Hideo Kojima. It kind of doesn’t get any more direct than this. After discussing his upcoming book, “The Ravaged,” as well as the coming end to The Walking Dead, interviewer Ilaria Urbinati mentions Death Stranding to which the actor replies very directly:Okay, so you got the book going on, you’ve got the final season coming out, then the sp...
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The Best Lord Of The Rings Video Games

Image: EATolkien’s influence on video games stretches back decades. Fans have been playing games based on The Lord of the Rings (and The Hobbit) for almost as long as there have been video games, and for every misguided flop there has been a game that has been surprisingly OK for a licensed product. And in some cases much better than that.Here are five of the best of them:THE HOBBITImage: BeamAustralian studio Beam Software made a number of LotR games, but their first remains the most important. The Hobbit, released in 1982, is an absolute adventure game classic that helped push the genre forwards in a number of ways, from its inclusion of illustrations to a complex text-entry system that let users string together long sentences (instead of just typing “open door”). It even had a primitive...