Friday, July 1

Tag: Video games developed in Japan

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Persona Movie Or TV Series Could Be On The Way From Sega

Image: Atlus / SegaVideo game publisher Sega, fresh off the success of its live-action Sonic films, is looking to adapt more games into films or TV shows. Specifically, Sega says it’s in the early stages to produce live-action adaptations of Atlus games, like Persona and Shin Megami Tensei. Sega revealed this bit of news to IGN, telling the outlet that it wants to expand how it tells stories, and its plans to make this a big part of its business strategy. Or to put it another way, some recent live-action game adaptations have raked in a ton of money at the box office, including its own Sonic films, and it wants to keep that money train rolling.JRPG franchise Persona sounds like it might be the first game to get the live-action treatment as part of Sega’s new adaptation-focused initiative.“...
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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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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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Final Fantasy 7 Remake Will Be A Trilogy, Part 2 Out In 2023

Screenshot: Square Enix / KotakuToday, during Square Enix’s big Final Fantasy VII 25th Anniversary live stream, it was confirmed that its large-scale FFVII Remake project will be spread across three separate games as part of a remake trilogy. Part one, of course, is already out. That was Final Fantasy VII Remake, which is a very good game! As for the next entry in this newly confirmed trilogy will, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth (which itself was just announced during the stream today) will be out next winter. That leaves a third, currently unnamed entry in the trilogy that will be released in the future. No details on this final game were revealed during the 15-minute stream today. If you missed it, here’s the full stream below via YouTube:FINAL FANTASY VII 25th Anniversary Celebration Sour...
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It’s Always A Good Time To Play JRPG Classic Persona 3 Portable

Image: Persona 3The increasing popularity of the Persona series in the West has been a wonderful if slow-burning thing to behold, ramping up over the last decade to the point where Persona 5 was a Very Big Video Game Release, and re-releases of older games are now headline news.So it’s easy finding people to talk to about Persona 5 , and to watch videos about it, and read articles about it. Same goes for Persona 4, which has now been ported enough times (I first played it on Vita!) that it’s in much the same space. Basically, when people talk about modern Persona games, they’re usually talking about those two games. Persona 3, a little less so, so in honour of our Backlog Month [Update: and it’s impending re-release] I want to talk about it tonight, and see if I can get it added to your li...
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The Upcoming Hollywood Gran Turismo Movie Actually Has A Plot

Screenshot: Gran Turismo 7Gran Turismo is a video game series entirely devoid of character. That’s not a criticism, just a fact: it wants to be a glossy car brochure, not tell a story, and it’s an approach that has served the games well over the decades. Now that Hollywood is making a Gran Turismo movie, though, that could have been a problem.How do you tell a story about a video game series with no story outside of “methodically buy nicer cars over hundreds of hours”? In Gran Turismo’s case, you don’t look inside the game, you look at the culture and events surrounding it, which is a surprisingly clever move.For a long time now, developers Polyphony Digital have held very serious competitions—the GT Academy—where fans could play their games in competitive scenarios, and winners would then...
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Three Hopes Is A Great Sequel To Three Houses

Screenshot: Nintendo / KotakuDespite public cynicism about musou games, which seem like straightforward hack-and-slash fests against armies of faceless foes amid chaotic battlefields, I’ve long felt that this style of gameplay could bring out Fire Emblem’s best war-simulating potential. Two months ago, I wrote about how Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes could actually be very good. I played the demo over the weekend, and I’m happy to confirm that I’m right. While the early game has some hiccups, Three Hopes is the refreshing and original entry that this 32-year-old series sorely needed. Three Hopes’ main plot takes place in an alternative timeline of 2019’s Three Houses—the most recent game in the main series—but its gameplay builds off of Fire Emblem Warriors, the 2017 title that first cr...
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Videogame Atlas Is A Love Letter To Game Levels & Architecture

I love video games, I love architecture and I love fancy books about both, so the upcoming Videogame Atlas is something I am super interested in checking out when it releases.The book, which takes “influence from late-20th-century experimental architecture publications”, has been written by Luke Caspar Pearson and Sandra Youkhana (both architectural designers with a strong interest in video game worlds), and is described on its listing as:Through panoramic maps, intricate exploded diagrams and illustrations all prepared exclusively for this publication, Videogame Atlas presents wholly new perspectives on twelve popular videogame worlds. Taking influence from late-20th-century experimental architecture publications, this large-format book offers a playful yet detailed new way of seeing the...
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Every Big Game Coming Out This Week (June 6-12, 2022)

Image: NintendoIt’s time once again to answer the age-old question: Who is the best soccer player among all the Mario characters? And thankfully on June 10 Mario Strikers: Battle League will provide us with yet another opportunity to solve one of life’s great mysteries.Hello? Can you hear me? Is this thing still on? Sorry about the delay, folks, but The Week In Games is back. I called a few folks and they came by with some tools and a few beers and we got this thing up and running in...well I was going to say no time, but it has clearly been some time.Assuming nothing wild happens anytime in the future, The Week In Games is back! The plan is to run these on Saturdays now, toward the end of the day.Now, let’s stop chit-chatting and get to the real reason you’re all here!Here’s all the other...