Friday, October 7

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The PS2’s Jak & Daxter Is Being ‘Ported’ To The PC By Fans

Image: Naughty DogOver the past few years we’ve started seeing something beautiful happen: fans of classic console games are taking old code and creating native PC versions of games that never saw an official release. We’ve seen it with some Nintendo games, but now we’re seeing it with a PlayStation platformer as well.This isn’t porting in the multiplatform sense that we’re used to, nor is it emulation. This is recompiling the game’s entire codebase so that Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, which was released on the PS2 on 2001, now runs as a native application on the PC. The project, which is now at around 80% done, is some incredible shit, because it turns out Jak And Daxter was “written in GOAL, a custom Lisp language developed by Naughty Dog”, which means the small team working on...
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Cuphead Studio Cares More About Its Staff Than Any Delays

Image: StudioMDHR / KotakuMaja Moldenhauer, the director at the studio behind Cuphead and its DLC, recently talked about how the company’s number one priority is making sure its employees are healthy and treated well. In fact, Moldenhauer explained that she didn’t even care about delays. In an interview with IGN posted yesterday, Moldenhauer talked openly about how little she cares about delays or how long it takes to finish a game or a piece of DLC. For example, Cuphead’s upcoming DLC, The Delicious Last Course, was first announced in 2018 with a 2019 release date. But that would be delayed a few times to avoid crunch and later because of covid.However, Moldenhauer explained to IGN that she doesn’t mind the long delay as “mental health needed to be at the forefront” of the studio’s priori...
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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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10 Tips For Your First The Quarry Playthrough

Image: Supermassive GamesEven years after my last unalloyed school break, as soon as June hits, everything seems to go slower, softer. Daytime stretches into late, mirthful sunsets like it did when I was a kid at camp. But I’ve realized that these hot months no longer mark that idyllic time in childhood when it’s okay to let my guard down. Mosquitoes hover over their lazy targets until they land for one long, bloody drink. No one is coming to smack them away and protect you, especially not in the interactive drama horror The Quarry, Supermassive Games’ new summertime successor to Until Dawn.The Quarry has you play from the alternating point-of-view of nine camp counselors as they’re pushed into a long night of danger, gore, and paranoia on their last night at Hackett’s Quarry Summer Camp. ...
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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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Microsoft Claims 50 Games Coming To Xbox In 2022 And 2023

Microsoft aired this graphic during its annual Xbox press conference.Screenshot: Microsoft / KotakuSix months into the year, Xbox’s release calendar is looking slim. Fresh off the heels of an absolutely banger 2021, Microsoft hasn’t released a single first-party tentpole in 2022. But that’s all set to change, Microsoft assured viewers today during its big splashy marketing showcase about big splashy games on the horizon.Halfway through today’s show—which offered long-awaited gameplay reveals for feverishly anticipated games like Starfield and Redfall—Xbox boss Phil Spencer showed off a graphic indicating 50 new games would come to Xbox within the next year. Xbox’s official social media feed tweeted out a slightly altered version of the graphic after the showcase ended:There are some minor ...
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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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Every Big Game Coming Out This Week (June 13-June 19)

Image: DotEmu / Nickelodeon🎶Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles—Shredder’s Revenge is—OUT THIS WEEK!🎶I’m not the biggest TMNT fan in the world, but I can’t lie. That new game featuring 6-player combat and a ton of playable TMNT characters looks rad as hell. I’m excited to play it with some pizza and soda when it releases on June 16 for basically every platform out there. Here’s all the other stuff coming out this week:Monday, June 13Jumanji: The Curse Returns | SwitchTuesday, June 14Crazy Chicken Xtreme | PS5, PS4Neodori Forever | PCThe Hand of Merlin | PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, SwitchWednesday, June 15Dadish 3 | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PCLater Daters Premium | SwitchOlli Olli World: VOID Riders [DLC] |PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S...