Now let’s take a nose dive into this week’s revelations.
The Resident Evil 2 Demo
Ah the best Resident Evil game! Apart from 4. And maybe Code Veronica. I digress; this week saw the release of a thirty-minute one-shot demo of the most anticipated remake in survival horror history (probably). So, what did I think? No idea, I’ve not played it yet. Reggie Reviews’ own Jason has though, and he tells me it’s pretty. And has gore.
In my view, it’s a shrewd move to provide only one chance at having go for a few reasons. The ‘beta’ moniker that many publishers attach to their demos (seriously, they’re pretty much the same thing) these days is tired so adding a shiny new spin on the label casts fresh arousal. Or scepticism, but hey, it’s publicity. Also, it will definitely leave you wanting more, unless you’re a speedrunner. I love the concept so close to release and that’s why I’ve installed the demo on my Xbox One, PS4 and PC. For three goes of the one-shot.
This one-shot, as I am led to believe, begins on entering the Police Station, truth be told I was hoping for the run up to the Police Station to mimic the original PS demo. No beef, though, the game’s out shortly. 25th January 2019, in fact! [Capcom]
Nintendo Direct…ing you to Twitter
Ah, yes, The Big N. They love to subvert your expectations. You wanted a Direct this week? They dropped mini info-bombs on Twitter instead! Perhaps the most interesting being the release date being set for Yoshi’s Crafted World and nifty new trailer. [Nintendo]
Honestly, you’ll never please everyone, but my spider-sense suspects this is a mere tease before something bigger. You know the cycle; Nintendo put a Direct out early year, every year. Yes, these marketing tools are subject to nip-and-tucks, especially under a new leader, but I see 2019 as a year of massive opportunity for Nintendo given the relative wind-down/build-to-next-gen we’re expecting to see from Sony and Microsoft.
On a related note, the latest Nintendo Online NES offerings are a pair of gems. Zelda II frequents the bottom of many a best-of-Zelda games list but I really enjoyed it and would encourage a playthrough if you’re willing to put the effort in. Couple that with Blaster Master Zero and it’s a solid line-up. [Nintendo]
Switch NES App Datamine (& associated rumours)
Speaking of Nintendo Online, we’re not allowed secrets in this day and age. But you know, sometimes you just need to roll with it. That’s your cue to look away. Still here?
Datamining whiz @KapuccinoHeck appeared on social media to sprinkle some life back into the hype train, noting the files found within the NES Switch app point to the likelihood of SNES games being added to the service at some point in the future. In fact, there’s a list of games, too! What more evidence do you need?
That’s not all though, as his fellow mining buddy @OatmealDome, found evidence of two emulators hiding under the NES and SNES Classic pair! Sign me up. Oh wait, I already am! Good times.
I really enjoy having the NES titles so hand, even if I haven’t had a lot of use out of them, but when you have a family set up (or friends to share a family account with) you can all have the app separately installed. Imagine that being the case for SNES and possibly N64/GameCube and suddenly, a fair deal becomes and immense deal.
Bungie Splits from Activision Blizzard
Alright, so I’m no fan of Destiny, it isn’t my bag but this is an interesting development. Fuelled by unrealistic revenue expectations, perhaps? Well one thing is for sure, Bungie’s development funds will be tighter for the next project, the bigger and better question is; will the creative freedom this affords to tackle a smaller-scale project be better for them? That said, this is still a massive international firm.
For me though, the importance of this is the security of jobs; let’s hope there’s some stability factored in here (as much as the industry allows, anyway) and give these guys the support they need. Well, unless Microsoft flies over and buys them. [Bungie]
Kingdom Hearts III Ruined
No links! That is all.
Seriously, though, release is imminent and I will strike you with a ban hammer, the size of which is normally reserved for the mad skills of Hideki Kamiya, should you ruin any more!
I’m asking for it, aren’t I?
Inti Creates, you are Spoiling us
Switch owners have been treated well by Inti Creates so far, which is why I unreservedly want to plug and remind everyone that Dragon: Marked for Death is on its way! This 2D action RPG looks like it’s going to be a spectacular co-op gig and I’m happy that the dev calibre will ensure gameplay is high on the agenda and is top notch.
I mention this now because, aside from the game being available for pre-purchase, the team at Inti Creates dropped an interesting nugget of info about the soundtrack:
‘Inti Creates sound mastermind Ippo Yamada traveled around the world to Boston, Prague, Kuala Lumpur, and Okinawa to oversee the recording of all 77 tracks of Dragon Marked for Death’s fully orchestrated soundtrack! Here’s a music video of the title theme!’ [via Twitter]
The soundtrack excites me as much as visuals and, oh my, that box art! The game’s set for release on 31st January 2019.
Yes, I do think my time is better spent talking about this than talking about Randy Pitchford (if you want some decent coverage of this story, check out the world-class reporting from Jason Schreier, found here).
Sega/Atlus Drop Another Hint of Coming PC Support
Like many Japanese developers, Atlus have increased their presence greatly on PC with more releases in the last few years. PC Gamer, reporting on Catherine’s PC release, features a choice quote from Sega:
“We hope to have more exciting news to share from Sega/Atlus in regards to publishing on PC in the future…” [via PC Gamer]
This echoes previous statements and is underpinned by this week’s Catherine release. What do I want to see on PC? Shin Megami Tensei; all of them! Bring it on, Atlus.
That’s your lot for this week, folks! Any news in particular this week that caught your attention? Sound off in the comments or via Twitter (@Reggie_Reviews and @2DMike3D).
References / Sources:
http://www.residentevil2.com/uk/ (viewed 13/01/19)
https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/01/11/resident-evil-2-remake-one-shot-demo-finished-in-just-over-3-minutes-speedrun (viewed 13/01/19)
https://twitter.com/NintendoUK/status/1082925865128865793 (viewed 13/01/19)
https://twitter.com/KapuccinoHeck/status/1084281635586146304 (viewed 13/01/19)
https://twitter.com/IntiCreatesEN/status/1083800852861722624 (viewed 13/01/19)
https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-Switch-download-software/Dragon-Marked-for-Death-1440702.html#Overview (viewed 13/01/19)
https://www.pcgamer.com/catherine-classic-is-out-now-on-pc-and-more-atlus-games-could-follow/ (viewed 13/01/19)