Videogames highlights - December 2016

April 14, 2017 · Filed Under In Depth, Videogaming 
This entry is part of the series Videogames Highlights

In Depth - A merciless lens pointed on the hot topics, passionate and detailed retrospectives, reflections beyond the appearances One of the craziest things I have ever heard is that SEGA would like to make films and TV series based on Streets of Rage and Altered Beast. The truth is that video games are just video games and certain titles of the past don’t work well if used for different kinds of entertainment, even though publishers still pretend they don’t understand after all these years of nasty stuff and box office flops. A classic video game can afford getting a mod where objects and bullets grow legs, just to say, but a film about Altered Beast’s beastly transformations will always be a very bad idea.

Absolver

Absolver

As I already said multiple times I hate on-line games, but I’m willing to partially take my disdain back to play a couple of times with Absolver: developed by an indie studio created by former employees of Ubisoft Paris, this on-line action-RPG is based on melee fights designed to recreate fluid movements, similar to dance. Players can customize their own fighting moves through a card system, where every card portrays a specific move. To be released on PC and PS4 in 2017.

Death Stranding

Death Stranding

Far from being an already completed product, Death Stranding is still toying with fans expectations: the new work by Hideo Kojima (in his second life beyond Konami’s cage) has shown new characters, fully recreated in 3D with motion capture just like the previously unveiled actor Norman Reedus, and it will make use of a modified version of the Decima Engine to offer an open world action experience like never before. To be released, sooner or later, on PlayStation 4.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Capcom has done a lot of work for the success of the Resident Evil 7 operation, the 24th game in the Nippon zombie saga that wants to be a return to the basics of classic survival horror games: the new Resident Evil has been anticipated by a massive demo package available both on consoles and computers, offering a good amount of scary moments but also an armory full of fire options with a remarkable graphics quality. The Japanese software house was expecting to sell four million copies of the game on day one, and yet the charming Baker family has thus far welcomed a bit more than three million players in their horrible mansion. Available since January 2017 on PC Windows, PS4 and Xbox One.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Californian platform experts of WayForward Technologies went in full indie mode for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, the fourth chapter in the series with the same name and the first specifically designed for the latest generation gaming platforms. Shantae, the half-genie featured in the game, is able to attack enemies by using her hair like a whip but also to acquire, during her adventure, the ability to turn into several animal forms each one with a peculiar skill. Shantae: Half-Genie Hero had already collected a nice amount of money in the crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, and it is now available in its complete version on PC Windows, PS Vita, PS4, Wii U and Xbox One.

Wipeout: Omega Collection

Wipeout: Omega Collection

Sony is well aware of the fact that no new PlayStation would have a reason to exist without a new Wipeout, and for the PS4 the Japanese corporation is planning a remix of the past with graphics projected into the future: Wipeout: Omega Collection collects the updated versions of Wipeout HD (PS3) and Wipeout 2048 (PS Vita), offering the iconic futuristic racing series in “dynamic” 4K resolution. Destruction at 900 kilometers per second arrives on PS4 in June 2017.

Yuppie Psycho

Yuppie Psycho

Starting a new job, and I know this all too well, can be a nightmarish experience. In Yuppie Psycho’s case, the opportunity of a lifetime to work for a big corporation hides an even worse reality: the company is under the curse of a witch, and the young, suitcase-equipped protagonist will have the task to investigate through retro graphics and cyberpunk dystopias, horrible creatures swarming in the darkness and survival horror puzzles with RPG elements. To be released on PC.

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