Sonic Mania; Opening Animation

Yesterday, Sonic Mania was leaked online. That’s because various shops broke the game’s street date and sold it early, leaving lucky buyers a way to post everything about the game online.

Fortunately, Sega found a way to move attention away from that leak. Why? Because to ‘compete’ with it, they just posted the game’s opening video online! Here it is if you haven’t seen it already:

As you can tell, it looks fantastic. You’ve got bright and colourful character designs for the entire cast. There’s fluid animation throughout.

And well, in general the hand drawn cartoon opening looks a million times more interesting than the CGI deals found in most games. Indeed, some might say it looks good enough to have a TV series styled after it. One that’s a bit more… official art like than the actual Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons out there at the moment.

So good job guys. You’ve made a fantastic intro for Sonic Mania, and one that brings back the personality so many games are missing nowadays.

Let’s hope other titles do something like this in the future!

Resident Evil Revelations 1 and 2 Are Coming to Nintendo Switch!

Back in 2012, Capcom released Resident Evil Revelations for the Nintendo 3DS. The game was a hit, getting good reviews and selling well for the series, and ended up being one of the best titles for selling the system’s 3D capabilities.

For the first time since Resident Evil 4, Nintendo fans got to play a main series Resident game on a system they owned.

Which was more than you could say about the sequel. Why?

Because unlike the original title, that never did come to Nintendo systems. It was released on every other console under the sun sure (including PlayStation Vita), but neither the Wii U or 3DS was a platform it was made available for.

But now it seems Capcom is making up for that a bit here! Why?

Because they’ve just announced that Resident Evil Revelations 1 and 2 will be coming to the Nintendo Switch! Yep, both games will be available for the system in late 2017 and will be sold for the low price of $19.99 each. Complete with a special compilation set including one game on cartridge and one game as a digital download.

It’s a pretty neat deal, especially given how the Xbox One and PS4 only seem to be getting one of the games remastered. Here’s a trailer showing the first game’s remastered version in action:

As you can see, it looks fantastic so far, regardless of the system the games are on.

So yeah, it’s good news all around really. Makes up for the second game not seeing a Wii U release anyway…

But what do you think about it all?

Are you happy that Resident Evil Revelations 2 is finally on a Nintendo system? Is the idea of getting to play remastered versions of the games on Switch an exciting one?

Or do you wish Capcom had done this much earlier on?

Post your thoughts on the matter here or on social media today!

Source:

Resident Evil Revelations Comes to PS4 and Xbox One, Both Games Come to Nintendo Switch (Capcom Unity Blog)

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy May Be Heading to Other Consoles!

Given its status as a PlayStation classic, you’d be forgiven for assuming the N Sane Trilogy would remain a PlayStation 4 exclusive. After all, Crash himself was originally Sony’s mascot. The games themselves were the company’s equivalent to Mario. And well, with all the marketing Sony is doing for the title, the remake’s status as a PS4 exclusive almost seemed like a guarantee.

But now it seems that’s not the case! Why?

Because a concept artist working on the game has posted a very interesting video of the game’s menu online. Here it is:

As you can tell, it features Xbox One icons for the buttons. In other words, it’s a look at the N Sane Trilogy’s menu as if it was being accessed on an Xbox One version of the game.

And that’s really interesting. After all, didn’t Sony say it’d be an exclusive?

Yes. Yes they did.

But from the video posted, it seems that may be a lie. Instead, the exclusivity could merely be a time limited one. A quick way to keep Sony fans happen for a while before porting to the game to other platforms to bring it to an even wider audience.

Which isn’t really a bad thing. N. Sane Trilogy is a great remake of the first three games, and one many Xbox and Nintendo fans would like to play.

So to see it come to other consoles would be amazing. It’d be a way for millions of people to try out some of the best 3D platformers ever made.

Can you really be unhappy with that? I know I can’t.

Still, what do you think anyway? Are you happy Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy could be coming to other consoles?

Or does it feel weird having this remake potentially get ported to other systems?

Post your thoughts on the matter here or on social media today!

Source:

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy Artist Shows Save/Load Screens with Xbox Prompts (Reddit)

PlayStation Plus prices to increase

I couldn’t believe it when I saw the email but after a quicks search through Google it seems to be true. Sony’s PlayStation Plus service will be going up in price. This is however only for European and Australian gamers. I’m not sure how the new prices will compare to other countries such as those in the United States. The prices will go up at midnight on the 31st of August for European and Australian gamers. The email states that the prices will go up as follows:
Monthly membership will go up to £6.99 (usually £5.99)
Quarterly membership will rise to £19.99 (usually £14.99)
Yearly membership will rise to the price of a brand new game at £49.99 (usually £39.99)

The only good bit of news from this is that because it only is effective from midnight on the 31st of August, you can renew your membership for at least a year now and save at least £10. PlayStation Plus membership can be stacked on your account which means that if you are willing to, you can mass buy PlayStation Plus codes for 1 year and add them all to your account, although this method may be costly, it may end up saving you up to £10 per year.

The fact that these prices are going up in Europe and Australia suggests that Brexit is not to blame. I’m sure a lot of gamers in Europe and Australia will be incensed like I am because of this 25% price increase. Memberships in the United States cost around $59.99 which means that this may just be a price increase to make the prices more similar. I hope they are not increasing these prices because of increased costs of running this service because they don’t seem to have been improving any of their services at all especially considering how many times PlayStation Plus has been down the past 2 years. Hopefully, *fingers crossed* they do start actually taking the service seriously with these price increases and improve their infrastructure and security. And hopefully, the free monthly games as part of PlayStation Plus also improve considering that I am now paying the price of a brand new game every year.

The last price increase for the PlayStation Plus service was also for the United Kingdom in 2015, with South Africa, Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, and India also affected in 2014. Although, that time the price increase in the United Kingdom was only for the month and three month memberships.

What are your thoughts on these price increases? Will you be affected?

A Hat in Time is Coming to the PS4 and Xbox One!

Prior to Yooka-Laylee, FreezeMe and Poi, there was one other 3D platformer that started the whole genre revival off. Named A Hat in Time, the game starred a character called Hat Kid as she collected pieces of time in various worlds, all while avoiding the machinations of the evil Moustache Girl. It looked great, did really well on Kickstarter (raising over $296,000 in funds there) and eventually kicked off the entire N64 collectathon revival altogether.

But while the games it inspired came and went, A Hat in Time has continued trucking away in the background.
We’ve seen fantastic new levels set in places like a train and a film studio. We’ve seen interesting costumes and mechanics from the game posted on Twitter.

And in general, we’ve seen a lot of things that indicate this will be an amazing 3D platformer. Perhaps even the true return to form the genre has needed.

Yet for all that, it wasn’t ever really announced for consoles. Somehow, the latest in a genre made for home consoles has remained a PC exclusive since the start of the development.

But that’s now changed! Why? Because as the title suggests, A Hat in Time has now been announced as coming to the PS4 and Xbox One! Here’s the official trailer about these two console releases for the title:

It’s pretty good all things considered. However, it still leaves one very obvious question here.

And that’s why it’s not been announced for a Nintendo system yet. Seriously, this game is made for the Nintendo audience. It’s inspired by Mario Sunshine, Banjo-Kazooie and the Legend of Zelda The Wind Waker.

It’s a game the Nintendo fanbase would adore, especially if you take their interest in Yooka-Laylee and Super Mario Odyssey as an indicator here.

Meanwhile the players on the other systems are… perhaps a little less endearing towards games like this.
=Remember, Rare tried it on the Xbox and Xbox 360. It’s why Microsoft bought them, and why Grabbed by the Ghoulies, Viva Piñata, Banjo-Kazooie Nuts and Bolts and others were released on Microsoft’s systems.

Yet their fans didn’t really care. The games just didn’t sell to the Xbox demographic.

Which is something I suspect may be the case here too. A Hat in Time is a good game, and it’s nice its coming out on Xbox One and PS4…

But it’s just the wrong type of game for those consoles in general. It’s one Nintendo fans would likely buy into more.

So let’s hope Gears for Breakfast takes some notes and announces a Switch port at some point. Cause if so, I’m buying the game on day 1!