April 2016

Two Episodes In, And Hitman Still Misses The Target

Despite having the best mechanics in the series, the latest
Hitman’s “episodic” format continues to kill my enthusiasm for the title.

I reviewed the introductory offerings of Hitman last month,
and while the gameplay stays true to what fans have loved about the series, the
drip-feed of content doesn’t warrant an endless series of reviews over the next
year. Instead, we’ll review the complete package when it is available next
January, and offer our evolving impressions in the meantime.

And my impressions have indeed evolved after playing the
second episode, Sapienza – just not in a good way. While my original
still encompasses my overall feelings about the experience, episode
2 has reiterated some of the problems Agent 47 currently faces.

The Episodic Format
Doesn’t Work…

…and the game shouldn’t even be considered episodic in the
first place. Episode 2 contains one level, one story mission (plus another Sarajevo Six bonus mission on PS4), and a handful of Escalation missions. The
story is virtually nonexistent, and the side content isn’t particularly
compelling since it all revolves around a) repeating an assassination you’ve
already done several times, or b) killing random, unremarkable NPCs. Creating
your own contracts is still a cool option, but the user-created criteria is less
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Ratchet and Clank Come to Dead Star on PlayStation 4

Ratchet and Clank, Insomniac’s pair of iconic PlayStation mascots, are coming to Dead Star on the PS4.

Unlocking the PlayStation-icons in Armature Studio’s MOBA/shooter hybrid is simple, but you have to act quick. Play Dead Star from now until May 2 to unlock Ratchet, and between May 6-9 to unlock Clank.

In addition, a pair of add-on packs are also available for Dead Star. The Kurg Ship Expansion costs $4.99 on PS4 and Steam, and adds three new playable ships, as well as four additional pilot portraits featuring the Kurg species. Likewise, for $1.99, the Ordo Robots Skin Pack gives you two new robotic pilot portraits and four new ship skins that can be applied to all ships in the game.

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Final Fantasy Masterminds Reminisce About Their Favorite Moments

The Final Fantasy series has been running for nearly 30 years, spanning 14 mainline entries and a slew of spinoffs. Come September 30, it will celebrate its long-awaited 15th entry, which we’ve been looking at all month alongside our May cover story. There’s no denying Final Fantasy’s legacy, and everybody has their favorite characters, summons, and moments that defined the series for them. While we were at Square Enix’s offices in Tokyo, we talked to many influential people who have worked on the franchise, from Takashi Tokita, who’s been with the series since its beginnings, to Yoshinori Kitase who’s had a hand in some of the most popular entries, like VI, VII, and X. With such a great opportunity, we asked various Final Fantasy developers to share their favorite aspects. Here are their responses.

Yoshinori Kitase
Current Project: Final Fantasy VII Remake producer
Known For: Director on Final Fantasy VI, VII, VIII, X

Favorite villain: “Considering that I am working on the re-make right now, if I had to bring someone up it’d be Sephiroth. When we were creating him originally, we wanted it to be kind of like a mystery novel. This entity that appears mysteriously, so it …read more

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Kingdom Hearts Orchestra World Tour Announced

The Kingdom Hearts Orchestra World Tour will be launching in 2017. In honor of the series’ 15th anniversary, Square-Enix announced a musical celebration that will span 7 different cities across the globe.

Starting on March 10, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan, the tour will run for over three months, culminating in a final performance in New York City. Ticket pre-sales start on April 30, 2016 here at Wild Faery. A full list of dates and locations follow:

  • Tokyo (Tokyo International Forum) March 10, 2017
  • Paris (Salle Pleyel) March 18-19
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Special Events Coming to Star Wars Battlefront for May the 4th

Star Wars Battlefront players will be able to celebrate Star Wars Day—”May the 4th”—with special in-game bonuses.

On May 4 only, players who log into the game will receive 4,444 in-game credits to use on “blasters, Star Cards, or the latest Hutt Contract.”

That contract, which is debuting on Star Wars Day, requires players to spend 3,500 to 8,000 credits and complete bounties to unlock the Bacta Bomb Star Card that “provides a health boost” to players and their allies.

Additionally, those who haven’t played Star Wars Battlefront will finally have their chance to give it a go. Starting at 11 am PT on May 4, players will be able to play the game for four hours, for free, through Origin. Extra DLC content will not be available.

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Foursaken Media Soft Launches ‘Adventure Company’ Just Days After Releasing ‘War Tortoise’

Foursaken Media is blasting through 2016 at an epic pace. We’re not even a third of the way through the year and they’ve already released All is Lost [Free] and War Tortoise [Free]. Heck, War Tortoise has barely been out for 48 hours as of publication and already Foursaken is getting game number three this year ready. Their action-RPG Adventure Company, which we’ve written about before, has just soft launched in several countries. Yes, two days after War Tortoise‘s launch. Heck, even if they waited a week that would be a pretty quick pace, but if it’s ready, it’s ready, right?

Well, I guess this isn’t technically ‘ready’ yet, but if you’re in New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, or the Netherlands – or can fake it well enough – you can try out this game ahead of release. And if you want to provide feedback to Foursaken, which they could use, there’s a forum thread they’re participating in where you can tell them your thoughts on the game so far.

New Zealand iTunes Link: Adventure Company

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Shinobi Movie in Development With Scott Pilgrim Producer

Shinobi is getting a movie adaptation, courtesy of Wanted and Scott Pilgrim producer Marc Platt.

The ninja-focused game series is a SEGA property, and Platt is working with the Japanese company and Stories International to bring the franchise to the silver screen. Shinobi debuted in arcades in 1987, and the last game released on Nintendo 3DS in 2011.

“We love the Shinobi games and believe that the world of ninjas has never been properly explored onscreen,” Platt said in a statement. “We now have the opportunity to do just that. With Shinobi, we hope to make a film that honors the essence of the games.”

It’s unknown if the Shinobi film will star the original hero of the games, Joe Musashi, or someone else.

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Ratchet & Clank’s Voice Actors Discuss Road From PlayStation 2 To Film

This interview was originally published on April 12, 2016 around the release of Ratchet & Clank on PlayStation 4. With the release of the Ratchet & Clank film today, we decided it would be a good time to revisit it.

David Kaye has been providing the voice of Clank since the original game. James Arnold Taylor started playing Ratchet since the sequel. We spoke to the voice-actor veterans about the process of recording a new game and a film at the same time, got their best Liam Neeson, David Spade, and Michael J. Fox impressions (on tape), and asked Taylor about the infamous laugh of one of his other famous roles – Tidus from Final Fantasy X.

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Game Informer: How did the audition process for the original game work?

David Kaye (Clank): Well, I received a paragraph. I don’t even know if there was a drawing at all or anything. It was just a paragraph, no name on the project. Just a description of what they wanted the character to be: He’s a little robot and they wanted him to have a personality, but they didn’t want him to be too …read more

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‘Mos Speedrun 2’ is Free for the First Time, So Run and Get it (if you Enjoy Dying a Lot)

If you enjoy losing, losing, and then losing some more while trying to figure out a single level, then you should pick up Mos Speedrun 2 [Free], which has gone free for the first time ever. If you haven’t played the game before, on the surface it’s a platformer where you try to get to the end of a level as quickly as possible; yet, the game is so much more than that. Mos Speedrun 2 offers additional challenges on top of finishing a level as fast as possible such as collecting coins spread throughout the level, finding and exploring hidden levels, and so on. As our very own Carter pointed out in his 5-star review of the game, this is a very deep game with a number of objectives that you’ll have to complete if you are to unlock future worlds.

Still, keep in mind that the game is brutal and will have you calling your iPad or iPhone all kinds of names, but for many, the challenge is where the fun lies. So, for those players Mos Speedrun 2 is just the thing. Fortunately, the …read more

Chronicles – Watch Episode Twenty Of Our Dark Souls III Death March

The Dark Souls franchise continues with a powerful third entry into the world of dark, demanding fantasy action. Join Daniel Tack, Andrew Reiner, Kyle Hilliard, and Javy Gwaltney in an epic game of “pass the sticks” as they attempt to conquer fantastic environments and towering bosses in From Software’s latest ashen wasteland. Be aware that there may be spoilers as we move from episode to episode.

Will the crew finish? Will they smash controllers in frustration? Or will the team find new strength and resolve to persevere in the face of relentless and uncaring foes? Will the team go the extra mile and complete the game or go hollow as they bash against the endless tides of freakish minions? Find out on Chronicles: Dark Souls III edition.

Check out our review of Dark Souls III here.

Episode 20
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Looking for more on Dark Souls III? Check out our Dark Souls III cover story, 40 minutes of footage, and a look at the game’s first hours.

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