It seems that every year, EVO gets bigger and better. This year will see the EVO debut of Street Fighter V, but Twitch won't be the only place to watch. According to Shoryuken.com, with Street Fighter V surpassing all historical registration highs for a single game in four days, you'll now be able to watch the championships live on ESPN2.
On Sunday, July 17th, ESPN2 will be showing the EVO Street Fighter V World Championships live from Las Vegas starting at 7pm PDT (10pm EDT). While this is kind of late, this is around the time that the Street Fighter Top 8 typically begins, so expect to see the best of the best Street Fighter players in the world fight it out on the grandest fighting game stage in front of a much larger audience.
Recently I got the opportunity to check out Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE on the Wii U. I saw a bit of the E3 trailer between bouts of playing Borderlands and I was impressed with what I saw. Ever since first playing Super Mario RPG on the Super NES back in the 90s I’ve enjoyed turn-based RPGs and this one looked interesting enough that if I hadn’t received the opportunity to review it, I probably would have picked it up at some point. Anyway, the game is a cross-over between the Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem games, with the Fire Emblem influence coming in the form of Mirages, characters that the heroes of the game merge with that help them in battle.
While I have nothing against the Fire Emblem series, I was happy to see that the game is turn-based instead of strategy-based as I was never all that good with strategy-based RPGs, the main reason why I’ve only played a couple of Fire Emblem games. The first thing I noticed about the game is that there is a lot of story, and I do mean A LOT. Within the first few hours of playing I’d say at least half to sixty percent of that is watching the story unfold. Don’t get me wrong, I like a good story, especially in RPGs, and the story here is pretty fun to watch. On the flip side of that I also get a huge itch for combat and action when watching the story play out and as much as I enjoy it, I also want it to end so the game itself can continue.
The main gameplay itself takes place in what are called Idolaspheres. As you wander around you’ll see robed figures coming towards you. You can run into them to start combat or hit them with your sword to knock them back, and touching them then might give you a First Strike, meaning you’ll have an advantage in combat with additional attacks before the enemy can attack you. As you win battles and gain experience, your Mirages can also level up and give you new abilities and skills. These skills unlock another interesting concept for battles: sessions. When you hit an enemy with a skill that its weak to and another character has a session skill that can chain off of the element of the first skill that was used, that second character will start a session and also attack the enemy. As long as characters have the required session skills you can keep a session going for quite a while. This is very vital once you get later into the game and begin facing tougher enemies.
So far I’m really enjoying my time with Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE. What starts out as a simple JRPG soon evolves into something more complex as you learn about the concept of Performa and Unity to unlock new weapons and abilities. As with sessions, these are imperative to completing the game as each weapon can only unlock so many skills. Once you unlock and utilize new Unities you’ll gain access to more skills. I know there’s a lot more to do and experience and I’m looking forward to it.
Travis checked out The Assembly last year at E3 and now the wait will soon be over. July 19th will be the release date for this adventure game on the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. A PlayStation VR version will be available as well sometime after its released.
The game looks pretty polished as you can see. They are going to offer two options to move around the bunker. First, you can use an analog stick movement scheme for those that can stomach it. The other option is a teleportation mechanic that's featured in many games today and that should help those that don't have as strong of a stomach with traditional stick movement.
As for as the story itself, there's going to be multiple endings that can be accessed via your actions rather than through dialogue. Playing as two different people from two different perspectives, the game will have you discovering the secrets of the Assembly.
It sounds intriguing an mDreams looks like they are really putting some great effort into the VR aspect of it.
The game will retail for $29.99.
One of the more exciting announcements for me coming out of E3 was the fact that Fallout 4 will be coming to the HTC Vive. I wasn't able to get to E3 to try it out, but you can see one of the principal actors do it.
Brian Delaney is the voice of the Sole Survivor in the game and he got a chance to step into the Commonwealth with the Vive. The demo had him at Red Rocket, checking out the landscape, and facing off against a Deathclaw with hilarious results.
I can't wait to get this in my hands.
The Pokemon U.S. Nationals have begun in Columbus, OH. The TGC Championships have been underway for about a 45 minutes and the Video Game Championships should be starting soon. If you are planning on attending, especially to spectate, there are a couple of things to note.
First, as I type this I've only been in one hall which seems to have each of the three main tournaments as well as the area to register for side events. I'm not sure right off if there's more to see in another hall, but considering how much is in tha main hall, I wouldn't be surprised if there wasn't. Second, the only big screen to spectate is in the back of the hall with the main stream, but there are two monitors to either side that show the TCG and Video Game streams, plus the there is a decent amount of seating if you're like me and get tired of standing.
Third, there are a couple of vendors here if you need to get your TCG fix. Right off I saw Collector's Cache and Troll & Toad, and I haven't seen anymore yet. As per the norm for events there are also a few food vendors set up in case you get hungry enough to pay convention center food prices.
So far the event is going pretty well and is quite awesome to see in person. If you want to catch any of the streams, head over to www.pokemonchampionships.com.
NVIDIA is partners with TSMC and they are the ones that produce the chips for NVIDIA cards. Reports are coming out that TSMC is the reason that the newest GeForce cards are in low supply.
The new Pascal cards need 16nm chips and it seems TSMC is having problems producing them in good numbers. You also couple that with the fact the cards are in high demand and you'll get a nice shortage were some stores are marking them up significantly.
I'm still waiting to see if I should pick up the card or wait until another version comes out. I have yet to find a game that taxes my system with a GeForce GTX 980 and even VR games run smooth on my setup. But, for those looking for a great upgrade, the 1070 and 1080 are great choices provided you can find them online or at your local stores.
The long awaited story mode update for Street Fighter V is finally here and Capcom has released a trailer for the story mode which is called "A Shadow Falls." Juri and Cammy together on a bike? Awesome!
I am really excited about this because this is the first time that a story mode of this magnitude has ever been done in a Street Fighter game and honestly I think story is very important in fighting games. The lore is the reason I fell in love with games like Mortal Kombat and yes, even Street Fighter.
Somewhat off topic but major props are in order to Ed Boon and Netherealm Studios because after Mortal Kombat 9's cinematic story mode, I feel like a lot of other fighting games out there are following up with their own cinematic story modes.
The Story Mode update for Street Fighter V launches today and will be available for free. Also included in the update are two fighters, Ibuki and Balrog, two new stages including Balrog's Las Vegas stage and Karin's Kannzuki Family Private Beach, the in game currency show, and tons of new costumes.
Sonic Team recently promised that yes, the speedy blue hedgehog would be getting a new game in 2017. Sadly that leaves 2016, his 25th anniversary year, a bit fallow. Sega is still celebrating though, with events like this Sonic street art painted in Los Angeles by David Flores.
It's an evocative take on the iconic mascot, but some fans in the video's Youtube comments are (half-jokingly) worrying because the blue blur has blue arms. Sharp-eyed readers will recall that blue arms on Sonic was one of the artistic choices taken by the much-reviled Sonic Boom spinoff series. Whether this street art is just a stylistic choice or an indication of future games is unknown, but I don't think fans have to worry too much until Sega starts asking Mr. Flores to paint Sonic with copious amounts of athletic tape.
I can't be the only person who remembers SimAnt on the Super Nintendo, right? Well, the decidedly less strategic--and realistic--MilitAnt is almost here. Xibalba Studios announced this game way back at E3 2014, but PS4, Vita and Steam players will finally get their hands on the action sidescroller this July 12th. This game looks a lot faster and appropriately twitchier than most 2D platformers these days, and I'm really digging the art style. It has a real Oddworld quality to it that I think matches the setting well.
Zombie games, a dime a dozen am I right? I'm a fan of the genre and even I was rolling my eyes at Dead Rising 4 during E3. But what if there was some way to put a twist on the undead? With, Zombie Night Terror, Gambitious and Noclip just might be doing that. Coming July 20th, it puts you in charge of a growing horde of brain-eaters that you must strategically lead, improve and mutate in order to continue killing those pesky humans. Of course the living will escalate the conflict by deploying soldiers and heavy weapons, but the virus infecting your army of ghouls has a few mutagenic tricks up its sleeves too.