One of the charms that attracted people to Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot was how it looked, or more accurately, how it presented itself. The game went out of its way to try to recreate every moment of the original anime as faithfully as possible, and while it made some mistakes here and there, it managed to do just that.
In fact, the game prided itself so much on the nostalgic feeling that it generated that it produced a live-action trailer themed around the emotion. Nevertheless, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot‘s graphics hold it back a little. While the game is undoubtedly pretty, it still looks more like a game rather than the interactive anime that it so clearly wants to be.
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But according to some new commentary on Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot‘s development, the graphics that the game ended up with are not the ones that its developer, Cyber Connect 2, originally meant for it to have. The game’s graphics were supposed to be more faithful to Akira Toriyama’s original manga, and some new screenshots show just what that would look like.
While toying around with the game’s look during its early stages, Cyber Connect 2 tried out a variety of different styles in an attempt to capture the look of the manga. It then tried to blend these styles with the motion, color, and life granted by an action-RPG video game, but the final result just didn’t work. For whatever reason, the gameplay didn’t mesh well with the look Cyber Connect 2 wanted.
Thus, the developer took a different approach. Instead of using just the manga for the game’s visuals, it threw in the anime too. The result of this fusion led to the look fans see with the title’s final product, a look that CC2 also provided screenshots for. They depict the process of breaking down the game’s many characters and varients into different stages so that the developer could effectively manage them all.
Whether or not the original look is better than what came with the final product is definitely debatable. But it’s hard to deny that it would have been interesting to see how Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot would have turned out it the gameplay meshed well with the manga-like visuals Cyber Connect 2 had prepared. Maybe it’ll try to make it work if Bandai Namco brings it back for a Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot sequel.
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is out now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
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As Activision continues to support Call of Dutyat a rapid pace, there is a brand new bundle available for purchase that includes the classic “Ghost” operator to play as within Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Warzone.
Call of Duty: Warzone released earlier in the month as the free-to-play battle royale for the popular first-person shooter. As with any free-to-play title, in-game purchasable content usually comes with the territory. In this case, the Underwater Demo Team Classic Ghost Bundle comes with 8 items. The selling point will be the “UDT Ghost” operator skin, which is perfect for the fans who were unhappy with the fresh look of the newer Ghost that came with season 2.
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The bundle also comes with a “Task Force” blueprint for the M4A1, the “One for One” blueprint, a “Flippers” charm to slap on a gun, and a couple more Ghost specific operators items like his finishing move and a voice quip. Lastly, the list is topped off with the “No Easy Days” player card and a “Ghost” emblem. One of the important things about this to note is that this bundle will cost $20, and can only be purchased alongside the newly announced Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered.
Some fans may be bummed to find out that Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered is only available for PS4 as of now, with the game coming to the Xbox One and PC on April 30, 2020. So while the Underwater Demo Team Classic Ghost Bundle can be purchased and used immediately within Modern Warfare and Warzone, players on the Xbox One or PC are pre-ordering Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered with the bundle as opposed to buying it to play right away.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered is out now for PS4, with a PC and Xbox One version launching on April 30.
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For those wondering how much of a minefield translating names and titles from one language to another can be, look no further than the gaffe XSEED Games almost stepped into when picking out a new name for what’s now known as Story of Seasons.
The farming sim series Bokujo Monogatari has long been known by the name Harvest Moon in North America, but that changed in 2012 when the series changed publishers from Natsume to XSEED. Since Natsume owned the name Harvest Moon, the series had to be rebranded with a new localized name.
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And as a Twitter post from XSEED this week shows, Story of Seasons was not its first choice for a replacement. Before settling on that one, the publisher tossed around titles like Summer Solstice and Autumn Winds. These invoke the same natural vibe as Harvest Moon and could’ve worked in its place, but XSEED also considered another title, one that probably wouldn’t have translated quite as well: Plow & Propose, emphasizing just how difficult translations can be.
While it technically makes sense, given the series’ strong emphasis on farming and being able to marry different characters, it doesn’t take a linguist to see the suggestive connotations in a name like Plow & Propose, and why that wouldn’t exactly be a good fit for an all-ages franchise like Story of Seasons. It just goes to show that translating things without falling into the pitfalls of a language’s unique quirks is hard, and mistakes are easy to make.
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The mother of dragons from HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones will have dinner with one lucky donor. Actress Emilia Clarke, who starred as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, is working with SameYou to help fight COVID-19. SameYou was created by Clarke to help those who suffer from brain injuries, but they’re turning their efforts towards a more immediate threat.
Clarke, who suffered from two brain aneurysms during the filming of Game of Thrones, is now setting her sights on helping medical workers find a cure for COVID-19. Twelve lucky donors to the cause will be randomly selected to have a virtual dinner with Clarke. The dinner will be a pre-assembled meal that fans will cook with Clarke virtually, and then sit down to have the meal together.
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“We’re going to put together a store cupboard dinner. Together, we’ll cook it, and then we’ll eat it together. We will discuss lots of things. Isolation, fear, and also funny videos,” Clarke explained in her post.
Clarke took to Instagram to let her fans know that she was raising £250,000 to help free up hospital beds for victims of the coronavirus. The SameYou COVID-19 Relief Fund will go towards providing a place for those suffering from brain injuries. This will free up beds, so those in need of coronavirus assistance can be treated just as quickly. SameYou will be partnering with Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in America and with facilities in England.
As of now, Clarke has raised nearly £50,000 with over a thousand donors. Those wishing to donate to enter a chance to win a dinner with Emilia Clarke can visit the SameYou website, or by visiting Justgiving.com.
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In this modern age, games are more expensive than ever due to the cost of production, the quality of the content provided, and length in production with the number of people working on the project. Aside from this, many other factors affect a game’s price, yet we always have new releases at $60. Due to such a steep price, it’s not a surprise many people won’t fork up that cash easily, and that’s why sales are such an essential part of gaming.
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In this list, we’ll be going ahead to highlight the best games that frequently appear in the sales section of the store, be it developer sale, holiday sale, or a weekend sale. If you pay attention, you’ll surely see these games there multiple times. With the multitude of deals going on nowadays, there’s never a shortage of sales.
Bloodborne is From Software’s blockbuster title that’s critically acclaimed and is one of the best PS4 exclusive even by today’s standard. Drawing close to the end of the Dark Souls series, From Software’s director, Hidetaka Miyazaki decided he’d like to do something new with the type of games to make. The result was this excellent Lovecraftian inspired action RPG, and just like the Dark Souls games it is quick to punish players’ mistakes.
As a PlayStation exclusive, you can be sure to find this game on sale on many significant sales at a reasonable price the store hosts, along with its DLC. Fans tired of handholdy games that are in need of a real challenge, look no more, you’ve got the perfect title right here.
9 Resident Evil 2
Next on this list is another heavy hitter from a beloved franchise (expect more of these later on). The Resident Evil series is one of Capcom’s oldest, and this is series’s second installment. Resident Evil 2 originally released in the late ’90s. It’s no wonder Capcom finally responded to fans’ wish to remake the beloved title.
And what a remake it is, earning multiple awards and good ratings under its belt as a truly great example of how a remake needs to be done. This incredible remake can also be found around the PlayStation store mainly, as well as the Steam store sales and the Xbox Marketplace on any main holiday sale, usually along with other Capcom titles such as Devil May Cry 5. The Resident Evil 2 remake is genuinely an excellent game that introduced many new gamers to the series.
8 Doom (2016)
With the highly anticipated Doom Eternalfinally in our hands, fans and newcomers alike would be happy to know how frequently Doom 2016 goes on sale. It usually goes for as low as $5, which is really convenient as fans who didn’t pick up this Doom game in its initial launch, or newcomers who want a complete experience, can pick up this title for the price of a McDonald’s meal.
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Sure, Doom 2016 isn’t as highly rated as Eternal, but this bombastic game is no slouch either, earning multiple titles under its belt. Couple the two titles together, and players will be able to rip and tear for quite some time.
7 The Resident Evil Series
Getting back on the topic of Resident Evil, the mostly survival horror franchise has had a lot of games spanning from 0-7, including the spinoff titles and extras, there’s a lot that players can miss out on. Luckily, newer fans of the series or gamers who would like to complete their collections can do so by monitoring most storefronts the games are available on, as Capcom is kind enough to allow their games to go on sale quite often.
The games you should especially keep an eye on are Resident Evil4 and 5, as these game prices become much more affordable. The Resident Evil games are a collection of entertaining and engaging titles, and everyone should get a chance to play them.
6 Rainbow Six Siege
Rainbow Six Siege is undoubtedly one of Ubisoft’s best titles, which is surprising as it did not start out that way, but it is now one of the best multiplayer games on the market today. Players take on the role of one of 40 available operators among a team of five against another team of five, where the goal is to either defend a target or attack it.
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Rainbow Six Siege players also have the option to choose whichever version they want, from starter to deluxe. The great thing is that the prices of these versions are cut frequently on the Steam and console stores, perhaps to act as an incentive to bring in as many players as possible.
5 Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
After being in a rut for quite some time following the release of Assassins Creed 4, the Assassins Creed series returned in full swing with the Highly Satisfactory Assassins Creed Origins. After the excellent reception the game got from fans and critics, Ubisoft decided to replicate its winning factors such as its RPG elements, but bigger this time, also switching from the Egyptian setting to a Greek one. Despite being quite similar games, Assassins Creed Odyssey is one of the finest in the series.
That’s why it’s a blessing to see the game on sale while idly browsing online storefronts on developer sales and even on multiple occasions on the Uplay store. Devoted Assassins Creed fans will be glad to be able to own the game at a lower cost.
4 Watch Dogs 2
As a sequel to the first Watch Dogs game that caused some controversy, Watch Dogs 2 is a better game in almost every way to its predecessor. The characters are much more enjoyable to play as and even to watch, and the San Francisco environment is much more fun to be in. Gameplay-wise, it’s more fine-tuned than its predecessor, as well with a better stealth system and dynamic hacking system that equips players with more tools on hand.
Similar to the previous Ubisoft title on this list, fans can easily spot this on sale at many stores, probably due to it being a four-year-old game. Nevertheless, don’t allow that to stop you from picking it up, and with the incoming release of Watch Dogs: Legion, this is a great time to do so.
3 Far Cry 5
Far Cry 5 is the fifth installment in the first-person action-adventure shooter series, Far Cry. Yet another Ubisoft title that can be seen on sale with the rest. Far Cry 5, despite not being on par with Far Cry 3, is an enjoyable experience in its own right. The game takes place in fictional Hope County Montana, which is being terrorized by Eden’s Gate, a doomsday cult led by their cult leader Joseph Seed.
Players take on the role of their created character to fight the cultists in an open-world setting through a variety of weapons and other methods. The good thing about the Far Cry series is that it doesn’t continue from a previous story, so new players can jump in with whichever title they’d like.
2 Dragon Ball FighterZ
Dragon Ball FighterZ (actually pronounced fighters) is another hit in the Dragon Ball game series produced by Arc System Works and published by Bandai Namco. Dragon Ball FighterZ focusses on 2D fighting, unlike some other titles in the series.
FighterZ is loved by most Dragon Ball fans and is most definitely one of the best fighting games available on the market today, with tons of content available. The game’s price has been slashed multiple times on different stores, including the recurring Bandai Namco publisher sales. Those searching for an excellent fighting game can keep an eye out for this one.
1 Dead By Daylight
Initially released in June 2016, Dead By Daylight is an asymmetrical survival horror game based on a 1v4 online multiplayer mechanic. Players take on the role of four survivors against a killer (which are mostly famous killers in media), and the killer’s goal is to sacrifice the survivors to unknown malevolent being.
The game, while already at a usual $20-$30, can be found at half the price during most sales. Survival horror fans are advised to keep an eye out for this one as well.
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Call of Duty: Warzone is the franchise’s latest take on battle royale, and the fast-paced combat makes it quite enjoyable. However, the game only works if everyone is playing on equal ground, and cheaters are a constant hassle that developers need to deal with. Infinity Ward put out a post today, stating that it has banned over 50,000 cheaters since the launch of Warzone on March 10.
Infinity Ward briefly explained the programs it uses to detect and ban cheaters and cheat providers, but the post notes that it does not always discuss these matters publicly. Developers often keep their anti-cheat methods partially in the dark in order to keep the methods they use to identify and ban cheaters secret, thus preventing an arms race between modders and developers. The post reads:
· Our security teams monitor 24/7 to investigate data and identify potential infractions.
· The teams review all possible cheats and hacks, this includes identifying use of aimbots, wallhacks and more.
· We’re working to improve our in-game system for reporting potential cheating. Plans are underway to streamline the UI for a more seamless reporting experience.
· For all reports that are received in-game, they are both analyzed and filtered based on key data.
· Once investigations are complete, we will continue to work as quickly as possible to ban.
Infinity Ward will be maintaining an updated count of accounts banned from Warzone, giving some transparency to players as to the current state of their anti-cheat efforts.
The Humble store has a new Humble Bundle available for sale, and its one of the best offerings yet. The bundle, which is available for one week, features $1,000 worth of games, and can be purchased for $30. Proceeds from Humble’s Conquer COVID-19 Bundle go to support organizations responding to the coronavirus, “delivering protective gear to safeguard healthcare workers and providing medical care to infected patients.”
Especially charitable gamers can raise their donation to higher levels, and 100% of profits made from this bundle will go to Direct Relief, the International Rescue Committee, Doctors Without Borders, and Partners in Health.
There are some fantastic gems in the bundle, including time-slowed, glass-mannequin shooter Superhot and time-loop mecha strategy game Into the Breach. Players can also grab The Jackbox Party Pack 2, Undertale, Totally Accurate Battle Simulator, and Hollow Knight. Google’s Tilt Brush 3D software is also included, which is a great opportunity for artists with virtual reality hardware.
Rounding out the bundle is a selection of ebooks and comics. There are some helpful looking titles relating to improving yourself and managing anxiety… or if you prefer, some comics like The Boys and Saga.
This particular Humble Bundle is a fantastic way to pass the time indoors, whether you’re looking to improve yourself or just pass the time. Into the Breach alone is worth the $30; the rest is a fantastic steal that allows us to do some good at the same time.