April Resident Evil Showcase

In case you missed it, Capcom held another Resident Evil Showcase a couple days ago on 4/15 to reveal more details on Resident Evil Village and a few other Resident Evil announcements. In case you missed it, here it is just before it kicks off.

The biggest draw for me was Resident Evil Village, the 8th installment of the main series and direct sequel to Resident Evil 7, reprising the role of Ethan Winters. No big surprise, they released a brand new trailer to tease out even more of the story, including what looks to be an even more direct role for Chris Redfield in the village. If you just want to see the new trailer, here it is in it’s 4k glory.

Not sure if there is anything more for them to say to get me hooked. I’ve already got the game pre-ordered on Steam and I’m taking day off. In case you aren’t aware yet, Resident Evil Village released on May 7th.

So why the big showcase? They had a few new announcements to make. Capcom confirmed that Mercenary mode will be returning. To be honest, I never really got into Mercenary mode in a RE game, but I have to admit that it looks fun. The added ability to buy and upgrade gear between rounds does look nice. If your current strategy isn’t working as planned, change it up, if you have the money.

Capcom also announced a new timed demo for Village. Interesting approach if you ask me, but I’m not going to complain about a new demo, especially on PC, finally. Starting May 1st at 8:00 PM EDT to May 2nd at 8:00 PM EDT, a 60 minute demo will be available to play where you can explore the castle and/or village in the new game. You can spend all your time in one area if you want, or split it between both. If you are PS4/PS5 player, you will get early access to additional timed demos, these ones being 30 minute demos of the castle and village on separate days. The village PS4/PS5 demo opens April 17th and the castle demo opens April 24th. Here is a link to Capcom’s official page with the details and when you can start downloading the demos, Gameplay Demo.

Capcom also announced that they will be releasing a VR version of Resident Evil 4 on the Oculus. If you have an Oculus and never got to play RE4 yet or are just a huge fan of RE4, this should be an interesting take on the game. They also released an official trailer for the Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness animated series releasing on Netflix this year. Looks good and I’m definitely planning on binging this when it releases.

All that is left for me now is to patiently wait for the timed demo and the release of Resident Evil Village.

Little Dragons Café

Found this to be a very pleasant surprise. Yasuhiro Wada (Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons creator) is teaming up with Aksys Games on a new game called Little Dragons Café. I’ve been a big fan of Harvest Moon since Harvest Moon 64, so looking forward to what Yasuhrio Wada has in mind with this one.

Outside of what I’ve seen since yesterday, not much has been released outside of a late summer 2018 release on the Switch and PS4 and some plot details. The game follows a brother and sister who have to take over their mom’s café after she falls into a deep sleep. After their mom falls into a deep sleep, a strange old man appears to inform the siblings they need to raise a dragon in order to save their mom. Not only will they have to manage the café, learn to cook, and grow crops to support the café, they also have to raise a dragon at the same time.

Definitely suspect the growing crops and managing the café will likely show some Harvest Moon influence, I’m really curious how the and raising a dragon and cooking will play out. I figure raising the dragon may be somewhat familiar with how animals are raised in Harvest Moon, but kind of sounds like there will be a unique twist that will involve more then just raising them. As for the cooking, I really hope it will be more than just selecting the ingredients. Hoping for something kind like Cooking Mama or Cook, Serve, Delicious!.

Really hoping we get more screenshots and potential gameplay soon. With a late summer 2018 release, I’d imagine both aren’t far off. Can’t say I’d think of these going together, but looking forward to running a cafe while raising dragons.

Dragon Quest Builders Review

Got a little gem for Christmas, Dragon Quest Builders for the PS4. Wasn’t expecting a lot, and was pleasantly surprised.

To sum up the game, Builders takes place in an alternate timeline after the events of the first game where the Dragon Lord wins. Your character is woken up after a long slumber by the games Goddess, Rubiss. Similar to many builders, you start with nothing. Big difference is you are actually given a propose. Rubiss sends you off to help rebuild the world with quests to guide you, side quests to unlock new building recipes, and an overarching story. Not the most in-depth story, but I still found it entertaining with a bit of humor thrown in.

Similar to Minecraft, the land and structures are made of different boxes, soil, stone, wood, etc. However, vegetation and decorations look like how they would in Dragon Quest. All crafting is done at crafting stations, each one with a unique list of recipes. Periodically, you are given a blueprint for a unique building. As for resource gathering, it is fairly easy. You don’t really have to go far, our dig a deep mine to gather what you need. For the first time in a builder, I actually want to build an intricate town.

Regardless of all the fun I have been having, I admit the game could be improved on. While building is the primary focus, combat plays a role and is not the greatest. My biggest complaint is the enemy hot boxes. Doesn’t seem to matter how close I am to what I’m fighting, I found myself missing a lot. Move in a little, and I find myself taking damage because I walked into the enemy. Definitely made some enemy fights more annoying then needed. I was able to adjust to it better the more I played, but something that could be improved on.

I also feel that the build area in each chapter feels a little too restricted. While you do have room for what you need to build in each chapter, you aren’t given any extra. True, you can build outside of the designated zone, but it doesn’t count towards the game progress. Just hoping they give you more room in the next one. Fortunately, the game has a free play mode called Terra Incognita where you can build to your hearts content.

Overall, I feel like this is a good game and worth playing if you are a Dragon Quest and builder genre fan, regardless its faults. I’m still playing it, having a blast, and looking forward to Dragon Quest Builders 2. Release is still TBD at this time, but what they have announced as some of the enhancements, I can’t wait!

To Many Assassins

With the yearly release of a new Assassin’s Creed (that being Origins), I’ve finally decided to get back into play the series. However, it wasn’t the newest release I started to play. It is one of the previous games I’ve felt like it was long overdue I play it, Assassin’s Creed Black Flag. Yes, I know, this one came out in 2013; but after the Ezio trilogy, I honestly lost interest.

Don’t get me wrong though, I loved the first two Assassin’s Creed games. The open world, the stealth, historical accuracy of the environments, and the parkour movement, what wasn’t there to enjoy. I even achieved 100% completion with Assassin’s Creed II. Then with the release of Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, this is where my interest started to waver. Brotherhood was essentially just an extension of II as you basically started off right where it ended and are back in Rome. Then comes, Assassin’s Creed Revelations where you are once again playing Ezio; but now you go back and revisit the areas form the first game. The did add and update some game mechanics; but for me, I was expecting at some point they would follow another assassin from Desmond’s past, not just two across four games with one going through three of them. Top that off with them coming out one year after another, I just tired of the theme. Just felt like they were phoning it in a bit not wanting to take a chance with a new assassin.

My interest started to peak again with Assassin’s Creed III as they finally switched focus to a new assassin during the American Revolutionary War. Except at this point, I feel compelled to finish Brotherhood and play Revelations so I’m not missing any story elements. I just couldn’t get myself to play them and didn’t want to just watch the cut scenes on YouTube to catch up. One Assassin’s Creed release after another, I just kept skipping them to play catch up first.

I’ve finally decided to get back into Assassin’s Creed after seeing the reviews for Origin and to give up on trying to catch up by playing all previous games. Instead of Origin, I decided to play Black Flag as I’ve been wanting to play this ever since it was released. I must admit that this game is scratching that Assassin’s Creed itch, along with that same itch I got when playing Sid Myer’s Pirates. Just having a blast sailing the seas, picking a fight with random ship, and just being a pirate assassin. Thinking after I finish this, I may just skip over to Origin as I also really like the idea of visiting ancient Egypt. I know both Unity and Syndicate were well received (especially Syndicate); but I must come to realization that I just won’t be able to get through all of them. Just going to focus on the ones that interest me.

PS4 Paris Games 2017 Trailers

Have to say, I’m very excited about all the new trailer released by Sony at Paris Games 2017.

Sony Paris Games Week 2017

Between the new Spider-Man, God of War, and The Last of Us Part II, it is hard to say which one I’m looking most forward to.

I’m a huge Spider-Man fan and haven’t played a Spider-Man game in quite some time. Between the this years E3 trailer and this new one, I’m really liking what I’m seeing so far. While the E3 trailer showcase more of the gameplay, this new teaser showed a bit more of the story elements. Really curious how Miles Morales is going to play into the game.

What interests me about the new God of War is what reminds me of Last of Us. Really looking forward to how the interaction between Kratos and his new son Atreus will play out. I also have a feeling that the game is going for a more mature atmosphere. Not mature in the sense of violence, but more mature in the sense of “growing up”. I loved the original God of War series, but very much felt that it was targeted towards a younger, still maturing audience. With the existing trailers and this one, I’m thinking we will get to see a deeper side to Kratos.

As for The Last of Us Part II, I’m still not certain what to exactly think. Having just played the first one a few months ago for the first time on my PS4, I’m really looking forward to the continuation of the story. Just curious who each of the characters shown are. Not having seen any other trailers yet for The Last of Us Part II just yet, I’m immediately curious if the woman being hung is Ellie. If so, where is Joel?

Other trailers that caught my interest include the new Detroit: Become Human and Shadow of the Colossus remake trailers. The idea behind Detroit: Becoming Human is interesting to me as I’m a big fan of this kind of futuristic settings. Shadow of the Colossus I’m interested to see how this remake goes as I loved the original. Definitely appreciate the fact that they are rebuilding the game essentially and not just giving the original engine a cleaner look.

Definitely a good day for PS4 fans.