Archive | January, 2013

What’s the future of Resident Evil? Kawata spoke of a possible series reboot

31 Jan

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As we already told you, we are long-standing great fans of the Resident Evil series, since the very first one, released in 1996 (awwww that live action intro). Anyway Resident Evil is turning 17 this year, and the franchise may have a bit of dust on it, or most likely, its metamorphosis into a more action-driven game rewarded Capcom with poor reviews and disappointing sales.

Regarding this tricky subject, Capcom’s Masachika Kawata, producer of Resident Evil: Revelations, made the comments to Eurogamer during a discussion of his latest project, the Revelations porting for PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U.

Kawata mentioned the possibility of a reboot:

“If we did [go with an open-world], we would want to preserve what Resident Evil is and what makes it appealing to fans, while also making it accessible to new players. It would almost entail having a slight reboot to get the series into a place where it would work with open-world gameplay. That’s just a personal opinion.

A lot of decisions would have to be taken before something like that is done to the series, but it is something that…There is a possibility.”

He also said that it’s in the upcoming porting of Revelations, which partially reintroduced some of the atmosphere and classic horror of earlier entries in the series, that he sees clues to the future of the Resident Evil:

“Once we see Revelations released on consoles, we’ll be looking very carefully at how the title is received and what feedback we get. I think we’ll get a lot of input from the fanbase and the media on what it means for Resident Evil, and what it could mean for the future of the series. We’ll definitely be looking at that as a signpost for where we need to be going next.

Moving forward I can see us focusing even more on the horror aspect and fear in the series, and see us making something scarier than we have already.”

So what we have to expect from future Resident Evil titles? An open gta-like world full of zombies…?

Why can’t we just have back Shinji Mikami and his survival horrors?

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Deep Silver to bring Killer is Dead to Europe and Oceania

31 Jan

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As you MIGHT have noticed, here at THAT DAMN PIXEL we are quite fond of Suda51 and his games, so shortly after the last news about Xseed publishing Killer is Dead (and other Japanese games) in North America we went nosy on who is publishing the game in Europe (as we are based in London). Here we go!

KADOKAWA GAMES, Grasshopper’s partner in developing the new game, announced a partnership with Deep Silver, the game label of Koch Media, a leading producer and distributor of digital entertainment products based in Munich, to publish Killer is Dead in Europe and Oceania.

We are really excited about this new Suda’s work and it could easily turn into a GOTY for 2013. Until we get a release date, just kill the waiting with the official trailer.

New polygonal EX3 costumes available for Resident Evil 6

31 Jan

We know that Resident Evil 6 does not meet the taste of many of you out there, probably for its lack of survival horror attitude that has always (till the 3rd one) marked out the series. But despite all the criticisms, we like it and we actually play it, a lot.

An awesome feature about this new installment of the series are the online events held by ResidentEvil.NET: weekly or monthly events very well organized by Capcom guys and that offer plenty of unlockable items and various stuff for the game.

One of the latest events, called Zombie Mayhem, was driven by one simple rule: just KILL EVERYTHING AND EVERYBODY! But the partecipation prizes were even better: “If the target (15m zombie kills across all players) is met, all participants will be able to unlock one EX3 costume of their choice. Unlocks will be awarded at the end of January.”

Guess what? Today is January 31, and finally the all-new (well, not properly new) costumes are available to download for those who partecipated in the online event. Let’s take a look at them in all their retro polygonal beauty!

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Cool, aren’t they? Unfortunately all partecipants are able to unlock just one of them…so, which one are you gonna take?

 

New Bioshock Infinite Trailer: City in the Sky

31 Jan

We loved the first two Bioshock (especially the very first one). The level design was stunning and amazing, without mentioning the immersive plot and the original like-no-other gameplay. We have great expectations for the new title, mostly because of the new environment, indeed we are really curious about Columbia, a technological marvel amongst the clouds (yep, a freaking flying city!).

Today Irrational Games has released a new trailer for Bioshock Infinite regarding Columbia itself. But words cannot describe as well as images, so enjoy the City in the Sky Trailer!

Bioshock Infinite will be released on March 26 (hopefully)

Grand Theft Auto V has been delayed to September 17

31 Jan

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Can’t wait to play the new installment of the infamous Grand Theft Auto series? Wondering about exploring a virtual world bigger than Red Dead Redemption, San Andreas, and GTA IV combined? Curious about the three characters dynamics?

Well, are sorry to inform you that GTA V has been delayed from its initial spring release and will now be out on September 17.

This is the official Rockstar announcement:

“Dear all,
 
Today, we have an official release date to share with you: Grand Theft Auto V will arrive in stores on September 17, 2013.
 
We know this is about four months later than originally planned and we know that this short delay will come as a disappointment to many of you, but, trust us, it will be worth the extra time. GTAV is a massively ambitious and complex game and it simply needs a little more polish to be of the standard we and, more importantly, you require.
 
To all Grand Theft Auto fans, please accept our apologies for the delay, and our promise that the entire team here is working very hard to make the game all it can be. We are doing all we can to help ensure it will meet if not exceed your expectations come September – we thank you for your support and patience.
 
Yours,
The GTA Team”
After a proper shitstorm few complaints from the fans, Rockstar Games community manager also said:
“Hey all, we understand many of you guys are disappointed with this news – unfortunately sometimes such delays are necessary in all forms of entertainment, and especially in the case of a game experience as massive and complex as GTAV. However this does not give you free reign to be abusive in comments. The general rules of common courtesy, decency and behavior as listed above the Comment Box still apply here, therefore anyone continuing to post abusive comments will have their privileges suspended. Also for those of you asking about the official box art, that will be coming out a bit later as well. Thank you all for understanding.”
We hope Rockstar guys will be able to amaze us with this highly anticipated and super-hyped game. We wish them all the luck to exceed fans expectations.

Xseed Games is bringing five new Japanese titles outside Japan in 2013

31 Jan

Who are these guys and why we should thank them?

Well, Xseed Games is a small (and when I say small, I mean really small, like 9 people) video games publisher and distributor based in Torrance, California; and we should thank them because their only purpose is to bring weird, strange and beautiful Japanese games to the North American market (and eventually let them know to European publishers).

Xseed Games HQ. You just met half of the employees.

Xseed Games HQ. You just met half of the employees.

We really appreciate them (and everybody should do), because unlike the bigger guys (someone said Activision, Electronic Arts and Ubisoft?) they don’t really care about money. They’re happy to just focus on eccentric (and mostly weird, but always amazing) Japanese games, from dating simulations to j-RPGs.

You should thank them for being able to play titles such as KORG DS-10 (NDS, 2008), Ys Seven (PSP, 2010) or The Last Story (2012, Wii) localized in your language. But this is not all. In a press release this morning, Xseed Games announced that it’s bringing five new games outside Japan: Killer Is Dead (yep, new game from Suda51)(X360 / PS3, Summer 2013), Rune Factory 4 (3SD, Summer 2013), Valhalla Knights 3 (PSVita, Fall 2013), Ys Celceta (PSVita, Fall 2013), and Ys I & II Chronicles (Steam, February 2013).

We leave you with trailers about those new upcoming games. Enjoy, and be respectful to Xseed.

This last one about Ys I & II is from the PSP version, because there’s not Steam version trailer out there.

Gamer Disco: An Arcade For Adults

30 Jan

As we already told you, That Damn Pixel is not your typical video games blog. In fact we blog about everything vg-related we like.

This time we’d like to let you know about a very interesting event called Gamer Disco! Too good to be true? Nah…believe your eyes!

What’s that? Well, it’s an unique gaming/clubbing experience in London. Bringing the video games out of the bedroom to the big screen in a club, like watching a football match in the pub with your mates, but actually being a part of the live action with your friends, drinking, dancing, gaming and partying! (just for using the creators words).

Curious? Wait to know what’s in the upcoming event!

“From the team who brought you Nintendisco comes the new monthly club night GamerDisco, a truly social video gaming event!

This month featuring the brilliant Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed where your driving skills could bag you some great Sonic The Hedgehog prizes, including some rather swanky spiky blue Sonic hats all thanks to our friends at Sega!

With multi-screen projected gaming from old skool Nintendo to up to date future classics whilst DJs spin 90’s, electro, hip hop, chiptune and gaming themes.

This month features:

DJ JetSet Rory (Chiptune, Jpop, Themes, Wacky)
Habitat83 (Live Electro – First London Gig)

This is a night for both casual button bashers and seasoned pros alike! Free entry, cheap drinks and gaming prizes; ‘an arcade for adults’.

We will be celebrating the upcoming cinema release of Disneys “Wreck it Ralph” with some give-a-ways and a selection of the soundtrack being DJ’d!

Expect MarioKart & StreetFighter 2 competitions with prizes and also some SFxT and MvC3 casual button bashing!”

AWESOME! Isn’t it? Interested? Living in London?

Next event will be on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at The Book Club, 100 – 106 Leonard Street, Hoxton and Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4RH, UK

Let us droppin’ some useful links:

Game Disco Website

Gamer Disco Facebook

Upcoming Gamer Disco Facebook Event

 

See ya there!

Suda51’s Grasshopper Manufacture joins GungHo Group

30 Jan

Here we go folks! This blog starts with a post about our beloved Suda51 and his Grasshopper Manufacture and I can’t imagine a better subject for a bombshell start!

But first thing first, on February 1, 2013, Grasshopper Manufacture will join GungHo Group, both companies have announced earlier this morning. Is this a good or a bad news? Let’s find out!

GungHo CEO Kazuki Morishita and Grasshopper CEO Goichi Suda

GungHo CEO Kazuki Morishita and Grasshopper CEO Goichi Suda

Grasshopper Manufacture is a critically acclaimed software house based in Tokyo, founded by Goichi Suda in 1998, best known for video games masterpieces such as Killer 7 (GCN / PS2, 2005), No More Heroes (Wii, 2008), Lollipop Chainsaw (X360 / PS3, 2012) and the upcoming Killer Is Dead (X360 /PS3, 2013). The company, and particularly his CEO and head designer Suda51, is noted for its original and imaginative titles, ones that are also fraught with financial risk. Anyway, if you don’t know it, probably you’re reading the wrong blog (just saying).

On the other side, GungHo Online Entertainment is a leading Japanese company specialized in online game services, primarily known for hosting the Japanese server of Ragnarok Online (PC, 2001), as well as their development of Ragnarok DS (NDS, 2008).

GungHo CEO Kazuki Morishita and Grasshopper CEO Goichi Suda discussing the union.

GungHo CEO Kazuki Morishita and Grasshopper CEO Goichi Suda discussing the union

“GungHo is fusing the planning and development power of Grasshopper Manufacture with the power of managing online games cultivated by both companies to produce higher quality content.” said GungHo CEO Kazuki Morishita on his official announcement.

On the other hand, Suda51 had been more concise (as usual) just dropping a status update on his Facebook “I’d like to inform you that as of Feb 1, 2013, Grasshopper Manufacture Inc. will be joining GungHo Group.”

Both parts invite readers to take a look at the interview made by 4Gamer.net for further details, but it’s in Japanese…so just trust us 😀

At THAT DAMN PIXEL we love Suda’s games and we don’t know if this partnership (well, more an acquisition than a partnership) is driven by any financial problems (Grasshopper doesn’t always make amazing sales outside Japan) or something else, but as long as Goichi keeps doing great, creative, crazy (weird?) and awesome games we don’t really mind.

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THAT DAMN PIXEL

30 Jan

Hi there,

We are pleased to inform you that “THAT DAMN PIXEL” is born!

As you can imagine, this will be a video games blog, but in a different way. We will talk and report news and facts (and other random stuff) from video game world, but also from the industry and everything vg-related. We like them all (well, most of them).

BE AWARE, we like to go indie, weird and creative! Don’t expect rumors on the next CoD.

LIFE IS SHORT, PLAY MORE

PS. Obviously the blog still needs some esthetical and graphical adjustment. Be patient. We won’t hurt your eyes for too long.