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Modern Video Games / Nintendo Switch Most Anticipated Games
« on: August 24, 2019, 09:45:03 am »


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The Nintendo Switch for me has been a fantastic device to play games on the go, and I find myself playing on it a lot more than my other consoles recently. One, the ease of getting into a game and just picking it up to play. Two, the type of games available on it, I know majority of the indie games are on PC and PSN, but I just find it so much more convenient to pick up and play a classic Metroidvania or RPG type game on the Switch.

With that said, here are some of the games I'm most anticipated to get:

Like a lot of people here, these are the obvious major releases I'm looking forward to:



       


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What I'd like to get into now is the smaller indie titles that have caught my attention that I really want to play:




1. Blasphemous - Release: Sep 10, 2019
Wow this game looks amazing, it's like a 2D sprite based Dark Souls, the art style is out of this world, might be a bit too extreme for some... I love the fact that in the description of the game they use "punishing" so a challenge definitely awaits! I'm hoping for a physical release... Double Dipping LRG here I come ;D




   







2. Hollow Knight: Silksong - Release: TBD
Definitely not a small title in my book. After playing the first one, this is up there for most anticipated. Not only is it a sequel, the main character is Hornet! The protector of Hallownest. High praise.










3. Inmost - Release: 2019
This is a game I discovered by accident. I love that it looks like a high end gameboy game. This action platformer looks great with a creepy atmosphere and superb animations. Extremely interesting...


   





4. Panzer Dragoon - Remake - Release: 2019
What can I say, it's a remake of Panzer Dragoon, that alone warrants high praise. Let's just hope it's done well ;)








5. Ori and the Blind Forest - Definitive Edition - Release: Sep 27, 2019
I have an XBOX One and this game has been sitting in my wishlist for ages... I'm so glad this beautiful game is finally coming to the Switch where I will definitely get it on.






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Confirmed Physical releases




6. River City Girls - Release: Expected to ship Sept 2019
Now here's a special game from the Kunio-kun Downtown Nekketsu series. Love the animations in this beat-em up and looks like heaps of fun. Anybody who is familiar with the River City games knows what to expect from this gem ;D










7. Valfaris - Release: Expected to ship Nov 2019
Now if you're familiar with the heavy metal Slain: Back from Hell game, Valfaris is their next title. Super smooth animations with a really nice color palette set in the future. Beautiful game...












8. Timespinner - Release: LRG Expected to ship Nov 2019
Really nice thowback to the SNES era and reminds me of Actraiser II or Demon's Crest, which are some of my favorites on the SNES. I know Timespinner came out already on the Nintendo eShop and it's been sitting in my wishlist. Once I heard it's gonna be available on LRG I held off, glad I did. Made my pre-order already, now just have to wait for it to arrive in the mail on November ;D


   


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So VGCollect, what Nintendo Switch games are you looking forward to?
Major releases or smaller indie games, anything Switch related. Also, if anybody knows if we're gonna get physical releases of the games I mentioned please let me know. ;D


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ELDEN RING, developed by FromSoftware, Inc. and BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc., is a fantasy action-RPG adventure set within a world created by Hidetaka Miyazaki – creator of the influential DARK SOULS video game series; and George R.R. Martin – author of The New York Times best-selling fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. Danger and discovery lurk around every corner in FromSoftware’s largest game to-date. Hidetaka Miyazaki, President and Game Director of FromSoftware Inc. known for directing critically-acclaimed games in beloved franchises including Armored Core, Dark Souls, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. George R.R. Martin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including the acclaimed series A Song of Ice and Fire - A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast For Crows, and A Dance with Dragons. As a writer-producer, he has worked on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and pilots that were never made.

Platforms: PS4, XB1, PC







FromSoftware, Miyazaki, George R.R. Martin, Soulsborne, Ok E3 just got 1000X better! All aboard the hype train! ;D



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Update - Added new info after the E3 Briefing

The new dark-fantasy action RPG from Hidetaka Miyazaki and George R.R. Martin Official Website - https://www.bandainamcoent.com/agecheck?return_to=%252Fgames%252Feldenring

Official Trailer - https://youtu.be/4euIi1JfMqs


Screenshots















Praising Intensifies!


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Hey all, just a heads up for anyone interested - Play-Asia has The Ninja Warriors: Once Again physical copies up for pre-order on Switch & PS4 ( Asia Version )

https://www.play-asia.com/search/THE+NINJA+SAVIORS%3A+RETURN+OF+THE+WARRIORS+%28MULTI_LANGUAGE%29?ref=email&?ref=email&sc_src=email_219553&sc_lid=21487327&sc_uid=jX5jiazIZ3&sc_llid=8567&sc_customer=b29374ece740ca191ac13c54000f0bd5&utm_campaign=2019_05_29_Playasia_Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter


Published by H2 Interactive

Official Release Date   Jul 25, 2019
Language                   Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, English, Korean
Genre                        Action
Version                      Asia


The game has been fully remastered with new playable characters and looks great ;D







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General / THE GIF THREAD
« on: April 24, 2019, 06:07:38 am »


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Yep, it's one of these threads - GIFs of cool visuals in old games, new games, anything gaming related. Post your favorite GIFs. ( Did a quick search and didn't find anything related :P )

To be honest I usually discover new games in these kind of threads, or games I didn't even know existed. So lets share our favs! ;D


I'll get it started with some of my top picks:

Ninja Gaiden - NES




Mickey Mania - MegaDrive / Genesis




Rocket Knight Adventures - MegaDrive / Genesis




VICE: Project Doom - NES




Castlevania Bloodlines - MegaDrive / Genesis




And of course the best game... Castlevania: SOTN - PS1


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Well, announced a few days ago, anybody excited about this? Some people really dislike the design, but I think it's awesome! I love the CAPCOM logo in your face concept. Bit pricey, but will probably get it down the line.

List of features:

- Emulation provided by FB Alpha
- Sanwa JLF-TP-8YT sticks with 8-way GT-Y directional gates and OBSF buttons
- Onboard WiFi for Leaderboards
- Micro USB powered, only HDMI out support.

Available on October 25 for 230€. - Currently only Euro currency available from what I know.

More details on the Official Website - http://www.capcomhomearcade.com/home

Trailer - https://youtu.be/28uPjH5aQVU


List of Games:





Box & Specs:







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Announced a few days ago, didn't see a thread about it here on VGCollect.

- US will get a Genesis branded console.
- 40 games in total
- Releasing on September 19 worldwide.
- Controllers will be USB based. 6 buttons on the Japanese version and 3 buttons on the western version.
- Save state support.
- Developed by M2
- Yuzo Koshiro will be making new music for the menus of the console.
- America and Europe will only get the 2 controllers version for $79.99 / 79.99€ / £69.99


List of games announced for the Japanese version:

    Castlevania Bloodlines
    Comix Zone
    Gunstar Heroes
    Madō Monogatari
    Puyo Puyo Tsu
    Rent a Hero
    Shining Force
    Sonic the Hedgehog 2
    Space Harrier 2
    Wrestleball




List of games announced for the Western version:

    Altered Beast
    Castlevania Bloodlines
    Comix Zone
    Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
    Ecco the Dolphin
    Gunstar Heroes
    Shining Force
    Sonic the Hedgehog
    Space Harrier 2
    Toejam & Earl




Official Sites

https://sega.jp/mdmini/ - Japan
http://genesismini.sega.com/ - American
http://megadrivemini.sega.com/ - Europe


So VGCollect, excited about this? I'm a bit on the fence about these Classic mini consoles - For one I have majority of the games already so I'll probably get one only if it's a good deal for a collectors item. Other than that I think it's cool for newer players, or non collectors to have access to these games (legally). The Mega Drive has always been one of my favorite consoles and Castlevania Bloodlines / Vampire Killer is the real deal! Overall, glad it's coming out.

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Do some of you buy Call of Duty, Battlefield, or similar online games just to play the Single-Player Campaign?

I'm guilty of this... Sometimes when I feel like playing a First-Person Shooter I will get a multiplayer focused game to just play the campaign, I did this recently with COD WWII. I do enjoy the campaigns but they are rather short, I understand that the main point of these games is to be multiplayer focused, but I don't play multiplayer centric games anymore so I just stick with the Single Player experience.

Is anybody else like this? I ask this question here on VGCollect because I noticed here that many people don't like multiplayer focused games. We all like our games to last and be prolonged as the years go by without having any of the servers shutting down. I do hope EA and Activision realize this that after the servers go down the Single Player campaign must be able to be played offline.

It's a bit worrying because not too long ago I was playing For Honor and I couldn't even play the campaign because the server was down for maintenance... Perfectly understandable if I was trying to access the multiplayer, but this was the single-player campaign. I find this completely unnecessary to lock the single player game behind an online component. Initially when For Honor was released it didn't require online to play the campaign, this was implemented at a later stage so I believe it is reversible when they decide to shut down the server.

I don't buy purely online games though, there has to be a single player campaign tied to it. Black Ops 4 doesn't even have a single-player campaign so that's a no go. Plus I only get these games when they are on sale, no point paying full price for a 5-6 hour experience imo.

Is anybody else like this? Or is a complete waste of money buying these games?

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I'm sure everyone on VGCollect plays games a lot, but was there ever a time where you fell out of the hobby for a while?

Ever since I was young I was always into video games, my first console my parents got me was an Atari 2600 and my life pretty much was always surrounded by games. My friends, family, magazines I read, you name it.

But there was one part of my life when I started losing interest - High School, my Junior and Senior years. This was about the end of the PS1 era and PS2 was about 2 years in already. I preferred spending my spare time socializing with friends, partying, spending time with my high school GF and never thought I'd get back into gaming. I only had my PS1 and N64 with me and all my old games were stored away, at this point I didn't even play games anymore.

After I graduated I had some spare time to kill before I had to start college, so I decided to spend it at my brothers place and he had a PS2. I played a few games here and there, but then I read an article about Knights of the Old Republic in a gaming mag... I remembered thinking to myself "What the Hell is this? So many dialogue options! Light and dark paths!" I had to check it out.

It was only available on Xbox, so I took out my savings, bought me an Xbox and Knights of the Old Republic. And that title single-handedly revived my love for gaming, and till then I have never lost interest again.  ;D

So I thank you BioWare of old (don't like new Bioware stuff...) Knights of the Old Republic showed me the path again.





So VGCollect, any of you fell out of the hobby for a while and what made you come back?




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"Three will be available at launch, with others joining later"




"A selection of new amiibo are debuting parallel Super Smash Bros Ultimate, to complete the huge roster of characters available. There will be new figures for each fighter, with some debuting at launch and others staggered to follow.

At the game’s launch on Dec. 7, Ridley from Metroid, Inkling from Splatoon and Wolf from Star Fox will be available for purchase.

A few months later, on Feb. 15, King K. Rool from Donkey Kong and the Ice Climbers will join the available amiibo. Other amiibo coming to shelves later in 2019 are Isabelle from Animal Crossing, Ken from Street Fighter, Young Link of the Zelda games, Pikachu’s pre-evolution Pichu and Princess Daisy."


Source - https://www.polygon.com/nintendo/2018/11/1/18051804/super-smash-bros-ultimate-amiibos-release-dates








Looks like we are getting plenty more Amiibos in the near future ;D 

TBH I wasn't that big into Amiibos, but recently I have been purchasing a select few based on the games that I enjoyed playing ( crazy how much money can go into these... :o ). I'm not big into smash either, matter of fact I don't even play the game, but the characters I am familiar with is what draws me in, since many of them are from the classics.

Here's a teaser mock image I found online, have to be honest here - looks like I will be pre-ordering those Castlevania ones ( if they ever get released ) before they disappear from existence, unless of course you wanna pay crazy high prices online.





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Here is the entire Smash roster so far on the official site for reference.
I hope they do revisit some of the characters again, would love a new Ganon, his new pose with the cape is pretty stellar.





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So Amiibo fans of VGCollect which Amiibos are you looking forward to?

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***UPDATE***

Trailer added - https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=XBbWnkksW4M






Finally, some news on the upcoming MediEvil game!

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MediEvil facts by Shawn Layden:

- Remake based on the PS1 version
- Some ex-Guerilla Cambridge staff are working on this game
- Trailer on Halloween


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First of all, Happy ( early ) Halloween!

And, it's an actual Remake.
Some members of the original team (Guerilla Cambridge) is helping out.
The remake is based on the original design and art.
Sony is working with Other Ocean Interactive on this project.

I really enjoy the MediEvil games on the PS1 so to get a full remake of the original is pretty exciting. Once the trailer is up I will update the thread.

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General / REVIVE a Dead Video Game Series / Franchise
« on: October 22, 2018, 02:00:27 pm »


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Ok VGCollect, If you could Revive a game series / franchise, what would it be?

Assumptions:

- Only one new title is made. It is released on multiple platforms.
- The original character designer / scenario writer returns.
- It plays similarly to another game in the series, but has updated graphics.
- It can be a sequel, prequel or reboot.
- Can be from any era of gaming.

You get ONE choice here. What is your pick?

There are so many choices to choose from. When I think about it, it's kinda sad how many great franchises are dead... ActRaiser.. Suikoden.. Dino Crisis.. and the recently departed Dead Space... ( Thanks EA :'( )


If I had to choose, it would be a game franchise that I truly loved, and that would be:


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I first got to know the story of Kain and Nosgoth back in 1996 with Blood Omen. To tell you the truth I didn't know much about the game, kinda just went in blind, and oh boy, what a game it was.

Let me set the scene --- Kain is telling the story through dramatic segments of voice acting as you progress further. He describes in detail this strange transition he is feeling from a mere mortal into vampire, describing his thirst for bloodlust, not knowing what he has truly become. You, the player and Kain embark on a journey of vengeance, deceit and discovering what it means to be the Prince of Darkness...

For me, I would like the first Blood Omen game to be rebooted - The telling of Kain on how he was slain, when he was resurrected, his journey of deceit, and finally his rejection of mankind to start his dark empire. The cast of supporting characters are fantastic with a great amount of backstory. For those that played the game know how influential Vorador was to the entire series, always instilling thoughts and paving the way for vampires throughout history.




Kain's description of Vorador pretty much sums it up on what type of an influential character he is:

    "In the bowels of that black forest, I found something worse than Hell. A vision of what I was becoming."
    ―Kain


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So with that said, what game series / franchises would you like to see Revived?


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"Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice will launch at retailers for $29.99 / £24.99"

"Feature Documentary – The retail version of Hellblade also comes with a digital documentary exploring the origins of the game."

https://505games.com/505-games-to-distribute-the-playstation-4-retail-version-of-hellblade-senuas-sacrifice-worldwide


Glad I waited, been waiting for a physical copy of Hellblade for the longest time. For some reason I knew it was coming, the game received way too many accolades to not get a retail version imo. Definitely adding this to my wishlist.

A good day indeed, for anyone who wants to add this into their physical collection!



so good

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To those of you that consider yourselves fans of the Final Fantasy series, are you enjoying the direction Square Enix has taken with the series over the years?

There are several factors that have changed with each installment. What has affected you the most - Style of narrative, art direction, or the game design?


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I seem to have lost interest with the series as each new installment comes to light... The last FF game I enjoyed was 12, which was released on the PS2 back in 2006. The character and environments still drew me in - Characters like Balthier, Fran and Basch were all interesting characters with that wonderful fantasy aspect.
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The previous installments of Final Fantasy titles I hold very dear to my heart as they are some of my favorite games. To be honest FF7 was the first 3D JRPG I played and that game simply took my breath away with countless sneaky late school nights playing to see what unfolds next. Or FF9 that is just simply filled with charm, I still remember smiling when Vivi would clumsily stumble off somewhere during a dire situation.
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I was introduced to the FF series on the SNES, and the 2D games is what started it all, timeless classics.

I started feeling distant with the series ever since FF13, I did play the games but I just didn't feel the charm anymore.. And now moving forward to their latest installment with FF15, to me everything just feels "edgy" as if they are trying to please a certain demographic. I have FF15 ( Deluxe Edition too ) but I can't seem to muster up the urge or motivation to play further after playing it with a friend for the first 8 hours or so. Just didn't click with me, and that is unfortunate because I really loved the series.

I am hoping Square Enix returns to their roots with a beautiful charm-filled game with fantasy bursting from its seams.

Unfortunately FF went from this:

      to this --->

For me anyway. Maybe one day I'll continue playing FF15 and it will change my entire perspective, have to keep positive  ;D

What about you guys. Still hold the series as one of the greats or has it fallen from grace?

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General / Just a Friendly Reminder for all those with large collections
« on: September 28, 2018, 01:43:54 am »
Make sure it’s insured...

( Disclaimer: This is not my collection )

Saw this floating around online and thought to myself how something like this could be a reality for me as well since I have a large sum of games that I collected over the years... I'm sure plenty of us here have some pretty big collections.

I'm in the process of adding it into my policy but it always gets delayed. I think after seeing something like this I'm gonna speed up the process, heh.

Feel bad for the dude though...  :-\



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https://gematsu.com/2018/09/castlevania-requiem-symphony-of-the-night-rondo-of-blood-rated-for-ps4-in-korea

"The Korean Game Rating Board has rated Castlevania Requiem: Symphony of the Night & Rondo of Blood for PlayStation 4 (Japanese, English).

While Castlevania publisher Konami has yet to announce such a title, it sounds like a collection including the 1997-released Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and 1993-released Castlevania: Rondo of Blood."


Saw this news a few days ago and didn't see a mention here on this forum so thought I should share :) Seems like Konami is finally doing something with their Castlevania franchise again, but more importantly Rondo is getting a Western Release! ( Outside of Virtual Console that is. And the PSP remake doesn't count since it requires unlocking - which is very cool mind you ). I understand it is only rated for PS4 at the moment, but here's hoping for a Switch version - And do I hope it's a physical release... A collector's box would be nice too because the concept art for Symphony alone is well worth it.

Even though I own and played the originals multiple times one can never get enough of Castlevania. Possibility that Konami release two more versions - A Triple Pack for the GBA titles and one more for the DS titles?

What do you guys think after news like this, possible?


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Well there you have it folks - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mk6QrgmJLm4



PS4 Exclusive - Digital only for $19.99 on 26 Oct 2018

https://www.konami.com/games/castlevania/eu/en/page/history_2018_x_son_rob#menu-top

"Both games are the originals emulated for the PlayStation 4, with several updates that take advantage of the new hardware. This includes 4K/1080p upscaling, multiple high resolution backgrounds, different rendering options such as smoothing and full Trophy support. Word of warning though, that Platinum will be tough to get. Elsewhere, Requiem will make use of the DualShock 4’s vibration, analogue stick and speaker, with the latter meaning you’ll hear a cool little chime when you pick up an item."

These are the details we have so far... Damn, was hoping for a physical release, and on the Switch too. Let's hope this is not set in stone and a physical gets announced in the near future...

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