Posts Tagged ‘Konami’

PES 2019 kicks off in August

Konami’s squad-based real-time tactical series Pro Evolution Soccer will return with its latest annual sequel at the end of August. Changes they’re boasting about in the latest include fancier pictures, improved animation, improved ball physics, a dozen new skill traits… ah, y’know, it’s the new PES – get this or the next FIFA depending on which you prefer, yeah? For now, watch the announcement trailer below. Read the rest of this entry »

Super Bomberman R returns a classic to PC with portals

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Hard to believe, but the PC hasn’t seen a new Bomberman game since 1997. A thousand clones and imitators, yes, but nothing official outside of some emulated compilations. Boundaries between PCs and consoles are crumbling, though, and Konami’s recent Super Bomberman R is headed to PC this June, along with a platform-exclusive playable character: P-body, one of the two co-op robots from Portal.

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Zone of the Enders 2 HD HD HD gets a comparison trailer & launch month

Mecha-Anubis, god of the Robo-dead

The Devil May Cry HD updates may have underwhelmed, but there’s one PS2 remaster on the horizon that seems far more likely to please: Hideo Kojima’s well-regarded foray into the realm of giant mecha anime excess, Zone of the Enders 2, which still stands as one of the best takes on the genre, and after a bit of a slip it seems to have a solid release date pinned down.

This particular remaster was announced last year, aiming for a spring 2018 launch. That didn’t quite work out but, according to the comparison trailer released today, it’s still on schedule for launch this year, albeit in September now. If you’ve got a 4k monitor and want a pin-sharp look at the game now, we’ve got the goods waiting within.

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Wot I Think: Metal Gear Survive

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There was a point early on in Metal Gear Survive where I thought that, despite its annoyances, Konami’s zombie spin-off was actually going to be quite good. It came about an hour in when I had to sneak into a base packed with shambling horrors, using stealth and distraction to outwit the hordes. It was tense. It was exciting.

That didn’t last long.

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Metal Gear Survive’s scuzzy microtransactions: paid saveslots, cash for emotes and buy-a-boost

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I’m having a significantly better time than I’d expected with Solid crew spin-off Metal Gear Survive, but something about it does rub me up the wrong way – and I’m not talking about whether or not it stuck a dagger in Kojima’s kidney or how heavily it borrows from other survival games. Like Metal Gear Solid V before, microtransactions have crept into Survive, and though they’re not at all necessary to either singleplayer or co-op in the open-world base-building survival sandbox, they do push against the limits of fairness. $10 to buy a second character slot, for instance, or $2 for a one-day temporary boost to the points required to level your guy up. And this is in a game that costs $40/£35 upfront. Read the rest of this entry »

Metal Gear Survive is wild, irritating, thrilling, familiar and incomparable

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The obvious worry for a Kojima-less Metal Gear, even before it staggered into well-worn zombie survival territory, was that there was no way it could be anything like as off-the-chain ridiculous as a true Hideo joint. I think that’s true whether you’re one of those who considers him to be the auteur’s auteur or one of those who reckon his stories are equivalent of giving an 11-year-old infinite money to play with.

Funny thing about the newly-released Metal Gear Survive though, based on around a day in its dusty deathscapes: ‘ridiculous’ is very much the operative term. It’s just that it’s a very different kind of absurdity to Metal Gears past.

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Metal Gear Survive is out now

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Wormhole spin-off Metal Gear Survive is out today, flinging off the tactical espionage trousers of its heritage and donning the “survive waves of zombies” windbreaker. Obviously, this makes the Kojima-free game look very stupid, walking around in its underpants. But don’t worry, they made a launch trailer to cover up its bottom half. It’s got the robots and desperate dives of its Fox Engine daddy, MGS V: The Phantom Pain, but this defend-o-shoot really has more in common with Fortnite. At least, that’s how I felt after only an hour with the weekend beta. Read the rest of this entry »

Metal Gear Survive open beta sneaks onto PC next week

While I’ve little interest in Konami hypothetically making new Metal Gear Solid games without Hideo Kojima, I must say I am curious about them taking the guts of MGS5 and spinning them off into the open-world base-building survival sandbox Metal Gear Survive. I would like to build a wacky funhouse base full of traps to trip, trap, and repel crystal-headed zombies, especially as I’d get to muck about with my pals in co-op. Well, Konami have announced they will run an open beta test of Metal Gear Survive on PC next weekend, packing several missions and four-player co-op. Ah yeah, go on. Read the rest of this entry »

Metal Gear Solid V prematurely celebrates nuclear disarmament

After two-and-a-half-years, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain on PC has finally unlocked a hidden cutscene celebrating complete nuclear disarmament. This has been a semi-secret community challenge, waiting for players to destroy all nukes built by players in the game’s ‘Forward Operating Base’ multiplayer invasion mode. However! In a very Metal Gear-y conspiracy theory twist, it seems that celebrations are premature, because Konami say that the event was triggered when the nuke counter was not at zero. We’re celebrating peace while thousands of nukes are still unaccounted for. If you load MGS V now you can see the cutscene, or watch it here:

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Metal Gear Survive trailer shows off sneaking and base building

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Woooo – there’s a new Metal Gear game coming out next month! Boooo – it’s a zombie survival game. Metal Gear Survive is Konami’s new Metal Gear V spinoff, which swaps shooty men and paramilitary politics for clawy zombies and weird dimensional rifts.

It’s a premise that’s easy to scoff at, and arguably an unimaginative step for the series to take. But you know what? The sneaking, crafting and base building on display in the latest trailer – and a more detailed one from a few weeks back – look compelling enough to make me think that it might be worth giving the game a chance after all.

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A lesson on the rules of nature from Metal Gear Rising

Following yesterday’s Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance post, we have received a number of letters wishing to know more about the “rules of nature” that I–and so many others–shout about any time someone mentions the game. What are these rules? Must we all follow them? Seeing as 2018 is the year of Revengeance, it’s only sensible to brush up. Here are the RULES OF NATURE! Read the rest of this entry »

Have You Played… Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time.

The dawning of a year means a little more of what was once the near-future is now the present. While most games set in 2018 squandered this just-out-of-reach year by simply speculating that sports teams might have slightly different lineups–a shameful lack of vision from PES 2018 and NBA 2K18–one dreamed big. 2018 is the year of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. 2018 is the year to swordfight a giant robodinosaur. Here in 2018, we drink from spines. In 2018 a US senator tries to spark international war as part of a plan to– and he actually says this–“make America great again.” It’s 2018 and hell, I’ll take any excuse to talk about Revengeance again. Read the rest of this entry »

Clickuorice Allsorts: behind the scenery of Silent Hill 2

In just under sixteen minutes, this video shows you more of Silent Hill 2 than you’ve probably ever seen before. I know the game back-to-front and still saw new things. In fact, this is very much aimed at people who know every detail of the game and if you don’t, it’s going to spoil everything.

Shesez’s Boundary Break series uses camera hacks and other tricks to look at all of those scenes and models that you were never supposed to see. Here, you’ll see what happens to Pyramid Head when he exits stage left, what James really has in his car, some dog secrets, and in a thematically fitting piece of technical short-hand, learn that there really are no roads leading out of Silent Hill.

Metal Gear Survive shambles towards a Feburary launch

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Been a while since we heard from Metal Gear Survive, Konami’s co-op focused Metal Gear V spinoff. It was originally slated for a 2017 launch, Konami fell silent while estranged series director Hideo Kojima started his own independent studio, which I’m still half-convinced is just an excuse to hang out with Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkelsen

Admit it, you’d do it too.

While perhaps a little late to cash in on the Zombie Survival Sandbox zeitgeist, Metal Gear Survive is alive and kicking, or at least slowly shambling closer. Today, Konami announced a release date for the game (February 20th – 22nd in Europe), along with a handful of perks for those bold enough to preorder. After the jump: details, and 15 minutes of (subtitled) Japanese gameplay footage.

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Have You Played… Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time.

Sam Fisher, Sam Fisher, where are you, Sam Fisher. Now that Hideo Kojima has left Konami and Konami appear uninterested in returning to the series outside multiplayer spin-offs and pachinko machines, Ubisoft’s absent neck-snapper seems the last best hope of getting a new open world stealth game like Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain [official site]. Read the rest of this entry »

Zone of the Enders 2’s mech action coming to PC

A revamped re-release of 2003 mech shooter sequel Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner is coming to PC next year, Konami announced today. Bearing the unwieldy name Anubis Zone of the Enders: Mars [official site], it’ll come remastered with improved prettiness and optional support for VR cybergoggles. Zone of the Enders is a curious series, a pair of short space operas produced by Metal Gear maestro Hideo Kojima and packed with mechs and robots warring across Jupiter’s moons and colonies, and I’m glad it’s finally coming our way. Here, have a peek at the new version in this announcement trailer:

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Pro Evo Soccer 2018 is out with proper graphics and short sizes

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“PES 2018 should not suck on PC this year,” Alice wrote back in May. She was referring to FIFA’s great rival finally running with current-gen console graphics on our platform of choice, rather than using the previous-gen engine as has been the case for FAR TOO LONG. Well, all the fancy bells, whistles and advertising hoardings are in place, and you can see all of those glorious multi-million dollar haircuts in glorious detail.

That’s not to say everything is shiny though because there seem to be serious problems with the online portion of Pro Evo 2018 [official site]. I haven’t been able to test it myself, bit hopefully it’ll be fixed soon given that the game has been out for a day now.

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Have You Played… Metal Gear Solid?

Why did the soldier dies without being alarmed? Because it was SOCOM

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time.

Was Metal Gear Solid ever on PC? I have feverishly Googled for the answer and discovered: yes! It was ported in 2001 with slightly prettified graphics and some updated VR missions. That means I can write about it. Sweet PC port of the past, you have given me a fine gift this day. The gift of not scouring my brain for videogames that aren’t already on our 700+ list of things we’ve already covered for this column.
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Have You Played… Silent Hill: Homecoming?

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Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time.

You know that feeling when you’ve eaten all of the best chocolates in a selection box and then one night you’re really craving some chocolate, and you’re faced with the possibility of eating a coffee cream or some other monstrosity? It’s OK to admit that you’ve eaten that chocolate, and it’s OK to admit that you kind of enjoyed it.

Silent Hill: Homecoming [Steam page] is the coffee cream of Silent Hill games. The worst thing about that is that it’s the only Silent Hill game that’s available digitally on PC. Read the rest of this entry »

Metal Gear Survive delayed into 2018

The still-surprising Metal Gear Solid V spin-off Metal Gear Survive [official site], where Snake’s MSF pals are sucked through a portal to a world crawling with zombies, has been delayed. Konami confirmed during E3 that it won’t make its planned 2017 launch, being pushed back a few months so they can work on it more. They want it to be good, y’see. It’s now expected in early 2018. Read the rest of this entry »