Posts Tagged ‘Konami’

PES 2018 should not suck on PC this year

Maybe, just maybe, 2017 will be the year Pro Evolution Soccer is good on PC too. After several years of mugging us off with PC releases similar to the last-gen console versions, Konami have announced PES 2018 [official site] and declared this time it’ll be different. They’ve promised the PC version will have “substantial enhancements in graphics and content, meeting quality standards and ensuring parity across current game systems.” At last! PES is some good ballkicking but PC versions have been shoddy enough that resident ballboy Adam recommended you play on console if possible. The game’s due this September. For now, check out this wee trailer: Read the rest of this entry »

PES 2017’s free Trial Edition joins in online PES League

Our Adam will tell you that Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 [official site] is a cracking game but one you really should play on console rather than PC if you can. For whatever reason, the PC version is still uglier and jankier. But if PC is your only option, you might fancy a punt at the free Trial Edition released today. It has the usual ‘play matches with a few teams and kick a ball around in training’ demo jazz but also lets everyone into the PES League online competition, which kicks off a new season in December. Read the rest of this entry »

Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience Released

If you’re one of those “I’ll wait for the Game of the Year Edition” types, good news: a new stealth game called Metal Gear Solid V [official site] has just become available to you, and I think you really might like it. Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience has arrived on PC, packing both the small, directed MGS V: Ground Zeroes and the sprawling open-world MGS V: The Phantom Pain along with the multiplayer Metal Gear Online and all their DLC. That’s a respectable slab of sneaking for £25! For all its flaws, I still really like MGS V – and you might too, you ol’ GotYhead you. Read the rest of this entry »

Have You Played… Silent Hill 4: The Room?

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

Much of the praise for horror series Silent Hill is directed at its second entry Silent Hill 2. I’m not sure it was entirely understood when first released in late 2001, however it’s since become a marker against which psychological horror games are judged. Silent Hill 4: The Room [Wikipedia page], on the other hand, isn’t discussed nearly as much but it’s arguably the scariest game in the series.

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Pro Evo Soccer 2017’s Master League Is Magnificent, Even On PC

Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 [official site] is a fantastic football game, quite possibly one of the best ever. On the pitch, it plays spectacularly well, with both individual players and teams expressing themselves as recognisable entities, and Master League is a superb singleplayer mode, making player development entertaining and simple to grasp.

Take it online, though, and things start to fall apart. And the PC port is an ugly downgrade in comparison to the current-gen console versions.

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Fulton Risen Blues: Metal Gear Survive

If the very mention of Metal Gear Survive [official site], an MGS V cooperative zombie survival spin-off, makes you fume and spit like a malfunctioning furnace, the fifteen minutes of in-game footage below might not convince you to reconsider. I’m willing to give it a chance though, partly because the wide open spaces of The Phantom Pain seem well-suited to spotting of distant hordes, but mostly because the video shows the Fulton dragging zombies and sheep alike through a sky portal back to Hell.

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Pro Evo Soccer 2017’s PC Version May Be Crocked

If you’re a fan of football games, you might have noticed the glowing reviews for Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 [official site] that emerged from the tunnel and onto the internet yesterday. Some of them said it was the best football game ever made. Sadly, if you’re expecting the version of the game those reviews were written about to show up on PC tomorrow, quash those expectations right now. Despite the Steam page’s lack of information about any differences from the main release, as with last year’s title PC players should “not expect it [to be at the] same level as PS4/XBone” according to Adam Bhatti, Pro Evo’s global brand manager.

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Metal Gear Survive Bringing Co-op Zombie-Hunting

What will Konami do with Metal Gear Solid now series maestro Hideo Kojima has gone off to start a new studio and impregnate Norman Reedus? Oh, you know: zombie survival. Konami today announced the first post-Kojima Metal Gear, Metal Gear Survive. It’s a co-op spin-off set in an alternate universe where some of Big Boss’s pals got sucked into sky and appeared in zombielandia. No, really.

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Goalballio! PES 2017 Announced

“‘​Tis the season to announce annual sequels”, goes the popular E3 carol, “fa la la la la, la la la la.” Today we open our door to discover Konami standing on our mat, wrapped up in this frightful May weather, eyes wide with expectation as they announce Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 [official site]. Will you listen to their song, or slam the door in the face and get back to sipping mulled lager with your family round the roaring open fan?

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Metal Gear Online’s Cloaked In Silence DLC Out Now

After laying bare its details at the beginning of the month, the Cloaked in Silence DLC for Metal Gear Online [official site] is out now. On top of three new maps and unlimited access to the upcoming Survival mode, the expansion adds the formidable photosynthesising sniper Quiet to its ranks. Come see her in action:

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Metal Gear Online’s Cloaked In Silence DLC This Month

Expert sniper Quiet is joining Metal Gear Online [official site] as a playable special character in the upcoming ‘Cloaked in Silence’ DLC, and I’m sorely disappointed in everyone who won’t get into character by humming over voice comms whenever they see an enemy. The add-on will also chuck in three new maps and give unlimited access to a new mode which will only allow non-DLCers a few plays each week. Me, I’m mostly in it to bug teamies by humming away with a crinkling binbag tied round my left arm.

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PES 2016’s F2P MyClub Spin-off Arrives On PC

'Free to play? No way!' says the footballman. 'Wait, free to play or pay to win?'

Football was free when it first began in 1362, when youths had the right to play on the village common and would swipe a sturdy-looking head from the pikes by the gates on their way out, so why do we have to pay for virtual football now? It’s not even real!

Well, you won’t get the munch the eyes at half-time, but Pro Evolution Soccer 2016’s free-to-play spin-off has now launched on PC. PES 2016 myClub [official site] is its managerial, player-collecting sort of mode. Something. But free to play!

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Metal Gear Online Bursts Out Its Beta Box

Sure, you’ve defeated the entire Soviet army in Metal Gear Solid V [official site] by throwing hunks of metal at soldiers’ faces then telling your dog to bite them, but that will only work on actual humans five times – tops – before someone calls the rozzers. But you can now test your sneaking (and face-shooting) skills against actual humans virtually, beyond the base invasion antics. After a week in public beta testing, Metal Gear Online has properly launched on PC, bringing team-based shootysneaks to MGSV.

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Metal Gear Online Beta Launching Today

SELFIE TIME! Get in here, you!

I’ve just realised that Metal Gear Solid codenames follow the same pattern as tech startups and game studios. Pick an animal, slap an adjective on the front and there you go, you’re now Flatulent Badger; you’re Scarlet Dolphin; you’re Indigo Axolotl. You’ll blow away either investors with a proposal to disrupt e.g. the shoe-tying industry with an app to have someone come round and tie your laces, or blow up a huge robot. Well, round up your pals and start naming each other, as proper multiplayer finally comes to The Phantom Pain [official site] today-ish with a beta launch of Metal Gear Online.

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The RPS Advent Calendar, Dec 19th: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

What is the best stealth game of 2015? The RPS Advent Calendar highlights our favourite games from throughout the year, and behind today’s door is…

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain!

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Metal Beard?! Hideo Kojima Opens New Studio

Hideo Kojima, a legend in the eyes of those who live on the virtual battlefield, has indeed parted ways with Konami and founded his own new PMC (private makegames company). The Metal Gear maestro has even managed to sneak his old studio name out of Konami. All year we’ve heard about a falling-out of some sort between the designer and the publishers, so it was pretty clear he was going, and Konami even blocked him from accepting an award this month for MGS V.

Well, as of today, he’s out, he’s gone, and he’s at a new Kojima Productions. Also, he’s grown a cracking new beard for that ‘grizzled veteran’ look.

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Ban The Bomb: Unlocking MGS V’s Secret Nuke Event

We’re about 11,000 nukes away from Snake and pals throwing a shindig in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain [official site] – disarming 11k of them, that is. You might’ve seen a while back that folks had uncovered cinematics celebrating nuclear disarmament, but it wasn’t entirely clear what they were or how to trigger them. Welp, Konami have now confirmed that, as guessed, it’ll trigger if every nuclear weapon players have built is destroyed (they’re part of the Forward Operating Base PvP invasion stuff). They’re issuing daily updates on disarmament progress too.

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Pro Evo Soccer 2016 To Get New Data Pack Next Week

After a balls-up at launch, Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 [official site] shipped with a load of out of date team rosters. A subsequent free ‘Data Pack’ released a month later failed to straighten this out, but Konami promised that Data Pack #2 would set things right. Now they’ve confirmed that’ll be with us next week next Thursday, December 3rd.

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Pro Evo Soccer Getting Euro 2016 DLC Free

Upon release, you might’ve spotted the odd discrepancy within the team lineups of Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 [official site]. Schweinsteiger still at Bayern and not Man United? RVP still at Old Trafford and not with Fenerbahçe? PES 2016 shipped with out of date team rosters, see, and troubles with follow-up ‘Data Pack’ updates kept players waiting longer still. To make amends, Konami have detailed future content plans including giving free UEFA Euro 2016 bits to everyone early next year.

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