Day: May 2, 2021

Gaming Masterpiece Resident Evil 4 RE-Worked for VR Oculus Quest 2

Shinji Mikami’s Resident Evil 4 is widely considered a masterpiece in gaming. The title was initially launched in 2005 as a GameCube original, but sixteen years since its original drop, Resident Evil 4 is perhaps one of the most ported games in the industry. If you’re a true gamer, you can even play RE4 on the Zeebo.

Capcom, Austin-based Armature Studio, and Facebook Reality Labs are now bringing Leon’s ordeal with the Las Plagas to the Oculus Quest 2. This project has been ongoing for many years in the background, while the franchise’s main game entries and old-school remakes took center stage. 

Resident Evil 4 VR will, of course, play in first-person. Can’t wait for that El Gigante boss battle. The player can physically pick up item pick-ups like ammo and herbs, switch weapons by grabbing them off their body, and dual wield their knife and pistol (which might be OP, If you’re a real one, you understand the knife’s true savagery). 

There is no longer a pause-screen menu/attache case situation, which will up the tension significantly. Racing through a menu pop-up while the action continues? Nothing but anxiety. You’ll also have to physically reload your weapons and can accidentally drop your mag during this process. 

There are several movement options, including teleportation incrementally bouncing Leon across the map. The gameplay footage regarding movement looks to be immersion-breaking, and the transitions aren’t the most seamless. Hopefully, this won’t be the case at launch, and the game will succeed in being a widely accessible play experience.

Around 4500 art textures have been remastered. The world geometry has been adapted to work in stereoscopic 3D. It features 3D-spatial audio, taking RE4’s already imposing setting to the next level of atmospheric dread. The game runs on Unreal Engine 4 at a higher frame rate than the original.

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No More Heroes 3 Parodies YouTubers and Shares Game Deets In Series Digest Movie

Grasshopper Manufacture’s much anticipated No More Heroes 3 has released a “Series Digest Movie” to catch players up on the story thus far while hyping up the latest entry in the franchise. 

The digest movie concept is interesting, presented as a parody YouTube channel run by NMH’s resident love interest and scammer, Sylvia Christel, complete with mid-roll ads and pseudo-end-card Call to Actions.

A fake ad-break, that’s an actual ad… within an ad for a game…? Sheesh. Good job, capitalism x the arts. 

No More Heroes 3 is set to hit Nintendo Switch in late-2021. We learn from Sylvia that the upcoming scuffle in Santa Destroy will be on a galactic scale. An alien army has created its own ranking system for protagonist Travis Touchdown to climb. So, the core No More Heroes narrative structure remains the same, as does the core gameplay loop by the looks of the footage. 

Travis will have to complete odd jobs to earn money for each over-the-top alien fight, much like the first entry in the series when Travis was making his way through the assassin ranks. In the original NMH, the city was so visually drab, yet the world felt fully realized. This is a real testament to director Suda51’s characters — and ability to make a small scale believably grand. This time around, Santa Destroy is much more lively, NPCs are more interesting, and the environment is varied.

There is the addition of a Death Glove, which brings up a quick-select of new attack options. NMH3 also seems to feature a more extensive upgrade system. We can also expect some genre-breaking boss battles, paying homage to other popular video game titles. The alien-boss designs are also next-level nutty, colorful and intricate, drawing inspiration from Japanese squad-centric action-adventure. 

Travis is back at his weeby motel with his pudgy cat, Jeane. He’s got on a neck brace, and his classic douche-hawk is uncharacteristically unstyled. Fan-favorites Shinobu and Bad Girl will also join Travis in his battle. 

While some of this “digest movie” is supposed to serve as a recap of the story thus far, Sylvia really wants you to know that you don’t need to play the prequels to enjoy NMH3.  

No More Heroes is known for its meta-commentary — and this digest showcase is no different. The presentation references the franchise’s own arbitrary character choices, plot inconsistencies, and even pokes fun at its mixed reviews, mentioning how Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes will be considered an experimental cult hit in the near future. 

I love meta-commentary as a device to critique the medium, but it is often used to forgive lazy writing and uphold tired tropes, defeating the purpose. The second installment in the franchise, No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle, has received criticism for becoming the type of mindless revenge plot the initial entry received acclaim for deconstructing. I hope this won’t be the case for NMH3.

Reasonable concern for unironic corniness aside, I am still excited to jump back in with Travis Touchdown and the gang. 

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