Hello everyone! It is the holiday weekend and it is certainly busy! PAX West will be taking place next to the Crunchyroll Expo this weekend, which means a lot of news will happen to people interested in anime and games. Obviously, most of the game announcements will come from PAX, and some have even squeaked in advance, such as Shovel Knight Dig . I'm interested in that because hey, who does not love this brave little guy?
Of course, some other announcements are likely to fall, so I expect there will be plenty to report next week. There is also a Persona 5 Royal -related event in Japan this weekend so there might be some juicy details …
… wait, I totally forgot that the Ryu ga Gotoku team did this Event held an event last night! Oh damn! The big news is already starting! Well, it looks like we have our main theme for this week's column …
ICHIBAN KASUGA'S WAY TO YAKUZA 7
We've known for some time that Kiryu Kazuma was not there Yakuza 7 we will not return as the lead actor. In fact, we were introduced to the new protagonist Ichiban Kasuga some time ago.
So far, we have seen Ichiban Kasuga in nothing except the mobile / browser-based Gacha game Spinoff Ryu ga Gotoku Online so this marks his debut in a numbered Ryu ga Gotoku / Yakuza series game. I hesitate to call it a "real" Ryu ga Gotoku game because … well, we come to it. Anyway, here's the first trailer for the game with the subtitle "The Whereabouts of Light and Dark:"
The new setting is located in Yokohama, a suburb of Tokyo that is often overshadowed by the megacity it is stationed next to. Like Kiryu, Kasuga was a young yakuza who took the fall for a crime he had not committed. After his release and return to Kamurocho, he was overrun by the Kansai -based Omi alliance. And who is the "new" Kamurocho, but his old boss, Masumi Arakawa. Kasuga expected a tearful reunion, but instead he got shots and his body was thrown into the slums of Yokohama. Kasuga is down without losing anything – can he go back up?
The story is similar to the original Yakuza in which Kiryu was released from prison and was an inappropriate personality in his old crew immediately, and I'm sure that's no coincidence – Kasuga's story is supposed to be a "reboot" for the Be series. But there is something else about Yakuza 7 that upsets the fans …
Remember that the April Fool's joke, in which Ryu ga Gotoku Studio basically read, "What if Yakuzas fight based on turn-based RPG battles? ? "And we all said," Haha, yes, that would be great! Yakuza 7 is no longer a thug, but a turn-based RPG I bet you did not see it coming! What do you think of this turn, Tekken Serial producer Katsuhiro Harada ?
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I agree I do not think anybody would have expected such a dramatic change in a numbered title from Yakuza but Ryu ga Gotoku Studio wants to emphasize that a new protagonist is a new style of play, apart from a few well-known locations and characters, this is basically a completely clean start for the series. (Also, the team has mentioned that Kasuga is a fan of Dragon Quest and mentions it in-game, which is certainly an attempt, really to hammer at home that s a very different kind of yakuza .)
While I love the fighting in earlier yakuza games, I'm honestly excited about a yakuza roleplay! Some people have compared the interface with Persona but when I look at it, I really get more Mario RPG -like vibes.
And that's not a bad thing, because Mario RPG is pretty good! If you can turn Yakuza's brawls into turn-based battles in the same way Mario RPG Skilfully transforming platform action into command-driven combat, I'm in!
… But this adds fuel to my theory That many "April Fools" of game developers are testing the water for crazy new ideas, they are not sure if the public likes it. Put it out as a joke, see if people say, "whoa, that's really great and I really would want that!", And then continue if the reception is positive enough. It's sneaky, but it makes sense.
Reports from sources such as Gematsu say that the Western release will completely erase the number from the title, naming the game. Yakuza: Like a Dragon. I wonder if they are worried that the Struggle will scare off people who would buy the game if it's Yakuza 7 . Also, the Japanese subtitles sound uncomfortable in English, so I'm not surprised that Sega came from America with something completely different. We will get this sometime in 2020, probably about half a year or so after the Japanese version appeared in January.
Phew! That's a lot of news about criminals. But that was not the only announcement we received this week …
MEGAMAN ZERO AND ZX SHAKEN IN A NEW COLLECTION
For a few years CAPCOM had the Mission to reassure fans that they are actually taking care of Megaman . First came the classic Megaman serial legacy collections, then Megaman X Legacy Collections, then Megaman 11 . But CAPCOM does not stop here!
Yes, they dive headfirst into the handheld era of Megaman spinoffs and pack the Gameboy Advance Megaman Zero games and play the Nintendo DS Megaman ZX cleaned up on all major platforms. They also made a nice trailer for it!
It is not the first time that the games of Megaman Zero have been reissued – there has long been a collection for DS – However, it is the first time that they can be played on your big screen without the GameCube GBA adapter. However, it is the very first reissue of the ZX games, and fortunately CAPCOM offers players a whole range of options to present two low-resolution screens on a modern HD display.
] My personal thoughts on the collection: The Games of Megaman Zero never really clicked on me, mainly because the ranking system in these games is punishing and frustrating. (Cool, I'm missing out on bossing skills – the whole thing about Megaman – by using other useful game mechanics, that's great .) I can not say enough good ones Things about Megaman ZX . It's simply one of my favorite games in the entire series – a successful blend of Metroidvania-style exploration and Megaman shooting and platforming. ZX Advent is a bit less inspired, but still fun. Hmmm, I wonder if CAPCOM will restore cut elements like Voice Acting in the English version of Megaman ZX . It would be nice, but considering that they have not repaired Megaman X6's notoriously horrible translation after so many years, I can not hope for it. (On the other hand, X6 is not worth the trouble.)
DISCOVER YOUR CHILDHOOD DREAM WITH THE CLASSIC COLLECTION ALADDIN AND LION KING
Ah, yes, the days of 16-bit when developers and publishers had Fear that blockbuster loaner devices are being used in game sales, causing them to make games so stupid that little Timmy would not beat them on a weekend and decided it was not worth their while to put his Christmas list. It's strange that gambling does not really matter much anymore – it was a crucial part of my childhood when I was allowed to play a series of games that were frothed in magazines at the time, and concluded that " er, hey, that's not really ". That's great! "But that's what I held onto for the weekend, so I had to try to enjoy it. I still remember one of these not so great games, namely The Lion King .
Imagine, I am pleased that a whole new generation of players is going to experience the "fun" in the first levels of The Lion King Disney Classics : Aladdin and the Lion King being exposed to stupid difficulty peaks!
When the first word of this set came out, I was excited because it would contain both the SNES and Genesis versions of Aladdin . Which is the better version of Aladdin ? Aladdin has been the subject of heated debates in schoolyards and on the Internet for over 25 years: the SNES game, an early Shinji Mikami project, did not have the amazing animations and visual flourishes of the Genesis version, but it also had no BS hitboxes and inaccurate platform. Since most people only had one or the other console, it would have been nice to see the version they probably missed, and form their own opinion, but I guess the licensing powers might not be enough.
While SNES Aladdin s omission is disappointing, and the ace retro restorers from Digital Eclipse promise more nice features, such as improved gameplay (though specifically the aforementioned Aladdin hitboxes several versions of each game, and a "watch mode" where you can play through the games and pick up the controller at any time, because God is screwing those blind jumps on the elephant cemetery. I never want to play on this terrible stage again  I really wonder how many people will get this collection, play these games, and find out that their beautiful childhood memories of Genesis Aladdin and The King The Lions were more like this one o As the only game I owned at the time, I had to brutally fight through all this ill-designed nonsense. "At least the animation still looks good! Anyway, this is our criminal and retro-filled game game summary for this week. Are you going to PAX or CRX this weekend or just want to stay home, get news online, and play Astral Chain ? Do you have particularly strong feelings towards the new alignment of Yakuza ? Chat down in the forums!