Super Replay – Vampire Hunter D Episode 8

Our playthrough of Sonic the Hedgehog 2006 is the most successful Super Replay to date. One thing became abundantly clear: You love watching us suffer while playing broken games. From the comments I read, a good number of you expected we would play another Sonic game for the annual 12.31 Super Replay. As tempting as that idea was, we decided to flip the script again, and do something completely different. Playing a survival horror game without Tim Turi still feels wrong. Playing another Sonic game just feels wrong, period. So we decided to turn our sights on the anime crowd, a pocket of loyal fans Replay hasn’t mocked enough.

The one game that bubbled to the surface was Vampire Hunter D, a little-known PlayStation relic that launched on September 25, 2000. Developed by Victor Interactive Software and published by Jaleco, Vampire Hunter D is a game about a powerful talking hand that is attached to a vampire. I don’t want to give away much more than that. The only other thing I will say is, we’re having a terrible good time playing it. As always, we hope you enjoy this year’s pick. It’s unexpected, I know, but that’s how these 12.31 Super Replays should be.

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Apologies for audio issues this episode, cutscene audio has been restored but the rest of the episode just has music from the game.

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Bayonetta 2 On Switch Has Some Interesting Nintendo Easter Eggs

Both Bayonetta games released for Switch yesterday, and players are already finding some interesting Easter eggs.

In Bayonetta 2, scanning Amiibo onto your Switch will unlock some costumes, but also messages from Rodin, the shopkeeper. These messages break the fourth wall a bit, hinting at several other Nintendo franchises and appearances. Most notably, there’s this note referencing Bayonetta’s inclusion in Super Smash Bros. For Wii U.

This seems to make Bayonetta fighting Mario and his weirdo friends canon in the world of Bayonetta, which is a fun Easter egg. There are also notes about Animal Crossing.

As well as Splatoon:

While both Bayonettas are already ripe with Nintendo Easter eggs. Players can already dress Bayonetta up as Samus, Peach, and more, but it’s fun to see Sega, Platinum, and Nintendo all agreeing to have some fun with the idea of Bayonetta being a part of the world of Nintendo in her own strange way.

 

Our Take
I think it’s a huge stretch to imply the Smash Bros.-related message is in any way a hint Rodin will someday be a Smash Bros. character, but I’m in no way against the idea.

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Report: Shanghai Dragons Players' Entry To Overwatch League Delayed By Visa Issues

After gaining a bit of hopeful traction by signing the Overwatch League’s first female player, Kim “Geguri” Seyeon the Shanghai Dragons face another obstacle in their uphill battle to the top: Visas.

Unikrn reports that Seyeon and her new teammates will have to wait until sometime later in Phase 2 of the league to start playing since the team has been delayed by the Visa application process. “Based on Visa application times, we predict that our four new recruits will arrive in the US later in Phase Two,” said Shangai Dragons team manager Van in Chinese social media site Weibo.

The Visas the Dragons need, P-1 visas, can take months or weeks to fully process, and even if the Dragons began the visa process as soon as they signed them after seeing they were having a terrible season, it would have been difficult to get the new teammates in the US in time for the second phase of the league.

 

Our Take
Other kinds of athletes face similar issues, but the timing of the Overwatch League tightens the grip a bit in this case. With such a short time between phases, it’s easy to see that a team making major changes to its lineup would face issues when it comes to recruiting international players midseason.

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Watching Modern Games Run On A Weird '70s TV Is A Nostalgic Trip

Technology is cool. Technology is strange. The weird pull of watching gears turn and electric circuits fire has a strange pull for a lot of people. The strangeness of that pull has never been more apparent than when I try to describe why watching someone hook up modern consoles and a PC to a strange ’70s TV shaped like an astronaut’s helmet makes me happy.

Tech how-to Youtube channel My Mate Vince celebrated is 100,000th subscriber by doing that. The JVC Videosphere is a rad-looking piece of tech, a spherical television complete with a metal chain that lets you hang it anywhere in a room you can attach a hook to. And through a series of converters, machines, and wire-modding, Mr. Vince was able to get a Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC running on a 40-year-old CRT.

The games are as you recognize them, but the blue-tinted screen modifies their “feel” quite a bit. The TV can’t seem to handle Forza 7, and I honestly mistook it for an early PS2 game due to the lack of pixel density on the Videosphere. Horizon may as well look like an old newsreel. And Cuphead, of course, evokes an even deeper sense of nostalgia than it already did.

The video is about 20 minutes long, but if you’re into the strange pull of convoluted tech setups as much as I am, it’s worth watching the whole thing.

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Reader Discussion – Who Do You Want As Dragon Ball FighterZ DLC?

With today’s news that both Broly and Bardock are making their way to Dragon Ball FighterZ as DLC characters, I can finally ask this question without being inundated with similar results: Who do you want as DLC character in Dragon Ball FighterZ?

Leaks abound as to who the rest of the roster will include, but nothing’s set is stone yet, so we can still speculate. There could also be more DLC characters beyond the eight included in the first season pass, so there’s that. This is all a way of saying that I’d really like it if Kid Goku and Arale made into the game at some point.

Kid Goku would be a fun way to add a fifth (or sixth, depending on if you believe the leaks) Goku to the cast who’d be very different. His Power Pole could be his special attack and move (it would extend across the entire screen very quickly). His level-one super could be a kamehameha that turns the screen white when he fires it (as was the case in Dragon Ball), and his level-three super would be him looking at the moon and turning into a giant ape and beating his opponent up for a bit. His super dash would even be him riding on the Nimbus Cloud, and his vanish attack could leave behind an afterimage effect.

Arale has a ton of moves at her disposal that would make it hard to whittle down. Also, if you think Arale would be a wouldn’t be able to contend with the cast of FighterZ, consider this excerpt from the Dragon Ball Wiki, about her appearance Dragon Ball Super (SPOILERZ):

During a world invention conference in West City, she has taken a dose of Playtime X fed to her by the ghost form of Dr. Mashirito. Vegeta agrees to play with her but she clearly outclasses him and Vegeta admits to never wanting to fight a gag character ever again. After recognizing Goku she does a beam battle with him as Super Saiyan Blue which ends in a draw.

She’s a strong as Super Saiyan Blue Goku canonically, which is more than you can say for most of the cast of FighterZ. So there.

So who do you want in FighterZ, leaks be damned? Do Broly and Bardock satisfy your cravings? Looking to play as Master Roshi or Jackie Chun? Want to build of team of Launch, Android 18, and Kefla? Let us know!

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How Uncharted 4's Retro Surprise Was Rebuilt From Scratch

WARNING: Spoilers For Uncharted 4 follow.

If you’ve played Uncharted 4, you were probably thrown for a bit of a loop when Uncharted 4 not only references Crash Bandicoot, but lets you play an entire level of the game in-game (whoa, that’s meta). You may have thought, however, that developer Naughty Dog simply emulated their older game inside their newer one. You’d be wrong.

While this has been known for a while, Youtuber Shesez has a full breakdown of how the level isn’t running on an emulator, but rather was remade by Naughty Dog from scratch. The level not only includes a very accurate recreation of the “Boulders” level from the original Crash Bandicoot, but layers on a coat of aliasing as well, which makes the recreation look nearly identical to the original. The level is located within Uncharted 4’s regular geometry, and can be seen in its entirety if you know where to look and have the camera hacks to do it. You can watch a short video explaining the level below.

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And for a chat with Uncharted 4’s developers about how that moment came to be, you can watch our interview with them about their favorite moments from the game below.

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Overwatch To Determine Who The Good Boys And Girls Are With Its Puppy Rumble

If Overwatch has any glaring flaws, it’s the lack of pup-oriented competition. There’s just not enough of it! Thankfully, Blizzard has finally taken this key criticism to heart with its new Year of the Dog Puppy Rumble.

We’re honestly not quite sure what the event, which will stream on Twitch this Monday at 5pm Central, will actually entail, but the short trailer for the event shows a bunch of dogs coming onto an arena of some sort dressed as Overwatch characters, so we’re already into it.

We don’t know how the event will be scored, which characters will triumph, or even what will actually happen, but one thing’s for sure: Puppies!

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Final Fantasy XV's Next Comrades Update Adds New Characters, Costumes, And More Next Month

Square Enix has dropped a trailer showcasing an upcoming update for Final Fantasy XV’s Comrades multiplayer mode.

The update, which hits March 6, adds a number of new outfits for players to wear, including more hairstyles, suits, silly outfits, and plated suits of armor. New attacks, weapons, spells, and bosses are also included, as well as new playable characters like Aranea, Iris, and Ravus. It also looks like it lets Chocobos fight a dragon, which I’m all totally in favor of. They can do it! I believe in them!

You can watch a trailer for the update below. For a look at how Final Fantasy XV has evolved over the course of its life cycle, check out our retrospective.

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Bardock And Broly Are The First DLC Characters For Dragon Ball FighterZ

Bandai Namco has stayed relatively silent regarding which fighters would make it into Dragon Ball FighterZ via DLC. The latest issue of V-Jump magazine, however, reveals the first two downloadable combatants: Broly and Bardock.

For those not in the know, Broly is the one of the legendary Super Saiyans, who used to only appear once every 1,000 years or so, but later appeared whenever it was convenient for someone to power up in Dragon Ball Z. As anyone who has seen Broly in action might expect, he is much larger than most of the characters in the current cast, and his three-meter Meteor Attack is called “Gigantic Meteor.”

Bardock is Goku’s dad and looks just like him, which means players now have more Gokus to choose from than they can fit on a team. Like Adult Gohan, Bardock does not maintain his Super Saiyan form during most of the fight, but goes Super Saiyan during his Meteor Attack.

V-Jump did not announce a price or date for these individual characters, though the season pass, which unlocks eight additional characters, is $34.99.

It’s also important to point out that neither of these characters are Arale or Kid Goku, which means I am slightly disappointed.

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What To Watch This Weekend: Dragon Ball FighterZ, Rainbow Six Siege, And Brawlhalla

After its Stage One finals the Overwatch League is on hiatus for a bit, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some fun events to watch. One of them is even an Overwatch event!

Today marks the start of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Starladder & i-League StarSeries Season 4, so tune in for the intense shooter gameplay you might be craving. (Stream / Schedule)

The Rainbox Six Siege Invitational will cap off this week, so if you’re curious about what makes this shooter such a popular hit, look no further. (Stream / Schedule)

We get a trio of major shooter events, as Halo 5: Guardians heads to Orlando as part of its own championship series. (Stream / Schedule)

If you’re sticking with Dragon Ball FighterZ after the drop-off of casual players, you’ll probably want to watch some high-level play, and if you tune into this week’s DragonBrawl tournament, you’ll  get a mix of top players from other fighting games and a few who have become notable in DBFZ itself. (Stream / Schedule) You can also watch the start of the regular Cell Games series, which will also feature a few top players. (Stream / Schedule)

You can also check out the Brawlhalla European and North American championships, which promises to show off how in-depth the fighting in this Smash-like can be. (Stream / Schedule)

The Rocket League Championship Series starts its fifth season, and you can watch the open qualifier rounds this week. (Stream / Schedule)

If you’re looking for some Overwatch and don’t mind potentially resurfacing your memories of being in college, the Tespa Fiesta Bowl has universities like UC Irvine, UCSD, and UC Toronto University facing off in high stakes matches later today. (Stream / Schedule)

This week’s Hearthstone HCT is São Paulo, Brazil, where 16 of the best players will compete for their share of a glory (and a $4,000 first-place prize, of course). (Stream)

For more weekly MOBA action check out the Heroes of the Storm HGC series, so if need more Overwatch action, you can get an extra dose of Tracer, Zarya, and more. (Stream / Schedule)

The League of Legends Championship Series isn’t taking a break this week, so you can still expect your weekly dose of high-level League action. (StreamSchedule)

That’s it for this weekend! Let us know if we missed an event, or if there’s a scene you’d like us to cover, in the comments.

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