Super Replay – Killer7 Episode 3

At the end of our Replay Civil War, it all came down to you to choose the next Super Replay! Our Overblood Facebook group ended up choosing two games through a tie: Killer7 and Godhand.

You chose well. Killer7 is my favorite game of all time, for reasons I will fully elaborate on in the near future. The short version, however, it’s that it’s the closest video games have gotten to being a David Lynch film. It benefits from being played alone in near silence, so you can fully process its wild, surreal moments, cool characters, and ambiguous plot.

In fitting with its themes, we decided to take Killer7 very seriously, as Andrew Reiner, Joe Juba, Leo Vader, and I focus only an the artistry of Killer7 and never talk about anything else and make absolutely zero jokes. Enjoy!

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Yakuza Kiwami 2 Is Coming To The West, And We Got To Play It

Sega hosted an art exhibit at a Los Angeles gallery today, celebrating the art, including the designs created by tattoo artist Horitomo, for Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, That game is still a month away from release, but Sega isn’t about to let the franchise lose any momentum. As part of the event, the publisher revealed it is bringing the Yakuza 2 remake Yakuza Kiwami 2 to the West. The update includes visual updates, additional minigames, and an all-new three-chapter campaign starring Goro Majima.

The game follows in the footsteps of last year’s Yakuza Kiwami, which was a remake of the first game in the series. Kiwami 2 includes new minigames, including golf bingo; arcade games Virtua Fighter 2, Virtua Fighter 2.1, and Virtua On; and the cabaret minigame from Yakuza 0. Majima can build his own clan, too, similar to the new mode introduced in Yakuza 6. Audio has been rerecorded for the update, and the localization team has revisited the original script to ensure that it’s as faithful to the Japanese original as possible.

“There’s a lot of different stuff that originally was in Kiwami that they rebuilt in the Dragon Engine now as well,” says localization producer Scott Strichart. “All the stuff that got left out at the back end of Kamurocho is back in, the champion district and all that stuff. So Kamurocho is a little bigger than it was in 6, actually. And then in addition there’s a whole other city, Sotenbori, like 0. It’s not quite as big as it was in 0, because it’s based off the original version of Yakuza 2.”

That all sounds great, but how does it play? I was fortunate enough to sneak in a gameplay session before the announcement, and I felt right at home. I was dropped into the story right when Kiryu meets up again with his friend/rival Majima, who is now running a construction site from his base of operations in the underground base, Purgatory. Majima is delighted to see Kiryu-chan and decides – for whatever reason – that Kiryu should enter a quick combat tournament to see if the Dragon of Dojima still has what it takes. 

I started off against a chump in black briefs, a furry vest, and an axe. I wasn’t able to customize my moves, but my bread-and-butter combos were available, and ol’ vesty was down for the count in short order. After that, I faced off against Purgatory’s old champ, Gary Buster Holmes. Holmes seemed to be cheating a little, wielding a pair of steel spiked maces on his fists. No worries. I used my heat-action moves to counter his attacks, and ended up victorious.

The final battle was a little more interesting. Majima entered the cage writhing and gyrating, accompanied by his own pyro show. He was significantly quicker than the other two opponents, and I nearly lost. Fortunately, I was able to built up my heat gauge enough to unleash my Feel the Heat move – which originally popped up later in the series – mashing the square button to load up a massive attack, which I unleashed by smashing the triangle. Down, but far from broken, Majima recovers saying he and Kiryu should hash it out over a beer.

My demo ended with a quick look at the Majima Construction minigame, which is similar to the Clan Kiryu mode from Yakuza 6. The big difference here is that it’s more defense oriented. Rather than focus on sending out waves of disposable foot soldiers reinforced by higher-quality recruits, in Kiwami 2 the focus is on protecting the construction site and its assets with those recruits. You can level them up with in-game cash, and it seems much more open and has a more strategic bent than what we saw in Yakuza 6. 

It was a short demo, but it did what it was supposed to do: leave me wanting more. Fortunately, I won’t have to wait long. Yakuza Kiwami 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 on August 28, and it’s priced at $49.99. You can get a quick look at the game in action below.

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See What's Happening Behind The Scenes In Final Fantasy VI In This Video

Final Fantasy VI is widely regarded as one of the greatest JRPGs of all time. But like most games, it’s a bit of a magic show, swapping things in and out to show players the right thing on-screen at the right time.

Boundary Break Youtuber Shesez is back with another video, this time showcasing various elements of how Final Fantasy VI is put together. While the ways it manipulates code aren’t as flashy as they would be in a 3D, there’s still a lot to dig into in the 16-bit, and if you’re fan of the game and how games are put together, there’s tons of little lessons here to learn.

The video shows off how various aspects of how the game is made, including how the title logo gets those little flames behind it, how some sprites are assembled before they’re shown to the player, and how the behind-the-back overworld areas work.

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Kingdom Come: Deliverance's Save-Improving Patch Available Now

Although it strives for realism over gameplay, Kingdom Come: Deliverance is made of code and bits just like any other game, and one of the biggest issues we had with it on release was how buggy it was. Hopefully, a the new 1.3.1 patch, which is available now on consoles and PC, will make it a lot less buggy.

The patch makes a number of substantial changes, the most notable of which is the promised change of the save system. Now players can choose to “Save and Exit” at any time, letting them mark their progress wherever they are instead of having to find a bed or drink an expensive magic potion to save. Saves won’t get corrupted if the game crashes while saving, either. Finally on the save front, the PC version now supports Steam Cloud, letting players take their save across multiple PCs.

There are also a number of performance, visual, and gameplay changes, all of which aim to relieve the stress of living in medevial Bohemia. To see exactly what’s changed, check out the full patch notes.

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Fight Over Pokémon Go Gym Inspires Washington Man To Attack Players With A Tire Iron

Pokémon Go-related mishaps and real-life incidents were all the rage when the game was on top of the world back in 2016, as the game’s millions of players began meeting each other, for better or worse. Well, some idiot decided to bring that “magic” into 2018 in the worst way possible.

Washington TV Station KATU reports that while Go players Andrew Otton and Grayson Hagstrom were hanging with a friend at Vancouver’s Burnt Bridge Creek Trail, someone parked their car near them, got out, and started charging them with a tire iron.

He comes out of nowhere, yelling, ‘WHICH ONE OF YOU IS ANDY?’ with a tire iron in his hand,” Otton told KATU. Otton’s name in Go is AndySamberg. The man with the tire iron, who court records reveal is named Stephen Jolly, was looking for Otton because as Olly was attempting to take a nearby gym, Otton was disputing it. “I was just reviving my Pokemon when he was trying to take it out.,” Otton said. “I took it from him, and I didn’t know he just took it, and he was like, ‘Hey did you just take this gym from me? That’s pretty messed up man.’ He was very angrily saying it.”

What happened next is a bit of a toss-up. Jolly admits he hit a table with the tire iron, but disputes Otton and Hagstrom’s report that he punched Hagstrom several times. Hagstrom then defended himself after realizing the best defense is a good offense. “I got behind him and started choking him,” Hagstro told KATU. “I figured if he didn’t have consciousness, he wouldn’t be that tough.”

Otton and Hagstrom caught Olly’s license plate and reported the incident to the police. Olly has no previous criminal history, but is now facing assault and malicious mischief charges.

[Source: KATU]


Our Take
With the recent resurgence of the discussion about whether video games cause real-world violence and/or gun crimes, there’s a lot to unpack here. But can well agree that Go of all games isn’t worth getting this upset over?

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Myst Developer Re-Releasing Entire Franchise On PC Later This Year

Myst, which Game Informer recently named one of top 300 games of all time, was a landmark title for video games, showing a whole new generation of players the magic of an old-school adventure. But it’s a little hard to play nowadays. Developer Cyan Worlds is hoping to make it a little easier this year.

The company has announced that, to celebrate the franchise’s 25th anniversary, it will be releasing updated version of every game in the franchise for Windows 10 “later this year.” The reason this hadn’t happened sooner (beyond the whole anniversary thing) was that Cyan had been unable to get the rights to do so for a few years. “As an indie developer, resources are limited for development, and acquiring rights isn’t always an option,” the company said in its announcement. “But we managed to finally talk to all the right people and departments and put some funding together to try to make it happen.”

Cyan also wants to make a physical package bundling all the games for collectors. Those interested in more details in that physical version should “stay tuned.”

Finally, Cyan teased that there could new Myst games in the future. “There will probably be more adventures in the Myst universe, but we’re reserving 2018 for remembering our journey, and making something special to commemorate the last 25 years.”

[Source: Official Myst website]


Our Take
I never played Myst growing up, but hearing the heated debates our staff had about it for the 300 meeting makes me want to reconsider. I’m a little skeptical about whether it holds up today, but hey, this is probably the year to find out.

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A Dragon Ball FighterZ Rivalry Between America And Japan's Best Player Comes To A Head In Awesome Exhibition Match

Last night at at Atlanta, Georgia’s Final Round fighting game tournament, the Dragon Ball FighterZ competitive scene concluded a saga not unlike on from the show it’s based on play out, as an exhibition match weeks in the making finally came to an explosive conclusion.

Dominique “SonicFox” Mclean is widely seen as one of the US’s strongest fighting game players, period. He’s dominated tournaments for years, and is currently ranked as the top player for several games, including Injustice 2, Mortal Kombat X, Skullgirls (he’s no slouch at Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite and Street Fighter V, either). So when he set his sights on Dragon Ball FighterZ, many assumed he was going to once again take over. They were right. SonicFox is currently the American Dragon Ball FighterZ player to beat, winning several tournaments and quickly gaining a reputation as being unstoppable. 

Meanwhile, Kishida “Go1” Goichi has emerged as the premiere DBFZ player from Japan. Goichi’s no newbie, either; he’s been a staple in the anime fighting game community, racking up wins in BlazBlue, Guilty Gear Xrd, and others. He’s also a top Street Fighter V player, earning fourth place in the game at Evo in 2016.

The modern FGC is a splintered-but-worldwide community, though, and it didn’t take long for the two to recognize each other’s skill. The rivalry began when Goichi won a tournament in Osaka, Japan. When he got on the mic to talk about his win, he specifically called out Mclean. “Next is you, SonicFox,” Goichi said at the tournament.

Mclean quickly responded on Twitter with his own challenge.

And after winning a major US tournament at Winter Brawl 12, Fox called out Goichi yet again. “Goichi, omae wa mou shindeiru,” – “Goichi, you are already dead,” a reference to the classic fighting anime Fist of the North Star.

After it was announced that Goichi would be traveling to America to play in this weekend’s Final Round tournament, the tournament’s organizers couldn’t pass up the opportunity. They quickly announced an exhibition match between the two would take place during the event, in which Mclean and Goichi would face each other in a first-to-ten match. The announcement even had promo art.

A match between an unstoppable force an immovable object is always one to watch, and the community waited anxiously to see these two champions face off. Yesterday evening, the two finally went at it.

The match wasn’t without its own drama, however. A few minutes after the match, the livestream of the event suddenly ended, replaced with shaky-cam footage of someone recording the match on their phone from far away. Someone had accidentally begun streaming the match under the main stream’s account on mobile, prompting the dedicated stream to end and be replaced. The issue was taken care of a few minutes later. Luckily a local recording of the match served as a backup post-match.


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The entire set went for an entire hour, proving DBFZ’s matches are on the long side. However, few would complain about the match being boring; DBFZ’s exchanges, mixups, and speed are such that even if you’re not entirely sure what’s going on, it’s fun to watch. And seeing players as gifted as Mclean and Goichi face off made the game look downright incredible. The combos are just the right length, showcasing a player’s practiced skill without being tiresome. The emphasis is more on the moments between those combos, as both players had a slew of “blockstrings” (strings of attacks most opponents must block consecutively without being able retaliate) at their disposal. Waiting to see when one player would dash to the other side to trick their opponent, or interrupt their blockstring by going for a throw, or anything that might get them the first hit that would lead to another combo, made for incredibly tense matches. If you can, I suggest watching the entire match.

While Mclean got an early lead, it was clear Goichi was simply getting his bearings. As the set went on, Goichi got a strong read on Mclean, blocking most of his strings and even reading his throw attempts. Mclean had a solid gameplan for each of his characters and could extend his combos by using other character’s assists and supers, but had trouble coordinating his team as a unit. He didn’t swap out low-health characters as often, which meant he missed out on health that was regenerated while characters are on reserve. Goichi had a far better handle on how to manage his team.

He also had trouble dealing with Goichi’s Adult Gohan blockstrings. The character is currently infamous for being able to lock down opponents with long strings of attacks that are nearly impossible to interrupt until Gohan runs out of assists and meter. Mclean relied on swapping out his characters defensively (something the game lets you do by sacrificing one bar of meter), but didn’t seem to have the timing on that move down, leading to several scenarios where he would defensively swap only for the incoming character to get opened up by a full combo. This put Mclean on the backfoot during most matches, and made it difficult for him to mount a comeback. Goichi quickly mounted a lead and stuck with it, eventually building enough momentum to roll Mclean several matches in a row.

Don’t worry about Mclean too much, though; he took the loss in stride.

Despite the lopsided 10-4 score, it was a riveting watch, and a fantastic showcase of how DBFZ is bringing various fighting game communities together, leading to “crossover” matches like one between top players from the anime and Mortal Kombat communities. And with the game currently ahead of even Street Fighter V in entrants at Evo, it’s likely the best DBFZ matches are yet to come. In fact, the proper DBFZ tournament at Final Round is still underway, and while all eyes are on Goichi, there are a number of strong competitors (including Mclean) who’d love to get in his way.

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What To Watch This Weekend: Counter-Strike, Clash Royale, And Dragon Ball FighterZ

Lots of events are coming to a head as we see cross-national storylines converge at WESG, Final Round, Heroes of the Storm, and more. If you’ve got an urge to espouse your national pride, there’s a good chance you’ll find it in one of the events below.

Final Round is one of the biggest fighting game events of the year and this year will not only feature Dragon Ball FighterZ, but an exhibition between SonicFox and GO1, the best players from the United States and Japan, respectively already brought the house down. Make sure to check out the full list of games and streams to see your fighting game of choice. (Streams and Schedule)

Another cross-game event is the World Electronic Sports Games, which will bring major championships across four different games to China this week, so make sure to find your game of choice and watch through the links below.

Finally, this yera’s SXSW event will feature thre big tournaments for wildly different games: Clash RoyaleArena of Valor, and Injustice 2. It’s a strange mix, but so is SXSW sometimes, so hopefully it works out. (Stream / Schedule)

If you’re a Smash guy, catch some Super Smash Bros. Melee action this week at The Mango, an event based on the player. (Stream and Schedule)

The West recently had their Heroes of the Storm clash, so it’s only fair that this week would host the HGC Eastern Clash in Taipei, Taiwan. (Stream / Schedule)

About 1600 miles away, Hearthstone is having its own event in Bangkok, Thailand, named, oddly enough, the HCT Bangkok. Go figure! (Stream / Schedule)

Finally in the world of Blizzard games, the good ol’ US of A continues to host the Overwatch League but remember: The teams hail from all over the world. (Stream / Schedule)

Halo 5: Guardians is in Mexico City this weekend, marking the final pit stop before the finals in Seattle next month. (Stream / Schedule)

You can also catch more League of Legends action this week, as we’re a couple weeks away from the playoffs. (StreamSchedule)

Also underway is the Rocket League Championship Series, which features a slew of old and new pro teams duking it out for several weeks. (Stream / Schedule

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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Dragon Ball FighterZ Currently Has The Most Entrants For EVO

Bandai-Namco’s licensed tag-team fighter currently has the highest number of entrants of any fighting game at the EVO tournament, according to its organizer.

EVO, the biggest yearly fighting game tournament in the world, is the central place for a lot of competitive fighting game players. Mr. Wizard, the organizer of the tournament, tweeted out a list of games ranked by the order of Dragon Ball FighterZ is currently leading the player count, even over headlining fighter Street Fighter V.

According to Mr. Wizard, the current ranking is:

  1. Dragon Ball FighterZ
  2. Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition
  3. Tekken 7
  4. Super Smash Bros. Melee
  5. Super Smash Bros. Wii U
  6. BlazBlue Cross-Tag Battle
  7. Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2
  8. Injustice 2

Without numbers, the rankings don’t tell us much, and they tell us even less this far out from the tournament’s August 3 date. Maybe Street Fighter competitors sign up late, maybe Injustice 2 comes from behind at the last second and rocks everyone’s world, who knows. It’s still interesting to see where it stands right now.

What game are you most excited to see at EVO?


Our Take
I’m personally pretty excited to see Dragon Ball FighterZ played, as the competitive scene has gotten really interesting. I hope the EVO finals for all these games have a lot of surprises and people who aren’t considered favorites competing.

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Replay 300 – Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II

Last week we kicked off our limited series Replay 300, where we play select games from our Top 300 list regardless of their history on Replay. In our first episode we played Super Metroid, and this week we’re headed to a different corner of space in Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II.

So join Andy, Reiner, Joe, Tack and myself as we take look back at the pulse-pounding gameplay and beautiful FMV cutscenes of a now twenty-year-old Star Wars game. After that, we examine a much more heavily contested Top 300 pick.

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We’ll see you next Friday for another peek at one of the best games of all time!

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