Thursday, March 31, 2011

[OPEN LETTER] Capcom, Please Treat Resident Evil With Respect

Within a week, we've seen a rumor turn into reality nearly instantly with Capcom unveiling Resident Evil: Revival Selections in Japan, with each game in that collection - Resident Evil 4 and Code: Veronica X - coming as downloadable titles to the US, later this year.

However, both games are being given the same treatment that Sony's many "HD Classics" series are receiving: updating textures, Achievements/Trophies, leaderboards, and just about everything else that this generation takes for granted, minus one thing in particular:

Updated polygon counts and a better camera system.

When Capcom first unveiled that Resident Evil was receiving a remake (quickly earning the nickname "REmake" or "REbirth", with the prefix "re-" being capitalized on purpose), in part of the "Capcom 5" deal they struck with Nintendo, fans were dumbfounded by the level of detail the remake received, and even some added bonuses as well. Considering the fixed camera angles, the background were pre-rendered - essentially Final Fantasy-level detail, but in-game, not in a cutscene - which allowed a much higher level of detail one could imagine in the previous generation. Capcom quickly followed this up with Resident Evil Ø, a prequel to the entire trilogy, taking place the night prior to the Spencer Estate with Jill and Chris. Minds weren't blown. They were blasted.

Later down the GameCube's life, Capcom announced they were bringing the rest of the Resident Evil franchise to the little lunch box, but when they denounced the games - Resident Evil 2, 3 and Code: Veronica X - would not be receiving the same treatment as REmake and REØ, fans were pissed. I was pissed. Everyone was pissed. Why would they just port the games over, rather than give fans - and those games - the treatment they deserved?

Resident Evil 4.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Just Finished Da Vinci Disappearance; Thoughts on AC3

I just bought, played and finished Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood's The Da Vinci Disappearance DLC today, and I've got a few thoughts on the ending, as well as the inevitable Assassin's Creed III.

First off, that series of coordinates we see at the end in the Pythagorean Temple: 43 39 19 N, 75 27 42 W. These little bastards land out in Turin, New York on a gigantic hole, something that appeared sometime after 1998. From what I can gather, this hole is where Napolean Bonaparte supposedly hid out (side note: he died in 1506, the same year that the Da Vinci Disappearance DLC takes place). [Ed. Note: Yikes! My dyslexia kicked in while I was writing this post originally, and I - sadly - wrote Christopher Columbus for some strange, bewildering reason; he did die in 1506. That last little bit never made it's way out of the post. Whoops.]

If you gander south-west and south from the giant hole, you'll see two towns named Florence and Rome. Once you map these out and draw distances, you'll notice they form a near perfect Pythagorean Triangle. Shit's getting crazy now.

The giant hole, like said above, is location somewhere in Turin, NY. Turin - or "Torino" to locals - is also another city in Italy. This hole is in the Bonaparte's Cave State Forest, where there are "historical connections" to Napolean, whom we all know lived between 1769 and 1821. This is exactly 300 years after the events of Ezio's timeline (born 1459 with the last known appearance in 1506; spanning 47 years). "300" holds key significance because Ezio's reign takes place about 300 years after Altaïr's in the 1100s during the Third Crusades.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: we're going to be going to the French Revolution in AC3, and roughly 250 years after that will be current day history, with a game - possibly AC4 - that could very well focus primarily on Desmond fighting the Templars in the 21st century.

Bring it, Ubisoft.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

[REVIEW] A Lot of Games, Volume 2, Part 2

Look familiar, right? You're looking at a series of six posts in the second volume where I gather together a bunch of games I haven't talked about, write mini-reviews on them, and serve them straight to your noggin. Sure, they may not get the attention they deserve, but I get my point across fairly well. This time, I start way back in September and work my way up until early March. We're looking at a solid 24 games to be reviewed here. Be sure to brush up on the Review FAQ to make sure you understand my scoring before you whirl-up a bitch-fest.

Ahh, part 2. This quintet of games, well, there's not much I could do to sum these up. Sure, there was one that was riddled with nostalgia of sitting on the edge of my bunkbed 3 houses ago, eating a sleeve or Oreos and drinking a tall-ass glass of milk after I came up from school, said "fuck you" to homework, picked up the controller, turned on the 13" CRT TV I had in my bedroom and played for hours, never beating the fucking thing.

Oh, this is a review, right? Shit. Ok, well, here we go...

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Resident Evil 4 Remake Headed for Xbox 360? [UPDATED]

*Made for the sake of this post
 
[UPDATE] So, it's confirmed: Resident Evil: Revival Selections will not be coming to the US. You heard me right, it's not coming to the US.

Sadly, RE4 and C:VX will be coming to the States in their "HD glory" as downloadable titles via XBLA and PSN, not as a retail release. No word on pricing, but I'm assuming $15-20 each (that's too much for C:VX if all it's getting is update textures and not a new camera system like RE4), but expect them sometime during the fall. Check out Joystiq's image gallery, which I can tell you, RE4 did not look that bad, unless they took the 480p signal from the original, blew it up, and fuzzied/anti-alias the image next to a - hopeful - 1080p image.
 
Original Post

Note: I've been sitting on this post for quite some time now (since September 2009), believing it to be complete horseshit. However, with the recent rumor from Famitsu, I've grown the balls to finally post this.

Kotaku is running a story about Famitsu reporting on Capcom releasing a compilation of Resident Evil 4 and Code Veronica on the 360 and PS3, calling it Resident Evil Revival Selection. Not much is said about it, other than it's existence, however, adding Code Veronica into that mix does confirm my tipster's last words (in the below section) saying a second Resident Evil game was being worked on/considered.


Original Draft (September 5, 2009) : I received an email from an anonymous tipster in regards to a possible remake of Resident Evil 4 hitting the Xbox 360. Naturally, there wasn't much to this, but there were some key things that caught my eye.

First off, the game isn't the breadth of a remake as you'd think (if you were thinking along the lines of REmake, keep wishing). It will be more along the lines of Sony's God of War Collection, where the core game will not be touched, only textures seeing an update (along with the staples of this generation: Achievements, leaderboards, etc.).

(S)he said that Resident Evil 4 will make it's way to the system in it's entirety, not a stripped down version; essentially, you're getting the Wii version with better visuals, but with the GameCube/PS2 controls. That means Separate Ways/Assignment Ada will be included.

As far as anything else, there wasn't much in the email, other than "ZOMG. RE4 coming to 360." The tipster did say, however, that RE4 wasn't the only game in Capcom's library that was going to be "HD-ified", but didn't say what game. They did, at least, say it was within the franchise.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

[REVIEW] A Lot of Games, Volume 2, Part 1

Look familiar, right? You're looking at a series of six posts in the second volume where I gather together a bunch of games I haven't talked about, write mini-reviews on them, and serve them straight to your noggin. Sure, they may not get the attention they deserve, but I get my point across fairly well. This time, I start way back in September and work my way up until early March. We're looking at a solid 24 games to be reviewed here. Be sure to brush up on the Review FAQ to make sure you understand my scoring before you whirl-up a bitch-fest.

Here I am again, doing a series of reviews on various games that I just don't have the time (nor motivation) to review. As stated in the brief snippet, I'm starting in September with reviews. Wanna take a guess as to which game I'm starting with?