Collection  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Collection  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network .hack//G.U. Last Recode Demo Now Available https://www.gameskinny.com/62oek/hackgu-last-recode-demo-now-available https://www.gameskinny.com/62oek/hackgu-last-recode-demo-now-available Thu, 08 Feb 2018 15:06:13 -0500 Erroll Maas

A demo for .hack// G.U.Last Recode is now available on PlayStation 4 and Steam. The game is a remastered collection of the three volumes in the .hack//G.U. series: Rebirth, Reminisce, and Redemption, respectively. .hack//G.U. is the second series in the .hack video game franchise, originally released in 2002 for the PlayStation 2. Last Recode also adds a brand-new fourth volume to the series, titled .hack//G.U. Reconnection. The demo takes up 3.63 GB of storage space.

.hack// G.U. Last Recode was originally released on November 3, 2017, for PlayStation 4 and Steam. The collection was released both physically and digitally, although as of writing, it cannot be purchased through the PlayStation Store via PlayStation 4 and has June 2, 2018, as a placeholder date. However, the collection can be purchased on the PlayStation Store website and Steam and is on sale for $34.99 until February 13.

.hack (pronounced dot hack) is a multimedia franchise which follows several characters who get trapped in "the world," a virtual MMORPG. 2017 marked the 15th anniversary of the .hack franchise.

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2 HD Collections that Need to Be on PS4 https://www.gameskinny.com/4049o/2-hd-collections-that-need-to-be-on-ps4 https://www.gameskinny.com/4049o/2-hd-collections-that-need-to-be-on-ps4 Tue, 05 Dec 2017 14:40:36 -0500 Joe Garcia

While there have been many games that have gotten their own HD collections on PS3 and PS4, there are also many that haven't reached the newest generation of consoles. Here's a look at two of those series, God of War and Dead Space, and why they're prime candidates for HD collections on PS4.

God of War Saga

So everyone has heard of God of War and has loved every violent and bloody second of it. During the PS3 era, the world was handed the God of War Saga, which had every main title and spin-off title of Kratos' epic adventure in one neat bundle. The collection included five games for the price of one, and it was as epic as the Ghost of Sparta himself. 

With the power of the PS4 Pro, bringing all of Kratos' rage into glorious 4K would be just what he needs. We already have God of War 3 on PS4, but it's not enough to quench our thirst for vengeance on the gods of Olympus. Sony needs to get their butts in gear and bring us this collection -- not only for the veteran players but also for newcomers to the series.

This would be an amazing way to lead into the new God of War that was announced at E3. This collection should run for $40, just to make it easier to replay the entire series to get ready for the new game. Plus, it'll be a great way to save money while making a great gift for someone.

The next series that needs an HD collection is . . .

Dead Space: Deep Space Collection (PS4)

Yeah, the name for the collection is made up, but it sounds like a badass name for a collection for this epic sci-fi survival-horror series. Dead Space is a series that was as fun as it was scary. The lore was deep and interesting, the enemies were horrifying and deadly, and the main character, Issac Clarke, was just a normal guy that got caught up in some screwed up ish.

The first three games were released for PS3, so the graphics were on point for their time. Having all three games in one bundle (like Bioshock: The Collection) would be a no-brainer. If Bioshock was able to make it work, Dead Space can knock it out of the park with ease. I believe the series will be rejuvenated and bring fans old and new back to the twisted war against the Marker and the Necromorphs. 

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With HD collections being pushed out more and more with great success (e.g. Crash Bandicoot N'Sane Trilogy, Bioshock: The Collection), these two games can easily come to the PS4 family and rock the lives of gamers. If they ever release these collections, best believe I'll buy the hell out of them.

Hope you've enjoyed reading. For more gaming news and information, stay tuned to GameSkinny! 

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Video Game Remasters - Are they Here to Stay? https://www.gameskinny.com/wl6nm/video-game-remasters-are-they-here-to-stay https://www.gameskinny.com/wl6nm/video-game-remasters-are-they-here-to-stay Fri, 28 Jul 2017 11:00:01 -0400 JazmanGames

Lately, we've seen a trend of older games getting remastered and re-released onto modern platforms. Between the success of collections like Crash Bandicoot  N. Sane Trilogy and Kingdom Hearts 1.5+2.5 ReMIX, it's clear nostalgia sells. However, as many reasons as there are to re-release older games, there are plenty of those who feel remakes are killing the industry. Let's take a look at both sides below and try to answer the question – is the trend of remastering games here to stay?

It Keeps Older Games Alive

The world is changing at a fast rate and this especially goes for the game industry. Games are advancing so fast while older games quickly become incompatible and unplayable on newer hardware. As a result, they get left behind and forgotten about. Remastering games updates and modernizes them. It allows them to run at higher resolutions and frame rate, and to a lot of people, this helps keep that game alive. Even if it's not the original game, it prevents it from dying out and being forgotten about in a world where most consoles do not have full backwards compatibility.

Time Could Be Spent Developing New IP

On the flip side, why bother keeping an old game alive when the time and resources could be better spent on developing new franchises? If you look anywhere on the internet with regards to this topic, you will undoubtedly see the opinion that old games should be left where they are. They've been developed, had their shot, and are done with. Although the developers remastering games usually aren't the same ones that worked on the originals, some still argue that the time and resources could be better spent on entirely new games.

Nostalgia Does Sell…

A big reason for remasters is nostalgia. Publishers know that nostalgia sells and often this can encourage a remaster. Take Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy for example. When the originals released on the PlayStation they were extremely popular, the first three games were considered masterpieces and players wanted more. There were several releases since the original three but they didn't recapture what the originals had and were not as successful.

Players have been wanting a remaster of these games for years and finally this year, we got the N. Sane Trilogy. Easily the most popular remaster so far, the whole game sold entirely on nostalgia. Original players wanted to re-live their youth, new parents show their children the games they grew up on, and friends showing others what they missed out on. The N Sane Trilogy topped charts and the success of this could trigger reboots of other series as well like Spyro the Dragon or Ape Escape.

But Publishers Are Just Money Grabbing With Repackaged Content!

Perhaps the most obvious reason, it’s more than likely true that the reason behind remastering a game is money. If the game being remastered is a popular one, such as Crash Bandicoot. The publishers are obviously going to decide that it is worth while doing a remaster. After all, it is very easy to repackage the content, making it look modern and work on modern hardware. Fans will buy it and they make a bit of money out of it as well. The thing with this though is that they are right. Fans will buy the remaster and the popularity, along with how well it sells will make publishers consider remastering other franchises.

Take Bulletstorm Full clip edition as an example. The original Bulletstorm was released in 2011 and this year we got a remaster. Releasing on current generation consoles and PC, this remaster contained a huge graphical upgrade, a move to Unreal Engine 4 and all the DLC included as well. There wasn’t much added in the way of new content. For some reason though, this remaster was released as a full priced game. The only real benefit of this remaster is for console players who are newcomers to the game as this allows them to play this game on current generation consoles. Even though there is hardly any new content, we have a repackaged and over priced remastered game.

Lack of Backwards Compatibility

One of the common questions you'll see when a new console is released is whether it will support backwards compatibility. More commonly the answer to that questions is no -- especially for the older generations such as the original PlayStation and the original Xbox. Because of this, the only way to get games onto the modern platform is to remaster them.

The Last of Us originally released on the PlayStation 3 with raving popularity. It took some time before the PS3 really caught steam, and some skipped the generation entirely, meaning they didn't get to play the game. Because of its popularity, it was remastered and released on the PlayStation 4 even when it didn’t really need to. If every game was made backwards compatible then there would be less of a need for remasters. 

On the flip side of this the lack of backwards compatibility has allowed remasters to introduce people to the games they might have missed when skipping a generation or playing on a different platform. If someone moved from the original PlayStation across to the Xbox and didn't own a PlayStation 2 or PlayStation 3, when they picked up a PlayStation 4 there might have been games from the previous generations that they had wanted to play but missed out on. Games being remastered onto the PlayStation 4 would enable them to play those games and finally be introduced to the franchise and this is what the remaster of The Last of Us did.

Is Remastering Really Needed for PC When There are Mods?

The answer to this is both yes and no. The Modding scene on PC is quite big and often a modder will release an HD or High-Resolution texture pack for a game that will make it look spectacular. Also, if a game is designed to run on a PC it will most likely already look good enough for years without needing much.

When Skyrim was released on PC in 2011 it had the Steam workshop and modding support. This eventually sparked the release of High-Resolution and HD texture packs which drastically improved its looks. In 2016 Bethesda released Skyrim: Special Edition which featured a remastered version of the game with improved textures and lighting effects. Unfortunately on the PC this is actually worse than what mods were able to do and does not look as impressive.

While a remaster for a PC game is less needed, it's usually better to have an official remaster -- even if it's not as good looking as the modded versions. The reasons behind this are because the developers know the game inside out and have access to the original files. They can do far more to release a stable remaster than a modder could. They can also add genuine improvements such as controller support and most importantly they can support you if things go wrong.

Sometimes, remastering can produce a better game

It is possible for a remaster to produce a better, more improved version of the game. Going back 10 years we had the 10th anniversary of the Tomb Raider series. To celebrate this, Eidos Interactive decided to produce a remastered version of the original Tomb Raider and release it on multiple platforms. The result of this was Tomb Raider Anniversary. This fully remade / remastered game re-imagined the original. Set in the same locations and levels while following the same story. Anniversary ran on an improved version of the Legend engine, used for Tomb Raider Legend. This remaster received some high reviews and is arguably a better game than the original was. It is a good example of a scenario where a remaster did the original game justice and exceeded it.

So, is the Trend of Remastering Games Here to Stay?

It seems that this trend of remastering game isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Publishers know it will make money, and they won't stop until the cash stops flowing. They play heavily on nostalgia knowing for a fact that people will buy them. Its far easier to remaster a game than it is to develop a new IP, and it solves a lot of backwards compatibility issues.

Remasters really aren't a bad thing though. If they're done right they can keep the original games alive, and opens them up to new people who may not have been around when the originals came out. They allow players to relive their past, playing old favourites and having them look exactly how they imagined they would.

Have you played any remastered games lately? Do you agree with this increasing trend? We would love to see your opinions in the comments section below!

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Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 Announced https://www.gameskinny.com/kpwlg/mega-man-legacy-collection-2-announced https://www.gameskinny.com/kpwlg/mega-man-legacy-collection-2-announced Mon, 05 Jun 2017 16:22:12 -0400 Ziegsy

Capcom has announced that Mega Man Legacy Collection 2,  a follow up to Mega Man Legacy Collection, will be released this August. Picking up where the previous collection left off, this new release will contain Mega Man 7 through 10.

Challenge modes will be available for each game, allowing you to re-tackle levels in time attack modes, or do other fun things like face off against difficult Boss Rush stages. This comes in addition to a museum -- a compendium of Mega Man history for each game -- and a music player option, giving you access to the games' soundtracks for your listening pleasure. For players new to the series, first-timer options have been added -- offering checkpoint reloads and extra armor to make your first play just a little bit easier.

Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 will be available digitally for $20 USD on PS4, Xbox One, and Windows PC starting August 8, 2017. There is no news about a release for the Nintendo Switch at this time. 

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BANDAI NAMCO Announces New Naruto Title and Ultimate Ninja STORM Collections https://www.gameskinny.com/x965f/bandai-namco-announces-new-naruto-title-and-ultimate-ninja-storm-collections https://www.gameskinny.com/x965f/bandai-namco-announces-new-naruto-title-and-ultimate-ninja-storm-collections Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:30:12 -0400 Marc Hollinshead

Bandai Namco has just announced that the Naruto series will be receiving some attention in the form of Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy and Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy for PlaStation 4, Xbox One and PC. The former title will be coming soon, with the latter two titles to come this Fall.

Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker is changing up the formula somewhat, bringing new features to the series, such as vertical running to reach new heights and a new style of graphics.

The most interesting feature of all is the online, 4-player co-op that allows up to eight ninjas to battle it out in 4v4 matches. With the bright color palette that the game aims to show off, this mode may be one to keep an eye on.

A trailer highlighting all of these features has also been unveiled, toting the "acrobatic ninja battle action" that the game aims to provide for players:

The remaining two announced titles take past games and put them into handy collections for fans of the series or newcomers to experience. 

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy combines Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst, and Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Road to Boruto into one remastered collection. Alongside the four games, this particular collection also includes a Naruto art book and an anime disc, all inside a metal case. 

The final option for Naruto fans is Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy. This includes the first three three Ultimate Ninja Storm titles in a digital format.

A trailer for these collections has also been released to let both fans reminisce and newcomers get a slice of the action:

Will you be picking up the new NARUTO title or any of the collections when they hit the market this Fall? Let us know in the comments below! 

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6 1990's Platformers We'd Love to See Revived https://www.gameskinny.com/6sxu6/6-1990s-platformers-wed-love-to-see-revived https://www.gameskinny.com/6sxu6/6-1990s-platformers-wed-love-to-see-revived Sat, 08 Apr 2017 22:00:06 -0400 Erroll Maas

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Of course, these are only six options out of the large number of platformers -- from the decade of slap bracelets and boy bands -- which could return. Hopefully we'll get to see games like these and others like them return to the limelight in the years to come.

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But are there any you REALLY want to see comeback? Let us know in the comments below!

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Mr. Nutz

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This is the most obscure title on this list, but there's a great reason why this relatively unknown character should make a comeback.

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Mr. Nutz was created in 1993 by Ocean Software -- now known as Atari, Inc. -- for the SNES, Sega Genesis and Sega Mega Drive, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance. The game starred the titular red squirrel, another 90's mascot which just a touch of attitude. Mr. Nutz was a standard 2D side scrolling platformer with no unique gameplay elements, yet was still able to get several games and a remake.

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Mr. Nutz could be an interesting title for an up and coming indie game studio to revive. They could even add several distinct features which help make the game stand out among its competition, including giving Mr. Nutz himself a more fleshed out personality.

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The return of Mr. Nutz may be necessary, since another brightly colored squirrel hasn't been looking too great these days.

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The Disney Movie Collection

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This one is kind of cheating since it's four games in one, but there's a good reason for that.

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With The Disney Afternoon Collection releasing soon, much to the joy of fans around the world, this should be the next step. This new collection would include: The Lion King, Aladdin, The Jungle Book, and Pinnochio.

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Similar to how games in The Disney Afternoon Collection were all made by Capcom for the NES, these games were all made by now defunct company Virgin Interactive Entertainment for both the SNES and the Sega Genesis, with the Genesis versions being commonly credited as superior to their SNES counterparts.

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The hypothetical collection would also include similar additions to The Disney Afternoon Collection, such as  a concept art, a rewind function, boss rush and time attack modes, music, and online leaderboards.

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Croc

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You may have noticed a trend of reptiles on this list. That's purely a coincidence.

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Croc and its sequel were developed by a now defunct company, Argonaut Games, for the original PlayStation, Microsoft Windows, and Game Boy Color. The games starred the adorable titular crocodile, who was found and raised by tiny furry creatures called Gobbos.

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The two games in the Croc series were relatively standard 3D platformers, and when first pitched, Croc actually started as a Mario spin-off starring Yoshi, which was rejected by Nintendo. This may explain their exceptional quality and why Croc has a drop smash move similar to Mario in Super Mario 64.

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Croc would be an interesting platformer to make a return, but if done right with some unique gameplay elements thrown in, could be a great addition to the modern platformer genre.

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Gex

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Similar to Poochie of Simpsons fame, and actually voiced by comedian and former Simpsons writer Dana Gould, Gex was a smooth-talking, sunglasses wearing product of the 1990s created by Crystal Dynamics. Gex was also the company's former mascot.

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Due to his unhealthy obsession with television, Gex's adventures primarily take place in the "Media Dimension," a world that exists inside of a TV, adventuring through areas based on different movie and TV show genres while making plenty of 90's pop culture references along the way.

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A modern take on Gex would be a welcome addition to the increasing yet still somewhat small amount of humorous games played today. Gex could even explore more modern pockets of the media dimension, based off of services like Netflix, YouTube, and Twitch.

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It's unknown how likely the gecko's return would be, but now with how much entertainment has changed it would be the perfect opportunity for the green lizard to make a comeback.

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Spyro

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With the upcoming return of fellow former PlayStation mascot, Crash Bandicoot, it would only be fair to give this purple dragon the HD remake treatment as well.

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Spyro has had a bit of a hard time since his original PlayStation days, with later games in the series featuring the dragon having being less popular than their older counterparts; getting an unnecessary reboot starring celebrities like Elijah Wood and David Spade; and most recently taking a backseat to all the other characters in the Skylanders game series.

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The flying reptile deserves to be in the spotlight again, and an HD remake collection of the three original PlayStation game, similar to the Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy, would be a great way to put him there.

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Mega Man X

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There has been an absence of new Mega Man titles in last few years, and with the release of the Mega Man Legacy Collection -- which compiles Mega Man 1 through 6 -- almost two years ago, it's time Capcom brought back this maverick hunting incarnation of the blue bomber.

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The Mega Man X series has had eight main games starting with the release of the first game in 1993 for the Super Nintendo. The series also had an RPG spin-off, Mega Man X Command Mission, and two Game Boy spin-offs, Mega Man Xtreme and Xtreme 2. Megaman X7 was the first game in the series to transition to 3D and and had the worst reception out of all the games in the series.

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A Mega Man X collection, which contained the first six games in the series, as well as Mega Man: Battle & Chase, was released for PlayStation 2 and GameCube in 2006.

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A PSP remake of the first game, titled Mega Man Maverick Hunter X, was also released in 2006. and Maverick Hunter X contained updated graphics, as well as additional features not present in the original game.

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With his guest appearance in the upcoming Marvel Vs Capcom Infinite, now would be a great time for Mega Man X to make his return. Recent spiritual successors to series in the Mega Man franchise, such as Mighty No. 9 and Azure Striker Gunvolt, just haven't been able to properly match the feel or quality Mega Man games are known for.

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A Mega Man X Legacy Collection on modern consoles containing either Mega Man X through Mega Man X8 -- or also including the spin-offs -- would be a good start. If it sold well enough, maybe Capcom would consider making a brand new game for the series.

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Platform games, a genre that dates all the way back to the earliest days of gaming. There have been a ton of different platformers over the years, both 2D and 3D, big budget and indie. From fondly remembered games like Super Mario Bros. to some of the worst games ever made like Bubsy 3D, platform games have been an important staple in video game history.

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As video games have evolved over time, platform games have become one of the most well known video game genres, with plenty of games in other genres borrowing common elements platform games are known for.

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With the success of games like Shovel Knight and Inside, as well as nostalgia trip games like Yooka-Laylee (reviewed on GameSkinny) and The Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy, here are some platformers from the 1990's we'd love to see come back.

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New Trailer For Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue https://www.gameskinny.com/mxhff/new-trailer-for-kingdom-hearts-hd-28-final-chapter-prologue https://www.gameskinny.com/mxhff/new-trailer-for-kingdom-hearts-hd-28-final-chapter-prologue Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:09:50 -0500 Justin Michael

Square Enix has released the final trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue. While only roughly 2.5 minutes long, the trailer packs a lot of information into it. Here's some of what I've been able to discern from watching it. 

First, we get a good look at what appears to be some content from Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage, which is following the story of Aqua and Mickey Mouse. 

After that point we see a bit of Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance HD Remaster which is remastered content from the Nintendo 3DS game released in 2012. 

The video then finished with a few peeks at Kindom Hearts X Back Cover, an animated film and companion piece for Kingdom Hearts X.

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue has a release date of January 12th, 2017 in Japan, with the rest of the world getting the release on January 24th. 

Are you looking forward to the release? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix Announced https://www.gameskinny.com/8p9sl/kingdom-hearts-hd-15-25-remix-announced https://www.gameskinny.com/8p9sl/kingdom-hearts-hd-15-25-remix-announced Thu, 27 Oct 2016 07:25:10 -0400 Jeffrey Rousseau

Today, Square Enix announced the Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix. The collection, which is coming to the PS4, will feature nearly all the titles in the series thus far. 

1.5 + 2.5 Remix will include the following titles.

  • Kingdom Hearts Final Mix
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories
  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (HD remastered cinematics)
  • Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix
  • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:coded

Kingdom Hearts was originally released in 2002 for the PlayStation 2. Over the years, the JRPG series has seen releases across various platforms. And now, collection will be released as part of the franchise's 15 year anniversary. 

The series tells of the story of young hero Sora and his quest to stop darkness. Sora is joined by party members Donald and Goofy. The games are recognized by fans for their unique story, many characters, challenges, and Disney movie production values. 

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix will be released in the US on March 28, 2017.

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BioShock the Collection Graphical Comparison: Should You Buy It? https://www.gameskinny.com/zsvoh/bioshock-the-collection-graphical-comparison-should-you-buy-it https://www.gameskinny.com/zsvoh/bioshock-the-collection-graphical-comparison-should-you-buy-it Tue, 20 Sep 2016 04:20:32 -0400 Greyson Ditzler

BioShock: the Collection was finally released earlier this week, and a lot of people are asking the same question: is it worth buying? In order to give people a bit of a better idea on what to expect from the new remastered versions of these three classic games, we've put together a graphical comparison of the original BioShock against the new release.

DISCLAIMER: This review is based on the PC version of BioShock: The Collection. While most points discussed can be applied the same tot he console versions, there are some issues present in the PC version that are not necessarily reflected on consoles.    

How about those graphics then?

Initially the graphical improvements in BioShock Remastered didn't really impress me. For the first ten minutes or so, everything just seemed a touch shinier, with most textures improved or up-scaled, which while a marked improvement, isn't anything too mind-blowing by remaster standards.

This all changed as soon as I encountered the first splicer. The room in which he is fought is the first room where the player encounters a Gatherer's Garden Machine -- and as a seasoned veteran to the first BioShock, it is very familiar to me. But even I was noticing new details in the room that I had never noticed before  The lighting in many areas, while still dark and beneficial to the game's intended atmosphere, has been improved, allowing the game better visibility overall. Backed up additionally by new HD images for all items, weapons, and Plasmids in the various GUI's, the remaster has an overall more polished look than the original. BioShock Remastered may not be gorgeous, but it does look rather nice, and I can tell because looking back at the original game's graphics feels strange to me now.  

 Original BioShock's depiction of the line "ABOVE ALL DO NO HARM".

 BioShock Remastered's presentation of the same quote. The blood dripping from the letters is more visible here.

The initial reveal of Rapture in the original BioShock.

 The reveal of Rapture in BioShock Remastered. Some new minor details have been added, such as coral and seaweed on the sides of buildings. 

Unfortunately, despite the positive points present in the game's graphical updates, it's actual performance is another story. 

Issues with the PC version on Steam

You might have already heard it by now, but just in case you haven't, the PC launch version of BioShock Remastered on Steam has been decisively rocky, and the user reviews reflect that. The game has been criticized by numerous outlets and customers for its minimal graphical settings, frequent crashes, and failure to address issues present in the original PC version of BioShock, such as poor and inconsistent mouse sensitivity. The frame rate is also inconsistent, at times looking very smooth at 60 FPS, but usually running around 30 or lower.

But on the bright side, 2K has recently made it clear on Steam that they have heard the fan feedback and outcry alike loud and clear, and are working now to patch the PC version in order to address the crashing issue, as well as new and improved graphical settings. So if you aren't satisfied with the PC version right now, give it some time and hopefully it will match up to the console standard soon -- or possibly even exceed it.

What other reasons are there to buy BioShock Remastered?

All versions of BioShock the Collection, as well as the individual games within it, come with additional content that was not included in the originals. All of the single-player DLC for all three of the games in the series has been included at no extra cost, which gives the player access to some excellent plot-driven DLC such as BioShock 2's "Minerva's Den" and BioShock Infinite's "Burial At Sea".

The first BioShock in particular got a lot of extra attention in terms of content. If the player manages to find the hidden golden film reel hidden in each level, they are given access to an episode of the director's commentary miniseries "Imagining BioShock", which goes into detail about the game's development and history.

There is also the interactive "Museum of Orphaned Concepts", which is a playable museum where you can view loads of concept art and models that were cut from the original game, in addition to some information on their history and relevance to the game's development. So if you're interested in the inspirations and ambitions behind BioShock, then both this and the director's commentary should be right up your alley.

In the end, are BioShock Remastered and BioShock: The Collection worh buying for the graphical updates and added content? I would say they are, yes. If 2K fulfills their promises of fixing all of the issues with the PC launch version, then it could become the definitive way to play BioShock -- which would definitely be a great gift to those who already bought the original.  

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Vans x Nintendo Collection is Now Available for Purchase https://www.gameskinny.com/0oqjb/vans-x-nintendo-collection-is-now-available-for-purchase https://www.gameskinny.com/0oqjb/vans-x-nintendo-collection-is-now-available-for-purchase Mon, 06 Jun 2016 07:39:20 -0400 Megan M. Campbell

Nintendo’s partnership with Vans was announced just a week ago, and unveiled the new shoes and other apparel made to appeal to fans of Nintendo’s many franchises. The day has finally arrived and now the Vans x Nintendo collection is now available for purchase.

The collection features 8-bit artwork from Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Duck Hunt, and Donkey Kong, as well as artwork inspired by the NES. This collection has more than just shoes. The collection also consists of backpacks, hats, socks, bags, and Co-branded tees. Both the shoes and tees are available in both adult and children’s sizes. The prices of adult sized shoes range from $21 to $75, while the kid’s shoes are $42 to $50. Shoes for toddlers are $37 to $40, and all other apparel ranges from $10 to about $60 depending on the product. The Vans x Nintendo collection is now available to all customers around the world both online and in stores.

Source Images [Zelda Vans, Header Image]

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Price drop on best of PS3 collections https://www.gameskinny.com/qlwmx/price-drop-on-best-of-ps3-collections https://www.gameskinny.com/qlwmx/price-drop-on-best-of-ps3-collections Wed, 25 May 2016 16:40:10 -0400 Janiece Sebris

PlayStation 3 will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in November by dropping the prices of the PlayStation Store’s Best of PS3 game collections.

The first lineup of available discounted collections are The Best of Naughty Dog, The Best of Epic Adventures and The Best of PlayStation Exclusives, according to the PlayStation Store Blog.

Another collection is Timeless Heroes, which includes games like God of War: Origins Collection and Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault, both of which are discounted by 50 percent.

Other collections include Best of Call of Duty and Best of Capcom. Some game collections are grouped by price from $9.99, $19.99 and $29.99.

The collection themes are varied by publisher, developer, franchise, and genre – as well as different game price points, according to the blog. The titles were specially chosen by the PlayStation Store team.

These games can be purchased by visiting PS Store’s Best of PS3 destination.

Even though many have moved on to the PS4, it seems that PlayStation hopes to rekindle the love affair between gamer and game with these discounted collections.

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Bioshock Collection Resurfaces Again https://www.gameskinny.com/hygbd/bioshock-collection-resurfaces-again https://www.gameskinny.com/hygbd/bioshock-collection-resurfaces-again Thu, 17 Mar 2016 13:20:00 -0400 Eric Levy

New information has come to light that may point to a Bioshock collection coming to current-gen consoles -- specifically Xbox One.

XBLA watchdog and Twitter user lifelower found a listing for the game, titled Bioshock: The Collection, on a Taiwanese game ratings website.

This isn't the first time we've heard news of a possible Bioshock collection for current-gen. Back in September 2015, South African site Raru published a listing for the game, but had to take it down soon after. The expected release date on the listing was November 2015, but 2K refused to comment on the situation.

However, while Raru stated the game would be on all current-gen consoles, the listing lifelower found states the game will only be released on Xbox One.

What exactly will be in Bioshock: The Collection?  One can safely assume all three games, considering the (rumored) box art shows off both key Bioshock locations -- Rapture and Columbia. All DLC released with each game will likely be included as well, similar to most remasters released today. 2K, will you kindly do us a favor and officially announce this game?

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This guy owns every Wii game ever made https://www.gameskinny.com/laljx/this-guy-owns-every-wii-game-ever-made https://www.gameskinny.com/laljx/this-guy-owns-every-wii-game-ever-made Thu, 28 Jan 2016 19:23:01 -0500 Nick Harshman

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That's how many Wii games there are, and somebody owns all of them. That's right -- somebody went out of their way to get every Wii game ever made, even the really bad ones. That guy is Kacy Da Game Nerd

You might be wondering why someone would go out of their way to collect all of these games, but Kacy is a self-proclaimed completionist and Nintendo fan. Having already collected every Gamecube and N64 game, Kacy felt like the Wii was the next logical step. He does admit that he only grabbed games released in the U.S. and Latin America, and decided against Japanese-only games. 

While he did not say exactly how much it cost him, he did say that it ended up averaging out to be less than $4 a game, which isn't too shabby. 

Kacy may be done with the Wii, but that doesn't mean he's done with collecting. He mentioned in the above video that he's currently working on gathering all of the games for the original PlayStation, and he's about 290 games away. Here's hoping he finds everything he needs so he can check another system off his list.

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Bioshock Collection on the Horizon? https://www.gameskinny.com/8wp38/bioshock-collection-on-the-horizon https://www.gameskinny.com/8wp38/bioshock-collection-on-the-horizon Mon, 21 Sep 2015 21:22:43 -0400 Dalton White I

It seems that an online retailer might have, either accidentally or possibly on purpose, leaked details stating that the BioShock series might be joining the Collection bandwagon.

The South African website Raru recently shared some details about the collection during the past weekend. Although the original page was deleted there are copies still existing on the internet.

From the small amount of information provided, this Bioshock Collection may be released on November 27th, 2015 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This might coincide with a new series of Bioshock toys being made by Funko.

Big Daddy

Imagine an HD Big Daddy, it would be gruesomely beautiful.

It hasn’t been confirmed to be real, but the hasty erasing of the original page might just be evidence that such a collection is in the works. The question is whether all of the games: Bioshock, Bishock 2 and Bioshock Infinite will be receiving the HD treatment.

The Bioshock series is a wonderful set of games and would make sense to be made into an HD collection, if series like Halo and Uncharted are also making the same decision. Hopefully 2K games will give us some information. So far they have only stated “2K doesn’t respond to rumors or speculation.” This neutral stance may mean that we have something new to look forward to this November.

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Resident Evil Origins Collection announced for January 2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/gmbal/resident-evil-origins-collection-announced-for-january-2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/gmbal/resident-evil-origins-collection-announced-for-january-2016 Tue, 01 Sep 2015 08:37:38 -0400 Samantha Wright

The horror is set to continue: Capcom has announced a Resident Evil Origins Collection for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 to come in 2016.

The collection includes the two classics remasters Resident Evil 0 and Resident Evil. It is a physical disc set to release January 22 in Europe and January 19 in North America.

As a part of Resident Evil 0, there will be a brand new Wesker-Mode. The mode allows players to control Albert Wesker, who comes with powerful Uroboros abilities such as teleportation. S.T.A.R.S. member Rebecca Chambers will be there as well. Both will have unique outfits. 

Capcom explains that Wesker-Mode gives players a chance to play through the events prior to the iconic mansion outbreak. 

A separate, digital copy of Resident Evil 0 will be available for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC in early 2016 in addition to the collection. This version is priced at $20.

The official trailer for the collection can be watched here.

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Mega Man Legacy drops this month with loads of content https://www.gameskinny.com/w0sqm/mega-man-legacy-drops-this-month-with-loads-of-content https://www.gameskinny.com/w0sqm/mega-man-legacy-drops-this-month-with-loads-of-content Wed, 05 Aug 2015 12:12:08 -0400 Larry Iaccio

Capcom announced at Gamescom today that Mega Man Legacy will be available for digital download for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on August 25. Those who want a copy for their 3DS will have to wait until early 2016, unfortunately.

Mega Man Legacy is a collection of the Blue Bomber's first 6 original NES titles and will set players back $14.99. Rather than just being a rehash of Mega Man's first 6 games, Capcom has decided to give these titles a fresh coat of paint by making them HD friendly. Mega Man Legacy also boasts a few new gameplay modes including a Challenge Mode which mixes elements of different games together for a unique experience that is very reminiscent of something like an NES Remix.

On top of the updated visuals and new modes, players will be treated to a slew of bonus content ranging from a jukebox containing over 100 Mega Man tunes to concept art, developer diaries, and even unused robot designs.

In addition to the digital download, a physical edition of the game is intended for release in North America in early 2016 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and 3DS for $29.99.

It's worth noting that Capcom has released a Mega Man compilation about 10 years ago entitled Mega Man Anniversary Collection which included all of the titles on Mega Man Legacy along with Mega Man 7 & 8 and 2 arcade games.

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Uncharted too? Why are there so many HD remasters lately? https://www.gameskinny.com/39zpm/uncharted-too-why-are-there-so-many-hd-remasters-lately https://www.gameskinny.com/39zpm/uncharted-too-why-are-there-so-many-hd-remasters-lately Thu, 04 Jun 2015 10:58:48 -0400 CallSignDriver

I've heard it before: this era of gaming has become "the generation of reboots and remakes," and I can't say that I disagree, but at least in the case of the latter I can see why it's necessary. 

The first year of any console cycle tends to be somewhat slow, especially when many of the games getting published are still being developed for the previous generation of hardware. It isn't until developers finally drop support for withered technology that you finally start to see a jump in quality and innovation. While waiting for that dry spell to end, it's easy to grow nostalgic for the classics, but if you're one of the many gamers who sold their old consoles to afford new ones, that leaves you with an itch you can't quite scratch.

Back when backwards compatibility was still a thing, this wasn't as much of an issue. Sure, there weren't a lot of great PlayStation 3 games at launch, but that new machine was still, functionally, also a PlayStation 2. Even without your old console, you still had an entire generation of games to keep you occupied while you weathered the dry spell. This is no longer the case, and while Sony does offer streaming rentals of PlayStation 3 games via PlayStation Now, an overpriced and laggy facsimile is no substitute for the real thing.

In a world without backwards compatibility, the HD remaster will be king.

When Grand Theft Auto V was released so late in the XBox 360 / Playstation 3 life cycle, I found myself facing a dilemma. GTA is the kind of game I want to own, but as soon as the PlayStation 4 was released, I knew I would be retiring my 360 for good. Had the XBox One been backwards compatible, I know for a fact I would have bought it instead, if only for the convenience of being able to preserve my collection. So I rented GTA V, played it to completion, and returned it, fingers crossed that there would be a next-gen remake down the road.

When that next-gen remake was announced, I remember several of my friends complaining that there wasn't enough reason to buy the game again when they still owned the original--but I don't think that was ever really the intention. Before this generation, a game only ever really got remastered if it was genuinely deserving of additional polish. Now, games are getting ported up to replace the utility of a backwards-compatible console, and gamers are gobbling it up. Halo: The Master Chief Collection sold 1.1 million units in its first week. The Last of Us: Remastered has sold 2.92 million units to date, over half of the overall sales of the original since its release in 2013.

For lack of a better alternative, HD remasters provide us with the opportunity to enjoy our favorite games, and even games we never got a chance to play. If it's any consolation for the loss of backwards compatibility, at least all of our favorite games are getting an upgrade as a result. It's nice to know when I play the upcoming Nathan Drake Collection that I won't be removed from the experience by dated graphics.

I'm only curious how long it will take before we're getting remakes of remakes. It's been a long time since I played Shadow of The Colossus, and I'm getting an itch.

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Remastered Edition of Journey, Fl0w, Flower Coming to PS4 This Summer https://www.gameskinny.com/mc5eq/remastered-edition-of-journey-fl0w-flower-coming-to-ps4-this-summer https://www.gameskinny.com/mc5eq/remastered-edition-of-journey-fl0w-flower-coming-to-ps4-this-summer Sun, 19 Apr 2015 13:51:07 -0400 Shatai Melvin

Award-winning indie studio ThatGameCompany is planning with Sony to release a remastered edition collection of its games Fl0w, Flower, and Journey. The PS4 version of Journey will run at 1080 and it will display 60fps. A digital version of Journey will also be available in the PS4’s PSN store. Journey will be free at launch for those who purchased the PS3 version. The PS4’s PSN store already has Fl0w and Flower. If players purchased the games for the PS3 and PS Vita, they can download the PS4 versions.

The making of the PS4 version of Journey was announced by ThatGameCompany last year at Gamescom. The PS4 version of Journey is being developed by Tricky Pixels. Journey was originally released to the PSN store in March 2012. It ended up being a critical and commercial success for ThatGameCompany. It’s also the fast-selling game to date on the PSN for both North America and Europe. ThatGameCompany’s Journey was also the recipient of several “game of the year” awards and other awards. The game was nominated for “Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for the 2013 Grammy Awards.

The PS4 remastered collection of Journey, Fl0W and Flower is expected to release this summer.

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Homeworld Remastered Collection Set For February 25th https://www.gameskinny.com/rqauf/homeworld-remastered-collection-set-for-february-25th https://www.gameskinny.com/rqauf/homeworld-remastered-collection-set-for-february-25th Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:17:43 -0500 Ryan Mayle

It looks like Gearbox Software is looking to lift the curtain on the resurrected Homeworld franchise. Recently announced at PAX South, you can expect to get your hands on it starting February 25th on PC. As of now you can pre-purchase the game, currently on sale on Steam for $29.74. This will go up to $34.99 once the game is fully available.

The Homeworld Remastered Collection comes with a plethora of classic Homeworld games. Inside the package, you will get Homeworld and Homeworld 2 Remastered Editions, both games in their classic form, and access to Homeworld Remastered Steam Multiplayer Beta.

It will be interesting to see how Homeworld turns out. It's a 3D space RTS game, though as many know Gearbox as the developers of the first-person shooter series, Borderlands.

However, I have one question now that Gearbox owns and is releasing the Homeworld franchise. What happened to Homeworld: Cataclysm? Originally designed as an expansion, it had enough changes and content to be its own game, which I found an excellent addition to  the Homeworld series. Hopefully they haven't forgetten about it and will bring that installment back sometime in the future.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection's Developers Explain Changes Being Made to the Illustrious Franchise https://www.gameskinny.com/x0d24/halo-the-master-chief-collections-developers-explain-changes-being-made-to-the-illustrious-franchise https://www.gameskinny.com/x0d24/halo-the-master-chief-collections-developers-explain-changes-being-made-to-the-illustrious-franchise Tue, 07 Oct 2014 13:15:37 -0400 AJ_Labate

Master Chief is back and better than ever.

In an official blog post, developer 343 Industries explains that all the game types, custom elements, and more that will be included in the Collector’s Edition version that will be offered in the new release.

With Halo 2 celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the development team has been releasing information about what changes the game will be receiving in the new package. Bungie and 343 Industries are also aiming to introduce some interesting modifications to the gameplay of the first title in the illustrious franchise.

The radar issue within the game has been long a topic of discussion and issue for the player base, and 343 Industries adds,

As is the case with all games within Halo: The Master Chief Collection, we will have a variety of experiences in Matchmaking that cater to a variety of play styles. For example, you’ll be able to find Halo: CE games with radar enabled and disabled in separate playlists.

Gamers will be glad to hear that they will also be able to play on the maps from the first Halo that were PC version exclusive, they will be available in both regular matchmaking and custom modes.

Also, you will be able to select your own weapon sets in Halo: Master Chief Collection from a brand new list of weapon sets. One of the sets will be the classic set, which according to the studio “will not include the Flamethrower or Fuel Rod Gun.”

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is set for release on November 11th in the US, and the 14th in the UK.

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