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Final Fantasy VIII Remastered: New Features!

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FFVIII Interview Header - Rinoa
Straight from the director of the original version and producer of the remastered version, Yoshinori Kitase! Please tell us about how FFVIII came to be remastered. (Kitase) Thinking about how we want all the fans of the original games in the FF series to enjoy them, even though the hardware has changed, we started planning for remasters of FFVII, FFVIII, and FFIX. The releases of FFVII and FFIX both proceeded according to plan. But for FFVIII, the move to a higher resolution on modern hardware really raised graphical quality across the board. We kept tuning the game as much as we possibly could within the limits of the porting process, so that the models and motion capture wouldn't break down. I believe we achieved a high level of quality that will make fans satisfied. Continue Reading

Interview with Hiroshi Fujioka for Shenmue I & II

Hiroshi Fujioka talks about his memories of playing stern father Iwao Hazuki in Shenmue, then sends a message out to young players! Play Shenmue I & II!

Hiroshi FujiokaShenmue I & II was released on the PlayStation 4 on 11/22/2018 in Japan. To commemorate this event, we talked with actor and martial artist Hiroshi Fujioka, who played Iwao Hazuki in the original game. He told us about his memories from back then, as well the passionate feelings that he put into playing Iwao. (Interviewer) Please tell us your thoughts on Shenmue. (Fujioka) Boy, Shenmue huh? That really brings back memories. It was a very astonishing game for the time, so being a part of it was a lot of fun for me. When I heard about the details of the game, it struck me as a story that crossed borders since it was on such a grand scale. Continue Reading

FACE – Rica Matsumoto Interview (Friday the 13th)

Profile for Rica Matsumoto (Voice Actress)

Famitsu - Rica Matsumoto FACES FeatureAs the voice of Satoshi and performer of various theme songs for the Pokemon anime in Japan, Rica Matsumoto has contributed a lot to the series as both a voice actress and singer. She also is a radio personality and variety show commentator, with a natural cheerfulness and casual conversation style. Her father is also the head of a public theatre group, so she's been heavily involved in theatre as a stage actress since she was young. The survival action game "Friday the 13th the Game" will be released in Japan from Natsume Atari on 08/02/2018. The dubbing for the long awaited Japanese version has had a lot of effort put into it, as it features popular voice actress Rica Matsumoto voicing Pamela (Jason's mother) and Tommy Jarvis. We spoke to Rica Matsumoto herself about her feelings about these roles, as well as the process of recording for them. Continue Reading

Wild Guns Reloaded Developer Interview

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Wild Guns Reloaded - Miyabe and Iwatsuki

The Reason for Remaking Wild Guns

A remake of Wild Guns by the original staff. We've asked director/programmer Mr. Miyabe and sound composer Mr. Iwatsuki about the secrets behind the birth of this title.

Reloaded was made by the same team that made the original

First of all, please tell us the details of developing Reloaded. (Miyabe) Our biggest reason for doing it was that last year was our company's 30th anniversary. It's not a very big company and the name of it has changed over time. Also "They don't have anyone left that actually makes games" and "No one who used to work there back in the day is still around" are both things that people think about us. Even so, we wanted to say that we still had it in us. We'd hardly released any of our past titles to Virtual Console and such, and we'd been thinking that we'd like to make them available somehow. Also we still had all of the original team members around from back then, so we wanted to try actually remaking it instead of just putting it in an emulator or something. We didn't have much confidence in its success at the time, but being in the Internet age we looked up what people thought about Wild Guns and learned that it's well liked after all. Continue Reading

Nioh Beta Surprises

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After missing out completely on the alpha demo, I decided to give the beta demo of Nioh (Team Ninja's divisive Dark Souls-like title) a try before it expired. I was very into the aesthetics and general idea of the game (I'm interested in this period of Japanese history) from the time I first saw footage of it, but I was a bit dubious as whether or not the game would actually feel good. Souls-likes in general don't have a very good reputation for feeling very good, and the Nioh alpha produced some very mixed feedback. I fully expected to pick it up for a little while and then put it down after spending enough time with it to figure out I just didn't like the way it felt. Well it turns out that I was wrong, because I played it all weekend! Admittedly I'd been feeling hungry for a new Dark Souls experience (I need to get to playing Dark Souls 2 and 3, but won't have time for them for awhile due to a few big games I've been wanting to play coming out soon), and while it took care of that it also did some very different and interesting things. Be warned though: If you found Dark Souls too obtuse or frustrating, you'll probably think the same thing about Nioh. The atmosphere may be different, but ultimately you get satisfaction the same you do in Dark Souls: By overcoming what seems to be a very high level of difficulty through actually getting better at the game and a little perseverance. Continue Reading
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