Symphony of the Night and Rondo of Blood Coming to the West

Thanks to an ESRB rating, it looks like these two games are indeed coming to PS4 in the West.

Last week we reported that Castlevania Requiem: Symphony of the Night and Rondo of Blood was rated for PS4 in Korea, and now an ESRB rating has all but confirmed the games will be getting released stateside.

Even though Symphony of the Night would be perfect for Sony’s PlayStation Classic, its supposed re-release puts it in the same sport as the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy or the Spyro Reignited Trilogy, making it unclear whether it’ll show up on the mini console due to its availability on the PlayStation 4.

Mysterious New Pokemon Showing Up In Pokemon Go

A brand new Pokemon known only as “???” has started showing up in Pokemon Go.

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Originally discovered through a datamine, the Pokemon began to appear in the Asia Pacific region after Chikorita Community Day, a three-hour event which increased the spawns of second generation starter Pokemon Chikorita.

Shortly after Chikorita spawns concluded, many players saw the new Pokemon on their nearby Pokemon radar, and upon capture, ??? transformed into either Ditto or Chikorita and did not register to the Pokedex. The Pokemon continued to spawn for about half an hour. ??? started to appear globally after Chikorita Community Day concluded in various regions, and it remained available for about 30 minutes, similar to the creature’s appearance in the Asia Pacific region.new_nut_head_pokemon_found_in_pokemon_go_with_red_tail.jpg

Some players reported seeing Kecleon, a Pokemon originating from the third generation of Pokemon games, which has also not yet appeared in Pokemon Go, appear instead of the new Pokemon, but any attempts to capture a Kecleon resulted in it transforming into either Ditto or Chikorita.

While this new Pokemon was originally thought to be some sort of error, Niantic’s Pokemon Go global marketing lead tweeted about it, followed by a tweet from Niantic’s global community manager, leading many to believe this may be a planned tease rather than an accidental appearance.

Nothing is known about this new Pokemon, but this is likely an early look at the eighth generation of Pokemon planned to debut in 2019’s core Pokemon RPG for Nintendo Switch. The Pokemon Company did say that a brand new Pokemon would be available in Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee via transfers from Pokemon Go, and this is probably that brand new Pokemon.

Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee will be available on November 16 for Nintendo Switch.

Telltale Games Shutting Down

The creators of episodic games like The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, and Tales From the Borderlands is closing its doors.

“Today Telltale Games made the difficult decision to begin a majority studio closure following a year of insurmountable challenges. A majority of the company’s employees were dismissed earlier this morning, with a small group of employees staying on to fulfill the company’s obligations to its board and partners,” the company said in a statement.

The final season of Telltale’s The Walking Dead premiered last month, with its second episode scheduled to launch next week. Unfortunately, the season’s final two episodes will not be released, and the season will remain unfinished. The studio’s plans for a second season of its award-winning series The Wolf Among Us and a series based on Netflix’s Stranger Things have both been cancelled. A skeleton crew of 25 is still at the studio hard at work on Minecraft Story Mode for Netflix.

Last November, the studio laid off  approximately 25% of its workforce, and the company had reportedly been suffering from poor management. “It’s been an incredibly difficult year for Telltale as we worked to set the company on a new course”, said CEO Pete Hawley. “Unfortunately, we ran out of time trying to get there. We released some of our best content this year and received a tremendous amount of positive feedback, but ultimately, that did not translate to sales. With a heavy heart, we watch our friends leave today to spread our brand of storytelling across the games industry.”

 

 

15 Games That Should Be On The PlayStation Classic

The original PlayStation has a legendary library of classic titles. Picking which games make it onto the Classic is like choosing between your children, but since Sony hasn’t chosen the last 15 games yet, someone has to, and that someone is me. Here are the rules:

  • No games that require a Dualshock controller. As much as I’d love to put Ape Escape on this list, the PlayStation Classic controllers don’t have analog sticks.
  • Games with remakes or remasters aren’t allowed. These games easily accessible in modernized forms, and as iconic as Crash and Spyro are, they’re already on PS4.

And with that out of the way, here are the 15 games that should round out the PlayStation Classic’s lineup.

Metal Gear Solid

maxresdefault.jpgThis is an obvious one. Metal Gear Solid is a landmark title that proved games can tell cinematic stories. With memorable characters, strong boss battles, a phenomenal soundtrack, and a selection of cardboard boxes, Metal Gear Solid is an easy choice for the PlayStation Classic.

Silent Hill

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Silent Hill isn’t content with jump scares and horrifying monsters. It aims to psychologically devastate you, making you fear every shadow and every sound. It took technical issues of the era like low draw distances and transformed them into creepy atmospheric elements like the town’s fog. Silent Hill evokes a feeling of uneasiness that few horror games have managed to recreate, and with Resident Evil’s recent comeback with a fantastic seventh entry and a remake of the second, it’s only fair Silent Hill gets a chance to shine as well.

Suikoden 2

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An absolutely massive cast of memorable characters combined with a sweeping, large scale narrative make Suikoden 2 a fantastic RPG. Not enough people played it, but those who have swear by it as one of the greatest role playing games ever developed. A spot on the PlayStation Classic would give Suikoden 2 some much needed, and very much deserved attention.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

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Symphony of the Night is an incredibly influential game. It’s half the namesake of the Metroidvania genre, and that alone makes it worthy of inclusion. However, on top of that, Symphony is also an amazing game. Rewarding exploration, RPG mechanics, and fluid movement blend together to create one of the greatest video games ever made.

Final Fantasy Tactics

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Final Fantasy Tactics strengths lie in its customization. Bold strategies and crazy party compositions pay off in the most unexpected ways. That, in combination with a strong Shakespearean narrative, makes Final Fantasy Tactics a solid choice for the PlayStation Classic.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2

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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater nailed the arcade skateboarding gameplay, but Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 perfected it. Brilliantly designed levels, a banging soundtrack, addicting gameplay, THPS 2 has it all. It even has Spider-Man in it. It’s the highest rated PlayStation game on Metacritic, how could you not include it?

Vagrant Story

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I first played Vagrant Story as a PS1 classic on my PSP. Even on that 4.3″ screen, I was hooked. It’s introduction is one of the most captivating scenes in any game. The presentation is top-notch, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that the game features an incredibly complex and rewarding battle system and gripping narrative. Vagrant Story needs to be experienced by more people, and it absolutely deserves its spot on the PlayStation Classic.

Bushido Blade

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Bushido Blade is a fighting game without health bars. It’s a one on one sword fight, and one well placed strike can end your opponent. There really hasn’t been much else like it. It’s incredibly cinematic, incredibly elegant, and incredibly fun. Bushido Blade is an excellent choice for the PlayStation Classic.

Final Fantasy IX

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I know there’s already a Final Fantasy game on this thing, but IX deserves a spot on here too. Final Fantasy IX is a love letter to the franchise. It’s constantly overshadowed by VII, but those who have played IX will tell you it holds up. It’s medieval setting also provides a nice contrast to VII’s futuristic technology. Final Fantasy IX is charming and light-hearted, and it needs to be played by more people.

Tomb Raider 2

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Tomb Raider was a pioneer in the 3D action/adventure genre. It’s sequel, however, did everything better, and cemented Lara Croft as a gaming icon. Tomb Raider’s mix of exploration, platforming, puzzle-solving, and combat were perfected in the sequel. Refined controls, interesting environments, and exciting set pieces make Tomb Raider 2 the high point of the original games.

Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver

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Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver is a drastic departure from its predecessor, which was a top-down RPG. Soul Reaver is a sprawling action RPG with an engrossing narrative. The game’s key mechanic of switching between the physical and spectral realms allowed for interesting gameplay, and it’s also one of the first projects written by Amy Hennig, one of the industry’s most talented writers.

Rayman

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Rayman, like Symphony of the Night, ignored the call of the third dimension and instead remained 2D. The result was a gorgeous and incredibly animated game with great music and strong platforming. Rayman’s legacy can be seen in many 2D platformers since its release, and it’s still worth revisiting today.

Chrono Cross

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Chrono Trigger is widely regarded as one of the greatest games ever made. Its sequel doesn’t quite reach the same heights, but it’s still a phenomenal RPG and one of the best games on the PlayStation. In true Chrono fashion, the game features multiple endings and a journey that will send you across time and space.

Tenchu 2: Birth of the Stealth Assassins

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Metal Gear Solid and Tenchu were the tentpoles of 3D stealth on the PlayStation. Tenchu 2 featured a mission creator where you could build your own assassination missions and customize every feature from objectives to level layouts. An endlessly replayable stealth game with ninjas? Yes please.

Klonoa: Door to Phantomile

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Criminally underrated, Klonoa is an exceptionally designed platformer that didn’t go fully 3D, instead opting for a 2.5D approach. The result is a challenging and deliberately designed platformer that uses the PlayStation’s graphical power to create gorgeous scenery. It’s up there with the platforming greats, and a spot on the PlayStation Classic could finally give this game the recognition it deserves.

 

Got any suggestions for the PlayStation Classic lineup? Did I miss something? Be sure to let me know down below.

You Can Now Download PS4 and PS2 Games on PlayStation Now

A small chunk of Sony’s subscription service is now playable offline.

A post on the PlayStation Blog earlier today announced that, in addition to being able to stream PS2, PS3, and PS4 games through PlayStation Now, subscribers can now download PS2 and PS4 titles to your PS4 system. Downloaded games will support user-purchased DLC, microtransactions, and add-ons, and will even feature PS4 Pro enhancements on applicable titles. Games played through PlayStation Now also don’t require PlayStation Plus.

44791871711_5ef3c34c9a_h-755x425If you’re looking to download a game you’ve been previously streaming and want to keep your save data, you’ll need a PlayStation Plus member ship to do so. You’ll also need to connect to the internet every few days to verify your PlayStation Now subscription if you want to play offline. Some of the highlights of the downloadable offerings include Bloodborne, God of War 3 Remastered, and Until Dawn.

Allowing users to download titles puts PlayStation Now in a similar realm to Xbox Game Pass, but the latter includes downloadable seventh generation titles, while the former does not.

Sony is currently running a promotion on PlayStation Now subscriptions through September 25. You can get a month of PlayStation Now for $10 or a year for $100 if you’re a new subscriber. Current subscribers can get a discounted 3 months added to their subscription for $30.

 

 

The Fortnite Cube Just Dissolved Into Loot Lake

After its appearance almost four weeks ago, Fortnite’s mysterious cube has ended its journey across the map by plunging into Loot Lake and dissolving, turning the entire lake into a bouncy playground.

At 1PM PT, the cube dropped into the lake. The cube immediately began to dissolve, and within a minute, the entirety of Loot Lake had become a flat, bouncy surface.

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The cube was zapped into Fortnite’s world back on August 24. Shortly after its arrival, it began to slowly move every half hour or so, starting out in the desert biome and passing through Fatal Fields, Wailing Woods, and Tilted Towers, leaving strange runes in its wake at various locations.

It’s unknown if this is the last we’ll see of the cube, or if this is the start of another overarching narrative in Fortnite’s world. We should find out the greater implications of this transformation soon, as Season 6 starts next week on September 25.