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15th December 2017
How Bluepoint Rebuilt Shadow Of The Colossus For PS4

How Bluepoint Rebuilt Shadow Of The Colossus For PS4

When working on a remaster of a beloved game, you have to tread lightly in your revisions lest you bring down the ire of its dedicated fan base. As the team responsible for updating Team Ico's Shadow of the Colossus for the PlayStation 4, the developers at Bluepoint are intimately familiar with working in this sort of environment. 

Producer Randall Lowe and technical director Peter Dalton recently joined The Game Informer Show podcast to talk about Fumito Ueda's involvement, the minor tweaks they are making to gameplay, and the technical challenges of working off the game's original PS2 code. 

You can watch podcast host Ben Hanson's discussion with the duo here: 

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15th December 2017
Daily Deals: Last Minute Holiday Deals on PS4 and Xbox One Gaming Consoles

Daily Deals: Last Minute Holiday Deals on PS4 and Xbox One Gaming Consoles

Also check out some great PC deals like the Dell Inspiron 15 Intel Core i7 Laptop with 512GB SSD for $579
15th December 2017
Get Xbox One X With PUBG and Four Free Games for £450

Get Xbox One X With PUBG and Four Free Games for £450

Find out how to get £20 credit to spend on Amazon UK, grab Destiny 2 for under £15, PS4 Pro with three games for £326.
14th December 2017
Daily Deals: All Star Wars Episodes Digital HD Movies for $10 Each, Star Wars Digital Comics for $0

Daily Deals: All Star Wars Episodes Digital HD Movies for $10 Each, Star Wars Digital Comics for $0.99

LEGO NASA 1900-Piece Rocket, Legend of Zelda 2018 Calendar for $7, and Plenty of Stock Stuffer and Holiday Gift Ideas That Will Arrive by Christmas
12th December 2017
Unpolished Platforming Bliss

Unpolished Platforming Bliss

A Hat in Time represents the best kind of Kickstarter project. Developer Gears for Breakfast doesn’t have any notable celebrity developers on its team and was instead able to reach its monetary goals based purely on the potential of the game and its appreciation for the genre it was trying to emulate. The result is a game that lacks polish, but A Hat in Time is full of surprises, and, more importantly, is a blast to play.

A Hat in Time begins with a mysterious girl in a tall hat flying through space in a ship fueled by magical hourglasses. She is sidetracked, however, when a bad guy from Mafia Town (a planet inhabited exclusively by Mafioso) invades her ship and her hourglasses are flung into space, making their way to the neighboring planets. What follows is a bizarre platforming adventure through a number of distinct worlds with an assortment of fun abilities.

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Arguably Hat in Time’s best and most notable element is its platforming gameplay. Moving the unnamed girl through the world is fast and accurate. I rarely, if ever, missed a jump I wasn’t aiming for, and moved at a pace that would impress even Mario. Navigating the environments is simply fun, and when you get into the rhythm of sprinting, double-jumping, lunging, and jumping again, you end up with a fantastic sense of control over your movement that makes even the smallest platform easily accessible.

Platforming is far from your only activity, however. While plenty of jumping challenges are available, A Hat in time does a good job of mixing things up with levels and sequences that defy your initial expectations. One level on a train that plays out like a stealth game (complete with overt Metal Gear Solid references) requires you to solve a murder mystery and dodge vision cones, and it ended up being one of my favorite sections of the game. Another level takes place on a scary planet full of dark woods, requiring you to sign multiple contracts with a pushy demon in order to take on side-quests. These kinds of unexpected moments happen throughout the game, making each new location worth seeking out.

Your character is also able to unlock a collection of abilities tied to different hats, like one that turns her into an ice statue to slam down on springy platforms and launch across levels. These upgrades are all useful, and can be accentuated by a series of unlockable patches that improve them. Switching between abilities is instantaneous, which adds to the impressive platforming flow when you have to use multiple abilities in quick succession.

A Hat in Time has a lot of character in all facets of its art design, but there is no escaping that the visuals are dated. The game looks like an HD remaster of an early 2000s platformer. While your character’s movements and actions look great, many of the other characters move with stilted animation, and their models clip into themselves in awkward ways. The result is a game that feels a little sloppy. It’s far from broken, but I did run into the occasional distracting bug, like when my character’s hood was offset about halfway up her face during the final cutscene.

A Hat in Time lacks polish, but it makes up for its shortcomings with excellent platforming and a universe I was happy to be part of. The whole experience is adorable, and in many ways it improves on the very platformers it uses as inspiration.

11th December 2017
Released Tomorrow, Preorder PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on Xbox One for Under £21

Released Tomorrow, Preorder PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on Xbox One for Under £21

Preorder WWE 2K18 for Nintendo Switch for £28, Xbox One X 1TB console with four games under £450, £40 off iPhone 8 16GB
10th December 2017
Exploring An Ancient Culture's Mythology

Exploring An Ancient Culture’s Mythology

Video games can be powerful in many ways, and some developers have taken to building virtual worlds that do more than just entertain. Some, like Assassin's Creed: Origins' upcoming Discovery Mode, educate us about Ancient Egypt without the threat of enemies. Others, like the platformer Never Alone, hope to preserve the culture of the Alaskan Iñupiaq people by thematically reflecting their mythology and history.

Mulaka, from developer Lienzo, has a similar goal. Based off the indigenous culture of the Tarahumara tribe, Mulaka is an action adventure game that has players exploring the stunning sights of Northwestern Mexico. You play as a shaman, who is on a dangerous journey, attempting to stop powerful gods from the destroying the world. You can shape shift into several animals, including bears and birds, all while defeating massive enemies.

You can view the most recent trailer that was shown off at this year's PSX by watching the video below.

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The team at Lienzo researched the tribe meticulously, and worked with both anthropologists and members of a Tarahumara community, to make sure their representation is accurate. The game delves into not just the history of the tribe, but also its mythology and folklore.

Mulaka releases for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC later this year.

10th December 2017
Patapon 2 Remastered Announced for PlayStation 4

Patapon 2 Remastered Announced for PlayStation 4

This remastered port will feature new mini-games, 4K support, new Patapon types and evolutions, and more.
10th December 2017
Daily Deals: 12-Month PS Plus Membership for $40, Skyrim VR PSVR Bundle for $279

Daily Deals: 12-Month PS Plus Membership for $40, Skyrim VR PSVR Bundle for $279

Plus Nvidia Shield TV on sale, 32 GB microSD cards starting at $10, and more.