Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe has recently trademarked one of their IP’s Syphon Filter, this could mean a few things:
A PlayStation 4 Remake
A PlayStation Virtual Reality Remake
A PlayStation Vita Remake
Syphon Filter is one of Sony’s beloved and missed old school IP, Syphon Filter follows the pursuits of Gabe Logan and Lian Xing who are both agents who work for the United States Government to stop terrorist organisations forming terror plots all over America.
This IP has games spanning from: PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable. Syphon Filter Logan’s Shadow (2007) was the game I am most familiar with, the action stealth third person shooter is one of the best games you will come across on the PlayStation Portable.
The question this trademark arises is, Does Sony Interactive have plans to revive this franchise ? I hope so because the world needs more stealth third person shooting video games. The trademark name was done this week and is all legitimate.
Square Enix will be releasing these awesome 2B action figures from their video game Nier Automata. These action figures can be customised and feature 2B and the Robot enemies from the game they look totally cool, they are up for pre-order, check out the Instagram link below for more info.
Netflix is entering the comic book market with the debut comic book series titled “The Magic Order” written by comic book writer Mark Millar, Netflix acquired Mark Millar in a deal in collaboration with his business Millarworld, Netflix has now acquired Millarworld. Mark Millar is now the resident comic book writer for Netflix this was established in August 2017.
Netflix announced on the 7th of November that they will be publishing The Magic Order illustrated by Olivier Coipel. who is a well-known comic book illustrator known for his work on Thor, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Avengers he has worked for big publications such as DC Comics and Marvel Comics.
Mark Millar will be writing this short comic book series which will last for six-issues the genre will be a dark fantasy series.The story will be available in print in addition and digital starting with the premiere issue next spring.
This year, I had the opportunity to go and visit Japan with my younger brother. This was a trip that we had been planning for a long time and we had to make sure that we were fully prepared for the first-time visit. I must admit that even know, there are certain things I wish I had known before I left. In this long post, I give you some of the top planning tips and advice before travelling to Japan.
(1) Flight tickets: Which websites should I use and when should I book?
I have booked flights before whenever my Father would travel to Gambia through Thomas Cook. However, for Japan, I used the website + app called “cheapflights.co.uk”. At first, I wasn’t too sure if I would be able to get a good deal and realised that the prices would keep changing over and over again depending on the airline that I decided to travel with.
In the end I could pick Lufthansa + All Nippon airlines and also get a good deal to stay in Japan for the week. I also would recommend booking a flight about 5 months or more in advance to get the cheapest price as doing it last-minute is obviously not the right choice.
(2) Hotel booking: Which website should I use?
The main websites that I will only use for booking hotels are Expedia and Booking.com. With Expedia I can gain points and receive special member pricing towards my bookings which really helps especially when looking for these mini special deals and rewards. I also like the overall website interface and features since I can check local tourists’ destinations that are situated right near my hotel. This making it easier for me to pick out the main tourists spots without having to go on Google Maps or an information website first.
(3) Understanding the Japanese Yen?
The Japanese Yen is very simple. I am always using my rubbish math’s knowledge to try to compare it to local home currency. For example:
With a 2,000 yen bill I would move the comma down once and see it as £20 pounds but about 4 to 7 numbers lower which would really be £13.36.
With a 10,000 yen bill I would do the same method as above which would be equal to about £66.80 (100 pounds and then taking away 40). However, be aware that currency rates are always changing, and you need to keep an eye out for this when trying to exchange money.
Moving on from my confusing math’s calculations, the Yen bill comes in 1,000, 2,000 (which is usually very rare), 5,000 and 10,000. The coins come in 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 yen.
I would definitely encourage travellers to make themselves familiar with the money as it may be hard to understand at first.
(4) The Internet in Japan
The Internet in Japan was the number one priority on my travel checklist, it was even placed above hygiene essentials (ok obviously not, but you must admit that internet is important for everything, especially travel!). However, I had issues trying to figure out how to actually gain internet access while in Japan without using my 4G phone data abroad.
At last, I found a service called “Ninja Wi-fi” which saved my life at the last-minute. With this mini Wi-Fi pocket router, you get unlimited access to high-speed internet anywhere in Japan. I can’t recommend this internet service provider enough, especially with their fast replying customer service. They also have discount coupon’s every month that you can use towards your purchase, I recently used my October coupon for my visit to Japan next week.
(5) Japanese Weather
Please, do not be like me. I underestimated the weather before even arriving in the country and I have only myself to blame. This was the first time I had experienced any type of travel outside the UK and everyday rain is what we get used to. For some reason however, I didn’t even bother to check or do extra research into the weather during summer time and let me just say I suffered straight away once I landed in Kansai (the………HEAT). Now that I’m going back in November, I made sure to do RESEARCH and found out that it’s usually dry which is good to know beforehand.
(6) Trains, trains and more trains!
The best way to travel around Japan in by train. My brother, who is an expert at trains, buses and planes, was very excited to use the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) for the first time. We purchased the Japan Rail Pass which can be used especially for foreign tourists to travel all over Japan at different JR Shinkansen trains stations (we used the Shin-Kobe train station in Kobe). To reserve a seat is even more easier, all you have to do is visit the stations Shinkansen ticket office. I would definitely recommend any tourist visiting Japan to try out the Shinkansen as it was an amazing train experience that I will never forget.
Other transport also includes using the Subway, which in Tokyo is the best way to travel around to the different wards. Me and my brother were able to get from the main Tokyo Station (where the Shinkansen would end coming from Kobe) to Shibuya (about 15 minutes) and then Akihabara (about 30 minutes). Overall, we found it very easy to buy the tickets and have apps such as Google Maps and Citymapper on your smart phone to help get us around smoothly with no troubles.
(7) Medication, the most important part of holiday planning
Again, don’t be like me. It was only at the VERY last-minute I ended up learning that some of the medications we use in the west are pretty much banned in Japan. This includes some nasal sprays which in the end, became my biggest worry as I usually have the worst blocked nose and I am always needing to clear It away. I will keep this section short as there will be more information links at the end, but to give you an idea on how important and serious bringing medication into Japan is:
“Some common prescription and over-the-counter medicines are banned and ignorance may not be considered a defense. Foreign nationals have been detained and deported for offences.” – Foreign Travel Advice, GOV. UK.
(8) Halal Food Preference and Sampuru Souvenirs
If you’re a Muslim like me, you don’t need to worry about finding halal food places in Tokyo. I used the app “Halal Gourmet Japan” which was very useful in helping me to know the nearest halal shops, restaurants, and activities nearby my hotel. However other prefectures in Japan may not have as much popular halal areas compared to Tokyo.
Once you arrive in Japan you will notice a lot of restaurant shop windows that highlight fake food samples. They are seriously the best looking fake food I have seen in my life and makes it easier for me to know what a specific meal will look like before trying it. Oh, and before you research more into these “Sampuru” (that’s the actual name for the fake food), I want you to know that you CAN buy some as gifts and souvenirs! See external links at the bottom of the article for more information.
This was a question I was constantly asked by my neighbours when I arrived back. They were so captivated by the images I had taken pictures of Hiroshima and Osaka and the younger members saw Tokyo as the place of their future travel dreams. I can’t give you an honest answer for the best place to visit as I have yet to fully explore Japan. However, I would say to visit the Region or Prefecture that you are most interested about, whether you found about it from general research, media, games, anime, word out mouth etc. Make it a visit that you know you will treasure forever, Japan has always been a country of great interest to me and I can’t wait to visit in November again.
Blizzard Entertainment revealed a brand new map for Overwatch during BlizzCon 2017. The new map seems to be a omage to Blizzard Entertainment’s other video game franchises such as Heroes Arcade, Flight Duskwood from World of Warcraft and Hearthstone. This new map follows a theme part structure featuring roller coasters and arcades from previous Blizzard IP’s.
This trailer was released during 2017 BlizzCon, no release date has been confirmed but this map will be coming soon to Overwatch.
Chris McKay the director for the Nightwing live action movie, that is currently in development from Warner Bros. and DC Films’ movies has stated that, he has not started his search for the main protagonist role of Dick Grayson/Nightwing. This tweet proves that Stranger Things 2 and Power Rangers (2017) Dacre Montgomery has not been cast as the lead role despite rumors and even the actor himself posting an image of Nightwing and later deleting the image off his Instagram page.
We haven’t started the process of casting NIGHTWING yet but when we do you’ll hear something because our search will be far and wide
The tweet above does, confirm that the director Chris McKay will be taking his time which is good, he is passionate about this project and him and his colleagues will find the right actor to portray one of my favourite heroes and most anticipated live action movies.
During this year’s BlizzCon, Blizzard Entertainment introduced a brand-new hero to the scene. Say hello to Moira. Meet who is an ambitious Talon geneticist. Moira is a new support character who utilises her powers to support her squad by healing her allies when they are in trouble she is a support character with awesome offensive capabilities.
Moira can utilise a light and dark beam attack on her enemies which she can also combine for her ultimate attack this attack can heal allies and inflict damage on enemies. Moira also has the power of teleportation which is fitting for her she is an exciting new character hailing from Ireland, Dublin she will bring a lot to the table of Overwatch fast paced gameplay.
Moira’s biotic abilities enable her to contribute healing or damage in any crisis. While Biotic Grasp gives Moira short-range options, her Biotic Orbs contribute longer-range, hands-off damage and healing; she can also Fade to escape groups or remain close to allies in need of support. Once she’s charged Coalescence, Moira can save multiple allies from elimination at once or finish off weakened enemies.
The Sonic Forces mobile game Sonic Forces Speed Battle is now available at launch today, you can download the game from the App Store and Google Play Store now. This is one not to be missed its free to download too but micro transactions are in the game, this game is freemium.
PlayStation hosted a pre-show to their Paris Games Week, which was last month on the 30th of October 2017. The pre-show was a quick run down on some exclusive content and IP’s coming to PlayStation 4. The last DLC series from Square Enix was finally fully released that night for Final Fantasy XV Episode Ignis.
Episode Ignis features a new storyline campaign for Ignis Scientia battles on the streets of Altissia after the main story campaign when Noctis was knocked out unconscious after the Trial of Leviathan during the main storyline campaign. Players will be able to utilise Ignis’ spelldaggers which can be used with elemental properties, at their disposal, as well as his total clarity ability, which allows him to target multiple enemies at once, in one awesome simultaneous blast.
Another important thing about this DLC is that Ignis will partner up with Ravus Nox Fleuret this DLC Episode Ignis will feature multiple endings and new music from Chrono Trigger composer Yasunori Mitsuda.
Episode Ignis is a pivotal part of the Final Fantasy XV story, this DLC will reveal what we missed during the main campaign, this is going to be epic to say the least I am anticipating great things with Final Fantasy XV and a lot more DLC’s and additional content. Sqaure Enix are keeping this game fresh for the Final Fantasy XV community. Expect to download episode Ignis December the 13th 2017 mark your calendars. !!!
FUNimation Entertainment revealed that on Saturday, they closed an official deal for Sony Pictures Television Networks’ acquisition of the majority stake in FUNimation.
FUNimation CEO Gen Fukunaga retains his position and a minority stake in the business, and FUNimation’s frequently asked questions noted that it’s operations, streaming service, simuldubs, and release schedules will continue as normal. The agreement values FUNimation at $150 million dollars.
There was a Attack on Titan Reading and Live Orchestra performance after this performance there was an update for the third season of Attack on Titan and the manga written and Illustrated by Hajime Isayama. Season 2 will be made into The Roar Awakening compilation featured length movie that will premiere in Japan on the 13th of January 2018.
Season 3 of Attack on Titan will premiere during the summer anime season of July 2018
According to the European PlayStation official blog. PlayStation are planning on, announce “7 Big New Video Game announcements”. for the next big trade, fair event for video games, Paris Games Week 2017.Which will be taking place on the 30th of October 2017. This event will also be live streamed for anyone who cannot make it in person online via: Facebook, Twitch, YouTube, and off course the official PlayStation website.
The 7 new updates could be news regarding more new franchises, remakes for old franchises, sequels, new hardware or a new service for the PlayStation 4. This news is very exciting. PlayStation will reveal the 7 key announcements on Monday 30th October 2017 make sure you’re online to stream the Paris Games Week 2017. 3PM GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) /4PM CET. (Central European Time). More info at the bottom and in the sources, for your information.
The official Injustice 2 YouTube channel released a new trailer confirming Hellboy for the sequel. Hellboy will be joining the Injustice 2 cast of fighters with his awesome hand guns and badass moveset. Hellboy features consist of him using handguns as a signature weapon and a powerful left hook that leaves his opponents destroyed.
People who purchased the Injustice 2 Ultimate Edition Ultimate Pack or the Fighter Pack number 2 will be able to unlock this character on November 14th 2017 first. The Hellboy DLC will be available for purchase to all players November 21st
Injustice 2 is currently available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and is in the works for PC. A beta for the PC versions was supposed to kick off on October 25 but was unfortunately delayed. Netherrealm Studios/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainmentwill re-schedule a new date for the beta and would provide information shortly. The PC version of Injustice 2 is in development with QLOC, and it’s due for release sometime this fall.
Raiden-X was one of the first online flash games that got me into free online games. Created by the Flash game designer Googley created this free online game as a tribute to the original Raiden classic series. Raiden X is a flash tribute to the classic shoot-em-up “Raiden”.
Raiden X is a flash remake of Raiden II created by Googley,which was more basically a major and more successful update of his game, The Raiden IIs (which is a 2-part Raiden game) and published by CrazyMonkeyGames.com. It was released on the internet in 2005. Despite being not developed by the actual Raiden creators, Raiden X has won numerous awards. Raiden-X actually received positive feedback from the game journalist critics’, despite the critics not liking the animated background, but the gameplay, 3D effects, and music and the SFX were great in quality. These are the awards Raiden X won:
Hot Game – Freeworldgroup
Daily 1st Place – Newgrounds
Review Crew Pick – Newgrounds
Weekly User’s Choice – Newgrounds
Frontpage – Newgrounds
Top 50 – Newgrounds
Top 50 – Flashplayer
Featured Flash – Smosh
Weekly 1st – Smosh
Frontpage – Smosh
TV Showcase – G4TV Channel
In this game, you pilot an aircraft among a swarm of enemies to blast apart anything in your way with a myriad of high-tech weapons. The game features 8 stages each with a boss at the end. Raiden X is one of the most complex games in the arcade, due to the sheer amount of options and features contained within it.
There are a total of 8 levels in Raiden X, which most of the bosses return and are the same as in Raiden II, but some differences include that the Payak Colossus Tekniikan is larger than its depiction in Raiden II, same goes for the Cranassian Kamikaze Warship.
Red (Machine Gun): The machine gun is your default weapon. It starts out firing two shots straight forward, but increases the number of bullets fired with each level. At the third level and beyond, the shots fan outward, allowing you to fire upon the entire screen without needing to move.When using a bomb, the bomb is dropped beneath your plane and creates an explosion at that spot
Blue (Laser): The laser is the most powerful weapon in the game, but covers very little area. The laser only fires straight forward, and barely covers the area in front of your ship. The higher the laser is upgraded the more deadly it becomes, adding more lasers. The “6th” upgrade level grants you one large laser that can tear through nearly every enemy in the game in one shot.When using a bomb with this weapon, your plane fires out a large flash of light forward, incinerating most enemies in the way
Purple (Electric Beam): This weapon fires an electric purple beam that locks onto enemies, and hits all other enemies that happen to be in the way. This weapon also “arcs” off of nearby enemies, and can take out entire clusters of enemies with ease. It is, however, the weakest weapon in the game, but takes the effort out of damaging your enemies while dodging enemy fire. Each upgrade increases the thickness and damage of the beam. When using a bomb with the weapon, the screen gets filled with rapid firing purple beams, Rockets: Rockets act as a secondary fire weapon. They are also small floating squares, but will cycle between the letters “M” and “H”. These will also automatically reach maximum level if the “P” power-up is collected.
Missiles: fire straight forward and cause massive damage to any targets in their way. The higher the upgrade level, the number of missiles as well as their size and damage is increased.
Homing rockets: seek out any targets and attack them. They do not cause as much damage as missiles, but fire at a much faster rate. The also increase in size, damage, and number when upgraded.
Bombs: Unlike weapon and rocket power-ups, the bomb power-up bounces around the screen erratically. It’s looks like three coloured orbs with the letter “B” in the middle.
1-Ups: A triangle with a lightning bolt in the middle. Collect it for an extra life.
Lives in-game: In Raiden-X you begin with 16 lives throughout on the left bottom side of the screen the game you have to try your best to survive with the small amount of lives and sheer huge amount of enemies and bosses throughout the game, the game does reward you when you eliminate enemies with power-ups in the form of P package and medals (mentioned below) and others.
Medals: Medals come in different shapes and sizes, including things like fairies and stars. Collect them for bonus points. They usually appear when a ground target is destroyed, and remain in that spot, scrolling with the screen.
If you are wondering about the future of the Raiden Flash series, wonder no more there is a spiritual successor called Thunderax 9K is available to play created by the Raiden-X Flash game designer himself. Check out the third source and of course to play this retro title check out the second source.
Bandai Namco UK the publisher for Dragon Ball Fighter Z has released the Dragon Ball Fighters Z cover art for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and the release date for this upcoming release. Dragon Ball Fighter Z will be released January 26th 2018 on consoles and PC. This game will be developed by Arc System Works.
“Gokuand his friends must fight a new battle against a revived Android 16 and an army of super androids designed to resemble and fight like them. The story is split into three chapters: the Super Warriors Arc, the Super Villain Arc, and the Android Arc, each of which follows the story from the perspective of different characters.”
Are you excited get hype. Leave comments in the comment section telling me what you expect to see in this video game. I’m glad we have a finalised release date I’m expecting this title to see a deep plot within the story campaign.
The Tekken project also revealed New Japan Pro-Wrestling branded customisation items such as T-Shirts and character panels and more will be releaing soon. All will be available for Tekken 7: Fated Retribution in Japanese arcades as of 18th of November.
Check out the promotional trailer below and the exclusive images of Lars Alexandersson new outfit.