I learned about survival horror from the first Resident Evil, and loved how Resident Evil 2 took that to the next level with a city full of zombies after your neck. When I loaded up the recent Resident Evil 2 remake on my PlayStation 4, it felt like revisiting an old friend, if that old friend happened to be a festering zombie with its guts spilling out of it. At the same time, it’d been so long since I played the original, the experience felt fresh — or maybe rotten is the better way to describe the zombie-infested evening.
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In a game where there is no hidden information and no luck, there will always exist a series of moves for one player that will lead to a win or a draw. Tic-Tac-Toe (Noughts and Crosses) is a trivial example – to guarantee a win or draw, the first player must always play in the centre square – while more complex examples like Chess or Go are presently impossible for computers to map out.
However, this is not true for most of the games we play.
There are too many amazing JRPGs in the 16-bit era to crown one the best. But there is a pantheon that includes classics like Final Fantasy 4 through 6, Chrono Trigger, Terranigma, Breath of Fire, and the Phantasy Star games. Phantasy Star IV for the Sega Genesis was easily the best JRPG on the system, a “phantastic” fusion of storytelling, 16-bit art, and gameplay.
I was always a fan of the Risk board game as a kid, and Herzog Zwei was kind of like Risk if you infused real time action, mechas, and intense futuristic tank battles. An obscure gem for the Sega Genesis, it released in 1990 from Technosoft and happens to be one of the best strategy mecha games ever developed.
Minecraft’s latest snapshot update, 19w07a, changed the way paintings work which has allowed some crafty players to create in-game TVs. The new update, which also added adorable foxes into the game, breaks paintings into multiple textures.
Before this update, paintings in Minecraft were created using a single texture. This new change has allowed modders to create working in-game TVs and computer monitors.
Playing the Resident Evil 2 remake has been incredible. It’s also made me pine for a new instalment in another one of my favourite horror series, Silent Hill. I know Silent Hills would have been that new instalment, but as that’s cancelled, I’ve been going back and playing some of the older Silent Hill games.
Last fall, it was announced that 75 per cent of Final Fantasy XV’s DLC was getting scrapped. The “Episode Ardyn” DLC will be out on March 26, but there’s content coming, including a book. Yes, a book!
Recently, rumours surfaced suggesting some shakeups for the Joker-ific side of the DC cinematic world, particularly indicating that Jared Leto would not be returning as the Joker.
The report also said, according to inside sources, that Margot Robbie would not be returning for Suicide Squad 2, instead focusing on Birds of Prey and leaving that part of the DC universe to be re-imagined by James Gunn.
I love mysterious Easter Eggs and weird secrets in video games. So does YouTuber Oddheader, who put together a great video showcasing some lesser-know and more obscure secrets and discoveries.
Universal’s plan for a “Dark Universe” of films connecting all its monsters may be kaput, but there’s new life in the franchise with Leigh Whannell’s recently-announced Invisible Man project. And thanks to a new board game, you can soon build your own shared universe of monsters on your coffee table.