Master of The Free World Productions | Jumpcut Entertainment Network

Gunman Clive And Sequel Coming To Wii U In HD And 60 FPS Next Month

Gunman Clive and its sequel, a pair of cowboy-themed platformers originally released on 3DS, is coming to Wii U in September.

The game's developer, Bertil Hörberg, announced plans to release the games in an HD bundle on Wii U in June, but he didn't have a date on the time. Today, on twitter, he says, pending any complications, the game will be available in September 3 for $ 3.99. Both games will run at 1080p and 60 FPS.

You can check out our review of Gunman Clive 2 by heading here.

[Source: @BertilHrberg]

 

Our Take
I've only played the sequel, but I was impressed with Gunman Clive 2's simple, but totally solid platforming. If you missed it on 3DS, Wii U might be a good time to check it out.

www.GameInformer.com – The Feed

Disney Infinity sales slow ahead of sequel

Disney Interactive today posted break-even operating income, reflecting a decline in sales of its popular toy-to-game franchise, Disney Infinity. …


Gamasutra News

King Of Swing Sequel DK Jungle Climber For DS Now Available On Wii U Virtual Console

The relatively unknown DK: King of Swing for Game Boy Advance received a sequel on DS in 2007. The game is now available on Wii U Virtual Console.

You can grab the game now for $ 9.99, but know that when it released, we weren't very fond of it. It released during a time when we still had multiple reviewers tackle the game game. We gave it a 5.75 and a 6.75. You can read an excerpt from Bryan Vore's 5.75 review below.

Challenge mode offers a few uninspired minigames like banana catching and log hopping. Multiplayer consists of four-player offline barrel races and speed climbing runs, but I can’t see any group of friends tolerating these games for more than five minutes. In the end, Nintendo would have been smart to make a new Donkey Kong Country rather than revisit this franchise. DK’s latest adventure is neither “fun” nor “easy to play,” despite what the back of the box may claim.

If you really loved King of Swing, however, this might be just what you're looking for.

[Source: Nintendo]

 

Our Take
Not every game released on the Virtual Console has a legacy of praise behind it, but I appreciate Nintendo trying to get as much as they can up on the store. It does make you wonder why this made the cut ahead of other desirable DS games – like any of the Pokémon titles.

www.GameInformer.com – The Feed

Jurrassic World Sequel Doesn’t Have A Name But It Has A Release Date

Jurassic World is now the third highest grossing movie in the world, so we shouldn’t be surprised that Universal is eager to green light another. The movie doesn't have a script – or even a name – yet, but you can watch the sequel to Jurassic World in 2018.

Jurassic World is one of the first Jurassic Park movies to actually have some star power, and you can bet that Universal wants to make the most of those stars. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard have been confirmed for the sequel, which will hit theaters on June 22, 2018.

Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow is also set to co-write the screenplay with Derek Connolly (writer for Jurassic World, Safety Not Guaranteed). Many have already joked that the movie will probably be called Jurassic Universe, but we’re pushing for Jurassic Parking Lot.

Watch us play through the first hour of Lego Jurassic World to see if its worth playing and then learn how we’d genetically engineer our ideal Jurassic Park game.

 

[Source: Variety]

www.GameInformer.com – The Feed

Jurrassic World Sequel Doesn’t Have A Name But It Has A Release Date

Jurassic World is now the third highest grossing movie in the world, so we shouldn’t be surprised that Universal is eager to green light another. The movie doesn't have a script – or even a name – yet, but you can watch the sequel to Jurassic World in 2018.

Jurassic World is one of the first Jurassic Park movies to actually have some star power, and you can bet that Universal wants to make the most of those stars. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard have been confirmed for the sequel, which will hit theaters on June 22, 2018.

Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow is also set to co-write the screenplay with Derek Connolly (writer for Jurassic World, Safety Not Guaranteed). Many have already joked that the movie will probably be called Jurassic Universe, but we’re pushing for Jurassic Parking Lot.

Watch us play through the first hour of Lego Jurassic World to see if its worth playing and then learn how we’d genetically engineer our ideal Jurassic Park game.

 

[Source: Variety]

www.GameInformer.com – The Feed

Opinion: Why Naughty Dog Shouldn’t Make A Sequel To The Last Of Us

I beat The Last of Us a couple weeks ago, but that adventure is still ringing through my head like a brass bell. The game easily sits on my list of the five greatest games from this generation, and yet, I don't think I want to see a sequel.

This opinion originally published on July 15, 2013.

(The following is spoiler free. But if you want The Last of Us spoiled for you, go here.)

The Last of Us tells a grim story about a world 20 years after a terrible plague ravages the world's population, turning many into zombie-like monsters. Born among the ashes of civilization is Ellie, a young woman who might hold the key to curing this terrible disease. Her journey across the country alongside her new found guardian, Joel, is a riveting, white-knuckle rush. The game's action was so well balanced that I constantly felt like it was tethering between feeling capable and getting lost in the chaos. I loved every minute of it, and I didn't want that journey to end. Even so, now that I've finished the game, I don't think I want Naughty Dog to revisit the world with a sequel. The reason is simple: the story is too good.

I'm not averse to sequels. I walk away from plenty of experiences eager for more. I dreamt about The Avengers sequel for months following last year's summer blockbuster. I can't wait for EA's recently announced Mirror's Edge continuation, and I'm looking forward to new entries in series like Tomb Raider, XCOM, and Telltale's The Walking Dead. Don't get me wrong, I'm not really into what I like to call the Tony Hawking of games; I'm tired of seeing a new Call of Duty and Assassin's Creed game every year. However, I think some games are built to become series, while others make a better standalone experience. The Last of Us is the latter.

I know that Naughty Dog is thinking about potential sequels. Honestly, I won't mind if it tried to make a spiritual sequel to the game – take the scavenging mechanics and the intense action from The Last of Us and wrap them around another story set in a completely different world. However, I think Naughty Dog would be doing The Last of Us a disservice if it turned its newest property into a franchise, because The Last of Us told such a powerful and complete story that adding anything more to it would dilute the original.

I want to respect those who haven't played the game yet, and I want them to be able to play through the game and enjoy it for all it's worth, so I won't include any spoilers here, but I will say that The Last of Us' tale left such an impact on me that I'm sure I'll still be thinking about it years from now. The biggest reason the game's story hit me so hard is because Naughty Dog crafted some amazingly interesting characters.

I think it's kind of funny that Irrational Games spent so much time talking about the effort it put into crafting Elizabeth from BioShock Infinite, while Naughty Dog's characters are easily the most believable in video games. Don't get me wrong, I thought Irrational did a great job with Elizabeth. She was cute, funny, and a joy to be around. However, if I had a crush on Elizabeth while playing BioShock Infinite, I completely fell in love with Joel and Ellie while playing The Last of Us. I felt like I had journeyed through hell with them as they crossed the country, and by the end I wanted to see them succeed. I never felt bonded to Elizabeth in the same way.

By the time The Last of Us' credits rolled I felt the same way I have felt after reading a well-crafted novel or emotional film: I felt satisfied. The Last of Us needs nothing more, and I feel like adding to the game would only lessen the impact of Naughty Dog's well-constructed adventure.

I know that this isn't how the game industry works. Naughty Dog has built a brand with The Last of Us. New intellectual properties are hard to sell, and the developer went out on a limb by creating something fresh and original. And it succeeded. It seems only fair that it should be able to utilize some of the capital it's built up by making a sequel. After all, a second game is bound to sell even better than the first (I'd hypocritically buy a copy).

Then again, Gone with the Wind is one of the highest-grossing films of all time, and it didn't get a sequel. Do books like The Grapes of Wrath and The Great Gatsby need sequels because people liked them? Do films like Schindler's List and Casablanca need sequels because they were critically acclaimed? No they don't, because they are works of art, and great art can stand on its own. The Last of Us is good enough to do just that.

www.GameInformer.com – The Feed

10000000 Sequel Sailing Our Way Next Month

You Must Build A Boat, the sequel to 2012's hit puzzle game 10000000, is hitting our shores in early June. In addition to the letting us know when we can play it, EightyEightGames has released a new gameplay trailer.

The game is coming to iOS, PC, and Android on June 4. Take a look at the video below to get a glimpse of how it plays (or a refresher, if you're a 10000000 vet). As you can see in the trailer, you aren't just building a boat; you're expanding it to become a floating base of operations.

(Please visit the site to view this media)

For more on the game, take a look at our interview with the game's creator, Luca Redwood. He talks about how the game went from being an update to a full sequel, and his decision to offer You Must Build A Boat as a free download to people who bought 10000000.

www.GameInformer.com – The Feed

Six Dreamcast Games That Demand A Modern Sequel

In the grand scheme of gaming history, the Sega Dreamcast was barely a blip on the radar. Sega's ill–fated console was never the most popular system on the market, and was only officially on store shelves for about a year-and-a-half. Even so, the Dreamcast produced a small number of gaming gems that many of today's fervent gamers might not be familiar with. Now is the time to resurrect these franchises.

Many Dreamcast titles like Samba de Amigo, Typing of the Dead, Crazy Taxi, and Resident Evil Code: Veronica eventually migrated over to other consoles, but the Dreamcast's library hasn't been completely strip-mined. Here are our top picks for games that should get another sequel on modern consoles.

6. Power Stone
2

Most fighting games drop two opponents on opposite sides of the screen and then have them punch and kick each other using a series of button combos. That system works fine, but we don’t think most brawls play out anything like that. This is why we appreciate Power Stone’s hectic beat downs, which allow you to use tables, chairs, and rocks as weapons in epic 4-player slugfests. During these battles, players struggle to nab power stones that give their character an extra leg up in battle. This was one of the best party games on the Dreamcast, and given the popularity of Super Smash Bros., we’re a little surprised that Capcom hasn’t tapped this chaotic 4-player brawler for a reboot.

5. Chu Chu Rocket
Chu Chu Rocket’s offbeat structure harkens back to the zany, anything goes mentality of the ’80s arcade. Players dropped arrows onto a game board in order to redirect mice towards rocket ships, while avoiding bottomless pits and the hungry jaws of roaming cats. The game played a lot like a mobile game before the devices really existed, so it's not surprising that in 2010 the game was adapted for iOS (and a year later for Android). However, one of Chu Chu Rocket’s greatest strengths was its frantic multiplayer mode, which shines better on console, so we hope that Sega does the right thing and gives us a downloadable console-friendly sequel.

4. Jet Set Radio
Jet Set Radio’s graphical style holds up surprisingly well, which is largely thanks to its then innovative cel-shaded visuals. Part Tony Hawk, part open world adventure title, Jet Set Radio threw in-line skates on players and had them motoring through a futuristic Japanese cityscape. Here they painted the landscape with graffiti and rebelled against an oppressive government and a series of rival gangs. The game received Xbox and GBA sequels as well as an HD remake in 2012, but we also see Jet Set’s spirit alive in Sunset Overdrive’s (another game you should play) massive open-world traversal mechanics. It would be a true shame if such an innovative and unique title never received another sequel.

3. Grandia II
Grandia actually received a number of sequels, but none of them hold a candle to this epic Dreamcast RPG, which focuses on a sarcastic mercenary who takes a job to protect a group of people as they attempt to reseal an ancient evil god. When the resealing gets botched, players are launched into a epic quest to save the world. Grandia II’s dynamic battle system allows players to move their characters around the field while their attacks charged. Well-timed attacks could also cancel out enemies' moves and allow your party to steamroll through dungeons. It’s unfortunate that the sequels have failed to capture the magic of this Dreamcast classic. A Japanese MMO called Grandia Online finally shut down in 2012, so this franchise is ripe for a revival.

2. Shenmue
Actually, never mind.

1. Skies of Arcadia
Skies of Arcadia is a bit of a mystery. It's one of the Dreamcast’s most popular titles, garnering rave reviews and a massive amount of fan praise. It was was even re-released on the Nintendo GameCube a few years later. Despite all this, it never got a sequel! This stellar turn-based RPG followed a group of air pirates as they explored a giant world to stop an evil Empress from taking over it. One of the best parts of the game were the epic ship-to-ship battles, which we haven’t seen emulated in many other games. It’s a true shame that Skies of Arcadia has disappeared from our gaming landscape altogether, but we hope to see it rise from the ashes someday.

Learn how the original Xbox was almost designed to play Dreamcast titles and more fun facts in this Did You Know Gaming video.

www.GameInformer.com – The Feed

Where’s My Sequel? – Knights Of The Old Republic

Star Wars has a long history in gaming, and Knights of the Old Republic is one of the best and most popular splinters of the franchise. The series makes players feel like a genuine part of the expansive Star Wars experience, and is one of the few games to do this legendary property justice. But if KOTOR is so great and revered, why haven’t we gotten a true sequel in more than 10 years?

What It Is
Knights of the Old Republic is a role-playing game set thousands of years before the original Star Wars trilogy. Though it doesn’t feature any familiar faces from the films, it has almost all of the classic Star Wars hallmarks, like Jedi Knights, Sith Lords, droids, and spaceships. Leveraging its experience with Dungeons & Dragons titles like Baldur’s Gate and Neverwinter Nights, developer BioWare created the original entry. Obsidian Entertainment (the studio behind recent hits like Pillars of Eternity and South Park: The Stick of Truth) made the sequel.

As RPGs, the KOTOR games give players an unprecedented opportunity to explore and interact with the Star Wars universe; you aren’t stuck in a cockpit, or platforming through strange 2D adaptations of the movies. You speak with strange aliens, travel to distinct worlds, make decisions between good and evil, and (of course) wield a lightsaber and Force powers. The games capture the look and feel that Star Wars fans are already familiar with, but throw in enough unexpected surprises to keep things fresh and exciting.

KOTOR first released on Xbox in 2003, and its sequel followed in 2004. KOTOR II had some significant technical and pacing issues (likely due, in part, to its short development cycle), but both games were well received by fans and critics. After years of dormancy, BioWare and LucasArts revived the property in 2011 with an MMO called Star Wars: The Old Republic.

When It Stopped
Strictly speaking, it hasn’t stopped. The Old Republic MMO is still running, and keeps this vision of the universe intact. However, that’s more of a technicality; the KOTOR that players love is a story-driven, single-player experience with interesting party members, tactical combat, and unforgettable twists. The Old Republic is certainly a decent MMO that incorporates more story elements than other entries in the genre typically do, but it isn’t the true successor fans have wanted.

What Comes Next
Gaming has changed a lot in 10 years, and no new sequel should follow such an old blueprint. Though pause-and-play combat can be fun, BioWare should move away from the strict rules-based approach. The KOTOR games were governed by the D&D ruleset, but it would be possible to retain the tactical RPG flavor without having to juggle multiple action queues. After all, the most memorable Star Wars battles are fast and kinetic affairs. Having to pause too much would kill the flair and momentum of combat.

That doesn’t mean that battles should be entirely action-based. BioWare’s success with Dragon Age: Inquisition demonstrates that the studio knows how to blend style and strategy in order to create encounters that are fluid and challenging. A direct clone probably wouldn’t be a great idea, but it isn’t hard to imagine Jedi and smugglers taking the place of mages and rogues in the general format of Inquisition’s combat.

In terms of story, starting from scratch is the best option. Acknowledge the events of previous games, of course, but don’t be bound by them. For one thing, several lingering story questions have been answered by The Old Republic and other sources, so some of the mystery is gone. For another thing, many gamers today either A) haven’t played, or B) don’t remember KOTOR I and II. A new cast facing new problems would be ideal – but don’t forget a few cameos (HK-47!) for the longtime fans.

One element that needs to be overhauled drastically is the morality system. The Star Wars universe is not about shades of gray; the major players are either good or evil. Allowing players to go back and forth between those extremes feels strange. In previous games, it would be possible to perform an act of selfless sacrifice one minute, then perform an act of depraved malice the next. If you do that, your character feels inconsistent…but if you don’t, you’re not making much of a choice at all.

The emphasis on choice is important, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be about choosing good or evil. In fact, maybe you could choose to be a Jedi or Sith right away, and then all of the other options would be tailored to that alignment. That way, every choice wouldn’t be, “Are you good or evil,” but rather “How good/evil are you?” This opens the door for nuance an ambiguity while still staying true to Star Wars’ thematic form.

Other things from previous games can stay more or less intact. You should have a cool spaceship (except it should be more customizable). You should have party members with unique personalities and interesting story arcs. You should be able to tear through your opponents with a wide array of Force powers. All of those features would undoubtedly be surrounded by things you never knew you wanted from a Star Wars RPG. Ultimately, the only thing we’re sure of is that KOTOR III should happen, and the rest of the details can get sorted out later.

www.GameInformer.com – The Feed

Final Fantasy Type-0 Teases Sequel With Fiery Secret Video

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD comes out tomorrow, but due to some copies breaking street date, the secret movie has already been uploaded to YouTube by user Khaled Rizk. While the unlock conditions for the secret movie remain unknown, if you don't mind spoiling the video you can look at the trailer below which features a dying samurai being revived by some kind of spirit or demon.

(Please visit the site to view this media)

It is likely that this trailer is teasing a future entry in the Type series as trademarks have been filed for Type-1, Type-2, and Type-3 which, like the main series, is envisioned to offer stand-alone tales. It is interesting to note that the face of the character, his voice, and sole line of dialog is shared by Ace in Type-0 so it remains unknown how this video ties into Type-0 beyond that. You can check out our review for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD here.

[Source: YouTube]

 

Our Take
I’m excited to check out Final Fantasy Type-0 tomorrow despite there being a wide range of opinions on its quality. Should it prove enjoyable, I’m certainly excited to check out a Final Fantasy influenced by Japanese supernatural mythology. Considering director Hajime Tabata is focused on Final Fantasy XV, I’m not expecting anything from this teaser for the next few years.

www.GameInformer.com – The Feed