Classic Game Remakes: Great Reminders of the Past or Shackles of the Future?

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In the last decade, the games industry as we know it has changed drastically. Thanks to massive technology improvements, the smartphones of today are as powerful (if not more) than the computers of five years ago, our PS4s and Xbox Ones are approximately 15 times more powerful than their predecessors and the rise of crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have allowed even the wackiest games to get made.

And in turn, this has given us access to bolder and better looking games as well as games that would never be funded by a publisher. It also means that we are now seeing a lot of classic game remakes as developers realise that it’s been just long enough without [insert classic game franchise] that it’s time to revive it. But is this a good thing? And is the remake revolution harming the games industry of the future?

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Tokyo Dark Launches Kickstarter, Hits Goal In 14 Hours

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Side-scrolling mystery Tokyo Dark could be the most sinister thing you play all year. In the upcoming game from Cherrymochi, a developer based in Tokyo, we play as Detective Itō, a woman on the hunt for her missing partner. The spook factor is thanks to the game’s lore, as Tokyo Dark is based around a Japanese urban legend that there is a hidden door beneath Tokyo’s streets and if you enter it, you’ll disappear forever.

We can expect some supernatural elements in this one, along with some heavy topics like child idols, sexism, suicide, nationalism and mental health concerns as the people around Detective Itō start to think that she’s going insane. Tokyo Dark is a huge risk then, but it’s one that’s paying off as the game has quickly passed its goal on Kickstarter.

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Sci-Fi Survival Game ‘Halcyon 6′ Reaches Kickstarter Goal In Under 48 Hours

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The humans in Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander are a brave lot. When a Mean and Nasty alien race threatens to come knocking on Earth’s door, they don’t cower under a desk and cross their fingers really hard (as I would, if I’m honest), they hightail it to an “ancient, derelict space station” called Halcyon 6 in an attempt to “harness its mysterious power”.

As you’d expect, they’re the only ones in the entire galaxy who can save the world! We’ve heard that story more than enough times before but with alien battling, crew management, resource gathering and exploration, the game’s familiar plot is backed up by (what will surely be) some highly addictive gameplay. Halcyon 6 has just blitzed through its Kickstarter goal and you can find out more after the break.

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Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition PS4 Gameplay Footage Punches, Zooms Its Way Online

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Remember a few months ago when Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition was announced? And Square Enix revealed that Detective Wei Shen would be coming to PS4 and Xbox One in all of his face mashing, sometimes-law abiding, pork bun scoffing glory? After a so-so 101 trailer that told new fans or returning players everything we needed to know about the console leap, Square Enix is actually proving those claims of updated visuals and bigger crowds having now released several Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition PS4 gameplay videos to show off how the game looks on Sony’s new machine. Watch them after the break.

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New Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition Trailer Covers Everything You Need to Know

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“You look like you could use a pork bun!” Ah yes, that’s one of many iconic things from the original version of Sleeping Dogs that’s back in Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition. Right up there with Hong Kong’s open-world playground and those ridiculous satisfying (but incredibly violent) combat and environmental kills. You never forget the first time you fry an enemy to death with an electric generator, as the saying goes. But even though this was all the great the first time round, is it worth buying again? Are the ‘1080p HD’ graphics and DLC bundle a good enough reason to invest? And will Detective Wei Shen finally give in to demands and eat a pork bun on his cheat day? It’s all answered and more in the new Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition trailer after the break.

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Square Enix ‘Back to School’ Sale Discounts Final Fantasy, Hitman and More

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Still licking your wounds after the Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusivity announcement took everyone by surprise? Aren’t we all. It also saw plenty of nastiness sent Square Enix’s way, including ‘sell outs’, ‘money grabbing chumps!’ and various other insults used to describe longstanding business practices. Nonetheless, Square Enix surely can’t be bad eggs, right? As their new initiative wants to rob us of our free time right when we’ll need it most; to study, learn and make good use of far-too-expensive college tuition fees. The Square Enix Back to School sale does offer us dozens of cut-price games though, so you can find out more on the deals after the break.

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Here’s Why Rise of the Tomb Raider Needs to Be On PC and PS4

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From the disgruntled masses of PC and PS4 fans to the deafening cheers of Xbox One supporters, convinced they’d finally landed a blow to the PS4’s unstoppable success, to the critics and unaligned gamers who simply asked ‘wait, what?’, the announcement that Rise of the Tomb Raider will be an Xbox exclusive come 2015 has been the talk of the town. And although the chatter of secret big money deals and sales and console wars clutters up the highways, we will eventually have to accept the fact that Rise of the Tomb Raider is going to be exclusive to Xbox One and Xbox 360 for whatever unspecified amount of time. But do PC and PS4 really need Rise of the Tomb Raider and where does the Tomb Raider franchise go from here? Read on after the break to find out.

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Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition Officially Confirmed for PS4, Xbox One

 

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After more rumours than you could throw an entire room of gossipmongers at and a massive leak from Amazon, publisher Square Enix have now officially the game that we all knew existed. Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition will bring Wei Shen’s shady (but justice upholding) antics to PS4 and Xbox One as our double agent copper enters Hong Kong’s criminal world to deal damaging blows to its knee caps. Or, y’know, help them do more illegal things. The game is good like that. Anyway the ‘definitive’ edition of the game comes with a tons of DLC and more of what we enjoyed on last-gen systems so you can find out more about the game after the break.

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Everything You Need To Know About Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris

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Have you heard the Tomb Raider news? Yes, Rise of the Tomb Raider, the sequel to 2013’s incredible Tomb Raider title was recently announced at E3 2014. But what about the other great Tomb Raider news – Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is on the way too to bring us something delicious to whet our appetites while we wait for Lara’s bigger budget outfit. It’s a long road until Rise of the Tomb Raider but Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris has a chance to be something really special so we may as well get acquainted. Find out more about the game after the break.

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8 Things We’d Like to See From a Tomb Raider Sequel

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Around these parts, we’re just a bit fond of Tomb Raider, the origins story that was released to show Lara Croft as a green behind the ears explorer who was neither very good at killing, shooting or not getting herself torn to pieces by particularly pointy bits of metal. We like the gameplay, the characters and the world that is was set in and when I reviewed it a few months ago, I even thought that Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (the PS4 and Xbox One rerelease of the 2013 game) was a cracking title too. Obviously, I want more of it and as I’m sure some sort of Yamatai prophecy suggests, you probably do to so here’s a list of the 8 things that we’d like to see from a Tomb Raider sequel.

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