There’s a New Dreamcast Game Coming Out Next Month

Breakers, a 90s style arcade style fighting game, is coming to the Dreamcast in June.

Breakers is a good, polished yet generic, mid-tier 90’s ‘beat-em up’ and represents something of a leap over the contemporary 16-bit fighters of the time. Huge sprites, great animated backgrounds (which feature characters who actually react to the fights going on in front of them), consistent frame rate, great music and effects makes Breakers a real treat for the senses. Breakers arrives on Dreamcast with a full feature set. Game modes, options and roster are all intact. Visually the Dreamcast port of Breakers is also good.

The Dreamcast may be close to its 20th anniversary but fans like JoshProd Video Game Producer are dedicated to continue supporting the platform. If you’re interested in ordering your own copy you can get it from Play-Asia. The disc is of course region free.

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It’s 2017 and We’re Still Seeing Graphical Downgrades

Ever since the beginning of this gen we’ve seen multiple controversies ranging from broken server launches like Master Chief Collection to No Man’s Sky laughable lack of content. And at the tip of that growing shit pie is ‘graphical downgrades’.

Point is developers lie to us. The term snake oil may be overused but in the context of the situation it’s a perfect match. Publishers at the end of the day are in the business to make money and to expand, and the fastest way to convince you their product is gold is by selling it to your eyes first. We like looking at beautiful things, as dumb as it sounds that’s the truth. Companies like Ubisoft are well known for their downgrades with games like Watch_Dogs, The Division, Rainbow Six, and Far Cry 4 to name a few.  Lately the biggest controversy to hit us in the graphical downgrade department is EA and BioWare’s Mass Effect Andromeda.

YouTuber YongYea who started his fame around the launch of MGS V has shared his thoughts on what Mass Effect Andromeda could have been. In the video he compares the alpha footage with the final release and the difference is kind of shocking.

What’s odd about this is that the Alpha footage was allegedly from 2014 which was 3 years ago. The downgrade could be for several reasons most notably optimization. It’s no secret that we all thought the PS4 and Xbox One would be power houses only to realize they’re just slightly more advanced than their previous gen counterpart. I mean can you blame us? The majority of tech demos in 2013 showed us amazing high quality textures, animations, physics, and effects only to realize that we will be getting a dumbed down version of those things. The demos themselves do probably exist but only to be simulated on god tier PC rigs.

It’s worth pointing out that most of these trailers are shown during E3 so with that on the horizon it’s always good stay vigilant and aware that we may be seeing something we may never actually play.

But it’s not all grim and bad news. Companies like Naughty Dog were truthful with their Uncharted 4 gameplay live demo, and games like DOOM have vastly improved in the final product when compared to their E3 demos (which is how it should be). And yes, even Ubisoft have been recently honest with their Ghost Recon Wildlands, For Honor, and Steep E3 gameplay demos. Bungie were also honest in letting us know that Destiny 2 will not run at 60 FPS on consoles due to CPU limitations (although that by itself feels like a bit of a stretch).

So are we seeing an improvement? Definitely. Will we stop seeing BS gameplay footage? Probably not. But the important thing is consumers are noticing and that’s the important part.

Netflix is Producing a Witcher TV Series

Netflix is turning the Witcher books into a series. The Witcher series created by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski will be involved in the production. Unlike the video game series which he currently doesn’t earn anything from, this time time around Andrzej will be heavily invested and make sure the series follow his vision.

“Andrzej Sapkowski has created a rich and memorable world, at once magical and familiar,” said Erik Barmack, Netflix Vice President, international series. “We couldn’t be more excited about bringing Netflix members around the world.” “I’m thrilled that Netflix will be doing an adaptation of my stories, staying true to the source material and the themes that I have spent over thirty years writing,” said Sapkowski. “I’m excited about our efforts together, as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life.” Andrzej Sapkowski will serve as a creative consultant on the series.

There’s no current ETA on when the series is coming but it’s definitely happening at least. Though don’t be surprised if it takes a different approach to the game series.

Sonic Forces Introduces Customizable Character Creation

For the first time in the franchise’s history, players will be able to create and play with their own created Sonic character.

This was revealed in a new trailer that unveils the mysterious character as a randomly generated avatar (and not Bubsy). Here is a list of creatures you can select from along with their abilities.

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We also get a sneak peek at some new gameplay footage as well.

Sonic Forces arrives Q4 2017 for PS4, Xbox One, Swich, and PC.

Ace Combat 7 Delayed Until 2018

Project Aces, the team behind the Ace Combat series, have announced on Twitter that they will be delaying Ace Combat 7 until next year.

No specific reason was given other than to meet the highest quality–which is something we can all respect. Let’s at least hope the added time also means VR support will be coming for the PC version.

Overwatch Player Gets Sexually Harassed for 16 Minutes. Records The Whole Thing.

It’s no secret that the Overwatch competitive has become toxic as hell, but if you ever needed more proof then look no further.

GLISA, like many of us, like to play online to have fun. Losing and winning are expected but sometimes we get heated up and tend to let out a few things we regret later on. However these guys, who weren’t even playing that well, took it to the extreme and constantly started to sexually harass GLISA. It became so ridiculous that she went ahead and upload the whole thing because there’s honestly very little to edit out.

This is honestly one of the main reason I drifted away from quickplay and competitive matches in Overwatch and instead stick to the classic mode. Even then I don’t play it that much as I still run into the occasional douchebag who constantly hammers me to pick a healer. I’m not saying Overwatch is a dead game by any means but its community has certainly taken a nose dive.

Vanquish is Coming to PC

After years of requests, petitions, and basically groveling, SEGA has delivered.

Vanquish is coming to PC and according to the Steam page it’s launch May 25. Best of all Bayo Steam owners get a 25% off! One of the biggest reasons why people are excited (besides the obvious frame rate improvement) is the ability to play it with a mouse and keyboard. Vanquish is a frantic shooter that requires impulse movement making it more ideal for K&M rather than an analog stick.

According to SEGA these are among the long lines of titles that will be coming to PC. Keep ’em coming.