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Been playing videogames for over 20 years and I have pretty much owned every console going. If I'm not playing games, I've probably got my head in a engine bay... You can follow me @SuperWidzy2 on twitter.

EA is removing fitness cards from FUT for FIFA 21

A welcome change to the formula of FUT is finally happening. Yes, fitness items is going to be no more for FIFA 21. Nothing has been mentioned about contracts for players you have brought from the transfer market place, packs you have purchased or via rewards.

Alongside fitness items, training items have also been given the boot.

“Fitness items have been a light management element in Ultimate Team since the very beginning,” EA said. “The decay of players’ fitness was put in the game originally to encourage rotation in the squad and to simulate some of the management decisions that football squads have to consider.”

“However, we’ve evaluated these mechanics and have decided that it wasn’t creating the desired effect in rotation and players were spending time doing a management action that was frequently required and, ultimately, not very fun.”

“So this year, while Fitness and Player Stamina will still be important factors inside of a match, dictating, for example, how much you can sprint and for how long, you will no longer have to manage that mechanic in the menus as well.”

Source: Eurogamer

Street Fighter Producer Yoshinori Ono leaving Capcom after 30 years

The Street Fighter series executive producer, Yoshinori Ono has today confirmed he is parting ways with Capcon after 30 years at the helm.

Ono, made the announcement via twitter thanking the people who he has worked with over the years and of course the Street Fighter fans all over the world. Ono said in his statment “I’ve been with the Street Fighter brand for a long time, experiencing good times, bad times, and even non-existent times. My heart is filled with appreciation to those players who’ve been giving warm and kind support on the brand especially little over the past decade or so as all the activities on the Street Fighter brand regained sunshine and grew its liveliness.”

He continues “And now, after serving almost 30 years at Capcom, I am leaving the company in this summer. This means that I will resign my position as the brand manager for Capcom’s various titles including Street Fighter.”

“Capcom staff in the new generation will continue taking care of the Street Fighter brand and leading the World Warriors,” he added.” And, I do believe that they will continue making Street Fighter extraordinary. I will look forward to seeing the new Street Fighter brand and how it’s going to be expanded, as just one of regular gamers next time.”

“trying to contact those whom I’ve gotten to work with in the past” about his resignation, but acknowledged “it’s quite difficult to reach out to all of the people I’ve associated without throughout my career for almost three decades”.

Personally, its sad news to see such iconic figure leaving a franchise that I have grown up with. From playing Street Fighter II on the megadrive all the way to current day consoles, Street Fighter V. I hope Yoshinori Ono wont be a stranger and all the best to his future endeavours.

Source: Yoshinori Ono twitter

Prehistoric Dude heading to consoles next week

Prehistoric Dude, developed by Ratalaika Games. Is heading to Nintendo Switch, Xbox and PS4 next week.

Prehistoric Dude is a metroidvania type game, explore the stone age and recover Dude’s ham.

Throughout the course of Dude’s adventure. You will be able to upgrade, fight bosses and explore different scenarios in a 8-bit style graphics.

Prehistoric Dude will be priced at $4.99 / € and £4.51 for the UK.

It will launch on:

  • PS4 America: August 11th
  • PS4 Europe: August 12th
  • Xbox One: August 12th
  • Nintendo Switch (NA & EU): August 14th

Source: Ratalaika Games press release

Street Fighter V Last Season details announced

Today, Capcom have announced the details for the very last Street Fighter V season pass via their live stream known as the summer update.

5 new characters have been announced with the last character yet to be revealed at a later update. As you can see below is the SFV Season 5 roadmap going into Fall 2021. For me personally, this is great to see and of course characters such as Dan and Oro returning!

Street Fighter league is expanding. Not just in the US, players from across the world will be participating in 3 vs 3 and become the best in the world. If you missed out watching the stream from earlier you can watch it below.

Another video for your viewing leisure is the first gameplay footage of Dan!

Source: Playstation Blog

Skater XL Review (Xbox One)

  • Genre: Extreme Sports, Skateboarding
  • Developer|Publisher: Easy Day Studios
  • Age Rating: PEGI 3 | ESRB Everyone (Mild blood)
  • Price: UK £34.99 | US $39.99
  • Release Date: 28th July 2020

No review code was provided. This was purchased by myself, and my full opinion based on a full comprehensive playthrough.

Gameplay

Lets grind straight into it shall we. Easy Day Studios have made a solid attempt at a skateboarding game. With its intuitive controls the player can use the left stick and right stick to go in any direction to move your feet individually. Such freedom can make certain tricks look epic and real too. Ollie and want to grind the handrail and do transitions? You can. Do you want to kickflip down a 12 step set of stairs to land on a rail and finish off into manual? You can. However… As much as the controls is its main star attraction. Most times the input doesn’t exactly register and you will end up in a crumbled mess on the floor.

You can make some brillaint set pieces as you can see below from my footage I have recorded.

Graphics, sound, performance

Skater XL isn’t the prettiest game to grace the Xbox, Playstation or PC. Again, if you were expecting eye candy then this game isnt it. Saying that it isnt a bad thing either as this game doesnt need to be spectactular. The graphics/visuals is good enough for me. The game does come with a tracklist from bands I have never heard off, which is good for those indie exposure, plus EDS (Easy Day Studios) is independant studio themselves. So please dont expect the tracklist to be like Tony Hawks Pro Skater 1 & 2 days.

The performance of the game can be hit and miss. The framerate drops like a sack of spuds at times and the game becomes all choppy as well. Not only some of these issues apparent, glitching underneath the map and smashing through walls and other items is rife. Shame, game performance is hindered by these issues but on the flip side the game is actually fun to play.

Difficulty

There is no difficulty. The only thing I can say about the ‘potential’ difficulty is the player. Constant playing and getting use to the controls is the best advice I can give on such a game. With both sticks being able to be used freely does create the possibility of great tricks like I have said previously, plus those great set pieces.

Conclusion

I would say overall Skater XL isnt a bad game. Rough around the edges, huge canvas to improve and add to the game. You can customize you’re character to the liking. The game does have licensed clothing from DC, Independant, Etnies, ES, Element and skateboards such as Blind (classic reaper, brings back memories when I use to skate awful lot in my youth) and even spitfire wheels. Yes, you can customize your skateboard with the griptape, trucks, wheels and the vinyl of the board itself. EDS has hit the customization to a T. With the above issues of performance, controls and the emptiness each map provides plus missed opportunties. Skater XL falls short, but, it has huge potential to be great when these improvements and more added content hits the game.

Verdict
Don’t forget to wear your helmet, elbow pads and kneepads as you will be falling off quite a bit. Skater XL is a nice fill with the lack of skateboarding games as of late, though less we speak about Tony Hawks Pro Skater 5 the better. Maybe wait until the game goes on sale in prep for the remaster of Tony Hawks Pro Skater 1 & 2 and of course Skate 4.
5/10

Tekken 7 Season 4 announced

Bandai Namco has revealed Season 4 is heading to Tekken 7 this autumn on Playstation 4, Xbox and PC.

As you can see below, Bandai Namco revealed season 4 via a trailer. Season 4 will come with a complete new balance and tweaking to characters such as new moves and a new online ranking system called Tekken Prowess.

Characters such as Paul will receive a new shoulder charge whilst Hwoarang has a new hop kick to his arsenal. A new improved online experience has been shared too, which allow players to see if the opponent has wifi connection and their disconnect rate before accepting the challenge.

You can also see a silhouette at the end of the trailer, new character confirmed it seems!

Source: Bandai Namco

Gaming Square Exclusive – Jon St John Interview

We got in contact with the legend Jon St John, who is the voice of Duke Nukem, Big The Cat from Sonic The Hedgehog and several other voicing acting credits behind his name.

SWThanks for agreeing to doing the interview with us. How are you keeping in these unprecedented times?

JSJ – I’m doing alright. Having worked from a home recording studio for many years, I am well accustomed to being at home a lot, so I’ve been producing a Jazz Album for a local band known as Velvet Sushi, I’ve done some home remodeling, I have created a Duke Puppet which is making a bit of a splash on social media…so yeah, I’m kind of keeping busy! 

SW – So, how did the puppet Duke Nukem come about? I, for one have found it hilarious and a welcome break, plus its Duke Nukem of course.

JSJAbout six weeks ago I saw something about the Muppets while channel surfing towards news headlines, and it just hit me. How ridiculous would a Duke Nukem puppet be? I call it a Duppet, so as not to conjure up legal troubles with the Jim Henson company. Immediately I began thinking up ways to get him on camera, and my Daily Duke Quotes was a quick and easy way to get started. I’m hoping to get more exposure and another outlet for him soon.


SWSpeaking of Duke Nukem, how do you feel about the character? I know its the role that you are renowned with in the videogame world and of course Big The Cat from Sonic the Hedgehog! Do you feel Duke deserves more love? 

JSJMaybe from developers, but certainly not from fans and gamers! I am so pleased with the number of followers who can’t get enough Duke in ’em! I think this iconic character is more than deserving of a hot, new game. But as a voice actor, oddly enough, I have no voice when it comes to creating and publishing a new game. That’s a job for the big boys making the big bucks, not me.

SWBig The Cat, how did that role come about?

JSJIt was forced upon me by one Lani Minella! (jk) Lani called me one day and asked if I would like a role in the new Sonic Adventures game which she was casting. Of course I said yes…I didn’t see any artwork or know anything about the character prior to the session date. When I arrived at the studio, many of the other voice actors in the game…Ryan Drummond, Jennifer Doullard, etc. were hanging out waiting to go into the booth when Lani steps out and hands me a picture and said “…He’s a cat. A big. Stupid. Cat.”  When my turn in the booth came up, I spoke in the dumbest voice I’ve ever done…and they loved it.

SW – How many lines did you improve for Duke or did they come naturally? As we all know, Duke has some brilliant one liners.

JSJThey were all written for me. In DNF all of those risque lines were written by two women. The only extra thing I contributed was changing the expression DoucheBag, to Douche Nozzel…because as my son explained at the time…”that’s the dirtier part of the douche system.”  Today I’m actually quite proud of that young man.

SWWhat would be the first thing Duke would say to Trump if he found him sitting in his chair?

JSJ“I’m about to rip off your head and shit down your neck….or maybe…your face, your ass…what’s the difference?

SWAnd finally, is there anything you know which you can share about the latest with Duke Nukem?  

JSJOnly that my Duppet Duke is available on Cameo via my profile: https://v.cameo.com/44orGzsSz8 …he will also be appearing on my Tequila Tuesday weekly zoom meetups: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/547993165  (we do these at 7PM Eastern US time zone/4PM Pacific every Tuesday)…and if you want to cruise with the King, my fan convention KingCon Cruise is next March 1-5, 2021 from Orlando, Florida to the Bahamas for 4 nights of adventures with voice actor guests: Richard Epcar, Wes Johnson, Ellyn Stern, DC Douglas, and more. Check us out at: www.kingconcruise.com 

I would like to personally thank Jon St John for allowing us to contact him, much appreciated Jon!

We hope you enjoyed reading the interview with Jon St John! Stay tuned for more features in the future.

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Earth Defense Force World Brothers Heading to Switch and PS4 Early 2021

D3 has announced a new EDF game for The Nintendo Switch and Playstation 4, coming early 2021.

This isn’t going to be the EDF game that we have become accustomed too. Instead, the developers have opted for a voxel world. Players will have to save the day and restore the voxel earth to one peace.

Players can build their own EDF unit. By rescuing and gathering other characters, you can build your own EDF team. Each mission is tackled by 4 members that players can mix and match, maximizing each of their abilities. Players who has played previous games will see returning character classes. With returning character classes, you will also see returning enemies from past games too. Best get that EDF! chant going!

Source: D3 publisher

The Last Of Us Part II Review (PlayStation 4)

  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror
  • Developer|Publisher: Naughty Dog | Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Age Rating: PEGI 18 | ESRB M (Mature)
  • Price: UK £49.99 | US $59.99
  • Release Date: 19th June 2020

No review code was provided. This was purchased by myself, and my full opinion based on a full comprehensive playthrough. Spoiler free!

Story/Characters

The Last Of Us Part 2 starts off with a bang. Literally, massive bang that will shake you to your core. Part 2 is set 5 years after the events of the first game. We are thrust straight back into the lives of the post apocalyptic duo Joel and Ellie. It seems Joel and Ellie are living comfortably in Jackson, though set outside those walls is now a desolate, survival of the fittest United States. Here in Jackson we meet new characters and old such as Dina, Jesse, Tommy and Maria. If you recall Tommy is Joel’s brother and Maria his wife.

Last Of Us 2 story is driven on revenge and retribution. In the prologue you will find a complicated matter with Ellie and Dina which the Jackson community isn’t so fond off and the introduction of the WLF – Washington Liberation Front. New character Abby arrives and this sets the tone of the game at full pace. Prior to the shock that happens in Jackson. Ellie knows what happened at the hospital and what Joel did 5 years ago. Ellie and Dina go after Tommy who is chasing after Abby. This is where we journey across Seattle and witness firsthand the struggles which lie ahead for all characters.

Gameplay

Shhh, don’t make a sound!

The gameplay to Last Of Us Part II is very fluid and easy to pick up and play. I must note, which Naughty Dog deserve massive credit for is the accessibility that the game has on offer. All players can play Last Of Us 2 wherever that be colour blind or remapping controller buttons and audio. That isn’t even the start of the accessibility options this game has at its disposal. Third person shooter with a mix of stealth which all nicely combines with one another. Again, it’s entirely upto you how you play the game. I mixed it up though preferred the stealth option more. The infected are deadly just as the WLF and Scars. Scars is another faction you will meet in the game. You can easily craft items on the spot with no loading screens, all running nice and seamlessly. Throughout Seattle you will encounter crafting benches which if you have been exploring and collecting scrap is to upgrade all your weapons. You can improve your skills by collecting pills and unlock new skills by finding magazines.

You can easily swap to weapons by pressing right or left on the d pad and up and down for items. It really pays to explore and collect as much items to craft things.

Graphics, sound and performance

Here comes Johnny, wait…

Part II is visually stunning. The characters look spot on and even when injured, ND have been really delicate to detail. Even though for me it isn’t the best looking game on PS4 as I still find God of War and Uncharted 4 the best visuals the PS4 has to offer.

The audio is top notch too. The clickers are still frightening but not as annoying as the stalkers. The noise the clickers make are just as eerie as the first game. Even throwing a brick or a bottle through glass sounds exactly like you would expect it too. Firing guns, crossbow, bow & arrow and thrown objects such as molotovs all sound tip top.

Performance wise the game never fails to disappoint. There has been a few times framerate dropped when going into different areas, but then again this would be expected to the contrary. The game is incredibly detailed I wouldn’t be surprised or shocked if the game did suffer a slight performance drop somewhere, however it hardly ever did throughout my time with the game.

Difficulty

Be one with nature.

I will be honest, I played on light difficulty. Seeing as when you do beat the game you will unlock new game +. All the upgrades and skills you have obtained goes straight over making it a bit easier for your second or third playthrough. Throughout the course of the game and the skirmishes you will encounter. I can see it being absolute nightmare to play on harder difficulties. The game itself isn’t exactly unforgiving as there is more options to aid you if you so wish to choose them. As long as you think accordingly and use your resources correctly, no fight will be a struggle and more of a nice stroll through the park.

Conclusion

Overall, The Last Of Us Part 2 is a very well made game. No doubt it will be down for Game of the year and win a string of awards like its coworker in the Sony Studios umbrella, God of War. The story is so brilliantly written that its been a while since a videogame makes you physically want to keep playing and find out what happens next. The twist and turns make it for a compelling fantasy and to see where Ellie’s journey takes her mentally and physically. As much as its superbly written, the game does out stay it’s welcome by dragging the story on for longer than it should. When you take control of Abby you will feel a lot of hatred, disgust at first. However, my opinion changed of her throughout the course of her journey, yet at the same time I felt like some parts of Abby’s back story was unnecessary and brings back to the game becoming more of a chore which was disappointing feeling.

Verdict

It is a must have game. Last Of Us 2 does open new boundaries for the LGBT community with a great participation in this game too. No matter what life could turn out to be. Everybody can still be themselves and to live equally. If you want a game that emotionally turns you, spin you around and hit you in the face repeatedly. The Last Of Us Part 2 is the game for you!

9/10

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