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Content Crash #11: Gamescom 2017 In Review

Welcome to the Content Crash podcast, I’m your host, Dan Hartnack. With me, as always, is Keno Eastmond.

It’s kind of a crazy week because it’s Gamescom week… the European E3, as I’ve said before. We got to see a couple of new things announced, as well as a couple of feature announcements for certain games. It’s been a fairly quiet affair, but there’s plenty of cool stuff out there.

So let’s talk about it!


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Super Mario Odyssey takes home “Best of Gamescom” award at 2017 Gamescom expo

Hats off to Super Mario Odyssey

Nintendo’s upcoming platformer took home five Gamescom Awards this year, including 2017’s “Best of Gamescom” title, as well as “Best Nintendo Switch Game,” “Best Action Game,” “Best Family Game,” and the fan-voted “Most Wanted Consumer Award.”

The only other game to capture multiple Gamescom Awards was Destiny 2, which won “Best Social/Online Game” and “Best Multiplayer Game.”

The international jury spread out the remainder of the Gamescom Awards and chose to honor Assassin’s Creed: Origins (“Best PS4 Game”), Middle-Earth: Shadow of War (“Best Xbox One Game”), Kingdom Come: Deliverance (“Best PC Game”), and Metroid: Samus Returns (“Best Mobile Game”) in the platform categories. Another wide variety of titles (including Project CARS 2, Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, Pro Evolution Soccer 2018, and others) were big winners in the genre categories.

The complete list of nominees and winners for the 2017 Gamescom Awards can be found after the break. (more…)

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Square Enix will release Secret of Mana remake for PC, PS4, Vita in February

Secret of Mana was originally released for the Super NES in 1993, and it quickly became one of the most beloved RPGs of all time. But next year, a whole new generation of players will get the chance to experience Secret of Mana after Square Enix launches a 3D remake of the game for the PC, PS4, and Vita on February 15:

Originally released in 1993, Secret of Mana faithfully tells the story of Randi, Primm and Popoi as they battle a treacherous empire in order to reclaim the power of Mana and bring the world back to order.

The Secret of Mana remake will include “upgraded gameplay for modern platforms,” as well as a newly arranged musical score. And fans who pre-order the game will be able to customize their heroes with the Moogle Suit Costume Pack and the Tiger Suit Costume Pack.

The first trailer for the Secret of Mana remake has been embedded above.

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Nintendo will add Lola Pop to Arms in the game’s next update

It looks like Nintendo is going to add another colorful combatant to Arms as part of the game’s next update.

Lola Pop is a clown who can inflate her body like a balloon, and this special ability provides her with improved defensive capabilities. She can also wield new types of Arms, including a nunchuk glove. The update, which will be available this Fall, will also include a new stage based on Lola Pop’s freewheeling personality. You can get your first glimpse at the fighter in Arms’s Gamescom 2017 trailer, which has been embedded above.

If you can’t wait that long, Nintendo also revealed plans to bring back the Global Testpunch, and all Switch owners will be able to play Arms’s online multiplayer this weekend. The Global Testpunch begins at 11:00 AM (Eastern Time) on August 25, and goes through 5:00 PM (Eastern Time) on August 27.

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Overview Trailer for Metroid: Samus Returns includes everything you ever wanted to know about the game

Nintendo’s famed bounty hunter, Samus Aran, will return this September in the Metroid: Samus Returns, but she’ll have plenty of new tricks up her metallic sleeve.

Metroid: Samus Returns is a remake of 1991’s Metroid II: Return of Samus, the only game in the franchise to be released for the Game Boy. In its leap to the 3DS, Nintendo and developer MercurySteam have added a variety of new Aeion Abilities, a powerful Melee Counter, and Amiibo-exclusive bonuses. The space adventure was also given a beautiful graphical upgrade… so say goodbye to the soupy shades of “Game Boy Green” found in the original game.

But if you want to learn more about all of these enhancements, then Samus Returns’s new Overview Trailer is for you:

Welcome to Planet SR388, a world of subterraneous labyrinths, vicious alien lifeforms, mysterious secrets…and a deadly Metroid infestation. Legendary bounty hunter Samus Aran is the galaxy’s only hope—in this video, learn more about the incredible arsenal at her disposal and the many obstacles she must face.

Metroid: Samus Returns will be released exclusively for the 3DS on September 15.

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“Rise and Shine” with Mei in the latest Overwatch Animated Short

Last year at Gamescom, Blizzard pulled hard on the heartstrings of gamers everywhere with an Overwatch starring the robotic Bastion. By heavily playing up its connection to The Iron Giant, “The Last Bastion” surely caused a run on tissues the world over.

Here we are a year later, and Blizzard is back with another Animated Short that’ll leave you all weepy-eyed. “Rise and Shine” stars Mei, and it is sweet and devastating in equal measure:

In “Rise and Shine”, Mei wakes up years after being cryogenically frozen to find that Overwatch has been disbanded, the world is very different than the one she knows, and that she is the last surviving scientist at Ecopoint: Antarctica. With limited resources and time, Mei must use science to figure out a way to get help.

If you’re not a fan of icy temperatures, Overwatch’s Summer Games event is in full swing, and you can earn limited edition Loot Boxes until August 29.

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Injustice 2’s Fighter Pack 2 will include Black Manta, Raiden, and Hellboy

As expected, NetherRealm Studios unveiled the three characters that’ll be included in the Fighter Pack 2 expansion for Injustice 2 today at Gamescom.

Fans of the fighting game spotted silhouettes for Black Manta (an Aquaman villain) and Raiden (Mortal Kombat‘s God of Thunder) in an earlier trailer, and both characters will make their Injustice 2 debut this Fall in Fighter Pack 2. But the expansion’s inclusion of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy was a welcome surprise. You can catch a glimpse of all three characters in the teaser trailer above.

NetherRealm will broadcast the first gameplay footage of Black Manta on their Twitch channel on August 27. And Injustice 2 owners who pre-purchase Fighter Pack 2 (either by itself or as part of the Ultimate Edition) will be able to download the expansion’s first character (presumably Black Manta) on September 12.

The remaining two characters will be available to download later this Fall.

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Yakuza 6: The Song of Life will be released on March 20

Sega has announced that Yakuza 6: The Song of Life will be released for the PS4 on March 20, 2018. The Song of Life will be the final game to star Kazuma Kiryu, and he’ll get to go out with a bang in the first game in the Yakuza series built from the ground up for new-generation consoles:

In Yakuza 6, Kazuma Kiryu will find out exactly how much people are willing to sacrifice for family – be those ties through blood or bond – when he investigates a series of shadowy events that involve the ones he holds closest to his heart. Fresh out of a three-year prison sentence, an older and weathered Kiryu comes to find out that his surrogate daughter, Haruka, has gone missing from the orphanage he looks after. The trail leads him to his old stomping grounds in Kamurocho, where he discovers that she has been struck by a car and now lies in a coma.

To make matters worse, Kiryu learns that Haruka now has a son that he must look after. With baby in hand, Kiryu journeys to the seaside town of Onomichi, Hiroshima to unravel the truth about Haruka, her son, and a sinister secret that the Hiroshima yakuza are harboring.

Sega has also announced a plan to offer Yakuza 6: The Song of Life in a special After Hours Premium Edition. Priced at $89.99, the After Hours Premium Edition will include a copy of the game, and everything you need for an evening of entertaining:

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life – After Hours Premium Edition

  • Hardcover Art Book – The intense human drama and magnetic world of Yakuza 6 will be on display in this stunning art book.
  • 2 Bar Glasses (280 ml) – Designed with Kiryu’s ferocious dragon tattoo, these bar glasses are the perfect receptacles for your beverage of choice.
  • 2 Ice Stones – Cool down your drinks with a pair of heat action branded ice stones! One features the flame heat action icon, while the other has the Japanese “kiwami” heat action icon. Chilling has never been so… extreme.
  • 2 Coasters – A true yakuza knows how to relax with class, so coasters are a must have when lounging after hours. Protect table surfaces with style by placing your glasses on top of official Tojo Clan branded coasters. Plus, you won’t need to play the “is this my drink?” game because of their inverted colors!
  • An Outer Box – All of these essential tools will be housed within a collectible outer box.

A new Gamescom 2017 trailer for Yakuza 6: The Song of Life has been embedded above, and you can get a closer look at the After Hours Premium Edition after the break. (more…)

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