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Anime line-up: Summer 2015

With the sunny and hot weather happening here in the UK, the line-up for Anime lined up for Spring 2015 was impressive with Anime like Fate/Stay Night being the most popular one out of the list for most people I know and from magazines saying that it was highly recommend worth watching. A ton of new anime has just started and here is a list of a few anime's worth checking out if you have the time between now and until the end of September.

Akagami no Shirayuki-hime

The story of the original manga revolves around Shirayuki, a beautiful girl working as a medicine woman who has red hair, which is very rare in her country. When she is proposed and chased after by the prince of her country, she runs away, only to meet Zen, the prince of a neighboring country. Finding respect for the young man, she decides to serve at his side as his court doctor.

God Eater

In the early 2050s, unknown life forms called “Oracle cells” begin their uncontrolled consumption of all life on Earth. Their ravenous appetite and remarkable adaptability earn them first dread, then awe, and finally the name “aragami”. In the face of an enemy completely immune to conventional weapons, urban civilization collapses, and each day humanity is driven further and further toward extinction. Anyone who have played the games for the PSP or even the PS Vita if you've got your hands on the Japanese release this is a real treat for God Eater fans out there.

Himouto! Umaru-chan

The sibling gag comedy manga centers around Umaru, Taihei's little sister who boasts beautiful looks as well as prowess in both school and sports.


In the city of Ergastulum, a shady ville filled with mad men and petty thieves, whores on the make and cops on the take, there are some deeds too dirty for even its jaded inhabitants to touch. Enter the "Handymen," Nic and Worick, who take care of the jobs no one else will handle. Until the day when a cop they know on the force requests their help in taking down a new gang muscling in on the territory of a top Mafia family.

Rokka no Yuusha

When the Majin awoke from the depths of darkness, the deity of fate chose six heroes and bequeathed them with the power to save the world. Adoretto, a boy who proclaims himself the strongest on Earth, was selected among the Rokka no Yuusha (Heroes of the Six Flowers), and he goes to the rendezvous point but seven have gathered there. The heroes suspect that someone among the seven is the enemy, and the initial suspicion falls on Adoretto.

Senki Zesshou Symphogear GX

After the frontier incident, everyone who knew the circumstances believed the Noise were gone and the pain they caused was at an end. But a new conflict approached unseen. In the Yokohama Harbor Oosan-bashi Pier, a new pattern is detected that is similar to the Noise. A combat group wielding mysterious technology stands in the way of Hibiki and the others. When she hears of this enemy of unprecedented strength, Tsubasa hurries back home from England. But the Symphogear users see no opening to counterattack and are forced into a difficult fight. In this situation of extreme disparity, the battle for the song that will end the world begins.

Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace

An anime inspired by late author Edogawa Ranpo's works.


Story takes place in the year 2138 when virtual reality gaming is booming. Yggdrasil, a popular online game is quietly shut down one day. However, the protagonist Momonga decides to not log out. Momonga is then transformed into the image of a skeleton as "the most powerful wizard." The world continues to change, with non-player characters (NPCs) beginning to feel emotion. Having no parents, friends, or place in society, this ordinary young man Momonga then strives to take over the new world the game has become.

Kuusen Madoushi Kouhosei no Kyoukan

Set in a world where humanity, driven off the land by the threat of magical armored insects, now live in aerial floating cities. Thus wizards aerial combat mages who fight the insects with magical powers came into being.

Kangoku Gakuen Prison School

Hachimitsu Private Academy was a revered and elite all-girls' boarding school on the outskirts of Tokyo...once upon a time. But with the new school year comes a revision to school policy: Boys are to be admitted into the student body for the first time ever. But on his first day at Hachimitsu, Kiyoshi Fujino discovers that he's one of only five boys enrolled at the school. Their numbers overwhelmed by the thousand girls in the student body, is it heaven or hell that awaits these five unfortunates?

Dragon Ball Super

The first new Dragon Ball TV series story since Dragonball GT. The story is set a few years after the defeat of Majin Buu, when the Earth has become peaceful once again.

Other Anime to check out which are starting in Summer-

  • Durarara!!x2 Ten
  • Gatchaman Crowds insight
  • Gakkou Gurashi!
  • Classroom Crisis
  • Charlotte
  • Chaos Dragon: Sekiryuu Sen'eki
  • Aoharu x Kikanjuu
  • Aquarion Logos
  • Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri
  • Junjou Romantica Season 3
  • Jitsu wa Watashi wa
  • Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou
  • Non Non Biyori Repeat Season 2
  • Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai
  • THE iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls Season 2
  • Working!!!
  • Ushio to Tora
  • Venus Project - Climax
  • Sore ga Seiyuu!

Is there any Anime you are looking forward to watching let us know in the comments-

SunnyCon 2015 Blog- Battle against the threat of Life Fibers

Finally recovered from the weekend and you could say I've had the best weekend just a shame that it ended too quickly because almost every SunnyCon gets even better and better. This was my third year and time going to SunnyCon during the weekend of 26th - 28th June which was held at The Pullman Lodge in Seaburn seafront in Sunderland. Instead of it being a two day event it was a three day event for VIP passers who bought their ticket well in advance, I did hear there was a wedding going on the Friday afternoon during SunnyCon but unfortunately for myself missed nearly a full day due to having a random seizure before coming to the convention and waking up in hospital. This is the second time that has ever happened to me but fully recovered after that with a few minor scars and scratches, I wasn't going let my weekend get ruined by that.

Not only that past SunnyCon conventions I've been to have always had one or two voice actors every year, this year most people would have had the chance to meeting both Sean Schemmel well known for his role for Goku from Dragon Ball but a few days before on both the Facebook page and Twitter page saying that Sean Schemmel wasn't feeling very well and his agent said he wasn't well enough to board the plane to fly over to England. The other guest who was supposed to be coming but turns out he dropped out at the last minute from what I heard on the Friday night one person said he got to the airport and was given an extra fee which he wouldn't cover it, a lot of people were a bit disappointed that Todd Haberkorn is well known for his role for Natsu from Fairy Tail.

This still didn't ruin everyone's weekend including myself everyone was having fun in general there were some really good cosplayers out there who entered the Cosplay Masquerade. But I'll who really did made everyone smile the other guest SunnyCon had was Uncle Kage, his real name is Samuel Conway is a chemist who holds a Ph.D. from Dartmouth and works in a laboratory in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. He is also the chairman of Anthrocon, the world's largest Furry convention, held annually in Pittsburgh, PA. Known as "Uncle Kage" to his fans, he is an experienced raconteur who has performed on stage all around The United States and even in such far-flung places as Germany, Australia, England and the Czech Republic. Everyone loved Uncle Kage throughout the whole convention no matter how much he had to drink he sure knew how to throw a party in general.

I thought that I was the only Kill La Kill cosplayer for this year ended up cosplaying as Aikuro Mikisugi did shout out the quote Nudist Beach quite a lot. Nice to know that there were a few Kill La Kill cosplayers even managed to get a mini group photo together as well during the Sunday. You would also think that there would be a load of Frozen cosplayers at a convention you are actually in fact wrong on that there wasn't any at all; there were quite a few Fairy Tail, Persona 3 and 4, Big Hero 6, Fire Emblem and Tokyo Ghoul cosplayers throughout the weekend including Pink Guy if anyone who has been watching any of Filthy Frank's videos on Youtube.

The convention itself also raised funds for charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Aid for Japan, and local charity, Sunderland Pride. Next year's SunnyCon is being moved to Newcastle next year but a mini event called Chibi Sunny which is happening this September and will give an idea on how things go when it comes to the actual convention next year in June plus getting the chance to meeting Quinton Flynn again at Chibi Sunny. But what future will next year's SunnyCon have in stock? Because I am already looking forward to next year as it is just need to think of a good cosplay for it especially if I plan to enter the Cosplay Masquerade.

Here are a few more photos I've took and one that one of my friends took too-

10 Year Anniversary Blog: Conker Live & Reloaded

With Microsoft announcements at E3 including Rare Replay coming to Xbox One in August, did you know it's been 10 years since Conker: Live & Reloaded was released for Xbox on June 24th 2005 for UK/Europe and June 21st for North America, not just that it has been over 10 years we've last heard about Conker. The only other announcement we heard about Conker was at last year's E3 with Microsoft showing off a new trailer for Project Spark, DLC was released back in April with an episodic campaign for the game called Conker's Big Reunion set 10 years after Conker's Bad Fur Day.

Originally Conker's Bad Fur Day was first released on the Nintendo 64 back in 2001, although visually similar to Rare's family-oriented Nintendo 64 platformers, the content of Conker's Bad Fur Day is designed for mature audiences containing graphic cartoon violence, alcohol, dark humour and pop culture references including movie references.

The game's story begins with Conker sitting serenely on a throne sipping a glass of milk thinking of the film Clockwork Orange as the opening. His ascension to this throne is the foundation of the story, and the game centers on getting Conker out of one mess after another a lustrous tail and a hangover; the game starts the morning after his 21st birthday you see and all Conker wants to do is get home to bed. Until he realises there's cold hard cash to be made from fleecing the critters he meets along the way.

For a platformer game Rare sure knew how to throw in humour and movie references as levels including Terminator, Saving Private Ryan, The Matrix and Jaws. The original N64 game received critical acclaim from video game critics, who praised its visual appeal and smart, funny humor. It sold poorly due to limited advertising and a release towards the end of the Nintendo 64's life cycle, but a few years later Rare developed and exclusively released it for the Xbox. I remember first hearing about it after seeing a trailer for this from playing Grabbed by the Ghoulies, noticed straight away the opening to the trailer was ripping off the opening to the first Terminator film and showing off Multiplayer mode for the Xbox version than seeing Conker having flashbacks before the Tediz decided to blow up most of the world just like in the Terminator movies but the flashbacks were based on Conker's adventures from Bad Fur Day.

I've only played the Xbox version I never had an N64 back then plus the game would been hard to find at a cheaper price, but getting the Xbox version for my birthday was a good present to get I would have been 16 back at the time after leaving school before my birthday. I've noticed when I've started playing the game that a few minor changes were taken in and out of the main story in the remake of Conker's Bad Fur instead of using a frying pan you are now using a baseball bat, when certain swear words were mentioned they were replaces with beeps when certain characters spoke even the song of "Great Mighty Poo" had to be edited censored on certain words but with fart sounds. I did look at the N64 version on Youtube and did see the changes that were taken in and out of the Xbox version kind of wished I've played the N64 more if I ever had the chance but the game never stopped me from having a good laugh.

Another thing I liked about Live & Reloaded was its multiplayer I've never did have Xbox Live but did play it's single-player campaign it multiplayer consists of different game modes such as Capture the Flag or the standard Deathmatch modes. Playing as either SHC or the Tediz giving you the choice of classes playing as a rifle shooter, sniper, heavy-gunner, pilot, sword wielder or flamethrower; the first three levels looked at the World War II era especially with the first level looking similar to the Battle of Normandy and the other three levels looking Space War era borrowing elements from sci-fi movies from Terminator, Star Wars and Alien. Overall I liked the multiplayer campaign that was used in Live & Reloaded kept coming back to it more and more, if I was playing against other players online if I had Xbox Live it would have been more fun indeed if I had the chance back then.

If the multiplayer mode was in Rare Replay for the Xbox One it would have been an awesome idea but however several Rare titles are not included in the compilation due to licensing issues such as Donkey Kong Country and GoldenEye 007 but it is still nice to have the original N64 version on Rare Replay plus try and get more gamers to checking the game out because Conker's Bad Fur Day is a fun and enjoyable game.

Have you've played Conker's Bad Fur Day on the N64 or Xbox?

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Movie Review- Jurassic World

When I first saw the trailer for this a few months ago it did remind me of Dino Crisis when it came to story plot and comparing Dino Crisis and Jurassic World together but looks like I was possibly wrong on that one after watching the movie myself. Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his ground-breaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World. Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers. The first Jurassic Park film was my favourite in the series which I still think is still a classic family movie to watch in general or if there isn't anything else much on ITV the first film is always on quite a lot on TV.

Taking pace twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. This new park is owned by the Masrani Corporation. Owen (Chris Patt), a member of Jurassic World's on-site staff, conducts behavioural research on the Velociraptors, but things go awry when the research team accidentally unleashes a genetically-modified hybrid dinosaur into the park. I've noticed that there were a few hidden easter eggs and references from the past movies especially the first Jurassic Park bringing a trip back down memory lane for some movie fans. Seeing it in either 2D or 3D does have a great effect on visuals especially when most of the dinosaurs pretty much pop up on the screen but doesn't feel that great as it was back when the first three movies were released and plus other movies that have the 3D effect with dinosaurs in the background has been used multiple times in the past you can't really say much about it, however its story plot of the movie is good but not the best in the series making it feel like we've seen this done before in other movies when it comes to friendship between humans and animals.

Jurassic World is still terrifically enjoyable and exciting summer movie with it being funny and ridiculous at the same in the right way. Hearing the main theme in the series in Jurassic World does bring back some nostalgia, however there have been rumors that a sequel could be happen in the future but if there is going to be one just hope they make it funny and memorable in the movie in the science-fiction department.

4/5 (4 Star Rating)

Hope you've enjoyed reading my review :D

NERG 2015- North East Retro Gaming Blog

It's been over a week since the hype and excitement on stuff that was announced at E3 this year over in LA, but over in the UK went to a Retro Convention which was NERG (North East Retro Gaming) this was their third year organising last weekend. Went to NERG for the past two years now and I really enjoyed every moment on its retro gaming, all of the arcade machines and pinball machines were all free-to-play meaning that you didn't need any money to play any of the machines. You would only have to pay for either a day ticket or a weekend ticket to enter and to play some classic games.

I did spot a few machines that were at NERG last year and made an appearance again this year and of course there was no House of the Dead II at the event which was one of my favourite arcade games whenever I went on holiday somewhere in Spain either during the day or even before going on a night out drinking the last time I've played it was at Newcastle Film & Comic-Con 2014. However there were a few arcade machines that made an appearance and were playable one of them I've haven't seen for over 10 years; the only other time I've seen this arcade game was at Metroland in the Metro Centre and once somewhere in Spain which was Star Wars Episode 1: Pod Racer remember spending quite a bit of money playing the game plus trying to steer left and right and reaching the finish line before the timer runs out.

Another game that I've enjoyed playing was Power Drift developed by SEGA this machine looked like a car by when playing the game when you drift either left or right the machine tilts by itself making it feel like you are in a race car, for a racing game I've enjoyed coming back to this one a lot. The funnier part about it is that I was cosplaying as Nathan Drake (Uncharted) for the weekend when playing Power Drift it did remind of the E3 trailer from Sony's Press Conference from last week for Uncharted 4 when you drive through the streets in a jeep but instead it's in an arcade machine that tilts. Other arcade I've played were Pac-Man, Fix-It Felix. JR, Space Harrier, After Burner, Ultra Street Fighter IV, Point Blank 2 and Punch-Out.

More than 60 pinball machines were at the event from ACDC, Lord of the Rings, Back to the Future, Star Wars, Adams Family and Super Mario, plus consoles were also playable as well with a little history brief about each of the systems from the Atari 2600, Sega Genesis and a few of the consoles that were only released in places like China and Brazil were playable. I've always wanted to play Typing of the Dead on the Dreamcast which was playable trying to type fast using the Dreamcast keyboard is a challenge especially when looking at the screen and the keyboard at the time, but this concept was still a good idea especially if you had trouble spelling in school or in general typing words on the screen really quickly does help your typing skills and spelling in general.

Picked up a few retro games myself including Incredible Crisis and Ghoul Panic both for the PS1, an LCD Screen for the PS1 which I've been after at a very good price and wanted once ever since I've got my PS1 after Christmas 2000 loved that console so much I've always wanted to take my favourite games with me where ever I go and a neat little item to have in my PlayStation collection. Also picked up Disgaea 2 (PS2), Tomb Raider and Hunter X Hunter both for the Game Boy Colour; but there were two other PS1 games I've picked up I know that Caddicarus has already done a review on Rascal plus some of my friends kept telling me that I should play and review this game myself if I ever had the chance and see if the game is really as they say it is. The other game I've picked up for £1 which was Stuart Little 2 (PS1) because I have heard that Caddicarus was planning on reviewing this game at some point did kind of feel like challenge see who gets a review on this out first do like a challenge when I see one but not sure about the game which I have started playing the other day.

Shame that the weekend was over too quickly because I've really enjoyed NERG but do have another convention coming up in few days which is SUNNYCON.

Here are a few more photos I've took during the weekend-

E3 2015: EA and Ubisoft Press Conference

If you've missed my blogs on E3 2015: Microsoft Press Conference and E3 2015: SONY Press Conference and E3 2015: Nintendo Direct / Press Conference and E3 2015: Bethesda and Square Enix Press Conference you can find them on those links. Continuing where I left this is my final part looking at both EA and Ubisoft Press Conference which were both held on Monday evening in UK times and were shown after the Microsoft Press Conference was finished.

Starting off EA Press Conference was the next Mass Effect game titled as Mass Effect: Andromeda only a trailer was shown, then kicking off with a gameplay trailer of Need for Speed which will be on next-gen consoles for PS4, Xbox One and PC EA have said a while back that this is a full reboot for the franchise, and not as a sequel to the Underground series. For the MMO title Star Wars: The Old Republic will be getting a new expansion pack called Knights of the Fallen Empire alongside a cinematic trailer being released sometime later this year.

This next title caught my eye straight away and plus no one was suspecting this game at all after it was announced developed by Coldwood Interactive, Unravel is a 2D Puzzle-Platformer playing as a small anthropomorphic creature made of yarn exploring the world around him by using his own body. What we saw on gameplay I was really impressed how pretty it looked and well detailed for a platformer reminded me of the LittleBigPlanet series. Plants VS Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 was announced at Microsoft Press Conference but EA showed off a substantial demo of a new map called Zomburia, EA also announced that you can play any mode on single-player with AI bots and Garden Warfare 1 players can transfer unlocks to the sequel including free content.

As always there is also Sports games being mentioned at EA Press Conference every year at E3 showing off gameplay and new features added in FIFA 16, NHL 16, Madden and also a new app to scan your face and put it on an in-game character meaning that you can have yourself playing the NBA games in NBA Live 16. EA did announce that they've been using the Frostbite engine when working on Mirror's Edge Catalyst including some gameplay videos and mentioned that it will have no level or loading time screens meaning that it will fully be a free-roaming game.

Saving the best for last EA showed off some actual gameplay of Star Wars Battlefront showing off the Battle of Hoth you can also play as Luke and Darth Vader among other Star Wars characters in the franchise, many people including myself have waited a very long time for an actual Star Wars Battlefront game on a next-gen console. Don't get me wrong the past titles that were released on the handhelds like the PSP were pretty good just recently played and picked up Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron a while back.

Ubisoft Press Conference was held after EA Press Conference was finished began with the follow-up to last year's South Park: The Stick of Truth is getting a sequel South Park: The Fractured But Whole and having both Matt Stone and Trey Parker on stage announcing its sequel. A new IP was announced called For Honor which will be a 3rd person melee fighting game featuring Vikings, Knights and Samurai, showing off some multiplayer gameplay and a beta happening sometime in the future.

The Division showed off a new arena called the Dark Zone and showing off some gameplay from the game itself where it's about trust especially when it comes to playing this online where you've got the choice to either helping them take out another group of enemies or just kill everyone in your path and take all the reward for yourself, neat idea to add in The Division, a released has been confirmed for March 2016 including a beta for it a few months before its release.

The Crew will getting a new expansion called Wild Run and Trails Fusion will also be getting an expansion pack called Awesome Level Max one of the most bizarre ideas to have even its trailer for it had a cat riding a fire-breathing unicorn. Anno 2205 was announced which will be a city-building game that takes players off Earth and into the solar system having showing two trailers for it, does remind me of Sim City when you compare this with Anno 2205.

Another game that will have VR support and will be playable is Trackmania Turbo making its way to PS4 and Xbox One with 5 difficulty levels, 4 modes and creating your own tracks making it very likely you'll be able to upload your own levels online and sharing them with other players in the future. A subscription streaming service will available for PS4, Xbox One and Wii U for Just Dance 2016 including you to allow a smartphone to be used as a controller with a companion app, as an alternative to requiring a console's own motion controls neat idea and another option for some who can't either afford or doesn't fancy buying Kinect or a PlayStation Camera if you were considering on picking up Just Dance 2016.

Was announced at last year's E3 Rainbow Six: Under Siege made a return again with a cinematic trailer, Terrohunt will be making a return and will be playable either alone or in co-op including a beta happening sometime in September this year. Assassin's Creed Syndicate got a cinematic trailer full of Victorian-era action, more information was mentioned at Sony Press Conference and this would be one of the reasons to coming back to Assassin's Creed games mainly because I've been wanting to see a Victorian styled game plus possibly mentioning something on Jack the Ripper maybe. Saving for last Ubisoft announced Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands which will be an open world game with multiple tactic missions both offline single-player missions and online multiplayer missions.

What did you think of EA and Ubisoft Press Conference?

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I would also like to thank everyone on reading my Press Conference blogs of E3 2015, did you know that it has been twenty years from now that E3 has been around, the first annual E3 was held at Los Angeles, California on May 11th - May 16th 1995. Over a month ago I did do a four-part blog on looking back at Twenty Years of E3 don't forget to have a read of some E3 history-

Twenty Years of E3: Part 1- 1995 – 1999

Twenty Years of E3: Part 2- 2000 – 2005

Twenty Years of E3: Part 3- 2006 – 2010

Twenty Years of E3: Part 4- 2011 – 2014

E3 2015: Bethesda and Square Enix Press Conference

If you've missed my blog on E3 2015: Microsoft Press Conference and E3 2015: SONY Press Conference and E3 2015: Nintendo Direct / Press Conference you can find them on those links. For both Bethesda and Square Enix had their first Press Conferences at E3 this year, did they do well for newcomers? You bet they did really well. Starting off E3 in the early hours of Monday morning of 2.30 am in the UK Bethesda started their Press Conference showing to the world a demo of Doom for the very first time left many people feeling speechless showcasing the weapons, enemies, and executions.

They also showed of Battlecry which is an upcoming class-based shooter including some gameplay including a global beta sign up, Dishonored was getting Definitive Edition for both PS4 and Xbox One which is just a remaster of the original game that was released back in 2012, another big surprise that Dishonored 2 was announced with a cinematic trailer. You get a choice of playing as a woman named Emily Kaldwin, or Corvo Attano from the original Dishonored, I really liked what I saw from that trailer loved the first game for its choices and stealth tactics with a steampunk setting in the background.

Fallout Shelter was announced for both iOS and Android being a free-to-play Vault management and strategy game without paywall timers, and it will not require an internet connection this is a neat idea for a mobile phone shame that other games can't use that same idea on not requiring an internet connection. But the biggest news of them all was Fallout 4 and was the main star of their Press Conference including some gameplay that was shown the first demo began before the nuclear apocalypse and continued after the main character leaves the vault. You'll be able to play as a male or female character, you could also play clones of famous arcade games such as Space Invaders and Missile Command on the Pip Boy. More information on Fallout 4 was also shown at Microsoft's Press Conference a few hours later.

Moving over to Square Enix Press Conference which was shown soon after Nintendo had their Direct / Press Conference, they've also pulled out a few surprises on upcoming games and announcements. Just Cause 3 started the show with some new gameplay trailer filled with explosions. Avalanche Studios took to the stage to announce that the game will be released in December 2015, the trailer from Microsoft's Press Conference of The Rise of Tomb Raider was shown again, IO Interactive revealed a gameplay trailer for Hitman including a release date for December 8th which is just a week after Just Cause 3 is released.

More surprises were made including a mobile game was announced which was Tomb Raider Go will feature turn-based gameplay and will release on phones and tablets. A sequel to NIER was mentioned and is being directed by Yosuke Saito with development duties handled by Platinum Games. The Remake of Final Fantasy VII trailer was shown again which was first shown at Sony's Press Conference including a release date of the original Steam port version is still coming to the PS4 sometime in Winter and more information on the Remake of Final Fantasy VII will be mentioned later within the end of this year.

I actually watched the Square Enix Press Conference at Geek Retreat with some of my friends along with Nintendo's Direct / Press Conference, as soon as Square Enix mentioned about Kingdom Hearts III on how development was coming along including new armor clothing for Sora and a new world was announced which was Tangled will be in Kingdom Hearts III and both Square Enix and Disney will be working close together even more when it comes to adding more worlds to the game. Before the trailer was shown a trailer for Kingdom Hearts Unchained X was shown and will be released sometime later this year for 2015 for both iOS and Android but still a mean trick to pull before showing the Kingdom Hearts III because a lot of people were really hyped including myself on seeing a new trailer, the last time we saw some news on Kingdom Hearts III was at Sony's Press Conference back in 2013. When the Kingdom Hearts III trailer shown I was in shock of what I saw turns out that the scene with Young Xehanort and Master Eraqus playing a game of chess was in fact the first opening scene to the game itself when it gets a release. Even seeing a ton of new gameplay mechanics including the visuals everything just looked really amazing ending up feeling speechless after it finished and was in psychical shock after watching couldn't stop shaking for a good 10 minutes; it has been nearly 10 years now since Kingdom Hearts II was released and making this long for the long waited final chapter of Sora's adventure in Kingdom Hearts III.

You would have think there was going to be more information on Final Fantasy XV but Square Enix have mentioned a few times before E3 it will have more information on it at GamesCom in August but they did announce Final Fantasy Portal App for mobile devices which will be where you'll be able to get any and all Final Fantasy information. Yosuke Matsuda, president and CEO of the company, appeared on stage at the company's to announce the app, but did not provide much detail on what it entails. Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness will be PS4 exclusive for both North America and Europe for 2016 including a gameplay trailer on what the next Star Ocean game would look like on a next-gen console. Square Enix also showed off a gameplay trailer for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided set to release early 2016 for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

The last bit of information that was announced before the end of their Press Conference a new studio called Tokyo RPG Factory was revealed. The studio is committed to making new RPG games for Square Enix in the future naming one of their announced games Project Setsuna is being developed by them and is released sometime in 2016 but no other information on it wasn't mentioned leaving to a mystery on what this game could be.

What did you think of Bethesda and Square Enix Press Conference?

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E3 2015: Nintendo Direct / Press Conference

If you've missed my blog on E3 2015: Microsoft Press Conference and E3 2015: SONY Press Conference you can find them on those links. Just before their Nintendo Direct which was held on the Tuesday at the week of E3, Nintendo had their second World Championship for the first time in 25 years, the last time the Nintendo World Championships were held back in 1990 and was the only year Nintendo had held a video game competition. The games that the qaulifers were playing were Splatoon, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid Prime: Federation Force, Super Metroid, Mario Kart 8, Balloon Fight and Super Smash Bros Wii. But their final game they played by the two finalists contest consisted of custom levels within the then unreleased Super Mario Maker. John Numbers and professional. The players were alternately blindfolded while the other played the game, playing 3 different levels based on Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros 3, and Super Mario World for 15 second advantages, and they then raced simultaneously to the final level's end, where the winner named John won the championship title. Shigeru Miyamoto made a surprise appearance to present a trophy to the winner, and an autographed New Nintendo 3DS XL system to each of the two finalists.

During the Nintendo World Championships and before the event there was a mini direct video on Super Smash Bros adding three new characters to the rota which were Lucas, Ryu and Roy all ready to be purchased and downloaded soon after the video ended for both 3DS and Wii U. And also Earthbound Beginnings was announced for the Wii U the new name for this Western release of the 1989 NES/Famicom prequel to the SNES title Earthbound, which was known as Mother 2 in Japan and was recently released this week for both North America and UK/Europe.

Going back to the Nintendo Direct / Press Conference ended up watching with some of my friends and with the StreetPass Newcastle group in Geek Retreat including free food and drinks thanks to Nintendo themselves. A lot of people were really excited on what news was going to be announced on upcoming games including writing their own predictions on mini E3 Bingo sheets.

You would think something like Robot Chicken would make an impact again like what happened last year, nope this time it was based on The Muppets using the idea reborn as fabric businessmen seeing Muppet Iwate, Regie and Miyamoto. After seeing them coming on stage they slowly started turning into animals which ended up transforming in to the Star Fox team. Starting off the show with a ton of new gameplay for the Wii U version of Star Fox which is now called Star Fox Zero and is being developed by Platinum Games. Miyamoto talked a little more about the game including his childhood and life in Japan on how much he loved Thunderbirds series as a child, a release date was announced that it has been confirmed for the Holiday Season. Reggie wanted to talk more about Nintendo's NX but clearly stated that they'll have more information on NX sometime in 2016.

With the Amiibo's selling like crazy Nintendo announced they have teamed up with Activision on the Wii U version of Skylanders Superchrgers will getting compatibility of two new Amiibo. The two new toys will be Hammer Slam Bowser with a Clown Cruiser vehicle and Turbo-Charged Donkey Kong with Barrel Blaster vehicle. The base of each will have a plastic piece it that lets you switch the figures compatibility between use as either an Amiibo or a Skylander, this is a neat idea coming out of them, I actually covered a blog back in April on Lego Dimensions likely to be the Number 1 toy by the end of this year Nintendo is pretty much doing really well on sales with the Amiibo's certain Nintendo Amiibo's from both Super Smash Bros and Mario Party are becoming harder to find and rare to find. But likely they are doing this on trying to beat the sales for both Lego Dimensions and Disney Infinity 3.0 during the Holiday Sales and trying to become the Christmas Number 1 toy.

For the 3DS a new Legend of Zelda game was announced called Triforce Heroes just like Four Swords its more of a co-op team up having multiplayer gameplay where you and a couple friends work together to explore dungeons and solve puzzles, this idea I like using the touch screen to shout out icons either asking for help through local-play or online multiplayer if it has that option but I can tell that this game will be popular in StreetPass Groups across other countries. The other Zelda game that was announced was a port of the Wii U version of Hyrule Warriors and having both Tetra and Daphenes Nohanson Hyrule as playable characters released for the 3DS sometime in early 2016.

Another new 3DS title was announced which was Metroid Prime: Federation Force its standout feature is a four player co-op mode. But there has already been a ton of hate comments on Federation Force online including a petition to cancelling the game were fans and gamers have been complaining that it doesn't feel like a Metroid game at all. A trailer for Fire Emblem was shown and has now been changed to Fire Emblem Fates including a Japanese trailer for Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem. Xenoblade Chronicles X had a new trailer including a release date for December 5th for North America and December 4th for UK/Europe this really did surprise a few people when watching this. Level 5 announced that Yo-Kai Watch will be released for the 3DS sometime in 2016 curious to see if it will sell well outside of Japan since it has beaten sales with the Pokémon franchise on its game sales charts.

Another trailer was shown for Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer including a Mario Party related styled game called Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival and planned to be released sometime later this year. More information was mentioned about Yoshi's Wooly World adding Amiibo support and compatibility; Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash was announced for the Wii U and a cross-over game was announced called Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam mixes both the Mario & Luigi and Paper Mario series together in one big game, this is a great idea to have for a Mario & Luigi game and something that no one was expecting at all for the 3DS.

By ending their show Super Mario Maker was mentioned throughout their show talking more about its game, with it feeling like one of those games like LittleBigPlanet you can Play, Share and Create your own levels including Amiibo support where your own Amiibo can be a playable character to use for your own level this is a clever idea, you can share creations for others to play, and can also participate in 100 Mario Challenges. An 8-bit Mario Amiibo was announced including a worldwide release date on September 11th. I've already covered a blog on 30 Year Anniversary Blog: Super Mario Bros. fans from around the globe have shared Super Mario themed videos from musical instruments to whistling you can now join in the fan and share and upload your own videos over at

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E3 2015: SONY Press Conference

If you've missed my blog on E3 2015: Microsoft Press Conference you can find it on that link, to start of SONY's Press Conference which was a game that has been very quiet for a very long time with multiple delays and issues over the years no longer being on the PS3 it has now been confirmed to be released by 2016 on the PS4, seeing actual gameplay footage of the game with some puzzle elements and stunning visuals a ton of people were impressed by how good it looked. More announcements were mentioned including trailers for Hitman, Street Fighter V with two characters coming to the battle including a Beta happening on July 23rd. Developer Hello Games came to the stage showing some gameplay on the PS4 time exclusive of No Man's Sky of a giant universe-sized sandbox this did win a few awards at last year's E3 and could very well win a few awards this year again on Best Original Game and Best Independent Game.

Two more new games were announced at E3 the team behind LittleBigPlanet and Tearaway announced their new title Dreams a space where you can go to explore and play the dreams of others and create and share your own. This open-ended adventure where you surf an ever-evolving collage of games, film, animation, music, and whatever we all imagine is a continuation of the studio’s work in creative gaming. From Guerilla Games that made the Killzone franchise announced their new game called Horizon Zero Dawn an action RPG that invites you to embark on a journey in a lush, post-apocalyptic open world.

The PS Vita mentioned a few games that will be released later this year and early next year including Persona 4: Dancing All Night, Ronin, Crossing Souls and World of Final Fantasy will be both on PS4 and PS Vita. know there's still mixed thoughts in your heads saying is it worth getting a PS Vita? Their cheap enough as it is already and most of the deals are bundled with the handheld, a 4GB memory card and a game in both retail stores and online stores it is worth the purchase once you've decided on getting a PS Vita even after the first 30 minutes you finally realise how amazing the PS Vita is and glad you've bought one in the end and really handy to have if you are out and about a lot pretty much gaming on the go. I would recommend you reading my blog on Is now still a good time in buying a PS Vita? if you have the time.

The biggest announcement was Final Fantasy VII which wasn't the port version that was released on Steam a while back nope this is a full REMAKE of the original game. It has been 10 years since we saw the Tech Demo at E3 2005 of Final Fantasy VII which many fans and gamers are still hoping for a true remake looks like that dream has finally come true for many fans and gamers, developing the remake will be the original producer, director, and scenario writer, Yoshinori Kitase, Tetsuya Nomura, and Kazushige Nojuma. Even watching the trailer for this for first time made my jaw drop on how amazing it looked but no one knows when it'll get a release but it's likely that it could be released some time in 2017 with it celebrating twenty years of the original release back in 1997 for the PS1.

Another big surprise was the return of the Shenmue franchise, the third game was announced as a Kickstarter campaign which began as soon as the announcement was made, less than 9 hours later it reached its own reached its funding goal and had accumulated $2 million in donations. It has already beaten Yooka-Laylee on becoming the fastest Kickstarter project making more than $2 million and could well consider making even more by the end of this week if people really want a Shenmue 3 why not throw in a HD collection of both Shenmue 1 and 2 in while you’re at it.

DLC was announced for Batman Arkham Knight, Assassin's Creed Syndicate, Destiny and also Sony and Activision have teamed up on releasing DLC content first to PlayStation players for Call of Duty: Black Ops III this year. Sony's TV service called PlayStation Vue which will be expanding even more later within the year which is a cloud-based TV service will bring live TV, movies and sports without a cable or satellite subscription. Just like Microsoft's Press Conference SONY mentioned and talked a little bit more about Project Morpheus on what games you could be playing on the head set including a multiplayer title called RIGS, The Deep and Wayward Sky all coming to Project Morpheus with a release for Q1 2016 but no word on a price tag for the head set.

For Star Wars fans more gameplay footage of Star War Battlefront was shown with Single Player Co-Op on Tatooine and Disney Infinity 3.0 would be released for both the PS3 and PS4 first before hitting other consoles and will also include Boba Fett which will be a Sony-exclusive Special Edition, which will also include the Original Trilogy-era playset a month before it hits shelves for any other platform or the public. More games were mentioned including Metal Gear Solid V, Tony Hawk Skater 5, Ratchet and Clank, God of War 3 Remaster, Until Dawn and Yakuza 5.

Before ending the SONY Press Conference Naughty Dog showed off some new gameplay footage of Uncharted 4 seeing Nathan Drake and Sully driving around a jeep and tear a market place apart nice way to end their show-

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E3 2015: Microsoft Press Conference

I know that Bethesda started off E3 for this year with a ton of news and trailers including Fallout 4, Dishonored 2 and Doom ending up knowing how to pull off a good press conference. Microsoft's Press Conference kicked off starting with some gameplay footage of Halo 5 Guardians for its single-player campaign including drop in and drop out co-op play with a new trailer and some multiplayer including a release date for October 27th 2015.

A new game was announced developed by Mega Man Keiji Inafune and Retro Studios, the creators of Metroid Prime with title called Recore what I saw from that trailer did impressive me where this blue core could be placed into anything that could transform to a dog to a mech-robot. Bethesda's Todd Howard took to the stage to show off more gameplay for Fallout 4 including the option if you've created a mod on your PC you can transfer it to your Xbox One, the Xbox One version of the game will bundle with Fallout 3 when it’s released in November.

But the biggest bombshell that was dropped was when they announced compatibility for Xbox 360 games to play on the Xbox One putting in a physical Xbox 360 disc, which then triggers a game download on the console. I know that a lot of people have been wanting this on a next-gen console and keeping their favourite games and still playing them. Very likely that this may have caused a stir for Sony with it being the number 1 best-selling console around the world this tactic for Microsoft could easily pull more gamers and customers in buying an Xbox One later in the year. However some developers could be a little annoyed by this announcement that some games have already got the HD treatment like the Master Chief Collection or Tomb Raider or Sleeping Dogs that got released on next-gen consoles but with the option to now playing the original Xbox 360 games on Xbox One there wouldn't be a point in buying the HD/Remastered games on for it. Yet they didn't announce if it was just place the disc in once and that's it meaning you might not be able to give the game to a friend and let them transfer the game to their console, plus likely a compatibility list would be mentioned seeing what games are compatible on the Xbox One and how well it would play.

More games were announced including Dark Souls III, Gears of War Ultimate Edition including Gears of War 4, Forza 6, Sea of Thieves, Fable Legends and the first gameplay footage of Rise of the Tomb Raider which is time exclusive for the Xbox. New gameplay trailer is shown for Gigantic alongside a Beta to be launching in August, Rare announces Rare Replay which will have 30 classic Rare games including Conker's Bad Fur Day, Perfect Dark, BattleToads and Banjo-Kazooie; EA announced Plants VS Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 along with EA Access with their vault of games will be open to all Xbox Live Gold Members this week.

More indie titles were announced including Cuphead, Tacoma, Below, Ark, Souls and a new IP from the team behind DayZ called ION which is a new MMO for the Xbox One. New wireless controller was announced, early access program called Xbox Games Preview where you can decide later if you want to put money towards them only two demos are available for now for both Elite Dangerous and The Long Dark. But the biggest surprise came from Mojang which really did impress me was using Microsoft's Hololens VR headset while showing off a newer version of Minecraft made you feel like you’re an actual god giving you the power to control what you have made in Minecraft, I'm not a fan of Minecraft but what I saw really did impress me curious to know what other games could be used when using the VR headset.

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