8 features in Red Dead Redemption 2 that will blow your mind! Wow!

It's right around the corner, that long awaited cowboy game Red Dead Revolver 3: Red Dead Redemption 2. Rockstar recently flew out a bunch of press and influencers to preview the game and while I didn't personally go (mostly because I don't work in games media and because nobody watches my YouTube channel), I did read a lot of previews and re-watched the trailers so many times, that I started having weird fever dreams about this upcoming open-world wild west extravaganza.

As I tossed and turned in my sweat-drenched sheets, with visions of shrinking horse testicles and cowboy NPCs giving me detailed descriptions on where to go to see said horse testicles, I had several premonitions which were so vivid that they have to be true. So without further ado, here are the 8 best features in Red Dead Redemption 2, that I dreamt up and got out of bed to hastily jot down in my notepad. This will blow your mind so hold on to your hats 'n spurs!

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Bathroom breaks

Arthur will periodically need to go to the bathroom and will indicate this by gradually walking more and more funny as he tries to keep it in. If you are in a combat situation, Arthur will alert the player by exclaiming ”I can't shoot that cowboy right now. I need to go to the bathroom”. Fail to catch these subtle hints in time and spend the rest of the game being referred to as ”Arthur Poo-Pants” by every NPC you meet.

Historical figures

On your journeys through Red Dead Redemption 2, Arthur will come across many interesting sub-stories and characters, including historical figures such as one Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone. Arthur will acquire one of the only phones in existence and will periodically receive calls from Alexander, asking him if he wants to go bowling.

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Real-time world

The world of Red Dead Redemption 2 takes place in real time and as night falls, Arthur will require some much needed sleep and will alert the player to this by yawning or exclaiming ”I can't shoot that cowboy right now. I need to get some sleep” if you are in a combat situation. Since the Wild West took place in America, players in a European time-zone like myself won't be able to play between 7 pm and 3 am while Arthur is sleeping and will instead be met by the picture from the end of Super Mario Bros 2 where Mario is sleeping, but someone crudely drew a cowboy hat on him and wrote ”Come back later” on a sign in the background. Very cool!

Improved Dead Eye system

The new and improved Dead Eye system expands over the course of the game, not only revealing weak spots on your enemies where you can hurt them with your bullets, but also where you can hurt them emotionally. Find yourself pitted against a bandito who is embarrassed about his hat? You can make Arthur say ”Nice hat, idiot!” for extra points and get the ultimate high score!

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You can find distant relatives of every Rockstar employee in the game

In what must have taken years of research and a bit of tricky programming, Rockstar have traced every employees family tree and put their period-appropriate ancestor in the game. Even cooler is that you can track down these characters and kill them to end their bloodline and make a Rockstar employee vanish in real life. Every physical copy of Red Dead Redemption 2 comes with a group photo of the developers, which will change as you kill their great-grand parents, like in Back to the Future where they will slowly fade out until they are completely gone. See if you can find them all in the game!

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Catch them all

Red Dead Redemption 2 boasts over 200 different species of animals, birds and fish, but what Rockstar hasn't told you yet is that Arthur is able to catch every animal and pit them in battle against other cowboy animal catchers from around the world. See if you can catch them all!

Arthur has nut allergy

Better watch what he eats or it'll quickly be Game Over

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Weapons can have names

Arthur's guns are are fully customizable, allowing you to add visual upgrades such as new metals, wood, varnishes and engravings, along with more practical upgrades such as extended mag and red dot scope, but you are also able to name every weapon in the game. Even cooler is that there is a library of over 2000 weapon names which Arthur and NPCs will audibly mention in the game. In a combat situation you might hear Arthur yell ”Howdy pardner! Prepare to get shot by my gun 'Excalibur 2'” or you might ride past NPCs who say ”There goes that infamous Arthur with his gun 'N00b pwner'”. If you name the guns something that isn't in the games vocabulary, Arthur will instead say stuff like ”Ima shoot ya with my Special Gun” while NPCs will say stuff like ”Here comes Arthur and his Special Gun”. Rockstar has promised that they'll constantly be patching the game to add the most popular names to the ever expanding list.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 is set to shock the open-world genre when it comes out on October 26th.

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The explosive success of Bowsette

Nintendo celebrated their 139th birthday over the weekend as Japanese Twitter passed the 1 millionth tweet about クッパ姫 aka. Koopa-Hime aka. Bowsette.

It all began on September 19th with this Tweet

Referencing the new Super Crown item in New Super Mario Bros Deluxe, which turns Toadette into Peachette, this new take on the lovable villain Bowser took the internet by storm as artists around the world started pumping out their own fan art. It's no surprise that fan art happens, but it's the pace as which this has happened over the past 5 days that is surprising. Further more, several big-name artists have joined in on the trend as well

While "Trending on Twitter" is not much of a metric to go by, as a large percents of tweets at any given time will be from people asking what is trending and why it's trending, the numbers cannot be ignored.

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With such an outpouring from fans, will this force Nintendo's hand to make her Bowsette official? Is anything that grows so massively in popularity in such a short time destined to crash and burn like Kid Icarus flying too close to the sun? Right now there is a sense of unity of peace as artists from all over the world join forces to create all this art that nobody seems to have any real big complaints about. Check out some more fanart below or check out the hashtag on Twitter (on your own risk as some of it is very NSFW)

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Who's next?
Who's next?

*EDIT* I forgot to point out that the trending tweet right above クッパ姫 is キングテレサ which means "King Teresa", Teresa being the Japanese name for Boo.

Luigi's Mansion 3 is gonna be lit, is all I'm sayin'.

*UPDATE*

Nintendo's stock went up

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UPPERS heading to PlayStation 4 and PC in English

The original PlayStation Vita brawler from that legendary developer is finally heading west, remastered for the PlayStation 4 and PC in 1080p and 60 fps. Nothing much seems to have been done to the textures so don't expect too much, but this was one I've personally been holding out for, for a long time.

What previously kept it from being import friendly is not only that it's so story heavy, but the gameplay also revolves around filling out requests from groups of fans around the levels. Making it more than a game that is just about survival is, in my opinion, a great way to spice up the formula of the classic beat 'em up.

Here's a teaser trailer

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Bullet Girls Phantasia gameplay

Up until now there's only really been footage of the girls losing their clothes and the "interrogation" mini games, which is fine and all, but as a wrapper for sexual content, the Bullet Girls games have always been on the weak end of the spectrum when it comes to lewd anime games. With Phantasia, it finally seems like D3 Publisher have found their groove, turning a bad 3rd person shooter into Senran Kagura With Guns: It's a bit EDF, it's a bit Dynasty Warriors.

Graphically the Vita roots really shine through, with some very cheap looking backgrounds, but core concepts of the gameplay, the characters and the world seem solid enough and who knows... Maybe the Bullet Girls franchise will grow to rival Senran Kagura some day?

Gameplay below is Japanese, but an Asian-English version comes out on August 9th.

WARNING: You should probably not be looking at this gameplay at work.

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Koei Tecmo immersing PSVR players with VR Sense

Announced a while ago, Koei Tecmo aims to add another dimension to Virtual Reality with their VR Sense cabinet, intended for arcades. These cabinets will dip into Koei Tecmo's franchises to bring a next-level Sense experience that includes movement, aroma, touch, wind, heat, cold, rain and mist to PlayStation VR. These are kinda smaller experiences and will probably not see home version releases, for now at least.

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Today, Koei Tecmo uploaded a handful of videos showcasing the tech in action.

  • Dead or Alive Xtreme Sense is a reworking of the VR mode of Dead or Alive Xtreme 3, which allows you to go head-to-head with the girls in pool games and other activities
  • G1 Jockey Sense gives you the thrill of professional horse racing from the jockey's seat.
  • Super Sengoku Coaster allows you to experience the historical accurate Sengoku era how it really happened and cut dudes from the seat of a roller coaster.
  • Horror Sense ~Daruma-san ga Koronda~ is a chilling horror themed game of "red light, green light".

More games are in development, including an Attack on Titan one.

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Tokyo Game Show 2017 Trailer Roundup

Another year, another TGS full of amazing new games from Japan. With Japanese gaming being revitalized in the West thanks to games like Persona 5 and Yakuza 0, there's a lot of hype and momentum. There's been no lack of video content either. Apart from various NicoNico Live streams, the likes of Famitsu have also had daily stage shows, like how Gamespot runs E3. Similarly SEGA and Sony has also had their own streams every day, while D3 Publisher live-streamed their own stage show, which includes ladies taking their clothes off again... Anyway, on to the games! These are mostly for newly announced games or games getting their first trailer. Click on any of the titles to go to the Wiki!

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III

The excellent Trails of Cold Steel games get their 3rd entry. The series also finally makes the leap to the PlayStation 4.

Zanki Zero

From the Danganronpa people comes a new suspense mystery game. It looks mysterious and apocalyptic. What it's actually is about? Your guess is as good as mine, but the trailer is intriguing.

Kamen Rider: Climax Fighters

Kamen Riders butt heads in this arena fighter

Left Alive

This new game in the Front Mission universe is being labelled as a survival shooter. If that means a PUBG-clone, I guess we'll have to wait and see.

DJMAX Respect

I gotta level with you; I don't really follow the DJ Max series, but this one has cute alpaca in the thumbnail. We miss you Drew!

Hokuto Ga Gotoku

With a new trailer and expanded website, there is tons of new info on the upcoming Fist of the Northstar game by the Yakuza people, but more importantly, SEGA also showed a snippet of what exploring the town of Eden looks like.

Earth Defense Force 5

Shoot bugs and aliens again! EDF! EDF!

Earth Defense Force 4.1: Wingdiver The Shooter

Shoot bugs and aliens again! EDF! EDF!

Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain

Shoot bugs and aliens again! EDF! EDF!

Bullet Girls Phantasia

The 3rd game in the Bullet Girls series drops its PS Vita exclusivity and will now come to PlayStation 4 as well. Rather than the modern-day high-school/military shooting, this game takes place in a phantasy world.

Dynasty Warriors 9

Omega Force has a brand new engine for the next Dynasty Warriors game, which allows for a more open world feel.

Girl Metal!

Tak Fujii is back with a brand new game for the Nintendo Switch. Now the enhanced motion control of the Joy Con will be put to the test as this is an air-drumming game about school girls fighting aliens by rocking out! Be sure to watch this bonus interview as well! Extreme!

A Certain Magical Virtual-On!

Big year for mechs! Virtual-On is coming back in style as the SEGA and Dengeki Bunko collaboration continues. Music by Yuzo Koshiro!

Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation 2

The sequel to the online battle game was announced during Sony's pre-TGS presser.

Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition

Bring Final Fantasy XV with you on the go in this super deformed iOS/Android version

Ryu Ga Gotoku Online

First gameplay trailer for Yakuza Online has surfaced. It's for Android, iOS and PC.

Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation

Fight, befriend and fuse demons in this mobile SMT game. Enjoy this gameplay

PlayStation VR

While VR isn't making big waves anymore, it's far from dead. As I suspected for a long time, it seems to have landed in it's own niche, existing as a peripheral, much like a fight stick, lightgun or racing wheel might do. Despite that, Sony has a strong lineup of upcoming titles to their headset.

Gungrave VR

The undead ex-mafia enforcer is back at it again with the shooting. This time in VR!

Fate/Grand Order VR

Announced a while back, Fate/Grand Order now gives us the first glimpse of the VR experience.

Dark Eclipse

Sunsoft is back! ....with a MOBA. It's in VR, so it has that going for it at least.

Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner M∀RS

Konami still lives. This time, they are making a VR version of the best Zone of the Enders game. Piloting giant robots is what VR is all about!

Summer Lesson: Chisato Shinjo

The fancy Chisato Shinjo joins the girls of Summer Lesson. Experience what it's like to be a teacher to the rich elite.

Megadimension Neptunia VIIR

Neps in VR! First gameplay has surfaced out of TGS!

Extra Stuff

Here's some odd and ends for what else went on at TGS 2017.

Like last year, Voltage had a bunch of male models and hosts to promote their mobile and VR otome games.

Apart from Tak Fujii, there was also a giant cat absolutely killing it on the drums at the Girl Metal! booth

Sony had a presence with an impressive Detroit: Become Human booth. Models were lined up and did an amazing job at acting like synthetic humans

At the Gal*Gun 2 booth, stickers (I think) were getting blown off models with leaf-blowers and fans.

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Check this out #1: Gotta Protectors

Games are everywhere! Even on the Nintendo 3DS eShop, where they're kinda outside the limelight, because who even really looks at that storefront anymore, now that the Switch is out?

The eShop might have had a bad rep in the past, due to the tons of garbage that was on the DS and DSi eShop of yesteryear. No more! The 3DS eShop has a ton of hidden gems, like Mamotte Knight 2 aka. Gotta Protectors. This game is a sequel to Protect Me Knight, which was on the even more obscure platform for publishing games: the Xbox 360 indie section. Both games are from Ancient Corp. who are the developers behind Beyond Oasis, the Master System version of Sonic the Hedgehog and a little game called Streets of Rage 2. Because of this, you get an excellent chiptune track by the legendary Yuzo Koshiro, which simply is the cherry on top of the cake that makes up this retro-style princess-defence game, made by people who actually made these kinds of games in the past.

The objective of the game is simple enough:

  • Play alone or in co-op, with a range of characters
  • Protect the Princess by building barricades and carrying her around
  • Defeat all the monsters
  • Craft new weapons and enhance your skills
  • Do it all over again

Apart from the above trailer, the game has a ton of Famicom love on the official homepage. Not only does it have a preview section with screenshots that looked like they were taken by a camera off a TV screen, like how we used to capture screenshots in the past, but it also has this manga that seems to be a parody of the Famicom inspired manga at the time, such as Famicom Cap, Famicom Rocky and Famicom Wolf.

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Unfortunately the game isn't available in Europe, so I hope everyone will badger AncientGames_JP on Twitter to make them port it to the Switch.

What is available for free for anyone, however, is Gotta Protectors Amazon's Running diet, which you can download off the official homepage. This is a .nes file which means that you can play it in any emulator or load it onto your Retro Freak or Flash Cart of choice.

It's a pretty basic runner, where you gotta pick up the water and avoid the cakes or face world ending consequences! This game is masterfully put together with parallax scrolling and big sprites, which means that it's a 10/10 by 1980's standard (back when people thought Shadow of the Beast was a good game) and the Amazon is currently making the rounds on YouTube and social media.

In the current gaming climate, where so many games come out every day and it's hard to get noticed, I think making a small free game like this is a legitimately cool tactic to drum up awareness of your game... Even more than a demo. Here's a trailer for the game. Why not download it and give it a go and then go check out Gotta Protectors!

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The Next Big Yakuza Project: Fist of the North Star!

Hot off the presses, SEGA has announced that the next project in your new favorite action RPG series is Fist of the North Star.

In the trailer below, you can hear Takaya Kuroda tell you all about how you are already dead. While the trailer mostly shows fighting, there's also a glimpse of how the man with the seven wounds uses the 1800 year old martial art of Hokuto Shinken to mix drinks.

Here is the game's official website. More to be revealed at TGS!

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