Sunday, May 9, 2021

Yakuza Combat Will Forward Be Turn-Based Going

Following the reveal of Lost Judgment, an interview with Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio director Toshihiro Nagoshi and producer Kazuki Hosokawa has surfaced on IGN. Lost Judgment brings Ryu Ga Gotoku back to its action-combat roots, leaving many fans to wonder if that meant the Yakuza series would also return to that style following last year's Yakuza: Like a Dragon.Speaking to IGN, Nagoshi and Hosokawa confirmed that the Judgment series will carry on the studio's action style of gameplay, while Yakuza will continue to evolve as a turn-based RPG. "The Yakuza series has been transformed into a turn-based RPG," they told IGN. "On the other hand, over the years, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio has accumulated resources and know-how of making flashy and exhilarating action games that are effortless to enjoy. We decided that we should let our signature action gameplay live on through Lost Judgment." Yakuza: Like a Dragon's turn-based combat Romain Mahut of GameBlog was in attendance at a virtual "Judgment Day" event that followed the Lost Judgment reveal and asked if the studio considered using turn-based combat similar to that of Yakuza: Like a Dragon for Lost Judgment. "For Yakuza: Like a Dragon, we changed the game's battle system from action into a turn-based RPG," Nagoshi said in response. "This was a huge challenge for us, but it was well-received, which we were thrilled to hear. We did discuss the possibility of developing that battle system further for our next title, and while we may pursue the turn-based system even outside the Yakuza series, the conclusion we ended up at was that because this is a different series, the best approach would be to keep them separate and refine what makes each series great. It's my hope that our customers feel the same way we do. That's why we chose 'action' as an important keyword for the Judgment series.  Nagoshi also said on the Judgment Day video he believes that, when possible, a simultaneous global launch is "the right way to go" and that the team has "determined to make every effort to support this for all [its] games moving forward." This is significant as the Yakuza series has a long tradition of Western versions releasing years after the Japanese version. Following the success of Yakuza 0 in the West, the release windows have narrowed, but Yakuza: Like a Dragon, which debuted last year, still had a 10-month gap between the Japanese and worldwide releases. Lost Judgment's action-oriented combat Yakuza: Like a Dragon is available now on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, while Lost Judgment comes to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on September 24. For more on what we thought about Yakuza: Like a Dragon, check out our review here. For more on the history of the Yakuza series, read our retrospective featuring interviews with Nagoshi and other members of the team here. For more information on Nagoshi's career, you can read our profile on him here. [Source: IGN, Sega of America on YouTube]

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    CS Recommends: Dracula Bust, Plus Video Games & More!

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    Stuck inside? Don’t know what to watch/read/play/listen to? has got you covered. In this week’s CS Recommends our staff kicks off gives you solid tips on the best media to consume during your downtime, including a Classic Dracula Life-Size Bust and more! Check out our picks below!

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    MAX EVRY’S RECOMMEND: Classic Dracula Life-Size Bust

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    This is the perfect Halloween gift to the classic Universal Monster fan in your life, which could simply be YOU! This is the immortal Bela Lugosi from 1931’s Dracula in all his glory, rendered with life-like realism as a 1:1 scale bust by Black Heart Enterprises. It stands 15.5″ high and weighs 13lbs. It features Bela’s hypnotic gaze as he lures you in for that special kiss on the neck! The best part is right now distributor Sideshow is offering $50 off with the code “DRACBUST,” and if you have a Sideshow account you should also be able to earn some healthy rewards points for this purchase as well.


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    Twelve years has passed since Dead Space first debuted on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC, and the game still stands as one of the scariest survival horror titles ever. In the single-player game from Electronic Arts, you play as Isaac Clarke, a systems engineer who is tasked with working his way through a mining spaceship, the Ishimura, where an alien artifact called the Marker has turned everyone on board into horrific creatures called Necromorphs. As Isaac, players have to fight their way through as they navigate the ship, solve puzzles, find ammo, and struggle with the character’s growing psychosis. The terror arises from the unknown, particularly as you move through the ship unsure of when a Necromorph is going to jump out at you, and the brilliant use of sound that creates a disturbing atmosphere of high-tension and isolation.

    GRANT HERMANNS RECOMMENDS: Dawn of the Dead (2004)

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    George A. Romero’s 1978 zombie classic Dawn of the Dead was a brilliant bit of satirical comedy mixed with undead action and though I greatly appreciate what he gave us, the James Gunn-penned remake is an energetic blast that is wildly unappreciated given its iconic source. Centered on a group of people taking shelter from a zombie apocalypse in a shopping mall, the film admittedly loses some of the capitalist satire from the original but expands the roster to feature a number of enjoyable, if unlikable, characters, infuses a nice wit throughout, utilizes incredible practical effects for its undead and some bold choices in regards to character deaths. Not to mention the wonderful homages and callbacks it features to the original film, most notably excellent cameo appearances from Ken Foree, Tom Savini and Scott Reiniger.

    MAGGIE DELA PAZ’S RECOMMEND: Kingdom (South Korean Drama)

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    Set during South Korea’s Joseon dynasty, the series centers around Crown Prince Lee Chang as he tries to find out the truth behind his father’s mysterious illness which he suspects involves a political conspiracy against his succession to the throne. Unbeknownst to him, there is a much bigger threat that is coming as the illness spreads like wildfire all throughout his country turning people into flesh-eating monsters. Now, it is up to Chang along with physician Seo-Bi and the skillful Yeong-Shin to fight the dead and search for the cure all the while trying to save the royal dynasty from falling into treacherous hands.

    If you are a fan of Train to Busan, I assure you that you will love Kingdom even more than the 2016 hit blockbuster film. Based on Kim Eun-hee and Yang Kyung-il’s webtoon comic, this South Korean horror drama features a well-crafted storyline that was topped off by great and moving performances from its cast led by Ju Ji-hoon, Bae Doona and the versatile Ryu Seung-ryong. It also features suspenseful and highly-entertaining sequences that will leave you on the edge of your seat through every scene. In addition to its horror aspects, the series also tells a political story that is as engaging as its zombie scenes.

    JEFF AMES’ Recommend: Monster House

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    Forget the Nightmare Before Christmas and its non-stop musical numbers, the best animated Halloween flick remains Gil Kenan’s ridiculously underappreciated, gorgeously animated Monster House. Equal parts funny and scary, and packed with plenty of heart to go along with its clever premise, this kid feature owes a lot to the Amblin Entertainment films of yesteryear in its depiction of suburbia, adolescence and childhood terrors. Indeed, the filmmakers (including producers Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis) go to great pains to show how talking to a girl is, in some regards, even more terrifying to a 12-year old than flinging dynamite at a deranged, living, breathing two-story monster whilst hanging from a crane over a vast construction site. And while the story of neighborhood pals knocking heads with a creature from beyond the grave remains simplistic, Kenan underscores the action with a hint of sorrow at a bygone era full of video game arcades, outdoor adventures and neighborhoods safe enough to require just two on duty cops at a time; and where the greatest threat to a young man’s well-being were supernatural. recommends all readers comply with CDC guidelines and remain as isolated as possible and to wear your mask during this urgent time.

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