An anime hero and an anime villain are often two sides of the same coin; one character sets off on a chosen path and the other is a dark mirror of those decisions. The best rivalries hinge on commonalities that link hero and villain in a bond that is serendipitous, yet seemingly written in the stars. From Rurouni Kenshin to Naruto, a show’s ability to captivate an audience depends on the interplay of good and evil. In the case of shonen anime (a genre with a name that translates to “young boy’s cartoon”), when these forces meet, there’s usually an explosion — figuratively and literally. Even Dragon Ball Z — often considered to be the greatest shonen of them all — is at its best when main character Goku is paired with villains who reflect the sinister side of his own innate goodness. Frieza, Cell, and Buu all reflect infected, twisted versions of Goku’s persona. Then there’s Broly. First introduced in a non-canon film, Dragon … [Read more...] about How Dragon Ball Super’s Broly became the anime series’ Boba Fett
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Matt: After four days of hosting panels, interviewing developers, streaming games on camera and poking at as many as we could on the show floor, Team RPS has returned from the hallowed halls of EGX. Now that we’ve nestled back into our treehouse nooks, it’s time to talk about the best things wot we saw. So, Katharine, Dave and Alice 3.0. Which game won the show? Dave: Well it has to be Untitled Goose Game, doesn’t it? Katharine: I did enjoy honking at the gardener and stealing his radio to lay water-hose based traps, but the queue behind me was already so long by the time I got there I was only allowed five minutes of unbridled goose mayhem. I liked what little I played, but didn’t get a greater sense of where it might go beyond what we’ve already seen in the trailers. Matt: There were about a dozen people lining up for it whenever I popped over, so I only watched a few minutes of someone else playing. I did find it reassuring that the goose’s … [Read more...] about The bestest games of EGX
Did you miss the big Destiny 2: Forsaken "combat reveal" livestream that wrapped up earlier today? No worries if so—you can catch the whole thing, featuring gameplay design lead Josh Hamrick, senior sandbox designers Claude Jerome and Greg Peng, plus community manager David "Deej" Dague talking about all the upcoming new hotness, in the embedded VOD below. The full video will eat up just about an hour of your time, covering everything from weapon slot and ammo changes, which will bring an element of Destiny 1-style loadouts to the field of battle, to amped-up melees (brace your face for one-hit-kill shoulder charges). We also saw the completely revamped weapon mod system, expanded Masterworks which can now be leveled up more incrementally, and live-fire demonstrations of some of the new abilities and supers (and their associated perks), which the group said will help counterbalance the harder-hitting firepower that's coming in Year 2. If you don't have that kind … [Read more...] about Destiny 2: Forsaken stream demos overhauled weapon loadouts, buffed melees, and more
I’m standing still at the entrance to a corridor, waiting for a very special enemy to emerge at the other end. He’s not a boss or anything like that. Just a well-armoured goon who I know to be the sole inhabitant of this part of Rage 2’s E3 demo. His appearance though, has become a bit of a stand-out moment. As our familiarity has grown, I’ve named him Greg.We’ve danced this dance before, Greg and I, and we’ll dance it again before long. Going hands on with Id Software and Avalanche Studios’ anarchic, post-apocalyptic, open-world FPS a few weeks before E3, I have time to play the demo more than once. In fact I end up playing it through four times in a row, and oh boy, do I discover some things as a result. Rage 2, you see, while immediate and instantly fun, is a shooter with serious layers. With each play-through, I come to understand it on a new level, its various moving parts becoming clearer in their purpose, and the bigger picture of Rage … [Read more...] about I played the Rage 2 E3 demo four times in a row, and it got better (and smarter) every time. Here’s what I learned
E3's pre-show showcases and events have provided a few surprises so far--but most of the big surprises come with big buts. Nintendo revealed that Fortnite is, shockingly enough, coming to the surging Switch. The surprising thing is that Battle Royale is available for download and crossplay right now. The Mario factory spent most of their conference showing off Super Smash Bros Ultimate for Switch, revealing it would have every single character in the previous version and a whole load more. Microsoft announced a successor to the Xbox One and a new streaming service that could make consoles themselves redundant -- BUT offered no more info on either other than the promise they're working on them. 50 different Xbox games got screen time in a bright and noisy whirl of a press conference. They announced Halo 6 -- OK, Halo Infinite -- but just via a demo of the new engine that will be running it. They also showed off some of Gears of War 5, but this doesn't look to offer anything … [Read more...] about E3 2018 Cheat Sheet: What’s hot, what’s not and what have you missed?