The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is releasing in just a week and there is a lot to discuss for the title. Previews for the game, how it runs across platforms and more are being reported on currently but a fan project released recently that really impressed me.

Infamous YouTube Content Creators came together to create a very impressive music video to celebrate the Zelda franchise and upcoming launch for Breath of the Wild. Full credits can be found below, but I highly recommend you check the music video out (which is above this text).

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Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a huge game, that is impressing many people. But many are wondering if it will live up to the hype. While we might not be reviewing the game in time for launch, others are offering feedback on their experience with Zelda. Many of these are previews that were allowed to release after Nintendo’s embargo was lifted, but reviews will start releasing March 2nd.

However EDGE Magazine revealed in their latest issue that they will be reviewing the title and a quote from the review’s conclusion came out. 

“The result, for all the longevity of its series and the familiarity of the open world genre, is a game that evokes feelings we haven’t felt for 20 years. Not since Ocarina of Time have we set foot in a world that feels so mind-bogglingly vast and unerringly magical, that proves so relentlessly intriguing. Plenty of games promise to let us go anywhere and do anything. Few, if any, ever deliver so irresistibly. 19 years on Ocarina is still held up as the high water mark of gamings best loved and greatest series. Now it may have to settle for second place”.

This shouldn’t really be news-worthy, as it’s just a quote. But considering this is one of the first reviews we are getting wind of, this indicates we might be in for a very impressive Zelda adventure. Once more reviews come in, we will be providing a round-up like we’ve done in the past for other titles. Stay tuned for further Zelda and Nintendo news as it comes out.

While many are waiting for the next PS2-to-PS4 Classic to release, PS3 owners can enjoy picking up Suikoden IV when the store updates on Tuesday next week (as of this writing). Discovered by  on Twitter, it was announced on the PlayStation Drop for the coming week. It’s great seeing PS Classic’s support still come out on PlayStation 3, as despite many owning PS4’s at this point, some still didn’t get a chance to upgrade yet. 

It also shows that Konami is interested in pushing for game development, as shown with Bomberman R for the Nintendo Switch and Metal Gear Survive on PS4/Xbox One/PC coming out later this year. Maybe we will see Suikoden IV come out on PlayStation 4 in the future as part of the PS2-to-PS4 Classics program but considering how quiet it has been, Sony maybe dropped support for it.

Would not surprise me, as Sony is known to drop support for products/services that don’t do well sometimes.

Source: Twitter

GameXplain shows Breath of the Wild running side-by-side in both portable and docked mode. The end result is something quite interesting, as the portable version runs better. Using 720p as it’s resolution, the game runs at a stable 30FPS with little to no drops; an impressive feat considering it’s a large open world. But when you crank that resolution up to 900p when docked, some issues come up.

The footage GameXplain provided shows that the frame rate takes a heavy hit into the low 20’s when exploring areas with lush grass, indicating the stream of data or too much GPU usage causing the slow down. It wasn’t tested in docked mode when locking the Switch’s native resolution is set to 720p however. Nintendo will likely either patch a fix or encourage you use the 720p resolution/portable mode for better frame rates.

Resident Evil 7 is getting free content through DLC, with one such piece of content being something called ‘Not a Hero’. It follows one of surprise character appearances that you see at the end of the single player campaign and outside of that, not much is known.

But the content is releasing soon and will be coming out on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Stay tuned for further updates on this and other Resident Evil 7 news.

Source: NeoGaf

There was a major court case between ZeniMax (Bethesda) and Oculus (Facebook) over issues surrounding Oculus VR. Claims of stolen code and other problems lead to the two parties going into the courts to get things worked out. The end result was that ZeniMax one and Oculus (Facebook) having to cough up money to compensate for damages.

Publisher ZeniMax Media has made good on its intention to file an injunction against Oculus to stop the sale of Rift and any associated software that infringes upon ZeniMax’s copyrighted code, according to documents filed in Texas court this week.

Earlier this month, a Dallas, Texas jury awarded $500 million in damages to ZeniMax after finding that Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey, and by extension Oculus, failed to comply with a non-disclosure agreement. Of that total amount, ZeniMax was awarded $50 million for copyright infringement.

But sadly issues are still present regarding this case, as ZeniMax is asking the courts to halt the sales of Oculus VR Units.

“The jury’s damage award here, however substantial, is an insufficient incentive for Defendants to cease infringing,” ZeniMax said in court documents. “Just minutes after the jury revealed its verdict, Facebook’s COO, Sheryl Sandberg, publicly stated that the jury’s verdict of a half billion dollars was ‘not material to [Facebook’s] financials.’”

ZeniMax’s injunction intends to block the sale and distribution of any Oculus products that use its copyrighted code. That includes, but is not limited to, system software for Oculus PC and mobile products, as well as Oculus integration with the Unreal Engine and Unity Game Engine. The injunction could impact not only Oculus and the sale of Rift hardware, but developers working on software for the virtual reality platform.

It’s a shame to see this issue still popping up and if Oculus doesn’t comply with these demands if the court pushes for them, it would have major implications on VR game development. While the PS VR and Vive will continue to get success in the VR landscape, Oculus Developers could lose jobs and more if issues with the company continue to pop up. If you want to learn more about this story, consider reading the full article on Polygon that this report is based on. 

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We reported on the possibility of Shenmue getting a HD Remastered collection in the past, as the SEGA registered domains for Shenmue HD recently. But further support is coming out with Rice Digital, as they stated the following.

A trusted source close to Atlus USA, today revealed to me that Shenmue HD Remaster will be released this year. Both games, Episodes 1 & 2, may be released together rather than separately. They are presumably being geared up for launch to precede Shenmue 3, which could possibly slip into 2018.

This would make sense, considering how we got the domains registered not long ago. If this is indeed happening, SEGA/Atlus would start work getting it ready for this year. I think it would be great personally to see Shenmue get a HD Collection; many have not played the series and I could see this being a great way to re-introduce the series for modern audiences.

The Rice Digital report states that both games will be releasing together and they main reasoning for it’s release is to hype up the launch of Shenmue III (which is being pushed into 2018 according to this report. But like all rumors, know the the following; This news surrounding Shenmue HD Remastered is NOT an official announcement from SEGA or Atlus. While this can be true, please don’t take it as fact until SEGA/Atlus give an clear statement on the matter. 

Source: Rice Digital 

Playtonic games announced this past Monday that every weekday they would reveal a character that’s going to be in Yooka-Laylee up until the games release or until they get bored. Which ever one comes first. Here are the first weeks round up and don’t worry non of these characters are spoiler heavy those are going to be a surprise

 

 

 

 

These look like an interesting batch of characters and I can’t wait to see what kind of personalities that they have. Remember guys Yooka-Laylee comes out on April 11th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making a game is difficult as it takes time and talent to make a quality piece of software. Many studios have accomplished this over the years but one should be noted. Yacht Club Games went from a band new studio making a Kickstarter project to into one of the many faces making up indie game development this current generation. With the heroic knight embarking on various adventures across many platforms, having a cameo or two and getting new content to dig into this year…..I felt it was a good idea to discuss with the shovels behind the knight.

Sean Velasco of Yacht Club Games was kind enough to answer a few questions I had about the studio, Shovel Knight and other interesting topics. It was a great honor to speak with him and you can find out more about Yacht Club Games by visiting their official website.

Below is the full interview I had with Velasco and I hope you all enjoy! It was a lot of fun speaking with him and we at 3WIREL will continue covering everything Shovel Knight as further information comes out.

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