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Legend of Kay Anniversary Review – Platforming From the Days of Yore, Unwieldly Camera Included

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The Legend of Kay is a game that is remembered by those who played it, especially on the PS2, as a cult classic of sorts; so much so that publisher Nordic Games had the game revamped for current generation consoles and PC in the form of The Legend of Kay Anniversary. Having never played the original, and barely even hearing of it; it’s no wonder I was going into this as a new experience rather than something I was already familiar with. Is it one of those classics that deserve to be remembered as one of the greats? Or is it one of those games that were probably better off being left untouched? These questions will be answered in the following review.

The story of the game is simple, for centuries the civilizations of the island of Yenching lived in harmony thanks to a form of discipline simply called “The Way”, the four civilizations on the island, those being the hares, cats, frogs and pandas, all lived peacefully and adhered to this code. However, as time moved forward the younger generations began abandoning The Way. As a result, the island lost its protection and ended up being prone to attack by the Gorillas and the Rats whom are working together in one cohesive force led by two named figures; Minister Shun of the Gorillas, and Alchemist Tak of the Rats. To say these two rule the roost with an iron fist would be an understatement.

Kay in the blue is discussing techniques with Master in the green.
Kay in the blue is discussing techniques with Master in the green.

From here, you take control of Kay; a hotheaded young cat lad with a desire to become strong and take on the enemy. However, like most folk in his village, he doesn’t believe in The Way which causes a conundrum. Everyone around him tries to convince him to follow it, but to no avail. He begins to realize his error when his master surrenders to the invading Gorilla + Rat army without a fight. Infuriated, he sneaks in and steals his master’s old sword. The story continues from there, and it continues at the same pace that it started at; basically it’s not a memorable story at all. It’s one that you will most likely forget upon completion of the game itself. That’s not to say that the game isn’t without its charm though, as some of the one-liners peppered throughout are chuckle-worthy puns on the characters being literal, anthropomorphic animals.

Upon booting the game, the first thing I noticed was the visuals, very bright, very colorful, and very reminiscent of games like Jak and Daxter or any other Saturday morning cartoon that you grew up watching. The fps seems to be locked down tight; not a single iota of slowdown or screen tears to be found whatsoever. The game looks okay overall; with these bright visuals being downright refreshing compared to most games today. However, on the same coin, it’s hard to deny that the visuals are also dated, they are not pushing the limits of any of the systems this game is out for. The interface displaying your life meter and quests were overhauled some, and textures here and there were enhanced very nicely, but all in all, you can tell this was originally a game designed for the PS2.

Example of some of the platforming throughout the game.
Example of some of the platforming throughout the game.

Now normally in many cases this would be a good thing, here? I am honestly not so sure. The camera in the game is very cumbersome and unwieldly at times, this is especially apparent when you enter a new area. It does not pan around to behind Kay’s back automatically meaning that if you want to see the platforming and enemy challenges that lay ahead? You have to turn the camera using the right analog stick yourself. There’s no camera reset button in the game itself to boot, giving this fault some extra weight behind it.

The areas themselves are designed well enough; there are some secrets to be found, but the secrets themselves are none too hard to spot. There’s nothing that is completely out of reach, but detection at times can be a little whacky, requiring multiple tries in order to get to the location you need to go to. This is compounded by the oftentimes unwieldly and frustrating camera that the game has you work with, this camera actually makes it quite easy for you to not spot something that needs to be activated or a platform that you need to hop on in order to get to the next location.

There are a few things the game does to break up the monotony of exploring the areas around you, for one, there are times where you will have to ride on another beast in order to get from point A to point B, don’t think this is a one track ride though; because you will be dodging obstacles along the way. Not only that, if you make one mistake? Yup, you fail the challenge and have to start from the beginning of it. While some would revel in the challenge, especially if you enjoy a game like this. Others will find this to be tedious and incredibly frustrating due to having to go through these trials several times. It doesn’t help that depending on the beast you’re riding, the controls can feel cumbersome.

A battle in the game itself.
A battle in the game itself.

Combat is there, and it works. It’s simple enough to execute basic attacks and a few tricks. You learn a few fancy moves, some of which will be put to use later on in the game. However, for the most part it is just there, and it can get repetitive, even with the variety of weapons Kay will ultimately have at his disposal. Though the combat can be fun at times, especially when you pull off a move that KOs your enemies, there’s no denying that oftentimes it feels more like a chore and that is not how a game should make the combat feel by any stretch of the imagination.

The soundtrack, much like the combat, is just there, it does have a Chinese/Asian ethnic feel to it, which fits in with the atmosphere of the game itself and is somewhat pleasant to listen to overall. The soundtrack works well in the game, almost always befitting the mood as not a single song is out of place. However, it isn’t what I’d call memorable either with only a few songs being truly standouts throughout the entire game.

Final Verdict:

Legend of Kay Anniversary Edition is a platformer that has its positives. The platforming itself when it works can be a lot of fun, and the controls are fundamentally sound. However, this isn’t a platformer that makes me wax nostalgic by any stretch of the imagination, and it definitely has its flaws. From the unwieldly camera to the forgettable plot and soundtrack, The Legend of Kay isn’t a game that has aged very well and is one that I feel is priced just right at $24.99 all things considered. I would recommend this game only to those who wax nostalgic for the days of the PS2 or for those who are platforming die-hards.

Overall Score: 6.5/10

Developer: Neon Studios

Publisher: Nordic Games

Available on: PS4|PS3|Wii U|Steam

Played on: PS4

Review Copy: A digital copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz for the purpose of this Review.

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Gamescom 2015: Until Dawn’s Latest Trailer Highlights the Potential Aftermath of your Choices

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Supermassive Games’ upcoming interactive horror game Until Dawn, is all about providing the player with choices but the results can be disastrous. The newly released ‘Aftermath’ trailer focuses on the Butterfly Effect mechanic and how it alters the game’s story.

“The way we have implemented this system in game means there are thousands of potential branches to every player’s individual story. Some of your decisions might appear to be inconsequential – a conversation choice that makes a character come across as a bit of an ass, for example – but if you’d made a different choice that character might have ended up the hero. Everything you choose can affect how other characters react, potentially with dire consequences. Some choices are more obvious but much more difficult, like choosing which friend will live and which will die,” Tim Hodges Product Manager, SCEE

Every decision you make can have an immediate or long-term impact on the story. According to Hodges you won’t always know what they will be, until after you’ve made your choice. “It was important to us that players shouldn’t second guess their path through the story of Until Dawn. It’s only after you’ve made a decision that you’ll find out the consequences of that choice, sometimes only hours later.”

Until Dawn will launch of August 25, exclusively for the PlayStation 4.

 

Source: PSBlog

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Until Dawn has Gone Gold

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Supermassive Games, the studio behind the upcoming PS4 exclusive B-movie horror title Until Dawn, has announced via twitter that the game has gone gold. For those who are unaware, “going gold” means the development of a video game is finished and it is now time for the discs to be manufactured and distributed.

 

Until Dawn will release on August 25th. Pre-ordering it will reward players with a bonus scene.

Source: Supermassive

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The Uncharted 4 E3 2015 Extended Demo is Here and it’s Glorious

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Naughty Dog has released the extended version of the highly talked about Uncharted 4 demo, shown at this year’s E3. The extra footage picks up (Obviously) where the previous video left, as Nathan continues his attempt to rescue his older Brother Sam from his pursuers. What follows is an action packed spectacle that puts a lot of movies to shame.

You can skip ahead to the 7:30 mark in the video if you want to get straight to the new footage. Honestly though, watching it from start to finish, makes it that much cooler.

 

Uncharted: A Thief’s End will release in Spring 2016 exclusively on PlayStation 4.

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You can Pre-Order the 1TB PS4 for Under £300.00

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Just last week Sony unveiled its 1TB PS4 model for European and PAL territories. Amazon.co.uk recently listed the console for £349.99. Those of you who are looking for an even better price should head on over to GameStop where they can pre-order it for £289.97.  

The 1TB PS4 Ultimate Player Edition will release on July 15th. Sony has gone on record saying that there are no plans to announce the bundle for a NA release at this time.

 

Source: Dealspwn via GameStop.co.uk

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Naughty Dog to Show Uncharted 4’s Extended E3 2015 Demo in July

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Remember the kick ass gameplay demo of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Sony showed at this year’s E3? Well an extended version of it was shown behind closed doors for the gaming press, and now everyone else will get a chance to see it in action.

Developer Naughty Dog sent out a tweet earlier stating that everyone can watch the extended gameplay on via their twitch channel, on July 1 at 11am PST. The tweet is accompanied with a little .gif that offers fans a very brief glimpse of what’s to come.

In case you missed the 7+ minute E3 demo, you can check it out below. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will release early 2016.

 

Source: Naughty Dog

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PDP’s Universal PS4 Media Remote Revealed, Releasing this Fall

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PDP has announced their Universal Media Remote for the PlayStation 4 console. For $30, you will be able to control up to 4 devices including media playback on your PS4. The remote is officially licensed by Sony and features dedicated PS4 Home and Power buttons. Upon closer inspection, you can see other PS4 specific buttons, including the Share and Options buttons.

Official Product Details:

  • Officially licensed by Sony
  • Complete control of all PS4 media playback via Bluetooth
  • Easily control up to 4 devices
  • Dedicated buttons for PS4 Home and Power

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The PDP Universal Media Remote for PS4 will release on October 31, 2015. You can pre-order it now on Amazon.

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[Updated] New 1TB PS4 Ultimate Player Edition Revealed for Europe, Coming Next Month

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Here’s even more PS4 console news from Sony to start the week off, as the company has announced another PS4 model, this time with twice the hard drive space. That’s right Sony has officially revealed a 1TB PS4 with the ‘Ultimate Player Edition’.

The 1TB model will release in select European and PAL territories on July 15, 2015. No word yet on non PAL regions, but it is safe to say they will see a release as well.

 

In case you missed it, Sony also announced a new 500GB PS4 model that is lighter and consumes less power.

Source: EU PS Blog

Editor’s Note: Update: There still may be hope for a 1TB PS4 coming to the United States, but Sony has publicly commented to GameInformer that there will be no announcement at this time and more specifically the following: “We have no plans to announce at this time.”

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Hellblade’s First Gameplay Trailer and Newest Dev Diary Focuses on the Protagonist’s Troubled Mind

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As promised yesterday, Ninja Theory has released a brand new trailer for their upcoming video game, Hellblade. The trailer gives us a look at the game in action, while also offering a deeper look at its plot. When we were originally told that the game follows Senua’s journey into hell, many assumed she would be traversing its underworld. Turns out it isn’t just about the realm of Helheim but a more realistic hell as well. A hell that many people face everyday, the degradation of one’s mental health.

“The Hell in question is no ordinary Hell, but is in fact a Hell that is the manifestation of Senua’s mental illness. Senua experiences psychosis, including hallucinations and delusions, as well as suffering from anxiety and depression. As a player you will witness Senua’s living nightmare through her own eyes,” explains Dominic Matthews, Ninja Theory’s Product Development Ninja

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One of Senua’s Hallucinations?

The indie developer aims to deliver a fantasy experience that “breaks down barriers” and lets everyone “see the world without prejudice”, citing George Orwell’s 1984 and George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead as inspiration.

“Developing Hellblade independently gives us the freedom to tackle a subject as challenging as mental health. It is a subject that we are handling with all the respect it deserves, ensuring that our portrayal of Senua’s condition is both accurate and sensitive.”

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Mental Health is serious yet sensitive issue and Ninja Theory knows this. Therefore in order to properly tackle something so sensitive and taboo, they will work together with those who have a much better understanding of the subject.

“To help us with this we are working closely with Professor Paul Fletcher, a professor of Health Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge, as well as arranging to consult directly with people who have experience of mental health difficulties. We are also very proud to say that Hellblade is being supported by Wellcome Trust, which is a global charitable foundation which aims to build a greater public understanding of science and in particular health.”

 

Ninja Theory has also released their newest developer diary, offering more insight on the mind of Senua. Hellblade is set to release in sometime in 2016 for PS4 and PC.

Source: PSBlog

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Watch Kratos Battle Hades in the New Gameplay Vid for God of War III Remastered

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Sony has released a new video for their upcoming remaster of the critically acclaimed, God of War III. The video features the game’s anti-hero Kratos, in a brutal Boss Battle against Hades, God of the Underworld.

The remastered version of the hit PS3 title will be rendered in 1080p resolution and run at 60fps. All previous DLC content will be included, along with the popular photo mode, which will allow players to freeze, edit and share the game’s epic moments.

 

God of War III Remaster will releases on July 14, 2015, exclusively for the PlayStation 4.

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