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Life is Strange remaster collection for the Switch arrives on September 27th

Following an eleventh-hour delay earlier this year, the Nintendo Switch version of Life is Strange: Remastered Collection will arrive on September 27th. The bundle – now titled the “Arcadia Bay Collection” on Switch — brings together enhanced versions of the first two entries in the episodic adventure series.

2015’s Life is Strange stars Max Caulfield, a teen who finds she has the ability to rewind time after returning to her hometown of fictional Arcadia Bay, Oregon. At the center of the game is Max’s relationship with her childhood friend Chloe Price, played by voice actor Ashly Burch. In Life is Strange’s 2017’s prequel, Before the Storm, Chloe returns as the protagonist of the story.

While many people love the series, the Remastered Collection has earned few fans. On console and PC, the release was mired by technical issues that made the games look worse than their originals. Square Enix went on to release multiple patches for the remasters, all of which are included in the new Switch bundle. Life is Strange: Arcadia Bay Collection will be available in both digital and retail versions. You can also play the remasters on PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Stadia and PC.

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The long-delayed remaster of 1997’s ‘Blade Runner’ game is finally available

The much-delayed remaster of the classic Blade Runner adventure game is finally here. As Polygon reports, Nightdive Studios has released Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition for Windows PCs (via Steam) as well as PlayStation, Switch and Xbox consoles. The modernized version runs at 60 frames per second instead of the original’s 15FPS, complete with updated animations and models. Improved in-game tools help you work with clues as you track down hostile replicants, and gamepad support is available on all platforms.

Westwood’s 1997 game pushed the boundaries of both gameplay and graphics at the time. Instead of the usual fixed plot, Blade Runner changed the replicant with each playthrough while offering branching storylines, different outcomes and characters that operate on their own timetables. You couldn’t just cut to the chase and ‘retire’ the android at the start. And instead of relying on either 2D art or crude 3D, the title used voxels (pixels with 3D attributes) that allowed far more visual detail for the era, including volumetric lighting that mimicked the Ridley Scott movie’s gritty look.

You’ll still notice the limitations from 25 years ago. This won’t control as elegantly as present-day games, and Westwood’s budget limited it to only some voices from the movie cast (including Sean Young and James Hong) and recreated music from Vangelis’ score. Even so, this remains the closest you’ll get to filling Deckard’s shoes in a game while preserving the 1982 film’s atmosphere.

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The ‘Alan Wake’ remaster is coming to Nintendo Switch

Fans of Alan Wake aren’t getting an update on the sequel this summer — but can look forward to a new TV series and a remastered version of the original game for the Switch. Remedy Entertainment’s creative director Sam Lake today revealed what’s in store for the franchise during the game’s 12th-anniversary celebration . Switch owners can anticipate Alan Wake Remastered to be available on Nintendo’s eShop sometime this fall. The remastered original title is already available on the PS5, Xbox and PC.

The original 2010 Alan Wake game — which features a thriller novelist who tries to solve the mystery of his wife’s disappearance — has become a cult classic in recent years. Remedy and Microsoft Studios then released Alan Wake’s American Nightmare in 2012. Since then, the franchise has mostly been dormant, but that’s about to change.

Lake revealed that AMC bought the rights to the Alan Wake franchise and will be adapting it into a TV series. “We have been collaborating on making a TV show happen. Nothing more to share at the moment, but we will certainly let you know when there is something to announce,” said Lake.

Alan Wake 2, which many expected to preview this summer, is currently deep in the development stages. Unfortunately, Lake confirmed that the studio won’t be releasing any further updates on the game. It did release a number of from the upcoming sequel. As we’ve known for a while, the game is slated to in 2023 for PS5 and other platforms.

“Everything [with Alan Wake 2] is going really well, and a great deal of the game is playable,” Lake said. “But we’ve been talking for the past couple of months and have come to a decision that we will not be showing anything big this summer,” said Lake.

Alan Wake devotees should watch the anniversary video in full, which also includes interesting behind-the-scene details about the remastered original and upcoming sequel. You can watch it below:

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Final Fantasy V gameplay makes it the most exciting Pixel Remaster for me yet

Yesterday, Square Enix announced the release date for the Final Fantasy V Pixel Remaster. While we didn’t get a trailer showing off the game or its gameplay to go along with this announcement, Final Fantasy V is a known quantity by now, and we know what to expect. Even though the original SNES game never made it Stateside, Final Fantasy V eventually came to the US thanks to remakes and compilations on other platforms. With Final Fantasy VI‘s Pixel Remaster still some time off, Final Fantasy V might be the most exciting re-release to date, thanks in large part to its gameplay.

Of the classic Final Fantasy games, Final Fantasy V is the one I’ve spent the least amount of time with. Even lacking deep knowledge of the game, it’s clear the main draw is its job system, which allows players to change and level up the classes of their characters. Final Fantasy III was the trail-blazer in this regard, as it was the first Final Fantasy game to feature a job system. Consensus, however, seems to be that Final Fantasy V‘s job system is better than Final Fantasy III‘s since it removes any requirements for changing jobs and allows players to do it at will.

I love job systems in Final Fantasy games. Final Fantasy Tactics was actually my introduction to them back in the days of the PlayStation 1, and ever since then, I’ve wondered why they aren’t part of every Final Fantasy game. The answer is probably obvious – repeat a feature too many times, and people will get tired of it – but Final Fantasy games with job systems seem to scratch an itch that others don’t.

Part of the reason I find Final Fantasy‘s job systems so intriguing is that they almost feel like they’re games within games. Plotting each job upgrade path for your characters is something that can have a surprising amount of depth to it, as is trying to figure out which jobs synergize well with each other. Of course, Final Fantasy V is nearly 30 years old, which means the internet has figured out the most efficient progression for everything in the game, but there’s nothing saying you need to follow what the internet says is most efficient as you play.

The most modern implementation of the job system is in Final Fantasy XIV, which allows you to change your character class simply by equipping a different weapon. In addition, each job – or class – is leveled up independently of one another, allowing you to potentially have every class at max level on the same character. Of course, getting to that point is a ton of work, but the fact that you can try and level every class in Final Fantasy XIV with just a single character is a big part of what makes it appealing as an MMORPG.

If you’re a Final Fantasy XIV fan and you haven’t played Final Fantasy V, it might be worth checking out the Pixel Remaster when it launches on November 10th. I don’t think it’s controversial to say that both it and Final Fantasy III laid the groundwork for games like Final Fantasy Tactics and Final Fantasy XIV.

Personally, I’m excited to give Final Fantasy V a proper playthrough after all of these years. While Final Fantasy VI is probably the Pixel Remaster I’m looking forward to the most because I consider it one of the all-time great Final Fantasy stories, I’m excited to dive into Final Fantasy V primarily because of the gameplay it will offer. Final Fantasy V Pixel Remaster is out on November 10th on Steam, Android, and iOS.

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Final Fantasy V Pixel Remaster release date revealed for Steam and mobile

Throughout the latter half of this year, Square Enix has been releasing Pixel Remasters for the first six Final Fantasy games. Square Enix started things off with a bang, releasing the Pixel Remasters for Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy II, and Final Fantasy III all at the same time this past summer. Final Fantasy IV followed several weeks after, and now we know when Final Fantasy V will be launching.

Square Enix announced today that the Final Fantasy V Pixel Remaster will be going live on Steam and mobile devices on Wednesday, November 10th – two weeks from today. As with all of the other Pixel Remasters, Final Fantasy V is up for pre-purchase at a 20% discount at the moment, bringing its price from $17.99 down to $14.39.

That discount will be available until November 30th – 20 days after the game releases – so you don’t need to pre-order just to get the discount. If you’d rather wait and see what the early reaction is before picking up Final Fantasy V, you’ll have time to do that while still being able to pick up the game on sale.

The Steam listing for Final Fantasy V has been updated with a lengthy subscription and screenshots. Like the Pixel Remasters that came before it, Square Enix says that this will include “universally updated 2D pixel graphics” and a “beautifully rearranged soundtrack” that was overseen by Nobuo Uematsu, the original Final Fantasy composer.

Once Final Fantasy V is out, Square Enix will only have one more game to go before its Pixel Remasters are complete: Final Fantasy VI. Arguably the best of the classic Final Fantasy games, Final Fantasy VI will definitely have high expectations riding behind it. We’ll let you know when the released date for that is revealed, but otherwise, look for Final Fantasy V to drop on November 10th.

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Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster I, II, III released: Prices and trailer

This week the first three Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster games were released for multiple platforms. The original Final Fantasy game (just Final Fantasy), as well as Final Fantasy II, and Final Fantasy III, are now all available from the folks at Square Enix Co., Ltd. for one-time prices. Much like most Square Enix games, mobile or otherwise, Final Fantasy I, II, and III have a one-time price, meaning you’ll buy the game and have all the content, with no worries about future DLC or in-game purchase nonsense.

Below you’ll see the launch trailer for Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster. This game is very, very similar to the original, now remastered with graphics that fit your chosen device’s display. If you’ve only ever played Final Fantasy (or either of the first two sequels) on a very old TV, they might very well look better now than they’ve ever looked before.

It’s also important to note that these games are remastered based on the original titles. If you’ve played remakes of these games at some point over the past decade, you might find these games slightly unfamiliar. They do not include the “additional elements” present in the remakes, instead appearing more like a hardcore homage to the original content.

The game Final Fantasy has a price of $11.99 USD on the Google Play Store for Android devices. Final Fantasy II has that same price, $11.99, and the game Final Fantasy III has a price of $17.99 USD. These prices are also valid for Apple’s App Store for iOS devices. Amazon also has the games available for Fire devices for the same base prices.

There’s also a Steam listing for the entire Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster collection, complete with soundtracks and wallpapers. There you’ll purchase (and pre-purchase) Final Fantasy I-VI, and gain access to the first three right out the gate. That whole bundle will cost you a cool $74.82 USD.

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Final Fantasy I to VI are getting a Pixel Remaster series

Square Enix just announced what may be a controversial new “spinoff” in the Final Fantasy franchise. But while Stranger Paradise Final Fantasy Origin still has to earn fans, there is little argument that the first six installments in the series don’t need to prove themselves. They do, however, probably need a little brush up in terms of graphics, or at least that’s what Square Enix seems to be saying in announcing the rather mysterious Pixel Remaster series for Final Fantasy 1 through 6.

Don’t worry if you’re not a fan of 3D remasters of 2D games as this doesn’t seem to be that kind of remaster. In fact, Square Enix isn’t saying much at all other than what the name obviously implies. Or in the words of its tweet, the first six original games are getting a pixel-perfect makeover.

The first six original Final Fantasy games are pretty much considered the classic Golden Age of the franchise. These were the games Final Fantasy became a PlayStation exclusive and before the franchise jumped on the 3D bandwagon. These were also the games that laid the foundations for many of the core mechanics and systems that almost all Final Fantasy games have had throughout the decades, from the summons to the job classes to the franchise’s iconic Chocobos.

It is definitely curious what this Pixel Remaster will really bring to the classic Final Fantasy experience. We’ll have to wait for Square Enix to reveal those details at a later date but, at least for now, all we know is that it will be coming to Steam and mobile platforms only. And to be clear, each Pixel Remaster title will be sold separately, not as a bundle that the “Series” might suggest.

Perhaps the most important question is what this remaster means for those who already own copies of the games on those platforms. These classic pieces of gaming history are by no means cheap and it would be very disappointing but not out of character for Square Enix to offer these as separate titles you’ll have to buy.

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Sonic Colors: Ultimate is a remaster, but it looks brand new

If you’ve ever played Sonic the Hedgehog and have looked forward to a return to greatness on a modern console, now would appear to be the time to get excited. The game Sonic Colors was originally released on Nintendo Wii and – shocker – Nintendo DS. It was first developed all the way back in 2008, just after the release of Sonic Unleashed. It was a strange time – and a great time for a great game to get lost on a console. Now, it’s time for that classic to return on a modern place to play.

The game that’ll be coming in 2021 is called Sonic Colors: Ultimate. The game is effectively the same as its original self, including both side-scrolling and third-person perspectives and a wild Sonic universe full of rings and enemies.

The big differences come in the variety of controls one can use to move through the game and defeat enemies, and the graphics. This game will be available in a DIGITAL DELUXE format that’ll include early access, “exclusive music,” “gold and silver wearables,” special “exclusive” player icons, and “sonic movie boost.” Pre-order for the game begins today.

The game Sonic Colors: Ultimate will be released for Nintendo Switch on September 7, 2021. UPDATE: This game will also be released for PC (in the Epic Games Store), on Xbox (Xbox One, Xbox Series X), and on PlayStation (PS4, PS5). UPDATE: The release date for Sonic Colors Ultimate is September 12, 2021. There’ll also be a companion animated miniseries by the name of Sonic Colors: Rise of the Wisps, released this summer to streaming platforms.

There’ll also be a Sonic the Hedgehog “pack” available for the game Two Point Hospital. This game is on PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Steam (PC), and on the Nintendo Switch. You’ll be able to attain the Sonic Pack on July 30, 2021.

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