A new PlayStation Underground video shows off some gameplay of the upcoming remake of Secret of Mana. With a fresh coat of paint and a fully-voiced cast, this remake reimagines the 1993 classic for modern audiences.

In the video, we get to see a playthrough of a dungeon, along with a boss fight at the end. We also get a glimpse of the local multiplayer, a new feature that allows you to complete quests with up to two other friends. We also see characters wearing DLC costumes, such as a Moogle costume.

Watch the thirteen minute video below.

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For more about the remake, read our hands-on impressions. Secret of Mana Remake releases for PlayStation 4, PS Vita, and PC on February 15.  The title will also be getting a limited physical release for PS4 in the United States, Canada, and Latin America.

Rather than focusing on ferocious beasts, this trailer for Monster Hunter: World is instead centered around Palicos. These furry feline companions make a return, and this time they can be fully customized.

In the trailer below, we see that we can modify the color of their fur and choose their tiny clothes. Even small details like eye size, patterns, ear shapes, and voice can be adjusted to your liking. Palicos are trusty companions during your journeys, and can help you out if you’re stuck in a difficult battle. Outside of aiding you in your journeys, they can also cook you up delicious meals. For example, in the trailer we see a Palico who happens to be an expert chef. 

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Monster Hunter: World releases January 26 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It’s also releasing for PC, but a release date has not yet been confirmed. If you want to get your hands on the game sooner, a second beta on PS4 is coming as of December 22.

To learn more about the game, check out our cover story coverage from last month by clicking the banner below.

The recently-revealed My Hero Academia: One’s Justice looks to be a 3D, arena-based fighter similar to the recent Naruto fighting games, as we now have some gameplay footage of the game in action.

At the 27:44 mark in the video below, we can see the game in action, featuring protagonist Ikuzu and the newly-announced Bakugo facing off. The game will hit in 2018 in Japan for Switch and PS4, though no US release date has been announced.

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Apple has released a list of the most-downloaded games on its iOS platform, which includes several games you’ve heard of, some you probably haven’t, and a couple of surprises.

The list is once again split between paid and free (to download, anyway) apps. Super Mario Run tops the free games list, which includes heavy-hitters like Clash Royale and Candy Crush Saga (which only barely made the list this year). Meanwhile, Heads Up! (A party game featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show where players must guess the word on their phone as it’s placed on their forehead) tops the paid list, with Minecraft following it in second place. Other games you may have heard of include Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas’ mobile port, Terraria, and Monument Valley 2. You can find the full list below.

Top Free Games

  1. Super Mario Run
  2. 8 Ball Pool
  3. Snake VS Block
  4. Ballz
  5. Word Cookies!
  6. Subway Surfers
  7. Episode – Choose Your Story
  8. Rolling Sky
  9. Block! Hexa Puzzle
  10. Paper.io
  11. Solitaire-
  12. Bowmasters – Multiplayer Game
  13. Color Switch
  14. Piano Tiles 2
  15. Choices: Stories You Play
  16. Roll the Ball – slide puzzle
  17. Clash Royale
  18. Roblox
  19. Word Connect 
  20. Candy Crush Saga

Top Paid Games

  1. Heads Up!
  2. Minecraft
  3. Bloons TD 5
  4. Plague Inc.
  5. Geometry Dash
  6. Monument Valley 2
  7. The Game of Life
  8. The Escapists
  9. Assassin’s Creed Identity
  10. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
  11. True Skate
  12. RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic
  13. Five Nights At Freddy’s: Sister Location
  14. Papa’s Freezeria To Go!
  15. Five Night’s At Freddy’s
  16. Hitman Sniper
  17. Terraria
  18. Reigns
  19. Tiny Wings
[Source: Official Apple iTunes website]


Our Take
Showing how culturally aware I am outside of games, I’ve never heard of Heads Up! besides the fact that it sounds exactly like a party game that people play all the time but I’d never really attached a name to until now.

Spoilers for The Legends of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s Champions’ Ballad DLC follow.

I generally enjoyed Breath of the Wild’s Champions’ Ballad DLC. One of the fun things about the DLC is that we get a see a new boss (after re-fighting four from the base game), Monk Maz Koshia, who’s got a few tricks of their sleeve. However, Link can employ at least one trick of his own during the fight: distracting Maz Koshia with bananas.

As shown in the clip below, if Link drops several bananas on the floor during the initial phase of the fight, Maz Koshia will be temporarily forced to run over to them, leaving them open to attack.

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This trick also works a bit of worldbuilding. Maz Koshia is a member of the Sheikah tribe, part of which spun off to form the Yiga after Calamity Ganon appeared. In the base game, members of the Yiga Clan tend of have bananas on their person when killed, so seeing a member of Sheikah tribe have a similar obsession with the fruit means the banana craze wasn’t something the Yiga picked up after their split, but rather an inherited quirk.

As one of the landmark titles of gaming’s first 3D console generation, Final Fantasy VII had to use all sorts of new techniques to render its models that were eventually refined in the years since. As such, diving into the game’s world to move the camera around reveals several fun secrets.

Youtuber Shesez is back with a video to once again us his camera magic on the RPG. Fun secrets include the several renditions of Cloud, how battles look in a 3D space, and what’s happening behind the scenes during the summon animations.

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As most of us look forward to the holidays, esports tournaments refuse to go quietly into the night. We have events coming up right up until it’s time to spend several hours with your family or not, so if you need something to distract before (or during) that time, look no further.

This week’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive major is the ECS’ fourth season, in which teams from across the world battle it out in Cancun for their share of hte $750,000 prize pool. (Stream and Schedule)

For your fighting game fix, check out the Northeast Championships, which will feature big tournaments for Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite, Injustice 2, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, and more. (Streams and Schedule)

The Dota 2 scene is back at The Summit again, bringing a number of top teams into a single house and having them play out the entire tournament there. (Stream / Schedule)

The Gwent Master series’ second Challenger event is here, so you can watch top players fight for $100,000 and a spot in the World Masters tournament. (Stream / Schedule)

Vainglory continues to be one of the most popular MOBAs around, and you’re interested in seeing what all the fuss is about this mobile game, you can watch the world finals this weekend to see what high-level play looks like. (Stream / Schedule)

The Super Smash. Bros. Melee community is having a holiday-themed invitational tournament, in which top players will show off their long-standing skills in the game. (Stream and Schedule)

Call of Duty: WWII is back this week with The Northern Arena tournament, so if your pre-holidays warmup routine involves the European theater of the largest conflict in the 20th century, look no further! (Stream)

Hearthstone‘s Seatstory Cup is a regular holiday tradition for the community, so you can bet the event is back this year. (Stream / Schedule)

That’s it for this weekend! Let us know if we missed an event, or if there’s a scene you’d like us to cover, in the comments below.

The latest Dragon Ball FighterZ trailer pays homage to the series’ classic moments, while also introducing us to some new characters.

The trailer premiered at this weekend’s Jump Festa event, and shows off how some of the most important fights from Dragon Ball Z look rendered in Arc System’s take on the Unreal Engine 4. The trailer also has the first snippets of gameplay of Beerus, Hit, and Goku Black, all three of whom were revealed a few days ago. The trailer also uses music from the original Japanese series, so anyone in the states who watched the sub instead of the dub should get a little does of nostalgia.

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Following the reveal of the Obsidian as a partner in Take-Two’s new publishing label Private Division, Obsidian has announced its next project will not include any microtransactions whatsoever.

The company made the announcement on their official forums. The company mentioned several fans had been asking the company of the inclusion of microtransactions in their first project with Private Division, and wanted to clear the air about the topic. “No microtransactions, of any kind, in our game,” the post said. The statement comes after several notable big-budget releases included loot crates and other microtransactions, including Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Star Wars: Battlefront II, and more.

The statement doesn’t offer any other details about the project itself, other than it will be an RPG. Speaking to Game Informer, Obsidian’s Tim Cain said “If people have liked our previous RPGs they’re going to like this one in terms of how we make reactive worlds and especially our style of humor.”

[Source: Obsidian Official Forums]


Our Take
While everyone can rejoice in knowing a game won’t have microtransactions, it’s important to note that Private Division is a bastion for projects with smaller-scale scopes, budgets, and risks. It’s good that Private Division isn’t pushing microtransactions on their partners, but doesn’t cause me to rejoice the way finding out, say, Red Dead Redemption II won’t have them would.

UPDATE: Yacht Club Games clarified in a video that this is a head of a NPC, which was also helpfully pointed out in the comments below. It was also said this looked more like a Catfish, which we’ll agree with.

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We finally get a look at Shovel Knight’s face and, surprise, he’s an amphibian of some sort.

While some files within the game hinted at this, developer Yacht Club games’ tweet today showing off the First4Figure of helmetless Shovel Knight has confirmed that the shovel-wielding hero is a strange frog person. Considering the world has goat people, magicians, and flying rats, a frog knight is not hard to imagine.

Shovel Knight originally released on PC, 3DS, and Wii U, then expanded to pretty much every other system under the sun. The upcoming and final DLC, King of Cards, is scheduled for 2018.

[Source: Yacht Club Games Twitter]