February 15, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

You know what this Secret of Mana HD remaster makes me want most? A full Secret of Mana remake. While I love how this remaster has all the heart and joy of the SNES original from 1993, it misses an opportunity to elevate this classic RPG by bringing it up to modern standards in areas like AI, combat balancing, and even graphics. The result is a charming but clumsy 20ish-hour adventure that both frustrates and delights. Much of this push and pull starts with the new art style, which attempts to convert the original’s sprites into 3D. On the one…

February 14, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire has issued a letter to the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) outlining her concerns with microtransactions, specifically with regards to loot boxes in video games. Sen. Hassan expressed her concerns during a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing in which she also questioned nominees to be Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Commissioners if they would be willing to take a closer look at video game addiction and loot boxes, which Hassan believes may contribute to addiction. Sen. Hassan specifically refers to games allowing “in-game purchases for surprise winnings” which are targeted to, and…

February 14, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

19 games are being released for PlayStation systems this week, including Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Crossing Souls, and more. Check out the full slate of titles being released in the gallery below, as well as in list form right below that. Crossing Souls CubeWorks Drunken Bar Fight Dynasty Warriors 9 The Fall Part 2: Unbound Fe Guilt Battle Arena Kingdom Come: Deliverance Knockout League The Longest Five Minutes Continue reading…Powered by WPeMatico

February 14, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

The 2018 Winter Olympics are in full swing, but watching online via NBC can be more pain than its worth. Fortunately, there are other ways of watching your favorite sports: You can use a VPN to view streams from Canada, Australia, and (for some), the United Kingdom, as long as you don’t mind coverage not focused on American competitors.Many VPNs will likely work with the Australian and Canadian streams, but if you don’t already have a provider, here’s a rundown of three VPNs that will work—including a free option. We’ve also got details on connecting with BBC’s iPlayer, because that…

February 14, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Capcom’s President has said bringing Monster Hunter World to Nintendo Switch would be Difficult. Kotaku reports Japanese business magazine Toyo Keizai asked Capcom President Huruhiro Tsujimoto about bringing Monster Hunter World to the Nintendo Switch. Tsujimoto confirmed Capcom is aware of the request but added “However, taking into account various conditions, bringing Monster Hunter: World now for release is difficult. The reason is that the Switch has different functions from other stationary consoles as well as different players.” Continue reading…Powered by WPeMatico

February 14, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

The newest hero changes coming to Overwatch’s Public Test Realm have been detailed. In the latest developer update video, game director Jeff Kaplan explains that an error made during the main game’s latest patch meant that some heroes received changes which were not yet ready for release. Instead, they were meant to roll out in an update to be tested on the game’s public test realm server, which is out now and includes balance changes to heroes Mei, Doomfist, and Sombra. Mei has been buffed with her freeze duration going from 1 second to 1.5, and a few extra shots…

February 14, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

EA’s “On the House” program has given away some great free games over the past few years, but almost felt like it took a hiatus during 2017. It didn’t, but after starting strong with Mass Effect 2 last January the rest of the year featured giveaways of more niche games (Syberia II), downright awful games (Dead in Bermuda), a few repeats (Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault and Plants vs. Zombies for the hundredth time) and one lone standout, Steamworld Dig.On the House is starting semi-strong for 2018 though, with 2008’s sci-fi horror classic Dead Space up for grabs. Okay, technically this…

February 14, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Long hours at work and the demographics of an aging population mean small businesses in Japan face extra pressures over and above the common pain points of cutting costs, increasing revenue and retaining high quality staff, even though the country is enjoying its longest period of economic growth since the 1990s.That growth looks set to continue with exports, consumer spending and business confidence all rising – making this a good time to make sure your business is in the best position to handle challenges, and take advantage of new opportunities.But the on-going Work-Style Reform means you must plan for changes…

February 14, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Sea of Thieves will be getting a few stress tests this month leading up to the game’s March 20 release date, Rare has announced. The first of these scale tests begins February 16 at 2 am PT/5 am ET/10 am UK/8 pm AEST and concludes on February 19 at 2 am PT/5 am ET/10 am UK/8 pm AEST. Xbox Insiders and and closed beta participants can partake in the stress tests, which Rare will use  to get feedback on the game’s server capabilities and identify areas for improvement ahead of launch. As such, the tests won’t be reflective of the final product and…