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Trophy Whores 443 – The Half-Life of PlayStation 5 Rumors

Join the whores as they discuss, among other things, Ghost of Tsushima, Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, Alien Isolation, Resident Evil 2 (and 4 and 5 and 6 and 7) and Rocket League.

We are happy and proud to share that Proven Gamer has partnered with the Humble Bundle! The Humble Bundle is a fantastic initiative and program that allows games to score a litany of games on the cheap — all while making charitable donations to various groups and organizations. You can click here for the details on Proven Gamer’s Humble Bundle partnership.

In a bit of big news that would make the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles proud, iHeartRadio, Pandora and Spotify host episodes of Trophy Whores. It’s a tremendous honor for the show to be part of two massive and respected entertainment communities, and Proven Gamer have only the fans to thank for pushing the podcast to soaring heights. The Trophy Whores work hard to put out a quality weekly show, but they owe so much love to their listeners, who keep the show strong and growing.

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Resident Evil 7: Gold Edition Announced. Details

Resident Evil 7 is getting repacked as Resident Evil 7: Gold Edition for Playstation 4, X-Box One and PC.

What? You didn’t play Resident Evil 7 yet?!

According to a post on Capcom’s site:

Resident Evil 7 biohazard gameboth previously released “Banned Footage” add-on content packs, plus the third add-on pack, “End of Zoe.” All three add-on packs are also available to purchase separately for owners of the standard game. In addition, owners of any version of Resident Evil 7 biohazard can download the free “Not a Hero” DLC content. Resident Evil 7 biohazard Gold Edition, “End of Zoe,” and “Not a Hero” will all be available on December 12th.

If you somehow missed the original release of Resident Evil 7, and also love getting the !@#$ scared out of you – this is the perfect package for you! See the trailer for “End of Zoe” below:

 

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Resident Evil 7 Gets New Trailer and Final Demo

Capcom has released a new trailer for Resident Evil 7 Biohazard providing additional glimpses at the horrors awaiting main character Ethan Winters who has been led to a mysterious abandoned plantation in search of his missing wife. Flashes of disturbing scenes tease the terrifying experience players can expect from the next entry in the renowned survival horror series.

In addition, Capcom today confirmed that the Resident Evil 7 Teaser: Beginning Hour demo that has enamored millions of fans will receive a final update called “Midnight,” which opens new paths and content for players to enjoy. The updated demo will be available for PlayStation4, PlayStation4 Pro and also for PlayStation VR starting tonight. The demo, in its complete form, will make its debut on Xbox One on December 9 and Steam on December 19.

Resident Evil 7 biohazard will be available for PlayStation 4 (the full game will also be available to play via the included optional PlayStation VR mode), Xbox One and Windows PC (Steam and Windows 10 Store) when it launches across Europe and North America on January 24, 2017.

Check out the new trailer below:

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Podcasts Trophy Whores

Trophy Whores 247 – Smack Talk City

As the Great Trophy War approaches, The Trophy Whores welcome the Remember the Loot crew to the show.  It’s a raucous episode.  Both sides fire off some serious smack talk, which you might expect from these two rowdy, rowdy teams.  If this were professional wrestling, and there will be plenty of wrasslin’ references and impersonations, then Proven Gamer would be promoting a five-on-five steel cage shouting match — with trophies and pride on the line!

This week, as every week, neither team gives an inch. The Trophy Whores have earned more trophies, as well as more Platinums, but the Loot — a.k.a. Poot — crew is not afraid.  In fact, they talk a big game.  Of course, you have to wonder if they bark harder than they bite.  Small dogs bark a lot, but they can never keep up with the big dogs.

Join the Trophy Whores and the Poot crew as they discuss Resident Evil, Hitman, PlayStation Vita TV, and war — the Great Trophy War.  Despite Darrell’s impersonations of famous wrestlers, the Trophy Whores are not phased.  If that is the best that he has in his arsenal, then he is better fit for YouTube than he is for a battle.  Nevertheless, Remember the Poot threw down the gauntlet, and the Trophy Whores accepted.

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Geek Fuel Unboxing Jan 2016

Darrell and Tbyrd do an unboxing of the Resident Evil box from Geek Fuel

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Umbrella Corps 2nd Trailer Drops

Capcom has revealed a new trailer for Resident Evil Umbrella Corps and it’s everything we NEVER loved about the Resident Evil universe.

Fast paced competitive shooter is not what comes to mind when you say Resident Evil, and with past titles such as Operation Raccoon City being underwhelming, despite selling pretty well, Capcom is still pushing for that “Call of Duty” experience. But will this finally be the game that takes off? With Esports becoming a bigger deal, and more and more companies such as EA placing a huge emphasis on competitive gaming, does Capcom have what it takes to grab a price of that market with the latest entry in the Resident Evil franchise?


With the second trailer, Capcom plays off nostalgia a great bit. The setting is in Resident Evil Four’s notorious village where we were first introduced to the Las Plagas. RE4 is often referred to as the best in the series so it makes perfect sense to play on the nostalgia of a successful game to grab the core fan base and get their attention on Umbrella Corps. But will it take off? The fast paced, action packed trailer shows off several familiar enemies such as Las Plagas, zombie dogs, and what appeared to be crows attacking the very generic looking Umbrellas soldier. Graphically, it looked pretty impressive, and if the trailer was any indication of the actual game play, than fast paced is an understatement. There was something else that deserves to be mentioned. After promoting the team based, strategic multiplayer, Capcom showed off a single player challenge mode. There is no information on whether it is an “offline” experience, but hats off to Capcom for taking notice to the growing number of online only multiplayer shooters with no single player modes or campaigns and at least promoting this option in the short trailer. With a May release window, we can only hope that more light will be shed on the single player aspect of the game, because, let’s be honest, the foundation of Resident Evil is built in the single player experience. Multiplayer only is a huge risk, especially for an Resident Evil game. And, of course, what better way to end this two minute video than with a glimpse into the next play on nostalgia with a quick look of the Resident Evil five themed area.

With a release window of May 2016, we can only hope that more details are released about this game. Umbrella Corps is currently set to release across North America and Europe at $29.99/€29.99/£24.99 on PC and PlayStation 4.

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Resident Evil Zero HD

In a world where the line is often blurred between true survival horror and action adventure, Resident Evil Zero HD is a breath of nostalgic, fresh air. Bringing back the look and feel of classic Resident Evil survival horror with updated 1080p graphics and trophy/achievement support, this HD remaster takes an existing good game and makes it better.

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Resident Evil Zero opens up with an unfortunate helicopter crash right outside of Raccoon City near the Arklay Mountains. You start the game with protagonist Rebecca Chambers, the youngest member of Special Tactics and Rescue Service (STARS.) Once Bravo Team regroups from the crash, they stumble upon a Military Police vehicle turned over with two soldiers shredded to pieces while their prisoner and former marine Billy Coen is missing. Shortly after finding what seems to be an abandoned train, Rebecca and Billy cross paths and the adventure begins. From here on out, the unlikely duo encounter a huge array of zombies, dogs, monsters, and the newest addition, leeches. Like most Resident Evil titles, you start off battling your way through your traditional slow moving dead heads. Then, shortly after, there is a nice little throwback to the original RE with a dog burying through a window at you. It’s not long after that you come across these slimy and disgusting leeches in hordes throughout the train only to discover their hive mind mentality and ability to come together to form something even more disgusting and terrible. You don’t spend too much time on this murky, thought-to-be-abandoned train, before you pay a nice visit to one of Umbrella Corporation’s spooky Mansions. From there your quest to survive really takes off as you battle zombies, monkeys, leeches and their counterparts, crows, and other unfortunate experiments from Umbrella’s finest.

Graphically, this game is stellar. The already beautiful pre-rendered backgrounds have been touched up with new lighting and textures. It is quite beautiful at times, and this title provides plenty of environments to explore from the train to the mansion, inside and out. The cut scenes in the game still look great, but it does not appear that they received the time and detail as the rest of the game. As far as the enemy character models go, there is an insane amount of detail. And much like the personalities of our two main protagonists, the character models look good but lack detail in some areas.

Speaking of dull personalities, just like classic RE games, some of the voice acting is just plain out bad. Billy Coen, with his 80’s hair that kind of looks like a Joe Dirt mullet, his tribal tattoos, and his cheesy one liners, fails to deliver when it comes to becoming a big hitter in the series like Leon Kennedy or Chris Redfield. Rebecca’s character could have been better. A bright young member of STARS looking to prove herself could have really been helped out with some better dialog. Or maybe just a better dance partner. Either way, neither of them were just plain out bad, but there were times where I laughed at the utter dullness of the two somewhat bland protagonists. Now as for Oprea Leech man……I still don’t know what he is. His character just doesn’t fit the universe. It looked as if he was ripped from Parasite Eve or Final Fantasy. And then of course Wesker, who goes down as one of the greatest, most interesting, and coolest bad guys in all of video games, shows up and delivers the goods as one would expect.

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Unlike last year’s Resident Evil HD remaster of the HD Remake, the gun play in RE Zero is actually pretty good. In the original RE bullets were not only scarce, but it would take almost an entire clip to put down a zombie. In Zero, that is not the case. Depending on the difficulty you can take down a zombie or dog in as little as two rounds. And like any good survival horror, ammo and resources are few and far between. Inventory management is key in RE Zero! In previous Resident Evil titles you have a limited amount of slots on your person, but you had these strategically placed inventory crates that you could run back to at any time and exchange items, health, and ammo. In this game, that is not the case. You have six slots per character and you can trade items in between them on the fly. You can also drop items anywhere in the map and come back to them unlike in most games where if you discard an item, it magically disappears. For an added challenge, your larger weapons like the hunting rifle don’t just take up one slot, they take up two not including ammo. So, you will spend a very large amount of time looking at your items trying to plan what you need to make it to the next save point and weighing the pros and cons of guns and herbs vs items to progress through the game.

You have the option to play with the old tank controls or a fast more modern version of them. As a personal fan of the Resident Evil control scheme, I feel the tanks controls are an important building block to creating the tension needed in a proper survival horror game. But I understand that can make these games much more difficult for casual gamers to pick up a title like this and run with it. Zero does feel much faster and more responsive than previous RE titles, and this game adds a new mechanic to the series by giving you the option to switch between characters on the fly with the push of one button. At times this is a very nice and fun feature, but there are some instances where the AI is just not good and your partner will die and you will be forced to restart from your last save point and it’s possible that you did nothing to deserve it.

Alongside the challenging Trophy/Achievement list, Capcom added some new and fun content. Aside from some silly outfits there is Wesker mode. To unlock it you must complete the game. Then you are allowed to run back through and smash Zombies and other creatures with all of Wesker’s super abilities. Unfortunately you still have to hear Billy Coen’s somber and often flat voice rather than the iconic DC Douglas. But hey, at least you look cool!

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With fixed camera angles, tank controls, beautiful and spooky environments, and that classic Resident Evil charm, Resident Evil Zero was good before and continues to impress today. The crisp 1080p graphics with the much improved lighting, great sound, fun but tension filled gameplay, and new game content like Wesker mode, this Resident Evil title a must play.

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All Games Should Have An Option To Skip Cutscenes

We all experience it when playing single-player games. After starting the console, we wait for a minute for the machine to load the game. Then, a few seconds to find our save file. After that, the game will take another minute to load. And, after a few minutes of game play, we’ll see a cutscene in the game. Seeing cutscenes is all well and good if you’re playing the game for the first time. But what if it’s your 10th time and you want to skip it and just continue on with the game play?

Cutscenes that can’t be skipped can be very annoying. So annoying that sometimes, it makes players want to throw the controller on the ground and go on a rampage.

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The better the quality of the game, the more data it requires to run. This is why some PlayStation 4 games take a really long time to load. Have you played Dragon Age: Inquisition using a PS4? Madness. Each loading time takes about 2 full minutes. While the loading scenes are understandable since they’re imperative for the game to play properly, it just doesn’t make sense for game developers to not include a skip cutscene option in some parts of a single-player game.

Heck, even online games have a skip cutscene option, and that is online game play where people share their experience with others. Unfortunately, single-player games like Second Son require their players to re-watch all of the cutscenes that you’ve already seen millions of times.

There are, however, cases where not being able to skip cutscenes is ok. There’s Resident Evil 5 which uses cutscenes as part of the game play where people need to press specific buttons or else they’ll instantly die. While using cutscenes in the actual game play is great, using them to hide long loading times isn’t. Second Son’s developer admitted to the fact that the cutscenes are being used to hide long loading backgrounds.

Console developers should keep in mind that mobile gaming is gaining ground on gaming sales with millions playing via their phones everyday. Gaming Realms, a software developer that makes online games, asserts that there has been a huge shift in demand from traditional computing devices to mobile thanks to the latter’s advancements when it comes to connectivity. Mobile games don’t take a long time to load, and their cutscenes can be skipped, making them the preferred option for people with busy schedules or simply those who have no time to wait for 2-minute cutscenes to finish. Gamers today want everything fast, and console developers will have to adapt to the demands otherwise they could lose their grasp on the market faster than they think.

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Trophy Whores 226 – Migraines Outta This World

While you are listening to this episode, Donny is freaking out about the dangers of virtual gaming.  According to him, virtual headsets are whack.  Donny isn’t always right, but he talks as if he is the smartest man in the world.  Given his taste in movies, which generally opposes popular opinion, you should know that Donny isn’t afraid to swim upstream.

Tricky, on the other hand, has retired from Trivia Crack — after less than 20 games!  He dons a cape of cowardice, as he refuses to accept Alex’s challenges and game invites.  Who runs from a friendly challenge?  The Cowardly Crusader rises again!

Join our powerful quartet of trivia nerds and PlayStation admirers, as we discuss, among other things, Mighty No. 9, Gravity Rush, BioShock, Resident Evil and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.  What’s more, Tricky updates us on his trek through Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.  If you crunch the numbers, you will find that Tricky has more time invested into The Phantom Pain than the builders of the Titanic put into that “unsinkable” ship.

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Resident Evil Remastered Sells One Million Units Worldwide

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Capcom announced today that Resident Evil‘s more recent remaster has sold over one million units worldwide since its release in January. The remaster has also set a new record for the best selling Day One Digital title on PlayStation Network and is Capcom’s fastest selling digital title in their history across Europe and North America.

Now, what does this mean for Resident Evil and/or Capcom? Well, I think it would be safe to say that we might hear the announcement of Resident Evil 2 getting a remaster or any of the early Resident Evil titles pretty soon. Maybe even at E3 this year.

For more on Resident Evil and its related news, as well as some other cool stuff, be sure to check back to Proven Gamer every weekday and I promise we’ll have something cool.