KKP Weekly Gaming Recap: Not-E3 2022, TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge, Final Fantasy VII

Words from our Content Director, Jonathan Mr Toffee Leo about the week in gaming.

KKP Weekly Gaming Recap: Not-E3 2022, TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge, Final Fantasy VII
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Hello and welcome, fellow viewers and readers new and old. Tis’ me again, your Kakuchopurei content director Jonathan “Mr Toffee” Leo with this week’s video game and pop culture recap.

June is the biggest month in gaming for every year that passes. Whether it’s for the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) or for video game hypeman Geoff Keighley’s version of E3, gaming fans are hyped up to find out what’s in store for the next few years. It’s also the month where we have to start planning for content for the next few months, as well as come up with impromptu videos and “podcasts”.

We, as experts, chime in our 2 cents about the industry and where it’s going following the recent developments. It’s a magical time indeed and why we do what we love: to help champion its growth but also point out what needs improving and changing.

Video Games: What We’ve Done

We’ve had a lot of video game showcases and live streams happening from the 3rd to the 17th of June, from Summer Games Festival 2022 to the Xbox Bethesda Games Showcase. June is usually the month where all video game companies talk about their upcoming gaming line-up for the current year, next year, and beyond.

We have hosted a number of video features talking about the shows from our perspectives. We even brought in a few guests from gaming publication Gamer Matters to chime in. Topics ranged from the PlayStation State of Play June showcase to major titles like Forza Motorsports (2023), Starfield, and the absence of God of War: Ragnarok.

We always are open to collaborations with other media and outlets, especially for giant showcases like these. We believe our platform is ripe for others to collaborate and create great content with no restrictions on topics, provided it’s all video game related. 

Frost Giant Games, a company made up of ex-Blizzard staff who worked on Warcraft 3 and Starcraft 2, are working on a real-time strategy game called Stormgate. We managed to snag an interview with the developers about the game and its vision.

Stormgate will be out in beta in 2023 for PC and might be the biggest passion project announced for an era where people are not clamouring for an RTS of this magnitude.

We also made a Street Fighter 6 video where we compare the upcoming game’s Super Arts attacks with previous Arts from Street Fighter 3, Street Fighter 4, and Street Fighter 5. You can tell that the developers really want to channel the “streets” flavour from part 3, but with new technology, new graphics and game engine, and refined controls.

One of the many surprises during the Summer of Gaming June 2022 showcases is seeing Kojima Productions founder Hideo Kojima, known for his Metal Gear series, now working with Xbox Game Studios on a new project. Yes, he still has close ties with PlayStation Studios, but for the next few years, he’s getting money from the other side to fund his next crazy endeavour.

Say what you will about Kojima and his game-making projects, but his titles are never boring. They will always get people speaking either passionately or heavily against it.

On the esports side of things, our writer, Lewis Larcombe, talks about the Call of Duty Mobile scene and brings up underdog team Smart Omega. Do give it a read as it’s a fascinating recap and perspective on a team’s rise and their plays that cause huge upsets in the league.

Capcom also made another major announcement: the 10-year-old RPG Dragon’s Dogma is finally getting a sequel. This was revealed during the game’s 10-year anniversary celebration video.

Dragon’s Dogma was a unique RPG at the time when the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles ruled the roost. You play a warrior called the Arisen who has his/her own Pawn as a party member to fight giants, griffins, and hydras in a colourful-yet-dangerous fantasy world. While it sounds like Dark Souls, your character fights and jumps like as if they came out of a hyper action title like Devil May Cry and Bayonetta. They can even scale onto the giant monsters and hit their vulnerable spots.

It was a fantastic action RPG with a breath-taking soundtrack; even the game’s intro scene has a J-Rock song starting it off. Therefore, many fans are excited about the announcement of a sequel.

Pop Culture: What We’ve Done

Entertainment-streaming channel Netflix is also in on the video game action, announcing adaptations for IPs such as Castlevania and Sonic the Hedgehog.

We also had Stranger Things’ star David Harbour talking about how the hit MMORPG World of Warcraft ruined his life back in the mid-2000s. Remember when World of Warcraft was a huge phenomenon that was parodied so much until it’s somehow being contested heavily by the likes of Final Fantasy XIV and even Elder Scrolls Online?

Stuff We’ve Read & Watched

YouTube content creator Maximilian Dood has created a huge and extensive gameplay breakdown of Street Fighter 6, with matches he had with the game’s developers at the Summer Games Fest 2022 offline event.

It is informative and in-depth as you can get when it comes to the next Street Fighter game; no other game site or YouTuber can come close to this level of breakdown and analysis.

Movie critics Red Letter Media has a very extensive review video on the first few episodes of Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi. The trio of Mike, Jay, and Rich criticize the show as actual critics and not as fans of the show, praising what’s good and what’s clearly pandering to its demographic.

Approaching a piece of medium as folks who made films and understand film language is usually key in making critique pieces like these more engaging than your run-of-the-mill armchair critic video piece.

What We’ve Been Playing

We’ve found time to review The Quarry, the next game from developer Supermassive Games and publisher 2K Games. It’s an interactive horror movie set in a summer camp in the middle of the woods at night where the teenage camp counsellors have to survive the night from whatever’s out there. The mystery and story are unravelled and paced out well, and the game’s graphics and facial animation tech are very impressive.

If you're expecting a completely controllable adventure game, you're mistaken. The majority of The Quarry is cutscenes, dialogue choices, and Quick Time Events that influence whether your chosen camp counsellor lives or dies. Still, this is the best interactive horror game Supermassive has created since 2015’s Until Dawn thanks to the visual upgrade, great story and cast (for an 80s horror film tribute), and a plethora of accessibility options. 

Last but not least, we’re the sole Southeast Asian publication that has covered Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge before everyone else did in the region. This TMNT game is based on the late 80s cartoon and is a 2D beat-em-up where six of you and your friends can team up and fight the Foot Clan forces of Shredder and the alien army of Krang.

Read the full review here; We highly recommend it as it’s available on all platforms. Think of this as the ultimate love letter to 90s licensed arcade games but amplified and built for a current generation audience who want a smooth and fun party game to play either offline or online.

That’s all for this week of our gaming news recap feature and what we’ve been up to for the week of 6-16 June. Catch you next time, readers new and old. As always, do check out our awesome content on kakuchopurei.com and on our YouTube website. We post new content every day and every week!