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Analog EP88: Hot Takes, Baby!

Josh, Theo, and Bovi are back for some hot takes, and heated discussion! Covering the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!

A jam packed episode of first details on Disney+ and many of its programming, plus Swamp Thing, Titans casting, Tomb Raider, Halo, and even more on this week’s episode of Analog! Check out the episode, and follow us on Instagram – Instagram.com/AnalogCast! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!

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10 More Titles Revealed for Sega Genesis Mini

Sega has revealed the next 10 titles, out of the proposed 40, for the Sega Genesis Mini. With some surprising additions to this list, it opens the door for many of the best games that Genesis has, which many thought would be bogged down by licensing issues.

The next 10 games are as follows:

  • Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
  • Contra: Hard Corps
  • Earthworm Jim
  • Landstalker
  • Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Super Fantasy Zone
  • Thunder Force III
  • World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse & Donald Duck

The Sega Genesis Mini drops on September 19th, with pre-orders open, and 20 games yet to be unveiled.

Showtime’s Halo Finds its Master Chief

After years of development hell, a live-action Halo is moving forward, as Showtime’s series continues chugging along. According to The Hollywood ReporterAmerican Gods’ Pablo Schreiber has signed on to play Master Chief for Showtime’s Halo. Given the unnatural physique of Spartans, this casting makes sense, with Schreiber clocking in at 6’5″. Schreiber’s UNSC spartan super soldier is joined by original character Quan Ah (portrayed by Yerin Ha), a girl from the Outer Colonies that crosses paths with Chief, changing both of their lives.

While no release date is currently set, the series is set to start filming in Budapest, Hungary, later this year.  

First PlayStation 5 Details Revealed

Sony’s PlayStation 5 lead system architect, Mark Cerny, sat down with Wired in a report that was released this morning to reveal the first details for Sony’s next-generation console, the PlayStation 5. The report is quite the in-depth read, revealing a focus on audio quality, backwards compatibility with the PlayStation 4, the addition of a solid-state drive to reduce load times dramatically, and an all new CPU and GPU combo.

The addition of a solid-state drive in place of previously used SATA drive standards alone will make an absurd difference.

To demonstrate, Cerny fires up a PS4 Pro playing Spider-Man, a 2018 PS4 exclusive that he worked on alongside Insomniac Games. On the TV, Spidey stands in a small plaza. Cerny presses a button on the controller, initiating a fast-travel interstitial screen. When Spidey reappears in a totally different spot in Manhattan, 15 seconds have elapsed. Then Cerny does the same thing on a next-gen devkit connected to a different TV. (The devkit, an early “low-speed” version, is concealed in a big silver tower, with no visible componentry.) What took 15 seconds now takes less than one: 0.8 seconds, to be exact.

Additionally, the system’s new integrated graphics is set to be light years ahead of its current generation, ensuring the new console will not be a mere upgrade, but a complete overhaul.

PlayStation’s next-generation console ticks all those boxes, starting with an AMD chip at the heart of the device. (Warning: some alphabet soup follows.) The CPU is based on the third generation of AMD’s Ryzen line and contains eight cores of the company’s new 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture. The GPU, a custom variant of Radeon’s Navi family, will support ray tracing, a technique that models the travel of light to simulate complex interactions in 3D environments. While ray tracing is a staple of Hollywood visual effects and is beginning to worm its way into high-end processors and Nvidia’s recently announced RTX line, no game console has been able to manage it. Yet.

The PlayStation 5 has not been officially revealed, but could release in 2020, for what is sure to be a hefty price tag. We know Sony is not afraid to price their consoles accordingly, with the PlayStation 3’s $599 launch price. With E3 just around the corner in a few short months, it’s possible we learn more at the biggest show in gaming.

Capcom Home Arcade Revealed

After teasing a large announcement a few days ago, Capcom has officially revealed its upcoming plug-and-play console, the Capcom Home Arcade. Capcom Home Arcade is a plug-and-play fight stick with 16 classic arcade games, that plugs directly into your TV, and is wi-fi enabled for online leaderboards. The joystick includes an HDMI cable and a USB power supply, will retail for $259.99 and will release on October 25th.

The full list of games:

  • 1944: The Loop Master
  • Alien Vs. Predator
  • Armored Warriors
  • Capcom Sports Club
  • Captain Commando
  • Cyberbots: Full Metal Madness
  • Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors
  • Eco Fighters
  • Final Fight
  • Ghouls ’N Ghosts
  • Gigawing
  • Mega Man: The Power Battle
  • Progear
  • Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting
  • Strider
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo

Analog EP87: Hahaha STFU Bovi!

Josh, Theo, and Bovi have returned! Covering the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!

Trailers for Joker, and The Addams Family, as well as loads of casting for Cowboy Bebop, Black Widow, Suicide Squad, and more on this week’s episode of Analog! Check out the episode, and follow us on Instagram – Instagram.com/AnalogCast! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!

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All-Might Joining the Jump Force Roster

Bandai Namco has revealed that the Symbol of Peace himself, All-Might, from My Hero Academia, will be joining the Jump Force roster next month in the game’s first round of DLC, alongside previously announced Seto Kaiba. In Jump Force, All Might will fight using three primary moves: Detroit Smash, Carolina Smash, and Oklahoma Smash, with his Awakening being the United States of Smash.

You can hit the jump to check out the first screenshots of All-Might in the game. Jump Force is currently available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

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Analog EP86: We’re Shaped Like Clothes

Josh, Theo, and Bovi have returned for one hell of an episode! Covering the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!

Trailers for Avengers: Endgame and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, as well as news on the DC Universe, Child’s Play, and the Sega Genesis Mini, plus loads of talk on Wrestlemania on this week’s episode of Analog! Check out the episode, and follow us on Instagram – Instagram.com/AnalogCast! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!

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Semi-Open World RPG Project Eve Announced

Newfound studio, Shift Up, has released the teaser trailer for their first title, Project Eve, as well as revealing that the game will be a single player semi-open world experience inspired by the likes of NieR: Automata and God of War. The game is being directed by Hyung-Tae Kim, known for his illustration on Magna Carta, Blade & Soul, and Destiny Child. Additionally, composter ESTi (Ragnarok Online) has signed on to the project, as well.

The game will use Unreal Engine 4 and is being developed for next generation systems, with the studio currently recruiting staff and developers. The team is currently at 10 people, with the goal being a 100-person studio by the end of development. The story will follow humanity as it returns to Earth to fight against a race of invaders after they were forced into orbit around the planet.

First Look at Dragon Quest: Your Story Animated Film

Square Enix has posted the first trailer of the upcoming Dragon Quest animated film, Dragon Quest: Your Story. The trailer is our first look at footage from the film, marking the first animated film that Square Enix has released since Final Fantasy XV: Kingsglaive. The film looks gorgeous, and an insane amount of fun for fans of the franchise.

Dragon Quest: Your Story hits theaters in Japan on August 2nd, with no word on an international release. But given the history of animated releases internationally, we should expect to hear news soon.

R-TYPE FINAL2 Announced

In what seems like a cruel April Fool’s joke, but truly isn’t a joke at all, Granzella has surprise-announced R-TYPE FINAL2. The first R-TYPE was released in 1987, with the sequel, R-TYPE FINAL releasing in 2003. Now, after 16 years we’ll be seeing another game in the series, with the stages being rebuilt from the ground up, with a 16:9 aspect ratio in full HD.

This is intensely exciting news for fans of side-scrolling shooters, with the official website revealing that more information will come in May alongside a crowd-funding campaign.

Sega Genesis Mini Debuting This September

Sega has announced that its long-awaited Sega Genesis Mini system will release on September 19th, with 40 games pre-loaded onto the system. That tops the already released PlayStation Classic from Sony, as well as the NES Classic Edition, and SNES Classic Edition from Nintendo. The package will include the system, two wired controllers, a USB power adapter, power cable, and HDMI cable.

Here are the list of ten games announced so far for the Sega Genesis Mini:

  • Ecco the Dolphin
  • Castlevania: Bloodlines
  • Space Harrier II
  • Shining Force
  • Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
  • ToeJam & Earl
  • Comix Zone
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Altered Beast
  • Gunstar Heroes

Stay tuned for more info on the remaining 30(!) games still to be announced for the upcoming system before its release on September 19th.

Twitch Prime Members Now Receive 12 Months of Nintendo Switch Online

If you’re an Amazon Prime member, then congratulations, you’re also a Twitch Prime member, which also means you now have access to 12 months of Nintendo Switch online, free of charge. All you have to do is visit the Loot page (Click Here!) and claim the loot. You’ll be able to access your first 3 months, now, and the final 9 months after being a Prime member for 60 days after you first 3-month claim.

It’s a clever plan to keep subscribers going. Fortunately, if you’re already a Nintendo Switch Online member, this just extends your renewal date even further. So head over there and enjoy the perks!

Borderlands 3 Announced by Gearbox

After a disappointing last several years, Gearbox Software is hoping to turn things around with the final game in the trilogy of their gun-obsessed dystopian thrill-ride with Borderlands 3. The first official trailer is above, and boasts incredible cel-shaded visuals, with over a billion guns to build and choose from.

While the trailer gives us little aside from eye-catching visuals, we’ll learn more next week on April 3rd, when Gearbox has set an event to give us full details.