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Lost Soul Aside’s Gameplay Demo Is the Lovechild of Devil May Cry and Final Fantasy

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Indie games look more and more impressive each year thanks to talented and dedicated teams of developers. But, what about the games with development teams of one? Surely they can’t look as beautiful? Well, Lost Soul Aside demonstrates that one talented individual is more than enough to create a beautiful game. Sure, we’ve known about Lost Soul Aside ever since the announcement trailer dropped last year, but today Bing Yang posted a video that demonstrates the game’s combat system in full, and it’s a thing of beauty.

While Lost Soul Aside takes visual cues from Final Fantasy XV (the main character Kazer looks almost identical to Final Fantasy XV‘s protagonist Noctis), the gameplay is pure hack and slash bliss in the vein of Devil May Cry or Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.  Kazer has all the abilities we have come to expect from such games: he can slide on the ground to dodge attacks, switch between different weapons, and unleash shockwaves from his blade, just to name a few. The first minute of the gameplay demo shows Kazer easily tearing through small, human-sized monsters. and the next four are spent fighting a boss.

The boss serves to demonstrate the level of challenge players will face in Lost Soul Aside. The fight starts off rather simple, and the creature only crawls on all fours and violently swipes at Kazer. It’s nothing most gamers haven’t seen before, but once the battle enters the second phase, the monster kicks it into high gear. What was at first some seemingly feral creature becomes a terrifying bipedal titan that swipes at Kazer with ethereal arm blades and conjures blue flames that litter the ground and restricts player movement. The second round isn’t Dark Souls levels of challenging, but it’s not the kind of boss fight players can take lightly.

During the cutscene that introduces the boss, you might have noticed it’s passive until it notices Kazer, at which point it starts rolling around in pain; the creature even shakily reaches for Kazer in much the same way characters in movies, tv shows, and video games reach out when they are in desperate need of help. While this is by no means solid evidence of anything, it implies that the boss monster — and possibly all the other monsters Kazer killed — might have been human once. If this is true, what caused them to transform, and why does Kazer’s presence force them to go rabid? These are questions the game will likely answer when released

The gameplay demo has sold me on Lost Soul Aside, and it’s still in develepment. The game will undergo numerous changes and improvements before it is ready for release, and I’m looking forward to the final result. Bing Yang deserves all the attention he can get for this game.

All you have to do to get my attention is talk about video games, technology, anime, and/or Dungeons & Dragons - also people in spandex fighting rubber suited monsters.

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Google engineers successfully hacked the PS Portal to run emulated PSP games

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After about a month of work, a couple of Google employees have successfully hacked the PS Portal, PlayStation’s handheld streaming solution. Their project is not set for public release anytime soon, but the hack is purely software-based, eliminating the need for hardware exploitation.

Andy Nguyen, a cloud vulnerability researcher, and Calle Svensson, a security engineer, shared their latest project on Twitter. They successfully ran the PSP emulator PPSSPP on the PS Portal. They presented the 2005 PSP classic Grand Theft Auto: Liberty Stories.

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As a wireless streaming device, the idea of playing games on the PS Portal without a PS5 providing the power was considered impossible. It’s quite surprising how quickly Nguyen and Svensson have overcome this initial hurdle. It remains to be seen where their efforts will take them, but we will definitely keep an eye on their progress. Nguyen expressed that there is still a lot of work left to do.

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Lady Gaga reveals collaboration with Fortnite for upcoming festival and addresses typo

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Lady Gaga, also known as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has teased an upcoming collaboration with Fortnite Festival set to be unveiled soon. More pertinent to our specific attention to detail, Gaga has also admitted to a mistake made around four years ago, indicating her keen awareness of the franchise’s significant value.

Gaga shared a mesmerizing picture of her character in Fortnite and also retweeted a post from 2019 where she asked her fans, “What’s fortnight?”. She finally got the chance to correctly spell the title of the game, allowing us to breathe a sigh of relief after waiting anxiously.

Lady Gaga will be teaming up with other top celebrities to maximize their presence on the Fortnite platform. Travis Scott once hosted a live concert in Battle Royale a couple of years ago, while the Weeknd just premiered the music video for the song “Popular” at the Fortnite Festival.

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Reflecting on Street Fighter 5’s tumultuous launch, Capcom looks back eight years later

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For those who may not recall, nearly eight years ago today, Street Fighter 5 was released in 2016 in a rather incomplete state. The content available was impressive initially, but the limited number of characters and lack of single-player game modes stood out. Capcom expresses regret for the entire situation, offering apologies years later for having “betrayed” players’ expectations.

On SF5’s eighth anniversary, the developers must be feeling nostalgic. They recently posted a Japanese-language tweet looking back on the mistakes made and the challenges that were eventually overcome. The number of playable characters has grown to 45, and the game has seen various enhancements, including the introduction of new abilities such as V Skills/Trigger II and V Shift. Even now, hundreds of thousands of players still choose to play this game instead of the newer Street Fighter 6.
Have you had the chance to try out Street Fighter 5 since it was first released? What do you recall about the game’s reception? Take a trip down memory lane in the comments section below.

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