Former Metroid Prime manager on how Nintendo fixed the crunch and its full confidence in Metroid Prime 4
This afternoon we were able to hear interesting news from Reece Reilly’s Kiwi Talkz podcast, where Mike Wikan, a former member of Retro Studios, has offered details about Donkey Kong and Metroid Prime.
Well, now we bring you even more information from this meeting, focused on the crunch they suffered in the studio with unreasonable working conditions between Metroid Prime deliveries 1 and 2. Apparently, these situations come from unreasonable deadlines that Nintendo set for Metroid Prime 2: Echoes. He points out that later Nintendo intervened again after realizing there were serious problems finishing the first game.
These were his words:
After Metroid Prime 1 we rarely had a crunch, we had a leadership change between 1 and 2… We had some crisis (on 2) but it wasn’t the nine month death march we had at the end of Prime 1. That it was the worst.
I had two moments where I was there 48 hours in a row with an hour of sleep, and then a couple of 36 hour days, for the last nine months we were there practically 24 hours a day, 7 days a week …
At the end of that period, everyone was eager to finish, we just said, “We are done.” He had two job offers from two different companies, and Nintendo realized what was going on and took over the company, bought it. They put Michael Kelbaugh in charge. It’s a sweetheart, very good, he was the head of the quality control department at Nintendo. He said, “Guys, give me a few weeks to turn this around.” And he did.
He restored faith in leadership and in the company. I loved working for Nintendo.
At the same meeting, Wikan commented that they have full confidence in the Metroid Prime 4 development team:
And Metroid 4 will be great. A lot of the central designers on the team are guys who were there when I was there. They understand, they understand what a Metroid game is.
Stray Review: Explore a cybercity and knock things off
The new third-person Cat adventure game Stray is coming out on the 19th of July and this game has a really beautiful and breathtaking theme to the world shown in the game. This game was in development for 7 years and it is finally coming out to give the players a real feel of a Stray Cat in the modern world. The developer of this game is BlueTwelve Studio and it is published by Annapurna Interactive. The developers of this game have put a lot of time in this game to make the cat character look and feel real. The players will feel that they are actually playing as a cat because of the mechanics as well as the behavior of the cat in the game.
This adventure game has a cybercity filled with the robot citizen that you’ll explore in the game. The cybercity theme is on point and they have shown that the robots have made their own living in the city. You’ll walk in the streets of this city, climb on the roofs and buildings of this city and the detailing of the city is very impressive. You can interact with all of the robots in the city and can even help the robots while progressing through the story of the game.
The jumping and climbing in the game are also very impressive. You’ll experience a real-life of a stray cat who is trying to get back to his family. You’ll be climbing barrels, trash cans, air conditioners, etc. to look for the right way. You’ll also see that there are many places that you can go, you can jump up on something or hide in a box while looking for the right path. The game has also made some neon signs in the streets of cybercity that will guide you a bit in the right direction. If you have missed the neon sign and are stuck in a place, you can also use the “Meow” of your cat. The Meow will also help you find the right path as it triggers the neon sign to glow again or something that will get your attention.
The behavior that they added of the cat is very realistic. If you see water dripping on the floor, you can drink the water from there. You can Meow to find the right path. If you see a couch or carpet, you can scratch it. You can also scratch the doors in the cybercity and by scratching some doors, the robots will open the door to check what was out there and you’ll get access to their homes. There are also some places where you can take a nap. All of the behaviors of the cat will give you a lot of joy while playing as a cat in the game.
The graphics quality of the game also stands out and the lighting quality in the cybercity is pretty amazing. You’ll experience really good quality lightning while in the city and by going into different homes, shops, roofs, and buildings, you’ll see a cybercity from the eyes of a Stray Cat.
The total length of the gameplay is about 7-8 hours if you only play through the story. But if you explore the whole city and interact will all the robots and help them, it can be extended to 10 hours.
Pros & Cons
We have considered some good and bad points of Stray from the gameplay.
- The gameplay and the behavior of the cat enhance the experience of the game.
- The radio songs playing at various points in the game sets the mood with the environment.
- The puzzles are well designed and they are suitably challenging.
- Some of the puzzles are longer and they start to feel like they are dragging by the end.
- Some minor performance issues during level loading, but these clear up after a few minutes in a new area.
Although, the game is a must-try and if you like adventure games then you should probably give it a go because this game will give you a whole new experience of adventure while playing as a cat. With all the elements that the game has to offer. A great game with a good story and ambiance of the world with the experience of playing as a Stray Cat. This game will be available on July 19th for Playstation 4, Playstation 5, and Microsoft Windows.
We’ll rate this game 9.5/10.
Far Cry 6: How to Fish
Far Cry 6 is designed around another huge open world for players to explore. And while the overall theme of the game is once again reclaiming territory from an evil dictator, there are plenty of optional activities you can engage in along the way. This includes Fishing, which is a minigame that almost seems to have become a must-have feature of all modern open-world games these days. In any case, here is how to fish in Far Cry 6 if you want to put down your assault rifle for a moment and spend an afternoon pulling a rope.
Fishing in Far Cry 6
Fishing in Far Cry 6 is unlocked at the beginning of the game as part of the tutoring missions on the first island. Once you have access to the fishing rod, you can go to any body of water, press and hold L1 / LB to open the weapon wheel, select your fishing rod, and then launch it. Then you need to slowly wind the line to attract the fish.
When taking a bite, use the onscreen prompts to move the right analog stick against the way the fish is pulling, while holding down L2 to roll the fish. Everything is quite intuitive.
Your fishing pole can be upgraded by interacting with the tackle box, which is located on the ground where you see the hook icon on your map.
Here you can change your float/lure and upgrade your fishing line and reel. You will need to use them to catch some of the toughest fish in the game, so be sure to use them if you are looking to catch all of them.
Far Cry 6: How To Easily Beat Jose Castillo Boss Fight
In Far Cry 6 you will meet a lot of colorful people while controlling the protagonist Dani Rojas, although not all of them are your friends. As one of Antón Castillo’s favorite henchmen, General José Castillo is one of those people that you probably better never know. Here’s everything you need to know about how to beat José Castillo in Far Cry 6.
At some point in Far Cry 6, the game opens and requires Dani to complete missions and objectives to liberate the occupied areas of Yara, the game’s fictional island. These areas are separated into different segments that are controlled by specific people.
To the west, Madrugada is governed by Antón Castillo’s nephew, General José Castillo. This antagonist is as bad as he gets, serving as a slaver who controls the poisonous Viviro tobacco that gives the president his power.
How to beat José Castillo in Far Cry 6
When you meet José Castillo in Far Cry 6, he will not be on an equal footing. Instead, the general will be in his helicopter for the duration of the fight. To deal with this, you’ll want Dani to use her Rocket Supreme, as it deals 40% damage to her.
To restore the rest of José Castillo’s health during their fight in Far Cry 6, use a rifle like the M16S and equip it with explosive cartridges. Spice up a lot of these and be sure to take cover behind the control tower to avoid the incoming rockets.
Get enough shots until his health bar runs out and you’ll have defeated El Presidente’s Western General in no time.
That’s everything you need to know about how to beat José Castillo in Far Cry 6. If you’re still looking for more information on the game, be sure to check out the entire guide wiki.