A necessary evil

“Resident Evil 7” was announced this month, but it won’t be available until January 2017. What’s a “Resident Evil” (“Biohazard” in Japan) fan to do until then? Luckily, to tide us over, Capcom is also releasing a remastered version of “Resident Evil 5” for current-generation consoles.

“Resident Evil 5” was originally released in 2009 on Xbox 360, PS4 and PC. It was controversial at the time for its depiction of an in-game African setting but went on to sell more than 7 million copies globally, making it Capcom’s biggest hit.

The remastered full HD release features improved graphics — though the original already looked stunning — and comes with all the original downloadable content, including the extended stories “Desperate Escape” and “Lost in Nightmares.” It is also packaged with the PC-only “No Mercy” download as well as “The Mercenaries” and “The Mercenaries Reunion,” which will be combined into a single new model called “The Mercenaries United.”

This isn’t the first remastered “Resident Evil” Capcom has released. Earlier this year saw a remastered version of “Resident Evil 6,” and a spiffed-up “Resident Evil 4” will be out this fall.

“Resident Evil 5” will be available from June 28 on the PS4 for ¥2,800 and on the Xbox One for ¥2,600. Both versions are download only.


Yōkai are living in America

In 2014, “Yokai Watch” streamrolled Japan. The game, its anime and its merchandise swept through the country. It was a phenomenon. Next month, new “Yokai Watch” games that aim to do more than just recapture the magic of the first ones will be hitting stores. This time, “Yokai Watch” is going to the United States.

In the “Yokai Watch 3,” “Sushi” and “Tempura” games, the main character Keita (aka “Nathan” in the West) moves to the U.S. with his family after his father gets a job transfer. Instead of Japanese yōkai (spirits and monsters), the game features Merican Yokai, which include spirits in a hamburger, a cob of corn and a rasher of bacon. In all, “Yokai Watch 3” has more than 600 yōkai, while each version, whether it’s the “Sushi” or “Tempura,” has exclusive yōkai to buddy up with.

Gameplay is largely the same as with previous titles, but there’s a new game system called “Tactics Medal Board,” which allows players to swap yōkai in and out as well as dodge enemy attacks. There’s also new customization features for each character’s Nyan.

“Yokai Watch 3: Sushi” and “Yokai Watch 3: Tempura” will be released on July 16. Both the download and packaged versions are ¥5,184, though the retail ones come with collectible yōkai medals.


Crazy ‘Uppers’

“Uppers” is about more than just kicking butt. You can punch enemies into neon signs or, better yet, into helicopters; throw motorcycles at them; and jump on them so hard that you’ll send them crashing through the floor. And when you’re done fighting, you can try to pick up girls. It’s all rather ridiculous, but that, it seems, is the whole point.

The game takes place on an island where the only source of entertainment appears to be dudes beating each other up — violently. As you lay the smackdown on rivals, the games “queens” (who are actually schoolgirls) cheer you on.

“Uppers” was originally slated for release in April, but was delayed because of low pre-orders. But now, it’s penciled in for a July release on the PS Vita. Heavy on fan service that is outrageous and completely over the top, “Uppers” may not be for everyone, but it should find an audience with those looking for something offbeat, different and utterly ridiculous.

“Uppers” will be released on July 14 for the PS Vita. The packaged version is ¥5,378, while the download version is ¥4,980.


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