Dark Souls 3 Already Beaten in Under 2 Hours

The Dark Souls games are known to be notoriously challenging, but that doesn’t stop people from beating them very quickly. Now, a Japanese player has beaten Dark Souls III in less than two hours, before the game is even available in North America.

The player’s speedrun has been posted to YouTube, and it’s already set the world record bar pretty high. Others looking to beat it will have to do so in under one hour and 42 minutes. You can check out the speedrun for yourself in the video below–skip ahead to the 12-minute mark for the world record run. It definitely contains spoilers.

The speedrunner, who goes by 제하니 on YouTube, beat their previous Dark Souls III world record of about one hour and 56 minutes. They die a couple times in the video above, so beating the current one seems relatively feasible.

You can try for your own record when Dark Souls III releases on April 12 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

In other Dark Souls-related news, Sony and Bandai Namco released a video that imagines the action-RPG as an old VHS movie. And if you’re interested in seeing another take on Dark Souls, you can watch Eli Roth’s animated short right here.

from GameSpot http://www.gamespot.com/articles/dark-souls-3-already-beaten-in-under-2-hours/1100-6436341/

To build a new Baldur’s Gate, Beamdog had to reverse-engineer the original

After more than a decade, there’s a new Baldur’s Gate game out this week — sort of. In a chat with Kotaku, Beamdog opens up about how & why it reverse-engineered the original to build fresh content. …

from Gamasutra News http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/269510/To_build_a_new_Baldurs_Gate_Beamdog_had_to_reverseengineer_the_original.php

Final Fantasy 15 Director Clarifies 10 Million Sales Comments

Earlier this week, Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata said the long-awaited RPG needed to sell 10 million copies for it to be a “success.” However, at the time, it wasn’t exactly clear if he meant a financial success or a success by some other measurement. Now, he’s clarified his original comments.

In a statement to Famitsu, as reported by Final Fantasy fan site Novacrystallis, Tabata said the figure represents how many copies the team would like to see the game sell. It’s not necessarily how many it needs to sell to turn a profit, however.

10 million is a big number and one that few games reach. Tabata acknowledged in his statement that it’s a lofty goal, but said it represents the studio’s ambitious outlook. “We’ve thought about what we need to do to achieve this number and tasked ourselves with this huge objective,” Tabata said.

It is believed that Final Fantasy VII, released in 1997, is the best-selling game in the series, having tallied 11 million in sales across PlayStation, PSN, PC, and iOS, according to Siliconera.

Exactly how many copies Final Fantasy XV needs to sell to turn a profit is unknown. Publishers do not typically share this kind of information, though we may learn more about Square Enix’s business expectations for the game in the coming months when Square Enix reports earnings next.

Given that Final Fantasy XV has been in development, in some form, for around a decade at least, it’s likely that Square Enix’s investment in the project has been significant. Plus, Square Enix is producing a full-length Final Fantasy XV movie as well as an anime series.

Final Fantasy XV launches in September 2015 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. A PC version could come later, but nothing has been decided. For more on all the announcements from this week’s Uncovered event in Los Angeles, check out this roundup of stories and this collection of trailers.

from GameSpot http://www.gamespot.com/articles/final-fantasy-15-director-clarifies-10-million-sal/1100-6436227/

Why It’s Taking Years To Shave Seconds Off The World Record For Super Mario Bros.

The fastest anybody has ever beaten the original Super Mario Bros. is with a time of 4:57.427. The man who currently holds that record isn’t happy with it, though. He knows he can do it faster.

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from Kotaku http://kotaku.com/why-its-taking-years-to-shave-seconds-off-the-world-rec-1768197256