At the Paris Games Week 2023, gamers and fans of the iconic animated series Goldorak (known as Grendizer in its original Japanese version) were treated to a heartfelt trip down memory lane as Microids unveiled their highly-anticipated video game adaptation, UFO Robot Grendizer - The Feast of the Wolves.
For the first time in a video game, climb aboard Goldorak, the legendary robot, and fight the forces of evil to defend our planet Earth! The game invites players to embark on an unforgettable adventure within the immersive world created by Go Nagai, the visionary mind behind this iconic giant robot. UFO Robot Grendizer - The Feast of the Wolves is not just another video game but a lovingly crafted action-adventure experience adapted from the cult anime series that has inspired generations. The game boasts a unique blend of gameplay styles, including action/Brawler, 3rd-person shooter, shoot'em up, and exploration. These different gameplay phases promise players a dynamic and diverse experience, mirroring the versatility of the eponymous giant robot. As players embark on missions, they can earn experience points, unlock new abilities, and enhance the powers of Goldorak, enabling them to face the ever-present forces of evil with increasing strength.
For fans approaching or surpassing the age of forty, the nostalgia factor for classic animated series like Goldorak, Ninja Turtles, Knights of the Zodiac, Ulysses 31, Cobra, Dragon Ball, Jayce and the Conquerors of Light, and Albator is palpable. In France, the series made its TV debut on Antenne 2, as part of the Récré A2 program, on July 3, 1978, with the beloved Dorothée as the host. Now, forty-five years later, an official video game adaptation is set to make its grand entrance on gaming consoles and PCs, promising to be an unforgettable event in the world of gaming.
UFO Robot Grendizer - The Feast of the Wolves is scheduled to make its debut on November 14, 2023. The game will closely follow the narrative of the first story arc of the animated series, taking fans on a journey filled with memorable moments. In terms of platforms, the game caters to a wide audience, including PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch, with both physical and digital versions available. For PC gamers, a digital version will be distributed through the Steam platform.
The game is available in various editions to cater to different fan preferences. The standard edition is priced at €49.99, though some retailers are offering it at even more enticing prices. For fans seeking additional collectibles, the Deluxe Edition is a fantastic choice. This edition comes in a special package and includes a steelbook, key ring, poster, and lenticular, all for €69.99.
For the most devoted fans, there is a limited Collector's Edition priced at €289. This comprehensive package contains an exclusive 25 cm figurine, a steelbook, four lithographs, a set of three pins, an exclusive artbook, a golden ticket, a key ring, a poster, and extra digital content. The Collector's Edition is a true treasure trove for fans seeking an ultimate Goldorak experience.
Goldorak, created nearly 45 years ago, has left an indelible mark on several generations of fans. The game promises to faithfully capture the essence of the original series, featuring a rich cast of characters, iconic locations, and formidable enemies. Furthermore, players will be treated to a remastered soundtrack by renowned Polish composer Marcin Przybylowicz, known for his work on acclaimed titles such as The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077.
During the Tokyo Game Show 2023, a demo of UFO Robot Grendizer - The Feast of the Wolves provided a sneak peek into the game. While the title holds great promise for nostalgia and action, early impressions were mixed. Some players were left wanting more in terms of the game's visuals. The graphics were described as flat, bland, and lacking pizzazz, evoking memories of older PS2 titles with smoothed-over graphics. Animations appeared stiff, and lighting effects left much to be desired. In-game elements also faced criticism, with objects like trees and rocks behaving unpredictably. The iconic robot, Goldorak, felt less gigantic and more like a regular character during gameplay.
Paris Games Week, a highly anticipated event that returns November 1 2023, is an exhilarating showcase of the latest in the world of video games and interactive entertainment. This annual extravaganza, eagerly awaited by gaming enthusiasts, provides a captivating platform for gamers and industry professionals alike to experience the cutting-edge technology, innovative game releases, and immersive gaming experiences. Hosted in the vibrant city of Paris, this event has evolved into a hub for both established gaming companies and independent developers to reveal their latest creations. With a rich history and a passionate gaming community, Paris Games Week is more than just a trade show; it's a celebration of the gaming culture that brings together players, developers, and fans from around the world. Whether you're interested in experiencing the thrill of playing unreleased games, attending insightful industry conferences, or immersing yourself in the art and culture of gaming, Paris Games Week is the ultimate destination where all facets of the gaming universe converge.
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(Source : press release)