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Gaming: Spider-Man slings sales record; Kingdom Hearts’ Big Heroic trailer; Final Fantasy gets cute again; and more

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Sep 10, 2018, 1:06 PM EDT

It may not even have been out for an entire week yet, but a few days were all it took for Spider-Man to catch a pretty significant record in its sticky web: it’s already the year’s fastest-selling console game in Great Britain. 

In a signal that Spidey’s New York-scaling adventure is luring more than just hardcore gamers into stores both real and digital, the PlayStation 4 exclusive isn’t just beating the record set by fellow PS4-exclusive God of War — it’s also topping gaming phenomena like Far Cry 5, a multiplatform game that had held 2018’s fastest-selling bragging rights until Peter Parker came swinging through the steel-and-concrete trees.

While hard numbers haven’t yet been made available, Spider-Man’s early success highlights a couple of interesting superlatives. Via, the game has so far outsold God of War by more than double in the UK, and also has become the fastest-selling Marvel game ever, eclipsing LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, the previous record holder, “by a big margin.” With a hot start like that in Britain, it stands to reason that Spidey is probably doing pretty well in the U.S., too.

We’ll hopefully get a clearer picture soon of just how big Spider-Man’s selling power is, not only overseas, but here in the U.S. as well. Spider-Man — which most reviewers think is pretty great — is available now for PlayStation 4.

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Kingdom Hearts 3, which now vies with the slow-developing Final Fantasy VII remake for the title of most-anticipated out of all of Square Enix’s upcoming games, just got a new trailer that shows off another of the Disney-themed locations Sora, Donald, and Goofy will be dropped into for their third outing.

This time our crossover heroes are venturing into the world of Big Hero 6, encountering Hiro and Baymax in San Fransokyo (Big Hero’s mash-up of Tokyo and San Francisco). The new trailer is English captioned over the original Japanese, but Square Enix’s insanely detailed graphics definitely don’t get lost in translation.

Square Enix also reportedly (via IGN) has just revealed the new Kingdom Hearts VR Experience for PlayStation VR ahead of this year’s Tokyo Game Show (TGS). While details are light, it’s a safe bet we’ll know much more by the time TGS kicks off on Sept. 19. 

In the meantime, check out Square Enix’s bigly heroic clip below, and then start saving your munny: Kingdom Hearts 3 will be taking its keyblade to your wallet when it releases on Jan. 25 of next year.

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Not to stand idly in its own Kingdom Hearts spotlight, Square Enix also is front-loading TGS with news that Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, the beloved Nintendo-only offshoot that gave GameCube owners their cute Final Fantasy fix back in the early 2000s, is heading to both the PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo Switch.

What’s not yet clear is whether the updated current-gen version of the game, titled Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition, will see a U.S. release following its debut in Japan next year. Although the YouTube trailer is an all-Japanese affair, Square Enix tweeted the announcement out in English, so call us encouraged:

Finally, Yakuza fans have something new to look forward to from the SEGA creative team that’s so effectively brought Japan’s criminal underworld to life. Via The Verge, Yakuza maestro and current SEGA COO Toshihiro Nagoshi is putting his team on a new PS4 title called Judge Eyes: Shinigami no Yuigon (in Japanese), or — at least as its working title — Project Judge in English. 

The report indicates Project Judge takes its basic thematic cue from Yakuza’s gritty, street-level view of Japanese organized crime, but “flips the stakes altogether by casting the player character as a former lawyer turned detective.”

The project reportedly includes do-it-all celebrity Beat Takeshi (aka Takeshi Kitano), one of Japan’s biggest stars, for one of the game’s key roles. Need context? “[I]magine if Justin Timberlake were cast in the Uncharted series and you’ll get an idea of how big a coup this is,” The Verge explains. 

Unlike most gaming hype, this announcement won’t wither on the vine: Project Judge is due out in Japan on Dec. 13, with an international version set to hit the U.S. sometime next year. You can check out the Japanese trailer here.