Clover Studios' Final Interview?

Last week Capcom announced that it is shutting down Clover Studios, its brilliant development studio responsible for such unique games as Viewtiful Joe, Okami, and this week's release God Hand. A few weeks ago, 1UP had the opportunity to speak with Clover's president and star producer Atsushi Inaba, even though it was subsequently learned that he had already technically left the company by this time. Although it wasn't known that Clover was about to be dissolved, the absense of a future direction and the hint of sadness in his tone indicated something was likely afoot. Here are some highlights from our recent interview.

PS360WII6259d ago

capcom didn't like the pressure of having a branch that was becoming just as big as them. How else can you explain a company that pumped out some extremly popular and great games suddenly getting the boot?

peksi6258d ago

That is a shame. Another kick in the head of free innovation.


A Look Through the Absolute Best PS2 Games of All Time

Take it down the memory lane with this ultimate list of the best PlayStation 2 games of all time. Just the best of the best right here.

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isarai58d ago

It's so disappointing that to this day, I have not seen a game match what BLACK offers in an FPS.

ApocalypseShadow58d ago

Shame isn't it. I thought we'd be at a point of destructible backgrounds, objects, pyrotechnics etc in shooters. I sold many a copy in the demo unit when I managed a franchise Game Crazy back then. But I stopped playing shooters because they didn't evolve. Heavy weapon. Shoot a wall or glass. Nothing happens. Lol. Except for Killzone 2. I enjoyed that.

But then I woke and remembered it's EA. EA didn't care really. They just wanted to kill competition from Criterion and Burnout. And own Renderware to profit from as many developers used that engine. Only thing was that developers ran as fast as they could away from EA to Unreal Engine and its pop in and Vaseline graphics. Shame on EA. And then they bought Dice for Frostbite. Evil busters.

Anyway, too many PS2 games to count. Some of my personal faves being DMC, Genji, Bujingai, Blood Will Tell, Onimusha, Way of the Samurai, Japanese Berserk, Japanese Macross game that blew away the US Robotech game, RAD, Castlevania Lament of Innocence.... there's just too many. Let me stop. Lol

Cacabunga57d ago

Code Veronica
Dead or Alive 2 Hardcore
The Getaway
Time Crisis 3
Mark of Kri

are some of my all times favorites missing on that list

shinoff218357d ago

I've always Saud I'm not a fan of fps much , there's been some I really like and thought were really dope. Black falls into that category.

CoNn3rB57d ago

I would love nothing more than a remaster of the Jak series, including Jak X

Flawlessmic57d ago (Edited 57d ago )

The greatest console of all time !!!!

The last console from when gaming was pure, games didn't take 5 years to release, no online only, no half finished games, no mtx.

Ps2 was just banger after banger after banger.

It will always be my favourite.

sagapo57d ago

No Timesplitters in the list??

FinalFantasyFanatic56d ago

This is a really good list, pretty happy with the choices here.


The Capcom Series Most in Need of Revival

Capcom recently revealed interest in reviving their dormant IPs, so it's time to look at which Capcom series would make sense to return.

Knightofelemia553d ago

Breath of Fire, Knights of the Round, Saturday Night Slam Masters, a proper Bionic Commando game, Ghosts and Goblins. I am all down for Dino Crisis loved 1 and 2 one thing I like about Capcom is their massive library of games that need to be brought back to life. Next to Konami, Namco, Sega, old Squaresoft, Capcom was and is another one of my favorite developers. I would like it if Disney would just let Capcom make a Marvel game or two or Disney should let Capcom handle some Disney games. Capcom pulled of some great games with both Disney characters and Marvel characters.

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Chevalier552d ago

All those plus Rival Schools, Powerstone, Darkstalkers, Dungeons and Dragons and Aliens vs Predator.

Terry_B553d ago

Rival Schools, Darkstalkers, Captain Commando, Dino Crisis and Breath of Fire.

CrimsonWing69553d ago

I feel like Darkstalkers will get SJWd, but I still want it

RyanShutup553d ago

The Japanese seem to be immune to that bullshit... so far at least anyway.

shinoff2183552d ago

Breath of fire would be number one choice.

Glad to see it getting some love in the comments. I loved these games 1 through 4.
Not dragon quarter

Godmars290552d ago

Dark Stalkers, any fighting game - or side scroller - really, just not with SF's current art direction.


10 PS2 Games We'd Love To See On PlayStation Plus Premium

Cultured Vultures: One of the main selling points of PlayStation Plus Premium is the slew of retro games, so we're pitching some great additions from the PS2.

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P_Bomb606d ago

Had to say SSX Tricky didn’t ya? Now the song is stuck in my head, lol!

MadLad606d ago (Edited 606d ago )


The luxury of getting backwards compatibility sold back to you behind a paywall. Then hoping the games you actually want to play are even available.

Lexreborn2606d ago

You mean like switch online? Something we still don’t know (which Sony still has time to say) is if when it hits psn. Will it be buyable outside of psplus. Only way I see it not is if those games are 100% cloud based.

MadLad606d ago

This isn't a Nintendo article, it's a Sony article on the service they're providing their BC through.
And if you can't put an original disc into your console and play that game, it's less backwards compatibility and more just reselling you old games you may already still have.

Lexreborn2606d ago

Well you can’t really do that with any consoles then except ps5/ps4 and Xone/seriesSX. Even on the Microsoft side the BC is half baked for older titles as it’s always been from Xbox-360 to 360-xbone.

The only true bc device to ever exist was base ps3 in the last 13 years. So it’s been over a decade we haven’t seen “true” BC so why complain now?

It seems like you are looking for something to hate that’s been pretty established for a long time now. At some point you gotta let it go and just accept the reality.

septemberindecember606d ago (Edited 606d ago )


Wii U and 3DS were both backwards compatible with their predecessors fully. So PS3 was definitely not the last *true* BC device.

MadLad606d ago


Microsoft has been supporting BC since the 360 days, when PS3 took it away early on.
Microsoft then took another step and actually updated a lot of their BC titles, and allows you to put a disc and and play it.
Sony is just now allowing again BC, but are putting it behind a paywall.

And I've been talking about this for a while now because as soon as they pulled BC on Playstation we saw countless remasters in their place.