I love video games. That's why I write about them. My first console was the Nintendo 64 and we got it when I was 4, along with Super Mario 64. I finished the game on my own when I was 6. One of my all time favorites of that generation is Donkey Kong 64. I love the bosses, I love the level designs, I love how you can play with multiple characters, and I love how many collectibles there are.
I was mostly a Nintendo gamer until 2010, when I discovered Assassin's Creed. My PC could barely run it, but it played good enough to provide an amazing experience. Since then I've had a lot of catching up to do, and I'm now a big fan of Mass Effect, Dead Space, Resident Evil and the Batman: Arkham games, among others.
Pokémon Sun and Moon‘s demo came out last week, and people with a certain technical know-how have already begun hacking the demo to discover what secrets it holds. While hackers have mostly gone through the demo for datamining purposes, one in particular decided to add a different visual style to the game. YouTube user KazoWAR has uploaded a video of the demo, running in a 3DS emulator with a “no-line” patch that removes the thick black lines on the Pokémon models and causes them to appear more cel-shaded.
I think it looks amazing, but everyone has their own taste. What do you prefer? Models with or without lines? Share in the comments!
Rare veteran Chris Sutherland and editorial director Andy Robinson, representing Playtonic Games, were recently interviewed by GamesRadar about how using Kickstarter changed the development of their new game Yooka-Laylee.
Chris Sutherland: When we started out. We thought, ‘Oh, it’ll be a small number of people, it’s mainly for us and we just need to fund it.’ Now we’re very much aware of at least 80,000 people who are going to be very, very cross if we don’t get this right.
Andy Robinson: It’s inevitable that fans will have certain expectations because of who a lot of the key members of the team are, and what they’ve worked on [such as the Banjo-Kazooie games and Conker’s Bad Fur Day]. We do feel a duty – a lot of people will have backed us because they were expecting a spiritual successor. But we also want to do something new.
Chris Sutherland: If it wasn’t for the Kickstarter, there would be a game, but it would be a much, much smaller game. Much more compact.
Andy Robinson: We’re in a beautiful renaissance for development now, where there’s lot of different sizes of games and studios and you can make games for lots of audiences. Hopefully, the expandable worlds are a means to appeal to everyone – there’s a lot of challenge in there for the people who do want to collect everything and expand all the worlds, but it also allows us to make worlds that appeal to a newer audience.
It’s clear to see that Kickstarter influences a lot of new games coming out, seeing as Yooka-Laylee wasn’t the only one getting this treatment. Mighty No. 9 is another Kickstarter game, which, unfortunately, was poorly received upon its release. We can only wait and see what path Yooka-Laylee follows.
Personally, I have great faith in the people behind many of the great games of the SNES and the N64. What is your opinion? Do you think Yooka-Laylee will turn out to be Mighty No. 9 done right? Share in the comments!
A new trailer for Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice has released, featuring Amy Rose, one of the playable characters for the game. She is usually a love interest for Sonic, but that doesn’t mean she can’t pull her weight, as is seen here in the trailer. It shows her using her iconic hammer to move through an icy level, moving objects and obstacles out of her way. She uses a hammer stomp to cause shockwaves, and she can activate a hammer swing in the air to grapple enemies and other objects.
What do you think? Do you think Fire & Ice will be better than the last Sonic Boom? Share your thoughts in the comments.
We’ve all got some games we love more than others, but there are also games that we believe don’t deserve all the praise they’re getting. That doesn’t mean those games are necessarily bad, but when you look back at it, some of us think they’re definitely overrated.
As the main picture might have clued you in, I think The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is one of the, if not most overrated game of all time. I believe people’s judgements are far too clouded by nostalgia to see the game for what it really is: a very good game that set the bar for future Zelda titles, and gaming in general, but not the pinnacle of what gaming has to offer. I feel it has been surpassed by most Zelda titles after it. I played the Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, and Skyward Sword before I played Ocarina of Time, and I believe those three titles have surpassed Ocarina in pretty much all things. That’s why I wasn’t really blown away by Ocarina when I first played it, but of course that might have been entirely different for you!
What do you believe is the most overrated title in all of gaming? Why do you believe that? Share in the comments!
After the release of the incredibly popular Pokémon GO, Japan experienced a massive increase in the sales for the main games on the 3DS, doubling what the games sold before, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. It is logical that the games would sell better because of Pokémon GO‘s release, but this surge is still unexpected.
The Wall Street Journal reports a boost in sales for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire and for the 3DS releases of Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow, which can be seen in a graph below. Sales of 3DS systems have also increased, but not by as big a margin as the games themselves. Pokémon GO has cooled down a bit lately, but its impact can still clearly be felt.
What do you think? Does this point to a positive future for Nintendo? Share in the comments!
Today in Sony’s PlayStation Meeting livestream, the first gameplay footage for Mass Effect Andromeda has been shown by BioWare. It will benefit from the PlayStation 4 Pro added features, and it shows the return of at least one Asari. Gameplay has also been shown that features the protagonist Ryder exploring an area resembling a cave, using the new jetpack to navigate the area and discovering a map. This map holds possible locations of vaults, that seem to be important in the game. Ryder and his crew were then attacked and forced to flee.
The gameplay video can be seen above.
What do you think? Has this trailer made you excited? Share in the comments!
Pokémon Sun and Moon‘s website recently updated, and with it came a few interesting comments from the games’ director, Shigeru Ohmori. Among those, he talked about how our sun and moon inspired the naming of the games, and how he thinks about life on earth.
“We live on a planet overflowing with life. This earth of ours revolves around the sun, and in turn, the moon revolves around the earth. When you look at the sun and the moon from Earth, they appear to be traveling through the sky in similar orbits, but when you change your perspective, you come to realize that their orbits are completely different. Yet the Earth and the sun and moon are all tied to one another, and life grows and flourishes as they work their influence upon one another.
“Humans also interact with people of all different kinds. They influence one another, and in turn, are influenced by others. It is only through this miraculous balance that we can live here as we do.
“In these titles, what I wanted to express is the brilliance of life and of the relationships between humans and Pokémon as they influence one another. That is why I chose to name them after the sun and moon, which have so much influence over our own Earth.” — Shigeru Ohmori
It’s an interesting way to name the games, that’s for sure, and it might hint at one of the themes of the games, seeing as Zygarde makes a return in Alola. Zygarde embodies balance, especially between life and death, which might be embodied by the Aether Foundation and Team Skull respectively.
Square Enix has detailed information about the first DLC coming for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. It will be called System Rift and will see Adam Jensen’s friend and former colleague, Frank Pitchard, return. You will help Frank with finding information on the mysterious Santeau Group by sneaking into the Palisade Blade, one of the most secure data banks around. If Adam agrees to help Frank in his quest, he may also be able to uncover who the Illuminati actually are.
System Rift will be available on September 23rd on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. It will cost $12, but if you have the season pass for Mankind Divided, which costs $29.99, you will not have to pay extra.
It has also been confirmed that the second story DLC included in the season pass is called “A Criminal Past” and will be launched in early 2017.
What do you think? Did you enjoy Mankind Divided? Share in the comments!
During its Call of Duty XP fan event today, Activision announced that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered will come with all of the original multiplayer maps from the original game. When the game was announced in June, only ten of the original maps were confirmed to make an appearance, and that’s reflected in Activision’s announcement, where they have confirmed that the game will come with ten maps at launch, with the other six coming somewhere in December.
Sony and Activision are teaming up to bring exclusive content to the PlayStation 4, including early access to Remastered‘s singleplayer mode. Pre-purchasing Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare gives you access to the campaign on October 5, and multiplayer will go live on Infinite Warfare‘s launch day.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered will come with Infinite Warfare‘s Legacy Edition, Digital Deluxe Edition, and Legacy Pro Edition, and as of now, there are no plans to make it a standalone game.
What do you think? Are you looking forward to Remastered? Share in the comments.
The developer of Telltale’s The Walking Dead – Season Three has revealed today at PAX West 2016 that the upcoming season will be titled “A New Frontier” and will launch in November. The game will appear on PC, Mac, mobile devices, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. A physical disc containing a season pass for the game will hit shelves at the launch of the first episode, and of course the season and the individual episodes will be available to download digitally.
The game is set four years after the initial outbreak of the zombie plague that hit the world, and it’ll feature returning protagonist and fan-favorite Clementine alongside newcomer Javier as protagonists. Nothing is known about the story so far, but it’s likely that Telltale will release new information soon. A new poster for the game can be seen below.
Are you excited to see Clementine return? What would the world be like, so far into the apocalypse? Share in the comments!
A Pokémon Sun & Pokémon Moon: Super Music Collection has been announced for Japan, and it’s now confirmed that the collection is headed to iTunes as well. The collection will contain 175 high quality tracks made up of music heard in both versions and will release in November. Each individual song can be bought for $0.99, or the entire album can be bought for $9.99.
I’m usually a huge fan of Pokémon‘s music, so it’s likely I’ll get the collection, like I did with the Pokémon X and Y soundtrack. Are you likelier to get the whole album or just a few songs? Share in the comments!
The second episode of Telltale’s Batman, titled “Children of Arkham,” will launch on September 20th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. It will continue the story of a young Batman and his struggle with finding a balance between Batman and Bruce Wayne, along with dealing with the mob, campaigning for Harvey Dent, and his friend-turned-criminal Oswald Cobblepot, among others.
The retail version of Batman – The Telltale Series will come to stores in North America on September 13th and in Europe on September 16th. There has been no word yet on when this episode will be released for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iOS, Android, or Mac, but they are sure to follow shortly. You can look at the promo poster for the episode below.
Did you enjoy the first episode? Be sure to share in the comments!
Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection first appeared on the Korean Ratings Board earlier this month, but it seems the compilation for the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One is definitely coming. The French publication Gameblog has posted promotional material and some unconfirmed details about the possible collection.
The compilation will include Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, along with the short films Assassin’s Creed: Lineage and Assassin’s Creed: Embers, detailing happenings before and after Ezio’s story. According to Gameblog, the collection will run at a 1080p resolution along with a framerate of 30fps. All DLC for the games will be included as well.
Gameblog reports that Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection launches in November on the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One for €70 in France, so it is expected the collection will cost $60 in the States.
Personally, I’m a huge Assassin’s Creed fan so I’ve already got these games, but this collection might be perfect for someone just starting the series. What do you think? Will you get this collection, or do you already have the games? Please share in the comments.
This week’s issue of Famitsu has an interview with the producer of Splatoon, Hisashi Nogami, where they talk about the game’s future, including Splatfests. Responding to one of Famitsu’s questions, Nogami said the original plan for Splatfests was that they would run for one year only, but Nintendo was able to continue the Splatfests, although they feel it’s the right time to have them end, for now at least.
Talking about the future, Nogami thinks that the game is complete; it needs no more updates, new weaponry, or outfits. But while Nintendo might have stopped having Splatfests, that doesn’t mean Splatoon is at its end. The people at Nintendo still want to build excitement for the game through events such as Splatoon Koshien tournaments, nation-wide Japanese Splatoon tournaments. The first one was held from September 2015 until January 2016 and was extremely popular, inspiring Nintendo to have more. Furthermore, when asked about a possible sequel, Nogami said that Splatoon has grown with the fans, and they want to continue working with their fans in the event of a possible sequel. So it seems a Splatoon sequel is likely.
What are your thoughts on this? What are your Splatoon experiences? Share in the comments!
In response to the immense amount of refunds of the new game No Man’s Sky on Steam, the page for the game has been updated with a notice that may make it more difficult for people who bought the game to refund it.
This notice is, as far as we know, unique to No Man’s Sky, and hasn’t been seen before, which suggests that all the refunds have made quite an impact on Valve. The notice reads:
“The standard Steam refund policy applies to No Man’s Sky. There are no special exemptions available. Click here for more detail on the Steam refund policy.”
The notice appeared on Sunday and is probably in response to players abusing Steam’s support ticket system. People exceeding the standard two hour playtime for a refund have been able to get a refund through this support system, something which Valve is now taking a stance against. Things like technical issues, missing features, and misleading advertising have been noted by disappointed players as reasons to get their money back. This doesn’t mean you won’t be able to get a refund ever; it just means that Steam will make it harder to get a refund if you go beyond the two hours of playtime, or the fourteen days owned model they currently use.
A picture of the notice can be seen below.
Have you tried getting a refund on No Man’s Sky? Were you successful? What is your opinion on the game in general? Share it all in the comments!
According to a recent forum post on NeoGAF, the upcoming PlayStation 4 Slim will support a 5GHz WiFi connection. The information was leaked by user shortmaneighty2 on Twitter, who has apparently acquired a PS4 Slim console, along with the instruction manual.
One of the main complaints about the original PlayStation 4 was that it didn’t support a 5GHz WiFi connection, it’s only option being a 2.4GHz connection. This seems to be rectified in this new incarnation of the popular console. Shortmaneighty2 has uploaded a picture of the manual that indicates that it supports 5GHz, along with a picture of the console’s UI. The UI’s “Wi-Fi frequency band in use” says 2.4GHz, but that’s because shortmaneighty2 is using that type of connection. The option wasn’t present at all in the original model, so it looks like the new console supports both types of connection.
While this certainly looks very promising, we shouldn’t get all too excited, because there hasn’t been an official confirmation yet. Shortman’s tweets, including the pictures, can be seen below.
It’s no news that Pokémon GO has made an impact on the world. People of all ages are outside playing the game, having fun, and socializing with other people. One negative effect of the whole Pokémon GO craze is that people play the game while they’re driving. This created a lot of accidents, some fatal, and has caused Californian lawmakers to move forward with a bill that will ban any kind of mobile activity that could potentially distract the driver, according to the Los Angeles Times. The existing bill banning texting while driving does not include other kinds of mobile activity, such as Pokémon GO.
Bill Quirk, a Californian political representative, said it’s time for the bill to expand and get with the times. “It’s an important step in reducing distracted-driving accidents, injuries, and deaths,” he said.
According to Quirk, the bill will also plug a loophole that made it difficult for law enforcement to do their job, seeing as the current ban only prohibits talking while holding the phone.
What do you think? Is a ban on all things mobile phone related in the car justified? Hands-free calling would likely fall under this ban, so it’s likely not everyone will be happy.
The current generation of video game consoles has been here for around a year now, and it would be nice to look back and see where we stand now. Technically, the current eighth generation of video game consoles began when the Wii U came peeking around the corner in 2012, but only when the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One jumped on the stage did many gamers believe the next generation had arrived. All the current consoles had a somewhat boring start, at least with the launch line-up. There weren’t many original ideas, and many games that came out for the systems (at least the Xbox One and Playstation 4) were games that were also coming out for their last-gen versions.
Wii U for example had ports of Batman: Arkham City, Mass Effect 3, and Ninja Gaiden 3 in its launch line-up, with Arkham City being a year old. They weren’t games you could play on the Wii of course, but with games that are at least six months old, there isn’t going to be much incentive to buy them. Fans already have those games, and in the case of Mass Effect 3, you could get the entire Mass Effect trilogy for less on the older consoles. Despite its less than stellar launch line-up, the Wii U initially sold well, though that quickly ended, and the Wii U struggled to get sales, at least until the release of Mario Kart 8. And despite the rocky road till now, the Wii U has great games on offer, like Super Mario 3D World, both Bayonetta titles, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, and of course Super Smash Bros. will be here soon.
The PlayStation 4 has overall been doing a better job, with the PS4 quickly overtaking the Wii U in consoles sold, but the Xbox One is still behind them both. And while both the Xbox One and PS4 have gotten great games like Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Alien: Isolation, and Destiny, most of the other games on the consoles have been relatively underwhelming to me, though you might think otherwise. Opinions are nice things. I think the best title on both consoles right now is Alien: Isolation, even though any sound makes me afraid to move. And these consoles are likely to get even better and greater games, but I think most of them are going to come from third party developers that aren’t that interested in the Wii U. It’s unfortunate, but it is how it is, and it’s unlikely those developers are going to change their minds.
I think, that despite a relatively boring start, our shiny new gaming machines have been doing a pretty good job for the first year of their release (two in the Wii U’s case), and if that’s any indication, I think this is going to be a great generation for gamers. But please, stop with the microtransactions. Nobody likes them.
What do you think? What console is your favorite? Or do you like them all equally? Share in the comments!
Bayonetta 2, one of the newest games in the Wii U library, has been showered with positive reviews, and it’s hard not to see why. The game has excellent combat, the art design is fantastic, the enemies are varied, and the game is paced very well. But one of the big points of discussion about Bayonetta 2 is the portrayal of women in the game. The Bayonetta series is pretty infamous for its sexy characters, most of all the main protagonist, and some people have taken issue with that.
Recently the editor-in-chief of the site Negative World decided to ask women themselves what they thought about Bayonetta and its portrayal of women, and one of the women who responded was Alicia Andrew, an indie game developer. And she has some very interesting things to say.
Negative World: “How do you feel about the way that the Bayonetta franchise presents its female characters, especially the lead playable character, “Bayonetta”? Do you think there are problematic / sexist elements involved, or “over-sexualization” of the females? On the other hand, do you find Bayonetta, as a “strong female lead” to be an empowering character in any way?”
Alicia Andrew: “As a developer, sexualization of characters is a topic that’s come up in some great discussions. I use Bayonetta as an example of “sexy” done right. A lot of the discussion about female representation seems to get stuck at whether its appropriate for a character to be “sexy”. Some people see the discussion around the dislike for the “chain-mail bikini” as a form of censorship or a push towards characters they see as potentially boring or downright prudish. I see the discussion as more nuanced than just an issue of cleavage. In my opinion, it’s an issue of ownership.
To me, Bayonetta owns her sexuality. It seems, whether intentionally or unintentionally, that the tight pants, the flirty quips, the languid posing, are all that character’s choice. Bayonetta, the character, enjoys her sexuality. She is choosing to display it in this manner, and is inviting you in on the fun. It’s wonderfully refreshing to have a character that seems in control of her sexy bits. She’s not a inanimate object with breasts heaving in the wind, but a woman flirting. To me that’s sexy done right.
To clarify, I’m not saying that we should take away titillating armor mods in Skyrim, or anything of that nature. But if you want to have a female character be more than just decoration, AND you want her sexuality to be part of that character, then creating that sense of ownership is important.
In this I think Bayonetta has done something great, and a lot of female players have responded to it. Initially I had no interest in the game, filing it into the “another game with heaving breasts” category. A friend of mine talked my ear off about how much she loved it, and why. I gave it a shot, and loved all of it. If I had the height, I’d cosplay the hell out of Bayonetta or Jeanne.”
Sexism in video games is obviously still an issue, a very big one and one that should be dealt with as soon as possible, but this is an interesting take on the Bayonetta debate.
What do you think? Is Bayonetta sexualized? Or do you agree with Alicia Andrew? Share in the comments!
A few weeks ago Capcom revealed Resident Evil: Revelations 2, a sequel to the first game, originally made for the 3DS. It was revealed Claire Redfield, one of the most popular characters from the series, would be the main character, and today we have a trailer to prove it! The trailer shows Claire getting kidnapped by an unknown organization, who dumps her in some sort of prison island (a Claire classic). The trailer sure gives off a The Evil Within vibe, at least to me. Not that that is a bad thing. In fact, I believe it’s a very good thing. The new enemy type in the game, called The Afflicted, were also probably the enemies shown in the trailer, and I just have to say, they look very healthy.
What do you think of the trailer? Are you guys fans of Claire? What do you want to see? Share in the comments!