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  1. Here is my short review of Mario Kart Tour
  2. When two of video games most infamous antagonists collide, who will be left standing? Ganondorf vs. Bowser
  3. A Life in Game Journalism, Miyamoto on letting the younger generation take the reigns and preferring to hire people that aren't passionate gamers, Final Fantasy VIII Retrospective, Critical Distance lists their best gaming video and article choices of 2017, Giant Bomb's GOTY lists continue, teaching a class on Doom, making our own myths with photo mode, Noah Gervais Answering the Call of Juarez, Super Bunnyhop's Critical Close-up of Metal Gear Solid 4, the best games hidden in other games, Peter Tieryas writes good group of articles on JRPGs for Kotaku, Call of Duty community swatting and police incompetence leads to death, anticipated games of 2018, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods) Here are 53 new games coming out in 2018 (as long as they're not delayed!) The 50 most anticipated games of 2018 The indie games of 2018 we're most excited about Bleak government spying sim Beholder has a sequel out next year Pathologic 2 developers go in-depth on the game's combat and autopsy systems PUBG’s first post-1.0 patch reduces rubber banding, makes map selection 50/50 Dead Cells getting an Early Access price bump in January, devs are 'far from finishing the game' Civilization 6’s India gets a second leader with Chandragupta The Cree, led by Poundmaker, are coming to Civilization 6 Capcom Producer Promising 2018 Will Make Ace Attorney Fans Happy Rocket League rockets to 40 million players Facebook Game of the Year 2017 Experts Have A New Reason To Debate Whether ‘Gaming Disorder’ Is Real World Health Organisation recognises 'gaming disorder' as disease I'd probably go with them worrying about it effecting profits in the future if it leads to medical professionals talking about exploitative or addictive game design and pay to play/gambling style features. Call of Duty gaming community points to ‘swatting’ in deadly Wichita police shooting Police kill Kansas man while responding to an alleged 'swatting' Esports News What Makes PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds So Great Would Make It a Terrible Esports Game Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Tabletop games are exploding on Kickstarter, video games are flat Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) THIS YEAR IN VIDEOGAME BLOGGING: 2017 Nintendo’s Switch Brings Some Magic Back Final Fantasy VIII Retrospective: The Greatest Love Story We Made Our Own Myths in 2017's Photo Modes What Video Game Subtitling Got Wrong In 2017 Class on Doom How Bomber Crew's devs found outsized success with a permadeath flight crew sim How Warframe built an ethical free-to-play economy Gamasutra's Best of 2017: Brandon Sheffield's all-time top 10 games hidden in other games Danganronpa Captures The Feeling Of Real-Life Arguments The Brilliant Use Of Speed In Mega Man 2’s Quick Man Stage The Deadly Decisions of Persona 3 The Sublime Battles Of The Last Story The World of Ruin In FFVI Is About Searching For Hope In Desperate Times The Tragic Sidequests From Nier Automata’s Machine Village The Trials And Tribulations of Shining In The Darkness Golf Story Is Delightfully Weird And Hilariously Dramatic Steam needs more than graphs to fix its review bombing problem 5 problems for Valve to solve in 2018 Drew Scanlon's Top 10 Games of 2017 Kevin VanOrd's Top 10 Games of the Year Bennett Foddy's Top 10 Games of 2017 Jim Stormdancer's Top 10 Games of 2017 Bruno Dias' Top 10 Games of 2017 Soha E's Top 5 Small Games She's Glad She Made Time For in 2017 Nick Wiger's Top 5 Games of 2017 Abby Russell's Top 10 Games of 2017 ZODIAC MOTHERFUCKER's Top 10 Games of 2017 Danny O'Dwyer's Top 6 Games of 2017 Rorie's Top 10 Games Of 2017 Brad Shoemaker's Top... 23 Games of 2017 Jens Matthies' Top 10 Games of 2017 Chris Grant's Top 10 Games of 2017 John Bellomy's Top 10 Games of 2017 Teddy Dief's Top 10 Games of 2017 Samantha Kalman's Top 10 Plus 1 Games of the Year Greg Kasavin's Top 10 Games of 2017 Erik Wolpaw's Top 10 Games of 2017 Kenny Omega and Xavier Woods' Top 10 Games of 2017 Jeff Gerstmann's Top 10 Games of 2017 Jason Oestreicher's Top 10 Games of 2017 SWERY65's Top 10 Games of 2017 Mega Ran's Top 10 Games of 2017 Matt Conn's Top 10 Games of 2017 Phil Fish's 2017 Game of the Year Felix Kramer's Top 10 Games of the Year Colin Spacetwinks' Top 10 Games of 2017 BAKOON's Top 15 Games of 2017 Mike Drucker's Top 10 Games of 2017 Janina Gavankar's Top 10 Games of 2017 Alex Navarro's Top 10 Games of 2017 Yoko Taro's Top 10 Games of 2017 The 12 Best Video Games Of 2017 Nathan Grayson's Top 10 Games Of 2017 Keza MacDonald's Top 9 Games of 2017 Paul Tamayo's Top 10 Games Of 2017 Maddy's Top 10 Games Of 2017 Cecilia D'Anastasio's Top 10 Games Of 2017 Austin Walker's Top 10 Games of 2017 In My First Year Of Fatherhood I Somehow Played 106 Video Games Critical Close-up: Metal Gear Solid 4 Answering the Call of Juarez (A Series Retrospective) The Shrouded Isle Call of Duty WWII's Conflict Found In Translation: Final Fantasy VII, Part Eight Exclusive Mega Man 7 Developer Commentary 33 Awesome Games You Might Have Missed in 2017 The Writing on Games "Top Five Games of 2017" List Top 10 Nominations for Game of the Year (2017) Top 10 Games of 2017 Top 10 Games of 2017 | BoukenJima Things I Missed From Previous Weeks A life in game journalism Factorio & Opus Magnum | How Simple Toolsets and Sandboxes Encourage Learning
  4. The origin story of Creative Assembly, the anchoring effect on review scores and game sales, Assassin's Creed Origin to add educational mode with tours and information about Egypt from historians and Egyptologists, layoffs at Volition, Mark Brown examines how fan made AM2R and Metroid Returns alter the tone and feel of Metroid 2, Prey and being the unreliable narrator of your own story, Youtube forces joining creator program for the ability to share links on Patreon, Battlefront 2 (original) multiplayer restored for GOG and Steam, Nioh Compete Edition will soon release on PC, why Dragon Age breaking with canon leads to richer lore, Noclip posts the first part of their documentary on The Witcher and CD Projekt, Nintendo Creators Program no longer allows streaming and Nintendo shutting down eshop for Wii and Wii U, Atlus fails to take down PS3 emulator Patreon, Wii Shop going to be closing for Wii and WiiU, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods) YouTube’s policy on Patreon, external links will hit new creators hardest Nintendo Creators Program Will No Longer Let YouTubers Live-Stream Nintendo Has Announced the End of the Wii Shop Channel Sony Announces An Updated PlayStation VR Headset Red Dead Redemption 2 I Hated the First 'Red Dead Redemption 2' Trailer... Then I Re-Watched It Six Indie Games You Need To Know From PAX West '17 [SSFF] 6 Awesome Things We Did in the Wolfenstein 2 New Orleans Demo Assassin's Creed Origins - Sand Cinematic Trailer Assassin’s Creed Origins zero-combat mode coming next year Nioh: Complete Edition coming to PC, release date set Latest Star Citizen video shows off detailed animation system Advance Wars Lives On In Spirit With Tiny Metal Impressions | TGS 2017 Call of Duty: WWII devs: 'This is the year that we're going to give it our best shot to win the hearts and minds of the PC community' SMGs already nerfed in the Call of Duty: WWII open beta, more changes coming Hackers have already infiltrated the Call of Duty: WWII open beta Watch Us Stomp Around As A T. Rex In Exclusive Super Mario Odyssey Gameplay Shenmue 3 now has facial expressions The Evil Within 2's Father Theodore flaunts horrifying flame-throwing henchmen Let's Play Scorn Without Vomiting Creepy prison horror Inmates is out in two days - here’s the launch trailer Star Wars Battlefront 2 story scene reveals the Emperor's final command The Battlefront 2 open beta begins Friday - here are the start times How Star Wars Battlefront 2 Has Improved On The Battlefront Formula Darth Maul Arcade Mode Gameplay - Star Wars: Battlefront 2 Beta Aftercharge, the 3v3 asynchronous FPS, will hold an 'open alpha' next weekend Monolith Explains Changes To Tolkien's Lore In Shadow Of War Chucklefish on Wargroove's ambitious branching narratives and mod support Unsung Story developer announces PS4, Switch and Xbox One versions Co-op crawler Freaky Awesome gloops out in Oct The developer tells us more about Spellbound (working title), its next long-term project. Atelier Lydie & Suelle is coming to PC early 2018 Gran Turismo Sport time-limited demo coming Oct. 9 Verdant Skies is a farming sim where you play as a space scientist Code Vein teases more demon-slaying Souls-like in-game footage Blazing Chrome polishes running and gunning to a mirror shine Star Control: Origins is delayed, but a public beta is coming The story behind Space Channel 5 VR The developers of SOMA have two new games in production Swery’s cat RPG The Good Life will also have dogs Pyre's 'True Nightwing' update adds complimentary ironman-style mode Star Wars: Battlefront 2 multiplayer restored, now with Steam/GOG crossplay People are struggling to play Star Wars: Battlefront 2 classic's restored multiplayer Dead Rising 4 to add photography challenges and other fan-requested features Final Fantasy 15’s new story content kills a big fan theory Overwatch’s Halloween Terror event returns next week Overwatch patch 1.16: instant ultimates, a clearer UI, and a slower Tracer Dawn of War 3 ditches its in-game currency Interview: Absolver's slap, code of honor, and future updates Europa Universalis IV expands on the Middle East with Cradle of Civilization DLC Horde Mode Coming to 'Fortnite' This Week One of Elite: Dangerous’ mysterious aliens is dead, and Harry Potter is to blame Cuphead players on Windows are running into a nasty save bug In August, Overwatch had more players and Hearthstone made more money than ever before Jeff Kaplan opens up about how 'scary and intimidating' the Overwatch community can be Battle.net is getting Appear Offline and Discord-like groups soon Hawken is being closed and removed from Steam in January Big Layoffs Hit Agents of Mayhem Developer Volition PUBG hit with stream of negative reviews following Chinese in-game ads Atlus tries, fails to take down Patreon for PS3 emulator via DMCA Former Square Enix Employee Arrested For Allegedly Stocking Up Game Consoles For Resale Ubisoft Milan: "I see a really brilliant future in front of us" PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds gets its own company, PUBG Corp PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds devs explain why Asian servers have had so many issues The PC's Best Anti-Piracy Technology Appears to be Defeated Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Andrew House steps down, John Kodera appointed president and CEO Waking up to localization Final Fantasy XIV: Closing in on peak WoW Turtle Rock's VR push: "It really is the future of computing" Obituary: Metal Gear Solid and Fallout voice actor Barry Dennen The best Divinity: Original Sin 2 mods Esports News The Weekend In Esports: Smash Bros. Lights Up The Utah Jazz's Arena We didn't expect to see Shaq and J.Lo talking about competitive Overwatch today OPINION: Overwatch League’s Lack of Globalization Will Be Its Downfall This Is How You Manage A Retreat In StarCraft II RuneScape’s PvP tournament went badly wrong CS:GO team shaken up after player sends death threat Saving 'Super Smash': Why Nintendo's Fighting Game Scene Struggles Time Is Running Out For The Super Smash Bros. Scene's Favorite Game Controller Esports fans follow a lot more than one game each Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed) Flynn: Son of Crimson | Fast paced 2D action platformer Bannermen - Single/Multiplayer RTS with Dynamic Environments Terrain of Magical Expertise RPG - A Game about a Game! Hell Let Loose Content I found interesting this week (interviews, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) The untold origin story of Creative Assembly One Man’s Journey From Welfare to World’s Hottest Video Game SNES Classic interviews revisit the creation of 21 great games Gaming's Toxicity Problem Can't Be Solved With DMCAs or Valve Charts The story behind the design of Dishonored: Death of the Outsider Behind the addictive psychology and seductive art of loot boxes A Video Game Writer Explains How Technology Can Make Stories Better (Or Worse) The Quest To Make A Better Video Game Controller Brad McQuaid: "I want to make worlds, not games" Classic Postmortem: No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in HARM's Way What Video Game Levels Look Like Before They're Finished Breath of the Wild's Biggest Design Secret: Lots Of Triangles It Took 10 Years, But We Finally Have a Good 'Battlestar Galactica' Game When the Void Stares Back: Prey, Post-Humanism and Mental Illness This Game About Domestic Abuse Helped Me Understand My Own Trauma An Eye for the Eyeless “BioShock Infinite: Whose Fantasy?” by Yussef Cole “Burning the City on the Hill,” by Astrid B Why Dragon Age's readiness to break with canon makes its lore much richer Episode 112: Mark Brown on Game Maker's Toolkit and Teaching Players Game Design The Witcher Mini Series - Noclip Documentary Trailer The Story of CD Projekt - Witcher Documentary Live-Translating Final Fantasy VII's Wall Market Found In Translation: Final Fantasy VII, Part Five The Anchoring Effect - Why Review Scores Matter - Extra Credits How AM2R and Samus Returns remade Metroid 2 | Game Maker's Toolkit Sonic Mania - The Fans' Footprint | PostMesmeric A History of Cancelled Metal Gear Solid Games & Concepts Japan's Weird SNES Game: Holy Umbrella - Region Locked Feat. Greg Good game History Respawned: Nioh CRITIQUE: Uncharted: The Lost Legacy - brand new heroes, same old game Resident Evil 4: What are ya buyin? - The Completionist Review Can Games Handle Multiple Perspectives? Cuphead's Producer Explains The Game's Long Development History Watch Q-Games' Dylan Cuthbert share stories of coding Star Fox Why physically hitting Sonic 3D Blast unlocks a secret menu Applying 3D Level Design Skills to the 2D World of Hyper Light Drifter Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games, game communities, or game companies All Casuals Should Be Forced Back In Time (Commentocracy)
  5. review

    Hey! Pikmin Review - Written by DestinyDecade Product provided for this review by Nintendo Nintendo has a knack for providing franchises the exposure they need and they do so via consoles and handhelds. Sometimes they work and other times can lead to a franchise dying out. The results vary but when it was announced that a new Pikmin game would be coming to the Nintendo 3DS, people were curious. Pikmin has had a few successes with its three main games with a strong reception, but the idea of a spin-off game seemed questionable. Eventually Hey! Pikmin would arrive but the big question is this: Does this spin off hold its own compared to its main series? Or will this be another case of a franchise that ended due to an unexpected flop? The story centers on Capt. Olimar, who is returning back after completing another assignment. During his trip, his ship gets struck by an asteroid and ends up crashing on an unknown planet. He learns that in order to fix his ship and get back home, he needs to seek out an energy source called Sparklium. But he won’t do it alone. The planet that he crashed in is home to Pikmin, little plant-like creatures that Olimar can use to complete his mission. With these helpers, Olimar heads off to find what he needs to fix his ship and head home. It’s a simple story, traditional since it’s almost the same in every Pikmin game. Sure the previous games add a little bit here and there but in Hey! Pikmin, the plot is barebones. Sadly it also takes a backseat in favor of the game and it doesn’t be any relevant until at least you collect 30,000 Sparklium. But for a Pikmin game, what can you do? Now since this is a Pikmin game, your job is to find Pikmin and use them to solve puzzles, defeat enemies and find treasures. Olimar can’t defend himself. He doesn’t have anything that can provide offense. All he has is a whistle and a jetpack that lets you hover for a short time. The only form of offense that you have is the Pikmin. They come in different varieties and each of them provides a different advantage for your journey. Red Pikmin is immune to fire and are strong fighters. Yellow can be thrown farther and can withstand electricity. Blue Pikmin are agile swimmers and essential for underwater combat. Rock Pikmin pack a punch and can destroy crystalized walls and Winged Pikmin can help you float through dangerous hazards and can reach high places. Unlike the main Pikmin games, this one you are only limited to 20 Pikmin in each area. This adds a bit of strategy but also a bit of micromanaging since you need to make sure everyone is safe from harm. Carelessness will lead you to defeat. Hey! Pikmin has you traveling through 8 Sectors, each with 5 areas. As you trek, you need to seek out Pikmin and use them to survive what lies ahead. This also relates to finding Sparklium. You do that by collecting Sparklium in each area. Finding treasures also count because they net a high amount of Sparklium and each area has at least 2-4 treasures to find. Finding them is the challenge. They can appear where you least expect it. Exploration is a definite must and the game offers a lot of it. If you’re lucky, you may find a hidden exit that can lead to an Area X. Those areas put your Pikmin playing skills to the test. Sometimes they can be a cakewalk and others can be a test of skill. At the end of every sector is a boss fight. If you know how the bosses behave, then they won’t be much of a challenge. One good thing about it is that the game really does a good job showing them before the big fight. In addition to exploration, there’s also Pikmin Park and using all the Pikmin you gathered, you can order them to head to specific areas to excavate more Sparklium. It’s a neat addition and offers more to an interesting game. As I said before, getting Sparklium is needed to reach the end and you’ll have to do so in this 10-12 hour game. Going for 100% will have you clocking in at about 16 hours since you need to complete every stage, find every treasure and do so with all Pikmin unharmed. This game will test you. For a 3DS game, the presentation is well done. The characters and environment are vibrant and colorful. Each world has a unique theme that offers something different as you progress. Olimar and the Pikmin I feel is the best thing since they express themselves in the form of short cutscenes. Some are rather humorous but it’s to be expected for a Pikmin game. The game has some great music. Unlike other games where music doesn’t reflect the game, this does and it’s done very well. Some songs like the cave areas have a bit of a Metroid vibe to them. It’s pretty good and it helps make the game feel enjoyable. The controls are good. You just tap with the stylus on the touchscreen and you can fling your Pikmin to where they will go. It can help with some tricky puzzles. The touch screen is also used for the whistle to get your Pikmin in line as well as the rocket backpack. Movement is done either with the analog stick or the D-Pad. The D-Pad is a safer bet if you feel analog isn’t your thing. Though I do enjoy some of the good things, there are a few things I find problematic with the game. First, the puzzles are too simple at times. Understandably since this game is meant for kids but for others, they may find them to be too easy. The same can be said for the bosses. Many of their patterns are simple to figure out, making some of them be a joke. Thankfully each boss provides a different challenge, requiring you to use the Pikmin you have to take the boss down. Replay value is there if you want to go back and beat every level with all Pikmin intact but other than that, there isn’t much. It’s pretty much a one & done game when it comes to finding everything. Speaking of which, the Pikmin is another flaw I have with the game. They’re only useful when they see anything of interest and are pretty much brain dead. Sometimes they don’t follow fast enough and you can end up either losing Pikmin or getting killed and forced to restart. Oh and there’s no checkpoints. If you die, you have to start the level all over again. That is an issue especially in tougher levels where you are forced to redo a lot of progress. That’s upsetting. In conclusion, Hey! Pikmin isn’t a bad game, far from it. It’s an enjoyable game that offers a lot of charm and a pretty acceptable challenge. For a handheld, Nintendo did well in bringing Pikmin to the small screen. A good presentation with simple yet effective controls added with an acceptable amount of challenge make this a worthy addition to the franchise. If you want something to keep yourself busy before Nintendo makes an official Pikmin sequel, this is it. Trust me. You’ll enjoy it. I give Hey! Pikmin an 8.5 out of 10.
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    Splatoon 2 Review – Written by Jose Vega Product provided for this review by Nintendo. Two years ago, Nintendo released Splatoon for the Wii U gaining high praise across the board. At first it didn’t had much content but as time went on, Nintendo added features and modes while refining the game and making it a satisfying experience. From then on, it became a game that anyone who owned a Wii U should play. When Nintendo announced a sequel for the Nintendo Switch, expectations were high. Now that the game is released, does it meet up to all the hype that fans were expecting? For starters, Splatoon 2 is a huge step up compared to the first. The presentation is spot on, capturing the feel of the first game but in a much broader scale. Having it on the Nintendo Switch helped considerably. The soundtrack is great with tunes that are fun to listen to. As far as its plot goes, it takes place 2 years after the first game. It’s single-player campaign has you taking the role of an Inkling, which you can create by the way, encountering Marie one day in Inkopolis. Marie asks for the Inkling’s aid in finding her cousin Callie. It’s a simple plot but with Splatoon, it has a sense of humor and it’s done well. I only wish that there would be a bit more backstory in regards to the two Squid Sisters and what happened to the two in the two years between the two games. Like many other games Nintendo has made, it follows an adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” If you played the first Splatoon, you will feel right at home in this one although to a degree. Yes there are motion controls in the game but it’s more used towards aiming your weapons. You use the left analog to move, ZL to turn to a squid so you can traverse faster, ZR to shoot, R to use secondary weapons and B to jump. Clicking the right analog lets you use your special attack. It’s just as good as it was in the previous game and with the improvements it makes the experience better. But for anyone that feel motion controls aren’t for them, the game gives you the option to use analog control just like in traditional shooters. A welcome feature since the first game didn’t give you the option to turn off motion controls. It shows that Nintendo is listening to feedback and that’s a good thing. In addition you have access to over 20 different weapons with some being brand new like the Splat Dualies, Herobrush, Hero Gatling and many others. In addition there are new secondary and special attacks that add a lot to the game. Splatoon 2’s single player campaign has you going through six areas each with up to 6 stages. In each stage, you go from start to finish taking out enemies, solving puzzles and finding secrets such as Sardinium and pamphlets. In some levels, you are given a weapon to use and you need to beat the level with said weapon in order to unlock it. There are 8 weapons in all and using Sardinium and small fish eggs, you can be able to upgrade them so they can be stronger. The best part is that you can replay any of the levels, including the bosses with any weapons that you unlock. This adds a lot of replay value to the campaign, for those that want to beat every level with every weapon. There are bosses here and some can be a challenge but if you know what you’re doing, you will manage. Checkpoints are there, including boss fights, making the trek a bit of a reprieve for players. Now let’s get to the meat and potatoes of Splatoon 2, the multiplayer. Splatoon 2 online is just as good as the first. It’s split between three modes: Random, Ranked and League. Each of the three modes put you in one of two maps that change every two hours. You play with 7 other players and are split between 2 teams of 4 players each. Random (or Player) battles have you and other players compete to see who can cover the map with the most ink in 3 minutes. It can be really addicting but also it requires you to be alert since your opponents will spare no expense in ensuring you go down. Ranked and League Battles take things up a notch with various goal-based types such as Splat Zone, Tower Control and Rainmaker. Splat Zone is straightforward, Tower Control focuses on teams battling over a moving mobile tower and Rainmaker is like capture the flag except you have access to a powerful weapon that can turn the tide. What makes this better is that all three have their own ranking system and they change every few hours making things fresh and exciting. For those that want to team up with friends, you have Salmon Run. You and three friends (local or online) team up to get golden eggs from enemy Salmonids in a set time limit in each wave. Teamwork is key but what makes it fun is that in each wave, you start with a different weapon and you need to adapt not only with what you have but with your teammates as well. It can get crazy and really fun plus playing with friends is always a blast. Plus you get paid whether you succeed or not and you can use the bonus from it to unlock new gear that you can use to customize your Inkling. My only complaint is the fact that the mode is available at certain times. Upsetting I know but I wish in the future Nintendo could allow this as a permanent mode. Customization is aplenty in Splatoon 2. There are shops where you can buy weapons and gear. Using currency that you earn by playing online, you can use it to unlock new weapons for online matches and gear that gives your Inkling various bonuses. Not only that but if you feel that the bonuses aren’t to your liking, you can speak to Murch to gear scrub your gear and put new abilities on it. It’s incredible. Also with the Nintendo Switch app, you can be able to buy gear that you can transfer into the game. That’s cool. Splatoon 2 has Amiibo support just like in the first game and using them allow you to save data for your weapon, hairstyle and gear. They can be used to set up, even on another console. Plus they unlock new gear and exclusive weapons for your Inkling. Like the first game, there will also be Splatfests where players choose a side and they work to see who will win. Additional content is coming down the line adding more to an otherwise intense game. If I had any negatives, I feel that in regards to the online maps, they’re chosen at random. It doesn’t hurt the game as much as I thought originally but I wish they would allow it at least for private battles with friends. Also like in the first game, there’s no voice chat but in truth, there is but you need the Nintendo Switch App and a Splatoon 2 headset to actually do it. I find it to be cumbersome, unnecessary & a step backwards. Yes, I know that Nintendo values safety but I wish they would get with the times and try incorporating voice chat in the game without the need for anything ludicrous. Overall, Splatoon 2 is a big step up from the original. Huge amount of customization, a good single player campaign and addicting online multiplayer provide so much for your money’s worth. Negatives aside, the game offers so much. With the Nintendo Switch already being a big success for the company, if there is any game that is worth a full purchase price, it’s this one. Becoming a squid kid has never been so much fun and I couldn’t have it any other way. I give Splatoon 2 a 9 out of 10. This is a must-buy game and I highly recommend it. It also earns my personal seal of approval.
  7. Noclip tells the story of the death and rebirth of Final Fantasy XIV, an oral history of Crash Badicoot as told by the developers, Nintendo and Sony on indie games, how Overwatch animation conveys character in first person, David Cage can't keep his story straight, how Creative Assembly maintains a successful company after 30 years, SNES Classic to come with Star Fox 2, Beyond Good and Evil 2 gameplay demo, the problems with E3 and the events future, the games that sail the dark seas, composer abuses DMCA to extort developer, talking to retired pro players about the rise of Esports, Overwatch as a turn based RPG, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC, game updates, company and developer news, new tech, mods) Microsoft is adding a GPU monitor to Task Manager in Windows 10 13 AWESOME GAMES YOU MISSED AT E3 2017 .Hack//G.U Last Recode Official Announcement Trailer .hack//G.U. Last Recode details visual, game system, and additional enhancements Total War: WARHAMMER 2 - First Look Campaign Map How 'Shadow of the Colossus' On PS4 Can Perfect a Flawed Masterpiece Shadow Of The Colossus Was Unfinished, And Better Because Of It Far Cry 5: Pet Dogs, Shoot Fundamentalist Christians White Day: A Labyrinth Named School for PC launches August 22, PS4 release delayed to match Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered Goes Standalone For $40 How 'Call of Duty WWII' is Channeling 'World of Warcraft' and Focusing on Teamwork Kratos' Son Could've Been Axed from New 'God of War' God of War: the quest to redeem Kratos Your choice of who lives or dies will radically alter London in Vampyr Dynasty Warriors 9 offers first glimpse of open-world brawls Surprise, A Long-Lost Homeworld Game Is Now For Sale Again Superhero games: Why they don't make 'em like they used to Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite Devs On Preserving Depth, Picking Characters, And Fixing Chun-Li's Face David Cage wants you to believe his games have no meaning Strange Brigade Developer Preview - AngryJoe @E3 2017 'Hunt: Showdown' Has the Potential to be Something Huge Princess Maker 3: Fairy Tales Come True now available for PC via Steam Ubisoft confirms that Skull and Bones will have a single-player 'narrative campaign' Pillars of Eternity - Complete Edition: Console Announcement Trailer 8 Minutes of Last Day of June Gameplay | E3 2017 Choo choo! Toy train builder Tracks chugging into early access in September Gorn is a ridiculously violent VR brawler by the Broforce studio Agents of Mayhem - Bombshells Trailer PES 2018 PC gameplay — full match PES 2018 is definitely not coming to Switch How Assassin's Creed Origins Is Rethinking Open World Design Assassin’s Creed Origins’ New Mission System Sounds Like A Much-Needed Change Quake Champions will run through Steam, id Software confirms Layers of Fear devs on “psychological rape” in their cyberpunk horror Observer Star Citizen Dev Denies That It's Facing Financial Trouble Square Enix's Next JRPG Aims To Fix I Am Setsuna's Flaws Steamworld Dig 2 will release on Steam just after the Nintendo Switch Elex gameplay video is 12 minutes of jetpack-fuelled exploration Official Star Wars Battlefront II — Exclusive Pre-order Content Trailer Why Sony is Making Knack 2 - IGN First Shigeru Miyamoto and Yves Guillemot Discuss Mario + Rabbids Partnership Watch Beyond Good & Evil 2’s 14-minute E3 gameplay demo Beyond Good & Evil 2 is making a lot of promises we've heard before I’m not excited for Beyond Good and Evil 2 L.A. Noire could be getting a remaster with first-person and VR support Nintendo Announces SNES Classic, Which Comes With 21 Stellar Games Why was Star Fox 2 canceled? XCOM 2 expansion teases first Chosen enemy, The Assassin XCOM 2 Expansion - Inside Look: The Reaper Thimbleweed Park's Content Update Adds Hints, New Dialogue Overwatch’s latest patch renders aimbots obsolete Overwatch loot box duplicates are being 'drastically' reduced Overwatch's Confusing Reporting System Is Making Trolling Worse Overwatch Crash Logs Point Toward Doomfist's Imminent Arrival Gorgeous robot adventure Machinarium modernized with new engine and more Big Final Fantasy XV announcements teased for Gamescom 2017 Valkyria Revolution free DLC schedule announced Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds’ next patch tweaks loot spawns, adds guns Major Arma 3 update brings new island and Argo, a standalone 5v5 game Is Annihilation Mode enough to save Dawn of War 3? Final Fantasy XIV's Director Says There's Still So Much More To Do Nintendo Explains Why They Didn't Focus on Indie Games at E3 Discussing the Future of Handheld With Nintendo's Doug Bowser The E3 Interview: PlayStation's Jim Ryan Sponsored article: How to maintain a successful games studio Arkane Studios co-founder exits after 18 years Shardlight designer and Wadjet Eye Games part ways Paradox Interactive rolls back its price increases, will give refunds to purchasers 3 months after launch, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds sells 4M copies PlayerUnknown: ‘I Liked Being Unknown’ Sega releases classic games on mobile, for free, but at what cost? CI Games admits “big mistake” in chasing AAA with Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 A Way Out dev says the PlayStation 4 'is like a five-year-old PC' After Criticism, Sega Says It's "Working On" Its Classic Game Re-Releases AbleGamers's Player Panels aim to give game devs insight on accessibility Guillemot family raise Ubisoft stake to fend off Vivendi Square Enix, er, salutes DRM in Denuvo testimonial Former Valve initiative CastAR shuts down Rockstar Games Talks Publisher Into Leaving 'Grand Theft Auto V' Modders Alone German Chancellor Angela Merkel to open Gamescom 2017 Mod Turns Stellaris Into Star Trek Esports News The Weekend In Esports: Counter-Strike Crashes Wembley, Street Fighter V Rivalries, And More McDonald’s to Sponsor StarCraft II World Championship Series INTERVIEW: ESL’s VP of Global Media Rights, on Entering the “Adria” European Region If They Don't Want To Get Screwed, Esports Players Should Study MLB History League of Legends needs to preserve its written history How 'League of Legends' Star Marcus 'Dyrus' Hill Finally Found Peace in the Game Then And Now: Talking To Retired Pro Gamers About The Rise Of Esports Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that have interest/known talent behind them and a chance to succeed) Ashes of Creation launches 'Summer Crowdfunding Extension' campaign Chris Avellone: Growing a Story Global Map Exploration Companions: Jubilost Narthropple — a humble servant to no one Pathfinder builds character: A look at our Character Sheet Content I found interesting this week (interviews, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc) Crash Bandicoot: An oral history Website Finds You A Great Speedrun With The Push Of A Button Q&A Work The Upside Of Making A Big E3 Demo Inside Luxe Gaming, 'Egirl' Zoie Burgher's Provocative Streaming Empire Art of the Wild Zine Art of the Wild A Breath of the Wild Charity Zine Take a look inside The Art of Prey Outlast 2 Garishly Exploits Your Sexual Hangups For Horror The Games that Dare to Sail the Dark Seas Game Cities: The Urbanism of Thimbleweed Park These Sentient Space Mushrooms Teach an Important Lesson About Fascism Swift, Violent Death in 'Mafia III' Makes Its Storytelling Great How 'Vanquish' Subverts the Military Shooter Nathan Fillion on his Gaming Gang, a Flaming 'Halo' Helmet and 'Destiny' With Sony's indie support in question, developers at E3 weigh in Game Design Deep Dive: Visualizing Cryptark's 2D sci-fi world Character Art for Game Production: Making the most out of your portfolio. Robberies, Injuries, And Lapses: This Year’s E3 Had Some Alarming Security Incidents ESA ponders E3's future The First Public E3: A Goddamn Mess What Did The Press Think Of E3 2017? "Resist" Was The Theme of the IndieCade Booth @ E3 2017 Skyrim VR And The Decline Of VR At E3 2017 A wave of DMCA strikes hits YouTubers An update on the Alex Mauer DMCA Wave This Is What Happens When You Can't Help Harassing People Composer Files Tons of Spurious DMCA Takedowns For Extortion Purposes How Overwatch Animation Conveys Character in First Person - Extra Frames YouTube Millionaires: Extra Credits Believes “Human Curiosity Is An Amazing Thing” FINAL FANTASY XIV Documentary Part #1 - "One Point O" FINAL FANTASY XIV Documentary Part #2 - "Rewriting History" Playerunknown's Battlegrounds & the Importance of Early Access//HeavyEyed Interplay Founder on Working With Fallout, Nintendo, and Blizzard (IGN Unfiltered #20, Episode 2) Storytelling Tools to Boost Your Indie Game's Narrative and Gameplay Breaking Marginalized Character Narrative Molds to Write Better, Richer Characters Epic and Interactive Music in Final Fantasy XV Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games, game communities, or game companies Overwatch as a turn-based RPG is surprisingly tense Top Pistol Mercy Will Wreck Your Shit, But Only If She Has To Things I Missed From Previous Weeks 7 examples of accessibility design that developers should study SHADOW OF COLOSSUS, KNACK 2 WILL BE LOCALIZED IN ARABIC Gwent: Condottiere under a different name
  8. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Review – Written by DestinyDecade Product provided by Nintendo for the sake of this review. Three years ago, Mario Kart 8 was released on the Wii U and though it was a great game, it was on a console that not many people bought. When Nintendo announced their new console back in 2016, it was hinted that there would be a possible Mario Kart. Those hints prove to be true when it was announced that a port of the game would be coming to the new console. But it isn’t just any port. This is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, taking the original Wii U game and adding a whole bunch of new features. Is this game worth getting on the Nintendo Switch? The answer is yes. Absolutely. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is filled to the brim with content that is fun with friends or solo. You can take part in the Grand Prix, consisting of 12 cups spanning 48 courses. Many are new, some are revised classics from previous games and the rest are of the DLC cups that were in the last game. As you play through each track in the cups, you can collect coins that can be used to unlock new stuff. In Mario Kart 8 you would unlock new characters and parts. Deluxe makes this less of a grind by having all the characters unlocked from the get-go. For one thing, it’s awesome that you have everyone unlocked including the DLC characters. What makes it better is that MK8 Deluxe introduces some new ones: Bowser Jr., Dry Bones, King Boo and the Inklings from Splatoon. It raises the character count to 43, which makes this the biggest cast for a racing game. You also have access to difficulty modes from 50 to 200cc, unlocked from the start, including mirror mode. There’s also Time Trials for those that want to test their skills and Versus where up to 4 players can race each other. Also in races, you can now hold up to 2 items, similar to Double Dash. It adds another level of strategy but at the same time it leads to some crazy shenanigans especially in multiplayer. One of the biggest negatives Mario Kart 8 had was its battle mode being lackluster. Nintendo seem to get the message and decided to do a complete revamp. Battle Mode in this game has been redone, implementing a scoring system and providing players with 8 battle courses, 5 new, three retro. In addition there are 5 mode types: Balloon Battle, Renegade Roundup, Bob-omb Blast, Coin Runners and Shine Thief. Renegade Roundup is like “cops and robbers” where players are split into two teams. One are the cops, the other are the robbers. All of this now adds more to a game that truthfully feels like a complete package. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe also has Online Racing where up to 2 players can race together against players from all over the world. You can compete either in Worldwide or Regional in both Racing and Battling. As far as stability goes, it’s good. There are times where connection errors happen but overall it’s a pleasant experience. Players can set up online tournaments easy and up to 12 players can take part in races or battles. A lot to take in and the replay value for the game is at an all time high. No joke. Also you have access to three different control schemes: Switch Pro Controller, Joycon Grip or individual Joycon. With two Joycon controllers, they count as having two players. That’s incredible but a little tough to adjust for some people. Compared to the Wii U version, this port of Mario Kart 8 delivers an improved presentation. It looks a lot better with the game now running at 1080p at 60 fps. A big improvement compared to the original running at 720p. With the improved 1080p, the visuals get an upgrade where even the small details can be seen. Loading times are reduced from 22 to 9 seconds. Better if you just want to race and have fun. The music is still a delight to listen to with many tracks having very good tunes. The controls are refined and spot on. Fun to use whether using a Joycon or a Switch Pro Controller. There’s also wireless play where with 2 Switch consoles, you can have up to 8 players playing it. Though it isn’t easy to do, having a lot of people together for a game makes it truly a delight. Like the previous game, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has Amiibo support where you can scan them to get costumes for your Mii. This time around, they now expand beyond Mario & Smash characters and into stuff like Splatoon. It’s simply cosmetic but nice to see. In conclusion, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe takes everything that makes Mario Kart 8 great and turn it into something better. Containing all the DLC, an improved battle mode, good online, tight controls, great music, amazing presentation, what else is there to like? Everything. If you haven’t gotten a chance to play it on the Wii U and you have a Switch, this is a must-buy game. Since it is now the fastest selling Switch title, you can’t deny that it’s good. In fact, it’s excellent. Get some friends, buy this game and you’ll see just how amazing Mario Kart can be. You won’t regret it. I give Mario Kart 8 Deluxe a perfect 10 out of 10. It is worth the full purchase price.
  9. So it's finally here........ and probably copyright claimed by the archaic assholes of Nintendo Japan by now (I've already downloaded the video just in case). The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild angry review. Is it worth buying a Switch or dusting of your WiiU for? Angry Joe rides for Hyrule as Other Joe "Swtich's" gender........ again to find out!
  10. May as well just post this because let's face it... I've started my run of the Wii U version of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Why Wii U because it's the last game for the console and I want this to be a fitting end to a console that really got put under a bus. Enjoy nonetheless.
  11. Metroid Prime: Federation Force Review – Written by Jose Vega Product provided by Nintendo for the sake of this review. Where do I even start with Metroid? Released in 1986, it was a groundbreaking game that introduced many features that would be mainstays for the franchise. It also gave us the first female protagonist in gaming history, Samus Aran. Metroid spawned eleven games. Many of them like Metroid Prime became glorified hits. Though it has had some rough edges, it’s a franchise where its games are always a delight to enjoy. The year 2016 would see Metroid resurface once more but it ha been mired in controversy. I speak of Metroid Prime: Federation Force a game that was subject to hate from everyone, considering that it was Metroid’s 30th anniversary. But does it really deserve the hate it got or is this game worth giving a chance? The game takes place after Metroid Prime 3: Corruption with the threat of Phazon having been eradicated from the galaxy. Trouble is brewing within the Bermuda system and the Space Pirates, reeling from their previous defeat are planning something big. To counter the inevitable threat, the Galactic Federation forms a task force to stop them. It’s a straightforward story that does have some interesting twists but overall, it’s all right at best. What is surprising is that the focus is shifted away from Samus Aran. Instead, it centers on the Galactic Federation. Sure Samus does make appearances in the game but it’s a surprising change compared to what we normally see. Federation Force plays similarly to the Metroid Prime games where you explore, shoot things, etc. On a handheld, I say they emulated it rather well. The game is a mission-based adventure where you travel to one of three planets and complete objectives that the G.F gives you. You operate a giant Federation mech that you use to explore planets, shoot space pirates and complete missions. Controls are very solid, just like in the Prime games. They can take a while to get used to because it’s a Metroid game on a handheld but it’s well done. Gyro controls help make your aim precise and that’s a good thing. I didn’t have any issues with them. Most games didn’t incorporate these controls well enough but for a game like this, it’s done pretty well. You can use analog controls if you feel they can be tiresome. Speaking of the mech, you have the option to customize it however you like with different chips. They provide unique effects, giving opportunities for experimentation. Be warned that they can break, aside from one that can’t be broken. Also, you can decide what weapons you can use like missiles, beams, etc. Depending on the mission you’ll have to decide carefully. Oh, and you can also have your mech get a paint job. It’s cosmetic but it’s pretty cool. In the presentation style, the game is acceptable. Having three different settings give the game a bit of variety. Sure it’s traditional cause you have an ice planet, a desert planet, and a factory planet but they shouldn’t stop you from taking in the scenery. Due to the game’s mission structure, your exploration is limited but it won’t stop you from finding stuff like secrets. There are plenty and can unlock new stuff for your mech such as chips and paint jobs. Federation Force’s campaign mode can take you roughly 8-10 hours, depending if you play it by yourself or with friends. Yes, the campaign has both offline and online co-op. Now that’s a good thing since with friends, it helps alleviate the game’s shortcomings and plus, it’s more fun if you have friends by your side blasting space pirates. The game’s built with co-op in mind and it’s done really well. Solo, however, could be a pain and depending on mission structure, it can get problematic. There is a high amount of replay value as you can go back to previous missions to get high scores and medals if you’re skilled enough. It’s even higher with friends. In addition the campaign, there’s also Blast Ball. Think of it as soccer but with mechs, 3-on-3. Your job is to score three points while preventing your opponents from scoring. It’s an okay mode at best and doesn’t offer anything else. Once you play it for a bit, you get an idea and it can be kind of boring. Not much to say on that. Federation Force has Amiibo support but it only works on both Samus and Zero Suit Samus. They provide new paint jobs with added advantages. It’s okay at best. In spite of some good things this has, there’s a bit of bad. The music isn’t as interesting as previous Metroid titles. They don’t have the kind of hook that gets you to listen to them. I would sum the music up as forgetful. Also since the game puts focus on the Galactic Federation, Samus gets downplayed. For the sake of spoilers, I feel that Samus should have been utilized more in the game. Heck having her be an unlockable after beating it would have been nice. But I feel that this leaves a lot to be desired. It also doesn’t help that this game was released to coincide with Metroid’s 30th anniversary. Having this to celebrate a franchise like Metroid just turns off a lot of people. Sadly it did and not a lot of people got to play it. I’ll be fair. Metroid Prime: Federation Force is a welcome addition to the franchise. The gameplay is solid and the presentation is well done. But its many flaws hinder the game from reaching its full potential. Fans of the franchise do deserve a better Metroid game and sadly this isn’t it. But with the game not doing well sales-wise, the future is uncertain. I only wish Nintendo can provide us a proper Metroid game… instead of this. This took me half a year to do and I had to think about this well. However, I will give the benefit of the doubt to this game. Metroid Prime: Federation Force gets a 6 out of 10 from me.
  12. 2016 has been a rather unexpected year when it comes to gaming. We’ve had good games, bad games, disappointing games and games that end up getting canned for one reason or another. Regardless, it’s time for a list and it’s not going to be an easy one. I’m not limiting this to just Nintendo games. I’m involving all sorts of games so without further ado, these are my Top 10 Games of 2016. Word of warning for everyone… if you find that a game you like isn’t on the list, you are welcome to make your own and share it. I won’t judge you and remember, the only opinion that should ever matter is your own. Let us begin. 10) Song of the Deep - PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC Kicking off the list we have Song of the Deep, developed and published by Insomniac Games. Song of the Deep is basically Metroid but in an underwater style. I will admit. This game had me intrigued because of its design and presentation. When I got to play it, it was a sight to behold. The presentation for it is incredible with the level of detail to be intense. It’s gameplay leaves a lot to be desired but it fits the world that this game is. Not to mention it’s a bit too simple and short, around 4 hours. I’ll cut some slack since the game is rather cheap and there’s replay value to back it up. This game deserves a bit more appreciation. Sure it’s not the best but for what it’s worth, it’s a soothing and satisfying experience. I recommend that you pick the game up, at least to see for yourself how good it is. It’s $10! It’s not the best but I feel that it deserves to be #10 on my list. 9) Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS - Nintendo 3DS To think that Nintendo would take a risk and bring a game like this to their best-selling handheld is a challenge onto itself. But for its shortcomings, I say that they did a good job. Mario Maker for 3DS is what it is, a port of a game that was on Wii U now fit on the handheld. Nothing more. Nothing less. The only problems I have with the game is that there’s no Amiibo functionality, you can’t play others courses or share courses online and the only way you can share them is through its Streetpass function. But despite its negatives, the game is still really fun and can even push your skills as a gamer/level creator to the test. Had this game allowed you to share courses online and play others’ from the get-go, it’d be rated higher. I recommend playing this on a New 3DS XL because, on a regular 3DS, you can experience crashes. I just want to give you a heads up. 8) Final Fantasy XV - PlayStation 4, Xbox One (PC coming soon) We waited a long time for this game. It originally was going to be part of the Fabula Nova Crystalis as Final Fantasy Versus XIII. Unfortunately, it was scrapped and then replaced with this. The wait was long but in the end is worth it. Final Fantasy XV is a great game. Its strong points are the gameplay, the open world location and the many things you can do in this said world. My problems with the game are its lackluster story and the characters. The four protagonists are fleshed out well enough but everything else feels flat. Made worse is that in order to better understand this, you need to watch stuff that’s outside the game like the film Kingsglaive and OVA Brotherhood. Other than that, I couldn’t find anything else wrong but at least Square-Enix is dedicated to making the game better while filling up story bits that should have been added. Thankfully I’m happy with that and it shows that they really want to make the game feel complete. I recommend giving this game a chance. Besides once the negatives are pushed aside, you have a game that’s very satisfying. 7) Overwatch – PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC Blizzard has a lot of balls for trying their luck in the first-person shooter genre and it paid off considerably with this game. Overwatch is just that: a first-person shooter game where you and five others can take the fight against the opposition in various modes. They range from escort/stop the payload to capturing defensive points/objectives on the map. Okay. It’s a bit small but that’s not why it’s on the list. Overwatch’s strong points are its setting and characters. No two characters are similar. Each character offers something different and that’s what makes it good. Coupled with the fact that there’s a lot to do in this game, it’s nuts. We already got two new characters, a whole bunch of new modes and events and knowing what 2017 has in store, it’s going to get better. This game is better played if you have friends because it’s all the more satisfying when you achieve victory. I ask you… are you with me? 6) Paper Mario: Color Splash – Nintendo Wii U I know what you’re thinking. Why is this game on the list? Let me explain. Sure this game uses the same style as Paper Mario: Sticker Star but that’s pretty much it. Why it’s on my list because it is a much better game. Design wise, it is awesome. It is a step up from the previous game and the theme involving paint and colors adds it in perfectly. You can tell when you travel through Prisma Island. The addition of restoring the world through paint offers something different. Using cards instead of stickers is a lot better. The humor this game has is spot on with some being very funny to listen. Color Splash offers a lot here and I say it is miles better especially since it’s released on a system that’s on its deathbed. I only wish that Nintendo could go back to its roots with the game offering what it should be, instead of this. But for what it’s worth, I say it’s a must buy. Truthfully it is a must buy and I recommend this game. Enjoying the list so far? Good because we’re now reaching the halfway point of this list. There’s no going back for us now. 5) Fire Emblem Fates – Nintendo 3DS Three years after the release of Fire Emblem: Awakening, we get a game that not only is good but offers so much. I’m talking about Fire Emblem Fates and I speak on behalf of everything the game offers. What’s different from the previous games is its branching campaigns. You play as Corrin, a young noble who was born in the kingdom of Hoshido but was raised by the kingdom of Nohr. When both kingdoms declare war on each other, you have to make a choice on whose family you would side. Should you side with Hoshido, the kingdom you were born in as your Birthright. Should you side with Nohr, the kingdom that raised you and follows the side of Conquest. Or will you choose neither side and instead work to have both kingdoms unite under one banner and learn of a Revelation that threatens all. That is what makes the game stand out. The three campaigns: Birthright, Conquest, and Revelation offer hours of gameplay and customization that can drive you nuts. Replay value here is through the roof, along with additional content via DLC drives it even further. I won’t go into too much detail but if you haven’t picked up this game, you should. I recommend trying your luck to get the Special Edition of the game, which has all 3 campaigns in one DLC. But if you are getting either Birthright or Conquest, expect to spend a lot just to get the rest. It’s why this game gets the #5 on my slot on this list. 4) Gravity Rush Remastered – PlayStation 4 In 2012, a game called Gravity Rush was released on the PlayStation Vita. It was a game that was fun, different and offered something new. Sadly not many people got to play it due to being released on a handheld that Sony never gave a damn about. Four years later, SCE Studio and Project Siren bring this game over to the PlayStation 4 and my god, it is incredible. Gravity Rush Remastered is marvelous. Seeing the game in glorious HD is jaw dropping. It's nuts! What’s even better is that it runs at a solid 60 frames per second. Flawless 60fps. It is perfect. They also refined the game’s controls making things such as sliding across the city seamless. You can use the back buttons on the PS4 controller but there’s also the option to use the DualShock 4’s motion controls so it offers some variety for players. What’s even better is that the Remastered port includes all the DLC for the game and at a price of $30, how can you say no to that? You simply can’t. This game is what made the PlayStation Vita stand out but now that it’s on a PS4, it’s the go-to game for anyone wanting this console. I highly recommend it. It is a must buy, without a doubt and it should prep anyone for the eventual release of Gravity Rush 2 coming in January. 3) Shantae: Half-Genie Hero – Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation Vita and PC WayForward should be praised and commended for making a game like this. Not a lot of people are going to like having this as my #3 spot but this is a perfect example of a Kickstarter campaign done right, aside from Shovel Knight. Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is amazing. There is so much good to say here such as the presentation. Design-wise, it’s a step up from the previous game. 2.5D at its finest with the character models being at its absolute best. Jake Kaufman does it again with the music here and all the tracks are addicting to listen to. Very addicting. The gameplay is similar to the first two games but it’s improved and easy enough for anyone to pick up and play. Hopefully, with the upcoming DLC like Risky Boots’ campaign, Half-Genie Hero is going to be one that’s worth every penny. Show love to WayForward. Get this game now! 2) Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Spirit of Justice – Nintendo 3DS The Ace Attorney series has endured for more than 15 years with a strong and devoted following. 2013’s Dual Destinies is one a lot of people were hyped for and though nowadays is a bit mixed it was a welcome addition. Three years later, Phoenix Wright returns in full force with the sixth game in the main franchise: Spirit of Justice. Similar to the previous entries, it’s a visual novel style game where as Phoenix Wright (or any of the others like Apollo & Athena) you must investigate witnesses, find evidence and discover the truth through the courts. This time around, the story takes Phoenix to the Kingdom of Khura’in and in that country, defense attorneys are outlawed. Spirit of Justice introduces the Divination Seances where it details the last thing the victim sees before they pass on. But the truth isn’t always black and white. That’s where we come in to figure out if what the victim sees is the truth or not. Many staples that are prevalent in the previous entries return here but its biggest points are its story and music. The story is a bit dark and intense for a game like this and the music is still its shining moment. Believe me, there are some tracks that are incredible to listen to. Whereas Dual Destinies serves as a return to form for the well-respected attorney, Spirit of Justice serves as a passing of the torch for Apollo Justice, allowing him to take the spotlight he deserves. It’s reason enough why this gets the #2 spot. 1) Pokémon Sun & Moon – Nintendo 3DS Some people like the game, others didn't. To tell you the truth, I enjoyed the game. As a fan of Pokémon since Generation 1, I had a lot of expectations. They paid off when it came out. Nintendo, GameFreak & The Pokemon Company took a lot of risks in making this stand out over the previous generations. Removing some staples like Gyms, HMs seems crazy when you think about it. However, when I got to play it for myself, I can say is wow… they nailed it. The game does hold your hand a lot at times but you do get the chance to explore at your leisure. The Island Challenges are interesting and provide something different instead of going to a gym and earning a badge. It’s emphasized a lot and I like it personally. Z-Moves are also cool and how they look is amazing. But if I were to net any nitpicks, it’s the story. That leaves a lot to be desired. I wish it can improve but at least the game is still the way you remember it. Pokemon Sun & Moon may not be for everyone but for those that put the time into it, it’s a pretty awesome game. I recommend it and yes, it’s one that I feel should be #1 on my list. Honorable Mentions: Azure Striker Gunvolt 2, Pokken Tournament, Yo-Kai Watch 2 Bony Spirits & Fleshy Souls, Ratchet & Clank PS4, Kirby: Planet Robobot That’s pretty much it for this list. Remember, my list is 100% opinionated and you are welcome to disagree with me. If you guys have a list of your own Top 10s or if you feel that a game you played should be on the list, let me know in the comments. I look forward to hearing from everyone.
  13. Nintendo Switch information and game reveals, 100+ short developer interviews, both plenty and pretty good banging to be in Mass Effect Andromeda, Swery65 creates indie studio White Owls, Microsoft confirms Game Mode for Windows 10, how Resident Evil 4 turned System Shock 3 into Dead Space, the introductory levels that developers should learn from, writing Lara Croft, Games Journalism Awards, how the Prison Architect developers broke the Geneva Conventions, Games Done Quick raises over 2.2 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation, closing Vancouver’s Indie House, an interview with the original Princess Maker 2 localizer, the best quest in Dragon Age Origins, how small changes in Bloodborne make a big difference in gameplay and themes, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, release dates, previews, interviews, expansions, DLC, updates, company news, new tech, mods) Games Journalism Awards All excellent choices for writing and at least one video, by Errant Signal, two of the written ones I also had in my Best Game's Writing of 2016 list. Everything We Know About Nintendo Switch Nintendo Switch Translator Struggled to Translate Suda51, and for Good Reason Nintendo Exec on NES Classic Shortages, Nintendo Switch Supply Nintendo Offers Metroid, Mother 3 Fans a Glimmer of Hope Why Switch Doesn't Include Any Bundled Games Will the Switch outsell the Wii U? Gamasutra staff weighs in Handicapping the Switch's chances: Industry analysts weigh in Hands On With The Nintendo Switch Nintendo Switch: The Size Comparison The Nintendo Switch Feels High Quality, But the Games Aren’t Ready Yet Nintendo Switch online service's 'free' monthly games come with a huge catch NINTENDO TALKS VOICE CHAT, ONLINE APPROACH FOR SWITCH Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto Didn't Lead Switch Development What Nintendo Fucked Up With The Switch So Far (The Jimquisition) Microsoft Confirms Game Mode for Windows 10 That Improves Performance The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer Let's Talk About Princess Zelda's New Look Splatoon 2 - Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord creators give update on development progress Shovel Knight Is Coming To Switch, Getting A New Structure And Price Nioh Goes Gold, Release Date Confirmed Nioh to add free PvP mode after launch ‘Nioh’ Is a Richly Detailed, Devilishly Challenging RPG That’s Just Too Tough for Me Diluvion gameplay demo - The PC Gamer Show GEARBOX CEO DOESN'T SEE BORDERLANDS 3 COMING TO NINTENDO SWITCH 'Prey for the Gods' Stands out from 'Shadow of the Colossus' Malicious Fallen debut English trailer Horizon Zero Dawn trailer reveals formidable foes, friendly Lance Reddick Xenoblade Chronicles 2 - Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer New Shin Megami Tensei Switch and 3DS titles announced Night in the Woods launching in late February Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer Torment: Tides of Numenera interactive trailer demonstrates a quest in action Rain World GIFs show gorgeous world and a giant bird of prey Watch an assassination spin out of control in the new Hitman 101 trailer Super Robot Wars V second trailer Hopefully they won't just run it through Google translate like they seemed to have done for Moon Dwellers. Resident Evil 7 trailer blatantly lies about a creepy old mansion being nice Resident Evil 7 free ‘Not A Hero’ scenario DLC launches this spring New Friday the 13th trailer shows off Jason's morph ability ARMS - Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer Troll and I story trailer has forest fires, harpoon guns and invisibility magic Explore Mass Effect: Andromeda’s new space home and space car "The banging" in Mass Effect: Andromeda will be plentiful and good, producer says Mass Effect Andromeda crafting is 'quite a bit different' to Dragon Age: Inquisition Will Dad Quest explain the mystery of where all these dads keep coming from? Trine dev Frozenbyte announces Has-Been Heroes Guilty Gear’s newest fighter is a ninja businessman A Game Where You Play As The Boss In Classic Boss Fights After Halo Megabloks leak, 343 Studios teases a game "along these lines" could happen Super Mario Odyssey Is on the "Core Side," Like Super Mario 64, Miyamoto Says Conan Exiles to get full mod support on PC SUNLESS SEA WILL WASH UP TERROR AND CANNIBALISM ON YOUR IPAD THIS SPRING Fire Emblem Warriors - Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer For Honor season pass listing leaks onto the Ubisoft store For Honor trailer shows powerful naginata-wielding Nobushi For Honor: Lawbringer Hero Profile - Exclusive Trailer For Honor: Valkyrie Hero Profile - Exclusive Trailer Little Nightmares release date slated for April, the cruelest month Tangiers developer posts hopeful update, teases new in-game footage Super Bomberman R - Official Nintendo Switch Trailer Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls is coming to PS4 Puyo Puyo Tetris - Official Nintendo Switch Trailer Sonic Mania - Official Nintendo Switch Trailer 1-2 Switch - Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer Darkseid is an Injustice 2 pre-order incentive WWE 2K17 rumbling onto PC February 7th Star Citizen has a "xenolinguistics specialist", and here's an interview with him Verdun adds ruthless kilt-wearing Scotsmen in free update Rainbow Six Siege update ushers in a bunch of requested fixes Darkest Dungeon's Radiant mode detailed, should arrive early Feb New Titanfall 2 Multiplayer Mode Gives Teams Only a Minute to Complete Their Goal Atlas Reactor goes free-to-play, adds new character Dishonored 2's next update finally lets you replay missions Battlefield 1 Players Are Getting Banned For Playing Too Well 'Elite: Dangerous' Is Headed for a Galactic Arms Race Blizzard Banning Players Who 'Nuke' Overwatch Matches Blizzard Responds To Ongoing Fan Anger Surrounding The Overwatch Test Server Overwatch adds health bars to spectator mode D4 director Swery goes indie with his new studio White Owls 'I'll work extra hard to never let you down like this again,' says Scalebound director after cancelled game Epic and Microsoft sued over Gears of War by man who claims to be the "real" Cole Train I thought this already happened, maybe something was mentioned by the guy back in January of 2015. Frostbite engine to blame for Dragon Age 2 Exalted March expansion cancellation Sony shuts down 20-year-old studio in European restructuring Wizards of the Coast makes a show of opening new digital game studio Titanfall Twitter Spams Random People Who Tweet They Want New Games Valve still working on single-player games — and those Half-Life and Portal movies Steam Removes Game After Developer Posts Fake Reviews How the Prison Architect developers broke the Geneva Conventions Oculus-Zenimax trial kicks off with final salvo of accusations Awesome Games Done Quick raises $2.2 million, smashing a record Contest offers $10K prize for a game about migration Superhot design competition offers publishing contract worth $50,000 as top prize Esports News Unlikely Street Fighter III Character Wins First Major Tournament Three legends, a pubstar, and their boss: what's up with China's new Dota 2 squad? Here's Why A Newly Formed Pro Dota 2 Team In China Has People Excited The Winner Of Last Weekend's Smash Wii U Tournament Won A Giant Cup Of Noodles LCS Player Survey Reveals High Salaries, Shocking Views About Women Alibaba Investing in World Electronics Sports Games Tournament as Part of Three Year Commitment to Esports Halo World Championship 2017 Qualifiers To Be Hosted By Millennial Esports, LAN Event in Las Vegas French Esports Streaming Company Eclypsia Launches Dedicated FIFA Channel Sponsored by Betclic Crowdfunding News UnDungeon - pixelart Action/RPG with Roguelike elements Sundered - A horrifying fight for survival and sanity Content I found interesting this week (interviews, reviews, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, criticism, etc) 2017 NEW YEAR’S CARDS FROM AROUND THE JAPANESE GAMING INDUSTRY CRITICAL PATH /// CONVERSATIONS Critical Path has added around 100 videos to their Youtube channel this week of short interviews with different developers. Developers talk about a subject for under a minute to around five minutes depending on the video. Closing Vancouver’s Indie House 74-Year-Old Grandpa Says Goodbye To MMO He's Played Since 1999 Writing Lara Croft Suda 51 wants to make a game as distinctive as No More Heroes for Nintendo’s Switch One from last Monday that I missed for last week's article. THE SECRETS OF DISHONORED 2’S MONGREL CITY A 1973 ORIGINAL: TANYA DEPASS EXPLAINS WHY YOU AND I NEED DIVERSE GAMES Yooka-Laylee devs: 7 biggest game design changes since the N64 era The Best Quest In Dragon Age: Origins Was All About Dwarves and Politics The Beauty of Permanent Death - BoukenJima Why doesn’t Sid Meier still make Sid Meier’s Civilization? - Here's A Thing Cancelled Version Of Resident Evil 4 Gets Playable Demo How Resident Evil 4 turned System Shock 3 into Dead Space How Bloodborne's Small Changes Make a BIG Difference - Writing on Games How games helped me deal with Tourette's Daughter sims and Clinton jokes: a conversation with the original localizer behind Princess Maker 2 7 introductory levels that all game developers should study Watch Doom brought to its knees in this speedrun We Asked a Transit Planner How to Up Our 'Mini Metro' Game Classic Game Postmortem: Ms. Pac-Man Classic Game Postmortem - Populous Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games Real Surgeons Are Just As Bad At Surgeon Simulator As You Are Making Battleborn Competitive Watch Enchanting 'Undertale' Concept Trailer Watch Super Mario Odyssey's trailer remade in GTA IV
  14. Hey ladies and gents here is a top 10 list of my personal favorite 3DS titles. Anyone else care to join in the discussion of favorite titles on the console?
  15. NES Classic Mini Console Announced - 30 Games Built In (No cartridge slot, though...) Today the company announced what it's calling the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition. It looks just like a NES, only a lot tinier, and it comes with 30 games built in. You can connect it to your TV via a HDMI cable, and it also includes a controller designed to work just like the iconic rectangular NES gamepad. (The new controller will also connect to a Wii Remote, so that you can use it to play Virtual Console games on a Wii or Wii U.) In addition to HDMI support and a lack of cartridges, the new mini-console also features one useful modern convenience: multiple suspend points, so that you won't have to fumble around with passwords when you start playing a game again. The NES Classic Edition will be available on November 11th for $59.99. The system comes packaged with an HDMI cable, an AC adapter and one NES Classic Controller, which is patterned after the iconic design of the original NES controller. It also includes 30 full games. The games included are: Balloon Fight Bubble Bobble Castlevania Castlevania II: Simon's Quest Donkey Kong Donkey Kong Jr. Double Dragon II: The Revenge Dr. Mario Excitebike Final Fantasy Galaga Ghosts'N Goblins Gradius Ice Climber Kid Icarus Kirby's Adventure Mario Bros. Mega Man 2 Metroid Ninja Gaiden Pac-Man Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream StarTropics Super C Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. 2 Super Mario Bros. 3 Tecmo Bowl The Legend of Zelda Zelda II: The Adventure of Link News Source Nintendo Website Post
  16. Mario Party Star Rush - A Review by Jose Vega aka DestinyDecade of the Angry Army Product provided by Nintendo. Special thanks to Nintendo for giving me this opportunity to cover this game. Mario Party has always been known to be a game where you and a few friends can sit back, have fun and see how much hilarity can ensue amongst each other. The franchise hasn’t had much success in recent years. It started being a turn based game and has stuck from the first game all the way to Mario Party 8. However the game went in a different direction with the use of vehicle based movement in Mario Party 9 and the overreliance of Amiibo functionality in Mario Party 10. The franchise wasn’t limited to consoles. They tried their luck with handhelds. After the mixed reception of Mario Party Island Tour, Nintendo and Nd Cube try their luck with Mario Party Star Rush. Will it suffer the same fate as its previous entry or have they got something up their sleeve that’ll make it a well-needed hit? Mario Party always had a formula that worked while adding little things to improve the game experience. In the case of Star Rush, the turn-based gameplay that has been a staple since the beginning has been removed completely. Instead once everyone roll the dice, they all move at the same time. You can also determine where you go before you move. This adds a layer of strategy but at the same time you need to be aware of what your opponents will do. It’s a matter of predicting the best course of action on the playing boards. If you want to make sure to have an advantage, careful planning is key. At first I didn’t like that they removed the turn-based gameplay but it grew on me over time. I like it. It saves me a lot of time while providing something fresh, new and fast paced. Future Mario Party games should implement this style. Imagine the craziness that can ensue with everyone moving at the same time, trying to reach where they need to be. Star Rush has multiple modes for you to tackle with Toad Scramble as the main mode. Up to 4 players can play as a Toad and trek through various boards, gathering Mario characters as allies and taking on bosses in mini games to recover Power Stars. Each character has their own unique ability and dice and it can help turn the tide. You can have up to 4 ally characters in one time and having more allies mean more of an advantage. Bear in mind that it can be a disadvantage if your opponent has more allies than you so be careful. Items are aplenty in this game though not as big as in the previous games but they do add something to the game that can be good or bad. It’s random and it’s what Mario Party boils down to in a nutshell. Mini games are also the name of the game in Mario Party and there are many. They depend on the control scheme. Some are simple using buttons and an analog stick (or d-pad) while others take advantage of the touch screen. It works, giving it variety. However some mini games can be a bit of a pain to do than others and depending if you either have a regular 3DS or a New 3DS XL then some can be without a doubt annoying due to the microphone. In addition to Toad Scramble, there are other game modes. Coinathlon is a race where up to four players collect as many coins as they can in minute long designated coin mini games to progress through three laps. They get hectic and it comes in two modes: Free Play and Rival Race. Mario Shuffle is a two-player game that uses Amiibo functionality. Using Amiibo figures, players race across a one-way board to the goal with one going right, the other left. If you don’t have Amiibo, cardboard cutouts are used. Balloon Bash is like Toad Scramble but you collect coins and stars in a mini board with a turn limit and mini games. You can also play as any Mario character so that’s a plus. Rhythm Recital is where up to four players work together and play classic Mario tunes using the Touch Screen. Challenge Tower is a single player game where you have to climb a tower with LED Spaces on it. There are varying difficulties with some being harder than others. Last but not least is Boo’s Block Party, a puzzle game where you spin sides of a number block to earn points. If you move enough of the same block, they get sent to the other player. It’s addicting and challenging if you want to get the high score. There’s a lot to do in the game and let’s face it. Half of the time you’re going to be spending it trying to complete the modes to level up. Star Rush has a leveling system where as you play, you earn points. Once you gain enough, you level up and unlock either a new mode or a new character. It’ll take hours trying to unlock everything and it can be quite a challenge. It can get a bit repetitive too having to do it over and over just to unlock everything. The game offers a lot but I wish there’d be something to alleviate things. But if I had any issues with it, it’s that most of the time you’ll be playing it in single player. If you want to play multiplayer, each of you must have your own 3DS and a copy of the game or the free Download Play that you can get on the eShop. It’s like Smash Bros. for 3DS. Overall, I can say that Mario Party Star Rush improves the formula in some ways. Having a fast paced style where everyone plans their moves adds layers of strategy. Various modes add replayability plus with 4-player co-op equaling insanity. What else can I say? I know games should try to implement new things but this is a step in the right direction. If you have friends and a few 3DS handhelds, then you will have a fun time. I give Mario Party Star Rush an 8 out of 10. It earns Angry Joe's BAD-ASS SEAL OF APPROVAL.
  17. Yo-kai Watch 2 Bony Spirits & Fleshy Souls Review - A Review by Jose Vega Special thanks to Nintendo for providing me these games. Pokémon… it’s a franchise that revolutionized the world since the 1990s. There have been many that tried to capitalize on the franchise success but none would ever come close. In 2013, a game called Yo-kai Watch would be released in Japan, ending up becoming a huge success. From its success, many things would spawn from it such as an ongoing animated series as well as a manga series, two animated films and it would eventually be brought overseas in 2015. The rest is history. Now a year later, we in America now get to enjoy the sequel to Yo-kai Watch. This is Yo-kai Watch 2 and it seems the game is following the Pokémon route, splitting this experience into two games. Does this divide the overall experience or is Level-5 believing that this is the best way to go? Before I continue with this review, I do want to say that I never played any of the Yo-kai Watch games. This is my first time and my review reflects on this. Let’s begin with the plot. It starts with an unknown force wiping away the memories of the main protagonist Nathan “Nate” Adams. What follows are events that have been relived in the previous game but with an unexpected twist. After reuniting with some Yo-kai that Nate encountered before, Nate along with his new friends set off on another adventure. I don’t want to spoil anything relating to the plot but I feel that the story can get a bit crazy. There are twists and turns that will send you all over the place. And for anyone that has never played a Yo-kai Watch game, they may get lost. You don’t have to worry. Everything will feel spot on as you play. Take it from me. I got hooked into the game a few hours in. If a game like that has something that can get you hooked, it’s a win in my book. Now I know what you’re going to say, “This game is a rip off of Pokémon” right? Guess what. Wrong. It’s not. It may have a similar way to Pokémon but this is Yo-kai Watch and it has stuff that sets itself apart. The game is split into two sections: Exploration and battle. You’ll be spending an equal amount of time doing both, trekking all over town, finding and battling Yo-kai, obtaining items and completing quests. Your Yo-kai Watch is a very important item to have. You need it in order to find the many Yo-kai that are located. They come in a variety of ranks, attributes and tribes. No, I’m actually serious. That’s how things work but you’re more concerned about how battling works. I’m getting to that so hang on a bit. The game follows a chapter-based system and in order to move on to the next chapter, you need to complete quests. Quests come in three different categories: Important, Requests and Favors. Important Quests are ones that when completed will allow you to continue the main story of the game. Requests are one-time jobs provided by anyone that has a blue “!”. Favors are like Requests but they have an orange “!” and can be done as many times as you like. Completing any of these nets you rewards ranging from money, experience, items or to even raise your Yo-kai Watch Rank. It’s needed if you want to continue on with the game but it never hurts to complete them. Battles happen in real time the instant the battle begins. Your party can have up to a maximum of 6 Yo-Kai and how you go about it depends on how you play. But you can only have 3 on the field. See it as like a Triple Battle but you don’t give them orders. They do their thing. Your job is a bit more on the micro managing side, courtesy of the Yo-Kai Watch. You can do many things such as healing Yo-kai with food, rotating Yo-kai out for other ones and activate Soultimates. Whenever a Soultimate is activate, you need to do a mini game on the bottom screen to fill up the gauge. When it’s charged, the Yo-Kai can unleash a special attack with various properties. In this sequel, it gets taken up a notch with the addition of Moxie. Once you receive an upgrade to your Yo-Kai Watch, you’ll have the option to get access to these powered-up Soultimates. The only difference is that you need 3 Soul Gauges to pull it off. It’s a high risk/high reward move and it can turn the tide of battle. My advice is to use it only when necessary. Boss battles are aplenty in this game and unlike regular battles; these have some strategy involved so you’ll need a good combination of Yo-kai to help take down these threats. Sometimes they’ll have something that you need to target and other times they can inflict some nasty problems at you. You need to use the Yo-kai Watch to either target said thing or to use Purify to rid the curse away from the Yo-kai. It rewards you for doing it, making this a required thing to do and sometimes you need to poke enemy Yo-kai at specific areas to get rewards. Another difference between this game and Pokémon is that in order to get more Yo-kai, you need to befriend them aka earning their trust. You do that by giving them food. In addition to Yo-kai having various characteristics, they also have varying tastes. Depending on the Yo-kai you’re up against, you’ll need the right food to earn their trust. Sometimes it works and other times it doesn’t. It’s all trial and error. It’s also time consuming too because even if you give them something that they may like you a ton for, they won’t always befriend you. As I said, it’s luck based and if you plan on befriending Yo-kai, you’ll need the right food for the right one. Some instances, you may need to evolve Yo-kai in order for them to be stronger and other times, you need to use Fusion by combining Yo-kai with specific medals or items. There are many combinations and it can take a lot of work. I did mention that this game is split into two right? Yes. There are two versions of the game: Fleshy Souls and Bony Spirits. There isn’t much in terms of differences between the two. The story is the same but depending on which version you play will have you meeting Yo-Kai that are exclusive to it. Combined, there are over 300 Yo-kai you will encounter, befriend and battle with. A game like this that has so many Yo-kai to find will take you hours, even after beating the game. The post game that follows is just as long. It’s something that is worth spending a lot of time on. If that isn’t enough to convince you, there’s more. Like Pokémon, you can battle or trade with your friends locally or online. It adds more to the game’s content along with many other modes. Exclusive to both versions is Yo-kai Watch Busters where four players can choose a Yo-kai to battle against dangerous Oni Yo-kai. There is so much to do here that it’s incredible. The story can take roughly around 15-20 hours if that’s your focus but if you plan on covering everything, finding all the yo-kai, completing quests, mini games, etc. then let’s just say that the overall length explodes into hundreds of hours. I am not kidding. It is nuts. Only the most dedicative of players will be pouring a lot of time and skill into finding every Yo-Kai that’s in both versions. Presentation wise, the game looks amazing on the 3DS. Truly awesome! Character models are well done. The environments are vibrant, full of life and they provide something different depending on location. Music is well done with my favorites being during battle as they provide a sense of intensity to the fight. There are cut scenes in some parts of the game and they capture the feel of the franchise real well. It’s like you’re watching the anime and I’m going to give it credit. The dub for it is good especially since they did bring some good talent like Johnny Yong Bosch of Power Rangers fame. I’m going to be 100% fair. I did find some faults in the game. The difficulty curve is fair but there’ll be times where the game can throw a curve ball at you and put like a real tough threat in your face and wipe your whole party out in minutes. Training is a good thing but it’ll get to a point where it can be a grind, just to take down something that drives you nuts for hours on end. Also the battle system is similar to the first game. That’s not to say its bad but I wish they added something unique to make it stand out. Nothing wrong with it but the least the game can do is to give the player a bit of leverage. Another nitpick I got is like I said, trial and error when it comes to befriending Yo-kai. It can happen especially when you don’t have the required food to use to befriend them and you end up using something you have one of that would work but doesn’t. It can be disappointing but it also convinces you that you need to prepare more. It isn’t pretty. Issues aside, Yo-kai Watch 2 provides an awesome experience with both Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls. It’s weird that they decided to split the game into two versions but with so much to do, it’s hard not to deny that having it all in one game won’t cut it. It won’t at all. New players will get on this game quick while veterans will spend all their time finding every Yo-kai that’s there. I could go on and on about how good the game is but I’ll say it here. This guy is worth the full price and it’s something I recommend. If you feel that Pokémon isn’t giving you enough of an experience, try these games. You’ll find it to be something that has it stands out over others. Now if only Level-5, the same guys that give us the Layton series of games can give us the third version of Yo-Kai Watch 2 or maybe the third game. Who knows? Nothing’s for sure. I give Yo-kai Watch 2 Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls a 9 out of 10. These two games are a MUST BUY and they deserve Angry Joe's BAD-ASS Seal of Approval. If you want to see more info in relation to Yo-kai Watch including detailed walkthroughs, guides on obtaining specific Yo-kai or anything else in general, please be sure to check out the Yo-kai King himself, AbdallahSmash026’s YouTube Channel: http//www.youtube.com/user/AbdallahSmash026
  18. Paper Mario: Color Splash Review – Written by Jose Vega Special thanks to Nintendo for providing me a copy of this game. Paper Mario is a franchise that had some ups and downs. It started as an RPG series that were hits on the N64 and GameCube before going into a different direction on the Wii with Super Paper Mario and then abandoning what made it good in favor of something that turned everyone off with Sticker Star for the Nintendo 3DS. Now we have a new Paper Mario game and unfortunately, it has been under controversy due to it following the formula of the previous game. So much so that videos relating to it would be the most disliked on Nintendo’s YouTube channel. However the game had been released by accident two weeks early and people got to experience it. I got my chance to play the latest entry in the series. The question’s this: Will Color Splash be a repeat of Sticker Star or is this a game that’s worth the moniker of “Paper Mario”. Let’s start with the plot because that’s the one thing you should probably wonder about this game. It centers on Mario, who along with Peach and a Toad head to Prisma Island after they receive mail that came in the form of a color-deprived Toad. What they find is a place that has been devoid of color and with it life on the island. Upon encountering a strange bucket named Huey, they soon learn that someone has been draining color from the island and using it as a means of destruction. So Mario now must travel all over Prisma Island and seek out the Paint Stars in order to bring life back to this once vibrant island. I am going to give Nintendo credit. This is a story that I can get behind. Sticker Star’s story was just nonexistent whereas here, it always has incentive. It made you want to see what became of the island, its inhabitants and what can you do to help out. The story can be quirky with the dialogue and I love that. It makes the game good and it's a step in the right direction. I don’t know if it can be the same for the rest of the game itself. Let’s find out. One of the biggest controversies this game has had was its gameplay. Yes, the gameplay is similar to that of Paper Mario: Sticker Star. A lot of people hated it due to its simplicity and the fact you needed to use stuff like stickers to attack during battle. With Paper Mario: Color Splash, that’s out the window. The theme is of course, paint and your job in this game is to travel from one area to the next battling enemies, acquiring items and restoring life to said areas by means of using paint. Depending on where you are, you have various options. For example, outside of battle you can jump and use your hammer to hit anything, even enemies. But if you hit something with the X button, you let out paint. Remember: the gimmick here is all about paint and you have to use said paint to restore Prisma Island and it’s many areas. But there’ll be times where you think there’s no way out but in fact, there is. Color Splash has the addition of “Cutout”. Cutout lets you take advantage of your environment and literally lets you cut out a bit of the area to reveal something new. This can lead to some unique results and sometimes hidden goodies. It adds more on the exploration side and gives you an incentive to find every hidden spot and obtain its secrets. In battle, everything is like Sticker Star but with some differences. Instead of stickers, you have cards. I do like the mechanics in this game better because you use cards to deal damage to enemies. Depending on the card, you can either deal damage with your trusty hammer or stomp them flat with some jump attacks. There are many variations and they can help turn the tide of battle if you’re lucky. Also, battles emphasize on how you do it successfully without suffering damage. Doing these net you bonuses like more coins and you’re going to need a lot of coins to get more cards so that you can dish the pain to your opposition. Sometimes you’ll get cards that are devoid of color. You use paint to give it life and in turn use it to attack enemies. Expect to do it a lot since most times you’ll get stuff that have no color. The same can be said for Things. Yes, that’s what they are. Things return in this game and like the previous game, they have a lot of use. Not only that but they have all new ones that can have various results. I like some of the things they included but if you look and at times listen hard enough, there may be some Easter eggs if you can spot them. Speaking of battles, there are boss fights. They’re a plenty as you travel and they’ll need you to plan accordingly and with what you have at your disposal. The game does provide you some hints on what you’ll need to tackle a specific foe. I like it as for new players, it’s a great opportunity. Don’t let your opposition fool you. If you are not prepared, expect to get beat. That’s a fact. Preparedness is key. Even with exploration, battles, there is a lot to do here. There are mini games too in the form of Roshambo. Roshambo is rock paper scissors and your job pretty much is to win. There are Roshambo temples spotted all over the map and your job is to take on each temple and win. Be warned that you’ll be up against foes that will beat you. It comes down not only to a matter of patience but skill. Only the most skilled of players can be able to pull it off and the rewards are high, along with the incentive. Roshambo Temples are also a good opportunity for you to get coins with the max being at 9999. Just like Sticker Star. There’s replay value here in the game and if you want to get 100% and complete everything, you’ll have to spend a lot of time on it… roughly 20 hours or so. At least in this game it’s worth it because the game’s charm helps add to it. Presentation wise, the game is a step up from Sticker Star. Many of the areas you’ll travel are vibrant, full of colors with various different themes. They range from volcanoes where heat is high with bits of red and orange to the beach side and the area fills with lots of blue. It gives the game and its areas a bit of atmosphere. I love it personally and it has you enjoying everything it has to offer. Humor is aplenty in every area. Some bits will make you laugh out loud and other instances they throw stuff that have them break the fourth wall. It’s impressive. I could go on and on but in my honest opinion, it’s a game that’s best enjoyed if you play it yourself. Though if I had any flaws with the game, it’s that the game is using a system that really didn’t work aka Sticker Star style. Had it be using the RPG elements from the old games, it would be a surefire hit. Paper Mario: Color Splash may follow a formula that didn’t work the first time but it makes up for it in various ways. An improved battle system, great story, interesting characters, strong humor and replay value helped give the game a boost it definitely needs. But I can’t help but feel that the Paper Mario franchise should revert back to its roots. I will commend Nintendo for at least trying something different. They did try but unfortunately, you know what they say, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Color Splash is an exception because what it offers more than makes up for its shortcomings. This game is a must buy on the Wii U and considering that this console is on its last legs, I recommend it. No doubt about it. This game is worth the full purchase price. I give Paper Mario: Color Splash a 9 out of 10. This game is a MUST BUY and it deserves Angry Joe's Bad-Ass Seal of Approval.
  19. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCShq6lfNTY
  20. Steve Blum talks about why voice actors are going on strike, Nintendo Switch, The Last Guardian goes gold, why it's hard to make a video game, how Doom 2 helped Patrick Klepek understand technology, getting internet famous by leaking Toys "R" Us gaming information, lost SNES Rayman game discovered, Watchdogs 2 should be more humorous than the original, Bungie helps developer propose to boyfriend with custom Destiny content, a look at Overwatch and asymmetric level design, and more. AJSA Youtube's Angry Army Weekly Gaming News Game Actors For All The Biggest Video Games Don't Tell Voice Actors What Game They're Working On Voice actors' union strike brings 250+ picketers to EA's front door Game companies, industry members respond to voice actors strike Chat service Discord gets enhanced security after vulnerabilities discovered First Look at Nintendo Switch How will the Nintendo Switch measure up to the PS4 and Xbox One? The Internet Reacts To The Nintendo Switch Nintendo Mum On Switch's Battery Life, Whether It Has A Touchscreen Nintendo Switch doesn’t support Wii U discs or 3DS cartridges A Breakdown Of The Nintendo Switch’s New Controllers Switched off: out-of-touch Nintendo’s going at it arse-backwards again THE NINTENDO SWITCH WANTS TO BE YOUR NEW, FAVORITE STALKER Devs React: Nintendo unveils its hybrid-handheld console Switch Nintendo shares tumble following Switch reveal Red Dead Redemption 2 Trailer The Last Guardian Has Finally Gone Gold Wolfenstein: The New Order sequel teased again, this time by B.J. voice actor Beyond Good & Evil 2 boss explains the delays: it needs "planet exploration, space travel, cities" Watch Dogs 2 Trailer - Welcome to San Francisco Gameplay [US] Killing in Watch Dogs 2 "wouldn't be Marcus" - so what's it like to play non-lethally? Watch Dogs 2 parodies Trump, Martin Shkreli, Kinect Watch Dogs 2, revenge of the nerds The Creators of Pokémon Explain Why Sun and Moon Has Ridiculous Monster Designs From Darkness is a single-player interactive documentary about African refugees Watch 40 beautiful minutes of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild running on a Wii U Dishonored 2 Live Action Trailer - Take Back What's Yours Titanfall 2 goes live-action for a launch trailer Titanfall 2 on PS4 Pro runs at higher resolution, more stable frame rate Titanfall 2 has something special for Battlefield 1 players Stand by: Titanfall 2 day one patch requires 88... megabytes EL HIJO COULD BE THE SPAGHETTI-WESTERN OF YOUR DREAMS JRPG Xanadu Next and cooking rhythm game Senran Kagura Bon Appétit! coming in November Nintendo Shows Off New Splatoon Footage, Unclear If It's A New Game Battlefield 1 server rental prices revealed Top 10 UK Sales Chart: Battlefield 1 Outperforms Battlefield 4 and Hardline's First Week Sales Battlefield 1 patch 1.02 fixes crashes, freezing, and controller bugs Shadow Warrior 2 getting free updates that add new missions, modes, and weapons Gal*Gun DLC Lets You See Through Clothes For Just $90 Dead Rising 4 DLC brings back timer-based missions, adds mini golf The Division 1.4 update is scheduled for release next week Total War: Warhammer teases brilliantly bearded Grombrindal Dark Souls 3 DLC Released Early on Xbox One by Accident Hearthstone patch adds more player-friendly quests, tweaks murlocs NYU Game Center Announces New Scholarship for Women Game Designers Blizzard won't talk WoW legacy servers at Blizzcon, despite Nostalrius campaigns Overwatch director says "troll pick" heroes are sometimes inevitable Overwatch Skill Ratings are changing again and Competitive Play should feel nicer DFC INTELLIGENCE ISSUES LATEST FORECASTS ON GLOBAL VIDEO GAME MARKET, ESTIMATES SOFTWARE TO REACH $98B BY 2020 Watch what happens when Michael gains Superman's powers in this GTA 5 mod Esports News The Weekend In Esports: Fakest Of Them All Civilization 6 makes big push into esports as major organization starts new team Activision Blizzard will support a professional Overwatch league Overwatch's Upcoming Esports League May Struggle Against Disruptive Patches Major League Gaming announces major esports event MLG Vegas Big Risks Don't Pay Off In Last Night's League Semifinals When An Unstoppable Force Meets An Immovable Object, SK Telecom T1 Wins Crowdfunding News Gamers for Good Presents: Undertale Charity Fanart Book Other content I found interesting this week Why It’s So Hard to Make a Video Game "It's not the game, it's the gun" Virtual Reality Gaming Isn’t so Great if You’re Disabled How 'Doom 2' Helped Me Understand Technology I Got Internet Famous Leaking Gaming Info From Toys "R" Us EVE Online player fakes suicide attempt as part of an elaborate scheme for revenge and money ‘Eternal Champions’ Is the Game That Quenched a Teenage Thirst for Gore A BDSM Game That Let Me Explore A New Type Of Sexual Experience VIDEOGAMES COULD DO A LOT MORE WITH THE VENETIAN MASK Errant Signal - Anatomy (Spoilers) Overwatch and Asymmetric Level Design - What Makes the Maps Fun? - Extra Credits Long Lost SNES Rayman Game Discovered After 24 Years Mafia III is just a game, but it shines a spotlight on the reality of racism Bungie Helps Two Game Devs Get Engaged With Custom Destiny Content How Civilization 6 changes war for the better Something in the Direction of Exhibition Masks, Identity, and the Horror of Our Own Reflection The making of The Witcher 3's greatest villain Probability Problems in Game Design Music Game Plan: Tactics for the Video Game Composer (Part Two) Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games Guy Plays Overwatch Using Bow As Controller Overwatch Player Shoutcasts During His Own Matches The Real Reinhardt Meets A Giant Reinhardt Battlefield 1 Players Are Encountering A Spectacular Airship Glitch Cities Skylines Player Spends Hundreds Of Hours Building A Near-Perfect San Francisco
  21. Yeah. I wanted to do it days earlier but I had to cover Turnabout Time Traveler, which I did. So now let's get cracking with Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 for the Nintendo 3DS. It's a sequel to the first Gunvolt game that was released in 2014. Now you have two characters to play: Gunvolt and his rival Copen. This time around, a new organization called Eden emerges in hopes of continuing where Sumeragi failed and it's up to both Gunvolt and Copen to stop them. Let's get underway. I hope you guys enjoy it.
  22. I know that Angry Joe is a fan of Ace Attorney and the game is officially out so... why not. I started covering this game so I hope everyone enjoys it. With a game like this, I upload a lot and I make sure to get it all done. I will do that. We begin with Case 1: The Foreign Turnabout. More will come tomorrow. That I promise.
  23. Nintendo talks about the marketing of the NX, Sony adds two-step verification to PSN, Kotaku reviews the Olympic games, how we talk about procedural generation in video games, the death of EverQuest's 'unkillable' dragon, Battlefield's season pass detailed, a look at the cancelled Goldeneye remaster, Game of Thrones composer scoring Gears of War 4, System Shock 3 reveals "dream" development team, 11 developers talk about how they got their start in the industry, interview with Anna Prosser Robinson on using her Twitch channel to help fight abuse, Vampyr pre-alpha gameplay, This War of Mine developer teases their next game, and more. Gaming News Sony fortifies PSN with two-step verification Nintendo President Reggie Fils-Aimé Discusses Nintendo NX There's a new report about those NX detachable controllers Some Gamescom videos I missed last week Tyranny - Character creation at gamescom Obsidian's new RPG Tyranny will let you build your own magic spells Tyranny: new features revealed | Gamescom 2016 For Honor Trailer: Viking, Samurai, and Knight Factions – Gamescom 2016 [US] Reveals the new faction characters. Titanfall 2 Is Getting Big Changes After Fan Backlash Harvest Moon creator’s next game ditches farms for gardens — and the rest of the world Master of Orion - Release Trailer Final Fantasy 15's Open World Becomes More Linear in the Second Half Why Final Fantasy XV Was Recently Delayed Watch another 30 minutes of pure gameplay in Final Fantasy 15 Tomb Raider Dev Hires Dead Space Veteran to Direct New Game New Watch Dogs 2 Gameplay Video Shows Off Open-World Co-Op, Hacking NIOH BRINGS A REAL-LIFE SAMURAI LEGEND TO VIDEOGAMES A VIDEOGAME DEDICATED TO THE STRAY DOGS OF RUSSIA’S SUBWAYS NBA 2K17 Is Doing Something the Franchise Has Never Done Before Demolition Car Game Wreckfest Coming to PS4/Xbox One, as Dev Reveals New Physics-Based Racer Battlefield 1's £40 Premium Pass features French army, Russian Empire Battlefield 1 Beta Early Access Timing Revealed A close look at Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3's new cover system NEARLY 10 YEARS IN THE MAKING, THERE’S STILL PLENTY OF REASON TO CARE ABOUT OWLBOY Vampyr pre-alpha footage broods in the moonlight Resident Evil 7 story, combat details spilled by ESRB Resident Evil 7 "Scaling Back" on Classic Cameos, Series Actor Says Here's some of the fine folks you'll meet in Resident Evil 7 Frostpunk is a steampunk survival game set on a frozen world Blood-Soaked Shooter Butcher Is Out This Autumn First-person thriller Virginia launches September 22 Mafia III - Father James and John Donovan: The Mentors System Shock 3 reveals ‘dream’ development team Halcyon 6 Release Date: Sept 9, 2016 Torment Tides of Numenera Gamescom 2016: Magic vs Technology Koei Tecmo’s Berserk ‘Casca’ and ‘Judeau’ action gameplay Attack on Titan - Captain Levi Gameplay A Game With 2014 in the Title Is Coming Out in 2016 Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters Daybreak: Special Gigs first English trailer The Floor Is Lava In Klei's First 3D Game Game of Thrones composer scoring Gears of War 4 GEARS OF WAR 4 IS BALANCED FOR CONTROLLER FIRST Metal Gear Solid V Definitive Edition Sneaks Out This Fall HOW TO STEALTHILY INFILTRATE A REAL-LIFE 1970S CULT? LET THE CHURCH IN THE DARKNESS SHOW YOU Assault Suit Leynos for PC launches August 30 Forza Horizon 3 Lets You Drive Halo's Warthog; PC Specs Announced Persona 5 online features give players a little help from their friends Valkyria: Azure Revolution is coming to Vita, too Valkyria: Azure Revolution has cross-save support Pathologic remake is delayed into the second half of 2017 Discover The Haven in Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past - Episode 5 Watch BioShock's breathtaking first 14 minutes, remastered That Weird Russian Halo Multiplayer Game Has Been Canceled ODD NOIR ADVENTURE GAME JAZZPUNK COMES FROLICKING TO PS4 SOON Here's the first trailer for the new Toejam & Earl game A new Duke Nukem game may be announced soon Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Having Issues on PC; Preorder DLC Has a Big Asterisk Deus Ex Mankind Divided Patch 2 Fixes Mouse Oddities Halo 5: Forge hits PC in September Prison Architect gets final update, dev tools and cheats available to all Killing Floor 2: Tactical Response update is now live Dark Souls 3: Ashes of Ariandel DLC leaked ahead of official reveal Dear Esther update will be free for owners of the original Blizzard rolls out livestreaming from Battle.net to Facebook Cities: Skylines modder to craft city-builder’s next DLC Europa Universalis IV - The Rights of Man, Release Date Reveal Trailer The Long Dark reveals new locations in story mode update RimWorld Update Adds Drugs Endless Legend unveils next expansion ONE OF THE MOST AUTHENTIC HACKING SIMULATORS IS GETTING AN EXPANSION Battlefield 4 Update Cleans Up Menus, Gets Rid of Battlelog New Witcher 3 Patch Coming Tomorrow, Here's Everything It Adds, Changes, and Fixes How The Witcher 3's Amazing Music and Sound Effects Were Made Ubisoft closing four free-to-play games on PC Servers Shut Down for Five Xbox 360 Ubisoft Titles in September GameStop hardware sales tumble after Neo, Scorpio announcements Studio's Closure Leads to an Unusual Split for Its Many Franchises No Man's Sky's player count has dropped 88 percent, but that's not unusual No, Steam Isn't Offering 'Special Exemptions' For No Man's Sky Refunds The Last of Us's Ellie Actor Would Love to Return for Sequel Kojima exploring virtual and augmented reality at Prologue Immersive NEW GRANT GIVES THE LGBTQ GAME ARCHIVE OFFICIAL BACKING No Man's Sky mod lets you fly your ship close to the ground, inside caves, and underwater Esports News Chinese company Banana Culture to host international Overwatch tournament with a $250,000 prize pool Fresh League of Legends row highlights fragile nature of a pro eSports career Genvid looking to enhance esports broadcasting with $1.5 million funding Twitch shutters GoodGame Agency, unclear state for Evil Geniuses and Alliance Crowdfunding News Didn't see anything worth mentioning this week. Other content I found interesting this week How 11 Developers Got Their Start In the Game Industry Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Sure Has Beautiful Wood THE DISJOINTED PRAGUE OF DEUS EX: MANKIND DIVIDED 'Deus Ex: Mankind Divided' Neglects Humans in Its Bid for Transhumanism #GamingLooksGood #24: Deus Ex Mankind Divided Mankind Derided (The Jimquisition) The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask's dungeon design | Boss Keys How One Twitch Channel Is Fighting Abuse in the Gaming Community The Witcher 3 is one of the best war games there's ever been Even though the larger war is probably out of your mind at the end of the game one of the three possible endings has a short side quest that has you chasing after a horse and it has a nice moment reflecting on the conflict. 'The Witcher 2' Didn't Try to Offer Endless Freedom, and That's Why It Was So Good One Man’s Quest to Let People Play Games on Their Shite Computers The Surprising And Allegedly Impossible Death Of EverQuest's 'Unkillable' Dragon Kaepernick's controversy creates a watershed moment for the new Madden Madden 17 Is Pretty Good! Romance of the Three Kingdoms Is A Perfect Blend Of Strategy And Alt History Here's what the cancelled GoldenEye 007 XBLA remaster looked like YOU SHOULDN’T BE SURPRISED THAT THE JAPANESE PM DRESSED UP AS MARIO Chrono Cross Was A Bad Sequel, But A Brilliant Game THE FUTURE OF ROMANCE GAMES IS QUEER Steam's First 'Uncensored' Sex Game Is Actually Pretty Tame Alien Languages: How We Talk About Procedural Generation The Scariest Video Game Monster Is Time Game Combat Is Great When It Gives You Time To Rest Topic also talked about back in this 2014 video The Importance of Quiet Time The Specter of Multiplayer Hangs Over 'Door Kickers' The Helplessness Of Clock Tower The Immoral Morality of Ultima V How Xenoblade Chronicles X Made Me Rethink JRPGs Metal Gear Solid 2 Was A Twisted Experiment in Mind Control HOW SILENT HILL, DARK SOULS AND THE LAST OF US INFLUENCED STRANGER THINGS The Workflows of Creating Game Ready Textures and Assets using Photogrammetry GTA V Players Have Spent 2016 Trying To Destroy A Possibly Indestructible Dam Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games Battlefield 1 - No Man's Land - Cinematic Movie The Olympic Summer Games: The Kotaku Review
  24. This week in gaming; upgraded PS4 rumored to be revealed next month, Patrick Klepek leaves Kotaku to join Vice, Civilization VI developers stream the game, reactionaries outraged at game criticism cause more people to rethink writing about games, Nintendo Power archive released on the internet and is removed by Nintendo, fan remake of Metroid 2 arrives in time to celebrate Metroid's anniversary and to almost immediately receive a take down notice from Nintendo, Rami Ismail talks about day one patches, Final Fantasy XV gets a season pass, first look at the new Battletech game by HarebrainedSchemes, Sonic's lack of identity and how he wasn't designed to be timeless, new Gears of War trailer reveals new faction, and more. Gaming News Farewell, Kotaku Nice to see Austin is getting some good people with him. Microsoft Confirms 2 TB Xbox One S Launch Model Is a Limited-Time Version Report: Sony to Reveal Upgraded PlayStation 4 in September CIVILIZATION VI - Devs Play as Brazil Sid Meier's Civilization VI - Official First Look: Brazil Scythia is Civilization 6's first brand new civ, and I’m terrified of them Hidden Agendas and Improved AI in Civilization 6 5 Changes Civilization VI Makes to the Franchise How Civilization 6 Aims to Leave Its Own Legacy Early ‘BattleTech’ Footage Reminds Me Why I Love Mechs Very happy to see that this is looking well. Watch ten minutes of Rare’s Sea of Thieves in motion Battlefield 1 Gameplay Series: Weapons Latest Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare trailer introduces the Captains Dishonored 2 had a QuakeCon demo, here's what was in it The Demons of Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse "Augs Lives Matter" banner in new Deus Ex concept art draws criticism Given the art director doesn't seem to or is pretending to not even understanding how art works based on his responses to the above tweet, former employees were on reddit saying anyone who critiques the game is stupid, the game director has said they remain as neutral as possible to the worlds politics and factions (which makes their marketing really odd as Deus Ex usually would morally grey questions about transhumanism, control, killing, etc not if apartheid/racism stand in is maybe a good thing), and their marketer/brand director is saying this to a Bioware employee asking him about it they are making me doubt that they have the ability to create a meaningful story. I've actually never seen so many people from an AAA studio respond so childishly to people questioning marketing choices as I have with this game, the game better review well, I'd hate to see how they react to people taking any issue with the finished product (probably something like the Suicide Squad actors saying that people who don't like the film aren't real people). Augs Lives Matter (Jim Sterling's Article) Other thoughts were given from multiple Bioware, Microsoft, Fallout/Far Cry developers, Paizo, and people who have written for Gamespot, IGN, Vice, Polygon, Giant Bomb, etc talking about marketing, poorly co-opting real world messages when you don't have confidence to create your own setting. Most who talked about it got/are getting outraged, troll, or racist responses. Always weird to see people who clearly don't care about video games spend so much on gaming sites or harassing critics and developers for large corporations, if the developers can't intelligently stand behind their own work no reason for random people giving them money to have a tantrum over it. Sad to see, I was looking forward to more intelligent commentary, but if you aren't being paid well it isn't healthy for most people to deal with gaming communities and reactionaries so it's understandable. Salt and Sanctuary dev pleads people calm down over delayed Vita port Divinity Original Sin: Update #25: Character Creation, Stats & Larian On Tour! Look forward to seeing more of this. Prey reboot will be a metroidvania adventure Prey Dev Explains Why It's Named After an Unrelated Series BioShock Remaster Trailer Shows How Much Better First Game Looks Metroid Prime: Federation Force story trailer Watch Berserk’s combat in full swing Torment Tides of Numenera Announces Techland Partnership MIYAMORI WILL BE A FOXY LOVE LETTER TO JAPANESE FOLKLORE TOOTH & TAIL BRINGS OUT THE ANIMALS OF HISTORICAL WARFARE The Fall part 2: Unbound -- Teaser The first one was really good, looking forward to seeing how this turns out. Quake Champions debuts gameplay footage Id Software doesn’t know yet if Quake Champions will be free-to-play Gears of War 4 gameplay trailer introduces the Deebees StarCraft HD is reported to be in the works Valkyria: Azure Revolution Battle Demo Ver. 2.0 news coming in late August Hitman heads to Bangkok for Episode 4 Hitman could get two more seasons Persona 5 launches February 14 in Europe XCOM 2 delayed three weeks on console Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence – Ascension coming west in October Black Desert Online players protest 'pay-to-win' changes with in-game picket signs Final Fantasy 15's DLC plans involve a season pass Yes, Battleborn flopped, but 2K vows to stick with it Overwatch has over 15m players worldwide Make Like A Tree And Warp: Stellaris Plantoids DLC Out Rocket League's Rumble Mode Brings The Goofy Power-Ups Next Month Doom's First DLC Releases Early, Check Out the Trailer Armello - Usurpers Teaser Trailer Hearthstone lead designer explains why new Priest card is so bad Activision details Marvel Ultimate Alliance fixes, offers free DLC What's Next After 10 Years Of Platinum Games Part of that I'm most interested in is Platinum Games' co-founder Asushi Inaba teases PC port of Vanquish Been saying for years that Vanquish needs to come to the PC. Valve now prevents game trading for players caught cheating on Steam The Creator of Seaman Needs Cash, So He’s Making More Games ‘No Man’s Sky’ Designer Sean Murray on New Gaming Horizons and Never Giving Up No Man's Sky dev apologises for erroneous YouTube takedowns The version of No Man’s Sky you’ll (hopefully) never play More XCOM 2 Enemies Modded In By Long War Studios Brilliant Fan Remake Of Metroid II Arrives Just In Time In time to get an obvious take down notice from Nintendo Enderal, the Skyrim total conversion, is coming next week Esports News Riot’s new documentary shows the human side of esports EA’s Peter Moore wants to transform esports jocks into mainstream stars Blizzard announces the Overwatch World Cup League of Legends OPL grand final hits Brisbane this weekend Dota 2 is losing a major tournament, but that’s not a bad thing Crowdfunding News Diabotical by The GD Studio Diabotical is Quake for a new generation of competitive gamers Close Your - Life one blink at a time Shadow of the Colossus comparisons are “flattering but terrifying,” says Prey for the Gods devs Other content I found interesting this week Nintendo takes down Nintendo Power collection from Internet Archive after noticing it Over 2000 Amiga games are now playable for free in your browser 'Decorative' danger explained in two tweets That video is why I really don't like the new Tomb Raider games (never liked the old ones either though). Patch the Process The Center of All Things Positive link between video games and academic performance, study suggests Routers Are the Pros Who Make Speedrunning Possible Before 'No Man's Sky' There Was 'Noctis' WHAT CAN ARCHITECTS LEARN FROM NO MAN’S SKY? The archaeologists who are using No Man's Sky as a dry-run for exploring actual space It's Not Easy Being Blue Towards an Art History for Videogames 'The Fall' Is One of Gaming's Most Overlooked Sci-Fi Stories How Games Do Health | Game Maker's Toolkit ‘Abzû’ Is the Stress-Free Video Game Our Frantic Lives Need Right Now Abzu Is A Rare Game That Helps Players Feel Connected To Nature Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games YouTuber replaces every Dark Souls 3 texture with Nic Cage and Shrek Fan video recreates Firewatch scenes in real locations Old MGS2 Preview John Romero's Mom Dark Souls Created All Game Mechanics
  25. This week in gaming; Nintendo NX rumored to be portable, Nvidia Titan X, trends that will change the future of the industry, Sega puts on embarrassing show for Sonic's 25th anniversary, Max Payne's 15th anniversary, the design document for a lost Indiana Jones adventure game, Telltale's games add multiplayer features, a look at some Witcher 3 mods, Battlefield 1 trailer remade with legos, and more. Gaming News Nintendo NX is a portable console with detachable controllers Nintendo shares plummet after it points out it doesn't make Pokémon Go Nvidia's new $1,200, 12 GB Titan X hits next month Latest No Man's Sky trailer focuses on combat No Man’s Sky - TRADE Video | PS4 The patented “superformula” that could cause a legal headache for No Man’s Sky Developer has since posted No Man’s Sky Will Not Require PlayStation Plus No Man’s Sky PC release pushed back Watch Marcus Fenix back in action in new Gears of War 4 gameplay Gears of War 4's PC-exclusive features detailed Mafia 3 live-action trailer builds "the legend of Lincoln Clay" NBA 2K17 Features League Expansion NBA 2K17 Will Feature Australian Boomers, Second Ever National Team to Appear in the Series How Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's Different Play Styles Can Change The Story Get the details on Quake Champions’ playable characters Sega announces two new Sonic games The Walking Dead's third season screens shows off Telltale's improved engine Telltale taking its games multiplayer, starting with Batman Here’s 12 Minutes Of The Infinite War From Call of Duty Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare trailer shows off the Retribution, your flying space fortress This is Why Game of Thrones' Jon Snow Is in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare The Turing Test Gets Release Date, Asks Big Questions Obduction delayed another month to late August Halo Wars 2: New Character Images and Details Revealed Rive's Wii U version may get canned in favour of NX Civilization 6 Preorders Come With Early Access to Another Civ Civilization 6 trailer offers first look at its take on France Two New Injustice 2 Characters Revealed Marvel: Ultimate Alliance remasters hitting PC this Tuesday I really like the games. Shame they are overpriced and that people are saying they aren't running well, aren't recognizing controllers, don't look any better, and that they didn't include the DLC characters. SINNER’S SORROW WANTS TO UNSETTLE YOU WITH ITS BLACK-AND-WHITE WORLD New South Park: The Fractured But Whole Video Reveals Where The Name Came From Conception II Bringing Date-O-Dungeoning To PC Falcom CEO thinking about making The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III a PS4-exclusive Yakuza 6 launches December 8 in Japan Bear With Me Investigates Plush Noir In August Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 revealed, hits this September Procedural Pooches: Death Road To Canada STATE OF MIND COMBINES TRANSHUMANISM AND A LOW-POLY LOOK GET READY TO BUILD A RELATIONSHIP WITH AN EMOTIONAL AI THIS SEPTEMBER Konami Signs PES Partnership Deal With FC Barcelona UPCOMING WAR GAME TEACHES COMPASSION BY HAVING YOU PLAY AS YOUR OWN KILLER New Mobius Final Fantasy Trailer Shows Off Its Impressive Visuals Suda51’s The Silver Case remastered has a trailer IT’S YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS AGAINST MIND-CONTROL TECH IN SIGNAL DECAY Crusader Kings II Is Getting A Poxy, Plaguey Expansion Battlezone 98 Redux Launches Red Odyssey Expansion RISE OF THE TOMB RAIDER’S NEW MODES FEEL LIKE DARK SOULS, GONE HOME, AND RESIDENT EVIL PS4 Rise of the Tomb Raider Preorders Come With Free Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition Rainbow Six Siege's Next Big Update Detailed Total War: Warhammer gets pile of free DLC Necropolis will see major changes in response to reviews and criticism Duelyst is the latest game to get a crate and key system Paragon dev hand out 27,000 bans this month, plan multiple class nerfs next The Witcher 3 first-person mod gives gamers a Geralt's-eye view of the world This Witcher 3 mod brings Dark Souls difficulty to Novigrad G2A’s CEO on fraud, money laundering and the future of his online marketplace Humble Bundle outlines fraud prevention strategy following G2A fiasco Ubisoft's fortunes rise thanks to strong Q1 sales of digital goods Heroes of the Storm player arrested for death threats against Blizzard It's OK, Richard Garriott is protected by spells from harmful use of his blood Level-5 trademarks Lady Layton, Inazuma Eleven Ares, Megaton Musashi, and more in Europe Quantic Dream’s Christopher Schmitz Becomes IO Interactive’s Executive Producer Former PlayStation indie game head honcho Adam Boyes joins Iron Galaxy Studios Here's Kojima Productions' new studio trailer WITCHER DEV ‘WOULD LOVE’ PS4-XBOX ONE CROSS-NETWORK PLAY FOR GWENT Valve Issues Cease And Desist Letter To 23 Counter-Strike Gambling Sites Machinarium Has Sold Lots And Lots Of Copies Report: China pushes past US to lead the world in App Store game revenue Esports News Here's your first look at League's updated esports spectator HUD Overwatch Open pro tournament puts $300,000 up for grabs Isaiah “TriForce” Johnson: building the Jamaican esports community into an industry ESPORTS: AN INDUSTRY IN DESPERATE NEED OF PROFESSIONALISM; PART ONE: SOCIAL MEDIA Why the CS:GO gambling lawsuits signal a coming of age for the entire esports industry Alibaba invests $150 million in esports Crowdfunding News 911 Operator System Shock Remake Coming to PS4 Nightdive Clarify “RPG Stuff” In System Shock Remake Bard's Tale IV Character Progression Other content I found interesting this week 11 video game trends that will change the future of the industry VALKYRIA CHRONICLES IS A DIFFERENT KIND OF WAR STORY Read the design document for a lost Indiana Jones adventure game Local Co-Op is The Most Consistently Appealing Mode of Social Gaming Across Gender and Age Getting Confused In Games Can Be A Good Thing Final Fantasy III Retrospective: Hope You Like Losing Progress The Importance of Overwatch's Newest Hero, Ana Amari THE VIDEOGAME THAT HELPED POPULARIZE JAPANESE MECHA IN THE WEST I'm Not Saying Emulators Are Cool, BUT... (The Jimquisition) Lest We Forget: World War I in Videogames Inside: A Game That Listens Developers provide their [spoiler-free] take on Inside Jalopy: The Best Game Ever PROTEST YOUR INNOCENCE IN A NEW NONLINEAR COURTROOM DRAMA Games You Might Not Have Tried #9 - Find New Games - Extra Credits Celebrate Max Payne's 15th anniversary with this video Paradox Interactive: History and Game Design Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games Watch Battlefield 1’s reveal trailer remade with Lego There's an Elite: Dangerous rock opera at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Sega's Sonic 25th Anniversary Shitshow Supercut Talking about what went wrong and why, click to see series of tweets.