Today is a big day for Nintendo. So big, that they named November 21st, 2014 Nintendo Day! The reason this day is so important is because of all the products that Nintendo is launching for this big occassion. For starters, two new Pokémon games, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, are being released for the Nintendo 3DS. Amiibos are also hitting store shelves, allowing Wii U gamers to use these little figures in a number of Wii U titles. However, the reason most Nintendo fans are so excited for today is for one particular Wii U title. The game that brings characters from all areas of gaming into an arena to determine the ultimate combatant. That’s right – Super Smash Bros for Wii U is finally here! To celebrate the launch of all these products, Nintendo held a countdown event yesterday in downtown Toronto, and gamers showed up in droves to get their hands on the new brawler. (more…)
Sunset Overdrive is the newest exclusive IP for the Xbox One, and it’s one that gamers have been waiting on for some time. The game had been hyped up for its colourful and detailed graphics as well as the high-action insanity that was sure to occur during gameplay. Well, the game is now available on store shelves and I must say that it is a constant source of entertainment, whether it be through combat situations or listening to the characters converse about how messed up their situation is. The game is hilarious and doesn’t offer up a dull moment. (more…)
Bayonetta 2 is one of the most stylish, fast paced and fun action games ever created. The much anticipated sequel hasn’t changed the formula from the first installment of the series, but it’s certainly come quite close to perfecting it. The gameplay mechanics have been fine tuned, the action is even more adrenaline pumping, the controls work exceptionally well and the feeling of accomplishment is even greater this time around. Bayonetta 2 has added new layers of depth to the combat system and presents the over the top insanity with the highest level of polish and detail. This is the sequel Bayonetta fans have been hoping for. (more…)
The Evil Within had a lot of hype to live up to right from the get go. Being directed by Resident Evil creator, Shinji Mikami, and developed by his studio, Tango Gameworks, audiences everywhere instantly expected great things. The trailers prior to the release of the game focused on the creatures and gore that the title was sure to be chalk full of, and only fueled the hype train even more. Was this the next best thing to the long wished for ‘back to the basics’ Resident Evil that fans are still hoping to see? Well, I popped the disc in, turned down the lights, and decided to find out for myself. (more…)
As the weather gets colder and the leaves start to change, we’re reminded that the season to stay warm indoors is quickly approaching, and with that, means a whole new season of videogame launches. Nintendo held their annual Holiday Preview Event and we were fortunate enough to be able to attend again this year. Nintendo showed off some of the recent titles that have hit the store shelves as well as some yet-to-be released games that are sure to be big draws this holiday season. At the very least, it is easy to say that Nintendo certainly has something for everyone this fall.
I am a huge fan of the Alien movie series so when I first heard Alien: Isolation from Creative Assembly was going to be a first-person survival horror akin to Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic, I was intrigued, but still wary after the debacle of Aliens: Colonial Marines. But when I found out the Nostromo Edition contained DLC that would include the voice talents of most of the original movie cast, I immediately placed my pre-order.
Newt: They mostly come at night… mostly.* (more…)
Everyone loves a good Zelda game. You’d be hard pressed to find any gamer who says that didn’t enjoy Ocarina of Time, even if they will grumble about the Water Temple until the end of time. The lovable characters and the classic “good vs evil” story lines have kept gamers coming back for more with each new entrant in the series. The most recent addition to the franchise is Hyrule Warriors for the Wii U, and while the look and feel of the game is different than Zelda games past, some might say that change isn’t always necessarily good. (more…)
Driveclub is a game that feels as if it’s constantly at odds with itself. It’s certainly an unfortunate conundrum for a racing game that showed such potential in its earliest stages. The game lacks a true defining characteristic, making it a solid but underdeveloped final product. Evolution Studios debuted this PS4 exclusive during the February 2013 PS4 reveal event, touting it as “the most realistic looking racer ever”. In fact, it was the very first game shown during that press conference and it was promised as a free Day 1 launch exclusive for PlayStation Plus members. Since that time, the game has had several delays and is now no longer a free game. Despite all of the negative sentiment towards it, I was eager to play Driveclub when it finally launched. That eagerness would prove to be somewhat overblown. (more…)
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor introduces the world to a truly engaging version of big budget open-world game design. Remarkably, the game does not do this with better visuals or higher productions values. Nor does it accomplish this with a higher level of online integration within the campaign. Shadow of Mordor is a massive open-world adventure that contains exceptional combat and face-paced traversal through its environments. While this game has been heavily compared to both the Assassins Creed and Batman: Arkham series, in reality it is something much greater than the sum of those two parts. Shadow of Mordor has changed the way enemies and narrative should be utilized in action games. It has also created the first ever open world that feels as if it constantly shifts and evolves with or without input from the player. Shadow of Mordor is revolutionary. (more…)
Believe it or not, I am a complete novice when it comes to Super Smash Bros. At no time in my gaming history have I owned a Smash Bros game for any of my Nintendo devices. That isn’t to say that I’ve never rumbled with the band of Nintendo-brand misfits, but when I would play, I wouldn’t be so much competing, as much as I was target practice for my friends. Despite constantly losing, I always enjoyed getting the opportunity to throw down in the colourful arenas with the group. So, when it came time to review Super Smash Bros for 3DS, I thought this might be an interesting experience, approaching a widely familiar franchise from a fresh perspective. I’m not going to claim to be any good at the game yet, but it’s certainly been an entertaining journey. (more…)