This one stems from a Twitter conversation I had earlier his week. Muslim Ron Perlman affirmed an undying and everlasting love for Assassin’s Creed 2’s Ezio Auditore, proclaiming him to be the best gaming character this generation. I disagreed, saying Mass Effect’s Mordin Solus and Portal’s GLaDOS and Wheatley would take umbrage to that. It spawned a whole long conversation about who the best or most endearing characters in this generation of consoles are.
Gaming is not only about overly sized men killing each other in testosterone fuelled battle. No, in fact there are some great party games that were shown at Gamescom 2013 as well and my personal favourite was Just Dance 2014 from Ubisoft.
We got back from Gamescom yesterday, our heads all fuzzy from the travel and all that beer. We’ve played and seen a ton of games. We’re still busy trying to decide which ones tickled out fancies most – but the official Gamescom site has already picked its winners. I have to say, some of them make very little sense to me.
When we first heard of Disney and Avalanche and Disney’s Infinity, we thought it was going to be a cheap cash in, going after Skylanders’ established Toys and videogames market. It uses a similar formula; vinyl character figurines placed on a portal that brings them to life within a digital, videogame world – but where Infinity has Skylander beat is in ambition, and recognisable characters kids already love. It’s also going to be a liiiitle bit pricy. Here’s how much parents can expect to shell out when Disney Infinity hits local retail stores next month.
I’m an unabashed fan of Skylanders and the idea of integrating real world objects into video games. Which means I should be excited about the upcoming Disney Infinity.. and yet I can’t seem to get the same level of excitement going.
The Xbox 360 got off to a flying start in this generation with the PlayStation 3 preferring to stay at home perfecting its make up before leaving for the race. By year 3 the Xbox 360 was miles ahead of the PS3 and unbelievably it decided to take a nap.
Clover Studio’s Okami is one of the last generation’s most beautiful games – and is a better “Zelda” game than most actual Legend of Zelda games. If you haven’t played it, it’s free to PlayStation Plus subscribers, and it’s also available on the Wii. If you have, you might be delighted to know that a sequel could be on its way.
I’m a self confessed fan of Skylanders and with my two kids being totally addicted to the title I couldn’t ignore the new Skylander Giants press release that landed up in my inbox and so over the next few weeks I’m going to post up some profiles of the new Giants coming to the Skylanders franchise.
There’s a ton of great games available for the now positively ancient Wii that you, hardcore gamer that you are, might not have played; things like The Metroid Prime Trilogy, the excellent Super Mario Galaxy series, Xenoblade Chronicles and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword – to name but a handful. Opportunity’s knocking twice – because the smaller, cheaper Wii Mini is headed to local stores.
Dutch artist Tim Hijlkema, the guy responsible for that video game planets animation has done it again, this time cramming 26 distinct video game locations within a 4 minute video. Watch it – and see if you can name them all. I was especially tickled by the second one – and would likely stab people in the face for a good sequel to one of my favourite PS2 games.
Licenced games have a bad rap. Mostly because they’re absolutely terrible; they prey on your exiting love and attachment for a franchise, and usually piss it down the toilet. There have been good ones; I have very fond memories of Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers and Ducktales on the NES; I spent all my pocket money playing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at the arcade and The 16-bit Aladdin games were amazing. More recently, Arkham Asylum ended up being the best super-hero game ever.
The PlayStation 3, when it originally launched at least, had full backwards compatibility – mostly because it had the PS2’s innards stuffed inside the big black box. Nintendo’s Wii had direct Gamecube support, and a Virtual console giving it generations of backwards compatibility. Even the Xbox 360 had some level of backwards compatibility with Xbox original games, even if it was emulation driven...and largely broken. Don’t expect the feature in the next generation though.
We’ve previously tried to see what this generations best franchise is, based on critical reception – but now we want to find out what real-life gamers think. Since the beginning of the 7th generation we’ve seen some pretty amazing game franchises.
In the year 2013, I have no idea why regional restrictions are still in place in videogames. Well, I understand the legal reasons, and all that nonsense about distribution rights, but in today’s internet-connected global village, that sort of nonsense should be a thing of the past.
Oh dear. It looks like the fickle gaming industry has taken another victim; this time it’s Warren Spector’s Junction Point, the folks behind Epic Mickey. Disney’s confirmed that they’re shuttering the studio as it no longer fits the company’s “priorities.”