Toys to life is the big money-maker genre these days. The market is still relatively small, with few real competitors willing to sink the time and money needed to invest in the potentially lucrative field of making parents bankrupt thanks to purchases of the various figures needed to complete a collection. For Disney Infinity, it’s been a massive win so far. While the console version costs a few beans, the PC toybox version is completely free. The catch here of course, being that you still need to buy the figures necessary to populate that version? Or do you?
Right, sit down folks. Stop struggling, the drugs should have taken effect by now. Resistance is pointless and all that. Ever heard the expression of a fate worse than death? Well you’re about to live it, as not only am I going to wax lyrical about the new Saint Seiya game, I’m going to talk endlessly about the actual terms and characters that make up the content of the game. And by the way, I’ve already removed the cyanide capsules hidden in your mouth. NO ESCAPE!
I NEED MORE POWER! For you, the day that I began spouting off yet again about my favourite and obviously the best Devil May Cry game in the entire franchise was a momentous and significant event. But for me, it was merely…Tuesday.
On the surface, I dig the idea for LEGO Dimensions. After all, you’d have to be some kind of monster to find no joy in building with LEGO. You’ve got characters from various franchises, a portal to build and various other vehicles and gadgets to assemble. All that, and a video game, which does sound neat. And expensive. After all, this is Lego that we’re talking about, which usually retails locally for an actual arm and a leg.
Out of all the post-apocalyptic scenarios to find yourself stuck in, the world of Mad Max may just be the worst. Frequent road wars, warlords exacting their literal pound of flesh from frightened scavengers and an environment built out of nightmare fuel. Sort of like Port Elizabeth on a Tuesday, but not that bad. Still, a wasteland without characters would be a dull wasteland. And the world of Mad Max has some interesting characters to meet.
When Gearbox revealed the 64-in-1 TV game cartridge of remasters, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, they did so with a package that has one hook that just might draw in players who have already defeated Handsome Jack and opened up a few vaults on Pandora. And that’s cross-save functionality. Yep, you’ll be able to port your old-gen save game over into the current-gen version of Borderlands 2 if you choose to do so, or weren’t a complete twonk who sold his Xbox 360 that had several high-level vault hunters inside of it. Like me, dammit. Here’s how the function works.
There’s more to Dragon Ball XenoVerse than just a story…about screaming guys punching one another. There’s also Parallel Quests, side-missions which can reward players with plenty of cool gear and even more experience points. You’ll need to work your way through dozens of these missions in order to really create a powerful character that can take on Super Saiyans and the Majin. And you’ll also need to complete certain hidden mission tasks in order to really get the maximum benefits. So here’s how you can do just that.
You ever read the One Piece manga? The simple way to describe it, is that it comes off like an epileptic fit that is having a seizure while vomiting ink everywhere to form a crazy story about pirates and a lead character who happens to be about as intelligent as my pet rock. It’s also massively beloved, and a Japanese comic juggernaut that has no end in sight and will most likely outlive us all as radioactive cockroaches evolve to appreciate comics once the planet is a barren, nuclear-irradiated husk of its former self. On that note, here’s a ton of new screenshots for the game.
Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm MOBA is pretty much fan fiction made real. You’ve got heroes and villains from all across the Blizzard Universe, joining forces to hit one another really hard. Or something with towers and map defense. I’m not really that big on the MOBA scene, but the game still sounds kinda cool, and having the chance to ride a pony into battle as a prime evil will always be a great draw for me. Right now, Heroes Of The Storm has 33 characters available. And Blizzard isn’t ready to stop adding new units anytime soon.
True survival horror games have been dead for a long time. But much like the unkillable antagonists of your favourite slasher flicks, the genre is once again rising from the dead. Amongst the new generation of such titles on the way, is The Evil Within. It’s a psychological attack mixed with pants-staining thrills and chills. So what’s it actually all about then?
We’ve all been there before. Despite constant windows begging us to think twice, sometimes we can’t help but accidentally click through all of them and go on to proceed to killing off our World of Warcraft character. I get you guys, that kind of sucks. All those fetch quests for extra levels, down the drain. But soon, you can get a second chance at resurrecting your beloved warrior in World Of Warcraft.
Oh, you think your mouse finger powerful, don’t you? Well I trained my hand at ten times Earth’s normal gravity! Mine is the hand that knows the Heyoh-Ken technique! My hand clicking power is over 9000! And I’m going to need it when Dragon Ball Xenoverse rocks the dragon on PC.
Shadow of Mordor was my biggest surprise of E3, and hopefully I’ve convinced you why it’s going to be a top RPG of the year. The latest trailer explains the polarity within the protagonist, and what your character will go through over the course of the game.
I don’t think we’ll ever see fighting games fully embrace the idea of unlockable fighters ever again. Hell, why do that when you can make some extra cash charging gamers for that content anyway? NetherRealm has done this twice already, with the recent Injustice: Gods Among Us having several DLC characters available. Expect Mortal Kombat X to have a few such brawlers as well.
I may be a fan of the source material, but the recent Naruto games have been anything but revolutionary. Not since the sublime Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 that was released way back in 2010 have the sequels managed to reach that benchmark. The next ninja chapter however, might just have a fighting chance to do so at long bloody last. Believe it!