Say what you like about Nintendo, but at least they’re willing to take a gamble with new console hardware ideas. Sometimes, the risk pays off as the original Wii console was a console that propelled Nintendo into the mainstream space that had been dominated by Sony and Xbox. Sometimes, creating something new doesn’t always result in instant sales as the Wii U has struggled to sell outside of Japan despite having some of the best games released in the last couple of years. But whatever Nintendo has planned for their next device, the NX, they want it to be surprising.
Looks like Ubisoft’s cops and robbers games will be making a hard right for beta territory later this year.
Technolust. It’s a sensation that everyone gets when some new hardware arrives. That fear of missing out. That urge to have the newest gear on day one. There’ll be more consoles, graphics cards and games in the near future. Technology which you just have to have. And if you’ve got the shakes in anticipation of Nintendo’s next dedicated gaming device, well then, good news. You can pre-order whatever it is that Nintendo has up their sleeves, right now.
Nintendo’s announced that it’ll be making games for smartphones, in partnership with huge Japanese mobile game company DeNA. There was immediate speculation that it would mean the end of Nintendo’s focus on its actual home console and handheld systems – but that’s the furthest thing from the truth. Instead, they revealed that they’ve got a new dedicated game platform coming.
As we suspected, Nvidia will be entering the console gaming market with its own Android-powered set-top box – but before you scoff, rolling your eyeballs at yet another android-powered microconsole, Nvidia’s newly-christened Shield consolewill be a little different. For starters, it’s going to be pretty powerful. Yes, it can run Crysis. Crysis 3, in split-screen, in fact.
Nvidia showed their hand late last year, and now it’s all about waiting to see if AMD is going to call or fold in the next few months. After the launch of the GTX 960, it would be acceptable to think that Nvidia was done for a short while – which seemed apparent from the lack of any sort of leaks regarding new products. Thing is, they aren’t done just yet.
It’s already February and the Xbox One has been without a major update this year. Microsoft stuck pretty well to monthly updates last year, but it seems like they just needed a few more days for the very first one in 2015. Thankfully it’s finally up, and it’s fixing a lot of major issues.
Man, I was following Abe before it was cool! If you were growing up in the 1990s and happened to have a Pentium II 400MHZ PC with a Voodoo graphics accelerator card, then chances are high that you’ll remember playing Oddworld: Abe’s Odysee in 1997. A remake has been on the cards for quite a while now, that see’s the meek potential meat product re-imagined in glorious new visuals. And now Abe finally has a date on non-PS4 platforms.
Looks like the days of the original 3DS and its fatter cousin who gave up on a new year’s resolution within the first week, are numbered.
12 300. That’s the number of super-duper special 20th anniversary PlayStation 4’s that were released over the course of the last week or two. 12 299 is most likely the amount of them that will be quickly off sold for a tidy profit to rabid fans wanting to own a console that few in the world would have. And Sony isn’t exactly happy about that.
Do you remember the ZX Spectrum, that personal computer that was released over three decades ago in 1982? I certainly don’t. It came out before my time, which is why everybody other than myself and Sandy (who has just started walking now. Aw bless!) recognises it. Do you yearn for those good old days when gaming was made up of literally 8 colours? You’re in luck, your childhood memories are well within reach!
It could be said that I have a bat in my console belfry. Batman: Arkham Knight is a damned pretty game, make no mistake, as it’ll most likely push current-gen systems to their limits. One thing it won’t be doing however, is setting tongues wagging as to which platform has the best version of the caped crusader, as developer Rocksteady is going for some of that console parity mojo before the game releases.
One game to find them, one game to rule them all and in the darkness bind them. Pretty much the sleeper hit of the year, Shadow Of Mordor has plenty going for it. Tolkien lore, detailed landscapes and a Nemesis System that gives the game a hefty tactical side. But is it pretty? Does it shine like Galadriel’s hair, or does it look like Gollum’s unwashed loin-cloth, my precious?
Strategy games may not be as massive as first-person shooters or tap-happy avian species being flung towards porcine enemies, but it’s a genre that isn’t going to disappear anytime soon. What you won’t see often however, are RTS titles on consoles. They’ve always been a headache to port over and create control schemes for on those platforms. But one studio reckons that they’ve cracked the conundrum.
You’ve been wondering just when Blizzard would release Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition onto consoles. Well wonder no more, as it’ll be out on August 19 for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. It’s Diablo 3, and the Reaper of Souls together for the first time, and it feels oh so good. Prepare to go back to hell Nephalem scum.