Because of course it was. Nintendo has this bizarre habit of shoehorning its biggest star, that moustachioed plumber in to all manner of game in which he rightly doesn’t belong. And according to Edge, he was very nearly the star of Nintendo’s new shooter IP, Splatoon.
The Xbox One, as you know by now, will allow just about everyone to make games on the thing, as it’ll have a mode than enables devkit functionality. Many believe it to be something reactionary, based on the Xbox One’s initially poor indie showing. Microsoft says that’s just not the case; which is weird, considering that functionality will have to patched in, and wont be available when the console is released.
Edge Magazine has been around for a very long time and has managed to build a pretty solid reputation around their coverage of the video game industry and all that it has become… but they have also just released the most controversial video game magazine cover, but could they be right?
With all the rumours about the next-generation systems, more specifically Sony’s PlayStation and its apparently imminent reveal, gamers the world over are growing rather excited at the prospect of going next-gen this year. You may have to reign in your excitement – particularly if you live anywhere that isn’t the US or Japan.
Sony’s new handheld, the PlayStation Vita is a wonderful handheld, packed to the brim with interesting tech and fantastic features. Unfortunately, it’s not doing very well, anywhere. Conversely, Nintendo’s 3DS - which also had a bit of a slow start - has been top of the Japanese sales charts since its dramatic price cut last August.
The reason the Vita’s not doing so well, says Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto is that the thing just doesn’t have enough games.
If the allure of a heightened gaming experience wasnâ€™t enough, Sony, one of the more profound peddlerâ€™s of 3D wares has now said that gaming in 3D will make you a better gamer.
While â€œcoreâ€ gamers will experience only slight benefits, newcomers will gain great increases in their gaming prowess â€“ but both will get an edge over standard HDTV users.
Last Month, Electronic Entertainment Design and Research did a little research (ie : they went to Metacritic.com and counted) to determine what quantity of Xbox 360 and PS3 titles were actually good.
The 360 and the PS3 were close to even, with a higher percentage of top rated games appearing on the PS3. With its market dominance, the Wii has to be home to a slew of incredible games, right?
Well, no. As any Wii owner will tell you, most of the games available belong firmly in the â€œshovelwareâ€ category. While 13% of 360 and 17% of PS3 games scored 85 or higher, only 4% managed the same feat on the Wii, mostly first-party titles.
A total of 54% scored less than 65%, meaning that over half of the Wiiâ€™s library is nigh unplayable, unless youâ€™re 4 years old.
I think itâ€™s time to bring back that Nintendo Seal of Quality, which in days of yore meant you were sure you were getting something that was at least worth playing.
Source : Edge
Electronic Entertainment Design and Research has teamed up with Edge magazine to do some research into the gaming market and the trends that follow it.
First up is a nice and simple chart showing how good the average Xbox 360 game isâ€¦ so if your better half is planning on surprising you for your birthday you may want to plant some seeds as only 13% of Xbox 360 games rate 85% or higher over at Metacritic.
Even worse is that 38% are 65 or lower, or in other words 38% are virtually unplayableâ€¦
Which leaves 51% (100-13-38) of games being stuck firmly in the average rangeâ€¦ Mind you we rated GTA IV on the PC and HAWX in that category and both of those games are worth the cost of entry.
For their 200th issue (Print media? Whatâ€™s that?) Edge online have compiled yet another best games list. This time though, theyâ€™ve done something different. Instead of focusing on undisputed classics, theyâ€™ve assembled a list of games that â€“ if presented with every game released â€“ would be the ones theyâ€™d play through now. While lists of this nature are inherently subjective, this one shrugs off the pressure that comes with a collection of â€œbest games of all time, ever,â€ and contains a few unexpected gems (Iâ€™m looking at you, FreQuency!) There are a few notable exclusions, such as the eminently playable Diablo II and the first Half Life. Immensely enjoyable adventure games Grim Fandango and Day of the Tentacle also failed to get the nod. The list also includes a few suspect inclusions - I know that given the opportunity to play anything Halo 3 wouldnâ€™t even make an appearance on my top 500 list. Hit the jump for the top 20. Also feel free to whine about why YOUR favourite game isnâ€™t placed higher on the list in the comments!
I guess you canâ€™t blame the guy for doing his best to try and convince us all that Wii Music is really good but even he seems to be losing his excitement about the game now.
In a recent interview with Edge magazine he states
â€œI really donâ€™t think that it will have the immediate and universal appeal around the world at allâ€