I’ve got a love/love relationship with Disney games, when they happen to be from an older console cycle. Duck Tales and Darkwing Duck were a blast on the NES, while the Sega Megadrive gave way to such gems such as Aladdin and Castle of Illusion. That’s where Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion comes in, as the iconic mouse once again visits his butt-stompin’ roots in this new 3DS title. And boy oh boy, does it suck. Ah ha!
It would be easy to believe that New Super Mario Bros U. is a simple cash-in; something to give the masses of early Wii U adopters as some sort of peace offering until a real Mario game arrives for the new system. Even its name is a bit of an insult; as the fourth game to fall under the “New Super Mario Bros.” calling it “new” is an affront. A nostalgic stab in the face, it’s not quite as ground-breaking as something like Super Mario Galaxy, but dismissing it would be a grace offense – because it’s the best damned 2D Mario since the 16-bit era’s Super Mario World. In fact, I think it might even be better.
Most current gamers probably only know Ubisoft’s Rayman from the game that spawned those annoying, but delightfully charming Raving Rabbids. It’s been 16 years since the disembodied Rayman first charmed PlayStation 1 gamers, and 8 years since his last bona-fide platform game. Well he’s back, and he looks better than ever.
I’ve been terribly excited about the game since this year’s E3, where I got the chance to go hands on with the delightful platformer. I’ve since gotten the opportunity to sit down and play through the game at my own pace in the comfort of my home. Here’s why it’s one of the best games I’ve played all year.
Rayman Origins from Ubisoft was one of my highlights of E3. Not only was it one of the most visually fresh, vibrant games on show - but I also got to play it co-op with a cute French girl who was impressed with my platforming prowess. “I’ve played games like this my whole life,” I told her, before plummeting to my death. I digress; Rayman Origins is an excellent game for fans of the genre, filled with clever ideas and interesting platform mechanics.
Here’s a new trailer showing some of those mechanics, and how you’ll make your way through Rayman Origin’s whimsical, colourful world.
Rayman Origins will be available on PS3, Xbox 360, Wii and the Nintendo 3DS from November 25.
I havenâ€™t heard anything about this title before but the graphics are instantly appealing to me.
Axel & Pixel is a new IP being developed by a new Czech developer, Silver Wish Studios.
The title is being described as a point and click adventure game and as you can see from the screenshot above it will revolve solving puzzles.