By far the best technical innovation that I saw at Gamescom was Skylanders on iPad. Geoff had already raved about it, but when I saw it for myself I was duly impressed. During an interview, we demoed it so you can see for yourself just how cool it is.
There have been a number of ways that Activision has tried to make the universally successful Skylanders make the jump to mobile, with varying degrees of success. The question that has hitherto remained unanswered is how do you translate the full Skylanders experience to mobile? That question has finally been answered.
With Evolve joining a growing list of games who are now making 2015 the new 2014, you might be forgiven for thinking that October is now going to be an easier month for choosing games. You’d also be completely wrong, because October is still absolutely crazy with new releases.
Out of all the annual franchises that arrive in time for the holidays, Skylanders may be one of the most successful out there. It’s still a young series as well, but it’s certainly captured a fair share of the market with the toys-to-life genre. Now heading towards a fourth game in the form of Skylanders: Trap Team, it’ll see that world increase massively once again.
While we’re on the subject of companies being offered great properties and turning them down, Nintendo could have been the exclusive Skylanders partner.
What could be more decadent than eating potato chips in bed? Playing games at the same time. What, that's my mental image when I hear that Activision and Frito-Lay are in bed together for this latest offer. But in actual fact, it's far less decadent and way more beneficial - you can name a Skylander and win.
People have been worried since Disney acquired Star Wars that it would use the licence in ways intended to extract cash from fans. Worry no more, star Wars aficionados…because that’s exactly what they’re doing.
Can you believe it, we're in the top half of the list! Have you agreed with us so far? Are you excited about the games we've yet to name? Or do you just know we're going to troll you all anyway? Nah, not really. Just remember that these games are selected because they made us happy this generation of gaming - nothing to do with sales, scores, metrics or other mumbo jumbo.
Man, it must be swell to be Activision. They’ve got a ton of studios underneath them, and Call of Duty is a license to print money. EASY PEASY! Except, the company believes that it has taken far more risks lately, than people know about.
I already told you about all the attention to detail going into the new Skylanders game - it's pretty, it sounds good and those toys are pretty cool. But what about the actual game? I got some hands-on time with Swap Force, and I've gotta say that I was impressed.
Skylanders took a simple idea and made it happen - toys can come to life in the form of a game. Now, with Swap Force, Vicarious Visions has taken the game to a whole new level. I got to visit the studio in Albany New York, to meet with the guys behind Swap Force - and get some hands-on times with the new toys!
Oh Japan, you never cease to amaze me. For me, the day that you unveiled Pokémon Tretta was a day in which I scratched my head, sniffed the lingering smell of cheese and onion from those Pokémon tazos I still had from high school and was left downright befuddled. But for you…it was simply Tuesday.