THIS WEEK IN NEWS

THIS WEEK IN NEWS 3/30/13

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NINTENDO WEB FRAMEWORKS:
Nintendo is making it easier for developers to make/port (I.E. IOS) games to to the Wii U with unity and Nintendo web frameworks. If you would like to know more here is a link for you to check out: http://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/nintendo-invites-browser-and-ios-developers-to-wii-u-with-nintendo-web-framework/

NINTENDO WII U GAMES GETTING PATCHES AND DISCOUNTS:
Now running live and ready for download are patches for ZOMBIU, SONIC AND ALL STARS RACING TRANSFORMED, AND BIT.TRIP RUNNER 2. Also Sonic will be cut to $29.99
from $39.99 and toki tori 2 will get a price cut and launch for gamers being patient. they will be getting 10% off $14.99

MIIVERSE GETS IMPROVEMENTS AND SMARTPHONE APP:
Nintendo announces at GDC that over the next few months they will be making some improvements to Miiverse. that had already announced the system upgrades to make the Wii u faster. lets just hope its not another huge file to download.
the improvement are-
Players will be able to send and receive comments in-game.
Players will be able to see ‘Yeahs’ in-game.
They can follow users, and see who users are following in-game.
Users will be able to launch games from Miiverse Posts
Launch buttons on Miiverse posts can contain program arguments, so it will be possible to boot directly to a certain level or menu in a game
Can work with online datastore for additional functionality
The potential application of level editing and sharing via Miiverse
User Sub-Communities are coming to Miiverse
Can be used to organise and hold tournament
The 1st game to use this is Wii U Fit. Nintendo is also asking developers what they would like to see Miiverse implement so they can better take advantage of it.

Bioshock

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BIOSHOCK INFINITE, MOST RATED PC GAME OF ALL TIME:
Bioshock Infinite is getting well deserve praise from gamers and critics alike, but just days after its release it may get one of the highest praises it could receive. Bioshock Infinite is the most rated PC game ever made with a 96 score and the 2nd highest xbox game ever rated with 96 score, just under GTA IV with a score of 98. If you would like to see a video review of the game my favorite is Adam Sessler’s review over at http://www.rev3games.com you can find it on youtube.com and Itunes podcast also.

RESIDENT EVIL REVELATIONS ON ESHOP:
Revelations (3ds) got praise from the critics and was one of my favorite games of 2012. while it was a retail exclusive Capcom has released it for sale on the on the eshop has of the march 29, 2012. Revelations is do out in April on Wii U, Xbox, Ps3, and PC, Capcom said they will not release it on Vita because they are wanting this to be big screen experience.

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Game of the Year

With the New Year here it’s time for all of the game of the year talks, and lists about what was this and that. One argument that seems to bug me that have been going on is the reluctance to give their lists or to make a list. I mean really what is a top games list anyway? It’s simple; it’s my top game, that’s all. So why are people so afraid to give the top gaming list? Well it’s because they don’t want to hear that there wrong, or their afraid that people will see them as wrong and they will lose their credibility.  Well I think that’s a load of bullshit, and for way to many reasons to list here and now.

Now that I have that off of chest I would like to get down to my top five games of the year. I would like to say that with my top five please keep in mind that I’m an unsponsored blogger and while I try to play every game that comes out I just can’t. But out of everything I’ve played these are my favorites. It’s based on what I like and what tickled my goose one way or another and in the end these are games I keep coming back to over and over again all year long.

First I have to two runners-up, then starting with number five to my game of the year. So without further ado here we go.

Super Mario 3d land (3ds) I have and always will be a big fan of Mario and this game was like the Mario 64 for the handhelds in terms of being innovated. It had a new fresh look and feel and the level design was new and different as well as being familiar and welcoming. The game come out near the beginning of the year and I will still pop it in and play for hours Nintendo again shows they know what they’re doing.

Legend of Zelda: Skyward sword (WII) I know what you’re thinking this game didn’t come out in 2012, and your right. Skyward sword came out in Nov. 2011, but my 2011 G.O.T.Y. list came out before I could play all of this and give my opinion.  I have been playing Zelda games since the 80’s and I’ve had many favorites over the years. Ocarina of time being the longest running favorite, but Skyward sword won me over and it’s not going to be easy beat. It’s the best use of motion controls on the system. It has a great epic story that only Nintendo can tell. They even found a way to make the combat system a puzzle. It’s brilliant and left me wanting nothing but more of Skyward sword which can be upwards of 60 hrs to do and see everything. All you have to do is play it to see what I’m talking about

Sleeping Dogs (PC) this is a game that I pray turns into a franchise. From the moment I started this game I realized how brilliant it was. And no more than 3 hours into to the game I was like GTA who? I can’t wait to see what more money and a new gen console can do for the next game in the series. This is a game that I use for my playground. Now that I have beat the game I just run around causing hell and making my own modern day Bruce lee or Jackie Chan movie.

The Walking Dead: the game (IOS) what else can I say about the walking dead. It won spike’s VGA’s G.O.T.Y. along with other G.O.T.Y.’s from different websites and YouTube channels, etc. Even though some argue if the walking dead is even a game. In my humble opinion, yes it is and the reasons why is a whole other conversation. It’s a game you can recommend to anyone because the story is touching and the game play is accepting and easy to learn. I love this game. It was fun, unique and one of the best stories in any medium this year.

Xcom: enemy unknown (PC) this is another game that is great it allows me, a grown man to play with action figures (don’t you dare call them dolls!). The Xcom games have always been a favorite of mine. But the changes made in Xcom: enemy unknown has catapulted the series into the stratosphere for me and I hope to see more from Xcom in the this style, but in the meanwhile I’m going to rock this game cause quite frankly I can’t put it down.

Resident Evil: Revelations (3ds) I have been a fan of the RE series since the very 1st game. This game could have very well of been my game of the year for many reasons. This is one of my favorite games in the series if not my favorite. It brings back reasons that made the 1st couple of games great while keeping the elements of the new games that I’ve grown to like. It has a great story that I’ve come to expect from Capcom that fits in perfect with the series. And the first true return to survival horror in years. I’ve put many hours of game play in the story and the raid mode, both single and muti-player. Over all I feel like this was one of my great gaming experiences of 2012, and feel like something would have been missing if I wouldn’t have played this game this year.

Borderlands 2 (PC) anyone who has played Borderlands 2 should easily see how this could make any game of the year list. Borderlands 2  is everything you want from a game it has a great story with great characters and has moments where you fall on your ass laughing so hard your momma (or wife in my case) comes in with a look of worry, first, then sheer stunned blankness, and says what the hell is wrong with you? And with one look at the screen she says oh! It’s Borderlands.  I mean, that says it all doesn’t it? I love this game. I preordered it and months later I’m still playing it and I’ve bought every piece of DLC this is the only game I can say that with. There are so many reasons why borderlands 2 should be my game of the year, and for that I dub the my G.O.T.Y.

First Impressions: HEROES OF RUIN

hor HOR is a Diablo style hack and grind, that can be played with 1 to 4 people via internet or local play on the 3ds. In HOR you and up to 3 other friends go a journey to awaken a great all powerful god who once protected your town, and by doing so gain greatness and a name that you have longed for. You have 4 characters that you can choose from with their own unique abilities. It has a pretty rad website that you can link to your 3ds and keep track of your stats. You can also earn XP by doing web challenges that you can use in game to get items. There are also a couple of different challenges in game that you can do to earn coins to get items. You have web challenges that are timed weekly and daily and you have the challenges that progress the story of the game and side mission too. Everything you do earns you something, coins or items.So your never feel like your wasting your time for nothing. you level up your characters by hacking and grinding to earn XP and coins you can use to get a butt load of different equipment. there is a online store that players can use game money to buy items you sell and you can trade items to players online in game for money, other items, or both. You can find friends at random or start your alliances to play awaken the god who once protected your city. There are people and place to go to buys items but the majority of your cool stuff will come from grinding or trading. Your can earn different abilities that you can upgrade like a skill tree. When you level up you can spend your points upgrading traits, and when when you equip items it lets you know what you gain and/or lose. So it can be very forgiving and good for first time players as well. HOR can be fun and rewarding if you have the time to put in. Even though this is a mobile game its not one that you can just put a few minutes in here or there you need to be somewhat hardcore with your game time. With that being said it has a hack and slash game play style with many hours spent in grinding. While the music and visuals are great for this game and it looks good in 3d (not great) the game play can get old sometimes. Luckily this game has a strong old school heroes story that, even though seems to have been told a bunch of times, seems fresh and appealing. All in all i really like this game and find my self at times not wanting to put it down or going online can checking profiles and doing challenges. I give this a 4/5 first impression score.

You can check out this game at Heroes OF Ruin homepage or at Square Enix homepage you can also follow me on twitter @zeroplays or email me at mick4leaf@hughes.net

First impressions: theatrhythm

First Impressions: THEATRHYTHM – FINAL FANTASY





First impressions is a segment that is, well, just what it says it is. Most reviews (games, movies, books, etc…) that i post will have a first impressions reviews or thoughts page. I have been playing the game for about 5 hours and i can say that i want more. I’m really into this game and cant put it down. I must say that this game could stand on its own two legs without the final fantasy element. FF parts are all gravy. I mean playing as a precious moments version of cloud in a rhythm RPG is never a bad thing. it just screams nostalgia. You play using the stylus only so Ive found having a bigger stylus really helps. When you start you set up a four person team that you level up and equip items to each person on the team. You can change them around at anytime or leave them as is and start a new game with a new team. Each FF game is a stage, with each stage having 3 main parts. Each part of each stage has a different style of gameplay which is welcomed and keeps the gameplay from going stale. The rhythm part of game is broken into three parts and is very fun and rewarding at times. It has a two modes of skill on the man game basic and expert. its kinda of like going from the plate to the frying pan with no buffer once you get to know the game play. This is not a game you want to just jump into the expert mode and start playing. The game can be challenging and hard, but not in a frustrating way to where you want to throw the game and smash it. Its more like the kind of hard that feels very much rewarding and relieved when you complete a part of a stage. so far there seems to be plenty to do to keep me engaged and wanting more. so when i complete the game i can see my self coming back again and again. This is only a first impression and a full review will be coming next week. But if you like these type of games or are looking at trying one out you cant find a better game on the 3ds. My first impression score is- 4.5/5  and check out the final review next week.

Check out the game on square enix website along with other great games like heroes of ruin (3ds- first impression review coming on 8/1/12)

Written by Douglas Wallace