The moment I heard about Middle Earth: Shadows of Mordor, I was completely excited to play this title. It also made me quite nervous since it’s seemingly original content created in the world of J. R. R. Tolkien. Quickly as I’d read the announcement I scrolled down to the comments to see how fans would feel, and I’ve been exploring that ever since. It’s been relieving to see a positive response to this new venture. Shadows of Mordor does something wonderful in bringing more of Middle Earth to us and it’s great to see fans seem to appreciate it as a respectful addition.
At first it may seem like a wild fanfiction story, but it works surprisingly well when you get into the game. A ranger who is given wraith powers sets off to exact revenge on the Orcs and Uruks of Mordor. The game is essentially what would happen if the Batman Arkham series and Assassins Creed had a baby. That’s a very good thing! On top of that Monolith Productions added in what is known as the nemesis system. This could have been a basic element to the game, but instead it makes the ability to free roam into a huge personal war you can wage against all of Mordor! (more…)Posted In: PC Reviews, PS4, Xbox One Tags: lord of the rings, Middle Earth, Monolith Productions, Shadows of Mordor, Warner Bros Interactive
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth – For the first time ever, the Persona series comes to a Nintendo console! Join the Persona 3 and Persona 4 characters on a new adventure in an art style that you haven’t seen before. Choose characters from either game to form your dream team, and use the bottom screen to map out dungeons and fuse Persona. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
Mighty Gunvolt – Mighty Gunvolt is an old-school 8-bit NES-style retro mini-adventure starring Gunvolt and Beck from the upcoming action game Mighty No. 9. Play as one of three heroes, each with his or her own unique powers, as you run, double-jump, dash and blast your way through five stages of baddies and bosses. It’s a pixelated adventure you can really sink your teeth into! Mighty Gunvolt will be available on Nov. 28. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.Posted in: Nintendo Tags: Eshop, Nintendo, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U, Virtual Console
The month of November brings eight downloadable game rewards for Club Nintendo members, including Pilotwings, Kirby’s Pinball Land and Metroid II: Return to Samus. Two games are Wii U Virtual Console titles, one is a Wii Virtual Console, another is a WiiWare title, one is a 3DS eShop game, two are 3DS Virtual Console games and the final one is a DSiWare title.
Check them out below. They are all available until December 14th, 2014.Posted in: Nintendo Tags: Club Nintendo
Nintendo announced some sales figures for Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U yesterday and the numbers are looking good.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is now the fastest-selling Wii U title ever in the U.S. market, beating out previous title Mario Kart 8, with more than 490,000 physical and digital units combined sold during the three-day period of November 21st through November 23rd.
The game has been a hit with critics as well and Smash currently has a Metacritic score of 92. Fan reaction to the game has been overwhelmingly positive as well. The news isn’t surprising as the game has been highly anticipated, especially since the last game in the series was released six years ago. The series has sold more than 14 million games to date in the United States and this new success is great news for Nintendo.Posted in: Nintendo Tags: Nintendo, Nintendo Wii U, Super Smash Bros
Press Play’s two character platform puzzler is quite enjoyable! In a weird way it kind of evokes feelings of playing Portal, in the sense of twisting the game mechanics to complete puzzles. It’s a deceptively complex concept that adds new elements at a steady pace to keep things interesting.
We had a chance to take Kalimba out for a test drive and what follows is impressions from the beta build of the game. (more…)Posted in: Microsoft, PC Tags: Kalimba, Press Play, Puzzle Game, Xbox One
One title that really stood out to me as an Xbox Live Arcade game that made challenging your friends fun was Geometry Wars. It’s a pure top down shooter that encourages you to rack up an insane score. Feeling like a classic arcade game, you could easily check the leader boards. I battled it out for a long time against my friend on the original. Every time I logged in, I’d check to see if he’d beat my score and I’d up the ante. Geometry Wars 3 is available across PC, Playstation 3 and 4, as well as Xbox 360 and One.
The sheer enjoyment of besting my friend aside, Geometry Wars is just pure fun. The sequel added even more modes, and now Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions takes the game into a Super Mario Galaxy sort of orbiting the surface of a 3D plane. It really looks to be a game changer! Which says a lot, considering adding new content to the series does feel like a tough challenge. I’m thrilled to see what is in store though. Read on for the trailer and see for yourself! (more…)Posted in: Microsoft, PC, Sony Tags: Activision, Geometry Wars, Geometry Wars 3, Sierra
Out of the shadows comes a brand new gameplay video for Batman: Arkham Knight from Warner Bros Interactive. This video gives you a great look at the game’s combat as well as how the Batmobile will be useable during missions! In part one of this three part walkthrough series Batman has to enter Ace chemicals and take down the Arkham Knight’s henchmen as well as rescue Ace workers who are being held hostage.
If I am not mistaken… Batman may have killed a dude at the 1:07 mark, I mean shoving someone’s head into a panel full of live electrical wires doesn’t exactly sound survivable.
Regardless, part two will be released on the Arkham Knight facebook page with the final video premiering during the PlayStation Experience Keynote on December 6th.
Batman Arkham Knight will be released on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on June 2nd 2015. Check out the full video after the jump.Posted in: Microsoft, News, Sony Tags: Batman Arkham City, Batman: Arkham Knight, gameplay, PS4, trailer, Warner Bros Interactive, Xbox One, YouTube
Get ready to enter the arena one more time with the release of Persona 4: Arean – Ultimax. SEGA confirmed that the game is now available for Xbox 360 and PS3 in Europe. This follow-up to the 2012 original includes a whole host of new characters including Junpei Lori, Yukari Takeba, Rise Kujijawa and more. If you missed out on the original game then is latest update might be the right time to show off your skills.
In our review of the original game we praised the fighting systems, comparing them to other Ark System Works titles like Blazblue and its incorporation of RPG elements from the main series Persona titles.
Persona 4: Arena Ultimax was released in North America on September 30th 2014. Full PR text after the jump.Posted in: Microsoft, News, SEGA, Sony Tags: Digital Release, Europe, Persona 4: Ultimax, PS3, PSN, Xbox 360
Activision has released the epilogue trailer for Destiny’s upcoming first expansion, The Dark Below. This expansion is set to be released on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4 and PS3 on December 9 for $19.99 or as part of the Destiny Season Pass.
In terms of content TDB includes three main story missions: The Veil Lifted, The Seeding and The Wakening. It also includes two new Strikes – Will of Crota and The Undying Mind (Which is PlayStaion exclusive) as well as three new crucible maps. When TDB drops on the 9th all players will gain access to new weapons, armor and bounties regardless of whether or not they’ve purchased The Dark Below.
Check out the prologue in the embedded player below.
A brand new trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is set to be released in North American cinemas in front of some the biggest holiday blockbusters but you can watch an extended version of the trailer online right now! This trailer originally debuted on a segment of “Square Enix Presents” during an interview with game director Hajime Tabata.
Final Fantasy Type-0 was originally released on the PlayStation Portable in October 2011 but has yet to make it to North America or Europe. At this past E3 Square Enix confirmed that a current-generation version of the game with up-scaled graphics and cinematics would be released in March of 2015 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Not only does this HD version include some shinier visuals and the adventures of Class Zero but it also includes access to the demo of Final Fantasy XIV.
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will be released on March 17th in North American and March 20th in Europe. Check out the trailer after the break! (more…)Posted in: Microsoft, News, Sony Tags: Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy Type-0, Final Fantasy XV, PS4, Square Enix, Xbox One