This year at Sony’s E3 Press Conference, they decided to put on quite the show. There focus this year was on the games. Now, you may be thinking, “Well duh, it is a game conference.” But this year it was just games, with very little talking in between. Just trailer after trailer after trailer, with some gameplay as well. To me, this was a pleasant surprise. Sony brought some old familiar faces and dropped some new IPs for the future. Here is the rundown:
Sony started things off with a live orchestra followed by their first gameplay demo. We weren’t sure if this was something new or what until a mysterious man stepped out of the shadows to reveal himself as a grizzled bearded Kratos. That’s right, the God of War is back and having literally killed all of Greek mythology, he has decided to tackle Norse mythology instead. It appears to be a sequel but it could also be a soft reboot or retelling. We’ll have to wait for more details.
Next, we got a trailer for Days Gone, a post apocalyptic zombie-esque game about a biker. That’s really all I could tell you since the trailer didn’t show a whole lot (more on it later) but I was picking up a The Last of Us vibe. Then we got another trailer for The Last Guardian with an actual release date! The Last Guardian is set to release October 25, 2016.
We got a gameplay demo for Horizon: Zero Dawn. Honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about this one. It’s a good looking game, and the demo showed off some crafting, dialogue choices, machine animal riding (you have to watch the demo to understand that) and some combat. Looks like it’ll at least be a decent game.
One of my Dark Horse picks of the Sony Conference was Quantic Dreams’ Detroit: Become Humans. The trailer shows off how your character deals with situations and how your choices effect the outcome. They showed off a lot of different choices that had different outcomes, and that’s got me excited. These guys made Heavy Rain so I know they know how to but in branching choices, but I’m hoping that this game can really do that and give a lot of different outcomes that effect the story like the trailer is alluding at.
What looked like another P.T. demo turned out to be the next installment of the Resident Evil Series with Resident Evil 7. This looks to be going back fully to its horror roots, maybe even going supernatural, and it will also be fully compatible with Sony’s VR set. I don’t know if the non VR version will be fully first person or if the trailer was just trying to hype up VR, we’ll have to wait and see. Playstation users will also be able to play the demo for RE7 now. RE7 is set to release January 24, 2017.
Speaking of VR, after the RE7 trailer Sony announced the price and release date for is VR headset. The Playstation VR will release on October 13, 2016 and will cost $399 and have 50 VR games by the end of this year. Some games announced for the VR, but without any release dates at this time, includ Farpoint, a new first person shooter, Star Wars Battlefront X-Wing VR Mission, and Batman: Arkham VR.
Something many longtime Playstation owners have been clamoring for was dropped… sort of. Crash Bandicoot is back baby! Crash Bandicoot 1, 2, and 3 are being remastered from the ground up. Crash will also be appearing in Skylanders Imaginators.
We also got a new Final Fantasy XV with some really cool action scenes and the reveal that it will also have a VR mode. Judging by the trailer, this seems to be a separate thing from the actual story proper. Not sure exactly what it will be but if you are getting a VR set it could be something to check out. Sony seems to really be doubling down on the whole Virtual Reality. FFXV is set to release September 30, 2016.
Remember one of the most downvoted videos in history was the reveal trailer for Call of Duty: Infinite War? Well Sony showed off some gameplay in space… I don’t know, it looked pretty interesting. Activision definitely needs to change up the formula and take the series in a different direction than just further and further into the future, but this seems alright. There was also the reveal the Playstation users with get the Modern Warfare Remaster 30 days before anyone else.
Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens got a nice little trailer. IF you like the Lego Game series this looks like another must have. It also got a release date of June 28. A demo is available on the PS4 if you are interested in trying it out.
My other dark horse pick… and I can’t even really explain it. Hideo Kajima (need I say more?) is free from Konami and has teamed up with Sony and brought us Death Stranding. It has a naked Norman Reedus and a baby connected to him by some sort of metal umbilical cord and dead sea life all around him and something way off in the background… it’s weird! And I’m so intrigued to see what Kojima can do outside of Metal Gear Solid. Thank you to IZUNIY for uploading a good quality of the trailer.
And for my favorite reveal (light horse pick?). Insomnia, creators of the Infamous series, is making a Spiderman game exclusively for the PS4. Insomnia really knows how to make an open world superhero game and what the showed in this trailer really looks good. We’ll have to wait and see but as of now this is what I am looking forward to the most.
Lastly, Sony finished off a demo of Days Gone. I still didn’t get a whole lot from this other than they are using the fast running/climbing zombies. Still got a big The Last of Us vibe which may or may not be good.
If you want to watch the press conference in it’s entirety you can watch it here. The actual conference starts at 30 min in. Before and after is a little bit of Sony’s show before hand. E3 is just getting underway stay tuned for more E3 news
The game based on the movie based on the game, Ratchet and Clank for the PS4 is a charming, beautiful, and fun shooting platformer filled with gorgeous environments, fun weapons, and clever writing. Based on the 2002 game of the same name for the PS2, Ratchet and Clank is a reboot built from the ground up. While the story beats are similar, there’s enough different for long time fans to enjoy and a perfect place for newcomers to jump into the fray.
One of the first things you’ll notice is how gorgeous this game looks. Everything from the characters to the environments to the lighting is simply beautiful and wonderfully detailed. It really is one of the best looking games I’ve seen to date. And that’s when everything is still and calm, when the action ramps up it’s literally an explosion of gorgeousness on screen. The explosions, the particle effects, tons and tons of bolts filling the screen while your enemies explode into bits… Truth be told it can sometimes be overwhelming. It didn’t happen too often but there were a few times that I could not make out what was going on for a second or two. But even with all this filling the screen, I never experienced any type of frame rate drops or stutter.
The story is a familiar one if you played the original Ratchet and Clank, with a few differences and twist. Told by Captain Qwark after the events of the story, he recants how our heroes met, banded together to stop the evil Alonzo Drek and Dr. Nefarious, and went from zeroes to heroes! (Excuse my Disney-ism) The writing and humor here are top notch and the characters are charming with a lot of heart. There are a few pacing issues with some of the cutscenes but it’s a very minor nitpick.
But what truly matters in a game… is the gameplay, and it’s great. There are very few platformers out there anymore, but Insomnia reminds us that there is a place for a well done platformer in today’s gaming world. Jumping and shooting feel great, tether swings, jet backs, and grind boots all feel tight and fun. Insomnia really put love and care into their long time mascot. Another mechanic they’ve always been great at is coming up with wacky and fun guns. The variety is good, however old time fans will only see a few “new” guns with the rest being returns from the first game. Each gun gains levels simply by using them more and upgrades can be unlocked, rewarding the player for their play style.
All that being said, there are a few small disappointments this game has. There are a few levels where you pilot your space shape and they are all sort of “meh.” Not great, not bad, just sort of middle of the road. The controls for flying your ship aren’t as tight as the rest of the game. Also, once you finish a level and clear it out, it tends to stay that way. Only very few enemies respond once you clear out a level, making revisiting them to level up your guns hard and simply boring. However the counter to that is the game’s challenge mode, which is pretty much a new game plus mode. Not only do you keep all your guns, though not your equipment since they are all mostly tied into the story, but your guns gain the ability to level up further and become more powerful.
All in all, it’s a great game. The action, the story, the characters are all fun and worth a play through. Whether you are a long time fan of the series or a newbie looking to jump into this universe, Ratchet and Clank is a game worth buying. And it’s only $40, it’s a full fledged game that has more gameplay than some $60 games out there for only $40. If you have a PS4, do yourself a favor and get this game.
Steadily, leaks about the “unannounced” new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game have been trickling through. First rumors about this phantom game being rated on Australia’s Classification board, some art work, a few leaked in-game photos, and finally the achievement list for the Xbox. Everything was pointing to a new TMNT game, except the publisher or developer. Activision and Platinum Games remained tightlipped about anything involving this. What’s a turtle to do?
Then, Platinum Games, in a rather cheeky way, posted a gif on Twitter announcing the “Official leak” would be coming with a countdown timer on their website… For the next day. No build up, no suspense, just a “BAM!” in your face you’re getting the trailer tomorrow. And at 12:01, they delivered. The first official trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan is here and it looks awesome.
Like a turtle do! This trailer has me hyped. The cel-shaded art style fits really well with the turtles and I’m digging Shedder’s look. And I’m loving the Turtles’ look, they actually look like teenagers here which is something I feel a lot of incarnations miss. It also looks like we are getting a lot of villains from their rouge gallery from Shedder and the Foot Ninjas to Bebop & Rocksteady to even Armaggon (the Shark Guy)! I hope they really reach deep in give of some good villains to fight. There wasn’t too much shown in terms of gameplay but we did get some combat action, showing of some fighting moves and combos between the Turtle Bros. Platinum is known for making quality action games and it’s looking like they are bringing their A game to this one.
According the the Xbox website’s game description, we can expect there to be four player online co-op play. I’m really looking forward to this because what’s a TMNT game if you can’t call your buds and play with all four brothers? The story is also being written by TMNT comic book writer Tom Waltz, who is a writer for the current TMNT comic.
So there you have it, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan is set to release on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC this summer. It’ll probably be around the time the new movie comes out. I’m excited, are you? Let us know what you hope to get from this game. A as always, COWABUNGA!!!
Pokémon is turning 20 this year, and Nintendo is pulling out all the stops. Pokémon Red and Green were released in Japan on February 27, 1996, with the American Red and Blue released two years later on September 28, 1998. Since then, Pokémon has gone on to make more than 50 games, an anime running for about 19 years, 18 movies, and has made more than $37 billion world wide. So when one of your biggest franchises is about to turn 20, you celebrate. 2016 is going to be the year of the Pokémon.
Nintendo began their #Pokemon20 campaign, where they ask fans to tell them their favorite Pokémon memory on Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube. It’s a great way for both old fans and new fans alike to reminisce about what got them into Pokémon in the first play and why the love the franchise. It’s also a good way for Nintendo to spread the word about upcoming events, games, and merchandise for the fans.
Starting in February, Nintendo will have something every month for Pokémon fans starting with the Monthly Mystical Pokémon Distributions. Each month, you will be able to download a legendary Pokémon you couldn’t normally get without either hacking or waiting for a special event beginning with the original legendary Pokémon, Mew. Also on February 27, a new New Nintendo 3DS special edition is coming out. The bundle includes both original Pokémon Red and Blue preinstalled and 2 cover plates featuring Charizard and Blastoise.
For all of you trading card enthusiast, there are going to be some new expansions coming; we have Pokémon TCG: Generations, focusing on the original 151 Pokémon, and we have the Mythical Pokémon Collection. These packs come with come with a specific Legendary Pokémon, plus booster packs of generations. We also have other 20th anniversary merchandise such as hats, mugs, and even a special edition Pokémon Trainer Red: Champion Ver. figure.
And finally, we have two new games set to release this year: Pokémon Go, and Pokken Tournament, along with the release of the first 3 Pokémon movies digitally remastered. So there you have it, a jam packed Pokémon jamboree. How do you plan to celebrate the 20th anniversary? What got you into Pokémon in the first place? Whether you are a new comer or a long time fan, young or old, it’s a good time to love Pokémon. Train on Trainers, train on!
Yesterday Nintendo announced a plethora of DLC for Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS. It’s a bit of a shame that most of the big “surprises” announced were already leaked days before but still, Nintendo finally made it official and released it for download. Get your thumbs, and your wallet, ready for three new characters, three new stages, and a bunch of costumes for your Mii fighters.
Lucas, an Earthbound character that was announced with the Mewtwo announcement, was released. But joining him are veteran fighter Roy from Fire Emblem and newcomer Ryu from the Street Fighter series. Ryu is an interesting addition, for the first time in Smash history, the control scheme is different. Of course you can play Ryu like you would any other Smash character, but you can also play closer to how he’s controlled in Street Fighter. You can hit B to execute a Hadouken or input quarter-circle up+A for a stronger Hadouken. By tapping a button you can do a light attack or by holding down the button you can perform a stronger heavier attack. This adds a lot of strategy to think about when using or playing against the character. Ryu is also the first and only character, as of now, to have TWO Final Smash attacks; a ranged attack or, if performed right next to an opponent, a heavy melee attack.
Along with the new characters comes a few new stages. The first one being the classic Dream Land (64) from the original Super Smash Bros. on the Nintendo 64. Second, accompanying Ryu is his stage Sazuka Castle. And lastly we get the MiiVerse stage which is free but exclusive to there Wii U platform. Each stage provides its own unique setup and comes with an Omega version for the purist. And lastly, open up the closet because you can purchase a lot of costumes for your Mii Fighters. Some of the outfits include Heihachi from Tekken, Akira from Virtual fighter, Meganman.EXE just to name a few.
There you have it, a decent release for DLC to satisfy your Smash Bros. needs. Roy and Lucas each run $3.99 for either either Wii U or 3DS or $4.99 for both and Ryu plus his stage run $5.99 for each or $6.99 for both. You can get the Dream Land stage for $1.99 each or $2.99 for both systems and the Mii Fighter costumes run $0.75 for each system or $1.15 for both systems. You can also get the costumes in a bundle for $6.00 for each system or $9.20 for both. Happy Smashing!!!
Here is the full Nintendo video of all the content released.
It’s been 18 years since the last Dragon Ball anime, Dragon Ball GT, concluded in Japan. And let’s be honest, a lot of fans would like to forget that series ever aired. The series is not considered to be canon and had very little input from the original series creator. A few years ago the Kai series began, which cuts out much of the fluff and filler from Dragon Ball Z and also redraws many scenes to give the show a shiny new coat. But not we are about to get an all new anime titled Dragon Ball Chou. Chou can be translated to “super” and it seems that the english title will infect be “Dragon Ball Super.”
Dragon Ball Chou will take place after the events of the Majin Buu saga, the last saga in the Dragon Ball Z series. It hasn’t been confirmed if it will take place before or after the recent movies Battle of Gods and Resurrection ‘F’, which are considered cannon. But like the movies, series creator Akira Toriyama will over see the new series and be heavily involved.
In an official press release from Toei Animation, Masako Nozawa, voice actress for Goku, Gohan, Gotten, and Bardock, had this to say. “I’ve used the word ‘cho’ (super) in so many commercials, games and other media, it is fantastic that the long awaited Dragon Ball Super will finally begin. I hope that this series will last a long time and have the same impact around the world as its predecessor.”
Osamu Nozaki, a producer at Fuji TV said, “As I read the plot I’ve a;ready received from Akira Toriyama, my dreams for this begin to expand. An enemy even stronger than Buu or Freeza may appear…”
Dragon Ball Chou is set to air this July on Fuji TV on Sundays at 9:00 am.
No, it’s not April Fool’s Day, no you aren’t dreaming. It’s really happening. Spiderman will appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe!
Sony Pictures and Marvel studios have reached a deal to introduce Spiderman into an upcoming Marvel movie. After that, Sony and Marvel will co-produce the next Spiderman movie which is set to release on July 28. 2017. The two companies are also discussing the possibilities of bringing in MCU characters into the new Spidey films. Sony will continue to finance and distribute the movies, and well as own and have final creative say on the films. However, Kevin Feige and Marvel will be co-producing films from here on so expect to see heavy involvement from Marvel.
The question on everyone’s mind though is if Sony and Marvel are continuing from the Amazing Spiderman Movies or if we are getting our third reboot of the wall crawler. While the press release say one way or the other, the language does make it seem we are getting a new Peter Parker. Specifically the press release says “… the ‘new’ Spiderman…” It also states that Sony and Marvel “…will collaborate on a new creative direction for the web slinger.” Take from that what you will but one can speculate from that phrasing that they will introduce a new actor to portray the Sony-Marvel Spiderman.
I don’t know about you but I’m pretty excited about this news. Personally, I feel Marvel will get the future Spiderman films onto a better track than where it was headed. I hope all those spin offs (Secret Agent Aunt May? Really???) will be axed and create a better focus on the films than setting up spinoffs. And while I didn’t dislike the Amazing Spiderman films nor the Andrew Garfield I think Marvel will do a much better job. But since Sony has the last say we just have to wait and see what they can do. You can read the full press release here.
In 1999, a blond haired brightly dressed ninja made his debut in Shonen Jump Magazine. 15 years, and 200 million copies in print world wide, and 700 chapters later, Naruto has published is final chapter.
Widely popular in Japan and United States, as well as other countries, the series has enjoyed a steady following of dedicated and casual fans alike. It was one of Jump’s “Big Three” along with Bleach and One Piece when all three were the driving force behind the magazine. And while Bleach has taken a hit in popularity and One Piece is still insanely popular, Naruto has been, for the most part, a constant hit for Jump. Of course, it’s popularity has gone through ups and downs but mainly it’s almost always been in the upper tiers for Jump.
Naruto began with a mischievous orphan boy who longed to become Hokage (leader of his ninja village) and prove his worth to the villagers and fellow ninjas. Dwelling inside, unbeknownst to him, lies the Nine Tailed Fox. A being of incredible power and anger, the Nine Tailed Fox nearly destroyed his village when he was an infant. Those who remember the incident treat Naruto as a monster and a nuisance, while their children follow suit and treat him as an annoyance. Through hardships, friendships, and betrayal he forges his own creed, his ninja way, by which he lives his life and makes strong bonds with friends who once wouldn’t give him the time of day and grows to become a powerful ninja in his own right.
The manga is known for its stylized action and comedy. While it started out in a more comedic tone it didn’t shy away from battles and deaths, becoming progressively darker as the sees went on without losing it’s initial charm. And while, in my own opinion, the end became a bit over the top and the final battle a but underwhelming, the story wrapped up nicely with a good payoff for the long term fans who stuck it out. The last few chapters felt a bit rushed but the final chapter was a giant love letter to the fans who wanted to see what became of the many characters we came to know and love (or hate in some characters cases).
Masashi Kishimoto, the creator of Naruto, has announced with the end of the main series that there will still be more Naruto to come. “The Last: Naruto the Movie” will be released in Japan on December 6. The movie takes place two years after the last major arc in the manga but before the final chapter. There will also be a new mini series beginning in spring of 2015 following all new characters in the Naruto Universe. Kishimoto has announced that there will be more to come.
Whether you loved, hated, and didn’t even know what a Naruto was, the cultural impact of the series can be felt all over the world. It was a good 15 years. We laughed, we cried, we asked “what the heck is going on?” Whatever emotions you had, Naruto has been a larger part to the anime community and won’t be forgotten anytime soon. The anime is in the final arc of the manga, not accounting for added filler arcs it should end soon as well. Some 15 years, 600+ episodes, 7 movies, 50+ games and unfathomable amount of merchandise later, Masashi Kishimoto and Naruto have both deserved a good long rest. Thank you for the many years of entertainment. Dattebayo!!
Over the weekend, Nintendo said that they would announce a new character coming to the new Super Smash Bros. Turns out instead of one, we got three reveals. That’s right, Nintendo decided to give us three characters in one trailer, one returning veteran, two completely brand new to the series. Take a look at the trailer.
Finally, the reintroduction of Captain Falcon. We all knew he would be back, he’s been a staple character since the first game, but sure took their sweet time in bringing him back. But the main focus of the trailer was the two new characters, both from the Fire emblem series. Introducing Robin and Lucina.
Lucina, a character many fans have been clamoring for, and Robin join both Marth and Ike from the Fire emblem series. All four look to have very different playing styles considering they are all swordsmen from the same game. The variety is welcomed and they all look like fun fighters to use. Chrome, another Fire emblem character, was also shown in the trailer but it seems that he won’t be a playable fighter. Nintendo even made a slight jab at him not getting a chance until it showed him appearing to be either an assist trophy or part of someone’s final smash. Lastly, the trailer showed a female version of Robin would also be available as a costume option.
With this new trailer, the roster climbs to 36 making it the largest roster of the series. This isn’t the end of character announcements as we can still expect a few more. Still waiting for Jigglypuff to return and hopefully a few more newbies but as even as of now this is a superb roster. Super Smash Bros on the 3DS releases October 3 and the Wii U version releases this holiday season.
South Park on TV can be a vulgar and shocking show. It can be crude yet hysterical, poking fun at celebrities, social trends and issues, anything and everything under the sun. When the released their movie in theaters back in 1999, having more freedom from censorship, the movie reached new levels of raunch and shocking their audience. Even now the show finds new ways to shock people. However, this game blows all of that out of the water! If you are someone who doesn’t like how far South Park pushes the limits, let me give you your review, stay away from this game. For all those who like South Park and RPGs and want to know if this game is any good, the answer is…
Yes, not only is this game fun, its hysterical and outright shocking at times. And I mean seriously shocking, I hesitate to mention to mention some of these moments as it would take away knowing what you will see. But there were a few instances where I had to pick my jaw up off the ground due to what I was looking at. But a game can’t survive on shock factor alone, how was the actual game?
The game starts with you creating a silent protagonist who moves to South Park with a mysterious past. From there you meet the other kids who happen to be having a LARPing session. You can choose from one of four classes; Fighter, Mage, Thief, and Jew. Yes, Jew. They all play pretty similar aside from their special abilities and attacks. You play with Cartman’s faction of Humans and Kyle’s faction of Elves and eventually decide who’s side you want to join. From there you get involved in an adventure way bigger than you and meet just about all the colorful characters of South Park. From the goth kids, to Al Gore, just about every South Park Character is in this game. This game is also filled with tons of easter eggs long time and even short term fans of the show will be able to appreciate.
The mechanics of the game is like Paper Mario. You and a single partner fight in turn based RPG style battles, Cartman remarks that it’s lame but that’s the way they are playing. In battle, you choose an attack, magic, buffs/debuffs, or super and either hit the on screen buttons or press the attack button when you character glimmers for adding attack power. There are some magic effects such as gross out and on fire that add strategy to your battles, overall it’s a pretty simple battle system just about anyone can pick up. Outside of battle you can explore a fully realized South Park. You can walk around, enter people’s houses and businesses and such for a plethora of collectables and surprises.
This game looks just like an episode of the show. If someone walked in on you they might think you’re watching the show, if the FCC just decided not to care about them anymore. As mentioned before, if you dislike the show, you’ll hate the game. The vulgarity will turn someone people off, and that might be the only downside I could find about the game. It was reported some players experienced a lot of bugs and framerate drops. I can say that for me the game never crashed, though sometimes in exiting one part of the map and entering another there was a little drop in framerate.
South Park: The Stick of Truth is a fun RPG that took me roughly 15 hours to complete. With tons of collectibles and side missions, easter eggs, social commentary and even jokes on the video game industry itself, this game will having you either laughing on the floor or backing away in disgust. If you know this type of humor isn’t for you, stay away. However if you can get past that type of humor or enjoy it, you’ll be presented with a fun hysterical game.