Christmas may be over, but family and friends are still around – and I’d be willing to bet someone has a new console burning a hole through their pockets. What better activity to do with it than turn friends into enemies by beating the virtual bejeezus out of them? To facilitate this post-Christmas activity, I’ve come up with a list of the best games to play with others this holiday season:
Every year, I start my E3 journey with a confident estimate of how much it is possible to cram into a two-hour live presentation. Every year, I totally forget that I started with an estimate, revel in the glow of gameplay trailers, and then, realizing I’ve forgotten my estimate, decide scientifically (judging by the exponential growth in giddy levels) that it’s been blown out of the water. E3 2014 has not broken this pattern. The presentations of Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo all satisfied and surprised their respective audiences, though there may have been a few unexpected bumps along the way (I feel for you, Conker fans). Without further ado, let’s see what each has brought to the stage thus far:
It’s that time of the year again: speculations abound, rumors fly, and the big names vie for the position of top dog…yes, it’s almost E3! Arguably the biggest event of the industry is fast approaching (June 10-12), and it’s never too early to begin rounding up all of the exciting possibilities that may await us at this year’s expo. So here follows the confirmed, the hearsay, and the wild ideas that I desperately hope for when I can’t sleep at night from Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo:
Virtual reality (hereafter referred to as VR) has been on the tip of the industry’s tongue recently, but not for a good reason – with the announcement of Facebook’s purchase of Oculus Rift developers and Kickstarter success story, Oculus VR, it seemed as though all hope of a independent, by-players-for-players virtual reality tool had suddenly dissipated.
With all of the press and excitement surrounding the release of Assassin’s Creed: Unity footage, you may not have heard that France-based games studio Ubisoft is also releasing an RPG in the style of Final Fantasy and Grandia. Child of Light is a interesting experiment that combines the sidescrolling exploration of a platformer and the turn-based combat of an JRPG, but that’s not the only reason you should be intrigued . Take a look at the gorgeous trailer below and I’ll talk more about the game’s importance after the jump.
Earlier this week, gamers were delighted with the confirmation of the hissed rumors of another impending Assassin’s Creed.
[SPOILERS: Leaked images, teaser trailer, and spoilers for upcoming Assassins Creed installments under the cut.]
When the NPD released its February sales report on Friday, many people may have been surprised to learn that Wii U sales were up 25% from this same time last year, with around 100,000 units sold since the beginning of the month. Nintendo reported that this jump was largely a result of the success of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, which sold over 130,000 copies from its release on February 21 until March 1, making it the month’s 4th highest-selling game on an individual platform.
Why is this a surprise? Disappointment and looming financial disaster have been plaguing the Wii U since its release in November 2012. To date, its only sold 5.61 million units worldwide, a sad statistic considering the fact that 5.3 million PS4s have already been sold since the console’s release three months ago. In January, Nintendo revised its expected Wii U sales from 9 million consoles to 2.8 million, as a key hope for the system – the 2013 holiday season – resulted only in more discouragement. In fact, the Wii U has done so badly since its release that it has cost Nintendo the entirety of its 2013 profits. In concept, the Wii U seemed like a fascinating upgrade to its outrageously successful predecessor, the Wii. The GamePad brought with it a lot of integrative possibilities for gameplay and the time seemed ripe for upgrades to classic Nintendo franchises, like Super Smash Bros. So, what went wrong? Continue reading What Does 2014 Hold for the Wii U?
My 2014 just became a lot better. No, not because Lupita Nyong’o won an Oscar or TwitchPlaysPokémon finally became a Pokémon Master (in only 16 days – who knew?). It’s because industry insider Ahsan Rasheed had this to tweet on February 18:
Things to look forward to- 1. Drive Club updated footage 2 PS4 VR + SSM New IP 3. UC 4 4. Guerilla new IP 5. UC4 6. The Last Guardian
— Ahsan Rasheed (@thuway) February 18, 2014
That sound you hear is the sound of millions of gamers finally taking a breath of hope. The Last Guardian could be coming to the PS4.