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When Super Mario 3D World was announced at E3 this year, I was thrilled. After all, my Wii U, which I purchased on launch day, was begging for something new to play. Since I felt that Super Mario Galaxy was the greatest Mario game on the Wii, I had high hopes for 3D World on the Wii U, considering the Galaxy team was behind it.
Super Mario 3D World is a breath of fresh air from the New Super Mario Bros. series that we all know and love (and frankly are getting tired of). I really enjoyed New Super Mario Bros. U (and especially the New Super Luigi U DLC), but I was left wanting something more. I wanted a great 3D platformer. Super Mario 3D World delivered. This is exactly what the Wii U needed right now. Read More…
Winners highlighted in bold text.
Most anticipated game
- South Park: The Stick of Truth
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- Watch Dogs
Character of the year
- Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)
- Trevor Philips (Grand Theft Auto V)
- The Lutece Twins (BioShock Infinite)
- Naiee and Nyaa (Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons) Read More…
Ah, the first PlayStation. When a lot of people think about childhood, the PlayStation was at the center of it. Since that time, the PlayStation has transformed into something that uses technology gamers never dreamed would exist in a video game console. Let’s take a trip down the long, winding road that is Sony’s PlayStation.
The original PlayStation video game console was released in 1994 in Japan and one year later in North America, Europe, and Australia for $299. It transformed the way we play video games today. It featured real-time 3D graphic technology, the fastest processor in gaming, and it introduced CD technology. The controller was revolutionary at the time. It had two thumb sticks and a vibration feature. The top-selling games on the PlayStation 1 were Gran Turismo, Final Fantasy 4, Gran Turismo 2, Tomb Raider 2, and Metal Gear Solid, all franchises which still exist today.
Developer/Publisher: Compulsion Games/Focus Home Interactive
Available on: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PC
Reviewed on: PlayStation 4
Release date: November 15th, 2013
On Nov. 15, the day the PlayStation 4 launched in North America, PlayStation Plus members could download Contrast for free, and non-members could download the indie title for $14.99. When I launched Contrast for the first time on my brand new PlayStation 4, I had no idea what to expect. I knew it had something to do with shadows, but that was about the extent of my knowledge. I ended up enjoying the game a lot, although I wish it had been more polished.
The game follows a little girl named Didi and a mysterious woman named Dawn, who you play as. You quickly find out that no one else can see Dawn, and it’s easy to assume that she is Didi’s imaginary friend. Didi has a complicated childhood. Her parents are separated, she’s home alone a lot while her mom is out working as a singer in a nightclub, and she just wants her parents to be together and happy again. She frequently sneaks out of the house with Dawn to try to mend things between them. Dawn’s ability to shift into the shadows allows her to reach places that Didi could never reach alone. Read More…
Developer/Publisher: Guerrilla Games/Sony Computer Entertainment
Genre: First-Person-Shooter (Current Sci-Fi)
Available on: PlayStation 4 only
Mode(s): Single-player campaign, multiplayer
(NA) November 15th, 2013
(EU) November 29th, 2013
(JP) February 22nd, 2014
What I’ve Played:
Campaign to completion (Hard)
Hours of Multiplayer
Behold, Killzone: Shadow Fall, a game among Sony’s vanguard for its PlayStation 4 launch line-up, as well as one of their exclusives. As an exclusive launch title for Sony’s shiny new console, it carries with it a lot of hype and expectations for the “Next Gen.” The first Killzone was infamously dubbed as a ‘Halo Killer’ on the PS2 when, in actuality, it was never trying to be one. While Halo had super soldiers, alien weaponry, and a colorful world, Killzone was more grounded in realism with armies of soldiers, current-sci-fi guns, and gritty war-torn battlefields. It aimed to deliver a World War 2 setting of the near future and, in doing so, they produced the Helghast with their iconic black gas masks and glowing red eyes. They are reminiscent of the Third Reich and are essentially Neo-Nazis.
Has this new Killzone been able to deliver on the “Next Gen” experience many are waiting for, or is it familiar territory hidden behind the shiny new coating? Read More…
Because of the sparse availability of the the new consoles, I thought I’d compose a list of gift ideas that won’t break the bank and will still get the most use out of last generation’s consoles. I’ve listed items, games, and services I have used personally that I think will make great gifts this holiday season, along with the blockbuster titles.
IL*2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey – Xbox 360/PlayStation 3
In an era where flight sims are seemingly a forgotten genre, this entry by 505 Games gets it right. Set during World War II, players take to the skies to as Allied pilots working to stop the Nazi war machine. Jump in the cockpit of Spitfires, B-52s, and other era craft as you follow the narrative from those who lived it. The game, while a fun and strong title, looks like something off of the History Channel. Its sound and imagery are very fitting for the time period. It is a good game all around, with some fun history to be learned as well.
El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron – Xbox 360/PlayStation 3
From the creators of Okami and Devil May Cry, this visual mindtrip is mixed with a hack-and-slash combat style and story almost literally out of the Bible that is not going ever be forgotten by those who play it. Taking control of the great grandfather of Noah, Enoch, you are tasked by God to defeat fallen angels to prevent the end of humanity. Working alongside the Devil, players will fight and platform their way to help save human kind. This is a game that is not well known, but should not at all be missed. Read More…
Developer/Publisher: Irrational Games/2K Games
Genre: First-person shooter
Available on: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, OS X
Release date: Nov. 12, 2013
BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea is a beautiful fusion of the classic BioShock and the 2013 hit BioShock Infinite.
While most BioShock fans enjoyed gliding along the skylines in BioShock Infinite, many of them missed the living, breathing underwater city of Rapture that they came to know and love in the first two games. In Infinite’s first story-driven DLC, Burial at Sea, they can experience Rapture in a whole new way.
In Episode 1, you play as an alternate version of Booker DeWitt, a character you know well from BioShock Infinite. He is working as a private investigator when Elizabeth hires him to help her search for a little girl named Sally. Booker and Elizabeth’s relationship is much different this time around. Elizabeth isn’t a scared little girl anymore; in a lot of ways, she’s more brave than Booker is. Also, she looks much different than she did in Columbia. She dons a cigarette and red lipstick, which is appropriate for the 1958 setting.
Rapture is more beautiful than ever before. It’s so enthralling to be able to explore Rapture before its collapse. Rapture is alive and well; peaceful. It took me more than an hour longer to complete the game than it should have because I found myself walking around and exploring Rapture. It was so nice to see the underwater city before its destruction. Read More…