Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon

As some faithful followers may have realised this blog normally focus on games released for platforms such as PC,  Xbox360 and PlayStation 3 in this post the focus is instead going to be on Nintendo 3Ds.

Cover Art

Cover Art

Luigi, from the much loved Mario and Luigi series has, in this game, embarked upon an adventure of his own, come 24th March 2013.  This game, published by Nintendo and developed by Next Level Games will see Luigi confront his own fears of ghosts and a haunted mansions, clue being in the game title.

Storyline

Professor E. Gadd. has assigned Luigi a mission, he must return all of Gadd’s ghosts to him after his, once friendly ghosts which he did research on in a valley have turned evil due to the Dark Moon shattering and are now loose.  Armed with Poltergust 5000, a ghost-sucking, vacuum-like invention, which proves to be a vital piece of equipment, and the objects around him Luigi must solve unique puzzles and a variety of actions all while keeping his nerves to a minimum as he goes off into the night exploring mansions filled with ghosts withdrawing his fear and capture the ghosts. However the ghosts themselves have several tricks to rely upon and  prevent this.

Exclusive Mode

Nintendo has also released that this game will feature a multi-player mode of up to 4 players. Featuring not only ‘local multi player mode’ where the players have to be close by, this game is also able to support an online and download mode.  It all sounds good however  the download function removes some features.  Personally I like how friends do not need to own a copy of this game, to join you on your mission, they do however need to own a 3Ds.  To see what the multi player mode will look like in action view the IGN “Multi player: Hunter Mode” at the end of this post.

Multi Player Mode

Multi Player Mode

Images

As this game is exclusive for 3DS some of the images, while playing the game, will be truly captivating in 3D.

Ghosts await

Ghosts await

Luigi with his faithful Poltergust 5000

Luigi with his faithful Poltergust 5000

Sources;

IGN (2013) Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon Gets a Release Date. [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/01/17/luigis-mansion-dark-moon-gets-a-release-date [Accessed: 7 Feb 2013].

IGN (2013) More Details on Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon Multiplayer . [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/01/24/more-details-on-luigis-mansion-dark-moon-multiplayer [Accessed: 7 Feb 2013].

IGN (2013) Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (Nintendo 3DS). [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/games/luigis-mansion-2/3ds-110795 [Accessed: 7 Feb 2013].

Luigis Mansion Nintendo (2013) Official Site – Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon for Nintendo 3DS. [online] Available at: http://luigismansion.nintendo.com/ [Accessed: 7 Feb 2013].

Official Nintendo Magazine (2013) Multi Player. [online] Available at: http://www.officialnintendomagazine.co.uk/viewer.php?mode=article&id=51886 [Accessed: 7 Feb 2013].

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BioShock Infinite

BioShock Infinite

A game which in particular i am really excited about its release is BioShock Infinite.  Not only is this game one of the best games released in March it could also possibly be one of the most anticipated and exciting games to be released this year.  Having the release date already been pushed back twice (October 16th, 2012 and February 26, 2013) this game will finally be released on the 26th March, I decided to discuss this game ahead of its release and see what adventures await before us.  Published by 2K games and developed by Irrational Games.

       Genre                                   Platforms

First-person shooter                                         PS3, Xbox 360 and PC

Booker and Elizabeth

Booker and Elizabeth

About the game

Set in 1912 you become Booker DeWitt, a main character and also a  a former Pinkerton detective.  The storyline we know of so far is short, the main goal is to find Elizabeth, a young woman who’s gone missing and been held captive in the floating city and return her unharmed.  Unfortunately we can tell it won’t be simple otherwise then the game would be very short. She is guarded by Songbird, a monstrous, winged creature who has become her only friend.

Drawing off the two previous BioShock games (BioShock and BioShock 2) the game could very likely be another game with its main focus being on the story line this may not appeal to all gamers, however if you do like games which have a lot of shooting then this game could be worth playing and switching between a shooting game and this to gain the fast pace, BioShock previous games have been very deliberate and paced.  There is also a possibility of the story line continuing further. Like previous BioShock games, the player has the option to use a combination of weapons, gear, psychokinetic powers granted through “vigors” against his attacks.

BioShock Infinite Gear

BioShock Infinite Gear

Breaking away from the underwater setting of the first two games most of the action takes place in a floating city held aloft by dirigibles.  The floating city is supposedly Columbia, once a symbol of America’s success as a nation, floating around the world as a traveling World’s Fair, a marvel of human innovation.  Hence the logo being similar to a torn American flag with a Carnival twist.  If you would like to discover more view the trailers or a special look into the first 5 minutes of BioShock Infinite  at the end of this post.

Awards

In 2011 Bioshock Infinite was announced as the big winner of E3 with four awards.  They are;

  • Best of Show
  • Best Original Game
  • Best PC Game
  • Best Action/Adventure Game

For a full list of winners see the Game Critics Award link at the bottom of this post.

BioShock Infinite Artwork

BioShock Infinite Artwork

Try BioShock Infinite if you like…

RPGs, FPS, Resident Evil, BioShock, BioShock2, Borderlands

Trailers

Sources; 

1Up (2013) Two Possible Reasons for BioShock Infinite’s 2013 Delay. [online] Available at: http://www.1up.com/news/bioshock-infinite-13-delay-possible-reasons [Accessed: 7 Feb 2013].

Bioshock Infinite (2011) The Game. [online] Available at: http://www.bioshockinfinite.com/the-game/ [Accessed: 7 Feb 2013].

Game Critics Awards (2011) Game Critics Awards 2011 Winners. [online] Available at: http://www.gamecriticsawards.com/2011winners.html [Accessed: 7 Feb 2013].

Polygon (2012) BioShock Infinite hands-on: Mysteries in the clouds. [online] Available at: http://www.polygon.com/2012/12/7/3739008/bioshock-infinite-hands-on-preview [Accessed: 7 Feb 2013].

YouTube (2013) City in the Sky Trailer. [online] Available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRjNMQZ1qBk [Accessed: 7 Feb 2013].

YouTube (2012) BioShock Infinite Beast of America Trailer. [online] Available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gBVZj6ROV0 [Accessed: 7 Feb 2013].

Disney Infinity

Disney-Infinity-Logo

A few weeks ago, on 15th January 2013, Disney Infinity was announced to the world during an exclusive media event at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.  Set to be a new video game where a spark of imagination unlocks the freedom to play with some of your favorite Disney and Disney/Pixar characters.  This game wants to take us to infinity and beyond (pun definitely intended) so lets go and explore what this game is about.

Have you ever dreamed about writing your own story and having your favourite Disney/Pixar characters join together  and star in it?  This game can make that dream a reality. Disney Infinity, a third person adventuring mode, sees you accessing characters and environments by standing a series of chunky toys in different slots on the Infinity Base, this base is essential to the game as it allows the characters you have chosen to appear on screen before you.  With the characters you have chosen you can choose to either play in worlds native to the characters or make your own worlds.

The Infinity Base which allows characters to appear in the game

The Infinity Base which allows characters to appear in the game

It’s creativity and playfulness combined. If you’ve dreamed of ever having different Disney characters meet and explore their own missions then with good old Disney magic, this is a dream come true.  Personally for me what would be interesting to see is what characters it features and which ones they do not feature, for example can you have ‘The Beast’ from ‘Beauty and the Beast’ appear or have all the classic Disney characters unfortunately disappeared.

Characters in the world

Characters in the world

To play this video game to it’s full potential you will have to purchase additional features, there are power discs, playset pieces and hexagonal skin and item discs as well. The playset pieces unlock themed levels, the power discs which add buffs and abilities to characters when stacked underneath them, and the hexagonal discs allow you to unlock vehicles, items, wallpapers and give you even more to use when creating your own levels.  With each play set created to give you an estimated 15+ hours of game play this could be worth it.

John Pleasants, Co-President of Disney Interactive, says it is a “new interactive gaming platform.” He goes on to state, “Disney Infinity is not a single game.”

There will initially be 40 interactive pieces and 17 characters to collect, but additional pieces, sets, and characters will release over time.

  • The Disney Infinity starter pack will be $74.99(features the game, 3 figures, Infinity Base, Play-set token for three adventures (Monsters UniversityPirates and The Incredibles) and upgrade token.)
  • Other play sets/expansion pack will be $34.99(2 figures and a Play-set token for as yet unannounced franchises for launch)
  • Additional three-packs of figures for $29.99 (3 figures)
  • Individual figures for $12.99 (1 figure)
  • Power-disc pack for $4.99 (2 tokens in each foil pack but unseen before purchase)

If you purchased one of each of the above it will cost $157.95 (around £99.80)

We can't help but feel this is true

We can’t help but feel this is true

What you do in this game is up to you.  You can do a mission summoning a range of ‘prank’ devices to install at specific spots in a level, for example – things like call boxes which produce fly swats that knock characters around the map, or manhole covers that spring them into the air. Although each individual sets is reserved only for the specific characters whose worlds they draw upon. There will be no pirates around the plazas of Monster University and no superheroes on the deck of the Black Pearl.  Editing is all done without leaving the game world or switching to another mode which of course is a plus. You simply equip your character with a magic wand that lets them highlight and manipulate things. You can load in new texture packs and sky domes by stacking power disks onto the Infinity Base alongside your figurines. The entire process will feel pretty effortless which allows for smoother game play.

To view the Disney Infinity Trailer click on the link  

Infinity has been set for a June release on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U, 3DS, PC, and mobile devices.

This 3 characters will be included in the starter pack

These 3 characters will be included in the starter pack

Game footage

Game footage

Possible characters available

Possible characters available

Dates for your geek calendar! (Part 1)

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There are some events we simply cannot wait for at Pwnrsmanual. We’ve hunted them down and now we’re sharing them exclusively with you! With over 140 video games being released this year we’ve done our research and are bringing you what we believe will be the best game(s) that month, along with a small description.  We will also feature some special events that you cannot afford to miss!  So clear your calendar, add them to your diary and prepare for a great year!

January

DmC  Devil May Cry – This dark gothic fantasy video game hosted by Capcom is due for release on 15th  January.  Is set to bring much needed improvement on the original Devil May Cry (released 7th Dec, 2001).  This game centres on Dante, who is non other than a half-human, half-demon vigilante who hunts and kills demons in order to save the human world from their treacherous attacks. Everything is not what is seems; expect head shots and zombie attacks!  (Rated M – Mature – 17+) Available for XBox 360, PS3 and PC (through Steam, Origin and Gamestop).

To see the trailer click on the IGN: DmC link at the end of this blog.

If you simply cannot wait to start playing this game, or perhaps want to try it out for yourself before you purchase the game, then a demo is now available on Xbox live and the PlayStation network.

February

Dead Space 3 – This third person horror video game which is developed by Visceral and Electronic Arts (EA), will be released for Microsoft Windows (PC), PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on 5th February for everyone in the United States of America and the 8th February for everyone in Europe (Rated 18).  As the title may suggest, it is the third main installment to the ‘Dead Space Franchise’.  This can only mean one thing for ‘Dead Space’ fans, Issac Clarke is back for a third time!  Crash-landed on the frozen planet of Tau Volantis, Issac and John must put everything they know to the test if they want to stop the apocalypse.

This time Issac brings a requested feature along with him.  Finally, Visceral have made weapon crafting available.  Weapons play a vital part in most video games and this one is no exception.  You can now hunt for materials to make your own weapons with and create all important survival tools.  It’s time to comb the harsh environment for raw materials and scavenged parts if we want to see an end to the Necromorph plague.

Crysis 3 – Another game release in February for EA, this time they have partnered with  Crytek, an award winning developer.  This episode is set in New York where the year is 2047.  In order to survive you need  the armour abilities of your unique and ever reliable Nanosuit as well as stealth.  In this first-person shooter the player becomes Prophet, where power is everything and everyone is a target in his quest for retribution.  It’s time to hunt on 22nd February.  Available for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.

March

After the excitement of New Years, and that holiday in February known as Valentine’s Day, you deserve a reward with not one, but three exciting games this month;

God of War: Ascension – With exclusive features to unlock and multi-player, you can choose your own quest.  Aim for freedom and vengeance and discover the origins of Kratos as he aims to avenge, or you can seek your own glory in multi-player battles (limited to 8 players per battle).  Published by Sony, available for PS3.  Release date TBA.

Gears of War: Judgement – Devolved by Epic Games, Gears of War: Judgment is an upcoming third person shooter video game.  It is the fourth installment to the Gears of War series.  Unlike many sequels to games where they develop more of the story, this instead transports you back to before the original.  This the first Gears of War where Marcus Fenix and Dominic Santiago are not lead roles.  The player dives straight into the action with encountering the immediate aftermath of Emergence Day (in fact, 30 days after).  It brings not only a new game play element but also a new scoring system, where within each separate section of the game you have the chance to earn yourself three stars. The stars vary in colour depending on your score, and this helps you to unlock special content. Published by Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360 (Rated M).  With a special bonus for worldwide fans who pre-order, we recommend doing so today so that you don’t miss out! Let the adventure begin on 19th March.

BioShock: Infinite – Set in 1912  off the coast of Maine, Columbia,  this installment is based on a floating city, unlike the underwater setting used in the two BioShock games previously.  In this first-person shooter the player becomes  Booker DeWitt, a private detective who’s main goal is to find Elizabeth, a young woman who has gone missing in the floating city and return her unharmed.  Irrational Games have took it upon themselves to upload the first few minutes of this game onto YouTube (contains spoilers). For anyone who would like to see this a link is available at the end of this blog.  From watching you can tell that this is an intense story line and another success for the BioShock franchise.  It’s time to explore the strange new world.  Available for Xbox360, PS3 and PC (Rated M).  NEW RELEASE DATE 26th March.

(Game Developers Conference 25th to 29th March 2013 hosted in San Francisco, California – Xbox 720 and PS4 announcement?)

April

Injustice: Gods Among Us – Based upon the fictional although popular DC Comics universe, this is set to bring a new era to the already existing fighting games. Warner Bros. are keeping fans guessing as to exactly which characters will feature in this game.  The list includes Batman, Harley Quinn, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Joker, Green Lantern and many more.  It is promised that the lines between good and evil, right and wrong, justice and injustice, will disappear as we see what many DC Comics fans eagerly love to watch; major fighting battles between their favorite superhero and super villain, or even superhero versus superhero.  Nothing will stand in the way.  Available for PS3, Xbox 360 and the WiiU. Release Date: 16th April, 2013.

May

The Last Of Us –  Published by Sony and Naughty Dog available 7th May is currently exclusive to PS3 (Rated 18).  Set in the post apocalyptic world there are three known characters – our protagonists,  Joel, Ellie (who is arguably the central character) and Bill. There are also three known enemies – the infected, the scavengers and the military.  This game has sparked controversy by featuring a woman, the character Ellie, on the front of its design. While most people agree she has a right to be there some people still disagree and feel she should be ‘pushed to the back’.  There will be both single player and multi-player modes.  Within this game we can tell there has been a deadly virus, even though it may have been 20 years since a fungus has been on the loose, everyone is in the Quarantine zones as told by the military. Ellie has to escape her zone, and here is where the game begins!

June – Major geek event – E3

11-13th –  E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) is being held in Los Angeles Convention Center. Don’t worry if you are not a company/organisation/exhibitor, or if the $795 (increasing to $995 after 29/4/13) 3-day show floor pass is too expensive, you can view this event online in the comfort of your own home at http://www.e3expo.com/homepage/

There are already 90 exhibitors including;

  • Activision Publishing, Inc.
  • Capcom U.S.A., Inc.
  • CI Games
  • Disney Interactive
  • Electronic Arts
  • Epic Games Inc.
  • Gameloft
  • IGN Entertainment
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • NAMCO BANDAI Games America
  • Nintendo of America Inc.
  • OnLive
  • Sony Online Entertainment
  • Wargaming.net
  • Warner Bros. Interactive

Here at pwnrsmanual not only are we stoked for this event but we are sure it will not disappoint any gamer.  We will be hosting a special E3 pwnrsmanual blog during the 11 to 13th June so make sure you sign up to our blog to stay one step ahead and receive all the latest gaming news.

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