Nintendo Direct!

For just a second forget our prediction of Sony announcing the PS4 in less than a week and lets focus our attention upon another major name within the gaming world – Nintendo!

At 2pm (GMT) today, Nintendo  held a very special Japanese broadcast/ video presentation, featuring an all new Mario and Donkey Kong, a release date for HarmoKnight and more, it is time to discover what Nintendo had in store for us.

The highlights

Who doesn’t love discovering a new game or playing a new game in a much loved series?!  I certainly do!  A main feature of today’s announcement, and the highlights, was multiple new 3DS eShop titles being announced during the presentation

Mario and Donkey Kong

The pair are back and this time a new entry in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series, an instant classic, was revealed.  Titled  ‘Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move’.  Altering from from previous entries in the much loved series players will now view all the action in full 3D.  Another interesting feature is we will also have the ability to create our own levels. There is no release date set currently.  Click below to view the trailer.

HarmoKnight

Although already being released in Japan, on 14th March, exactly one month from now, this game will be released in North America…the free trail version that is. Created by the much loved Pokemon developer Game Freak, this rhythm action game will then be released on 28th March.  In this game you play as a young hero called Tempo, him along with his friends explore and discover thoughout music-themed stages. Each level has different notes distributed throughout it that cleverly correspond to the music that is playing. While collecting these notes and following along with the rythm, you will have to fight off enemies named “Noizoids” and choose between branching paths, saving the world of Melodia is your duty. Click below to view the trailer.

eShop Sale!

To really grab our attention (and re-gain it) Nintendo announced at the end of their broadcast that some of the already released games will be on sale. This is a really clever trick into making us purchase Nintendo games which we may not have thought about previously and so our admiration, and their sales increase.

Gaming website IGN quote the following are already currently, or will be, on offer.

Starting Today:Bit.Trip Saga is five bucks off, marked down to $9.99 from its normal price of $14.99.

Starting February 21:Crashmo goes on sale for $5.99, down three dollars from its normal $8.99.

Starting February 28: Fractured Soul for four bucks cheaper, down to $7.99 from its usual $11.99.

Starting March 7:Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword drops two dollars, down to $4.99.

Starting March 14: Same deal for Ketzal’s Corridors. It goes to $4.99, a savings of two dollars.

Starting March 21:Mutant Mudds hits $5.99 from its normal $8.99.

The complete broadcast can be seen in the following link, please note that the complete broadcast is in Japenese however if you have ever wondered what a man dressed up as Luigi is like then it is worth the watch.

Nintendo 3DS Direct Luigi Special

 

Sources;

Blistered Thumbs (2013) Rhythm Hunter: HarmoKnight Hits the 3DS eShop Next Month. [online] Available at: http://www.blisteredthumbs.net/2013/02/rhythm-hunter-harmoknight/ [Accessed: 14 Feb 2013].

IGN (2013) The Nintendo Direct 3DS eShop Roundup. [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/02/14/the-nintendo-direct-3ds-eshop-roundup [Accessed: 14 Feb 2013].

IGN (2013) Nintendo Direct Coming Tomorrow – IGN. [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/02/13/nintendo-direct-coming-tomorrow [Accessed: 14 Feb 2013].

Joystiq (2012) Game Freak’s HarmoKnight coming to 3DS in North America. [online] Available at: http://www.joystiq.com/2012/12/05/game-freaks-harmoknight-coming-to-3ds-in-north-america/ [Accessed: 14 Feb 2013].

Nintendo (2013) Nintendo 3DS Direct Luigi special 2013.2.14. [online] Available at: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/3ds/direct20130214/index.html [Accessed: 14 Feb 2013].

Nintendo World Report (2013) Nintendo Reveals Several New 3DS eShop Titles – News – Nintendo World Report. [online] Available at: http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/33309 [Accessed: 14 Feb 2013].

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Games released week of 11/02/2013

Over the past few days New York City and it’s surrounding areas such as New Jersey, Maine and even Canada have been affected by Snowstorm “Nemo“.   This blizzard has left a staggering 31.4 inches of snow in Gorham, Maine according to breakingnews.com,  caused 4,300 flights to be cancelled which including all those to and from New York City airports, created 200 traffic accidents in Ontario, Canada and tragically claimed the lives of four people in the United States and Canada.

To anyone who is affected by this please be careful and take precaution.  Here in England it’s another rainy Sunday and no matter where you are there aren’t that many things which beats spending the weekend gaming.  Even if you can’t do that currently then there is always next weekend 😉  To some people this may be just another week however cheering things up it’s time to look ahead at the games being released this week.

Tuesday 12th February, 2013

                    PC Games
  • Curse of the Werewolves – Deluxe Edition – Viva Media
  • Aliens Colonial Marines Season Pass [Download] – DVG SEGA
                   Xbox360
  • Aliens: Colonial Marines – Sega of America
  • Aliens Colonial Marines (Collector’s Edition) – Sega of America

PlayStation 3

  • Aliens: Colonial Marines by Sega of America
  • Aliens Colonial Marines Collector’s Edition by Sega of America

Friday 15th February 2013

                    PC Games

  • SpellForce 2 Faith in Destiny Scenario 3: Last Stand [Download] by DVG Nordic Games – February 15, 2013.

 

This weeks best game – Aliens: Colonial Marines

Sources;

Breaking News (2013) 31.4 inches of snow reported in Gorham, Maine. [online] Available at: http://www.breakingnews.com/item/ahZzfmJyZWFraW5nbmV3cy13d3ctaHJkcg0LEgRTZWVkGODc6QwM/2013/02/09/314-inches-of-snow-reported-in-gorham-maine-twcbreaking [Accessed: 10 Feb 2013].

Huffington Post (2013) Four Killed After Canada And US Hit By Snowstorm ‘Nemo’. [online] Available at: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/02/09/snowstorm-nemo-claims-four-lives-in-us_n_2650934.html [Accessed: 10 Feb 2013].

NY Times (2013) Storm’s Heavy Snow and High Winds Lash at the Northeast. [online] Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/09/nyregion/major-snowstorm-arriving-in-northeast.html?hp&_r=1& [Accessed: 10 Feb 2013].

VG Releases (2013) VGReleases.com : February 2013 Release Dates : Video Game. [online] Available at: http://vgreleases.com/ReleaseDates/All.aspx [Accessed: 10 Feb 2013].

Dead Space 3

Dead Space 3

The story line

Issac Clarke is back for a third installment, this time he is on a mission like no other.  The thrilling story continues with  merciless soldier John Carver in tow having crash-landed on the treacherous frozen ice planet of Tau Volantis they begin their nerve shredding journey to discover the true source of the Necromorph outbreak.  What is lucky..in a way..is that Issac is an engineer, this means he can combine raw materials and scavenged parts together in order to create and customise not only survival tools, which is a given why they are required, but also survival tools.  Perhaps think a somewhat similar extreme version of Minecraft.

This game is action-oriented game-play and set in a classic space environment, in the brutal wildness you come across mortal enemies where you can not let them embrace you. Although from judging what they look like (no offence but they do look horrifying) you would not like them to anyways.  Although fellow gamers are wondering if EA have abandoned ‘scary’ in favor of a more ‘shooty’ approach. Creative director Ben Wanat has stated that “horror is a personal and a company obsession.” Please note as the game has just been released today in North America (5th February 2013) we will have to wait for the reviews to see if the horror that we are expecting is there. Although with research for this game done on ‘mummified’ corpses and his love for horror films there probably will be something haunting about ‘Dead Space 3’.  Although on PC there is a muddy texture quality, for the most it does not look bad in action.  There are several quality settings available which, on low quality, the dark shadows can appear light, which in a dark game like this make a huge difference.

Back to the story, you are also out to destroy as you drift through space equipped with an eva suit every shot counts.  You must collect and build your arsenal very cleverly to flee in what is set to be a nerve shattering expedition where danger is everywhere.

embrace not allowed

embrace not allowed

New co-op feature

There is set to be more steady pacing in this game, instead of the safe room where you can catch your breath, you now keep playing to a (hopefully) thrilling perfect pace where the action, horror and terrifying scenes will have a much greater impact on the player.   This game does look to be visually stunning, captivating, although frighting images to some.

drop in/drop out co-op

drop in/drop out co-op

There is a new co-operative mode!  Unlike the other two games you can now decide to play on your own or with a friend.  What is positive about this feature is the friend can join and leave at any checkpoint, this allows you to continue playing the game rather than waiting for them, although you can do that if you wish. There could also be a benefit of helping each other out fending off attacks as danger is set to be everywhere. Stated on the ‘Dead Space’ website;

“…playing the co-op version of Dead Space 3’s campaign, you will uncover additional story elements, cut-scenes, and battle strategies that are exclusive to this mode.”

Dead Space 3 is available from today on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for North America and available from 8th February for Europe. (Although it is available now in Europe on PC)

If you would like to see some game play for yourself here is the official trailer from when the game was announced at last years E3.

If you have never played Dead Space before and would like to play Dead Space 3, or want a recap here is a video from IGN titled “Dead Space in 5 minutes” 

Dead Space in 5 minutes

Sources;

Dead Space (2012) Dead Space 3 Co-Op. [online] Available at: http://www.deadspace.com/team-up-with-co-op [Accessed: 5 Feb 2013].

Deadspace.com (2013) Dead Space 3 – Thrilling Story. [online] Available at: http://www.deadspace.com/de/thrilling-story [Accessed: 5 Feb 2013].

IGN (2013) How Horrifying is Dead Space 3?. [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/01/31/how-horrifying-is-dead-space-3 [Accessed: 5 Feb 2013].

Market Place Xbox (2013) Dead Space 3 – Xbox.com. [online] Available at: http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-GB/Product/Dead-Space-3/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d8024541099d [Accessed: 5 Feb 2013].

UK PC Game Spy (2013) GameSpy: Port Authority: Dead Space 3. [online] Available at: http://uk.pc.gamespy.com/pc/dead-space-3/1227341p1.html [Accessed: 5 Feb 2013].

Sony PS4 Update

ps4

At 3:06pm on the 31st January 2013 PlayStation simultaneously released a blog post, a tweet and a Facebook post.

Why? To tease to the world with an invitation to

“see the future”

All the links connect to one simple site, https://us.playstation.com/meeting2013/

Where you view for yourself this video, 

We recommend viewing this clip with the sound turned up pretty loud (although there are the exceptions if you can’t, such as in class) to get you excited.

playstation-4-announcement-february

At the end of the video we see these symbols, well known to all who have played on a PlayStation.  The reason for this is they feature on the DualShock controllers.  Rumours have previously surrounded that the new PS4 will drop the old controller for something different  possibly an LDC touchscreen.  Will these buttons still feature?

Sony have made an announcement to “See the Future” on 20 February…despite the CEO saying they were in no rush and going to let Microsoft announce first. So why the change? 

Research has discovered this event is due to take place in New York City and “is about the future of the PlayStation business”.  All sign point towards a PS4 announcement.  The clues being that PlayStation have currently nothing else to announce, that we are aware of.

If this proves true then not only would they beat Microsoft in announcing the new Xbox720 but the statement made by Kazuo Hirai CEO of Sony on the 21st January, which he stated  “…it [PlayStation] will let Microsoft make the first move.”  Would have been a lie.

No matter what happens, we already can’t wait.  To view our previous post featuring the PS4 announcements click this link; https://pwnersmanual.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/special-report-playstation-4-ps4-the-latest-surrounding-rumours/

The announcement made on facebook

The announcement made on facebook

The announcement made on Twitter

The announcement made on Twitter

 

Rumors

  • Play Station Plus will become next generation
  • Social Media functions, such as sharing will be incorporated into the device
  • No back up computer 
  • Dual 720p camera
  • The controller will feature an all new design which may be a touch screen or touch pad