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Hyrule Warriors Review (Wii U)

September 17, 2014 1 comment

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To say I was excited about the announcement of Hyrule Warriors would be accurate. I’ve been a fan of the Dynasty Warriors series for a while now and seeing that combined with one of my favorite Nintendo franchises of all time seemed like a dream come true. One thing I’d always imagined was what was going on while Link was away fighting his battles against Ganondorf to save Hyrule. What were all those soldiers you’ve seen in past games doing? There had to be wars raging on in the background. Hyrule Warriors isn’t that, but it’s as close as we’ve seen to that dream up to this point. As more and more characters were announced I got more and more interested in seeing this game in action. The question is, ultimately, is the game any good and does it live up to being a part of the Zelda franchise?

What You Need to Know

Hyrule Warriors is not a Zelda game. There’s a reason that KoeiTecmo and Nintendo left “The Legend of Zelda” off the title of this game. It’s essentially a Dynasty Warriors game with Zelda mashed on top of it. You play as one of a few named heroes on a battlefield against hordes of enemy soldiers. There are objectives to complete during battles and territory to claim that will make your fight a little easier along the way. You have special, more powerful moves that can take out huge numbers of enemies at one time. Traditional Zelda items and bosses make appearances to give it that Legend of Zelda feel that at times might trick you into thinking you’re actually playing a Zelda game and not a Warriors game. Read more…

Madden NFL 15 Review (PS4)

September 13, 2014 Leave a comment

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It’s really hard to review yearly sports games on a regular basis. What do you focus on for the review? Do you take the whole game into consideration? Do you focus on the changes the development wants to highlight? I think the most important part of a sports game is the action taking place on the field, court, pitch, table or whatever object that sport takes place on. That’s what I’m going to focus on in this review; the on-field action. What about this year’s Madden game makes it more or less interesting or worth picking up? You’ll have to read on to find out.

What You Need to Know

Madden. It’s football y’all. 22 dudes line up on opposite sides of a football (not the soccer kind), run into each other for 60 minutes and try to get the ball into the end of the field not colored green. Outside of that there is a ton of stuff for football fans to do. So much so that it is hard to fit it all into a review of the game. Ultimate Team once again lets you build your most amazing fantasy team out of cards earned through play or purchased through a store. Online leagues let you go head to head against your friends, or random people on the internet, to see who the best football player amongst the masses is.

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Hyrule Warriors Cast Of Females Is Mostly Great

September 11, 2014 Leave a comment

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With a lot of the internet’s focus lately on the role of females in games and their portrayal it’s great to see a game like Hyrule Warriors come along and do a really great job in portraying the female members of the cast. Every playable female character in the game, of which there are eight (seven if you don’t consider Fi a female), are fantastic in their own way. They’re strong, they’re unique and they’re a great cast of characters for any female player out there to be proud to use.

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Nintendo Download: August 28th, 2014

August 28, 2014 Leave a comment

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The eShop for both Wii U and 3DS see a number of good releases this week led by the unusual team up of Phoenix Wright and Professor Layton. Inti Creates launches their not-Mega Man platformer, Azure Striker Gunvolt, and the Wii U gets to take digging to a whole new level (no, it’s not Minecraft).

Wii U:

Steamworld Dig
The Fall

Wii U Virtual Console: 

Mega Man X3

3DS:

Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (Available 8/29)
Azure Striker Gunvolt (Purchase of this also gives you access to Mighty Gunvolt for free) (Available 8/29)
Thorium Wars: Attack of the Skyfighter

eShop Sales:

Select Capcom titles are 60% off until 8:59am PT Sept. 4th
Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo: $3.95 (50% off) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 24
Soccer Up : $1.99 (71% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 17
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist is being reduced in price to $19.99 permanently beginning Sept. 1st

Zen Studios Announces New Pinball Tables Coming To Wii U

August 24, 2014 Leave a comment

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With the recent rash of publishers announcing their intentions (or lack thereof) for Wii U it’s refreshing to see one bringing more content to the system. Zen Studios, famous for their Zen Pinball / Pinball FX series, and Castlestorm, has announced a new update coming for the Wii U version of Zen Pinball 2.

A new update is set for the title on August 28th that will bring the latest round of Marvel themed pinball tables to the game. These include tables based on Guardians of the Galaxy, Deadpool and Doctor Strange. In addition to that, the recently released Walking Dead themed table will be made available for purchase. Each of these tables will be available for $2.99 each.

“We’re huge supporters of the Wii U, and have worked to ensure a great pinball experience across the board for our fans on the system,” said Mel Kirk, VP of Publishing at Zen Studios. “This table update is only a small piece of our ongoing future commitment to the platform, so be ready for more announcements coming soon.”

Zen Pinball is available to download for free from the Wii U eShop and you can try out tables before deciding to purchase them.

Opinion Herd: Video Game Character Mount Rushmore

August 22, 2014 Leave a comment

The Opinion Herd LogoMount Rushmore is a monument to some of the greatest men in American history. It immediately brings to mind those four men’s contributions to making this country the way it is. That form could be used in any industry to remember the most respected figures in said industry’s history. Last week we talked about the men behind the games who we think should be immortalized. This week we’re going to look at some of their creations. There are a number of characters that immediately come to your mind when you think of video games. Having said that, “If you were to create a video game version of Mount Rushmore what four characters would you nominate to be immortalized for all time on the monument?”

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Disney infinity Leads eShop Releases This Week

August 21, 2014 Leave a comment

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Thursday means the eShops for Wii U and 3DS are getting updated and today’s biggest release is Disney Infinity. The Skylanders style game featuring playable Disney characters is available digitally for the first time, though the character base and figures (sold separately) are still required to play them game. After that it’s pretty much Virtual Console or nothing. Here’s what’s available this week.

Wii U

Disney Infinity
Midtown Crazy Race
Mega Man 6 (Virtual Console)
Life Force (Virtual Console

On Sale: 

Abyss – $1.49 (25% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 10
Chasing Aurora – $3.99 (50% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 11
Nano Assault Neo – $7.49 (25% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 11

3DS

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Demon King Box
Xtreme Sports (Virtual Console)

On Sale: 

Boulder Dash-XL 3D – $1.69 (66% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Aug. 27
European Conqueror 3Dis – $2.79 (30% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 4
Aeternoblade – $9.99 (33% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 7
Nano Assault – $7.49 (25% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 11
Quell Reflect – $2.79(30% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 11
Aqua Moto Racing – $5.99 (25% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 18

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