Games don’t just appear out of thin air. They have to be developed. The teams behind games can be as small as one or two people or have as many as three to four thousand people working on them. Sometimes one developer stands above the rest. Whether the one game they made in a year was head and shoulders better than everything else or they had a solid body of work that included multiple games. We take a look at the developers we thought were better than everyone else this year.
Shannon Says: 2014 was one of the best years I’ve seen from Nintendo in quite a while. My year started off with Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze then changed gears to Mario Kart 8, Tony slashed through the summer with Hyrule Warriors, and is drawing to a smashing close with Super Smash Bros. And that’s just their top tier Wii U releases, my 3DS has seen more use this year than it ever has with a list of games a mile long! Read more…
You can’t really have a video game without characters. Most of the time they’re essential to the story. Sometimes you find characters you relate to, find endearing in some way or you absolutely can’t stand. Characters like Mario, Sonic, Master Chief, Samus and Pac-Man have stood the test of time. Each year we get introduced to new, many times, interesting people through the games we play. Some characters stand out above the rest. Who stood out above everyone in 2014?
Tony Says: I had a tough time deciding whether to Delsin or to Fetch from Infamous Second Son. Both of them were great characters. In the end, though, I decided to give it to Delsin because I enjoyed his growth as a character more. From the very beginning of the game he was likeable. He was cocky and arrogant, but likeable. He was dealing with gaining a new set of abilities he didn’t really want and then figuring out what to do with them. He had the opportunity to go in two different directions, depending on which choices you as the player made. Choosing to go down the good path led him from wanting to use his powers to better himself to using them to help those he loved. He made sacrifices. He had to deal with the death of his brother, who was in many ways a father figure to him.
The last moments of that game, just before it fades to credits were some of the most touching scenes in a game I saw this year. You saw just how much he loved the people around him and you felt incredibly good about the journey he had to take from the beginning of the game through the end. I really hope we haven’t seen the end of Delsin Rowe. Read more…
Patrice Desilets worked at Ubisoft and was the Creative Director of Assassin’s Creed from 2007 until he left the company in 2010. He worked on both of the first two games in the series and is generally credited as being the creator of Assassin’s Creed. Since his time at Ubisoft he has formed his own studio called Panache. The company was founded this past November, but no one knew what the company was working on. Until now.
According to a press release obtained by Game Informer he still believes in the AAA game experience and his company is, in fact, working on one. It will be a historical action-survival game. One of the games he was working on in the past was a game called 1666, set in Amsterdam. This game, according to Desilets, was to be “the new Assassin’s Creed”. He’s been working to get the rights to that game. Could that be what he’s working on and could we see another Assassin’s Creed style game from the man who brought the franchise to life?
I’d be okay with that.
While I would really like to have a new version of Duck Hunt complete with modern visuals (albeit cartoonish) and controls I’ll take Duck Hunt just about any way I can. I loved playing that game on the NES. Yes, I cheated many times. No I didn’t care. I was having fun.
Nintendo announced through their weekly download press release that Duck Hunt will be coming to the Virtual Console next week on Christmas Day. No word on pricing, but if they keep in line with other NES VC releases it’ll be $5-6. They are updating the controls to work on modern televisions using a Wii Remote and the Sensor Bar. That may incur a slight increase in the price, but still, it’ll be cheap.
Will you be picking up Duck Hunt? Let us know.
It’s not Minecraft 2, but there is going to be another game coming that has Minecraft in the title. Telltale, the creators of games like The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us and Back to the Future, are working with Microsoft and Mojang to create a story based, episodic version of Minecraft. Details, directly from Telltale’s website include:
+ Minecraft: Story Mode will be a narrative-driven video game created by Telltale Games. It will be about Minecraft.
+ Mojang is collaborating with Telltale and members of the community to make Minecraft: Story Mode as Minecrafty as possible.
+ The first episode will be released some time in 2015, and will be available on Xbox consoles, PlayStation consoles, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android-based devices.
+ Minecraft: Story Mode will be released episodically, just like The Wolf Among Us, The Walking Dead, or the recent Tales from the Borderlands, which is another developer-collaboration series between Telltale Games and Gearbox Software.
+ We’re not intending on creating an “official” story for Steve, or explaining the world of Minecraft in detail. It will be a cool game.
This is actually happening. I’ll be very interested in seeing how they take the Minecraft world, a game with virtually no story, and create a story around it. How much Minecraft will be in it? How much will it be like games such as The Walking Dead? The game’s official title appears to be Minecraft: Story Mode. It will not be an add-on for Minecraft, but it will be set in that world. If nothing else I’m very intrigued as to how this will work. Stay tuned here for more details in the future.
We’ve all heard the stories and seen the lawsuits where parents have been the “victim” of their children spending way too much money on iOS games. Who will ever forget the infamous Smurfberries Incident of 2011? Well, parents who own smartphones aren’t the only victims. Wii U and 3DS owners have also been the target of those nefarious underage scammers.
The company posted an article warning parents of unauthorized eShop purchases and have told the stories of parents who have fallen prey to toddling transaction tyrants. They reminded parents that both the Wii U and the 3DS have parental controls that are designed to keep children from making unwanted or unauthorized purchases on their devices. Both systems allow users to keep their credit card information stored for easier purchases in the future. They also have settings that require you to enter a password every time a purchase is made. As long as kids don’t know these passwords purchases can’t be made.
It’s not a huge problem, but it has happened and Nintendo wants to make sure everyone knows of those safety features on their systems. Don’t be the victim. Protect yourself.
See that picture there? It’s the Club Nintendo digital rewards for the month of December. Of that list I would highly recommend 1080 Snowboarding and Kid: Icarus of Myths and Monsters. Metroid and Super Mario Kart are also both good recommendations, but I can’t go back and play that SNES racing game much anymore. The franchise has just gotten so much better.
Keep in mind if you’re redeeming one of the games listed for Wii that you need to be in the Wii Mode on your Wii U and in the Wii Shop Channel to redeem those games. Let us know what, if any, of those titles you pick up.