If you haven’t yet been privileged to assume the role of Max in this dirty adventure, Renegade Kid has made it available on another platform! Is there anywhere they won’t put Mutant Mudds? Anyway, grab your warer pistols folks, the muddy invasion has made it’s way to PSN!
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I’m not going to go into much detail here. Considering there have been countless releases of this game on multiple platforms, you can read Tony’s review of the 3DS version HERE and his review of the Wii U version HERE if you’d like more information about the story or overall game’s design.
To be honest, I was originally skeptical about how Mutant Mudds would port to a high definition platform. In my past experiences, taking a game with the looks of an old SNES game and blowing them up on a 42″ screen just mucks up the original look and feel that you remember. Having only played this game in the past on my 3DS, both the PS Vita’s OLED screen and my HDTV when playing it on the PS3 bring a new life to this beautiful game! The work that has been done to make Mutant Mudds look astounding in HD shows you that Renegade Kid is capable of making a game look good on anything. Read more…
Have you ever felt the need to stand and defend the innocent in a court of law? Have you ever pointed at someone dramatically and yelled “Objection!”? Do you have a friend who is a spirit medium with a love of burgers and anime? I’m pretty sure no one can say yes to all of that, but I am sure you can experience it all by playing Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies.
What You Need To Know
The Ace Attorney series got its start on the Game Boy Advanced back in 2001 and would not see US localization until 2005 on the Nintendo DS. Since the release of the first game there have been four sequels adding more characters and unique game play elements. There have also been a couple of spin off games starring the rival of the protagonist of the original game series. The series is best thought of as an interactive novel as it is heavy on text. The series stars Phoenix Wright who is a former defense attorney and his two protégées Apollo and Athena. You will make choices that help them through each case and hopefully get a not guilty verdict for each client.
The first three games in the Ace Attorney series were originally developed for the GBA which were limited with simple character animations. Dual Destinies is the first of the series to be developed for the 3DS and to include animated cut scenes with spoken dialogue. The characters themselves have been upgraded to look great in 3D and have some great animation the flows nicely from one expression to the next. Unlike the older games where a character would be frozen in place and blink on occasion they now have some idle movement like looking around and leaning back and forth while you are deciding what you will do next. There is the addition of anime quality cut scenes with spoken dialogue for the first time in the series. The anime cut scenes are a huge improvement over what was used in the previous games and will only improve in future games of the series.
If you have played any of the Ace Attorney games before then you know exactly what to expect when you play Dual Destinies. You will spend your time in the courtroom presenting evidence and picking apart testimonies. When you are not in the courtroom you will gather evidence, examine crime scenes, and obtain information for the next day in court. The way each game played was simple and easy to understand but left room for improvement in a couple of areas. Since the Ace Attorney series is heavy in text, it is really easy to get distracted and skip a sentence or to come back after some time and not understand the current situation. Dual Destinies is the first in the series to have a text log to help prevent trouble with skipped text or if you forgot what you were doing. Another additional feature that takes advantage of the 3DS hardware is 3D crime scenes. When examining a crime scene you will get the opportunity to rotate around scene to get different viewing angles that could help reveal new evidence. Unfortunately crime scenes are now the only places you can use examine in this game which means less banter between Phoenix and his associates when looking at random objects.
One of the best things about the Ace Attorney series is the characters you will meet during each case. The series has always had colorful character but this game offers some of the best characters the series has seen to date including a few returning favorites. Each case will introduce several new and unique people who are probably going to show up on the witness stand at some point. Every time a new person appears you will experience a memorable scene whether it is a witness or just some random occurrence outside the courtroom. There is also a new female protagonist introduced in this game named Athena Cykes. Athena is hired by Phoenix right after she earned her attorneys badge and uses analytical psychology to discover the truth from witnesses. My personal favorite character from Dual Destinies likes to hide in a cardboard box and can be found next to a crime scene eavesdropping during your investigation.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies brought improvements to graphics and animation that the series needed. The game play was left mostly unchanged with the addition of text logs and 3D crime scenes. There is also a lot of new characters to interact with and a few returning favorites of the series. The only thing that really hurts the series is people new to the series will have a lack of knowledge about the back story of the main characters. I can say this is the game fans have been waiting for and shouldn’t miss out on while encouraging new audiences to look into playing the older games.
Review copy provided by Capcom
Completed the whole game
Total Play Time: 25-40 hours
When you were a kid and you were playing Super Mario Bros. for the 265th time did you ever come up with new ways to make the game interesting? Did you ever do things like try to get through the level without breaking a block, jumping on a goomba or getting any power ups? I know I’ve done things like that and new games sometimes incentivize that by giving you achievements to add to your gamer score. There’s one series that’s been doing something similar called Retro Game Challenge (Game Center CX in Japan). This game, based off a popular TV show, would use fake video games that were loosely based on real titles and give you crazy challenges to do in those games. Nintendo has now teamed up with the developer of that series to create a title that would remix old NES games and do the same thing with real world titles. It’s called NES Remix and it shows you that you might not be as good at those old games as you thought you were.
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NES Remix takes 16 classic Nintendo games and mixes things up. You are given a series of challenges that get progressively more difficult as you go along. They’ll start out pretty simple. For example you just need to get to the goal pole in a Mario level or make it to the finish line in ExciteBike. From there it progresses to more difficult challenges like collect all the coins in a level before time runs out, kill all the enemies in a Zelda dungeon room without being hit or make it to the top of a Donkey Kong stage with Link (who can’t jump). By the end of each games challenge you will be stringing together a dozen different challenges that take you on an abridged journey through the entire game. In addition to the challenges inside levels you also have remixed levels that completely change the way levels are played. For example you’ll have to play World 1-2 in Super Mario Bros. backwards with Luigi (who plays like he does in Lost Levels). By completing challenges you are given a star rank and a number of “bits”. The better you do the better those ranking and by collecting bits you unlock 8-bit stamps that can be used in posts on the Miiverse.
Do you know what ecchi means? Yeah, I didn’t either when I started this game, but by the time I was done with Senran Kagura Burst, I was all too familiar with the term.
Ecchi (エッチ etchi?, pronounced [et.tɕi]) is an often used slang term in the Japanese language for erotic fantasy and sexual innuendoes. As an adjective it is used with the meaning of “dirty”, “naughty”, “frivolous”; as a verb (ecchi suru), with the meaning to do something dirty, naughty, or frivolous.
Thanks, Wikipedia. If you’re still with me to this point, and you don’t think you’d be offended by such a game, let’s take a closer look at Senran Kagura Burst. Read more…
Batman has been around the block a few times. His story has been told and retold in numerous different forms of media from comic books to movies, television to video games. There are plenty of ways to get your Dark Knight fix. For the last few years Warner Bros. has been publishing games based on this iconic comic book character and now their take on Batman is going back in time to tell the beginnings of his story. Warner Bros. Montreal is taking over the development duty from previous developer Rocksteady Studios and is telling a story from the first year of Batman’s career as a crime fighter.
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Batman: Arkham Origins takes place early in the life of Batman. He hasn’t been on the job very long, but he’s already making waves. A mass breakout of Blackgate Prison takes Batman around the city taking out various villains. Along the way Batman learns that Black Mask has hired eight assassins to take out Batman on Christmas Eve for a reward of $50 million. Batman villains such as Deadshot, Deathstroke, Copperhead, Shiva and Killer Croc all try to claim this bounty. Meanwhile other Batman villains like Penguin, Anarky and Mad Hatter are making things difficult elsewhere in the city. Batman must use everything at his disposal to stop these villains and make sure he can survive the night. He’ll have help along the way, though.
I’ve been playing the Assassin’s Creed franchise since the beginning. I thought every game got better from the beginning until the series hit its best during the events of Brotherhood. The story continued with Ezio in Revelations before moving on to a new setting, time period and hero with Assassin’s Creed III.
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Ubisoft has decided that they want to continue to explore the history of the Kenway family, this time moving the setting back in time for the first time. Set during the Golden Age of Piracy, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag depicts the events that took place during the life of Edward Kenway, father of ACIII antagonist Haytham Kenway, and grandfather of Connor Kenway. You’ll take on missions both on land and at a much expanded sea. Exploring places like Havanna, Cuba, Kingston, Jamaica, and Nassau, Bahamas. Edward must fight his way through both sides of the Assassin and Templar’s centuries long conflict. Many historical pirates like Benjamin Hornigold, Anne Bonney, Jack Rackham and Blackbeard will make appearances befriending or fighting Edward along the way. There are dozens of islands to explore and hours upon hours of content to keep you busy for close to 80 hours if you do everything there is to do.
You can’t really deny the fact that Wii Sports was the beginning of what would become one of the most popular consoles ever created, in terms of sales. The Wii ended up being huge because of titles like Wii Sports. People bought the system for that one game that came included with the console and for good reason. Wii Sports was a lot of fun. The five included sports; bowling, golf, tennis, baseball and boxing each used the Wii Remote in different ways to show you some of the things you could do with Nintendo’s newest controller. The games got even better with the release of the sequel, Wii Sports Resort, which came with an extension to the Wii Remote that made it even more sensitive and the sports more realistic. Bowling was included in that package and was made better. Nintendo is back once again with Wii Sports Club, this time adding features that many people have wanted since the beginning.
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Wii Sports Club: Bowling is the third time that Nintendo has released this sport on their home consoles. You, and up to three other friends, take turns rolling a ball at pins located at the other end of a sixty foot lane in an attempt to knock as many of them down as possible across ten frames. The highest score wins. The Wii Remote is used to simulate rolling a bowling ball down the lane. The package has been upgraded this time with online play for up to four people, one per console.
I’m just going to start this review by coming out and saying it. “I’m a 33 year old man that actually enjoyed my time with Just Dance Kids 2014.” There’s it’s out there. Now I can get on to talking about the game. Ubisoft has made a pretty good business out of getting people up off their couches and dancing. Yearly releases of these games including some of the biggest songs of the year mean people are dancing away, many of them using them as a supplement to their workout programs.
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Just Dance Kids 2014 is pretty much exactly what the title says. It’s a dancing game featuring songs that younger kids will recognize. You hold a Wii Remote in one hand and dance along to the motions being displayed on the screen. The closer you come to recreating the dance accurately the more points you get. That’s pretty much all there is to it.