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.
The world of the dead is invading, what will you do…be a coward, run and hide? Not if your name is Juan you won’t! You’ll fight to save the village people, your true love, and your precious agave farm. This is my review for Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition.
What You Need to Know
Guacamelee was originally released on PS3, Vita, and Steam back in 2013 and I had the pleasure of enjoying my first play through of it on my Vita. Now, DrinkBox has released it in a slightly updated form, Super Turbo Championship Edition, for almost every gaming platform with a digital shop. In this side scrolling action game you play as Juan, an agave farmer who, in an attempt to save El Presidente’s daughter, has been turned into a superhero luchador with the power to travel in-between the world of the living and the world of the dead.
At it’s core, Guacamelee:STCE, is an amazing blend of the exploration you would find in any Metroid game plus the fun action from your favorite Castlevania title without overstepping it’s welcome by trying to copy them. The game may follow a set story keeping you to a certain path but you are never stuck having to follow it, there are tons of areas to explore and most of them harbor rewards for your exploration. This game taps the roots of what is know as “Metroidvania” with an abundance of witty writing and style of it’s own throughout and heck, it’s just plain fun to play!
When you start out playing Guacamelee:STCE, your ears are taken to a land filled with mariachi bands and the soul of Mexico. The color pallet is also perfect for the goal set with the game’s “Day of the Dead” theme. The art style is whimsical and fun to match the off the wall story and at no point in time does anything look out of place in the world they created.
Guacamelee:STCE, has a combo-based combat system that feels very similar to something out of Devil May Cry, it’s just plain fun and makes you feel compelled to continue trying to get higher combos. You start out with a triple button combo and will continue to learn new ways to launch enemies in the air to keep your combo counter hot. The game never makes it too hard though, giving you a training area in order to learn how to take full advantage of the system in any match. There are also countless power ups that you will unlock throughout the game that will make combat even more fun by providing different ways to juggle, launch, grapple, and downright destroy the army of foes you will encounter.
Super Turbo Championship Edition
Most of everything I’ve discussed so far refers to the original Guacamelee game but that’s not all that comes in this edition! There are a few new areas, enemies, a new boss to fight, and a brand-new mode called “Intenso”. As for the new areas and enemies, I found them extremely well integrated and just as pleasing to play through and fight as the original game. The new boss, El Trio de la Muerte, was introduced in the game seamlessly and never felt out of place with his witty writing and beautiful design.
The new “Intenso” mode introduces a new meter below your health and special meters that, once filled up, can be activated causing Juan to be practically invincible for a short amount of time in a “Rage of the Gods” like power. Though Intenso was fun for a while, I felt as though it took away from the combo-based combat that I enjoyed so much and replaced it with button mashing. Some people may really enjoy it but I don’t think I’m one of them.
I had a lot of fun playing Guacamelee:STCE, so much so that it’s definitely in my top 10 games for not only this year but I would venture to say of all time! The additions for Super Turbo Championship Edition are well worth taking a look at this game again if you already have and if you haven’t, you really need to play it! I’m going to close this review with a statement, Guacamelee is like Nacho Libre meets Samus, need I say more?
Review copy provided by DrinkBox
Played the full story mode
Total Play Time: About 7 hours
PlayStation Plus has introduced me to a number of games that I might not have ever played before. One of those games is called Stick It To the Man, a puzzle-platformer/adventure game from Zoink Studios that I would have honestly passed up just because the visual style didn’t appeal to me. I thought it would be distracting to the point of not being able to focus on the game underneath it. Let’s just say I was wrong.
In the game you play as Ray, a man whose day job involves him having hammers dropped on his head to test out materials that are used to make hard hats. He rates them based on how much pain he endures during each test. On his way home after work one day an object falls from the sky and lands on his head knocking him unconscious. When he awakens he notices a large, pink, sticky hand protruding from his noggin. He realizes very quickly that he can manipulate this hand to grab objects in the environment, read peoples thoughts and even create objects based on some of those same thoughts. What proceeds after that is an adventure through the mind of a crazy man and literally the minds of everyone around him.
Did you know someone has taken it upon themselves to recut episodes one through three of Star Wars into a single film. Viewers are saying it’s a much more efficient and compelling story than it is when it’s divvied up between three movies. I mean, tell the truth, would you have watched Episodes II and III after seeing The Phantom Menace if you hadn’t already seen IV, V, and VI? Well, this is where Moon Chronicles comes in except they’re doing the reverse. Moon was a game that was originally released on Nintendo DS and Moon Chronicles is a retelling of that game that’s being released in four separate episodes. The first episode is available now and will cost you $8.99. The next three episodes will be released as paid downloadable content at future dates.
If you’re not familiar with the original Moon game, you’re only a little worse off than I was. I knew of it and toyed with idea of picking it up at various points but just never did. It was released in 2009 on DS. The release of these episodes of Moon Chronicles is meant to whet our appetite for the next game in the series, or Season 2 as Renegade Kid is calling it. Seasons… Episodes… See what they’re doing? Read more…
I don’t have a very deep history with comic books characters. I don’t really read comics, but I do have a basic knowledge of the history of many characters. My history with Spider-Man is as follows. I’ve seen all of the Tobey Macguire movies and the new Amazing Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield. I’ve seen maybe a grand total of six episodes of any animated show starring the character. The last console Spider-Man game I played before The Amazing Spider-Man was Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage on the Super Nintendo in 1994. He’s one of the more interesting characters and has had plenty of ups and downs when it comes to the world of video games. He’s back now with a new game that is based loosely on the new movie of the same name.
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a game loosely based on the movie of the same name. Some of the characters are the same and some small plot points overlap, but for the most part it is a separate story from the movie. You play as Peter Parker/Spider-Man who is caught in the middle of a gang war between Russian mobs and roving street gangs. Harry Osborne and Wilson Fisk have joined together to create a private police force called the Enhance Crime Task Force in an attempt to curb the wave of crime sweeping over New York. This task force considers Spider-Man a criminal and so you must engage in activities to keep the public’s opinion on your side or face encounters with the ECTF. All the while you’re also investigating a man known as the Carnage Killer both as Peter Parker and Spider-Man. Other popular villains like Kraven, Black Cat and Electro make appearances.
Mario Sports games have always been some of my favorite games in that genre of all time. There have been some hit and miss titles in the series, but overall they’ve been solid games that were just simply a lot of fun to play. I think the GameCube era was the peak of those games in terms of quality. Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour on the GameCube is my favorite golf game of all time, Mario Strikers took soccer to a whole new level and Mario Power Tennis was crazy fun. The Mario series fell off a bit during the Wii era and the Mii versions of those sports all shined a little more. Now the 3DS has seen the sports games released. Mario Tennis Open was fun, but was hampered by some mechanics that just made the game too easy to play. Nintendo is back with another golf game, this time for the 3DS. Will Mario Golf: World Tour be the continuation of quality that the GameCube had?
What You Need to Know
Mario Golf: World Tour is the latest in the line of sports games published by Nintendo. You play as one of many characters in the Mushroom Kingdom or as your Mii in a number of golf related game styles. You have traditional stroke play where you try to get the lowest score possible, but other modes where you try to collect star coins while still scoring par or better, ring modes where you collect rings at various points along the course or points based modes where you score set numbers of points based on how well you do. There are tournaments (both offline and online) to compete in as well as other modes to play and dozens of different challenges to complete. You also have a shop where you can unlock and buy new equipment to outfit your Mii in or improve your characters statistics to better your golf game. There are three 18-hole courses and six 9-hole courses available from the start with more that can be purchased as DLC add-ons.
There are games that come out that will occasionally dominate everything you do. You think about it all the time. You play them every spare moment you have. The biggest game like that for many people, especially fans of Nintendo, is Animal Crossing. Some people, however, don’t think there’s enough to do in Animal Crossing to keep them engaged more than a few hours. What if I told you there was a game like Animal Crossing that would let you do way more stuff all while getting to interact with some of your favorite Disney characters? Would you be interested in a game like that? Well, thanks to Disney, h.a.n.d., Namco Bandai and Nintendo you now have that chance with Disney Magical World. I’m here to tell you that no one should buy this game, because it will totally take over your life. (Totally buy this game!!!)
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In Disney Magical World you enter a place called Castleton where you become a resident of the town and you end up taking over control of a local café. While keeping that business running you also have other things you’re expected (not required to do). Other townsfolk will ask you to retrieve specific items for them. You can craft furniture for your upstairs apartment, create new clothes and travel to various themed worlds relating to various Disney properties. You’ll interact with more than 60 different Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Aladdin, Cinderella or the infamous wizard Yen Sid. The game, much like Animal Crossing, uses a real time world clock and things in the game will change based on what time it is. There are cards to collect, “dungeons” to clear out and balls to attend. If you’ve ever wanted to live in Disney World this is about as close as you’ll ever get.