I have been playing The Amazing Spider-Man over the last few days working on it for a review that was planned for later this week. I just wanted to let you all know that this review is going to be delayed until sometime next week due to an issue that occurred with the game. When I booted the game up Sunday afternoon to play, I noticed that my save file was missing. The only option that I had for a game was to start a new game, the continue option was no longer on my profile.
Because of that, I am going to have to restart my play through. I had gotten about five hours into it and was starting to put some of my notes in order so I could begin working on the review in anticipation of having it ready to go on Thursday or Friday of this week; but because the save file is missing I have to replay all of the portions I had already started. I had unlocked about 100 comic pages, found two or three additional suits for Spider-Man and was really getting into everything. That’s all gone now.
I did some of the usual checking that comes with a missing save file. I turned the Wii U off and turned it back on thinking that maybe something just glitched and the save file might show up again. I checked the data management of the system and it shows there is some data saved to the hard drive, but my save file progress is not available. Some people had suggested checking the SD Card or the external hard drive for the system, that the data had maybe somehow been moved to those, but they’re not hooked up to the system.
I’m going to check with Activision to see if there is anything that can be done, but barring that I’m going to have to replay through the whole game again. I can’t in good conscience post a review for a game that I had only gotten halfway through, especially one that I was enjoying. You deserve to get a detail of the full experience and I plan to give that to you. Please understand that because of that it’s going to take a little bit more time than I had originally planned so bear with me.
Review by Phil Stortzum
The Wii U saw an entire month without any kind of retail release, and without releases your console is not going to sell. Wii U owners have had nothing much except the titles that launched with the system way back in November. March has finally given the struggling system some new titles for owners to play. Arguably, one of the most anticipated is a Wii U exclusive from TT Games and Nintendo, Lego City Undercover. Not only is the title a welcomed and fresh take on the third-person, sandbox-style game, but it is one of the greatest [exclusive] reasons to own a Wii U right now.
What You Need to Know
Our protagonist Chase McCain is back on the beat and has returned to Lego City when he hears news that the man he helped put away behind bars has broken out, the villainous Rex Fury. In order to learn of his location, Chase will have to go undercover and infiltrate various gangs, and even the mafia, to gain helpful clues.
If you’ve played a Lego game in the past, especially an open world one like Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, then you should feel familiar with the gameplay of Lego City Undercover. Lego City, too, is open world, with you following along with the story (more on that later). When you’re not driving around taking in the sights and sounds of the big city, you will be in one of the game’s fifteen levels, similarly structured to past Lego games.
This is still the tried-and-true gameplay you might be accustomed to. This consists of making your way through levels, using your skills and abilities to solve environmental puzzles (which usually comes down to breaking everything in sight) and battling enemies through the admittedly simplistic combat. For instance, busting a certain car allows Chase to use the leftover pieces to build a ladder to reach an otherwise inaccessible area. These missions will have you and Chase going to all sorts of places and participating in all kinds of heists. From infiltrating a museum to steal a ride-able T-Rex skeleton, to taking out baddies in a mine, there is no shortage of interesting places to see and missions to accomplish.
We’ve all seen when Ben Stiller’s luggage gets lost in Meet The Parents because the airport put it on the wrong flight, right? It’s that movie that told me to NEVER check my luggage on a plane, “If I can’t carry it on, I don’t need it” is my motto. Aero Porter from Level 5 is a game that explains how all this lost luggage is actually the fault of one person. It puts you in charge of sorting the airport’s checked bags on to their specific flights. Good luck!
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Aero Porter is essentially a ‘falling block’ puzzle game with a few new mechanics to keep things interesting (and hard). The bags are checked in and color coded based on the specific flight that they’re supposed to be on. The bags rotate on a conveyor belt that either raises or lowers with the L or R buttons. Your job is to load the correct luggage onto the correct plane by it’s departure time; or else someone gets screwed like Ben Stiller. There are other things to keep in mind like your energy consumption for running the lights in the sorting room and the speed of the conveyor belts. If energy runs low, you must purchase an energy tank with your wages earned and lower it to the bottom belt before you can use it. There are also things like ‘VIP’ bags that have specific instructions for loading and ‘Suspicious Packages’ that must be disposed of properly. Read more…
Have you ever wanted to be the president? Have you ever wanted to pilot a mech? Have you ever wanted to liberate a land from it’s invading forces? Well now you can in Liberation Maiden for the Nintendo 3DS! Originally released in Japan as part of a retail game collection known as Level-5′s Guild01, Liberation Maiden has come to America in an eShop release separate from the other games it was originally packed along-side.
What You Need To Know
Liberation Maiden is a shoot ‘em-up game based far in the future where an invading force known as “The Dominion” has over-run Japan, forcing them onto a flying city known as “New Japan.” You play as Shoko Oozora, a 16-year-old high school student who has just been elected as New Japan’s second president; a role her father held before his recent assassination. The job of the president is to pilot the Liberator, a flying mech-suit that gives you the power to ‘liberate’ the world of The Dominion who has started tapping into the spirit energy of the planet below. Each level has you targeting The Dominion’s ‘spikes’ that are corrupting the land. Destroy three lesser spikes and move on the the greater spike, which is more of a boss battle won by watching the patterned movement and openings in it’s weaknesses while you destroy it. Read more…
So, you’re walking down a sandy shorline when you suddenly spot a small glass-like ball just sitting in the sand. Upon further investigation you realize it is no ordinary glass ball but is rather a living being all it’s own. WHAT DO YOU DO? Me, I run away in a panic thinking it’s going to eat my brain. However, this is NightSky…
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NightSky is, as Tony would put it, a puzzle-platformer-with-a-unique-art-style. You control a sphere in a world made of silhouettes and your job is to get from left to right. There may be things in your way, a gap you have to clear or a puzzle to solve, but that’s no matter, just keep rolling and move on. Use either the d-pad or Circle Pad to control the direction you’re spinning (not moving) and the face buttons control abilities that vary based on the level you’re on.
Toki Tori is a puzzle-platformer originally released back in 2001 for the Game Boy Color. Now, thanks to the wonders of the Virtual Console, we can jump back in time and get our hands on a game we probably overlooked eleven years ago…
What You Need To Know
Toki Tori may be a chicken but he’s no coward! All of his brothers and sisters have been eggnapped and he needs you to help find them all. You and Toki will travel through four worlds full of danger and tons of obstacles, but it’s all worth it when you realize it’s his family that’s on the line! The goal of each level is to collect all the eggs in each screen while keeping Toki Tori safe from traps, monsters and running out of time.
I’ve played some “shmups” in my time, one of my favorites is Geometry Wars on XBLA. Recently, Teyon released a new game in this genre called Escape the Virus: Shoot ‘em Up! for DSiWare and the 3DS via the eShop. Just by looking at the title, you can clearly see where this game is supposed to fit in and I’ve had the lovely privilege of reviewing it just for you… lucky reader…
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Escape the Virus: Shoot ‘em Up! is a top-down game that’s a lot like a twin-stick shooter without the use of any sticks. You play as a small piece of bacteria in a micro-sized world that is being over run by viruses. There are two game modes, Shooter and Territory. In Shooter you will spend your time playing an arcade-style, shooting experience with no real goal but to get a high score. In Territory you play something similar to king of the hill where you travel to certain zones on the screen and try to keep them clear of viruses for a set amount of time. Read more…
Before you start asking the questions that I know are coming to your mind right now, let me take the opportunity to answer them for you. Yes, it’s another yo-yo review. No, I’m not trying to bug Shelby this time. Yes, I’m having fun with these. And no, I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. This is a review for the Yuuksta by YoYoFactory.
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Yuuki Spencer, the three-time US National and two-time World Yo-Yo Champion, has won his competitions using two different yo-yos, the 888 and the Genesis. The Yuuksta is a yo-yo that has taken the shape and heavy rim weight of the Genesis and crammed it into an undersized body similar to the 888. The result is one of the most fun-to-play-with yo-yos I’ve ever owned.
The Yuuksta I picked up is a violet/white acid-wash color that really shines in the sun. I love purple and this yo-yo just looks awesome when it’s spinning. There’s also a really nice finish on the metal that makes it smooth enough for finger grinds, even in the humidity provided from a Tennessee summer. Read more…
After another recent movie tie-in game, reluctant would be an understatement to explaining how I felt about reviewing another one. However, after about two months, and a recent email from one Tony Miller, we now have a review for Brave on the Nintendo Wii.
What You Need To Know
Brave is a movie tie-in game to the Disney/Pixar film of the same name that came out this past June. It follows the story of a young Scottish princess named Merida on her search to free her mom from a curse that she unwittingly inflected upon her before the game’s start. Brave is a third-person action game that reminded me a lot of Gauntlet Dark Legacy in how the combat played out with some platforming comparable to Crash Bandicoot (minus the funky camera angle).
The majority of the story in Brave is told through these beautiful painting-like cutscenes. You get to see the brush strokes take place along with sketching for outlines and they’re all done in time with well acted voice tracks from the film’s actors. I personally thought this was a wonderful delight and a smart way to make something beautiful without the need for the 3D models the Wii has trouble with at times.
There have been very few games that use the Wii’s motion controls well for combat, unfortunately Brave is not one of them. You will use two different types of weapons in the game, a sword and a bow. Arrows are shot from the bow using either the B button to shoot in the direction Merida is facing, or by pressing the d-pad in any direction. However, the sword is both drawn and swung by “swinging” the Wii remote. For the most part, I found the sword an unplayable weapon and stuck with the bow for my adventure; I just wish they could have mapped it better (maybe shoot arrows with Z and swing the sword with B). Though the sword controls weren’t that good, the majority of the game can be played with only the bow. Read more…
Take two parts Professor Layton, mix with one part Rhythm Heaven and add a splash of WarioWare antics. Now put it all on a cart for the 3DS and you’ve got yourself Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure.
What You Need To Know
Rhythm Thief follows the story of Raphael, a young boy who’s been searching for his father that has been missing for quite some time. Raphael also has the secret identity of Phantom R, a thief who has a nasty habit of stealing priceless pieces of art and then returning them with seemingly no reason as to why. The gameplay is a mixture of a point-and-click adventure to progress the story and a bunch of rhythm mini-games with amazing, jazzy-techno music to back them.