What the NintendPals and Pals Have Been Playing – 23/04/16

Time for another edition of of what the NintendPals and Pals Have been Playing. This week James starts an epic journey, Dave plays something brand new and Myles plays something bad…

James Haden – NintendPals YouTube Contributors
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So I started on a new game this week; well I call it new but it’s actually the first game I had on the PS4; The Uncharted Collection…

So far I’m on the first game; and it’s already a masterpiece! I have played Tomb Raider from back in the 90’s; a staple of the next gen console back in the day, and Uncharted 1 reflects the same gripping formula from back in that day! Think of this as the next gen Tomb Raider and you can’t go far wrong… The story is believable and next gen graphics allow the story to be told like a motion picture.

I’ve only had about an hour or so gameplay time but already I’m looking forward to this series of games

Dave Gillam – NintendPals Listener
Star Fox Zero
I played Star Fox Zero at an expo around 6 months ago and to say that I was a little confused over the game’s bizarre control scheme would be a bit of an understatement. Since then the game has been delayed and altered so that Nintendo could tighten up the controls and gameplay. Whether or not this has been achieved is debatable, the Arwing levels certainly feel easier to control than the version I played all those months ago but every other vehicle that I have played in so far has been a slow and clumsy experience.

The game reeks nostalgia. I felt the same feeling as when I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens in that everything is almost too familiar, dialogue is copied verbatim from the previous game’s, set pieces feel like subtle elbow jabs from a grinning Miyamoto prompting “Do you remember that?”. And so far I have loved it, there is a point in the first mission that clearly references the first mission of Star Fox 64 with an enemy ship disappearing behind a waterfall, the moment I saw that I knew that I would have to replay that mission to find out how to get the alternate path.

There seems to have been some mini-outrage across the internet at the length of the game, but I think that people have too quickly forgotten that neither Starwing nor Lylat Wars (Star Fox and Starfox 64 for our American cousins) were 20 hour long epics telling a linear story. Starfox is a rails shooter that allows you to earn different paths and levels based on your ability to simply complete a mission or earn the coveted Mission Accomplished by meeting special requirements.

All-in-all, so far I have been enjoying Starfox Zero, it’s a beautiful return to the series burdened by its platforms hardware gimmicks. The series has been too-long neglected by Nintendo and I hope that this refresh sees the series earn a place in new player’s hearts and bring Starfox back into the fold of core Nintendo releases.

F-Zero next please Nintendo.

As a little aside and reference back to the What We’ve Been Playing I wrote last month Nintendo release an animated short for Star Fox Zero which was everything I would have wanted from a Nintendo animation. I really recommend that everyone watch it and see how tragically unrealised Nintendo properties are for anime.

Myles Foale – NintendPals Co-host
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This week has been a little bit of an in between week for me. As I documented last week, I finished Twilight Princess HD so I wasn’t exactly sure what to start next. I ended up trying to play Deus Ex: The Directors Cut for Wii U. I gave it a good week but I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s just not a very good game. Not only has it aged quite poorly but I found it to be a really awkward game. It seems to want to force you to play stealthily but doesn’t afford you the mechanics to do so and when things go to hell and you pull out the big guns you find you’re quickly outnumbered and out-gunned. The voice actor who plays the game’s lead doesn’t help matters either. The guy seems to have been informed that he was playing Batman so speaks like he’s getting over a horrible throat infection the whole time. Suffice to say I have now traded in Deus Ex to go towards StarFox: Zero which I shall be talking about next week.

Don’t forget if you want to get involved with this weekly article than send an email to mylesfoale@nintendo-okie.com

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