Going back to the Roots with The Magic of the First “Legend of Zelda”

Game Maker’s Toolkit has brought an amazing video about series going back to what made them popular today on YouTube, and we had to share it.

In the description, it’s quoted:
The next Zelda game, Breath of the Wild, is said to be inspired by the very first game in the series. Let’s revisit that seminal game, to see how Nintendo made such an intoxicating adventure.

So what exactly makes Zelda 1 so amazing? And what is Nintendo doing to recapture that magic?

Mass Effect: Andromeda

“Discover the secrets of a vast galaxy, battle hostile alien threats, build your crew and tap into deep progression and customization systems to make them your own. This is the story of humanity’s next chapter, and your choices throughout the game will ultimately determine our survival and place in the Andromeda Galaxy.”

These are the words of the Mass Effect team. Personally, I am extremely excited to see what this game has in store. The Mass Effect series never seems to disappoint in providing a decently detailed story, along with having good immersion.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy set to launch on June 30th!

Our friends over at Polygon just broke the news that the Crash Bandicoot trilogy remaster will be arriving on store shelves later this year. What I had feared to be a fall release actually looks like it will be releasing on June 30th!

Coming from Polygon:

The Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy collection includes the first three Crash games: Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot: Warped.

The remastered trilogy features new lighting, animations, cinematics enhanced for 4K and the PS4 Pro, and a fully remastered soundtrack. It also will have full analog stick support, along with new unified save and checkpoint systems.

Vicarious Visions, which is handling the work of updating the classics, also improved the game’s bonus levels and time trials, and recreated the intro cinematic with updated graphics and sound.

The trilogy will cost $39.99.

I personally can’t wait, as I missed the Crash trilogy as a kid. Will you be picking this title up?

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild first Nintendo Switch title to receive DLC.

DLC and season passes aren’t a new thing to many gamers, with Nintendo finally embracing the system in the Wii U’s life.It isn’t a surprise that the Switch will see DLC and “Season Passes” or as Nintendo is calling them, a “Expansion Pass”. The first of these has been confirmed to be The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. You can hear all about it from Mr. Aonuma in the video below.

Starting when The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild launches on March 3, players will be able to purchase an Expansion Pass for $19.99, granting access to two new sets of downloadable content for the game when they become available later this year.

For the full press release including when we can expect this content, hit that read more! Click on to read the full PR…

E3 now open to public!

Our beloved gaming convention is no longer invite only. Today the Entertainment Software Association, announced that a fans can now buy their way into the convention. Starting February 13th tickets can be bought for $250, for anyone who can get to it fast enough, pre-sales are available for $150, but availability is low.

This is an interesting move on E3’s part due to their previous exclusivity. Now the only question is why bother opening to the public, surely the press passes being at almost a thousand dollars is enough to support the event. Maybe E3 is trying to have more transparency between the viewers and the events or maybe they are just succumbing to the peer pressure of other events to be open.


If your interested, you can submit an application for an event pass here

 

Namco founder dead at 91

Masaya Nakamura was found dead on Jan 22 at the great age of 91. For anyone not familiar with this man, let me give you a little insight. Masaya founded Nakamura Manufacturing during the economic rise in japan after WWII. He started off by making simple wooden horses for children outside of department stores and had mild success.

He later went onto renaming the company in 1970 to Namco. It was during this time he has his first big success, this success was an arcade game he named Galaxian. which he went and sold to Midway games.During the 1980’s an Namco employee had an idea for a game based on the shape of pizza, this game was Pacman which went on to sell 300k machines.

So lets all take a moment to raise our mountain dew cans to this amazing man who made this impact on the gaming community that we all take advantage of today.

 

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Marvel and Square Enix team up for new Avengers project.

I’ve always wondered why there seemed to be a lack of superhero games in the last few years and apparently, somebody at Square Enix thought the same. Earlier today we got our first teaser for Square Enix and Marvel’s new partnership, which you can find below.

The future is now with Project Diva: Future Tone!

Pros:
  • Massive song list.
  • Great unlockables including SEGA classics.
  • Colorful and insanely high quality art & graphics.
Cons:
  • Difficulty can be too much if you're not ready.
Graphics
5
Story
N/A
Sound
5
Control
4
Fun Factor
4

Microsoft exclusive Scalebound no longer in development.

It’s always a sad day to see a game that you were looking forward to get canceled. Sadly, Platinum Games’ Scalebound, previously announced exclusively for Xbox One and PC has been the latest to fall victim to this fate. Microsoft today confirmed:

“After careful deliberation, Microsoft Studios has come to the decision to end production for Scalebound,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement to Polygon. “We’re working hard to deliver an amazing lineup of games to our fans this year, including Halo Wars 2, Crackdown 3, State of Decay 2, Sea of Thieves and other great experiences.”

Scalebound genuinely looked interesting, and we had seen gameplay as recently as E3 2016. It’s strange and somewhat disheartening for Xbox One owners, and I hope we see hints of Scalebound’s mechanics in the future.

Curious about Scalebound? Check out the gameplay from E3 2016 below the cut!  Continue reading…

Microsoft apparently bringing “Game mode” To Windows PCs, works similar to Xbox One hardware.

According to Windows Central; 

“Microsoft is working on a brand new “Game Mode” feature for Windows 10 that will enhance the PC gaming experience by minimizing resources used by running apps to almost nothing and allocating freed up resources to the game, making it run faster, better and smoother overall.”

While the details are currently scarce, Windows Central goes on to say that their sources state that it will “works similarly to how Xbox One handles running a game. Xbox OS, when a game is launched, will allocate resources to make sure the game is running the best it possibly can.” Meaning that the system will allocate resources specifically to playing games. A weird statement, and more confusing than anything else. I would love to see Microsoft comment on this soon.

Super Mario Maker makes you rage, on the go!

Pros:
  • Fantastic level creation tools help you make amazing levels.
  • Fun levels from the Wii U version make the game start out with a TON of levels.
  • An easy to follow, if not a tad annoying, tutorial help even newbies make fantastic levels.
Cons:
  • Lack of classic "costumes" create a lack of rewards.
  • Difficulty to share levels makes the game feel a bit isolated.
Graphics
4
Story
N/A
Sound
5
Control
5
Fun Factor
4
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