What I Want to see in E3

Well folks, E3 is tomorrow and many of us are excited and worried about it. Will Sony fuck up as badly as Microsoft did? Hopefully not. Will Microsoft’s games outweigh their anti consumer tactics? Not in a million years, they can go on stage and say Fallout 4 will be exclusive to XB1 forever and I’d still tell ’em to fuck off. Also we’ll finally get our first glimpse at the next installment of Smash Bros, hopefully we also see the 3DS version as well which the the creator of Smash Bros has said he wanted to add RPG elements to that version to make it feel more personal so I’m be interested to see how that turns out. So, without further adieu here are the things I want to see at E3:

1. Sony doesn’t do some bullshit anti consumer tactics. – Do I really have to explain? If they do that I guess the only next-gen console I’ll own will be a Wii U

2. Pokemon Snap 2 – Seriously, with the Wii Pad? come on, it just makes far too much sense to not be in development.

3. Vita games – Not ports, not spin offs. Original games(like Gravity Rush) or new installments(like how Birth by Sleep is a main entry in the KH series.) I still don’t understand why Sony completely ignored the Vita last year, hopefully they don’t do the same this year. Also let’s hope they announce a hefty price drop and some bundles, It would be nice if the Vita picked up some steam so more 3rd party publishers jumped on board.

4. PS4 doesn’t charge to play online. – I don’t mind if that extra stuff is behind a pay wall but I shouldn’t have to pay to use my router.

5. Fallout 4 – Please not a modified Fallout 3 engine like what Skyrim used. Please, use a brand new stable engine that is also able to accomplish much more. Don’t make modders do your job.
Also none of the Microsoft exclusive shit, fuck that crap.
6. Steam Workshop like feature on consoles. – Seriously, mods are the fucking best. One of my top 3 favorite features about gaming on PC. I don’t know how it’ll work, but Sony might be able to do it with Steam’s own workshop. After all, we have seen steam integrated on the PS3 with Portal 2 so it might be possible, or so I assume.

7. New 3DS model with a built-in 2nd analog nub. – Why this wasn’t part of the original design and has to be sold as a separate accessory is beyond me. Touch screen cannot substitute a second analog nub.

8. A reason to own a Wii U. – I played a Wii U this weekend. It was garbage. I didn’t like it, games sucked(I played NintendoLand, ZombiU, and New Super Mario Bros.), UI was also trash, and there doesn’t appear to be anything of interest coming out anytime soon with the exception of Smash Bros, which leads me to the next thing.

9. Mewtwo In Smash Bros. – Why would you take him out in the first place? :/ Whats next, going to replace Lucario with Zoroark or whatever Pokemon will replace Zoroark in the next Pokemon gen? Just give me the original badass back, please. Give him some actual good moves while you’re at it.

10. New IPs. – Sure sequels are great, but I also love some new IPs as well, I’m sure we all feel the same way about that.

Tomorrow I’ll post my impressions of the first day of E3, I might post different ones for each show or I might just do one at the end of the day and lump them all into one post depending how motivated I am. 🙂 Until tomorrow, friends.

Nintendo Direct was BORING!

My god what a complete waste of time. No wonder people say the WiiU is in trouble. They announced what, like 2 or 3 new games and we only saw 1 of them? If that’s the best Nintendo has to offer this year I feel bad for them. I have no doubt in my mind that next year it’ll be better with Zelda and Mario, people eat that up, but boy was I disappointed. First time I get to watch ND live and it just had to be the one dedicated to the Wii U. Hopefully they’re E3 Nintendo Direct is better than what they showed today. Really disappointed in them, man. Glad I didn’t buy a Wii U when I had the chance, really dodged a bullet there.

Sonic Generations Short Review

Sonic Generations tries to do two things, please old school 2D Sonic fans and also appeal to 3D Sonic fans. Personally, I much prefer 3D Sonic as it has a much stronger emphasis on speed than 2D Sonic, but hey what do I know? The only 2D sonic games I enjoyed were the Sonic Advance series so I guess it isn’t my place to say if 2D sonic is boring or not. But anyway, Both Sonic’s world collide and are broken up so now you must race through nine different worlds to put them back together. each of the world’s has two acts, one for modern Sonic and another for old school sonic, making a total of 18 stages, plus a bunch of challenges that I couldn’t possibly care less about. All the stages are from previous Sonic games so you’ll be visiting Green Hill Zone all up to a stage from Sonic Colors. By the way, City Escape from Sonic Adventure 2 is here with a remix of the original song. Hands down my favorite stage in the entire game.

The music in the game is great, I’m not the hugest Sonic fan so I can’t compare them to their original versions excluding for songs in Sonic Adventure 2 but they all sound really great to me. The visuals are also very stunning which is helped by a good art direction. If you played Sonic Unleashed or Colors you should already know how Modern sonic plays(awesome). Old school sonic plays like as you would expect, although while I wasn’t the biggest fan of the original sonic games, Sega still hasn’t quite perfected his feel. I don’t know how to put it but he still plays a bit off. For example, he’s a bit slippery even when he’s not running at full speed which is quite frustrating. Also the final boss is a huge let down, its poorly implemented and very boring, without spoiling anything all you got to do is hold the dash button the entire fight. Also I beat the game in four hours so there really isn’t much main content. If you’re into challenge levels you’ll most likely finish it in about seven or so hours since even those aren’t all that challenging. If you’re itching for some Sonic I’d recommend this game, although not at its current price since there isn’t all that much content to justify the price, see if you can find it for $5 or something.

6.7/10

Scribblenauts Unlimited Review

Maxwell has been intrusted with a very powerful notebook that can bring anything he writes in it to life, from a small fish to a giant griffin. If you played the original you know what the goal of the game is, if you haven’t your given several tasks from NPCs and you must help them with your all mighty notebook. The game offers many themed locations to choose from ranging from a farm, to an alien planet.

This time around there is also a story as well, a man curses Maxwell’s sister for being rude, the only way to break the curse is by collecting starites, which are awarded by doing good deeds. so it becomes a race against time as our hero must collect 50 before Maxwell’s sister is completely turned to stone. The story is very light and practically non existent till the end but the animation is very nice.

Which brings me to my next point, Scribblenauts Unlimited is an absolutely beautiful game, everything has been redone to HD  sprites and its stunning. A new feature in the game is the ability to create your own objects, though it’s quite underdeveloped as there isn’t much you can do with it.

While the game is quite easy overall, there are indeed some tricky starites to collect which had me sitting there trying to find a way to solve some puzzles. There is also plenty of replay value as there is more than 100 starites to collect, which by the way some are actually hidden, and you could also reset each world and solve puzzles in different manners as well.

Though there are a few issues with the games notebook ability, which is understandable for a game with such ambition. I often found myself not able to create exactly what I wanted because the game simply had no idea what I wanted(which might be my fault) or it simply just wasn’t possible at all. Overall, I’d highly recommend the game, its great and offers a lot of replay value and the games strength very much outweighs its weaknesses.

8.8/10

5 Games I’m Looking Forward To

While current consoles will soon be replaced in a year or two(and handhelds already replaced) there are still many great games being replaced, some being new IPs or sequel to an existing franchise. Some great games coming out include Sly 4, Gears of War Judgment, DayZ standalone, and so on. But there are five games that really stand out to me.

5) Pokemon X & Y

I’ve been obsessed with Pokemon since I could walk, guilty as charged. Not only is this game the first fully 3D Pokemon game but it’s also a new generation as well, brand new Pokemon to catch! While some thought the 5th gen Pokemon were ugly(unfairly might I add) I actually truly enjoyed it. One thing i hope that isn’t  in X & Y is the requirement to use HMs, I hate having to waste a party slot or move slot on HMs.

4) Puppeteer

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When Sony first showed this game I was under the impression that it would be released on the Vita, well it still might since Sony is pushing Cross-Buy, but boy, was I impressed. While it might look like a kid’s game it certainly doesn’t sound like it judging from the previews. Puppeteer is a 2.5D side scroller where instead of the character going through the stage, the stage moves. The main character gains power ups by changing his head, once he is hurt his head bounces around for a couple of seconds and you must immediately chase after it or you’re dead, buddy.

3) Tearaway

I believe this will undoubtedly be one of the Vita’s killer apps(now Sony needs to give the damn thing a price cut). Being developed by one of Sony’s power house developers, Media Molecule, Tearaway is a 3D platformer that will take advantage of many of the Vita’s Unique features. Hopefully they don’t feel forced and inconvenient to use like Uncharted Golden Abyss.

2) Super Smash Bros. Wii U & 3DS

Its Smash Bros, one of the best fighting series ever, do I need to say anymore? Call me crazy but if I had to pick between a new Mario game or Smash Bros, Smash Bros wins hands down, everyday of the week. Although, I wonder how it’ll play on the 3DS. Hopefully it doesn’t hold down the Wii U version of the game. By the way, Nintendo, do us Pokemon fans a solid and bring back Mewtwo.

1) Fallout 4

Fallout 4 is practically all but confirmed at this point. If any game took me by surprise this generation its Fallout 3. When I first saw gameplay I thought it was some kind of crappy horror game. But then I bought it on sale for the PS3, and my mind completely changed. Fallout 3(and New Vegas) are without a doubt two of the best games that I’ve ever played, and they even got better once I got them both on PC; god bless the modding community and their creativity. Word of advice, if you’re interested in Fallout(or Elder Scrolls) buy it for the PC or save up for a gaming PC, seriously, its worth it.