Today it was about pre-orders for me. I was checking in on Amazon.ca for the PlayStation 4 to go back up and refreshing FutureShop to see when they will get their act together and put up the recently announced titles.
My haul is as follows:
The Order: 1886 – Santa Monica Studio & Ready At Dawn. New original IP. Neat setting. It’s about time Ready At Dawn got their hands on high end console development.
Infamous: Second Son – Second Son looks to be a wonderful evolution of Sucker Punch’s franchise. The protagonist is also voiced & modeled after the prolific and talented Troy Baker.
Battlefield 4 – The more I see, the more I’m reminded of the transition between Unreal Tournament 2003 & Unreal Tournament 2004. It’s not going to be wholly original — just a precision refinement and enhancement of an established idea.
Call of Duty: Ghosts – I haven’t seen anything revolutionary for this franchise but what the hey? It’s the first Call of Duty game to run in a high definition resolution.
Killzone: Shadow Fall – I was done with paying over $20 for a Killzone game after Killzone 3. The multiplayer ran awful on the PS3 which casted a shadow over anything Guerilla does when they cannot control all the variables. Then I saw how pretty it was and couldn’t resist a showcase piece for the new console.
Destiny – It does remind me of Borderlands but there’s something about it that draws me to it. I’m not sure if it’s the look, the size or the fact that it leans so heavily into the online element. Hell, it could just be the fact that it is the next Bungie title.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds – I’ve never played A Link to the Past, so I thought to myself: “What better way to experience LTTP then to play its sequel”. I should really play LTTP before this arrives.
Nintendo and burglarized GiantBomb studios highlight today’s E3.
Nintendo Direct for E3 2013
By forgoing the traditional big stage press conference, Nintendo managed to squeeze in their E3 presentation down to a 47 minute Nintendo Direct. Non-stop games without awkward banter and technical glitches? I will take it.
I was very impressed by what Nintendo showed off. Everything from Super Mario 3D World to the Wonderful 101. Of the big three, Nintendo showcased the most games that I actually wanted. They showed enough for me to warrant a Wii U purchase in 2014.
Super Mario 3D World
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Super Smash Bros.
And those are just Wii U titles. Nintendo also showed off footage for The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and other 3DS titles of note.
A Wii U price cut wasn’t announced yet but I will likely pick the console up in 2014 when it will undoubtedly be slashed.
I didn’t know what to expect from Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. I knew it involved vacuum cleaners and haunted houses but I had no idea how the game was structured. I had no idea it was going to be chopped up into morsels and spoon fed to me. Perhaps this partitioning of “levels” stemmed from the original or perhaps it was thet nature of going portable – I don’t know. All I know is Luigi Mansion: Dark Moon went out of its way to disrupt any momentum I had going into each play session.
I always build a list of at least three games I wish to play when I’m considering a platform for purchase. Super Mario 3D Land was on that shortlist for the Nintendo 3DS. It was developed by the same team who brought the Super Mario Galaxy games to the Wii and I was looking at it as the game that would validate the Nintendo 3DS’ existence.
If Lego City Undercover delivers this kind of charm and humor for the game’s entirety, I would consider picking it up. I sincerely hope they deliver on the gameplay and completely rip off Sleeping Dogs. I know that’s farfetched but I can dream can’t I?
I thought this was going to end up on other consoles as well until I saw Nintendo’s logo appear at the start of the trailer. I have to congratulate Nintendo for rounding up some solid third party support. Lego City Undercover joins the likes of Bayonetta 2 and The Wonderful 101 as Wii U exclusives.
Nintendo’s Wii Mini will cost you $99.99 and will most likely make Nintendo a healthy profit. This red and black box was made for offline Wii games. They stripped out network connectivity and Gamecube backward’s compatibility. And unless there’s a USB or SD card slot somewhere, piracy may be curbed with this box.
There have been some kerfuffles being stirred up over the two key omissions though. Backwards compatibility with the GameCube was already omitted in the more recent revisions of the Wii so that’s just not a valid complaint against the Wii Mini. As for the internet connectivity? When was the last time that you used the Wii’s internet connectivity?
If you omit the Virtual Console and only wish to play Super Mario Galaxy, Legend of Zelda and the Last Story, this isn’t too shabby. I think a $79.99 price tag would make more sense though.