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Free iOS App of the Day – Baseball Superstars II Pro and GAMEVIL Sale

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GAMEVIL’s Baseball Superstars games have been very popular mobile games even before they were put out on the iOS. It provided the base for them to expand as a mobile developer with a wide portfolio of games such as Zenonia, Illusia and Kami Retro. I guess they are also celebrating the App Store’s 3rd anniversary by giving away Baseball Superstars II Pro their latest Baseball Superstars game. In addition to the freebie GAMEVIL are having are sale with all of their app’s down to 99c.

Even though I haven’t played a Baseball Superstars game yet, I’m pretty sure I’m going to like it. It’s a fully featured 2D baseball sim game with a deep career mode with lots of customisation and management options. I always drawn to the RPG aspects of these type of sports games and the vibrant Japanese animated style looks great. If you don’t believe me or don’t think you would like this sort of game give it a go anyway, it has a flawless 5 star rating with over 14,000 raters.

E3 2011 Nintendo – 3DS Games Galore and Wii Successor Revealed (Wii U)

 

 

 

At Nintendo’s E3 2011 press conference today Nintendo made a number of surprising announcements, much of which we already knew due to rumours over the last few weeks. But no one predicted the full scope and innovation of Nintendo’s approach to their next console. Appealing to core and casual consumers while maintaining the Wii brand they seem to have satisfied the skeptics doubting Nintendo’s future.

The biggest surprise to me is the use of the current Wii Remotes, it seems multiplayer games will be designed with one person holding the tablet while others use Wii Remotes. People who have had time to demo the system commented on the surprising comfort (light and easy to hold) of the tablet controller and fun while playing the various tech demos showing off new game play ideas and possibilities. Disappointments are the lack of other Wii game announcements (or English ports of Japanese games such as Last Story) or more  third-party games on the 3DS but the conference isn’t over yet and often more information trickles out over the week. Third party game developer support is not a problem for the Wii U with plenty of developers on board intially bringing out ports of 360/PS3 games such as Batman Arkham City and Assassin’s Creed Revelations.

Zelda Games

  • Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Celebration – Orchestra Worldwide Tour
  • Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures – Free for DSi owners
  • Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening – Out on the Nintendo eShop
  • Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword – Out at the end of this year

3DS Games Announced

  • Luigi’s Mansion 2 – Developed by Next Level Games.
  • Super Mario 3D – 3D mario platformer but with 2D gameplay elements.
  • Mario Kart – Underwater and air sequences, Retro Studios helping with development.
  • Kid Icarus Uprising – 3 on 3 multiplayer announced.
  • Star Fox 64 3D
  • Tekken 3D, Animal Crossing 3DS, Super Smash Bros, Lego City Stories.
  • Potential – Kirby, Rhythm Heaven, Paper Mario, Mario Party sequels.

Wii Successor Announced – Wii U

  • SPECS – Touchpad controller 6.2 inch in addition to traditional controls, camera, accelerometer, microphone, speakers, 1080P, HDMI, IBM designed CPU (same architecture as Watson), SD and USB HDD support.
  • Features – Backwards compatible with Wii games and all controllers (Wii Remote, balance board), full HD graphics, video calls, web surfing, stream content to and from tablet controller.
  • Wii U Games Teased – Super Mario Bros Mii, New HD Zelda, Super Smash Brothers, and various tech demos.
  • Third Party Wii U Games – Lego City Stories, Darksiders 2, Batman Arkham City, Tekken, Assassin’s Creed Revelations, Ghost Recon Online, DIRT, Alien Colonial Marines, Metro Last Light and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge. Various EA Sports games and potentially Battlefield and Army of Two.
  • Onboard Third Party Developers – EA, Ubisoft, Warner Bros Interactive, THQ, Irrational Games, Namco Bandai, Sega and Tecmo Koei.

E3 2011 Microsoft Announcements Round-Up – Halo 4, Ryse and Lots of Kinect Supported Games

Here is a list of notable announcements and details of Xbox 360 games and features announced today at Microsoft’s Press Conference for E3 2011 (plus a couple features revealed later on Major Nelson’s Blog).

  • Already announced games featured Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3, Tomb Raider, Mass Effect 3 (Kinect voice support, dialogue and squad commands), Ghost Recon Future Soldier (Kinect support for all future Tom Clancy games), Gears of War 3, Forza 4, Star Wars Kinect
  • EA sports games to get Kinect Support – Tiger Woods PGA Tour, Madden, Fifa and one other.
  • New Game AnnouncementRyse for Crytek, a Kinect game set during the Roman Empire era.
  • New Halo games announcedHalo 1 remake 10 year anniversary and Halo 4.
  • New Game Announcement – Fable: The Journey, on rail magic shooter just for Kinect.
  • Other New Games Announced – Kinect Sports Season 2, Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster, Disneyland Adventures, and Dance Central 2.
  • New Dashboard with graphical and functional improvements. Search support with universal Bing search capability, youtube, live TV (i.e. UFC) capabilities, more Kinect support, Beacon feature (more streamlined game invite system) and the big one cloud support for game saves and profiles.

5 Games We Will Learn More About at E3

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) opens on the 7th June, just over a week away and here’s 5 games I’m looking forward to learning more about. All of them will be released at the end of the year around November and all are the 3rd game in a franchise.

Assassin’s Creed Revelations continues Ubisoft’s tradition of a new AC game every year and this one is the third in the Ezio trilogy starting with AC2 followed by AC Brotherhood. Ezio will be much older in this game and will be climbing around this time in Constantinople. Multiplayer will also return hoping to expand on the innovative experience that debuted in the last game.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 continues the Modern Warfare offshoot, this time going global with recognisable landmarks and cityscapes. Preview impressions of the single player side of the game are already up at many gaming websites, but most people are waiting to hear how multiplayer has changed.

My most anticipated game of the year Uncharted 3 will be shown and will probably show off more of the graphical innovations from their desert setting. I looking forward to hearing more about the story and what historical/mythical legend is being pursued by Nathan Drake and his buddies.

Resistance is back with Resistance 3 after a 3 year development cycle hoping to bring more excitement and polish that was lacking in Resistance 2. The unique 8-player co-op mode from Resistance 2 is dropped, and more focus is put on the competitive multiplayer and the story mode.

Battlefield 3 is the the long awaited sequel to the main Battlefield series instantly garnering attention with its gorgeous visuals. Looking forward to hearing about what new gameplay and multiplayer features are being introduced.

Free IOS App of the Day – Robot 99 (Game)

ROBOT 99 (iTunes Link)

Despite the large amount of games released everyday on the iTunes App Store it is rare to actually find a well designed game that shines in every department. Robot 99 designed by critically acclaimed Taiwanese illustrator Keng-Fu Chu is a pleasure to look at from text, menus to robot designs.

The game itself is simple and fun where you have robots falling from the sky and you have to save them from their impending doom. A conveyor belt is running at the bottom of the screen leading the robots to be scraped. Your job is to tap the falling robots to engage their parachutes and position them so they don’t interfere with other robots. Once the robots hit the bottom they rocket up the screen taking with them any robots in the way. You can swipe the robots down to quicken the process and to gain extra points you can tap the robots as much as you.

Pick it up now while it’s free.

Look forward to more free IOS apps recommendations, it won’t be daily feature as I only intend to highlight the best free apps that are worth your time.

Nintendo announce next handheld, 3D without glasses.


Translated press release from Nintendo.co.jp:

Nintendo Co., Ltd.(Minami-ward of Kyoto-city, President Satoru Iwata) will launch “Nintendo 3DS”(temp) during the fiscal year ending March 2011, on which games can be enjoyed with 3D effects without the need for any special glasses.

“Nintendo 3DS”(temp) is going to be the new portable game machine to succeed “Nintendo DS series”, whose cumulative consolidated sales from Nintendo amounted to 125million units as of the end of December 2009, and will include backward compatibility so that the software for Nintendo DS series, including the ones for Nintendo DSi, can also be enjoyed.

We are planning to announce additional details at E3 show, which is scheduled to be held from June 15, 2010 at Los Angeles in the U.S.

What we can extrapolate:

It is very likely that it will come out by the end of the year around Nov/Dec, 6 years after the launch of the original DS. The DS launched at the end of November in North American and early December in Japan, the 3DS could follow the same sort of release schedule.

Note that it is going to succeed the Nintendo DS. While it does do 3D we can assume not all games will be in 3D. We can say this because it is backwards compatible with DS games which are all in 2D. To not alienate game developers the system would have to also cater for those who don’t want to develop 3D games.

Able to speculate on Nintendo’s successor to the Wii – Very high chance next console will focus on games in 3D. The problem is whether Nintendo will need people to have 3D televisions or will they do the same thing as with the 3DS and not need 3D glasses.

Summary

  • 3D without glasses on a portable gaming system
  • Backwards compatible with DS/DSi games
  • Working Title – Nintendo 3DS
  • Further announcements at E3.

DS Gaming – Broken Sword

BS_DSThis a game I remember playing around 10 years ago and it was probably one of the first point and click adventure games I played. I don’t remember how I wound up playing or acquiring this game but it stands out as one of my favorites in the genre alongside The longest Journey. The DS game is enhanced with additional sections and some redone scenes drawn by the famous Dave Gibbons. I’m mostly playing it for nostalgia but it also has challenging puzzles which now utilize the DS touchscreen.

Completed – Resident Evil 5

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For me this has been one of my favorite co-op games that I have ever played. It is just a fun game where you can casually play through but end up finishing it with long hour sessions. I love just blasting down the infected and the RPG aspect of collecting and upgrading weapons. The graphics are amazing with both dark and light environments and a variety of settings.

Capcom know what their fans want and have included plenty of incentive to replay the game on higher difficulties along with extra costumes and unlockables such as unlimited ammo. And then there is the Mercenaries mode which I have played the first few stages of. There is a lot of gameplay which makes it a game well worth purchasing and not just for rental. If there is one positive of the Japanese making an action game is that they know how to make a game full of content despite not taking the risk to innovate on gameplay.

Completed – 10 Hours

Favorite Aspects – Graphics, upgrading weapons and unlockables.

Street Fighter 4 Thoughts

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I’ve been playing SF4 for about a week after deciding to delay my purchase of it on release. My hesitations were about the genre (I have never seriously got into a fighting game), controller of the XBOX 360 and the price. Now that I have been playing it all week my hesitations are gone. The controller is fine for me (i use the analog stick), the price was zero (3 old game trade-ins) and I now appreciate the fighting genre.

The longevity of the game comes in its online mode which is simple but is basically all you need. Additionally I’m sure the game will be a staple for local multiplayer gaming sessions. I like the battle points systems and the collection of icons and titles. Character unlocking seems to be a big issue but for me it keeps me occupied when don’t want to play online.

This is a game I was not considering to pick up but have come to love it. I also picked up RE5 which I have the same sort of attitude towards. I’m close to finishing it so expect a Completed post soon.

Completed: Gears of Wars 2

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I completed the single player campaign of GOW 2 over a much longer period that I expected (2+ months). At first I was playing co-op with a friend but found it hard to get it completed this way due to time issues. For some reason I found it hard to just sit down and blast through the game. I seem to have this problem with only FPS’s whereas other games and genres I finish them within a month.

The game is as straight forward of a sequel as you can get without any major overhauls. But this isn’t much of a problem because going into it you know what you are expecting and the game delivers on this front. I kind of regret paying full price for this as I know I won’t be playing any multiplayer. The area of Jacinto is impressive with the large open space and I wish more time was spent there or in areas similar. Other than that I have nothing else to say about GOW 2.