Nintendo outlines the fourth ‘Smash Bros.’
On April 8, Nintendo hosted one of their online news sessions (known as Directs) for the brandiest-newest “Smash Bros.” game coming out. Simply known as “Super Smash Bros. for Wii-U/3DS,” most of the information about the game had been gleaned from daily screenshots and sparse video footage from the developer, but with this Direct, Nintendo opened the floodgates and gave us a whopping 39 minutes of info. Here are some of the bullet points:
A look back at the seminal classic
I still remember the day that the “Half-Life 2” demo came out. I was ecstatic about the possibility of seeing the sequel to Valve’s original classic, and in my haste, I didn’t exactly check the specs of my parents’ computer. I got the demo downloaded, and I could almost feel the gravity gun in my hands as it began to load.
Now that the previous generation is slowly starting to fade away in the rearview mirror, classics from the bygone systems are slowly starting to cement their legacy over time. Here’s a few of my favorites from Microsoft’s Xbox 360.
5. “Shadow Complex”
“Titanfall” brings ideas but not depth
Truth be told, I wasn’t expecting the second coming of “Halo 2” (or “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare,” for that matter). However, there is a certain expectation of the team that reinvigorated the CoD franchise single-handedly and then vanished into the dark recesses of a new studio to try to reinvent the first-person shooter genre once again.
Three horror games to avoid
I am a gigantic chicken. It’s a well-documented fact that I’m squeamish around anything that can remotely come close to horror. However, I do have a tendency to at least attempt to play horror games. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m in control of the action or if I just have a virtual death wish, but I actually do enjoy playing scary games despite my long-standing disposition on terrifying entertainment.
The world from a troglodyte’s eyes
Have you ever wondered why your friend doesn’t want to go to a club with you?The supermarket? The mailbox? Why is this timid friend so terrified of other people? Here’s a handy guide to the world through the socially awkward person’s eyes:
Correcting multiplayer balance
A few months ago, I wrote on the subject of “Halo 4” and how it was a completely different beast than the previous iterations of the series. Rather than continuing to work with the core gameplay that made the series great, 343 Industries took unnecessary measures to make sure that the skill gap was roughly an inch. Between sprint, random weapon drops, changing the scoring system and loadouts, the game was built for one purpose, and one purpose alone: to make sure casual gamers felt like they weren’t left out.
Can Gaming Co-Exist With Sports?
As an expectant father (or more accurately, husband of an expectant wife), I have a lot of tangents that I tend to go on when talking about my child’s future. There’s a reasonable amount of speculation when it comes to my offspring: Are they going to be a nerd or jock? Bookworm or computer geek? Ginger or non-ginger? (My wife and I are both redheads; poor kid doesn’t have a chance.)
I was discussing some of these possibilities with my sister when I broached the idea of how gaming would be viewed by the next generation. Where the NES generation is getting older, gaming is becoming more ubiquitous while the stigma attached to it lessens by the year. No longer the basement-bound hobby that it once was, gaming has achieved an incredible amount of mainstream success and coverage. However, the thing that intrigues me the most is how some games are becoming a spectator sport in and of their own right. “League of Legends” has had upwards of 32 million concurrent viewers watching top teams vie for the Summoner’s Cup.
Games saved by modders
The vast majority of the time, developers tend to be a pretty savvy lot. Most games run well on their system of choice, are fairly well-balanced and devoid of glaring crashes, bugs and exploits. But every once in a while, developers, through ignorance, time crunches or a mixture of both, drop the ball in such a spectacular way that the community steps in and decides to fix it out of sheer dedication to the core idea of their choice. Here’s a few instances where modders have saved games from themselves:
Nintendo, meet the modern age
While I may have been extolling the virtues of Nintendo’s newest 3D Mario game last week, that doesn’t exactly take them out of the hot water that they’ve placed themselves in. They recently lowered their Wii U sales forecast by 6.2 million units. Now, I don’t follow the mindset that Nintendo is immediately doomed by this, but I will absolutely say that they are completely out of touch with all the possibilities that could give them a huge boost in income and potential console sales. Lemme break it down for you:
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