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Mario, Zelda & Yoshi: was Nintendo’s E3 enough to save the Wii U?

Monday, 16 June 2014 11:58 GMT By Catherine Cai

Hyrule Warriors

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“Legend of Zelda fans should approach Hyrule Warriors with caution, as the core gameplay is a little more shallow than what they’re used to.”

I’ll be honest: the only appeal that Dynasty Warriors ever held for me was the historical aspect of it. I loved tangentially learning about the period of the Three Kingdoms in Chinese history. Hyrule Warriors, a blend between The Legend of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors, honestly didn’t hold too much appeal for me, because it lacked this historical aspect.

Though it’s been revealed that Link, Zelda, Impa, and Midna will all be playable characters in Hyrule Warriors, the demo was locked to a choice between Link and Zelda. Since playing as Link is already a far too familiar option, I decided to play as Zelda.

Immediately, as I jump into the game, I’m warned that Impa needs aid. Zelda’s armed with a rapier, and in true Dynasty Warrior fashion, I begin slicing through minions with it without much trouble. Once Zelda’s laid waste to enough enemies, her special move can be unleashed. She conjures up a magical bow and arrow that knocks back enemies.

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Objectives in Hyrule Warriors follow the format of Dynasty Warriors. The general ebb and flow is to act as reinforcements of a friend in need, slice through pawns, and eventually fight a semi-challenging enemy at every base. However, in true Legend of Zelda fashion, I’m rewarded a treasure chest for my efforts. Inside are bombs that make it simple for the player to destroy boulders that block bases.

For those that are a fan of Dynasty Warrior’s format, Hyrule Warriors is more of the same vein. Legend of Zelda fans should approach Hyrule Warriors with caution, as the core gameplay is a little more shallow than what Legend of Zelda fans are used to. There is no puzzle-solving element here.

Yoshi’s Wooly World

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“Yoshi’s Wooly World is absolutely adorable. Other than the aesthetic, however, it plays exactly like any other Yoshi platforming game.”

Yoshi’s Wooly World does exactly what Nintendo’s best at – charm the heck out of players until they’re left with dumb, goofy grins on their faces.

The entire aesthetic of Yoshi’s Wooly World is exactly as the title suggests. The world is made of yarn – there are even small “gift” boxes tied up with pieces of yarn that Yoshi can pry apart with his tongue. Inside usually lies yarn balls that Yoshi can collect. These function in the same way as eggs do in other Yoshi games. Players can also gobble up enemies in order for Yoshi to convert them into yarn balls. These yarn balls can then be fired at targets in order to open up the level.

Yoshi’s Wooly World is absolutely adorable. Other than the aesthetic, however, it plays exactly like any other Yoshi platforming game. Eat things? Check. Lay eggs? Check. Jump around? Check. Yoshi’s Wooly World is definitely more of the same Yoshi, for those hoping to have that itch scratched. Otherwise, there doesn’t seem to be much substance to Yoshi’s Wooly World other than it’s amazing aesthetics.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

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At last, Toad is finally getting his own, full-fledged spin-off and it’s a puzzle game. It’s something along the lines of Fatshark’s Hamilton’s Great Adventure mixed with Polytron’s Fez. The basic premise revolves around Captain Toad adventuring in search of treasure.

Levels are a little like puzzle boxes. In order to traverse the level, the player must use different perspectives. The camera can be rotated in order to better see where Toad must go in order to nab the treasure.

Unlike most Mario games, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is about strategy and patience. Toad doesn’t have the ability to jump and many of the puzzles involve rotating pieces, so playing the game efficiently without dying means rotating the camera thrice over to solve the puzzle box levels.

Bayonetta 2

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“Platinum has done a fantastic job tuning everything to the gamepad, to the point that players can control Bayonetta with only touch controls.”

Bayonetta 2 was the only third-person Wii U game that was on the E3 showfloor, and it’s not hard to see why. Platinum Games has done a fantastic job fine tuning the Bayonetta sequel. With games like Mad World, Revengeance, and Bayonetta under its belt, Platinum Games is known for its good work in tight controls and gorgeous visuals.

Bayonetta 2 isn’t any different in this regard. The environments and character design are absolutely lush. Platinum also didn’t shy away from using particle effects to their max, though I didn’t feel that they distracted from the experience.

Control-wise, Bayonetta 2 is fairly similar to the original. However, Platinum has done a fantastic job tuning everything to the gamepad, to the point that players can control Bayonetta with only touch controls (though I wouldn’t advise it, for the sake of combos.)

Bayonetta 2 is very much more of the same of the original: frenetic gameplay, lush visuals, and tight controls. In that regard, Platinum is very deserving of its spot as the sole third-party title that Nintendo was showing off for the Wii U.

Final Thoughts

Though I left the booth with a smile on my face, I still wonder whether or not I should buy a Wii U. I saw many solid titles that were coming for the Wii U, but without a heavy-hitter like Super Smash Bros, the jury’s still out. Overall, these titles are all, in my opinion, fantastic for keeping the current Wii U user base on hand and interested for when the bigger things do roll around. Regardless, with games like Splatoon and Mario Maker, it’s obvious that Nintendo isn’t afraid of experimenting and pulling out all the stops to pull in sales for its struggling console.

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11 Comments

  1. xxxGamesMasterxxx

    Yes, it’s currently in second place sales wise with Xbox One being 3rd. I believe WiiU will be more successful than Xbox One.

    #1 9 months ago
  2. monkeygourmet

    I think the real triumph was how Nintendo hosted their e3 content. It was a great way to make viewers feel like they were actually attending the conference rather than the media placating MS & Sony managed.

    The actually games they had were extensivly demoed in all their glory (or roughness – Im looking at you Devils Third), and it created a much more ‘realistic’ and gamer-centric approach.

    I know the bottom line is still a sales pitch, but it was handled in a way that didn’t make you feel like a complete moron. I fully expect Sony / MS to have to copy this format in the future.

    The games themselves were almost all exclusives too. A huge bonus for someone like me who owns a gaming PC. I was left with little else I was interested in from Sony / MS’s perspective. All third party games will look / play better on the PC. By that token, all third party games will look / play better on PS4.

    All MS showed were lots of games that would play better on their rivals machine, which also costs less in many places. What was the point of that?!

    Exclusive-wise, both MS / Sony were a bit lacking this year, either remakes or titles that will be lucky to see the light of day in 2015.

    So, what we are once again left with is a £199 console with a huuuuge range of high scoring exclusive titles versus 2 third party machines (one of which has gimped hardware and is desperatly trying to make ground). From a gamers perspective, the answer to me is obvious, the PS4 / Xbox One simply aren’t ‘ready’ yet. They are being proped up by third party content I can already play at a higher quality and for cheaper on the PC…

    #2 9 months ago
  3. Obernox

    I liked Nintendo’s Wii U showing. Splatoon looks very original and Xenoblade Chronicles X is looking amazing.

    Their 3DS showing was meh though. Rehash Pokemon games, Mario UGC thing, an a hideously jaggy smash bros game….

    I’m totally sold on the Wii U though.

    #3 9 months ago
  4. Legendaryboss

    Oh god not this again! No, it is a good lineup but it is spread far too thin to keep any type of momentum going. Example nothing in June, July and August to keep up the Mario Kart 8 momentum. Bayonetta 2 is a Wonderful 101 repeat, likely to have higher-up sales, Hyrule Warriors i don’t know and then Smash Bros U is going to be impacted by the early 3DS launch, but should be Mario Kart 8 part 2.

    @1 Thats funny: Xbox One will surpass Wii U when all is said and done, Wii U will be lucky to get to Gamecube sales level.

    And whats up with the title? This is a range of previews of Nintendo published games. Where is the no longer a new IP ‘X’ and Devils Third?

    #4 9 months ago
  5. ManuOtaku

    @monkeygourmet glad to see you are good and well, and that you have decided to comment again.

    I think the wiiu has a good list of games right now, games that have been release, and upcoming as well. The value is increasing with every new title, therefore i believe the console will shine the brighter, late in the lyfe cycle.

    As for nintendo e3 i did like it, did surpass my expectations, and the treehouse events were good as well.

    #5 9 months ago
  6. Dave Cook

    Not enough coming out in 2014. They need to be faster.

    I am exited for Bayonetta 2 and Smash Bros. though, so I’m not poking fun at Nintendo when I say that.

    #6 9 months ago
  7. ManuOtaku

    @Dave Cook i know you like nintendo, and that you are also very critical, in a positive way as well, and that is the way it should be imo, i do really appreciate that, is not that common in the media. You Dont bash it for the sake of it, or because is cool, your reasons are very well explained.

    #7 9 months ago
  8. polygem

    It was a great, modern style of presentation and what was shown was solid. It was awesome for people who already own a WiiU but i am not so sure if it was enough for the guys who don´t yet.

    I personally can´t see the appeal of the one and ps4 yet but people are buying them, probably because they expect the good shit to come later.

    For the WiiU, there simply isn´t enough for 2014.

    On the other consoles isn´t either if you also own a PC though. If that´s the case, those presentations have been extremely disappointing.

    But anyway, i think Nintendo really go for it now. The presentation showed that. It was very confident and optimistic…It just takes too long with these games releases – still does – but i think we´ll see a much more frequent flow of content soon.

    MK8 gave the WiiU a pretty decent boost, Smash will probably do the same, Zelda will too, i mean that´s pretty much out of question. The WiiU is not a failure.

    I wanted a Metroid so bad – the show was good and all but it lacked a true wow moment – but compared to the competition, it still was the one that made me the most excited.

    #8 9 months ago
  9. OmegaSlayer

    I must say that this E3 sold me a WiiU.
    A second hand WiiU just for Bayonetta.

    As a Sony fanboy I’m severely disappointed by Sony.

    I like corridors and don’t like open games.
    I like my gameplay to be condensed the game, I like a dense game, I don’t enjoy too much to go from A to B for 10 minutes just to have a 2 minutes shoot out or to eavdrop someone.

    I like third person stuff and not first person.
    I like swords and kicks more than guns.
    I like artsy settings rather then the same reality I have outside the window.
    I like playing a game without needing of grind and search in a menu the best weapon for the best thing.
    I like a direct game to have fun.

    Sony at the moment has nothing like this under its hood.
    Neither first party, nor third party.

    Bayonetta is the embodiment of indie spirit with AA(A) production.
    I poured 170 hours in Bayo1 on PS3, the worse version, the worse port ever, and had so much fun.
    I’ve seen Bayo2 trailer and in the first 5 second there’s a polygon that’s big like an elephant, but I wanted to play that more than The Order or Uncharted 4.

    There’s no way I’ll buy more than one console each gen, and at the moment I’m strongly thinking in getting a WiiU in October instead of going for the Destiny PS4 bundle.
    I might pick Bayo2, Wonderful 101 and maybe Mario Kart since I don’t like other Nintendo stuff, but I’m sure I’ll have fun and replay those games more than Killzone, Uncharted or even God Of War

    #9 9 months ago
  10. monkeygourmet

    @9 Omega Slayer

    If you haven’t already played it, may I also recommend Mario Galaxy 1 & 2 on the Wii?

    IMO, one of the best examples of concentrated gameplay in existance.

    I also share your opinion on a more structured and concentrated experience. There is nothing worse than a title attempting open world and failing. From that perspective I think games like Watch Dogs fail even harder. A huge budget, wasted on providing ‘freedom’ of choice which simple isn’t there.

    Five minutes of skating round on an ice lake and throwing a snowball in Mario Galaxy, is infinitely more enjoyable than 40 hours of Watch Dogs depressingly boring trudge through a lifeless world.

    Im really intrigued to see Nintendo’s take on an ‘open world’, with the new Zelda game. I always feel they don’t attempt something unless they can make it:

    A. Unique
    B. Polished
    C. Play really, really well

    Bayonetta 2 should be a treat in this respect too. Incredibly explosive and tight mechanics coupled with deep gameplay… Sounds great! :)

    #10 9 months ago
  11. Clupula

    I think Nintendo definitely showed a move in the right direction, BUT no way is this going to save the Wii U.

    Xenoblade Chronicles X looked exciting and so did Zelda, but that Spitoon game or whatever? Don’t care. Nor the Yoshi thing.

    Overall, just more of the same from Nintendo. Definitely stuff that appeals to the people who already own the system, but not enough to lure in a very large number of new people.

    #11 9 months ago

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    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

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  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne starts in a pretty standard way for the series: you are weaponless, and there’s a very nasty beast ahead. The idea is that it kills you, and you are taken to the game’s hub. Very Demon’s Souls, right? I had been told that you can take the first enemy down if you are quick […]

  • PS Store Easter sale discounts MGS: Ground Zeroes, Far Cry 4, more

    The Easter Sale is live on the EU PS Store, with Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes for less than £10, FIFA 15 Deluxe Edition for £30 and other savings. Some of the PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita discounts are valid through April 8, other through April 15. PlayStation Plus members can also take an […]

  • Bloodborne video: how to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam

    Here’s a video for Bloodborne players showing a quick way to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam. It also provides a look at things you may have missed in Central Yharnam and The Sewers, courtesy of VaatiVidya. Don’t forget, we have guides posted for the game with more updates coming soon. Bloodborne released in […]

  • Bloodborne issue prevents summons at Vicar Amelia fight

    A Bloodborne bug has prevented players calling on help to take on one of the nasty early bosses. Bloodborne bosses are significantly easier to take down in co-op. Unfortunately, at least one of them is proving difficult to find help for – and not just because not many players have obtained the Small Resonant Bell […]

  • Mass Effect 3 on sale on EU PSN, but not free

    Mass Effect 3 is discounted on the European PSN, but it’s not free. Update 2: The option to add to cart now lets you choose between the free trial or full version. The full version is on sale for £6.49 or £5.84 for PlayStation Plus members. The free trial is of course is still available, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Race to Elite winners announced, one player makes £10,000

    The winners of Elite: Dangerous’ Race To Elite competition have been announced, with one player receiving the grand prize of £10,000. Back when Elite: Dangerous launched, developer Frontier announced a competition that would award players to first reach Elite rank in trading, exploration, or combat, a prize of £1,000 each. The grand prize – £10,000 […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: How to make the most money with Special Bonuses and Elite Challenges

    You’re not hitting heists for the good of your health. Here’s how to max cash rewards. Money. GTA Online players love it. Greenbacks are the core of the entire experience, allowing you to buy the best weapons, vehicles and stupid haircuts. Heists, as promised, gives more opportunities than ever to earn serious cash, but once […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 coming tomorrow

    PlayStation 4 firmware 2.50, codenamed Yukimura, is due for release tomorrow, March 26. Firmware update 2.50 for PlayStation 4 will be launching tomorrow, March 26, Sony has announced. Codenamed Yukimura, the system update is promised to bring suspend/resume feature, trophy sync improvements, accessibility options, and much more. 2.50 has been in beta testing a while […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges and more

    Heists aren’t the only addition in GTA Online’s latest DLC – there’s a lot of content that can earn you big RP and cash payouts. GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges While heists are the talking point and big payoff after more than a year of waiting, there’s a […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: what’s the best Police sniper rifle?

    What’s the best bolt-action, Police sniper rifle for the Professional class in Battlefield Hardline? Let us help you answer that question. As you’re probably aware, Battlefield Hardline weapons are class specific and faction specific. This makes deciding on a good weapon and loadout much harder than it was in Battlefield 4. Which is where Westie […]

  • Evolve 1.3 patch nerfs Wraith, adjusts Kraken

    Evolve is receiving a new patch that aims to put an end to the Wraith’s dominance. Evolve developer Turtle Rock outlined a few of the changes coming in patch 1.3. The patch brings balance changes to the monsters – mainly the Wraith – as well as other various changes to Hunters’ tools based on player […]

  • Bloodborne: watch the opening 40 minutes

    The opening minutes of Bloodborne really do set the stage for what’s to come. They’ll also help you decide if this game is for you. Arekkz Gaming has captured the first 40 minutes of Bloodborne. Complete with the opening cutscene, and the first few obstacles you’ll face. The video is commentary free, so wear headphones […]

  • YouTube will relaunch livestreaming service with focus on eSports and gaming – report

    According to industry sources, Google is preparing to relaunch YouTube’s livestreaming service with a focus on eSports and gaming. According to anonymous sources speaking to TheDailyDot, Google is planning to bring back YouTube’s livestreaming service. The company is said to have started recruiting around 50 engineers with experience in the field, “a pretty big statement […]

  • I think I’m too old for Final Fantasy 15

    Final Fantasy 15 was nine years in the making – and counting. Are we the same people we were in 2006? Final Fantasy 15: Episode Duscae A demo available for PS4 and Xbox One. Offers a couple of hours of gameplay. More if you jump over the borders. Bundled with Final Fantasy 15 Type-0 and […]

  • New multiplayer mode for Splatoon announced

    Nintendo has sent over three screenshots for Splatoon along with information on the Wii U another of the title’s multiplayer modes. Called Ranked Battle, it keeps track of each player’s online ranking. Splat Zones is one of the additional ways to play online in this mode. It differs from Turf War, which is the main […]

  • 2015 WoW Arena World Championship has a $250,000 prize pool

    Blizzard has announced the WoW Arena World Championship will culminate at BlizzCon 2015. World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena teams from around the globe will compete for spot at the 2015 WoW Arena World Championship and for a share in the $250,000 prize pool. Online qualifiers will be held for North America, Southeast Asia, Australia, New […]

  • The Crew two-hour demo now available in US, tomorrow in the UK

    Ubisoft has announced a free trial of its driving MMO The Crew will be available tomorrow, March 25 in the UK. It’s live today in North America. For current players, the Vintage Car Pack and Vintage Live Update, including a new PvP mode, are now available. The Vintage Car Pack included the Chevrolet Corvette C2 […]

  • Minecraft Mass Effect Mash-Up and Pattern Texture Pack out from today

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  • The Talos Principle expansion pack Road to Gehenna announced

    An expansion for The Talos Principle has been announced titled Road to Gehenna. The expansion follows the narrative of Uriel, Elohim’s messenger, as he explores a “strange, hidden part of the simulation” on a mission of “mercy and redemption.” Uriel is attempting to free the souls of the damned “at all costs.” Road to Gehenna […]

  • Twitch Plays Pokemon finally catches ‘em all – even the rare Mewtwo

    Twitch Plays Pokemon players have captured all 151 original Pokemon which were included in a modified version of Pokemon Red, and this includes the rare Mewtwo. It took 39 days for Twitch players to catch ‘em all. Have a look at the impressive feat for yourself below. Thanks, Polygon.