I was hanging out at the EB section at FanExpo to say hi to a friend and a brand new demo caught my eye. Hyrule Warriors, the Dynasty Warriors themed Zelda game was playable at their Wii stations. This wasn’t available yesterday and it still isn’t available on the Nintendo eShop either so I was ecstatic.
FanExpo Canada is happening this weekend in Toronto. I didn’t look at too many game related things on Friday due to shopping for comic books and art work. I was walking around the game section scouting the booth’s and I then I saw that there was a playable demo for The Evil Within. When I stepped in the line I was the third one in and this was in the afternoon too.
For the uninformed, The Evil Within is a new survival horror game IP by Shinji Mikami, the creator of Resident Evil. Personally I don’t know much about the game or its premise so I’ll go through what I played in the demo.
ExtraCredits has done a better job at explaining this game than I ever will but I bring this up because it deserves a look. Spec Ops: The Line deals with issues with the modern military genre that other games and series haven’t and probably can’t. This is a game that’s self-aware and instead of using that for parody or satire it’s something more meaningful.
Over the past few years there has been an increase of retro-style games emerging reviving old, long forgotten genres. 1001 Spikes is one of the games. Originally released in 2011 on XBLA, an enhanced version of the game has been re-released on multiple platforms. Does this tribute stand amongst indie and 8-bit greats or is it better leaving this in a pit with 1001 spikes?
Remember Me was a new IP from Capcom in 2013. It’s a cyberpunk game with that has an interesting spin on the action brawler genre. Probably overlooked for it being a new singleplayer IP and a relatively short one at, many gamers have missed out on a memorable experience.
The death of Robin Williams has shocked many people including myself. He was a well-known fan of video games to the point where he named his daughter Zelda. Gamers have started a petition in honor of Mr. Williams to have try to influence Nintendo to include him in the next Legend of Zelda game as a character.
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is an action adventure game and is an adaptation of the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West. Likely overlooked due to it being a singleplayer game with limited replay value, many gamers missed out on something special.
I’ve been planning to be more active on my blog but with my busy schedule I don’t always get to play games as they come out. Many “new” games I play tend to be several months old by then. Writing about Triple A games a few months after the release probably isn’t the best use of my time.
I want to start writing weekly reviews for older games that probably wouldn’t require an in-depth review at this point. These will be shorter review of games that I’ve played in the past that deserve more attention. They will mostly be games that you can easily find for affordable prices in stores or online. Hopefully I can keep to a schedule even if I have a full review planned. It will be good writing practice for me and hopefully you will find something that you love that you haven’t tried before.
I recently bought a PS Vita and have been going through the free games from Playstation Plus. I stumbled on Velocity Ultra, a HD remake released in 2013 of a Playstation Mini’s title. It’s a top down shoot-em up but this game has surprised me like no other. FuturLab is doing new and innovative things with the genre unlike anything I’ve seen in years.