Nintendo in its need to innovate has been promoting their Amiibo figurines for the past couple of months. Amiibo are miniature statues that can unlock content and interact with games on the Wii U and the New Nintendo 3DS (currently out only in Japan and Australia). It’s similar to the Skylanders and Disney Infinity figures but instead of unlocking characters it unlocks additional features on multiple games.
Halloween is right around the corner so now is as good as time as any to talk about a horror game (not a fun and cheery game that I was initially planning to this week…). Instead of talking about more recent popular horror games like Slender, Five Nights at Freddie’s or Outlast, let’s look at an older game with a little more involved gameplay. Limbo was originally released in 2010 for XBLA and praised for its art direction and gameplay. While it isn’t necessarily a horror game it does have a frightening tone.
Originally I wanted to write about Muramasa The Demon’s Blade/Rebirth, a beautiful looking Vanillaware game. Then I started to realize how little there was to say about Muramasa. So I’ve shifted my focus to the first Vanillaware game I’ve played and my personal favorite: Odin Sphere for the Playstation 2 and available as a PS2 Classic on PSN.
PixelJunk is a series of small downloadable games that focuses on a single mechanic and build around that. Their best game in the series also happens to be their first. PixelJunk Racers isn’t so much a racing game but as it is a remote controlled race track in video game form.
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?
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.
The Final chapter in the Final Fantasy XIII saga has arrived. After her brief appearances in Final Fantasy XIII-2 Lightning takes center stage again. It’s a race against time to save as many people as she can before the end of the world. With major gameplay changes will Lightning Returns be enough to save Final Fantasy XIII’s image?
The first piece of The Last of Us Story DLC has arrived. The Last of Us: Left Behind reveals revolves around Ellie at two unseen points of significance, her time with her best friend Riley and the time after the end of Fall. We had heard in little detail the events that happened between Ellie and Riley during the game but only briefly. Will this be a story worth seeing?
Disney is reaching deep into its vault for this one. It’ s not a movie but a video game. Not just any video game but arguably the best Disney game of the 16-bit era. Released in 1990 on the Sega Genesis (Mega Drive), Castle of Illusion was a simple but challenging platformer. It had innovative level design and platforming mechanics and the some of the most memorable music on the Genesis. 23 years later Mickey revisits the castle once more. Will his adventure be just as enjoyable as his first?
There seems to be a bit of retro reviving happening in gaming. Sega has been re-releasing old Dreamcast games on PSN and XBLA while WayForward has been re-imagining old classics for the new generation.