A sequel to Super Mario Maker is coming to the Nintendo Switch! Just like in the original, players make their own Super Mario levels using a wide variety of user-friendly tools featuring segments and objects from across the Mario series.
Slope tools, vertical levels, custom level scrolling, a Super Mario 3D World graphics layer, and many more fan-requested features have been added to this sequel which may also increase the discoverability of levels.
Bioware’s future is indeed in jeopardy as many have feared. While the gameplay engine and graphics of Anthem should sell for an instant success the title has struggled to ship units since its release on Xbox One, PS4, and PC February 22, 2019. Sales of this title could be very important for the studio’s survival as subsidiaries of EA Games have historically been closed down after just one flop at times.
According to the NPD via EA, Anthem has sold 50% of Mass Effect Andromeda’s physical launch sales and around 25% of Destiny’s digital sales. The numbers also indicate that Kingdom Hearts 3 and Resident Evil 2 sold much higher in their opening weekends. The next Dragon Age title which was teased recently will need to rise to meet the demand from shareholders to keep Bioware’s relationship with EA Games alive.
In an upcoming teaser for GDC 2019, the Game Developers Conference trade show / expo which annually consists of a 5 day gathering for the game industry’s best and brightest, it has been revealed that Microsoft will bring Xbox Live to the Nintendo Switch as well as mobile platforms. This was confirmed by Microsoft who has also recently brought their voice assistant AI Cortana to Amazon’s smart speaker and smart home line of products as a downloadable Alexa skill. These two moves are significant on their own but also signal a greater long-term strategy which could change the face of Xbox gaming forever.
Resident Evil 2 is arguably the most impactful Zombies based video game originally released for the first PlayStation on January 21, 1998 with a storyline also taking place in 1998. This January 25, 2019 the world will see a true rebirth of the game in a full remake seeking to provide a technological leap for both graphics and gameplay in the survival horror game which set the stage for an entire genre to flourish while exploring two different characters, new level design concepts, and provide an excellent quality gameplay experience the pre-era leading up to the peak of 2D / 3D mixed environment games.
[Update: This title has been confirmed and announced as The Outer Worlds at The Game Awards 2018 but may or may not be published by Take-Two Interactive as previously expected although the game will be developed by Microsoft-owned Obsidian Entertainment and remain multi-platform.]
You may have heard that the team over at Xbox has been purchasing big name studios in an effort to increase the output and quality of their first party lineup of games next-gen. As part of these high profile acquisitions Obsidian Entertainment is now a subsidiary of Microsoft Studios Global Publishing and has been promised an unlimited budget as well as creative freedom for its projects.
While this should lead to some very exciting releases during the next generation of video game consoles, there was already a nearly finished product getting ready to prep for reveal and subsequent launch in the works at Obsidian. The game appears to be an RPG title which Obsidian has begun teasing and will release under publishing and distribution by Take-Two Interactive.
Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is a tactical adventure game based on the classic tabletop RPG called Mutant with elements of real-time strategy, stealth, and exploration combined to make a compelling and original new IP for gaming. Players take control of three mutants also known as Stalkers (Bormin, Dux, and Selma) who are on a mission to explore an area called The Zone for their leader the Elder who runs the Ark, which is where survivors live.
Tommy Tallarico (formerly of G4TV fame, music producer behind Video Games Live concerts, Metroid Prime, and currently President of Intellivision), has teamed up with creators who worked on the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS to produce a brand new system with a totally different approach to gaming. While the console currently known as Intellivision Amico will not attempt to compete with PS4 and Xbox, it will instead forge out its own path co-existing alongside the current console market.
At first glance, this could seem like another Kickstarter project waiting to disappoint folks like Ouya or Atari VCS. The reality couldn’t be farther from the truth. There’s no Kickstarter involved. Some of Intellivision’s team members include the minds behind cloud gaming, the marketing team for Wii Sports, developers of Metal Gear Solid, and more. Real developers are putting hard work into bringing a very unique and interesting vision to life.
Amico, which means “friend” in Italian, is a new 2D console that will release in 2020 with major hardware and software development behind it, numbering in the tens of millions, by industry veterans who know what they’re doing. With a keen eye for high quality games, a unique hardware setup at an affordable price range, and a totally different approach to the industry, Amico stands a real chance at being something special.
In the 2019 Q1 Earnings Conference Call for Microsoft, CEO Satya Nadella announced to investors that Xbox Game Pass will come to the PC. In the past, many publications erroneously reported that the service would be available for Xbox as well as PC when it launched. There were certainly some disappointed that it wasn’t the case. However, now that dream will come true.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 launched today and although the full game contains plenty of content for players, there is some question this time around as to what exactly is included in the game’s Season Pass. Taking a slightly different approach from previous COD games and their Season Pass structures, Treyarch claims to be dropping “more content with more frequency” in the new Black Ops Pass.
Some controversy existed when players realized that the Black Ops Pass was only available through purchasing special editions of the game so far, making it unclear if it would even be available at a later date or if gamers would have to pay full price for each DLC individually instead. But that turned out to be false, Black Ops Pass can be purchased on its own. So what’s exactly being offered here? And what’s in the base game?
A couple of weeks back when our review dropped for This Is The Police 2 we had a lot of shining praise for the indie sequel to a game all about doing what it takes to enforce the law in tricky situations. Today the game is available for the public on consoles and we’d like to discuss its strong points some more. Consider this another glowing recommendation for prospective buyers. Don’t hesitate on picking this up, if you do – you’ll be missing out on some thrilling and high quality gameplay with a great story driving it all.
In this week’s eShop update for Nintendo Switch there’s a lot of new games available for gamers. In addition to the Mega Man 11 Demo which many of you have already been experiencing, there are some modern day classics, retro hits, and indie delights newly launched on the market.
Atomic energy was just one perk of splitting the atom, but more importantly – nuclear weaponry was also made possible by this grand scientific breakthrough. As with most weapons of mass destruction, nukes can achieve peace! Through the fear of being demolished many uneasy alliances have been formed. As Fallout 76 approaches release for PS4, Xbox, and PC on November 14, 2018 we have a new trailer from Bethesda Game Studios showcasing a little more of how this system will work.
Jackbox Games is currently having a sale on their great party games on Humble Bundle. The list of games are great fun and a blast with a group of friends either at home or on a stream. For the following prices you can get a great range of games. As a kid I remember playing the You Don’t Know Jack series of pop up card trivia games that had their own announcer and buzzers, as well as the PC version which came for the old school Windows 95 operating system. Since then, these titles have significantly evolved and become ever more creative. You can’t go wrong with this one, and it’s even streamer-friendly as anyone with a smartphone and the code to your online game room can join in on the fun.
This Monday Activision Blizzard has made their 7th expansion pack for world renowned MMORPG World of Warcraft. Practically defining the genre while simultaneously overshadowing all competition, WoW has been one of the most actively played video games in existence since its launch in 2004 (back when Windows XP was still the main operating system around). Trivia aside, the various races of WoW will clash in a huge war 25 years in the making.