The Game Guy

Nintendo is the first of the “big three” to announce their plans for E3 2015. In a comedic video posted on Nintendo’s website and YouTube, president and COO of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aime rolled out plans for June’s pre-E3 Digital Event, an expanded Treehouse Live event from the E3 show floor and the return of the Nintendo World Championships.

 

Nintendo World Championships was a touring tournament Nintendo held in 1990. This year, qualifying rounds will be held at Best Buy stores across the country. The finals will be held at E3 during the week of June 14.

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Ubisoft unveiled “Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate” today, the next annual installment of the long running series. “Syndicate” will take place in 1968-era London and will star a new assassin named Jacob Frye.

 

The 30-minute reveal video split time between in-studio footage of Ubisoft Montreal working on the game, and in-game footage. In the video, the studio admitted to mistakes that were made in the development of last year’s “Assassin’s Creed: Unity.” The team addressed game bugs and negative reviews vowing that “Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate” would be different.

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SplatoonLogoNintendo held three online sessions of it’s upcoming Wii U game “Splatoon” this weekend to prepare their servers for the future load. Wii U owners were able to jump into the fun for free by downloading the demo in the eShop. The game which puts a twist on the modern competitive shooter looked like cartoony fun when it was announced at last year’s E3, but after just one hour of playtime it exceeded my greatest expectations.

 

It’s not easy to reimagine today’s multiplayer shooters. “Titanfall” for Xbox One attempted to, as did “Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare,” but those releases still contained foundations similar to the “Call of Duty” franchise. “Splatoon” is truly unique in that the goal of each match is to paint or ink the majority of the map rather than killing the opposing team. Eliminating opposing members of the team is part of the game, but it won’t get your team any closer to victory. Painting is power in “Splatoon.”

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KOTOR coverThe fourth day of May has become a good day to limit social media activity to one hour. At first the dozens of #Maythe4thBeWithYou hashtags remind Twitter users that it is indeed Star Wars day, but the bit wears thin at around 11 a.m. of a standard working day even for a Star Wars fan like myself. The real benefit of May 4th is the severe discounts of Star Wars games on marketplaces like Steam, iOS and the Google Play store. Enduring the echochamber of hashtags is worth nabbing old classics at low prices.

 

The highlight of this year’s Star Wars day deals was BioWare’s “Knights of the Old Republic,” or “KOTOR” for short, for iOS. The game was marked down by 70% for the low price of $2.99. “KOTOR” remains one of my favorite games of all time, let alone the best Star Wars game I’ve ever played, so I was looking forward to restarting my journey of becoming a Jedi Knight or Sith Lord.

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Intinity 3.0The next installment of “Disney Infinity” has the collector’s market almost completely covered as it adds the “Star Wars” saga to its roster of available franchises. Disney Made the anouncement of "Disney Infinity 3.0" today via press release. The toy-to-life series had not-so-humble beginnings with Disney and Pixar characters in 2013, and added Marvel to the mix in 2014. Adding characters from both “Star Wars” trilogies and the upcoming movie “The Force Awakens” is arguably the game’s biggest get yet.

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The following is a response to Colin Cowherd who on April 27 addressed “Heroes of the Dorm” on his ESPN Radio program “The Herd.” “Heroes of the Dorm” was a televised tournament of Blizzard’s PC game “Heroes of the Storm.” The competition aired on ESPN2 on April 26. Cowherd’s comments can seen in the video at the end of the letter.

 

 

Dear Colin Cowherd,

 

In a three-minute segment on your Monday episode of “The Herd” you managed to take aim at your employer, the video game community and everyone involved in producing the “Heroes of the Dorm” tournament, which was broadcast on ESPN2 over the past weekend. Rather than fight your antipathy with anger, I challenge you. I challenge you to give competitive video games a chance.

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MKX coverThe Mortal Kombat series has carved its own space within the fighting genre. Popularity within the genre is usually achieved through high level play at tournaments like Evo. If a game headlines there, it’s reached the pinnacle of the genre. But “Mortal Kombat” has found a way to appeal casual fighting game fans, while being a part of that tournament scene.

 

Other games in the space could benefit from taking some of the ideas in “MK 9” and recently “MK X.” The game is packed with offerings that are more substantial than just local versus matches and online multiplayer. While offering this abundance of content, “MK X” suffers from a bloat of downloadable content. Both the fighting genre and the “Mortal Kombat” series would benefit from observing each other.

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MLB15 coverI’ve been on review duty for Sony’s exclusive “MLB: The Show” series for several years now. Each new year seems to be a marginal improvement from its predecessor. But now I’ve noticed that it’s getting to be nearly impossible to measure its merits because the previous year is the only baseball game to compare it to. Much like the the “Madden NFL” series, “MLB: The Show” is the only simulator available for its sport. So, in reality, is it actually a stellar representation of a baseball video game, or does it just appear that way because its the only game in town? This is really impossible to know because we don’t know what we could be missing.

 

As it stands, “The Show” is still an excellent representation of America’s Pastime. “MLB 15: The Show” perfectly captures what I imagine it is like to play on the diamond in the bigs. If playing professional baseball is anything like guiding a virtual created player from AA to MLB, then it must be a total thrill. But that climb takes work. The premier mode of “The Show” has always been its “Road to the Show” (RttS) mode. This mode allows you to play as an existing player or a created player. The journey starts in the small towns of AA ball. If success is found there you’ll be called up to AAA. Eventually your dreams will come true in the major leagues, but the pressure of the big leagues proves Diddy's axiom of “mo’ money, mo’ problems.”

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