Metroid: Other M is actually a pretty fun game, if you can get past the absolute butchering of Samus character (seriously, boyfriend issues?!?!), and ignore the Team Ninja camera that's a bit too obsessed with her boobs. Other M does have some pretty sweet action and some cracking boss battles, though, and it can be nabbed for under £3 right now, perfect for a cheap Christmas stocking filler.
You can click here to read our Metroid: Other M review. Nice spot by oUkTuRkEyIII!
Nintendo are usually fairly strict when it comes to their own IPs, especially when it comes to their big hitters. But their slight history of sharing isn't without success stories... along with other, admittedly contentious, results. Take the Metroid series, for instance. Retro Studios' Prime trilogy is still a benchmark in fantastic reimaginings of a yesteryear favourite, even if Other M proved that sometimes there'll be mixed results when a Nintendo IP is loaned out into other creative hands.
Unlike those games, though, Hyrule Warriors is not representative of Nintendo giving another studio relatively free rein with one of their most beloved franchises. Here we find a very specific mashup, and one that tends more towards the latter part of its name than the former. Hyrule provides the sizzle, but Warriors the steak.
It's worth bearing in mind that I like the various Warriors series that have emerged over the years. My favourite is still probably Dynasty Warriors 4, but that has more to do with it being an incredibly cathartic game at a certain point in my life rather than anything that game does especially well over any of its fellows. You generally know what you're getting with a Warriors game: a range of playable heroes, amusingly nonsensical cutscenes, 1-vs-1000s combat stuffed with button mashing and epilepsy-inducing special attacks, taking over enemy keeps and knocking out Outpost Captains.
Hyrule Warriors does all of those things.
But it does them in better fashion than I've ever seen from a Warriors game before.
Hyrule Warriors is basically a Warriors game as modded by the world's biggest Zelda fan. It's a spectacular piece of fan service that manages to frame everything in terms of the various adventures of Link and Zelda over the years, from playable characters and weapon sets to fairly pretty maps based upon locales from a number of different Zelda titles, to an entire adventure mode that plays out on a retro map plucked from the original Legend of Zelda NES game. Rupees burst out of downed enemies, fulfilling certain requirements on the battlefield will cause chests to spawn that tinkle in familiar fashion when they appear, and deliver the same anticipatory music when you take a peek inside. Variations on Koji Kondo's musical themes weave in and out of the wildly-soloing electric guitars that accompany most Warriors titles.Click here to read more...
The Warriors games have always been a bit samey, and from what we've played of Hyrule Warriors at preview events, there seems to be a lot of button-mashing and not much by way of skill involved. That said, some inventive game modes, the inclusion of Zelda series weapons and bosses, some surprisingly deep customisation and RPG-lite mechanics, and a diverse array of objectives means this might actually be one of the best Warriors titles yet.
We can't really say any more, but GAME have a pre-order deal on with their GAMESCOM3 voucher right now, and it'll take the price for this under £30 if you're interested.
Thanks to r_simsini at HotUkDeals.
We've not heard anything about Ganondorf being playable in Super Smash Bros this coming winter, and indeed Sakurai has managed to avoid clones where possible for the Wii U and 3DS title, but that doesn't mean we won't be able to get our hands on the ginger Gerudo badass.
Nintendo recently announced that Ganondorf will be playable in this year's button-masher extraordinaire -- Hyrule Warriors.Click here to read more...
I love The Legend of Zelda games. To me they represent some of the finest examples of game design we've been blessed to enjoy over the years. The adventures of Link have proven time and time again to be some of the most innovative, ambitious, and polished games to have graced this industry. Dynasty Warriors, on the other hand, is a series that's barely changed at all over the years, staying true to its formula of a button-mashing frenzy of smashing up enormous swathes of mindless, characterless AI fodder, punctuated occasionally by the odd absurdly-overpowered mini-boss.
Still, I do have something of a soft spot for Dynasty Warriors.
Hyrule Warriors is not your typical Zelda game at all. It's very much something of a Zelda reskin of traditional Dynasty Warriors gameplay at first glance. I went hands-on with the game at the recent Nintendo E3 showcase and was merrily massacring multitudes of Bokoblins within seconds. The scale is fantastic, and the sense of cathartic empowerment is glorious, helped along by a better draw distance than we've typically seen in the past. One of Dynasty Warriors' foibles over the years has always been an alarming amount of pop-in, but Hyrule Warriors seems to have managed to mitigate that slightly. It's still there, but it's not so offensive to the eyes this time around.
Visually, at least, Hyrule Warriors manages to engage the player to a far greater degree than its spiritual predecessors, eschewing the drab, washed-out palette of previous Warriors games in favour of a brighter, more vibrant colour set and art style that breathes a little more life into proceedings and firmly roots you in Hyrule. There's a distinct lack of detail -- this game won't win any prizes for astonishing beauty -- but generally the game appears to do a decent job of selling the setting. It's actually a little thrilling to feel part of some sort of grand battle for Hyrule, wading into war with Gorons and Hylian guards by your side, as Lizalfos and Moblin generals marshal their troops.
Of course, it wears thin rather quickly, and even over the course of my initial fifteen-minute demo the combat became repetitive. The Warriors games have always been titles that, for me at least, are best enjoyed with a friend by your side, drinking beers, and chatting absolute rubbish. They're the sort of games that you don't really have to focus too much attention on because all you're really doing is mashing the same buttons over and over again. They're a catalyst for conversation, something to be doing in background while you catch-up with a mate you've not seen in some time. Sometimes I don't really want to think when I'm playing a game, and Warriors games are great for that. Hyrule being no exception it would seem.Click here to read more...
Metroid: Other M is a bit of a conundrum, featuring some fantastic action courtesy of Team Ninja and, predictably, truly horrendous storytelling also courtesy of Team Ninja. Matt rather liked it, but I personally found that its cast of horribly-voiced fools undermined Samus' character so badly that it was physically difficult to play. Great bosses, though, and a £4 saving if you fancy it. Remember that you can emulate it on Wii U. Thanks to Jas10 @ HUKD!
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z will join the enormous ranks of Unreal Engine 3 games, Team Ninja and Keiji Inafune announced today. To celebrate, they've released a sizeable clutch of new screenshots showing off the ninjas vs zombie action in gory style.Click here to read more...
The Wii U version of Ninja Gaiden 3, subtitled Razor's Edge, promises to be much more than a port. Instead, Team Ninja appear to be trying to atone for the mediocre quality of the disappointing sequel by introducing a new and faster character, Ayane, reinstating dismemberment and tuning the combat.
Amazingly, this latest trailer actually resembles a decent game, though we'll find out the truth of things when Razor's Edge releases for Wii U on January 11th.Click here to read more...
On a day when two studios decided to change their focus to mobile games in order to combat a perceived decline in home console popularity, Team Ninja boss Yosuke Hayashi has spoken out in defence of dedicated gaming hardware.Click here to read more...
That’s right folks we have another Dead or Alive game, so here’s another boob-related story. At least Tecmo Koei hasn’t stuck a pair on a wall to advertise the game this time (see video below). In an interview with Gamasutra, game director, Yohei Shimbori reveals that his studio was initially told by their overseas offices to tone down the sexualised characters in Dead or Alive 5.
This created a backlash though when fans played a demo of the game bundled with Ninja Gaiden 3. Shimbori said, “We actually got a lot of feedback from people who were playing it, saying, ‘We want bigger breasts. Make the characters more like that.’ That was kind of surprising.”Click here to read more...
Mega Man and Dead Rising creator Keiji Inafune is set to make a comeback into mainstream gaming thanks to a new partnership with Team Ninja and Spark Unlimited. The three action heavywights are teaming up for Ninja Gaiden Z: a cel-shaded action game with zombies galore. New protagonist Yaiba is desperate to seek revenge on Ryu Hyabusa (story details are still thin on the ground), and will have to chop his way through copious hordes of the undead to do so.
Release platforms and dates have yet to be announced, but we have a trailer and concept art below.Click here to read more...
There's a distinct lack of scantily clad bunnies in this trailer (via Gamespot), but then again if there's one thing that Dead or Alive does better than boob physics, it's fighting.
The latest trailer from Tecmo and Team Ninja calls on fighters to come forth for Dead or Alive 5, and the second half of the video is packed with action...and also a somewhat disappointing rap breakdown.
DOA 5 is out this September on PS3 and Xbox 360.
Oh Dead or Alive. Every time we try to pull ourselves out of the stereotypical sweaty basement, you go and put us right back in. Team Ninja and Tecmo Koei have released a sexy new trailer for Dead or Alive 5 that features a sexy minute and a half of sexy ladies in their sexy underwear and sexy bunny ears knocking the sexy hell out of one another.Watch the Dead or Alive 5 Bunny Angels trailer after the jump...
Today's lesson is this: don't compare Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance to Ninja Gaiden 3. Platinum Games producer Atsushi Inaba has been a busy tweeter, responding to fan reaction to the recent Revengeance E3 traile, and slamming Ninja Gaiden 3 in the process.Click here to read more...
Ninja Gaiden III makes a lot of big changes from its predecessors. It's easier. It's only got one primary weapon. It's chock-full of Quick Time Events. And it's worse.
At least Play.com are willing to let you pay less than £20 for the Xbox 360 version. Thanks to sits69 at HUKD.
If you like to hack and slash your enemies apart in slow motion then Ninja Gaiden 3 might just be the game for you and picking up a 360 copy from Amazon or Asda Direct'll save you almost £3.50 on the next best offers out there. The gameplay's received a couple of changes and when you're done causing chaos in the single player you can drop into the co-op with a friend or head online to check out the multiplayer. Unfortunately, it's a little bit on the bland side and could have been a lot better.
Tecmo Koei have dropped a double whammy of trailery goodness for Ninja Gaiden 3. The first is the game's official launch trailer, with some refreshingly new English language voiceovers. The second is a Japanese dev diary that explains a little bit more about the changes the team have made for this third instalment.
Ninja Gaiden 3 drops on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 Europe on March 23rd, with a North America on March 20th.Click here to read more...
Andriasang has unearthed a bumper crop of Ninja Gaiden 3 screenshots that show Ryu Hayabusa in fine form. Which is to say, opening people up left, right and centre. Unfortunately, the big purple demons will also be making an appearance - which is galling since they're possibly the most uninspired enemy you could possibly create from a fusion of Eastern and Western mythologies.
Ninja Gaiden 3 is certainly looking pretty (and pretty gory), but we hope that gameplay has evolved past the shameful state we encountered it in last time. We'll find out on March 23rd.Click here for the new Ninja Gaiden 3 screenshots >>
Dead Or Alive Dimensions is a surprisingly great portable fighting game; even giving SSFIV a run for its money in terms of character balance, visuals and controls. Coolshop are currently charging £16.49, which trumps CD Wow by over six quid.
I don't know how long their stock will last, though.
Hot on the heels of insisting that Dead Or Alive 5 will portray its female characters as genuine and relateable human beings rather than merrily-bouncing pin-ups, Team Ninja has unleashed a few new screenshots to remind us that they haven't forgotten about the male members of the roster. Ryu Hayabusa is back in fine form, sparring against series veteran Hyate.
Dead Or Alive 5 is expected to release later this year.Click here for the new Dead Or Alive 5 screenshots >>