Just in case I haven't told you yet, because I've got a sneaky suspicion that there are still some people out there who don't own a Wii U and therefore either haven't heard or fully understood the seriousness of what I'm about to say, I bought a Wii U for Bayonetta 2.
I've already waxed lyrical about the game's dual control systems in a previous preview so I won't repeat myself in that sense here. Having now played a large chunk of the game, I have to say that I'm not particularly fond of the touchscreen input for long periods of play (or indeed at all for that matter), but that's because I adore the way the game handles when you're playing it as you would have the original. The swipe and tap inputs essentially turn Bayonetta 2 into the most bonkers smartphone experience you ever laid eyes on, and although it's perfectly poised in that respect to bring in a new audience who want to enjoy the absurd spectacle, it's not really for me.
But that's the joy of choice. Finally, with the difficulty raised above the Easy setting that they must have been flouting months back at the preview event, the standard control system really comes into its own once more. Pirouetting about the place, cartwheeling out of danger before spinning back in for a flurry of attacks is beautifully balletic and gloriously responsive. It's a near perfect setup, the controller really just an extension of your mind. Everything is so fast and fluid that you're just stepping into combos on the fly, mixing and matching button combinations to see what happens, always with a finger delicately poised over the dodge button to take you out of harm's way.Click here to read more...
Funded by Kickstarter, assisted by real drivers and powered by impressive cutting-edge graphical tech, Project CARS is set to become an automotive tour de force. After trying out the latest build at 4K resolution and on the Oculus Rift, I caught up with lead producer Pete Morrish for a chat about the new title and what sets it apart from other racers.
Over the weekend, a fairly complete-looking roster of Super Smash Bros was leaked onto the internet via some screenshots and some rather legit videos (courtesy of NeoGAF) showing off the unlocked character selection screen and showcasing some of these characters in action.
In the interests of let everyone decide for themselves, we've hidden the images below the jump, and you can have a gander if you're up for some spoilery goodness.Click here to read more...
Nintendo don't often make much of Gamescom. In the past, they've actually been fairly rubbish at noticing Europe is even here to be honest, in spite of Iwata highlighting the issue several times over the past few years.
But they turned up to this year's show with a host of playable games to demo to the public, and behind closed doors they didn't bother with flashy presentations or snooze-inducing, heavily-scripted developer walkthroughs where you watch someone else play the game, instead they just let people play and let the games speak for themselves.
Letting the games speak for themselves could well be Nintendo's motto. They've never been the best when it comes to corporate communication or getting the word out (the mind-bending originality of the Wii, and that console's aggressive Ant-and-Dec-fronted marketing aside) but their games shine when placed in the perfect environment. It's a shame in some ways that it's only after you've picked up a Wii U and played some of the exceptional titles on offer that the console's essential nature reveals itself.
Thankfully, over 300,000 people had the chance to do just that at this year's show.
Jon and I have both gone hands-on with a number of Nintendo's upcoming titles now, so we thought we'd have a little chat about some of the highlights for the Japanese company from this year's show.Click for our Nintendo @ Gamescom discussion >>
Disney Infinity 2.0 has big plans. The original may have been relatively successful, attracting millions of players and holding its own against the established might of Skylanders, but arguably lacked a little bit of pizazz and a sense of the epic. Thankfully, few franchises can bring the epic quite as comprehensively as Marvel comics, which is now neatly under Disney's purview.
Let the crossover commence! Rocket Raccoon, meet Thor, Stich and Donald Duck.
Avalanche Software brought two new Infinity 2.0 playsets along to Gamescom this year, showing off the new Avengers and Guardians Of The Galaxy campaigns. Both the gameplay and the figures have received a serious upgrade. On the collectibles front, the new line of toys are much more solid and sturdy than their predecessors; feeling impressively weighty and hard-wearing. The new Venom and Hulk figurines are utterly enormous, almost twice the volume of previous figures, while the level of detail is seriously impressive when it comes to the new Rocket Raccoon and Stich models. Shame they'll be standalone, really, as opposed to included in the starter packs.Click here to read more...
It's so cute!
Having spent three days rebounding between interviews and hands-on appointments at Gamescom 2014, slaughtering foes in Bloodborne, shredding opponents to bits with dual miniguns in Advanced Warfare and burning down half of London in The Order: 1886, I desperately needed to find a way to relax. The pay-what-you-want masseuses in the business area didn't even get a look-in, because once again, it's Nintendo to the rescue.
Yoshi's Woolly World is custom designed to be the most adorable thing you've ever seen. Taking inspiration from Kirby's Epic Yarn and more real-life wool than you can shake a knitting needle at, it's a colourful world of soft fuzzy floors, warm cuddly walls and bouncing balls of string. Everything is soft, huggable and so cute that you could probably weaponise it with devastating results. A Yarn Bomb of sorts, I suppose, that would paralyse potential threats by making them feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
However, Yoshi's Woolly World is also no slouch when it comes to gameplay, and a far cry from the disappointing 3DS rehash we saw earlier this year. It's not just a ploy to flog a new range of plush knitted toys, but actually, I'd probably buy one.Click here to read more...
Are you ready to witness some sweet Smash skills? Prepared for a masterclass in high-level play? Then you've come to the wrong place, friend, as I've returned from Gamescom 2014 with footage of me being a total and complete button masher. I strongly suspect that the rep let me win.
However, you'll also get to watch new footage of Marth and advanced character Roselia in action, alongside some of the new Wii U-exclusive stages. Apologies for the resolution, though, which I had to massively ding due to battery life concerns.
I've been itching to get my tentacles on Splatoon ever since Nintendo announced it at E3. A hectic territory control shooter with crazy paint mechanics and the ability to turn into a squid at will? And paint grenades? Count me firmly in.
You can watch what happens when I got my hands on it at Nintendo's Gamescom booth above. Spoiler alert: it's really, really fun.
Matt's preview is on-site with more details, but personally speaking, I'm only worried about whether spraying paint cannons at walls will remain fun after several hours. We'll find out soon enough.
Platform: PS Vita (reviewed)
Developer: Wales Interactive
Gravity Badgers joins the illustrious line of rubbish games with fantastic names. Though nowhere near as bad as the genuinely offensive Hyper Fighters, this Angry Birds clone really does the bare minimum to live up to its sensational monicker.
Seriously: Gravity Badgers. Gravity. Badgers. What a waste.
I never, ever, use the term 'clone' lightly, but I'm afraid that Gravity Badgers earns it hands-down. We find ourselves flinging badgers into outer space by virtually pulling back and dragging them across the screen, only instead of castles, they're presented with an array of physics-based obstacles. Critically, celestial bodies can either attract or repel your furry cosmonaut, deflecting their path towards the exit. Judge it right and you can pull off crazy slingshot effects; mis-cue and you'll send your badger into deep space.Click here to read more...
The Wii U Basic console only has an 8GB hard drive, most of which is taken up by the operating system. But as I've recently found out, even the 32GB Premium won't last you very long if you plan on maintaing a decent-sized Wii U library so at some point you'll probably want a HDD anyway, meaning your choice of SKU isn't that important really.
Price is, though, and for under £170 at Base.com you can bag a Wii U, a GamePad, an extra Wiimote (MotionPlus of course), a Sensor Bar, two fine multiplayer party games in Wii Party and Nintendo Land. It's perhaps not the best deal for the core gamer (shopping around for a generous bundle with a headline game might be a better bet there), but if you're transitioning up from the Wii or just new to the party, it's a good place to start.
You'll need a hard drive, of course. I went out like an idiot and assumed a new Western Digital MyPassport would work. It doesn't. But the ten-year-old, Y-cabled HDD from my ancient laptop works just fine. Make sure you get one with either a Y-cable or a dedicated power source just to be sure. The Wii U can be iffy with single cable units. You won't need to break the bank, though, and these can either be salvaged as I did from old machines or you can pick up 500GB units for around £30. Nice find, coconut94!
Super Mario 3D World is definitely the 'go to' Mario game on Wii U, but platforming fans should definitely check out New Super Mario Bros 2 if they have a gap in their schedule. This launch title isn't designed to be a tech demo, rather it's a familiar yet tightly-designed experience with a few cheeky surprises along the way, not to mention a whole mess of levels. ShopTo's £19.85 price tag is seriously cheap. Thanks to TOMBOY25360 @ HUKD!
Meta Knight got confirmed for Super Smash Bros today, which is pretty awesome, but even better is the massive sale Nintendo are bringing to the eShop this week in honour of the upcoming Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS.
The sale is designed to celebrate some of the New Challengers confirmed for the brawler that'll be out later this year, and also remind people that Nintendo have a bunch of fantastic titles already on release. There's a heady cocktail of retail and VC titles that'll be discounted from tomorrow through to the 21st here in Europe.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...
Let's be clear about this: it's really unlikely that we're going to see anything top that Game Collection flash deal from mid-June for some time. But, if you're looking for a relatively cheap bundle deal on a Wii U, then grabbing the Premium console along with its best multiplayer game -- Mario Kart 8 -- for as close to £200 as possible is a good place to start, and this price cut from Sainsbury's still represents pretty good value.
That said, do be aware that the free game promotion for Mario Kart 8 has now expired.
Good spot by iSM4SHxYOUx at HUKD.
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge | TheGameCollection (eBay) | £7.95
Ninja Gaiden 3 was a complete mess. QTEs aplenty, snooze-worthy difficulty and a deluded attempt to pander to a 'Western' audience led to an absolute shambles, but at least the Razor's Edge edition made plenty of additions, tweaks and profound improvements -- resulting in a markedly superior game. If you want in on Wii U, TheGameCollection's new eBay listing trumps even their recent deal by a clear Quid. Thanks once again to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!
Being a first-party Ninty title means that this one is holding its value, but Argos' eBay outlet has burst ahead of the competition and are the cheapest by a few quid. Luigi's turn in the spotlight sees the levels remixed for a speedrun playstyle. His bigger jumps and slippery handling takes a while to get used to, but those of you looking for a stern platforming challenge will certainly find one with the lanky green bean.
Thanks to mroffice at HotUkDeals.
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge | Game Collection | £8.95
As you can tell by the above screenshot, Ninja Gaiden 3 isn't scared to splash out with the red stuff. Hardcore fans of the series were left disappointed by the dumbed down combat and the horror of an optional easy difficulty mode (patronisingly called' Hero Mode'), but if all you want is a button bashing hack and slash title for a weekend, you could do far worse for £8.95 (Dynasty Warriors for example). This Wii U version of the game lets you use the gamepad screen to select weapons or initiate Ninpo strikes. There are also extra weapons and specials to enjoy in all their bloody glory.
Thanks to TOMBOY25360 at HotUkDeals.
See, it is real. Yes, Nintendo are giving Link an appearance on the Wii U this year, but we would never have guessed it would be in a Dynasty Warriors spin-off. We're full of mixed feelings about this one, because, you know...Dynasty Warriors has been a bit rubbish since the PS2 days. But with the open-world Zelda effort still being at least a year away, we'll keep our fingers crossed that this one turns out ok. If -after that ringing endorsement- you fancy taking a punt, VideoGameBox are the cheapest around ahead of the September release.
Thanks to BuzzDuraband at HotUkDeals.
Lego Batman 2 | The Game Collection | £8.95
LEGO Batman 2 is outstanding, and getting to explore LEGO Gotham and LEGO Metropolis in this title. Granted, it's Tory Baker rather than the fabulous Will Arnett doing the voice here, but the Traveller's Tales scribes are on point here, with some cracking scenes between batman and Superman, and your usual huge helping of some classic LEGO slapstick.
Be quick, mind, The Game Collection are only offering LEGO Batman 2 at £8.95 for today.
Thanks to LAW666 at HotUkDeals.