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In Summer- Traditional Summer Games

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Over the years there has always been at least one good game out there that we end up playing during our entire Summer break from finishing school or college. Even if you couldn't afford to go on holiday with friends or family you would end up playing something on your console or handheld, online multiplayer games are different from a different point of view if you play stuff like World of Warcraft or League of Legends. Most games I've played in the past during my summer during my time were all titles that were released back on the PlayStation 2 with games like Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy X or even God of War 1 and 2 but there was one game that pretty much took most of my summer back in 2006 and was one of those games that got it right.

Bought Dragon Quest: The Journey of the Cursed King just after the first day on launch in April 2006 and was the first Dragon Quest game to be released over in UK/Europe; This was the first big success for the series and also was the 8th game in the series for both Japan and North America which was released in 2004 and 2005. I didn't as much time playing through the game after I've first bought it but after my first year at college had finished for the summer, spent a ton of hours sinking into its story. It wasn't just the story I liked it was also the well-coloured visuals and art even the character designs were drawn by Akira Toriyama who is well known for his work on the Dragon Ball series. Travelling around the world and fighting countless enemies and bosses also made Dragon Quest one of those adventures you don't want to leave or end by the time you've completed the game or spent the entire summer trying to complete the game. I could really talk more about Dragon Quest if I wanted but I'd rather not spoil it for anyone who hasn't experienced this classic PS2 title.

As the years progress either you have a paid job or spending time with family and friends we still try and find the time to play games in our spare time, handhelds have made a good impact during people's summer either you've been aboard somewhere or meeting up with a few friends or plan on heading to a convention you can spend hours on that one game. I remember purchasing Project X Zone for the 3DS during last year the insane story-plot and basic gameplay kept up us on my toes and plus coming back to it back quite a lot it might not have been the best game I've played on a handheld but this did had a lot to offer from its sprite animation during cutscenes and gameplay. As I've already mentioned both games I still look back from my past summers experiences on going through countless adventures in another world in that one game that ends up being that good making us feel that were a part of that story.

I know that theres been a few games that have been released during the summer period and around the same time when quite a few good movies are released in Cinemas as well. But do you try and buy the latest game during the Summer or do you have a back-log of games that you want to play and beat by the time summer ends?

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NERG 2014 Blog (North East Retro Gaming)

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I went to SunnyCon two weeks ago and two weeks later the weekend that's just been went to another convention which was NERG (North East Retro Gaming) this was their second year organising this weekend. Went to NERG last year and really enjoyed every moment on its retro gaming, all of the arcade machines and pinball machines were all free-to-play meaning that you didn't need any money to play any of the machines. You would only have to pay for either a day ticket or a weekend ticket to enter and to play some classic games.

There was a cosplay contest on the Saturday and came of Abe (Oddworld Abe's Oddysee) and one of the dealers I've bumped into called Gotcha Geek On was selling Oddworld pins and I just had to buy a SoulStorm Brew pin since Abe's Exoddus is my favourite Oddworld game in the series. I am looking forward to Oddworld: New N Tasty this month which is released on my birthday which is July 22nd which makes it more awesome. There were other cosplayers at the weekend from Lollipop Chainsaw, Super Mario and Wreck-It Ralph. Played quite a few of the arcade machines there were there including Star Wars Trilogy Arcade, Space Harrier, Tron, Mortal Kombat II, Pac Man and even Galaga. More than 60 pinball machines were at the event from ACDC, Hook, Back to the Future and Starship Troopers, plus 60 consoles were also playable as well with a little history brief about each of the systems from the Atari 2600, Sega Genesis and a few of the consoles that were only released in China.

I even won the Cosplay Contest on the Saturday winning £250 cash including a cool glass cup, wasn't specting to win the contest but this was a big surprise for me. Even bought a few retro games myself like Driver, Final Fantasy Tactics and managed to pick up a copy of Heart of Darkness (PS1) because I know that Game Grumps are doing a video play-through on the game itself and pretty much the reason why I bought it since I like the 2D styled games and of course it's puzzles that are added. Plus managed to buy myself a Nintendo GameCube for £10 with a controller all I need now is a memory card and the power cable for it, before going to NERG a few days ago managed to find a copy of Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker for £2.99 in a Charity shop and the disc only had finger prints on both discs and this did came with Ocarina of Time never played both games. When I saw a GameCube at that price it was easily clear that I needed to play both games since I've missed out on both games when I was younger; and of course my friends have highly recommended me to play both games if I ever get the chance.

I would admit I did spot a few machines that were at NERG last year and made an appearance again this year and of course there was no House of the Dead II at the event which was one of my favourite arcade games whenever I went on holiday somewhere in Spain either during the day or even before going on a night out drinking the last time I've played it was at Newcastle Film & Comic-Con back in March. I did have a fun weekend overall and enjoyed every moment of the event with my friends and talking about how awesome it was.

Few more photos from the weekend and what games I've played-

If only Prisoner of Azkaban was released as a PS1 title in 2003

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I would admit that 2004 was a great year and summer when it came to movies; there were films like Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Shrek 2, Spider-Man 2, and Anchorman. But it's games based on movies that were released in 2004 were actually enjoyable to play back then if you had either a PS2, Xbox, Cube, GBA or even a PC; however there was one game I've enjoyed playing which I've mentioned a few seconds ago and surprised that it’s been 10 years since its release on all systems expect for the PS1-

If you caught my last blog on The Lion King 20 Year Retrospective this blog may be a little similar. The Harry Potter games themselves have always played a big impact during my childhood and teenage years whenever the next film was released in Cinemas Me and my family would talk about which scenes they have changed or taken in or out of the books themselves. I'm one of those people that end up reading the books before the film is released which is where you can really tell that there are changes here and there. Going back to Harry Potter the games have always been enjoyable for me but after The Goblet of Fire was released felt like the games were going a little downhill and feeling a lot easier then it's predecessors, the Lego Harry Potter games and Quidditch World Cup don't count in this blog only its main series from the 7 books or what you muggles would call it 8 films.

Prisoner of Azkaban played a little similar to the last two Harry Potter games that were released back in 2001 and 2002 on almost all systems but this time had a few changes from the level and concept design and its visuals and animation were stunning for a movie title at that time making it feel more like it was made from a Japanese company but however this game was released from EA games which holds the rights to the franchise alongside Warner Brothers. Like its last two games this followed more to the books more then to the movies which I thought was a great thing as always since I've loved both games that were released on the PS1. Now let’s take a look back at both Philosopher's Stone and Chamber of Secrets for the PS1-

I actually enjoyed both games more that were released on the PS1 plus the studio Argonaut studios developed both games, some of you may know that this is the same studio that made games like Croc and of course a few Disney video games too. What I liked about the games that they were more challenging and felt like a proper Harry Potter game when it comes to attending Hogwarts, following the story of Harry's first two years at school, learning spells and a few characters that didn't get mentioned in the films but are mentioned in the books. Back in 2003 I knew that Prisoner of Azkaban was going to be released but it got released in 2004 instead, it was also the final year that there would no longer be games being released for the PS1 FIFA 2005 was the last game to be released, but if Prisoner of Azkaban was released in 2003 this could have been released for the PS1 which could have been a great idea for the hard-core Potter fans and PS1 gamers. It might have taken a lot of space on a disc but the game itself would have the same gameplay controls, graphics, voicing and of course collecting all Famous Witch and Wizards Cards throughout the game.

Going back to 2004 seeing Harry Potter games on the sixth-generation did make some improvements for its visuals but it's PS1 versions of the first games have always been remembered but not forgotten just hope they get released on the PSN Store later in the future to download on either your PS3, PSP or PS Vita.

Did you play both Harry Potter games on the PS1? Or have a favourite Harry Potter game?

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Anime line-up: Summer 2014

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Summer is just around the corner and what does it have lined-up for most Anime fans out there. A ton of new anime has just started and here is a list of a few animes worth checking out if you have the time-

Sword Art Online Season 2-

This is the sequel to Sword Art Online, this was one of the biggest anime back in 2012 this will be the next arc "Phantom Bullet". Nothing else has been mentioned about Season 2 but more info will likely leak after the first episode and the new opening and ending theme too.

Persona 4 the Golden Animation-

A rural town far removed from the city that spends its time peacefully. A boy arrives at Yaso Inaba Station, where the cherry blossom petals are falling. His name is Yuu Narukami. Due to his family's situation, he moves to Inaba to live with his uncle, and attends Yasogami High School. From there, his school life begins: The shopping mall after school. The serial murders happening in the town, The Midnight Channel that comes on late at night…

Space Dandy Season 2-

This will be the Second Season of Space Dandy which just started this year back in January for both English and Japanese voicing so you should have a choice on what version to watch it since both version have good voice acting.

Free! Eternal Summer-

Second Season of Free! This takes places after the first season where Haruka Nanase and his friends Makoto Tachibana, Nagisa Hazuki and Rei Ryūgazaki resume their normal lives at Iwatobi High School. Rin Matsuoka finally accepts his past and repairs the bonds with his friends following the swimming tournament. While he decides to continue following his dream of becoming an Olympic swimmer, a new competition looms over the heads of the Iwatobi High Swimming Club as they continue training to improve their performance.

Jinsei-

Story centers on Yūki Akamatsu, a boy who joins the staff of his school's second newspaper. The editor-in-chief Ayaka Nikaidō immediately assigns him to the life (jinsei) advice column. Three girls the science representative Rino Endō, the liberal arts representative Fumi Kujō, and the physical education representative Ikumi Suzuki answer requests from students about whatever is troubling them.

Sailor Moon Crystal-

This will not be a remake of the 1992 original, but rather a more direct adaptation of the manga and is set to premiere on July 5, 2014 and a new episode every other week for a year, running at a total of 26 episodes. Fans have been waiting forever for Sailor Moon would the wait be worth it in the end?

DRAMAtical Murder-

Taking place many years in the future where the game "Rhyme" a virtual fighting game, is incredibly popular and people possesses "AllMates," convenient AI computers. Aoba leads an ordinary life, working at a junk shop and living with his grandmother on the island of Midorijima. Unlike his friends, he doesn't participate in Rhyme, nor does he belong in a gang. However when rumours of people disappearing spread, Aoba finds himself needing to unravel the mysteries behind the island in order to protect his everyday life.

Glasslip-

The story follows six high school students who meet during the summer. The protagonist is Touko Fukami, a 17 year old born in Fukui Prefecture. Her dream is to become a glass artisan.

Minarai Diva-

Story follows two aspiring divas who hope to become famous through a unique brand of music.

Tokyo Ghoul-

The suspense horror dark fantasy story is set in Tokyo, which is haunted by mysterious "ghouls" who are devouring humans. People are gripped by the fear of these ghouls whose identities are masked in mystery. An ordinary college student named Kaneki encounters Rize, a girl who is an avid reader like him, at the café he frequents. Little does he realize that his fate will change overnight.

Other Anime that should be worth checking out as well-

  • Aldnoah. Zero
  • Barakamon
  • Bakumatsu Rock
  • Hanayamata
  • Kuroshitsuji: Book of Circus
  • Love Stage!!
  • Majimoki Rurumo
  • Puri Para
  • Rail Wars!
  • Sengoku Basara Judge End

Any Anime on the list catch your attention or plan on watching this Summer?

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The Lion King 20 Year Retrospective

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Did you know that it's been twenty since The Lion King was first released in Cinemas back in June 15th 1994; I was surprised at first when I heard some of my friends mentioning this on Facebook a few weeks ago and most of them weren't even born or way too young to remember much of the 90's. I do remember seeing the movie in Cinema's around the age of 5 which I think I saw this movie a few weeks before going back to school around that time. Can't actually remember the last time I've watched this movie more like at least 10 years ago the last time I've watched the movie but however The Lion King was one of the most popular films from Disney if you don't include Pixar, but it is the third highest-grossing animated film of all-time when it comes to animated movies however Frozen has now become the number one highest-grossing animated films of all time since it was first released in cinemas.

Few months later in the year 1994 the video game was released on both the Super Nintendo and the Sega Genesis, I did used to have this game which I picked up in the town market a few years later after I got my first game console which was the Sega Genesis and was looking for some games to play it on, luckily games on the Genesis were cheap to get around 1999 so it wasn't that expensive on games for me at that time. Would admit that the game itself is still a hard game to beat on any difficulty the game itself was still an enjoyable experience and it's one of those really good Disney games that was made right before later titles in the future got the full 3D-render and given mixed scores on it being a good game or a bad game to check out based on a movie title game. This was a is a side-scrolling platform game, with controlling Simba having to leap, climb, run and descend from platform to platform. There were two bars appear on the head-up display, to the left is the roar meter, which must be fully charged for Simba's roar to be effective. To the right is the health bar which decreases when Simba is hurt. At the bottom left of the screen is a counter showing how many lives Simba has remaining. Bugs of various shapes and sizes can be collected, restoring health or granting bonuses.

Yet another thing that made The Lion King memorable itself was the soundtrack, the music was adapted from songs and orchestrations in the soundtrack. I really do remember the music from Stage 2 the most which was "Can't Wait to Be King" which was both catchy and frustrating at the same time as you had to roar at monkeys in order to get across from platform to platform and of course you can't swim in the game so you have to roar at the monkeys to throw you across to another monkey and then other monkeys throwing you at the right place you want to go, think of a sequence order when you think about this. This is still a highly recommended game to anyone out there who still own a Sega Genesis or a Super Nintendo, however this was released later on both the PlayStation and Game Boy Colour called The Lion King: Simba's Mighty Adventure looking closely to the events in the film and the storyline carried on into the sequel The Lion King II: Simba's Pride but both the film sequel and the game got poor reviews from both the fans and critics alike.

Did you also know that the Square Enix series Kingdom Hearts features Simba as a recurring summon, as well as a playable world in Kingdom Hearts II known as Pride Lands. There the plotline is loosely related to the later part of the original film, with all of the main characters except Zazu and Sarabi. The Lion King also provides one of the worlds featured in the 2011 action-adventure game Disney Universe and Simba was featured in the DS title Disney Friends.

Do you remember watching this film as a kid back in the 90's or have any memorable moments you want to talk with the game?

Let us know in the comments-

Don't forget to check out my latest review I've just posted on Valiant Hearts (PS3) Review which could well be my favourite game for 2014 at the moments.

SunnyCon 2014 Blog- Oddworld: SunnyCon Oddysee

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Finally recovered from the weekend and you could say I've had the best weekend just a shame that it ended too quickly because almost every SunnyCon gets even better and better. This was my third year and time going to SunnyCon during the weekend of 21st and 22nd June which was held at The Pullman Lodge in Seaburn seafront in Sunderland. I've mentioned in my past blogs that I've been working on a cosplay for this convention and yes managed to get my cosplay done before that weekend and even entered the Cosplay Masquerade as Abe (Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee)

Actually thought that I was going to give up during the progress on making Abe, started working on it straight as the Easter holidays the mask was pretty much forward using a carnival mask and then sanding it and paper mache it with PVA glue with newspapers and paper including paint on top. The eyes creeped a few people out because they were made out of ping pong balls and drilling a hole in for me to see and of course attaching a mouth and lips. Took a lot of photos and notes as I progressed on making the cosplay, used latex fabric for the skin and a fake chest piece for the front chest which I painted in green and covered the nipples. I used brown cloth material for the loincloth, the hairpiece which was stuffed with cotton wool pads which I've also used to cover the mouth and eyes too for cotton wool. And the feet were pretty much a pair of dinosaur slippers and stitched the claws and turning them into toes. I got a lot of photos during that weekend from fans, gamers and friends who were at the convention. I would admit that I was boiling under the Abe costume because the weather during the weekend was really sunny and warm at the same time.

Two U.S Voice actors appeared at the event who were J Michael Tatum (Black Butler and Borderlands 2) and Quinton Flynn (Kingdom Hearts, Metal Gear Solid 2) there were both long lines for both photos and autographs for both actors, got lucky to meet Quinton Flynn in person during the day who signed my copy of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days and he even sung some karaoke songs during the night party on the Saturday night.

I could have went as Abe again for the Sunday but it was still way too warm for us, so instead cosplayed as The Governor (The Walking Dead) for the Sunday. A lot of people were entertained by panel talks, exhibitions, demonstrations, competitions, food, and gaming. And one gamer even used the event to pop the question to his girlfriend. She accepted his wedding proposal to rapturous cheers and applause. The convention itself also raises funds for several charities, this year nominating Macmillan Cancer Support, Aid for Japan, and local charity, Sunderland Pride. I do have another convention to go to on July 5th and 6th which is NERG (North East Retro Gaming) but this will one will be a Gaming convention including all arcades and pinball machines will all be free to play. But what future will next year's SunnyCon have in stock? Because I am already looking forward to next year as it is.

Here are a few more photos I've took and one that one of my friends took too-

R.I.P- Rik Mayall and Hogs of War Tribute

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I was quite upset when I heard about the news before watching E3 last week during the Monday afternoon, one of my favourite comedian Rik Mayall who died at his home in Barnes, London at the age of 56, some said he suffered an "acute cardiac event" shortly after returning from a run. But this was truly sad news for everyone including Ade Edmondson where both of them have been in some of the best British comedies like The Young Ones and Bottom including a movie called Guest House Paradiso.

*Bottom-GAS was shown on BBC 2 this week to pay tribute and the best episode in the series*

Tributes have been paid around the country from comedians and fans across the country including an unofficial blue plaque appeared in Hammersmith, London which referenced the opening title sequence of BBC sitcom series Bottom. Not only Rik Mayall appeared in comedies and in the movie Drop Dead Fred, He even voiced both narration and for characters for a game which was called Hogs of War released back in 2000 for both PS1 and PC.

Hogs of War was a lot like Worms but instead it was set during the First World War and instead of worms you control pigs which all had their own country/team like Tommy Trotters was the British Team, Garlic Grunts was the French Team, Sow-A-Krauts was the German Team. There are other country team’s names in the game as well. This was a turn-based tactics game where you take turns controlling individual members of their squad of hogs to engage in combat with the opposition, similar to Worms which I've already mentioned. Each turn takes control of a single squad member in a third-person perspective to move around the map, including jumping over terrain and swimming over bodies of water, yet can only engage in combat when stationary with weapons like a gun, bazooka or even your fists. Each turn has a set time limit and ends if the timer counts down to zero, so you may want to move as quick as you can and quickly think what's the best strategy to taking out your opponents on the battlefield. Not just the 3D graphics that looked stunning for a multiplayer war game, the single-player campaign offered quite a lot as you progressed your way to victory in winning the war with one of your teams and using medals to promote your pigs so that they can gain new weapons and more health.

*This was some recording footage I've found on Youtube on recording for Hogs of War*

However the real star of the show was once again Rik Mayall who provided both the narration for the movie war clips and voicing some of the pigs and giving some bad taunts to the player encouraging you to try and win the battle on multiplayer. Plus John Phillip Sousa's Liberty Bell Match was the main theme music for the entire game but you may have also heard this from the TV comedy series Monty Python and the Flying Circus. There was supposed to be a sequel in the works as of February 13, 2008, Infogrames announced Hogs of War 2 for DS, Wii, PS2 and PC. It was slated for release in April 2009 but is now presumed cancelled. During this period Infogrames was experiencing financial problems and was reincorporated as Atari, SA.

This was a big shame for fans and gamers like me who have been waiting for a sequel since 2000 but the chances on seeing a sequel in the future a very very slim especially since Rik Mayall isn't around. However Hogs of War was released on the PSN store for North America but there has still been no word of it released for UK/Euro PSN hopefully one day it'll released elsewhere for players to download on their PS3, PSP or even their PS Vita. I would highly recommend Hogs of War to anyone if they still own a PS1 or have an American PSN account go out and download this game.

Rik Mayall will never be forgotten when it comes to comedies perhaps later in the future other people will look to his work and inspiration on making people laugh.

E3 2014- EA and Ubisoft Press Conferences

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If you've missed my last blogs you can find it here- E3 2014- Microsoft Press Conference and E3 2014- SONY Press Conference and E3 2014- Nintendo Press Conference/Direct this is will be the last part of my E3 blog based on both EA and Ubisoft's Press Conference, both conferences only lasted for an hour but had a good line up on games from both them-

EA started off showing Star Wars Battlefront which is now being developed on next-gen consoles by DICE but however the team were talking about how good it will be and how well detailed they want it to for a Star Wars game. Dragon Age: Inquisition with a trailer with some breath-taking music in the background, BioWare also mentioned their next project on Mass Effect 4 and what fans want to see in the next instalment in the series. The Sims 4 was also mentioned with a ton of new features and content added in, including stories for each of the Sims in The Sims 4 alongside different types of emotions and type of person you want to make from a funny sim to a lazy sim.

As always there's always a Sports game that gets released every year on all systems with some new features and content added in. Fifa 15 was one of them since the series itself remains in the Top 10 Sales Charts for months after its launch release. Other sports titles were mentioned including-

  • PGA Tours
  • Madden NFL
  • UFC
  • NHL

The biggest highlight came from both Battlefield Hardline which did include a Beta which went live at E3 and likely after the show as well; but there was also some more information and some prototype gameplay of Mirror's Edge-

Some say it's a sequel to the first game which was released back in 2008 and others have said it could well be a reboot itself for PS4/Xbox One/PC but time will tell as soon there is even more information later by this year or even at next year's E3 maybe. EA has always been my least favourite press conference when it comes to E3 every year but however Ubisoft managed to pull off a good press conference but the disappointment from them was that there was still no mention of Beyond Good and Evil 2. The Rabbids made another return at E3 making it feel like a really short animated film and telling people in the audience to switch off their phones during the conference. Starting off the show was the opening glimpse of Far Cry 4 including its next villain who makes an appearance and kept saying "Stop the bus" over and over more information and gameplay was mentioned later at E3 including some footage at Sony's Press Conference. Sixth game in the series Just Dance 2015 was announced the gameplay retains the same as in the past Just Dance games where players follow the on-screen dancer to earn points. New to the series is the "Community Remix" mode where players dance to songs that have other players on the screen instead of the dancers. Modes from past games such as the "World Dancefloor" and the "Autodance" feature will appear in this game. Another game was also announced with Just Dance 2015 called Just Dance Now, an app that lets players play Just Dance anywhere after syncing up a device with the website on another screen connected with the internet.

Two trailers came up from both The Division and The Crew, but the biggest highlight had already came out of Microsoft's Press Conference but at Ubisofts Press Conference they showed off some more gameplay footage and what the multiplayer will have in Assassin's Creed Unity-

When I first saw the trailer from the Microsoft's Press Conference I was quite surprised where the series was going to head to next after Assassin's Creed 3 and 4 Black Flag if you've read my blog Is Assassin's Creed losing it's touch? Or is it building more ideas? the idea of the story being set during the French Revolution is for once a great idea but this does feel more like a multiplayer game like what they did with Assassin's Creed Brotherhood back in 2010 but so far it looks really impressive with it being on a next-gen console it does make me wonder where the series will go next after this.

There's been a few good and bad fitness games Ubisoft has been working on a new fitness game for Xbox One called Shape Up, the concept is simple working out is boring, so let’s make it fun. The idea is that gamers like to set and beat high scores, and if they’re working out while doing it they won’t know as long as it’s fun, the first demo of the game was a rhythm action offering with more than a bit of DDR to it, but the presentation has a very fun Katamari/Wario Ware slant to it that certainly jazzes up proceedings. I know that this next game was already mentioned before E3 but this next game was inspired by the written letters during the Great War during World War I and this is puzzle-adventure game made by the same team who brought games like Rayman Origins and Beyond Good and Evil-

The last time I've enjoyed a game from Ubisoft was Beyond Good and Evil HD back in 2011 and still waiting for the sequel since 2005, Valiant Hearts is something else it's not just the stunning 2D art style or the soundtrack but the story and gameplay really caught my attention especially it f it's a game based on the First World War, we've seen games in the past but all focusing on World War II but never many games on the First World War the only game I can think off that has done this idea around the same concept was Hogs of War (PS1/PC), Valiant Hearts is being released later at the end of this month on PSN/Xbox Live/Steam but I can tell that this game will win a few awards later at the end of the year for its art in a video game.

At the very end of the show Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege was announced for next-gen consoles like all other titles in the series, it will focus heavily on team play and realism. However there are major differences to older versions of the game, featuring a heavy multiplayer focus and destructible environments.

What games caught your attention from both EA and Ubisoft anything you're looking forward to for this year?

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E3 2014- Nintendo Press Conference/Direct

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If you've missed my last blog you can find it here- E3 2014- Microsoft Press Conference and E3 2014- SONY Press Conference this is my third E3 blog which is based on Nintendo. We know that it wasn't going to be doing a press conference this year at E3 but instead they did their own E3 Direct Presentation live on various sites Nintendo, Youtube and GameSpot which only lasted for 47 minutes but there was a ton of more new information after the presentation but like Microsoft and Sony's it was all about games for the Wii U and yes there were a lot of surprises.

Starting off with the Press Conference all being animated based on the TV Comedy Robot Chicken including most of its Nintendo characters were all animated too reminding everyone that it's not an episode of the series. The first game to pop up was Super Smash Brothers for both Wii U and 3DS introducing a new character in the game which is Mii fighter, loved how it started off with Reggie fighting Iwata in a Smash Brothers match and explaining that the Mii fighter likely you can use your own Mii in battle unless Nintendo offers DCL or a QR Code to play as Iwata or Reggie if gamers want to play them in Smash Brothers. This will also be one of the first games to be compatible with new toys called amiibos - that contain NFC (Near Field Communication) chips. These can be used to store data about the player's progress and send the information to and from a Wii U through its controller. The firm said this will allow players to carry their customised settings and achievements to friend’s homes or even StreetPass meets if they can find somewhere to hook up a Wii U somewhere. Like Skylanders and Disney Infinity Nintendo plans to release the amiibos just in time before the Christmas Holidays and help Nintendo on the sales for both the 3DS and Wii U, Mario Kart 8 has already helped the sales for the Wii U from the last few weeks now.

I know that the Year of the Luigi ended not long ago but when people reacted when seeing a trailer on a new Yoshi game which was in fact Yoshi's Woolly World playing as Yoshi through a world made out of wool, like Kirby Epic Yarn this takes this to a whole new world for Nintendo. Some gamers have already claimed that this could well be the Year of the Yoshi; this will also have 2 player co-op by teaming up and various puzzles along the way. The art alone and the gameplay is one of the many reasons why you should pick up a Wii U just to play this game. However it might not be the Year of the Yoshi it could well be the Year of the Toad; Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker follows Toad who sets out on his own adventure, with it being a success and having the same ideas it had in Super Mario 3D World had it's fair to say a lot of gamers enjoyed the Toad levels and Nintendo have made the right move on making a game based on that idea.

Legend of Zelda was the star of the show for Nintendo at E3 this year and promising that the new open-world fantasy-themed Zelda game will mark a "clean break with the past" by letting players travel in the game wherever they want rather than forcing them to follow a set path and complete scenarios in a pre-determined order. Hyrule Warriors which is a battlefield-set title that unites the swordsman with characters from the Dynasty Warriors series but playing as your favourite Hyrule characters from Link, Zelda and Midna set to release on 26 September for US, 19th September for UK/Europe and 14th August for Japan.

Other games and news were announced for the Wii U including-

  • Mario Maker
  • Pokémon Alpha and Omega
  • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X
  • Bayonetta 2 including the first Bayonetta added as well
  • Two more characters added to Super Smash Brothers- Palutena and Pac-Man

Splatoon does feel more like a kid's version of Call of Duty or even a good First-Person Shooter like Timesplitters or Goldeneye. Splatoon is a four-on-four multiplayer title in which gamers compete to cover as much of an arena in their colour of paint as possible this will also have online multiplayer meaning that playing games online on the Wii U will even be more fun for gamers out there. It does remind me of a mix of Super Mario Sunshine and de Blob when you are thinking about paint being used in games.

Last but not least Shigeru Miyamoto announces a new Star Fox for Wii U no gameplay footage was shown but Miyamoto did explain how the gameplay will work on the Wii U and a release date set for 2015 which is at least a year away from now likely more information will be mentioned later within the months. More announcements are on the way from Nintendo later by this week including some new titles and release dates on 3DS games, most sites and gamers have already claimed that Nintendo have pretty much won E3 this year.

What caught your eye from Nintendo at E3? Has this reason made you want to buy a Wii U now after the new announcements on games?

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E3 2014- SONY Press Conference

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If you've missed my last blog you can find it here- E3 2014- Microsoft Press Conference this is part 2 of my E3 blog based on the Sony Press Conference. I did stay up around 2 am when it came to watching this live on my laptop through GameSpot. As the show started to kick off with a new trailer on Destiny including a PS4 release which will be released first before it's on other consoles and a bundle deal which is a white PS4, Destiny and a 30-Day Subscription for PSN Plus set to release on September 9th.

Like Microsoft's Press Conference it was all about games for the first half of their show all focusing for the PlayStation 4, quite a few surprises were announced including LittleBigPlanet 3 with new characters to help Sackboy on his nest adventure this is also compatible with user-created levels from LittleBigPlanet 1 and 2 meaning you can play those created levels over on LittleBigPlanet 3 on the PS4 and giving more tools to use when it comes to creating and sharing your own levels across the world through PSN. Another big surprise came from the mastermind Tim Schafer from Double Fine Productions who has brought some of the most memorable games like Psychonauts and Brutal Legend, the loudest cheers of the event with news that LucasArts classic 1998 game Grim Fandango was being recreated for both PS4 and PS Vita so it's likely it'll be a Cross-Buy game in the future.

Sony unveiled a curious and striking origami-like tunnel flying game called Entwined which is on the PSN right now for PS4 users but this will also get released on the PS3 and Vita as a Cross-Buy game later in the year. Entwined is made by a small graduate team imagine two origami dragons, or birds, one blue and one orange. Two souls in love but they can't be together, you must bring them together over the course of nine lifetimes, navigating increasingly difficult tunnel levels as you go. Control one dragon-bird-thing on one analogue stick, and the other on the right analogue stick, if you're successful, the two souls will merge and transform into a magnificent dragon. Indie games in general are now becoming more and more popular starting from PC and then appearing on home consoles and handhelds, the line-up of games of Indie games that are coming soon really do look impressive to look at making it feel more like art than gaming; UK-based Hello Games was widely praised for its promo of No Man's Sky a title involving a universe containing an infinite amount of planets. Giant Squid showed off a new title called Abzu an underwater-set follow up to its award-winning title Journey which won a few game of the year awards in 2012.

Bloodborne confirmed for the PS4 as well which is an action role-playing game from Demon's Souls and Dark Souls developer From Software and director Hidetaka Miyazaki. The fantasy dark setting really gives you an idea what to see in on a next-gen console and likely will have the same difficulty and gameplay from Demon's Souls and Dark Souls you can tell straight away that Bloodborne is going to be a huge seller for 2015 sales, hoping they'll be more information on this at Tokyo Game Show in the coming months. More games were also mentioned including-

  • Metal Gear Solid 5
  • Dead Island 2
  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • Ratchet and Clank
  • Far Cry 4
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Batman Arkham Knight
  • Mortal Kombat X
  • Let it Die

A quick mention of two new demos for Project Morpheus, Sony's virtual reality helmet was all but ignored during the press conference. Instead it focused on the North American launch of PS Now in July a service that will allow PS4s to play games made for older consoles through the internet. It added that the service would be extended to the PS3, PS Vita handheld and selected Sony TVs later in the year. A promotion for Powers an in-development detective TV series involving characters with superpowers could this be something like Heroes and then got cancelled after a Season 4 with no cliff-hanger or solid ending? A little disappointment that Sony didn't talk about or even mentioned some new PS Vita games there was however some release dates for them for games like Tales of Hearts R, Minecraft, Child of Light and Tales of Borderlands.

Saving the best to last Naughty Dog announces their next title on the PS4 which turns out to be Uncharted 4 taking place seven years after his last adventure, retired fortune hunter, Nathan Drake, is forced back into the world of thieves. With the stakes much more personal, Drake embarks on a globe-trotting journey in pursuit of a historical conspiracy behind a fabled pirate treasure. His greatest adventure will test his physical limits, his resolve, and ultimately what he's willing to sacrifice to save the ones he loves.

Ok yes a lot of people were wanting to see if The Last Guardian was going to show up at E3 this year but according some various sites and news from Sony they are just waiting for the right time to show The Last Guardian to the world and working some of the tweaks making it the perfect game just hope that it's still getting a PS3 release later in the future because the PS3 itself still has a great line-up of games this year and next year to look forward too including Persona 5 and Kingdom Hearts II.5 HD Remix.

What did you think of SONY's Press Conference this year? Anything you are looking forward to playing on your PS3/PS4/PS Vita?

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