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New Wave Of Amiibos To Include Splatoon Characters?

New Wave Of Amiibos To Include Splatoon Characters?

A recent listing by South African online retailer Raru, may have leaked a new wave of unannounced Amiibos.   Jgglypuff, Greninja, Splatoon Boy, Splatoon Girl and Splatoon Squid have all been listed, with a release date of May 29th.   The inclusion of Splatoon Amiibos hints towards to the game supporting Nintendo’s latest money spinner. Splatoon Squid Amiibo is only listed as part of a bundle, at least for now anyway. The listings do not feature any images of the products. This could all be down to a simple mistake on Raru’s side, or perhaps the listings are just place holders. Either way, it’ll be interesting to see if any of the Splatoon Amiibos actually happen....

All Killer, No Thriller – Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2 Review

All Killer, No Thriller – Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2 Review

*The review for episode 1 can be found here. Each episode will be reviewed individually*   The second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is a different beast from the first. Where the first episode laid on atmosphere, tension, and some minor survival horror tones, the second episode goes all guns blazing. From start, to finish, episode 2 is much more bullet ridden than the first. The issue is, Revelations 2 isn’t exactly sure what it wants to be, and episode 2 is a perfect example of this. Episode 2 sheds more light on the plot, as well as bringing new weapons and enemies to the series. The plot points are far and few between, but there’s enough to keep the story progressing, keeping the player interested. Both Barry and Claire’s campaign feature new enemy types. These new enemies are nothing more than a pain, mostly due to their mechanics. It’s not that it adds to the challenge of the game, instead, they just frustrate by slowing the game down. This frustration is found in abundance when playing episode 2. The game can never quite make it’s mind up to what it’s trying to be. The erratic nature of the game leaves the whole experience lopsided. From being rushed by multiple enemies, to suddenly finding the pace of the game reduced to a almost stand still. The issue is also reflected in the amount of ammo and herbs dropped throughout the game. More often than not, the player will find themselves drastically understocked , making a number of encounters drag on due to the sheer number of enemies. The constant barrage of action, mixed with some pace killing enemies, results in the whole experience feeling off. Both Claire and Barry run into situations that require co-op actions. These situations don’t feel organic in the slightest. The sole purpose for the co-op sections is purely to remind the player that their companion exists, even if they are under utilized throughout episode 2. Series fans will be happy to know episode 2 welcomes back boss battles, two of them to be exact. Both encounters require little in terms of skill, instead relying on the players sense of spacial awareness. Neither of the bosses provide much of a challenge. Hit and run makes up 99% of each battle, with the 1% consisting of evading the odd attack. The inclusion of the battles is welcomed, resulting in hopes for more interesting boss encounters in the future. Revelations: Episode 2 is solid enough, but staggers to maintain the level it’s predecessor set. While it does progress the plot, with a genuinely intriguing ending, the overall experience is mixed. The stop/start nature of the pace is jarring, often resulting in any player immersion fading away. The new enemy types do little to improve the game, only adding unnecessary frustration. One of the oddest traits of episode 2 is the way it treats supporting characters. Showing up for only a few minutes, then reappearing at random, they almost feel utterly pointless. The series still has plenty of promise, but this promise is worthless unless the game finds it’s feet. Firmly in the shadow of it’s predecessor, episode 2 is simply adequate.  ...

New ‘Inclusive’ Video Game Site For Women & Minorities Set To Launch March 9th

New ‘Inclusive’ Video Game Site For Women & Minorities Set To Launch March 9th

Last year saw the closure of a number of websites covering video games. With more and more big name sites either downsizing, or closing all together, the launch of new projects gets peoples attention. Offworld.com is the latest site to be launched, backed by recognizable names.   Leigh Alexander (Gamasutra) and Laura Hudson (WIRED) are both spearing heading a new site that’s ” an inclusive site where games are for everyone”. The mission statement of Offworld.com reads as follows: ”Ever thought games might not be for you? Join us. Here, games are for you. Offworld is a place for curious and playful grown-ups, where we can enjoy the endless possibilities of the 21st century’s greatest art form. We’re here to express our love of exploring new worlds, to talk to their creators, to share our discoveries, and imagine new frontiers to play in together. This will be an unequivocal home for women and minorities, whose voices will make up most of the work published here. We’re central to the growth and development of this warm, brilliant, expressive medium. Our doors officially open next Monday, March 9. The journey was long, but we made it, and this is our space. Welcome Offworld. Love, Leigh Alexander and Laura Hudson” The site’s launch is sure to attract praise and criticism, either way it’ll be interesting to see how it all pans out within the next few months. We tried to get some insight into the sites launch, but for some reason our twitter sources were all blocked, even though no previous contact had ever been made.  ...

Evolve’s Price Slashed By GAME

Evolve’s Price Slashed By GAME

Evolve, released last month, has had it’s price slashed by UK retailer GAME.   Turtle Rock’s 4 v 1 multiplayer had a controversial release, mainly down to the sheer amount of launch day DLC on offer. The game has since struggled to maintain a strong online presence. GAME are currently selling Evolve for £29.99, complete with the much criticized pre-order DLC. The price cut effects both the PS4 and the Xbox One version. The PC version is currently down to £21.99, which also includes the pre-order DLC. The price drop may signal a influx of new players. Those curious about the game, but not willing to pay full price, will no doubt be tempted by the reduction....

Bloodborne: Nightmare Edition Has Officially Sold Out

Bloodborne: Nightmare Edition Has Officially Sold Out

The GAME exclusive Bloodborne: Nightmare Edition has sold out. The chances of this being re-stocked seem pretty slim, private sellers may be the only option left. The Nightmare Edition was exclusive to UK retailer GAME, with various other options being sold at other outlets. Bloodborne is set for release on the 27th of March 2015.   At a cost of £79.99, the Nightmare Edition contained the following items:   Copy of the game in a steelbook Digital Soundtrack Notebook Art book Quill & Red Ink Set Book Tin In-game content (Bell trinket and Top Hat messenger skin)   GAME listed sometime ago, but have only recently sold out after a price reduction of £10. The collector’s edition is still in stock, offering only the steelbook, soundtrack and art book.   Normal copies are also still in stock, with pre-order DLC offered....

When Will The Current Gen Consoles Be Defined?

When Will The Current Gen Consoles Be Defined?

With the PS4 and Xbox One having spent a decent chunk of time on the market, I find myself asking a question. It’s the games that define a system, often the exclusives, and so far the new systems are debatable lacking in that department. The likes of Ryse, The Order 1886, InFamous and Sunset Overdirve have been decent, yet they’re hardly classics. Keeping in the limits of the last few decades or so, the majority of system have exclusives considered as classics. The PS3 had Uncharted 2, the 360 had Halo 3, the Wii had Super Mario Galaxy 2. Going back even further, the PS2 had Final Fantasy X, the Xbox had Halo 2 and the Gamecube had Smash Bros Melee.   Of course each of the previously mentioned systems had far more than the games listed. My curiosity around the newer systems is around how long it will take for them to gain a classic. It’s still early days, but the exclusives that have came, and went, have all faltered in some shape or form. It’s not that  they’re bad games, it’s just that they haven’t earned the status of ‘killer app’ or system seller. Both the PS4 and Xbox One feel like they are still searching for a identity. The search could be coming to a close, at least for the PS4. The exclusivity of Street Fighter 5 hinted towards the PS4′s direction. Neither system has a truly unique exclusive that defines the console. With the market still wide open, in terms of genres anyway, it’ll be interesting to see which system fosters what. Trying to get grasp of peoples expectations is always tricky, but this generation is a different kettle of fish. The hyper polished games are no longer enough, it’s got to be the whole package. This is something I suspect developers agree with, which perhaps explains the amount of delays in late 2014. 2015 is, hopefully anyway, both the PS4 and Xbox One finally define themselves. This generation is lacking in direction, identity and character. Exclusives can change that.      ...

Marth Amiibo Returns To Retail: End Of The Scalper?

Marth Amiibo Returns To Retail: End Of The Scalper?

The Amiibo line has been something I’ve been interested in from day one. I collect video games, and video game merchandise, so the Amiibo was right up my street. £10 for a decent little figure of the Smash Bros roster? Hell yeah, I was more than down for that. But little did I, or many others, know how crazy Amiibos would become. Those little pieces of plastic have gone from a Nintendo curiosity, to serious business. In late January of this year, Iwata said Nintendo have sold about 5.7 million Amiibo figures. 5.7 MILLION, they’ve barely been out for a full year, and have already became a huge success. The problem is, it’s not only Nintendo making a healthy sum of money from Amiibos, far from it. The e-bay scalper has been around for years, and the humble Amiibo is perfect opportunity. Buying in a number of figures, hiking up the prices of the rare ones, and watching the profit roll in. It started with Marth, Wii Fit Trainer and The villager, all going for around £10-15 more than retail price. Things get worse, much worse. As the fan base for Amiibos grew, so did the investment of the scalper. At the moment, a Meta Knight Amiibo is going for £50 plus on E-bay. That’s three times the price of launch day Amiibos, and people are paying. While it is a great showcase of killer instinct in a business like setting, scalpers are becoming more of a issue. Amiibos are becoming more and more of a stress to collect, as random ones sell out pretty much everywhere. Stores have placed 1 per customer caps on orders, but this has done little. Scalpers will pre-order from multiple stores, some even selling the pre-order slip. It’s now become a element of each release. The worst part of it all, is retailers have taken notice of the scalpers profits, and they wanted in.   UK retailer GAME tend to pull some questionable moves. Their treatment of Nintendo products has always been a bit shady. Past events include pulling copies of games from the shelves, only to put them back up at a hiked price. GAME saw the profits scalpers were earning via Amiibos, so they decide to get a piece of the action. In-store Amibo prices started at £10.99, they quickly changed to £14.99, with no real reason given. The worst part of GAME’s actions around Amiibos, is how they handle each new wave. After personally pre-ordering three full waves of Amiibos, I’ve only ever received one. Why is this odd? Well after doing some research, it would appear the majority of people never receive their online orders. The reason this is all a bit off boils down to the reasons orders are cancelled. ‘Stock issues’ is GAME’s official reason. The issue with this reason is their stores often stock Amiibos a few days (or even weeks) early, at a cost of £14.99. The online price is £10.99…it’s not hard to see what they are up to.   This price scalping could soon be at a end however. Marth, a wave one rarity, is coming back to retail. Nintendo announced that Marth will be reappear on store shelves in late April. The reason for this isn’t to counter the scalper culture around the product, but to support Code Name: STEAM. As a result of this news, Marth’s rarity and stock has fallen quite considerably. He’s no longer a scalpers hot product, as collectors will now have to merely wait to acquire him. Nintendo seem keen to restock Amiibo figures based on what game they support. Marth is usable with Code Name: STEAM, thus he is being restocked. The same could happen to any of the ‘rare’ Amiibo figures, spelling out the end of the Amiibo scalpers…hopefully.  ...

The Best Of February: Monsters & Cooking Cats

The Best Of February: Monsters & Cooking Cats

February was a pretty decent month of video game releases. The 3DS enjoyed two major releases, while the consoles welcomed Dying Light. The PS4 ushered in it’s new exclusive IP The Order 1886, mental reviews included. One of the biggest surprises of February, was the quality of downloadable games released. Resident Evil Revelations 2 – Episode 1 was surprisingly good, and a utter steal at £5. Hand of Fate may have been flawed, but the creativity of it’s concept is worthy of respect…and investment. Normally I’d only select one game as my ‘game of the month’ but truth be told, everything that came out in February was worth checking out. There is one game that stands head and shoulders above the rest, and another unfairly treated by some media outlets.   The Order 1886:   A few months back, I suggested that The Order 1886 would be a case of visuals over gameplay. I was never scathing towards the game, it was more of a case of curiosity. The Order 1886 is exactly that, it’s a curiosity. While some sites (mostly big ones that rated broken games highly) would have you believe The Order is a ‘bad’ game, the truth is, it’s just average. It’s average, at least in terms of it’s dated gameplay, it’s perfectly serviceable but utterly stuck in it’s ways. The technical achievement of The Order 1886 are pure brilliance. While the likes of InFamous: Second Son and Ryse look great, The Order 1886 looks real. The way characters moved, the way their eyes and facial expressions projected their emotions, it all felt organic. The sheer detail in each and every part of The Order 1886 is staggering, bar the lack of reflective surfaces. I enjoyed The Order 1886, I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected. The universe is genuinely interesting, with a ton of potential, the world is beautifully grim. The story may have been a little on the predicable side, with a hollow ending, but it’s satisfying. Even with my enjoyment of the game, I have to judge it fairly. The Order 1886 has it’s issues, but it’s far from a bad game. Short, enjoyable, and the first in a series with a lot of promise.   Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate:   Oh my, this isn’t just the best game out in February, it might just be one of the best games on the 3DS. With a improved single player, that also gives new players a more detailed starting point, Monster Hunter 4U is brilliant. Gather, plan, equip, hunt. The concept is simple, the devil is in the detail. On the surface, Monster Hunter 4U looks like a button masher, but it’s much more than that. Monster Hunter 4U has a hidden depth, it’s a pure depth which rewards skill rather than investment. Each weapon type alters the gameplay, they all offer a unique experience. The magic in Monster Hunter 4U is mastering a weapon, feeling a genuine sense of personal skill progression, rather than a number increasing on a stat screen.   I could honestly gush over how good the game is for days, but even than I’d be doing it a disservice. The newly added online multiplayer works like a charm, no lag and barely any connection issues in sight. Teaming up with three other hunters to take on huge creatures is thrilling, every single damn time. In a month where a games length has been questioned, Monster Hunter 4U offer hundreds of hours of play. After years of creeping into the West, Monster Hunter 4U has seemingly been the game to truly break into the territory. The only genuine fault Monster Hunter 4U has is a lack of voice chat, and it’s the ONLY fault. A masterpiece, a modern classic, February’s best game and maybe, just maybe, the 3DS’s best game....

Battlefield Hardline & Final Fantasy Type – 0 Discounted Among Other Titles At Zavvi.com

Battlefield Hardline & Final Fantasy Type – 0 Discounted Among Other Titles At Zavvi.com

As per every Monday, UK retailer Zavvi are running their Mega Monday sale.   The 24 hour sales includes a range of items from video games to memorabilia. This Monday contains a few deals worth looking at including: Final Fantasy Type – 0 (XB1/PS4) – £30.98 Xbox One (white) console with Sunset Overdrive – £279.99 Drive Club: Special Edition (PS4) – £29.98 Samurai Warriors 4 – Anime Edition (PS4) – £19.98 Battlefield Hardline – (XB1/PS4) – £39.98 Pre-order DMC: Devil May Cry Definitive Edition – (XB1/PS4) £22.98   Zavvi are currently running a 2 for £40 offer on ‘Next gen games’. The choice is a little small but the following titles stand out:   Child of Light – Deluxe edition: Short, but a beautifully relaxed video game experience. Strong art style and great soundtrack are note worthy   The Wolf Among Us – TellTales lesser known success story, but arguably more interesting game.   Lords of the Fallen – Dark Souls style effort that may not be a total success, but it’s enjoyable in it’s own right  ...

Mario Party 10 Amiibos Sell Out, New Nintendo Store Bundle Builder Added

Mario Party 10 Amiibos Sell Out, New Nintendo Store Bundle Builder Added

Nintendo have added a new feature to the store in the shape of a bundle builder.   The new feature allows customer to build a New 3DS bundle from a set number of options. The current options are between a new 3DS (in black or white), a face plate pack and a Mario Holder for the system. The total of the bundle comes to the sum of £159.99. The Mario Party 10 Amiibos have sold out, at least on a single purchase basis. The entire Mario Party 10 line can no longer be ordered on Nintendo’s UK store. There are two Mario Party 10 bundles available, one of which is bundled with a Mario Party Amiibo. The first bundle is the Game & Mario Party Mario combo costing £39.99.   The second bundle includes a copy of Mario Party 10, three Amiibo figures and a carry case for them. The three figures are Bowser, Peach and Yoshi at a cost of £69.99. This bundle only includes Smash Bros variants, not the Mario Party 10 versions. *Update – This bundle has now became available to pre-order again*   Nintendo did have a bundle listed that included a copy of the game, as well as Lugi & Toad Mario Party Amiibos, but that bundle has also sold out. Worry not, there’s still a few retailers with some Mario Party Amiibos up for pre-order.  ...

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