I played a demo of Star Fox Zero at Nintendo World Store during E3 week and from the opening level of Corneria that I played, things seemed pretty good. The motion controls took a little getting used to at first, but they felt fine by the time I was about halfway through the level. I’m also a pretty big fan of Platinum Games, so when I found out they were developing it I was pretty excited and hyped for it’s release.
Then it got delayed out of Holiday 2015 and into 2016. My first thoughts were about the Wii U and how it wasn’t going to have the “big” title for November. Sure there was Animal Crossing amiibo Festival and Mario Tennis Ultra Smash but those are not near the level of a big November exclusive I expect (Smash Bros, Mario 3D World, etc). After that initial reaction, I then started to get more concerned about the game. Nintendo has earned my trust with delays, they’ve delayed plenty of games that turned out to be excellent in the end. I figured Star Fox Zero was no different, the footage of Star Fox at E3 2014 and E3 2015 were a huge difference, the game hadn’t been in development for a long time so an extra 6 months will go a long way.
But then it dawned on me, maybe this isn’t something Platinum Games can handle. Read the rest of this entry
This is the time of year when the release schedule gets a little crowded. Earlier this week Pikmin 3 kicked off the video game season, and here are the upcoming games for August & September that I have my eye on. I’m also posting the best release day deals I can find for each one of these games. If you find a better deal please comment below or contact me on Twitter @TheGamerPad *I did not include upcoming digital releases on this list.
8/11 – Mario & Luigi Dream Team (3DS) – Best Deal: Fry’s $29.99 – Anyone who’s been reading this site or my twitter account should know by now that I’m a pretty big Nintendo fan. So it should be no surprise Mario & Luigi: Dream Team is on my list of must-haves. I beat the first two Mario & Luigi games but have not played Bowser’s Inside Story yet. I’m unsure if I’m going to try and play through Bowser’s Inside Story before I start Dream Team, but I will be picking up this game when it’s released.
8/20 – Saints Row IV (360) – Best Deal: Best Buy Pre Order Receive $10 Reward Certificate – I never got into the first Saints Row game, the second one I played one day while snowed inside of the house…I must’ve spent 10 hours on it in that one day alone. When the Third came out, and I gave it a shot, I came away surprised as it was one of my favorite games of 2011. I played through the entire game and got all of the achievements, it was some of the most fun I’ve had on my 360 and the humor was possibly the best I’ve ever seen in a video game. The Third sold me on Saints Row IV, and I’m probably looking forward to this just as much, if not more than GTA V. Read the rest of this entry
Every year I try to take a look at what games are expected to be released, then I figure out which ones I feel are must-buys. I rank them usually on what I know will be good and warrant a day one purchase, what is worth renting first and what is worth waiting for a price drop.
Whenever I’m looking at my list of “must-have” games before E3, it seems short and affordable. It isn’t until after E3 I figure out that my wallet is going to take a pretty steep hit. With the 3DS starting to have more steady releases, the addition of a PS3 last year, and the release of Wii U this year…I’m expecting Q4 to be overwhelming.
The following list I’ve made is games that I plan to purchase pretty much the day they release. They’re only in order of their expected release dates, not by how much I want them.
Kid Icarus Uprising (3DS) – March 23rd – Ever since Kid Icarus Uprising was announced I had the impression that this was the game to pick-up if you had a 3DS. I could be way off in my assumption, but I feel like this is going to be the biggest franchise bounce-back since Metroid Prime. Expectations of mine might be high, but I’m figuring this will be the kind of game that we will look back on for years to come and praise it as one of the best on the system (like we do with Metroid Prime on GameCube). A lot of people love Nintendo, and a lot of people don’t, but I think this is a game that will be undeniably good to anyone that plays it. Read the rest of this entry