Nintendo officially revealed new information on their upcoming console, the Nintendo Switch, this morning in an hour-long live presentation. Various information on the hardware of the system were revealed as well as a ton of information on upcoming titles we can expect for the system, both from Nintendo and third party developers.
PlayStation and Xbox owners almost unanimously pay for their PS Plus and Xbox Live Gold subscription in order to play their favorite games online, but sometimes gamers tend to forget that there are also free games to enjoy as part of their subscription. This recurring column takes a look at what games are on offer with a PlayStation Plus Membership on PS4 in particular and aims to inform whether they are worth putting down your other games for.
This month, December, we take a look at Stories: Path of Destinies and Invisible, Inc.
The Nintendo Classic Mini NES is a small and practical console designed to emulate the classic NES experience for audiences today. Intended to be a celebration to the NES, the console comes preinstalled with 30 classic NES games and a HDMI port. Thirty great games in one package and all adapted to run on modern televisions – it sounds like a dream come true. So how does the system perform?
The Pokémon franchise celebrated it’s 20th birthday this year with a VC rerelease of the original GameBoy games on 3DS, saw the revival of the Pokémon craze from back in the late 90’s and of course gave us the birth of the seventh generation of Pokémon in Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon. The latest installments of the popular franchise have a lot to live up to given how popular the series has been during its twenty year existence. So far, the Pokémon series has always played it safe, with minimal but crucial changes, improving the core gameplay only a step at a time, each generation’s biggest change being the introduction of a hundred-or-so new creatures to catch and train. Pokemon Sun and Moon don’t quite introduce as many new Pokémon, but rather refresh the feel of the overall game, and with success. Sun and Moon quite probably feel the freshest of all main Pokémon games since the release of the original generation.
It is easy to have a soft-spot for game developers with whom you share a nationality, especially if your homeland isn’t particularly internationally known for its vibrant gaming scene. Two Tribes studio’s has been around for 15 years, and in their days have developed several games mainly for portable platforms such as the GameBoy Color (think Toki-Tori). The 2-D platformer Rive is Two Tribes’ latest release, and with that sadly also the studio’s last outing.
What Deus Ex: Mankind Divided set out to deliver was made clear in the marketing campaign leading up to the game’s release, with impressive live action trailers and shorts detailing the effects of a society divided by prejudice: the fullblown mechanical apartheid at its worst, its most unfair, its saddest. In terms of gameplay we were told to expect the well-known Deus Ex formula with freedom of choice and a large variety of amazing mechanical augmentations to experiment with.
At the Astragon entertainment stand on the Gamescom business area floor we got a chance to see a few upcoming games from developer Microids, known for designing adventure games. With the large selection of classic adventure titles under their name, they are a key player in keeping the genre alive in the modern age of gaming (next to Telltale Games). Microids adventure games typically stick to the classic foundation of point-and-click adventure games of the 90’s. I was given to opportunity to see and play two new games.
Bethesda was showing gameplay footage of some of their upcoming titles in their cinema, and we were present during the showing of the upcoming titles developed by Arkane Studios, Dishonored 2 and Prey.
Dishonored 2 takes place several years after the original, and follows two different characters, both whom are playable. One of these is Corvo from the original, the other is a Emily Kaldwin, the young daughter and heir to the empress of the Isles, who is now playable and as much of an awesome assassin as Corvo (who may be her father). The gameplay footage that was shown focused solely on her, and we got to see what playing as Emily will be like.