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As most of you guys might have heard by now, EA has stated Madden 25 will not be hitting the Wii U this year. Which, I have no problem with. EA and Nintendo have a strained business relationship over the whole Origin on Wii U thing. But it’s what they said next that pissed me off.
By Furious Francis
Action-adventure games have always had a special place in my heart. Before I knew Super Mario Bros 3 was a platformer, I considered it an action-adventure game. You were jumping on enemies heads, traveling to distant lands, and wearing different suits to unleash new powers. It had all the make up of a current action game. My brother and I would take turns playing as Mario and Luigi in the game’s “sudo” co-op mode. Playing Mario Bros 3 on my NES, was a fun event in our household. The interactions between my brother and I, in person, were enough for us back then. So what has changed so much from early 90′s? Why are classic single-player franchise’s getting force-fed online multiplayer?
By Furious Francis
A lot of my fellow journalists, gamers, and industry insiders like Cliff Bleszinski and Michael Pachter, have claimed that Nintendo could go software only next generation, due to how the Wii U is performing. However, this is practically impossible, on account of how much capital Nintendo has in their bank account. Many people forget how successful Nintendo’s portable business is in Japan as well. Yeah, I’m talking to you Pachter.
By Furious Francis, the true Jounin
I’ll start off by saying I’m a Nintendo fan, I like jumping on goomba’s heads, fighting huge monsters, and catching them all. I’m not huge on shooters to be honest. Sony showing off the insane graphics of Killzone wasn’t the reason why I’m disappointed with Nintendo. Even the Infamous reveal didn’t make me mad at Nintendo. What made me disappointed with Nintendo, is the lack of foresight in the next generation race. Sony is packing a lot of graphical heat, that’s for sure. But there also innovating with the functionality of the PS4. Being able to watch other players games in spectator mode while having voice chat is freaking awesome! Meanwhile, Nintendo can’t even let me play Nintendo Land online. Below I will address why Sony knocked it out of the park, the Wii U’s future, and how Nintendo can learn a thing or two from Sony.
By: Furious Francis
The Wii U has had a rocky start to say the least. The latest NPD numbers were released and the Wii U is not selling well. The Wii U only managed to sell 57K in the month of January. I actually see this as a positive,Nintendo didn’t have any notable software in January and 57,000 people decided to get one for $300 and up. Nintendo has their work cut out for them, but by no means is Nintendo doomed. I will address the Wii U’s issues entirely in the article below.
With the Wii U already out and having moderate success. Sony, Microsoft, Nvidia, and Valve, are gearing up to bring out their new systems to the marketplace in 2013 & 2014. With five separate consoles/handheld hybrids out in the market, things are starting to get crowded really quickly. Can five consoles co-exist? This is a rare occasion in the gaming industry were five major console manufactures will be competing against each other at the same time. However, five choices of where to spend your money might be too much for some gamers, and one of these consoles will likely not see a successor due to lack of sales. Playeressence’s Furious Francis takes a look at what each console offers and who he thinks will not make it out of next generation.
Some interesting quotes came from Size Five Games founder Dan Marshal on Nintendo and the Wii U. He clams that Nintendo’s problem is their established franchises like Mario, Metroid, and Zelda. He goes on to say Mario Galaxy was great but Mario Galaxy 2 was boring and Nintendo releases the same games over and over again to self-destruction. Not only did he forget Nintendo released Three new IPs in The Last Story, Xenoblade, and Pandora’s Tower for core gamer’s, he doesn’t understand Sony and Microsoft both release vast amounts of sequels as well. Uncharted 1-3, Killzone 1-3, Resistance 1-3, Halo 3, Halo 3 ODST, Halo Reach, Halo 4, Halo Wars, Uncharted Fight for Fortune, Uncharted Golden Abyss and then some. Many of the industries biggest games are sequels or based off established IPs. Why is Nintendo the only company getting called out for it? Even when they reinvent the franchise from Super Metroid to Metroid Prime to Metroid Other M somehow people still claim it’s a rehash. Playeressence’s Furious Francis takes a look at the blasting of Nintendo’s establish franchises and tries to sort out the vast amounts of hypocrisy being thrown around the internet.
By Furious Francis, editor in chief
The PS Vita is a fantastic device. A perfect OLED screen, multi-touch, and back touch pad, 3G, trophies, and more. However, Sony is not doing themselves any favors with their current marketing of the PS Vita as a portable console. Sony should really drop this type of marketing because it directly competes with their actual home console, the PS3. While some consumers will love to buy PlayStation All Stars on the PS3 and get a free Vita copy, most gamers want unique PS Vita experiences they can’t get anywhere else. Sony needs to stop marketing it against the Wii U, highlight the ‘unique’ PS Vita software, and figure out a way to get PSP owners their games for reduced price or free. I already know the PS Vita can thrive on its own. It’s time Sony starts marketing it that way.
Next generation is right around the corner for Microsoft and Sony, as Nintendo has already released their next generation system. The PS4, Wii U, and Xbox 720 will all host great games, but one of the keys to being successful in the console market is Price. Unsurprisingly, price can dictate a console generation and swing an unfavorable console at the beginning (PS3 2006), to a favorable spot by the generations ends (PS3 2013). Sony has clearly learned their lesson from the initial launches of the PSP and PS3. However, for the PS4 the price needs to be right. The Wii U is already nearing 2 million units sold, and the Xbox brand is immensely popular in the US. Although we don’t know the final specs or features of the PS4 or Xbox 720, where do you guys think Sony needs to price the PS4 when stacked up against the competition?
By Furious Francis, editor in chief
A rumored leak of the PlayStation 4 dev kits lead many to believe Sony would be targeting 1080p 60 FPS in 3D gameplay for the PS4. However, in that same leak the supposed specs didn’t quite match up to that quality. While 1080p 60 FPS could still be possibility, more information has come from id Software Developer John Carmack saying that most games will still be at 30FPS next generation, “Unfortunately, I can pretty much guarantee that a lot of next-gen games will still target 30 fps.” If John Carmack says it, I believe him. Plus, he’s one of the few developers that actually made 60 FPS happen this generation with RAGE and Doom 3 BFG Edition. We want to know what the gamers want? 30 FPS with better graphics, or 60 FPS with lower quality graphics? Please put your comments below.
By Furious Francis, editor in chief
Xenoblade was one of the best games released this year period. Boasting a heavy 92 average on metacritic with countless perfect review scores, Xenoblade was the best JRPG to come out this generation. But many US gaming publications are leaving it off of their overall game of the year considerations (Gametrailers, IGN, GameInformer, to name a few), instead opting to crown it Wii/Wii U game of the year. In other words, a cop out. Xenoblade deserves to be in every ballot for game of the year, what Monolith Soft did with the ancient Wii hardware was nothing short of a miracle. The Wii was not liked by many gaming outlets, the shunning of Xenoblade in Game of the year results has me to believe Xenoblade is getting the shaft because it’s on the Wii. If Xenoblade was on the PS3 or 360, do you think it would have received more overall Game of the Year nominations?
By Furious Francis
Gabe Newell has announced that Valve will be jumping into the console wars next year, with a console built for living rooms. This machine will directly challenge Microsoft and Sony’s next generation consoles. With Valve creating a console, there will be major repercussions throughout the industry. Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo will all be affected one way or another. Microsoft will ultimately lose the most sales for a variety of reasons. Hit the link to find out why.
By Furious Francis, editor-in-chief
With the Wii U being the first of the big three to release their next generation system, Nintendo has set a new standard for system versatility. Off TV Play with the Gamepad, Wiimote & Nun-chuck, and the Wii U Pro controller, the Wii U offers a bevy of ways to play your games. That type of versatility is exactly what I want out of a Nintendo system. MiiVerse is also one of the coolest applications to unite gaming communities ever, and is getting tons of love from around the internet. Sony has proven they deserve my money by releasing more quality games, free online play, and a premium service that’s actually worth my money. Microsoft on the other hand, has charged me for online multiplayer, released a firestorm of Kinect games, destroyed Rare, and melted three Xbox 360′s I’ve owned. It’s clear what systems I will be purchasing for the next generation of gaming: Wii U (which I already did) & the PS4.
By Furious Francis, editor-in-chief
The Wii U is out in the US, Australia, Europe, the UK, and is hitting Japan this week. Many Wii U owners might have skipped the Wii generation in lieu of the Xbox 360 and PS3 due to the lack of HD visuals, friends codes, and bad online infrastructure. Thankfully, Nintendo has fixed all the defiencency’s the Wii had while including fully functional Wii into the Wii U. If you didn’t play some of the Wii’s best games, booting those games up on your Wii U is easy, and up-scales the games to 1080p via HDMI. Check out the list of must play Wii games, for your brand new Wii U.
By Furious Francis Owner and editor-in-chief
I’m a huge Mass Effect fan. I have all the games across the Xbox 360 and PS3, and I intend on buying Mass Effect 3 Special Edition on the Wii U. However, Mass Effect 3 misfired on a few key points, but what really leaves a sour taste in my mouth with Mass Effect 3. Is the blatant laziness of copying Gears of War’s hoard mode, the annoying fetch quests that were useless, and the utter laziness of making all the original endings the same. Now that we know Mass Effect 4 is in development, here are some major features the game needs to have in order to return to its former ‘Mass Effect 2′ glory and innovate all together.
By Furious Francis editor-in-chief
With The Wii U a little under a month away now, many gamers are anticipating the launch of Nintendo’s next generation console. With pre-orders sold out, and a slew of fantastic launch titles to pick from, Nintendo finds themselves in a much better situation with the Wii U launch, than the 3DS launch over a year ago.
By Furious Francis: Owner/Editor In Chief
As I go through the portfolio of big budget games Sony has released on the PS3, it appears Sony isn’t supporting Japanese games as much as they used too.
It’s Time Sony Proves The PS3+Vita Can Do Everything The Wii U Can Do.
Since the Wii U was announced, Sony has been quick to state the PS3 and Vita together, can do everything the Wii U can do. To add to this, Sony fans have backed those claims on forums and websites across the web with little to no evidence. While this may be true, Sony really hasn’t shown us anything to the level Nintendo is doing with Wii U. I’m not saying Wii U gameplay can’t be achieved with the PS3Vita combo. If anything it would be cool if Sony can adapt that technology to their IPs. The only problem is, we’ve only seen cross platform play, not asymmetrical gameplay like NintendoLand’s Find Mii mini game.
Hardcore Dark Souls and Oldschool Resident Evil fans Need To Play Zombi U.
- As we inch closer to the Wii U launch I find my excitement for certain Wii U games going up and down. Zombi U is one of those games where my excitement has went way up. The true survival aspect, brutal difficulty, and fantastic atmosphere has me thinking Dark Souls and Resident Evil fans could get a lot of enjoyment out of Zombi U.
The Wii U Launch titles easily beat The PS3 and 360′s Launch Titles
The Wii U launch titles has been under fire from a lot of gamers online lately. We continually hear the Wii U launch titles are not that good and many have voiced their concern with the amount of ports that have been announced for the system. While we always want to see original games on any system the quality of the ports and the general misunderstanding of a new console into the industry has us defending the Wii U launch line up here at playeressence.com.
Summer is pretty slow for good games so recently I have went to my back log of Anime games… and its not pretty. So, I decided to write this lovely article on how they suck and what they can do to fix it.
Anime and Manga are forms of entertainment that millions of people enjoy daily. Whether its watching Naruto online or playing video games Anime has had a huge impact on the gaming industry for years now. One of the main problems with anime based games is… they suck! Don’t get me wrong there have been a few anime-based games that were ok. But the large majority of anime games are rushed, unbalanced, sloppy messes. For this article we will take the two most popular anime franchises in America.
Since 2005 the console wars have been raging on. With the Xbox 360 first out of the gate, Microsoft positioned itself to upstage Sony and Nintendo by getting a jump on 3rd party support and console sales. Nintendo and Sony followed out a year later bringing the Wii and PS3 in 2006. While Sony had a rough start because of the high price tag and lack of software, Sony has recovered nicely and is beloved by millions of gamers worldwide. With this generation coming to close within the next couple years and Sony sitting in 3rd place in total console sales here are a few reasons why it’s a good thing Sony is in 3rd place.