Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2 are some of the best games ever made on any console. The blend of pinpoint jumping controls, fantastic level design, and challenging missions, made the Galaxy series of Mario games my favorite. Here is what I want for the next Mario Galaxy game on the Wii U.
By Furious Francis, editor in chief
Great console JRPGs are few and far in-between this console generation. We have seen some good ones like Lost Odyssey, Residence of Fate, and Star Ocean: The Last Hope, but none of these JRPGs are as good as Xenoblade is cumulatively. As a matter of fact Xenoblade just isn’t one of the best JRPGs this generations its one of the greatest games of all time. In the next few paragraphs i’m going to break down all the “awards” Xenoblade does. Awards will be things Xenoblade does from some of the best games in the industry.
Mario Kart is one of Nintendo’s most beloved franchies. With an all-star cast of characters spread across multiple nintendo franchies Mario Kart has been bringing causal, hardcore, and all gamers together since its debut in 1992. My favorite Mario Kart game is a tie between Mario Kart Wii (just because of bikes & online play) and Mario Kart Double Dash. Here is what needs to be in the next Mario Kart game for the Wii U.
- This looks like a cool game. Im not sure if it will convince me to buy a vita yet.
Big news coming up soon guys! Playeressence.com is becoming a full blown site and community by late august/ early september. I finally raised enough funds to get this show on the road. Brought in a nice staff to help me too. Look forward to video podcasts, originals, news, and much more!
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.
- Capcom has created some of the most memorable and exciting games ever created. The men behind hit and cult titles like: Resident Evil, Mega Man, Devil May Cry, Okami, Viewtiful Joe, and plenty more. There is a nasty trend though with Capcom and the men behind some of the best games ever made. Shinji Mikami, Keiji Inafune, and Hideki Kamiya, three developers who are amazing at what they do. Men who have went on to create amazing games like Bayonetta, Vanquish, and Shadow of the Damned. Developers that Capcom what it is today are no longer with the Company. While this is old news the recent debacle of Mega Man Legends 3 has me wondering about the Developer/Management relationship within Capcom.
As the game industry advances in technology it seems games tend to get easier and easier. Life bars are replaced with regenerating health and a bloody/gray screen, jumping is now done for you instead of on your own skill, bullet time and auto assist take the place of good aiming. Game developers have done a lot to make playing games easier. So the question is do all of these features make you suck at traditional/classic games?
Playeressence.com first ever review is a good one! Shadows of the Damned!
- In Shadows of the Damned you play as renowned Demon Hunter Garcia Hotspur as you try to save your girlfriend from the Demon underworld boss Fleming. There are 5 chapters in SOTD each with acts in-between like 1-1, 1-2. Throughout the whole game you only play as Garcia and pretty much chasing Paula throughout the whole game (and sometimes she chases you). I don’t want to spoil anything but I’ll say this: if you have played No More Heroes for the PS3 or Wii then you know the kind of crazy sh*t to expect out of Suda 51’s Grasshopper Studios.
- Like many games this generation SOTD uses the Unreal Engine. The models are decent enough and textures are good most of the time but there are blurry areas here and there and texture load up issues on the guns sometimes. Overall its not a big deal as the game still looks good. The regular demons look fairly basic but some of the mini bosses the main bosses are extremely detailed and animate really well.
- The soundtrack is classic Suda at times with punk rock screaming and rock music. The music played during gameplay is more chilling and dramatic. It has a classic resident evil 4 vibe that suits it very well (Shinji Mikami did work on the game). The voice acting in the game is done well and all characters sound very believable in their dialog. Johnson (your demon gun) is particularly funny constantly chattering with Garcia about dirty jokes and demon world stories.
-. The gameplay in SOTD is a standard 3rd person shooter like Resident Evil or Gears of War. Where SOTD is different is in the mechanics of shooting and the puzzles that accompany that. Garcia’s gun that he carries around is not an ordinary one. It’s actually a demon that had its body taken away from it and turned into a flying skull that can transform into different guns. Using this mechanic Johnson (Garcia’s guns name) can transform into 3 different gun types: Standard pistol called the Boner, a Shogun called the skull blaster, and a machine gun called the theether. All of these guns have various names and upgrades that you get throughout the game. For instance once you defeat a boss you get a Blue gem that plugs into Johnson, which will upgrade the standard pistol from the Boner to the Hot Boner, making the gun more powerful and new secondary fire options. Some of the shooting mechanics used in combat and puzzles is the light shot you acquire it at the beginning of the game. With the light shot you can stun enemies and shot goat heads that abolish darkness. In many areas of the game darkness will cover the screen. If you stay in it too long your health will drain where eventually you’ll die. But, if you use your light shot to hit the goat head it will shine light everywhere to send the darkness back. There are numerous puzzles and objectives using this mechanic throughout the game. Sometimes it can be annoying but at the same time offers a challenge to get your objective done quickly so you don’t die. There are also bosses who use this mechanic in order to defeat them. It’s a nice touch so you’re not only using the light shot to shoot goat heads. Garcia also has upgradeable health and melee power via red gems scattered throughout the world. These gems can also be used to upgrade bullet damage, reload speed, and capacity on all weapons. Garcia’s lightshot can even be upgraded to shoot faster, increased in size, and increase enemy stun time. There are three-difficulty settings to choose from easy, normal, and hard. I beat it on hard my first time and I died a fair amount of times. It is not insanely hard but in some parts you’ll have your work cut out for you.
There is barely any replay value at all unless you’re looking to get all the achievements. I finished the game in 13 hours on the hardest difficulty so you’re not getting a lot of playtime for your buck. There is no multiplayer, no new game plus, or collectibles to get. The replay value pretty much blows in SOTD. Plus the achievement system is horrible in this game. In most games when you beat the game on the hardest difficulty you automatically get the normal and easy achievement points with that. Well not in SOTD. You have to beat the game on all three difficulties to get the each achievement. That really blows if you are an achievement hunter.
Overall, Shadows of the Damned is a good game. If you love Resident Evil 4 and whacked out Suda 51 ideas then you should feel right at home picking this up. But, if your looking for value in your gaming SOTD does not offer that with a standard 8-15 hour play though depending of difficulty and skill level. Score: 7.5
Phil Harrison, you guys remember him right? He is the former British corporate executive and a representative director of Sony Computer Entertainment and SCEE. In a recent interview Phil Harrison said that Apple will dominate gaming industry in the future. With all do respect Mr. Harrison, playeressence.com thinks your dead wrong and here are 3 reasons why.
What are the requirements for a game to be considered hardcore? All over the Internet it seems there is a wide varying opinion on this topic. Some people will say the game has to be competitive like Street Fighter or COD, others will say it has to have great graphics and play well, and every now and then there are even people saying blood and violence is what makes a game hardcore. Everybody has his or her own interpretation of what a hardcore game is. At playeressence were going to try to find a happy medium of what a hardcore game is.
We here at playeressence are hardcore gamers. Most of us have been playing games for the majority of our lives. Every gamer has their games that they love. Games that as a gamer you never want to see die. At playeressence this is a place to discuss why you like games and what your favorite games are. Games have reached a medium now that you shouldn’t be ashamed to tell the causal or non-gamer that you like Final Fantasy or Mass Effect. As a gamer I love when non-gamers try to tell me what I should be doing with my spare time. Its funny as hell to me cause most of these people that say this to me are chicks who watch dancing with the stars and the bachelor, (talk about a waste of time). To get to the point though, I want to know your personal favorite games this generation and why. Here is my list.
The Wii U has been taking a pounding by different websites and users over how Nintendo revealed the system. How much power the new system actually has and the footage of 3rd party games actually being 360/ps3 footage at E3 has not earned Nintendo good press. Many people are pointing to the Wii U being doomed a year before it even comes out. That is a silly claim and here are my top 5 reasons why the Wii U will be successful.
With E3 in the scrapbooks many people like to claim Nintendo, Microsoft, or Sony “Won” E3 but I don’t really look at it in exactly the same light. This years E3 brought many highs and lows from all 3 console companies but what I would like to focus on is the future of gaming. Nintendo’s Wii U was considered by many to be a showstopper. Featuring a 6.2 inch screen, front and rear facing cameras, microphone, four face buttons, four shoulder buttons, and dual analog slide pads, the Wii U’s controller has all the essential tools to appeal to both casual and hardcore gamers alike. Fantastic 3rd party games like: Darksiders 2, Batman Arkham City, and Ninja Gaiden 3 were all announced for the system and will feature unique Wii U only controls.