When Yooka-Laylee was announced on Kickstarter, it was a big deal. The game was being developed by Playtonic Games, a new game studio comprised entirely of former members of Rare, many of which had worked on game series such as Battletoads, Donkey Kong Country, Banjo-Kazooie, Conker, Perfect Dark, and the timeless N64 classic Goldeneye. Their mission was to create a new game to reinvigorate the dying genre of 3D platformers, a genre set into motion by Super Mario 64 that once dominated the video game market. These developers, led by project director Chris Sutherland, wanted to bring the style of gameplay they had (arguably) perfected in games like Banjo-Kazooie. There was only one problem: Banjo and pals are owned by Microsoft. Enter his unofficial successor: Yooka the Chameleon, and his pal, Laylee the Bat. With new characters, the boys (formerly of Rare) were back in business, so they turned to Kickstarter to fund the dream. They asked for $270,000 to make it happen; well, it did. In less than 30 minutes. (more…)
Pokémon GO, released on July 6th this month, has become a phenomenal success; it has become such a large success, in fact, that San Diego Comic-Con staff realized they had a problem on their hands—the panel for the game was originally scheduled for room 25ABC, a small room for less than 500 people. With how popular the mobile app had become, the space given for the panel no longer reflected the interest; SDCC staff decided to bring out the big gun, Hall H. The hall is an actual hangar that can hold thousands and thousands of attendees; this sacred space is usually for panels on the scale of DC and Marvel. The best part? The hall was still filled to capacity, with people pouring out the doors. People wanted the newest info on their precious game… and maybe a chance at a rare catch. (more…)
Last night, Sega held a 25th anniversary party for their famous brand character, Sonic the Hedgehog, as part of their presence at San Diego Comic-con. During the event, they had promised to make several reveals about the future of the character and share those reveals with the world at large; many had suspected that Sega would announce a new game in the Sonic series. To everyone’s surprise, however, Sega didn’t announce one new Sonic game—they announced two. Now, we’ve got trailers to show off, so buckle in and get ready to go fast, because the blue blur is coming in at top speed. (more…)
As this country continues to grow Pokémon Go crazy, movie studios are taking notice. After all, the app has grown in such popularity that it’s overtaking pretty much any other application used to connect to the internet. Pokémon Go has more users that even twitter. There are more people using the mobile app than access other more popular internet items currently. People are literally falling off of cliffs to play this game. So it’s no surprise that Hollywood wants in on the action.
Even though it has barely been out a fortnight, Pokémon GO has already broken records for its popularity. Despite bug upon bug, glitch upon glitch and the servers almost constantly down, it has become one of the most downloaded mobile apps ever released. It has been mentioned in both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s campaign speeches. It has been Googled so many times that, at one point, it was more commonly sought after than porn and the search for ‘Pokémon’ on porn websites is becoming worryingly common as people just can’t get it off the brain. People are going crazy for this game, with countless fans storming through it, levelling up as high as they can and catching ’em all. (more…)
A little more than a month back, Telltale Games (The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us) announced that they were working on yet another narrative-driven adventure game series based on the dark streets of Gotham in BATMAN—The Telltale Series, and that it would be released sometime after Minecraft: Story Mode and Game of Thrones. Now we finally have our first look at the game, and it looks like Telltale is set to wow players with their signature style once again as we take on their spin of the Dark Knight. (more…)
Nintendo seems to be in the news a lot these days, between Pokémon GO becoming the massive hit it is, filmmakers looking to make a Pokémon movie, and Pokémon Sun and Moon set to release later this year… well, it all seems to be Pokémon, huh? Well, Nintendo is looking to take you to a time before Pokécraze hit the U.S., when the lords of gaming were names like Mario, Pac-Man, and Zelda, controllers only had a few buttons, and our consoles were limited to 8-bit processors that wouldn’t even stack up to a modern calculator in terms of power. But that was alright, because game-play was king, and Nintendo set themselves firmly on top of the mountain. (more…)
In the late 50/early 60s there was a scandal involving record companies paying radio stations and DJs to play their music prominently and repeatedly. The practice was called “payola”, and it was quickly criminalized, but that doesn’t mean record companies stopped trying. Recently, we’ve had allegations that payola was alive and well in the movie business, conspiracy theories about Disney paying critics to give their movies good reviews, which is ridiculous of course because Alice Through the Looking Glass. Still, this news will likely not put the minds of those theorists to rest because a video game company has been caught red-handed paying off critics to like their games. (more…)
Pokemon Go has become the biggest thing to hit mobile gaming since Angry Birds. If you’re not playing Pokemon, and looking for pocket monsters in all the corners of your home town, you’re nobody! On the other hand, if you’re not playing Pokemon Go on your Apple device, you might have dodged a bullet because some privacy concerns have arisen for those that have granted “full access” to their Google account through the game. That means the Pokemon is the one that’s going to catch them all, and by “them” we mean all your Google emails, documents, contacts, images, et al. (more…)
Spider-Man (SpiderMan) does whatever a spider can: but can he make a good video game? Turns out: yes, he can! We’re still reeling from all the news made at E3 this year, and one announcement that surprised everyone at the Sony conference was Spider-Man on the PS4.
With a flashy trailer, slick graphics, and proven pedigreed developer Insomniac Studios (Ratchet & Clank, Song of the Deep), we could not be more excited to step in the shoes of the wall crawler once again. Let’s take a look back at some of the best games that dared to put ‘Spider-Man’ in their title, and see how nostalgia stacks against honest to goodness gameplay in this list of web-slinging, foe punching adventures. (more…)