We know you wonderful folk love your video games, and it is good to know when things are going to hit our shores (Ed: You mean ‘good to know when our wallets will be periodically drained of life’). Our awesome distributors have kindly provided us with a list of what games and accessories hit the stores at what dates in the first quarter of this year. Since we will be updating this page as we receive new information, we recommend you keep this page bookmarked. We will also be linking to our reviews within this page, where we have published them. Bam! Double the excellence, just like that.
Nintendo held its press event to announce its new video game console, the Nintendo Switch on 3 March this year. The presentation, which you can watch in its entirety here, is about an hour long. But we watched it so you don’t have to, and here are the highlights of what you can take away from it.
The original Dragon Quest VIII released in the EU regions on the Sony PlayStation 2 back in 2006 (simply titled Dragon Quest: Journey of the Cursed King because it was the first Dragon Quest title to release in EU regions), and was a highly-acclaimed title back then. I personally loved it and found it to be one of my favourite Dragon Quest games, despite a weaker story than VII (which we reviewed here). Square Enix has remastered Dragon Quest VIII game for the Nintendo 3DS, so it was with great glee I tackled this title to find out what had changed between the original and this version.
Retro-styled roguelikes are a popular genre, and the whole “roguelike” genre has been around since the days of the original Rogue. A new one by Paper Lantern called Bard’s Gold is now available on the Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita, so I equipped my sword and quaffed my potion to find out more.
Batman fans are excited about the latest game release, Batman: Arkham VR for PlayStation VR, taking the Caped Crusader into a whole new dimension of gaming. The move to VR is just the latest in a long line of Batman inspired games.
The first Batman video game was released back in 1986; it was a 3D action adventure game where Batman has to save Robin by collecting missing pieces to Batman’s hovercraft that are scattered around the Batcave.
In 1990, Batman was developed for console games, with a game based on Michael Keaton’s Batman, for Nintendo, Sega Genesis and Game Boy. The Nintendo version of the game had 5 levels, and Batman had to defeat several of his nemeses, with a big showdown at the end against the Joker.
In 1992, the Batman Returns based games were released to all major systems. The game was a definite improvement over the 1990 game, with more levels, more shooting, and more bad guys.
Throughout the next 20 years, it seemed as if new Batman video games were being released every year, as the consoles improved so did the quality of the games. Every new movie brought about a new game, complete with the movie villains and game play that attempted to resemble the plot.
In the early 2000s, there were new innovations to the Batman games. One could even play online slot games at Casino.com or download them. Smartphones were becoming popular and game developers saw a whole new market they could reach. Batman Begins was released for mobile devices in 2005 and players had to try and defeat Falcone. This game was followed up in 2008 by The Lego Batman: The Mobile Game, and many other games coming in quick succession.
In 2009, Rocksteady Studios released the first of what would eventually be three games called the Arkham Series: Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, and Arkham Knight (which we reviewed here). The first two titles received a facelift in Batman: Return to Arkham which not only had the remastered versions but also included all previously released DLC.
Batman games have come a long way since its simple beginnings in the mid 80s and we’re excited to see what fun games the future will bring.
Back in 2010, we reviewed the original Darksiders for Playstation 3. You can read our review here, but the basic gist was that it was a decent game worth your time and money. This being 2016, the year of the remaster, we naturally have Darksiders: Warmastered, because of course we do. This review is going to be covering the PS4 version specifically.
Last year, the Nintendo Wii U received one of the most brilliant games for it: Super Mario Maker (reviewed by us over here). It allowed you to create and play your own Mario levels, and then connect to the Internet and share your level with the world. To date, gamers around the globe have created well over several million Super Mario Maker courses, which is impressive given the small-ish installed user base for the Wii U. To shake things up, Nintendo brings Super Mario Maker to the 3DS, so let’s grab our construction hats and see what’s new.
Moana is Disney Animation’s latest feature film, and the 56th in a long line of Disney features. The film has a Polynesian setting this time around, a nice departure from the usual European settings that Disney is famous for. Get your floral swimming shorts and paddle and I’ll meet you down on the beach for this review.
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is the newest in a series of strategy games in a genre called “4X”, which stands for explore, expand, exploit, exterminate. It makes one sound a bit like a Dalek, frankly. Civilization IV builds on the successes of Civilization V in so many ways, so in our regular review fashion, grab your nukes and meet me down on the battlefield.