The Animal Crossing series, which started in 2001 on the Gamecube, has its first outing on the 3DS as New Leaf. The game takes a number of new directions with New Leaf, with many of the decisions being put into your hands. I packed my bags and went to go stay in the new town for a while to see what being Mayor is like.
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Neo-Paris. 2084. Privacy is a thing of the past, and personal memories are commodities that can be bought and sold in the open. Frighteningly, they can be stolen, or even altered by memory hunters. Not only are they able to remix memories, they are also elite fighters who can kick the cheese out of your croissant in 50,000 ways. Parisian game developers, DONTNOD Entertainment, attempt to connect these intriguing ideas together in their début action-adventure beat-em-up, Remember Me. Are the memories worth it, or should we be asking for a mind wipe?
You thought Wile E. Coyote was crazy for attaching a pair of ACME rocket-powered roller skates to his feet. Colin Furze is a tad bonkers too. A plumber by day, hobbyist inventor by night, Furze had a few screws loose when he created “Norah”. Using pulsejet technology, the mad inventor fitted the pulse jet onto a rickety ladies bicycle, transforming Norah into one hot bike! Watch as the world’s most dangerous bicycle fires into action and blasts the maniacally-laughing Furze down the road at 50 mph.
Driving in Russia can be hazardous and so commonplace that a separate genre of YouTube clips has sprung forth. Some are horrible car accidents and you don’t want to look, but you know you’re going to. On a positive note, in this (still terrifying) dashcam compilation, the majority of the people managed to escape death just in the nick of time.
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity is the latest game in the Mystery Dungeon series for the Nintendo 3DS. The basic premise of the game is that of exploring an infinite series of dungeons: the ultimate dungeon crawl game, painted with a Pokémon veneer, you might say. I take up my adventuring gear and head for the nearest dungeon entrance to see if I can find treasure.
Kiev, Ukraine. A crew works towards their goal. They don’t have the best resources, but they make do. It’s cold. their workspace is cramped. And the heating hasn’t been on for a while. But their creative fire won’t be snuffed out. If that sounds like an underdog story from a video game, you might be surprised to find it’s closer to fact than fiction.
Ukrainian developer 4A games toiled through delays, the bankruptcy of their publisher THQ, and some rather unfavourable development conditions to bring their creation into the light, so to speak. Their triumph, Metro: Last Light, is the sequel to their previous effort, Metro 2033, an FPS set in the claustrophobic metro systems of a future, post-apocalyptic Moscow. PS3 gamers were kept in the dark, as Metro 2033 was released only on the Xbox 360 and PC, but get to enter the metro for the very first time. Is the trip worth it, or should Metro: Last Light be shunned to a dark corner? My review continues after the jump.
Butts, butts everywhere.
The wibbly wobbly twerk dance takes centre stage in the music video to Major Lazer’s new single. If you’ve seen any Major Lazer music videos before, the alarms bells should already be ringing. Prepare for more Eric Wareheim absurdity as behinds get blown up in Bubble Butt. NSFW, obviously.
Not that I was paying attention, but the track features the singing talents of Bruno Mars, Mystic, and Tyga.
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Magic the Gathering is one of the longest-running collectible card games out there, and for those who still play, the latest set in the current block has just been released. I take a peek at some of the new Dragon’s Maze cards and game mechanics to see what it is all about.
Bear with me: this seems like a very odd game to want to review. A farming sim, I hear you scoff. Yes, I reply, a farming sim. Furthermore, a FIRST PERSON farming sim. Well, mostly. So the sight of ducks and geese and cows are to greet me in the game, says you. No, says I. There’s something you’ve forgotten about farming, and is apparently mostly what the game is about: vehicles.