With AAA titles like Titanfall going online only, in the back of my mind I always forgot that Evolve, the 4v1 monster hunter by 2K and Turtle Rock, wasn't also going to be online only. It just seems like the kind of game that's ripe to neglect the small but significant number of gamers out there who don't have reliable access to the internet (or all of us for that matter given the recent, well publicized service interruptions over the holiday period and what not).
But that's not the case. All of the content in Evolve can be enjoyed both in online multiplayer or offline as a solo experience, as the video below shows. There's two matches there, each playing Defend mode, one as a monster the other as a hunter. AI fills the remaining roster of hunters and monster and playing as a solo hunter also gives you the ability to hot swap between hunters on the fly.
I'm excited about Evolve because I feel the studio keeps making the right decisions on how to produce a game and the publisher keeps letting them. Providing a solo mode is a perfect example. I'm sure it won't see anywhere near the play time as online, but it's important to have it there. Rather than try and cash in 6 months ago on the original release date, Evolve and 2K instead, have taken the extra time to complete and polish what looks like a solid title.
If you follow the fighting game community pretty heavily, the name Gootecks shouldn't be anything new to you. While looking around on YouTube I came across a video he made for Cross Counter TV where he shows the basics of using a Fight Stick when playing Ultra Street Fighter IV. It's a pretty interesting video that goes over how to place your hands on the stick and buttons and how that helps execute your moves and combos. Now if I can just find a really good tutorial on Vega I'll be all set.
As a heads up, the first couple of minutes is basically him talking about Crunchy Roll as they help make their videos possible. I have rarely watched Crunchy Roll as I tend to watch anime on Netflix, so I'm posting this video due to its information on how to use a fight stick in Street Fighter, not to advertise Crunchy Roll.
A while back if you wanted to find a copy of Metroid Prime Trilogy for the Wii, you'd likely have to pay a somewhat steep price on eBay. If you have a Wii U that's no longer the case, unless you just want a physical copy for your collection in which case I don't blame you. If you just want the game regardless of whether it's physical or digital, the Wii U's eShop now has Metroid Prime Trilogy available for purchase for a regular price of $19.99, but it's currently on sale until 9am PT on February 5th. This is a great way to get Metroid Prime, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption all in one package, so to speak.
Other big releases include Gunman Clive 2 and a demo for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. on the 3DS as well as Shadow of the Ninja for the Wii U and 3DS Virtual Consoles. We're also in the final week of the Throwback Sale where you can save up to 50% on select games from past and current Nintendo consoles. For more sales and deals this week, check out the official press release.
Earlier this week Reptile was announced for Mortal Kombat X and today Netherealm Studios held the second MKast for Mortal Kombat X and revealed that Ermac will also be joining the cast. The MKast was cool because we didn't just get to see the trailer for Ermac but we got to see a ton of in game footage of Ermac, Kung Lao and a couple of other fighters in action.
Of course with all other MK characters, Ermac will have three variations.
You can check out the full Mkast below or you can view it in the archives of their official Twitch page.Ermac does look cool but again, my problem is the same one I've been having since they started character reveals after E3.
You can read what my current impressions of the game are in my previous post about Reptile joining the game. Long story short, come on Netherealm, where is this "next generation" you keep talking about? Where are the new fighters?
Developer Edge Case Games has announced that the latest update for Fractured Space adds the Titan Defense Systems manufacturer along with two new ships, the Corvette and Enforcer. Other new features include a loadout system for customizing ship configuration before battles, capital spaceship skins, leaderboards for stat tracking, and a founders pack tier.
The developers detailed the new ships:
With a background as a military warship supplier, Titan Defense Systems has now expanded to manufacturing their own capital ships with their first entry in the game, the Corvette. This general support craft comes equipped with an aimed repair beam and a variant of Titan’s so-called “smart weaponry” known as the Smart Gun. The ship’s drones can shield the Corvette and its allies from enemy fire while increasing friendly targeting and damage.
Designed for the close-range capture of mining station, the new Enforcer from Zarek Industrial has been added to the fray. Enforcers have systems designed to allow the ship to get close to an enemy and prevent its escape before unleashing its unique Escalate weapon that uses the target’s own energy against it with escalating damage.
Fractured Space is currently available through Steam Early Access for Windows. In celebration of the latest update the game has received a 25% off discount.
Back in October, Lucasarts and Lucasfilms partnered together to create the next great arcade game, dubbed Star Wars Battle Pod. It was unveiled at New York Comicon and fans of the franchise lost their collective minds. Now we're finally starting to see them in various arcades and entertainment venues, such as Dave and Buster's.
The cabinet is a 1200 pound behemoth with a full HD wrap around screen. Players actually step inside the cabinet and sit in the pod, taking control of various iconic Star Wars fighters, such as the X-Wing, TIE fighter, and Speeder.
Check out the video to see how it was made and, if you have a Dave and Buster's near you, be sure to give them a call to see if they've gotten one in. It's worth every moment of your time!
Developer Destructive Creations has announced that upcoming action game Hatred is now available to pre-order. In addition, a new gameplay video and screenshots have been released. Recently, the game was given an Adults Only (AO) rating by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB).
The game's features include:
Hatred is scheduled for release in the second quarter of 2015 for Windows.
On January 24th at PAX South, Firaxis held a Megapanel for Sid Meier's Starships. The panel featured the first gameplay footage from Sid Meier's Starships. Sid Meier himself sat alongside the game's lead designers.
You can tune into Firaxis's Twitch channel at 11am PST today (2pm EST) today for a sort of "replay" of the PAX South panel. Sid Meier will be there. If you want to watch, log onto www.twitch.tv/firaxisgames/.
As promised, Metroid Prime Trilogy is available for the first time as a digital download today on the Wii U eShop. It's the latest entry in Nintendo's Wii classics re-release initiative, which began earlier this month with Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Punch Out!! Like those previous games, Metroid Prime Trilogy will be $10 during its first week of sale, after which is will go for $20. Eeither price is honestly a steal for this trilogy, which collects three of the best action adventure games together in one package for something like 60 hours of Metroid goodness.
This is also good news for people who could never get their hands on the trilogy. When it released back in 2009 the game was a limited collector's edition with a rather brief print run. It bundles all three Metroid Prime games together, retrofitted with the Wii motion controls from Metroid Prime 3. It came in an attractive steelbook case and included an artbook. I was lucky enough to snag one back then, but when the game started getting scarce, secondhand prices on Ebay skyrocketed. It isn't unusual to see sealed copies running for upwards of $200 these days.
Hopefully the digital release will cut back on those scalper prices. In any case, this is probably the best deal yet of the digital Wii re-releases. Check out what our friends at Nintendolife have to say about the game.
According to Renegade Kid's co-founder Jools Watsham, their 3DS shooter Moon Chronicles will be complete on February 5th. A 3DS remake of the classic DS FPS, Moon Chronicles was originally envisioned as an episodic adventure, with new chapters released every few months.
Episode one launched last year, but now Renegade Kid is releasing episodes 2, 3 and 4 to the 3DS eShop all on the same day. You can buy each one individually for $4.50 apiece, or all three for a $9 season pass. This release is of course just a little early for the launch of the New 3DS XL in America; I'm excited to see how the new handheld's C-stick will work in a true FPS.
Renegade Kid said that if the initial four episodes of Moon Chronicles--which comprise the entirety of the original DS game--sold well enough, they would make a "season two" of Moon Chronicles that would effectively serve as a sequel. I loved Moon when it came out on the DS years ago so I'd love to see more content, but with Treasurenauts, remakes of Dementium 1 and 2 and Mutant Mudds Super Challenge on their plate, I'm not sure when Renegade Kid will find the time!