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Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Review

In the distant past, the many races of Hyrule lived together in harmony, the Sheikah’s blue aura providing life to the land, and everyone benefited from the Sheikah’s advanced technology. That all ended when a beast that came to be known as Calamity Ganon appeared. 10,000 years later, after having reverted to a medieval state, the kingdom of Hyrule rediscovered the ancient technology left behind by their ancestors through excavation. Upon reading the prophecies their ancestors had left behind, they learned that Calamity Ganon would return, and that Hyrule would require the mechanical Guardians and Divine Beasts to stop it. Key members of Hyrule’s various races were assembled to pilot these ancient machines and given the name pilot Champions. The Hero, the Princess, and the Champions attempted to stop the evil, but ultimately failed. Calamity Ganon had turned the Guardians and Divine Beasts against the kingdom of Hyrule, causing it to collapse. The Hero was gravely wounded and taken to the Shrine of Resurrection. The Princess then used the last of her power and managed to temporarily seal Calamity Ganon inside Hyrule Castle.

In the present, 100 years later, an amnesiac Link awakens from a deep sleep as a mysterious female voice guides him to the now ruined kingdom of Hyrule. He meets an old man and learns that Calamity Ganon has been sealed in Hyrule Castle for one hundred years. Although trapped, Calamity Ganon has continued to grow in power, and Link must defeat it before it breaks free and destroys the world

Fan Review: 81% EXCELLENT
Good: 6% | Average: 0% | Poor: 13%

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Nintendo “NX” Coming March 2017

Nintendo has confirmed today that their next home based console will be launching globally in March of 2017! This comes on the heals of their latest announcements that the codenamed “NX” will NOT be at the E3 Trade Show this year, and the new Zelda Wii U titled has been delayed until March of 2017 and will also launch on the “NX” as well. This is very similar to how Nintendo treated Zelda: Twilight Princess when it was supposed to be a Gamecube game, but turned into a Gamecube / Wii title.

“For our dedicated video game platform business, Nintendo is currently developing a gaming platform codenamed “NX” with a brand-new concept. NX will be launched in March 2017 globally.” Confirmed Nintendo VIA Their Official Twitter account.

The official unveiling for the next Nintendo Console will be later this year, my guess September, much like they did with the Wii U. Stay tuned for further updates on the next Nintendo Console!

Throw Back Thursday – Mega Man 2

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For this weeks Throw Back Thursday were going with a Plat-former/Shooter and one of the more challenging game franchises of the 8-32 bit era. The “Mega Man” franchise (Rock Man as it’s called in Japan) was one of Capcom’s first games release straight to console for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The series is known for its challenging game-play and memorable music. The series has always provided great action and excitement for players and high replay-ability in the form on speed runs, no-hit play through’s, and no-power-up use. The Japanese names for the main characters are all musical references, for example Rock Man and is sister Roll, his “older brother” Proto Man is called Blues, and rivals Bass and Treble being called Forte and Gospel. While sale numbers of the first game weren’t that impressive, Capcom was convinced enough by them and their developers to press on with Mega Man 2 and from there it was a massive success. Having spawned over 50+ games in a franchise (that’s including spin off’s, portables and remastered versions) that include The Mega Man X, Mega Man Legends, Mega Man Battle Network, and the Mega Man Zero series just to name the more popular ones and a history that’s been going for more than 25 years.

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INTERESTING FACT #1 – Mega Man’s nickname as “The Blue Bomber” comes from his blue colored body as you probably figured on your own. What you probably don’t know is that the only reason he was colored blue is because the NES had a slightly larger color pallet of blue compared to all the other colors and the developers wanted him to be very distinguishable from the other Robot Masters

WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

The story of any one game if this franchise isn’t so important in the immediate sense. This franchise is all about the action and challenge of the game-play A quick overly is that in the first Mega Man your creator Dr. Light and his partner Dr. Wily create the the first sentient robot (Proto Man) and become world famous. After this they make 2 more as helpers (Rock as a aid and his sister Roll for cleaning) in the lab and make 6 for doing dangerous activity for humanity. Dr. Wily get jealous and tired of living in Dr. Lights shadow and reprograms and steals the 6 Robot Masters and tries to take over the world with them. Rock volunteers to stop them and is modified into the super fighting robot Mega Man. In the starting of the 2nd game, a quick intro before starting the game states states “After being defeated, Dr. Wily builds 8 more, newer and more powerful Robot Masters to defeat Mega Man and get his revenge”. That’s it, nothing more to it, at least not in this specific game. The story builds with each additional title in the franchise. After defeating his 8 Robot Masters, you take on Dr. Wily’s fortress and battle him himself, were after defeat he surrenders, you are then treated to the ending, games credits, and get a “THANK YOU FOR PLAYING” message before being taken back to the mail title for another go at it.
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INTERESTING FACT #2 – Mega Man 1 is the only game in the franchise to have a Scoring System. Later titles have Grading System, that didn’t appear till 9 and 10 on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

HOW DOES IT PLAY?

The basic controls are simple, The D-Pad controls your movement, one button jumps and another shoots. When you defeat a Robot Master you get its power as a new weapon. Use of it is limited but it can be refilled with large or small blue tanks dropped by defeated enemies. Sometimes these powers will open up different paths along a level or can simple make it easier to get past a difficult area. You can also collect “E Tanks” throughout different levels. These are usable at any time and will refill your health completely, but are gone when used but be warned: there’s only a few spread throughout the entire game. The franchise has a interesting “Paper, Rocks, Scissors” aspect to it. When you defeat a Robot Master, you get its power, which can defeat another one with ease. The problem is that there is nothing to help you chose where to start other than their names or to help you figure out their weakness. Some of them are obvious, like Bubble Man’s beats Heat Man, others will make you wounder why that actually works at all. Yes you can use the internet nowadays, but I suggest giving it a try on your own first as that’s part of the main fun of the game and also that there isn’t any one order to tackle the Robot Master in for any of the games. The levels vary greatly in design, sound, and can be challenging on there own. When starting a new stage, your powers are refilled fully, except when you start Dr. Wily’s fortress, from there its consider as one constant play action so you’ll have to remember to refill your powers regularly with the blue tanks. The game lacks a saving feature, but has a password recovery system that’s quick and easy to use.
INTERESTING FACT #3 – Most of Mega Man’s Robot Masters weren’t created by the developers, but a lot of them were made by Mega Man’s own fans. Capcom held contest where fans would submit their creations by mail and a few lucky were selected and had them Robot Masters put into the games with their personal names in the credits of the title. This was started with Mega Man 3 and has happened with at least 9 games that I’m positive of.
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LONG-TERM EFFECTS ON GAMING

The Mega Man franchise’s long-term effects are massive. Mega man 2 pushed the NES hardware to limits that no one had previously before when it was released. it spawned a few knockoffs games in its time but they never stole any of the franchises thunder. The franchise was one of the few that managed to grow with the constantly changing market and industry of the 90’s, with Capcom releasing the Mega Man X series on the SNES, with Mega Man X 4 – 6 being some of the best selling games on the PlayStation, which was quite a feat then for any 2D title to outselling any 3D title of that time. And with 2D games seemingly having vanished from home consoles when the millennium started, Mega Man games moved to the portable market and dominated the GameBoy Advance with the releases of the Mega Man Battle Network and Mega Man Zero series. With modern Indie game makers releasing 2D games that are every bit as good as many of gaming past titles and Capcom’s recent release of Mega Man Legacy Collection, plus with Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No.9 (considered Mega Man’s creator as he did the art work for Mega Man and most of the franchise’s main characters) release only a few months away, its easy to see that the Blue Bombers effects on gaming have been large and will continue for years to come.

INTERESTING FACT #4 – The musical themed names continued, inadvertently, with the localization of Mega Man X5 in North America. Alyson Court (known for her voice work as character Clair Redfield in the “Resident Evil” games), who worked on the project, admitted on her twitter in late April of 2011 that she changed the names of the Mavericks to references members of the rock band Guns N’ Roses because her husband at that time was a big fan of the group.
Mega Man 2 is one of the best 8-bit games and probably the best place for newer players of the franchise to start as the very first title is extremely difficult and akin to a NES “Dark Souls” by comparison. I personally love Mega Man 2 and 3 the most and have them on my 3DS and Wii U for fast and quick game fixes that I still love as much today as I did growing up. So hop on your system of choice and download this game to your library and enjoy this killer title. It’ll be a great warm-up for Mighty No.9 and will probably lead you to the other great games of the franchise, all staring the Blue Bomber himself.

Halloween Mayhem!

The month of October is upon us and that means that we are very close to Halloween. With the night of all hallows eve upon us, we thought it would be very cool to play a few of our favorite HORROR games in our collection to broadcast to you all. We would love to know your thoughts and opinions on the games you would like to see and we will certainly try our best to accommodate. So far here is a list of what we have thus far.
– Dying Light
– Evolve
– Batman Arkham Knight
– Five Nights at Freddy’s
– Dead Island
– Gears of War
– Zombie U
– Day Z
– Dead Rising 3
– Fallout 3
– Resident Evil
– Left 4 Dead 1 and 2
– Outlast
– The Evil Within
– P.T. (Silent Hills Demo)
– Bloodborn
– How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition

The Top 10 . . . Game Trailers

We will be going through the Top 10 Video Game Trailers of all time in our weekly countdown special! We start off with our top 10 video game trailers . . .

200708b110. Fallout 3 (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC)
Bethesda took the world by storm, after the release of Oblivion with their post apocalyptic thriller Fallout 3! This was a series changer and spawned many Game of the Year Awards, and a sequel that will launch this November 2015!

200024b49. Medal of Honor (2010, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC)
EA brought life back into the Medal of Honor franchise by teaming up with DICE, popular with their Battlefield franchise, by going with the modern day Seals on the grounds of Afghanistan. If it wasn’t the feeling that this trailer brought out of soldiers fighting over seas that didn’t get you hooked, a nice sound from Linkin Park might have just sealed the deal.

270019b8. Team Fortress 2 (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC)
Sometimes it can be pretty difficult to pass on a number of trailers that describe each character class with just comedic genius than Valve did with the series of Team Fortress 2 trailers. With Team Fortress 2 being a part of the Orange Box, which had Half Life 2, the expansions and Team Fortress 2 this was a no brainer to get, specifically for console gamers.

526010b27. The Elder Scrolls Online (PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4)
Bethesda has always done a solid job with giving us trailers to their games that leave us excited, but for those of us fans of the Elder Scrolls series we always wanted multiplayer in some form. When Bethesda surprised us with the announcement of ESO, we were stunned, and the Trailer was everything we needed to get fully excited (no pun intended).

640531b6. World of Warcraft (PC)
You cant have any trailer countdown without having Blizzard present on that list in some form. Their Diablo, and Starcraft trailers definitely made our top 20 however its the over achieving they do with World of Warcraft that keeps us coming back. Sure I could have included all of the expansion trailers as well, but why not just go to where it all started!

102173b5. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC)
When it came time for Kojima to close out the greatness that was the “Snake” saga, we put together probably one of the most emotional and gripping trailers for his farewell tour. Metal Gear Solid V not only churned out an epic trailer, but the game itself earned extreme high praises as one of the best in the franchise!

200100b4. Gears of War (Xbox 360)
Many probably know, especially if you know me that I am a HUGE Gears of War fan, and have loved all entries with the exception of Judgement, but I always go back to the original. It is very hard to forget the emotion of the games “Mad World” Trailer, and even if you are not a fan of the game, you still appreciate and enjoyed the trailer. It was a perfect collection of cinematic and soundtrack that go you excited for the games epic (see what I did there) release.

200645b3. Mass Effect 2 (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC)
Bioware has always delivered some of the best trailers, and Mass Effect 3 is in our top 20, but I could never get the launch trailer for Mass Effect 2 out of my head. I have completed this story on a couple of different occasions and I still enjoy watching the launch trailer for this game. It did a perfect job of capturing the games intensity, characters, and overall power of the games amazing story.

640292b12. Dead Island (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC)
Who can forget the stunning debut trailer for the open world zombie survival horror game Dead Island? I remember when I was working in the retail atmosphere and I put together my own trailer DVD, I put Dead Island on it and every time, without fail the front of my store would stop and watch the trailer in its entirety without a flinch. I was amazed that a trailer could have an impact like that and I remember thinking to myself, “I don’t care what this game is about, I want it!”. It could be the unique way they did the trailer, in reverse, or the music used, or it could have just been the fact they used an everyday family suffering a loss that no human being should ever endure. The loss of a child.

640353b1. Star Wars: The Old Republic (PC)
Anybody who is a Star Wars fans will put this trailer at the top of their lists. This is a trailer of great scale, and not to mention beauty. It captured everything a Star Wars fan wanted to see from an upcoming MMO.There is really not much that needs to be said about this epic cinematic, but just sit back and enjoy!

Super Mario Maker Review

Super Mario Maker | Nintendo | Wii U
Super Mario Maker | Nintendo | Wii U

What better way to celebrate the 30th Birthday of one of the industries biggest icons than giving the fans the tools that would allow them to create their own Mario game. Not only let us create our own levels, but our own Mario game from scratch, in any of the Mario games on the market. That means that you can create a game, with worlds, from all of your favorite Mario games, with the exception of Mario Galaxy and Mario 64. Its not just the simplicity of building a level and letting fans flex their creative juices, but the ease of switching from creating to playing with the click of a button. This gives you the ability to see if what you created works.

The game also features the 10 Mario Challenge which gives you 68 challenge levels that are samples of created courses, and present unique twists to existing Mario levels. Think of them as remix levels. Some of them take the levels from straight plat-forming levels into puzzles that you need to solve. The challenge levels can be completed in a couple of sitting and are not very long (depending on your skill level).

Some may think that creating a level would be a bit intimidating, especially if you are not an avid gamer and you take a casual approach to it, but the user interface makes it very easy and seamless to make your own levels. You can choose from level designs of the original Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and The New Super Mario Bros. The interface is a grid based panel with a simple drag and drop approach to the items, enemies and obstacles.

When “tinkering” around with the level designer you will loose track of time because if your like me, you want to create something very challenging and then upload it to the Nintendo servers and see other players attempt your levels. You can receive feedback on your levels in the game notifications so that way you can keep track of the comments and recommendations in case you wish to make changes to it. Unfortunately, there is no way to filter out all the online levels that people upload by your friends list, or look for a specific friends level without having the unique ID code for their level. The game also allows you to add special sounds, costumes, and unique designs of your own to give your levels that sense of personality that could be used to identify you.

The game does not feature multiplayer either which is a bit of a bummer, because it could have been cool to create a big level and then allow up to 4 players to play with you much like the New Super Mario Bros. The game also does not feature checkpoints. So you will have to start a level and complete the level without dying to beat it or you will have to start back at the beginning.

This is a perfect game to celebrate Mario’s 30th Birthday. Instead of Nintendo just giving us another Mario plat-forming game, they gave us a tool set that allows us to make our own. A solid entry and definitely worth a spot on your shelf!

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