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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Why I'd Never Buy a Nintendo Console As My Primary Gaming Device.

We all know Nintendo. They are known for their iconic characters such as Mario, Pikachu, Link, Kirby and Donkey Kong. Most importantly their strong first party games which feature pure unadulterated fun rather than cutting edge graphics and technology. 

Their games are fun, charming, colorful and have high quality control across the board.

Nintendo has seemingly become complacent where they feel like they don't have to try anything new or attract the wider audience who aren't familiar with their characters. 

Combined with their lack of or disregard for third party support, Nintendo has isolated a large portion of gamers. 

While i grew up with Nintendo around, I was never a super fan, I loved playing Mario but my favorite platform series and character was sonic the hedgehog, and I was more obsessed with everything Sonic,Square Enix and Final Fantasy related. To add variety Nintendo has a practice of making a game in almost every genre using their characters and intellectual property. 

A rough list includes:
Platformers: Mario, Donkey Kong
Shoot em up:Star Fox, Kid Icarus
Puzzle Platformer: Wario
Action Platformers: Kirby, Kid Icarus
Sports: Mario, Mario and Sonic
Racing: Mario Kart
Fighting: Super Smash Bros
RPG: Pokemon, XenoBlade, Mario and Luigi, Paper Mario
SRPG:Fire Emblem
Real time Strategy: Pikmin
Life Simulator: Animal Crossing
Shooters: Metroid, Splatoon, Kid Icarus
Action/Adventure: Zelda
Beat em Up: Zelda
Survival Horror: Luigis Mansion

While this is all fine I'd really like to see big multiplatform games like Final Fantasy XV, Witcher 3,Mortal Kombat X

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

When will Blade and Soul release in North America?

The Martial Arts Based Korean MMORPG(quite a mouthful) Blade and Soul was highly anticipated for colourful, creative, asian themed world, and characters who are just oveflowing with style and flair.Jut look at these little guys!
The highlight of the game was its innovative martial arts based combat that mimicked the hack and slash style combo progression of console games where the actions excuted change dynamically as the combo progresses.

The game entered Korean Beta phase in 2011 and the game was released by 2012 and announced for Western localization. Since then it has been released in 3 other locations. 

The thing that happens when you delay the release of a finished game so long is that other developers who are more organised can simply release newer games based on better technology by the time NcSoft gets the crap together, such as Tera,Guild Wars 2,FFXIV, Elder Scrolls Online and WildStar.

One Prime Example is Black Desert. Black Desert; another Korean MMORPG entered Beta in 2013, released in 2014 in Korea, is planned to release in all other territories between 2015 and 2016 and negotiations are ongoing for ps4 developement.

This is what has happened to a particular Sony game called the Last Guardian. This game has been in developement for about ten years has has movedfrom  a 2012 ps3 release  to "To be announced ps4 release. The fans who have been waiting for it have burned out and looked elsewhere, losing the hype for the game.

Ncsoft announced yesterday that the game is planned for a Winter 2015 release.But! Is it too late? Have they failed to strike while the iron is hot?