So, this past week we all know I went to New York Comic Con 2013 and played many games that are coming out this holiday or in future release, as well as the much coveted Xbox One and PS4.
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I’ll start with the heavy hitters since they launch pretty soon and I’m sure people want to know how they played. The PS4 is probably the best looking system out there and then the new controller, the DualShock 4, is the best next gen controller out there. I know the controller was released earlier than the console, but for those who haven’t used it get ready for a smaller, more ergonomically fit controller that just feels right. The new sticks you won’t feel much of a difference compared to the previous DualShocks, but the new trigger buttons are flawless and perfect for any game, especially shooters now. I did not get to use the Light-Touch or whatever it’s called area, because the game I played for the PS4, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, did not require it. Graphics wise the PS4 blows you away as well as gameplay/FPS ability because the whole entire time I played (15 minutes) I’ve never seen a game run smoother…other than Nintendo games on Nintendo consoles.
The Xbox One is a bit of different story only because I played a fighting game along with a Fight Stick. We all know the game I played was Killer Instinct, (mentions winning and Turtle Beaches), and I have to say that the game blew past my expectations…though that will be mentioned in the paragraph below. The Xbox One looks nice I’ll say in comparison to the PS4 runs just as smooth. Though Killer Instinct is a bit darker compared toe Assassin’s Creed IV, I would say it definitely blows the visuals away from the Xbox 360 and is about on par with the PS4. I got to hold the new Xbox One controller, and while similar to the Xbox 360 controller; the new stick feels great, although it feels more of the same with the buttons spaced a little further.
So, we all know I played tons of games of New York Comic Con and well that’s because I love games. From Nintendo, to Ubisoft, to Capcom, a lot of main publishers were there showing off there stuff for the holidays; and I of course had to play most of them.
- Super Mario 3D World- The first game I played when I got to NYCC 2013 and of course my most played game was that of SM3DW. The demo hosted 4-players (1 GamePad + 3 Wiimotes) and let them play random levels, be it a boss fight or beginner levels, etc. The game plays flawless, either GamePad or Wiimote (I used both), the game sounds and looks gorgeous, and its a lot of fun. Playing with three strangers and still having a lot of fun shows how good this game is.
- Donkey Kong Country Returns: Tropical Freeze- Played this game co-op with Marc. Unfortunately, they didn’t have the GamePad in use or Dixie Kong, so in turn I was just replaying Donkey Kong Country Returns in HD. I like DKC and DKCR so that’s fine, the levels are a bit long, and lastly they got rid of the dumb crouch blow from DKCR.
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds- Like LTTP? Well, good news and bad news. Good news, the map really is Link to the Past, the game looks fantastic, has that classic Link to the Past feel, and of course controls perfectly. Bad news? Well, this is a bit personal but the game uses a Magic Meter for ALL ITEMS. Yes, you don’t find arrows or bombs, they are used on this purple meter that automatically recharges all the time. It’s a bit difficult to explain but it recharges slowly, but steady, because the meter is also used for your new 2D power. The new power is pretty important for many puzzles and is very cool.
- Mario Party: Island Tour – Played this game on the 2DS; very fun a lot of focus on the gyroscope in the 2 minigames I played. The games are very good compared to all the crap from MP5-9. The first game I played reminded me of Platform Peril from the first games and the second game I saw many people fail at (except me of course) which was like the Dolphin Wave game from Super Mario Galaxy. Good news, all 4 3DS players can play Mario Party Island Tour with conncet play, as long as one person has the game.
- Mario & Sonic at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games- Surprisingly fun, although I still have the first game for the Wii (which is awesome btw) I would skip out on this game. Wii Party U is a better deal with more minigames…and Wayne Brady.
- Dragonball Z: Battle of Z- Played on the PS3. Fantastic, closer to Raging Blast type gameplay, but many new additions. In my demo, I had to go up against Android 17, 18, and 16. The game uses a new style of gameplay and has a very cool co-op type system, which is unseen from DBZ games. During my play, I selected a team of Vegeta, Trunks, and Krillin, (I was Goku) and if you don’t have friends, the AI takes over for them and you can see their Ki and Health bars on the left of the screen. Starting a mission, it tells you objectives and of course its just beat up the other guy; but in certain restrictions. Cool thing that happened to me: While I was beating up Android 17, AI-Vegeta came from behind him and we did a 20-hit sync attack JUST LIKE THE TV SHOW. You can also “rally” hit the enemy, like in the show when you would watch a 3-on-1 and them just juggling the character…yeah that’s possible.
- Pacman and the Ghostly Adventures- Didn’t play the 3DS version which I heard is a 2D side-scrolling platform. A big surprise, the game has smooth controls and is a true 3D-world adventure game. Reminds me of a Super Mario 64 type game, too bad its Pacman so it will probably be overlooked. Nice double jump and good camera, looks alright visual (though that doesn’t matter to me). May buy when the game is cheaper in addition has multiplayer which is unique, but quick to learn, think of like a new age Pacman except you are the ghosts. So your mission, find the Pacman spawn and kill him!
- Announced Games that I need: One Piece Romance Dawn (3DS) though I just found out a PSP version of this game came out my birthday this year (8/8/2013). In addition, screenshots/videos of Tales of Symphonia HD was shown.
- Regular Show Mordecai and Rigby in 8-bit land: Its Regular Show and I’m bias so I like it and its good. My friends didn’t like it, said it was too difficult, but it is very old school and looks and sounds great. $30 game with hilarious jokes and awesomeness overall…yes please
- Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I Said So!: This the next TLMB game *spoiler* but seems pretty cool. A unique Diablo, dungeon crawler from a top-down perspective. From what I’ve played there was no level up system, just a bunch of characters to choose from, who have different abilities making gameplay different if you want it to be. Although in reality everyone is equal. The game is oddly addicting and has some cool things…A CAT LAUNCHER GUN.
- Strider 2014- Capcom announced this game and had a few demos of this going next to Phoenix Wright 5.
Well so what should we get? I came away walking from NYCC knowing which games I need and definitely want. In reality, I want every game ever but let’s just list the games I found the best to be there IN ORDER:
#5- Mario Party Island Tour (3DS)- WHAT!? Over Legend of Zelda: Link Between Worlds? For the time, yes. Mario Party IT looks fantastic, plays well and has some challenging mini-games that I saw many people fail at while I succeeded. LBW is nice, but the idea of item recharge still bothers me.
#4- The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot (PC)- I didn’t mention this game before but I have to tell you how great this game is. I played it during on one of my tournaments and to describe the gameplay is: Diablo with some Tower Defense elements. In the game you choose your class and raid other castles; when you raid you go Diablo mode choosing a class, having to click and slash with the keyboard having your abiltiies and items etc (Q for potions). The Tower Defense portion is when you create your own castle, you have to make sure it is well-built with monsters and traps so you can also gain points and EXP while the other players raid your castle!
#3- Killer Instinct (Xbox One)- I played Killer Instinct back in the day on the SNES and the N64 and hated it. I thought the game was a crappy fighting game not close to Marvel vs Capcom series, or even Mortal Kombat (sorry Street Fighter not a fan). Well, maybe I have a bias since I won Turtle Beaches and had a great experience with the game but this game was fantastic. It looks great, plays easier than its SNES counterpart and of course COMBO BREAKER. Once, I get some time with this bad boy I think it’ll be even more fun.
#2- Dragonball Z: Battle of Z (PS3)- The DBZ game I always dreamed of. Budokai was cool, Budokai Tenkaichi was even cooler; but this game blows them both away. The idea of co-op is more than enough to sell me on it, until you realize how fantastic the fighting system is. And fans of classic 1-v-1 multiplayer do not have to worry, since that option is also there! I want to see more of the RPG system, I want to learn how to play co-op as well as learn a new-fight system in multiple ways with ALL the characters…except Yamcha.
#1- Super Mario 3D World (Wii U)- The absolute best game at NYCC. Gorgeous gameplay, graphics, music, replay-value, and EVERYTHING [else that matters]. You can play as Mario or any of the other three not-Mario characters (jk, Luigi, Peach, Toad) and just have a blast with friends, yourself, or even total strangers.
So what games are you excited for? It better not be Link Between Worlds (cough 6.5) but other than that I hope you enjoyed seeing some previews of games!
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