With every passing year I look forward to the next installment of Nintendo’s Professor Layton series. This year was no different, as Professor Layton and the Last Specter was recently released. As it is the fourth entry in the series, I expected a nearly flawless game. Despite the few hiccups I noticed, the game delivered in nearly every aspect. A compelling story, fantastic art design, and a plethora of puzzles were among the things this game did right. The Layton formula may seem a bit stale, but it still delivers a top-notch game that you won’t want to put down.
BlizzCon is under way and with it comes some very big news to all World of Warcraft players. Blizzard announced the latest expansion, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, promising tons of new features to the MMO. A new continent, race, and class are among the content to be added in the fourth expansion to the game.
Rumors began swirling when it was reported in a magazine that Mass Effect 3 would feature some kind of multiplayer. No one knew what it was or how it was going to be utilized in the game. These rumors can now be put to rest as BioWare, the series’ Canadian developer, has revealed what these additions to their successful space adventure are.
Nintendo’s celebration of Zelda’s 25th anniversary continued in the past few weeks with the release of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition. Nintendo did not cut any corners with this recreation of a game very few people had the opportunity to play. Wireless multiplayer, a new single player campaign, and a slew of new worlds are among the new features that make this remake a most memorable one. On top of all of these things I forgot to mention a very important point: it’s free!
In the last few weeks details about Mario’s next racing title have been trickling out of Nintendo. The latest of these details include information on several new power-ups, brand new to the Mario Kart franchise. Not wishing to spoil those who do not want to know, the information on these newest power-ups are after the jump.
The next installment in the Zelda franchise is just around the corner with a November 20th release date. The game will make full use of Wii MotionPlus to battle monsters and complete puzzles. However, control is not the only reason you should be keeping this game on your watch list. A new art style, new items, and new story elements are just a few of the things we can look forward to this November as Link sets out on another journey.
Beautiful artwork used to creative simply stunning visuals seems like an ingredient that would make for a perfect game. Okamiden, the sequel to the Playstation 2 hit has this necessary ingredient, but lacks the full recipe to create a truly memorable experience. What it does lack in originality it makes up for in its terrific controls and unique gameplay. Okamiden will appeal to fans of Okami and will satisfy them with another tale in the vast land of Nippon. However, the adventure the games takes you on does tread on nearly identical grounds to the original, creating that weary feeling that you just did all of this before.