Wii U: How to be a Success

In a few months the Wii U will be here and hopefully by the end of E3 we’ll know pretty much all we need to know before it launches. I’ve already decided that I’m buying one, pretty much no matter what they say at E3, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have my doubts. There are some crucial things that Nintendo need to ensure for the Wii U to be a success.

The key thing is third party support. Nintendo’s first party content is stellar and I’m sure there’ll be a strong first party game or two for launch but what they need is long term third party support. Their launch and immediate post launch third part support is great: Assassin’s Creed, Battlefield, Batman, Aliens, all great looking games. What Nintendo need to do is secure some other big names, Bioshock, Resident Evil 6 etc. but also get long term third party support so they can keep up with Sony and Microsoft when they release their new consoles.

Second of all they need to consider price. The Wii U could easily be very expensive, that controller does not look cheap. The real issue is that in terms of specifications and power, aside from the controller, it is only likely to be about as good as the current Sony and Microsoft consoles so it can’t really be allowed to cost all that more than those two do.

The other key area of improvement is in it’s online capability. The Wii is severely backward with this, it doesn’t feature anywhere near the same level of multiplayer functionality as its competitors and the Wii U seriously needs to catch up. Also it needs to offer more entertainment. The PS3 and 360 feature things such as TV services, social networking. Lovefilm, Netflix etc and the Wii, again is lagging behind.

Ultimately most of the details like this will probably be revealed at E3 and the rest will become clear as the consoles launch draws nearer. I for one have high hopes for the Wii U and can’t wait for its launch.

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Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D Review

Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D is, for me, the most anticipated 3DS game of the year. The Metal Gear series is my favourite of all time so when I heard about this latest game I was instantly excited. Initially I was worried that the small screen and lack of a second stick would be an issue but, luckily, they aren’t. This game is great and this version, for me, is the definitive one.

The most important part of it is the gameplay. I don’t own a circle pad pro and so didn’t use one throughout the game and I have to say I don’t see why you’d need to. The camera controls are mapped to the face buttons and the camera controls great. The game is a port of the Subsistence version of MGS 3 so you get to control the camera. Aside from the camera the game is of course a great blend of stealth and action. Although it can occasionally be hard to spot a guard due to the size of the screen sneaking is more less as fun as it has always been, the same goes for the combat. The control layout is great and easy to use and the CQC is just as cool as it was when it first came out.

Graphically the game is stunning, whilst it doesn’t reach the same lofty heights of Capcom’s Resident Evil: Revelations it still performs really well and the 3D effect serves to the make the jungle really come alive. Although the screen is small and this does lead to a couple of issues such as spotting guards there aren’t any issues that are game breakers. The HUD has been moved to the bottom screen which really lets the improved graphics shine through by ensuring that the environment isn’t crowded with things like health bars and radars. There are occasional moments when the frame rate drops but, like the occasional screen size issues, these really aren’t game breaking and are to be expected when you put a game like this on such a small screen.

Story wise it’s as great as it was on the PS2, the game doesn’t miss anything out from the original so you get to experience the whole thing. There are some issues with lengthy cutscenes and radio conversations which, when you’re about to get off of a bus, can be frustrating but I’m glad that they kept the cutscenes and conversations because they really add to the game by creating the great story and fleshing out the characters.

There has been a lot of discussion about whether or not you should buy the HD Collection or this handheld game but this seems crazy to me. If you owned a 360 or PS3 and a 3DS then you should buy both. That way you can play the game at home or when you’re out and I have to say its the fact that you can play this game anywhere that makes it worth buying. You never have to be without a Metal Gear game and that is great.

All in all, although it does have a few minor flaws, the game is fantastic and is a must buy. I would recommend avoiding the Circle Pad Pro, it just seems like a waste of money because the game handles really well without it. Essentially you all need to buy this game, and fast. Forget Kid Icarus, forget Resident Evil, forget Heroes of Ruin, this is the best 3DS game to come out during the first quarter of 2012.

Score: 9.5/10

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Gameplay Vs. Story

With ever improving graphics, bigger budgets and longer development cycles games have been changing. Instead of the focus being purely on gameplay, games are becoming increasingly concerned with the story and the cinematic experience. Games such as Azura’s Wrath are arguably more about story and experience than they are about the gameplay.

Personally I feel that that’s a step too far, games such as The Legend of Zelda and Uncharted strike what’s, for me, the perfect balance, they feature simple but compelling stories and also have great gameplay. Many though, feel that gaming as a medium can become more than what it is today and whilst I disagree that gameplay should be put on the back burner I do agree that progression and evolution can be a very positive thing.

On the other hand however I can see that stories can also be all but irrelevant. The Mario games are some of the greatest of all time but the story really doesn’t matter, it’s the gameplay and level design that makes them great. Story for me is great and I love story driven games with film like cutscenes but I also love Mario, so clearly there is room for development either way.

What do you think? Should games become more about the experience and feature more of a focus on stories or are games about gameplay and should games like Azura’s Wrath even bother trying? After all, £40 is a lot to pay for what is more a film than it is a game.

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My Hero

Over the years video games have produced a number of memorable heroes. Link and Mario from Nintendo, Master Chief from Microsoft and Nathan Drake from Sony all spring to mind. But how important are these characters? There have been two Halo games released that didn’t feature Master Chief and both were big successes and, although they weren’t as good as their predecessors, this wasn’t necessarily to do with Master Chief’s absence.

How long can characters last anyway? With Link and Mario Nintendo have shown that they can last a long time but can modern day heroes such as Drake and Master Chief hope to last as long? Will we still be playing Halo and Uncharted in 20 years like we still play Mario and Zelda today?

Many people simply don’t care because the story doesn’t bother them and without a story a good character is just a blank canvas, an Avatar. If all you care about is gameplay, which for many people is the case, then what use is an attention grabbing, memorable hero/heroine?

Surely it’s just a matter of time before heroes become bland, the accomplishments of heroes are bound to become too similar and then what will people want? I for one love heroes because I love the stories but with more and more people becoming concerned with gameplay and graphics more than they are the story what future do heroes have? Are heroes important to you or do you not care? Or do you prefer being able to make your heroes as you can in many RPGs?

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Playstation 4


The Playstation 4, is it real or not? these images are from Playstation 4’s Facebook page. Here is the like they want criticsm on their designs. So if you want to give your 2 cents and input go here and check it out. https://www.facebook.com/playstation4central?sk=wall#!/playstation4central?sk=wall

Stand up for Gaming

There are many famous people who are known gamers, one of the most commonly referenced of these people is Dara O’Briain. Dara is such a noteworthy gamer that he has even been chosen to present the gaming BAFTA’s. The thing that I wonder about though is that, as gamers are such a widely criticised part of society (we are stereotyped as the overly violent, reclusive, basement dwelling, women hating delinquents of society who you’d rather see dead than near your child) should famous gamers do more to defend us?

Dara joked once that it would be more acceptable for him to announce that he masturbated to hardcore porn than it would be to say that he played games to cool down after a show. Whilst he is clearly joking the principle behind the joke is, in many cases, true. Most people think children are allowed to play games but anyone else falls into the stereotype I mentioned above.

Most of the time this has little actual impact on us but every now and then it results in a major controversy with us at its centre when we don’t really deserve to be. Whilst I accept that a few words from a famous person aren’t going to magically change this perception of gamers (also, not everyone sees us as this stereotype) it could certainly help as a long term thing.

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Alienware – Is it worth it?

Love PC Gaming?

Since I got my Alienware Aurora 5 days ago I thought I would do a post about Alienware computers and talk about some of the pros and cons!

Price

When your talking about Alienwares the price is usually what shys people away from them like they’re an… alien!

Although they are usually very expensive there are cheaper ways of getting them such as looking for discounts and coupons, or using ebay.com and craigslist.org

For example my Aurora averages for a minimum of $2000 on the Alienware website, however by looking on craigslist I was able to get it for less than half the price ($900) and the guy threw in a free HD screen, Logitech G19 Keyboard, and Razor DeathAdder mouse!

Performance

Odds are if your thinking about getting an Alienware your getting it so you can play games on high settings for maximum domination!

Lucky for you Alienware is great with high specs such as RAM, Hard Drive Space, intel processor, Windows 7 (optional), ect.

Design

Except for the new X51 most Alienwares do take up some space as they are a little larger than most PCs (to handle what they can do) but do come with a few bonuses!

They are made to easily modify with better and newer parts as time passes, they do this by easily allowing you to remove the case (usually without screws at all!) and let you access the inside of the computer, also they feature their signature alien head logo and a series of lights around the computer which you can customize as you like from the alienFX app on the computer.

Overall

Although it may be cheaper to build a custom computer with similar specs, it is a wonderful machine that can handle what ever you throw at it!

I recommend getting one as long as you can find one for a great deal such as ebay or craigslist (maybe even amazon)

Happy gaming!

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Resident Evil 6: Do or Die

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If Capcom didn’t invent the Survival Horror genre then they at least made it incredibly popular, realising a trio of great games to cement this. Then, with Resident Evil 4, they changed the genre massively, adding huge amounts of action whilst still maintaining the intense nature of the Survival Horror genre. Since then? Well since then they have released Resident Evil 5, in my opinion the worst of the main canon of the series and a dull experience from start to finish. However, is this the year that everything gets set right?

At the end of January Capcom released Resident Evil: Revelations for the Nintendo 3DS, which if I were to review would score very highly, and in November of this year they are set to release Resident Evil 6. I am incredibly excited for Resident Evil 6 but I am also well aware that it’s sink or swim time for the series, if the game is like the fifth one then, for me, the series is done for, two awful games back to back on the consoles would be a terrible blow for any series. Action is great but in Resident Evil it needs to be cleverly balanced with tense moments where you are all too aware of how little health and ammo you have and that just around corner could be some hideous infected monstrosity waiting to rip your face off.

Moments like those were missing in 5 because you knew you had enough ammo to take it on because the game was overly focused on action and was, as a result, a pale imitation of what Resident Evil is. The trailer for Resident Evil 6 has made me very excited and, though my faith in Capcom’s ability to create a great Resident Evil game has been damaged, it still remains intact.

Ultimately if they can strike the balance between survival and action as they did in the fourth game and as they seem to have done in Revelations then they will likely have a masterpiece on their hands (it’s only ever been the gameplay that was a problem so i’m sure that the other parts of the game will be fine). I look forward to playing Resident Evil 6 but the excitement is held back by the fact that Capcom could very easily ruin the series. I for one, hope that they don’t.

 

EHQ Mini Giveaway!

Since tomorrow, February 6 is my birthday I thought it would be fun to give you guys a little giveaway!

It’s just a small giveaway but its free and easy to win so hang in there!

We will be giving away 3 apps from the apple appstore for free!

We will “gift” you the app as a code you can redeem to download the app for free on your apple device.

3 different winners will be chosen to select any of the following apps:

Angry Birds, Angry Birds Rio, Angry Birds Seasons, Fruit Ninja, Fruit Ninja Puss in Boots, Cut the Rope, Doodle Jump, Bejeweled, Run Roo Run

Code is a USA iTunes code only, does not work in other countries.

How to enter:

Send me an email to

Jp@enemyhq.com

 

For the email topic set it to “EHQ Birthday Giveaway”

and leave me a little birthday message and tell me what app you want to win from the list if you are chosen 🙂

If you are one of the 3 random winners we will reply and send you the code which you can redeem from your apple device to start downloading your app

Family Guy Online?

Is it going to be “friekin’ sweet” or an epic fail?

This is a very questionable move by fox, is it really such a good idea to take a perfectly good comedy and give it their own online game?

Leave your comments below and tell us what you think!