When Avalanche Software’s Disney Infinity was announced, some people questioned if there was any point in the empire of the Mouse trying to horn in on what appeared to be a niche market with a clear monopoly. Of course, it didn’t take long to see that the magic of the Magic Kingdom was a power to be reckoned with. Last year, when I reviewed Disney Infinity (you should read that review), I mentioned that it was within the realm of possibility that Disney could include Marvel in an upcoming release of Infinity. Lo and behold, the inclusion of the Marvel universe has come to pass in Avalanche’s latest release, Disney Infinity 2.0; but is this version merely just an expansion involving characters only? No – this is much, much more.
For those who missed out on the X14 event (or for those who wish to relive it), please feel free to peruse this gallery. Thumber Evan took all of these fantastic photos, so if you see him, be sure to give him two Toronto Thumbs up!
This is our final entry for our X14 series. All available X14 articles can be found by clicking this link.
I really loved Forza Horizon when it came out almost 2 years ago. At X14, the Xbox media preview event, along with the normal stand-up game stations, there was a nice living room-like setup with some gaming stations loaded up with Forza Horizon 2. I sat down and played it for a while, and had even more fun than I did when I tried it at Fan Expo last month. Later on, I got to hang out with Jon Knoles from Turn 10 Studios and chat a little bit about the game.
I’m always pretty happy to be invited somewhere and be fed snacks and beer while being treated to something I would have paid for. You can imagine, then, that the X14 Xbox Media Showcase wasn’t exactly a chore for me. On September 10th I showed up to what is usually a meat-market type of nightclub that had been delightfully transformed into a slick, dark, Xbox-branded playground for gamers. At least 50 consoles were set up around the space and there were dozens of games to play. I only had a couple of hours to soak it all up so there were plenty of great titles I missed, but this was my overall takeaway.
Today a few of us were invited to check out the media portion of Microsoft’s console gaming holiday show, X14. There were a ton of games to play and lots of people to talk to about games. Did I mention games? Anyhoo, the three of us busied ourselves checking things out and conducting interviews. There was a lot of stuff to process (and some of the things are still under wraps) so we will be slowly pushing out articles about X14 over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
Big hugs to Microsoft for the invitation!
All available X14 articles can be found by clicking this link.
Fan Expo is a time for gaming giants to flex their muscles and show off what they have coming down the pipe (see what I did there?) – and so I spent a little bit of time at the Microsoft booth, checking out some of their lineup for the upcoming holiday season. There were a lot of gaming stations placed around the booth, and a really great “theater” setup in the middle (which played trailers to upcoming games). As time was limited, I didn’t really get a chance to get in on the action for too many games (I don’t believe in line-jumping) – but I did get a chance to observe the games from the sidelines and gauge peoples’ reactions!
The Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm series is (in my humble opinion) one of the best fighting games that you can play. It’s a pretty lofty claim, especially in the face of such greats like the Street Fighter series and the Mortal Kombat franchise (to name a few) – but the fine folks at CyberConnect2 continue to push the boundaries in terms of depth and fun, making for a better experience with each game (which is amazing, considering that the first game in the series is still really enjoyable to play). The next title in the series, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution, promises to be the best chapter yet, and includes even more playable characters and cool features than any previous version.