In what I would like to call a “Texan gambit”, Nintendo has taken the Super Smash Bros. franchise to the next level by making it even bigger (and better) than any other Smash Bros. that has come before. Four-player multi-player fights with some of your favourite Nintendo characters in weird venues? Pffft. Say hello to local 8-player multi-player battles with access to an even larger selection of wacky Nintendo legends in even more wild and vibrant locales! And while Nintendo has chosen to add a new aspect to the title (and their games in general) with amiibo figures (which will be covered in another article), the core experience of the game has not changed, making it one of the best games for the Wii U to date. If you are one of the three people that don’t own Super Smash Bros. for Wii U yet, you should just take my word for it and grab it right now; but if you’d rather read a glowing review…
Imagine if you took the mythos from The Legend of Zelda, threw it into a pot, and then amped it up by combining it with essence of Gauntlet; then you reduced it over the fire of action – kaboom! Welcome to Hyrule Warriors, an all-action, all-crazy jamboree that dishes out plenty of enemies for you to dish it out to. Be clear: this game will not really present too much of a challenge to savvy players – but it doesn’t need to because it’s hella fun to win the day by beating the snot out of everyone with a giant sword. Omega Force and Team Ninja have hit one out of the park (many times over) for Zelda fans.
Tinkerbell, the fairy, has been around for as long as Disney has existed. Indeed, she has been a part of the Disney title sequences for quite a spell, and she has been enjoying something of a revival very recently thanks to her starring role in a number of new films. Now, this feisty fairy joins the ranks of the other characters in Disney Infinity 2.0; and let me tell you, this Disney Original character is nothing to sneeze at.
For many, downloadable content is the bee’s knees. Whether adding weapons, expanding environments, fleshing out a new story, or introducing new characters, DLC is a great way to squeeze a little more value out of a franchise – for both developers and players. Over the last few years, Ubisoft has been releasing some great DLC to accompany their flagship titles. These additional adventures extend the life of the core games in very entertaining ways. DLC like Freedom Cry (Assassin’s Creed IV) and The Tyranny of King Washington (Assassin’s Creed III) are each very compelling and entertaining (I highly recommend both of them) – and Bad Blood, the most recent story DLC for Watch_Dogs, is right up there.
Scottish princess Merida is equally as comfortable addressing a crowd at a royal function as she is riding her horse Angus through the countryside at breakneck speed (usually hitting a bullseye with every target that’s within range of her powerful bow). Mastering these skills took time, of course, not to mention a witch, a bear, and an evil spirit – but master them she did. The fifth princess in Infinity (Anna, Elsa, Rapunzel and Vanllope Von Schweetz being her forerunners), Merida brings her fiery personality and indomitable will to the franchise.
A new holiday season is upon us, as evidenced by all of the tell-tale signs: the leaves are changing colour, the air is getting cooler and crisper, and the dance games are all being released. In the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” category, Ubisoft’s Just Dance 2015 doesn’t really shake things up too badly – but then, it never really has. Of course, this doesn’t seem to prevent it from being one of the most anticipated and loved titles in the world. Minor improvements, a few new features, and a refreshed song selection await anyone who wishes to shake a tail feather or two in front of their Xbox One’s Kinect camera. Ubisoft sent us an Xbox One code for Just Dance 2015 – and we really dug it.