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.
While there are a bevy of personal sound delivery solutions for the Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 from third parties, Sony’s own headphone solutions have always been a welcome one. Both the Wireless Stereo Headset and the Pulse Elite Edition Wireless Headset are great products, delivering great sound quality while remaining conveniently portable and durable – all for a reasonable price. Sony’s PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Headset is the latest in their line of listening technology, and it should come as no surprise that this full-featured headset meets and exceeds the bar set by the previous two headphones.
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.
For those who are unfamiliar with the franchise, Tecmo Koei’s Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn for the Playstation 3 (and Vita) is an Japanese anime style role play game, with several characters that control robotic suits, similar to the old MechWarrior games; think I Robot meets the Shogun. It sounded like an interesting concept to me at first – but that soon changed. If you are a hack-‘n-slash kind of gamer, or if you enjoy running around and shooting things, welcome to your asylum.
There will always be videogames based on war. Whether real or fictional, war carries with it so many stories and resulting emotions that it is hard to deny the entertainment value. This may sound like a very horrible thing to say – but it is the truth. A good friend of mine is an enthusiast of wars – not in the sense that he condones them, but more because he thinks that honoring the sacrifice of the brave men and women who laid their lives on the line is important1. I feel that Ubisoft Montpellier’s Valiant Hearts: The Great War is a game that does the same thing that my friend does, albeit in a different way.
During a trip to the Ontario Science Centre last year, Smallest Thumbs and I played a really cool game at the Game On 2.0 exhibit called Johann Sebastian Joust, an interesting and physically competitive game that utilized Playstation Move controllers in an innovative way. When I contacted the developer to talk about this title, I was surprised to find out that it was actually one title in a group of competitive multi-player games for Playstation 3, PC, and Mac (with Playstation 4 being announced as a supported platform more recently). This suite, created by the Danish independent developer collective Die Gute Fabrik, is called Sportsfriends, and I found it to be a great experience, worthy enough to make it into our “party game” lineup.
Wolfenstein: The New Order is the latest reboot of what many would call “the grandfather of first person shooters”; of course we’re talking about the game that, for the most part, started it all. I remember playing the original Wolfenstein 3D on my friends’ 486 computer back in 1992 and being blown away by it. The 3D gameplay, the violence, the chain guns, the Mecha-Hitler (Spoiler alert? Really? it was out 22 years ago!) – to us kids back then, this game was unlike anything we had ever seen.