Thonk… UUUUURRRRRGGHHHHHH! Thonk… HHHYYAAAHRRGGGGHHHH! You know it’s a proper tennis sim when Nadal sounds like he’s laying an egg the size and shape of the Taj Mahal with each swing. I’m no tennis player, so I can’t vouch for how playing Tennis Elbow 2013 compares to playing real tennis. What I am, however, is a happy spectator of Wimbledon and the other majors each year. I’m there for all those 150km/h serves, all the twenty-shot rallies, all those edge-of-your-seat lobs or passing shots where the entire audience inhales in one collective gasp: “Surely not…” And all that is something Tennis Elbow 2013 gets very right. You have to put in the hours, though, because this is not a love-at-first-sight scenario. You have to get past the game’s ugly visuals, horrific UI, counterintuitive controls, and an AI that is more than happy to show you just how little you understand how to play this goddamn game. It requires … [Read more...] about Have you played… Tennis Elbow 2013?
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Mario Tennis Aces is the eighth entry in the illustrious series of Nintendo tennis games that started with the dubious Mario’s Tennis on Virtual Boy in 1995, made it big in 2000 with Camelot Software Planning developed Mario Tennis on N64 and then has seen a successor on every Nintendo console since; from GameCube, GBC and GBA to 3DS, Wii and the WiiU. Unfortunately, the series’ last entry on the WiiU, titled Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, was considered a critical and a commercial disappointment as it compared unfavorably to its predecessors and was considered a bare-bones, lackluster addition to Mario’s sporting adventures. With the release of Mario Tennis Aces, the developer Camelot Software Planning aims to capitalize on the success of Switch and redeem itself as well as course correct the entire Mario Tennis franchise by delivering another critically and commercially successful title that rights the wrongs of Ultra Smash. Returning to the arcade fun of traditional … [Read more...] about Mario Tennis Aces Review – Hit and a Miss
Frontier Developments will be releasing Jurassic World Evolution on PC, PS4, and Xbox One next month, and they are building up anticipation in the lead-up to launch with a series of developer diary videos. Today, the second developer diary titled Take Control was released, and it goes over everything players can control of in the game. The core of Jurassic World Evolution is park management, as players must manage parks across six islands, dealing with dinosaurs, buildings, and guests. That being said, players will also be able to take control of teams and vehicles within the park to get up close to the dinosaurs. Players will usually have to do this in order to stop and tranquilize escaped dinosaurs or just medicate the more peaceful ones. There will also be a vast sandbox mode, so players can just mess around with the tools the game provides to create their dream park. During the video, the developers also revealed that the game will be receiving a free update post-launch that adds … [Read more...] about Jurassic World Evolution Receives Second Developer Diary Urging Players to “Take Control”
Mario Tennis Aces will be released June 22 on Nintendo Switch, the company announced today during its latest Nintendo Direct presentation. It will be the first entry in the sports franchise to be available on Nintendo’s latest gaming platform. The previous Mario Tennis game, Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, launched in November 2015 on Wii U. Nintendo unveiled Mario Tennis Aces during a surprise Nintendo Direct Mini video in January. A lengthy segment of today’s Nintendo Direct focused on Mario Tennis Aces, with Nintendo detailing the gameplay features available in the tennis title. More than 15 characters will be playable in Mario Tennis Aces, among them Nintendo stalwarts such as Mario, Waluigi and Donkey Kong as well as more surprising characters like Chain Chomp and Toadette. The game will support up to four players in local and online multiplayer; Nintendo is promising online events and tournaments, with rewards such as special outfits and even bonus characters. Mario … [Read more...] about Mario Tennis Aces launches this June on Nintendo Switch
Mario Tennis Aces gave us a lot of information to chew on during today's Nintendo Direct for March 8th, 2018. Arguably the highlight of the Direct, Mario Tennis Aces was given the most amount of time to shine during the middle of the presentation. First and foremost, we were given a brief look at the characters. There will be a total of 15 characters at launch ranging from the titular Tennis player himself Mario to Peach to Bowser and more. Featuring the very first story mode since the Game Boy Advance game, Mario Tennis Acesis a full-featured title that you can sink many hours into. During the presentation, Mario Tennis Aces focused mostly on how to play the game during matches. Many different trick shots, strategies, and ways to play were featured in the trailer that you can watch yourself below. In addition, there were a few extra announcements made that fans will be interested in. Mario Tennis Aces will feature up to four players local cooperative play, meaning you can pop off … [Read more...] about Mario Tennis Aces Reveals Release Date, Characters, Tricks, and More