Luigi’s Mansion hasn’t gotten the spotlight of many of Nintendo’s other franchises. After its auspicious start as a GameCube launch window game, Luigi and his paranormal adventures didn’t appear again for years. When he returned to ghost hunting, it was on a handheld platform, with 2013’s Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, which modernized the game some, but didn’t expand much on its formula. Luigi’s Mansion 3 may certainly boost the series’ prominence by returning it to the full spotlight of a main console release. It will be one of only two big, first-party releases headlining the Nintendo Switch’s 2019 fall lineup. The scope is far bigger than the 2001 original, which sends Luigi through the titular mansion. This time, Luigi enters a towering haunted hotel with Mario, Princess Peach, and a small army of Toads on what is supposed to be a luxury vacation. Catastrophe strikes, as it always does for Luigi, forcing him to overcome his … [Read more...] about Luigi’s Mansion 3 beefs up a Nintendo franchise left in the dark
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Those Who Remain is a dark, foggy, moody horror title reminiscent of Silent Hill and P.T., blending first-person exploration with dimension shifting puzzles and shambling monsters. It’s not the first horror title from Camel101, who released the sci-fi survival horror Syndrome in 2016, but Those Who Remain trades sci-fi trappings for a more mundane supernaturality. The game follows the story of everyman Edward Turner as he searches for a missing woman in the sleepy Washington town of Dormont. Ricardo and Bruno Casteiro, two brothers and founding members of Camel101, explain that the game is not meant to be strictly a horror title. It’s not a game with a huge number of jump scares; it’s more a game focused on the tension of always having eyes on you. These ghostly, spectral eyes belong to all the shadowy figures lurking just outside of the light’s edges. Dormont is a haunted town. Not by ghosts, exactly, but by a pervasive darkness that blankets its buildings and … [Read more...] about Horror game Those Who Remain weaponizes the dark
We’ve got a few ideas on how to make sure you hear that Final Fantasy victory fanfare often in Dissidia. Final Fantasy characters make for a surprisingly good fit for a fighting game – but despite that, Square Enix hasn’t made just any old fighting game. Partnering with Team Ninja, they’ve made their sort of fighting game – filled to the brim with some of the intricacies and eccentricities you’d expect from a Final Fantasy game – but still, Dissidia Final Fantasy NT is definitely, positively a fighting game at heart. As the game enters beta, it only seemed right to offer up some top tips for getting good at this unique fighter. Once you know what you’re doing Dissidia is damn good fun – but thanks to those intricate systems it can be difficult to immediately understand compared to something like, say Street Fighter. So, without further ado, here are our tips for Dissidia Final Fantasy NT’s beta – good luck out there! … [Read more...] about Dissidia Final Fantasy NT beta guide: tips for winning in Square Enix’s RPG fighter
I really, really want to watch a movie version of Battle Chef Brigade. Who could resist this treatment: It’s Iron Chef meets Lord of the Rings! The mythical kingdom of Victusia is tragically overrun by monsters, a scourge kept in check by an army of warrior-cooks, who spend half their time hunting monstrous game and half their time competing to see who can turn their kill into a better dinner. It’s a fun, weird, totally intriguing fantasy world — I just wish it made for a slightly more exciting game. Our story takes place at Victusian boot camp, where aspiring chef-fighters train to qualify for the brigade. Deep bonds of friendship are forged among a ragtag team of deeply characterized newcomers (you’ve got your orc with a heart of gold, you’ve got your science-minded elf princess, you’ve got your class-clown necromancer, you’ve got your human girl with low self-esteem and an overbearing mom), who join forces to help each other pass various … [Read more...] about Battle Chef Brigade review
Five hours after rush hour, an eerie silence envelopes the road as I cross it without waiting for the lights to change. The sodium-vapour glow of the streetlight overhead illuminates spiders cocooned around its bulb and picks out tiny sparkles of frost on the asphalt beneath my feet. Ah yes, my cold, hurried feet, which are pad-padding across said empty street at twenty minutes to midnight in the direction of town. It’s freakin’ freezing. And--I’ll admit it--I’m starting to question myself. This is the dedicated gamer's midnight launch walk of shame. It could be any launch night, but this one in particular is Wii U’s midnight launch: November 29, 2012. I've got pictures in my work email archive from PRs that show fun-looking launch parties from London that same night (see below) but they're nothing like the reality that greets me as I arrive at the shop and stand in line waiting for someone to take pity on us and let us into the warmth. There aren't any … [Read more...] about Are midnight launches worth the effort?