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Gamesland News: New Nintendo 3DS, Oculus Rift, Steam, and More

The latest news from the gaming world, in one, easy-to-read format.

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- Oculus VR unveiled their new headset, dubbed “Crescent Bay”. It features improved motion tracking as well as optional built-in headphones.

- Gaming company Nintendo turned 125 the past week, a phenomenal achievement. Before they were in the games industry, the company sold playing cards and other toys.

- Steam received a huge update, bringing with it an upgrade graphical interface, tailored recommendations, as well as the option to follow “curators”, who recommend games to play.

- Nintendo announced that the New Nintendo 3DSes will be releasing only in Australia and New Zealand this year after Japan. There is no word on a European or  American release.

- Nerd Kingdom, developers of TUG, better known as the Yogventures consolation game, had to release half their team once their investor failed to deliver the money.

Questions? 

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A Brilliant Blend of Genres – Cannon Brawl Review

Cannon Brawl takes the brilliance of several genres, puts them in a blender, and leaves everyone questioning what the end result is going to be like. The end result is a brilliant, fun, and slightly addictive game that is great fun to play with friends.

 

Game: Cannon Brawl

Price: $14.99 (currently on sale for $11.24 from the website) / $19.99 for a two-pack

Available On: Steam (Windows, Mac, and Linux)

Reviewed On: Windows

A copy of the game was provided by the publisher for review

Cannon Brawl is, essentially, a game that is a mixture of the strategy and “tank” genres. The story is fairly simple: you play as a princess, whose evil uncle is starting to take over the realm (with his minion and minionette), and your evil uncle has kidnapped just about your entire family. Throughout the story you’ll be able to unlock each family member, but more on that later.

During each level, you move your airship with the arrow keys. This game does not feature a mouse cursor at all. The entirety of the game is played with just the keyboard. The spacebar is the selection button, and the ‘X’ key is cancel. The game does have gamepad support, which I tried briefly, but in the world map, where you fly an airship around to select the level, the airship just constantly scrolled up, making it near impossible to select a level. If you managed to though, it worked fine.

Each level is set up with a HQ at either end of a two dimensional map, which is totally destructible. The level also has several gold (and occasionally diamond) deposits, which harvest gold coins for the economy when a mine is placed on them. Once enough money is earned, weapons can be bought, and this game features a whole lot of them.

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The Terrifying Warhead

The basic weapon is the cannon, which fires a single shell, although in later levels you’ll pick up the: rocket launcher, which fires a single shell that splits into more shells; the laser, which fires a laser that can blast through the environment; the bomb-walker, which fires a shell that transforms into a walking bomb when it lands, which can get past enemy defences; the ice tower, which fires a shell that freezes the enemies weapons and deals damage; the terrifying warhead (pictured above) which deals a ton of damage; the drill, which fires drills that drill through the environment; and a lot of other weapons that are extremely devious in the right hands, and if they’re used right. All weapons can be upgraded a total of three times, which will increase the range and power of each weapon, for example the cannon will be able to hit the enemy’s HQ from any distance and do a lot of damage at the same time.

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Boom!

Once a weapon has been placed, the airship can dock with the weapon and fire it. This is where the game transitions from a real time strategy (RTS) tower defence game to a “tank” game. Once inside the weapon, you aim the weapon, which displays a set of green arrows to let you know the direction of the arc (think Angry Birds). The weapon is then fired, and the shell goes its happy way.

The game also features online and local multiplayer. I didn’t get a chance to try local multiplayer, but the online multiplayer was very good, and adds a lot of replay value to the game. Online multiplayer consists of choosing the airship captain (there are several different ones, all of whom have different abilities), choosing six weapons, and then battling to the death with your opponent. Online is really where the game shows its merits, not choosing to go after that gold deposit, or simply placing a weapon in the wrong spots, or not choosing the right weapon for the right map, can lead to a swift defeat. This is helped by how short the games are, I rarely found that a game would go for longer than ten minutes (even in the single player campaign), and that most online matches went for an average of about five. This meant I was quick to challenge my friend to a rematch, which I would win. Then he would win the next one. Than I would win the next two. This kind of constantly trying to be better than everyone else, especially your friends, make this game that much more fun, especially if you’re very competitive.

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The mayhem of Cannon Brawl

That isn’t to say the game isn’t without its flaws. The game doesn’t have many, actually, although there is one in particular that might just be a problem on my end, and that is an unreasonable amount of lag and input lag from the game, which has occurred since the last update. I run games through a fairly decent laptop/tablet hybrid (it’s not weak, by any means), but I run them through a portable hard drive, connected to a USB hub, connected to my computer. This has never been a problem running games before. It’s only lagged very badly once before, and that was with the Battlefield Hardline beta, which was a beta and designed for very good computers. To make sure it wasn’t an issue with my setup, I tried two other games, So Many Me and Game Dev Tycoon, and these worked fine, with no input lag or any other sort of lag at all. I even turned the settings down to the ‘Old Graphics Card’ mode, but this did very little. It was perfectly fine before the update, but now it’s just extremely laggy. I’m not going to criticise the game that much for it though, no other reviews have mentioned it, and it has only been mentioned in the steam community a few times (in the earlier models of the game), so I’m going to be fairly lenient on the game for what could possibly just be a problem on my end. With all that being said though, the game has very little other flaws, aside from possibly being slightly addicting that I forgot to take a break once or twice while playing.

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Fire the cannon!

The length of this game is very good, I’ve played 6 hours, and in that time I’ve finished the normal campaign and played some online multiplayer, but there is a “nightmare” mode of the campaign that is unlocked after the original campaign is finished. I’ve completed about 3 of the nightmare levels, but I don’t have the patience to carefully plan my attacks against a very smart AI while being beaten several times. In addition to this, there are also puzzles scattered throughout the campaign, of which I’ve completed one, and these offer a good challenge to the exceptionally smart people who are brilliant at both puzzles and strategy games. Furthermore, there are a total of three medals to be earned per level, for Actions Per Minute achieved, completing the level within a time limit, and whether you are victorious in the level. This adds more content for completionists. Furthermore, there’s also an armoury where more weapons and pilots can be bought.

Overall, this game is fantastic. Were it not for the lag I’d been experiencing since the recent update, this game would have been a 9. But there was, but it’s still a fantastic game that I’d recommend, if only you could try before you buy with a demo.

Positives

  • Great selection of weapons
  • Lots of fun
  • Great single player campaign
  • Replay value in great online multiplayer mode
  • Local multiplayer

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Negatives

  • Lag in single player campaign, although this may have been an issue only on my end
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Gamesland News: Minecraft, Movies, Rock Band and More

The latest news from the gaming world, in one easy-to-read post.

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- Microsoft has bought Mojang, the creators of Minecraft, for a total of $2.5 billion dollars. The deal will not affect the ports to the other consoles, including the Vita later this month.

- Next year, a demo of Final Fantasy XV will be available to play.

- The Deadpool movie is official, and coming in 2016. Ryan Reynolds has not been confirmed whether he will star in the movie.

- The Assassin’s Creed movie has been delayed to 2016, due to it ‘not being ready yet’.

- The Rock Band Network, where players of the game could buy and make tracks, is shutting down.

Questions?

Leave them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them.

That’s all the news for this week, but come back next Friday (26th) for more news from the land of gaming.

A One Year Anniversary Post

It’s been over one year since this site was started, and I’m really happy with how it is today.

I mean, last year, the site was a scary, black with white writing place that had no idea where it was going. Today, it’s a friendly place with a somewhat clear direction.

Last year was great. Even starting late into the year couldn’t stop the start of the yearly awards, most of which still haven’t been reviewed. But this year is going to be bigger and better. Mobile Week 2014 is pretty much set, with 8 different games from several genres being reviewed, from October 20th to the 27th. Furthermore, there’s going to be even more reviews, because there hasn’t really been enough. And although it keeps being said, there’s going to be editorials. Eventually.

But still, if you want to leave some feedback or just talk about games, just leave a comment. The comment section has no teeth and therefore cannot bite.

Here’s to the new year!

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Gamesland News: Pikachu Assault, Microsoft & Mojang, and More!

First of all, it’s been over a year since this website began! I’ll have some sort of celebratory post tomorrow, but for now, the news:

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- The Oculus Rift Retail Version will cost between $200 – $400 and have several upgrades over the current development kit, including resolution and refresh rate. At present, there is no release date for the consumer version.

- In Japan, Batman: Arkham Knight has been confirmed to be a PS4 exclusive.

- Microsoft is rumoured to be buying Mojang (creators of Minecraft) for $2 Billion, and after that it is rumoured that the creator of Minecraft,  Markus “Notch” Persson will leave the company.

- Shigeru Miyamoto is making a short film about the game Pikmin, and the movie is titled Pikmin Short Movie. It will be aired at the Tokyo International Film Festival, then at Toho Cinemas Nihonbashi for free, with tickets won in a raffle.

Payday 2 is receiving Hotline Miami DLC.

- Finally, a man wearing a Pokémon hat (specifically, a Pikachu), and holding a Pikachu plush toy jumped the White House fence and ran across the lawn before being apprehended by the Secret Service. President Obama was attending a 9/11 memorial while the event occurred.

That’s all the news for this week, but tune in next Friday (19/09/14) for more news from the land of gaming!

Gamesland News: Intel, Minecraft, Samsung, and More!

The latest news from the gaming world, condensed into one post with an easy-to-read format.

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- Intel announced an 8-Core CPU, although nothing has really been optimised for it, so its kind of pointless…for now.

- The next Dragon Slash game is going to be a real-time hack-and-slash

- The next Little Big Planet game is going to be a ‘free-to-play, platform-survival game’, also known as an endless runner. It’s coming to Android, iOS, and the PS Vita in October.

Minecraft was released for the Xbox One and PS4, and it’s a $5 upgrade from the previous console versions (but only to the respective consoles). The PS Vita release is coming “soon”.

- The movie for Shadow of the Colossus is still happening, with the people working on the film announced. Although there’s no cast yet.

- Finally, Samsung announced their VR headset, called “Gear VR”. The headset will work with the new “Note 4″ (which slips into the front of the device and acts as the screen) and has several games already announced, including a first-person Temple Run that looks very scary.

Questions? Feedback?

Leave them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them!

That’s all the news for this week, but come back next Friday (12/09/14) for more news from the land of gaming!

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Gamesland News: Twitch, Nintendo 3DS, Pokémon, and More!

The latest news from the gaming world, in one, easy to read format.

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- Mojang announced that there would not be a Minecon in 2014.

- There was a series of attacks on gaming sites, notably WOW, LOL, and the PSN that was done by a group of hackers. There was also a security scare when it was reported that there was a bomb on the President of Sony America’s plane.

- In a move no-one saw coming, due to reports that Google was going to buy the service, online streaming service Twitch was bought by AMazon for $1 Billion Dollars.

- A new pokémon game, called Pokken Tournament was announced, and it is a pokémon fighting game developed by the team behind long-running series Tekken. So far, it’s only been confirmed as an arcade release in Japan, with no news for an international release, or even a Japanese console release.

- EA has started to reprint copies of Skate 3, which has become an internet phenomenon due to its amount of glitches that were showcased by YouTubers such as PewDiePie, and retailers simply couldn’t keep up with demand for the 2010 game.

- Famous TV show Doctor Who is coming to Minecraft (Xbox 360) in the form of familiar skin packs and worlds DLC.

- An indie dev had the police called on them after their landlord saw the plans for one of the games, which is based around nuclear warfare and had world maps with targets on it.

- An 8 Terabyte hard drive has been invented, but isn’t available for consumers just yet, although give it a couple of years and they’ll probably be mainstream.

- An internet prank had a S.W.A.T team called on a twitch streamer. The streamer was reported to have killed several people, and all the schools in the nearby area were closed and the S.W.A.T team tried to apprehend the innocent streamer. No-one was hurt, although these jokes seem to be going too far.

- A New 3DS was announced at Nintendo’s Nintendo Direct, and it will feature new back-triggers, 3D viewable from most angles, revamped colour-schemes (that mimic the SNES), face plates (not for the XL version), and a second analogue stick called the C-Stick (like the Gamecube) that functions like a second C-Stick. The console has several other features, including a faster CPU and micro-SD card slots, and also has games confirmed to work with the added functionality: Super Smash Bros is one example, and a port of Xenoblade Chronicles was announced for the system. It’s releasing in Japan in October, although it has been confirmed that there will no international release before the end of the year.

Questions? Queries? Feedback?

- Leave a comment and I’ll do my best to answer it.

That’s all the news for this week, but tune in next Friday (6/9/14) for more news from the Land of Gaming!