Ubisoft CEO: “We Learned From The Mistakes We Made With Watch Dogs”

Ubisoft CEO, Yves Guillemot, has reassured gamers that the company has learned from the mistakes they made with Watch Dogs. No doubt if you were on image boards and internet forums then you will be aware of the visual downgrade the game received at launch, compared to the debut footage we were shown at E3. The game looked nothing like the one that was showcased at E3 2012 and Ubisoft CEO, Yves Guillemot, says this is something that will never happen again.

With E3 2015 we said, OK, let’s make sure the games are playable, that they’re running on the target machines. When we show something, we ask the team, make sure it’s playable, make sure gamers can immediately see exactly what it is. That’s what we learned from the Watch Dogs experience – if it can’t be played on the target machine, it can be a risk.”

Yooka-Laylee: Classic Platforming Is Reborn (Video)

The team over at PlayStation Access have had the opportunity to sit down and discuss the intriguing Yooka-Laylee with the team at Playtonic. There’s some lovely new footage showcased in the thirteen minute video, as well as plenty of questions regarding the game which is deemed as the spiritual successor to Banjo Kazooie. The team says that they want to retain what was so great about Banjo Kazooie back in the 90’s, but add a fresh new spin on it, which is really what the fans and backers want. Be sure to give the interview a watch, below.

Japan: Nintendo 3DS Sells 32K And Wii U Sells 13K

This week’s Japanese video game sales charts are now in thanks to Media Create. Unsurprisingly, the latest entry in the Fire Emblem franchise has claimed the number one position, with Fire Emblem Fates: Black Kingdom proving to be the most popular of the two games. Splatoon still appears to be doing well in the charts with the Wii U exclusive still residing in the top ten. Here’s the best-selling software and hardware this week in Japan.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [3DS] Fire Emblem Fates: White Kingdom / Dark Knight Kingdom (Nintendo, 06/25/15) – 260,675 (New)
  2. [PSV] Persona 4: Dancing All Night (Atlus, 06/25/15) – 94,036 (New)
  3. [3DS] Fire Emblem Fates: Special Edition (Nintendo, 06/25/15) – 42,991 (New)
  4. [3DS] Rhythm Heaven: The Best+ (Nintendo, 06/11/15) – 42,718 (266,726)
  5. [PS4] Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward (Square Enix, 06/25/15) – 38,758 (New)
  6. [Wii U] Splatoon (Nintendo, 05/28/15) – 37,458 (348,040)
  7. [PS3] TV Anime The Idolmaster: Cinderella Girls G4U! Pack Vol. 2 (Bandai Namco, 06/25/15) – 16,392 (New)
  8. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (SCE, 03/19/15) – 10,896 (220,589)
  9. [PSV] Chaos;Child (5pb., 06/25/15) – 10,325
  10. [3DS] Return to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale (Marvelous, 06/18/15) – 9,284 (55,776)
  11. [PS3] Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward (Square Enix, 06/25/15) – 8,729 (New)
  12. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 7,978 (1,045,901)
  13. [3DS] Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden (Bandai Namco, 06/11/15) – 7,687 (98,789)
  14. [PSV] Shinobi, Koi Utsutsu: Setsugekka Koi Emaki (Idea Factory, 06/25/15) – 6,762 (New)
  15. [PS4] Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition (Capcom, 06/18/15) – 6,454 (42,326)
  16. [3DS] Kaitou Joker: Toki o Koeru Kaitou to Ushinawareta Houseki (Bandai Namco, 06/25/15) – 5,189 (New)
  17. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 4,899 (2,648,334)
  18. [PS4] Chaos;Child (5pb., 06/25/15) – 4,860 (New)
  19. [PS4] Ride (Intergrow, 06/25/15) – 4,056 (New)
  20. [PS4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Spike Chunsoft, 05/21/15) – 4,054 (122,038)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. PlayStation Vita – 23,134 (11,748)
  2. New 3DS LL – 21,818 (17,642)
  3. PlayStation 4 – 14,482 (13,850)
  4. Wii U – 13,166 (14,616)
  5. New 3DS – 8,294 (4,506)
  6. PlayStation 3 – 2,761 (2,819)
  7. 3DS – 1,396 (1,126)
  8. 3DS LL – 847 (790)
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 820 (540)
  10. Xbox One – 243 (201)

Shovel Knight Is Officially Coming To Retail

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One of the hits of last year was Shovel Knight which was praised by both players and critics alike. The game managed to receive an average Metascore of 91 which is an extremely impressive feat for an old school designed platformer. And yes, before you ask, there will be a retail version for both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions. If you’d like to play on another platform then you can also purchase it for the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. The game is coming North America on October 13th and to Europe on October 16th. Here’s what it contained in the box.

The physical version of Shovel Knight contains everything we’ve released so far. First, there is the original Shovel Knight campaign with all the content you know and love! Also included is Shovel Knight’s first content update: Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows. Finally, there’s a full-featured Challenge mode with more than 50 crazy challenge levels to explore!

Of course, like the digital version, every boxed version will also receive FREE future updates as they become available:

  • Specter Knight’s Campaign – A full campaign starring the shadowy scythe spinner!
  • King Knight’s Campaign – A crazy campaign with the gilded goob himself!
  • Battle Mode – Duel with up to 4 players as your favorite heroic or villainous knight! (Wii U/PS4/XB1/PC exclusive)
  • Body Swap Mode – Did you ever wish Shovel Knight was a lady, or Shield Knight was a dude? Well, now you’ll be able to change them all around, along with the rest of the cast!

Oh, and one more thing: every boxed copy of Shovel Knight will include a lavish instruction booklet similar to the Kickstarter reward. No 2-page inserts here! You deserve a full manual, to hold in your hot little shaking hands and pore over as you wait to get home!

 

Epic Mickey Producer Calls VR A Fad

Warren Spector, the man behind the Epic Mickey franchise, isn’t entirely convinced by Virtual Reality headsets such as Morpheus and Oculus Rift. Spector joins Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime in criticising the current technology and believes that it is simply nothing more than a fad. Spector claims that people generally look silly wearing the head-gear and there’s also the fact of nausea to content with. However, he thinks there is potential in Augmented Reality like Microsoft’s upcoming Hololens.

“I’ve been pretty consistent in my belief that VR is a fad. I think it’ll generate some interest among the hardcore gamers. And I see amazing possibilities in VR for social media and virtual meetings and training and crazy stuff like dealing with phobias. But for entertainment? I’m just not seeing it. I don’t think most humans want to look stupid (everyone looks stupid in a VR headset) and they don’t want to isolate themselves from the world. I mean, if someone’s sneaking up behind me with a baseball bat, I want to know about it, you know what I mean? And let’s not talk about nausea.”

“It’s weird, I worked on a couple of games that supported available VR headsets back in the ’90s and I was really jazzed about it. Now, I’m kind of over it.”

“AR, on the other hand – that seems pretty exciting. There’s some potential there. Even the low-hanging fruit of AR gaming seems compelling. Bring on the AR.”

Amazon Reveals The Top Ten Most Pre-ordered Games From E3 2015

This E3 brought a number of high-profile releases which gamers will no doubt be eager to get their hands on this year and in 2016. Popular online retailer Amazon has listed the top ten most pre-ordered video games following last week’s gaming event in Los Angeles. Sadly, there are no Nintendo related titles on the list which will no doubt come as a disappointment to Nintendo of America and Nintendo Europe. Here’s the games which saw the biggest uplift in pre-orders following E3.

  1. Forza Motorsport 6 – 1005%
  2. Star Wars Battlefront – 857%
  3. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege – 690%
  4. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – 488%
  5. Fallout 4 – 467%
  6. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – 382%
  7. Halo 5: Guardians – 344%
  8. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – 243%
  9. Madden NFL 16 – 136%
  10. FIFA 16 – 76%
  1. Rare Replay, Microsoft
  2. Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Microsoft
  3. Doom, Bethesda
  4. Dishonored 2, Bethesda
  5. Final Fantasy VII Remake, Square Enix
  6. Gears of War 4, Microsoft
  7. South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Ubisoft
  8. Horizon Zero Dawn, Sony
  9. Dishonored Definitive Edition, Bethesda
  10. Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller, Microsoft

Here’s IGN’s Best Of E3 2015 Awards

It’s been a busy week and now E3 is officially over. It wouldn’t be E3 without the best of show awards from IGN and you can read their choices for Game of the Show, Best Wii U Game and Best Nintendo 3DS game, amongst others. Interestingly, Platinum Games long-awaited Star Fox wasn’t in the running for best Wii U game. The games that were are Super Mario Maker and Yoshi’s Woolly World. Here’s the IGN’s best of E3 2015 award winners and runner ups.

Game of the Show: Star Wars Battlefront
Runner-Up: Fallout 4

Best PS4 Game: Horizon
Runner-Up: Uncharted 4

Best XB1 Game: Cuphead
Runners-Up: Fallout 4, For Honor, Star Wars Battlefront

Best Wii U Game: Super Mario Maker
Runner-Up: Yoshi’s Woolly World

Best PC Game: Fallout 4
Runner-Up: For Honor

Best 3DS Game: The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

Best Vita Game: Persona 4: Dancing All Night

Best Action Game: Uncharted 4, For Honor
Runner-Up: Horizon

Best Shooter: Star Wars Battlefront
Runners-Up: Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Ghost Recon: Wildlands

Best Fighting Game: Street Fighter V

Best Platformer: Cuphead, Super Mario Maker
Runner-Up: Unravel

Best Sports Game: FIFA 16

Best Racing Game: Need For Speed

Best RPG: Fallout 4
Runner-Up: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Best Strategy Game: XCOM 2
Runner-Up: Fire Emblem Fates

Best Music Game: Rock Band 4

Best Adventure Game: No Man’s Sky
Runner-Up: Below

Best Trailer: SWTOR: Knights of the Fallen Empire
Runner-Up: Dishonored 2

Coolest Tech: Microsoft Holo-Lens

Biggest Surprise: Final Fantasy VII Remake
Runner-Up: Xbox One Backwards Compatibility

Best VR Experience: Adr1ft
Runner-Up: Edge of Nowhere