Respected gaming publication EDGE has awarded the forthcoming Wii U exclusive, Lego City Undercover, a disappointing five out of ten. The latest edition of the magazine also gave Luigi’s Mansion 2 for the Nintendo 3DS a respectable eight out of ten. Castlevania Lords of Shadow – Mirror of fate was also reviewed and was awarded seven out of ten. Sadly, there isn’t any excerpts from the reviews.
Renowned UK video game publication EDGE has listed the world’s 50 greatest game developers in the latest edition of the magazine. Some of the developers listed may come as a shock, whilst others shouldn’t really be too surprising. Nintendo EAD came in third with Valve and Mojang taking first and second place respectively. What do you think to the list?
3. Nintendo EAD
4. Platinum Games
5. Naughty Dog
6. Rockstar North
9. Arkane Studios
10. Riot Games
11. Epic Games
12. Media molecule
14. Kojima Productions
19. Ubi Montreal
21. Double Fine
22. Terry Cavanagh
27. EA Canada
29. Eidos Montreal
31. Sony online entertainment
38. Ninja theory
39. Quantic Dream
44. Sony Santa Monica
46. Creative assembly
Toki Tori 2 will soon be released in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.
Shigeru Miyamoto revealed that before making video games, he wanted to write and draw manga. The legendary Nintendo designer acknowledges that it’s his job, as a video game designer, to create fun and unique experiences for consumers. Miyamoto claims that the thought of people being surprised by his works encourages him to continue with his job.
“I think my starting point was I wanted to write and draw manga. Basically, this hope of mine materialised in game creation. So, to put it very simply, it’s my job. My driving force is that I really love surprising people, creating fun experiences and moments for them, [and] finding ways to help them enjoy themselves.”
Edge famously awarded Mario Kart: Double Dash on the Gamecube a mediocre five out of ten when it reviewed the game back in 2003. The publication has now decided to take a look back at some of its more controversial reviews to see whether or not they were right to dish out such harsh scores. Here’s what they have to say about Mario Kart: Double Dash.
What we said: “There are 16 courses on offer, and one of them is a ten-second dodgem track… even if you are the best karter in the country, you still cannot guarantee anything. It is often an acceptable game, an average one. The co-operative mode, in which one player drives and the other throws stuff, is neat, though mostly redundant given that most pairs will prefer to drive a kart each. Mario Kart isn’t a racing game any more. It is a party game, and anyone buying it for anything more than frantic, foolish, social fun will grow tired of being cheated very quickly indeed.” 
What we got wrong: That ten-second dodgem track, Baby Park, is Mario Kart at its brilliant, chaotic best; if you thought a blue shell up the backside with the finish line in sight was as maddening as Mario Kart gets, try spending the final lap weaving in and out of banana skins only to be hit by a green shell that’s been bouncing around the course since lap one. The co-op mode served one Edge spouse as a gentle introduction to a series that had always appealed from afar but frustrated in the hands.
What we got right: Few would contest that Mario Kart - on Nintendo’s home consoles at least – is now more party game than pure racer. It remains, by some distance, the worst game in the series, with no real sense of speed and, Baby Park aside, some lacklustre track designs.
Edge magazine has awarded Mario Tennis Open a respectable 7/10 in its latest issue. Sadly there’s no excerpts from the review, but it would be safe to assume they enjoyed the game. Edge magazine is notorious for its harsh scoring system so 7/10 is reasonably good. Mario Tennis Open is due for release May 20th in North America and May 25th in Europe.
Respected, but sometimes controversial, gaming publication Edge has awarded the forthcoming Kid Icarus: Uprising on Nintendo 3DS a solid 8/10. The magazine states that Kid Icarus: Uprising is a smart splicing of Star Fox and Zelda, which should please fans. Kid Icarus: Uprising is exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS and is due for release March 23rd.
Kid Icarus is back, then, and it turns out we did miss him. With Uprising, those internet petitioners finally have something they can be proud of. The control scheme initially seems lopsided, but works wonderfully for the flying sections, while any slight clumsiness on foot is countered by a responsive dodge. A worryingly compulsive weapon-fusing system thrown in, adding a chunk of the Pokemon gene to a game that already feels like a smart splicing of Star Fox and Zelda.
Edge magazine, which is renowned for being the most stringent of all video gaming magazines, has stated in its review that Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D looks better than Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater HD on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. High praise indeed for a game that had initially received fairly disappointing previews from several publications.
“Packed with detail, both in terms of it’s environments and mechanics, this is a game that pays back investment in spades. MGS3 is a modern classic – the tightest, smartest and most emotional journey in the series – and even the HD update doesn’t look as good as this portable treatment.”
Respected online gaming publication Edge has awarded Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D a more than respectable 8/10. The magazine is notorious for its strict scoring policy, so an 8 is a great score for the game which has had a mixed critical reception since its E3 début. Will this persuade you to pick up a copy?
Respected UK gaming publication Edge Magazine has published its game of the year lists. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword which received a perfect ten out ten review score has won the mainstream game of the year award beating both Skyrim and Dark Souls. Nintendo also scooped up the award for best publisher of the year and portable game of the year with Mario Kart 7. Here’s the full list:
Edge Awards 2011
The winner is in bold and below it are the two runners-up.
Mainstream Game of the Year
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Indie Game of the Year
Portable Game of the Year
Mario Kart 7
Super Mario 3D Land
Best Online Experience
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Best Visual Design
Child of Eden
Best Audio Design
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Publisher of the Year
Studio of the Year