We’ve seen quite a few end of year lists and now it is time for European gaming publication Eurogamer to have their say. There’s little in the way of surprises but it’s a solid list which includes Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate for the Nintendo 3DS as well as Splatoon on Wii U. However, it was Bloodborne for the PlayStation 4 which nabbed the top spot. We should see their reader’s favourite games go live on Eurogamer tomorrow so it will be interesting to see how the top ten differs.
2. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
4. Rocket League
5. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
6. Her Story
7. Invisible, Inc.
8. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
9. Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
10. Life is Strange
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Online gaming publication Eurogamer has looked at the current state of Nintendo in 2015. It’s been a difficult year for the company with the tragic passing of Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, but they have produced some stellar software in the form of Splatoon, Super Mario Maker, Xenoblade Chronicles X and more. Next year will prove to be an exciting time for Nintendo fans with the reveal of their next platform which is codenamed NX. Here’s what Eurogamer thought of Nintendo in 2015.
“2015 was always going to be a trying year for Nintendo, a transition period that would see it winding down its faltering home console and ageing handheld while it geared up its preparations for a new generation of hardware quietly in the background. With the untimely passing in July of Satoru Iwata, a man who had shaped Nintendo’s outlook and embodied its playful spirit, 2015 will likely go down as one of the toughest years in the company’s 126-year history.”
“The NX announcement cast a shadow over the Wii U for the remainder of the year, with a relatively slim first party offering raising suspicions that the big names and the big studios – such as Retro and Tokyo EAD – were preparing for what’s next, and ensuring Nintendo doesn’t suffer another console launch with a weak software line-up. The ongoing delay for Zelda Wii U all but guarantees it’ll be making its way to NX, too, a split-release much like Twilight Princess saw before it on the GameCube and Wii.”
“After a muted 12 months, understandably so at times, 2016 promises anything but for Nintendo. It’s the year when we see its plans for NX, a mysterious, new and exciting prospect for the next generation, and when we learn about its plans for theme parks, to see how it will handle mobile and much else besides. 2015 was hard, then, both for Nintendo and for its fans, yet through the darkness there were enough glimmers of hope that suggest bright things could well be lying in wait.”
Eurogamer have compiled a list of what they consider to be the best Nintendo 3DS games you can find. They’ve listed 17 games in alphabetical order. There are some obvious ones in there like The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Luigi’s Mansion 2 and Super Smash Bros, but maybe some surprises too. So take a look at the list, and see if you agree with it! What would be at the top of your ‘best Nintendo 3DS games’ list?
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf
- Bravely Default
- Fire Emblem: Awakening
- Kid Icarus: Uprising
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
- Luigi’s Mansion 2
- Mario Golf: World Tour
- Mario Kart 7
- Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
- OutRun 3D
- Pilotwings Resort
- Pokemon X & Y
- Professor Layton vs. Pheonix Wright: Ace Attorney
- Super Mario 3D Land
- Super Smash Bros. for 3DS
Eurogamer had a play through of the first three worlds from Yoshi’s Woolly World, and reviewed them to give us a bit of an idea of what to expect from the upcoming cutesy game in June. They reckon there’s far more to the game than its cushion-y soft exterior, and inside it can be quite complicated. As they share the same developer, Good-Feel, Yoshi’s Woolly World draws up many similarities to Kirby’s Epic Yarn. The gameplay involves you picking apart the very fabric of the levels (literally) to make your way to the end, and find all the collectibles and secrets– which apparently can take quite some time.
By the second world, turns out Yoshi’s Woolly World isn’t so soft after all, and the platformer starts to get noticeably difficult. Especially as checkpoints are apparently too far apart, so if you fall at the last hurdle you’re set right back and even have to find all the collectibles again, which really puts you off. Eurogamer bring up another problem, that the balls of wool Yoshi collects by beating baddies, and are used to get through the level, seem to run out too quickly. But despite all this, the game is apparently still a huge joy to play and although seems sweet and innocent, will offer quite a challenge to complete. The release of this game couldn’t come soon enough!
Just like its knitted Amiibo companions, Yoshi’s Woolly World offers a charming exterior that covers a solid structure and plenty of technology – but there’s more to the game than its soft and cutesy looks. Its difficulty may be loved by some, although niggling gameplay issues cause the attraction of its levels to slightly unravel.
2014 has been and gone and we had the opportunity to play some fantastic games. Online gaming publication Eurogamer believes that the super-fun Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U was the definitive game of the year, beating the likes of Destiny and Dark Souls 2. Here’s what they had to say about Mario’s latest and greatest Mario Kart title as well as the site’s overall top ten games of 2014.
For my money, Mario Kart 8 is the best game in the series since that Super Nintendo classic, and one of the greatest arcade racers of all time. It holds that knife-edge balance between luck and skill better than any Mario Kart since the first, and locks the player into the zone with an exquisite stack of boost tricks that give you something new to think about every second and a half. It’s also an audiovisual wonder: the most beautiful game of the new hardware generation to date, a game that lights up your synapses as it laughs off the Wii U’s horsepower deficit in a riot of colour, brilliant animation and blistering performance; a game that evokes the dazzling, long-lost wow factor of the arcade.
But the best thing about Mario Kart 8 is that it is defiantly old-school and thrillingly modern all at once. It incorporates some of the best features of contemporary social gaming without jumping on any bandwagons that might lead it astray. It offers depth and customisation and a long tail of unlocks, but it doesn’t put grind before purity. Online, it’s competitive but friendly, with excellent ranking and matchmaking, a level playing field and – something previously thought impossible – a charming lobby. It’s a game you keep playing again and again and again because you’re having fun, not because you’re working towards your next meta-goal. It’s even got an add-on that’s worth buying.
- Mario Kart 8
- Bayonetta 2
- Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls
- Alien: Isolation
- Dark Souls 2
- Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes
- Towerfall Ascension
- Forza Horizon 2
Online gaming publication Eurogamer has managed to get some hands-on time with Project Cars. We already know that the game has been delayed for the Wii U, but that hasn’t stopped Eurogamer from proclaiming that the game is already a better racing title that the stalwarts, Gran Turismo for PlayStation and Forza for Xbox.
“If you are looking for something with cars that are realistic, with tracks and with features that you wished had been in Forza and Gran Turismo for many years, with no tire squeal like there is in Gran Turismo, cars that don’t go round in a funeral procession like Forza, then Project Cars is the one for you,” says Tudor, before resorting to humility for a brief second. “But to even be compared to them is honour enough.”
“The feel of the cars has improved, thankfully, after the somewhat wayward efforts in Slightly Mad’s last game. “At the end of Shift 2 Unleashed we were looking on all the forums, Reddit, NoGripRacing, GTPlanet, and we were looking at the big concerns,” says Tudor. “It was input lag, handling, how the feedback doesn’t feel right on the wheel. Day one we were like, what the hell, we’ve got to fix that. There was a lot of rewriting, we’ve got a brand new tire model. It’s super-important. The tire model is the physics that drive the thing that’s most in contact between the car and the track. It’s super-important – it drives everything. It drives the handling, the grip levels, the temperatures, when you’re swapping tires, how the rain effects things.”
“It tells of the enthusiasm that’s swelled around Project Cars since its release, the waves of excitement that have met each exquisite looking, fan-made trailer. The crowd development model has helped Project Cars establish a community before it’s even launched, and some of that enthusiasm has now started to bleed out elsewhere. Can it genuinely square up against the likes of Gran Turismo and Forza? With its features, its momentum and its appetite and understanding of what makes motorsport tick, there’s every reason to believe it could be the game that reminds the old guard what makes racing so special.”
Respected online gaming publication Eurogamer has written an article declaring that the Wii U and the PlayStation Vita are our new Dreamcasts. However, the publication says this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as despite neither achieving commercial success, they both have a good back catalogue of games.
“Commercial success may evade them, but these ailing consoles are future classics.”
“It’s one of the odd phenomena seemingly exclusive to video game fandom that some people really do care. Sales figures are used as self-validation for those that have picked the most popular side, and there’s no shortage of morbid mobs prematurely ringing the death knell for struggling hardware. The strangely partisan behaviour of players who pledge blind allegiance to corporations is a matter for another day, though – what’s important is to forget about all that, and embrace some of those commercial failures while they’re still around for us to celebrate them.”