IGN Re-Reviews Splatoon

Popular online gaming website IGN have decided to revisit Splatoon since its received a number of updates with new content since it launched back in May. The publication previously awarded the game a 7.9 which is fairly on the low side for such an entertaining title. However, they have re-evaluated their review due to the frequent updates and have decided it is now 8.6/10.

Nintendo’s take on the third-person shooter is refreshingly original, with lots of impressive tools, skillful mobility, and creative maps to play with. Matches are consistently fun and tense, and the mechanics feel simple and fair enough that almost anyone can contribute positively. Not having voice chat is a bummer, but the great modes and maps feel polished and kept me claiming turf for hours


Playtonic Introduces New Yooka-Laylee Character Rextro Sixtyfourus

As part of an IGN First feature on Yooka-Laylee’s development, a brand new character has been revealed – his name is Rextro Sixtyfourus.

Rextro is a blocky orange dinosaur and was designed by Mark Stevenson, who previously worked on the Donkey Kong Country series along with Donkey Kong 64 and Kameo.

“We decided on using a dinosaur pretty early on as this is a creature that naturally associates with a past era,” Stevenson explains. “Then I think mostly my inspiration came from work I’d done previously on characters for the Donkey Kong 64 game. From this work I knew the kind of forms we had to create due to low polygon counts, so this inspired the shapes used to create Rextro’s blocky feet and hands that are virtually cubes. All the polygons in Rexto have hard edges as well: this affects how the light shines on him meaning you can basically see all the polygon faces as individual facets.”

You can check out pictures of Rextro Sixtyfourus below from IGN’s website, and there’s also further footage on the IGN feature. What do you think of the newly revealed character?


IGN: Super Mario Maker – Jose’s Terrifying Ghost Mansion

IGN has gotten their hands on the immensely creative Super Mario Maker and what better way to troll another employee than create a super difficult level for them to make their way through. Be sure to watch the video to see just how precise you can make everything in the game. Super Mario Maker launches in Europe and the United States on September 11th.

IGN Gamescom: Star Fox Zero Footage Showing Landmaster And Walker

As promised IGN has teamed up with Nintendo to showcase Star Fox Zero for Wii U for those of you who were unable to attend Gamescom this week. The footage looks to be the same as the footage showcased by Treehouse during E3 in June, but it’s good to get another look at the flagship title hitting the Wii U this fall. Be sure to check out the awesome Landmaster and the Walker.

Bill Trinen Stars On This Week’s IGN Nintendo Voice Chat Podcast

Those of you who enjoy listening to IGN’s Nintendo Voice Chat podcast will be pleased to learn that this week it features Bill Trinen as a special guest. In case you don’t know Mr Trinen, he is the Senior Product Marketing Manager of Nintendo of America. This could well be the first time in a long time that the podcast has featured a Nintendo employee. Trinen discusses a number of things including the EVO fighting tournament, which he is entering, and also this week’s San Diego Comic Con. You can listen to the hour-long podcast, right here.

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Nintendo Has Explained Why You Can’t Play As A Woman In Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

IGN has quizzed the developers behind The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes and have asked them the all-important question as to why you can’t play as a female in the game. To be fair IGN couldn’t really get a straight answer out of the team, other than they have female developers helping out on the title and the fact that you can’t play as a female hasn’t been an issue with them. Here’s what was said.

IGN: So earlier, I brought up the similarities in the approach. The outfits remind me of gear-driven games like Monster Hunter and MMOs. Part of what ties into equipment-driven games is a player has a choice between choosing a male or female. I’m curious if, in this game, players will have a choice between a male avatar or a female avatar, especially since the story doesn’t seem tied to a specific gender?

Hiromasa Shikata: I’m going to tell you a little bit about the story quickly and we’ll circle around, here. There’s this kingdom, an event happens, and the king needs heroes. So, he puts out a call for heroes to gather and one of those is this guy Link. He sees this audition, basically, ‘Heroes needed; apply here.’ And, that’s the start of his adventure.

The story calls for this sort of legend/prophecy where heroes will come together to help solve a problem. And in that, they are male characters. So, because the game is set with that as the story background, you cannot choose a gender; you are a male character.

IGN: I guess I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t express some slight disappointment with that, especially because there is a Zelda outfit Link wears in the game. It just feels like it’s one step closer to giving the Zelda series’ female audience the chance to explore that universe from another perspective.

Shikata: Understood. I understand what you’re saying, and just as general information, we do have a lot of female staff members who are playing this game and enjoying it. It doesn’t seem to be a big issue to them. They still are getting emotional investment in this game. And to be honest, Link isn’t the most masculine of guys in the world, depending on how you want to project yourself into the character.

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