Monthly Archives: March 2013

Luigi’s Mansion 2 Review

Luigi in a game without Mario? What madness is this? And just how does the Italian plumber becomes a Ghostbusting hero anyway? Only in the world of Nintendo can we see such tales and I guess that’s why this particular publisher and it’s latest 3DS title, Lugi’s Mansion 2 is so unique.
The story behind Luigi’s Mansion 2 is a bit of a strange one. Mad Professor E Gadd from the original Luigi’s Mansion has been spending the time since the first game researching paranormal activity, however when his supernatural subjects turn on him and shatter the Dark Moon, he calls on the only man he knows to fix it, Luigi.
Luigi is a rather reluctant hero and doesn’t really seem very keen on taking up the role of ghostbuster, however given there is no listing on checkatrade for paranormal battling plumbers, he’ll just have to do. So, with the Professor having convinced his friend that he’s the man for the job, Luigi heads into the first mansion to find the first of his ghostbusting equipment. Accompanied by spooky music and strange paranormal activity, it’s enough for him to bite his nails to the bone, however he gets through the job like only a good tradesman knows how.
The five mansion’s which Luigi finds himself wandering through are fantastically designed, with plenty of nooks, crannies and secret compartments playing host to hidden coins and life giving hearts. There are also plenty of cracks, from which Luigi can peer through and watch ghosts comically playing out cutscenes. Throughout the game Luigi only really has two pieces of equipment to fight off the ghosts: a Dark-Light torch attachment which reveals illusions and hidden objects, and the Poltergust 5000 vacuum. The latter is mainly used to capture ghosts using a mixture of the analogue stick and the face buttons, however you can also use it to solve puzzles and open otherwise hidden compartments. The flashlight too gives access to doorways and reveals otherwise hidden ghosts.

Obviously the most fun to be had in Luigi’s Mansion 2 is the ghostbusting. It’s brilliant. Using your flashlight you can stun the enemies, before hoovering them up. In order to do so you’ll have to pull them in your direction using the analogue stick, although failing to do this properly will result in them pulling Luigi around the room, causing damage as a consequence. You also have to be careful to stun the ghosts quickly, otherwise they’ll give you a thump. It’s best to be careful because if you fail a mission you are sent straight back to the start of it, which is probably the most frustrating thing about the game, however once you get a hang of the controls this doesn’t happen too often.
 The level design in Luigi’s Mansion 2 is absolutely fantastic, you’ll spend an age trying to find hidden coins, keys and more. The only frustrating thing about it is that the game isn’t completely free to explore, as once you complete a mission you’ll get beamed back to the Professor’s studio, before once again heading back into the game to take part in the next mission. This will see you exploring more than one room on more than one occasion, however the game does mix things up a little, so you won’t notice this too much.
Another interesting addition to the game is multiplayer. There are three modes in all which send you into a randomised mansion in a group of two to four players. You can stick with your companions throughout the 25 levels, with a boss level every five levels helping to mix things up even more. The multiplayer is fun enough, although not strictly a necessary addition in order to make the game worth paying for.
Luigi’s Mansion 2 offers a nice little change on the 3DS. For one, it’s not Mario, and secondly it’s actually quite different from any other game out there. Luigi’s Mansion 2 is wonderfully designed, quite humorous and a lot of fun to play. If ‘bustin’ makes you feel good’, then you are going to love this game.
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Capcom to remaster Ducktales

Capcom has announced at this year’s PAX East that it will be releasing a remastered version of Ducktales.
The new DuckTales is inspired by the NES classic. I really can’t recall this game whatsoever, but Joystiq describes it as a “MegaMan-style game in which Scrooge McDuck used his cane as both a golf club and a pogo stick,” the site also adds that it had very good music and that the new version has “new hand-drawn sprites, and features original voice work.”
There aren’t too many more details at the moment, although so far only the Xbox and Kinect logos were visible at the presentation.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD confirmed for PS Vita

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD confirmed for PS Vita

Square has confirmed that it’ll be releasing Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD for PS3 and PS Vita.

“These games are classic fan-favorites, and we hope that new and old Final Fantasy fans can experience the world of Spira and the story of Tidus and Yuna in a brand-new light with these remastered editions,” said Yoshinori Kitase, producer of Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is a single disc bundle that will be available on the PlayStation 3. Final Fantasy X HD Remaster and Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remaster will be available individually for the PlayStation Vita.

SEGA teasing something new for Vita and PS3

Japanese teaser site which suggests that SEGA is prepared to announce a new game for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita on Thursday, March 28th.

The site doesn’t show too much, although the presence of the PS3, Vita and SEGA’s logo, along with an image of a field of grass, does seem to suggest that something unannounced is on the way.

Any ideas what this could be? We’d love it to be a new Valkyria Chronicles game, although it could equally be a new Yakuza, or maybe even an exclusive Sonic game? Who knows, we can’t wait to find out though.

Battlefield 4 website launched

EA has launched a new website for Battlefield 4 and it’s pretty clever really. Head over to the site and you’ll be met with a steamed up window, which you can wipe away with your mouse.
May it’s just me, but I like it.
Simple things eh?
Battlefield 4 will be fully revealed on March 27, and of course we will have all the information for you, no doubt along with the pre-order details.

Free EA games listed for Sim City users

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Starting today, every player that has activated their copy of SimCity will receive an email that will give directions on how to redeem a free Origin game from EA.

The publisher will be opening up the redemption portal country-by-country so some may see it a little sooner than others. The portal will be live worldwide for everyone to select their game by March 22. In order to be eligible for the free game you must register your copy of SimCity before March 26, 2013 at 06:59 AM GMT and you must claim your free game by March 31, 2013 at 06.59 GMT.
Here is the list of games that you will be able to choose from once you are able to redeem. It’s a great list of games across the whole EA portfolio, so pick one and add it to your Origin library on us!
– Battlefield 3 (Standard Edition)
– Bejeweled 3
– Dead Space 3 (Standard Edition)
– Mass Effect 3 (Standard Edition)
– Medal of Honor Warfighter (Standard Edition)
– Need For Speed Most Wanted (Standard Edition)
– Plants vs. Zombies
– SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition
Look out for that email in your inboxes.

Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns gets ‘Dead Dunes’ screens

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 has received a new batch of official screens which focus on the Dead Dunes.
Square have literally just sent these over to us at Video Game Box, so they are hot off the press. Check out the screens in all their glory below.Image
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Latest Charts, March 18th: Tomb Raider still number one

This weeks latest charts are in, showing Square and Crystal Dynamic’s Tomb Raider as the title to beat.
Despite competition from the usual crowd, Tomb Raider managed to cling on to the number one spot this week once more, although there weren’t too many new multiplatform releases to challenge it.
Sony’s brilliant God of War: Ascension did make its mark, coming in at number two in this week’s charts, beating out both Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm and Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2, which land at third and forth spots.
SimCity fell to fifth place, while FIFA 13, far Cry 3, Crysis 3, Call of Duty and The Sims 3 University make up the top ten.
Check out the top twenty below.
POS. TITL PUBLISHER LAST
WEEK
1 TOMB RAIDER SQUARE ENIX 1
2 GOD OF WAR: ASCENSION SONY COMPUTER ENT.
3 STARCRAFT II: HEART OF THE SWARM BLIZZARD
4 SNIPER: GHOST WARRIOR 2 CITY INTERACTIVE
5 SIMCITY EA GAMES 2
6 FIFA 13 EA SPORTS 5
7 FAR CRY 3 UBISOFT 8
8 CRYSIS 3 EA GAMES 6
9 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS II ACTIVISION 7
10 THE SIMS 3: UNIVERSITY LIFE EA GAMES 4
11 ASSASSIN’S CREED III UBISOFT 11
12 HITMAN ABSOLUTION SQUARE ENIX 14
13 SKYLANDERS GIANTS SKYLANDERS 13
14 NEED FOR SPEED MOST WANTED EA GAMES 12
15 DEAD SPACE 3 EA GAMES 19
16 THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 10
17 LEGO BATMAN 2: DC SUPER HEROES WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 16
18 GRAND THEFT AUTO IV XBOX 360 CLASSICS 18
19 METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE KONAMI 9
20 NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: ULTIMATE NINJA STORM 3 NAMCO BANDAI GAMES 3
UK Charts courtesy of UKIE.

PES 2014 coming to next-gen consoles, includes new physics and control scheme

PES 2014 will be released for current and next-gen consoles and is being developed using Kojima Productions Fox Engine.

Speaking in the latest issue of Edge, PES creative producer Kei Masuda talked about the changes to the game, specifically the overhaul to the game’s engine.

“We couldn’t really overhaul our old engine in the yearly development cycle,” Masuda said. “The schedule was too demanding. We reflected on the difficult transition from PS2 to PS3 and could see the next-gen coming. We needed to make a new engine.”

Apparently the new engine not only includes new physics, but also includes a new control scheme, which according to MCV, “detaches player movement from the ball and gives direct control to a player’s centre of gravity.” It also states that “Users will be able to independently control a player’s body in relation to the ball, providing detailed control whether dribbling, feinting or even jostling for position off-the-ball.”

So new graphics, new control and new physics. Sounds like this year’s PES might be the closest challenger FIFA has ever had. We can’t wait to find out more.

Gears of War Judgement LIVE at 10am BST

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