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It’s hard to imagine that the Skylanders franchise started as a spin-off to the popular Spyro franchise. The first Skylanders released in 2011 and was a huge success right from the start. Nowadays, Skylanders is one of the most important players in the toys to life market. The concept was strong from the start, but Activision constantly looked for innovation in new installments. SuperChargers is the first to bring vehicles to the franchise.
2008 marked the year of the digital push of smaller Xbox Live Arcade games. It was in that era we’ve played incredible XBLA games such as Braid and the original Castle Crashers. Castle Crashers was a huge success and one of the best sold Xbox Live Arcade games to date. There was something with the combination of cartoony humor and button mashing that won over the crowd. Now, seven years after the original release, it’s time to rediscover the Remastered version.
Some of the best sports games launched the past couple of days. With FIFA 16, Pro Evolution Soccer and NBA2K16, sports fans already got a lot of new games in their favorite genre. Blood Bowl II offers a different take on the sports genre. It’s based on American Football but goes its own ways with it. Forget everything you know about American Football and give this Warhammer inspired version a shot.
Namco Bandai once again shows great support to their fans by localizing yet another niche game based on an anime license. These game usually do well when they’re based on other Shōnen franchises like Dragon Ball, Naruto, One Piece and even Jojo. Saint Seiya however isn’t as popular or well know as the previously mentioned titles so it’s a bit surprising this game even got made let alone localized. But Namco Bandai once again took a risk just to please its fans but was it worth it?
For those who’ve played PixelJunk Shooter, Nova-111 won’t appear to be something new. Both games do the same; they put the player in a strange underground setting filled with aliens. It’s no surprise both games look the same since Nova-111 is created by ex-PixelJunk creators as Funktronic Labs. So the game isn’t that innovative or creative but it mixes some interesting genres together as one.
The indie games are on a roll on Wii U. With games like Shovel Knight and Runbow, it looks like Nintendo’ newest console is the perfect home for Indies. Extreme Exorcism is another of those fantastic new indie games on the console and comes with a nice twist. In this game you fight ghosts that mimic your previous moves, sounds easy but nothing is as it seems.
Guns, Gore and Cannoli is the first Belgian Xbox One game so it’s something special. Besides of being the first, it’s actually a game that manages to innovate the zombie gameplay. Zombies have invaded a lot of genres and franchises the couple of years but the run-and-gun genre was left alone. The Claeys Brothers thought it was time to bring the zombie invasion to this genre. Welcome to Guns, Gore and Cannoli.
Disney is a huge force in the toys to life business thanks to Disney Infinity. Where both Nintendo and Activision are forced to use first party characters, Disney can go all out with Disney characters, Marvel characters and Star Wars characters. The database of character is insanely huge and that’s the power of Infinity of course. This year it’s time for the Star Wars franchise to shine, not only in a new movie but also as star of Disney Infinity 3.0!
A Year Walk, or “Årsgång is a mysterious ritual found in the Swedish folklore. During a Year Walk, somebody takes a walk in the forest to find out more about his future. It’s believed that this works best during certain night and under certain circumstances. The person willing to do a Year Walk can’t eat, sleep or drink during the day, to enforce the visions of the Year Walk during the night. Year Walking isn’t always a good idea however since the future might not be what you wanted it to be.
Destiny, the first project of Activision and Bungie, wasn’t that successful at launch. Gamers complained that it was too short and there wasn’t much left to do once you reached the highest level. Grinding and upgrading gear wasn’t fun forever. Slowly, the game got better and better however thanks to great expansions as House of Wolves. Today, with the launch of The Taken King, Destiny finally is the MMO shooter we all wanted at launch. The Taken King isn’t just DLC, it’s a true expansion set in the Destiny universe.