Review: Rune Factory 4 (3DS eShop)

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Rune Factory 4 is an open ended RPG/simulator, the ‘open’ and ‘ended’ parts being a product of its Harvest Moon origins. You’ll spend in-game time crafting and cooking, farming and fishing, all while advancing a central plot from which its RPG elements lie.

Developer: Neverland
Publisher: XSEED Games
Review Platform: 3DS eShop
Also Available on: N/A
EU Release Date: 11/12/14
NA Release Date: 01/11/13
Players: 1
Price: £24.99

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Review: Watch_Dogs (Wii U)

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When I’m playing a game that involves stealth mechanics, I can usually measure my enjoyment of the title with two simple questions. The first is an obvious one: are the stealth mechanics implemented in a meaningful way, and not tacked on? It’s a good start if the answer is yes, but the most important aspect, for me, is how well the game handles itself if you play badly and get caught.

Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher: Ubisoft
Review Platform: Wii U
Also Available on: PlayStation 3/4, Xbox 360/One, PC
EU Release Date: 21/11/14
NA Release Date: 18/11/14
Players:
RRP: £49.99 | $59.99
PEGI: 18

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Watch_Dogs for Wii U comes with a mandatory install

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Watch_Dogs finally arrives on Wii U tomorrow, and firing up our review copy today, I noticed that it comes with a mandatory install – a first for Wii U software, according to @fronkhead.

Somehow, the loading sequence which follows a death or mission failure still feels like it lasts an eternity, but I’ll cover that in more detail in our review.

In the meantime, keep an eye on our YouTube channel over the weekend for an early look at the Wii U version of the game.

Review: Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones (Wii U eShop)

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When I first heard that Stealth Inc. 2 was a Wii U exclusive, I was puzzled. As somebody that thoroughly enjoyed its predecessor, I was excited to hear that a sequel was on the way – but why Wii U? Having now played this sequel, it becomes clear that Curve Studios still had a lot more ideas to play with – in terms of both gameplay, and with regards to how the Wii U’s GamePad controller could be used to expand on the original’s mechanics.

Developer: Curve Studios
Publisher: Curve Studios
Review Platform: Wii U eShop
Also Available on: N/A
Price: £12.99
Release Date (EU & NA): 30/10/14
Genre: Puzzle/platformer
Players: 1-2 (local co-op)
File Size: 304MB
PEGI: 12

While the core game remains largely unchanged, new elements have been built around what made the original Stealth Inc. so enjoyable, resulting in a much more complete – and challenging – experience. Continue reading

Review: Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut (Wii U eShop)

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Does your favourite video game genre fall under one of the following categories: platformer, survival horror, or a good old point-and-click? If so, then you should enjoy Lone Survivor. I say ‘should’ because it takes a lot of cues from titles in these genres – but often not in the way you’d expect.

Developer: Jasper Byrne
Publisher: Curve Studios
Review Platform: Wii U eShop
Also Available on: PC, PS3, PS4, PS Vita
Price: £9.99 | €11.99
Wii U Release Date (EU & NA): 16/10/14
Genre: Survival horror
Players: 1
PEGI: 3
File-Size: 208MB

As a 2D side-scroller, there’s no platform-based action; as an adventure with a keen focus on your decisions, the choices you can make are often insignificant to how the game plays out. And as a survival horror game, it dishes out supplies whenever you need, while combat is slow and often clunky. Continue reading

Celebrate Halloween with a free Pumpkaboo for Pokémon X and Y

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As we all wait impatiently for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Nintendo’s distributing a Pumpkaboo – via XY’s Mystery Gift – for the duration of October.

In keeping with the Halloween theme, it’ll know the moves Trick-or-Treat and Scary Face, and arrive holding the Rocky Helmet item. Continue reading

Thomas Was Alone making the leap to next-gen consoles soon

As confirmed in the fictitious trailer above, Thomas Was Alone will be coming to Wii U, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One next month. It’s being ported over by the team at Curve Studios, where it’ll join Lone Survivor: Director’s Cut and Stealth Inc. 2 in its Nintendo eShop line-up for the remainder of 2014.

How is your Wii U menu organised now that folders are a thing?

The latest Wii U firmware update has brought along a number of changes and enhancements to its operating system, on top of the usual stability updates – the most prominent being the addition of folders on the Home menu.

Simply tap an empty space and you’ll be asked if you’d like to create a folder, which can then be used to house up to sixty software titles. Which brings us to the question: how is your Wii U’s Home menu organised? Continue reading

Nintendo announces Transparent Red and Blue 2DS systems and Pokémon bundles

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After almost a year since its launch, Nintendo of Europe has announced two brand-new colours for the 2DS console. On 7th November, the Transparent Red and Transparent Blue 2DS models will be available as standalone systems. These will later become available as bundles following Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire‘s release on 28th November. Continue reading