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.

Rayman and Globox to dress up as Mario and Luigi in Rayman Legends on Wii U

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Rayman Legends on Wii U will see Mario and Luigi-themed outfits for Rayman and Globox, alongside the Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation lead’s costume for Barbara.

That’s three exclusive characters for Nintendo fans, while PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 owners will receive Assassin’s Creed IV’s Edward Kenway and Splinter Cell’s Sam Fisher costumes only when they pre-order.

Pre-order Rayman Legends here: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Flipnote Studio 3D delayed as Cloudberry Kingdom heads up this week’s downloads [01/08/13]

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Artistic Nintendo 3DS owners will be disappointed to hear that Flipnote Studio 3D has been delayed indefinitely in Europe, as the free application’s online servers have been subjected to “unexpectedly high levels of user activity” since its Japanese launch last week. Nintendo apologises for any inconvenience caused, and hopes to finalise a new release date as soon as possible. Continue reading

Rayman Legends gets a curious pre-order bonus on Wii U, new trailer

Screen Shot 2013-05-14 at 17.08.38Ubisoft has revealed platform-exclusive pre-order bonuses for its ex-Wii U-exclusive platformer, Rayman Legends. While PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 owners will see Rayman dressed as Assassin’s Creed IV’s Edward Kenway and Splinter Cell’s Sam Fisher respectively, Wii U’s character costume is questionable to say the least. Continue reading

Rayman Legends trailer shows off Eye of the Tiger

Remember Castle Rock from the Rayman Legends demo? You leaped, punched and floated your way through an auto-scrolling level to a playful take on the song Black Betty. In the full game, which launches on Wii U, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on 30th August, there’ll be a rendition of Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger for you to bounce along to. You can check it out in the latest trailer,  below.

Ubisoft picks up the publishing rights to Cloudberry Kingdom

cloudberry_kingdomBack when Cloudberry Kingdom was first revealed for Wii U and PC, developer Pwnee Studios announced that it’d be using Kickstarter to crowd-fund the challenging platformer – mainly due to the indie studio’s reluctance to pair with a publisher.

Almost a year after raising over $20,000, it’s now been confirmed that Ubisoft has stepped in to publish the game, and assist in porting it to other platforms – PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and Xbox 360. Similar to Rayman LegendsCloudberry Kingdom will launch in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U sometime during Summer.

With regards to the Nintendo 3DS, a port for the handheld isn’t currently in the works, although Pwnee Studios’ team leader doesn’t rule out a conversion at some point in the future:

“It’s still in our minds, we would really love to do a 3DS port. I’m not giving up on it yet, I would say there’s still a chance.”

Source: Nintendo World Report