Jul 31 2015

Heads Up: ARK: Survival Evolved [Early Access]

Jul 30 2015

HalfBeard Survives Metro 2033 Part 5

Jul 30 2015

Review of Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight

CONii3DScvr4.5 Stars

The Untold games are a curious attempt by Atlus to remake the first Etrian Odyssey games, while also updating them with newer mechanics and most importantly, actual plot and characters. The story was kept fairly light in the original version of Etrian Odyssey 2, with things only going as far as the Duchy of Lagaard needing help obtaining a special item called the “Grail of Kings” from the labyrinth upon which the town was built. Your party was entirely of your own choosing, and had little to no bearing on the story, which acted as simply a thin excuse to go dungeon delving. Not a bad way to do things if you want a pure focus on gameplay, but obviously it lacks a certain degree of investment and seems a waste of all those good writers at Atlus’ talents. But now of course they’ve re-released it and added in a proper story, providing you with a team of actual characters with emotions and arcs, involved in a greater narrative beyond that of simply collecting a MacGuffin. That classic mode is still in there for those who want to play the game that way just with the expanded mechanics, but I was here to see what was new, so I went for the story mode. I also played on the lowest difficulty (less of a change than you might think) because these games have a tendency to be long and a bit grindy. Rather than leave you in suspense, I’ll tell you right now that I really liked what Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight added to the classic Etrian formula and did with the world. So without further ado, let’s get into why. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 30 2015

NEWS: Wii U Reaches 10 Million Unit Sales

203333-wii-u-console_headerNintendo’s latest console has finally reached 10 million units shipped. Nintendo’s Wii U has been on something of a slow burn, but a solid future game line-up has likely helped provide the console sales at a steady rate of growth. Nintendo reports a 20.8% increase in net profits over this quarter last year. Nintendo credits sales of both Splatoon and continued Amiibo support for the increase in attention. The report states “With respect to Wii U, Splatoon, which was released globally in May and gathered attention, marked 1.62 million units in sales and contributed to vitalizing the Wii U platform. The worldwide sales of the Wii U hardware and software were 0.47 million and 4.55 million units respectively. In addition to the above, because of factors such as favorable sales of amiibo continuing, net sales were 90.2 billion yen (of which overseas sales were 65.0 billion yen or 72.1% of the total sales), and operating income was 1.1 billion yen.”

If we’re feeling optimistic about these numbers, I feel it could be safe to predict a continued growth of sales moving into 2016. While no one is buying a Wii U right now to play next year’s line-up, additions into the Fatal Frame, Xenoblade, Star Fox, Yoshi, Mario, and Zelda franchises may well keep up the momentum gained so far. The financial forecast concludes with “In addition, we expect to secure a new source of revenue from a gaming application for smart devices, which will be released by the end of this calendar year.”

While these are hopeful numbers for Nintendo, they still aren’t much when compared to the Xbox One or the PS4. And speaking of the PS4, it’s on track to outsell the PS2, a console which has sold 155 million units. Sony has stated that overall sales of the PS4 have reached 25.3 million consoles, which at this point in the lifespan of the PS2 was at 20 million sales.

Jul 29 2015

HalfBeard Survives Deadly Premonition Part 39

Jul 29 2015

Heads Up: Legends of Eisenwald

Jul 28 2015

HalfBeard Survives Metro 2033 Part 4

Jul 28 2015

Heads Up: Talos Principle: Road to Gehenna

Jul 27 2015

HalfBeard Survives Deadly Premonition Part 38

Jul 27 2015

Heads Up: Lost Dimension

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