The latest issue of GameInformer Magazine carries first review of some of the big release of February 2014, "Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Lightning Return: Final Fantasy XIII and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze".
The publication awarded Castlevania: Lords of Shadow an average review score of 6, and Lightning Return: FFXIII got 7. Wii U exclusive was the only title that managed to receive a near perfect review score of 9.25.
We have few important points about all these games from GameInformer review. Read them all below.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
Claims nearly every attempt this game makes to "stray from its fundamental kill room formula ends in failure".
Reviewer loved the first game, said "Unfortunately this sequel is as fresh as a whiff of garlic breath".
Good new combat mechanics but enemies stun locking you out of combos from across the map while you fight with the camera.
Reviewer hates the modern setting, its filled with generic alley ways, factory levels.
Says there was one stealth segment that was the worst of its class. The more traditional Castlevania settings are better.
Says there is one great level with the toy maker, outside of that most of the game is just ground previously covered in the first game.
"This shambling monstrosity is composed of chunks from other, better games"
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze:
Seems like generic worlds, ice, beach, jungle but "the variety is amazing"
Ride minecarts through saw mills, dash through a forest with a raging fire, etc.
Great difficulty balance, bonus stages are a bit ridiculous in difficulty though that is expected.
Water levels return, are very fun, better to control with analog stick than d-pad. For some reason you have to access the menu to pick one or the other.
Dixie and Cranky add new moves that work best to reach certain collectibles or specific platforming challenges. Rotating barrels allow you to select the best Kong for the job.
"Local Co-op is as much a mixed bag as the first installment."
6 worlds instead of 8 in the last game. But each level is larger. Reviewer says it rather have a smaller collection of the best levels Retro can make than a more bloated game with less quality levels and that is exactly what this game does.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
Worst of the Lightning series but not a bad game.
Real time combat makes battles feel more about skill than feel automated.
Game has easy and normal difficulty choices, cant change once you start the game. Its a hard game so the reviewer says to be afraid to choose easy.
That said the reviewer states the challenge of normal makes the battles thrilling.Says there is flexibility in the combat and battles are exciting.
Biggest change is the time system, all you have is 13 days, has its drawbacks.
Forces you to plan your time accordingly which can lead to entertaining time management.
Doesn't allow the time to delve into certain gameplay systems, like killing a species of monsters off for great loot. That needs lots of grinding which you cant do much of.
Many side quests are poor dull fetch quests that have annoying restrictions like only happening in a certain time of day.
You are forced to do quests cause that is how you level up. Cant choose how you level up each quest assigns the upgrades.
Fighting still matters as it gets you money and EP used for spells.
Calls the story a joke, feels like a non-canon spinoff that would be in a comic
Says this game swapped out systems that worked in past games for some that don't hit the same high notes.
Nintendo via their official website has just shared another brand new trailer for their upcoming Wii U exclusive game "Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze".
The speciality of this latest footage is that it showcases Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze in its glorious 60 FPS, needless to say, the game looks stunning and if you are a Wii U gamer it is a must watch video for you. Watch it HERE.
This will be the first game in the series to be in HD, bringing glorious details and expressions to the world. Depending on the stage, you can swivel or move the camera around to view dynamic scenes while enjoying the rich gameplay.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze will launch on February 21 exclusively for Wii U. Recently the game found a place on our list of Two games that deserve your hard earned money in February 2014, check out what the other game is in that list HERE.
February 2014 has justbegun and for gamers its going to be one of the busiest months as numerous titles will arrive on both next-gen as well as last gen consoles. But have you
ever thought, from the long list of titles that are scheduled to arrive in February 2014 which "game or games" deserve your most hard-earned
money/$$$?. Well the answer, look no further than the list below (ONLY TWO titles), these are the games coming out in February 2014 that gamers should spend their hard-earned money on.
The reboot of the cult classic "Thief" series from Eidos
Montreal and Square Enix. The next-gen port of Thief looks amazing, and so I
advice PS4/Xbox One and high-end PC gamers to invest in this, I am 100% sure
you won't get disappointed with the overall experience. In Thief, players will
take on the role of GARRETT, a master thief, with an only intention of stealing
from the RICH. Similar to previous games in the series, players will use
stealth to overcome or successfully complete challenges and difficulties,
whereas violence will be the least or minimum used resort. Watch Amazing
looking Thief PS4 Gameplay In Full 1080p.
Thief is all set to launch on February 25 for PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Playstation 4.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
It is an open secret that
Wii U life-time sales are not that impressive and this is affecting Nintendo
really bad. Things will not change overnight with the launch of Donkey Kong
Country: Tropical Freeze, but Nintendo is hoping for some sort of improvements.
Donkey Kong Country:
Tropical Freeze is the fifth installment in the series, and the first in
high-definition, it follows Retro's 2010 game Donkey Kong Country Returns. The
plot focuses on Snomads, a group of Viking creatures, such as walruses, owls
and penguins. They all invade Donkey Kong's Island, forcing Donkey Kong to go
against them with the help of his friends Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong, and Cranky
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is all set to launch on February 21 exclusively for Wii U.
Wild Card Entries (Go For These Titles Only If You Wish To): Now here comes two wild card entries for the month of February 2014.
Far Cry: The Wild Expedition
To celebrate Far Cry series' 10th Anniversary, Ubisoft is offering "Far Cry: The Wild Expedition", a compilation consisting of "Far Cry 2, Far Cry 3 and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon" i.e three games in one epic pack.
Now the surprising element here is the price tag which reads "$39.99" ONLY. Those are new to the Far Cry series, this is the best time to experience it that too at a discounted price. Far Cry: The Wild Expedition will launch on February 11, 2014.
Enjoy Fable Anniversary, a
re-mastered version of Fable: The Lost Chapters on Xbox 360 for just $39.99
only. HD graphics is not the only thing Fable Anniversary offers to Xbox 360
players, other features are: "Xbox Live Achievements for the first time in
the original Fable adventure, All-new UI and save system, Includes all of the expanded
content from Fable: The Lost Chapters, Xbox SmartGlass integration* allows
instant access to maps, mission and story information, as well as art and
screenshots from the original Fable and Fully remastered HD visuals and audio.
FREE Games For Playstation Plus Subscribers in February 2014:
Outlast For Playstation 4
Metro: Last Light, PayDay 2 and Remember Me for Playstation 3
Street Fighter X Tekken and ModNation Racers: Road Trip For Playstation VITA.
FREE Games For Xbox Live Gold Subscribers in February 2014:
Dead Islands and Toy Soldiers: Cold War
Do you agree with the list above? have anything to share with us on this? do let us know your opinion in the comment section below.
Some brand new details regarding Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has arrived via latest issue of Official Nintendo Magazine ONM.
The details are regarding animals buddies, secrets levels and many other things. PLEASE NOTE: These are confirmed details and are not rumors, as revealed by NeoGaf user "Semajer"
The magazine confirms that each world in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze features 3 secret levels instead of one per world as in the original game. In addiiton to this, President and CEO of Retro stated: "As for Tropical Freeze, there are a few more things I feel we could have done with the animal buddies".
The article describes some of the first parts of the game. It says that most levels take around 10 minutes to complete on your first attempt. Stage 3-3 Frantic Field is set against a hurricane, with small tornadoes, and lightning as obstacles. Eventually you reach the eye of the storm. The stage after is set in a forest, with sections on fire due to the previous levels lightning. You need to use watery fruit to put out vine fires in order to progress. It says there are tag barrels ala Donkey Kong 64, to switch between Kongs. It may just mean the DK barrels though. There are multiple routes to take in levels. There are three secret levels per world. Time Attack returns, but you can select which character's DK barrels will appear. Hot damn, players can upload times and full replays to show friends, and to help other players improve their own times. There seems to be more emphasis on the background, which is constantly moving, which makes the world feel alive, and sometimes provides hints to what you're going to encounter next.
There is an interview with Michael Kelbaugh, and Kensuke Tanabe. When asked if there was anything the felt was missing from the game Tanabe said that he wishes they could have done more with the animal buddies. He also mentions that there is something from A Link to the Past that he want to do, couldn't, and used it in Link's Awakening instead. Which was the ending of LA when the egg opens. Kelnaugh mentions three of his favourite levels; 6-6 Cliffside Slide, "like jumping right into the middle of an action movie", it's a silhouette level. 4-4 Irate Eight, and underwater level which sounds like the giant octopus from DKCR is back. 3-3 Frantic Fields, which is challenging, but with a bit of comedy. Tanabe mentions that World 4 is made of only underwater levels. He also mentions that he likes 4-4, and 3-6 Cannon Canyon, because of the dynamic 3D camera movement. Kelbaugh said that the animation quality is improved over DKCR, and with David Wise, Kenji Yamamoto, and Scott Petersen, they have an amazing soundtrack, and special effects effort. Tanabe was surprise that so few people in DKCR didn't want to use the Super Guide once it appeared. He said that the difficulty of TF hasn't been lowered, but that they have added some features that will give casual players an easier time. (Probably the items in Funky's shop, which I think are carried over from DKCR3D.) They both say that the difficulty hasn't been lowered, but the new items, and Kong POW allow you to change the difficulty of the levels somewhat. Miyamoto told Retro, when first working on DKCR: "This is my baby. Don't mess it up." Kelbaugh and Tanabe both worked on DKC, with Tanabe on the Japanese localisation, but never met. Ten years later Tanabe met Kelbaugh, when he became president of Retro. He saw that Kelbaugh had a DKC jacket, and they learned that they both worked on DKC. A few years after that they both started on DKCR, so Michael gave DKCR the codename F8 - fate. Retro was working on Mario Kart 7, and TF at the same time. Tanabe, and his team at SPD is Retro's primary contact at Nintendo, but the games are a collaborative effort throughout Nintendo. If they found themselves on Kong Island Kelbaugh would team up with Diddy, and Tanabe with Donkey Kong, so that he could be carried around.