[Review] LEGO City Undercover? More Like LEGO City Mayhem!


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Developer: TT Games

Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Category: Action & Adventure

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Zack & Wiki: Quest For Barbaros’ Treasure Review


A creative adventure that transcends the boundaries of four popular genres to bring their elements together into one continuously flooring puzzle-solving spectacle.

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A creative adventure that transcends the boundaries of four popular genres to bring their elements together into one continuously flooring puzzle-solving spectacle

zack_wiki2The entire concept of genres revolves around the idea of tidily organizing the overwhelmingly big quantity of games that have been released into clearly defined categories, as if the gaming universe were a messy library in desperate need of order. Such a division does come in handy when gamers need to figure out whether or not they will enjoy a new title, or when one needs to define their taste in a few concise words. Still, both their existence and power of description are brought under an inquisitive light whenever games that refuse to perfectly fit within their domains, like broken jigsaw pieces, surface. Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure, one of the Nintendo Wii’s first and most original third-party efforts, is definitely one of those products:…

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My Favorite Nintendo Nendoroids 2017 Edition


Kuribo ranks his favorite Nintendo Nendoroids in his latest article. Cute has never looked better!

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While writing the recent review of Chris Redfield’s Nendoroid, I started thinking about how long I’ve been collecting Nendoroids and which ones are my favorites now after time has passed.  While I have a pretty good sized collection, there are a few Nintendo ones I don’t own (mostly the Fire Emblem ones) but that didn’t stop me from wanting to write a quick article ranking my collection and talking a little bit about each one.  This is not really a review and I encourage you to check out the reviews for each one if you’re interested in learning more about a particular figure.  Obviously, these are just my opinions so take them with a grain of salt.  If you own any of these Nendoroids, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Kirby-Nendoroid-Floating-Kirby1st Kirby Nendoroid Adding magnets to a Nendoroid ended up being a genius move…

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Super Bomberman R Review


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It’s been a long time coming, but Bomberman is finally back! Once developer Hudson Soft – creators of the Bomberman franchise – were purchased by Konami, the series took an extended hiatus. Konami was so quiet in regards to Bomberman, in fact, that many wondered if we’d ever see the beloved multiplayer series again.

Thankfully, such fears can be put to rest, as Konami’s first original Bomberman game arrived as a launch title on the Nintendo Switch, in the form of Super Bomberman R. But is Bomberman better than ever, or does his return prove to be a little rusty?

It may as well be said now, Super Bomberman R is very much the Bomberman you know and love. Though it may not be the best of the traditional Bomberman titles (that honor would go to Saturn Bomberman), it is a welcoming return to the series that may also serve as a fitting introduction to the classic Bomberman gameplay for new players.

Just as the case is with most titles in the series, Super Bomberman R sets players in single-screen arenas, where they have to blow up blocks and other obstacles to make their way through. Along the way, they can pick up power-ups that allow you to plant multiple bombs at once, increase the length of the explosions, allow you to throw your bombs, and so forth.

The gameplay – being identical to the majority of Bomberman titles – is fun, though its over-familiarity may make the Bomberman initiated feel underwhelmed if they were looking for anything more than a simple return for the series after years of absence.

The game has two primary modes: Story and Battle.

Story Mode sees one or two players progress through a series of single-screen levels, where they must simply get to the exit to move on. Though they must first activate the exit by meeting a certain requirement (usually it’s defeating every enemy, but you may also need to escort characters to a designated spot, collect keys, or simply survive for a set amount of time). Each world consists of eight such levels, followed by two boss fights.

The first boss fight always pits players against one of the Five Dastardly Bombers, who each have their own unique bomb type. You only have to hit them with a single bomb, but their AI is quite crafty, and at times can feel like you’re up against a human player, making for some intense encounters.

SBMRThe second boss of each world is much larger, and involves one of the Dastardly Bombers piloting a large robot or other vehicle. Unfortunately, these bosses aren’t nearly as fun, primarily because they quickly become tedious. Each boss has their own pattern, which never really changes during the fight, and having to expose their weak point only to hit them with one or two explosions before the process starts over quickly grows monotonous.

One notable complaint to be had with the story mode is the perspective. While not bad for the most part, the perspective during the story mode is at a slant, which can become difficult in certain stages where there are higher and lower grounds to traverse, as it can be tough to discern when which plain certain objects and enemies are on.

This perspective issue is also noticeable during the aforementioned giant boss fights. Oftentimes, the bosses are so large that they take up most of the screen, making it difficult to see your character as they disappear under the mechanical bosses. What’s worse, you may often get killed by accidentally touching part of the boss when you can’t even see where your character is.

All this is a non-issue in battle mode, however, as the camera is fixed in the series’ usual top-down style. Battle mode is where you’ll be spending most of your time with the game, as you can battle other players locally or online in deathmatches which are as fun as ever. Super Bomberman R doesn’t do anything new with the Bomberman multiplayer formula, but after years of a Bomberman-less gaming landscape, it is good to have it back.

SBMRIn the end, Super Bomberman R may not be one of the greatest entries in the series due to its lack of innovation to the classic formula and some camera issues and tedious bosses in its story mode, but it does provide that classic Bomberman gameplay that it sure to bring a good deal of fun in multiplayer sessions, whether battling various foes online or teaming with a friend in story mode. Combine that with some pretty gorgeous visuals and catchy music, and you have another healthy reminder of why this series was so memorable to begin with.

If you’re a Bomberman veteran, you’ll feel right at home with Super Bomberman R. If you’re new to the series, it serves as a good introduction to what the franchise has to offer. Either way, it’s great to have Bomberman back.

 

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(Spain) Get Ready For Gamepolis V Videogames Festival 2017 In Malaga On July 21st – July 23rd


If any of you live in Spain or just so happen to be in Southern Spain on vacation during the fourth Weekend Of July (July 1st & 2nd fall on Saturday & Sunday), be sure to check out Gamepolis V Videogames Festival 2017, the fifth annual videogames festival in the Palacío Ferías building in Malaga. It boasts an experience that will be great to share with friends and fellow gamers with all the latest videogames & consoles including the Nintendo Switch and even those from yesteryear in the Retro section. There will also be eSport tournaments to participate in and much more. Here is a list of the things you can expect:

  • Expo
  • eSports
  • Retro
  • Conferences
  • Cosplay
  • Indie
  • Concerts
  • Developers
  • Virtual Reality
  • Youtubers

The ticket booth is now open online so if you are in the area when its doors are open, you can get your tickets here. I must let you know that the website is in Spanish (Duh!) but can be easily translated with Goog Translate. Below is a poster for Gamepolis V 2017.

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Source: Gamepolis.org