As one of 2014’s most anticipated games, Mario Kart 8 is finally out and Nintendo hopes its success, along with that of the upcoming Super Smash Bros., will bolster sales of the struggling Wii U. So much is riding on the new party racer that you can buy a new Wii U console with the game bundled inside. But the question remains — is Mario Kart 8 a good enough game to improve sales of Nintendo’s “next-gen” console?
I have sunk hours into Mario Kart 8 and while I believe it’s a good game, I don’t think it is as exceptional as Nintendo probably thinks. Aside from a few new features and some decently improved graphics, it’s basically the same Mario Kart that it was before. You have the Grand Prix, the Time Trials, the Team modes, and the Battle modes and a few online options as well.
The game’s graphics are definitely an improvement over anything that the previous Mario Karts had to offer and you can definitely tell the difference between the previous iterations on the Wii and Mario Kart 8. One of the things that I like is the fact that the characters now hold the attack power-ups in their hand and when you press the attack button, you see them throw the power-up at the opposing players.
The other unique feature about the latest Mario Kart is the ability to more deeply customize the different parts of your vehicle, and I say “vehicle” because you can race with a go-kart, a motorcycle, or an ATV. You have the ability to choose the vehicle you want, between an assortment of different wheel designs that each have their pros and cons, and between a parachute or glider for instances when you are jumping large gaps.
My favorite feature is the ant-gravity transformations. Selecting the option grants your vehicle with several of advantages, such as the ability to ride on the walls in certain areas of the course. It’s a surprisingly subtle idea (fortunately, it’s not overused) that introduces an interesting new mechanic to the racing experience.
While players will quickly familiarize themselves with returning items like the red shell, mushrooms and star, new items like Piranha Plant and Boomerang Flower make their way into the fray without throwing off Mario Kart’s delicate balance. And — finally! — we get the Super Horn, a new item that prevents the much-maligned blue shell comeback mechanic most dread, allowing skill rather than luck to prevail most of the time.
Mario Kart 8 introduces a few new exciting tracks to the long list of returning ones. With more options at your disposal, it’s a fun game — moreso than any other Mario Kart before it — that will challenge both your skill as a kart racer and your ability to find creative ways to cross the finish line first.
With its eclectic mix of vehicle options, new items and creative tracks, Nintendo’s latest kart racer is undoubtedly an engaging party racer that will keep you, your friends and your children entertained for quite a while. While I don’t think it will be the system-seller that the company is hoping for, it is the most comprehensive, well-executed and engaging addition to the storied franchise. If you have a Wii U, I suggest you invite your friends over and give it a try.
Do You Already Hate The Sonic Movie?
The new Sonic movie trailer has everyone horrified and confused. Are you?
To the say the first official trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog film is a head-scratcher would the understatement of a lifetime. It is WACK!
We get a look at Sonic rendered in real life, as well as Jim Carrey’s Doctor Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik. If the tagline “Every hero has a genesis” is anything to go by, the movie will be an origin story for the blue hedgehog that was an integral part of our 90s gaming experience but struggles in today’s video game market.
To be honest, he looks downright creepy, which probably wouldn’t have been the case if the designers went for a cuter, more compact aesthetic like in the original 2D Sonic games.
Instead, we get scruffy, frizzy-looking creature “thing” that could easily be mistaken for an extremely lean man in a full-body costume, a man who likely skipped leg day one too many times.
Something along the line of Detective Pikachu would have definitely be more palatable, don’t you think?
If you hate Sonic’s look, enough to even be reluctant to watch the movie, you’re not alone. Reactions to the trailer have been hilarious , and the film’s official Twitter account has been swamped with thousands of responses.
So, are you happy with the direction Sega and Paramount took with the live-action Sonic movie? Let us know in the comments below.
Cheaper, Smaller Nintendo Switch Is Coming in Fall 2019
Nintendo’s blockbuster gaming system is about to get smaller and even more affordable.
According to a new report out of Japan, the Nintendo Switch budget model will launch in fall 2019.
Rumors of a smaller, more budget friendly Nintendo Switch surfaced earlier in the year, and now Japanese newspaper Nikkei claims it will arrive just in time for Christmas.
Despite being a “handheld” system similar to 2DS, it will be able to connect to televisions and placed in a dock.
Nintendo is said to also have a Switch Pro model planned. This particular sku won’t be a huge leap in performance from the standard Switch, but it will be a technical upgrade nonetheless.
The “Switch Pro” is expected arrive sometime after the “Switch Mini” launches.
PlayStation 5 Has GPU With Ray Tracing, High-Speed SSD
The PS5 will be a powerful beast of a gaming machine.
In an interview with Wired, PlayStation’s lead architect Mark Cerny revealed that the PlayStation 5 features a GPU that supports ray tracing, as well as a solid state drive with higher bandwidth than any SSD currently available for PC.
More specifically, Sony’s next-gen game console uses a third-generation Ryzen CPU that’s based on the 7nm Zen 2 architecture and utilizes eight cores, while the GPU is a custom chip based on Radeon’s Navi family, with ray tracing support.
The company worked with AMD on components for the PS4, so it comes as no surprise that the PlayStation 5 uses AMD’s Ryzen CPU tech.
The SSD inside the console is super fast. In a demonstration by Cerny, it only took 0.8 seconds to fast travel in Insomniac Games’ critically-acclaimed Spider-Man compared to 15 seconds on the PlayStation 4 Pro.
Wired confirmed that the PS5 supports 8K resolution and will be backwards-compatible with PS4 games. It also contains a disc-tray, 3D audio integration, and is compatible with the current PSVR model.
Despite having a disc tray, the PS5 will place a bigger emphasis on cloud gaming than the PS4. Sony’s vision for cloud gaming will become clearer as the console nears launch.
Speaking of launch, the PlayStation 5 will not release in 2019. In fact, Cerny didn’t even call it “PlayStation 5”, nor did he provide a working codename.
The fact that the original PS4 and the PS4 Pro were revealed after E3 and during an event in New York leads us to believe a full console reveal will take place later in 2019 or early 2020.
What are your hopes for the PS5? Share your thoughts int he comments below.
Meet Cal The Fugitive In Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Reveal Trailer
Are you ready for the next big Star Wars Game?
Respawn Entertainment has finally revealed Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and plans to have it ready by November 2019.
The reveal trailer is rendered in-engine and focuses on the story.
“Trust No One” is the overarching theme.
Like the The Force Unleashed, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is an action-melee game that takes place after Order 66. You play as Cal, a fugitive a lightsaber -wielding, Force-endowed Padawan on the run from the Empire.
Respawn stresses that combat is an integral part of the experience. Each enemy will have a unique fighting style, requiring you to approach them differently and identify and exploit their weaknesses.
You’ll will have Cal’s Force Powers and various melee combinations at your disposal, as well as traversal and other platforming abilities to overcome enemies and solve puzzles.
In addition to the main character, we get to see his best-friend, a droid called BD-1; a mysterious companion by the name of Cere; and Second Sister, one of the Empire’s elite Inquisitors pursuing you.
Your adventure begins on Bracca, one of the brand-new Star Wars planet introduced in the game, where you will encounter droids, a number of familiar faces, various Trooper types and a slew of other interesting characters.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order launches on November 15 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Pre-ordering it will get you “unique cosmetic content” for your lightsaber and droid companion.
Does The Next Assassin’s Creed Take Place In The Viking Age?
An Easter Egg may hint at a new Norse setting for the next Assassin’s Creed game.
An Easter egg uncovered by wiki user AlifMorrisonudin in The Divsion 2 could point to the Assassin’s Creed series moving from Norse mythology to the Viking age.
AlifMorrisonudin found a poster that depicts a Norse god wearing the Assassin’s Creed colors of red and white and holding an Apple of Eden artifact, another hallmark of the franchise.
Ubisoft has a long history of stuffing Easter eggs into its games that either allude to or even reveal upcoming releases. A Watch Dog 2 mission, for instance, unveiled new sci-fi game Pioneer to players.
What’s interesting is that the tease in The Division 2 is both subtle and in plain sight. There are multiple copies of the poster (some very large) scattered throughout particular parts of the game, yet who would have thought to look for the Apple of Eden in it?
Have a look at the poster in question, and let us know if it is indeed a revelation of a Viking setting for Assassin’s Creed or if we are overreaching…
The Assassin’s Creed series was rumored to be code-named Legion and set in ancient Rome at around 169 AD, particularly near the end of Marcus Aurelius’ reign. However, more recent reports claim it’ss code-named Kingdom and does indeed star Vikings.
Either way, Ubisoft hasn’t officially confirmed anything other than the fact that the next Assassin’s Creed will be released in 2020, so while the poster could be a hint of what’s to come, it could also be nothing more than a mere Assassin’s Creed Easter egg.
Where do you want the next Assassin’s Creed to take place — Ancient Rome or the Viking Age? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Elder God Cetrion Is The Mother Nature Of Mortal Kombat 11
She looks like a god, talks like a god and fights like a god.
NetherRealm Studios has revealed a brand new playable character in Mortal Kombat 11, and she looks insanely powerful.
Judging my her reveal trailer, Elder God Cetrion is able to harness the powers of Mother Nature, freely using earth, fire, wind, water elementals in her brutal attacks. She can even grow in size until she is literally towering over the planet and shoot a giant mouth laser as part of her fatality.
Watch her in action and let us know what you think. Do you see yourself playing her?