This week I’m joined by Joseph Bradford from Gaming The Industry to discuss this week’s biggest gaming news! We discuss Phil Spencer’s admission that Microsoft hasn’t always respected PC gamers. Is the next Xbox coming out in 2020? Playstation Now may soon get a download feature and someone threatened to blow up the Nintendo NYC store! Plus, we’ll go over our E3 predictions… it may surprise you who won!
Incoming Nintendo direct
Most Nintendo fans after this year’s E3 were left with mixed emotions. Smash Bros was the game that got the most stage time. For people who don’t enjoy the Smash franchise was there enough for them to look forward to. I have some good news for them. I have a strong feeling that there will be a Nintendo direct in the first half of September. The last two years Nintendo has had a direct in September. In 2016 there was one on the 1st of September. Then in 2017 there was another Nintendo direct on the 13th of September. Nintendo really likes this time slot to give themselves a big boost before the holiday season. Also during the tree house we were assured that Nintendo has lots more surprises before the end of the year.
By Joey Splats
Soccer Slammers is a game made by Atooi, A great Indie development company ran by the main man Jools Watsham. Atooi has made some outstanding games in the past and Soccer Slammers is another game in the long lists of games they have produced.
This game is an excellent arcade game which has released at a perfect time; Just in time for the World Cup. Compared to past games I have found that this game has a lack of polish which most of his games have had in the past, which I’ll explain later.
So what’s the score
The game is simple, and that’s its charm. You control one person in a two-person team (Multiplayer has player 2 controlling the second) and the goal is simply to score in the others goal. Come on we have all played Football before we know how this works.
You have four moves you can make. B = Pass, A = Shoot, Y = Tackle and R = Boost. I tell you this now because of the tricky things about starting the game up first time is that unless you go into the options the game does not tell you what the buttons are. Which is not a problem, but something that could be incorporated into the start up sequence for first time players.
However once you learn what button does what the game play is refreshing and challenging, the AI is on point and Jools needs a well done for how well it responds to you and how well it works, all leading up to a great experience.
The game comes with Two modes. A quick match mode and World Cup mode.
Quick match lets you pick any team and choose there difficulty and your enemies and then pits you head to head with that team. This mode lets you play with up two four players. Which is a huge selling point because it is quick and easy fun. However, I have one annoyance about this mode. There is no acknowledgment of the game you have played. As soon as the game is done it sends you straight back to the start, there is nothing saying “You won” or just acknowledging that you have played a game. This has meant that this mode has not been my mode of choice because it feels like I’m not accomplishing anything.
The beef of the Content however is in World Cup mode. This is exactly what you would think it would be. Every team and one winner. This is so much fun. However, disclaimer I’m rubbish at the game and never won. But playing it was truly fun.
That’s one thing to note about this game. This game is hard. Its not simple. Be prepared to lose and shout at you’re Switch Screen.
As you can tell from the review I have mixed feelings for this game. Some aspects of it shines and other parts of it falls short. As stated at the start Atooi has made some excellent games and they should be commended. And that’s why it’s in my opinion if you have yet to try their other games I would suggest going there first. But I would also not tell anyone not to get this game because at times its really fun and I can see it being right up some people’s street. For £8.99($9.99) I would give this game a Maybe score.
Q4P Pass or Play: Maybe
This week I sit down with Tim Aulph, the Community Manager for Nintendo Dads!! We talk all the major highlights of E3!!! Take a listen for our analysis of the weekend’s hottest news to come out of the biggest games and electronics expo in the country!!
Looking back at E3 2018 after all of the major conferences. I can say that in the moment going through the trenches of emotions and fanboy pride. People said something’s to other members in the community they didn’t mean. I’m also sure sometimes we couldn’t open our minds and try to see things from a different perspective. I am a part of this guilty party and I am also sure a lot of you are too. After taking some time to look back and reflect on each conference. I came to the conclusion that we can all find something to be happy about and also things we can be disappointed about. At the end of the day we should learn to be happy for one another. We should learn to be happy with other people even if we are not excited about something. This is becoming harder and harder for people to do. Especially in this social media age. Where everyone thinks they are writing for a major video game editorial publication. In this day and age people think it’s the negative narrative that creates clicks. That is true, but I feel that it is up to us the video game enthusiast to lead the charge and focus on the positive. I am extremely happy for my PlayStation friends who got to see Last of us 2. They were able to see that the game does look good and it also has all of the feels that make you drowned in a sea of emotions. There were also people really excited about the new resident evil 2 remake. That’s not for me but I’m happy they got that game. For my Xbox friends I am over the moon for them that they got to see that Xbox has a clear path for the future. They are on the road to the top of the gaming industry again. Then there are the Nintendo friends of mine. I am happy that the Smash community is getting a great technical smash again and that even casual player will be able to enjoy this as well. They were also surprised with a awesome looking Mario party game. In the end we love video games and we should be happy for one another. Because at the end of the day it doesn’t matter what plasticity box we buy we’re all looked at the same when people find out we like video games. “You like video games. Aren’t those for children. “
By Joey Splats
Drago Dino was created by Plug-In Digital. Unfortunately, it failed to impress. You control a Drago Dino called Bob (Yes, Original) who you guide through 10 levels in search of his lost egg. You do this by traversing through 2D platform levels which are very lackluster. Bob doesn’t control very well but is designed very well and looks cute enough. Once you get used to his flaws, he does seem to bob-along.
There are two difficulties to choose from. You can choose Normal or Hard. In Normal, you get three lives and checkpoints whereas in Hard, you get one life and no checkpoints.
Players can also play in Co-op mode. In addition to that, there is a practice mode with a practice map. The practice mode came off as a bit strange. It’s almost as if the developers knew that this particular Drago Dino was going to be hard to control.
It’s not a bad game by any stretch. Its one high point is that the game looks incredibly cute. I simply can’t recommend it as lackluster as it is. Drago Dino as mentioned already, failed to impress me and I fear it will fail to impress you. For £8.99($9.99) it seems a tad expensive for what you get. it took me roughly 1:30 hours to complete, so it’s not a long game. Q4P Pass or Play? PASS
New Starwars game
Today during the EA conference there was a new Star Wars game announced. It will take place in the dark times. When the remaing Jedi were hunted down by Darth Vader between episode 3 and 4.