Can you count to 3? Apparently Link’s trusty weapon can!!

Did you miss Comic-Con this year in San Diego? Have you been cemented over here on the east coast thus far in 2013 like our CG team? Well, I have potential good news. If you haven’t already heard, the New York Comic Con is happening right now. It actually started yesterday and will run until October 13th. There may still be time to nab tickets to your favorite graphic novel forum or anime exhibit, but sadly you may have already missed the best part…at least in this blogger’s mind. At the NY Comic Con, Mr. Eiji Aunoma held a presentation of the upcoming latest Zelda installment A Link Between Worlds. And thanks to ZeldaInformer, we got a glimpse of this rather amazing presentation that drew several oooh’s, aaah’s, applauses, and laughs from the crowd. If you are a Zelda fan, I know you are getting this game, and right now my heart truly goes out to those fans who rank A Link to the Past as their favorite title, because the next 6 weeks until this direct sequel’s release will probably be the most slow and excruciating wait of your lives. I’m right there with you. Thank the heavens above for the Wind Waker HD to hold us over until then. But with latest news of this game having some sort of special connection to Majora’s Mask, and the addition of a new world named Lorule (gotta love Aunoma), WWHD wont be able to hold us long. We need this game in a hurry! In conjunction with Mr. Aunoma’s presentation, Nintendo also released a new trailer for our newest Zelda acronym…LBW. Both can be scene below. Well worth the view. My favorite part of the presentation? Well….the title of this article entry is a dead giveaway, but you have to see for yourself. CAN…NOT…WAIT! Enjoy!



- JayDubb
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Video source: Youtube (Nintendo, Zelda Informer)

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I found one….for me! Thanks Nintendo!

So just recently I asked for one good reason to buy Zelda Wind Waker HD. I criticized Nintendo for its price point and other things in the process. Well, I actually found an excuse to buy the game, and here it is in the video below. And I must say, so far I’m very pleased. The game is absolutely gorgeous and the changes are terrific. So this is my public apology to Nintendo. I was wrong. Still, Nintendo you are fortunate it was included. Dont miss out on this one. A must own/see for all Zelda fans. - JayDubb

Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag

With the busy season of system releases and new games we are rounding up to be busy providing you with the latest and greatest information. Starting with this newly released multiplayer gameplay trailer of Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag.

About the game: Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag tells the story of Edward Kenway, a young British man with a thirst for danger and adventure, who falls from privateering for the Royal Navy into piracy as the war between the major Empires comes to an end. Edward is a fierce pirate and seasoned fighter who soon finds himself embroiled in the ancient war between Assassins and Templars.

Set at the dawn of the 18th Century, the game features some of the most infamous pirates in history, such as Blackbeard and Charles Vane, and takes players on a journey throughout the West Indies during a turbulent and violent period of time later to become known as the Golden Age of Pirates. Game set to release this November for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and WiiU.

Give me one good reason…and I’ll give you 50 that says “No” to Zelda Wind Waker HD!

Tracy Chapman

Linda Ronstadt

Lady Saw

Pink

Blink 182

What do these artists have in common? At some point in their musical careers they have all asked for a reason….a good reason, and now you can also add JayDubb to that list, not as an artist, but as a gamer. This #1 Zelda fan is looking for one good reason to buy the Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD remake which became available today on the WiiU eshop, and later in retail stores on October 4th. Actually, allow me to post this addendum to that declaration: Give me one good reason to buy this game…for 50…freakin…bucks.

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Was this one of the greatest Zelda titles ever made?

Absolutely.

Does this game rank #2 on JayDubb’s all-time Zelda list behind Ocarina of Time and what some may say “blasphemously” ahead of Link to the Past?

Yes….yes it does.

Was this the best game in the lifespan of the GameCube?

Ask me a serious question.

Is this game highly reviewed?

Sure….

NintendoLife – 9/10

GameXplain – 4.5/5

Polygon – 9/10

IGN – 9.8/10

MetaCritic – 90/100

GamesRadar – 5/5

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Interesting. I asked for one good reason and got several. So what’s my reservation for this no brainer of a purchase? Have you not been paying attention, I already told you, 50….freakin…bucks. We are possibly on the cusp of a phenomenal comeback for Nintendo’s WiiU, but as for now, the Big N has disappointed me more with this one console than they have since I became a fan 28 years ago. No achievement system…terrible marketing…slow software releases…subpar online presence…lack of unified eshop account system…your lazy decision to copy and paste Super Mario 3D Land from the 3DS and release it as your first 3D Mario title for WiiU…the list goes on, and I’m sorry, some of the things on this list are absolutely INEXCUSABLE for a “next-gen” console that was released in 2012. Now I get to add 50…freakin….bucks to that list.

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I see the changes, I see the incredibly beautiful 1080p coat of HD paint, I appreciate that the sailing time has been literally cut in half, I sing your praises from the highest mountain top for allowing me to select Hero mode right out of the gate. THANK YOU!!!! …But at the end of the day…it’s still a “remake”. So how dare you charge full price for this game? Because you can? I thought you were different Nintendo, but I guess ultimately, capitalism outweighs doing right by your extremely loyal fans. 50…freakin…bucks. Who pays full price for a remake? Huge Zelda fans apparently, and you know this, hence this ridiculous price point. Again, I must reiterate, Nintendo you have angered me more times in LESS THAN ONE YEAR than you have in the past 28 years combined. How is that even possible? Miyamoto, Aunoma, and Iwata, you all should be ashamed of yourselves. Your horrendous handling and decision making has a chance to render the WiiU right behind Virtual Boy as the biggest disappointment in Nintendo history. That wasn’t a joke. It’s not a far stretch, especially if you don’t start getting your act together. And 50…freakin…bucks is not a step in the right direction.

What’s your opinion of the price point? Do you think the changes and upgrades to this timeless classic warrant it? Do you plan on adding this game to your WiiU collection? If so, digital or retail? Sound off in the comments below.

- JayDubb

Sherlock Holmes Crimes & Punishment

Sherlock Holmes stories, movies, books and games have always excited me. This new chapter in the story looks like it will not disappoint. Crimes & Punishments, the new investigation game developed on the Unreal Engine 3 by Frogwares studio, is set for release on PC, Xbox 360, PS3 and now also the PS4 in early 2014.

About Crimes & Punishments Crimes & Punishments marks the most important stage in the Sherlock Holmes series. The decision by Frogwares studios to switch from the in-house engine to the Epic Unreal Engine 3 enables a much richer, more immersive and detailed rendering of both the environments and characters.

But the change of game engine has not only improved the graphics; new investigation techniques have been developed and the game can now offer 14 game mechanics. From the opening of each of the eight investigations up to the arrest of the culprits and the moral dilemmas faced by the players, the new game mechanics convey the feeling of BEING Sherlock Holmes. Players will therefore be able to exploit the incredible gifts and talents for which he is renowned, such as his ability to guess the details of an individual’s life simply by observing them, or to imagine and reconstruct a past event by studying the key features of a crime scene. Check out an info graph and trailer below for more information.

Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl

Press Release: Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl, a fresh take on the original entry in the first-person, map-making dungeon crawler series Etrian Odyssey will be available for sale beginning on October 1. The game will sell in stores and on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS for $39.99. After the success of Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan, the best-selling Etrian Odyssey title to date, developer ATLUS created a unique gameplay experience in Etrian Odyssey Untold for players to use as an entry point to the series. Etrian Odyssey Untold returns to the beginnings of the franchise with an engaging Story mode - a first for the series - as well as new dungeons, the navigation and control conveniences of Etrian Odyssey IV, and graphics that take advantage of the power of the Nintendo 3DS system. More details on Etrian Odyssey Untold are available on the official website: http://www.atlus.com/untold. Etrian Odyssey Untold is a game in two parts: the first part is a story-driven first person adventure into the world of Etria. Appropriate for players new to the series and veterans alike, the Story mode gives players five pre-made characters, each with their own personalities and dialogue to explore a side of Etria not seen in the first game. Adventurers must brave new dungeon layouts, floors, and enemies to find out the truth of the Yggdrasil Tree and the mysterious girl, Frederica. For series veterans, Classic mode offers the traditional Etrian Odyssey gameplay, updated to the latest conveniences found in Etrian Odyssey IV, including full 3-D graphics. The game also includes animated opening and story cutscenes by MADHOUSE Inc. and voiceovers for the story and battle scenes, plus the option for orchestrated background music. Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl will be available on October 1. The game is rated T for Teen by the ESRB. Details and pre-order information are on the official game website, http://www.atlus.com/untold.

Splinter Cell: Blacklist Review

To all my Splinter Cell fans out there, Splinter Cell: Blacklist is back, allowing us to fulfill our fantasies of being a one man spy machine. To the new comers, join in and come be a part of the spy train. To put it clearly, Splinter Cell: Blacklist is a very good game to spend some time with. A terrorist organization calling themselves the Engineers,  is targeting the United States of America and Sam Fisher is called in to help solve the threat. In my opinion, Blacklist is to date the best Splinter Cell entry and I really think after you play it, if you have had the pleasure of playing the past entries, you will not be disappointed. SplinterCellBlcklst Splinter Cell: Blacklist comes packed with a lot of things to do that’s going to hold you to it long after you complete the main campaign. Other than the main campaign, you have versus side missions that extends the storyline a little. These side missions can be played solo or coop. You have your straight on coop missions, then you have you multiplayer. Yes, folks, Spies vs. Mercs is back! This time around, you have about 5 different variations of it. Great side note, Splinter Cell: Blacklist rewards you for everything you do. The campaign consist of 12 missions as you track down every bit of information about the Engineers and try to prevent their next attack. Along side those missions, there are 4 sets of missions from Grimm, Charlie, Briggs, and even Kobin. Each presents a different play style and reward after completing all of them. Speaking of play styles, Blacklist rewards everyone’s play styles. If you want to get in and out without a peep, then the Ghost style is your cup of tea. Or, maybe you don’t like leaving witnesses, then silently remove the opposition and attack like a Panther. Then again, maybe you don’t really care who hears and you don’t mind making a scene. Then the Assault style is all you.

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Spies vs Mercs like I said before is back! And again, Blacklist provides you with more and more options. You have 6 stages to start out, I’m pretty sure there will be more in the future, in my opinion. You have the Classic SvM which is for the purists. This is your 2v2 SvM. Spies only have non-lethal gear and the shadows. Then you have Blacklist mode, where it’s 4v4 and Spies and Mercs can use choice and customize from a group of gadgets and gears. Special gear and gadgets can be unlocked either by reaching certain levels or playing Splinter Cell related games. Splinter Cell: Blacklist has so much to offer the deepest of Splinter Cell fans and enough to hold and grab the new comer. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up! Confident Gamers give Splinter Cell: Blacklist  8.5/10!   -Sil3ntX 

Assassin’s Creed Pirates

I get, really I do. Not everyone can take a game like Call of Duty or Assassins Creed and put on a mobile system and get the same vibe from it. But let’s give it one more try. Assassin’s Creed Pirates will be hitting the mobile scene this coming Fall.

In this stand-alone game for smartphones and tablets, further explore the Caribbean during the Golden Age of piracy as Alonzo Batilia, a young and ambitious captain. Manage your crew, upgrade your ship and engage in huge naval battles to become the most feared pirate of your time and claim La Buse’s legendary treasure.
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  • Prepare your ship for brutal naval combats
Fight in real-time naval battles and choose between cannons, mortar and swivel gun to destroy your enemies, from a distance or from up close. Upgrade your vessel with the massive bounty gathered from your prizes or collected from the many treasures you will find. Buy more cannons for your deck, a new rudder or better sails to take on bigger and more powerful enemies. And with each new crew member you recruit, you’ll acquire new perks and become a better captain!
  • Live an epic quest for a legendary treasure
Follow Alonzo Batilla as he rises through the ranks of the fearful pirates of the golden age. Embark on an adventure that will reveal the truth about La Buse’s mysterious treasure. Cross paths with the Templars and the Assassins as they struggle for supremacy and meet the most famous figures of the era: Blackbeard, Bellamy and Hornigold. Enrich your journey with dozens of side missions, treasures quests, perks and achievements.
  • Explore the immensity of the Caribbean
As in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, the Caribbean seas are your hunting grounds. Sail from harbor to harbor and explore a huge map featuring paradise islands, volcanic shores, mangroves and many more gorgeous landscapes.

  • A new visual standard on mobile  
Ubisoft Paris is developing a brand new mobile engine to bring groundbreaking 3D visuals to smartphones and tablets. As you sail those breathtaking moving waters and discover those lush islands, keep a watchful eye for the day’s cycle and the changing weather conditions that will directly impact gameplay!

Female Fighters to Join EA Sports UFC

Electronic Arts Inc. announced recently that EA Sports UFC will include playable female fighters for the first time ever in a UFC videogame. This groundbreaking moment is headlined by UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and top bantamweight contender Miesha Tate, the historic inaugural female coaches on the upcoming season of The       Ultimate Fighter.

      Starting next Spring, players will “Feel the Fight” in the Octagon and experience the crippling power of Rousey’s signature armbar, the ferocious intensity of Tate’s grappling, and many other fighting styles from an esteemed roster of female fighters in EA SPORTS UFC.
This is a great moment for videogames and for Mixed Martial Arts,” said Dean Richards, General Manager, EA SPORTS UFC. “In our commitment to delivering the most realistic fighting experience ever achieved, we wanted to represent the full spectrum of talent and       diversity of all the fighters in the sport, including women who have become an undeniable force to be reckoned with.”
Powered by EA SPORTS IGNITE technology, EA SPORTS UFC brings the action, emotion and intensity inside the Octagon to life in ways that were never before possible. The next-generation of True Player Motion not only showcases the diverse, powerful and fluid attacks of elite mixed martial artists through Precision Movement, Dynamic Striking and Strategic Submission Battles, but also brings the combatants to life with Full Body Deformation and Real-Time Exertion. The simulation of Human Intelligence takes leaps forward with the strategic and adaptive MMAi system and is expressed through the most realistic characters ever created in a sports game.