CastleStorm Articles RSS Feed | CastleStorm RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network The VR Games That You Must Play to Start 2017 Mon, 09 Jan 2017 03:00:01 -0500 Serhii Patskan


If you still can’t decide what gear to buy or what game to play, then consider the following advice. It should give you a better perspective on things to come this year.


In terms of VR gear, Oculus Touch is, of course, very interesting, as it allows for the levels of immersion that are simply not available on a typical console gamepad. Many gamers are getting more and more interested in Microsoft’s HoloLens that doesn’t even require a controller.


On the other hand, HTC has created its own Hand MoCap that lets you record your own motion capture. This opens up huge possibilities for indie developers and people who want to create VR content, but don’t have the budget required.


Currently, one of the biggest issues that limits the use of any VR tech are the wires. So, if the wireless VR becomes available in the next few years, this is where the game developers will have way more freedom, especially when it comes to mobile open-world VR titles.


With all that said, we want to hear your own impressions on the development of VR tech. Leave your opinions in the comments section below.


Damaged Core

Developer: High Voltage Software, Inc.
Platform: Oculus Rift

The premise of Damaged Core is simple -- you play as an AI that can hack into other machines and robots in order to take control over them.


The combat is extremely fast. It gets even faster as you progress through the story and gain control over bigger and better robots. This means that the game requires you to play in a standing position, since you need to look around a lot and take action.


It’s a full-on first-person experience that will keep you on the edge at all times.



Final Approach

Developer: Phaser Lock Interactive
Platform: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR

Final Approach is a perfect VR game for kids, especially if they’re into aircrafts. It’s light-hearted, fun and moderately challenging.


All you need to do is manage the airplanes and helicopters on their way through various obstacles in the sky and on the ground. The puzzles are not too hard and the environment is very bright and colorful.



CastleStorm VR

Developer: Zen Studios
Platform: Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR

CastleStorm is another tower defense game, and it looks like Angry Birds or Worms 3D. The VR edition of the game offers two types of perspectives -- a theater mode and an in-game mode. Both are great depending on what kind of gameplay you like the best.


And since every level can be approached in many different ways, the replayability factor of CastleStorm VR is very high.



Defense Grid 2

Developer: Hidden Path Entertainment
Platform: Oculus Rift

The original game for PC has been released in 2014, but this is the Enhanced VR Edition that got upgraded specifically for Oculus gear. It also includes five new maps and an entirely new section, which was added to expand the story.


When you play a tower defense game, an ability to react in time is very important, and that’s why the developers have significantly increased the framerate of the VR gameplay from 30 to 90 FPS. This also makes the game incredibly comfortable to play.



The Gallery Episode 1: Call of the Starseed

Developer: Cloudhead Games ltd.
Platform: HTC Vive

Do you like puzzles? How about puzzles set in the darkest of the settings? The Gallery offers something that you might like. It is inspired by the fantasy and horror movies of the 80s, and it will make you move, sit, stand, crouch and crawl.


This is one of the best adventure games fully realized for VR gear, and this is only the first episode -- so expect more to come in the future.



Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine

Developer: ILMxLAB
Platform: HTC Vive

Trials on Tatooine is a free tech demo from Industrial Light & Magic designed for all fans of Star Wars. You can imagine the kind of quality that comes directly from the smartest minds of the CG industry. The demo offers an incredibly realistic quality of visuals, which do require a high-end PC and a 5.1 surround sound system.


In the game you get to wield a lightsaber and fight against the stormtroopers, who are trying to capture R2-D2. This is definitely one of the best ways to introduce yourself or your friends to the capabilities of VR.



The Lab

Developer: Valve
Platform: HTC Vive

The Lab is Valve’s own VR game... and it’s free. It’s not just a game, it’s an entire multi-level entertainment course that is set to reveal all the possibilities of the HTC Vive gear.


The Lab offers eight scenarios, where you get to examine a human body with a surgeon’s precision, repair a robot, or just shoot a longbow. Probably the most interesting one is Solar System that allows you to explore the universe from the space of your own room.



Raw Data

Developer: Survios
Platform: HTC Vive

Here is another futuristic first-person shooter, but this time it’s developed for the HTC Vive. Raw Data is currently available on Steam Early Access, and it has already received thousands of positive reviews.


Your main weapons are all kinds of pistols and shotguns, but you may be out of ammo pretty soon. Now this is where the game becomes really cool, as it gives you a whole arsenal of melee weapons, such as daggers and all sorts of blades.


The game requires a lot of physical action, so make sure your room is safe to be in before playing Raw Data.



The Unspoken

Developer: Insomniac Games
Platform: Oculus Touch

Insomniac Games are mostly known for the Ratchet and Clank series of games, but with The Unspoken they go in a world that is far more complicated.


You take on a role of a sorcerer who learns arcane spells and magic abilities in order to be able to manipulate the material world. The troubles begin when you start facing other sorcerers who may or may not be much stronger than you.


The game offers a 1v1 PvP mode that will set you against other players connected to the game. In this way you will be able to challenge your own skills and unlock new forms of spellcasting.



Dead & Buried

Developer: Oculus Studios
Platform: Oculus Touch

Here is a nice surprise for all the future Oculus gear owners. Dead & Buried will be included for free with each Oculus Touch bundle, which makes a third free first-party game from Oculus.


This is not just another shooter, but the one that is set in the wild, wild west. Also, it’s not trying to be too realistic either, as it’s full of humor and zombies. On top of that, you get a co-op mode that allows for up to six people to play simultaneously.



Robo Recall

Developer: Epic Games
Platform: Oculus Touch

Robo Recall is the first VR game from Epic Games -- the development team behind such classics like Unreal Tournament and Gears of War.


It’s a futuristic action-packed shooter that puts you in a position to subdue the robot uprising. You are given a huge arsenal of weapons that you can test and customize before destroying another group of machines that have gone wild.


The game will be released for free in the first quarter of 2017, and currently you can watch the demo gameplay below -- which is quite impressive.



Last year has opened the doors to one of the most daring gaming technologies ever created -- Virtual Reality gear. It gave rise to many great games that were either originally developed for VR or adapted from their initial versions.


If you purchased some VR gear just recently and haven’t been following the gaming trends of the last year in this particular niche, here are a few suggestions for various set ups that can help you choose the best VR game to start 2017.


This selection includes games for all kinds of audiences, so you can be sure that there is one game that is perfect for you.

August's PS Plus line up Tue, 04 Aug 2015 20:08:48 -0400 Daniel Ellsworth

It's time for free games once again from the good folks at PlayStation. The August line-up isn't the strongest, but hey, it's free games. So let's get into it.

On the PlayStation 4 this month you can download Lara Croft and Temple of Osirisa top down twin stick shooter where you play as Lara and her friends navigating a dangerous tomb.

The other game available for download on the PlayStation 4 this month is the critically acclaimed puzzle platformer, Limbo, where you play as a boy trapped in a mysterious world full of danger.

On the PlayStation 3 this month, God of War Ascension the God of War with Kratos' origin story and multiplayer is also available via download.

Also available on PlayStation 3 is CastleStorm Complete Edition, an active strategy game where the player takes control of a noble warrior to defend his kingdom. This game is also available on PlayStation Vita.

Lastly, the PlayStation Vita is offering Sound Shapes for free download. Sound Shapes is a platformer with several options to create personalized levels.

Stealth Inc 2 :A Game of Clones, is also available on the PlayStation Vita this month. In this game, the player takes control of a clone and must platform his/her way to safety.

No PlayStation Vita? No worries. Both games are available for free download until the end of August on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 as well.

Microsoft Announces New Lineup for Games with Gold Wed, 29 Apr 2015 17:34:11 -0400 Victor Ren

A new lineup has been announced for Microsoft's Games with Gold for Xbox Live Gold members. This months game for the Xbox One is CastleStorm: Definitive Edition, while the game coming out for the 360 is Mafia II. On top of that, Microsoft will continue to offer Pool Nation FX for free until the end of May.

Mafia II, a game that was released in 2010, tells the story of the Mafia driven underworld from the 1940's to the 1950's. The game received fairly impressive reviews for its immersive gameplay and dramatic story. 

CastleStorm: Definitive Edition is a relaunch of the of a game that debuted in 2013. The new version is a model that takes advantage of the current hardware of the Xbox One. The game plays as a strategic medieval tower defense, and have received fair reviews from critics.

All three of these games will be free for Xbox Live Gold members throughout the month of May, and these three rewards will be saving gamers on Xbox a total of around $50.

CastleStorm -- InnovativeAggravation Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:06:40 -0400 Elijah Beahm

The following review is for the PS Vita/PS3 versions of the CastleStorm.

I love hybrid games. They always have something new to offer even if they don't always hit their mark. Warhammer 40k: Space Marine brought brawling mechanics and sensibilities to third person shooters; Sanctum is arguably one of the better shooter/tower defense games on th emarket; and Natural Selection 2's FPS/RTS asymmetry actually got people to follow orders in a multiplayer game so that's something in of itself. So why is it I can't help but feel my brow tense at the very thought of picking up CastleStorm again?

Game Design Soup

CastleStorm is definitely a strange game to describe. Imagine Angry Birds combined with MOBA elements and a vague sense of RTS gameplay all done on a 2.5D plane. Despite throwing all these clashing elements being forced in one package, the actual execution is above average. There's a clear sense of design to make everything fit together, and it works well enough for most of the game's first campaign. However, by the time your first campaign is done, you start to see the problems.

Your primary means of playing the game firing your ballista, using different infantry and castle destroying projectiles. Ammo ranges from spears to sheep that fart rainbows, but you can only use five of the nine ammo available, so there's some strategic planning to it. Unfortunately you'll never really feel that much need to experiment since the explosive apple and stone that splits into three stones are the most powerful ammo types for castle destruction. Everything else does barely any damage to castles until you unlock a new room for your castle that increases ammo recharge speed for faster firing.

There's no deep strategy to running your army other than build orders. Handling soldiers is simply a matter of selecting five different troop types, putting a room for each in your castle, and then earning enough of the auto-generating food supply to spawn them.

Picking off infantry is fun at first, but you come to realize that precise headshots are more tedious than rewarding when trying to pull them off on either PS3 or PS Vita. What's more annoying is the delay between telling your troops to duck and your actual shots fired. I could hit X and O simultaneously and I still had a 50/50 chance of shooting one of my own men in the back of the head. Yet despite their eagerness to stand up for the slaughter, they put almost no effort at trying to fight back until a fifth of their healthbars were gone.

There's no deep strategy to running your army other than build orders.

Handling soldiers is simply a matter of selecting five different troop types, putting a room for each in your castle, and then earning enough of the auto-generating food supply to spawn them. Here is where one of the game's key problems lies though. You'll initially start off with just regular soldiers and archers, and can upgrade them as you progress through the game. However, despite getting my regular soldiers past level 4 status, they still died due to the very small incremental increases in their stats. If I had known I'd be getting stone golems and knights down the road, I would have just saved my money and invested in the only slightly more costly but far more effective units.

The game doesn't give any indication what new mechanics and twists it has next until they happen, and then forces you to grind to be able to actually use them. What's worst of all is that once you finally have them all, much like the ammo types, there are only a very few that are worth using, and at least one pair of choices that are redundant.Archers, knights, and golems are incredibly powerful and far more worth the cost than any other infantry unit.

There's no to make real strategic decisions other than using magic spells to protect or health them briefly, so they just wander back and forth across the single battle lane. The only aspect that does give flexibility is the magic system, with several useful spells that can change your playstyle. However they all have long charging timers and to cut down on the timers you need to, you guessed it, grind to get better versions through stat upgrades.

Optimizing castles for maximum productivity puts stability at risk.

Angry Birds Vikings By Any Other Name

Despite being a single purchase $10 game ($15 for the Complete Edition), CastleStorm has the sensibilities of a free to play mobile game. The excessive grinding, the incredibly light depth of strategy, and gameplay that hardly seems to need a controller to work all scream "this was meant for an iPad". Now that's not inherently a bad thing; I've played games made for both commercial and F2P mobile release before that worked quite well. Except those titles would adjust themselves depending on the platform. Not everyone wants to replay missions to grind themselves into a decent state of play twice across two campaigns (four if you have all the downloadable content). That's not replay value, that's padding the game's length.

It also doesn't do the game any favors that its downloadable content campaigns both start off with tedious brawler missions. By tedious, I don't just mean drawn out and unnecessary considering how bland playing as a hero character for longer than ten seconds is. No, Zen Studios thought it would be a great idea to just throw tons of enemies in massive numbers with faster attack speeds coming from all directions at you for the opening missions of each DLC campaign. I couldn't even get into the third campaign because of how sheerly difficult it was to survive.

I want to be very forthcoming in this respect: it was such a pointless grind I could not finish portions of the single player after completing the game's initial campaign offering. There was literally no forseeable investment other than further unlocks to continue replaying the same missions over and over again to get more upgrades, with no variations other than what powers I brought to the table while dealing with severely dull gameplay. You can't import the gold you've earned to different campaigns unless it's unspent, even though some infantry units are little more than reskins. This means every time you start at the bottom of the barrel and have to climb your way back to the top just to go back to ground zero again.

I'll give you three guesses who the main villain of the game is.

But Wait, There's More!

There are some additional single-player options such as one-off skirmishes and survival modes based on campaign missions, but they're still just the same thing with a slight retooling, and show just how much the game expects you to grind. You could be level 1 but by a second wave of enemies will see level 8 opponents. You can't upgrade mid-battle, so this means you're locked in until you lose if you want to earn gold from these battles. Instead of making me want to get one more improvement for my units every time, it was demoralizing looking at just how hard I had to work to stack up against the game's AI.

As if this weren't bad enough, multiplayer is ANOTHER grind that ignores all the upgrades you've made in single-player. You can do split-screen multiplayer and online multiplayer, ranging from one versus one matches to two versus two. If you at least carried progress over for each faction that would be something, but that is not included. Possibly the worst sin of all though is that there isn't even cross save functionality between Vita and PS3 despite it being a cross-buy game.

This is sadly the case with CastleStorm. I'd love for it to be my "weird little indie game" of the year. It has all the right building blocks to be an amazing game. Somehow Zen manages to bash those ideas so repetitiously over your head though that it dulls your very sense of enjoyment and novelty, leaving nothing but boredom.

Yes, you read that right. You have to do EVERYTHING AGAIN on PS3/PS Vita after you beat it all on the platform you started with. You can't even import your customizable castles. You effectively have eight same-y campaigns with similar factions doing similar objectives with similar powers in-GAH! This game. Needs. Variety. Also it's soundtrack could do with more than the four songs I kept hearing end on end, looping without any pause. It's a perfectly good concept and one I'd love to see expanded upon, but the execution here is incredibly single-minded. It's like no one thought that it should still have more to show than a single new idea.

No that's not Barbie hanging over the game's logo.

A Spear to Royal Keep

I understand that developing new modes of play for a unique style of gameplay is difficult in many cases, but that doesn't change the fact that making a game monotone is bad for its longevity. Why do you think Wildstar has platforming? Why did several Final Fantasy games feature off-beat side quests and fully fleshed mini-games? Why is Watch_Dogs including a robot spider mayhem mode? Because now and then you need a breather. If you can't get that breather in a game, you will leave it, and by that point the chances of you coming back to it begin to decrease drastically.

This is sadly the case with CastleStorm. I'd love for it to be my "weird little indie game" of the year. It has all the right building blocks to be an amazing game. Somehow Zen manages to bash those ideas so repetitiously over your head though that it dulls your very sense of enjoyment and novelty, leaving nothing but boredom. It's a waste of a good concept by handled poorly by a developer of games I've otherwise enjoyed. I don't know what happened, if it was just a bad call by the lead designer or if it just wasn't in the budget, but this game lacks life despite its wide range of content. If you can handle the constantly repeating mission types and ideas, you'll be able to find something in this title. Everyone else is better off looking elsewhere.

The Top 10 Games on the Wii U So Far... and What is Coming Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:44:11 -0400 NorthwestGamer

To this date, the Wii U has not exactly had a successful run, and there is no obvious reason for it. The console has some great games, the gamepad, and it is not too expensive.

This might have something to do with it being targeted at casual gamers and not offering huge improvements over the Wii; most casual gamers are okay with settling for the Wii for cheaper. It also might be that fact that most gamers buy just one console, the largest audience right now is in first-person shooters, so most people lean towards Xbox or PlayStation.

Many of you might not know it, but there has never been a better time to buy a Wii U. The big question right now is "Will Mario Kart 8 save the Wii U?" and, if not Mario Kart 8, then "Will the new Super Smash Bros. save the Wii U?"

While this might seem far-fetched, many people, including myself, will be buying a Wii U just for those games. In fact, I have already preordered Mario Kart 8, and I have not bought my Wii U yet... I should probably get on that.

Top 10 Games on the Wii U

Anyways, for all of those people who are about to enter the Miiverse with a brand new Wii U, you may want to know what other games you have been missing out on. So, without further ado, I bring you the top 10 games that are out for the Wii U.

10) LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

LEGO Marvel Superheroes

This will not be a new game for those coming from other consoles, but LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is one of the best installments in the LEGO series to date. Released on a total of 9 platforms, the Wii U version of this game was in no way a cheap port and, being a family-friendly game, I am not surprised.

That is what the Wii U is all about, being able to take a game and have a large group of people, of all ages, have a great time. The LEGO series has always fit that theme perfectly, providing great cooperative and single-player gameplay. With around 150 player-controllable super heroes from such a fantastic lineup, it is hard to resist the pull of Lego Marvel Super Heroes.

Even though it is such a cross-platform series, I would say the Lego games are most significant on the Wii U because it matches the audience perfectly. The Wii U is designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages, just like the Lego games.

9) Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

While Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate has been a fairly popular game in North America and other areas of the world, nothing comes close to measuring up to the astounding popularity the franchise has received for the Japanese version.

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is an action-roleplaying game available on both the Wii U and the 3DS, with the option to transfer your save data back and forth between the two versions. The versions are generally similar, with the main differences being the improved graphics and online capabilities of the Wii U version.

This game has had a huge impact on RPG gamers for the Wii U. Nintendo already has games like Zelda to bring in RPG lovers, but a game like Monster Hunter brings in that crowd that favors the action-RPGs.

8) Batman: Arkham City - Armored Edition

Batman: Arkham City - Armored Edition

"Its a bird! It's a plane! It's su- ... oh wait." 

Batman's Arkham series has been a hit since the beginning. While Arkham Origins may not have had the success of its predecessors, Arkham Asylum and Arkham City were undeniably great, and Arkham Knight looks like it will return to being that way. 

Generally, Arkham City is considered the best game in the series and Wii U fans rejoiced when the Dark Knight came riding on over to the platform. This version of the game also comes packaged with a Battle Armored Tech mode, all the content of the original, and more bonuses.

This installment in the Arkham games made a big impact to Wii U gamers because it was the first of the series to make it to a Nintendo console after it predecessor, Arkham Asylum, excluded Nintendo.

7) CastleStorm


CastleStorm has released for a multitude of platforms; however, for whatever reason, it has had the best reception on the Wii U. The game is a side-scrolling tower defense game that released for the Xbox 360 first and was then ported to different platforms throughout 2013.

This game does have quite a few kinks, but the overall gameplay makes it so that you can still have a great time with this game. This game is similar to a lot of flash games online, but just taken into more depth and developed as a full, paid game.

Just like Lego Marvel Super Heroes, CastleStorm is more significant on the Wii U that any other console because it is a casual game on a console that caters to casual gamers.

6) Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is another game that got a rerelease for the Wii U and, like Arkham City, they didn't screw it up (unlike Deus Ex: The Fall). The Director's Cut version that was made for the Wii U is the same version that was released for PC.

Human Revolution was, in almost every way, a complete success and is one of the few games of its kind available for the Wii U. For this reason, it is one of the top games to check out for the Wii U. It may be more designed for the other consoles, but Deus Ex is just as good on the Wii U and does not have much competition on the console.

5) Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Tropical Freeze just released less than 2 months ago and has been a huge success. It is the newest installment in the Donkey Kong Country games and, as always, Nintendo has done a wonderful job. 

Beautifully presented for the first time in HD, thanks to the Wii U, Tropical Freeze will be a blast for Donkey Kong veterans and newcomers alike. If there is any place that Nintendo never disappoints, its in their platformers, and this game is no exception.

Along with other Nintendo classics, such as the Mario games or Zelda games, Donkey Kong has always come stomping in with his own successful game every generation. From the original, Donkey Kong, to this famous series, Donkey Kong Country, there was definitely a very positive impact made by Tropical Freeze's release.

4) Pikmin 3

Pikmin 3

For some reason, I have always felt like Pikmin has been the forgotten series and I have no idea why. They are spectacular games, but they always seem to be one of the series that people haven't heard from. Too often do I hear, "oh hey, that's the guy from Super Smash Bros.!"

Don't get me wrong, Super Smash Bros. is a great series, but how have people not seen Olamar, or at least the Pikmin, before? For those of you who are big Super Smash Bros. fans and enjoyed throwing Pikmin, try the actual Pikmin games, you will enjoy throwing Pikmin even more.

In the past, Pikmin has not has as much of an impact as I would hope for, so hopefully this Wii U installment will turn the tables. It is certainly deserving of some attention.

3) Rayman Legends

Rayman Legends

I don't know if I'm the only one, but, when I saw a Rayman game for the first time, I could not believe it was successful. I don't know why, but for some reason the whole style and idea seemed like something that wouldn't work to me.

Wow, did those developers prove me wrong. This game was designed so well, they managed to take an idea that most companies would butcher and turn it into a work of art. The gameplay, the style, the environment, everything about this game is beautiful and should be on everybody's list.

2) The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

Wind Waker HD

There is not much to say about this game other than "they didn't screw it up." The original Wind Waker  was a beautiful game. It may not have been on the same level as its predecessor, Ocarina of Time, but that doesn't change the pure quality of Wind Waker.

Too often do these HD or anniversary remakes get rushed, but Nintendo is not a company known for mistakes like this. Whether you have played the original or not, Wind Waker is a work of art for anybody who has any interest in action RPGs.

Just like Ocarina of Time 3D was for the 3DS, this game is a huge milestone for the Wii U. One thing gamers love is the games that they grew up on, and beautiful HD remakes, such as this, can really put those memories into a whole new light.

1) Super Mario 3D World

Super Mario 3D World

Nintendo never ceases to amaze me with how they keep on delivering with the Mario games. A fat, Italian plumber with no in-depth universe and a very basic plot that never gets old. Somehow, they keep doing it.

Not only do they keep making great games of their classic style, this time New Super Mario Bros. U, but they keep introducing new series' that are great. For the Wii it was Super Mario Galaxy, one of the best games of the console. This time, it's Super Mario 3D World.

Not only has Nintendo delivered a great new Wii U game, but they also have brought a 3DS counterpart that is just as good, Super Mario 3D Land. If there is any game, currently available, that you buy the Wii U for, then it should be this game.

I don't know what they have planned next, but I do know that, for now, this could be regarded as the defining game of the Wii U. With no prequels, this truly shows that, this many years later, Nintendo still has many aces up its sleeve.

Big Upcoming Titles

Along with the stellar lineup that the Wii U already has, several big new titles will be arriving soon. The future of the Wii U sure looks bright, let's hope that these games can bring a little more popularity to Nintendo's home console.

Mario Kart 8 - May 30, 2014

I may be getting a little ahead of myself, but I believe that this game will take Super Mario 3D World's #1 spot after it releases. This may be an exaggeration, it would not be easy to dethrone Super Mario 3D World, but let's keep in mind that Mario Kart is always one of the, if not the biggest game of each Nintendo console.

Mario Kart 7 was, in my opinion, a better installment than both of the last-generation Mario Kart games, Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart DS. Some new, game-changing features, such as kart customization, bring the series to a new era and Mario Kart 8 will follow that trend.

This game is likely to be the most significant Wii U release to date. The Mario Kart series has been a staple series for Nintendo with, in my opinion, not a single bad game. Get your karts ready and expect a lot from this new racer.

Super Smash Bros. (Wii U) - Q4 2014

It's Super Smash Bros., need I say more?

Okay, maybe some of you would like to hear more. This generation, for the first time ever, Super Smash Bros. will be coming to both the console and the handheld. Currently the title for both of them is just Super Smash Bros., with no announced subtitle. I assume at some point a subtitle will be added, but it could be like the new Tomb Raider or Thief.

The 3DS version of the game will be releasing this summer and the Wii U version will be releasing this winter. Both versions host the same character line-up, and it is an impressive lineup. New details are coming out all the time, so keep up to date!

Similarly to Mario KartSuper Smash Bros. has had a flawless record. The series has not run as long as the Mario Kart series, but with the series finally crossing to DS we might be able to expect some extra work put into this fighter.

Watch Dogs - Q4 2014

As some of you may know, Watch Dogs is releasing next month; however, it will be having a delayed release date for the Wii U (well, more delayed, seeing how the original release was delayed, too). 

Most people's first reaction to a game like Watch Dogs is, "it's like Grand Theft Auto." People did the same thing with Sleeping Dogs and I understand it. While there are other successful games of the genre, Grand Theft Auto does have quite the oligopoly.

Regardless, Watch Dogs is in many ways not like Grand Theft Auto. The main subject of this game is the hacking, which enables Aiden Pearce, our protagonist, to tap into different devices. This includes pedestrians' cellular devices.

So what make Watch Dogs stand out from some of the GTA competitors? A lot of these games fail to have the same attention to detail that Rockstar provides. From what we have seen so far, Ubisoft's Chicago is going to be one of the most detailed, content-heavy open-world games in the genre. Also, do not forget that Grand Theft Auto, and most of its competitors, are not on the Wii U. Ubisoft has gone the extra mile and taken the monopoly of the genre for Wii U.

Hyrule Warriors - 2014

This game could go one of two ways. It is a spinoff of the Legend of Zelda series that features a hack 'n' slash, dungeon-crawler style gameplay. I have only seen a limited amount of gameplay, but think Kingdoms of Amalur with a lot more funding. 

The reason I say this game could go two ways is basically just that it's a spinoff. There have been a lot of really good spinoffs, but there have been about 5 bad ones for every good one; however, having said that, Nintendo has a good track record with spinoffs and not butchering a series. You could pretty much say every Mario series is a spinoff of the original game. Look at Mario KartMario PartyMario GolfMario Tennis, and many others.

The last big spin-off in the Zelda series would probably be Four Swords, which just recently was offered free on 3DS. Bringing the Zelda universe to a new genre could bring in a whole new audience to the Wii U.

Bayonetta 2 - TBA

If the Mario Kart and Zelda games aren't the kind that pull you to Nintendo's consoles, then you might be interested in Bayonetta 2. The original Bayonetta released to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but not the Wii. Now, the tables have turned and Bayonetta 2 will be available exclusively on the Wii U.

For many Bayonetta fans, this might be the final push you need to go out and buy a new Wii U. The game will still be developed by Platinum Games, but this time Nintendo will take over publishing duties. Sega is still part of the process, but they have been labeled as the "advisor."

This game has the potential to make a huge impact on the Wii U. By making that transition from an Xbox and PS3 game to a Wii U exclusive could bring its audience with it. Who knows how many die hard fans will be buying Wii Us when this game releases.


Okay, so the Wii U has not had the best sales record, and there is no guarantee that it will improve; however, I feel, and really hope, that it will. With the library of great titles constantly expanding how can people continue to resist? I will be heading out any day to grab my Wii U in time for Mario Kart 8, are you with me?

CastleStorm Heading to PS3 and Vita Next Month Fri, 18 Oct 2013 03:02:55 -0400 Mary Yeager

Zen Studios is preparing for their launch of CastleStorm coming in November. It will be released for the PS3 and the Vita. One feature they are claiming as a selling point is that purchasers will be able to use PSN's Cross Buy support.

With PSN's Cross Buy support, they only have to buy one copy of CastleStorm and have access to it on both the PS3 and Vita. It will be available for $9.99 in the US on November 5th, and for the same price in Euros when it launches November 6th in Europe.

CastleStorm is a tower defense brawler game. There is even a tower destruction editor that can be used while mobile. The game will have multiplayer that consists of:

  • 1 versus 1 split-screen (available on PS3 only)
  • Survival mode (available on both platforms)
  • and Last Stand Co-Op mode (also available on both platforms)

In CastleStorm, it is the knights against the vikings as they wage war against each other. You build up towers and work to defeat your enemy's towers. Just be sure to watch your resources, as management is key.

This real-time strategy game is already available on Steam for PCs and Xbox 360 through the Xbox Live Arcade. Steam shows two additional downloadable content modules for sale. Xbox Live Arcade shows a rating of four stars for CastleStorm.