Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (2015)

Boxes are awesome!

 

Ah, Ground Zeros. Either players think it costs an unnecessary amount of money for how short the game is or they find the game a fun, well-done prologue that is no shorter than alot of DLC/app games that are out today (Me? Since I didn’t buy the game I can’t weight in, but as an outsider looking in I believe both sides are right on this one).   No matter where you stand on the whole debate however, the one thing they all agree on is that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be a game without equal – and they maybe right.

 

 

 

 

Armada’s E3 picks: Yoshi’s Wooly World (Earily 2015)

 

Now people a bit of a warning: this next title is so cute that your teeth will begin to rot out due to the sugary sweetness of the content provided –  Yoshi’s Wooly World. Yes all, like Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Yoshi has somehow turned into fabric and his world into a crafting store (not literally but you’re getting what I’m saying here). As the player we must guide Yoshi through this non-threatening threatening environment using a combination of his old skills and new yawn abilities. Discover hidden secrets and paths throughout the adventure, and even invite a friend to help solve the mystery of his yarnafcation. Now before some of you dismiss this game for not being as brutally broken as a Dark Souls II please keep in mind that Nintendo games often look one way and play another – as this video evidence will show. OK, I know, cheap move but my point still valid; at least rent it once.

 

 

 

Armada’s E3 picks: New Star Fox game (TBA)

Now this game first showed up as a blurry screen that Shigeru Miyamoto was playing on before he turned around and addressed the audience at the Nintendo Digital Event.  Now me I didn’t pay much attention but alot of you did and identified it as a new star fox game. As it turns out you all were correct; that was a small confirmation of a New Star Fox game being developed right now. Sadly that’s all we were able to get, not even a CGI trailer. However the big game news sources like Gamespot & Kotaku have had some hands on time with the game. Both of them mirrored each other comments like: using the Wii U game pad to turn and steer, the game uses both TV and gamepad screens to effective pilot the Arwing, and since this game is still being the developed it’s not the most polished looking. You know waiting is always the hardest part about being a gamer and I know you Star Fox fans are already chomping at the bit to get at this game. But please have patience; Miyamoto hasn’t let us down yet and once the game is finally done you’ll find that all your expectations will be met. I just hope Fox McCloud can leave this title on a happier note, seriously the multiple stories of  Star Fox Command are downright Greek tragedies.

Armada’s E3 picks: PGA Tour (Spring 2015)

 

Golf without limits, need I say more? Well OK, a little more. EA Sports’ PGA Tour, set to release next year, looks to be just be another standard golfing title. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, in fact I like watching golf on occasion – but playing normal golf on games never really appealed to me. Fortunately there have been plenty of abnormal golf games that I’ve liked and I’m glad  PGA Tour will be one of them. Purists can play this straight by enjoying the faster loading between course, explore each course like never before that might give them an advantage, and enjoy very detailed orientated views of the course landscapes thanks to the Frostbite 3 engine. For me however I’ll take advantage of the fantasy courses; imagine playing through a intense naval battle and a flaming battleship just crashes in front of the hole your aiming for. Well imagine no longer because that, and other high intensity golfing scenarios will be available to the adventurous on 2015.

 

 

 

Armada’s E3 picks: Xenoblade Chronicles X (2015)

 

Ok people some more truth, I’ve never played Xenoblade Chronicles, and I don’t even know why not. I mean it was wildly received by gamers and reviewers since the game’s launch, and it was also on the Wii so you would think it would be a lock for me right? It never happened. Well ladies and gentlemen I won’t make the same mistake twice, because  as of this year’s E3 Nintendo announced Xenoblade Chronicles X and you can be sure I’ll be playing it when it comes out. Now technically not a sequel but rather and reboot/retelling X begins tragically with the world ending due to an intergalactic war between two alien races. The surviving humans barely escape to a beautiful but hostile world via a crash landing – that’s where you come in. As a survivor you must help tame the open-world land of dangerous monsters, protect fellow survivors from said monsters, and rebuild your civilization anyway you can. Of course nothing is as easy as that, but don’t worry, since this is a ‘Xeno’ series game you’ll get your hands on a mech sooner or later -and trust me there isn’t many problems a mech can’t solve.   Xenoblade Chronicles X will be out next year so you’ll have plenty of time to get your anime hair ready.

 

 

 

Armada’s E3 picks: Gauntlet (09/03/2014)

 

Ah GauntletThe first, true, co-op adventure. Where four random people of various backgrounds came together to achieve the goal of killing evil and taking their sheez. Back in the day the wizard was my guy; fast enough to avoid enemies, has a powerful ranged attack, and his magic bomb potions were the best. Good times indeed – now the current players of today can have a crack at this legacy title in one months time with its latest update. Yes my friends you too can select your favorite class out of four (Warrior, Wizard, Valkyrie, and Elf) then dive head first into the unknown. Go for treasure! Go for baddie slaying! Go for the heck of it! But just remember to work together, Gauntlet isn’t for solo acts – unless your into Dark Soul moments get a buddy before going in.

 

 

 

Armada’s E3 picks: The Next Mass Effect (TBA)

 

Like I said in my let’s watch of the EA’s E3 Press Conference; For me a great experience over three games, for some disappointing endings that made them feel sad, but Mass Effect left an impression. It was a special type of series that truly change the game with your actions direct or indirect. The characters are legendary, and the story was Epic. Now that the threat of the Reapers have been dealt with, what’s next for the galaxy? How has the war changed the power structure of the races, is Cerberus still a threat, and if something does go down how will it be handle without Commander Shepard. These are questions, and many more,  I’ve had since completing the game; hopefully this next Mass Effect title will answer them and not be a lame prequel – I hate those.  Stay tuned for more info as it develops.