It’s Official: “Kingdom Hearts 3” Won’t Be Released In March 2017

Gamers around the world were hoping Square Enix would release Kingdom Hearts 3 in March of this year. Unfortunately, new information from the Japanese-based gaming company suggests this action-adventure game won’t even be released in 2017.

 

Kingdom Hearts 3’s director, Tetsuya Nomura, recently dispelled any rumors floating on the Internet which suggested Square Enix might surprise fans and release this game in March. Nomura told reporters the development of Kingdom Hearts 3 has been challenging than anything Square Enix has attempted thus far.

 

In the same interview, Nomura suggested that Kingdom Hearts fans may get another sneak preview of Kingdom Hearts 3 later this year. He also promised to release an official statement on how the development on the game is going later this year.

 

Square Enix just released one new screenshot from Kingdom Hearts 3 to entice gamers who might be getting aggravated by the game’s long delay. The screenshot shows Sora in front of a giant Heartless. Nomura said this will be one of the boss battles in Kingdom Hearts 3.

 

Last year, Square Enix spent most of its time and energy promoting the highly successful Final Fantasy 15. Developers were also busy working on Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue for the PlayStation 4 last year. As the name suggests, Kingdom Hearts 2.8 sets the stage for Kingdom Hearts 3. Kingdom Hearts 2.8 was released worldwide on January 24th, 2017.

 

Square Enix has only confirmed five worlds that will be included in Kingdom Hearts 3. A few of the Disney-inspired worlds include Mount Olympus from Hercules, San Fransokyo from Big Hero 6, and the Kingdom of Corona from Tangled. People familiar with the Kingdom Hearts franchise will be happy to learn that gamers will get to explore Twilight Town and the Mysterious Tower again.

 

Many Kingdom Hearts fans hope Square Enix will include worlds from some of Disney’s new properties in this upcoming game. A few of the worlds gamers really want to explore include planets from the Star Wars universe, Pixar-inspired areas, and Marvel-inspired worlds.

 

Now that these games are finally completed, developers can turn all their attention to completing Kingdom Hearts 3. Most critics now believe this title will be released in early 2018.

 

 

No MCU Connection to Marvel’s Video Game Releases

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe like to keep score. They not only watch the movies and television programs, they read tie-in novels and play licensed video games. And they wonder who much of the material outside of television and movie screens is part of the overall canon. Some sad news is breaking for video game fans. The forthcoming video games based on Marvel properties are not tied in with the MCU.

 

Two highly-anticipated video games are coming out in 2017. A Guardians of the Galaxy Game and a Spider-Man game will debut to surely huge sales. Players, however, won’t be making any contributions to the MCU.

 

The decision to keep the gaming adventures separate from the motion picture and television tales is not done to snub gaming fans. Rather, Marvel and its gaming partners feel locking the video games into the world of the MCU limits what can and cannot be done in the videos. By allowing the video games to stand in their own universe, Marvel is not limited in any way in terms of what stories to tell.

 

Perhaps Marvel would like to revisit an original 1960’s story with The Vulture for a new video game. This would not be possible if the video game had to follow along with the narrative of Spider-Man: Homecoming. The Vulture is being completely reimagined in the film. So, the video game would need to play second fiddle to the creative approach to the film’s screenwriters. There is no reason to do this. Giving the video game developers complete freedom should lead to better games.

 

Current Breakthroughs In The Video Game World

Nintendo has outdone itself yet again. In 2017, it plans to release yet a new version of the Nintendo game console. With a price tag of fewer than three hundred dollars, this video console combines both technology and versatility. It has been developed using the latest technology making it friendly to play at home and in outdoor environments. Unlike any other video console, Nintendo Switch comes in the form of a tablet, which encourages docking to a flat screen television.

 

Nintendo Switch allows remote use since it houses two wireless Joy-con controllers. The gaming console fascinates many players, mainly because the left and right Joy-con controllers can also be docked together to form the usual gaming pad. With a six-inch display, a gamer can get an unobstructed view of a particular game.

 

As an advanced console, this gadget will make video capture possible. Also, more than two players can play a single game at a go. Hence, this is a real innovation. With thirty gigabytes of storage, one can be able to store and play any game on this console. With a memory card in place, there is room for additional storage.

 

Although yet to be released, this console has gained quite an audience. Development of Nintendo Switch began with an idea, an idea that has created a video game console much better than that of previous versions. Players that have had the opportunity of using this console are very much pleased with its unique design which not only allows for flexibility of play but also its ability to accommodate a much larger screen. Docking capabilities mean that one does not have to be at home so as to play.

 

Another marvel that comes with this console is the amount of time it takes to transition from big screen to tablet mode after detaching it from a television screen. High processor speeds make games load pretty fast. Finally, this gaming console offers comfort to players. Players can use the gaming controllers comfortably due to their small size. Also, the tablet is lightweight in nature.

The Rep of Games

Video games can seem elusive to some people, particularly those who feel it offers too steep a learning curve. It’s not uncommon for someone to come across a gamer engrossed in a screen, only to stare at it with a bit of contempt at the perceived convolution. Role-playing games can seem deceptively difficult, but they ultimately only require a relatively short amount of time investment before a novice gamer becomes acclimated to the controls and stat-based game play.

 

Of course, some people don’t like games merely because they find them too childish or useless. While it’s true that video games can certainly sap an individual’s time, it’s unfair to suggest they don’t offer any merit or substance. In fact, there are many games that feature sprawling stories, vivid characterizations, inspiring visuals and orchestrated music that can rival other forms of entertainment by leaps and bounds.

 

Video games aren’t just a time waster either, they can also help alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression, which can be especially helpful to those struggling with mood disorders and other mental health problems. Video games also have the power to teach. A recent study conducted by Brown University aimed to find the key behind video game related skills and how this information may be applied to environments outside the virtual world.

 

First-person shooters were used in the study, including Halo: Reach and Starcraft 2. These games are based on real-time action and players need to have quick reflexes. Even players who are quite experienced can have trouble going head to head against the most elite players.

 

The study found that the most skilled players didn’t dedicate their every waking second to playing the game at all. In fact, data suggests that those who play twice as often are likely to be less skilled. The results of the study concluded that a methodical, yet moderate approach to the game would net the highest rate of skill.

 

This study seems to indicate that video games can be an interesting tool to help people understand other avenues of thought and discipline. Whether it’s breaking the cycle of anxiety, broadening artistic horizons or understanding skill acquisition, games seem to have more importance than their reputation would dictate.

 

 

 

Ride 2 Finally Available on PlayStation 4

Now that Ride 2 has been released for the PlayStation 4, motorcycle racing game enthusiasts have another game to add to their collection. Many of those who played the original Ride may have been wondering whether Milestone, the game’s developers, have finely tuned the right elements to give a fun, yet realistic enough racing experience.

 

Reviews from a variety of video game publications and amateur game reviewers on forums and social media have been mixed. Some have enjoyed the game a lot and believe it does very well as a sequel to the original Ride. However, a few others have complained that the game falls short in many places.

 

Just like some car racing games like Forza and Gran Turismo, Ride 2 offers a career mode that lets players earn virtual cash, climb through rankings and unlock a variety of vehicles and other interesting options, such as newer and more challenging tracks to race on. This is one element of the game that a few reviewers have found poor. Advancing through your racing career in Ride 2 takes a lot of effort, yet the reward seems to be insufficient. Even though the game offers a wide range of bikes to ride, they have a “generic” feeling and the racing experience quickly becomes repetitive.

 

The in-helmet camera option is another element of the game that left several reviewers disappointed. While such a view is meant to bring more realism to racing games, this unfortunately doesn’t happen in Ride 2. Everything seems normal until you hit your first turn. The view from the helmet stays completely straight, while the bike visible at the bottom of the screen is leaning as you take corners. This can make it hard to use visual cues to determine whether you should lean your bike more or less during turns.

 

One welcome element is the ability to choose between different kinds of motorcycles to race, such as dirt and road bikes, when you begin your career. However, finding out which events and tracks your bike can go on requires digging through a few menu layers.

 

In the end, none of the problems with Ride 2 are serious enough to make the game worthless. However, those who buy the game should expect a racing experience that is average and doesn’t really bring anything innovative.

 

Crash Bandicoot and the State of Sony Platforming

In an industry inundated with first-person shooters and massively multiplayer campaigns, the announcement of a new Crash Bandicoot series is certainly a breath of fresh air. Activision has made the announcement that Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy is slated for release in June, 2017, and fans of platforming adventure couldn’t be more excited.

 

Crash Bandicoot is something of a lost relic, heralding back to a time of Sony gaming when platformers dominated and bright, radiant colors flooded the television screen like an Animaniacs cartoon. The current video game industry has become focused on hyper-realism, firefights and a first-person experience. The reintroduction of a Crash Bandicoot game resists the mold by offering something that is animated and whimsical in tone.

 

The original Crash Bandicoot debuted on the Playstation in 1996, and it hasn’t been revisited since the spinoff racing game, Nitro Cart 2 in 2010. In the original Playstation and Playstation 2 eras, there was an influx of games to the platfomer genre, and many of them created lasting impressions. Spyro the Dragon came onto the scene with the vim and vigor of a baby purple dragon, and characters like Sly Cooper and Star Fox prove that the allure of anthropomorphic characters is quite effective.

 

Major platforming titles like Crash Bandicoot, Ratchet and Clank, Spyro the Dragon and Jak and Daxter created an army of intriguing mascots. These characters were able to successfully compete with Nintendo’s ever popular Mario, while creating an exclusive atmosphere around Sony that wouldn’t fade for years.

 

Today, Ratchet and Clank is the only series from the PS2 era that has managed to survive in a meaningful way, as most platformers have been left out to pasture in lieu of more gritty action titles. The resurface of Crash Bandicoot offers a promising future for the Playstation 4. Hopefully it will inspire developers to think outside of trends and realize that there are classic elements that are worth utilizing in our modern tech world. The breadth of genres has diminished significantly over the past console generation, and it’s up to current developers to revitalize the industry with more diverse material.

 

Dawn of War III Release Date Announced

After months of rumors, gamers now have a release date for Dawn of War 3. It has been many months of talk on the release date of the game, which has been in development for nearly five years now. Officials for the game announced that the third installment of the popular series is slated for release on April 20, 2017. The game, which has received a mix of both positive and negative video game reviews from fans already, takes place on the planet Archean where a galactic warfare battle is taking place. It is up to the three races to come in and defend order during the chaos.

 

 

The news comes none too early for eager fans who, up until the announcement on the Sega website earlier this week, knew only that the game would be released in 2017. In this edition of the Relic Games PC game, three races are initially available. These three races are sent in to battle the galactic warfare attacks. Lager walker units will be introduced in this game for the first time since the release of the game series.

 

 

As mentioned, players whom have had the opportunity to get an inside glimpse of the game and the action offer mixed reviews with box positive and negative remarks. Most players love the fact that the game offers multiplayer action, but others aren’t pleased with the available Mods for the game. Overall, however, excitement for the game release is running high and there isn’t any doubt the game will be played by fans who have been with the game the entire decade since the release of the original.

 

 

If you are one of those gamers that has been waiting for the release of the game, isn’t it comforting to know that the wait is almost over? Dawn of War III promises fans plenty of exciting fun, and there’s only a few short months left to wait. Get ready for April and your first look at Dawn of War III!

 

 

 

Microsoft has Cancelled One of Its Highly Anticipated 2017 Games

There is bad news for anyone looking forward to living out their dreams of finally becoming a dragon-rider. Slated for a 2017 release as a Xbox exclusive, “Scalebound” was set to put you in the shoes of Drew and fight along side his dragon companion, Thuban, in the world of Draconis . This ambitious action RPG, developed by PlatinumGames, promised a beautifully rendered world with an unique combat system allowing you to issue commands to your dragon friend. A few of these included various abilities ranging from breathing fire on enemies to destroying certain targets within the game’s environment with the press of a button. Over the past two and a half years, a ton of gameplay videos has excited gamers world-wide with their enticing footage causing many to jump on the hype train and eagerly await the game’s release date.

 

After several delays, since its debut at E3 2014, and a plethora of signs pointing to the dreaded “development hell” many games fell victim to over the years, it was announced Jan. 10 that the game is no longer heading to xbox and is effectively cancelled.

 

A spokesperson from Microsoft contacted online gaming site Kotaku and other press outlets saying, “After careful deliberation, Microsoft Studios has come to the decision to end production for ‘Scalebound.’ We’re working hard to deliver an amazing lineup of games for our fans this year, including ‘Halo Wars,’ ‘Crackdown 3,’ ‘State of Decay 2,’ ‘Sea of Thieves’ and other great experiences,” devastating fans and confirming the rumors of cancellation that surfaced in the weeks prior.

 

This is, without a doubt, a blow to the developer; however, with critically acclaimed titles such as the “Bayonetta” series and the “Neir” series, this will not be the last time we hear from PlatinumGames.

 

New Ad For “Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild” Has Many Fans Talking

A brand new ad for “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” was released at the Video Game Awards, and it has a lot of fans talking. After watching this ad, many gamers believe this new game will allow Link to time travel and call on kinsmen within the game to fight by his side.

 

The scene gamers focus on to make the time travel claim is an encounter between Link and an enemy that looks somewhat like a bird. Gamers point out that the Master Sword Link is wielding looks brand new, which directly contrasts a similar scene shown in E3’s 2016 “Breath of the Wild” trailer. In the E3 ad the sword looks more worn than in this latest version.

 

Another aspect of these two ads fans point out is that in the E3 ad Link had a Sheikah slate, but in the new ad he has no Sheikah slate. This would indicate that time travel was used; at least that’s what a few fans conjecture.

 

If time travel were to be used in the new Zelda title, it wouldn’t be a first for the series. Time travel was featured prominently in “Majora’s Mask,” and it was also a part of the classic “Ocarina of Time” game.

 

This new ad also has some people wondering if non-playable characters (NPCs) will be a part of the new Zelda adventure. Viewers can easily see a few NPCs helping Link ward off Bokoblins in the latest ad.

 

In addition to all these theories, a strange female was partially shown in this new ad. All that could be seen for certain was that this female character was holding a Sheikah slate in front of Link. Many people believe this female must be either Princess Zelda or someone related to the royalty, since Link was kneeling before her.

 

Nintendo has yet to confirm or deny any of these rumors. Gamers will simply have to wait till they get the game in their hands next year.

 

Speaking of an official release date, Nintendo has not been specific about when this game will be released for the Wii U and Nintendo Switch. Amazon currently lists the Wii U version of the game for $50.99 and puts the official release date on March 31st of next year. However, some people think that that date is just a placeholder and believe Nintendo will release the game earlier in 2017.

 

 

Retro Gaming: A Blast from the Past that’s Here to Stay

Retro gaming is going to be all the rage this holiday season! With gaming becoming more popular than ever and more and more gamers interested in playing the games they did when they were kids, or when their parents were kids, a multitude of companies have announced retro game emulators hitting stores just before the holidays this year. Not only will you be able to play your favorite Nintendo games this Christmas but announcements have already been made for a collection of Sega titles and arcade classics on their way from different developers to invade your holiday gaming schedule.

 

 

Nintendo kicked off the season of the emulators announcing that their NES classic edition would be on store shelves by the holidays, preloaded with thirty favorite games. The classic edition and the controllers alike harken back to the original NES and fill you with eighties nostalgia just looking at them. With a major modern gaming company like Nintendo investing in retro gaming, what many gamers’ considered a fad seems here to stay. For more information, visit the official site of the NES Classic Edition at: http://www.nintendo.com/nes-classic/

 

 

Retro-bit, a company long in the business of marketing classic games, soon followed Nintendo’s lead announcing the launch of a mini console to be dubbed Retro-bit Generations which comes preloaded with an assortment of popular classic arcade games. The Retro-bit Generations is barely larger than it’s Sega: Saturn style controllers but comes with a host of features such as two USB ports, an SD card slot, HDMI port, and low-fi composite connections. The Retro-bit Generations features games from leading companies like Capcom, Jaleco, and Irem, and includes both household name classics and deeper cuts from the arcade cabinet collection. If you’d like to purchase the Retro-bit Generations or are looking for more information on the retro console visit the Retro-bit official website at: http://retro-bit.com/

 

 

Atgames have also announced a mini-console similar in layout to the NES classic edition only featuring games from the classic Sega Genesis console. The Genesis Classic features titles like Sonic, Mortal Kombat, and Golden Axe, and a save port for some games. The Genesis Classic also allows for use with original Sega Genesis cartridges to let you play your favorite games from the days of video game yore. If you want to get your game on with your favorite classic Sega games visit Atgames official site for ordering and further information at: http://www.atgames.net/