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.

 

 

“Breath of the Wild” May Be Best Zelda Ever

“The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” is Nintendo’s latest installment in the storied Legend of Zelda franchise. Despite being the 10th Zelda title on a Nintendo console and the 19th release across all formats, this title ranks as the leader when it comes to the ability to explore an open world however you want. This game brings a refreshing return of surprise to the series, where every interaction brings teaching experiences with it. As one example, I repeatedly being struck by electricity while sojourning the land during a thunderstorm; after assessing my surroundings, it dawned on me that my current weapon and shield were metal and the bolts of lightning were homing in on me. This game excels at teaching by example and I really do not wish to go into more specifics just so that readers can experience as many of the gameplay quirks as possible on their own.

 

Anyone with memories of irritating helper characters like Navi or Fi will be pleased to know that Link adventures completely by himself. While you are given directions to your next quest objective, they are just vague and open-ended enough that it doesn’t feel like the game is holding your hand. One of the overarching quests entails the defeat of four sacred beasts as a precursor to tackling Ganon, without ever defining a “sacred beast.”

 

Breath of the Wild features the largest iteration of Hyrule we have ever seen; to facilitate full discovery of this Hyrule, Breath of the Wild gives Link the ability to climb almost anything, provided his stamina gauge holds out. Since the ability to go up also runs the risk of ascending to elevations that would be fatal to fall from, Link also gains a glider to help him make a safe landing and scout out vast areas of terrain more quickly than if he had been exploring just on foot. Another tweak to Link’s abilities is the absence of heart containers; Link only gains hearts and stamina through progression within the game, similar to advancement in most RPGs but without actually showing goal numbers.

 

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.

 

Nintendo’s Latest Console Set for Global Release

The last couple of years haven’t been filled with good news for Nintendo. The company that was once a leader in home gaming consoles was now struggling to compete in a world where the Xbox and PlayStation have taken over the market. Starting in 2014, they’ve had several quarters of losses due to disappointing sales of the Wii U console. Nintendo also faced growing competition from the mobile gaming industry, which is one that they’ve eventually entered after some hesitation. Now that their latest console product is set to be released around the world on March 3rd, many are asking whether it will help them make a big comeback.

 

Their upcoming console is called the Switch and offers a few interesting and unique elements that are likely to appeal to their target audience. The Nintendo Switch is a hybrid console, which can be described as a handheld tablet that can seamlessly dock to a TV. Gamers can switch between TV and handheld mode instantly. One can start a game at home and play on the big screen, then continue playing while on the road, save their game and then come back to play on their home TV again.

 

Gamers can add the titles they want to the console either by purchasing them online and storing the games on the console’s 32 GB of internal storage or by buying them in store. Switch games come on a memory card that is roughly the size of an SD card and slides in a slot at the top of the console.

 

While the Switch is quite interesting in terms of design, it does come with a few drawbacks. Even though it has the form factor of a tablet, it doesn’t have a web browser or other kinds of connected apps a lot of users would love, such as apps that give access to video or music streaming services. The console will only have nine titles available at launch. The standard retail edition won’t include any free games either, which might disappoint shoppers looking for maximum value.

 

New Microsoft Service Will Give Subscribers Access to Over 100 Video Games

Microsoft has just announced that they’re working on launching a new subscription-based service that will work in a way similar to Netflix, but instead of bringing movies and TV series, it will deliver more than 100 video game titles when launched this spring.

 

According to a press release from Microsoft, the new service will be called Xbox Game Pass and rotate through a variety of games for the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PCs running Windows 10. The monthly fee will be $9.99. Obviously, gamers can’t expect to get instant access to the latest releases that go for as much as $80 in stores. However, information provided by Microsoft shows that it will include many of the major titles that were recently released, such as Halo 5: Guardians and NBA 2K16.

 

The games offered through the service remain accessible to members for as long as they keep renewing their monthly subscription. Microsoft is planning to allow players who cancel their subscription to permanently buy some of their favorite games at a 20 percent discount.

 

While a similar service called PlayStation Now is offered by Sony, Microsoft’s main competitor in the gaming console industry, Xbox Game Pass has some elements that give it a clear advantage. Sony’s service may offer a slightly bigger selection of game, but it comes at a higher price tag of $19.99 per month.

 

Unlike PlayStation Now, Xbox Game Pass will let players download full games to their consoles, thus eliminating any worries about Internet speeds and connectivity issues affecting the gaming experience. Even though the service hasn’t been made available to the public yet, a select few gamers have the chance to try it out right away. They’re members of Xbox Insider, a program letting gamers try out new titles or gaming services before their official launch dates. The pre-release version isn’t guaranteed to be fully functional and only features a limited number of titles. Comments from those who tried it have been quite positive so far, with many showing optimism that Xbox Game Pass will offer an interesting selection of games when launched.

 

NBA 2K Continues Excellent Reputation

For the past decade, the most popular professional basketball video game series has been the NBA 2K platform. This basketball game, which is developed every year by EA sports, has always been uploaded or it’s gameplay and realism. According to a recent article (http://www.telegram.com/entertainmentlife/20161004/video-game-review-nba-2k17-continues-to-innovate-but-story-mode-leaves-us-wanting), the most recent version of the game continues the positive reputation.

 

One of the most innovative advancements to this years game is the enhancement of the MyCareer mode. While the game in the past has had a career mode available to play, it never had much of a story. The NBA 2K17 changes that by throwing the player of the game into the shoes of a budding star. In this mode of the game you will go through the whole development of a player from high school star to NBA player. You will watch as your player chooses a college, develops during his college career, plays in the Olympics, and ultimately gets drafted into the NBA. Along the way you will watch as a player deals with typical challenges such as injuries, poor classroom great, and tougher competition.

 

While the story mode of the game provides an interesting and entertaining option, those that wish to simply play a typical basketball game will still enjoy it. NBA 2K17 provides a user with excellent gameplay with plenty of strategy options, very clear graphics, and an incredible live action feel to the game. Players who wish to play a game can choose from either playing an individual exhibition game, a tournament, a full season, or even an extended franchise mode. In the franchise mode, you will get to control all aspects of your team including free agency and trades.

 

A game also has a competitive online platform for both of the major video game systems. On any given day millions of people to and in the play in a competitive online match up. You will be placed with someone in the world that has a similar record and skill set to ensure the game is as competitive as possible. You can play either and individual game or enter a more competitive tournament or league.