So Sonic Forces is confirmed to have three gameplay styles, with two being known. Modern Sonic retaining the core gameplay we’ve seen since Unleashed and Generations while the Blue Blur’s Classic counter part is returning for some retro-action fun. A new style is also going to be present but we know nothing about that currently. We got a taste of Classic Sonic in Forces via recent Nintendo Direct. Today, SEGA of Europe released (what I assume based on the resolution and frame rate) direct-feed footage of the PS4/Xbox One/PC version of Forces with Classic Sonic running through Green Hill Zone.

The footage looks good visually and it mirrors the classic-look perfectly…but from this early footage I feel a bit worried. Level design doesn’t look that impressive and the placement of level objects (springs and speed boosters) doesn’t reflect on the level designs we saw in the Classic Stages in Generations. It still looks fun and little things seem to be improved; Sonic builds up speed when he rolls (unlike in Generations) and the less-busy presentation allows you to be more focused on the level itself.

Hopefully other Classic levels offer the vast paths and set-pieces we saw in the Classic Levels in Generations but we have to see what happens as we get closer to release. Stay tuned for further information.


Snake Pass has an incredibly interesting story behind it, and Alex was able to nab an interview with the man himself Seb Liese to talk about where the idea came from.


While Nathan Drake had is (seemingly) last adventure on the PlayStation 4, Ellie going on a dark adventure in Last of Us Part II in the future and the naughty Bandicoot having an N. Sane run this June…Naughty Dog’s legacy is front and center in the PlayStation 4 library. But one duo is missing…and while this isn’t a brand new adventure, games can play the iconic travels of JaK & Daxter on PlayStation 4.

Through using the PS2 on PS4 program, the four PS2 titles (Jak 1-3 & Jak X: Combat Racing) will be playable on PS4 through upscaled visuals and trophy support. This is strange though, considering Jak 1-3 already got proper remastered ports on PlayStation 3 a few years back (and a butchered port on PS Vita afterward), so the move of making the ISO’s of games playable on the PS4’s PlayStation 2 emulator strikes me as…lazy to be honest. They could have ported the series on to PS4 natively like how Uncharted and Last of Us got in the past.

Either way, it’s great the PS2 on PS4 program is still getting used for something and if you pre-order the upcoming DLC expansion for Uncharted 4, you can get Jak 1 as a free bonus.


Naruto is a major series, with it spanning many game releases. One sector of these games includes the Ninja Storm titles, which have impressed many through detailed visuals and fun combat. The games were locked to PlayStation 3 (Storm 1), Xbox 360 (Storm 2-3) and PC (Storm 2-3). Now, you can play all three games in one spot through a ‘Legacy’ collection on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC in the near future. This even includes the most recent release and it’s major DLC expansion as well.

Press Release from Bandai-Namco Games

Leading interactive entertainment developer and publisher BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe today announces NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM LEGACY, which includes four titles from the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN series, spanning the entire NARUTO and SHIPPUDEN storylines.

With 16 million NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja® STORM games sold worldwide, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM LEGACY collects all four games: NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 1, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 2, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 3 Full Burst and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 4 ROAD TO BORUTO into one epic remastered compilation. The set will also include an exclusive metal case, NARUTO art book, and bonus anime disc, making this the perfect addition for any fan of the NARUTO series. The collection will be available for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and PC via STEAM this Autumn 2017.

Along with this exciting announcement, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe also unveils the upcoming release of NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM TRILOGY containing the critically acclaimed NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 1, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 2, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 3 Full Burst. Revive the Storm with this exclusive collection of NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM titles ported digitally on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and PC via STEAM for this Autumn 2017. NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 1, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 2, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 3 Full Burst will also be purchasable individually in their digital version for PlayStation®4, Xbox One and PC.

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM LEGACY will come this Autumn 2017 to PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and PC via STEAM®. NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM TRILOGY will come digitally this Autumn 2017 to PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and PC via STEAM.

 


When you play Lego City Undercover on the Nintendo Switch, you have a few options. You could either play it off the cart, or install it on the system’s internal memory. Does it help with loading? The above video indicates installing the game makes load times far shorter, which is helpful honestly. Having a game load fast for an open world adventure is great, more so if you play on the go.


Sonic Forces is going to launch later this year across Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC. Considering this, the game had a major spot in the most recent Nintendo Direct with new information and footage. Classic Sonic gameplay got shown off for the first time and we learned about a third possible character joining the hedgehog duo across this new adventure. The Classic Sonic footage is very interesting, as he is back at Green Hill Zone.

Granted this could be a section of a larger level (kind of how the Modern Sonic footage indicates the opening act blends city and Seaside Hill-style designs together), but it’s clearly in the ‘past’. My bet is that similar to Generations, the game opens with you running through Green Hill/Emerald Hill Zone before being sucked into the dark future Sonic & friends are fighting. Level design is a bit worrying though, as it looked automated. Classic Sonic in Generations while feeling different, had the spirit of the Genesis game level design. While it could have been just a small clip, it’s worrying Classic Sonic appears to have very linear level design.

We know nothing about the third character, but it’s nice to get a hint at to what they offer. Either way, it’s great we are finally hearing more about Sonic Forces.



Nintendo just had a major Nintendo Direct, which covered a lot of news for Nintendo 3DS and Switch software.  Ranging from updates for release dates on Splatoon 2 & ARMS to new information about third party software like Sonic Forces, it was a major direct that helped inform gamers that they will have plenty of Switch software to play in the coming months.

Below is a complete recap which Nintendo has provided via press release.

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The Nintendo Switch is doing well for Nintendo, with Zelda and other launch games selling quite well. But with the release of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, many wondered if the platform holder would bundle the game with their latest console. Now, it seems they will do just that.

The first official Switch bundle has been outed by Nintendo’s own official store in Russia.

Consumers will be able to choose between two options: one with gray Joy-Con and another with the neon colors (note that these pages may be inaccessible unless you’re located in Russia or use a proxy). Both come with a physical copy as opposed to a pre-installed version.

Nintendo may be announcing this Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle during its Nintendo Direct tonight. It’s unclear if North America will be receiving the package at this time.

Reported originally by Nintendo Everything, this is the first official Switch console release that will be bundled with a game. With a major Nintendo Direct happening tonight, this could be one of it’s many announcements. We will report more as further information comes out.


Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric was a game many were confused by when it was first announced in early 2014. A Sonic adventure that focused less on the series trademark speed but pushing for combat with exploration elements. Called originally ‘Sonic Synergy’, the title was going to be releasing on the next-generation hardware before being pushed onto the Nintendo Wii U due to the SEGA/Nintendo Exclusivity deal.

But remember that trailer we all saw when the game was first announced and how it ran on high-end PC’s? Well, now we finally have a glimpse at what could have been. Today a trailer got leaked from a prototype build of the game, showing off polished version of the game in action. Combat and usage of the Enerbeam seemed to be far more dynamic, visuals looked like a big step up from the final game and overall it just looks more fun then the game we finally got.

I detailed a lot about the Boom Sub-Series in a lengthy article last year, but it’s a shame the final game of Rise of Lyric left people wanting more. It had potential and it could have been a new take on Sonic that complemented the games Sonic Team created. Sonic has a bright future ahead with projects like Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces though, so the Blue Blur is going to be quite busy in 2017.