All posts by James Wynne

Video games media, freelance writer. I will, can, and do write for money.

E3 2017: Ubisoft (Officially) reveals Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

The worst kept secret of E3 was the opening act for Ubisoft’s E3 2017 conference: Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. Even the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto showed up, wielding Mario’s blaster from the game. To the shock of many, it actually looked really good in action, both visually and mechanically. Continue reading E3 2017: Ubisoft (Officially) reveals Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Arc System Works is bringing Dragon Ball Fighter Z in 2018

Arc System Works is best known for Guilty Gear and their new game engine that brings anime style to life in 3D, in a way that puts traditional cel shaded games to shame. At times it’s really hard to believe their characters are actually 3D models, and not 2D animations. Now, Arc System Works is working on the IP that has needed this stylistic touch for over three decades: Dragon Ball Z. Continue reading Arc System Works is bringing Dragon Ball Fighter Z in 2018

Kingdom Hearts III skips E3 2017, gets a new trailer

After previously ripping Square Enix for their production woes, which have resulted in roughly one minute of new gameplay footage per year of Kingdom Hearts III development, we’ve now been given a new trailer and a promise of more to come…next month.
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Game Informer leaks Assassin’s Creed Origins before it’s announced

Ubisoft isn’t going to have anything left to announce by the time E3 2017 arrives. Rumors have long been swirling about an Assassin’s Creed set in Egypt, and Game Informer has now confirmed the game, placing it on their next cover. The game will be set during the rise and reign of Cleopatra, and offers a departure from the Assassin’s Creed norm. Continue reading Game Informer leaks Assassin’s Creed Origins before it’s announced

A new Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age story trailer dropped today

Final Fantasy XII is the second most underappreciated game in the series. Players in the past didn’t understand the excellent Gambit system, combat was no longer turn based, and the developmental woes resulted in the latter portion of the story rushing to an abrupt conclusion. While the end is a weak point, the rest of the story stands tall as a solid tale of political intrigue and divine powers. Continue reading A new Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age story trailer dropped today

Sonic Mania trailer shows off remixed Chemical Plant Zone

Sonic Mania is the upcoming 2D Sonic game that everyone loves to love. It’s being made for fans by fans, and is a mixture of remixed classic stages and brand new zones. For those of you too young to remember Sonic 2’s greatness, Chemical Plant Zone is of the former. Continue reading Sonic Mania trailer shows off remixed Chemical Plant Zone

Metroid Prime is the proper evolution of Metroid

Ever since the release of Metroid Prime, fans have been debating 2D vs 3D Metroid, and the conversation inevitably reemerges with each new rumor of Samus Aran’s next adventure.  It’s really a silly debate: The 3D Metroid Prime formula is the natural progression of the 2D Metroidvania, and is objectively superior to it. This does not mean that a 3D Metroid game is superior to a 2D Metroid by exclusive virtue of the fact it’s in 3D, it simply means that 3D Metroid has a higher ceiling. Continue reading Metroid Prime is the proper evolution of Metroid

Pokken Tournament DX deserved a better reveal

In the Pokemon Direct yesterday, Nintendo revealed a great game, Pokken Tournament DX, in the worst possible way. It wasn’t quite as bad as when Square Enix trolled all who attended the PlayStation Experience in 2014 with a PS4 port of FFVII, but I’d argue that it was worse than the Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze fiasco: Donkey Kong was a far more popular game than Metroid (the game fans were hoping Retro was working on), but Pokken Tournament DX is a new spin-off that has nothing on the mainline Pokemon games. It certainly didn’t help that the Direct opened by amplifying fan expectations, saying they would announce the first Pokemon game for Nintendo Switch. Continue reading Pokken Tournament DX deserved a better reveal

ARMS Global Testpunch returns, now with Twintelle

Today the ARMS Global Testpunch makes its triumphant return. Last week saw the game receive tons of praise from those that got their hands on it, myself included. After the first Testpunch, ARMS shot to the top of the Amazon video game software sales charts, and it should do even better after this round: Twintelle has been added to the roster due to fan demand. Continue reading ARMS Global Testpunch returns, now with Twintelle