I don't want to freak you out, but the year is almost over. Literally, we have less than 2 months left of 2015. That means the gift giving season, along with working out your New Years resolutions, are almost upon us.
Luckily, there are things like the EB Games Expo that will make both of those tasks easier. Or harder, depending on whether you make the resolution to play less, or more videogames.
Project Zero: The Maiden of Blackwater
This game, at least in the beginning, is.... a.... little..... slow.... It's so slow. Even when the character is running running it is slow. Usually I don't mind games that move slowly, but at something like EB Games Expo where you don't want to hog too much time on a game because someone else might want to play, it became a little troublesome.
That aside, the game itself is pretty good and wonderfully scary.
I like how it incorporates the Wii U. As you may have guessed, the game involves a camera that allows you to see the dead (kind of like the Yo-Kai watch, but a billionty times more terrifying). To move the camera around, you have to move the Wii U.
For console and PC gamers who aren't used to a Wii U, it is a strange device to use. Your hands are further apart than usual and it's fairly heavy. Still, if you're looking for a little more horror in your life, this is definitely the game for you.
It's out on October 22, just in time for Halloween!
Fall Out 4
If I had to give a prize for 'best presentation of game' Fall Out 4 would definitely be up there when it comes to the EB Games Expo.
Basically, they build a vault (vaults are important to Fall Out). You go into the vault, they tell you more about the game. I was a little disappointed that we didn't get to play the game. I was also disappointed they didn't shut the doors and then release rad roaches, in a bid to make us compete for the honour of playing some of the new game.....I'm probably alone in beng disappointed about that.
Still, for fans of the Fall Out 4 franchise and for newcommers who just enjoy the idea of walking through a post apocalyptic wasteland, this is still a game they need in their collection.
It's out on November 10! Early Christmas present! WOOHOO!
For fans of Mario Cart the new Skylanders game is what you need in your life (along with more Mario Cart, obviously). There's not a lot to say about driving games. It's a driving game....Sometimes dragons appear.
It's also out now, so that's practically the Universe telling you to buy yourself an early Christmas present.
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
Do you enjoy Naruto? Do you enjoy fighting games?
Then you will enjoy Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4.
I wasn't a huge fan, but then I didn't know how to play the game and the demo didn't really seem to explain it. Still, graphically it's pleasant to look at and the characters do move a good speed. Often with games like this I find myself caught in someone's attack, unable to get out of the way. That was rarely the case with this game, which was nice.
Check out some of the gameplay footage (obviously not me playing because none of the players are spamming roundhouse kick on the off chance it will harm their opponent).
It's out in February next year, which makes it the perfect “I'm doing really well with my New Years resolution to not play too many videogames, so I'll buy myself a treat that will ruin that resolution” present for yourself.
Dark Souls 3
Or as my new friend Lee (who I met while standing in line to play the game) put it “Bloodborne 2”.
It was a joke, but not that far from the truth. If Bloodborne and Dark Souls 2 had a baby, it would be terrifying to behold. It would also be called "Dark Souls 3"
If you've played Dark Souls 2 or Bloodborne before, things will feel pretty familiar. It's almost comforting that the game hasn't changed too much. Though, that will be the only thing that is comforting about the game because it's part of the Souls franchise. It is designed to give you nightmares.
For those who haven't played any Souls games, you should be aware that it does not work the way games usually work. There is no 'save'. When your character dies, they lose their XP. Notice I don't say “if” because there is no “if you die” in a Souls games. You will die, endlessly. If you're a terrible player (ahem, like me) you'll do it while mashing the roll button and cursing the fact you accidentally consumed your health potion when you had full health, when you were actually trying to toggle between throwing knives and fire bombs.
If you're a good player, you're still going to struggle.
Why would you play it then?
Because Dark Souls 3 is JUST as visually stunning as Bloodborne.
It shouldn't be surprising, Hidetaka Miyzaki is the director of Dark Souls 3 and....Well, he's to videogames what Hayo Miyazaki is to animation. Maybe there's something in the name....
It's out in March next year.
You know how there's Pokemon? Yo-kai Watch is as if all the Pokemon are dead and annoying people.
Despite my morbid way of describing it, it's an incredibly cute game (and cute anime too).
Some have said that this is “the Pokemon killer”, that it's the franchise that will definitely topple Pokemon from it's prized place. But I don't see that happening. It'd be like if someone said Witcher 3 was the Skyrim killer. You can have both.
My favourite part of the Yokai Watch game, apart from the awesome accessories, is the battle scenes.
In the demo, you face off with three of your Yokai against three other Yokai. But it's not as simple as choosing an action and letting your Yokai take control. The Yokai Watch game incorporates the touch screen of the DS into the fight. So sometimes you're popping bubbles on the screen, other times you're trying to trace a symbol, or spinning a whirl pool to power up your ghost friends.
Also, there's this character.
It's a cat. That makes cat-themed puns.
All other arguments against Yo-kai Watch are invalid!
It's also due out on the 5th of December. Just in time for Christmas..... I'm just saying!