5 More of My Most Anticipated Games of 2017

2016 was a great year for us with lots of amazing releases. However, 2017, new year new me right? Here are 5 more of 2017’s tiles that I’m really looking forward to playing, and why. These are different titles that I posted in my previous “Top Games” article, so please give it a read!

1. Legend of Zelda remains (RPG)

There are currently over 40 Nintendo switch games confirmed for release in 2017. However, the Legend of Zelda remains. This game was expected in 2016, but it was pushed back and will now be released in 2017, with the developers already picking March 3 as its launch date. The game will also be released alongside the Nintendo switch, making it available for both the Wii U and the switch platform. This game contains some peculiar game mechanics with a cooking link, sliding down on his shield and many other quirky stuff. This game promises to be the best Zelda game ever.

2. Batallion 1944 (FPS, Multiplayer)

The battlefield 1 came with a lot of thrill, but all focus has shifted to Battalion 1994 on its announcement, because of the back to basics feel of a World War II shooter it gives. From the preview, the game has a beautiful outlook; it will also be multiplayer ONLY and will be available for PS4, XBOX and PC. You can definitely look forward to this title if you’re an FPS buff.

3. Nioh (Action RPG)

Personally, I am a huge fan of samurais, and Nioh promises to be another great one from the team ninja, the RPG game is expected to be available by February and we can’t wait to get our hands on it. From its demo, it is garnered that you will play the role of a western samurai who would attempt to slay all enemies (both humans and supernatural) in a typical ancient Japanese setting. The game is quite dark in nature but full of excitement. I’m definitely looking forward to role-playing a western samurai.

4. Shenmue 3 (Action Adventure)

This game was expected in 2016, but it is now set to be released in 2017. It is a continuation of the Hazuki story of the Shenmue 2, with Lan Di and a new antagonist featuring as well. The game created a record on Kickstarter after it reached an initial target of $2 million under 8 hours.

5. Vampyr (RPG)

Vampyr is yet another great game from Dontnod, it involves a vampire doctor who struggles to fight his vampire condition. He tries to abide to the Hippocratic Oath despite the thirst for blood. The game is a set in 1918 during a flu pandemic in London, and Dontnod has noted that it is possible to complete the entire game without spilling a drop of blood. This game is a master piece that vampire fans can’t wait to start playing.

These are 5 titles that I’m looking forward to playing in Q1 of 2017. I know there are a bunch of other game titles that I’ve missed out here, but that just proves how amazing of a year 2017 will be for gamers worldwide. Looking forward to it!

Why Playstation Vita Lost to Nintendo 3DS?

In the past few months, there had been a growing rumor that the Playstation Vita will soon be discontinued by Sony. There had been many reports of a steady decline of Vita’s hardware and game availability from numerous retail stores in North America. On the other hand, its rival the Nintendo 3DS, still continues to steadily make a good number of sales. So what caused the downfall of the Vita?

Since the early days of the “Console Wars”, Sony has always relied on the superiority of their hardware to promote their products – better graphics, faster processors. While this is still true today on their handheld devices, it is somehow no longer significant to the consumers as reflected in the market figures. The initial reception for the Playstation Vita was quite good with combined sales of more than 500,000 units in North America and Japan! From there however, figures had a general decline in the succeeding years. Here are some of the factors that may have contributed to the downfall of the Vita:

Emergence of Mobile Games

Mobile phones are considered to be one of most essential devices of this generation. Its emergence heralded the demise of many technologies in the past – pagers, FM radios, digital cameras and PDAs, among others. This also poses a threat to handheld consoles now that the market for mobile games rises in popularity not only for casual gamers but to hardcore ones as well. Many consumers would rather purchase a phone with tons of practical uses that one that is designed specifically for games. Titles like Mobile Strike and Clash Royale are the favoured on-the-go games for many gamers.

Game Titles

Let’s face it. When people hear the word Nintendo, a face of Mario instantly pops out of their minds. One of the strongest reasons why Nintendo kept a tight grip on the handheld market was their own set of exclusive titles. The Pokemon video game franchise alone has sold about 279 million games worldwide as of February 2016. This together with Monster Hunter, Super Mario, Super Smash Brothers and The Legend of Zelda, among others ensure that a steady number of fans will support their devices. Sony might also have notable exclusives under their name, but numbers prove that it is not enough to keep them afloat in the market.

Game Production

Apparently, hardware superiority is also one of the downfalls of the Vita. Its advanced specifications made it harder for developers to create games. They find it harder to utilize some of the PS Vita’s features. It also poses a great risk for game developers to produce a high budget title given the uncertainty of Vita’s consumer base. This is possibly one of the reasons why Nintendo chose to produce cheaper consoles and focused their strength more on innovative ideas.

 

Top Gaming Titles You Should Look Out For in 2017

The year 2016 has so far witnessed the release of phenomenal video games. Avid video gamers still cannot get enough of the fresh game titles released this year such as No Man’s sky, Tom Clancy ‘s The Division, Call of Duty infinite Warfare and more. The year is coming to a close soon so I want to take this opportunity to talk about a couple of game titles I think will be big hits in the coming year, 2017. I have lined up some of the most anticipated games for the coming year on PS4, Xbox one, Nintendo and PC gaming platforms. Here are the games that everyone should be the most excited about.

Lords of the Fallen

The first release looked pretty much like the Dark Souls but it didn’t have anything close to it’s level of difficulty. The game was good but not great and we anticipate that the second version due to be relased in 2017 should fix all the pitfalls that rocked the first. Lords of the Fallen is developed by CI games and they intend to gain more popularity through this new franchise, we are not exactly sure how they will pull this off but it makes the wait for the release of the game somewhat mouthwatering.

Injustice 2

News of a 2017 version of injustice 2 just keep making the rounds and from all indications, we are set to witness in the coming year the continuation of this exciting video game. It is expected to be on PS4, and Xbox One platforms with new features such as the ability of players to fine-tune their characters by unlocking new armour which will give the game an RPG feel. WB games says it will have the highest roster of DC fighting games and we cannot wait to see what all these promises will eventually turnout to be.

Overwatch

This game was launched in 2016, but from the looks of things, it isn’t slowing time any time soon. With the recent Overwatch League that Blizzard launched, exciting new Christmas event coming up this month, the new Overwatch rank system and Season 3 of competitive kicking off. Many Overwatch players are so excited that they’ve started purchasing Overwatch boosting services that apparently help them to obtain certain competitive ranks and rewards in the game. The Season resets every 3 months but players of Overwatch are definitely kicking it up over the new year, and into the new year.

For Honor

If you love Viking stories like most people do, then For Honor should be a game to forward to in the coming year. Slated for release on February 14 2017, the game involves players taking up one of 3 roles; a Viking, Knight or Samuari. Of course, you should expect each role to come with unique abilities to help you during gameplay. Unfortunately, the proposed analog system of control will require a higher level of accuracy for you to be successful in the game.

Crash Bandicoot

Arguably one of the most popular E3 games, Crash Bandicoot is expected to make a dramatic return to the PS4 scene very soon. This was confirmed by E3’s announcement this year, and most lovers of crash cannot wait to have him on PS4. The new version of the game is expected to be a remastered version of the crash 1, 2, and 3, although we are not certain whether all game modes will be packed together.

Horizon Zero Dawn

This yet another Playstation exclusive Guerrila game and we are somewhat excited about the prospects of the game. A fantastic mixture of fiction and robotics, where you will play as Bow-yeilding female hero who is focused on defeating robotic creatures. Horizon zero down promises to be a fascinating video game which is scheduled to be released on PS4 platforms by 3 March 2017.

 

With the following lineup, I’m definitely getting hyped for 2017, I’m not sure about you but as you can tell, I’m looking forward to playing the RE-MASTERED Crash Bandicoot. Just reminicsing about the themesong now really brings back so much nostalgia.

 

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

When Blizzard decided to launch the paper-based version of World of Warcraft it was not a surprise to most gamers. This game befell its predecessors including Pokemon, Magic: The Gathering, and YuGiOh. Fans were left dejected when Blizzard opted to remove the game from the market but little did anyone know that the developers were going to pull yet another surprise that will leave people talking. The new game was none other than Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. If you have never played this game then you have a long way to go in the gaming community. The game has been around since the year 2013 in which it was first launched.

Over the years, Hearthstone has received positive reviews from gaming enthusiasts and critics alike. This is yet another reason as to why you should seriously consider trying out this game after reading this review if you have never played the game before. Despite the bad press and skepticism that it has attracted, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft remains one of the most addictive and popular online TCGs of the millennium. Hate it or love it, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is simply one of a kind.

Hearthstone can be defined as a digital collectible card game that allows players to collect and craft their cards along with their decks, and take part in 1 on 1 combat against other deck builders in a couple of different game modes. Essentially, you build a board with monsters or minions and try to take your opponent’s health down to 0 in order to win. Each hero starts with 30 health and by using monsters, minions or spells you deal damage to your opponent in order to defeat them and claim victory.

Some game modes include Constructed Play, Arena and Brawl. In constructed, you are expected to play with a default or, as it’s name suggests, a constructed deck. In arena, you are required to draft cards to form a deck and play against other arena duelists. In brawl, Blizzard makes a fine case for a “for fun” game mode with their weekly challenges and wonky game rules that many players would argue to be the most creative game mode we’ve seen in years.

Fans of the Warcraft series will not be disappointed to find that cards like Leeroy Jenkins or Deathwing are included in the Hearthstone franchise. Most of these rare cards are classed as Legendary and can be extremely hard to obtain or cost a bunch of dust to craft.
This game is meant for both beginners and experienced players. Regardless of your level of experience as far as collectible games are concerned, Hearthstone has simple modes that will make it easy to play the game right from the start. At the introductory level, you will learn about the basics of the game as you take a walk through different kinds of duels and PVE while unlocking cards that you will find along the way. One of the interesting things about this game is that players have the privilege to select classes when constructing decks.

In conclusion, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is among the most entertaining games that anyone can play. The game is easy to play, competitive, and most of all, ADDICTING. iWaggle definitely recommends any gamer to give this Blizzard franchise a shot. Finally, as it so happens, Hearthstone Academy also provides Hearthstone Boosting services, which you can use if you are having trouble with the PVE quarters and climbing the ranked ladder.

My Take on League of Legends

League of Legends: a game that, for me, was as visually entertaining as it was user friendly. My usual preference in gaming-practices tends to lie with your classic first-person-shooters (Halo has always been an undeniable favorite of mine) along with the classic, lose-yourself-for-days-on-end RPG’s- classics like Final Fantasy Seven (come on people, Cloud’s iconic sword was beyond epic). Also, as this is the flagship game of one of my blog’s sponsors, LoL Academy, I am kind of obligated to do this review. I can assure you that I will not be biased in my review of the game.

Ultimately, I would give this game a positive review. League of Legends itself is free-to-play, with an incredible draw being held in the fact that the game features an addicting, fast-paced online multiplayer aspect; combining even more competition within an already competitive virtual setting. Throughout, I was engaged in the constant onslaught of minions who were easily dismantled as I continued on my quest for glory.

Within the game, several components kept me constantly on the go, seeking upgrades (armor, clothing, weaponry, etc) which can be strategically equipped to increase resistance against attacks, inflict greater amounts of damage on foes, enable new magical abilities such as regeneration. Free-to-play, or “freemium” models have been become increasingly popular amongst the gaming community, especially those companies choosing to focus on mobile platforms. This model can be successful at best and infuriating at worst. I’ve played games that claimed to be “free” but were constructed in a way that made timely progress virtually impossible within forking over credit card information. League of Legends prevails, allowing those who wish to spend actual dollars within the game the ability to do so while enabling those who do not to work their way through the game without penalties like time delays.

The game features several strengths, helping it to stand out amongst the sea of gaming options. As an avid gamer, I marveled at the visual effects present constantly within the games numerous battles. I found my self constantly engaging in battles, even battles that would be described as suicide missions, such was the extend of my enjoyment visually. When engaging minions, vibrant colors would explode amongst the melee, issuing “oooo” and “ahhhh” from this happy game player. The visual effects alone kept me involved, constantly wondering what was waiting to reveal itself behind the next bend.

My next personal favorite within the game: the sounds! League of Legends demonstrates a wonderful mixture of auditory stimuli, further immersing the player within every encounter with an enemy: every swing of the sword issues a metallic, crisp sound, minions issue barbaric yelped upon engagement, explosion are fantastically complex in their depth of tone- this is not a game that features outdate sound effects. Relating to sound, the background musical track is phenomenal (picture something of the Lord of The Rings variety). Within League of Legends, the background music is perfectly overlaid with the chaotic mixture of battlefield sounds- the music is not overpowering and compliments each scene magnificently, adding even more excitement to each action-packed situation.

I would highly recommend League of Legends to anyone looking for a cooperative, immersive experience filled with rich characters, captivating settings, intellectually challenging options, and rewarding achievements. Whether in the company of a team or solo, you won’t lose your interest as a heroic summoner of the Fields of Justice!

Call of Duty vs. Battlefield, A New Frontier in War Games

As we close out the month of November, many people have now had the opportunity to play or at least watch the newest installments of the Call of Duty and Battlefield series. These are going to be two of the biggest games of the year, no matter what. People are going to debate over which is the best for the next 6 months, until we hear about the next installments and have something new to talk about, however, I believe the people are starting to lean to one side over the other.

Call of Duty has been taking a direction that pushes gamers farther and farther from the real world style of war, into heavy use of robotics and most recently space. On the other hand, Battlefield has gone the complete opposite direction, and taken players back to the origins of war, with a game based on World War 1. The name Call of Duty is sure to attract millions of players every year no matter what, or at least that is the way it has been for the last 10 years. Activision has created an empire and for a long time, they were earning every game that they sold. However, CoD games have been almost identical going back to Black Ops 2. Granted, BO2 was one of the best Call of Duty games ever released, but since then, we’ve had the same game with minor changes over and over. The push forward into space, for myself and many others, was just the last straw. The re-master of Modern Warfare was certainly a step in the right direction, but making that game only available with Infinite Warfare only pushed us away even more.

What players wanted most this year, as far as I am concerned, is exactly what the new Battlefield title gave us: an old school shooter with normal, real world weapons and tools, but with the most modern visuals and gameplay that current generation consoles can give us. This game looks incredible, and from what I have seen and heard, it really offers up a great interpretation of what the Great War was actually like. Honestly, that is the best part of these games, experiencing and relating to the game and the situation without actually, ya know, going to war. Battlefield 1 takes us back to the days when a war game was relatable and you could really dive into the game. I hate to say it, but all Call of Duty did this year was put forward a knock off version of Halo. Sorry CoD, you’re about 15 years late on that one.

I am absolutely positive that there are millions of people out there who feel differently than me, and I hope you truly enjoy the newest Call of Duty game. However, I bought BO3 and CoD Ghosts and don’t feel like spending $60 on that same game with a different title again. Battlefield designers really listened to the people this year, and put together a masterpiece of a game, and I am guessing that they will be rewarded going forward. On the other hand, watch out Activision. You might not be quite so invincible after all.