Train2Game News New Zelda at event in US

the-legend-of-zelda-wii-u.jpgFrom June 14 through June 19, 500 Nintendo fans will be among the first people in the world to play The Legend of Zelda for the Wii U console at the Nintendo NY store.

The 500 fans will be selected during a Super-Fan Signup Day, which will be held on Saturday, June 11. Only the first 500 eligible people in line when Nintendo NY opens at 9 a.m. ET will receive a wristband that they can exchange for a ticket, which guarantees them a spot to play the game during selected times June 14-19. (Fans can start lining up at 7 a.m. ET on June 11. Photo ID is required, and minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.)

The six-day free event will begin at noon ET on June 14, when fans will be invited to watch gameplay of The Legend of Zelda live-streamed from Nintendo’s booth at this year’s E3 video game trade show in Los Angeles to the 15-foot gaming screen inside Nintendo NY. This will be the world’s first in-depth look at the game. Then at 3 p.m. ET, the first of 500 fans will begin sampling the game for the first time.

From June 15 to June 19, Nintendo experts will also be giving guided game-play demonstrations on the big screen for everyone to watch and enjoy. Several fans may even get the chance to participate in guided demonstrations. There will also be The Legend of Zelda trivia for a chance for fans to win fun prizes.

The Legend of Zelda for Wii U is scheduled for release in 2017.

Train2Game News Nintendo Direct

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Nintendo debuted a new Nintendo Direct presentation today, revealing details about several new and upcoming  Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games.

Some of the exciting news included the reveal that iconic video game character Cloud from  FINAL FANTASY VII will be added as a playable DLC fighter in  Super Smash Bros. for Wii U  and   Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. Other notable announcements included the reveal of an HD remake of  The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess for the Wii U console, a new Wii U bundle featuring  Splatoon and  Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and news that the Pokémon games that started it all –  Pokémon Red Version,  Pokémon Blue Version and Pokémon Yellow Version – will launch with new wireless communication functionality in the Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo 3DS system on Feb. 27. To view the Nintendo Direct video in its entirety, visit http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct .

“There’s never been a better time to join in on the fun with Nintendo,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “From new experiences like  Xenoblade Chronicles X that you can enjoy this year to re-imagined favorites like  The Legend of Zelda and  Pokémon  coming in 2016, we have you covered with games you’re sure to love.”

Some of the highlights revealed in the video include:

Wii U and Nintendo 3DS

    A New Challenger Approaches!: Cloud Strife, the legendary protagonist from the classic RPG game  FINAL FANTASY VII, will enter the battlefield as a playable fighter in  Super Smash Bros.  for Wii U and  Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS  in the future. A special video presentation will be released in December, which will share more updates about the hit fighting games. More information is available at  http://www.smashbros.com/us/dlc/ .

Wii U

    The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD: Originally released for Wii and Nintendo GameCube systems in 2006,  The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is a visually remastered remake of one of the most critically acclaimed games in  The Legend of Zelda series. The new game launches on March 4 in a bundle with a detailed new  amiibo figure modeled after the Wolf Link and Midna characters in the game. The game will also be compatible with five other  The Legend of Zelda amiibo from the  Super Smash Bros. series. The game’s iconic soundtrack will be offered as a bonus for fans who pre-order the game from select retailers.

    The Legend of Zelda for Wii U (name not final): Next year marks the 30thanniversary of  The Legend of Zelda series. And with that comes  The Legend of Zelda for Wii U, the next entry in the storied franchise. During the Nintendo Direct presentation, it was revealed that certain saved data from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD on the Wolf Link amiibo can be carried over to this new game.

    New Wii U Bundle: A new Wii U Deluxe Set that includes the Wii U console and pre-installed versions of hit games  Splatoon and  Super Smash Bros. for Wii U launches this holiday season.

    Pokkén Tournament: A collaboration between The Pokémon Company and BANDAI Namco Entertainment Inc.,  Pokkén Tournament is a new fighting game for Wii U that lets players use their favorite Pokémon characters to battle it out in fighting arenas. Fans who purchase a first-run version of the game at retail stores will receive a limited-edition Shadow Mewtwo amiibo card that immediately unlocks the character in the game after tapping it to the GamePad.  Pokkén Tournament launches exclusively for Wii U in spring 2016 at a suggested retail price of $59.99.

    Star Fox Zero:  Star Fox Zero delivers a new beginning for the classic shooter series. With a unique control scheme that uses both the TV screen and the screen on the GamePad, players pilot multiple vehicles through intergalactic levels with Fox and his classic crew. The game launches exclusively for Wii U on April 22.

    An Ink-redible  Splatoon Update: Today at 5 p.m. PT, a free new update for Splatoon adds more than 40 pieces of new gear, including more winter items and some slick bandanas. And on Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. PT,  another free new update adds a new stage called Museum d’Alfonsino. Further stages and features will be added in future updates through January. A Nintendo Treehouse  Splatoon Tournament will happen in December, featuring competitive game play as well as tips for players about setting up their own tournaments. The tournament will be live streamed at http://www.youtube.com/nintendohttp://www.twitch.tv/nintendo  and http://live.nintendo.com.

    Super Mario Maker Powers Up Once Again: In December, a new Web portal will offer a more robust search function to find and filter levels in  Super Mario Maker across a variety of Web-enabled devices!

    Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival: By tapping any of the  Animal Crossing amiibo figures, players can play as that character in the game’s main mode, a dynamic board game. Players can also tap in their  Animal Crossing amiibo cards to play other modes like an  Animal Crossing quiz. The Wii U game that includes the Isabelle and Digby amiibo figures and three amiibo cards launches on Nov. 13 at a suggested retail price of $59.99, the same day as the standalone  Animal Crossing amiibo figures.

    Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash: On Nov. 20,  Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash launches exclusively for Wii U at a suggested price of $49.99. The game includes a fun New Super Mario Bros. power-up, the Mega Mushroom, which is featured in the over-the-top “Mega Battle Mode.” Players can also select “Classic Mode” to enjoy a more traditional game of tennis. Players can compete online or together via local play, and the game is compatible with amiibo in select modes, including online matches.

    Xenoblade Chronicles X: Massive RPG  Xenoblade Chronicles X launches exclusively for Wii U on Dec. 4 at a suggested retail price of $59.99. For people who purchase the physical version of the game, four free high-speed data loading packs are available to download from the Nintendo eShop starting today. The data packs greatly increase the speed of loading times in the game, but are not required to play.

Nintendo 3DS

    Where it all Began: The original Pokémon games –  Pokémon Red Version, Pokémon Blue Version and  Pokémon Yellow Version – are coming to the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS on Feb. 27, the same day that the original games first released in Japan in 1996. And there’s no need to pull out those old Game Boy Game Link cables while playing. Using the wireless communication on Nintendo 3DS, players can trade Pokémon with other players.

    Hyrule Warriors: Legends: Take the epic  Hyrule Warriors experience on the go!  Hyrule Warriors: Legends offers players the entire  Hyrule Warriors game on Nintendo 3DS … but with even more content! This time, Tetra, Toon Link and the King of Hyrule from  The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker join the Skull Kid from  The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask on the battlefield. In addition, new character Linkle, a girl who lives in a small village filled with Cuccos and wields two crossbows, joins the large cast of playable characters. Players will be able to command multiple characters, taking direct control of them at any time, leading to new strategic options on the battlefield.  Hyrule Warriors: Legends launches for Nintendo 3DS on March 25 at a suggested retail price of $39.99.

    Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam: The hilarious  Mario & Luigi series meets the charming  Paper Mario series in the  Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam  game, launching exclusively for Nintendo 3DS on Jan. 22 at a suggested retail price of $39.99. Using compatible amiibo, players can create a corresponding character card in the game, which has powerful effects during battle.

    Fire Emblem Fates: There are multiple adventures waiting to be experienced in  Fire Emblem Fates for Nintendo 3DS. By purchasing one of the two main games at a suggested retail price of $39.99 –  Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright or  Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest – either at retail locations or in the Nintendo eShop starting Feb. 19, players choose to embark on a unique quest with a different story and different experiences. The decision that the player makes early in the game will dictate the game’s story and difficulty. After purchasing one game, the downloadable version of the other is only $19.99 via an in-game purchase. There will even be a third downloadable version in the near future,  Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation, for players who own either  Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright or  Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest and want to take on a new challenge and experience an alternative version of the game. For fans of the series, a special edition will be available that includes all three games, an artbook and a Nintendo 3DS XL pouch at a suggested retail price of $79.99.

    The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes DLC: New free DLC is coming on Dec. 2, adding Linebeck’s Uniform and Fierce Deity Armor outfits, each with unique powers, as well as the new Den of Trials with more than 30 stages to conquer. The upcoming software update also makes it more convenient to get Friendly Tokens by purchasing them from the Street Merchant once the princess’ curse has been lifted. Additionally, two adjustments will ensure a more comfortable online experience: By answering a question before matchmaking, you will be matched with other players who gave similar answers, plus players who leave a game in progress through the Pause menu can be added to the blacklist.

    Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon: Players can  become one of 20 Pokémon in  Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, launching for Nintendo 3DS on Nov. 20 at a suggested retail price of $39.99. With turn-based battles and ever-changing dungeons, players can encounter every single known Pokémon in the game – all 720 of them!

    Nintendo Badge Arcade: Now available in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS,  Nintendo Badge Arcade is a free-to-start game that lets players control a classic arcade-style crane machine to earn badges from popular titles to customize their Nintendo 3DS HOME menus. The game is constantly being updated with new badges, so it’s always great to keep checking back!

    Two  DRAGON QUEST Games are Better Than One: The lineup of RPGs on Nintendo 3DS continues to grow with classic games  DRAGON QUEST VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past and  DRAGON QUEST VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, both remastered for Nintendo 3DS and coming in 2016.

    Pokémon Picross: The popular  Picross series meets the lovable world of Pokémon when free-to-start game  Pokémon Picross launches exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS in early December.

amiibo

    Jan. 22 sees the release of Lucas in the  Super Smash Bros. series, amiibo figures for Resetti, Blathers, Celeste and Kicks in the  Animal Crossing series, and Series 2 of the  Animal Crossing amiibo cards.

Third-Party

    FINAL FANTASY EXPLORERS from Square Enix, Inc. (Nintendo 3DS): In the first  FINAL FANTASY action-RPG on Nintendo 3DS, players journey to an island filled with mystical crystals protected by powerful eidolons. More than 20 jobs can be learned, each with its own set of special skills. When  FINAL FANTASY EXPLORERS  launches exclusively for Nintendo 3DS on Jan. 26, it will include all the DLC that was previously released in Japan. Multiplayer functionality for up to four players is enabled through Nintendo 3DS local wireless communication.

    Mega Man Legacy Collection  from Capcom (Nintendo 3DS): Capcom’s iconic Blue Bomber has been a classic part of Nintendo history since the NES days.  Mega Man Legacy Collection launches for Nintendo 3DS on Feb. 23 and features faithful reproductions of the first six NES  Mega Man games (Mega Man 1-6), plus new ways to experience these classics with Challenge Mode’s remix stages and Museum Mode’s repository of original production art. In addition, the game comes with exclusive new challenges that can be unlocked using the Mega Man amiibo. But that’s not the only amiibo that can unlock these bonus challenges! A new gold-colored Mega Man amiibo figure also launches as part of the  Mega Man Legacy Collection Collector’s Edition.

    Hive Jump from Graphite Lab (Wii U): Players shoot their way through dangerous alien infestations in  Hive Jump, a frenetic run ’n’ gun platformer for one to four players.  Hive Jump launches in the Nintendo eShop with exclusive Wii U features in early 2016.

    Kerbal Space Program from Squad (Wii U): By using the Wii U GamePad, players can take part in the complete space agency experience, from building a spaceship part by part, to mission control by flying their creation and conquering the planets and moons of the solar system.  Kerbal Space Program launches in Nintendo eShop for Wii U in early 2016.

    SteamWorld Heist from Image & Form (Nintendo 3DS): For a limited time, players who purchase side-scrolling, turn-based strategy shooter SteamWorld Heist in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS when it launches this holiday season will receive an exclusive Nintendo 3DS HOME Menu theme.

    FAST Racing Neo from Shin’en (Wii U): It’s almost here!  FAST Racing Neo, the high-octane racing game with up to eight-player online multiplayer, launches exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U in early December.

    Typoman  from Headup Games and Brainseed Factory (Wii U): Typoman is a puzzling platformer that tells a dark tale of heroes and monsters, where words can either be a blessing … or a curse! Using the GamePad in a unique way, players set out on an adventure to explore the incredible power of words and how they can be used to survive the environmental hazards and overcome vicious enemies. The game launches exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U on Nov. 19.

    Mighty No. 9  from Deep Silver (Wii U / Nintendo 3DS): From Keiji Inafune, the creator of the  Mega Man series, comes  Mighty No. 9. This action side-scroller can be played solo or with two players in online co-op and competitive modes. The Wii U version of the game launches on Feb. 9, with a Nintendo 3DS version following shortly thereafter.

    LEGO Marvel’s Avengers from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (Wii U / Nintendo 3DS): With an extensive roster of new characters to play, LEGO Marvel’s Avengers features storylines and locations from six different films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as classic Avengers content seen in Marvel Comics, all retold with a unique splash of LEGO humor. The game launches for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS on Jan. 26.

    Project X Zone 2  from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America, Inc.  (Nintendo 3DS): Everyone’s favorite Capcom, SEGA and BANDAI NAMCO characters are crossing over once again in  Project X Zone 2. But this time Nintendo is also joining the fun by adding Chrom and Lucina from  Fire Emblem Awakening and Fiora from  Xenoblade Chronicles to the game. Project X Zone 2 launches exclusively for Nintendo 3DS on Feb. 16.

    Terraria from 505 Games (Wii U / Nintendo 3DS): In  Terraria, players explore vast fantasy worlds and wage war on hundreds of enemies and giant bosses using weapons and armor they craft themselves. They can even use the touch-screen interface on the Nintendo 3DS system or the Wii U GamePad to reach directly into the world of Terraria, fashioning elaborate and amazing structures with their fingertips. It’s also possible to share the adventure with friends, with online and split-screen multiplayer for Wii U and local play for Nintendo 3DS. Hundreds of hours of entertainment await in  Terraria, launching in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS in early 2016.

For more information about Nintendo, visit  http://www.nintendo.com/.

Train2Game News: Last chance to enter DFS home gaming competition

DFSToday is the last day for Train2Game students to enter the Home Gaming set up competition from DFS.

The competition is very simple. All you have to do is take a picture of your gaming set up and email it to the address at the bottom of this story.

If your gaming set up is the one that impresses us the most you can win a £50 game voucher from Amazon, enough to let you buy that brand new game you have been wanting!

Whether you are a fan of Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo or PC, it doesn’t matter. All entrants are welcome and encouraged.

A reminder of the Terms and Conditions:

  • This competition is open to all www.Train2Game.com readers in the UK
  • Prizes cannot be swapped for a cash alternative
  • Multiple entries will be disqualified – please include your contact details (shipping address, contact telephone number and full names) in the email
  • Emails must be received by 30 July to qualify
  • By entering this competition, competitors will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by the rules, and all entry instructions given are deemed to form part of the rules of the competition
  • Train2Game’s decision over the winning entry is final
  • Your email address will only be stored for the purpose of this competition and will not be passed on to any third parties
  • The winner will be informed by email

You can view a few of the entrants we have already had in the gallery below:

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Remember this is the final day you can enter this competition so don’t miss out, email a picture of your gaming set up to maria@train2game.com for your chance to win.

Train2Game News: Home Gaming Competition

Gaming SetupAttention all gamers! Do you think you’ve got the ultimate video gaming set up? Do you treasure your home entertainment centre above all else? Is your lounge set up for gaming complete with your favourite comfy DFS sofas?

Well, here’s your chance to prove it! Send us a photo of your best home setup and if you’re chosen, you’ll win an Amazon voucher worth £50!

It really doesn’t matter whether you favour an Xbox over a Nintendo Wii, or even if you are a diehard Playstation fan. Show us what makes your lounge setup stand out above all others and we’ll see if we agree!

What We Want to See:

This is your chance to be creative and send us a photo of your best gaming set up. Whether you prefer to unwind in the lounge while playing your Wii, Xbox or Playstation or if you choose to chill in your office with your awesome gaming PC; it doesn’t matter where you are or what you play!

What we’re interested in is what your place looks like, the whole gaming room feng shui if you will, when you immerse yourself in the gaming zone. Send us a photo and you could be a winner! Best of luck!

To submit your entry contact: maria@train2game.com

Terms and Conditions:

  • This competition is open to all www.Train2Game.com readers in the UK
  • Prizes cannot be swapped for a cash alternative
  • Multiple entries will be disqualified – please include your contact details (shipping address, contact telephone number and full names) in the email
  • Emails must be received by 30 July to qualify
  • By entering this competition, competitors will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by the rules, and all entry instructions given are deemed to form part of the rules of the competition
  • Train2Game’s decision over the winning entry is final
  • Your email address will only be stored for the purpose of this competition and will not be passed on to any third parties
  • The winner will be informed by email

Train2Game News: Games Industry News – 01.03.13

It’s the end of the week so it is time for a round up of news from Train2Game!

Ubisoft revealed the name of the next instalment in the Assassin’s Creed saga, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. The evidence is all pointing towards a Pirate theme but whether the Assassin is a Pirate or battling Pirates waits to be seen. Ubisoft are releasing more information on Monday.

Two weeks ago, 11 bit studios offered gamers a chance to buy its secret next game at half price. Today, that secret game was unveiled as 11 bit studios announces Anomaly 2, the sequel to the award-winning strategy game, Anomaly Warzone Earth. Anomaly 2 will deliver a hardcore real-time strategy experience with exceptional tactical variety, intense multiplayer and remarkable visuals. You can view the trailer, here.

2K and Gearbox Software announced today that the Borderlands 2: Add-On Content Pack is now available in stores. The pack is a single packaged product that adds hours of additional gameplay with Borderlands 2’s first two add-on campaigns, Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty and Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage, as well as a fifth playable character, Gaige the Mechromancer. In addition, bundled in the pack is The Creature Slaughter Dome battle arena, unique weapons including the Gearbox Gun Pack and Skyrocket Grenade, some extra heads and skins for your character and a Golden Key to unlock the chest in Sanctuary.

The previously canadian-exclusive console, the Wii Mini, has found its way to UK online retailers. Both Amazon and Game are listing the console at £79.99. The Wii Mini is essentially a stripped Wii in that online functionality and Gamecube games support has been removed. The console only supports disc-based games. It will be released in Europe on March 22.

Finally Microsoft are having a huge games sale at the moment. The sale started on February 26 and will run to March 4. The sale is seeing up to 75% off big games such as the Halo, Resident Evil and Call of Duty titles. The games on sale change daily so make sure you keep an eye on it or you might miss something you want at a low, low price.

Train2Game News: Mid-week round up – 30.01.13

It’s time for another Train2Game mid-week round up!

As the Kickstarter draws to a close for the Gamestick console, images of the android gaming machine have been released. You can visit the Kickstarter site to view the console and add to the cause if it takes your interest. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/872297630/gamestick-the-most-portable-tv-games-console-ever

In previous Bioshock games, the moral decisions have been to choose whether the Little Sisters lived or died. In Bioshock Infinite, the decisions you have to make are more powerful and less commonplace. BioShock Infinite will still present plenty of moral quandaries, but these are not tied to a specific system that in turn determines what ending you’ll get.

Google is to provide UK schools with 15,000 free Raspberry Pi Model B computers. Qualifications awarding body OCR will also create free teaching and learning packs to go with each Raspberry Pi. Responding to the news, games industry veteran Ian Livingstone said: “Putting Raspberry Pis into the hands of children on this scale is potentially the most positive initiative to spur digital creativity since the advent of the BBC Micro in the 1980s.”

Lifetime Xbox 360 sales look certain to overtake those of current-gen leader Nintendo Wii in the UK. Microsoft’s console was less than 200,000 sales behind Wii at the end of December, having sold over four times more units than Wii in 2012. Nintendo UK confirmed before Christmas that around 8 million Wii consoles had been sold in the UK. Despite a reported 33% decline in video game console sales last year, Xbox 360 is said to have outsold its current-gen rivals by a “significant margin” in Britain during 2012. Nintendo DS and PlayStation 2 remain the UK’s first and second best selling games consoles respectively, with Wii and Xbox 360 currently in third and fourth spots.

Temple Run 2 has been released for iOS and now Android. The sequel to the hit game has hit 20,000 downloads on iOS alone. Developed by Imangi Studios, the app rushed to the top of the free App charts on iOS in just eight hours, and also hit number three in the Top Grossing chart. In its first week on sale, Temple Run 2 racked up 210 million sessions and 1,775 years of gameplay.

Train2Game News: 2012 Golden Joystick Awards

The 30th annual Golden Joystick Awards were held on Friday at Westminster Park Plaza

Winners of the 2012 Golden Joystick Awards have been announced, and Skyrim walked away with three: Ultimate Game of the Year, Best Gaming Moment, and Best RPG.

A full list of the nominations and winners can be found below, the winner is written in bold:

Best Action-Adventure

  • Asura’s Wrath
  • Sonic Generations – Sega
  • Prototype 2
  • Saints Row the Third
  • Dead Island
  • Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Darksiders II
  • Sleeping Dogs

Best use of DLC

  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Dawnguard)
  • Asura’s Wrath (Ryu)
  • Hitman: Absolution (Sniper Challenge)
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution (The Missing Link)
  • Rock Band 3 (Gold Star My Heart)
  • The Gunstringer (Wavy Tube Man Chronicles)
  • Gears of War 3 (RAAM’s Shadow)
  • SSX ((Mount Eddie & Classic Characters))
  • FIFA 12 (Euro 2012)
  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (Enhanced Edition)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Creation Kit)
  • Portal 2 (Perpetual Testing Initiative)
  • Sniper Elite V2 (Kill Hitler)
  • Batman: Arkham City (Harley Quinn’s Revenge)

Best Download Game

  • Pullblox
  • Sine Mora
  • Renegade Ops
  • Trine 2
  • Skullgirls
  • NFL Blitz
  • I Am Alive
  • Lone Survivor
  • Closure
  • Legend of Grimrock
  • Botanicula
  • Dear Esther
  • The Walking Dead: Episode 1 – A New Day
  • Minecraft (360)
  • Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
  • Trials Evolution
  • Fez
  • Journey
  • Deadlight
  • Superbros

Best Fighter

  • Mortal Kombat Komplete
  • BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm – Generations
  • Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
  • Soul Calibur V
  • Street Fighter X Tekken
  • UFC Undisputed 3

Best Handheld Game

  • Gravity Rush
  • Super Mario Land 3DS
  • Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
  • Mario Kart 7
  • Wipeout 2048
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising
  • Resident Evil: Revelations
  • Uncharted: Golden Abyss

Best MMO Shortlist

  • The Secret World
  • Eve Online
  • Lord of the Rings Online: Rise of Isengard
  • TERA
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • Rift
  • Runescape
  • League of Legends
  • World of Tanks

Best Mobile or Tablet Game

  • Waking Mars
  • SpellTower
  • LostWinds2: Winter of the Melodias
  • Fireball SE
  • Whale Trail
  • CodeRunner
  • Assassin’s Creed: Recollection
  • Temple Run
  • Shadowgun
  • Chaos Rings II
  • Beat Sneak Bandit
  • Hero Academy
  • Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation
  • Gridrunner
  • Mass Effect: Infiltrator
  • Shark Dash
  • Angry Birds Space
  • Fibble – Flick ‘n’ Roll
  • Infinity Blade II
  • Pocket Planes

Best Racing Game

  • Twisted Metal
  • Need for Speed: The Run
  • F1 2011
  • Forza 4
  • Driver: San Francisco
  • TrackMania 2 Canyon
  • Dirt Showdown
  • Ridge Racer Unbounded

Best RPG

  • Xenoblade Chronicles
  • Dragon’s Dogma
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
  • Diablo III
  • Dark Souls
  • Mass Effect 3
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • The Witcher 2: AoK Enhanced Edition (360)

Best Shooter

  • Binary Domain
  • Halo: Anniversary
  • Syndicate
  • Starhawk
  • Spec Ops: The Line
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
  • The Darkness 2
  • Rage
  • Resistance 3
  • Max Payne 3
  • Gears of War 3
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • Battlefield 3
  • Tribes Ascend

Best Browser Game

  • Ghost Recon Commander
  • Sim City Social
  • Marvel Avengers Alliance
  • Hello Adventure
  • Raze 2
  • Kingdom Rush
  • New Star Soccer 5
  • Triple Town
  • Reprisal
  • Galaxy Life
  • Castleville
  • Car Town
  • Draw Something
  • Slender

Best Sports Game

  • Madden NFL 12
  • Tiger Woods PGA 13
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2012
  • NBA 2K12
  • SSX
  • NHL 12
  • Football Manager 2012
  • FIFA 12

Best Strategy Game

  • Unity of Command
  • Wargame: European Escalation
  • Crusader Kings 2
  • Might and Magic: Heroes VI
  • Civilization V: Gods and Kings
  • Tropico 4: Modern Times
  • Total War: Shogun 2 – Fall of the Samurai
  • ANNO 2070
  • Age of Empires Online

The One to Watch Award

  • Star Wars 1313
  • Beyond: Two Souls
  • Splinter Cell: Blacklist
  • Pikmin 3
  • ZombiU
  • Watch Dogs
  • Gears of War: Judgment
  • Aliens: Colonial Marines
  • Tomb Raider
  • Hitman: Absolution
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • The Last of Us
  • Bioshock: Infinite
  • GTA V
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  • Crysis 3
  • Total War: Rome 2
  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • Halo 4
  • Dead Space 3

Top Gaming Moment

  • Mass Effect 3 – Tuchanka Choice
  • Resident Evil: Revelations – Two Ships!
  • Sonic Generations – City Escape
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – ‘Turbulence’
  • Gears of War 3 – ‘Score a Point for the Cougars’
  • Journey – The Ending
  • Asura’s Wrath – Asura vs. Wyzen
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword – Sand Sea
  • Batman: Arkham City – The Ending
  • Uncharted 3 – ‘Sink or Swim’
  • Max Payne 3 – Hoboken Graveyard Shootout
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Throat of the World
  • The Darkness 2 – Alternate Ending
  • Battlefield 3 – ‘Going Hunting’
  • Dark Souls – Beating Ornstein & Smough
  • The Witcher 2: AoK – Bathhouse Bonk
  • Dragon’s Dogma – Griffon Battle
  • Sniper Elite V2 – Assassinating Hitler
  • Spec Ops: The Line – White Phosphorus

The Golden Joystick Ultimate Game Award

  • Diablo III
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • Resident Evil: Revelations
  • Max Payne 3
  • Gears of War 3
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • Battlefield 3
  • Trials Evolution
  • Journey
  • FIFA 12
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Dark Souls
  • Mass Effect 3
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  • Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
  • Forza 4

YouTube Gamer of the Year went to Yogscast, and EA won the award for Outstanding Contribution for its FIFA series.

Congratulations to all the winning games.

Train2Game News: UK Top 20 – 29.10.12

FIFA 13 has finally been knocked off of the top spot with the release of Medal Of Honor: Warfighter. Some other new additions are Forza Horizon which has come in at number 3, the new Professor Layton at 7 and Moshi Monsters at number 8.

Week ending 27 October 2012

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1   MEDAL OF HONOR: WARFIGHTER EA GAMES
2 FIFA 13 EA SPORTS 1
3   FORZA HORIZON MICROSOFT
4 SKYLANDERS GIANTS SKYLANDERS 2
5 DISHONORED BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 3
6 JUST DANCE 4 UBISOFT 4
7   PROFESSOR LAYTON AND THE MIRACLE MASK NINTENDO
8   MOSHI MONSTERS: MOSHLINGS THEME PARK MIND CANDY
9 DOOM 3: BFG EDITION BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 5
10 RESIDENT EVIL 6 CAPCOM 7
11 BORDERLANDS 2 2K GAMES 8
12 POKEMON BLACK VERSION 2 NINTENDO 6
13 –  THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 13
14 007 LEGENDS ACTIVISION 12
15 F1 2012 CODEMASTERS 11
16 POKEMON WHITE VERSION 2 NINTENDO 9
17 PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2013 KONAMI 15
18 NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. 2 NINTENDO 16
19 LEGO BATMAN 2: DC SUPER HEROES WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 18
20 XCOM: ENEMY UNKNOWN 2K GAMES 10

 

Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2012 UKIE Ltd

 

Train2Game News: SpecialEffect Case – Charlotte

SpecialEffect is still quite small but is doing incredible things. Below is a one minute video of the amazing Charlotte Nott, a 4 year old little girl that battled meningitis and who we have been able to help play with her family and friends again with a specialist Nintendo wii.

Please continue to help SpecialEffect by watching and sharing the video below. We need to get to 25,000 views by Christmas day! It has now reached over 10,000 views, keep up the good work.

Train2Game News: A day at Eurogamer Expo: Part 2

This is the continuation of my day at the Eurogamer Expo held in London at Earl’s Court.

The first game I tried in the afternoon was the new Devil May Cry from Capcom. With the main character, Dante, being younger, he is cockier and cooler than ever. I have not played previous Devil May Cry games. It’s a grand display of action in a beautiful demonic world with a good mix of Angel and Demon powers it looks to be attractive with a good pace of action.

I finally got my first play on a PSVita at the show, playing Little Big Planet. The game was enjoyable, it made good use of the touch screen. However I did find the way that I was holding the device meant I was touching the track pad on the back. It didn’t affect the game I was playing but I fear it might when a game uses the mechanic.

I didn’t get to play a WiiU unfortunately. I did however have a look at it. The person I watched was playing ZombiU. The game definitely blows away any worries that it is going to be all family games again like with the Wii. ZombiU looks like a good horror with impressive graphics. It uses the tablet controller in interesting ways, having to hold up the tablet to the screen so that it can disable a jammer in one of the in game areas. My only worry is whether the tablet will be too big in your hands to use comfortably.

After a little shopping trip, buying a Joker shirt and an Assassins Creed wall scroll, I came back to the Capcom stand to play Resident Evil 6. Now you may know I am a big fan of the series, so much so that I have the Umbrella logo tattooed just above my elbow. I was disappointed with Resi 5, I felt that it had lost all of its horror elements. Resident Evil 6 however seems to have something for most people. Playing as Chris Redfield you get a good action paced story, like what it seemed they wanted Resident Evil 5 to be. Playing as Leon Kennedy however you get a good sense of the survival horror similar to the first games of the series. There is a third character called Jake who I didn’t get to try out, my guess would be he is a mixture of the two styles.

As I was playing Resident Evil 6, I turned around to see a zombie who was eyeing up my arm. The guy had amazing make up which was so good in fact he wouldn’t look out of place in The Walking Dead. He then proceeded to give a friend of mine his phone to get his picture taken with a character from Mortal Kombat, that isn’t something you see every day.

I attended the Train2Game stand once more and saw the results of the Royal Rush competition I mentioned in the first part of this blog. The winner got a limited edition silver Xbox360 Controller and it was handed to the winner by The Joker.

The final game I played at the event was the Tomb Raider reboot. The game was absolutely gorgeous and Lara Croft no longer feel likes an immortal woman. She now feels flawed and real as you run around which adds to the immersion of the game. I was doing a hunting mission and my objective was to kill a deer using the Bow and Arrow I had just obtained. My only complaint was the arrows seem far too weak. I shot the deer straight through the neck, thinking that would kill it no problem. It then took an extra six arrows to take it down. The game is still in pre-beta though so I am sure such problems will be fixed by release in March.

Before I set off to drive home I headed in to the Cybercandy store and I bought my self a Zombie survival energy drink to keep me going through the drive home. I had an incredible day and it is very exciting seeing all the games that are soon to be released.