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  • Grand Slam Tennis 2 Review

  • higgins78 10/02/2012

    I don't want to say I told you so BUT, "I told you so"...

    Like I said when this game was announced, it was a mistake to move it away from the Wii which was after all the only version last time around with bothering with. Grand Slam Tennis 2 should have been made exclusively for the Wii if EA wanted to create a tennis game which didn't simply sit in the middle of what is currently on offer, sadly this is what appears to have happened. All this game leaves me with is the notion how good it could have been simply building on what Grand Slam Tennis (Wii) with Motion Plus offered, great controls and a unique art style.
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  • Final Fantasy 13-2 demo trailer

  • higgins78 11/01/2012

    Curious to download this for my PS3 today seeing how bad XIII was being and more recently how Xenoblade Chronicles set (this gen) the benchmark in RPG's. Reply +1
  • New Beat The Beat: Rhythm Paradise Wii trailer

  • higgins78 10/01/2012

    @its-FishyFingers

    Firstly, the 360 is not the best console ever, its not even close to being in the top 10, it is in fact worse that the original XBOX which at least at the time felt like it was trying something new AND had a better library of games. Secondly, Rhythm Paradise is a good series of games, not played the Wii version yet but the Gameboy/DS games are very addictive and rewarding, not everything should be a cookie-cutter "realistic" looking FPS (thank god). You stick to the 360, I have enjoyed my experiences on the Wii far, far more than I have my 360 or PS3 this gen, with Nintendo you always are guaranteed a breath of fresh air, the only thing which has kept me gaming...that and the masterpieces that are Mario Galaxy and Skyward Sword as well as many, many others...
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  • Epic Mickey 2 revealed by Disney newsletter

  • higgins78 03/01/2012

    @ShiftyGeezer

    Why should the original have been in "HD". Epic Mickey suffered simply put because it had an awful camera, not enough variety and some - just basically - shoddy gameplay, no amount of "HD" tag would have corrected this. What made matters worse is that the Wii was also exclusive to perhaps the greatest 3D platformer of all-time. Epic Mickey 2 should have definitely been exclusive to the Wii again, put instead right what was wrong in the first place than instead going multi-platform and hiding from the truth.
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  • higgins78 03/01/2012

    @WinterSnowblind

    "Limitations" you say...

    Was Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2 held back by these supposed limitations, Skyward Sword, Prime Corruption, Epic Yarn & Donkey Kong Country Returns, were these titles which also suffered due to the Wii's limitations? Can you please try and look at the bigger picture...it's not the console which is limited but rather the developers. In the right hands - as I have showed - the Wii is capable of producing AAA games which want for nothing, no "HD" gimmick required.
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  • PlayStation Vita software line-up video

  • higgins78 13/12/2011

    Wake me when this is all over please... Reply -3
  • The Last of Us Preview

  • higgins78 13/12/2011

    @King_Edward

    Agreed. What is it with "gamers" that they have just had a past couple of months filled with more great games than is reasonable to play yet all it takes is a new title for a new game to have people distracted? And they tell us videogames are creating a community of people with short attention spans...
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  • Nintendo: Zelda series keeping motion controls

  • higgins78 13/12/2011

    @Serk101

    You (again) I fear are missing the point. 2 and a half years old for what is relatively new technology is very, very young. The joypad has been evolving - with a lot of help from Nintendo - for how long now? Ideally I would like to see Nintendo run with the Motion Plus and keep it for not only the Wii U but whatever console supersedes it...a "remote" could be the new standard.
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  • higgins78 12/12/2011

    @Serk101

    Over 5 years old you say? I would suggest Wii Motion Plus is not only NOT 5 years old but few games yet have truly taken advantage of its potential...Skyward Sword being the only real fully-fleshed out game.
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  • higgins78 12/12/2011

    @Ryze

    FAIL!? I'm not talking to somebody who ends an argument/discussion with the word "fail" in bold.
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  • higgins78 12/12/2011

    @Ryze

    Exactly! Based on 1 persons description. Try the 99 others who do find it resisters 1:1...
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  • higgins78 12/12/2011

    @Duchessprozac

    Sounds less like you want to "relax" and more like you enjoy playing games in a coma. Videogames should be about interaction, experimentation and fun, hardly something which even the most hardened PS3/360 "fan boy" can accuse Nintendo of not implementing. Lets face facts, Nintendo's Wii is the only console this gen which differentiates itself from the crowd...hence as I said before Sony/Microsoft's bid to join the party embarrassingly late with its "own" motion devices...
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  • higgins78 12/12/2011

    @Serk101

    Please, I hope you are not accusing Nintendo of not innovating! I believe if you are we should end this conversation right now. Whats all this talk about Nintendo "shoving its fancy tablet controller down our throats ever since E3!?

    Nintendo the same as Sony and Microsoft promotes its products, no more, no less. I think the tablet will prove useful but why not give the option to developers of using different control methods, be it Motion Plus, Tablet or for the "traditionalist", controller. This way WE get the best games...
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  • higgins78 12/12/2011

    @Duchessprozac

    The game was built from the ground up to use Wii Motion Plus, how/why would you want to use a joypad for heavens sake!? To even ask for the option of using a joypad is missing the point entirely! Also, do you consider playing videogames a particularly mature thing to do? Its not! I play all sorts of videogames - i own a PS3 and Wii currently - but am under no illusion that what I am doing isn't very mature...
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  • higgins78 12/12/2011

    @Duchessprozac

    I doubt I look like either a "badass" or a "tit". Also, if I was that concerned with image I would be a very shallow person...
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  • higgins78 12/12/2011

    @Serk101

    The Wii U will support Motion Plus, simple really. I would say the vast majority of people who buy the Wii U will already own a Wii/Motion Plus, for those who don't I hardly think the price of a Wii Remote will put them off...how many EXTRA controllers do most people own for their 360/PS3's for example?
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  • higgins78 12/12/2011

    @poke50uk

    Rubbish, absolutely rubbish! Countless videos have been released since that awful Gamespot review was published which prove the guy reviewing the game to be a pleb, the controls work 99.9% of the time 1:1.
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  • higgins78 12/12/2011

    @Seoh

    Agree with the second point you make, the next Zelda game should have a button/method which prevent rapid movement being registered as a sword swipe, this I believe is why the Zelda series should stick with Motion controls, so that the scheme may be perfected.

    Remember, Skyward Sword has no equal, not a game which comes even within a whisker of achieving what is has already. Give Nintendo time to experiment/tweak and I guarantee it is those who stood by will reap the rewards...
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  • higgins78 12/12/2011

    @Duchessprozac

    Who waves their Wii Remote around like a "tit"? You could argue with Twilight Princess (Wii) that was the case but you sound like you are speaking from a man/boy who has not laid their hands on Skyward Sword..."waving a remote around like a tit" as you put it would only lend itself to you dying repeatedly in Skyward Sword, not progressing very far at ell.
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  • higgins78 12/12/2011

    @uk-kob

    Trust me, you wont be missed. It is your type which is holding the industry back, why all we have seen this gen is sequel after sequel after sequel, neither easy to distinguish from the next. Ocarina, Majora's Mask, Wind Waker, Twilight Princess and now Skyward Sword, all 3D Zelda's yet all wit their own style and unique hook.

    I'm hugely excited the Zelda series is keeping motion controls as its core experience, to go back to "traditional" methods now would be a huge step backwards.
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  • higgins78 12/12/2011

    @SpaceMonkey77

    WTF!? Firstly, anybody who has actually played Skyward Sword will testify that the motion controls are perfectly implemented and nobody in their right mind would even suggest giving us the option of using "traditional" controls...the very heart of the game lies with Wii Motion Plus, any other control method would simply dilute the game.

    Secondly, Kinect is doing well you say? It may have sold well (I don't know) but don't for a second try and tell me it has a library of AAA games which support the hardware. Lastly, Nintendo dying you say? Looking back on this gen in 10-20 years time only 1 console will be truly remembered for giving the industry a much needed shot in the arm AND being THEE success story...the Wii of course!

    Why was it do you imagine Sony and Microsoft quickly brought out their own motion add-ons...or are you going to honestly tell me they had that planned from the beginning, giving Nintendo a huge head start then with their own devices not even making a dent? Good strategy, LOL.
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  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2 coming to Xbox 360, PS3

  • higgins78 12/12/2011

    @HermitArcader

    Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown for me thanks. While Street Fighter IV was good I still side with the more technical Virtua Fighter 5 for my kicks.
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  • Batman: Arkham World spotted at VGAs

  • higgins78 12/12/2011

    It still - joke or not - has someway to go before it tops Mario who has been roaming the GALAXY for some time now, both in Mario Galaxy and Mario Galaxy 2. Reply 0
  • The Last Story release date announced

  • higgins78 08/12/2011

    Good things come to those who wait...

    Xenoblade, now this, then hopefully Last Story. Honestly, the Wii has given me more this gen than my PS3 or 360 which combined I can - in between the hype - count maybe 4 game which I consider true classics, the Wii I count 6. The different for me is that "sequels" for the Wii have genuinely felt different from their predecessors, be it Epic Yarn, Skyward Sword or Super Mario Galaxy.
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  • Zavvi Metal Gear Solid HD Collection Limited Edition available to pre-order

  • higgins78 07/12/2011

    Do I have "mug" written on my forehead!? What do these people believe, that you stamp the word "ultimate" on a cheap bit of plastic/cardboard and thousands of gullible "fan boys" will empty their bank accounts? If you are old enough chances are you have already played them (that's me) or otherwise you are young and MGS4 was perhaps your first MGS experience then of which these games have all dated badly compared with most games of today. Sell this package for half the price and then the whole thing sounds less a con. Reply +1
  • Nintendo details game-breaking Zelda: Skyward Sword bug

  • higgins78 06/12/2011

    @HerrQwerty

    WTF!? "Classic" edition!?
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  • higgins78 06/12/2011

    @Biker_Bob_1971

    Skyward Sword "crippled by a bug"? Erm, I think you are perhaps over-estimating the "problem". This is a bug which 99.9% of players will never run into, hardly the same as Skyrim (PS3), lag in which 100% of players will encounter. Please, lets not compare Bethesda to Nintendo.
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  • higgins78 06/12/2011

    While I'm surprised an in-house Nintendo game would suffer ANY bug I'm myself way past this apparent "game breaking bug" and am doing just fine. I think perhaps the title of this article is anyway not something 99.9% of people playing through Skyward Sword will in anyhow notice...not like say the problems PS3 owners are plagued with playing Skyrim. Yes, I'm speaking from experience, owning as I do Skyrim AND a PS3, my mate owns Skyrim on his 360 and I have compared...The PS3 version really does play like Bethesda just didn't give a f**k. Reply +1
  • Amazon Cyber Monday Deals Week begins

  • higgins78 06/12/2011

    4.90 is generally a small amount of money EXCEPT in the case where DNF is concerned. All's which is happening here is Amazon clearing up some shelf space while at the same time taking a bit of money for what is little more than a plastic case, the game inside it not even being worthy of spending 5 minutes playing...and believe me, I should know after playing the demo! What a mess of a game! Reply -1
  • A Tale of Two Mickeys

  • higgins78 06/12/2011

    @Mister-Wario

    Don't get me wrong, I agree with you entirely. Epic Mickey is a good example of why - yes, I buy "other" consoles - I always back Nintendo by purchasing every major console it has released since the SNES...it's that experimentation. Sometimes it works, which when it does it is pure masterpiece, and sometimes it falls slightly short by its own high standards.

    This is what I believe happened with Epic Mickey...as an exclusive on many other consoles it would be a good game BUT housed on a Nintendo console in the company of Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong and Kirby (for example) it feels broken and flawed. I still bought/played it and am glad I did but I just wont treasure the memories as much as with other games, thats all.

    Trust me however, I own a PS3 as well and while Epic Mickey was flawed I will ALWAYS prefer the effort and experimentation more than I will playing a "new" Call of Duty every 6 month.
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  • higgins78 05/12/2011

    I'm as big a fan of Nintendo and the Wii as is possible, loving as I do the way with every new Nintendo console I am always surprised and delighted at the same time with its innovation and experimentation. You can imagine then how excited I was when Epic Mickey was announced as an exclusive...Mickey Mouse and Nintendo's Wii felt the perfect marriage, sadly I was left very sorely disappointed.

    It looks the part yet not up to Mario Galaxy or Epic Yarn standards but sadly - as people have stated already - the camera is close to game-breaking. Also, when put side by side with first-party Nintendo exclusives it feels dated and shallow. If this game had been produced in-house I am positive what we would now be playing would be nothing short of a triumph.

    I guess it will always be a case of what may have been...
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  • Sony aiming PS3 at young gamers and families in 2012

  • higgins78 05/12/2011

    So in other words doing what Nintendo has already been doing since the launch of the Wii AND DS...quite a bold move Sony, particularly at a point in which the Wii's software line-up looks thin on the ground. The bare-faced cheek of Sony and Microsoft to launch motion controls so very late into the party this gen and then try also to please its "hardcore" (LOL) fan base at the same time...quite a juggling act which proved fatal with the lack of any good software to support anybody who bought Move or - in the worst case - Kinect.

    Stick to what you are good at I say, that would be innovation and experimentation as far as Nintendo goes and as far as Sony and Microsoft are concerned producing higher pixels and resolutions. I own a PS3 which I bought at launch and have played some very good games on it...Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Portal 2, Fifa 11 and Hot Pursuit being some good examples. My Wii however while slightly sparse on a amount of titles has FAR eclipsed what my PS3 has given me...Mario Galaxies, Xenoblade, Epic Yarn, DKCR and now Skyward Sword! Quality over quantity is the reason I ALWAYS buy a Nintendo console at launch.
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  • Retrospective: Treasure Island Dizzy

  • higgins78 04/12/2011

    While the original on ZX Spectrum is still the best - no, thats not a matter of opinion but stone-cold fact - I still have such fond memories playing Treasure Island. The fact that these later games allowed the fact you could carry more than 1 item at a time make the name "Dizzy" more redundant didn't take away from the matter they were all very good. Games are good now but back in the day it afforded more experimentation and as such resulted in games such as this, the likes of which we will never see now...if your name isn't COD you are not coming in! Reply +2
  • Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD Review

  • higgins78 01/12/2011

    Who is buying this toss!? Yes, I enjoyed the Oddworold games as much as the next guy (back in the day) but since when did charging 10 for a game most have played already in a world full of better (un-played) games constitute good value? I'm telling you...this gen will be remembered best for the sheer amount of disposable games. Reply -18
  • Zavvi tweaks Metal Gear Solid HD Ultimate Edition

  • higgins78 30/11/2011

    Who is buying into this con of being re-sold games which we have already played? Stick a fancy image on the box with the term "ultimate" and it appears people will lap it up... Reply +1
  • EU PlayStation Store update 30th November

  • higgins78 30/11/2011

    Thanks again for trying to stiff me on a weekly basis Sony but again I'll pass... Reply -6
  • Ten Unsung Gaming Heroes

  • higgins78 30/11/2011

    Co-creator of Super Mario Bros AND The Legend of Zelda, co-produced New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Super Mario Galaxy 2...also played a major role in games such as Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, A Link to the Past, Super Mario 64, Ocarina of Time, Animal Crossing and Pikmin! Quite a C.V I would say. Reply +2
  • Kinect 2 so accurate it can lip read

  • higgins78 29/11/2011

    What an absolute shambles! Kinect failed because no good software has been released to stand along side it which made you feel like shelling the best part of 100 wasn't anything other than a mistake. Sure, Dance Central works pretty well but thats it! Kinect (and Move) was little more than a knee-jerk reaction to try and steal a piece of the market Nintendo had been occupying. Now all Microsoft are doing with "Kinect 2" (snigger) is making the same mistake twice...that an clearing up space in its warehouses of the number of Kinect's gathering dust.

    I hope Microsoft fail, I hope they fail because Nintendo took a chance when releasing the Wii, they took a chance because they set out to open up a new market AND make motion controls integral to the experience, NOT simply another add-on! Watching Microsoft (and Sony) releasing its motion add-ons has been little more than an embarrassment. I hope next gen Microsoft and Sony take a chance and release something fresh, something which takes a gamble rather than hanging on the coat tails of others.
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  • Uncharted 3 1.02 patch notes revealed

  • higgins78 28/11/2011

    @bjaar

    The "bad dog listens to his community" as you put it because he is worried that on release of Uncharted 4 people will feel less inclined to hand over their hard earned money. Also, "whining twats" as you so eloquently describe is in my eyes nothing other than the people who actually have bought the game describing their feelings honestly compared with the other two Uncharted's. You cant tell me the aiming doesn't feel stiff and unresponsive compared with Uncharted 2 or even Uncharted for that matter. Ever heard the expression "the customer is always right"...
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  • Sainsbury's slashes PS3, 3DS, Wii prices

  • higgins78 25/11/2011

    That Wii price - while still generous - is for the non-backwards compatible buy Gamecube version only, just a heads up. Since you can still Gamecube games for dirt cheap (particularly in the second hand stores) I recommend trying to purchase the full-fat Wii if possible...playing Resident Evil 4, Wind Waker and Pikmin 2 etc etc etc should NOT be overlooked. Reply +3
  • Mario Kart 7 Review

  • higgins78 25/11/2011

    I'm as big a fan of Nintendo as the next guy, having picked up every major console and handheld since the SNES/GameBoy, however...I traded my 3DS only a couple of month after the initial purpose (launch day) and I must say that Mario Kart 7 has me no way regretting that decision. Yes it looks good and seems fun but while that may be enough for some "rival" developers I always expect more from Nintendo.

    Skyward Sword, Mario Galaxy 1 & 2, Wii Sports Resort, Wind Waker, A Link to the Past, Metroid Trilogy, etc etc etc. THESE are the reasons I stick with Nintendo, true masterpieces of either innovation, creativity and fun, in the best cases all combined! Thanks but no thanks Mario Kart 7, I'll stick happily with my DSi and collection of gems for the time being...
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  • UK PlayStation Store selling US TV shows

  • higgins78 24/11/2011

    More reasonable price structuring coming from Sony's PSN...next week download Saints Row 3 for the very reasonable 67 perhaps? Reply +4
  • Why Skyward Sword didn't launch in Christmas 2010

  • higgins78 24/11/2011

    @MENTAL1ST

    Rubbish, rubbish, rubbish. Patches = game which has been rushed and not polished, i.e developers which take no pride in their work. DLC = modern medium for releasing three quarters of a game, greed and treating the customer as a mug. Neither patches or DLC add anything to an already bad game.

    Never once did I buy a first party Nintendo game only to wish it could be patched or deserve more characters or levels.
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  • Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk announced for iPhone, iPad and Android

  • higgins78 23/11/2011

    @danclarke

    Amiga 500!? The ZX Spectrum versions ruled all else! Agree with you about the rest...I have VERY fond memories playing Dizzy besides it excruciating difficulty yet this iPad version looks terrible. Amazing really that 20 years down the line the original formula still remains the best...
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  • Game of the Week: Zelda: Skyward Sword

  • higgins78 19/11/2011

    @Serk101

    Agreed. I myself only picked up Xenoblade Chronicles a few month back and have thus far been amazed with what it is achieving, EASILY the best RPG this gen. Yes, it could be argued these games are coming too late in the consoles cycle but from my point of view I am not they type of person who can justify spending 8-10 playing a videogame straight, I have a job AND other hobbies/interests.

    Better anyway than having a small collection of AAA quality titles than a large collection of good/very good games. No games this gen have touched for me what Skyward Sword, Mario Galaxy and Prime Trilogy have offered me, as well as the games me and my Girlfriend could enjoy together.
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  • higgins78 19/11/2011

    @Zerobob

    I suppose you would prefer if it had been released on the PS3/360? That way you could have been satisfied with 720p (upscaled from sub-HD) and buttons instead of 1:1 motion capture, the very essence of this newest Zelda. Don't as well say Move or Kinect because neither would be practical, Move minus the Nunchuck impossible and the less said about Kinect's "merits" the better.
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  • higgins78 19/11/2011

    I have played some good games this gen but buying Skyward Sword yesterday and then spending some 3-4 hours playing it I must say it had me feeling like a kid again, and isn't that what its all about? It felt like pure escapism, with beautiful vistas and bold storytelling, it didn't hurt as well that after I had gotten used to the Motion Plus - my brain so hard-wired into mashing buttons - it felt genuinely innovative and fresh. So many good games now on the market with a lot of them released in the past few months but playing Skyward Sword shows them up for exactly that...good games, whereas Skyward Sword is monumental!

    If this game doesn't receive GOTY then the industry as a whole needs to take a long hard look at where its headed...
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  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword UK price roundup

  • higgins78 17/11/2011

    @Gillespionage

    I'm afraid not, but nice attempt at a boast. If say they had made such a mistake (possible) it would be well within their rights to simply inform you of said mistake and then change said price. The same has happened before numerous times in various different supermarkets as each tries to get the jump on one another...
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  • Need for Speed: The Run Review

  • higgins78 15/11/2011

    I figured this game wouldn't get a good score after downloading/playing the demo, I had one go then I deleted it permanently from my hard-drive. Awful looking, awful controls and basic, VERY basic. Looks like Dirt3, Forza 4 and Hot Pursuit are still the driving games of choice if you are looking for a driving game over the Christmas period. Reply +8
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Review

  • higgins78 12/11/2011

    Games I have bought this year include Portal 2, a great sequel to an already good puzzle game. Fifa 12, I spent hours online in Fifa 11 but found Fifa 12 more complicated in its changes and for that less fun. Deus Ex: Human Revolution, not a patch on the original, I traded it only a week later. L.A Noire, a huge disappointment, clumsy and predictable. Dark Souls, atmospheric. Arkham City, good but perhaps a step backwards from Arkham Asylum, the fighting as well had become a chore. Uncharted 3, beautiful with a full-fleshed multi-player BUT the campaign was ruined once again by enemies which absorb bullets. Xenoblade Chronicles, a breath of fresh air.

    Anyhow, my point is I would trade having played/owned all of these games for Skyward Sword. THIS is the reason I bought my Wii at launch. People accuse Nintendo of not releasing enough games and perhaps that is true but the most important aspect is when they do release a game it is polished and fresh. Wii Sports Resort was more tech-demo than game but at least it took a step away from what its other "rivals" offered. I can guarantee what come next gen people will still be gushing about their memories playing Skyward Sword while other games have been long forgotten and easily surpassed.
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