NUReviews Super Smash Bros Direct Discussion


Join NUReviews as we discuss the latest Super Smash Bros news from the Super Smash Bros Direct!

Music:
Super Smash Bros for Wii U/3DS, Dr. Wily’s Theme, and Jogging Theme are creations of Guardian Soul.

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All other music is from the Super Smash Bros. Brawl Soundtrack.

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The next Assassin’s Creed game now has a teaser.


Unity, the code-name of the next title of the Assassin’s Creed series, has just received a sneak peek video. It’s supposedly alpha footage (which it very well may be), but it seems too good to be true given the graphics of Assassin’s Creed IV. Then again, this title will not be hindered by the XBox 360 or PS3. Ubisoft has so far been planning to release two titles holiday 2015; one for last-gen consoles and this one for next-gen.

The series itself is getting a bit stagnant. The weakest part of Assassin’s Creed IV is the actual assassin bits; I really just wanted to play a pirate game with decent graphics, and, if the meta-commentary of the game is to be believed, the developers just wanted to develop a pirate game too. The French Revolution setting should be interesting, but the gameplay needs to advance a bit. A difference in the parkour, better swordfighting, or at least more assassination options (poisoning food?) would help.

We’ll know by this Christmas how the game fairs. In the meantime, I can only hope Ubisoft doesn’t screw up Watch Dogs.

Is Diablo 3 fixed?


With the closure of the Real Money Auction House (alongside the in-game gold auction house), there has been talk on whether or not the issues with Diablo 3 have been fixed. They haven’t been. At least not completely, and I don’t think they ever can be truly wiped from the game without making another title.

The flaws themselves differ from player to player, and like anything referring to games it’s debatable. The disconnects, faulty server connection, loot that would pale in comparison to the auction house, and sub-par writing plagued the launch. Most of that has been fixed, and if you’re a fan of Chris Metzen that last bit has never been an issue. What hasn’t been fixed is what can’t be fixed.

The skill runes over a traditional or intricate RPG set up to make an unique character is the biggest issue. Diablo 2 punished you for not allocating your skills correctly; a simple respec via quest or vendor would’ve answered this. Instead we get a decent handful of skills/spells, along with runes, to cater to specific play styles when combined. This is either an advancement or a disgrace; there is Path of Exile, Torchlight 2, or even Borderlands 2 for us that dissent.

The other major issue is lack of LAN play combined with always having to be online. It’s in part to hurt pirates and spoofing items, but it mainly affects those of us who don’t always have a stable connection. It also makes hardcore characters extremely painful when you’re dealing with a faulty modem or router. The answer is simple: include off-line play (and please LAN play), but disable achievements when a connection to the server is not available.

The last bit is the story. The voice acting, characters, and the multiple settings don’t quite capture the eerie Diablo feel of previous games. Everything reminds me of World of Warcraft. Gameplay is always more important than story (we’re not playing a visual novel or adventure game), but here Blizzard dropped the ball. The Butcher is re-hashed for no other reason but nostalgia. Belial and Azmodan just sit back like cartoon villains. The writing is grandiose, epic, without any sense of gravitas.

Yet, I can’t stop my self from putting in 10-15 minutes a day while deciding what multiplayer game to play with 2-5 friends. I’ve spent enough of the day browsing the internet, and I want something I can quit. And, just like World of Warcraft, it gives me that hollow dopamine fix. Plus, it let’s a certain family member know that their gift wasn’t completely in vain. Otherwise, it’s not worth your $20.

Paul Bettany to Portray The Vision in Avengers 2


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Kudos for you who saw this coming (and my condolences to those still hoping that it would be Agent Coulson). Today, it has been announced that Paul Bettany will be playing The Vision in the upcoming Avengers movie: Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron. For those unfamiliar with Bettany, you may have seen him in films such as The DaVinci Code, A Beautiful Mind, and A Knight’s Tale. But he isn’t new to the realm of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, since he’s also the voice of Tony Stark’s armor AI, JARVIS.

I feel this is a logical approach for introducing The Vision for the Marvel movies, since JARVIS has been part of the MCU since Iron Man 1. Also, Bettany has the chops to pull off the wall-phasing android. If you agree or disagree, let us know in the comments.

Source:
http://variety.com/2014/film/news/paul-bettany-to-play-the-vision-in-marvels-avengers-age-of-ultron-1201090635/

Sonic Boom TV Series Trailer



For the final bit of Sonic news today, there’s a new trailer showing off the new Sonic Boom cartoon. It’s just a small scene of Sonic fighting one of Eggman’s robots. But it’s worth checking out.
From the official Sega site:
“The Sonic Boom TV series is a co-production between SEGA of America, Inc. and OuiDO! Productions.  Executive producers on the show are Evan Baily, Donna Friedman Meir and Jane McGregor on behalf of SEGA, and Sandrine Nguyen and Boris Hertzog from OuiDO!.  Other partners involved in the TV series include Lagardère Entertainment Rights for distribution and Lagardère Active TV Licensing & New Business for licensing and merchandise in France.”

If you want to see more Sonic news, click these links:
http://nureviewsnetwork.com/2014/02/06/sonic-boom-series-relaunch/

http://nureviewsnetwork.com/2014/02/06/sonic-boom-trailer-nintendo-wii-u-and-3ds/

http://blogs.sega.com/2014/02/06/sega-launches-new-franchise-strategy-for-sonic-the-hedgehog-with-sonic-boom/

Sonic Boom Trailer (Nintendo Wii U and 3DS)


In more Sonic related news, we just come across a new trailer for the flagship game of the Sonic Boom relaunch. We get to see the whole Sonic team in this action/adventure title, which seems to take a few cues from Sonic Heroes. As of right now, the game is stated to be released on the WiiU and 3DS. No word on if it will be released on other consoles.

For more Sonic news, check out our previous article here: http://nureviewsnetwork.com/2014/02/06/sonic-boom-series-relaunch/

In case YouTube pulls the video, you can click here for a mirror link of it: http://video.lefigaro.fr/figaro/video/la-bande-annonce-de-sonic-boom/3161522154001/

Sonic Boom: Series Relaunch


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At the Year of Sonic press event today in New York City, we finally got a glimpse of the new designs of Sonic and friends. We’ll be seeing these designs in future cartoons, games, comics, and merchandise. As of right now, it is unknown whether or not this will be the new main continuity of Sonic or just a spin-off. All we know, the designers are clearly a fan of sports tap. Hell, it’s even on the goddamn shoes!

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What do you guys think of this redesign? Let us know in the comments.

Also, along with these designs, Sanic, Sonic’s deformed brother, got a makeover as well. Gotta love that tape.1391713313913