Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition marks the third time in three years that Blizzard has released the core game. In 2012, we were treated to Diablo III on the PC, a game that featured a fair number of missteps (the auction house being the biggest one) that threatened to topple what was once of the greatest gaming franchises. In 2013, Diablo III saw release for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, adding a number of enhancements that showed us that underneath all the grime of the 2012 PC release was an amazing game. The PC version eventually received those enhancements plus an expansion pack, finally transforming the game into the greatness it was always meant to be. 2014 brings us Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, representing the final culmination of everything Blizzard has learned in the past three years.
The Last of Us was not only the Game of the Year in 2013 at many gaming news outlets, but it was also one of the best games released on the PlayStation 3 period. It's no surprise then that Sony is revisiting the game for the PlayStation 4 with The Last of Us: Remastered, a game that combines one of the best games of the PlayStation 3 with all the horsepower of the PlayStation 4. Why remaster the game, only one year after it's release? Sony claims that many PlayStation 4 owners never owned a PlayStation 3, and the company wants to make sure its crowning achievement gets into the hands of as many gamers as possible. A legitimate reason, and anything that gets us another great game on the PlayStation 4 is only a good thing.
The age of Kickstarter is upon us. A few years ago, it seemed like everyone and their mother was pitching video game ideas on Kickstarter, with ideas running the gamut from the poorly thought out to the amazing. The best ideas were callbacks to gaming's past, games that would fill gaping genre holes that the current big name publishers were too afraid to touch. One of the most promising Kickstarter projects was for Divinity: Original Sin, a PC role-playing game that promised to bring us back to the golden age of role-playing games, mimicking some of the genre's best titles like Baldur's Gate and the original Fallout. With the release of Divinity: Original Sin, it's safe to say that a new golden age of computer role-playing games is now upon us.
Despite it's popularity in the real world, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, or UFC, franchise has always struggled in the video game market. THQ desperately tried in vain to make the series a contender on the home consoles, but a series of poor choices always kept the franchise one step from greatness. With THQ going under, Electronic Arts swooped and picked up the license, rebuilding the franchise from the ground up as EA Sports UFC. Can this prolific publishing house succeed where THQ could not?
One of the first publicly shown next generation games, Watch Dogs has had its ups and downs since its grand unveiling. What was once supposed to be a launch title for the PlayStation 4 was pushed back into 2014, with the game's once majestic graphics seemingly downgraded for last generation systems. Is the game that was once called a “Grand Theft Auto killer” still worth picking up?
Five years ago, Yoshinori Ono of Capcom once stated that there would only be one version of Street Fighter IV, that Capcom wouldn't succumb to version after version of the game like Street Fighter II did. Fast forward to the present time, and we're now on our fourth iteration of Street Fighter IV, dubbed Ultra Street Fighter IV. Does the game add significant changes to warrant yet another purchase? Should Capcom have stuck to their original promise of just limiting the game to one version?
Mario Kart is one of the nostalgic gaming franchises ever conceived. Since its humble beginnings in 1992, the franchise is often associated with long, sleepless nights with friends, with bouts of frequent trash talking interspersed with the cheers of victory and the anguish of defeat. It's a given that, at some point in any gamer's life, they've played some iteration of Mario Kart, and might be wondering what can Nintendo possibly do at this point to keep the franchise feeling fresh. With Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U, Nintendo has proven that the franchise isn't done innovating and is still just as significant in 2014 as it was back in 1992.
Trials HD was a breakout hit of the last generation, with the game going on to sell over a million copies on the Xbox 360 and propelling the franchise into the hands and eyes of gamers everywhere. It wasn't always this way: The original PC releases attained nothing more than cult status, and it wasn't until Microsoft promoted the Xbox 360 version in its first indie promotion that the series reached a mainstream audience. With RedLynx now being picked up by Ubisoft, the series spreads its wings even further with the newest entry, Trials Fusion, releasing on five systems at the same time: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC. Trials Fusion marks the first time the series has ever appeared on a Sony console, as well.
If you're a fan of baseball, it's a given you own one of Sony's systems (such as the PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4), due in part to them being the only company putting out baseball games. When some companies own an exclusive license, it gives them a reason to slack; after all, with no competition, you're buying the next iteration of MLB: The Show whether it's good or not just to get your baseball fix. Luckily, MLB 14: The Show hits a proverbial home run: Its not content to sit on its laurels and provide only a simple roster update but instead, it gives baseball fans the definitive experience they deserve.
Despite selling over 15 million copies, Diablo 3 was considered a failure by many gamers when compared to its predecessor. What went wrong? The horrible loot system, the real-money auction house, a poorly scaling difficulty system and poor online infrastructure, just to name a few problems. So why purchase the first expansion pack, Reaper of Souls? Because Blizzard is finally righting the golden ship that came so close to sinking.
While the PlayStation 4 has proven itself successful by selling over 5 million units in only a few months, the console has yet to receive a game that justifies its existence. The previous exclusives were poor to average while the rest of the games the system has received are multiconsole ports and don't fully show off the power of the PlayStation 4. However, that all changes with the release of InFamous: Second Son, the PlayStation 4's first exclusive game that is excellent in all aspects.
Metal Gear Solid IV was supposed to be the end of the franchise, the final tale in the Metal Gear Solid saga, but mega franchises never die. There will always be a way to fit one more entry into the overarching story, and so we have Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, the latest Metal Gear Solid game from Konami and esteemed creator Hideo Kojima. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes has received its fair share of criticism leading up to launch, ranging from a short completion time to being called nothing more than a glorified demo, but does the game hold up in the face of criticism? That depends on just how big of a Metal Gear Solid fan you are.