Hands-On: Nintendo’s new Projects (Guard/Giant Robot) & what we made of Mario Maker

Hands-On: Nintendo’s new Projects (Guard/Giant Robot) & what we made of Mario Maker

Jul 18, 2014

Mario Maker Adam: I’m not generally the kind of person to enjoy level editors and the like, but Mario Maker’s tools were so easy to use (and its components so familiar) that I was able to put together a portion of a level within seconds. Thanks to twenty years of Mario games, it’s an incredibly intuitive toolset: You already know what each block,...

Hands-On: Habitat

Hands-On: Habitat

Jul 17, 2014

Habitat is about space junk. Deadly space junk at that… well, a fair portion of it is. You take a nice space shuttle full of humans looking to survive in outer space, and then you strap a variety of recognisably human-related objects together and hope for the best. It’s only recently hit early access and is sitting on version 0.1 which, understandably,...

Hands-On: Captain Toad, Yoshi & Kirby

Hands-On: Captain Toad, Yoshi & Kirby

Jul 15, 2014

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Adam: I was looking forward to seeing this the most, having been a huge fan of Captain Toad’s levels from Super Mario 3D World. It’s exactly that but with some new mechanics. The haunted house level had doors that led to one another, set into walls that you could move with the gamepad, which will hopefully be...

Hands-On: Sonic Boom

Hands-On: Sonic Boom

Jul 14, 2014

Adam: I was quite looking forward to Sonic Boom since its team is composed of people behind one of my favourite 3D platformers, Jak & Daxter. I figured that we might finally see the good Sonic game that’s been missing for varying lengths of time (depending on who you ask) thanks to a new team with new mechanics and a new take on Sonic. It certainly...

Hands-On: Hyrule Warriors

Hands-On: Hyrule Warriors

Jul 8, 2014

Adam: I’d never played a Dynasty Warriors game so didn’t really have too clear an idea what to expect from this and, while it’s not your typical Zelda game, it might just be the best thing I saw all day. Hyrule Warriors takes the Zelda world and throws hordes upon hordes of enemies into it until it’s positively flooded with angry beasties. I played as...

Hands-On: Bayonetta 2 and Bayonetta Too

Hands-On: Bayonetta 2 and Bayonetta Too

Jul 4, 2014

Adam: Bayonetta returns – only better – and remains absolutely, wonderfully, enticingly stark-raving bonkers, perhaps even more so than the original. I only managed to play the prologue in the provided demo in which Bayonetta, armed with a giant purple scythe, did battle with monstrosities atop a fighter jet as more dropped from a parallel aircraft,...