What do you get when you combine two of the most successful indie games of recent times? A Fall Guys and Cuphead collaboration of course! Fall Guys developer Mediatonic confirmed that new Cuphead costumes are coming to its hit platformer next week.
You’ll be able to use both Cuphead and Mugman, the two main characters in Cuphead. Cuphead will be available for purchase on February 24 whilst Mugman will follow on February 27. Each will cost a total of ten crowns each so now’s as good a time as ever to win some games. Also, there’s a unique emote coming with the costumes that will cost five crowns.
Fall Guys and Cuphead collide
Although unexpected, this collab is much appreciated. Over the course of the last decade or so few indie games have had as big an impact as these two. Cuphead was so promising that it managed to attract the attention of technology giant Microsoft, who later purchased the license.
Similarly, Fall Guys came out of nowhere in August of last year and took the industry by storm. It’s hard to imagine that the minds behind the visual novelHatoful Boyfriend would go on to create 2020’s most popular title. And now these two titans of the indie game world are coming together, albeit only for some cute cosmetics.
Some players are criticizing the pricing of these new cosmetics. Just to be clear, crowns are not accessible through microtransactions. Instead, you earn them by either progressing through the free battle pass or winning games.
But for many players, earning enough to purchase both costumes and an emote could be difficult. After all, not everyone has enough free time to grind. However, given the lack of pay to win options in Fall Guys, I’d consider this a fair and exciting event for any Cuphead fans.
A new year brings a new set of hotly anticipated games to look forward to. 2016 is already shaping up to be an exciting one with Sony and Microsoft continuing their fight for dominance as they pursuit to outdo one another. This along side Nintendo who will start to lift the lid on their latest console; The mysterious NX. All this with a heap of third-party and indie titles plus VR finally becoming a reality. So I think its fair to say its going to be one hell of a year.
Below I have brought together the five games I am most excited about for various reasons which I will go into. All you need to know is I realise there are many more games than whats on show however it’s impossible to talk about them all. The games need to at least look likely to release this year so sorry Last Guardian. Lastly its my own opinion so if you disagree that’s fine. Enjoy
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Playstation 4)
Is this the end for Nathan Drake? Everyone’s favorite treasure hunter is coming out of retirement for one last adventure and oh boy does it look good. Destined to be the largest project undertaken by the much respected Naughty Dog, The winner of 25 E3 awards is easily Sony’s biggest release of the year. Can it match its predecessors though? Most importantly how will Nathan Drake’s story end? All I know is tears will flow.
Cuphead (Xbox One)
This is the reason I play video games. Every once in a while something brilliant is shown from absolutely nowhere. Two Canadian brothers part of Studio MDHR have come together to make a platformer in the style of a 1930’s cartoon. Straight from announcement Cuphead stood out. It’s beautiful, It’s interesting, It’s new. What this industry demands more for is freshness and that is exactly what Cuphead is. Last year proved that indies can compete with triple A games, Cuphead looks to continue this trend. A must for any Xbox One owners.
Telltale Games: Batman (PC/MAC)
Now that Rocksteady have completed their take on the Dark Knight, Telltale are taking over the mantle to give their own take. Recently announced but promised for this year Telltale storytelling mechanic is one that may be wearing for some yet throw Batman in the mix and people perk up. Are we going to see more time spent with Bruce Wayne and detective work becoming a key part? Unlike Rocksteady’s version of the Bat it is more likely you will have to use your brains over brawn.
Legend of Zelda Wii U (Nintendo Wii U)
Will we finally get a real open world experience set in the majestic world of Hyrule? With Nintendo in a period of transition, there’s reason for concern that their hottest property will enter a ‘Twilight Princess’ state being released on both the Wii U and NX. Whatever the outcome the newest Zelda looks to marvel surely set to take the gaming world by storm. That is if we can trust early footage.
No Man’s Sky (Playstation 4)
Imagine having the opportunity to explore the entirety of the universe, well that’s what studio Hello Games are promising. Understandable if currently you are a bit pessimistic, nevertheless if this is executed right it could become one of the greatest exploration video games ever. No pressure.
So there you have five sublime games to look forward to this year. What video games are you most looking forward to? Leave us a comment below to tell us why.
From fifteen-year-old reboots to unexpected remakes to little red dolls made of yarn, E3 2015 has been nothing short of surprising. Everyone boards the annual hype train as dozens of new games rear their heads at one of the biggest conventions around.
Everyone is excited, that much is certain, but what excites each individual person most is another topic altogether.
These 11 games are games that intrigue me beyond all others, and I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a daunting task to actually place these in some sort of specific order.
11 – Shenmue 3
This might be the strangest way to start off a list about games I’m excited for, considering I’ve never played a Shenmue game in my life. I’ve heard nothing but great things about the franchise and how it helped define what we now call the open-world game, but as for experiencing it first hand, I have not.
You might wonder why I would be excited enough that it’d make the cut. While I can’t say I’m anticipating continuing a story I’ve never heard, just seeing the reaction of the fans got me vicariously hyped.
I want to play Shenmue. I don’t have a Dreamcast and I don’t have an original Xbox, and as a self-appointed hardcore gamer, it’d be silly not to play such a revolutionary and inspiring franchise.
I anxiously await my first trip into the world of Shenmue and hope that it lives up to the other games in the series, not for myself, but for the fans that never gave up hope that they’d see the end of their story.
10 – Star Wars Battlefront
I am a ridiculously huge Star Wars fan, and with the murder of LucasArts, I was devastated at the thought of not getting another excellent game set in the Star Wars universe. I wanted a developer that understands the franchise to make an experience that I won’t soon forget, with meticulous detail to capture the feeling of Star Wars.
When it was announced that DICE would be creating the next game in the Battlefront series, I couldn’t be more excited. Say what you will about the launch of Battlefield 4, but DICE absolutely understands how to make an incredibly rewarding first-person shooter with deep multiplayer. Pair this with the fact that DICE adores Star Wars, and we should be in for a treat of a game, right? Right!
There are a few concerns I have such as the AT-AT being on rails and the smaller player count, but if anyone can pull it off now, it’s DICE.
9 – Fallout 4
While Fallout 3 or New Vegas didn’t really jive with me, the seemingly overhauled gameplay, a renewed sense of humour, and a new focus on a ridiculous amount of customization has me really curious if Bethesda can finally immerse me in their game.
Fallout 4 says goodbye to brown and embraces colour. It says goodbye to the typical melodrama associated with post-apocalyptic settings in favour of some dark humour, and it says goodbye to the past and moves forward with a new look at how the apocalypse happened and a fresh coat of paint on Boston as a setting.
Overall the game looks fantastic, but I’m still nervous that it will be fetch-quest heaven with stiff and lifeless characters. We’ll see when it drops though.
8 – Starfox Zero
When I first got my SNES, I was absolutely blown away by Starfox. It had impressive polygonal graphics, unique and memorable characters, and insane combat that relied on your ability to react in a swift manner. It was such a unique concept to me at the time – especially with space bunnies- and I played it ritualistically for months without ever getting bored of it.
After the original Starfox though, the next game I got to play was Starfox Adventures. It is a great game in its own right, but it was a complete spin-off that didn’t satisfy my urge to soar an Arwing through rings while dodging blaster fire.
It has been over a decade of waiting for a new console Starfox game that adopts the philosophy of the original, and it seems that despite some huge changes like the motion controls, we’re finally getting a proper sequel.
I can’t wait to see what Nintendo does to improve on such a meticulous formula, and I’m anxiously awaiting my binge sessions where I scour each level searching for hidden secrets.
7 – Nier 2
Nier was a game that I always wanted to try but never could. I spent three or more years trying to find a copy in my area to no avail, and it seemed that no matter what stones I upturned, I’d never be able to play the game.
I got lucky recently and bought an extremely cheap copy on the PS3 and after spending two weeks playing through the adventure, I wanted nothing but more Nier.
The timing couldn’t be better, as mere weeks later Nier 2 is announced. Furthermore, having a developer like Platinum Games handling Nier’s weakest point, the combat, could not be a smarter idea. We already have all the assets to make a wonderful experience, we just needed someone with the right skill to flesh out the gameplay mechanics.
We got it.
6 – Horizon Zero Dawn
A lot of developers, Bethesda included, seem to want to flock to post-apocalyptic earth as a setting. It’s becoming so frequent now that I’m feeling burnt out on the idea. Game after game has you surviving a harsh wasteland torn apart by war and conflict, fighting off mutants or zombies with a variety of guns and melee weapons.
It’s formulaic to say the least, and most games that adopt such a setting don’t stray far from what I’ve described.
Horizon Zero Dawn may be a post-apocalyptic wasteland that has you battling enemies with a variety of guns, but replace the typical zombies with robot dinosaurs. Replace the typical Mad Max styled brutes and The Warriors styled gangs with tribes of primitive hunters using advanced crossbows and spears to do their hunting. Replace a dull brown wasteland with a vibrant and gorgeous landscape filled with colour and unique sights to behold.
All of this makes me excited to play Horizon. I just hope it can add an interesting narrative to the mix and keep things interesting without relying too heavily on dragging out the game’s length for ‘content’.
5 – Unravel
Whenever EA gets on stage I expect a ton of typical buzzwords like “innovation” while they just show off tons of bland sports games and unending sequels of broken buggy messes that everybody is sick of. What I absolutely didn’t expect was to see some shaking young man with a little red doll made of yarn.
What sold me before the game was even shown was the man himself. From speaking about taking photos of his Yarnie doll in the woods for level ideas to his trembling hands, nervous laughter, and utter gratefulness to be on a huge stage at a massive event, I was completely taken aback by how genuine and sweet he seemed.
When we finally cut to Unravel though, what we see is an endearing, gorgeous, and interesting platformer with what seems to be some interesting mechanics at the core.
There is no doubt in my mind that this game will be solid and the ideas fully fleshed out, I just don’t know if I’m ready to cry at another video game so soon.
4 – Uncharted 4
Everyone who follows Naughty Dog knew that Uncharted 4 would rear it’s head at E3, but the manner in which it would do it was very much up to debate. After seeing an exhilarating car chase and some incredible technology on display, it is no surprise then that I seriously cannot wait to get back into the shoes of Drake as he finishes up his final adventure.
With a graphics engine to blind the viewer, a new sense of speed and chaos, a focus on verticality and non-linear level design, Uncharted 4 should be on everyone’s radar, as it is going to be the summer blockbuster game we need in our lives.
I never get sick of hearing Sully and Drake’s banter.
3 – Cuphead
When you look at the world of video games, it’s hard to come up with a completely unique idea and turn it into a game that nobody has ever done before. Unless you’re Studio MDHR that is.
With all the distinct art-styles we see in games, not once have we been able to actually play through a classic 30s cartoon from start to finish. Cuphead says that we need to, and it offers us a Mega Man-esque platforming action game with an art style that is almost shockingly similar to such wonders as Mickey Mouse or Popeye.
The game looks incredible and the design so well articulated that you’d be fooled not to think it’s based on some ancient source material.
That it is not, and wait I cannot.
2 – The Last Guardian
The Last Guardian is a game that I consistently feared had been scrapped. Year after year I’d prepare for E3 with my annual anticipation of seeing more on the game, just to have my dreams crushed as the game went unmentioned and neglected year after year.
I grew cynical and negative as the years went on, and I didn’t think I’d ever have my dream of being able to play The Last Guardian come true. E3 2015 proved me wrong by showing me that the game is not only still alive, but is coming along beautifully.
What a wonderful concept; a boy and his creature. Both escaping a perilous locale, using teamwork and intelligence to stay alive and flee what we can only assume is a vile enemy. The demo starts with the boy ripping spears out of the beasts dying body, and from there a bond is built that I cannot fathom never being able to take part in.
Please give me The Last Guardian. My heart has had a hole in it since I completed Shadow of the Colossus.
1 – Final Fantasy VII as Top E3 2015
Though my top choice might not be surprising, I’d say it’s justified. I got into gaming because of a little game known as Final Fantasy VII. I had dabbled and enjoyed my fair share of shoot-em-ups and platformers on the retro consoles, but nothing had ever fully immersed or grasped me until I went into a pawn shop one day and purchased Final Fantasy VII on a whim.
The game blew me away. The pre-rendered backgrounds were astoundingly beautiful to me, the music was entrancing and ethereal, the writing and narrative deep and complex, and the characters lovable and varied. I had never seen a game with such depth, and I’d spend my nights either playing it or leaving my game on to fall asleep to the incredible soundtrack that Nobuo Uematsu crafted.
These types of memories will never leave me, and the impact of the game cannot be nullified. With that said, I’ve been wanting to re-enter the world of Final Fantasy VII in 3D for years, and the prospect of a full remake coming blows my mind.
Picture Midgar fully traversable in 3D, picture Uematsu’s incredible score re-imagined with an orchestra and picture the gameplay tweaked and enhanced to feel right at home in 2017. That is what we’re getting if I have it my way, and I couldn’t be more excited.