It's been a while since I've posted the weekly Nintendo Download highlights, but I'm going to try my best to get back into getting these out again, and what better time to pick this back up than the week that The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time hits the Wii U Virtual Console. I think it's safe to say that Ocarina of Time is one of the best games in the series, especially for being the first of the 3D Legend of Zelda games.
Over on the 3DS eShop we have Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3, which was developed to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Samurai Warriors franchise. Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 takes the best features from the past Samurai Warriors games, which includes the detailed customization mode and battle system of Samurai Warriors 4, as well as the Challenge Mode. You can play as either a customized character or a historically inspired Samurai.
As usual there's a lot more going on this week in the eShops, so hit up Nintendo's official press release for all of this week's offers.
Haemimont Games have announced a July 24th, 2015 release date for their upcoming action-RPG Victor Vran. Currently available via Steam Early Access, in 3 weeks it will be demon hunting time in earnest. The latest Early Access update to the game introduced the grand finale to the campaign with cinematic cut scenes, German and English language voice-overs, new legendary weapons, Elite Challenges, and a Hard Mode for experienced players.
If you have time this weekend between drinking, BBQing, watching parades and fireworks, then you might want to play some SMITE. To celebrate the 4th of July, players will earn double worshipers, favor and XP all on PC and Xbox One. The sale will run from Friday July 3rd to Sunday July 5th.
SMITE is also running a special "Independence" chest throughout the month which includes several skins, some of them exclusive that will only run for a limited time before they are gone.
The chest will be 400 per roll and skins include...
Only a few tidbits of info about WWE 2K16 have been released but I am hoping that now that we are in July, 2K starts dropping some info about this years game.
The only thing we really know so far is that there will be 120 unique models in this years game. Also announced were the first six superstars confirmed to be playable in the game including Seth Rollins, Daniel Bryan, Paige, Dean Ambrose, Wade Barret and NXT superstar Finn Balor.
Speaking of Finn Balor, we also learned that he will be doing motion capture for this years game as 2K has released a video showing Finn at the motion capture studio.
So far so good. I just really hope 2K doesn't do what they did last year and go completely silent about the game right up until it's release. I understand that 2K does things differently than THQ but when trying to make a good first impression, it's probably not a good idea to leave fans in the dark until they find out from leaked copies and broken NDA's about how much was missing from the game.
Developer NeocoreGames has announced that The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing trilogy will be releasing as a packaged and standalone game titled the Final Cut edition this September on PC. The Final Cut is described as a definitive version that combines content from all of the three games that totals over 50 hours of gameplay alone in the campaign mode.
Players can now select from six playable character classes at the game's very beginning along with the improved and extended skill tree system found in the latest game. The tower defense game modes that made their appearance in the second game will also be included in the package. The level cap should please fans as it's 80 for the campaign and 100 with the other included game modes. Additional features include:
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Final Cut will launch as a standalone game on Steam for $44.99. Those players that already own all three the games in the trilogy will receive the Final Cut edition for free.
Developer Bossa Studios, known for Surgeon Simulator and I am Bread, has released new screenshots of their next game, Worlds Adrift. From reading through some of their updates on the game's development blog and looking through the various released media, Worlds Adrift looks to be a big departure from the gameplay and genre of previous games.
Randy previously discussed the game when it was announced earlier this year. From everything I've read thus far and seen of the game, count me as excited to see what is ahead for the game's development and future unannounced release on PC.
Upcoming free-to-play, sci-fi MMORPG Skyforge from developers Obsidian Entertainment and Allods Team will be launching in open beta on July 16. Those eager fans that have purchased founder packs can jump into the game early on July 9.
In the open beta, players will be exploring the world of Aelion as one of five distinct character classes. Those interested in the upcoming beta will want to visit the Skyforge website, register for an account, and download the client to be ready when the game goes live.
The developers have already answered the puzzlement in your head if you're unfamiliar with Skyforge as a new trailer is available explaining all the basics.
Publisher Iceberg Interactive and developer Fugitive Games have announced that open world space game Into the Stars will be launching on July 9 for PC. What might be one of the best game descriptions I've seen in awhile, Into the Stars is described as a cross between Oregon Trail and FTL.
Players step into the role of spaceship captain in which they perform a variety of tasks ranging from scavenging for resources to battling hostile aliens. Basically, all the tasks that are required of a spaceship captain to survive in a distant and dangerous solar system. The end goal of the spaceship's mission being to find a suitable planet for humanity.
Free Lives has released a patch for Broforce that adds a pair of new characters (Brocketeer and Broheart), as well as new melee attacks and flex animations for the characters. The two new characters look like a ton of fun to play and add to a roster full of awesome characters.
Broforce is still in Early Access on Steam but it's a game I can easily recommend after buying it late last year. The game is chock full of great animations and is a blast to play either by yourself or with a group of friends. Check out Sean's preview for more reasons why you should check this great little game out.
Even though they can’t seem to get a grip on the supply and demand aspect of the Amiibo figures, I do commend Nintendo for their implementation of the (not exactly) toys. I was worried early on, when the Amiibo were first announced, that the scope of their support would be rather limited. It has turned out to be anything but thanks to their inclusion in a majority of the first party titles for the Wii U.
Nintendo lover and gamer MoldyClay is someone who appreciates this fact as well and he has worked tirelessly over the past couple of months to keep fans informed on how and the Amiibo’s work and with which games. He constantly updates an “Amiibo Compatibility” image that he shares with the world, making it crystal clear which figures work with which games and to what ends. He recently released his latest version of the chart, which you can see here, that breaks it all down in the simplest form.
Check it out: