Super Mario 3D World 60 Second Review

Super Mario 3D World

Super Mario 3D World is the latest WiiU must-have game, starring the world’s most famous gaming icon – Mario!

Following on from the success of last year’s New Super Mario Bros U, it’s a bright, colourful and wonderfully playable leap forward for a series that spans generations.

With hundreds of levels that take you from familiar green fields, to fantastic new locations like a floating carnival, everything looks better than ever thanks to the extra power of Nintendo’s Wii U console.

Presentation – Visuals, Sound and Theme

The gameplay feels updated too, sitting comfortably between the 2D of classic Mario games, and the full-blown 3D of something like Mario Galaxy or Mario 64. If you’re one of the thousands of gamers who got their introduction to Mario with the Wii, it’s a great way to ease into a deeper game world that you’ll love to explore.

And there’s plenty of exploring to be done. New power ups like the awesome catsuit or mind-boggling, multi-Mario, hidden in every nook and cranny. There’s tons of stickers, stars and coins to collect that it can seem like an impossible task for just one pint-sized plumber.

Multiplayer in the Gamewagon

Lucky then, that Super Mario 3D World supports up to four simultaneous players. You’re all bundled in together, as either Mario, Luigi, Toad or Princess Peach, working together to make it through level after level for imaginative fun.

Summary

So, who would’ve thought, with the bombastic launch of Sony, and Microsoft’s new massive consoles (with their massive price tags), we’d be talking so excitedly about a 30 year old series on a 2 year old machine? Super Mario 3D World is a pure gaming challenge for the hardcore, and the very best family gaming experience for the casual gamer.

Rayman Legends 60 Second Review

Rayman Legends

The original Rayman (Rayman Origins) has become an integral part of any multiplayer video game party. It just works. Easy drop in and drop out multiplayer action always up to four players to work their way through many challenges. Drop out (Bubble yourself) and the rest can continue unhindered.

Rayman Legends is the sequel and we have put together a short video for you to get a feel for this great game.

We still find it amazing that many have neither heard of or played Rayman games. Those that do play, Soon get to grips with the frenetic multiplayer action. The award winning team of Ubisoft artists, designers and composers have taken the game to new heights.

In a nutshell this is what we love kids to play. Despite the peer pressure as they grow up here is a game that provides humorous game play, great characters and enough challenges to keep them interested for hours of game play.

Presentation – Visuals, Sound and Theme

The graphics are glorious, the sound track immersive and the overall feeling is one of a polished quality, fun game. As an occasional gamer throughout my years, this is the best of what I remember about great platform games. Except the controls, graphics and sound are beautiful and learning curve well thought through.

As far background; Rayman and our other heroes have taken a 100-year nap! Wouldn’t that be nice! However, this has allowed “The Nightmares” to infest the Glade of Dreams. Once Rayman and friends wake up they must set off on a new adventure to restore order to the universe. All before tea time!

Multiplayer in the Gamewagon

Up to four players can drop in and out during gameplay on the PS3 and Xbox. On the WiiU there is the possibility of five players (one using the game pad). It is a brilliant multiplayer game that challenges experienced Rayman players and new players.

There are also quick fire micro games and also daily online challenges that are great for pass the controller competitions amongst a small group of friends.

Hints and Tips

Keep you eyes peeled for locations often above / below and behind you that contain objects to collect as you work through the levels.

Do not forget the sprint (Right Trigger) and the ability to Double Jump and Fly by holding the jump button.

In the multi player modes use, Select (PS3) or back (Xbox), to bubble yourself and then any key to come back in. This is especially useful if you end up stuck or are lagging behind on a level.