The HITMAN 3 release date on Nintendo Switch has been confirmed, and owners of Nintendo’s ‘sometimes portable, sometimes not’ console hybrid will be able to enjoy the neck-snapping, body-hiding fun of HITMAN 3 on January 20th alongside the other versions.
This release is a bit different from most, however, with the game only available via cloud streaming. This will mostly impact those of you who want to play on the go, as you’ll have to tether your Switch to a mobile WiFi signal – your phone for example – if you want to get your game on. It’s not clear how much data streaming HITMAN 3 will take up, but expect it to burn though Canada’s mobile data caps fairly quickly.
This ‘cloud-only’ release scheme is still unusual, done for the first time to get Control to run on Nintendo’s lower-powered hardware. I would expect it to become more common in the future, however, especially any time games are being ported from next-gen hardware. It’s an interesting idea, and it did allow the Switch to have the honour of being the first console to have raytracing in Control…
Here’s the trailer for the game. I’m looking forward to jumping into the dangerous world of Agent 47 day one. HITMAN 3 releases on all platforms on January 20th.
Upcoming third-person action game Project: Eve released a really strong boss battle trailer back in November and followed that up today with character and concept art – including what caught my eye the most: a look at how they create those crazy-looking monsters.
The NA-tive monster seen in the trailer was created first in clay, sculpted by hand, and then subjected to a high-density 3D scan to get that model into the game with all that fine detail intact.
I’ve always been interested in that part of the design process, so seeing how studios come up with the designs for the wild enemies is interesting. You’d have to think that being able to see and manipulate the model in real life is more engaging than seeing it on a screen, even if it adds another step to getting it into the game.
Project: Eve is under development by SHIFT UP, a Korean development studio founded in 2013 by Hyung-Tae Kim. For more information on the game, check out the teaser site or YouTube channel.
Destroy All Humans! originally came out in 2005 and was hilarious. Running wild through the streets taking out civilians, government agents, and the military was a blast.
Destroy All Humans! – newly remastered – is now available and in 2020 it feels like a breath of fresh air. We’ve been under pandemic restrictions here for a month, month and a half, and I needed a break just like this.
As Cryptosporidium-137, a tough-talking alien clone who’s a mix between Jack Nicholson and Dirty Harry, I’ve roamed the mid-sized open world levels blasting civilians, scientists, buildings…you name it, I’ve blasted or probed it – sometimes both, and I’ve loved every minute of it.
The main missions are fun, but it’s the side quests – optional in nature – that add some replay value. You’ll want to nail those down to get all your upgrades for your ship, weapons, and abilities.
This isn’t a great game, but it never really set out to be. It just wants to be a fun game you can turn your brain off for, and it’s a huge success at that. It’s a B-level game that apes B-movies and I love it to death for that still, 15 years later.
That said, some of the jokes fall pretty flat these days. There’s nothing that’s overtly offensive, but it was a product of its times and times have changed a lot even before the pandemic hit.
Though they didn’t touch any of the content, every other aspect of the game was polished to a shine in this remaster. The graphics are the equal of that ‘this is what it looked like back then’ vision I had of the game with my nostalgia goggles on, which is really saying something. Going back and looking at old footage and comparing the two is kind of jarring – it not only looks better now, but it also runs a lot better as well.
Destroy All Humans!, as I said before, isn’t a great game, but – if B-movies can transfer to the gaming world – it might be the best B-game ever made and remastered.
What I Loved:
Stellar upgrade – this is a top-notch remaster
Tons of upgrades
What I Liked:
Some really funny stuff here
Never had side quest mission variety like this before…
The Wii U didn’t have a ton of what I’d call ‘must play’ third party games, but The Wonderful 101 falls into that category. The action-adventure is more of a cult hit than an instant classic, but the over-the-top action really hit the spot for me.
The great news is that the game’s not confined to the Wii U anymore, with a remastered edition having hit PC, PS4, and Nintendo Switch in May – and today a physical edition hit retail for fans who still want a disc (or cartridge) to be able to…look at, I guess?
I have to admit I’ve never gotten into the ‘collect physical games’ side of the hobby…
Here’s the press release:
HEROES REUNITE AS THE WONDERFUL 101: REMASTERED BLASTS INTO STORES TODAY
The critically acclaimed, fan favorite action-adventure game is now availableat major retailers for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation®4
EDISON, NEW JERSEY – June 30, 2020 – Cult classic action-adventure game The Wonderful 101 reunites its heroes in a definitive depiction with The Wonderful 101: Remastered, now available physically at North American retail for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation®4, and coming to Europe on July 3. From renowned Japanese videogame developer and publisher PlatinumGames and retail distributor Nighthawk Interactive, the remastered edition unifies the band of Wonderful Ones once more for new consoles.
The Wonderful 101: Remastered brings back over-the-top action as players take control of the Wonderful Ones – heroes from around the world chosen to defend Earth from extraterrestrial threats. Suited up for action, the band of Wonderful Ones can morph into powerful transformations, such as a fist, sword, glider, gun, and more, allowing players to navigate through perilous environments, empower helpless citizens to join their company of heroes, and defend against Blossom City’s alien invaders.
Originally released as a Wii U system exclusive, The Wonderful 101: Remastered introduces the intense superhero action to new audiences, featuring:
· Stronger Together – Unite multiple heroes to morph into powerful weapons to crush enemies, or into bridges, chains and other objects to help traverse the changing environments of Blossom City and beyond.
· Empowering Forces–Find helpless stranded citizens throughout each level and empower them to join the fight, strengthening the band of heroes striving to save humanity. The more heroes that team up with the Wonderful Ones, the more powerful their morphs will become.
· Dynamic, Fast-Paced Combat – Deftly switching between Wonderful Ones and their morphs is key to stringing together combos and landing impactful assaults, and to evading and defending against alien attacks while racking up points to earn the best scores and rewards.
· Changing Environments – Traverse through cities, across the ocean floor, through a dense jungle and many other unique locations around the world.
Developed by PlatinumGames and distributed at retail by Nighthawk Interactive, The Wonderful 101: Remastered is now available for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 for $39.99. The game is rated T for Teen (Alcohol Reference, Animated Blood, Fantasy, Violence and Suggestive Themes) by the ESRB.
About Nighthawk Interactive Built by a team of industry veterans, Nighthawk Interactive aims to combine their proven experience with the ever-changing needs of modern game development. With a strong focus on publishing, co-publishing, and retail distribution, Nighthawk has built strong partnerships with some of the biggest brands in entertainment, along with many talented independent developers to deliver great experiences to gamers around the world. For more information about Nighthawk, visit www.NighthawkInteractive.com, and follow us on Twitter at (@NH_Interactive).
About PlatinumGames PlatinumGames Inc. is an independent entertainment developer and publisher based in Osaka, Japan, dedicated to making high-quality, next generation games for a variety of hardware platforms. Under the slogan “To set the world standard in player satisfaction,” PlatinumGames works hard to deliver fresh surprises and new experiences to gamers all over the world. Visit www.platinumgames.com for more details.