PREVIEWSPillars of Eternity Preview
For Obsidian's crowdfunded love letter to Infinity Engine games like Icewind Dale and Baldur's Gate, I was impressed by its willingness to pull back the curtain and let me see the machinery behind it.
We've all been there. Everyone remembers that mission. You and your partner are climbing up the mountains in the snow, striving to pull some slick clandestine operation about getting some intel on a bad guy, or something similar (because let's face...
Many of us have had our hands on the Wii for a while now. We've been baffled whenever the pointer doesn't appear on the screen. We've flung our Wii-motes into unfortunately fixed objects. We've heard a fair share of awful Wii puns. And most of all, if our picks for the Wii reveal anything, we know the motion-sensing controls can work and has revolutionized how we interact with video games.
Super Mario Galaxy
When Mario appears in a full-on platformer, you know he means business. Just as SuperMario 64 did for Nintendo 64, Super Mario Galaxy exemplifies the potential of the Wii's controls and what fun is all about. If that doesn't convince you, it's battling The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on GameRankings as the best video game of all time.
Like Psychonauts before it, Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure is a sleeper hit that hopefully won't fall off your radar. For people who clamor for innovation and for making developers like Capcom to take a risk once a while, this is right up your alley.
It may be strange to see Resident Evil 4 on the Wii - as is Manhunt 2 - but having a sophisticated M-rated title on the next-gen Nintendo scene is a good move. The Wii-mote controls bring a fresh take to this extraordinary survival-horror title, and besides, shooting zombies in the face never gets old. A budget price also helps.
Samus is at it again, now fighting off a Phazon (yeast) infection. But we don't really mind. With well-designed controls and level design, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption is a fitting conclusion to the trilogy.