In case you were unaware, the Steam Autumn Sale has been underway for several days now and is nearing it's inevitable conclusion. As of the time of posting this, you have a little over 36 hours remaining to take advantage of some pretty incredible deals. The Steam Autumn Sale will run through Cyber Monday and end on Tuesday, November 29th at 10 AM Pacific Time. Jump past the break to see just 12 of the literally hundreds of amazing deals you really ought to be clicking to very shortly.
This week, PS4 owners can play the PS2 port of the last great Samurai Shodown game, Samurai Shodown VI. Originally appearing in the arcades a decade ago, SamSho VI still remains the last-released numbered installment in the series. It also features more playable characters than any of the others. That makes this game one of the best entries in what many would consider to be one of the best fighting franchises of all time.
Also out in the last four weeks, the latest entry in another great fighting series, BlazBlue, the sequel to the 2012 hit, Dishonored, and another futuristic Call of Duty game, this time set in space. It is the middle of the Edo period. The stage is set. Let the mighty come forth! Jump past the break to see more new releases from the past month.
So, this is the first Nintendo eShop Releases post we've made in an entire season! In that time frame Nintendo has half-heartedly announced their next system, the Switch, ceased production of the Wii U (after not even reaching the 4-year mark), and pushed back the release date for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, yet again. It seems we here at 12/12 Games have become almost as unenthusiastic about Nintendo as they themselves seem to be.
To be fair, there have been several respectable releases over the last dozen weeks. Especially, this past one. For starters, the Wii U received a Virtual Console port of Excitebike 64, which is arguably the best game in the Excite series. In addition there was the dual-release pair of new Pokémon games, Sun and Moon. Also out in the last three months, a 3DS remake of the previously PlayStation-exclusive Dragon Quest VII, and a new entry in the popular Paper Mario series. Catch big air! Jump past the break to see several more decent recent releases.
GoldenEye 007 (Nintendo 64) (Rare, 1997)
Game Changers is a semi-regular column featuring games which have had a significant impact on me over the years. Games that were so incredibly stunning and awe-inspiring, they changed my conception of what a game could be at the time. Previously, I have written about Out Run, Street Fighter Alpha 3, and Red Dead Redemption.
When the first-person shooters first rose to prominence, they were almost entirely non-existent anywhere besides the PC. Console controllers at the time simply weren't equipped to handle movement and aiming together in any kind of intuitive way. That all changed with Rare's 1997 smash hit, GoldenEye 007.
Rare made expert use of the uniquely designed Nintendo 64 controller when implementing the control scheme for the game. They utilized the brand new controller features like the analog joystiq, yellow C buttons, and gun-like Z trigger for more natural-feeling movement and shooting than had been possible before. The brilliance of their control scheme was that it worked so well with Nintendo's oddball controller. A device design that had previously left many fans scratching their heads suddenly made (some) sense. It seemed almost as if Nintendo had designed the controller for GoldenEye, and not the other way around. What's more is that for the first time, a game developer had successfully created an acceptable way to enjoy the wildly popular first-person shooter genre on a home game console.
While the first-person shooter control scheme may not have ultimately achieved perfection until 2001's Halo on the original Xbox, GoldenEye represented an absolutely crucial stepping stone along the path; basically, the only real stepping stone. The game opened up the world of first-person shooters to millions of people who only liked to play games on their television sets. The genius of this timeless classic cannot be overstated and the controls are only but one of the numerous reasons why.
This week saw the release of the highly-anticipated sequel to Arkane Studios' 2012 hit, Dishonored. In Dishonored 2, Corvo and Emily return from the first game. Set 15 years later, an otherworldly usurper has seized control of the empire from Emily. You can decide to play as either Corvo or Emily in your violent and/or stealthy bid to retake the throne.
Also out in the last two weeks, this year's obligatory Call of Duty installment, a previously PlayStation Vita exclusive JRPG called Trillion: God of Destruction, and the very cool-looking action space sim, House of the Dying Sun. Take back what's yours. Jump past the break to see more of this past fortnight's new releases.
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