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Production for the Wii U was ended on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 as a result of years of neglect and an overexposure to dust. It was was released on November 18, 2012. The announcement of the console was greeted with bewilderment and confusion as consumers were unsure if the device was an “add-on” to the Nintendo Wii or if it was a separate piece of hardware. The Wii U’s first year included a lack of games that were released on the day that the system’s release date and an absence of third party support with repeated periods of software droughts for the console. As months passed, the initial sales for the console only justified the skepticism of third party developers.  The eventual sales numbers for the device were downright pitiful with only 13.56 million worldwide which is dwarfed by more than 40 million in comparison to the Playstation 4’s 53.4…

I’ve devoted over 60 hours to eviscerating my enemies, shoving people off cliffs and executing those I’ve bested. I have felt the swell of triumph that comes with defeating a good opponent and the aggravation from being slaughtered by three or four other warriors. What’s important are the emotions, the drive and the medieval combat that has never before been realized in the way that it has been in “For Honor.” The game takes these beautiful battles and spans them throughout five multiplayer modes and a short-but-sweet story mode. Across all modes players are given a distinct choice of who to play as: Knights, Vikings or Samurai. I don’t know about you, but many hours of my childhood were spent pondering on who would win in this showdown and “For Honor” finally gives me the chance to realize this competition in an advanced, beautifully-backdropped and skill-intensive way. When…

2016 has been a monumental year for fans of Pokémon. It honestly feels like no other franchise has celebrated a yearly anniversary likePokémon did. Under the 20th anniversary there were new additions and remade classics to the trading card game, a notably good season of the XYZ anime, a Super Bowl commercial, multiple events such as the Twitch Watches Pokémon marathon and other developments that revolved around celebrating the long-lasting phenomenon. Of course, there were also new games such as Pokken Tournament, the Pokémon-based fighting game, that was released outside of Japan earlier this year. Pokémon GO also  became an instant success. Although it is  not perfect, it is enjoyable and admirable for what it has accomplished. Even the original versions of Pokémon Red and Blue were re-released digitally, which is a rare occurrence when it comes to The Pokémon Company. They remake old games but they have rarely re-released…

“Resident Evil 7” is filled to the brim with character. Character that has been missing from “Resident Evil” since Capcom tried moving the series to a more action-orientated experience as opposed to one that’s seeded in the series’s survival horror roots. It’s a “Resident Evil” game for fans and also for those looking to try the series out for the first time. Walking through the claustrophobic hallways of the Baker plantation, the setting brought back the same string of emotions I felt when I first walked through the iconic Spencer Mansion from the original title. “Resident Evil 7” begins with a new protagonist, Ethan Winters. Ethan receives an email from his missing wife Mia, who warns him not to come looking for her after she had been missing for three years. Of course Ethan disregards this warning and makes his way to the Baker family plantation. The game starts…

In times of harsh winters, changing leaves and coffee, sweaters and all that dumb shit; you probably don’t have time to play video games. Well, many of us at the Stony Brook Press wish to offer some brief cop-out time that can be fulfilling. Below is a list of games that don’t take a heavy investment to enjoy. So enjoy. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons  – Taylor Knoedl It’s a multiplayer game between your left and right hand that demonstrates the importance of being whole not just in a video game, but in life. The wholeness isn’t within one person, but two people who must work together when they are put in a situation where they only have each other. Sounds a lot like life, doesn’t it? Crazy. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is a brief A-to-B adventure game with puzzles that revolve around this separate hand/separate character…

Imagine a world where the values and paranoia of the 1950’s did not end with the passage of time, but with a flash and a mushroom cloud. Imagine a world where the bombs devastated a technologically uplifted 50’s America. All that is left is ash and bombed out husks of a once great society. Imagine a world where this was not the end to human existence, but is only a new bloody chapter in human history where the rest of humanity lives amongst these broken walls and tries to build a new society. Throughout the series, the same tag words always end the opening cinematics: “War, War Never Changes.” For as little as we know about the upcoming Fallout 4, we have a great understanding about the world itself. It is a long, complicated setting spanning from coast to coast. Where those animals that aren’t feral are horribly mutated, like…

It was Valentine’s day and my father was going to see Fifty Shades of Gray with his 23-year-old girlfriend. I had to be out of the house for the night. Fortunately on this same day I bought Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask for 3DS so I took my handheld and sorrowfully wandered the Lost Woods. Majora’s Mask is the third (fourth if you want to count A Link Between Worlds) HD remake from the Legend of Zelda series, proceeding Ocarina of Time 3D and Windwaker HD. The loose sequel to Ocarina had gained a cult following due to its dismal storyline and rich world-building. It has seen much anticipation for some sort of remake pretty much since Nintendo revived Super Mario 64 with Super Mario 64 DS. All was going well for me at first; I was the boy heartthrob and hero of time, Young Link. Getting women would be…

The entire video game industry still considers itself young. After more than 30 years the industry still has few concrete ideas of what is considered professional critique from the industry’s journalists. It should not be that hard for them. There are plenty of examples to draw from in other media. There is also the obvious, such as how they should refuse to accept anti-consumer policies. In any market, journalists are supposed to be there as a watchdog to say whether a product or a company is trying to screw the consumer over, yet if the media surrounding video games had been more apt to relate information to the consumer, we would not have had the botched release and embargo problems that we had with Assassin’s Creed Unity. Assassin’s Creed Unity, the latest in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, was released on November 11, 2014. As the game, hyped to oblivion with…