Episode 004: A New Hope

The Game Talk Universe is back! Matt and Mike discuss January’s Nintendo Direct event, Microsofts Windows 10 event and the possible return of Rock Band. Also, we read some listener mail and discuss how many game remakes are too many remakes.

New Nintendo Direct Reveals NEW 3DS and Much More!!!!

In This morning’s Nintendo Direct, Nintendo came out swinging! Tons of new announcements include:

  • February 13th release date for the NEW Nintendo 3DS XL in North America. This includes a Majora’s Mask themed NEW 3DS and a Monster Hunter 4 themed one as well. Both themed NEW 3DS’s are bundled with said game. The NEW 3DS XL has a lot of new functionality including a new c-stick, better processing power, built-in Amiibo scanner, face recognition software that allows the image to be 3D no matter where you look and more.
  • Tons of Amiibo News: Wave 4 of the samsh amiibos was announced. A new wave of Super Mario Bros. Amiibos that work with Mario Party 10. Tons of functionality for new 3DS games.
  • Announced reproduced versions of Wii games Super Mario Galaxy 2(Available today), Punch Out!!, and Metroid Prime Trilogy. Each game will be shown on the Wii U home screen as apposed to you having to enter Wii mode on the Wii U. Also these games will be half-off the week following their release.
  • New Games: A new Fire Emblem title for 3DS, A new free to play title called Pokemon Shuffle, Puzzles and Dragons, and a free to play title codenamed Project Treasure.
  • Much, much more.

The direct is just under a hour and delivers so much news it was hard to keep up! You can watch it for yourself here.

What do you think of these announcements? We’ll look at some of these announcements more closely in the coming days so stay with us here at the GTU.

-Mike

Questions: Rock Band

As we reported in this post earlier today. Harmonix has announced new Rock Band 3 DLC after two years of silence. There are a lot of questions regarding why this is happening but luckily our Rock Band Expert, Mike is here to ask himself those questions and try to answer them.

Why are you considered a Rock Band Expert?

I’ve been playing Rock Band since Rock Band 1. I have over 1,000 songs available to play on my Xbox 360. I’ve been in numerous Rock Band competitions with my band Jimmy Twinkle and The BAD. A few of them we even won, netting us a bunch of awesome swag and giving us trips to NYC and Atlantic City for the Total Rock, Total Rewards Rock Band competition. I think I qualify as an expert.  On a more serious note, Rock Band holds a special place in my heart. It’s the first (and probably only) game i’ve been really really good at and it allowed me to do amazing things that I never thought I’d do in my life.

Why do this now?

That’s a great question! It doesn’t seem to make sense to stop releasing songs for a few years, then start again. A few months ago, Harmonix asked people to take a Rock Band related survey that asked questions like “What would you be more excited for?” and listed a bunch of different options. One of the options was New Legacy DLC for Rock Band 3. My guess is that this option was pretty popular and it compelled them to make more DLC for Rock Band 3.

Will they continue to release songs?

I think so. The Rock Band fan base is ravenous whenever it comes to new news or content. Harmonix knows they can’t simply give these people a small taste and not expect them to come back for more. I do not think it would be every week like it was before, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they released three songs a month.

Why should we care?

If you like any of the three artists or songs being released and you still have the ability to play those songs. I’m not a huge fan of the song choices. I’ll probably pick up the Foo Fighters song. Also I know I’m in the minority that I still have my complete Rock Band setup(even if its a little beat up.) But you have the ability to play these songs and your interested, you should pick them up. Harmonix is an amazing game company that deserves support.

 Can I buy new instruments for Rock Band?

This is very hit or miss. Amazon always has people selling things, but the quality is always questionable with these instruments. You would have to buy used, and this is a huge problem Harmonix would run into with a theoretical  Rock Band 4. How do you release new expensive peripherals cost effectively?

Is there a new Rock Band coming?

This is the big question, I don’t have a definitive answer but my guess is eventually. It won’t be this year, but I can’t imagine Harmonix doesn’t have something up their sleeve.  They know people want it. They also know it won’t be the phenomenon it was before. So i expect a more conservative release for “Rock Band 4” with less songs and less flash, but more of the rhythm based gameplay that people love.

Are there any questions about Rock Band I didn’t answer? What do you think Harmonix should do with the franchise? Leave your answers in the comments below and thank you for reading.

-Mike

Harmonix Announces New Rock Band DLC Tomorrow!

Harmonix has announced today via their forums that they are releasing new Rock Band songs tomorrow, Tuesday, January 13th, 2015. The three songs that are being released are as follows:

• Arctic Monkeys – “R U Mine?”
• Avenged Sevenfold – “Shepherd Of Fire”
• Foo Fighters – “Something From Nothing”

$1.99 USD, £.99 UK, €1.49 EU per song

This comes as somewhat of a surprise as Harmonix has seemed to be done with Rock Band 3 and has said many times they will pick up the series with presumably a new game at a later date. Will they continue to release new songs? Are you excited for this batch of songs? Stay turned to the Game Talk Universe for all your Rock Band and other video game news.

-Mike

Games Mike is PUMPED for!: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

It’s a pretty awful name….

Today I’m starting a new feature on the site called Games Mike is PUMPED for! (Great name right?) In this semi-regular article, I will talk about a little bit about a game that will be coming out soon that i’m PUMPED about. Sometimes I’ll have a lot to say, sometimes I won’t, but I’ll always leave pictures and videos so you’ll be able to decide if you’re excited or not! First up, Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. (Another great name right?)

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

Published and Developed by: Square-Enix

US Release Date: March 19th 2015 for Xbox One and Playstation 4

Now technically this game already came out. In 2011 Square-Enix released this game in Japan for Sony’s Playstation Portable(PSP) system. However it’s never made it’s way to US soil and this is a HD port of the same game with tweaks and extras added.

I recently received a Xbox One for Christmas from my loving generous brother, Jason, who is amazing. After running the possibilities of all the next gen games I could play through my head, this game popped into my head. I was excited for this game without even having a way to play it.

Here are your school attending killing machines, and you thought your school was rough.

FFT-0 HD(For short) is an action-RPG, which stars a group of 12 bad ass military students who each have a different weapon and skills. Your team of super cool, very Japanese(Warriors wearing school girl outfits? Check), teenage killing machines are sent on various missions as your nation is at war with another warring nation. Unlike a lot of previous Final Fantasies, the game uses a real-time battle system similar to previous Square-Enix game Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII. You control three of your students at a time and can swap between them at anytime. One of the characters’ weapons is a flute. I’m dead serious. You don’t believe me? Look at this picture.

Hopefully there aren’t any ” This one time at band camp…” jokes.

If you know anything about me, you know I’m a huge Final Fantasy fan. I play almost all of the games, I usually like or love what I play. Everything I’ve seen about this game makes me excited. The story, which I’ve heard is a lot darker than your typical FF game. It’s the first Final Fantasy to receive a M(Mature) rating from the ESRB. The idea of a military school of magic welding bad asses is interesting to me and I’m excited to see how the battle system works.

Are any of you excited for this game? Let me know in the comments! Also I left some videos of the game at the bottom if you want to check it out for yourself! Thanks for reading!

Happy New Year!

On behalf of the Game Talk Universe, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year! We appreciate all the support we’ve received so far, whether it’s listening to our podcast, reading our website, or simply just kind words.

We’re all very excited for what the new year brings and we’ve got a lot of exciting stuff coming up. We’ll continue to work hard to bring new content and new podcasts every week.

Again, thank you for your support, and we will see you next year!!

-Mike

Today Microsoft announced that the Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Bundle will be returning to it’s normal price of $400 after January 3rd. During the holidays you could get the bundle(Which includes Assassin’s Creed Unity and last year’s Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag) for $359. Select stores were also running other deals which also included gift cards, other controllers and more free games for the same price.

If you still are missing out on the Xbox One now seems to be the time to buy. I don’t imagine they’ll lower the price again until at least fall of next year.

-Mike