Monday, December 30, 2013

Top 10 Wii U Games You Should Consider As Holiday Gifts

Do you need some help choosing a Wii U for friends and family this holiday season? Here is your guide to selecting the games that really stand out on the Wii U. Most of these games can't be found elsewhere at all and a few have definitive versions on the Wii U. These are the top 10 games you should check out on the Wii U for the holiday season.

1. Super Mario 3D World

By far, the best reason to own a Wii U is to play Super Mario 3D World. Nintendo's EAD team is one of the most experienced and polished development studios in the entire industry. I'd go so far as to say they are the epitome of gaming developers. Their last two games released were Super Mario Galaxy 2 for Wii and Super Mario 3D Land for 3DS. So, which genre did they aim for in this first 3D Mario game for Wii U? The semi-fixed level direction of Super Mario 3D Land? Or the free-roam camera of Super Mario Galaxy 2? Honestly, it's a cross between the two. It has the platforming layout of Super Mario 3D Land but the levels are much more expansive and the graphics are absolutely stunning, like the art style of the Galaxy series.

2. Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD

Wind Waker was already a cult hit on the Gamecube and now it has only gotten better. There were a few hiccups in the GCN version that held some people back from fully enjoying the experience. Those, such as slow sailing and fetch quests, have now been improved upon so as not to slow down the flow and pace of the game. Plus, the graphics have received an entirely new lighting engine and HD resolution, which makes the cartoony art style come to life.

3. Pikmin 3

Pikmin 3 is the ideal version of what Shigeru Miyamoto had in mind when he created the Pikmin series. The much more powerful hardware allows you to see tremendous detail in your environments and to zoom out so you can micromanage multiple teams within one map. If you enjoy strategy games and Nintendo charm, Pikmin 3 is not a game you want to miss out on.

4. The Wonderful 101

Fans are divided about The Wonderful 101. So, will you enjoy it? Basically, it comes down to one question: are you a mainstream gamer or a hardcore gamer? If you are hardcore then you'll have a blast with TW101. It may turn out to be your favorite Wii U game. The Wonderful 101 doesn't like to hold your hand. It expects you to learn the ropes through experimentation and practice. It will challenge you. It will throw all sorts of mayhem at your screen. And if you can handle the extreme action then you are in for one heck of a ride.
5. ZombiU
How about another misunderstood game? If you're looking for another Call of Duty shooter that happens to star zombies, you've come to the wrong place. ZombiU is not a shooter. It's a survival horror game with incredible innovation. You'll be terrified as you ration your supplies, hold off zombies with a cricket bat, and run for your life. And, if you want a game that is a real showcase for your gamer friends of the kind of innovation the Wii U GamePad can bring to mature games, this will be the ace up your sleeve.

6. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

Ready to sink thousands of hours into a game together with your friends? Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will give you the most bang for your buck as you go hour after hour, trying to chop off that monster tail so you can finally upgrade to the next level of armor. If you don't see daylight for a few months, don't blame it on me. I warned you.

7. Lego City Undercover

Lego City Undercover is a brilliantly fun and silly romp that will tickle your funny bone and have you laughing all the while. Not to mention, the game is pure, unadulterated fun through and through. Enjoy a GTA-like game that never takes itself too seriously but never lets up on the gas when it comes to gameplay.

8. New Super Mario Bros U / New Super Luigi U

This 2D Mario Bros experience is one of my favorite 2D Mario games in a long time. I've played through all of Nintendo's recent New Super Mario Bros games and this one rises above the rest. It is purely due to the incredible variety held within its levels/powerups and the challenge of getting all three star coins in each level.

9. Wii Party U

Remember Wii Sports? That was the game you showed your friends and family when you wanted to impress them with what motion controls could do for gaming. It was instantly understood intuitively by each person holding the Wiimote and soon had them laughing and playing along. Although Nintendo had hoped this would happen once again with NintendoLand, the game that finally succeeds is Wii Party U. There are tons of mini-games that will get your friends and family quickly up to speed about how much fun the Wii U could be.

10. Need for Speed Most Wanted U

Criterion used to make the Burnout series. Then they started working on Need for Speed. And here they have a game that feels almost like a combination of the two. With Need for Speed Most Wanted U, Criterion took the Xbox 360/PS3 version of the game and improved upon it tremendously both in visuals, extra modes, and controls. This is a great racing game for any Wii U owner to have, whether you like to play alone or with friends.
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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Microsoft Xbox ONE Vs Sony PS4


The most important question in the gaming world is; which has better graphics? However, it is very difficult to answer. We are saying difficult because if you compare graphics of the current Xbox 360 with the PS3, it will vary from game-to-game, and generally the difference is not that great. It's all down to the way games are made.
The one way to judge the graphics of both consoles is to look at what is going on under the hood - checking out the GPU, the CPU and the core system memory that run the show.

Xbox One vs Sony PS4 - Controllers

Microsoft has done few minor redesign & Kinect redesign. Microsoft claims that they have made more forty improvements. However, most of the changes are related to ergonomics. An integrated battery compartment, new triggers and Wi-Fi Direct will come with the new controller.
PS4 - Moderate redesign and integrated Move
Sony has done some serious changes here. Now, there will be a move light on the controller's rear, which will function like the
Move motion control 'sticks'. There is also a share button which lets you share game moments instantly. Sony has given a completely new look to Sixaxis. However, the shape of the controllers is much the same as the current-model.But, now, the users will get more control with a track pad that sits between the D-pad and the buttons.

Xbox ONE Hardware

The Xbox One processor will be based on Jaguar architecture from AMD. It will use an APU with eight x86-64 cores clocked at 1.75 GHz that comes with 8 GB of DDR3 RAM with a memory bandwidth of 68.3 GB/s. However, according to some reports, 3 GB of RAM will be reserved for the operating system and apps for games.
The memory subsystem will also come with an additional 32 MB of "embedded static" RAM, or eSRAM, with a memory bandwidth of 102 GB/s,
The console has a a Blu-ray Disc optical drive and a 500 GB non-replaceable hard drive.
The graphics processing unit (GPU) will run on AMD GCN. It will have a total of 768 cores running at 853 MHz providing an estimated peak theoretical power of 1.31 TFLOPS.
The gaming console will feature Wi-Fi Direct, Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11n wireless for networking.
The Xbox One will support 4K resolution (3840×2160) (2160p) video output and 7.1 surround sound. The Xbox One will have an HDMI 1.4 for both input and output, however, it won't support composite or component video.

PlayStation 4 Hardware

The heart of both the console is similar. Both have a processor developed by AMD. The PlayStation 4 will also use an AMD processor. The PS4's CPU consists of eight x86-64 cores packed with 8 GB of GDDR5 memory which will give the console considerable longevity.
The system can run at a maximum clock speed of 2.75 GHz. The PS4 will also come with a secondary custom chips. This chip basically performs tasks associated with downloading, uploading, and social gameplay.
The PS4 will support photos and videos at 4K resolution, but it is not expected to be able to render games beyond 1080p. The console will have a 500 GB hard drive for additional storage, which can be upgraded by the user.
For networking, the PlayStation 4 will support Bluetooth, 2USB 3.0 ports and WiFi. Users will be able to include an auxiliary port for connection to the PS4's Camera,
A mono headset, which can be plugged into the DualShock 4, will come bundled with the system.

Who is more powerful?

The simple answer is the PS4. Look into the technical reasons mentioned above, it is clear that the PS4 is more powerful.
Do you know the news that the Sony PS4 is (almost) categorically more powerful than the Xbox One is one of the reasons why the PS4 pre-order sold out before the Xbox One's?
However, it's worth noting that it's likely there will only be minor differences in titles released for both consoles. There's little benefit for a developer in making one version a good deal prettier than the other.


Xbox One - 3.18kg, 10 % larger than the 360 & 'big black box' design,
PS4 - 2.8kg, Slanted design,
Xbox One is large whereas the PS4 is sleeker, slimmer and will easily get fit in your under-TV space.

Xbox One Exclusive Games
  • Halo 5
  • Quantum Break
  • Sunset Overdrive
  • Dead Rising 3
  • Ryse
  • Forza Motorsport 5
  • Project Spark
  • TitanFall
  • Below
  • Killer Instinct
PS4 Exclusive Games
  • Killzone: Shadowfall
  • Knack
  • The order: 1886
  • Octodad: Deadlist Catch
  • Infamous: Second Son
  • Driveclub
The PS4 will reportedly have more exclusives within its 1st year. Right now, we only have this list of exclusive games available for the PS4.


This is a make and break factor, where PS4 clearly wins.
Xbox One = $499 (U.S), £429 (U.K.) and $599 (Australia).
PS4 = $399 (U.S), £349 (U.K.), €399 (Europe) and $549 (Australia)
PS4 camera, previously known as the PlayStation 4 Eye will cost $59 in the U.S., £54 in the U.K., and $99 in Australia. Even after this, the PS4 is still cheaper.
Sony may have a distinct advantage this holiday season, because it has been priced less than its competitor.
According to Eurogamer, Sony is going to get at around a $60 loss per unit, but it's a marketing strategy. Actually, Sony is after typical users who buy a PlayStation Plus subscription and at least one launch title. That's why Sony expects that they'll turn a profit with the PS4 sooner.

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