We've got reviews for both Deadlight and New Super Mario Bros 2, along with leaked photos of the next Xbox devkit, announced dates for E3 2013, and more!
Happy Monday, folks! Today's a busy one. We've got reviews for both Deadlight and New Super Mario Bros 2, along with leaked photos of the next Xbox dev kit and announced dates for E3 2013. Also, Dragon's Dogma was a commercial success and will soon become a franchise. Go on with your bad self, Capcom!
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Had Deadlight been able to replicate the brilliance of its first third for the rest of its adventure, this would have been a very different review, one hailing the next best zombie game ever made. Unfortunately, a beautiful intro does not a great game make, and the full product is a disappointment to say the absolute least. (Jim Sterling)
New Super Mario Bros. 2 is good. It was always going to be good, because Nintendo makes good games. That was never in doubt. However, it's a markedly more vacuous experience, bereft as it is of fresh gameplay and rigidly sticking to a formula with such zeal one would almost believe it a religious imperative of the developers. (Jim Sterling)
Well, look at you, Capcom! All in the black, with net profits up almost 300 percent (almost $16.9 million) from last year. Sales are also up about 56 percent. Projections were met. ... Digital, mobile and their online side did well, but they specifically called out Dragon's Dogma, which has now shipped 1 million copies. They admit that the RPG struggled out of the gate in the west, but in the end exceeded expectations at home, and that the situation has "set the stage" for Dragon's Dogma to become a series. (Dale North)
Pictures of what appear to be the developer kit for the next Microsoft console were posted on the AssemblerGames forums, though they have since been removed. Speaking to the poster responsible -- who jokingly asked for $10,000 in exchange for the Durango dev kit and was then banned from AssemblerGames -- Digital Foundry has come to the conclusion that these photos are legitimate. (Jordan Devore)
The ESA has declared that L.A. will remain the home of E3 for the next three years, with the familiar Convention Center playing host until 2015. Looks like the "issues" that caused it to look elsewhere have been resolved. (Jim Sterling)