Top 5 game mashups wishlist

Ahead of the imminent release of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle I’ve been wondering what other game mash-ups would be fun! The way most franchises are held onto tightly by their developers these kind of cross-over games are fewer and further between these days.

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Anyway, without further ado, here is my wishlist of game mashups:
#1: Uncharted + Tomb Raiderphotostudio_1502726158087
An easy one to start with. Imagine Lara climbing slowly but surely up to the entrance to a tomb, smashing through the entrance and… finding Nate there already holding the treasure! This would be more of a character mashup as the games are ultimately very similar but I’d be intrigued to see some interaction between them. Presumably it wouldn’t take Lara long to get fed up with Nate’s wisecracks!
#2: SSX + Gears of Warphotostudio_1502836294220
You know you want to see Marcus Fenix on a snowboard! More over, snowboarding down a mountain with gun it hand mowing down bad guys James-Bond-style would be fantastic. Only question would be whether to keep the Uber TricksGears move too slowly to be spinning and pirouetting in mid air I think.
#3: NBA Playgrounds + Super Smash Brosphotostudio_1502811927255
Mario and his friends have gotten themselves involved in lots of sports over the years – tennis, golf, football. But there’s something inherently spectacular about larger than life basketball games like NBA Jam, NBA Street and recently NBA Playgrounds that would surely combine well with Nintendo’s cast of characters. I’ve love to see Princess Peach go up for a huge slam dunk only to get spectacularly blocked by Link – it would be like Smash Bros on the court.
#4: Halo + Mirror’s Edgephotostudio_1502803790661
For everything that was good about Mirror’s Edge the combat was quite poor, particularly the weapons. But what if you put all the parkour aspects – the leaps, the rolls, the slides and put them at the disposal of the Master Chief?! Sliding down a zip wire charging up a plasma pistol. Running through hails of gunfire up and over buildings and making it to safety just before your shield finally goes. This would be a spectacular game.
#5: Hot Wheels Race Off + Game Vehiclesphotostudio_1502836529885
This one is here partly for The Boy, who still plays Hot Wheels Race Off from time to time. One of the things he enjoys is when he has a car in the game that he also has the toy in real life. Well, what if we were talking vehicles from other games like there are a couple in Rocket League? The Junker from Gears of War, the Mako from Mass Effect, the Interceptor II from SpyHunter. That would be a great mashup to race them against each other. Actually, one of these vehicles has already been taken to the next level – The UNSC Warthog is already an actual Hot Wheels toy:
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What about you? What’s your dream game mashup? Let us know in the comments below.

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E3 Round Up

So the three current console manufacturers, alongside a number of publishers, have had their E3 showcases for 2017. A lot of drama and arguments have been had online about it all so I’m going to keep my summary positive and mention the top 3 games for each console that I am now looking forward to after the expo. At the end of the day – there is plenty of great gaming to be done here, there’s no need to argue about it!

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Forza Motorsport 7
– it’s Forza. Thus it will be amazing!
Super Lucky’s Tale
– I love the idea of having a fun and light hearted game to play with The Boy on Xbox.
Crackdown 3
– the first one was superb, the second only ok. Hopefully this can get back to it’s original heights.

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Super Mario Odyssey
– it’s Super Mario. Thus it will be amazing!
Yoshi
– totally loving the look of the art style of this one. Betting it plays great too.
Mario+Rabbids Kingdom Battle
– this game was rumoured and I was unconvinced, but by the look of the showcase it will be awesome!

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Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
– it’s Uncharted. Thus it will be amazing!
Detroit Become Human
– this kind of reminds me of Quantum Break in some ways. I always like a bit of Sci-Fi.
Spiderman
– of all the various superheroes, Spiderman ought to be the one who translates best to a video game. Let’s see if this one finally nails it!

What about you? Which games are you looking forward to most after the E3 showcases? Let us know in the comments below!

Hot Wheels Race Off

The Boy has really discovered playing games on his iPad in the last 12 months or so. Where before any time he spent on it was passive time watching cartoons he now splits his iPad time evenly between playing games and watching videos – mostly of other people playing those games so that he can pick up tips!

One of his other main past times is playing with Hot Wheels cars and tracks so imagine how perfect it was for him early this year when this game arrived:

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Hot Wheels Race Off is available on iOS and Android. The controls are simply accelerate and brake so it’s easy for a child to initially pick up.

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However, that’s where the simplicity ends. It’s turned out to be a reasonably deep and difficult game requiring skill and also a great memory to remember what any particular race course has for you next. In addition all the cars in the game are also available as actual toys so The Boy can match up the in-game vehicles with his real-life ones.

 

There’s a first time for everything

When he first started playing it The Boy would often ask for my help with different levels but as he has now completed every track (and has set his sights on the fastest time on each) I can no longer help.

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This is the first game in his life that he has been very literally and demonstrably better at that me. I guess it’s all downhill for me from here! Soon I’ll be asking him for tips on the latest Mario or Halo games.