Mario Kart 8 Review (Wii U)

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Real Talk By: Ms. Throwback

Mario Kart is a well-known franchise spanning across many years and multiple systems.  This 8th installment takes Nintendo’s beloved series to new heights with incredible visuals, all the things we love about the classics, and a new twist, literally, to the tracks.  It seems hard to believe that any game beyond its third version could succeed the way Mario Kart has. There’s a formula that seems to work and I truly enjoyed every minute of it.

I can’t say enough about the visuals of this title.  Lighting, manipulation, and graphical prowess are on par with anything to date on the new generation of systems.  Nintendo is definitely giving Playstation, and Xbox a run for their money with this one.  With the title being as fast paced as it is, one might think little needed to go into the animation and graphical consideration of the tracks, but Nintendo goes all out.  The tracks are constantly  moving and teaming with life.  Objects jump into your way, laser lights scream at you from the side lines, and if you catch the track at the right moment you’ll catch details in the background that are sure to surprise.  At one point I looked up and fireworks in the shape of Bowser were going off, or Peaty Piranha was dancing to the music.

To add even more appeal Mario Kart 8 brings us highlight reels after the race, which can be edited, fast-forwarded, rewound, and slowed down by the player.  What might seem like a simple green shell throw turns into a vast array of action during slow down.  The shell crashed into another player sending sparks flying through the air just as your own player bounces out of his seat, fist high in the air in celebration of victory in the moment. With each sequence of the race many of these replay reels can be enjoyed.  Mario Kart TV, another added feature of the game, lets us watch replays of other friends, regional, or worldwide players, and encourages players to post to their youtube channel right from the game.

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Mario Kart has always been a fast paced title, but this time it’s even more smooth and on point. When players go flying of the track Lakitu makes sure to bring them back quicker than before.  The menu system makes it easy to get started into a race as soon as possible, online or off.  Item rotation happens faster, letting the player decide their strategy in a much more quick way.  It’s all been fine tuned for the perfect racing free for all, and it works like a charm.

New items have been added in the mix as well.  Super horn lets you stop blue shells or just get close competitors off your back, Peaty Piranha hitches a ride sending you into boost mode and chomping at players or distasteful items you pass. Boomerang Flower allows players to throw a boomerang at opponents in front of them up to three times. Last and most epic, Crazy 8 which lets the player surround themselves with eight different items that can be use in random succession in a whirlwind of item madness.  Item usage is an essential part of the game, and is thankfully quite well-balanced making from an even better experience.

Also new to the series is the idea of anti-gravity mode.  During certain portions of the track, players wheels turn into hovers letting the rider float ever-so-slightly off the ground.  While in this mode, bumping into other players delivers a speed boost.  Part of the challenge is finding the perfect angle to bump into them as to not send yourself flying off the track, while still being the only player to benefit from the bump.  This new mechanic could have been a catastrophe for Nintendo, but like all other aspects of the title, is perfectly executed, and excellent for more strategic players.

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Between anti-gravity mode bumping, boost pads, item boxes, drifting, kart customization, and track layout.  There is not end to the potential a player has to get ahead.  The game does a great job of doing this without the feeling of overuse, or being unbalanced.  Shortcuts during the tracks are helpful but can be risky.  If you’re an expert it might be a much more simple choice, but one false move could take you from 1st to 8th, forcing the player to weigh the risk over benefit.

Online play adds even more fun, single and two player split screen online, battle or race, and every option in between leaves no player behind.  It’s easy to set up tournaments or jump online with friends, and the game runs at 60 fps without a hiccup during the online races.  While speaking with friends over mic is a nice option, I wish it wasn’t just restricted to friends.  A small trivial detail when the title is this good.

Overall perfect balance and the incredible fast pace, along with multiplayer on and offline leave only the most trivial things to be desired in this title.  This is a must own for any Wii U owner or Nintendo fan, and a system seller for those that have missed the band wagon on how amazing the Wii U system is.  Beautiful rendering and eccentric music create an atmosphere that is unforgettable. It’s a title with extreme replay value that sucks the player in. I won’t be setting this title down for quite some time. See you online!

Mario Kart 8 Gets

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Out of five

What’s Legit

+New items that are fun and balanced

+Fast paced gameplay that is fair for all players

+Anti-gravity and other track strategies work well

+Incredible Visuals

+New Playable Characters and vehicle customization

What’s Perpetrating

-Removal of secondary standby item

-Can’t talk to all online players, only friends in the lobby

 

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Monthly High Scores I September 2013

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Reported By: KJ
The Play Legit Fam is ranking not only the Game of the Month, and Trailer,  but other cool Happenings in the world of entertainment. Its one big Arcade cabinet. Grand Theft Auto V arrived, and Breaking Bad ended. What events rocked our culture in the month of September?
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Game of the Month: GTA V

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Think about this, Grand Theft Auto V made $1 Billion dollars in 3 days time. Wow. Were sure you have the game, along with all your friends. Could it be the Massive map, or just the anticipation of GTA Online. Over at Play Legit we really enjoyed the story mode. The unique characters always standout in the franchise, and it’s no Different in V. We will have a full review, once Rockstar gets their servers together.
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Breaking Bad Series Finale

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While you can’t please the entire populous, we believe that Breaking Bad’s ending really delivered. It’s hard to talk about the show in detail without spilling the beans, so we’ll just say the performances from Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul were top-notch of course, along with the other cast members. There was great action, suspense, and a feeling of closure. Unfortunately, we have to say goodbye. Did you like the Series Finale?
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Money Mayweather Vs El Canelo Fight

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The fight as expected, went the distance. Floyd “Money” Mayweather dominated over Saul Alvarez. Precise jabs, and awesome body movement dodging many “El Canelo” punches. Still, Alvarez made it a fun match, but the winner was clear before the judge’s scorecards came in. One a side note, why did Mayweather come to the ring with Justin Bieber?
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Jon Jones Epic title defense

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A fight that lasted all 5 rounds, saw Jon Jones keep his UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. It didn’t happen without a struggle from the opposition. Alexander Gustafsson gave the champ a busted up face, and really hung in there. At the end of the day, you need to finish a belt holder to take it.  Several fans through social media felt that Gus was robbed. Hopefully there will be a rematch in the future.
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Riddick

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Riddick’s newest adventure is a nice hybrid. It takes the stealth/horror elements of “Pitch Black” and blends it with the action of “Chronicles”. Acknowledging the last film’s story arch, Riddick rules over the Necromongers. Richard is deceived by Karl Urban’s character ‘Vaako’. He tells Riddick that he will take him to his home world. Instead our anti-hero is brought to a different planet filled with vicious threats.
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Trailer of the Month: DBZ Battle of Z

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I was a little hyped after watching this trailer. It’s hard no to be. Since im a longtime fan, this is the first game that from a visual standpoint feels like a proper DBZ game. Cooperative gameplay, 8 Player battles, and forming your own Dream Team? You bet. Lets hope Namco Bandai’s servers can contain the madness. Also the characters from the most recent “Battle of Gods” movie will be in it.
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Monthly High Scores I August 2013

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Reported By: KJ

The Play Legit Fam is ranking not only the Game of the Month, and Trailer,  but other cool Happenings in the world of entertainment. Its one big Arcade cabinet. Who Earned the most points?

Breaking Bad returned and the Wii U (finally) received another major game release. A Continue reading “Monthly High Scores I August 2013”

Monthly High Scores I April 2013

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The Play Legit Fam is ranking not only the Game of the Month, and Trailer,  other cool Happenings in the world of entertainment. Its one big Arcade cabinet. Who Earned the most points? See where everything landed. Check out the Monthly High Scores of April 2013. No tokens or point cards needed.

Game of The Month: Injustice Gods Among us

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Injustice Gods Among us is your Game of the month. Mainly for one big reason: It’s content. The last fighting round game to be filled with so much to do, was ironically Mortal Kombat 9. Both titles were designed by Netherrealm. Plain and simple this company fully understands what is expected from gamers in this modern age. “Injustice is a hook up for comic book fans hardcore and casual. It does your favorite heroes justice, while implementing modes and gameplay that will keep players coming back. Lots to do here folks.” This is the high score winner.

Django Unchained Home Release

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The two-time Academy award-winning film( should have won more than that!)  ranks high with us. Brilliant performances from everybody, and a controversial script made this Tarantino film one of his best ever. It’s too bad DiCaprio and Jackson were snubbed, they really played their roles well. Awesome action scenes, and some genuinely hilarious parts helped add to this movie magic. Did you know there’s a little something after the credits? Its worth the wait. By this now, and support the originality.

Undertaker Vs CM Punk (Wrestlemania 29)

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It was the grandaddy of them all. Wrestlemania 29. While the main event was a super predictable affair which saw Cena pinning The Rock, the under card with the deadman stole the show again. Plenty of near falls for both competitors, and dangerous spots that saw Cm Punk badly damage his leg on an announcer’s table that wouldn’t break. He has yet to return to the ring because of it. Both guys put it all on the line which was without a doubt the best match of the night. Undertaker’s entrance was a sight to behold. Fans could see zombie-like people reaching for him as he came to the ring. That’s just cool.

Marvel: Phase One (10-Disc Limited Edition Six-Movie Collector’s Set)

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This heavy Case contains all 6 of the Phase one movies. See Earth’s Mightiest heroes solo outings, leading up to the Big blockbuster crossover “The Avengers”. Not only does the collection have some of the best superhero movies ever, you’ll get a sweet case containing plenty of easter eggs, and concept art which looks into Phase 2 of Marvel’s movie lineup. You can pick it all up for a hefty price of $149.99.

Trailer of the month: Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

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Steph-O Writes “This stand alone expansion is all about 80′s nostalgia, complete with neon colors, synth music, and VHS static lines!” Indeed, this game doesn’t take itself too serious, and is loaded with scifi cheesiness. available now on PS3 and Xbox 360 for $14.99, you can download this unique title, and Check out The trailer of the month Right now!

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Monthly High Scores: August

This month is usually the start of great things. A vast amount of quality titles start to emerge, and the competition heats up. KJ, Steph-O, and Ms. throwback dish out the awards in August 2012’s Monthly High Score list. Check out the Boss, Trailer and Game of The Month. Continue reading “Monthly High Scores: August”