Shattered Planet Review

03 Apr, 2014

Expect to die in Shattered Planet, and know it is you who leads these clones to their demise. Pushing them one step too many past their uppermost limits. In all seriousness, rogue-likes are great for creating your own narrative as you attempt to progress through the game. Not every fallen clone needs a tomb in dedication to their memory, but creating a sense of attachment tends to make one more cautious. If anything it makes the little victories more rewarding, and your failures all the more tragic.

What Facebook will do with Oculus Rift

02 Apr, 2014
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How can you blame Oculus for selling out to Facebook? It was a lot of money. A LOT. I can’t even wrap my head around how much money that was. Sure, maybe Zuckerburg will help them make it a great gaming platform with all of the funds and talent they could ever want. My dream […]

Review: Super Mario 3D World

04 Apr, 2014
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When Nintendo introduced the next 3D Super Mario title for the Wii U, most were expecting Super Mario Galaxy 3 to neatly wrap up the enormously popular Galaxy saga. Instead, the Japanese video game company opted to expand upon the foundation of Super Mario 3D Land, released for the 3DS in November of 2011. What do you get when you try to port a game idea from a handheld to a console? A product that’s undeniably fun, but decidedly lacking in some very key areas.

Review: The Guided Fate Paradox

04 Nov, 2013
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Renya Kagurazaka’s bad luck bottomed out when he tried his hand at his local mall’s lottery machine stand. He only did it because he
was told to by the cute girl running the stand.

He spun it, expecting nothing, but ended up getting the golden ball, winning the grand prize!

“Congratulations, Mister Winner! You have won the grand prize!”

The girl smiles widely at Renya as she rings the celebratory bell to indicate a winner.

“I shall let you become God.”

God’s story begins like many others – boy meets girl, boy is smashed over the head with a blunt object by girl, boy is now God.

Review: The Wolf Among Us: Faith

13 Oct, 2013
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Fairy tales living among us. That is, in essence, the premise of the Wolf Among Us. Based on the Fables graphic novel series by DC comics and Vertigo, we are taken to a world where fables have been booted from their stories and hide among our us.
Telltale Games chose to give us another episodic adventure. Reminiscent of choose your own adventure novels and games of old, The Wolf Among Us is more of a story telling medium than what most people might consider a game. Whether that is a good or bad thing is up to the player to decide. Regardless, I can’t help but draw comparisons to Telltale’s last popular title, The Walking Dead.

Review: Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness

07 Oct, 2013
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If you are a fan of strategy RPGs or are just curious about trying them out, this is the game to ease you into the genre. While Disgaea 2 is not the first in the series it can stand on its own, fans of previous titles will be happy to see the characters once again but new players will not be lost.

Review: Tales of Xillia

02 Oct, 2013
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Another installment to Namco’s Tales series, A pleasant stroll down memory lane for veterans, while a easy to navigate co-op JRPG for the those just starting out with the franchise.

Coming Out Simulator 2014 is Authentic, Personal, Unique

16 Jul, 2014
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Empathy takes on a whole new meaning in Coming Out Simulator 2014, an auto-biographical chose-your-adventure style conversation game.  Relying on a tense storyline rather than graphics, Coming Out Simulator immerses the player in one of the most emotionally strenuous situations known to the LGBT community.  Even with the most supportive friends and family, coming out takes […]

Review: Mario Kart 8

10 Jul, 2014
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Mario Kart 8 is an undeservedly uninspired name for Nintendo’s latest Kart hit, but that doesn’t mean that 8 is just more of the same. Sure, Nintendo played it safe by sticking to its tried and true formula (16 new tracks, 16 classic tracks, grand prix mode, versus mode, time trial mode, battle mode, and online mode) but Mario Kart 8 differs from its predecessors in some very key areas.

How I Play Video Games

15 Jun, 2014
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Sometimes you look up from your computer and you realize that you haven’t been to the bathroom in over eight hours. But hey, it’s all worth it after you save the world! This is pretty much what happens every single time I sit down to play a video game. Any kind of video game really, […]

E3: Bloodborne- Fromsoftware’s PS4 Exclusive

13 Jun, 2014
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“Creating Bloodborne as a completely new game on the new PlayStation 4 hardware has allowed us to really push the envelope in myriad ways. That being said, in more ways than one, it also very much retains our distinct, signature style. As has been at the core of our development philosophy since Demon’s Souls, we make true games for people who love games. Please watch for more to come on Bloodborne, and thank you very much for your support.”

EA Press Conference Recap

09 Jun, 2014
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You can tell a publisher’s desperate to pad out their conference when four of their games include “Conceptual Prototype” overlayed across them, and include more video of people talking than actual gameplay. The big offenders being the new Star Wars Battlefront, Mirrors Edge 2, the new Mass Effect, and Criterion’s unnamed project. Aside from the stable of regular EA sports games, The Sims 4, and Battlefield Hardline were the only other games worthy of note.

Microsoft E3 2014 Press Conference

09 Jun, 2014
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Microsoft’s 2014 E3 Press Conference

Video Game Concept: Professor Pennyfeather

17 May, 2014
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I think every video game nerd wants to make their own game at some point. I always think about strange little game concepts, but I really don’t have the programming and design skills to make a game, let alone the time. But I did want to make some sort of game concept video. This idea […]

The Sun At Night: Russian Space Dog Returns to an Earth She Doesn’t Recognize

10 May, 2014
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The tide of Soviet power washing across the face of the Earth could possibly have been turned back at various stages of history. But the new energy sources they discovered lit a fire under the Russian war machine. So when Stalin rolled into Paris, the resulting flare-up of global conflict left little more than smoking ash heaps where America and Great Britain had been.

Now, Stalin is dead. Though resistance movements have emerged, the Soviets still stand supreme as rulers of the globe. Only a force from beyond the earth could possibly tip the balance.

Abram Krupin, leader of a resistance cell, knows this. When he sees a dog fall from the stars, then, he takes it as an omen. This dog speaks, wears silver armor, and has an arsenal of mysterious weapons. Abram calls her Laika.

Laika believes that, despite all odds, she can protect the countless lives crushed by the Soviets.

FTL: Advanced Edition released

10 May, 2014
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In Space No One Can Hear You… Two years after the debut of space faring rougelike, FTL: Faster Than Light, it received an update, and is now called FTL: Advanced Edition. The new version of the game adds features to the original and is a free download for players who already own the original. This […]

From Software’s Next Game Leaks

10 May, 2014
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Project Beast This all just rumor and speculation right now so take this all with a grain of salt. Fromsoftware, the developers behind Demon’s Souls and more recently Dark Souls I & II, are slated for a rumored, PS4 exclusive title tentatively called “Project Beast.” Now there is come credence to this story. One: the […]

More Female Main Characters, Please!

23 Apr, 2014
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I love America, and in this great country capitalism rules supreme. Therefore, I will try to use the laws of supply and demand to lobby for something I’ve wanted for some time. In this glorious country it is said that the market provides for everything. If there is a demand, there will be a supply. […]

Nintendo Direct – 4-8-2014 – Super Smash Bros. Edition

11 Apr, 2014
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Find out all the juicy details from the Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct.

Game Review: Obamacare

07 Apr, 2014
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You’ve probably already heard about this new puzzle game that is sweeping the country. Maybe you’ve already played it! It seems like people either love it or hate it, like with a lot of genre-breaking or re-imaging games. I’ve finally jumped on the Obamacare bandwagon! As usual, I’m late to the party. I do generally […]

Somoas and Video Games: Girl Scouts learn to be game devs

06 Apr, 2014
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Bake sale over boys,time kick butt and make video games…Girl Scout style.

Review: Super Mario 3D World

04 Apr, 2014
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When Nintendo introduced the next 3D Super Mario title for the Wii U, most were expecting Super Mario Galaxy 3 to neatly wrap up the enormously popular Galaxy saga. Instead, the Japanese video game company opted to expand upon the foundation of Super Mario 3D Land, released for the 3DS in November of 2011. What do you get when you try to port a game idea from a handheld to a console? A product that’s undeniably fun, but decidedly lacking in some very key areas.

Shattered Planet Review

03 Apr, 2014
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Expect to die in Shattered Planet, and know it is you who leads these clones to their demise. Pushing them one step too many past their uppermost limits. In all seriousness, rogue-likes are great for creating your own narrative as you attempt to progress through the game. Not every fallen clone needs a tomb in dedication to their memory, but creating a sense of attachment tends to make one more cautious. If anything it makes the little victories more rewarding, and your failures all the more tragic.

What Facebook will do with Oculus Rift

02 Apr, 2014
oculustomodom

How can you blame Oculus for selling out to Facebook? It was a lot of money. A LOT. I can’t even wrap my head around how much money that was. Sure, maybe Zuckerburg will help them make it a great gaming platform with all of the funds and talent they could ever want. My dream […]

5 Mac Game Gems Under $5

27 Mar, 2014
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Mac gamer? Looking for a few new games to play that won’t break the bank? Check out these five hidden gem games, all for under five bucks in the App Store.

Review: Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist

18 Mar, 2014
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Blacklist, the latest installment in the Splinter Cell Saga, is full of classic stealth gameplay that welcomes back long-time fans of the series, as well as action-assault gameplay that opens up new avenues for first-timers.

5 Upcoming Games To Try On The New Samsung Galaxy

17 Mar, 2014
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These days, it doesn’t take a whole lot to get the smartphone community buzzing. Whether it’s the release of a new phone, rumors of such a release, or even a new trending app, any bit of news winds up in headlines all across the Internet. But in February, smartphone lovers received some of the most exciting news in several months: