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Nov 26 2014

Sunset Overdrive Just Isn’t Good, Period

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My favorite games – Mass Effect, Uncharted, Hungry, Hungry Hippos – tend to have strong stories, lead by memorable characters (you go, Pink Hippo!). But I can appreciate and often enjoy the mindless action of a multiplayer shooter or a sports game, etc. So when Microsoft celebrated Xbox One’s first birthday with some giveaways, starting with their unforgivingly colorful Sunset Overdrive, I was thrilled. It was only free for 24 hours, but it was the full game, complete with achievements and carry over save points. So best cases, I love the game and finish it before time runs out, or love it and decide to go out and buy the disk. Worst case, it sucks, and I saved myself a £50 experimental purchase.

Unfortunately, I’m writing to you with a crinkled £50 still in my pocket, looking for something worth the investment.

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Nov 25 2014

Smash Others: Suggestions for Future Smash Brothers Fighters

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With the release of two new Smash Brothers games this year, I’m of course thinking about one thing: who they should include in the next one. Yes, yes, I’m that awful cliché of a gamer who can’t be happy with what I’ve been given and have to hold out my hand asking for more more more. Shame on me.

But what can I say? I adore the smashing of all siblings in the digital domain and hope that Nintendo makes new iterations of the series for every system. Even if it is…considerably…similar to the game that first appeared centuries ago on the N64, I think of it as one of gaming’s best examples of “if it ain’t broke.”

So with my eye to the far future of electronic entertainment, I’m going to suggest some new gaming guys and gals to enter the fray. I’ll be borrowing on past Smash traditions, showing how they could fit into the gameplay and aesthetic of everyone’s favorite Nintendoriffic nostalgic free-for-all. Get ready for some left turns down Wacky Way this week, Unrealtors. But, hey, it’s Smash Bros. This is a game where Kirby once ate Solid Snake. Anything goes.

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Nov 24 2014

Incredibly Awesome Christmas Sweaters and Socks for Gamers

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While the holiday season isn’t technically here yet you know that people are already getting into the Christmas mood.  And we can always start a little early, right?  Unfortunately we’re not 100% sure if you can order these in North America but they are available in the UK so I would highly suggest you give them the old college try here in the states.   Their “delivery” section mentions they accept International orders but we haven’t confirmed any purchases yet.

In any event, we’re talking video game Christmas sweaters and socks.  Honestly, things just don’t get much better than this.   Pics via

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Nov 21 2014

Come See How Outrageously Bad the New Sonic The Hedgehog Game Is

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We’re at a very, very strange place in the lifespan of poor Sonic the Hedgehog. After being king of the video game universe, or at least crown prince after Mario, Sonic has now seen his series become a rollercoaster of quality, racing between “pretty good” and “hilariously awful.” Guess where we are right now?

Well, we’re at the point where Sonic is now having a video game made out of a TV show which was of course, made out of his former video games. That would be “Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric,” and it’s far and away one of the worst reviewed games of the year, if not the past few years. The best part? It’s only on Wii U, SEGA’s former eternal rival. Continue Reading »

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Nov 20 2014

BioShock Fan Art That’s as Good as the Game Itself

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BioShock has been one of the defining game series of this generation, and it’s one of the few that have propelled games into “art,” though the definition of that word can be debated to death for all eternity. But BioShock was one of the most prominent series to take on serious literary and philosophical concepts in a way that manifested themselves in both the worlds of Rapture and Columbia. We will probably see another BioShock game at some point, but with Irrational mostly scattered to the winds, it won’t be the same, and the original game and Infinite will be the two lasting memories of the series for years to come. Probably not BioShock 2. We don’t talk about Bioshock 2.

Naturally, the game has spawned legions of fans over the years, and as such, there’s a huge community producing fantastic fan art related to the series. The art deco style of the game is simply gorgeous and lends itself to imitation. Or at least it would if I knew what “art deco” meant. (Googles). Oh yeah, that’s pretty accurate.

In any case, I’ve scoured the internet for a few of my specific favorite pieces from the game which you can check out in gallery form below. And trust me, I had to sift through far, far too many Elizabeth hentai adaptations. The first time is funny, the seven hundredth time is gross. But yeah, much respect to all the talented artists who managed to restrain themselves to produce actual art. Continue Reading »

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Nov 19 2014

10 Video Game Toilets You Don’t Want Any Part Of

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In our everyday lives, the restroom is designed to be a place of sanitation.  While not every bathroom in the world is a fun place to be, in theory they’re supposed to be places of cleanliness and an environment conducive to doing your business.  However, in the gaming world, as many of you have seen, all bets are off.   Many video game toilets, are pretty much guaranteed to be disgusting.  So we decided to grab ten that we just wouldn’t even come close to in real life.  Inspired by IGN’s article of a similar name. Continue Reading »

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Nov 19 2014

If Skyrim Met Dragon Age, We’d Have the Perfect Fantasy Game

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I’ve been playing Dragon Age: Inquisition for the past uh, 15 hours or so, and it’s been the first time I’ve stepped into a fantasy video game world (that wasn’t LOTR-based) since Skyrim. Bethesda’s game is arguably the best single-player fantasy title in history, yet Dragon Age has its own set of strengths. In a perfect world the two would combine to create a simply unstoppable force, though I’m not sure if it’s physically possible given the enormous work it goes into making each game their own way.

Skyrim’s Strengths

There is no better open world fantasy map than Skyrim, and before that, Oblivion, and before that, Morrowind, and you get the idea. Skyrim is a game where you can start in one place, and then literally go anywhere and do anything. Yes, there’s some vague semblance of linearity, but you can sink 50 hours into the game without ever getting past the first few intro missions.

Skyrim also has an absolutely incredible amount of cool quests, many of which go many beyond the simple “go here and fetch this variety’ that usually plagues the genre. The Daedric ones in particular were more memorable than any story quest, and the amount of quests and the beautiful, hidden locations in which you find them. Continue Reading »

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Nov 19 2014

What’s Wrong With All The Spider-Man Games Out There?

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How many Spider-Man games must we go through before a game developer out there *cough ROCKSTEADY cough* will do the web crawler some much needed justice!? I’ve only played a handful of the web slinger’s escapades and I can tell you that I’ve played enough to know that I don’t need to partake in the rest of them. I thought we could take a moment and go through some of the reasons why these games never seem to capture the gaming frenzy as others like Batman or The Last of Us do.

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Nov 18 2014

Why I’m Actually Excited for a Dead Space Movie

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It’s tough to get excited for video game movies in this day and age when so many are really, really terrible. The “best” video game movie to date is probably the original Resident Evil as it managed to toe the line between faithful adaptation and not-terrible action movie. I can see cases being made for Silent Hill and even Prince of Persia to some extent, but right now all of these are just “not bad for video game movies,” and not necessarily “good movies,” which is an important distinction.

And yet, I’m hopeful for the future in at least a few upcoming instances. Duncan Jones of Moon and Source Code fame was given the keys to the Warcraft universe for a new film, and Michael Fassbender has thrown himself into an adaptation of Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed. But there’s one film which has been optioned that I’m still pretty excited about, despite the fact that we haven’t heard anything about the project in quite a while.

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Nov 17 2014

The Legend of Zelda Game They Need to Make

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Nintendo has given out nearly no information about their next Legend of Zelda game, other than it exists and it’s coming out at the end of 2015. Of course in “Nintendo time” that means we probably won’t actually see it until midway through 2016, but given their track record, it will probably be worth the wait.

What we do know is that it’s an open world Zelda title that will at least be somewhat less linear than past iterations, and stars Link, or some vague approximation of him.

And yet, I find myself wishing that Nintendo would finally let The Legend of Zelda live up to its name. Despite the identifier, the entire series has always been more or less about the Legend of Link, and how his bravery leads him to save Zelda time and time again. Sometimes, Zelda isn’t even in the game at all, and yet the title remains. Continue Reading »

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Nov 17 2014

Relax, A Patch is on the Way for Video Game Releases

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The hype for major game releases is ridiculous these days. In a lot of cases we a get a tease of a game 2 whole years before it is actually released (Or 5+ years in the case of The Last Guardian). I understand the hype to promote a game from a marketing standpoint, building a clamoring fan base before the game is even released is a stroke of genius. What I’m 100 percent against however is releasing something that isn’t finished, and in doing so slapping those fans who have been supportive and vocal about their excitement for that product in the face.

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Nov 14 2014

The Legends of Gaming Collection by Nathaniel Bart Featuring Zekrom

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We just came across this ridiculously awesome image of Legendary Pokemon Zekrom.   We then realized it was part of a much more awesome collection.  A collection that Nathaniel Bart called “The Legends Gaming Collection.”   Bart says this on his website:

As a child, you learn different ways to see the world, and each of those ways dictates your actions in the future. The games showcased in this collection were games I played at pivotal points in my life, and have allowed me to see the world as one big, exciting, game.  The events that happen in life are spontaneous and have consequences, but if you are paying attention, you can have one hell of an adventure.

We couldn’t agree more!  Check out the collection after the jump.  Be sure to click the images for full size resolutions!

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Nov 14 2014

A Chart That Will Allow you to Find the Best Gaming Console Deals on Black Friday

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So yeah, we’re really looking forward to Thanksgiving and all.  I mean of course I’m psyched to have tons of turkey, watch Charlie Brown, and fall asleep to a crappy football game.  However, there’s another little day that many of us consumers find very special in November:  Black Friday.  It’s the craziest shopping day of the year.  And if you’re dedicated enough, you just might wind up getting a major percentage off of one of your most desired purchases.   The folks over at Polygon came up with an amazing chart that details all the major retailers and gaming console discounts you can expect this year.   Thanks guys!  Check out the chart after the jump

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Nov 14 2014

The Dream Pair of Pokémon Games: “R” and “B”

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It’s becoming abundantly clear that Nintendo could have a gun to their heads and would still refuse to make a Pokemon console game, determined to keep the series relegated to handheld devices for all eternity.

Seeing as it’s been my dream to play a fully-fledge Pokemon console game for about 15 years now (no Snap, no Stadium, no playing as Mewtwo in Smash Bros.), I figure I’ll just say to hell with Nintendo and design it myself.

My ideal pair of Pokémon games would be “R” and “B,” which as you may guess, would be console-based remakes of the original Red and Blue. I understand now that the series has expanded to Turbofire Aqua and Crystal Superstar Emerald and what have you, and there are nearly a thousand Pokemon of all shapes, sizes, genders and moods. But I think for the transition to the “big screen,” it would be wise to start by going back to basics with the original Red and Blue. 150 Pokémon, plus a Mew hidden under that truck you can totally move.

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Nov 14 2014

Check out the Amazing Trailer for Alaskan Xbox One/PS4/PC Platformer, Never Alone

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Ahead of its release next week across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, Upper One Games finally has released the launch trailer for Alaskan puzzle-platformer Never Alone. Frankly this trailer absolutely rocks. From what we’ve read, Never Alone is the first game developed in collaboration with the Iñupiat, a group of Alaska native people. 40 elders, storytellers, and community members lent a hand to Never Alone, the studio writes on the game’s website.

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