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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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Nov 13 2014

The Mobile Platform Is Killing Age of Empires

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Age of Empires was a PC game that helped to break my RTS gaming cherry. (real time strategy for those of you not down with the lingo) Sure I had played plenty of other games on the PC up to that point but none of those seemed to be nearly as addicting. Once I found a few others I could directly connect with via the lightning fast speed of my 56k modem I became even more obsessed. Raising my empire and gathering enough goons to flood my opponents feeble camp wave after wave gave me hours of enjoyment. So much in fact that I’ve played every major installment of AoE since then with almost the same level of enjoyment throughout. And here we are in 2014 with new consoles, bigger and better PCs, and no new Age of Empires game to be found. Oh wait, I’m sorry…there’s Age of Empires: World Domination.

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Nov 12 2014

Three Video Game Franchises That Need to Go on Hiatus

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Sometimes things just need to go away for a while to make us want them again. Last week Activision announced its long dormant Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater franchise is coming back to consoles soon. Awesome right?? But there was a time when many were asking “How many of these games do we need?” (My last foray was Tony Hawk’s Underground 2). I’m this way now with a number of re-occurring franchises. Here are 3 I’d like to see go on hiatus.

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Nov 12 2014

Will We Get What We Want From God of War 4?

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God of War 4

Come on Sony, you and Santa Monica need to get your acts together and give the people who bought a PS4 something to really look forward to! Nearly a year has gone by, the 2014 E3 is all but a distant memory and we’re still no closer to experiencing a new quest that revolves around the satisfying splatter of blood and gorgeous quick time events that we’ve all grown to love from the God of War series.

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Nov 12 2014

The Failure of Fable 3 Should Not Kill a Future Fable 4

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It’s been just over four years since I wrote one of my most popular posts ever, Why Fable 3 is an Embarrassment to Video Games, and the series has never recovered since.

I don’t mean to take all the credit, but at one point my post was so popular that it was the number two or three thing that came up when you searched for ‘Fable 3.’ It can’t have hurt, and the reality is that future fully-fledge Fable projects were all-but abandoned as a result, and when the series has come back to life, it’s been warped into something…odd.

First there was Fable: The Journey, an atrocious Kinect-based game that was atrocious because anything described as “Kinect-based game” that isn’t Dance Central is going to be atrocious. Let me reiterate, it was atrocious. Then comes Fable Legends, a “rebirth” of the series which takes the game out of being an RPG and makes it a multiplayer combat game in the style of the also-upcoming 4v1 Evolve where four heroes take on a villain in a variety of maps. Continue Reading »

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Nov 11 2014

A First Look at Halo 5: Guardians

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Are you guys ready for Halo 5: Guardians?  So are we! The game was developed by award-winning 343 Industries.  According to their website you can “Be among the first to experience a new generation of Halo multiplayer in the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta.  Gear up for the Guardians multiplayer beta by unlocking exclusive content in The Master Chief Collection and Halo: Nightfall. These exclusive items will carry over into Halo 5: Guardians.”

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Nov 07 2014

The Coolest Weapons of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

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I’m something of a future war junkie, demonstrated by the fact that I’ve written an entire sci-fi book trilogy on the subject. That’s why I’m always obsessed with any video game that takes warfare past present day, and though Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare doesn’t quite make it into space, it takes us to about 2060 and gives us a very, very cool arsenal to work with.

Though many games have given us cool video game weapons over the years, Advanced Warfare’s advanced arsenal is one of the better designed ones I’ve seen, not to mention the game itself is pretty damn fun and a welcome change for the series. I thought I’d go through and pick out what my favorite weapons in the game have been so far, not because they’re overpowered necessarily, but just because they’re conceptually or visually cool.

The list starts below, and let me know what kind of Advanced Warfare weapons you prefer, if you’re playing as much as I am (and hopefully you’re getting murdered far less often than me). Continue Reading »

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Nov 07 2014

Portal 2 Out of Lego and How to Make Your Own Lego Portal Turret

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Remember when Lego used to be cool before you got all these sets with custom shaped pieces and step by step instructions on how to put it together?  Seriously, Lego used to be about nothing more than 4-5 different shaped bricks that you used to foster your own imagination.  Now?  Well, some would argue that Lego is more awesome than ever whereas some are pining for the old days.  We’re not here to judge.  But I will say this.  When I saw this Portal 2 made out of Lego I was definitely on the more awesome now bandwagon.

So what happened after that?  Only coming across instructions on how to build your own lego turret.   Yeah, legos rule.

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Nov 06 2014

Pokémon Natures, Genders, Breeding, and How the Series Lost Me

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Frequent readers of the site will known that on the surface, I appear to be obsessed with Pokemon. If there’s a piece of related Poke-art out there, I will find it and post it, preferably if it’s a crossover with something else.

The truth is, I haven’t played a Pokemon game in more than a decade.

I did used to be hooked on them, so my attachment didn’t stem out of nowhere. In the original Red and Blue, I beat the game at least five times, to the point where I had so many Mewtwo’s in my arsenal, I started naming them Mewthree, Mewfour and Mewfive.

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Nov 06 2014

The Great Mystery: Why Don’t Platinum Games Sell Well?

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Who would’ve have thought that by 2014 the Wii U would arguably have the best next gen action game line up ? Sure PS4 has Infamous Second Son, and XB1 has Sunset Overdrive, but they do not have The Wonderful 101, Hyrule Warriors, Bayonetta and the undisputed Queen of the genre in Bayonetta 2 (that’s right I’m on the Bayonetta Bandwagon). If you have not yet played Bayonetta 2, and action games are your jam, you my friend are missing out. I can personally attest to the insanely high reviews it’s getting. So why isn’t it selling like gangbusters? Well…

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Nov 05 2014

Eight Gaming Moments That Completely WTF’d with Our Minds

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Video games have an enormous potential to play with our conception of reality.  They can do this because when we play video games they are defining a reality. We are forced to play within a set of rules, and we get accustomed to them after a short period of time, no matter how weird they may be.

We have to push a ball around until it sticks to stuff and gets bigger, eventually grabbing onto sports stadiums? Got it. Eat a mushroom, jump on some turtles, climb through sewer pipes to bash a fire-breathing dinosaur who kidnapped your girlfriend? Ok! Invite him to go play tennis afterward? Ok …I guess? Eat meat you found in an old castle wall to restore health? Fine. Whatever.

Yet, video games also have the capability to suddenly break these rules. Sometimes, it’s done as a challenge, such as taking away your guns for a stealth section or switching the controls in a platforming level. Other times, rule changes seem to occur at random, invariably making the player scream and throw the controller.

Finally, there are special times when the rules are changed purely to screw with our heads. Here are some of the best times this happened…

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