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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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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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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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