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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn - White Mage

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn – Fully realized at last

Like a phoenix back from the dead, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has life once more with both youthful vigor and the inherent wisdom of lessons learned.

I have been with the Final Fantasy series since the beginning, and it has been with me throughout most of my life. The original got me hooked on RPGs. Final Fantasy IV and VI made it clear to me that video games could be emotional and tell great stories. And more recent Final Fantasy games have been designed with incredible production value and overall quality. Certainly there were games in the series that were better than others, as the passionate fan base has made clear all over the internet, but I could not say there was ever a bad game in the numbered Final Fantasy series until Final Fantasy XIV version 1.0. Say what you will about Final Fantasy XIII and its spinoffs, moan about the voice acting in Final Fantasy X, nitpick the blocky hands and insignificant details of Final Fantasy VII if you must… but it won’t change the fact that the average quality of a Final Fantasy game is very good at the very least. When I was growing up, if a new Final Fantasy game was coming out, I

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn – The right kind of launch disaster

Another online game launch, another disaster. But at least for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, it is the right kind of disaster.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn got off to a rocky start, but it could have been much worse. Back in 2010 after the release of Final Fantasy XIV version 1.0, the worst happened. It was a perfect example of an MMORPG done wrong. It was massive, but empty; an incomplete game. The user interface was a confusing mess. And despite lovely music and beautiful visuals, the reviews painted a much uglier picture, as a quick look at the scores on Metacritic reveal. Only 3 of 26 critic reviews were considered positive and over 350 user scores averaged a mere 3.8 out of 10. It didn’t matter so much whether or not the servers were stable when the game itself was such a disappointment. With that in mind, I’m happy to say that the launch of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn was a disaster, because it was a disaster for the right reasons. Square Enix and all of the people responsible for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn must be pretty happy right now. Their biggest problem is that their game

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn - Monster

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn subscribers get free week following rocky launch

Following the launch woes, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn subscribers are being given a free week of play time.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn looks like is on its way to becoming a successful MMORPG, but it is also becoming a victim of its own success. Square Enix has released an announcement regarding the difficulties associated with the launch of the game and its popularity: We would like to thank all our customers for their continued support of FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn. Since the beginning of official service on August 27, 2013, the number of users attempting to access the game has significantly exceeded our initial estimates. While we are pleased to see support for the game reach far beyond our expectations, the servers were not prepared to handle this influx of players. As a result, our servers have been pushed beyond maximum capacity. In order to allow access to as many users as possible, we have implemented login and character creation restrictions. We understand, however, that these restrictions have greatly inconvenienced our players. Since the announcement, Square Enix

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Disney Infinity

Disney Infinity Review – A promising start

Disney Infinity is a promising start for a potentially long lasting franchise.

When Disney Interactive announced Disney Infinity at the beginning of this year, people were thrilled with the idea of being able to play with various Disney characters in a single world and being able to build adventures with the toys that they provide. This excitement was somewhat confused, however, with the announcement that you won't be able to do this sort of thing in the game's play sets. But in Disney Infinity's Toy Box mode, they say, the sky's the limit. This confusion seemingly prevails with some of the design decisions and the immediate future of Disney Infinity. Regardless of these concerns, Disney Infinity proves that it's here to stay, and serves as a promising start to the future of a long line of figures and games for years to come. Real world collectibles The Disney Infinity Starter Kit includes the game and a play set cube that contains three play sets, with three figures also packed in representing each of the included play sets: Mr. Incredible, representi

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The Bureau XCOM Declassified - Carter

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified Review – First Encounter

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified offers a different type of challenge for saving Earth in the XCOM universe.

Originally set in the 1950's and 1960's, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified has been in development since 2006. The Bureau was first pitched as cross between the original XCOM and the X-Files. The game was originally supposed to have a base development mechanic and multiplayer, but over the years, the game's design and vision shifted,. What 2K Games delivered is an origin story for the XCOM Initiative set in 1962. The game ended up being a third person tactical shooter with a "battle focus" mechanic, and a relentless enemy who has their sights set on taking Earth. With The Bureau pushing a seven year development cycle, it is finally worth the wait or should consumers keep on looking? The XCOM Initiative The story of The Bureau: XCOM Declassified centers around a secret alien invasion of Earth during 1962. The United States Bureau of Strategic Emergency Command has been looking into strange occurrences around the U.S. and have concluded that humanity is under attack by an unknown alien

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PlayStation Plus

PlayStation Plus Update for 9/3: Resident Evil

PlayStation Plus offers two non-traditional Resident Evil games this week.

Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles and Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles are free on PlayStation Plus this week. High definition remakes of Wii titles, these Resident Evil titles retell older stories while filling plot holes, and present the whole package in a lightgun-on-rails design. Of course, these titles support PlayStation Move. httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJC9J5u0OTY   Just warning you now, have fun trying to get a headshot. It only counts if you aim for a tiny piece of flesh on the crown of the zombies' heads. Other deals include a pre-order sale on Puppeteer and F1 2013. There's also sales on Kickbeat, Zonbie Driver HD, and Retro City Rampage. Hitman Absolution will be leaving the PlayStation Plus, so grab that before it's gone. Source(s): PS Plus: Resident Evil Chronicles HD Collection Free for Members

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LTTP: Dragon Fantasy: Book I Review – A book of nostalgia that’s missing a few chapters

Late to the party, but just in time for the sequel! Dragon Fantasy: Book I plays like a parody of an old Dragon Quest game.

At E3 2013, I got to play a demo of Dragon Fantasy: Book II while chatting with Adam Rippon, the creative director at Muteki Corporation. For someone I had just met, it was surprising how Adam seemed to be someone I had known my whole life. To put it simply, we both grew up playing the exact same games, and if we were to write up lists of our favorite games from our childhoods, they would include a very similar or nearly identical list of titles. Dragon Fantasy: Book II was clearly inspired by those games we grew up with, such as 16-bit classics like Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy VI, Chrono Trigger and Secret of Mana, and so I left E3 looking forward to the game’s release. To hold me over in the meantime, I decided to play through Dragon Fantasy: Book I, which was inspired not only by the 16-bit games mentioned above, but the older 8-bit games of my childhood, such as the early Dragon Quest games. Despite the greatness of the games it tries to parody, Dragon Fantasy: Book I isn’t

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Divekick

Divekick Review – A Higher Angle

Divekick takes a different angle to fighting games and comes out on top.

A lot of impressions and previews pegged Divekick as a joke that turned into something more. I've never felt that way; I was able to play the prototype at Evolution 2012. This was the first year that indie games were featured at Evo, and none had a longer line than Divekick. Even in its prototype form, with 5 characters and no special attacks, there was a genuine hype. People chanting "Fraud" when someone triggered a Fraud Detection Warning, and the use of the "Fraud" stamp when someone was indeed outed as a fraud. Stepping up to the two-button controller, Divekick was no joke. You had to read your opponent as quickly as possible, and divekick him first. I was frauded that day, and though the ink of the fraud stamp has long washed off from the back of my hand, I have been eagerly anticipating the full release of Divekick. I happily backed its Kickstarter, but was pleased to find it had found a publisher. Information slowly trickled out since then, and though I've had the chance to pl

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Murdered: Soul Suspect The Witness trailer shown at Gamescom

Murdered: Soul Suspect The Witness trailer shown at Gamescom

Murdered: Soul Suspect gets a new trailer titled The Witness along with episodic content to be released before the games launch.

Square Enix and Airtight Games showed off a new trailer for Murdered: Soul Suspect which is turning out to be one of the best looking games for this console generation at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. The trailer titled "The Witness" shows off new story elements and clues for sharp eyed viewers to pick up on. The trailer is also the latest in an episodic series of trailers Square Enix will be releasing that offers additional insight into Salem's Dusk. The Dusk is the after life where Detective Ronan finds himself. Murdered: Soul Suspect is Square Enix's upcoming supernatural detective thriller which has Detective Ronan O'Connor solving the most difficult murder he has ever dealt with; unfortunately that murder also happens to be his own and only he can solve it. This investigation won't be easy as Detective O'Connor must piece together clues, find the witness to his death, and protect her from the person that killed him without the ability to make contact with any living perso

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AquaPazza

Atlus publishing AquaPazza in America, Author confused

Atlus is taking a risk bringing AquaPazza, a game with no name recognition out in America.

AquaPazza is a fighting game that stars character from three of developer AquaPlus's games. They make dating sims, including one you actually might have heard of: To Heart. Naturally, since these games have zero recognition value, Atlus is publishing AquaPazza in America, only for PlayStation 3, for $29.99. It'll be out later this year digitally, and as a physical release. Again, you've probably never heard of these characters. Project Diva F at least has Hatsune Miku, which has a lot of name recognition among core gamers and anime fans. I am really surprised this game is actually coming out in America. I saw it played at Evo, and I thought it looked neat, but there's a ton of games with a similar look, like Vanguard Princess, Melty Blood, or Chaos Code. I wonder how it will do in America; I'm willing to bet the licensing costs were small. Related Link(s): AquaPazza Home Page  

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Rain developers reveal release date, talk music

Rain developers reveal release date, talk music

Sony’s got a new developer diary out, and it’s all about music. Also, October just got more packed.

Through a post on the official PlayStation blog, Sony announced that rain, a joint effort from Sony's JAPAN Studio and Acquire, would be coming out on October 1, 2013 for $14.99 in North America on PSN. In case you've never heard of this game, even though we've covered this game before, rain tells the story of a young boy who finds a girl who's seemingly invisible to the naked eye. The only way he could see the girl is when raindrops fall on her, creating a ghostly silhouette in the darkness. At some point, the boy also becomes invisible and finds himself with the girl, only to find out that they are being chased by ghastly creatures. As the boy, you are tasked with finding out a means to escape their current situation. Sound familiar, ICO fans? One of the most striking things that I came away with when seeing rain for the first time in trailers was the fantastic rendition of Clair de Lune on piano, with a female singer accompanying the classic composition with lyrics. As it turns o

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Death is coming in the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls cinematic trailer

Death is coming in the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls cinematic trailer

Find out how the story continues in the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls cinematic trailer.

Let's face it, Diablo III didn't have the best storyline. But after watching this cinematic trailer (the introduction) for Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, I can't help but to jump on board the hype train and I am looking forward to seeing how this story plays out. With any luck the expansion will tell a better tale, though it has only a single Act to do so. No One Can Stop Death The lords of hell rage within the Black Soulstone, their souls screaming for vengeance and release. Before the artifact can be sealed away forever, Malthael–Angel of Death–manifests in the mortal realms with a deadly new purpose: to steal the Black Soulstone and bend its infernal power to his will. So begins the end of all things...

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Meet the Crusader in the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls gameplay trailer

Meet the Crusader in the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls gameplay trailer

In the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls gameplay trailer we are introduced to a brand new class, new monsters, new locations and more.

The first gameplay trailer for Diablo III: Reaper of Souls has been released. In it we get our first look at the new class, the Crusader. The game also adds act V to the storyline, which is filled with new locations and enemies. For more info, check out the official page for Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. "Death, at last, shall spread its wings over all…" A presence more sinister than any demon hangs over Sanctuary…. It watched from the shadows as a hero of nephalem lineage struck down Diablo, the Prime Evil, and trapped the demon lord within the Black Soulstone. It waited in silence as the mortal armies of Sanctuary crushed the leaderless remnants of the Burning Hells and scattered them into the stinging winds of Kehjistan. Now, as hope springs anew, its long vigil has ended. Shrouded in mystery and imbued with a power as ancient as the universe itself, it comes to the war-torn world of Sanctuary. It cannot be stopped. There is no escape. In its wake, only death will remain

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Uncover the darkness in Dragon Age: Inquisition in Fall 2014

Uncover the darkness in Dragon Age: Inquisition in Fall 2014

Bioware releases dev dairy for Dragon Age: Inquisition showing off the game’s beauty and announcing the release window.

Bioware just released a developer diary that discusses the new protagonist in Dragon Age: Inquisition, what role the Fade plays in the new game, and the new world of Thedas. In Dragon Age: Inquisition, players will choose from one of the three playable races and three playable classes and take on the role of the Inquisitor, the leader of an organization called the Inquisition. Instead of following someone else's orders to achieve their goals, the Inquisitor will drive the narrative forward as the Inquisition attempts to halt a demonic invasion. The Inquisitor will have numerous agents at their command that can be sent out to accomplish certain tasks throughout Thedas. It is the player's mission to find and stop the villain who tore open the Fade and prevent the world from plunging into chaos. The world of Dragon Age: Inquisition is huge and will look less like previous Dragon Age games and more like the Elder Scrolls games, with a much larger and expansive open world. Players

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PlayStation Plus Update for 8/20: Star Wars Pinball and Darkstalkers

PlayStation Plus Update for 8/20: Star Wars Pinball and Darkstalkers

PlayStation Plus this week is just simply loaded with deals. Click and see where your wallet is going.

Four weeks in a month means that week three will have two PlayStation Plus titles. This week, we're getting Star Wars Pinball and Darkstalkers Chronicles. Star Wars Pinball was originally released as DLC for Zen Pinball 2, however it was also released as a standalone package with a Star Wars UI and presentation. Downloading this also gives you the right to use it as DLC in Zen Pinball 2. It's also nice that this is cross-buy content, so enjoy it on your Vita, if you like. httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOajo2uBvbE   Darkstalkers Chronicles: The Chaos Tower is a mashup of all previous Darkstalkers titles. You can pick a character, and have them play in a style from any game in the franchise. There's also some neat single player content. If the game feels dated, it was because it was a PSP launch title. httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOVSX6j7Ug4   There's also a launch sale on Divekick, which takes 20% off of the price for PlayStation Plus owners. The

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Call of Duty: Ghosts Multiplayer

Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer brings changes, improvements, and a few concerns

On the surface, Call of Duty: Ghosts’ multiplayer may seem like very little has changed, but looking closer reveals a lot of changes that could be great… but there are areas of concern as well.

Infinity Ward and Activision revealed at an E3-quality press conference details about this year's iteration of multiplayer for Call of Duty: Ghosts and, I have to admit, after being somewhat underwhelmed with what I saw at E3, I'm finally excited for Call of Duty again. While the moment- to-moment gameplay-twitch shooting, fast paced gun-on-gun combat, the use of perks and killstreaks remains intact - the additions being made are plentiful and inspired. The whole event, focused on just Ghosts' multiplayer, was packed to the brim with tons of information as Mark Rubin, Executive Producer of Call of Duty: Ghosts, and the team at Infinity Ward unveiled new game modes like Cranked and Search and Rescue, and new features like fully customizable player characters and a new perks system; it's all a lot to take in and talk about. Rather than rattle what is being changed in the game, I decided I wanted to discuss how these new elements cause excitement and concern. Create-A-Soldier Creat

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Thief sets release date for early next year

Thief sets release date for early next year

Square Enix and Eidos Montreal set Master Thief Garrett loose early next year for current and next gen platforms.

Square Enix and Eidos Montreal have set an official release date for the next iteration in the Thief franchise. Thief tells the story of Master Thief Garrett as he becomes increasingly entangled in a conflict between Barron Northcrest and the oppressed masses led by Orion. Both factions believe in their own causes and are willing to go to any length to achieve their goals. Barron Northcrest is a man who believes in the fires of industry and progress. “This city will not die with the old and the poor holding it back. The time has come for a new future.” Orion is the voice of the people who wants a return to the old ways. “No more will our homes be taken and our families starved. This City belongs to the people. We must seize it back.” Garrett is caught in the middle of this growing divide that threatens to tear the city apart. There is a revolution coming and Garrett must walk a fine line that separates politics, the people and his own beliefs. Thief launches early nex

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Grand Theft Auto Online offers the same persistent world as Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online offers the same persistent world as Grand Theft Auto V

Rockstar creates a new multiplayer environment with Grand Theft Auto Online.

Grand Theft Auto Online is a new and unique take on the multiplayer features that Rockstar added to Grand Theft Auto IV. Grand Theft Auto Online offers a dynamic and living online world for 16 players to run around in. Rockstar plans to grow the multiplayer mode to the point where it can be its own separate game. Players can band together to form a crew and take on odd jobs or just go solo. Play cooperatively or competitively in different online game modes that have the same look and feel as Grand Theft Auto V. Grand Theft Auto Online offers many of the same features the single player game has including buying or jacking cars to place in your garage, owning property, customizing your appearance, improving your stats and taking on missions. Grand Theft Auto Online offer a wide array of challenges to participate in including racing cars, boats, planes and death match. Players can even design their own races and death match arenas with the games content creator. Along with earning cash

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The Top 5: Most disappointing games

Ever get burned by expectations? Welcome to the Top 5: Most disappointing games.

We've all been there. Looking forward to game or even interested in a game's potential only to get you hands on the game and have it completely disappoint or fail to live up to your expectations. This week, we honor those games and those feelings with The Top 5: Most disappointing games. Let the tears commence: Alex - 5. Amy - The ideas behind Amy were completely sound. In fact, much of the game’s premise, story, and even its downloadable nature and price point were all appealing. The problem came when the game actually came out, and it turned out to be a complete mess. Shoddy controls, uneven lighting and contrast in areas, and terrible frame rates plagued your gaming experience in every turn. I don’t normally mind frame rate drops and hitches, but when it affects your gameplay that’s when I draw the line. 4. Max Payne 3 - Surprised that a Rockstar Game made it to my list? I am too, given that I wasn’t really looking forward to this game. I got totally sold on its ideas,

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Diablo III Expansion - Teaser

5 ways the Diablo III expansion could improve upon its predecessor

Love it or hate it, Diablo III had some issues. Here are some things Blizzard could do to make the recently teased Diablo III expansion a better game.

I might be in the minority here, but I actually enjoyed Diablo III. Sure, it had its issues—hence this list—but overall I found a lot to enjoy about Blizzard’s third game in the Diablo series. Since the game’s launch I have played around 225 hours and I have a couple of level 60 characters. Granted, that’s not all that impressive compared to the elite of the Diablo III community that have managed not only to get multiple characters to level 60, but to also level up an additional 100 times through the Paragon system! Still, I think I’ve played my fair share of the game, so here are 5 ways I hope the Diablo III expansion pack will be an improvement upon its predecessor: Random Maps with Random Boundaries There are a few ways that Diablo III was a step back from Diablo II. One notable example is that in Diablo II the maps felt VERY random, but in Diablo III it was easy to become familiar with the many areas of the game. This is mainly due to a change in how the maps were

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Telltales’ The Wolf Among Us to premier at PAX Prime

Telltales’ The Wolf Among Us to premiere at PAX Prime

Telltale to premier the first episode of The Wolf Among Us at PAX Prime 2013.

If you probably haven't heard of this game, you probably should. Telltales' The Wolf Among Us is a game that's based on the comic series titled Fables written by Bill Willingham. The Wolf Among Us will tell the story of Bigby Wolf (aka Big Bad Wolf), the sheriff of Fabletown whose job is to keep the town's peace and order in check. The Fables are the mythical fair tale creatures from story books and legend who were forced to leave their world and now live in hiding in New York. With all of their powers in tact, it's up to Bigby to try and keep the peace. Telltale will be premiering The Wolf Among Us at PAX Prime on August 30 through September 2 in Seattle WA. Attendees will get a first hand look at the game and how it plays before its launch date. Episode 1 of The Wolf Among Us will launch sometime after PAX on XBLA, PSN, PC, and Mac from the Telltale online store. Hearing that Telltale is making Fables into a game got me interested in seeing what it will look like. I reall

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Dragon Age Origins - Morrigan

Morrigan plays significant role in Dragon Age: Inquisition but not with you

Morrigan returns in Dragon Age: Inquisition and she will play an important role in the new game but will not be joining the players party.

Morrigan returns to Dragon Age: Inquisition as a non playable character. Bioware's Mike Laidlaw confirmed to Game Informer that Morrigan will not join the player's party but will play a significant role in the game. Bioware writer David Gaider explains, "she has this big plot she's involved in, and while that's true to an extent, I'm taking her to a human place. That will make sense after the fact." To hear that Morrigan plays a significant role in Dragon Age: Inquisition is interesting as she played a big role in Dragon Age: Origins as well and even had her own DLC titled Dragon Age: Origins: Witch Hunt. I played through Dragon Age: Origins and loved every minute of it. I also romanced Morrigan throughout the game and it wasn't easy. At the end of Origins, Morrigan goes off on her own, leaving the party and the player wondering where she went. In the Witch Hunt DLC, Morrigan returns two and a half years later seeking the player's aid in stopping another blight before it gets starte

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PlayStation Plus Update for 8/13 – Runner 2

Bit.Trip Runner 2 is free on PlayStation Plus, but the big highlight is the surprise Vita sale.

Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien is free this week on PlayStation Plus, and its DLC is seeing a slight discount as well. Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien is a fun little runner narrated by the voice of Mario, Charles Martinet. Basically, you'll have to react to your environment and press the right button to overcome hazards that are thrown at you and make it to the finish line. Collect gold and other powerups to get the highest score possible while simultaneously adding notes to the background music. httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juEY-CvjlY0 The other big sale is on Tomb Raider. For just over $20, You get Tomb Raider, some associated DLC, and Quantum Conundrum. That's approaching Steam-level prices once again. However, for Vita owners, the big news is this week's, and next's week, Japanese Vita game sale. The sale applies to all Vita owners, but PlayStation Plus subscribers get a bigger discount. The Plus price is listed

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As the drought of the summer finally ends, a new What's Up Weekend appears to signal the end of the week. Find out what the crew will be playing and let us know what you plan on playing this weekend!

What’s Up Weekend for 8/9/2013 to 8/11/2013

As the drought of the summer finally ends, a new What’s Up Weekend appears to signal the end of the week. Find out what the crew will be playing and let us know what you plan on playing this weekend!

Happy Friday and welcome to another exciting edition of What's Up Weekend, a place where the Gamer Horizon crew signs off for the weekend and does things that may or may not have something to do with our site! As I've mentioned before, weekends are important to the Gamer Horizon crew, which is why we tend to avoid posting articles on the site during that time. We know this is the opposite of how you might think websites should function, but with only the five of us working on this site and our focus on quality content, we'd much rather take some time off and get recharged so that we can come back on Monday and deliver some incredible new content on the site to be released during the week! That being said, we have an awesome surprise for you when you come back to our site this Monday and are welcomed by next week's On The Horizon. Be sure to look forward to that! At any rate, here's what's up on everyone's agenda this weekend! Ari I got the apartment! So this weekend I will be

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Suikoden Revival Movement: Operation Blinking Mirror

Miss Suikoden? Wondering why we have not heard a peep about Suikoden VI? The Suikoden Revival Movement has a plan to get Konami’s attention.

If you are a fan of the Suikoden series, you may have noticed that things have been very quiet lately. The last time a Suikoden game was released in North America was in 2008 in the form of Suikoden Tierkreis for the Nintendo DS, and though that was a respectable game in its own right, Suikoden VI it was not. Would you believe it has already been seven years since Suikoden V was released on the PlayStation 2? Personally, I love this series of games and I feel like Suikoden VI is overdue, and fortunately, I'm not the only one. Since July 31st, 2012, the Suikoden Revival Movement has been following in the footsteps of the Suikoden main characters and forming an army, and they have grown far beyond 108. As I write this they are 13,691 strong, and they are determined to do everything they can to get Konami to make the next game in the Suikoden series. They have some other, more short-term objectives as well, such as the release of Suikoden II on the PlayStation Network, but that's

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Find out Agent Ennis Cole’s fate in The Bureau: XCOM Declassified Aftermath

Find out Agent Ennis Cole’s fate in The Bureau: XCOM Declassified Aftermath

The Aftermath video shows the results of the alien invasion in Pima and the actions The Bureau has to take to keep the incident a secret.

2K Games just released their latest live action video for The Bureau: XCOM Declassified titled Aftermath which pick up directly after the events of the Interrogation. Aftermath is the culmination for everything that has been going on in these live action short videos and also shows the ultimate fate of Agent Ennis Cole after his pursuit of a group of alien invaders came to an abrupt end. This is the final video in the series, so pay close attention to as there are Easter eggs in the video that tie directly into the game. The Aftermath video also shows off the Zujari, the alien species Agent Cole was chasing down when he was ambushed.

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Saint’s Row IV: Super Dangerous Wad Wad Edition AKA the kitchen sink edition

Is that $1,000,000 burning a hole in your pocket? Then you’re in luck. Purchase the Saint’s Row IV: Super Dangerous Wad Wad Edition for a cool $1,000,000.

And just when you thought it couldn't get any worse. Developer Volition and publisher Deep Silver announce the latest and most outrageous collectors edition in the history of video gaming: The $1,000,000 Saint's Row IV: Super Dangerous Wad Wad Edition aka The Million Dollar Pack throws everything in including the kitchen sink... except they don't throw in a kitchen sink. The Super Dangerous Wad Wad edition is only available to one person and includes the following: Commander in Chief Edition Virgin Galactic Space Flight Full size replica dub-step gun Hostage Rescue experience Plastic surgery Spy training day Personal shopper Capsule wardrobe 7 Nights at the top Royal suite at the Burj-Al-Arab, Dubai A week for two at the Jefferson Hotel in Washington DC First Class flights to Washington DC and Dubai Lamborghini Gallardo New Toyota Prius +1 years insurance A one years Super Car membership If all that sounds amazing, and it does, just remember it's no

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Open Beta and Early Access

Dates announced! Also, there are a few other bonuses coming for new players and even more for veterans of the original game!

Final Fantasy XIV is almost here! ...again! Square Enix just announced that Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will be playable in open beta from August 17th through August 19th for both PlayStation 3 and PC. Also, early access will be granted to those with pre-orders beginning August 24th. There are a few bonuses coming to all players of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, and if you happen to have played the original Final Fantasy XIV since its release in 2010, you get even more! Here are the details: Veteran Rewards – Enjoy various bonuses based on how long you have been a FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn subscriber (30, 60 & 90 days). By starting with a 90-day subscription, players receive all 30-day, 60-day, and 90-day bonuses at once. Companion iOS App – A free companion app, “FINAL FANTASY XIV: Libra Eorzea™,” planned to arrive a week after launch Welcome Back Campaign – Players who registered FINAL FANTASY® XIV 1.0 can play FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Rea

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Zatanna readies her magic for Injustice

Zatanna readies her magic for Injustice

Zatanna is coming to Injustice; hopefully your controls aren’t reversed when you play her. Get it? Ehhh…

On August 13, Zatanna will be released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Injustice: Gods Among Us. As with previous DLC characters, her existence was heavily rumored before it became confirmed as true. I'm definitely getting a Kung Lao vibe from Zatanna, and it's not just the hat. I wonder if that teleport at 30 seconds in is actually a parry/counter. Also, that's one hell of a divekick at 45 seconds. It also looks like the hat itself is part of either a stance mechanic ala Gen, or some kind of trait. I'm guessing on the latter. It seems like with the hat off, she is a rushdown character, and with it on, she is keepaway/zoner. A hybrid character like this hasn't really been done in Injustice to my recollection. Looks fun, especially that weird split counter thingy to Grundy's super. One thing that surprises me is that this trailer doesn't show the free skin we'll get as part of the compatibility pack. Every DLC character for Injustice is accompanied by a free skin,

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Brothers Branch Co-Op

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Review – A beautifully grim fairy tale

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is remarkably simple in its design and premise and surprisingly dark and mature in it’s story. Coupled together, Starbreeze have crafted one of the best games of the year.

With its elegant fantasy world, remarkable sense of scope and variety and 6 button control scheme, Starbreeze and Swedish film director, Josef Fares have crafted a magnificent adventure that is both a welcome change of pace and almost serves as a thesis on the language and the over complication of the general design of video games. Starbreeze's Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons uses the simplicity of its design woven with the gamer's understanding of the language of video games to amazing effect and deliver one of the most pleasurable, poignant and memorable gaming experiences I have ever had. Something wicked this way comes.... The premise of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is as simple as it gets. After their father takes ill, two brothers must set off on adventure to retrieve the “Water of Life” from a mystical tree in a far off land. Along the way the two brothers will need to work together to navigate the treacherous landscape and use their ingenuity to solve environmental puzzles.

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Tekken Revolution

Tekken Revolution wants you to get wood with Mokujin Festival

Free-to-Play Tekken Revolution adds Mokujin Battle for one week only.

Tekken Revolution is running a week-long event called the Mokujin Festival. In Arcade Mode, you're guaranteed to face-off against your favorite wooden warrior, but the real draw is the new temporary mode called Mokujin Rush. Each day you log into Tekken Revolution, you earn a Mokujin Ticket which can be used to play the mode, and you can earn more tickets by playing online versus matches. Mokujin Rush is 8 battles against Mokujin, his steel buddy Tetsujin, or the golden don, Kinjin. Winning matches gets you tons of gift points. In fact, if you can best 200 Mokujin, you'll have earned a total of 62,000 gift points from bonuses alone, enough to unlock 2 characters. With Dragunov and Hwoarang recently added to Tekken Revolution, this is a great week to knock the wood out and unlock some more characters. Tekken Revolution is a free to play version of Tekken with somewhat simplified mechanics. Its free-to-play model evokes the arcades of yore, where you can buy additional plays inste

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Sonic

Sega in bidding war for Atlus

Index Holdings, the parent company of Atlus, is selling off assets including the game studio and Sega is one of 20 interested parties bidding for it.

Atlus, the company that brought consumers games like Persona 4 Golden and Shin Megami Tensei IV is being sold by parent company Index Holdings, which is going through some serious financial troubles. Index Holdings has filed for "civil rehabilitation proceedings" in Japan, which equates to bankruptcy protection in the US. In order to resolve the company debt, Index Holdings has decided to sell off several of its assets, including Atlus. This decision has piqued the interest of at least 20 different companies including Sega. With the proceedings under way, Index Holdings will be selecting candidates based on bid prices by the end of the week. A deal is expected to be reached and the proceedings concluded by the end of August 2013. With a name like Atlus as one of the assets, Index Holdings has secured bids as high as 20 Billion yen ($201 million/ £132 million/ €151 million) for its offering. Atlus is proceeding with business as usual considering the circumstances. With Atlu

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Agent Carter’s Interrogation

Agent Carter’s Interrogation

Agent Cole is out of the picture as Agent Carter steps in to take control of the situation and get some much needed information in The Interrogation.

Here is the latest live action video in The Bureau: XCOM Declassified web series. This new installment is titled "The Interrogation" and shows a new character going by the name of Agent Carter interrogating an unknown suspect. Agent Carter's methods are loud and brutal as he is in no mood for games, only answers. In the previous video titled "The Chase," Agent Cole was in pursuit of an unknown alien subject. Agent Cole gets surrounded at the end of the video and his fate is unknown. It's all up to Agent Carter to get the information he needs to save humanity from an alien invasion. No one will question his interrogation methods if he succeeds. If he fails, there will be no one left to do anything about it.    

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Tinkerbell

Dragon’s Crown’s artwork is influenced from all sorts of things you might not expect

Did you know that Dragon’s Crown’s artwork was inspired by Disney, the Renaissance, and Greek sculpture? Richmond Lee thinks so.

Dragon's Crown's reviews are out of embargo, and while I've already weighed in on my thoughts on the game (hint: It's good!), I found this really interesting article that talks about some of the historical and pop culture influences that have inspired the artwork in the game. Richmond Lee, from the blog Art Eater, posted this analysis of a Dragon's Crown trailer that was released earlier this year and talked about how the game's art style was influenced by a myriad of things, including Greek sculpture, Renaissance portraiture, and even Disney. Quite frankly, I should've spotted the immediate Disney reference when I saw Tiki the Fairy pop in and make the Atlus logo materialize out of thin air, which is akin to how Tinker Bell would make the Disney logos materialize. How could I miss that? "Watching the latest Dragon’s Crown trailer I was delighted by the density of historical and pop cultural references they managed to sprinkle into every shot," Richmond says in his post. "Vanilla

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Dragon's Crown

Dragon’s Crown Review – A masterful blending of old and new

Vanillaware is back with Dragon’s Crown, a brand spanking new brawler, and it hits all the right notes.

It's been quite a while since we've seen a multiplayer beat-em-up that's substantial enough to warrant long time genre fans' attention. There have been many attempts to revive the genre with games like The Behemoth's Castle Crashers, the pseudo-retro brawler Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and, more recently, the ultra-80s stylings of WayForward's Double Dragon Neon. But these games lacked the depth that some fans felt that the genre could potentially deliver. Enter Dragon's Crown: A beat-em-up from Vanillaware that invokes childhood memories of playing beat-em-ups with your friends, combined with a fairly rich skill system, and provides a seamless way for fans of the genre all over the world to participate in an epic adventure. An Epic Beat-Em-Up With Depth Much of the beat-em-ups released this generation relegated to the notion that for a beat-em-up to succeed, it had to be finished within a short amount of time much like when it was in the arcades. But Vanillaware's titles, both

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2K Marin discusses The Bureau’s difficulty and YOLO

2K Marin discusses The Bureau’s difficulty and YOLO

Find out what the different difficulty settings do in The Bureau: XCOM Declassified and how dangerous YOLO can be the longer you play the game.

Lead Systems Designer James Clarendon at 2K Marin discusses in his blog the challenges with the different difficulty settings in The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. Clarendon goes on to explain the differences between the four difficulty settings which include Rookie, Squaddie, Veteran and Commander. Each setting offers different challenges with the game's YOLO "You Only Live Once" or permadeath aesthetic of The Bureau. When a squad mate goes down, they are incapacitated and will bleed out and die if the player or a member of the squad doesn't get to them in time. The time it takes for someone to bleed out changes depending on the difficulty setting as does the ability to replace injured squad members. You can read the entire blog here: http://www.2kgames.com/blog/embracing-challenge-in-the-bureau-xcom-declassified 2K Marin has also released a new gameplay video depicting what players shouldn't do in The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. This new video is titled YOLO and shows different ways of

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Magic 2014 Review - Slivers

Magic 2014: DotP Review – Disappointing, but buy it anyway

It’s got a pile of problems, but Magic 2014: Duels of the Planeswalkers is still plenty of Magic: The Gathering for a small investment.

You may find this to be an odd review. In the following paragraphs I will harp on about everything that is wrong with Magic 2014: Duels of the Planeswalkers—and it is no short list—and then slap a number at the bottom that will surely insult the developers of the game and hardcore fans of the community alike. Then, with utmost sincerity and without the slightest trace of hypocrisy, I will actually suggest that you buy the game anyway. Ready? Here we go… Curse of Misfortunes There is something wrong with almost every aspect of Magic 2014: Duels of the Planeswalkers. Whether it’s the campaign, multiplayer, the new sealed mode or even the puzzling challenge mode, it’s hard to play the game without noticing things that simply could have been done better. The series is supposed to be the perfect starting point for players new to Magic: The Gathering while also providing enough depth to keep veteran players entertained for hours on end, but sadly, it does a good job of neither.

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Everything and more in Dragon’s Crown

Everything and more in Dragon’s Crown

Fight dragons, chimera and other mystical monsters waiting for you in the dungeons under Hydeland in Dragon’s Crown. Find the treasure to save the kingdom.

Atlus and Vanillaware have released the full trailer showing off everything Dragon's Crown has to offer. The video offers potential players a close up look a awesome magic spells, larger than life enemies, playable characters, the overworld map and much more. Dragon's Crown is a 2D side scrolling RPG where players must search through dungeons and laboratories fighting monsters in search of the Dragon's Crown. There are six playable characters including the Fighter, Amazon, Wizard, Elf, Dwarf and Sorceress to choose from. Players will cut, smash, burn, stab and zap enemies with numerous weapons and spells. Dragon's Crown launches on August 6 in North America on the PlayStation 3 and Vita. Be sure to look for our review of the game tomorrow!    

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Bioshock returns with DLC

Bioshock returns with DLC

The combat heavy DLC Clash in the Clouds is available today, and Elizabeth will be playable in Burial at Sea when it is released at a later date.

The Bioshock Infinite season pass has finally bore fruit for the consumers who have purchased it. The season pass will eventually include three pieces of DLC for $19.99 (4 if you include the Early Bird Special Pack that contains a couple of weapon upgrades, gold skins for those weapons and 5 Infusion bottles). If you don't have the season pass or don't plan on buying it, the first piece of DLC titled Clash of the Clouds will run you $5 and was released today. This first add-on has players facing off against 15 waves of enemies across four new maps spread throughout Columbia. This combat focused DLC will test players' skills against Columbia's most notorious enemies including Firemen, Handymen and the Motorized Patriot. httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9VjrvOVb9o   The second piece of DLC that will be released in the near future is titled Burial at Sea which is set in Rapture during its glory days. This add-on features an all new story allowing players to re-visit the u

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On The Horizon: Terraria Collector’s Edition

On The Horizon: Terraria Collector’s Edition

This week, we’ve got Terraria Collector’s Edition, a contest from one of our friends that you’ll surely want to join in, and a brand new podcast!

Happy Monday everyone! Welcome to a brand new edition of On The Horizon, where we talk about what's going on this week in the world of gaming and, of course, what kinds of content we'll be providing on the site for your viewing pleasure. This week, we'll be seeing the release of the Terraria Collector's Edition bundle. While the game has been out for multiple platforms, the Collector's Edition will include a USB key, crafting map, and three character posters. Most notably, between the PS3 and Xbox 360, the latter will be the only one of the two receiving a physical release with the PS3 edition being a digital only release. Now, I've only played Terraria for a short while, but I really appreciated its depth and its comparisons to Minecraft. Since it's also coming out on mobile devices, I'll be sure look out for that version once it comes out later in the summer. In the meantime, here's a trailer! httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QslsS0JcIzo   This week on Gamer Horizon,

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Saints Row IV goes Game of the Generation

Saints Row IV gets a new collector’s edition called the Emperor Zinyak’s Game of the Generation Edition that comes with a glass box and velvet bag.

Just when you thought Deep Silver was done doling out stuff for Saints Row IV, they roll out another collector's edition. This one is called the Emperor Zinyak's Game of the Generation Edition and comes with a rotating display case that lights up and a velvet pouch. It also comes with everything in the Super Dangerous Wub Wub Edition which includes the 12 inch Dub Step gun, 8 inch Johnny Gat Memorial Statue and pocket-sized Dubstep Doomsday Button. You'll also receive all in-game items from the Commander in Chief pre-order bonus which includes a Screaming Eagle VTOL that fires rockets out of its talons and Sonic Scream attack, a limited-edition Uncle Sam uniform to run around the streets of Steelport City with. The Wub Wub Edition sells for $99 while the Commander in Chief items can be acquired just by pre-ordering the game. The Emperor Zinyak's Game of the Generation Edition will set you back a cool $130 but comes with more crap then you can imagine. Don't get me wrong, I plan on buy

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Chase down the enemy in the next The Bureau: XCOM Declassified live action video

Chase down the enemy in the next The Bureau: XCOM Declassified live action video

Agent Ennis Cole chose to live on and decided to chase down the enemy as a Bureau Agent, but he is not out of danger yet.

After losing his wife and son during an alien attack in a small town in Pima, New Mexico, Agent Cole is out in the field chasing down the enemy. This latest video, titled The Chase, shows what lengths a husband, father, and Bureau agent will go through to get the job done. As Agent Cole closes in, we are left wondering whether he is the hunter or the hunted. I'm interested to see if Agent Cole will fail or succeed at his mission and whether or not he will be in the actual game. After watching Burn Room, the first video in the series, I was secretly hoping 2K would make more. Next came Orbit and the Asteroids, The Choice, The Decision, and now, The Chase.  

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Low Level Dungeon Preview

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Low Level Dungeon Preview

Curious about the many dungeons in Final Fantasy XIV? This video preview shows off some of the first ones you’ll see when you start your adventure.

After enjoyed the heck out of the Ifrit boss encounter at E3 this year, I've been eagerly anticipating Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Fortunately the folks over at Square Enix were kind enough to publish a new video that shows off many of the low level dungeons in the game. It's not the most action-packed video... it's more of a fly through of each of the dungeons, though occasionally a monster or two shows up, or we'll see some adventures exploring. So sit back, relax and enjoy Part 1 of the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Dungeon Crawl!

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Agent Cole’s ultimate decision

Agent Cole’s ultimate decision

Dominic Monaghan as Agent Cole makes up his mind on what he plans to do in the “Decision” for The Bureau: XCOM Declassified.

Agent Cole prepares a detailed report on the alien attack and the actions taken for his superiors at The Bureau. That was the previous video titled "Choice" which gave viewers the choice of having Agent Cole grab his gun or the bottle of alcohol. The viewers decision was tweeted to 2K Games and 2K Marin. With all the votes tallied, the video released today titled "Decision" continues the report Agent Cole was working on and his ultimate decision on the matter. 2K explains that the voting was close but one outcome was chosen as the winner and here it is. Watch the "Decision" Agent Cole makes for The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. After watching the video myself, I'm happy with the decision I made in the last video. I know there will be a lot of people out there that made a different choice on the matter but they were ultimately out voted. The next video in the series will be released this Friday July 26. Stay tuned to see what happens next.  

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Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness Trailer shows off new characters

Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness Trailer shows off new characters

Laharl, Etna and Flonne are back, and there are some unfamiliar faces as well joining the cast in Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness.

If you happened to catch our recent Top 5 where each member of the Gamer Horizon crew listed off their 5 favorite video game characters, you might have noticed that two of my favorite characters came from Disgaea: Hour of Darkness. And as much as I've enjoyed its sequels, it was the first Disgaea that I enjoyed the most--not in terms of gameplay, but for its storyline and characters. Laharl, Flonne and Etna were entertaining characters to say the least, and the story of Disgaea was a successful blend of humor and emotionally driven storytelling. And while its sequels, Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories, Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice and Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten each improved the gameplay mechanics in one way or another, none of them put together a better cast of characters or told a better story than the original (though Disgaea 4 came close). Needless to say, I was thrilled to discover that a direct sequel to the original game was in development and that it featured Laharl, Flonne

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The Top 5: Characters in video games

This week Gamer Horizon presents The Top 5: Characters in video games.

What's up gamers? It's that time again. The Top 5: characters in video games and this week Ari's back! So let's not waste any more time. Let's see how everything stacks up, shall we? Alex - 5. (TIE) Commander Shepard (Mass Effect series) and Alex Mason (Call of Duty: Black Ops) I really couldn’t decide who of the two I should put on my number 5 slot, but I do realize why they were both considered: Both characters helped immerse players into their world. It also helped that both Commander Shepard and Alex Mason are great at what they do. The choices players made in Mass Effect, coupled with allowing them to customize their Shepard, and the inclusion of an engaging narrative and a reactive first person protagonist in Call of Duty: Black Ops, pulled gamers all over into their respective narratives. 4. Sackboy (or Sackgirl? - LittleBigPlanet series) Sack of beans. Crocheted champion. Crossdresser. Everything Sackboy does is cute, filled with charm, and with tenacity. With more than

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Deus Ex The Fall - Eidos Montreal

Eidos Montreal boss divorces Square Enix

Stephane D’Astous, the man who helped found Eidos Montreal has left the company due to irreconcilable differences with Square Enix.

Stephane D’Astous, the founder of Eidos Montreal and its boss has sighted irreconcilable differences between himself and Square Enix. These differences led to D'Astous resigning his position at the company he helped create. D'Astous made a statement blaming Square Enix for the "lack of courage and lack of communication" that led to his decision. Let's face it, Square Enix has had a bad couple of years. Blaming games the Tomb Raider reboot and the lack of Hitman sales for the companies poor shape led Square Enix's CEO to resign. The company soon went on an internal restructuring gambit that saw D'Astous moved to a new role focused on cross-studio operations and Eidos Montreal given the dubious responsibility of mobile and tablet gaming responsibilities. This left David Anfossi, the producer of Deus Ex: Human Revolution as the boss of Eidos Montreal. "Since last year’s financial short-coming performance of Square Enix Europe, we (HQ London and GM Eidos-Montreal) have had growing a

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Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate has a Smorgasbord Of Content for a Low Price

Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate has a smorgasbord of content for a low price

Dead or Alive 5 refreshes in its Ultimate form very soon.

Tecmo Koei released more information for Dead Or Alive 5 Ultimate which comes out for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on September 3, alongside a new trailer, showing off new characters and new costumes. httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9p_6DMcmRk Not only can costumes earned in the Dead or Alive 5 be transferred to this new version, but there are all kinds of new costumes, including costume sets for multiple characters, allowing you to color coordinate an entire team. Remember, color coordination increases your damage by 15%*. Survival Mode is back, and this time, like in classic DoA titles, items will drop increasing your health or your score. The Tutorials have been expanded with more lessons and new Combo Challenges. A Team Fight mode has been added, which one of my personal favorite kinds of versus mode. In this mode, you create a team of a select number of characters, and try to knock out the opponent's characters. Preorder bonuses have been announced to exist at Gamestop

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PS4 is cool

The cool little black parallelogram

How cool is the PlayStation 4? Cooler than the PlayStation 3 in looks, design and temperature of the system.

The PlayStation 4 doesn't just look cool, but it also runs cool as well. Sony's new little black parallelogram just passed FCC certification meaning it's passed all the hurdles needed to launch in the US. As reported by Engadget, the FCC documents report the PlayStation 4's dimensions, power supply AC 100-240V (50Hz/60Hz), an operating temperature of 5-35 degrees Celsius and a maximum clock frequency of 2.75GHz. Like some of you out there, this sails right over my head so let me put this into layman's terms that are easier to follow. PlayStation 4 is faster than PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 runs cooler than PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 looks cooler than PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 uses less power than PlayStation 3 Is that easy enough to understand? It was for me. I have the PlayStation 3 60GB launch console and it still runs fine. Though the console itself does not overheat, it does heat my room up when it's on. Then there's the loud fan that drowns out my games. The PlayS

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Ultimate Vault Hunter

Be the Ultimate Vault Hunter in Borderlands 2

Borderlands 2 is getting the Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2: Digistruct Peak Challenge DLC this fall that will raise the level cap and add new quests.

The season pass for Borderlands 2 has finally ended with the release of Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep. However, 2K Games and Gearbox aren't finished supporting Borderlands 2 yet and are planning to release more DLC in the near future. The world of Pandora is set to receive a level cap increase, more face skins for all six vault hunters and new boss battles. The next piece of DLC will release this fall and be titled Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2: Digistruct Peak Challenge. This new DLC will raise the level cap from 61 to 72 allowing vault hunters to grind on even longer. Additionally, the Digistruct Peak Challenge will come with new quests, new weapons and new reasons to keep playing Borderlands 2. Starting this fall, Gearbox also plans to release quest chains that lead into uniquely themed boss battles as bonus content that can be purchased individually. Each themed quest will offer unique rewards including heads and skins unique to each vault hunter. The Ultimate Vault

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Agent Cole’s ultimate choice

Agent Cole’s ultimate choice

Hobbit makes the ultimate decision in The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. 2K’s new video “Agent Ennis Cole: The Choice” features Dominic Monaghan as Agent Cole.

The latest video for The Bureau: XCOM Declassified titled "Agent Ennis Cole: The Choice" features a very familiar face as one of Agent Carter's squad mates. Dominic Monaghan, one of the actors from the hit TV show Lost and the academy award winning Lord of the Rings stars as Agent Cole in this new video. Agent Cole is writing up a report detailing the events in which a titan attacks a town and what The Bureau did to contain the incident. At the end of the video, two choices come up asking the viewer to pick one. The choices involve what future actions Agent Cole will take and the results are tweeted through your twitter account to your friends and 2K Games. This new video takes the story in an interesting direction and I can't wait to see more. When I first saw Meriadoc Brandybuck (Meri) from The Lord of the Rings, I almost didn't recognize him. After watching the entire video over again, there was no mistaking it; it was him.  

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Copperhead vs Batman

Copperhead vs Batman

The once male super villain Copperhead is now a female assassin for hire in the upcoming Batman: Arkham Origins developed by Warner Bros. Montreal.

I don't know much about the villain Copperhead except that he was a male contortionist who wore a snake costume and was basically a thief. I remember seeing him in the Justice League cartoons but that's it. He was eventually caught by Batman and Batgirl in the comic books before graduating to the super villain ranks and becoming an assassin for hire. In Batman: Arkham Origins, Copperhead is an extremely agile female assassin who is after the outrageously large bounty on Batman's head. Copperhead thinks she is the one who will be collecting that bounty and sets her sights on that large payday. Batman: Arkham Origins takes place several years before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Players will take up the cape and cowl as the unrefined cape crusader in his way to becoming the Dark Knight. Batman has a long and winding road ahead of him, and there are many super villains in the way, including Copperhead. Batman: Arkham Origins hits shelves October 25, 2013 o

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Strider returns

Strider returns

Strider Hiryu makes his way to next gen consoles in Strider. This assassin will take on new foes with his plasma blade Cypher and launch’s early 2014.

Strider Hiryu makes his triumphant return to the gaming scene with his self titled game Strider. The game was originally launched in the arcade in 1989 as a side scrolling platformer released for the CP System arcade hardware by Capcom. The new Strider follows in those same footsteps taking place in Kazakh City, a large metropolis with ornate futuristic Russian architecture and high-rise buildings. Players will freely explore this 2D side scrolling adventure seamlessly traversing any and all obstacles in their way. Strider's combat style remains faithful to its roots with the same free-flowing lightning quick attacks he used to destroy the mechanized gorilla in the arcade version. The new game will offer a new array of weapons and moves Strider Hiryu will need to dispatch any foe he may come across. Players will slice their way across a massive world of with Hiryu’s indestructible blade, Cypher. This plasma charged weapon can change its properties for dealing with tougher enemies.

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Lightning has 13 Days in Final Fantasy XIII

Lightning has 13 Days in Final Fantasy XIII

Lightning returns and she only has 13 days to save the world from destruction in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.

Square Enix launches their latest  trailer for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. Lightning awakens from crystal stasis 500 years in the future, and there are only 13 days until the world ends. Her job is simple, save the world. How hard can that be? This time around, Lightning is on a solo mission. She is aided by a friend from the past (Final Fantasy XIII) Hope Estheim via wireless coms. Hope isn't the only person from Lightning's past she will encounter on her journey. Lightning must battle monsters and even old friends, and she only has 13 days to do it in order to save the world. We don't know how things will turn out after the 13 days are up. Will things go the way of Groundhog Day or will the moon come crashing down like in Majora's Mask? We will just have to wait and see. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII releases for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on February 11, 2014 in the US.          

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You are Earth’s Last Defense in The Bureau: XCOM Declassified

You are Earth’s Last Defense in The Bureau: XCOM Declassified

Special Agent William Carter and his squad are Earth’s Last Defense against the alien invasion and humanity in The Bureau: XCOM Declassified.

2K Games and 2K Marin have released the latest video titled Last Defense for their upcoming game The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. This latest video focuses on The Bureau, and its mission to keep the knowledge of the existence of aliens out of the public in order to avoid panic. To do that, The Bureau employs Special Agent William Carter to take charge of field operations. It's Carter's job to dispatch any and all alien invaders with the help of his hand picked squad; to take command of the battlefield, issuing orders that will stop all enemy advances. One wrong order from Carter and it can mean the death of the squad and The Bureau as well. The Bureau is Earth's last defense and they are all that stand between the alien assault and the extinction of humanity. The Bureau: XCOM Declassified is scheduled to launch on August 20 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.      

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The Last of US Joel and Ellie

The Last of Us Review – A masterpiece in storytelling that falls short in gameplay (Updated)

Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us is quite possibly the greatest story every told in a video game. Unfortunately, the gameplay doesn’t quite match it.

The opening 10 minutes of Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us are the most incredible and emotionally impactful moments in a video game I have ever experienced. These moments set the tone wonderfully and resonated with me throughout the game’s entire 16 plus hour emotionally gruelling experience. In fact, I will say this right now – The Last of Us has the best story in a video game I have ever been told. Up until The Last of Us, developer Naughty Dog has been known for their light-hearted, humorous fare like the Jak and Daxter series and the most recent Uncharted games for the PlayStation 3. The Last of Us is without a doubt the anti-Uncharted. The game’s definitely share the same DNA: beautifully rendered, well written, incredibly well acted, great pacing, atmosphere, great and tense moments of action, and a fantastic sense of world-building. Where these games diverge wildly is the tone. The Last of Us is bleak. It’s gorgeous, poignant, wonderful, dangerous and depressingly blea

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New Saints Row IV trailer celebrates Johnny Gat’s return

New Saints Row IV trailer celebrates Johnny Gat’s return

See Johnny Gat in action in this brand new Saints Row IV trailer!

Yesterday, we reported to you that Johnny Gat has come back to Saints Row IV and being voiced by Daniel Dae Kim. Today, Deep Silver released a brand new Saints Row IV trailer highlighting the Gat's return to the franchise and kicking Zin butt the only way Johnny Gat can. While it's still unclear as to why or how Johnny Gat came back to life in the game, I'd speculate that it'd be a similar scenario like Oleg in Saints Row: The Third where the Zin are trying to clone him, seeing as how he's a superior human being. Or I'm just going all nuts and speculating all over the place because of the plethora of Saints Row IV media that's been released over the past few weeks. Can you tell I'm hyped? Saints Row IV comes out on August 20th for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.

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PlayStation Plus Update for 7/16 – Jet Set Radio

PlayStation Plus Update for 7/16 – Jet Set Radio

PlayStation Plus adds Jet Set Radio for the second time, but this time it’s the PS3 version.

Jet Set Radio on PlayStation 3 is free this week on PlayStation Plus. Jet Set Radio was previously free on PlayStation Vita through PlayStation Plus, and owning both does get you Cross-Save capability, though only the save game in slot 1 will be Cross-Saved to both systems. Something to keep in mind if you do own both versions, is that trophies will not unlock through cross-save; you'll have to perform the tasks that unlock each trophy directly on the platform you need to the trophy for. This is unlike other Cross-Save titles, such as SoundShapes, but this is likely because Cross-Save was patched into Jet Set Radio after the game's release. httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ih2BoI0BH_Q   This week's discounts include 20% off preorders of any of the games featured in the PSN Play promotion. Those 4 games are Ducktales Remastered, Stealth Inc. A Clone In the Dark,  Cloudberry Kingdom, and ibb & obb. Sorcery and Carnival Island, two PlayStation Move titles, will be disc

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Sony banking on PlayStation 3 install base to last in face of PlayStation 4

Sony having a strong install base helped keep the the previous PlayStation console alive long after a new system has been released.

Sony has a very large install base for its PlayStation 3 console. This is very helpful in that the majority of PlayStation 3 owners will undoubtedly buy the PlayStation 4. This news has Sony excited to know that the PlayStation 3 will be around for a long time to come even after the PlayStation 4 has launched in November. If you all remember, the PlayStation 2 saw strong sales numbers after the PlayStation 3 launched and Sony is hoping lightning will strike twice. With the PlayStation 4 priced lower then its competition and pre-orders selling out, Sony is banking that their next gen console will see high sales numbers around the world. “Achieving a strong install base is always very, very important in a console’s life”, explains Feral Gara, VP of Sony Computer Entertainment. “And we’ll be as focused, if not more focused, on that this time versus any previous generation, in particular starting with an attractive price-point that’s going to help us on that journey. So we’r

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You don’t need a hero, you need Mad Max

You don’t need a hero, you need Mad Max

Join Max as he searches the wastelands for the bandits who stole his interceptor. It doesn’t take a hero to change things, it just takes Mad Max.

Avalanche Studios and WB Games released a new gameplay video for their 2014 title Mad Max. This post-E3 video shows Max as he wanders through the wasteland surviving any way he can and driving his new interceptor, the Magnum Opus. Avalanche Studios has created an open world game featuring Max and his trademark double-barrel shotgun, a new interceptor for vehicle combat, and marauding hordes of insane bandits who want nothing more then to take out Mad Max. Max will also use hand to hand combat to take on his enemies using new weapons like the boomstick as he attempts to recover his former interceptor which was stolen by bandits. Mad Max is set to launch sometime during 2014 for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. Avalanche Studios went through a bit of controversy after the game was debuted at E3 when it was announced that an American actor would be playing the voice of the Australian Max. They have since corrected this by announcing that they will hire an Aus

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