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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
Review by: Cyril Lachel
Dracula wants to die in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. READ FULL REVIEW...
The Wolf Among Us – Episode 3: A Crooked Mile
Review by: Jeff Kintner
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Warlock II
Review by: Tom Bitterman
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What We're Playing: inFAMOUS Deception Edition

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Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey has received death threats over the Facebook acquisition. Microsoft executive, Phil Spencer, will now be calling the shots for the Xbox team. And while Xbox One users have streamed 23 million minutes of gameplay, let's be honest, how much of that is actually being watched by anybody?

What are you playing this weekend?

Russell Archey, staff writer, @NeoScyther
I just got through moving back to my hometown, so naturally I don't have any systems hooked up—aside from the NES of course, and that was mainly to test a couple new parts I put in.  Basically, my gaming is being limited to my PC, and I likely won't be doing much this weekend as my room is still a mess to say the least, but I'll likely put in a bit more time with Final Fantasy VII. Now that Aerith's first Level 3 Limit Break is unlocked I don't have to grind anymore and can get on with the story.

Nathan Carter, staff writer, @natedoggcata
This weekend I will be torturing and murdering poor mercenaries in Deception IV: Blood Ties. I had never heard of this series before but I saw the trailer a few weeks before the game was released and I am pleasantly surprised. This game is extremely fun. Yeah the enemy AI can be pretty dumb at times and the movement controls could be better, but it's still a great game. I am always looking for new games to play, and by "new" I mean something different, something I have never really played before. Deception IV: Blood Ties easily fits that role.

Sean Colleli, staff writer, @scolleli
This may sound weird but I'll probably be sinking some time into Minecraft. I've been revisiting an old build I've been working on for about a year now. Some people may enjoy the survival aspects of Minecraft, but for me it's more of a Zen garden; a place to unwind and put my mind to creative, constructive tasks.

Jeremy Duff, senior staff writer, @Duff3c
This weekend will be filled with a combination of historic, exaggerated, Japanese battle in Dynasty Warriors 8 on the Vita, spending time on the pitching mound with MLB 14: The Show on the Vita, and making a complete fool of myself in my living room with Kinect Sports Rivals. I dare you to find a more varied gaming menu this weekend.

Randy Kalista, staff writer, @RandyKalista
Reading chapters of Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms between World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition matches is a multimedia peanut butter cup. It inserts a terse World War I love story into my tank 'sploding game. I'm absorbing the three new battlefields introduced in last week's Map Madness event, too. I'll also dip into Hitman Absolution, courtesy of Xbox 360's Games with Gold, and see if those sexy nuns are every bit as offensive as we were told they were.

Jeff Kintner, staff writer, @JKTerrezas
The trailer for the third episode of The Wolf Among Us came out this week, so the good news is that it should be out next week. The bad news is that it probably won't be out until next week. If we're lucky enough to get it over the weekend, you know where I'll be.

Cary Lange, staff writer, clange@gamingnexus.com
I just beat inFAMOUS: Second Son with good karma. All I need to platinum the game is the bad karma trophies so I may run through it as bad Delsin soon. For now though, I'll be heading back into Drangeic for more Dark Souls II where I'm trying to make my mostly melee character have more intelligence for increased damage with magic weapons and an extra spell or two.

Matt Mirkovich, staff writer, @Stillmywords
I've cleared the main campaign of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls and I'm now headlong into the game's Adventure Mode, which is ridiculously fun. I've also be playing a lot of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, thanks to the 2.2 patch which has added new instances and has me farming for items needed to reach a higher item level. Charles got me a review code for the latest Deception game which is still as fun as it was back in the PS1 era, only with a slightly glossier coat of paint. And whenever I find time in the midst of all that, I'm playing Suikoden II again.

John Yan, senior hardware editor, @TheJohnYan
I'll be knee deep in killing demons and farming for legendaries in Diablo III with friends. I've just gotten some new plans and I am only one piece away from a nice weapon for my Witch Doctor. The nephalem rifts and bounties really make farming fun. Along with the changes to loot, a great deal of my friends are back playing the game at all hours so I'll be there with them this weekend.

Persona 4 coming to PS3 as a PS2 classic

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Rumors that the critically acclaimed PlayStation 2 RPG Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 would be coming to the PlayStation 3 in some form were confirmed yesterday when the game's publisher, Atlus, announced that Persona 4 would be come to the system as a downloadable PS2 Classic. If you are excited to buy the game on PS3 you are in luck; it releases on April 8th with a price tag of $9.99.

When i first heard the news of Persona 4 coming to PS3 I secretly hoped that they were porting the Vita version, Persona 4 Golden, rather than the original PS2 release. While it would have been nice to see the expanded version of the game ported instead, Persona 4 is an amazing game regardless of which version you play. If you haven't given it a shot $9.99 is an incredible price for one of the best RPGs ever made. 

Source: polygon.com

Moral ambiguity abound in Always Sometimes Monsters

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I first heard about Always Sometimes Monsters through an article on Polygon about it's inception and inspiration. What started as a fun idea for a travel blog about hitchhiking across the U.S. to meet up with game developers turned to a life changing event for Justin Amirkhani. His travel narrative took a dramatic shift from focusing on games to surviving on the road, and the kinds of people you inevitably meet living a transient lifestyle. After talking to Nigel Lowrie of Devolver Digital, Amirkhani distilled his experiences into Always Sometimes Monsters

ASM is a roleplaying game that focuses on interaction, rather than combat. You'll choose your character's race, gender, and sexual preference, which determine how other people perceive and treat you. You'll live through the common denominators and the unique hardships that define us all. Your choices and actions will alter your story. Even with the best intentions, it's difficult to know when you've made the right decision, and who your actions will hurt. You've lost the love of your life, will you be able to win them back? When you look back at everything you've done, will it even matter?

As someone who still tears up at the mere mention of To The Moon, I can't wait to see how badly Always Sometimes Monsters is going to affect me.

Always Sometimes Monsters will be available through Steam and the Humble Store on May 21, and you can currently pre-order it for only $8.99- 10% off the regular price. If you want more info, or just want to be updated on it's progress, you can check out their page on the Devolver Digital website and Twitter @VagabondDog.


Valve announces The International 4 details including date, location, and pricing

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Dota 2's The International was one of the world's biggest e-sport tournaments ever, and was the first gaming tournament to reward first prize $1,000,000. Now in its fourth year the tournament continues to be one of gaming's biggest events, and Valve has just released all the specifics about attending this year's International. This year's International will be taking place July 18th-21st at the KeyArena in Seattle. Three different tiers of tickets are avaliable. $99 ticket gets you General Admission, $199 gets you a floor seat, and $499 gets you a VIP Ticket, allowing you to attend the Playoffs (taking place on July 8th) as well as VIP Meet & Greets and the After Party. 11 teams will be invited to the tournament directly while the other 5 spots will be filled through Regional Qualifiers and pre-tournament playoffs. 

The International 3 was the first big Dota 2 tournament I ever watched and I was hooked instantly. Although I won't be able to attend The International 4 in person I am looking forward to watching the livestreams during all four days. I hope that my favorite team Natus Vincere manages to make it to the finals for the fourth year in a row. 

Source: blog.dota2.com

Call of Duty: Ghosts Devastation DLC is out today

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Call of Duty: Ghosts Devastation is out today and includes a ton of crazy stuff.  New maps, a new weapon, a new episode of Extinction, and the Predator are all included.

If that's not enough, NFL stars AJ Green and LeSean McCoy will go against one another to commemorate the release of Devastation.  

However, as a Cincinnati native, I think AJ Green should focus on being part of a football team that can win a playoff game before the heat death of the universe rather than publicly gaming, but I digress....

You can pick up Devastation for  $14.99 and it's also available as part of the CoD: Ghosts season pass.

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New Elder Scrolls Online trailer

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Check out the new The Elder Scrolls Online trailer 'The Siege' below, with over 5 minutes of cinematic battle. If this doesn't get you hyped for the game, then I don't know what will. 


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We're gonna need a bigger boat in Battlefield 4

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There were rumors that a Megalodon was hiding around in Battlefield 4. Well, it was a rumor til recently. With the release of Naval Strike DLC, the enormous shark is now a reality.

In the video below, you can see the giant shark come out of the water and lay waste to everyone in the water. It looks mighty impressive jumping out of the water. Now, we'll have to see if you can take out the Jaws wannabe.

Thanks Kotaku.

The villains of The Amazing Spider Man 2

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Beenox has a slick new trailer for The Amazing Spider Man 2, this time focusing on the villains you'll face. We've known that the Kingpin was going to be one of the major players, but now we find out that he's hired Black Cat to kill Spidey! Talk about an awkward date. I'm glad they have Black Cat returning as she was pretty memorable in the first game and I enjoyed the flirtatious exchange between her and Spider Man. Of course we're also getting Electro, Kraven and the Goblin too, but the game is supposedly its own story that occasionally overlaps with the plot of the film.

I'm a little iffy on the voice actor they have portraying Kingpin, but then again nobody could do better than the late, great Roscoe Lee Brown from the 90's animated Spider Man series. 

I think it's unfair that a lot of people are writing this game off as "just another licensed game," because the first one was pretty damn good and Beenox has been public about improving everything people complained about last time. Personally I just keep getting more excited for this one.

Source: IGN

Smash Bros-centric Nintendo Direct coming next Tuesday, April 8th

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Nintendo is still in extended damage control over the floundering Wii U, so we'll probably be seeing these Nintendo Direct pressers more often. Next Tuesday the 8th they'll host one all about the new Super Smash Bros. game, coming to Wii U and 3DS sometime this year. As he's done for the previous entry on Wii, Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai has been releasing weekly tweets and screenshots for the new games. Fans are understandably getting impatient for things to actually play on their Wii U, so I don't think a steady trickle of screengrabs will cut it anymore. It would be wise for Nintendo to announce a release date for the new Smash Bros. on Tuesday, as they really cannot afford to be coy and drag their feet any longer.

Check this link on Tuesday the 8th for the live stream of the Nintendo Direct.

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News Roundup - 04/03/2014

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Starting today, you will no longer be able to purchase discs from Origin

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Origin, the service that Electronic Arts has created to compete with Steam, will no longer let you purchase game discs from them starting today. That's right, they are going all digital with the service.

That's not to say you won't be able to purchase discs for EA games ever. They're still going to continue to produce these for folks who have slow Internet connection or caps on their data. But, you'll have to order them from somewhere else like Amazon or NewEgg as Origin's going to focus solely on digital distribution.

We're still not there yet where we all can go straight to digital, but we'll be there someday. Until then, discs will be around for those that need it, but I have a feeling it will be a long time before we see discs go the way of cassette tapes and 8-tracks.


All of today's Mario Kart 8 info in one place

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Nintendo revealed a lot about Mario Kart 8 today, and now we have the full press released packed with all the details. Some of the highlights include the reveal of Metal Mario from Super Mario 64 as a playable racer, the new kart-gobbling Piranha Plant item, and the inclusion of several retro tracks from previous Mario Kart games, such as Mario Kart 64's Toad Turnpike (one of my favorites) and Moo Moo Meadows from Mario Kart Wii. Much like the revamped courses in 3DS's Mario Kart 7, these retro tracks will be enhanced with new features like the anti-gravity pads exclusive to Mario Kart 8. All I'm saying is they better put Maple Treeway in the game or there will be hell to pay.

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Amy Hennig is now at Visceral Games working on a Star Wars title

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Not too long ago, Amy Hennig left Naughty Dog games after many years working on the Uncharted series. Supposedly, she was working on the next Uncharted game when she left. Now, she's found a new home.

Amy is going to be working on a Star Wars title for Visceral Games, makers of the Dead Space series. Amy is a big fan of the universe and I'm hoping she has some great ideas for the new breed of Star Wars game coming out.

Visceral has got one nice quality hire here with Amy and now, my level of excitement for the Star Wars game from Visceral has gone up a few notches.


Nintendo Download for 4/3/2014: The Advance generation has arrived.

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We've heard about it for a while now, but Game Boy Advance games have started to arrive on the Wii U Virtual Console in this week's Nintendo Download, and we start off with Metroid Fusion, Advance Wars, and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.  If you're a fan of their respective genres/series, definitely pick these up.  Hopefully this trend will continue in the weeks to come.

Also on the Wii U we now have Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition, and you can get $5 off of Dr. Luigi if you own Dr. Mario from the Virtual Console.  For the 3DS we have Rusty's Real Deal Baseball and Super Monkey Ball 3D hitting the eShop.  Super Monkey Ball 3D is a fun game, but kind of annoying if you use the gyroscopic controls to control the ball since it's hard to focus on the screen if you're constantly tilting it all over the place.


Tropico 5 set for release on May 23 for PC

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Kalypso Media has announced that Tropico 5 will be released globally on May 23 for PC along with the triumph return of El Presidente. The Xbox 360 and Mac versions will be released later this summer, then followed by the PlayStation 4 version in the fall. Along with the release announcement, the official Tropico 5 website has been overhauled with a wealth of information regarding the game's various features.

Some of the game's new features include advanced trading mechanics, scientific research trees, and island exploration. In addition, Tropico 5 be the first game in the series to contain cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes that will support up to four players.

Get revved up with Mario Kart 8's new trailer

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This morning brought a wealth of information about Nintendo's next big Wii U title Mario Kart 8, including an all new trailer. The trailer is packed full of the same great racing action we have previously seen, as well as some of the game's new features, including all new items. Two new items revealed were the Boomerang, which seems to hit opponents and steal their coins, and the Piranha Plant which bites nearby racers. The trailer also shows off just how good the game looks, certainly making it a new competitor for the best looking Wii U game.

Mario Kart 8 will be the newest addition to a great library of first party titles on Wii U when it releases on May 30th. Like its predecessors Mario Kart 8 doesn't look like it will revolutionize the Kart racing genre  but is sure to be a lot of fun, especially the new zero gravity racing.

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GTA V Spring Update details

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Springtime is a time of renewal and rebirth.  Grand Theft Auto V is taking that hoary old idea to heart with a major update coming out this spring.

The update includes the new Capture Creator that will allow gamers to make their own Capture Jobs, Deathmatches, and Races.  It will give you full control over many of the characteristics that define those event.

The High Life Update offers new high-end apartment options, the Bullpup rifle, new clothes, new super luxurious vehicles, and the ability to own multiple properties in GTA Online.  You can also check your mental state with a new stat that tracks just how psycho you are.

That's only a small sampling of the springy goodness coming to GTA V is the near future.  For full details, follow the jump. 


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Now Loading from CD102.5

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Thursday means it is time to check in with Joe Jewett down in the Brewery District to run down this week's biggest releases. We had to rush through things a bit today in order to cram in all three games that I wanted to talk about: MLB 14 The show, The Elder Scrolls Online, and Goat Simulator.

2.7 million people have bought Reaper of Souls with Malthael being killed over 1.5 million times

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Diablo III: Reaper of Souls has been bought by over 2.7 million people since it was released last week. I'm one of those 2.7 million. Blizzard has said that the end character has been killed over 1.5 million times so there's still a bunch of folks that haven't killed Malthael yet.

The recent patch and expansion has really drawn me and a bunch of my friends back into the game. They've really fixed many of the issues that were present when the game first came out and now farming for items is fun. No longer are most people reliant on the now closed auction house as I've found a ton of items I can use since i started playing again.

And something really nice with the release was there was practically no server issues. None of my friends had any problems connecting when it first launched and I didn't read of servers having problems.

Reaper of Souls has dominated my playing time as of late and Blizzard has done a wonderful job at fixing what was wrong and adding some great content to make Diablo III a really, really fun game again.


News Roundup - 04/02/2014

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Walk A Crooked Mile in The Wolf Among Us next week

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There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile
And he found a crooked sixpence against a crooked stile
He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse
And they all lived together in a little crooked house

At least, that's how Mother Goose tells it. I can't wait to play through The Wolf Among Us: Episode 3 – A Crooked Mile to see how writer Pierre Shorette takes and twists its meaning into the masterful video game adaptation of the Fables series. My response is now undeniably Pavlovian when it comes to anything regarding The Wolf Among Us. Look at me. I'm drooling.

Expect a Tuesday, April 8 launch on PC and Mac, with PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 launches to follow in the day or two after that. 

Final EVE: True Stories comic is available, free, and explosive

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The fourth and final (and free) comic in the EVE: True Stories series is now available, courtesy of Dark Horse Comics and EVE Online developer CCP. EVE: True Stories #4 wraps up the true-to-gamelife events of a single man that dismantled Band of Brothers, one of the most renown player-run corporations of EVE Online's ten-year history.

I've read the entire four-comic mini series and I can barely figure out what happened. I don't know if that's because of the convoluted storytelling, because there's a different artist every comic, or—more likely—because I'm a simpleton that can't follow the little bouncing ball. You should have more luck than me. And, regardless of my graphic-novel-comprehension handicap, the fact that this comic series exists is a wonderful experiment in the crossing over of video games and comic books. I'm excited it even came to fruition. I just can't recommend it to anyone that doesn't already have a subscription to EVE Online.


Adam Sessler leaves Rev3 Games and Discovery Digital Networks

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Adam Sessler, one of the most recognizable and popular videogame journalists, has announced that he has left Rev3 Games in order to pursue other opportunities. In a recent post on his Tumblr, Adam feels like the time is right to explore new avenues inside of the game industry. 

After some incredible achievements over the last year and a half, I am announcing my departure from Rev3 Games and Discovery Digital Networks. Sixteen years in front of the camera covering the videogame industry has brought me to a point where I am ready and desiring to explore new opportunities. While I would never say no to doing one more review, interview or opinion piece, the time feels right to explore new avenues inside of gaming that help further the medium. The audience, my wonderful and talented co-workers and the last year at Rev3 Games will forever be appreciated for what was accomplished. There never is a right time to part ways with something that has become as natural as breathing, but things do end and now feels right.

For those who don't know him, and have obviously been living under a rock, Adam Sessler was the host of Extended Play / X-Play on Tech TV/G4 for 10+ years.

I met Adam Sessler a few years ago and he is an incredibly nice guy with great talent and passion for what he does. I truly wish him the best in whatever endeavor he embarks on next. 

 

 


Now Loading for the week of March 31, 2014

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This is definitely a week for PC gamers as one of the most anticipated MMORPG games in history is finally launching. No more Oblivion; no more Skyrim; the Elder Scrolls are now online! Alternatively, if questing isn’t your thing, you could always turn to life as a goat in Goat Simulator. Seriously, how do you pick between these two?

This week’s full list includes:


Batman: Arkham Origins - Deluxe Edition available for download

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Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edition ports the handheld title to PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PC. The digital download of the game is available as of yesterday and include improved visuals, a new map system, and different difficulty levels. While I wasn't completely enamored with this installation in the Batman: Arkham franchise, it could be cool to check out the new batsuits and changes to see how it effects gameplay. 


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