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Your Bound by Flame hero probably won't look like your friend's Bound by Flame hero

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Bound by Flame sounds a bit more ambitious with every press release. What deveoper Spiders Studios is saying about its upcoming action role-playing game is, your hero's appearance—which has a wide range of customization options from the beginning (including gender)—will continually have his or her appearance messed with throughout the story. Just like in Fable, doing bad stuff gives your skin a molten appearance and sprouts horns from your forehead. While doing good things apparently keeps you looking plainly human. (Perhaps a halo or some other kind of heavenly aura is called for.) All the while, of course, your armor and weaponry changes up with gear unlocks.

This widespread variety in appearance is great for gamers, but hell on marketing teams, since it becomes impossible to nail down a poster boy/girl to put on the front of your game box. It will be difficult—if they even try—to manufacture their own version of Commander Shepard, or Link, or Lara Croft. In other words, it will be difficult to pick Bound by Flame out of a crowd, simply because their mascot is so variable.

Bound by Flame is scheduled for a May 9 launch on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.


   
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Risen 3: Titan Lords teaser trailer

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Set to release in August of this year, Deep Silver has released a Risen 3: Titan Lords teaser trailer. Check it out here:


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NorCal Regionals are underway

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The twelfth edition of NorCal Regionals are here as we continue the road to EVO 2014.  This years tournament features six main games, including www.twitch.tv/ and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, a sponsored Divekick tournament, and close to a dozen "community games" such as Skullgirls and BlazBlue: Chronophantasma.  More info can be found over on Shoryuken.com, and the tournament can be watched on one of the three streams below depending on the time of day and what game you wish to watch (the page I linked to on Shoryuken has the schedule).

The Walking Dead is reaching out it's cold, dead hands to more devices.

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Big announcement today in the world of mobile gaming. First and foremost, The Walking Dead Season Two is coming to PlayStation Vita next week. Episodes 1 and 2 will be available for download in the PlayStation Store in North America on April 22, and in Europe on April 23 for $4.99 each, or you can get 20% off by buying the Season Pass. No surprises there- just thought you Vita-users should know.

The BIG news is that the entire first season of The Walking Dead, including the DLC episode 400 Days is now available for Android-based devices through Google Play; as well as the NVIDIA Shield through TegraZone; and Amazon Fire TV and Kindle HDX through Amazon. Not sure if you'll like how it'll work on these new devices? Good news, because on all of them, you can get the first episode fo' free!

The second season isn't currently available for these new platforms, but it will be soon.

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News Roundup - 04/17/2014

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News Roundup - 04/15/2014

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Final Borderlands 2 Headhunter Pack launched today

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For those looking to squeeze a bit more life out of Borderlands 2 (or if you're like me and can't stop playing it because it's so awesome), today saw the launch of the final DLC pack for the game: Sir Hammerlock vs. the Son of Crawmerax.

For those who are wondering who Crawmerax is, Crawmerax is a boss in the original game's The Secret Armory of General Knoxx expansion pack and was considered the first raid boss in the series.  Consider it the first game's equivalent of Terramorphous the Invincible, except Crawmerax was part of an expansion whereas Terramorphous can be fought without any expansion pack.  Anywho, Crawmerax takes Sir Hammerlock captive and wants to get his revenge on the original vault hunters for defeating his father in the previous outing.  Sir Hammerlock vs. the Son of Crawmerax is available now on Steam, Xbox Live Arcade, and the PlayStation Network for $2.99.

 


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News Roundup - 04/14/2014

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Impressions: 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

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Every four years, the world of international football gathers together for a month long final tournament to determine the best team in the world.  Just like the 2010 World Cup, EA Sports has brought the tournament straight into our homes via console in the form of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, which is available today on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.

We're not quite ready to do a review of the game, but we wanted to make sure some impressions of the game are available as we've had time to go through most of the game modes.  2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil brings the same fun game modes from the previous version of this game, including the ever-popular Captain Your Country mode, which allows players to create a pro from scratch or pick from an existing pro for a corresponding country and build them up during the qualification process, leading all the way to the World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  The mode has gone through some upgrades, including making it a bit easier to build up stats via the training mini-games that have been available in the FIFA franchise of games.  It may even be a little too easy to build those stats up, but considering that a player doesn't have access to a player's club team like they would in the regular title, this is the way to make sure that created players are competitive.

Of course, the regular World Cup mode is available, which leaves the choice up to a player as to whether to play the World Cup Final as is from the draw back in December, or to create their own fantasy version of the tournament and create some stacked groups in order to increase the difficulty.  The mode is straight forward, as expected, but stunning visuals of all the new stadiums that have been built or renovated for the tournament are shown off in all their glory.  Gameplay is fairly similar to FIFA 14, if not just a tad slower than its counterpart.

If a player feels like trying to re-write history, the History of the World Cup is available and allows players to replay some of the most exciting games in the history of the tournament.  Also included in the title is the Road to Qualification mode that allows a player to take on the managerial position of a country and try to take them from the early stages of qualifying all the way to Brazil. 

For a title that is somewhat truncated since it is only international matches leading to the World Cup, there is plenty of meat in this game, though there is a lot more to cover than what can be included in this.

We'll include more on 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil in our review, which is expected later this week.

Weekend News Roundup - 04/13/2014

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  • Chop, shoot, and burn stuff in Bound by Flame combat video
  • Soda Drinker Pro for the Xbox One announced at PAX East

Chop, shoot, and burn stuff in Bound by Flame combat video

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Spiders Games details Bound by Flame's role-playing combat system in this recent video. Your bipolar, demon-possessed character advances three combat styles: fighter, ranger, and pyromancer. The fighter tree contains hand-to-hand martial skills, the ranger tree contains bow-and-arrow attacks, and the pyromancer tree lets you huck fireballs or set your weapon on fire. A bunch of customizations also change up the damage component—and physical appearance—of your blades; from the blade itself, to the hilt, to the pommel.

The bestiary lands halfway between eastern European fantasy and horror. It'll be interesting if your companions serve a greater purpose than as complements to your weapon sets. Those details may emerge in a later video. For now, here's what it looks like when you chop/shoot/burn stuff up.

Bound by Flame launches May 9 on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

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BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma gets a Vita release date

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If you're a fan of BlazBlue that's been enjoying BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma on the PS3 and are hoping to take it on the go this summer, a release date has finally been announced.  Releasing on June 24th 2014, BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma for the PlayStation Vita will feature all of the playable characters from its PS3 counterpart as well as an additional story, an enhanced Abyss Mode, and a recap of the past installments, BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger and BlazBlue: Continuum Shift.


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News Roundup - 04/10/2014

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2K Games is heading to PAX and is bringing Big Guns, Big Monsters and Big News

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PAX East kicks off tomorrow and 2K games will be there giving everyone some hands on time with Evolve and the first look at the newest Borderlands game Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. 

Here is a rundown of their events running this weekend. 

  • Firaxis Games Mega Panel announcing next big AAA Firaxis game – Saturday at 11:30am in the DragonFly Theatre
  • Hands-on time with Evolve
  • Hands-off presentation of the just-announced Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
  • PAX-exclusive Borderlands Loot Pass Sweepstakes
  • Inside Gearbox Software Panel – Sunday at 10:30am in the Main Theatre

Booth Evolve and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be available to pre-order at the booth and if you do pre-order you will receive a PAX exclusive Evolve Beanie and/or a PAX Borderlands exclusive t-shirt. 

A community party will also be held Saturday night by Gearbox and Firaxis games. It is invitation only and is 21+ only as well. Be sure to head by the 2K games booth to learn how to score an invite to the event. 

Be sure to check out their official blog post for all the details on the fun happenings this weekend. 


The Last of Us Remastered trailer gives a short look at the game on PS4

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The Last of Us Remastered is coming to the PS4 and there's a new trailer with a very short glimpse of what that might look like. If you haven't played the game, though, you may want to avoid this trailer, as the short scene doesn't give anything away, but will dampen one of the best scenes in the game.

Check it out below. 

Now Loading from CD102.5 in Columbus

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We hit the airwaves this morning with CD102.5 in Columbus and Baltimore, Ohio to talk about both LEGO The Hobbit and Kinect Sports Rivals. In case you missed the segment this morning, you can check it out below:

Diablo III gets a hotfix for looting

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I'm happy to see Blizzard making these improvements to Diablo III. So far, almost everything they've done has been a vast improvement since the game first came out.

That said, today a hotfix is going out to all the servers today to change up some of the mechanics of looting. Unique monsters are going to drop less loot, but that's OK.  Chests are also going to be less frequent, but again, that's going to be OK.

The chances of finding a legendary item will now double when you are in a rift, making those areas a lot more profitable to farm. Now, folks are going to be more apt at doing rift runs over killing unique monsters when trying to farm for better gear.

Kadala is also getting a change as she's going to be more apt at giving you a legendary when you trade in blood shards. Good, because I've probably gotten one so-so legendary from her after giving her about 500 shards. I'm glad she's getting an increase in chances of giving out a good item.

All servers in all regions should be updated by the end of the day today.


News Roundup - 04/09/2014

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A new Borderlands is coming this year called the Pre-Sequel

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Want more guns and loot? It's coming with a brand new Borderlands game. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is set in a time before the two Borderlands games. Below we have some alpha footage of what 2K Australia is working on.

Yup, Gearbox isn't doing this one as they've handed development of this one to 2K Australia. The video shows some of the new classes and environments. Claptrap will be playable in the game, so let's hope we hear some nice quips while he's doling out punishment. 

One near feature is a ground pound where you can fly or float above someone in the low gravity environments, press the crouch button, and come down on them to stun or kill them.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is coming for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. Yup, no Xbox One or PlayStation 4, which is kind of interesting. I wouldn't be surprised though if it does come out for the two consoles later on down the road.

News Roundup - 04/08/2014

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Yes, The Last of Us Remastered is headed to the PS4 -Update-

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It doesn't get much more official without an official word than a banner on your console's store. But the picture below shows off The Last of Us Remastered coming to the PlayStation 4 that's making the rounds on the carousel at Sony's website.

Still no word from either Naughty Dog or Sony and when you click on it, it takes you to a not found page. With that up, I'm expecting someone to officially give the word today. 

The game will be $60 and I've read it will also include the Left Behind DLC that was released two months ago. It's good to see the game come out on the PlayStation 4 as it was one of the best games on the previous Sony console released close to the launch of the PlayStation 4. It looked absolutely gorgeous on the PlaySation 3 so I'm excited to see what more horsepower can do for an already visually stunning game.


 

-Update- Sony's finally given the official word on the game via their blog. Some highlights include commentary during the cinematics, Abandon Territories map pack, Reclaimed territories pack, and Left Behind DLC. Pre-orders will also net you a bunch of goodies as well.

Now Loading for the week of April 7, 2014

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This week is all about pressure... on Microsoft that is! It’s a given that the new LEGO The Hobbit game will entertain fans of Tolken’s classic franchise and gamers alike, but how will both a new generation of the Kinect Sports franchise and a last-gen version of Titanfall fare with fans? I can speak from personal experience that Kinect Sports Rivals is an admirable addition to the franchise, despite some speedbumps along the way. AS for Titanfall, we shall have to wait and see...

This week’s lineup:


Marvel heroes coming to Disney Infinity

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Disney Infinity does some cool things with the main thing being having a boatload of Disney characters from different movies interacting with each other. Disney picked up Marvel not too long ago and it looks like those comic book icons going to be coming to the game.

The preview shows Captain America's shield ricocheting around the town around various Disney characters. We'll have to wait to see what heroes the first wave brings us, but I'm guessing the entire Avenger's cast will be available in the first round.

Now with the Marvel heroes in the fold, how long before we see Star Wars characters in the game as well?

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Kingpin trailer

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has a new trailer out featuring some familiar villains we'll see in the movie, as well as some new ones with pretty cool teases. Check out Kingpin, Black Cat, Green Goblin and more including a tease at a possible Carnage cameo below.


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