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Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
Review by: Cyril Lachel
Tidus and company's Final Fantasy adventure will make you forget all about Lightning's return. READ FULL REVIEW...
Toukiden: The Age of Demons
Review by: Matt Mirkovich
Matt visits the Age of Demons to see if Toukiden can topple the current champion of hunting monsters. READ FULL REVIEW...
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Matt's picking up a virtual skateboard again with this indie gem for the PS Vita. READ FULL REVIEW...

News Roundup - 03/25/2014

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Hatsune Miku makes a PS3 and Vita encore this Fall

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Coming off a surprisingly successful release on PS3 last year, and Vita this month, Sega's bringing the next title in the Project Diva series, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd to the PS3 and Vita later this year. Scheduled for a fall release, Sega has posted an accompanying launch video on their Youtube channel and posted an announcement on their blog. The game will feature 40 songs, with some from previous releases, along with a few new tracks from familiar composers like Livetune and Ryo. Another surprise announcement, the game will feature physical releases for both the PS3 and Vita version. Pretty impressive there Sega, can't wait to see what you guys will be showing off when E3 rolls around.

News Roundup - 03/24/2014

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Weekend News Roundup - 03/23/2014

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News Roundup - 03/20/2014

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New Deception IV: Blood Ties video shows off many sadistic ways to torture your enemies

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Deception IV: Blood Ties is scheduled to be released in North America next week on March 25th and TECMO KOEI America has released some new videos showing off the various ways to torture your enemies.

For those who don't know, in the Deception games, you pretty much set up and lure your foes into a giant Rube Goldberg contraption where they can be destroyed by rolling rocks, spiked walls, iron maidens, human cannons, falling bathtubs, banana peals and much more. Setting traps isn't enough as you will have to strategically place and combo the traps together for a high score. 

Players on the PS3 will be able to upload their combos online and challenge other players to beat their high score as well as the ability to upload your own or download other user-created missions. The PlayStation Vita version will include cross play and saves between the PS3 and Vita versions. 

I have never heard of this series and it makes me sad because this looks like a pretty entertaining game. I will absolutely check this out when it's released next week. 

Nintendo Download for 3/20/2014

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Not much going on this week on the Virtual Console front outside of Volleyball, but I have a theory.  Once NES Remix 2 hits the eShop, that's when they'll likely release Super Mario Bros. 3.  It makes sense, as SMB3 will be featured in the game...plus I don't have any other good ideas as to why SMB3 hasn't been released yet.

However, there's still quite a bit going on with the eShops this week.  The 3DS is getting Pokemon Battle Trozei as well as a demo of Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars.  If Pokemon Battle Trozei is anything like it's original DS counterpart it should be a fun game as it kind of blends Pokemon with Tetris Attack/Panel De Pon.  Also, select games by Renegade Kid on the 3DS eShop will be 30% off until April 3rd, including Mutant Mudds, ATV Wild Ride 3D, and Bomb Monkey.  If you haven't played Mutant Mudds yet, do yourself a favor and download the demo and check it out, it's a lot of fun.

Over on the Wii U, all titles from Nordic Games are on sale until 9am PT on April 1st.  These include Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune if you need to get your game show fix.  You can also get free access to Wii Sports Club this weekend starting tomorrow at 9am PT and ending 11:59pm PT on March 23rd.


News Roundup - 03/19/2014

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News Roundup - 03/18/2014

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Devolver Digital celebrates GDC with a huge indie games sale

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You have to give credit to the marketing folks at Devolver Digital as their sales page for their GDC sale is a riot as they feature quotes from the developers about their relationship with Devolver.  You'll gain keen insight into how Devolver works while saving a ton of money on games like Broforce, Shadow Warrior, Luftrausers, and Hotline Miami.  

There are lots of good deals to be had, especially on Luftrausers and Shadow Warrior (a game that Sean and I both loved).  Here are a few of the quotes to get you started.  

News Roundup - 03/17/2014

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  • Curious what Metroid on the NES is like with minimal upgrades? I attempted to find out.
  • Garden Warfare getting some free DLC on March 18th
  • Marc Whitten leaves Microsoft for Sonos
  • Adam Isgreen gives us a sneak peak at Sadira's alternate costume in Killer Instinct
  • Smooth McGroove makes Super Mario Bros. 2 even more awesome
  • RollerCoaster Tycoon 4...mobile.. *sigh* - UPDATE Yes, there will be a PC Version -
  • Let's kick some balls: 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil official gameplay trailer
  • Gauntlet making a comeback on the PC
  • Watch two guys try to create a game in 48 hours

News Roundup - 03/13/2014

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News Roundup - 03/12/2014

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News Roundup - 03/11/2014

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Naughty Dog and Wargaming team-up is decidedly un-naughty

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When was the last time you spent 24 straight hours gaming?  When it was over, did you feel good about yourself?  I've never done it, but I'd imagine that gaming for that long might leave one feeling something akin to one of those mornings where you tell yourself, "I am NEVER doing that again!" right before you projectile vomit near your nearest toilet.'

What Naughty Dog, Wargaming.net, Rooster Teeth, and Astro Gaming are putting together should at least leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling that hugs the pain away.  You see, Operation Supply Drop is holding their third annual fundraising event that raises money to send videogame care packages to our soldiers overseas in combat and in hospitals recovering from combat.

You can follow the jump to learn more.  Visit www.operationsupplydrop.org for details.  The event is being held during the 8-bit Salute on May 17-18, so you have a few months to build up you marathon-gaming skills.


News Roundup - 03/10/2014

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MXGP tutorial videos remind me of tried-and-true Excitebike riding techniques

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Two tutorial videos for MXGP – The Official Motocross Videogame teach you the art of "scrubbing" and how to take on jumps and moguls more effectively.

But you remember playing Excitebike on the NES, right? Lean your weight back over the rear tire to maximize air time, or pull up your front tire in a wheelie to handle those little speedbump thingies. Well, that all works in MXGP. I, too, was surprised how much legit motocross I learned from Excitebike. Stupid overheat alarm. Why can't I go full throttle the entire time, Excitebike?

"Scrubbing," however, is new to me. It's a way of throwing your bike sideways while in a jump to minimize how long you spend in the air. Me, I don't want no scrub; a scrub is a guy that can't get no love from me. Why can't I just go full throttle the entire time, MXGP?

MXGP launches March 28 on PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Xbox 360, and PC.


New LEGO The Hobbit Trailer spoofs buddy-up heist flicks

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The latest trailer for LEGO The Hobbit takes a humorous look at the team you'll have assembled to go on your quest. In true LEGO game fashion there are plenty of jokes goofing on each character's adventurer genre tropes as well as some plain old slapstick. Check out the trailer below and wonder with me what the Italian Job or Ocean's 11(or 12 or 13) might look like with Middle Earth casting. 


Steamworld Dig's official PSN release date is March 18th

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If you still haven't played the devilishly clever Steamworld Dig on 3DS or Steam, you'll get another chance as the indie western robot steampunk mining adventure hits PSN on March 18th in America, and a day later in Europe. The game will be available on both PS4 and Vita. The game has received wide critical acclaim since its release, and the devlopers have a little fun with this in the press release after the break. If you've been holding out for Steamworld Dig on a Sony platform, it will run you $9.99, with a 20% discount during the first week for PS Plus users.


In this corner: Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship edition!

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Guacamelee! is strutting its way onto next gen consoles in its latest incarnation, the Super Turbo Championship Edition. The new features announced include:

  • An extended story that includes the DLC content from Guacamelee! Gold Edition
  • Two new areas that include riding a boat through the Canal of Flowers and dodging lava fountains inside the Volcano
  • A new boss inside the Volcano- a three-headed skeleton named the Trio of Death
  • New abilities that include the new INTENSO combat mode, chicken bombs and Independent Dimension Swapping
  • New elite-class enemies
  • Multiple save slots
  • a dual currency system that allows you to permanently unlock items

GSTCE is expected to released in the second quarter of 2014 for Playstation 4, Wii U, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. If you haven't already played Guacamelee! you should check out our reviews for the PC and Vita versions.


Pixel Junk Shooter becomes the Ultimate game... literally

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Double Eleven continues to bring Q Games classic series to life again with updated releases on a variety of Sony’s platforms. This time around, they are taking a crack at the oh-so-awesome Pixel Junk Shooter saga. The developer has announced Pixel Junk Shooter Ultimate for both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, due later this coming Summer.

PJS Ultimate is a combination of both PJS and PJS2 along with a variety of new and improved features. First off, the campaigns of both games have been combined into one, non-stop adventure, where you can utilize all of the various updated maneuvers and abilities across all chapters. The game is also including Cross-Play and Cross-save capabilities, an improved (balanced0 scoring system, revised HUD, and an improved look for the player’s ship.

Pixel Junk’s shooter games have been amongst my favorite in the PJ saga and even though I have played both countless times before on my PS3, I won’t hesitate to pick the new version up to play on the go on my Vita.

News Roundup - 03/05/2014

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News Roundup - 03/04/2014

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$750 version of Vlambeer's Luftrausers. What?

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Luftrauser, by Vlambeer and Devolver Digital is a dogfighting simulator (please God tell me they mean "aircraft" dogfighting and not that other kind) coming to the PS3, PS Vita, and PC/Mac/Linux via Steam.  It comes out on March 18.  You can download it for $9.99.  You can pre-order it on Steam and Humble for 10% discount right now.


You can also pick up the Luftrauser Air Raid Pack, but I think "pack" is the wrong word.  For $749.99 you can download one utterly DRM-free copy of Luftrauser AND 100 giftable Steam keys.  Of course, with this new found power comes new found responsibilities - namely, the recruitment of other rauser pilots.  If Twitter has a better purpose than facilitating mass Steam key giveaways, then I don't know what it is.  My Twitter feed is choked, CHOKED I TELL YOU, with Steam key and other code giveaways.  

I'm just beyond being surprised by anything Devlolver Digital CFO Fork Parker has his hands in at this point; that dude is simply deranged.

You can learn more www.LUFTRAUSERS.com,  and you can find Vlambeer and Devolver Digital on Twitter at @Vlambeer and @DevolverDigital.

Luftrauser - Gameplay Video from Rami Ismail on Vimeo.

News Roundup - 03/03/2014

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