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GN Unplugged: Persona 3/4 Official Design Works
Article by: Jeremy Duff
Jeremy dives deeper into the worlds of Persona 3 and 4 thanks to Udon’s recent offerings. READ FULL ARTICLE...
GN Unplugged: Persona 3/4 Official Design Works
Article by: Jeremy Duff
Jeremy dives deeper into the worlds of Persona 3 and 4 thanks to Udon’s recent offerings. READ FULL ARTICLE...
GN Unplugged: Persona 3/4 Official Design Works
Article by: Jeremy Duff
Jeremy dives deeper into the worlds of Persona 3 and 4 thanks to Udon’s recent offerings. READ FULL ARTICLE...

Fire Pro Returns coming to PSN as a Playstation 2 classic next week. Dont worry its not the Xbox Arcade Game

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I cant remember the last time I was this excited about a game being put up on a digital service. Confirmed on the latest Playstation Blogcast, next week the greatest wrestling game of all time (in my opinion) Fire Pro Wrestling is heading to PSN as part of the PS2 classics section. Im assuming this is the North American import version of the Japanese game of the same name but in English. Hopefully it is

Fire Pro Wrestling has been an incredibly long wrestling series over in Japan that has been released since the late 1980's. Fire Pro Wrestling has a unique style where the game feels like an old school wrestling game and the gameplay is simplistic but the depth in this game is unbelievable.

The game ships with over 300 wrestlers from around the world. Some are real and some are knock offs of well known talent like TNA and WWE wrestlers but thats okay cause all you have to do is just go into the character editor and change their names. Not enough for you? Well you also have room to create up to 500 more wrestlers for the game. The amount of customization with each wrestler is crazy as well. You also have the ability to create your own logos, rings, championship belts and more. The game also has tons of match types and variations to those match types so there are literally thousands of different combination of matches you have play. 8 man tag team, landmine, florescent light tube, death match? Yes please! 

If you aren't into Fire Pro Wrestling however, here is the rest of next weeks PSN releases from PSNStores.com

PSN GAMES
  • God Mode
  • Thomas Was Alone (Cross Buy)

PS3 GAMES
  • Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of WWII
  • Dead Island: Riptide
  • Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen
  • Dynasty Warriors Strikeforce
  • Soul Calibur V
  • Star Trek: The Game

PS2 GAMES
  • Fire Pro Wrestling

VITA GAMES
  • Draw Slasher
  • Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R
  • Thomas Was Alone (Cross Buy)

PSP GAMES
  • Black Rock Shooter

PLAYSTATION MOBILE GAMES
  • Kung Fu FIGHT!

DLC
  • Assassin’s Creed 3
  • Dead Island: Riptide – Survivor Pack and Fashion Victim Pack
  • Thomas Was Alone – Benjamin’s Flight DLC
  • Tomb Raider – Caves and Cliff’s MP Pack
  • LBP Karting: Bioshock Infinite Costumes

SALES/PRICE DROPS
  • Resident Evil franchise sale
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News Roundup - 04/18/2013

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Girls Scouts will "Be Prepared" for badge in video game design

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"Be Prepared" is the Girl Scouts' motto. I wasn't using "ironic" or "scare" quotes in the headline.

Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles (GSGLA) and Women in Games International (WIGI) are combining forces to create a merit badge in video game design. 

They're placing the Video Game Design badge in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) category of badges. Amy Allison, vice president at WIGI, said in an official statement that she hopes the badge will "get young girls excited in technology and science and let them know that they, too, can have a career in the video game industry." 

Lise Luttgens, chief executive officer at GSGLA, followed WIGI's statement with "Girl Scouts has a long history of developing pioneers in the fields of science and technology, so we are excited about collaborating with Women in Games International to ignite girls' interests in STEM-related subjects."

A brilliantly selected 16-bit heart will be the badge's graphic, a tribute to Nintendo's timeless indicator of health and extra lives. I'd rock that badge and I'm a man!

Note that they're not interested in just getting girls to play games. The emphasis is on the "design" part of Video Game Design. There doesn't appear to be a guide for attaining this badge yet, but it wouldn't be unreasonable for them to mimick the Boy Scouts' requirement for their Game Design badge (though the Boy Scouts' version is not video game-specific.) I checked out that Boy Scout badge: it wouldn't be a bad idea to put video game reviewers and critics through that manual's requirements.

The goal is to get the GSGLA badge recognized and adopted by the overarching Girl Scouts of America, so as to not limit this opportunity to the 40,000 (!) girls in the GSGLA alone.

Perhaps by the time my three-year-old joins the Girl Scouts--should she express such an interest--they could be selling annual copies of Madden and Assassin's Creed next to Samoas and Thin Mints. Though who am I kidding? Unless EA and Ubisoft start coating game boxes with caramel and toasted coconut, I'm going with the cookies.

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  • Now you can enjoy your favorite GTA tracks on Spotify and iTunes
  • New Xbox Live Arcade bundle features Twisted Pixel games

Now you can enjoy your favorite GTA tracks on Spotify and iTunes

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Well...sort of.  For fans who really enjoy the music they here in several Grand Theft Auto games, including GTA IV, Vice City, and San Andreas, there are now Spotify and iTunes stations dedicated to the radio stations found in those games...but currently they only contain songs that are already on Spotify and/or iTunes, if that makes sense.  So if there's those one or two radio stations that you just can't get enough of while driving through scenic Liberty City, Vice City, or San Andreas, read on to find the link to it on Spotify and iTunes.

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PSN's Spring Fever sale detailed

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Its time once again for Sony's annual "Spring Fever" Playstation store event which highlights upcoming PSN games including special deals for PS+ members along with special sales on popular franchises. 

“PlayStation fans have been vocal about their desire to see more independent games on PSN, and Spring Fever is the perfect opportunity to show what makes PlayStation the premier destination for new and unique experiences from talented developers. We have made bringing independent games to PSN easier than ever for developers, and part of that support includes making it easier for gamers to discover the best of the best titles.” said Adam Boyes, vice president, developer and publisher relations, SCEA

All games will also offer PS3/PS Vita cross buy so you can buy it on one device and play on both.
 
The games for the promotion are...

April 9th - Guacamelee!
Price: $14.99
Playstation Plus Price: 20% off - $11.99

April 16th - Dragon Fantasy Book 1
Price: $9.99
Playstation Plus Price: 20% off - $7.99

April 23rd - Thomas Was Alone
Price $9.99
Playstation Plus Price: 20% off - $7.99

April 30th - Zombie Tycoon 2: Brainhov's Revenge
Price: $9.99
Playstation Plus Price: Free

The sale starts today April 9th and ends on May 6th. In addition popular videogame franchises will also get weekly discounts offering up to 65% off games and add-ons for major franchises such as Grand Theft Auto and the Resident Evil series. 

For more details about the big even be sure to check out the Playstation blog.

News Roundup - 04/08/2013

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  • GDC 2013: Fighting through Sand Central Station in LEGO Marvel Superheroes
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What We're Playing This Weekend for March 29, 2013

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One staff writer played the first BioShock ad nauseum. Literally. We've also come to a split decision as to whether BioShock 2 is worth your time. And BioShock Infinite has got our collective head in the collective cloud.

What are you playing this weekend?

RUSSELL ARCHEY | Staff Writer | Twitter @neoscyther
I'm out of town this weekend, so no major PC or 360 gaming for me. However, I recently picked up Kirby Mass Attack on the cheap so I'll finally be giving that a shot. I have yet to play a Kirby game I dislike (though I have yet to play Air Ride beyond a quick demo race).

NATHAN CARTER | Staff Writer | Twitter @natedoggcata
I’m still suffering from a post-PAX hangover, so I think I will be taking it easy this weekend and playing some games that I can play while relaxing. I still have Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward to finish. I am about 30 hours into the game now and I have only unlocked about nine or ten of the 24 different endings in the game. I also picked up Dead or Alive 5 Plus for the Vita, a far superior version of the game compared to its console counterpart. Finally, I’ll probably hop into some more Left 4 Dead 2 when I get some spare time. Left 4 Dead 2 is always fun to hop in, play for a bit, then do something else.

NATHANIEL COHEN | Staff Writer | Twitter @seven_hells
Funny BioShock-related story. Way back when the first one came out, I went and picked up my pre-order, then was promptly struck down by some sort of food poisoning. It was the grossest two weeks of my life, but I wasn't going to let something as insignificant as not being able to sit up keep me from BioShock. That had been a really bad summer for games and I needed to play it. So I did. I finished in between bouts of praying to the flush gods. When I was was over it,I tried to play through it again, only to find the experience inexorably tied to how I felt while I was sick. I found I couldn't look at it, let alone play it, without suffering from some kind of really unpleasant PTSD nauseousness. It was so bad I had to trade it in, and it was two years before I could think about BioShock again.

I was not a fan of BioShock 2. I thought that except for the slightly upgraded shooting, everything else was just a pale imitation with worse graphics. I don't expect the same disappointment from BioShock Infinite.  You don't remake the same game for the third time and stick the word "Infinite" in the title unless you know exactly what you're doing.

I'll be playing BioShock Infinite and probably some FIFA Soccer 13. These international breaks are hard on fans of European club soccer. I gotta get my fix somehow. Watching the USMNT just isn't enough even when they have a particularly good couple of games.

SEAN COLLELI | Staff Writer
I'm actually revisiting BioShock 2 to get ready for SkyoShock. I kind of forgot just how good BioShock 2 was compared to the original. Most of the things that annoyed me in the first game--clunky combat, technical issues, a preachy story about a sociopolitical philosophy that hadn't been relevant for decades--was vastly improved in BioShock 2. Dual-wielding guns and plasmids really opened up the combat, and the plasmids and tonics were just overall cooler. Playing as a Big Daddy and escorting the Little Sisters as they harvested ADAM was also a lot of fun. Best of all, the story was just more compelling and didn't fall apart in the third act--it actually got better. Having Sofia Lamb as a foil for Andrew Ryan really helped, because it demonstrated that a philosophy on the other end of the spectrum--in this case super collectivism instead of Ryan's objectivism--could be just as bad if taken to the same extreme. Definitely check out BioShock 2 if you missed it the first time around.

CHARLES HUSEMANN | Editor-in-Chief | Twitter @chusemann
BioShock Infinite is sitting on my dining room table and I think that's going to be my main endeavor this weekend. There is a double XP weekend going for MechWarrior Online, so that will probably find it's way on to my playlist as well.

RANDY KALISTA | Staff Writer | Twitter @randykalista
SimCity is a problem. Losing sleep. Work suffering. Other hobbies collecting dust. Child doesn't even know me anymore. So, I'm grounding myself from SimCity (way to go, me) and heading back into Mass Effect 3 to finish the fight. If for no other reason than to get to bed on time. While I can't not read every single entry that pops up, the Codex should be renamed "naptime."

JOHN YAN | Senior Hardware Editor | Twitter @thejohnyan
So after finishing StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, I'm heading off to the city of Columbia to review BioShock Infinite. I'm really excited about this one as the previews at the past couple E3’s blew me away. I might jump into a quickie session of SimCity, but I'm at a point where I'm out of room. It was pretty quick to run out of room and I don't want to mess with it too much since I'm getting money and everyone's mostly happy. If someone wants to, I'll try out Dead Space 3 co-op, since I got that for free with my SimCity game.

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What We're Playing This Weekend for March 22, 2013

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SimCity mayors grabbed their free game from EA for surviving a difficult launch, Cogs tweeted more Gears of War tattoos at Cliff Bleszinski, and iOS'ers grabbed their rods and reels for some Ridiculous Fishing. 

What are you playing this weekend?

RUSSELL ARCHEY | Staff Writer | Twitter @neoscyther
For once, I'll actually not be playing Skyrim this weekend (even dragons need a rest from the constant beat downs). I do have a trio of games that I'm working on reviews for, including the latest Pokemon Mystery Dungeon, HarmoKnight, and BIT.TRIP Presents: Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien. The latter two are almost done for the most part, outside of actually completing the game, so I'll be spending most of my time in the next few days with Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, with the rest of the weekend devoted to HarmoKnight.

SEAN CAHILL | Staff Writer | Twitter @seancahill2
Tomb Raider. I've finally managed to put other things on the shelf and give it my undivided attention. The game has an uncanny ability to really get under my skin in certain parts, but I find myself going back for more. I've been making it a point to unlock as much as I can on the first run before doing a 100 percent accuracy run after beating it for the first time.

NATHAN CARTER | Staff Writer | Twitter @natedoggcata
This weekend I will be playing lots of games. Too many to name, to be honest, because this weekend I will be heading off to PAX East in Boston. Be sure to follow me on twitter (@natedoggcata) to get updates live from the show floor. I will also be bringing my PS Vita will me to the show so in my downtime I am going to play some more Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward, the amazing sequel to Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors which was an amazing game on the original DS as well. There are 24 endings in Virtue's Last Reward and I am about 20 hours into the game. I've only gotten five endings. This game is outstanding. 

SEAN COLLELI | Staff Writer
The girlfriend is busy pet-sitting this weekend, so that means less Killing Floor and Left 4 Dead multiplayer, and more reviewing Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. I've always felt a little guilty that I missed this one on the old Wii, but now that it's in HD with extra features...I guess he who laughs last laughs the most. I kind of like this strategy--wait awhile until a game's GOTY edition comes out with all the DLC on-disc. Sure I miss out on some big games during the first weeks, but considering my backlog is enormous as it is, and I avoid being nickled and dimed on the DLC, I think it's a fair trade off, at least for the few games I don't need to play on launch day.

CHARLES HUSEMANN | Editor-in-Chief | Twitter @chusemann
Probably a steady diet of MechWarrior Online again. They released a new patch this week with a brand spanking new map, new mech, and a bunch of control tweaks that are pretty solid. I unlocked my first elite level mech ability last week and hopefully will grind enough XP to earn one or two more. I'm somewhat tempted by Gears of War: Judgment, but I probably should be spending more time with the real world version of the dating game.

RANDY KALISTA | Staff Writer | Twitter @randykalista
I've established the SimCity township of Woodburn on the Giovanni Woods plot of the Viridian Woods. (Say "Woods" again.) Fellow Gaming Nexus staffers John Yan and Travis Huinker had broken ground previously with their ceremonial shovels on the oh-so-exclusive invite-only region, though Travis's city stressed him out and he flung a bunch of meteors at it. I'm ironing out details on how to specialize in mineral extraction. Apparently, no one likes living next to a mine shaft. Nobody tells me anything. At least John will breathe in all my pollution heading downwind towards him. Ha ha business!