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Our favorite games of 2013
Article by: The GN Staff
Find out which games the Gaming Nexus staff loved playing in 2014. READ FULL ARTICLE...
Amphitheater BT2
Review by: Dan Keener
Dan checks out Kicker’s Amphitheater BT2 wireless audio system to see how well it works in today’s ever-increasing mobile world… READ FULL REVIEW...
Razer Hammerhead Pro
Review by: Jennifer Yan
Razer announces a new mobile headset today and John goes ears on with the Hammerhead Pro. READ FULL REVIEW...

News Roundup - 01/23/2014

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SteelSeries Stratus wireless controller now available for iOS devices

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SteelSeries has announced the launch of the Stratus wireless gaming controller for the array of iOS devices including iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. The SteelSeries Stratus was recently introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show. The controller supports use with devices that are running iOS 7 and compatible controller-enabled games. The controller is available at Apple retail stores and Apple.com and retails for $79.99.

Further information can be found on the SteelSeries Stratus website.

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News Roundup - 01/22/2014

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News Roundup - 01/21/2014

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News Roundup - 01/20/2014

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Line of Defense Tactics releases its first training dev diaries

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The folks at 3000AD Games have been hard at work on Line of Defense Tactics, a squad-based spinoff title from the upcoming MMO Line of Defense. They have some gameplay videos describing the basic controls and gameplay and so far I like what I'm seeing. The combat appears to focus on small group maneuvers in claustrophobic maps, requiring you to have your troops take cover, target specific enemies and scout ahead. It seems a lot more immediate and involved than most strategy games I've seen, which to me feel like little more than rows of toy soldiers marching toward each other.

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News Roundup - 01/16/2014

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News Roundup - 01/15/2014

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The Unity engine will now work on a PlayStation Vita

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Unity is an engine that's been around for a while and many developers use it for multi-platform releases. It's come a long way since it's incarnation and it's produced some very good games.

Well today, the Unity engine is now available to be used on PlayStation Vita games if you so desire. Unity 4.3 is open to the public and that's the version with Vita support. That means access to the rear touchpad, cameras, motion sensors, and any of the other features the Vita has on board for your game.

For those wanting to use Unity, you'll have access to all the PSN features such as trophies. The promise to build once and deploy all does sound promising, but from my experience with frameworks like these, you'll still need  to do some tinkering to get it to work right on the systems you are deploying. Still, it should save a lot of time in some areas for developers wanting to put this game out on other platforms and the Vita is another platform added to the already large array of platforms Unity supports.

Stick It To The Man was built on the Unity engine and the folks at Zoink! is releasing for the Vita today as the first game to utilize the engine on the Vita. Hopefully, we'll see some more great games coming out for the Vita using the brand new engine.

By the way, this was also announced a while ago that Unity will support Sony's Gaikai streaming service as well, so Sony seems to have a great deal of support as far as Unity is concerned.

News Roundup - 01/14/2014

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News Roundup - 01/13/2014

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Humble Indie Bundle X is here

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If you're a PC gamer, then you're probably at least somewhat familiar with the Humble Bundle series of sales.  If not, it's basically pay what you want for several games (usually for either PCs/Macs or cell phones) and you can put the money to either the developers, charity, or to Humble Bundle themselves.  If you pay more than the current average price you'll also get some nice freebies and if more freebies are added on after you've already made your purchase, you'll get those as well (provided you paid above the average when you made your purchase).

Well, Humble Indie Bundle X is here.  For the next two weeks you can pay what you want for Reus, Surgeon Simulator 2013, Papo & Yo, Joe Danger 2: The Movie, Bit.Trip Presents...Runner 2, and To the Moon.  You'll also get the games soundtracks as a bonus, and you can pay whatever you want.  You can even pay a single dollar...but who would really do something like that.  Besides, Runner 2 is worth a few more dollars at the least.

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CES 2014: NYKO announces 2014 CES lineup

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The folks at NYKO sent out a release a few hours ago detailing what we can expect to see at their booth here at the 2014 International CES.  As expected, NYKO is debuting a few new accessories and peripherals for both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, as well as a new a new Vita and Qi power compatible devices.  Here is the full list of the new items making their public debut today:

Power Base - Qi charging adapter for Galaxy S 4, Nexus 5 and Qi devices
Intercooler - PlayStation 4
PowerPak - PlayStation 4
Charge Link - Xbox One and PlayStation 4
Power Grip - PS Vita (2000 Series)

We have an appointment with them today right out of the gate, so expect our thoughts on these items later first thing tomorrow.

 

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CES 2014: Linksys debuts beast of a router

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While roaming the floor at Digital Experience, we wandered by the Linksys table and found a bit of a flashback design on their newest router.   The company was debuting the dual-band WRT1900AC router inspired by the iconic WRT54 design. The WRT1900 AC has a few updates though, as it is AC wireless, dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, four removable antennas and 128MB of memory.

After taking a look at it I can confirm that it is one of the beefiest routers I have ever seen and frankly, I prefer the external antenna design to the internals that have dominated routers in recent years. If you want to update to the most-current Wi-Fi available, then the WRT1900AC will be available in Spring 2014 with a MSRP of $299.

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Greg Martin, Sonic box art illustrator passes away

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The gaming community is a bit lesser today, as Joystiq reports that Greg Martin, prolific industry artist and illustrator for the Sonic the Hedgehog box arts has passed away. The news came earlier this week from a poster on the NintendoAge forums, who claimed to be a personal friend of Mr. Martin.

Sonic's iconic Genesis look in Sonic 2, Sonic CD and Spinball were only some of Greg Martin's many contributions to gaming art; he also retooled Pac-Man's appearance in the 90s. It's interesting to think what a lot of our formative gaming experiences would have been like if Greg Martin hadn't lent his brush to our favorite characters. He will definitely be missed.

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News Roundup - 12/30/2013

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Multiple Wii U titles on sale in the eShop

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Yesterday I posted that the launch of the Pokemon Bank and Poke Transporter were delayed due to the flood of traffic on the eShops with people trying to create Nintendo Network IDs.  Well, the eShops seem to be running okay now (at least the Wii U's eShop) so I decided to browse a bit to see if there are any good sales, and there are actually quite a few.  If you head to the "Price Drops" section on any given day you'll usually see a few indie games such as Nano Assault Neo or Chasing Aurora for a few bucks off.  Currently though there are a few other games that have joined the price drop list for a week or two:

  • Ducktales: Remastered - $7.49 (until 1/2/14)
  • Zombie U - $41.99 (until 12/31/13)
  • Star Wars Pinball - $4.99 (until 1/2/14)
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara - $7.49 (until 1/9/14)
  • Assassin's Creed III - $27.99 (until 12/31/13)
  • Just Dance 4 - $34.99 (until 12/31/13)
  • Rabbids Land - $34.99 (until 12/31/13)
  • Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013 - $34.99 (until 12/31/13)
  • ESPN Sports Connection - $34.99 (until 12/31/13)

You'll note that several of these are Ubisoft games as Ubisoft has put a few of their games on sale for 30% off.  On top of the above titles there's also a few indie titles such as Mutant Mudds Deluxe and Trine 2, but those games tend to show up on the sale list more often than not, hence why they're not listed.  This is a pretty good list as I've been wanting to try D&D: CoM for a while, and while I already have Ducktales: Remastered on the PC I may still get it on the Wii U.  Nothing like playing a remastered NES game on a Nintendo system.

News Roundup - 12/23/2013

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News Roundup - 12/19/2013

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News Roundup - 12/18/2013

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News Roundup - 12/17/2013

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News Roundup - 12/16/2013

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Lost Sonic the Hedgehog 2 zone now completed and playable on Android and iOS

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I know we don't talk much about iOS games and such on here...well, not that I've seen anyway, or it might just get lost in the shuffle...anyway, I saw an article on Screw Attack that I just had to share.  Major fans of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for the Sega Genesis might know the story about a rumored zone in the game known as the Hidden Palace Zone that was never finished for the final game, but hackers eventually found traces of it in the code in a nearly finished state, yet still very playable.

According to Screw Attack, that scenario has now come full circle.  Sega has decided to complete the zone and include it as bonus content in the new Android and iOS versions of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, including having Knuckles playable and including it in Boss Rush Mode.  That's awesome to see Sega do something like this; take a stage or entire zone that was never completed, finish it, then release it.  Maybe we'll see that one day with Sonic Xtreme!  Oh wait, that's right, Sonic Lost World.  Derp!

News Roundup - 12/12/2013

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News Roundup - 12/11/2013

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  • Double Fine announces new puzzle action game Hack 'N' Slash 
  • The Elder Scrolls Online release date + bonus PvP trailer 
  • Suarez, Ibrahimovic, and Ribery highlight this week's FUT Team of the Week. 
  • Third Borderlands 2 Headhunter Pack is coming next week 
  • Titanfall running on ..well..Titans