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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...

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 

News Roundup - 12/10/2013

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Temple Run 2 expands with new gameplay.

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Temple Run 2 has been available on smartphones for quite some time now, but it's always nice when developers do some upgrades and add on content since it is somewhat rare in the mobile gaming world.  Imangi Studios announced today that an expansion of sorts will be available that will allow players to expand the world where you run as fast as you can from a hungry beast and have to explore water worlds or even play as Santa.  If you've never played Temple Run 2, you can pick it up for free to try it out on either iTunes or Google Play, depending on your type of smartphone.  The updates will be very similar in style to the regular game as getting further and earning coins will unlock more special items and features.

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News Roundup - 12/09/2013

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News Roundup - 12/05/2013

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News Roundup - 12/04/2013

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News Roundup - 12/03/2013

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News Roundup - 12/02/2013

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News Roundup - 11/26/2013

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News Roundup - 11/25/2013

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My top 10 games of the last generation: 5. The Walking Dead

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This post will contain spoilers. 

When I first heard that a Walking Dead videogame was in development, I had no interest at all. That all stems from the fact that movie / TV show to videogame adaptations are usually terrible, and wouldn’t you know, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct is terrible. Thankfully The Walking Dead from TellTale games is not terrible, it’s fantastic. I had never played a Tell Tale game before so I was excited to learn that the game was going to be an interactive videogame like Heavy Rain where your choices drive the narrative.

The best part of The Walking Dead was that I actually felt like I was in the zombie apocalypse. I felt like I was Lee and I based my choices and responses to different characters and events just like I would if the zombie apocalypse were actually happening. I saved Duck, I gave the children the very little food we had left, I tried to save Larry, I showed Lily mercy by allowing her back on the RV, I put Duck out of his misery, I decided taking food from a strangers car was wrong and in the end decided to reveal my zombie bite. These were all incredibly tough decisions that I felt like I had to make for the sake of the group, for the sake of Clem’s safety and because I felt like it was the right thing to do.

There were only a few other games this past generation that made me care about the characters in this game as much as The Walking Dead did. I did everything I could in my power to make sure that I kept Clementine safe because I felt like it was my job. I felt like it my job to protect that little girl from 

The Walking Dead was truly an amazing experience and I absolutely cannot wait to see what Season 2 has to offer next year. 

Sonic CD remix album available on OC Remix

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OverClocked Remix has recently released their 45th remix album, this one based on one of the greatest Sonic games ever made, Sonic CD.  The album, titled Temporal Duality, contains 38 tracks remixed by 39 artists that cover various songs from both the American soundtrack as well as the European/Japanese soundtrack (if you didn't know, the two versions have different soundtracks for most, if not all of the songs).  The album is being offered as a free download over at the OC Remix website, so if you're a fan of Sonic CD, head on over and give it a download.  Just a warning, it is a rather large download at 312MB.

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