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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. 


Dark Souls II arrives on PC April 25th

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After the original Dark Souls' PC debacle Bandai Namco wants to get it right this time with Dark Souls II's PC release. Yesterday they announced that the game is coming to PC via retail and Steam on April 25th. The PC version will be an enhanced port of the game, with higher texture resolution and frame rate options, and hopefully no mods needed to make it run properly. The PC version is available for pre-order on Steam right now for $49.99, and comes with a pre-order bonus CD, artbook, comic, and some in game weapons. 

There is no way I am waiting an extra month to play Dark Souls II, but no doubt many PC fans are glad to hear the PC release is so close to the console this time around. No doubt it will be the definitive version of the game, but I prefer to have the game on my PS3 to complete my Souls collection. 

Source: ign.com

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Yesterday was Thursday, which means that we stopped by the WCCD studios this morning here in Columbus to give the listeners some highlights of this week’s new game releases. This time around Joe and I discussed the second episode of the Walking Dead: Season 2 and South Park: The Stick of Truth.

Check it out:

New screenshots revealed for EA Sports UFC

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UFC fans are probably chomping at the bit for EA Sports UFC to release in a couple of months.  To help ease the pain of waiting, EA Sports has released some new screenshots of several of the fighters featured in the game including Ronda Rousey, Robbie Lawler, Gilbert Melendez, and several other fighters.  Hit the jump below for bios on the fighters in these screenshots.


Call of Duty Ghosts will release its second DLC pack on April 3rd

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More Call of Duty Ghosts content is an on the way, and as you would expect, Xbox gamers get it first. Sorry Playstation gamers, I think it's stupid also. Anyways, April 3rd will see the release of Devastation, the second of four DLC packs for Call of Duty Ghosts. Devastation will cost you $14.99 or will be free if you bought the seasons pass. 

The Devastation DLC pack will launch with the following content. Four new Multiplayer maps, a new gun and a new episode for Extinction mode. 

  • Ruins - Located on a Mexican peninsula and takes place in the remains of a Mayan Temple in the mountain tops. The Field Order Killstreak will allow players to trigger a volcanic explosion that will send fiery debris onto the battlefield, killing anyone in its path.
  • Collision - Takes place in the mangled debris of a container chip which has crashed into a New York bridge. It's a small map that is great for those who like to run and gun. The Field Order Killstreak will allow players to take control of a armed aircraft and rain down hell from above on unsuspecting enemies. 
  • Behemoth - Takes place in the air on a giant excavation platform in South America. Pretty much, you are fighting on a gigantic saw. The Field Order Killstreak will allow you to take control of an attack helicopter armed with an armor-piercing Rail gun. 
  • Unearthed - A reimagined version of "Dome" from Modern Warfare 3. This new version however contains a couple of secrets. The Field Order Killstreak will allow you to spawn aliens from Extinction mode to seek out and kill enemies. You can also unlock a secret alien weapon in the map as well. How do you unlock it? Infinity Ward isn't saying but I'm sure it won't be long before the community finds out.
  • The Ripper - a new 2-in-1 SMG/Assault Rifle that can be used in the Multiplayer maps. The gun can quickly switch from and SMG to an Assault Rifle on the fly which is deal for a variety of maps and tactics. 
  • Extinction Episode 2: Mayday - The second episode of the Extinction saga takes place in the Alaskan wilderness at a research facility. Players will also come up against a new alien species referred to as the "Seeder" and go head-to-head against the 100-foot tall Kraken. 

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z preorder discount + screenshots

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Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z will be available for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC via Steam (we've told you a lot about it here at Gaming Nexus).  Should you choose PC via Steam as your platform of choice then let it be known that for two weeks, starting tomorrow March 7 you can pre-order Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z on Steam at the discounted price of $49.99

On March 21, the game's official release date on Steam, it will revert back to its original $59.99 price point.  Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z comes out on March 18 for the Xbox 360 and PS3.

To learn more, follow the jump. 


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.


Watch Dogs comes out May 27th

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Finally, we have a release date for Watch Dogs. The often delayed, highly anticipated title from Ubisoft will be on the store shelves May 27th, 2014. That's about two and a half months away.

Watch Dogs is hitting all of the current and previous gen platforms with the exception of the Wii and the Wii U version is delayed until who knows when. I wouldn't be surprised if the Wii U version gets cancelled outright, but hopefully they do make it for the Nintendo console.

Below is the story trailer for the game. We can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and as long as there are no more delays, (crosses fingers) we'll all be hacking with our cell phones come May 27th.

News Roundup - 03/05/2014

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Now Loading for the week of March 3, 2014

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Better late than never! Whether you are a fan of foul-mouthed, elementary school children or the undead, there is a lot to love with this week’s lineup of releases. It seems like it has been forever but the South Park RPG that fans have been waiting for has finally arrived after numerous delay as the Stick of Truth is finally available. That’s not all that you will find launching this week though:

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil screenshots

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Football's national world championship tournament kicks off this summer in Brazil.  Lets just hope that when it's over, they don't decide to invade Argentina or something since that's the cool thing for host nations of twice-a-decade national sports competitions to do now.

No doubt, as we get closer to this summer's World Cup, we'll hear all about how it's football at it's best.  The problem is that it's not.  In the past, World Cup matches have been dull, low-scoring even for soccer, defensive-minded affairs because the top teams are so stacked with talent that one mistake means you've lost.

No doubt, that won't be a problem for EA Sports 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.  The average score of that game's virtual World Cup ought to be 5-4.  Furthermore, it's already won the competition for longest sports game title of the year.  Kudos, EAS2014FWCB

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil is out this April.

Concept art of Boba Fett for Star Wars 1313

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While Star Wars 1313 maybe dead right now, little bits of news pop out here and then on the game. It was to follow Boba Fett's early days in a very hostile area called Level 1313 in Coruscant. Alas, the game's now dead or in development hell with the sale of Star Wars to Disney and Disney shutting down LucasArts.

While we wait to see if another company does pick up the development of Star Wars 1313, here's a concept art of what Boba Fett would have worn. Interesting that he would be wearing his dead dad's helmet, but nevertheless, Boba looks pretty cool here.

News Roundup - 03/04/2014

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A new challenger enters the arena! Marie Rose coming to Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate this month.

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Dead Or Alive 5 Ultimate already had a plethora of great fighters to choose from, but at the end of this month we are getting one more. Marie Rose, the Gothic Loli character who appeared in the Japanese Arcade version of the game, will be making her way to consoles on March 25th for PS3 and March 26th for 360. 

No word yet if she will be free DLC or paid but I'm going to assume its going to be paid DLC. I believe that the individual characters you can buy for Dead Or Alive 5 Core Fighters are $4 a piece so I am gonna guess she will be around that same amount. 

She will also debut on consoles with five costumes which can be purchased in a bundle. The costumes will range from a nurse, cheerleader, school uniform, gym class and Santa's helper. Pretty much costumes you would expect to see at any adult Halloween party you would go to. No word on prices but apparently there will be a set marked the "best value" where you can download Marie Rose and her costumes. 

Team Ninja also released her debut trailer, which you can check out below. 

$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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[UPDATE] The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 2 launches March 4 on PlayStation 3 – Xbox 360 and iOS later

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[UPDATE: According to this tweet from developer Telltale Games, launch dates for The Walking Dead Season Two – Episode Two is as follows: PC/Mac on March 4, Xbox 360 on March 5, and iOS on March 6.]

The Walking Dead Season One put players in binds, episode after episode, for an entire harrowing five-episode run.

Season Two is no joke either, with Episode One not exactly out to get laughs. Now, we've got a launch date for Episode Two: A House Divided — it's tomorrow, March 4 — while we wait for the usual Telltale Games song and dance for release dates on the other platforms.

It should be on Xbox 360 and iOS the following day, March 5, but I'm only guessing. I know Sony probably handed over a bagfull of cash to get a 24-hour jump on the competition, but let's just go ahead and have the release calendar nailed down for the public when there's only 48 hours to go, ok, Telltale Games? It was cute having these at-the-last-minute launch announcements during Season One, but ithis routine's gotten old. Same goes for The Wolf Among Us. You're not in danger of overhyping when you give me a one or two-week launch announcement. I'm capable of managing my own hype levels, thank you.

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I've already used "My name is Commander Shepard and this is my favorite news on the Internet"

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It was more than two years ago, but you can't really reuse headlines like that even when it's the BEST HEADLINE EVER given this particular circumstance, right?

What is this circumstance you ask?

Well, apparently there's been some internal discussion over at BioWare regarding the possibility of remastering the Mass Effect trilogy for the Xbox One and PS4.

I'll wait while you pull yourselves back together.......

We cool?  Good.

Anyway, according to geeknewsnetwork.net, a remastered next-gen redo of the ME trilogy is something that may happen.  I don't know about you all out there in reader-land, but I'm still playing the ME trilogy on the reg.  I have a date with Mass Effect 3 set for later today, in fact.  I would LOVE for this to happen.  I would be more graphic than that, but this is a family website.

However, this news leaves one wondering how, if at all, they'll change the fundamental gameplay of the original Mass Effect to better fit the style of the other two . As great as it was, the sequels definitely smoothed out some of the first game's rough patches. I'd love to see a Mass Effect with Mass Effect 3's combat engine. I can't imagine there's a single person out there who is a fan of the series who wouldn't want to see something like that.

However you feel about this news, we here at gamingnexus.com will definitely stay on top of this new because we love the Mass Effect trilogy here.

Amazing Spider Man 2 gets amazing spider-man pre-order bonuses

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What version of Spider Man are we on?  Is this the 249th reboot or the 3rd?  I can't keep track.  Also, has it always been "Spider Man" instead of "Spiderman?"  Did I miss a memo or something?

Anyway, Activision has announced today what gamers will get as their pre-order bonus if they pre-order The Amazing Spider Man 2 for one of the following platforms: PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, and PS3. 

What do you get?  You get skins via the Web Threads Suit pack.  It contains the red and gold Iron Spider Suit, the blue and white Cosmic Spider-Man Suit (Where did that hyphen come from?), the Venom-like Black Suit, and the "pulp-style" Spider-Man (Another hyphen?) Noir Suit.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will swing into stores on April 29th for basically every system under the sun: PS4, PS3, XBO, Xbox 360, Wii U, 3DS, and Window PC (via digital download only in North America).

For more details, check out www.TheAmazingSpiderMan.com and www.facebook.com/TheAmazingSpiderManGame.  

New feature announced for Ultra Street Fighter IV

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After the Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 finals at SoCal Regionals, a new trailer debuted for Ultra Street Fighter IV that introduces a new mechanic: Edition Select.  Each edition of Street Fighter IV brought forth some changes between different characters in the form of various nerfs and buffs.  Now you get to decide which edition of which character you can play as.

For instance, one of the exhibition matches at SoCal Regionals saw Mike Ross using the Super Street Fighter IV version of E. Honda while Gamerbee used the original Street Fighter IV version of Sagat, complete with only being able to select one Ultra for Sagat.  In other words, the limitations from whatever edition you choose are there.  Can't wait to see how many people go for Street Fighter IV Sagat come June.  More info can be found at Shoryuken.com.


This black and white "Liberty City Walkabout" is going to make me replay GTA IV right now

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The mod-loving screenshooters over at Dead End Thrills just posted a "Liberty City Walkabout" series of photos. It's a far-ranging cavalcade of black and white pics, rich — embarrassingly rich — with detail. They sometimes achieve an L.A. Noire effect, or a Mirror's Edge effect, and sometimes a Walking Dead effect. Regardless, Grand Theft Auto IV's Liberty City visually boggles the mind, and its construction is a testament to Rockstar's patience, ironic level of restraint, and attention to real-world detail.

Visit Dead End Thrills to view the entire 82-photo collection.


Cel Damage getting an HD remake for Sony systems

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Do you remember Cel Damage? It was a Twisted Metal-esque battle racing game that released in 2001 for the GameCube, PS2, and Xbox. The reception for the game wasn't very positive, but I remember having a lot of fun playing splitscreen with friends, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. Lucky for me and anyone else who remembers this game, Finish Line Games has announced an HD remake of Cel Damage for Sony systems that will release in April. It be cross buy across all three of Sony's current systems, and will have four player splitscreen on the console versions. No price has been mentioned yet. 

The game's cartoony graphics will likely hold up very well in HD, but I don't know if I feel as confident about the gameplay. I hope it stands the test of time, and I'm looking forward to playing this game with friends again. 

Source: ign.com

The Road to EVO continues with SoCal Regionals this weekend

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As a fan of the fighting game scene (and a player that belongs nowhere near it) it's not often that I forget to watch a major tournament on the Road to EVO.  Thankfully I subscribe to LevelupLive on Twitch.  LevelUpLive is currnetly broadcasting day one of SoCal Regionals and tuning in right now you can check out the pools for Super Street Fighter IV AE, but they will be running multiple streams all weekend and featuring multiple games such as Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Melee, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, and more.

You can check out Shoryuken.com for more info on each of the streams as well as upcoming exhibition matches, and for those with amazing bandwidth capabilities you can check out all six streams at one.  You may laugh at the thought of Smash Bros. at a major tournament, but to be honest it's one of my favorite "fighting games" to watch aside from Street Fighter and Marvel.

News Roundup - 02/27/2014

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