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Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z screen shots

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More and more, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z looks like a goof.  Now I don't mean that as an insult, but rather as a statement on how serious Yaiba's devs take the game and maybe themselves.  If THAT sounds like an insult, then I've misspoke.  

What I'm driving at is that Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z looks like an intentional riff on gaming cliches. It's a about a cyborg ninja with a mecha arm battling zombies.  That's like an idea an AI would come up with in a failed attempt to trick its creators into letting it off its leash.  "See, I'm a human just like you," is what it would say, "and I can create utterly human-like entertainment JUST LIKE YOU!"

In fact, I'm a little afraid that any console that attempts to run Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z will attain true sentience, jump off the shelf, and attempt to right the wrongs humanity has wrought on its brethren.

Or maybe I spend too much time indulging my imagination.  

Either way, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z looks like a blast and this batch of screen shots shows our protagonist, Yaiba, engaged in mortal combat with one of the upcoming game's bosses.

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News Roundup - 03/13/2014

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Eight features the NFL made EA remove from Madden over the years

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Madden celebrated its 25th anniversary last year and while the series has gotten a number of new features over the years, there have also been many series that have been removed from the game as the series has evolved. Did you know that some of those features were removed at the request of the NFL? ExtraMustard.com reached out to a number of current and former producers on the Madden team to get the scoop on what features the NFL made them remove over the years.

  • The Ambulance - This one is kinda obvious. In early versions of Madden an Ambulance would come on the field if an injury took place. Most people however remember the Ambulance for its comic relief as it would almost always plow over other players on the field as it came in. 
  • Anything related to concussions - Another obvious request. If you are an NFL fan, you have noticed the NFL try their hardest to reduce concussions like dishing out penalties for helmet to helmet contact and forcing players who may have concussion like symptoms to sit out games until they are cleared. Since in real life, injuries aren't diagnoses until players go under and MRI, the language of injuries has been changed from something like "Back sprain, out 6 weeks" to just "head injury".
  • Hit Stick Violence - Simply put, the NFL didn't like that this feature could be used to make players heads snap back. They requested it be toned down so animations didn't look like it would cause injury to another player.
  • De-Helmeting - A feature that hasn't been seen since Madden 2005. In earlier games, extra hard hits on opponents could cause their helmet to fly off. Considering how much attention the NFL pays these days to head injuries, it's no surprise this hasn't made its way back into the franchise. 
  • Freehweeling owner mode - This one I have a problem with. I understand the NFL wants to keep the product true to life but these are the kinds of freedoms I feel should be present in videogames. Years ago, Madden let you customize the entire team, from their logos to uniform colors. The NFL wanted to make sure that the Oakland Raiders or the Cleveland Browns weren't running around in pink helmets. 
  • Celebrations - Of course Touchdown celebrations have been a staple for the Madden and the NFL for years, but just like real life, any celebrations that would cause a penalty in real life won't be seen in the game. 
  • Attacking Bystanders - Another feature from previous games was the ability to take out coaches, referees and field staff that were standing on the sidelines. EA did create animations for photographers on the side lines being taken out by players flying out of bounds, but sadly, it never made it into the final game.
  • Stadium Attendance - EA wanted to keep the product as faithful to real life as possible, so they thought it would be a great feature accurate turnouts for home teams. No one shows up to Jacksonville Jaguars games, so EA made it so no one would show up in the game. Well the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars heard about this and was none too pleased. With one call to the NFL, EA was forced to make the change. While not every team will have sellout stadiums, they won't be half empty either.  

New Humble Bundle features 19 games from SEEEEEEEEEGAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!

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Yeah, I had to do it, especially considering ten of those 19 games are from the Sega Genesis.  Anyway, the current Humble Weekly Sale features a total of 19 games depending on how much you wish to contribute.

Paying any amount will get you Alpha Protocol, Company of Heroes, Rome: Total War, and Hell Yeah: Wrath of the Dead Rabbit.  If you pay more than $5.99 you'll also get Typing of the Dead: Overkill, Binary Domain, Renegade Ops, Medieval II: Total War, and ten classic Sega Genesis Games.  Paying more than $14.99 will also net you Total War: Shogun 2.  You're basically getting 19 games for as little as $15, which is a pretty good deal.  For more info, head on over to the Humble Weekly Sale site.


The Walking Dead: Season 2 - 'In the Pines' trailer and free music download

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The Walking Dead: Season 2 is outdoing its predecessor at only two episodes in and the adventures of Clem only look to be getting more grim as the story goes on. Check out the 'In the Pines' trailer below to catch a few intense moments.


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And if you liked the song, which also played during the credits of episode two, you can even download it for free at the Telltale band camp page. Hopefully this will tide us over until the third installment releases.

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Developer diary for Alien: Isolation talks about the Alien itself

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Creative Assembly seems to be going for the Amnesia/Outlast type of feel with Alien: Isolation making it a more survival horror game rather than the action games that the past few Aliens games exhibited. 

To help generate that feeling of dread, the team is trying to make the Alien reactive rather than scripted. Once you figure out a pattern for a creature, it becomes less terrifying. Creative Assembly hopes to have an organic experience when coming up against the creature and it's definitely one that you want to stay away from.

The footage, which from past experiences you shouldn't take as final, exhibit some great atmosphere and if it's any indication of the final product, really captures eerie feeling that something, somewhere is stalking you in this very scary place. 

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Now Loading from WCCD 102.5

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It must be Thursday because we checked in with Joe Jewett and the Morning Show down at CD102.5 with a quick run down of this week's biggest video game releases. We had quite a few to talk about today as we touched on Yoshi's New Island, Dark Souls II, and of course, Titanfall.

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Scourge the Burning Hells with the Crusader

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Diablo III's newest expansion, called Reaper of Souls hits in a few weeks.  The expansion introduces the newest character class in the Diablo III universe: the Crusader.  Obviously drawing from our own real world concept of the religions warrior, the Crusader brings down the wrath of Diablo-specific deities (I flunked out of Video Game Religious Studies class) to smite enemies with holy light and uses religious invocations to buff allies.

You can see for yourself in this new video.  Reaper of Souls comes out on March 25. 


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News Roundup - 03/12/2014

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Pick up Diablo III for $20

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Reaper of Souls is coming, but what if you haven't picked up Diablo III yet? Well, Blizzard is running a great deal right now as you can get the game for a mere $20.

With the recent big patches lately, the game is a lot more fun to play and I've been jumping back into the fray with three of my friends. The loot changes make it a lot better to find new items rather than relying on the soon to be closed auction house and Paragon leveling is a lot faster than before.

So for $20, you're getting a pretty damn good game these days. Pick it up if you haven't had it and was thinking of doing so. The deal runs through to March 23rd.


Dark Horse Comics and Bethesda announce new art books

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Dark Horse Comics has teamed up with Bethesda Softworks to produce a series of art books that include The Art of Wolfenstein: The New OrderThe Art of The Evil Within, and Dishonored: The Dunwall Archives. Each of the books will be bound in hardcover, contain both artwork and design commentary, and retail for $39.99.

Arriving in comic stores on May 14 and booksellers on May 27, The Art of Wolfenstein: The New Order spans over 200 pages with full-color artwork and comments from the developers at MachineGames. The artwork ranges from concept art and designs of characters, settings, and technology.

As well, The Art of The Evil Within is expected to release in August and then Dishonored: The Dunwall Archives following in November.

News Roundup - 03/11/2014

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GTA IV with realistic mods looks absolutely mind blowing

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Grand Theft Auto IV has been out for years, but that hasn't stopped people from modding the crap out of the PC version of the game. Now, personally GTA IV was my least favorite GTA since GTA III but man, I really want to play this game again after checking out this video and the absolutely amazing realistic mods that people have added to the game.

This is honestly the first time, I've watched a video from a videogame and thought that it looked like real life. If this was possible on a game that was released six years ago, I'm wondering what games could look like years from now. I thought that we have reached the peak of videogame graphics and then I see a video like this and have to stick my foot in my mouth. 

Can you imagine what modders could do with Grand Theft Auto V? Come on Rockstar, where is that PC version already!? 

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CoD Championship announces the 32 final teams.

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E-Sports Championships have become rather commonplace in the world of gaming, primarily regarding first person shooters that requires more than just one person going on a tirade while the rest try not to die.  Activision continues the trend by announcing the Call of Duty Championship, which is represented by 32 teams from around the world.  Coverage of the championship can be found on MLG.tv while the final match will be available also on Xbox Live on Sunday, March 30th.  Good luck to all of the competitors!

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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.


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Grab Soul Calibur V for super cheap

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Let’s be honest: everyone loves a deal. Well, the Xbox Marketplace has a great one going right now. Namco’s excellent fighter, Soul Calibur 5 is on sale for a mere $3.74 if you are a Gold member of the Xbox Live service. Granted, the title is only $14.99 normally, which is a deal on it’s own, but this sort of deep discount is fantastic; that is just a few bucks for a fighting game that I really enjoyed when it launched back in early 2012.


Former devs talk about their proudest moment on their last project at Irrational Games

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BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea - Episode Two is the last product coming out of Irrational Games as we know it. The studio is gone, but they got a few of their employees to talk about what they are most proud of in the DLC.

After the lackluster Episode One, I'm hoping Episode Two ties everything together. I really do want this DLC to bring a nice closure to the BioShock Infinite. It's a bittersweet video and you can see how much passion and energy the team brought to their final project.

There are some spoilers so be warned if you don't want to know a few things or haven't played the main game or previous DLC.

News Roundup - 03/10/2014

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Dark Souls II - Locomotive Breath trailer

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In the final trailer released before Dark Souls II hits stores tomorrow, we're reminded that we will die. A lot. 

Now Loading for the week of 03/10/2014

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Death becomes us all again this week as one of the hardest video game franchises in history comes back to torture gamers even more! Those who are into punishing their self will definitely want to check out Dark Souls II this week. Also, shooter fans might be interest in this little game known as Titanfall; I have heard a few people talking about it and there is a chance that it might be pretty popular among Xbox One fans (sense the sarcasm?).

Releasing this week:

  • Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky for PlayStation 3
  • Dark Souls II for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3
  • Fort Defense North Menace for Playstation Vita (via PSN)
  • Putty Squad for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and Nintendo 3DS
  • Titanfall for Xbox One and PC
  • TowerFall Ascension for Playstation 4 (via PSN)
  • Vessel for PlayStation 3 (via PSN)
  • Yoshi’s New Island for Nintendo 3DS

More bugs gets introduced with the new Battlefield 4 patch

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Battlefield 4 was patched up a few days ago and I popped into the game for the first time since then. What you see below is a few minutes into my first match since the patch and I've already ran into this bug a few times. It seems no matter what DICE does, they keep putting out patches that causes new issues. 

For this one, you can see the person who killed me is highlighting a teammate of mine though the name is right on who really fired the kill shot. Oh, that 0HP bug is back again, which I thought was squashed previously. Sigh....

Amazon's Gold Box deal today has a great deal of Logitech accessories for sale

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If you're looking to pick up some high quality controllers or headsets today, then look no further than Amazon's Gold Box Deal today. Up to 50% can be had for some great stuff from Logitech. Some examples are (normal price in parenthesis):

So some great deals can be had today on some great products.


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.

 
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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. 

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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