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Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
Review by: Cyril Lachel
Tidus and company's Final Fantasy adventure will make you forget all about Lightning's return. READ FULL REVIEW...
Toukiden: The Age of Demons
Review by: Matt Mirkovich
Matt visits the Age of Demons to see if Toukiden can topple the current champion of hunting monsters. READ FULL REVIEW...
OlliOlli
Review by: Matt Mirkovich
Matt's picking up a virtual skateboard again with this indie gem for the PS Vita. READ FULL REVIEW...

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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OlliOlli skates its way onto the Vita on January 21st

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The skateboarding genre of videogames has been dead for quite some time after the demise of both the Tony Hawk series and EA's Skate series but an indie game team is bringing it back exclusively on the PS Vita. 

OlliOlli is a crazy 2D, side scrolling, skateboarding game where it looks like you will be going downhill the entire level and you will need precise timing to make it through all of the stages. Of course you can also pull off tons of flashy skateboarding tricks while you risk your life making your way through each level as well. Be careful as one mistake looks like it could send you violently crashing to the ground. 

Roll7Games, developers of OllieOllie give us the rundown on what we can expect when the game is released exclusively on the Vita, January 21st. 

  • Career Mode - 50 deviously handcrafted levels split between Amateur and Pro. The further you progress, the more accuracy and timing you'll need to reach the adoring crowd at the end of each run. Each level has five challenges, including Combo and Score attacks, and is linked to its own global leaderboard. Think you can get that number one spot? Better get practicing.
  • Spots Modeevery time you get to the end of a level you unlock the corresponding spot. Spots are also individually linked to their own online leaderboards, the difference being they require you to perform one stupendously large combo to reach the end! It's going to be a case of working out the best possible combination of tricks and grinds that you can fit into the spot's limited obstacles in order to get the best score. Sam, our lead QA, got 157k on Spot 1. See if you can beat that!
  • Daily Grindthis mode really heightens the competition, along with a massive risk. Each day, everyone in the world gets the same spot to pull an amazing combo on. You can practice that spot as many times as you like, but you only get ONE GO to set your score. Slam on your face, or mess up the landing, and there are no second chances! So you better make sure you're fully focused before playing it for real.
  • RAD Mode -RAD mode alludes to the initial concept demo, and only allows Perfect Landings and Perfect Grinds. Basically when we first made OlliOlli, this was how it played (it's really punishing). We had to tone things down a little to make the game more approachable, but for the hardcore pixel skaters out there, this is the ultimate challenge. We're not sayin how RAD mode is unlocked, but let's just say you're going to have to prove you know what you're doing!

No price has been announced yet but Roll7 says we will find out on launch day. Check out the official trailer below! 

CES 2014: Sony Gaming at the booth

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We finally swung by Sony’s booth today on Day 3 of CES and took a look at what PlayStation gaming they were showing off.  We had a tight schedule and weren’t able to get any playing time, but here is the full list of game and platform that is available to 2014 CES attendees:

PSP Vita
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Tearaway
Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate
TxK
Hohokum

PlayStation 3
GT 15th Anniversary

PlayStation 4
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag
infamous Second Son
Hohokum
NBA 2K14
Knack
Killzone Shadow Fall
PlayStation Digital Apps
dish App
The Playroom
PlayStation Now

Hopefully we will get a chance to swing back by the booth tomorrow and get some time with these titles.

Dokuro now $2.99 in North America

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Dokuro is a cute little side-scrolling puzzle-platformer that our own Cyril Lachel liked very much.  If you think you'd like it very much as well, then you should know that you can now pick it up for the reduced price of $2.99.  Dokuro is available on both the PS Vita and on iOS and Android mobile devices.

If you live in Europe, however, you'll just have to cry into your jars of socialized medicine for a little longer because the time frame for a Dokuro price drop there is listed simply as "soon."  That's pretty ominous, if you ask me.

FYI: the screen shots are for the iOS version.

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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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Sony announces streaming game service

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Earlier today at CES 2014, Sony announced Playstation Now- a videogame streaming service that will allow you to play some of the classic hits from the PS3's library on your PS4 and PS3, and soon to come to the Vita, and even most 2014 models of the BRAVIA TV and other internet-connected devices. Because PS Now games are hosted in the cloud, you'll be able to play on multiple devices- even your tablet and smartphone.

Judging by the blog post on the Playstation websitePS Now will be a rental service that lets you rent individual titles, as well as a subscription service. Playstation Now will start a Beta program at the end of January, and is expected to fully roll out in the US sometime this summer.

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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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Don't Starve/DmC free for PS+ members, other discounts active

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A couple weeks back we posted about January's PlayStation Plus's January rewards.  As a quick reminder PlayStation Plus members can download Don't Starve and DmC: Devil May Cry on the PS3 for free later today when the PlayStation Store updates.  However, that's not all.  Streetkix: Freestyle is also on discount for PS Plus members for $10.79 (regular price $11.99), plus those who complete the tutorial in PlayStation Home's Home Tycoon will receive 120 gold coins...but there's still more.

There are still several items you can pick up for free or on discount until January 14th.  Galaga Legions for the PS3 will still be available for your Instant Game Collection while EUFLORIA HD, Atomic Ninjas, Foosball 2012, The Impossible Game, One Epic Game, MiniSquadron, Blimp: The Flying Adventures, and 5-in-1 Arcade Hits are still on discount.

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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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.

PlayStation Plus January rewards include Don't Starve, Bioshock Infinite, and Brothers

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Now that the holidays are coming to a close you may have thought that you weren't getting any more gifts. But if you are a PlayStation Plus member you've got a second wave of holiday cheer coming in the form of free games. January's PlayStation Plus rewards include some of the best games of 2013 spread across all three of Sony's systems.

PS4 owners will be able to get Klei's wilderness survival game Don't Starve free on their new system, and PS3 owners will be able to get their hands on free copies of Bioshock Infinite, DmC: Devil May Cry, and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, all of which have been getting Game of the Year nods from various outlets. 

The Vita offerings this time around are a little slim but not every system can be a winner in a month so full of goodies. Still, Sony's handheld fans will be able to get Smart As... and Worms: Battle Island for free, so I doubt they will complain. 

Remember you have to be an active PlayStation Plus member to receive these free games, and this month's offering alone are arguably worth the $50 a year membership.

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News Roundup - 12/23/2013

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Get godly with the new LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Asgard Characters Pack

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is adding an Asgard Characters pack for $1.99. The characters added include, Malekith, Kurse, Sif, Odin, Volstagg, Hogun, Fandral, and even Jane Foster.

And if all that wasn't enough to entice you check out the trailer for the new DLC here: 

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News Roundup - 12/19/2013

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News Roundup - 12/16/2013

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Final Fantasy X HD coming to Vita and PS3 on the same day

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Fans of Square-Enix's tenth Final Fantasy game have been eagerly awaiting the release of Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster, which was previously announced as coming to the PS3 on March 18th. A Vita version had been hinted at for a long time, and today Square-Enix announced via the PlayStation blog that the game will be coming to Sony's handheld as well, and on the same day. If you buy a physical copy of the game Final Fantasy X-2 HD will need to be downloaded separately using a code, presumably because of limited space on the Vita cartridge. 

Also announced in the same press release is an all new collector's edition of the game available through the Square Enix Online Store. This edition is only available on the PS3 and comes with a special soundtrack as well as an art book and a set of art prints. It will cost $79.99. 

I'm extremely excited to hear confirmation of the Vita version as it will definitely be my preferred way to play the game. I've never actually managed to beat the game, so maybe having it to take on the go will help me find the time to complete Tidus' epic adventure. 

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Now Playing: The Raven Deadfall Edition

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Happy Friday the 13th, everyone. Some of us are marinating in that late-Q4 launch blitz time. There's a few minutes here and there to spend with our favorite titles rather than diving headlong into each week's Big New Games. Of course, there's no rest for the wicked, so much of our staff is still cracking right along on their review schedules. 

What are you playing this weekend?

Russell Archey
I've been continuing the process of playing games I've bought eons ago and never even opened by starting up Klonoa for the Wii. I never played either game on the PlayStation but picked up the Wii version when it was on sale a while back at work after hearing good things about the original. I've begun a blind Let's Play over on my YouTube channel for anyone who wants to see me blindly go through the game, and thankfully so far it's turning out to be a better Let's Play than a random RPG that I have no experience with where half of my first six videos are story and tutorials.

Sean Colleli
I recently located the holy grail of Wii collector's items, Xenoblade Chronicles, and purchased it online. If it arrives sometime today, over the weekend I'll be getting lost in one of the biggest, deepest RPGs of the last console generation. I'm just glad I didn't pay GameStop's ridiculously inflated used price over the summer -- at the time they wanted $90 for this game.

Charles Husemann
This weekend I'll be getting in some more Battlefield 4 on the Xbox One as things seem to be a bit more stable now. The PC version is a lot of fun but I'm kind of digging some of the features of the Xbox One version. I'm not sure that anyone who isn't single and living by themselves will be able to use the voice commands but it is kind of fun to yell, "I need ammo!" at the TV and have the game recognize it. It doesn't save you much time from pulling up the communication rose but it is a lot of fun. I'm also going to try and get in some time with the multiplayer portion of Ryse in so I can finish my review.

Randy Kalista
I rolled credits on Deadfall Adventures. Not the best use of the ol' Lost World genre, but not the worst either. I at least didn't mind as it lifted quotes from Portal (“For science!”) and Indiana Jones (“It belongs in a museum”) and Terminator 2 (“Come with me if you want to live”). Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse is now up to bat -- another series that draws heavily on the Hey, These Ancients Built Some Neat Stuff! field of study. And, I ain't gonna lie, Xbox's Free Games with Gold program is starting to pay off. I'm getting a kick out of playing both Gears of War and Iron Brigade for the first time.

Dan Keener
This weekend I will be finishing up with Zoo Tycoon on the Xbox One, wrapping up my review of the Jazz Audio 2.1 Table Top surround system and getting in some more quality time with Skyrim.

Jeff Kintner
Between trying to get my holiday shopping done before the 24th, I'll be playing The Raven for my next review. If I have the time, I'll be going back to Telltale's The Walking Dead and also taking notes for when the second episode of The Wolf Among Us comes out sometime next year.

Matt Mirkovich
Disgaea D2 has completely taken over my PS3/life. Please send help. After completing my first playthrough and getting a bad ending, I'm onto round 2 with a lot of trips to the Item World and the Cave of Ordeals. Whenever I'm looking for something else to play, Ys: Memories of Celceta is filling the void nicely. I'll be doing a review on that shortly. Also this weekend will probably have a trip to Round 1 for more Beatmania IIDX: Spada -- because me and music games -- and a few casual matches of Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition.

Sam Stewart
Inspired by a friend of mine, I started up Zelda II: The Adventure of Link on my 3DS with the intention of finally beating it. As one of the four Zelda games I haven't beaten it feels good to finally make good progress in the game (which is still tough as nails). I'm using a lot of save states which can feel cheap at times, but I don't think I would ever finish it without them. Other than that I'll probably be taking part in Dota 2's Frostivus events. There's a new character coming as well as all new holiday events. Oh yeah, plus all character costumes are on sale, so I'll be bankrupt in the coming weeks. Oh well! 

News Roundup - 12/12/2013

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Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate gets some tips and tricks videos

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Warner Bros. Interactive has posted two new gameplay help videos for Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate. The first, features a look into the way Blackgate allows players to choose their own path and even ending sequence to the game by choosing the order in which they complete areas of the game. Saving Penguin, Joker, or Black Mask for last will yield different end-game pickups. The second video features a gameplay walkthrough of the Industrial Facility level narrated by Armature's game director, Mark Pacini.

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