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Boston Festival of Indie Games 2013

Fri, 11/01/2013 - 09:41 — ErinAS

The 2nd annual Boston Festival of Indie Games (BFIG) took over the MIT campus in Cambridge on September 24th.  This year promised to be bigger and better as the organizers took to crowd funding via kickstarter to get more space, more games, and still keep attendance free for the gaming masses!

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I covered the event for 2old2play last year but since the only people who read our front page are the other writers and my mom here’s their run down of what its all about:

Boston Festival of Indie Games celebrates independent game development in New England and neighboring regions. Our goal is to create an accessible environment for everybody who enjoys and appreciates games in whatever shape or form, both as players and game developers. The festival seeks to support and showcase the efforts of independent game developers in a free public event, offering games in different formats: video games, location-based games, tabletop games and live role-playing games, amongst others. Games featured demonstrate both the emerging and established talent of the game community in the American northeast. Festival invites attendees to become game developers themselves, by participating in game jams, creating their own board and card games, and attending screenings and lectures on the process of making games. Produced under the non-profit auspices of Be Epic, a Boston-area live action games production group, the Boston Festival of Indie Games fosters an inclusive community of academic, professional and independent developers creating games for the people. Boston FIG was conceptualized by members of Boston Indies, and brought to life via a community effort in collaboration with major stakeholders in the Massachusetts-area gaming community.

If you’re lazy or hate italics the short version is:

  • Independant games of all kinds (video, table, live action)
  • Some tie to New England
  • Fun for everyone!


We Don’t Need No Stinking Board Games

This year I had a lot more time to explore which was great since it was spread across a few buildings of the campus.  My main focus was on the video games but I did check out the board game area as well.  It was in a large but un air-conditioned room which would have reinforced any stereotyping about gamers being smelly.  But they definitely had some cool stuff!  I got a hands on look at Cards Against Humanity’s ‘Bigger Blacker Box’ due out this fall.  And Ice Cubris was extra exciting in a room that was at least 80 degrees! I would have loved to have sat and checked out Funemployed but the need for fresher air prevailed!

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Video Killed the Radio Star

Video games had a much larger area this year occupying the MIT gymnasium.  I think their angry beaver athletic team logo might be my new favorite thing!

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So right video games!  There was a lot of stuff I had seen last year that had made great progress.  Father Octopus’ Rite had a bunch more playable levels and still a long line to check it out hands on.

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Indie Adventures

Another I enjoyed last year was Phoenix Online.  Their final episode of Cognition hit Steam September 19th and I’m working on a play through. Look for a review of the excellent series to date soon.  I really hope they don’t screw up the ending!  


 I was also happy to see more new adventure games. I plan to check out Route 28 Studios who not only had adventure games but French Canadian accents and super cute art!

An even more indie new adventure game I’m really looking forward to is The Beard in the Mirror.  An adventure game that involves pirates written by fans of Lucas Arts and Sierra?!  After watching their greenlight trailer I’m mostly just mad my husband and I didn’t do this first!


If adventure games aren’t your thing and you go more for simulations, Soda Drinker Pro was on hand. I was way jealous their developer was drinking an actual Bonus Soda!

And for a super realistic simulator Depression Quest was exhibiting complete with a sort a blanket fort for an almost too realistic experience of what it feels like to not be able to get out of bed.

 

Silly Rabbit, Video Games are for Kids!

Being that we’re 2old2play  there are probably many of you that want to encourage your kids to become gamers at an early age.  Well the indie scene has you covered!  There were lots of kids and lots of games that would appeal to a younger age group.

My favorite of the field was Puzzle Axe.  Touch device jigsaw puzzles help you avoid your mean older sibling toppling over all your hours of hard work. Bonus points for animated cut scenes as puzzle completion rewards.

Another standout was educational titles from Test Tube Games.  Brings back memories of my years playing Math Blaster and Carmen San Diego.  Octopuses, monkeys and dinosaurs to teach kids about science?!  Sign my nieces and nephews up!

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Muzzy Lane was another interesting one.  If Texas is the controller all of our textbooks, at least a game studio in Massachusetts seems to have cornered the edutainment games market. Hopefully indoctrinating impressionable young gamers on a critical thinking with their titles which cover things like government civics, math, and history.

 

Make a vacation out of it!

New England is beautiful in the fall and this is a great excuse to visit!  The indie games festival was even better in its sophomore year.  Only growing pain complaint was a bit of a mix up between their mobile app, printed schedule, and posted signage on the timing of keynotes and speakers.  I totally missed out on finding out what Dante Hicks from Clerks has to do with video games.  

Lots of fun games, nice people, and humbling to see it all while roaming the hallowed halls of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  If you want more info on any of the games I mentioned or the many more at the show check out the list from the digital showcase.

New Releases: Week of October 28

Mon, 10/28/2013 - 15:17 — ElektraFi

Welcome boys and ghouls to this weeks horror filled releases. For those of you in the Halloween spirit there is plenty to sate your appetite for taking on another form, from pirates to interstellar rebels to good old shoot ‘em ups and a retro game given new life on today's consoles. So grab some treats and get ready for some tricks.  

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Coming out this week


Angry Birds: Star Wars (Xbox 360, PS3, Vita, PC, Wii, Wii U, 3DS)

In a galaxy far, far away...or your nearest game store. Get ready to immerse yourself in the most recent addition to the Angry Birds series. Now you can launch till your hearts content or at least to the twenty new levels remastered for the consoles. Enjoy cooperative and multiplayer game play while wielding a lightsaber or using the Force. Coming to a rebel base near you on October 29th.

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Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag (Xbox 360, PS3)

Arrr, if it be booty yer after look no further matey’s. Coming in from the seven seas be Cap’n Edward Kenway and his fearsome crew on the mighty Jackdaw. Sail the Caribbean seas lootin’ and plunder’n and striking fear in all them landlubbers. So what say ye wog, are ye ready for the life of a pirate, if ye be October 29 be the day to sign up and ship out.

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Battlefield 4 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

Featuring a larger world and better gameplay, Battlefield 4 offers players an immersive world where you can jump in any vehicle; aerial, aquatic or land based to dish out a can of good ol whoop...well you know. Giving the gamer the ability to change the world around them with interactive environments that change based on your actions. Be ready for the carnage on October 29th.

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Pac-man and the Ghostly Adventures (PS3, XBOX 360, Wii U)

If you were hoping for a new game based on the animated series of Pac-Man and Ghostly Adventures, well look no further. This game has all the adventure and excitement from the show now in your control. Take the lead as Pac-man and his friend as you try and free your world from the ghostly and other baddies. Releasing Oct. 29th

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Sonic Lost Worlds (Wii U, 3DS)

Coming exclusively to the Nintendo systems, Sonic Lost Worlds boasts new levels,new powers and new adventures. In this installment of the Sonic series you will go and do things never thought of before.  Dashing into stores Oct. 29th.

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Honorable Mentions (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

For you budget minded gamers there are a few multipacks coming out that may be of interest. First up, 2K Power Pack Collection, featuring three games: Darkness 2, Bioshock 2 and Mafia 2 (Xbox 360, PS3). Also from 2K, Definitive Strategy Collection featuring: XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Civilization V (PC), also World of Warcraft Battlechest featuring WoW, WoW: Burning Crusade Expansion Pack, WoW: Wrath of the LIch King Expansion Pack, WoW: Cataclysm Expansion Pack and first month of play (PC). All releasing on Oct. 29th.

New Releases: Week of October 21st

Tue, 10/22/2013 - 17:05 — ThePengwn

The gaming season is starting to pick up! There are a ton of new releases this week. Some are re-releases and bundles featuring great deals on some great games. As we approach the release of the new consoles, it’s only going to get more hectic and better from here on out. Enjoy these last couple of weeks gaming on the current generation while you can!

 

Coming out this week

Batman: Arkham Origins (360, PS3, Wii U, PC)
Taking place before the two previous entries in the Batman: Arkham series, Batman: Arkham Origins features a younger hero just starting to clean the streets of Gotham City. It’s like he is growing up before your very eyes, dishing out justice as only Batman can. Batman: Arkham Origins hits store shelves on October 25th.


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Batman Arkham Origins: Blackgate (3DS, Vita)
Take justice on the road with you! Batman Arkham Origins: Blackgate is the first handheld entry in the series. It continues the storyline of the console version, as you are tasked with regaining control of Blackgate prison after the prisoners take it over. Batman Arkham Origins: Blackgate hits store shelves on October 25th.    


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Deus Ex Human Revolution: Director's Cut (360, PS3, Wii U)
Deus Ex Human Revolution: Director’s Cut does a lot to overhaul the original game that released last year. The new version will interface with the Wii U gamepad, XBox Smartglass, and PS Vita to make the game even more immersive. Boss battles were changed, the AI was tweaked, and eight hours of director’s commentary was included. If you already played through the game, it may not be worth playing through again for these new features. For anyone who missed this awesome stealth/RPG hybrid, this is the version to pick up. Deus Ex Human Revolution: Director’s Cut drops on October 22nd.   


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LEGO: Marvel Super Heroes (360, PS3, 3DS, DS, Vita, Wii U, PC)
LEGO-Hulk smash! LEGO New York is being attacked by villains and just about every Marvel hero that exists is called to action to stop them. With over 100 characters to play, you will battle your way through Marvel landmarks like Stark Tower and the X-men mansion. Check out the demo available now on Xbox Live so you can try before you buy. Save Lego New York beginning October 22nd.


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Just Dance Kids 2014 (360, Wii, Wii U)
Do you have kids that you need to wear out or keep busy? I bet they’ll enjoy dancing to some of these songs. If you don’t have kids, this game probably isn’t for you. Or maybe it is? I’m not here to judge anyone. Get your family groove on with Just Dance Kids 2014 on October 22nd.


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NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 3 Full Burst (360, PS3)
Anime ninja battles! This is another re-release of a game that released earlier this year but with an additional chapter, a new character, director’s commentary, and a ton of new missions. NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 3 Full Burst ships October 22nd.


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Rocksmith 2014 (360, PS3, PC)
The days of the plastic guitar with five buttons seem to be long gone. Rocksmith is here to fill the void! The first Rocksmith game let you plug your real guitar into your console to rock out to some classic songs. The 2014 edition arrives with new modes, new songs, and new ways to learn and play an actual guitar. Rock out with Rocksmith 2014 on October 22nd.  


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The Sims 3: Into the Future (PC)
Take your Sims into the future with this brand new expansion pack for the Sims 3. Hoverboards, rocket packs, and brand new futuristic homes are here for you to play with and build. The Sims 3: Into the Future drops on October 22nd.


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Spongebob Plankton's Robotic Revenge (PS3, 360, Wii, Wii U, 3DS, DS)
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? You do! You are Spongebob, once again battling Plankton for the Krabby Patty secret formula. Someone has to save the Krusty Krab! Begin your undersea adventure on October 22nd.


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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (360, Wii, 3DS)
The turtles are back in another beat ‘em up. Play by yourself or team up with friends to bring down Shredder and those stupid robotic mice. I hate those guys. TMNT drops on October 22nd.


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Wii Party U (Wii U)
Mini-games for your Wii U! This one includes Knitting! But seriously, Nintendo makes some awesome mini-games and, if you have a Wii U, this is probably a great game to have in your library for parties or for the family to play together. Party down with Wii Party U on October 25th.


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2K Essentials Collection (360, PS3)
2K is releasing two bundles of older games this week. The first contains the original Bioshock and Borderlands as well as XCOM: Enemy Unknown. At only $30, you can get three great games to play if you missed them the first time around. 2K Essentials Collection releases on October 22nd.


2K Power Pack Collection (360, PS3)
2K’s second bundle features the Darkness 2, Bioshock 2, and Mafia 2. That’s a lot of 2’s! If you missed these sequels the first time around, $30 will get you back up to speed. 2K Power Pack Collection releases on October 22nd.

New Releases: Week of October 14th

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 13:41 — ErinAS

This week games release for all the platforms!  Last gen, next gen, handheld, 3-D, and even Mac gets some love! There is even some bonus info on a game Telltale snuck in towards the end of last week.

 
 
 
 
Coming out this week
 
Fables: The Wolf Among Us (PC, Mac, Steam, PS3, XBox)
Technically, this title actually shipped on October 11th but Telltale didn't give much advance notice on the final date it would be available. The Wolf Among Us is based on the Fables comic series. It will be interesting to see if they can take this franchise as successfully into gaming as they did with The Walking Dead. The trailer has a flying monkey so I’m sold!  
 
 
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Last of Us Abandoned Territories DLC (PS3)
The first season pass content for Naughty Dog’s critically acclaimed The Last of Us released on October 15th. The pack includes four new territories for multi-player action: The Suburbs, Bus Depot, Hometown, and Bookstore.
 
 
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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (Xbox 360, XBox One, PS3, PS4, PC, 3DS, DS, WiiU, Vita)
LEGO Marvel Super heroes drops on October 18th for pretty much any system you care to run it on. Marvel is solidifying their next generation of fans. The game boasts over 150 controllable characters from the Marvel Universe (including Stan Lee himself!).
 
 
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Sega Superstars Tennis (Mac)
Who says no one games on Mac?!  A mere five and a half years after its initial release on consoles, this title hits Max OS X on October 17th.  
 
 
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Skylanders Swap Force (Xbox 360, XBox One, PS3, PS4, PC, 3DS, DS, WiiU, Vita)
Not to be outdone by Disney Infinity, Skylanders is here with the 3rd installment of the popular franchise. Skylanders Swap Force hit shelves October 13th.
 
 
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Valhalla Knights 3 (Vita)
Arriving on disc and PSN on October 15th, Valhalla Knights 3 is an RPG that takes place entirely in a prison-a prison that apparently has a red light district! Released in Japan in May, Valhalla Knights 3 sold over 65,000 copies and is already the most popular game of this franchise.  
 
 
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New Releases: Week of October 7th

Tue, 10/08/2013 - 07:15 — CapnMikeM

Five weeks and counting until the new consoles release but really the excitement of the Fall/Winter release season kicks off this week with the release of such highly anticipated titles like Beyond: Two Souls and Pokémon X and Y.

 
 
 
 
Coming out this week
 
Beyond: Two Souls (PS3)
Beyond: Two Souls is an interactive drama action-adventure video developed by Quantic Dream. It stars actors Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe. Psychological, spiritual, and thriller elements are the core components of this game. Players take control of Jodie Holmes, the female protagonist, through 15 years of her life. During the years of 8 through 23, while playing as Jodie, you’ll travel on a journey to discover the true meaning of the entity that has been by your side for your whole life. Are you ready to learn what happens after death? Beyond: Two Souls drops on October 8th.
 
 
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Borderlands 2 Game of the Year Edition (PS3, 360, PC)
Borderlands 2 Game of the Year Edition includes the core Borderlands 2 experience plus a majority of the DLC. It includes Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 1 but there is no mention that it includes Pack 2. Borderlands 2 Game of the Year Edition hits stores on October 8th.
 
 
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Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness (PS3)
Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness, a tactical role playing game, is the latest edition to the Disgaea series developed by Nippon Ichi Software. The game is a sequel to 2003's Disgaea: Hour of Darkness which released on the PS2. The main characters from the 2003 version return to reprise their roles. The 2013 version puts an emphasis on character attacks and skills as well as an improved master/student system. Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness releases on October 8th.
 
 
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Dishonored Game of the Year Edition (PS3, 360, PC)
Dishonored is an immersive first-person action game where players take on the role of a supernatural assassin driven by revenge. Combine supernatural abilities, weapons and unusual gadgets to pursue your enemies and take out targets. The outcome of each mission is based upon how you choose to play the game. Are you someone who likes to lurk in the shadows or take down your foes guns blazing? Begin your quest for revenge on October 8th.
 
 
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Just Dance 2014 (PS3, 360, Wii, WiiU )
As the 5th installment of the Just Dance series, players once again are judged on how well they dance along to a particular song. A new mode to the series is the “On Stage” mode, where the player takes the lead dance role and is accompanied by two backup dancers. Shake your groove thing beginning October 8th.
 
 
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Orc Attack: Flatulent Rebellion (PSN, XBLA)
A self-proclaimed “cooperative gas-and-slash action game,” Orc Attack mixes things up from previous orc-inspired games as the player captains these big smellies. Now that the tables have been turned, orcs such as Sir Sniff, Doc Turd, Lord Poop and Friar Krap must fart and burp with reckless abandon in order to defeat the “pollution spreading humans.” Begin your flatulent rebellion on October 9th.
 
 
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Pokémon X and Y (3DS)
Pokémon X and Y are role-playing video games developed by Game Freak. They are the first installments in the sixth generation of the main series of Pokémon games. Pokémon X and Y are also the first of the series rendered in polygonal 3D graphics. In order to obtain all Pokémon, as some are only obtainable in either the X or Y version, players are encouraged to trade with others. Pokémon X and Y drops on October 12th.
 
 
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New Releases: Week of September 30th

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 07:07 — frizzlefry2

It’s beginning to look alot like Christmas. Well, not really, but the holiday release schedule is almost upon us! The upcoming weeks feature a number of hotly anticipated releases and the transition into the long awaited next generation of gaming. I don’t know about the rest of the gaming community but I am certainly looking forward to the next few months. It’s an exciting time to be a gamer, isn’t it? This week’s new releases feature an HD remake of a Nintendo classic, the return of the preeminent hoops franchise, a new F1 racer and a couple of 3DS RPG’s.

 
 
 
 
Coming out this week
 
Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl (3DS)
Atlus’ latest RPG drops on October 1st on the 3DS. The game features two modes-Story and Classic. Play as the Highlander in Story Mode or create a party of up to five characters from nine different classes in Classic Mode. Fans can expect another notoriously, ahem, “challenging” game. Taking dungeon crawling to a whole new level, players must draw their own maps on the 3DS’ bottom screen as they progress if they hope to successfully navigate the game’s dungeons. As if that wasn’t tough enough, party selection is crucial to success as the game progresses. Failure to select party members that complement each other’s skills is costly. If notoriously challenging RPG’s are your forte, this game is for you.
 
 
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F1 2013 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
Codemasters latest racer races into stores on October 4th. Two versions of F1 2013 will be released: F1 2013: Standard Edition and F1 2013: Classic Edition. The Standard Edition features all the drivers, cars and circuits from the 2013 season and includes remodelled handling, tyre changes and updated rules. Splurge on the Classic Edition and get yourself content from both the 80’s and 90’s as well as the classic circuits Imola and Estoril. I’m not quite sure what any of that means but I am sure that SarcasmoJones is most likely salivating profusely as he reads this.  
 
 
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NBA 2K14 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC, iOS)
Dribbling on to current generation consoles on October 1st, 2K Sport’s blockbuster hoops franchise NBA 2K14 returns featuring King James as its cover athlete. The game features improvements to the Assist Pass and Shot Stick functions. Assist Pass allows cross court and no look passes while Shot Stick allows more precise dribbling. Other features include the addition of Euroleague teams and a new mode entitled Lebron: Path to Greatness. Path to Greatness allows you to take control of Lebron’s future. Keep him with the Heat to continue the dynasty or banish him to the lowly Bobcats-it’s your choice.  
 
 
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Rain (PS3)
Releasing on PSN on October 1st, the puzzle platformer Rain puts you in the shoes of a lost little boy. When he sees a little girl’s silhouette outside in a downpour, he steps outside to search for her and steps into an invisible world-becoming invisible himself-that reveals itself only when it rains. Characters are invisible unless standing in the rain and must make use of cover to avoid the baddies that the rain brings with it. If you enjoy atmospheric games, check out Rain.    
 
 
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Rune Factory 4 (3DS)
RPG Rune Factory 4 is the series first foray on the 3DS. Publisher XSEED touts several new gameplay features such as “new romance options, male/female character selection at the beginning of the game and endless farming, crafting and cooking opportunities. Players can become a Selphian prince or princess, manage the village, explore the countryside with townsfolk, or tame monsters in the wild to aid them in battle or help out in the fields.” If you enjoy Japanese RPG’s you can pick up Rune Factory 4 on October 1st.   
 
 
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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (WiiU)
The GameCube classic from 10 years ago returns fully remastered in cel shaded 1080p. New features include using the GamePad controller to instantly access game maps and manage inventory items without having to pause the game, the addition of Hero Mode-which doubles enemy damage and limits health regeneration to drinking potions, visiting fairy fountains and earning new heart pieces or containers-and the addition of a new “Swift Sail” that reduces travel time by half. Set sail with this classic on October 4th.   
 
 
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New Releases: Week of September 23rd

Tue, 09/24/2013 - 13:12 — EvolveYourself

Hey, everybody, guess what!?! The games industry didn’t stop making new games after last week’s release of GTA 5. There’s actually more games coming out this week!

 
 
Coming Out This Week
 
Armored Core: Verdict Day (PS3, 360)
The twelfth game in the Armored Core series tasks you once again with taking sides in a post apocalyptic battle fought with giant mechs. Seeing as how it’s developed by From Software, the people behind Dark Souls, I’m sure that it will be a blisteringly challenging and hair-pullingly frustrating example of just how much the developers truly hate their players. Armored Core: Verdict Day drops on September 24th.
 
 
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Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 and FIFA ‘14 (PS3, 360, PC, PS2, PSP, Vita, 3DS, Wii)
The footie war continues to rage with the annual entries of EA’s FIFA and Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer. Revel in the three hour games that end in a tie of less than three points! Get your fútbol on beginning September 24th.
 
 
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Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure (WiiU, 3DS, PC)
Scribblenauts mashed up with the DC Universe’s heroes and villains (over 2,000 DC characters are in the game!) to make a smooth melange of gameplay goodness. This game looks awesome! Choose your side beginning September 24th.
 
 
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Valhalla Knights 3 (PS Vita)
The third entry in the Valhalla Knights series hits our shores. The game features battles between groups of various fantasy game tropes (elves, dwarves, etc.), and, between battles, a mini game where you apparently go to the town’s red light district and recruit hookers. Umm…. yay? Valhalla Knights 3 hits store shelves September 24th.
 
 
 
 
There you go folks! Proof that there is life for gamers after GTA 5. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I must get back to Los Santos.
 

New Releases: Week of September 2nd

Wed, 09/04/2013 - 07:31 — ChunkySoup

Labor Day, or Labour Day depending on where you’re from, is over and done. The last long weekend of the summer season is kaput. The ramp up to the Christmas season begins from both a game standpoint and, sadly, a retail one as well. I like both summer and Christmas but I believe there needs to be more than a couple hours in between. I was in Walmart yesterday and their back to school section was already taken over by Halloween and Christmas. 

The upside to this is that more games are being released and more importantly...the kids are back to school! I totally feel like the dad in that Staples commercial dancing through the aisles as the kids get their supplies. I never thought I would feel like that about my own children or, at the very least, I would feel guilty for feeling like that but...I do...and I don’t!

On to the games!

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Diablo III (XBOX 360, PS3)

Diablo III on your console complete with online and couch sharing co-op! As soon as I finish writing this I am heading to somewhere to buy Blizzard’s hack and slash RPG. I loved Diablo (never finished it), I loved Diablo II (never finished it), and I loved Diablo III on my PC (never finished it). I wholeheartedly plan on never finishing Diablo III on my console as well. I admit I have a problem. However, Mrs. Soup loves some RPG and some co-op gameplay so not only do I have a totally valid excuse but maybe I'll actually finish one of these games. Diablo III attacked store shelves on September 3rd.

 

 

 

Rayman Legends (WiiU, XBOX 360, PS3, PC, Vita)

WiiU fans your wait is finally over. Your limbless hero arrives at last! It’s been a long wait and I know it’s a bit tough to swallow that your once console exclusive now graces the disc trays of the competition. You may take solace in the fact that the wait was well worth it. From what I read, Rayman Legends garnered some great early reviews regardless of platform. Rayman Legends bounced into stores on September 3rd.

 

 

 

Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate (XBOX 360, PS3)

It’s Dead or Alive. It’s #5 and it’s Ultimate! The game promises 2 vs 2 online co-op tag team mode, team fight mode, more polished moves, more destructible environments, lots of DLC carried over from DoA 5, more costumes of less material and more independent boob jiggles! Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate is ultimately not a bad deal if you haven’t already bought DoA 5. Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate wiggled and jiggled its way into stores on September 3rd.

 

 

 

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (PC, PS3)

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, already released to critical acclaim on the XBOX 360, is now set to grace the PS3 and PC as well. Each thumbstick controls one of the two brothers and while a little odd at first it becomes a very interesting and engrossing game. You can download Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons via Steam or the Playstation Store beginning September 3rd.

 

 

 

Disney Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse (PC, PS3, XBOX 360)

Sega updated the the much beloved (and winner of longest game title) Sega Genesis original with HD graphics and gameplay. If you played the original then you are old like me. If you were fond of the original then you may want to leave those memories in the past. However, the kids might enjoy bouncing as the mouse that built the house of Disney. Download Disney Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse beginning September 3rd.

 

 

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Total War: Rome II

If you enjoy both strategy in your gaming and commanding thousands of soldiers to either march to victory or their death, then you have likely already played a Total War game and I don’t need to tell you anything else about Total War: Rome II. Only that I wish I was good at these games...

 

New Releases: Week of August 26th

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 06:59 — SarcasmoJones

The new game offerings this summer have been drier than West Texas in August. I don’t understand why we have a holiday season glut and a summer drought. If they spaced the new releases more evenly we wouldn’t be reviewing free to play shit games and DLC in July and August. Whatever, it’s over now and the gaming preseason is here, and it’s hotter than Derek Nolan’s basement on a Monday night. This week a planet gets misplaced for the third time, the Japanese make use of Roman numerals, an E3 favorite makes a killing, Madden assumes the position, and you’ll fall in love with the PSP...and die.

 
 
Multiplatform
 
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
This MMORPG is set during the reconstruction period after the dragon, Bahamut, escapes imprisonment and wreaks apocalypse on the land of Eorzea. Players assume the role of the heroic Sarcasmo Jones, who escapes the apocalypse by using time travel. You could probably name your character something different if you really wanted. This one is both developed and published by Square Enix, so expect the story to make absolutely no sense and a cut scene or two. Available on the PC and PS3 starting August 27.
 
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Killer is Dead
Suda 51 assumed the role of executive director for this spiritual successor to No More Heroes and Killer7. Players assume the role of a cybernetically enhanced hitman named Mondo, who is tasked with dispatching criminals and assassins with his sword and cyber-arm, which can transform into several different weapons. Players should expect things to get bloody in this game. Grasshopper Industries plays developer for Killer is Dead, but publishing was geographically tasked to several publishers: XSeed covers North America and Deep Silver takes care of the European folks. Killer is Dead arrives in stores on August 27, for XBox 360 and PS3.
 
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Lost Planet 3
Billed as a prequel to the first Lost Planet, the third installment returns to the story driven narrative of the first game. Mechs play a large role in Lost Planet 3, but are used primarily as mining tools, so don’t expect the military style mechs from the first two games. Capcom plays publisher for this one, but farmed out development duties to Spark Unlimited. This third-person shooter hits stores on August 27, for PC, PS3, and XBox 360.
 
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Madden NFL 25
25 years of Madden: same shit, new engine. Available August 27 for XBox 360 and PS3.
 
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 Sony
 
Sweet Fuse: At Your Side
Okay, this one’s a bit on the weird side. Keiji Inafune, the Mega Man creator, owns an amusement park that is taken over by a pig. It’s up to Keiji’s niece to save the day by participating in a deadly version of The Dating Game. Throw in some puzzle solving designed to test your deductive reasoning and hunky video game Abercrombie models and you have an interesting WTF game. This one’s a PSP exclusive, and is available starting August 27.
 
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New Releases: Week of August 19th

Mon, 08/19/2013 - 10:37 — ChunkySoup

So Sam Fisher, Sully, Captain Jack, the Saints and some creepy aliens walked into a bar...yeah that’s all I got but it gives you an idea of what to expect this week.

 
 
Multiplatform
 
Splinter Cell: Blacklist (PS3, XBOX, WiiU, PC)
I have a love-hate relationship with Sam Fisher over these past years. I enjoyed the games but I have never finished one. Why? It’s combination of two things: 1) They get so goddamn hard and 2) I suck. Multiplayer was just as bad. I loved playing spies vs mercs multiplayer until I became a constant liability for my side. I should stop buying Splinter Cell games and just rent them instead. Anyway, if you enjoyed playing as a three green eyed spook before I’m sure you’ll love playing as one now in Splinter Cell: Blacklist!
 
 
 
Saints Row IV (PS3, XBOX, PC)
So you are the leader of some crazy ass street gang that got powerful enough to basically put you in the White House until alien “anal probing overlords” decide to visit earth and start blowing shit up. Ladies and gents, I give you Saints Row IV! This game is getting great reviews everywhere. If you can’t wait for GTA V you can pick up Saints Row IV on August 20th.
 
 
 
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified (PS3, XBOX, PC)
In this third person tactical shooter you play as William Carter, the leader of squad of men in the newly formed XCOM division. Your goal: rid the US of aliens and don’t die doing it. Dying in XCOM and the lurking possibility of permadeath for you and your squadmates plays a big role in your decisions. The Bureau:XCOM Declassified drops on August 20th.
 
 
 
Disney Infinity (PS3, XBOX, Wii, WiiU, 3DS)
So you take Skylanders, you “Disney-fy” it and voila! It’s Disney Infinity! Dropping on August 18th on nearly every single gaming platform known to man you can finally pretend to be Captain Jack Sparrow without getting totally pissed in a bar where your friends laugh at you and girls run away...which makes your “friends” laugh at you more. Not that that’s ever happened to me...I’m just saying this might cost less than getting out of any illegal pirate shit you may or may not have tried to pull in your state of complete inebriation.
 
 
 
 Microsoft
 
Flashback
XBLA’s Summer of Arcade continues with the remake of the 1992 platformer Flashback. If you remember that game then kudos as I don’t. Word on the street has it that the 1992 version is included in the remake. If you like platformers, and the movie Memento, then Flashback is worth a try.
 
 
 
 Playstation
 
The Walking Dead (PS Vita)
The Walking Dead is one of Telltale games most compelling stories and critically lauded games. If you have played it on any other platform then you know what to expect on the Vita. If you haven’t played it before what are you waiting for? You should play this game regardless of platform.
 
 
 
Well that’s pretty much it for this week. I’m gonna get my Mike Wazowski on...CYA!!!
 
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