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New Releases: Week of July 8th

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 07:12 — ThePengwn

Summer is typically a little slow for game releases. This week however isn’t so bad with a new Sid Meier game and NCAA Football 14. If culture wars and college football are your type of thing, this may be your week.

 
 
Multiplatform
 
NCAA Football 14 (360, PS3)
NCAA Football is back again this year. If college football is your thing, then you are going to want to pick this up.
 
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 Microsoft
 
DARK
DARK is a new intellectual property that features vampires. Vampires seem to be everywhere these days; this game looks like it takes those vampire powers and hands them to you in a stealth action hybrid.
 
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 Playstation
 
Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection
There have been a ton of Metal Gear games over the years. This collection features eight of those games and two graphic novels. Play through all the old games and relive the long journey that Solid Snake took over the years.
 
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 Nintendo
 
Star Wars Pinball (Wii U)
The Empire strikes back again in pinball form! Battle Darth Vader using paddles and quick reflexes to keep that ball on the table.  
 
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 PC
 
Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World (PC, Mac)
A new version of Civilization is coming out this week. This game introduces culture as a completely new way to win. Dominate the competition by creating the Mona Lisa or a classic symphony. With new ways to play, this game is sure to be a hit on PC and Mac.
 
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New Releases: Week of June 10th

Mon, 06/10/2013 - 08:27 — frizzlefry2

Attention 2o2p readers!!! Shameless Plug Alert!!! Shameless Plug Alert!!! This is a big week for the gaming community. This week the rubber hits the road for Sony and Microsoft as E3 is finally upon us. Will Sony unveil the PS4’s top secret design? Will Big Brother, errr...Microsoft, showcase the Xbox One’s gaming capabilities as promised? Or will we get another in depth look at Microsoft’s advanced DVR? Will we see 4th generation gameplay? Is the used game market obsolete? Tune in to 2o2p this week for answers as our E3 coverage promises to be bigger, better and bolder! Ok, now that we got 2o2p’s shameless plug for our awesome E3 coverage out of the way, onto the new releases! This week affords you the opportunity to be the mayor of Furrytown and avoid mushroomheads whose sole purpose is to, you got it, turn you into a mushroomhead.

 
 
 Playstation
 
The Last of Us (PS3)
Naughty Dog, purveyors of classic series Crash Bandicoot, Jak and Daxter and Uncharted, drops its newest IP on June 14th. One of 2013’s most hotly anticipated releases since its introduction at Spike TV’s 2011 VGA’s, The Last of Us drops you into a world ravaged by a parasitic fungal virus. Twenty years after the initial outbreak, with cities and towns reclaimed by nature, the US is sectioned into quarantine zones. Zones are ruled under martial law by the US military. Joel, a major player in the quarantine zones’ black market, is tasked with delivering fourteen year old Ellie to the Firefly resistance group. Joel doesn’t smuggle without his partner in crime, Tess, so naturally he invites her along. Leaving the relative safety of the quarantine zone, Joel, Tess and Ellie travel westward trying to avoid the Infected, humans infected with the fungal virus, and Survivors, humans not yet infected who kill other survivors and pillage their belongings. Because surviving in The Last of Us depends heavily upon scavenging, the game features a crafting system. You must scavenge what you need to survive-weapons, ammo, recipes and various items needed to make recipes. Scavenging recipes provides you with crafting instructions. Scavenging items provides you with the items needed to craft the recipes. For example, in the demo I crafted a board with scissors in it-giving me a nice little melee weapon-and a med kit. The Last of Us also features a new gameplay mechanic-Dynamic Stealth-as well as a new AI system-Balance of Power. Dynamic Stealth allows the player the freedom to approach each situation differently with enemies reacting accordingly. Essentially, different stealth techniques in the same situation elicit different enemy responses. Balance of Power empowers enemy AI to react realistically to any combat situation they may face. They duck into cover if they spot you, call for backup if you get the upper hand and they exploit situations that are advantageous to them. The Last of Us appears to have all the hallmarks of a great gaming experience: an outstanding emotional story that connects and invests you in the characters and their environment, stunning visuals and it's developed by AAA studio Naughty Dog. The Last of Us is sure to be in 2013 GoTY contention.   
 
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 Nintendo
 
Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)
The latest game in Nintendo’s popular Animal Crossing series, Animal Crossing: New Leaf introduces a new gameplay mechanic and features two new animal villager types, hamsters and deer, and two new NPC personality types, smug and uchi. Smugs are polite and kind while Uchi play the role of big sisters. Players can now be town mayor allowing significantly more town customization than in previous games. Should you choose to play the role of town mayor you’ll have access to two new gameplay features-Public Works Projects and Ordinances. Public Works Projects allow you to collect money from visitors and townies to finance various town construction projects. Ordinances allows you to pass laws that dictate how your town functions. What good is a town major without a personal assistant? Isabelle, your trusty new dog assistant, assists you in your duties as major. New Leaf improvements include enhanced customization of your living quarters as well as your appearance. You can visit your friends’ towns via Nintendo Network and exchange messages with them once you are on their friends list. If you'd like to get your New Leaf co-op on, you can travel to Tortimer Island with up to three of your friends to play minigames and win medals. Players can take pictures of their time in New Leaf and share them via Twitter and Tumblr. Animal Crossing: New Leaf dropped on June 9th.
 
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Path of Exile Game Changing Update Inbound

Wed, 06/05/2013 - 07:01 — TANK

Path of Exile (PoE) from Grinding Gear Games has reached the halfway mark for its open beta.  For the uninitiated, PoE is a totally free to play (anti-pay to win) action RPG in the style of Diablo and Torchlight, except it does many things, much much better than either of those two titles.


While PoE received minor and moderate patches and updates almost on a weekly basis thus far,  this week we’ll see the first major open beta game-changing update.  Here’s what you Exiles can expect:

Anarchy League is a new 4 month Standard League mode.  This plays pretty much like the current Standard League except there are 13 different  rogue exiles wondering about that you will randomly encounter.   These characters are equipped with the same type of weapons and powers that player characters have and will drop a ton of loot on death.

Onslaught League is a new 4 month Hardcore League mode.  Monsters will all have 20% increased movement, attack and casting speeds.  As always, if your character dies in this mode, it’ll end up in Standard League just like the current Hardcore.  This mode was done at the request of players who thought the game was too easy.

Each of these new leagues will run for four months, at which time your character will be placed back into Standard League, if you were playing Anarchy or Hardcore, if you were playing Onslaught.

Both Anarchy and Onslaught will have a new feature called challenges.  There are eight challenges to be achievable over the long haul and need quite a bit of commitment.  Players who manage to check off all the challenges in both leagues as complete over four months will be awarded a Path of Exile T-Shirt by Grinding Gear Games.  As an example of a few of the challenges and their difficulty, one is to receive 34 different items via vendor recipes and one is use all of the currency items.

Why would you want to play these new modes?  Well, new different loot is the reason why, you loot whore!  These leagues have the following new items : Moonstone Ring, Amethyst Ring, Diamond Ring, Turquoise Amulet, Agate Amulet and Citrine Amulet. These items are taking the place of Prismatic Ring, Onyx Amulet, Thief's Torment, Lori's Lantern, Astramentis, Carnage Heart, Eye of Chayula and Kaom's Heart which will not drop in either of these two new leagues.  Also there are six new unique items, two drop only in Onslaught, two only drop in Anarchy and two will drop in both.

I won’t run through the huge list of all the other changes, but one fundamental gameplay change is a reduction in monster damage.  Even though, at first glance, it’s pretty overwhelming the amount of build diversity that should be possible.  The reality of the situation is most of your build choices have to be wasted on health and energy shield/armor options especially for higher level characters.  This severely reduces the amount of choice a player has and this change is suppose to address that, along with giving people Onslaught mode who want the ultimate challenge.  Since this is a fundamental change, everyone will be awarded a total character respect resetting their skill tree and letting them re-apply all their skill points.

For a complete list of the upcoming changes, look at the patch notes on Grinding Gear Games forums: http://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/403446
 

New Releases: Week of May 27th

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:18 — ChunkySoup

So I thought I was gone, you thought I was gone but apparently I’m not gone. I’m like the cousin that came to stay the week but that was three months ago and I still haven't paid rent. I’m like the stray cat you picked up out of the garbage and fed once and now never leaves your side. I’m like the clap.

 
Maybe the good folks at 2old2play.com will find and apply an ointment by next week or maybe they won’t but for now lets get to it!
 
Multiplatform
 
Grid 2 (XBOX PS3 PC)
From the racing geeks over at Codemasters comes Grid 2. The sequel to their multi-million seller Grid keeps to it’s predecessors roots of gorgeous in game models, great racing, awesome cars and fantastic tracks. Grid 2 races into stores on May 28th for PS3 and XBOX (Grid 2 launched on Steam May 27th). I never owned the first Grid but I played the hell out of the demo...hopefully there is one for Grid 2 as well.
 
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FUSE (XBOX PS3)
Developed by Insomniac Games, whom you may recognize from the Resistance, Rachet and Clank and the Spyro series, FUSE is four player co-op action where each agent possesses unique specializations and abilities. If not playing with three other real world humans the player(s) can “leap” from agent to agent taking advantage of those abilities where needed (Why do I get this weird sense of “been there, done that, wasn’t really that great?”). FUSE is the first game released on both the PS3 and XBOX by Insomniac Games. I am anxious to see what it’s like if not just a wee bit cautious. There’s a demo available so maybe I’ll check that out first. FUSE drops May 28th.
 
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 XBOX 360
 
CastleStorm
Created by one of my favorite XBLA developers, Zen Studios, CastleStorm is a tower destruction game that blends real time strategy and resource management into your wanton obliteration of all things castle like. With single player, split screen, co-op and even tower construction modes, CastleStorm looks like it could be one of those games that’s easy to play but hard to master and put down. CastleStorm falls onto XBLA on May 29th.
 
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 PC
 
Wargame AirLand Battle
Wargame AirLand Battle is the sequel to the 2012 real time strategy game Wargame European Escalation. From what I could tell this is a pretty intense and demanding RTS game. I like my RTS’s on the lighter side like Warcraft 2/3 and Starcraft. I am not too sure I would fair well in this game. If intense and demanding RTS games are your cup of tea, you’ll be excited to know that Wargame AirLand Battle is available online on May 29th.
 
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Crusader Kings 2
Another contender in the RTS genre, Crusader Kings 2 takes us into the glorious age of Medieval Europe. If you consider things like the plague, The Crusades, constant strife and a complete and utter lack of any personal hygene “glorious” then have I got the game for you! Tell your help to set the sundial as Crusader Kings 2 rises on May 28th.
 
 
So that’s the interesting (by my odd standards) releases for this week. What will next week have in store for us? Will I be back...again? I guess we will all just have to wait and see.

Your Xbox One Questions Answered!

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 07:58 — SarcasmoJones

Microsoft revealed their latest creation, the Xbox One, and showcased the new machine in a live event on Tuesday, May 21st. Although the presenters demonstrated the new console along with its capabilities and applications that will be bestowed unto paying gamers later this year, the event, unfortunately, left many of us with more questions than answers.

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When exactly will it release? Was that a shipwreck simulator or a game? Why does it look like a HAM radio from the 1970’s? Is Microsoft seriously going to charge $60 to play a rented or used game? Normally, gamers must wait until E3 before our questions are answered, but this is not a normal gaming site so we'll answer your questions before E3.


On Thursday, May 30th, Thick-n-Thin will feature a special guest who'll answer your questions regarding the new Microsoft console. Resident aged gamer, and Xbox One designer, Brian “Styles” Parks is the big-brained know-it-all who'll be here to answer your Xbox One questions. Keep in mind that Styles works on the console, not games, so keep your questions Microsoft and console related if you want answers. You can post your questions in the forum thread, http://www.2old2play.com/forum/talk-back/topic/list-your-questions-brian-styles-parks-one-designers-xbox-one-504931, or leave a comment here, if you prefer.

New Releases: Week of May 20th, 2013

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 07:59 — ChunkySoup

For the first time in around seven years it didn’t snow this weekend! There is a long curse that plagues the May long weekend in Southern Alberta. The weekend before and after are typically gorgeous but May long is cold, rainy and eventually we end up with snow. I actually look forward to that as I can stay inside and play some games. Mother Nature obviously had other plans as the sun was shining two out of the last three days. Stupid Mother Nature always ruining my gaming plans....grrrr!

 
 
I shouldn’t be bitter towards nice weather. Especially since this week sees the end of the new release drought we recently experienced. That being said, this post also marks the end of my run as your weekly new release scribe (stop cheering!). Over the next few weeks you’ll see this space taken over by the new recruits added to the 2old2play writing staff. Be gentle with them!
 
Multiplatform
 
Resident Evil: Revelations (PC PS3 XBOX WiiU)
Propagating the game industry’s love of the colon, Resident Evil: Revelations drops on May 21st. I expected this to hit the PS3 and the XBOX but my jaw almost fell off (zombie joke - get it?) when I saw that RE:Revelations was released for the WiiU and PC AND on the same release day! What’s up with that!?!? Whatever your platform is Resident Evil: Revelations aims to fill that underground laboratory mutant zombie slaying hole you have in your life.
 
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Fast & Furious: Showdown (PC PS3 XBOX WiiU)
More colon but a lot less bromance is likely the best way to describe Fast & Furious: Showdown. I don’t have high hopes for this game given the lack of the movies two main characters played by Paul Walker and, Mrs. Soup’s fav, Vin Diesel (still can’t figure that one out as the dude reminds me of something the cat chucked up) as well as the “quality” of the graphics seen in the screenshot (see below). Topping it off, the Activision website doesn’t feature any gameplay video. If you can’t get enough of the tuner car scene then Fast & Furious: Showdown drifts into stores May 21st. Word of advice - it will likely be sale priced May 22nd.
 
 
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger (PC PS3 XBOX)
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger (yes, more colon!) is a continuation of the Call of Juarez franchise set in the wild west era of the American frontier. Call of Juarez: Gunslinger drops on May 22nd.
 
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Nintendo
 
Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (WiiU)
Even Superheroes aren’t immune to the pure evil of “The Colon!” After releasing a year or so ago for every other platform, Traveller’s Tales decided to release Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes for WiiU (now in HD!). Maybe they felt bad about the dearth of games released for the lonely WiiU or maybe they saw an opportunity there...who knows? Either way the HD-ized and WiiU-ized Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes emerges from the Fortress of Solitude May 21st.
 
 
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (3DS)
The ape that defined a generation of evil bosses starts a new trend by not falling victim to the colon. Did I drag that joke out too far? Only funny the first time? Never funny? Too bad! This is my last hurrah - Suck it! I didn’t really mean that, I’m sorry. I’m just emotional as I write these last words...sigh. Man up Chunky! Alright, so somewhere around the arcade release of Donkey Kong Jr. (1982),  the original Donkey Kong transformed from the ultimate evil boss to a lovable ape in a tie that was just misunderstood. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is a ground up 3D 3DS remake of the original Donkey Kong Country. While DKCR3D supports multiplayer, it’s one of those games that requires each player to have their own copy instead of the House o’Soup favorite-download play.
 
The good ape persona continues in Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D on May 24th in retail and the Nintendo eShop.
 
 
So that’s it. Thanks to the one or two of you (that weren’t editors) who actually read my ramblings on a weekly basis. While I’m sure I’ll be back at some point in time, I must go before my...uh...”allergies” act up again.

New Releases: Week of May 13th, 2013

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 07:59 — ChunkySoup

Phew! The day after Mother’s Day. Time to just relax. Thankfully this is another slow week in game releases and gives me time to not only catch up a little bit but also catch my breath from the weekend.

 
Breathe in......Breathe out....aaah.  That’s better. Now let us get to the reason we’re here!
 
Multiplatform
 
Metro: Last Light
It’s the future (year 2034) and, from the book of totally didn’t see it coming, a nuclear war devastated our planet. I believe it actually happened in a timeline previous to Metro 2033 so one should expect to see it in that games direct sequel-Metro: Last Light. If you are familiar with the previous game then you already know Metro: Last Light is a horror/survival/FPS based in the underground subway tunnels of the once proud Russian capital of Moscow. In those tunnels are all means of mutants wanting a piece of your flesh as well as other survivors aligned to warring factions from different stations. It is up to you to prevent not only a civil war but even further destruction of mankind. I wish I could add sound effects because that last sentence screamed for a DUHN DUHN DUUUUUUHHHHNN! Metro: Last Light drops on PC/PS3 & XBox on May 14th
 
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 Playstation
 
DUST 514
This game intrigues me. If you are a follower of PC gaming you probably heard of Eve Online - a space themed MMO that basically lets its players take full control of the universe and the economy. There were some stellar uprisings, takedowns as well as complete financial destruction of clans in that game. Some took months, if not years, to plan, execute and accomplish. So what does that have to do with DUST 514? Not only do they share a developer (CCP) but these two games share the same world. I know what you’re thinking but these two games actually do “share” the world. DUST 514 is a free to play FPS MMO based in the EVE Online world that affords its players a game with real time consequences. While fighting for your faction you actually fight battles that affect the outcome of ongoing EVE Online conflicts. Like I said...intrigued. DUST 514 drops on the PS3 on May 14th.
 
 
 
 Nintendo
 
The Starship Damrey
Those of you old enough to remember System Shock 2 may find The Starship Damrey (Nintendo eShop) title for the 3DS a bit familiar. That is not a bad thing as from what I read The Starship Damrey features a great premise and solid gameplay. On May 16th wake up and find out!
 
 
 
It’s another light week for new games. In an effort to help round things out I am going to throw some eagerly anticipated DLC into the mix.
 
PC & PS3
 
Black Ops II-Uprising
Need I say more?
 
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XBox & PS3
 
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance - Blade Wolf
The trailer below is Japanese but that doesn’t stop it from looking cool! This DLC features  LQ-84i’s backstory and its transformation into Blade Wolf. Available on May 14th for XBox and May 15th on the PS3.
 
 
Still a few tumbleweeds blowing through the new release landscape. With E3 less than a month away and the new XBox announcement next week, we may start to see something a little more interesting.

Pax East Indie Interviews

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 12:57 — ErinAS

At PAX East 2013 I caught up with some great Indie studios for interviews.Then life and Bioshock Infinite ate up all my waking free time and I promptly forgot everything we talked about before finding time to write up my notes. In short, they were super nice people who make awesome games. Here’s some info to check out their games for yourself.

 
 
Wadjeteye Games
 
I caught up with Dave Gilbert, President and CCO of Wadjeteye Games Sunday morning as PAX winded down. I first discovered the studio last fall when covering the Boston Festival of Indie Games and am steadily working my way through their back catalog. The New York City based studio is small but prolific and focuses on point and click adventures with compelling characters and stories.
 
Gilbert and his wife Janet, co-designer and CTO, both create their own games and help publish and produce others. One of their own better known creations is the Blackwell series. There are four games in the series (and a new one in development slated for later this year) which follow protagonist Rosa Blackwell through solving crimes and understanding her unique link to the dead.  
 
 
Gilbert was a panelist of the Want a Good Story in Your Game? Get an Indie! panel at PAX where he discussed some of his early lessons in adventure game design. In the first Blackwell game, there’s a puzzle where Rosa comes off as overly antisocial which makes the puzzle solution difficult as players cannot understand why she refuses to perform the obvious easy answer. This was a good lesson in staying true to character traits versus game design. They seem to have found the right balance in later games.
 
To date, I played through Blackwell Deception and Resonance and would recommend both (Blackwell over Resonance if you make me choose). Their latest title, Gemini Rue, was just ported for iOS and is available now in the App Store.
 
Phoenix Online
 
In a case of awesome PR people I actually happened upon Phoenix Online when Wadjeteye’s PR, who knew I liked adventure games, suggested I get in touch with Phoenix's Designer and PR Director, Katie Hallahan.
 
Phoenix Online is virtual studio (i.e. their employees and volunteers are spread out all over the country with no actual office) that grew out of a fan project to bring back King’s Quest. Through hard work and prevailing over legal battles, the team brought the Silver Lining to the world. The non-commercial episodic adventure game brings us back to Daventry to follow King Graham and help him unravel the curse plaguing his family. Having been a huge Sierra fan I’m not sure how I missed out on the existence of this!
 
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Phoenix has other Sierra connections as well. Jane Jensen of Gabriel Knight fame consults for them. They are currently helping with Moebius, her new game due out this summer. Her daughter, Raleigh Holmes, is the title character voice actor in Phoenix's commercial game Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller.  
 
Before PAX I played through the first episode of Cognition and really enjoyed it. The story is set in Boston and while Holmes’ voice acting isn’t bad, Boston is a tough accent to fake (especially to a local). Hallahan is actually Boston based so I gave her a hard time during our interview! She assured me she consulted for the recording sessions after the first episode so Erica’s accent should get more consistent through the later games. I just started episode two so I will see about that.
 
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At PAX they were showcasing the first few areas of soon to be released Episode 3. There were a few spoilers for Episode 2 but it looked like the next installment was coming together nicely. The episodic series follows FBI agent Erica Reed who is out to solve the serial murder of her brother as well as other violent crimes. She has a special clairvoyance (or “cognition”) that helps her investigate crime scenes. I would much rather spend my evenings clicking my way through this crime drama than watch yet another installment of CSISVU or whatever the heck network TV shows these days...
 
Revolution 60
 
Tiffany, our Editor-in-Chief, and I met with the Revolution 60 team on the busy expo hall floor. They featured a touch driven game aimed at teenage girls. I am somewhat anti-touch games though now that I have a phablet I’m kinda coming around. The graphics looked pretty cool and it’s developed on the Unreal engine with full dialog voice action. If it ever makes it to Android or Windows I’d pick it up.
 
The gameplay reminded me of the old Dragon’s Lair games where its story driven with quick actions required between scenes. Thankfully, its not quite as much of a quarter muncher and the levels weren’t too bad. I made it through the first four or five actions pretty easily but then had trouble tracing a proper square fast and precise enough. I eventually made it through the demo wishing I could see more of the story.
 
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Revolution 60 described their game concept as mixing Mass Effect and Heavy Rain. They explained the choices you make throughout the game will directly affect its outcome. The demo wasn’t long enough to really get a glimpse into that but the story was compelling and drew me in even with the chaos of the expo floor competing for my attention.
 
I am all for getting more teenage girls into gaming and I do think the story and gameplay could hit that target audience. The character design, even with an almost exclusively female team at the studio, still seemed targeted a little more towards teenage boys to me. The team explained that characters were toned down from original concept art but they still seemed a little bit overly Barbie-waisted to me. Not a deal breaker but I kinda wanted to give all the characters a sandwich...
 
 
The moral of the story? All of these studios are worth checking out. And next year I will take some days off post PAX if I plan to do anymore “journalism.”
 
 
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New Releases: Week of May 6th, 2013

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 08:14 — ChunkySoup

So I apologize. I am a little late this week but after Free Comic Book Day, Star Wars Day and the first nice weekend in seven months that allowed me to clean up the yard, I was beat. I know, you want results not excuses so lets start this weeks new releases off!

 
 
I am told some European countries mandate specific holiday times where, for all intents and purposes, the country shuts down. That type of policy seems to have hit the gaming industry this week as there is just a wee bit more than nothing releasing. I, for one, am alright with this as it gives me some time to finish Bioshock Infinite and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. It also gives my wallet a much needed break. Mrs. Soup is working the early shift this week so that means I get to stay up a little later and get some gaming in!
 
 PC
I usually start off with multiplatform releases but this week there isn’t any so I thought I would give some love to the PC gaming crowd first.
 
Pinball FX2
The best video pinball game around hits the PC this week. Pinball FX2 launches May 10th on Steam as a free download. Free?!?! Yes...free! So what’s the catch? While the game itself is free you have to pony up a couple bucks each for the tables or more for a collection of tables. So what tables can you play upon launch? There is an assortment of licensed tables and Zen Studios originals. I suggest you try a little of both as the original tables in Pinball FX2 are just as good, if not sometimes better, than the licensed ones. I have Pinball FX2 for my XBOX but given the list below includes some of my favorites I may pony up the money on Steam as well  (I was also thinking of getting a couple on my PS3 just for the 3D effects).
 
Star Wars Pinball
Marvel Pinball
Marvel Pinball: Vengeance and Virtue
Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles
Pinball FX2 Core Collection
Zen Classics
 
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 Playstation
 
Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly
Rejoice all you Fatal Frame fans who hung onto your PS2’s! You can finally get rid of that old warhorse (before June 1st when GameStop stops accepting them) as Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly drops on Tuesday from the PSN store as a PS2 Classic.  Yeah, that’s it...one downloadable game...cue tumbleweed...
 
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 Nintendo
 
Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move
Only one downloadable title from the big N. Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move drops on the eShop on Thursday. If you like the other games in this series, or if your kids do, then it may be worth your $10. You can always download the demo first to try it out.
 
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The End
So that’s it. That’s all.......actually before I go I want to throw in a plug for Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. I played it this weekend (very briefly) and if you are a fan of late 80’s action movies, fondly remember early 90’s computer games and love 2013 graphics and FPSs go get this game.

Play Marvel Heroes this Weekend

Wed, 05/01/2013 - 07:17 — TANK

Are you a fan of Marvel Superhoes? How about a fan of the Marvel Ultimate Alliance games? If you answered yes to either, then you owe it to yourself to check out Marvel Heroes this weekend on PC.



To get into the beta, all you need to do is create an account on www.MarvelHeroes.com . Once that’s done, you can download the client and once the Beta goes live, the client will connect to the servers and you can suit up as your favorite Marvel Superhero.

Marvel Heroes is made by some of the same guys who worked on the Diablo and Marvel Ultimate Alliance series of games. The game is free to play, giving you the choice of Daredevil, Storm, Hawkeye, Thing or Scarlet Witch. Other characters as well as alternate costumes can drop as loot while you play. If you like the open beta and want to support the developer, you can buy a starter pack which will give you a pack of other Super Heroes along with a couple extra costumes and in-game cash to spend.

The Open Beta kicks off Friday May 3rd at 7pm PST and goes until Monday May 6th at 10am PST. To get started, visit www.Marvelheroes.com .

Gameplay Video:

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