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Lara Vs. Croft Manor – A 20 Year Celebration.

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The Rise of the Tomb Raider’s 20th anniversary has gone live! It’s available in multiple forms. You can buy the 20th Anniversary edition, you can be a Season Pass holder, or you can buy it individually. Not only does it include skins from previous Tomb Raider titles, but it includes new Co-op modes, a new “Lara’s Nightmare” mode, as well as a single-player story that takes place after the events of the primary game.

The single player story takes place in Croft Manor, and instead of combat, it’s focus is on Lara re-discovering her family home and trying to save it from falling into the hands of her uncle. Lara will rediscover her childhood, remember her father and mother, and even learn of secrets hidden away in the bowels of the manor.

Lara’s Nightmare takes place in the manor as well, and is similar to the Cold Darkness Awakened game mode, in which Lara fights infected in her nightmare inside the manor.

On top of all of this, if you play any version of Rise of the Tomb Raider by the 18th of October, you’ll be able to go to the in-game marketplace, head over to “Gifts” and get 100,000 in-game credits, just for playing during the 20th Anniversary Celebration week!

So dust off your copies, grab a friend and take on Rise of the Tomb Raider’s game modes together!

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The Best Games You Never Played

Hello fellow gamers! As a warning, this will be a long post. Today we’re going to be taking a look at a few games over the years that have gone unnoticed that deserve to be played for various reasons.

First up, we have a game called Dark Void. This game came out on the Xbox 360 and PS3 back in 2010. You play as Will, a cargo pilot pre-WWII played by Nolan North, better known for his role as Nathan Drake from the Uncharted series on PlayStation. He is flying over the Bermuda Triangle, and ends up going through a portal to a different world ruled by an alien race. Dark void uses a unique vertical cover system, as well as your standard cover system, and has a very Gears of War feel while in combat, although it’s story remains unique. It’s a game that you will beat and may forget ever existed, but is worth the few dollars you’ll pay for it.

Next up we have Indigo Prophecy, or as the European gaming community knows it as Fahrenheit. This game was brought to you by Quantic Dream, the company behind Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls and the upcoming Detroit: Become Human. Indigo Prophecy was released on the PS2 and the original Xbox. You play as a few different people. You start as a man, Lucas Kane, who, as a part of a Mayan prophecy, was chosen to be “possessed” in a way, and commits a murder unwillingly. Upon realizing what he’s done, you then have a limited amount of time to clean up the bathroom and hide the murder weapon and the body before the police show up. You then play the detectives that are trying to catch him. That may seem redundant, but you don’t actually watch him hide the weapon, so they still leave a bit of mystery.
You switch back and forth between the characters, and you have to keep track of their mental state as well. If it gets too low, they can get depressed and end up killing themselves. Things get stranger and stranger as the game progresses, with the introduction of the Indigo Child, the fact that Lucas starts seeing things then starts gaining supernatural abilities and the introduction of the rival clans that are after the Indigo Child. As the game progresses, you have certain options and choices which lead to one of three endings. The controls can be a bit strange, but are worth getting used to.

Then there is the Shenmue series. Many people have heard of Shenmue thanks to this years’ E3 where Yu Suzuki, series creator, announced that Shenmue 3 was officially on Kickstarter. Shenmue has been around since the Sega Dreamcast, and remains, to this day, one of the most expensive games ever made. Shenmue has very poor voice acting, and the controls can be cumbersome, but that is part of what makes it unique and loveable. The story is very well written, and the combat is fantastic. The more you train, the better you get personally, and you get to watch Ryo Hazuki develop his skills and become stronger.
One of the reasons Shenmue gained such a cult following was, in fact, the voice acting. Nobody else could ever play Ryo Hazuki, and the bad voice acting just makes the memory even stronger. Shenmue is the game that pioneered the QTE system. It places it during certain moments that require quick reactions and fast thinking. General combat is free-flow, but when not knowing what to expect, you need to act fast.
You can pick up a Dreamcast w/ cords, controller and a VMU and a working copy of Shenmue for about $73. The sequel is on the Xbox and is backwards compatible on the Xbox 360.

Bethesda, the people who brought you Elder Scrolls, Fallout 3 and Fallout 4 published a hidden gem on the original Xbox. Back in October of 2005, Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth hit the shelves.This is a horror-survival, first person shooter with heavy psychological elements at play. It is a reimagining of H.P. Lovecraft’s Shadow Over Innsmouth as well as other stories. Set in 1922, primarily, it follows Jack Walters, a private investigator who comes into contact with members of the Great Race of Yith. Over time, Jack becomes more and more involved, unwittingly, against the Esoteric Order of Dagon.
Jack’s sanity plays a huge factor in the gameplay, being that if he loses sanity by certain encounters, he can, and will end up killing himself with whatever he has available at the time. Jack can also get injured to where you will need to heal him, including broken bones, cuts, poison, etc.
The company behind the development of Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth has 3 more games planned, and ended up going bankrupt before any more were developed. Dark Corners is also backwards compatible on the Xbox 360.

Let’s talk a little bit about Onigiri. Yes, that’s the name for a rice ball in Japan, no I’m not talking about those. I’m talking about the Japanese MMORPG Onigiri that was released on consoles earlier this year. Onigiri, upon playing, is very clearly a PC game ported over. You have to deal with some aggravating cursor movements and scrolling, but once you get used to the controls in the game, it actually gets pretty fun. It’s your standard open world, run around and fight things while doing quests and clearing caves MMO, but there is something about it that just draws you in, to where you end up spending hours doing almost nothing.
I’m not 100% sure what the actual story of Onigiri is other than you are an Oni and you are trying to help a princess. Now, this isn’t an MMO in the typical sense, meaning you CAN play in Multiplayer mode, or you can play the entire game in Single Player mode. The biggest difference is in Single Player mode, you get followers to help you in combat. In Multiplayer, you don’t get followers, but you can have your group of friends (or strangers) helping you out.
All of the vocals are in Japanese, but it has English subtitles and the standard dialogue boxes. Onigiri is free-to-play on the Xbox One and PS4 as well. It is definitely worth a try, especially if your a fan of anything Japanese, Oni, or MMOs.

Neverwinter is another MMO that is currently on the Xbox One and Windows, but is planned for a PS4 release next year. Neverwinter is a standalone game and not part of the previous Neverwinter Nights series and takes place centered around the Protector’s Enclave, the central hub/market of the City of Neverwinter, run by Lord Neverember. It is part of the Forgotten Realms world in D&D. Neverwinter is free-to-play, and feels very much like your standard MMO as well as your standard D&D campaign. Controls take some getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, the hard part is figuring out which abilities to keep equipped.
There aren’t zones in which there are hundreds of people. This is a very heavy story-based game, in which you don’t really have to worry about fighting for spawns.
Like any MMO, you can play the bulk of it solo, but certain dungeons and quests may require more people. That being said, it’s never hard to find people for a group. I have not had a chance to play around with the guild system because you need a full party to start one, but I AM looking to start one, so if you guys see a Meriadoc Brandybuck running around, I’m a Halfling Trickster Rogue, hit me up. I’m not shy!

Last up, we have two games in one. Let’s start it with Warframe. Warframe, once again, is an MMO-style game set in the distant future. It’s only semi-open world and does follow a story. You never have to worry about running into other players unless you go to the central hub/market relays or you have them in your party, which max’s out at 4 players. That being said, you can also start your own clan by yourself, with friends or join a clan.
Your clan hall starts out with just the basic room, and you need to build everything yourself. Clan members can help and donate materials and credits. Most everything requires a material called Forma, which is very rare, and to by in the store, is very expensive. To buy it, you need a premium currency called Platinum, which you can only buy through micro-transactions, or trade what are called “prime parts” to other players for it.
The gameplay is third person and very hack&slash mixed with shoot-em-up. There is a running gag called “Press X to Ninja”, which is the PS4’s take for Warframe on the meme “Press B to Jump” With the new movement system they have implemented in October, You really do just need to press the button to Ninja.
In Warframe, you are what they call a Tenno, using your suit, called a Warframe. The Tenno are operatives of the Lotus, and organization that is trying to bring peace and order back to the galaxy. The First Tenno, according to the Lotus, dates back to the days when Earth was abundant with human life. This is a tie-in to Digital Extremes’ Xbox 360 launch title of Dark Sector, in which you play as a CIA operative names Hayden Tenno. He gets infected with a virus, that turns his body into what is essentially a Warframe.
Warframe is the great, unnoticed, free-to-play spiritual successor to Dark Sector, a great game that got unnoticed in the last console generation. Warframe is available on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

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End of Year Announcement!

Hello avid readers!

I would like to make it known that due to financial limitations, my reviews for the rest of the year and beyond will be limited to Game of Thrones Episode 6 as a Wrap Up, a few games that have always gone unnoticed but worthy of mention, a full review of Until Dawn, The first few chapters of the new Fatal Frame and any games I may get for the holidays this year. I will also be doing some book reviews, as the books are based off of/the basis for certain video games.

That being said, I am going to be starting up the YouTube side of things this month! I will post a link on here to every video uploaded, so keep your eyes peeled, folks!

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Until Dawn – First Impressions!

Every Choice Matters. This should be the motto for the PS4 exclusive Until Dawn.

Until Dawn is a game all about the repercussions of your actions. Everything that you say or do can and will have an effect, either small or large. Until Dawn starts with a group of friends in a Ski Lodge on a mountain. You start as a girl and run out after your sister who ran off after a prank. This is where you first make choices. The quick path or the safe path. The path with footprints or the path where there is rustling.

Along the way you start to hear and see things that aren’t normal. For instance, what looks like a fire shooting in the distance. Certain events happen and the Prologue ends. One year later the group gathers back at the lodge again. Upon entering, you have the opportunity to discover a phone message that makes it sound like there is a killer loose on the mountain.
This part starts out with lots of drama among the group. Two people are sent out to go find a cabin along the path and get the power turned on. Well, these people get followed. No surprise, there is someone else on the mountain with you. Once again, certain events may or may not happen, and it switches back to the rest of the group.

After awhile, bad things start to happen. People may or may not die based upon your choices. Now, I only got though 5 chapters but every decision is stressful. Knowing that each choice could mean the death of you or someone else puts you on edge. At the end of Chapter 5, you end up following someone to an abandoned building, which you found out earlier is an old Sanitarium.

While I have not beaten this game yet, I do know that everyone can live, or everyone can die and everything in between. Not only is the a great game to play, it’s great to watch to see what other people say and do, and would make a great party game. Take votes on what to say/do, and during the quick sequences, the one holding the controller would be the split-second decision maker.

Each playthrough is as unique as the person playing it. Until Dawn is a true game about showing the consequences of your actions and words, both good and bad. The acting is top-notch, as is the game-play. You have to not mind QTE’s to play this. There is no true free-form combat. There is exploration, but combat and action sequences are done through QTE to force the sense of urgency and importance of life or death and quick paths or safe ones. Personally, I feel this does the game justice and makes it even better.
It pushes the stress onto you as the player/character, because you want them to live, and if you mess up, then there is a consequence. You could slip and fall to your death, an enemy could kill you. You might blow yourself up if you mess up the shot. It actually makes the game feel more realistic with the implementation of QTE’s.

Anyone with a PS4 or a friend with a PS4 should play this game at least once. It’s worth every moment you’ll spend on it. All of this, from the company that brought you LittleBigPlanet.

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Rumors abound! (With some facts sprinkled in)

*Update at the bottom*

 

Hey everybody,

So here’s the deal. Since E3, there hasn’t been a whole lot of news. However, I have found some that will prove very interesting.

Let’s start with the facts. The Last of Us: Remastered will be bundled with the PS4 starting on July 30th. The game itself, however, will be released the day before.

Good news for Saint’s Row fans. Saints Row IV: National Treasure Edition will include the original game as well as ALL 29 DLC items and will release on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC on July 8th in physical and digital forms for only $30.

Sadly, that’s about it for the facts. (Other than a big one I’ll drop later).

So, rumor has it, the next Zelda installment (Zelda Wii U, NOT Hyrule Warriors) might have multiplayer included. From what’s being said, the creator of the Zelda franchise wants to add multiplayer to a future Zelda title, and he hinted it may be included in the new installment.

Now, remember that big news I just mentioned?

CAPCOM is officially up for sale. They chose not to renew (by majority vote) their Takeover Defense plan. The Takeover Defense plan protected their company from hostile takeovers. It’s looking like they might be in some hot water financially and are looking to be bought out to save themselves.

Along those lines, Crytek may be drowning as well. Anonymous emails from people claiming to be employees have stated that they haven’t been paid since April, bonuses have been missed, and one email stated that 100 people have left Crytek in the last 3 months, including higher ups such as project managers, which has people afraid for their job.
It’s looking like Crytek is in financial trouble, but Crytek’s PR has denied all claims, but also denied any and all comment on the matter. So rumors are flying around saying that Crytek might become the next THQ, and with them denying any comment on the matter, it sounds like the rumors might actually be (somewhat) true.
Along these lines Ryse 2 was cancelled, some believe it was because Ryse was a financial blunder for Crytek, (a true cult classic of a game now), but others state that it was because they had an ownership dispute with Microsoft.

So there you have it. I should also let you know, I have reached out to Crytek for comment, but so far there hasn’t been a single company that’s heard back from them. I will also be reaching out to CAPCOM to see if they can shed some light on the Takeover Defense plan.

 

UPDATE: I have reached out to both Crytek and CAPCOM for comment.

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Nintendo @ E3

It appears Nintendo really followed suit with Microsoft and truly focused on hyping up their console with the new games that are coming out. Not a bad idea considering the way their console has been going.

The games are:

  • Splatoon
  • Legend of Zelda
  • Super Smash Bros
  • Star Fox
  • Yoshi’s Woolly World
  • Captain Toad Treasure Tracker
  • Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire
  • Bayonetta 2
  • Hyrule Warriors
  • Kirby And The Rainbow Curse
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X
  • Mario Maker
  • Mario Party 10
  • Mario Vs. Donkey Kong
  • Devil’sThird
  • Project: Giant Robot
  • Project: Guard

They certainly piqued a lot of interest with some of the titles, some were expected to show, other were a true surprise. Devil’s Third will be a WiiU exclusive, as well as Bayonetta 2

Nintendo will definitely be able to recoup some of their losses from last year with this list, but the WiiU probably still isn’t going to be able to compete with the X1 and the PS4.

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Sony @ E3

Sony opened with Destiny and Sony capped the sequence by teasing both PS4-exclusive game content and a new ivory PS4 bundled with Destiny that will be available when the game ships on September 9, 2014 and confirmed that Destiny will be on PS4 first.

Sony’s president and group CEO Andrew House took more than one shot at the Xbox One, claiming that, among other things, gaming on the PS4 gives the highest visual quality and that games flat-out look better on the PS4.

Sony also announced PlayStation TV, previously available only in Japan, is coming to North America and Europe this fall for $99 (or bundled with a DualShock 3 controller for $129).
PlayStation TV is a micro console that will let you play Vita games, original PlayStation classics, let you stream games from your PS4 to a second TV and offer access to PlayStation Now.
PlayStation Now is Sony’s game streaming service that will go into open beta on the PS4 in U.S. and Canada beginning July 31.
Over 100 games from third-party publishers will be available to stream, and the publishers will be experimenting with a variety of rental durations and prices for their games.

Now on to what (most) of you have been waiting for, the games Sony announced at E3.

The games are:

The Order: 1886
Entwined
Standalone DLC set in the Infamous: Second Son universe
LittleBigPlanet 3
Bloodborne
Far Cry 4 –
you can invite your PS4 friends to play cooperatively with you – even if they don’t own the game
Dead Island 2
Diablo 3 –
on PlayStation, Diablo 3 will include a dungeon themed after The Last of Us
Metal Gear Solid V – The Phantom Pain
Mortal Kombat
Batman: Arkham Knight
– will have exclusive PlayStation levels
Battlefield Hardline
Grim Fandango –
being remastered exclusively for PS4 and PS Vita
Abzû – Giant Squid’s new project, an underwater exploration game from Matt Nava (Journey‘s art director)
No Man’s Sky
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Let It Die
Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes –
will have a special edition only on PlayStation platforms and a 30-day exclusive on the Incredible Hulk character

Sony had a lot more to cover than Microsoft did this year, mainly taking pot-shots at the Xbox One, a new ivory colored PS4 to be bundled with Destiny, the PlayStation TV console and the new game streaming service called PlayStation Now.

Sony is still ahead of the curve this year, but Microsoft has made up a LOT of lost ground, and is pushing back into the “games come first” marketing strategy. The race isn’t over yet, and I’m sure both companies still have a lot of tricks up their sleeves that their saving until the final stretch.

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