WB Games celebrates LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Canadian launch event

by Blogger ‎06-24-2016 08:13 AM - edited ‎06-24-2016 08:31 AM

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In celebration of the upcoming release of LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, WB Games hosted an exclusive Canadian media launch event inside the Rogers Centre’s upscale TD Comfort Clubhouse. At the event, not only did I get a chance to try the game early, but also the opportunity to meet Toronto Blue Jays’ starting pitcher R.A. Dickey!

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E3_2016_Wrap_up_square.jpgE3 2016 is officially in the books, wrapping up my second year in a row providing highlights on Best Buy's Plug-In blog, and fifth time overall attending the greatest gaming show on Earth. Now that I have a moment to reflect on the show, I'd thought I'd take this opportunity to tell you all my best highlights of the show!

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E3 2016: Impressions of Pro Evolution Soccer 2017

by Blogger ‎06-17-2016 08:43 AM - edited ‎06-17-2016 08:49 AM

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My last booth visit at this year's E3 was Konami to check out the latest version of this popular soccer franchise, Pro Evolution Soccer 2017. The folks at Konami were kind enough to invite us into their private room so that we can play as we please. Melanie and I spent our time learning about the refined controls and updated to get an idea of what this game will offer when it releases later this year for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC. 

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This week, Melanie and I took advantage of our time at E3 to stop by the booths of companies offering cutting-edge devices for gamers. These include Alienware, Thrustmaster and Emtec to discover their new GEM Box, a tiny Android box that lets you stream and download a wide range of video games.

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E3 2016: Hands-on with Agents of Mayhem

by Blogger on ‎06-16-2016 10:33 PM

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On the final day of E3 2016, Deep Silver and Volition invited me in for a one-hour private session with their brand new action-adventure IP, Agents of Mayhem. This amazing opportunity include a nearly 40-minute hands-on session where I got introduced to the game's zany cast of characters and experience first-hand the explosive gameplay. Come take a look!

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During E3, Nintendo gave Melanie and I the extremely rare privilege of meeting Risa Tabata, the producer of Paper Mario: Color Splash, who flew in all the way from Japan for E3. Apparently we were the only media in Canada to get this opportunity (wow!) and while we thought this was most likely a straight interview, it turned out to be much, much more. 

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At E3 2016, Xbox held an "International Media event" that gave us access to their entire show floor games line-up for about two hours. With short lines, I managed to play four games: Dead Rising 4, Sea of Thieves, Forza Horizon 3, and ReCore. Here my impressions of each!


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E3 2016: Hands on with FIFA 17 and NHL 17

by Blogger on ‎06-15-2016 09:09 AM - last edited on ‎06-16-2016 10:06 AM by Editor in Chief

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Every year at E3, Electronic Arts is known unveiling their latest line-up of sports games, and this year was no exception. As part of the EA Play, I spent roughly 30 minutes with two of their upcoming sports titles--FIFA 17 and NHL 17. Here are my impressions after playing.

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E3 2016: Hands-on with Titanfall 2

by Blogger on ‎06-15-2016 08:38 AM - last edited on ‎06-15-2016 12:18 PM by Editor in Chief

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The very first game I played at E3 2016 was Electronic Art and Respawn Entertainment's highly anticipated Titanfall 2, and what an incredible impression it made. Everything you love from the first game--it's fast, fluid action, powered-up mechs, and momentum-based gameplay--are back and better than ever in Titanfall 2. 

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E3 2016: Ubisoft celebrates 30th anniversary with amazing new games

by Blogger on ‎06-14-2016 02:46 PM - last edited on ‎06-15-2016 12:17 PM by Editor in Chief

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Ubisoft just turned 30 years old, and to mark this huge milestone the company celebrated E3 with new game announcements and some great celebrity guest appearances. Let's take a look at what the they had to show!

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E3 2016: Hands-on with PlayStation VR game The Getaway: London Heist

by Blogger on ‎06-14-2016 12:24 PM - last edited on ‎06-14-2016 01:07 PM by Editor in Chief

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Following Sony's PlayStation E3 press conference, attendees were invited to a second event where we were able to get hands-on time with their upcoming PlayStation VR. I got the opportunity to check out The Getaway: London Heist and walked away impressed enough to believe that VR is indeed the gaming future we've all been dreaming about. I wasn't just playing the game, I was in the game

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E3 2016: Sony impresses with their upcoming game line-up and PlayStation VR

by Blogger on ‎06-14-2016 11:30 AM - last edited on ‎06-14-2016 01:09 PM by Editor in Chief

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Sony delivered one of their best press conferences in years at E3 2016, saying very few words and letting their games line-up speak for themselves. Not only did we get incredible new footage for games like Detroit: Become Human and Horizon: Zero Dawn, but Sony also excited us all with massive new game announcements including Spider-Man, God of War, Days Gone, and Death Stranding. Here's a closer look!

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E3 2016: Microsoft announces Xbox One S, Project Scorpio and new controllers

by Blogger on ‎06-14-2016 08:59 AM - last edited on ‎06-14-2016 01:13 PM by Editor in Chief

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In addition to all the incredible games that Microsoft announced at their E3 press conference, the company also revealed many exciting hardware and peripheral updates for Xbox fans. These include an all-new redesign Xbox One S, a powerful new device called Project Scorpio, and some amazing new wireless controllers you'll want to check out. Let's take a look!

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E3 2016: Microsoft press conference showed us the future of the Xbox games

by Blogger on ‎06-14-2016 12:06 AM - last edited on ‎06-14-2016 01:15 PM by Editor in Chief

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Today at E3, Microsoft unveiled their biggest line-up of games ever, which included previously announced blockbusters like Gears of War 4 and Sea of Thieves, along with all-new titles such as Dead Rising 4 and Forza Horizon 3. It was an extremely impressive showing, and the icing on the cake is that many of these games will be available very soon. Come take a look!

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E3 2016: EA Play officially kicks off with tons of exciting game announcements

by Blogger on ‎06-13-2016 07:21 AM - last edited on ‎06-14-2016 01:16 PM by Editor in Chief

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E3 2016 has officially begun, and EA kicked off the biggest gaming event of the year in a huge way with EA Play. Showcasing tons of exciting upcoming titles such as Battlefield 1, Titanfall 2, Mass: Effect Andromeda, and their entire EA Sports line-up, this was the moment EA fans have been waiting for. Let's take a look at what was presented! 

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E3 2016: Bethesda announces Skyrim Special Edition, Prey, and Quake Champions

by Blogger on ‎06-13-2016 01:54 AM - last edited on ‎06-14-2016 01:17 PM by Editor in Chief

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Bethesda opened their E3 2016 press conference in a huge way with the reveal of Quake Champions, the next entry in their arena-style first-person shooter franchise, and a game most of us probably didn't expect was coming. That wasn't all the new game announcements though, as Bethesda also showed up Skyrim Special Edition, and the much hope for return of Prey. 

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E3 2016: Bethesda supporting Fallout 4, Doom, and The Elder Scrolls Online with new DLC

by Blogger on ‎06-13-2016 12:55 AM - last edited on ‎06-14-2016 01:29 PM by Editor in Chief

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Today at E3 2016, Bethesda announced continued DLC support for three of their biggest recently released video games, Fallout 4, Doom, and The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited. It's great to see Bethesda supporting their games and the strong communities they have. Come check out all the details!

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Platinum Games’ last take on a classic animated series was amazing, as Transformers: Devastation was a ton of fun to play. So it was no surprise when they annouced a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game in the same genre of a 3D hack and slash. With a new art style and the classic heroes in a half shell, can Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan, deliver the same level experience?

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E3 2016: What I most want to see at the biggest gaming event of the year

by Blogger on ‎06-10-2016 07:58 PM - last edited on ‎06-14-2016 01:29 PM by Editor in Chief

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Let the games, begin! No, not those games, I'm talking about the most thrilling, adrenaline-pumping video games that will soon be unveiled at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, a.k.a. E3 2016! Get set for a week of mind-blowing game reveals, action-packed new trailers, updates on your favourite recently released titles, and a glimpse of the future with VR. All this and more is happening in just a few days, and I'll be there to give you the inside scoop here on the Best Buy Plug-In Blog!

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Kirby came to Toronto to celebrate his new game, Kirby: Planet Robobot

by Blogger ‎06-08-2016 06:39 PM - edited ‎06-08-2016 06:48 PM

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To celebrate the upcoming launch of Kirby: Planet Robobot on Nintendo 3DS, the titular pink puff superstar made an in-person appearance this past weekend at the Ontario Science Centre, much to the delight of children and families in attendance. Hands-on game demos, Kirby body painting, free Kirby stickers and more awaited those who came out, come see all the fun that transpired!

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Enter Best Buy’s Road to E3 contest to win games, consoles and more

by Editor in Chief ‎06-07-2016 09:04 AM - edited ‎06-07-2016 12:39 PM

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E3 is the gaming event of the year and we want to celebrate with you. Enter either on Twitter or right here on the blog for a chance to win amazing prizes like Xbox or PlayStation consoles, exciting game bundles and more.  Read on to learn all the details.

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Review: Hyrule Warriors: Legends is one of the best 3DS yet

by Blogger ‎06-07-2016 09:00 AM - edited ‎06-08-2016 06:01 PM

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Rally your army and lead thrilling, over-the-top battles in Hyrule Warriors Legends, an expanded portable version of the Wii U original, available on Nintendo 3DS. Featuring a bevy of new playable characters, an expanded story, a new My Fairy mode, and welcome new gameplay improvements, this version retains the magnificence of the Wii U original and offers plenty of great incentives for fans to revisit this exciting adventure.

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Cineplex WorldGaming Street Fighter V Championship Finals event was electrifying

by Blogger ‎06-03-2016 06:48 PM - edited ‎06-03-2016 08:36 PM

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This past Sunday, Cineplex and WorldGaming's Street Fighter V national tournament culminated with the Canadian Finals held in their flagship Scotiabank Theatre in downtown Toronto. Top eSports gamers from from across the country competed in an epic showdown in front of a live, supercharged audience of enthusiastic gamers cheering on their favourites. The matches were intense and the air was electric—eSports are the future, and the future has arrived!

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Video games coming out in June 2016 you won't want to miss

by Blogger on ‎05-29-2016 11:17 AM - last edited on ‎06-01-2016 04:46 PM by Editor in Chief

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The summer months are rapidly approaching, and while that typically coincides with a slowdown in game releases, June is anything but. There are so many incredible titles arriving soon—across all major gaming platforms—you'd practically think the fall rush is upon on. Games like Mirror's Edge: Catalyst, Paragon: Essentials Edition, Kirby Planet Robobot, Mighty No. 9, LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness are merely scratching the surface of what you can play over the next month. Get your calendar out, it's time to circle some dates in June!

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Join Nathan Drake on his epic final treasure-hunting adventure in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End on PS4. This thrilling conclusion to Drake's adventures will take you around the world to uncover the long-forgotten secrets of history's most legendary pirates. In addition to the breathtaking single-player campaign, Uncharted 4 features a robust Multiplayer that will keep you coming back for more!

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Review: SEGA 3D Classics Collection offers perfect ports with superb 3D enhancements

by Blogger ‎05-24-2016 07:58 AM - edited ‎05-27-2016 06:20 PM

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Return to the golden era of arcade and home console gaming with the SEGA 3D Classics Collection on Nintendo 3DS. This collection contains 9 vintage, genre-defining video games all remastered in full stereoscopic 3D. From timeless hits like Sonic the Hedgehog and Altered Beast, to Japanese games that have never been released internationally like Power Drift and Puyo Puyo 2, retro fans are such to love what's included here!

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Overwatch Collector's Edition Unboxing [Video]

by Blogger on ‎05-21-2016 07:45 PM - last edited on ‎05-24-2016 09:53 AM by Editor in Chief

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The battle for the future is about to begin! In this video I unbox the incredible Overwatch Collector's Edition and give you an inside look at Blizzard Entertainment's exciting new game world. Come see all the amazing contents you'll find inside!

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Review: Doom, fighting to hell and back has never been so much fun

by Blogger ‎05-21-2016 01:48 PM - edited ‎05-21-2016 02:15 PM

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Id Software’s 1993 Doom is one of the most influential video games of all time and it just got one hell of an overhaul. The latest game in the series, simply titled Doom, released earlier this month on Friday the 13th. At this point it’s safe to say it won’t have the same impact as the original but it’s certainly going to give fans of the original game one hell of a good time.

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Review: Battleborn is a beautiful MOBA inspired game

by Blogger ‎05-17-2016 06:43 PM - edited ‎05-18-2016 06:21 AM

teaser.jpgAfter 5 years of development, Gearbox Software's brand new IP, Battleborn has launched for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Containing 25 unique playable heroes, Battleborn allows for unprecedented customizable character growth and gives you a unique gameplay experience like no other game has to date. A fusion between first-person shooters and MOBA genres, does Battleborn have what it takes to compete? Come find out inside.

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Review: Star Fox Zero offers tremendous fun for those willing to learn the controls

by Blogger ‎05-13-2016 06:01 PM - edited ‎05-13-2016 08:37 PM

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Join Fox McCloud and his crew of legendary Star Fox pilots on another daring adventure to save the Lylat System from the evil Andross' invading empire. Star Fox Zero lets your experience the rush of high-speed space battle from two different perspectives—a widescreen cinematic view on your TV, and an immersive cockpit view on your Wii U GamePad. This special 2-disc package also includes the tower defense game Star Fox Guard for double the shooting fun!

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