Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth (it's really all there in the name folks)

by Blogger ‎10-29-2014 05:35 PM - edited ‎10-29-2014 07:25 PM

Civilization-Beyond-Earth-Cover.jpgIf you've ever had a computer in your house, you probably had a copy of Sid Meier's Civilization on it. The Turn-Based Strategy that brought the genre into our homes and lives, chances are you've experienced epic campaigns of Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, or some other dynasty of your choice. Spanning the globe on a campaign for a unified world, or getting smashed to pieces by some other power that takes exception. Hopelessly addictive, undeniably well crafted, and hugely successful, it seems Civilization has achieved all it can on this lonesome blue rock. Good thing there's more out there somewhere, just waiting to be subjugated, I mean... civilized, with Civilization: Beyond Earth.


Review: Sunset Overdrive might just be the best Xbox One game yet

by Blogger on ‎10-28-2014 07:00 PM - last edited on ‎10-29-2014 09:25 AM by Editor in Chief

Sunset_Overdrive_coverart.jpgIt's been a little while now since Sunset Overdrive was initially announced, and it's been on the minds of gamers (especially Xbox One owners) for well over a year now. The game, looking reminiscent of some famous titles of old like Jet Grind Radio, throws you into a modern open world full of mayhem, terror and a lot of laughs.  It should get some consideration for game of the year, and is a must for Xbox One owners.  Find out more by clicking to read.


Review - The Evil Within, Survival Horror at its Best

by Blogger ‎10-28-2014 09:00 AM - edited ‎10-28-2014 01:00 PM

TheEvilWithinReleaseDate-610.jpgIt's that time of year when things take a turn for the spooky. Whether you find yourself in the mood for some shivers, love the genre, or just well made games, this covers all the bases. Survival Horror the way it was intended (by the guy who started the whole thing in the first place) as a game it's everything good about the genre. Tension, atmosphere and never enough health or bullets, I guess it's a good thing there are closets and lockers in which to cower fearfully.  Inhabited by monsters straight out of a modern horror buffs handbook, prepare to run and hide from, The Evil Within.


Review: Unleash your inner composer in Fantasia: Music Evolved

by Blogger on ‎10-24-2014 11:25 PM - last edited on ‎10-27-2014 11:30 AM by Editor in Chief

FantasiaMusicEvolved.jpgWhen I was a child, the first two Disney movies my mom bought were The Rescuers Down Under and Fantasia.  Music aside, I hated Fantasia.  Absolutely hated it. As I grew older, I learned to appreciate that it wasn't a prototypical Disney movie, and learned to appreciate what it was.  It gave me a better appreciation of Fantasia 2000, and now the fact that I've been looking forward to Fantasia: Music Evolved ever since it was announced. It's here, and it's quite the workout.  Come check it out!


Review - Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

by Blogger on ‎10-21-2014 06:54 PM - last edited on ‎10-21-2014 08:31 PM by Blogger

middle-earth-shadow-of-mordor_wp-one.jpgIt's Lord of the Rings meets Assassin's Creed with a healthy dose of Arkham Asylum, and if that sounds like it might be a winning combination, you'd be right.  A huge step in video game technology, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor brings to the table enemy programming unlike anything we've seen to date.  Oh, and there's like, an unlimited amount of Uruk warriors that need to be taken care of (and it never, ever get's boring)


Review: PlayStation TV - Great out of the box with room to grow

by Blogger on ‎10-18-2014 11:56 AM - last edited on ‎10-20-2014 08:09 AM by Editor in Chief

PlayStation TV logo.pngThe PlayStation TV has finally arrived in North America, and brings with a solid lineup of features, including video streaming, an extender option from the PlayStation 4, and the arrival of the new PlayStation Now service, offering full versions of games via digital stream rental. It's small, lightweight and packs a lot of power, and it's just getting started.


Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition - A Critically Acclaimed Open-Word Hong Kong

by Blogger ‎10-17-2014 03:26 PM - edited ‎10-17-2014 08:48 PM

Sleeping-Dogs-Definitive-EditionFrontjpg.jpgLoved by critics, Sleeping Dogs was very much Grand Theft Auto, but in the streets of Hong Kong. An Open-world action title, it pits the player against some pretty mean streets, putting them in the shoes of an undercover cop who has got to go deep into the belly of the beast.  Now with a visual upres and all previous DLC packs, this modern Hong Kong detective story makes the jump to the big boy hardware with Sleep Dogs: Definitive Edition.


Borderlands the Pre-Sequel - First Person Shooting, Now on the Moon

by Blogger on ‎10-16-2014 12:43 PM - last edited on ‎10-17-2014 08:28 AM by Editor in Chief

borderlands-the-pre-sequel.jpgYou know what Borderlands is all about, if you haven't played it... well, I'm not sure what's wrong with you. But you've at least  seen it, or heard about just how awesome it is (because it is) and why. Now picture that, but in low gravity on the surface of the moon, and Bob's your Uncle. Sound Fun? Of course it does. It's Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.


Drive the lanes in a big way in NBA 2K15!

by Blogger on ‎10-15-2014 10:15 PM - last edited on ‎10-17-2014 10:29 AM by Editor in Chief

NBA2K15.jpegI'm not going to lie - I have a love/hate relationship with the NBA, and have for the last 15 years. However, if there's one thing consistently that falls into the "love" category, it's the NBA 2K series. With the exception of a glitch that made me rage quit NBA 2K13, I've been a loyal series fan for years now, moreso since NBA 2K11 rocked our worlds and turned the series into the juggernaut it is now.  This year's edition promises to be no different. Come take a look.


Use enemy superpowers against themselves in Skylanders: Trap Team!

by Blogger ‎10-14-2014 09:26 PM - edited ‎10-15-2014 10:05 PM

TrapTeamBanner.jpgThe Skylanders return for a huge adventure this year in Skylanders: Trap Team now available for all major consoles. This year's game sees a new portal, new variations of old Skylanders, and a new dynamic to the battlefield featuring Crystal technology. This one promises to be the most unique Skylanders game for you and your family yet! Come check it all out.


Alien: Isolation - Survival Horror in the Blackness of Space

by Blogger ‎10-14-2014 09:17 AM - edited ‎10-28-2014 01:59 PM

alien_isolation_cover.jpgIf you ask most sci-fi buffs, or movie lovers 'what's the most horrifying creature / threat found in the vastness of space' most people would say 'Xenomorph'.  With that eyeless face, and prehensile tongue/ second mouth... not to mention the whole, 'creepy hand spider putting a chest burster in your tummy' thing. Feel like running scared, hiding from place to place relentlessly pursued by a horrifying monster from outer space? Survival horror meets the Xenomorph in Alien: Isolation.


Final Fantasy Type-0 HD - Pre-order and get early access to Final Fantasy XV

by Blogger ‎10-12-2014 07:31 PM - edited ‎10-22-2014 09:35 AM

Final-Fantasy-Type-0-1.jpgOne Final Fantasy game that North American fans have wanted for awhile giving access to another that they're anxiously awaiting, that's twice the FF folks!  A Japan exclusive release, Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is a more action oriented installment of the long standing JRPG, released in 2011 for the PlayStation Portable. Beefed up and repackaged for the new hardware, pre-orders gain players access to a playable demo of the next big Final Fantasy title, Final Fantasy XV.


Grand Theft Auto V - Pre-order Xbox One, PS4, and PC to get $1,000,000

by Blogger ‎10-08-2014 09:36 AM - edited ‎10-22-2014 09:15 AM

gta5.jpgIn game... that's in game currency.  Only so many words in the title I'm afraid, but it got your attention didn't it? Blockbuster, award winning, record breaking smash hit, GTA V, the latest in the famous (infamous?) sandbox criminal simulation / crime drama, is coming to the new generation of gaming hardware.  Beefed up with the extra power offered by PC, PS4 and Xbox One, the GTA V 'Next Gen' re-release comes with a lot of incentive to buy, including a million bucks.


My day with NBA 2K15 and the Toronto Raptors

by Blogger ‎10-07-2014 08:03 PM - edited ‎10-07-2014 08:04 PM

2K15Banner.jpgThe Toronto Raptors brought their preseason to Vancouver, BC recently, and I had the chance to attend a day of fun featuring NBA 2K15, the Raptors vs. Kings and even attend NBA Fantasy Camp. The only schooling I'll ever have the chance to do is on the virtual basketball court, or so say my sore quads and lack of vert. Still, it was a great time. Click below to check out the festivities and catch my thoughts on NBA 2K15!


Project Spark puts your imagination and creativity to the test!

by Blogger ‎10-06-2014 08:37 PM - edited ‎10-06-2014 08:38 PM

Project_Spark_promo_art.jpgWhen I was in grade school, I remember thinking I would grow up to be a video game designer. I never went through with that thought, but I did stick around to try out a lot of different "Create your own game" software programs, none of which appealed to me. Project Spark is the first one to make me sit back and go "Wow," featuring not just the ability to build some of your own amazing looking levels, but allowing you to do things like utilize the Kinect to design character animations! Come check out more of Project Spark.


Review: Super Smash Bros 3DS brings a big fight to the small screen

by Blogger ‎10-05-2014 08:59 PM - edited ‎10-05-2014 09:30 PM

N3DS_SuperSmashBrosIntroPic.jpgHere we go Smash fans! The first handheld version in the Smash Bros series is here, and it's huge!  Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS features a huge roster, a lot of stages, and a lot of game play modes. It might just be one of, if not the biggest Nintendo 3DS games yet, and sets the stage for the Nintendo WiiU version coming later this year. If you're only going to be picking up this one, however, it's still a good one.  Come take a look at the newly released Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS


Forza Horizon 2 - A Whole Lotta Cars and a Whole Lotta Road

by Blogger ‎10-05-2014 08:13 PM - edited ‎10-06-2014 03:02 PM

forza-horizon-2.jpgThey got the name right, because there's always another horizon cresting in the newest Forza title. Three times the size of its predecessor, Forza Horizon 2 is an open world game featuring the lush expanses of Southern France and Italy, and more than 200 lovingly rendered vehicles to explore its many roads in.  Need a drive? How bout a lot of em? 


Starter Pack - Agnostic-M.jpgDisney Infinity was a runaway success last year, so how do you capitalize while trying to make things even bigger and better for the next gens? How about inviting the Marvel Superheroes along for the party?  This year, Disney Interactive brings characters like Spider-Man, Thor and the Incredible Hulk into the fray, while introducing more of their own characters and playsets. Disney Infinity 2.0 might be one of the first games you consider grabbing the kids for the Holidays, and lucky for you, it's available on pretty well every console.  Come take a look.


PlayStation TV packs a big punch in a little package

by Blogger on ‎10-01-2014 09:46 PM - last edited on ‎10-17-2014 09:16 AM by Editor in Chief

PlayStationTV.pngLaunching at last later this month, the PlayStation TV is huge in capability, yet small in stature. This Pocket Sized standalone device has big potential, allowing you to use it to access many of Sony's digital PlayStation services, along with acting as a remote play device for your PS4 on another TV.  Read on to find out more about this powerful, yet cost effective device.


Review - Destiny, a Next Generation Shooter Among the Stars

by Blogger ‎09-30-2014 07:37 PM - edited ‎10-01-2014 09:39 AM

DestinyCoverArt.jpgA new chapter in the history of the First-person Shooter, Destiny is the next game from game developer Bungie, who changed the world (or at least, the shooter) with their first big franchise, Halo. Created after seperating from Microsoft and forging their own path, costing (it's rumored) upwards of 500 Million and countless man hours to produce, Destiny is a statement. Let's find out what it is.


Review: Hyrule Warriors steps on new ground but respects tradition

by Blogger on ‎09-28-2014 09:03 PM - last edited on ‎09-29-2014 02:11 PM by Editor in Chief

HyruleLogo.pngHyrule Warriors is a joint collaboration between the folks at Nintendo and KOEI Tecmo.  Meant to envision the Legend of Zelda's characters mashed into the Dynasty Warriors style of gameplay, Hyrule Warriors takes your favourite characters into uncharactered territory, but does a good job doing it.  Come check out the latest in the Legend of Zelda universe.


Review: Killer Instinct Combo Breaker Pack is a blast from the past

by Blogger ‎09-24-2014 09:22 PM - edited ‎09-24-2014 09:27 PM

Killer_Instinct_Boxshot_Front_ESRB_RGB.jpgI have a few lasting memories of all the hours of Killer Instinct I played as a kid: Firstly that Orchid was possibly the pound for pound easiest button mashing character in fight gaming until Eddy Gordo showed up in Tekken 3. Secondly was how demeaning and frustrating a combo breaker was!  On the 20th anniversary of the first Killer Instinct, the full first season is our for Xbox Live in disc form at a VERY reasonable price.  Come check out the Killer Instinct Combo Breaker Pack.


Fifa 15 - World Class Soccer Never Looked So Good

by Blogger ‎09-24-2014 01:55 PM - edited ‎09-24-2014 02:02 PM


A global sport, Soccer (or Football, depending on where you live) has long been paired with another platform of universal acceptance and immersion, the video game.  From pixels of color crudely punting a block on a dimly rendered plain, to cutting edge in facial animations, ball physics, crowd reactions, you name it, the Sports Game is sitting pretty, and never more so than with Fifa 15. With 600 new animations, dynamic AI, increased competition on the pitch, and more, the 'Beautiful Game' has never looked better.


Review: NHL 15 is an enigma in 2014 sports gaming

by Blogger ‎09-20-2014 09:35 PM - edited ‎09-22-2014 01:35 PM

NHL15Bergeron.jpgAsk gamers about NHL 15 and you'll get one of two answers: "It's great because it's the hockey game we've been waiting for" or "I can't believe it's missing so much." The camps will probably remain pretty divided, but the fact of the matter is, if you're in it for the traditional hockey gaming experience, NHL 15 provides it and more. It is, in fact, a good hockey gamer's game. Read on to find out more.


Introducing 'amiibo' - Nintendo's answer to Infinity and Skylanders

by Blogger on ‎09-16-2014 09:31 PM - last edited on ‎09-17-2014 10:21 AM by Editor in Chief

amiibo.jpgI think I smell this holiday season's 'big deal'.  New in a market that hasn't even had a chance to grow old, Nintendo is stepping into the 'toys as video games' realm, alongside current residents Infinity and Skylanders. Did you're mind just ponder the possibilities?  Perhaps you've got the perfect place just asking to be filled with delightful Nintendo characters that will also enter video games and do your bidding? Me too. It's amiibo, it's Nintendo, it's figurines that play in the game, and it's probably going to have your children pestering you incessantly as we march steadily on toward December.


Goro you when you Pre-Order Mortal Kombat X!

by Blogger ‎09-11-2014 09:48 PM - edited ‎10-22-2014 09:32 PM

MK_WB_PS4_3D.jpgThe term "Goro you!" was originally coined back in 1993 when Mortal Kombat came out for the Game Boy and he was a hidden character. With a very limited moveset and possibly the pound for pound worst graphics, it was still the first taste you had of this legendary monster. Well, Goro's back, and he's your bonus if you pre-order Mortal Kombat X!  Find out all the details about obtaining him by clicking onward.


Destiny - The Next Generation Shooter

by Blogger on ‎09-09-2014 09:14 PM - last edited on ‎09-10-2014 11:45 AM by Editor in Chief

DestinyCoverArt.jpgThey changed the gaming world and began a revolution that would see video game titles top the biggest box office showings that Hollywood could muster. Years and many Halo games later, Bungie announced something new. Though it's exact impact remains to be seen, Shooting things in the First Person hasn't been this compelling in a very long time. It's Destiny, and its the next big thing in gaming.


Is PC Gaming stronger than ever in the face of the new consoles?

by Blogger ‎08-31-2014 10:25 PM - edited ‎08-31-2014 10:26 PM

XSniperTower.jpgThere was a while there where it seemed PC Gaming (with the exception of RTS games and MMOs) was starting to fall off the face of the earth. While some of my friends remained steadfast (most playing Civilization IV, and V World of Warcraft or both,) I ditched my PC for consoles almost exclusively since high school. I've started to go back a bit, and I'm seeing that the game has changed so much. I can't live without a mechanical keyboard now, and I'm sure my wife appreciates her gaming mouse too.  Developers are coming back too.  Read my thoughts on the matter.


Risen 3: Titan Lords - A Pirate Adventure (with lots of monsters)

by Blogger ‎08-31-2014 03:53 PM - edited ‎09-01-2014 11:28 AM

Risen-3-Titan-Lords-Walkthrough.jpgThere really aren't enough pirate games. There's Assassin's Creed: Black Flag of course, and a handful of others, but despite our cultural obsession, Pirates don't get a ton of video game represenation (unless its thematic, and some villain or something). Here to fill that gap is Risen 3: Titan Lords. Take to the seas in an expansive Pirate themed action adventure, Demons, cults, treasure, its all in a days work.


LaytonWright.jpgIt feels like eons ago when I first found out that Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright were going to do a crossover title.  As a fan of both franchises I waited...


...and waited...


...and waited...


...and finally found out it was coming out in March 2014, only to see that release that get pushed back to end of the summer.  Well, the game is finally here, and it's finally available for you to pick up.  Is it the crossover title we've all been waiting for?  I think so, but will you?  Read on.


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