It was one of Nintendo's most well received ideas of E3 2014 - The amiibo, a series of bite sized figurines for use with your Nintendo systems, and specifically for Super Smash Bros. They're finally here, and they're pretty neat to get into, so let's take a look!
Sackboy is back with a few new friends in LittleBigPlanet 3 for Sony PlayStation 3 and 4. For PS4 users, this is Sackboy's first foray into 1080p, and what a huge foray this is. In addition to the regular story mode and gameplay features, how is it that LBP 3 has over 9 million playable levels already? Read on to find out more and learn about the game.
New console owners had to wait an extra year, but it sounds like it was worth the wait! WWE 2K15 is now available for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and Booker T would be proud to hear that there's now FIVE TIMES (FIVE TIMES! FIVE TIMES!) the character animations and commentary dialogue, along with a new career mode and wrestling engine. Get in here before Sting hits you with the Stinger Splash!
November 21st signals the arrival of Super Smash Bros for Nintendo WiiU as well as Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, reboots of the popular Game Boy Advance games. On November 20th, Toronto residents have the chance to get in on a day (and night) of fun downtown, and the next day, the rest of the nation will get to help celebrate Nintendo Day. Come check out, and look back on Nintendo's 2014 offerings.
It's not a branch of gaming tech we're too accustomed to as tablet gaming is still by and large a fairly new thing. While the Razer Edge Pro blew things out of the water with its debut last year, it just wasn't affordable for most of us. The NVIDIA Shield, however, and its optional controller are different. They feature the robust and powerful specs needed for you to play and even share your gaming experiences. Come check out the Nvidia Shield.
bykdiston11-15-201411:18 AM - edited 11-15-201411:21 AM
It's Call of Duty, not like I'm talking about some unknown quantity... but that started working against this juggernaut of a franchise by the time the heralds of a new hardware generation started sounding. We were done with Modern Warfare, and we'd had our share of Black Ops, what's next? Well Activision and Sledgehammer Games had an answer, it was 'advanced' warfare, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
bykdiston11-10-201409:19 AM - edited 11-11-201408:03 AM
The stalwart, quiet protagonist of videogames as we understood them in the new millenium, since 2001 Master Chief has been taking the fight to alien powers that threaten the lives of mankind. Across 4 main titles, the lone Spartan and his AI companion Cortana entered the modern psyche, instantly recognizable all around the world. That is a lot of campaigning, and a LOT of multiplayer in that amount of time, and now they've compacted it even further, fitting it all in one neat little package, with Halo:The Master Chief Collection.
I'll never forget that time in Grade 4 when my friend asked his grandparents for a specific game for his Super Nintendo, and his grandma bought him the Nintendo version of the game instead. He was then told that he had to keep it so not to hurt his grandma's feelings. The story sticks with me because I'll often get asked questions from parents or grandparents about whether they can buy, say, NHL (current year) for PlayStation when the gamer has an Xbox. Or even whether that year's NHL for the Xbox 360 would just play on the Xbox One since it's cheaper to buy that one. This is a pretty quick and easy guide to understanding backwards (and even cross-platform) compatibility between gaming consoles to hopefully help you decide which versions are the right ones, and which ones should be avoided when you're out buying for your gamer.
We video gamers can sometimes be a tricky breed to buy gifts for. Many of us hit stores at launch to buy our games, or make sure that we've always got the latest technology. However, with a limited source of funds, it's guaranteed that there's something we haven't thought of or is missing. For that frustrating gamer in your life, here's some ideas to get your holiday shopping jumpstarted for them.
The grand finale of the Arkham series, Batman: Arkham Knight will release in June of 2015. Featuring a cast of many of Batman's greatest foes (along with the debuting mysterious Arkham Knight,) you're going to need all the help you can get. Find out how Waynetech will help you save Gotham City by clicking through to learn more about the Pre-Order Bonus.
One of E3's most anticipated PlayStation 4 exclusives won't be available until February, but it's time to get an early jump! Bloodborne is a gory open world action RPG which features you as a hunter investigating and trying to retrieve a panacea from the town of Yharnam. Long the target of other hunters, something keeps them from succeeding. Find out, and find out what the Pre-Order bonus is by clicking on to read.
It's been one of the most anticipated Nintendo titles this year, and we're halfway to having the Super Smash Bros games in our hands! The incredibly massive Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS launched last month, and we're just a few weeks away from seeing it for the WiiU as well. In celebration. Nintendo has been holding Super Smash Club events nationwide, and I had the opportunity to attend one of the stops. Come check out all of the happenings, and what Super Smash Club is all about.
on 10-29-201405:35 PM - last edited on 10-31-201402:22 PM by BBYMartin
If 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.
It'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.
bykdiston10-28-201409:00 AM - edited 10-28-201401:00 PM
It'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.
When 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!
It'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)
The 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.
Loved 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.
on 10-16-201412:43 PM - last edited on 10-17-201408:28 AM by BBYMartin
You 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.
I'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.
The 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.
bykdiston10-14-201409:17 AM - edited 10-28-201401:59 PM
If 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.
bykdiston10-12-201407:31 PM - edited 10-22-201409:35 AM
One 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.
bykdiston10-08-201409:36 AM - edited 10-22-201409:15 AM
In 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.
The 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!
When 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.
Here 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
They 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?
Disney 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.
Welcome to the Plug-in Blog!
Get the latest news, reviews and how-to’s from tech enthusiasts across Canada and learn how technology can enhance your lifestyle. Looking to eliminate techno stress? You've come to the right place!