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on 02-28-201410:45 PM - last edited on 03-03-201410:09 AM by BBYMartin
Final Fantasy fans rejoice! The folks at Square Enix seem to have been up to a lot lately, particularly after the admitted mistakes of Final Fantasy XIV, and its complete rehaul and rerelease. With that in mind we have, over the course of a month, not one but two Final Fantasy Releases. One, the final title in a trilogy (and who doesn't like those?), the other, the HD remaster and combining of two FF superstars with Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy X/X-2 Remastered.
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Announced back in 2009, Thief was a long held standard in stealth gameplay, single handedly redefining the genre with the original Thief game, Thief: The Dark Project way back in '98. With its last release in 2004, fans of the series and of the stealth Genre in general have long held their breath; well you can let it go folks, the coast is clear. Play as Garrett, Master Thief and all around enthusiast of shiny things while he tiptoes over rooftops in a Victorian Dystopia, with Thief!
Though its usually putting the player between innocent villagers and the father of bloodsuckers, this time around Castlevania has flipped the script! Take on the roll of Dracula himself and avoid the dogged pursuit of the Belmont clan in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. After years of slumber, the Dark Lord awakes to a proposition, the acquisition of his undead hearts desire, its up to you to return the Dark Lord to full power, and you'll probably have to do some all out battles with all manner of horrific and or massive beasties along the way. Interested?
One of Nintendo's oldest bad guy turned good stories is back for its first spin on the Nintendo WiiU! Donkey Kong, the one time maniacal girlfriend stealing gorilla retired to his Island Paradise in 1994, and with his new found heroism has launches one of Nintendo's best-selling gaming franchises. 20 years after the first one came out, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has landed, bringing with it some old faces, new tricks and a world where pirate penguins and owls pick on our jungle friends. Come check out my review of the latest edition of the franchise and see if it's a worthy pickup for your Nintendo WiiU collection.
With two HD remasters and a Vita exclusive, Sony is representing the month of February with a Trio of console exclusives. The PS Vita wins with a double helping with the giant demon hunting Toukiden: The Age of Demons, and murder mystery Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. Tales of Symphonia Chronicles rounds it out, packaging two 'Tales' games and treating them to the full HD face lift.
on 02-14-201407:41 PM - last edited on 02-17-201409:23 AM by BBYMartin
Fable was a big deal ten years ago, and like Bungie's "Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary" before it, its makers decided to bring the landmark title lovingly back. More than a simple reskinning, Fable: Anniversary is a 'ground up' remastering of "Fable: The Lost Chapters", and a delightful return to Albion.
What has been one of the most anticipated RPG launches since its debut in Japan in 2012, Bravely Default is a spiritual successor to Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light, and a kickback to longtime RPG gamers, bringing back elements we've not seen for a long time (like job designations.) With numerous gameplay options and difficulties, and one of the best blended Streetpass systems for the 3DS yet, is this one for the ages? Read on to find out.
Titanfall is hoping to take multiplayer gaming to the next level, and become a huge win for Microsoft's gaming systems, especially the XBox One. On March 11th, you'll get to see if the wait was worth it firsthand, and you'll get the chance to do it in style too with the special limited edition XBox One controller. Click on to take an up close and personal look at the controller, which is coming soon to Best Buy.
You can't have a Tomb Raider party and not invite the next generation to join in the fun! Thats what Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is all about, putting in the High Definition. One of 2013s gaming highlights, Tomb Raider was a reboot as they should be, great story, great gameplay, and bringing an old character into a new era, and now a new generation too! For you folks with the Xbox One or Playstation 4, this tomb raiding adventure has been sharpened, honed, and nicely quaffed (it's a hair joke, you'll get it once you've read the article).
on 01-15-201410:28 PM - last edited on 01-17-201401:40 PM by BBYMartin
There's a bright and shiny future in store for all video game enthusiasts in 2014. Stacked with titles big and small, sequels and originals, innovations abound, and something new will be forthcoming in nearly every flavour, there's a lot to look forward to. Assembled herein are a few real gems: the Most Anticipated Games (so far) of 2014.
Our coverage of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show has focused largely on breaking trends in 4K TV, wearables, the connected home, tablets and computers. Video gaming has its own massive events like E3 where console makers, game accessory makers and developers stage their major reveals for the year. Still CES 2014 had more than a few game-related announcements and new products to show off that will get gamers excited.
on 12-20-201310:04 PM - last edited on 12-31-201309:12 AM by BBYMartin
So you got the gift you wrote Santa for (or, lets face it, plastered not so subtlety all over your social media pages) only to discover it came with at least one too few pieces of equipment. If you've ever stood one fully charged battery away from the gift that was added to the list a month ago, you can appreciate the topic of this article.
on 12-17-201310:36 PM - last edited on 12-20-201309:11 AM by BBYLaura
Well Merry Merry, Happy Happy, with a little bit Joy thrown in for flavor folks. Its that time of year where kids clamor for the cool kinds of gaming goodies they'd like as gifts! It's a busy time of year, and everyone can use a little help, so for the moms and dads, aunts and uncles, grammas and granpaps, various other friends and family, if you have a youth and you need a gift, I've got you covered.
It's the eternal debate that rages every time a new console comes out: Which one should I buy? If you're stuck between a rock and a hard place deciding whether you want the XBox One or the Playstation 4, you have so much more to consider now outside of just the games on the system, or the price point. Which one is going to provide you with a better online store? Which one can I link with my other devices better? If gaming is "the box," which system does it better outside that box? Read on to see which system might be the right fit for you.
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In a season dominated by the release of the new generation of console gaming, and all its new generation of exciting releases we have an audacious PS3 title reminding us that there's plenty of life left in what has become the old generation. Packed with content, speed, and shiny shiny vehicles, Gran Turismo 6 is here... vroom vroom.
From the beginning of time… ok well… maybe just the early 80s, Mario and his brother Luigi have been synonymous with 3 things… Nintendo, success and a lot of coins! All the way back to the original Mario Bros., the italian plumbers have been plunging their way into the hearts of more than three decades of gamers and after arguably the two best titles on the Nintendo Wii with the Super Mario Galaxy, and Super Mario Galaxy 2 the dynamic duo, along with a few of their friends, make their debut on the Nintendo Wii U with Super Mario 3D World. Brought to you by the development team behind the latter of the Galaxy games, Super Mario 3D World has a fantastic pedigree and with it some high expectations. Not only do they deliver as promised, but they outdo themselves with one of the best games of the year!
A roman tale of bloody revenge for the next generation, this Xbox One exclusive has been around since 2010, where it served to show off the potential of the Kinect system. Three years later, and Ryse: Son of Rome is a part of Microsoft's 'Better with Kinect' campaign, but has dropped the on rails approach and the motion controls. Developed by Crytek, Ryse: Son of Rome puts a sword in your hands, and revenge in your heart!
Like a neighborhood court owned by a solitary figure, the world of the Basketball Sim has become synonymous with a single name. But what's this? That tough kid from awhile back has moved back into town, and he fancies a game! 2K, with NBA 2K has had the hoops to itself for a few years now, but making a play for the next generation, EA is back with NBA Live 14, who has the skills? Lets find out!
When it comes to gamers, there isn’t anything they keep more sacred than their hardware. On forums they fill their signatures with specs and stats, they’ll spend hours discussing the benefits of configurations changes, and it all comes down to two things… speed and accuracy. How quickly and precisely does their keyboard register the jump, how exact did their CPU calculate their sick combo, and how deadly did their mouse register that head shot. In the world of gaming, a millisecond can mean a lot… or it could mean absolutely nothing! That’s why with the help of Logitech I’m going to help you decide what kind of mouse you are, and try to find the best fit for you when considering value, quality, features, needs and precision
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If you get your kicks behind the wheel (or controller) of something that goes 'vroom vroom' and drives really fast, this is a very good time for you. Fall, winter, and into next year sees the release of a 'who's who' of racing and car centric titles. From last generation to next, whether Playstation, Xbox, or PC (and Wii U too!) there's something here to get your motor running.
Do you have Call of Duty fever? Symptoms include itchy trigger finger, restlessness, and the desire to skip work? Well lucky you, its COD season folks! Call of Duty: Ghosts steps up and takes on the next generation of gaming consoles, and looks to show the world that it can be as valid in the next as it was in the last.
To showcase some of their Holiday 2013 releases, Nintendo made a media stop in Toronto, and I had the privilege of attending.
On display were a number of new and soon-to-be released games that are part of what I would consider a strong holiday lineup from Nintendo. Read on to find out more details about everything on display and more!
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Within the heart of many of us resides a Hulkamaniac, a Warrior, an Undertaker, a figure of titanic proportion that's captured our imagination as a child, or who continues to sand tall on that highest turnbuckle in today's squared circle. Celebrating the WWE's heroes of past and present, WWE 2K14 has two 24 inch pythons flexed and freshly oiled, brother!
Pirates!, Treasure! Sea Battles! Do I have your attention? It could be argued that every installment in the Assassin's Creed franchise has built up to this. The high flying, death dealing, rooftop leaping action the series is known for simply belongs behind the tiller of a predatory ship, and causing havoc in and amongst tropical settlements. It's Ubisoft, its Pirates, its Assassin's Creed: Black Flag
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The third installment of the excellent Arkham series of Batman games has arrived, meaning its time to deliver a beating on thugs with authentic feeling fisticuffs and stealthy Bat action ( Bat-ction?). Taking part in The Bats first years, experience early encounters with his biggest baddies (Joker, Bane, Penguin, and so forth), while tracking eight assassins, and foiling their attempts to collect the bounty on his head, with Batman: Arkham Origins.
The next installment of the beloved Pokemon franchise is here. Whether you chose Pokemon X or Y (or both like I did,) the sixth generation features a complete overhaul of the Pokemon you knew and loved before. With new graphics, fight mechanics and of course, new Pokemon, X and Y promises to be the biggest and best installment yet. How does it look? Find out after the jump.
In the on going discussions of video games as art, video games as storytelling devices, and video games versus movies, the Playstation 3 exclusive Beyond: Two Souls is set to make its mark. Billed as the next evolution in emotional storytelling in video games, David Cage, director of Heavy Rain, leads us on an epic adventure as you play out the extraordinary life of the game’s main character Jodie Holmes.
Do you like some good clean fun? Need something family friendly, but fun for all? Well, friends, its a good week for it, with the release of two great games, between them available for pretty much any console you can name. Run amok amongst the Lego-ized Marvel Universe with Lego Marvel Super Heroes, or collect and swap with Skylanders: Swap Force (or if you refuse to choose, do both!).
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