About a month ago we got a chance to see a glimpse into the upcoming events in the much anticipated Halo 5 Guardians, with a release of twin trailers. With these trailers 343 Industries has not only given us a brief look at the narrative for the upcoming game but they have also made us scratch our heads in wonder at the events that might befall the Master Chief.
Frontier Developments (of Rollercoaster Tycoon fame) is back with a new generation of coaster gaming. Taking place 35 years in the future, Screamride takes a lighthearted (and occasionally) morbid look at humans trying to push their G Forces to the limit in Screamride. But is it the staple coaster of your amusement park, or a kiddie ride? Let's take a look.
If you passed on Halo: The Master Chief Collection because you were Halo'd out, or you didn't want to rebuy the titles you'd bought on the old consoles, you may want to think again. The collection is the gift that keeps giving, and today, one of those gifts was opened up in the form of the Halo 5: Guardians Beta. From now until January 18th, you'll gradually get access to maps, gameplay styles and weapons you won't see again until the game comes out later next year. Read on to find out more.
As a gaming reviewer, I get to play a lot of different types of games. Sports, Puzzle, Adventure, you name it. This year was viewed as a fairly weak one amongst a lot of my peers, but I didn't see it that way. Despite the fact that, yes, there was a lot of disappointment, there were still a few diamonds in the rough, and some absolute gems too. Here's my personal top 10 for the year 2014, starting with Bravely Default (Pictured) and going from there.
You might never have heard the term "Toys to Life" but it's the sub-category of the games your kids are asking you for: The Skylanders, the amiibo and the Disney Infinitys of the world. These games have taken flight over the last 3 years and have turned into a multi-billion dollar industry. In fact, the Skylanders franchise has moved so many games and figures over that period that it's now one of the most profitable video gaming franchises in history. What's behind the appeal of these for not just kids, but adults too? Let's take a look at some of the possibilities.
LEGO Batman 2 was an interesting game to me. It wasn't the most polished title, but featured some of my favorite things in the series yet. The first LEGO Batman was the first of the line of games I 100%'d, and I definitely remember the summer I spent (having recently been laid off from my job) disposing of baddies in between my job search. The third game is here now, and I was hoping for a lot of the same. Does it deliver? Let's take a look.
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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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Ask 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.
The term "Goro Lives...as 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.
I've never been a fan of defensive football in the Madden series. It seems so often, I'd just be doing the same thing over and over again. Madden 15 changes the way we've played defense, both by vantage point and strategy. This is just one of the many big changes in this year's edition of the Madden series. Come get a glimpse of what this year's edition has to offer.
After a long wait, Sacred series fans can rejoice: Sacred 3 is here, and it's the same Action RPG you enjoyed previously! No wait, it's anything but! Sacred 3 is now a hack and slash game drawing inspiration to the Gauntlets and Golden Axes of the world! It's now become a multiplayer teamwork-heavy dungeon crawl free-for-all and is nothing like you got used to in years previous. Sometimes change is good though right? Check it out.
Earlier in the week, we took a look at Sony and Microsoft's press conferences at Gamescom. It's time to do a quick sweep up of the rest of Gamescom. I'll speak about 5 of my favourite and most anticipated titles, from the very close (NHL 15) to the very distant (Mortal Kombat X.) Tell me your favourites too, and why! Check it out.
It was a pretty big day for Microsoft at Gamescom this year. They showed some footage from some of their most anticipated launches, announced a couple new consoles and even announced an unexpected exclusive with a familiar face: Lara Croft. Read on to find out about the new Tomb Raider and more!
The long awaited Alien: Isolation drops on October 7th, and with it, the envisioning of a story arc between the first two Alien movies. Alien: Isolation is one tabbed to be more like Ridley Scott's first Alien film than James Cameron's sequel. Not only can you live out this new storyline with a new Ripley, but a familiar face returns with your pre-order. Read on to find out more.
Sunset Overdrive and Forza Horizon 2 are slated to be two of the biggest exclusives coming to the Xbox One this year. Forza drops at the end of September (and will also be available for the Xbox 360,) while Sunset Overdrive appears at the end of October. However, pre-ordering either game beforehand online through BestBuy.ca while grant you a Best Buy Exclusive in-game bonus. Interested in finding out just what you get? Click on to find out more.
Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes is just weeks away. Featuring many of your favourite Marvel Universe characters (with more to come) and the arrival of Tinker Bell and Stitch, this promises to be a big step forward for the already successful Infinity franchise. What else can you expect, and what can you get for free with your Pre-Order? Click on to find out.
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax releases for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 at the end of September, but a great limited Pre-Order bonus from Atlus means you should think about Pre-Ordering as soon as possible! In addition to free access to one of the side story (Adachi) episodes, you'll also get some collectibles packaged in too! Read on to find out more.
Nearly 6 years after Sacred 2 blasted onto the scene, the third chapter in this action based RPG series is ready to debut later this summer! Sacred 3 takes you into saving the Heart of Arcania from falling into the hands of the Ashen Empire. With numerous classes, explosive gameplay and multiple class choices, Sacred 3 is already shaping up to be a worthy sequel. However, it's worth it even more to get the jump by Pre-Ordering. You'll get access to a newly announced class that you won't be able to access anywhere else right at release. Read on to find out more!
The longest running EA Sports franchise is back for edition #26! Madden Football is the first to officially kick off EA Sports Game season in August, and this year's edition plans to give you a much more stabilized defensive system, recreated environments (on the next gen consoles) and more! When you Pre-Order Madden 15, you'll also get access to some free Ultimate Team content! Read on to find out more.
What does EA Sports have in store for those pre-ordering their most popular sports gaming franchise this year? FIFA is back for another year with numerous gaming enhancements bringing you closer to the real game itself. What better time to announce a pre-order bonus than during the World Cup? Click on to see what EA has in store for this year's Pre-Order for both standard and Ultimate Team editions.
It was probably the most anticipated game of E3 2012, and then the most anticipated game of E3 2013. Finally, Watch Dogs is out for pretty well every major console (WiiU coming soon) and promises to be one of the most tense, nail biting thrill ride games in years, stepping you in the shoes of an anti-hero hacker. But was it worth the wait? Click below and find out for yourself.
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EA Sports UFC releases for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 next week, marking their first major sports title this year. This should be a huge year for next gen sports gamers. NHL will make its next gen debut, NBA has been completely re-envisioned, and the PGA Tour is back, along with presentation enhancements for FIFA and a new playcalling experience with Madden. Want to find out more about what EA is doing this year? Read on to find out.
Oklahoma City Thunder (RIP Seattle Supersonics) superstar Kevin Durant factors heavily into NBA 2K15, and you can get some KD inspired wares, along with a nice headstart for your created superstar if you pre-order the game online now. Want to know what they are? Read on to find out.
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