Mortal Kombat X - PS4 Review

Just as bloody and brutal as ever, but a ton of modes and fun combat make it worth playing

Bloodsports.TV - PC Review

A little MOBA, a little MMO, a lot of multiplayer and a load of fun

Omega Quintet - PS4 Review

It reminds me of the Hyperdimension games - only I liked it even better

Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin - PS4 Review

Is the latest version of Dark Souls II also its greatest? Yes, yes is it...

Shovel Knight - PS Vita Review

Simply put? Retro gaming done right

Friday, May 1, 2015

XSEED games confirms a launch date for Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven

I love seeing the 3DS getting so much traction still, and this title from the producer of Rune Factory and Story of Seasons has me hopeful that we might have another niche hit on our hands.


Shovel Knight - PS Vita Review

Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, and PC owners have had the privilege of playing Yacht Club Games' Shovel Knight for a little less than a year now. As of a week ago, PlayStation platform owners have been able to sink their collective teeth into the game and see what all the hype has been about. The wait hasn't been for naught, however, as cross-play, cross-buy, and the addition of a Kratos (from God of War fame) boss fight are included in the digital package, meaning whichever PlayStation device you play Shovel Knight on, you're bound to have a blast.


Games of May

It’s that time again! Unlike the past few months though, the month of May is looking a bit more relaxed in terms of the quantity being released, but the quality of games is quite there. With releases from the Witcher 3 and Project Cars to The Incredible Adventures of Van Hellsing 3, Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker, and Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed.

The month of May is looking good.


Multiplatform Releases

Farming Simulator 15 (PS4 / PS3 / XB1 / XB360)

First on the list is Farming Simulator 15 in which players find themselves in charge of running their own farm on a much larger scale than anyone having tried the Harvest Moon series or the newer Story of Seasons.


Project Cars (PS4 / XB1 / PC)

Project Cars falls into one of two themes for releases this month. Like the following title of the Witcher 3, Project Cars has seen multiple push backs but for good reasons. Wanting to make sure that they put out the best possible product as bug free as possible it is finally releasing.

"The scope of the game is by far the grandest and most intricately-detailed that the team have ever worked on, and has been built for the future with a great deal of depth and forward-thinking technology. Combined with the teams own high standards and determination to release the title in its most complete and polished state, and the complex nature of some last-minute issues and bugs, moving the release of the title allows the final product to be one that both matches the original vision of the team and satisfies the expectations of the understanding yet eager audience."


The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PS4 / XB1 / PC)

The Witcher 3 is a long time in coming and finds a much older Geralt of Rivia in a giant open world boasting of all of the features that make the Witcher unique. Like Project Cars, there have been a few push backs in regards to the release dates in order to launch a much better experience for everyone. The wait is now over with the launch later this month!

"In Wild Hunt, you as Geralt embark on your most epic and dangerous journey yet. Your mission - to find the child of prophecy, an ashen-haired girl, a living and highly volatile weapon everyone wants to control. The stakes have never been higher: the Elder Blood flowing in the child’s veins can bring about a final end. The fate of worlds lies with you.

Geralt’s mission will require him to make hard choices. Witchers strive to remain neutral, but often find themselves deciding the fate of others. And rarely are these simple choices between good and evil. In this morally gray world, the choices they make can tip the scales of life and death. Wild Hunt features multiple endings that result from choices you make throughout the game. With three extensive epilogues and multiple world end-states in each, the game delivers unmatched replayability."


Nintendo Wii U

Splatoon

"Splatter enemies and claim your turf as the ink-spewing, squid-like characters called Inklings in Nintendo's new third-person action shooter game for the Wii U console. Challenge your friends in chaotic four-on-four matches, in which the goal is to get your ink on as many places as possible and claim your turf, all while strategically submerging yourself in your team's colors and blasting your enemies."

See more of Splatoon on Nintendo's Website

Nintendo 3DS

Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven 

I'll be honest that as much as I am looking forward to this game there is no website to speak of and even XSEED's website currently has nothing upon it. The above link it going to their Tumblr page with lots to read, and here's the description as taken from Wikipedia.

"The game is a simulation role-playing video game. The game's battle system is similar to the battle system found in Valkyria Chronicles. It features turn-based battles, with character order based on individual speed. The parties are assembled within a deck and controls in battle have been compared to those of an action game. The special attacks of the characters are unlocked based on their trust in Lux, the game's protagonist, and by defeating enemies more special moves can be used."
- Wikipedia



Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker

It is finally here! This is the second game on this list that has been a long time in coming. Originally released on the Nintendo DS under SMT: Devil Survivor 2, Record Breaker follows the same treatment as Overlocked with plenty of enhancements that use the added power that the 3DS has over its predecessor.


PC

The Incredible Adventures of Van Hellsing 3

It is finally here! Breanna and I are big fans of the series and have played each release together from start to finish more than once. I'm more than excited for this. I'm also curious to see what aspects of Death Trap are going to be included into the Tower Defense portions that were always more than fun to go up against.

"In Van Helsing III, the civil war is over in Borgovia, but the future looks grim. The city of weird science is in ruins, squabbling factions and criminals fight for power and a strange cult prophesizes the coming of 'The end of times.' And they might be just right: A wave of uncanny events shakes the land, and it’s all connected to a mysterious creature, a former ally turned into a fearful arch-villain. Which means that Van Helsing will do what he does best: He wields weapons, prepares his deadly tricks, and hunts down the most dangerous monster who has ever lived… and this time it’s personal. He’s prepared to do anything to achieve his goal, even to face the darkest secret about the birth of the modern Borgovia."

Sony PlayStation 4

Final Fantasy X/X-2 

Square loves HD remakes, and we love Final Fantasy. Maybe that's why they keep re-re porting specific titles such as Final Fantasy IV's.... I lost count by now . Being the second Final Fantasy on the list, we are brought back once again to the world of Spira in even greater detail than we saw last year with the PS3 and PSVita versions of this epic tale. Boasting of even greater textures and an enhanced soundtrack, follow Tidus and Yuna once again on their shared and seperate adventures of Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2.

Sony PlayStation Vita

Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed

Last and absolutely not least is the newest game in which the most amazing of the Goddesses makes an appearance. Enter Lady Vert! (Sorry Nick but Robert and I outvote you). The girls are back once again in a Hack and Slash title that will find them working in pairs both with existing friends (or rivals) and newcomers alike.

Any month with a Hyperdimension title is a good month!





Pierre-Yves

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A look at the ASTRO Spartan Strike A38 headset

Yesterday we took a look at the latest Halo 5 trailer. Today, we take a peek at a new headset featuring Halo: Spartan Strike.


Month in Review - April

Looks like it’s that time of the month again! See everything that we've been up to and catch up on anything you may have missed.


This was a HUGE month for fans of Bandai Namco. A release window for Tales of Zesteria that a good amount of us are fans of has come to light and that time frame cannot honestly come fast enough. I am personally quite excited for the new One Piece Pirate Warriors game with is much more imminent. While I have yet to watch the anime, I'm a huge fan of the manga. Seriously. One Piece and Warriors! We've also gotten the first look at Project X Zone 2 and a look at the upcoming SuperNova.

The first set can be caught up on here, while the second can be found here. Though because some of these trailers were just that awesome, they can be found right below!


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Into the more hardware of categories Turtle Beach had a few announcements for new hardware.

And as usual (if twice now can be considered as such) our Reviews and Previews for the month can be found below. Enjoy!
Pierre-Yves

Nekro - PC Preview

Nekro, by darkForge games, is a birds eye view action RPG game that is presently in Early Access status on Steam.  Back in 2013, Nekro achieved their Kickstarter goals and began development, and have dedicated what seems to be a rather baffling amount of time and effort on this work of love.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Another look at the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians

Not much to say here - we stumbled onto this Gamestop exclusive Halo 5 trailer and thought we would share with the rest of the class.


Dungeons & Dragons - Elemental Evil: Princes of the Apocalypse - Tabletop and Board Games Review

It has been a little while since our last Dungeons & Dragons review. We have covered just about everything from the Next/5th age set that has been released, including even the DM screen. It looks like this will be a busy year for the team at Wizards of the Coast, but this particular release has been among the items I have been most excited by. Best of all? It has lived up to my expectations.


Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance 2 - Retro Reflections

The city of Baldur’s Gate is in peril again and you decide to defend it. You become member of the Harpers, a secret organization that protects the Realms, and face the Zentarim, a wealthy, ambitious group with supernatural allies. Your final opponent is a vampire, who schemes patiently in his keep. The story is unoriginal and unexciting and lacks a decent ending but the rest of the game is great.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Oriental Empires looks like our kind of game

It's early - it's very early, but the potential here is impressive.