Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth3: V Generation - PS Vita Review

The latest Hyperdimension game for the Vita makes the most of the handheld and series

Farming Simulator 15 - PC Review

Down on the farm - again. This simulator provides plenty to do for fans of the series

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Xbox One Review

The latest in the Witcher series does almost everything well - a definite Game of the Year contender


This shooter gets almost everything right, throwing lots at you but making it fun

Big Pharma - PC Preview

A fun simulation game with some social commentary to share as well

Friday, April 27, 2012

Turtle Beach Ear Force X31 Headset for Xbox 360 Review

I recently found the Turtle Beach Ear Force X31 Headset for Xbox 360 refurbished through Best Buy.  These headphones are often touted for use in multiplayer titles like Call of Duty or Battlefield for their combination of stereo sound direct to your ears as well as offering a microphone.  I've been eying one of these headsets for quite awhile, and when I was able to pick them up for about $30 online, I decided to give them a shot.  I've been using them for a couple of weeks now, and while there was plenty of good here, there was an overwhelming drawback that I can't get past.

Warlock: Master of the Arcane Demo

I'm a bit of a sucker for strategy titles and I have had more positive experience with Paradox than negative.  I've been curious about Warlock: Master of the Arcane for a bit now.  Well, now that a demo is available to play, it may be worth a peek.

Wii U? Mass Effect 3? Madden 13? All-Stars Battle Royale? Lots of Friday gaming thoughts!

Lots of gaming points I want to post about before this weekend, and I plan to get a review up of the Turtle Beach headset up at the end of the day for all of you to peruse of the weekend so you can see why that headset fizzled for me.

First up, I've been a big fan of Mass Effect 3's bonus weekend content, and after Bioware announced that these events would now be bi-weekly (as opposed to weekly like they were the month after release) in hopes of establishing better objectives, I'm very curious to see what direction these go from here on out.  This weekend is Operation Exorcist and here's the breakdown:

Operation EXORCIST April 27-29

When it comes to retrieving classified data, Cerberus has been beating the allied forces to the punch. New intelligence has tipped us off to one of their offensives, and it is time to give the N7 teams the payback they want.

Allied Goal: Kill 1,000,000 Cerberus Phantoms
Squad Goal: Survive until extraction on any map and any enemy on Gold difficulty.

Successful completion of the Allied Goal will grant all players a Victory Pack.
Successful completion of the squad goal awards a Commendation Pack to all squadmates.

Operation Exorcist will run from 6:00PM PST, Friday April 27th until 5:00AM PST, Monday April 30th. Exorcist will be available on PC and Xbox 360 only. Please remember to set “Upload Gameplay Feedback” to “on” in the online options to be able to participate in Operation Exorcist.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Has anyone had a chance to play Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir?

I'm a huge fan of the Fatal Frame series, easily my favorite of the horror genre when I got a chance to play the trilogy on the PlayStation 2.  I was always disappointed that the Wii version never released outside of Japan.  I have been reading some mixed reviews on Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir for the Nintendo 3DS.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A free iPhone App - Sketch Nation Studio - for building games for the App Store?

I found this slightly interesting the other day.  I haven't tried it yet - and I don't know anything about the company or the product.  As someone who enjoys fiddling around with game-making (as evidenced by my RPG Maker posts and MUD) - I have to say this is at least intriguing.  Has anyone else heard of or tried this?

I know Gamez did and gave us a good review here.  Just curious if anyone else has tried it yet or not?

Free iPhone App Sketch Nation Studio Lets You Build Games and Sell Them on the App Store

Become a game designer without writing a single line of code!

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - Apr. 18, 2012 - Sketch Nation Studio, released today from Engineous Games, is a free game creation tool for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad that lets you create your own game in mere minutes. At launch, there are five styles of game, with more coming soon. Players can submit their games as a bona fide Stand Alone App, which is packaged and sold on the App Store for $0.99.This game is the only app that lets users create and release their own apps for fun and profit. Sketch Nation Studio is the fastest, easiest way to create mobile games, and no technical background is required.

In Sketch Nation Studio, you can draw directly on the device using the in-app drawing tools, or sketch out your heroes and villains on paper and import them using the camera. Your original art and games can be shared with other players within the game; try collaborating with a friend to make a game about your gym teacher or your boss! Downloading user-generated games and art costs virtual currency (Sketch Bucks). You start off with plenty, and earn more Sketch Bucks every time your game or art is downloaded. This encourages players to create a rich library of content for the Sketch Nation community. Those who do not wish to create content can also earn Sketch Bucks by playing games or through in-app purchase.

Sketch Nation Studio Features:
  • 100% Free – There’s no reason not to try this universal app and make your own games!
  • Make Real Money– The user earns $0.35 (half the revenue after Apple's cut) for each copy sold; it may not seem like much, but it adds up quickly.
  • Customizable Fun – Mailman versus family dog, miner gnome down the well, flatulent flying fox – the options are limitless!
  • 5 Different Game Genres, More on the Way – Up-Jumping, Down-Jumping, Horizontal Jumping, Horizontal Running, and Horizontal Flying games. New genres coming in future updates
  • 3 Games Modes – Simple mode lets new designers play their first game within minutes. Advanced mode allows users to control and customize every aspect of the gameplay. Stand Alone mode gives users the chance to sell their game on the app store for a revenue share, no guesswork or experience required!
Sketch Nation Studio lets you design your own unique game from your drawings. Inthis free download, you will have access to an endless stream of games hand-made by you, your friends and the rest of the world.

With Sketch Nation Studio, you can be a game designer without writing a single line of code.

Check out Sketch Nation Studio today! http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sketch-nation-studio/id506337826?mt=8

Some morning odds and ends.

Yuck.  I was sick all Monday night and yesterday, so now I'm well and behind on things at work.  Hate, HATE using paid time off for being sick.  Just sucks away future vacation time.  I slept from like 10pm 2 nights ago, until almost 1:30 in the afternoon yesterday, and again crashed by like 10 last night.  So, here I am at work, getting some writing in before I actually start my day (I have a tendency to get to work about 50 minutes early so I can drink my coffee (Coffee With Games would probably approve), check my email and do things like write this post.

Where to start... how about a quick note from NBA Jam: On Fire Edition?

Monday, April 23, 2012

Dialbo III, Agarest War, Final Fantasy, Kid Icarus, RPG Maker... my weekend in gaming!

That's a pretty long subject line for this post, isn't it?  Well, I kept pretty busy this weekend in general.  I guess I'll start with the topic I've already conversed about a dozen times at work this morning, but there was a beta run of a little title called Diablo III.  Maybe you're heard of it?