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Life is Strange: Episode 1 “Chrysalis”- Time traveling teen angst drama

Telltale Games has had great success in bringing us point and click adventure games that feature choices and the consequences of making those choices. We felt the pressure whenever Clementine needed to make a decision in The Walking Dead or when Bigby Wolf had to choose a course of action in The Wolf Among Us. Now Square Enix and Dontnod Entertainment (Remember Me) take a stab at this type of game with Life is Strange.

Life is Strange focuses on Max Caufield, who has recently returned to the town of Arcadia Bay after spending five years away in Seattle. She returns to attend Blackwell Academy for their program in photography, something for which Max has talent...

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Dying Light- Impressions so far

Let me begin by saying that this is not my full review of Techland’s open world zombie game Dying Light. These are just my impressions of spending the first six hours with the game. The game is a lengthy one, and a full scored review will be posted once I complete the game. With that out of the way, this is what I think about the game so far.

Dying Light is another foray into games dealing with a zombie outbreak in first person view by developer Techland. Techland has previously brought us Dead Island and its follow-up, Dead Island: Riptide. But this is not a return to the blood soaked tropical island of Banoi...

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New releases for the week of January 26, 2015

Hi there, dear readers! It’s been awhile, but the new year is here and that means a new year of releases for your favorite gaming platform. This week we get parkour mixed with the undead in Dying Light, Tim Schaffer’s classic adventure game Grim Fandango gets remastered, and we get to experience the first episode of the new game from Square Enix and Dontnod, Life is Strange.  On the home video front we get Brad Pitt’s World War 2 action drama Fury, the Guillermo del Toro produced animated fantasy Book of Life, and a DC Animated feature showcasing Aquaman in Justice League: Throne of Atlantis. On the big screen we get the dramatic thriller The Loft, the drama Black or White, and the sci-fi flick Project Almanac...

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Light the Fire Up in the Night: Persona Q Impressions

Review republished with permission from Vulcan Post

What happens when you mix the intuitive draw-your-own-map-as-you-play-mechanic of Etrian Odyssey with the addictive combat and gripping slice of life gameplay of Persona? You get Persona Q, a dungeon crawler that’s an absolute must-have for any self-respecting role-playing game fanatic. Sadly if you don’t have a 3DS, you are out of luck as the game is exclusive to the handheld.

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This is how a map should look like once completely drawn out. (Image credit: Kotaku)

Having only played Persona 4 Golden on the PS Vita, and loving every bit of RPG (role-playing game) goodness the game had to offer, I was initially taken aback by the chibi (short person in Japanese) art style of Persona Q.

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My year in gaming: 2014 edition (tjsmoke63)

2014 is winding down, and so it’s that time of year again to do those retrospective looks at the last twelve months of gaming. It’s been a year when a new generation of consoles (PS4 and Xbox One) began to come into their own, even as remasters seemed to dominate while eagerly anticipated titles were pushed off until 2015. Those who held onto their PS3s and Xbox 360s may have been glad they did so, and Nintendo owners with the Wii U rejoiced as their console of choice provided them with a steady stream of choice games that weren’t delayed another year. Handhelds had their share of great games as well, with the Playstation Vita getting a steady diet of RPGs and the Nintendo 3DS getting a nice variety of titles to choose from...

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Marth, Wii Fit Trainer and the Villager Amiibo Figurines Might be Discontinued

It would appear that Nintendo doesn’t plan on shipping any more Villager, Marth or Wii Fit Trainer Amiibos.

Canadian videogame retailer “Video Games Plus” stated on their Twitter account that, “Nintendo has officially discontinued Marth, Wii Fit Trainer & Villager amibos [sic],” at least for the North American market. There is an apparent shortage when it comes to folks trying to find these three figurines in stores.

According to their Tweet,”We tried re-ordering all 3 from our official Nintendo distributor and after checking with Nintendo on their availability, they told us those 3 characters are officially discontinued by Nintendo believe it or not.”

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In the past, Nintendo did say that they were going to introduce and take away various Amiibo figurines, but who would’ve expected it to be...

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Sony Celebrates their 20th Anniversary with an Awesome Trailer

20 years sure went by in a flash hasn’t it?

Titled, “Everyone Who Loves Games, Thank You”, the video showcases the many games that debuted on PlayStation devices, (going back all the way to titles that appeared before the PlayStation) to the latest and upcoming titles.

Check out the video for its bound to rekindle many gaming memories.

 

  
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SEA’s Dota DREAM TEAM to lose one of its members

Recently Joel ‘Xtinct’ Chan Zhan Leong stated on his Twitter, that he is no longer with the Malaysian Dota2 team, Team Malaysia.  The post TI3 favorites, Orange Neolutions who started off as underdogs, rose to glory during The International 3, after many surprising victories. None moreso than destroying the Chinese  juggernauts of Dota2, Team DK in convincing fashion during the International 3, and was also  where the infamous ‘aegis deny’ had brought them to their 3rd placing against team Na’Vi in the finals of the lower bracket. There was some speculation that they could’ve gone further and win The International 3. However, after TI3, Chai “Mushi” Yee Fung stated that he would be departing from Malaysia to join a Chinese team, Team DK, which shattered the hearts of many fans alike...

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Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX for 3DS

Sometimes ago I posted a trailer of this game, and now they are already released (Oct 31 2014). The DX version released was exclusively for Nintendo 3DS and available in the eShop for $6.00. The game is completely renewed from the Nintendo Wiiware version, so do expect extra stuff like stages, enemies and extended story.

 

  
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The Evil Within- Fun, frustrating, and occasionally frightening

It’s been awhile since Shinji Mikami has indulged the genre of survival horror. He hit his peak with Resident Evil 4, and then went on to do God Hand and the fast paced action game Vanquish. Now, working with Tango Gameworks and Bethesda, he returns to the genre he’s credited with starting. On the surface, The Evil Within certainly fits the mold. It has the prerequisite creepy environments, some seriously demented looking creatures, and plenty of blood and gore to make Pinhead from the Hellraiser movies feel right at home. But does it succeed in being a standout among horror games, or does it just fall flat? On one hand, it succeeds quite well, and provides a title survival horror fans will probably enjoy diving into...

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