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Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China- Fun and frustration in a tale of vengeance

With the Assassin’s Creed franchise turning out yearly titles it may be time for Ubisoft to shake up the formula a little bit. Going from a full 3D experience to a 2.5 one may not be the full answer, but it does give fans a different way to play an Assassin’s Creed title. In some ways the transition helps some elements, making them a bit more satisfying. Others, however, suffer a bit, mainly due to controls that are at times less than precise. But the overall package does provide some entertainment as well as some satisfaction. Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China will most likely please fans of the franchise, but it probably won’t convert any of its detractors. And in pleasing this fan it worked for the most part, so in that Ubisoft and developer Climax Studios succeeded...

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Star Wars Battlefront trailer, details released

A bunch of info was released recently for EA’s Star Wars Battlefront along with a trailer. The game will not have a story driven, single player campaign. Instead, there will be missions that can be played solo or co-op, both online and local. The multiplayer will focus on the original trilogy of films, so don’t expect any of the locations or scenarios from the prequel trilogy. Four planets wills appear in the game- Tatooine, Hoth, Endor, and Sullust. An additional planet will be playable through free DLC, that of Jakku, which was shown in the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The DLC will be released on December 8, but those that pre-order the game will get it a full week early, on December 1...

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New releases for the week of Monday, April 20, 2015

Very lackluster week for new releases, with the biggest being Shovel Knight coming to all three of Sony’s platforms. Not much arrives on home video either, where we get the first season of Teen Titans Go!, and a trio of action movies- The Marine 4: Moving Target, Everly (with Salma Hayek), and the Liam Neeson led sequel Taken 3. Theatrical releases are a mixed bag, with comedies Little boy and Rock the Kasbah, the thriller The Forger, the action adventure Kung Fu Jungle, and the fantasy The Age of Adaline. So, off we go to this week’s short list and, as always, release dates are subject to change.

Monday, April 20, 2015

GAMES

Slow Down, Bull- PC

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

GAMES

Shovel Knight- PS3, PS4, Playstation Vita

Infinity Runner- PS4

Sayonarra UmiharaKawase +- Playstation Vita

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Mortal Kombat X- Blood, guts, and lots of fun

I’ll admit this right off the bat: I love fighting games. I’m just not very good at them. Because of this, it’s always nice to have games in the genre that come along that even someone of my skill level can truly enjoy. The Mortal Kombat franchise for the most part did this for me, really striking home with 2011’s Mortal Kombat, the ninth entry into the series. WB and NetherRealm did even better with Injustice: Gods Among Us (2013), featuring a great story mode with characters from the DC universe and smooth gameplay, with plenty to do for a solo player. Now WB and NetherRealm have upped their game once again with Mortal Kombat X. Once more, the solo player has plenty of game here, and then there’s the online modes to stretch things even farther...

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New releases for the week of Monday, April 13, 2015

Two big releases this week allow players to indulge themselves with plenty of chaos and bloodthirsty action. Mortal Kombat returns with all new fatalities and a hefty roster of fighters to do bloody battle with for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One (those PS3 and Xbox 360 owners sadly have to wait awhile, as the version for those systems has been delayed). PC owners get to jump into a life of crime and many leisure activities with the release of GTA V. Coming to home video are an array of choices, from horror (The Babadook, Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death), drama (Big Eyes, Map to the Stars), animated (Batman vs. Robin), and action (The Man with the Iron Fists 2, Kidnapping Mr. Heineken)...

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Life is Strange Episode 2 “Out of Time”- Predictable events and an untimely loss of power

Episode 2 of Square Enix’s and Dontnod Entertainment’s tale of teenage angst and time manipulation Life is Strange picks up the day after Max’s horrifying vision of a massive tornado that sweeps in to destroy Arcadia Bay. “Out of Time” continues the mystery revealed in “Chrysalis”, but doesn’t offer any more clues or even any answers. Contrived situations raise their head for Max to use her time manipulation cheat, though her power does fail her towards the end at an inopportune (though predictable) time. The characters still don’t truly stand out from their standard cliches, and those that seemed to undergo a brief change in the previous episode, like Victoria, revert to form here...

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New releases for the week of April 6, 2015

The first full week of April isn’t loaded with new releases, but it has a couple of big ones. First off, players can return to Drangleic and die all over again with Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, which moves the series proper to current gen consoles, complete with all DLC and new enemy placement. Friendlier dungeons might be found on the 3DS in Etrian Mystery Dungeon, and the New Nintendo 3DS gets its first big title Xenoblade Chronicles, the epic RPG from the Wii. The crime drama A Most Violent Year debuts on home video this week, along with the Ryan Reynolds dark comedy Voices and the horror film Rec 4. The big screen is loaded with drama this week, featuring The Longest Ride, Broken Horses, and The Sisterhood of Night...

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MLB 15: The Show- Some gameplay video

MLB 15: The Show released this past week, and while I’ve barely scratched the surface of the game, I can say it’s one baseball fans should definitely check out. The controls are terrific, as are the visuals. The commentary is fairly good, though even this early on in the game I have heard some repetition. Major league baseball starts officially next week, and to get you in the mood to head out to your favorite ballpark, check out some of my gameplay in the video below. Hope you enjoy!

  
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Bloodborne: More gameplay video

Below is some more video footage of my gameplay in Bloodborne. In the video you’ll get a glimpse of the Forbidden Woods and some killing in Central Yharnam. Still working my way through the game and finding that I need to do a fair bit of grinding. Hope to be far enough soon to post another update article, but for now hope you enjoy the scenes from the game.

  
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New releases for the week of Monday, March 30, 2015

Well folks, a quarter of the year is gone and so far it’s been a pretty good one for gaming. Releases are a bit on the lighter side this week, and for gamers not looking to make death their friend they’re a bit less lethal as well. The big game of the week is this year’s installment of the Sony baseball exclusive MLB: The Show. There have been several tweaks added to MLB 15: The Show to make hitting, fielding, and pitching more dynamic, and those with last year’s entry can carry their saves forward. Xbox fans aren’t left completely out of the stadium and can enjoy their own baseball action with R.B.I. Baseball 15...

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