Category Xbox


Battlefield Hardline: War hits the streets

The Battlefield franchise has long dealt with warfare in its most familiar form: That of conflicts between nations. In recent years terrorists have replaced rival nations as the go to bad guys, making for huge set pieces involving military hardware. Now, in an effort to shake things up, EA, with developers Visceral Games and DICE, have moved war to the city streets, focusing on the war on drugs instead of the war on terror. Was this move successful? In a word, yes. Battlefield Hardline ended up with one of the most engaging single player campaigns since Bad Company, and the multiplayer modes featuring cops and criminals proved to be just as engaging as that featuring soldiers and terrorists...

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New releases for the week of Monday, March 23, 2015

As we head into this last full week of March we get all new ways to die from developer From Software. Yharnam promises to be just as diabolical as Boletaria, Lordran, or Drangleic, giving us all kinds of nasty beasties to face in Bloodborne. Those who enjoy looting and shooting can do it all again on Pandora on the PS4 and Xbox One with Borderlands: The Handsome Collection. Those still on last gen get a new DLC for the franchise with Claptastic Voyage, featuring a favorite wise cracking robot. Grand Theft Auto gets online for the PC, and episode 2 of Life is Strange continues the story this week. The finale to Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy hits home video this week with The Battle of the Five Armies...

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Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 4 “Metamorphosis”- Things end with a bang in a satisfying but slightly predictable finale

“Metamorphosis” winds up the main campaign of Resident Evil Revelations 2 with a predictable bang, and even though the ending feels like somewhat of a cheat, it still satisfies. The two halves on the chapter are a bit more uneven this time around, with the Claire/Moira segment feeling very abridged and a bit rushed, and the Barry/Natalia segment is drawn out until the big showdown between our heroes and the Overseer. Both segments have their share of cheap deaths, and both have a part where switching between characters is a must. There is one part in the Claire/Moira half that can influence the Barry/Natalia section, but in the end it truly doesn’t make a great difference, just a change of the path followed...

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New releases for the week of Monday, March 16, 2015

A busy time for gamers during this week of St. Patrick’s Day, with a wide variety of titles coming to the platform of your choice. The Battlefield franchise moves to a different battleground, with cops and robbers instead of soldiers and terrorists in Battlefield Hardline. Resident Evil fans can wrap things up digitally with the final episode for Revelations 2, or get the whole thing on a nice new retail disc. Those who have been waiting to return to Pandora can do so in Telltale Games Tales of the Borderlands, as Episode 2 finally arrives. Final Fantasy fans can wreak havoc on waves of enemies in Type-0, and JRPG fans on the PS3 get to play The Awakened Fate Ultimatum...

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Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 3 “Judgement”- Deadly puzzles and more interesting developments

Things continue to ramp up with Episode 3 of Resident Evil Revelations 2. “Judgement” takes things up a notch by adding some well done and deadly puzzles to the mix, and forces players to make use of both characters in the pair during their respective segments. Co-op players may have a slightly easier time, and for solo players you need to be on your toes to know when to switch between the characters, Any indecision can end in gruesome death, and it makes for some very tense sequences. The story adds a couple more twists and turns, and ends once more on a very interesting cliffhanger. It has me quite curious as to how “Metamorphosis”, the final episode, will wrap things up...

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New releases for the week of Monday, March 9, 2015

We’re getting quite a varied week for gamers in the second week of March. DmC: Devil may Cry gets its Definitive Edition on the PS4 and Xbox One, while Assassin’s Creed Rogue comes to PC. The Nintendo 3DS gets the strategy RPG Code Name S.T.E.A.M., and we have fresh DLC for The Evil Within, where we get play Sebastian’s partner Julie Kidman, and Far Cry 4, where we get to deal with Yetis. Resident Evil Revelations 2 gets its next episode, called “Judgement”, and fans of the Atelier JRPG series get a new entry on the PS3 in Atelier Shallie: Alchemist of the Dusk Sea. Two anticipated indies make their debut this week: the Microsoft exclusive Ori and the Blind Forest and on Sony’s platforms and PC we get Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number...

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Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2 “Contemplation”- Things are getting creepy

“Contemplation” gets us right into the action following the first episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2, “Penal Colony”. The opening cut scene has us following members of Terra Save as they try to deal with the horrors of the island. Once the cut scene has ended, things are back in the player’s hands as we’re reunited with Claire and Moira, who are making their way to a mysterious tower. Again we have some familiar horror game environments to move through- the ramshackle seaside village, the ruined city- and while they’re perfectly serviceable, they’re not very memorable. But at least we’re out of the prison, which opens things up to include some weather effects. We also get some new enemies, along with a couple of frustrations (things that should be long out of games)...

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New for the week of Monday, March 2, 2015

Well, kiddies, it’s a new month, and that as usual means new releases to look forward to. Not a lot of major releases this week, but some of note. The amusement park sim Screamride bows on Microsoft’s consoles, while the Sony platforms get the challenging top down shooter Helldivers. The second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 also debuts. On the home video front we get the Oscar nominated Foxcatcher as well as the next installment of The Hunger Games with Mockingjay Part 1. On the big screen this week we get what looks to be another intelligent sci-fi from Neill Blomkamp in Chappie, the Vince Vaughn comedy Unfinished Business, and another go round with British seniors in India in the sequel The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel...

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Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 1 “Penal Colony”- A decent start to the franchise’s latest

The Resident Evil franchise has returned, this time with the serialized sequel to Resident Evil Revelations, which first appeared on Nintendo’s 3DS. This time around, however, Nintendo is left out in the cold, as Resident Evil Revelations 2 is only available on the Sony and Microsoft platforms and on PC. Episode 1, titled “Penal Colony”, launched this week. So, how did it fare? Has the franchise found its way back to its survival horror roots, or is it more like the more action oriented entries of 5 and 6?Like its predecessor, it’s a little of both. The atmosphere evokes the horror aspect nicely, even if it takes place in a setting that’s long been familiar to horror fans...

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New releases for the week of Monday, February 23, 2015

Some varied gaming is on the way for the final week of February. Those liking plenty of fighting action can get their fill with Dragon Ball Xenoverse or Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires. Horror game fans get the first installment of Resident Evil Revelations 2, while those who like sports games may enjoy Rugby 15. Indies get represented with Starwhal: Just the Tip and Pneuma: Breath of Life. On the home video front we get Disney’s Big Hero 6, the Oscar nominated Whiplash, and the comedy sequel Horrible Bosses 2. The big screen gets the Will Smith drama Focus along with the horror film The Lazarus Effect. Off we go to this week’s list and remember, as always, release dates are subject to change.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Dragon Ball Xenoverse- PS3, PS4, PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One

Under Night...

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