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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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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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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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