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Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX 'Combat Vignette' Trailer

By: Arthvader Aug 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

A new trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX has come out, mostly showing the combat mechanics of Chain of Memories, and mentioning 358/2 days as a cinematic movie.

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Beyond: Two Souls E3 2013 Gameplay Walkthrough!

By: Cinderkin Jun 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

Sony and Quantic Dream have released a video walkthrough explaining the gameplay of Beyond: Two Souls. Check it out!

Born with a connection to a mysterious entity with incredible powers, Jodie was different. In an adventure spanning 15 years of her life, your actions will determine Jodie's fate as she faces extraordinary challenges, danger, and heartwrenching loss on a journey to discover the truth of who she is. BEYOND: Two Souls promises an emotionally-charged journey unlike any video game before.

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Beyond: Two Souls E3 2013 Trailer!

By: Cinderkin Jun 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

Sony has released a new trailer for the upcoming PS3 exclusive Beyond: Two Souls. Check it out!

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Tekken Revolution is a free to play game available now for the PS3. Check it out!

Crafted by NAMCO BANDAI Games' internal TEKKEN development team, TEKKEN REVOLUTION provides fighting game fans and newcomers alike the hard-hitting gameplay of the famed franchise. Choose from an initial cast of eight iconic TEKKEN characters to train and battle against AI opponents in Arcade Mode or take on fearsome human rivals spanning the globe through online Ranked and Player Matches. The game also features new bone-crunching Special Arts and Critical Arts moves designed to help newcomers deliver hard-hitting attacks and advanced players to employ new strategies with their favorite fighters. For the first time in TEKKEN history players will be able to level-up their characters, increasing three key attributes; Strength, Endurance and Vigor, to create a combatant tuned to individual play styles. Develop a defensive tank character with high HP to withstand knockout blows while offense focused players can create a damage-inflicting character with low health but high critical hit rates to devastate opponents with a flurry of attacks.

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3D Dot Game Heroes $10 at GameStop

By: Kezins Aug 20, 2012 | 1 Comments

3D Dot Game Heroes $10 At GameStop

I just picked up 3D Dot Game Heroes at GameStop for $10 and it's certainly worth the price. If you haven't played the game yet, you should definitely take the risk at $10.

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The Last of Us E3 2012 gameplay demo

By: BatRastered Jun 4, 2012 | 4 Comments

We finally got to see some real gameplay (with HUD) of Naughty Dog's new game. It looks to be a cross of survival horror style gameplay with Uncharted's shooting and climbing mixed in.

Description: Joel and Ellie are attempting to get to the bridge and out of the city. They are tourists in an area that's controlled by hunters. They are hunted and yet they too are hunters. Everyone is willing to do whatever it takes to survive. What you'll see here is something that we're calling Balance of Power AI. Enemies will react realistically to whatever situation your combat style forces them into. Playing as Joel, Ellie's help and whatever weapons you can scavenge are your best shot at progressing in this brutal, violent world.

The Last of Us is genre-defining experience blending survival and action elements to tell a character driven story about a population decimated by a modern plague. Cities are abandoned and being reclaimed by nature. Remaining survivors are killing each other for food, weapons and whatever they can find. Joel, a ruthless survivor, and Ellie, a young teenage girl who's braver and wiser beyond her years, must work together to survive their journey across what remains of the United States.

Developed by Naughty Dog, The Last of Us is being made exclusively for the PS3 system.

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Twisted Metal Review. Was it worth the wait?

By: dragonkiss83 Feb 18, 2012 | 3 Comments

Another series that they wanted to bring back. So many fans from a decade ago have been waiting to see it done. And now we can get our hands on it, is it any good?

The wait is over.  Twisted Metal has returned after a decade.  The game is exclusive to the PS3 and even comes with a code for Twisted Metal Black.

So after being super hyped I went out and picked it up.  Get home put it in the system and I have a grin.  Unfortunately it didn't last.  When I went into story mode I couldn't pick a character.  But you start as Sweet Tooth so that was okay.

His story was pretty interesting, twisted and dark.  But it was pretty short.  When I finished with him the game said 33%, shit.  As you play your character is no longer tied to the car.  You can put them in the different cars you have unlocked, pretty nice.

But then the newness starts to wear off and you realize you dropped $60 for a game with only 3 characters for the story.  Sure you can put them in other cars, but half the fun of Twisted Metal was all the crazy stories and characters.  You will can use Sweet Tooth, Mr. Grimm, and Dollface.  If you play online you can also use Preacher's gang.  But they are using an online pass so buying it used is a waste and getting it as a rental only gives you half a game.  In the game you can switch out your vehicle to let it heal and take advantage of the stat change.  Good idea there.  And I do say vehicle because as you play through you will have cars, trucks, semis, a motorcycle, and eventually a tank.  

Also new this time around are game modes.  You have your classic deathmatch.  But thin you add Electric Cage, kind of like a headquarters style play.  You fight in a selected area that moves and you take damage for not being in it after your buffer runs out.  There is also Juggernaut, you have a badass semi that spawns enemies.  You destroy the semi then you kill off the cars that are left.  This one is kind of fun.  And you add Deathrace, exactly what it sounds like.  You go from point A to point B.  The fun comes in when you find there is no second place.  You can kill of the other cars or just try to out run them, but you have to cross the line first or you explode.  There is a challenge mode, nothing really special there.  And online, but big surprise signing on is a nightmare.  

So overall kind of disappointing, I guess they were counting on multiplayer keeping people happy.  Maybe they can add something to it by DLC to redeem it but I doubt it.

So that brings me to my verdict, rent it.  If there is a major price drop go for it, but until then a rent is enough time to play it and be done with it.  Sadly the Twisted Metal Black voucher is the best thing about the game.

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DragonKiss 83's Disgaea 4 Review

By: DragonKiss83 Sep 16, 2011 | 5 Comments

Disgaea has been DragonKiss 83's favorite strategy rpg series. The characters in the first were the best, but DragonKiss 83 thinks that #4 is giving the entire series a run for the money.

Nippon Ichi created an awesome legacy with the first game of the series and I've been hooked ever since.  Laharl Quickly became one of my favorite video game characters.  He was joined by Etna and Flonne and the three have been back in each game. 

Disgaea 2 had a decent story, but the characters weren't as strong.  Disgaea 3 came to the PS3 and had an interesting story but your main character was annoying as hell.  And then we get Disgaea 4, your main character is still a bit annoying, but the story was much better.  And your secondary characters were the key to it.

DESCO was probably one of my favorite characters in the game, she was a weapon built to be a final boss, but that went wrong so she eventually ends up on your team.  Fuka refuses to except that she is dead and convinces herself it's all just a dream.  But all of the characters bring some impressive moves into the mix.  And your standard character classes have been revamped.  Back in are the dragon and nekomanta (cat-lady) but the Angel is still MIA.  Some of the other classes have been switched around but in my opinion it was for the best.

As far as the gameplay goes most of it follows the standard set up you have had before.  The Item world will let you choose your path for building your innocents (boost the items) or the item itself.  When you get the chance to have your own pirate ship you can customize it instead of just taking it from the pirates you defeat.  And there are some online interactions to take advantage of PSN, but so far I'm not using them to much.  Instead of the classworld from the last game you get a cam-pain room (think of a battle map) and you get these icons that have different effects on your team depending on the placement.

Without to many spoilers lets get into the story.  Your main character Valvatorez is a former Tyrant but has been busted down to a prinny instructor.  Fenrich is his servant and a werewolf, although only one of his moves really ever shows anything for it.  When the prinnys disappear you go on a quest to save them.  Along the way you find out that something is off with the corrupterment (government) and decide to fix it.  You collect sidekicks as you go and they each have their own reasons for joining you.  But as you make your way through the game they start to develop bonds that join them and bring you some comedy.  The story wraps up nicely and covers the back story and loose ends as you go.  I'm just now getting into the extra maps and story after the main story and collecting the characters as I go.  I managed to get through the game with minimal level grinding and most of it was done in the item world to build them up and find new stuff.  About 70 hours in the game and I can see a ton more ahead of me since I want to see the full epilog and all the endings.  

Disgaea 4 is a BUY ME if you own a PS3 and enjoy strategy rpgs like Final Fantasy Tactics or anything along those lines.

If you pick up the game feel free to add me and I'll even send you some items to help you out.

Don't be a jimmy!  Are you playing it? Plan to get it? Let's hear it.

 

DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket software issues or broadcast issues? Not working on the debut day for PS3. We've contacted DirecTV here's what they told us ..

Widespread issues of NFL Sunday Ticket not working on PS3, To-Go and other HD Receivers. PS3 owners have also posted about slow feeds and terrible picture quality.

From the DirecTV forums:

"Anyone else using the PS3 function and having problems? mine keeps freezing and going back to pregame and then catching up?"

"Have this game going in Hershey, PA on my PS3.  It is a TERRIBLE feed.  I am seeing 4.1mbs download and 3.4mbs upload.

Please help!  It is lagging, and occasionally cutting back to moments from the pre-game show."

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Beast mode activated: an Infamous 2 review

By: BatRastered Jul 20, 2011 | 6 Comments

The beast is coming, will you be able to defeat him, will you even try? These are the kinds of choices you can make in infamous 2.

Infamous 2 picks up right where Infamous left off. Cole is now powered up and waiting to take on the beast. Cole and his gang plan to head to New Marais (aka New Orleans) to pick up some new powers before the big fight, but the beast has other plans. If you finished the first Infamous, you can continue your story as either good or evil and get some bonus XP, extra electric power and a karmic boost. If you finished both story lines, you get to choose which one to continue. It’s a nice touch and it works great.

I was late to the Infamous party; I didn’t play it until it was free as part of the PSN welcome back program (check out my pro tips). On the plus side, that means I played Infamous right before playing the sequel. As such, two things really stuck out right from the get-go. First, they changed voice actors for Cole, the main character in the game. (I didn’t think that was a good sign.) And second, the game looked a lot better. Oh yeah, and for some reason Sucker Punch thought it’d be funny to change the pick up an item/interaction button from triangle to R1... no reason, just different. That screwed me up big time early on.

The Infamous 2 engine has been reworked an includes some really impressive updates including real-time in-engine cut scenes (all of which are skippable now, yeah!) destructible elements and big HUGE enemies. The new engine also supports user generated content (UGC), but more on that later.

Aside from the typical destructible cover (boxes and such) there are huge verandas that you can take out with a few well placed grenades. This has the added benefit of taking care of any baddies standing on or below the porch. Giant fuel tanks and silos can be blown up along with pedestrian bridges and all sorts of stuff I didn’t expect. (There’s no full scale building demolition though.)

Infamous 2 is a bit tougher than its predecessor, mostly because it is more stingy with the electricity. You no longer gain power from grinding on wires; they’re solely for transportation now. Your standard lightning bolt (R1) also now consumes some juice. You’ll have to be a bit more strategic if you don’t want to run out of power now, especially in powered down areas of the city. To make up for the standard bolt taking power, Sucker Punch has improved the melee by giving Cole a weapon, dubbed “the Amp”, it is an electrified tuning-fork looking device that you swing at the baddies to clear them out. Unfortunately for Cole, the Amp is no match for a gun, and many of the bad guys (even early on) have guns. Jumping into a gang of four or five jimmies with guns and swinging your stick around is akin to suicide. There’s also a section of the city that’s partially flooded, forcing you to stick to the rooftops as water and electricity are a bad mix.

infamous 2 devourer

My first OMG moment came when I was introduced to the Devourer, a giant swamp creature that will chase you through the streets and give you your first real challenge in the game. It’s not a boss, just a really big, strong enemy. There are also militia helicopters and giant Ice Titans to contend with (plus a couple of REALLY GIANT surprise enemies). Sadly, none of these big baddies are available in the mission editor for the UGC, so many of the user created missions end up being swarms of small enemies. Pro Tip: You can enter the UGC mission creator, fly to any point in the map, and finally exit the creator which will essentially fast travel Cole to wherever you want to be.

One of my complaints about the first game was that no matter which side of the karmic scale you were on, the story played out the same way. This made the good/evil choices largely irrelevant (except as to which powers you had). Infamous 2 has no such problem, the ending (not just the cut scenes, but the game play and bosses) is completely different for good Cole and evil Cole. Without giving too much away, Infamous 2 is the only game I can think of where the evil ending seems more like the real ending to me. The game is called “infamous” after all!

Aside from the lack of large enemies is the UGC, there are a couple of other, minor issues with Infamous 2. Instead of taking you into the map screen after completing a mission (as Infamous did), Infamous 2 puts a mission summary on the right of the screen, while leaving you in control of Cole. This sounds good in theory, but in practice the summary covers up your mini-map and for some reason hides your target reticule. If there are any bad guys left alive in the area when you finish a mission, you will have a tough time dealing with them in that condition. My advice is to just run away until the summary is off the screen and your reticule is back. Another issue occurs when you defeat one of the larger enemies. Infamous 2 likes to give them a cinematic death, this takes control away from you to show you the bad guy going down in slow motion even if they weren’t the last active enemy and you are still in the middle of a fire fight. Totally not cool.

In the first Infamous, all of your powers could be upgraded 3 times and they became more and more useful each time. In Infamous 2, instead of simply upgrading the power, you unlock variations on the power (a triple shot, or spread version of the basic bolt for instance). Some of these are cool, some are not, but I never felt like I was getting more powerful, just different, which was a shame.

You still collect blast shards to increase you electricity storage, they are scattered all over the city just as before, you’d really have to try to not see them and get at least 50% of them. As the story progresses, you are joined by two conduit accomplices, one good and one evil and you can choose which side missions to do, in addition to some main story decisions that will drastically affect your karma.

Overall, Infamous 2 is a fun game with tons of stuff to do. You’ll want to play through it twice, which is quite a bit of game play. Unfortunately the UGC doesn’t keep the replay value as high as promised due to the omission of the larger enemies. Still, I got a couple of weeks of value out of this game and enjoyed myself while playing it so BUY IT.

 

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Infamous pro tips

By: BatRastered Jul 8, 2011 | 4 Comments

Play on hard without looking like a Jimmy...

I played through the first Infamous recently for two reasons. One, it was free and two I wanted to play through it before picking up Infamous 2. Rei Puerto already did an excellent job reviewing the first game, so I’ll just say that it’s definitely worth picking up at its discounted price (if you didn’t get it for free like I did during the PSN welcome back program).

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Twisted Metal + Mechs = Fuck Yeah!!!

By: DragonKiss83 Jun 3, 2011 | 6 Comments

I guess they decided we just weren't hyped enough.

Let me just start by saying, "Holy Shit!!!"

Sweet Tooth busts out a sick ass Mech and brings some hell to Dollface.  But two can play that game.  The chance to play as a bad ass mech in this game brings it up to a whole other level for me.  I was just short of drooling when I saw this.  If they offer this for everyone the game is going to be insane.  Hell if the mechs are only available in one mode of play I'll be fine with that.  This is a franchise that I have loved from the start and they are bringing out all the tricks to be relevant again. 

What else could we ask for?  Can you think of anything missing?  Or do you think they are trying to hard?

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