Mass Effect 3

I was pretty psyched to play Mass Effect 3′s new DLC. The fact that it involved teaming up with Aria, the badass that runs the lawless Omega station, that was enough for me to drop 1200 MS points the day it came out. I really wish it had a more interesting story though. You fight battles, protect a few key points and do a little bit of arguing over strategy and some moralizing. You also meet a past love interest, nothing especially game changing happens. I finished playing and after maybe three hours of exploring, I realized I was actually pretty bored? I liked the idea of the Adjutants but that… (more…)

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I fell in love with the first Army of Two game. A game built for co-op that I could play on the same console with a friend was perfect for my tastes. Making money and upgrading guns while working together to stay alive is a great concept for a video game. I remember this was my first taste of such a wide range of customization options and I ate it up and asked for more. It was also well written, the funny little one liners back and forth provided a nice splash of comedy and showed the camaraderie as well as the more playful side. A little trip as they… (more…)

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There was a time when gamers would rave about the games they loved and bought them at launch religiously. Happy to pay full price, if it was the latest instalment in your favourite series there wasn’t a question that you would make a purchase. There was a time when a new Final Fantasy title stirred up sensational arguments across the internet, gamers everywhere debating which instalment was the greatest. There was also a time when you’d see solid RPGs (and JRPGS) hit store shelves bi-monthly. Now it seems that all that’s out there are shooters and sequels in an FPS over-saturated market. I no longer buy games at launch.  The question is what changed? Me or… (more…)

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The PlayStation Vita has been out for some time now and I have to admit that I haven’t been playing it as much as I thought I would.  Before the Vita came out, I had in my head that I would be playing the crap out of it and never want to put it down.  Sadly, this hasn’t been the case. Now don’t get me wrong, the Vita is a great system and offers some fun games and it has incredible potential.  Titles such as Escape Plan and Uncharted: Golden Abyss are tons of fun and immediately come to mind. Sadly, with a limited library, I simply haven’t spent as… (more…)

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The thing I enjoy so much about playing video games online is the social aspect it adds to gaming. Being able to get together with online and real-life friends to game, regardless of where they are located, is amazing. We don’t have to worry about setting a date and time, moving furniture, setting up computers or TVs and running wires for a late night – we just game. I used to be a big fan of the Call of Duty series and I spent a great deal of time playing with friends online. It was fun to get everyone together and find a single game we could all play. Sometimes it took a little… (more…)

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The day was September 29, 2011 and most hardcore shooter fans were biting their nails as they waited for Battlefield 3′s beta to download. Since then, the game has spawned three expansion packs –  Back to Karkhand, Close Quarters and Armored Kill. Fast forward to a few days ago when EA announced Battlefield 4 and ask yourself this question, “Do I still have that nail-biting feeling?” I sure don’t. In fact, I am only feeling one thing instead of excitement… anger. Why, you ask? Because I believe Battlefield 3 could have gone on for one or two more years. Yes, I realize that a Spring 2013 beta release means a… (more…)

saturation07162012

Arcades made gaming simple. Before home consoles, handhelds and mobile phones, arcades provided a singular platform for enthusiasts to enjoy their niche passion. Obviously, gaming has exploded in popularity over the last two decades, and any passionate gamer would be hard pressed to argue this as a negative. That niche crowd, which quickly fed quarters into a machine so that Pac-man could be fed little yellow pellets just as quickly, has transformed into a multi-billion dollar audience. Alongside that audience, the number of games and ways to play them has multiplied too, growing from just an arcade cabinet to PCs, consoles, dedicated handhelds, mobile phones and tablets.  As previously stated,… (more…)

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I’ve been a Total War fan for a very long time. The first game I played in the franchise was Medieval II and then Rome Total War. After those two titles, I was hooked and bought almost every other game in the series. Before Shogun II was announced, I was really hoping to see Rome II, much to my disappointment though, this was not the case. Now, however, it’s a different story. For those of you that don’t know, the Total War franchise is a PC strategy game that combines turn based strategy and resource management, with real time battles. It also portrays a more realistic setting than most strategy… (more…)

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By: Tom Tolladay Let’s be honest, video game movies have not made much of an impression with film critics and audiences. While the Prince of Persia: Sands of Time was a passable popcorn flick, Super Mario Bros., Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Hitman were awful film adaptations that only managed to upset fans. But with several video game icons making cameos this year in Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph, I couldn’t help but start thinking about what video games should be converted into movies. Although Hollywood doesn’t have a great track record when handling video game franchises (see also the so-bad-its-good Street Fighter: The Movie), I am confident that they may eventually get… (more…)

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I’ve been hearing a lot about how smartphones might replace portable consoles at some point in the near future. While I’m impressed by the capabilities of smartphones these days, I’m still skeptical. In my opinion, this theory is complete bollocks. I had a friend say to me, “Hey, what do you think about a future where we won’t have any gaming consoles, just smartphones.” He could have probably just guessed my answer by the glare I gave him. First of all, games for mobile phones are almost always created with the casual gamer in mind. These titles are designed to be played in short bursts while killing time on the… (more…)

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