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Gaming News: 3/16/13

Left 4 Dead 2 Resident Evil 6 Crossover EllisThe oddest piece of news this weeks reminds me that April Fool’s is right around the corner. Though I’m sure it’s not a prank just yet, a Resident Evil 6 and Left 4 Dead 2 crossover is in the works!

Also this week, Nintendo gets sued and Apollo Justice will be in the next Ace Attorney game. Coincidence that the game will be on the 3DS, the very console Nintendo was sued over? I think it’s a conspiracy… Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on 03/16/2013 in News

 

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Review: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate

Castlevania Mirror of Fate CoverThe Castlevania series has enjoyed years of success on handheld systems. The previous three games in the series on the DS were arguably some of the best in the entire series. However, a reboot of the franchise occurred on the consoles in 2010 with the release of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. The new game retained the gothic setting and whip-based action, but replaced much of the mythos with a fresh take on the story and took a more hack-n-slash, God of War-like approach. While this may have reinvigorated the franchise on the consoles, it has absolutely no place on the handhelds. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate is a victim of itself, trying to blend the new style of Lords of Shadow with the “Metroidvania” gameplay the DS and GBA games have perfected, but instead falls short in almost every category. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on 03/14/2013 in Nintendo 3DS

 

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Game Hunter 04 – Organization

When amassing a collection there are lots of things to keep in mind: budget, game types, condition, the list goes on. But what happens when you run out of room to store all your games? Or worse, when you’re at a store holding up a copy of a game and you can’t for the life of you remember if you already own it? Episode 04 of Game Hunter is here to help you out of this difficult situation!

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Jsick

 
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Posted by on 03/13/2013 in Collecting

 

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Review: Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan

Etrian Odyssey IV CoverI recently had the opportunity to review a game very similar to Etrian Odyssey IV on the 3DS, Unchained Blades, itself a port from the PSP. I reference this past review because Etrian Odyssey IV does everything right that Unchained Blades did wrong. This fourth installment in the Atlus dungeon crawling RPG series is the best entry the entire genre has seen in a long time, and if we’re lucky it will start a steady influx of quality titles.

 

 

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Posted by on 03/12/2013 in Nintendo 3DS

 

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Review: Capcom Arcade Cabinet

Capcom Arcade Cabinet ArtCapcom is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Thirty years of video games from one of the world’s most well known game developers. In those three decades we’ve seen bona fide classics including Street Fighter, Mega Man, Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, and that’s only naming a few. What better way to honor Capcom’s storied history than by reliving some of the Japanese company’s earliest arcade titles? Capcom Arcade Cabinet is no mere collection of retro arcade games, but rather a platform to rekindle the feeling of being in an arcade in the 80s as well as open up these classic games for a new generation to enjoy. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on 03/10/2013 in Playstation 3, Retro

 

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Sunday Roundup: 3/10/13

Castlevania Mirror of Fate CoverCastlevania: Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate
3DS
Release Date: March 5th, 2013
Purchased at: N/A (Review Copy)

Just one new game this week, but it’s one I’ve been looking forward to playing. Lords of Shadow is a spinoff series to the vanilla Castlevania and it’s a bit darker and action-y than the previous series. This is also the first portable Castlevania game since 2008’s Order of Ecclesia on the DS. Seeing as that game and pretty much every portable game in the series is stellar, this game has some hefty shoes to fill (spinoff or not). My time with the game so far has been good: I like the dark visuals and hack-n-slash gameplay, as well as getting to play as series stalwart Simon Belmont again. More to come in the review!

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Jsick

 
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Posted by on 03/10/2013 in Collecting, Nintendo 3DS

 

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Review: Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed CarIt seems even Sonic the Hedgehog, the “fastest thing alive,” enjoys getting behind the wheel from time to time. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is Sonic and company’s second racing outing after 2010’s Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing. The majority of the game is similar to the first: you can play as Sonic and many other familiar Sega faces as you race around tracks based on popular Sega franchises. In short it’s another case of “whatever Mario can do, Sonic can do better” from Sega. But Mario Kart this is not. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on 03/09/2013 in Nintendo 3DS

 

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Gaming News: 3/9/13

Professor Layton MangaJet called it in a tweet last week: I think we doomed SimCity.

After the game was released it was plagued with issues concerning connectivity, gameplay performance, and more. After talking highly of the series and it’s future on the last Bosscast I am more than upset the game has stumbled right out of the gate.

In other news, there are some games on sale you can swipe if you’re fast. And apparently there’s a Professor Layton manga I can must spend all of my money importing. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on 03/09/2013 in News

 

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Worth Playing vol. 5: The Remake Rendition

Ken HD ComparisonThe remake.
It’s been around for years and it has become more common for a developer or publisher to remake or re-release their titles for a new generation to play and enjoy. Many of these games are vanilla ports of their original versions but there are a few that I can say are better than their originals. Needless to say these games are worth your time and will leave you feeling both excited and nostalgic.

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Modern Classics: Tekken 3

Tekken 3 CoverFighting games are usually broken down into two categories: 2D fighting and 3D fighting. In the 3D fighting field I think of three games being the kings of the arena: Dead or Alive, Virtua Fighter, and Tekken. Of those three I’ve played and enjoyed them all but I have had the most love and fun with Tekken. Though I played the first two games it wasn’t until Tekken 3 that I really started to dig deep into the series. The characters, the music, the smooth animations, the visuals, and the combat all make Tekken 3 one of the PlayStation’s best games. Yeah, one of the best games for the entire system.

Modern Classics – Tekken 3

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Jsick

 
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Posted by on 03/06/2013 in Playstation 1

 

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