Thursday, April 28, 2016

ASH is finally released on the Nintendo 3DS! + From the Source: Nintendo eShop action


I'm happy to see ASH finally being released on the Nintendo 3DS... it's about time.


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April 28, 2016 13:00 UTC

Nintendo News: Nintendo Download Highlights New Digital Content for Nintendo Systems

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
In Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge, make Minis march like never before in this free download. ...
In Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge, make Minis march like never before in this free download. (Graphic: Business Wire)
  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
    • Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge – Make Minis march like never before in this free download. To get started, simply tap any amiibo figure on the Wii U GamePad controller or a New Nintendo 3DS system. Or, tap select amiibo figures to guide one of 11 Minis across more than 50 levels, using their in-game Minis and their unique abilities, like Yoshi who can eat enemies, to reach the exit. But watch out! Mine carts, ghostly Boos and other new obstacles lurk around every corner.
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • Disney Art Academy – Pre-Purchase – To help you start playing as soon as possible, if you pre-purchase the game in Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, it will pre-load the game to your system. That means you’ll be able to play after a small game update when it launches on May 13. Be one of the first to play! Game playable in 2D only.
    • SEGA 3D Classics Collection – A collection of nine classic SEGA games in one game … and in 3D! From the arcades straight to your Nintendo 3DS system, experience the classics that defined genres.
  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • Lost Reavers – Lost Reavers is a free-to-play, four-player co-op game that asks players to haul treasure safely back to extraction points while their friends protect them. Choose one of four distinct characters to play, and explore a variety of worlds ranging from Ancient Ruins and Medieval Castles to a Modern City. Click here to view a trailer for the game.
    • The Deer God – The Deer God is a game about survival, reincarnation and karma. Find power-ups, unlock ancient secrets and test your platforming skills in this unique side-scrolling pixelated adventure! Click here to view a trailer for the game.
  • Wii Retail on Wii U
    • Xenoblade Chronicles – You’ve played him in the Super Smash Bros. games, so now experience Shulk in his very first adventure! Discover expansive environments and deep character customization options as you delve into an epic conflict between the Homs (humans) and Mechons (robots). Explore the game’s unique upgrade, battle and relationship-building systems as you fight to change the future with trusty allies and the ancient Monado blade.
Nintendo eShop sales:
  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
    • Gardenscapes (Nintendo 3DS), Jones on Fire (Wii U) and more games from JoinDots are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 5.
  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • Journey of a Special Average Balloon and Outside of the Realm from Eli Brewer are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 5.
    • The Letter is 50 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to $0.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 5.
    • Explody Bomb and Hold Your Fire: A Game About Responsibility from Alkterios Games are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 19.
    • SDK Paint is 25 percent off (reduced from $3.99 to $2.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 11.
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • To celebrate the developer’s 10th anniversary, Swords & Soldiers 3DTappingo and more games from Circle Entertainment are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 5.
    • Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the TitanEtrian Mystery Dungeon and more games from ATLUS are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 9.
    • Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D is 50 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 5.
    • Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX is more than 30 percent off (reduced from $8 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 25.
Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:
  • New themes this week include:
    • Star Fox Zero: Space Battle
    • Shovel Knight Campfire Dream
    • Plague Knight’s Theme
Also, new this week:
  • ASH (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)

Game on... affordably!

Updates from Nintendo... which include no NX at E3 2016! Momma no!


No NX at this years E3? #%*!

Yesterday our bubble was popped... because Nintendo's update included that there will be no Nintendo NX action at E3. If they are going to skip one of the biggest gaming expos... there better be a good reason and they'd better come out with guns blazing for will be presented.

When it comes to the NX itself, its coming March of 2017... which is cool and we have something to look forward to beyond E3 2016 by way of Nintendo Direct... but they have to seriously think about their approach this time around. If they desire those PS4 numbers, the system is going to have to be awesome and centered around gaming for all. It was centered around gaming for people of all ages... but it was hard to tell based on the delivery a good chunk of the time (as well as placing multiple games in a category listed as "Games for Kids" or some crap... if you're a frequent reader of our posts then this should ring a bell because it was an annoying "WTF" moment).

I don't want to see any company fail, especially if it means more options for us as gamers... so I wish them the best in hopes that they play their Pokemon cards right! :p
On the flip side of the NX not being at E3 this year, I can see that being something done to avoid the system being picked apart in a negative way without them explaining it well on their on terms (they just have to explain themselves well... because they hold the cards). Also I could see them trying to get the remaining life out of the Wii U before the focus shifts.

From what we know, The Legend of Zelda will be released simultaneously for the Wii U and NX game systems... and will be one of the only (if not the only) game Nintendo showcases at E3 this year based the information provided. The Wii U version will be playable. Check out the information from Nintendo below.


Nintendo changes its approach to the show every year. This June, Nintendo will focus its attentions on the upcoming game in The Legend of Zelda franchise. The Wii U version of the game will be playable for the first time on the E3 show floor, and it will be the only playable game Nintendo presents at the show, in order to provide attendees a complete immersion. Additional information about Nintendo’s E3 plans will be announced in the future. - Nintendo | REDMOND, Wash., April 27, 2016

Though we'd love to see more... as long as the attention is going towards good things, its fine with me and almost feels like something 3rd party developers do. 3rd party developers don't always show up at E3 with multiple games to play... some only have one in hopes that it gets enough love to be successful. Let's see how this goes.

By the way, Nintendo is also celebrating over 10 million downloads of Miitomo starting tomorrow April 29th - May 8, 2016. While I am on the subject of... Miitomo, something i'd love for Nintendo to do is to allow us to connect with people through Google+ also (the app is on Android, so... it kind of makes sense). Even the ability to connect with your phone book would be cool because you're using the app on your phone, but that's just me and multiple people who are still wondering around digitally with no one to talk to.

Nintendo didn't only drop that bit of news... they lit things back up with the mention of their next mobile apps, which are for Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing. The plan is for a fall release on both of these games. They want to make Fire Emblem more accessible by delivering a mobile experience, while Animal Crossing sounds like it will allow you to play on mobile and console. Nintendo will obviously deliver more info about these apps as fall approaches, but they could be planning even more apps moving forward as they aim to have multiple types of "...apps that appeal to different audiences and different groups of players". I hope this translates over to the NX.

Fun fact: Did you know that Nintendo of America owns a percentage of the Seattle Mariners? Although yesterday they mentioned that they are selling the majority, they are maintaining 10%.


I'll end this post with some StarFox Zero animated short action... and if you remember the previous games (especially Star Fox 64), you'll probably enjoy SFZ. Its a blast from the past... but its new at the same time. An all-new Star Fox adventure should be released on the NX going even deeper in depth with visuals, story and action.
We're heading out... all aircraft report!


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Monday, April 25, 2016

Doom is coming + VR Action + BLACKROOM: Holograms gone bad!

Are your palms sweating already?






Games release on various days... but I like what Bethesda is doing with DOOM specifically releasing it on a Friday the 13th. I have never mentioned this before but I really enjoyed these days as a kid... not from a Goth point of view, but because of all the horror movies that would be shown on TV.

So I think that they picked one if not the best release date (beyond Halloween) for this game. Friday the 13th always had that Halloween feel anyway, minus the costumes & candy that some of us would indulge in.

At this time... we don't know if DOOM has or will have VR support, but... DOOM has an incredibly dedicated community and... I think that in the name of that community there should be VR. Bethesda should do a poll. Anyway, if you want in on doom at the price in the image... check it out here.

Speaking of VR, if you don't have a sound proof room to game in, a mouth gag in place, or you simply don't know how to use... your indoor voice... it might not be the best move to play a horror game.

Perfect example is the girl playing a horror game in VR in this video... jeez.



By the way... the creators of Doom (John Romero & Adrian Carmack) are back at it again... working on a new FPS titled "Blackroom" (at least at this time) taking a more... holographic approach. They are seeking $700k worth of help via KickStarter and if you'd like to see them bring this game to life... check it out. They want to go back with this game... as long as that doesn't mean visually and movement wise because some of the older games are really stiff. They are allowing you to create your own maps, run your own dedicated servers and mod it up on PC. John Romero reminds me of one of those old school rock fans/gamers keeping old school... kick a** alive and well.





To keep the VR action going... check out this announcement trailer for a PvP VR survival experience titled "Detach" and... Pre-Order here for $20.34 (USD) if you fancy.


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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Just Cause 3… reviewed!


This game has enough content to keep you locked and loaded for quite some time.

Rico Rodriguez returns home to the Mediterranean republic of Medici that has been taken over by a piece of work General known as Di Ravello, and his army of course. So Rico’s mission is clear… do what he does best and… kick butt at full throttle! I said clear instead of... “simple” because if you don’t learn the ropes quick enough… you will be taken out soon enough (I’m not kidding).

The story is strong with an action movie-ish quality and it contains an assortment of characters that I found memorable, like Rico’s friend… Mario. Mario is all about good times and freedom fighting action (from an average Joe’s standpoint). I appreciate them adding a character like this in, because he delivers more of a realistic standpoint… almost like he’s the friend of a super hero (which Rico can be considered that). Even if he isn’t as gifted in the way Rico is… he does what he can in a comedic way that breaks up the seriousness, and also gives Rico a friend to joke around with at times. I welcome this to the franchise with open arms because it gives more life to the adventure.

Side note: I'm glad they have a cast, but at the same time... i'm sooooo happy that they didn't do it in a way that requires you to interact with them ever so often to maintain some sort of friend meter. No offense to people that have games with those things incorporated, but in this type of game it would not have worked and would've felt unnecessarily annoying. Anyway (lol)... back to the review.

There is a lot of land, sea and… air to raise havoc in and though sea isn’t exactly the place to be without at least 3 stars when it comes to action (in my opinion), it adds to the fun… especially when you have a weaponized boat. Who am I kidding… all the weaponized vehicles add to the level of awesome this game has to offer because you can save on your ammo and still be able to bring the heat to the general’s army.

Vehicles are extremely enjoyable in this game… the developers didn’t just make them a part of transportation from point A to B, you can stunt hard and be rewarded for it. This includes flying aircrafts low to the ground, hitting land with your boat and riding it on ground for as long as possible, etc. Etcetera include things I’d list as part of the replay value… like the timed challenges you can take on with vehicles.

Replay value is huge, you have a lot to do with the 400 square mile sandbox including:
·     Mission objectives represented by bull logos on the map, so you aren’t just playing from one mission to the next… and you will have to unlock plenty of them (which give you something to work towards). Don’t expect missions to be the same missions started with a different cut scene either… because there is a nice amount of variety that takes advantage of the environment whether you’re escorting, transporting cargo, coming in as a one man cavalry to help rebels fight in various areas… hopping from one battle to the next, flooring it to duck bullets in an SUV to make it in the back of a huge plane before it takes off at an airport, making your way into secret facilities to disable defenses, etc.
      
      Just know you have your work cut out for you… and look forward to enjoying it as you tighten the grip of defeat around the neck of the general. Gwahahaha (cough) ummm… excuse the laugh.

·         Your pursuit to free various locations of Genera Di Ravello’s control gives you a lot to accomplish, though some areas besides the layout of the land feel… similar, it’s not something that really made me frown because there are many locations that vary and aren’t the same, not to mention I can approach them all differently. I can attach a vehicle to a copter, take it above a destination of attack and drop it... or use it as a ram… or jump from the copter grapple myself to the vehicle and let off a rocket launcher (like a supreme bad a**) before jumping inside as it lands on the ground (hopefully not ending with an explosion). It sounds crazy, but… you can actually do that sort of stuff.

·         Challenges… that you have to unlock as you accomplish various missions.

·      Gear Mods… further extend your replay value also. They range from land, sea and air mods, accuracy, tether amount and so forth. In each of those sections you have various things to unlock and utilize, like in the Land Vehicle Mods you have… Nitrous, Turbo Jump, etc. So as you unlock modes by completing challenges… that increases your level of awesome (so take on those challenges as mentioned and get to unlocking).

·     Rankings System… that constantly fluctuates based on people knowing or unknowingly doing specific things to top someone else (which you might find SDGT Ent in the number one spot in a few categories… until beaten). This alone can keep you busy for a while because you just don’t know when you will be notified that a person took your spot.

Options for the rankings range from drifting, tossing an enemy in a slingshot manner to get the longest distance possible, kicking an enemy from a great height, longest flight time in a wingsuit, etc. So even though multiplayer isn’t delivered in the sense that you’re running around with other players (though a mode like that would be nice with the main cast of the game for a cool co-op adventure)… the competition is ever present when you’re online.

The cons in this game are the glitches, that’s about the only thing… that I could really point out as a con. Just to give you an idea, I got stuck on the train tracks after jumping off a train, and during other times fellow rebels didn’t jump behind the wheel when I moved to the top of the vehicle. Also another con… at least on the PC side is… the amount of power needed to play the game (most PC gamers don’t have high end PCs which decreases the number of people able to play the game without upgrading their PC), but I won’t mark this as a negative in the scoring because that’s just a part of PC gaming since they aren’t like consoles that only require you to have the unit (that requires developers to make the game based on those specifications).

That’s a completely different story and I know some people will see it as ammo in a pointless debate about consoles vs pc gaming, but… (People… people… people) I’ll end it on our end by saying… game on whatever platform you’d like and keep gaming alive and well.

If you haven’t seen the visuals in this game yet, check out the video below… the game easily gets a 5 in the looks department. Being able to see the depth of the environment, mountains in the distance as you see bodies flying through the air on fire based on the explosive you planted on an enemy’s vehicle… is just so pretty. I had to catch a missile in this game before it killed many citizens of Medici, and you can just imagine how awesome that looked and I really appreciate the developer’s eye for detail. I appreciate the visuals even more because it isn’t just a pretty game… this feels like a true next installment in the franchise (which it is… but sometimes games just are just running with new skins and objectives).


There are other things I’d like in this game. I’d like to be able to have rebels jump on boats with me and even a copter or planes to increase the level of action and strategy (like in Saints Row 3 where you can whistle at NPCs to have them follow you… for example). The ability to physically roll out of the way of gunfire (like in Just Cause 2), and even crouching or taking cover would’ve been fantastic additions also. The crouch and cover abilities would be great because sometimes the gunfire is just too heavy, but the army approaches from all sides and won’t stop until you escape (a good chunk of the time), take them out, you take over the location (if you’re in a location to take over)… or they take you out. So cover may have been considered by the team but it didn’t really seem practical (I’m not sure).
Price wise… this game gets in where it fits at the initial retail price, and I wouldn’t argue it staying there for a little longer if… it included the DLC at no additional price.

Overall, this is a game with a crap load of replay value that can easily fill a summer with game time, has an enjoyable storyline, challenges to conquer, gear mods to obtain… and I thoroughly enjoy playing it. Do not skip out on playing this game with surround sound or a nice pair of gaming headphones because… it has some seriously awesome sound (the headset that I have has a rumble feature and some of the action and explosions really give me my money’s worth when used with this game).

Another side note: It took a while to get this review done because there isn’t a rushed approach to review’s at SDGT Ent… it makes sense to enjoy games as legit gamers and then layout the results. “If it weren’t for glitches, this game would receive 5 out of 5... but I do give them props for actively working towards fixing and updating things. I literally mentioned something... and they asked where it occurred so that they could take care of it.” –BLU

Fun factor: 5
Visually: 5
Replay value: 5
Price: 5
Glitches: -0.5


“4.5 / 5 Cool Points”



DLC REVIEWS


What can I say about the Sky Fortress DLC? Hmmm, its high flying missile dodging... Bavarium wing suit action! Sky Fortress is the first pack from Just Cause 3's Air, Land and Sea Expansion Pass (individual DLC purchases obviously available after pass holders get first dibs).

Outside of the Bavarium powered wing suit (which allows you to take flight without the need of using a grappling hook or jumping from a height to glide), you also get a P.D.D. WTF is a PDD? It's a Personal Defense Drone (that's what), which is listed in the menu as the Eviction Drone... that basically gives you additional support for battle because it attacks from the sky. Now that I've presented you with the duh of the day, I want to sky dive into this a bit more.

If you want different… trust me, this DLC delivers just that. It delivers a breath of fresh air, in addition to being the "AIR" expansion that will be followed up by "LAND" & "SEA" expansions. I didn’t think this game could get any better, and was pleasantly surprised when I took to the skies. The sky fortress is just that… a sky fortress with drones, and walking mech tanks and soldiers/employees of the new enemy. You also get a different approach in regards to the cut scenes… because they give the 2D (concept) artists a chance to shine a bit more instead of scenes being 3D animations like in the main game.

I literally took off in my wing suit without an air craft… which does not nullify planes, jets, and copters… just consider it another option if you choose to use it. In this mission flying around battling it out in the skies using homing missiles… while dodging the enemies’ missiles… just really added an extra level of cool to the overall package.

The adventure pulls you in and... I can't say it enough, it just takes you to another place, even if some things are familiar. Combine the old with the new and kick butt. You can lock on to enemies with your missiles and spray up enemies with your wing suit mounted machine gun, which added another notch to it because you don't have to break out the parachute in order to shoot.

You're able to do things like slow up your flight in order to make a smooth landing, make turns, barrel rolls, wall jumps and... you can even take off out of the freaking water too as you take on eDEN on the ground, the sky fortress and in between. After playing the air expansion... is it worth $11.99? Yes, but i'd prefer them all to be $9.99/each because it rounds things out, and if someone wants to save $5 they can get the pass. You're not just taking on soldiers, drones, and mechs up there... but I won't spill the beans. Each expansion delivers new story missions, challenges and... "toys" so if you want something to enjoy in between taking on the General, this option is worthwhile. One thing I wish was different, was the durability of the drone... because one moment it can be kicking butt, and then you turn around only to see it crash into a building. That's not always a bad thing when an enemy is in a tower and the crash saves you from being taken out.

Whether you're taking on eDEN or the General...  once you get your new toys, it's party time!

Fun factor: 5
Visually: 5
Replay value: 5
Price: 5





Mech up so you can wreck up... some baddies in this Mech Land Assault DLC adventure.

You're back on solid ground in this one, after soaring to new heights in the first DLC adventure that sends you among the clouds. There is plenty of action in this one with a good overall story that takes place on a secret prison island of Lacrima (that was supposedly abandoned).

The point where you initially get your hands on a mech is... satisfying, and I looked forward to seeing what I could do with it. You get two mechs in this DLC that are able to do things like jump and ground pound enemy vehicles, uppercut copters out of the freaking sky (say... what?!), pick up vehicles like tanks by manipulating gravity with the Mech's... GRIP gravity weapon, etc. You can even pick things up and throw them making the GRIP gravity weapon extremely useful.

I will say that while... I used the mech to get me out of tough spots, I didn't rely on it heavily because it was just a little too slow for my play-style. I give it a 4 because of that, so if you feel that it's a 5, that's fantastic... because the game is open to playing in different ways to get the job done. One very awesome (saving grace of a) thing about the mech is that you can call in a rebel controlled mech to have your back in sticky situations. (That's more appealing than me using it personally.)

By the way... if you want to jack an enemy's mech, they also include a new power core gun that disables vehicles with an EMP blast (it can be a mech, a car, a fighter jet, etc.). Just imagine what you can do with that, you can disable a fighter jet and send it crashing in to a location you've been trying to take over.

I won't spoil the story missions for you, but I will say that they made this DLC worth the purchase. I think I may have taken a step back from the mech also... thinking that it would be a cake walk based on the power it has, and I didn't want to rush through it. They know what they are doing though because there are areas where you aren't going to have access in a mech. I think the battles were fantastic and I think that they should drop a surprise DLC on us delivering more stories like that, because the triumphant victory was awesome.

They maintained the 2D art in the Land adventure, so you know what content your getting into versus standard missions. I'm not saying that's the reason they did it, but you will know it's a break from the norm. A really good break from the norm.

The price is okay, but... $9.99 would've been best.

Fun factor: 4
Visually: 5
Replay value: 5
Price: 4



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Friday, April 22, 2016

Gears of War 4... action at PAX East 2016!

Gears of War 4 News dropped on ya by... Ms. Courtney!


Gears of War 4” Multiplayer Trailer Sets the Stage for Fan Festivities and eSports Finale at PAX East

This coming Monday, April 25, the “Gears of War 4” Versus Multiplayer Beta will open up to all Xbox Live Gold members. To get fans ready for the fight, Xbox and The Coalition released a brand-new trailer today showcasing highlights from “Gears of War 4's” Versus Multiplayer mode, including an incredible arsenal of new weapons including the Buzzkill and Dropshot, which can shoot around and over cover; new abilities like yank and vault kick, part of the new close-cover combat system; and brutal new executions, all running at 60 fps.  

The trailer is set to the brand-new track "Nobody Speak" from DJ Shadow featuring El-P and Killer Mike from the hip-hop supergroup Run the Jewels. "Nobody Speak" debuted last weekend during Run the Jewels set at Coachella and is the second time that Xbox has joined up with Killer Mike following last year's announcement of “Gears of War Ultimate Edition.” "Nobody Speak" is DJ Shadow's first new song since 2011 and will appear on his upcoming album, The Mountain Will Fall out June 24th from Mass Appeal records.

Escalation Reveal and Season 2 Finals at PAX East
“Gears” fans looking to get their fix of even more Versus Multiplayer news can also Tune in Saturday (April 23, 2016) for the “Gears” eSports ESL Pro League Season 2 Grand Finals! Denial, DreamTeam, EnvyUs, and Notorious will battle it out for $60,000 in front of a live crowd at PAX East in Boston.

Fans also won’t want to miss the exclusive worldwide reveal of Escalation, the new competitive game mode for “Gears of War 4,” with 10 pro players facing off in the first “Gears of War 4” showmatch. Watch live at Saturday (April 23, 2016) 11:00 AM EDT / 8:00 AM PDT on www.twitch.tv/GearsofWar for top “Gears” gameplay, and digital weapon skins, and rare giveaways.

“Gears of War 4” at PAX East
“Gears” fans attending PAX East will also have the opportunity to learn more about “Gears of War 4” Versus Multiplayer during the Out of the Shadows: Inside Gears of War Multiplayer with The Coalition panel on Sunday, Apr. 24 at 10:30am in the Albatross Theater and streamed live on the Gears of War Twitch channel. Fans who show up to the panel in “Gears of War” cosplay will also have the chance to win some great prizes.

Lastly, fans at PAX East will be treated to “Gears of War 4” Versus multiplayer located in the Xbox Booth.


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Rocket League... FREE (for the weekend)!


Have you ever been interested in getting in on the Rocket League action? Well... now's your chance to enjoy it for free this weekend and even get it at a discount if its something that leaves you hungry for more.  By the way, if you've wondered where we've been... we've been busy. I (Blu) am wrapping up the review of Just Cause 3, Jevaud is on vacation, someone else is covering a review on Xbox One and... yeah... you get the idea. Game on!

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition... lands on PC, April 27th!


Windows 10 & Steam getting Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition

There are a few complaints about this game having the ability to sync saves between Xbox One & Windows 10 versions... but that's a plus in our book if you have the option to pick up and go on either side.

If you own the standard version of this game... you can upgrade for $4.99 (if you fancy) and... if its something you want to get your hands on for the first time, you can get this game for $19.99.


“Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition” launching for PC on April 27

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Ghost in the Shell should star a Japanese woman | Ryt Or Nah?

Before I jump into this... consider these non-gaming topics more of those things from the... stuff category of SDGT Ent (consider it a... breather from the game based topics)! (But yeah) Click play and get in face palm position if you're disappointed that Hollywood has gotten it's grip... yet again on something that could potentially end up... bad.
It's not bad that its Scarlett Johansson... we have nothing against her, but for this role... why not go with a Japanese woman? Why pass over the talented Japanese actresses out there just to take the same old approach to try and Americanize something that the fans appreciated regardless of it not being created in America? Maybe (just maybe) some of us appreciated it because it wasn't American based... and gave a perspective that wasn't familiar.

What do you think?



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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Want in on DOOM? Now's your chance to jump in on the FREE beta!

I wouldn't expect a beta to be anything... except free, but at least this game doesn't hold the beta hostage behind a pre-order. Especially if it helps the developer, so... thumbs up, check out the trailer below and follow the link to get your game on!





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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

King Of Fighters is back, brought to you by... ATLUS?!

SNK PLAYMORE X ATLUS action!

The King of Fighters XIV? Hmmm... there are plenty of fighters, and while this has served as one of the longer running competitors to the Street Fighter franchise... things went a bit cold (along with the interest in fighting games... beyond tournaments, as FPS games rose up the ranks). Don't get me wrong though... the 2D hand drawn animations in KOF were extremely beautiful, but at the same time it felt like the boss fights fell... flat in KOFXIII (for me).

I say all that to say... even if this game looks absolutely awesome, they have to make sure that the experience is on point. SNK Playmore is teaming up with the awesomeness that is ATLUS in this one... and how I hope they knock it out of the park. I do not want the type of dialog set up seen in KOFXIII... pretty please w/ a slice of extra cheese pepperoni pizza on top! Reading was not the problem in those pre-fight conversations... but it just wasn't good and it was drawn out (to me).

In addition to that... there was so much that could've happened in that game with the content, but I won't go into all that because i'd like to highlight the good things too in a review, versus just a rag-fest. I do want this to be awesome though and cut scenes would be appreciated over the back and forth dialog between characters... that I eventually began to skip past. According to ATLUS... the SNK PLAYMORE team will maintain the 3 vs 3 battle system... but there are notable updates to the fighting engine with streamlined controls to improve on things like the combos & max mode mechanics. I am curious what the story will be like, as well as the overall experience regarding the fights, but one thing I appreciate immediately is the 50 available fighters being available at launch... and we received no mentions of DLC.

The new party battle feature also seems like it could be pretty cool, and sounds as if it will be in the standard set up of people fighting it out with 3 vs 3, but... every character will be controlled by a different person. That would make for a pre-tty coooolllll tournament... because I've never seen one with that type of set up. Have you? Anyway, check out some of the images below and game on!

Oh... before I go, do you think that we will see a new Capcom vs SNK game? I think 2018 would be a great year for one (giving enough space for breathing room).



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Would you like to see Fear Effect Sedna happen?



Fan of Fear Effect? Want a new installment? Well... Square-Enix contacted us today about this and I was like... "Say whaaattt?!". The team is seeking $100,000k via KickStarter... so if you want in, check out the link below. 

What i'd really (really) want to see in a new Fear Effect is... a smooth cel-shade style seen in the image above. I don't want an adventure you can breeze through leaving something to be desired. I need there to be a story that takes me back because I am one of those people that still (proudly) owns a mint copy of Fear Effect for PlayStation 1 and would like to catch up with something that also feels fresh and exciting.
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Monday, April 11, 2016

Roblox? What happened to Project Spark? + From the Source: Gears of War 4 update + Quantum Break


I can't and won't hate on ROBLOX, and granted it's worth letting people know of it being available on Xbox One but... I don't know. It's a "meh", at least for me.

That's something that feels almost like fishing to keep some of the community happy due to a lack of content. 

I'd love to be 100% wrong on that, but it just feels that way, but there are games coming and there are games that shouldn't be overlooked. The Just Cause 3 review is close to completion (there is a lot of ground to cover in that game... seriously and that's available on the system, so don't sleep on it if action is your... thing). Speaking of Roblox... what about Project Spark? Not to compare them, i'm just wondering what's going on with Microsoft and the decisions they make at times. Other 1st party developers make wonder the same thing at times too.

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From the Source:

Microsoft Studios and Remedy Entertainment’s action-packed thriller – Quantum Break – is now available on Xbox One and Windows 10. The Xbox One version can be purchased at the Xbox Store, Microsoft stores and microsoftstore.com, and most major retailers worldwide. The Windows 10 version can be purchased and downloaded through the Windows Store.
To celebrate the release of the game, 11 Microsoft store locations in the U.S. and Canada hosted launch events with fans. In addition, beginning today at 10 a.m. PDT, Remedy Entertainment will be hosting a Quantum Break livestream on Twitch featuring key members of the team, including Creative Director Sam Lake, from their studio in Espoo, Finland.
To commemorate Remedy Entertainment and their 20-year legacy of making games, COMPLEX created an in-depth documentary chronicling the origins of the famed Finnish studio, and their work over the last two decades developing critically-acclaimed blockbusters, including “Max Payne,” “Alan Wake,” and now “Quantum Break.”


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*Post updated on 4/11/16 at 10 a.m. PT to clarify the beta timeline. 
On Oct. 11, a new generation of heroes will rise and confront an ominous new threat in Gears of War 4, the first chapter of a brand-new saga developed by The Coalition.
Today, we’re excited to debut our first story trailer, “Tomorrow,” which connects the legacy of the Fenix family from father to son and features a foreboding glimpse of the new menace that awaits.
At the conclusion of Gears of War 3, Marcus Fenix wondered what tomorrow would bring. What a world without war would look like. This is the story of two tomorrows – the one Marcus envisioned, and the one 25 years later, where all hope is shattered as a new nightmare is reborn.
“Tomorrow” features Disturbed’s haunting cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence,” and offers a hint of how Gears of War 4 brings the franchise back to the dark, mysterious and intense tone of the original classic.
Ready to join the fight? Be sure to hop on Xbox Live when the Versus multiplayer beta kicks off in a week:
Beginning on April 18, fans who’ve played Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Xbox One or Windows 10 will begin to receive tokens in waves for early access to the beta. On April 25, all qualifying Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One will be invited to join the beta until it ends on May 1.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

SDGT Ent Challenges + Kingdom Hearts Unchained X for Mobile!


Here is Blu's... recorded gameplay challenge from Just Cause 3! Want to see him take on another specific challenge? Just ask. By the way... everyone is taking advantage of traveling opportunities, so I've just gotten back, I think Jevaud is in Mexico somewhere, Blu was in SWFL for BFCC promo.
I think Little Bear is somewhere in Nevada enjoying some good eats, but... the show must go on!

                          SDGT Ent Challenges - Just Cause 3: Eden Airship Master Tour II                   

                        

How did Masha do for her first video?


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This... is... awesome, and mobile has come a long way so i'm glad to see Square-Enix increasing the love yet again with... Kingdom Hearts action that reveals new narrative for KH3! (WOOT WOOT)


Official news dropped on us today:

LOS ANGELES ( April 7, 2016) -- The next KINGDOM HEARTS chapter in the beloved series begins today as SQUARE ENIX® and Disney launch KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained χ (read as Unchained “Key”). This free-to-play app (with in-app purchases) allows players to embark on a journey that will uncover story elements from the highly anticipated KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologueand KINGDOM HEARTS III, as well as the earliest parts of the series’ epic history.

For the first time in the series, players can create their own Keyblade wielder using the Avatar system. The detailed customization system will provide a variety of unique character costumes based on seasonal events, Disney themes and blockbuster films, including outfits based on Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde from the Walt Disney Animation Studios’ hit film, Zootopia.

“We wanted to thank all the KINGDOM HEARTS fans for patiently waiting for the launch of KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained χ in North America.  We would love for everyone to dive into the world of KINGDOM HEARTS not only through this title, but through the upcoming titles, KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and KINGDOM HEARTS III,” said franchise director Tetsuya Nomura. “As an origins story, there are many elements in the game that new players can enjoy. The game can also be easily picked up and played, so it would be great if fans new and old, take the opportunity to play the game.”

As players traverse the unique worlds of Disney, they will collect, fuse and evolve hundreds of medals that contain the power of Disney heroes and villains. Keyblades can also be discovered across the iconic worlds and strengthened using items found throughout their adventures.

Players can download the game through the App Store for iPhone and iPad and on Google Play for Android devices at the following links:

App Store: 
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kingdom-hearts-unchained-ch/id1086859120?l=ja&ls=1&mt=8

Google Play: 
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.square_enix.android_googleplay.khuxww

                       

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