Thursday, August 17, 2017

Rise of the Tomb Raider 20th Anniversary… reviewed!

Lara sets out on a new adventure… after one heck of a new first impression.

I say it like that, not only because this isn’t Lara’s first rodeo, but it is the first time I’ve made more of an emotional connection with the Tomb Raider. The initial games (PS1 days)… were colder, but I took it for what it was, making moves to get where I needed to be in the level in order to progress to the next location. The way the character was set up to move, really frustrated me… and although it got better from the 1st Title to games like Tomb Raider Legend… the latest installments are more my cup of tea.

The new Tomb Raider ushered me into a story that I looked forward to experiencing, not just something they get through. I’m really glad the decision was made to take Lara back to the beginning where we joined her in the growth process of what’s to come. There are very valid reasons now… to continue the franchise forward adventure after adventure. We can literally experience her growth process as the Tomb Raider… and after playing Rise of the Tomb Raider, I’m ready for the next installment.

This is the 20th Anniversary, so I wanted to look back and share my experience whether frustrating or not… because today’s Tomb Raider may have never existed without those initial building blocks.
In this installment, you’re already on the ground running and the sting of being forced to proceed is gone. Now it’s adventure time… and if you’re new to Tomb Raider… I do recommend starting off with the 1st installment to get up to speed.

In Rise of the Tomb Raider... you embark on an expedition in... Siberia, and believe me when I say there is plenty of chilling action to enjoy as you dive into the adventure, kicking butt and uncovering secrets while in a rat race against an organization known as the... Trinity.

From A to Z the story is well written... and there's nothing I'd change about it (including the playable backstory). Although it's fictional action adventure... I appreciate the fact that the game's story still has that element that makes sense. It's not over the top, even with a certain secret as a factor in the story. So strap up with Lara's bow & arrows and jump in. (The more you adjust to using the bow and arrow types, the better. Poison arrows are by far my fave, but the incendiaries really come in handy.)

Holy ****!
Visually the environments are stunning... and sometimes creepy at times (especially when a bear is near... or is after you). I enjoyed sitting back and just checking out the lay of the land that the developers brought to life... in addition to the great work done on the characters (not only visually but personality wise).

Audio is almost as equally satisfying for me. You get those little additions like the sound of walking through snow, reloading guns, the sound of bushes while sneaking through them to get the drop on enemies, etc... and it just amps up the experience (as intended).

Beyond the main adventure... which is very good, you have optional tombs that will challenge you to think. Just like in the previous game, these tombs increase the enjoyment of the adventure because you get a break from the action to do something different... while still being a part of the adventure. That's also one of the reasons why I really enjoy them, I can take in the visuals while also thinking of how to solve a tomb's puzzle without the worry of someone trying to take my head off. This is just one part of the hefty replay value this game has to offer.

The replay value you get from this game is huge... all games aside (outside of the video game itself), expect to get a lot of playtime out of this title. In the 20 Year Celebration, you also get:
Blood Ties – This is a single player story giving you a taste of Lara Croft's life at home. I can't exactly say that this specific story shows the best aspect of that life, but it gives you more to enjoy. This story places you in a situation with Lara's uncle challenging her ownership of Croft Manor in the wake of her father's death. This hour long addition can be played in third person or even VR mode.

Co-op play for endurance mode, extreme survivor (difficulty setting) for the main campaign, a special outfit and gun, 5 classic Lara skins and... all the previously released DLC. There are a lot of games that have plenty of content, but... this one made me say “Damn”.

Previously released DLC includes... Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch... that challenges you to a new tomb that houses an... ancient terror, and Cold Darkness Awakened... where you combat waves of infected enemies. Going back to the co-op... I think it will be appreciated more so after the adventure is done because you will take the skills you've sharpened to go full bad ass online to see how you can hold up... and it delivers that survival aspect that has proven to be of interest to quite a few gamers (add a person you can vibe with on the other end and... that's hours of fun). So yeah... the replay value in Rise of the Tomb Raider is huge.

Price wise, no arguments here, you're getting value on value that you're able to come back to and not just replay... but you have many factors that give you something new to enjoy after the main adventure is done, all tombs have been raided, all side missions completed, etc.

Overall, this is a beautiful game... chock full of content that takes you for one heck of a ride... that I highly recommend.

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

“5 / 5 Cool Points”

Brought to you by the... Baby Fu Clothing Co.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Playstation Games Bundle starting at $1!!!

Brought to you by the... Baby Fu Clothing Co.

Super Dungeon Bros + Canceled Games + Kick ass new title

Have a Windows 10 device? Check out the Windows Store and get... Super Dungeon Bros, free. Grab it by September 1, 2017... before the price tag goes back up. - RkRk

Have you noticed the shift to variety? Didn't we mention this awhile ago? Instead of gamers being burned out on gaming... based on one game or game genre, we suggested a change of pace and it has paid off by allowing other games (beyond the major focus on FPS at the time) to get more love. That's a beautiful thing. Speaking of free games, the Xbox classic... Phantom Dust is also available free on Windows 10 & Xbox One. - Blu

Wasn't there going to be a remake? - Luis D. Lucha

Yes... it was canceled. - RkRk

Scalebound got canned too. Makes me wonder if all the exclusives shown at E3 will even make it to the console. - Luis D. Lucha

That's why PC is getting more interest. You have less concern about a return on investment... there are a slew of games new and old (at least some) that have communities. Affordable games... and less concern about what will be released for PC, that concern is usually reserved for minimum requirements. - Blu

Yeah... drum roll! - RkRk

Certain games are a nice surprise when released on a system... but some gamers are saying... "Whatever" (now). PC gives a sure win place to game whether or not you have the latest console, and is still the recommended platform here because students and adults alike... can get more than gaming done on it (i.e. work/school related tasks). - Blu

Wait, how did we get to preference in console? - Luis D. Lucha

It's not really a preference thing, look at what I'm saying about... why we concur when it comes to PC. It ties into the mention of the canceled games. Games get canceled that don't see the light of day on PC either but considering the gaming options and versatility of the platform... it doesn't end in a disappointing investment. Consoles are usually bought for games, PC's are... PCs and gaming is one of the things you can do on them without worrying about money going to waste because game releases were at a minimum. - Blu

Yeah, they need to do whatever in the heck they need to do though to get games released on Xbox One. If it's a 1st party game, that game has reason to be canceled. - Luis D. Lucha

They have to reach out to us. - RkRk

More are starting to (under embargo). - Blu

Not us us, but it would be cool for SDGT to be consultants of... cool. - RkRk

(Snaps) Cool. - Luis D. Lucha

I'm not talking about... us... us either. Us as in gamers. Not a bad idea... if they listen. - Blu

lol That was funny. - Luis D. Lucha

Anyway... fans of side scrolling games may find interest in a current Kickstarter project called Okinawa Rush. A rep of the team brought it to our attention (thanks, Racheal), and it definitely takes me back... minus the parrying available in this game. Martial artists and fans of martial arts will probably get the biggest... "kick" out of this game (i.e. Baby Fu Clothing Co.) because they deliver fantasy while implementing techniques that can be found in traditional Okinawan Karate and other styles. It's almost like a 2D adventure starring... Ryu. Fight stick compatible. - Blu

This looks kick ass. - Luis D. Lucha

Brought to you by the... Baby Fu Clothing Co.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sdgt Studio the Comic Ep1: 3 Hands?! WTH? + Nex Machina Gameplay

Check out the first installment of our slot comic... SDGT Studio the Comic. 
The plan is to release one every Sunday. - Blu

Nex Machina gameplay by Luis D. Lucha followed up by a review by Blu! - RkRk

Brought to you by the... Baby Fu Clothing Co.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

SDGT Studio the Comic + 2 Free Games!

Coming... Sundays to SDGT Ent! - RkRk

Took long enough. - Luis D. Lucha

He was busy... just like you were. - RkRk

lol It would be horrible for someone to say that at a restaurant. - Blu

Prepare to have something in your food. I'm not that crazy. - Luis D. Lucha

Health code violation! - RkRk

There was this place in Fort Myers where the cook would spit in your food because he had a bad day. Multiple complaints went unanswered... and as a result, customers dwindled. I don't know if that's why they went out of business though. - Blu

They should've gone out of business on the first day. The hell is that? - Luis D. Lucha

That... is a health code violation, they probably got shut down and didn't go back. - RkRk

Utterly disgusting. - Yang

This scares me, next topic, please. - Luis D. Lucha

You've been eating at home more anyway. - Yang

My mom has been cooking a lot more. - Luis D. Lucha

And here... we thought you were taking on the kitchen. - Blu

I have sort of. I take my health plate over there. - Luis D. Lucha

I am thinking of getting like 4 of those. - Blu

Just buy one and reuse it like I do. - Luis D. Lucha

No, it wouldn't just be for me. - Blu

Oh ok. - Luis D. Lucha

Okay granddads, back to games and... stuff. - RkRk

Really? Granddads? You do this stuff so you don't feel like a granddad. - Blu

lol heck yeah. - Luis D. Lucha

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Lord of the Rings Online: Mordor

Hey there!

Mordor™, the long-awaited expansion for The Lord of the Rings Online™, is available to play today. This expansion allows players the ability to explore the shadowy lands beyond the Black Gate and includes:
  • Over 300 new quests: Players journey into Mordor and plunge into a new adventure, filled with lost stories, unfamiliar enemies, and the opportunity to fight through the lands around Mount Doom and beyond.
  • A new allegiance system: Pledge support to one of the factions seeking to reclaim this long-lost piece of Middle-earth. Players will be able to gain bonuses, story and exclusive gear along the way!
  • Crafting and gear updates: Players are able to customize their Hero with all-new armor, weapons, accessories, and more!
  • A new race – the High Elf. With the purchase of the Collector’s Edition or the Ultimate Fan Bundle, players will be able to ally with the High Elf.
  • Extensive landscape updates. Explore the beautiful and terrifying landscape of Gorgoroth to discover hidden treasures and additional rewards.
Players can purchase the Ultimate Fan Bundle for $129.99, the Collector’s Edition for $79.99 and Standard Edition of the expansion for $39.99. The Collector’s Edition comes with extras including the High Elf race, alliance cosmetics, exclusive title and more. The Ultimate Fan Bundle includes all of the perks of the Collector’s Edition in addition to exclusive Mordor cosmetics, an equipable XP accelerator for all characters, special relics and VIP access for one month. - Rob

The Ultimate Fan Bundle

Collector's Edition

Standard Edition

Game on... affordably!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Dear Developers: Using Game Platforms for other Game Platforms

Before I jump into this... I must say that this has nothing to do with the games or platforms involved (specifically). The problem I have is the overall approach of how those games are made playable... specifically through Steam.

Steam is a game platform, games are available for purchase through it... but suddenly you get hit with this process (after the basic "Install" and pressing "Play"):

The game software opens wanting you to set up... AFTER you thought you were ready to roll through Steam (since you did buy the game through Steam... and pressed play there).

My expression when another platform opens.
After investing in the game, you go ahead and install... thinking you will just roll after that finishes, but then you have to go through the whole rigmarole of creating an account, confirming the email address... and then you can play. Seems like it might not be that big of a deal... right? It's not, for the people who don't mind and have the extra time. For those that don't, this could mean the difference in customers returning or running for the hills.
Some of us want our games tied to the platform we made the purchase on... without a need to do more than hit play. To sign in through the game, I can respect that (at least it's in the game)... but outside of that... some gamers don't want to take that extra step and some refuse to.

Going that extra mile to simplify the access to your game (by making it actually accessible through the initial platform like Steam)... could, in turn, boost the bottom line, especially with free-to-play titles like the newly released Gigantic (for example). You can get it through Steam, but you can kinda sorta don't play through Steam... since you have to open Arc through Steam in order to play it (through Steam). I put the extras on it because it really is accessible... like that, and Uplay games are also in that boat. It's not the end of the world, just remember that some gamers are pressed for time.

Think about what the wins could be for you and your team by simplifying the process.

(Speaking of... Gigantic, here is my first time playing it... online.)

Friday, July 21, 2017

“Spawn” writer Jon Goff writing the story for Crackdown 3 campaign

Today it was announced that Jon Goff, well known in the comic book industry for his work on “Spawn” and “Jack Rabbit” is writing the story for “Crackdown 3’s” campaign mode. He will join the both development team and another special guest this Saturday at San Diego Comic-con for a panel revealing brand new story details, characters and a discussion around the development of the game.

John will also discuss his role as the author of “Crackdown 3’s” story in campaign mode and share some of the inspirations behind his writing, how he got involved with the project, and the comic book and art influences he hopes to bring with him into the “Crackdown” universe.

“Crackdown 3” marks the explosive return of a celebrated franchise to Xbox, bringing with it all the ingredients that made the series a favorite for fans. 

- Raj | Xbox Wire

Crackdown is one of the more interesting open world franchises for me. It's more arcade-style and that's been missing in the world of AAA games, for the most part.

From the Source: Perfect World Ent - Go GIGANTIC or Go Home + Contest!

If you were waiting for this game... the wait is now over! Grab this strategic hero shooter... free on Steam, Arc, Xbox One and Windows 10! I will be digging into the Gigantic Ultimate Pack as soon as possible (on Steam via Arc).

Tip: For those of you trying to play this on PC and may be facing challenges with this initial start up of the game... go to your start menu and search for "Repair Arc". Let that run, and it should get you going like it did for me.

 By the way... for those of you running Dedicated Video RAM at 512 MB, you will be happy to know that I was able to play the game without lag at 512 MB (even though it supposedly requires a minimum 1536 MB).

I have 5.0 versions of the Pixel & Vertex Shaders, so that may have helped along with my laptops CPU speed (2.7 GHz performance rated at 9 GHz)... but the Dedicated Video RAM was the only thing below the minimum. That said... try it anyway if you have similar specs because it might work out (and lower the graphics a tad if you need to). There are people who lower the visuals anyway to have an edge over the competition in some cases... so play with the video settings and jump in (smoothly)!

Anyway, check out this news from the source... while I work on uploading my initial gameplay (to get a feel for the game). I totally need to find the right character for me, and that's the beauty of different characters. I'm more of a dodger that represents with ranged weapons. Before you continue below to the source related news and contest, i've highlighted the reason why buying the Ultimate Pack on Steam & Arc is better.


Motiga’s Strategic Hero Shooter Offers Players Biggest Fight of Their Lives
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – July 20, 2017 – Today Perfect World Entertainment Inc., a leading publisher of free-to-play online games, and Motiga, Inc. announced Gigantic has officially launched on Steam, Arc, Xbox One and Windows 10. The free-to-play strategic hero shooter combines visually stunning heroes, diverse creature families to summon and massive Guardians to aid in epic battles for victory.
“We’re thrilled to welcome all players to the vibrant world of Gigantic,” said Chris Chung, CEO of Motiga. “The team has worked incredibly hard to develop an experience unlike any other. We hope you join us and the community of players who have fallen in love with the game and helped us throughout its development.”

Check out the Gigantic Launch Trailer:

Gigantic launches with an exciting new update which introduces text chat, new packs and a brand-new, blade-wielding hero. Players can now access the game’s 19th hero, Ramsay, a cunning heavy-hitter brandishing a seriously lethal blade. Ramsay is the first of many characters to join the game’s original diverse roster, with a new hero planned for release each month following launch.

In addition, Steam players who log in to the game and play a match will receive an exclusive Stone Relics skin for the jet pack pilot Beckett. Logging into Arc and playing a match will grant players a Lightning skin for the stealthy assassin Tripp, while Xbox One and Windows 10 players who do the same can get the Excelsior skin for the spinning cyclone of blades, Tyto the Swift.
Players looking to unlock even more for their Gigantic experience can purchase the Ultimate Pack for $29.99 to gain access to all 19 current heroes and any future heroes for life, along with unique skins, progression boosts, fortune cards and premium currency. Steam and Arc players purchasing the Ultimate Pack will also receive a free Starter Pack code to gift to a friend.

As a thank you to supportive players, purchasers of the Founder’s Pack will be automatically upgraded to the Ultimate Pack.

Finally, has partnered with Gigantic to launch a Top-5 Plays contest starting today. All players can participate in the global contest and clip their best moments using to win gaming hardware and Steam gift cards.
Gigantic is a free-to-play strategic hero shooter developed by Motiga. Gorgeously rendered, light-hearted and charming, Gigantic is for all types of gamers, pitting teams of five heroes and their massive Guardians against each other in epic battles across a variety of maps. The game combines explosive combat with fast-paced teamwork, strategy and skill, as players must work together and fight relentlessly to defeat the opposing Guardian with spells, guns and swords.

For more information about Gigantic, please visit the official website:

I have a trip coming up soon and I look forward to tossing my laptop, HyperX Cloud Stinger headset & Xbox controller into the Solo Rival backpack for some serious quality time with Gigantic during my down time. Game on... affordably!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Shadow Warrior Special Edition... Free?! Get it now!

Want a free game? We're giving away FREE copies of Shadow Warrior: Special Edition for 48 hours here! This promotion is available from Thursday, July 20 at 10 a.m. to July 22nd (2017)!