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Need For Speed Rivals Made A Fan Out Of Me

Need For Speed Rivals Made A Fan Out Of Me

The fast speeds, the crazy crashes and special gadgets that you’d see in a future-based cop movie. Need For Speed Rivals is a wonderful installment in the Need For Speed series and it made me a faithful fan that will eagerly await the next installment into the series. I’ll be honest with you, before Rivals the Need For Speed series was never on my radar. I’ve never been a big fan of the whole racing genre and NFS was just another fish in the pond.  I had been told that Rivals was a solid game, but again I usually stay away from racing games of any sort. It almost seemed...

SoulCalibur II HD Online – Review

SoulCalibur II HD Online – Review

I have fond memories of playing SoulCalibur II back in the day on my Nintendo Gamecube, and having it really be the fighting game I sunk multiple hours into (other than a little foray with MK2 on Sega Genesis, and Primal Rage also on the Genesis). I loved everything about SoulCalibur II, having it be the first game in the series I had played and upon popping the disc into my console I was instantly hooked, and would soon waste multiple hours with the game, and try and learn how to play every character. You can probably imagine my excitement when I saw that the game was getting an HD/Online...

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – Review

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – Review

It could be a safe thing to say that the franchise has been dipping as a whole in the past couple of years, and ultimately many people were let-down with Assassin’s Creed III, myself included. And, that let-down led me to be extremely skeptical of where Assassin’s Creed IV was going, and what it was going to be in general. I lost faith in the developer, and ultimately had the mind-set that the game was going to be a pile of wank from day one. It’s a really uplifting feeling to be wrong about a game, and especially for a game to smash the stereotype/stigma that yearly releases are complete...

A History of Call of Duty: Achievement, Progress, & Decline

A History of Call of Duty: Achievement, Progress, & Decline

Call of Duty is one of the more curious franchises in today’s videogame landscape. The series itself was the product of a stagnated and dried out series of games that left a number of developers frustrated and bored. When Call of Duty first hit the masses, its set pieces and intense action were met with praise and admiration. Even then it took heavy influences from popular TV and films, much like it continues to do now, but back then it was more than welcomed. But when did people become tired of the CoD staples? Did people really have enough of a good thing? Or are people just being too critical?...

Where Does The Wii U Fit In?

Where Does The Wii U Fit In?

With the holiday season fast approaching, as well as the next generation of gaming hardware, people are digging deep into their wallets. Whether it’s parents buying for children or people buying for themselves, Christmas always marks a rise in hardware sales. The big hitters this year will undoubtedly be the PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo’s 3DS/2DS. The question, however, is where does the Wii U fit in? As an owner of a Wii U since launch, I’ve had plenty of time with the system. I love the Wii U Pad, I love Miiverse, and I’ve had some great times with some of the Wii U’s games (Zombi U and Monster...

Review: Avatars In Grave Danger — Xbox Live Indie Game

Review: Avatars In Grave Danger — Xbox Live Indie Game

I was browsing the Indie Games section on Xbox Live today and came across a game that piqued my interest. The first being my love for zombies, and the second being my curiosity in avatar games where I can play as my Xbox Live Avatar. Sadly, the latter always seems to lure me into play poorly designed games, which is what this game is. Grave Danger is an odd type of waved-based survival game developed by Pixel Psyche. You’re essentially on a fixed point, in a cemetery and can only strafe from side to side to shoot the zombies and prevent them from crossing the cemetery gates. So, in essence...

Rise of The Triad Review

Rise of The Triad Review

Some games want to challenge the player, to make them feel emotional. Some games want to answer the question of “can video games be art?” And some games, like Rise Of The Triad, say “f**k that, let’s have some fun.” Rise Of The Triad is a remake of the ’90s cult hit of the same name. At its very core, the game is a ’90s-esque first-person shooter in both its gameplay and attitude, and this isn’t a bad thing by any definition. Fancy cinematic sequences, quick-time events, and a grounded story are all thrown out in favor of fast-paced action, big guns, and cheesy one-liners, bringing the genre back to...

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