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The Order 1886, Monster Hunter 4 & Many More Discounted

The Order 1886, Monster Hunter 4 & Many More Discounted

Monster Hunter 4, The Order 1886 and Majora’s Mask are all featured in ShoptTo’s current sale.   ShopTo are currently running a pretty nifty sale. A huge range of games and products are currently available at a reduced price. The 3DS masterpiece Monster Hunter 4 is up for just under £28. The Order 1886 Blackwater edition has been cut from £89.99 to £64.85. The sale covers both current and last generation, with a number of top notch deals. Now is the time to pick up some games you may of missed from last year.   A few picks worth looking at: Jax & Daxter Trilogy (PS Vita) £14.86 Monster Hunter 4 Faceplates £9.65 Sunset Overdrive (Xbox One) £24.85 Killer Instinct – Combo Breaker Pack £9.85  ...

Nintendo Reveal Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Bundle & Amiibo Unlocks

Nintendo Reveal Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Bundle & Amiibo Unlocks

Nintendo have revealed a Xenoblade Chronicles 3D bundle.   The bundle includes a new 3DS, a copy of the game, and a set of Xenoblade themed face plates.There’s also a pre-installed theme. In addition to this, Nintendo have also revealed what the Shulk Amiibo will unlock in-game. The bundle is up for pre-order now, along with a bundle containing a copy of the game, as well as the previously mentioned face plates.   Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is set for release on 02/04/2015 in Europe. The Amiibo unlocks include extra tokens, purchasable music tracks or character models. While it’s not a huge amount of extra content, it’s still nifty for anyone who managed to track down Shulk.  ...

Xenoblade Chronicles 3DS Face Plates Revealed

Xenoblade Chronicles 3DS Face Plates Revealed

Nintendo’s New 3DS/XL has recently been released in a range of colours and themes. From Majora’s Mask to Monster Hunter, and the standard versions face plates, there’s a pretty decent line already. It seems the line is due to further expand with the addition of a set of Xenoblade Chronicles 3DS Face plates. Set for release in Japan during April, the face plates and both bold and beautiful.   Nintendo of Japan’s Twitter account posted a teaser image of the plates. Boasting a sharp crimson colour , with the Xenoblade laid out across both sides, it’s a stunning design.   Hopefully the face plates reach both European and North American (if the smaller 3DS ever hits the US that is) shores in time for the games release. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is set for release (in EU) on 02/04/2015...

Rayman Confirmed For Super Smash Bros Wii U?

Rayman Confirmed For Super Smash Bros Wii U?

Ubisoft’s Rayman franchise pops it’s head up a few times in the recent Super Smash Bros, but only in trophy form, until now at least.   A short video has sneaked out onto Youtube, featuring the armless hero listed as playable character on the games character select screen. While the video does not show any actual gameplay, Rayman is selectable. There’s no immediate, or clear, signs of tomfoolery spotted in the 18 second clip. Smash Bros has featured third party characters before, most of which had roots within Japense game development. Ubisoft and Nintendo’s relationship, at least in terms of the Wii U, has always been a healthy one. Rayman appearing in Smash Bros may not be the most obvious choice, but it does make sense.     *Update* This is now confirmed as fake. It’s the nifty work of Artsy Omni His Twitter: https://twitter.com/artsyomni   This potential leak will hopefully result in some clarity, and perhaps the reveal of more third party characters coming to Super Smash Bros....

My Dad The Casual Gamer: When Call of Duty Is Perfect

My Dad The Casual Gamer: When Call of Duty Is Perfect

You know them games that are so generic, so dull and so one note? Yeah my father loves them. I’ve tried many times to introduce quality games to him that go further than just shooting nameless enemies. I gave him Journey and his verdict was ”it’s like a boring dog walk, without the dog”. I lent Dark Souls, Dishonored and Catherine but he merely laughed them out of the park. Every time I try to expand his video game horizons, he ends up narrowing them. Oddly he seems to enjoy games that everyone else views as rather poor. Homefront blew his mind, he didn’t stop banging on about it for a straight week. Medal of Honour was ”bloody brilliant”, as was Battlefield 4. His tastes in video games has always puzzled me, and surprised me at times. The first time he played RAGE he turned to me and said ”this is the best game ever”. This was the point in which I thought his taste in games would never expand.   When people ask ”who keeps buying these generic pieces of crap” the answer is people like my dad. The type of person who likes video games, but doesn’t have the time, or patience, for anything fancy. To his credit he is willing to try new games and genres, which a lot of *cough* ‘Hardcore gamers’ struggle to do. His tastes, and the tastes of people like him, are often looked down on by a large number of ‘gamers’. Does this effect his enjoyment of his generic games? Nope. Will his game horizons ever expand? Yes. After years of playing his military shooters he finally took a step outside of the comfort zone. He began to play Resistance 3. Sure it’s still a first person shooter but it’s at least a top notch one. His interest in Resistance 3 wasn’t spurred on by me, he found the game on his own. After growing tired of the modern military setting, he decided to expand his horizons on his own accord. This lead to a domino effect in which he began to try all kinds of games, even the ‘hardcore gamer’ endorsed ones. It was at this point I realized that perhaps me trying to introduce him to new games was a mistake. While my intentions were good, maybe I was asking too much of him? It’s a tricky jump to go from gunning down people in Call of Duty to avoiding sheep in Catherine. Perhaps it’s best we let people expand their horizons, in terms of video games, on their own.    ...

Looting The Lootcrate: October ‘Fear’

Looting The Lootcrate: October ‘Fear’

Another month, another Lootcrate, this time things took a much more sinister tone. Keeping in touch with the month of Halloween, Lootcrate went all grim and festive with a collection of items. This months crate felt a lot more well rounded with less items being chucked in just for the sake of it. There was a decent mix between novelty items and genuinely nifty items that could come into use in every day life.   As with most crates, this moth shipped with a shirt. The design consist of a number of cats arranged to look like a skull…it’s oddly alluring. As someone who doesn’t normally like the ‘obvious reference’ shirts that normally come in the crates, this cat skull shirt is surprisingly appealing. It’s not too obvious, the design isn’t over bearing or garish, and the fit of the shirt is spot on. It’s not a item I’d wear out and about but it’s the perfect ‘sloth around the house’ shirt, or even a shirt to throw on at the gym. Even as a dog person, I can’t deny the cat skull shirt is decent, and a highlight of this months crate     A less expected item included in this months crate is the exclusive Dead Rising 3 pen. It’s a little odd that out of all the games in the world, Dead Rising 3 is popping out a licensed item. It’s initial release was quite some time ago, and the PC port hardly set the world alight. All this aside, the item in question is a rather swish looking pen. Based off one of the weapon combos found in the game, the pen looks like a toy…which is cool, if you’re into that. Novelty pens genuinely make boring paper work a little more bearable, this is a sad fact of office jobs. Use it as a conversation starter, use it as a means to pretends to smash up the office, or just stare at it wondering if a office job is for you.   The Walking Dead, the soap drama with gore, is another popular theme within the crate…and crates in general. This month includes a chibi art style still from one of last seasons more memorable moments. It’s a item fans of the show will eat up, even more so given it contains the worlds sexist red-neck Daryl. Personally, the item is a bit so so, it’s small, it’s just a piece of card, and my patience with the Walking Dead ran out months ago, it will make a nice stocking filler for a fan though.   Another Walking Dead item is the variant ‘Loot Crate’ cover for issue 132: Happiness in the comic line. It feels a bit like a clumsy choice given there’s potential spoilers to the show (assuming most Walking Dead fans now come from the show rather than the comic). There’s not a whole lot to be said about the issue given it throws the reader right into a story line only followers of the comics will be on point with. Either way, it’s a nice nod to the original Walking Dead format.   There’s a few stick on wounds and zombie bites included in this months crate. Give them to the kids for Halloween, or try trick your boss into sending you home sick, it’s really up to you.   A code for a exclusive Thanatos Jack The Reaper Skin is also included. This code is redeemable in the fantastic MOBA Smite. It’s the perfect excuse to check out one of the most enjoyable free to play titles out there, a beautiful alternative to DOTA2 and League of Legends. The code also unlocks Thanatos, saving you some sweet sweet gems.   The last ‘big’ item is a fantastic little book called ‘How To Survive A Sharknando & Other Unnatural Disasters’. This is honestly one of the best items Lootcrate has stocked. It’s a decently lengthened book detailing a number of unnatural disasters and monsters from various modern B-Movies. Packed with detail, humours little extras, and genuinely interesting to read, this book is the best item in the crate by a mile. Given the book is on sale for £.8.39, getting it in this months crate feels like a genuine ‘worth every penny’ moment.   The October Lootcrate is pretty damn satisfying. The in-tune focus on the theme, the better range of items, it all works out nicely. There’s very few throw away items, or items that just leave you more confused than anything. Possibly the best crate they’ve put out, and hopefully a sign of things to come.   P.S   They did include a sweet called a ‘Toxic Waste’, these things are awful. For the love of all things beautiful, do not try to suck on the Toxic Waste for more than 0000.07 seconds.      ...

6 New Amiibos Set For Release In December

6 New Amiibos Set For Release In December

December will the launch of six new Amiibo figures, just time for Christmas.   The 6 characters are:   Captain Falcon Diddy Kong Liitle Mac Princess Zelda Lugi Pit 2015 will most likely see the Amiibo range expand rapidly, but who would you want to see brought to the range?    ...

Phil Fish Wants You To Hate him

Phil Fish Wants You To Hate him

Fez was decent, least I thought it was, at it’s heart it was a fun title that made me feel kinda happy. Fez was colorful, slick, enjoyable and consistent. I enjoyed the game and looked back at it as pleasant experience. After all was said and done, I decided to look into the games development and see how it was crated, this resulted in me finding one Phil Fish. A talent young man, there is no doubt, but a egoistical fella. There’s nothing wrong with ego, look throughout creative media, sports and various other purists, a lot of the best people have a ego. The problem with Phil Fish is…he seems to think the world owes him something, he seems to think I owe him something and that you owe him something. Phil Fish isn’t a person, but a person consumed by a character.   I came to this conclusion after watching ‘Indie Game: The Movie’, a lovely little number that shed light on the hardships, struggles and high points of creating a vision. While everyone featured in the film seemed genuine, real, Mr.Fish always seemed like he was ‘playing’ for the camera. As time went on, and his twitter account became more and more active, it seemed like Mr.Fish had turned heel, full heel. Why do I use a term generally used in relation to professional wrestling? It’s simple, Phil Fish is acting like a WWE wrestler, a poor man’s CM Punk. The way in which he interacts with people over social media, his trash talk of his peers, the way in which he reacts to criticism, it all screams ‘playing a character’. I’ve always wondered why he acts like this, my only real conclusion is bad press is better than no press. In running his mouth, slagging off his peers, going overboard on current events, he earns himself a lot of heat which in turn gives him a lot of press. Phil Fish could announce any game he likes at this point and the internet would be all over it, social media (within video game circles) would be buzzing. Even when he’s not working on projects he stays in the news, he’s playing the system. Ethically, his recent exploits are a little dark. Requesting civil war and insulting his fan base seem like awful moves, but given he’s turned Heel, it’s a easy way to get gain heat. Phil Fish wants you to hate him, he thrives on it, he works lives on it. While you could argue it’s a clever means to stay relevant, the whole concept cheapens the joys that Fez brought. The whimsical charms of Fez feel slightly corrupted when you take into account the attitude of it’s creator. The real shame is Fish is super talented, and truly talented people don’t come along too often. His obsession with trying to play the bad guy is his main obstacle. There’s a hope that maybe one day he’ll change his focus, he’ll stop playing the villain, but that doesn’t seem likely. Phil Fish wants you to hate him, and he loves you for doing so....

Metro Redux – Uncovered Video Showcases Improvements & Extras

Metro Redux – Uncovered Video Showcases Improvements & Extras

Metro, as a franchise, has developed a cult following. Often seen as a franchise that deserves more attention, Metro has always been praised for it’s atmosphere, story and overall presentation. Last Light was the most impressive of the two games thanks to it’s dark story that questioned the players actions and motives. This year sees a re-relase of both games, complete with various improvements and additions. New modes, improved AI, added extras to Metro 2033, all in one big package. The latest video, known as Metro Redux – Uncovered, showcases and details all the added goodies found within the Redux version. You can purchase Metro 2033 Redux and Metro: Last Light Redux  individually as a digital download for an SRP of $24.99 / €19.99 / £15.99 each. Or get both games together in the Metro Redux double pack. Metro Redux launches on 29th August 2014 in Europe and 26th August in the US for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One    ...

Looking At Loot Crate: Transformers & Major League Gaming

Looking At Loot Crate: Transformers & Major League Gaming

Loot Crate has been on the rise for sometime now, mostly thanks to how well the company has used social media. The concept is simple, a box full of bits and pieces all wrapped together with a theme. A care package with a personality, Loot Crate is expanding, growing. Last months theme was Transformers, Loot Crate were kind enough to send us a crate so we could see what all the fuss was about. The nature of Loot Crate is made pretty clear as soon as the box is opened. Instructions for the ‘perfect unboxing’. Document, share, enjoy, the three key words Loot Crate hold at the core of their values. It’s refreshing to see a company embrace the power of social media and sharing to promote and sell their product. Each crate ships with a shirt, in this case the shirt in a cross over between Transformer and Back to the Future. The nostalgia value alone is enough to melt the heart of any child of the 80′s. While the design may not suit everyone, it’s at least a pretty nifty shirt to wear around the house during lazy day offs.   The Transformers theme is continued with the addition of a Autobot sticker and a Transformers vinyl. Being a collector of vinyls, it’s a nice little model that brings attention to a line not all that well known when compared to the likes of Kid Robot and Funko. The blind boxed Vinyl can be one of eight trasnformers, 4 from the Decepticons and 4 from the Autobots. Collector or not, it’s decently made Vinyl and easily the best feature of this Loot Crate.   The last Transformers item is a curious little thing called a ‘Hex Bug’. It’s a small plastic, bug like, thing that jitters around in a sporadic manner. After a few plays around with it, the chances are it’ll either get lost or put in a draw and forgotten about. The theme changes from Transformers to MLG. These items include a sweat band, stickers and a code for one month of ‘GameBattles’ Premium as well as a code for a exclusive Loot Crate badge on the site. In all fairness, MLG has never appealed to me personally but these items will surely have a circle people who appreciate them.   The last few items include some pretty nasty sour sweets, a badge stating the date and theme of the crate, and a small booklet. The booklet includes few comic strips, info on the items in the crate and a look at the theme and the companies involved with the items in the crate. The booklet is a decent brief read that gives loot Crate, as a company, a bit of personalty.   Overall Loot Crate is a decent gift idea for someone with a relative interest in both video games and films viewed as either nostalgic or in touch with ‘geek culture’. It’s a service that feels like a god send for those who might not be great at buying gifts for people but have a idea what said people like. Given the theme of each crate, it’s hard to truly whole heartily recommend buying 3 month subscriptions, after all one month could be a theme you have no interest in.   Subscription plans and further info for Loot Crate can be found at their official site....

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