DisHonored: A Ruthless Return

Perception is everything. I consider myself a DisHonored fan. I loved the game when it initially released back in 2012. I eagerly awaited and played through both of its side-story/prequel DLC add-ons. I’ll even go so far as to say that it’s one of my favorite games. So,  I was rather excited to return to it as part of our Revisiting our ‘Favorite Games’ challenge. The goal was simply to see if the game still held up and to find out what exactly made it a favorite in the first place. Mission accomplished, but I also learned something else: that the difference between a ‘favorite’ game and a ‘hated’ one may be quite a bit slimmer than we like to think. Indeed, it turns out that the way you play can be quite vital.

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Saturday Video Round Up: February 21 – 27

The following post was submitted by Gamer Crash. See more trailers and news at GamerCrash.com!

It’s crazy to think that this is the last weekend in February. I know February is the shortest month of the year but for me, this month flew by. As it stands, the next couple months are shaping up to be stocked with great stuff to play which also means lots and lots of new trailers to keep us busy. So without further adieu, here is the brand new Round Up for this week along with a few teases. Lets get going!

Even though it was delayed out of it’s March release date, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is still only a short time away and Naughty Dog wants to remind you that this game is pulling out all the stops. This brand new story trailer is stuffed to the gills with characters and story moments, so if you want to stay pure before release, you may not want to watch.

Ubisoft continues to push The Division hype train right along releasing a short survival guide trailer and an impressive PC gameplay trailer showing off what the game looks like on a high powered machine. Just a short wait now, folks.

I’ve also got new videos for Killer Instinct, Dark Souls III, Fire Emblem Fates and so much more after the break, so come check out this week’s batch of trailers!

The full list of videos await you after the jump…

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Why you should take a look at Scalebound.

Platinum Games are best known for Bayonetta and Transformers: Devastation is bringing a new game to the Xbox One in early 2017. Known for combo driven combat and tricky enemies, Scalebound promises to be something completely new from Platinum Games.

The basic story is Drew is a 20 something who must join forces with Thuban, a dragon from Draconis. In this the pair must save both Earth and Draconis, from something, that tid bit of information is still hidden inside Platinum’s vault. While, there are many action adventure games out there already that ask players to have parallel worlds. There aren’t any games quite like this one. Drew sports a dragon arm that enables to him to gain super charged powers and push harder in a battle. However, unlike other games where if the hero dies its game over, this game says if either of the characters dies in battle it is game over. Thankfully, you are warned when Thuban’s health is getting dangerously low by Drew’s dragon arm glowing. Drew issues commands to Thuban, however the sophisticated A.I. determines how best to execute the command. Continue reading Why you should take a look at Scalebound.

Street Fighter V…Thanks, but No Thanks

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Image by Flickr user iGamers Box (CC)

Though I wasn’t great on following its news, at some point it became apparent to me that I was going to have to pass on Street Fighter V. Maybe it was with the announcement of the new characters, F.A.N.G., Necalli, Rashid, and Laura (eh, okay). Maybe it was when I learned that there’d be no traditional Arcade mode. Maybe it was when I saw that classic characters such as Guile and Balrog (and others? Where’s Blanka? Where’s Akuma??) would be locked behind DLC walls. Though I remained excited at the prospect of a new Street Fighter game in theory, all these things left me cold. The exclusion of Arcade mode, in which you play against the computer, seemed especially wrong. Not just because that’s a staple of fighting games generally, but because it meant that the game would be geared towards the online crowd.

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Newcomer Alert: Initial Thoughts on Sly 2: Band of Thieves

Now that I’ve completed the very first Sly Cooper game, I can safely say the series is starting to grow on me, and it was with much excitement that I began the second game in the original trilogy, Sly 2: Band of Thieves.  I am currently an hour into the game, and though that may not seem like much time to form any real opinion of it, I already have some initial thoughts to share with you guys so far.

I noticed first off that the graphics have improved, and though the controls seem to be largely the same, you can no longer look around using one of the left trigger buttons.  While it is possible this has been moved to the R3 button, clicking an analog stick like a button has never felt like a natural thing to do, so I have yet not tried to confirm this.  I do it when I’m forced, but that’s it.  I was pleasantly surprised to see Sly’s pals also playing a more active role in the game so far, as in the first game, you only received advice from Bentley from afar from time to time, and Murray sometimes appeared in minigames.  I was also very surprised at how Murray’s personality seems very…different from what it used to be.  There will probably be more thoughts on that later.  Carmelita’s voice acting also seems to have more feeling than it used to, as well. Continue reading Newcomer Alert: Initial Thoughts on Sly 2: Band of Thieves

First Impressions: INFRA and Sword ‘n Board

Would you want to play a game about being a civil engineer? How about a game where you’re a kid going on a pretend adventure in his back yard? What? “No”? Well, let’s see if we can change that. If there’s one thing that indie games have taught us over the last few years, it’s that sometimes even the most mundane scenarios can make for something really special and fun! All it takes is spending a bit of time in order to find out what they’re really all about.
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Saturday Video Round Up: February 14 – 20

The following post was submitted by Gamer Crash. See more trailers and news at GamerCrash.com!

For those of you celebrating, I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day and for everyone else, I hope it was a solid Singles Awareness Day. Lets get to a brand new edition of the Round Up, bringing you the best gameplay and trailers from the past week. As usual,. there’s a good amount of content to get to, so lets get to it! Here’s a small sample of what awaits you.

I don’t know about you but I can’t wait for next week as Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 finally arrives. While the first one was insane amounts of fun, this new one looks to push that even further with new more classes and content. Not only that, PopCap knows how to put together a super cool trailer.

For those of you looking for more things to blow up, Avalanche finally revealed the first DLC content coming to Just Cause 3 in March and it adds quite a twist to the gameplay you’re used to. While not only adding a sci-fi element, Rico also gets access to a jet booster to his wingsuit which looks to create some seriously cool moments.

I’ve also got new videos for The Division, Pokken Tournament, Street Fighter V and so much more after the break, so come check out this week’s batch of trailers! It’s a stuffed Round Up this week folks, so enjoy! We’ll see you in 2016 everyone!

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