April 1st, 2019 by Vega Montanez

Standing Amongst Olympians

Sega has been a player in the video games business for quite a few decades. And yet, they still never really manage to get a strong grip. They almost had a huge run with Sonic, but he was quickly bested by the plumber in the red overalls. Enough with the past, Sega is back and ready to rise to the occasion. 

The 2020 Olympics will be taking place in Tokyo next year. Besides already holding the licenses, Sega is taking this opportunity to try to make waves. First headlines were made with eh announcement of “Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – The Official Video Game”. Coming to Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch worldwide. Sega has gone on the record calling this new title “A fun-filled sports action game where you create your avatar and compete in olympic events. That’s right, you too can go for the gold from the comfort of your living room!

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Our original linked video was taken down so here’s some NHK program. -Chet

Next, they announced the release of a brand new Mario & Sonic at the Olympics. It’s been a long 4 years since the last time we’ve seen these athletes on the field. Mario & Sonic at the Olympics 2020 looks much like past iterations but this time will have mini-games for your Joy-Cons. The only real question here is; will this game feature the movie versions of our two cover stars?

For those of us who have become avid mobile gamers Sega’s got something for you too, because mobile gamers count. Mario & Sonic will be attending the Tokyo Olympics on iOS and Android as well. Assuming the game will borrow some Joy-Con features and optimize for touchscreens, this will most likely be super casual. I’m predicting for sure at least one Temple Run style track and field game. Actually, bets are open.

Not excited about the Olympics!? Fine.

Fear not friends who could careless about professional sports or sports simulations. Or emotionless monsters who can’t find the humor in the “world’s fastest hedgehog” racing against the “most hard-headed plumber of all time”. There is some retro based good news. Sega is bringing a new challenger to the mini console revolution. 

The Sega Genesis Mini will be available on September 19th, 2019. Retailing at the great price of $79.99 the mini console will feature 40 classic games including Sonic (of course), Castelvania, and Ecco the Dolphin. For the record, Ecco the Dolphin is the second most exciting part of this for me. What’s the first? Well I’m glad you asked. So far, 10 of the 40 games have been announced and one of those game is, Comix Zone. Need I say more?

The console itself is reportedly about 55% smaller than the original and comes with two usb powered replica three button controllers. Also packed into the box is a USB to Micro-B cable for power and an HDMI cable for graphic fidelity. Because as we all know, it’s not a retro remake unless it’s in HD. 

What are some of the found memories you hope to relive with the Sega Genesis Mini? And for those excited for the olympics, what’s your favorite thing to have Mario beat Sonic at? And for everyone else, sorry you stuck around for that Vanquish sequel reveal. Believe me, you are not alone.

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June 25th, 2018 by Vega Montanez

The Beautiful Android Revolution

David Cage and Quantic Dream are at it again. The fourth attempt at blurring the line between cinema and gaming. Detroit: Become Human is an action adventure game with a major emphasis on player decisions. Released on May 25th, 2018 exclusively on PS4, its character choices aim to push the boundary of narrative storytelling in video games. 

Graphics 2/2

Beautiful. That sums up the entirety of the visual fidelity in this game. Never before has facial animation been so mind-blowing. Every detail carefully every emotion that is being portrayed in the performance. Alongside the fascinating character performances and modeling, Quantic Dream did an incredible job creating a futuristic version of Detroit. A realistic futuristic version of Detroit at that. One that shows off the talent of this team by recreating industries that could believably be present in the near future. The visuals are so amazing they are practically hypnotizing. Detroit: Become Human effortlessly pulls you into its world and makes it almost impossible to step back into what feels like the past. 

Story 2/2

Experience the android revolution. Through the lens of the androids at the forefront of it all. That’s the general premise anyway. The full story is an experience that’s so emotional it’s nearly inexplicable. Detroit: Become Human takes you through a roller coaster of emotions. And It’s a rollercoaster that changes every time you play it. As the ride continues, the individual stories begin to unravel onto each other. Each with their own driver and distinct way to behave. So much of the story is hard to express without opening the gate for spoilers, but the writer’s for this game did not hold back. They delivered raw and uncut stories that showcase the future of the world we live in now. It’s a powerful cultural masterpiece. 

Audio 2/2

Bad sounds can do a good job of destroying the experience developers work hard to create. The team behind sound design for Detroit: Become Human brought this world to life sonically in a way that shines emphasis on the full experience. The sounds of the future coupled with the visuals truly sell the realism of this universe. These are all sounds that can be heard now and vividly imagined as sounds of the future. It’s the subtle details that really bring things to life though. The slight metal sound in the voices of the androids. Just audible enough to distinguish a difference between human and machine. One of the greatest highlights of the game: The chirping android birds. 

Gameplay 1/2

If you’ve played one Quantic Dream game, you’ve played them all. Seriously, they all play the same way. Of course each one of them with their own small detail based mechanic, but the same none the less. The left analog stick is used for character movement while the right analog stick alternates between being used for camera movement and interacting with items. Most of the action sequences are played through various quick time events. Exploring the world is made easy with a zoom button that points to unique objects to helped add character and intrigue to the story. In this case, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix” applies but a little adventuring couldn’t hurt too much. 

Fun 2/2

Detroit: Become Human is one of the most immersive video games on the market. It is simultaneously one of the best movies of the year. That’s what makes this game fun. It’s an overall fun experience with tons of replay value. It’s filled with captivating performances, amazing dialogue, emotion characters, and a living world. Detroit is a choose your own adventure story in full motion. Action packed, thrilling, and intense in every second. This game is at the highest points of fun not for what it lets you do, but for how it presents an experience for you to never forget. 

To summarize: Detroit: Become Human is one of the most artistic pieces of theatrical work to ever be presented in a video game. A meaningful story is driven by characters that feel as real as a breath of fresh air. This is another game to show off when people ask if video games are art. The answer is: absolutely. 

Score: 9/10




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June 9th, 2018 by Kurt "Chet" Christel

EA GAMES

Intro

  • Sizzle reel has Sports, Battlefield, Sims, Anthem, Star Wars, and Esports footage.
  • They decided to use a holographic AR system to show off their games.
  • Andrea Rene opened the show, she emphasized that a lot of people would be playing games at the show.

Battlefield V

  • Oskar Gabrielson and Lars came on to talk about the gameplay customizations and innovations being done for the multiplayer.
  • Dive and smash thru windows, moveable weapon emplacements, more destructible environments, customize everything.
  • War Stories is back for the single player.
  • No loot boxes or premium passes confirmed and that daily content would be made.
  • They confirmed Battle Royale mode and got BOO’d live on stage, which was hilarious.
  • Ground Operations mode was featured and then they moved on a cinematic trailer, followed up by a tease for a story that would be revealed at the Microsoft press conference.

FIFA 19

  • A theatrical trailer was then shown for FIFA showing a famous footballer that I don’t know
  • Aaron McHardy hosted along with Lena to talk about the game while standing next to a bigass UEFA trophy.
  • It was announced that the story mode would pursue this cup and that as per usual, many new modes and features were added.
  • World cup mode confirmed as always.
  • They made a joke about England fans.
  • They announced that you could play the full game experience as a trial mode for free RIGHT NOW.
  • EA’s CEO Andrew Wilson showed up to talk about the game some more.

CEO

  • Wilson then showed off a project being worked on where you could stream EA games to practically any device using cloud computing technology.
  • Origin Access Premier: a new service was announced that appears to give you all the EA games as they come out, along with Vault access, launching later this summer.
  • A sizzle reel was shown off to advertise the new service.

Jedi: Fallen Order

  • Andrea showed up again, standing next to Vince Zampella from Respawn Entertainment.
  • He introduced Jedi: Fallen Order.
  • He was interviewed about the game but was constantly being very vague about it, except that it takes place between films 3-4.
  • He announced for Holiday of 2019.

Star Wars Battlefield II

  • Apologies were had with SWBF2’s disastrous launch with Dennis Brannvall.
  • Ewok Hunt was featured along with Han Solo DLC based on the film.
  • A new overhaul along with a new squad system and new starfighter mode were discussed, along with a multiplayer sandbox experience.
  • New content will include the beloved Clone Wars battles.
  • General Grievous and Obi-Wan Kenobi were introduced as new heroes along with Count Dooku and Anakin Skywalker.
  • He also said a new map would be the largest ever.

Unravel Two

  • Unraveled came back with a brand new trailer featuring little Yarnie getting lost at sea and losing his string. But that’s okay because he meets a blue buddy.
  • The lead dev came on to talk about it, speaking of optimism and togetherness, and that the game would have a major co-op focus.
  • A player game on stage for a “live” demo of the experience, this is the first time actual gameplay was shown. It may have actually been live because they messed up the footage for a few seconds.
  • Yarny gets chased by a chicken, and the gameplay showed that the two characters can fuse for fast sections.
  • Editor’s Note: This is the only trailer worth watching so far since you see actual gameplay and it looks like a remarkably improved experience and the specialized co-op games are becoming a new niche
  • The section was bookended with another story trailer that also showcased real game footage.
  • Oh… and it’s out today, the 9th of June. And somebody in the audience screamed, “oh my god.” That was fun.
  • They also talked about A Way Out afterward, which was fitting.

Sea of Solitude

  • A new indie game was shown off from Jo-Mei games, featuring another super shy indie dev geeking out at being on stage.
  • She talked about the theme of loneliness while discussing the mood of the game. The main character has turned into a monster and is trying to become human again.
  • The gameplay footage features a flooded world that you traverse by foot and by boat, featuring platforming and running, but not much else was shown.

NBA LIVE 19

  • NBA came out with a trailer focusing on the story campaign that features a ton of character customization.

Madden 19

  • Madden was actually shown off in the context of Kevin, an Esports champion of Madden with footage from several championships. He came on to talk about the game and a pro came on with him.
  • Madden 19 trailer came on. I can confirm it featured football.

Command and Conquer Rivals

  • A real-time strategy game where you have to launch a missile or something had a “live” match on the set before they announced the title of the game.
  • This is a touchscreen-based mobile game.
  • The pre-alpha can be played by Android owners starting now.
  • Afterward, a cinematic trailer was played, looking way more interesting than the actual game.

Anthem

  • Andrew Wilson came on again and rambled about stuff that was basically a thinly veiled apology for all the dumb stuff that EA did last year.
  • They paired up with a few advocate groups.
  • Anthem came on with an in-engine cinematic trailer, it was rather decent and made a lot of it look awfully cool.
  • Andrea came back on also, Casey Hudson, Mark Darrah and from the development team.
  • They all sat on chairs and turned the event into a question and answer session. Gameplay was shown as they talked about the game.
  1. They emphasized that the game has a single player story focus with a ton of co-op features and that it’s not really designed to be an MMO.
  2. Namedrop, the catalyst of the goings on in the planet is called the “Anthem of Creation”, and that it’s a bit of a post-apocalyptic world that has been ravaged by changes in wildlife and weather.
  3. The world is constantly changing, where the game’s world and lore can change between gameplay sessions.
  4. You are a mercenary that fights using the Exo suits called Javelins, you will fight an enemy faction trying to weaponize the monsters.
  5. Four classes were introduced, the ranger, colossus, interceptor, and storm.
  6. They talked about customization and said that the suits were fully customizable.
  7. No loot boxes or advantage microtransactions, but cosmetic microtransactions were confirmed.
  8. Teamwork is necessary for some missions and the multiplayer is built around fusing the experience with multi without interrupting the single-player experience.
  • A long gameplay demo was shown afterward and is easily worth watching. Fake microphone chatter was NOT employed. They showed an amended version of the full trailer.
  • February 22, 2019, was the release date for all platforms except Switch.

End of Showcase

  • After the show they recapped themselves, hey that’s my job!
  • They were going to start a live FIFA game tournament directly after, and then ending sizzle reel rolled.

TAKEAWAY: Anthem looks like the best Iron Man game we will ever get. I am absolutely non-excited for anything else. What did you like in the show? DROP THOSE COMMENTS IN.




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June 1st, 2018 by Kurt "Chet" Christel

Fire up the chimichangas!

Deadpool Pinball is the perfect remedy to expand your entertainment if you just finished watching Deadpool 2 in theaters.




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May 14th, 2018 by Kurt "Chet" Christel

Better than the movie?

This is intended to be a new series, reviewing every pinball table in the Zen Pinball collection for Android/IOS. Anyway, according to Rotten Tomatoes, there’s a 50% chance you may enjoy these tables more than you enjoyed the movie. I’m not saying that a mere pinball table is better than the movie. I’m might be saying that the 20 minutes I spent straight on 3 balls on one table was more fun then the 20 minutes of wasted screen time from the casino planet C-Plot.




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October 1st, 2017 by Vega Montanez

Free games, tons of maps, and Atari does a thing.

The fall season is upon us ladies and gentlemen. Do you know what that means? Life is about to get real freaking crazy! We got games, big games, releasing nearly every week through the remainder of the year. A slew of gaming events in the pipeline. And the best holidays of the year all lined up! To quote a very wise young hip hop artist by the name of Reign, “Let’s Get It!”

1. Amnesia and Phantom Pain being handed to gamers!

Right out the gate we open up with the freebies. Playstation Plus subscribers will have access to some incredible games this month. The October games for plus include Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (my least favorite in the series but only because all the games are amazing) and Amnesia Collection, a horrifying game series fitting for the month on PS4. On PS3 however, all gamers will be able to access are Monster Jam Battlegrounds and Hustle Kings, the amazing pool game. Finally the PS Vita dedicated out there will be able to play Hue and Sky Force Anniversary, also playable on PS4. I think this will be an amazing addition for Playstation Plus subscribers, but what do I know?

2. Gone Home with a Medal of Honor!

There is something amazing that happens every time to epic entities battle it out in the month of October. Think about it. Freddy vs Jason, Alien vs Predator, David vs Goliath. Actually I don’t know if that last one happened in October, or any of them to be honest. I do know that Xbox Games with Gold is playing a strong hand almost as if in direct competition with an unnamed competitor. Games with Gold will give players access to Gone Home: Complete Edition and The Turing Test on Xbox One. Xbox 360 players and anyone with a backwards compatible Xbox One (spoiler alert: that should be everyone with an Xbox One) will be able to play Rayman 3 HD and Medal of Honor: Airborne. It is going to be an amazing end of the year.

3. A new console challenger appears.

After nearly 20 years without developing a shiny gaming box, Atari has returned to war zone. With a release window of late Spring 2018 and a retail price range between $250 – $300 the new console will be a Linux-based PC experience for your TV. The device will be powered by a custom AMD processor with Radeon graphics. The most interesting thing about this entire announcement is that it is expected to be a crowdfunded adventure. The question very quickly becomes: who asked for this?

4. Battle.net App launches on iOS and Android.

Now I must admit, as someone who uses battle.net for absolutely nothing, I can not explains why this excites me at all. Perhaps its because we are embracing a future where all our favorite things will be supported by one device we carry with us all the time. Blizzard’s Battlenetis coming to iOS and Android is simply a matter of taking social features mobile. The app will make it easier to send and receive friend request, chat with friends, and organize matches for later play. The App is currently available to download and explore so take it for a spin. I can’t imagine you have much to lose by trying it.

5. Sword Art goes mobile.

Thank god for all these tech upgrades on smartphones because developers obviously have big plans. Sword Art Online: Replication, a virtual reality game for mobile, showed its head recently at the Dengeki Bunko Fall Festival. During it’s brief introduction we were provided a solid bit of information. The game will follow a new hero who’s primary objective is keeping Mist, the newest heroine to join the party, safe from harm. A stress and connection test will be taking place in Tokyo from December 8th through 10th, but no other release info was announced. I would love to see where this goes because this would be the perfect game for VR. Maybe not for mobile VR though, that sounds really dangerous.

6. Battlefront 2 for the fans.

Eleven multiplayer maps and five modes will be available right out the star gate when Star Wars Battlefront 2 launches on November 17th. How’s that for an opening line? The breakdown for the maps is as follows: 3 from the highly beloved prequel era, 5 from the original trilogy that people are kind of ok with, and 3 from the new era. The new era is really just The Force Awakens, but thats ok. The five modes are of course very Star Wars themed versions of standard FPS modes but that doesn’t make it less cool. The unique “Starfighter Assault” mode will see the player take control of ships, fighter, and bombers while two teams engage in multi-stage, objective based battles. And of course the “Heores vs Villians” mode give you control over fan favorites in 4v4 team battles. That’s how you please your fans.

7. And finally, Redemption!

Come on. You didn’t think I forgot. It’s not like a birthday, anniversary, or some other silly occasion. Its a butt-ton of official information around Red Dead Redemption 2! Official story details place the game in official “not a sequel” realm. The game will follow a new protagonist, Arthur Morgan, and be set to the east of the original game. Make sure you check out the official trailer for even more insight and fun. The new game will also feature an online mode and with a formula as successful as GTA V, I can only imagine the cash cow this will become. Unfortunately the game was delayed to the Spring of 2018. That’s ok though, it’s not like the anticipation will kill me or anything.




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