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By on Nov 20, 2014 at 2:06 am, in Buzz, Console, Featured, Featured Article, Preview  |  Comments: No comments yet

We tried the portable, but now it’s time for the console: Smash Bros Wii U. I’m not writing this as a review quite yet, but as a preview piece since I’ve only had about ten hours with the game, all solo since the servers won’t go live until launch day. While I was provided a preview copy, I do not have an Amiibo to test with. For this reason, I’m simply doing a preview until I can see all the game has to offer, and obviously that will take some time. The game is surprisingly large, and although we’ve had time to prepare for the console game, not everything is perfect.

By on Sep 12, 2014 at 3:00 pm, in Buzz, Console, Point of View  |  Comments: No comments yet

Here we are at launch day for Smash Bros 3DS. Yes yes, I know some people got the game ahead of time and streamed it, while there was also demos, but even though I’ve tried several different versions of the game before, I’m still excited to finally be able to play the full version without any restrictions (aside from my poor Japanese skills). Also, as someone who gets stuck at work and can only read so many current event articles and linguistics papers before I go a little batty, I’m sure other people at work with little to do can appreciate written text over videos.

Join with me past the cut as I update this post live starting sometime soonish for the next few hours about my thoughts and feelings on the game, plus give a special gift to the first reader looking to try out the game.

By on Sep 11, 2014 at 6:01 am, in Buzz, Console  |  Comments: No comments yet

I know, I know, you guys probably hate all the stuff Japan’s getting first, or at least hating that the 3DS is region locked. Trust me, I’m right there with you, except that… well, I at least get to play. For those who have a Japanese 3DS, go to the eshop. Go to Smash Bros page. Click this icon:

Dairantou Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (JP)

Then click the wave icon, followed by the right most option until the game starts. Be warned, as the game will display your real life name you registered your system with (and if you didn’t register it, I don’t think you can download the game, sorry!). The left side option once the game has been launched is just for you to play against the computer. The right side is for local play, if you have friends nearby that also have a Japanese 3DS and Smash fever (lucky you!). Only Mario, Link, Pikachu, Villager (Murabito), and Mega/Rock Man are available, and only on Battlefield (Senjyou), but hey, better than nothing! And considering it’s on your account, perhaps that means the coins will carry over in case you get the full version. I’ll be able to test in few days as the game releases here and I do some live blogging.

Edit: Update! You can hit “X” on the level screen to change Battlefield into a single, flat platform just like Final Destination (Shuuten).

By on Aug 27, 2014 at 3:29 am, in Buzz, Console, News  |  Comments: 2 comments

No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke on the front page of the Mario Kart 8 website. In addition to the free Mercedes DLC being released tomorrow, Nintendo fans will be able to pre-order two upcoming DLC packs that grant them 16 new courses, 6 new drivers, 8 new vehicles, and 8 new colors for Yoshi and Shy Guy for about $12. The course count alone increases the total courses by 50% and will be the first new cups Mario Kart has received since Mario Kart DS. More information from the official press release after the cut.

By on Jun 16, 2014 at 9:00 am, in Buzz, Console, FPS, MMORPG  |  Comments: No comments yet

Despite the fact that I’m “press,” I’m a lot like most of you readers. I have a regular day job that doesn’t involve video games, chores I need to get done, friends and family that don’t really get my hobby, etc. I only have so much time for games (these articles don’t write themselves!), so I have to choose my titles wisely. I have to cut through a lot of the marketing BS you do and try to experience the game for what it is and figure out how I can work it into my life. Well, that, and I’m enough to be able to resist a lot of sales, so I’m not buying up everything and leaving behind a huge pile of partially played games.

For me, E3’s not only a convention I go to for work, but like many of you, I try to use it to figure out what might be worth following and what just seems like media hype. If you want some no-spin insight into E3 2014, I’ll be your guide to this year’s events.

By on Apr 8, 2014 at 9:53 pm, in Buzz, Console  |  Comments: No comments yet

I’m normally one to heavily question good news, but I’m having trouble holding back on this. Nintendo’s latest announcement about the upcoming Smash Bros games are music to fans ears, both hardcore and casual. That might sound odd, but the game’s online mode has two options: For Fun or For Glory. For Fun is your usual local Smash experience, but For Glory is basically what most Smash hardcores want from the base game: no items, no gimmicks, just two fighters and Final Destination. Naturally, we’ll have to see how the combat system plays out, but it’s a very solid start, assuming the game doesn’t suffer from the lag issues of the last online smash.

However, Nintendo’s giving itself some time on this. The 3DS version is expected to come out this summer while the Wii U version is set to arrive in winter. The two games will allow people to play together cross-platform. In addition, the 3DS will have a new, exclusive mode: Smash Run. In this mode, up to 4 players will have 5 minutes to explore a dungeon, grab loot and items, and then use them in a regular Smash battle.

By on Mar 26, 2014 at 9:30 am, in Buzz, RIFT  |  Comments: 3 comments

double loot week

Your farm raid nights might look a little more loot-filled this week. Announced yesterday on RIFT‘s Facebook page and Twitter page, Trion’s being pretty awesome and giving all RIFT players bonus loot chests from the final bosses of Storm Legion expert dungeons and Sliver raids and bosses inside 20-man raids. For the most part, these chests appear to be similar to the bonus chests spawned during Fae Yule and contain a random, bonus calling-specific item that can drop off any boss inside the raid/dungeon for the player that loots the chest (some raid bosses are handled a little differently).

The phat lewt-ness begins today, March 26th after the update (and has already began for EU players since a few hours ago), and runs until April 2nd. And yes, that includes bonus raid/dungeon currencies! Both have been doubled.

By on Mar 4, 2014 at 10:47 am, in Buzz, RIFT  |  Comments: 5 comments

rift new mounts

This past Friday afternoon, Trion hosted a playtest of the new Steppes of Infinity Conquest map on the Public Test Shard. Much fun and bug discovery was to be had as even Daglar and Vladd showed up to enjoy a bit of action. During the playtest, the team also previewed a couple of cool new goodies that will be added to RIFT in the future. Kiwi showed off a few screenshots over at Rift Dream Dimensions, and they’re far too awesome to not share. Here’s a brief preview!

By on Feb 24, 2014 at 10:00 am, in Buzz, RIFT  |  Comments: 2 comments

conquest power title

During last Friday’s live stream, Daglar talked a bit about the fact that Trion is finally considering getting rid of Conquest Power altogether. The idea originally popped up in this forum thread earlier in the week asking for player feedback. So far, the feedback seems to be leaning in favor of nuking Conquest Power into orbit.

Daglar shared his thoughts on what this would mean, exactly, and stated that on the PvP side of things, the loss of the stat bonuses shouldn’t harm PvP whatsoever. For raiding content, however, some groups may feel the loss of the stat bonuses provided through Conquest Power. He said that for Tier 1 and 2 raids, the plan is to automatically provide the extra stats for all groups that enter the raids while Tier 3 raids will be tuned without them. This will let guilds continue progressing without feeling as though they are going backwards.

So, what do you think? Is this is a good move?

By on Feb 13, 2014 at 6:37 pm, in Buzz, Console  |  Comments: No comments yet

Straight from Nintendo Direct, Nintendo fans have a lot more to look forward to in 2014 and beyond! Little Mac, formerly only an assist trophy, will be playable in the next installment(s) of Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS. Bowsers kids, the Kooplings, will apparently all appear as playable characters in Mario Kart 8 when the game is released May 30. Speaking of dates, the West finally has a release date for the newest Kirby game, Kirby Triple Deluxe, due out May 2, while Monster Hunter fans have to wait till early 2015 for Ultimate 4 to be released. More details from the official press release below

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