Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Clone Yourself or Run Around Seattle With Neon for January's PS Plus Games

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Today the PlayStation Plus games for the month of January, and they include the titular follow up to inFAMOUS Second Son.  

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Seattle is Still a Great Destination for This Super Powered Franchise - The inFamous: First Light Take Your Time Review

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Quick Note: Short, but straight to the point, First Light is the standard all downloadable story content should be held to. With a few hours of story and tons of challenges and arenas to take on, the package is well worth the $15 to dive back into inFamous and the neon powers that come with it.

inFamous: Second Son made a lot of promises for PS4 owners and early adopters. The multitude of powers and a real world location brought along some great change and, despite a few stumbling points with pacing and storytelling, introduced us to Fetch, a charismatic and emotional neon powerhouse that Delsin helps, in one way or another. Where as our time with Fetch was fleeting in Second Son, the woman's story and powers are front and center in First Light, and what a package they make.


Resident Evil 0 May Be Remade Next for Newest Consoles

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Resident Evil HD is less than a month away, but it looks like it won't be the only HD remake of an old Resident Evil to hit PS4 and Xbox One. Rumor has it that Resident Evil 0 will be making it's way to the newest consoles by Sony and Microsoft.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

PS3 Made Into Supercomputer to Study Black Holes

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Consumers may have moved onto the newest PlayStation, but PS3 still has some life in it. So much life, in fact, that Dr. Gaurav Khanna has configured 200 of the older consoles to create a supercomputer to study black holes.

Monday, December 22, 2014

January's Games with Gold Brings a Few Games to Start Off Your Year

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The Xbox Games with Gold free games for January have been announced, and it looks like players will be getting a wide array of games. 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Telltale Games Announces Minecraft: Story Mode and Miyamoto Talks About What's Next - Gamer's Source

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Hello and welcome to The Gamers Source, your destination for gaming information. It's Friday, and though there isn't a whole lot of news, there is some interesting gaming news! Telltale has announced it's newest game franchise and Miyamoto-san talks about Nintendo's next steps. SO, without further ado, the news: 

Assassin's Creed Creator Teases New Game

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The original creator of Assassin's Creed Patrice Desilets has teased the newest game he is working on at his newly opened studio Panache Digital Games.

Nintendo is Starting to Look into Creating it's Next Console

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It looks like Nintendo is starting to make it's next move passed the Wii U as renowned game designer and executive at Nintendo Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed that the company is starting research and development on it's  next home console.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Monster Hunter With a Grappling Hook, And It's Fantastic - The Freedom Wars Take Your Time Review

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Quick Note: With a faster battle system and a unique thorn-grappling hook system, the game play in Freedom Wars is rock solid. It will take a few hours for the game to click and the story can be disjointed, but taking down abductors, whether with friends or alone, feels so damn good. A must buy for Vita owners everywhere.

Years ago I picked up my first Monster Hunter game on PSP. I had heard so many great things about the game, and who doesn't like fighting dinosaur like monsters? After my first hour with the game I was done. From the slow paced combat system to the non-existent story, the game was just not for me. I tried over and over again with different 'hunting' games, including the recent Soul Sacrifice, and repeatedly failed to get into the games. 


So when Freedom Wars was announced, I was less than thrilled. Sure, the style of the game looked cool, but did I really want to put money into another game that I would play for two hours and put down? After rolling the dice and taking the gamble, I'm glad to report that it was well worth it. Not only is Freedom Wars a fantastic take on the 'hunting' style game that I hope is repeated, it is also one of the best online experiences this holiday and probably the best online experience for PS Vita period.

Telltale Announces Minecraft: Story Mode for 2015

Nope. You did not read that wrong. Telltale is doing a Minecraft game.
Telltale Games is rolling out game franchise after game franchise, and it looks like the next one has been announced. Coming in 2015, Minecraft: Story Mode will be the next episodic game from the fabled developers.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Smithsonian To Show Excavated E.T. Cartridge

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Months ago a team of excavators wondered out into an Arizona landfill in the hopes of finding the fabled Atari stockpile of thrown away games. After having been found, those cartridges are being sold across the internet and landing in the hands of many collectors, and it looks like the Smithsonian is the next to snag one.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Xbox One Gets a Price Drop in China Before PS4 Launches

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On the heels of Sony's announcement last week detailing launch plans for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in China, Microsoft's Xbox One is receiving a price drop. 

Is Wii U Getting a New Gamepad Controller?

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A Mario Kart 8 commercial has appeared on Nintendo's official YouTube channel, and it looks like it shows a newer, slimmer Gamepad Controller.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Microsoft is Publishing Next Tomb Raider and The PlayStation Experience Recap - The Gamers Source


Hello and welcome to The Gamers Source, your destination for gaming information. It's Friday, and despite a slow news week (outside of last weekend), it's time for some gaming news! Sony releases a bevy of announcements through the PlayStation Experience and Microsoft announces that it will publish the next Tomb Raider. SO, without further ado, the news: 

Nintendo Amiibos Sell Very Well Within First Weeks

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Nintendo has announced the first sales numbers for the first shipment of Amiibos, and it's not surprising. 

Final Fantasy Type-0 Collector's Edition has Final Fantasy XV Demo

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UPDATE: Some clarification on the release of the Final Fantasy XV demo has been given.

UPDATED: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita Launch in China on January 11th

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UPDATE: Originally slated to launch in a few days on January 11th, Famitsu is now reporting that the two consoles will be delayed in China, with a release date of TBA.

Xbox One Highest Selling Console in US/UK for November

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The sales streak for PS4 is no more. After almost an entire year of being the highest selling console in the US and the UK, PS4 has now been ousted by the Xbox One, which was the highest selling console in November for both countries. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Microsoft is Publishing Rise of the Tomb Raider

Will we ever see Rise of the Tomb Raider on PS4?
Microsoft has confirmed that the company will indeed be publishing Square Enix's Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

PlayStation Experience Announcement Recap

Games, games and more games!
When Sony announced their PlayStation Experience event earlier this year, it was pretty much implied that there would be a lot of game announcements. However, I don't think any one was ready for the slew of great news that PlayStation gamers would receive. Let's just say, if you were disappointed with this holiday's lineup, you won't have to wait much longer for games, because they are coming, and there are a lot of them.


Friday, December 5, 2014

Sony Settles with FTC Over Vita Advertising and Next Year's Assassin's Creed Has Been Leaked - Gamers Source

Hello and welcome to The Gamers Source, your destination for gaming information. It's Friday and after a long holiday, it's time for some gaming news! Sony settles with the FTC over exaggerating the abilities of the PS Vita in launch advertisements and Next Year's Assassin's Creed has been leaked ahead of schedule. SO, without further ado, the news: 

Street Fighter V Leak Shows PS4 and PC Exclusivity

The game looked so good on last gen, so just imagine PS4 quality graphics!
It looks like the next iteration of the popular fighting franchise will be exclusive to PS4 and PC, if a leaked trailer is to be believe.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Episode One of Game of Thrones is a Good Start For Fans - The Take Your Time Review

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Quick Note: Episode One has certainly set the stage for what is to come. The tone and depth of the series is here, but if you haven't seen any of the show or read the books, you will probably be lost. But if you like Telltale Games or Game of Thrones, this is worth checking out.

For quite some time fans of the Game of Thrones series have been looking for a game worthy of it's namesake. Though previous attempts have failed, it looks like Telltale Games may have the secret sauce to make the ambitious, interwoven story work in the video game realm, though newcomers may get lost in the attempt to make a story that is relevant to the TV series.


Microsoft Late Paying Indies; Releases Public Apology

Late on payments once again..
Microsoft has once again delayed payments to independent developers, and now that the cat is out of the bag, the company is publicly apologizing for the delay.

Super Smash Bros. Creator Unlikely to Make Next Game in Franchise

How can you top 8 person Smash?
Though there hasn't been an entry in the Super Smash Bros. franchise confirmed, it is more than likely happening seeing how successful the franchise has been on both 3DS and Wii U. However, despite this success, it looks like series creator will not be back for the next game.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Next Year's Assassin's Creed Has A New Time Period

What Assassin doesn't like new toys?
Leaked much earlier today, Ubisoft has confirmed details on next years Assassin's Creed, and it looks like we are jumping time periods once more.

Monday, December 1, 2014

PS4 Will Be Cheaper Than Xbox One in China

Will the price help PS4 overtake Xbox One in China?
It looks like the PlayStation 4 will be cheaper than Xbox One when it launches in China, despite the price drop of Xbox One globally. 

Nintendo 3DS XL Being Phased Out in Japan

Goodbye original 3DS XL. You've been good to us.
It looks like with the advent of the New Nintendo 3DS, the company will be discontinuing production of the original Nintendo 3DS XL in Japan.

Sony No Longer Sponsoring FIFA

Will the loss of two more major sponsors affect FIFA negatively?
Sony will not renew its sponsorship with FIFA, attributing the move to rising costs, though it is one of many companies which have been worried about the negative publicity surrounding the sports organization. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Take on Your Friends With Snowboarding or Worms Battles with December's Games With Gold Games

The Xbox Games with Gold free games for December have been announced, and include some smaller titles to enjoy before Christams.

Pokemon Remakes Sell 3 Million in 3 Days

Even with the remakes the games are breaking sales records.
The Pokemon Company has confirmed that between Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, the newest remakes have sold over 3 million copies world wide over the launch weekend. 

PS4 Gets Its First AAA Title For PS Plus In December

Which side are you on?
Today the PlayStation Plus games for the month of December, including PS4's first AAA free game. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

FTC Tells Sony to Issue Compensation for Failed Vita Promises

Do you feel like Sony did not live up to the PS Vita advertising?
The Federal Trade Commission has settled with Sony Computer Entertainment America over charges that the company intentionally misled the public with the advertising surrounding the launch of the company's handheld PlayStation Vita in 2011 into 2012.

A New Game Concept Will Actually Take Your Blood

You'll really pay for your lack of skills...
In video games, most people take for granted getting hit by the enemy, but a new Kickstarter is looking to change that by taking blood from the player every time he or she is hit.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Great But Brief Pixelated Horror With A Changing Story Makes Home Great - The Take Your Time Review

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Quick Note: Home is short and sweet, with a good twist on horror stories. The way the story builds (or doesn't build) based on your decisions is very unique, and it's short length merits multiple playthroughs either on your console or handheld, just make sure it's with headphones and in the dark.

The horror genre has grown quite a bit since it has permeated visual mediums. There are now multiple sub-categories, from gore fest horror stories filled with buckets of blood and enough dismemberment to turn you stomach, to survivor horror, where the biggest fear is not having the supplies to survive. Some where outside of these bigger categories lies the subtle horror, where the biggest fear is what you can't see, and that is where Home lies. Filled with mystery and a distinct lack of visuals and sound, Home leaves the scary parts up to what you can imagine, which makes it a fantastic game to play for all fans of horror.



Friday, November 21, 2014

PSN Supposedly Hacked and Samsung Prices Gear VR - Gamers Source

Are you interested in strapping your phone into this to play games?
Hello and welcome to The Gamers Source, your destination for gaming information. It's Friday, which means it is time to catch up on some gaming news. Sony may have been attacked by cyber activists 'DERP' and Samsung prices their VR headset that is being created with Oculus. SO, without further ado, the news: 

PSN Hacked Again?

Is history repeating itself?
Sony's PSN may have been hacked again. Fabled hacker group 'DERP', the same group that attacked Steam, Origin and Battle.net earlier this year are at it again, supposedly hacking the PlayStation Network, Windows Live and 2K Game Studios accounts.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Telltale Releases Official Teaser Trailer for Iron From Ice

Hopefully people aren't as harsh with Dinklage's acting as they were with his last video game outing...
The first official footage from Telltale Games Game of Thrones: Iron From Ice has been released. Check out the trailer below: 


The trailer shows off some in game footage as well as showcases a few of the show's biggest players, including Tyrion and Cercei Lannister, who's narration of the trailer sent shivers down my spine.  
Once again, this is a teaser, so no information on a release date has been revealed, but stay tuned to The Jesters Court for more details on Iron from Ice and gaming news today.

Apple Has Changed the Verbage of Free Games with In App Purchases

Because 'Get' is far more misleading than 'Free'
Apple is changing the language on it's Mac and iTunes stores today so that games with in app purchases are no longer titled 'Free'. Rather, the button next to these apps will now say 'Get'.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Samsung Prices the Galaxy Gear VR Headset

Soon you'll be able to turn your phone into a portable VR headset
Samsung has revealed the pricing for it's newest piece of wearable technology, the Gear VR headset, which is a VR headset created in partner with Oculus VR to turn your Samsung Galaxy Note into virtual reality display. 

Driveclub is Still Not 100 Percent

Sure the game is broken. But here's some free DLC for it!
Driveclub has been notorious for it's terrible launch and issues that have ensued after. Though the game is still no 100 percent, Evolution has announced plans to compensate players who purchased the game already.

Halo Championship Series Preseason Delayed

Hopefully matchmaking will be fixed this week....
With all of the matchmaking issues the Halo: The Master Chief Collection is having, 343 Industries has decided to post pone the start of the Halo Championship Series. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Sony Announces New Cloud TV Service and Major Games Have Terrible Releases

First, games. Next the living room. And eventually, the world...
Hello and welcome to The Gamers Source, your destination for gaming information. It's Friday, which means it is time to catch up on some gaming news. Sony announces a new Cloud-based TV app to watch live TV and Assassin's Creed Unity and Halo: Master Chief Collection release with terrible woes. SO, without further ado, the news: 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Uncharted Movie Has a New Writer

This generation's Indiana Jones?
The Uncharted movie is getting yet another writer, but this time, it's an Oscar winner! According to The Hollywood Report, Mark Boal, the writer of The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty will be writing the newest iteration of the script.

Xbox One Nearing 10 Million Units Sold

Maybe this $50 price drop will stay around for a while...
Though still not 100 percent clear, Microsoft has now revealed more recent data showing that the Xbox One is nearing the 10 million unit mark.

Major Releases Still Updating Fixes

Arno, you look so pretty...
Though they made their launch date, Assassin's Creed Unity and Halo: The Master Chief Collection still struggle with patches and fixes to make the games work properly.

Sony Announces New Cloud Based TV Service, Vue

Is Sony trying to steal live TV from Xbox?
Today Sony has unveiled it's newest addition to the PlayStation ecosystem. Titled PlayStation Vue, the new cloud-based TV service will debut on PS4 and PS3 before coming to other non-PlayStation devices, such as iPad.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Nintendo Releases More Amiibo Information

At least Toon Link doesn't have the pee-yellow stick holding him up...
Nintendo announced today more information about Amiibos, including the second set and whether or not the toys are region-locked.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Geoff Keighley Is Creating The Game Awards

Branching out to start his own game awards show, Geoff Keighley.
A new video game award show is popping up, and Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft seem to be endorsing it. Game industry personality Geoff Keighley announced today plans to produce The Game Awards

Nintendo Working With Loot Crate for Amiibos

Why go to the store when your Amiibos can come to you?
Nintendo has announced this morning that it has teamed up with Loot Crate to deliver Amiibo figures by mail.

Friday, November 7, 2014

PS Plus for December and January Announced and 343 is Creating a Halo Championship Series - Gamers Source

Beat up Batman in December
Hello and welcome to The Gamers Source, your destination for gaming information. It's Friday, which means it is time to catch up on some gaming news. Nintendo held a Nintendo Direct this week detailing some upcoming games for 3DS and Wii U and 343 Industries teams up with ESL to create the Halo Championship Series. SO, without further ado, the news: 

Mining and Metroidvania Collide with Good Results in SteamWorld Dig - The Take Your Time Review

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Quick Note: Though a little repetitive and lacking a compelling story, Steamworld Dig satisfies that grind. The upgrades and new mechanics help keep the game going and makes traveling to older areas more enjoyable. Great for gamers who enjoy grinding, 2D platforming or smaller games on the go.

Most games shoehorn themselves into nice, neat categories. As more and more games are created by smaller, independent teams, these categories start to blur between one another, often times creating new and interesting experiences we've never had before. SteamWorld Dig feels like it is close to that potential, but falls just short of greatness with pacing issues.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Nintendo Direct Announces Majora's Mask Remake and More

Easily the slickest looking 3DS out there.
Yesterday Nintendo held another Nintendo Direct, this time focusing on what is to come for 3DS and Wii U.

20 Percent of Players Downloaded Super Smash Bros. for 3DS

The digital future is on the horizon.
Despite how hard it is to get hard numbers on downloads for major game releases on any of the consoles, Nintendo of America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime has confirmed that 20 percent of purchases for Super Smash Bros. for 3DS were digital.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

343 Teams Up with ESL to Create the Halo Championship Series

Be the top Spartan this coming holiday season.
Teaming up with the official eSports league, 343 Industries has created the 'Halo Championship Series' to stream on Twitch.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Sony Announces PS4 PS Plus Games for December and January

Take on your friends as your favorite DC hero or villain.
In an unprecedented move, Sony has gone ahead and given players a peak into what December and January hold for PlayStation Plus members.