Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Game Length Does Not Drive A Game's Price, Ever

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Over the weekend, on Valentine's Day, a YouTube account leaked 16 videos that made up a complete walkthrough for Sony's newest exclusive, The Order: 1886, which will be out this Friday. The total running time for these videos combines at around 5 hours. This leak has kicked off an angry and vitriolic conversation across the web as to whether or not this game should be a full blown, $60 title. So that begs the question: Does play time really amount to the price of a game? 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Square Enix Wants Developers for Old Franchises, Including Gex and Fear Effect

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Square Enix has become quite a juggernaut over the years, picking up developers like Crystal Dynamics to increase the company's game library. Now, the publisher/developer is looking for help developing some of it's older franchises. 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Apple is Increasing Game Size Limit

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Apple will doubling the size of games for iOS, which is great news for gamers.

Reports Emerging That Apple is Rejecting Games With Gun Imagery

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Apple is cracking down on gun imagery on the App Store by denying approval for games that have guns in the logo or screenshots to display on the App Store.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Everquest Developer Laying Off Large Number of Staff

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Earlier this month we learned that Sony is selling off Sony Entertainment Online, which includes developers behind H1Z1 and Everquest. Today, information has surfaced that developer Daybreak, formerly SOE, will be laying off a large portion of it's staff.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Grim Fandango Remastered Brings the Classic Back To Life, But Not to The Modern Age - The Take Your Time Review

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Quick Note: Grim Fandango is a piece of gaming history every gamer should experience. The characters are interesting and the story is funny, but the old school puzzles can be pretty brutal. With no hint system in place, this is not the point and click adventure game for everyone to play without a guide, but it is one that should be played.. 

Grim Fandango originally graced the public in 1998 when it was released on PC. Since it's launch, the game has been considered a masterpiece that every person who considers themselves a gamer must play. For years it was nearly impossible to obtain the game through legal ways due to issues with Lucas Arts, but now that Double Fine has re-released the game it is time for many, myself included, to experience the game for the first time. Though very much a piece of gaming history, Grim Fandango has not aged as gracefully as many had hoped and will leave many feeling frustrated, despite the great aesthetics.


Monday, February 9, 2015

Familiar Places With New Faces Makes Episode 2 of Telltale's Game of Thrones Worth The Play

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Quick Note: Episode Two ups the action in increases the interactive portions of the game, but suffers from stilted pacing issues. That being said, the new characters are really starting to fit in with the old and Episode Two continuous to ramp the tension up perfectly. 

Months have passed and the second episode of Telltale Game's Game of Thrones series is finally out. Though shorter than the first episode, the brisk pace and great characterization really help make Episode Two feel more like a Game of Thrones episode while also keeping players more engaged with the world.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Netflix is Working on A Legend of Zelda Series

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For years fans have been clamoring for a good, live action television or movie version of The Legend of Zelda series, and up until today, there has been little hope that it would ever happen. However, it looks as though Nintendo is teaming up with Netflix to make gamer's dreams come true.

Q*Bert is Making It's Return to Gaming With Q*Bert Rebooted

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Q*Bert, the famous old school puzzle game, is coming to PlayStation platforms.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Halo 5: Guardians to Change With Beta Feedback

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Halo 5: Guardians beta has been over for a while, but today developer 343 Industries revealed some interesting stats, as well as explaining some of the changes coming from the beta and user feedback.

Atlus Shows Off Persona 5 Gameplay With New Trailer

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This week has been full of Persona information as Atlus continues it's stream of various Persona games, but the biggest news comes in the form of a brand new trailer for Persona 5.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Sony Sells Off Sony Online Entertainment, Along With Game Franchises

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As of today, Sony Online Entertainment is no more. Sony has sold off the studio/publisher to investment firm Columbus Nova for an undisclosed amount of money.