GeomWars3

One title that really stood out to me as an Xbox Live Arcade game that made challenging your friends fun was Geometry Wars. It’s a pure top down shooter that encourages you to rack up an insane score. Feeling like a classic arcade game, you could easily check the leader boards. I battled it out for a long time against my friend on the original. Every time I logged in, I’d check to see if he’d beat my score and I’d up the ante.

Geometry Wars 3 is available today on PC via Steam and Playstation 3 and 4. Xbox gamers will be able to purchase it for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One tomorrow. However a pre-order bonus level is available currently on Microsoft’s console.

The sheer enjoyment of besting my friend aside, Geometry Wars is just pure fun. The sequel added even more modes, and now Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions takes the game into a Super Mario Galaxy sort of orbiting the surface of a 3D plane. It really looks to be a game changer! Which says a lot, considering adding new content to the series does feel like a tough challenge. I’m thrilled to see what is in store though. Read on for the trailer and see for yourself! (more…)

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Skylanders Trap Team expands well with the latest addition of trapping enemies to use as playable characters. This easily could have been a convoluted system, but fortunately it’s quite simple and easy to enjoy in game. No one enemy is confined permanently to a trap (Kaos aside), so for gamers concerned about full trap key sets, worry not. You can enjoy the games content with just one of each element.

Why do I bring this up first? Trap Team has a lot to offer and it’s always intimidating when you’re trying to figure out just how much the base game will cost. After all, buying additional figures comes later when you get eager throughout the year to add more to your collection even though your promised yourself you wouldn’t. It’s that initial step that is always difficult. (more…)

The Verdict

9.5Amazing

The Good: Grand adventure | New characters both Skylanders and villains | Using the Traptanium Portal is fun and the device has quality audio.

The Bad: Still no return of Heroic Challenges or other additional per character incentives to buy new regular Skylanders from this generation.

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It may not seem like a big deal at first, but just a change in perspective can make all the difference in GTA V‘s on foot free roaming. Open world games like Grand Theft Auto really do have that sense that sure, you can cause chaos, or you can even just go for a walk. After all, these games are based on real world locations as well. With the addition of first person in the next gen release of GTA V, you really do feel a different sense than in third person. Read on for (more…)

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Unlike previous titles in the series, Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire had different villain teams you’d rival in your adventure. That tradition carries on in this weeks 3DS re-releases, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire this week. Not that there isn’t a double pack available though. Their actions seem to be similar in both, just with different reasons in mind.

The rival is based on the element you choose. Sapphire features a water based gang named Team Aqua while Ruby focuses on a fire element group named Team Magma. Of course another big consideration is the legendary Pokémon you’ll want to acquire throughout your adventure.

Who will you choose?

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This month is the 20th anniversary of Warcraft as a series. It’s only fitting that gamers will now be able to travel back in time and take on some of the heavy hitters from Draenor’s past. There’s good reason to be excited about this pack since it doesn’t only give us a “what if” look at the history we know and love, but will more than likely serve as reminders and introductions for the lore that will be involved in the upcoming Warcraft movie (just the unaltered version).

On the bright side as well, it seems the alternate timeline version of Draenor is another dimension. So players don’t need to worry about the world being rewritten. So what other exciting additions make this expansion great? The whole garrison building option sounds like the highlight! (more…)

GTAFPS

There are many games we’ve all wanted to see in the first person. I’m sure some of us even spent time in GTAV spinning the camera around and trying to look at all that neat stuff in Franklin’s aunts house. Rockstar is known for making interesting open worlds to explore. Now gamers can get a different vantage point on the action with the next gen release of GTAV due out next week! Read on for the first person trailer. (more…)

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Costume Quest 2 – Trick, treat and pick a fight with demented dental soldiers in Costume Quest 2, the sequel to the hit Halloween-themed RPG, Costume Quest. This inspired adventure includes a range of new features and game-play improvements, including new costumes with special abilities and a revamped battle system. Explore spooky time-traversing landscapes, don adorable new costumes that transform into powerful Hallo-warriors and collect Creepier Treat Cards to wield in combat against a legion of hygiene-obsessed baddies. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.

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It’s finally here. The first issue of the all new ongoing Sonic comic book series from Archie Comics, Sonic Boom #1!

Based on the new TV and video game comes SONIC BOOM #1, the new Sonic the Hedgehog comic book series from Archie Comics! Sonic the Hedgehog and his friends are back and ready to do battle with the evil DR. EGGMAN and his diabolical death-machines! This ground-breaking new chapter in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise puts a new “spin” on all your favorite heroes and villains — plus new faces and hilarious new stories chock-full of action — and it’s all brought to you by the folks that bring the hit series Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic Universe available each and every month!

The debut issue is 32 pages of full colour action and features art from Evan Stanley, Rick Bryant, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms. The cover of the debut issue is by Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante and the 4-part Collector Covers are from Evan Stanley, Rick Bryant, Matt Herms. The debut issue is penned by Ian Flynn.

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The first ever Sonic Universe trilogy continues this month in “Total Eclipse” Part Three, the latest issue of the comic which hits newsstands today!

As the Dark Trilogy inches closer to its shocking conclusion, it’s a no holds barred battle between Knuckles and Shadow for the fate of Angel Island and the Master Emerald! As Sonic’s top rivals clash, the rest of Team Dark and Relic are attacked by Eclipse and the terrifying power of the Dark Arms!

The latest issue is another 32 pages of full colour action and features new cover art from Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash and Ben Hunzeker, and part 1 of a 3-part connecting “SUPER SMASH” collector cover set! You can collect all 3 covers with Mega Man #42 and Sonic the Hedgehog #266.
 The issue is once again penned by Ian Flynn.

CostumeQuest2

That was close. Costume Quest 2 has been available on Steam for awhile now but finally it’s available on consoles as well! Fans of the original will remember good times getting to trick or treat, and also playing an awesome costume changing RPG to boot! The sequel looks like it has even more of the content that made the original so great. Read on for the trailer. (more…)

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When I saw early footage of Destiny long ago, I was quite optimistic. The game had a very Borderlands kind of feel but with a more realistic appearance. I’ve been eager to see how it plays for a long time in comparison to those impressions, and I have to say it’s quite an experience! So what made this game so awesome to me? Read on to find out!

Destiny plays more fast and furious than Bungie’s well known Halo series I found. Between fast melee attacks, frantic firefights, and rarely charging up your super move, it’s a blast running through combat. At first, I found myself crawling through the wreckage of the games starting area in Old Russia on Earth. I was careful to sneak up to groups of The Fallen, the games first group of enemies, and take it slow. As you become more powerful though you’ll probably throw caution to the wind and start mowing through many of your foes. (more…)

The Verdict

10Perfect

The Good: Exploration and combat are both fun | It’s a joy to play with friends in such big areas | Loot grinding end game and strikes keep you playing

The Bad: Could use more story embellishment | Better explanation of some game elements | Adding maps for ground level areas would be a plus

LifeIsFeudal

Life Is Feudal: Your Own is an interesting mix of survival game concepts that is shaping up to be a quality title to enjoy. The main focus is playing with a sandbox of a medieval world that you can craft into your own design. Currently on Steam in early Alpha, many players have already decided to give it a go and boost the game to the number one Top Seller spot on the store. It’s really quite interesting, mostly due to it’s context menu. In general, Life Is Feudal has a realistic landscape look, while holding a Minecraft like digging system for looking for ore. (more…)

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Compile Heart is known for giving you areas to explore and level up in while weaving a large story to enjoy. Fairy Fencer F is no exception to that winning formula and spins a new tale that may draw in a different crowd. Unlike past titles Mugen Souls and the Hyperdimension Neptunia series, this is much more of a traditional fantasy JRPG in the story sense. Fairy Fencer F takes place in a world after the goddess and vile god have fought to a stalemate. Each is frozen by various weapons called Furies. These two can be freed however if Fencers can use their ability to wield and collect Furies, which then can remove those holding them in stasis. (more…)

FadingHearts

Dating Sims are a sort of game you can really just sit back and enjoy. Sometimes they play out like Visual Novels and just let you read along with the story. Otherwise like Fading Hearts give you choices as you get further in that allow you to craft the story to your liking… Or just ignore it altogether and slay monsters in the woods with Dragon Quest like combat. I’m only a little ways in so far, but it seems like a game I’ll be spending quite some time with. Especially with different choices to explore. (more…)

TheCrewBeta2

Last week the second beta of Ivory Tower’s new Ubisoft distributed release took me to the open roads and ignoring the plot line (which however is very enjoyable). During my initial time with the game, I’d mainly followed the storyline. This time I hit the open road and didn’t look back! What really makes The Crew incredible is it’s open sandbox world that allows you to explore across a condensed version of The United States of America. The beauty and pure artwork of all it all is the changing landscape as you seamlessly cruise across the vast open highways. The game itself seems to focus on bouncing you from city to city on a quest to raise up your rank, but I’m sure the true staying power will be in traveling around the immense landscape provided just for fun. What did I do this time around? Read on! (more…)

MinuteQuest

Have you ever just wanted a basic RPG game you can level up in like crazy and just have fun with? Minute Quest is a great answer for that on the Android OS (and odds are on the iTunes store too). The concept is basically a side scrolling rogue-like of sorts. There’s no dungeons to randomize, but the enemy layout is shaken up each time you enter a new screen. You start off as a low level hero and adventure across the land fighting enemies, bosses, and even collecting pets along the way. Gaining gold, buying gear and leveling up all in a handheld game that is easy to drop in and out of. (more…)

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One of the things I absolutely love is when fans produce their own drawings of my characters. It really makes my day to check in and see someone has made another new creation of something based on my cast. It’s not only something fun to do, but also a good exercise as an artist in general to enjoy a fandom and express it in your own way. Have you ever drawn up some of your favourite characters before? Did you use your own style, or the original look of the characters?

That’s what we’re discussing in this weeks Friday Artist Talk. Marty has been on vacation so we will be revealing full details of the Dwarf On Vacation contest winners when we returns and has had a chance to talk to the contest winners. (more…)

SecondsReview

That’s exactly what Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley created after the hit graphic novel series. A new book called Seconds. The cleverly titled graphic novel refers to the theme of the book as well as the restaurant twenty-nine year old Katie opened years ago. She’s looking to move on however, and make a new restaurant. However, as can be expected, that’s when things get weird in the usual Bryan Lee O’Malley style. Does this latest book live up to his earlier works including Lost At Sea? Read on for a very special Web Comic Wednesday. (more…)

TheCrew

Ubisoft is being incredibly generous to us with promotion of The Crew, a new racing title coming this November. First off, it should be noted that upon the end of the beta, myself included, many stormed the forum for the game demanding more time. It is that good of a game. Picture a serious career story that unlike open world games where you can get out of your car like Watch Dogs, you’re stuck in the drivers seat but treated to tons of plot development.

The hero is an interesting character, out for revenge and working for the FBI to do it. He also looks like a mix between Gordon Freeman and a sort of Walter White vibe. When you’re first dropped into the game, it’s actually quite a jarring experience. I was watching a cut scene and then realized I was in control of a pickup truck rocketing through open fields south of Detroit with a heavy police pursuit going on. Fortunately you get comfortable with this transition quickly and it does make for a fantastic intro. Everything is very smooth in terms of cut scenes to racing. You’re eased through the story and then see a pan out to your car which drops right into the action. (more…)