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Radial Dialogue - Episode 13 - YouTube vs. Twitch

Radial Dialogue - Episode 13 - YouTube vs. Twitch

YouTube is beefing up their streaming features and Halo is Online (in Russia).

Review: Battlefield Hardline

Review: Battlefield Hardline

Is Hardline playing good cop or bad cop?

Radial Dialogue - Episode 12 - X-Files and Preacher

Radial Dialogue - Episode 12 - X-Files and Preacher

A distinctly more "TV" episode of Radial Dialogue.

Mario Party 10 [Review]

Mario Party 10 [Review]

Why is this game co-operative and luck-based!?

Geralt Gains a Dynamic Beard in Witcher 3

Geralt Gains a Dynamic Beard in Witcher 3

MAKE MY FACIAL HAIR GROOOOOOOW!

March 2015 - Playstation 20th Anniversary

March 2015 - Playstation 20th Anniversary

Radial Dialogue - Episode 13 - YouTube vs. Twitch

Hopefully by now you've all had a chance to look at the Mario Party 10 review that was posted up earlier this week, if not (or if you wanted to see it in operation live) we played through a Bowser Party tonight on Radial Dialogue! Jen played out the role of King Koopa and well... it was interesting, to say the least.

Review: Battlefield Hardline

Overall Feeling: 

Battlefield is known for being a military shooter but Hardline is looking to change all of that by completely shifting the setting and tone of the game to the tried-and-true Cops versus Robbers instead. Even traditional Battlefield game modes for multiplayer have been tweaked to make for a new experience, and while longtime fans of the series might be thrown off initially, give it a chance and you'll most likely think Hardline is the good cop instead of the bad one. 

The Pros: 

+Hotwire Mode is very refreshing and a fun twist on Conquest.
+The Cops vs Robbers campaign is a great new angle instead of world factions against each other.
+New weapon unlocking progression is money-based instead of rank and time sinks.

The Cons: 

-The 'flash your badge' mechanic in campaign works seldom when needed and seems silly at times.
-No big memorable set pieces for the campaign.
-Campaign tries to force you to play it as a stealth game instead of a true Battlefield.
-Aside from a few campaign sections, Hardline doesn't look current-gen at all.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
8

Best known as a militaristic shooter, Battlefield Hardline changes the formula completely, which can be a little jarring at first but eventually welcomed once you learn its offerings and simply accept it. The multiplayer is once again present and easily the biggest piece of Hardline that will keep you playing, but the campaign also returns with a much smaller scale story instead of world factions fighting it out across the globe. Visceral Games has dramatically changed Battlefield's setting and tone, but the core multiplayer gameplay still feels like a Battlefield at its heart.

Radial Dialogue - Episode 12 - X-Files and Preacher

Hopefully some of you were able to join us, it does look like the viewership is (slowly) growing, which is exciting and rewarding for us here! Episode 12 deviates from the video-game centric talk though and allows Jen and I the opportunity to talk about some stuff (outside of gaming) that had us excited today. Chiefly amongst those pieces were the details surrounding a particular casting for the upcoming AMC series Preacher and the return of X-Files to Fox!

Mario Party 10 [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

It's one step forwards and two steps back as Mario Party 10 offers three game modes, two of which are utter garbage. If you play Mario Party 10 just for its newest offering, Bowser Party, there is a good time to be had. However, if you devel into the core game mode, Mario Party, or were suckered into playing the Amiibo Party mode, you're going to have a bad time.

The Pros: 

+Bowser Party
+Bowser Party is competitive and frustrating in the way the old games were.
+Bowser Party is ridiculous, over-the-top fun that will have you yelling at friends and the game itself.

The Cons: 

-Everything else
-Mario Party is the same co-op, everyone moves together, gameplay that 9 offered.
-Amiibo Party is a prime example of how gimmicky and useless Amiibos can be.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
7

Well, spoiler alert for this review I guess: It's going to be one of those unfortunate middling ones. Mario Party 10 does about 50% of its game right, but continues to ignore the core features that made players like myself fans of the franchise in the first place. Whoever told Nintendo that Mario Party should become a co-op game clearly doesn't understand why we were all playing it in the first place.

Geralt Gains a Dynamic Beard in Witcher 3

I'm a huge fan of games that pay attention to the small details. More often than not a game will get some bonus points, and even make me overlook other flaws, if they get the little things right. A prime example would be the Amazing Spider-man game, who took the time to animate web-cartridge reloads on Spider-man. It was a small touch that made the nerd in me crazy excited!

Games with Gold Deals March 24th 2015

If you're a wrestling fan, this is your week for Games with Gold. There's a bunch of WWE stuff on sale this week via Games with Gold, but there's also a little something for those who have been looking for an excuse to pick-up Evolve. Both the standard edition and the "Digital Deluxe" version of the 4v1 hunting... simulator(?) are on sale for 20% off!

The full details on the deals that Microsoft/Xbox are offering (both platforms) are detailed for you below!

XBOX ONE

Radial Dialogue - Episode 11 - Twitch, Security and Skin

Welcome, fans! There’s plenty of talk and rage on the most recent episodes as Jen and I dig through a couple of stories that we had things to say about. Twitch was attacked recently, causing everyone to need a change of their passwords… good thing they don’t store your credit card information!

PlayStation Retrospective: Network Adaptor

Online gaming on PC has been around forever, but it took quite a while for it to be the norm on consoles. Older generations tried it ala Sega Channel and other outlets, but it really wasn't until the Network Adapter for Playstation 2 arrived in 2002 which is when it started to hit its stride and lay the groundwork for Xbox Live and PSN moving forward. If you're newer to gaming or younger than myself, you simply might take online gaming for granted. Hell, you might even take being online for granted also.

Say It Ain't So - Kojima Leaving Konami

Things have apparently come to a head between Kojima Productions and Konami, and we might be seeing them implode for good.

An inside source reported earlier today that after Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, Kojima Productions will be breaking off from Konami for good.

More Content Coming to Evolve - Not Just Skins

Are you already getting the hang out of the available hunters on Evolve since it dropped? Well, good news: it's time to try something new.
2K Games and Turtle Rock Studios have announced that on March 31, they're throwing down four brand-new hunter classes to play, as well as one new monster. The better news is that if you don't purchase it, you'll still be able to play with or against them online, so you won't be delegated to the dark corners of the Internet for people who don't buy DLC.

PlayStation Retrospective: Jade Cocoon

Does anyone here remember Poké-Mania? These days, Pokémon clones are a dime a dozen. Just log onto iStore or Google Play and I'm sure you'll find another soulless Pokémon clone with poorly designed monsters. But back in the tail-end of the '90s, the subgenre of Pokémon clones was just beginning, and back then they actually tried. Some games had their charms like Monster Rancher. Others like Digimon, had awesome monsters, but failed to find their footing in the gaming world.

New Nintendo Hardware Hinted

A scant two and a half years into the Wii U's admittedly worrisome sales life, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata is starting to leak ideas about Nintendo's "next hardware", codenamed NX. 

Come on fellas, even the Dolphin is more creative than that.

As far as the actual hardware though (which was asked about at a shareholders' meeting), Iwata-san made a point of saying that Nintendo was "not at a dead end of any kind in which we are out of ideas", and made a point of saying "we first make sure that those who have already purchased out platforms are satisfied." 

PlayStation Retrospective: War of the Monsters

Developed by the team that brought us Twisted Metal - I was sold. That is, literally, all it took for me to purchase this PlayStation 2 title without ever hearing about it prior to seeing it on the store shelf back in 2003. That little logo (of the now defunct) Incognito team was the biggest selling point for me. Probably one of the best decisions I've made in my life! (I've had a pretty tame life.)

Quipbox is Jackbox Games' Kickstarter Project

Every second week or so, I host a board-game night at my house. This has served as an excuse for me, personally, to break out of the video game routine and try something a little different. However, after the release of the Jackbox Party Pack (a collection of games from YDKJ makers Jackbox) it seems all anyone wants to play anymore is Drawful.

Ermac's New Fatality Leaves the Internet Gutted

Mortal Kombat's history is one built on controversy. At the very dawn of violent video games, it was hassled by all kinds of concerned parties for its use of blood, violence, and inclusion of features like the Fatalities. Of course, we've come a long way since then. Games these days are far, far worse than what we were so concerned about back then... so Mortal Kombat itself needs to keep upping the ante.

Xenoverse Receives First DLC Pack Tomorrow

If you've been following the site the last little while, you know that I'm a fan of Dragon Ball Xenoverse. I gave it a pretty favourable review and I haven't been able to stop talking about it on Radial Dialogue. Further, people who ask me what I'm playing these days always get an earful about my current addiction.

PS Retrospective: Twisted Metal Series

To kick-off PlayStation month, we're going to look back at the series that made me the loyal PlayStationite I am today: Twisted Metal. Twisted Metal not only secured my purchase of the first gen PlayStation, it also began my obsession with vehicular combat games.

Not sure what vehicular combat games are? Well, that's because they are an endangered genre these days. But back in the mid-to-end 90's, it was all the craze. Carmageddon, Interstate 76, Vigilante 8... all these existed because of Twisted Metal.

Radial Dialogue - Episode 8 - Powers on PSN and Titanfall DLC

Wow, apparently I am terrible at things. I seriously need to consider putting a secretary on the payroll because I simply overlooked the reposting of Radial Dialogue Episode 8 on the homesite this past Wednesday. Apologies for those that watch it here! I would make some joke about "make sure to follow us on Twitch" but it seems a little tacky, all things considered.

Harmonix Taking Requests for Rock Band 4

As mentioned in Adam's subsequent editorial, on a few episodes of Radial Dialogue, we're pretty excited about Rock Band 4. We knew it was coming, but it didn't hinder the excitement the actual (official) announcement brought us in the slightest. So while we appreciate that maybe not everyone is hyped up for the fourth instalment of Harmonix's Guitar Hero successor...

Bravely Second Gets a Japanesse System's Trailer

One of our team's favourites from last year was the Square Enix FF-spiritual-successor Bravely Default. It won us over with its simple yet deep gameplay and retro nostalgia hit of classic JRPG. It was something that the majority of our staff has dedicated ridiculous amounts of hours to, chiefly Adam who drained a bunch of extra time into getting all of the goodies the game has to offer.

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