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Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo 2016 : New Feel, New Venue!

Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo 2016 : New Feel, New Venue!

The VRGE "Levels Up" and evolves into something a little nicer than before.

Overwatch [Review]

Overwatch [Review]

From MMO to FPS, Blizzard's banking big on the future of eSports.

Ratchet & Clank 2016 [Review]

Ratchet & Clank 2016 [Review]

Not just an up-rez.

The Division [Review]

The Division [Review]

Everything Destiny should have been at launch.

Quantum Break [Review]

Quantum Break [Review]

Remedy ups the ante on in-game TV once again.

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.

Rainbow Six: Siege Alpha Signups Available on PC

One of the biggest, and most welcomed, surprises of last year's E3 reveals was the upcoming continuation of the Rainbow Six franchise, Siege. I say "biggest surprise" not because no one saw a sequel coming from the franchise, but because it was something unlike anything from the series past. It's a game that seems to focus on multiplayer co-operation in the vein of 2015's early starter Evolve.

Powers [TV Review]

I know what you're thinking: "Why in the hell is Casey writing a television review for a video game site?" Well, because we already did a review on Xbox's show (Halo: Nightfall) and because I really want to talk about what PlayStation is doing for Brian Michael Bendis' Powers: 

DmC Devil May Cry Definitive Edition [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

If you had not played DmC Devil May Cry on last gen consoles when it originally released then this Definitive Edition is a no-brainer; the gameplay is still fun and holds up well. If you did previously play it though, the big question is "should you rebuy?" I'd say yes simply because while the graphics have been updated slightly, but the biggest improvements come in the form of listening to fan feedback and the wish list of features requested, which is delivered in bulk. 

The Pros: 

+Keeps the same great gameplay as the original release but improved with new modifiers.
+New features such as lock-on and turbo mode make the game feel refreshing.
+All DLC included is a bonus, especially the Virgil campaign.

The Cons: 

-Bump to 1080p / 60fps, but seemingly no work on the muddy textures, so it can look dated.
-Certain cutscenes ignore your chosen DLC skin and will show Dante in default clothing instead briefly.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
9

So, let's get this out of the way first and foremost. There was a small uprising of unhappy fans when DmC originally released because of the new artists style and character designs compared to the original Dante and others in the original games. Because Dante's look was changed too drastically, many fans didn't like the change and possibly didn't give the reboot a chance. Luckily though Capcom did create a fun game by enlisting the help of Ninja theory, known for Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (one of my favorite games) and Heavenly Sword.

Portal 2: The Unauthorized Musical Review

Allow me to preface this with a very important statement: I'm of the belief that anyone who creates a new work and manages to produce it should absolutely be proud of themselves. That can be said for anyone anywhere who accomplishes this in an era where new theatre is a difficult sell, especially in Vancouver. That being said...


Portal is a bit of a mess.

Radial Dialogue - Episode 7 - GTA Online Heists!

Well congratulations everyone, you made it through another Monday! Your reward: Another episode of Radial Dialogue. If you didn't get the chance to watch us this morning, live, then you can rewatch the show on YouTube as of... nnnnnow. That's right; the whole show in its entirety is up for you (conveniently placed in an embedded playlist at the bottom of this article).

DmC Devil May Cry Definitive Edition Launch Trailer

A little later on today we'll be posting up our full review of DmC (Devil May Cry): Definitive Edition, but in the meantime I figured "what the hell" we'll also show off the launch trailer for the "next gen" remaster. Mostly, this is for two reasons 1) I love me a well done launch trailer, and 2) I love me some Devil May Cry.

GTA V Online Heists ARE LIVE!

Well, if you weren't around last night when it leaked you probably know that today (officially) GTA V Heists are live! According to the release notes Heists will add about 15-20hrs+ of new content to the game (for free, assuming you already purchased the game). It'll also give you the opportunity to head back into the online space of GTA (if you ever left) and play out missions with your friends/crew online.

Ori and the Blind Forest [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Greatly inspired by games of past and present, Ori and the Blind Forest is the epitome of the 'Metroidvania' genre and is enveloped in a strikingly elegant art style coupled with an emotional story and soundtrack to make a very memorable experience. Ori and the Blind Forest has had a lot of hype behind it since it was revealed and I'm glad to say that it not only lives up to it, but exceed expectations. 

The Pros: 

+Stunningly gorgeous visuals and art style.
+New benchmark for Metroidvania's.
+Impressive storytelling with very little use of dialogue.
+No loading times or reused assets.

The Cons: 

-Massive difficulty spikes at random.
-Some sections require absolute perfection and multiple retries.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
9

Unveiled almost a year ago at E3, Ori and the Blind ForestUnveiled almost a year ago at E3, Ori and the Blind Forest caught a lot of attention almost instantaneously simply for its unique visual art style which is quite impressive during the onslaught of E3 reveals and AAA games. Ori has been four years in the making and is heavily influenced by the classic and current games such as the Metroid series, Legend of Zelda, and Rayman.

Battlefield Hardline Launch Trailer Arrives

Counting down to the release of the next Battlefield title, Hardline? Well, to tide you over EA has released the official launch trailer today. The video features "I'm So Sorry" by Imagine Dragons, who apparently have just taken over the gaming world now thanks to their partnerships with EA and Riot Games...

Battlefield Hardline is set to release in just over a week's time, on March 17th, and will be available for virtually everything spanning across previous and current generation consoles as well as PC (Xbox 360, Xbox One, Playstation 3, Playstation 4).

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