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2014 Game Retrospective - Part 2

2014 Game Retrospective - Part 2

Plenty of downs in 2014, but we'll get to the ups.

2014 Game Retrospective

2014 Game Retrospective

We're looking back at game releases that may not be GOTY, but deserve to be talked about.

Halo: Nightfall [Review]

Halo: Nightfall [Review]

A look inside Microsoft's exploratory Halo TV mission.

Horror Vacuum on Wii U Left by Capcom, Fatal Frame Must Fill It

Horror Vacuum on Wii U Left by Capcom, Fatal Frame Must Fill It

Nintendo fans need their horror games!

Hyrule Warriors Adds Amiibo Support, New DLC, And I Keep Playing It

Hyrule Warriors Adds Amiibo Support, New DLC, And I Keep Playing It

It's raining amiibos!

The Studio Conundrum Of Sony

Seeing things evolve and change over time is expected since it’s part of our culture.  Such evolutionary changes are of course present in the world of business since consumer tastes or hot trends will often dictate how things are both created and presented to the masses, sometimes resulting in the next big thing surfacing or an embarrassing flop being thrown our way which won’t be forgotten any time soon.  Companies doing the things they do may forever remain mysterious and perhaps unpredictable to us, but in the case of Sony the company is almost making a notorious name for thems

The Android Powered Ouya Is Finally Given A Release Date

This year will be quite busy for console launches as not only do we have the possibility of both the next-gen PlayStation and Xbox consoles appearing, but we have a new kid on the block as well. After one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns of all time, the Android powered console that is the Ouya has a release date.

Sony Ends Contract With SuperBot Entertainment, PS All-Stars Fate Uncertain

After taking to the stage during the PlayStation E3 2012 press conference, Sony is now showing SuperBot Entertainment the door in one of those ways akin to pushing out a would-be retiree out the door About Schmidt style.  Sony has announced that they’ve opted to cut their contractual ties with SuperBot Entertainment.

Republique Surfaces Again With Graphical Refinements [Video/Screens]

If you’ve been wondering where Republique, the new stealth-action game from indie studio Camouflaj, has been then here’s a rather major update for you.  After successfully reaching its much needed Kickstarter goal in a brilliant last minute hurrah, the team at Camouflaj have been hard at work creating the dystopian world of the game which is now sporting a slightly different graphical look.

Capcom Permanently Puts Dino Crisis and Onimusha On The Backburner

There’s always hope within us that a certain gaming franchise we’ve adored will come out of its long dormant slumber.  We don’t see too many franchises fall off the radar due to a shift in tastes or an ill-conceived installment, yet such a thing was the case for the Onimusha and Dino Crisis franchises.  After starting off strong, both Onimusha and Dino Crisis were put on the bench by Capcom after poor installments and now news has come down that Capcom has opted to officially retire both games.

Sony Readies Next-Gen PlayStation Reveal (Event Dated + Controller Rumors)

The revolution will be televised, or in this case streamed, since we’re now on the cusp of Sony revealing the next-gen PlayStation. No, we haven’t suddenly entered a time warp of sorts since this isn’t late May or early June, the period in which big announcements are made prior to E3. 

Instead of waiting for the once big platform of unveiling the latest game goodness at E3 with everyone else, Sony is prepping the revealing of the new PlayStation for next month.  So yeah, it’s officially time to hop aboard the hype train.

GTA V Receives An Official Release Date (Delay News Inside)

The day has come with the piece of info we’ve all been waiting for: the official release date for Grand Theft Auto V.  With only a vague Spring release date given by Rockstar Games, the chatterbox minds of gamers, and those within the press, were wondering when the game would grace our console of choice.  Certain retailers of course jumped the gun by posting temporary release dates which were far from the mark (hi Amazon.com), but now we have the truth: GTA V will come out this September.

World of Warcraft Movie Moves Ahead, New Director and Possible Leading Man Rumored

Hollywood’s fascination with adapting their properties into video games may have faded (as evident by the lack of a Man of Steel game), but they still have no problem dipping into the world of games to find their next big tentpole flick.  Case in point: Warner Bros. is still moving forward with a World of Warcraft movie.

Ubisoft's Osiris (New IP) Has Been Given The Boot

The perceived next big project from Ubisoft will ultimately not be such a thing based on word handed down from the company.  Osiris, the project which was spun off from a cancelled Prince of Persia reboot, seemed like it would be the next core franchise for Ubisoft but the company has now revealed the project has been cancelled/given the Beyond Good & Evil 2 treatment i.e. indefinitely shelved.

Latest Injustice: Gods Among Us Trailer Ratchets Up The Tension

The tone of Injustice: Gods Among Us is hammered down in this new story centric trailer that is so damn serious that it’s worthy of the ever terrific “Just Got Real” Bad Boys gif.  What exactly has caused such a feeling amidst and otherwise arcade driven fighting game? Well how does the destruction of Metropolis sound along with Superman and Wonder Woman getting all high and mighty with a rather intrusive form of justice?

Muramasa Rebirth Set To Receive Western Release

The overall amount of noteworthy games on the PlayStation Vita has just increased by one based on an announcement made today.  Joining the rather slim software offerings of the Vita this year is Muramasa Rebirth, the follow-up to the exceptional Muramasa: The Demon Blade

Known for it’s stellar art design and portrayal of petite female protagonists whose busts are bigger than their waistline, Muramasa will be providing it’s blend of action and RPG gameplay to the Vita audience.

An Official and Unofficial Update On Prince of Persia (New IP News)

Today some good and bad news has surfaced concerning the fate of the Prince of Persia franchise. Last seen in the rather disappointing quasi movie tie-in that was Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, Ubisoft has revealed that the time altering acrobatic Prince we know and love is being put into early retirement.

Memory Express Velocity MicroATX [Hardware Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Memory Express has out-done themselves. Each and every criticism previous offered (on our original gaming PC reviews) has been addressed, and removed. It is sleek, it is sexy, it is small, easy to carry from home to LAN Party, and is a stone-cold software KILLER.

The Pros: 

+Smaller case, perfect for portability.

+Light-weight (less than 28lbs).

+Dual GTX670s in SLI will CRUSH any game out there (go nuts with your Skyrim mods people!).

+Silent. As. The. GRAVE. The new liquid-cooled approach means I sometimes forget it’s still on.

The Cons: 

-No real room for improvement. What are you going to do next ME!?

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
10

Memory Express, it would seem, have been paying attention to the reviews that we’ve been providing on their gear. This is a positive and a negative. How so? Well, for the consumers, it’s good news. Memory Express has proven they can not only take criticisms when supplied them, but show dedication to improving. The bad news is for the writer that has to try and pull apart their third-generation build. Criticisms are harder and harder to come by…

SCEE Enlists The Services Of Veteran From Rare

Sony may have cannibalized their European studios last year with the closure of BigBig Studios (Pursuit Force) and the acclaimed Studio Liverpool, but the Euro branch of PlayStation isn’t being thrown to the wolves just yet. Besides Media Molecule and Studio Cambridge still playing a big part in the ever growing master plans of the PlayStation empire, Sony has enlisted the services of a former veteran from Rare Studios to help guide things.

Strider Could Be Poised For A Return

Seemingly on a trend of rebooting their franchises, Capcom could be ready to give Strider another shot - for real this time.  After enlisting the services of Grin Studios to reboot Strider with a modern and more Western appeal, Capcom decided to give that project the boot, thus helping Grin shutter in the process.  We only received a small sample of Grin’s ill-fated Strider reboot which was filled with Russians and snowy environments, but Strider could be making a long-await

Killzone: Mercenary Details + New Image Surface

So far 2013 looks a bit grim when it comes to compelling software for the PlayStation Vita.  This of course is a rather stark, and slightly depressing, contrast to this time last year when it looked as if the Vita would be nearly unstoppable; that’s of course until the device reached retail shelves with a lukewarm reaction and key games were nowhere to be found post launch.

Guacamelee Preview - Luchadorvania On Your Vita

One of our favourite PS Vita games demoed at PAX Prime last year, Canadian developer DrinkBox Studios' Guacamelee sets to bring a unique Lucha Libre-style, dimension-switching, metroidvania type game that supports cross-play functionality with the PS3. If you're not sure who DrinkBox Studios are, they're the same guys who developed the critically acclaimed Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack on the PS3 and PS Vita.

Monolith Soft Reveals Impressive New Wii U Game X

Fans of roaming massive open worlds all while battling giant beasts and seeing damage counter numbers pop on-screen will likely faint upon seeing the new title developer Monolith Soft has revealed. Best known for Xenosaga and Xenoblade, Monolith Soft is going all in with the Wii U as per their reveal of X.  The title may be simple but the actual game is far from that based upon the reveal trailer shown at the latest Nintendo Direct conference.

THQ Finally Ceases To Be + IP News

At long last the era of THQ has come to a close. After being foretold in a sense nearly a year ago via Kevin Dent and made more apparent by the public financial issues that the company was running into, THQ is now a thing of the past.  The somewhat unfortunate demise of THQ isn’t a complete tearjerker moment however as several properties and studios made famous by the company will thankfully live on with new homes. 

The Unique Action Of Divekick Arrives On PS3, PS Vita, and PC This Summer

Presented as a meta joke about the state of fighting games, the indie based effort Divekick is now receiving a proper release bound for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and PC.  After gaining steam last year due to a Kickstarter campaign, Divekick has been picked up by Chicago based studio Iron Galaxy Studios (Wreckateer, Darkstalkers: Resurrection) with a planned Summer 2013 release.

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