Football Manager Classic 2014

One for the very serious soccer fan

Don Bradman Cricket 2014

The real beautiful game

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma

2D fighters just don't get better than this

Trials Fusion

This is one heck of a fun ride

Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes

Much more than a tech demo

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Review: Warlock 2: The Exiled (PC)

Review by Pierre-Yves L.

Warlock 2: The Exiled is an amazing change of pace from some of the other strategy games that I’ve played in the past few years. Instead of the typical earthly factions of different civilizations where a predictable rock/ paper/ scissors format provides a safe strategy framework to exploit; Warlocks 2 takes that equation and then allows you to use magic to launch a fireball just to mix things up.

Review: Trials Fusion (PlayStation 4)

Review by Shaan J.

Having already sunk countless hours into Trials Evolution, I was left wondering where developer RedLynx would next take the series. Having perfected its unique brand of masochistic motorcycle mayhem, I was initially a bit skeptical when Trials Fusion was announced just a year after Evolution dropped. I was worried that it was all just too soon, and there would be nothing new that could be added to the formula so soon..

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

First Impressions: Black Bullet (Anime)

Anime report by Clark A. 

Black Bullet takes place in a near future in which humanity is on the verge of extinction, courtesy of a parasitic race called Gastrea. Earth’s remaining occupants gather in an area surrounded by a wall that repels the alien forces to prevent further damage, though infections within the city mean Gastrea are able to appear within the walls. 

It's not the nicest time to be alive, in other words. But it's not hopeless; the flip side is that female offspring can develop powers based on the malevolent invaders. These children are then paired with government agents to serve as humanity’s new hope.

Hatsune Miku to open Lady Gaga concert in the US

News by Matt S. 

This isn't precisely gaming or anime news, but I'm a fan of Hatsune Miku, and I'm the editor-in-chief here, so I'm writing it anyway; the vocaloid pop idol, Hatsune Miku, is going to open Lady Gaga concerts in the US.

Reviews: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PlayStation 4)

Final Fantasy XIV ReviewReview by Matt S.

It's hard to consider Final Fantasy XIV a true new release. Where you could argue that Tomb Raider or the upcoming re-release of The Last Of Us on PlayStation 4 require so much work that they deserve to be treated as original releases, Final Fantasy XIV feels much more like a "we've given you the ability to play this game on your new console" kind of deal.

The fact that Square Enix is allowing owners of the PlayStation 3 game to upgrade to the PlayStation 4 version for free is further proof that even Square Enix sees this as an update than a full release or remake.

Review: Goat Simulator (PC)

PC Game Review
Review by Zane M.
 
 It is the year 2014. Smallpox has been eradicated. The invention of the internet has enabled us to have access to the sum of human knowledge at the push of a button. Gay marriage has been increasingly more legalised in the Western world and progressives are changing the world for better in other ways too. Men and women crew the International Space Station, a castle in the sky, a place reserved for the gods of old.

And yet we are unsatisfied. That is until recently. Ladies and gentlemen, we now have the ability to play a high fidelity goat simulation.

Welcome to the future.

DLC Review: Killzone: Shadow Fall The Insurgent Pack (PlayStation 4)

Review by Sam M.
 
Killzone: Shadow Fall was one of the two exclusives available on the PlayStation 4 at launch (the other being the rather terrible Knack), and as a competent shooter, it has remained high on the PS4 playlist for many since. The The Insurgent Pack DLC pack adds a new difficulty level, a new class and a few new weapons.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Review: MLB: The Show 14 (PlayStation Vita)

Review by Matt S.

Of the "great American sports," I appreciate Ice Hockey and Baseball the most. I like Ice Hockey because it's a sport of sheer speed and aggression. Seeing a great play executed is a demonstration pure skill; it's a sport that features speed, grace, elegance, and strength. Ice Hockey athletes are the real deal.

I like baseball because it's a simplified game of cricket, and man I love cricket.

Like ASCII art? Like RPGs? You're gonna love SanctuaryRPG

News by Matt S.

A game that apparently took over 10,000 hours to develop, SanctuaryRPG is an ASCII art RPG that will cost you precisely nothing to download.

Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge Standard Edition releasing later this month

News by Clark A.

NIS America is re-releasing one of the most outlandish shows it has published yet – Arakawa Under the Bridge. The publisher announced today that the standard edition of the show’s second season (titled Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge) would be seeing a release in North America on April 29th on both DVD and Blu-ray.

Review: Football Manager Classic 2014 Review (PlayStation Vita)

Football Manager Vita ReviewReview by Matt S.

The Football Manager games have never had any right to be entertaining. Think about it; when we talk about hardcore simulation or strategy games, we often like to joke that they're "spreadsheets;" a series of numbers and variables that can be manipulated to optimal effect. But with most games we're joking. The spreadsheets of data are hidden in the background behind a pleasant interface and other abstractions.

Trailer: Freedom Wars is one of the more interesting Vita titles on the way

News by Matt S.

Sony recently published a trailer for Freedom Wars; an uncoming Vita action/ survival game with a strong online multiplayer component.