Author: Seth

PSN Picks for the Week of Sept. 19

You can’t have a winner every week, and this week isn’t looking too great on PSN. Arguably the largest release of the week, NBA 2K18, was actually released last Friday for the “special” preorder edition (but, actually, you could just buy it any time beginning Friday…it’s all a little confusing). Outside of that, you’ve got Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite, which looks fine, but in a world that includes InJustice, it just doesn’t seem to compare. Instead, we are going to take a look at a couple smaller releases this week, as well as highlighting the sales that should be on your radar....

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PSN Picks for the Week of Sept. 12

There are a lot of new games on PSN this week, though nothing that will tear this writer away from Destiny 2. This week includes the return of NBA Live, as well as the early release for NBA 2K18, JRPG Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana and Dishonored: Death of the Outsider. Below, I’m going to highlight a couple smaller games that interest me. Also this week, we will take a look at some of the sales available in the PSN store. Take a look here at the full drop of games, via the PlayStation Blog. Tooth and Tail Adorable mice, pigs and owls in...

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PSN Picks for the Week of Sept. 5

The PlayStation releases this week are dominated by sequels to two games that launched to middling reviews in the first year of the PS4’s life cycle. While Destiny has proven to have a long tail, Knack was largely forgettable to many. Now both games are back and bigger than ever. Also this week, the PSN picks will take a look at some of the sales available in the PSN store. Take a look here at the full drop of games, via the PlayStation Blog. Destiny 2 The Tower has fallen. Light from the Traveller has been extinguished. Now it’s up to...

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Glorious new Shovel Knight Amiibo are Glorious

Nintendo announced three new Amiibo coming from the Shovel Knight franchise during their Nindies @ Night stream on Thursday night, and they are amazing. The new Amiibo are Plague Knight, Spectre Knight and King Knight, which are the three members of the Order of No Quarter who have been (or will be) featured in their own campaigns through the Shovel Knight Treasure Trove. The individual Amiibo look amazing, and will make great companions for my lonely Shovel Knight Amiibo. Their functionality is similar to that of Shovel Knight’s: they will provide fairy companions during your campaign, a Spectre Knight armor set...

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Podcast Review – Pyre PS4

Set in a desolate land called the Downside, Pyre’s shining achievement is in how it makes the player feel weary from loss and the journey, while remaining compelling throughout. The latest game from indie developer Supergiant, Pyre continues the company’s stellar track record in creating an engaging story, and marrying that story to gameplay. This is also a very different experience compared to Transistor and Bastion. Pyre is mostly a visual novel, filled with player choice; the other large part of the game consists of conducting the “Rites,” which come in the form of a magical three-on-three game of...

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NBA 2K18 MyGM/MyLeague Detailed

The NBA 2K series is, quite possibly, my favorite annualized franchise. I love watching basketball, and think the series continually does a great job of representing the game you see on TV. Today, Erick Boenisch from 2K Sports outlined a lot of enhancements to NBA 2K18’s MyGM Mode — which is my preferred way to play the game. What isn’t mentioned is whether these additions apply also to the Nintendo Switch version of the game. (If not, I won’t be getting the game on Switch. If it’s included, I will be grabbing the game on Switch). Check out the...

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PSN Picks of the Week

It’s a relatively light week on the PSN, with no major physical releases. But that doesn’t mean there’s any lack of greatness that dropped this week. Take a look here at the full drop of games, via the PlayStation Blog. Here are a few of the most interesting games to drop this week: Superhot and Superhot VR A first-person shooter where time and enemies only move with you do. Superhot looks super stylish and brings a level of strategy to movement of an FPS. The VR edition is a totally different game from the core PS4 version, and is also...

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All Humans Safe – Nex Machina Review – PS4

The screen pulsates with pink neon lasers, flashes of light and gleaming skulls that chase after me, while I dash and dodge around, searching for humans and trying to stay alive. The latest title from Housemarque, Nex Machina is an amazing visual spectacle and the pinnacle of the twin-stick shooting genre, which the Finnish developer owns almost exclusively. (Graceful Explosion Machine on Switch notwithstanding.) The pace is frenetic from the moment your hero hops off his motorcycle and into the fray of attacking robotic spiders. Each of the six worlds is broken down into stages where the goal is...

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Review: ARMS for Nintendo Switch

It’s the third round of a tight match-up in ARMS. My Ribbon Girl’s life meter is dwindling away, dropping close to the 25-percent mark after my opponent — a particularly adept Kid Cobra — catches me with a throw. Ribbon Girl shakes it off and charges up her ARMS. She’s rocking two standard boxing gloves right now, one with the ice power and one with electricity. Jump. Air-dodge. Jump again. Let the electric glove fly, and it connects! She throws a paralyzed Kid Cobra to the ground, and now both competitors’ special meters are filled.     ARMS, the...

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E3 2017: (Insert Game of Show Here)

Lost among arguments about which multi-billion dollar company supposedly performed the best on the E3 stage is, sometimes, the sheer depth and variety of games that will be coming out in the next couple of years (or 10 years, ahem, Sony Japan). I can already see the eyes rolling — I see you, Eurogamer — but the real winner of E3 continues to be us, the gamers. Whatever kind of gamer you are, the chances are high that a few announcements from the conference spoke to you. Across the Internet, different sites will be awarding their “Game of E3”...

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E3 2017 Wrap Up: 5 Things I Loved From Ubisoft

Ubisoft as a publisher has really grown during the past two console generations, and has some of the most beloved franchises in gaming under its umbrella. Yet, many of their games don’t personally excite me or are often underwhelming. I went into this year’s conference with a skeptical mind, but I was blown away by some of the reveals, and enjoyed the conference as a whole. Here are five things that really stood out to me about Ubisoft’s E3 conference, in the order they were revealed. That Opening The first Rabbids game on the Wii was an early favorite...

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Xbox e3 conference didn’t sell me a console – yet

I went into this year’s e3 event looking for a few different things, but possibly at the top of that list is that I wanted to be sold on buying an Xbox One — whether the S console or the Scorpio. Microsoft is doing a lot of great things over on Xbox. I wrote a couple weeks ago on the new Game Pass, and how that service makes the prospect of switching from Sony to Microsoft more palatable. Xbox does have a good gaming library available, and the Game Pass makes it wide open. Combined with EA Access, which...

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FIFA 18 for Switch detailed on EA Website

While the Switch version of this fall’s FIFA 18 from EA Sports was absent from the EA Play conference, the company finally released more information on the title on their website. Predictably, the game will not feature the Frostbite engine or the Alex Hunter saga. However, the game appears to look on the level of the pre-Frostbite FIFA, and will hopefully include gameplay improvements. “EA SPORTS™ FIFA 18 on Nintendo Switch™ is the most immersive, social, and authentic football game ever created for Nintendo players. Feature packed, you can now play the world’s game anytime, anywhere and in unique ways with FIFA...

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Need for Speed Payback Announced

The Need for Speed franchise is back and set to release on Nov. 10, with Need for Speed Payback. The franchise has been teasing an official reveal throughout the week and posted a trailer today on their Twitter account. Check it - we're back! This is Need for Speed Payback #NFSPayback pic.twitter.com/5Pl8gXazBk— Need for Speed (@NeedforSpeed) June 2, 2017 Over on the official website, EA is highlighting the return of cop chases, and an explosive adventure during which you will control three characters in an over-the-top single-player story mode. Little has been revealed about online modes, though developers have stated that...

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Xbox Game Pass is a System Seller

Being a gamer is not a cheap hobby, especially if you are trying to stay relatively current with modern trends and games. The price of entry to the current generation of home consoles is already $250, and up to $400 for the “premium” PS4 Pro. We will find out (hopefully) at e3 just how much the Xbox Scorpio will set gamers back. And a powerful PC can push even closer to quadruple figures. As someone with limited means and time, finding ways to stretch my dollar while still playing the latest games is always a challenge. Xbox, with the...

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Injustice 2 Review – PS4/Xbox One

Every now and then, a piece of entertainment sneaks up on you and surprises you in a good way. While it’s hard to argue that Injustice 2 has snuck up on anyone, I personally wasn’t expecting to jump into the game until the crew here at PSVG kept talking about their excitement for it. I’m typically terrible at fighting games, and my knowledge of superheroes basically starts and stops with movies and games — I’d never heard of Blue Beetle or Firestorm, or Gorilla Grodd, prior to this game. Thanks to others here at PSVG, and my enjoyment of...

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PSVG’s Top 25 Games for PS4

With the fourth anniversary of the PlayStation 4 approaching quickly, the PlayStation team here at PSVG decided to take a look at the best games available on the console. While the list is ranked, this is meant to be a good look at a great collection of games available. This list was completed in May 2017, and is meant as a snapshot of PSVG contributors’ favorite games currently available on PS4. As we continue to play games in the future, this list could change. We will revisit it at a later time. This version’s contributors are: Seth, Kyle, Kevin...

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Far Cry: Wild Wild West?

Count me in the skeptical camp, but rumors that the Far Cry franchise is headed to the wild west of the 19th Century, and could release this fall, have me excited. The rumors are sprouting from a couple of sources. The Great Falls Tribune published a story last week about a film crew at an old church in Montana that was working on a live-action trailer for the sequel to “an existing global franchise” that was to be set in a fictional wild west-like world that would be released this fall. The natural inclination is to think Red Dead Redemption 2, which...

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Marvel Heroes Omega Beta Impressions – PS4

As a member of the console crowd — and not of the so-called PC Master Race — I was utterly unaware of the existence of Marvel Heroes until the console iteration, Marvel Heroes Omega, was announced. The concept grabbed me immediately: Diablo gameplay with a large roster of Marvel characters, and an end-game that adds to the experience. You had me at “Diablo.” I usually don’t like to spend much time playing Betas if the progress won’t carry over into the main game, but I jumped in on the Marvel Heroes Omega beta on PS4 based purely on the...

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Mr. Shifty Review – Switch

Mr. Shifty is a game with a lot of potential that, at launch at least, is rendered nearly unplayable by performance issues on the Nintendo Switch. In a game that is fully reliant on having quick reflexes, and where one errant move can erase minutes of progress, these issues are unacceptable. During my playthrough, I died tens of times due to lag. The game slows to a stop when a weapon breaks; or when things explode; or when too many enemies are on screen. Mr. Shifty also crashed on me twice near the end of particularly difficult levels, causing...

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