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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

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).

Rock Band 4 Wish List

Well, the announcement of Rock Band 4 was a surprise, not because of the announcement itself, as it seemed more like a when than an if, but the timing of the announcement and how little was actually revealed. For those not up to date, Harmonix announced that Rock Band 4 will drop this year for Xbox One and Playstation 4 (sorry Wii U) and started to give a few tidbits of information that answers a few questions, but still leaves plenty of room for speculation.

Tales from Borderlands Episode 2 Trailer "Atlas Mugged"

As mentioned on the site, in depth, by one of our writers we LOVE us some Telltale. They've gone to the forefront of story-telling in our hearts with their faithful adaptations of several beloved franchises. Now we're looking at a second chapter in their most recent works for Borderlands.

The trailer for the second chapter in Tales from Borderlands, Atlas Mugged, details the plot of the next chapter as such:

Xbox One Master Chief Collection Bundle for $349

Well, it was bound to happen... If there's one thing that has a history of moving Microsoft's consoles it's Halo. There was obviously going to be some tie-in with the Master Chief collection and the Xbox One console itself. So here we go: Master Chief Edition Xbox One console and game.

Witcher 3: Wild Hunt PAX Video Shows 7 Minute Wyvern Fight

Looking for more Witcher 3: Wild Hunt? Well of course you are, who isn't at this point? The game appears to be a beautiful blend of everything that made the original games great and Monster Hunter so wildly addictive.

Thankfully the fine people over at CD Projekt Red have released their PAX Gameplay Video, a full 7 minutes of new footage, via their YouTube channel this morning. The section of gameplay, featuring our hero Geralt fighting a "Royal Wyvern," is narrated by Peter Gelencser, Senior Level Designer on the game.

Interplay Teases Earthworm Jim in Clayfighter 2016

There's nothing I love more than a game (or gametrailer in this case) with a sense of humour, especially if it is self-deprivation or referential humour. Interplay released a new teaser trailer for the upcoming Clayfighter 2016 Remaster today that does a little bit of both, citing reviews from the original game that were, let's say, less than stellar?

Radial Dialogue - Episode 6 - Rock Band 4 Officially Announced

Good news everyone! Jen is finally feeling a little bit better, enough so to get out of bed this morning and head down to do a recording of a new episode of Radial Dialogue.

If you weren't able to join us this morning, here's the recap: Jen and I discussed the announcement of Rock Band 4, what that means for the instruments, EA shutting down Maxxis' main studio, and the PSN+ free games for March.

Steam Link Announced, Streams Steam to Living Room

Hot on the heels of the Nvidia Shield announcement, it looks like Steam has something more to bring to the table at GDC beyond their new SteamVR (now known as Vive, a partnered effort with HTC).

NVidia Sheild Announced, Cloud Based Console

Apparently the concept of cloud-based gaming hasn't died yet. While GDC has been providing developers with free copies of the newest software and showing off a plethora of VR headsets, it looks like Nvidia is leading the charge of cloud-based gaming still being a thing.

Just announced today, Nvidia will be supplying the gaming community at large with their own take on cloud gaming with the Nvidia Shield.

SUPERHOT Alpha Story Mode Gameplay

Ever since I spent about 5 hours playing around with the Flash demo of SUPERHOT, I've been obsessed with its development. It's one of the most interesting original concepts I've seen in a while. It doesn't hurt either that my favourite super powers have always been time manipulation/super speed.

Radial Dialogue - Episode 5 - ID@Xbox GDC 2015

Welcome back everyone! Unfortunately Jen is still sick, so the steady parade of guest stars continues with the amazingly talented Tyler James Nicol! Radial Dialogue Episode 5 focuses primarily on a series of trailers coming out from GDC 2015, showcasing some of the titles being shown at ID@Xbox. Indie titles all, which have an interest to us or that we're seeing for the first time and throwing two cents in on.

ScreamRide [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

If you were to take the basic components of Rollercoaster Tycoon, BoomBlox, and Mario Kart roll those into one downloadable title and layer it with a bunch of dark Portal-esque humour, you'd get what ScreamRide is trying for. I say trying because it feels a little clunky putting all those things together in one game and the longevity of the package will be based entirely around its community.

The Pros: 

+Destruction Mode is a lot of fun, just straight up.
+The tools for creation are vast and easy enough to use.
+Playing as the rollercoaster-rider is a lot more fun than I would have guessed.

The Cons: 

-Xbox 360 version doesn't have community content.
-The longevity of the game is entirely community dependant.
-If people don't make new rides you'll run out of stuff to do quickly.

ShogunGamer.com Rating : 
7

ScreamRide serves as the latest in a series of Microsoft Studio attempts at games that focus on community. Plenty of games have released under the banner, primarily for promotion of Xbox Live's Marketplace and in most cases the Games with Gold feature. Sometimes this has given us some fantastic games and other times it's become nothing more than a failed experiment.

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