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By Les Major, November 21, 2014 0

Skylanders Trap Team expands well with the latest addition of trapping enemies to use as playable characters. This easily could have been a convoluted system, but fortunately it’s quite simple and easy to enjoy in game. No one enemy is confined permanently to a trap (Kaos aside), so for gamers concerned about full trap key sets, worry not. You can enjoy the games content with just one of each element.

Why do I bring this up first? Trap Team has a lot to offer and it’s always intimidating when you’re trying to figure out just how much the base game will cost. After all, buying additional figures comes later when you get eager throughout the year to add more to your collection even though your promised yourself you wouldn’t. It’s that initial step that is always difficult. (more…)

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By Jason Nason, November 20, 2014 0

Nintendo Wii U eShop

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U – Face off against a massive roster of video game all-stars! Send your rivals flying with powerful attacks to earn new customizable equipment that trick out your fighter’s moves and stats. Then power-up and train amiibo figures (each sold separately) to take on your friends. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will be available on Nov. 21. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.

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By Rae Michelle Langdon, November 19, 2014 0

Capcom is set to unleash another addictive entry in the Monster Hunter franchise next spring with the release of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate for the Nintendo 3DS. MH4 gives players access to enhanced movement with the added ability to climb in any direction as well as giving players the option to grab onto their foes.

The publisher recently released a five minute quest walkthrough that gives players a bit of a look at the game play. Also announce previously was the fact that bounty hunter Samus Aran from the Metroid series will be making an appearance in MH4! It is no wonder the game sold over 1.4 million copies when it was released in Japan earlier this year.

Check out the full walk-through video in the embedded player after the jump. (more…)

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By Rae Michelle Langdon, November 17, 2014 0

Nintendo of America announced that Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS has already sold 1.2 million units in the United States. This figure contains both digital and physical copies, in fact Smash is the best selling hand-held title so far in 2014. These fantastic sales figures put it at number 9 in the all time rankings of US 3DS title sales.

The full list of top selling 3DS titles include:

Mario Kart 7
Super Mario 3D Land
New Super Mario Bros 2
Pokemon X  / Pokemon Y
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Super Smash Bros for 3DS
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

If you haven’t checked out Super Smash Bros yet, now is probably the best time to grab the fantastic 3DS rendition of this long running fighting series.  With the WiiU version coming out this coming Friday, November 21st, there’s only six days to get some practice in. There are a lot of reasons why we gave SSB on 3DS a perfect ten in our review.

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By Rae Michelle Langdon, November 17, 2014 0

Master Chief makes his first appearance on Xbox One with this past week’s release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection and with it came new details on the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians beta. If you happen to own either a digital or physical copy of Halo: TMCC you’re automatically eligible to test an early version of Halo 5′s Arena multiplayer from Dec 29th until January 18th 2015. We not only got the first details about gameplay changes coming in Halo 5 but the first gameplay videos as well!

Continuing some of the changes found in Halo 4′s single player Spartans now have access to a series of thruster packs that are built into their armor. This additional maneuverability allows players to quickly sidestep and pull off split second movements that they otherwise couldn’t do in previous Halo titles. Spartans are now also able to perform a ground pound attack after using the jet-pack ability. If all of this sounds like the “armor abilities” found in Halo: Reach,  that is because they function similarly but everyone will have access to all of them instead of choosing a pre-determined load out.  Another change to the game play formula is the addition of a new zooming mechanic that kind of works like Call of Duty’s iron sights, 343 industries is calling this feature “smart scope”.

So far we know the names of four maps that will be included in the beta: Truth (a re-make of Halo 2′s Midship),  Empire, Break out and Crossfire. In terms of weapons we know that classics like the Sniper Rifle, Pistol and Assault Rifle will return!

Check out several videos of beta gameplay in the embedded player below. Halo 5: Guardians is expected to be released in the Fall of 2015 and with the beta taking place almost a year before launch perhaps we’ll get a second chance to try Halo 5 before it launches!

Sources: Tech Cheat Sheet | Halo Wiki

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By Jason Nason, November 15, 2014 0

Power Rangers Super MegaForce on the Nintendo 3DS is an average beat ‘em up action game, which does what it needs to do but is nothing spectacular. It will surely satisfy the younger fans of the series, but if you’re looking for a fast paced action game you’ll need to look elsewhere.

The game reminds me of the Double Dragon games from the NES days where you play through levels with a pair of fighters. The similarity ends there however as the levels are much more basic, the action slower paced and it’s very repetitive.

Ruthless Prince Vekar has arrived with his massive alien Armada to conquer the Earth. To face this new evil threat, the MegaForce Rangers utilize special Morphers and Keys, which allow them to morph into the Super MegaForce Rangers! That’s the setup of the game, though there is very limited story in the game.

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By Jason Nason, November 13, 2014 0

The crystal red and blue Nintendo 2DS systems are coming to North America.

After being unveiled as coming to the UK a few months back, Nintendo comfirmed on Tuesday that the systems will be launched in North America alongside Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, which are set to be released on this month.

With a durable design and lower price point, Nintendo promoted the 2DS as a great first-time system for kids or anyone new to portable gaming.

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By Jason Nason, November 13, 2014 0

Nintendo Wii U eShop

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric – In Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, Sonic, Knuckles, Amy and Tails, each with his or her own unique abilities, must work together to save the world and stop the evil alliance of Lyric and Dr. Eggman. With two-player co-op, a “Team Challenges” mode for up to four players and the ability to unlock special upgrades withSonic Boom: Shattered Crystal on the Nintendo 3DS system (for those that own the system and the game), this may be Sonic’s biggest adventure yet! Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric is available exclusively on Wii U. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.

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By Rae Michelle Langdon, November 12, 2014 0

SEGA has released their 2008 strategy RPG Valkryia Chronicles onto the Steam Store this morning. As we covered earlier in the month, the announcement of VC coming to PC was pretty surprising and almost out of nowhere. This port comes with some good news – it supports any resolution your video card can handle , heck PCGamer got the thing running at 4K resolution!

The system requirements are pretty lax too – SEGA is recommendations a 3GHZ Dual Core with 3GB of RAM and at least a Geforce280. Next thing you know you’ll be able to play this on a modern smartphone, come on SEGA why not?

Click after the jump for the official and recommended specs for this awesome strategy RPG!

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By Rae Michelle Langdon, November 12, 2014 0

Version Tested: PlayStation 3

This year’s entry into the Call of Duty franchise brings with it a lot of promise. Fresh off of their role in developing 2011′s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Sledgehammer Games gets their first crack at developing a fully fledged COD title. This is also the first game in the series to be developed within the newly announced 3 year development cycle. Does this extra dev time combined with an excellent performance by House of Card’s Kevin Spacey and the addition of powerful exoskeletons revitalize Activision’s yearly warfare franchise? or should you refuse to enlist? Read on to find out… (more…)

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