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By Joshua Rust, April 30, 2013 0

They are all of the main protagonist’s you will play in the next installment of Grand Theft Auto, of course! I’m willing to bet that many of you are eagerly awaiting the release of Grand Theft Auto V, and I have to say that I’m including in the general consensus of that as well. Every time Rockstar announces another GTA game, I think about what could really do to make the next installment even better? Turns out Rockstar always has an answer to that question.

This time Rockstar will place you in the lives of not one, not two, but three main protagonists. There have been multi-character stories before in games, but never in a GTA game. It should be very interesting to see how all three of these guys eventually weave together in the web that Rockstar is spinning. Just hopefully it will be well balanced and not jump around all over the place.

Today, Rockstar released a trailer that give a little bit of background on each of the protagonists and it looks like Grand Theft Auto V will continue the trend of amazing games in the GTA franchise. To see the trailer, keep reading after the break. (more…)

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By Joshua Rust, April 30, 2013 2

Dead Island developer Techland has announced it will be launching a new IP later this year titled: Hellraid.  From what I can gather it’s a mix of Dead Island’s combat style mixed up with some might and magic set in a dark universe. With Dead Island: Riptide just being released, it came as a bit of a surprise that Techland would announce another game so soon…but seeing how it’s slated to release on Xbox 360, PS3, & PC this year it shouldn’t be a surprise because it’s obviously been in development for some time. (more…)

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By Rae Michelle Langdon, April 29, 2013 0

Fans of Kevin Conroy, the voice of Batman – since the 1990s animated series, will be disappointed that he will not be reprising his role as The Dark Knight in the latest game, Batman: Arkham Origins.  This report originates from South African magazine NAG, which claims that “[Warner Bros. wants] to use a new younger actor because the game features Batman in his early years”.

Batman: Arkham Origins was unveiled earlier this month and tells the story of the early days of the caped crusader, capturing his first interactions with some of his most famous rivals. Development of Origins is underway at WB’s internal Montreal studio, as opposed to RockSteady Games, which developed both Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City.

Kevin Conroy’s career as Batman began with 1992’s Batman: The Animated Series and continued for two decades with roles in several direct to DVD films, including the excellent series of Batman themed short stories Gotham Knight. His non-Batman related credits include roles in Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne and a spot on The Venture Bros.

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By Eric Bastelak, April 26, 2013 0

Welcome dear reader to another edition of The Broken Joysticks Top 10. As always this list is personal based on the individual writer’s opinion. I encourage readers and other members of the Broken Joysticks team to create their own lists and join the discussion. Today we will be looking at music in video games. Music is a powerful tool that can draw out emotions and create atmosphere, when used well it can stick with us for years. So today I’m doing a tribute to the music of gaming sit back and enjoy. (more…)

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By Jason Nason, April 25, 2013 0

Only five releases this week but they span all four Nintendo platforms. A new Rayman app for the Nintnedo Wii U, Crazy Construction for the Nintendo 3DS eShop, Mega Man 4 hits the 3DS Virtual Console service and Circle’s Color Commando is now available on DSiWare.

Finally SENGOKU arrives on the Nintendo Wii Virtual Console list, though the sequel has been been available for a while.

Take a look at the full, and lengthy list, below.

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By Joshua Rust, April 24, 2013 0

Rumors and anticipation of Microsoft’s next home console will wither to a halt on May 21st. This was confirmed today by Microsoft stating ’A New Generation Revealed’ on Tuesday, May 21st at 1pm ET/10am PT/6pm GMT. The conference will stream on  Xbox.com, Xbox LIVE and on Spike TV for people in US and Canada.

I’m extremely excited, eager, and not so much concerned as I am intrigued to see what Microsoft has been cooking up for us. I like how they decided to not play games with Sony (who as you know took initiative to reveal first…without showing off the actual box) and are revealing the new console on their own terms despite fanboy criticisms of lack of information for the new Xbox.

Hopefully all of these rumors of “always online” and “no second-hand games” will be addressed. I personally don’t think it will be always online, I think they will allow the option for people who don’t have a decent connection to still play games. I’m pretty sure there won’t be a ban on used games either, but the question is if they are going to find a way around it to still make money off used game sales…We will see.

The next generation starts when Microsoft says it does, and that will be on May 21st. Stay tuned!

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By Rae Michelle Langdon, April 24, 2013 0

Call of Duty Ghosts seemed to vanish from the rumor mill for the last few weeks, but all of that has changed with multiple retailers mentioning the game in new advertisements. Both the U.S based Target and U.K based Tesmo featured the game predominately in their latest fliers. We’ve learned that the game could be released on November 5th with a suggested retail price of $59.99.

Supposedly Call of Duty Ghosts will take place in a near future society that is forced to use modern weapons due to some kind of catastrophe. Apparently the game may also make modifications to player movement and cover mechanics, allowing players to blind fire from behind cover for example.

None of this is official but as soon as we know more, we will let you know. Traditionally annual Call of Duty offerings are revealed during the month of May, so our first glimpse at the game can’t be too far away.

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By Jason Fayta, April 23, 2013 3

Injustice: Gods Among Us has been out for a week, and for some, it may be too soon to start discussing downloadable content. Well, not for Ed Boon, the creative director at NetherRealm Studios, developer of Injustice. Ed has confirmed that Lobo, everyone’s favorite alien bounty hunter, will be the first character available to purchase. In addition to Lobo, three additional characters are planned, and the internet is full of speculation as to which characters will be revealed. The staff here at Broken Joysticks has cast their votes, and here are our top picks.
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By Rae Michelle Langdon, April 23, 2013 0

Players have been able to world breathtaking worlds in Ubisoft’s Anno franchise for a number of years and now the publisher is targeting a wider audience with the launch of the closed beta for Anno Online. Now anyone with an internet connection will be able to jump into the strategy action as long as they have a working internet connection and a modern web browser.

Anno Online is based off of Anno 1404, allowing players to experience build and develop medieval cities using a highly detailed economic simulation. Starting out with just two building, a warehouse and harbor, players can trade with others using ships. These trade routes are key to success and comprise the social componet of the game. As your cities build and flurish new inhabitants will move on in and you’ll need to unlock new buildings and capture new islands, to help your community thrive.

Check out the official website to sign up for the closed beta or watch the game’s new trailer after the jump.

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By Rae Michelle Langdon, April 23, 2013 0

PSP and PS Vita owners looking for something new to play can download Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny for free as long as they are PlayStation Plus subscribers. Regularly this portable fighter retails for $39.99 on the PS Store, so its quite a value,.

Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny was originally released on September 1st 2009, and features quick match mode, which pits the player against a number of A.I opponets, a tutorial mode similar to weapons mater mode, from Soulcalbur II and of course a single player story mode. This was also the first fighting game to feature Sony’s Kratos from the God of War franchise, two years before Nether Realm studios had him facing off against Scoripion. Sub-zero and the other Kombatants.

I’m sure some people would have prefered to see a PS Vita exclusive fighter, but it is nice to see Sony still supporting their previous handheld after all of these years.

Source: PlayStation Blog

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