All Posts by: Rae Michelle Langdon

By Rae Michelle Langdon, September 13, 2014 0

Remember when RockStar Games announced that Grand Theft Auto V would be coming to current generation consoles like the PlayStation 4 sometime soon? The studio revealed this week that the latest GTA will be making its way on to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on November 18th 2014 and will be available on Windows PC on January 27th 2015!

Will there be better graphics? Most definitely, but that is not the only improvement that RockStar is working on for GTA’s 8th generation debut. Multiplayer matches will now feature up to 30 players on PS4 & Xbox One,  they’ve also added new vehicles, new weapons, new activities and enhanced damage / weather systems.

Did you take a trip to Los Santos when GTA V was released last September? If you didn’t, then the current-gen version sounds like the best way to experience the latest GTA. Check out several screenshots of GTA V for Xbox One / PS4 after the jump. We’ve also got the full press-release from RockStar games!

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By Rae Michelle Langdon, September 10, 2014 0

Batman is set to ride down the streets of gotham in his sweet batmobile next  spring with the release of Batman: Arkham Knight on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.  Warner Brothers interactive has confirmed a release date of June 2nd, 2015 for the caped crusader’s next adventure , which means that we have about eight and a half months to wait before we can put on the cowell once again.

Warner Brothers announced two special editions of Arkham Knight. The first is the Limited Edition which includes an 80 page art book, a limited edition steel case, The New 52 skin pack and a Batman statue. The Batmobile edition includes the artbook alongside a Batman: Arkham Knight Issue #0 comic book and a pretty sweet looking transformable Batmobile statue.

A limited edition of Arkham Knight will set you back $119.99 Canadian while the Batmobile edition is quite a bit more expensive at $229.99!  Both of these editions will be available in North America – Europe and Oceanic regions will also see the release of Arkham Origins on PC as well.

Warner Bros interactive provided us with some promotional images of both editions which you can check out after the jump.

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By Rae Michelle Langdon, September 9, 2014 0

Bungie’s latest title – the  MMO/FPS hybrid Destiny - is now available through both physical and digital retailers. To celebrate Activision released a live action trailer. This live action trailer was directed by Josepth Kosinki whom is probably most well known for helming TRON: legacy. He’s coupled his live action trailer with some Led Zepplin , which if you ask me is a pretty awesome choice.

Activision is trumpeting Destiny as “the most pre-ordered new video game IP” and according to them over 4 million people participated in the in the game’s beta this past July. Players take on the role of a Guardian on the last city on Earth. Adventures aren’t just limited to this planet of ours – the interactive world promises to span the stars with missions located on Mars!

Check out the live action trailer in the player below. Activision has provided Broken Joysticks with a PS3 copy of Destiny and we will be posting our full review in the coming weeks.

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By Rae Michelle Langdon, September 5, 2014 0

In a surprise announcement I’m sure no one saw coming, Nintendo announced a brand new 3DS model last week.  Sporting several new improvements including a faster processor under the hood, two additional shoulder buttons and a second analog input in the form of a C-Stick – the new 3DS is bound to win over some fans.

Nintendo is clearly taking a page from Apple’s playbook with this announcement, as all of their marketing material refers to is upgraded 3DS not as a new console but as the “New 3DS”.  It has been confirmed that the handheld will be available in Japan this holiday season and in Europe and North America some time in 2015.  Pricing will be similar to that of the existing 3DS & 3DS XL, running for approximately $160 USD / $199 USD when the New 3DS launches in Japan this fall. (more…)

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By Rae Michelle Langdon, June 2, 2014 0

The next entry in the Mortal Kombat franchise has just been announced for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC. Set for release in 2015 this cross-generation entry in the long running fighting franchise has a lot to live up to after the huge success of 2011’s Mortal Kombat.

A brief two minute debut trailer was released alongside the announcement of the game. Rival ninjas Scorpion and Sub-Zero battle it out in this two minute all out brawl, which of course finishes off with a brutal decapitation. Some mechanics from the 2011 game return including the  brutal X-Ray attacks. In one of the absolute standout moments we see Sub-Zero use the environment to his advantage by swinging from a tree branch, delivering a swift kick to the face. Perhaps environments will play a larger role in Mortal Kombat X?

Check out the debut trailer after the jump, we’ll have more on the game as it become available. (more…)

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By Rae Michelle Langdon, April 12, 2014 0

Wizards of the Coast have announced the next entry in the long running Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers series. Several new features have already been announced for this year’s iteration including expanded deck customization, a brand new deck building option and the appearance of cards from the Magic 2015 core set.  The single player campaign centers around a conflict with Garruk Wildspeaker, surely only the most cunning players will be able defend against his might.

New features aren’t the only improvement that WotC have in store for Magic 2015, for the first time Xbox One owners will be able to get in on the collectable card action. Duels of the Planeswalkers will also be released for Xbox 360, iPad, Steam and Google Android. Unfortunately Magic 2015 won’t be dealt out to Sony consoles this time around, PlayStation fans will have to make do with  last year’s game.

Check out the debut trailer for Magic 2015: Duels of the Planeswalkers after the jump. (more…)

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By Rae Michelle Langdon, April 12, 2014 0

One of our favorite games here @ BrokenJoysticks is Atlus’ 2008 masterpiece Persona 4, why else would we have given the game a perfect 10.0? If you haven’t played the enhanced Persona 4: Golden on PlayStation Vita and don’t own the PlayStation 2 original then you owe it to yourself to pick up this great RPG on PS3 via PlayStation Classics.

Atlus released the PS2 version of Persona 4 on the PlayStation Network this past week for $9.99. Quite a steal considering the original physical version costs double that and Golden still has a $30.00 price tag at most retailers. So grab your persona of choice and get ready to be sucked into the television, it’s time to relive one of the greatest RPG we’ve played in the last half decade.

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By Rae Michelle Langdon, April 9, 2014 0

The recently shuttered LucasArts had a last generation title in production centered around Darth Maul – the Sith lord who will ever been linked with one of the few awesome fight scenes in the prequel trilogy and of course double bladed light sabers. Footage from an unfinished build has made its way on to YouTube, alongside details in the May issue of Game Informer. (more…)

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By Rae Michelle Langdon, April 5, 2014 0

A dim light flickers in the distance during the late hours of the evening as a still silence fills the air. These are things that define both the opening moments of Full Bright’s Gone Home and my childhood memories growing up playing Nintendo & SEGA titles in the mid / late 90s. As someone who sometimes struggles to find her voice amidst a sea of opinions, new releases and a 24/7 news cycle it was a decision to revisit one of 2013’s standout titles that reminded me that gaming will always be something close to my heart. Rarely has it been that a game has made me cry, even rarer still is that this one game has me wanting to share my childhood memories of escaping to the world that existed on the other side of the glass. (more…)

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By Rae Michelle Langdon, April 5, 2014 1

Version Reviewed: PlayStation 3

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is one of those games that almost defies explanation, is it a “two hour demo” for The Phantom Pain as some have suggested? Or, is the game’s $29.99 price justified with the addition of optional side missions and bonus content? Certainly the game’s marketing gimmicks (*cough* Fake producer joakim mogren *cough*) have led to some confusion in the gaming community as to what exactly Ground Zeroes entails. Well I took Big Boss’ latest retail release for a spin and I’m ready to debrief you on why you should suit up for Snake’s latest. (more…)

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