All Posts by: Rae Michelle Langdon

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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By Rae Michelle Langdon, March 18, 2014 0

Every week new releases hit the store shelves. How do you know which games to pick up? Every so often we here at Broken Joysticks bring you a list of the upcoming titles that will be available at retail. This week sees two huge releases – Snake returns in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Square Enix’s masterpiece Final Fantasy X gets a re-release on the PlayStation 3 and Vita.

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By Rae Michelle Langdon, March 12, 2014 0

Tecmo Koei’s long running Atelier series gets another release stateside with the announcement that Atelier Escha & Logy has shipped to retailers for the PlayStation 3.

This latest iteration offers more than just the usual Atelier trimmings we’ve come to expect – aside from gorgeous graphics and adorable characters – Escga & Logy also bring with them the new imbue system. This system allows players to customize their weapons and armour by amending a wide variety of properties. Tweaks to the series staple synthesis system mean that as players progress they will unlock the ability to craft more complex potions/items as the story progresses. Party size has also increased, doing away with the franchises’ traditional 3 party model for a much fuller six member roster. (more…)

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By Rae Michelle Langdon, March 12, 2014 0

 

Toradora!, the fan favourite anime centered around Ryuji Takasu’s struggle with both his reputation as a delinquent and his infatuation with Minorin, one of the only girls who won’t flee from him is coming to North America. His only obstacle? Minorin’s best friend Taiga, who is known for her hot-headed temper. In order to sweep their crushes off their feet Ryuji and Taiga will have to team up and face a number of obstacles together.

NIS America will release two different version of Toradora! A standard will be made available along side a Premium Edition (pictured above) which includes 4 Blu-Ray / DVD discs, a hard cover art book and a special slip case.  You can snag either by visiting RightStuf or by checking out NIS’ own online store. (more…)

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By Rae Michelle Langdon, March 12, 2014 1

The Dark Knight swoops his way onto the brand new Xbox One & PlayStation 4 this Fall with the release of Batman: Arkham Knight. Billed as the final chapter in RockSteady’s long running Arkham series – following 2009’s Arkham Asylum and 2011’s Arkham City – this brand new title will finally allow players stop baddies while cruising through Gotham City in the bat-mobile. Prior games featured the signature car but Knight marks the first time that players will actually be able to get behind the wheel. Aside from the reveal of the lead platform we also know more about the game’s plot and mechanics. (more…)

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