January 15, 2013

The 2012 Top Five

Posted on January 15, 2013 by Broken Joysticks

Editor’s note: Staff at Broken Joysticks will be sharing their top five games, or game related stories, from 2012 throughout the week. We’re continuing the feature with the top five from our editor, kashhoward.

For me, 2012 was a year with many games I anticipated releasing to great success, and some falling short due to various choices. Since I’m always playing fighters, it’s less common for me to purchase the newest games. While I had to omit some games that I never got to play from my list, here are my top five games of 2012.

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PS4 & Xbox 720 To Be Revealed This March?

Posted on January 15, 2013 by Rae Michelle Richards

We’ve been hearing about the next generation of consoles for years now, from leaked development kits to vague statements from executives we’ve got everything but an official confirmation. This may all change according to Game Informer, whose source claims that the next machines from Microsoft and Sony may be officially announced as early as this coming March. Adding even more fuel to the fire is that the announcement events will be “apple like”, meaning invites will be sent out to the tech press just a week or so before the big dayRead More


Disney Infinity’s Official Announcement Trailer

Posted on January 15, 2013 by Joshua Rust

The thing about pie is when someone has a whole one…everyone else want’s a piece of that pie. Disney is no exception as they have now officially confirmed the rumors that we reported last year that they were readying a “Skylanders Slayer” -Disney Infinityis official and it’s coming this June 2013!  Without further ado, here is the official trailer:

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Disney states that there will be two player split-screen multiplayer for Disney Infinity as well as four-player drop-in drop-out online play. All of Disney’s characters will come together inside the game in an area called the ‘Toy Box’. Within the Toy Box players will be able to complete pre-existing quests and you will even be able to create your own (though to what extent is not known yet). Furthermore, everything inside the Toy Box is editable as well – from the buildings to toys.

The Incredibles Playset boasts an open-world where you will be able to fight enemies seen from the movie and be able to create custom buildings. While the Monsters University Playset pits players against a rival school with the ultimate goal of scaring children from the rival school. The Pirates of the Caribbean Playset will let players have battles with other pirate ships and explore uncharted lands by traveling from island to island via your pirate ship.

Disney Infinitywill be available for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii, WiiU, 3DS PC, and mobile platforms. It will launch with Monsters University, The Incredibles and Pirates of the Caribbean Adventures Sets and around 20 toy figurines. Additional Adventure Sets are expected to arrive sometime later in 2013.

It looks like Skylanders has some competition and who knows…maybe they will push each other into making better games so that everyone wins. Question is, can you afford both Skylanders and Disney Infinity?



New Super Mario Bros. U | Review

Posted on January 15, 2013 by Les Major

There’s something about New Super Mario Bros. U that feels like a step onto new ground. First off, the map screen is a welcome change featuring winding pathways similar to Super Mario World. I know it’s just a simple cosmetic change, but with such little story in the side-scrolling games compared to the likes of Super Mario Galaxy, the world map gives more of an adventuring feel. I realize this is an odd point to start with, but I’m a huge fan of this and it’s a feature I’ve missed. New Super Mario Bros. Wii did a good job bringing it back, and New Super Mario Bros. U (hereafter Mario U) feels solid with the expansive map returning to the series.Read More


Injustice: Gods Among Release Date & C.E Details

Posted on January 15, 2013 by Rae Michelle Richards

Injustice Gods Among Us has to be one of the most exciting fighting games to be announced in quite some time. We now  have a solid release date for the game as well as the announcement of premium and collectors editions thanks to publisher Warner Bros interactive.

You’ll be able to pit your favorite DC super heroes against each other on either PS3 or Xbox 360 this April  16th. Aside from the regular $59.99 standard edition Injustice Gods Among Us also comes in a $99 Battle Edition which includes  a limited edition fight stick, 5 DLC skins and the game. The $149 comes with  a collectable figurine, digital movie download and 5 skins as well as the game.

Coming off the spectacular Mortal Kombat from 2011 Nether Realm Studios has a chance to show us what they can do with the DC comics license, after 2009’s Mortal Kombat Vs. DC. Personally I was a little disappointed by the MK VS DC game due to the T rating but Injustice looks pretty awesome. That fightstick would make an excellent addition to any fighting fan’s collection.

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Metal Gear Rising Demo Slices Its Way On XBL/PSN Next Week

Posted on January 15, 2013 by Rae Michelle Richards

Did you miss the chance to play the Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance demo that was packed with the Zone of Enders HD collection? Konami has announced that the demo, featuring the first chapter of Rising and a boss fight, will be available on January 22nd on Xbox Live and Playstation Network. Get set to slice and dice your way through your enemies.

Metal Gear Rising  was originally announced at E3 alongside Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker and was set to take place between the events of MGS2 and MGS3. The game has since shifted developers to Platinum Studios, the developers behind Madworld and Bayonett, and now takes place after the events of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.

The full version of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance will be available at retail in North America on February 19th on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.



18th Gate | Review

Posted on January 15, 2013 by Jason Nason

What’s the first thing you do when you buy any new game? You look at the instruction manual from cover to cover before even turning on the game?

Weird! Me too!

Okay, not really. The reality is that most of us don’t even crack the cover of the instructions unless we want to look at the pictures or if the game has a complicated and sometimes confusing controls *Ahem, sports games.*

Let’s face it. Most games are either really intuitive or guide you through the basic steps to playing the game without spoiling anything.

Most games. Not this one.

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