October 6, 2015

What Kenny’s Playing this Week

Posted on October 6, 2015 by Kenny Keelan

Now that I’ve been able to bring myself back to playing Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain again, I find that it’s going right back to eating up my time. I’m hoping to get the new Witcher 3 DLC Expansion this week at some point and, from what I hear, that’s going to be a huge undertaking as well. I’ve put some time into Metal Gear Online as it just dropped today and I’m looking forward to logging some time into that one as well, though I probably won’t be on it nearly as much as I’d be with The Phantom Pain. I’ll be picking up Dragon Age: Inquisition again to brush myself up on that game in time for a review of the Game of the Year edition, as well, probably some time later this week.

If you wanna see what I’m playing this very moment, catch me on PSN through the handle itstheKenny; you can also catch me on Twitter @TheLaymensGamer and on Facebook as The Laymen’s Gamer. I have a YouTube channel, as well, if you want to see any of the short gameplay videos I’ve posted.


Metal Gear Online 3 – First Impressions

Posted on October 6, 2015 by Kenny Keelan

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is now complete with the addition of its Metal Gear Online feature, the third of its kind in the franchise and it has never felt better. Like previous renditions, this version of MGO uses the engine of the game you have been playing alongside it for so long and turned the scenario on its head. You’re given a series of basic scenarios and it’s up to you to be the best damn infiltrator you can be.

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Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six – Siege: A Closed Beta Report

Posted on October 6, 2015 by Kenny Keelan

Rainbow Six Siege

Writers Note: This beta was reviewed using the PlayStation 4 copy of the game.

There was a time when I was actually pretty decent at FPS games: back when graphics on PC games weren’t as demanding so the variety of computers they worked on was greater, back when twitch shooting wasn’t the entire focus of gameplay, back when franchises like Rainbow Six focused on tactical play and thinking outside of the box. You see, I like FPS games when they demand a little more than being the quickest, most accurate trigger on the block. I like when FPS games require a lot of tactical thinking and even the most trigger-happy, balls-out shooter on the team can be taken down by preemptive thinking. Rainbow Six: Siege seems to be a kind of return to form for this franchise in that regard and for that, it makes me feel like the kind of FPS player that can actually grow and become more skillful as I play. That’s the kind of game I like.

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SEGA Unleashes Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax

Posted on October 6, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

SEGA has brought over Ecole Software’s anime dream team fighting mashup Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax to North America for the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita. The basic concept of this game can be boiled down to “what if we took a bunch of memorable or popular anime characters and allowed them to battle it out!”

With a roster that reads like a “who’s who” of the anime world from the past decade or so there are some memorable favorites like Mikoto Mikasa from A Certain Scientific Railgun or Asuna from Sword Art Online or the absolutely adorable but fearsome Taiga Aisaka from Toradora! Chances are good there is at least one playable character from a series you’ve watched if you’ve even remotely kept tabs on the anime scene!

Fighting Climax doesn’t appear to be your average 2D fighter, I’m pretty sure button mashing won’t win you very many matches. Instead you’ll have to be strategic about managing your resources – every player has access to a number of different attacks and special moves. Sure you’ve got your heavy, medium and light attacks but if you combine them correctly you’ll pull off your characters ultimate attack with a full Climax Gauge. If you’re down and out and feel like you’re going to lose perhaps calling in some help will even the odds – with a full Assist bar players can call in one of a number of different Assist Characters all from different anime series!

Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax offers a number of different modes including Story mode, Arcade mode and the brand new Dream mode.

SEGA was nice enough to provide us with a PlayStation Vita copy of the game for review. Look forward to more coverage soon!

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A Computer Capable Of Running Battlefront Is Much Stronger Than You Can Possibly Imagine

Posted on October 6, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

The force must be strong with EA as they prepare to launch the Open Beta for Star Wars: Battlefront on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC. Ahead of Thursday’s official kick off the publisher has posted the minimum and recommended specs for game on its official Origin page.

The recommended specs are probably going to shock a lot of people considering they are recommending an NVIDIA Geforce 960 & an  Intel i5 6600 both of which are top-shelf components costing about $300 USD a pop and both of which were only released in the last few months.  If you want to go with the minimum specs they’re recommending only a Geforce 660 or higher *phew*. Oh and the 16GBs of RAM is a little absurd if you ask me!

Is your PC up to the task? Perhaps you’ve squirreled away some money into your Death Star construction fund and can use some of it to upgrade your rig.

My computer falls squarely in-between the minimum and recommended. My processor is older (and is an AMD which has no recommended specs) and I’ve only got 8GBs of ram but at least my graphics card clears the recommended mark.

We’ll have full impressions of the Star Wars: Battlefront beta when it launches later this week. Oh and we’ll be playing it across multiple platforms to try and bring you the most comphrensive coverage possible.

Minimum PC System Requirements

OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or later
Processor (Intel): Intel i3 6300T or equivalent
Memory: 8GB RAM
Hard Drive: At least 40 GB of free space
Graphics card (NVIDIA): nVidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB
Graphics card (ATI): ATI Radeon HD 7850 2GB
DirectX: 11.0 Compatible video card or equivalent
Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection

Recommended PC System Requirements

OS: 64-bit Windows 10 or later
Processor (Intel): Intel i5 6600 or equivalent
Memory: 16GB RAM
Hard Drive: At least 40 GB of free space
Graphics card (NVIDIA): nVidia GeForce GTX 970 4GB
Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB
DirectX: 11.1 Compatible video card or equivalent
Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection


BrokenCast Episode 5 – “Potions A Curious Tale Developer Interview”

Posted on October 6, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

Our latest episode of BrokenCast our semi-regular podcast about the world of gaming is here for your listening enjoyment.

This week I and managing editor Fionna Fox sit down with Potions: A Curious Tale developer Renee Gittins, the founder of indie developer Stumbling Cat. We chat about what it is like to enter the world of indie development fulltime as well as what it’s like to show off your game to thousands of potential players at the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle.

Sit back, relax and enjoy our time with Renee.

You can find her studio on Twitter and of course at their official website as well!

You can also find our podcast on itunes!



The Witcher III: Hearts of Stone Trailer Arrives

Posted on October 6, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

Adventurers seeking more time with Geralt in The Witcher III are about to have their wish granted with the release of the game’s first expansion, Hearts of Stone, which launches on October 26th. This time around Geralt must recruit a crew of break-in artists, spend a night with some ghoulish creatures all in the name of his quest to defeat the seemingly immortal Olgierd Von Everec.

This trailer does a good job of explaining what is at stake in Hearts of Stone as well as explaining that perhaps Von Everec isn’t a cut-and-dry villain but perhaps more of a cursed man who has no chance of redemption?

Check out the trailer here.

The Witcher III: Hearts of Stone is Rated M so this this trailer is behind an age-gate.



What I’m Playing this week

Posted on October 6, 2015 by Fionna Schweit

Hey everybody Fionna Fox here with your weekly games check in!

This week I am playing grey goo. It’s a great RTS from the teams that brought were once know as Westwood (may they rest in pieces THANKS EA). Its got a pretty deep camping so I expect it will take the majority of my time before the Star Wars battle front beta eats me for the weekend.  I expect that battlefront is going to be interesting, but fear it may be too generic! Be sure to check our first impressions which should go up Monday!

hit me up on twitter @just_fionna and tell me what your excited to play this week!


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