December 12, 2015

First Gameplay Footage of Yakuza 6 Released

Posted on December 12, 2015 by Broken Joysticks

Yakuza 6

Yakuza 6 has just had it’s very first gameplay footage revealed. Check it out below.

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Yakuza is just one of those franchises I never got into, with me only owning a PS3 for about a year before it broke. Still, what people tell me about it sounds kind of neat. There’s very little to be said about the footage, since it’s mostly just fighting animations, but it looks pretty crisp. Apparently the Yakuza are also professional wrestlers, judging from the way they fight. I look forward to dispensing The People’s Elbow to gangsters across Tokyo. Yakuza 6 is hitting the PS4 as an exclusive sometime in 2016.


EA announces esports league

Posted on December 12, 2015 by Fionna Schweit

It was only a matter of time. One of the the largest AAA publishers on the planet has decided to lumber in to E-sports. Led by Peter Moore (former COO of EA) it seems that EA will open up “a new Competitive Gaming Division” Moore said:

“As the latest step in our journey to put our players first, [the Competitive Gaming Division] will enable global eSports competitions in our biggest franchises including FIFA, Madden NFL, Battlefield and more,” EA CEO Andrew Wilson said, in a statement provided to “EA’s CGD will seek to build a best-in-class program to centralize our efforts with new events, as well as the infrastructure to bring you the world’s preeminent EA competitive experiences.”


I’m about as surprised as I was when Battle Front had no campaign. Look EA makes some of the biggest games that exist, Battlefield, Battle Front, Madden, Fifa, all EA properties. Activision-Blizzard already has their own E-sports division, and its an obvious space that EA can fill in with their massive bulk of money. I would expect tournaments to happen often, some kind of world championship, and lots of money.  I cant say I dislike the idea, I mean more money usually means more plays, more leagues, and better structure, but honestly i don’t trust EA as far as I can throw them.


Star Citizen Alpha 2.0 is Live

Posted on December 12, 2015 by Fionna Schweit

Star Citizen

Highly anticipated space sim reaches major development milestone; early playable version combines space combat, FPS and multi-crew ships

LOS ANGELES, December 11, 2015 —  Cloud Imperium Games™ (CIG), the company behind the hugely popular  Star Citizen™ space simulation game, announced today that the game’s  Alpha 2.0 version is now available for all backers to play. Last night we covered pretty extensively the new features and using reddit and the games own forums estimated that the release would be last night. turns out we were right.

“Alpha 2.0 is a major breakthrough for Stars Citizen,” said Roberts. “It represents the first true slice of gameplay that includes much of what Star Citizen will bring to our fans: thrilling space combat in a massive play area, first person battles and multi-crew ships where you and your friends can adventure together in a portion of the universe on the same ship. It’s all technology that has never been undertaken to this scale and depth before in our industry.”
Just a few of the exciting new features in Star Citizen 2.0:
·         EVA (Extra Vehicular Activity) – drift out of your ship’s airlock and venture into the void of space and back
·         20+ random encounters – combat and exploration (lost wrecks and abandoned space stations)
·         Quantum travel – travel in ships through the vastness of space at 0.2 the speed of light
·         New flyable ships including the Constellation, the Retaliator and the Vanguard.
·         Large world tech – explore extremely large expanses of space seamlessly, without loading screens
·         Locations to explore:
o   One planet (Crusader)
o   Three moons
o   Three distinct space stations
o   One repair/restock station
o   Nine comm arrays
The game continues to surpass records for funding, and active players. RSI claims more than one million “citizens” and  there are more than 32-thousand fan-created organizations, the largest of which numbers more than 11-thousand people. Despite the money and power the company stays humble. “We are forever grateful for our backers and fans,” said Roberts. “They been there from the beginning when we launched Star Citizen’s funding campaign three years ago. And they’ve helped create the most passionate and loyal community in our industry. They are helping us every step along the way in creating the best damn space sim ever.”

take a look at the alpha 2.0 trailer here  it sure looks like a doozy.



NHL 16 | Review

Posted on December 12, 2015 by Kenny Keelan

If you know me well at all, you should know that there’s one thing other than gaming that’s near and dear to my heart: hockey and the Detroit Red Wings, equally. I’ve been a fan nearly as long as I’ve been alive and when you give me the chance to mix hockey and video games, I am more than happy to participate. Now, I liked it a little more during the 16-bit and 32-bit generations when there was a great deal more competition when it came to hockey video games, but things have gotten so refined now that it would be hard to do things so differently without being radically different and we all know how people react to that kind of change. NHL 16 is another step in a long history of hockey games from Electronic Arts that stretches all the way back to 1994 and even further back, depending on who you ask. While you have a game that feels extremely refined and awesome, you also have a game franchise that feels like it’s bordering on stagnancy.

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BrokenCast Episode #7 – The FPS Rundown

Posted on December 12, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

The Broken Cast is back once again with Episode 7 –The FPS Rundown. This week on the show we talk about three major First Person Shooters that have all hit the market or had closed betas in the last few weeks.

First up we venture through the wastes with Fallout 4, quite a few people on our staff have been playing the game since it was released a month ago and we recount our early hours exploring the burnt out city of Boston. If you haven’t heard of it by now, Fallout 4 is one hell of a game.

Next up we talk about the recent Overwatch Weekend Stress Test. Our EIC absolutely loved her time with the game enough that she went out and pre-purchased the game. Expect lots of gushing about the beta version of the game and hopes of the future.

Last up we talk about Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops III. Our reviewer, Erika, gives us her impressions of the game.

You can find our podcast on Itunes or on Soundcloud.

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