January 5, 2016

Donkey Kong and Slam Bowser Skylanders Get Individual Release

Posted on January 5, 2016 by Jason Nason

Today, Activision announced that two all-new standalone Nintendo SuperCharged Combo Packs for Skylanders Superchargers for the Nintendo Wii, Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS.

Last year, Activision joined up with Nintendo to release exclusive Skylanders for their latest game Superchargers. The team up brought Donkey Kong and Bowser to Skylanders Superchargers as guest stars. These special characters were previously only available with the starter pack of the Wii, Wii U, and 3DS games so if you didn’t want to buy one of each you were out of luck.

Now, you’re in luck!

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“Star Wars Open World RPG” Kickstarter Showcases Game Development Delusions

Posted on January 5, 2016 by Renee Gittins


A new game has been announced on Kickstarter. It’s an expansive, open world RPG in the Star Wars universe with graphics rivaling Star Wars: Battlefront and “with the feel of The Witcher 3“. The game is set to launch December 2017 if its funding goal of $200,000 is met within the next 26 days. Development has yet to start, the team has not yet been formed, and licenses have not yet been acquired.

If you could not contain your laughter upon reading the last paragraph, congratulations, you may have a sane understanding of video game development.

While Kickstarter and other crowdfunding sites have been an amazing resource for game developers requiring additional resources to complete their games, it also has been a breeding grounds for false promises, poorly managed development and even theft. Few developers using crowdfunding are outright malicious, but there are countless who try their hardest and still cannot produce the game they thought that they could on the budget they planned.Read More


Valkyria Chronicles Remastered First Trailer Released

Posted on January 5, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

You might have missed it over the holidays but SEGA’s official YouTube channel released a new trailer for Valkyria Chronicles Remastered for the PlayStation 4.

In addition to a higher resolution (1080P versus the PS3 original’s 720P) the PS4 version includes an additional difficulty level called “Hard EX Mode” and three additional chapters that expand the game’s story. First print copies of the game will also come with a playable demo for the upcoming action spinoff Valkyria: Azure Revolution.

There has been no word on a western release. The last time a Valkyria game was released in North America and Europe was the PC port of the original game on Steam.

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A Boy And His Blob Heading To Xbox One and PlayStation 4

Posted on January 5, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

A Boy And His Blob

WayForward Technologies’ 2009 reimagining of  A Boy and His Blob is coming to the Xbox Live Marketplace and presumably the PlayStation Network in just over two weeks time.

Spotted by eagle eyed readers on the Xbox Live Marketplace this current gen port of the Wii original looks to boast impressive 2D art assets that no doubt benefit from the bump to an HD resolution. The Xbox One version will clock in at about 2.19GB if the Xbox Live Marketplace is correct.

The game is a 2D platformer where the player, taking the role of the titular boy, must utilize his friendly blobs shapeshifting powers to solve puzzles.

Here is the official description from Xbox Live:

A Boy and His Blob makes its triumphant return! As the boy, you feed Blob jelly beans and watch him transform into cool and useful objects to solve puzzles and escape danger. With its robust and emotionally driven story, challenging puzzles, and visually impressive art style, A Boy and His Blob marks the re-release of this 2009 cult-classic!

We will have more on A Boy and His Blob as soon as it is officially confirmed. The original 2009 version appeared exclusively on Nintendo Wii.


Kickstarter has become a wasteland for games

Posted on January 5, 2016 by Fionna Schweit

Kickstarter is often a place where you can find interesting and odd things. But it’s also a place where you can go to get a lot of money and not do a lot. It’s both great and evil at the same time. This project is a wonderful example of what can be a disaster on Kickstarter. Started just a few days ago “Star Wars Open World RPG” is a project started by “Devin” a 20 year old man from Grapevine Texas who just wants to make an open world star wars mmo to answer the question “Ever wonder what if would be like if you were a Jedi with no boundaries, and could explore the galaxy freely?”


Steel Series Announces The Rival 700 – A Mouse With A Headshot Counter

Posted on January 5, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Steel Series Gaming Mouse

Hardware manufacturer Steel Series has announced the Rival 700 Smart Gaming Mouse, a pretty neat piece of kit that is being marketed to the hard-core Counter Strike: Global Offensive crowd. What makes this mouse worthy of your headshots over say a rival mouse? Aside from a number of pretty neat inclusions, which I’ll get to in a moment, the Rival 700 Smart Gaming Mouse has a build in OLED screen that will act as a headshot counter when using StatTrak weapons in Global Offensive.

Aside from the customizable OLED screen (which can be tweaked using the Steel Series Engine) the Rival 700 Smart Gaming Mouse is modular allowing owners to swap out their cables as well as sensors made from a variety of different materials.

Steel Series  also hopes that player’s wont just use the Rival 700 for input but also for receiving new forms of feedback.  Included in the body of the mouse are small vibration motors near the palm rest that can be customized to make distinct patterns depending on the alerts you are receiving in game.

If you want more information on the Rival 700 Steel Series has an entire marketing website dedicated to all of the fine details about their latest high-end input device. This 7 button highly customizable mouse will retail  for approximately $99.99 USD according to Steel Series’ press release and will be available later this Spring.


Steel Series Gaming Mouse


Rise of the Tomb Raider Minimum PC Specs Announced By Square Enix

Posted on January 5, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Square Enix’s sequel to 2013’s Tomb Raider reboot, Rise of the Tomb Raider will be making its way to Windows PC on January 28th 2016 the publisher announced alongside the game’s minimum specs.

The minimum specs for Rise don’t seem so bad – the game only requires 25GB of install space, which is similar to the PS4 / Xbox One console versions. In terms of required graphics hardware you’ll need to be running an NVIDIA Geforce 650  or an AMD HD 7770 or better with at least 2GB of video ram. In realistic terms this means as long as you are running mid-tier hardware from 2012 Rise of the Tomb Raider will run albeit with some features disabled.

In terms of exclusive Windows PC features Rise of the Tomb Raider will feature support for 4K resolution, if your rig is up to snuff. It will also be one of the first games to use NVIDIA’s VXAO technology – which provides a voxel based performance boost for lower end GPUs and the game will be fully integrated into the Windows 10 Xbox game software.

Multiple editions of Rise of the Tomb Raider are available for Windows PC. The standard edition will set you back approximately $59.99 USD, the Digital Deluxe Edition will cost aprox $89.99 USD and it includes the Season’s Pass along with all existing DLC. If you are feeling like spending the big bucks there is a physical collector’s edition that includes all of the above, a free copy of 2013’s Tomb Raider, a replica necklace and journal from the game and a 12 inch Lara Croft statue.

If you are feeling adventurous you can pre-order Rise of the Tomb Raider here.

Tomb Raider Minimum Specs

Minimum OS: Windows 7 64bit
Processor:  Intel Core i3-2100 or AMD equivalent
HD Space: 25GB
DirectX: DirectX 11

Rise of the Tomb Raider CE

Here is everything included with the physical collector’s edition for Rise of the Tomb Raider.


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