January 22, 2016

Diablo’s Wizard and Necromancer Highlighted In New Heroes Trailer

Posted on January 22, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Heroes of the storm

Blizzard Entertainment’s Heroes of the Storm development team is ready to share some of the upcoming content they’ve been working on with players. In a brand new trailer we get an up close look at the models and skins for the two newest heroes – Li Ming and Xul  as well as brand new skins for established characters like LT. Morales, Jaina, Arthas and Illidan.

Do any of these new skins appeal to you? I thought Love Dr. Morales was kind of chuckle worthy and to be honest I am probably going to buy that Arthas skin day one even if I don’t play him all that often. As for the new heroes – I’ll have to wait and see what their abilities are before I can really commit.

Here’s a full breakdown of all the newly announced content:


  • Li-Ming
  • Xul


  • Crimson Count Arthas
  • Love Doctor Lt. Morales
  • Lunar Jaina
  • Lunar Illidan
  • Master Li-Ming
  • Master Xul
  • Serpent King Xul
  • Star Princess Li-Ming


  • Star Chariot
  • Cloud Serpent
  • Lunar Dragon

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Broken Deals: FFXIV, PSN Flash Sale, Sonic & More

Posted on January 22, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

The weekend is finally here – a time for most of us to kick back, relax and possibly catch up on our massive backlog of games. Except with the awesome deals that both Steam and a surprise Sony Flash Sale are offering it is more probably than not that more games will end up in your backlog rather than being completed.

Some of the highlights include: 30 Days of game time with the fantastic FFXIV for $10.99 CDN, Sonic Generations for less than $10 CDN – which is a steal by the way every Sonic fan should play this game, Cross-buy on Rogue Legacy for $4.00 USD and the gory yet surprisingly funny Surgeon Simulator for $3.20 USD.

Here is a partial list of all of the deals available this weekend that I found appealing. Other discounts await you on the other side of these links as well.

Happy gaming!

Steam Weekend Deals

Final Fantasy XIV – $10.99 CDN (includes 30 day game time with new account activation)
Sonic: The Lost World – $11.21 CDN
Sonic Racing All-Stars Transformed – $4.25 CDN
Sonic Generations – $8.25 CDN
Sonic 4 Episode II – $4.24 CDN
Sonic 3D Blast – $1.37 CDN
Sonic The Headgehod II – $1.38 CDN
Sonic Adventure DX – $2.18
Sonic Adventure 2 DX – $2.75

PlayStation Network Flash Sale

Cell Damage HD – $2.00 USD
DiveKick (PS4) – $1.25 USD
Flower (Cross-buy) – $1.05 USD
Outlast (PS4) – $4.00 USD
Surgeon Simulator PS4 Edition – $3.20 USD
Terraria (PS4) – $5.00 USD
Rogue Legacy (Cross-Buy) – $4.00 USD
Velocity 2X (Cross-buy) – $5.00


Third Wave of Animal Crossing and more amiibo Coming in March

Posted on January 22, 2016 by Jason Nason

On March 18th, new amiibo figures in the Animal Crossing series will launch in stores, including characters like Timmy & Tommy, Kapp’n and Rover.

The Digby amiibo, which was only available packaged with Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival, will also be made available as a stand-alone amiibo.

The next series of Animal Crossing amiibo cards also launches in March, bringing the grand total of available amiibo cards to be used in games like Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival for Wii U and Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer for Nintendo 3DS to a whopping 300.

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Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak the definitive review

Posted on January 22, 2016 by Fionna Schweit

A review by special guest editor Robyn Robo

So it’s been a long time coming for the sequel to Homeworld & Homeworld 2, a solid 12 years and one bankruptcy in fact. When first published in 1999, Homeworld was a revolution in real time strategy, a fairly hot genre at the time being just over a year since the release of the original StarCraft., This game, although being created by much of the original team behind Homeworld, wasn’t originally going to be an official sequel, but rather a game titled ‘Hardware: Shipbreakers’. The game has been in development for five years though, and in the intervening time its developers, Blackbird Interactive (http://blackbirdinteractive.com), acquired the rights to the original IP, re-released Homeworld 1&2 (although sadly not the related, add-on Cataclysm) and retitled the game ‘Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak. Blackbird Interactive is a team based in Vancouver Canada and as a company are relative newcomers, but with some very experienced folks at the helm.

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak follows the story of the retrieval of the many ancient artifacts leading into the story of Homeworld 1. As Rachel S’jet, presumably closely related to Karan S’jet from the first game, you are a scientist on a militaristic research retrieval mission of the find of the century. A power source rivalling your sun has been found in the barren desert of a Kushan tribe. Although not really explored in background story of the first game, not everyone is happy with the idea of a return to space travel and advanced technology, and the tribe in that southern desert opposes your coalition’s pursuit of the Jaraci object at every turn.Read More


Nintendo NX Rumour Roundup

Posted on January 22, 2016 by Jason Nason

The Nintendo NX is coming. The Nintendo NX is coming. Or at least that’s what the hype is online recently.

While there have been a total of zero confirmed details surrounding Nintendo’s newest home console, a recent survey surfaced recently that has been making the rounds online. The leaked survey, from GFK, details much of what could be features for the NX.

Note that the below details are merely rumour and Nintendo has not announced anything solid as of yet.

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Twilight Princess HD amiibo Functionality Detailed

Posted on January 22, 2016 by Jason Nason

When The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD launches on March 4th it will include a Wolf Link amiibo figure based on the same character from the classic game.

When tapped to the Wii U GamePad controller, the Wolf Link amiibo will open the Cave of Shadows, a challenging new bonus dungeon in the game. After completing the Cave of Shadows, players can save their remaining hearts to the Wolf Link amiibo, and then use those hearts inside the Cave of Shadows to replenish life energy. After conquering the cave, players can save a record of their remaining hearts to the Wolf Link amiibo and attempt to beat their score at any time.

Some of the data stored on the Wolf Link amiibo figure can also be used with The Legend of Zelda game for Wii U, which launches this year. More details about that functionality will be revealed at a later date.

Perhaps at E3?

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Overwatch won’t return until February

Posted on January 22, 2016 by Fionna Schweit

If you caught the Overwatch bug and have been hoping to get your overwatch fix on in the new year, you’ll have to wait a little longer. The world heaved a collective sigh when Overwatch  took a break in December, but Blizzard promised us it wouldn’t be forever. Now, game director Jeff Kaplan has put that any speculation to rest, writing in a new blog post that it won’t return until next month.


BUT! Do not despair there is a good reason. In the blog post Kaplan says “While progress has been great and the team has been working super hard to get everything implemented on time, we’re not quite ready to bring the Closed Beta back online just yet, We’ve been pretty open about the fact that we could slip into February from the beginning, but a big reason for this delay is that we really wanted to add one more big feature to the next beta patch.”

Rejoice! A new game mode! (at least that’s what we think that big new feature is) Having another game mode along side payload and capture will bring some much needed change to the line up on the game, and while its not as good as a new hero, its still pretty good.

When asked about the delay Kaplan said “By [delaying the beta], we can make sure we can include the new game mode along with the new maps. This will also allow us to do some additional polish to the game’s progression and reward system. Though all these features will still technically be a work-in-progress during the beta, we’d like them to be at a certain quality bar before releasing them for testing.”

Players will be able to return in Feburary for the second part of the beta and the game proper will go on sale in June of 2016.


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