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Opinion: Bethesda Dropped The Ball When It Comes To Fallout 4

Posted on April 23, 2017 by Broken Joysticks

Fallout 4 Nuke
Guest Editorial By: Azzuen O’Connor Back in the winter of 2015 Bethesda released their sprawling open world RPG, Fallout 4 to critical and commercial success. Azzuen O’Connor discovered the series in the past couple of years and after playing through the likes of Obsidian’s Fallout: New Vegas and catching up on Bethesda’s latest has quite a few critiques about the game. Read on to find out about her journey through the world of Fallout and how the removal of item repair, some narrative flaws and an overabundance of power armor show just how far Bethesda dropped the ball with Fallout 4.


Overwatch: Uprising Reintroduces PVE And It’s Great

Posted on April 13, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

Player Vs Environment content finally returns to the futuristic world of Overwatch with the latest event – Uprising – which released yesterday across all platforms. From now until May 1st players can take a trip to Kings Row in a 4 player co-operative narrative that showcases Tracers’ first operation with Overwatch. As with every other limited time event Overwatch: Uprising also brings with it 100 new unlockable items including some pretty cool skins. What Is It Like To Play? Overwatch: Uprising tells the story of Lena Oxton (Aka Tracer)’s first real operation with Overwatch. Players will guide Tracer, Reinhardt, Mercy and Torbjorn


LiquidSky 2.0 Is More of a SpaceX Crash Than a Launch

Posted on April 5, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

At CES 2017 cloud streaming service LiquidSky promised that when their company launched their public beta later this year they would offer “the world’s first free gaming PC” by providing free game time to users in exchange for the ability to serve advertisements to free tier users. After months of anticipation LiquidSky 2.0 was set to roll out globally on March 14th – now that we are 3 weeks removed from the launch date it is clear that LS 2.0 is nothing short of an absolute dumpster fire. The Promise Back in January LiquidSky unveiled a series of different packages


Attack On Titan Season 2 Kicks Off With A Cliffhanger

Posted on April 2, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

Shonen Jump’s popular Attack On Titan anime adaptation has finally returned with brand new episodes after a crushing 3 year wait. Fans have waited patiently for the show’s return after it was announced nearly a year ago that production delays would mean that the series wouldn’t meet its original Summer 2016 release window. SPOILER WARNING FOR EVERYTHING PAST THIS PICTURE! Episode 26 ‘The Beast Titan’ kicks right off where season 1 ended – with the reveal that inside Wall Sina was the face of a titan. Hange’s group is quick to cover up the exposed face of the Titan before


If You Love The Witcher, Read ‘Blood Of Elves’

Posted on March 16, 2017 by Les Major

Blood Of Elves Novel Cover
Blood of Elves (available from Hachette Book Group), the first full novel about Geralt of Rivia is a testament to how well written the games are. As backward as that statement sounds you need to remember that the novels came first. Written by Andrzej Sapkowski who began the tales in a submission to Polish sci-fi / fantasy magazine Fantastyka in the 1986. The submission was for a contest the magazine was running and Andrzej won third place! So while Europeans were first powering up the original Nintendo Entertainment System for the first time, an absolute legend in video game history


GDC17: GameMaker Studios 2.0 Takes On Industry Titans

Posted on March 12, 2017 by Broken Joysticks

Article By: Tori Dominowski Long since a staple of the ready-made game engine marketplace, YoYo Games’ GameMaker has reinvented itself in recent years after coming under its new ownership. Their recent GameMaker Studio suite got attention by overhauling nearly every piece of the software, turning it from a designer’s prototype plaything into a game engine that could stand on its own. Now, after building up its community and figuring out its development strategy going forward, YoYo Games has announced the second iteration of the remade Studio. We at Broken Joysticks had the chance to sit down with some representatives from


Playing Overwatch’s New Hero, Orisa, Is Fully Loaded Fun

Posted on March 8, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

Blizzard surprised everyone by unleashing a brand new tank for Overwatch during GDC. While I did not get much time with OW’s second Omnic, Orisa, during the convention – now that things have calmed down somewhat, I feel that it is time to dive into the experience that I have had with this Gatling Gun carrying defender and how she differs from the available roster. Orisa is a specially customized Omnic OR-15 unit modified by the child genius Efi Oladele to protect her city from the assault of Talon member, Doomfist. Unlike her contemporaries Orisa possesses an advanced artificial intelligence


Loot Anime X Crunchyroll Space Themed Unboxing [Video]

Posted on February 17, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

Cowboy Bebop
Every month Lootcrate drops a subscription box to anime fans with a different monthly theme. In this latest unboxing we strap on our exo suit, jump into the nearest giant mecha and prepare to blast off into space. Featuring items from Cowboy Bebop, Robotech, Lulu and Sailor Moon this box will shine bright in any otaku’s collection for some time to come. This latest unboxing takes a bit of a different approach than our previous videos – our latest unboxing is filled with enough memes and gags to send you giggling into the stratosphere. If you’d like to save some


SnipperClips Would Have Been Perfect To Kick Off The Switch Reveal

Posted on January 14, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

SnipperClips is a physics puzzler designed for multiplayer co-operation for the Nintendo Switch. Despite that rather generic sounding description, it seems to be a stylish and charming co-op puzzler with a unique premise – the ability to modify the shape of your co-op partner to solve puzzles. Despite the game not having any elements that are unique to the Nintendo Switch it looks like the perfect game to play with close friends are family and the Switch’s portability lends itself to games like SnipperClips. During the 5 hour Tree-house live-stream two Nintendo employees attempt to take on a handful of stages from SnipperClips.


Gaijin Entertainment Announces Enlisted, A New WW2 Shooter

Posted on December 13, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

After almost a decade of military shooters being set in the near future or modern day, it looks like developers are looking to take players back to the WW2 theaters of battle. Publisher Gaijin Entertainment in collaboration with developers Dark Flow Software jointly announced their newest FPS title, Enlisted, for release on Windows PC in the second half of 2017. Enlisted is billed as taking a different approach to the Second World War when compared with other games. Battles in Enlisted will be separate instances, each containing over 100 players, and according to Gaijin the two launch campaigns will focus


How Can Square Enix Improve Final Fantasy XIV In Stormblood?

Posted on December 12, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Articled Written By: Jade Clarkson In honor of Final Fantasy XIV announcing their newest expansion Stormblood, slated for release in early summer 2017, I have decided to write on my current feelings on the current state of the FFXIV. Also, I’d like to discuss what I feel have been amazing changes so far, and what could be improved on when Stormblood is released. Let me start by saying that I absolutely adore the Final Fantasy series, it took all my willpower to put Final Fantasy XV down to write this, and have been playing this MMO since late 2013. I


List of PlayStation Pro Supported Titles Raises Some Questions

Posted on November 3, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Sony recently revealed the list of 30+ titles that will be receiving additional benefits from the PlayStation Pro such as resolution rendering up to 4K, HDR enhancements and more stable frame-rates. Unfortunately for PlayStation Owners who might be dropping the $399 USD on this enhanced console this list of supported games raises some and conflicts with previous reports about PlayStation Pro support. For starters here is a list of the PlayStation Pro enhanced titles as of the November 10th launch, next week: Battlefield 1 Battlezone Bound Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3 Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Call of Duty: Modern Warfare


Infinite Warfare Multiplayer Beta Impressions

Posted on October 16, 2016 by Erika

Much to the excitement of many Call of Duty fans, Infinite Warfare is just around the corner. As a treat for those who ordered Infinite Warfare for PS4, players have been given access to try the Infinite Warfare Multiplayer Beta this weekend. While it’s just a limited beta, there’s a decent amount of content, and things to expect when Infinite Warfare is released. In addition to that, Activision announced the multiplayer beta has been extended for another day in case people haven’t had the chance to p, or can’t get enough of Infinite Warfare’s multiplayer!


Overwatch’s ‘Junkenstein Revenge’ Fills A Much Needed Gap

Posted on October 13, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Blizzard released the first major Overwatch update since August’s summer games and not only does Junkenstein’s Revenge bring some pretty epic Halloween collectables to the game but it also shows that the game could use more story-driven PVE content, something the initial release of the game completely lacked. After putting in two complete evenings into the mode and securing several of the new loot boxes, I’d like to share some of my thoughts on Blizzard’s take on the popular horde mode. What Is Junkenstein’s Revenge This Halloween themed brawl takes inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and classic horror movies in order to transport a


Interview: Clickteam’s Chris Carson About Their Upcoming Game Jam

Posted on September 26, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

I recently got the chance to interview Clickteam’s Chris Carson about the company’s upcoming “Weirder Stuff” game jam and month long contest. As I previously covered late last week the Weirder Stuff game jam + month long contest is aimed around providing developers and aspiring developers a chance to show off their creative talents using Clickteam’s range of “visual programming” techniques or as Chris so aptly put it when I interviewed him last March at GDC “programming for the rest of us”. Alongside showcasing some of the communities best creative minds Clickteam is also giving away some prizes for the


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