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Magic 2015: Duels of the Planeswalkers Announced

Posted on April 12, 2014 by Rae Michelle Richards

Wizards of the Coast have announced the next entry in the long running Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers series. Several new features have already been announced for this year’s iteration including expanded deck customization, a brand new deck building option and the appearance of cards from the Magic 2015 core set.  The single player campaign centers around a conflict with Garruk Wildspeaker, surely only the most cunning players will be able defend against his might.

New features aren’t the only improvement that WotC have in store for Magic 2015, for the first time Xbox One owners will be able to get in on the collectable card action. Duels of the Planeswalkers will also be released for Xbox 360, iPad, Steam and Google Android. Unfortunately Magic 2015 won’t be dealt out to Sony consoles this time around, PlayStation fans will have to make do with  last year’s game.

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Next Gen Vs Current Gen: Metal Gear Solid V Ground Zeroes

Posted on February 20, 2014 by Rae Michelle Richards


Want to take a look at how Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes compares between console generations? Well, wonder no longer because Konami has released a two minute comparison video that shows us the differences between the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game. Alongside this visual comparison, Konami also revealed the resolutions and frame rates for each version.

Next Generation players on either platform will be able to enjoy Ground Zereos at 60 frames per second but there are some caveats – only the PS4 version will run natively at 1080p. On current generation systems and the Xbox One the game will run at 720P. If you’re sporting a last generation system the game will run at 30 FPS and 720P.

From the multiple viewings of this trailer that I watched prior to the publication of this article the major differences between the two generations, FPS and resolution aside, appear to be more realistic lighting, cleaner shadows and higher resolution textures in the next gen version.

Which version will you be picking up? We’ll be reviewing the PlayStation 3 build of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes shortly after release. The game will be out on March 18th in North America and March 20th in Europe.  Make sure to check out Konami’s video after the jump.Read More


Rambo the Video Game Gets UK Release Date

Posted on February 1, 2014 by Jason Nason

Reef Entertainment announced yesterday that RAMBO THE VIDEO GAME will be released in EUROPE on February 21st, 2014. The game will be released on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC. The game will be released in North America on PlayStation 3 and Windows PC in Q1 2014.

Rambo the Video Game will put players in Rambo’s boots and take them on an action-packed adventure through the iconic action-sequences and story-arcs of FIRST BLOOD, RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II & RAMBO III.

The game will feature the original movie voice-tracks of John Rambo and Col. Samuel Trautman as well as selected music from the original Rambo Trilogy.

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Scourge: Outbreak | Review

Posted on January 22, 2014 by Les Major

Imagine a game that plays similar to Gears of War, but is a near future sci-fi adventure that takes place at a secret lab on an island. You’re part of Echo Squad, a team sent in to rescue a doctor and recover a chunk of meteorite. With a choice of one of four characters, you progress much in a similar GoW fashion going to each checkpoint and enjoying the story as it unfolds.

Gameplay and progression is quite solid. At first you may feel unsure about this title, but it does quickly pick up. After the tutorial, which I’d recommend checking out, you’re dropped right into an outdoor island location, working your way into the lab. In the general open areas outdoors I didn’t take much cover at first, but I didn’t need to at the very start. When you reach the lab and start making your way inside it takes on a good cover system feel.Read More


Xbox Live Marketplace Update – 1/21/14

Posted on January 21, 2014 by Joshua Rust

With so much content hitting different marketplaces each week, it’s really hard to keep up with it all. Here at Broken Joysticks, I’ve made it my personal mission to detail as much information for the Microsoft side of things (as we have others covering Sony & Nintendo). Each week we will have all the latest downloads, updates, demos, and more here for you! Keep reading to find out what has hit the Xbox Live marketplace this week!Read More


Lightning Returns Demo Available today on Xbox 360 and PS3

Posted on January 21, 2014 by Jason Nason

Square Enix announced today that a playable demo for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is now available for download on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. As a special bonus, players who download the PlayStation Network demo will automatically receive the Utsusemi Garb DLC, which includes the Heavenly Fan weapon and the Kaminari (meaning “Lightning” in Japanese) shield item. The DLC pack will download with the demo and will be unlocked in the full retail game on February 11. The DLC pack will also be available to purchase for other customers later this year.

The demo puts players in control of Lightning as she traverses the chaos-infested Yusnaan palace of her old ally, Snow. Players will experience Lightning’s new customization options and master the game’s completely overhauled battle system. For those who activate the Outerworld services and submit their battle scores of the final fight against Zaltys, the ‘Siegfried’ outfit will be unlocked in the full retail game.

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CHARTED: Week Ending January 4, 2014

Posted on January 18, 2014 by Jason Nason

Previously I’ve been looking just at Nintendo’s titles in the top thirty to see where they stack, but this time I’m going to instead take a look at just the top ten games for both the USA and Japan.

It’s amazing to see the differences in the top tens between the two territories. There is only one game from Nintendo systems in the top ten in the United States for the week ending January 5th, 2014, with the title being Pokémon X/Y for the 3DS. The highest ranked Wii U game is actually Super Mario 3D World, which landed on the chart at 16. Interestingly enough Ubisoft’s Just Dance 2014 for the Wii landed at number 6.

Taking a look at the Japan top ten we see a different story, with games from Nintendo systems taking up eight of the top ten spots. Only Square Enix’s recently released Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster on PS3 and PS Vita could crack into the top ten.

Take a look at the full top ten rankings for the USA and Japan.

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Watch_Dogs Coming in June

Posted on January 13, 2014 by Jason Nason

It’s been a long time coming but Watch_Dogs is finally within sight and will be released on virtually every console on June 30th of this year. The game will be available in a special collector’s edition on PC and every console, except for the Nintendo Wii U where it will only be released in regular edition.

Here is a brief synopsis of the game:

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Ubisoft Has a New JRPG-Inspired Game in the Works

Posted on January 13, 2014 by Jason Nason

Ubisoft announced a new downloadable title was in the works back in September, and the game will be a JRPG inspired title. Child of Light centres around Aurora who, after falling ill, finds her soul transported from her home to the magical kingdom of Lemuria where the Black Queen had stolen the Sun, the Moon and the Stars.

Here is some of the details from the announcement:

Now that her soul is in Lemuria, Aurora must find the missing light sources and defeat the Black Queen to restore the kingdom. Guiding her through the darkness is a floating ball of light named Igniculus, who can be controlled by a second player. Aurora and Igniculus have entirely different playstyles. There will be places Igniculus can travel but Aurora cannot, in addition to their skills during battle. Aurora is the recognizable RPG standard – attacking and defending against enemies using magic and her massive sword – while Igniculus uses his light source to blind enemies and slow them down, directly heal comrades and collect orbs to restore the party member’s health and mana.

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Square Enix Details Final Fantasy XIII Collector’s Edition

Posted on December 12, 2013 by Jason Nason

Square Enix released details on the upcoming collector’s edition for Final Fantasy XIII, which will be available for preorder exclusively through the Square Enix online store. The collector’s edition will be available when the game launches on February 11th, 2014 for both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Enclosed in packaging featuring brand-new artwork, the collector’s edition includes a silver embossed pocket watch and a downloadable content (DLC) code of Aerith Gainsborough’s “Midgar’s Flower Girl” outfit, based on the original Final Fantasy VII heroine. Art enthusiasts and fans alike will be sure to enjoy an 80-page hardcover artbook with never-before-seen illustrations.

Other items in the collector’s edition include Character Designer Tetsuya Nomura’s original artwork, including his early sketches of the characters, a foreword by Final Fantasy XIII Series Art Director Isamu Kamikokuryo, an introspective look at the worlds and architecture of the Nova Chrysalia world and a Final Fantasy nostalgia section that showcases crossover costumes and series’ fan favorites moogles and chocobos.

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Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare Gameplay Trailer

Posted on November 21, 2013 by Joshua Rust

Branching out from the previous Plants Vs. Zombies games, Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare will be a third-person shooter that with up to four player co-operative multiplayer missions, titled “Garden Ops”. It will also feature 12 vs. 12 competitive multiplayer madness across 10 different maps titled: “Garden & Graveyards” and “Team Vanquish”.

In “Gardens & Graveyards”, players will have to defend their bases from the zombie hordes, while in “Team Vanquish” each opposing team looks to eliminate the other – so basically your traditional team deathmatch.

In the video below, new gameplay is shown off as well as customizations as PopCap Executive Producer Brian Lindley takes you through the world of Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare.

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New Trailer For Dying Light Shows Off New Lighting System

Posted on November 19, 2013 by Rae Michelle Richards

It has been a while since we’ve covered Techland & Warner Bro’s upcoming zombie action title Dying Light. Yesterday the publisher released a brand new trailer showcasing a reworked lighting engine, based upon Techland’s Chrome Engine 6 this brief trailer shows off some really realistic lighting conditions in a highly detailed city-scape. According to Warner Bros this brand new engine harnesses the power of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

An open world action gameDying Light tasks players with fighting off the undead while trying to survive as they collect pieces of scrap & debris to fashion make-shift weapons. The game also utilizes a pretty impressive parkour style free-roaming mechanic.

We don’t know the exact release date for Dying Light outside of a wide 2014 window. It will be available for Xbox One, PS4, PS3 and Xbox 360.

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Warner Bros Interactive Announces Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor

Posted on November 12, 2013 by Rae Michelle Richards

Warner Bros Interactive has announced a brand new Lord of the Rings videogame with the reveal of Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor. A third person action game, Mordor casts the player as Talion a range whom is killed while battling the forces of Mordor. As he draws his final breath Talion is revived by the spirit of vengeance and given the same powers that the Ring Wraiths posses. Sworn to destroy the forces that ended his mortal existence, Shadow of Mordor sounds like an awesome tale of revenge with a fantasy twist.

The developers have also revealed one of the game’s unique mechanics – the fact that each enemy you encounter is different. Every character will have their own attributes such as strength, their own personality and their own weaknesses. Also briefly mentioned was the Nemesis System where Talion will forge rivalries with enemy NPCs. It is unknown if the Nemesis System pertains to only major characters in the story-line or if its type specific, similar to the way that players can have a “favoured” enemy in some pen & paper systems, affording them extra bonuses.

Shadows of Mordor will be released on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. If you’re looking for more updates why not head on over to their official website or twitter page?


Grand Theft Auto V | Review

Posted on November 8, 2013 by Jason Nason

Ever since I began playing video games so many years ago there is one game that I always wanted to play. My idea for an ideal game was one where you could live out a life as a character in a city or town. You could go anywhere and do pretty much anything. You could have a job, go to the store, drive around, talk with and interact with people and so much more. The Grand Theft Auto series is that game.

I never played much of the original two titles but it was the franchise’s third game, which brought the series into 3D that really impressed me. Playing through Liberty City where you could follow the story of the game or just walk around and explore really spoke to me.Read More


Rumor: Alien Isolation In Development At Creative Assembly

Posted on October 22, 2013 by Rae Michelle Richards

The long running Aliens franchise is set to return to our living rooms next year in the form of a brand new video game being developed by the studio behind Total War, Creative Assembly. Titled Alien: Isolation, this new first person shooter has  reportedly been in development for some time for both current gen (PS3 / Xbox 360) & next-gen (PC / PS4/ Xbox One) platforms  and will hopefully not end up in a similar PR nightmare that Aliens: Colonial Marines became during its launch this past spring.Read More


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