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Game of the Year 2014 – South Park Stick of Truth

Friday, December 19th, 2014

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2014 ended up being a kicking year in gaming, but as in any year one game kicked harder than the rest.  Our expectations were astronomical for the often delayed, thoroughly pedigreed RPG from the evil genius minds of Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Obsidian Entertainment but South Park: The Stick of Truth managed to bust past all of them to easily become the funniest, most charming, and most entertaining game of 2014 for the Game Usagi crew.

In an interview with CVG before the game’s release, Trey Parker said “I just hope we don’t get an f-ing 4 from GameSpot.”, and he did indeed receive his wish as The Stick of Truth garnered a well deserved 85 on Metacritic.  While most people deemed it impossible, the humour and spirit of South Park translated perfectly into interactive form making a game where anyone (of appropriate age) could make themselves the “new kid” in South Park and go on a far-reaching adventure with every great character that graced the series over the years.

The Stick of Truth was one of 2014’s few games that was immediately worth every penny of its launch price — the care and attention to detail that went into every aspect is apparent throughout the game.  If you didn’t have the chance yet to experience this masterful RPG, be sure to check it out soon.  If you hurry, you could even take advantage of Steam’s holiday sale and enjoy it all the more for your savings.

Xbox One Announced, Proper Games Mostly Ignored

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

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Microsoft announced the first few details of the Xbox One today and to be honest it’s not looking amazing as far as gamers are concerned.  The controller has been slimmed down a bit (and features rumble in its triggers of all places), but almost all Microsoft talked about today was watching TV, movies, and sports programs.  We’ll have some more info itemized for you tonight on everything we learned about the Xbox One today, but until then enjoy these pictures and check out a replay of the media briefing here if you missed it.

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The Bittersweetness of E3 2013

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

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E3 media briefing invitations are rolling out making it a bit bittersweet for us as we have to reject them this year due to scheduling conflicts in our press team.  We had a blast last year (with a couple of exceptions and the fact that LA is largely horrific) and we do plan to bring you the best coverage we can from home base, but I thought I’d share the unfortunate feeling of having access to these awesome events without the ability to attend.  Rest assured that next year we are already planning to bring you the utmost first-hand game conference coverage, but we’ll have to miss out on playing all of the lovely new systems before they hit store shelves this time.

Next Xbox Unveiled on May 21st

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

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Microsoft announced today that May 21st is when we can expect our first official look at the upcoming new Xbox console.  Not a lot is currently known about the new system codenamed Durango, but rumour has it it will both include and absolutely require an upgraded version of the Kinect and may need to be constantly connected to the Internet to even do simple things like launching games.

Being the last one out of the gate details-wise gives Microsoft the edge in knowing most of what its competitors will/do offer, but it also means that they have the largest expectations stacked against them.  Both Sony and Nintendo have set the bar punishingly high with a novel control method and unprecedented portability on Nintendo’s side and extremely high specs with a great focus on community on Sony’s side.  Consumer experience-wise the Xbox 360 and Xbox Live blew the competition out of the water in the current generation, but will they be able to keep this position in the next or will their complacency and thoughts that they can’t fail shoot them back down to last place? 

We’ll keep you updated if anything leaks out before-hand and will have all of the juicy details for you once the conference is over.

Star Wars Pinball Pack 1 (PS3/PS Vita)

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

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Developer: Zen Studios
Publisher: Zen Studios
Genre: Pinball
Players: 1
Console Reviewed: PS3/PS Vita (PSN)
Also Available On: Xbox 360 (XBLA), PC/Mac, iOS, Android
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Progress: Played each board several times on both systems and achieved decent high scores

Zen Pinball 2 and its inexplicably numerous variations on just about every currently available platform is about as ubiquitous as a pinball platform could possibly be.  In most of its forms, the core Zen Pinball 2 platform is free with extremely protracted demos of a few available tables included, so you’re expected to purchase packs of pinball tables to get any real gaming experience out of the game.  The first three of ten planned Star Wars themed DLC pinball tables for the Zen Pinball 2 suite were launched recently with designs based on Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, the character Boba Fett and the animated TV series The Clone Wars.  Is the Force with this first batch of pinball tables or do they belong to the ever-growing dark side of licensed Star Wars video games? Read on to see how we liked our pinball Jedi training.

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Ubisoft are Officially Jerks Now

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

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Imagine you had a friend whose family made some pretty good… pants.  They made one of your favourite pairs of pants that you wore a lot and then he told you they were updating the style and comfort of the pants design, but you’d only be able to buy them from a members-only store that you were probably going to join anyways.  You wait in line to buy your membership to the store and are generally enjoying the other clothing it offers, but you wonder where the new pants you were promised are.  You ask your friend what happened and he apologizes saying the pants weren’t perfect enough for the store’s launch and that they’ll be ready for sure in a couple of months.  To tide you over, he lets you try the current model of the pants on and they’re just as good as you imagined so you figure you can wait. 

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Halo 4 (Xbox 360)

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Developer: 343 Industries
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Genre: Sci-Fi FPS
Players: 1-2 for campaign, 2-4 for single-console multiplayer, 2-16 online
Console: Xbox 360
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)
Hours Played: 6 hours 47 minutes in campaign, 14+ hours in multiplayer
Progress: Completed the campaign doing the first 3 chapters in Heroic and the last few in Normal. Reached SR 19 in online multiplayer.  Played a good deal of local multiplayer including a lot of Grifball.

The reins for the famous Halo series were handed over to 343 Industries from Bungie after their polarizing release of Halo Reach in 2010.  The release of 343’s first main series Halo game was met with considerable hesitation from the gaming community, which is understandable considering how this is one of the first AAA game series to completely and permanently switch development studios in modern gaming history.  Some people were worried that 343 might tarnish their beloved series falling short of Bungie’s original magic, while others were hopeful that the switch might cure the Halo series of the stagnation it was experiencing in the hands of its creators.  Is Halo 4 a step in the right direction for Microsoft’s flagship game series, or does it fall short of the glory of the series’ earlier entries? Perhaps we should just lose faith in the series and start a poker binge on partycasino.com, or whatever it is us gamers do in our spare time instead.  Read on to see what we thought of our latest jaunt with The Chief. 

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Lovely Surprise From Microsoft

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Fed-Ex brought us a lovely surprise from Microsoft this morning.  We’ll use our five-day head start to get you some early spoiler-free impressions on both the single-player campaign and on the game’s various multiplayer modes, so watch this space for our opinions on 343’s first crack at a full-out Halo game.

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