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February 8, 2015

Steamworks Developers Can Now Use The Inventory Service

Steam has announced a new service for Steamworks Developers called The Steam Inventory Service, which will allow developers on Steam to make in-game drops to player inventories based on playtime, particular actions, or events. The service is currently in beta, and can be found in the latest Steamworks SDK update.

Developers can use this service to track persistent items without relying on servers to keep track of player inventory. According to Steam’s official blog, “These items can be marked as tradeable through Steam or sellable via the Steam Marketplace. Developers can also configure recipes for crafting different combinations of items [...]

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January 5, 2015

Nippon Ichi Software’s htoL#NiQ Coming Soon

Nippon Ichi Software’s htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary, also known as Hotaru no Nikki, is a puzzle-adventure game releasing in America for the PS Vita on February 24. It will available in digital and physical versions in North America, and in digital-only version in Europe on February 25.

htoL#NiQ is set on December 31, 9999 in the dark ruins of a desolate world. Players will use the PS Vita’s touchscreen and rear touch pad to help an amnesiac girl called Mion navigate dark ruins. If Mion is caught by enemies that lurk within the shadows, or caught in traps set up throughout the levels, she’ll die. Although Mion is unable to attack the enemies, players [...]

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December 4, 2014

Our Nation’s Review of Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

Genre: Action-Adventure Developer: Nicalis Release Date: November 4th 2014 Platforms: PS4, PS Vita, Windows, Mac, Linux Price: $15  Reviewed On: PS4 (Free to Playstation Plus members until December 2014)

When Binding of Isaac was originally released 3 years ago, it received rave reviews that praised its dungeon crawler feel and replayability. Now it has been fully remastered for PS4, PS Vita, and PC by the brilliant Edmund McMillen and Nicalis — who also worked on the port of Cave Story — and it is better than ever.

Rebirth retains the story from the original game — You play as Isaac, after escaping into a trapdoor in his room to escape sacrifice. It also includes [...]

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November 24, 2014

Our Nation’s Review of Pix The Cat

Genre: Arcade Developer: Pastagames Release Date: October 8th 2014 Platforms: PS4, PS Vita Price: $16.49  Reviewed On: PS4

There is only one thing you need to know about Pix The Cat. It is pure, unadulterated, old-school fun.

Pix The Cat is one of the best games I have played recently and was a real blast to play. It is fun in its most pure, distilled form. The gameplay is reminiscent of Snake. You play as the titular Pix as you walk over eggs, which turn into ducklings, and you drop them off in little circles. You can get a Perfect if you collect all the ducklings before delivering them. You have to make sure that you don’t get trapped by your growing tail [...]

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October 11, 2014

Our Nation’s Review: FIFA 15

Title: FIFA 15 Genre: Sports Simulation Developer: EA Canada Release Date: September 26, 2014 Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 Price: $60 Reviewed On: PS4

Every year EA releases another installment in their long-running football simulation franchise and there is a 50/50 chance that there will be a radical change that makes it seem like a new game. It seems like this year is one of the good years.

First Half

FIFA 15 begins with the final match of the Barclays Premier League, which pits the player as Liverpool against Manchester City at Anfield for the championship. This match shouldn’t be missed as it showcases many of the great new features of [...]

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September 20, 2014

PES 2015 Demo : First Impressions

The PES 2015 demo has dropped. Well not, really. Due to an unexpected hiccup, Konami had to delay the release of the demo everywhere except for Asia, excluding Japan. My excitement fizzled out after hearing this, but I found a workaround. I made a Hong Kong PSN account and downloaded it from the store where it is under the name “WORLD ELEVEN Winning Eleven 2015 Demo”. The demo also had traditional Japanese controls, i.e., X meant back while O meant confirm, which was quite frustrating at points. But after getting the hang of it, I could finally enjoy the game.

The first thing I noticed while playing the game is how beautiful and fluid the animations are. FIFA was a [...]

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September 11, 2014

SimCity Buildit Announced For iPhone, iPad And Android Devices

EA has announced today a new entry in the beloved SimCity franchise, this time for mobile devices. SimCity BuildIt is the name of the new entry which will let players build and take care of their cities on their iPhones, iPads and Android devices. 

SimCity Buildit is coming soon to the Google Play Store and the App Store. According to EA, BuildIt is “an all-new SimCity game like you’ve never seen before, designed for gamers on the go.” 

“Pinch, zoom, and rotate 360 degrees as you manage your city in the palm of your hand. With countless buildings and vivid, 3D-quality graphics, it’s the most advanced mobile building simulation game.” [...]

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September 10, 2014

Nintendo Announces Three New Colors For The 3DS XL

In a world filled with jet black consoles, Nintendo is trying to bring back the old tradition of releasing consoles in variety of different looks. Even though their Wii U can only be bought in either white or black, they have gone bonkers with their handheld console for the 3DS. Now, they just announced 3 new special editions for the 3DS XL, due to release this holiday season.

These three new special-edition 3DS XL’s were announced at the GameStop EXPO at Anaheim, California. The new looks include a Super Smash Bros. Edition Nintendo 3DS XL, NES Edition Nintendo 3DS XL and a Persona Q Edition Nintendo 3DS XL. The first one will launch on September 19, in honor of the [...]

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September 10, 2014

Square Enix’s Dive In Allows You To Stream Games To Your Smartphone

This year, Sony made up for the lack of backwards compatibility on the PS4 by launching PS Now, a re-branded version of Gaikai, a company they had acquired last year. Now it seems that Square Enix wants to get into the game streaming market too.

Square Enix is expected to launch their own streaming service called Dive In on October 9th for the Japanese market. It allows you to stream certain Square Enix-published games on your iOS or Android device, eliminating the need to port those games to these platforms.

Three free games will be offer by Dive In. The games are as follow: Final Fantasy VII International, Final Fantasy XIII and Season of Mystery : The Cherry Blossom [...]

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September 9, 2014

Destiny Day One Patch Details

Just hours before the launch of Destiny, Bungie has already released the patch notes for Destiny’s Day-One patch, which brings the game to version 1.0.1. As a multiplayer game, it is crucial for players to download this update if they don’t want to miss out on the best part of this game.

According to Bungie, this patch is a result of all the feedback they received during the beta. This patch includes changes to Weapons, Builds, UI and more. They also said that this won’t be the last patch, as they will continue to improve the game based on player’s feedback. They have already started work on more patches.

You can find the full patch notes below [...]

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