Monthly Archives: February 2014

Flappy Wings Review

Flappy Bird may have gone the way of the dodo but that hasn’t stopped an endless flood of knockoff games for mobile devices. The amount of Flappy Bird clones is staggering, some of them are completely absurd such as Tappy Bieber and Flappy Turd. There’s even a Flappy Bird MMO that displays several players at once attempting to navigate the endless obstacle course of pipes. Among all the Flappy Bird clones, I believe I’ve found the best among them.

Say hello to your procrastination fuel for the next week. Image Credit: Softpedia News.

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News this week: MGSV gets a price cut, Batman: Arkham Origins DLC dated

The Playstation 4 and Xbox One versions of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes have been given a price cut. Game publisher Konami Digital Enterainment Inc. officially announced Tuesday via a press release that the digital and retail editions of the upcoming game for the PS4 and Xbox One will now be priced at $29.99; this is ten dollars lower than the initial price. This price reduction makes the next-gen versions of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes the same price as the retail editions for current-gen consoles.

Insert Splinter Cell joke here. Image Credit: Playstation.com

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Featured Game: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

There’s nothing wrong with looking back at the past but there are many problems with bringing the past forward to the future. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is a nostalgic love letter to diehard fans of the series, but it’s so focused on the past that it fails to contribute anything meaningful. Playing Metal Gear Solid 4 is comparable to receiving a letter from your high-school crush, sure it’s nice to revisit fond memories but it won’t enrich or advance your life.

The Metal Gear Solid series is about to be terminated. Image Credit: Deviant Art

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Bad controls are a good trend

With the runaway success of Twitch Plays Pokémon, I’ve noticed an interesting trend in games that goes back a few years. The chaotic nature of thousands of people trying to play Pokémon is appealing because of how difficult it makes the game. In fact, the addition of the democracy system was very controversial among viewers with the general consensus being that it takes the fun out of the game. It seems that other video games have experimented with poor controls with entertaining results. Video games such as: Surgeon Simulator 2013QWOP and Octodad all have intentionally terrible controls yet are entertaining because of this design choice and not in spite of.

This should fetch a fine price on the black market. Image Credit: Steam Store.

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News this week: Irrational Games is shutting down, Twitch plays Pokemon enters seventh day

Irrational Games is officially shutting down. Creative Director Ken Levine announced via the Irrational Games website that that the developer would be shutting down after 17 years of game development. Levine will be working with 15 other members of the development team to produce smaller projects for publisher Take-Two Interactive.

Thanks for everything Irrational Games, you'll be missed. Image Credit: Cheat Code Central.

Thanks for everything Irrational Games, you’ll be missed. Image Credit: Cheat Code Central.

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Featured Game: Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

After Metal Gear Solid 2, the fanbase was split into two; supporters and opposers. This marked the beginning of a game called Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. While it may have been successful, not everyone was happy with Metal Gear Solid 2. Fans were expecting a more traditional story and the philosophical meta-narrative wasn’t for everyone. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater is the ultimate result of this reaction and is not only the greatest game in the Metal Gear Solid series, it’s one of the best games of the previous decade.

In another life, Big Boss may have been a pirate. Image Credit: Metal Gear Wikia.

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News this week: Sonic Boom announced, Titanfall delayed on the 360

Sonic the Hedgehog has a new look. Sega Corporation’s mascot has been given a makeover along with the announcement of a new video game titled Sonic Boom, last Thursday. Sonic’s new look includes a small brown scarf and slightly longer legs but he wasn’t he only one to get a new design. Knuckles, another character from the Sonic games, is now taller and buffer and Tails now wears a utility belt. Sega revealed that Sonic Boom will serve as a prequel to an upcoming TV series of the same name and revealed trailers for both the game and the TV show.

Fans have affectionately nicknamed the new look “Hipster Sonic.” Image Credit: Giant Bomb.

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Featured Game: Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

Metal Gear Solid was one of the best selling games on the Playstation, selling over six million copies worldwide. It was inevitable that it would get a sequel. The second installment of the Metal Gear Solid series was planned to be released for Sony’s upcoming gaming console, the Playstation 2. Metal Gear Solid 2 is one of the most ambitious video game sequels ever made. Video games have a tendency to play it safe, especially with sequels but Metal Gear Solid 2 defies expectations and takes an astonishing amount of risks. It’s the first ever postmodern video game and an early example of video games being art.

Snake is back, with a new lease on life an a glorious mullet. Image Credit: IGN.

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The Wolf Among Us “Smoke & Mirrors” Review

After four months, the second episode of The Wolf Among Us has finally arrived. “Smoke & Mirrors” builds on everything that was established in the first episode. If you’re unfamiliar with The Wolf Among Us or the comic book that it’s based on, I highly recommend you read my review of Episode One. As always, this review is completely spoiler free, even if you haven’t played the first episode.

The better to hit-you-in-the-face-with my dear. Image Credit: Xbox Achievements.

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News this week: Halo 2 Anniversary?

A remake for Halo 2 on its ten-year anniversary is heavily rumoured to be in development. The rumours of a remake to the 2004 first-person shooter began on a forum thread on NeoGaf last week which also stated that Microsoft was planning to release a White Xbox One later in the year and that a third Crackdown game was in development. The thread reports that a Halo 2 remake is scheduled to release on November 11th, almost ten years to the day of the original game’s release date. Given the relatively baseless nature of these rumours and the complete lack of evidence to back up the wild speculation, it was initially difficult to take this story seriously. However a teaser image has surfaced that suggests that a Halo 2 remake may indeed be in development. Read the rest of this entry

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