LEGO Dimensions: “Endless Awesome” Launch Trailer

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What do you get when you cross the Lego Game universe and the functionality of the Skylander-like portal – You get “LEGO Dimensions”.

Catch the Launch trailer here:



Available Sunday, September 27, LEGO Dimensions will allow players to not only experience worlds based on DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, The LEGO Movie, LEGO Ninjago, Back to the Future, The Wizard of Oz, Scooby-Doo! LEGO Chima, Doctor Who, Jurassic World, Ghostbusters, The Simpsons, Portal and Midway Arcade, but also combine different characters and re-buildable vehicles and gadgets from these worlds in any way that they choose – there are no rules. Imagine Kai, the Ninjago ninja, driving the Mystery Machine through Metropolis or Legolas battling ghosts alongside Homer Simpson in New York!

The LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack includes the videogame, bricks to build the LEGO Gateway, three LEGO Minifigures including Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle, plus the LEGO Batmobile, and the revolutionary LEGO Toy Pad. The Toy Pad allows players to transport LEGO Dimensions minifigures and models into the game, as well as control in-game action and solve puzzles by moving the physical toys. Plus, every LEGO vehicle and gadget in LEGO Dimensions can be physically rebuilt twice, for a total of three different objects, each with unique in-game abilities, which adds massive variety to the gameplay.

Telltale Games: The Walking Dead Season 2 Review (Xbox 360)

I’m a zombie fanatic. A complete junkie – I collect all kinds of things Zombie releated from the Afterlife with Archie comics (YOU MUST CHECK IT OUT)I have some memorabilia from The Walking Dead TV Show I have autographs from Andrew Lincoln, John Bernthal and Sara Wayne Callies – I even have a limited edition Comic Con Exclusive issue #1 reprint signed by both Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore. So suffice to say – I love me some Zombies.

I absolutely adored Telltale Games: The Walking Dead Season 1 and was left breathless and saddened at how it ended. The moment Season 2 was released immediately bought the season pass and this weekend – I was once again saddened at the end. As a game – it’s pretty basic. As a story – it’s outstanding and that’s what keeps me coming back. No spoilers here folks just a quick overview.

The gameplay mechanics haven’t changed really at all with perhaps a few more QTEs peppered through out some of the more action oriented scenes. For all intents and purposes, this is really just an interactive movie/TV show broken up into 5 episodes which all take somewhere to the tune of about 2hrs per episode to complete.

This season sees us in control of Clementine shortly after the events of Season 1.  Across Season 2 – Clem meets new and old friends and the player is tasked with helping her make some extremely difficult dialog/decisions. The adults bicker like children and poor Clem has to not only be the voice of reason and maturity but the errand girl too. She and her merry band of survivors travel North to a place believed to be a place of sanctuary called “Wellington”. Rife with walkers, looters and all around bad people, the journey is not a safe or easy one.

The Walking Dead Season 2 was full of choices and some of them were absolutely gut wrenching all of which led to my final major decision for this season. A decision that actually took me a few tries to figure out before accepting what I ultimately must do. It left me wanting to know what happens next like any good series does.

I give The Walking Dead Season 2 an 8 out of 10

The Evil Within Gets an Official Release Date

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Just received the word from Bethesda earlier this morning that The Evil Within has an official release date of August 26th in North America and the 29th in Europe. Looks to me like the usual onslaught of high quality must have titles is starting early this year.

Read on for more details:

We’re pleased to announce The Evil Within, the new survival horror game from legendary director, Shinji Mikami, will be available in North America on August 26, 2014 and throughout Europe on August 29, 2014. The Evil Within is in development for the Xbox One, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and PC.

Developed by Shinji Mikami and the talented team at Tango Gameworks, The Evil Within embodies the meaning of pure survival horror. Highly-crafted environments, horrifying anxiety, and an intricate story are combined to create an immersive world that will bring you to the height of tension. With limited resources at your disposal, you’ll fight for survival and experience profound fear in this perfect blend of horror and action.

While investigating the scene of a gruesome mass murder, Detective Sebastian Castellanos and his partners encounter a mysterious and powerful force. After seeing the slaughter of fellow officers, Sebastian is ambushed and knocked unconscious. When he awakens, he finds himself in a deranged world where hideous creatures wander among the dead. Facing unimaginable terror, and fighting for survival, Sebastian embarks on a frightening journey to unravel what’s behind this evil force.

The Evil Within has not yet been rated by the ESRB.

CES 2014 – “Playstation Now” Announced

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I don’t like January. It’s cold (no seriously – We’re experiencing an Arctic Deep freeze up here) dreary, nothing much to look forward to but the small glimmer of awesome comes in the form of CES. A place for all us techno-junkies to drool over the latest, greatest and emerging technologies. Yesterday, a little piece of awesome was announced by Sony. Finally they have lifted some details on their Gaikai streaming service and it’s got a whole heck of a lot more meat to it than I had imagined for the launch.

“Playstation Now” is expected to launch in the summer (in the US) with a “Closed Beta” to take place this winter. The streaming service is going to be available across all current Playstation platforms and Sony TVs with future plans to launch on other platforms. Sony states that a 5Mbps internet connection is required for this service. No news on pricing or how it will all play out for users but I suspect it’s going to be similar to Netflix with an all you can eat monthly subscription model for older titles. I can’t see new games become a part of this service unless they make them available for say $5 per day of rental.

Anyway – that’s some pretty exciting news. What do you think?

Review – Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

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Where does he get those wonderful toys?  From Lego of course!  Paige and I took a look at Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes on the PS3.  Lego Batman 2 from Traveller’s Tales and Warner Bros. Interactive is available on all major platforms and brings players a ton of great DC content.

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The gameplay is consistent with previous Lego titles, so anyone familiar with these games will feel right at home.  As you explore and work to save Gotham you’ll build, break things apart, build again, fight and collect to your heart’s content.  I have to admit that sometimes smashing everything in sight does not feel very “Batman”.

There are two main modes of play to enjoy in Lego Batman 2.  Story missions place you in the shoes of the dynamic duo out to stop the Joker and along with some of the most memorable villains from the DC universe.  Lex Luthor teams up with the Joker and Batman has no choice but to call upon some of his friends…Super Friends!   Like other Lego titles of the past, once a story level is completed you can then play the level in “free play” mode utilizing any other DC character you unlock along the way.  Between missions you’ll have access to an impressively large and detailed open world Lego Gotham City.  So “Batman”!

While the story missions are well designed and make good use of Batman and Robin’s skills and their array of special suits, the open world Gotham is where we spent most of our time.  This is where you’ll find the majority of playable characters to add to your Lego DC roster.  In true DC fashion, some characters are more powerful than others, but overall the characters are well balanced.  There will be times when you’ll want to break out the Penguin and yes, even Aquaman.

Paige couldn’t stop playing as Wonder Woman but Harley Quinn was a close second for her.  As for me, when I first took to the skies as Superman and heard his iconic theme song I was hooked.  I also enjoyed playing as the Green Lantern as his abilities can earn you some pretty quick cash in and around Lego Gotham…always about the green.

Mini games, unlockable characters and Lego vehicles plus a wide range of other challenges are scattered around Gotham.  Helpful and loyal Alfred helps you reveal the map and any Super Villains on the lamb as you find more remote bat computer access points.  When you defeat these villains found in the map, you can purchase them and bring them into the fight.

You can play up to 2 players locally in split screen in either Gotham City or in the story levels.  Lego Batman 2 uses a “dynamic split screen” option as their default in the story missions.  While this gave the gameplay a more dynamic and comic book feel, there were times I didn’t know which part of the screen was mine and the control, especially while flying often fell flat in these situations.

The game looks and sounds great.  The cut-scenes are fun, the story touches on some great DC history.  Overall, it’s a solid game.  I’m still impressed my 7 year old daughter knows who Killer Moth is.

 

Pros

  • A fun story and enjoyable cut-scenes
  • Balanced gameplay with engaging but not overly difficult puzzles.
  • Tons of fun DC characters and vehicles to play
  • Batman!

Cons

  • Some control issues in multiplayer
  • Character selection in multiplayer can slow things down for the other player
  • I walked Aquaman off Gotham Beach into the water and he drowned…wait, what?

For Feed Your Console, Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes gets a 9 out of 10 from me.  Paige gives it a stunning 10 out of 10.

Site Update

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It’s been a long time readers and I’d like to take this opportunity to apologize for the long hiatus. Life is sometimes what gets in the way when you’re really trying to have fun but here’s looking ahead to a more frequent updates and a long steady stream of new game reviews.

We’ve got an awesome looking fall season of game videocasts, reviews, new hardware and it all starts today with a live videocast of The Bureau: Xcom Declassified, followed by Saints Row 4 and tomorrow evening, another live videocast of everyone’s favorite spy, Sam Fishers new advanture with Spinter Cell: Blacklist.

 

Review – Tomb Raider

Once the queen of gaming, Lara Croft has fallen from the graces of many games but she hasn’t been forgotten. Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix hope to change that the newly rebooted title in Lara Croft’s life aptly named “Tomb Raider”. We will do our best not to divulge any spoilers so come along with me while we take a look to see if they were successful.

The story features a much younger Lara Croft before becoming a world renowned archaeologist as she embarks on an expedition aboard a ship called “Endurance” with friends a TV production crew and an already well known archaeologist. This isn’t the Lara Croft we all know from games of the past. On the way to their location, a violent storm destroys the boat and leaves them stranded on an island and separated from one another.

The game feels very similar to Uncharted but with a much darker tone to the surroundings and overall feeling to the dialogue. No witty banter between characters, no light-hearted moments either. While traversing the island’s various locales, Lara will find animals to hunt which can be used to salvage parts and earn experience points, she also will come across weapon upgrade pieces and will occasionally uncover hidden locations that need to be explored to discover artifacts in usual Tomb Raider style by solving puzzles to get to the payday. I found the puzzles to be far less engaging and much simpler than I remember from the original series. One thing I was truly thankful for was that the timed switch style puzzles were omitted from this title.

When not spelunking or raiding tombs, Lara finds herself in heated gun battles with the islands mysterious inhabitants. The gun battles are fierce and fast paced but can be slowed down a little by using an automatic cover system that while isn’t as good as the one you would find in Uncharted or Gears of War is more than serviceable and helpful. Killing enemies will also earn you Experience points that accumulate to allow Lara to learn a new survival skill. Not only do the enemy kills net you experience, but if you go through their pockets, you’ll find ammo (copious amounts of ammo in the game. you’ll never actually run out) and salvage parts which can be used to build upgrades for

Lara’s various weapons. The sound and the graphics are gorgeous. These days everyone is talking next gen this and next gen that, but, while playing this game, I couldn’t help but wonder if we really need another generation of gaming console yet. This game looks about as next gen as I could imagine and it’s available on our tired old boxes already in my living room.

The team at Crystal Dynamics have done exactly what the series needed – They took the concept, made it their own and gave it a fresh yet familiar feel without straying too much from what made Tomb Raider so good so many years ago. A survivor may have been born but the Queen reclaimed her crown.  Lara Croft is back and she’s better than ever.

Feed Your Console gives Tomb Raider a 9 out of 10

Pros:
Simply stunning graphics
Great atmosphere
A title worthy of carrying the Tomb Raider title – Extremely enjoyable
Great balance between Tomb Raiding and gun battles

Cons:
Simple puzzles – Beef it up next time
Cover System needs work

Rockstar Announces Grand Theft Auto V Gets A Launch Date

Los Santos, CA, you better get ready the streets are about to get bloody as Grand Theft Auto V is heading your way officially in the Spring of 2013.

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If you forgot about the announcement here is a refresher on the GTA V Trailer from November 2011:

Get your pre-order on starting next week November 5, 2012, more news as it’s released.

More info: Grand Theft Auto V

Review – Borderlands 2

I was a shade late to the party with the original Borderlands when it hit consoles in 2009. Most of my friends had already moved on and no one wanted to play but still I found myself strangely compelled by the game as I played through it on my own. What I found was a game that was low on a quality story but extremely high on fun factor. At the time I had vowed that Borderlands 2 would be in my console the day it hit shelves.

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Taking place 5 yrs after the events of the original, Borderlands 2 takes us back to Pandora with a 5 new characters (4 at launch with the Mecromancer coming a month later as DLC).

  • Maya – The Siren uses phaselock and abilities similar to Lilith from the original
  • Salvador – The Gunzerker who takes the role of insane tank over from Brick but can actually dual wield weapons as his special ability
  • Axton – The Commando, resembles Roland and uses Auto-Turrets
  • Zer0 – The Assassin who can create decoys of himself to distract enemies
  • Gaige – The Mecromancer who was not available at the time of release and arrived about a month after the game’s release DLC (free to those of us who pre-ordered). Gaige has a pet Robot who she can deploy to dispatch some serious hurt on enemies.

Much has changed in the short time since the original game. Since the original Vault Hunters defeated the Destroyer, a new valuable mineral called Eridium has begun invading Pandora’s crust resulting in a Hyperion Corporation’s employee known as Handsome Jack seizing control of this new mineral and using it to take over the planet and ruling with it’s citizens with an Iron Fist. Rumors had begun spreading through the galaxy of a larger more valuable Vault on Pandora bringing in Vault Hunters from far and wide in search of these riches only to be killed by Handsome Jack and thus begins the journey through Borderlands 2.

Borderlands 2 takes the gameplay from the original title and build upon it. Just like the original, players start off by picking their character class, and taking on new missions/quests given to them by job boards and by speaking with other NPCs in the world. As the player gains experience and levels up, they can decide which of the 3 specialities they want to assign the points to. 4 Player Co-op makes a triumphant return resulting in loads of laughs, gun play an hours upon hours of social gaming.

The enemies by and large haven’t changed much but there have been some new interesting and challenging additions to the portfolio of endless baddies. Their AI is improved upon to some degree but I mostly found them to be rather mindless. It’s the sheer number of enemies and their attacks that tend to put people on their backs.

All in all Borderlands 2 is just a whole lot more of what the original title brought. Guns, Explosions, treasure hunting, guns and more guns. Hardly a bad thing. The story was still a little to be desired as I found myself just not caring and wishing I could skip past the story moments in favor of just getting on with the looting. I’ve now finished the game 3 times, with 2 different character builds. The Gunzerker and now the Mecromancer. I just can’t seem to get enough of the social aspect of this title because I’m rarely if ever in a game with any less than 3 other people and we all help each other complete missions, Bad Ass challenges or just farming areas for the best loot. I’m now well over 400hrs into this game and while I still have about 5 more games that need to be finished, I keep coming back for more as more and more of my friends get the game and want to play or ask for help. It’s rare that a game can captivate me the way this one has.

This is a must have for any gamer.

Feed Your Console gives Borderlands 2 an enthusiastic gun toting 9.5 out of 10

Pros:

  • 4 player Coop makes for some great social gaming marathons
  • New variants on familiar character classes and the new Mecromancer
  • Keeping the basic recipe for gameplay the same

Cons:

  • Weak story – I just couldn’t bring myself to care about it