This site has been all but abandoned

It hurts me that ive left this site alone for the past few years. I would like to fix this in the coming months.

Whether i relaunch or just try to bring it back to life..i will be writing again! ūüėÄ

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Free online gaming for all Ps4 owners this weekend

       If you own a PS4 and still haven’t subscribed to PlayStation Plus, first of all, shame on you. Secondly, aside from all the excellent free games every month and stellar discounts every week, you’re also missing out on one of the key features of the PlayStation experience; online gaming.
     
  ¬†¬† Luckily, for those of you who fit that description PlayStation has you covered when it comes to online gaming; at least for a few days. If you boot up your PlayStation 4 this weekend you’ll have full access to all of the PlayStation 4 online gaming features absolutely free. No PlayStation plus membership is required for this period of time and there is no sign up, just log into your psn and get ready to game.¬† So if you’ve yet to try out some of your favorite games online or play with your friends, now is your chance to go crazy and game till your hearts content. Starting Friday, March 20th, at 12:01am Pacific through Sunday, March 22nd, at 11:59pm Pacific. So remember to save some time for some gaming and let me know what you will be playing this weekend.
      
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New Atlus JRPG Lost Dimension Coming to PS3, PS Vita This Summer

Atlus is known for having a strong market out here in the west, due in part its¬†consent¬†slew of JRPG’s its brings over from the east. Well its time to add another game to that ever growing list of titles.¬†Lost¬†Dimension¬†Is a Tactical JRPG with a blend of light novel elements, as well as simulation gameplay too

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.¬†The player takes control of the Main¬†Protagonist¬†(MC)¬†18 year-old Sho Kasugai, a member of S.E.A.L.E.D., an organisation of¬†of psychically gifted warriors¬†given the task of stopping a mysterious man named “The End”, who wants to destroy the world. Player choice will be a huge part of the game and will determine the¬†ultimate¬†fate of the games story, as well as its characters.

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The games MC, Sho Kasugai

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One of the games most unique gameplay hooks is in its take on social interaction with your party. Throughout the game as you grind for long  hours to get closer to the final boss, one of your own party members is actually a traitor and will turn on you at the end of the game. This leads to the dangerous meta game of investigating all of your party members (while still balancing your grinding) all in an effort to make sure by games end you find the traitor and kill them before the final boss. Keep in mind, if you chose the wrong character this might lead to serious consequences, like your team possibly turning on you in the end for killing the wrong guy. So make sure to keep a close eye on your party and build your bonds. And if you are worried about repetition when playing the games new game+ mode, the games got you covered by randomly changing the traitor on subsequent playthroughs. Lost Dimension looks a be an interesting take on a classic and continually aging genre. Keep an eye out for Lost Dimensions on PS3 and PS Vita this summer in North America.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is Delayed till Spring 2016

When the first footage of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was shown to us a few months ago at Sony’s first ever PlayStation Experience, it just looked to good to be true.¬†Fast forward to now and it seems we were right, at least when it comes to its 2015 release date. Originally given a tentative 2015 release date in December, Naughty dog released an official statement today with a new launch window as well as a statement on why this decision was made.

Since we showed you our first gameplay reveal¬†of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End¬†, more of the game and story have come together, and it‚Äôs become clear to us that this game is much more ambitious than we originally envisioned.

After spending so many years with Nathan Drake, he means a lot to the team, and telling the climactic chapter of his adventures is a task we don‚Äôt take lightly ‚ÄĒ this game deserves every bit of the attention to detail, precise pacing, and nuanced storytelling Naughty Dog is known for. So we‚Äôve made the difficult choice of pushing the game‚Äôs release date. Giving us a few extra months will make certain that Uncharted 4: A Thief‚Äôs End not only meets the team‚Äôs high standards, but the high standards that gamers have come to expect from a Naughty Dog title.

Thank you for your patience ‚ÄĒ we know the extra wait will be excruciating, but you‚Äôll see it will be worth it as we reveal more about Uncharted 4 over the next year. The team at Naughty Dog will be heads down working through 2015 making sure that Nathan Drake‚Äôs story gets the closure it deserves. Come Spring 2016, you and Nate are in for one thrilling, emotional ride. –Bruce Straley & Neil Druckmann // Directors, Uncharted 4: A Thief‚Äôs End

While this is sure to be a disappointment to all Uncharted fans out there, I’m sure this extra development time will only give Naughty Dog the extra time it needs to live up to its high standards of excellence. :Lets not forget that before the last of us was release it was in extremely rough shape, but with just a few more months of development time it turned out to be one of the great games of he last generation. Lets all hope the same holds true for this next Naughty Dog adventure.

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Happy Birthday Vita Sale On the psn

If you’ve never heard of the PlayStation Vita, don’t worry cause you are definitely not the only one. Sony’s somewhat forget hand help may have not been a big hit in terms of sales, but the Vita has found a strong following from the hardcore PlayStation gamer looking for a diverse library of awesome games beyond that of Nintendo’s 3ds. Today marks the Vita’s 3rd birthday on the market, prompting Sony to throw a big Vita birthday game sale! there are some awesome games on sale and you can see the full ist of games bellow. For more on the dot vita coverage and more, keep it locked here.

Product Name Platform Plus Price Sale Price Original Price
Angry Birds: Star Wars PS Vita $ 9.60 $ 14.80 $ 39.99
Atelier Meruru Plus PS Vita $ 15.99 $ 23.99 $ 39.99
Atelier Rorona Plus PS Vita $ 15.99 $ 23.99 $ 39.99
Atelier Totori Plus PS Vita $ 15.99 $ 23.99 $ 39.99
BEN 10 GALACTIC RACING PS Vita $ 3.00 $ 5.00 $ 9.99
Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified PS Vita $ 10.00 $ 15.00 $ 49.99
Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles PS Vita $ 7.49 $ 8.99 $ 14.99
Deception IV: Blood Ties PS Vita $ 15.99 $ 23.99 $ 39.99
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z PS Vita $ 7.50 $ 12.00 $ 29.99
Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable PS Vita $ 12.00 $ 20.00 $ 39.99
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd PS Vita $ 19.99 $ 23.99 $ 39.99
Home ‚Äď A Unique Horror Adventure PS Vita $ 2.49 $ 3.49 $ 4.99
Hyperdimension Neptunia ReBirth1 PS Vita $ 15.99 $ 23.99 $ 39.99
Jak and Daxter Collection PS Vita $ 8.10 $ 13.50 $ 26.99
Jet Set Radio PS Vita $ 4.99 $ 5.99 $ 9.99
Let’s Fish! Hooked On PS Vita $ 3.00 $ 5.00 $ 9.99
LIMBO PS Vita $ 3.00 $ 5.00 $ 9.99
Metrico PS Vita $ 4.20 $ 7.00 $ 13.99
Monster Monpiece PS Vita $ 11.99 $ 17.99 $ 29.99
New Little King’s Story PS Vita $ 9.99 $ 11.99 $ 19.99
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus PS Vita $ 15.99 $ 23.99 $ 39.99
Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee HD PS Vita $ 4.99 $ 6.99 $ 9.99
Orgarhythm PS Vita $ 3.00 $ 5.00 $ 9.99
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale PS Vita PS Vita $ 5.40 $ 9.00 $ 17.99
Putty Squad PS Vita $ 9.99 $ 14.99 $ 24.99
Ring Run Circus PS Vita $ 2.00 $ 3.50 $ 9.99
Silent Hill Book of Memories PS Vita $ 14.99 $ 17.99 $ 29.99
Sumioni: Demon Arts PS Vita $ 3.00 $ 5.00 $ 9.99
Sword Art Online -Hollow Fragment- PS Vita $ 15.99 $ 23.99 $ 39.99
Tales of Hearts R PS Vita $ 19.99 $ 27.99 $ 39.99
The Amazing Spider-Man PS Vita $ 9.60 $ 14.80 $ 39.99
Tiny Troopers Joint Ops PS Vita $ 3.99 $ 5.59 $ 7.99
Urban Trial Freestyle PS Vita $ 0.70 $ 1.75 $ 6.99
Valhalla Knights 3 PS Vita $ 6.00 $ 10.00 $ 19.99
Cel Damage HD PS4,PS3,PSVita $ 2.10 $ 3.00 $ 9.99
GODS EATER BURST PSP,PSVita $ 6.00 $ 10.00 $ 19.99

Life alert update: so…its been awhile..

If you hadn’t noticed I’ve been MIA for over two months now. No I’m not dead or retired or anything like that..not yet at least! Between my computers sudden death and me starting a new job, I’ve had a very difficult time updating this site. So I want to thank anyone who read my content and patiently waited for more (suckers..). I want you to know that I will be stepping up my game on this blog and update as much as I can!! Looking forward to bringing some thought provoking articles to the inter webs ūüôā

Little Known Game Review: Titan Attacks

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Nostalgia invading your living room..

In the dawn of the next generation of video game systems, developers are pushing the limits of what we thought was possible in a game. Absurd graphical fidelity and big budget set pieces are all the rage today, sometimes even at the cost of the quality of game play. I’m all for groundbreaking graphics and immerse story telling, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes i miss when games were just that, GAMES.¬†And when they¬†were just plain fun to play. Thankfully Titan Attacks is just that type of game.

Developed by Puppygames,¬†Titan Attacks invades your living room on the PS4, PS3 and PS¬†Vita supporting full cross buy functionality and a shared trophylist across all three platforms This neo-retro style shoot em up is like a love letter to all nostalgic gamers out there looking for a blast from the past. Heavily inspired (or blatantly copied¬†depending on who you ask) by the arcade classic Space Invaders, the gameplay is simple, use the left stick/directional pad to move side to side and shoot down the incoming alien invasion with the X button, all while aiming for the highest score possible..that’s it. Titan Attacks isn’t trying anything new by any means, nor is it redefining a classic¬†genre but where it lacks in innovation¬†it makes up for with execution. Yes Titan Attacks¬†may lack the difficulty and perhaps over all longevity of its predecessor, but it still provides hours of nostalgic fun¬†with a face paced, dodge or you die¬†game play.

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DEFENDERS OF THE EARTH!

One of the first things you’ll notice about titan attack when it¬†boots up it is the lovely neo retro graphics and its infectious soundtrack. Light synth sounds and catchy alien beats are an absolute delight to the ears and blend perfectly with the sharp modern pixel art style the game uses. The games color pallet is¬†nice and bright while the explosions from every alien ship you destroy are deliciously satisfying, making going through each of the games 100 stages a head bobbing good time. Unfortunately the the sound track is limited to just a few different tracks so it can get a tad repetitive. Whats there is there and whats there is great, I just wish there could have been a bit more. Also, while there are 5 different plants that the stages are spread across in, its really more of a pallet swap then a true new world to play in. This is easy to overlook this due to¬†the old school nature of the game. Still if you are sucker for variety of environments, Titan Attacks may just disappoint you.

Yeah..things can get pretty crazy

Yeah..things can get pretty crazy

Whats not disappointing is its wonderful game play, and that’s where Titan Attacks really shines.¬†As stated before, the gameplay fast pace, frantic and a lot of fun with increasing difficulty, excellent enemy variety throughout each stage and a few boss fights sprinkled in to keep you on your toes. While its very simplistic and should be immediately familiar¬†to anyone who has played Space Invaders, there are¬†a few nice modern additions to make the game feel fresh. While shooting down alien ships you will notice that not only is your score meter going up but also a cash counter. For every alien ship you destroy you will receive cash you can use to upgrade your ship at the end of each stage. This system is great cause it adds some light RPG elements to the game and rewards you for skilled gameplay with not just points but tangible items and power ups to use against the next wave of unlucky enemies. The ability to level up your ship with more armor, a faster firing rate and even an awesome smart bomb that eradicates most enemy’s on screen is a very nice touch that kept me playing just to keep leveling¬†up my ship. Although the upgrade system is nice, there does seem to be an absence of power ups to pick up while you’re actually playing the game. In my hours with the game i only encountered one pick up, a shield barrier, and it was only twice that it dropped from an enemy after destroying it. This may seem like nitpicking but more pick ups would have been a great addition to the gameplay and added some verity and depth. ¬†In addition to the upgrade system, the game sports a save progress feature,¬†as well as the ability to start from the beginning of any world you’ve unlocked. This is great for getting newer players who are not as used to the frustrations of older gaming, where you were one death away from a game-over screen and starting back from the beginning of the entire game. In addition¬†to all this the game sports an online leader board that will keep you coming back to see if you can get your name up there among the very best. Some of these additions¬†make Titan Attacks much more accessible to a wider audience then its predecessors, but with a slight sacrifice of its traditional gaming roots.

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This is where Titan Attacks begins to show is cracks. With the game seemingly focused on pleasing both¬†veterans¬†of the genre¬†and new comers alike, the game has a slight identity¬†crisis. The game starts off with a nostalgic explosion of a seemingly balanced difficulty curve, that is unless¬†you power up your ship so much that the enemies don’t stand a chance and will fall from the skies by the dozens. See while Titan Attacks isn’t necessarily to easy for most gamers, veterans of the genre will find the lack of difficulty slightly off putting, while new comers may still struggle with the seemingly random difficulty spikes thought out the game. In my first play through of the game i struggled with the middle¬†stages and the difficulty felt downright punishing at some points. But once i was able to get the right power ups on my ship i went from feeling like a helpless human protecting his planet to an expert alien hunter terrorizing the doomed aliens in the skies. It’s not that becoming stronger to overcome your enemies is a bad thing, but the¬†shift was so sudden and swift i hardly had time to adjust to either role for very long. This was¬†made more apparent by the games rather brief length, clocking in at maybe around two hours on your first playthrough, although that’s due more to the overall speedy nature of the game than anything. Still despite its unbalanced nature, its hard to deny that Titan Attacks is still a blast to play and the leader boards along with its addicting gameplay will keep you coming back for more well past your first playthrough.

The Verdict:¬†Titan attacks brings back memories and feelings of the yesteryear gamer trapped deep inside of me. It reminds me of why i fell in love with games in the first place, for the hours of fun i cant put my controller down gameplay that’s missing from so many games today. While It may not please everyone and is a bit on the short side, Titan Attacks still succeeds at bringing a taste of old school to a new age and will have you blasting your way for hours for the highest spot on the leader boards. If you are a retro gamer looking for a nice fix or even a new comer looking to dive into the deeper roots of gaming, don’t hesitate to pick up Titan Attacks today cause you wont be disappointed by this addicting shoot em up.

Score:  8/10

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