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Feb 06 // Abel Girmay

Mortal Kombat X introduces online factions and brings back the Challenge Tower

Two more months. Just two more months. That's what I have to keep telling myself while agonizing over the release of Mortal Kombat X. As someone who logged nearly 7,000 matches into the last Mortal Kombat, and still plays Injustice from time to time, any new info is good news, and NetherRealm has recently dropped a lot of details on the game's online modes. Let's dig in.
Nov 10 // Abel Girmay

Halo 5: Guardians has left me oddly cold and worried

I am not opposed to change. While certain circles of Halo fans find it popular to hate Halo 4, I've always appreciated what 343 Industries did with that game. Sprint was a logical next step to character movement, while loadou...
Oct 12 // Abel Girmay

To all you would-be Borderlands cowboys and cowgirls, I have dibs on Nisha

"Behind every great man is a great woman." Screw that, says Nisha. While Handsome Jack is sitting in a climate-controlled bunker, cowering from the awesome might of the Vault Hunters and bandit gangs, Nisha fights her enemies...
Sep 17 // Abel Girmay

Battleborn is made of MOBAs, spice, and all shooters nice

When Battleborn was first announced, there were certain trigger words my mind immediately connected before I had read a single word about the game. "Gearbox, shooter, color. Oh, I wonder what the loot drop rate is like," I sa...
Sep 11 // Abel Girmay

Adventure Time Game Wizard has a pretty cool level editor

There's a new game coming out based on everybody's favorite television show, Adventure Time! You know what that means right? Go on and grab your friends, because we're going to some very distant la---actually, you might want ...
Sep 11 // Abel Girmay

Titan Souls is my PAX Prime 2014 game of show

Confession time: I'm pretty out of the loop when it comes to the indie game scene. I love me some Nidhogg, Samurai Gunn, and Crawl, but it's not uncommon for me to have only heard about these games just before release or late...
Sep 01 // Abel Girmay

Hands on with Tales from the Borderlands

Telltalle has been a busy beehive lately. Having wrapped up The Walking Dead Season 2 and season one of The Wolf Among Us, this fall will bring us right into the first episode of Tales from the Borderlands. Darren seemed...
Sep 01 // Abel Girmay

Shadow of Mordor's campaign digs into Middle-earth's past

[Writers Note: The original story was amended because of number of factual inaccuracies. My sincerest apologies to anyone who was confused by the original article.] It won't be long now until Middle-earth: Shadow of Mord...
Aug 30 // Abel Girmay

Mortal Kombat X is aiming to tone down the zoning game

I got to play Mortal Kombat X for a half hour during PAX Prime, and that made me happier than a pig in whatever pigs love to be in. After 5,000 matches played online between Mortal Kombat and Injustice: Gods Among Us, my anti...
Jul 29 // Abel Girmay

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition will allow cross-platform save imports

Not unlike what Rockstar is offering with the current-gen ports of Grand Theft Auto V, Blizzard has confirmed that players will be able to bring over their characters and saves from the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 version...
Jun 17 // Abel Girmay

Capcom shareholders vote not to block company sale

Capcom announced today that its latest shareholder meeting has resulted in an official end to the company's buyout defense. Originally placed in 2008, the defense strategies were set in motion to defend Capcom from being acqu...
Jun 16 // Abel Girmay

Bungie reflects on the short-lived Destiny alpha, teases the July beta

After being frustratingly hush-hush about Destiny, Bungie put the game out in the wild in a big way this past E3, culminating with the recent weekend alpha. In an interview with the PlayStation Blog, senior environmental arti...
Jun 16 // Abel Girmay

Watch Dogs' E3 2012 graphical effects discovered in the PC version

With nearly a month past release, it's safe to say the internet rage surrounding Watch Dogs' visual fidelity has largely passed. Still, fans have found ways to mod the PC version to look better, and not with the usual assortm...
Jun 10 // Abel Girmay

Dragon Ball Z joins the new generation with Dragon Ball Xenoverse

Another year brings another Dragon Ball fighter, but this time, the series has new hardware to play with. Dragon Ball Xenoverse is the next entry of Dragon Ball Z arena fighters, bringing the franchise to the Xbox One and Pl...
Jun 06 // Abel Girmay

Watch Dogs Easter egg shows what a spying Kinect might look like

Remember when everyone was mad at the idea of a game console that comes with an always on, always watching and listening camera? Well thanks to this Watch Dogs easter egg, we have a nice visual representation of what the NSA...
Jun 06 // Abel Girmay

Madden 15 will feature player tattoos, releases E3 trailer

Amongst all the E3 hubbub about games like, Mortal Kombat X, Destiny, and Halo 5, let's not forget that August will bring us our annual Madden. Teasing what will be brought to the show, the Madden 15 E3 trailer implies, to m...
Jun 06 // Abel Girmay

Forza Horizon 2 will display at 1080p, running at 30 frames per second

So it seems Forza Horizon 2, unlike Forza 5, will not be running at 60 frames per second. While it will still display in 1080p, the open-world nature of Horizon doesn't seems to play nice with the idea of a locked 60fps rate,...
Jun 04 // Abel Girmay

Female Tengu joins the cast of Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate

After spending a good amount of time teasing, Team Ninja has announced Female Tengu for Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate. Sporting a pair of wings and a devilish demeanor, she reminds me of Devil Jin quite a bit. More than the desig...
Jun 04 // Abel Girmay

Asus reveals their ROG GR8 Steam Machine and other accessories

Like many before them, Asus has taken a stab at making their own Steam Machine, and from the spec end, it seems they've hit a pretty good mark. Boasting an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750Ti graphics card, Intel Core i7 processor, and ...
Jun 04 // Abel Girmay

Speedrun through Super Mario World without finishing the first level

After watching a great deal of the week long Awesome Games Done Quickly charity livestream, I've gained a new appreciation for the ingenuity and thought process of speed runners. Still, it's crazy how many new tricks are bei...
Jun 04 // Abel Girmay

Get a look a what's behind Decapre's mask in these Ultra Street Fighter IV endings

If you are playing, will be playing, or don't care either way about Ultra Street Fighter IV, the game's story is probably not what comes to mind whenever it's brought up. That said, it hasn't stopped Capcom from creating ani...
Jun 04 // Abel Girmay

The Terminator 2 river chase gets remade in Grand Theft Auto Online

So middle school for me involved many brain-rotting activities, not the least of which was the countless amount of hours spent watching machinima videos. While I don't have the free time that I used to, it's still a joy to w...
Jun 04 // Abel Girmay

Dead Rising 3 listed on Steam database (Update)

[Update: The Steam database entry for Dead Rising 3 was removed shortly after this posting.] It's not uncommon to see a highly touted console exclusive make its way to PC, and it seems that Dead Rising 3 is next. Via a postin...
Jun 03 // Abel Girmay

Former Irrational staff form new studio, announce their first game

It's been about four months since we first got the news that Irrational Games would be shutting down, and as some expected, some former staff have regrouped in a new studio called Day for Night Games. The studio boasts some b...
Jun 02 // Abel Girmay

Davy Jones' Locker awaits thee in Call of Duty: Ghosts Invasion

Tomorrow sees the release of the Invasion map pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts, so how about we get one last rundown of the new maps. In Mutiny, you'll fight in what's essentially Tortuga, shooting off almost as many bullets as...
Jun 02 // Abel Girmay

Ninja Theory's Unreal Engine 4 tech demo leaks

Ninja Theory, the studio behind DMC: Devil May Cry and Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, seems to have had one of their tech demos leak. Entitled, The Beggars Opera, it's not known if this was ever meant to be the studio's next...
Jun 01 // Abel Girmay

Guild Wars 2 meets anime in this stop motion fight scene

From the painstaking artistry at work, to my upbringing with films like The Nightmare Before Christmas, there's a reverence that I'll always have for stop motion animation, even if the final product isn't amazing (looking at...
Jun 01 // Abel Girmay

Driveclub made quite the impression on me with these 4 new videos

After missing it's expected launch release date, Driveclub retreated into the dark before resurfacing recently. Driveclub continues its coming out party this week, releasing four new videos. The first three are the expected ...
May 31 // Abel Girmay

Deadpool does Fanime, and wins

I have to admit that I'm not a huge fan of Deadpool. It's not that I dislike his humor or self-aware, fourth-wall breaking schtick. Rather, it's that I feel too few people can actually utilize said schtick into anything inte...
May 31 // Abel Girmay

Those unearthed landfill E.T. cartridges will be sold at auction

Nearly a month after Alamogordo, New Mexico saw the unearthing of the biggest stain on the videogame industry's past, the city commission had decided to sell 700 of the 1,300 dug-up E.T. cartridges. First though, the city ha...

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