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    EA Sports Rory McIlroy PGA Tour Review: Great Round of Golf

    July 14th, 2015

    Game Reviewed: EA Sports Rory McIlroy PGA Tourpga tour cover

    Date Released: July 14th, 2015

    Developer: EA Tiburon

    Publisher: EA Sports

    Platform: [Reviewed: XBOX ONE], PlayStation 4

    Genre: Sports

    Rated: E for Everyone

     

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    EA Sports is back this year with another round of golf and a new star bracing the cover. It’s so long to Tiger Woods and good day to Rory McIlroy and EA did a great job with their decision making of who should be the new PGA Tour spokesperson.

    Rory McIlory is a 26 year old pro golfer residing from Northern Ireland. In his career, not only has he taken the world by surprise listing as #1 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking at the age of 17, but McIlory is one of few to win three majors in his career before aging 25. The other two to ever pull this off was Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.

    So now that you know the man it’s time to know the game. It’s time to breathe in the fresh air and greet the crowd as you, your clubs and your ball become one with nature. Welcome to Rory McIlory PGA Tour.

    pga tour 5PGA Tour starts off with a tutorial to get you on the course with finesse, and with some of the changes you just may need them. There are three mechanics in Rory McIlory allowing multiple ways to swing: Arcade, Classic and Tour. The arcade swing uses the left thumbstick to determine to power of your swing. Arcade style also enables you the ability to manually adjust the distance of your shot by adding power and spinning your ball mid-air. Classic style is the original three button mode where tapping “A” or “X” will control your shot selection and power. Then there is the Tour style that requires pure accuracy from the gaming golf pro’s based on your shot when using the analog stick.

    You’re are able to adjust your shot type to get out of certain situations such as a choke, punch, a pitch for a nice land to the green and more. If you just want to play to simply enjoy the experience you can always stick with default option.

    There’s a new shot meter that fills as you begin your swing; no more bars unless your aiming for genuine accuracy, utilizing the Tour game style as your mechanic.

    Also a part of the prologue is Rory McIlory’s PGA victory being re-envisioned by you, but we’ll let you experience Rory’s glorious moment and get you to the heart of EA’s PGA Tour and its game modes. You can choose from an 18-round exhibition, your own PGA Tour career, Night Club Challenges, Online Head to Head and Tournaments.

     

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    A 15-year career mode sums up what to look for in creating your own legacy in PGA Tour. You have the decision of choosing one of three bios to explain your story and what led to your interest in earning a tour card for 2015. From here, you’re customizing your character and attributes so you can make it to TPC Sawgrass for the WEB.COM Tour Championship. The rest is determined on how you write your legacy.

    My only gripe in the career mode would have to be the lack of customization. PGA Tour has always been the one game that allowed Game Face, putting you in the game. This year you have a few faces to choose between without the option of facial editing. Could be nitpicking, but this is personally a step back for EA Sports.

    Night Club challenges are pretty fun. The best golfers come out at night, right? It’s all fun and games as you attempt to three-star over 170 unique pga tour1challenges, earning additional boost and special golfers, including the EA Battlefield solider and Nevada Smith. The challenges involve you hitting different targets in different variations. As you progress you will earn unique boost that helps you fine tune your shots.

    Online modes include ranked and unranked head to head and tournaments. First time ever, all players are able to play simultaneously, moving across the course and keeping track of others by their gamertag or PSN ID each time the ball lands. As for Tournaments, EA Sports will host events where anyone can join. Be forewarned, if you quit before completing the tournaments, there’s no way to return.

    The EA Sports Ignite engine is no longer showcasing visuals. Battlefield’s unique Frostbyte 3 engine is the new replacement, providing better visuals throughout the course, rather than just where the ball lies. Rory McIlroy delivers amazing graphics, new animations and beautiful camera angles. Even the EA Trax are worth mentioning as it provides all styles of customizable music while you play.

     

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    Jim Nantz and David Feherty say so long as new commentary team of Rich Lerner and Frank Nobilo calls play by play on the green. Their chemistry is definitely there as they provide awesome feedback and humor at the same time. Indeed a small change that creates a huge impact. To be honest however, their line become a bit repetitive after a few rounds.

    EA Sports Rory McIlory PGA Tour fine tunes the mechanics and give every gamer, whether it’s your first time or pro, a memorable experience you’ll truly enjoy. There’s no longer a reason to stay off the green, participate in tournaments or simply enjoy the night life, this year’s PGA Tour is worth it!

    The Scores:

    Gameplay: 4.5/5

    Visuals: 4.25/5

    Controls: 4/5

    Audio: 4.25/5

    Replayability: 4/5

    Overall Rating: 4.25/5

     

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    Batman Arkham Knight Review: An Amazing Finale

    July 10th, 2015

    Game Reviewed: Batman: Arkham KnightBatman-Arkham-Knight_PS4-cover

    Date Released: June 23rd, 2015

    Developer: Rocksteady Studios

    Publisher: WBIE

    Platform: [Reviewed: PlayStation 4], Xbox One

    Genre: Action-Adventure

    Rated: M for Mature

     

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    Good things come to those who wait and all good things must come to an end. To what extent could be label Arkham Knight? It’s the most anticipated conclusion to Rocksteady’s trilogy to the legacy of Bruce Wayne, the Dark Knight himself, Batman. Everything you could ask for in an action adventure has been delivered in Arkham Knight.

    Nine years after the death of the funniest criminal alive, though some may see it as no laughing matter, The Joker was incinerated. Crime has returned and flipped Gotham City upside down in less than 24 hours, causing a panic and emergency evacuation to avoid becoming Scarecrow’s newest experiment and statistic. Gotham has met its inevitable doom.

     

    Batman-Arkham-KnightBatman Arkham Knight is easily the greatest story in the series and Rocksteady’s prize winner for the city of Gotham.  Even if you never touched any of the previous Batman titles, you will with open arms embrace the vigilante’s heroic adventure from beginning. And the change in the ESRB was a great touch as this allowed Rocksteady to go above and beyond.

    There’s Oswald (Penguin), Two Face, Ivy and more rampant in the streets with their thugs on every corner just waiting to destroy anyone associated with the Dark Knight. Thanks to Scarecrow, you also have unwanted guests looking to spoil the fun as well. But you’ll find yourself more than anything questioning who is the Arkham Knight.

     

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    But you’re not alone in this rodeo, in fact you have the opportunity to shortly play as some of the sidekicks. There’s Gordon, Oracle, Nightwing, Robin and plenty of others to help, as well as keep you grounded. Lucious Fox, CEO of Wayne Enterprise also tweaks and perfects the Dark Knight suit and the presenter of the batmobile to Bruce.

    The batmobile does absolutely everything you could look for and developers make sure you utilize the vehicle to its full potential. Remotely or physicallyarkhamknight2 inside you’ll have a ton of excitement as you destroy drones and such planted around Gotham.

    Batman has a plethora of available upgrades as you earn XP and the story doesn’t end after solving the Arkham Knight story. Be prepared to face the riddler, solve mysteries and murders, and eve play for the first time ever as Batgirl.

    Gotham, even with the streets in terror looks amazing. You truly get to appreciate the city as you take flight around Gotham listening to scarecrow and his goons underestimate who you are.

     

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    It’s been quite a while since an action-adventure has managed to draw gamers in and genuinely drive this level of excitement. Warner Bros is on top however with Shadow of Mordor, Mortal Kombat X, The Witcher 3 and now the Arkham Knight. Rocksteady’s finale will forever be the must-have game for the new-gen consoles.

    The Scores:

    Gameplay: 4.75/5

    Visuals: 4.5/5

    Controls: 4.5/5

    Audio: 4.5/5

    Replayability: 4.5/5

    Overall Rating: 4.75/5

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    Life is Strange Episode Three Review: Chaos Theory

    July 9th, 2015

    Game Reviewed: Life is Strange Episode 3
    Release Date: May 19th, 2015
    Developer: DontNod Entertainment
    Publisher: Square Enix
    Platform: [Reviewed: PlayStation 4], Xbox One & PC
    Genre: Graphic Adventure

     

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    It’s hard to explain Life is Strange, however it’s one of those games that manage to peak your interest at the right moment. With so many decisions to make, including a handful that are optional, you never truly know which decisions are the right choices until you’re too late.

    By the end of episode two, you probably found yourself regretting the last few choices that you were placed with; including a few that gave no opportunity of turning back. A great cliffhanger to draw you into episode three: Chaos Theory.

    life is epi 3 2Did you save Kate or did she jump? That interesting part of what ever happened is that it will affect the future of Life is Strange. In Chaos Theory you find yourself looking for clues to find out what happened with Kate and Rachel’s disappearance. This episode however genuine felt to be more of filler than involving intense moments. It keeps you ground and allows Max to feel normal in her own, abnormal life.

    Without giving much away in this short episode Maxine and Chloe finds more than what they’ve expected in the halls of Blackwell, breaking in to the principal’s office to check records. But before leaving they become daredevils and enjoy the moment.

     

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    Later in the chapter you realize however, some things time can’t change and instantly becomes the wakeup call need to deliver that cliffhanger and shocking moment in the very end.

    After every episode you find yourself in a genuine love/hate relationship with DONTNOD. The same progresses at an unbelievable pace where one can assume this game could truly be finished in mere hours without all of the side crap. Then you unravel a key moment and find yourself helpless and drawing in closer then you faded away.

    Chaos Theory has very little replay value, but involves a crucial memory that will force you to rewind until you get it right; only to realize everything can’t reset. The soundtrack sticks out more which compliments story and gameplay throughout. But could this episode have been tied into the end of episode two rather than being a forgetful filler? Yes

    The Scores

    Gameplay: 3/5

    Visuals: 4/5

    Audio: 4/5

    Controls: 3.5/5

    Replay Value: 2.5/5

    Overall Rating: 3.25/5

     

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    WWE 2K16 Cover Star Announced

    July 6th, 2015

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    Give a Hell Yeah!!  Give it toem. WWE 2K16 has officially announced the cover athlete for 2K, and it just so happens to be the heart of the Attitude Era. There’s a Rattlesnake and it’s looking to strike at a moment notice.

    Stone Cold Steve Austin will be on the cover of WWE 2K16.. And that’s the bottom line.

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    Call of Duty Black Ops 3 Multiplayer Revealed

    June 16th, 2015

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    Duty officially calls yet again, only this time it’s in the hands of the most loved developers in the franchise, Treyarch. Call of Duty Black Ops 3 takes place in 2065 and is as futuristic as Advanced Warfare. But Mark and David during the Sony Conference focused on the biggest aspect in COD, multiplayer.

    Multiplayer is receiving a massive rehaul from nine new specialist, five unique attachments and much more. Gameplay looked pretty smooth and to be honest, highly favored Titanfall mixed with Kevin Spacey classified weapons from COD: AW.

    Will this be a year worth grabbing Call of Duty? Of course! Check out of the trailer.

     

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    Final Fantasy VII Remake Announced

    June 16th, 2015

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    Sony kept plenty of gamers on its heels as they announced the “Remake” of Final Fantasy VII. Originally released on the first PlayStation console back in 1997, FF VII has been critically portrayed as the best in the series.

    With more details to come check out the announcement trailer here:

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    NHL 16: All About the Team

    May 28th, 2015

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    There is no “I” in team is the old saying and it’s proven to be true. One player could never do it all on their own. Teamwork shall be the beating heart of NHL 16 and no one person or player will drive a team effort mentality and single handily earn a W.

    “The new EA SPORTS Hockey League is all about putting together the right mix of classes to support your team’s playing style, and then stepping on to the ice and letting your skill, not ratings, be the differentiator between being good and being great”

    EA SPORTS also launched an official Ask NHL portal for fans to engage with the developers of the game, gather insight into their favorite features, and learn more about NHL 16 and the EA SPORTS NHL franchise. You can ask your questions at https://www.easports.com/nhl/ask

    With NHL 16, we dug deep to get a better understanding of our fans and as a result changed the way we build the game.  We’re adding breadth and depth to our game modes, while offering fans new experiences as well. And all of that is built on a strong foundation of presentation and gameplay that will let you play and win together.

    Full list of game modes in NHL 16 below:

    NHL  16 Game Modes
    Play Now NHL Moments Live
    Be A Pro Hockey Ultimate Team
    Be A GM EA Sports Hockey League
    Season Mode Online Team Play
    Practice Mode Online Versus
    Playoff Mode

     

    Full features of NHL 16 can be found by visiting here.

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    Are You Ready To Be The Batman in Arkham Knight

    May 28th, 2015

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    June 23rd might as well be the day Bruce himself reveals that Batman is more than a game. Fighting crime and saving lives is more than option. There’s a Batman in all of us, we just need to seek deep within. We don’t need a batmobile or a batarang; we don’t even need a mask to survive.

    Whatever! We bleed Arkham in our veins and on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 we will all have the privilege of fighting crime one last time thanks to RockSteady Studios in the epic conclusion of Batman Arkham Knight.

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    DiRT Rally Adds A World Famous Track to Early Access

    May 28th, 2015

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    For nearly 100 years, the Hillclimb events at Pikes Peak have challenged drivers from across the globe as they race against the clock to reach its summit. And as a free pack, this infamous route comes to DiRT Rally and gamers are able to test their skills on both full asphalt and a version featuring a challenging mix of asphalt and gravel.

    In addition to the new track three new Hillclimb cars has been adding in:

    Peugeot 405 T16 PP
    Audi Sport quattro S1 PP
    Peugeot 205 T16 PP 

    Dirt Rally is currently available via Steam Early Access for $34.99 here. The trailer is also available for the new add-ons.

     

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    Need For Speed Promises Deep Customization

    May 28th, 2015

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    For PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC Electronic Arts have announced their current development of Need For Speed, providing what the fans want, and what Need for Speed stands for – deep customization, authentic urban car culture, a nocturnal open world, and an immersive narrative that pulls you through the game.

    There’s a teaser trailer available below with a full trailer promised to hit the streets in full gear June 15th 2015 during EA directly on the Need For Speed Youtube channel.

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