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    NBA 2K15 – YAKKEM

    August 30th, 2014

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    Is it possible to sum NBA 2K15 in one word? I guess so! That word may not make sense now, but YAKKEM. 2K Sports has revealed their all new trailer announcing the new installment of the 2K series. Expect not only greatness, but also a Shaq attack!

    A little lost? that’s quite alright! check out the trailer below. NBA 2K15 will release on October 7th for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

     

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    WWE 2K15 – It’s Almost Here

    August 25th, 2014

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    WWE 2K15 is looking to possibly be THE wrestling experience we as gamers have waited years for. Two months away from the true Next-Gen experience, 2K Sports is finally shedding light on what is just a small glimpse of the best there is, the best was and the best ever will be.

    Gamescom was officially the first time gamers were able to get hands-on with the new-gen version of WWE 2K15 playing with a small hand of characters. Character models were unbelievably realistic! You could immediately tell that 2K was holding back on the crowd audio, commentary and much more while delivering a teaser worth a full discussion.

    Watching wrestlers make their way to the ring was like watching WWE Raw on a Monday night. The crowd looked more realistic than ever including children in the seats, something I can’t recall ever seeing in WWE games.

    paul-heyman-wwe2k15-capture-suitAs John Cena walked from behind the titantron, just as he motions in real life, Cena looked at the camera saying a few choice words; words we will have to wait until launch to find out. It was awesome and questionable at the same time.  In WWE 2K14, Sheamus screams “Fella,” Titus O’Neal does his chant in the ring, but it has always felt a bit lazy. It was like anticipating your favorite WWE moment and being sold short, very short. We can only hope that Visual Concepts have enough input to implement what’s best for business.

    Once the match begins there is a mini-game (which has been confirmed as optional) that takes place as you perform your first grapple. It starts off as a gamble similar to paper, rock scissors fighting for the upper hand initially. You then search for the sweet spot, similar to EA Sports UFC when applying a submission move. It honestly feels like an upcoming hit or miss with fans.

    The fighting system seems to be more so the same as we experienced from Yukes/THQ. Immediate differences that I noticed were the animations as you’d walk around the ring with your player or perform certain moves. I also like how in game you have the option of switching between stored finishers and signatures. This was something I personally wondered about as wrestlers tend to use at times two signatures prior to performing their finisher like CM Punk’s running knee/bulldog and the flying elbow drop or Roman Reigns boot to the head from the outside and his infamous superman punch. Though wake up taunts are in place, it just never felt like enough.

     

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    Sad to mention, but must be said, in a Randy Orton vs Cesaro video, I couldn’t believe my eyes as a chair began to levitate in the corner of the ring. With at least two more months to polish up one can only hoe that time isn’t taken lightly.

    Time will tell us much more than we can famine. October 28th is right around the corner as WWE 2K15 will launch on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, delivering two different experiences between each gen. Don’t stop Bo-Lieving!

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    Madden NFL 15 Review – Best Madden Thus Far

    August 25th, 2014

    Game Reviewed: Madden NFL 15madden cover

    Release Date: August 26th, 2014

    Publisher: EA Sports

    Developer: Tiburon

    Platform: [Reviewed: Xbox One], PlayStation 4

    Genre: Sports

    Rated: E For Everyone

     

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    Its Madden season ladies and gentlemen. It’s that time of the year where fans fill up the stadium and gamers shove that second controller in their opponent’s hand. Ready or not, you must claim dominance and be the final man running into the end zone for the win. Do you have what it takes?

    It all begins at the 2015 NFC Championship Game as the Seattle Seahawks takes on the Carolina Panthers. Playing as the Panthers you have a chance to reign victorious against the Seahawks, earning your ticket to the Super Bowl. We’ll let you finish this story and keep it spoiler free. From there, Madden navigates you on to the Skills Trainer tutorial, covering your “how-to” when playing offense and defense.

    madden-nfl-15-screen-3png-2ea0d3So on to what really matters in Madden NFL’s new installment, presentation.  Madden NFL 15 is leaps and bounds better than what we’ve seen in the Next-Gen version of Madden NFL 25. In fact, so many important factors like the crowd audio, new animations and commentary pushes the threshold to a more realistic NFL atmosphere.

    Madden NFL 15 looks extremely beautiful! It’s eye-candy for any NFL fan. Looking at the turf and the players as well as their reactions, one word comes to mind, authenticity. Before each play begins, the crowd is pumped and the energy is there to where I felt like the team with everything to gain and nothing to lose. After each play, the new animations stood out as both defense and offense celebrated the play action.

    If that wasn’t enough to make you smile on the inside, mentally imagining that televised presentation, as players get injured or timeouts are called in Madden NFL 15, the commentators push the game to a commercial break. In doing so, the game shows the sideline and slowly fades to black. To some this may not sound like much, but I believe this is a genuine as you can get.

     

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    Defense this year was the key objective for the developers creating Madden NFL 15; and they’ve nail it. The all-new defensive player lock allows you to the chance to knock down the offensive lineman, zero in on the QB or player with the ball and introduce their face to the turf. On defense you feel like you finally have a more legitimate chance of not only taking down your opponent, but visually identifying the best method.

    The community plays a big role in Madden NFL 15 as plays are recommended based on user choices on conversions, providing you the best play options.

    There are still a few hiccups however that stick out like a sore thumb. When watching halftime or certain cut scenes, videos are completely impassable. Coaches were holding playbooksMaddenNFL15_WhatsNew_PlayerSense that glitches through their body, players were being tackled to the ground and gliding from left to right or having players walk right through them.

    You’ll also notice players on the sideline are again dumbed down in quality when running plays. Now this was something that I understood playing on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 generally because it seemed sacrificial to enhance the gameplay experience. However seeing this as well as the repeat crowd in every other seat was small tweaks I didn’t expect from new-gen.

    Ultimate Team and Connected Careers returns again allowing players to create fantasy teams or create a career as a football player, coach or an owner.  And while it’s fine and dandy creating your own player it’s once again compromised by excluding EA’s Game Face. There are 81 faces to choose from, just not yours. Again, I couldn’t understand why a new-gen version seen setback as such, especially noting it was utilized in EA Sports UFC.

    The setbacks aren’t major in comparison to the overall experience. This is by far, hands down the very best Madden NFL game I’ve ever played. It’s been a progressive climb these past few years, but now it’s just ownership. Madden NFL 15 “is” a must have this year.

    The Scores

    Gameplay: 4.75/5

    Visuals: 4.5/5

    Audio: 4.5/5

    Controls: 4.25/5

    Value: 4.5/5

    Overall Rating: 4.5

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    HyperX Cloud Headset Review

    August 25th, 2014

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    There’s a new gaming headset that’s officially hit the market by Kingston. When you first think of Kingston products such as flash drives and hard drives immediately comes to mind. But officially launched at Gamescom in Germany, Kingston has released a new color of the HyperX Cloud series.

    It’s a new, vibrant eye candy that proves to be more than looks. It’s a high-quality gaming, PC and mobile headset with a braided cable and beautiful black and white stitching, including a stitched logo at the top. Ear cushions are replaceable with leather and velour cups, along with a detachable microphone, catering to your need for gaming or simply listening to audio. But looks aren’t what sell products; it’s what they can do. So exactly what is the HyperX Cloud capable of?

    MOBILE

    HyperX-Cloud-_white-croppedI immediately decided to take the time and review the HyperX Cloud on mobile devices, as well as tablets. Nowadays gamers like to not only play with the best of the best gaming headsets, they like to sport them outside. Beats by Dre aren’t the only answer to high-quality audio; in fact, Kingston’s HyperX Cloud speaks for itself.

    As eager as I was to hold a phone conversation and test the feedback, I decided to first listen to the quality when listening to music and playing a few android based games. To say in the least, I was floored with how the HyperX Cloud performed.

    After getting over the hurdle that “yes” the headset is wired, connected to a split line that divides the headset audio and the microphone, the experience is amazing! Clear audio, clear bass, no distortions. I felt as if I we’re using my Turtle Beach PX4’s, which initially peaked my expectations for mobile quality.

    Even when talking on the phone I felt like I received a bonus in reception. Not only could I hear the person on the other end, I could pick up their background just as clear.

    AND WHAT ABOUT ON PC?

    When it comes to PC gaming, I am used to switching between Turtle Beach and Logitech. But in interest, I decided to play a few games on the PC with the HyperX Cloud. To say in the least, the quality was as Kingston promises, superior.

    The gaming aspect will be explained in further detail a bit later as we jump over to the PlayStation 4 experience. However, I utilized various computer applications: Adobe Audition and Cyberlink Producer to name a few, as well as the infamous YouTube.

     

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    Quality is truly everything when blending and mastering audio; the HyperX Cloud provides. It doesn’t fully do the job required unfortunately as it’s not a “Dolby Digital” feedback, creating that hi-end finish.  But general audio feedback remains over the top.

    NOW ATTENTION GAMERS!!

    The HyperX Cloud highlights going the extra mile for gamers. There are two things that truly define “the best” gaming headset: quality and comfort, which are completely different than use from mobile and PC as additional hours upon hours takes places in one moment.

    While testing gaming audio on PlayStation 4 I played The Last of Us, NBA 2K14 and Call of Duty: Ghosts. To explain my choices for reviewing purposes The Last of Us requires great HyperX-Cloud-_white_HyperX_Cloud_white_mic_03_07_2014-10_45-650x450cinematic scenes and gameplay that equally provides the best audio quality on new-gen. NBA 2K14 being a sports title have so much to balance between gameplay, commentators, crowds and more. And then there’s Call of Duty; simply because it’s the number one played game in the history of gaming.

    It’s not 7.1 surround sound, but it gets the job done of providing gamers with the best experience possible for its price point. Noise canceling as you place them on and turn up the volume is impeccable.  There were a few odd moments with NBA 2K14 to where I had to make a few audio adjustments, but outside of that, it was simply awesome.

    My only setback to the HyperX Cloud is as a gamer, as well as when using headsets on the go, I like to rest them around my neck rather than always taking them off. Highly recommend not trying this with the HyperX Cloud as it is the most uncomfortable feeling. It would’ve been nicer to have a bit more length as it feels like a choke chain two sizes too small.

    In all, the HyperX Cloud headset is worth every penny if not more. It’s a high value product for a low price; compatible to PC, Mac, and PlayStation 4. We recommend you giving the Kingston HyperX Cloud a chance as you won’t be disappointed!

     

    Overall Score: 4.75 / 5

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    The Play Nintendo Tour Is Here In Houston!

    August 22nd, 2014

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    Looks like fun is being provided to the fullest from EVERYONE’S favorite childhood characters. Mario, Luigi, DK and many more, preferably and literally a small portion of the Super Smash Bros. game that releases this October for Nintendo 3DS and later this fall for the Nintendo Wii U.

    To those in and around the Houston area, Friday August 22-24th at the Houston Galleria, bring the family out to the biggest Play Nintendo Tour this year.  The event will bring a giant video game playground to life and give attendees the opportunity to play popular Nintendo 2DS games featuring their favorite characters, such as Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Yoshi’s New Island, Pokémon X and Mario Kart 7.

    If that wasn’t enough, how about the opportunity to play the October must-have Super Smash Bros. As we hope to see you there, check out the festivities that’s taken place so far!

    When:

      August 22 & 23: 10 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

    August 24: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

    Where:

      The Galleria (Houston Area)

    5085 Westheimer Road

    Houston, TX  77056-5673

     

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    It’s Madden Season, Enough Said!

    August 16th, 2014

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    It’s time to get your act together, pull out those game playbooks and hammer down anyone that not in belief. It’s Madden season ladies and gentlemen. Focus! If you “think” 20/20 and a clear mind is not quite there yet Kevin Hart guarantees “You Gone Learn Today!”

    With Madden NFL 15 heading to the end zone August 26 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation and Xbox One the official trailer, and hands down the best gaming trailer for 2014, has arrived:

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    Dead Island 2 First Trailer Reveal

    August 14th, 2014

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    There seem to be so many zombie, post-apocalyptic games on the horizon from Dying Light, Evil Within and Deep Silver’s Dead Island 2.

    Today Deep Silver have officially opened the can of worms for all to see. It’s going to be a bloody good time! Check out the trailer below keeping in mind Dead Island 2 is scheduled for release Spring 2015 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

    “Dead Island 2 picks up the Dead Island and Escape Dead Island storyline several months after the events on the Banoi islands. The United States military has put the Golden State under full quarantine which, for some, is a dream come true with a promise of a fresh start. California’s newfound bloody paradise is an action-packed playground featuring the acclaimed, seamless multiplayer for up to eight players who cooperate, compete or simply coexist in a truly social, new-gen multiplayer experience.”

     

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    Metro: Redux All You Need To Know

    August 14th, 2014

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    Metro: Redux is scheduled to launch August 26 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC,  reviving both 2033 and Last Light. However if you’re expecting this to be just a regular port over, you’re wrong. 4A Games have still been hard at work creating an all new engine and graphics to support the rebirth of Dmitry Glukhovsky’s bestselling novel.

    Upon release on August 26th in North America, Metro 2033 Redux and Metro: Last Light Redux will each be available separately as a digital download for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC for $24.99. Alongside the digital release, a boxed compilation containing both games, Metro Redux will be available at retail for a suggested $49.99.

    With additional hours of new gameplay, new multiplayer modes, new graphics including 4K capabilities on PC, what more can you ask for? Check out the new trailer below:

     

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    Techland’s Dying to Shine Light on Their New Trailer

    August 13th, 2014

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    Seems like the guys over at Techland has build a new demo for Dying Light for Gamescom 2014. It’s an exciting day to get hands on with a with another small taste of this zombie infested title under the publication of Warner Bros.

    This new trailer highlights the most prominent gameplay features of Dying Light. The game offers an expansive open world, which players will be able to master using parkour-style movement. They will have a chance to use their creativity in brutal encounters as well as express their personality in shaping a unique survivor. Up to 4 players will be able to team up to face the dangers of the day and the terrors of the night – two distinct sides of Dying Light’s gameplay – experiencing the intense story of Harran’s epidemic together.

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    The Evil Within Announces the Season Pass

    August 13th, 2014

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    The creator of Resident Evil is slated to deliver horror fans the Evil Within right before Halloween  on October 14th, 2014 on PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation platform. Today Bethesda announced the official season pass priced at only $19.99

    The Evil Within Season Pass will allow you to experience survival horror from a new perspective. In the first add-on, assume the role of The Keeper (aka Boxman) in a sadistic collection of mission-based maps. The second and third add-ons take you further down a path of madness in a two-part, story-driven experience in the role of Juli Kidman — Sebastian Castellanos’ mysterious partner from The Evil Within. Encounter unthinkable enemies and new areas that reveal hidden motives and harrowing evil.

     

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