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Crimson Alliance Review

Review; Oct. 9, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Crimson Alliance Review Whenever I tell myself that I have a controlled, strong-willed personality, all I have to do is play a hack-and-slash for a few minutes until I completely break down and forgo all basic needs just for a few more hours of game play. “It's just one more dungeon. All I need is one more armor set, and then I'll go to bed.” Hours later, night has become dawn, I have to be at work in two hours, and my rear has become a permanent part of...

Sony Announces "Only on PSN" Titles

News; Oct. 3, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Sony Announces "Only on PSN" Titles Sony has announced the newest selection of games for the PlayStation 3 called “Only on PSN.” This collection will not only feature exclusive PSN titles such as Infamous 2 Carnival of Blood and Okabu but will also feature older PS2 titles that are listed by Sony as “Rare Classic Games.” The list of classic titles consists of 5 so far that all released to critical acclaim on the PlayStation 2. They are: God Hand...

I Am Alive Emerges From the Rubble in an Official Release

News; Oct. 3, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

I Am Alive Emerges From the Rubble in an Official Release Despite being absent from 2011's E3 lineup and having little to no information forthcoming from Ubi Soft, I Am Alive has been officially announced for release on both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Set in an earthquake-ravaged Chicago, protagonist Adam Collins must survive the deformed environment, savage quake survivors and dehydration in order to find his missing girlfriend among the ruins. Game play will take place from a third-person...

Captain America: Super Solider Review

Review; Sep. 20, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Captain America: Super Solider Review Sometimes when a game does exactly what it promises, it's not only a good thing, but a refreshing breath of air in a genre riddled with clunkers and misfires. Captain America: Super Soldier is one of those games. It doesn't pretend to be a revolution in third-person action games, nor does it claim to be a better version of existing games in its genre (in this case, Batman: Arkham Asylum). It just wants to be a competent, fun ride -- and it does...

Magicka Review

Review; Sep. 20, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Magicka Review Magicka is a game that does so much right and, at the same time, seems to miss out on the basics. It's a charming fantasy world filled with tongue-in-cheek references and a neat spell customization system, but moving across the land is a chore. Up to three other friends can join you in exploring the levels and fighting enemies, but the cluttered screen and awkward movement make it nearly impossible to move when assaulted with a slew of enemies....

Rumor: Dead Space 3 Unintentionally Confirmed

News; Sep. 20, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Rumor: Dead Space 3 Unintentionally Confirmed Eagle-eyed viewers of an Israeli news show may have accidentally revealed the existence of the newest sequel to the popular Dead Space franchise. According to a reader of IGN, Israeli news show “The Headlines” was taking a tour of EA's Redwood Shores office to talk about the future and evolution of video games. During the segment, a quick shot of B-roll revealed not only a logo for Dead Space 3 but a wall of concept art as well....

Rumor: New Details Regarding Upcoming Wii U Super Smash Brothers Emerges

News; Sep. 20, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Rumor: New Details Regarding Upcoming Wii U Super Smash Brothers Emerges Nintendo gained the attention of all gamers during its 2011 E3 press conference when it announced that the popular Super Smash Brothers series would appear on both the Nintendo Wii U and 3DS. While Nintendo has been tight-lipped regarding either game, an allegedly leaked document has surfaced on the Internet, bringing with it a name for the Wii U version and details regarding game play. A translation done by the website Zelda Informer claims the...

DOTA 2 Client Leak Reveals Information Regarding Half 2: Episode 3

News; Sep. 20, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

DOTA 2 Client Leak Reveals Information Regarding Half 2: Episode 3 Often talked about and highly requested but never delivered, Half Life 2: Episode 3 has been long awaited by fans who were faced with a cliffhanger upon completion of 2007's Half Life 2: Episode 2. Valve has been notoriously tight-lipped about the final chapter of the Half Life series, never officially claiming its release, let alone its existence. Fans may finally have reason to rejoice as new evidence of Episode 3's existence have recently...

Homefront Sequel Announced

News; Sep. 20, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Homefront Sequel Announced Despite lackluster reviews from critics, Homefront will be earning a sequel from Crytek, the developer of popular titles such as Far Cry, The Crysis series and the upcoming Kinect title, Ryse. Crytek will be taking over development from previous developer Kaos Studios and will utilize the latest in CryEngine technology to run the game. "We see Homefront as a really strong universe that has a lot of potential and that has been expertly created...

OMGN's Best Summer Flicks of 2011

OMGN's Best Summer Flicks of 2011 If there's one thing we like as much as video games, it's movies too. Since the name change to include movies in the title, the OMGN staff has narrowed down the best movies we've seen this summer — as well as the worst, the ones that surprised us the most, and everything in between.   Best Action Kyle: For me, X-Men: First Class is, hands down, the best action flick I've seen. From Hellfire Club's first attack on the young members of...

Rumor: Wii U Development in Trouble?

News; Sep. 8, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Rumor: Wii U Development in Trouble? Hardware leakers and story breakers website 01.net has recently released information regarding the upcoming Wii U system, and its current state of being is not well. The Wii U is rumored to be in “development hell,” with claims that Nintendo is trying to rush production of the console in order to earn a quick release date. Due to the rush, the Wii U is said to have “inadequate” hardware that consists of streaming and...

Two New Persona Titles Announced

News; Sep. 5, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Two New Persona Titles Announced While the current crop of Vita titles is relatively small, Atlus has announced a PS Vita port of the popular PS2 JRPG Persona 4. Titled Persona 4: The Golden, this will be an enhanced port of the original with new animation, voice acting, and at least one new female character. Beyond these features, the Vita version will add wireless support that will allow players to assist one another when they are about to die in a dungeon. No other...

Monday Night Combat Gets Semi-Sequel

News; Aug. 26, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Monday Night Combat Gets Semi-Sequel Monday Night Combat is getting a semi-sequel in the next several months with the release of Super Monday Night Combat, a free-to-play update to the class-based title. SMNC will retain the signature game play from its predecessor but will add slight tweaks such as new arenas and changes in life duration along with turret and bot operation. All of the tweaks are meant to make the game play more tactical and more streamlined. “People tend to...

Sonic CD Coming to Console and Handheld

News; Aug. 26, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Sonic CD Coming to Console and Handheld Arguably one of the best Sonic titles in the series, Sonic CD is finally making the jump to modern consoles and handhelds. Sonic CD will be ported to both the Xbox 360 and PS3 through XBLA and PSN respectively. Along with the console releases, Sonic CD will also be released on iPhone, iPad, iPod, PC, Android and Windows Phones. Only Nintendo consoles are being left out, although if the previously released Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 was any...

Virtura Fighter 5 Final Showdown Coming to XBLA, PSN in 2012

News; Aug. 25, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Virtura Fighter 5 Final Showdown Coming to XBLA, PSN in 2012 Not content to let all the fighting game glory go to Capcom and Namco, Sega has announced it will be bringing the latest edition of its Vitura Fighter series to the states through the release of Vitura Fighter 5: Final Showdown for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation 3 Network in summer 2012. Instead of being an updated Vitura Fighter 5 (which was previously released on PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2007), this edition is an overhaul of the game's fighting...

3DS Overhaul May Show Up in 2012

News; Aug. 25, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

3DS Overhaul May Show Up in 2012 Despite the recent price drop for the Nintendo 3DS, rumors have been circulating that Nintendo is still not satisfied with both the sales and the overall design of the handheld system and is planning on a complete design overhaul of the 3DS for release in 2012. According to the French site, 01Net, Nintendo was unhappy with the overall design of the 3DS, including the decision to incorporate only one circular control pad. This new redesign will...

Sony and Nintendo Announce Price Drop and Redesign

News; Aug. 17, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Sony and Nintendo Announce Price Drop and Redesign Sony and Nintendo have announced both a price drop and redesign respectively for their PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii consoles. Yesterday at Gamescom, Sony announced that the 160 GB PlayStation 3 console would have a new price of $249, almost $50 cheaper than the original price point. The larger, 320 GB console is also set to receive a price drop, at $299. On Nintendo’s end, a recent announcement found in Official Nintendo Magazine,...

New Zone of the Enders May be Announced Soon

News; Aug. 17, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

New Zone of the Enders May be Announced Soon The long-rumored and greatly desired sequel from fans, Zone of the Enders 3, may finally be getting a release after all. Coming directly from ZOE creator Hideo Kojima’s Twitter account were several pictures related to ZOE, including one that appears to have both the ZOE and 3DS logo in the background (with the 3DS logo being a backward ZOE emblem). Kojima has been known to tease details about upcoming games, but he also has never...

Playstation Vita Will Have an Entirely Digital Library

News; Aug. 17, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Playstation Vita Will Have an Entirely Digital Library Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has announced that all PlayStation Vita games will be available for download from the PSN store. The announcement came when CEO Jim Ryan revealed new details about the Vita during this year’s Gamescom. Ryan has also revealed that the Vita will take full advantage of the latest social networking features including Twitter, Skype, Facebook and Foursquare. All of these features were confirmed for the 3G...

North American Xenoblade Release Still Possible

News; Aug. 13, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

North American Xenoblade Release Still Possible For thousands of North American Wii owners, Operation Rainfall has been a beacon of hope in the continual effort to bring three Japanese and European RPGs to the states. Despite Nintendo of America’s previous statements regarding the fate of these titles, fans may have a new reason to start believing again that they'll be seen in the states. NoA President Reggie Fils-Aime has said the North American release of Xenoblade may still be...

Valve Announces New Counter-Strike title

News; Aug. 13, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Valve Announces New Counter-Strike title Hot off the heels of persistent Internet rumors, Valve Software has officially announced the next installment in its popular Counter-Strike franchise with the announcement of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. CS:GO will release on PC, Mac, Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network in early 2012. The game will feature all new weapons, maps, characters, leaderboards, matchmaking, and game modes. CS:GO will also feature updated versions of classic...

Cthulhu Saves the World Review

Review; Aug. 2, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Cthulhu Saves the World Review Cthulhu Saves the World is the second 2-D RPG to be published by Zeboyd Games after Breath of Death VII: The Beginning. Like the previous title, CSTW borrows from the 2-D JRPGs of old -- the Final Fantasies, the Chrono Triggers and the Lufias with their top-down world exploration and 2-D battle screens. In fact, at first glance, CSTW looks very much like Breath of Death VII. Before you panic about this being a lack of innovation and a simple...

inFAMOUS 2 Review

Review; Jul. 29, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

inFAMOUS 2 Review It's been said that video games have only the first few minutes to grab the player's attention before it's lost and he ends up not buying into the game or the experience. Games like God of War and Half Life have been known for offering a way to hook the player right off the bat. Whether it's through an impressive boss fight or just a glimpse into the world you'll be playing for the next few hours, these hooks grab your attention and let you know...

Nintendo Announces 3DS Price Drop

News; Jul. 29, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Nintendo Announces 3DS Price Drop Nintendo's latest handheld is now the subject of a massive price drop courtesy of its maker. Starting Aug. 12, the 3DS will come with a new price of $169.99, a drastic decrease from the original $249 price point when the 3DS launched. Japan, Europe, and Australia will also receive price cuts similar to the United States. For customers who bought the handheld before the Aug. 12 date, they will be able to download 20 free games from the 3DS e-shop...

The Reasoning Behind Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3

News; Jul. 22, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

The Reasoning Behind Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 The recent announcement of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 has revealed an updated version of the February released Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, complete with new characters, balances, stages, and modes. During an interview with Destructoid, UMvC3 producer Ryota Niitsuma discussed questions fans had about this updated release including the reason for a disc-based release and the decision behind which new characters were chosen for the...

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