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By Allain Richard, April 19, 2014 0 News, Weekly Digital Roundup

Videogames are like nuts. Some of us will buy a bunch of them and store them away to take them out during the duller Winter months. It’s our sustenance to help fight off the cold and darkness. And this week presents a slew of digital nuts for us to nibble on… I mean play.

Nintendo is still on its classic titles rush, bringing Super Mario Bros. 3 to both Wii U and 3DS, along with the Game Boy Advance titles Golden Sun and F-Zero: Maximum Velocity making their way to the Wii U Virtual Console.

Enjoy voting on which games will be on sale next? GOG.com has you covered in that department. Their Battle of the Games deal lets you choose between two sets of three games, where the winner gets to be 75 percent off and the other gets to be 60 percent off. The Divinity series won the first round against the Gothic series and there are plenty more rounds and games coming up.

There’s a crazy Flash Sale going on in the PlayStation Store, with various titles such as the Telltale Games series on sale for $0.99 each. Classic series such as Spyro, Red Faction and Crash Bandicoot are also available as part of the flash sale.

The next Trials title is here, tricking, crashing and exploding everywhere. Trials Fusion brings back the over-the-top and sometimes notorious difficulty it’s famous for.

With all of that said, make the jump to see all the nuts you can crack this week.

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By Allain Richard, April 13, 2014 0 Indie, Kickstarter, Multiplatform, News

In an industry where corporate dollars for unknown quantities like indie games are extremely limited, Kickstarter has been the de facto hub for developers to get their projects funded.

While many popular titles exist to this day because of crowdsourcing, there are those that never see the light of day after failing to meet their goal.

Then there’s the rare occasion that a publisher takes notice and plucks such a title back from the brink.

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By Allain Richard, April 13, 2014 0 News, Weekly Digital Roundup

In space, no one can hear you scream… except in games and movies. Could you imagine how boring if the realism of space was added to games? Just… a whole lot of quiet? It would be maddening.

Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut has been released on multiple consoles. If you want sweet space battles with a mech suit that can overpower hoards of enemies, then this is for you. Plus I was always surprised that I could play the original Strike Suit Zero on the highest settings on my older PC with no hiccups. Very well polished indeed. And yes, it sounds awesome.

The second batch of GBA titles has reached the Wii U Virtual Console in the shape of Kirby & The Amazing Mirror and WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$. So our choices this week is between a cooperative suck-fest and crazy fast minigames.

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 has hit the PS2 classics, available on PS3. For those that didn’t pick up Persona 4 Golden on Vita, this is your chance to have fun playing as a high school student. It’s a lot more fun than it might sound. There’s fighting… and Teddie’s voice (and bear puns) is simply golden.

Make the jump for the full list of sweet sounding digital titles available this week.

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By Allain Richard, April 5, 2014 0 News, Weekly Digital Roundup

Sneak in the shadows, spot your target and throw your wallet at it. This week’s digital releases is full of sneaky titles, classics and other sorts of craziness.

The Game Boy Advance has taken over the Wii U Virtual Console, beginning with Metroid FusionAdvance Wars and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga as our first three choices with many more to come. Patrick has some impressions in regards to that.

Steam recently had a sale on everything all Square Enix, but now GOG.com sneaked those savings onto their website. Now is your chance to get the best of the Thief, Hitman and Deus Ex series among others.

The free titles on both Microsoft and Sony’s end encompass a wide variety of choices for those who enjoy the more violent side of gaming. For the 2D fans, there is the fast action of Mercenary Kings and the survival horror of Deadlight. Those who prefer 3D titles can either choose the darker side of Hitman: Absolution or be the righteous saviour of Gotham in Batman: Arkham City.

There’s plenty more available as well this week, including Super Monkey Ball 3DBatman Origins: Blackgate Deluxe Edition and much more, so put on your sneaking gear and make the jump to view the rest of this week’s digital roundup.

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By Allain Richard, April 5, 2014 0 News, PC

Tired of not being able to play with your friends because they chose to play on another server? Tread no more, megaservers are on their way.

Much like the matchmaking systems found in first-person shooters, ArenaNet’s Megaserver system will make it easier for players to join their friends and guildmates online regardless of what server they created their character on. The Megaserver system takes into consideration your party, guild, language and home world among others to place you in the version of that map that will give you the best experience. On average, there will be an estimated 225 percent increase in map population.

This system will ensure that each area is well populated with plenty of players, with new maps being opened up only when necessary.

That also means that there are no more overflow maps. All maps will have an equal player population, making world events equally playable no matter which map you are placed in. This in turns also means that any player will be able to find other adventurers to play with at any time. 

The Megaservers will be rolled out later this month starting with the Level 1-15 maps, main cities and the PvP lobby. After these areas are thoroughly tested and rendered stable, the Megaservers will then be activated across the whole of Tyria.

Source: Guild Wars 2 Official Site

By Allain Richard, April 4, 2014 0 News, PS3, Xbox 360

While we’re all busy with Spring cleaning as the weather warms up, Rockstar Games has been working on a slew of updates for Grand Theft Auto Online.

First up next week is the “Capture Creator,” which will let players make their own capture jobs with detailed, customizable variables such as pick-up locations, weaponry and locations. As usual, the best user-made games will get the coveted “Rockstar Verified” status.

The “High Life” update is also on its way. Players will now have a wider variety of high-end apartment options and will be able to own two distinct properties at once, meaning we can now potentially own up to 20 vehicles. The extra garage space will also come in handy, as three new vehicles and one new motorcycle will be showing up in Los Santos. Other updates include the addition of a Bullpup Rifle, new clothing and the new Mental State player statistic. Now you can have a better idea of how relaxed or crazy the players you’re playing with really are. The long awaited co-operative heists are also set to come out soon.

Later this year, we can expect to see more holiday-themed updates and Store Mode DLC. Later updates will also include changes brought on by community feedback, such as the addition of non-contact race options, getting Lester to make the cops turn a blind eye on your crimes, bonus rank points for players who leave feedback on jobs and higher payouts for certain game modes with less than four players. Cheaters should also beware as Rockstar will be breaking down on players who used RP exploits.

These updates should keep the murder and mayhem of Grand Theft Auto Online fresh and enjoyable. I especially enjoy the idea of the extra property and garage space above all.

By Allain Richard, March 29, 2014 0 News, Weekly Digital Roundup

Here it is guys, the game we’ve all been waiting for for months. That’s right, Skater Cat has hit the Nintendo eShop.

What else has come out this week? Well, nothing other than My Style Studio: Hair Salon. Everything else falls under the radar.

Fez? What’s that? A story about a hat? Monster Hunter Freedom Unite? Bah. Give me the more popular and much better Cabela’s Big Game Hunter Pro Hunts.

Dr. MarioTomb RaiderSonic Lost World? What are these games I never heard of? They all sounds like easily forgettable snore-fest characters. I would recommend you stay with the big titles where you know you can get quality gameplay – especially when it involves cats on skateboards.

Make the jump for some more fluffy skateboarding goodness. P.S. Happy early April Fool’s everyone.

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By Allain Richard, March 28, 2014 0 News, Wii U

Fans of Game Boy Advance titles should mark April 3 on their calendars, as the portable console’s titles will be hitting the Wii U Virtual Console.

Nintendo’s U.K. division was the first to break the news that games like F-Zero: Maximum Velocity and Advance Wars will be making their way onto the company’s digital download service for the Wii U. Nintendo of America quickly followed suit, making a similar announcement. Both regions are set to receive the titles on the same day.

Games will be released onto the Wii U Virtual Console in waves next month. So far, some of the titles slated for release include Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Metroid Fusion, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Wario Ware, Inc.: Mega Microgame$, Golden Sun and Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi’s Island.

Do you think Nintendo’s starting GBA VC lineup is overpowering, or do you setting free the best received titles first is a good idea? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Gamersyndrome

By Allain Richard, March 27, 2014 0 News, PC

Cheaters beware – the Titanfall banhammer is fast approaching. As previously reported, Respawn Entertainment has been aware of the rampant cheating that’s been going on since the release of Titanfall earlier this month.

As of March 21, the fledgling game company comprised of former Infinity Ward employees have begun taking action, utilizing the FairFight anti-cheating system to stymie aimbotting and level the playing field a bit. Over the course of their time with the system, Respawn reportedly collected data and have no begun issuing bans for offenders.

Banned players, however, are not locked out of the game. Oh no, that would be too quick and (mostly) painless. Instead, all people found cheating will be placed into matches entirely populated by other cheaters. If that isn’t some Dante’s Inferno style punishment, I don’t know what is.

Those associating with a banned player by joining their parties will also be temporarily marked as a cheater, causing all players to enter the special circle of Hell created by Respawn.

An FAQ was released answering questions anyone may have about the banning process.

By Allain Richard, March 22, 2014 0 News, Weekly Digital Roundup

War never changes but Zen brings a peaceful change of pace to the gaming world. And while most games brings conflict, this week has some offerings that are way more on the side of relaxation.

For example, Nintendo is helping us build up on your body by offering us all of the Wii Sports Club sports for free until midnight on Sunday while strengthening our minds with some Pure Chess. But then this gets balanced out with the puzzle brawler Pokémon Battle Trozei.

PlayStation has plenty of war scenarios to pass around, including, inFamous Second Son and Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, but have some downtime with some EA Sports 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. Just make sure you wear a cup.

Steam has been especially feeling the hate, offering mad bargains on titles such as Men of War: Assault Squad and Dragon Age: Origins Awakening, but then you can complete the Yin Yang with Racing Manager 2014. Then again managing a racing team may become as maddening as taking a stroll in Vice City.

Pain or pleasure – What’s your choice? War is everywhere and any break of peace is wonderful to see. Make the jump to see this week’s digital good and evil choices.

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