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By Karen Rivera, July 7, 2014 0 Features, Postcard Review

(Editor’s note: In the Postcard Review, members of the Pixelitis staff write small, easily digestible reviews big enough to ‘fit on a postcard’ – hence the title. It can be about the whole experience or just a small piece of the pie. No scores needed.)

Without Tony Hawk, where would the lost children of the late 90s/early 2000s be? Where else would they learn to handplant while listening to the raw sounds of Bad Religion and Millencolin? Or learn about the skaters that would grind and sail over gritty urban landscapes, etching fear into the hearts of worrywart parents all over America?

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 holds a special place in my heart, but not just because of the insanely catchy soundtrack. I blame the obscene amount of time spent on competitive levels that I played for hours on end. “HORSE” was an instant source of tween immature hilarity, which makes my formerly brace-face smile. My brother and I stopped at no lengths in calling the loser a “toebitr” or “furbybut” (thanks to the seven character limit, if I remember correctly). Handplanting was my specialty on the half pipe, while my brother excelled in executing those rough ollie norths and Tony Hawk’s “The 900.”

The mechanics were easy enough to understand, the music instantly likable and a formative part of my descent into hell—I mean, growth into a young lady. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 encapsulated the fun of flippin’ boards with one of the most memorable soundtracks I’ve had the pleasure of waxing nostalgia over.

Heck, it made me taste blood, thanks to my eventual interest in trying to emulate skaters with grinds and hand plants.

To my 13-year-old self I say, I’m glad you left skateboarding to the professionals.

By Karen Rivera, June 16, 2014 0 E3 2014

Clamoring for a portable version of Super Smash Bros. was never something I had personally vocalized in my years as a gamer. But after seeing the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS on the E3 show floor was enough to make me as excited as a charged Pikachu.

Gambling with a treasured franchise is a trajectory standard to Nintendo, so naturally I had my reservations. However, the game’s performance on the 3DS smoothes over any initial worries. Nintendo has put a decent amount of thought into the 3DS version, as all the character skill sets are mirror images of what I saw playable for the Wii U. The sprightly graphics surprised me, but lacked the extra crispness and execution seen on the Wii U version.  (more…)

By Karen Rivera, June 11, 2014 0 E3 2014, Preview

Tapping along to Final Fantasy music never gets old. Especially when you’re in the middle of a busy show floor donning headphones, tapping along with a stylus and tapping along with your foot at the same time.

Thus is the scenario gamers find themselves in when playing the new Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call. Long heralded as the response to fans’ requests for more music following 2012’s Theatrhythm, Square Enix is embedding even more songs onto that tiny 3DS cartridge.

Both myself and fellow editor Patrick Kulikowski got a chance to play the game, testing out the waters, listening to some tunes and blasting through the scores. (Well, at least I did. I set a few new records in the process.)

We had some diverging thoughts on the gameplay and song selections, but overall I felt pleased with this new sequel. (more…)

By Karen Rivera, June 10, 2014 0 E3 2014, News

Getting your yarn on with Yoshi just seemed a whole lot cuter.

Yoshi’s Woolly World, a new platformer with Nintendo’s green mascot was announced for the Wii U at today’s Nintendo Digital Event for E3 2014. Coming in 2015, Yoshi’s Woolly World features two-person co-op gameplay in an entire world made of soft yarn. In the trailer released today, gamers can see Yoshis using yarn to swing around and shut the traps of beastly enemies.

The sneak peek trailer screams adorable, with addicting music to match.

Check out the trailer below for Yoshi’s Woolly World to tie up any loose strings.


By Karen Rivera, June 9, 2014 1 E3 2014, News

DICE unveiled more details about their latest work on Mirror’s Edge 2, featuring background work on physics to make Faith’s running more complete and versatile. In a video shown at EA’s press conference today, developers discussed the motion capturing work with high-profile Parkour artists to help develop the iconic building running that made Faith the runner she is.

With conceptual prototype gameplay being shown, players can get an overview of different avenues to get around and fight enemies. DICE developers said they were focusing on making sure the game was playable on all levels, “so you can pick a safer and longer route.”

Faith is getting a deeper look as well. Developers discussed the enigmatic Faith, her reasons for running and what exactly “makes her get a tattoo in her eye.”

Building on the last Mirror’s Edge, developers wanted to ask the questions of “we know that you can get there now but that’s how you explore but also what is it that Faith can do?”

No release date has been given for Mirror’s Edge 2 just yet.

By Karen Rivera, June 9, 2014 0 E3 2014, News

Blasting off the start of the EA press conference, Bioware delved further into the gameplay of the upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition, among a few other announcements.

The new Dragon Age: Inquisition footage showed off an impressive (and definitely Skyrim inspired) dragon, a Fereldan Frostback, with multiple characters being positioned by a new tactical camera that allows the player to position their party members around the battle. They were also on hand to discuss new NPCs that players will be able to develop relationships with, including strong mages, warriors and your typified elf archers.

Following the Dragon Age demo was a short video announcing a new Mass Effect game along with a new IP. Though there was only brief shots of concept art and new characters with traditional Mass Effect detailing, no hints were given as to what the storyline or what the game would be like.

As of yet, there is no release date for either games.

By Karen Rivera, June 5, 2014 0 Multiplatform, News

Capcom’s got at least a few things up their sleeves for this year’s E3. Just surprising that they fit them all in there.

As part of their announcements, they packed in a new Dead Rising 3 for the PC, as well as an eShop version of the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy for the 3DS. They also snuck in the iOS version for Monster Hunter Freedom Unite.

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will also be debuting at the Capcom booth this year, alongside the PS3 version of Ultra Street Fighter IV.

While no hard release dates are set just yet, the PC version Dead Rising 3 is scheduled for later this summer around the world on Steam. Phoenix Wright is also set to release in winter of this year.

Color me excited. It’ll be nice to play Phoenix Wright with better text (thanks Patrick) on the 3DS.

By Karen Rivera, May 29, 2014 0 Linux, Mac, News, PC

Parents beware. You may want to make sure your children are safely tucked in bed before playing this game.

Norwegian-based Krillbite Studio’s Kickstarter’d game, Among The Sleep has finally been unleashed.

Announced back in May of last year, Among The Sleep is a first person horror exploration game. The main character? A two-year-old toddler who stumbles around adorably in a world where everything is a threat. Players can control the toddler, adventuring and using the environment around them to hide from threats that could harm and hurt

From traditional scary elements like shadows and things that go bump in the night to basic sharp corners, this game has it all. Among The Sleep features some whimsical and beautiful environments, walking and talking teddy bears and all the dirt a child can enjoy. The game is available on Steam, as well as the Humble Store and Green Man Gaming for PC, Mac and Linux as of today for $19.99.

Those looking to snap up the game can get it for ten percent off until Jun. 5 on Steam. Among The Sleep is also scheduled to release on the PlayStation 4 at a later date. Check out the launch trailer for the game after the jump.  (more…)

By Karen Rivera, May 28, 2014 0 News, PS Vita, PS4

For fans looking to get a ticket aboard the hype train, Sony is doing just that. In theaters around the United States and Canada, PlayStation fans can join others in a movie theater and watch this year’s E3 press conference scheduled for Monday, Jun. 9 for free.

While the theaters are scant and placed in mostly large cities (here’s to skipping out on New Jersey in favor of New York City and Philadelphia), gamers will also have the opportunity to get some free swag and check out interviews post-conference on the big screen.

Nintendo in years past has broadcasted its E3 press conference as well as several Nintendo Directs at Nintendo World, so it seems fitting that Sony would take that example and expand a bit on it. Fans can check out the full list of 42 theaters and RSVP at the PlayStation blog.

Sony will also stream its E3 press conference live on as well as via Ustream.

Let us know in the comments if you plan on attending.


By Karen Rivera, May 25, 2014 0 Features, Super Brunch Force

Tired from all the headbanging this weekend? Join Mercer Smith-Looper and myself as we attempt to take on this week’s gaming news while sipping on some mimosas. While I was not attending Boston Calling, loads of other people including our own Brendon Bigley and Mercer were rocking out to some sweet, sweet music.

This week’s Super Brunch Force should be a fun one, as Mercer and I will be hanging out IN REAL TIME. Send us all your Qs and your As to our Hangout, or tweet at us at PixelitisBlog using the hashtag #SuperBrunchForce.

It should be a sweet one, as we will be hanging out for reals. Come have some laughs and drink some mimosas while we talk games.