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I'm Brodrick, I'm 23 and I will be reviewing any next gen games I can get my hands on!

This Week’s Xbox One Releases

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This week’s Xbox One releases are a bit slim but they are two titles I’m sure a lot of you were looking forward to. This week everyone’s favorite webslinger swings back onto consoles in Activision‘s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 from developer Beenox. The newest game features villains from the new film and the comics such as Electro, Kingpin, Shocker and my personal favorite, Carnage. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swings onto Xbox One for $59.99 for the physical copy or you can download it from the Xbox Live marketplace for the same price.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 features fan favorite Carnage as a villian.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 features fan favorite Carnage as a villian.

The other title coming out this week is a downloadable only title from Ubisoft Montreal called Child of Light. The game looks absolutely stunning visually and the combat takes a page from JRPG games. The story is about a girl named Aurora who is taken from her home and must fight her the Queen of Night to gain back the Stars, The Sun, and The Moon in order to return to her home. Fans of JRPGs and Ubisoft‘s unique  storytelling prowess will definitely want to give Child of Light a go.

Child of Light boasts gorgeous visuals and a very well crafted JRPG combat system.
Child of Light boasts gorgeous visuals and a very well crafted JRPG combat system.

Do any of this weeks releases catch your eye? Will you be checking out the newest Spider-Man game before you see the film or will you wait until after you’ve seen the movie? Does Child of Light interest any of you? Let us know in the comments below.

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PlayStation Home Adds Creepy New Emotes

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Sony has released a new trailer detailing new emotes for PlayStation Home. Yeah, remember that? Me neither. But apparently it’s popular enough to still be around but that’s a whole different story. The focus here is the creepy new emotes coming soon. PlayStation Home developer nDream have designed the new emotes which include hugging, kissing, fist bumping, chest bumping, handshakes, and high fives. Ever want to see to lifeless robots do any of those things? Well this paid content in right up your alley if that’s the case.

The two player animations such as kissing and hugging have to be toggled by both players so you can’t just go kissing people without their permission so at least that’s good.

The animations look awkward but that won’t stop people from buying this stuff. How do you feel about having to pay for the option to hug and kiss your virtual significant other? Do you use PlayStation Home? Do you think PlayStation Home is still relevant on PS3? Most importantly do you like seeing virtual people awkwardly hug and kiss like lifeless robots? Let us know in the comments below!

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This Week’s New Xbox One Releases

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This weeks newest and only Xbox One release is Trials Fusion. The physics based motorbike platformer and jumping game by RedLynx. The game is known for it’s difficult but rewarding trial and error gameplay mechanics. The newest game in the series seems to be taking the courses to new and crazy environments this time around. Will you be checking out Trials Fusion this week? Personally I love the Trials games and the amount of precision and challenge they bring to the table and there aren’t many games like it. Check out the trailer below and let us know in the comments section below if you’d give Trials Fusion a go.

Kinect Sports Rivals Xbox One Review

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Kinect Sports Rivals is RareWare‘s newest attempt at trying to get players to set down a controller in favor of hopping on your feet and getting more involved in the action on screen. Is Kinect Sports Rivals a must have Kinect title?  Short answer: not quite.

The game begins with you creating an avatar that you can either use the Kinect to scan your face and upload it into the game or you can have the game randomly generate an avatar for you. After that you select your body build and get thrust into a series of sports events, after a bit of time with each you’ll realize that some control a bit better than others. The game consists of several different modes ranging from Training Modes that inform you of how each sports is played to quick play,  and a forgettable story mode.

The story mode has you as your avatar going up against various teams who all want you to prove how great of a sports star you are and beat someone on their time to earn their respect. Before you do each sports event you’re given a tutorial lesson by a character aptly named Coach. His attempts at humor may give you a slight chuckle or two but after seeing him a few times I began to get tired of his banter. Besides the sometimes cringe worthy dialogue of Coach, the game does a pretty good job of teaching you the controls for all six sports events the game has to offer.

The sports in the spotlight in the newest Kinect Sports title are Wave Races, Tennis, Bowling, Climbing, Soccer, and Target Shooting. Among these I’d say the stand out mini games here are Wave Races and Bowling. Reason being is because these control the best out of the 6 mini games on hand. The game with the weakest motion detection by far is Tennis. Kinect Sports Rivals does a fairly decent job with the other games as far as detecting your arm and hand movements but Tennis feels a bit wonky especially when it comes to the backhand motions and those hard to reach volleys from you A.I. opponents.

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As far as unlockable content in the game is concerned, each event has requirements for unlocking extra equipment such as unlocking a certain amount of XP or getting a certain number of fans or credits in order to unlock the new equipment for each sport. They even threw in unlockable Killer Instinct decorated sports equipment to wear in game. Whichever event you’re competing in you’ll earn XP towards unlocking stuff such as unlocking new bowling balls, outfits, jet skis, target shooting guns and various soccer balls. Each piece of equipment has its own specific stat boosts. Unlocking all this however will require you to play through the events multiple times and believe me you will grow tired of them after the 4th or 5th time doing those events.

Waves races require you to reach the finish line in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place. You must hold your hands out and tilt one towards your body to simulate steering a jet ski and in order to activate your ability depending on which jet ski you picked, you have to use the somewhat unreliable voice controls with the Kinect. I often found myself saying “Speed Boost” 3 or 4 times before the Kinect would register what I was saying and my television wasn’t even turned up loud enough for the Kinect to not pick up my voice commands. The motion controls work well enough but as I stated above after doing this a few times it does get a bit stale.

Bowling is a pretty self explanatory event and the Kinect does a decent job of picking up your position on the bowling lane and where the ball goes. It’s not exactly hard or particularly noteworthy but its fun to play if you have a couple of friends over and want to enjoy a decent bowling game for a few minutes.

Soccer is some sort of strange foosball type minigame where you must perform a series of kick either off the side of your foot for light hits or by lifting your leg for strong kicks while you teleport around the field. All while A.I. opponents shuffle from side to side trying to stop you from passing the ball to yourself. Hit the ball enough times in succession and you charge the ball up for a powered up kick which flies in the goal faster and looks a bit flashier than your standard kick. Whether you score or not the A.I. knocks the ball back down to your side of the field and tries to score on your goal which you must block using your hands or you can punch the ball to send it flying down the field. At times the A.I. would kick the ball in an incredibly low spot which was hard to reach and the game didn’t give me enough time to react so they got an easy point or two which felt a bit cheap. All in all, not a terrible minigame but nothing too memorable.

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Climbing surprisingly works extremely well and I found myself reaching and standing on my tip toes trying to get that few extra inches to climb even higher on the cliffs. It’s not challenging by any meas but it is fun to each up and throw someone down as you climb even higher. You can even launch yourself up to get up a bit faster. Climbing was fun and felt like it took good advantage of the Kinect sensor and detects when you open and close your hands to release and grip pads on the rocks respectively.

Target shooting is incredibly simple you literally point your finger at targets and the targets blow up for points. There’s a turret you can activate to take points away from your competition but it’s not really useful besides draining a few points from them. They have a turret they can use on you as well and you must lean left or right to dodge the shots which is pretty simple. Target shooting isn’t very entertaining nor will it keep you interested for more than about 10 minutes.

Last but not least is Tennis. Tennis requires you to serve the ball or have it served to you and volley it back and forth until you or your opponent scores. Whoever has the most points obviously wins. The controls for tennis didn’t feel as intuitive as the others as backhand motions and hitting shots that were low felt incredibly awkward and imprecise. Tennis was definitely the low point of the game for me.

Kinect Sports Rivals does a decent job of using the Kinect sensor for most of the minigames but none of the minigames are particularly memorable. The story mode is bland and the characters come off as either corny or annoying and the story seems tacked on as a reason for you to want to complete more of the events but there’s not much reason to. The unlockables while nice, aren’t worth putting in the time or effort to earn since the effects each piece of equipment has is quite minimal.

Final Verdict: The game feels as though it’s a glorified tech demo instead of a full priced game. It has good ideas in place but the game doesn’t quite show that the Kinect is the end all be all of motion devices. The game feels a bit half baked from the story mode, the small offering of minigames, and the sometimes unresponsive motion controls. This game is fun for about 2 hours or so, after that you’ll grow tired of those minigames and wish they had more to offer. Perhaps they’ll bring in more minigames with DLC or perhaps if they make a sequel it will feature more games. It feels as if that since the game has such a limited amount of content it would come bundled with the console or be a bit cheaper but at full price it feels like a undercooked,  and at times unresponsive, tech demo that satisfies for a bit then gets stale after the first couple of hours.

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Overall Score: 6.0/10

RGN Rating: Below Bronze Game

Developer: Rare

Publisher: Microsoft

Available on: Xbox One

Review Copy Info: A digital copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this review.

New Titanfall Maps Titled “Expedition” Announced for May Along With New Modes

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Respawn Entertainment has announced a new map pack for their hit game Titanfall. The map pack entitled “Expedition” drops some time next month according to the announcement made at PAX East yesterday.

The new maps will enable use to wall run off trees, use vines as zip lines and the team is supposedly looking into Titan customization as well. Along with the new maps new modes will also debut as well such as 2v2 Last Titan Standing matches, along with new Burn Cards, and Titan abilities. Another feature talked about was the ability to use hashtags in game to find other players. How this will work remains to be seen but it sounds interesting.

Are you all still playing Titanfall or are you burned out on it? How many of you want to see customization for Titans? How do you feel about the announcement of the new maps and modes? Let us know in the comments below.

[Some Info Sourced from Gamefly]

Watch Dogs Season Pass Details Revealed

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According to Destructoid a GameStop product page has revealed details of the season pass for the much anticipated game Watch Dogs. Among a $19.99 price tag, the content the season pass will get you was also revealed.

The content is supposed to include according to the product page: “a unique single-player campaign featuring a new playable character plus more missions, weapons, and exclusive content.” Ubisoft themselves haven’t given any specifics other than there will be a season pass.

In this day and age when season passes are becoming more common place, many gamers will undoubtedly (and rightfully so) question why things like this are locked behind a season pass. But time will tell as to how great these things are and if they are in fact worth the extra cash. Personally I’m cool with season passes if it adds hours of content and features or characters into the game and it’s actually worth having. Not just some extra skins and weapons. How do you all feel about Season Passes? Will you be purchasing Watch Dogs and it’s Season Pass? Let us know in the comments below.

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Upcoming Releases for Xbox One and Xbox 360: Week of 4/6 – 4/13 Edition

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This week see’s the return of a few different franchises ranging from the popular LEGO titles to Microsoft’s Kinect Sports Rivals. Here’s the full list below and remember some of these releases dates could be subject to change.

  • Kinect Sports Rivals for Xbox One.
  • LEGO: The Hobbit for Xbox one and Xbox 360.
  • R.B.I. Baseball  for Xbox One and Xbox 360 via the Xbox Live Marketplace
  • Strike Suit Zero for Xbox One
  • The Wolf Among Us: Episode 3-A Crooked Mile for Xbox 360
  • Titanfall for Xbox 360.

 

So this week should be a good one for those who want to get their LEGO fix or try out Titanfall even if it was a bit delayed from it Xbox One counterpart. Plus more of The Wolf Among Us is never a bad thing! Anything catch your eye this week? Let us know in the comments below.

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PC Version of Dark Souls II Rumored To Include Various PC Graphical Settings

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For Dark Souls fans awaiting the release of Dark Souls II on PC, there may be some good news (if it’s true) for you. According to rumors from a NeoGAF user the PC version of the game includes numerous settings options including:

1080p at 60fps

Several graphics options. Textures, shadows, effects, AA, AO, blur, anisotropic filtering, water quality, depth of field and etc.

There’s an option that will automatically lower your graphics to maintain performance.

Really fast loading times. Don’t even have time to read an entire tip.”

This is good knows for those who purchased the Games For Windows version of Dark Souls and were sorely disappointed that it didn’t play or look much better than the console versions did. If this news is true it’s good to know that the developers listened to fan feedback about the sub-par performance of the first game and are willing to try and optimize the game for PC players. What do you all think of these rumored features? Is it enough to make you want to hold out a bit longer to play the PC version? Or will you stick to the console version? Let us know in the comments below!

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Two Former Valve Devs Leaving For Amazon

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Former Valve developers Kim Swift, who is responsible for the hit game Portal and Clint Hocking who is responsible for Splinter Cell and Far Cry 2, are both leaving to join Amazon. This isn’t the first group of developers to leave for Amazon as Double Helix Games (the developers responsible for the newest iteration of Killer Instinct) were acquired this past February.

It seem as if Amazon is taking the whole set top box/game console market very seriously. They’re acquiring many devs from many different studios and game genres so it’s going to be interesting to see the ideas and games the newly acquired talent will come up with. While this is good news we’ll have to wait and see how gamers respond to this new console of sorts. The Fire TV as it’s known was released yesterday and comes with numerous apps both gaming related and entertainment related.

It will be interesting to see where the Fire TV ends up being in a few months time. Do you think it will succeed? Or will it end up suffering the same fast as the Ouya android console? Only time will tell but with the newly acquired talent Amazon seems to be building a strong portfolio of known developers. Let us know what you think in the comments section!

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Assassin’s Creed: Comet Rumored To Have Templar Protagonist

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As some of you know Assassin’s Creed is getting not one but two games released this year. One of those titles titled Assassin’s Creed: Comet, which has been confirmed to be in development for PS3 and Xbox 360, will allegedly take place after the events of Assassin’s Creed Iv: Black Flag. The information regarding the new Assassin’s Creed game has come from multiple sources such a Kotaku and GameBlog.

Other tidbits of info released is that the game will take place in North America, New York allegedly, and will feature a new protagonist alongside Adewale and Haytham Kenway from Assasin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

Any Assassin’s Creed fans here? What do you think of a new playable character and setting? What sorts of new gameplay mechanics do you think will be introduced in the game? Sounds off in the comments section and give us your thoughts! Take a look at the image below to view more potential info concerning AC: Comet:

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New Fulgore Character Trailer Revealed, New Killer Instinct dev revealed

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The hype train for the newest Killer Instinct is revving up even more with the release of series mascot Fulgore coming April 9th. Just barely missing that March deadline we were promises but there’s a bit of good news. Along with Fulgore, the much anticipated Online Lobbies are coming, as well as the equally anticipated Arcade Mode. The trailer can be seen here on Maximilian’s YouTube channel.

Fans of Killer Instinct have been awaiting Fulgore’s full trailer and release info for quite some time now and I must say it does not disappoint. All hype aside there’s also news about the new developers taking the reigns once Double Helix Games leaves. For those who don’t know, Double Helix Games was recently acquired by Amazon (hopefully to develop games for their long rumored console).

The new development team team taking over is none other than DiveKick devs Iron Galaxy as confirmed by an article by Polygon. How do some of you long time KI fans feel about the Fulgore reveal? How do you all feel about the delay on this content? More importantly what do you think of developer Iron Galaxy taking over for Double Helix Games? Personally I think the franchise is in good hands, I mean look at what Iron Galaxy did for Street Fighter: Third Strike Online. Let us know how you feel in the comments below.

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BioShock Infinite: Burial At Sea Episode 2 Trailer and DLC Out Now

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Burial At Sea, BioShock Infinite‘s 2 part story DLC is getting it’s second part of DLC starting today. As some of you know the Burial At Sea content takes place in Rapture from the original BioShock. For those not acquainted with Rapture let’s just say it’s not the type of place you’d want to take a vacation in.

Burial At Sea is the final piece of DLC for BioShock Infinite and it will surely have some surprises for those who played the original BioShock. The DLC is available for free to those who own the season pass and is available for purchase separately for $14.99.

Have any of you played the original BioShock? What did you think of it? Are you ready to dive back into to see what the city of Rapture has in store for returning players? If so, sound off in the comments section!