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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series – Official Trailer

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Telltale has officially reveled the first trailer for their upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy game. The first episode will available sooner than expected. Episode one of five will launch on April 18th for PS4, Xbox One, Windows 10, Steam, GOG, iOS, Google Play, and Telltale’s launcher. You can bet here at RGN we will be covering it and reviewing it, see the trailer below.

 

Tales From The Borderlands – Episode 2: Atlas Mugged Review

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This exciting second episode from Telltale Games picks up immediately where the first left off. More blood is placed on our unlikely heroes hands, if you can really call them heroes that is. Charming personalities must once again fight against their own instincts to come up with some kind of way to trust each other. Trust, it seems, is the only factor holding people together in a world full of chaos and constantly shifting goal posts. Of course, depending on the decisions you’ve made in the first episode of Tales From the Borderlands, the experience you get in Episode 2 may vary a bit. One thing you can count on though is another driving scene, complete with high anxiety, defensive violence, and some very unexpected turns (please forgive me for the pun, I don’t use them often).

There’s also a bit of detective work involved in this one. Those of you who have played the first have plenty of questions and you just might catch some of the answers in this episode – if you choose the right behaviors of course. Plenty of near-death situations will have players guessing how they’ll make it out of Atlus Mugged alive, and it all comes down to which options were chosen in the past. Cutting off nose to spite the face is something that Telltale seems to want to teach us about. Unfortunately life isn’t so easy on Pandora and much like real life on Earth, retrospectives are 20/20 whereas living in the now is not.

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Friendships Will Be Tested, Hang On Tight…

While attempting to avoid spoilers as to how the game ends up taking us there, I will say that players get to see a bunch of new locales including one I had really hoped for – Hollow Point. In case you didn’t know or forgot (you’re only human, I mean this website reaches just humans still right? Or have we gone inter-galactic and nobody told me yet? Jermain!!!)

Hollow Point is the hometown of Sasha and Fiona, named after the fact it’s a freaking dark and dusty cave. The place was just as quaint and fascinatingly glum as players remember from Episode 1’s brief encounter, but this time a totally ambitious and flawlessly executed action scene takes place there. Players will also visit Old Haven in attempts to get something of value to redeem all of the death, danger, and hard work that has brought them to this point – but instead find something else.

Graphically the game has obviously been given a lot of love. It would be a real challenge to spot any imperfections at all. Even though Tales From The Borderlands is cell-shaded, there are many moments where environments, animations, characters, and even their facial expressions look photo-realistic. I’ve talked enough about Gameplay, but it should be noted that some interesting soundtrack selections were made as well and they fit the mood.

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Look At That Discoloration, LOOK AT IT!!! No Idea Why, But Look!!!

Voice acting is probably more important than anything besides the fact that the flow of gameplay is perfect. Personal favorites of mine are Patrick Warburton as Vasquez and Dameon Clarke as Handsome Jack but I would be remiss not to mention Bradford Jackson giving an actual, believable wacky character voice for Shade (which I assume is no easy feat). Nolan North plays August while Erin Yvette performs excellently as Sasha showing great emotion, and Chris Hardwick as Vaughn is commendable. You can’t even recognize him, which to me is an accomplishment, since he’s really acting convincingly and becoming Vaughn. The two lead roles are done very well but are easy to take for granted since the player feels like they ARE Fiona and Rhys who are voiced by Laura Bailey and Troy Baker respectively.

I had to dock the score slightly for the fact that the game had a few (non-game breaking) glitches including random screen tearing, pieces of the ground floating mid-air, and jumpy pixels that thankfully straightened themselves out and didn’t happen during a fight for dear life.

Another improvement that could be made besides polishing out bugs like this is the doing away with of restricted camera angles when using the ECHO Eye. It felt annoying to walk around and aim at different parts of the game world only to have the same exact camera angle when entering the ECHO Eye. It’s understandable why camera angles are limited at times, but it would be nice if it happened less often.

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Explosions, Blood, and Guts are plentiful. Yum!!!

I’m going to be honest, there are moments of shooting in this game. Don’t get your expectations set up wrong though, it’s not what you think. Quick, in-the-moment decisions must be made that involve firing guns and sometimes aiming them. These are not even the most exciting points of the title, but are surely appreciated and enhance it that much further. Tales From The Borderlands is still not a shooter though and is very much true to its point and click adventure roots. That much should be understood before purchasing. As long as you’re cool with that, don’t hesitate to experience this awesome game.

Players that look for the easy option and try to play through Episode 2 as quickly as possibly always have that ability at their fingertips. Telltale Games are a cruel mistress as they lay before you the tools to create your own destruction. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread, and taking this attitude often has dire consequences. But hey, you’ve got to break a few eggs to make an omelette right? Either way, the game will force you onto the edge of your seat more than once during this slice of interactive Borderlands lore.

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Don’t Let Go Of Your Loyalty, You’ll Probably Regret It…

In terms of Replay Value, players are able to maintain multiple save files at once. This allows for seeing what would have happened if the choices you made were very different. I managed to get all of the Achievements with just one play-through, but in order to see many various outcomes players need to try that feature out. Of course this is more of an interactive movie style experience, but I would go as far as to say Telltale does a much better than other titles in the category in that they keep the action pumping and the story flowing preventing that feeling of “I’m watching more than playing” from ever occurring. This is especially true in Tales From The Borderlands, and for that I am very thankful.

Final Verdict:

If you haven’t played the first one yet, you should know that both episodes of Tales From The Borderlands that are currently out have an excellent story to tell that adds life to the Borderlands franchise in ways I never thought possible, gives players’ heartstrings a gentle pull, and then a smack of adrenaline. Taking the objectives of our characters back and forth in a realistic way that people can relate to, seeing things from two perspectives, and skipping the quiet moments for a focus on action sequences makes Tales From The Borderlands a ride you won’t forget.

The second episode Atlus Mugged pace is kept steady and shots are fired. Treasures are grabbed, and even if you’re in a rush of some sort there’s enough hours in the experience to outweigh a television show with a superior narrative and exciting interactive segments filling out almost every moment nicely. The ending hits with only mere seconds to make a decision that will surely effect a lot more than just Episode 3, and yet… even the first outcomes of that choice are not revealed. Instead, players are faced with the cliffhanger of a lifetime and must wait on as Tales From The Borderlands’ continuation is prepared by the fine folks at Telltale Games who won’t stop yelling at me for skipping the credits. Bravo team, bravo.

Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 8.75 / 10
RGN Rating: Silver Game
Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games (Digital) / 2K Games

Available On: XO | PS4 | Windows PC | Mac OS X | PS3 | 360

Played On: Windows PC (via Steam)

Mobile Version Available On: FireOS | Android | iOS

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

Asphalt 8: Airborne (FireTV / Android / iOS / Windows Phone) – Dubai Update Trailer [HD 1080P]

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The following Dubai Update Trailer is presented below for Asphalt 8: Airborne in Full 1080P High Definition. Asphalt 8: Airborne is available on Amazon Fire TV, Android Phones and Tablets, Windows Phone, and iOS devices.

$100 Worth of Apps Being Given Away for Free by Amazon (Including Jet Set Radio)

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Amazon has announced that they are giving away a free app every day which will cumulatively result in over $100 worth of free apps (including some video games). The Amazon Fire Phone game To-Fu Fury is included in this as well as the popular retro-inspired title Jet Set Radio from Sega’s Dreamcast days. All Apps will be given away for free on the Amazon Appstore one at a time and presumably a lot of them will be intended for Amazon Fire TV or Fire Phone users but can also be taken advantage of by anyone with an Android device.

Keep an eye out on the Amazon Appstore to claim yours today.

Health & Fitness Apps

  • Daily Workouts ($3.99)
  • White Noise ($1.99)
  • Essential Anatomy 3 ($24.99)
  • Food Diary and Calorie Tracker PRO ($3.99)

Music and Entertainment Apps

  • Ultimate Guitar Tabs and Tools ($7.99)
  • Little Piano (PRO) ($5.99)
  • Drawing Pad (1.99)

Cooking and Travel Apps

  • Allrecipes Dinner Spinner Pro ($2.99)
  • FlightRadar24 Pro ($2.99)
  • KAYAK Pro ($0.99)
  • Weather Live ($2.99)

Productivity and Utility Apps

  • Bills Reminder ($3.99)
  • CalenGoo ($5.99)
  • Converter Pro ($0.99)
  • My Alarm Clock ($1.99)
  • Instapaper ($2.99)
  • Docs to Go Premium ($9.99)
  • WiFi File Explorer PRO ($0.99)
  • Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, 8th edition ($29.99)
  • List Master Pro ($1.99)
  • PDF Max – The PDF Expert for Android ($7.99)
  • MathApps Graphing Calculator ($4.99)
  • Keep Track Pro ($1.99)
  • Home Budget Manager ($2.99)
  • Photo Editor + ($0.99)
  • Fraction Calculator Plus ($0.99)
  • Language Coach($9.99)

Games Apps

  • Carcassonne ($4.99)
  • To-Fu Fury ($1.99)
  • Jet Set Radio ($4.99)

Sev Zero (Fire TV Exclusive) Review

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Sev Zero is immediately fun and easy to master, doing a good job of introducing gamers to what Amazon Fire TV is all about; ease of use blended with hardcore features. This title starts off as a great introduction for any type of gamer and then brings them into a fully featured tower defense meets first person shooter bullet hell as it progresses from simple walker type aliens up to massive and powerful monsters that fight back.

After quickly ramping up the difficulty, the movement speed, and getting used to the game’s tele-porting system – Sev Zero becomes more and more interesting. The aliens of early stages you may have seen online in screenshots do not prepare you for the actuality of packs of varying unit types you’ll be encountering. Many of the enemies in this game have their own special moves that must be learned and avoided when you beam down into the Impact Suit. While they resemble very slow moving zombies at early stages, and using low / default difficulty settings, these steady attacks end up more like stampedes of varying foes that get tougher, stronger, and faster as players proceed through each wave.

Many memorable weapons with dead-on accuracy, hit detection, and no lag at all when interacting with leader-boards, unlockable progress on full completion being tracked on-screen and on-cloud through your GameCircle Achievements which is basically the Fire TV’s version of Trophies. If you die, your Impact Suit will be rebuilt. But if you allow the onslaught of alien units to deteriorate the shields and subsequently the energy core at the center of the conflict (which your partner is trying to disable to prevent alien invasion) then she can begin to get attacked and can potentially die.

Action-wise some unexpected elements include enemies using melee and projectiles requiring players to perform teleportation strafing techniques in their Impact Suit to avoid death as well as huge enemies that are very deadly and can also teleport-strafe. Strategically the enemies will sometimes attempt a flanking maneuver, but once you get really good at planning things out and picking tower / weapon timing – with little to no overlap in kills on foot versus tower mode, things start to get routine and you’re ready for the next round, next stage, and eventually the next difficulty setting.

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A mixture of strategy and shooting like this has been tried in the game industry before, but never quite felt right. Going into Sev Zero I had predispositions about the combination of tower defense and first person shooters combining, but Amazon Game Studios has made me a believer. Some of the great guns you’ll use as well as the speed with which the pacing of the game moves (complete with fast forward option) are real strong points and I appreciate the attention to detail when it comes to gameplay mechanics, especially the ease of use for the user interface as well as the excellent hit detection and object collision detection which makes it easy to just focus on action, increasing skill, and then re-playing at higher difficulties once the game has been beaten. This game doesn’t use artificial difficulty or overpowered enemies to scale itself to a higher level either – which was great to discover. In Sev Zero, strategic problems can always be met with a combination of great, accurate shooting in first person mode combined with patient, calm, logic-based decisions made in the real-time defense mode.

Some of the best guns you’ll take control of in the game include the Grenade Launcher, my personal favorite – the Aistrike Gun that fires scathing projectiles that mark and paint the target for an Aistrike that hits while you’re still firing off darts, the Railgun which is also an excellent choice and has a powerful shot gun type of alternate mode with a precise headshot tool that delivers extreme damage. This one hurts them so bad the aliens start putting their hands up and covering their faces, but it won’t stop the rails from killing them. The primary weapon can also be selected between different modes such as Shotgun or Rifle mode. There are also more unlockable attachments beyond this. Every gun has a level and can be increased in power and attributes over time through gaining experience. Only a certain amount of guns can be taken out in a loadout (which is decided before starting the session). Beyond that, explosive canisters can change the entire tide of battle (and they don’t respawn so use them wisely), towers get attacked by tougher and tougher alien beings, and shields get targeted directly by some while others try to distract a player or destroy defense infrastructure. Some enemies are slow and hard to take down, others are agile and do lots of damage if not cleared out quickly. Enemies have an artificial intelligence that occurs in parallel evolution to the players taught strategy and tactics throughout the game.

After you’ve killed enough of a certain wave, you can choose to take a quick breath and upgrade / repair any broken towers or teleport around before starting the next one. However, if you’re feeling on top of your strategic game – to speed things up, you can just send in the next alien wave by hitting X when given the option and that’s without interrupting anything you were doing at that moment. This is a great choice of options and they are presented in a fluid, streamlined way. Somehow I get the sense that streamlined efficiency is at the core to Amazon’s strategy with Fire TV overall.

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Towers that players will have access to in this game include the Mortar Tower which fires rockets, Slow Tower which slows enemy units down, Radiation Tower which causes enemy units to get diseased, and the Life Drain Tower which I pray to god does not exist and resembles a pink laser evaporating the souls and physical molecular structure of those who walk near it (except you)! There are also more standard and expected towers and the way these are used may not always be textbook. Thinking with an open mind and trying to work out what does or does not work is the only way to take the game to full completion, and in that sense it is a truly strategy-based title.

Final Verdict:

Second Screen abilities, excellent Game Controller support, and a well directed experience provide players with the full game they were promised. Thankfully, RGN takes Gameplay a lot more serious than the cinematic / story quality of a game. However, it did hurt the game a bit that we sometimes felt forcing ourselves to have interest in the plot even though the game itself was brilliant without it. Higher difficulties and full-on achievements / friends to compete with online with the Fire TV give this game a decent replay value though – so this makes up for it. Graphics left a little to be desired, but looked much better on the actual Fire TV unit than in trailers. The core values of strategic gameplay design exhibited by the developers of this game provide for a title that simply works.

We love Sev Zero, and we patiently await future releases from Amazon Game Studios. As we go run through the hundreds of other Fire TV games already available, take a look at the Official Sev Zero Trailer below and our RGN Rating score for the game overall.

Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 8.5 / 10

RGN Rating: Silver Game

Developer / Publisher: Amazon Game Studios

Available Now: Sev Zero – Amazon Fire TV Exclusive

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

Amazon Fire TV Review

Amazon Fire TV Review

The Amazon Fire TV introduces a new way to get your entertainment. This is the first micro-console that really gets it right in the history of the tech industry. Expect to see companies taking notes off of Amazon for generations to come after the Fire TV has successfully redefined consumer home electronics.

Starting out with the selection of viewing material available, at low-cost and in some cases for free, allow us to take you through the many ways we found Fire TV to be a useful product for a vary wide variety of people. After this initial section we will discuss the device with more big picture thinking providing Ease of Use and technology analysis, apps + performance evaluation, and a final verdict.

Amazon Voice Search has enabled the ability for owners of the Fire TV to simply say the name of any movie, television show, actor, genre, or app, and be taken directly to it. You can also use this to search for a list of results such as simply saying “zombies” to see an entire variety of zombie-based film, television shows, apps, games, and more. Amazon Prime and Amazon Instant Video provide the best and most direct option for purchasing and streaming video content, but there’s just about every alternative available on the Fire TV as well.

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Tons of apps are used to make Fire TV into more than just an Amazon box. Some noteworthy inclusions are Plex, Showtime Anytime, Twitch, WWE Network, Starz’s Manga, as well as the Smithsonian Channel, Bloomberg TV+, Vimeo, WatchESPN, HuffPost Live, AOL On, Pandora, VEVO,  iHeartRadio, DailyBurn, and FitYou. The predictable apps are here, and feel right at home as well. These include stuff like Netflix, Crackle, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Flixster, and more. But it doesn’t end here. We will do our best to mention as many apps as we find possible but please know that there are tons already on the Fire TV, many of which are very useful and free.

This Review will focus on the most interesting, unique, or useful and omit apps we haven’t had time to try out yet – but stay tuned to our Amazon Fire TV for more on those. One last thing, if you have kids Amazon has a parental control setting and a “FreeTime” mode that allows kids to enjoy the content you hand select for them (which there’s many kid shows / apps to choose from) and gives you the choice to disallow any item or time restrict them, etc. Now back to the fun stuff for us adults…

Amazon Fire TV

If you’re like me, you don’t really have that “one trusted source”  for information these days. You probably like to shop around and hear multiple sides to each story that hits the news – whether it be your tech news, politics, or more importantly your favorite video games news. Frequency is a pretty awesome app for the Fire TV that allows you to do just that. Watching news updates + Internet Video on your industry / category of choice or by source all in one app just seemed worthy of its own shout-out. This is great for those looking to spend more time gaming and watching movies, and less time remembering which app they were supposed to check for updates. Just stick them all into one and save time.

Fire TV provides the avenue for users to play content from virtually any provider they currently have subscriptions with. View Netflix, purchased / rented content on other major providers, or even from multimedia servers where you store bought content as digital hard drive files. The options seem to be endless as easily more apps could come out and expand this service. The most popular ways to view television and film content will likely end up being Amazon Prime (which now includes the exclusive rights to all HBO content such as all seasons of The Sopranos), Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Hulu+, and Crackle for a number of reasons but there are also new emerging apps that people have never heard of expanding this market and what it’s capable of. This includes many niche offerings such as Starz’s Manga channel and more.

Beyond just renting and watching movies / television shows, apps are also available that allow the Fire TV to access your entire Google Drive performing actions, watching content, or even creating virtual scrapbook presentations based off of a photo album. At the least, this shows that Amazon is allowing the Fire TV app environment to be somewhat open-minded. While curated, Amazon Fire TV’s app service does not feel forced at all, and feels very much full of quality albeit quirky indie developer spirit and support.

Fire TV as a Gaming / Apps Service

Gamers should be happy to know that Amazon took the gaming aspects of the Fire TV extremely seriously and have turned the operating system into an integrated gaming machine OS. While in the middle of playing Sev Zero on the Amazon Game Controller, I was able to access my user profile (RealGamerNewz) on the Fire TV simply by hitting the GameCircle button on the Game Controller. This brought up my progress thus far on earning all of the game’s Achievements, as well as data on how long I’d been playing and what my fellow Fire TV owning friends were up to lately.

There’s a ton of free games and apps that can be downloaded, and In-Game Purchases are instantly shut off by a simple setting if you want to play it safe before deciding on investing. You must use your Amazon account and a primary payment option must exist for it (Bank Card or Credit Card), otherwise free games cannot be downloaded. Only a handful of designated apps can be downloaded without this primary function set up on your account, these were likely deemed essential to Fire TV (Netflix is among these). If you get the Amazon Game Controller – you can play Sev Zero for free without entering that banking information. This gives you something to play while waiting for your ATM replacements to arrive – which was the case for me, those things are ancient. Right?

After that you’ll be able to experience a great host of titles. Here are some of the top picks which you can expect Reviews for coming to RealGamerNewz.com very soon.

Ease of Use:

The Amazon Fire TV has the fastest and most intuitive interface I’ve seen from a metro-style navigational menu thus far. The fast and solid UI provided by the Fire TV in combination with the Video Search feature presents an experience with pretty much zero latency. Turning on a film is a snap as well, even over regular wifi connections this device takes only a few short seconds to start streaming then doesn’t stop to buffer at any point.

The Fire TV Remote is streamlined as well, just like everything else about the Fire TV. Everything feels less than a click away as menus respond instantly to simplified controls. No overly complex riddles to figure out here. All of the apps on this device have been carefully crafted with mistakes of the past easily avoided and most major streaming providers giving a seamless experience to viewers on the Fire TV. Simply plug in and play. Amazon Fire TV tries it’s best not to be complicated, and it achieves that. All user interfaces move even faster than that of next-gen gaming consoles, and are intuitive so they don’t require any thinking. Streaming music from popular apps like Pandora or an Amazon MP3 collection and accessing photos and home-videos from Google Drive or Amazon Cloud Drive are instantaneous and look beautiful on-screen with creative ideas for presentation to those viewing.

Amazon FreeTime as mentioned earlier is an extremely easy way for parents to set kids up with a selection of apps, tv shows, games, and films that they deem appropriate – with time limits per day, per application / content which they also decide. Once this is all set up parents can throw the Fire TV into this mode and feel confident to walk away with kids only seeing what they should and only for as long as they should. Some of the kid stuff available includes Nickelodeon, Sesame Street, PBS Kids, and more but there’s also a lot of great stuff emerging for the younger market which can be found and allowed on your own as a parent. Everyone raises their kids differently, and Amazon did a great job for leaving it up to you but also giving you that power to do it quick, do it fast, and do it right.

Technology:

“ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction)” might have sounded like a gimmick before opening up and plugging in the Amazon Fire TV – but it’s for real. Buffering a show whether using Amazon Instant Video or even an app like Netflix takes less than 4 seconds and doesn’t happen again during the middle of a Film or TV show – even if you’re on normal grade Internet and a standard WiFi connection. This device has 4x as much RAM as the Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast and a Quad Core Processor with 3x as much processing power with its own dedicated Adreno 320 graphics engine. This makes Fire TV far better than any micro-console on the market. Their services and store is set up in a curated yet open way with tons of useful apps and games which also perform with excellence. This is thanks to the high specs and great architecture of the Fire TV overall, making it easy for development teams to create software and games for.

Similar to Wii U and PS4’s remote play feature, owners of the Kindle Fire HDX are able to control the Fire TV’s entertainment, mirror it on the tablet, and even control their Fire TV with the tablet – during apps, during movies, and even as a game controller for certain titles. Kindle Fire HDX is also used to jump into “X-Ray” mode which gives viewers detailed information about a film from the IMDb database.

Simply put, the Amazon Fire TV is a luxurious value, provides a pleasurable experience with everything you expect and more, makes Roku look like a paperweight, makes Chromecast look like a child’s toy, and makes your Cable Box look like a ripoff.

Specific Specs and Extended Capabilities List:

    • Quad Core Processor (fastest available in a micro-console)
    • 2GB Ram (fastest available in a micro-console)
    • Certified Dolby Digital Plus Surround Sound (only available on Fire TV)
    • Voice Search (only available on Fire TV) (uses Bluetooth 2.1 Fire TV Remote which is included and has 2 digital microphones w/ noise suppression tech)
    • WiFi Capable (Dual Band / Dual Antenna / MIMO)
    • Ethernet Input (10 / 100 base)
    • HDMI Output (720P or 1080P HD @60hz or @50hz Frames Per Second)
    • Optical Audio Output
    • Gamers can flip the Fire TV Remote sideways and use it in a way similar to the Nintendo NES days (on certain games).
    • Amazon Game Controller is $39.99 add-on item that has L1, L2, R1, R2, X, Y, B, A buttons, two thumbsticks, an arrow pad, and more.
    • 8 GB Internal Storage
    • Future Expansion is a possibility through Cloud for high powered games / apps to eventually be streamed rather than downloaded and run locally.
    • 1 Year Limited Warranty included
    • Content Compatibility (not including app-expanded support): H.263, H.264, MPEG4-SP, VC1 (Video), AAC, AC-3, E-AC-3, HE-A, PCM, MP3 (Audio), JPG, PNG (Image)

Apps + Performance:

The Fire TV may not be here to compete with the PS4 and Xbox ONE for games, but it isn’t trying to. The Fire TV has a great library of existing games, many of which will never be released on those platforms. And the ability for Android developers to easily port games to the Fire ecosystem means this exclusive flavor of gaming won’t be slowing or stopping any time soon. The Amazon Game Controller for the Fire TV feels great, and Amazon Game Studios produced Sev Zero which feels a lot better than expected – and is actually pretty addicting even for a hardcore gaming veteran. This company was formed from industry developers who put together Xbox ONE titles and many others throughout their experience as veterans in the business. Many more unannounced titles are in the lineup from Amazon Game Studios which will likely never be released outside of this awesome Fire TV ecosystem. Other third party titles like Grand Theft Auto and Minecraft are also sure to keep those who came here for gaming quite happy, and for a fraction of the costs involved elsewhere.

As far as other apps, all of the ones we tested ran perfectly. This was better than expected, and from what we can gather Amazon is very firm on app development companies putting their best foot forward. The only app you won’t find is HBO Go and Amazon just purchased rights to HBO content so that will likely be remedied soon if not simply exclusive to Amazon Prime and Amazon Instant Video. Unlike the cable boxes that millions are tolerating these days, everything the Fire TV does it does instantly. ASAP tech means that there’s essentially no buffering other than 2-3 seconds before launching a Film / TV show. And yes, it actually works exactly the way it sounds.

Final Verdict:

Hands down, the Amazon Fire TV has destroyed its competition. Most of the set top boxes released have only been exciting to a small handful of people as the selection in viewing content just wasn’t there and the technology was just too slow and chunky. Fire TV introduces a new era in which it reigns supreme at this time. Google has recently announced the Android TV which is not out yet but is the only product that could hope to come close to this level of performance, selection, and ease of use. Unfortunately, I really don’t think Google can reach this level and by that time Amazon would have improved the Fire TV through updates and new app design anyways. The thing that makes the Fire TV so great is not simply the power it has or the apps it has though, and that’s why Google won’t surpass this anytime soon. What makes the Fire TV special is its focus on everything being fast and intuitive.
Apps on the Fire TV feel intuitive, menus feel organic, and not once did I stop and ask myself “How do I do this?”. It just flows. The fact that Android TV (which is not available yet) is the only thing remotely similar to the Fire TV, and it was announced immediately after Fire TV’s success was known, tells me that tech companies will be happy to simply copy the Fire TV from here on out.

If you’re going to get a Micro-console, there’s absolutely zero reason to choose anything besides the Fire TV. The only way that Amazon Fire TV could really improve is to have built-in DTS and to have its own HBO Go app (although it would be redundant since Amazon Prime now owns exclusive rights to much of HBO’s content). For $99 the value being offered is unmatched in the market. Overall, Amazon Fire TV gets a 9.9 out of 10 from RealGamerNewz.

Official Trailer:

Manufacturer: Amazon

Available Now: Amazon Fire TV $99.00 MSRP

Review Info: Amazon Fire TV and Amazon Game Controller were provided to RealGamerNewz by the manufacturer for the purpose of this review.

Disclosure: The author of this article worked for Amazon on a confidential project during a six-month contract which was completed as scheduled. ***That contract did not begin until 1 month after this article was posted.

The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season Now Available On #AmazonFireTV [HD Trailer]

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The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season  is available right now for the Amazon Fire TV and is listed under the ‘Great Games for Amazon Fire Game Controller’ Section of the Amazon Website (link here). The 400 Days Episode is also included in this offering in addition to all 5 episodes from the first season and can be played now on the new Amazon Fire TV device.

Those using Android Tablets or Phones will also be able to access the game from Amazon’s App Store for Android or Google Play, but the FireTV brings in the ability to hook up to a TV, grab a controller, and sit back to game without the need for overpriced / under-performing adapters and third party accessories. Take a look at the trailer for this game below.

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Check out this excerpt from the Official Press Release below:

• “Winner of over 90 ‘Game of the Year’ Awards, 

• All five award-winning episodes plus special episode ‘400 Days’

• Based on Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic book series

• Choice matters: your decisions change the story around you”

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Amazon Announces Voice Search Partnerships And Names Game Studios Developing For #AmazonFireTV

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The Amazon Fire TV is a device you may have heard of by now from our extensive coverage in the dedicated Amazon Fire TV Section of RealGamerNewz. In addition to the exclusive game Sev Zero currently available for the Amazon Game Controller, 100+ existing FireTV Games, several unannounced exclusive FireTV Games, Hulu Plus, Crackle, and SHOWTIME, the company behind the device has announced today the following new partnerships for the Voice Search service of Amazon Fire TV. Amazon Fire TV owners also earn Amazon Coins for buying games. Telltale Games, Halfbrick, Pixowl, Disney Interactive, Minority Media, Paradox Interactive, Gaiam, AllRecipes, and Twitch are among those currently working on projects for the device ranging from games to film and application software.

Check out the following excerpts from today’s Official Press Release below:

“SEATTLE—April 17, 2014—(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today announced that Hulu Plus, Crackle, and SHOWTIME ANYTIME are joining VEVO in integrating their full catalogs into Fire TV’s unified voice search.”

“-          New Prime browse will make it even easier to discover movies and TV shows that are included in Prime Instant Video.

–          Amazon FreeTime and Amazon MP3 integration coming as part of a free, over-the-air software update.

–          More Games coming soon. In addition to the over one hundred games available on Fire TV, you will be able to play touch-enabled games with the upcoming Fire TV app for your phone or tablet.”

Texas Game Developer Has Unreal Engine 4 Running On #AmazonFireTV Ahead Of Official Support From Epic Games

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The Amazon Fire TV has been given the first step towards full Unreal Engine 4 support (which many view as inevitable for the high-powered Android device that is sure to have mainstream support from Amazon’s existing consumer electronics customer-base). Chance Ivey (@iveytron) of development studio Chaotic Moon took it upon himself to get the Unreal Engine 4 up and running without such official support from Epic Games or Amazon, and posted up an entire How-To detailing the steps he took to get there. It makes for a great read, and overall shows that if more time and effort was put in then some sort of stable support will certainly be accomplished. After all, let’s not forget that RAGE from id Software launched on the Apple iPhone 4 way back when (and that tech was so 2011, just think what Amazon Fire TV can accomplish). If you’re a developer or hobbyist interested in trying this out for yourself, check out the Gamasutra link below the following image.

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Deploying Unreal 4 to the new Amazon Fire TV

Amazon Fire TV Owners Earn “Amazon Coins” For Buying Games

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In addition to launching a long-term initiative to achieve their own shipping business (starting with Amazon Dash in a limited area on the west coast by invite only), Amazon recently announced the Amazon Fire TV. With over 130 games currently available on the device, and more on the way – Amazon has released an initiative for players to pick up more and more titles for the device.

Every time gamers buy a game with the Amazon Fire TV, they will receive Amazon Coins which Amazon states are worth $10.00 per 1,000 coins (or $1.00 for 100 coins for example). In the long run, Amazon states that this saves Amazon Fire TV gamers “save up to 10%” similarly to the Kindle Fire App service that gives Amazon Coins for purchases as well.

If you haven’t seen, the exclusive title currently announced for the Amazon Fire TV is Sev Zero which can be obtained for free upon purchase of the Amazon Game Controller. Stay tuned to our Amazon Fire TV Section for more info / vids as they become available.

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!

[Some Info Sourced: Develop Online]