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Marvel’s Spider-Man – The City that Never Sleeps – The Heist DLC Review

The first DLC, a part of the The City that Never Sleeps storyline for Marvel’s Spider-Man, has dropped just a little over a month after the game has released. The Heist, features a story in which Spider-Man needs to help Black Cat get out of a situation with the old school mafia and Hammerhead who have risen up to try and take back the streets of New York City. This scenario gets Spider-Man caught up yet again in a story of emotional issues with his former flame Black Cat, dealing damage to various mafioso goons, and even other side quests along the way. Let’s be honest, everyone wants a to tag along with Black Cat no matter the occasion.

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The Resistance Franchise May Soon Make Its Return On The PS4

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Sony earlier today filed a trademark claim for “Resistance” which was previously being developed by long time Sony partner and now third party developer Insomniac Games. IG let go off the franchise after the poor sales of both Resistance 3 on the PlayStation 3 and Resistance Burning Skies which was PlayStation Vita exclusive and said the future of the franchise would be in the hands of another development team. There has been no further development as of right now of what this trademark could mean but its very possible that we may see Resistance return in some form or fashion to the PS4. Time will tell if Sony will remaster and re-package the Resistance Collection with Burning Skies for the PS4 or find/create another studio to develop another entry in the franchise. Check back to RGN soon for more on this story as well as for all your video game news.

Some information in this article was sourced from The Sixth Axis & NeoGaf

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Sunset Overdrive Review

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It’s hard to describe this game as a whole, it’s as if Insomniac Games decided to mix several awesome games together and make an even ‘awesomer’ game. Welcome to the Awesomepocalypse, where we make up words and life isn’t nearly as boring. Sunset City has been taken over by some of the weirdest mutants of all time and the culprit behind it all? An energy drink. Sunset Overdrive combines some awesome gameplay mechanics, with an entertaining story, interesting art, and some awesome customization. It’s a game that takes away from other games, but still manages to hold it’s own and it stands tall.

The gameplay is such an odd mix, at first it looked as if Sunset Overdrive might get old after a while, but during my stay in Sunset City I am surprised to say that I have not been bored once. I some times just grind around and about for fun, because it’s awesome. The gameplay throws hordes and hordes of enemies at you and the more diverse your play-style, the better you become. As your style level unlocks some interesting perks and you unlock more by doing this. The game sets you up with a variety of interesting weapons, amps for those weapons, and traps.

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Its alternate modes, challenges, and story set up an interesting game that doesn’t have a dull moment. One of the most interesting things you won’t see mentioned elsewhere is the respawn system. As it kicks you back in with style. I’ve seen my guy come out of a coffin all Dracula style, come down from a rope (assuming it’s from a helicopter or something), some futuristic portal type deal, Star Trek teleportation style, Portal, and a couple of others. The online during E3 was rather basic, but during it’s final release they improved upon it drastically. Originally it was only the defense, but now you build up the Chaos meter by completing multiple missions. The Chaos meter determines the difficulty of the defense.

For example, my first run was about 90%, we had meh hordes rushing towards us, 3 Herkers, and it wasn’t exactly difficult. Our 2nd run however, was much different with the Chaos running at 160%. We were introduced to about 6-10 Herkers, overwhelming Hordes, and a more intense experience. The mode wasn’t difficult, but we were in the first district and even then it’s rather rewarding, as my level 1 gun jumped to level 3 in round.

The story is something to be interested in as well. It feels somewhat like Borderlands, with some ridiculously hilarious moments, but there are also some serious moments as well. It’s the type of story that reels you in to the characters through comedy and then gives you a deeper understanding of them by switching out to a more serious tone.

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While the serious tone doesn’t happen often, it’s still present in the game and it gives you that deeper look and connection. The story can’t help but be ridiculous and it’s truthfully a relief. As games go for the more serious tone it’s always refreshing to see one that doesn’t want to follow the crowd. While Borderlands has done this, it’s a genre that has plenty of room to grow. The game is always breaking the 4th wall and is doing or saying something ridiculous. Even the tutorials are rather ridiculous as they break the 4th wall throughout. The game’s story is also complimented by it’s ridiculous customization and awesome art style though. It has a ridiculously satisfying ending as well, it’s awesome from start to finish.

The art is similar to the story really, as games are always attempting to tackle more realistic visuals. These aren’t the most realistic, they aren’t the most detailed, but they do the job and they do it right. The art in the game is something else refreshing though and I love it. It fits the story and compliments the game in every way. It’s really the perfect style for the game. The graphics for this style are the best I’ve seen, but they aren’t used very often. The character models are very well done and the OD look extremely interesting.

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The variants of the OD are always creepy and interesting to look at as well. The game offers 3 factions for you to get murdered by the OD, Fizzco, and Dicksmokes (Actually Scabs, but Insomniac’s Senior Community Manager has an interesting nickname for them). The game just has this beautiful look to it with the art style done oh so perfectly. It’s ridiculous art is only furthered by it’s ridiculous customization.

What naturally makes Sunset Overdrive a much more enjoyable experience is it’s customization. During my stay I played as a big man with a lumberjack beard, track shorts, a cape, goggles, and elf ears. While he didn’t look normal, he was the perfect video game version of me that ever was. While you can’t do much in terms of your body type you can do a ton of things for your clothing.

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They give you a wide variety of things to choose from. You can be serious, whacky, or seriously whacky. What’s fun is that no matter what you decide, you will always be insulted by the shop keeper! While you can only select from presets on your face and body type, it does rather well with the clothing. The odd thing is that they decided to preset the voice actors as well, I would have loved to choose a different one, while mine does his work, it would have been nice to have the option.

While Sunset Overdrive isn’t awesome it does manage to be something completely different, in the spirit of making up words, Sunset Overdrive is FUAWESOME, F*cking Awesome. It’s legitimately the best IP this generation. It has a whacky story, great customization options, and it basically sets up a rather high expectation for new IPs to come. While most games won’t follow Sunset Overdrive’s footsteps, it’s a rather impressive step forward and it remains enjoyable throughout the entire game.

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The only complaints I have are the story, while fun & awesome, is seemingly all over the place and it’s music doesn’t fit at times. It’s online at times can be rather easy and chaotic as well, but with the right group I can see it being rather enjoyable. It’s a game I can grind on for hours and have.

Final Verdict:

To the people calling it Sunset Overhype, I implore you to give the game an actual chance, as it turns out to be Funset Over… drive. Anyway, what Sunset Overdrive has done is given the Xbox One an interesting and unique game in the AAA season. While it is a blend of some other games, it still manages to hold it’s own and it does it properly. From the looks of it, Sunset Overdrive could spawn one of the more interesting series in recent years.

Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 9.5 / 10

RGN Rating: Platinum Game

Developer: Insomniac Games

Publisher: Microsoft Studios

Available On: Xbox ONE Exclusively

Review Copy Info: The author of this article received a digital copy of this game from the publisher for the purpose of this review.

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#SunsetOverdrive : Sunset TV In-Game Message to Reviewers Leaked

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The following message was leaked by a video game reviewer playing Sunset Overdrive for Xbox ONE and developed by Insomniac Games. The video features a funny and calm explanation to reviewers of how to play the game and some of the future content planned out by Insomniac for consumers when they get their chance to have hands on with the game as well on the Sunset Overdrive Xbox ONE bundle’s release day October 28, 2014. However, the very first statement may be taken more seriously by some and could lead to debate Do you feel this type of video is a problem or just playful banter between reviewer and reviewee?

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Vans is Giving Away an Xbox One, a Copy of Sunset Overdrive and More

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In celebration of having their shoes featured in Insomniac Games’ soon to be released third-person shooter Sunset Overdrive, Vans will be giving away five nifty prizes. Folks have to ways of registering; they can grab their cellphones and text XBOX to VANS66 (826766) or by going to the website’s sweepstakes page.

The prizes to be given away are:

  • Xbox One
  • Sunset Overdrive
  • Pair of Vans Classic Slip-on shoes which are featured in the game
  • Size 66 OLD SKOOL

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It is fortunate I caught wind of this giveaway, which has been going on since October 1st and will conclude in two days on October 15, 2014. Spread the news as quickly as possible while their is still time.

Sunset Overdrive releases on October 28, 2014 exclusively for Xbox One.

Via: Vans.com

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Sunset Overdrive (Xbox One Exclusive) – Behind The Scenes Trailer [HD 1080P]

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Behind the Scenes Trailer of Sunset Overdrive.

Genre(s): Shooter
Platform(s): Xbox One
Publisher(s): Microsoft Studios
Developer(s): Insomniac Games
Release Date (NA): October 31, 2014

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Sunset Overdrive (Xbox One Exclusive) – Floyd’s Guided Tour Trailer [HD 1080P]

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Floyd’s Guided Tour Trailer for Sunset Overdrive

Genre(s): Action, third-person shooter
Platform(s): Xbox One
Publisher(s): Microsoft Studios
Developer(s): Insomniac Games
Release Date (NA): October 28, 2014

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Sunset Overdrive (Xbox ONE Exclusive) – Gamescom 2014 Trailer [HD]

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Gamescom 2014 Trailer of Sunset Overdrive.

Genre(s): Shooter
Platform(s): Xbox One
Publisher(s): Microsoft Studios
Developer(s): Insomniac Games
Release Date (NA): TBA 2014

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New Multiplayer Mode Revealed for Sunset Overdrive (Xbox ONE Exclusive) w/ 1080P Gameplay

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Microsoft Studios and Insomniac Games have announced the new “Chaos” multiplayer mode for Sunset Overdrive featuring crazy co-op with everything from lightsaber – style swords to original and different guns unlike anything you’ve fired in recent memory. Enjoy the official 1080P Gameplay Footage below.

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Sunset Overdrive (Xbox One Exclusive) – Gameplay Preview [HD 1080P]

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Gameplay Preview of Sunset Overdrive for the Xbox One.

Genre(s): Shooter
Platform(s): Xbox One
Publisher(s): Microsoft Studios
Developer(s): Insomniac Games
Release Date (NA): TBA 2014

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Take a “Crazy Ride” Through Insomniac Games Twenty Year History

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Today Insomniac Games released a music video detailing their twenty year history entitled “Crazy Ride” via their official Youtube page. The developers rock out and rap the companies milestones from Spyro on the Playstation One all the way up to the upcoming “Sunset Overdrive” for the Xbox One. Check out the video below and comment with your favorite Insomniac Games title.

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ESRB Rates Ratchet & Clank: Into The Nexus For PlayStation Vita

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The North American ESRB Rating system has reportedly revealed that Ratchet & Clank: Into The Nexus will be released on Sony’s next-generation gaming handheld PlayStation Vita at some point in the potentially near future. These ratings are sometimes the result of pre-emptive testing, errors, or fraudulent registrations in the ratings and trademark systems used by the video game industry.

Insomniac Games, the development studio behind the series, is also known for the Resistance series on PS3 in addition to their current unreleased project; Sunset Overdrive for Xbox ONE. While their relationship with Sony might not be at its highest peak at this time, it would appear there’s no reason Insomniac couldn’t develop – or assist in commissioning the development of – a PS Vita version to Into The Nexus for publisher Sony Computer Entertainment.

At this time there is no denial that this is a real PlayStation Vita version of the newest PS3 exclusive Ratchet & Clank console game that released in 2012. It certainly seems like the response from fans is that they’d be interested in buying a handheld version of the PS3 title, Insomniac and Sony may provide an update to this – so be sure to keep an eye out if you’re on the Vita and looking to play the latest installment to one of the best 3D Platformer franchises around.

Check out the Launch Trailer for the PS3 version presented below in high definition:

[Some Info Sourced:NEOGaf via IGN]

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Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus – Gamatorium Trailer [HD]

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The Gamatorium Trailer of Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus, which releases November 12, 2013 in North America and the day after in Europe.

 

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Pre-Order Bonus for Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus Announced by Insomniac Games

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Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus Pre-Order purchasers will receive the “Ratchet’s Pyronox Armor” pictured above (and seen in-game below) which gives the player “5% damage-reduction” as well as $30 worth of PlayStation Home content if they do so through Amazon. Insomniac Games also launched a new HD Video for the game yesterday for the upcoming PlayStation 3 exclusive. Get your money together if  you’re a long time fan and pre-order up if you’re into that sort of thing, personally I enjoy this series and look forward to seeing what IG has in store this time around.

Ratchet and Clank Into the Nexus Pre Order

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FUSE Review

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Given the fonts and colors used to promote this game, you’d almost be reminded of HAZE, this is not a good thing. But look past that, because FUSE does what you’ve often wished games would do. It goes there. FUSE uses real life legends such as Area 51 underground bases and more to set the tone for a serious adventure that is parts Action, parts Shooter, and more.

FUSE received controversy upon its announcement as Insomniac Games has brought one of their titles out on the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3 multi-platform for the first time. There are some who say that this game is nothing more than a cash-in by Insomniac to go multi-platform and develop their good relationship with Electronic Arts and Microsoft before creating the exclusive New IP for Xbox ONE entitled Sunset Overdrive (coming next-gen from developer Insomniac Games and publisher Microsoft).

I’m happy to report those claims couldn’t be more wrong. While the weapons in FUSE may sometimes remind you of those seen in Ratchet or Resistance franchises, this is rare and even when it does happen they feel too completely different for you to mind. Not to mention, this game strikes more intriguing plot lines than both of the aforementioned franchises. This game actually manages to squeak past all of its controversy and be pretty enjoyable to say the least. A few stumbles behind a masterpiece, FUSE deserves a closer look than I originally expected and I’m glad I did check it out.

FUSE is not just the name of this game but the essence of it. FUSE is something like an anti-matter substance, a wormhole to another dimension? It’s being used as a never-ending power source, and a super-weapon applicable to many different forms of guns, air-craft, and more. It’s very volatile and can kill you. It might even be alive, and exists on a molecular level similar to radiation. A few groups fight over control of this substance throughout the game as your characters discover why and what makes this one out of many of the government’s top secret inventions the most dangerous.

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Many of the enemies found in this game are predictable, easy to take down with a friend or even the AI, and don’t seem extremely realistic to be in the game’s setting. We are supposed to be fighting the most high-tech robotic guards around. And while some foot-soldiers seem almost like zombies after they’ve been exposed to too much FUSE, most of the enemy design is pretty lacking in creativity and excitement. The most advanced air-craft you’ll find are more towards the originality and complexity we would have hoped to see from the rest of the game’s enemies.

The cheeky dialogue between the characters shouldn’t fool you, this type of stuff is pretty much directly based on the United States alien UFO conspiracy folk stories that go around since before the invention of the internet involving stories of an “Area 51” like the one featured in FUSE and more. Of course, this game is entirely fictional and any real versions of what it represents are purely coincidental, right?

Incredible hit detection, great storyline, and compelling co-op with drop in/out online support make this game a shooter’s game. Gameplay elements right where you’d want them let you know Insomniac put time and thought every detail through in this title. If you can get past the sometimes cliche’ dialogue and the sub-par graphics then you’ll definitely be in for a great experience. At first the extreme amount of words on the screen will throw you off, but the HUD really is meant for gamers that know their shooting. If you can shoot well then you will appreciate the detail of things like automatically displaying head-shots and other events in text by your aiming crosshairs.

In FUSE, Single Player and multiplayer are seamless. When there’s less than 4 people online in your game, you can “Leap” between characters that are being played by AI. In FUSE, another thing you should know is that Stealth is optional. You will be able to break out a gunfight at any time by shooting off when there was once silence. Your partner(s) may or may not mind however, as this game seems to be pretty much all about gunfights and high-tech alien/government secret conspiracies.

Some of the dialogue that the characters share make them seem like they aren’t real people. They don’t do a good job of making every single character believable, which can take away from the immersion at times. But there are so many small bits of evidence that quickly play as audio clips in the game which do a much better job of adding to the suspense and evolving knowledge of the characters as they adventure into what is essentially one of the most deadly mysteries on Earth.

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Unfortunately graphics seem to miss the mark on the type of pixel fidelity expected from an Insomniac Games after what has been displayed with their Sony-proprietary PlayStation 3 titles such as Resistance 3. Not to mention the completely doctored screenshots that’ve been released to promote the game. But it gets the job done. You’re able to see what you’re shooting and there aren’t enough artifacts to prevent you from becoming immersed in the game. The graphics aren’t bad, they just seem limited by the hardware being pushed to its limits since this console generation is at its ending.

The Four player drop-in/drop-out multiplayer in FUSE is some of the best in its class. This game feels great even if you’re alone. The AI can do things like flank, heal you, even complete co-operative objectives without you lifting a finger. But online with friends/strangers is where this game shines. It’s a quick blow through and enjoy type of game though, so don’t be looking to get any deep tactics and strategy out of it. Each character has their own unique weapon, use them as you wish because it all gets the job done.

Replay Ability- All of your standard re-playability features are here including picking up intel, customizing your skills and upgrading abilities, as well as enhanced difficulty modes.

Engine Performance- Engine is amazing, one time I was spawned in a spot where I couldn’t move though. But it was during a boss fight that contained cut-scenes and I was placed in it after one, then removed from it after one. No glitches happened after, and this one didn’t stop my progress in any way so I find it easy to forgive in light of the incredible hit detection, animations, and fluid controls / UI.

Final Verdict- The fact that Insomniac Games was able to bring out a New IP on short notice at the end of a console generation with so much polish, such a compelling storyline, and such fun gameplay that doesn’t have any of those dreaded “WTF” moments of terrible design woes shows that they are truly masters of their craft. However, FUSE fails to innovate and instead focuses on showcasing some of the best elements seen in the shooter genre. This is an incredible ride if you’re intrigued at all by shooter video games and/or conspiracy theory, but veteran and seasoned gamers may find it generic and lacking of identity. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and FUSE earns a respectable 8.75 out of 10 points giving it an RGN Rating of Silver. Given some time to rest and regain its energy, FUSE could someday return as one of the industry’s greats, but right now it’s just a decent play.

Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 8.75/10

RGN Rating: Silver Game

Developer: Insomniac Games / Publisher: EA Games

Available On: Xbox 360 / PlayStation 3

Played On: Sony PS3

Review Copy Info- This game was purchased by RealGamerNewz for the purposes of this Review.

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