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May 30, 2012 Posted by Justin in PC, Reviews

Diablo III Review

Evil besieges Sanctuary once again.

Diablo III

After 12 years, Blizzard’s Diablo III brings us back to Tristram to defend against the forces of evil. With the choice of five classes, this game supports several styles of play while massacring hordes of enemies. The game feels similar the previous iteration, but with several features tweaked and upgraded.For those new to the series, Diablo III is a roguelike in which the player hacks and slashes their way through randomly generated fields and dungeons while collecting treasure and completing quests. As the hero gains experience, he becomes stronger, learns new skills, and gains the ability to wear stronger equipment. When a meteor falls from the sky and strikes New Tristram, the evils that have been dormant for twenty years are awakened. The hero to drawn to the village, and accepts tasks assigned by the townsfolk. Among these is the mission of finding Deckard Cain, who fell into the depths of the cathedral when the meteor made its impact.

Diablo III

The class system has been simplified, and stat points are now distributed automatically between Strength, Intelligence, Dexterity, and Vitality. The Barbarian is a strength-based class, Witch Doctors and Wizards use magic, while Demon Hunters and Monks use their dexterity to best their foes. Vitality is important to each class, as it determines the character’s life total. As the player reaches new levels, new skills and skill runes are unlocked. A player can switch between skills at any time, and choose which rune to use, if any, to provide a boost to the skill. This system allows the player to use every skill, instead of locking into one decision like in previous games.

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KickBeat Announced

KickBeat

Zen Studios, developer of the award winning Pinbal FX series, has announced a new game. Formerly known as ZenFu, KickBeat is an experimental, Playstation Vita exclusive, that will combine the elements of a 3D brawler with a rhythm game. It aims to replace the traditional arrows, bars, and button icons of other rhythm games with kung fu moves, while retaining the beat based mechanic. Additionally, KickBeat will feature a diverse soundtrack - featuring Papa Roach, Celloweller, Rob Zombie, POD, Marilyn Manson, and more.

Coinciding with the announcement, Zen Studios has released a teaser trailer for the game. Check it out below!



KickBeat will be released this summer, exclusively on the Playstation Vita.

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Minecraft Review

Minecraft's younger XBLA brother does the brand proud.

Minecraft

The announcement that Minecraft was coming to XBLA was guaranteed to cause a great divide of anger from the PC-gaming faithful and rejoice from console gamers. The question of why Minecraft should be ported to a console is a valid one, with many gamers claiming it could only be a lesser version. The lack of mod support for this version alone is enough for most to turn their nose at the thought, and though updates are planned for the game, it has been said by Mojang, the game's developer, that the Xbox 360 Edition would be a bit behind it's PC counterpart. Yet with all of these things considered, is it not possible that Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition could be up to par with, or even best its brother?

Minecraft

Perhaps the main draw of this version of Minecraft is how the player will experience the game: on a television, from the couch, controller in hand. The gameplay is the same addicting, tried-and-true formula that granted Mojang overnight success some three years ago. However, the 360 Edition boasts new additions like split-screen multiplayer and a crafting guide(!), the latter making Minecraft a heck of a lot easier for newcomers to pick up and play. This may dissuade fans of the original, as part of Minecraft's charm was essentially throwing the player in a sandbox with no directions. The basic concept of Minecraft remains untouched in the 360 Edition, but the need to remember each crafting recipe or keep a browser window open with a Minecraft wiki has been rendered unnecessary, and is better for it.

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New Halo 4 Details Revealed

Halo 4

Following the unveiling of Halo 4's box art last Monday, Microsoft has dropped some new information on this highly anticipated game. The first, and possibly most exciting reveal came in the form of Spartan Ops, a side story told in weekly episodes. Part of the just announced Halo Infinity Multiplayer, this new mode, playable in both single player and co-op, is essentially a separate campaign. Although it intersects with the main story, SO features its own cinematics, its own missions, and even its own set of characters - a new group of Spartans dubbed Majestic Squad. Access to Spartan Ops will be included with the game at no extra charge.

Additionally, competitive multiplayer has been renamed as War Games in Halo 4. Although light on details, expect enhancements to loadout and player progression, as well as "fresh, immersive new game modes". The ability to augment your Spartan using combat enhancements (specializations, as they will be known in this game was also outed. Last, but certainly not least, a limited edition SKU of the game has been announced.

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Toy Soldiers: Cold War DLC - Evil Empire & Napalm Review

Take back the toy box once again, with Toy Soldiers: Cold War's two new DLC Packs.

Toy Soldiers: Cold War

With the release of two new downloadable packs for Toy Soldiers: Cold War anyone that's played this game should be excited. Both of these mini expansions  for this tower defencs game bring back all the great game play you loved in the first place and gives you new maps, new weapons and new vehicles to play in. Depending on what kind of experience you're looking for each of the packs have their own benefits and are sold separately for 400 Microsoft Points ($5) on XBLA.

Toy Soldiers: Cold War - Evil Empire

Evil Empire turns the tables as you take over the Soviets and lead your comrades against the American army. A few fun changes have been made to the commando barrage (who is now Ivan and yells things in what we can assume is Russian) and while the turrets are a slightly different design all the same familiar options and upgrades are there for you to use. The new barrage this pack adds is Orbital Laser. Thanks to the Soviet space station you are now equipped with, what is essentially, an instant kill ray that takes out everything it touches and sends your enemies flying through the air on fire. Another awesome addition to this game is a new survival mode level. Trauma takes defending the toy box beyond just your enemies; your weapons now work against you. Things get way more complicated with the friendly fire aspect thrown in. The mini-game, Pop-A-Pig, is whack-a-mole with a turret gun. It sounds cool and is for a few minutes but like most shooting games it's really just the same old speed and accuracy test. Sadly, the "new" Super Tank boss isn't really new at all. While the waves may be a little bit different it's really the same boss you faced in the main version of the game. It can take a while to kill but there wasn't anything too extraordinary about it.

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