PHS Gaming Review Club

Summer Hibernation and Other Updates

Hello, everyone! This is going to be mainly an update on what’s been going on around here. School’s almost out, if you haven’t noticed, and that means it’s time for us to post nothing for three months. But that’s normal. I can assure you that we probably aren’t dead. I can also assure you that dylpkyl isn’t dead, however he has graduated, leaving the club to me, Impossibill. Maybe he’ll write some stuff but neither of us are sure right now. I’ve got some good ideas in store for this site but I don’t want to spoil too much right now. But hey, maybe we’ll actually write some reviews next school year. We’ll be back in September. Until then, this is Bill, signing off.

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Next Splatfest begins tomorrow at 9PM PST

Tomorrow on May 9th, the next Splatfest is starting, and it is themed around Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The two teams this time are Raphael and Leonardo. It is also worth noting that this is the first Splatfest tournament. The winner of this Splatfest will take on the winner of the next Splatfest featuring the other two heroes in a half shell.

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Taki Confirmed for Soulcalibur VI

Taki, the powerful dual wielding kunoichi, has been confirmed to return in Soulcalibur VI. Utilizing her two blades Rekki-Maru and Mekki-Maru, Taki offers quick combos and acrobatic movement. You can check out Taki’s trailer below:


Soulcalibur VI is expected to release sometime later this year.

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New Trailer Released for Sonic Mania Plus

Yesterday, SEGA released a trailer for their upcoming release “Sonic Mania Plus”. The video shows Ray and Mighty hopping in to join Sonic and his friends on their adventure. We also get a look at the newcomer’s abilities as well as some of the changes that will be made to levels in the game’s upcoming “Encore Mode”.


Fans who have already purchased a copy of Sonic Mania will be able to upgrade to the “Plus” version for only $5. A physical version of the game will also release costing $30 and including holographic packaging, a reversible SEGA Genesis cover, and a 32 page art book.


You can take a look at the trailer below:

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Disgaea 1 Being Remade as Disgaea 1 Complete

The popular strategy rpg “Disgaea: Hour of Darkness” will be seeing a remake in the form of “Disgaea 1 Complete”. This release will coincide with the 15th anniversary of the Disgaea franchise and give PS4 and Nintendo Switch owners the chance to experience the title that started it all. Details from NISAs official website can be seen below:

The Overlord is dead. The Netherworld is in turmoil. Time to kick some ass! Netherworld Prince Laharl awakens to fight for his throne and it’s up to him and some unlikely allies to defend what is rightfully his. Together with his devious vassal Etna, the angel trainee Flonne, and a whole cavalcade of explosive characters, Laharl will slash, shoot, and punch his way to the top. Build your squad to level 9999 and unleash crazy special skills, team attacks, and spells to deal millions of points of damage in this zany high-definition remake of an RPG classic.

• Feel the Wrath of Laharl! – Take control of Prince Laharl as he conquers the Netherworld to become the Overlord in this zany story of assassins, Prinnies, and robots!

• Hours of Darkness! – The original Disgaea is back and better than ever! Play through the main story, or try Etna Mode with extra characters not found in the original release! Get lost in the Item World for hundreds of hours of fast-paced strategy RPG action, now in HD for the first time!

• LEVEL UP, DOOD! – Level up anything from characters to items to shops, all while wearing 100-ton boxers! Things not working out in your favor? Head to the Dark Assembly, and be the change you wish to see in the Netherworld!

The title will see a release this upcoming fall. A sweet “Rosen Queen’s Finest Edition” will also be released that will contain a poster, prinny cube plush, official soundtrack CD, and more.



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Spyro Reignited Trilogy Announced

Early this morning, Amazon leaked the title and boxart for the remastered collection of the first three Spyro games titled “Spyro Reignited Trilogy.” Soon after, many screenshots were leaked, and just recently, Activision officially confirmed that the remaster was coming andshowed off a trailer as well. The game is slated for a release on September 21 and will be released on both PS4 and X Box One. Currently there is no word on a Switch port however since Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy is making its way over to the Switch it is highly likely that Spyro will eventually make his way over to the Swith as well.


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Geralt of Rivia Confirmed for Soulcalibur VI

It has recently been confirmed that Geralt of Rivia from the critically acclaimed The Witcher series will be featured as a playable character in the upcoming title Soulcalibur VI. In addition, his inclusion will feature a stage based on Kaer Morhen from the game, a place where witchers were formerly trained.

Soulcalibur VI is expected to release some time this year. You can see Geralt in all his glory in the video below:


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Mega Man X Legacy Collections 1 and 2 Leaked

According to the Australian Classification website, ratings have been added for Mega Man X Legacy Collection and Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2. These games have both received ratings of M in Australia which roughly correlate to our American ratings of T or PG-13.

No release date has been announced, but this confirms that the games are on their way to multiple platforms.


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Nintendo Announces New DIY Kits Dubbed “Nintendo Labo”

Yesterday, Nintendo announced a brand new (and slightly surprising) initiative for their Nintendo Switch system. “Nintedo Labo” is a DIY style cardboard construction kit that will have players creating and playing with their own gaming peripherals. The Nintendo Labo system will be as simple as:


Users will follow the instructions to take their cardboard and fold it into a variety of creations. These can range from a small piano or fishing rod to a full on robot suit complete with a backpack (yes, these are made entirely out of cardboard).


Once you’ve created your new gaming toys, you can hook up your switch system and Joy-Cons to use them in a variety of ways. You could play a concert with that piano you made earlier or punch down buildings with that cool robot suit.


After playing with your creation and relishing in your ability to properly assemble pieces of cardboard, you can take it apart to observe its inner workings and understand how it works.


While the concept of Nintendo Labo may seem odd to some, it’s worth noting that Nintendo’s target audience with this project is kids. In that regard, this seems like an interesting project that would be great at STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) events or other places aiming to teach children about technology.

Nintendo has also announced their plans to hold an event called “Nintendo Labo Studio“, which will occur in San Francisco and New York City and will give parents a chance to have their children experience Labo before it officially releases.

We’ll be standing by to keep you posted on any more gaming news that drops, be it cardboard related or otherwise.


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Super Mario Odyssey Review (Spoiler Free)

Super Mario Odyssey released on the Nintendo Switch not too long ago, and it is currently the fastest selling Mario game ever, and there’s good reason for it. Mario Odyssey is a more traditional 3D Mario platformer, more like 64 and Sunshine, rather than being like galaxy and 3D Land/World; with open levels and more fluid controls.  The game is about Mario trying to save Peach from a forced wedding with Bowser, but with Mario failing at his first attempt at to save her. Mario’s hat gets torn up and found by Cappy, Mario’s sidekick for the game, who is trying to save Tiara, Peach’s crown as well as Cappy’s sister.

The game’s main “gimmick” is being able to throw Cappy around. The most important abilities involve being able to jump off of a thrown Cappy and “capturing” (a.k.a. possessing) traditional Mario Enemies along with other original enemies/objects to obtain their powers for unique platforming challenges. Cappy keeps the gameplay interesting along with the unique levels. The game remains very interesting throughout and features very replayable levels, as they change after you solve their main issue (even after you beat the game) keeping the game exciting from beginning to end. The game also has very good music, and visuals that really fit it well, even with things like humans being in such a cartoony environment. Overall, I think that the game is very fun and you should give it a try if you haven’t already.

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Capcom Announces ‘Mega Man 11’

If you’re a fan of Capcom’s classic run-and-gun platforming hero Mega Man, then you’re in luck!

Capcom recently announced on their Mega Man 30th Anniversary live stream that the Blue Bomber is receiving a new title. Dubbed “Mega Man 11”, the title will put Mega Man back in the spotlight where he’ll face new robot masters in 2D side scrolling action.

The game is slated to release on PS4, Xbox One, Steam, and Nintendo Switch late next year. We’ll be keeping a close eye on Capcom as more news comes out about the game.

You can check out the trailer below:

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Super Mario Cereal Hits Store Shelves Dec. 11

If you’ve been checking the internet as of late then you’ve likely seen some rumors of a Super Mario themed cereal. Well it turns out these rumors are true!

Nintendo and Kellogg’s have teamed up to produce a Super Mario Bros. themed cereal. The cereal will feature mixed berry flavored stars and power-up shaped marshmallows to brighten your breakfast.

Additionally, Nintendo has stated that each box of the cereal itself is an amiibo. You can tap your joy-con to the back of the box to enhance your experience in Super Mario Odyssey.

You can check out Nintendo’s official tweet below:

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The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage Review

“Really? A mobile, free-to-play, Japanese exclusive, game? What are you thinking?”

Yes, yes, I know, it’s sacrilege three degrees over.


Though it is at times strange (and idiosyncratically Japanese), I’ve found both of these game to be quite entertaining.

So… What is it? Well, to put it simply, it’s a (quite challenging) rhythm-based game with over 180 (female) characters, based on the Cinderella Girls part of the iDOLM@STER franchise.

I’m sold. Tell me more!

Girls with a dream, a dream to be Cinderellas in the beautiful castle… can you help them realize their wish? Well, you probably can’t, but hey, at least there’s a rhythm game!

The core of the gameplay is a 5-key rhythm game, whose UI looks like this:

secret secret my heart

At the bottom are the five circles notes can come down upon. (Two are obscured by note effects, but they’re still there.) Notes come from the top of the screen and make their way to the circles. Notes can be:

  • Red, which you tap
  • Green, which you slide across
  • Yellow/orange, which you hold
  • Purple, which you follow (a moving hold note)

Over 120 songs are available in game, in difficulties from DEBUT (so easy it’s boring) to MASTER+ (nasty pieces of work).

But this isn’t the only component of the game; after all, I did say there were a lot of female characters, which I’m sure is the main appeal for a lot of you.

Cards come in four rarities (Normal, Rare, Super Rare, and Super-Super Rare) and represent one character (though others are often visible to the side). Cards of N, R, and SR rarity are available just through playing songs and participating in events, but if you want SSR cards, you’re going to have to stop over at the gacha!

But… what is the gacha? Why, it’s the lovely mystery box of cards and despair! Perhaps you’ll get your dream SSR… or perhaps you’ll get a single SR you already have. It’s all up to probability… so are you feeling lucky? The SSR rate is only 3% per card, but you’ll surely get it this time… won’t you?

As previously mentioned, there are events through which you can get cards (mostly SRs), but they’re too complicated to get into detail about here. However, it’s worth noting that many of these events introduce new songs.

While generally F2P-friendly, accomplishing great feats (very high rankings in events, acquisition of limited-time SSRs) will often take investments of real money, sometimes to a very high degree.


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The Game Award Nominees: 2017

The Game Awards have announced the nominees for each gaming category, and they’re … not too surprising, personally. Here’s the list of some of these nominations:

For Game of the Year, it’s between:

  • Breath of the Wild
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  • Persona 5
  • Horizon Zero Dawn

For Game Direction:

  • Wolfenstein II
  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  • Breath of the Wild
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Horizon Zero Dawn

For Best Action:

  • Prey
  • Nioh
  • Destiny 2
  • Cuphead
  • Wolfenstein II

For the rest of the list, check the official site:

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‘Guacamelee 2!’ Announced

If your inner Metroidvania lover is craving more action, then we’ve got some good news. Developer Drinkbox Studios has revealed that their popular platforming beat-em-up title Guacamelee! is getting a sequel in the form of Guacamelee! 2.


Taking place seven years after the original , our hero, Juan Aguacate, must suit up in his luchador attire once again to save time and space itself.


The game has been confirmed for PS4 release sometime next year. There’s no word on other platforms just yet, but we’ll keep you posted if anything changes!


You can check out the trailer below:



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“Casino Forest” Revealed for Sonic Forces

Earlier this week, the guys over at SEGA gave us a look at a brand new level for Sonic Forces. Titled “Casino Forest”, the level sees Classic Sonic running through some ancient ruins being turned into a full fledged casino complete with neon lights, springs and bumpers, and a full moon in the backdrop.

In IGN’s footage of the stage we can also see Tails periodically talking to Classic Sonic via radio, making it sound as if they are searching for Modern Sonic. You can take a look at some footage of Eggman’s colorful casino in the footage below:

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MInecraft: The Worst Game of All Time?

Minecraft is a game developed by Japan in 2002,  for the Atari Jaguar, 33X, and *New* PS Vita, later released for USB drivers in 2001 and the iPhone 7’s headphone jack in 1873 , releasing only in South China and Texas, serving as a spiritual successor for Valve’s Steam web client and Google Chrome. Releasing at a hefty 5 cents, one person would expect this to be better than the USB 2.0 game Team Fortress 2. But when I bought this game in trade for my life insurance and half of my car at Burger King, and played it using my Macbook while driving I was greeted with a pirated version of The Story of Zelda on the NES, it looks like YouTube was right when they said that this game was a ripoff of Zelda 1, but If you put in the VHS backwards, it first plays a fan dub of the entirety of Kirby: Right Back At Ya!, and then the quote-on-quote “Real Game” begins with the opening cutscene from Sonic’s schoolhouse, and then it dumps you into a romhack of Sonic.exe except the file is actually a mp3 file so it doesn’t work properly, so you get screen tearing so bad that your monitor gets sliced in half, so it is pretty much required to play this game on a CRT TV because the game can’t slice through a monitor that large. Mind you, I was using my Macbook in my car so I had to stop at the local gas station to buy their security monitor. After the first part of the game you save your progress and then go through the entirety of every loading screen in Sonic ’06 and then you arrive at the “Second stage” in which you are forced to read every single Undertale fanfiction (no matter the content) on a sign in the Sonic Dreams Collection’s Hospital level. After that level precisely 156 seconds pass and then the game ends with trying to delete your save file like Undertale, but it fails and deletes your entire processor and that’s about it. Overall I’d give it a :p/59


Never ask me to do anything ever again.

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Puyo Puyo Tetris Arrives in The West on April 25th in US and 28th in EU

Puyo Puyo Tetris will arrive in the west on April 25th in the US and 28th in Europe! The game will have the menus completely translated, as per usual for a localization as well as being fully dubbed into English, which is very cool considering how many lines each character had in the Japanese game. There are also general fixes to the game being made like having more options for online matches among slight other things. There are also name changes being made to some characters  for example, T is now Tee, J & L is now Jay & Ellie, S is Ess, and more like that. Those were just the Tetris characters, there are also changes made to puyo characters. Raffine is now Raffina, to more align with the pronunciation of her Japanese name, and Satan is now Dark Prince (this name change existed in prior games, though). Finally having another game in the west is really good, mostly because the last one was Puyo Pop Fever, and that game had some issues with translations to say the least (Rita) and also being light on content. But luckily this game has a lot more content. There is also a website for the game now.

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The Wonderful 101: Heroes, assemble!

Hero squad? Check.

Silly powers? Check.

Theme song? Hmm…

“Meteoranger, hero sentai!” …No, that’s not it.

“Shooting star, shooting star, kagayake!” …Also not it.

“The unstoppable, wonderful, wonderful, 101!” There we go.

Continue reading “The Wonderful 101: Heroes, assemble!”

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Fire Emblem Direct Scheduled for Today (2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET)

Just a reminder that Nintendo has a Fire Emblem based Nintendo Direct scheduled for today. The direct will deal exclusively with information regarding Nintendo’s popular SRPG series, and is also confirmed to feature information regarding the upcoming Fire Emblem mobile app. The presentation will take place at 2 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET, so make sure you’ve prepared yourself!


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Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE – It wasn’t a mirage after all

Imagine, if you would, a JRPG. A JRPG that’s a crossover between Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei. All three of you capable of doing so are probably rather intrigued by such a concept. They all probably have that game as well, but that is not the point. Even if you’ve never touched either series (which, I’m ashamed to say, is a group of people including me), you’ll probably like this game. Continue reading “Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE – It wasn’t a mirage after all”

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Mario Party Star Rush Review: A unique, but good, Mario party game

Mario Party Star Rush is the newest Mario Party game released on the 3DS. The game is different from your normal Mario Party this time around, with many new modes. The main party mode for this game is Toad scramble. There is a race to see who collects the most coins in a short amount of time through unique mini games in Coinathalon, and a mix of Toad scramble and traditional Mario Party with Balloon Bash, among others. The other modes are more simple and less important to the overall game, like a new puzzle game and vertical minesweeper.

Toad Scramble, the new twist on party mode, is the main mode of the game where 4 toads (who could’ve guessed) race to gather the most stars from the bosses. Race, however being used lightly, as there are many ways to play this mode. You could always just head straight for the bosses, but typically this is not how you gain the most stars. What I usually do is hog the shy guy shop and get the double card every time. The double card gets you double the items from a boss game, so if you have 2 cards in the final boss game and win 1st, you get 8 stars instead of 2. But if you go after the boss directly  you get a bonus 5 coins (half a star at the end of the game) along with getting the first few shots off the boss. All of this is to show that the game has a lot of strategy which makes the mode a lot of fun. The unique stages and the tutorial levels, which tell you exactly how to play the game while still feeling like normal stages, are also fun. There are also 12 stages (15 with the tutorial stages) which ensures replayability.

The other main mode, Coinathalon, is a race to get the most coins while playing unique minigames, all the while throwing items at your opponents to deter them. It is very simple, but very fun at the same time.

Balloon Bash is a mode that combines normal Mario Party and Toad Scramble to make a unique new mode. This mode is all about walking around a small board collecting coins and items, but most importantly walking into balloons to get stars or cause minigames to occur. You still have to buy stars, and if you get 2 minigame balloons in one round you get a boss game instead.  There are other modes but they are less important, like vertical minesweeper, a rhythm game, a puzzle game, and a character gallery.

The game presentation-wise, looks great for the 3DS, with high poly models and lots on screen at a time with no frame drops. The music is fine, but not great.

Overall, the game is great and is definitely worth the $40. It is a very fun, late 3DS title, with many unique attributes.

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Outlast 2, Coming next year!

Regularly scheduled for this year in October, Outlast 2 took a surprise spin on its fans by announcing their release for next year, in 2017. No speculation has been made to when, in 2017, it would come out. How disappointing, right? Well, Red Barrel did say that their, “…mission… is to deliver… the best, most terrifying, most fulfilling experiences possible,” so it can be assumed that the game’s production was not met by the developer’s expectations. Red Barrel also suggested that they, “…could not, in good conscious, release a game who’s limits haven’t been tested to the extreme.” To many’s distraught, we still have to wait an extra allotted time for such an amazing game, so be on the lookout for its release!


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Sonic CD is now free on the App Store

Sonic CD is now free-to-play on the app store, which is great if you don’t have the game already. The one downside is, it is filled with ads. On pause screens, menu selection, they’re everywhere. Also, you have to have internet to even start the game. You won’t get any ads if you purchased the game before the game went free. You can also pay $1.99 cents to remove them entirely. This is a great opportunity to play one of Sonic’s older adventures, even with added features.

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Nintendo Confirms New Console, Dubbed ‘Nintendo Switch’

Well, the wait is finally over! Just mere minutes ago, Nintendo released a preview trailer of their next console. It would appear that the console will feature a cross between handheld and console game play, allowing you to play games both at home and on the go. The trailer also featured many different games including an unknown Mario title, an unknown Splatoon title, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and a few others. It would also seem that the system will support a variety of controller options as well. If you’re interested, check out the trailer below:

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Sonic Boom Fire and Ice, Not as bad as you think. (A Review)

Sonic Boom Fire & Ice is the 3rd game under the Sonic Boom name and the second game to be made by Sanzaru Games. Releasing only for the 3DS this time around, and with a lot more development time, people had a bit more hope this time that it would be a good game. Surprisingly, it actually is!

The main changes to the game from Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal are very plentiful. Some changes include a better moveset for the cast, the addition of Amy as a playable character, the ability to be in fire or ice mode, which gets you through certain obstacles, and some more gameplay styles such as races or hovercraft missions.

If you are unfamiliar with Shattered Crystal, the previous Sonic Boom game, it is very similar to this game, except the gameplay was a lot slower, had poor level design and progressing through the game was a nightmare.

Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice is a fast paced 2D platformer with the ability to switch between 5 characters (Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, and Sticks) and the ability to switch between fire and ice. Each character has their own special abilities that can be activated by pressing the X button, Sonic can spin dash which is VERY important if you want to keep your speed up, Amy uses her hammer, Tails has a laser, and Sticks has her boomerang, and Knuckles can dig. The new fire and ice abilities allow the cast to go through certain obstacles very easily.

One reason why I think that this game is not only good, but very good is that the game has an amazing sense of speed, (if you play as Sonic) if you constantly spin dash, air dash, Enerbeam, and homing attack through the masterfully designed levels. The game may be somewhat short, but it does have replayability in the fact that it has lots of collectibles to grab. All of which have a bonus for collecting them, as well as going for the fastest times in a stage gives you a pitiful amount of currency that you can use for the races.

The game, graphically, looks pretty alright. It runs at the same frame rate for both 3D and non-3D and the 3D also looks great as well. Some textures look a tiny bit muddy on the character models and on parts of the landscape, but overall it looks decent. The game also sounds pretty good as well, the music is decent and the sound effects sound alright.

This game is very good and I definitely recommend giving it a try.

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Darkrai Event Back for the 3rd Time this Year


You heard me right, Darkrai is back! If  you somehow missed your chance to get Darkrai via newsletter or GameStop code, he’s back again, this time, through code…?! Simply enter the code DARKRAI20 in Mystery Gift and he (she?) will come with the moves Dark Void, Ominous Wind, Nightmare, and Feint Attack. If Darkrai doesn’t float your boat, then you can still get Victini via internet.

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Sonic Mania Collector’s Edition – Not Just a leak!

A couple days ago, the official Sonic Twitter account took a poll asking if people wanted a collector’s edition for Sonic Mania. Many people flooded the polls saying yes, and with only a few saying no. A couple days later, pictures of what would be the collector’s edition leaked onto various websites. It was eventually confirmed by the official Sonic Twitter account to be real and that it would be available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Lots of celebration from the community occurred and the pre-orders sold out on Amazon (don’t worry they’re available again.) The set includes a classically styled box, a 12’’ figure that makes the “SEGA” startup sound, a cartridge cast with a golden ring, and a metallic collector’s card with the download code. The entire package will cost 70 US dollars. Unfortunately, it is only available in America. But in order to compensate for Europe, if you pre-order Sonic Boom: Fire and Ice you will receive one of those old Sonic hats from the Sonic Colors pre-order bonus. The pre-orders for the PS4 and the PC versions are becoming best-sellers which will remind people that many still show an interest for Sonic and his games.


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New Nintendo Direct Coming September 1st

Nintendo recently announced that a brand new Nintendo Direct will be streamed on September 1st.  Its been a decent amount of time since Nintendo last released a direct for fans, so this is certainly cause for conversation.  Unfortunately, Nintendo has confirmed that the direct is dealing exclusively in news about their handheld console, the Nintendo 3DS.  This basically disproves the idea that the direct will have any news about their new console, the NX; however, Nintendo has done some funny stuff before and I wouldn’t put it past them to slip in some info on the mysterious console.  We’ll be sure to tune in to the broadcast with you guys and hopefully some interesting info will be revealed.


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Starbound or Terraria?

This has been a discussion topic around the web, so I thought I’d write about it, since I know a lot about one of these games.


Sandbox games seem to be gathering more and more popularity over the past ten years, games such as Minecraft and Terraria selling millions of units. On July 22nd, 2016, Starbound came out of early access after months of Soon™. But development hell isn’t necessarily a bad thing, since great things take great time, right?

I’m going to try to compare these games on many topics, so prepare for a lot to read.

Overall Gameplay

Terraria is a game about progression. You chop down a tree, make a lot of crafting tables, mine some ores, craft better gear, fight bosses, craft gear from their drops, rinse and repeat.

Starbound is about exploring the universe and progression. Starbound has a main quest line as well as many sidequests. You can expand your ship, recruit new crew members, or build a huge base.


Terraria generates worlds of three different sizes that the player chooses from. Every world has a procedurally generated Dungeon and Lihzahrd Temple. Every world also has a jungle, a desert, two oceans, a frost biome, and grasslands. In addition to these, every world is generated with a biome of evil, the Corruption, a land of darkness and curses, or the Crimson, a land of flesh and ichor. Worlds are generated with a random set of metals, the tiers being Copper/Tin, Iron/Lead, Silver/Tungsten, and Gold/Platinum.

After the Wall of Flesh, the first boss that is necessary in progression (There are many bosses before it but they’re all theoretically unnecessary), is defeated, hardmode starts. This causes two large streaks to appear through the world, one of Corruption or Crimson (depending on the world), and one of Hallow, a land of light and painful enemies. The Corruption, Crimson, and Hallow are all biomes that spread. Corruption and Crimson can permanently affect the Jungle, which can block progression. The three biomes do not affect each other, and come to a halt when in contact with the other.

Starbound has a virtually infinite world to explore. After all, the game is about exploring the universe. There are five different types of stars you can go to: Gentle, Temperate, Radioactive, Frozen, and Fiery. Each planet has a primary biome, a description,  and a difficulty rating going from Low to Inconceivable.

Every planet also has structures that house people of different races. I’ll get to that next:

Characters and Dialogue

In Terraria, your character has options of hair, outfit, gender, and colors. Most of your character’s looks will come from armor and vanity.

As for other characters, there’s still not much writing. Terraria has no story, so characters only have a few jokes as their lines.

Starbound has seven playable races: the Apex, ape-like citizens ruled by the tyranny of a questionable leader, the Avians, wingless believers of Kluex, the Floran, unisex carnivorous humanoid plants, the Glitch, the only surviving results of a thought experiment of an ancient race, the Humans, warmongers with curiosity, the Hylotl, dumb fish, and the Novakids, strange beings forged in a star. Even after this there are still many customization options. Armor and vanity is still a bonus.

Every race has some backstory and some have unique dialogue quirks. For example, Florans lack articles in their speech, speak in third person while calling themselves “Floran”, and extend their letter s: “Floran consider ssstabbing but behave ssself.”

Glitch say the tone of their sentence before they speak the sentence: “Concerned. Try and watch yourself here, outcast.”


As stated in the previous section, Terraria has no story. The way things play out does make you think about cause/effect relationships between certain events, however.

Starbound has a story with many plotlines. Interactions between races, a God’s sacrifice, a former student fighting a current pupil, it never ends.


Terraria allows you to equip 3 pieces of armor, 3 vanity pieces that are for show and have no stat function, and a dye for each. You also have room for five (six) accessories, each with its own vanity and dye slot. Accessories can do anything from giving extra jumps to flipping gravity. There are 110 dyes in the PC version. [Hover]

Starbound, in a similar way to Terraria, allows 3 pieces of armor and 3 vanity armors. There is also a back equipment slot for a necessary item that is critical to progression called the EPP. This can be covered with a vanity back item. All armors and vanities can be dyed, and this involves applying the dye to the item itself, which uses up the dye in the process. Also, Starbound only has eleven dyes.

Combat and Weapons

Terraria has a set amount of weapons. But what they lack in quantity they make up for in quality and just how cool they are.

To talk about Starbound, I need this quote from (the official wiki) to help me here:

The amount of possible weapons in the game has not been calculated, but when ignoring the stats such as base DPS, damage per swing, and swing speed there are over 1,000,000 possibilities using the data available.

Starbound has a unique combat system where every hotbar slot has two parts, one for left and right click. Large guns and broadswords take up both slots, but have a special attack executed with right click. Smaller weapons take up one, meaning that you can combine weapons for different situations, like a shortsword and shield for low health situations, or a pistol and knife for close-quarters combat.

Mod Support

Terraria doesn’t have mod support. It can be modded. tModLoader is a mod that adds mod support. But Terraria by itself does not have mod support.

Starbound has Steam Workshop integration. This is really nice because the statement “It’s better with mods” applies to this game. The workshop mods add some things to the game, and also fix some problems.

I’m putting a few miscellaneous things here. Terraria has a good UI that stays clear of your character, while Starbound’s UI obscures your view. Your crew in Starbound also gets in the way of anything you try and interact with because their definition of following you is standing within a block of your position. Interacting with your crew causes them to stop following you and stand guard where you leave them. Starbound lets you choose how zoomed in you want to be, something Terraria lacks, but this can be done by changing your resolution setting.

Overall, both games are great in their own ways. I really like Terraria, and I’m really liking Starbound.

Terraria is the game for you if you like: building, mining, crafting, having a limited world, varying playstyles.

Starbound is the game for you if you like: building, mining, crafting, mods, always having a new place to explore, creating systems.

Both games get a REALLY good out of ten in my book.

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SEGA Confirms 25th Anniversary Sonic Game “Sonic Mania”

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Honestly, a part of me is extremely surprised typing this article right now.  At Sonic’s 25th Anniversary celebration SEGA just recently confirmed the Blue Blur’s next title.  Rather than taking a step forward it seems the company wants to take a few steps back, and that’s not a bad thing.  The newly confirmed title is called “Sonic Mania” and will let both fans and newcomers to the series experience a classic Sonic experience complete with sprite style graphics and loads of nostalgia.  The game is currently confirmed to release for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.  Interestingly enough the release date is Spring 2017 but there has been no confirmation that a version is in development for Nintendo’s NX, which is releasing around the same time.

Sonic will not be the only playable character either as Knuckles and Tails will also be making active appearances.  The game is confirmed to contain revamped versions of many classic sonic levels as well, so you’ll be able to get a taste of both old and new once it releases.  Whatever the case, this Sonic game looks like it’s going to give many fans the classic Sonic experience they’ve been asking for and add a new branch in the hedgehog’s legacy.  The full trailer can be viewed below.  Thanks for reading, and stay fast.

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Darkrai Confirmed For The Arcade Version of Pokkén Tournament.

Earlier today, there was a Pokkén Tournament stream aired on NicoNico.  During this stream, new characters were confirmed for the arcade version of the game.  Most of the confirmed fighters were ones already present in the Wii U version, such as Garchomp and Braixen; however, there was one surprise.  The stream confirmed that the Pokémon “Darkrai” is going to be playable in the arcade version of the game.  The footage showed that Darkrai will be a Technical fighter, and rely heavily on the skill and strategy of the player.  It is still not known whether or not Darkrai will be brought over to the Wii U version of the game, but many speculate that it is only a matter of time before he is added through DLC.  You can view the confirmation video below:




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Nintendo Brings Back The “NES” With the New “mini NES Classic Edition”

Well this was a bit of a surprise.

Nintendo recently announced on their official twitter that the NES is coming back in all its retro glory.  Starting on November 11th, fans will be able to purchase the mini NES Classic Edition.  This console is a plug-and-play replica of the original Nintendo Entertainment System and comes with 30 NES games already loaded onto it.  These games are listed as follows:

  • Balloon Fight
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • Galaga
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros.
  • MEGA MAN 2
  • Metroid
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

New NES controllers are being created that connect to the system via the same port used on Wii controllers.  This means you can use the NES controllers to play virtual console games on your Wii/Wii U or use the Classic Controller on your Wii/Wii U to play retro games on the mini NES.  The system istself connects to the TV using an HDMI cable, so you’ll be able to play your games in glorious High Definition.  The system is expected to be $59.99 and the controllers will be $9.99.  This will definitely be great for long time fans of Nintendo or those interested in playing some of the most revered titles in gaming.  Thanks for reading!




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Steam Summer Sale is Happening

Well, it’s been happening. I’m always late writing these articles. I’m still working on an Overwatch thing. Anyway, the sale ends on Monday, July 4th. Here are some games I bought and a few quick thoughts for each one:

Watch_Dogs: $11.99:

This third-person shooter takes place in a futuristic Chicago where everything electronic is connected through a system called ctOS. In the game, you are connected into this system and can use this connection to do from as little as listening to someone’s phone conversation to as impactful as cutting the entire city’s power for a short moment.




Melody’s Escape: $4.99:

Whoops I already wrote a Steam review on this game. Do you like rhythm games? because I definitely love rhythm games. I especially like the ones that let you play your own music, such as AudioSurf. This game is in the small group of games that fit those criteria. The game requires you to input timed directionals, but it is not a rehash of DDR. Higher difficulty levels require separate types of directional inputs, such as arrows and WASD. This game plays really well with a controller. If you like rhythm games, you should try it.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance: $7.49

This is my first Metal Gear game. It’s also my first Hack and Slash game. WOW THIS GAME IS REALLY FUN. You play as Raiden, a cyborg ninja dude who rips things apart. The game has a lot of interesting plot detail in it. There are other cyborg ninja dudes that try to kill you. There’s a lot of blood (We’re talking Hotline Miami levels of blood). You can slow down time and hang out in the air while you slash things into 300 pieces. See that box? You can cut it. It took me a night’s sleep to download and the following day (The same day I wrote this) to finish. The only problem I had with it was how short it was.


Take advantage of this opportunity, guys. There’s less than a week left, so hurry!

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Dolphin Emulator Releases Version 5.0


Dolphin Emulator is an open-source program that can emulate games released on the Nintendo GameCube and Wii. Today, version 5.0 just released. Everything is summed up in this video:

I’m uninstalling Dolphin 4.0-6484 as you read this

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First Footage of Zygarde’s Different Forms Shown

We learned a while back that Zygarde was receiving alternate forms, but it seems like we are now getting a clear look at them.  Footage was first shown at the Taiwan Pokémon National Championships, and the official Pokémon Company followed up with an official trailer for US audiences later today.  Due to the footage, we were able to discover that some of Zygarde’s new moves include “Thousand Arrows” and “Thousand Waves”.  When in a pinch, Zygarde can change into his complete form in order to gain control of the battle and finish his opponents off with the move “Core Enforcer”!  This was certainly an awesome surprise and we’ll be waiting for a chance to use Zygarde’s new forms when Pokémon Sun and Moon release this November.  You can view the video below:


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New Pokémon Revealed for Sun and Moon via CoroCoro

Popular Japanese gaming magazine “CoroCoro” recently released another issue.  As always scans of the issue are already circulating around the internet, and it would seem they have given us a look at some new Pokémon.  The people who translated the articles wanted to note that they aren’t sure if the details are finite, so they may be changed or disproved later.  The first is known as the Half Awake Pokémon “Nekkoala”, and has the ability “Definite Sleep” as well as a normal typing.  It’s ability prevents it from being subject to any status affects other than sleep, and its design appears to be based on the koala (that was kinda obvious off the name alone).

corocoro7161The second Pokémon, which seems to be causing more stir among fans, is the Puppy Pokémon “Iwanko”.  It is a Rock-type and has either “Keen Eye” or “Vital Spirit” as its ability (the Japanese translation is still being worked out).


These two new Pokémon look like they’ll be very interesting additions to the already over 700 we have, and here’s hoping there are more new ones to come.


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Sonic Confirmed For Lego Dimensions

I legitimately can’t believe I’m typing this.

The toy-to-life based video game “LEGO Dimensions” recently released an E3 Expo trailer showcasing some of the game’s upcoming characters and levels.  Towards the end of the trailer, there was a shot of Gollum from the Lord of the Rings chasing after…well…a ring.  Last second, a blue blur dashes by and grabs the ring, and upon slowing down we see that it’s none other than-

Sonic-Lego Dimensions 2

Yep, that’s Sonic alright.  Depending on who you are this is either really cool or really disappointing.  Personally, I think it was kind of neat seeing Sonic with a LEGO mini figure.  I won’t lie though, I’m kind of upset about him appearing in LEGO Dimensions (the game is trying so hard to milk many franchises and it’s sad seeing Sonic taken to that level).  The trailer also showcased many other upcoming series being added such as “Ghostbusters” and “Teen Titans Go!”.  This was certainly…interesting to say the least, and we’ll be standing by for more information.

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Injustice 2 Announced With Trailer

Yesterday, in a surprise announcement, a trailer was released announcing a sequel to the 2013 title “Injustice: Gods Among Us”.  The description of the trailer is as follows:

“Build and power up the ultimate version of your favorite DC legends in INJUSTICE 2. With a massive selection of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains, INJUSTICE 2 allows you to personalize every iconic character with unique and powerful gear. Take control over how your favorite characters look, how they fight, and how they develop across a huge variety of game modes. This is your Legend. Your Journey. Your Injustice.”

It seems customization will be a very important aspect of this game and we even get to see some of it in action during this trailer.  We also get a neat look at some of the characters, such as Superman, Supergirl, Batman, and The Flash.  The game currently appears to have a 2017 release date, so we’ll hope for some more news soon.

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Pokémon Company Releases New Trailer For Sun and Moon

The Pokémon Company has released a trailer today detailing new information about their upcoming games “Pokémon Sun Version” and “Pokémon Moon Version”:

The trailer introduces some new information, such as the fact that the region will feature multiple islands and that the professor will have a mysterious assistant named Lillie.  The typing of the legendary Pokémon has also been revealed, having the Sun legendary be Psychic/Steel and the moon legendary be Psychic/Ghost.  Ironically this means that Solgaleo (the sun legendary) will be weak to fire type attacks and Lunala (the moon legendary) will be weak to dark type attacks.  It’s great to finally get some new information about the game and we’ll be anxiously waiting for its November release.

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Xbox One Drops in Price

On May 26th, Microsoft lowered the price of the Xbox One by $50. I’m not sure if this is just a limited time offer, but I think it’s about time they lowered the price on the new generation consoles.

Meanwhile, the price of the Playstation console remains the same.

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Good Smile Company Begins Pre-Orders for New Link Figure


Video games and merchandise go together like bread and butter, and this article provides a living example.  The Good Smile Company, a Japanese based company well known for their high quality figures, announced that they are accepting pre-orders for their new Link figure starting today.  Its design is based on Link’s appearance in “The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword” and features sculpt work from Yuuki Ishiyama and paint work by Hiroyuki Hirose.  The figure pays stunning attention to detail and gives the Hero of Time a breathtakingly accurate representation.  The current price for pre-orders is 14,630 JPY (about $132 USD) and the figure will see a final release this November.  If you’re interested in purchasing it, you can find the product page here.  Pictures of the figure can be viewed below.


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Popular Puzzle Game “Tetris” to be Turned Into a Trilogy Movie



Yeah, you read that title right.

It appears that the popular puzzle game “Tetris” is going to be turned into a movie.  And not only that, but the people making the movie expect it to have two follow-ups.  The film is currently being worked on by Larry Kasanoff and Bruno Wu.  If Kasanoff’s name sounds familiar, it’s probably due to the fact that he was the producer for the live-action Mortal Kombat movies made years ago.  The movie is supposed to be a science-fiction thriller and currently has a budget of $80 million.  Recording for the film is set to start in 2017 in China, so you guys can look forward to (or dread) the date that this film finally comes to theaters.  At any rate, the film is sure to be a blockbuster once it releases…don’t worry, that pun hurt me more than it hurt you.


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E3 Hosting a Free Event for Fans Called “E3 Live”

E3 announced that they have decided to create an event specifically for fans to enjoy this year.  The event will take place in downtown Los Angeles, CA and span across June 14-16.  Entry tickets were completely free, but they are now sold out.  This sadly means that no new patrons can attend, but for those who managed to get a ticket we hope you enjoy your time.  It may still be possible to buy a ticket for the event off of somebody else too, so try looking around!  The official site can be found here.


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Mario Bros. Themed UNO Coming Soon

It was recently announced that the game company Mattel has made a special arrangement with Nintendo to create cards for the game UNO.  The cards will feature characters from the Super Mario Bros. universe,  Luigi, Mario, and the Koopalings among those making appearances.  While this is definitely some cool news, it sounds like Mattel isn’t interested in bringing the cards to the US.  In an official statement to Nintendo News a supervisor stated as follows:

I’m looking in the system and do not see that product scheduled for release any time within the next two months.  We often outsource products to areas with a specific interest, so we cannot guarantee they will be released elsewhere.

It’s a little sad that this game may not be brought to the United States, but until we know for sure you can check out some images of the game below:





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Sonic Social Media Teases New Game in Development

Earlier this week, the official Sonic the Hedgehog Social Media page began teasing that a new game was in development.  They displayed an image that was rather funny but also cause for interest:

Later on, the blue blur’s official twitter began conversation with the musical artist Madeon and started asking how much it would potentially cost to hire him for game trailer music:

Another interesting thing to note is that the Sonic twitter already made a tease involving Madeon earlier this year, where they took the cover art for his album “Adventure” and gave it a Sonic flare:

Of course this is very interesting and exciting news for fans of Sonic, but for now the most we can really do is speculate as we haven’t been given any more details.  It could be Adventure 3, Generations 2, or maybe a whole new game entirely.  Maybe we’ll get some more information at Sonic’s Birthday event or even E3, but for now that’s all we’ve got.  Thanks for reading!

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Overwatch Releases A New Animated Short

Yesterday the folks over at Blizzard gave us a look at another animated Overwatch short.  This time the story details a young girl being threatened by the infamous “Los Muertos” gang in Dorado.  Naturally, Soldier 76 jumps into battle just in time to take action and fight back.  You can view this awesome animation below or on the official Overwatch YouTube channel.

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New Persona 5 Trailer Released

Whoops this happened like 2 weeks ago sorry

ATLUS released the 4th trailer for Persona 5, giving it a release date for Japan, September 15th, 2016.

This is the original trailer, it’s in Japanese.

This is a subbed version of said trailer:

It looks pretty good in my opinion.

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Overwatch Releases A New Animated Short Today

This past morning, the Overwatch team released another animated short on their YouTube channel and website for fans to enjoy.  This short starred the characters Genji and Hanzo as they duke it out with each other in a sacred dragon temple.  During the fight, the two exchange words and learn more about each other in the process.  The video, titled “Dragons”, is beautifully animated and extremely well done, so be sure to check it out below.

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Nintendo Direct Last Thursday

Last Thursday, Nintendo released a Nintendo Direct detailing their new games for the 3DS and the Switch.

The Switch games were:

  • Kirby Star Allies
  • Okami HD
  • Shushi Striker: The Way of Sushido
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Dark Souls: Remastered
  • Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes
  • Captain Toad Treasure Tracker
  • Undertale
  • Crash N Sane Trilogy
  • Little Nightmares
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole
  • Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition
  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • Paid DLC for Splatoon titled Octo Expansion
  • Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros. (working title)

The 3DS games were:

  • WarioWare Gold
  • Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey
  • Detective Pikachu
  • Luigi’s Mansion
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

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