Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 8 Games With Alternative Timelines You Should Play https://www.gameskinny.com/y8lyr/8-games-with-alternative-timelines-you-should-play https://www.gameskinny.com/y8lyr/8-games-with-alternative-timelines-you-should-play Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:32:50 -0500 Alberto C.

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Whether set in a nuclear wasteland or a cyberpunk megacity, alternative timeline games allows to us wonder and drift on about potential outcomes in history while still keeping one foot within reality.

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Know of any games that portray alternative timelines that we missed? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

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If there's only thing nuclear technology has given us besides cheap electricity, nuclear waste, and big bombs, it's games based on a post-apocalyptic era. But don't worry, this one isn't focused on the consequences of nuclear fallout.

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Fan of the 80's vision of what the future would be like? Also a fan of cheesy commentary, comedic narrative, running-n-gunning gameplay complemented by power moves, lasers, and power-bows? if so, you're in for a treat.

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What was thought to be an April Fool's joke ended up becoming one of the most unexpected and awesome expansions in recent gaming history. Ditching the more serious undertone of Far Cry 3, this stand-alone expansion used the same engine and gameplay mechanics while completely revamping the visuals and giving us a new story set in a dystopian world of 2007 by 1980s standards.

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Taking the role of cybernetic super-soldier Rex Power, your mission is to stop an elite agent-gone-rogue who plans to transform the world into a prehistoric version. To do so, you'll need the assistance of Dr. Darling as you save scientists, fight off the rogue agent's army, and kill dinosaurs that roam the environment -- all while collecting cybernetic hearts, performing power moves, and enhancing your skills through a leveling system.

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I mean if lasers, cheesy commentary, cybernetics, power moves, and dinosaurs doesn't convince to play this game, I'm not sure what else I could tell you.

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Freedom Fighters

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If you enjoyed the theme of Wolfenstein's reboot but got tired of shooting the same old Nazis and their augmentated soldiers, Freedom Fighters will be of interest.

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Much like in Wolfenstein, you play the role of a resistance fighter fighting for American independence, only this time you're fighting the Soviet troops occupying New York. And instead of being an agent for an intelligence organization of the U.S. government, you're a plumber. Yes, a plumber.

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In a world where the Soviet Union first acquired nuclear weapons and swiftly ended World War 2 by nuking Berlin, the United States found itself at a disadvantage and eventually was surrounded by communist nations that facilitated a full-out invasion of the country. As a simple plumber who was on his way to see a client, the player goes from wielding a wrench at one moment to full-time resistance, mowing down Soviet troops with AK's with the hope of liberating the city.

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Wolfenstein

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Nazis are bad. Nazis messing with experimental technology and supernatural powers can only be worse. If you ever wondered what it would be like if Nazi Germany had not lost World War 2, the Wolfenstein series is the franchise for you.

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However, the series has two plots you should take into account if are considering giving the franchise a shot. Up to and including Wolfenstein (2009), the stories take place during World War 2, and you play as famous agent of the Office of Secret Actions B.J. Blaskowicz, who is sent deep behind enemy lines to investigate experiments and paranormal activity conducted by the Paranormal Division of the SS.

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Since the series reboot in 2014, the plot revolves around a world in which Nazi Germany was victorious in successfully defeating the United States and its allies and is now acting as an occupying force in the continental United States. Still playing as Blaskowicz, you lead a resistance fight against the Nazi occupiers, who have augmented their forces with bizarre technology.

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl

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The incidents of Three Mile Island and the Chernobyl Disaster were significant enough to raise public skepticism towards nuclear power, but both were a cakewalk compared to S.T.A.L.K.E.R.'s setting.

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As you can guess, the game takes place in the Ukrainian area that was affected by the Chernobyl Disaster where humans, if present at all, live a hazardous life of survival fighting off other humans and mutants severely affected by the nuclear fallout of the power plant.

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Once again, game developers in the East delivered us a post-apocalyptic nuclear scenario FPS combined with survival and horror elements.

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Bioshock

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Another heavyweight franchise whose original title is now over 10 years old, Bioshock distinguished itself from so many other titles at the same for being a great combination of RPG and FPS gameplay mechanics that were supported by one of the most unique storylines and settings in gaming.

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The original game takes place in the 1960s and puts you in the shoes of a plane crash survivor who, by apparent sheer luck, finds a lighthouse and gains access to a secret underwater city known as Rapture. The city is the product of utopian visionary and businessman Andrew Ryan, who is also isolated from the surface. By the time you arrive, the whole city is anything but utopian, with the remaining survivors tearing each other apart.

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Bioshock's story is complemented by an art design and visual approach that resemble 1960s architecture, style, and technology in such a memorable way as to make its imagery easily recognizable even a decade later.

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Deus Ex

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Deus Ex might be set a few decades from now, but its backstory is one of conspiracies and power politics that go back hundreds of years. The Illuminati play a major role in this background as a mighty organization with power that supersedes that of nations themselves, including the US government.

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Set in a near future where human augmentation through cybernetics is a common sight, Deus Ex titles have you fulfilling roles ranging from ex-SWAT security managers working for corporations to rookie anti-terrorist agents of the United Nations Anti-Terrorist Coalition.

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Deus Ex's plots are blacklights for any conspiracy theorist enthusiast that will take you through twisted storylines and plot twists in a Blade Runner-esque universe where actors like the Illuminati, governments, international organizations, and multinational corporations are in a fight for survival with each another.

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Avoiding spoilers as much as possible in case any reader might just want to pick it up for the first time, we can tell you that the chronological storyline order of the games is not the same as their release dates. The latest titles of the series, Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided were published in 2011 and 2016 respectively, and both take place before the events of the original Deus Ex itself. So if the outdated graphics of the original seem too off-putting, perhaps the enticement of continuing the story after the latest games will convince you to try it out anyways.

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Metro 2033

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There are quite a few games out there that hypothesize the consequences if the Cold War had turned into a hot one. In the RTS genre notably, titles like Wargame and World in Conflict portrayed scenarios where Soviet and NATO forces faced each other head on. Metro parted from a similar idea.

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The backstory of Metro 2033 is one where Russia, presumably along with the rest of the planet, is now suffering the consequences of the aftermath of nuclear warfare that took place two decades earlier. You play the role of Artyom, one of the survivors of the initial onslaught who sought refuge in one of the subway stations of Moscow. As a member of the underground community, you venture beyond the safe zones to advance the storyline and battle both rival human factions and mutants alike.

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Metro's story is not just one you should play because of the interesting post-apocalyptic setting (the Fallout franchise fills in that checkbox pretty well too), but because the perspective of playing as a Russian is rare enough, and playing as a Russian survivor in a post-apocalyptic nuclear world is absolutely unique in itself. The story and gameplay developed by Eastern gaming enthusiasts 4A Games gives us a significantly different experience from the more Hollywood-ish franchises developed in the West. The game was such a success in both Russia and the Western market that the third title of the franchise is currently in development and set to be released later this year.

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Half-Life

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In addition to solid gameplay mechanics and making possible the development of mods that went on to become franchises of their own, the Half-Life series gave us a story that was identical in terms of historical development ... right until you started the campaign.

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Set in the shoes of a "simple" scientist working at a research facility, you start the game doing the mudane things every other working person does: talking to coworkers, putting on your work clothes, going through security checkpoints, etc. ... And then all hell breaks loose when you and your geek squad accidentally open a portal to another dimension that is dominated by a multidimensional empire bent on conquering everything they can.

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If this premise isn't interesting enough, the second installment is even more intriguing by informing you that the multidimensional empire, The Combine, managed to defeat the whole Earth in less than a day. You go from MIT-educated scientist running around a top-secret research facility in one game to fighting guerilla warfare and inflitrating Combine strongholds in the second.

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The Half-Life universe portrayed an alternate version of Earth that was subjugated by an alien force and at the same time showed an unlikely alliance between humans and another persecuted alien species with their common goal of liberation from the conqueror's fists.

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Not matter how many Call of Duty titles Activision makes about World War 2 or how many RPGs we play about slaying the ultimate demon-spawn-destroyer of all that is holy and sweet, they always boil down to two things: we either know how the story really ends, or it's so far out that the game world feels more like another dimension in a whole other universe.

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Here's a list of some of the top games and franchises, regardless of genre or age, that have had some of the most memorable storylines and plots based on alternative historical outcomes.

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If You're Playing Mass Effect Andromeda for the Sex... Try These Hentai Games Instead https://www.gameskinny.com/sz7q1/if-youre-playing-mass-effect-andromeda-for-the-sex-try-these-hentai-games-instead https://www.gameskinny.com/sz7q1/if-youre-playing-mass-effect-andromeda-for-the-sex-try-these-hentai-games-instead Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:00:02 -0400 Ty Arthur

With the billions of NSFW nude mods out there, developers have caught onto the fact that some people play games for the naughty parts. That's led to some real oddity in the gaming underground, from bizarre stuff like Genital Jousting or Cobra Club, to even more truly bizarre stuff like The Tearoom or Gal Gun.

On the mainstream side, there's Bioware and the newly unleashed Mass Effect: Andromedaallowing mankind (and a couple of alien species) to take their love making to a whole new galaxy.

Just a few months back, Aaryn Flynn from Bioware offhandedly referenced how this time around the romance scenes in Andromeda would be taken to the next level and become essentially "softcore porn." While some of them are unquestionably more explicit, with more booty grabbing, writhing, and visible nipples, for the most part it's still fade-to-black content.

Clearly there's not going to be anything like full-on penetration or money shots in your typical AAA game though, so playing Andromeda for the sex scenes is a bit of a non-starter. For that, you've got to look a bit farther, whether you want 3D simulations similar to what you'd see in Mass Effect, or instead prefer an animated hentai style.

While there are plenty of flash mini-games at the various porn sites covering just about every game series and sexual fetish imaginable, what we're looking at here is actual, full games worth playing that also have actual, full-on sex.

WARNING: It should go without saying that this is all massively NSFW, and for the love of captain Shephard, don't click on anything or scroll any further if nudity offends.

Actual Mass Effect Porn

First off, you don't actually have to go to a different game series at all if the Mass Effect characters are what you are specifically looking for. Rule 34 clearly states that if something exists, a porn edition of it also exists. If it didn't before, it spontaneously pops into existence when you ask "is there a porno version of this?"

For those playing Andromeda mostly for the bumping and grinding, some glorious 3D animators took it upon themselves to cut out the middleman for you and created explicit sex scenes readily available online.

Honestly, there's more Mass Effect porn than you could fit on the data banks of the Normandy and the Tempest combined. Well, OK, maybe not that much, but there's a ludicrous amount of it to be found with some quick searching.

A whole lot of this "parody" porn focuses on Miranda Lawson (you had to see that one coming), but all of the characters get it on in an absurd number of ways in various still photos and fully animated movie clips. Not at work and none of the kids are around? Try some of it out at places like PornHub or Xvideos.

mass effect, miranda lawson You don't have to just imagine what's under the suit anymore!

Sengoku Rance

There are a ton of games in this series covering a wide range of genres and art styles. Sengoku Rance is essentially a Fire Emblem style tactical RPG that also happens to have explicit sex scenes with a bunch of different female characters.

The sex is a major element, but it's more peripheral than the strategy game play. Sadly, there's no voice acting, which might be a deal breaker for some players specifically going into this less for the for the naughty bits rather than the grand dreams of conquest and warfare.

Brave Soul

Another one that's most definitely RPG first, hentai game second, Brave Soul offers 16-bit style action RPG goodness in the vein of classic SNES and Genesis titles.

There's an opening anime song segment and everything before you hero goes on a quest alongside some nubile ladies. If you want to feel nostalgic and aroused at the same time, well, here you go!

Premium Play Darkness

Actually getting this one up and working in English for the non Japanese folks is a serious hassle, but when it's finally done, Premium Play is among the cream of the crop for 3D simulations, with hundreds of options for building your dream girl and then having your way with her in hundreds more positions: and that's essentially the entire game.

There are lots of BDSM and fetish elements, but if that's not your thing, there's still plenty of vanilla lovin' to be had. Since the whole game is explicit sex we can't really embed a video here and keep it PG-13, but you can see snippets from the game at a more explicit site by clicking here.

Yukkuri Panic Escalation

Visual novels have overtaken platforms like Steam, where they can be pumped out quickly and have a built-in rabid fanbase. Unfortunately the vast majority of those have to tone down their content or censor explicit material to be released there.

When you move away from the big name platforms and go straight to the developers though, there are sexually explicit stories of all stripes waiting to be found.

A yuri (all girl-girl or solo girl) visual hentai novel, Yukkuri Panic Escalation changes up the formula by adding surprisingly fun mini-games before you can unlock any of the scenes to see the actual nudity and then get to the next part of the story.

Three Sisters' Story

There was this glorious time a lot of you younger gamers may not recall when phones still had cords and Napster was a thing... and all sorts of hentai games were just there for the taking on services like LimeWire. Yeah, you had to dodge viruses and files that were purposefully mislabeled, but if you knew what you were doing, there was a veritable animated porn game cornucopia just waiting to be plundered.

High quality games with tons of sex like Three Sisters Story, Time Stripper Mako (I swear to God I didn't make that one up), the various Viper entries, and X-Change (mad science gone sexy!) were all freely making the rounds. These are a bit harder to come by these days, and require you know how to figure out a DOS emulator, because these games weren't intended for operating systems like Windows 10 (or in some cases, even Windows XP).

Three Sisters Story is one many hentai gamers will remember from that time for its classic style, interesting story, distinctive characters, and yes, plenty of sex in a wide range of situations.

Despite what the name might imply, there's not actually any incest involved here, but you do eventually make the rounds with all three sisters if you play your cards right. Choosing to not get jiggy with one or two of them gets you to a better ending, however, for those with the iron will power to say "no thank you mam, please put back on your undies."

Runner Up: Blood Dragon's Insane Sex Scene

Although not a sex game, the completely unexpected love scene from neon 80s Far Cry spin-off Blood Dragon is simply a must-see in the annals of kinky gaming history.

This ludicrous and totally coming-from-left-field segment is as utterly nutso as the puppet sex from the director's cut version of Team America: World Police. It's not often you hear lines like "I wanna be blinded with your cyber love" or "ouch, ouch, ouch" in a sex scene.

What did you think of our picks, and what hentai games would you recommend for those seeking a more sexually-charged gaming experience?

Editors Note: Two videos that are no longer available have been removed.

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Quotes & One-Liners That Will (Definitely) Put A Smirk On Your Face https://www.gameskinny.com/fhql2/quotes-one-liners-that-will-definitely-put-a-smirk-on-your-face https://www.gameskinny.com/fhql2/quotes-one-liners-that-will-definitely-put-a-smirk-on-your-face Mon, 23 Jan 2017 03:00:01 -0500 Ricardo melfi

Video games (just like movies) tell elaborate stories, build characters and use dynamic effects and shots. It's an immersive medium and before long, you're emotionally invested. You're right there in the game. Dialogue is such an important part of said immersion and (again just like movies) video games have fired off some awesome and memorable one-liners/quotes. Most of the time they're generic action and dramatic one-liners but every now and then, a little piece of gold finds its way out...

With that said, here are some of the funniest one-liners and quotes that are sure to put a smirk on that face of yours!

Duke Nukem Forever

The Duke

*Looks in the mirror*

"DAMNNN, I look good..."

Don't deny it. Whenever any of us played as the Duke, our inner narcissist couldn't be kept down for long and a smile slowly creeped its way across your face. How could it not after hearing that line? Then again, now that I think of it, I laughed at A LOT of his one-liners...

Portal

Portal P.A Announcer

"If you need to go to the bathroom after this next series of tests, please let a test associate know because in all likelihood, whatever comes out of you is going to be cold. Only temporary so do not worry. If it persists for a week though, start worrying and come see us because that's not supposed to happen."

Portal is jam-packed with sarcastic and humorous quotes/one-liners. It was hard to narrow it down but the P.A Announcer made me smile first. While GlaDos always holds a place in my heart, she won't be seen on this list.

Assassin's Creed II

Ezio Auditore da Firenze

"Your sister seemed quite satisfied with the 'handling' I gave her earlier."

Ahhh, the good-old mum and sister jokes. For being as old as they are, still pack quite a punch when used. Seriously, it hurts. Just look at how easily the Pazzis are angered when Ezio uses the above line on them! Ubisoft know this too and young Ezio is a typical, "your mum" kinda guy...

Left 4 Dead

Zoe

"Free copy paper? Sweet!"

What else could put your mind at ease when facing a zombie apocalypse? Guns? Water? Food? Defendable shelter? No! COPY PAPER! Left 4 Dead's Zoe shares STG's enthusiasm for the little things in a zombie apocalypse when she yells out her one-liner, in the copy room. Bless Zoe, you go girl.

Postal

Player

"Hey I'm just exercising my second amendment rights here, you fuckin' communist."

This insane game made absolutely no sense but who cares? The violence and gore made sure you never had a chance to think about that. What I did notice, however, was the player's one-liners. Most notably, the above one. My drink nearly came out of my nose when I heard this gem. Yep, apparently shooting and killing people is just exercising your right to... shoot and kill people? Otherwise, you're just a filthy communist aren't you?

South Park: The Stick of Truth 

Cartman

"If you have a fucking better name for them then fucking say it Clyde!"

There's something about Cartman spitting the dummy at people that's just so damn funny. He's everyone's favourite, evil, little shit. Stick of Truth was (finally) a fantastic South park game and the entire game made us here at STG lose ourselves laughing but when Cartman gets angry and says this to Clyde during the tutorial, it's hard not to laugh let alone smile.

Spec Ops: The Line

Robert Darden (The Radio Man)

"Geez man, where's all this violence coming from? Is it the video games? I bet it's the video games."

Yeah, I'm totally sure it's the video games and not the fact that you play as a highly trained, special forces soldier, trained to kill, dropped into unknown, enemy territory, are constantly attacked and have some tough decisions to make along the road. Definitely the video games...

Brutal Legend

Eddie Riggs

"Oh man... don't tell me I've been slaying hot girls this entire time!"

Eddie Riggs is your average, mediocre roadie who gets transported to a heavy metal dimension. Using his extensive knowledge of 'the metal', Riggs leads the inhabitants of this heavy metal heaven turned hell in a revolution against the dastardly General Lyonwhite. After seeing the face of one of his foes, Eddie immediately pauses mid-fight to ask himself the same question every man would. 

Marvel VS Capcom 3

Deadpool

*Everything he says in this game.*

We couldn't narrow it down with everybody's favourite merc, Deadpool. He's just too damn funny so instead we decided to just tell you to go out and play the game already! The great thing is when he actually talks to the player through the game and mentions the fact he knows he's in a fighting game. Absolute gold...

Sonic Colours

Sonic the Hedgehog

"No copyright law in the universe is going to stop me!"

This one made the list because it was unexpected, yet also feels personal. It transcends the game and touches on a real issue many gaming channels and platforms seem to suffer. You tell em', Sonic...

Uncharted 2

Nathan Drake

"Yeah good luck pal. That's almost impossible to... Oh, you did it... nice."

Nolan North is a great voice actor and the most recognised voice in gaming today. He does a fantastic job as Nathan Drake and can even get his disappointment and envy across the microphone. Being proven wrong is never funny but when you are, at least give the person credit. Real, genuine credit. Don't be like Nate, the jealous douche.

Assassin's Creed II

Mario Auditore

"It's a me, Mario!"

This joke is so old now but it seems to continue to get used. This one-liner was made famous by the super plumber himself and has been seen/heard/used almost everywhere in the world! It comes to no surprise that Ubisoft threw this little piece of chuckler homage in. I feel like I've heard this somewhere before...

Bulletstorm

Trishka Novak

"Yeah!? Go fuck yourself! You shit piles give chase, I WILL kill your dicks!"

Bulletstorm tough girl Trishka is a Final Echo mixture of sassiness and, well, extreme violence. You meet up with Trishka as she is getting sexually assaulted by one of the planet's denizens. Trishka can definitely take care of herself , as she proved as your companion in Stygia. You get the feeling she's got something to prove though and the one-liner she fires off above tends to prove it. Time to start working on your trash-talk Trish...

Conker's Bad Fur Day

The Great Mighty Poo

"I am the great, mighty, Poo and I'm going to throw my shit at you."

Now the line itself isn't actually that funny, but if you really want laughs then turn to a classic comedy method; turn it to song! The Great Mighty Poo serenades Conker on his Bad Fur Day (see what I did there?) and scored an ashamed little giggle from me. Guys really don't need much for comedy, do we?

Mortal Kombat

Boon & Scorpion

"Toasty!"

And:

"Get over here!"

The two most iconic one-liners that came from Mortal Kombat way back in the 90s secured their place in pop-culture, still being referenced and used today. These two quotes will ALWAYS wrestle a sub-conscious smirk from your face.

The Wolf Among Us

Bigby Wolf

"Urggh. This shit will kill ya'."

*Takes puff of his cigarette*

Bigby Wolf is the protagonist in Telltale's The Wolf Among Us. He's the tough, emotionally withdrawn, whiskey drinking, cigarette smoking, wise-cracking, bad-ass tasked with solving a series of murders of fairytale characters in 1986 Fabletown. Again, Bigby (short for Big Bad Wolf) has a lot of great one-liners that made us smirk. Soda will kills you but your cigarettes won't, eh Bigby? Classic fairytale irony at its best.

Far Cry: Blood Dragon

Sgt. Colt

"I fucking HATE tutorials and this one is TERRIBLE!"

The 80s have made a comeback everywhere and Far Cry: Blood Dragon is no exception. Blood Dragon is an 80s-induced trip back in time to Hollywood's sci-fi and action films. Sgt. Rex Colt is a cyber commando in the near future of 2007 in which a nuclear war has destroyed the globe. One typical 80s best friend betrayal later and a revenge plot is set in motion. We all dislike most video game tutorials as much as the next guy (or gal) and Colt confirms this notion. You go Rex...

That's it for this listicle! We hope you enjoyed the article and found a few things to entertain you. Please leave a comment with what you think is your favourite quote in video games and don't forget to check out our channel and links!

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2 Days Until Free Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon! https://www.gameskinny.com/6nlqz/2-days-until-free-far-cry-3-blood-dragon https://www.gameskinny.com/6nlqz/2-days-until-free-far-cry-3-blood-dragon Wed, 09 Nov 2016 02:00:02 -0500 Marcus_Jensen

This year, Ubisoft, one of the biggest video game publishers of all times, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. And what a celebration it is! Starting June 2016, they decided to give away 7 of their games for free. All you needed to do is register for Ubisoft club. Up until now, 5 games were free for download - Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Splinter Cell, Rayman Origins, The Crew and Beyond Good and Evil. The last one on the list is still available for download, until the 11th of November. On that day, the baton is passed to Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon.

October - Beyond Good and Evil

Beyond Good and Evil
Source: Ubisoft

First of all, let’s say a few words about Beyond Good and Evil. The game was released in November 2003, exactly 13 years ago. Though it was almost a complete commercial failure, this game endured the test of time and became one of the fans’ favorites.

The game itself is an action-adventure, featuring Jade, a female heroine, and her uncle, a pig-man, Pey’J, on a quest to defeat alien invaders known as “DomZ.” The gameplay includes fighting, racing and stealth missions. Mechanically, it resembles Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, which was released in October the same Year. However, PoP was graphically more polished.

Being that it is quite old, the game doesn’t require you to have a beastly PC, not according to today's standards at least. Even if you download a re-released 2011 HD version, you should be able to play it on any newer PC. Moreover, it is available on all major gaming systems since 2003 onwards.

November - Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon


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Blood Dragon... well, this game... this game is something else. Far Cry itself is one of those ultra popular games that I never really enjoyed playing that much, except for the second one (I loved how the driving experience was realised). When FC3 was released 4 years ago, I didn’t hurry to get it, and when I eventually did, I was quick to get rid of it. It simply wasn’t to my taste. However, on April 30th 2013, Ubisoft released a FC3 spinoff called Blood Dragon.

Though people thought at first that it was an April 1st joke (since a teaser video and a website were launched on that date), it turned out Ubi was serious. Unlike Beyond Good and Evil, FC3 engine is quite more advanced and the requirements are much steeper, meaning you’ll need a good CPU and a good graphics card for gaming.

The game probably achieved bigger success than even Ubisoft could hope for. Even though it carries the feel of the 80’s, synthwave is becoming more and more popular among people who weren’t even born when it was originally created. So, it is only natural that a game which features soundtrack produced by Power Glove has good reception.

Glowing dinosaurs shooting lasers from their eyes, bazookas, explosions, neon glowing bright colors, laser miniguns, androids… the list can go on forever. All of that coated with TV scanlines and 80’s action movie punchlines is a recipe for a sleepless night! Or part of the night since the game lasts 5 hours, give or take.

Anyone who grew up watching classics like Terminator, RoboCop, Judge Dredd, Escape from New York and alike will surely appreciate a game like FC3 Blood Dragon, and if you haven’t already played it, use this chance and download it from Ubisoft until November 11th.

There is one month left until the last, and the 7th free game by Ubisoft is available. Just enough time to go over Beyond Good and Evil and two or three instances of FC3 Blood Dragon, because it is worth playing so many times.

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Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon Confirmed as the Next Free Game in Ubi 30 Event https://www.gameskinny.com/zk0jo/far-cry-3-blood-dragon-confirmed-as-the-next-free-game-in-ubi-30-event https://www.gameskinny.com/zk0jo/far-cry-3-blood-dragon-confirmed-as-the-next-free-game-in-ubi-30-event Wed, 02 Nov 2016 09:20:58 -0400 Nam T. Bui

Ubisoft has been generous in recent months by giving away one game per month for the 30th anniversary of company's establishment. This November, the Ubi 30 event continues with the latest free first-person shooter: Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon.

Based on the recent giveaways, the game should be available at no cost from 15th November to 15th December. In order to get this game, a Ubisoft account is required to confirm the game's ownership, and the Uplay app must installed on your PC for the game download. 

Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon is the stand-alone expansion of the critically acclaimed open-world first-person shooter Far Cry 3. Although it has an identical world layout and uses the same engine, the expansion is set in "an 80s VHS vision of the future" where the player must "get the girl, kill the bad guys, and save the world".

Blood Dragon's gameplay has major changes from the original game -- a simple leveling system, the removal of crafting features, and an arsenal of sci-fi weapons. Even so, it received positive reception from game critics, with an average score of 82/100 in Metacritic (PC version). It is also considered to be the fastest selling downloadable title in Ubisoft history, with 1 million copies sold in 2013.

While waiting 12 more days to unlock Blood Dragon, Ubisoft fans can grab action-platformer Beyond Good & Evil, which is currently free as part of the Ubi 30 event.

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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon Out Now on Xbox One https://www.gameskinny.com/qrth2/far-cry-3-blood-dragon-out-now-on-xbox-one https://www.gameskinny.com/qrth2/far-cry-3-blood-dragon-out-now-on-xbox-one Tue, 09 Aug 2016 09:53:58 -0400 Joey Marrazzo

Another game has been added to the ever growing list of Backwards Compatible titles on the Xbox One. The new addition to the list is the fun and crazy game Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.

Released as a standalone DLC for Ubisoft's Far Cry 3, Blood Dragon has nothing to do with the original game at all. Instead, you are a cyber commando soldier who has to take down the rogue cyborg army. You are dropped in the 80's-themed open world and right when you start the game, you know that it is going to be a good time.

 The game was originally released back in 2013 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. It received great reviews from critics and players. We here at GameSkinny enjoyed the game as well, and you can read our review of it right here.

When you are finished with this gem, the Blood Dragon franchise continues with Trials of the Blood Dragon, which combines the awesome 80's-themed world of Blood Dragon with the exciting courses of the Trials franchise. 

To play Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon on your Xbox One, you can insert the disk if you still have it or you can buy it from the Xbox Store for $15.

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New Trials game trademark spotted on Taiwanese ratings board, and it's a strange combination https://www.gameskinny.com/vmgm1/new-trials-game-trademark-spotted-on-taiwanese-ratings-board-and-its-a-strange-combination https://www.gameskinny.com/vmgm1/new-trials-game-trademark-spotted-on-taiwanese-ratings-board-and-its-a-strange-combination Wed, 27 Apr 2016 05:39:38 -0400 Scott Simpson

In what is a rather odd mash-up, it seems Ubisoft is planning to have the Trials franchise merge with Far Cry 3 spin-off Blood Dragon. It can only be described as an interesting fusion.

The news comes about as some eagle-eyed sleuths noticed a rating from the Taiwan Game Software Rating Regulations Board for a game called Trials of the Blood Dragon, which it seems will be coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

It's unclear if this will be a new entry in the Trials series, or if it will be a further expansion to Trials Fusion. That game has already received a batch of new content in the form of Trials Fusion: Awesome Level MAX, which featured a bunch of new levels and added items, as well as a gun-wielding, unicorn-riding cat.

This at least proves developer RedLynx has some experience when it comes to creating more out-there content, which will surely come in handy if the developer hopes to merge the franchise with the outlandish Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.

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Let's Talk - Awesome Game Music https://www.gameskinny.com/5zjp3/lets-talk-awesome-game-music https://www.gameskinny.com/5zjp3/lets-talk-awesome-game-music Wed, 13 Apr 2016 04:13:42 -0400 Pierre Fouquet

Let's Talk is a mixed audio and written series about talking -- that much is clear. I talk about specific games, the impact a game can have on the community, about recent events, or how past events have shaped what is now. Read the article first or watch the video -- it's up to you, but without further ado, Let's Talk about:

Music in games, and the times it's been awesome

Music and games. These two things don't often go together in the collective minds of gamers. But is that because the music fades so well into the background that you don't notice it? It subconsciously sets the scene, and fills your brain with emotions. When you do notice the music, is this because it doesn't fit with the scene? In this Let's Talk, we explore the awesome musical moments in game, and sometimes in-game radio.

The Oblivion opening cinematic is incredible at setting the scene -- it sets the tone of the game, while also making you ready for adventuring. I can also hear some moments, towards the end, which must have influenced the Skyrim music.

Far Cry 3, and dubstep done well

We all remember that moment of burning the weed farm in Far Cry 3. While it did borrow from a similar mission in GTA: San Andreas, it did one major thing very differently -- it was one of the few times where dubstep worked as video game music. And boy does it work -- everything fits in place perfectly!

It's a lot like the 2012 first person shooter remake of the RTS classic, Syndicate. While the game didn't dazzle anyone with the gameplay, I feel it did a really good job with the music, it worked with the setting and wasn't annoying, which is nice.

Atmosphere, and radios

While it's not strictly music, having a radio station in a game which reports on the news is a really good world building technique. In, GTA IV, and GTA V, as well as Fallout 4, your actions would create a new broadcast. These very often would interrupt the music which was currently playing, as breaking news is breaking right? If only in real life there was an option to enforce Traffic Information to be permanently off forever, in every car as default.

Being able to pick a radio station is a thing you can do in real life, so being able to do that in a game makes you feel like the world is somewhat real and alive. Especially in Fallout, where all the stations have a very 40s feel to them, making you feel grounded in a world which is pretty crazy.

What are some awesome moments have you have with music in games? Do you even care about the music? Let me know in the comments below.

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300 minutes or less: Fifteen short games worth your time https://www.gameskinny.com/3jcfu/300-minutes-or-less-fifteen-short-games-worth-your-time https://www.gameskinny.com/3jcfu/300-minutes-or-less-fifteen-short-games-worth-your-time Tue, 03 May 2016 05:50:54 -0400 Scott Simpson

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And so that concludes the list of short games worth your time. Hopefully you've seen some of your favorites or found a few new games to add to your wishlist.

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Did I miss out any great, short games? Think a game on the list didn't deserve its place? Don't be shy about it, let us know in the comments below!

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The Fall
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Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U
Approximate time to finish the main game
: 4 hours

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The Fall is a somewhat strange mix of styles, best described as a side-scrolling point and click puzzle platformer. You have a gun too, and at times you'll need to use it, but it never becomes a central component to the game. Most of the time you'll be using it as a light source rather than a weapon. Although the controls are a tad clunky, they get the job done and don't hamper the experience.

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Where the game really shines is in its story-telling and the daunting atmosphere in which it is set. The Fall tackles the subject of A.I. with a level of intelligence rarely seen in any medium, which is complimented perfectly by the dark, immersive, sci-fi atmosphere of the game. Combine that with clever writing, fantastic character development and some classic, adventure game puzzle solving, and you've got yourself a winner.

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As the first part of an intended trilogy, and after the fantastic way it ends, I'm excited to see where developer Over The Moon go with the forthcoming episodes.

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Attack Of The Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale
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Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
Approximate time to finish the main game
: 3 hours

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If I was asked to describe Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale in a single word, I would say "pleasant." A simple word for a simple game. There's nothing challenging or taxing about the experience, it's just a peaceful, relaxing jaunt through a sweet, charming tale that perfectly captures the spirit of childhood. There's a very Ghibli vibe going on here.

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The gameplay consists soley of exploring town, talking to people, collecting glims, or playing cards. It's a simple rock, paper, scissors style affair where the victor gets to cast a silly 'spell' (which you can customise the dance to, of course) that will make your opponents fall over.

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That's what so great about Attack of the Friday Monsters, the way it shows the world from a child's perspective. Our character, Sohta, notices all the things the adults in his world don't pick up on, and yet, being a child, he can't fully make sense of it all. Of course we as the player know better, and the way it's all presented is what makes Attack of the Friday Monsters shine.

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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
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Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4
Approximate time to finish the main game
: 4 hours

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I think The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is the first game that actually made me stop playing in awe of the scenic beauty of its game environments just so I could capture a screenshot. Fortunately it has a lot more going for it besides just having gorgeous visuals.

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As supernatural detective Paul Prospero, it's your job to piece together the mystery of Ethan Carter's disappearance after the boy in question writes to you for help. That job title doesn't just imply investigation of the supernatural however, as it seems Mr. Prospero has some otherworldy powers of his own. By touching certain objects, you can view its memory of the events surrounding it. You'll then have to place these memories in the correct sequence in order to understand just what took place.

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It's a well written and intriguing story with some nice puzzles peppered in between travelling through the game's incredible vistas. The Vanishing Of Ethan Carter actually sums itself up pretty nicely with its opening line:

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"This game is a narrative experience that does not hold your hand."

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SteamWorld Dig
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Platforms: PC, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One
Approximate time to finish the main game
: 5 hours

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By most peoples standards the act of digging would probably be considered a chore, but there's just something about SteamWorld Dig that makes it inexplicably engaging.

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Gathering ore provides resources to buy better equipment so you can gather even more ore; it's an oddly satisfying cycle. It's not all digging of course. Set to the backdrop of a robotic western, there's platforming elements and some nifty abilities to help you through them too. Despite the dangers posed by the depths, the game manages to have a relaxing quality about it.

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The franchise has since deviated in an unexpected direction with the release of turn-based strategy game SteamWorld Heist, but is by all accounts just as enjoyable.

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The Beginner's Guide
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Platforms: PC
Approximate time to finish the main game
: 1.5 hours

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The Beginner's Guide shares a lot of similarities with The Stanley Parable, which makes sense since the former was created by one of the minds behind the latter. Both are clever, unique experiences that have something to say.

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With that being said, they're also complete opposites in many ways. The most notable difference comes in their focus. The Beginner's Guide isn't so much about the player but the creator, and you realise that the whole thing is a deeply introspective piece of work for Davey Wreden, who not only made the game, but narrates it. That's also the biggest link between the two games, because one seems to be about the experience of creating the other. That probably doesn't make sense, but it might if you've played them both.

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The game hits suprisingly hard, and left me with a heavy weight in my chest; I was still thinking about it for some time after the credits had rolled. Any game that can have that effect is surely worth playing through?

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If the game piques your interest I would definitely recommend playing The Stanley Parable first, if you haven't already. I found that as a consequence of playing that game, it affected my decisions in The Beginners Guide; I was always looking for ways to defy the narrator. I'm not sure if this was coincidental or something intended on Wreden's part, but I'm prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt. 

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Gunpoint
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Platforms: PC
Approximate time to finish the main game
: 3 hours

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Gunpoint genuinely surprised me. I went into it expecting nothing more than a side-scrolling version of Hotline Miami, I was wrong. Well, actually I was right, that's pretty much what it is, except it's also steeped in an unexpectedly stylish noir atmosphere, with great writing and an interesting puzzle mechanic embedded into levels.

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You see it's not all about bursting through doors and beating guards to a pulp, shortly into the game you'll be introduced to a handy tool called the crosslink. Through it you can rewire electrical components on the same circuit.

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Suddenly that motion detector becomes a trigger to open a previously locked door. Suddenly you can fry a guard in one building by flicking a lightswitch in another. It's a great mechanic and adds a further layer of complexity to levels beyond just trying to work out how to knock out a guard before he shoots you in the face.

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There's also a pretty good story happening between levels, where you can also purchase upgrades and abilities to take on your next mission. The whole thing is complimented by a wonderfully appropriate soundtrack to round off what is a thoroughly satisfying experience.

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Papers, Please
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Platforms: PC (a PlayStation Vita version is in the works)
Approximate time to finish the main game
: 4.5 hours

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There's flight simulators, walking simulators, and then there's Papers, Please, a dystopian, Soviet Union inspired, immigration desk jockey simulator.

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No really, that is the core gameplay mechanic, you check peoples documents, make sure it all checks out, and permit or deny them entry to the fictional country of Arstotzka based on your inspection. That probably doesn't sound like much fun, I'm not sure "fun" is the right word to describe the game, but it is surprisingly rewarding.

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Papers, Please isn't just a fancy spot the different though, things get unpredictably hectic as time goes on and more restrictions are put in place. Your desk becomes cluttered by more and more paperwork, all the while you're on the clock to meet quotas, or you may find some of your pay getting docked.

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Thats the other side of Papers, Please, if you don't bring home enough money, your family suffers. Not only are you trying to keep them alive, you'll regularly be faced with moral decisions that affect others too. There's a surprising level of depth to be had within what is a strange yet ingeniously simple concept.

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Super Time Force Ultra
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Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Xbox 360
Approximate time to finish the main game
: 4.5 hours

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If you've ever wondered what Cher meant when she sang:

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If I could turn back time
If I could find a way
I would have shot up those red barrells
To blow those pesky enemies away

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She was almost definitely talking about Super Time Force Ultra (referred to from this point on as STFU), the souped up version of the already good and previously Xbox exclusive Super Time Force.

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You ever played a game where you died and thought, "damn, if only there was 3 more me's to help me out"? Well that's basically what STFU is all about. You run, you shoot, you die, you rewind, you run, you jump, you shoot, you run a little more, you die, you rewind. Throw some characters with unique abilities into the mix, like say, a deployable shield that will protect you, and however many rewinded replica's you have running about that the time, and things get pretty interesting. And chaotic.

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The game is a blast and is bursting with humour, plus there's loads of characters to unlock and challenges to complete outside the main story missions. It also has a cool Super Meat Boy-esque end of level replay system where you can rewatch all your many you's unleashing carnage. The best part is, if you happen to be a devoted PS+ member, you should already have access to it.

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Jazzpunk
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Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4
Approximate time to finish the main game
: 2.5 hours

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Jazzpunk has got to be the most ridiculous game I've ever played; it's pure batshit, goofy, insanity. The offbeat humour proves to be the games biggest strength, and possibly the only reason for its existence; it's an undeniably unique experience.

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So besides hilarious, what is Jazzpunk? How do I describe it? Ehh... well, you're like this agent guy who has to complete missions, kiss homeless people and engage in pillow fights. Oh, and there's a cat simulator and a wedding themed mini-game parody of Quake. Oh yeah, and the game ends inside a crocodile man's intestines; all pretty standard stuff really.

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If you're still confused about what Jazzpunk actually is, maybe this live action trailer for the game will explain it a little better than I can:

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That clear it all up for you? Okay, good.

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To the Moon
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Platforms: PC
Approximate time to finish the main game
: 4 hours

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To the Moon is a rare thing indeed, a game that manages, despite its limitations, to evoke genuine emotion in the player. I won't deny, I was a little choked up come the end credits.

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Those seeking thrilling gameplay should look elsewhere, To the Moon is very much a story driven experience, but it's a story worth telling. You'll play the role of Dr's Wyatt and Rosaleane, who recreate the memories of dying patients to help them live out experiences they never got to fulfill in life, if only in their minds. Memories are often messy things, however, and it will take a little detective work to piece together this particular patients troubled past.

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I'm not sure any amount of writing about it or watching trailers like the one above will do justice the heartfelt experience of actually playing the game.

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The Stanley Parable
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Platform: PC
Approximate time to finish the main game
: ???

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The Stanley Parable is another one of those games you're probably already quite familiar with, and if not, to describe it in detail would be to ruin the experience -- and it is an experience.

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The game explores the theme of narrative in gaming, and what happens when you decide to break the rules. You can 'beat' the game in 10 minutes, or 15 minutes, or 30 minutes; and yet, 2 hours later, you'll still be playing, you'll still be laughing, and you'll still be discovering new endings.

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The Stanley Parable did something different, and it did it by being funny, clever and intriguing. I can only complain about its somewhat hefty price tag, but that's what Steam sales are for, right?

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Grow Home
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Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4
Approximate time to finish the main game
: 3 hours

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Grow Home isn't your typical gaming experience; your only real enemy is gravity and your only goals are to explore, grow and climb.

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As the player, you'll control B.U.D., a procedurally animated robot who, as a result, is a tad clumsy in his movements. You'll have control of his upper limbs, allowing you to climb the stalk of a giant plant which you'll have to grow until it reaches the stars, where your spaceship awaits. You do this by riding offshoots into nearby floating islands, from which the plant will draw energy, allowing it to grow higher.

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For all the collectible seekers out there, there's also enough to search for and discover to considerably lengthen your time with Grow Home. There's something incredibly soothing about the whole experience, it's the perfect game for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

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A warning though, for my fellow inverted brethren, you either have to invert both axis' (who does that?) or none. As you can imagine, this can lead to some frustration and may confuse your brain when trying to go back to normal afterwards, but it's worth it. There's fewer games that exhibit greater charm than Grow Home.

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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
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Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Approximate time to finish the main game
: 4.5 hours

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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, as its name suggests, came about as a standalone DLC for Far Cry 3, and was, in my opinion, a lot more fun.

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Blood Dragon basically takes all the best bits from Far Cry 3, drowns it in a gaudy, retro, neon aesthetic, and then ramps up the pace to maximum levels. From the very get-go you'll be obliterating goons with gatling guns and blowing up bases; the carnage is relentless, and it's glorious. Like Far Cry 3, there's also outposts to capture, collectibles to find and such like things, which can extend the game to almost double its length. 

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If you're still not sold, there's a button reserved solely for giving the middle finger, and you get to fight giant neon dinosaurs (sorry, Blood Dragons) that shoot laser beams from their heads, what more do you want?

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Freedom Planet
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Platforms: PC, Wii U
Approximate time to finish the main game
: 4.5 hours

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Freedom Planet is a love letter to the fast-paced action-platformers of days gone by, i.e. the Sonic game you've been wanting since Sonic & Knuckles that Sega could never deliver.

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While the story is pretty standard fare and I can't imagine the cheesy dialogue appealing to many, the gameplay is simply outstanding. Levels have been well designed to facilitate speed, with plenty of alternate routes to deviate along, while boss battles are generally challenging and engaging. There's also several characters to choose from, each with their own little differences, to mix up the action and add some replayability. This is all perfectly complimented by the games beautiful pixel art visuals.

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This has to be one of the best games this genre has to offer, and with a sequel currently in development, it's a series I personally hope to see more of.

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Portal
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Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Approximate time to finish the main game
: 3 hours

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You already knew it was coming, right? I couldn't very well make the list without it, so I thought I'd get it out of the way early. I doubt Portal is a game that really needs any introduction at this point, but just in case, here's the run down.

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Basically, you have a gun, it makes portals, you solve puzzles by launching yourself and other objects through said portals, and at the end of it all there will be cake. It's pretty hilarious and if you don't enjoy it you probably don't have a soul. Just kidding, kind of.

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Amazingly Portal 2 managed to improve upon the game in almost every way, no mean feat. Thankfully this improvement extended to the game's length, which is why it is Portal and not its sequel making an appearance on this list, but both come highly recommended.

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With the hectic pace of the modern world, more and more I hear people say "I don't have time to play video games anymore". A tragic thing indeed. But not every game needs to be a sprawling epic. A lot of games in recent years have been making the most of shorter runtimes, and are often all the better for it.

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It should be noted that while there are many rogue-likes that can be finished in this time, most people aren't going to see them through to the end on their first run, so I won't be including any of those.

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So without further ado and in no particular order, here's fifteen short games worth playing that won't take you more than 5 hours from start to finish, assuming you're not the completionist sort.

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Sony announces free PlayStation Plus games for December https://www.gameskinny.com/g05oi/sony-announces-free-playstation-plus-games-for-december https://www.gameskinny.com/g05oi/sony-announces-free-playstation-plus-games-for-december Sat, 28 Nov 2015 04:08:48 -0500 Michael Falero

PlayStation Plus members are getting an early, month-long Christmas this year.

Sony has announced its free PlayStation Plus titles for the month of December. In a video teaser (see above) and accompanying post on its blog, the console maker highlights the dungeon crawl button-masher Gauntlet: Slayer Edition and the 2015 remake of King's Quest. Both titles will be free to those with an active PlayStation Plus membership.

The lineup also includes games for other PlayStation consoles: the PS3 will see two freebies, including Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, the tongue-in-cheek shooter and expansion to Far Cry 3. The 2012 snowboarding game SSX will also be a free PS3 title for the month. Sony has also announced Freedom Wars and Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken will be free on the PlayStation Vita.

If you haven't already, be sure to check out the PlayStation Store's Black Friday Weekend sale before it's over! When you check out, be sure to use this 10% off code (expires on December 1st):

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Top 10 Most American Games Ever https://www.gameskinny.com/oj1kn/top-10-most-american-games-ever https://www.gameskinny.com/oj1kn/top-10-most-american-games-ever Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:37:44 -0400 Matt Amenda

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1. Metal Wolf Chaos

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Truly, this is Japan's revenge for the atom bombs. Why else would they make the most senseless, stupid, cheesy, gloriously American game of all time and never release it stateside? It even had horrible English dialogue and everything! How could you do this to us!?

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Sigh...just look at it: 

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There is nothing more I can say. This is the most American game there ever was, is, and will ever be. I rest my case.

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What do you think are the most American games? Let us know in the comments below!

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2. Broforce

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You play as Rambo, Mr. T, Robocop, Walker Texas Ranger, Neo, and a huge roster of other action movie stars to liberate Vietnam from a terrorist army led by Satan. 

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I will not pollute that perfectly American sentence with further talk. Go check out the game, it's still in Early Access. There is only one game on the planet that can top it...

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3. Saints Row 4

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Volition was going to create this title, where you play as a President with superpowers saving the world from aliens, as DLC, but they wisely realized that this was a game too precious and patriotic to be limited in such a way.

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It is a game where you can truly do as you please: if you want to ride around in custom pimp cars and destroy the aliens with superior firepower, you can do that. If you want to fly around and destroy the invaders with orbital drop kicks and matrix powers, by God you can do that too. Whatever you want. You're free to do it all, because in this game you're not just American: you're Super American Gangster President.

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4. Duke Nukem 3D

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Look at that magnificent bastard. THAT is an American hero. Even after a terrible reboot, he's still the king, baby.

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He's a grenade-chucking, face-kicking, steroid-taking, piss-making murder machine. He mows down armies of alien pig-men and laughs in the face of restraint and good taste. His games are nothing but gratuitous violence and potty humor, and that is the American way.

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If only he could get a good modern game...

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5. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

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In this game, you play as Sergeant Rex Power Colt, Cyber Commando Mark IV. You are every '80s action hero stereotype in the universe. He kills commies and terrorists with lasers and shuriken, and he doesn't do drugs. He's a real American hero, even if he never asked for this. 

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It's one giant love letter to terrible '80s pulp action movies, and it is all glorious. 

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6. Wolfenstein: The New Order

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You see that? That is the face of a man who's about to kill a lot of Nazis.

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We Americans have gained a name for ourselves for bombing terrorists, but it's just not the same as the glory days of bombing Nazis. BJ Blaskowitz loves depopulating the Third Reich so much that he transcended time and space to keep the tradition alive. He spent fifteen years sitting comatose in a chair in the corner, and the first thing he does when he wakes up is shank a Nazi in the jugular with a kitchen knife. That's so American it puts a tear in my eye.

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7. Bioshock: Infinite

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Boy, jingoism is a lot less funny when the results are this creepy. This is definitely the dark side of what it means to be American.

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But still, you can't deny it's bursting at the seams with twisted American weirdness. It's got gatling gun mecha-Washingtons in it! There are flags and eagles everywhere! And it's got...class warfare. And...imperialism. And racism.

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Ok, bad example. Moving on.

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8. Red Dead Redemption

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Cowboys: when regular American's aren't American enough.

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Being from Rockstar, this is a more cynical take on the American identity. But to hell with their pretentious, depressing plot: this is a game where you shoot like lightning, drink like a fish, and ride like the wind. It is the best representation of the harsh grandeur of the American West there is, and probably will be for generations.

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9. Earthbound

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America, as told by Japan.

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You play as a fat kid who beats the crap out of things with a baseball bat and blows things up with his brain. You battle kung fu cops, hippies, and obese women with handbags. You heal yourself by eating burgers, fries, pizza, and cookies. I'm getting the feeling we're being mocked.

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Still, it's up to a boy from Eagleland to save the world from an alien invasion, because that's one of the many sworn duties of every American. Godspeed and fuzzy pickles.

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10. Assassin's Creed 3

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Killin' redcoats in the woods: America's original pastime.

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Connor the Broad Daylight Assassin up there is considered exceptionally good at it. He would be too: getting lost in the plot as often as he does, he gets tons of practice aimlessly slaughtering the British for no reason. What else is he supposed to do when he can't find Charles Lee? Or when there's no Revolutionary War moments he can't take credit for at the moment? Poor guy is stuck in one of the worst Assassin's Creed games ever, and a man's got to occupy himself.

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But still: Founding Fathers! Dumping the Tea! Muskets! Paul Revere's incredibly annoying ride! All of this old-school American-ness is enough to almost make me like this game. Almost.

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Happy 4th of July, fellow Americans. If you're not American, don't worry about it; just like everybody's Irish on St. Paddy's Day, the 4th of July is the day everyone gets to be American. Be proud. Be tacky. Be shamelessly awesome. For today is the day for freedom.

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To celebrate, I give you a top ten list of the most American games ever made. I would normally do five, but nothing is done halfway on Independence Day. Enjoy, everybody. And remember: inside of every calm and sensible person is an American trying to get out.

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The Constants and Variables of Everyday Gaming https://www.gameskinny.com/8ieq3/the-constants-and-variables-of-everyday-gaming https://www.gameskinny.com/8ieq3/the-constants-and-variables-of-everyday-gaming Mon, 04 Aug 2014 13:55:06 -0400 Simon Costelloe

As long time gamers, we are accustomed to certain clichés in gaming that have existed in the gaming world since the dawn of time – or at least since the release of Pong in 1972. These clichés have pretty much always existed and will surely live on for years to come given that if they were to disappear, we as gamers would feel scared and we would inevitably revolt and demand the return of explosive barrels.

It is easier to understand what I am trying to say if you imagine that all games are made in the BioShock universe…I’m sure that clears things up. As we discovered in the beautiful BioShock Infinite, there are constants and there are variables.

Games are no different and if you look hard enough you will find their lighthouse.

Some examples of these “constants” are:

1. Explosive Barrels

Ah yes, the explosive barrel. I mentioned this little guy already probably because he is the most well-known and overused cliché of them all. These unstable containers are home to liquids so volatile that they will seemingly explode once hit with a single bullet or in some cases after a good smack with your knife after hitting the melee button. I am so confident that this would never happen in real life that I almost dared anyone who reads this to go out and find a barrel or an oil tank and smack it around a bit with a pipe before I was advised not to by my lawyer.

I recently went back to play Far Cry 3 in preparation for the next installment in the series and I am nearly convinced that there are more explosive containers on Rook Island than local inhabitants.

This constant is also one of the most likely to never go away as the explosions that result after committing barrel genocide help create a very cinematic experience and also allows the game to flex it’s graphical muscles.

2. Tutorials

Oh tutorials how I hate you with every fiber of my being. “Hold right stick up to look up and right stick down to look down” and “Press the A button to jump” always sour the first 5 to 30 minutes of a game for me. I have been playing games for so many years now that if I jumped into a game I never heard of I would most likely require only 5 to 10 seconds of figuring out the controls with some exceptions in the case of a funky game mechanic such as time reversal in Singularity.

Of course I am looking at this from a very personal perspective and there are kids (and some adults) out there who are playing a game for the first time and have never fired a virtual gun or jumped over a knee high wall. Some games do it better and allow you to turn off tutorials before you begin the game while some games like Portal 2 and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon do it right with the tutorial in the latter being activated as a prank on your player with some instructions asking you to “Press A in order to demonstrate your ability to read”. However this may be troublesome for people who can’t actually read and are stuck at the start forever.

 

3. Stupid AI

Humans have yet to discover how to create a fully functioning Artificial Intelligence, which is either a good thing if it turns out like the Johnny Depp computer in Transcendence and tries to destroy all of humanity or a bad thing if we could somehow create EDI from the Mass Effect series.

As a result we are left with enemies and companions alike who will stand in your way and refuse to move such as Fawkes in Fallout 3 or the guards in Thief 4 that will walk from one side of the street to the other for hours on end simply to stare at a wall. These simple enemies obviously exist because real life guards and bandits would not forget how your player character just shot them in the face with an arrow but instead they would hunt you down mercilessly and therefore make any kind of stealth game impossible to beat.

4. Escort Missions

By this I do not mean you get to play as an escort dating rich men for big money but instead you get to lead a confused and non-combat trained companion to safety.

This obviously ties in with my previous entry but I felt these were annoying enough to deserve their own category.

Whether it be allies who disappear and glitch into a wall or small children that for some reason are vulnerable to gunfire, escort missions either need a major overhaul or they should be avoided completely.

Notable examples of escort missions done well however include Elizabeth from BioShock Infinite who is a capable ally you come to rely upon when playing on harder difficulties due to her tear opening abilities and also Ellie from the Last of Us who is a character that you will bond with and never feel like she is a burden preventing Joel from surviving.

5. Gimmicky Weapons

There are so many games out there that require the player to master a wide array of weaponry but how many times can we fire an M14 in a game and not have it feel like the last 2 games we just played?

Developers of games containing firearms must ask themselves this question a lot and that is why some shooters try to stand out from the crowd and so we get the Gravity Gun from Half Life.

Many people love this gun and I must admit finding some form of pleasure when I cut a zombie in two after firing a saw-blade at him.

Wolfenstein: The New Order has to be one of my favourite games this year but I hated when the game was trying desperately to have me use its “Laserkraftwerk” contraption. It wasn’t until the weapon was fully upgraded that I felt it was actually useful in combat but that didn’t stop the game automatically equipping it on me every time I died and respawned.

Games that do it right are the Fallout games that throw in so many gimmicky weapons such as the “Rock-It Launcher” and the “Nuka Grenade” but have them be entirely optional and fun alternatives to an assault rifle.

6. Shiny Activatables

If ever you needed evidence that game developers think we are stupid…here it is. I can’t think of anything more patronizing in games than having a glowing red button lighting up half the screen or in the case of L.A. Noire having clues not only shine a little bit but walking over them causes your controller to vibrate and a cute little chime plays over your speakers.

There are pros and cons to this category with many gamers feeling that games have gotten too easy and some gamers believing they just don’t have the time anymore to spend hours looking for a meaningless collectible or a button under a desk.

These are just some of the things I’ve noticed in my many years of gaming, have I missed any?

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5 Awesome Video Game Bands https://www.gameskinny.com/dpqxx/5-awesome-video-game-bands https://www.gameskinny.com/dpqxx/5-awesome-video-game-bands Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:55:20 -0400 Death Metal Hero

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Tommy Tallarico
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Tommy Tallarico has worked on over 250 video games in the 20+ years he has been active. Some games include Earthworm Jim, Unreal, Maximo, and Prince Of Persia. Mr. Tallarico is responsible for the legendary Video Games Live concert, which combines video games, a symphony orchestra, and Rock n Roll. He is also the cousin of Aerosmith's lead singer, Steven Tyler.

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Sabrepulse
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Sabrepulse is a one-man band hailing from Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Often cited as one of the pioneers of Chipbreak, which is a fusion of Chiptunes--synthesized music produced or emulated from old computers and video game consoles--and Breakcore, a type of electronic music characterized by its high beats per minute and heavy use of “breaks” during a song. Sabrepulse has both amazing skills in song structure and highly catchy riffs that make him, in my opinion, the best Chiptune Warrior.

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Descendants of Erdrick
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Hailing from Austin, Texas, Descendants of Erdrick are a hard rock video game cover band. Playing arrangements from Megaman, Dragon Warrior, and much more, Descendants of Erdrick even have their own video game, which they star in.

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Formed in 2009 when guitarist Amanda Lepre joined forces with bassist Chris Taylor, but it was not until 2010 that Descendants of Erdrick had a full band, with Mike Villalobos on rhythm guitar, John Pike on drums and Lauren Liebowitz on the flute.

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Power Glove
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Best known for producing the soundtrack to Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Power Glove hails from Melbourne, Australia. This duo has really captured the feel of the '80s with their music, and making the sound track to Blood Dragon set them as the premier '80s Neo-Retro band.

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Not to be confused with the American power metal band “PowerGlove,” although they too are a great video game themed band.

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MC Frontalot
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Widely known for naming the Nerdcore sub-genre of hip-hop, MC Frontalot combines nerd culture with rap. MC Frontalot first started releasing music back in 1999, and his first success came from Song Fight!, an online songwriting and recording competition.

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MC Frontalot has entered seven songs in Song Fight and all seven songs are undefeated. His rhymes are funny and exciting, and he spits them out like a machine gun. I would not want to face him in a rap battle.

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By “Video Game Bands,” I mean bands and artists that are inspired by video games, or play video game related music. There are thousands of bands out there with a video game theme, and covering all of them would result in my face exploding. Musicians have incorporated video games into hundreds of different genres, and I will try my best to only use one band per genre.

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PSN: 14 For '14 Sale Begins This Week https://www.gameskinny.com/c6wha/psn-14-for-14-sale-begins-this-week https://www.gameskinny.com/c6wha/psn-14-for-14-sale-begins-this-week Mon, 13 Jan 2014 06:06:22 -0500 Brandon Morgan

We're two weeks into the New Year, and sales have already begun for our favorite consoles. Sony is notorious for hosting sales on their PSN platform, especially for those who subscribe to PlayStation Plus for the yearly membership fee. The 14 for '14 sale will begin this week, offering up numerous titles for great prices.

The sale begins on January 14 and ends on January 20. Those subscribed to PlayStation Plus will get even more off the original and sales price for some of the hottest games available today.

14 for '14 sale:

BIT.TRIP Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
PS Plus Price: $3.75
Sale Price: $7.49
Was: $14.99

Crysis 3
PS Plus Price: $5.00
Sale Price: $9.99
Was: $19.99

Deus Ex Human Revolution: Director’s Cut
PS Plus Price: $13.49
Sale Price: $14.99
Was: $29.99

ENSLAVED: Odyssey to the West – Premium Edition
PS Plus Price: $5.00
Sale Price: $9.99
Was: $19.99

F1 2013
PS Plus Price: $20.99
Sale Price: $29.99
Was: $59.99

Far Cry Blood Dragon
PS Plus Price: $3.75
Sale Price: $7.49
Was: $14.99

Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut (Cross Buy)
PS Plus Price: $5.24
Sale Price: $7.49
Was: $12.99

Pool Nation
PS Plus Price: $2.25
Sale Price: $4.49
Was: $8.49

Puppeteer
PS Plus Price: $7.00
Sale Price: $13.99
Was: $39.99

Rain
PS Plus Price: $3.75
Sale Price: $7.49
Was: $14.99

Rayman Legends
PS Plus Price: $35.99
Sale Price: $47.99
Was: $59.99

Tales of Xillia
PS Plus Price: $10.00
Sale Price: $19.99
Was: $39.99

The Wolf Among Us Season Pass
PS Plus Price: $13.49
Sale Price: $14.99
Was: $19.99

Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
PS Plus Price: $7.50
Sale Price: $14.99
Was: $29.99

Killzone: Mercenary
PS Plus Price: $9.00
Sale Price: $17.99
Was: $35.99

LIMBO PS Vita
PS Plus Price: $3.75
Sale Price: $7.49
Was: $14.99

Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut (Cross Buy)
PS Plus Price: $5.24
Sale Price: $7.49
Was: $12.99

METAL GEAR SOLID: PEACE WALKER
PS Plus Price: $5.00
Sale Price: $9.99
Was: $19.99

PIXELJUNK MONSTERS: ULTIMATE HD
PS Plus Price: $3.75
Sale Price: $7.49
Was: $14.99

Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (PS Vita)
PS Plus Price: $6.75
Sale Price: $13.49
Was: $26.99

Soul Sacrifice
PS Plus Price: $9.00
Sale Price: $17.99
Was: $35.99

SPELUNKY (Cross Buy)
PS Plus Price: $3.75
Sale Price: $7.49
Was: $14.99

Stealth Inc: A Clone in the Dark (Cross Buy)
PS Plus Price: $4.19
Sale Price: $5.99
Was: $9.99

The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season
PS Plus Price: $5.00
Sale Price: $9.99
Was: $19.99

Thomas Was Alone (Cross Buy)
PS Plus Price: $2.50
Sale Price: $4.99
Was: $9.99

Velocity Ultra Vita
PS Plus Price: $2.00
Sale Price: $3.99
Was: $7.49

Worms Revolution Extreme
PS Plus Price: $3.75
Sale Price: $7.49
Was:$14.99

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2013 Mod of the Year Picks https://www.gameskinny.com/3b2vi/2013-mod-of-the-year-picks https://www.gameskinny.com/3b2vi/2013-mod-of-the-year-picks Tue, 07 Jan 2014 20:31:08 -0500 Ryan Kerns

What is so great about pumpkin spice? Over the last two years it seems as soon as the weather gets chilly, that stuff finds its way into practically every warm beverage and baked goods. As I sat down to scribble out a game of the year list, I found myself thinking it over with a cup of pumpkin spice coffee. So screw the coffee, I've decided to talk about the pumpkin spice... here are my favorite mods from 2013. 

So what merits a good mod? I look at mods in really two main categories: cosmetic and gameplay. Either way, a good mod should add something unexpected; something that the developers themselves had not considered or couldn't make due to copyright restrictions. This will be the criteria by which I judge my top five mods of 2013.

Falskaar 

Without a doubt, Skyrim has one of the most active and creative modding communities ever. I could have done this entire list on that game easily, so whittling things down to just one Skyrim mod was quite a task. Falskaar stands out from the crowd on two points: the amount of production value put into it, and the story of how it was created. While we've seen cool new additions like airships and trains, the scope of this mod stands above the rest.

  • An entirely new land independent of Tamriel, roughly the size of 2-3 Skyrim holds.
  • 20-30+ hours of gameplay.
  • 26 quests, including a 9-quest long main story, and 17 side quests (along with some unmarked content)!
  • New items including new books, recipes, weapons and armors (a mix of brand new, and retextured).
  • Two new spells and a new shout.
  • A bard with several unique new songs.
  • A soundtrack containing 14 brand new tracks composed by Adamm Khuevrr just for Falskaar, adding more than 40 minutes of new music!
  • A fully voiced experience, featuring almost 30 semi-professional and professional voice actors and actresses. 

Oh, and did I mention the creator of this mod was only 19 years old? Alexander Velicky made this mod in hopes of catching Bethesda's attention and possibly landing a job. The quality speaks for itself, and while Bethesda did not hire Velicky... Bungie did. He is living proof that with hard work and talent, going from modder to professional can be in anyone's Destiny.

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon 

Okay, I know what you're saying-- “but Ryan, that's not a mod." You would be right in saying that, but this is my list, so you can piss off. Blood Dragon is what I see as an internally sanctioned mod by Ubisoft. Rather than just tacking on an extra chunk of hours to the existing Far Cry 3 campaign, they gave the game a full mod treatment. 

Mods are almost always passion projects, and that definitely comes across in Blood Dragon. As you can see by the portrait of Dean Evans, the creative director of the game, he has quite a bit of love for the 80's action movie genre. He even plucked the main character right out of The Terminator and Aliens, by getting Michael Biehn to serve as both the voice and basis for Sergeant Rex Power Colt. The parody of 80's video games, and just video games in general, is also incredibly hilarious and on point.

If I were to pick a GOTY, this would be one of my top contenders. Everything about the game is absurd, and it is absurdly fun running on the solid foundation already built by Far Cry 3. I sure hope Ubisoft gives Dean Evans a chance at building a full original title in the future.

I had considered giving this spot to The Stanley Parable, which also had a retail release that would not be classified as a mod. The Stanley Parable did start as a Half-Life 2 mod, however, and is definitely a must play title next to Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.

Duke Nuken Forever 

No, I'm not referring to the 2011 train wreck of a game. I actually have fond memories of the original Duke Nukem 3D and I think that might have even been my first experience with a game mod (I'm lying, it was actually Nude Raider). The original Duke Nukem 3D had a mod based on the anime Bubblegum Crisis, and while being pretty crude compared to today's mods, I remember it totally blowing my mind. 

The troubled 15 year development cycle of Duke Nukem Forever is one I'd rather not elaborate on too much... let's just agree the game really sucked. Duke Nukem Forever, the Duke Nukem 3D mod, is a fan rendition of how the game was originally intended over a decade ago. The mod is so much better than the retail game, I don't know whether to laugh or cry. 

Gearbox is a pretty well-respected studio with a lot of resources, and some guy builds a superior version of their game on a 15-year-old game engine. Much like how Blood Dragon plays on 80's clichés, the makers of the Duke Nukem Forever mod fully understand that Duke Nukem is just a play on 90's clichés.

Gearbox forgot that Duken Nukem is a joke character, not some well-respected video game icon. Since they are without a doubt developing another Duke Nukem title, I hope they take a good hard look at this mod to see how to properly kick ass and chew bubblegum.

Project M 3.0 

Super Smash Bros Melee has an incredibly close, competitive community with a lot of exceptionally talented players. Super Smash Bros Brawl has however been largely shunned by that exact same community. To fully appreciate the competitive aspect of Melee, I suggest watching this amazing 9 part documentary series. If you don't have a couple of hours to spare, I'll just summarize. 

Super Smash Bros Melee was never designed as a serious fighting game; the series has always been designed as a fun party game. Through an accidental discovery (that the second analog stick could cancel out certain animations), gamers uncovered a high level play style. While I play more traditional fighting games, I have an incredible amount of respect for the Melee community and the skill it takes to play the game like that. They even raised close to $95,000 for breast cancer research to get the game featured on stage at last year's EVO tournament. 

So why hasn't Brawl seen this kind of love? To put things nicely, the game is slow and clunky. Being the passionate fans that they are, some devoted Melee fans have spent years modifying the game. The latest release of Project M is nothing short of miraculous. 

The game is not only faster, with new moves and mechanics, it also features new characters and stages. It is safe to say that Project M is a total overhaul of Super Smash Bros Brawl from the perspective of competitive Melee players. Even for casual players that just missed Roy and Mewtwo or wanted to see some cool alt costumes, this mod can be enjoyed by everyone. 

So with Super Smash Bros 4 right around the corner, the worries of which characters are going to get cut and if the gameplay will have any depth don't seem quite as troubling. Based off of what Sakurai has said so far, Smash 4 isn't taking tournament play into consideration at all.

I mean, after all, a community that spent years modding the last game and raised nearly $100,000 for charity, wouldn't go out and buy up the floundering WiiU console in record numbers to play a game they clearly love so much.

Street Fighter x Tekken 

Street Fighter IV has had a pretty healthy modding life, most recently adding in the balance changes from the upcoming Ultra Street Fighter IV as a preview of things to come. Street Fighter x Tekken runs on the same engine, so not only was it easy to uncover the on disc DLC in record time, it was also pretty far ahead of the curve for mods. 

The mods are of the cosmetic variety, but rather than just changing textures, entire character models can be swapped out. SFxT didn't really find an audience in the fighting game community, so it is the perfect game to just pimp out and play for fun. 

I didn't pick a single mod because there are just too many great ones to choose from. There are the obvious mods that add in known Tekken/Street Fighter costumes and characters, but the real fun comes from outside games. Nintendo characters, Dead or Alive, Mortal Kombat, Marvel, DC, Metal Gear, Mass Effect, Bioshock... they're all fair game and very well represented by mods. 

It really feels in the spirit of M.U.G.E.N., which was an open source 2D fighting game engine released back in 1999. Despite not having any official support from the engine creators for many years, the fans kept it going until practically any fighting game character you can imagine was converted. I was even surprised to see the character I made with Andre Lopez many years ago is still alive and kicking ass out there in MUGEN land. A new MUGEN-esque 3D fighting engine called Project EF-12 was just released for free a little over a month ago, many hope it will be the next evolution for creating your own fighting games. 

Project M and the SFIV/SFxT mods have shown there are quite a few passionate and skilled fans out there with the skills for 3D graphics. At the very least we are no longer at the mercy of developers who are leashed by big publishers--the pumpkin spice is in our hands now.

The Mod of Year is an unscientific list fueled by pumpkin spice and slow news days. Links to each mod are available below.

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Far Cry Compilation Headed to PS3 in February https://www.gameskinny.com/rzb0a/far-cry-compilation-headed-to-ps3-in-february https://www.gameskinny.com/rzb0a/far-cry-compilation-headed-to-ps3-in-february Tue, 07 Jan 2014 11:37:09 -0500 Fathoms_4209

If you missed out on these fantastic games, you'll soon have a chance to play catch-up.

Ubisoft has announced the Far Cry Compilation, which is sheduled to release on the PlayStation 3 on February 11th.  No mention was made of an Xbox 360 version.

This attractive collection is in celebration of the franchise's 10th anniversary, and it includes: Far Cry 2Far Cry 3, and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.  The price is right, too; it comes in at a reasonable $39.99, which means you've got potentially hundreds of hours of gameplay for only forty bucks.  Tough to find such a deal these days.  

Also, don't forget that Blood Dragon is a wacky spin-off that centers on a totally rad 80s hero, running around in the "future" environment of 2007.  It's obviously different from the other two main series entries but it's boatloads of fun.

Such compilations are win-win if you're late to the party

Obviously, if you've got all the games listed here, or you've at least played them all, you're probably not as interested in this collection.  However, for those who didn't get around to playing every title in the acclaimed franchise, such a collection is great; not only do you get a huge amount of content via three full games, you also get an undeniably awesome price tag.  Sure, you're a little behind, but so what?  Everybody's behind, aren't they?

Lastly, we're talking about some of the most popular and well-received titles of the previous generation.  We always want a chance to catch up on the greats.

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Top 10 Console Games of 2013 (Xbox/PlayStation) https://www.gameskinny.com/fwr0w/top-10-console-games-of-2013-xboxplaystation https://www.gameskinny.com/fwr0w/top-10-console-games-of-2013-xboxplaystation Mon, 30 Dec 2013 15:16:55 -0500 Escrudo

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 Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

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Well there it is. Assassin's Creed IV is number 1 in my Top 10 Console Games of 2013.

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It is here for near enough the same reason that Dead Space 3 is at number 2. It surprised me. I was put off buying it because I strongly disliked Assassin's Creed 3, but I bought it during Christmas sales. I didn't play it for a few weeks after but when I did start playing it, I couldn't put the controller down. Aesthetically pleasing, fantastic gameplay mechanics, good storyline and plot. I regret not buying this game at launch, never mind not playing it for two weeks after buying it.

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Think I'm missing a few games of this list. Look at the below list at games I considered for this list, the reason why I dismissed them and what spot they would be in.

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  • Ryse: Son of Rome - Short game. Feels more like a tech demo to show off the Xbox One. - Spot 8
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  • Bioshock Infinite - Very good game. Only missed out on the list due to my lack of interest post game. - Spot 6
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  • Pokemon XY - It's a Pokemon game. Yes it is good, it's just the same thing with added features (Seems familiar?). - Spot 7
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  • Beyond: Two Souls - I've never played the game so it wouldn't be fair on where it would be placed. - Spot 6
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  • Saints Row IV - Again, I've never played it. I've only ever saw videos of it. - Spot 5
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Have any comments on my list? Let me know. It would be interesting to see other people's opinion and their choices for the list.

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 Dead Space 3

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Coming in 2nd position on the podium is Dead Space 3. Why is this here you ask? Due to it's co-op play. I was very pessimistic about it all when it was announced but the truth of it is that it's one of the best co-op games I have played for a long time, along with Borderlands. The whole game can be played in co-op mode with none of the story being taken away from you. That is why it is in my number 2 spot. For surprising me and giving me a good co-op game.

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 Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

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And at number 3, we have Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. It was going to be Far Cry 3 in this spot, but then Google Auto Complete reminded of this gem. What was the developers smoking?. Whatever it was, they made one heck of a game. This game is where it is in my list because of its humour and gameplay. It's not everyday you get to shoot Blood Dragons with a bow and arrow whilst in a '80s view of the future.

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Diablo III

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Having never played a Diablo game, I didn't even think of picking this up until my birthday (3rd September), when I got handed a pre-order slip and a gift card for my local GAME shop for Diablo III. Yeah it's a shortish game, but allows for multiple playthroughs, which for me, didn't get boring like it usually would. I enjoyed the game very much, despite how short it was, hence its place as my 4th spot.

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Tomb Raider

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2013 saw the reboot of Tomb Raider with her origin story, and I see it into my number 5 spot for my Top 10 games of 2013. OK sure, the game felt repetitive from time to time, and I felt lost half of the time, but it is still one of the best games I have played this year. It was nice to see and origin story for Lara, and Square Enix did it well. I look forward to its next-gen version in the coming months.

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Dead Rising 3

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Come join us at the 6th spot Dead Rising 3. I'm very surprised by this game and I will tell you why. Normally when a game dev says "No loading screens," that means no loading screens, we will just be loading everything in the background and let it affect your gameplay. So I thought the same would happen again. Boy was I wrong. The game is great when it comes to flowing through different areas with all the different assets on screen. 

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Zoo Tycoon

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This had to go on the list, and so it is. Zoo Tycoon at number 7. It's weird. I don't actually have a bad thing to say about this game, yet it is only 7th in my list. The game itself is very aesthetically pleasing, the gameplay flows really nicely, controls are lovely.... Nope, not a bad word against this game. 

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The Last Of Us

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 Joining us at the 8th spot is The Last Of Us. It's a brilliant game. I had a lot of fun playing through it, well the majority of the game anyway. The level design, plot and graphical aspects of the game was absolutely fantastic, I was just put off by the gameplay. For some reason, it didn't stick with me.

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Grand Theft Auto V

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That's right. In at number 9 is Grand Theft Auto V. Surprised it's not higher up in the list? Don't get me wrong, the game is fantastic. The online play is fantastic. I just put it down after 3 weeks of playing out of boredom. I can't even play it now for longer than an hour at a time. I looked forward to online with the heists and everything Rockstar had promised, yet it wasn't in there.

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Minecraft (Retail Release)

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I'm not going to say a lot about Minecraft, but it does start off my list at number 10. This game has given me endless hours of fun of just messing around and building stuff. It's just a shame that the console versions are behind on the PC versions.

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Ubisoft Promises a FarCry 4 https://www.gameskinny.com/1gmz0/ubisoft-promises-a-farcry-4 https://www.gameskinny.com/1gmz0/ubisoft-promises-a-farcry-4 Tue, 16 Jul 2013 00:09:33 -0400 MirandaCB

After the undeniable success of its Far Cry series, its most recent being Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Ubisoft confirms that it will "clearly" be making a Far Cry 4. 

Ubiquitously known for its franchise-oriented nature, Ubisoft has noticed the combined retail and digital sales of upwards of 6 million. Also known for its Assassin's Creed and Just Cause series, Far Cry is just about considered a Ubisoft household name. Both Far Cry 3 and its Blood Dragon spinoff received high praise, showing off Ubisoft Montreal's breadth within a brand. 

Also, Far Cry 4 is likely to be open world. Ubisoft's marketing manager, Tony Key, mentions in an interview with Gamespot that they believe that open-world experiences are the "future of gaming." 

Currently there aren't any details aside from the marketing manager's promise that there will be a Far Cry 4 with more information in the works. Who can blame Ubisoft for capitalizing on a successful brand? Were you one of the six million to spur Far Cry 4? What are your thoughts on this sequel?

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Far Cry 4 Unofficially announced by Ubisoft https://www.gameskinny.com/6m8y2/far-cry-4-unofficially-announced-by-ubisoft https://www.gameskinny.com/6m8y2/far-cry-4-unofficially-announced-by-ubisoft Mon, 15 Jul 2013 22:09:38 -0400 The_Dorkknight

Earlier today, Tony Key, Senior VP of sales and marketing for Ubisoft, announced that the company is only interested in games that are considered franchises such as the very popular Assassins Creed series. WatchDogs, a new IP from the company is said to be the first of a long run of sequels. 

A few hours later, Key stated, "It's a great brand, and now it's got the recognition it deserves, so we're clearly going to make another one: more on that soon." The game he was referring to was an official sequel to the Far Cry series. The third installment was released to excellent reviews getting scores between 8 to 9 out of 10. The game was so successful it received add-on DLC added a whole new dynamic and storyline to the game. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon also gained praise scoring an 8 out of 10 from IGN.com

How does everyone feel about Ubisoft's strategy? Do you think this will keep quality games releasing or will storylines and gameplay hit a wall when the same formula is used over and over again?

Leave your comments below.  

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Concerns About an All-Digital Console Gaming Future https://www.gameskinny.com/t112w/concerns-about-an-all-digital-console-gaming-future https://www.gameskinny.com/t112w/concerns-about-an-all-digital-console-gaming-future Sun, 30 Jun 2013 14:33:18 -0400 B. Chambers

This past weekend, as we returned home from a close friend's wedding, my wife and I had discussion about the future of console gaming. We focused on why the used games aftermarket exists and the inevitability of an all-digital gaming world.

I have some reservations about an all-digital gaming world for consoles.

At present, we can only purchase digital games through Xbox Live, The Playstation Network and Nintendo's eShop (and Gamestop to a very limited degree). If publishers and console developers seek to establish a gaming economy where purchases are made exclusively online, I fear Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony will run the risk of creating self-contained quasi-monopolies.

I'm no attorney, so take my use of the word "monopoly" to be more an analogy of the future than literal description of it. Consider the sentiment, though. If I only own a Playstation 4 and PSN is the only means I have to purchase games, what's to stop PSN from jacking up the prices of their games? Or more practically, what's to stop them and/or publishers from poorly pricing games over time?

One could argue that Microsoft's online gaming ecosystem would provide significant competition to keep Sony from setting poor price points (and vice versa), but that scenario seems much less advantageous for consumers than our current hybrid system. This hybrid system mixes digital sales with sales from brick-and-mortar retailers like Gamestop, Wal-Mart, Target, BestBuy and other independent shops (eStarland, for example). This market allows for significant competition--competition I believe dies when we go all-digital.

So let's examine a for-instance. This past weekend, I wanted to purchase Sega All Stars Tennis for my son. Conveniently, Xbox Live had it for sale for $9.99. Gamestop had the game for sale at $2.88 and their copy included several Xbox Live Arcade games bundled in for free. Which one do you think I purchased? In an all-digital world, what incentive would Xbox Live or Sega have to sell me that game any lower than their current $9.99 rate? Especially considering that even in this hybrid system, they don't see fit to price their games competitively. What happens when you remove the limited competition that GameStop and other retailers bring to the table?

Now, let's chat about this notion of used games. Cliffy B. comes out and says that keeping used games in the market is untenable for developers and publishers. I reached out to him on Twitter to discuss his comments, but I'm a nobody in this world, so I did not expect any type of response.

But, let's examine why I think used games exist at all.

I've been buying used games since before GameStop made it a standard in this market. As a kid, I used to ride my bike up to my friend Matt's Music & Games store in my neighborhood. I often purchased used games and music from him. I did not buy used games from Matt solely because I wanted to get my games cheap. I bought used games from Matt because doing so allowed me to pay the price I felt the game was really worth.

I still apply this approach today. The simple fact of the matter is that Risen 2 was not worth $60 to me. Instead of buying it at launch, I waited until I was able to buy it for $16 at GameStop. Had I perceived the game to be worth the $60 price point, I never would have waited to buy it used. I will comfortably assume that many gamers take this same approach. We are not cheap, we just refuse to pay for something we believe is not worth the price of admission.

This is why I believe the used games market is as prolific as it is today.

So to Cliffy B. I say, "If you want to do away with used games, either stop making whack-ass games that are not worth the price your charge, or lower the price of your clearly inferior games. Be smarter about how you price your products before you bring them to market."

We've nailed down what I think is a major hurdle we need to address before we can go all-digital. Now, let's talk plausible solutions.

What I would love to see on all-digital consoles is a free market approach similar to what exists in the PC gaming world now. With Steam, GOG, Battlenet, Origin, GameStop Online and others, you have an ecosystem that supports competition in the market. What if, we could somehow cajole Microsoft and Sony to open their doors to other digital game distribution platforms? We can already assume GameStop is working on this as they've seen the writing on the wall. But what if we had Xbox Live, PSN, Steam, GameStop, GOG, eStarland-Online and others, all selling digital games on our consoles? There would be true incentive for all players to compete in terms of pricing and providing consumer benefits.

Side-Note:  You'll notice I've left Nintendo out of much of this discussion. Based on their history, I feel safe in assuming that they are not about to let anyone else into their house to make money.

I honestly believe the companies who've taken an 'L' this generation have done so mostly because they did not properly price their products to sell.

You can blame used games and piracy and tout the eventual all-digital market all you want. But, in the end, consumers won't pay what they consider an unfair price for the luxuries you're selling. Had you publishers priced your games better from the jump, you could have had tons more early adopters willing to take the plunge. That would have resulted in cash in your pockets that - unfortunately for you - ended up in GameStop's pockets. This happened because GameStop figured out something vital about the gaming market long ago. What's that you ask? They figured out that most of the games you make, are not as awesome as you publishers think they are.

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