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Weekend Roundtable: 2013 Xmas Wish List
Christmas is almost upon us. Have you all been good boys and girls? If so, let's use today's Roundtable to remind Santa about all the goodies on our holiday wish lists this year. Share your wish list with us in the blog.
Kinect, Microtransactions, and Turkeys Collide on the Xbox One
The High-Def Digest Review of the 'Crimson Dragon' is now live.
Who says the Xbox One is lacking when it comes to smaller downloadable games? At $20, 'Crimson Dragon' is a third of the price of most of the launch games, and a system exclusive to boot. But is the game a system-seller and fitting continuation of 'Panzer Dragoon,' or a muddled microtransaction mess? Find out now in the High-Def Digest Review.
Excited for 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2?' Well so is the PlayStation Vita
Tags: The Amazing Spider-Man (1 post), PlayStation Vita (all tags)
The High-Def Digest Review of the 'The Amazing Spider-Man (PS Vita)' is now live.
When Beenox and Acitivision brought out their 'The Amazing Spider-Man' sandbox movie tie-in/sequel game to fans, there was one platform that was left out. Fortunately, as interest for the new movie is spinning up, that omission has been corrected. Can the Vita version be forgiven for being late to the party? Find out now in the High-Def Digest Review.
The First Episode of 'The Wolf Among Us' Is Out on iOS
Tags: The Wolf Among Us, Telltale Games (4 posts) (all tags)
Telltale not slowing down in December.
The first episode of Telltale Games 'The Wolf Among Us' is now out on iOS (iTunes), and joins versions for the 360, PS3, PC and Mac. The iOS episode costs $5, and players should plan on using headphones so as to not miss out on the electric soundtrack. The game is compatible with iPhone 4S and up, and iPad 2 and up, but also requires iOS 6 and up. Buyers can save 25% on additional episodes in The Wolf Among Us game series by purchasing the Multi-Pack [Episodes 2-5] via in-app in the 'Episodes' menu.
From iTunes, "From the makers of the 2012 Game of the Year: The Walking Dead, comes a gritty, violent and mature thriller based on the award-winning Fables comic books (DC Comics/Vertigo).
"As Bigby Wolf - THE big bad wolf - you will discover that a brutal, bloody murder is just a taste of things to come in a game series where your every decision can have enormous consequences.
"An evolution of Telltale's ground-breaking choice and consequence game mechanics will ensure the player learns that even as Bigby Wolf, Sheriff of Fabletown, life in the big bad city is bloody, terrifying and dangerous."
While the second episode should be available soon, Telltale has repeatedly teased this December as the launch date for the first episode of 'The Walking Dead - Season 2.'
Author: Brian Hoss
Updated 'Final Fantasy VIII' Now Out on PC
Tags: Final Fantasy (all tags)
HD tweaks, optional Magic Booster, and even Chocobo World.
Joining 'Final Fantasy VII' on PC through Steam is the revamped the 'Final Fantasy VIII.' Players can return to Galbadia and the adventures of Squall with a feature set worthy of PC update. Priced at $12, 'Final Fantasy VIII' is being re-released with achievements, cloud saves, a difficulty smoothing Magic Booster, and most intriguing of all the Pocket Station originating Chocobo World.
From Square Enix, "This updated version of Final Fantasy VIII has received a few tweaks since its release back in 1999; it’s been optimised for modern HD PCs and fully integrated with the Steam platform, including a range of new features such as a Magic Booster which enables players to power up their spells (and max out your character, if you know what you’re doing). When the Magic Booster is used, your inventory of the following spells is increased by 100: Cure, Cura, Curaga, Fire, Fira, Blizzard, Blizzara, Thunder, Thundara, Sleep, Blind, Silence, Berserk, Bio, Esuna, Aero, Confuse, Break, and Zombie. Junction those spells to your character’s stats and you’re pretty much invincible! Which is somewhat useful for those looking to replay game but don’t want to spend time grinding for high levels."
Source: Square Enix
Author: Brian Hoss
'Ultra Street Fighter IV' Priced and Dated
Tags: Capcom (all tags)
Console upgrade coming two months ahead of other versions.
Capcom has shared pricing and release dates for 'Ultra Street Fighter IV,' the latest version of 2008's 'Street Fighter IV.' Citing hopes that a version would be out for players to practice with for Evolution 2014, the 'Ultra Street Fighter IV' console upgrade version (360 and PS3), which upgrades either 'Super Street Fighter IV' or 'Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Version', will be out in early June for $14.99.
Then in August a stand-alone console version of 'Ultra Street Fighter IV' will be released for $39.99. An upgrade version for the PC versions of 'Super Street Fighter IV' or 'Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Version' will also be released in August for $14.99 alongside a stand-alone version for $29.99.
From Capcom, "Apologies to our PC fans, as we did want to release simultaneously, but this was the only way that we could ensure that Ultra Street Fighter IV would be included in the largest fighting game tournament in the world."
The stand-alone versions for the three platforms will include all previously released costume DLC in addition to the game's five new fighters, six new stages, and balance changes. Capcom has yet to formally mention any version for either the Xbox One or PS4.
You can find the latest info on 'Ultra Street Fighter IV' linked from our Video Game Release Schedule.
Author: Brian Hoss
Tips and Tricks for Using the Xbox One
Tags: Xbox One, Xbox (all tags)
Major Nelson's favorite Xbox One tips.
Major Nelson has posted a video with some of his favorite tips and tricks for using the Xbox One.
For instance, pressing the menu button (three-line button where the start button used to be) on a tile brings up the option to pin or un-pin it. Press the menu button on a download and you can pause or un-pause it. When You using the Xbox "Go to" voice command, you can also say "Xbox Go Back" to return to the previous app or command. Saying "Xbox Select" brings up the green text highlighted voice command prompt. When snapping an app (which takes control focus away from the main app), you can return control focus to the main app by double tapping the Xbox button or say "Xbox Switch."
Author: Brian Hoss
Don't Forget Your Zombrex When Playing the Xbox One
Tags: Dead Rising, Xbox One (all tags)
The High-Def Digest Review of the 'Dead Rising 3' is now live.
Breaking news: the minority human population of Los Perdidos is becoming more than an irritation for the peaceful zombie hordes. All number of crudely made weapons and apocalyptic vehicles have been seen, and the results have left countless fallen zombies.
Despite the ever-present gritty horror, that 'Dead Rising' charm has made the jump to the Xbox One. Is the exclusive launch game worthy of attention? Find out now in the High-Def Digest Review.
PSA: Xbox One In Stock at Amazon
Tags: Xbox One, HD Deals (all tags)
Unlikely to stay available for long.
From Amazon, "Get more with Xbox One.
"Introducing Xbox One. Where the best games, multiplayer, and your favorite movies, music, sports and live TV come together in one place. Xbox One games look and feel incredibly real, with cinematic gameplay that rivals Hollywood. Watch TV or chat with friends on Skype while you play, and keep on playing while smarter matchmaking happens behind the scenes. With Xbox One, you can snap two things side-by-side on your TV, and switch from one to another instantly. Cloud-powered and built for the digital age, Xbox One is designed to keep getting better over time.*
"Xbox One delivers an all-new gaming and entertainment experience that will transform how you play. Xbox One brings together the best games, the most reliable service and rich entertainment all-in-one system that is built for today and tomorrow."
Author: Brian Hoss
Report: 'Gran Turismo 6' Offers Loads of Microtransactions Alongside Conventional Player Progression
Tags: Gran Turismo, PLaystation (all tags)
"GT6's economy works exactly the same as GT5's."
'Gran Turismo 6' is headed for release this Friday, and there is a considerable amount of concern that the game will be adversely affected by crippled progression and microtransactions like series rival 'Forza 5.' Eurogamer is reporting that yes, 'Gran Turismo 6' offers several options for purchasing credits for cars, which if used to purchase expensive cars like the Jaguar XJ13, will cost ridiculous amounts of real money. At the same time though, Eurogamer is also reporting that the traditional mode of progression for 'Gran Tursimo,' including payouts and car prices, is present in the new game, indicating that micro transactions have been emphasized as the way to progress.
Here are the European PSN prices for in-game 'Gran Tursimo 6' credits:
500,000 In-Game Credits (£3.99/€4.99)
1 Million In-Game Credits (£7.99/€9.99)
2,500,000 In-Game Credits (£15.99/€19.99)
7 Million In-Game Credits (£39.99/€49.99)
From Eurogamer, "One of the top priced (cars) the Jaguar XJ13 costs 20 million credits. You can grind for it in traditional Gran Turismo fashion or you can buy it straight away if you drop £119.95 - that's the total you pay for two packs of 7m credits, two packs of 2.5m credits and one pack of 1m credits.
"The issue is, will Gran Turismo's progression system be adversely affected by microtransactions? Eurogamer's Martin Robinson has been playing the game and tells me GT6's economy works exactly the same as GT5's, with progression, payouts and car prices very similar."
Here's a look at buying cars in 'Gran Turismo 6:'
You can find the latest info on 'Gran Turismo 6' linked from our Video Game Release Schedule.
Author: Brian Hoss
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