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New Ace Attorney Game Announced, Series Goes Back In Time

Kotaku - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 01:24

When Nintendo said the next Ace Attorney game would be "totally different", they weren't kidding.

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Evolution Of Racing Video Games Infographic Released - WOW!

Just Push Start - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 00:30
Cab Studios has just shared an amazing Infographic on the journey of racing games throughout the years with Just Push Start. The evolution of racing video games is full of facts about how title’s features throughout the years have developed. It shows that not only have the graphics come a long way but plenty of today’s industry standards in racing titles were originally not features. The journey starts from Gran Trak 10 the original black and white arcade racer and spans until Gran Turismo 6 and Forza MotorSport 5; the next gen racing games.

There's A Flyable Spaceship In GTA V, Thanks To Modders

Kotaku - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 00:30

There's A Flyable Spaceship In GTA V, Thanks To Modders

You can collect spaceship parts in GTA V. You can even spot some UFOs in-game, if you play your cards right. But now modders have found a way to make spaceships actually playable in GTA V, which is amazing.

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KanColle Girls Help Put Out Fires

Anime News Network - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 00:00
Volunteer fire department hopes KanColle girls will attract new members.
Categories: General Anime

This Is Fallout, Just Not As You Know It

Kotaku - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 23:45

This Is Fallout, Just Not As You Know It

This isn't just Fallout cosplay. This is Fallout LARP, a group of dedicated fans in the (where else ) Czech Republic taking to some crummy old buildings and role-playing their own post-apocalyptic adventures.

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DayZ Standalone 23rd of April Update - Freakin' crossbows!

Just Push Start - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 23:30
A new update has been released by the DayZ Standalone team on Steam. The update consists of a large amount of new weapons, items and bug fixes. The new weapons that have been added include a new craftable bow as well as crossbows and bolts. The long await binoculars have also been configured and added into the loot pool for better surveying your surroundings. New clothing has been added such as Tracksuit Jackets and Russian Officer Hats for those who keep up appearances, even after the apocalypses. Other minor additions such as new spawn points and item tweaks have also been implemented and is still on going. These are just a number of changes that have been added into the game. The full update log can be found here.

The Perfect Murder, With Help From Snapchat

Kotaku - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 23:30

The Perfect Murder, With Help From Snapchat

Once a Snapchat message is over, that's it. You can't look at it anymore (without technical kn0w-how, anyway). And that's exactly what makes Snapchat the perfect vehicle for some messed up messages in this short film by James Corbett.

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Meet The New Skylanders: Skylanders Trap Team

Kotaku - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 23:00

 Skylanders Trap Team

The next major installment in Skylanders, Activision's wildly popular toy-video game mashup, is called Trap Team, the company announced at a special event this afternoon in New York City. It's being developed by series creator Toys for Bob, and as the name suggests, the new game is going to let you capture bad guys and play with them alongside all the noble Skylanders.

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Next Ace Attorney Game Takes A Trip To The Past - Appears to follow Phoenix Wright's ancestor

Just Push Start - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 22:45
The Ace Attorney series has been a staple for Nintendo handhelds for years now through the Phoenix Wright and Apollo Justice games. However, this time the series is taking a trip to the past, Japan’s Meiji era specifically. The news about this game comes from this week’s Famitsu, where it was revealed that the new game will be called “Dai Gyakuten Saiban – Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Bouken,” which roughly translates to “Grand Turnabout Trial – The Adventures of Naruhodou Ryuunosuke.” It appears we will be taking control of an ancestor of Phoenix Wright based on the name of the character, which isn’t all that surprising considering that series developer Shu Takumi will once again be helming this project that will be available on the Nintendo 3DS.

Dance Troupe Performs Incredible Attack on Titan Routine

Anime News Network - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 22:40
Everyone loves a good dance battle, but when a routine pays sweet homage to Attack on Titan? It's even better. Cinematographer Gerald Nonato recently uploaded...
Categories: General Anime

Guy Plays The Mario Theme By Snapping His Fingers

Kotaku - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 22:30

Guy Plays The Mario Theme By Snapping His Fingers

The Super Mario Bros. theme is the gold standard for gaming music covers. From jazz to classical to rock, it has appeared in almost every form under the son. But finger snapping? That's next level.

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LEGO The Hobbit (PS4) - Review

gamrFeed - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 22:23

When it comes to yearly game releases, titles like Call of Duty, Madden, FIFA, and, more recently, Assassin's Creed come to mind. There are plenty of supporters and detractors for such releases and this has spawned some vicious internet arguments. One series, however, seems to get overlooked in terms of these well-versed arguments, mainly because of its sheer attraction to both children and adults alike - the LEGO series. With bi-yearly, major license releases since 2010, TT Games has consistently developed great LEGO experiences while slightly improving upon the formula. LEGO The Hobbit is the latest release in their long line of licensed titles. While there are some slight issues, it comes as no surprise that LEGO The Hobbit continues TT Games' impressive hit streak, delivering all the LEGO fun you've come to expect alongside some welcome improvements. 

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Much like all of the licensed games before it, LEGO The Hobbit follows the narrative of the first two films, complete with the original score and dialogue from the movies. While it remains unchanged for the most part, there are times where parts of the narrative are mixed around or characters are added in order to enhance the gameplay, making the plot feel more forced and unnatural. Yet LEGO games never take their plots too seriously, and The Hobbit is no different, adding many humorous moments throughout the game. Though none will really have you in hysterical fits of laughter, many chuckles and chortles will be had at the sight of Gandalf being an old coot unable to stay awake, Legolas scampering away with cartoon tiptoeing sound effects, and plenty of slapstick comedy that adds to each part of the main narrative. LEGO The Hobbit finely intertwines the events of the first two movies, even to the point where the cliffhanger at the end of the second movie still leaves that sour taste of wondering if anything of importance actually happened during the movie. 

Continuing with the formula that began with LEGO Star Wars, the gameplay features much of the same simplified action and puzzle solving that has helped make the series so popular. There are a total of 16 levels that can be played throughout story and free play mode, with free play mode allowing you to use the vast cast of 100+ characters in order to find each of the level’s minikits and special items. Like each entry in the series, it can be played through local co-op, but the split screen in LEGO The Hobbit uses a dynamic view that moves the screen of each player depending on how they are situated in the level, combining into a full screen when players are close enough together. Though it can get confusing at times, especially when you encounter some finicky camera angles or you get trapped in a falling death loop, the dynamic split-screen feature ultimately allows for a larger and more convenient view for each player. 

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Each character has at least one specific ability, such as Dwalin having a giant hammer that can be used to move extremely heavy objects, Fili being able to shoot targets with his bow, or Bilbo’s ring allowing him to interact with wraith-like objects. While there are quite a lot of characters and items to choose from - which helps make for a dynamic experience - much of the level-based puzzle solving is incredibly straightforward, and the action sequences usually take little more than a few swings of your weapon followed by a simple QTE. This simplicity does, however, bolster the game's charm as a LEGO title, and the open world gameplay in-between the story levels provides for more varied activities and quests that require a bit more brain power and skill. 

You’ll access most of Middle Earth as you traverse the game’s levels, stretching from The Shire to Dol Galdur, with fast travel provided by the Eagles. Throughout the world there are NPCs who offer quests that require certain items to be either found, mined, or created at the blacksmith. Mining - a new edition to the LEGO franchise - is added thanks to the license centering around the Dwarves, and requires you to use a certain character or items to mine precious metals and gems that are then used for many different parts of the game, especially when building larger LEGO structures. Aside from building simple LEGO structures by holding down a button, you’ll also have to collect and mine materials to build larger sets, and this introduces a new minigame. After throwing in your materials, you’re brought to a new screen where the building is in construction and are tasked with adding in the missing pieces that complete the LEGO set. The faster you complete the set, the more studs you're rewarded with. It’s a welcome change to the system of building sets as it allows for more active involvement in the building process. Even though this minigame is simplistic, it’s a reasonably good attempt at creating the feeling of building a set yourself.

This is an excerpt from the full story which was originally featured on gamrReview, read the full version here - LEGO The Hobbit (PS4) - Review

Cop that toured with metal band while on disability pleads guilty

Metal Insider - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 22:09
There’s nothing wrong with being a police officer while being in a metal band. Just ask The Red Chord’s Guy Kozowyk. However, there is something wrong with being a cop in a metal band that tours while you’re collecting $30,000 in disability. Yesterday, Christopher Inserra pleaded guilty to those charges, and also resigned from the […]
Categories: Music

Watch Dogs' Spider Tank Is A Real Thing You Can Ride In

Kotaku - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 22:00

Watch Dogs' Spider Tank Is A Real Thing You Can Ride In

Normal military tanks? Boring. How about a spider mecha, which you can use to cause havoc around the city of Chicago? Now that's what I'm talking about.

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Attack on Titan Manga Sells Over 30 Million

Anime News Network - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 21:40
3rd series with verified sales over 30 million since 2009, after One Piece & Naruto
Categories: General Anime

‘Super Duper Alice Cooper’ extended trailer premiering tonight

Metal Insider - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 21:25
At tonight’s Golden Gods Awards, a two-minute extended trailer for Alice Cooper’s documentary, Super Duper Alice Cooper, will premiere. The trailer will then be available to view at the film’s web site.
Categories: Music

WildStar Is Having A Bonus Beta Weekend Later This Week - Level cap raised to 25

Just Push Start - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 21:15
WildStar is an upcoming MMORPG for the PC that is set to release on June 3, so like most MMOs, the game is going through periods of beta testing in the months prior. Originally, we weren’t going to be getting our next round of beta tests until the weekend of May 2, but Carbine Studios has decided to hold what they are calling a “Bonus Beta Weekend” starting this Friday, April 25 at 7am PT and running through Sunday, April 27 at 11:59pm PT. Not only are they holding the beta, but they have raised the level cap from 20 to 25, so if you have previously maxed out, you have a reason to join back in this time around. If you’ve previously signed up for the beta, you will receive an email this week with your new beta code. Otherwise, you can get a code by pre-ordering the game, if you are interesting in getting in on the action.

Battlefield 4 Servers Undergo Maintenance to Fix Lag Issues - News

gamrFeed - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 21:14

DICE, the developers of Battlefield 4, have upgraded the game's server infrastructure in an attempt to fix lag issues and poor server performance. A lot of users have been reporting issues with lag on Battlefield 4, particularly after the release of the Naval Strike DLC pack, so it's good to see that DICE are at least attempting to fix the servers.

A DICE developer who goes by the name "TheBikingViking" on Reddit confirmed the fixes:

“Server hardware upgrades are technically not part of a software changelog. The server hardware upgrades would explain why the rubberbanding [lag] issues are reported as mostly gone.”

This is an excerpt from the full story which was originally featured on gamrReview, read the full version here - Battlefield 4 Servers Undergo Maintenance to Fix Lag Issues - News

Japanese Comic Ranking, April 14-20

Anime News Network - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 21:00
Detective Conan, Attack on Titan, Maji, Kingdom, The Seven Deadly Sins in top 5
Categories: General Anime

A Spoken Word Song About Loving and Hating League of Legends

Kotaku - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 21:00

Riot Games knows that the community of players that's built up around League of Legends can engage in some jerky behavior. They're trying to fix that . If you want to know what's bothering folks, the collective frustrations of many LoL enthusiasts can be heard in one man's voice. He's rapping. Kind of.

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