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One Finger Death Punch

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This is the most fun you can have for 5 dollars on Steam. While there is a mobile version available for Android, this review will not focus on it as it's far inferior to its PC counterpart (free to play was a step in the wrong direction). One Finger Death Punch lures you in with simple graphics and gameplay, but it soon evolves from there turning into one of the more strategic games in my library in terms of pre-level setup, when to go for specific weapons, and keeping tabs on my kill counter to anticipate when my skills will activate. From my understanding, it goes on sale quite a lot on Steam - but having already owned it for years, I'm not 100-percent sure on the frequency.

Most smaller games like this don't have a narrative to follow, but One Finger Death Punch wants you to put some meaning to what's happening on the screen via an overworld with an expanding choice of levels, boss encounters from time to time, and a definitive "end" to the campaign. Ther…

Dungeon of the Endless - Death Gamble

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Death Gamble is a free update to Dungeon of the Endless. Given the unusually high number of departing souls coming from the dungeon, a professional has been assigned to help manage the crowds. Its appearance at this particular time of year is, of course, purely coincidental. His friends call him "Dood," - which I think might be a nod to the Disgaea series. This grim merchant will appear occasionally to buy and sell goods. Just don’t expect to bargain - all transactions are final. It performs well on Windows 10 with a AMD (FX) 6300 and a GTX 750Ti.

There are two new items in Death Gamble, the Time of Sands, which is an ancient artifact filled with sand that flows upward. The note reads: "In case of death, break glass and inhale." The second new item is Trick or Treat! with the enticing description of "Take a chance! What's the worst that could happen? ... oh, right .." I understand the idea behind Trick or Treat! but in a game like Dungeon of the Endle…

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Xbox One
New Xbox One Controller Colors Performing Well
Microsoft will launch two new official Xbox One controller colors in the form of Dusk Shadow and Copper Shadow. Images started to crop up online, which started rumors that Microsoft confirmed after online retailers started listing them for pre-order. Dusk Shadow will run darker blue, and Copper Shadow is a shinier version of Dusk Shadow. They will likely be the same prices as the other officially licensed Xbox One controllers on the market, and they do not appear to be the Elite variations.

Microsoft Discontinues Xbox 360
Microsoft has decided to discontinue the production of the Xbox 360 after its run of 10 year and 5 months on the market, meaning it lasted longer than anticipated. Here's what Xbox boss Phil Spencer had to say:
"Xbox 360 means a lot to everyone in Microsoft, and while we had an amazing run, the realities of manufacturing a product over a decade old are starting to creep up on us. Which is why we hav…

Tap Heroes

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Tap Heroes is a premium "Clicker" game, which in itself is a strange concept. The secondary currency - "gems" - that would usually be bought via micro-transactions is earned organically, even though it's always in short supply. The largest amount of gems I had accumulated before feeling pressured to spend them was eight. Using a combination of gold and gems, you're expected to buy upgrades for heroes' stats, new heroes, and other passive / active elevations.

There is no sort of narrative, as this is a clicker game. Just click away when you want to, or let it run in the background when you start to trust your party to be self sufficient. So far, my Steam page would have you believe I've played for 40 hours. I've actively played or monitored this title for maybe five hours, all other time was spent with the game in the background while I either write more reviews or articles here or play other games. Idle progression while the game isn't runni…

Dungeon of the Endless - Australium

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Dungeon of the Endless has had a lot of DLC, both free and otherwise and the Australium add-on is one of the more generous freebies available. Taking a break after a particularly brutal gravel war, these four mercenaries - from two competing companies - are prospecting for the rare element Australium. All four characters are from Valve's popular Team Fortress 2, and with luck they'll convert their battle-honed skills into cold, hard cash, thanks to the extensive lodes rumored to exist on Auriga. They are now exploring, digging, and tunneling in search of this precious resource.

The four new characters included in the Australium pack are;
Pat Bates (Pyro):"Nobody knows where this thing came from, what it thinks, or why it does what it does. Eager researchers who interview Bates tend to either quickly change their area of study - or go mad themselves."Kaspar Herab (Medic):"Kaspar did, at some point, receive some form of medical training. The duration, sobriety, and…

Guns Up!

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Free to play games have created certain expectations. Kudos to Valkyrie Entertainment for bucking trends left and right and trying to take the genre in a different direction - but Guns Up! doesn't click. Without an energy system, there's no organic stopping point. With no daily log-in rewards, there's no reason to keep coming back and the flow of items to use becomes sparse and resources needed to advance are only obtained through the same boring battle system. To summarize right out of the gate, Guns Up! is lousy with slow as molasses loading times waiting around almost every corner, huge lag, and frequent frame rate dips.

There's no narrative, no premise or conveyance, and no foreseeable end for those looking to beat the game. I've spent about one hour having fun with the game right at the very beginning, and another ten begrudgingly experiencing everything it has to offer so I could write this review. For being a PlayStation 4 title, produced by Sony's very…

Dungeon of the Endless - Deep Freeze

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Dungeon of the Endless has always been one of my favorite games, and remains to this day the one and only game I've ever purchased on Steam's (mostly) abysmal Early Access program. Luckily, when the game starts to get redundant, there's a plethora of downloadable content to keep things spicy. Deep Freeze runs for $1.99, but I believe it's included in a bundle somewhere because I don't remember buying it.

Deep Freeze adds the hero Kreyang to the game's roster. Known as "Defender of the Archives," in the game's rich history of lore, Kreyang kept this title even after an unfortunate event in a cryogenic chamber altered her cell structure. Now forbidden to touch her beloved archives for fear of damaging them, Kreyang is triply ferocious in defending Drakken history and lore. The expansion adds to the base game quite a bit but having to beat a run with a certain set of criteria before unlocking the included new spaceship was a bit of a bummer. There&…

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PlayStation VR Won't Have Oculus Quality
Sony's PlayStation VR won't be able to match Facebook-owned Oculus' Rift headset, according to PlayStation's executive vice president Masayasu Ito. In an interview, Ito said PlayStation's own device won't have the "high-end quality" of the Rift, but added that they're very different products in the first place. Here's what he had to say:
"If you just talk about the high-end quality, yes, I would admit that Oculus may have better VR. However, it requires a very expensive and very fast PC. The biggest advantage for Sony is out headset works with PlayStation 4. It's more for everyday use, so it has to be easy to use and it has to be affordable. This is not for the person who uses a high-end PC. It's more for the mass market." It has since been confirmed that the PlayStation VR unit will cost 400 dollars and ship with an additional processing box.

Xbox One

Microsoft Talks Cro…

Race The Sun

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Race The Sun brought me back to my grade-school days in the early 2000's of going to now old flash-based gaming websites during computer class and playing these original endless runners. It's addictive, with unlocks and rotating courses - but all progress does begin to halt completely in a few hours. Being a dedicated game and not something you sneak while your teacher is at the other end of the computer lab is cool, but that also means it begins to wear thin after too long. Trophies on the PlayStation Network and the cross-buy makes for an attractive package, all made available on PlayStation Plus more than a handful of months ago, and it was free on Steam for a while which is how I got it for PC as well. So, as a free game, Race The Sun is pretty cool.

There's nothing even similar to a narrative in Race The Sun. Every run starts with the words "Race The Sun" and a little subtext quip underneath it (sometimes a quote, other times a joke). It's all about arca…

Red Hood Story Pack

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The Red Hood Story Packis an Arkham Episode story DLC in Batman: Arkham Knightthat takes place after the events of the base game. It originally was a pre-order bonus, but became available as DLC in August 2015. The DLC includes Red Hood as a playable character, and comes with the Arkham Knight skin for Red Hood, and a small story segment. It also lets Red Hood become playable in AR challenges and is part of the Season Pass. Unfortunately, this is also a very good premise that doesn't get what I consider to be a proper run at it.

Red Hood enters through a glass roof to stop an arms deal between Black Mask's and Penguin's gangs. After neutralizing everybody, he interrogates the last conscious enemy, who tells him about a weapon shipment stored at a dock near Gotham City. Red Hood then executes him. At the Docks, Red Hood again takes out everybody, this time in silently, due to the amount of guns carried by henchmen. He interrogates a surviving enemy, who tells him a…

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PlayStation 4

Toy Maker Teases More Crash Bandicoot
Hot on the heels of Shawn Layden's t-shirt tease and all of the social media hints, NECA Toys' Randy Folk has suggested that Sony's bringing Crash Bandicoot back. Speaking at the New York Toy Fair, the director touched upon his company's PlayStation line, and said this:
"Looking as some of Sony's other titles, they're obviously bringing Crash Bandicoot back, which is really cool." Falk's company works very closely with PlayStation on the creation of limited edition action figures, so he'd certainly know if the platform holder was looking to produce a Crash Bandicoot toy line. The firm is working on Uncharted, God of War, and LittleBigPlanet.

Xbox One

Xbox One and PC Cross-Buy Will Become a Standard Feature
Microsoft is aiming to make Cross-Buy and Cross-Save functionality between Xbox One and Windows 10 a core pillar of its gaming business, according to Xbox boss Phil Spencer. On February 11, Cro…