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Kingdom Rush: Origins

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Kingdom Rush: Origins is the third installment of the series, developed again by Ironhide Game Studio. It was announced on August 12, 2014 and released on November 20, 2014, and it is the prequel to the original Kingdom Rush. It plays like the other two entries in the franchise, as a tower defense game where enemies walk a pre-determined path and the player places towers on pre-determined spots. As usual for the genre - letting too many enemies get through the lane(s) will result in a game over. If I had to summarize how I felt about it in general in a few words: I expected it to be great, and it is.

As I mentioned before, Origins is a prequel to the original game. The story is narrated by King Denas who you might recognize from previous games, and the objective is to rescue the princess, Alleria Swiftwind and escort her to Linirea - another couple of nouns that will likely ring a bell to long-time players. Prequels that manage to set up the original narrative in a believable way alwa…

Duelyst

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Note: Since Duelyst is primarily focused on online interaction, all screenshots are from promotional material as to maintain the privacy of other players in the community.Duelyst is for those of us who love tabletop games like Magic: The Gathering and video games featuring quick strategy like Hearthstone or even strategy games that require critical thinking such as XCOM 2. There are a few immediate concerns - because this is a free-to-play title - of "whales" (people who, in free-to-play games, will spend enormous amounts of real-world money to win), and a pay-to-win structure the higher up you get in the monthly tournament rankings. I will say that I've not yet encountered a game that was obnoxiously unbalanced nor have I been flamed by a salty opponent after a victory, but my time spent online isn't nearly extensive enough to declare that this is always the case.

There's no narrative forced down the player's throat - so if you're interested you can chec…

Level Up Weekly

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PlayStation 4

Mass Effect Andromeda Release Date Stuck in Limbo
Though the title played a substantial role in Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro press conference, the release of Mass Effect Andromeda is non-existent. N7 Day and PlayStation Experience are still yet to come this year, meaning that a release date before Christmas 2016 is still in the cards - unlikely as it may be. Originally, it was thought that a major online retailer leaked the date of March 31st, 2017 and it appears that the creators of the official art book have chosen the same placeholder day (a Tuesday) to release what is usually bundled into some sort of special edition.

Xbox One

Next EA Access Free Games for Xbox One Revealed

Electronic Arts has confirmed that Star Wars Battlefront and UFC 2 are being added to the EA Access free games vault. EA also announce six PopCap games - including Heavy Weapons, Bejeweled 2 and 3, Feeding Frenzy 1 and 2, and Zuma - have been added. Mirror's Edge Catalyst is reportedly coming soo…

Extra Life 2016

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NOTE: Scroll to the bottom for every link you'll ever need regarding this event! Hey everyone! Bryan here again with an update leading us up to this year's game day. Extra Life is right around the corner, and it's looking like it's going to smoke last year's numbers in every way (including some first-timers!). If you remember when we did this last year, the team goal was $1,000, and I've decided to keep steadfast at $1,000 this year because it's a nice round number and I think we can destroy it!
If you're unfamiliar, Extra Life is happening November 5th, and Chrissie and I, along with the rest of the team will be live-streaming video games for 24 hours straight. All proceeds we raise go directly to Riley Children's Foundation in Indianapolis, IN - who saved my life when I was only a few months old when I suffered from "Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return." We're also supporting for the first time Carilion Children's Hospital in…

XCOM 2: Alien Hunters

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"Transform the soldiers of XCOM into an elite alien hunting squad with impressive new weapons and armor to face off against new alien Rulers that will pursue your squad across an entire campaign. Additional cosmetic upgrades to soldiers and the Avenger are included, as well as a new epic mission where Central Officer Bradford leads a squad with the guidance of an old friend." Having extensively played XCOM 2 from top to bottom many times, I can safely say that the DLC's featured in the Reinforcement Pack got remarkably better with every new edition. Alien Hunters is the second installment and what I liked the most about it is how the content is organically peppered throughout the game, rather than all at once in a back-to-back gauntlet. In a nutshell, an old friend from XCOM: Enemy Unknown and its expansion, XCOM: Enemy Within has been doing some needlessly risky experiments on the aliens, creating three super-powered "Rulers" that have a knack for popping up o…

Top 10 Atlus Games

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One of my favorite video game companies in the world is Atlus. If you're unfamiliar with any of their work be it developed, published, or distributed by them - I encourage you to check out some of the finest offerings they've brought to the table so far as featured in this list. There really aren't any rules as Atlus wears many hats when it comes to creating video games or bringing them to the United States, but I will make an effort to not dominate this list with only one series. If I have it reviewed, you can click the title of the game or the picture to take you to it - if not - expect it in the future! That being said, let's hop in to my top 10 Atlus games.

#10 - Snowboard Kids 2 (Nintendo 64) This list is special in the way that it comes full circle so-to-speak. As a kid I romanticized Snowboard Kids 2 so much because it was more colorful, it had better graphics, and way more stuff in general. It wasn't until I grew up a bit that I realized it maybe wasn't…

BioShock 2 (PlayStation 4)

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If I was ever forced to choose my all-time top 10 favorite games, I'd be in trouble in the way that just picking 10 would be way too tough. One thing I do know is that BioShock 2 would be on that list (along with Resident Evil 4 to name another). There's a general consensus among the BioShock fandom that 2 was the weakest one, I'm here to argue the exact opposite and say that it is actually the best entry in the series. In BioShock 2, you play as an early version of one of the infamous Big Daddies the series is known for - designated the name Subject Delta. To sum up the premise, your character - known as "Johnny Topside" - was diving and came across Rapture (an underwater paradise where the only rule is there are no rules). Later, you're forced into artificial insemination and creating a baby girl, and turned into a mindless slave who's only goal is protecting your daughter.

Everyone in Rapture who has been assigned a job so-to-speak is brainwashed. Lit…