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BlazBlue Central Fiction Announced by ASW

BlazBlue Central Fiction

Arc System Works announced today that they would be releasing a new installment in their 2D anime-styled BlazBlue fighting series, with the subtitle “Central Fiction.” (I keep getting that confused with “Nightmare Fiction”, from the soundtrack) So far, two new characters have been announced: Hibiki Kohaku, (who appears to share the fighting styles of Noel Vermillion and Makoto Nanaya) and Naoto Kurogane, ...

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Review – Batman: Arkham Knight

Arkham Knight

Developer: Rocksteady Studios Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC (review platform) Well, it’s finally here. The actual conclusion to the Arkham series that we’ve all been waiting for. Scarecrow has forced an evacuation of Gotham using his new and improved fear toxin in an attempt to fill the power vacuum created by Joker’s death in Arkham City. ...

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Living the Dream: The Nightmare That is QA Testing

QA Testing

Editor’s note: all games featured in the included images are unrelated to the writer’s experiences  For three years, I “lived the dream.” I was paid to test video games for a third-party company. At first, it did seem like a dream. What would end up happening over the next three years would be the beginning of a nightmare. It was ...

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Second Chance: Cyberia

Cyberia Title Card

“Welcome back to Cyberia!” These words filled my childhood with wonder, joy, dread, and eventually anger. Cyberia, released by Xatrix and Interplay in 1994, was the Crysis of its time. A total system-breaker. It required a ridiculously powerful 386 running at a whopping 25 Mhz, and 4MB of RAM. This was minimum. For comparison: Doom 2 required a 386 and 4MB ...

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Second Chance: Alone in the Dark


Second Chance is a recurring feature that advocates taking a look back at some of the lesser known and forgotten games of history “They are coming! I have freed hellish forces and now the price must be paid!” What can I say about Alone in the Dark that hasn’t already been said? Oh, right. I know exactly what I can say: ...

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Second Chance: The Legacy of Kain series


Second Chance is a recurring feature that advocates taking a look back at some of the lesser known and forgotten games of history “At last. I must say I’m disappointed in your progress. I imagined you’d be here sooner.”   This week i’ll be covering The Legacy of Kain, why? because no one remembers it, and this is a crime against ...

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Review – Spirits of Xanadu

Spirits of Xanadu

Disclosure: The author of this article was given a Steam code for the game through Evolve PR for the purpose of this review Developer: Allen Trivette & Lee Williams Publisher: Night Dive Studios Platforms: PC Spirits of Xanadu is a System Shock 2-inspired first-person survival horror game set on a derelict spacecraft in an alternative version of the 1980s. It ...

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“Soviet” Announcer Added To Skullgirls


Mike Z, the director of indie fighting game Skullgirls, has recorded a new announcer voice to the Skullgirls Beta on Steam. If you backed the PC release before it hit Steam, you should have access and can hear it for yourself. It’s based on Mike Z’s Soviet persona that he has used for his Iron Tager tutorial included on the Limited ...

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Review – AstropedV


Publisher: Joestar/Black Developer: Joestar/Black Platforms: Android, PC (review platform) PC review copy given by developer, played on the following system: Core i7-3770k, 16GB RAM, 2xGTX780 in SLI, Windows 7. Xbox One controller and keyboard used to play. It’s not every day you get a retro-inspired shmup (Shoot-em-up) passed across your desk. But when those days do happen, they’re usually great because I ...

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Review – Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell


Developer: Volition, High Voltage Software Publisher: Deep Silver Platforms: PC (review platform), PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 PC version reviewed. Machine specs: Intel i7-4770k, 8GB RAM, 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 770. Used Xbox 360 controller to play.    Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell is a $20 stand-alone expansion to Saints Row IV. Let that sink in for a second ...

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