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For weeks and months strategy fans have been hoarding their vacation days, displaying signs of impending illnesses when their bosses walk by, and banking quality time with their family and friends. Now the wait is finally over - Civilization: Beyond Earth has landed on PC, poised to take up the mantle of creator Sid Meier’s perpetual attack on the free time of innocent gamers around the world.

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Review: Destiny, is it all just hype?

by Guest Blogger on ‎10-27-2014 09:29 PM - last edited on ‎10-28-2014 03:53 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Bungie has been pushing the boundaries of how we play games for over 10 years now. If you play console games, regardless of if you enjoy them or not, you should be no stranger to the Halo games. After years of waiting Bungie is now bringing us a whole new way to play first person shooters with the long awaited and potentially ground breaking Destiny.

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Review: Alien: Isolation cranks up the tension and delivers the horror circa 1979

by Recognized Expert / Community Ambassador on ‎10-24-2014 11:59 AM - last edited on ‎10-27-2014 10:20 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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In 1979, director Ridley Scott unleashed the sci-fi/horror phenomenon Alien on the world. Since then, the franchise has spawned its share of sequels, novels, comic books, and yes, video games. While Scott's universe has growth, its mythos expanded over time, there's still something very special about the unique, sublime sense of genuine horror so brilliantly preserved in that first film - a feeling that is captured once again in Alien: Isolation.  

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This past weekend I had the privilege of dropping by the inaugural Super Smash Club event held at District 28 in downtown Toronto to celebrate the launch of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. Super Smash Club is a Canadian-exclusive initiative created by Nintendo, and sponsored by Future Shop, that lets fans participate in the launch of Super Smash Bros. at live events across the country, and share their excitement for the franchise online through community-driven social media contests. It was amazing to see first-hand at the Toronto event just how passionate the Canadian fans of Super Smash Bros. are about this franchise--come take a look for yourself!

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Danganronpa on PlayStation Vita is a game series that flew under my radar earlier this year when the first game, Trigger Happy Havoc, released in February. After spending weeks playing through the sequel, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, it was such a great experience that I immediately picked up the original game to fill in the backstory of this thoroughly engaging narrative. If you’re an adult that enjoys captivating visual novels and own a PS Vita, then Danganronpa 2 is absolutely a must-play adventure.

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Review: Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Looks good and plays great!

by Guest Blogger ‎10-20-2014 06:02 PM - edited ‎10-20-2014 06:02 PM

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I have always liked how competitive fighting games get so many sequels and definitive editions. Players need to feel them out a bit and developers get to make tweaks, adjustments or even introduce new characters. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax not only brings back many of the Persona 3 and 4 characters it also offers an amazing improvement on a great fighting game.

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Hands-on with PlayStation TV

by Blogger ‎10-18-2014 11:29 AM - edited ‎10-18-2014 11:44 AM

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Take one look at the PlayStation TV's feature list and you're bound to be impressed: the ability to play over 700 PlayStation game titles out of the box, access TV, movie, and music media via online apps, steam your PS4 games to other TVs in your home with Remote Play, and full access to Sony's video game streaming rental service, PlayStation Now. All this from a device no bigger than a deck of cards and very reasonably priced. It's an offer, on paper, that seems hard to pass up.

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Review: Ultra Street Fighter IV is the series’ definitive edition

by Blogger on ‎10-15-2014 02:32 PM - last edited on ‎10-16-2014 11:48 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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This generation’s hottest fighting game series is back with its fifth, and very likely last iteration, with Ultra Street Fighter IV. The game introduces a wealth of updates, including five new characters, six new battle environments, three new gameplay mechanics, and extensive character and core system rebalancing. If you’re a fan of Street Fighter IV, get ready for the definitive version of this venerable fighting game, available on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360!

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Review: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor brings keen strategy and rivalry to the hunt for vengeance

by Recognized Expert / Community Ambassador on ‎10-14-2014 10:08 AM - last edited on ‎10-14-2014 11:01 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Set in the universe of legendary fantasy scribe J.R.R. Tolkien, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is an open world action game with robust combat, featuring a healthy balance of stealth tactics and head on, free-flowing group swordplay. Thanks to the innovative "Nemesis System", each encounter with a foe becomes a unique, dynamically evolving scenario, and every victory or defeat meaningful. Fans of Tolkien's lore and gamers alike: Prepare get lost in the land of Mordor. 

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Pre-order Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and get Final Fantasy XV Playable Demo Voucher

by Blogger on ‎10-13-2014 12:55 PM - last edited on ‎10-21-2014 10:40 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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At Tokyo Game Show, Square Enix officially announced a North American launch date for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, coming March 17, 2015. Originally released only in Japan on PlayStation Portable, this HD remastered version of the hit action role-playing game will be coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. As if this news isn't exciting enough, if you pre-order the game online at futureshop.ca, or in-store at Future Shop locations, you'll receive a Playable Voucher for the upcoming Final Fantasy XV "Episode Duscae" demo!

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Review: Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare, PlayStation is getting dirty!

by Guest Blogger on ‎10-13-2014 09:56 AM - last edited on ‎10-14-2014 11:20 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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No matter how you look at it the casual gaming market is getting bigger and is becoming one of the more sought after demographics in gaming. The mobile industry is basically a casual gaming battle ground fought by games like Candy Crush Saga, Clash of Clans, Game of War, Cut The Rope and the list goes on. One game that made a huge splash on the mobile market was Plants Vs Zombies by EA. A rather light hearted take on the tower defense genre, where one must protect their garden from the incoming waves of zombies. Now this was a good game for a more casual market but when EA showed off their latest instalment in the series, for the console market, Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare, hardcore gamers started taking note and for a good reason. So lock and load that peashooter, its time to defend the garden!

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Pre-order Grand Theft Auto V on PS4 and Xbox One for a huge in-game cash bonus

by Blogger on ‎10-10-2014 10:53 AM - last edited on ‎10-21-2014 10:41 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Grand Theft Auto V, last year’s #1 best-selling video game on PlayStation 3 on Xbox 360, is arriving on next generation platforms come November 18th. By pre-ordering the game now at Future Shop stores, or online on futureshop.ca, you’ll receive a massive $1,000,000 in-game cash bonus to spend across Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. Get ready PlayStation 4 and Xbox One fans, we’re just over a month away from launch day!

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Review: Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney is a delightful cross-over

by Blogger on ‎10-08-2014 10:59 AM - last edited on ‎10-14-2014 12:00 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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What do you get when you cross the most renowned puzzle-solver with the world's greatest defense attorney? For Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS fans that can only mean one thing: Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney, the dream cross-over adventure game, has arrived!

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I'll Take-Two of this weekend any day: NBA2K15 experience, game now available at Future Shop

by Blogger on ‎10-07-2014 10:37 AM - last edited on ‎10-09-2014 11:03 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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This past weekend is one I’ll never forget. Thanks to Future Shop’s relationship with video game developer, Take-Two Interactive, our Tech Blog was among several select Vancouver-based reporters and bloggers that attended an exclusive VIP NBA2K15 launch event at Rogers Arena. 

 

 

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Playstation TV offers tremendous value in a compact gaming device

by Blogger on ‎10-03-2014 12:25 AM - last edited on ‎10-17-2014 09:11 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The PlayStation family of gaming consoles is about to welcome a brand new member with the imminent arrival of Sony's PlayStation TV. This sleek and compact micro-gaming console will deliver big value with its ability to play hundreds of PlayStation games, stream games over the internet using Sony's PlayStation Now service, stream PS4 games to other TVs in your house, and allows you to rent or buy the latest movies, music, TV shows, and more. Come see what all PlayStation TV has to offer:

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