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Review - Assassin's Creed Rogue, it's an icy good time.

by Guest Blogger on ‎11-25-2014 08:31 PM - last edited on ‎11-26-2014 10:30 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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For the first time in the history of the series, Assassin’s Creed Rogue sees the player leave the assassins, to side with what we thought was the enemy. Sea shanties, bar room brawls, swashbuckling, icebergs and much more await in the North Atlantic seas.

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Canadian Videogame Awards recognized the Best in Canadian game development

by Blogger ‎11-23-2014 12:33 AM - edited ‎11-23-2014 12:42 PM

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The annual Canadian Videogame Awards have announced their winners, and Ubisoft Montreal walked away the night's big winner. Picking up both coveted Game of the Year awards for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (2013) and Watch Dogs (2014), the two games brought home a total of eight awards. I was invited to come see the annual award show that recognizes the best Canadian-developed video games, so join me as we take a peek at what went down!

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A Guide to Backwards Compatibility in Gaming

by Blogger on ‎11-16-2014 01:35 PM - last edited on ‎11-17-2014 04:53 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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With the holiday season rapidly approaching, one of the most common questions I get asked is about game compatibility. This is the season where many families upgrade their gaming consoles, and most are likely wondering if their existing game collection, controllers, and accessories will work on the newer consoles. If you've been wondering about this, read on and I'll explain all there is to know about gaming backwards compatibility!

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Considering how much I enjoyed last year’s console version of Diablo III, hearing that an “Ultimate Evil Edition” was coming to PS4 and Xbox One, which bundled together enhanced versions of Diablo III and the Reaper of Souls expansion set, got me thoroughly excited. This upgraded combo pack boasts sharp 1080p graphics, great new social features, and it’s the most accessible version of the game yet. That’s on top of the new content added in Reaper of Souls, all included on the disc, like the brand new Crusader character class and the additional fifth Act. Simply put, this is the definitive console version of one of the best action role-playing games ever made.

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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: 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: 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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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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Review: Fairy Fencer F is a fast-paced JRPG worth hanging around for

by Recognized Expert / Community Ambassador on ‎10-01-2014 08:41 AM - last edited on ‎10-01-2014 02:39 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Japanese role-playing game (JRPG) enthusiasts may want to consider not packing away their PlayStation 3 consoles just yet! There are still a few new releases that aren't bridging the cross-platform generational gap, and developer Compile Heart's latest offering is one worth checking out for fans of the genre. Fairy Fencer F is a promising new title with the potential to become a lasting and endearing franchise.

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Pre-Order Mortal Kombat X to play as the legendary Goro

by Blogger on ‎09-11-2014 08:50 PM - last edited on ‎10-21-2014 10:34 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and NetherRealm Studios have announced that Mortal Kombat X, the next entry in the critically-acclaimed fighting game series, will launch worldwide on April 15, 2015. Moreover, fans who pre-order the game online on FutureShop.ca, or in-store at Future Shop locations across Canada, will receive day one access to the four-armed Shokan warrior, Goro. Read on for all the details:

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Our first look at the gaming attractions featured at this year’s Fan Expo Canada was all about Sony, Ubisoft and Warner Bros. Now it’s time to take a look at what Microsoft, Disney Interactive and Bethesda had for gamers on show floor. I’ll give you a hint: lots (and lots) of great looking soon-to-be-released games!

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FAN EXPO Canada: Hands on with the hottest games from Sony, Ubisoft, and Warner Bros

by Blogger ‎09-09-2014 05:10 AM - edited ‎09-09-2014 07:11 AM

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Toronto was abuzz August 28-31, as Fan Expo Canada, the nation’s largest annual comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming event, took over the massive North and South buildings of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The jam-packed Fan Expo schedule included celebrity Q&As, autograph and photo opportunities, workshops with industry professionals, cosplay, and retail and exhibitor areas. With over 100,000 fans attending this year’s convention, the show floor was absolutely packed! It’s for that reason that I made a beeline to the sprawling gaming exhibitor area, my prime reason for going, to get hands-on time with some of this fall’s hottest games.

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Most Anticipated Video Games for September 2014

by Blogger ‎09-06-2014 11:34 AM - edited ‎09-06-2014 11:44 AM

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It’s September, which means the holiday video game floodgates are about to open wide! There are so many great video games releasing this month, from the latest versions of EA Sports' NHL and FIFA sports series, to much-anticipated sequels including The Sims 4, Disney Infinity Version 2.0, and Forza Horizon 2, to all-new adventures set in familiar fantasy worlds, like Hyrule Warriors and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.  Oh, and did I mention that the most pre-ordered video game in history is also coming out? That's right, Destiny will soon be arriving!

 

Let's have a look at the games!

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