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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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Can a gaming console help you stay in shape when you go back to school?

by Blogger on ‎09-01-2014 11:50 PM - last edited on ‎09-02-2014 04:18 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Keeping in shape during a busy school year might seem like a daunting goal, given your heavy academic demands, but fortunately these days there are a wide range of video games designed to keep you active when you have some time to spare. Whether it's first thing in the morning, between classes, or during a study break, getting in shape through video games has never been more accessible. Let's take a look at some games that can get you moving!

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Last Gen VS. Next Gen Consoles To Upgrade or Not to Upgrade?

by Guest Blogger ‎08-31-2014 04:56 PM - edited ‎08-31-2014 04:57 PM

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If you are like me, a console gamer, every 5 or so years, you will be faced with a tough decision. When should you upgrade to the next generation of gaming consoles? Back in the earlier days of console gaming this was pretty obvious especially with the huge jumps in graphics and other related tech. Going from 8-bit machines(like the Nintendo Entertainment System) to 16-bit machine (like the SEGA Genesis and the Super Nintendo) was like a dream come true everything was such a huge change, graphics, sounds and games all had major upgrades. These days however, the reasons to upgrade aren’t quite as straight forward.

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Review: Murdered: Soul Suspect for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

by Blogger on ‎08-27-2014 09:54 PM - last edited on ‎08-29-2014 04:39 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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It was scarcely an hour into Murdered: Soul Suspect before I realized that this hokey detective crime game had me fully absorbed in its spectral narrative. This whodunit adventure stars Ronan O'Connor, a former criminal turned gumshoe, who witnesses his own murder at the hands of a ruthless killer terrorizing the city of Salem, Massachusetts. Now as an apparition trapped in a form of purgatory, Ronan must bring his perpetrator to justice in order to placate his soul and gain passage into the afterlife. While Murder: Soul Suspect does have its faults, if you’re a fan of crime fiction this may be just the game you’ve been waiting for.

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Video Game Figures: a look at this growing trend

by Blogger on ‎08-25-2014 08:46 PM - last edited on ‎08-28-2014 12:36 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Interactive video game figures have, in a matter of only three years, taken the games industry by storm. This craze began with Activision's Skylanders series, and kicked into high-gear with the emergence of Disney Infinity last summer. Now, as we approach the crucial holiday season, Nintendo has thrown its hat into the ring with their upcoming Amiibo line of interactive figures. It's going to be an exciting next few months as new video games and figures for all three of these series come to market. To help you prepare, here's an overview of what each toy figure line has to offer!

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Plan your studies to have time for these Fall game releases

by Blogger on ‎08-22-2014 03:48 PM - last edited on ‎08-25-2014 01:41 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The upcoming school year is guaranteed to be a busy time, so if you're thinking of picking up a video game or two this fall to play during your down time, you'll need to make sure you plan accordingly. To help you out, I've conveniently compiled a list of blockbuster games that are releasing this fall so you can mark important dates on your calendar and begin your planning early!

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