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Back to School preparedness: Keep mental sharp with these great strategy games

by Blogger ‎09-05-2014 05:50 PM - edited ‎09-05-2014 06:34 PM

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It’s back to school time, and to help keep you mental sharp over your academic year, why not pick up a great new strategy game? From leading an expedition to colonize distant alien worlds, to starting your own political campaign in the underworld, to mastering the tactical art of war on the battleground, strategy games offer a vast selection of unique situations to challenge and stimulate your brain. Here’s a list of strategy games, including recent favourites and highly anticipated upcoming games, which are sure to give your brain an excellent mental workout!

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Pre-Order Freedom Wars on FutureShop.ca and receive 4 Bonus DLC Items!

by Blogger on ‎09-01-2014 03:12 PM - last edited on ‎09-04-2014 01:18 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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From Sony's distinguished Japan Studio comes Freedom Wars, an exciting new action role-playing game (RPG) featuring frenetic 4-player co-operative action and ranked 8-player online competition, all set within a beautifully created dystopian world. If you like socially-connected action RPGs, this game was made for you―come see what the hype is all about!

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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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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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Review: Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited is a deep tactics-based JRPG with political intrigue, Dood!

by Recognized Expert / Community Ambassador on ‎08-20-2014 04:21 PM - last edited on ‎08-25-2014 12:53 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Publisher NIS America continues its tradition of bringing great Japanese role-playing game (JRPG) imports to Europe and North America with their latest release, Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited. The game is a port of 2011’s Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten on PS3, but features a plethora of new goodies packed into the handheld version, including brand new content in the form of unique back story-driven scenarios, new spells, techniques, characters, and cameo appearances from past Disgaea favourites, as well as all the previous DLC from the PlayStation 3 version of the game already packed in. As a PS3 title, Disgaea 4 was robust to say the least. With a healthy injection of upgrades and additions exclusive to the PlayStation Vita, Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited is jam-packed with content!

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Highlights of Sony at Gamescom

by Blogger on ‎08-16-2014 02:28 PM - last edited on ‎08-17-2014 10:07 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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It's a big week in gaming with Cologne, Germany, hosting Gamescom 2014. This large gaming trade fair has become like a mini-E3 Expo, with many major gaming players in attendance revealing new games, hardware and other surprises. Earlier we had a look at Microsoft's press conference, and the great new Xbox One bundles coming this fall, and now it's time to see what Sony had to show off. How about games, games, and more games!

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Most Anticipated Video Games for August 2014

by Blogger on ‎08-10-2014 11:09 PM - last edited on ‎08-11-2014 08:27 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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It's August, which means it's time for the gaming industry to start heating up again as we inch closer to the big holiday rush. This month you can expect the next entry in EA Sports' hugely popular Madden NFL football franchise, the definitive update version of Street Fighter IV, next-gen versions of Diablo III and two Metro games, the long-awaited Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright crossover game, and that's not all "doods"! (I just had to throw in that Disgaea 4 reference, another game releasing this month.)

 

Let's take a look at the games!

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Most Anticipated Titles for July 2014

by Guest Blogger ‎07-16-2014 09:56 AM - edited ‎07-16-2014 09:56 AM

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Even with summer in full swing, games are still giving players more and more reasons to stay inside. This month will have some big titles come out that are sure to make gamers of all ages rejoice. The end of the month will see Nintendo release the latest in the Wii Sports series with Wii Sports Club. Anime fans will also be pleased with the release of One Piece: Unlimited World Red and Dynasty Warriors Gundam Reborn. We will also see the latest in the Lego series of games with Lego Ninjago: Nindroids on the 3DS and PS Vita. While Sony will be bringing back some big hits with Last of Us Remastered for the PlayStation 4 and Rachet and Clank Trilogy for the PS Vita.

 

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Most Anticipated Games for May 2014

by Blogger on ‎04-28-2014 07:43 PM - last edited on ‎04-30-2014 09:46 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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It’s my favourite time of the month again – the moment when I look ahead at all the great games we can expect to be playing very soon!  This month, the world’s most famous Italian plumber bookends the gaming release schedule with Mario Golf World Tour (May 2) and Mario Kart 8 (May 30). That’s not all though, as Ubisoft is readying its highly anticipated next-generation gaming title, Watch Dogs (May 27). PS Vita owners are also getting lots of love this month from Sony with the upcoming high-definition God of War and Sly Cooper collections.

 

It’s going to be another great month for gaming, let’s see what’s in store!

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Most Anticipated Games for April 2014

by Blogger on ‎04-09-2014 10:01 AM - last edited on ‎04-10-2014 04:22 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Interested in knowing the hottest video games coming out this month? Here's a look at the games releasing in April that I’m sure will be on many gamers’ most wanted lists!

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Plantronics RIG Gaming Headset + Mixer - Review

by Blogger on ‎03-05-2014 08:27 PM - last edited on ‎03-07-2014 09:34 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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When researching over-the-ear headphones, the first aspect I always pay attention to is what device(s) it’s designed for, be it PC, smartphones/tablets, or gaming consoles.  I want to make sure first and foremost that the headphones are compatible with the devices I have in mind, but moreover, I want the assurance that they’re also optimized for those same devices.  So, for example, it’s vitally important that over-the-ear headphones for my iPhone have a sturdy headband to keep them firmly in place while listening on-the-go. Conversely, for a PC or gaming headphones, having crystal clear mic audio is definitely a must-have, but I also want to make sure the headphones remain comfortable for long gaming sessions.

 

I was very pleasantly surprised, then, when I realized that the Plantronics RIG stereo Headset + Mixer made my preliminary research easy – as it was designed to be a true all-in-one stereo headset. Not only is the headset created with the comfort and quality needed for intense PC or console gaming, but it is also designed to quickly and easily convert into portable headphones for listening to music on-the-go. As I looked further into the product, I got even more excited because of the included mixer – the system's central component that allows you to seamlessly switch between, or mix, your game and phone audio. Recently, I was lucky enough to get my hands on sample Plantronics RIG unit, and I have to say, it really is as great as it seems.

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Borderlands 2 Limited Edition PlayStation Vita Bundle - First Look!

by Blogger ‎02-27-2014 05:39 PM - edited ‎03-11-2014 09:49 PM

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Earlier this month Sony announced the exciting news that their redesigned PS Vita console would be arriving on North American shores this spring as part of a Borderlands 2 Limited Edition PS Vita Bundle, a bundle which is available now on futureshop.ca for pre-orders.  This special bundle includes a PS Vita 2000 series model that is 20 percent slimmer and 15 percent lighter than the original PS Vita version that released just over two years ago. As the bundle’s title implies, the package also includes the smash hit Borderlands 2, a game that publisher 2K Games recently announced as their best-selling game of all time at 8.5 million copies sold.

 

The new PS Vita model features other great enhancements including a more comfortable form factor, extended battery life, as well as added memory to let you immediately store games for playing. Excited to learn more? Let’s take a closer look at what all this PS Vita bundle has to offer!

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Most Anticipated Games for March 2014

by Blogger ‎02-25-2014 10:36 PM - edited ‎02-27-2014 05:58 PM

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Get ready to pick up your controllers because March is kicking things off right with the much-anticipated release of South Park: The Stick of Truth. From thereon in it's more big titles one after another, starting with Dark Souls II and the Microsoft-exclusive Titanfall (March 11), with Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes and Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z landing the following week. Later in the month we've got the PlayStation 4-exclusive inFAMOUS: Second Son and Diablo III is receiving it's first major expansion pack with Reaper of Souls. Handheld gamers can also get in on the action with Yoshi's New Island on Nintendo 3DS, and for PS Vita fans there are games like Putty Squad, Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster, and Deception IV: Blood Ties.

 

Let's take a look at the games!

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Toukiden: The Age Of Demons - PlayStation Vita Review

by Blogger ‎02-23-2014 10:06 PM - edited ‎03-11-2014 09:50 PM

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The PS Vita has quickly established itself as the portable gaming console of choice for fans of action game titles, with Toukiden: The Age Of Demons from Tecmo Koei joining the ranks of superb action-oriented games such as Soul Sacrifice, Dragon's Crown, and Gravity Rush.

 

In Toukiden, players assume the role of a new recruit for a formerly clandestine group of demon slayers driven to reveal themselves after a massive influx of netherworld demons, known as Oni, launched a full-scale invasion of Japan. With humankind facing the mounting threat of eradication, this new recruit has been assigned to Utakata Village, one of the last lines of defense against the advancing Oni army. Joined by some of the most seasoned demon slayers, it's up to you to forge a team resilient enough to force back the Oni invaders and discover the source of their unyeilding bellicosity.

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The LEGO Movie Videogame - Great game for PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360

by Blogger ‎02-18-2014 12:42 AM - edited ‎03-11-2014 09:52 PM

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The LEGO Movie Videogame might just have the distinction of being Warner Bros.'s first video game based on a movie based on a children's toy. Adapted from the highly successful full-length theatrical release, the video game lets players step into the world of Emmet Brickowski, a completely ordinary LEGO minifigure swept into an extraordinary adventure to stop an evil tyrant bent on destroying the LEGO universe.

 

If you and your family enjoyed the film (my view: it's fantastic!) and want to extend the adventure, then The LEGO Movie Videogame will surely delight.

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