[Friday Five] Hopes and Fears for THQ Franchises

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Despite a stint on Humble Bundle and a bid to sell the company as a whole, THQ has finally dissolved, leaving in its wake the sale of well-beloved franchises and veteran development teams. This splintering has called into question the future of many games, but luckily there is as much hope as there is doubt for titles previously under the THQ banner.

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[Video Spotlight] Jack the Ripper

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“Metal Gear Solid” brings to mind a lot of things, like cardboard boxes, genetically engineered super soldier mercenaries, and the trials and tribulations of a cyborg assassin and his long-suffering girlfriend. Foregoing the franchise’s iconic stealth gameplay for a quicker paced, combat-oriented hack-and-slash style, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance has raised concerns in the Metal Gear fanbase for straying too far off-base to be a “real” Metal Gear title. For now, it seems that, at the very least, its complex and much-loved sci-fi military mythos remains intact.

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[Friday Five] Franchises that Need to be in Disney Infinity

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With the announcement of Disney Infinity, many longtime Disney fans are downright giddy. The opportunity to play as almost any Disney franchise on almost any home console. The initial series announced to be part of the game’s lineup – The Incredibles, Monsters Inc., and Pirates of the Carribean – already make up a diverse cast of favorites that all disney fans will be able to appreciate. We can only imagine what else Disney will have in store for us when the game comes, but here’s five titles that will be absolutely indispensible in making Disney Infinity the premier Disney title, regardless of age.

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[Pros and Cons] Android Gaming

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Just two years ago, browsing the Android market for games often meant either finding a slew of Angry Birds titles or its clones, while friends and family on iOS devices had access to titles like Jetpack Joyride first and more hardcore titles from a vast range of established gaming companies like Square-Enix. However, a quick glance today reveals titles like NBA Jam and Final Fantasy III, legitimizing Android devices for gamers as much as any iOS device. With the incoming release of the Ouya and announcements for nVidia’s Project Shield and Game Stick, there seems to be an impending explosion of Android gaming awaiting us in 2013 and on. However, this comes with it a series of pros and cons that gamers must analyze before either getting onboard with or shrugging off Android gaming.

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[Video Spotlight] And That’s Why You Don’t Mash

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Mashing’s bad. It’s really bad. Not only does it wear out your controller or arcade stick, but you’re actively putting yourself into sticky situations – especially if the opponent knows you’re mashing. In the next video, I’m playing against another friend, who’s using Sagat, and he’s constantly mashing on his Tiger Uppercut, otherwise known as the standard panic button. Think of this as a PSA. Of course, I had already jumped beforehand (by accident), but you can clearly see how a mistaken ultra will lead to (unnecessary) damage.

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[Friday Five] Things to Watch for From CES 2013

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The Consumer Electronics Show comes once a year, and while dish washers and refrigerators aren’t particularly relevant to the gaming scene, gaming companies still come out in force to show off their latest offerings as well as future projects for us to drool at and pine for. CES events in the past have announced things high profile concepts like Razer’s Project Fiona or gamer-friendly gadgets such as the GAEMS G155, and this year’s is no different.

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[Video Spotlight] Ancient Apparition Full Court Shot in Greeviling

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As DOTA 2′s Greeviling event comes to an end, as much we would like to complain about the random nature of the event, we have to admit that it still gave us some good times. The event made for a lot of fun, albiet stupid, happenings. And that’s exactly what the mode gave us – in addition to all the free presents, coal and kindler’s kits included. Our own writer, Eldon Tsan, had some good memories and uploaded one of them to YouTube. In it, while the other team is focused on securing a Greeviling and catching up against an insurmountable six Greeviling lead, he says “why not?” and fires off Ancient Apparition’s ultimate from fountain.

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Kevin’s Five Highlights of 2012

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2012 was a year about a lot of things, like (terrible) end of world predictions, the discovery of the Higgs-Boson, and Mars rover landings. But it was mainly about video games, and not just video games, but good video games, because the worst kind of video game is a bad video game. And those aren’t nice. Here are some that are.

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Davis’s Five Highlights of 2012

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As 2012 comes to a close, we look back at the games released this year. While everyone wants to point out the obvious “best games,” there are others that stand out this year and deserve recognition. Here are the five highlights of the year for me, even if they aren’t the epic, Hollywood production titles everyone looked forward to all year.

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[Review] Hitman: Absolution (PC)

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Square-Enix’s acquisition of Eidos was a strange one that called into question the future of several franchises, including Hitman. But after six years and almost an entire console generation, IO Interactive continues the venerable stealth-action series with Hitman: Absolution, a follow-up to 2006’s Blood Money.

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