August 2023 Blog Posts (20)

Free Games Update | PlayStation Plus Monthly Games September

September is right around the corner, so it's time for Sony's list of free games coming next month. This line is very open-world centric, as gamers will have a chance to access the Saint's Row reboot on the PS5 and PS4. From Avalanche Studios comes Generation Zero for PlayStation 4 owners. And finally, the MMORPG Black Desert.

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Added by Mike Lind on August 30, 2023 at 8:11pm — No Comments

REPORT: Sony Announces Price Hike For All PlayStation Plus Tiers

Earlier this year, PlayStation restructured PlayStation Plus by combining the PSNow service with the standard Plus membership, creating PSPlus tiers; Essential, Extra, and Premium. Initially, if you already had the standard membership, you'd get the same bonuses with no change in the tier you were paying for. 

That's set to change, as with the…

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Added by Mike Lind on August 30, 2023 at 2:56pm — No Comments

RETRO REBOOT | Final Fantasy VIII - Squaresoft's Black Sheep? (Sony PlayStation)

Final Fantasy VII, for both better and worse, was one of the JRPGs (yeah, I still call them JRPGs) that bridged a gap between the mid-range gaming enthusiast and the world of role-playing games. Pokemon also played a large part in ushering them into the hands of your regular gamer, but when it came to robust stories and themes, Final Fantasy and its…

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Added by Mike Lind on August 29, 2023 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Nexon's Newest Looter Shooter, The First Descendants, Gets Official Trailer

Gamescom was a packed weekend of video game rollouts, and among the trailers was South Korean publisher/developer Nexom's latest multiplayer offering, The First Descendants. Powered by Unreal Engine 5, The First Descendants has both single player and multiplayer missions players can partake in throughout this third-person action RPG.…

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Added by Mike Lind on August 28, 2023 at 3:58pm — No Comments

FIRST IMPRESSIONS | Armored Core VI: Fires Of Rubicon Is An Adrenaline Rush

For the first time in over a decade, a new game in FromSoftware's mech-based action franchise has launched on consoles and PC with its sixth mainline entry. While Hidetaka Miyazaki made the challenge curve in the Dark Souls series a ubiquitous mantra across the gaming community, and achieved worldwide success, the Armored Core games' difficulty was a…

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Added by Mike Lind on August 28, 2023 at 1:56am — No Comments

Starfield Leaker Arrested For Attempting To Sell Stolen Copies Of The Game

For the many questions leading up to the release of Starfield, Bethesda's new space-faring action RPG, "is it okay to steal this game?" probably shouldn't be one of them. According to a report at…

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Added by Mike Lind on August 25, 2023 at 3:20pm — No Comments

Sony Officially Reveals The PlayStation Portal, Priced At $200

From a tech perspective, the PlayStation 5 is currently the industry standard in console gameplay. It's time for Sony to revisit the prospects of remote play on the PS5, with the unveiling of the newly christened PlayStation Portal (formerly codenamed Project Q) and its Pulse Explore ear buds and PlayStation Link technology.…

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Added by Mike Lind on August 23, 2023 at 2:34pm — No Comments

Microsoft Restructures Deal To Sell Activision Blizzard's Cloud Gaming Rights To Ubisoft

While Microsoft was able to clear matters in court with the Federal Trade Commission's fruitless efforts to block the $69 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard, which ended up getting…

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Added by Mike Lind on August 22, 2023 at 11:30pm — No Comments

RETRO REBOOT | Mortal Kombat 4: MK's Mid-life Crisis (N64/Arcade)

The passage of time makes the mid-late 90's era of video games look like a desperation period, as franchises were trying to lay the foundation for the future of development and engines. But the foundation is mostly laid out with Rhode Island Z blocks, as the tech wasn't strong enough to meet the ambitions of some studios. this left some games stuck…

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Added by Mike Lind on August 22, 2023 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection's Advisories Warn Players Of 'Outdated Content'

Much of the details surrounding Konami's release of Metal Gear Solid Master Collection vol.1 when it comes to specs seem to have consumers either content or asking for more. The games appear to be built based on the Bluepoint-developed 2012 HD releases, with the resolution set at 720p on the Nintendo Switch, with other versions potentially running…

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Added by Mike Lind on August 22, 2023 at 1:05am — No Comments

Nintendo Reports Veteran Voice Actor Charles Martinet To Step Away From Role As Mario

The news is now official. The long-time voice of Mario and various Super Mario characters, Charles Martinet, will no longer be voicing characters in the series. Fans took notice of how different Mario sounded in the trailer for Super Mario Wonder, their suspicions are now confirmed. In a message provided by Nintendo via Twitter/X, the company…

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Added by Mike Lind on August 21, 2023 at 5:44pm — No Comments

Xbox 360 Digital Storefront To Shut Down In 2024

In the era of digital gaming, with more changes will bring about losses. Microsoft will be preparing to close down its digital store on the Xbox 360 consoles. This November will mark 18 years of the service, and come July 29th, 2024 will see it decommissioned. With these changes, the Microsoft Movies & TV app will no longer work on the 360…

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Added by Mike Lind on August 20, 2023 at 5:47pm — No Comments

RETRO REBOOT | Mega Man 2 (NES)

Capcom's Blue Bomber (which sounds more like BomberMan's nickname) played a critical part in influencing 2D action platforming. I feel like I've talked about it quite often, so no need to belabor the point on that. But the first Mega Man was a pretty rough experiment at certain seams (trying vertically themed levels was always a weakness of the…

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Added by Mike Lind on August 15, 2023 at 11:00am — No Comments

Activision Confirms Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Will Be A Full Game, Priced At $70

Back in February, Activision had initially reported that its next Call of Duty, Modern Warfare 3, was going to be an expansive DLC add-on to Modern Warfare 2. Following the reveal trailer featuring the return of antagonist Makarov, the publisher/developer clarified that MW3, which became a project so robust, they decided to have it become a…

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Added by Mike Lind on August 14, 2023 at 2:30pm — No Comments

'House Of Lee', An Anime Based On Bruce Lee, Formally Announced

Later this month, Enter the Dragon, the movie that cemented Bruce Lee as one of the planet's most influential action stars, celebrates its 50th anniversary (which will have a 4K redistribution). To commemorate the occasion, an animated project is in the works titled House of Lee, headed by his daughter, Shannon Lee and studio Shibuya (White…

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Added by Mike Lind on August 13, 2023 at 12:14pm — No Comments

Capcom Hints Dino Crisis Content Could Make Its Way To Exoprimal 'If There's Enough Demand'

Exoprimal, Capcom's team-based multiplayer shooter puts you in the role of an exo fighter pitted against dinosaurs by a rogue artificial intelligence known as Leviathan. The story plays out with a crew attempting a rescue and escape of this rogue island, as the A.I. pulls exo fighters from various dimensions to compete against each…

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Added by Mike Lind on August 9, 2023 at 11:56pm — No Comments

RETRO REBOOT | Art Of Fighting 2 (Neo Geo/Arcade)

SNK and their influence in the burgeoning period of fighting games is a topic I've gone over while reviewing other tournament battlers, from their launches of Samurai Shodown, Fatal Fury, and Art of Fighting. Then it came time to make sequels, to see what the director and development staff learned from their previous offerings to shape potential…

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Added by Mike Lind on August 8, 2023 at 11:00am — No Comments

REVEAL: First Teaser Look At Fatal Fury: City Of The Wolves

SNK fans get a sneak peek at the first new Fatal Fury game in over two decades! If you've been around the orbit of fighting game talk throughout the late 2000's, especially in the rise of competitive fighting games, there's a chance you may have seen or heard the name Garou: Mark of the Wolves pass through the lips, or heard of Rock Howard from…

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Added by Mike Lind on August 8, 2023 at 12:37am — No Comments

Get A Preview Of What's Coming In The Genshin Impact 4.0 Preview: 'As Light Rain Falls Without Reason'

Following the freeing of the Dendro archon in Sumeru during version 3.0 last August, the release of Genshin Impact 4.0 is just a shade under two weeks away. With this update will come with a new Archon quest, events, character & weapons wish event banners, some new artifact sets, and bosses. The event kicked off with a 45 minute live stream,…

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Added by Mike Lind on August 6, 2023 at 12:30am — No Comments

RETRO REBOOT | Blaster Master (NES)

Blaster Master is one of the more famous and notable third party games for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Like Bad Dudes, it ushered in an early generation of memes in the blossoming portion of internet retro gaming with its seemingly ridiculous, but VERY 80's video game premise. …

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Added by Mike Lind on August 1, 2023 at 11:00am — No Comments

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