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Black Friday Deals: Gaming

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Black Friday Deals: Gaming

Black Friday looms on the horizon, but do not fret! Here at Pixelated Geek, I’ve been locked in a basement in order to scour the internet for all the gaming deals. Luckily for all of us, there is an abundance of deals for Black Friday that have already started! But I’ll do my best to highlight the really good ones here.

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Review – Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution

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Review – Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution

There have been plenty of video games based on films, TV shows, and anime. Though it seems few titles truly capture the essence of the source material. One of those rare franchises has been the Naruto Shippuden: Ninja Storm titles from Cyber Connect 2. The games not only tell the story well, they capture every expression down to the core emotion of the anime/manga series. While we patiently wait for the Naruto Shippuden story to conclude, the Ninja Storm titles take a very brave step in trying to tell it’s own unique story not found in the anime or manga. How does Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution hold up against the rest of the Ninja Storm games?

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Jordan’s Backlog: Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

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Jordan’s Backlog:  Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

There comes a time in every gamer’s life when you realize, “There are too many things to play!” Sadly, I’ve reached that point in my life and I must admit that I can’t play everything when they come out, beat them, and also write about them. Luckily, I have just enough free time to put in work on a bunch of the games I’ve yet to finish.

 

That being said, welcome to Jordan’s Backlog, my feeble attempt to get my thoughts out about all the games I’ve been playing without being able to review them all. Because, let’s be honest, I’m no professional, but I can get things done (most of the time). Read On

Video: The Evil Within Episode One and Two

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Video: The Evil Within Episode One and Two

It’s finally October, my favorite month of the year. I love October because not only is Halloween at the end of the month, but my birthday is also at the end of the month. That’s right, my birthday is on Halloween! To celebrate this month, I decided to start a play-through of Shinji Mikami’s The Evil Within.

The Evil Within is the spiritual successor to Resident Evil 4, arguably the best Resident Evil in the series. Shinji Mikami was the director of Resident Evil 1-4, which probably explains why Resident Evil 5-6 kind of went off the rails. But luckily, The Evil Within is sort of a return to form. In any case, hit the jump button and enjoy the first and second episode of my play-through! Read On

Review: Hyrule Warriors

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Review: Hyrule Warriors

Have you ever had a day where you wished you could play a mash-up of games that you particularly enjoy? Well, ladies and gentlemen, I have the game for you! Hyrule Warriors is a mixture of the ever-popular Legend of Zelda series and the beat ‘em up version of Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Dynasty Warriors. And it plays exactly as you might imagine it, Dynasty Warriors with a Legend of Zelda skin on it.

Considering the repetitive nature of the Warriors series, can a dose of Zelda make this game worth a purchase? Hit the jump to learn more!

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Review: “Dragon Quest” for iOS

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Dragon Quest box

In 1975, Japanese businessman Yasuhiro Fukushima founded a company called Eidansha Boshu Service Center. It published tabloid magazines that advertised real estate. However, after failing to establish its own chain of stores, Fukushima refashioned the company to focus on gaming software and renamed it Enix. This was in 1982. To find talent for his company, Fukushima created a competition called the “Enix Game Hobby Program Contest.” The contest, modeled after manga competitions, was advertised in computer and manga magazines and offered a prize of one million Yen to the winner. The top winner was an editor for the manga magazine Shonen Jump, Yuji Horii, whose tennis game Love Match Tennis became Enix’s first release.

During the development of another game called The Portopia Serial Murder Case, Horii and his colleague Koichi Nakamura came across a RPG called Wizardry at a Macworld Conference & Expo. Horii became a fan of the game. After finishing Portopia, he decided that he wanted to create a similar game to Wizardry, with the goal of bringing the Western RPG to Japan. A second major inspiration was another RPG called Ultima. While Horii and Nakamura enjoyed the dungeon crawling and statistical nature of RPGs, they realized most gamers would not. He wanted a game that didn’t require being a hardcore gamer; specifically, he wanted to a make a game that the player could play without knowledge of the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop RPG, which had been used for years in Japan as a template for homegrown games. He decided the NES was the ideal platform for the game, so that, unlike arcade games, players wouldn’t have to worry about spending money if they died. He simplified the mechanics so the game could be played with a simple NES controller, with a greater emphasis on storytelling and emotional involvement. Manga artist Akira Toriyama, famed for his series Dragon Ball, produced the game’s artwork and well-known television composer Koichi Sugiyama composed the music. The result was Dragon Quest, released in 1986.

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Pokémon Alpha & Omega get new Megas and a Shiny

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Pokémon Alpha & Omega get new Megas and a Shiny

While I’ve been playing Pokémon most of my gaming career, no title has left me with such positive vibes quite like Pokémon X & Y. So much so that I’ve already pre-ordered the upcoming Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby. Now, I didn’t think I could be anymore pumped but more and more details are being released about the title. Even better are a few surprises Gamestop and Nintendo have for you.

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Nintendo Directs its attention to Bayonetta

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Nintendo Directs its attention to Bayonetta


In Nintendo’s latest Nintendo Direct, Bayonetta took the spotlight as we received a slew of information about the latest installment in the non-stop action series. The controversial main character, Bayonetta, returns for another action packed adventure. This time, however, she’ll being returning exclusively on the Nintendo’s WiiU. For those who haven’t had a chance to play the original title, don’t fret, as retail versions of Bayonetta 2 will be coming packed with the first game for $59.99. But if you want to go all digital, you can buy Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 for a total of $59.98. Read On

Nintendo bringing the Holiday Fun

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Nintendo bringing the Holiday Fun

With the next-gen console war in full swing and the PS4 in first place, the biggest question is: who’s going to be number 2? Before E3 2014, it was assumed that Xbox One might have a trick up their sleeve to either knock the PS4 off it’s perch or something to solidify 2nd place.

While Nintendo certainly brought their A Game to E3, they took it a step further with this year’s holiday release list and some surprises which truly make me want to pick up a Wii U.

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