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Evo Championship Series 2014 Results

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Evo Championship Series 2014 Results

This past weekend, the annual fighting game tournament Evolution Championship Series, Evo for short, took place at the Westgate Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fighting gamers from all around the world converged on one location to find out who would be crowned as champions at the end of the tournament.

As a fair warning, this post contains the final results for all of the games present at Evo this year, so if you still want to watch the archived footage without being spoiled, avoid this post! For those of you who want to know the results of the finals, continue reading and enjoy the clips of each final match.

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Review: Fable Anniversary – Xbox 360

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Review: Fable Anniversary – Xbox 360

We all have those special memories: moments in our lives that really changed our outlook. Sometimes for us gamers, it’s a particular game, and for me it was having my eyes open to Western RPGs.

I had just purchased the gigantic original Xbox and was looking for something other then Halo 2 to play. I was recommended Fable. After just a short time of playing the game I was instantly hooked. I had grown up on Dragon Warrior, but there was something about Fable that really spoke to me.

With Fable among the games receiving HD remastering, I was more then interested in giving it another spin. A long lost friend I would soon have the pleasure of meeting once again. Does the game still hold it’s charm?

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[E3 2014] Battlefield: Hardline Impressions

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[E3 2014] Battlefield: Hardline Impressions

The Battlefield franchise is near and dear to my heart. I have incredibly vivid memories of the huge hype leading up to Battlefield 1942, the bewildered excitement, the confusion. What do you mean I can be a soldier and drive a tank and steer a battleship? HOW?

Battlefield 1942 and its slew of excellent successors – Vietnam, 2, and especially 2142 – ran along the cutting edge of class-based, team-oriented objective multi-player in the competitive scene.  Battlefield has inspired many of the industry’s finest titles, from Star Wars: Battlefront to the Enemy Territory games, to Red Orchestra and a handful of others. Battlefield has always led the way in large-scale military multi-player mayhem.

The adage: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” doesn’t seem to be first in mind with the Visceral Games team for the franchise’s newest outing Battlefield: Hardline. They’re looking to take the franchise in a very different direction with a strong campaign featuring a TV-centric  episodic structure, big-name voice-over actors and likenesses, and a highly-modified multi-player dynamic. As per usual policy, EA has given Visceral the greenlight on a Beta test to run the new mechanics around the corner and see how they hold up. The Pixelated Geek staff, particularly PXL Plays! Johnathan Crass and your truly, have spent the last several days pulling heists and TASER-ing bros in order to bring you the most honest and grounded of impressions.

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[E3 2014] Alien: Isolation Gets It Right, Is Scary

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[E3 2014] Alien: Isolation Gets It Right, Is Scary

In a sense, the interactive entertainment based on the Alien universe have translated that universe quite well: some of them were solid and workmanlike, and some of them were complete train-wrecks – an almost-perfect parallel to the film series.  Some of the Alien games were mindless, idiotic action-fests with little in the way of subtlety or pathos, chock full of static characters, awful dialogue, and poor visuals but still bewilderingly maintaining a basic, lowest-common denominator sense of appeal – yes, James Cameron, that was a shot across your bow.

Some of them have been mediocre – good ideas, acceptably executed, but ultimately flawed products – David Fincher’s Aliens 3 & the Aliens versus Predator series.

None of them have measured up to the taut, brilliant, innovative masterpiece of tension and terror that was Ridley Scott’s Alien.  None of them have even managed to be genuinely frightening. And while it’s a bit early to judge Creative Assembly’s Alien: Isolation, it certainly isn’t too early to say that the storied developer behind the Total War series is taking it in precisely the correct direction.

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Strider Review

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Strider Review

It has been about fourteen years since the last time Strider Hiryu appeared in a proper Strider game. But 2014 is a year of new beginnings, and so the long-awaited and much-anticipated new title in the Strider series has revealed itself. The new game, simply titled Strider, is a platforming action-adventure game in the vein of such titles as Metroid and Castlevania. The more you progress through the more you’ll need to acquire additional abilities to continue further on.

Strider is not a remake of the classic arcade game by the same name, it’s more like a reimagining of the arcade classic. The story is based off the original but the game play has been updated to that of a non-linear experience. As mentioned above, in order to progress through the game you must acquire upgrades to bolster Strider Hiryu’s abilities and fight off hordes of mechanized soldiers. Surprisingly, Strider was developed by Double Helix, the guys behind the latest Killer Instinct game. This is also the same studio that was recently purchased by internet retail giant Amazon.com.

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No Offense: PC Diablo 3 is a port of Console Diablo 3

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No Offense: PC Diablo 3 is a port of Console Diablo 3

Diablo 3 has finally been released to the delight of console gamers, while PC gamers worldwide let out a collective sigh of discontent. So before getting into the meat and potatoes of the console version of Diablo 3, it would be best to take a look at the original version that came out on May 15th, 2012 for PC and Mac.

After eleven years Blizzard Entertainment released the third and most controversial installment to the beloved dungeon crawler franchise. The advent of Diablo 3 would, in theory, satisfy the need of fresh content to long time players and introduce new players to the fantastic loot filled world of Sanctuary. Well, that was the plan at least.

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Fable HD Remake Announced by Lionhead

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Fable HD Remake Announced by Lionhead

Earlier today, Lionhead Studios announced the release of a Fable HD remake, previously only available on the original Xbox. Wasting very little time between the announcement and the release date, Fable Anniversary is set to hit stores this holiday season.  The game will include updated graphics, a new save game system, a new interface, and shorter loading times.

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E3 2012 – Halo 4 Multiplayer Hands-on First Impressions

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E3 2012 – Halo 4 Multiplayer Hands-on First Impressions

It’s natural to be wary when a franchise changes development teams.  When Team Silent disbanded and Konami began outsourcing Silent Hill titles to other developers, it wasn’t something that went over well with the fans.  However, in the case of Halo 4, it is no stretch of the imagination to say that the franchise is in safe hands with 343 Industries.

While the campaign mode is clearly shaping up to be something special, the most impressive aspect of the game so far is the new multiplayer component. 343 has been hard at work trying to improve upon the already stellar multiplayer from Halo: Reach and their dedication clearly shows through.

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PS4 and XBox 720 Release Date Hints?

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PS4 and XBox 720 Release Date Hints?

Thanks to the dedicated efforts of some unknown reader trawling through the Activision/Bungie legal documents required for their upcoming deal, the gaming world may have some idea of when Sony and Microsoft’s next-generation consoles will be available.

A title identified only as “Destiny Games #1” will be released for both the Xbox 360 and 720, “compatible” with both systems, in Fall 2013. This date isn’t surprising, particularly as Microsoft has said the 720 will not be shown on the E3 showfloor this year. Another title called “Comet #2” is listed for a Ps4 launch window of 2016, with “Comet #1” scheduled for PS3 release in 2014.

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