Dragon’s Crown

Posted on 29, Aug

Back in 2008 Playstation 2 gamers were blessed with the game Odin Sphere, a hack n’ slash game made by Vanillaware. The game was greatly received overall, and in 2011 they announced their next project, Dragon’s Crown which was finally released in 2013 on Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita. Let me tell you, the wait was worth it. Dragon’s Crown blends hack n’ slash action perfectly with RPG-like leveling and stat building, resulting in a true homage to old school RPGs and action beat-em-ups alike.

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Chrissie Hynde – Stockholm

Posted on 29, Aug

Chrissie Hynde has been making music for more than three decades as the only permanent member of The Pretenders. That’s thirty years having fronted one of the most influential bands of the early New Wave movement. There are few women in rock and roll are more deserving of the title “badass”. Though Hynde has always been considered the frontwoman and driving force of the group, it was always maintained that The Pretenders is a band, not just Hynde. Stockholm represents Hynde’s first truly solo endeavor and she embraces the opportunity to experiment with sounds, but still doesn’t stray too far from anything in The Pretenders’ extensive back catalog.Chrissie Hynde has been making music for more than three decades as the only permanent member of The Pretenders. That’s thirty years having fronted one of the most influential bands of the early New Wave movement. There are few women in rock and roll are more deserving of the title “badass”. Though Hynde has always been considered the frontwoman and driving force of the group, it was always maintained that The Pretenders is a band, not just Hynde. Stockholm represents Hynde’s first truly solo endeavor and she embraces the opportunity to experiment with sounds, but still doesn’t stray too far from anything in The Pretenders’ extensive back catalog.

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Tales Of Xillia

Posted on 19, Aug

Ah Japanese RPG’s, a staple of my gaming life. In Japan, the market is rife with such games (obviously that’s why they’re called JRPG’s), but there’s always been two major series among the countless titles in the genre: Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest. There’s also always been one series following right behind those two, and that would be the Tales series.

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The Raveonettes – Pe’ahi

Posted on 19, Aug

The Raveonettes’ new album Pe’ahi takes its name from a notorious beach on the Hawaiian island of Maui. Though it is frequently acknowledged as a prime surfing beach, the area transforms into a dangerous part of the island during the off-season. The beach and surrounding area is often overrun by violent drug addicts and there have been several murders in the area over the past few years. The name fits this album to a tee. The music can sound beautiful and inviting, but looking closer, you can see the remnants of danger and risk bubbling beneath the surface of a seemingly idyllic paradise.

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Earlier this year, Microsoft announced the “Games with Gold” feature would be making its debut on XBOX One in June. Like many other gamers, I was excited to see what would be free, especially with such a limited game library available. To my surprise (and delight), they did not disappoint. The first two games to be made free with a gold Xbox Live membership were Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Halo: Spartan Assault.

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Killzone: Shadow Fall

Posted on 6, Aug

Halo, for many Playstation gamers, seems to be an unobtainable franchise. Of course Microsoft would never port their precious baby to Sony consoles, but that doesn’t mean that Sony can’t make their own first person IP. In 2004, Sony did just that with Killzone. With three PS3 releases, and the obligatory PSP and Vita tie-ins, the franchise has still never surpassed mediocrity. The mundane shooting mechanics and sloppy controls made many games of the series a pass for most gamers. With the new Playstation 4 console, can the newest iteration of Sony’s FPS franchise stand compete with Master Chief?

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