Video Game Post 2014.10

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1. Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes Review

GROUND ZEROES FEELS MORE LIKE A CASH GRAB THAN A REAL FOLLOW-UP

It's admirable that developer Kojima Productions was willing to toss long-held franchise tenets out the window in favor of re-imagined Metal Gear Solid gameplay. And it's possible that in a more complete game, these additions might shine more brightly. But Ground Zeroes is hardly the right venue to demonstrate the future of the franchise. It's staggeringly short and unsatisfying, feeling more like a cash grab than an honest-to-goodness installment in a beloved franchise.

5.5 out of 10

DO NOT BUY THIS GAME. RENT IT. DO NOT BUY IT. IT IS LESS THAN AN HOUR LONG. DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES BUY THIS GAME.

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2. Batman: Arkham Knight to have new Villain and Huge City

In a hands-off demonstration of Batman: Arkham Knight at last week's Game Developers Conference, Rocksteady gave us a tour of Batman's new playground and some of his new toys, including the all-new Batmobile.

One of the biggest, most obvious changes in this year's game is the scope and size of Gotham City. Dax Ginn, brand marketing producer at Rocksteady, boasted that the city of Arkham Knight is some 20 times larger than that of Arkham Asylum's playable area. What that really means is a Gotham stuffed with taller skyscrapers ("epic verticality," Rocksteady says), greater visual detail and more diverse areas. Gotham will have visually distinct districts, like a neon-lit Chinatown, that will help players better identify what part of town they're in.

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3. Last of Us Coming to PS4

"There is no information about a new The Last of Us game but I can share this knowledge; as of this summer, The Last of Us will be on the PS4. Both on PSN and physically."

"The PS4 version will also include the DLC so you will be able to play 'Left Behind' as well."

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4. Eight GBA Games coming to Wii-U

The full release schedule for April includes:

April 3: Advance Wars, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Metroid Fusion — $7.99 each
April 10: Kirby and The Amazing Mirror, WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! — $6.99 each
April 17: Super Mario Bros. 3 for Wii U and 3DS — $4.99; F-Zero: Maximum Velocity — $6.99; Golden Sun — $7.99
April 24: Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 — $7.99

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5. Zelda Based Sonic and the Lost World Level Coming Soon

Playground arguments over the quality of Nintendo versus Sega games happened all the time in the late ‘80s and ‘90s. But did hardcore fans ever expect to drop the old rivalry and watch these two Japanese game companies create games together? Probably not, but it eventually happened. Friendly faire like Mario & Sonic at the Olympics poke fun at that relationship, but Sega has taken the next step and inserted another important Nintendo franchise into its latest update for Sonic Lost World. In it, players can take the blue hero for a spin through The Legend of Zelda Zone -- a free stage that will be available for download through the Wii U eShop on March 27, 2014.

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6. Infamous: Second Son Review

SECOND SON IS MORE OF THE INFAMOUS YOU ALREADY KNOW

I struggled with feeling let down that Second Son isn't a brilliant shift for action games. My small disappointments come mostly as a result of undeveloped potential. It had a chance to be a superhero game about more serious issues as well as a showcase for the power of the new generation of consoles. Instead, Second Son is more of the Infamous I already loved last generation, prettier, with more powers and better writing. But Second Son still kept me excited to discover each new power set and happy to shoot fireballs at fascist thugs long into the night. Maybe it's not so bad to just let go of responsibility and blow stuff up once in a while.

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7. Bioshock Infinite: Buriel at Sea Episode 2 Review

BioShock Infinite's conclusion left my mouth agape, but its narrative puzzles weren't impenetrable. Burial at Sea's finale, however, isn't so up front about its meaning. And so I have begun another playthrough, seeking clarity while muddling through on a difficulty setting that allows me access only to nonlethal weapons. My glee in doing so says a lot about the new episode's quality, especially in relation to the opening episode. Some strained metaphors and connections aside, the cities of Rapture and Columbia make for strange but comfortable bedfellows in BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea - Episode 2. More importantly, Elizabeth's journey is tense and rewarding on its own terms, and is one that makes Rapture as mysterious as it was the first time you ventured inside.

8 out of 10

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8. Over 100 Games coming to PS4 in 2014

Today Sony published a master list of the 100+ PlayStation 4 games that will be available on the platform by the end of the year. The list includes previously released titles like Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Thief, as well as much-anticipated upcoming games like Destiny and Assassin's Creed Unity.

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9. Abe's Exodus Review



10. More Terrible Creepypasta



11. SimAnt Review



12. Turrican Retrospective



13. Besaid Island Recipe

Ingredients:
30 ml white rum (Bacardi Superior used)
30 ml watermelon liqueur (Marie Brizard Watermelon used)
1 lime (for lime juice and garnish)

Directions: Mix the rum and watermelon liqueur in a lowball glass over ice. Squeeze in lime juice and add a lime wedge to the side as a garnish. While this isn’t a drink you would order at a Blitzball match, it seems absolutely perfect for watching the Spira sunset on the beach.

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