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Destiny Is Something Special: Thoughts and Impressions From the Destiny Beta

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I said I would refrain from posting my Destiny Beta impressions until the beta went offline, and sadly that time has come. So it's time to begrudgingly write that piece and reflect upon many hours spent as an Awoken male Hunter. Despite saying I would spend more time with all three classes in the beta, I didn't actually do that. I leveled up a Warlock to a measly level three and didn't even bother with a Titan. I played the entire beta really with the same Hunter and had him fully maxed out (including all the extras you could upgrade after hitting the level eight cap) within the first day and a half. I didn't need to play the other classes. I was already strongly leaning towards Hunter after the Alpha, and by the time I had hit the level cap in the beta my mind was already completely … [Read more...]

Hands On With Bungie’s Destiny; Impressions From the Destiny Alpha

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During Sony's E3 conference a week ago, they announced that PS4 owners could sign up now to get in a special alpha session of Destiny beginning Thursday and ending Sunday night. Already super excited for Destiny for over a year (but especially since the E3 2013 reveal of it), I of course signed up immediately. Luckily, I was able to snag an alpha code from Bungie's Twitter within four seconds of it being posted on Wednesday to get in the alpha a day earlier. Everyone who registered on the Sony site for the alpha got a code, so I ended up giving away my second code to a random user on NeoGAF. The short story is that the Destiny alpha was fantastic, and no doubt did more for boosting interest in the game than any Activision marketing has done. From Wednesday to Monday night, I put more … [Read more...]

DEMOED! EA Sports UFC First Impressions

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The demo for EA Sports UFC dropped yesterday on PS4 and Xbox One, and after spending an hour or so with it I'm beginning to like it... slowly. Much like EA Sports MMA, I find the controls to be needlessly complicated and not really thoroughly explained in the tutorial. If you came out of the tutorial understanding the submission system, then please explain it to me because I still don't get it after quite a few fights. I understand the basic premise of it, but I just don't get it. In time, I'm sure I will, but frankly I think the tutorial could be better. After all, they spend more time on throwing punches and kicks (basic stuff in a game like this) than they do on explaining the much more complicated submission system (which was designed to prevent button mashing), There's a modifier … [Read more...]

Demoed! LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Impressions

Demoed! LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (PS3) Developer: TT Games Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Genre(s): Action, Open World Released: October 22, 2013 Price: $49.99 ESRB Rating: E - Everyone The latest LEGO game hit stores yesterday for basically every platform available (and it’s coming to PS4 and Xbox One as well). My first actually experience with a LEGO game came earlier this year with the Wii U exclusive LEGO City Undercover. I greatly enjoyed that game and have been looking forward to this Marvel themed one ever since. Unfortunately I’m going to have to wait until I buy the game, but I did take the game’s demo for a spin on PS3 last night. When I do finally get this game, I plan on doing so for Wii U. But for some reason there isn’t a Wii U demo available. I thought LEGO … [Read more...]

Quick Beyond: Two Souls Demo Impressions

Beyond: Two Souls, the latest from Quantic Dreams, hits store shelves on October 8th, but the demo drops this Tuesday (October 1st). GameStop was giving away PSN vouchers to download the demo a week early over on Facebook so I snagged one of those and ended up playing  through the demo last night. I never played Heavy Rain, outside of the demo. I didn't care for the Heavy Rain demo at all. After playing this demo, I'm pretty sure that if you like Heavy Rain you'll like this. Having said that, I actually enjoyed it (i.e. this style of game) this time. For the most part. There are two sections to the demo. The first one is called "The Experiment," and it's where you control a young Jodie. This part is pretty quick and does a good job of teaching you how to use Aiden. The final few … [Read more...]

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