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When I was first asked to play Conception II I haven’t played an RPG in quite sometime. Going into this game I didn’t expect an extremely fantastic title or anything remotely interesting…mainly because I didn’t know anything about the title or series for that matter. Then I realized that the more of it I play the more intrigued I became. Then the experience became a little more jaded. While the game wasn’t bad it became slightly repetitive and more so cumbersome than anything.

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The game takes place in the World of Aterra where they worship the Star God where they prosper through the power of Star Energy. You are known as God’s Gift who trains at an academy for disciples which is a special group of people who are summoned to fight against monsters who come from Dusk Circles. As God’s Gift you and a collective of females perform a ritual for the church known as Classmating to generate Star Children. Why is this important? The Star Children assist you in combat along with you and a female partner and they all have a particular class and several set of set of skills.

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I’ve never been so confused and befuddled with confusion quite like I have been while playing the game. I’m not so much confused into the depth of the world as I am with why some of these things are especially necessary. For a lack of better words, classmating is essentially having sex to produce children who can fight. It is blatantly obvious considering the underlying tone of everyone and the way each girl presents themselves before and after it occurs. Doing it just makes you feel slightly more dirty. Even more so when you are forced into doing classMANting which while really funny is in a way kind of perverse.

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Engaging enemies is where the game gets even more unique. Once you encounter an enemy inside one of the games many labyrinth’s you are forced to choose between normal JRPG actions such as attack, skill and defense. The most interesting aspect is the combat system in which you choose the side to attack your foe. Every enemy has a weak side and the choice of each side benefits you during combat. My only main concern with the battle system is that you are given the option to guard and yet it does nothing. It states that you will take less damage but you still take just as much as if you weren’t defending. I have also noticed that for a JRPG it’s pretty easy. I have played much easier games but I never really felt as if I there was too much going on and the difficulty made matters worse.

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Graphically the game is rather impressive as it features fully animated anime style cut scenes and moves at a silky smooth 60 FPS. The in game engine isn’t bad as it looks more like an above average PlayStation 2 title with a few more bells and whistles. The thing I was more impressed with was the music and the character design. These two things were probably my main drive for playing this game as I was more intrigued just to see what the next monster would look like. To be quite honest the designers seem to draw heavily from the Persona series as the music and monsters seem as if they came straight from that source.

Overall the game is like “Goldie Locks and the Three Bears” as it doesn’t do anything overall really impressive nor does it do anything really bad. Although it’s themes may not be quite suitable for everyone it’s still interesting enough with it cool soundtrack and character design. The game may not be for everyone but I do feel as if it worth a play through for anyone who is itching for a new RPG to play for their Vita. It hits the mark at being just right.

 

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With just a few days into April, it looks like we have another time consuming, wallet draining month of video games ahead of us.

April 1
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC)
Mercenary Kings (PS4)
MLB 14 The Show (PS3, Vita)
Ragnarok Odyssey ACE (PS3, Vita)

April 3
Call of Duty: Ghosts – Devastation DLC (Xbox One, 360)

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April 4
Awesomenauts Asssemble! (PS4)
The Elder Scrolls Online (PC, Mac)

April 8
Daylight (PS4, PC)
Kinect Sports Rivals (Xbox One)
Lego The Hobbit (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, Wii U, 3DS, Vita, PC)
Strike Suit Zero (Xbox One, PS4)

April 10
Trials Frontier (iOS)

April 14
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PS4)

April 15
Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars (3DS, Vita)
Moebius: Empire Rising (PC)
War of the Vikings (PC)
2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil (PS3, 360)

April 16
Trials Fusion (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC)

April 22
Batman: Arkham Origins – Cold, Cold Heart DLC

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April 25
Dark Souls II (PC)
NES Remix 2 (Wii U)

April 29
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, 3DS, PC)

April 30
Child of Light (PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PS3, 360, PC)

Personally, I’m most excited about Elder Scrolls Online. I’m a little on the fence about buying it on launch day, but I will probably buy it by the end of the month. I was involved in the last four beta weekends, and I liked what I saw. What are you most excited about this month? Let us know in the comments below!

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The light novel series better known by its anime, Sword Art Online, has already spawned a console game and it looks like its second console game is getting a great treatment. The first game has only been available on the Japanese market to the chagrin of many fans. The second game has been announced for release in Taiwan with a great perk. The game will be released in traditional Chinese and English. Which means the fanbase of English speaking countries around the world may cheer to this Asian release.

I can’t play them because of DRM you say? No worries! The game will be released on the PS Vita, a completely region free console (thank you Sony). So pre-order a copy at your local importer today, today is a great day for English speaking anime fans everywhere.

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Set in an alternate storyline this game will probably surprise and please you in ways the anime couldn’t.

This new game will be released April 24 of this year.

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Starting March 26, Walmart will be accepting trade-ins for used games in over 3,100 store locations. The new trade program works much like GameStop’s – a customer brings in their pre-owned games and accessories and the cashier checks them for damage. The customer is given a trade-in value that they can choose to accept. Trade-in credit will be given in store credit only that can be used at Walmart and Sam’s Club stores.

Later in the year, once Walmart’s stock of pre-owned games grows, they plan to roll out used games to sell in stores. Unlike GameStop, all pre-owned merchandise will be refurbished before hitting the shelves. Also, unlike GameStop, Walmart is providing a game value calculator online so you can have an estimate on what your games are worth before you go to the store.

Walmart customers can already trade in tablets and smart phones towards new products. Online, you can trade in a larger variety of electronics.

Could Walmart give GameStop a run for their money? The vast majority of GameStop’s profit comes from buying used games off customers at a low price and selling them for over twice their trade-in value. When you trade your games in at GameStop, you’re really limited on what you can spend your store credit on. At Walmart, you could trade games towards groceries or even a new TV.

Would you trade in your games at Walmart? What would you get with your store credit?

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Are you as excited as I am? We are TWO days away from launch! Final Fantasy X is my favorite of the Final Fantasy franchise, with VII and IX after that! So, don’t chew my head off for not picking 7 as my favorite. :P

Since this was my favorite installation, I decided to make sure I’d get the Collector’s Edition! At $80, it seems very well worth it, especially if you’re an avid fan and love the soundtrack (amongst many other wonderful things in this set)! Here is the unboxing courtesy of Square Enix North America (NA):

Pretty darn cool right? Exactly! It’s such an amazing deal too!

Now, here’s the NA Launch Trailer!:

Final Fantasy X was a game I enjoyed as a kid and spent endless hours playing and replaying.  I hold it very near and dear to my heart so you can only imagine the beginnings of my excitement for this HD Remaster.

What are your thoughts so far with this HD Remaster of X and X-2? Would you like to see this treatment for another game? Let us know your thoughts in the comments! I’d love to hear from you.

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Operation Supply Drop Long Logo 2014

On May 17th and 18th from 9am to 9am, Naughty Dog, Wargaming America, Rooster Teeth, and ASTRO Gaming are teaming up for a great cause!  The charity they’ll be helping out is Operation Supply Drop.

Operation Supply Drop’s mission is:

“Operation Supply Drop (OSD) is a military gaming 501(c)(3) charity designed to build video game filled care packages for soldiers (America and Her Allies) both deployed forward to combat zones as well as those recovering in military hospitals.”

This event will be used to raise funds for video game care packages for soldiers in Afghanistan and recovery centers across the United States.  It will be a 24-hour non-stop gaming marathon which OSD dubs as an 8-Bit Salute.

It’s always great to see companies and people coming together for such a great cause.

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Operation Supply Drop was created by Captain Stephen Machuga in 2010 and has since raised approximately $700,000 and served 2,500 soldiers.

Here is a video to show what OSD is all about:

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To register or donate to this cause or just simply want to find out more about OSD, go here.

Source: Operation Supply Drop official website, The Bohle Company

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Welcome to the first big month for video games of 2014! This March, you can expect some of the year’s biggest games on both old and new generation consoles, as well as PC. Is March the new November?

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March 4:
South Park: The Stick of Truth (PC/XB360/PS3)
Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky (PS3)

March 11:
Dark Souls II (PC/XB360/PS3)
Titanfall (PC/XBO)
Towerfall: Ascension (PC/PS4)

March 14:
Yoshi’s New Island (3DS)

March 18:
Final Fantasty X/X-2 HD Remaster (PS3, Vita)
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z (XB360, PS3)

March 20:
Pokemon Battle Trozei (3DS)

March 21:
Infamous: Second Son (PS4)

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March 25:
Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea Part 2 (PC/XB360/PS3)
Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma (PS3)
Deception IV: Blood Ties (PS3/Vita)
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls (PC/Mac)
Dynasty Warriors 8 Xtreme Legends (PS3/PS4/Vita)
The Witch and the Hundred Knight (PS3)
Titanfall (XB360)

March 31:
Shovel Knight (Wii U/3DS/PC)

For me, this is the most exciting month for video games so far this year! I’ve been dying to play South Park: The Stick of Truth ever since it was announced. I can’t believe it’s coming out so soon! I’m also looking forward to getting Titanfall (more for my boyfriend to play), Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, and most importantly – Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea Part 2. Hopefully, I have the cash to cover it all – especially with my first convention of the year (Lexington Toy and Comic Con) this month.

I’ve had a really crappy, disappointing year so far in my normal life. It sounds stupid, but this month’s lineup of games is giving me something to look forward to and actually lifting me out of my funk. I guess life is all about the nerdy things.

Sony PS4 Gold Headset

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Sony PS4 Gold Headset

Sony announced on their blog on February 3, 2014 their new Gold Wireless Stereo Headset.  The headset will retail at $99.99 (MSRP).  No set date has been given for when we will see this on the market, though Sony said it will be released early this month.

The specs for this headset are 7.1 virtual surround sound, a noise cancelling microphone, and custom audio settings for the different PS4 games.  The cable is a 3.5mm audio cable.

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The headset is compatible with the PS4, the PS3, the PS Vita, computers, and mobile devices.  There will also be a free Headset Companion app coming to the PlayStation store some time this month.

You can watch Sony’s video on the new headset below.

Source:  PlayStation Blog

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Now that you’ve seen which games I enjoyed in 2013, it’s time to let you know what I’m looking forward to most in 2014.  It’s a new year with new games!  In no particular order, here are my most anticipated games for 2014:

Titanfall

Titanfall – E3 definitely got me hyped for Titanfall.  This is the one game I’m most excited to try on the Xbox One (once I get one anyways – until then yay for having the consoles at my job!).  There’s nothing like having a good shooter with amazing graphics.  If multiplayer shooters are your thing, Titanfall is probably the game for you.  Titanfall is being developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts.  It is coming out on March 11, 2014 for PC, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

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Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster – This is probably the one game I’m looking forward to MOST!  Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster is being developed by Square Enix and Virtuos Games.  The development was outsourced to Virtuos Games.  It is being published by Square Enix.  After ages of waiting, FFX/X-2 Remaster will be coming out in North America on March 18, 2014 for the PS3 and PS Vita.  This was one of my favorite games growing up and I’m happy to see a remastered version is coming soon (though it took longer to get remastered than I expected them to take).  If you didn’t get a chance to play either game on a PS2, now’s your chance to play them both in all their HD glory!  I will definitely be snatching up the collector’s edition.  If you are too, don’t foreget that it’s only available on Square Enix’s website.  If you’re not getting the collector’s edition, it will be available at your usual go to gaming retailers.

Watch Dogs

Watch_Dogs – I can’t say I wasn’t disappointed when I heard that this game was delayed last year.  It was one of the games I was most looking forward to with the launch of the new consoles.  Watch_Dogs is set in Chicago and involves you, as Aiden Pierce, hacking into the technology around you to succeed in your goals (whatever those are).  There is no set release date, but it is expected out this Spring.  Watch_Dogs is being developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft.  It will be coming out on on the Wii U, PC, PS3, PS4, and Xbox 360, Xbox One.

Smash Bros 3DS

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS – Ah! This is yet another favorite from my younger years! (Well, at least, the previous Super Smash Bros. – Melee to be exact.)  There’s many, many new characters that we’ll be able to play as.  My go to has always been Zelda, but I’ll be excited to try out Rosalina & Luma, Mega Man, and Pikmin & Olimar.  Super Smash Bros. is being developed by Namco Bandai Games Inc. and Sora Ltd.  It is being published by Nintendo.  There will also be a Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U.

The Division

Tom Clancy’s The Division – This is another favorite of mine (at least from what I saw from E3).  It looks great, especially the multiplayer.  The game follows a group of agents, The Division, that are tasked with holding society together in a time when everything is falling apart as disease spreads like wildfire.  It’s an open world RPG where you team up with others to deal with the crisis on hand.  Tom Clancy’s The Division has yet to receive a release date, but it’s expected out this year on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.  It is being developed by Ubisoft Massive and published by Ubisoft.

Destiny

Destiny – So far, this game looks absolutely beautiful and I expect nothing less from Bungie.  Bungie is known for the Halo games before 343 Industries took over with Halo 4.  It’ll be interesting to see Bungie take a leap into something new and hopefully knock it out of the park!  Destiny will be developed by Bungie and published by Activision.  Destiny will be coming out on September 9, 2014 on the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

Transistor

Transistor – This is an Action RPG that follows a young woman who comes to possess a sword, the Transistor.  There is no release date at the moment other than this game will be coming out this year.  If you haven’t heard of this game, it’s from the makers of Bastion, Supergiant Games (developer and publisher).  Bastion was an enjoyable, fun game, so I’m very much looking forward to Transistor.  I got a chance to take a peak at PAX East last year so I’m expecting nothing less than greatness.  Transistor will be playable on the PS4 and PC on Steam when it is first released and will eventually be playable on Linux and OS X.

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Sony currently has a sale going on in their PlayStation Store:  14 For 14 with games up to 50% off for everyone or 75% off if you’re a PlayStation Plus member.  For PlayStation Plus Members, BioShock Infinite is available for free.

 

PS3/PSN Games:

WolfAmongUs

The Wolf Among Us – Season Pass  :  $14.99 or $13.49

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Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon  :  $7.49 or $3.75

RaymanLegends

Rayman Legends  :  $47.99 or $35.99

Tales of Xillia

Tales of Xillia  :  $19.99 or $10.00

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Lone Survivor:  The Director’s Cut  :  $7.49 or $5.24

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rain  :  $7.49 or $3.75

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F1 2013  :  $29.99 or $20.99

Thomas was alone

Thomas Was Alone  :  $4.99 or $2.50

Puppeteer

Puppeteer  :  $13.99 or $7.00

Crysis 3

Crysis 3  :  $9.99 or $5.00

enslaved

ENSLAVED: Odyssey to the West Premium Edition  :  $9.99 or $5.00

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BIT.TRIP Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien  :  $7.49 or $3.75

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Deus Ex:  Human Revolution – Director’s Cut  :  $14.99 or $13.49

Pool-Nation

Pool Nation  :  $4.49 or $2.25

 

PS Vita Games:

Killzone Mercenary

Killzone: Mercenary  :  $17.99 or $9.00

TWD

The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season  :  $9.99 or $5.00

Stealth Inc

Stealth Inc: A Clone in the Dark PS Vita  :  $5.99 or $4.19

lonesurvivor

Lone Survivor:  The Director’s Cut PS Vita  :  $7.49 or $5.24

Velocity_Ultra

Velocity Ultra  :  $3.99 or $2.00

Spelunky

Spelunky  :  $7.49 or $3.75

epic mickey

Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two PS Vita  :  $14.99 or $7.50

worms revolution extreme

Worms Revolution Extreme  :  $7.49 or $3.75

Thomas was alone

Thomas Was Alone PS Vita  :  $4.99 or $2.50

limbo

LIMBO PS Vita  :  $7.49 or $3.75

SoulSacrifice

Soul Sacrifice  :  $17.99 or $9.00

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PixelJunk Monsters: Ultimate HD  :  $7.49 or $3.75

Sly Cooper Thieves in Time

Sly Cooper:  Thieves in Time PS Vita  :  $13.49 or $6.75

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Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker  :  $9.99 or $6.99

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