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October 19, 2014

Gaming Thread 10/19/2014

Sorry for the delay in posting this, with the League of Legends World Championship (which continued the tradition of being extremely boring) this morning and the Packer game, I just didn't get it done in time


Next weekend in the annual 24 hour gaming marathon for Extra Life, a drive to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network

Starts Saturday morning at 8 AM and runs till Sunday (though for the most part everyone starts on Friday and goes till late Sunday night). It's always fun to watch the streams and donate. it's a fun to be had for all.

The Site is here if you want to read up on them


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NEWS

NPD is about the same as it's always been be it this year's software sales being down a ton while hardware is on it's standard bump (typical 2.5 - 3 times the number sold in August)

• Launch trailer for the upcoming Call of Duty Advanced Warfare

The first expansion to Final Fantasy XIV was announced, it's called Heavensword.

A Resident Evil TV show can't be any worse than the movies, can it? If so, that would be a low bar to limbo.

Have two really cool looking pinball tables coming out, first one is based on The Hobbit. That Smaug edition is tits.

Second one is Stern & Wizbang Pinball are making more Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons! tables. They look awesome.

Project Cars gets delayed till March. Considering the state of the PC release, yeah, that's a good move (it's missing basic things console racers expect).

Google and ASUS announced a new Android TV device which will also play games (while using the same OEM controllers that Onlive and FireTV use).


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Stuff I've been playing

Been playing some games that me and my friends have either stopped playing or forgot about.

We've had a lull in Tichu money games for almost all of 2014 but me and my friends have gotten back into the swing of nickle point hands. My skills are still elite but my partners have been failing me :D making me about even on my wins and losses.

Fight The Landlord aka Dou Dizhu, a game we learned a few years ago but kinda forgot about has gotten some play. Wish we would have kept playing when we learned it as it's been a breath of fresh air in wasting time playing cards.

Friend has been trying to get his daughter ready for some real boardgames which has lead to some games of Zooloretto which I haven't played in about 5 years with my nieces. Still not the first game I would play but I've forgotten the in the how fun but simple the whole thing is.

Also picked up Tokaido on a whim at Barnes & Nobel. Other than learning it, I really haven't gotten to play it. It seems pretty simple and laid back. I'm curious about the expansion for it though.

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NEW RELEASES

Civilization: Beyond Earth (PC) - Hey Sid, you got some Alpha Centauri in your Civilization series. After IV, this this very much needed. Sure, Revolution and V was okay to try to build the base is making it easier but this series has been pretty stagnate since they blew it out with IV and it's expansions. I hope this is good.

Bayonetta 2 (Wii U) - On one hand, Sega had cancelled this Platinum game and Nintendo decided to fund it themselves and it comes with the first game. On the other, Wii U isn't the console for this genre so at least the check cleared for Platinum. The reviews have been outstanding for it so it should be interesting in seeing how well this sells.

Dreamfall Chapters (PC) - After 8 years since the release of Dreamfall: The Longest Journey, Funcom is back to make the third entry in this point & click adventure series. It's episodic, the thing releasing this week is prologue, chapters 1 & 2 and a interlude. The rest is out sometime next year. Should be interesting. Am surprised they haven't included the first two games as a pre-order bonus to get people back up to speed but what ever. I'm very much looking forward to this.

Legend of Korra (PC, PS4, PS3, XBO, 360) - Platinum, a studio who can't sell a game to save their lives making a budget game based on a Avatar spinoff that couldn't save itself from cancellation (which sucks as the show was good). Considering this is being released right after the last episode, I hope this is a good swan song for the series.

Fantasia: Music Evolved (XBO, 360) - Harmonix was given the Fantasia IP to do what they do with it. I can't say I'm a huge fan of the modern music but the demo was a lot of fun. They really captured the feeling of being a symphony conductor with the Kinect. Just be warned though, you will end up having to calibrate it before you play. As much as I liked my time with it though, I dunno if I found it to be worth the full $60 plus DLC.

Fantasy Life (3DS) - Level 5's totally not a Rune Factory clone is finally making it's way to the west. It suffers from a case of reviews in Japan being good but it's failed to capture western reviewers' attention. It looks cool. Would have like a bit more Dark Cloud showing through but it does look okay.

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