Monthly Archives: June 2013

Gabe’s Summer Games

Just a list of games I’ll be catching up on this Summer whenever I get the chance.

New Super Luigi U 

I may just cheat my way through this “DLC”.

Jak and Daxter Collection: PS Vita Review

       Bullogna Score: 7.5/10! Good.

        After seeing a certain behind-the-scenes video, uploaded to YouTube last year by PlayStation themselves, I was instantly inspired by a series of mascot platformer-shooters that I went out and bought a PlayStation 3. What I wanted, though, was to play this collection on the go. After over a year of Google searching the terms: Jak and Daxter Collection PS Vita, Sony has finally delivered. The collection is precisely the exact high-definition port we received last year on the PS3, although with some technical hiccups that Mass Media Inc., the team who did the porting of the games, apparently couldn’t avoid.

Check Out The “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z” Trailer

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z is set to release this year for Xbox 360, PS3, and PS Vita.

 

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The Last of Us Review

Bullogna Score: 8.3/10! Great.

The Last of Us sheds new light on a seemingly overdone genre.

Gameplay

        The gameplay, I’d say, is probably the weakest aspect of this, overall, powerful game. While stealth combat continued to peak my interest throughout my first play-through of the game, many action-based scenes became redundant and attempting to progress towards the next cut-scene felt as if it were to take ages. Naughty Dog certainly improved the repetitive gameplay mechanics found in Uncharted 3, but clearly interactivity was not a priority in this critically-acclaimed intellectual property.

Microsoft: “Asians Wait Another Year”

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Has the Asian market proved too difficult? Are Microsoft finally abandoning Japan? Are they really that bitter over their lack of popularity? It certainly seems so, as Microsoft told The Wall Street Journal that they will only be releasing their controversial new console in “select” Asian markets, namely Hong Kong, India, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.

Man of Steel (Spoiler-Free) Review

Bullogna Score: 7.4! Average.

Review Synopsis:

Man of Steel was deserving of a 7.4/10 in my book of dazzling opinions. The acting often felt sub-par and mechanic, leaving a viewer questioning how simple it must be to score an acting gig in today’s age. The film’s entirety was filled with logical gaps, which were mostly overshadowed by dramatized cinematic polish, an excellent soundtrack, and mind-blowing special effects which nearly justify a $225 million budget. Overall, the movie was as good, possibly better than many films which have released within the past several months. Although, that alone isn’t saying much seeing as critically acclaimed “The Last of Us” releases tomorrow worldwide. All in all, another decent, but not great major film release may be beginning to show the industry’s age, as some of the biggest names in film such as Steven Spielberg and George Lucas begin to move elsewhere.

Everything Shown At Nintendo’s E3 2013 Direct

Super Mario 3D World

Spiritual sequel to 3DS’s Super Mario 3D Land

Mario Kart 8

Good God, this looks fun.

Art Academy Wii U

For the future concept artists out there.

Everything Announced At Sony’s E3 2013 Conference

PS4 Console Design

Pricing Details

The PlayStation 4 will cost $399 at launch.

Subscription Cost

The PS4 will require a PlayStation Plus subscription of $50/year for online play,

Everything Announced At Microsoft’s E3 2013 Conference

Release Date/Pricing Announced

The Xbox One will release in November 2013 at $499.

Halo 2014 (Xbox One Exclusive)

343 Studios surprised everyone when Master Chief

Nintendose Partners With B-TEN.com

Nintendose (formerly known as 3DS Help) is home of over 5,000 ‘likers’ on their Facebook page. Prior to the development of my own site, I was once a contributor to the beloved Nintendo news site which doubles as an assistant for those encountering issues with their Nintendo 3DS and Wii U video game consoles. Yesterday, B-TEN.com negotiated a partnership with Nintendose, granting its owner, Brandon Arneson, complete administrative privileges to our WordPress editor as well as partial ownership of our domain.

B-TEN.com’s E3 2013 Coverage Schedule

This page will be updated as time progresses.

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Pre-E3

Dose of D-Pad: E3 2013 Predictions
(video version here)

Post-E3

Dose of D-Pad: E3 2013 Reception

INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2

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So we all should remember back in 2011 when Insidious was the scariest film from James Wan since Dead Silence. Well I am here to happily tell our horror fans that Director James Wan is back with Insidious chapter 2! I remember waiting to see insidious and when I finally got to see it, I was scared shirtless and even screamed out-loud in the cinema. I am hoping that chapter 2 will bring back some of the scares and jumps, possibly some new turns and twist for the plot! As of yesterday I stumbled upon chapter 2’s trailer. Check it out HERE!  The films release date is set for September 13th, which creepy enough as its a Friday!! So be prepared I have a feeling that there will be a lot of terrifying and creepy movies released this fall!!

Next-Gen ‘Dying Light’ Looks Fun, Boy, Fun

The developer of the Dead Island games, Techland, is returning to the formula of their first-person survival horror series, while also seeming to mix things up in their upcoming new IP, Dying Light. The game was revealed today via a CGI video debut trailer featured on various sites around the internet worldwide. It has been verified that Dying Light will release on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, and Xbox 360 in 2014. The trailer can be viewed below, though be cautious when watching as it features extremely catchy music which is bound to repeatedly play in your head throughout your pre-E3 2013 days. You’ve been warned.

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Kiefer Sutherland To Play Snake In ‘Metal Gear Solid V’

Hayter’s gonna hate.

Snake, snake, SNAAAAAAAKKEEE!

Watch out, moviegoers and TV fanatics; we’ve got a new medium on our hands. Konami revealed today that widely acclaimed actor, Kiefer Sutherland, best known for his role in the hit TV series, 24, will be portraying Snake in the upcoming video game, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Also according to Konami, the game takes place in 1984 when Snake is 49-years-old, making Sutherland the ideal candidate for his new role. Sutherland also said in an interview that, “It’s an honor to be able to play this character. This character has an unbelievable legacy. There’s a real personal quality to the character that I’ve connected to. I’m not a gamer, and I even knew about this game. I was certainly keenly aware of the legacy of these games, the unbelievable success of these games.”

Dose of D-Pad Returns Today!

The long awaited revival of the hiatus-driven Dose of D-Pad podcast will return today on June 6th, 2013. In this “brand-new episode/season finale”, I will be predicting E3! If you want to prepare yourself for next week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, then watch this estranged video. Aftewards, subscribe to Dose of D-Pad on iTunes, YouTubeand B-TEN.com!