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Star Wars Marvel knows what is doing right

With Star Wars Celebration Live kicking off at Anaheim with a ton of Star Wars news including the latest trailer for The Force Awakens and EA's announcement including a released and the first trailer for Star Wars Battlefront for PS4/Xbox One/PC these were the two biggest hype from the whole Star Wars event. And already comments on sites and twitter have pretty much been flooding with Star Wars statuses from their favourite games in the franchise to their favourite movies. But you never hear anyone talk about the Comic series you may have seen issues at your local comic-book shop or geek café but you never hear anyone mentioning the series. I rarely read comics in my own time the only other series I've enjoyed reading during the years is stuff like The Darkness and Pretty Deadly.

When I first heard about Marvel working on the Star Wars comics was surprised about this when seeing the brand logo on the top left because Marvel is well known for comics like Spider-Man, X-Men and Deadpool. It was around January 2015 there was quite some hype going around including the launch of the first issue over at Forbidden Planet on a Wednesday night because there were at least two stormtroopers walking around Newcastle. Kept seeing posters on walls and windows in the likes of Travelling Man and Geek Retreat as well, the first issue was on a discount offer if you had a Travelling Man points I even heard the odd reviews on sites like IGN saying that the first issue had good reviews.

Thought I'd might as well check out the first issue after reading the first issue I was really impressed on the art style and detail for this it almost reminded me of Telltale's point and click games of The Walking Dead its art style is almost similar when comparing this to The Walking Dead Game. The Star Wars series for this takes place during the events after Episode IV and before Episode V shows the beginnings of a Rebel Alliance assault on the moon Cymoon 1. The Rebels Han Solo, Leia, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C-3PO infiltrate and intend to destroy a weapons factory, but their plans change upon the arrival of Darth Vadar whom Skywalker intends to fight, still believing that the Dark Lord of the Sith killed his father.

After the first issue I was wanting more and wanting to know what was going to happen next, so you had to wait a month for the next issue which I did and so far it is every month when the next issue is out in stores or use Marvel Comics App on iOS and Android devices; with Issue 4 to be released on April 22nd its first three issues are based around Luke Skywalker, it is quite likely that future issues will focus on other characters too including Leia, Han and likely Darth Vadar but so far its already on a good start on story telling including its art style as well.

If you bought or planning on buying the first three issues in your local comic shops it'll also come with a Free Digital Copy code at the back of each issue which you can redeem and read the comics on either your iOS or Android which is a nice touch especially if you are a Star Wars fan. However picking up the series is worth the read and also a nice touch explaining the events after Episode IV, Marvel have also been releasing two more comic franchises based on Star Wars one series focuses on Darth Vadar and another series is based on Princess Leia both of them have different stories, however most fans and comic book fans would say that the original Star Wars is probably the best of lot from Marvels library at the moment. If you don't want to pick up any of the issues you could wait until September 2015 for the Paperback copy which would have the first six issues in one book which is what I heard online from retailer sites.

What are your thoughts on the latest news on Star Wars Episode VII and Battlefront? Have you been reading the Marvel comic series as well?

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New StreetPass Plaza 3DS Games Impressions

Nintendo announced in their last Nintendo Direct that two StreetPass Plaza games were coming to StreetPass for the 3DS this on April 16th and 17th, you would need to update your StreetPass Plaza from inside the app and you will see the new items available to buy from the StreetPass Shop. After that speak to the shopkeeper and you'll see the new items available to buy from the StreetPass Shop for both StreetPass Fishing and StreetPass Zombies; both games cost £4.49 each or buy them both for £7.19 however if you've bought either all four or one of the StreetPass games the Shopkeeper will offer you the bundle for £6.29 which is actually a real good deal if you think about this, if you were planning on buying one of them why not pay an extra £2.70 to get both games.

But are both games worth checking out you may ask? I was impressed how good both games were after spending a good 30 minutes on both games; StreetPass Fishing you visit islands to try to catch more than 150 types of fish and legendary monsters with bait received from Mii you have been StreetPassed. Mii's will give you bait everytime they StreetPass you then you will be boarded on a boat to one of the islands and from there you'll be able to do some fishing. Whichever bait you are using you can use it to fish like worms or even prawns like other games that have the fishing feature like Animal Crossing and Monster Hunter its waiting for the fish to eat the bait. Either using the touchscreen or tapping the A button you'll be ready to catch your fish, in order to bring in fish you can use the directional pad or use the touch screen and making small circles to bring the fish in. Make sure that the red bar doesn't go over or even bringing it to shore for too long the fish will escape. When I mention that you get bait from Mii's throught StreetPass you can combine their bait and you'll get even better bait and a higher chance on catching bigger fish or even rare fish; if it comes to catching bigger fish the number of Mii's you've StreetPassed from 1-10 the number of Mii's that are there with you will help you pull in that fish and easier to bringing them in. Does feel nice to be rewarded to gaining gold coins which you can spend on buying and making new fishing rods and even your own fish tank where you can choose what kind of fish you want in your fish tank.

Very likely that Nintendo went for a zombie based game for the other is likely due to people liking horror games and movies or even The Walking Dead series. StreetPass Zombie is an action game which you can receive items based on the hobbies of their Mii Plaza StreetPass characters to defeat a horde of zombies, this is a neat idea to have you can use a Wii remote as a sword which is based on gaming, or using a brush for those who enjoy cleaning as a hobby or using a pillow as a weapon. Basic story that goes with it where the whole city is taken over by zombies so it's up to you to defeat them and save the world, however when playing a level depending on the number of people StreetPassing you you'll see them in a level crying for help you would need to rescue them and they will reward you with a weapon based on their hobby. After defeating a wave of zombies will have to fight a boss at the end of the level as well, there is also medals based on fastest time completing the level or even using more than one weapon. However once everyone has cleared through StreetPass Zombie first time it's likely they'll use the best weapon and carry it over on their 2nd play through and getting it done in the fastest time.

And of course as always there are also new hats for your Mii's both games are considered worth picking up but if you had to choose one I would have recommend StreetPass Zombie for its charming and fun challenge but using various weapons based on their hobbies will remind you of the Dead Rising series where are trapped in a shopping mall or even a casino you can use almost anything as a weapon to fight off zombies.

Will you be picking up the latest StreetPass games?

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10 Year Anniversary Blog- Psychonauts

Tim Schafer is well known in the gaming industry for releasing some of the best games of all time on the PC such as Grim Fandango and Day of the Tentacle; but back in April 2005 Psychonauts was released both on PC and Xbox in North America and then for the PlayStation 2 in June 2005 but UK/Europe didn't get the game until almost a year later on all three platforms.

The first time I've ever heard of Psychonauts was back in 2004 after seeing a trailer for this from buying and playing Blinx the Timesweeper on the Xbox. At first the trailer and seeing some gameplay footage which was one of the first trailers that was shown around 2002, the ability to read people's minds was an awesome idea to see in a video game. Than after reading gaming-comic panels on the internet and reading reviews from both IGN and GameSpot around 2006 I really wanted to get my hands on playing this game mainly because I liked the art style which had a mix of Tim Burton's animation mixed with Pixar animation.

When I got my Xbox chipped was able to play games from any region including copied games on blank discs remember someone giving me a US copy of Psychonauts but however the whole game was in black and white. So instead I bought the UK copy at GameStation in Newcastle using my birthday money I got, I could tell that this game itself was going to be an amazing platformer and unlike any other platformer games I've played over the years like Klonoa 2, Crash Bandicoot 3 or even The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge. It's story is based on Raz a young boy gifted with psychic abilities who runs away from the circus to try to sneak into a summer camp for those with similar powers in order to become a Psychonaut, a spy with psychic abilities sounds like something you would see in an X-Men comic when thinking about this. However Raz finds that there is a sinister plot occurring at the camp that only he can stop. This is where the game takes on the strange and imaginative minds of various characters that Raz enters as a Psychonaut-in-training/Psycadet in order to help them overcome their fears or memories of their past, so as to gain their help and progress in the game including story. Raz gains use of several psychic abilities during the game that are used for both attacking foes and solving puzzles.

Most of its puzzles were pretty challenging but fun at the same, most of its levels were very well detailed especially when jumping in the mind of a wrestling black velvet painter named Edgar Teglee where the whole stage is set in a Spanish city but using Black and Coloured chalk for its landscapes think of The Oogie Boogie song from The Nightmare Before Christmas. I also forget that Psychonauts has some of the best levels including the mind of a mutant-lung fish and going around Fish City smashing tall buildings like in Godzillia, another memorable level that most people will remember especially when myself and two of my other friends would know it straight away after quoting "I am the Milk Man, my milk delicious" you jump through the mind the appointed guard named Boyd, who refuses to open the gates, rambling about a conspiracy and "the milkman" holding the key. Again visiting Boyd's mind, Raz discovers that the milkman is Boyd's pyromaniac alternate persona.

I could go on all day how brilliant and memorable Psychonauts is but if you have not heard of this game or even played I would highly recommend you checking out this game after reading this blog. If you either still own a PS2 or an Xbox you can also pick this up on Steam and also appears on multiple occasion on Humble Bundle deals including Charity Gaming sites at a very cheap price. After this game was released back in 2005 it got so much praise from reviewers including myself who love this game, it didn't do too well on sales by the end of the year, and it had shipped fewer than 100,000 copies. This is sort of a shame because if it had sold more copies like it did Tim Schafer could have gotten to work on a sequel which I would totally would like to see in the future or even a HD Remaster on next-gen consoles like the PS4 or the Xbox One or even on the PS Vita like what they did with Grim Fandango which was released back in January.

Have you played Psychonauts, have any favourite moments?

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Lego Dimensions likely to be the Number 1 toy by the end of this year

At first saw statuses on both Facebook and Twitter that another Lego Video Game was announced like the idea of Lego Jurassic Park but my first guess was a Lego Back to the Future which hasn't been done yet. Warner Bros. has now officially announced Lego Dimensions which will be released in September on PS3/PS4/360/Xbox One/Wii U but won't be coming to handhelds at any time soon on both 3DS and PS Vita likely that if you were taking the Lego parts out with you may end up losing a few pieces.

Lego Dimensions fuses together characters from many franchises, including DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, The LEGO Movie, The Wizard of Oz, LEGO Ninjago, Back to the Future. Quite likely they will add more franchises like Harry Potter and Star Wars later in the future or more news to come either before or after E3 in June. There will be a starter pack which will include the game, look-a-like Stargate portal, Gandalf, Wyldstyle and Batman toys with the bundle. Everything else like in-game expansions packs will be released later after the Starter pack is released including more mini figures and level packs.

This is a cool idea if you grew up with Lego as a child I can tell that both kids and adults would buy the toys it’s just like buying real Lego but instead it’s being used for a video game. After reading and watching the latest announcement it did made me think that toys-to-life games are becoming more and more of a thing where game companies and franchises are just trying to sell and earn a ton of money by the Holiday Sales or at least stay in the sales charts for more than a good year. Another article which was just posted a few hours later after the announcement that Activision isn't worried about sales or even crashing down if Lego Dimensions sells really well and could become the king of toys-to-life game genre bringing in a larger audience in at the same time. Activision isn't the only that shouldn't be worried by this Disney Interactive Studios might be under pressure if they are not too careful I know they are still releasing more characters from both Disney and Marvel universe but what will they release after that?

Nintendo is pretty much doing really well on sales with the Amiibo's certain Nintendo Amiibo's from both Super Smash Bros and Mario Party are becoming harder to find and rare to find. Nintendo had their Direct Conference a few days ago announcing more Amiibo's for both Yoshi's Wooly World and Splatoon; GameStop have already sold out on pre-orders on the next wave of Amiibo's likely that UK stores and sites may have the same problem a lot of people have been trying to get their hands on a Ness Amiibo and Ganondorf at a good price, Amiibo hunting has become a very popular thing after Super Smash Bros was released in November. This has even helped sales for the Nintendo Wii U thanks to this and even using Amiibo's on the New Nintendo 3DS have boosted as well since Lego Dimensions is coming to Wii U this could also boost the sales for the console including its line-up of games that have Amiibo support meaning more children could well end up wanting a Wii U along with Lego Dimensions on their Christmas list both products could be a Number 1 item by the end of this year.

Will you be buying Lego Dimensions on launch?

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The problems of Smash Bros Fighter Ballot on who to vote

Nintendo had their latest Direct video that went live on Wednesday 1st where most people included myself thought most of it would have all been April Fools but it turns out it wasn't, there were some really good announcements including more Indie games coming to both 3DS and Wii U, Yoshi's Wooly World and Splatoon getting Amiibos and the next batch of Amiibos for Super Smash Brothers. The biggest surprise from Nintendo Direct would have been Fire Emblem X Shin Megami Tensei which had a new trailer including some gameplay footage may feel more like a Shin Megami Tensei game than a Fire Emblem game but was very impressed on what it would like especially if it's coming to the Wii U because this is one of the many reasons why I need to get a Wii U at some point.

I think one of Nintendo's mistakes which I would point out which is their Smash Bros Fighter Ballot where you can vote which video game character you would like to see as a DLC character for Super Smash Bros on both 3DS and Wii U. The problem with this is whoever you are going to vote its highly and unlikely that they will appear in Smash Bros because the many reasons is that some characters aren't from the Nintendo franchise and some game companies like Activision wouldn't allow either Crash Bandicoot or Spyro in the game because they used to be the many mascots for the PS1 but after Universal Studios sold the rights to other gaming publishers over the years.

When I was checking messages on Twitter the other day I've noticed that Oddworld Inhabitants would like to see Abe in Smash Bros if it happened if a lot of people end up voting but however Oddworld New N Tasty was released on PS4 at first than making its way to Steam and Xbox One than sooner or later be released on the Wii U, PS Vita and PS3. The problem with Abe that both Oddworld games on the PS1 sold more during and after they were released, nice idea on bringing back forgotten characters.

Another article I've read on GameSpot that Xbox Boss Phil Spencer that he would like to see Banjo in the next Smash Bros. Not only does Spencer think it "would be cool" if Banjo was added to the line-up, but Microsoft and Nintendo have worked together before, so it's unlikely there would be licensing issues. Rare did develop the Banjo-Kazooie on the Nintendo 64 in 1998 including the sequel in 2000 but after they finished developing Conker's Bad Fur Day in 2001 they started making games for the Xbox from 2003 till the present day after the underwhelming sales of Kinect Sports Rivals and Microsoft's announcement that the Kinect would no longer take priority, several people have left the company.

When it comes to choosing Nintendo characters to appear in Smash Bros does make you think who would you want to appear in the game, I went and voted for Professor Layton due to the fact that I love the franchise including its puzzles and challenges from past games but with the franchise being a success on both the original Nintendo DS and 3DS it's likely that Nintendo could consider having him on the list that's if more people vote for him. Other suggestions of characters I've heard from my friends and online friends they would love to see more characters from Fire Emblem appearing or Phoenix Wright or Skull Kid or even Waluigi making an appearing.

Whoever you plan to vote to appear in the next Smash Brothers character as DLC you may want to check if they've been in a Nintendo game or not.

Have you voted on who you want to see as a DLC character in Smash Bros?

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Anime line-up: Spring 2015

With the cold weather finally going away we can start looking forward to some sunny weather over the coming the months, the line-up for Anime lined up for Winter 2015 was impressive with Anime like Ansatsu Kyoushitsu, Season 2 of Tokyo Ghoul and Binan Koukou. A ton of new anime has just started and here is a list of a few anime's worth checking out if you have the time between now and until the end of June.

Digimon Adventure Tri-

Fifteen years after the summer vacation pretty much since 2000 when Season 1 kicked off on our TV through FoxKids and itv. A lot of people I know are very excited to watching Digimon again including myself because I loved the 1st Season in Digimon after halfway through Season 2 rest of the Seasons started to go downhill for me.

Fate/Stay Night (Unlimited Blade Works)-

This is the second half of Fate/Stay Night continuing where it left after the first half which finished around the end of December 2014.

Plastic Memories-

In a world where there was a slight advancement in science. After failing his college entrance exams, 18 year old Tsukasa Mizugaki is offered a position at the renowned SAI Corporation due to his father's connections. SAI Corporation is known for its production and management of androids that possess human emotions called “Giftia." Tsukasa's position is in the Terminal Service Department where their main job is to recover Giftias that are close to their expiration it is a graveyard department in every sense. To make matters worse, Tsukasa is ordered to work with Isla, a female Giftia who was never given any responsibility other than serving tea to her co-workers.

Owari no Seraph-

One day, a mysterious virus appeared on Earth which killed every infected human over the age of 13. At the same time, vampires emerged from the world's dark recesses and enslaved mankind. Enter Hyakuya Yuuichirou, a young boy, who along with the rest of the children from his orphanage, are treated as livestock by the vampires. Even in captivity, Yuuichirou dreams big. He dreams of killing vampires. He dreams of killing them all.

Kyoukai No Rinne-

As a child Sakura Mamiya mysteriously disappeared in the woods behind her grandma's home. She returned whole and healthy, but since then she has had the power to see ghosts. Now a teenager, she just wishes the ghosts would leave her alone! At school, the desk next to Sakura's has been empty since the start of the school year. Then one day her always-absent classmate Rinne Rokudo shows up, and he's far more than what he seems.


Based on the theme of Pretty Rhythm series is set in the Puri-Para world, filled with girls' dreams and yearnings for fashion, dance, and music. Seemingly every day, there are auditions that send top idols to worldwide fame on television and online. Laala and her friends are all fascinated with this world. However, Laala's school prohibits Puri-Para for elementary school children. An unexpected chance leads Laala to make her first entrance into the world of Puri-Para, where she just might make her debut.

Jewelpet: Magical Change-

The story follows the rabbit-shaped Jewelpet Ruby and the other Jewelpets on their mission to restore the Jewe Castle, which had fallen from the skies into the middle of the town because of humanity's lack of faith in magic. In order to rekindle human's "magic-believing hearts," Jewelpets transform into humans and come down to earth to study them.

Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu-

Nagato Yuki, the shy president of the literature club, has never been very sure of herself around other people. But around Kyon, the only boy in the tiny, three-person club, Yuki finds herself faltering even more than usual. For Kyon, and for her precious club, Yuki must find her confidence and let her true personality shine.


The story centers around Hibiki Amami, a girl who can see ghosts and other supernatural phenomena in her surroundings. The story follows her daily life with both her friends and the otherworldly.

Arslan Senki-

In the prosperous kingdom of Pars lies the Royal Capital of Ecbatana, a city of splendor and wonder, ruled by the undefeated and fearsome King Andragoras. Arslan is the young and curious prince of Pars who, despite his best efforts, doesn't seem to have what it takes to be a proper king like his father. At the age of 14, Arslan goes to his first battle and loses everything as the blood-soaked mist of war gives way to scorching flames, bringing him to face the demise of his once glorious kingdom. However, it is Arslan's destiny to be a ruler, and despite the trials that face him, he must now embark on a journey to reclaim his fallen kingdom.

Other Anime to check out which are starting in Spring-

  • Kekkai Sensen
  • Ameiro Cocoa
  • Baby Steps Season 2
  • Show By Rock!!
  • Kaitou Joker Season 2
  • Takamiya Nasuno Desu
  • Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku
  • Hibike! Euphonium
  • Triage X
  • Houkago no Pleiades TV
  • High School DxD BorN
  • Etotama
  • Punchline
  • Vampire Holmes
  • Grisaia no Meikyuu
  • Ninja Slayer
  • Denpa Kyoushi
  • Battle Spirits: Burning Soul

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How to make a Big Hero 6 Cosplay under 20 - 25 Pounds/Dollars

I've mentioned a year and a half ago that it is possible to make a Vincent Valentine Cosplay under £20/$20 - £25/$25 as soon as Halloween products start to come in. After spending an awesome weekend at Newcastle Film & Comic-Con cosplayed as Yokai/Kabuki from Big Hero 6.

Watched the film twice before and when it was released in Cinemas in the UK and its cosplay is easy to do even if you were wanting to cosplay someone like Hiro, Honey Lemon, Tadashi, Go-Go, Fred or even Wasabi in casual clothing it can be a very easy cosplay to do if you have the right clothing or materials or even getting the wig can cost you a bit more if you are willing to spending a little money and pulling of a good cosplay.

I've decided I've wanted to cosplay as Yokai/Kabuki for a convention it take me at least 4 weeks before the convention in Newcastle and only took me at least two weeks to get the cosplay to together- Remember Charity Shops can be extremely helpful and handy its keeping your eyes open if you see the right clothing or even in your supermarket or clothing shop you may find what you are looking for.

Materials needed: Carnival/Drama mask (£2.99), Black Gloves (99p), Ski Mask (£5), Black-Turtle neck zipper jumper (£4), Long Black Coat (£6), Bandages (prices between 99p - £1.49), White, Black and Red acrylic paint (78p each) Black Jeans and Black Shoes (Already had both jeans and shoes at home)

I know Yokai/Kabuki has Yellow eyes from the mask you can use contact lenses but they may cost a little extra plus I refuse to use contact lenses and would rather wear my glasses but couldn't behind the mask. You could use Yellow se-through paper but that sounds really cheap and wouldn't want to ruin the mask I've made.

When it comes to making the mask draw the design, cut off the bottom half of the mask from the tip of the mouth and sides of the mask remember to take your time when doing this. After completing that be sure to get some pain brushes and start painting start painting both the Red and Black first, then start painting the whole face white reason why I painted it white because it stands out a little more but if you did managed to draw and paint the design of it carefully you can easily leave that part. For your leg ankles get a pair of black socks and them over the black jeans, then start wrapping bandages around your ankles think of a Ninja cosplay when doing this. Be sure to put the ski mask over you and put your mask on make sure you manage to cover your face on top of that.

Once you've gotten your cosplay together you are ready to go, there have been many trends when it comes to cosplays at conventions 2012 was Sword Art Online, 2013 was Attack on Titan and 2014 was Frozen for this year there have been mixed views that either Marvel or Big Hero 6 could be the next big trend this year at conventions like MCM, Comic-Cons or even SunnyCon. If you were wanting to make battle-suit armours on either characters from Big Hero 6 from scratch this will cost you more but when it comes to cosplay making in general or even if you are unemployed you can still work your way around this and manage to pull of a good cosplay just like that.

Hope this blog has helped you and have given you some ideas on cosplays in the future.

God of War- 10 Year Anniversary Blog

Can't remember there being a video game based on Greek Mythology that was good before God of War was released in 2005, I know that Crash Bandicoot 3 had a boss fight with Tiny set in the Greek/Roman period plus there was Disney's Hercules which was released on PS1, GameBoy and PC. God of War was released for the PlayStation 2 on March 22nd 2005 making it ten years since it was released and is the eleventh best-selling PlayStation 2 game of all time.

When looking at the God of War series the games themselves have a lot of memorable moments in gaming but my overall favourite game would be the first God of War. Not only the story was pretty good following the story of Kratos who is a warrior who serves the Greek gods of Olympus; when the game starts Kratos has been serving the gods for ten years. He kills the Hydra on behalf of Poseidon, but grows tired of his service and suffering. He summons Athena, who states that if Kratos performs one final act the murder of Ares and will be forgiven for killing his past mistakes. The more you play God of War more and more flashbacks will appear explaining what really happened to Kratos and his past before he became a servant to the gods.

First time playing God of War was around the same time God of War II was released in 2007 and the Official UK PlayStation 2 magazine had a demo for the first game after playing the demo I've wanted to play more of God of War than decided to get the game straight away, first time playing the game I didn't want to put the game down and also bought my 60 GB PS3 at the time which came with Resistance Fall of Man and MotorStorm ended up playing God of War more instead of playing my new games that came with the PS3. God of War was a third person action-adventure game but felt it had gameplay elements from franchises like Onimusha, Prince of Persia and Devil May Cry it did had some puzzles and platforming in as well.

What I really liked about God of War on how much blood and gore was in the game for a game based on Greek Mythology I was really impressed how SCE Santa Monica Studios kept a game this good and fresh. The button mashing you had to when it came to killing your enemies and monsters were really impressive to look at where at one point you could rip an enemy in half or drag one of the Hydra's heads to a broken ship and letting it get stabbed through the skull. Quick time events happened quite a lot as well just like Resident Evil 4 you had to keep a close eye on what would happen next and know what to do.

After God of War II was released Santa Monica Studios announced God of War III for the PlayStation 3 and a game for the PSP which was Chains of Olympus, however both God of War and II were released in HD for the PS3 with trophy support and also two years after the PS Vita was released they released God of War for the PS Vita. A movie was confirmed to be in the works since 2005 but there hasn't been a director and haven't any new information what so ever, a novel was released in 2009 the novel recounts the events of the game and offers deeper insights into its story including new characters including some stuff that wasn't in the game does get mentioned in the novel.

Did you play God of War when it was first released in 2005 and have any favourite moments?

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Nintendo announces NX

Nintendo have officially confirmed that they are working on a brand new dedicated games platform, under development codename "NX". Nintendo however have not stated whether this is a home console or a handheld. There have been rumours and talks over the years that Nintendo making a smartphone but the idea on that might be a terrible one if you think about if it's both a phone and game console it be something like the N-Gage or even the Sony Xperia Play nice idea but the sales for both phones weren't that huge when it came to sales. The 3DS is still selling strong plus the help of the 2DS seems to be helping on sales too for gamers who can't stand the 3D effect on a handheld console and the New 3DS have helped sales too, the games that have been released for the 3DS since launch has already got a good library with games like Zelda: Link Between Worlds, Pokémon X and Y, Bravely Default, Professor Layton and Animal Crossing. Plus its StreetPass features has played a huge part for the 3DS, they are becoming really popular across the world like London, New York and Tokyo all of these are local community events.

The main purpose of the event and news was to explain Nintendo’s decision to enter the smartphone gaming market, via a partnership with smartphone games specialist DeNA. Nintendo's chief executive Satoru Iwata announce the hardware platform in order to assuage fears that Nintendo may move away from manufacturing dedicated game machines leaving just Sony and Microsoft in the console market. With the Wii U not being as successful as the Nintendo Wii was selling a 100 million beating both the PS3 and Xbox 360; games for the Wii U are still selling well since its launch with titles like Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Brothers and Super Mario 3D World.

I can understand that the Wii U will not be perfect to what the Wii was between 2006-2013 because it was family-friendly easy to play and of course it also had a backward compatible support for Cube games, you can play Wii games on the Wii U if you still want to keep your Nintendo collection. There are still games being released for the Wii U this year like Splatoon, Yoshi's Wooly World, Xenoblade Chronicles X and Legend of Zelda. If Nintendo does make games for the like of smartphones or tablet devices they would try and compete with both iOS and Andriod on its games, already Pokémon Shuffle was released on the 3DS nearly a month ago on the Nintendo eShop as a free download. This is just a Candy Crush game but instead it's based on Pokémon monsters requires hearts to attempt each stage, with the player able to recover up to five hearts by waiting a certain amount of time. You can also use coins to purchase power-ups, such as extra moves, prior to entering a stage. Extra hearts and coins can be purchased with jewels, which are either earned by defeating trainers or purchased using Nintendo eShop funds. The game supports internet connectivity which offers bonus items and special limited-time stages to those who want to check in, it also has StreetPass support.

I can tell that certain games from the NES, GameBoy, N64, DS and certain titles from the 3DS library appearing on both smartphones and tablets; than again Nintendo already has a tablet type device but its a controller pad for the Wii U if someone in house wants to watch stuff on the main TV you can still play games on your Wii U tablet. This is a huge step for both gamers and Nintendo if the worse comes to worse do we really want Nintendo making this move like Sega did after the Dreamcast? Lets just hope that Nintendo can change things around or at least have something good up their sleeves for E3 2015 in June.

What are your thoughts on Nintendo's announcement?

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TimeSplitters: Future Perfect- 10 Year Anniversary Blog

It's very rare that I would play First-Person Shooters in general when it comes to gaming, the only shooters I've enjoyed playing were titles like BioShock Infinite, Killzone 2 and Halo. But before I've played those titles there was a certain franchise I really enjoyed playing on the PlayStation 2 which was the TimeSplitters series, TimeSplitters 2 is still my favourite shooter and game in the series for its insane multiplayer matches, story plot going through various parts of time and the number of guns you can use.

It would be 10 years ago from this week that TimeSplitters: Future Perfect would be released which was March 21st 2005 and March 24th for UK/Europe. This was the third instalment in the series taking place after the events of TimeSplitters 2 playing the role of Sergeant Cortez, a time-traveling marine from the 25th century, as he attempts to go to the past to save the future. This does feel more like something you would see out of the Back to the Future series when it comes to time travelling and bumping into yourself from a different period of time.

Like its past two games you can make your own multiplayer levels and save them on to your memory card, plus this was a great idea to have in a game before uploading levels through online around the world like LittleBigPlanet. You can create your own rules and what kind of weapons you would have to have lying around including what weapons to carry; I remember reading and seeing some good level designs that were sent to Official UK PlayStation 2 and Xbox magazine on some of the levels that were made by gamers. Online Multiplayer was supported for both PlayStation 2 and Xbox having 2-8 players which did made an improvement for people who want to play online and not having to go over to a friend's house just to play some multiplayer matches up to 4 players. The GameCube version however didn't have online support but it still had everything else in the game.

In June 2007 a sequel was announced to be in development was which TimeSplitters 4, however has since been shelved due to difficulties selling the idea to potential publishers based on Future Perfect's sales after it was released. Haze was released a year later for the PlayStation 3 which was a worldwide release on May 2008 but however the reviews were disappointing to both critics and fans, it had some good ideas but weren't as great as they thought it would be. On December 18th 2008 it was reported that the studio Free Radical had shut down, though it was later confirmed that the company had gone into administration, leaving 40 of the original 185 staff still employed. There have been rumours that a TimeSplitters 4 was going to be released on the PS3 and Xbox 360 but nothing hasn't been mentioned since than; Back in November 29, 2012 it was revealed that a group of fans were given permission to develop a TimeSplitters mod using CryEngine 3. The project lead by Michael Hubicka stated that the ultimate goal is to make it TimeSplitters 4, it was announced that the development team would include some of the original members of Free Radical Design (now known as Crytek UK).

The game would combine earlier elements of the trilogy and be named TimeSplitters Rewind. Eventually gaining Crytek's approval, thanks in part to a 75,000-strong petition from players, the development team intended to use CryEngine 3. The team said that, although the engine will give it more of a modern look, they "didn't plan on fixing something that isn't broken." They were allowed to use original assets from the series, and will still provide the classic feel and look the original TimeSplitters games did. It was expected to feature a multiplayer mode, to be free of charge on the PC, and a March 2013 announcement planned to have a demo by December 2013. I still hope that there will be another TimeSplitters game on the like of Steam and PS4 sometime in the future but the chances on that happening are highly unlikely unless more and more people demand a new game in the series or at least a reboot of the franchise.

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