Gaming Enthusiast http://www.gamingenthusiast.net Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:51:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 5 games of this generation which derailed the hype train http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/5-games-generation-derailed-hype-train/ http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/5-games-generation-derailed-hype-train/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:51:32 +0000 http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/?p=19238 Whenever a new generation of consoles are released, there’s a lot of hype amongst gamers as to what the games will be like and how…

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Whenever a new generation of consoles are released, there’s a lot of hype amongst gamers as to what the games will be like and how they will show off the new hardware. Game developers are keen to advertise their game as taking advantage of this new power and because of this a lot of hype can surround games that may not have been very hyped if they’d been released later in a console’s life.

In this list published by Video Games Uncovered and written by Sam Foxall, you can read about five games that were surrounded by hype but ultimately failed to meet our expectations. From Thief to Watch Dogs, and a few more controversial ones in between, you can check out the list HERE. 

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Firefly Online – Five reasons for the Browncoats to get excited http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/firefly-online-five-reasons-browncoats-get-excited/ http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/firefly-online-five-reasons-browncoats-get-excited/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:22:25 +0000 http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/?p=19235 Remember that awesome TV show Firefly which was cruelly cut short after just one season despite being one of the best things on TV? Well…

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Remember that awesome TV show Firefly which was cruelly cut short after just one season despite being one of the best things on TV? Well for several years now there has been an online game based on the show being developed and it is now expected to be released sometime next year.

In this article published by GameZone and written by Wessel Minnie, you can read five reasons why Firefly Online is going to be great. From being a captain of your own ship to meeting the main characters (fully voiced by their show actors). You can read the article right HERE.

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10 genuine WTF moments in video games http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/10-genuine-wtf-moments-video-games/ http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/10-genuine-wtf-moments-video-games/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:48:59 +0000 http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/?p=19232 Video games are great, aren’t they? They can make us laugh, make us cry, make us angry, and sometimes make us go “what the fu…”.…

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Video games are great, aren’t they? They can make us laugh, make us cry, make us angry, and sometimes make us go “what the fu…”. Occasionally a video game will have a moment that really blows our mind for good or for bad.

In this article published by What Culture and written by Radu Alexander, you can check out a list of 10 video game moments that almost had us drop the controller. From the battle with Psycho Mantis in Metal Gear Solid to that pervy achievement in Lollipop Chainsaw. This list is sure to entertain you and you can read it right HERE.

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Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor – 10 Characters Who Must Cameo http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/middle-earth-shadow-mordor-10-characters-must-cameo/ http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/middle-earth-shadow-mordor-10-characters-must-cameo/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:33:42 +0000 http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/?p=19226 You could easily write a Lord of the Rings length book that explored why Tolkien’s Middle Earth stories are so beloved and have endured for…

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You could easily write a Lord of the Rings length book that explored why Tolkien’s Middle Earth stories are so beloved and have endured for so long. Not only was he a skilled writer but his imagination and (at the time) redefining of the fantasy genre have made his books into absolute classics. Perhaps one aspect of the series that fans adore so much are the characters that inhabit Middle Earth. You could be from any background and still find at least one character you can relate to whether it’s the noble Aragorn, the loyal Gimli, or the innocent Hobbits.

We’re all hugely excited by the upcoming game Shadow of Mordor and we can’t wait to explore Monolith’s story set in between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Given that many races in Middle Earth tend to have quite lengthy life spans, many characters we know and love from Tolkien’s books will be alive during the events of Monolith’s game. With that in mind, wouldn’t it be great if some of our favourite characters made an appearance of some sort in Shadow of Mordor?

In this article published by What Culture and written by Mark Bradley, you can read his list of 10 Tolkien characters who could and should make an appearance in the upcoming game. How cool would it be to encounter a young Aragorn on your travels, or bump into Gandalf as you hunt for Orcs? You can read the article HERE.

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5 people that could play Nathan Drake in the Uncharted film http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/5-people-play-nathan-drake-uncharted-film/ http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/5-people-play-nathan-drake-uncharted-film/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:59:18 +0000 http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/?p=19223 It has just been announced by Sony Pictures that the Uncharted movie is due to hit the big screen on June 10th 2016. All we…

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It has just been announced by Sony Pictures that the Uncharted movie is due to hit the big screen on June 10th 2016. All we know for sure right now is that it’s being written by David Guggenheim, produced by Arad/Atlus Entertainment and directed by Seth Gordon. No one has yet been announced as Nathan Drake nor have any supporting cast been announced. The question on every Uncharted fans lips is obvious, who should play Nathan Drake?

In this article published by The Koalition and written by Richard Bailey Jr, you can read his thoughts on which actors would make a good Nathan Drake. From the obvious choice of Nathan Fillion to other great actors like Christian Bale and Gerard Butler, Richard’s got a pretty good list worth checking out. YOu can read his article HERE.

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Seven games that are also educational http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/seven-games-also-educational/ http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/seven-games-also-educational/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:24:45 +0000 http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/?p=19219 Video games are often portrayed by the media as massive wastes of time that will turn your kids brains into mush and then turn them…

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Video games are often portrayed by the media as massive wastes of time that will turn your kids brains into mush and then turn them into a serial killer. I mean, surely nothing good could come from gaming, right?

Well what about education? Games have the ability to be incredibly fun and teach us things at the same time. In this article published by Yahoo and written by Mike Smith, you can read his list of video games that are not only great, but also teach us something. You can check out Mike’s article right HERE.

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Firefall Preps for Launch, Shows Titan Battles in this Trailer http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/firefall-preps-launch-shows-titan-battles-trailer/ http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/firefall-preps-launch-shows-titan-battles-trailer/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:39:04 +0000 http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/?p=19207 Firefall is just about one week away from its highly anticipated launch. The developer, Red 5 Studios, is comprised of former veterans of the industry…

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Firefall is just about one week away from its highly anticipated launch. The developer, Red 5 Studios, is comprised of former veterans of the industry and has been polishing the first/third-person-shooter-MMO gem for quite some time. Now, that title has finally reached fruition, chugging along towards its July 29, 2014 release date.

To celebrate the near launch of the game, the studio has revealed an impressive trailer surrounding its Titan Battles. Players will be happy to know that the large-scale fight will not be done with a sole gun-blazin’. The instances occur with 20-player suites and both promise to have unique experiences though these occurrences.

Here is a low down of each Titan you will encounter if your squad is up for the battle.
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Baneclaw is a scarab which has been mutated by the Melding and has grown to a massive size. Once the second stage of the Devil’s Tusk Medling pushback has been completed, players unlock the ability to take on this terrifying and unforgiving Titan. Baneclaw will unleash targeted attacks and numerous hellclaw minions will keep players on their toes as the Titan rolls violently in and out of the arena.

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The second Melding Titan, who is also unlocked upon completion of the second stage of the Devil’s Tusk pushback, is known as Kanaloa the Destroyer. Kanaloa is a melded lava worm, living within the confines of the Devil’s Tusk volcano, Kanaloa waits to ignite any intruders to its lava filled nest. The lair is littered with elevated platforms that provide ample vantage points for players to rain down fire on the titan at its center. As the fight progresses, the lava will rise, taking away more and more floor space until eventually, those tall isolated platforms are the only refuge you have left from the deadly molten pool below. The thick skin that makes Kanaloa impervious to the intense heat of its home also makes it extremely resilient to most weapons. Players will need to aim at the elusive weak spots to do damage, while they maneuver to avoid falling in the lava and dodge Kanaloa’s devastating flame-based attacks.

Although the game is based on a F2P model, there is early access for those willing to pay. FireFall is slated for a July 29, 2014 launch on PC. Feel free to click here for the official site. For purchasing details, click here.

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Fun Stuff: Ryu Turns 50, Takes Newest Doll To Kickstarter http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/fun-stuff-ryu-turns-50-takes-newest-doll-kickstarter/ http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/fun-stuff-ryu-turns-50-takes-newest-doll-kickstarter/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:51:41 +0000 http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/?p=19201 It’s a strange day in Street Fighter land for sure. As part of Capcom USA’s odd lore choices for Street Fighter in the 90s, Ryu…

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It’s a strange day in Street Fighter land for sure. As part of Capcom USA’s odd lore choices for Street Fighter in the 90s, Ryu is technically 50.

Of course, back then, Capcom had to give them Ryu and Street Fighter 2: The World Warrior’s other combatants birth dates close to this one so they could be twenty to thirty year olds in the games. It does them no good now to still be the main characters twenty years on.

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To put this in context, if we followed the info in the SNES manual, Chun Li is 46, Ken is 49, Guile is 53, and Zangief is staggeringly old at 58. Of course, having gone past impossible crossovers and already getting aged in Street Fighter 3, Capcom decided to push the narrative clock back and bring us back to an earlier time in the Street Fighter timeline for SF 4. Yes, technically speaking, all the SF 4 games are set in the past. Weird, isn’t it?

Whatever you think his age is, Ryu’s still popular enough to get new toys made of himself, and today, newcomer CAPO is seeking crowdfunding to get a new NECA / SOTA style articulated action figure of Ryu made. If this pushes through, it will be the first in a line of new officially licensed Street Fighter toys.

I always liked those NECA and SOTA toys, especially SOTA for their amazing accuracy to the Alpha series artstyle, and if you feel the same you may want to back this project as well. You can get to it and fund it via the widget below.

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Areal dev West Games crosses a line, doxxes trolls on their KS comments http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/areal-dev-west-games-crosses-line-doxxes-trolls-ks-comments/ http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/areal-dev-west-games-crosses-line-doxxes-trolls-ks-comments/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:23:40 +0000 http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/?p=19198 West Games has not received the best publicity for their Kickstarter game Areal, and objectively speaking, they also have not taken to the criticism either.…

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West Games has not received the best publicity for their Kickstarter game Areal, and objectively speaking, they also have not taken to the criticism either. Today, however, they have crossed a line that no one should give them the benefit of the doubt on.

Believe it or not, this issue can be considered independently of whether Areal is a scam or not. What this is is it sets a precedent for bad game developer behavior that other game makers really should not emulate, lest online networks for gamers become a total war zone.

If you aren’t familiar with Areal, or may have only heard part of the story, here’s the necessary context. Areal was initially pitched as a game in development by former developers of STALKER. Some other entities, including Vostok Games and Misery Inc, came out to criticize and question these claims, and a cloud of doubt has hung over the project ever since.

Now here’s the important part. A big deal of West Games’ problems, which they have alluded to in priot Kickstarter updates, are the comments they’ve received from many of their own backers. Apparently, many of these people contributed relatively small amounts, and then used the opportunity to openly tell others to pull their pledges and trash Areal and West Games. If you go back, you will see that West Games have admitted to an inability to control the situation.

Now, it’s a few days before the campaign will end, and the game has been fully funded. For whatever reason, West Games’ latest post has gone on the warpath, attacking Forbes and VG 24/7 for their critical coverage of their campaign.

And then, they went after these trolls. West Games claims they found one of their commenters doxxed all the people who mercilessly trolled their campaign, and West Games put that info up for everyone to see. There seem to be some actual troll accounts here, but also some real accounts that may have themselves been hacked into. As always, there is some reasonable doubt.

There are a few things that are clearer now from the project however. One is that there are some genuine backers who want Areal get made, and are not listening to all the critics because they believe in West Games. Unfortunately, another truth that has emerged is that West Games seems incapable of running their Kickstarter or dealing with the public in a professional manner.

We may very well see Areal be the game West Games says it will be, and more. However, they have taken the wrong course of action at the tail end of their Kickstarter campaign here, when they could have sought assistance from Kickstarter, the authorities, etc. in handling the escalating situation. For the sake of the earnest backers, I hope the game gets delivered, but I myself am personally no longer supportive of the people at West Games.

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MMO figures show continued dropoff, WOW dominance http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/mmo-figures-show-continued-dropoff-wow-dominance/ http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/mmo-figures-show-continued-dropoff-wow-dominance/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:39:27 +0000 http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/?p=19194 Superdata collated facts and figures for the world’s top MMOs this year, and the results are generally not good. The marketshare for the genre has…

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Superdata collated facts and figures for the world’s top MMOs this year, and the results are generally not good.

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The marketshare for the genre has not stopped shrinking since 2010, now at 23.4 million active users for this year, versus 30.6 million from that year. In turn, the MMO makers have attempted to offset this revenue wise with microtransactions, and in that area there is growth, from 14 to 27 % in the past five years.

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The breakdown in top MMOs shows some gamers are truly loyal, as some genuine relics have stayed on top. WOW continues to dominate by a wide margin. The likes of Lineage, TERA Online, LOTR Online and Star Wars The Old Republic remain relevant enough to join the top 10.

The report also noted the success of TESO and Wildstar seemed to challenge the prevailing microtransaction paradigm, but overall, there is no denying that the genre is in a downswing.

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