MLB 14: The Show PS4 Review

The Show debuts on the PS4 with flying colors, while adding new features to further fine-tune its gameplay.

Written by Derek Smith

MLB: The Show has been the dominant baseball simulation game in recent years. With the MLB 2K series being cancelled, The Show now remains unrivaled while also being a Sony exclusive. Does it still aim to impress or show a side of complacency in a world of recycled sports games? Thankfully, The Show debuts on the PS4 with flying colors, while adding new features to further fine-tune its gameplay.

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Nerdy Nummies!

If you listened to Episode 22 “We Like TV Shows”, we plugged a YouTube channel hosted by Rosanna Pansino, who does a series of videos called “Nerdy Nummies”. My wife and I have had a huge blast watching these videos and watch at least 4 videos a day now. It’s time you all knew about this, if you didn’t already know. Rosanna is a really rad girl and it’s been awesome to see her get so much attention in magazines, media and even New York billboards! Check out her YouTube channel and here’s a few of my personal favorites!

Kirby Triple Deluxe Review

Written by Logan Sharp

Since buying my Nintendo 3DS XL, I have been on the hunt for some incredibly fun games. After picking up Pokemon Y and Legend of Zelda: Link Between Worlds, I began to crave more of that “Nintendo magic” that the aforementioned games had given me. Along comes Kirby Triple Deluxe, a character whose games I had not played since my toddler years. Although it’s an incredibly fun ride, it ends all too short and left me wanting more.

The story of Kirby kicks off with Kirby awaking in his house attached to a beanstalk growing higher and higher into the heavens. King Dedede has been kidnapped by a mysterious floating spider and it is up to Kirby to rescue the King. The game takes you through 6 stages of detailed levels, fun 3D events and an all-new weapon to Kirby’s arsenal: the Hypernova.

Playing the game in 3D truly added to the experience with a few levels sending trains, snowballs and more hurtling towards you while some levels contained traps that slammed Kirby against the 3DS screen.

I had an absolute blast with every level of this game. Each level was beautiful and contained a level of detail that was simplistic yet complex. Playing the game in 3D truly added to the experience with a few levels sending trains, snowballs and more hurtling towards you while some levels contained traps that slammed Kirby against the 3DS screen. If there is one thing Nintendo has done right with their games on the 3DS is how the 3D is handled and makes it almost a must to have enabled while playing.

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An interesting new weapon for Kirby is the Hypernova that is acquired from a glowing seed that sprouts at random. This seed makes Kirby flash bright colors and takes his vacuum powers into over-drive! I laughed as I started using the Hypernova on a tree that blocked my path. Kirby began sucking the leaves, the branches and then the entire tree itself, all while the tree’s face went from serene to panic. It’s a very rad power and I loved every second of the game that allowed me to use it.

While I’m sure the game is intended for younger audiences, and to be that pick-up-and-play-for-a-minute kind of game, it causes the player to breeze through levels.

While all of this was fantastic, I found the experience to be over far too quickly. One of the unfortunate things about Kirby Triple Deluxe is it’s difficulty, or lack thereof. While I’m sure the game is intended for younger audiences, and to be that pick-up-and-play-for-a-minute kind of game, it causes the player to breeze through levels. I found myself reaching the end in, what I calculated, a mere 4 hours.

A pleasant addition to the game is the multiplayer and the unlock able Dedede Tour. I did not have a chance to play the multiplayer (as most of my friends with a 3DS did not buy the game) but the Dedede Tour brought that extra difficulty I was looking for. The mode, unlocked after completing the game, allows the player to go through the game again as King Dedede, wielding his mighty hammer, in time trial fashion.

Kirby Triple Deluxe is certainly a fun game with beautiful visuals. However, the ride is over far too quickly and the extra helpings don’t really extend the experience that much longer. It’s a great game for those new to the handheld but for others, it’s one that can be picked up later on down the road.

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I give Kirby Triple Deluxe a 6.5 out of 10.

Ben Affleck in the Batsuit & Kinect-less $399 Xbox One?!

It’s not too often that Christmas comes early but today, it did!

Ben Affleck’s Batsuit Looks RAD!

Zack Snyder tweeted out today:

 

We now have a look at what Ben Affleck in the Batsuit will look like in the upcoming tentatively titled “Superman vs Batman”. I think the suit looks RAD! The only major gripe I have with the suit is the bloated Bat-symbol. To me, it seems a little too wide but I’m sure that as I continue admiring the suit, it will grow on me.

It’s interesting also that the suit resembles Frank Miller’s “Dark Knight Returns” suit. I’m curious to see how much the film will play out like “Dark Knight Returns” and if we’ll get a cameo from Green Arrow. Here’s hoping Stephen Amell gets his due and plays Ollie on the big screen.

Kinect-less $399 Xbox One: Confirmed!

On the heels of this news, Microsoft dropped a bomb today! On Major Nelson’s blog, Phil Spencer has announced that, starting June 9th, Microsoft will sell a $399 Xbox One model. Cut from this model is the Kinect. For a cheaper price, you lose the snazzy ability to tell your Xbox to turn on, open apps and such but for $100 less? That’s not necessarily a bad trade-off.

I’ve said that Phil Spencer is the right guy for Xbox and he has been proving it since he’s stepped into his new role. This is such a big move that the decision for the consumer is more difficult now. Do I make the switch to PS4 or stick with my Xbox-buds who love Halo? For the same price point as the PS4, this summer, and holiday season, will prove to be quite interesting for sales numbers.

I love my PS4 but had this Xbox One been available at launch, I would have stayed with Xbox One. Especially with my resurgence of love for Call of Duty, and the unquestionable bigger player base being on the Xbox, I would love to play a game with my friends that actually has enough people to allow for me to switch to different game modes and not be held down to only three on the PS4.

What do you think about the new Batsuit? Will you buy an Xbox One now? Let us know in the comments below!

Why I’m Excited for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

We now have a our first look at the next Call of Duty game: Advanced Warfare. I cannot begin to express how excited I am for this title. It’s insane seeing those words being typed out by myself because, for the longest time, I hated the Call of Duty series. Let’s start with why I’m excited.

1. The Trailer

Can we stop for a second and relive the awesome that was Kevin Spacey giving a chilling yet thought-provoking dialogue? Trailers for Call of Duty games have always been cinematic but this one feels…different. It reminds me of the Black Ops 2 trailer in ways that it’s the same beast but enough difference to be exciting. If you aren’t one of the 17 million people who have watched the trailer, allow me to share it with you.

2. Halo-esque Armor

We saw in the trailer these exoskeletons that the soldiers are wearing that were doing some crazy parkour. Maybe not parkour but seemingly parkour elements may be in the game. From leaping several yards to scaling walls to looking incredibly rad, these exoskeletons look exciting but what I’m more interested in is how this will impact the multiplayer! If at all but it would seem a waste, in my opinion, to add in something as enticing as exoskeletons and then do nothing with them in the multiplayer.

3. Futuristic Vehicles

Sure, hover-bikes and spider-tanks are not anything new to us by now. However, these look to be very exciting to control and cause some destruction! I’m curious to know if the new exoskeletons will allow for some unique and exciting takedowns. I can see it now: a spider-tank shows up, tearing apart my squad. After firing off some cover fire, telling a squad member to cover me as I run towards the spider-tank. Dodging it’s giant legs, I find a panel that I rip open using boosted strength from my exoskeleton. From here, I can climb into the tank, take out the enemy and turn this tank to our side. If I’m feeling especially vengeful, I can toss a few grenades inside and blow the tank apart. I’m not sure if that is in the game but you can be sure that if it is, Call of Duty just became a lot more interactive and rad!

4. BF4-esque Graphics?

I don’t know about you but there was a few sequences in the trailer that looked fantastic! Almost Battlefield 4 quality even! With next-gen finally here, I can personally vouch that the trailers for these next-gen titles do not do the games justice. Loading up Killzone: Shadowfall on my PS4 for the first time transported me to a world that looked as real as it was visceral. I’m certain that this one will look incredible with the power of next-gen backing it.

5. New Developer

For the longest time, we’ve had Call of Duty games coming from two studios: Infinity Ward and Treyarch. The fan base for Call of Duty has been divided on which studio makes the better game (my personal fav being Infinity Ward). With Sledgehammer Games developing this one, and making some very exciting changes, it will be interesting to see if they become everyone’s new favorite. However, they did do some work on MW3, which I remember a lot of people not liking, so it will be interesting to see how they’ve grown as a studio since. Then again, it seems every year there are plenty of people that hate that year’s Call of Duty entry so I suppose we can’t please everybody.

What about you? Are you excited for the new Call of Duty? Let us know in the comments below!

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Divergent Review

Divergents threaten the system. And good films.

Written by Logan Sharp

I’ve never read the Divergent books. While my wife was reading them, she was telling me about the story and it just did not interest me. I got the idea that all teen adventure books had flocked to this dystopian world theme that they were all the same. Now after seeing the film, I may consider picking up the book and giving it a read.

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