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Quantum Break Coming to Windows 10 Day and Date With Xbox One Version February 11, 2016

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Microsoft responded to the pleas of the entire internet today and confirmed that Quantum Break, the first game ever announced for the Xbox One, will be coming to the PC!  Here’s the official confirmation by Major Nelson and all the details you’ll need to know about it!

That’s right!  Anyone who buys Quantum Break on Xbox One will ALSO get themselves a free copy of Alan Wake (with both DLC episodes) which they can play on their Xbox One using Backwards Compatibility.  Anyone who preorders the Xbox One version of Quantum Break (either digitally or through a participating retailer) will get a free copy of the PC version of Quantum Break, and a copy of Alan Wake’s American Nightmare for the Xbox One (playable through Xbox One Backwards Compatibility).

Oh and yes, Alan Wake (and its subsequent DLC) and Alan Wake’s American Nightmare are coming to Xbox One’s Backwards Compatibility lineup!

The PC version of Quantum Break has some pretty steep system requirements, requiring at minimum an Intel i5 Processor and an Nvidia 760 GPU.  Obviously I would recommend an Intel i7 and Nvidia 980 for best performance.  The game will also require Windows 10, so if you’re using Windows 7 or Windows 8, now might be the time to finally perform that system upgrade you’ve been putting off?

Quantum Break is coming to Xbox One AND Windows 10 PCs April 5th, 2016.

Let’s Play Final Fantasy VII (Part 9) February 10, 2016

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One day after the announcement that Final Fantasy IX can now be downloaded on SmartPhones and Tablets everywhere, Maniac grabbed the last bottle of Bawls he had and decided to resume his Let’s Play of Final Fantasy VII.

When we last left our heroes, they were trying to evacuate Shinra Tower, let’s see if they can escape!

Final Fantasy VII is out now for PC, iOS, Android, PS1, PS4 and PS3.

You Will Be Missed, GameTrailers February 10, 2016

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In 2006, my Sony PSP received a software update which gave it the ability to play pretty decent quality video files I could store on a Memory Stick.  While I had the ability to convert most of the video files I wanted to the PSP’s new video format, some websites wanted to be at the cutting edge of technology and offered plenty of their site’s video content available to download in that format.  I  downloaded a review of the game Dead Rising for the Xbox 360 to my PSP and watched it. I thought the video was well written, with some great editing, and I agreed with its conclusions.

That was the first time I came across content produced by the website GameTrailers. Yesterday, in an announcement I’m still trying to believe, the people who were employed by the site have announced they were all let go.

I’ve been following gaming news for over fifteen years and I’ve been involved in the industry for over ten years as a staff writer on various sites. I understand that not all companies last forever, but there comes a time when you are so caught up in the activities of an organization that when it shuts down, a part of you goes with it. It’s happened to me more times than I can remember, and here’s a story about another one. It is a sad story to see such great potential end abruptly, but we have to move on, and we will never forget.

In Summer 2007 I was working a college job and I became obsessed with a game called The Darkness. When I first saw a commercial for it air on TV, I immediately became interested in obtaining it. Usually games rarely released during the summer, but this game has been developed by the studio who made Escape from Butcher Bay, and was based on a comic series with a cult following.  Unable to buy the game yet, I decided to look for all the information I could about it, and that brought me to GameTrailers.  They had just recently reviewed the game and had a lot of other videos about it ready to download. For two weeks I visited that site daily to try and get the latest information I could about games like Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of The Patriots, Halo 3, and Bioshock.

While the site would mirror most of the popular game trailers, it was top notch at their editing quality when it came to producing exclusive previews and reviews of new games. Also, GameTrailers had a lot of amazing and unique content creators.  I’m sure everyone will remember ScrewAttack’s partnership with the site, which brought in series like The Angry Video Game Nerd, but if there was any reason to watch GameTrailer’s content, it was for their Retrospectives.  Seriously, if you ever have a few free hours try checking out their retrospectives on Final Fantasy, Metroid, Metal Gear, or Star Wars. You won’t be disappointed.

Farewell, GameTrailers, you will be missed!

Final Fantasy IX Now on SmartPhones February 10, 2016

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Shortly after announcing it was on the way, Square Enix has released the PS1 Classic Final Fantasy IX on Android and iOS compatible devices.

Previously, Final Fantasy IX was only released on the PS1, but it was recently announced that the game will get a re-release on SmartPhones and the PC.  Personally, I’m hoping that it will eventually get ported to the PS4.

So how great is this game?  Well, the creator of the Final Fantasy franchise considers this game his personal favorite. Online reviewer Bennett the Sage considers this the second greatest PS1 game ever released (just behind Metal Gear Solid).

The game is currently being sold at a discounted price of $16.99 US, but it will be raised to a full price of $20.99 US on Feb 21st. So if you want it, get it now.

Final Fantasy IX is out now on PS1 and SmartPhones. It is coming soon to PC.

Bawls Memories – Director’s Cut February 5, 2016

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Earlier this week, we produced a sponsored video on behalf of Bawls, where Maniac talked about his memories of the amazing beverage. However the video lacked any Bawls-related images as a reference, and it helps to have images when you’re discussing memories ranging over the past fifteen years.

So here is an enhanced Director’s Cut of our Bawls Memories video. To make rewatching it a bit more worthwhile, we increased the video’s native resolution to 1080p HD.

One last thing. While we were unable to add an end theme to the credits sequence due to copyright concerns, you are welcome to play whatever song you’d like during the last thirty seconds of the video. That all having been said, we would like to recommend the song “Home” by Breaking Benjamin for the end credits.

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst Closed Beta Test Announced February 5, 2016

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Mirror’s Edge fans who can’t wait to get their hands on the newest game from the series might not have to wait as long as they think they have to in order to play this awesome game!

Today, EA announced that they will be hosting a closed beta test for Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst on the PC, Xbox One and PS4, and that players that are interested in joining the Beta can sign up here. You will need an EA Account, but if you have an Origin Account, that will work just fine!

This is great news. I was a huge fan of the first Mirror’s Edge game, and this new one looks incredible. See for yourselves, here’s a look at the game’s newest trailer, enjoy.

Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst is coming May 24th, 2016 to PC, Xbox One and PS4.

Let’s Play Final Fantasy VII With Video Commentary – Part 8 February 5, 2016

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Following up on our stream from yesterday, Maniac continued broadcasting his Bawls-fueled game stream of Final Fantasy VII.

In this part, Maniac attempts to take on Shinra Inc with the help of the entire online community.  Special thanks to everyone who participated in this episode!

Final Fantasy VII is out now on PC, PS1, PS3, PS4, PSP, iOS and Android.

Let’s Play Final Fantasy VII With Video Commentary – Part 7 February 4, 2016

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I know you guys couldn’t wait to rewatch today’s two-part stream of Final Fantasy VII on the PlayStation 4.  On today’s stream we pick up from the aftermath of an important character’s kidnapping, and begin our plans to rescue her.

We had a small issue with the first two minutes of the stream getting lost during its archive and export process, so please forgive the abrupt start!  Enjoy!

Part 8 should be up tomorrow!

Final Fantasy VII is out now on PC, PS1, PS3, PS4, PSP, iOS and Android.

Final Fantasy II Free on iOS and Android Through Final Fantasy Portal App February 4, 2016

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We recorded nearly three hours for a live stream of Final Fantasy VII, so while you wait for us to finish processing that, here’s a free game to tide you all over. If you call yourself a Final Fantasy fan and have a iOS or Android SmartPhone/Tablet you owe it to yourself to download the Final Fantasy Portal App.  It’s a great free program that keeps fans up to date with the latest Final Fantasy news, bundled with a fun Triple Triad free-to-play app.

Well, to celebrate the one year anniversary of the app’s launch in Japan, Square Enix is giving away the cult classic Final Fantasy II through the app for a VERY brief time.  To get it, download the latest version of the app to your Android or iOS device using your device’s respective App Store, and select Final Fantasy II from the App’s side menu.

You won’t need a Square Enix account to download Final Fantasy II, but you will need an iTunes or Google Account (depending on your device).

If you don’t have a SmartPhone, don’t worry, Final Fantasy Portal App will work on Tablets like the iPad just fine.

Quantum Break: Zero State Novel Announced February 4, 2016

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Literature fans looking for a great story can rejoice. Remedy has announced a companion novel for the Xbox One exclusive game Quantum Break will be released on the same day as the game, April 5th, 2016.

The book is titled Quantum Break: Zero State and has been described as a novel that combines the action of a Jason Bourne book with the fantastic nature of time travel. Sadly, any further inquiries I’ve made about the book were not returned, so it’s unclear if this book will be a retelling of the game, a prequel story, or a sequel to the game.  I guess we will just have to wait to find out.

Quantum Break is coming April 5th, 2016 exclusively to the Xbox One.


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