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Pokémon Game Deals February 28, 2013

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Fresh off his last haul, Maniac and his pet Pikachu have found some recent deals on Pokémon games for the Nintendo DS, and decided to share them with all of you.

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Playstation 4 Analysis Part 2 – Games February 26, 2013

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The Playstation 4 is coming.  Last week, Maniac talked about the Playstation 4’s hardware, but we know it takes more than hardware to sell a gaming console, you need some great exclusive games.  In the final part of his analysis, he tackles the inital batch of games Sony announced will be coming to the platform.

God of War: Ascension Demo Released February 26, 2013

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For those of you unfortunate enough to be part of the Trojan Army during the God of War: Rise of the Warrior Promotion or who never participated in it can rest easy now, as Sony has officially released the God of War: Ascension demo to all PS3 users.

So what can we expect in God of War: Ascension?  Lets check out the game’s newly released launch trailer.

You can download the full demo right now for free on the Playstation Store.  Just search for God of War: Ascension and download the demo from the game’s information page.  According to Sony, the demo takes place at the very beginning of the game, and can take around thirty minutes to complete.  It also includes a ton of game trailers and some behind the scenes videos which hopefully will be included with the final game.  It is 3.7GB in file size, so you might need to delete a few things off your hard drive before you start your download.

God of War: Ascension is coming March 12th, 2013 exclusive to the Playstation 3.

Quakecon 2013 Dates Announced February 26, 2013

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The biggest gathering of id Software fans has been hosted annually since 1996 and today, that tradition continues.  Quakecon 2013 is a go and it will be hosted August 1st through the 4th at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, TX.  The event will bring together some of the biggest fans of the Doom, Quake, and Wolfenstien series, show off some new games still in development, and feature one heck of a huge LAN party.

Quakecon registration is not yet open, however they are taking reservations at the hotel the convention is being hosted at.  If you want to stay at the Hilton Anatole during the convention, they are offering a special $159 a night rate if you mention Quakecon 2013 at the time of reservation.

You can check out all the information on the convention at their Official Website.

Video Game Guide Book Deals February 25, 2013

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You may be familiar with Princess Angel’s video game art book video reviews that we’ve posted on the site.  With all the new games coming out in the next few months, a lot of high quality guidebooks and art books are getting released alongside them.  Maniac got some good deals on some hardcover game guides and art books which we plan to review later on.

If you’re interested in picking up some of these books, here’s where you can currently get the best deals on them, and what you need to do to get the best deal.

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX Coming to North America February 25, 2013

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North American and European Kingdom Hearts fans can let out one big cheer.  Square Enix has announced today that Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX, which was previously only announced for a Japanese release, is now coming worldwide exclusive to the Playstation 3.

The Kingdom Hearts games were released by Square Enix and Disney Interactive to multiple platforms.  They combined the epic history of the Disney characters and movies and melded them with classic characters from the Final Fantasy series.  In the games, you can travel from world to world, revisiting all the classic Disney movies, with the intention to set the worlds right from the darkness that hopes to claim their hearts.

To me, the reason why this series worked so well was because the characters acted exactly as I remembered them from their original stories.  Square Enix did a fantastic job recreating the look and feel of the worlds and the characters that inhabited them.  Many of the original Disney voice over actors reprised their roles for the games, including actors like Jim Cummings, James Woods, and Wayne Allwine.  There were also a ton of special nods all over the place.  For example, Mickey Mouse’s Royal March will play in the background in his castle.  What’s his royal march?  It’s an instrumental version of the Mickey Mouse Club Theme.

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX is made up of the very first Kingdom Hearts game and Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories, both previously released only on the Playstation 2.  A very nice surprise is that Square Enix has promised that they are going to use the Final Mix version of the first game.  That version had a lot of new features and bosses and was never released outside of Japan. To top it all off, a fully remastered HD cinematic movie version of Kingdom Hearts: 365/2 Days is included.

If you’d like to read all the details, you can do it here.

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX is coming Fall 2013 exclusive to the Playstation 3.

Wii U eShop Demonstration February 23, 2013

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Nintendo has just released the second game to their brand new Wii U Virtual Console service, F-Zero.  Maniac demonstrates the Wii U’s Nintendo eShop to help people out in taking full advantage of their thirty cent game special.

Playstation 4 Analysis Part 1 – Hardware February 22, 2013

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The Playstation 4 has officially been announced, and Sony has promised a ton of new features will be coming with this console in order to entice gamers to upgrade.  In this video, Maniac will go over every single detail that Sony has released about their next console’s hardware ranging from the very advanced internal hardware to brand new social features and breaks down the good and bad about everything.

This Analysis is being broken up into two parts.  for the first part, we’re going to talk exclusively about the console itself.  Hardware, features, and the controller.

Stay tuned later this weekend for Part 2, where we will be talking about the games.

Watch Dogs Playstation 4 Demo February 22, 2013

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There probably wasn’t any new game reveal more interesting to the gaming press at E3 2012 than UbiSoft’s Watch Dogs.  Wednesday night, UbiSoft officially announced the game is coming to the Playstation 4.

In a very welcome return to cyberpunk style the game allows the player to travel around an open-world Chicago.  A new system, called ctOS has been implemented with the intention that it will provide peace of mind and security to all of the citizens, solve problems like traffic congestion, and allow law enforcement more flexibility in apprehending criminals.  You have control over this system, and you can do whatever you want with that control.

In this demo, we take a look at all the cool things that we’ll be able to do in this new game, and see how it works on the new hardware.

Watch Dogs has no release date and is coming to multiple platforms including the Playstation 4.

Knack Announcement Trailer February 22, 2013

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The first game announced for the Playstation 4 was interestingly enough a quirky little game which sported a unique art style and gameplay which Sony promises will show PS4 owners the fullest extent to what their platform can deliver.  Developed by Sony Japan, this is Knack.

Knack is coming exclusive to the Playstation 4.