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Date Nite – Into the Spider-Verse Review December 13, 2018

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We’ve been covering the ongoing news about Spider-Man for the PS4 for some time now and that is because the game is really that great. Marvel Studios did not have a Spider-Man feature-film in theaters this year, but Sony Pictures Animation has. Into the Spider-Verse is a 3D animated film following the character of Miles Morales, a boy who gets the powers of Spider-Man at the same time his dimension collides with the Spider-Heroes of other universes.

Our host, Maniac, was unable to convince a single person he knew to accompany him to the film. Sony Pictures, it seems, has still left a bad taste in a lot of people’s mouths following The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Is this film worth watching? Was Sony able to produce a decent film? Do not worry, this review contains NO SPOILERS. Watch it and enjoy.

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Travis Strikes Again – Electric Thunder Tiger II Trailer December 13, 2018

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We’ve made it no secret that No More Heroes was one of our favorite games for the Nintendo Wii, and hearing a new NMH game would be released when the Nintendo Switch was announced was a big reason we picked up the tablet console. While we have been hearing news about the game in the past few weeks, we haven’t talked very much about the game here on the site for a few reasons. Today, that ends. Here’s the newest trailer for the game featuring one of the exclusive games Travis will be able to play, Electric Thunder Tiger II!

I have to say it looks like this game will take full advantage of one of the strongest features of the Nintendo Switch, the two independent joy-con controllers function perfectly for couch cooperative play. Couch co-op for the win!

Travis Strikes Again is coming January 18th, 2019 exclusively to the Nintendo Switch.

Spider-Man PS4 Silver Lining Teaser December 13, 2018

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Since the lineup was first revealed, we knew the third and final DLC mission for Spider-Man on PS4 would be released some time this month. We have been waiting a third of this month for any news, previews or release information about that DLC and until then had received nothing. Today, that changes. Here’s the teaser trailer for the PS4-exclusive Spider-Man‘s third and final DLC, Silver Lining.

We will be getting three all new suits included with this DLC mission and it looks like one of those suits is from Sony’s upcoming animated film Into the Spider-Verse. It’s interesting that they waited until today, the day Into the Spider-Verse hits theaters, to make this announcement.

Silver Lining is coming December 21st, 2018 for a price of $9.99 US. It will require the full version of Spider-Man to play. Spider-Man is out now exclusively for the PS4. You can also get the DLC bundled with the other two DLC expansions for a price of $24.99 US.

PS4 System Software 6.20 Released December 12, 2018

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Sony has just released a required system update for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro consoles. The update has no specific features or bug fixes and its update notes merely suggest bug fixes and optimizations are included.

The update weighs in at around 440MB if you already have the previous firmware installed. You will need to update your console to 6.20 to use the PlayStation Network.

Tales From IT – How I Became Known as a Major Company’s iPhone Guy December 11, 2018

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Did you miss us? We are back with an all-new Tales From IT, where our host reveals some of the biggest challenges and greatest successes he’s had working as an IT consultant. Today we will be showing a new side of IT, the one where a company gives you room and board to work for them.

Maniac has fifteen years of iPhone experience but rarely uses it in a corporate setting. It just so happened that a major company he started working for exclusively used iPhone and iPad mobile devices, and the people using them would be in regular need of repairs and upgrades. Since most of his peers at the company were Android exclusive users, they had a disadvantage troubleshooting Apple’s quirks.

The second day of work, a third-party software update was released that bricked a large number of older phones and put them in an endless shutdown loop. Maniac was asked to fix them and if possible to recover the important data locked in each of the broken phones. He succeeded. Within two days his peers referred to him as the “iPhone Guy”. How did he do it? Watch the video below to find out!

Gaming History You Should Know [dot]HACK// Retrospective December 9, 2018

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Last year I became obsessed with the .HACK franchise. Created in an incredible partnership between Bandai and Cyberconnect 2, .HACK was one of the first franchises I had ever seen that was designed from the start to be transmedia. At the same time the .HACK games were being released on the PlayStation 2, there was also an animated TV series that tied into different events happening at the same time of the game. The entire franchise revolves around the lives of the players of a VR MMORPG named (literally) The World.

I remembered fondly watching the initial crucial reviews for the first games in this franchise back when G4TV was in its heyday, but as a PC-only gamer at the time who didn’t own a PS2, I could never afford to purchase the original games for myself. By the time I could, their prices had exploded in the second hand market, once again bringing them out of reach.

Last year, NamcoBandai did a great thing and re-released the second (and arguably most beloved) series in the .HACK franchise, .HACK//G.U., on the PS4 and PC. The original animated series like .HACK//Sign have been re-released as DVD boxed sets. I bought up as much of it as I could. However, the original four PS2 games from the franchise were not re-released, and I was disheartened to know I would be going into a game franchise with a big gap of information.

Enter YouTuber Model, who began work on an in-depth series of .HACK// retrospectives at around the same time I was getting to learn more about the franchise’s history. His videos were incredibly paced and exceptionally well edited, with great production values all around. They have been perfect at filling in the essential gaps left out by BandiNamco’s refusal to re-release many of these classic games. Today, Model released his fourth video retrospective on .HACK// Vol 4, completing his retrospective of the original PS2 .HACK// quadrilogy. You can watch each of them below, with each video covering one of the four games in their entirety. Be aware, there will be spoilers, but my guess is if you’re watching this it’s because you want this information.

I have to admit I am grateful for one thing, the fact that much of the .HACK// franchise has been re-released over the past few years. I’ve even seen soundtrack albums available for purchase at import stores. However, there are still several original games (and one film) that never was released outside of Japan, and these four older games from the first series fetch astronomical prices on the secondhand market. I would prefer to see NamcoBandai (or BandaiNamco) re-release these four fondly remembered games (as well as everything that was previously Japan-Only) on modern systems. They still own the franchise and Cyberconnect2 clearly still has a soft spot for the franchise they created, so there is literally no reason not to.

At some point I would like to take a closer look at the franchise but this is more than enough for now! Special thanks to Model for letting us feature his videos here on the site. You can also read his Twitter here. Great work buddy! Model promises to continue his retrospective series with a look at the .HACK//G.U. games, but he expects those to take a while.

.HACK// Episodes 1-4 are out now exclusively on the PlayStation 2.

Kingdom Hearts III Opening Cinematic December 9, 2018

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The Kingdom Hearts series has a tradition of opening up with a beautifully prerendered CGI movie accompanied by the music of Utada, and Kingdom Hearts III is no different. We may be over a month away from the release of the game, but Square Enix has just released what they promise is the opening cinematic of the game. Take a look, but just be aware this video will probably hit long time fans right in the feels.

Kingdom Hearts III is coming to PS4 and Xbox One on January 29th, 2019.

Devil May Cry 5 Xbox Exclusive Demo Out December 8, 2018

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Microsoft has partnered up with Capcom to release an exclusive Devil May Cry 5 demo exclusively for Xbox One owners. Xbox One X owners will be happy to know the game will support the major features of the X console including 4K and HDR10 support.

You might want to free up some space on your console or consider investing in an external drive because this demo weighs in at just under 8GB.

Devil May Cry 5 is coming to Xbox One and PS4 in 2019.

Avengers 4 Trailer December 7, 2018

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I know this isn’t really a film site, but I just wanted to leave this right here.

Avengers: Endgame is coming to theaters April 2019.

The Game Awards 2018 December 7, 2018

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The Game Awards 2018 was an enormous celebration of the year’s game releases as well as exclusive previews of new games. If you’re like me and had to miss the event due to work, it has been archived on YouTube. The feed says it’s in 4K but I’ve been having issues getting it into that resolution.