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Days Gone – Preview Accolades Trailer March 18, 2019

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At E3 2017 we had the pleasure to preview Days Gone on the PS4. The game had a lot of promise and from the looks of it, the game has gotten better since then. It’ll be out next month, and the previews have already started. This new trailer includes some of the snippets from the recent previews, enjoy!

Days Gone is coming April 26th, 2019 exclusively to the PS4.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection Coming to PC With Halo: Reach March 12, 2019

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Got some enormous news for you guys today! The Halo franchise has included some of the finest games that have ever been made, and now those games are coming to the PC through Steam and Games for Windows. Earlier today, Microsoft and 343 Industries announced Halo: The Master Chief Collection is going to be ported to PC. Originally released on the Xbox One, The Master Chief Collection included all of the numbered Halo games from Halo: Combat Evolved through Halo 4.

The biggest news I can reveal about this version of the game is it will also include Halo 3: ODST (which is DLC on the Xbox One) AND Halo creator Bungie’s Final Halo game, Halo: Reach. Microsoft says they’re going to release the PC game in stages, with Halo: Reach coming to the PC first, and the rest of the games in the Halo series coming out in the order of their original release.

I can’t say how happy I am to read this announcement. I’m looking forward to seeing all of the enhancements that will be coming to The Master Chief Collection, and to play Halo: Reach on the Xbox One on this updated game engine. This will likely make a LOT of PC gamers happy, as PC-only gamers have been requesting Microsoft port classic Halo games to the PC for years now. Halo: Combat Evolved got a PC port in 2003, and playing it for the first time that year turned me into the Halo fan I am today. Halo 2, my favorite game of the franchise, got a PC port in 2006 but received very poor sales due to its requirement of the terrible Windows Vista operating system. Since then, major Halo releases remained console only, despite the demand from PC players for great FPS games.

The single-player and firefight components of Halo: Reach will be coming to the Xbox One version of Halo: The Master Chief Collection as Premium DLC. The other multiplayer components of it will be added to the game free of charge.

This news really makes me feel like celebrating. Maybe I could host a live stream of the Xbox One version of the game next week? Who’s down for some old school Halo?

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is coming soon to PC and is out now on Xbox One.

DISSIDIA Final Fantasy NT Free Edition Out Now on Steam and PS4 March 12, 2019

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DISSIDIA Final Fantasy NT has had a rough start since it initially launched as a PS4 exclusive game. We enjoyed previewing it during our trip to E3 2017 but became frustrated with the game around the time it launched a public beta test. Having a low player count can be a difficult thing for a multiplayer fighting game to overcome, and Square Enix has made a big decision about that. Starting today, Square Enix is offering a Free-To-Play version of DISSIDIA: Final Fantasy NT on PS4 and Steam. The free version is multiplayer compatible with the full retail release and will offer a rotating roster of playable characters (similar to Killer Instinct on the Xbox One).

Steam and PS4 players will be able to upgrade the free version of the game to the full retail release for a one time fee. PS4 players will require PlayStation Plus accounts to play the Free version of the game online.

DISSIDIA Final Fantasy NT is out now for the PC and PS4.

Gaming History You Should Know – The PokePark March 10, 2019

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It’s Sunday, Happy Mario Day everyone! I know I should coincide today’s look at Gaming History You Should Know with something Super Mario related, but this piece of gaming trivia is too good to ignore.

Ever since Nintendo signed a deal with Universal Studios, Theme Park fans have been eagerly anticipating Pokémon coming to a theme park in some way. Very few people remember that Pokémon have previously appeared in a Theme Park of their own, because the Park only existed for a brief time. I’m talking of course about the PokéPark, which operated in Japan in 2005 and in Taiwan in 2006.

But what was the PokéPark? What could you do in it? How much did it cost? The YouTube Channel Expedition Theme Park is one of the definitive YouTube Channels I look at when researching the history of Theme Parks, rides, and attractions all over the world. I don’t know if it was because I requested it or not, but almost a week after I asked him to look into the history of the PokéPark this video was posted! Check it out.

This is a great video. Thanks again to Expedition Theme Park for letting us feature them today! If you wanted to look up information about any theme parks, whether they’re defunct or still operating, I totally recommend checking them out.

Crackdown 2 Now Backwards Compatible and Free On Xbox One March 10, 2019

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Crackdown fans have been clamoring for Microsoft to offer backwards compatibility for Crackdown 2 so they can play the game on the Xbox One since Crackdown 3 was released. Yesterday, Microsoft came through and made Crackdown 2 playable on the Xbox One. To celebrate its release, Microsoft is offering the full digital version of Crackdown 2 completely free of charge on the Xbox Live Marketplace. Get it right now while it’s still free!

If you miss out on downloading the game during its free sale, since the game is fully backwards compatible now that means original Xbox 360 discs of the game will also work on the Xbox One.

Crackdown 2 is out now on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

PS4 Firmware 6.50 Released – Remote Play on SmartPhone Support Expanded March 8, 2019

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A major system software update has been released for the PlayStation 4. The new version, 6.50 adds a Remote Play feature for compatible smartphones and tablets. Remote Play is not a new feature and was even offered on the PS3. However, on that console there were big limitations and few games actually supported it. Today, that changes.

Before today, PS4 Remote Play was only supported by the PlayStation Vita and a very select group of Sony Smartphones. Now that the Vita has ceased production (and by all accounts was an unfortunate failure) it looks like Sony is bringing this feature to the vast majority of handheld phones that can make use of it.

The 6.50 update is required to use the PlayStation Network. You’ll need to download the official Sony Remote Play app to use the feature with your smart device.

Kid Icarus Coming to Nintendo Switch Online in March March 5, 2019

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If you are a member of Nintendo Switch Online, Nintendo has a library of classic NES games you will be able to play on the Switch. Today, Nintendo has just revealed two classic NES games will be coming to the Switch Online service. One of them is Kid Icarus, the other is StarTropics.

Gaming History You Should Know – Sonic the Hedgehog’s Theme Park Legacy March 3, 2019

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It’s Sunday, and that means the time is right for an all new look at Gaming History You Should Know, where we highlight some of the best independently produced content about gaming history. Today, we will be looking at the work of video creator Badnik Mechanic, and his videos about the blue streak that comes seeking through, Sonic The Hedgehog!

In the early to mid-90s, SEGA dominated the gaming landscape. The SEGA Genesis console was the first commercially successful 16-Bit game console in the United States, and a big reason for the console’s success came from the console’s hit game, Sonic the Hedgehog. Sonic quickly became the Genesis console’s official mascot and a slew of new games starring the blue hedgehog would get released on a regular basis. The launch of new Sonic games quickly became major events, and SEGA held special events to celebrate their release featuring the characters they created. Over the years there have been dozens of official Sonic costumes that have been used at press events and theme parks. Badnik Mechanic painstakingly documented each and every one of those costumes, where they were used, and talked about how accurate they are.

Anyone who lived in the mid-90s knows the rest of the story. Following the success of his games, Sonic’s popularity exploded into other mediums. At least two different Sonic The Hedgehog cartoon shows were broadcasted, tons of Sonic comic books hit shelves, and I even remember some young adult Sonic novels were sold in bookstores. However, that’s not where Sonic‘s popularity stopped. A big component of Theme Parks are the attractions and shows and there have been Sonic the Hedgehog themed stage shows at various venues all over the world. This is a rare honor for a video game, as I can only think of two other game properties, Pokémon and Mortal Kombat, which had a live-action stage show. Once again, Badnik did a meticulous history of all the shows he could find, enjoy.

Sonic‘s theme park history is not limited to mere stage shows and character meet and greets. Alton Towers is one of the most popular theme parks in the U.K. and it has been the subject of many in-depth documentaries. What I didn’t know was that at one point it actually had a Sonic The Hedgehog roller coaster based on Sonic Spinball. Where I’m from, we typically name roller coasters after superheroes, so naming a coaster after the Blue Blur seems like a no-brainer. Let’s see how it happened and what it was like!

If you’d like a closer look at the Sonic The Hedgehog themed suite you could book at the Alton Towers hotel, Badnik Mechanic got a closer look at it when he stayed at the hotel a few years ago. Take a look!

Outside of the US, Sonic’s popularity branched out even further. SEGA opened a series of popular arcades in the U.K. called SEGA WORLD. The places were gaming utopias filled with SEGA arcade machines and tons of decorations featuring SEGA’s most popular characters. People from the states who grew up in the 90s would have a better time equating them to the more recent Dave & Busters arcade chain. Sadly, many of these arcades are no longer in operation, or have lost their license with SEGA. With all this hard work and high quality crafting going into creating Sonic the Hedgehog decor for these venues, do any of them still exist? Yes, at least one or two of them have been found. Here’s a video detailing the history of a rare statue found somewhere in the mountain roads of Japan.

So that is our look at the history of Sonic’s Theme Park Legacy! I want to thank Badnik Mechanic for letting me feature his work on this site. You should totally check out his videos, they’re well written, well researched, and well edited. If you ever were a fan of Sonic The Hedgehog his videos are a great trip through memory lane.

Kingdom Hearts PSVR Experience Out For Free March 1, 2019

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Sony teased that they would have an exclusive piece of Kingdom Hearts software out for free on the last day of February. The catch was that to play it, you needed a PSVR. In it, you can witness and replay some of the biggest moments from the Kingdom Hearts games in VR.

Now, we can confirm it is up on the PlayStation Store and it can be downloaded completely free of charge. The game weighs in at around 3.5GB and requires the PSVR and PlayStation Camera to work.

Kingdom Hearts PSVR is out now only on the PS4.

Control – Remedy Studio Tour March 1, 2019

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The star of Control, Jesse Faden, stepped out of her game to give us a tour of Remedy’s newest offices! Remedy is responsible for creating amazing games like Max Payne, Alan Wake and Quantum Break. Take a look and enjoy!

Control is coming later this year to PS4, PC and Xbox One.