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Okami HD rewards creativity

- February 16th, 2013

Okami HD is a beautifully rendered argument against the very idea of gaming as mindless violence.

Where other blockbuster games centre around carnage, destruction and personal achievement, Okami HD instead rewards creation and revitalization and selflessness. While the crux of the gameplay involves solving puzzles and fighting monsters, countless hours are also devoted to bringing dead trees back to life, feeding hungry animals and helping restore villagers’ self-esteem.

A vibrant, high-definition re-release of the acclaimed PlayStation 2 and Wii title, Okami HD is set in a fictional world resembling a watercolour painting of classical Japan. The adventure begins when a great evil descends upon Kakimi village and the surrounding land of Nippon. The powerful trees that once warded off bad spirits are left wilted and blackened. The once-lush landscapes are rendered barren and desolate. The people have lost their faith, both in themselves, and in a higher power.

The ancient sun goddess Amaterasu – Ammy for short – is awoken after 100 years of slumber. In the form of a white wolf, she sets about restoring the land. And in completing this quest, the pen – or, more accurately, brush – is mightier than the sword.

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Dragon’s Dogma more action than roleplay

- February 15th, 2013

You’ll climb the backs of giant ogres, desperately hacking and slashing as they try to wriggle you off. You’ll triumph in the glory of slicing a chimera’s snake-tail from its body and watching it writhe in pain. You’ll gobble down health potions as bandits rain explosive arrows down upon you as wolves nip at legs. You’ll curse your luck as you hide in the shadows of a cave, waiting for the sun to come up and the monsters to go away.

But you won’t fall in love. You won’t make friends. And you won’t find yourself lost in a storybook tale within a rich fantasy universe.

Dragon’s Dogma is an action role-playing game that’s heavy on action, but sadly lacking in role-playing. Fortunately, its riveting combat and challenging gameplay mostly make up for a meatless plot and mindless characters that leave the world ringing hollow.

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Ultimate fighting game battle royale: Round 4

- December 4th, 2012

Good day fighting game fans.

Round 3 of the Ultimate Fighting Game Battle Royale has passed us by, and we’re on to the semifinals.

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Our Ferocious Four feature Chun Li vs. Ryu (both of Street Fighter) and Scorpion vs. Liu Kang in a Mortal Kombat showdown. There are a few days left in the voting so be sure to check back this Sunday for the finals.

Once we get a final tally of the Ultimate Fighter, we’ll ask you who we failed to enter in our list of 32 fighters.

Ultimate fighting game battle royale: Round 3

- November 25th, 2012

Hello fellow button mashers. Just a friendly reminder that Round 3 of our fighting game poll is up and running.

We’re down to the Irascible Eight, featuring Ryu, Sub Zero, Jin Kazama, Chun Li, Nina Williams, Liu Kang, Scorpion and M. Bison – vote for your favourites here.

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Once the voting is wrapped up we’ll post the results and Round 4 the following Sunday. Also, when it’s all over, we’ll ask for your input on who should have been included in the voting.

A lot of you were disappointed with the lack of Guile (Street Fighter), Voldo (Soul Calibur) and Shun Di (Virtua Fighter).

In order to capture the more popular characters for future polls, we’d like to hear from you.

Vote! … For the best fighting game character

- November 11th, 2012

Canada’s first and up until recently, with the release of Dead or Alive 5, the only Canuck in the big eight fighting game franchises.

We’re running an Ultimate Fighting Game Battle Royale, and we want you to vote. We’ve picked the four most popular characters from eight of the greatest fighting game franchises, and matched them up against each other.

Admittedly, after the U.S. election, there might be voter apathy out there, but this vote is a little more playful and gamer-friendly.

So which game franchises did we draw our fighters from? Darkstalkers, Dead or Alive, Fatal Fury, Mortal Kombat, Soul Calibur, Street Fighter, Tekken and Virtua Fighter.

The vote will run for the next five weeks. Each round will start on the Sunday of each week. So bring your gloves, and test your might.