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Super Mario 3D World review

Our favorite Italian plumber is back and better than ever.

When Super Mario 3D World was announced at E3 this year, I was thrilled. After all, my Wii U, which I purchased on launch day, was begging for something new to play. Since I felt that Super Mario Galaxy was the greatest Mario game on the Wii, I had high hopes for 3D World on the Wii U, considering the Galaxy team was behind it.

Super Mario 3D World is a breath of fresh air from the New Super Mario Bros. series that we all know and love (and frankly are getting tired of). I really enjoyed New Super Mario Bros. U (and especially the New Super Luigi U DLC), but I was left wanting something more. I wanted a great 3D platformer. Super Mario 3D World delivered. This is exactly what the Wii U needed right now. Read More…

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VGX award winners

Winners highlighted in bold text.

Most anticipated game

  • Destiny
  • Titanfall
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Watch Dogs

Character of the year

  • Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)
  • Trevor Philips (Grand Theft Auto V)
  • The Lutece Twins (BioShock Infinite)
  • Naiee and Nyaa (Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons) Read More…

Announcements from VGX 2013

Formerly known as the VGAs, the Spike VGX awards are something gamers looks forward to every year. This year’s show brought many announcements. Here’s a list of announcements from tonight. Read More…

The evolution of the PlayStation

Ah, the first PlayStation. When a lot of people think about childhood, the PlayStation was at the center of it. Since that time, the PlayStation has transformed into something that uses technology gamers never dreamed would exist in a video game console. Let’s take a trip down the long, winding road that is Sony’s PlayStation.

The original PlayStation video game console was released in 1994 in Japan and one year later in North America, Europe, and Australia for $299. It transformed the way we play video games today. It featured real-time 3D graphic technology, the fastest processor in gaming, and it introduced CD technology. The controller was revolutionary at the time. It had two thumb sticks and a vibration feature. The top-selling games on the PlayStation 1 were Gran Turismo, Final Fantasy 4, Gran Turismo 2, Tomb Raider 2, and Metal Gear Solid, all franchises which still exist today.
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Contrast review – A flawed, yet memorable experience

Developer/Publisher: Compulsion Games/Focus Home Interactive
Genre: Puzzle-platformer
Available on: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PC
Reviewed on: PlayStation 4
Mode(s): Single-player
Release date: November 15th, 2013

On Nov. 15, the day the PlayStation 4 launched in North America, PlayStation Plus members could download Contrast for free, and non-members could download the indie title for $14.99. When I launched Contrast for the first time on my brand new PlayStation 4, I had no idea what to expect. I knew it had something to do with shadows, but that was about the extent of my knowledge. I ended up enjoying the game a lot, although I wish it had been more polished.

The game follows a little girl named Didi and a mysterious woman named Dawn, who you play as. You quickly find out that no one else can see Dawn, and it’s easy to assume that she is Didi’s imaginary friend. Didi has a complicated childhood. Her parents are separated, she’s home alone a lot while her mom is out working as a singer in a nightclub, and she just wants her parents to be together and happy again. She frequently sneaks out of the house with Dawn to try to mend things between them. Dawn’s ability to shift into the shadows allows her to reach places that Didi could never reach alone. Read More…

BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 1 review

Developer/Publisher: Irrational Games/2K Games
Genre: First-person shooter
Available on: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, OS X
Mode(s): Single-player
Release date: Nov. 12, 2013

BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea is a beautiful fusion of the classic BioShock and the 2013 hit BioShock Infinite. 

While most BioShock fans enjoyed gliding along the skylines in BioShock Infinite, many of them missed the living, breathing underwater city of Rapture that they came to know and love in the first two games. In Infinite’s first story-driven DLC, Burial at Sea, they can experience Rapture in a whole new way.

In Episode 1, you play as an alternate version of Booker DeWitt, a character you know well from BioShock Infinite. He is working as a private investigator when Elizabeth hires him to help her search for a little girl named Sally. Booker and Elizabeth’s relationship is much different this time around. Elizabeth isn’t a scared little girl anymore; in a lot of ways, she’s more brave than Booker is. Also, she looks much different than she did in Columbia. She dons a cigarette and red lipstick, which is appropriate for the 1958 setting.

Rapture is more beautiful than ever before. It’s so enthralling to be able to explore Rapture before its collapse. Rapture is alive and well; peaceful. It took me more than an hour longer to complete the game than it should have because I found myself walking around and exploring Rapture. It was so nice to see the underwater city before its destruction. Read More…

The Evolution of PlayStation (infographic)

The Evolution of PlayStation

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PlayStation 4: First impressions

I didn’t get my PlayStation 3 until 2010, so I thought I wasn’t ready for the next generation just yet. And, to be fair, I am still very happy with my PS3 and I think it has a lot of life left. But, when I played the PlayStation 4 for the first time and held that amazing new controller in my hands, I knew I made the right decision purchasing a PlayStation 4 at launch.

I always thought the DualShock 3 was the greatest controller ever made, until I held the DualShock 4. The biggest improvement is the L2 and R2 triggers; I can actually use those buttons for shooters now! I haven’t used the touchpad for anything yet, but I’m sure it will be useful in future games. I find myself hitting the touchpad when reaching for the start–er, option button, but I’m sure that’s something we’ll all get used to pretty quickly.

Visually, everything is stunning. Killzone looks so incredible, and even Call of Duty looks amazing. I can’t wait to see what Uncharted 4 and other PlayStation exclusives look like on this amazing system.

Currently, the PCR team has Killzone Shadow Fall, Need For Speed Rivals, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Contrast, Warframe, and Call of Duty Ghosts. We will be posting reviews very soon. Stay tuned to PCR for all your gaming needs.

Attention gamers: Stop fighting and enjoy your consoles

Photo: Dude even Microsoft has said congrats to Sony for their launch, why can't us as gamers act like this?

Dear gamers everywhere,

The 8th console generation is finally upon us. The PlayStation 4 is available for purchase, and the Xbox One will be out next week. The Wii U has been out for almost a year, and some of its best games are coming out very soon.

Along with the happiness and excitement that comes with the start of a new console generation, there is anger and hate. Why do we have to argue over which console is “better?” Why can’t we just enjoy what we have?

The bullying occurring between gamers over the new consoles is sickening. When it comes down to it, it’s just a video game console. It’s not something to argue about or bully each other over. Some people prefer the PlayStation 4, and some people prefer the Xbox One. Some, like myself, prefer to have the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Wii U. I like to play everything because I love games. The consoles are irrelevant when it really comes down to it. It’s the games that matter.

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