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In The Game: ‘Shadow Of the Colossus,’ ‘The Darkside Detective’ Reviewed

For the gamers out there, the last few weeks have seen some fun releases hit digital and physical store shelves. One was a pretty big deal, the other has gone a little under the radar – depending on your system, they’re both well worth your time. Read the rest of this entry

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5AM Gaming: Reconsidering the Gentle Zen of ‘No Man’s Sky’

Hello. Nice to meet you. My name is Monica. I’ve been playing video games for 33 years and 55 days. I can still remember the exact moment the bug hit me: Christmas Eve, 1984. My first computer. I was eight years old.

If we were in a Gamers Anonymous meeting that would be my greeting to you.

So, to summarize:

1) I’m old, and yes, I own that shit
2) I’ve watched the gaming industry and games themselves grow and evolve over the course of my entire life. And I played my way through it all, from the cartridges I jammed into the back of my Commodore 64 to the floppy diskettes of games I covertly traded with my elementary school friends on the playground, through the early consoles and hand-helds and back again, and then to smartphones and tablets. These days my preferred gaming rig is a souped-up PC. Consider it my mothership. It’s where the magic happens.

Perhaps an apt name to give it, considering my introductory column will be a 2018 revisit of the 2016 space exploration title No Man’s Sky, the expansive open universe game that (perhaps) got an unjustly bad rap upon its release, but in the wake of two years of updates and evolution certainly warrants a current-day revisit, especially if you purchased it back then and quickly abandoned it to collect dust on your shelf.
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E. A. Henson’s Faves of 2017

When the prospect of putting together a piece on my favorite things of 2017 presented itself, I jumped at the chance. Then I almost immediately regretted it because 2017 has been a waking nightmare from which there was no escape. OR HAS IT?

While it’s super important for me to “stay woke” (as the kids say) and stay angry, it’s exhausting. So when I began to think back over the year and how I coped with it, my chosen methods of escapism began to float to the top. Let’s have a look.

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New Trailer for ‘LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2’ Out Now!


Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today released a NEW trailer for LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2, diving deeper into the original branching storyline featured in this all-new LEGO adventure.
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Take a Virtual Reality Tour of the ‘City of Ghosts’

Over the weekend the Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories (FIVARS) took over the House of VR in Toronto.
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Knack 2: Platformer Sequel Finds Its Footing

Out today exclusive to PlayStation 4 is Knack 2. It’s a fun platformer, a sort of cross between the Lego games and Uncharted via Ratchet and Clank, with goblins and robots to keep you punching. The original, one of the first titles to come out for the PS4, was pretty pedestrian. Does the second instalment follow in its predecessor’s plodding footsteps, or does Knack 2 punch above its weight? Meet me after the… wait for it… jump! to find out.

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BBP! Guide To Fan Expo Canada 2017: Preview #FXC17

There’s a well-known, partly tongue-in-cheek saying, that every Torontonian knows: The City of Toronto sees two seasons – winter and construction.

With the gut-bursting pop culture excitement of this coming long weekend, I’m wondering if we can’t add a third season into the mix, even if it is a relatively short one! Canada’s largest and most anticipated pop culture experience that ranges from comic books to movies and television to anime to gaming to toys…and so much more… is finally back!

Fan Expo Canada 2017 is here!

After waiting through twelve months of winter and construction, the most eye-popping weekend of the year begins on Thursday at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and runs through Sunday afternoon. And, of course, Biff Bam Pop! will be there!

Here, then, is our prelude to all the sights, sounds, symposiums, breakout sessions, photo-ops and merchandise you need to experience over the coming four days…

With an expectation of over 129,000 people in attendance this year, make sure you hydrate, wear comfy shoes, and follow us around the pop culture floor of Fan Expo Canada 2017!

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War Mobile Announced with Pre-Registration

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced that Middle-earth: Shadow of War mobile, a free-to-play real-time RPG continuing Talion’s journey through Mordor, will feature iconic characters from Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, including Celebrimbor, Eltariel, Gimli, and Boromir and many more fan-favourites. Meet us after the jump for more details.

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Shaun Hatton on ‘Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers’

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It’s strange to think that the first fighting game I ever played, Street Fighter II, is still going strong to this day. It helped spawn the fighting game craze of the 1990s yet stayed relevant throughout the arcade fighter boom thanks to updated versions and home console releases. The game’s most recent incarnation, Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers, is both an updated take and a home version but also a portable version. This alone makes it worth your attention, even if you’ve only ever had a fleeting interest in the series.

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Marvel and Square Enix #Reassemble the Avengers

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Marvel Entertainment and Square Enix announced today a multi-year, multi-game partnership, leading with the reveal of The Avengers project. This newly established partnership pairs the creative minds at Marvel and Square Enix for one of the most powerful alliances in interactive entertainment.

A game based on beloved Marvel heroes, The Avengers project is being crafted by Crystal Dynamics – longtime developers of the award winning Tomb Raider series – in collaboration with lauded Deus Ex developer Eidos-Montréal.

The Avengers project is being designed for gamers worldwide and will be packed with all the characters, environments, and iconic moments that have thrilled longtime fans of the franchise. Featuring a completely original story, it will introduce a universe gamers can play in for years to come. More details on The Avengers project and other games will be announced in 2018.

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