Category Archives: #videogames

Microsoft E3 2014 Highlights

Microsoft spent most of their E3 pre-show conference running game trailer after game trailer, with little exposition in between, and quite frankly it was a far wiser choice to do so than have too many stodgy old execs trying to be cool. Since the actual E3 expo starts tomorrow, that's a pretty decent strategy. My personal favorite highlights were as follows: TOMB RAIDERScreen Shot 2014-06-09 at 2.07.37 PM   NEW TOMB RAIDER! Lara Croft is back. The sequel to 2012's Tomb Raider is called Rise of the Tomb Raider and the trailer juxtaposes one of Lara's PST therapy sessions with her actual coping mechanisms: raiding, exploring & killing. I can't really count the number of times I said "fuck yes" out loud and in my head during this video. Actress Camilla Luddington is once again breathing life into Lara, providing both vocal talents and motion capture sequences to bring us the best Lara possible. Release date: Holiday 2015, Precise Date TBA

HALO

The Master Chief Collection
*Art made prior to today's announcement. RUMOR CONFIRMED.
Halo: Master Chief Collection! The full next-gen HD remakes of the first 4 Halo games – the ones starring Master Chief, that is – are being collected into one (ONE!) disc and provided for your entertainment. All 4 games are getting the Xbox One HD treatment, and all games will have their original multiplayer experiences (upgraded, of course) included. Not only that, but there are 4000 gamerscore points available through achievements. I plan on getting at least 3000 of them. Pre-ordering the collection will also grant access to a new Halo webseries and more importantly the multiplayer beta for Halo 5: Guardians.

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PROJECT SPARK

xcbefd2zazoy8ufxqpas Project Spark! Conker Returns! (Sort of.) Conker, of Conker's Bad Fur Day fame on the N64 is making a smashing return to the world of gaming in a wonderfully creative way. Project Spark is the game-building game that allows you to create the world and type of game you would want to play, fully populate it with challenges, enemies or both, then play it. Coming later this year as a full release (it's in beta now) the game will now include one of gaming's most irreverently fun squirrels. AW NUTS!

Nintendo Pulls a Rare 2-for-1

620px-Koopalings_Artwork_-_Mario_Kart_8_Without_Background With the release of the latest installment in the Mario Kart series, Nintendo is providing some digital download grace to the masses. Now that Playstation and Xbox are offering free digital downloads on a pretty regular basis, I guess they felt the pressure to get in the game, even at a much more moderate level. When you buy Mario Kart 8 and register the game with your Club Nintendo account (you definitely will need one of those, so go sign up if you haven't already) you're prompted to receive a download code for one free game, from a selection of four; Pikmin 3, Wii Party U, New Super Mario Bros. U, and The Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker are all available for your choosing. [Edit. note: Personally, I would suggest either Zelda: Windwaker or Pikmin 3. I already had Zelda before the offer began and I'd never played a Pikmin game, so I decided to give it a whirl. I like it a lot, as evidenced by the fact that I haven't played Mario Kart 8 since Pikmin finished downloading.] Now, Nintendo isn't going to be rising back to the top of the game anytime soon - or anytime that the Wii U is their primary console - but I at least take gestures like this as attempts to stay relevant, especially amidst such. terrible. decisions. All that said, Mario Kart 8 really is a great new addition to the series, and while the gameplay itself hasn't been revolutionized, the social sharing aspect has been a real treat. After a race, you are given the option to select a highlight reel which you can modify minimally, and share it to Nintendo's own Miiverse and to YouTube. The slo-mo recaps have especially highlighted the care that has gone into character reactions. Luigi, long the put-upon wayfarer of the series, has found new life as a vengeful driver – behold the "Luigi Death Stare": luigi-death-stare-meme-mario-kart-8-01 luigi-death-stare-meme-mario-kart-8-03b The offer is good until July 31st, so you've got plenty of time to take advantage. More details can be found on Nintendo's website.

15 New ‘Arkham Knight’ Images Released!

The clever folks over at eurogamer have put together an HD gallery of 15 new images for Arkham Knight! From what I've read, we're getting serious face-time with the Riddler, like, to the point where his appearance changes through the course of the game (ala Batman's in all the Arkham games)! Add to that some possible time with Oracle, as suggested from the image in the gallery. Holy time-span, Batman! I can't wait to play this! (Side note: Did anyone else know Batman develops a 5 o'clock shadow by the end of Arkham City? I sure didn't.)

Batman: Arkham Knight Teaser Trailer Released!

Holy titillation, Batman! Along with a brand new trailer (below), we now know three tidbits confirmed for Arkham Knight: first, we are now getting a DRIVABLE FRICKIN' BATMOBILE! Second, Kevin Conroy is coming back as the voice of the Dark Knight! Hee! And last but not least, the game has been given back to Rocksteady, the folks who brought us the first two Arkham games! If you're like me, you thought WB Montreal's Arkham Origins -- though decent -- was a major disappointment and needed to die a slow, painful, icy death. I've only played through the story mode once, haven't touched it since. Meanwhile, I've lost track how many times I've gone back to the first two to play again and again. Even after Origins. Gripes aside, I can't wait to get my hands on this!

South Park: The Stick Of Truth IS FINALLY HERE

After a long and arduous ordeal, Matt & Trey's ultimate South Park video game is finally here. Originally conceived years ago, The Stick of Truth was being developed by Ubisoft and was slated to be published by THQ. THQ, however, kinda just died. Legal red tape threw the development process while a new publisher was found, and after pushed-back release date after pushed-back release date, today, March 4th, is the day the game can finally debut without further ado. I've been playing it a bit since this afternoon, and it truly is like playing an episode of the show. It's a turn-based RPG, and surprisingly, it works really well with the medium. I'm admittedly not very well versed in turn-based RPGs, but this one is proving to be pretty fun. The official launch trailer was debuted last night during a special live-tweeted showing of the "Black Friday" episode trilogy. The very last scene of the Game of Thrones-spoof famously referenced the game and after the banner displaying "Coming Soon" appeared on screen, Butters said "yeah and if you believe that I've got a big floppy wiener to dangle in your face." The trailer:  The Stick of Truth is available now for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC.  

Porn & Video Games

I'm excited to announce a very #nerdjizz contest! Starting today, Monday, January 27th, and lasting until February 26th, every person who signs up for a at least a month membership to CockyBoys through a #nerdjizz link will be entered to win a copy of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition.
Jumping for the chance at a free game!
Jumping for the chance at a free game!
It's really that easy. If you sign up for a membership, you get entered to win. Winners will be chosen on the 27th of February and announced the next day! The 28th happens to be the day that the new Tomb Raider comic series launches, so how's that for (completely intended) coincidences!? Join Cockyboys -> Be entered to win Tomb Raider: Definitive! Simple! Curious about the official rules? Click here.

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I’ll Be Goddamned: Pokébank Might Launch This Week

Nintendo just released this bit of information via Twitter within the last hour announcing that *GASP* the Pokémon Bank service has indeed launched in a few Asian countries and that it might just be on its way to North America soon!      

Deals on Xbox 360

I just fired up the ol' Xbox 360 and noticed that there are some pretty decent deals this week for some game downloads if you're a Gold member. Witcher 2 - $9.89 Dark Souls - $4.99 Final Fantasy XIII-2 - $6.59

Hey Baby, I’ll Raid Your Tombs

Lara Croft is one of my personal heroes. I loved the original Tomb Raider when I was a kid because there was a pretty heavy emphasis on running and jumping and action. I grew up with a huge back yard, and an adjacent forest so big, the limits of my imagination were never reached. Lara was the first high-profile digital representation of a non-cartoonish, non-hetero male, non-militaristic, non-space-suited protagonist. Sure she had quite a few qualities which are not quite relatable – she's an heiress, has a wildly exaggerated bust size, and is essentially an olympic-level gymnast. But still she provided, for me at least, an engaging fantasy avatar. Crystal Dynamics relaunched the series last year bringing a more somber tone, a multilayered heroine and an engaging combat system. Camilla Luddington of Grey's Anatomy lent her voice to this new Lara, and quite frankly, it's some of the best voice acting in a video game and rivals some of the top talent in a year of utterly amazing voice work in video games.  
Sage advice.
Sage advice.
Reach for it.
Reach for it.
Among the ruins.
Among the ruins.
The key to a good torch is waterproofing.
The key to a good torch is waterproofing.
Can you hear me now?
Can you hear me now?
Unsatisfied to let a good thing rest on its laurels, Crystal Dynamics rebuilt the entire game from the ground up to introduce it to the next generation of consoles, specifically the Xbox One and the Playstation 4. Since both new consoles utilize completely different and more advanced processors than the generation prior, a simple port wouldn't suffice.  IGN offered a comparison between previous and current gen versions: This is a game that I've already completed three times because I loved the narrative and the gameplay so much, so it's a no-brainer that I'm going to pick up the Definitive Edition for my Xbox One when it launches next week. Hell, I bought the collectors edition last time around with the Lara Croft action figure. Yep. Not even sorry about it. I very seriously recommend you play Tomb Raider if you haven't already – especially if you've never played any of the previous games. It's such a wonderful new start for Lara. It is the reboot by which all reboots should be judged. AND there's a comic book being released next month to serve as an official bridge between the end of this game and the beginning of next! It's being written by Gail Simon of Batgirl, The Movement, Birds of Prey, Red Sonja, and Secret Six fame, so I have full faith the story will be handled expertly.
Tomb Raider #1 Coming Soon - Gail Simon, Dark Horse
Tomb Raider #1 Coming Soon - Gail Simone, Dark Horse
  Check back here later today for an exciting announcement from #nerdjizz regarding your chance to own a copy of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition.