Have you been keeping up with the new Darksiders II reviews and updates? Still uncertain about whether you should dish out the dough to buy the game? Check out this Youtube channel that has a walk through of the game. Maybe you will make a decision once you see the game in action.
In this month’s Official Xbox Magazine, fans and skeptics were tossed a controversial bone. While only a rumor, the possibility of a Halo 2 Anniversary Edition is a topic that can either instigate annoyance, or giddy anticipation. I myself am on the annoyed side of the spectrum. Really? I mean, really? The first I can understand, but why remake Halo 2.
I am a fan of the Halo franchise, and have been playing the games since they made their appearance on the original Xbox with Halo: Combat Evolved. As a fan, I found myself quite happy to hear about 343’s venture to remake Halo 1. I enjoyed playing the original Halo, and would even pick it up from time to time to relive the experience, though I would always be annoyed by the graphics of the game.
When they announced the Anniversary Edition I found myself skeptical, wondering if the game industry was going to turn out to be like the film industry, remaking and corrupting legends of the past. I was pleasantly surprised by 343’s efforts to maintain the integrity and authenticity of the game by simply revamping the graphics and textures rather than actually remaking the game from scratch. It followed the original Halo’s gaming experience to a T, and added a few new features such as terminals which explain the events that led up to the Halo games, as well as foreshadowing the story of Halo 4. The Anniversary Edition did its job, making me happy that I bought it. However, I think it should have ended there.
The possibility of a Halo 2 revamp is no where near as pleasing to me as its predecessor was. Unlike Halo 1, which was very primitive in terms of game play and graphics, Halo 2 was quite advanced, especially for its time. While its graphics are not perfect, they are no where near as painful as the first games. Halo 2 was my personal favorite chapter in the saga, and the only complaint that I had, like most fan boys, was the ending which did not have the same closing effect as the first game, or any of the subsequent games. Even so, I think the game is awesome, and perfectly fine as it is.
I mean, what more could they add to it? They could touch up the graphics, bringing it to the standard of Xbox 360 graphics, but what else besides that? More terminals added would be pointless, especially since Halo 4 will probably come after it. Maybe 343 intends to give us perks and a taste of the multiplayer system again, but what would be the point in that, since multiplayer would probably just be using the same engine as Halo 4.
No, I can’t see any real purpose in making a Halo 2 anniversary edition besides to suck more money out of fans. It is this cheesy business tactic that upsets me, not the lack of logic around the games production. Why does 343 want to suck more money out of us? They made reach, remade the first game, and are making Halo 4. These are all great business ventures, but remaking Halo 2 is a sham, without even having the decency to hide its intent. I hope you fan boys get enraged by my opinion and comment below because I really would like to know the point in remaking the second chapter of Halo.
I am hoping that this is all just a silly rumor, because I believe the creation of this game could spell trouble for 343 industries and the Halo franchise. Check out an article on the rumor from Gamerant’s website.
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13 is a special number this year. 13; the namesake of this year’s NCAA Football, but also 13 is the number of uniforms that have been digitized for the Oregon Ducks and their high flying offense! That’s right, with 13 different pre-set uniforms for the Ducks they lead their way into a ranked four position atop the preseason charts in NCAA 13. That’s not all that’s changed with this newest edition of the long-standing franchise. There have been various tweaks, pokes, and prods to this years graphics and animations, but it comes also with the addition of a new mode: Heisman Challenge.
This new Heisman Challenge mode lets you step into the shoes of ten different Heisman winners and play as them–on your favorite team–for a whole season to try and best their own candidacy for the Heisman trophy. Armed with a new reaction time feature–in Heisman Challenge and Road to Glory modes–you can set out on your conquest with a plethora of new throwing and catching animations as well as a slightly overhauled control scheme. Now, like never before, you can see your rise to become a College Football Legend impeded by new difficulty settings in Road to Glory.
This additions do not come without consequences. In making the game better and more realistic, now like never before, you actually must learn to play defense. It’s not all about the high powered offenses and scoring 100 points a game. You need to be aware of the offenses and make the receivers be distracted and run the wrong routes if you are to succeed in stopping your opponent with ruthless efficiency. This also makes running the offense harder and more crucial to have good decision-making skills. If you don’t set before you throw you have a large chance to throw it away or–even worse–an interception.
Graphically there isn’t much to differ from last years, or at least not enough to warrant a buy on graphics alone. There are some obvious lighting improvements, and of course there is the addition of new game day traditions from some schools that were snubbed last year. The rosters are still varied enough to have most of the key players on your team have the right stats and numbers from real life, of course EA would never admit to copying people, but they’re there. With a playoff being instated in 2014 this may be one of the last times you’ll get to see the BCS Bowls in their entirety in a video game. Last, but not least, the majority of your favorite features have returned such as the Mascot Mash Up, Online and Offline Dynasties, and Road to Glory. The only reason to really buy this game is the new Heisman Challenge mode, and of course the new rosters and team uniforms. I’ll leave the decision up to you if it’s worth the buy, but I rate this game a solid 3.9/5.
In NCAA 13, on both sides of the ball, you will be tested more than ever before as blitz’s rain down upon you and short, accurate, throws rules the day. Running the ball is essential and turnovers come at a high cost. In order to get the true experience of NCAA 13, and to fill the void of a summer without College Football, you can pick it up on store shelves on July 10th. Until then I’ll keep your seat warm and Win the Day.
New Toys for the faithful Fan Girls and Boys of Assassin’s Creed III
Over the years, Limited Edition packs have evolved. What started off as a unique box cover with an extra DVD and a little booklet to help satisfy the dedicated fans has evolved into full fledged ‘treasure chests’ brimming with rewards such as unique content, figurines and larger books with exclusive material. Some of the better known Limited Edition packs include Halo 3 which came with a full sized Mjolnir VI helmet replica, Halo Reach with a model statuette of Nobel Team and Skyrim which came with a statuette of Alduine on a Dragon wall.
Now, it seems that Assassin’s Creed III is joining in the ranks of Limited Edition pack makers. In a recent announcement, Ubisoft has revealed the contents in their limited edition packets. That’s right, I said packetS, as in there is more than one. Two packs will be released by Ubisoft, including a Limited Edition packet, and a Deluxe Digital Edition which is reserved for PC gamers.
Limited Edition Packet includes:
- The Game (Obviously)
- Stunning 9.44″ Assassin statue featuring Connor poised to strike with tomahawk and hidden blade.
- Embroidered 28″x48″ Assassin’s Creed-inspired colonial flag.
- 3″x3.25″ sturdy metal belt buckle to proudly proclaim your allegiance to the Assassins.
The total cost for all of these nifty gadget brings the price of the Limited Edition Pack up to $120.00, which may seem to be a tad bit pricey, though super fans would probably believe that cost is no object.
The Deluxe Digital Edition Includes:
- The Game (Once again, obviously)
- George Washington’s notebook revealing his true story during the American Revolution.
- Three single-player missions taking players from the high seas to Cozumel Island in search of Captain Kidd’s fabled lost treasure.
- The Captain of the Aquila’s uniform and traditional Colonial Assassin outfit, boarding axe and Scottish flintlock – rumored to have fired “the shot heard round the world” – for use in the single-player campaign.
- Sharpshooter and Redcoat characters for use in multiplayer.
- A collection of the best audio tracks from previous Assassin’s Creed games.
The total cost of the Deluxe Digital Edition costs a total of $65.oo, which is far more reasonable than the limited edition of you ask me, though gamers won’t receive that statuette, flag, or belt buckle.
Along with revealing these special edition cases, Ubisoft has released a new trailer to commemorate the holiday 4th of July, which is almost upon us!
Anyway, whether you prefer to get the normal game, or the extended edition, at least you know the options!
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Don’t you hate the experience of waiting in line and spending your hard earned cash only to be disappointed? I know I do. Have you ever found yourself debating whether or not you should read a book or watch a show? Have you ever been afraid that all the praise you hear about the newest show or film is simply hype, and that it would be a waste of your time to watch it? Have you ever wondered if you should spend that 60 bucks on a new game that has decent trailers, but unclear reviews?
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As a nerd, I have always found myself in heated discussions with friends about whether something is genius or garbage. Many can relate this experience, and can attest to the fact that in many arguments people fabricate evidence and stretch the truth. It is the goal of the Nerd Nexus to debunk false arguments and show the truth about the dynamics of something, whether it is an original film, game, book or show, or an adaptation of one (or multiple) of the above.
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About the Authors
While I know that I should keep myself extracted from my articles, I feel that you, the audience, have a right to know a little bit about me to aid in legitimacy purposes (Because we all have those friends who question sources when they are proven wrong).
My name is David, I am from the Turks and Caicos Islands, though I currently live in the United States. I am fresh out of college, holding a Bachelor of the Arts degree in the field of Communications. I am a nerd, through and through. I have always been a lover of scifi, fantasy and the paranormal, and this love has woven itself into my personality. I am a huge fan of Star Wars, as well as media that revolves around the concept dystopias [post apocalypse films, Orwell’s 1984, V for Vendetta, etc].
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Hello, I’m the other guy. You know, that guy. The guy you always introduce to your friends because they don’t have any friends you don’t already know? Yeah. That guy’s me.
I’m Dylan, obviously, and I’m from Portland, Oregon. I’m currently enrolled in Portland Community College, and I love to write. My passion started when I was 11 writing as the leader of the sports section for my middle school newsletter. From there I advanced to editor by the time I left for high school. That’s when I started to become a real nerd. I always aced my English classes, and even took a Sci-Fi writing course as well as one in Mass Media. I am one of the Gods of useless information. I know a lot of stuff that nobody would ever want to know until that one time that you’re on a game show and that sucker pops up in a question, but I wasn’t cool enough to be your phone a friend and you lost. Bummer bro.
Oh, and I Love My Ducks. You already know.