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Green with NVIDIA!

A new challenger has arrived!  Please, welcome SHIELD!

Look at this sexy mo-fo!

The Titan Trifecta of gaming consoles (Nintendo, PlayStation, and Xbox) will soon have to face NVIDIA in battle.  The visual computing company will release the first considered world’s Android TV console: SHIELD.  No release date has been confirmed yet in the U.S.  However, I am awaiting anxiously to see how this console will prove itself in the gaming world market.  SHIELD will unleash the power of “supercomputer” technology in a cloud system (i.e., the GRID) letting the consumers not only stream the PC games, but also play Android games and watch high quality videos.  And with a 3GB memory I say that’s more than doable.  NVIDIA’s goals with SHIELD include to infuse PC quality graphics to games available for the system.  As if that is not impressive enough, SHIELD will hold the capability of diverse gameplay like supporting multiplayer options.

Look at that controller how sexy and sleek it is! -Drools.-

You’re probably asking yourself, “What games could possibly make me want to even consider buying this thing?”  Thankfully, I am here to answer that question!  Available on Google Play you will have access to Crysis 3, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Resident Evil 5, and Doom 3.  IF that is not good enough, the GRID will give graciously let you play Batman: Arkham Origins, Boderlands 2, and Ultra Street Fighter IV just to name a few.  And all this in a CLOUD?! A CLOUD!  Think about this for a second…  What is also a promising factor, which I have mentioned before in some of my entries, is that NVIDIA has listened to the gaming world inhabitants.  SHIELD was developed with feedback provided by gamers from all over for specifics like graphics, processing power, accessibility, and comfort when playing with controllers.  Hence, the slogan “Made To Game.”

What are your thoughts about SHIELD?  Is it here to stay?  Let me know on the comments below and don’t forget to Like and Share!  Until next time!

See you around!

 
 

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The Zeries of Zelda

The Zeries of Zelda

These first two months of 2015 have brought much promise to the land of Gaming across all platforms.  And now, we are taking over the television realm!  …Or maybe not, but we’ll play along as much as we can because, well, we can.

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Returning to Lon Lon Ranch
Photo by The Zelda Project (www.thezeldaproject.net)
Photo series: Lon Lon Ranch

It has been rumored that a partnership between Netflix and Nintendo has sprouted and a The Legend of Zelda live action series is in the works.  It has definitely been a “Break the Internet” phenomenon earlier this month.  People being both excited and fearful.  Why is that, you might ask.  Well, let’s say Nintendo does not have a “hot” record when it comes to adapting their games to the screen.  For example, we can recall the cartoon series for The Legend of Zelda and the one for Mario Bros.  We also have the Mario Bros. movie which I am still battling my own brain cells in attempts to forget I watched the whole thing at one point in my life.  All of the above…  No.  Just no.

Though skepticism is all around, I for one will stay positive.  There are marvelously well-done movies involving fantastical and magic aspects that can serve as inspiration like The Lord of The Rings and Harry Potter.  On that note, there’s also a wonderful group of photographers and film makers under the name The Zelda Project who have done a beautiful job in bringing the world of Hyrule and its inhabitants to life. I encourage you all to check them out.  Moreover, The Legend of Zelda’s storyline has a great plot and characters full of life. I am certain Nintendo has the budget to make this series phenomenal and groundbreaking.

There is one major challenge I believe the team involved in the creation of this series will have to face: Link’s personality.  Throughout the games (and I’m not counting the cartoon series because no) Link’s personality is more of an extension of the player.  You get to decide what to do; when to do it; and how to do it.  We don’t even know how Link’s voice sounds except for his sighs and grunts.  He’s a very blank pallet – that can be very easily fucked.

But what do you think about this Zelda series?  Do you think it will happen?  Would you binge watch?  Let me know on the comments below!  Also, remember to Like and Share.

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Posted by on February 28, 2015 in New World Unlocked

 

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You only have weak masks…

Let me tell you a story…

Yes, you are not hallucinating.  Above is the trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask – remake for the Nintendo 2DS and 3DS systems which is to be release in Spring 2015.  Although I am not that much of handheld devices anymore, I have to admit this game might just reanimate that dead passion.  Majora’s Mask if by far one of the most greatest and darkest games in the history of TLOZ games.  It is unbelievable to think such masterpiece was developed in around 18 months back in the year 2000.

 

The mask that was stolen from me…  It’s called Majora’s Mask.

It is said that an evil and wicked power is bestowed upon the one who wears that mask.

The game opens with a Salesman recounting his tragic loss of an ancient artifact stolen from him known as Majora’s Mask.  What happens next?  Of course you are asked to retrieve it to prevent the impending catastrophe…  Only having a span of 3 days to do so.  The power of Majora’s Mask has summoned the Moon to descend violently into the land below causing complete annihilation. Link must used his honed Warrior of Time skills and magic to save the world of Termina from an apocalyptic doom.  That’s the game in a nutshell. However, it brings so much more!  Throughout the game, you will be confronted with the social psyche of what individuals facing crisis exhibit.  For example, you will meet characters who are in panic because the Moon is about to kill everything in sight, while others are in complete denial and rationalized the the very end how the celestial body with the psychotic grin is not a threat.  I believe that aspect alone – raw human behavior – makes the game worth while.  Also, the game revolves around different masks you can acquire in your travels.  Each mask having it’s own unique story – whether depressing, heroic, or down right silly.  Another unique aspect of the game is how it does not feature Zelda, Hyrule, Ganon, or the Triforce; completely throwing a curve ball to its predecessors.  One final thing I want to make sure I highlight it the music.  Oh, how AMAZING the musical scores are!  Koji Kondo and Toru Minegishi were brilliant!  Do yourself a favor and if you do not want to buy the game, get the soundtrack – it will be an out of body experience.  That good.

 

As if the excitement to see this game reborn wasn’t enough, different limited edition bundles will be sold around the world.  Mainly, what you want to be looking out for is this:

Limited Edition Majora’s Mask 3DS (above) and Skull Kid figurine (below).

 

 

Have you ever played Majora’s Mask?  Are you anticipating this remake?  Let me know on the comments below!  Please, remember to Like and Share this post if you enjoyed it even a little.  I won’t lie: getting notifications on my entries make me feel and warm and fuzzy on the inside.

See you around!

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2015 in Fanboy

 

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A peek into the future: 2015

As the New Year comes upon us, so will a beautiful roster of games.  After much reading, I have composed a list of what I believe to be the most anticipated games for 2015.  I’m highlight the Top 5 games I am most excited about because I am a fanboy and I can.  The others, I will leave the names and trailers (as available) for all of you to enjoy.  Now, without further delay, here it is:

The Most Anticipated Games for 2015 by LouCyo

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture

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Yes, I know.  Religion.  However, I cannot deny my fascination for controversial religious themes. This first-person game will feature the stories of 6 characters facing the Rapture events. The psychological-heavy atmosphere will deal with the aftermath of people left behind with no glimmer of hope…  Can’t wait to see what the apocalypse has in store for us!

Mighty No. 9

Now this one also causes me a level of anxiety.  Don’t get me wrong, I am STOKED for Mega Man to return.  He deserves it. But, after so many Mega Man game cancellations, I am scared this is just a rushed title for money making purposes and turning out to be an utter pile of shit.  Nonetheless, this game has so much potential; so much melancholy…  I am ready to annihilate some androids!

Silent Hills

Silent Hill.  Norman Reedus.  What more can you ask for?  I know what: information!  There’s barely any background on this game. What we know is that there’s an unknown protagonist – portrayed by Norman – who awakens in a house and chatracteristic Silent Hill supernatural events begin to occur.  Hopefully, my hype will match the actual game.

Star Fox

I am eager, but pissed about this one – and I admit it is because of the fanboy screaming inside of me.  I’m angry because there’s not an actual game trailer showing the level of interaction with the controls (especially the GamePad); any features within the game (e.g., multiplayer); or how the graphics look like.  Therefore, the only thing we can do is sit tightly and wait…  Wait…  And wait…  SO annoying.

The Legend of Zelda Wii U

YES!  YES!  YES!  One of my Nintendo passionate obsessions is TLOZ games for consoles so I am extremely overjoyed with this. The gameplay will most likely involve  Link being reborn; Zelda will be ruling Hyrule; and Ganondorf finding a way to break whatever seal kept him locked away and now he will seek revenge.  To be completely honest, I could not care less if that’s the case because Nintendo always does such a masterful job bringing the Triforce characters back in new and alluring ways.  Watch the trailer and drool over the vast new world we will aid Link in his travels.

Arkham Knight

Battlefield Hardline

Bloodborne

Below

Let It Die

Dying Light

Game of Thrones

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

Quantum Break

Hotline Miami 2

King’s Quest

Homefront: The Revolution

Mario Maker

Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain

No Man’s Sky

Overwatch

Persona 5

Project Cars

Rime

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Scalebound

Devil’s Third

Halo 5 Guardians

Evolve

Crackdown

Battlecry

Star Wars Battlefront

Assassin’s Creed: Victory

Mortal Kombat

The Order: 1886

Pillars of Eternity

Splatoon

Tides of Numenera

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Tom Clancy’s The Division

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Xenoblade Chronicles X

Yoshi’s Woolly World

Dead Island 2

How many of these titles are on your wishlist?  Let me know on the comments below!  Don’t forget to share this post with others that might need a broken down list. See you around!

P.S. – Last post of the year!  I want to take a few moments to say thank you.  Thank you for always reading my posts, commenting, and sharing them – it keeps me motivated!  Happy New Year 2015!

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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After a day of Smashing…

HOLY SHIT!  If I’ve ever been at the border of experiencing full-blown mania, it happened yesterday – thanks Nintendo!  Super Smash FUCKING Brothers for the Wii U hit stores yesterday!  First thing you need to know: YOU CAN USE GAMECUBE CONTROLLERS!  Praise the Lord, Buddha, or whatever divine entity you believe in!  Yes, you need an adapting dock to connect to the Wii U to use the GC controllers, but whatever.  I’ll take anything that does not involve the fucking Wii Remote.  Can’t wait for that shit to die…  Anyhow, back to the game!  Super Smash Brothers for the Wii U, apart from having an impressive starting roster of 30+ amazing characters, is GORGEOUS!  That HD is no joke.  I probably played with every single character on each stage all in one night.  The aesthetics of this game go far beyond the last Super Smash Brothers game that I couldn’t contain myself – I needed to see it ALL!  Now for some highlights before I got back to spend the next hundreds of hours of my life playing this game:

  • Peach still sucks. I don’t understand WHY Melee Peach was not brought back. But she looks prettier.
  • Samus and Zero Suit Samus are two different entities, thank goodness. Now I can go about my day with not worrying dismantling armor.  The same with Zelda and Shiek.
  • Little Mac is actually surprisingly good.
  • 8-Player battles are a shit show – but in a good way.
  • Characters have much more skins and some are extraordinarily beautiful (e.g., Samus’s Light Suit).
  • Interactive stages are more brutal than ever before, especially Kalos Pokémon League:

Pokémon battles got real dangerous…  and quick!

 

Let the battle royale continue!

See you around!

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2014 in Fanboy, New World Unlocked

 

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Hyrule Warriors – A Review by Lou-Cyo

“The Triforce is the harmonious union of Power, Wisdom, and Courage.”

…a hero clad in green would restore peace to the land.”

Warning: As always, here’s the complimentary “read at your own risk because there will be spoilers” message.  With that, lets get down to business.

Overview: The land of Hyrule is facing dark times yet again by the hands of malevolent forces.  Enemies of the Royal Hylian Family are on a quest to reconcile the 4 fragments of the Evil Spirit: Ganondorf.  Once the Evil Spirit materializes, it will begin a quest to gather the fractions of the Triforce to rule the Land of Hyrule under a midst of evil and terror.  It is up to Link and his allies to travel through perilous terrains and engage in tenacious battles to maintain the wicked forces at bay.

Sorceress Cia and the Triforce

Gameplay: Hyrule Warriors has the options of using the Wii U’s GamePad or any Wii U compatible controller.  Personally, the Pad is a buzzkill if you’re a person who looks at the map in these types of open world games – the map so minuscule you can barely see entrances.  Memorizing the controls is effortless.  You may have a tough time memorizing the combo moves for each character, but that’s about it.  There’s 4 difficulties: Easy, Medium, Hard, and Hero; and I have to say each of them live up to there names.  Hero mode is NO JOKE – learn your dash and block.  The game has Legend Mode, which is basically the story of the game.  Adventure Mode deals with challenges you complete to obtain new, powerful weapons and characters.  Lastly, Free Mode let’s you play any mission with any character unlocked.  Hyrule Warriors not only promotes the importance of battling for the forces of light, but also engulfs the player on the other side of the battle field and get a taste of the darkness.  Classic items like Bombs, Hookshot, Boomerang, and Potions are available.  Hyrule Warriors is a level based game.  This is where the Training Dojo comes in handy – where you can pay to level up characters.  Blacksmith services are available to create custom weaponry.  Weapons add attack power to your character and/or special skills (e.g., material droppings ratio increase) that take effect in the battle field.  Some weapons have “locked skills” and you will have to meet certain requirements to “unlock” the skills.  Normally, it is killing a certain amount of enemies with that specific weapon.  There is also a Badge system which lets you gain new skills for each character by collecting specific material drops from your enemies.  Characters also get combo moves and special attacks each unique to each character.  Hyrule Warriors also supports 2 player mode, one uses the Pad while the other person gets the television screen, for every scenario.

 
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 The Cast

LouCyo’s reaction: Overall, Hyrule Warriors gets a 8.5.  Just to get it out of the way: the GamePad-Map issue mentioned earlier in this post is totally warranted.  It’s annoying.  Apart from that, even though Hyrule Warriors is not a breakthrough game, it is a nice twist to the usual gameplay of all prior Zelda games.  Especially by letting you take control over a plethora of characters which were always at a arm’s reach, but never accessible.  Playing as anybody in the Hylian world but Link is actually exciting – refreshing in some way.  Getting a chance to actually watch the abilities and celestial powers of well known characters like Zelda or Impa themselves is mind blowing.  While we’re on the “classic icons” wagon, you’ll also get to see legendary enemies like Fire Breathing King Dodongo and Arthropod Cyclops Monster Gohma in a whole new light.  Again, refreshing.  Moreover, characters are not limited to one type of weapon.  For example, not only is the Hero in Green skilled with blades, but also he masters the arts of magical rods and gauntlets.

One of the features I thoroughly enjoy is being able to play 2-player on this game without having to split the screen is a godsend.  Oh, my how AMAZING it is to not be distracted by the other person!

Players have the choice to storm through the game while on Easy Mode and get to know the twists and turns of this new chapter of Hyrule’s history.  After you “win,” there’s really nothing else to do but side quests.   Side quests are the heart of this game, hands down.  So, unless you’re an anal Gamer (like myself)  and want to collect everything as if it was one of your major life’s goals, you will easily lose interest once you finish story mode.  Without scenarios like the Gold Skulltulas hidden all over and Adventure Mode, the game lacks some luster.  I do want to point out that Adventure mode is challenging.  It is challenging as fuck.  Don’t care how skilled you think you are, it is not easy.  Especially when you get your new characters on level 1 and need to get a defeat 500 bosses on a level just to get a Piece of Heart.  Also, good luck unlocking the Master Sowrd’s skill.  I dare you.

 

What do YOU think about Hyrule Warriors?  Am I judging it too harshly?  Let me know!

See you around!

 

P.S. – A friendly warning: Cuccos are still a thing and, yes, they are still evil.

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2014 in Total Score

 

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Happy Hyrulian Birthday to me!

Quick post because it’s my birthday and I am about to go out and celebrate. So, apart from gloating on my existence today, I want to point out that one of the year’s highly anticipated games came out today – the day of MY birthday. Gamers, I present to you:

Did that trailer give you goosebumps or what?!  Not only will we be able to roam around Hyrule kicking ass with Link, but also we have famous characters like Zelda, Princess Ruto, Ganondorf, Midna, Darunia, Sheik, Fi, Impa, Ghirahim, Zant, (and not so famous) Agitha, and Lana as playable forces against whatever enemies we will face in the mystic lands.  Now will forever this game be immortalized along side my birth.  I’ll take it as a birth right!

What surprises will this new gameplay for the TLOZ series will have?  I guess I will tell you later once I devour this game on it’s entirety!  …Or you can pick up your copy and find out!

Are you doing yourself a favor and getting this game?  Let me answer for you: you will.  It’s an order.

See you around!

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Posted by on September 26, 2014 in Fanboy, New World Unlocked

 

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