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BioShock Infinite Reimagined as a 3.5 hour movie

YouTube user dansg08 took all the gameplay and story elements from BioShock Infinite and turned them into this “movie”

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LEGO City Undercover Review
LEGO City Undercover is an open-world action-adventure game for the Wii U. TT Fusion developed the game.  Nintendo handled the publishing for this Wii U exclusive title. While prior LEGO based video games have taken popular film franchises and LEGO-ized them, LEGO City Undercover’s only has ties the LEGO City branch of toys, but features no strict source material to curb from to create a LEGO-ized story. Will this ability to create an original story be a benefit to the game? Or does the lack of a blueprint mean disaster for this city made of plastic bricks?
For the full review head over to Gaming Illustrated

LEGO City Undercover Review

LEGO City Undercover is an open-world action-adventure game for the Wii UTT Fusion developed the game.  Nintendo handled the publishing for this Wii U exclusive title. While prior LEGO based video games have taken popular film franchises and LEGO-ized them, LEGO City Undercover’s only has ties the LEGO City branch of toys, but features no strict source material to curb from to create a LEGO-ized story. Will this ability to create an original story be a benefit to the game? Or does the lack of a blueprint mean disaster for this city made of plastic bricks?

For the full review head over to Gaming Illustrated

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Rockstar Releases New Images From GTA 5

Though many were likely upset over the delay of GTA 5 from spring to September it looks like the wait will be worth it. Rockstar Games has stated that these screens are taken from the current generation of consoles, and they sure do look good.

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Sam “Samwise” Didier Discusses Everything Blizzard
Sam “Samwise” Didier has been an Art Director atBlizzard Entertainment since 1991 and is responsible for creating and directing the artwork for all franchises that the company has produced, including StarCraft, WarCraft and Diablo. He remains a popular figure in the video game industry and has a reputation with Blizzard fans as being a down-to-earth, approachable face of the company. Gaming Illustrated was granted some time with Samwise Didier hours before the launch of StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm to discuss topics such as his art style, what he looks for in an artist, advice for aspiring artists as well as touching on the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises.
For the whole interview check out Gaming Illustrated

Sam “Samwise” Didier Discusses Everything Blizzard

Sam “Samwise” Didier has been an Art Director atBlizzard Entertainment since 1991 and is responsible for creating and directing the artwork for all franchises that the company has produced, including StarCraftWarCraft and Diablo. He remains a popular figure in the video game industry and has a reputation with Blizzard fans as being a down-to-earth, approachable face of the company. Gaming Illustrated was granted some time with Samwise Didier hours before the launch of StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm to discuss topics such as his art style, what he looks for in an artist, advice for aspiring artists as well as touching on the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises.

For the whole interview check out Gaming Illustrated

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BIT.TRIP Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien Review for Wii U
BIT.TRIP Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien is a hell of a name for a downloadable game. It’s big. It’s delightfully bizarre. It’s complex. And, if anything, it grabs you. Considering the previous and first entry in the series was merely called BIT.TRIP Runner, it’s easy to question why so many nouns and adjectives are thrown in there. To put it plainly, this isn’t just a simple sequel. Gaijin Games is taking their running and rhythm formula and making it into a full-blown experience. But what in the world is a ‘Rhythm Alien’ and is it any fun? 
Read the full review over at Gaming Illustrated

BIT.TRIP Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien Review for Wii U

BIT.TRIP Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien is a hell of a name for a downloadable game. It’s big. It’s delightfully bizarre. It’s complex. And, if anything, it grabs you. Considering the previous and first entry in the series was merely called BIT.TRIP Runner, it’s easy to question why so many nouns and adjectives are thrown in there. To put it plainly, this isn’t just a simple sequel. Gaijin Games is taking their running and rhythm formula and making it into a full-blown experience. But what in the world is a ‘Rhythm Alien’ and is it any fun? 

Read the full review over at Gaming Illustrated

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Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm Release Party Pictures and Report

StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm is the expansion pack released by Blizzard Entertainment on March 12, 2013 with release party events taking place worldwide. Gaming Illustrated attended the event at The Spectrum in Irvine, California, just miles away from Blizzard’s main campus. Heart of the Swarm follows up on Wings of Liberty and follows the popular Zerg race and their leader, Sarah Kerrigan. The story line in Heart of the Swarm is darker, deeper, and more emotional than gamers saw in the previous edition. As the second installment of the StarCraft 2 saga, players will enjoy a new single-player campaign and massive upgrades to the multiplayer experience.

While attending the release party even in Irvine for Heart of the Swarm, our photographer snapped off a few pictures of the event. As compared to the Mists of Pandaria Release Party, the event was much more tame in the crowd and very few people showed up in costumes. It was to be expected because the StarCraft crowd tends to be more competitive gamers looking to make their mark in eSports competitions, while World of WarCraft players tend to be wrapped up in fantasy and cosplay.

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Gaming Illustrated’s Tomb Raider Video Review

Tomb Raider  marks the return of Lara Croft in a publicized and highly commented on reboot of the iconic series that once helped propel Sony’s PlayStation into huge popularity in the 90s. Originally, Core Design created and developed the Tomb Raider series over nine titles and multiple consoles. The original Tomb Raider that launched Lara Croft into the zeitgeist was a huge commercial and critical success. However, each sequel was an example of diminishing critical returns, but due to good branding and familiarity with the iconic character sales stayed strong, until the disastrous Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness. That marked the end of Core Design developing the Tomb Raider series.

In 2006, Crystal Dynamics took over control of the short-short wearing and dual pistol toting archaeologist with Tomb Raider: Legend and its direct sequel Tomb Raider: Underworld. While both games did well with critics, after good sales with Legend, there was a large drop-off with its follow up. The last appearance of Lara was in 2010 in Crystal Dynamics’ Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, which sold well as a digital only title. It has been three years since Lara made an appearance (five since a proper “Tomb Raider” game). Now Crystal Dynamics and Square-Enix (taking control of the series after buying up Eidos) want to re-introduce gamers to a much more realistic, human and 100% less short-short wearing Lara. In the time since Underworld, the landscape that the original Tomb Raider helped shape has changed with the popularity ofNaughty Dog‘s Uncharted series and other similar titles. Will a new look, a more grounded origin story and a modern gameplay system help re-sell the world on Lara Croft?

For the full written review check out Gaming Illustrated

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First Look At the PS4 (DualShock 4) Controller
The controller will feature touch input, a headphone jack, a light bar, and interacts with a stereo camera. The controller also features a Share button which will allow players to upload gameplay videos and images and also stream content online.

First Look At the PS4 (DualShock 4) Controller

The controller will feature touch input, a headphone jack, a light bar, and interacts with a stereo camera. The controller also features a Share button which will allow players to upload gameplay videos and images and also stream content online.