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Saturday, April 19, 2014

MLB 14 The Show for PS4 drops May 6





"The Show" baseball games have always been graphical powerhouses on the PS3, and the 2014 edition will hit store shelves May 6 for the PS4 (PS3 and Vita versions released around opening day). Sony is promising everything is better on the next-gen version: baseball, the cannons, the leather, the wood, the speed. From the few seconds shown in the trailer, Comerica Park looks great, as does everything else.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Catch Pokemon using Google Maps




Sadly, Pokemon don't exist in real life, but as part of their annual April Fools shenanigans Google is offering the next best thing. Those who update Google Maps will be given the opportunity to catch 150 kinds of Pokemon by tapping on them in various locations throughout the world.

It's strangely addicting scouring the earth to catch these creatures. It's also a great way for Nintendo to use smartphones as a sort of advertising tool for their handheld games. Tip: Check out Detroit. Happy hunting.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

PS4 tops 6 million in sales as inFamous: Second Son set for release March 21

Sony's next-gen dominance continues as the company revealed Tuesday the PS4 has topped 6 million in hardware sales. On the software side, they revealed more than 13.7 million retail and digital copies have been sold. It's an impressive start for a system that's been going through a little software drought since launch.

But that will change soon with the exclusive release of inFamous: Second Son on March 24. Developed by Sucker Punch Productions, this is the third main game in the series, which takes place after the good ending of Infamous 2. A lot of gamers have their eyes on this one. Here are some screenshots below.


Quick thoughts on South Park: The Stick of Truth

I've been touring a popular Colorado town in South Park: The Stick of Truth on the Xbox 360. Here are some thoughts on the game.


Fans of the popular and controversial animated comedy finally get the video game they deserve. After multiple duds over the years, The Stick of Truth is the perfect tribute to the Comedy Central show. Written and voiced by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, it captures everything that makes the show great. Honestly, it's so good it should be the last South Park video game ever made.


The combat system is very fun, and features you as the new kid in town along with a partner. Butters helps heal you and can turn into his alter ego Professor Chaos, who performs a variety of flashy moves. Princess Kenny is another fun one, who hilariously charms his enemies. There are also some ... "smelly" attacks to gross out enemies. Parker and Stone thought of everything.

Check out my full review at www.theoaklandpress.com.

Get even tinier thoughts at www.twitter.com/JeffHoard921.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Quick thoughts on Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

I've been collecting thousands of bananas in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for the Wii U. Here are some thoughts on the game.


"Tropical Freeze" plays pretty similarly to the 2010 Wii title "Donkey Kong Country Returns." Players control Donkey Kong to smack, roll into and hop on enemies, and have partners to help the title character out. Besides Diddy Kong with his classic jetpack, Dixie Kong returns to use her ponytail to float upward and fan favorite Cranky Kong's special ability let's you hop along spikes and pointed enemies. However, it's hard not to choose Diddy Kong who is the best partner to have.


Retro Studios did an amazing job in the graphics department, making each level feel alive. Composer David Wise, who worked on the SNES versions of the series, returns to create some of the best music you'll probably hear this year from a video game.

Check out my full review at www.theoaklandpress.com.

Get even tinier thoughts at www.twitter.com/JeffHoard921.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Quick thoughts on Bravely Default

I've been traveling the world awakening crystals from the darkness in Bravely Default for the 3DS. Here are some thoughts on the game.

Don't let the awkward name fool you. Bravely Default is a great JRPG that takes you back to the glory days of Final Fantasy. It has all the staples of a turn-based JRPG, but with some twists. During battle, players can use the Brave option to use up to four actions at once per character, essentially ending a fight right away if lucky. The Default option puts a character in a defensive mode, and stockpiles those actions for future turns. The best part is even enemies and bosses use this.


There is a lot of grinding in this game, especially if you want to max out all the job classes available for each character. Each job dresses your team in the proper attire, which is a neat detail. There's also all kinds of abilities and combinations to create the best party that fits anyone's play style.

Check out my full review at www.theoaklandpress.com.

Get even tinier thoughts at www.twitter.com/JeffHoard921.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Strider to release Feb. 18, Feb. 19 in North America; features 2 new challenge modes

Capcom's action-packed side-scroller Strider is set to release Feb. 18 on PSN for the PS4 and PS3, and following day on Xbox Live for Xbox 360 and Xbox One, as well as Steam for PC.


Two new challenge modes include Beacon Run, aka a speed run throughout levels. Survivor Mode unleashes increasingly difficult waves of enemies that players must survive. Global online leaderboards are available for both as well as Story mode. New sets of costumes can also be unlocked (not paid for, yay!)


Strider will cost $14.99.