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To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t initially excited to play Final Fantasy XV. As a longtime fan of the Final Fantasy series who has played and completed every single core title and many of the secondary titles since its inception, I felt almost obligated to play this side story-turned main title. Final Fantasy XV was originally introduced as Final Fantasy XIII Versus as a part of the XIII universe along with Final Fantasy Agito XIII (later re-branded as Type-0). After 10 years of production the long-awaited FFXIII title was finally launched as Final Fantasy XV, now a primary title of the Final Fantasy Franchise.

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(image courtesy of Square Enix)

Prior to FFXV’s release, Square Enix provided the fans with an initial demo, a revamped version of said demo, and a second demo. With each demo release the games battle system was changed and tweaked to accommodate the demands of the players and subsequently was the catalyst for piquing my interest in the game. Let’s see how the newest edition of Square Enix‘s flagship title stacks up to the expectations of this Final Fantasy veteran!

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Greetings Fellow Nerds!
Welcome to the newly-revamped GamerZone column, a monthly installment where we will be showcasing and reviewing many different great games out there! For the relauinch, we’ve got a bit of a bonus (as in, yes, there will be TWO this first month!) with a special retro-review of Telltale Games’ Back to the Future: The Game by our newest staff writer, Mr. Todd A. Davis. Enjoy and stay tuned for more later this month! Take it away, Todd!

I’m fairly new to the whole video-game-review thing, but I’ll give it my best. Thank you in advance for your patience. I’ll try to make it worth your while.

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(image courtesy of Telltale Games)

Like every child of the 80’s, who am I kidding? Like everyone, EVER, I love the Back to the Future franchise. (I believe US Immigration issues box sets with new citizenships.) So when they announced in 2011 that there was a new game coming out, I was like, “This is gonna be heavy!”

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Just in case you didn’t get online yesterday and see the (literally) MILLIONS of posts about it all over social media, news media, and well, just about everywhere else on the web, Nintendo is back!  No, this is not a drill, yes, this is 100% legitmate, and in fact, let me repeat this for dramatic effect:  NINTENDO. IS. BACK.

Yesterday, Nintendo officially announced its newest system – the Nintendo Switch (formerly known in little more than rumors as “Project NX”). Before we go any further with this, have a look at the OFFICIAL trailer released by Nintendo themselves yesterday (that by the way, is already at over TEN MILLION views in less than 24hrs as of the time of this writing)…

We’ll give you a moment to breathe and let that sink in.
You good? Okay! Let’s continue!

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In what might just be the biggest news of the year to the gaming world, Bethesda Softworks has announced the official release date of ‘Skyrim: Special Edition’ – the fully next-gen remastered version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and Windows PC.

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(image courtesy of Bethesda Softworks)

October 28, 2016 is the big day, and gamers all around the world, and of course all over the internet are buzzing about it and its many new improvements.

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a side-by-side comparison (image courtesy of Bethesda Softworks)

Most notably is the fact of just how much better, well, everything looks. The graphics and visuals are far superior to its previous incarnation, which was released for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and Windows PC back in November of 2011 (11/11/11 to be exact).

The other big news is that Xbox One edition of the game WILL support mods, whereas the PS4 version WILL NOT. This has understandably caused quite the frenzy among both Xbox One and PS4 console gamers, for exactly the reasons you might think on both sides. Of course, mods are nothing new to PC gamers, who will of course have them yet again. Although causing quite the uproar, it is not exactly surprising considering that Xbox One consoles already have mods for Bethesda‘s OTHER big title, Fallout 4, whereas PS4 also does not. Whether this affects sales figures on either console remains to be seen.

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Welcome to No Man’s Sky, the largest game universe ever created!

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So what is No Man’s Sky you ask? It’s a first person ‘shooter style’ game built upon predominately exploration and survival that is so massive that, according to it’s creators, would take you roughly 5 billion years to explore every inch of the game. Let’s see how this monster of seemingly infinite game play hours stacks up!

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock-type geodude (and even that might not be a good excuse, really) you’ve probably already heard all about Pokémon GO. The new augmented reality mobile game from California-based software company Niantic, Inc. has absolutely taken the world by storm and has become something of a cultural phenomenon since its release earlier this month.

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(image courtesy of Niantic, Inc.)

Pokémon GO, available for free download on iOS and Android isn’t even a month old, yet it’s already all over… well, everything. Social media is buzzing about it (stronger than any political rantings, major sporting events, blockbuster movies, or perhaps even memes), news outlets (yes, even the “mainstream” ones like your local newspaper or TV newscasts) are giving it major coverage, and just about anywhere you go, you’re sure to see several people wandering about with smartphones-in-hand looking for Pokémon. But popularity aside, is this game truly, actually that good?  Read on to see for yourselves!

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For those of you that have been living under a rock (or in an underground vault) Fallout 4 has been absolutely dominating the video game market for the better part of 2016.

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(image courtesy of Bethesda Softworks)

Bethesda Softworks recently released Fallout 4: Far Harbor, the third DLC, and first true expansion on the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC. How did it measure up? Read on to find out for yourselves!

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After much speculation, Gearbox Software unveiled their next project; which is none other than the highly anticipated Borderlands 3.  During their panel at this weekend’s PAX EastRandy Pitchford of Gearbox announced that “obviously, there’s going to be another Borderlands.”

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Following the huge announcement, and subsequent fanfare, Pitchford informed that “it may not actually be called Borderlands 3” and that the name is “still an undecided matter.” Furthermore, it was also confirmed that the art director for the game is none other than Scott Kester, known for his work on Battleborn.

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Studio Wildcard has finally brought gamers something that they’ve been asking about for years. A survival dinosaur MMORPG that entangles hunting, taming, and breeding primeval creatures. Although still in its beta stage, ARK: Survival Evolved is planned to be fully released June of this year.

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(image courtesy of STEAM)

The name of the world is ARK, a collection of islands over a vast map that leaves plenty of room for exploring and building bases. There is a three to one land-water ratio which gives the players a perfect proportion of land and sea. Currently the game has over thirty prehistoric creatures, however the creators have announced that they plan to have over a hundred for the game’s final release. The game is available for PC (Steam), Xbox One, and PS4. I currently play the Xbox One version.

But how does ARK actually stack up?  Read on to find out! 

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2k Sports returns alongside developer Yukes with WWE 2K16, its latest effort into the complicated world of pro wrestling, and its major leagues: World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

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Wrestling fandom is a very odd beast, perhaps even the oddest of all fandoms. At least most of the time, for most people, you either love it or hate it, and as someone once said: “for those that get it, no explanation is needed; for those that don’t, no explanation will do.” But I’m not here to debate the fandom, I’m here to review the latest game… so let’s get to it!

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