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Hotline Miami PS Vita Preview – Crazy, Beautiful, Violent

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Hotline Miami PS Vita Preview – Crazy, Beautiful, Violent

Hotline Miami’s crazy, beautiful, violent gameplay is exactly what the PS Vita needs to survive. It’s so unique, so over-the-top crazy, and so freaking violent that even I couldn’t believe developers actually went balls out with the game’s content. Hotline Miami makes Grand Theft Auto and Manhunt look like Sesame Street in comparison.

Originally released for PC, Hotline Miami is a hyper-violent, top-down shooter that plays like a 2D (but way more inventive) version of Manhunt where you’ll be violently taking down vicious enemies in beautifully-violent choreographed ways before they get a chance to take you out.

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First Thoughts: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

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Last week Ubisoft pulled back the curtain from the latest iteration of the acclaimed historical parkour simulator, Assassin’s Creed. This year’s version is titled Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, and it looks pretty slick.

Before we start in on Black Flag, let’s travel back in time a little bit. The year is somewhere around 1990, and I am roughly seven years old. My family purchases their first home computer, an IBM 286, with both a 5.25” floppy drive, AND a brand new tech, smaller and better, the 3.5” floppy. Our computer came with three games originally: Airborne Ranger by Microprose, a helicopter sim called Gunship, and Sid Meir’s Pirates!, one of my very favorite games of all time. In a game that was incredible for the time (and looks incredibly primitive now), I could sail the Caribbean as a privateer, sink or capture ships, loot towns and cities, hunt for buried treasure, or even wed a fine young lady.

There was also a robust trading system, naval battles, and even swordfights. The game was re-released for many systems and updated at least a couple of times, but playing on that huge old 286 still holds a place in my heart. I’ve not experienced another game that captured the majesty and diversity of life in the Caribbean quite as well… save for perhaps the Monkey Island games, but that’s another tale for another time. Read the rest of this entry

Watch Dogs Preview – Next Generation From a Content Perspective

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If you caught the PS4 unveiling last night, you may have heard that Ubisoft’s Watch_Dogs is coming to Sony’s next-gen system. It’s an open-world action adventure just like Ubisoft’s own Assassin’s Creed franchise, but it also brings with it gameplay possibilities and features that can be considered “next-generation” from a content perspective.

In the world of Watch_Dogs, you’ll be able to traverse the massive city of Chicago and invade people’s privacy and their lives without them even knowing about it. At the same time, you can use your technical expertise to protect people, calculate their risk of becoming a victim of a crime and protect them from the criminal element. What excites me, and what should excite you about Watch_Dogs is that you’ll be able to use the hyper-connected city to control technology and use them to your advantage in a way that’s never been seen in any game before it.

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DEFIANCE Aims To Change The MMO Landscape As We Know It

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Get ready JTM Nation; Defiance is coming and it aims to change the MMO landscape as we know it!

Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of the game because I’m willing to bet that over 90% of the world’s video game population hasn’t either. But if Trion Studios and Rockne S. O’Bannon (Defiance’s TV Producer and Writer) have their way, we will all be swooning over the franchise come April. Defiance is an amalgam of gaming and Sci-fi television that is poised to blow your mind in so many ways.

Learn more about Defiance (Game and TV Show) after the break.

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Five Reasons – Why We’re Excited for God of War: Ascension

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Many of us at JTM are excited for God of War: Ascension . What intrigues us about this new God of War title isn’t Kratos’ early adventures, a prequel to the entire series; no that’s something we expected. What really intrigues us is the first ever multiplayer aspect featured in Ascension. It’s a story-based multiplayer team vs. team game for up to eight players where each team ally themselves to certain gods while battling to take control of key locations. As well, we’re pretty excited to see a different side of Kratos; one that still has a bit of humanity left.

Anyway, here are five reasons why we’re excited for God of War: Ascension.
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Five Reasons – Why We’re Excited for Grand Theft Auto V

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Ever since finishing GTA IV and Episodes from Liberty City, I’d been craving for more open-world games with engaging characters and a finely crafted story. I found it in last year’s Sleeping Dogs with its relatable protagonist, brutal combat mechanics, and a deep story. However, as much as I loved Sleeping Dogs, Grand Theft Auto it is not. There’s something about Rockstar-created worlds that keep you coming back for more. Perhaps it’s the unique and crazy characters you meet, or the fact that you can raise as much hell as you want whenever you’re having a bad day. So like you, most of us here at JTM can’t wait to get our hands on the upcoming Grand Theft Auto V.

Here are five reasons why we’re excited to play it.  Read the rest of this entry

Don’t Starve Preview – Learn, Adapt, or Die

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Klei Entertainment’s Don’t Starve is an unapologetic game that revels in it’s old-school sensibilities. It doesn’t hold your hand with tutorials and how-to’s; it instead drops you in a randomly generated map and leaves you to figure out how to survive on your own in this harsh new world.

In the world of Don’t Starve, you’ll have to face spiders, pigs, giant walking tree people, and a number of other crazy, imaginative creatures in your fight for survival. Since the game doesn’t offer tutorials of any kind, the open-ended nature of the game may be a turn-off for gamers used to being told what to do in their games. Those of us who enjoy problem-solving and who like a bit of challenge in our games are sure to find enjoyment in Don’t Starve.

Read our full Don’t Starve preview after the break.

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Arcane Legends Preview – Android MMORPG

Spacetime Studios recently announced that their Android MMORPG Arcane Legends is now available – for free on Google Play and the Google Chrome Web Store.

Arcane Legends is a newest entry in the Legends MMORPG franchise for both mobile and desktop gaming. Players can choose from Warriors, Rogues, and Sorcerers; each with their own unique abilities. As well, players can band together to combine their skills for more powerful attacks and devastating combos.

Find out more about Arcane Legends after the break.

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Far Cry 3 Hands-On Impressions

If you’ve ever seen Far Cry 3 in action, you’d think that you were in a deep a drug-induced game hallucination, filled with insane characters, insane open-world action, and even a more insane premise. Far Cry 3 ditches Africa from Far Cry 2 and brings the action back to its island roots, an idyllic paradise from the outside, though in reality is a lawless, gang/crazy-run land that’s the perfect background for an adventure as insane as its residents.

I recently had a chance to play through Far Cry 3‘s latest single-player build and was thoroughly impressed by the graphics, the sheer size of the island, and the amount of things players will be able to accomplish in the game. Check out my impressions of Far Cry 3 after the break. Read the rest of this entry

Disney’s Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two Preview – A Deus Ex for All Ages

Did you know that Disney’s Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two has a lot in common with Deus Ex? You’re probably thinking that they’re polar opposites; and that’s actually a common assumption by gamers.

However, If you’re a fan of Warren Spector’s work, then you’ll notice Epic Mickey 2 and Deus Ex share similarities in core ideas, the amount of choices offered to the player, and the multi-path gameplay that offers different ways to play through the game. Add to the fact that each of the choices the players make change the story, progression, and game world, and it’ll be apparent that Disney’s Epic Mickey 2 is not just “another Disney game” but something more; something special.

Check out our hands-on preview of Disney’s Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two after the break. Read the rest of this entry

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