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Bet it All on Dead Man’s Hand!

Bet it All on Dead Man’s Hand!

Dead Man’s Hand: An Anthology of the Weird West

Edited By John Joseph Adams
Genre(s): Western, Sci-Fi , Horror, Super Natural, Anthology, Weird West
Publisher: Titan Books

Disclaimer: I was given a review copy of this book however at no time was a gun held to my back while I played poker to force me to write a review .

Description:HOW THE WEST WAS WEIRD! From a kill-or-be-killed gunfight with a…

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battlefield_hardline_1_wmIt’s been a few weeks already since the Battlefield Hardline Multiplayer Beta session ended on the PlayStation 4, but I am already suffering from withdrawals. While the Beta version of the game certainly had some flaws I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the game. Sure, only two play modes (Blood Money & Heist) on one map (High Tension) were made available, but it did give a decent look as to how the game would look and feel in multiplayer mode. There is still a huge dedication to teamwork in Hardline, but there is also very little punishment for those who decide to “lone wolf” it through a session and play in a style more akin to that you would find in a Call of Duty game. If this style of gameplay makes it through to the final release of Battlefield Hardline, I do believe that EA Digital Illusions CE (DICE) and Visceral Games have found a good balance between what hardcore Battlefield veterans are looking for in a Battlefield game and what casual or other hardcore FPS gamers enjoy from the CoD series. Because of the familiarity of the game type, I chose to concentrate more on the Blood Money, High Tension map rather than on the Heist version.

I will admit that the slight change in gameplay did take me out of my element for a bit. I am used to playing as the Recon member of a team – the sniper/infiltrator who picks off enemies from a distance and move in slowly behind enemy lines to use other explosive weapons to disable enemy vehicles and artillery. That style of play has suited me well since Battlefield 2142 when the Sniper and Special Forces classes were combined into one and I have generally stuck with it ever since. I will play other classes from time to time, especially when the Medic of my online group of friends isn’t available, but I have stuck with the Recon class for quite a while. Of course, with the slight change in play in Hardline, I found myself unaccustomed to the “run and gun” tactics other players were using, so I had to change from trying to use the Professional (Sniper/Recon) class to a more aggressive class to keep up with the game’s pace – the Mechanic (Engineer) class. I found that the use of carbine weapons and small artillery weapons made for a perfect fit for my play style.

battlefield_hardline_5_wmI changed it a bit from previous games where I would sneak in behind enemy lines on a constant basis to a more defensive approach where I would move in and strike than fall back to my vault to defend it when it needed to be done. With the RPG and Stinger weapons that I carried, I could easily take out most vehicles approaching the vault. This also allowed for some sweet multi-kill moments as full armored cars and helicopters would explode or come crashing down with a majority or all the occupants still inside. I have to admit, when I go from killing maybe 1 or 2 other players at a time in other Battlefield games to 4 or 5 in Hardline that’s a pretty good feeling. Defending your vault also has other perks as well. If you are lucky enough to pick off two or three attackers who have raided your vault and pick up the money to take back you get major experience points for that. Honestly, I made more points returning cash to my vault than I did killing enemy attackers. But I didn’t gain all experience points just by returning dropped loot.

For the first time in any Battlefield game, I actively took part in assaulting the enemy stronghold. Attacking units from afar with a sniper rifle or explosive ordinance is one thing; but going in guns blazing to steal from your opponent is quite another – and I did so a lot in Hardline. I always could in other Battlefield games; I just preferred to stick to my tried and true methods. But with the change in class I figured I may as well act more like an attacker as well. When I saw that several of my teammates were making a run for the enemy vault, I always tried to keep up with them. As a Mechanic class player I made sure I stuck close to the vehicles that were attacking the enemy vault so I could repair them as needed for more experience points. I also made sure I had an accurate weapon as possible for attacking. I didn’t mind a slight lack in power over accuracy (still thinking like a Recon player) but as long as I knew I could keep my sights on the target the better it was for me. I don’t know how other maps will eventually play out in Blood Money for Hardline, but the firefights in High Tension were often quick and up-close and provided lots of exciting shooting action. All in all, from defending and attacking to playing a class out of my comfort zone, I had a great time playing Battlefield Hardline.

battlefield_hardline_8_wmMultiplayer Beta for Battlefield Hardline ended on June 26th, but I simply cannot wait any longer for the full release of the game on October 21st. I know some Beta testers had some complaints about the game: “there are too many explosives”, “the in-game HUD sucks”, “the matches are too short”, “the customize screen needs tweaking” and so on and so on… (prissy little babies)… but I actually never found any of the complaints that others laid out to detract from the fun I had in Hardline – not even the amount and frequency of explosives in the game; as far as I was concerned that was just another part of battling on the streets. But still, if some improvements can be made to the game to appease a wider audience, I am for it so long as it doesn’t change my fundamental view of the game. I liked what was presented in the Beta for Hardline and I am anxiously awaiting what will come when the game finally releases in late October… it’s just that it’s killing having to wait so long for my next Battlefield Hardline fix.

Suffering Battlefield Hardline Withdrawals It’s been a few weeks already since the Battlefield Hardline Multiplayer Beta session ended on the PlayStation 4, but I am already suffering from withdrawals.
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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Papercraft and Contests Level Up the GOG Pre-Orders

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Papercraft and Contests Level Up the GOG Pre-Orders

New papercraft Witcher III figures can help you win an awesome grand prize.

New papercraft Witcher III figures can help you win an awesome grand prize.

To celebrate the addition of an exclusive set of six Togui-created paper toys (Geralt, Triss, Yennefer, Ciri, Eredin and Leshen) to the already-impressive digital loot chest of pre-order bonuses for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, GOG.com is launching a photo contest!

To win awesome Witcher swag gamers will need creativity and…

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Dust Off Your Pith Helmet and Khakis; Gardner is Back!

Dust Off Your Pith Helmet and Khakis; Gardner is Back!

The Zambezi Vendetta

By James Gardner
Genre(s): Fiction, Action, Adventure
Publisher: Pennington Publishers

Disclaimer: I was given a review copy of this book however at no time was I set adrift on a huge river full of deadly crocodiles and forced to write this review.

Description: Rigby Croxford returns in this spine-chilling saga about six American tourists ensnared in the middle of a bloody…

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Mrs. America 2014 Joins Fight Against Human Trafficking With 8 DAYS Film

Mrs. America 2014 Joins Fight Against Human Trafficking With 8 DAYS Film

Austen Williams, Mrs. America 2014

Austen Williams, Mrs. America 2014

Austen Williams and S.H.A.R.E. Together have partnered to bring awareness and hope to the world’s second largest grossing crime, human trafficking. The two have combined forces to start conversations and raise funds by promoting 8 DAYS, a feature film that depicts a story of modern day slavery inspired by actual events. 8 DAYScalls attention to the reality of…

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The Touch You Don’t Want to Feel

The Touch You Don’t Want to Feel

Touch of Death

By: E. Rose Sabin
Genere(s): Sci-Fi
Publisher: Double Dragon Publishing

Disclaimer: I was given a review copy of this book however at no time was a strange “turban” looking device that would basically turn me into a robot placed on my head to program me to write a review.

Description:Bailey Marshall, China Terrano, and K.T. Malloran are three people bound together by the slender…

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Journey into Abyss Odyssey for Some Rogue-lite Fun

Journey into Abyss Odyssey for Some Rogue-lite Fun

Abyss Odyssey

Genre: Action/Adventure, Fighting, Platform
Developed: ACE Team
Published: Atlus USA
ESRB Rating: 
Availability: Out Now for PC, PlayStation 3 (PSN) & Xbox 360 (XBLA)

Synopsis: From indie Chilean developer ACE Team comes a new side-scrolling action adventure game featuring a complex fighting engine in procedurally generated levels that destines its three warriors to battle a different…

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Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited

Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited

NIS America is happy to announce that Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited has a new batch of screenshots!

These screenshots show some of the special attacks you can do in the game, including the all-new “Peta” tier of spells, which are even more powerful than the “Tera” skills that came before!

The game will hit North America on August 12 and Europe on August 29 on the PlayStation Vita, both in retail form and digital. This is an expanded and enhanced version of the fan favorite fourth game in the Disgaea series, Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten, which was originally released on the PlayStation 3 in 2011, and features all the DLC from the PS3 version as well as tons of new content!

New Vita Skill Screenshots for Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited NIS America is happy to announce that Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited has a new batch of screenshots!
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I Missed the Point, Didn’t I?

I Missed the Point, Didn’t I?

Death Sentence

Written By: Monty Nero 
Illustrated by: Mike Dowling
Genere(s): Graphic Novel, Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll
Publisher: Titan Comics

Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book, but no one injected me with a virus that would kill me in six months to write a review of this book.

Description: SEX, SUPERPOWERS AND SIX MONTHS TO LIVE! Verity: frustrated artist. Weasel:struggling…

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The Age of Darkness Has Come in Grimm Fairy Tales #100

The Age of Darkness Has Come in Grimm Fairy Tales #100

Grimm Fairy Tales #100

Written by: Joe Brusha & Ralph Tedesco
Illustrated by: Anthony Spay (A) & Ivan Nunes (C)
Genre: Fantasy
Published by: Zenescope Entertainment
Available: Out Now

Synopsis: With only one Realm Artifact missing from the Dark Queen’s evil plan, can Sela and the remaining Realm Knights stop her from forever changing the landscape of the Grimm Universe? The most epic and…

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Nintendo Smashes into Comic-Con with Amazing Games and Activities for Fans

Nintendo Smashes into Comic-Con with Amazing Games and Activities for Fans

Mario-Bros-Return-on-Nintendo-DS-2Nintendo is heading to Comic-Con in San Diego to bring a collection of fun games and engaging events directly to fans. Visitors will be able to enjoy hands-on time with Super Smash Bros. for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, as well as additional upcoming 2014 games like Hyrule WarriorsBayonetta 2 and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. Add to this an exciting multiday stream of live game-play…

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Grimm Fairy Tales Reaches Landmark Issue 100

Grimm Fairy Tales Reaches Landmark Issue 100

Cover to Grimm Fairy Tales #1 by Al Rio & Tom Smith

Cover to Grimm Fairy Tales #1 by Al Rio & Tom Smith

Can you believe that the Zenescope Entertainment comic book series Grimm Fairy Tales just hit a landmark 100 issues this week. I can’t believe that it has been nearly ten years since the comic debut back in 2005. I remember being at my local comic book shop that day and being enthralled by the “good girl” cover by the late Al Rioand curious as…

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Shows Us the Best and Worst of Humanity

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Shows Us the Best and Worst of Humanity

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Science Fiction
Director: Matt Reeves
Starring: Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell

Dawn_of_the_Planet_of_the_ApesAs I mentioned in my recent book review of the book Firestorm, Firestorm Bridges the Gap Between Rise and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, I am a big fan of the Planet of the Apesseries. Yes, even the rebooted series. I really enjoy all of the…

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It’s All About the Cock - Zanesville Review

It’s All About the Cock – Zanesville Review

Zanesville

Written by: Kris Saknussemm
Genere(s): Fiction, Philosophy
Publisher: Villard

Description:WHO IS ELIJAH CLEARFATHER? Futuristic bioweapon or good old-fashioned messiah? Reincarnated ex-porn star or mutant information-age revolutionary? The man who awakens in New York City’s Central Park with no memory of his identity and the enigmatic message FATHER FORGIVE THEM F carved into the flesh…

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Avengers Undercover # 7 Probes Some Wounds

Avengers Undercover # 7 Probes Some Wounds

There is a great deal many people I envy in the comic industry: Geoff Johns for his creative control over at DC, Ivan Reis for his way of the pencil, Greg Rucka and the gold that is everything he touches, and now Dennis Hopeless joins this great list of people who remind me of my own inadequacies. Hopeless is just knocking it out of the park with Avengers Undercover. The latest issue, issue 7,…

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