Games

Thu
20
Oct

Game Jab Play FNAF: Sister Location

FNAF: Sister Location

Critical Blast and Game Jab are partnering up to bring both our audiences some of the most videogame reviews and game play. The crew at Game Jab operates through their YouTube Channel, and you can go there to see their past season of videos.

Fri
14
Oct

First Impressions: Valiant Universe: The Deckbuilding Game

The good people at Valiant and Catalyst were kind enough to send us a review copy of Valiant Universe: The Deckbuilding Game. I’ve been reading Valiant almost as long as I have been reading comics; since Valiant relaunched in 2012, I have not missed a single issue.  Also, I really enjoy deck building games, including Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game and Star Realms.

Over the next few weeks, I will be doing more of a formal gameplay review once I get my gaming group together and get a few plays in, but I did want to give some of my early impressions of the game.

Tue
20
Sep

Destiny's Rise of Iron: First Impressions

Rise of Iron

Today, Destiny's newest expansion, RISE of IRON, dropped. I have to say after playing through all five of the new story missions, the two new strikes, Archon’s Forge, and the new Crucible game mode; I’m very pleased with what we got. Only having five new story missions may seem a little upsetting to some. For me, though, I’m overjoyed as I always look forward to the story of just about any game.

I won’t go into detail, to avoid spoilers, but with the story missions we dive into the history of Lord Saladin, the other Iron Lords, and how they fell at the hands of the Siva threat. You fight to claim the new social space known as “Felwinter's Peak” and journey to the new patrol space on earth “The Plaguelands”.

Wed
14
Sep

10 Things To Do The Week Before Rise Of Iron

Rise of Iron

Destiny’s newest expansion, RISE OF IRON, only has one week until it releases; we are left in eager anticipation of what’s to come. As I have already pre-ordered the expansion, I will be playing it as soon as it’s released and will be sure to share my thoughts. However, until then I have decided to store the game in the vault so when it comes time to load it up, the experience will be that much more exciting. However to those of you who think that’s bad juju, and will continue to play until it drops, here is some super good advice on what to do to prepare yourself:

Fri
15
Jul

How POKEMON GO Could Revolutionize Mobile Gaming

Could Pac Man Go be in our future?

Not for the first time are people viewing the world through the lens of their smartphones. We've been at live appearances by our idols, yet never saw them except on the screen in our hands as we recorded them talking or singing or eating their lunch. We text while we're walking so much that some apps had to come up with transparent screen technology just so we could at least see our feet as we sent out that important "WTF? LOL, IKR?"

And now we're looking at the world through screens once again, looking for superimposed cartoon characters that we can zap into our digital prison, thanks to the widespread phenomenon of POKEMON GO.

Fri
15
Jul

Online Clothing Retailer, Betabrand, Says: Pokemon GO Here!

Noticing a tremendous culture shift in store traffic, the San Francisco based clothing retailer, Betabrand, has transformed it's headquarters into a massive lure for Pokémon players.

Most businesses frown upon people loitering outside their store, but Betabrand is inviting them to do so and getting increased exposure in return.

According to Betabrand founder Chris Lindland, "By Tuesday, I'd already lost my staff's attention to the game, so if you can't beat Pokémon, join Pokémon."   By Thursday, the retailer rolled out a fan photo studio, refashioned its storefront, and turned its flagship into a magnet for gamers and bemused passersby.

Fri
15
Jul

There's a Pidgey on my Stickshift. Now What?

Pidgey on the Road

I use my smartphone when I'm driving. Sometimes I use it for GPS. Sometimes I use it to dictate a text. Sometimes I even use it to have a telephonic conversation. (I know, how very old school of me.)

Yesterday, I used a different form of GPS: the latest craze to sweep the world, POKEMON GO. I initially wanted just to see how many Pokestops I would drive by (Pokestops are places on the map where you can recharge your Pokeballs, so you can capture more Pokemon) and where all the gyms were. Plus, I just wanted to see the little guy on the map run at 65 miles per hour.

I passed a few Pokestops. They were also mile marker signs -- not places I would expect walking crews to pass while their on their quests to "catch 'em all." I didn't find many gyms near the Interstate, however, so that was a promising sign.

And then the phone buzzed. I didn't have an incoming call. I didn't have a text alert.

Thu
14
Jul

Pokémon GO Brings Triumph, Tragedy and Togetherness

Since the launch of the popular smartphone game, Pokémon GO, people everywhere have either caught Pokémon, or attitude for trying. Whether you're a player or patronizer, the game has had an impact on society. But has it been for the best?

We live in a time where technology has taken over a large part of society. Gone are the days where kids went outside and played for hours on end. Why bother when they can sit in front of a video game, computer or smart device?

Just plug in and the world is at their fingertips. Right?

Pokémon GO has gotten people out of the house and in front of other people once again. And sure, they still have their smartphones in-hand, but once again mankind is traveling in packs and on foot. Exploring the world around them in ways that many of us thought would never happen again.

Thu
23
Jun

Team Packs and Foil Cards Announced for WizKids 'Dice Masters' Game

It was announced today that WizKids will be selling 'team packs' which can be paired with any starter set and include 24 cards and 16 dice for $9.99 MSRP.

Dice Masters players have been clamoring for an option that eliminates unnecessary items for veterans of the game. With each set that has been released, players have found themselves with a huge surplus of Sidekicks, Rulebooks and Dice Bags. With 'team packs' those items will be a thing of the past, with one caveat: There will be no Basic Action Cards or their corresponding dice as well.

Wed
01
Jun

Kids Create Their Ultimate Skylanders in SKYLANDERS IMAGINATORS

Skylanders Imaginators XBox PS3
Santa Monica, Calif. - June 1, 2016 - Since the launch of Skylanders®, kids around the world have sent Toys For Bob, the pioneers of the toys-to-life category, hand-drawn Skylanders with one special request - please bring my Skylander to life.This October, Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI) will make that wish a reality.
Tue
03
May

ATLANTIC CITY BOARDWALK CON (ACBC) returns for year two! Are you ready to get your con on?

ACBC Atlantic City Boardwalk Con 2016

I've regularly attended comic and sci-fi conventions, or whatever you want to call them these days, since the '80s.  Let me tell you, the experience has changed quite a bit in those decades.  In the past, cons were mostly a place to shop for merchandise, dress in costume, meet like-minded people, or schmooze comic creators.  Today, it's more about celebrity signings, video games, or movie and television panels.  Geeks have seemingly overwhelmed the Earth and every niche wants in on the con action.  Including more than comics and sci-fi means larger attendance for the shows, which is great in many ways.  Unfortunately, it also caused overcrowded convention floors, admission costs have skyrocketed, and worst of all, it's increasingly difficult to get tickets for huge shows like San Diego Comic Con or New York Comic Con.

Wed
14
Oct

Slow Down! WizKids to Release Amazing Spider-Man Dice Masters in November

 

 

"With great power, must also come great responsibility." - Ben Parker

Avengers vs X-Men
Uncanny X-Men
Yu-Gi-OH!
Dungeons & Dragons
Justice League
Age of Ultron
War of Light...
and now Amazing Spider-Man will be added to the growing number of sets that WizKids has released for it's popular game Dice Masters!

That will make 8 sets in under 2 years. One has to ask, is WizKids getting carried away with the success of it's game?

Wed
23
Sep

Dice Masters 'War of Light' - Brightest Day or Darkest Night?

You’ve heard your friends talk about it. The sound of dice clacking together, as they're rolled with fervor, echoes within the walls of your local game shop. The collective groan, and/or sigh of relief, when the dice reveal the player's fate, sends a chill down your spine. "What's happening?" You ask yourself. "What is this mystical game that mixes superheroes with dice?" As you approach the tables, in awe, you discover...that you have absolutely no freaking clue what's going on!

Well, it’s time for you to get involved and be a part of the hype!

Thu
10
Sep

Gotta Catch ‘Em All with Pokémon GO!

Pokémon, Niantic and Nintendo are teaming up to create the ultimate FREE gaming experience.

Pokémon GO will use your phone's GPS to hunt down Pokémon as you walk around parks, neighborhoods and hiking trails. And, if you haven’t lost touch with your friends while searching for that elusive Gengar, you’ll be able to trade and battle!

But don’t worry, if you have no friends left, you can always battle the nearest opponent in range.

Tue
25
Aug

Don't Look Now, But Dice Masters is a Top Selling Game

For those familiar with the ‘big three’ collectible games such as Magic: The Gathering (Wizards of the Coast), Pokemon (Pokemon USA), and Yu-Gi-Oh! (Konami Digital Entertainment), it's no surprise that their popularity has continued to thrive over the course of the last 20+ years. Collectible games draw popularity from a concept that started with Baseball cards: the ability to trade with others to complete your set. Packs of randomly inserted cards tease us with the hope that we’ll find the one that we’re looking for with the next purchase. Levels of rarity increase the difficulty and encourage the desire to trade.

Mon
17
Aug

Topps Bunt – Great Concept, Mediocre Execution, and Awful Customer Service

I try to not write columns or reviews with any real agenda beyond “Hey, this is really good, people should hear about it.”  Or “Wow, this is terrible, people should stay far, far away from this.”  But this article is going to be a little different.  I am actively looking to shame a company for their mediocre product and horrifying customer service policies.  

Wed
12
Aug

Microsoft Releases Halo Wars 2 Trailer for Xbox One

The first teaser trailer for HALO WARS 2 has been released and it certainly does tease!

Fans of the HALO franchise will be happy to hear that there's plenty of Spartan goodness in the follow-up to HALO WARS, released in 2009. A real-time strategy game developed by Ensemble Studios, HALO WARS sold one million units worldwide the year it was released, making it the best-selling RTS of its time.

Critics of the original game felt that it lacked certain strategic options during gameplay, making it feel shallow, and didn't satisfy the more experienced gamers. Under the guidance of 343 Industries and Creative Assembly, there's hope that HALO WARS 2 will be vastly superior. Creative Assembly is the developer behind TOTAL WAR, which currently exists as one of the few remaining, quality, RTS games in the genre.

Despite the monetary success of HALO WARS, it's highly regarded as the franchise's only misstep.

Thu
06
Aug

Blizzard announces next World of Warcraft Expansion - Legion

For the last week or so, Blizzard has been hyping the announcement of the newest expanion to WORLD OF WARCRAFT.  The timing was pretty vital to the company.   Just a few days ago, Blizzard was forced to announce that WORLD OF WARCRAFT'S subscribers numbers are the lowest they've been since 2005.  In fact, since December of 2014, they have dropped from 10 million subscribers all the way down to 5.6 million. 

Granted this is still far more than any other MMORPG, but it still has to be the cause for some concern from Blizzard.  They made the announcement at Gamescom today for WORLD OF WARCRAFT - INVASION:

Here's the trailer for the next expansion:

Fri
24
Jul

Dice Masters: Jocasta is Nice, But She's No Black Widow

Jocasta card Critical Blast

For Dice Masters, a collectible card game by WizKids, having that one card that can be a 'game changer' is important for every player. The super-rare card, meaning there is typically only 1 found in a gravity feed of 90 packs is the most elusive.

Wed
08
Jul

Become the Master of Coin with Game of Thrones Monopoly

“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.” - Cersei Lannister

Game of Thrones is the name given to the popular HBO series based after George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels, for which the first book is titled. Ripe with political intrigue and set in a fictional, medieval time which resembles the ‘dark ages’ more than it does a pleasant Renaissance, Game of Thrones has become ingrained in today’s pop culture.

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