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That’s So Random: Still In There

#packitup? Not anytime soon.

It’s been difficult to accept, but I am starting to think that my passion for being a diehard gamer has come and gone. The thought of playing any type of standard console-based game over an extended period of time feels alien to me. And while it’s no secret that I spent what could be equated to a near-endless amount of hours to playing every iteration of Street Fighter 4, I can only toss up a few titles in recent memory that were actually played from start to finish. That’s a huge contrast from the 1990s, which gave birth to the iconic games like Space Channel 5, Sonic Adventure, Gunstar Heroes, Final Fantasy VII, and the list goes on and on.

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PTB First Impressions: Super Smash Bros for 3DS Demo

The smashing continues.

So I got my hands on a code for Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, and downloaded the demo. This game is visually appealing, and quite fun to boot. I had no true expectations going into this game, so once I get to play it, I took note to a few things. This will prepare you if you don’t manage to get a code by 09/19/14.
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The Radar: September 2014

What’s the PTB crew looking forward to? 

[Editor's note: The Radar will be a monthly feature, highlighting what we at PTB are personally interested in. It might be games, music, art, books, anything really. Stay tuned each month and hopefully we can share a piece of ourselves with you.]

Bahn:

Destiny – Somewhere in deep space lies a crisis that Bungie has insisted everyone on Earth has to resolve (because quite frankly, Master Chief is far too busy and doesn’t exist in their new sci-fi universe).

Due to the most unexpected circumstances; I never had the chance to partake of the recent beta. But from all the details I’ve gathered, Destiny certainly looks like a game that’s right up my alley.

I’ve really missed playing campaigns where I can pair up with a bunch of friends and just have a good time blowing up shit.And sure, I realize there’s a competitive aspect to the game too – there’s plenty of time to be taking on those other obsessed challengers far down the line.

It’s cool, bruh. Y’all get your chance to beat your chest months from now after I am done cheesing out with the reality that I am actually indulged in an epic game that doesn’t involve memorizing frame data and combos. Plus, with the added bonus of getting the game digitally for the next-gen systems is such a sweet bonus. How can I possibly pass that up?

You know the deal guys – take my money. Eh, most of it!

Will:

Persona 4: Ultimax – This is not just the latest fighting game to drop this year; this game is a continuation of the Persona canon. I recently started playing through the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona series and needless to say I was hooked. Before playing the earlier Persona games, Vanilla P4A was to me at least just another anime fighter; I had no idea who the characters were, the world, it was just some muti colored button masher with high school kids packing pissed off ghosts.

This time around though, I’m totally in there. Even if I don’t play it competitively I’ll play it for the story mode and now with the DLC option for vanilla’s story mode I don’t have to buy the original version to enjoy the full story. It’s dropping on September 30th for PS3 and Xbox 360.

Jizue – Shiori: Physical release, this jazz rock fusion band from Japan is something special. their new album Shiori dropped last month digitally but has not seen a physical release yet in the US. Here’s a sample of their latest work, hopefully we’ll see a domestic physical release this month.

Lance:

Hyrule Warriors – It sort of looks like a Legend of Zelda game, but it is not conventional Zelda. In this hack n’ slash game that mirror Dynasty Warriors’ gameplay, Link is training to become formal member of Hylian Army. Apparently his training consists of cutting down enemy forces and leveling up your weapons.

Bobby D.:

Magnolia Memoir’s Pale Fire: Most people may recognize the name Mela Lee as the voice of Rachel Alucard from BlazBlue, or perhaps Rin Tohsaka from the Fate/Stay series. However, few know that she’s the lead singer of an amazing band called Magnolia Memoir.

They’ve got a great Jazz sound to them, and their new album is coming out September 16th. If anything, give her a listen. She has a strong presence, and puts in a lot of work.

I’m personally excited as someone who enjoys all types of music. Her voice sent chills down my spine when I first heard her sing. Something tells me that I’ll probably have her music on repeat once I get it. They have a Facebook page, and Mela also has a twitter to follow.

https://www.facebook.com/MagnoliaMemoir
https://twitter.com/MelaMuse

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Pokken Questions Answered

So many question, so little answers.

With official announcement of the Pokemon-based fighting game Pokken Tournament, there are a some fair questions about this title unaccounted for. With my knowledge on Pokemon and fighting games in general, I will attempt to answer some of the unanswered questions.

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Runback with Dungeon of the Endless

Atrain runs it back with a solo recap on the official alpha build.

Adrian “Atrain” Valdez returns for another look at Dungeon of the Endless, originally previewed several months ago. Check out our new updated report to see if the impressions has changed since the beta build. Catch the quick breakdown after the jump.

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Need Matches On Tinder? Spooky Will Hook You Up

You know you’re Hollywood when you can get a dude a date.

During Next Level Battle Circuit a moment went down that was certified hype. LilEvil was throwing down against Native Impact. He wasn’t only looking for the W, he was looking for a match. With a single statement from Spooky. For LilEvil, all his dreams came true.

Check it all out in this video:

Source: r/Kappa

Image Credit: Robert Paul Photography. Follow him on Twitter at @tempusrob