Microsoft Helping Sony and Nintendo To Avoid DDoS Attacks

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DDoS attacks on the console services have been one of the worst things of gaming online. They also seem to be happening at a much-more frequent rate then ever before. Some of the biggest stories of this generation have been the DDoS attacks that have happened on services like XBL and PSN during the holidays. The good news is, the console companies are now working together.

According to Microsoft’s Phil Spencer, Microsoft has been talking with both Sony and Nintendo on how to avoid DDoS attacks.

Our commitment to Xbox One customers is to make sure our service is robust and reliable. I don’t think it’s great when PSN goes down. It doesn’t help me. All it does is put the fear and distrust from any gamer that’s out there, so I look at all of us together as this is our collective opportunity to share what we can about what we’re learning and how things are growing. Those conversations happen, which I think is great.

It’s really good to see the console companies working together to fight against this. Hopefully this means they’ll find a way to completely stop DDoS attacks from happening.

Nintendo Online Store Restocked With Wii U And Games

WiiUSM3DWorldNintendoLandBundleAre you interested in getting a Wii U? Want a good price? I got good news for you! Nintendo has more refurbished deluxe Wii U’s up in their online store. This time they come with Super Mario 3D World and Nintendo Land for $225.

But wait! You already own a Wii U but you want to get some Wii U games on the cheap? Well Nintendo has you covered! Refurbished copies of Mario Kart 8, New Super Mario Bros U + New Super Luigi U, and Super Mario 3D World are all available as well for $33 each.

 

Elite Dangerous Is Warping To Consoles

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Lookout No Man’s Sky, Elite: Dangerous is headed to consoles! During the Xbox conference at GDC, Phil Spencer announced a console exclusivity deal for Elite: Dangerous on Xbox One. Frontier Developments David Braben noted that the choice for this wasn’t an easy one.

I think there were lots of factors – it was a hard decision, they’re both great platforms.

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Wil Wheaton Is Honest Abe In Codename S.T.E.A.M.

March 5, 2015 1 comment

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The internet is raging, again. Nintendo announced earlier today that Abraham Lincoln in their new game Codename S.T.E.A.M. will be voiced by none other then everybody’s favorite, Wil Wheaton! The internet seems split by this announcement with many people excited by his inclusion and others screaming foul and refusing to buy the game now. Personally, I don’t care either way and I’m getting the game regardless. Do you have strong feelings on the matter? Are you a Wheaton fan, a Wheaton hater, or indifferent on this subject all together?

Etrian Mystery Dungeon: Meet the Ninja

Ninjas are the most popular assassins on the planet. They have their own memes. They have their own movies. Everyone wants to be a ninja. Well, in Etrian Mystery Dungeon you’ll get that chance. Atlus has shown on their newest announced member of your dungeon raiding party, the Ninja. In Etrian Mystery Dungeon, Ninja use their mysterious Ninpo arts to bind, trick, and deal damage to their enemies.

Do you want to see the ninja in action? Watch this video. Don’t blink, though. You might not see them.

Etrian Mystery Dungeon hits stores on April 4th for the 3DS.

CounterSpy Review

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There was a game a few years back that released on Xbox Live Arcade that I absolutely loved. It was a 2D, Metroid style shooter called Shadow Complex. You navigated around a map moving on a two-dimensional plane inside a governmental base taking out enemy soldiers, mechs and aircraft. It played incredibly well, with solid shooting mechanics in both two and three dimensions. It looked great and the map had more secrets than any politician on the planet. It’s been almost six years and still we haven’t gotten a sequel to that game.

Well, fast forward to now and a company called Dynamighty is giving me the next best thing; a two dimensional stealth shooter where you play as a spy and carry out missions against two world superpowers in an effort to stop them from blowing each other up. The story involves mutual assured destruction, secret plans for sending atomic weapons to the moon and spies. That’s all you really need to have a great story, right? Let me just tell you. It is. The story isn’t the real reason you come to this game, though. It’s the stealthy goodness and the shooting. Maybe I should tell you what game I’m talking about. It’s called Counterspy and it’s great. (Full disclosure: I got this game for free thanks to PlayStation Plus.)

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Once Bitten, Twice Dead Coming to Wii U

March 5, 2015 1 comment

Once Bitten Twice Dead LogoHave you ever wondered what it might look like if you combined Minecraft with Left 4 Dead? New Australian based studio Dark Day Interactive has just what you’re looking for. Their new game Once Bitten, Twice Dead is now up on Steam Greenlight. Even better, the game is coming to Wii U.

It combines survival horror with a very interesting visual style to create a game that you probably haven’t really seen before. It features both local and online co-op play as well as other features like:

  • True open world environment
  • Venture alone or in a multiplayer team – remember, there’s strength in numbers
  • Take control of vehicles to explore the huge game environment
  • Harvest, craft, cook and survive
  • Random boss encounters
  • Competitive arenas and death match modes
  • Outbreak mode, where YOU play as the infected

No word on a release date as of yet, but here’s a trailer showing you the game in a very early stage. This footage is from the alpha version of the game and is not indicative of what the final product will look like.

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