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Area 777 (iPad)

AREA777_BOXAliens have invaded Las Vegas!  Actually I went to Vegas for real a few years ago and I’m pretty sure aliens have been there for a while!  Ha ha!  Anyway, in this free-to-play iOS game (reviewed on iPad here), play as Chazz Fabulous, a clueless, idiotic Vegas stage magician who receives sarcastic tips from his hapless assistant.  The only way to defeat these aliens is by…playing slots?!?  Yup, but while this is your typical slot machine game, it certainly held my interest a bit more than most, so let’s see why.

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G.P. the GamerPuppet Unboxes the Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix Collector’s Edition!

KH_BOXHey folks!  G.P. the GamerPuppet here!  For Christmas, Cary got the Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix Collector’s Edition, and he let me unbox it for you!  This game has an HD version of Kingdom Hearts 2 for play on PS3, as well as a PS3 version of Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep, which was previously only playable on PSP. So let’s take a look at all the neat goodies you get inside!

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Hola! Amiibos! (Wave Two)

AMIIBO_LOGOThe first time I talked about Amiibos here, I went over the Wave One figures and what they did, so if you missed that, please click here.  This time, we’ll take a look at the six figures featured in Wave 2.

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Cary’s Top Ten Favorite Guilty Gear Characters!

BAIKENRecently I played and reviewed the new PS3 fighting game Guilty Gear Xrd –SIGN–.  A lot of times when I play a new fighting game, I like to talk about the characters a bit.  So here’s a blog about my top ten favorite Guilty Gear characters.  Just a fair warning, though.  I was in a silly mood when I wrote this, and I usually like characters who are silly anyway so this blog will be a little goofy.  Plus I don’t have a whole lot of knowledge of the Guilty Gear franchise.  I’ve only played this new game and Guilty Gear Dust Strikers on the DS.  And the only reason why I got the DS version was because it was on sale and had silly little mini-games featuring some of the fighters.  I have watched some of my friends play the other Guilty Gear games, though.  And the characters I listed here aren’t in any particular order of preference.  So anyway, let’s begin!

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Guilty Gear Xrd –SIGN– (PS3, PS4)

GUILTY_BOXNot really sure how you pronounce ‘Xrd’ or even what that means, but this is the newest in the Guilty Gear 2-D one-on-one fighter series.  It’s available for PS3 and PS4, but reviewed on PS3 here.  Just like other brawlers, pick your favorite anime-styled fighter and go against the computer or other players as you use fancy joystick movements and button combinations to perform outlandish moves to knock out your opponents.

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Cary is Looking Forward in 2015!

KIRBYCLAYHappy New Year, everyone!  At this time of year I like to take a look at games I’m looking forward to playing and reviewing in the coming year.  I know that as the year goes on, there will be other announcements and things.  But here are some that I’m looking forward to right now that I know of.

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ShakePop (iOS)

SHAKE_BOXShakePop turns your iOS device into a quick reaction game, similar to Simon or Bop-It.  First, you choose from a selection of characters, each with a different voice.  Then you follow their commands as quickly as you can.  You may have to tap the screen, swipe it, pinch it with two fingers, double or triple tap it, flip it, and more.  You get a point for each command you follow correctly, and the timer goes faster after a while.  If you miss a command or don’t input it before time runs out, you lose.  It’s available for iOS devices, but reviewed on iPad here.

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FitStar Yoga (iPad)

YOGA_BOXStart your New Year fitness goals off right with FitStar.  It’s a free-to-play fitness app for iPad that provides workout videos and charts your progress.  I reviewed the original game about a year and a half ago, and now they have a version of it with Yoga exercises and poses.  Find out if it’s worth paying money to subscribe to in this review.

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Cary’s “Best Games of the Year 2014 Awards Show!”

PACSMASHIt’s that time again.  What I like to do this time of year is write about the best games of the year.  Keep in mind that no outside opinions went into the making of this list.  It’s just my own picks.  And if a game is missing from my list, it either didn’t appeal to me as much, or I just simply haven’t played it yet.  Can’t play all the games out there, you know!  Plus I do apologize if this list leans toward the Nintendo side.  I don’t have an Xbox One or PS4 yet, so you’ll just have to deal with it.

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Super Mario 2015 Calendar

MARIO1Happy New Year!  Every year for Christmas I get a new wall calendar to hang up at my work. And this year it was video game related so I thought I’d share it here.  It’s a Super Mario 2015 Calendar!  Last year I got a Zelda one because the Mario calendar then didn’t look quite as good.  There were both Mario and Zelda calendars this year, too, but the Zelda one looked about the same as last year’s, and the artwork in this year’s Mario calendar looked a little better.  Click here for a closer look.

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