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[GAMER TIME] – Star Ocean V: Integrity and Faithlessness

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In the interest of full disclosure, let it be known that I absolutely love the Star Ocean series. Star Ocean III: Til the End of Time is one of my top 10 favorite games ever, so I originally had no intention of being objective with this review. Other media had panned this game severely and I felt like it was up to me to defend it and big up its good qualities.

But then I actually played the game.

After the first five minutes, I didn’t feel that immediate engagement factor. Star Ocean V: Integrity and Faithlessness just kinda starts and before too long you’re off adventuring trying to save your hometown from bandits or something. While that may be refreshing for some JRPG players who are sick of games in the the genre taking upwards of 15 hours to get to the good part, that quickened pace comes at the sacrifice of the story’s length. You can complete the main game in a little over 20 hours, so if you were looking for a sprawling space epic, this is the wrong place.

Runnin' through these pretty towns with my woes

Runnin’ through these pretty towns with my woes

The game does have good qualities about it though, and mainstream critics have been way too harsh. Battles are fun, the English voice acting is really good, and it’s beautiful to look at. However, this isn’t the triumphant return of a much beloved series. Not even a little. I outlined the good parts of the game in my video review above so definitely check that out for more in depth analysis on what Star Ocean V does and doesn’t do.

The cancel system and customizable move-sets keep combat pretty entertaining.

The cancel system and customizable move-sets keep combat pretty entertaining.

Keep it locked to NikkiSiixx for more on the latest in geek culture and follow me on Twitter @SpiegelDFE if you want to pick my brain about the state of JRPGs nowadays.

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[Gamer Time] – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan

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Platinum Games is known for dropping hits so, after hearing that they were picking up the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles license, there was cause for celebration. Following on the heels of the excellent Transformers: Devastation (reviewed here) the game seemed poised for success.

Early footage made it look like it was going to mimic Transformers in a lot of ways. Something about how the characters moved and the way combos linked made it seem like the only difference was that the turtles didn’t transform. Luckily, that isn’t the case and this game has a unique style of its own. Action is fluid and fun, but there are points where you can tell Platinum Games was just working on too much stuff at once.

You ever ran up on a helicopter before?

You ever ran up on a helicopter before?

The usual Platinum Games polish is missing from this title and at times it was reminiscent of the studio’s notably lackluster Legend of Korra game. It’s easy to point the finger and say they didn’t try that hard since it’s just a quick cash-grab licensed title, but with how well their other licensed games have turned out, that would be wrong. Mutants in Manhattan definitely has a lot going for it so the initial negative reviews shouldn’t be taken as gospel.

You definitely want that Warp Dash on point for the boss fights.

You definitely want that Warp Dash on point for the boss fights.

Check out the video review for more in depth thoughts from me, make sure to keep checking nikkisiixx.com for more gaming content and follow me on Twitter to see what i’m playing @SpiegelDFE.

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[GAMING] NikkiSiixx Gaming Moments – Star Wars Battlefront VOL ONE

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If you didn’t know I’m actually a huge gamer! I’ve been playing since an early age and just love the gaming community. I decided to gather some of my dopest gaming moments and added a bit of commentary. One the first VOL, I have my newbie clips when playing Star Wars Battlefront.

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Videogames: Playstation Experience 2015 Reveals Final Fantasy VII Remake Trailer/GamePlay

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I’m seriously about to cry! The excitement that takes over me as I watch the official Final Fantasy VII Remake Trailer with Gameplay footage! This gives me goosebumps considering now the game will have voices for the characters and its more interactive! The battle scenes remind me of Kingdom Hearts, and Cloud’s moves look insane!

final-fantasy-vii-remake-gameplayYou even catch in the trailer you’re playing as Barret too? It seems to be you’ll be able to switch over to other character during game play which reminds me of Final Fantasy XII. Final Fantasy VII Remake is what every RPG player is waiting for. The right way to play a classic is with a remake that surpasses the original format and imagery. It also seems to me they used the same guy Takahiro Sakurai to voice Cloud. Back in Final Fantasy VII Advent Children CGI Film, which is also epic as well!

Now, I’m just waiting for a release date! It should be 2016, I’m hoping its next year! Final Fantasy VII Remake will be available on the PS4 and than the Xbox One.

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GAMER TIME: Tales of Zestiria || Hosted By @SpiegelDFE

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We’re bringing you another dose of epicness! On this episode of GAMER TIME Spiegz gives us his review on Tales of Zestiria. Press play and get the scoop of this Japanese RPG. Find out if the latest entry in the series is worth giving a try.

Follow Spiegz on Twitter @SpiegelDFE

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Star Wars Battlefront: First Impression

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I took a break from doing Gamer Time on NikkiSiixx in order to try out the Star Wars Battlefront Beta while it was out and give you some of my thoughts on it. Here’s some game play with a little commentary via SmackTalkTV.

Don’t forget to check out the first two episodes of Gamer Time! The third will be getting underway as soon as the game I’m doing actually comes out. Follow me On Twitter: @SpiegelDFE

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GAMER TIME: Mad Max by @SpiegelDFE (Episode 2)

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Mad_Max_2015_video_game_cover_artWe’re back with the second episode of GAMER TIME! This time Spiegz reviews the new MAD MAX! We get to see exclusive gameplay by Spiegz. Check it out and see whether or not it’s a good buy for you. Even though its based off a movie series, it doesn’t really feel like a movie game. Spiegz even comments on the fighting style used. Stay tuned for more reviews! Follow him on Twitter @SpiegelDFE and make sure to hit the site for all your entertainment news.

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GAMER TIME: Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain by @SpiegelDFE

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NikkiSiixx.com is here with its new GAMER TIME segment. We’re kicking things off with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Stay tuned for more reviews! This review was done by contributor Spiegz. Follow him on Twitter @SpiegelDFE and make sure to hit the site for all your entertainment news.

Beat Produced By @DJtr3s

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Videogames: Mirrors Edge 2 – Catalyst Trailer Premiered at E3 2015

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icFAVp8uCDw0ZMirror’s Edge Catalyst is the official title of Mirrors Edge 2 and, surprise, it’s not a straight sequel but instead a prequel that tells Faith’s origin story. This is it! When I played the first part of Mirror’s Edge I was in love with this game. The way they programmed it to make it seem like you’re the one doing all the parkour stuff. I was able to complete the game and was pretty stoked to hear it’s making a comeback next year February 23rd! In the trailer we see what appears to be government take over and it’s all up to Faith to save the world. Voice narrates: “Personal Freedom Comes At A Price. Be wary of policy brokers in our mist…” Can she do it? Electronic Arts (EA) later confirmed that the game will be on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You’ll have fluid movements & combat in first person. You’re able to go all over the city, instead of sticking to paths and an in-depth look to Faith’s Origin Story. This is going to be insane.

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Videogames: Square Enix Presents Kingdom Hearts III Game Trailer at E3 2015

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Kingdom-Hearts-3-620x400Square Enix shows off all the new footage from Kingdom Hearts III. As you might expect, it looks amazing. Tears form in my eyes from the excitement that will be bestrode upon us whenever it does release. There’s still no release date or even a release year—the trailer just says “Now in development,” which is just what they said back at E3 2013. I’ve been waiting for part three since 2006! So in reality I’ve been waiting 9 years!!!! Very dedicated fan, I am. Any other new findings or hopefully a date for it’s release, I’ll be posting it on here.

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Videogames: BATMAN Arkham Knight Exclusive Harley Quinn and Red Hood Story Modes

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Whenever anything new comes from the BATMAN Series I always have to check it out. This time around the Batman Arkham Videogame series is coming to it’s exclusive Arkham Knight. Besides becoming The Batman himself, the creators wanted to give some extra light on they’re sides of the story. Such as playable story modes for characters Harley Quinn and Red Hood when you Pre-order with Gamestop. Which mode are you excited for? I can’t wait for both, really do like these characters. I need to have a serious Batman game play marathon with Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, Arkham Origins, and then following up with Arkham Knight.

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Videogames: Kingdom Hearts III is available for PRE-ORDER

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Kingdom-Hearts-3-5Can you finally believe it?! Kingdom Hearts III is finally available for Pre-Order and release date is for December 31, 2015!! No, not an official release date but that date is just a placeholder date. No official date has been announced yet. Hopefully one will be announced during E3 in a couple weeks. If it is set to release by winter this year, it will be perfect time for a late Christmas gift. Clearly this means the game must be close to finishing, since they’re already accepting pre-orders (Hopefully… fingers crossed). I’ll be setting up my pre-order and wish list to Santa for a PS4 in order to even play the game. Kingdom Hearts III the game is set to possibly have characters and worlds involving Disney, Star Wars, and Marvel. We just have to wait and see for any more updates.

Videogames: Alien Isolation PS4/Xbox One Trailer

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9479_render_alienHey Guys! It’s NikkiSiixx bringing you another review for upcoming video game ALIEN ISOLATION! Watch the trailer and get a sneak peek into what the game has in store. And once the trailer of the game is over, you get about a 3 minute mini documentary from the staff and creators of the game. They were really devoted into maintaining the fear and original context of the Ridley Scott’s original classic film in 1979. I personally can’t wait to play this game! That constant worry of the Alien being loose in your space station. This game must be crazy to play. Got word from Godfree (Host of GamerTagRadio Podcast) back on an episode of NikkiJoMazing when we asked which games he was looking forward to and ALIEN was the one. In fact he described how scary the game really is and he was able to play the game exclusively at E3 this year. The game is set to release by SEGA on October 7th 2014 for PS4 and Xbox One.

Videogames: Official Call of Duty – Ghosts Multiplayer Reveal Trailer

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November 5th Call of Duty releases GHOSTS! The new game gives us more than any other Call of Duty game has offered. You have now character customizations, build your squad, multiplayer, search and rescue, new arsenal, cranked, and my favorite part. Call of Duty’s first female playable character! This is one hell of a game. I’m definitely going to get this game but with the new Playstation 4 system. Can’t wait!