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[Gamer Time] – Tokyo Mirage Sessions

Tokyo Mirage Sessions was originally announced as Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem. That gave people a lot of ideas concerning what kind of game it would be. Would it be a strategy RPG? Would it be a traditional JRPG where you control Chrom, Ike and Marth?

Well, the game we got was neither of those things. Don’t worry though, what we did get is an addictive JRPG in the vein of Atlus’ Persona games. You balance trawling through dungeons for loot and working for a talent agency in Tokyo Mirage Sessions and exploring the life of a JPOP star who casts spells is pretty refreshing.

Battles move along at a super addictive and rewarding pace.

Battles move along at a super addictive and rewarding pace.

The Fire Emblem elements come into play mostly as style choices, but the game flips the script to make it something special. The game is pretty lighthearted as well. While it does have its dark moments, there is a tongue in cheek sense of humor that keeps things from getting too heavy.

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You learn new abilities by dapping up your mirages. Wuddup Chrom!

Check out the video review to see the games unique aesthetic in action. Also, follow me on Twitter @SpiegelDFE to see more JRPG related stuff.

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[Gamer Time] – Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst

The original Mirror’s Edge was something of a cult classic so the fact that the long awaited sequel actually came out is something of an accomplishment already. The way it uses next gen technology to improve on the mechanics that made the first game unique should net developer DICE considerable props.

Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst isn’t just a re-tread of old ideas but, while trying to expand on its formula, the game unfortunately experiences a few stumbles. The addition of an open world to explore seems like it fits right in with modern gaming trends, but over-reliance on timed side missions take away from what could have been a well paced story.

First day out the feds.

First day out the feds.

The game world looks beautiful and very interesting. However, and i’m not sure if i’m in the minority here, the amount of bright white surfaces found all over the city of glass gave me a bit of a headache and made me wish I had sunglasses. Combat was a nice surprise in this game and is much improved from the first game. If you want to see it in motion, definitely make sure to check out the full video review embedded above.

How you gonna call for backup when I just turned your larynx to spaghetti?

How you gonna call for backup when I just turned your larynx to spaghetti?

Overall, Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst is pretty good but certain design choices hold it back. If you want to check out the song I mentioned at the beginning of the video, here’s a link. For more game related content, follow me on Twitter @SpiegelDFE and be sure to keep checking back on NikkiSiixx.com for more news and reviews.

 

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[Video Games]: First Impression – Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven

If there’s one thing I can’t resist, it’s video games based on anime. I don’t know what it’s been about the past year, but it feels like more anime games are getting demos which is super great for people who may not be quite sure if a particular title is worth taking a chance on. Such is the case, for me at least, with the latest game based on Jojo’s Bizarre adventure.

I’ve watched Jojo before, but I’m not super deep into it. However, people on Twitter always seem to be going bananas about it, so there must be something special about it. The above video is my first time every playing a Jojo game and, even with my limited knowledge of the anime it’s based on, I had a blast with it. Thanks to the demo, I can tell that there is a lot to this game and it won’t be something only the hardcore fans can appreciate.

So.. The dog has a Stand too? Like, the dog fights people? That's not your typical anime dog...

So.. The dog has a Stand too? Like, the dog fights people? That’s not your typical anime dog…

What surprised me the most about this demo was how it gives you a good grasp of this game’s cinematic presentation. Most demos and betas are happy to just put a multiplayer mode with a couple characters in front of you and say “go ham” which leaves you wondering about whether or not it can entertain you when you’re gaming solo. I got little snippets of the series’ humor and although I have yet to see Jotaro and Jean-Pierre in my JJBA viewing, I feel like i’ve known them for time.

All in all, it was a pretty good demo. For more anime/gaming content follow me on Twitter @SpiegelDFE and keep up with the latest in Geek Culture by staying on NikkiSiixx!

 

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[Video Games]: First Impression – One Piece: Burning Blood

One Piece: Burning Blood is the latest game from Spike Chunsoft, the crew behind J-Stars Victory. It controls a lot like it’s predecessor, focusing less on crazy combos but trying to build hype moments through easy accessibility and flashy ultimate moves. I’m a pretty recent One Piece fan so i’m hesitant to grab the game for fear of spoilers, but it was so fun to play that depending what sort of single player offerings there are, I might just ramp up my viewing of the anime.

The above video is a quick match I played against one of my buddies after downloading the title to see what it was like. One Piece: Burning Blood comes out on May 31st in North America and is a perfect fit for fans of the anime who may not be into traditional/more complicated fighters.  Follow me on twitter to stay up on all the different games I’m playing for nikkisiixx.com.

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[GAMING] HailHavoc.net Plays – Gears of War 4 Beta


J_dB9BMmCheck it out our homie over at HailHavoc.net brings us his latest Let’s Play Episode with the recent Gears of War 4 BETA. He brings us his live multiplayer DEATHMATCH. Also, they’re taking a minor break from their Dead Space series. Watch how many enemies Havoc takes out! Great gameplay and dope narration, he makes you feel you’re both chilling on the couch taking turns on GOW4B.

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Video Games: [First Impression] Overwatch Beta

It’s been an absolutely packed weekend for people who wanted to participate in betas. Overwatch, Doom and Battleborn were all simultaneously going on. With so many games and so little time, I had to pick what I really wanted to play and that ended up being Overwatch. Blizzard’s team-based shooter absolutely oozes personality and is a lot of fun to play. After trying a few of the characters, I decided that Widowmaker was my favorite so I took the footage I recorded of my playing as her and added a little commentary.

Overwatch drops on May 24, so check the video to see what I thought of the game in the meantime and make sure to follow me on twitter to stay up on all the different games I’m playing for nikkisiixx.com.

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


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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[GAMING] 10 Tips for Running A Minecraft Server

It’s not exactly a simple task to run a Minecraft server successfully. Given the popularity of the game, there’s already a lot of competition awaiting you if you decide to get involved
It can be pretty difficult and daunting early on in the process. Knowing what to do at first and how to keep it all going – and growing – might seem impossible initially. After tons of experience and research, the following 10 tips for running a Minecraft server successfully have been put together to help you finally get your foot in the door without all the headaches!

Step 1 – Make An Outline!
Whether you want to call it making an outline, brainstorming, or making a plan, this is generally the first step to fulfilling any task. Sit back and figure out what you want. Make a list with good old fashioned pen and paper even. It’s incredibly simple, but a lot of people overlook the usefulness of a basic planning or brainstorming process like this. It helps in all walks of life, and running a Minecraft server is absolutely no exception.

Simple planning when you start out will allow you to figure out what sort of players you want to target, potential themes and modes you’d like to specialize in, and how big you hope to get. Setting all of this in stone will help visualize your goals and more realistically, accomplish them!

2 – Be Comfortable At The Bottom.
The simple truth when starting out in Minecraft server hosting is that it’s not going to take off overnight. A lot of people buy the biggest, priciest hosting plan they can give the expectations. This is an absolutely counterproductive idea. Think of someone that’s just learning to play guitar. There’s no reason to opt into an instrument that’s thousands of dollars. What if the person doesn’t like it? What if they ultimately give up, or if something happens because they haven’t learned to care for it yet? The initial investment will have been a waste.

Apply this analogy to Minecraft servers and you’ll see the issue! It’s in your best interest to start with a smaller, modest plan. Allow yourself to learn and grow with it. You’ll really get a feel for how much more you want to put into it. If you enjoy things at the bottom, then you’ll know you have it in you to push more towards the top!

3 – Limit Your Downtime.
Think about existing servers of games you play, or even your internet connection in general. When it isn’t there for you, you’re most often pretty upset about it. It’s only natural. To make sure your server is available as often as possible, create a copy to test any changes you’re implementing, research the best hosts, and make sure you have DDoS protection!

4 – Back Up The Server.
If you’re putting time and money into building a server, you need to make sure you have everything on it backed up. Sometimes files are loss, and others maps might become corrupt. Those that run a server without any sort of backups almost always run into problems. Murphy’s Law – where anything that can go wrong absolutely will go wrong at one point or another – runs rampant in Minecraft servers, so don’t chance it!

5 – Keep Your Server Updated.
The day to day tasks can be mundane in any endeavor, but they’re always necessary. You can look at making sure your server is up to date in the same way. Whatever files or plug ins you may have need to be updated at all times. New versions come out all the time, so you want to keep on top of that. With problems like hacking unfortunately existing, refreshing everything on your server to the latest iteration will give you the utmost protection.

6 – Dedicate A Unique IP.
You should really look into getting a dedicated and unique IP address that is attached to your server, and your server alone. Your players will be able to access your server through Minecraft’s default port this way. All of the biggest, most successful servers have their own IP. You might not want to start out with this step right away, but once you’re out of the “feel it out” stage represented in steps 1 and 2, your own IP is definitely a must.

7 – Bungee Cord Is A No-No At First!
A lot of people invest a lot of time and resource into Bungee Cord, thinking this is the corner stone of success in the Minecraft world. This is absolutely not the case. Bungee Cord allows multiple servers for your player base. You will only need a feature like that once you’re really hitting it big. Potentially having multiple unique worlds to explore is wonderful, but it’s complete overkill in the early stages of your server hosting career.

8 – Figure Out The Monetization Issue.
Of course, a lot of people are initially drawn to the idea of hosting a server given the potential to monetize it. Again, you have to realize that is something that won’t happen over night. If that’s something you’re interested in beyond the mere fun of having the server however – and it’s okay to given all of the investments you’ll be taking to go this far – then do some research. Look into plugins like Votifier or GA Listener. Check out what other servers do and you might ultimately reap the benefits.

9 – Don’t Over Promote Yourself
There are lists out there that promote the servers players can check out. It’s tempting to put yourself on every single list available, but it’s only seen as spam and desperate overall. Google might even penalize your link, burying it further and further in search results. It seems backwards, but promoting too much when there isn’t much substance to what you have going yet is only going to hurt you.

10 – Try To Please The Players
It’s pretty simple, but keep your players in mind when you’re running your server. If you don’t provide a good experience, they won’t stick around. Do your best to listen to feedback and accommodate them the best you can.

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[AUDIO] Jam Vega – Password


jam vega [TULSA, OK] Making his debut on NikkiSiixx.com, Jam Vega brings hip-hop and video games together on his latest single PASSWORD. From the retro gaming production with lyrics referencing you’re favorite video game female characters. PASSWORD is a track about Jam Vega’s attraction to that eye candy he just can’t help himself. The bridge is extremely catchy, (Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B-A (if WE play) then, Select-Start). Jam Vega is currently working on an EP filled with retro gaming themed love songs, at the moment the title of the project will be announced soon. Be on the look out and check out all of Jam Vega’s social media accounts! You won’t regret it.

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[VIDEOGAMES] Five Reasons Why You’ll Love Minecraft

Minecraft has taken the world by storm and is one of the most popular games of recent years. If you haven’t tried it then you should and here are five reasons you may love it.

5. You Have Once Liked Legos

Made by Mojang, Minecraft excels at bringing the enthusiasm and simplicity that many would associate with owning a Lego set as a kid. Many children I know had owned at least one set, and swiftly abandoned it as they entered their troublesome years of pre-adolescence. Minecraft, however, might be your ticket back into that juvenile happy place you’d visit whenever you would touch your treasured lego set. If you are among the particular group of individuals this last paragraph refers to, have no fear – even though Minecraft may have somewhat of a learning curve (particularly if you refuse to play the tutorial), it’s very easy to play once you’ve got the hang of it, and the title gives you amazing, fun tools to breathe life into your ideas that concern cliff-face mansions, castles and much more.

4. You Have Ever Considered Being An Architect

The tools players utilize in Minecraft are the closest I’ll be to the toolset that landscaping firms and talented architects utilize to do their work. Indeed, I feel awesome knowing I’ve just spend a whole hour of my life working at defacing a mountain and preparing myself to further mutilate it until it can’t be recognized anymore – all that whist having the great addition of being able to live and breath in a world with close friends of mine makes the title even more interesting. While it probably wouldn’t mean much if you said ‘Minecraft Extraordinaire’ on your resume, you’ll be able to refer to yourself as a very accomplished ‘Achievement Getter’ that the world has seen. Why not try Minecraft for free.

3. If You Have Once Questioned Your Creative Abilities

Minecraft deliberates even the hardened rule-stickler or a hardened literary buff – offering an opportunity to test their stiff mind. This is an important test – one which has been resonating in your mind since you said no to a lego set as you were younger. It becomes very apparent to those who play the game that it features a very large environment in which you can have full-reign over the world’s ins-and-outs – giving a great opportunity for anyone’s creative potential to shine.

2. If You’ve Been Outside The Gaming Loop For A While Now

Of course, it may be a bit hard to set up a server in the beginning, for instance, but if you’ve been outside the loop of gamers for a while now, the game should take you with wide open arms. Pleasantly rewarding both the hardcore and the casual player alike, the game won’t require you to open a FAQ once you learn how to do things for the first time – it all becomes very clear and intuitive after you’ve done it at least once. The best advice I could give to you as a new player is to take it slow and enjoy the learning experience – perhaps play it with someone who already knows how things work, since it’ll save you plenty of time and grief, and allow you to have more fun.

1. If You Have Friends Who Play Minecraft

They have probably been pestering you for a while now, saying you should play – and they are right. Really, there is nothing to lose, so go and give it a try. It is a very enjoyable gameplay, in a fun open world. If you decide to join it once, you’ll likely enjoy it and find yourself questioning your integrity as you play it for hours and hours on when you should be doing homework or meeting deadlines – the truth is, Minecraft features something developers strive for, players pursue, and publishers try to evoke – simple, pure fun.

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Video Games: [First Impression] Uncharted 4 || Hosted by @SpiegelDFE


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Another weekend, another Beta test. This time it was the stress test for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End’s multiplayer component. The thing I loved the most about it was how mobile your character is while you’re traversing the map. Definitely something to watch in the vid. Check out my thoughts!

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GAMER TIME – Street Fighter V || Hosted by @SpiegelDFE

Capcom’s back at it again with the street fight, Street Fighter V  is the latest entry in Capcom’s highly competitive game series. There’s been an overhaul of the systems at work so people that come into Street Fighter V trying to do the same things that worked in Ultra Street Fighter IV are going to be slightly disappointed. The game has launched with an initial roster size of 16 and more characters are slated to come to the game post launch.

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The fighting looks good and the combos are immensely satisfying to pull off. Versus mode is this game’s bread and butter and if you blink, you’ll have played 50 consecutive versus matches before you even know what happened.

Story Mode Screen

The game’s story is told through several short vignettes. The art style is neat and it’s kind of like a graphic novel where you get to beat people up every few pages. Much like the extra roster characters, an expanded story mode is in the works as a piece of future downloadable content. Watch the video for my full Gamer Time review.

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GAMER TIME: Xenoblade Chronicles X || Hosted By @SpiegelDFE

Xenoblade Chronicles X on the Wii U is a gigantic JRPG that’s gonna take days of your life from you if you choose to fully commit. The first Xenoblade Chronicles on the Wii was an excellent breath of fresh air and this game aims to succeed it in every way.

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The environments are impressive and full of breath taking visuals and exhilarating combat. Monolithsoft has jammed an impressive amount of content onto the Wii U game disk. Just when you think you’ve found the coolest gear, you’ll stumble across a piece of armor so cool that you just HAVE to complete the set. The grind is addictive in this one.

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Check out the YouTube video above for the full review!

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GAMERTIME: Fast Racing Neo || Hosted By @SpiegelDFE


gamer time fast racing neoFast Racing Neo is a futuristic racing game which can be downloaded from the Wii U’s online store. Race through a futuristic sci-fi world at incredible speeds in FAST Racing NEO. It’s an indie title, so you may be wondering if it’s worth your time with so much AAA stuff out right now. Well, Nikkisiixx.com is here with a review from Spiegz to help you figure that out.

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