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An image surfaced recently on Reddit which is believed to be a screenshot from an unreleased Halo 5: Guardians commercial.

The image itself features Master Chief who is collapsed underneath a stone monolith which reads: “duty and honor above all”, another unidentifiable person who is also wearing a power suit is present as well, leading us to believe it is Halo 5′s main protagonist, Agent Locke.

Microsoft, who has yet to confirm the validity of the picture has stated: ”Xbox and Halo have a tradition of creating rich, narrative events to entertain and delight fans, including award-winning campaigns such as Starry Night, Believe, Remember Reach and more. We have no details to share at this time but look forward to exciting and surprising fans later this year as work continues on Halo 5: Guardians.”

It is a known fact that the Halo series has had live action commercials in the past, starting with the “Starry Night” trailer promoting Halo 3 back in 2006, so it wouldn’t be a surprise that the latest iteration in the series shared a similar marketing tactic.

What do you think? Is the picture real? Or is it an elaborate ruse intended on tricking all the Halo fans? Let us know below!

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The first Mario Party hit store shelves around the world in the late 90′s and was an immediate success with kids and adults alike. Since then a dozen more have come out and a recent financial report from Nintendo revealed that the entire series has sold over 39.6 million copies.

The games included in the list were: Mario Party, Mario Party 2, Mario Party 3, Mario Party 4, Mario Party 5, Mario Party 6, Mario Party 7, Mario Party 8, Mario Party 9, Mario Party Advance, Mario Party DS, and Mario Party: Island Tour.

While not including any preorder figures for the latest in the series which releases next month for the WiiU; Mario party 10 should sell very well according to the success to the past series. Will you be picking it up?

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Hand of Fate

Hand of Fate review

Developer: Defiant Development
Release date: February 17, 2015
Available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Reviewed on PS4

Fond of fantasy collectible card and role-playing games? Expect the unexpected from Defiant Development with Hand of Fate, a unique concoction of those genres for adventure-hungry gamers. Hand of Fate packs in all the hooks to bait the fantasy gamers looking for an enjoyable and fresh game experience.

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A foreboding card dealer lays out unique paths which you, the adventurer, must venture and survive. Decks are built out from common RPG elements such as equipment (axes, magic-imbued swords, armor, etc.), elixirs and shops – and of course, loads of enemies. There’s a lot of chance, fortune and misfortune in many different scenarios, narrated and written out before you. See a shiny sword in the distance? Go for it or not? Give a goblin some food? Help out the local peasants? Huge success or huge failure. There are choices a-plenty, which could easily move you along the path of cards the dealer has dealt you, or trip you up in one misfortune to an untimely death.

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Don’t think it’s all sitting back at the table top with the dealer and your token hero mini-figure. Enemy, and boss, encounters put you in a third-person action view where you can put your ice swords and coin-dropping cards to use. They tend to be fairly quick encounters but are just enough to bring in another colorful layer of fantasy to the game. The only part that seemed a bit of an annoyance was the always slow-motion rag-doll kill endings to the battles. But the environments, just as random as the cards, and the quick-action fun was enough to break what would otherwise be a monotonous and set outcome as in collectible card games. Your fate isn’t so easily sealed.

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Another different part of the action-based gameplay comes in dodging trap-filled mazes. Some are fun in the beginning, but they do become complex – and frustrating – later in the game. Working your way around spiked rotating traps seemed obvious, but I never understood the spikes on the floor. Those seemed somewhat random, and unbalanced, in the way they were triggered and could easily end the game for you. The good thing is you can avoid certain cards if you want (though some are locked in at times) in the deck-building options before the game.

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The card artwork, music, lore and effects offer all the elements to dish out your fantasy-fix. Nothing overly breakthrough here, but modest. It’s in the whole presentation of the different gameplay elements together that make Hand of Fate a unique experience. The storytelling scenarios, the deck-building and playing components, the randomness of some of the outcomes, the third-person action modes of play – all make for a fun challenge. The difficulty does ramp up fairly quickly – giving a pretty steep curve of challenge and frustration early on in the game. But be persistent and pace through the experience in the Story Mode and then come back for more in the Endless Mode and you’ve got some gameplay longevity and fun in Hand of Fate. If you’re looking for something unique and enjoy fantasy games, delve into Hand of Fate!

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Bethesda hosting E3 Press Conference

by Skyler Edgar on February 10, 2015

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Bethesda has revealed that it has plans to host a press conference at this year’s E3 in Los Angeles on June 14th, 2015.

This will be Bethesda’s first conference hosted at E3 and we would expect to hear a lot more regarding the future of Dishonored, Elder Scrolls and the Fallout series. With Bethesda having a small arsenal of games ranging from DOOM to last year’s The Evil Within, we should be looking forward to hearing about some major game announcements out of this conference.

Other Developers/Publishers such as EA, Ubisoft & Nintendo have yet to announce plans for this years E3 event although we would expect to hear from them soon regarding their announcements.

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Resident Evil Remastered Now Available

by Skyler Edgar on January 20, 2015

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Resident Evil Remastered is now available for digital download on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Xbox One and Playstation 4 for $19.99.

If you were a fan of the classic Resident Evil game, which made its debut on the Nintendo Gamecube in 2002, you should be picking up the remastered version of the game on Xbox Live or Playstation Network this week. This title features the same great gameplay found in the first title combined with “enhanced graphics, 5.1 surround sound, widescreen mode option, alternate control version and a Very Easy mode for novice players”.

Also, a small reminder to folks interested in the Resident Evil series; the first episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 launches on February 24th, 2015. A copy of the game will also launch at retail for Playstation 3 & 4 and Xbox 360/One on March 18th, 2015 and March 20th, 2015 respectively.

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