Poker Night 2
In 2010 Telltale Games did the unthinkable, bringing a handful of random characters together to sit down at the same table, and play some poker. "Poker Night at the Inventory" had players face off against Tycho from Penny Arcade, Max from "Sam & Max," the Heavy Weapons Guy from "Team Fortress 2," and Strong Bad from Homestar Runner, in a PC only, Texas Hold 'Em tournament where poker was only half as interesting as the characters. "Poker Night 2" sends players back to The Inventory, and deals them in for another hand against some huge names from the worlds of video games, cartoons, and movies.
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Logitech-G700s

When I reviewed the G500s Gaming Mouse, I may have overstretched the idea that it would be the last gaming mouse you'd ever need. It's a fantastic little guy with tons of bell and whistles to meet almost any of you gaming needs; however, it does have one slight downside -- it's still wired. However, Logitech has your back with the G700s Rechargeable Wireless Gaming Mouse!
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Late last week I got a surprise in the mail. I could tell immediately what was Within the familiar padded envelope as I noticed the rough outline of a thin rectangular object -- mostly likely a video game. However, I was more surprised when I discovered that it was the reissued version of "Dragon's Dogma" -- including the latest DLC expansion "Dark Arisen." Capcom's take on a western RPG passed me by the first go a round and, honestly, I haven't really given much thought about it since. Still, I was a bit curious about it as several of my friends quickly drew lines in the sand about it's quality. But I wanted to find out for myself.

I talked before about my one time love for JRPGs, and how they tend to lean on the older traditional view of video games; and for the last several years, there have been talks about the declining influence of Japan in favor of aggressive western developers and publishers. We've seen this mostly with the tidal wave of  FPS and TPS games this generation -- probably than almost the last 20 years combined. Somewhere down the line, Japanese developers have tried to capture that elusive western audience. So in order to stay relevant (and profitable) these devs have often had to make hard choices, or move in non-traditional ways. Unfortunately, these titles more often miss than hit, with one niche (but amazing) game for every dozen or so mediocre debuts.

This is where it gets a little interesting  for you RPG fans that favor western influences. "Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen" is, in a way, Capcom's reach for your attention. It's not perfect -- it's not even all that great; but it does have a lot of potential.
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LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins

This March marked the first major release for the Wii U since launch, as "LEGO City Undercover" was unleashed unto the masses. The game was very well done, and featured expansive, open-world gameplay, as well as some thoroughly entertaining writing. As if to serve as a companion piece to that expertly crafted game, the same developer/publisher team of TT Fusion and Nintendo have come together again to offer up a prequel to "LEGO City Undercover," with "The Chase Begins" on the Nintendo 3DS.
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Thomas Was Alone

There's something to be said for simplicity. Not to start off on a rant, but a lot of "AAA" games today have a whole lot going on with them. Video games continually push the limits of what players can do in games, from multiple levels of character customizations, to intricately designed levels that force players to use every part of their brain, even going so far as to create entire worlds to explore: games today have a lot going on with them. Again, there is something to be said for simplicity. "Thomas Was Alone" is simple, still manages to be compelling, and is even beautiful at times.
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Pandora's Tower

Operation Rainfall is officially over. With the release of "Pandora's Tower," the grassroots groundswell that took place on countless fronts, from social media to an old school letter writing campaign, has come to a successful conclusion, as the final release that was petitioned for arrives in the United States. After the effective outpouring of community interest, the fans behind Operation Rainfall were able to influence the releases of "The Last Story," "Xenoblade Chronicles," and now "Pandora's Tower," as the final three JRPGs for the Wii. But, was all that effort worth it? "The Last Story" and "Xenoblade Chronicles" seemed to live up to the hype, but can "Pandora's Tower" complete the cycle?
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Over the last several months I've gotten back into PC gaming, and as such, I've been on the market for some peripherals to replace my aging gear. Fortunately, the good people over at Logitech have provided several new PC periphs for all your gaming needs. Having whipped up hundreds of computer accessories, ranging from keyboards to mice to speakers, since the 8o's Logitech is no stranger to the gaming scene and odds are that you've come across one of their devices at some point. Logitech's G Series, the latest batch of higher-end gaming peripherals, touch on their "Science wins" branding focusing on unique materials and mathematically precise functionality in hopes of improving your game. Enter the G500s Laser Gaming Mouse, probably the last gaming mouse you'll ever need.

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At first sight "Injustice" seems to be cut from the same "MK" cloth, with fans remembering 2008's crossover brawl, "Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe." Although it was fun to imagine a fight between Sub-Zero and Wonder Woman, that game ultimately lost some bite with the watering down of the typical brutal and gory MK universe. This go around, NetherRealm Studios seems to forego any gimmicky cross promotion in favor for a competent brawler that can stand on it's own legs. Does it lack the punch of the previous DC fighter or is there enough here to make "Injustice: Gods Among Us" another arcade throwdown worthy of your investment?
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At the core of Black Forest Games' puzzle-platformer "Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams" is a clever concept: you play as both the "sweet" and "punk" Giana sisters, able to shift back and forth between different versions of the same world, each shift changing the enemies and some level details (the challenge is knowing when to shift, you see), all based around the usual gem hunt in order to progress to the boss level of the three worlds of "Twisted Dreams." Oh, and the Cute sister has a glide move allowing her to extend jumps and slow her descent while the Punk sister has a Sonic-style dash good for getting some extra verticality and busting through walls.

So why did I have so little fun hopping between worlds as "Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams" makes its Xbox LIVE debut?

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Guacamelee

The PlayStation Network is quickly becoming a bastion for independent developers. Fostered by Sony's 20 million dollar investment into its Pub Fund, the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita have already seen some amazing work by indie teams, and are on the verge of getting a handful more in the coming months. The first in the ring this spring is the Mexican-themed, 2D sidescroller "Guacamelee!"
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