Sony loyalty = $$$$$

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The message I recieved from Sony

Well gamers today I was pleasantly surprised with a gift from our friends at Sony. I hooked my PS3 back up after an extended period playing Fable 2 on my 360 to discover that I had a message. The message was indicating that I was being given a voucher to redeem for $10 to use on the PSN store. Naturally I initially thought it was total bullshit. Koopa and myself used to get this all the time from friends and random people as chain messages telling us if we sent it to 50 other people Sony would give us $50. What surprised me was that the sender was PSN and the reason for the voucher was for my loyalty as a PSN customer. The link on the message took me directly to the store and voila, there in the store it confirmed my $10. How freaking awesome is that? Seeing as how I was looking to purchase Resident Evil: Operation Racoon City for $4.99 pre-owned at BestBuy I can potentially invest the $10 towards one of the DLC packs, a PSN game or finally get Harley Quinn’s Revenge for Arkham City. The choices are abundant and what makes spending the money even better was that it was given to me. Free money is the best kind of money! Thanks for reading, leave a comment at your leisure, check your PSN messages and as always game on gamerz!psn

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The Frugal Gamer

Hello fellow gamers I thought I would start this new segment to bring some attention to some really great deals available in both retail outlets and online. I chose frugal because the word “cheap” just has such a negative connotation to it. My purpose for creating this segment was to reach out to like-minded gamers such as myself who enjoy gaming but would rather not spend $60 a pop for every new release that comes out. As gaming has become more and more expensive I’ve had to really curb my spending habits and I’m sure a lot of you can relate to that sentiment. Let’s face it the economy isn’t in the greatest shape right now and every dollar you spend has to count.Pink piggy bank surrounded by stacks of gold coins. Does that mean that our beloved hobby has to take such a critical hit? The answer is NO! What it’s going to take on our part however is a little patience (waiting on prices to drop or sales) and some real bargain hunting to get the most for our dollar. As I have changed my spending habits and as my gaming habits have changed I’ve also discovered some really great games I passed on before like Fable II & III both of which I will list in regards to location and price below.

Play N Trade & GameStop

  • Fable 2 $2.99 0r $14.99(Platinum Edition) pre-owned Xbox360
  • Fable 3 $8.99 pre-owned Xbox360
  • Crackdown $2.99 pre-owned Xbox360

BestBuy

  • Resident Evil: Operation Racoon City  $4.99 pre-owned   PS3 & Xbox360
  • Max Payne 3 $14.99 pre-owned  PS3 & Xbox360
  • BulletStorm $1.99 pre-owned  PS3 & Xbox360
  • For more listings check BestBuy’s website under weekly deals

PSN & XboxLive

  • Alien Breed all three installments $4.99 each (PSN) 400 MSP (Live)
  • Vanquish is Free on (PSN) to Plus members only

Well that’s pretty much what I’ve come across so far. My goal is to put this out at least twice a month or as really great deals come my way. Hope this helps and if you come across a really great deal drop me a comment about it. Game on gamerz!

Anarchy Reigns: First Impressions

Anarchy ReignsHaving recently purchased the title on sale at GameStop for $20 I thought I would write briefly about my experience with the game thus far. Playing Anarchy Reigns gives me hope for more similar titles to follow and if you’ll forgive the pun shows the beat ém up genre still has some fight left in it. With that said I have to say that Platinum studios have crafted yet another solid and enjoyable title through their partnership with Sega. The first thing I have to say about Anarchy reigns is I really love is the character roster which is a total of 17 if you count Bayonetta who is only available as DLC for those lucky enough to have pre-ordered the game.Jack Each character has their own unique personality, move set, weapons and special techniques. While the campaign is long its focus is on two main characters Jack and Leo. The other playable characters are unlocked only through the course of the campaign for use in the online co-op and competitive modes. Combat is simple yet somewhat deep but not the kind of depth that you would find in a standard fighting game. The game world or levels you play in are big and missions unlock as you achieve high scores beating hordes of enemies. Now to the meat of the game which is the online modes. I really appreciate the co-op modes because that’s when it starts to feel like an old school beat ém up. Perhaps my only real complaint in regards to the game was that co-op wasn’t implemented into the campaign. A minor gripe of course and something im sure will be addressed if a sequel (fingers crossed) is ever developed. Competitive mode will take some getting used to as it can be a bit chaotic but fun as all hell to play. Imagine Uncharted 3 but instead of using guns players run around beating the crap out of each other with martial arts. There are other modes for online to talk about but that’s mostly what I’ve played so far with the time I’ve had with the game. The beat ém up genre has been long in need of some resuscitation and Anarchy Reigns is a wonderful step in the right direction.Leo The question is will other developers follow suit? If anything a game like this should have Sega wondering if they should let Platinum develop a sequel to their Streets of Rage series. What about Capcom with their Final Fight? Granted they released a sequel in 2006 but the game was a commercial and critical failure for Capcom. While I do love and appreciate games like Double Dragon Neon and Scott Pilgrim with their old school charm, for the genre to truly thrive it has to have more releases like Anarchy Reigns to innovate and move it forward. Well that’s my first impression of Anarchy Reigns and you may take from it what you will but these are just my opinions. If you’re a beat ’em up enthusiast like myself it’s definitely a purchase and if you’re unsure about it’s at least worth a rental. Got a comment leave it below. If you want to game with me it’s AriesKnight78 on PS3. Game on gamerz!

Ghostbusters meets Super Mario Bros!

I know what you’re probably thinking, “will this guy ever stop talking about freaking Ghostbusters?” The answer to that question my friends if I haven’t already addressed it is, No. I can’t help it I just love the franchise and have since I was but a wee lad. I do draw the line however at building proton packs, quoting lines every 10 seconds or even dressing up. Not that there’s anything wrong with that it’s just my level of nerdiness is usually limited to the films, games and the animated series. So with that said I would like to share yet another funny parody I came across on Youtube recently created by James Farr involving a couple of Italian plumbers. I’ve always wanted a Ghostbusters style game involving the Mario’s since playing Luigi’s Mansion. Hell I’ve even talked about the possibility of a Ghostbusters game with characters from Gears of War. Can you imagine it for either? My biggest curiosity though is why Nintendo is sitting more or less on such an obvious premise for a video game. Who doesn’t love Ghostbusters or Super Mario Bros.? C’mon Miyamoto-san, get to work on a proper sequel of Luigi’s Mansion on the Wii U with four player co-op and some multiplayer on top of that. Also there’s a sequel coming soon so naturally I will keep you guys posted. Till then enjoy this hilarious video and as always game on gamerz!

Supernatural: The Video Game………..when?

I can’t honestly say that outside of Buffy The Vampire Slayer I’ve played a “good” game based on a television program. The first game was phenomenal with its gameplay, graphics and combat system. The second however lacked a bit in the combat department, but was better in terms of  narrative and having additional characters to play as. Supernatural has been a favorite show of mine since it first premiered in 2005 on the then dying network the WB.

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Alan Wake: American Nightmare?…….More like dream come true.

I posted recently about how much of a fan I’ve become since playing Alan Wake for the Xbox 360, a copy of which my good friend Koopa let me borrow. I also mentioned that I wanted to purchase said title along with all accompanying DLC and the Xbox Arcade release of Alan Wake’s: American Nightmare. Well I don’t know if the stars and universe have aligned or whether my Xbox has achieved self-awareness but American Nightmare is on sale this week for Gold members at half price (600 MSP). Alan Wake

I’ve had  the demo downloaded since last week but strayed from a purchase because of the 1200 MSP price tag. I’m glad I was patient because I consider it extreme good fortune to purchase it at half the cost and the opportunity to continue my journey through the world of Alan Wake. Anyway friends im going to leave it here and get to my purchase as I already have 200 MSP to spend towards it. Again I feel both are games you should give a shot because while I won’t make any guarantees I think you’ll enjoy the experience of playing Alan Wake. Leave your thoughts below and as always, Game on gamerz!

16-bit Memories:Brawl Brothers

During the glory days of the 16-bit era two beat em’ up franchises reigned supreme on their respective consoles. On the Super Nintendo Final Fight was King and on the Sega Genesis supremacy belonged to Streets of Rage. Of course there were a handful of other games vying for an opportunity to shine but in the end the aforementioned titles were the most popular among gamers. I however have always been one to root for the under dog and Brawl Brothers released exclusively for the Super Nes in 1993 by Jaleco was in my mind as good if not better than both Final Fight and Streets of Rage combined. I should give a little history though as I can only assume that anyone reading this either didn’t play it or doesn’t remember it.Brawl Brothers Title Screen

Brawl Brothers is actually the second Western localized release in a series known in Japan as Rushing Beat with the first being Rival Turf and the last being The Peace Keepers. I never understood why here in America they made each game unrelated from one another. I feel it’s one of the reasons that the series never took off here and the terrible cover art could be another. If I hadn’t played it before buying it I would have easily passed it by because the cover just doesn’t do the game any justice. In fact my first experience playing Brawl Brothers was during my 15th birthday sleep over and my friend at the time Mike brought it over to play.

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