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A firm believer in "you have to get old, but you don't have to grow up," I've been an unabashed lover of nerdy things for a good long while and don't plan to stop anytime soon. With experience on both sides of the video game, both as a consumer and a producer, and a love of the written word, I've managed to combine all three right here with the Plug-in blog

Facial scanning comes alive in Kinect Sports Rivals for XBox One

Are you ready for another reason to wiggle, kick, swing, and otherwise use your body in amusing fashion to control a video game?  Rare and Microsoft sure hope so!  With the new generation of hardware now in play, and the ole Motion Control Kinect technology used for little more than (albiet the always fun and amusing) dance games, we’re all waiting for something to live up to the promise of motion gamings first explosion onto the scene. With its six varied ‘sporting’ activities  Kinect Sports Rivals aiming to do that very thing.

Review – Anki Drive

If you are into toys, tech, gadgets, software, or any and all of the above, you might just want to lean in a little closer. Touted as ‘The first video game in the real world’ Anki Drive may just blow your mind. Real cars with really intellegent AI, play against friends, or the smartest little cars you ever met in a head to head battle around a large race track that actually takes up space in your house. Score points, level up, upgrade your machines, its all there, and all with the added bonus of having a cool toy to show off.  It’s Anki Drive folks, and its a heck of a lotta fun.

The Elder Scrolls Online

Gather round ye fans of MMO’s, Fantasy RPG’s and The Elder Scrolls alike, for the convergence is nigh!  Or, put in english, The Elder Scrolls Online will be out in less than a week! It feels like the MMO space has been waiting for something to come along and redefine it, others have tried, and it might be that Bethesda and Zenimax are up to the job, they certainly have game development chops and a world that’s right for it. Exploring some new ways and means in the MMOsphere, we might just have the solution to your Massive Multiplayer Online blues, with The Elder Scrolls Online.

Review – Dark Souls 2

A world defined by death and dying, filled with horrible monsters big and small, you stand poised at the beginning of an unimaginably long journey, every step you take fought for, stained with the blood of your opponents, and all too often, your own hollowed corpse.  Interested?  Me too!  It’s Dark Souls 2, that unforgiving, punishing, wonderful, amazing gaming experience that not everyone is cut out for.  Are you?  Lets find out.

Two Sony Exclusive RPGs and an Honorable Mention!

You can always count on Sony to keep the titles coming after a generational shift. Ever since moving from the PS1, they’ve supported their last gen hardware, and proving nothing has changed are two very different RPG titles, and a fighter.  Whether its the JRPG stylings that capture your fancy, of if you prefer a more Diablo-esque hack, slash, and loot-athon, we’ve got a bit of both, with The Witch and The Hundred Knight and Atlier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk.

InFamous: Second Son

The first real big Sony Exclusive for the PS4, InFamous is back with its Second Son (and third major release!). Traipse about Seattle… wait, did I say ‘traipse’? I meant navigate, teleport, and otherwise move with awesome looking super powers across a fantastically rendered Emerald City as you fight against a heinous, superpower hating, military corps!  Its time to decide what sort of supe you’ll be, with Infamous: Second Son!

Call of Duty: Ghosts new DLC – Devastation!

With four new map packs, a new class of weapon (well, a new merging of two classes really) and a brand new chapter in the (deservedly) acclaimed Extinction co-op experience, Activision and the good folks at Infinity Ward have a new bit of DLC coming your way April 3.  Announced earlier this month, the Devastation DLC is included with the seasons pass, curious what’s in store?  Come have a gander, its Call of Duty:Ghosts Devastation!

Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes

If you’re eager, but impatient for the release of Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain, Hideo Komjima and Konami have you covered. Taking place after MGS: Peace Walkers, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes sets up the events of Phantom Pain, and explores some new gameplay ideas. Being called tense and grittier than previous titles, Ground Zeroes seems to be setting up more than just the next major title, but perhaps a new direction for the series as well.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII / Final Fantasy X/X-2 Remastered

Final Fantasy fans rejoice!  The folks at Square Enix seem to have been up to a lot lately, particularly after the admitted mistakes of Final Fantasy XIV, and its complete rehaul and rerelease. With that in mind we have, over the course of a month, not one but two Final Fantasy Releases. One, the final title in a trilogy (and who doesn’t like those?), the other, the HD remaster and combining of two FF superstars with Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy X/X-2 Remastered.

Thief

Announced back in 2009, Thief was a long held standard in stealth gameplay, single handedly redefining the genre with the original Thief game, Thief: The Dark Project way back in ’98. With its last release in 2004, fans of the series and of the stealth Genre in general have long held their breath; well you can let it go folks, the coast is clear.  Play as Garrett, Master Thief and all around enthusiast of shiny things while he tiptoes over rooftops in a Victorian Dystopia, with Thief!

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