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inFAMOUS: Second Son

By Jorge Figueiredo - April 12th, 2014


The inFAMOUS franchise powers up on the Playstation 4 with an all-new adventure. The latest title in the series, inFAMOUS: Second Son has you exploring a locked-down Seattle in the shoes of a new hero (or villain). If you enjoyed the first inFamous, you will definitely be blown away by the sheer scale, beauty, and dramatic complexity of this latest PS4 exclusive. Second Son has a few flaws, but these are easy to overlook, as this game is more than a worthy successor to the previous two titles in the series.

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From the Thumbs
Rituro’s Epiphany

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 23rd, 2014


So, a while ago, Rituro pitched the idea of covering the seedy underbelly of football. Not American football, of course, but the kind with the round ball1! Well, he packed his trusty backpack and took his walking stick and traveled off into the wilds of darkest Peru. Having not heard from my dear friend and fellow Thumber, I thought that all was lost.

But lo! Recently he emerged from the underbrush – bearded and filthy, and muttering something about canned tomatoes. He handed me an SD card which contained many samples of his experiences with Football Manager 2014. On his journey, Rituro had an epiphany, and discovered that video reviewing is his chosen path. Once I’d convinced him to stay and think about shaving or having a shower – both of which he refused – Rituro broke his silence.

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The Last of Us
Left Behind

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 16th, 2014


FYI: While I have tried to keep this spoiler-free, it is impossible to talk about Left Behind without referring to parts of the game that occur later on. In fact, the DLC warns you that you should finish the main game before engaging in Left Behind. You have been warned.

The Last of Us was one of my favourite games of 2013. For those that haven’t played it, it is very intense and can be quite emotionally exhausting – in a good way. Naughty Dog did a great job leaving the world of Joel and Ellie open in a few spots, allowing for some extended story-telling goodness. Left Behind is one such story, and is no less emotionally charged. If you enjoyed the main game, you will definitely love this plot extension.

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Tag-Team Review
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 4th, 2014


Nintendo has a history of surprising its fan base (and non fans) with some pretty fantastic gaming goodness. Retro Studios’ Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is one such example of a Nintendo title hitting it out of the park. With a great solo campaign and an even better couch-co-op experience, Tropical Freeze is definitely a must-buy for those of you who love challenging platformers (and also for those of you who say that there is nothing good for the Wii U that you bought at launch).

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By Jorge Figueiredo - February 24th, 2014


Tabletop role-playing games engaged my mind when I was younger. Over the years, many companies have tried to translate the experience into a videogame format, which has always been something of a hit-and-miss operation. Daedalic Entertainment’s BlackGuards is one such attempt for the PC, and it manages to stir up feelings of nostalgia within me. What makes this interesting is that I have never played the tabletop RPG system that it is based on: The Dark Eye.

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NBA 2K14

By Jorge Figueiredo - February 23rd, 2014


When I was a kid, I used to play sports videogames all the time. On the Intellivision I would play NHL Hockey, Major League Baseball and NBA Basketball; on the Commodore 64 I would play Hardball!, One on One: Dr. J vs. Larry Bird, and Bop ‘n Wrestle. Recently, on PC and console, I tend to gravitate towards soccer games (PES and FIFA) and thanks to MLB: The Show, baseball as well. It wasn’t until the release of the PS4 that I got into basketball again. Visual Concepts’ NBA 2K14 is a visual marvel and it’s a lot of fun to play, once you get the hang of it. It is a good basketball game? I don’t honestly know, as I am not really a fan of the sport (watching it, anyway). However, when a game makes me a lot more interested in a topic that I don’t know very much about, I count that as a win.

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Belkin Dual Car Charger
with Lightning to USB Cable

By Jorge Figueiredo - February 17th, 2014


Sometimes I like to take a step back and look at how far we have progressed in the realm of technology. At times, the things that we can do with these powerful hand-held computers makes me feel like we should be aboard some kind of Federation starship (Trekkies, can you feel me?); although, I’m not sure if the crew of the USS Enterprise would be allowed to play Angry Birds 6000 while on duty. Interestingly enough, one of the things that we don’t have yet are devices that can stay charged for more than a few days (while being “active” rather than being in “standby”), so it becomes a game of keeping chargers in various places to ensure that we can get our mobile fix (or carrying portable batteries to help top up our devices). While car chargers aren’t a new thing, Belkin’s Dual Car Charger is a relatively affordable solution for those of you who travel in packs, or for those of you who have more than one power-hungry device.

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