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Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 21st, 2014


Click the pic for the trailer for Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition.

A while back I reviewed Guacamelee! for the Playstation 3 and the Playstation Vita – and I really liked it! Since that time, the game has peen published for multiple platforms, and many people have expressed their love for the title (as well as the DLC). Recently, Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (which contains new gaming areas, an extended story, new abilities and much more) was released for all the latest consoles, and now it is being released today (August 21st) on Steam ($14.99)! In fact, DrinkBox has announced something very special for folks who want to buy it: a time-limited 10% discount for newcomers to the series, and a 66% discount for those who own the original Steam Gold Edition (that’s $4.99, folks)!

This new edition of Guacamelee! includes Steam Workshop integration, Steam trading cards, and there are plans for future updates. How’s that for brightening your day?


Reviews
Worms Battlegrounds

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 15th, 2014

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I remember, years ago, firing up Team17′s Worms for the first time on my PC (not too long after a friend had shown me Scorched Earth, actually), and I really enjoyed the never-ending war between those itty-bitty invertebrates. The basic premise of the game has changed little over the years, and now the title has come to the latest generation of consoles. As with practically every iteration before that expanded to a new platform, Worms Battlegrounds for the Xbox One and the Playstation 4 is a most welcome and fun diversion.

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Toys
Transformers Age of Extinction
Generations Deluxe Class Strafe Figure

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 14th, 2014

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As Transformers: Age of Extinction rampages through the box office to mixed reviews, you and your kids can take home the adventures with some action figures from Hasbro. Smallest Thumbs and I recently reviewed the Flip and Change Optimus Prime action figure, with each of us having a differing opinion about the toy. Hasbro has since sent us a Generations Deluxe Class Strafe Figure to check out. When I first took it out of the package, I rejoiced at the old-school transformation mechanics. To my surprise, Smallest Thumbs was also into the flying Dinobot.

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Reviews
Viewsonic PJD-7820HD

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 12th, 2014

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Projectors are something that I don’t normally get too excited about. My house doesn’t have too many surfaces upon which I could effectively use it, and getting a screen installed would be a pain. Still, the Viewsonic PJD-7820HD that was sent to us to check out gave me pause, causing me to re-think my position on projectors. A relatively affordable offering, The 7820HD packs a lot of value under the hood, especially when you consider that it is supposed to be an entry-level viewing device.

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Reviews
RoboCop (2014) Blu-Ray

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 5th, 2014

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I have mixed feelings when it comes to film remakes. When it was announced that director Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 splattery classic, Robocop, was to be remade, I wasn’t sure how to feel. The bloody, futuristic sci-fi gore-fest was probably one of the most (if not the most) violent and visually graphic films that I watched in my youth. It was also one of the most socio-politically charged, delivering an unflinching commentary on America’s inability to deal with crime, thanks to the amount of corruption that was (and frankly still is) present in so many levels of the corporate and government worlds. Even after being disappointed by remakes of other films that I had previously enjoyed from my past, there was still a small part of me that was hoping for a win in José Padilha’s take on a cyborg working against a system that created him – a system that he was made to protect. I’ll be perfectly honest; Padilha’s film, which uses some of the same story notes as the original, is not as shocking or hard-hitting as Verhoeven’s Robocop – but I think that it is a better film once the goggles of nostalgia are removed.

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Reviews
Marshall Minor Headphones

By Jorge Figueiredo - June 24th, 2014

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Last year, we reviewed the Marshall Major, a set of on-ear headphones with both style and substance. Vintage-inspired looks and fantastic sound earned the Major a place on our list of suggested holiday gifts. For those who do not like over-ear or on-ear headphones (but want good sound quality), the Marshall Minor in-ear headphones might be a reasonable substitute. Marshall sent Toronto Thumbs a pair to check out, and let me tell you, they are just as impressive as their larger cousins.

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Endless Legend
Video Preview – Part 2 of 3

By Jorge Figueiredo - June 23rd, 2014

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Click this pic to watch the video.

The second part in the three-part series of Rituro’s exploration of the Endless Legend alpha, a 4X game from the makers of Endless Space.