First Impressions


Events
Fan Expo Canada 2014
Warner Bros

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 31st, 2014

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Adjacent to the Sony booth, the Warner Bros. Booth is hard to miss. In the front corner of the booth sits a full-scale Batmobile – the version from Batman: Arkham Knight. No, you can’t get in – but you can take your picture with it. Towards the back of the booth are a few game displays, showing Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Dying Light, and Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. To the right, a merchandise shop, behind which is a special “screening” room for people that want to try out Mortal Kombat X. As my time was limited, I checked out Mortal Kombat X, and played a little bit of Shadows of Mordor.

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Events
Fan Expo Canada 2014
Games to Play

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 30th, 2014

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One of the cool things about Fan Expo is that patrons have the chance to play games that aren’t out yet. Sony, Microsoft, and Warner Brothers have displays there (more on those later). There were two standalone displays that were each dedicated to a single game. They might be of interest to you.

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Events
Hands-On with Nintendo’s E3 Line Ups
Part 2

By Seán O'Sullivan - August 20th, 2014

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A few days ago, our intrepid Thumber, Seán O’Sullivan, attended a post E3 Nintendo event chock-full of demos and Nintendo-y goodness. His experience was too much to document in one pass, so we have a second post for you. Enjoy! – ed.

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Events
Hands-On with Nintendo’s E3 Line Ups
Part 1

By Seán O'Sullivan - August 17th, 2014

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This past E3 saw each of the “big three” firing on all six cylinders to impress upon gamers that the best is yet to come; but Nintendo’s showing was particularly successful at changing the Wii U’s prognosis from more cynical gamers (enough that a poll of IGN’s readers showed the majority rated Nintendo as “winning E3″).

Nintendo recently invited Toronto Thumbs and other Canadian outlets to a post-E3 demo session, where multiple kiosks were available to showcase the big hitters coming this holiday season and beyond for Wii U and 3DS.

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First Impressions
Hand of Fate
Early Access

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 7th, 2014

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Being invited to play games that are still in development is truly am honour, as it not only allows a sneak peek at what is to come, but also allows you to help the developer tweak certain things by providing valuable feedback. When Defiant Development invited us to try out their new game, Hand of Fate, on Steam Early Access, I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, after spending some time with it, I was a bit disappointed; not because the game was a bad experience – but because it’s not finished yet and I really want to keep playing!

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First Impressions
Tropico 5
Multi-player

By Rituro - August 2nd, 2014


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Change has come to the lush islands of Tropico. No longer do you oppress the peasantry, court world leaders and fund space programs in solitude – now you can put your dictator credentials to the test against other Presidentes in a full multi-player mode. This is not the challenge creator/leaderboards of earlier incarnations; this is you and up to three friends/enemies duking it out for glory, honour and a bloated Swiss bank account. Check out the video for my first impressions of Tropico 5 multi-player!


First Impressions
DG2: Defense Grid 2

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 1st, 2014

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I love me some tower defense. When my friend Chris introduced me to the genre, I was immediately hooked! One of my all-time favourite tower defense games was (and still is) Defense Grid: The Awakening by Hidden Path Entertainment. The game-play and the production value were both incredible. Well, based on my impressions of Hidden Path’s latest game in the works, DG2: Defense Grid 2 (Beta), I think they might have another winner on their hands for the PC.

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