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Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze

Nintendo posted a new 30-second spot they created for this month’s release of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.  In it we see a father and son exploring DK Island when the Snowmads suddenly arrive to attack with the Kong’s dropping in to save the day.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze will be releasing on February 21st, 2014 exclusively for the Nintendo Wii Sly Cooper has unexpectedly snuck his way into theaters, well he will be in 2016 at least as it was announced through a new trailer that a film is heading our way.  The new movie comes from animation studio Rainmaker Entertainment who is also doing the animation for 2015′s upcoming Ratchet and Clank Movie.
These movies are definitely be a great move by Sony to spread their various brands to a much wider fan base.  Below you can read the official story synopsis.
“Sly Cooper is a kinetic and comedic heist film that tells the story of Sly Cooper, an orphaned raccoon thief, along with his childhood friends and partners in crime, Bentley Turtle and Murray Hippo. In the film, Sly learns of his birth family’s secret legacy; that he comes from a long line of talented and international thieves. Endowed with this knowledge, Sly and his friends are catapulted into a global adventure as they race to reassemble pieces of an ancient book holding The Cooper Clan’s family secrets before it can fall into the hands of Clockwerk – an evil Russian metallic owl bent on ending the Cooper family line. From romantic Parisian backdrops to the lush mountains of China, gritty film noir meets bright, colorful graphic novels in this origin story of the world’s greatest thief-turned-hero.”
Unlike the Ratchet and Clank film, the characters of Sly Cooper had to have a bit of a makeover with this transition to CG from Sly Cooper’s original unique cel-shaded art style.  Rainmaker has been working very closely with Sony and Sucker Punch though to stay as pure Sly Cooper as they can though to hopefully please the fans.
Although we have yet to see battlefield 4 on nitendos consoles we are hoping to see it soon along with some bf4 hacks.

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Steam World Dig Sound Effects

I really “dug” the soundtrack as it had a Western sound to it that went well with the game’s overall theme. The sound effects were great too as you actually sounded like the hunk of metal you are when hitting the ground. The clank of your mining pick and grinding sound of the drill were satisfyingly spot on too.
Wrapping It Up. Gamers that were planning on purchasing the PC version of South Park: The Stick of Truth and absolutely despise uPlay will be excited to hear that the game will not require use of the service.  This news surfaced from a tweet by Obsidian Entertainment themselves when responding to a question regarding the existence of the uPlay service in the game
It’s only $7.99 on Steam right now, so I’d recommend grabbing it while it is still available at that discount price.
I can easily recommend purchasing SteamWorld Dig to just about any gamer, and especially those who love Metroidvania and/or mining games. From a design standpoint it is polished up to near perfection, although some gamers just might be left wanting more in terms of content. While the game is quite short, it can warrant multiple playthroughs and extra gameplay time spent finding all the hidden collectables and secrets. It must be remembered this is only the first venture into Rusty’s world though and perhaps SteamWorld Dig 2 will resolve any complaints some may have about his first game.

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SteamWorld Dig Controls

I have to note that the platforming controls are pretty much perfect in my opinion. The jumping and movement controls feel spot on. In some platforming games these controls can feel even a little off and it really hampers the overall experience. Props to Image & Form for joining the ranks of Nintendo when it comes to platforming controls.
The game looks absolultely stunning in HD. Not only that, but the framerate is a silky smooth 60 frames-per-second. It’s hard to imagine that this game was originally on the much smaller screened, less powerful 3DS. They did a tremendous job fancying it up for the PC release.Before I knew it, I reached the end of the game. You can expect a playthrough to last anywhere between three to five hours depending on your speed, although completionists could definitely spend a few more hours beyond this.
Unfortunately there is only one boss in the game, which you will fight at the game’s conclusion. This boss fight however was quite unique and fun to fight. It would have been cool to see a boss themed after the other two areas as well, and maybe we can expect more awesome bosses in SteamWorld Dig 2.
Graphics
The game looks absolultely stunning in HD. Not only that, but the framerate is a silky smooth 60 frames-per-second. It’s hard to imagine that this game was originally on the much smaller screened, less powerful 3DS. They did a tremendous job fancying it up for the PC release.

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SteamWorld Dig Part 2

While exploring these three underground areas, you will come across underground caves. Unlike the base underground, these caves are pre-built puzzle locations for Rusty to solve. A lot of these had some clever puzzle designs and I really enjoyed completing them. It’s within these caves that you can find new Technology upgrades and other goodies.
The difficulty I felt was about the right level. Not too hard, not too easy like battlefield 4 was quite harder than expected but battlefield 4 hacks solved that. A lot of the time it felt perhaps a bit too easy, but I did have my fair share of sudden deaths from huge explosions and falling rocks. The penalty of death is losing 50 percent of your gold and dropping all your precious ore in a bag on the ground. If you manage to head back down to that spot you can actually grab it.The money you earn in the game can be spent at one of many shops, which you will unlock more of as you progress through the game. These shops are run by quirky characters that sell numerous upgrades and consumable items to help you out such as lanterns and ladders. I loved how many upgrades there are in the game as it gives players an option to pick what sounds coolest to them in each playthrough.
The shops are not the only place Rusty can get upgrades though. Similar to the Metroid series, you will find special platforms while exploring underground that give Rusty a new technology ability. These new abilities typically allow you to access a spot your weren’t able to before. Examples of these abilities include sprinting, a steam-powered drill, and the ever-so popular videogame skill, the double-jump. You never have to wait too long to find the next upgrade too, as the game provides them to you at a nice pace.
On your way down the mine you will go through three distinct looking areas. I don’t want to spoil these, but if you watched any of my videos you may have seen them. Each area is truly unique, offering new gameplay elements and enemies. These areas are actually randomized in each playthrough as well, so it definitely encourages multiple playthroughs.
While exploring these three underground areas, you will come across underground caves. Unlike the base underground, these caves are pre-built puzzle locations for Rusty to solve. A lot of these had some clever puzzle designs and I really enjoyed completing them. It’s within these caves that you can find new Technology upgrades and other goodies.
The difficulty I felt was about the right level. A lot of the time it felt perhaps a bit too easy, but I did have my fair share of sudden deaths from huge explosions and falling rocks. The penalty of death is losing 50 percent of your gold and dropping all your precious ore in a bag on the ground. If you manage to head back down to that spot you can actually grab it.

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SteamWorld Dig

SteamWorld Dig is a highly polished little gem that developer Image & Form have thankfully blessed PC gamers with the opportunity of playing. Originally released on the 3DS, the new version was beefed up for a proper PC release with HD visuals and a full suite of Steam features like achievements, trading cards, and cloud saves. It must be noted that this actually Image & Form’s first PC release as well, so congratulations to them on putting out a solid PC version.As the new local miner, the townsfolk need you to start gathering precious metals and gems for them. Almost right away, you start heading down into the mine digging away with your new pickaxe looking for ore nodes. The underground is tile-based similar to terraria, so you’ll be breaking away large squares of dirt, rocks, and ore. When you’ve filled up your limited inventory, you can head back to the surface to sell your goodies in town. If you’ve gone too deep underground you may want to bring a teleporter with you to head back up, although there are pre-built ones in the mine at various locations.
The game has you playing as a steam-powered Robot named Rusty who arrives to take over his Uncle’s mine, only to find out the poor bot has kicked the bucket. Naturally, Rusty takes his mining pick and follows in his Uncle’s footsteps by being the local miner for a town that is in great need of a replacement.
Gameplay
Although the gameplay of SteamWorld Dig is very simple and nothing close to battlefield 4 or battlefield 4 hacks, yet very hooking. It’s like a few parts Metroid and a little bit of Terraria with some DigDug sprinkled on top.