More Clues To The Konami/Kojima Split Or Simply Konami Being Konami?

It’s been a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde kind of year for Konami. One one hand, they released Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom pain last month receiving universal appraise from both critics and consumers. MGSV is actually the fastest selling title in the series and for what it’s worth, the game has completely hooked me, a non-Metal Gear player. That should tell you something.


While things remain strong with Big Boss and his Diamond Dog crew, the same can’t be said for the company itself. The biggest news from this year comes from the company’s very public feud with legendary developer Hideo Kojima. Konami went as far as to not include him on their executive board, rebranded his studio and social media accounts, and for a time, also took his name off promotional materials. Things continued to escalate when Konami cancelled Silent Hills, a highly anticipated game collaboration between Kojima and film director Guillermo del Toro.

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Now Arriving: The Games of October 2015

We’re certainly in the thick of the release schedule now, aren’t we?

While October may not be as full as it once was with Rainbow 6: Siege repelling out and down into December, there’s still a ton of new games to keep an eye on. If for some reason you’re looking for something new to play (especially after the jam packed September release schedule) then October has you covered. I hope you’ve been saving because it only gets busier from here.

Microsoft is betting big this month as the highly anticipated Halo 5: Guardians finally launches for Xbox One owners. It’s been a long wait but fans will finally get to live out the confrontation between Master Chief and Agent Locke. North American WiiU owners finally catch up to the rest of the world as the gorgeously cute looking Yoshi’s Woolly World arrives. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate rounds out the month and looks to restore the franchise back to greatness with new protagonists, a new setting, and a new development studio heading up the game.

Again, there’s something for everyone this month, regardless of the console you own. Actually, there’s a massive pile of games this month. Trust me.

The complete release list for October can be found after the jump…

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Emergent Storytime With Mad Max

Mad Max Combat

Welcome back to Emergent Storytime dear friends, where you and I sit around a metaphorical campfire and share stories of emergent gameplay and some of the random and crazy things that can happen in our favorite open world games. Last time I took a look at Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, so make sure to go read up on that one first.

Today, we’re going to take a look at Mad Max, a game which unfortunately launched on the same day as Metal Gear Solid V, and was quite literally overshadowed. It’s a great game in it’s own right, but I’ll save that for another post. For now though, let’s have a look at some of my (mis)adventures in the wasteland.

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Saturday Video Round Up: September 20 – 26

The week is again at an end so a new Video Round Up has emerged from the crowd to entertain and delight you. We’re in the thick of the fall/holiday release schedule and as such, there’s another great batch of gameplay and trailers waiting for your eyeballs to grace them. So lets get started.

Many would say that Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is one of the bigger games of October and to better get players acclimated to 19th century London, a new story based trailer was released. The trailer will also detail each of the targets Jacob and Evie are set out against. You know what they say: Know Your Enemy. Or something like that.

Rise of the Tomb Raider has the dubious task of going up against Fallout 4 when both games launch on November 10. With that said, Crystal Dynamics really look to be pulling out all the stops as Rise looks like it’s going to be a fantastic journey. Xbox One players will have a tough decision to make in November.

I’ve also got new videos for Fallout 4, Overwatch, Battleborn and so much more after the break, so come check out this week’s batch of trailers!

The full list of videos await you after the jump…

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Is It Time To Return To Destiny?

Since its release last year, Destiny has proven to be a divisive game among video game fans. Some where immediately turned off due to it’s grind heavy end game content and a lack of cohesive story. On the other hand, the promise of better loot and rock solid gameplay mechanics have created a loyal and vocal community.

I managed to hang in with Destiny for a couple months before the appeal of shiny new games pulled me away for good. Well, that was until E3 happened.


With E3 came the promise of change. Bungie had been keeping a running tally of the things that people didn’t like or were confused by. For many, this started with the lackluster story. Certain confusing game mechanics and UI features were set to get completely overhauled along with weapon balancing. If a full list of updates and changes, make sure to check out my thoughts on The Taken King here.

With a full year now behind us and sweeping changes made through Update 2.0 and The Taken King expansion, it’s time to ask: Is it time to return to Destiny?

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Saturday Video Round Up: September 13 – 19

The weekend has once again returned and so to has the Video Round Up. Once again, bringing you the best trailers and video content from the past week. This week, we’ve gotten a nice boost from the Tokyo Game Show so there’s quite a bit of content to get to. Here’s just a taste of what to expect.

Street Fighter V makes a big return this week, detailing two new characters coming to the roster. Well, only one of them is new while the other one is another fan favorite from Alpha 3. Both characters however appear to be quick nimble, so players will need to stay on their toes against them.

A game that I’m particularly interested in, For Honor, revealed a new trailer this week for the Samurai faction as it detailed a new hero class known as The Oni. Come get a glimpse at this heavy hitter along with some more gameplay goodness.

I’ve also got new videos for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Dishonored 2, Ghost Recon Wildlands and so much more after the break, so come check out this week’s batch of trailers!

The full list of videos await you after the jump…

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The Quick and Easy Way To Unlock All Themes and Editor Content in Super Mario Maker

When Nintendo first announced that players would have to unlock additional tools, themes, and content for Super Mario Maker through normal play, I was surprisingly okay with it.  Upon grabbing a copy for myself, I found the restrictions to be a bit more restrictive than I initially thought. After spending 5-10 minutes in the editor, a notification would appear, letting you know that new content was on the way for the next day, forcing the player to repeat this process until after 9 days, everything would be unlocked.

Super Mario Maker Logo

Thanks to a day one patch, it seems even Nintendo has given in, letting editor items become unlocked earlier than a normal delivery date. The tricky part is that the big N purposely didn’t spell out how to get everything to unlock, leaving players to experiment and figure things out on their own. So after playing around with the editor, I managed to come across an easy and quick solution to unlocking everything in about an hour or two.

So, how can you get your hands on all that Super Mario Maker has to offer? Click below the jump and I’ll reveal the secrets!

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