Ubisoft’s The Division “Biggest first week ever for a new franchise game.”

were the headlines for the first few days of The Division’s launch, soon then followed by articles and articles of exploits, tips, reviews, videos, you name it and it’s been uploaded, published and/or made. So far The Division has had a non stop hurricane of an active community being driven by one of the craziest hype trains that the gaming world has ever seen and is still being fueled every second of every minute of every day and it has only been two weeks. A new franchise that has been killing it and living up to it’s hype, yet at the same time not coming through with it. A game so good that it deserves a 10, but at the same time deserves a 7 for not living up to what it had promised. It’s a confusing game to review, dull and lacking, yet one of the most fun I’ve had in a long time. It’s perfect, yet oh so not? It’s really hard to pin point where The Division went right, but so easy to see where it went wrong, but in the end this is a video game. So if it game can be satisfying enough to feel like a 10, while being a 7, then….. The game has done it’s job right? It’s lived up to what it’s meant to be? Probably to the point that it would deserve a 10?

The Division is a game with so much promise and a bright future ahead of it

If Ubisoft isn’t dumb enough to not let it slip through there fingers, The Division is a game that can be the backbone that Ubisoft has been looking for since the launch and milking of the Assassins Creed and Far Cry franchise. It’s what Ubisoft needed, it’s what a few of the AAA studios wished they came up with, but didn’t. It’s what Bungie wished they had in their hands, but don’t. A orgasmic open world of life, that never takes you out of the game with horrible load screens and match making menus, unless you are setting up a team for challenges and allow it to. It is probably the first game to organically fuse single player and multiplayer together without making them feel separate or torn apart from the world. One of the best shooters in decades, that will suck you into it’s world, without it ever coming to an end or have you walking a linear line of story telling.

The Division is driven by exploration and curiosity

But when the exploration and curiosity comes to the end, you are driven by possession and the possessing, the game of building and becoming feared and or respected. Not by the game or the story, but those who dare confront you or stray by you in the Dark Zone. Yes, The Dark Zone. A Martial Law section of New York City, that was lost due to the infestation of rioters, gangs and cleaners and now…… Agents and Rogues. You roam around this section of the game, also known as the multiplayer section of the game as you fight off mobs of enemies to get loot to suit up your character and equip him with the tools he needs to survive the new world around him. But before you can own those tools, weapons and gear, you must extract it out for it to be cleansed of the virus before it comes in contact with your hands. That’s if your hands ever come in contact with them at all, for you will either fight to keep a hold of them or at least be paranoid enough in a circle of other agents ready to drop to the savagery levels of your most worthless victims, that you have brought justice too. This is a world, where you might want to be the good guy, you might of brought down mobs of enemies and even brought Rogues down and made your agency proud, but no matter how many good deeds you have in your resume, you are going to be the bad guy no matter what. Doesn’t matter if you have standards, you will be brought to the level of survival, that’s if you want to keep what is yours, Your guns, your gear, YOUR LIFE. When time for action comes, if it ever comes to that, which trust me, it will, you will be the bad guy, Rogue or Not.

But for some, the line between bad and good is easily swept up under the rug

And kept simple and more linear. Taking all the complex things out of morality, simplifying it and titling it Rogue, well it’s at least what this game did with the rules of what makes a bad guy. Because in this world you can be a Rogue, while at the same time not being so, you can trick others into becoming what is considered in this in game world as the bad guy, by taking advantage of the good guy when you get him to accidentally become bad.  A good guy can be persuaded into dropping to your level by being tricked into becoming Rogue with simple tactics, such as letting your Rogue timer run out and then being shot, which would turn the agent into a Rogue himself or by walking into another agents line of fire, while he is fighting off mobs. Which throws off the whole I’m an Agent/Rogue ordeal. The rules of this post apocalyptic world isn’t really catered to the good or those looking for justice. You even get experience points for shooting dogs, which never seem to attack anyone, just bark at people for being hungry or territorial. You are never really good, you are more just surviving, the only time you are ever considered a good or bad guy in this game, is when someone goes rogue and is being hunted down, by the “good guy” agents. Who are only considered good guys at that moment of time in my honest opinion. Because being a Rogue aka bad guy is only defined by shooting another agent, not if you pick up and steal their loot or corner someone into falling for your evil plans in getting them to turn Rogue. There is no bad or good in this game, just wanted or un-wanted. Which makes the whole agent thing pretty worthless and kind of a lame experience, especially when you don’t even have to kill someone to becoming rogue. The whole experience of bad and good is a little too simple for a game so massive and complex, that it kind of kills off what the story has set in motion, but luckily the game play lives up, where the story does not.

Then again it is easily to bypass the story

When there is basically no story to be found other than, Bad men created a virus, set it off onto New York during Black Friday using money, everyone is dead, evacuated or in the process of being killed and you are out to find a cure before everything gets worst. Luckily for the games story, if you have done the 10 missions or so of story it has, you find out, that it is all basically an origin story, leading to scenarios and future possibilities of what The Division can become or what our agents can face, depending of what is planned for the expansions to come. There might have not been much to the campaign, but the little there was I found pretty enjoyable and the bad guys they put me up against, where pretty disturbing to the point, that I wanted to be an agent and push forward so I could hurt them or at least bring them to justice. Other than the campaign missions, the side quests became exaggeratedly repetitive to the point, that I just wanted to be done with them, but the game makes up for it with content, content that many will end up passing up. Yes, you may have collected the collectibles or maybe you are just not a fan of them in games, but have you looked into them? They are filled with content and the details of the lives of the victims of the virus. We get so see mini flashback scenes and listen to the last breaths of the people of the city living out there lives, some more tragic than others. From homeless singing Christmas Carols in the alleys to men hungry enough to feed off of the soon to be extinct dog. It’s a dynamic world with gorgeous scenery, parts of it may even come and pull at your hear strings. You can be roaming around in a blizzard or a trash infested street and find your self all of a sudden looking around and seeing that the place you decided to catch your breath at, is lifeless, grey, ash, burned out of it’s life by cleaners, it was un-real, scary, that is what this game can do to you, if you get lost in it’s amazing world, because where the game fails, the world makes up for it, I couldn’t see The Division being pulled off without it, because without it, it would of just been another Destiny.

But no matter how gorgeous and amazing the game might be, it has its faults.

In the end, we all end up looking at the same vendor up stairs in the tech wing, buying the same gold blue prints, trying to mod out the same gold guns, while roaming around in the same gold gear. Honestly the only things that stands out, the only thing that keeps the gamer from feeling like everyone else, after getting to the point of fully experiencing the game, is the clothing we all wear. We all farm the same routes, there really isn’t much to do that keeps us all from doing the same thing in the game and that is where the game comes short. The Dark Zone is too small, too lacking of experience, The Rogues get tiring, the few who are around at least, because it is un-rewarding in the end to become a Rogue, but then again, it should be un-rewarding to be a bad guy, well at least it should be, if the game didn’t hype it up as being another side to be on, other than the “good” side, The Agent side. The game also becomes really aggravating when it comes to coming up with your own weapon, will at least one that suits you, you may be one or two skills off from getting the perfect Vector or AK47, which will lead you to wasting more resources on creating more Vectors you don’t need, when there should of been an option of rolling skills on your weapon. In the end, it may feel like there are so many options to choose from, but there really isn’t, after a while you start seeing how everything is just to similar, from the gear, weapons and side missions, to the enemies we face. There is not enough variation in this game, but somehow it doesn’t matter for the time being, unless you are completely addicted to it like I am and a few others. But hopefully Ubisoft comes out with more content before the casual gamers start catching on to how empty this game really is, because when it is all said and done, it should be more then just shoot yourself from point a to point b, extract, rinse and repeat. This game should be more than that, it is more than that, We just have to hope Ubisoft makes it more than that, because oh man, this game is oh so good and I want it to be what it deserves to be.

The Division is a game that is something that must be experienced at least once.

You can not judge it by watching a stream or a YouTube video, you can’t judge it by an article or a review, give it a chance and then make up your mind for yourself, because whether this review makes it sound like it’s the worst game or the best game ever, I can promise you it is not, is it average or in between? No, it is not. Then what is it? I honestly can not tell you, I have never played a game like this before, It feels lacking and repetitive, but at the same time perfectly enjoyable with an abundance to do. But then again, you will start seeing the short comings of any game once you hit the 100 hour mark.

When it comes down to it, The Division will be put you into a world as large as GTA, Witcher, Elder Scrolls and Fallout

Without all the detailed content within the world and missions. It is a world with a few variation of enemies and few variations of game play and styles of play. Unless you decide to collect all the collectibles, the game lacks even more content, because you will end up missing out on so much story and leave you with an even more lacking experience. Either way It’s just a whole world of mobs ready for the killing and there is nothing much else to it, but why is it so good? You will have to decide that for yourself. Ubisoft has laid down a foundation for greatness, not only for The Division, but for new Twitch streamers and content creators as well, from the few days the game has been out, I can honestly tell you, we can expect nothing more then greatness in the future thanks to The Division. Lets just hope it doesn’t die down before we get a chance to see what it started, grow.

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Welcome to this weeks edition of Back At It

With your host, the one with the most, the most of what I don’t know, It just rhymed so I gave it a go, Cathew Murlock. And this week I dwelled into that horrifying thing we like to call a backlog to see what Indie gems and AAA power mongers we could find and with just a few steps we ran into one of the most elite franchises in gaming history, yes, I am talking about, GTA. And it may surprise you, that until recently I had still yet to play Grand Theft Auto V, a game I’ve wanted to play since launch, what kept me from playing it? Who knows, but luckily it was there waiting for me when I was ready to play.2016-02-26_00022

 To start off I wanted this experience to feel new

Like a GTA I never played before, so I decided to play my first play through in the stunningly marvelous feature we call FPS mode. And oh what a dynamic experience that was. I know there was backlash from the community when the feature was first announced, but trust me, it was worth implementing and worth giving a go, it was just wow. I felt immersed and right in the game, the car flips, the rolling down hills are just a few things that must be experienced first hand, even getting hit by a car. It was like VR, but without the VR, so entertaining and fun and felt new every time it happened. The fighting, the walking down streets, falling, crashing, bikes, motorcycles, you name the experience it was perfected from head to toe to fit perfectly with the First Person mode. Rockstar honestly didn’t slouch on this feature, you could just feel that they made sure it was more then a mode, that it was basically the game when you played it, not just some added broken feature that the company could brag about, no, it was an ADVENTURE and EXPERIENCE.2016-02-26_00013

But with good came the bad

Because as much as I loved the world around me, as much as I felt mind blown by every single detail they added in this game, it felt a little short and dull. This GTA was probably the first GTA since GTA 2, where I did not get sucked into the characters. I was left feeling eh, like there should of been more to it, like the game should of been longer and the only reason it wasn’t was because they decided to go a little too big and do too much with the 3 character at once feature. I love the characters, but never through out the game did I become attached to them. It was a weird feeling for a Grand Theft Auto game really. We have all fell attached to the silent protagonist in GTA 3 and even his enemies, along with the characters in Vice City, San Andrea’s and GTA IV, but for some reason I really couldn’t get into these new faces or lives. The majority of the time I just wanted Michael’s whole family just to burn in a horribly caused accident, because they really didn’t bring anything to the table, other than annoyance. I know GTA is meant to be a parody of films or at least a homage, but this whole game actually felt like a long drawn joke. Where by the end, your just like, well that happened, it’s over. The game wasn’t bad by any means, it just wasn’t GTA and by that I mean, it just wasn’t special. The story was too short for there own good and the characters felt expendable, Uh, I don’t know how to explain it other that this campaign might be the first underwhelming GTA campaign that I have ever played.

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It is understandable why they have basically skipped bringing out any DLC

Being basic clothing items to an actual new story missions to the GTA V campaign. Since with this GTA, so far it has felt like it was molded and created for this new generation of gamers, as in Rockstar has focused on the money maker, the main selling point this day in age for the franchise, GTA Online. Yes, sadly Rockstar has joined the rest of the triple A studios in abandoning the campaign and focusing all there time on the multiplayer aspect. The story felt short and dull for the campaign, but everything about online has felt bright and vivid so far and is basically all you see gamers play on Twitch or on there spare time when it comes to GTA V, It is also the only one out of the two, Online and Campaign, that is getting any support at all. It was even announced, that it’s the reason they have delayed/not coming out with any campaign DLC as well, basically, it’s not worth there time and effort, since it’s no longer what this gen wants to see, which in the back of my head is pretty crippling, because it’s my favorite experience in this franchise, the Campaign, but hey, we old farts, we are the past, guess we just have to say goodbye, because I doubt GTA 6 will cater to us next time around at all.

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In the end, I kind of wish that I hadn’t played GTA V

I enjoyed the world in it’s glorious FPSness, Thought the story was decent enough, glad to have played and watched the characters go through there dramas, but to see that my favorite genre was falling to the new age kind of hurt. Sure GTA Online is popular and great, but from seeing how much support it gets compared to the campaign, I just have a gut feeling that the future holds nothing positive for us old GTA story mode loving fans.2016-02-26_00028

BAI is my backlog segment Back At It

Where I play one of the hundred of games shoved away in one of my many love dungeons (Steam, Origin, Uplay etc.) and describe my experience, thoughts and/or feelings about what I have played, I don’t like to keep it suit and tie, basically loose and random, not so professional, I don’t want my articles to be This is a review, blah blah blah these are the rules, this is the format, no, because this isn’t a review, It’s just a tool to open a discussion with you guys and get you to tell me your experience with the game currently being talked about or played. And also have it as a gateway to getting me to play many more games that I have left abandoned for far too long in may backlog.

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So please, let me know your experience of GTA V

Does it feel like the campaign will be abandoned completely in the future? What are your opinions on Rockstar not having any plans for any campaign DLC? Let me know in the comments below.

Jet grindl Radio pc

Sega is really being cool to PC users today by giving away for free Jet Set Radio, Golden Axe, and Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit.

Thanks to EPG reader @timfinity for the heads up! <(‘.’)>

I loved playing Jet Grind Radio on the Sega Dreamcast. I herald it as one of the system’s funnest games.

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Jet set radio / jet grind radio cosplay

Looks like all you need to do is visit the links above and purchase the free games through steam.

It appears Sega is also including the Hell Yeah! Pimp My Rabbit Pack and Hell Yeah! Virtual Rabbit Missions DLC for free.

I never played Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit, but I hope Xzibit is in the DLC Pimp My Rabbit Pack!


GET DEM GAMES!

free Jet Set Radio, Golden Axe, and Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit.

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NBA 2k16 was free to play during the weekend

So I decided to give it a go, for I remembered that it had a story mode that was written and directed by legendary film maker Spike Lee. But as you would have guessed, the whole thing ended up falling short and becoming kind of a really really underwhelming experience. It felt around the lines of having some random person putting random footage from a random film in between basketball matches. Yeah it was pretty cringe worthy to see how little effort they put into making it all feel as one, but then again, this is an actual basketball simulator, so can you really blame them. Though the mode didn’t live up anywhere close to it’s expectations it opened up a whole new world of what ifs, that I doubt 2K Games will ever explore. A new game that most AAA companies do not dare too attempt to create, My Story has the opportunity to be greater, to be it’s own game and do for this generation what Tony Hawk Underground did for its own.

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Though there was so much promise of what it could of been

My Story left me and many a like disappointed on how the whole thing ended up playing out, because the majority of the scenes ended up being of the characters just sitting down and talking there way through the whole experience, right after  random basketball matches as mentioned above, but I will say, the scripts dialogue was on point. The high school and college years where too short for there own good and the story was missing so much, that basically they ended up just writing it into the dialogue. You never get to see what events occur, you only get to here the actors in the cut scenes explain them to you, but it would of been nice to live them out. The whole experience was lacking, I can’t mention it enough. But oh how it was a little taste of something that could be so delicious, something that can be it’s own thing, something I need. Something we need, something gaming needs, something fresh.

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We need a game like this, GTA meets Tony Hawks Underground

No violence just an open world with a brilliant story such as the one Spike Lee had written that we can roam and explore.  Because sometimes a free world can make a game with so little feel so massive, Red Dead Redemption for example, It had a story, but the world didn’t have much in it or to it, it had the same side missions and was pretty repetitive even though people would dare to admit it, but it was so satisfying some how. And that’s what we need from NBA 2k My story. Make the setting around the main protagonists neighborhood, have it all play out at the local high school and the community college, A story about a boy and his struggle, things go wrong and he ends up having to play his dreams out in community college, but somehow, even though his dreams where destroyed after a tragic accident, he ends up making the best of it and coming on top and into the NBA. Have a pick up and play experience around the high school and local parks basketball courts, have hang out spot for him and his friends that are a part of the story as well. There is so much 2K games can do with this new property, but will they do it? Only time will tell. But to avoid having the whole thing being crammed into one game, make it where the character transfers to the NBA 2KA game so you could play with them on there, maybe even make a short story that coincides with the previous non simulator My Story game, that will take advantage of your characters data and customization.

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In the end as much as I was looking forward to NBA 2K16’s My Story

It was ruined by its over hype and name dropping. Because in the end you can not drop such a massive name as Spike Lee and not give him the necessary tools to blow the top off our heads off and prevent him from giving us a world shattering experience. But not all was bad, as much as the mode was out of placed I really felt like the characters and especially the parents shined, my favorite part of the experience was hearing the dialogue and seeing the characters interact with each other in the lengthy conversations we got to see them have, it was brilliant how well they played there parts. I also have to give My Story a ton of credit from straying itself from the stereotypical mess NBA Ballers was when it launched about a decade ago.And give them mad props for making it about a family, making it personal about life, I wish I could recommend people to go out of there way to play 2BA 2K16 for its My Story mode alone, but sadly that I can not do, It’s something that I know 2K games will probably drop from its future games, which makes me sad, but I am glad I got to play it, because it allowed my mind to wonder and imagine a world of a game that could one day be, no matter if 2K Games are the ones to makes it or not. All in all, Spike Lee held his end of the work and brought us a brilliant cast and story, but it wasn’t enough to carry 2K games lack of passion to make it something more then what it was and ended up being.

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Link to the vod, From you main man and FOF, Infinity Beast(Me). Parts are muted or frozen, but mostly due to pressing tab and chatting with others and copyrighted music.

http://www.twitch.tv/yoinfinitybeast/v/44936533

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During the Division Beta, there where many complaints

One of them being The Rogue Status. And after playing the game for nearly 20 hours, here on Epicpowergaming, a few of us found the lack of love for the Rogue status, disturbing. I remember seeing over a handful of the beta testers peeved about there in-ability to set themselves up in the world of the criminally minded in this Black Friday chaos ridden swarming wasteland. Their arguments ranging from, The difficulty and how rewards didn’t come with the risks or at least where not at all worth it. Everyone gangs up on the rogue, that’s a fact, but honestly, that is as real as it gets.

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In real life the bad guy never wins

The bad guy gets ganged up on, the bad guy gets caught and sent to jail or killed. You want more time, but yet you have plenty, how is it every ones fault you went all in and started guns blazing when you could of picked off people one by one, while letting your time run out and reset, basically clearing you of the rogue status. I even seen the really smart and amazing rogues try to get me to become rogue so they can pick me off for themselves and get everyone to hunt me down as they reap the rewards, strategy, your mind, USE IT.

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Shoot someone hide for a few seconds

go un-rogue pop up on that persons radar, they become rogue if they hit you after shooting back, kill them and bling bling. Don’t be the stereotypical whiny criminal, be intelligent sli, BE ROGUE. You may call it dirty game play, but remember! You are not playing as an agent, you are playing as a criminal and unless you are equipped for the fight and heavily crewed up, then you got to keep moving, hiding, staying 100% paranoid, because everyone wants what you have. You want things easy? like when you where camping at the extraction point? Put in some work scrub, you don’t deserve everything handed to you, but at the same time I understand the frustration.

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But Hopefully that frustration is set by the beta

and it’s lack of features and environment. There are a lot of things that need fixing and that can be added that would give the rogue class some much needed help, because I didn’t mean to make it sound like the rogue status is perfect during these last few paragraphs, but yeah, it’s far from that. Some real problems come around the time of when you are escaping and running from mobs. How so you may ask? well, it’s hard to run from a group of 8, that have sniper rifles and heavy artillery while running down these long one way streets that where shoved throughout the beta. I understand that this is the beta and that Hazmat areas may be the spots that will make this fair, but still, out running bullets in this game when being hunted down, is waaaay more difficult then it really needs to be.

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Yes, I agree

we keep it difficult, so people have to work to take the objects you grinded so hard on attaining, but at the same time, lets not make it impossible, because the last thing we want is a world without rogues. Having a bunch of agent buddies is all fun and stuff, but when it comes down to it, the rogues bring the excitement, the excitement we need, the excitement we love. Because nothing is better than being at the extraction with over a dozen people pointing guns at each other and rushing in when the copter arrives hoping that nothing sets off. It’s like a bar filled with anti heroes in a western, pointing guns at each other in a 12 way Mexican stand off. Well today be the day? BANG BANG!

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All in all

The Rogue Status and the Darkzone are some of the most satisfying and refreshing features I have had the pleasure of experiencing in a Single/Multiplayer game. It just felt so perfect for The Division, Like something that I needed, that I have been missing out on all this time. The rogue status, is what it is, a difficulty setting basically, you want to casually play be agent, you feel like playing on hard for a few minutes, go rogue, though we could use some help in making it more of a pleasing experience, so why not add mounts. Mounts ranging from dirt bikes, mountain bikes and bicycles, I even thought skateboards would be cool, but it would look pretty ridiculous when riding over snow. Help the rogue actually have a chance at escaping, over that 97% faith of death and failure, because in the end, the rewards are satisfying, you level up faster and you get a lot more swag because you are killing others who will drop there personals and or random items. The rogue status is near perfect, you want to make it an upsetting and horrible experience then that’s on you. So just go out there and have fun, enjoy yourself, it’s a apocalyptic world where everyone is out for themselves, while being burned alive by anti virus maniacs, so there will be annoyances and frustrations.

But I understand if you disagree and if so, let me know how you would go on improving the Rogue status in our comment section below, See you in the battlefield AGENT…….

Soul Saga

Soul Saga, a game that I have been very much anticipating since it’s Kickstarter launch, is finally coming to our choice of console in the near future.

How soon you ask? mid year soon, as in June 2016. Yes, we are finally going to get our hands on the very first game of the saga, all thanks to the magician, the main man himself Disaster Cake Mikey, who has put in well over 1000 hours a week. While having to deal with artist hoping from one project to the other, sometimes leaving him with more work on his plate then necessary, but even though the struggle might of made things a bit overwhelming at times, it wasn’t enough to keep him from releasing and continuing his dream of becoming a video game developer.

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The news and release date was announced in the recent Soul Saga Kickstarter Update, which announced that Soul Saga will be coming out on June 2016 for PC, Linux and Mac, with the console versions coming out soon after. The update also announced a beta update, which would allow the user to experience the airship mechanics of Soul Saga. The Soul Saga air mechanics consist of Boosting, which is basically a NOS like feature that the player can use to help them Mine and break through floating rocks in the sky, also, YES SKY MINING! wait what is that you say? That’s unbelievable? Well, wait until you hear this, you can fish with your air ship as well! AND FIGHT!

And with an airship feature, it’s a no brainer that we would be in need of an AIRSHIP SHOP!

that would allow the user to customize the airship with speed boost, weapons, health increases etc. etc. basically everything one can desire. The airship shops will be located at every air shop dock in the world.

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The best thing about Soul Saga has been the ride, especially the forums where everyone has been lovely, it’s also the place where we had the vote in the way we would love to see specific parts or physics of the game be utilized. Such as the airship fighting system, that was voted by the backers to be in real time, yes real time air ship battles. And the best part yet is that it’s still a on going part of the development, because as of right now you can help decide a race name for the goblin like creatures inside the Soul Saga universe. I came up with Squabbles for the dodo like birds 🙂 during a Twitch stream with Cakeians a few years back.

 

Designed by Super Giant Games art director Jen Zee and in collaboration with We Love Fine

Comes this exquisite 6″ High, limited run release of Transistors main protagonist Red. The Statue/Figurine comes in a translucent package that allows Vinyl lovers and collectors to be able to gaze at the beauty of the figure without ever having to take it out of the package. The figure is currently available on the Super Giant Games store front for a measly $34.99 , which is a surprising low price now days, since companies like to charge an arm and a leg for any of there properties merchandising and that is including indie devs, but then again, why wouldn’t they? So it’s a breath of fresh air to have something coming straight from a beloved indie game, be at a reasonable price range for once.

If The statue is not your thing and would like to drop money on something that will come to use in your daily life, then we recommend the really awesome 8GB USB Model of the Transistor sword.

You would assume it would be Konami themselves that would be the ones to announce the next Metal Gear Project, but once again it seems the indie community has beat them to it. Airam Hernandez, the man behind the project is looking to team up with Konami themselves to make the dream a reality in hopes of avoiding that his dream project gets shut down by the Man.  The man being Konami, but knowing the reputation Konami has had recently, bad news may come Hernandez way, but until then enjoy this awesome trailer of something that will or would of been.

Shadow Moses is a remake of the original NES game that had you play as Solid Snake as he infiltrates Outer Haven to destroy Metal Gear, A weapon of mass destruction that is shaped like a tank and can be activated and used from anywhere in the world.

My road to the Oculus began a late stormy night, a strange man knocked on my door, he said “Ay mang, you wanna buy some snicker doodles” and I was all like ” Yes sir, I would love some snicker doodles.” so I bought some snicker doodles, but anyways. I went back to my super epic command center, which is where I do my super awesome Epicpowergaming.com reading ( All The Adverts! all up in ya! ) When Oculus twittered tweeted “Bruh, we started from the bottom and now we will be here in 2 days.” so I made sure to get on that. So after doing the time glitch like in Animal Crossing the Oculus was finally upon me! 3,2,1 …… Wait what! The site won’t load, $600! $680 with tax and shipping! What is all this nonsense! It was a  raging shit storm of angry rakins t bagging confused Sony fans at a no online service contest.

I started to question my self and also questioning if I really wanted the Oculus after all, two different subjects I know, but why not throw it in anyways, but that is besides the point. The point is as much as the future of gaming is VR, as much as I have wanted this gaming experience in my life since Disney’s Blank check and The First Kid, not to be forgotten the marvelous show VR Troopers. Did I really want it that much? Did I want it enough that I would drop $700 in a seconds notice, even though the library of games announced are trash and that there are rumors of the Vive being 10x more powerful? Well, of course, duh. But then again all it really was, was a pre order, no reason in beating myself up over the decision, I have a month and a half to cancel if I decide to change my mind. But I promise you this, I will be keeping my eyes peeled throughout the next few weeks and making my decision with which VR headset I decide to go with, because no matter what, VR gaming will be in my future, whether it’s the Vive or Oculus. Though the time is upon us to head to the other side, Hello….. can you here me…. I’m in California dreaming of what VR can finally be…

There is still time to decide and see, do you want the hype of the future to fall flat with the decision you make or do you watch carefully and make sure it’s everything you dreamt of it being. Because the last thing you want is to power a fail machine and turn a company into an un-reliable hardware distributor that everyone throws there money at, at the launch of every new device, that is just an updated broken piece of garbage as the last version they put out. Wow, where is that anger coming from? Oh it’s nothing, it’s not like the majority of us haven’t been screwed over time and time again by Microsoft, RRod Xbox 360, Broken sound in the headset Jack problem in there Surface tablets and not to mention there very very sorry excuse of an app store that has nothing in it. How can you even call it a tablet when you can’t even support Pandora or Spotify, along with a number of many other basic services we get from our android/ios counterparts. Yes, yes, I know off topic, but is it really? We are venturing into a company, a brand new company, that is just now starting there app service, that has a dashboard in the rift or that will be available for it, that has no support and even if there is, we have no clue whether they will actually support it. Although my mind is still set as of now in getting the Oculus, After setting up my mothers Surface tablet and being a early Xbox 360 adapter, I see and know of the roads that the Oculus can lead. There are many what if cons that come along with it, but what about the what ifs, from the pro side?

Well lets talk about the pros then my friend. It’s owned by Facebook, it has been in development for years so there is no way it can be lacking that much power compared to the Vive, even though it wont have the apps or same Steam software compared to HTC’s product, it is looking into venturing in the cinematic universe as well, so why do all these things make it superior compared to the Vive? Because the Oculus has more then just video games in mind, it has the same dream and idealism that Facebook and Twitter had when they where both let loose upon us. They are going beyond the blue print of Virtual Gaming and trying to bring us into the world of Virtual Reality. What does that mean you may ask? Well as of now, Twitch is already working on becoming VR/Oculus compatible, Facebook will most likely become VR compatible and I have no doubt in my mind, that many are following suit and I honestly hope they do. Because Virtual Reality should go far beyond gaming. Because whether you disagree or not, it’s not really a Virtual Reality if it’s over at Game Over.

We can go beyond gaming, we can take Virtual Reality to new heights, to a marvelous new form of education and a new way of interaction and showing affection. Soldiers being able to physically interact with there children, Teachers being able to reach out to children all across the world and be there in person through virtual reality, though for now the Oculus is too expensive to do such things, it will become accessible to all at one point, but I agree it can’t come soon enough.

Reality is upon us my friends, Embrace it.

The more and more time passes, the more it seems that RGB, the future of PC building is here. A marvelous technology of pew pew, and shiny bells and whistles has finally comith to us, to make pc building that much more personal and customizable than ever before. A technology so simple, yet so freagin sweet, that we have never knew that we needed, the knowing of such a thing. Because for too long! have we been stuck buying all black hardware or the becoming annoying Yo, Bro gamer black and red color scheme for our GPU’s and computer parts. This is the future, though to some it might seem childish, Others have taken breaths of fresh air, for all the pain staking times they have been left building a computer that has either discontinued parts that match their gear or parts that are non existent for their exquisite taste that goes off the grid of the basic pallet chart.

We can breath, but for the last few months and even years, there have been hints of this being the future, from the annoying failed sticky adhesive that would be used for in case Led set ups, to the awesome new ram with one set color LEDs that strobe from with on your motherboard. It all has led to now, the Future….. no wait… THE PRESENT! And that future present rgb filled world is going to look so freagin sweet, especially in the dark.

With a few brands and products already hopping on the market, ready for us to take full advantage of what they have to offer. Here are the top 3 products currently available that will get your RGB juices flowing or at least quench your thirst for the time being.

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1 // Gigabytes Xtreme Gaming GPU

One of the most powerful parts that can reign supreme in your rig, depending on your setup is the brand new set of GPU’s by gigabyte, 3 epic fans with led’s around the rim, that can be set to breath, pulse etc. etc. while changing or pausing on a single color of your choosing. Though the Titan models don’t come with such awesome RGB effects, you should be good with  the current models that do support the technology in the Xtreme Gaming line-up such as the 980 Ti, 980 and 970. Though many would complain that you will only see the top of the GPU, others like myself who have a flat sitting mobo set-up can take full advantage of the sweetness this brand of graphics cards has to deliver.

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2 // Thermaltake Riing 12 RGB LED Adjustable color case radiator fan

This product should of probably been number one on the list, since it will be the most accessible and admirable product to consumers since it’s something everyone can afford and actually use/need for there PC rigs. The only reason it did end up becoming second on the Epicpowergaming list was for the sole reason that seeing a GPU properly supporting the technology so soon in the market, came as a surprise to us and lit a flare on our radar compared to the other products, that where basically sure things that where going in the RGB direction first. Now the Thermaltake Riing are the current RGB radiator fan offerings that comes through as the current top contender of led fans at the moment in my honest opinion. It is probably a piece that anyone/everyone should end up owning in the near future, because why wouldn’t you want your set up to rave you through the night, while keeping your PC physically and emotionally cool, because who doesn’t like feeling like a member of the Squirtle squad every once and a while? So pick up a few of these fans for your build if you truly love em, because these fans are going to be the equivalent of Squirtle Squad Sunglasses for your PC. Super rad and Cool, speaking of Rad and cool, they will also keep you Rad Cool, see what I did there? no, fuuuudge. The Thermaltake Riing also comes in a 3 pack that includes a control kit, that will let you set up the fans to the color you want, sadly though, they don’t support any special features that will allow the Fans LED to pulse, breath or use any type of effect, so here’s to the future model, but for now, this will definitely do.

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3 //  NZXT Hue+ Advance PC RGB Lighting

This might be the most common RGB product you may have heard of being in a PC rig before, so why is it in the top 3? Because for freagin sake it has been finally done justice, not only with a controller that can be installed in your HDD Bay, but because finally there is a company who has made the pain staking venture of LED adhesive a day of yesterday, finally we won’t have to worry about our led’s falling or un-sticking from our cases right after being stuck onto it for the very first time, if… yes there is an if, your case is made of metal. What does this mean? it means that the NZXT Hue, solves the adhesive sticky problem with a set of magnets withing the strips to keep it attached to your pc rig at all times and to make it a super sure thing you can use the adhesive that is also on the bottom of the strips of the LEDS. The $60 kit comes with four strips and the Hue unit, which is going to make this one of the most impressive, powerful LED set ups you probably have ever had the pleasure of using/seeing. The features are amazing and the support and effects that the device is able to put out is breath taking and jaw dropping. The customization for this baby is crazy rad, allowing you to be able to set the led colors to temps, fps and even music. It will even allow you to be able to set it where you can alternate between two LED colors, Yes please.  But wait, there is even More! Yes, you are able to set every single led on the strips to there own specific color!!!!!!! What!!!!!!!!!! YES, I changed my mind the NZXT is now #1! Ahhhhhhhhh! I can’t choose! But I have, I take everything back, The NZXT Hue+ is now commander of the list and the number one pick of the Epicpower RGB LED accessory to own. But to at least bring us back to earth let me set you up with some bad news, the NZXT is always out of stock, making it desirable, yet difficult to attain, GG LYFE.

Oh man, I hope you are as memorized as I am, but after all is said and done, after all the fun and games, we have to at least learn something and make this an educational piece. So let me leave you with this, A list is just a list, but in our hearts #3 can be #1 because girls just wanna have fun. YOLO! Piece ups to our lord and savior Bubba Ray Dudley.