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First I wanted to say sorry I haven’t posted more, with life, school, work, Des­tiny, Shad­ows of Mor­dor, Forza Hori­zon 2, and Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS has taken all of my free time. I will how­ever, try to take the time more often to post, and start­ing with that here are a cou­ple of videos I put together to show some of the goofy things we have been up to in the world of Des­tiny. My thoughts on Des­tiny are split, the story is a inco­her­ent mess, the loot sys­tem is all based on chance, the voice act­ing is hit or miss (mostly misses); but the game play keeps me com­ing back almost every­day. Enjoy the videos and will be back shortly with another post.



The servers are up, the game is wait­ing in store rooms around the coun­try in antic­i­pa­tion for the mid­night release, and the forums (Bungie.net and oth­ers) are fill­ing with excite­ment. Des­tiny launches at mid­night (though some ter­ri­to­ries already have it due to it being the 9th already, curse you Aussies and Kiwi) and the hype machine has hit max­i­mum over­load. This hybrid MMO/FPS/RPG/Kitchen sink, will be the first non-Halo title to come from Bungie since 2001 title Oni. Bungie fin­ished off their side of the Halo fran­chise with Halo: Reach (released in 2010), pass­ing the Halo torch to 343 Indus­tries. Since the depar­ture of Halo, Bungie has been focused with deliv­er­ing a new IP. I, per­son­ally, have not been this hyped for a game since Halo 3 (coin­ci­den­tally another Bungie title). I played the post E3 Alpha, and then in late July, played the Beta on three dif­fer­ent plat­forms (PS4, PS3, Xbox One), and even though much of the con­tent between those tri­als was the same, I could not be more hyped for this game. If you have not yet caught the Des­tiny bug, then I have sev­eral pieces of media, that will try its hard­est to entice you.


First up is three tracks from the beta, that I am more than cer­tain are in the final game. Just a note an offi­cial sound­track has not been released yet, but I am hop­ing that will change very shortly, since the sound­track is eas­ily becom­ing my favorite of the year. The sound­track was com­posed by Bungie’s res­i­dent crafts­men, Mar­tin O’Donnel (who unfor­tu­nately is no longer with Bungie) Michael Sal­va­tori, and spe­cial guest Sir Paul McCart­ney. The sound­track is robust, dynamic, and full of con­trast. Tak­ing the tribal drums, epic cho­ruses, rock, and elec­tronic ele­ments from Halo; they have crafted some­thing that feels fresh yet famil­iar. Below are three of my favorite tracks from the beta, I had a list of them to choose from, but these three stand above the crowd. Enjoy!


1. The Last Array

2. Deac­ti­vat­ing the Mesh

3. Sepiks Prime




Last, but not least, are two trail­ers. The first is the live action trailer that was directed by the helm of Tron Legacy, Joseph Kosin­ski. The trailer is all fun and fluff, try­ing to get the gen­eral pub­lic inter­ested and it does a fair job. The sec­ond trailer is the Game­play Launch trailer and does a much bet­ter job of hyp­ing the game. Enjoy!




For any­one that played the Alpha this is for you.….



I can’t wait to see every­one starside!


As the eighth gen­er­a­tion of con­soles are still rel­a­tively new, new games are hard to come by, and devel­op­ment can be delayed while learn­ing the ropes for these con­soles. As games that are next gen spe­cific like Bat­man: Arkham Knight are see­ing delays, we are see­ing a return of pre­vi­ous gen games that pushed the older hard­ware to their break­ing lim­its. This past Jan­u­ary we saw the re-release of Tomb Raider in the Defin­i­tive Edi­tion for PlaySta­tion 4 and Xbox One. At the end of this month we will see the re-release of The Last of Us in the Remas­tered Edi­tion for the PS4, and at some point this year Grand Theft Auto 5 will jump to the new hard­ware as well. While some may scream that this is sim­ply a money grab from com­pa­nies, I see this as an oppor­tu­nity for peo­ple to play gems that could have taken visual, per­for­mance, or even game­play hits from the aging sev­enth gen hard­ware. I pur­chased Tomb Raider: Defin­i­tive Edi­tion for the PS4 recently and I am sur­prised over how good the game looks and run on the fresh hard­ware. I still have my orig­i­nal 360 copy and that was by no means an ugly game, but their is a stark visual and per­for­mance con­trast. This maybe the con­tin­u­ing trend of HD releases we received dur­ing the last gen, which I was well on board with. Play­ing the game the past cou­ple of days has also given me a new respect for Jason Graves incred­i­ble score. Graves is also known for scor­ing the Dead Space fran­chise, Mur­dered: Soul Sus­pect, and Alpha Pro­to­col. Tomb Raider’s sound­track may have been some­thing I missed in the past ( with the amount of games I play and sound­tracks I lis­ten to, some­thing just get lost), but I am cor­rect­ing that today with a look at its fan­tas­tic score.


Secret of the Island Com­plete — Jason Graves — A very per­cus­sion heavy piece, laid with early Japanese/tribal feel; Secret of the Island is a great rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Yamatai, the island in which Tomb Raider takes place. When the strings enter you can feel the sense of dan­ger; the mys­te­ri­ous Storm Guard; the Sun Queen, Himiko; and the deranged cultist led by Math­ias. The per­cus­sion makes this piece, enjoy


SOS Tower Final In-game (unre­leased) — Jason Graves — This track was not on the offi­cial sound­track, but thanks to Sound­Cloud and Graves, we get to lis­ten to what is one of the more hap­pier moments in the game. The part of the game where this piece takes place is a huge step for Lara. Still shaky about her sur­round­ings, she is less than con­fi­dent to climb the dilap­i­dated radio tower. She does, and proves to her­self that she can do this, she can become the char­ac­ter we know. The sight from atop the tower is beau­ti­ful, and this piece cap­tures that won­der­ing beauty.


A Sur­vivor is Born — Jason Graves — The main theme from Tomb Raider, is sweep­ing, beau­ti­ful piece of pro­duc­tion. Lara’s theme that starts around the (1:25) mark is epic, encas­ing all that Lara has been through on Yamatai and becom­ing the strong pro­tag­o­nist she is meant to be. At the (2:02) mark, the Lara theme is played again but by a solo piano. I love how in the piece there is the same cen­tral theme, the same notes even, played three dif­fer­ent ways, at dif­fer­ent tem­pos; but yet it all fits together so per­fectly. I hope you Enjoy!


Being very enter­tained by Microsoft this morn­ing, Sony had to bring their A game to the table tonight, and they didn’t dis­ap­point; well mostly didn’t. There was plenty of games, a movie trailer, and some new hard­ware (at least com­ing to Amer­ica). Lets to the announce­ments because there is plenty to cover.


Des­tiny — a new game­play trailer kicked off the press event with sev­eral details com­ing about the sum­mer beta. PlaySta­tion users will be able to join the beta on July 17th. There is a spe­cial alpha pre­view that you can reg­is­ter for at greatnessawaits.com/destiny that will run for this upcom­ing week­end. If you are selected you will be noti­fied via email and your PlaySta­tion 4. When Des­tiny launches, it will launch with a bun­dle fea­tur­ing a white PlaySta­tion 4 with white DS4, Des­tiny and 30 days of PlaySta­tion Plus.

The Order 1866: A new game­play trailer was shown and the game was shown with a much darker tone. It looks like what Res­i­dent Evil should have been. This game was pushed to next year, but I am still really intrigued by it.

Infa­mous First Light — The first DLC expan­sion for Infa­mous: Sec­ond Son. The DLC will focus on Fetch, the con­duit you received the neon pow­ers from.

Lit­tle Big Planet 3 — This came out of left field and I am happy that it did. The Lit­tle Big Planet series has been fan­tas­tic on every Sony plat­form the series has graced and now its tak­ing another evo­lu­tion­ary step. There are three new char­ac­ters that will accom­pany Sack­boy, each with their own spe­cial abil­i­ties. There is Odd­sock, a dog like char­ac­ter that is all about speed; Tog­gle, who has the abil­ity to shrink and grow; and finally, Swoop, a bird that has flight. The best news is all the cre­ations from both Lit­tle Big Planet and Lit­tle Big Planet 2 will be playable in LBP 3. The game will release in Novem­ber of 2014.

Blood­borne — a new game being devel­oped by From Soft­ware and being directed by Hide­taka Miyazaki of Dark Souls fame. The game will release in 2015.

Far­Cry 4 — A game­play trailer was shown off with many improve­ments over 3, though 3 was great in its own right. The game will release this fall.

Dead Island 2 — Just a pre-rendered trailer was shown, but the game looks like it will be set in the states some where. The trailer has a humor­ous atti­tude com­pared the to orig­i­nal Dead Island trailer.

Para­dox Enter­tain­ment — Para­dox is devel­op­ing 4 dif­fer­ent PS4 titles, and Mag­icka 2 will hit the con­sole. It also was one of the fun­ni­est trail­ers of the show so far.

Grim Fan­dango — The Tim Schafer clas­sic point and click adven­ture is get­ting an over­haul for the PS4 and PS Vita.

Devolver Dig­i­tal — The pub­lisher had a siz­zle reel show­ing off some of its upcom­ing titles com­ing to the PSN includ­ing Bro­force, Titan Souls, Hot­line Miami 2, Not a Hero, and The Talos Principle.

Let It Die — A new game from one of my favorite dev’s Suda 51.

Abzu — A game by Giant Squid (com­prised of for­mer Jour­ney devs)

No Man’s Sky — The game that cap­ti­vated the Spike VGA’s last year is debut­ing on the PlaySta­tion 4. The game­play shown was impres­sive and I can not wait for this title.

Project Mor­pheus — the Sony VR head­set is at the show.

Youtube is com­ing to the PS4’s share capabilities

Guns up, King­dom Under Fire 2, and Plan­et­side 2 are all Free to Play and are all com­ing to the PS4 in the next 12 months.

PlaySta­tion Now will hold an open beta on the PlayStion 4 with PS3 titles. The beta opens on July 31st and will move to the PS3 and Vita shortly after.

Four new titles are com­ing to the Vita — Child of Light, Tales of Heart R, Tales from Bor­der­lands and Minecraft.

PlaySta­tion TV, which was shown at Tokyo Game Show 2013 and has been on sale in Japan for some time is com­ing to the US. The unit will run $99 for the stand­alone, and a $139 bun­dle that will come with a Dual­Shock 3, 8GB mem­ory card, and a copy of The Lego Movie video game. They are now avail­able for pre-order.

Mor­tal Kom­bat X — The newly announced title was given its first game­play footage, and it looks awe­some. Scor­pion faced off against Sub-Zero, and two new fight­ers were pit­ted against each other. The title will launch next year.

The Last of Us: Remas­tered — The phe­nom­e­nal PS3 title from Naughty Dog hits the PS4 with beefed up visu­als on July 29th, 2014.

Grand Theft Auto V — After all the spec­u­la­tion, it is com­ing to next gen via the PlaySta­tion 4. The new ver­sion will be able to take your GTA Online char­ac­ter and money via trans­fer, so you can pick up where you left off. The game will release this fall.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phan­tom Pain — A new trailer show­cas­ing the upcom­ing Kojima Pro­duc­tions opus was shown. The game is look­ing fan­tas­tic and hav­ing recently play­ing through Ground Zeroes, I can not wait for this title.

Bat­man: Arkham Night — New game­play footage was shown off and it broke my heart. This game is look­ing incred­i­ble and I have to wait until next year.

Uncharted 4 — To close out the show, Naughty Dog showed off the first offi­cial trailer and title for Uncharted 4. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will hit the PlaySta­tion 4 next year. I am really sad to see this fran­chise end, it has been truly a great ride.


Here is the times and dates for the big E# press events. Microsoft kicks off here in just 15 min­utes which you will be able to watch right here on The Gamers Blog. If you would like to catch Microsoft’s and Sony’s press event, you can on their respec­tive con­soles. The Xbox Live Event Player and PS@E3 app are avail­able to down­load and you can watch all the press events live. Hope­fully we will see plenty of new titles and some very good rea­sons to own these new con­soles this year.


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