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Mega man X Street Fighter Released FREE!

To celebrate the 25th anniversaries of Mega Man and Street Fighter, Capcom has released a brand new mash up – Mega Man X Street Fighter. SFXMM takes the 8 bit side scrolling fun we all know and love of Mega man and pits him against a series of Street Fighter bosses! This project was fan-made and was released Dec 17th 2012 for Free! Yes, you get do download this game for the PC for free! Being a huge fan of the NES Mega Man games and Street Fighter, for me this is nothing but awesome!

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The game play of SFXMM offers moderately challenging stages, (which is strange because most MM games are extremely difficult), your standard array of weapons, a ton of different enemies, and a classic list of boss fights, consisting of many different Street Fighter Characters like Ryu, Vega, Blanka, and Chung LI. Stylistically, the game captures mega man exactly the way he should be. With 8-bit graphics and great level design, were brought back to the childhood days of playing NES in our parents basements for hours on end, getting lost and frustrated, but – determined in kicking this games ass. The music is fantastic as well and features street fighter theme songs redone chip tune style. In the past, whenever Capcom strayed from this formula with many of its later MM games, fans were not pleased and were often outraged about the style changes. Lucky for us, SFXMM keeps things in the classical mega man fashion. The game is really enjoyable to play, with a moderate challenge level, great tunes, and terribly challenging bosses (watch out for Chung Li’s special kick attack!)

At the end of the day SFXMM is more of an homage and celebration of the classic Mega Man franchise then an actual Mega Man game. I think the marriage of both franchises is really awesome and hopefully will pave the way for other fan created mash ups or even just fan created projects using old characters we all know and love! You can download it here!

Indie Game: The Movie. Now on Netflix!

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If your as much of a Netflix fanatic as i am, then you’ll be pleased to hear that they just put up “Indie Game: The movie” for instant stream. Indie Game: The Movie takes you on a journey into the minds of the creators of BraidSuper Meat Boy, and Fez. These developers have put their blood, sweat, and countless hours of mind numbing programming into these spectacular releases. The documentary shows us the pressure independent developers are under to create and test their games for their big commercial release (many of which have been in development for many years). These games bring us back to the challenges we loved about old school platform gaming but with a new, deeper, much more intellectual spin. The long hours and hard work have clearly paid off as all three of these games won countless awards and raked in thousands upon thousands of fans.

Check out the trailer here:

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Retro City Rampage Now Available on PSN and Steam!

The highly anticipated 8-bit power-house known only as Retro City Rampage was released earlier this month (October 8th), on Playstation Network and Steam. Xbox live arcade will be releasing the game sometime in late November. This game is a tribute to the classic NES fun we all had back in the 80′s and 90′s. The game takes you through about 50 different missions, with 30 different vehicles to hijack, and 20 different weapons to assure a chaotic/nostalgic experience. Retro City Rampage combines 8 bit styles with today’s game mechanics, while also injecting fast paced action and an open world experience into the mix. This is every classic gamer’s wet dream rolled into one crazy arcade style action game. RCR visits many classic levels from famous 8-bit titles like Teenage mutant ninja turtles, The legend of zelda, Super mario bros’, Contra, and Bionic commando. The gameplay of RCR is aggressive as hell, forcing the player to frantically fight waves upon waves of enemies in a pseudo Grand Theft Auto (1997 – PC) fashion. Fans of 8-bit can’t wait to get lost in the chip tune chaos that is this game, and it’s finally here!

Check out the trailer!

Shadowrun Returns!

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I just caught wind of the gamer funded classic cyber punk rpg: Shadowrun Returns. This 2012 project is a modern cyberpunk remake of the original game with a new spin and a ton more content. This project has also relied entirely on the funding of fans and supporters of the game and genre. Shadowrun is a dystopian cyber punk pen and paper rpg (also on the SNES and SEGA GENESIS) where you and your friends play the roles of shadowrunners: hired scabs who do the dirty work of the ever competitive and monopolizing corporations that strive to control your world. Fusing magical fantasy and high tech, Shadowrun allows the players to assume the physical forms of humans, orks, trolls, elves, or dwarves but in a darker neo-noir futuristic environment. Shadowrun allows you to be basically whoever you want. Weather you envision yourself as a brutish Orc bouncer, or a highly intelligent hacker stealing information for credits, Shadowrun has everything for fans of sci-fi. I originally got my taste of the Shadowrun universe back when renting video games in a store was still popular. The games noir storyline, sinister-city vibe, futuristic world and characters drew me in like a moth to flame, and i was obsessed. Apparently they have been working tirelessly to meet a deadline project kickstart date of April 29th 2012, setting up goals and planning to create a genuinely enjoyable, modern (yet true to the original games style) experience.

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I am very excited to see the progression of this fantastic way to get behind a project and gladly we are starting to see a lot more of this happening lately. Fans of certain creative property becoming not only benefactors/consumers but also stakeholders in the projects they would like to see created. This gives the consumer a real sense of influence in the product they would like made, because without the funding of larger video game companies, it would be rare to see a great project like this see fruition. I can only hope in the future we see more grass roots creative projects backed by fans because then we will actually get the games WE want made, instead of getting another generic first person shooter that sucks chewbacca’s dick.

You can donate directly on the site and each donation you give comes along with a certain reward level attached to it. Long story short the creators of shadowrun want to make the shadowrun game they’ve always wanted to make (and that the fans wants!), and with your help, they can.

highly excited for this, check out the trailer!

You can also check out their blog here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1613260297/shadowrun-returns

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Released Today: I AM ALIVE

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Released today is a post apocalyptic survival adventure game called “I am alive”. After the earth suffers a series of catastrophic natural disasters it plunges into total collapse, and a lone man finds himself on the search for his family. Released today (march 7th) via the xbox live arcade and playstation networks, this game revolves heavily on survival tactics and climbing around the endlessly dilapidated wastelands. From what i understand I am alive is not really an action game but does feature some action game mechanics. You can utilize many different weapons that you come across in the wasteland, but scarcity makes using bullets or arrows a tough decision. Many of the other humans you come across in the wasteland may not want to talk to you and can shun you if you rub them the wrong way. Pulling out a gun may cause the people around you to put up their hands in fear, or strategically surround you in retaliation. The game heavily involves smart decision making, because you never know who you are going to come across. The over world exploration looks like a great time. Climbing downed skyscrapers, swinging from pipes, running through mashed up trains; it reminds me so much of prince of persia but set in a post apocalyptic environment. I am super excited to get my hands on this one! I am alive looks like a survival master piece and looks to add a new flavor to the post apocalyptic genre! Check out the trailer!

Metal Gear Solid Rising: Revengence

The Metal Gear series gets a face lift + new prosthetic limbs, and a new and interestingly action based battle system similar to that of the God of War’s and Castlevania Lord of Shadows of the gaming world. Metal Gear Rising – Revengence follows Metal Gear mystery man Raiden and his samurai-styled sword play in this straight up action title. Release date still unknown, but this trailer does leave plenty to the imagination about Raiden’s capabilities with a katana. Whether it’s slicing your enemies into 5 pieces or climbing onto bosses and chopping them down like Wolverine would a sentinel, this game may shock previous Metal Gear fans. Partly because it doesn’t seem like snake is even remotely in the game, but more because this game focuses on action and fast paced action movie – like cut scenes. This may be a new classic in the metal gear franchise, but only time will tell how the fans will react! Check out this HD trailer!