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The Future Of Gaming Is In Our Hands

As gamers all around the world now know what the future of gaming has in store, it is up to us to decide its faith.  With Microsoft and Sony going in different directions, it is up to us to let the world know how we want to play our games. The Electronic Entertainment Expo, aka E3, has recently passed and I might just say it was the best E3 to date.  I am not going to rate how well the conferences did because that is not what this article is about.  Instead, I want to talk to you guys about how you may want to choose carefully on which console to purchase. Microsoft and Sony both revealed their consoles at different dates.  Plenty of rumors surrounded both consoles, some became true and some were false.  Unfortunately, one of the worst rumors about the next Xbox became true. Microsoft's Xbox One has policies in place that do not exactly benefit the gamers around the world.  With the Xbox One, you will have to have some sort...

 
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“The Evolution of Playstation” Press Conference is Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is going to be a big day for Sony.  Speculation has Sony revealing the PS4 as their main event but what else could they show?  Vita Heaven 2.0 was just a couple of days ago (and a huge disappointment for the most part) so there is a possibility that a couple of Vita things could be thrown in the mix.  After all, PS4 and Vita integration is one of their selling points.   What do you guys expect to be showcased tomorrow?  Are you excited that Sony is going to start the next gen propaganda?


 
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Is The RPG Genre Dying?

It seems like they day of the Role Playing Game (or RPG) is dwindling to a close.  One look at the top of the gaming charts and you will see action or shooting games like Call of Duty dominating the charts.  Albeit, Pokemon (an RPG) is #1 but that does not count.  I mean, we are talking about Pokemon here, the biggest thing since canned bread in Canada.  Other than Pokemon, there are barely any titles in the top 50 that one could call an RPG. You can break down RPGs into two categories: Western RPG and Japanese RPG (aka jRPG).  Western RPGs are self-explanatory.  Those are simply RPGs that were made for a western audience and are more closely involved with action/adventure.  Examples of the Western RPG include, but are not restricted to, games like Mass Effect, Deus Ex, Fallout, and the Elder Scrolls.  The jRPG could be described as RPGs made for the eastern audience.  The characteristics of the jRPG would be (but not restricted t...

 
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Final Fantasy XIII-2 Review

Can the sequel to Final Fantasy XIII live up to the expectations?  Or is it also an overhyped game that will fall victim to its predecessor? Developer: Square Enix Publisher: Square Enix Platforms: PS3/Xbox 360 Genre: Role Playing Game Modes: Single Player Rating: T BeastNotes: Final Fantasy has solidified itself in the gaming world as one of the best RPG franchises, but, as of late, Final Fantasy has not been giving the gaming world a reason to hold on to that title.  Many fans of the game have been complaining that the series have not been true to its roots and have been weary to try new Final Fantasy games because of that.  Final Fantasy XIII has a love or hate relationship with its Final Fantasy fanbase.  Fans either love the changes or hate it.  As a fan of the game, I will admit that Final Fantasy XIII is nothing like the past games where turnbased battles took place.  However, I thoroughly enjoyed the c...

 
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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone from the staff of MediaBeast!  We all hope they you guys got everything you wanted for Christmas and are enjoying your time with friends and family.  Please, enjoy the holidays and be safe! - MediaBeast Staff

 
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The Last Guardian Canceled?

Rumors have appeared today that the Team Ico title "The Last Guardian" may have been canceled.  According to the story, a GameStop customer received a phone call stating that his pre-order for the game was canceled because the game was canceled.  For now, these are just rumors but MediaBeast will be sure to let you guys know if it was actually canceled.


 
 
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Impulse of the Week – Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2011

Hello everyone, and I hope you guys are having a wonderful holiday season so far.  I have been a frequent visitor of the website Cheap Ass Gamer for quite some time now and there was this one deal that I just could not pass up.  That is right, you guessed it.  I bought Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2011.  It might not be the best game, but, for $4.99 ($4.99 for PS3, $7.99 for Xbox360/Wii), how could I pass it up?  I mean, why not and that was exactly what I told myself.  I did not want to wait for it to be shipped to my house so I drove down to my local Best Buy and there was only one copy of this bad boy left.  I snatched it up and went on my way to the cash register.  When I told the guy that this was $4.99, his exact words were "What?  Hell no, that can't be right.  Damn, $4.99?" I just smiled and said, "Yup, $4.99." I can tell you guys that I probably will not be playing this game any time soon.  Maybe when I get bored or want t...

 
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Black Friday Deals For Gamers

Hello everyone, MediaBeast is back again with some deals for you!  It is almost that time of year where the most hectic retail experience is about to commence.  We are only a couple of weeks away from Black Friday and some retailers have already released their plans for that day.  Lucky for you, MediaBeast will provide a more convenient place to look for the best deals and that place is right here! So shoppers, plan accordingly and have a safe Black Friday!  Make sure you have your gameplan set before going about the craziness that is Black Friday. Consoles Xbox 360  4GB Console + Gears of War 3 + 3 Month Live + $50 Gift Card $199.99 at Walmart (ONLINE ONLY) - Friday 12:01AM  4GB Kinect Console + $50 Gift Card $199.96 at Walmart - Thursday 10PM to Friday  250GB Holiday Bundle* $199.99 at Best Buy - Friday 12:01AM  250GB Holiday Bundle* $199 at Sam's Club - Friday 12:01AM & Saturday  4GB Kinect Console + $10 gif...

 
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Uncharted 3 Review

Does the third installment to Nathan Drake's adventure deliver to his already stellar line of games?  Lets find out. Developer: Naughty Dog Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment Platforms: PS3 Genre: Action-Adventure, Platform, Third-Person Shooter Modes: Single Player, Co-Op, Multiplayer Rating: T BeastNotes: Naughty Dog has done a great job with the Uncharted series and it is amazing to look at the strides that were taken to come from the first Uncharted to the second installment.  After the Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Uncharted was pretty much a finely tuned car.  If it isn't broke, then don't fix it.  This is basically Naughty Dog has done with Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception.  Instead of adding a bunch of new features to add some innovation to the game, Naughty Dog opted to slightly tune and tweak their car. Now, I am not saying that this is a bad thing.  Uncharted 3 is still a great game, but for thos...

 
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Battlefield 3 (Console) Review

Can DICE's game put the Call of Duty franchise to rest?  Or is DICE all bark and no bite?  Find out after the jump. Developer: DICE Publisher: Electronic Arts Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360 *reviewed on the PS3 Genre: First Person Shooter Modes: Single Player, Co-Op, Multiplayer Rating: M BeastNotes: Many people like to compare games because they have a couple of similarities and Modern Warfare and Battlefield are compared ruthlessly.  Which one is better?  Battlefield sucks, Modern Warfare is king!  You know, stuff like that.  However, I feel that compare these two games are unfair because they have different goals that they try to reach despite being in the same genre.  I feel that comparing Call of Duty to Battlefield is like comparing apples to oranges.  With that said, I will actually refrain from reviewing Battlefield like a Call of Duty fanboy elitest.  Instead, I will be reviewing Battlefield as its own ...


 
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Deals of the Week: 10/23 – 10/29

Sorry guys!  I went on a slight hiatus last week (the deals weren't very good anyway) but I'm back with some more deals for you wallet to cry home to.  The deals of the week seem to focus mainly on the release of Battlefield 3. Battlefield 3 Limited Edition (Xbox 360/PS3/PC) – $59.99 $10 Off Battlefield 3 Strategy Guides: Regular Strategy Guide – $9.99 Collector’s Edition Strategy Guide – $24.99 PS3 Battlefield 3 Online Starter Package – $309.96: 160GB PS3 Console Battlefield 3 Bluetooth Headset for PS3 3-Month PSN Plus Subscription Card   Xbox 360: 4GB Kinect Bundle with Kinect Adventures – $299.99 (Free $50 Gift Card with purchase) Xbox 30 Kinect Sensor with Kinect Adventures and Child of Eden – $129.99 Save $20 on the following Kinect games when you buy Dance Central 2 ($49.99) or Kinect Sports 2 ($49.99): Kinect Sports Dance Central Sesame Street Once Once Upon A Monster UFC Personal Trainer...

 
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The Wii U – Did They Jump The Gun?

Nintendo has a history of being the last to reveal a console; however, being last, luckily, has not hindered their sales.  On June 7, 2011, Nintendo became the first company to announce their next generation system, the Wii U.  Aside from the horrible name of the system, Nintendo boasted about how this system was much more powerful than the PS3 and Xbox 360, how it is now capable of 1080p graphics, and a touchscreen controller they you can use to play your games on.  What made them want to make a new system so fast?  The fact that people were complaining about how the Wii catered to the casual audience and was not a system for hardcore gamers despite being the best selling console of the generation.  With that said, Nintendo hopes to lure back its hardcore gamers with the Wii U. Now, I am excited with what the Wii U has to bring to the table but I honestly think that they are pushing the system out a little too fast.  We have ...

 
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NBA 2K12 Review

Could this year's iteration of the NBA 2K series be the best basketball game ever?  Or were the new "improvements" detrimental to the game? With the NBA lockout possibly destroying the chances of another NBA season, 2K Sport was not deterred from making another game for those that are still looking to have an NBA experience.  Every year, 2K Sports has been improving its game and this year is no different, even with the lack of competition *cough*NBA ELITE*cough* .  Some fans of the game may not like these improvements because they preferred last year's gameplay; however, the changes that were added has made the game a much better experience in my case.  I am having an absolute blast with the game and have not been able to put it down since I got my hands on it.  If you are not happy with the NBA and its lockout, then NBA 2K12 will be more than enough to tide you over until this season -or another- starts. BeastNotes Version...

 
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Deals of the Week: 10/9-10/15

I got some deals for you!  Take a look at some steals of the week.  Unfortunately, it seems like this week is kind of slow, but take a gander anyway. Just Dance 3 (Xbox 360 Kinect/Wii)- $34.99 50% off the following games with purchase of Just Dance 3: Just Dance Kids Just Dance Just Dance 2 Just Dance Summer Party The Smurfs Dance Party Michael Jackson The Experience (Wii/ Xbox 360 Kinect) Save $20 on Madden NFL 12, FIFA Soccer 12, NCAA Football 12 and NHL 12 (360 covers and skus shown). $10 giftcard with purchase of Gears of War 3 $10 giftcard with purchase of Forza Motorsport 4. $15 giftcard with purchase of Wipeout 2 (Wii). $25 giftcard with purchase of Xbox 360 4gb Kinect system or $40 with purchase of Xbox 360 4gb Kinect system and Sesame Street's Once Upon a Monster. $25 giftcard with purchase of Forza Motorsport 4 and the Xbox 360 Speed Wheel. Buy Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster for Xbox...


 
 
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Deals of the Week: 10/2 – 10/8

Hey guys, MediaBeast is back with another Deal of the Week.  I mean, it wouldn't be a deal of the week if it didn't happen every week, right?  Let's get to it. PS3/Xbox 360 Games on Sale: Dungeon Siege III – $39.99 (PC – $29.99) Catherine – $39.99 Bodycount – $39.99 Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters – $39.99 Warhammer 40000: Space Marine – $39.99 F.E.A.R. 3 – $39.99 Supremacy MMA – $39.99 Wipeout in the Zone (Xbox 360) – $39.99 Xbox 360 250GB Console – $299.99 Save $20 on a Xbox Live 12-Month Gold Membership card with any Xbox 360 console purchase Get $20 Extra Trade-In Credit when trading in 4 titles (excludes games with less than $5 trade-in value) Nintendo DSi System – $169.99 (Free $20 Gift Card with purchase) Free $10 Gift Card with purchase of: Rage (PS3/Xbox 360/PC) – $59.99 Dark Souls(PS3/Xbox 360) – $59.99 NBA 2K12(PS3/Xbox 360) – $59.99 Tetris Axis(3DS) – $29.99 Toys"R"Us is d...

 
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Deus Ex: Human Revolution Review (Second Opinion)

This is my review of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. BeastNotes Version:  As stated in the previous review, Deus Ex: Human Revolution is all about choice.  This is apparent in the game.  You have many ways to complete a mission and the consequences may or may not be as rewarding as one option.  The campaign/story can be short to some people, but it is the side quests that makes the game lengthy and fun.  Also, the side quests can give substantial rewards and, most importantly, experience for you to upgrade your augmentations. The way you go about the game is all up to you.  It is your choice.  As stated before, one way will be more rewarding than the other.  In general, being stealthy will yield maximum benefits in the form of experience, but you can run and gun if you choose to do so.  Overall, the game is fun, especially if you prefer the stealth part of the game.  A.I. can be a little clunky at times and certainly predictable...

 
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Heroes of Newerth Review

*Disclaimer - This is a long review.  I can't exactly review this game in a short fashion that would give a feel of how this game plays* Background: With the MOBA genre increasing in popularity, there are a slew of games that are being released to try and get their hand in the cookie jar.  It all started with a Warcraft III custom map named Defense of the Ancients or more popularly known as DotA.  DotA is arguably the father of MOBA gaming.  However, DotA was restricted and constrained by the engine on Warcraft III.  With that said, it became a race for developers to create a game that was similar or as addictive as DotA. That is where Heroes of Newerth comes in.  Heroes of Newerth, or HoN for short, was S2 Games  attempt to recapture the essence of DotA.  In the beginning stages, HoN caused a lot of controversy with critics saying that it was an exact port to DotA without offering anything new to the table.  It also drew a ...

 
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Madden 2012 Review

Does this year's installment of Madden bring anything new to the gridiron?  Let's find out. (more…)