Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (February 4, 2016)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (February 4, 2016)

I admire the community's tenacity when it comes to blogging! This week we've a good mix of blogs, reviews, and a community challenge response about a dope room.

Community Blogs For January 28 – February 3:

My Top 5 Most Disappointing Games of 2015 Jon_G caught my eye with a Chibi Robo image. Well, an image of what is a shameful attempt at a Chibi Robo game. I want to scrub floors, fellow community members. I want to have to recharge with my handy dandy plug. Sigh...oh well. What I like most about this list is that I agree with every choice Jon made.

Opinion – The Division’s Dire Tone And By-The-Numbers Combat Are At Odds In The Beta

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Opinion – The Division’s Dire Tone And By-The-Numbers Combat Are At Odds In The Beta

It's daylight when I step into the food court. It's a dinky sort of place covered in grime and snow that's fallen through the ceiling window. A few bandits stand near the kitchen, hassling some hostages. I creep across the court, taking cover behind a table. A couple of them are chatting. One of them is yelling at the scared hostages. I peek up over the top of the table. The man closest has his back turned to me. He's wearing a hoodie over a baseball cap. There's no armor on him. In his hand he clutches a pistol. Easy. 

I unholster my rifle and take aim, putting his head in my crosshairs. I fire, expecting to remove one of them before becoming embroiled in a firefight. My target stumbles but doesn't fall to the floor like a rag doll. He turns, a jumble of tiny numbers spraying out the side of his face in place of blood, like I'd just shot a paper ball at his head instead of a bullet. He yells, alerting his buddies to my position.

How Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Adds To The Movie's Lore

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One of the concerns I had about the latest entry in the Lego Star Wars series orbited around its seemingly small scale. Where previous entries compiled the events from several movies or seasons of a show, I assumed that Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens would be solely devoted to what you saw from that movie. It's a fun film, to be sure, but it didn't seem like a bounty of content. As it turns out, that's only part of the story. TT Fusion is indeed retelling the story from that movie, but it's also using the events as a launching point for a slew of side content, including exclusive story missions that add to Star Wars canon. We've got a few examples, too.

The Gigantic List Of All Rock Band 4's Available DLC Tracks

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The Gigantic List Of All Rock Band 4's Available DLC Tracks

Rock Band 4 makes the leap from last generation to the modern consoles with a massive catalog of existing Rock Band DLC, most of which is compatible with the latest game. That amounts to over 1,700 tracks, which can make finding your favorite song a pain when sifting through digital storefronts.

To ease the search for good music, we’ve compiled every DLC track currently available in a more organized format. As new songs are added, we’ll update the article. 

For those curious if Rock Band 4 is worth the price of admission, check out our review. Speaking of price, each DLC track costs $1.99. This week's download, which is being called the Off The Charts 02 pack, can also be purchased as a bundle for $8.49.

10 Things That Still Annoy Us About PlayStation 4

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The current generation of consoles do a lot of things right, from great games to apps to social features. Now that we’re a few years into the hardware cycle, many of the wrinkles have been ironed out of the user experience – but there’s still plenty of room for improvement. Last week, we ran through 10 things that still annoy us on Xbox One, but the PlayStation 4 isn’t perfect, either.

This list covers our major frustrations that come with using Sony’s hardware and hits points across all areas, from interface to hardware to PSN. Of course, we still enjoy our PS4s, but we’d enjoy them more if we didn’t have to put up with some of this nonsense.

Weaponlord's Die-Hard Fans Keep The Obscure Fighting Game Alive

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After Street Fighter II became an arcade sensation, the home-console market felt the aftershocks. The 16-bit era was filled with a host of forgettable fighting games, but a few titles have loomed large in the memories of fans. Weaponlord is one such title. In this month’s issue of Game Informer, I wrote about the Super Nintendo and Genesis game, which was developed by Visual Concepts and published by Bandai Namco. Today, I’m shifting the focus away from the game’s creation, and turning it onto a few players that have latched onto Weaponlord and its peculiarly hardcore take on the genre.

When I spoke to James Goddard, the game’s co-designer, I had to admit I was far from an expert on the game. I rented it when it came out, but was quickly overwhelmed by a dizzying array of layered systems and strange controls. Goddard is keenly aware of the game’s reputation as an imposing beast, and he was able to point me toward what would be my salvation: A fantastic walkthrough video that broke everything all down (and also serves as a great introduction for the game, for people who aren’t familiar with this obscurity).

Gravity Rush Remastered Reminds Us Why The Sequel Has Great Potential

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Gravity Rush Remastered Reminds Us Why The Sequel Has Great Potential

Gravity Rush, the Vita launch title about a gravity-manipulating amnesiac, is made its way to PlayStation 4 today with a new coat of paint. Along with taking a look at the upgraded version of game, we also discuss the game's minor legacy.

Gravity Rush was a Vita launch title, and at least until now, a true exclusive for the handheld. It was later given away for free as part of PlayStation Plus. The protagonist, Kat, was included in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale as a downloadable character. Sony clearly had high hopes for the game and its fiction, but it didn't garner much passion. Most who played walked away lukewarm, neither loving or hating the game.

I'm a bigger fan than most (along with former GI editor Dan Ryckert), which I outline in the video below. I love the gravity-manipulating mechanic and I see it as a well-executed base for what I hope will be a good sequel.

Opinion – The Division’s Dire Tone And By-The-Numbers Combat Are At Odds In The Beta

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It's daylight when I step into the food court. It's a dinky sort of place covered in grime and snow that's fallen through the ceiling window. A few bandits stand near the kitchen, hassling some hostages. I creep across the court, taking cover behind a table. A couple of them are chatting. One of them is yelling at the scared hostages. I peek up over the top of the table. The man closest has his back turned to me. He's wearing a hoodie over a baseball cap. There's no armor on him. In his hand he clutches a pistol. Easy. 

I unholster my rifle and take aim, putting his head in my crosshairs. I fire, expecting to remove one of them before becoming embroiled in a firefight. My target stumbles but doesn't fall to the floor like a rag doll. He turns, a jumble of tiny numbers spraying out the side of his face in place of blood, like I'd just shot a paper ball at his head instead of a bullet. He yells, alerting his buddies to my position.

The Gigantic List Of All Rock Band 4's Available DLC Tracks

about X hours ago from

Rock Band 4 makes the leap from last generation to the modern consoles with a massive catalog of existing Rock Band DLC, most of which is compatible with the latest game. That amounts to over 1,700 tracks, which can make finding your favorite song a pain when sifting through digital storefronts.

To ease the search for good music, we’ve compiled every DLC track currently available in a more organized format. As new songs are added, we’ll update the article. 

For those curious if Rock Band 4 is worth the price of admission, check out our review. Speaking of price, each DLC track costs $1.99. This week's download, which is being called the Off The Charts 02 pack, can also be purchased as a bundle for $8.49.