Top 10 Natural Wonders of the World to See

The Earth is an incredible planet that holds many spectacular places to see. From snowy mountains to the heated air of the desert, this world pulsates with life and never ceases to amaze us.

8 Autombiles That are Forbidden Fruit in America

Whether safety restrictions, marketing plans, or distribution issues stand in the way, American auto consumers can’t get some of the hottest cars drivers around the world enjoy. It doesn’t mean they aren’t worth a look (or a little lusting after). Here are eight automobiles U.S. consumers would love to have but don’t even have the chance.

The Most Anticipated Geek-Friendly Movies of 2015

Looking at this year's calendar of premieres, here's what I'm most excited about over the next 12 months:

10 Best Xbox Games of 2014 That Nobody Can Forget

2014 was a bizarre year. It was a year of HD premasters and “Conclusive Editions” on Xbox One, or more heaps of cross-gen games discharged on both Xbox 360 and Xbox 1. Few games genuinely emerged – especially on 360 – so making our yearly Game of the Year list in the not so distant future was troublesome. So here is the list of 10 best Xbox games of 2014 that no buddy can forget.

Problems Only 90s Gamers Could Understand

With the PS1 turned 20 last December it’s got us thinking about gaming in the 90s. We complain a lot these days, but there were a lot of problems with gaming back then that we all seemed to ignore. If you were a gamer in the 90s you’d know all about these particular problems…

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Top 10 of the most impressive JRPGs shown at E3 2015

JRPG fans were pleasantly surprised at E3 2015 as the genre was well represented during the convention. Below, you can find our top 10 list of Japanese role-playing games that have the most impressive showings at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.
10. Project Setsuna
Even with Final Fantasy XV absent, Square Enix still has plenty of JRPGs at E3 2015. One of which is Project Setsuna, the first game coming out from the Tokyo RPG Factory. The concept artwork shown so far are very intriguing, especially for old school fans of the genre. With a planned 2016 release, enthusiasts should hear more about the project in the near future.

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9. World of Final Fantasy
Another Square Enix announcement that occurred at the event was World of Final Fantasy. This new JRPG mixes the characters and lore of the Final Fantasy franchise with some fresh ideas, such as the ability to shrink or grow by using the stacking ability. With the unique toy-like graphics, the spin-off should please both new and old fans of the role-playing series.

You can preorder World of Final Fantasy, which is expected to come out next year, with this page on Amazon.

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8. Nier 2
One of the most surprising announcements at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo was Nier 2. While Nier was a cult hit, it has some issues when it came to gameplay. Fortunately, Square Enix is teaming up with Platinum Games to handle the game portion for the action JRPG, leaving the story to the original creators. This collaboration seems like a match made in heaven, especially for fans of the first game.

You can reserve the tentatively-titled, Nier 2, which currently does not have an official release time frame, here.
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7. Genei Ibun Roku #FE
Genei Ibun Roku #FE, previously known as Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, was heavily featured at Nintendo’s Treehouse live stream show. The gameplay combines the strength and weakness systems from both Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem franchises to create a somewhat unique JRPG set in Shibuya of Tokyo. Fans of both RPG series should be able to enjoy the long-awaited crossover videogame.

Nintendo is expected to release the tentatively-titled Genei Ibun Roku #FE for the Nintendo Wii U in 2016.

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6. Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness
Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness was officially confirmed for western localization at E3 2015. The development team will be fixing some of the issues, mainly the amount of cut scenes, that plagued The Last Hope. Not to mention that they will further expand on the fast-paced, real-time combat system with more than six active party members. So it looks like the fifth installment of the series is in good hands.

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is coming out exclusively for the PlayStation 4 in 2016. Pre-purchase the JRPG with this link.
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5. Xenoblade Chronicles X
Along with another impressive showing. Nintendo finally confirmed the North American release date for Xenoblade Chronicles X, which is coming out on the 4th of December, at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. If you haven’t seen much of the game, you will be able to explore an unique and massive world (eventually, you will be able to use giant mechs as well). So, if you are a fan of the first game, you should most likely enjoy the second installment of the series as well.
You can preorder Xenoblade Chronicles X on Amazon with this page.
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4. Final Fantasy VII Remake
Perhaps the biggest announcement at E3 2015, Square Enix finally announced the remake for Final Fantasy VII at Sony’s press conference. Game Director Tetsuya Nomura has stated that the graphics should match those of current-gen games while the gameplay will be changed to reflect more realism. Hopefully, all of these changes will make what is already an excellent game much better for the modern audience.

Final Fantasy VII Remake is coming out first for the PlayStation 4. You can reserve it here.
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3. Kingdom Hearts 3
The last of the surprises from Square Enix at E3 2015 was a new look at Kingdom Hearts 3. The company confirmed that Tangled will be one of the new worlds introduced in the sequel. A new trailer also showed off the expansive size of the areas in addition to a multitude of combat options, including special Keyblade attacks and being able to summon amusement park rides. Hopefully, we don’t have to wait too long to see the game finally come out.
You can pre-purchase Kingdom Hearts 3 via this link.
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2. Persona 5
Atlus released a trailer for Persona 5 at E3 2015. Unfortunately, it contains the exact footage found in a previous Japanese video. With that said, the game still looks excellent with the stylish visuals and new stealth-based exploration elements. The company also confirmed that, despite the lack of new information, the sequel is still slated to arrive for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 in North America sometime before the end of 2015.

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1. Dark Souls III
Although we were a little weary that Dark Souls III is coming out too soon after Bloodborne, the impressions of the behind-the-scenes demonstration has been overwhelming positive. Along with the improved visual fidelity, From Software also added some new combat abilities in addition to some other new elements that will surprise hardcore fans of the Bloodborne and Souls games. With Hidetaka Miyazaki directing the game, Dark Souls III looks like it will be another stellar installment in the series.

You can preorder the third main Dark Souls installment, which is expected to come out in early 2016, with this page.
dark-souls-3-1As you can see above, JRPG fans have plenty to be excited about after E3 2015. Hopefully, we don’t have to wait too long to play some of the games mentioned above.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Dota 2 Reborn: Valve Announces Major Overhaul For Dota 2 Ahead Of E3 2015


While Valve won't hold an E3 conference this week, the developer and publisher and pusher of digital games is preparing to rework its insanely popular Moba game Dota 2.

The inbound update for Dota 2, which is being called Dota 2 Reborn, includes a new user interface, a new game engine, "Guided Bot" mode and the ability to create custom games.

Open beta for Dota 2 Reborn kicks off before this week closes. The update will be rolled out in the phases, with the new interface, specifically the game's launcher, rolling out during the first phase.
"Everything in the dashboard has been completely redesigned utilizing a new UI framework, and the engine that powers the game has been fully replaced," says Valve.

The user interface changes also extend to the Hero browser, but the in-game HUD will remain untouched for now at least.

"Heroes are the heart of Dota," says Valve. "We revamped the Hero Browser in order to create a single location for you to learn about, practice with, and customize your heroes."

Valve will elaborate on what it means by "custom games" later in the week, as it prepares to launch the open beta period. From there, Valve will introduce the new game engine it'll use for Dota 2 and the all-new Source 2 engine appears to be the leading candidate for that honor.

"Throughout the beta we'll be releasing frequent updates in order to fix bugs and make changes based on the feedback you provide," says Valve. "As you browse around in the new client, you'll notice a few things that aren't fully functional yet. Additionally, our focus has been on the dashboard so you'll find the in-game HUD currently looks the same."

Valve wants to keep the gameplay and heroes feeling and looking unchanged. The open beta for Dota 2 Reborn won't conclude until after The International, the game's massive e-Sport tournament, which will assuredly stick with the current version of Dota 2.

With August just around the corner, Valve doesn't want to put too much pressure on itself to ensure Dota 2 Reborn is stable enough before the tournament.

6 things we learned from watching Eurovision 2015

Saturday night saw Austria stage the continental celebration of mediocre songwriting and perma-grins that is the Eurovision Song Contest.

Now – incredibly – in its 60th year, the appeal of Eurovision is that nothing really changes from year to year: the music doesn’t improve, the UK (the land that gave the world The Beatles, David Bowie and Rick Astley) comes close to last, and the hosts’ scripted chat is tortuous.

But, aside from the fact that Sweden’s Mans Zelmerlow won with his animation-aided performance of ‘Heroes’, what else did we learn?

1. Russia can’t escape the boos

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Despite putting forward a singer who looked like a Disney princess, singing a happy-clappy ballad that – ironically – extolled the virtues of open democracy (sample lyric: “We are the world’s people / Different yet we’re the same / We believe / We believe in a dream”), Russia are still the baddies of Europe in many’s eye.

It might not have been as loud as last year, when the superpower’s intervention in Ukraine was a live news story, but the boos were still audible in Vienna during the voting process, with the country’s stance on homosexuality still a source of huge controversy. All that despite reports of Eurovision using unspecified “anti-booing technology”.
Singer Polina Gagarina can console herself with coming second overall.

2. Nigella Lawson stole the show

Every dad’s favourite TV chef showed her linguistic credentials when she read out the UK’s voting results, indulging in a spot of German and French and generally winning the whole night.

3. Serbia had the most belting anthem


Just when everyone’s eyelids were getting a little heavy, Serbia knocked it out the park in true Eurovision style. Bojana Stamenov belted out ‘Beauty Never Lies’, a song penned by Charlie Mason, who wrote last year’s winning song ‘Rise Like A Phoenix’ for Conchita Wurst.

4. Lithuania won praise for including a double same-sex kiss


On the same day Ireland voted to legalise same-sex marriage, Lithuania made a bold LGBT statement of their own: Monika Linkyte and Vaidas Baumila choreographed a pause into their performance, allowing time for them – and their backing dancers – to kiss. See it at 1:34 in the video above.

5. Eurovision saw its first performer in a wheelchair


Poland’s Monika KuszyƄska made history by becoming the first ever Eurovision entry to perform in a wheelchair. She is paralysed from the waist down after being involved in a car accident with her previous bandmates in 2006. She has since relaunched her solo career, and her rendition of ‘In the Name of Love’ was certainly a bit different from the attention-grabbing Polish milk-maids of last year.

6. No-one could explain why Australia were there

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Here are the 'can't miss' games coming out in June 2015


For gamers, it just doesn’t get any bigger than June. E3 Expo is just around the corner, and with it will come monumental new game announcements, breathtaking world premiere trailers, and thrilling updates for your favourite upcoming games. You’ve heard about food pairing, but what about game pairing? While you’re enjoying the excitement of E3, here are some games releasing this month you definitely won’t want to miss!

The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited
Release Date: June
Platform(s): PlayStation 4 Limited Edition / PlayStation 4 / Xbox One Limited Edition / Xbox One / PC & Mac
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)

The legendary Elder Scrolls series is going online for the first time on consoles with The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited. This massively multiplayer online role-playing game lets you play as one of the continent of Tamriel’s many races, including the Nords, Bretons, Dunmer (Dark Elves), Orsimer (Orcs), Khajiit (a cat-like race), and many more. Play online with thousands of other players as you fight for control of Tamriel, or wage war against the evil Daedric Prince, Molag Bal. The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited features all the major game updates since its release last year, including the new Justice and Champion systems.

Keep in mind that if you pre-order the game online at BestBuy.ca, you’ll gain access to the Explorers Pack, granting you the ability to play any race in any faction, a new vanity pet, and a bonus in-game treasure map.

LEGO Jurassic World
Release Date: June 12
Platform(s): PlayStation 4 / PlayStation 3 / PS Vita / Xbox One / Xbox 360 / Wii U / Nintendo 3DS
ESRB Rating:  E10+ (Everyone 10+)

My love for the LEGO video game series is no secret, which is why I’m getting pumped for the release of LEGO Jurassic World in just a few short days. This action-adventure game available on all major gaming platforms will take you through all four Jurassic Park films, as you relive iconic scenes from the original trilogy, plus experience the new Jurassic World for the very first time. The game features two-player co-operative mode, and more than 100 playable LEGO characters (including more than 20 species of dinosaurs).

Payday 2: Crimewave Edition
Release Date: June 16
Platform(s): PlayStation 4 / Xbox One
ESRB Rating:  M (Mature)

Another franchise near and dear to me is Payday, a co-operative first-person shooter that lets you play as four criminals—Dallas, Hoxton, Wolf and Chains—as they work their way up from small-time robberies to grand-scale bank heists. Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will be the first time this series comes to PS4 and Xbox One, delivering crisp HD graphics and two dozen DLC packs. This game is extremely intense and a lot of fun (especially online with friends), so get ready to embark on an epic crime spree on next-gen gaming consoles.

Remember too, if you pre-order Payday 2 Crimewave Edition for either Xbox One or PS4, you'll receive the HardTime Loot Bag containing a number of unique digital items!

Batman Arkham Knight
Release Date: June 23
Platform(s): PlayStation 4 Limited Edition / PlayStation 4 / Xbox One Limited Edition / Xbox One / PC
ESRB Rating:  M (Mature)

The finale of the incredible Batman Arkham series is nearly here, coming exclusively to PS4, Xbox One and PC. In this epic action-adventure game set one year after the events of 2011’s Batman: Arkham City, our caped crusader is confronted by some of Gotham’s most deadly villains—both new and old. You’ll also have a chance to drive around the city in Batman’s high powered Batmobile, performing speed boosts, jumps, and firing missiles to take out your enemies.

There’s still time to pre-order Batman: Arkham Knight and get your hands on some great bonuses, including Waynetech Booster Pack (online only) and play as Harley Quinn (online and in-store).

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward
Release Date: June 23
Platform(s): PlayStation 4 Limited Edition / PlayStation 4 / PC
ESRB Rating:  T (Teen)

Final Fantasy XIV, the second massively multiplayer online role-playing game in the series (with the first being Final Fantasy XI), is getting its first major expansion pack this month! In Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, you’ll travel to a new realm in Eorzea, called Ishgard, and experience the bloody thousand-year conflict between the knights of Ishgard and the dragons of Dravania. You can also look forward to a level cap increase from 50 to 60, a new playable race, new dungeons and raids, new primal battles, and new mounts that enable to you take to the skies (like flying black chocobos!)

As mentioned in our pre-order article for Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, if you reserve your copy now on BestBuy.ca, as a special bonus you'll receive early access to the expansion content ahead of the official launch, as well as Baron Circle and Baron Earrings (worn by Cecil Harvey from Final Fantasy IV), and a Chocobo Chick Courier pet that will follow you on your adventures.