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As avid gamers, we always want to be ahead of the game (awful pun intended) by having the latest gadgets that enable us to play all the best games, either on the big screen or on the go. Y’see, games aren’t just played on consoles or handhelds nowadays: gaming is now a ubiquitous enough hobby that one can enjoy on any piece of tech with a screen. For instance, here’s my personal list of gadgets that I enjoy playing games on!

IMG_26171. HP Envy 15″ and Macbook Pro Retina 13″ laptops – I only play Diablo III Reaper of Souls and a bunch of Steam games on PC so I fire one of these two from time to time. I use the HP when I’m docked as it is heavier but it’s where I mostly play because of the bigger screen,  hard disk and a fuller keyboard. I use the Macbook when I’m stuck outside and more for work, but I also have a limited number games installed on that machine (like yep, Diablo III; if you haven’t figured out, I’m a D3 addict).

2. PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS – If I have to go out and I know I have to wait long for something (pay for a bill, or wait for someone to arrive), I almost always carry one of these babies depending on what I am currently playing. The titles are pretty diverse in each so you can always find a few games that will sit on your GOTY of the forever (for me it was Persona 4 Golden and Fire Emblem Awakening).

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3. iPhone 5 – If I have a spare minute (or thirty), I fire up Clash of Clans or one of my favorite Kairosoft titles (now being Ninja Village) to get my gaming fix. LINE also has a bunch of games like Puzzle Bobble (who hasn’t played or got addicted to that game though) but it gets pretty limited because of the fatigue-based mechanic (5 stages at a time, then you have to wait 30 minutes to replenish one stage turn). It’s pretty lightweight as a gaming platform but with millions of users, even Square Enix has picked up the pace and ported some of its most popular titles on iTunes.

4. PlayStation 3, XBOX 360 and Wii U – Exclusive titles and things more epic go to one of these consoles. Admittedly, I haven’t fired up anything recently (probably Wind Waker U from a few months back), but I still have a few discs lying around that I should look into finishing before I get a…

5. PlayStation 4Dragon Age: Inquisition comes out in a few months; I happen to be a big DA fan so this is the title that will make me break the bank to get a unit. Priced competitively and having supported off-screen play through the PS Vita, this is definitely the next step to my gaming progression.

From upgrades to new models to competing brands, deciphering what’s worth the splurge is an exhausting, confusing feat. So, SM Supermalls is making it easy for you as they celebrate Cyber Month for the whole month of August.

Get a gadget upgrade and join in the geeky fun with SM Supermalls’ exciting line-up of activities that will make all tech lovers go crazy:

  • Tech Sale – Stock up on the latest gadgets at discounted prices in the biggest technology sale of the year.
  • Cybervasion – Discover and experience the latest gadgets at their interactive tech displays.
  • Game Station – Check the hottest gaming consoles and videogames of the season.
  • Cosplay Parade – Catch your favorite characters and the most outrageous costumes at their exciting cosplay parade.

Even more surprises await online with SM Supermalls’ #31HappyCyberDays promo:

  • DigiTalk – Answer Cyber Month-related questions on the SM Supermalls Facebook page and win cool prizes.
  • Cyber Rave – Listen to what your favorite blogger has to say about their favorite gadgets of 2014.
  • Tech Throwback – Send in a pic of your “antique” gadget together with a clever caption or funny story and win its modern-day counterpart.

Be the first on scene with the newest gizmos as SM Supermalls celebrates Cyber Month until August 31. For more details, like SM Supermalls on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@smsupermalls), and use the hashtag #EverythingForTheTechieInYou. You can also like their SM Cyberzone Facebook Fanpage at https://www.facebook.com/smcyberzone. Contact these numbers for queries: (02) 876-1111 (Metro Manila) / 0917 876-1111 (Globe) / 0908 876-1111 (Smart) / 0922 876-1111 (Sun).

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NeoGaf, infamous for leaking out video game dev info, has a post about the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U and 3DS. Details about new characters and mechanics are apparently revealed.

Among them are the ones about Donkey Kong nemesis King K. Rool and Punch Out‘s Little Mac (the Wii remake version) joining the roster, as well as Fire Emblem: Awakening‘s Chrom being added and will co-exist with the Smash veteran Ike from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn. The one about Samus’ archenemy Ridley we already knew about before. There are also new stuff about assist trophies, costumes, and stages.

As always, this is not confirmed to be true but more often than not, Nintendo leaks from NeoGaf are pretty much reliable.

Hit the source link below for all the details in the actual post.

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Grand Theft Auto V is this week’s game.

That’s it. Thanks for coming!

Here are this week’s vidyas:

 

Hot Wheels Worlds Best Driver (Wii U/3DS Retail)

We Sing: 80s (Wii U Retail)

Cut the Rope (3DS eShop)

Rage of the Gladiators (3DS eShop)

Star Wars Pinball (3DS eShop)

AiRace Speed (3DS eShop)

 

Grand Theft Auto V (PS3 Retail/PSN)

Hot Wheels World’s Best Driver (PS3 Retail/PSN)

Capcom Fighting Evolution (PS2 Classic)

Saints Row 4 – GATV Pack (PS3 DLC)

Saints Row 4 – Wild West Pack Pack (PS3 DLC)

Real Boxing (PS Vita PSN)

 

Grand Theft Auto V (Retail)

Hot Wheels World’s Best Driver (Retail)

Saints Row 4 – GATV Pack (DLC)

Saints Row 4 – Wild West Pack (DLC)

 

Foul Play (PC Steam)

Borderlands 2 – Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2 (PC Steam)

Ironclad Tactics (PC/Mac)

Takedown: Red Sabre (PC/Mac)

Urban Trial Freestyle (PC Steam)

Saints Row 4 – GATV Pack (PC Steam DLC)

Saints Row 4 – Wild West Pack (PC Steam DLC)

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This is a Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate review from the perspective of a (real) gamer who never gave this game the time of day back when it was immensely popular on the PSP or the Wii version with online multiplayer.

For the huge monster hunter fans out there, the only reason one can overlook your beloved title is the sheer number of games one can play out there and the fact that Monster Hunter is proven as a HUGE time sink. The game is very challenging and requires a lot of time and dedication to master and progress (meaning get lots of loot to craft new weapons, armors, and all the little items in-between) in the game.

Good Points:

  • This is one of the more beautiful 3DS titles which does not suffer from low frame rates or affect your eyesight during extended hours of game-play. 
  • Solid real-time combat mechanics rewards players who master their weapon types and learn monster tells.
  • The game shines in multiplayer mode where up to four (4) players can team up to take down monsters efficiently and provide countless hours of fun.

Bad Points: 

  • No online play. Seriously, in this day and age, it’s a travesty to NOT have online multiplayer for this  kind of game.
  • Farming for rare loot can be extremely frustrating at times.

Things That Can Swing Either Way: 

  • Monster Hunter is a “loot game”. You will spend most of your waking hours in the game making a list of items you need for specific monsters or areas and then you will proceed to farm these monsters or resource points repeatedly until you acquire enough items to craft your gear. 
  • The game is a huge time sink. You can easily surpass 200 hours of game play or more when you’re going full completion mode (crafting all armor sets, weapons and their respective decorations – stat bonuses).
  • The game is not a pick-up-and-play kind of affair. Every game sessions requires you to at least hunt a monster four or more times to actually feel some progress (by means of crafting a new set of items). This of course doesn’t include the times when you fail a mission (no loot rewards when failing missions).

The Low-Down:

Monster Hunter is a real-time action RPG where you play the role of a Hunter in the Moga Village which gets ravaged by huge monsters time and again. Your job is to deal with capture or kill these monsters (the PETA’s worst nightmare). If you are expecting something along the lines of more recently released action games such as Metal Gear Rising, you are sorely mistaken. Your characters regardless of weapon type move rather slow in comparison to other action games. This is by no means a design flaw as the game emphasizes timing and moving efficiently a lot.

From attacking using the various weapon types (12 different weapons), using restoratives like potions, to setting bombs and traps, you will have to learn to time your movements and attacks to meet great success or you will find yourself sucking real hard in Monster Hunter.

While you start from simple gathering quests or small monster slaying missions, you will eventually work your way to fighting extremely huge monsters and you will find yourself fighting some of these monsters several times in succession when you’re trying to build a new weapon or set of armor. These monsters need to be attack in specific parts (such as their tail, wings, or a large horn, etc.) until it breaks so that you can either carve the broken part, or unlock the item drop when you complete the quest (and carve up the monsters for everything it’s worth). These little requirements actually spike the difficulty of each monster as you have to fulfill specific requirements to get those item drops. Mindlessly killing monsters without a goal is one of the most inefficient things you can do in Monster Hunter. Everytime you get new loot for crafting, the recipe show up in the blacksmith’s store so it’s always good to visit him after hunting a new monster or finding new loot.

The Zinogre: Meralco’s Avatar

There are key quests for both solo and multiplayer mode you need to fulfill in order to advance to higher Hunter Ranks (HR) to unlock new monsters and stronger equipment. This is how you reach the end game. The highest rank is the G rank where I am told the level of difficulty is insane. Monsters are faster and more powerful, rendering your ever-slow moving character at greater risk.

To sum it all up, it’s one big grinding game full of challenges and it plays in real-time so the grind isn’t mind-numbing and dumb. It’s challenging and can be rewarding or frustrating. This is the kind of game which really sells consoles. But if you think about it, it’s a little weird that some people would play the franchise over and over to beat the same monster and craft their sets or fight a monster not in their old game but released in another game on a different platform. But hey, it’s people like these who helped me learn the ways of Monster Hunter and with this, I have to say that I am looking forward to a Monster Hunter 4 (hopefully with a western release plan and online multiplayer).

It’s a Social Game in a way:

Not in the sense of The Sims or some Facebook game where you spam people to come join you in playing the game. You can actually benefit a lot from this game if you’re not a shut-in solo-playing doofus like most games would have us be and even in the cases of MMORPGs. It’s a great way of breaking the ice between groups of gamers who’ve never really met or bonded before (at least in my case).

The punishing mechanics of the game actually ensures that nobody tries to trip on each other or get someone killed because everyone suffers and wastes their time. A lot of the game information such as monster weaknesses, strengths, and drops are actually found on community sites where players share information on their game exploits with others. Without all these player driven initiatives, we’d be walking around like headless chickens.

Bugs Bunny is pissed!

But most of all, it’s a great experience to meet up with friends and new people, sit down and virtual-bond by sharing adventures, looting opportunities, have good laughs, and cringe in frustration (should you fail a mission). Then when reality kicks in (battery charge runs out, or over staying your welcome in some place), everyone can go grab a bite together, have drinks and what-have-you while talking about Monster Hunter or the other things in life.

Author’s Note:

I’m trying out a new review format to be more concise and prevent any tl;dr moments. Let us know if this kind of review hits the game’s spot on or not.