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And Bioshock Infinite DLC has Officially Been Announced!

I am so excited by this news! Irrational Games has announced the three new downloadable content packs that will be offered for their latest bestseller, Bioshock Infinite. Bioshock Infinite focuses on the seemingly utopian world of Columbia, a hyper-religious and hyper-American society that floats high in the sky above the United States, from which it separated in order to maintain it’s conservatism and moral ideals.

The game, originally released in March, is being expanded upon in these three segments that will be released between now and March 2014, the first of which – Clash in the Clouds – is now available. Clash in the Clouds is an action-based pack that adds new combat stages and abilities to the game and is included in the game’s Season Pass. If you do not have the season pass, the content can be downloaded for the price of $5.00.

Also announced today was the upcoming story DLC for the game, called Burial at Sea. These two packs will return the player to Rapture, the haunting city at the bottom of the sea featured in the original Bioshock game (as well as it’s sequel).

I have not actually played the original Bioshock game, but I have played most of Bioshock Infinite. I would love to finish playing it in the future, but I rented it and played it on my boyfriend’s XBox 360 and have not gotten a chance to finish it yet! I have watched entire playthroughs of both games on YouTube (I recommend ChristopherOdd’s in particular!) and am currently working my way through watching Mr. Odd’s Bioshock 2 playthrough as well. The games have held my interest ever since I saw Bioshock Infinite advertised during the VGA (Video Game Awards) earlier on this year. Something about them is so captivating to me – I love the emphasis on story, it’s like playing a movie! Each game features extensive commentary on agency, however, and for that reason I would have to argue that these stories are most effectively told through the gaming medium.

With the DLC confirmed to be featuring Booker and Elizabeth, I’m excited to see how their characters have changed from the last universe to the one depicted in Burial at Sea! As a cinema fanatic, I’m loving the film noir inspired look, as well. Definitely exciting to see where these new installations will take the lore of the fascinating lands of Columbia and Rapture next.

Are you excited for the new and upcoming Bioshock Infinite DLC? Leave a comment and let me know!

Nintendo at E3 2013

ImageDespite not holding a major press conference this year, Nintendo still wowed in Tuesday’s Nintendo Direct and the various Developer Directs and sneak peek gameplay and trailer videos since then.

For the Wii U, Nintendo opted to play it safe and announced a large lineup of first-party games, focusing on sure hits such as Super Mario 3D World, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Mario Kart 8, and Super Smash Bros (a version of which is also being released for the 3DS). All of these games definitely look to be fun, and while not entirely thrilling or surprising me, I’ll be sure to pick a few of them up and try them out.

3DS fans were sure to appreciate the new Pokemon X and Y footage and information, as well, including the reveal of the new “Fairy” type. Being a huge Zelda fan, I was definitely excited to see more footage from The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD re-release for the Wii U as well.

Some more Nintendo-released games that Nintendo gamers may be excited about include Bayonetta 2 and Monolith Soft’s latest and as of yet untitled game, announced in the trailer only as “X.”

A wider selection of third party titles will also be arriving on the system soon, including Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, launching this November.

Overall, I feel excited about Nintendo’s announced lineup and definitely have many new games to add to my must-have list! I must admit that, despite the huge Nintendo fan I am, I was left feeling somewhat underwhelmed by the direct. I expected a little more innovation from the mega-house developer. After all, what better time than E3 to opt for “surprise and delight” tactics?

Nintendo’s E3 booth and floor showing looked like a lot of fun, too – I loved the playful, tech-looking layout! I wasn’t able to make it out to any of the Best Buy demo locations, but the games sampled seem to have been fun as well.

How did you feel after Nintendo’s showing at E3 this year? Excited? Disappointed? What games are you most looking forward to next?

E3 2013 – Less Than 2 Weeks to Go!

E3 2013 - Less Than 2 Weeks to Go!

June is here, and you know what that means – sunshine, warmth, summer, and, of course, less than two weeks until this year’s E3!

E3 is definitely going to be huge this year – as always – and I’ll be sure to keep you updated on the most exciting new announcements in the gaming world.

The Expo runs from June 11-13. Until then, feel free to check out IGN’s insider information on what we can expect to see from our favourite major players here.

Sonic Lost World Trailer

The brand new trailer for Sega’s latest instalment in the Sonic franchise, Sonic Lost World, was officially released today. The trailer features the series’ iconic blue hedgehog going head to head against an all-new group of villains.

The trailer features clean, cheery, cartoony graphics and fast paced gameplay demonstrating the blue blur’s latest moves, such as wall running and climbing.

The game launches later this year exclusively for the Wii U and the 3DS due to the company’s recent partnership with Nintendo.

Hopefully the game will draw more buyers to the Wii U and encourage the growth of the console’s fan base. Personally, I think the game looks like a lot of fun and I’m definitely interested in playing it. I’m also very excited to see more third party content coming exclusively to Nintendo’s consoles.

How about you? Think you’ll pick up Sonic Lost World?