Rated NA 183: Bests Of 2014

Rated NA 183: Bests of 2014

Ash, Scott, and Matt sit down and reflect on all the best stuff that happened in 2014 from their favorite games and films to some surprise tear jerking moments and greatest disappointments. 2014 has been an incredible year for Rated NA and this episode serves as a love letter of sorts to our community, guests, family, and friends. Thanks so much!

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PAX Prime 2014: Welcome To PAX (Part Three)

PAX Prime 2014: Welcome to PAX (Part Three)

PAX_SQUAREI had prepared for my first trip to PAX the way I must prepare for everything else: through rigorous research, planning, and incessant pestering of my friends. What kind of water bottle should I bring? Collapsible. Pain killers? More than one kind, just in case someone you’re with is allergic to one. Hand sanitizer? Apply liberally to everything. Even that child? Especially that child. Sneakers? Don’t forget the gel insoles. Zinc and vitamin C? Begin a rigorous course three weeks prior and bring some with you just in case.

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PAX Prime 2014: Welcome To PAX (Part Two)

PAX Prime 2014: Welcome to PAX (Part Two)

PAX_SQUAREThe morning before the official start of PAX, I flew out the hostel door with camera gear and Tomodachi Life in tow. My first stop was Volunteer Park, a small park set back behind the carefully manicured homes of Capitol Hill. I wandered the brief paths for a couple hours, occasionally passed by runners (none of them Chris Evans, unfortunately) and cheerful pit bulls.

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PAX Prime 2014: Gigantic Is Big On Awesome

PAX Prime 2014: Gigantic is Big on Awesome

PAX_SQUAREFull disclosure, when I first booked my appointment to check out Motiga’s Gigantic most of the folks I talked to wondered why I wanted to check out “yet another” MOBA title. Due to the insane success of free to play MOBA titles such as League of Legends and Dawn of the Ancients 2, designing the next great MOBA has become a quest of sorts for developers everywhere, and for good reason, success means a whole lot of cash and quite a bit of glory. After about five minutes with Gigantic I was blown away with how unique a specimen it really was and may have actually had more Team Fortress in its DNA than League of Legends. Gigantic is a tactical class based action game at its core, and it turns out its core is made of gold.

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PAX Prime 2014: Deeper Into Darkest Dungeon

PAX Prime 2014: Deeper into Darkest Dungeon

PAX_SQUAREFor those still unaware of Darkest Dungeon, Red Hook Studios is in the process of creating an incredibly slick turn-based strategy game with some play mechanics you probably haven’t seen before. On the surface, Darkest Dungeon may seem familiar with four characters delving deeper and deeper into perilous dungeons in search of plunder and glory, however this is where the similarities to every other dungeon crawler stop.

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PAX East 2014: EVOLVE – Hunt Or Be Hunted

PAX East 2014: EVOLVE – Hunt or be Hunted

RNA_PAX_2014In EVOLVE four hunters, each with unique weapons and skills, race to bring down a monstrous behemoth that is constantly growing more deadly as the match progresses. Think of the game sort of like the movie Predator, but with the Predator constantly munching on steroids to get even more predator-y. Both Scott and I played EVOLVE at this year’s PAX and had very different experiences.

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PAX East 2014: Devling Into The Darkest Dungeon

PAX East 2014: Devling into the Darkest Dungeon

RNA_PAX_2014With over 100 games inside the Indie MEGABOOTH, it’s easy to miss a title here or there even if you’re actively hunting for great games all weekend. On Sunday I went on a quest to find Darkest Dungeon and by the time I actually got to play the game I realized why it was getting so much attention, this dungeon delve is perhaps the darkest of them all.

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