The Koalition Where Gaming and Hip-Hop Collides2014-10-25T00:15:18Z http://thekoalition.com/feed/atom/WordPress Kelfala 'Kels' Sesay <![CDATA[Dragon Ball Xenoverse — Collector’s Edition & Pre-orders Announced]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=108043 2014-10-24T21:15:17Z 2014-10-24T21:15:17Z Bandai Namco announced that Dragon Ball Xenoverse will be getting special editions! Fans pre-ordering the game, for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360, will get several unique items for free! These won’t be sold afterwards: • Super Saiyan 4 Vegeta as a Playable Character • 2 exclusive Frieza Soldier’s Battle Suites to […]

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Bandai Namco announced that Dragon Ball Xenoverse will be getting special editions!

Fans pre-ordering the game, for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360, will get several unique items for free! These won’t be sold afterwards:

• Super Saiyan 4 Vegeta as a Playable Character
• 2 exclusive Frieza Soldier’s Battle Suites to customise the players’ Avatars: Gold & Crystal versions!

Those who pre-order the game digitally (Steam, Xbox Marketplace and PlayStation Network) will get all the above amazing items.

You will be able to pre-order both the game and the Collector’s Edition from GAME, Amazon, ShopTo and The Hut. Links to follow shortly.

To put on a marvellous spread and celebrate this new Dragon Ball game in the best possible way, players will be able to get their hands on the “Trunks’ Travel Edition” (for Consoles only):

• Dragon Ball Xenoverse Full-Game
• Trunks Master Stars Piece 25 cms Figurine (Exclusive Coloring)

With a gameplay taking back the licence to its roots, Bandai Namco Games and Dimps are proud to reveal a brand new mode where fighters will be able to gather and show who is the strongest warrior of the universe: the World Tournament aka the Budokai Tenkaichi! This brand new mode will be accessible through Toki Toki City and will allow players to take part into a massive frenzied brawl and crown a champion for special rewards! Will the players’ Avatars be strong enough to take down long-running Champions such as Hercule and Tien or fans’ favorite returning characters: Vegito, Goku in his Super Saiyan 3 and Super Saiyan 4 forms?!


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Dragon Ball Xenoverse ▪ Dimps x Bandai Namco ▪ PC, PS4, PS3, X1, 360
2.5.15 JP | 2.13.15 EU | 2.17.15 NA

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Koalition Staff http://thekoalition.com/ <![CDATA[Logic – “Under Pressure” | First Impressions]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=108010 2014-10-24T20:26:53Z 2014-10-24T16:50:04Z Music, like any artform, is only digested fully with time. The best forms of the art have many layers to peel back and one can’t truly get the full experience from one listen, but an impression most certainly can be left. Some even say the first impression is the purest so, with our First Impression […]

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Music, like any artform, is only digested fully with time. The best forms of the art have many layers to peel back and one can’t truly get the full experience from one listen, but an impression most certainly can be left. Some even say the first impression is the purest so, with our First Impression segments, we’ll be tackling new music from all over, describing what we get from the artist’s work, and expressing immediate stand outs from each work.

With the recently signed Quest dropping one of the better projects of this year, VMG head Logic is Under Pressure in a few different ways. With a handful of decent mixtapes where Logic seemed to be searching for his identity and the previously mentioned artist seeming to have found his lane, Logic has a statement to make under the Def Jam umbrella. Does Under Pressure deliver?

Welcome new edition to the Koalition team Ed Mason. And, also, shout out to the very awesome Tia for contributing as well. Check more of her work here.

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As with the last “First Impression” this is my first time hearing a song from Logic. Some of my friends had buzzed about him but I didn’t see any reason to jump into his music. Seeing as there are a lot of forgettable artists today, that was my reasoning as he didn’t really do anything to stand out to me.

Under Pressure has moments of greatness. It’s evident that he thought about his first impression to the world on a major label. The problem is that it feels like we’ve heard some of these songs before. The majority of the songs on Under Pressure felt like they were J. Cole reference tracks. The production is stellar but there’s just something I couldn’t shake that felt like I had heard this sound and this artist before. His voice, at times, is reminiscent of Childish Gambino as is the flow. Hell, the production from “Metropolis” is a rip-off from “Sing About Me” by Kendrick Lamar.  I was right to not take a listen and pass on his music the first time I saw people talking about him.

Favorite track(s): “Intro”, “Nikki”

Charles aka Profex

I came across Young Sinatra: Undeniable back in when it dropped in 2012 and it has been quite a roller coaster ever since then. Logic is undeniably (ha) talented on the mic, but his rapid flow is done so much it sometimes ends up with his projects have a monotonous tone. Welcome To Forever was a change of pace, but there were too many times he seemed to be emulating popular artists’ style. Under Pressure still suffers from the monotony a bit, but it is his most complete work to date.

Early on, “I’m Gone” delivers across the boards. Logic alternates his pace a bit multiple times, the hook is solid, and the beat is one of the better ones on the project. The 2nd verse is the definition of what I’d like more from him and it’s unfortunate that there aren’t more “complete” tracks like this consistently. Then theres “Metropolis” which was simply hard to listen to since the opening put me directly in the mindset of Kendrick’s “Sing About Me”.

Don’t get me wrong, the album is still a solid listen from opening to close. There just aren’t many tracks that sound like they’ll get multiple spins down the line after my first listen. All too often, I found myself nodding to dope production and not carrying what message (or lack thereof) was trapped in that rapid flow. Also, the woman linking the tracks? Mad annoying.

Favorite track(s): “I’m Gone”, “Under Pressure”

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While continuing to demonstrate his flow, Under Pressure suffers from a few setbacks that ultimately stunt its progression. The first issue is contrived from Logic himself who denounces the importance of women and money on the track I’m Gone, but then continually gives these topics attention throughout the project. Along with this, the female voices used in everything from ad-libs, instrumental construction, and the explanation of several irrelevant “fun facts” grows sonically tiresome taking away from the overall experience.

As you wander from song to song you notice that the style that was appealing originally tends to slowly loose its magic. The reinvigorating moment when you feel captivated once more unfortunately is Till The End, and if you only have access to the standard disk then the end is here! The bonus tracks featuring Childish Gambino and Big Sean respectively arrive too late, although the breath of fresh air was appreciated. For implementation purposes they would have been better served throughout the album instead of at the end as bonus tracks.

Logic surely has nothing to be ashamed of with this release advertising his skills at every opportunity, but too much of a good thing can undoubtedly hinder a project as is the case with Under Pressure.

Favorite track(s): “Till The End”, “Growing Pains III”, “Driving Ms. Daisy” (Bonus)

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Put your backpack on, grab your favorite craft beer, and slide on those headphones. Once you have done so head to your local park, yes, I know…drinking in public is discouraged, but who cares, Logic breaks the rules, and so can you. Logic’s first full length LP takes us in to the life of Young Sinatra.

Full of Jazz samples and a double time cadence, Under Pressure is a lot to handle in one listen. It’s not an easy to follow album, but that’s okay, Logic adds just a bit of pop to his intricate lyrical styling. Under pressure will live up to its name for some, as it might make you feel bloated and uncomfortable. For others, it’s sure to make you feel like royalty.

Favorite track(s): “Under Pressure”, “Till the end”

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Logic’s Under Pressure is my first initial introduction to his music and I have to admit that I’m glad to have discovered this album, it’s undeniably dope. From intro to outro, Pressure hits you with a heavy dose of stylishly soulful and bouncy production, clever lyricism, diverse delivery, and an air of coolness. Each track shows off various elements of Logic’s craft and gives you a keen sense of who he is an artist. Of course, you can hear subtle elements of Kendrick Lamar’s music style sprinkled throughout the album, but not so much to where you lose sight of Logic’s appeal and originality.

The first song that stood out to me was “I’m Gone” which is just straight fire. “Gang Related” followed right after and further impressed me as Logic showed off the versatility of his flow. His storytelling ability excels on “Growing Pains III” while “Buried Alive” is breezy with an infectious hook that will make you want to run that right back. Overall, Under Pressure is solid as hell and grabs your attention from the start. Even without knowing Logic’s backstory, this album sounds like growth. It gives off a polished vibe, and Logic respectively sounds comfortable in the space he’s in on this project. He’s definitely gained a fan, very impressive.

Favorite track(s): “I’m Gone”, “Never Enough”, “Buried Alive”, “Now” (Bonus)

Sounds like Under Pressure is mostly worth the listen. Take a dive yourself and share your First Impressions down in the comments.

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Charles Singletary http://www.charlessingletaryjr.com/ <![CDATA[Lupe Fiasco – “Haile Selassie” ft/ Nikki Jean [New Music]]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=108067 2014-10-24T16:20:04Z 2014-10-24T16:11:10Z As is often the case with Lupe Fiasco, I had to do a bit of research before checking this song out. “Haile Selassie” is the 2nd track dropping as a result of a brilliant marketing scheme Lupe’s drama with Atlantic Records. Off jump, this is one of the best songs I’ve heard from Lupe in […]

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As is often the case with Lupe Fiasco, I had to do a bit of research before checking this song out. “Haile Selassie” is the 2nd track dropping as a result of a brilliant marketing scheme Lupe’s drama with Atlantic Records.

Off jump, this is one of the best songs I’ve heard from Lupe in a long while. Societal issue charged tracks have never been the true issue with Lupe, it’s the fact that the quality of the song seemed to take a backseat to the message. This time around see’s a…um..trinity come together. Ill rhymes, great production from Soundtrakk, and lovely crooning from Nikki Jean. Lost in the Atlantic is shaping up to be pretty dope regardless of Tetsuo & Youth. Share your thoughts down in the comments.

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Jakejames Lugo http://www.thekoalition.com <![CDATA[Five Potential DLC Characters for Smash Bros Wii U]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=108051 2014-10-24T19:16:12Z 2014-10-24T15:43:43Z With all the big news coming out of Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Wii U Direct, a lot of excitement is in the air. Yet with all the information that Nintendo dropped during their Nintendo Direct there are even more questions that has Smash players giddy with excitement. One of the biggest mic-drop moments was the […]

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With all the big news coming out of Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Wii U Direct, a lot of excitement is in the air. Yet with all the information that Nintendo dropped during their Nintendo Direct there are even more questions that has Smash players giddy with excitement. One of the biggest mic-drop moments was the news that Mewtwo from the Pokemon series will be available as DLC in the nearby future for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. This is great news for people wondering how Nintendo will handle DLC down the line, but this also opens discussion for who else can be DLC for the games.

There are plenty of other characters that gamers will want to see appear in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. The hype and surprise does not have to stop with Mewtwo being the only DLC fighter. Popular characters that did not appear as playable fighters, assist trophies, or background hazards now have the potential to be included as playable fighters as DLC. This also means that some fighters from past games could still show up and provide even more craziness to an already massive and hectic game. Here are five characters that we believe have the most potential to appear as new challengers.

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Wolf

Wolf was originally in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as another character to appear from the Star Fox series. Traditionally in the series, there have not been a lot of characters to appear as playable fighters outside of Fox and Falco, who first appeared in Melee. Having Wolf available will add more diversity to the roster and give the Star Fox franchise some more shine in Smash Bros. If Nintendo really wanted to do something unique, they would include a different character from Star Fox like Peppy or Slippy as a neat surprise for gamers. But if we had to choose one with the best chance of showing up, we’d give it to Wolf since he is Fox’s other big rival.
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Roy

Though the Fire Emblem series has plenty of spotlight in Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U, the popularity of the series has grown exponentially. Roy’s popularity from Melee is definitely impressive and it would be great to see him make a return to the stage. Since there really isn’t any sort of cap to how many characters from a series can appear in the Smash Bros. series, making Roy available will appeal to longtime Super Smash Bros. fans and give another underdog game some extra shine. His moves may be similar to both Marth and Lucinia, but we wouldn’t count Nintendo out in making some interesting changes to make Roy feel unique amongst his Fire Emblem peers.
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Lucas

Earthbound is a series that holds a place close to the hearts of Nintendo fans. Not only is Ness playable in the latest Super Smash Bros. game, but there are a few Earthbound themed stages that players can Smash on. When Lucas was included as a playable fighter in Brawl, it showed that Nintendo was willing to pull deep from its well of characters to make Super Smash Bros. a bigger, more fun game. And since Lucas didn’t make the original cut for the roster, this would be a great opportunity to bring him back into the fray and increase the presence of Earthbound in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U. His absences showed a loss of diversity in the Super Smash Bros. roster.
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Proto-Man

Having Mega Man appear in Super Smash Bros. is a huge deal for Nintendo fans and fans of the Mega Man series. In a time where Capcom has created a drought of Mega Man related content, it was nice to see a better, grander handling of the blue bomber and his legacy. But this doesn’t have to stop there. The best complimentary character that could possibly be included from the Mega Man series would be none other than Proto-Man. Not only could he sport a new flare and attitude for Super Smash Bros., but also share some similar characteristics to Mega Man. One may believe that any of the robot masters from the Mega Man series would make good inclusions to the roster, but we believe Proto-Man to be the best and most satisfying choice to provide as DLC.
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Tails the Fox

Sonic and Mario have had one of the greatest rivalries of all time in the world of video games. His inclusion into Super Smash Bros. Brawl marked a landmark point in the history of video games. Yet something was missing. While Mario has always had his brother Luigi at his side, Sonic has always had his trusted friend Tails the Fox at his. Mario and Luigi have appeared in every Smash Bros. game, at some points being a team in events and other points of the series. For this legendary rivalry to really come full circle, it is about time Sonic had his trusted side-kick to fight alongside him. As a fighter, Tails could use his twin-tails to fly around and maybe even use different gadgets that he is known for making. But most importantly, having Tails as a DLC fighter will give gamers who grew up in the 90s a chance to set up one something we never thought could happen happen. Its time Sonic and Tails took on Mario and Luigi in the biggest tag-team dream match ever.

What do you think?

Which characters do you now think have a shot at being in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS as DLC? Leave comment below and tell us some of your picks. And don’t forget to follow us at @TheKoalition on Twitter.

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Kelfala 'Kels' Sesay <![CDATA[Games of Our Lives — 10.23.14 | Big PS4 Update Coming Next Week; Microsoft Discontinues Feature; More]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=108014 2014-10-24T02:20:25Z 2014-10-24T02:20:25Z /// EPISODE 97 Below are the news that may not have made the headlines today but are worth reading! Gamers never die….. Just like the Games of Our Lives… /// GAMES FEATURED ►GTA: San Andreas ►The Unfinished Swan ►Assassin’s Creed Unity ►Super Smash Bros Wii U /// PSN Video Unlimited gets ‘Season Pass’ feature Sony’s […]

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/// EPISODE 97

Below are the news that may not have made the headlines today but are worth reading!

Gamers never die…..

Just like the Games of Our Lives…

/// GAMES FEATURED

►GTA: San Andreas
►The Unfinished Swan
►Assassin’s Creed Unity
►Super Smash Bros Wii U

/// PSN Video Unlimited gets ‘Season Pass’ feature

Sony’s digital TV and movie marketplace Video Unlimited will revieve a new ‘Season Pass’ feature, the company has announced.
Users of the Video Unlimited service will be able to purchase entire seasons of TV shows at once for a single lump sum, including current seasons with episodes that are yet to be released. Until now users were only able to purchase individual episodes. [Source]

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/// Total Xbox console sales hit 2.4 million during Microsoft’s Q1 FY15

Microsoft announced today its Q1 fiscal year 2015 financial results with the news that total Xbox console sales hit 2.4 million for the period.

Microsoft has clarified its announcement to indicate the 2.4 million unit refers to consoles sold-in (shipped to retailers), not sold through (purchased by consumers).
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/// PS4 Firmware Update 2.00 Release Date Confirmed for Next Week

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/// Microsoft to End Free Xbox Music Streaming

Why is the Xbox Music free streaming feature being discontinued?

We are focusing Xbox Music to deliver the ultimate music purchase and subscription service experience for our customers. With Xbox Music Pass, you have access to millions of songs on your PC, tablet, Xbox, phone, and the web. Download music for offline listening and create playlists that automatically sync across all your devices. Don’t have a Music Pass? Sign up for a free 30-day trial at http://www.xbox.com/music/music-pass. [FAQ]

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/// Games on Demand GTA: San Andreas Replacing Xbox Originals Version

Question: I noticed that the Xbox Originals version of GTA: San Andreas was removed from Xbox LIVE. When will it become available again?

Answer: GTA: San Andreas on the Xbox Marketplace will be available again for purchase beginning October 26th, 2014, through Games on Demand. This version features 720p resolution, enhanced draw distance, and Achievement support.

There are also 11 additional secret achievements being added.

Please note: The Games on Demand version of San Andreas is not compatible with the Xbox Originals version. Save files will not transfer from Xbox Originals. Owners of the Xbox Originals version will still have access to the old version on their consoles and through their download history, with the option to purchase the new version to experience the added features on a new save file.

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/// Survey Finds Gaming is the Least Welcoming Online Community for Women


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/// The Unfinished Swan hits PlayStation 4 and PS Vita next week

If you didn’t pick-up the silver paintbrush two years ago and discover the enchanting and mysterious world of The Unfinished Swan, a great journey awaits you on Tuesday, Oct 28th when it arrives on PS4 for $14.99 / €12.99 / £9.99. We’re also pleased to announce that this intriguing tale is also coming to PS Vita on the same date. The Unfinished Swan is also a cross buy title. If you’ve purchased The Unfinished Swan before, you’re entitled to it on all PlayStation platforms. [Source]

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/// Assassin’s Creed Unity Experience Trailer #3 ~ World and Immersion

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/// Assassin’s Creed Unity Experience Trailer #3 ~ World and Immersion

Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft’s Xbox Division, previously announced that screenshot functionality would be coming to the Xbox One soon.

“It’s a little more technically challenging than I thought. Two weeks ago, they think they’ve found a good solution for screenshots. They’re working on it. They know people want it. The team has a path to getting it done, and now it’s just prioritising.” [Source]

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/// Wii U – Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Announcement Blowout!

///You’ve Now Reached the End of Games of Our Lives

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Tony Polanco http://www.thekoalition.com <![CDATA[GamersGate CEO Says Online Retailer Not Affiliated With GamerGate Movement]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=107990 2014-10-23T20:22:45Z 2014-10-23T20:22:45Z GamersGate is an online video game retailer that sells digital versions of games. GamerGate is a movement created to expose corruption in the video game industry. The two couldn’t be more different aside from how similar their names sound. This similarity however has been causing the online store some grief lately as it as been […]

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GamersGate is an online video game retailer that sells digital versions of games. GamerGate is a movement created to expose corruption in the video game industry. The two couldn’t be more different aside from how similar their names sound. This similarity however has been causing the online store some grief lately as it as been flooded by “threats and harsh words” because of the misplaced connection.

GamersGate CEO Theodore Bergqvist put out a press release which explained that his company has nothing to do with the GamerGate movement:

Announcement: GAMERSGATE.COM is NOT Gamergate!

As many of you are aware of, recently there has been a fierce and infected discussion about sexism as well as journalistic ethics in the gaming industry. We’ve received threats and harsh words from around the world and want to make it clear for everyone that Gamersgate.com is not part of this controversy whatsoever.

Next year Gamersgate.com celebrate our 10th anniversary and since start we have been selling games for download. We are one of the original download platforms and we do our best to support gamers so that they can buy and download games to good prices. Anytime, anywhere.

Theodore Bergqvist. CEO – Gamersgate.com

Like I said in my most recent editorial, this whole GamerGate movement has become a big mess. This is why I have now started to distance myself from it despite the fact that I was initially a huge supporter of it. The fact that it’s so disorganized with no clear goal in mind is why incidents like this happen and will continue to happen.

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Tony Polanco http://www.thekoalition.com <![CDATA[I Don’t Need a Hashtag to Show My Love for Gaming]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=107916 2014-10-23T15:03:41Z 2014-10-23T14:00:47Z For the last two months, the gaming world has been in a state of civil war. After some women in the industry were harassed and threatened by a few unhinged individuals, several gaming sites called for the end of “gamers.” This lead to the creation of the GamerGate movement and hashtag in opposition to the […]

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These are my personal views and don’t represent those of The Koalition. We have members on both sides of the fence here, both for and against GamerGate. We are united in our passion for gaming however. Though we may not all agree on certain things, that is our common bond with each other and with you.

For the last two months, the gaming world has been in a state of civil war. After some women in the industry were harassed and threatened by a few unhinged individuals, several gaming sites called for the end of “gamers.” This lead to the creation of the GamerGate movement and hashtag in opposition to the attacks on gamers.

This was a battle I quickly dove into.

Gaming is a big part of my life and it has given me much. I wasn’t going to sit idly by and let big gaming sites slander me, my friends, and the artform I love. They openly displayed their contempt for gamers so I didn’t see the need to hide my own disdain for them any longer. It was mutual animosity and I welcomed it because at least now they were being honest about how much they despised the average gamer. The world finally saw them for what they were. I took the GameGate hashtag and ran with it for the sake of gaming. It was a banner I waved high.

After arguing and debating those who stood up for the gaming sites and who opposed GamerGate for nearly three weeks, I took a break because Destiny had been released. It was time to indulge in the thing I was fighting for and I let myself be absorbed into the game and didn’t pay much attention to the outside world. I would still check on the latest GamerGate related happenings but not as much as I used to. I saw that some had gotten big companies such as Intel to pull funding from gaming sites like Gamasutra. I was totally behind this as it showed the true power of the consumer. Don’t fuck with those who pay your bills. I loved it. I kept an eye on things but for the most part I was too busy having fun playing games to be an active combatant in this war.

“In my eyes, the fight was over. We showed the world how corrupt and pompous some of the big gaming sites are.”

I received a review copy of Shadow of Mordor and put Destiny aside which gave me a bit more free time. I saw that GamerGate was still going strong and it confused me a bit. In my eyes, the fight was over. We showed the world how corrupt and pompous some of the big gaming sites are. Their credibility was shattered and now people looked to other outlets for their gaming needs. Game over, right? However, I still saw GamerGate supporters continue to get companies to pull their ads from sites and to tweet things people from these sites posted in opposition to the movement. The hashtag was still everywhere I looked.

I wondered what the end goal was and asked it on Twitter using the now famous (or infamous) hashtag. I got a flurry of responses and no two answers were alike. “The end of big gaming sites, equality in gaming, honest journalism, to punish those who are against us,” a wide range of different goals. This bothered me as I don’t like pointless endeavors. It seemed like there would be no end to this since people had their own personal goals but not a singular purpose. It appeared to be fighting for the sake of fighting. I didn’t see the point in that. Still, the ideals for which I backed the movement, to defend gamers and to show the world that we’re not the terrible people the media make us out to be, were still something worth defending this movement for despite the fact that I was growing weary of the neverending war.

More debates happened and it became harder and harder to defend GamerGate. Some (a small amount) were using the hashtag to actively harass women and others whom they disagreed with. This is something I couldn’t and will not support. You don’t attack someone that you disagree with. You engage them in a debate and try to understand one another’s viewpoints in a civil manner. THAT’S how you’re supposed to do it. My message of proving how awesome games and gamers are was being lost amid all of the horrible things being done to the opposition. The opposition in turn was attacking GamerGate proponents and it was just becoming a big ugly mess. No one could hear what I had to say amid all the din and chaos. Some flat out refused to listen to me because I supported GamerGate.

“My message of proving how awesome games and gamers are was being lost amid all of the horrible things being done to the opposition.”

I was having a conversation about this on Facebook with a friend and several of his friends who didn’t know me. Say what you will about Facebook but it’s a much better platform for debate since you aren’t limited to 140 character posts. At this point I was completely exhausted with debating but this was my friend and I felt the need to hear him out since the two of us have never actually talked about this before. His friends liked me and said something to the degree of “You’re not like the typical GamerGate person, you’re actually having a constructive debate with us.” I found this somewhat odd considering that the GamerGate people I know are just like me. We just want to talk and have people understand where we’re coming from. However, I could tell that these guys have engaged with the more hostile supporters of the movement. The same people who have more or less hijacked it.

I explained my position: that I am here to advocate for games and gamers. To show the world that gamers are good people and that video games are an artform as worthy of acceptance as movies and books. The following response is what made me rethink the entire situation. One guy said to me, “That’s a great message, everyone can get behind that.” This is when it hit me, my message was a sound one but it wasn’t being heard because of the GamerGate blanket. This is when I realized that for my message to be heard loud and clear, I needed to drop the “GamerGate” label. I can continue to fight for gamers, games and expose those who would make us look bad without using the hashtag. It was unnecessary and was hindering my efforts to promote gaming as a positive force in the world.

At that moment I decided, no more using the GamerGate hashtag.

This isn’t to say that I am now against GamerGate. Far from that. The majority of the people in the movement are good folks who want more ethical games journalism and to be treated with respect by the media. I cannot in good conscience go against them, especially since I’m still fighting for the ideals that GamerGate was founded on. This also doesn’t mean that I am now supporting the opposition. I will never get behind people and websites who look down on gamers or who are actively trying to destroy this medium that I love so much. If these people start attacking games and gamers then you had best believe that I’ll be in the front to meet them. My not using the hashtag doesn’t mean my vigilance will lessen. I’m keeping my eye on them.

“Please keep in mind that these threats only serve to undermine the message.”

I do want to say something to those who are still part of the GamerGate movement. You don’t need it to have your voice be heard. Create a blog or join a site and let the world know how much you love video games. You don’t need to constantly be at war. Step back and play the video games you love and then go and tell the world why you love them so. I realize that a lot of you are young and this movement has given you a sense of identity and purpose. That’s great, but you have to see how GamerGate has been sullied by those who use the hashtag for nefarious ends. You can still oppose corruption in the industry without this movement. You can still show the world how much gaming means to you without a hashtag.

With that said, if you are going to continue the fight then please do so in a civilized manner. The people who are using the hashtag to harass and threaten do not represent you. You should fight them as hard as you do those who are against GamerGate. Please keep in mind that these threats only serve to undermine the message. This is a large reason why I’m no longer using the hashtag. I can’t continue using it if it is also being used for evil. Weed out those who use this movement to harm others but also try to form a cohesive message. As of now, GamerGate is the Wild West, it’s lawless. Try to band together under a single goal and move forward from there.

The core of what GamerGate was originally about and the ideals I support are noble but the movement has been tarnished and is actually making gaming look bad. The message of ethics in journalism and for gamers to be respected has been all but lost. It’s now an ongoing war with no clear goal and no end in sight. Until this movement gains a unified objective and the rotten apples are disposed of, I’m letting the hashtag go and moving on with my agenda. Again, I am NOT against GamerGate, I just won’t be using it to further my goals in this industry any longer. I can stand up for gaming, gamers, and fight those who would attack us without using some hashtag.

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Kelfala 'Kels' Sesay <![CDATA[Far Cry 4 — Ubisoft Launches ‘Experiential Website'; New Trailer]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=107969 2014-10-23T02:25:03Z 2014-10-23T02:25:03Z Ubisoft announced the launch of Far Cry 4’s What are you made of? digital platform, an experiential website designed to test the player’s reactions in a world full of unpredictability. It offers a cinematic and immersive experience that will give each user a flavour of the wild and menacing world of Far Cry 4. /// […]

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Ubisoft announced the launch of Far Cry 4s What are you made of? digital platform, an experiential website designed to test the player’s reactions in a world full of unpredictability. It offers a cinematic and immersive experience that will give each user a flavour of the wild and menacing world of Far Cry 4.

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Players will have to go through 4 different rites of passage:

• A deadly face-to-face encounter with « An eye for an eye »
• An impenetrable mind maze with « Rabbit hole »
• A hypnotic trance with « Mind Blossom »
• A blindfolded sound chase with « Escape »

Each rite, to be released on a weekly basis, is composed of interactive films in which the user has only a few seconds to make a decision and get out of the extreme situation they is trapped in. Each choice they makes triggers another sequence of events, pushing the user to make another choice and so on and so forth…

In total, the digital platform can create up to 42 million different routes and it would require up to 100 days to explore all these different combinations.

At the end of each rite, the user’s choices are analysed with a specific algorithm that determines their personality and grants them access to exclusive content on Far Cry 4 via Uplay.


/// Release Information

Far Cry 4 ▪ Ubisoft Montreal x Ubisoft ▪ PC, PS4, PS3, X1, 360
11.18.14 NA/EU | 11.20.14 AUS

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Kelfala 'Kels' Sesay <![CDATA[Games of Our Lives — 10.22.14 | COD: Advanced Warfare Surprise; New-Gen GTA San Andreas?; More]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=107956 2014-10-23T02:16:23Z 2014-10-23T02:16:23Z /// EPISODE 96 Below are the news that may not have made the headlines today but are worth reading! Gamers never die….. Just like the Games of Our Lives… /// GAMES FEATURED ►Titanfall ►Silence: The Whispered World 2 ►Lords of the Fallen ►One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X ►Driveclub ►LittleBigPlanet 3 ►Call of Duty: Advanced […]

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/// EPISODE 96

Below are the news that may not have made the headlines today but are worth reading!

Gamers never die…..

Just like the Games of Our Lives…

/// GAMES FEATURED

►Titanfall
►Silence: The Whispered World 2
►Lords of the Fallen
►One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X
►Driveclub
►LittleBigPlanet 3
►Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
►GTA: San Andreas
►Mario Kart 8
►Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward

/// Titanfall | Game Update #8 Out Tomorrow, Adds Frontier Defense Co-op Mode and More

Brand new cooperative game mode – Frontier Defense

Join forces with up to three other players in this cooperative game mode to defend a vital objective from increasingly intense waves of AI combatants.

• You and your team will face down familiar foes as well as the IMC’s newest combat units: hordes of Grunts and Spectres, stealthy Sniper Spectres and Cloak Drones, explosive Suicide Spectres and Nuclear Titans, ranged Mortar Titans, and even melee-resistant Arc Titans!

• Supplement your firepower by earning and deploying stationary turrets around the battlefield.

• Leverage your full arsenal against the IMC without skipping a beat by using the new Loadout Crates near the objective to switch loadouts at will, while refilling ammo and ordnance.

• Pilots who fall in battle are flown back into the fray in a dropship that circles above the action before touchdown. Experienced Pilots always maximize their impact on the struggle below by firing from the side window of the dropship on approach.

• Seasoned players can challenge themselves to beat their best score. Try to earn 3 Map Stars on each map!

• Play in every corner of the Frontier, including the maps introduced in IMC Rising and every previous Titanfall expansion!

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/// Silence: The Whispered World 2 coming to Xbox One


Silence: The Whispered World 2, the genre-defining, visually stunning adventure game will now also be coming to Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. The Xbox One version will be released simultaneously with the PC and Mac versions in early 2015.

“Silence has always been a multi-platform project”, said Daedalic’s Studio Manager Steffen Boos. “From early on, we planned to release Silence: The Whispered World 2 on consoles as well, but we wanted to make absolutely certain the controls were tuned to each platform before announcing its console status,” he added.
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/// Lords of the Fallen Concerns Addressed by Dev in Video x Dev Diary #1 ~ Design & Implementation

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/// One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X Gameplay Trailer

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/// Driveclub Update 10/22

As more servers come online and regular server updates are rolling out we are steadily improving connectivity for everybody.

Improving server performance is taking time, which is frustrating for all of us, but please understand that we are doing everything we can to get all aspects of online play up and running smoothly as quickly as possible.

We’ve also made changes today in Multiplayer to ensure that there are more events available to you, and that you have more variety when you choose to race with and against other drivers online.

We will keep you up to date as we improve server performance for all aspects of online play. Thank you again for your support while this work continues.

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/// LittleBigPlanet 3 Beta ~ PS3 vs. PS4 Graphics Comparison

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/// PlayStation Experience Ticket Sales Open this Week

Starting this Friday, October 24th, tickets will be available here. Over the course of the next six weeks, stay tuned to PlayStation.Blog and PlayStation.com for details on panel times, participating publishers, playable games, and PlayStation Experience collectibles!

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/// Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Will Support Dedicated Servers

Stevivor: And fair enough, too. On the subject of things we need, we haven’t had any news on dedicated servers here for a bit – is there any update you could give me?

Condrey:Yeah, we’ve got some announcements coming. Yes, we will be supporting dedicated servers and there will be announcements soon on which providers and platforms. I can’t answer just yet, but you can let your community know that it’s coming. [FULL INTERVIEW]

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/// GTA: San Andreas updated version coming to Xbox 360/PS3? ~ Achievements Appear

Click on the Pic to see the Achievements!
The Xbox/PS2 Classic versions have been pulled from Xbox Live Marketplace/PSN

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/// Sunset Overdrive Twitter Account Thanks PlayStation for Using Their Font in PSN Ad

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/// Yoshi Circuit included with first Mario Kart 8 DLC

///You’ve Now Reached the End of Games of Our Lives

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Brian Munjoma http://www.thekoalition.com <![CDATA[The Truths and Myths of PC Gaming]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=107851 2014-10-22T07:34:54Z 2014-10-22T16:00:31Z I’ve been gaming on PC for some time now and I’ve come across plenty of arguments both for and against PC gaming. These have ranged from reasonable issues to downright lies so I thought I’d take a somewhat objective look at some of the reasons. Before I continue, I must say that this is not […]

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I’ve been gaming on PC for some time now and I’ve come across plenty of arguments both for and against PC gaming. These have ranged from reasonable issues to downright lies so I thought I’d take a somewhat objective look at some of the reasons.

Before I continue, I must say that this is not about the age old debate of PCs versus consoles. This is purely about shedding light on the truths and myths of gaming on PC. This is something which the co-creator of the Warzone, Torrence Davis, has been trying to do for sometime now.

PC Gaming is Expensive – Both

The first one I want to tackle is the one which I hear most: “PC gaming is expensive.” This one is actually both a truth and a myth. To understand why, you need to break it down into buying a PC and gaming on a PC.

Buying a PC can be expensive. Most pre-built PCs can cost anywhere north of £450 ($725). These can be pretty decent but they do cost far more than what they should. That’s why most people would recommend that you build one yourself or even get someone who can do it for you. It is possible to build a PC for less than the cost of an 8th generation console. However, you cannot expect to have games run at a similar quality. Then again, you can spend much more, it’s all down to what your budget allows. I’ve seen people throw hundreds at building a PC with multiple monitors, multiple graphics cards and liquid cooled everything.

Months ago, Gamespot conducted an experiment to find out if you could build a PC for the price of consoles and the results surprised people. They did both a Team Red (AMD) Build and a Team Green (Intel & Nvidia) Build. In both cases they overspent slightly but they did get an overall better performance.

Getting into PC gaming can be expensive, it’s all down to how much you want to spend. However gaming on PC is not all that expensive. Actually, one of the reasons why I went to the PC platform was how much further my wallet could go. The reasons are very simple. To put it bluntly, it’s competition. There are so many outlets where you can buy PC titles from places like Steam, Origin, UPlay, Greenman Gaming, Humble Bundle and GOG. With all of them competing for our attention, they like to stand out by having cheaper prices than the completion. I’m even willing to wager that there’s not a month that goes by where there isn’t an outlet without a sale on PC games at any given time.

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Building a PC is Hard/Too Fiddly to Build – Myth

This one is often controversial but I’ve come to the conclusion that it is a myth. Building a PC is not difficult at all. I’ll admit that it is daunting, but it is not difficult.

If you can answer yes to the following questions then you are capable of building a PC.

  • Do you understand the concept of compatibility?
  • Can you put together a large 10 piece jigsaw?
  • Do you know how to Google things?

Yes, putting together a PC is that simple. I’m not going to lie and tell you that I wasn’t afraid the first time I put together my PC. Though, has anyone ever done something for the first time and not been afraid?

These days there are so many people who are ready and willing to help you out in your endeavor. Even if you don’t know anyone who can help you, there are plenty of tutorials on the internet. Given how most people use it, you’d be forgiven if you forgot that the internet contains the collective knowledge of mankind throughout the ages. Getting clued up on what works with what and what goes where is almost too easy these days.

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Games Don’t Work – Partial Myth

Now, I’d be lying if I said that all the games I played on PC worked the first time I started them. Most of the corporates have been betas which aren’t guaranteed to work flawlessly to begin with. Plus, I have to admit that the fixes were pretty simple; mainly updating drivers and running administration mode (nothing more than an extra click). Yes, it’s not ideal to go through these types of processes to play games but who said anything worth having was easy? Also, the amount of games which have given me problems can be counted on one hand. Considering how quick and easy you can purchase games, I see these issues as nothing more than minor annoyances.

Games Take a Year to Come to PC – Partial Myth

This is another case where I cannot fully say no. There are some publishers who release the PC versions of games later than their console counterparts. However, the large majority of them come out day and date with the console edition. Plus, there are other things which are a lot worse than not coming out at the same time as the console version.

The major one which concerns most people are the terrible ports. These range from minor things like no FOV slider, always on motion blur and mouse acceleration to the rage inducing locked frame rate and locked resolution (see Gary’s rant on the PC version of Final Fantasy XIII). PC games coming out later than consoles is a clear sign of the developers not even trying. Now, I’m always willing to give developers a “first try” but after that they don’t really have an excuse.

Also, due to the openness of the PC platform, it makes it the ideal place for indie developers. When combined with crowd-sourcing and Steam’s Greenlight program, you’re hard pressed to find games which begin elsewhere.

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You Have to Use a Keyboard and Mouse – Myth

Like the Sasquatch, Loch Ness Monster and La Chupacabra, this one is a complete myth. You aren’t forced to use a mouse and keyboard to play games. In fact, one of the appealing factors of PC gaming is that you have the option to play how you want to play. You want to use a DualShock 1, 2, 3 or 4 controller? Then go ahead. You want to use any on the Xbox controllers? Why not. You can even go as far as using a Dreamcast controller if you are inclined to do so.

I don’t even use the trusted keyboard and mouse all the time. In fact, there are some games where I prefer to use my DualShock 3 like; Grand Theft Auto IV, Spec Ops: The Line and Saints Row. Even if the game is only available on PC, there’s still a good chance it’ll have some sort of controller support, purely because people like having the options.

Online is Full of Hackers/Cheaters/Glitchers – Myth

I cannot fully say this is a myth as I have not played in every online game ever. However, through my hundreds of hours of experience, I have yet to come across a nefarious gamer. I have had my fair of share of people who enjoyed exploiting aspects of a game to maximize their score though. However, they were quickly reported and removed from the game by the other players. There are also checks and balances in place to prevent people from hacking and cheating. These include ye old PunkBuster and Valve’s Anti-Cheat System.

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Constant/Yearly Upgrades – Situational

This depends on multiple factors. The baseline truth is that you are not required to constantly upgrade to play the latest games. In my current build, I’m rocking hardware released in early 2011 and I’m able play the latest titles comfortably.

However, it is situational because it depends on the upgrade path you choose. If you start off with a low-end machine then it cannot be expected to last too long. You’ll need to upgrade eventually. If you also upgrade to parts which are just slightly better than your current parts then they’ll stop being relevant in about the same amount of time.

With that being said, most of the people I know go from strength to strength when upgrading and generally choose to upgrade every two to four years. The option to upgrade yearly (or in extreme cases, every six months) will always be there and enthusiasts will chose to go down that path. However, doing so is not required to keep your gaming PC relevant.

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Exclusively Play on A Monitor – Myth

For such a widely believed myth, it’s ridiculously easy to debunk. There is absolutely no reason why you cannot use a PC on a conventional TV. Every new TV comes with at least 1 HDMI port and since the end of 2006, PC graphic cards have had HDMI ports. This is why this myth in particular continues to bamboozle myself and others. With that being said, there are plenty of people out there who have their PCs connected to TVs with no issues.

Going back to previous points, you can hook up a wireless keyboard and mouse or even connect any of the multiple controllers out there via Bluetooth.

PC Has No (Exclusive) Games – Myth

To wrap things up, I bring you one of the biggest myths of them all.

This one could not be further from the truth. There are plenty of exclusive games available on PC. As mentioned before, the PC is a good market for indie developers due to a low barrier of entry. This also leads to a lack of quality as any Tom, Dick and Harry can develop a game without much effort. Another side effect of this low entry barrier is that you get people who are passionate about gaming developing the games they really wanted. This results in great and imaginative titles like Divinity: Original Sin, Wasteland 2, Star Citizen, Screencheat, The Sims 4 and Lichdom: Battlemage.

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Final Thoughts

Now you’d probably expect me to tell you to get a PC because of the reasons presented. I would if that was the purpose of this editorial but it’s not. The idea was to shed a light on the truths and myths that people have about PC gaming. Whether you go out and start gaming on a PC is, and will always be, up to you.

All that PC gamers (like myself) ask is that the pros and cons of PC gaming be understood before being disregarded. PC gaming will not be for everyone and some people just are not going to benefit from it but that’s no excuse to remain ignorant on the subject.

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Charles Singletary http://www.charlessingletaryjr.com/ <![CDATA[PRhyme (Royce Da 5’9″ & DJ Premier) – “Courtesy” [New Music]]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=107905 2014-10-22T19:47:26Z 2014-10-22T15:59:16Z This legendary collaboration is beginning to bear fruit before the December 9th release date. “Courtesy” is the 2nd release from the duo, following up “U Looz” which should have it’s full video debut this week. “Courtesy” is a pretty ill joint that finds Royce in usual form over Preem’s boom-bap. Royce paints a picture of […]

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This legendary collaboration is beginning to bear fruit before the December 9th release date. “Courtesy” is the 2nd release from the duo, following up “U Looz” which should have it’s full video debut this week.

“Courtesy” is a pretty ill joint that finds Royce in usual form over Preem’s boom-bap. Royce paints a picture of his growth as an artist, learning what has become more important to him as time has gone on. Definitely worth the listen as we start to get excited for the PRhyme full release. Check it out and share your thoughts in the comments below!

“This one is for my lyricists courtesy of my DJ”

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Kelfala 'Kels' Sesay <![CDATA[Alien: Isolation — Corporate Lockdown DLC Launches October 28]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=107893 2014-10-22T15:21:48Z 2014-10-22T00:33:35Z SEGA today announced that the first of five add-on packs for Alien: Isolation, ‘Corporate Lockdown’, releases October 28, 2014, offering players three new challenging and terrifying maps for the game’s Survivor Mode. Each challenge pack offers a new perspective on the events on-board Sevastopol Station in the days before the arrival of the Weyland-Yutani team, […]

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SEGA today announced that the first of five add-on packs for Alien: Isolation, ‘Corporate Lockdown’, releases October 28, 2014, offering players three new challenging and terrifying maps for the game’s Survivor Mode. Each challenge pack offers a new perspective on the events on-board Sevastopol Station in the days before the arrival of the Weyland-Yutani team, with a new playable character, a unique set of objectives and a new game mode.

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In ‘Corporate Lockdown’, Seegson Executive Ransome has learned that he has been abandoned by his paymasters. Knowing that the Torrens is on the way, he decides to make his escape and hitch a ride on board, taking decoded Nostromo data with him. However, while escaping he wants to tie up a few loose ends… Across three new challenge maps, ‘Severance’, ‘Scorched Earth’ and ‘Loose Ends’, players are challenged to compete against others through Alien: Isolation’s online leaderboards, to escape the station in the fastest possible time or attain the top score through numerous side quests and hidden bonus objectives. New to ‘Corporate Lockdown’ is the addition of Gauntlet Mode where players are challenged to top the Gauntlet Mode leaderboards by completing all three challenge maps back-to-back without dying.

‘Corporate Lockdown’ will be available to download via online marketplaces for available platforms from October 28, priced at $7.99/€6.99/£5.59 and will be followed by four more packs: ‘Trauma’, ‘Safe Haven’, ‘Lost Contact’ and ‘The Trigger’. Each will feature a new playable character alongside a mix of new maps, objectives and game modes to challenge even the most proficient player. Players wishing to explore every inch of Sevastopol Station can take advantage of the Alien: Isolation Season Pass, offering access to all five Survivor Mode add-on packs at up to a 25% discount. All add-on packs are scheduled to be released by March 2015.


/// Release Information

Alien: Isolation ▪ The Creative Assembly x SEGA ▪ PC, PS4, PS3, X1, 360
10.7.14 WW

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Ed Mason <![CDATA[Payday 2: New John Wick DLC]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=107840 2014-10-21T22:26:44Z 2014-10-21T22:26:11Z For those of us who just can’t get enough of Payday 2, there’s reason to rejoice! Tomorrow, October 22 will see the release of free DLCs based on Keanu Reeves’ latest action film, John Wick. If moviegoers purchase tickets for John Wick through Fandago they will receive a free download voucher for Payday 2 which will be redeemable on […]

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For those of us who just can’t get enough of Payday 2, there’s reason to rejoice! Tomorrow, October 22 will see the release of free DLCs based on Keanu Reeves’ latest action film, John Wick.

If moviegoers purchase tickets for John Wick through Fandago they will receive a free download voucher for Payday 2 which will be redeemable on Steam.

Payday 2‘s John Wick DLC includes:

  • John Wick, a new playable character
  • New perk system called Hitman, which adds new features such as dual wielding
  • Three sunglasses to customize and accessorize
  • New pistol with weapon modifications and knife melee weapon

So for those of us who believe Payday 2 could always use more content, be sure to check out the DLC available tomorrow!

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Charles Singletary http://www.charlessingletaryjr.com/ <![CDATA[Koalition Radio #13 | Flatbush Zombies, Lupe Fiasco, Jay Rock, and more]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=107800 2014-10-21T13:04:50Z 2014-10-21T12:37:05Z Sorry for the delay, but here is the 13th edition of Koalition Radio for your listening pleasure. Striking things off with an oldie but goodie is the Flatbush Zombies track “222”. I was only made recently aware of the magnificence that is BetterOffDead and this is one of the standout tracks from the project. I […]

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Sorry for the delay, but here is the 13th edition of Koalition Radio for your listening pleasure.

Striking things off with an oldie but goodie is the Flatbush Zombies track “222”. I was only made recently aware of the magnificence that is BetterOffDead and this is one of the standout tracks from the project. I slept but I’m wide awake now. The full release is on Soundcloud for your listening pleasure.

With all the hooplah surrounding the usual Lupe Fiasco vs Atlantic issues, thankfully we were treated to this week’s Song of the Week in Lupe’s “Lilies”. With a fantastic hook from Sirah, “Lilies” is a lyrical painting from the Chicago emcee. Hopefully tracks of this caliber will be replicated on the upcoming Tetsuo & Youth.

A couple Alabama newcomers I’m familiar with dropped tracks recently and make their Koalition Radio debuts. Montgomery’s K1ng Eljay, the EIC of TheRedefined.com, drops “Generic Acceleration” over Drake’s “0-100″. Selma, Alabama’s own D Gut drops his track “2 More Minutes” over original production by the man himself. Both emcees are on the rise, so take note.

Behold! Another dope Chicago act. The Video of the Week goes to Hip Hop duo Retrospect with their visual adaptation for “Guns & Roses”. Discovered via GoWhereHipHop, the video takes a Bond-esq approach that certainly entertains.

Thank you for tuning in this week and be sure to share comments/requests down below. Enjoy!

Video of the Week

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Brent Lee <![CDATA[The Top 3 Scariest Games on Mobile]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=107709 2014-10-21T11:42:05Z 2014-10-21T11:35:01Z Halloween is just around the corner, and if you’re like us, then you probably can’t wait to get spooked! There’s no need to wait around for the horror marathons to start – you can get started with the scares by playing some of these excellent horror games on your phone! Games on mobile sure have […]

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Halloween is just around the corner, and if you’re like us, then you probably can’t wait to get spooked! There’s no need to wait around for the horror marathons to start – you can get started with the scares by playing some of these excellent horror games on your phone!

Games on mobile sure have come a long way. Remember when we used to play Snake, and the only thing scary about the games we played on our phones was the fact that we never really understood what those creatures in Space Impact were? Well, thanks to the advances in mobile computing, and the fact that so many people prefer to play on their mobiles now, we can expect to see some truly amazing games on our smartphones – yes, even horror. Gaming Realms, the company running Spin Genie, has said that growth in mobile internet is one of the most powerful trends in the internet landscape and that the global smartphone and tablet install base exceeded the PC install base during 2013. Standards for mobile games have become much higher, and now we have games like the ones listed below:

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Bloody Mary Ghost Adventure

This urban legend is a staple of Halloween sleepovers, and Bloody Mary Ghost Adventure truly sets the scene for a unique mobile horror experience. It’s said to have elements of “real paranormal scanning” and could end up invoking Bloody Mary herself!

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The Hunting

With the latest season of The Walking Dead having just aired, it seems timely to get started on some zombie gaming goodness! The Hunting is a three-part immersive, interactive zombie movie app claiming to be the world’s first, shot entirely with an iPhone. It’s an amazing attempt and is one of the better indie games out there.

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Dark Meadow: The Pact

If you’re a true horror fan, you’ve probably already tried Dark Meadow: The Pact. It’s already been called one of the best games to hit the App stores in recent memory, and it’s a brilliant masterpiece that shows just what mobile gaming is capable of accomplishing.

This concludes my brief list on the top 3 scariest games on mobile. What are your favorite horror games on your mobile device? Please feel free to let me know in the comments section below.

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Ed Mason <![CDATA[No Beta for Current-Gen Version of Grand Theft Auto V]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=107786 2014-10-21T11:39:09Z 2014-10-21T06:40:48Z With the anticipation of Grand Theft Auto V coming to PS4 and Xbox One, some gamers are at risk of involving themselves in an online phishing scam. Releasing a statement on their website, Rockstar Games makes it clear that no Beta test is coming into fruition. “Please note: There is no pre-release ‘Beta’ test for Grand […]

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With the anticipation of Grand Theft Auto V coming to PS4 and Xbox One, some gamers are at risk of involving themselves in an online phishing scam. Releasing a statement on their website, Rockstar Games makes it clear that no Beta test is coming into fruition.

“Please note: There is no pre-release ‘Beta’ test for Grand Theft Auto V. If you see ads or solicitations to join a beta program, beware as this is likely some type of online phishing scam.”

Fans of the game may recall the same situation occurring during the launch of Grand Theft Auto V for the last gen consoles with the developer taking the same approach to denounce potential scams.

With that in mind the gaming community will have to wait until Nov. 18th to experience Grand Theft Auto V on their current-gen consoles, but the wait should surely be worth it.

Source: Rockstar

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Kelfala 'Kels' Sesay <![CDATA[Far Cry 4 — Season Pass Announced]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=107793 2014-10-21T01:46:24Z 2014-10-21T01:46:24Z Ubisoft detailed the Season Pass for Far Cry 4, the highly anticipated first-person shooter for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC. The Season Pass extends players’ time in Kyrat and includes new missions that can be completed in either single-player or co-op. Content includes a Season Pass exclusive day-one mission, a […]

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Ubisoft detailed the Season Pass for Far Cry 4, the highly anticipated first-person shooter for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC.

The Season Pass extends players’ time in Kyrat and includes new missions that can be completed in either single-player or co-op. Content includes a Season Pass exclusive day-one mission, a prison break co-op mission, wild missions with Hurk and his harpoon gun, a new PvP mode that will have friends teaming up to fight opposing forces and a chance to encounter the rarest beast in the Himalayas – yetis.

/// Features

• The Syringe – Available from launch exclusively for Season Pass holders, players must keep a rare and potent recipe from falling into the hands of Pagan Min’s forces. Playable in single-player and co-op, players will need to ensure that he does not use its devastating effects on the rebel forces.

• Escape from Durgesh Prison – Ajay and Hurk have been rounded up and tortured in Yuma’s prison. Team up with a friend to escape and survive the hostile lands of Pagan Min’s Kyrat.

• Hurk Deluxe Pack – Five missions, playable in single-player and co-op, including Yak Farm, Blood Ruby and Hurk’s Redemption are available. Access an arsenal of new weapons including a harpoon gun for Hurk.

• Overrun – Team up as Rakshasa or Golden Path in this PvP mode and control a series of neutral locations across Kyrat’s countryside to protect them from being overrun by your opponents.

• Valley of the Yetis – Ajay’s helicopter has crashed on an unforgiving Himalayan ridge. Explore the frozen landscape and find tools to upgrade your camp and protect it from a dangerous cult when night falls. With single-player and co-op options, players will not be alone, but in the darkest caves players will have more to fear than just the cult as the yetis await their prey…

Priced at $29.99 / £23.99, the Season Pass will be available at the launch of Far Cry 4 on November 18. Once purchased, the Season Pass enables the download of all included Far Cry 4 add-on content packs once they become available. Additionally, players who pre-order Far Cry 4 Gold Edition, which includes both the game and the Season Pass, will benefit from a discount over buying them separately.


/// Release Information

Far Cry 4 ▪ Ubisoft Montreal x Ubisoft ▪ PC, PS4, PS3, X1, 360
11.18.14 NA/EU | 11.20.14 AUS

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Kelfala 'Kels' Sesay <![CDATA[Games of Our Lives — 10.20.14 | Interesting PS4 News; EA Makes a Big Promise, More!]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=107783 2014-10-21T01:47:25Z 2014-10-21T01:30:03Z /// EPISODE 95 Below are the news that may not have made the headlines today but are worth reading! Gamers never die….. Just like the Games of Our Lives… /// GAMES FEATURED ►Atelier Shallie: Alchemists ►Grand Theft Auto 5 ►Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind ►Driveclub ►NBA Live 16 ►Final Fantasy XIII ►Destiny […]

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/// EPISODE 95

Below are the news that may not have made the headlines today but are worth reading!

Gamers never die…..

Just like the Games of Our Lives…

/// GAMES FEATURED

►Atelier Shallie: Alchemists
►Grand Theft Auto 5
►Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind
►Driveclub
►NBA Live 16
►Final Fantasy XIII
►Destiny
►Halo 2 Anniversary
►Battlefront 3
►Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward

/// Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea Coming to North America & Europe in 2015

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/// Rockstar Responds to GTA 5 Beta Scams

 

“Please note: There is no pre-release ‘BETA’ test for Grand Theft Auto 5. If you see ads or solicitations to join a beta program, beware as this is likely some type of online phishing scam,”

[Source]

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/// Super Smash Bros. Direct on October 23

 

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/// UK Sales Chart: Week Ending 10/18

►FIFA 15 (down 35%)
►The Evil Within
►Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
►Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (down 51%)
►Forza Horizon 2 (down 39%)
►Alien: Isolation (down 70%)
►Destiny (down 22%)
►DriveClub (down 45%)
►Minecraft: PlayStation Edition (up 14%)
►F1 2014
►Skylanders Trap Team
►Super Smash Bros
►Minecraft: Xbox Edition
►NBA 2K15
►Disney Infinity 2.0
►The LEGO Movie Videogame
►Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare
►Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition
►Grand Theft Auto V
►The Sims 4
[Source]

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/// Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind CHAIN Trailer

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/// Driveclub Update 10/20

We can see that the majority of you can now get online, but we know that at peak times of the day it can still be hard to get connected, so we are still working to improve connectivity with every update to the servers.

We can also see that when you do get connected, some of you are having a hard time getting into multiplayer races and that posting leaderboard results can sometimes take a lot longer than you’d expect.

These connectivity issues stem from the same unforeseen server problem that we’ve been working to get on top of since we launched DriveClub, and while we are getting on top of the problem now, we are still working round the clock to keep improving gameplay for you. This means there will be regular server updates in the coming days to get all of you connected and enjoying all of DriveClub all of the time.

We will continue to keep you up to speed with the improvements we make and would like to thank you again for all of your feedback and messages about your time with the game so far – please keep them coming.

“News will come as soon as we have concrete info – sorry to keep you all waiting.”

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/// Official PlayStation “Friendly Competition” Commercial

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/// NBA Live 16 “Guaranteed,” Development Has Already Started

Executive Producer Sean O’Brien confirmed to Polygon that NBA Live 16 is “guaranteed,” with NBA Live 17 already getting prepped:
We’ve already started development on 16. We’re staffing up. We’re actually increasing investment on what 16 — and 17 — look like.

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/// Scrapped ‘7th Ark’ Area Found in Final Fantasy XIII PC Release

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/// Destiny Tales

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/// PlayStation Experience Details

Sony Worldwide Studios America VP Scott Rohde went on the most recent episode of the PlayStation Blogcast to talk about PlayStation Experience:
This event that we’re gonna hold; this is pretty unprecedented. This is an event for the fans, and I am so incredibly geeked about it. We’re gonna show you a bunch of stuff that maybe we shouldn’t show you yet.

It’s a celebration of the [PlayStation 4] and all the fans that made it as great as it is today. [Source]

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/// Remaking The Legend ~ Halo 2 Anniversary Documentary Announcement Trailer

Remaking the Legend – Halo 2: Anniversary is a documentary chronicling 343 Industries’ journey as they re-imagine Halo 2, one of the most beloved video games of all time, for its ten-year anniversary.

Get unprecedented access to the development process as 343 and their team of partners from around the world bring Halo 2 to the Xbox One, while maintaining and honoring its fabled past.

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/// Canned Pre-Alpha Star Wars Battlefront 3 Footage Makes Its Way Online

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/// PS4 Firmware 2.0 “Masamune”: New Information on Share Play and Music Player Shared by Sony

The Share Play feature, which is built into the party chat app, will also follow the rules below:

►You can be in a Party with 8 people, but Share Play can be done only with one of them at the same time. The rest of the Party won’t be able to see the screen, but will still be able to chat with host and guest.
►When the host is visualizing any other screen than the game being shared, the guest is shown a “stand by” screen.
►The Share Play time is limited to one hour, and the remaining time is visualized in the Party screen, but you can start a new session immediately after the one before expires.
►Certain games may have scenes that cannot be displayed during Share Play.
►While you use Share Play, livestreaming and remote play are not available.
►The guest cannot save video clips and screenshots during share play.

There’s some more info also about the USB Music Player app:

►It’s not possible to copy music files from USB to the internal hard disk of the PS4.
►The tile of the USB music player will be shown exclusively if the connected USB storage has a “Music” folder. Also, it cannot be used at the same time as Music Unlimited.
►Tracks played by the music player won’t be heard while livestreaming and in videos recorded by the PS4.
[Source]

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/// Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward ~ First Expansion Announced

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///You’ve Now Reached the End of Games of Our Lives

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Tony Polanco http://www.thekoalition.com <![CDATA[Jade Raymond Has Left Ubisoft]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=107729 2014-10-20T17:49:25Z 2014-10-20T17:48:15Z Jade Raymond, who most know from her work on the Assassin’s Creed series, has left Ubisoft Toronto after 10 years. She will be replaced as managing director by Alexandre Parizeau who is a founding member of the Ubisoft Toronto studio. “I’ve spent 10 extraordinary years at Ubisoft, and I am proud to have been part […]

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Jade Raymond, who most know from her work on the Assassin’s Creed series, has left Ubisoft Toronto after 10 years. She will be replaced as managing director by Alexandre Parizeau who is a founding member of the Ubisoft Toronto studio.

“I’ve spent 10 extraordinary years at Ubisoft, and I am proud to have been part of many of the best teams in the industry making truly remarkable games,” said Jade Raymond. “This is one of the hardest decisions of my career, but the Toronto studio is strong and on a solid path. I’m confident that now is a good time for me to transition leadership of the studio to Alex and to pursue my other ambitions and new opportunities. Stay tuned for more on what’s next for me, but for now, I’d like to thank Ubisoft for its partnership through the years, and I wish them the very best in all their next endeavors.”

During her time at the studio, Jade Raymond was the producer of the original Assassin’s Creed as well as the executive producer for Assassin’s Creed II, Watch Dogs and Splinter Cell: Blacklist. She opened the Ubisoft Toronto studio which will now be headed by Alexandre Parizeau. Parizeau was the senior producer on Splinter Cell: Blacklist and producer on Splinter Cell: Conviction and Rainbow Six: Vegas.

“On behalf of Ubisoft, I’d like to thank Jade for her leadership and many contributions over the years, and wish her all the best in her next adventures,” said Yannis Mallat, CEO of Ubisoft Montreal and Toronto. “The Toronto studio is a key part of the Ubisoft global network, and Alex has been at the heart of the studio’s growth over the years. He was the obvious choice to lead this talented group of people as they continue to develop amazing games.”

We wish Jade Raymond good luck on her future endeavors.

Source: Ubisoft

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Charles Singletary http://www.charlessingletaryjr.com/ <![CDATA[Drake – “How Bout Now” [New Music]]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=107689 2014-10-20T16:07:44Z 2014-10-19T20:45:51Z A little treat for this chill Sunday, fans and otherwise get a new leak from October’s Very Own. With “How Bout Now”, Drake targets the brag rap at the women that shunned the young man before his rise to Hip Pop Hop infamy. The production is fantastic on this cut. Not sure just yet who […]

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A little treat for this chill Sunday, fans and otherwise get a new leak from October’s Very Own. With “How Bout Now”, Drake targets the brag rap at the women that shunned the young man before his rise to Hip Pop Hop infamy. The production is fantastic on this cut. Not sure just yet who to credit, but it’s likely to be one of Drake’s usual collaborators.

If this somehow leads to a release before the year is out, this fall/winter is going to be one hell of a traffic jam in Hip Hop. Share your thoughts on this track down in the comments and stay tuned for more updates.

Update*

The track has been taken down. We will be updating with a new stream soon.

Update #2*

Now we have a new stream. Shouts to RapDose.

Source
Listen to our breakdown of this song

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Callum May <![CDATA[Complete Simulcast Fall 2014 Anime Viewing Guide and Impressions]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=107463 2014-10-19T10:02:26Z 2014-10-18T15:32:21Z It’s that time again. Time for a brand new season of anime and brand new shows to watch. In this final season of the year, we have some brilliant new shows available to watch, even outside of Japan! With legal streaming services Crunchyroll, Funimation and Aniplex, you can see these episodes subtitled on the same […]

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It’s that time again. Time for a brand new season of anime and brand new shows to watch. In this final season of the year, we have some brilliant new shows available to watch, even outside of Japan! With legal streaming services Crunchyroll, Funimation and Aniplex, you can see these episodes subtitled on the same day as the Japanese television release! As you’ve seen from our Top Anticipated Fall 2014 Anime List, there are some shows here that are really getting people excited!

AkatsukinoYona

Akatsuki no Yona – Studio Pierrot

Genre: Action, Romance, Fantasy
This new fantasy show features our protagonist Yona, a pampered princess yet to see the outside world. But when she witnesses a coup on the kingdom, she escapes with her childhood friend, her loyal guard. The appeal here is seeing how Yona evolves as a character when she is thrust into brand new circumstances and had her world turned upside down.

Akatsuki no Yona is available for viewing on:

Crunchyroll

CrossAnge

Cross Ange: Rondo of Angels and Dragons – Sunrise

Genre: Mecha
It’s no surprise that Sunrise loves their mecha series. With their work on the Gundam franchise and many other series such as Code Geass, they’ve been the leaders in exploring this unique genre. This time, we follow Ange, a former princess of a world controlled by the mystical power “Mana”, which gives people the power to manipulate objects and machines. However, when it is discovered that Ange can’t use this power, she is cast off to a military island and forced to fight the constant threat upon this world, the Dragons. There are some absolutely brilliant action scenes here and some interesting themes. Although it should be mentioned that it involves sexual violence and is unsuited for younger viewers.

Cross Ange: Rondo of Angels and Dragons is available for viewing on:

Crunchyroll [North America Only]
AnimeLab [Australia Only]

Daitoshokan

A Good Librarian Like a Good Shepherd – Hoods Entertainment

Genre: Romance, School
This is based on an erotic visual novel, you can probably figure out the basic tone of the show from there. Whilst the chances of adult scenes in this series are next to none, the harem genre remains intact and it should be a somewhat fun series to watch through. It’s definitely not for everyone, but if you’re a fan of the romance, harem genre this may be for you this season. It presents the setting and context of a book club and a cast of five characters, which the show will focus on throughout.

A Good Librarian Like a Good Shepherd is available for viewing on:

Funimation [US and Canada Only]

Denkigai

Denki-gai no Honya-san – Shin-Ei Animation

Genre: Comedy
If you’re looking for a laugh this season, you’ll get it here at the bookstore, Umanohone. Whilst the first episode of this series was certainly lacking, it has since improved dramatically, with some hilariously ridiculous scenes. It’s set in an “Electric Town”, a place where manga and games are commonly bought.  Each episode features a series of different antics in this unique setting as the ridiculous characters collide.

Denki-gai no Honya-san can be viewed on:

Crunchyroll

Donten

Laughing Under The Clouds – Dogakobo

Genre: Action, Historical
Anime can be viewed for any number of reasons and Laughing Under The Clouds offers a unique appeal. Historical series are interesting in that they explore a certain part of local or foreign history and twist it in a way that can be presented as an entertaining show to watch. Here in Laughing Under The Clouds, we follow our characters as they are given the responsibility of transporting criminals to a lake prison. This was all due to the large crime rates in the Meiji era where carrying swords was banned and samurai started to lose their place in society.

Laughing Under The Clouds can be viewed on:

Funimation [US and Canada only]

FateUBW

Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works [2014] – Ufotable

Genre: Action, Fantasy, Supernatural
We finally have it! It’s finally out! Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works is the biggest anime release of the year and a series that many viewers have been excited about. Based on a highly popular visual novel and acts as a sequel to the amazing Fate/Zero by the same studio, the Holy Grail War begins once again. With some of the best animation within the medium and a large narrative that takes the viewers on a wild ride, this is the series to watch this season. In just the first two episodes, we’ve seen some incredible fight scenes and some interesting character building and it’s setting itself up to be an amazing show.

Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works [2014] can be viewed on:

Crunchyroll
Hulu [US only]
Aniplex [US only]
AnimeLab [Australia only]
Hanabee [Australia only]

GaroTheAnimation

Garo: The Animation – MAPPA

Genre: Action, Fantasy
MAPPA are on a roll after their work on the brilliant Zankyou no Terror [Terror in Resonance] last season. This series, Garo: The Animation is a high action fantasy thriller following two Makai Knights, father and son, León and Germán as they fight against the Horrors, a type of demon, as they corrupt the kingdom. The action here is intense and exciting and that will be the appeal here as the show goes on.

Garo: The Animation can be viewed on:

Funimation [US and Canada only]
Hulu [US only]
AnimeLab [Australia only]

Grisaija

The Fruit of Grisaia – 8-bit

Genre: Drama, Romance
Adapted from a visual novel, The Fruit of Grisaia is set in Mihama Academy and involves our protagonist, the opaque and cool Yuuji and five female characters. Each of these characters has a heavy backstory, which unlocks their characteristics and helps develop the plot here. It’s very much about the evolution of the characters and that’s where the appeal comes from.

The Fruit of Grisaia can be viewed on:

Crunchyroll [Excl. Australia]

Kokkurisan

Gugure! Kokkuri-san -TMS Entertainment

Genre: Comedy, Supernatural
Here’s another great comedy, adapted from a 4 panel manga. When Kohina, a self proclaimed doll summons the fox spirit, Kokkuri-san, Kokkuri discovers that she’s living alone unhealthily and decides to haunt her. In this case, haunting being looking after her. It’s light, it’s fun and it’s hilarious as Kohina’s blank, dry remarks clash with the enthusiastic Kokkuri. Add in a whole bunch of new characters trying to haunt Kohina for their own reasons, and you get a great silly comedy series.

Gugure! Kokkuri-san can be viewed on:

Crunchyroll

GundamBuildFighters

Gundam Build Fighters Try – Sunrise

Genre: Mecha
This is the second season of Gundam Build Fighters and offers a brand new story that expands upon the world. Set seven years after the original series, instead of following Sei and Reiji, we now follow the stories of Hoshino, Kamiki and Kousaka as they attempt to win the Gunpla Battle World Championships. Gundam Build Fighters is a very accessible series that works as both promotion and fan service for the Gundam franchise whilst still maintaining a brilliant plot on its own. It involves characters using model Gundams in battle and with the low stakes narratives, it is a very fun watch. Even though this series is a sequel, it can be watched independently, although you will need to watch Gundam Build Fighters if you wish to understand all the references involved.

Gundam Build Fighters Try can be viewed on:

Sunrise’s Gundam Youtube Channel

GundamRecognuista

Gundam Recognuista in G – Sunrise

Genre: Mecha
A new chapter of the Gundam timeline has been unlocked. This time set in the Regild Century, protagonist Bellri, a member of the capital guard captures a highly advanced mobile suit from a group of space pirates. The mystery here is why the space pirates are trying to attack the Capital Tower in the first place and what on Earth a “Recognuista” is. It’s a new independent story in the Gundam Universe written by the main writer of other Gundam series.

Gundam Recognuista in G can be viewed on:

AnimeLab [Australia only]
AllTheAnime [UK only]

Chaika

Chaika The Coffin Princess: Avenging Battle – Studio Bones

Genre: Action, Fantasy
Toru, a young former soldier was left living a life of meaningless self-indulgence after the war ended. While searching for food in the forest, Toru met Chaika, a young girl carrying a coffin, and found a reason to live again. After she gave him a job to do, he declared her his master and joined her, along with his younger sister Akari, on a journey to fulfill Chaika’s goal. During their travels, other girls who look just like Chaika appear before them one after another, each claiming to be “Chaika” as well. One dressed in red, one in blue, and one in white… but all the “Chaikas” share the goal of gathering the emperor’s remains. Which is the real Chaika? What exactly IS “Chaika”? Many mysteries intertwine in a complex web, all centered upon “Chaika” and the remains. What truth will be revealed when all the remains have been gathered together? This is the second season of Chaika The Coffin Princess

(Source: Crunchyroll)

Chaika The Coffin Princess: Avenging Battle can be viewed on:

Crunchyroll [Excl. Australia]
Hanabee [Australia only]

Inou-Battle

When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace – TRIGGER

Genre: Action, Fantasy, Romantic Comedy
The studio that brought us Kill la Kill has a brand new series! One one certain day, all of the members of the Literary Club suddenly gained superpowers. But with no enemies to fight against and with life continuing as normal, we get this fun series about these characters using their powers to mess around.

When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace can be viewed on:

Crunchyroll
AnimeLab [Australia only]

Parasyte

Parasyte -the maxim- – Madhouse

Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Finally, the 1980s horror manga has been adapted. By Madhouse, a very talented modern studio, no less! This is a series that doesn’t rely on jump scares or any type of shock horror. The fear comes from the premise and our attachment to various characters. When Shinichi’s right arm gets invaded by an alien Parasite, it is replaced with an alien creature with the ability to change forms and extreme strength. This antagonistic, but reliant relationship creates a constant tension as they know they need each other to live in this world being invaded by the Parasite creatures.

Parayste -the maxim- can be viewed on:

Crunchyroll

LogHorizon

Log Horizon 2 – Studio Deen

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Log Horizon is back and we are ready to explore the world of Elder Tale Online once again! With the first season introducing us to the world that Shiroe is trying to change politically and economically, the second season expands on that by introducing new plot lines and goals. This time, we are presented with the question of “Where do the mobs in MMORPGs get the money they drop?” It’s questions like this that made the first season great and it’s good to see that this is being continued in the second season. The animation has taken a slight downgrade with the introduction of a new studio, but the main staff is carrying on in creating the narrative and music. And of course, the opening theme, Database returns once again.

Log Horizon Season 2 can be viewed on:

Crunchyroll

Vanadis

Lord Marksman and Vanadis – Satelight

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
This is a series yet to show its full colours. We are introduced to a fantasy Western Europe in this ongoing war between various territories. Vorn, the lord of one such territory must rise to defend it by asking the help of his once enemies, the Vanadis. It’s setting itself up to be an interesting story, but there is much more to be explored, including the special powers that some characters seem to have and the political nature of this world.

Lord Marksman and Vanadis can be viewed on:

Funimation [US and Canada only]

WolfGirl

Wolf Girl and Black Prince – TYO Animations

Genre: Comedy, Romance
Wolf Girl and Black Prince offers a strange twist on the base shoujo romance genre. Whilst the art style is very much based on these romance series, the plot takes a very different turn. Erika, a compulsive liar tells members of her high school class that she has a boyfriend in an attempt to find common ground. Little did she know, the person who she’d picked out as her fake boyfriend turned out to be the sadistic Kyouya. It’s this constant tension and characters that are both dislikeable and likeable that makes this show interesting as it goes on.

Wolf Girl and Black Prince can be viewed on:

Crunchyroll

Twintail

Gonna Be The Twin-Tails!! – Production IMS

Genre: Action, Romantic Comedy, Gender Bender
It’s series like Gonna Be The Twin-Tails that makes me wonder whether anime has any limits on how ridiculous their plots can be. Soji Mitsuka is a high school student who loves the twintails hairstyle. So when alien creatures invade the Earth and start stealing away people’s twintails, Soji steps up to use a secret technology that transforms him into a twintail warrior. Yes, that image above is of the male protagonist, Soji. It’s an absolutely ridiculous series that doesn’t take itself seriously for a second.

Gonna Be The Twin-Tails!! can be viewed on:

Funimation [US and Canada only]

PsychoPass2

Psycho-Pass 2 – Tatsunoko Production

Genre: Science Fiction, Action
This is a series that has Psycho-Pass fans worried. With the original writer, the talented Gen Urobuchi and the original studio, the brilliant Production IG replaced with significantly less prestigious creators, there is a chance that this second season may not hold up to the goals of the first season. Thankfully, the first episode has quelled some of these concerns with a great scene redefining what sort of person Akane is and reintroducing the far more orthodox inspector, Mika.

Psycho-Pass 2 can be viewed on:

Funimation

SelectorSpread

Selector Spread WIXOSS – J.C Staff

Genre: Dark Fantasy, Psychological
The anime selector spread WIXOSS revolves around the hugely popular card game WIXOSS. Supposedly there are special cards called LRIG cards that only certain girls called selectors are able to use. These selectors use the LRIG cards to have battles in another dimension that cannot be accessed by other humans. The winner of these card battles will have their wish granted. This is the second season of the series and is the sequel to Selector Infected WIXOSS.

(Source: Crunchyroll)

Selector Spread WIXOSS can be viewed on:

Crunchyroll [Excl. North America, Australia, UK]
Funimation [US and Canada only]

MothersRosario

Sword Art Online II: Mother’s Rosario – A-1 Pictures

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Whilst many believed the second season of Sword Art Online II to only consist of the Phantom Bullet arc, it seems that for the Fall season, it will be following the Calibur and Mother’s Rosario side arcs. With the Calibur arc not being very interesting, it’s the Mother’s Rosario arc to look out for as it focuses on Asuna rather than Kirito. It involves a story involving someone even more powerful than Kirito and is a generally emotional story. It makes a large change from previous arcs where Kirito defeated anything in his way and instead approaches a much more interesting subject.

Sword Art Online II can be viewed on:

Crunchyroll
Daisuki
Hulu [US only]
Aniplex [US only]

YourLieInApril

Your Lie in April – A-1 Pictures

Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
A-1 Pictures were working on 5 shows last season and it definitely showed with animation quality drops in various places among each series. However, with most of them put on hold or finished, the art and animation quality has improved drastically and it really shows in Your Lie in April. This series about a boy who despises the piano due to his mother’s obsessively strict teachings in the past learning the value of music once again thanks to the free spirited Miyazono Kaori. This is building itself up to be a beautiful story about music and A-1’s animation and art matches this.

Your Lie in April can be viewed on:

Crunchyroll
Aniplex [US only]
Hulu [US only]
AnimeLab [Australia only]

Bahamut

Rage of Bahamut: Genesis – MAPPA

Genre: Action, Fantasy
Rage of Bahamut is a very entertaining action filled show that seems to throw back to the early days of animation. With a pair of bounty hunters, constantly at each other’s throats it introduces a fun character dynamic. It’s something unique and the animation supports this with MAPPA once again showing their stuff. It’s the protagonist’s antics that hold a lot of the appeal and make up the show’s fun atmosphere whilst still following a serious plot.

Rage of Bahamut: Genesis can be viewed on:

Funimation [US and Canada only]

Shirobako

SHIROBAKO – PA Works

Genre: UNDEFINED
This is a very unique series by the acclaimed PA Works, creators of Angel Beats, Nagi no Asukara and Another. It is an anime about making anime. So who better to make an anime about making anime than an anime studio? It’s a series that opens the door on these closed animation studios and we watch as the team work together to create their new series. It has such an educational insight and entertainment value in the regular problems that the studio needs to overcome that it has become a personal favourite of the season. What it lacks so far in plot, it makes up in premise and a series that is able to do that is valuable.

SHIROBAKO can be viewed on:

Crunchyroll

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Celestial Method – Studio 3Hz

Genre: Fantasy, Drama
This is a pleasantly surprising low fantasy story by a brand new animation studio that impressed viewers from the very start, not just with its animation, but with the characters and plot as well. With a large alien saucer appearing over a town, over time it is disregarded and becomes more of a landmark than anything. But there’s a mystery to be solved here and it’s these kids that aim to be the one to solve it. It’s a light story thus far and the premise alone is interesting enough to grab your attention.

Celestial Method can be viewed on:

Crunchyroll

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Terra Formars – Liden Films

Genre: Action, Science Fiction
There is no reason to get excited about Terra Formars. I’m afraid that if you’re interested in the series, it will be best to watch it as a physical release. Terra Formars follows a bunch of genetically enhanced superhumans who go to Mars to defeat a hyperevolved colony of cockroaches, now with super strength. The issue is that these battles hold little context and you can’t help thinking throughout that there’s got to be a more efficient way of dealing with them. However, the largest issue is the massive amount of censorship the TV version of this show has. Sometimes it can go full minutes with blank screens and black squares around the screen obstructing our view from anything that might be somewhat potentially violent.

Terra Formars can be viewed on:

Crunchyroll

Trinity-Seven

Trinity Seven – Seven Arcs

Genre: Fantasy, Harem
This is a story of magic… and harems. With the first and second episodes being drastically different, it’s not completely clear how seriously this series will be taking itself. Following Kasuga Arata, a person granted a large amount of magical power, he gets taken into Royal Biblia Academy and learns how to use magic as well as meets the members of the Trinity Seven. It seems like it may grow into something larger, but as of yet, it is unclear.

Trinity Seven can be viewed on:

Crunchyroll
AnimeLab [Australia only]

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In Search of Lost Future – Feel

Genre: Drama, Romance
The story is set one autumn at the beginning of the 21st century in the Uchihama area. Uchihama Academy is growing by leaps and bounds. With the construction of a new school building, there will be one last General Club Festival at the old building that is slated to be closed. The students vow to go all out to make this final cultural festival a success. The Astronomy Club of the protagonist Sou Akiyama is filled with the big names on campus. Just before the festival on October 1, the club receives a request from the student executive committee to calm the uneasiness among the students. There are reports of ghost sightings, accidents, sleeping sickness, and other mysterious incidents at the old building. When Yui Furukawa, a quiet girl who transfered late into the school, appears before Sou, the gears of fate slowly begin to move.

(Source: ANN)

In Search of Lost Future can be viewed on:

Funimation [US and Canada only]
Hulu [US only]

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World Trigger – Toei Animation

Genre: Action, Science Fiction
Shounen Jump battle series are a genre of their own. With One Piece, Bleach and Naruto being among them, they all follow a similar formula of everlasting battles. World Trigger feels like that’s the quality it wants to get at, but isn’t putting the effort in. The animation and art is some of the lowest quality I’ve seen in years and it’s cast of characters don’t seem to make it any more interesting. It’s relying on a plot that, to tell the truth, isn’t unique or deep enough to support the entire series as a whole.

World Trigger can be viewed on:

Crunchyroll

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Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road – TMS Entertainment

Genre: Sports
Following on from the first season, this bicycle racing series presented a really engaging narrative involving a friendless otaku (geek) as he joins the bicycling racing club and aims to win the Inter-high together with his team. The first season ended in the middle of the Inter-High competition and fans of the series have been anticipating this season in order to see the end. It is one of the best sports series of the year, the bicycle racing scenes are exciting and the characters are very likeable.

Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road can be viewed on:

Crunchyroll [Excl. UK and Australia]

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Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru – Studio Gokumi

Genre: Magical Girl
In this fantasy world, supported by the mythical Shinju-sama, the Hero Club is selected to become magical girls and defend the Earth from invaders. That alone sounds like a pretty dull premise, but the way it’s executed is excellent. The transition of these girls from community service heroes to real heroes is an interesting concept and the action scenes henceforth are amazing. It’s taken the magical girl tropes and turned them into something even more expansive and dramatical, making for a more powerful cinematic experience.

Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru can be viewed on:

Crunchyroll

 

 

And that wraps up all the shows available for streaming this season. There’s a lot to choose from and I’m sure you’ll find a few that you enjoy. My personal recommendations would be SHIROBAKO, Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, Gundam Build Fighters Try, When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace and Parasyte.

Let me know what you’ll be watching in the comment section below.

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Jakejames Lugo http://www.thekoalition.com <![CDATA[Mizucon 2014 Recap: Chill and Fun]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=107640 2014-10-18T14:59:15Z 2014-10-18T14:59:15Z Mizucon 2014 was held at the Miami Airport Convention Center, a big change from the hotel location of last year. Not only did this help create a more fun convention for attendees, but also allowed the convention to showcase more of the its better aspects. Some of which was lost in the previous year due […]

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Mizucon 2014 was held at the Miami Airport Convention Center, a big change from the hotel location of last year. Not only did this help create a more fun convention for attendees, but also allowed the convention to showcase more of the its better aspects. Some of which was lost in the previous year due to unforseen events, but this year was a turnaround for Mizucon and allowed for a better overall convention weekend. While there were still little issues that always can be ironed out in subsequent years down the line, Mizucon 2014 was a good weekend for attendees looking to get their anime and otaku fix.

The better attraction that provided the most entertainment for the weekend was the stage show provided by the one and only 3000 Brigade. Having been absent from Mizucon for quite some time, missing out the recent years, the show they put on was a great comeback that provided lots of laughs and fun moments. The Brigade pulled references from a variety of video games and pop-culture shows and movies as a means for parody for the characters they portrayed on stage. Taking a Game of Thrones style, the audience enjoyed what they saw on stage and got the adrenaline shot they wanted during a weekend that was more mellow than Mizucon’s of the past.

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Mellow is an interesting word to describe Mizucon 2014. While there were various guests from different anime shows that fans appreciated, there wasn’t a whole lot of “loud noise” throughout the weekend. Much of the traffic from attendees were in the open room of the MACC, where tables and music provided a good atmosphere for con-goers. It was also the perfect place for people to get together and play games like Super Smash Bros for 3DS, which launched that same weekend. Those looking for a more console like experience had a game room to stop by and play a variety of console games and participate in tournaments. It was a good vibe throughout, albeit calmer than other conventions of recent.

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The Dealers Room always had a high volume of people each day. Whether buying collectibles or just window shopping, there was plenty of vendors displaying some cool stuff. Those who wanted cosplay props, statues, toys or anything of the sort could find what they wanted there. Before their show the 3000 Brigade had their booth, and in typical fashion had some fun with it. There was also a presence from other conventions looking to inform attendees about their events later in the year, it was a good display of camaraderie between conventions taking place in South Florida.

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Mizucon is still getting better each year despite any stumbles that has come their way. A good sign of growth for a convention is the ability to deal with small issues without much fuss or concern about it. And despite a few snags here and there, the staff of Mizucon were able to keep things afloat and host a successful convention for the weekend. Attendees had fun and enjoyed themselves throughout the con, which is a huge win over the previous year that was plagued by many concerns. Things are looking up pretty well now however. Whatever new things come for Mizucon in the next year will be very interesting, and hopefully, very fun.

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Matthew Dixon http://babyandthebeard.podbean.com <![CDATA[BaTB Comic Podcast Ep. 8 – The Walking Dead Special]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=107636 2014-10-18T14:55:53Z 2014-10-18T14:49:14Z Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to another sensational episode of Baby and The Beard. This week, The Walking Dead season 5 premiered and Matthew and Jaydon decided to bring you a full two hour special episode of BaTB talking almost exclusively about The Walking Dead with a special guest star, Dane, who is a TWD super […]

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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to another sensational episode of Baby and The Beard. This week, The Walking Dead season 5 premiered and Matthew and Jaydon decided to bring you a full two hour special episode of BaTB talking almost exclusively about The Walking Dead with a special guest star, Dane, who is a TWD super fan. They discuss the comics, the novels, and the show, along with a detailed review of the season 5 premiere. In addition to the premiere talk, they also discuss their favorite Rick moments from the show and the comic and even play a few trivia games that you can play along with as well.

But that’s not all they discuss. Baby and The Beard is here to bring you the latest news in anything comics related, and they don’t disappoint this week with the announcement of DC Comic’s 10 films through 2020 and rumors surrounding a Marvel Civil War film adaptation in Captain America 3.

Thank you so much for listening! Check us out on iTunes, and please feel free to give us a rating as well along with any feedback you may have. We would really appreciate it. Also feel free to leave a comment telling us your favorite part of the premiere and your favorite Rick moment from either the comics or the show.

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Charles Singletary http://www.charlessingletaryjr.com/ <![CDATA[First Impressions | Rapsody “Beauty and the Beast EP”]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=107596 2014-10-17T23:02:56Z 2014-10-17T22:59:22Z Music, like any artform, is only digested fully with time. The best forms of the art have many layers to peel back and one can’t truly get the full experience from one listen, but an impression most certainly can be left. Some even say the first impression is the purest so, with our First Impression […]

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Music, like any artform, is only digested fully with time. The best forms of the art have many layers to peel back and one can’t truly get the full experience from one listen, but an impression most certainly can be left. Some even say the first impression is the purest so, with our First Impression segments, we’ll be tackling new music from all over, describing what we get from the artist’s work, and expressing immediate stand outs from each work.

The next First Impression comes from Jamla artist and North Carolina native Rapsody with her Beauty and the Beast EP. With Khrysis, Eric G, and 9th Wonder doing the heavy lifting on production, Rapsody takes listeners on a journey into duality.

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Gary Swaby

I didn’t know what to expect when I was presented with Rapsody’s Beauty and the Beast EP to listen to. I’d lost faith in all female MC’s. I was feeling Nicki Minaj in her origins, and I’ve always been a Remy Ma fan, but both have been extremely lacking recently. Rapsody is like a breath of fresh air. It’s refreshing to hear a female just spitting real content without any gimmicks or theatrics. I feel like when I enjoy this project it’s because it’s genuinely a dope piece of work, not because it’s a female rapper spitting well. Rapsody shows a lot of self awareness in the project, rapping about comparisons to other females, and in the song Godzilla she even raps “While y’all still argue about Nicki, Iggy / I’m killing these biggies, biggie”. The line signifies that Raposody is focused on dominating her own lane, and I like that.

Beauty and the Beast EP has some nice production with some of the heavyweight producers contributing. From 9th Wonder, to Denaun Porter to DJ Premier. Rapsody’s vocals are also never overwhelmed by the production, her flow and the beat are one. The stand out song for me is probably Feel It as it represents the style of Hip Hop I fell in love with. Hard to Choose is also a very meaningful song in which Rapsody subtly highlights what’s wrong with Hip Hop. I think that I could listen to the project again and easily pick new favourites each time.

I knew nothing about Rapsody before Beauty and the Beast, but after listening I will definitely be following her music in the future.

Favorite Track(s): “Feel It”

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Joe Hova

I’ve never listened to a Rapsody song before. I listen to so much music for my website that I usually don’t have time to check out new artists as frequently as I used to but I’m trying to change that. So for me to check out Rapsody for the first time with her new project was rather interesting. Lyrically, she’s decent on here. She has flashes of greatness but there’s also a “one step forward, two back” feel about her songs. Rapsody may be good on a song but the flow and the beat take away from her lyrics.

The majority of this project just served as background noise due to the boring re-used flows from track to track and the mediocre at best production. “The Man” was a nice track and the only one I really would go back to if I were to listen again. I’m not sure if it’s her style or the production but I don’t think Rapsody is for me.

Favorite Track(s): “The Man”

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Matt Dean

Rhapsody’s Beauty and the Beast is exactly what it promises to be. A flowing piece of poetry detailing the good and the ugly side of the world we live in. It’s long for an EP, but it never feels like it. Swiftly flowing from track to track, Rhapsody lets out a heartfelt lyricism that is reminiscent of Lauryn Hill or Jean Grae. The EP prominently features an East Coast production style that will make old rap heads feel right at home.

This is real hip-hop by anyones definition. By the end, your neck will be tired and your heart completely satisfied.

 Favorite Track(s): “Forgive Me (I’m Sorry)”, “Who I Am”

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Rapsody has perpetually existed on the fringes of my interests for quite a while now. Tracks I’d heard up until now hadn’t made me a fan or caused me to disregard her as an artist, I simply remained neutral. A friend of mine forced me to listen to “Hard To Choose” one day and suddenly The Beauty and the Beast EP was on my radar. The honesty oozed from this particular track and I found myself relating quite closely to her.

In the beginning, I didn’t think the instrumentals would draw me in. “Feel It” is solid, but the beat didn’t really captivate me. “Who Am I” is SICK though and it continues to improve greatly from that point on. Regardless of my preconception on the music, I could tell that it would be lyrically impressive at times, I just didn’t think she would maintain so well throughout.  For example, you’d think her having a woman’s perspective would limit her spin of the young black man’s plight on “The Man”, but she weaves an incredible tale. The flip at the end of that track is definitely one of the standout moments. She also speaks from the heart often, and “Forgive Me” is a perfect example of this. Her sarcastically apologetic bars blend brag rap and introspect well for the perfect closing statement to the EP.

Overall, Beauty and The Beast will be getting many spins from me and it certainly knocked me out of my neutral stance. Consider me a fan.

Favorite Track(s): “The Man”, “Forgive Me (I’m Sorry)”, “Hard To Choose”

As you can see thoughts vary across the board, lending to the beauty that is Hip Hop. Stream the project below and share your own First Impression in the comments below, and go cop it via itunes or Google Play.

 

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Charles Singletary http://www.charlessingletaryjr.com/ <![CDATA[Clockwork Indigo EP [Stream]]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=107626 2014-10-17T22:01:56Z 2014-10-17T22:01:56Z To celebrate the launch of The Electric Koolade Experience tour, The Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers have unleashed their collective EP for the masses on Soundcloud. The two groups come together to create, essentially, a New York supergroup. Check out Clockwork Indigo EP down below and share your thoughts in the comments below.   Source

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To celebrate the launch of The Electric Koolade Experience tour, The Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers have unleashed their collective EP for the masses on Soundcloud. The two groups come together to create, essentially, a New York supergroup.

Check out Clockwork Indigo EP down below and share your thoughts in the comments below.

 

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