The Koalition Where Gaming and Hip-Hop Collides2014-10-21T12:15:26Z http://thekoalition.com/feed/atom/WordPress 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.

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• 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
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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.

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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]

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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]

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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

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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

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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]

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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

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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]

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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
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Hulu [US only]
Aniplex [US only]

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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]

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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]

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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

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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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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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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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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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Tony Polanco http://www.thekoalition.com <![CDATA[Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate Hands-On Preview – Killing Fields]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=107428 2014-10-17T18:30:17Z 2014-10-17T18:30:17Z When we got invited to check out Capcom’s booth at New York Comic-Con, JakeJames Lugo and I divided up the workload. I would play Resident Evil: Revelations 2 (check out my preview) and he’d do Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate. However, since JJ did a little too much partying the night before and missed the appointment, […]

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When we got invited to check out Capcom’s booth at New York Comic-Con, JakeJames Lugo and I divided up the workload. I would play Resident Evil: Revelations 2 (check out my preview) and he’d do Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate. However, since JJ did a little too much partying the night before and missed the appointment, I had to take up the slack and play it instead. I wasn’t exactly looking forward to this since I’m not a fan of this series or games like it. However, my brief time with the game was pretty enjoyable and I finally understood why people love these games so much.

Upon booting up the game, I had a wide range of classes to choose from. I was told that all of the classes on screen are from the previous games with the exception of the Insect Glaive and the Charge Blade which are brand new. I chose the Insect Glaive and was on my way to kill a big bad monster with two cat-like creatures alongside. I could have gone in with other players but I’m a video game loner and rolled in solo… with the cats… because anthropomorphic cats are cool.

On the journey to slay the monster, I was confronted by smaller monsters which roamed the world. The environment was very well rendered considering that this is a 3DS title. It looked lush and alive thanks to all of the vegetation and creatures in it. After taking in some of the sights, I pressed forward, killing anything in my way… even if it meant me no harm. After introducing monsters to my weapon, I searched their bodies for hides and other materials which I could later use in crafting. The plants found in the world could also be picked up and used as well.

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The handy map told me where to find the monster and it turned out that he was in a different zone. I finished killing some more and moved on. The transition from zone to zone was seamless with only a few seconds of loading. The new area I was in was radically different than the previous one. It appeared to be the inside of a volcano and it had a lot of twisted looking rocks and land formations. It looked vaguely organic too which I thought was kind of creepy and cool. Off in the distance I saw my prey: a 15 foot tall bipedal dinosaur-like creature which was accompanied by a smaller monsters which resembled it. I took up my weapon and rushed in for the attack.

The battle was fierce. I not only had to deal with the big monster, but with his little buddies as well. I did get some help from the two cats which was welcome since the beasts were very aggressive. I’d get in a few attacks before quickly dodging to avoid getting hit by the monster’s tail or bite attacks. It seems that I did a little too well because the monster decided to vamoose. I ran after him but he was too fast and left the area.

I went after him to the next zone and found him sleeping. I guess the battle was just too much for him. I slowly crept up on him and got in three attacks before he got up and resumed his assault. This part of the battle played out like the last one with me attacking and dodging as needed. I did notice the monster behaving somewhat differently, as if he lost some of his fighting spirit. It didn’t take long before I took him down and harvested his body for much needed materials.

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Though I played this demo solo, this game is actually meant to be experienced with others. Players will be able to play with each other and bring down monsters over the internet which should make it easier for those who can’t physically be in the same room together. I was told that the team spent a lot of time with the online component to make sure it ran as perfectly as possible. This game isn’t as involved as Smash Bros. so even if there is a bit of lag it won’t be noticed too much. Having this game be playable online will certainly be a huge benefit to this title.

This game takes advantage of the 3DS’ touch screen and you can place the map or assign certain commands to it. The menu is highly customizable and will allow gamers to tailor things to what suits them best. For example, the map can be completely removed by those who know the game’s environments like the back of their hand. Camera controls can also be set to the touch pad which is great considering that camera controls in the previous games were always an issue.

Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate seems to be a game that fans of the series will really enjoy. This game is all about grinding for materials to create better equipment and teaming up with your buddies to kill some big monsters. The extra weapon classes seem to fit in nicely with the existing ones and new abilities such as being able to get on top of a monster will add some variety to the mix. I won’t get this myself since I’m not a fan but I think that people who are into these type of games or fans of the series should definitely check it out.

No release date on Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate but expect it to drop sometime in early 2015.

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Charles Singletary http://www.charlessingletaryjr.com/ <![CDATA[Lupe Fiasco ft/ Sirah “Lilies” [New Music]]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=107585 2014-10-17T19:39:07Z 2014-10-17T18:06:37Z Another year, another round of conflict between Lupe Fiasco and his slaveowners label, Atlantic Records. In a week filled with turmoil that ended with Atlantic announcing a release date for Testuo & Youth after threats from Anonymous (you read that right), Lupe drops “Lilies” as a thank you to fans. Lost in the Atlantic is […]

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Another year, another round of conflict between Lupe Fiasco and his slaveowners label, Atlantic Records. In a week filled with turmoil that ended with Atlantic announcing a release date for Testuo & Youth after threats from Anonymous (you read that right), Lupe drops “Lilies” as a thank you to fans.

Lost in the Atlantic is a mixtape Lupe announced as a threat to Atlantic before Anon’s involvement but, even with a release date on record, it seems he’ll still release this project and “Lilies” may be the lead song from the tape. The production by the Buchanans is pleasant to the ear, with Lupe lacing his usual multiple layers lyrics that will take a few listens to dissect. Sirah supplies a sound hook and, considering I’m not very familiar with her, I’ll be checking for more of her music.

Are you excited for Lost in the Atlantic? Tetsuo & Youth? Share thoughts on those questions and the track itself down in the comments below.

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Alfonso "Fonzy" Ortiz <![CDATA[False Release Date on PSN Store for Resident Evil Revelations 2 Complete Season]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=107361 2014-10-17T00:05:04Z 2014-10-17T00:04:09Z Capcom has announced that the release date for Resident Evil Revelations 2 Complete Season has not yet been confirmed!   Capcom wants gamers to know what they’re seeing in the PSN Store is not the real release date, but “merely a placeholder date” that is required to have for listing digital pre-orders on the site! The […]

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Capcom has announced that the release date for Resident Evil Revelations 2 Complete Season has not yet been confirmed!

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Capcom wants gamers to know what they’re seeing in the PSN Store is not the real release date, but “merely a placeholder date” that is required to have for listing digital pre-orders on the site!

The Complete Season is available for pre-order, but don’t be fooled by the Feb. 17, 2015 release date!

The Resident Evil Revelations 2 Complete Season Pack will offer consumers access to each chapter when they are released, as well as access to the RAID Mode, “Throwback Stage Pack”, and some other bonus content that has yet to be disclosed.

The Resident Evil Revelations 2 episodes will launch weekly in early 2015!

Don’t miss out!

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Tony Polanco http://www.thekoalition.com <![CDATA[Michael Pachter Was Wrong. PS4 Outsells the Xbox One in September]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=107437 2014-10-16T23:26:44Z 2014-10-16T23:12:35Z Earlier this week, Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter made a pretty bold prediction when he said that Microsoft’s Xbox One would outsell Sony’s PlayStation 4 in September. He said this despite the fact that Destiny came out in September and is a game which has been heavily promoted for the PlayStation 4 even though […]

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Earlier this week, Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter made a pretty bold prediction when he said that Microsoft’s Xbox One would outsell Sony’s PlayStation 4 in September. He said this despite the fact that Destiny came out in September and is a game which has been heavily promoted for the PlayStation 4 even though it is a multi-console game.

This prediction seemed pretty far fetched considering how many people bought a PlayStation 4 because of Destiny (especially those fancy white PS4s) and how Sony’s console has consistently outsold Microsoft’s in 2014. There’s also the fact that, as great of a guy as he is, Michael Pachter has been known to have a spotty track record with his predictions.

Today we know that mister Pachter was wrong. NPD numbers show that the PlayStation 4 was the best selling console in September. The console managed to sell 550k units in the month of September according to Venture Beat. Microsoft has yet to reveal their sales numbers for the month. It should also be noted that Destiny actually managed to sell more on the Xbox One despite how heavily promoted it was for the PlayStation 4. This didn’t seem to affect PS4’s overall sales however.

Below is the official tweet sent out by Sony.

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It will be interesting to hear what Michael Pachter has to say about his prediction being wrong. He’s been in this position before so I’m sure he’s not bother by it in the least. In any case, this is good news for Sony whose current-gen console has been all but unstoppable this year. If I were to predict anything, it’s that the PlayStation 4 will continue it’s forward momentum for the rest of the year and for the next few months after that. I’ll make a public apology if I’m wrong.

Source: PlayStation on Twitter

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Jakejames Lugo http://www.thekoalition.com <![CDATA[New York Comic Con 2014 Photo Gallery]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=107398 2014-10-16T17:23:52Z 2014-10-16T17:23:52Z New York Comic Con is an event that definitely lives up to its reputation of being the premiere convention held in the Big Apple. The level of fun that comes out of the convention has become great enough to even rival that of the mecca of geekdom in San Diego. For New york Comic Con […]

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New York Comic Con is an event that definitely lives up to its reputation of being the premiere convention held in the Big Apple. The level of fun that comes out of the convention has become great enough to even rival that of the mecca of geekdom in San Diego. For New york Comic Con 2014, the air was filled with excitement from many fans of comics and pop-culture attending the convention this year, many with ambitions of catching a scoop of their favorite TV shows and video games. And in stylish fashion, The Koalition was there to check out the festivities.

Check out some of the images below taken from the New York Comic Con 2014 floor and see what you may have missed this year.

 

Deadpool tries to court Death The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Bat-suits from all Batman Movies Dark Knght Rises Statue The NYCC 14 Floor Great cospay from NYCC Yeah this guy.... Crisis of Infinite Deadpools Batmanscolds The Joker Red Ranger Powered Up The crazinest of Saturday at NYCC Street Fighter Assassins Fist panel Black Panther and Storm Cosplay

 

Check out the rest of our coverage of New York Comic Con 2014 here on The Koalition for even more fun from the convention this year. If you see yourself or someone you know in our gallery, leave us a comment in the comment section below.

 

 

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Charles Singletary http://www.charlessingletaryjr.com/ <![CDATA[Character Select | Interview w/ Rapper/Producer Wize]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=107082 2014-10-16T16:43:13Z 2014-10-16T16:43:13Z After a chance click on ZillaNoise.com, I found the awesomeness that is UK’s BLVK BLVD. “SPEVKERS” was an intense introduction to the collective and “Fall In Love” was a great follow up that instantly made me chomp at the bit for more music from the crew. As with any new introduction to a group, though, […]

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After a chance click on ZillaNoise.com, I found the awesomeness that is UK’s BLVK BLVD. “SPEVKERS” was an intense introduction to the collective and “Fall In Love” was a great follow up that instantly made me chomp at the bit for more music from the crew. As with any new introduction to a group, though, I had no idea who the individuals were within it and what they each brought to the table. A quick twitter search brought @WizeTheProducer to my attention and, in my ignorance, I assumed he was simply limited to production/engineering for BLVK BLVD (he has verses on the aforementioned tracks, but I didn’t know who was who at the time). Then, this happened:

 

Instantly I hit Wize with “I didn’t know you rhymed too?!”. Well, never judge a book by a…failure to read a bio. “Producer/Rapper” was right in his Twitter description for the world to see. Consider myself humbled. Now that I’d taken the unnecessarily lengthy path to understanding, I began to explore his backlog as an artist and a producer. Simply put, Wize is dope and he deserves for you to be made aware of his existence. I was recently honored with the chance to ask him a few questions, so I jumped at the shot to not end up with my foot in my mouth again. Check out the interview down below.

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So who came first? Wize the Producer or Wize the Emcee?

Wize: Wize the Emcee was born first, around the age of 12. I’m 21 now. My producing counterpart came a few years later after constantly being dissed by producers. Who’s laughing now?

What is BLVK BLVD?

Wize: Other than the best rap group in the galaxy, we’re a team of rappers from North London. BLVKBLVD is an abbreviation for “Black Boulevard” and it consists of myself, Remus, Gearrz and Dusty.

 

You just released #OTB (Over The Bridge) and I see that it was a demo that was turned down. You introduced us to another face of Wize (the Singer). Does being turned down make you want to scrap that facet of your music?

Wize: Nah not at all, to me I think that’s just another reason for me to do better next time. It was never a major project for me it was just an idea that I had put together in the midst of all of the other music I was working on. No biggie at all!

No disrespect intended, but consider me well ignorant on the state of UK Hip Hop. How would you describe it today?

Wize: UK Hip-Hop is in an interesting state at the moment. The most talented artists are never the most popular in any region (In my opinion), but the UK takes that to another level. Being respected on the streets is more important than actual talent and graft to the fans of UK Hip-hop. The masses of this genre seem to find it necessary to mirror the moves of the US rappers and it works out terribly. BLVKBLVD plans to shift this paradigm immediately.

No apologies for arriving late to the party on your EP that dropped in April, The Roadtrip EP. It’s been a great listen now that I’ve caught on. Any insight on what you’re working on next?

Wize: #DAMTRAP is my next project. I like to think of Damtrap as my own genre. It combines the melodic influence of world music with the urban kick of trap music. Songs such as “Possession” and “Space Cakes” on my soundcloud portray this best in my opinion. But yeah, I’d definitely encourage anyone interested in something different to pay attention to this project, it should create a stir!

We’ve chat a bit about gaming on Twitter and I know you play PC predominantly, Tera being your current favorite. What other titles (upcoming or existing) are you interested in?

Wize: I’m a HUGE fan of the Phantasy Star series and have been waiting for the EU version of Phantasy Star Online 2 to be released. Also, the Elder Scrolls Online title has caught my attention and the trailers for it look amazing. In terms of other titles I actually play, there are a couple fan-made Pokemon MMORPG’s I occasionally dabble with such as Pokemon World Online and PokeMMO, both pretty sick.

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Add Wize to your party in TERA?

Give us your 3 classic Hip Hop albums.

Wize: 1.) Kanye West – Late Registration
2.) Jay-Z – Reasonable Doubt
3.) Kanye West – College Dropout
(Yes, I’m a huge Kanye West fan, pre-insane Kardashian Kanye of course)

What fictional characters of any medium would you want to see in a rap battle?

Wize: Would absolutely love to see Light Yagami (Death Note) in a rap battle with L/Ryuzaki (Death Note) as their psychological battle would be amazing portrayed in rap format.

If those unfamiliar with you had to listen to ONE SONG as an introduction to your work, which song would you suggest?

Wize: The best song I’d say to listen to would probably be “California Cheese Steak”. It seemed to be really popular when I released it both in the UK and in the US and I think it depicts my character as a rapper best. But if you’re trying to gather a sense of my musical ability, I’d say just take a listen to The Road Trip EP in entirety.

 

Now you have no excuse for being unaware of Wize. The emcee is on a mission to incite a resurgence in UK Hip Hop’s stature along with the rest of BLVK BLVD and this is just the beginning. Check out The Road Trip EP down below (California Cheese Steak is on that project) and prepare for #DAMTRAP coming soon.

Follow Wize on Twitter

Check out his Soundcloud

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Alfonso "Fonzy" Ortiz <![CDATA[GameStop Expands 2014 Holiday Layaway Program]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=107366 2014-10-16T05:55:32Z 2014-10-16T05:51:10Z GameStop has announced today that it will expand its 2014 holiday layaway program to include more products than ever before. “The holidays are all about joy, spending time with friends, and giving gifts to loved ones. It should not be about stressing over how to pay for this year’s holiday wish list” Beginning today through […]

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GameStop has announced today that it will expand its 2014 holiday layaway program to include more products than ever before.

“The holidays are all about joy, spending time with friends, and giving gifts to loved ones. It should not be about stressing over how to pay for this year’s holiday wish list”

Beginning today through Sunday, December 14, customers will be able to reserve many of this year’s top holiday products including video game consoles, tablets, accessories, and headsets through GameStop’s expanded layaway program. (Unfortunately, due to legal restrictions, layaway won’t be available in District of Columbia or Maryland.) Sorry guys!

In addition, through its new PowerUp Rewards credit card, GameStop is offering special financing. For a limited time, PowerUp Rewards Pro credit cardholders will receive zero percent interest on purchases of $500 or more for six months.

“The holidays are all about joy, spending time with friends, and giving gifts to loved ones. It should not be about stressing over how to pay for this year’s holiday wish list,” said Bob Puzon, senior vice president of merchandising. “By offering customers an expanded list of products they can purchase through our layaway program, GameStop is helping make it more affordable and simple for gift-givers to spread a little extra joy this holiday season.”

This year, GameStop is offering customers the opportunity to buy the following items through its holiday layaway program:

Consoles:

  • Sony PlayStation 4
  • Microsoft Xbox 360 (500Gb)
  • Nintendo WiiU Super Mario 3D Bundle

Tablets:

  • ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7 Light Blue
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1
  • ASUS Transformers Book T100

Accessories:

  • Seagate 3TB External Hard Drive

Headsets:

  • Beats by Dre Solo 2 Black
  • PS4/PS3 Gold Wireless Headset
  • Xbox One X04 Headset
  • Astro A40 PS4 Headset
  • Universal Afterglow Prismatic

The newly expanded layaway program provides customers more gift-giving options this holiday season, while offering them the ability to pay for their items over time. A $25 minimum deposit is required to start a layaway contract, and all layaways must be paid-off and picked-up at the store location where the original deposit was made by the end of operating hours on December 19, 2014.

GameStop offers the best value and the most options to holiday shoppers this season. Customers have the ability to pay off any items on layaway through cash, standard credit card, store credit obtained through trade-ins, and the new GameStop PowerUp Rewards credit card.

The new GameStop PowerUp Rewards credit card will offer cardholders with convenience and benefits exclusive to account holders, including being able to make purchases online, online and mobile platform card management and payment services, as well as no annual fee and exclusive offers for savings throughout the year.

For more information about the GameStop layaway program, speak to a local GameStop store Game Advisor!

Don’t miss out!

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Alfonso "Fonzy" Ortiz <![CDATA[Sunset Overdrive Achievements and Spoilers]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=107309 2014-10-16T04:30:05Z 2014-10-16T04:30:05Z Insomniac Games has released a list of Sunset Overdrive Achievements and Spoilers! If you don’t want to see the Spoiler Achievements, I would recommend not looking past the Red text! The list of achievements is as follows: A Challenger Appears Complete 10 challenges with at least a bronze rating. 10G Second Place Complete 30 challenges with at […]

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Insomniac Games has released a list of Sunset Overdrive Achievements and Spoilers!

If you don’t want to see the Spoiler Achievements, I would recommend not looking past the Red text!

The list of achievements is as follows:

A Challenger AppearsComplete 10 challenges with at least a bronze rating.10G
Second PlaceComplete 30 challenges with at least a silver rating.20G
The ChampionComplete 50 challenges with a gold rating.30G
PerfectionComplete an optional Night Defense without losing any of your Overcharge.10G
ReplayReplay any Mission and complete it under par.10G
Not the Boss of MeReplay the final mission and defeat the boss under par.10G
Chaos in the Old FactorySurvive Chaos Squad in the Old Factory District with at least 150 Chaos.25G
Chaos in Little TokyoSurvive Chaos Squad in Little Tokyo District with at least 325 Chaos.25G
Chaos in the Harbor DistrictSurvive Chaos Squad in the Harbor District with at least 750 Chaos.25G
Chaos in DowntownSurvive Chaos Squad in Downtown with at least 1625 Chaos.25G
The Floor is LavaChain together 100 traversal moves without stopping or touching the ground.10G
Orange Soda5,000 OD’d massacred.10G
Orange Soda II15,0000 OD’d massacred.25G
Grind KillsKill 100 enemies while grinding.5G
Bounce KillsKill 100 enemies while bouncing or while in the air.5G
Trap KillsKill 500 enemies with traps.5G
Flung to SafetyKill 100 enemies by flinging them into danger using the Springboard Trap.10G
Stylish KillsKill 500 enemies while at Style Level 3.10G
Grind MeleeMelee 50 enemies while grinding.5G
Let Me Count the WaysBurn, Shock, Freeze, or Enrage 1000 enemies.15G
FavoriteUpgrade one of your guns to Level 5.10G
Many FavoritesUpgrade ten guns to Level 5.20G
I Like Them AllUpgrade 20 guns to Level 5.30G
Amped UpEquip five AMPs on your character at the same time.10G
Over-AmpedEarn an Amp upgrade in Chaos Squad.10G
Mixology 101Collect 20 Amps from Floyd.15G
Out of StockDestroy 250 Overcharge XT vending machines.10G
Crash LandingDestroy 25 Fizzco Blimps just because you can.10G
BadgeEarn a badge.10G
OverdriveUnlock an Overdrive.15G
More OverdriveUnlock at least one Rank 4 Overdrive.25G
IntelCollect all 40 Smartphones.20G
ExplorerFind all 20 secret sightseeing locations in Sunset City.10G
Big BrotherDestroy all 150 Fizzco security cameras.20G
Wire TappingEavesdrop on nine conversations by hacking into satellites.10G
It’s Art, Ok?Deface 40 billboards with graffiti.10G
Shoe ClosetCollect all 150 shoes hanging from wires.20G
What’s Your SignCollect all 150 Overcharge hologram signs.20G
Hot AirCollect all 150 Fizzie balloons.20G
LitterCollect all 150 scraps of toilet paper.20G
Who is Sending These?Loot 25 emergency supply drops.10G
Going to Need a Bigger ClosetCollect 250 fashion items.10G
Can’t CommitEquip one piece of clothing from each Faction at the same time.10G
The 0.1%Spend at least 25,000 Overcharge.10G
OverachieverYou earned an achievement.5G
AppreciationWatch the credits all the way through.10G
I Should Get Paid For ThisBeat Insomniac QA’s high score of 534, 080 on the Challenge “Buck’s Revenge.”25G

Spoiler Alert

These next few have some story elements in them, if you don’t want to see them, do not continue!


Spoiler Alert

Not So Secret IngredientGet to the bottom of Fizzco’s corporate secrets.20G
Roleplay While RoleplayingReach Level 99 in Ignatius’ epic RPG campaign.10G
Vat Pack RatUpgrade the Overcharge vats at every Fort.15G
Ultimate CollectionLiberate all the comic books for the comic book collector.15G
Defender of the RealmClear Fargarthia of a hidden evil.15G
RevolutionaryTake back Sunset City for the misfit survivors.15G
Equal OpportunityComplete a quest from every faction.20G

There are actually 10 Secret Achievements, as well. But, Insomniac is not going to reveal them because that would defeat the whole purpose of them being a secret!

There you have it gamers, I hope you all can accomplish all the achievements listed. It does seem like it would be difficult!

Do you think you can accomplish all of the including the secret ones? Let us know in the comment box below!

Don’t miss out!

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Kelfala 'Kels' Sesay <![CDATA[Assassin’s Creed: Unity — Microsoft Announces Xbox One Bundles]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=107351 2014-10-16T00:42:31Z 2014-10-16T00:01:12Z In partnership with Ubisoft, Microsoft announced two new exclusive Xbox One bundles, featuring what is shaping up to be the biggest, most intense Assassin’s Creed game to date: Assassin’s Creed: Unity. Available worldwide at select retailers on Sunday, November 2, both the Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Bundle ($399) and Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Bundle with Kinect ($499) […]

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In partnership with Ubisoft, Microsoft announced two new exclusive Xbox One bundles, featuring what is shaping up to be the biggest, most intense Assassin’s Creed game to date: Assassin’s Creed: Unity. Available worldwide at select retailers on Sunday, November 2, both the Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Bundle ($399) and Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Bundle with Kinect ($499) also include the critically acclaimed Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

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“This holiday we’re focused on offering fans the best games, with unprecedented choice and value,” said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president, Microsoft. “We’ve lined up an incredible set of bundles to support the launch of some of the most anticipated game launches of the year, including Assassin’s Creed Unity, Sunset Overdrive, and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Combined with our award-winning games line-up this holiday, it’s an incredible time to play on Xbox One. Over the next two months, we look forward to celebrating with fans every week as we launch new games, new bundles, and a few surprises for Xbox One.”

Whether you’re the biggest Assassin’s Creed fanatic or have some catching up to do with the Assassin’s Creed franchise, this bundle is a great way for Assassin’s Creed fans to pick up Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Assassin’s Creed Unity in one bundle, leaping forward to next gen for an amazing value price. There has never been a better time to be an Xbox One owner, or fan of the Assassin’s Creed franchise.

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Alfonso "Fonzy" Ortiz <![CDATA[Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Now Available]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=107304 2014-10-15T14:13:40Z 2014-10-15T14:13:40Z 2K and Gearbox Software have announced that the newest standalone game in the critically acclaimed Borderlands franchise, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, is now available in North America for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows PC. In addition, the game is now available on Mac and Linux in North America via Aspyr Media. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel features all-new gravity-bending […]

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2K and Gearbox Software have announced that the newest standalone game in the critically acclaimed Borderlands franchise, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, is now available in North America for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows PC. In addition, the game is now available on Mac and Linux in North America via Aspyr Media.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel features all-new gravity-bending gameplay, powerful laser and icy Cryo weapons, four new playable characters, and an epic cooperative story experience set between the events ofBorderlands and Borderlands 2. The title will be available internationally on October 17, 2014.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is the next big installment in the award winning shooter-looter franchise, which to date, has sold-in more than 18 million units worldwide,” saidChristoph Hartmann, president of 2K. “For newcomers, this game is the perfect entry point to the franchise, exploring Pandora’s moon for the first time, while also being a must-have chapter in the Borderlands story for longtime fans.”

In Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, fans can play as one of four all-new character classes, each with distinct play-styles and personalities, including Nisha the Lawbringer, Athena the Gladiator, Wilhelm the Enforcer, and Claptrap the Fragtrap. This cast of unlikely heroes embarks on a quest to fight alongside Handsome Jack as he tries to save Pandora’s moon. Throughout all of the mayhem, players will experience Jack’s rise to power and witness him becoming the megalomaniacal tyrant fans loved to hate in Borderlands 2.

“It’s been a great joy to have the team at Gearbox collaborating so closely with the talented group at 2K Australia to bring new and fresh ideas to the series,” said Randy Pitchford, president of Gearbox Software. “The exciting result of our studios’ combined effort is Borderlands: The Pre Sequel becoming the most innovative Borderlandsexperience since we originally launched the franchise.”

“Working with Gearbox on this next chapter in the Borderlands franchise has been a privilege,” said Tony Lawrence, general manager of 2K Australia. “We started this project as fans of the series, and we are thrilled to have contributed to this mayhem-filled universe.”

In addition to the core game launch, the Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Season Pass is now available and bundles the four upcoming add-on content packs ($39.96 value) for only $29.99. The Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Season Pass grants access to download all four of the planned add-on content packs, as they become commercially available on the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, Windows PC, Mac and Linux.

Don’t miss out!

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Tony Polanco http://www.thekoalition.com <![CDATA[Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Hands-On Preview – Back to Basics]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=107258 2014-10-15T14:09:37Z 2014-10-15T14:00:38Z During my time at this year’s New York Comic-Con, I got a chance to try out a demo for Resident Evil: Revelations 2. This game came as a bit of a surprise for a lot of people (myself included) when it was announced just last month. However, considering how well the original Revelations was received […]

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During my time at this year’s New York Comic-Con, I got a chance to try out a demo for Resident Evil: Revelations 2. This game came as a bit of a surprise for a lot of people (myself included) when it was announced just last month. However, considering how well the original Revelations was received by gamers, perhaps this announcement wasn’t completely out of left field. This title, like its predecessor, stays close to the series’ roots and from the short demo that I played, I could tell that it has the potential to be a solid entry in the franchise.

The demo began with me being in control of Claire Redfield who we’ve played as previously in Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil: Code Veronica. She was accompanied by Moira, who is the daughter of Barry Burton. I needed to get through a door which required an access key to open. I walked down the hall of what appeared to be a prison and saw the body of a security guard dangling from the ceiling. I attempted to get the key from his body, with a little help from Moira, but his body (predictably) fell to the floor deep below us. We had to descend some precarious stairs and creepy hallways to get to our objective.

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During our little trip, I got introduced to some of the game’s mechanics. I was able to freely switch between Claire and Moira. Claire handles combat while Moira can shine a flashlight on objects of interest. Claire was able to find a gun to use and Moira found some bullets and other random things.

The two got into the room where the guard’s body fell but there was no key on him. Moira looked around and found the keys which were stuck on a pipe somewhere above where the guard currently rested. Claire shot at the keys which then dropped to the floor for an easy pick up. I was able to meet this objective by switching between the two women and it was seamless.

As soon as the keys were in their hands, Claire and Moira were attacked by zombies. I shot at some of them, blowing off their heads with precise shots, but they began to overwhelm us with sheer numbers. A strategic withdrawal was in place and we quickly got out of dodge. On the way to the original door I had to open, I fought even more zombies. I mixed up my attacks between headshots, knifing, and staggering zombies so that I could finish them off with a spin kick. Moira refused to use a gun but she could help by doing some melee attacks with a crowbar and she was also able to finish enemies which were stunned. After a few encounters, the two women reached their objective and the demo ended.

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The end of the demo featured a “Next time on Resident Evil: Revelations 2” title screen, followed by scenes from the upcoming episode. Yes, this is an episodic game not unlike those released by TellTale Games. The original Revelations was somewhat episodic itself since it featured chapter breaks in-between the levels but this game will be broken up into four separate episodes which will be released each week.

I really enjoyed my time with this game. After the disaster that was Resident Evil 6 (you know I’m right) it’s nice to play a game which goes back to the series’ roots. The controls take a bit of getting used to but they definitely feel like a modern version of RE4 (you can dodge attacks and move while aiming for example). This game features the co-op from the last two main RE games which is great for those who want to play with their friends either via the internet or with split-screen co-op. The episodic nature of it is something that I think will work well since each episode is only separated by a week instead of months.

Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will be released for the PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. Each episode will cost $6. The entire package will cost $25 and that will come with some additional (yet undisclosed) content. The retail disk version will cost $40 and it will come with all four chapters and the additional content. The game is available to pre-order now.

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Tom Skidmore http://thekoalition.com/ <![CDATA[Retro Recap – Final Fantasy X]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=107283 2014-10-14T21:29:59Z 2014-10-14T21:29:59Z Another game in the list of HD remakes, and it’s by far the best High Definition title to date! This week’s Retro Recap is, of course, Final Fantasy X I tried to stay away from writing about the Final Fantasy titles, purely because I could go on and on about each and every one of […]

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Another game in the list of HD remakes, and it’s by far the best High Definition title to date! This week’s Retro Recap is, of course, Final Fantasy X

I tried to stay away from writing about the Final Fantasy titles, purely because I could go on and on about each and every one of them, however, there is one particular game that is very dear to my heart. Can you guess? It’s is Final Fantasy X. Widely regarded as one of the best, if not the best Final Fantasy games ever made, X bought a number of classic FF elements to the PlayStation 2 era of consoles, as well as introducing some staple mechanics that are still rife in the RPG genre today.

Set in the world of Spira, Tidus, our man protagonist, is a star Blitzball player who gets cast 1,000 years into the future by the perilous entity known as Sin. From here, Tidus meets with Yuna, a local summoner tasked with bringing down Sin and bringing the Calm, a brief window where the masses can live in peace. Along their journey, they encounter a number of friendly faces as well as some of the most truly hateful characters in video game history (“Seymour!”). Tidus discovers the truth about Sin and the lengths which Yuna must go in order to stop its destructive ways.


Gangsta Auron

Unlike all other Final Fantasy games, X utilises a CTB system (Conditional Turn Based), as opposed to the traditional Real Time fights. This allows players to plan their actions accordingly, instead of rushing to select commands and allows for further strategy on defeating fiends and bosses alike. The level up system also differs greatly from previous instalments. The Sphere Grid effectively allows any of your characters to play whichever role they choose. Yuna, the designated White Mage at the start of the game can be taken down a completely different path and become your powerhouse, whereas Auron can become your resident Black Mage within a few simple moves. The Sphere Grid determines which moves are available to each character and what stat bonuses they get, and with the inclusion of the Expert Grid in the International and HD remake, even more flexibility is added with each character starting at a centralised location, rather than in their specific portions of the grid.

As with any large scale RPG, there are bound to be a number of interesting facts and Easter eggs:

  • During your first trip to Kilika, there is a small child running around in inn who incorrectly states that “I want to be a blitzball when I grow up!”
  • During the invasion of Home, the voice over the tannoy is repeating “I’m annoying, huh” over and over again. (Yes, it’s annoying…)
  • FFX marks the first Final Fantasy games that Nobuo Uematsu didn’t exclusively work on the soundtrack. He was accompanied by Masashi Hamauzu and Junya Nakano
  • Spira is actually set on the same timeline as Final Fantasy VII, with Shinra in FFX-2 being the original innovator of the Shinra Electric Power Company in VII
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By in and far one of my favourite games of all time, Final Fantasy X was pretty much my teenage years. Completing it time and time again, even now it’s an annual thing to go back and clock a good 40 – 50 hours replaying this fantastic game. FFX was my first real Final Fantasy game I picked up and instantaneously got me hooked to the franchise. Even some of the more tedious tasks, such as lightning bolt dodging or Blitzballing for hours on end still entertains me to this day and I could not ask much for from a video game (and it’s not even 60fps, 1080p! Scandalous!). If someone is looking to get into RPGs, look no further. If someone wants to relive a classic story-driven game, this is the one. If you want a game that simply still holds its own even in today’s era, 2 generations of console gaming later, Final Fantasy X still shines incredibly bright. Pick up FFX and have a fantastic few days of fun and excitement, Square(Soft) Enix delivered amazingly and pioneered the way we see 3D RPGs in today’s marketplace.

Fellow Koalition member Jakejames Lugo wrote a fantastic review of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD. Check out his opinions on the game and the changes from the original here -> Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster

Did you play Final Fantasy X when it came out over 10 years ago? Did you pick up the HD edition and what did you think of the graphical improvements and remixed soundtrack? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Mr. Kennedy http://www.youtube.com/Parkhall2009 <![CDATA[PRhyme Artwork and Tracklisting Revealed]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=107260 2014-10-14T18:33:35Z 2014-10-14T18:33:35Z A month ago, DJ Premier and Royce da 5’9″ teased the Hip-Hop community of a potential album or EP and now the tracklisting has been revealed. The rumours of features from Mac Miller, Ab-Soul and the rest of Slaughterhouse turned out to be true. ‘PRhyme’ will be a 9 track album and is scheduled for […]

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A month ago, DJ Premier and Royce da 5’9″ teased the Hip-Hop community of a potential album or EP and now the tracklisting has been revealed.

The rumours of features from Mac Miller, Ab-Soul and the rest of Slaughterhouse turned out to be true.

‘PRhyme’ will be a 9 track album and is scheduled for a December 9th release. You can pre-order the album right here.

1. PRHYME

2. Dat Sound Good ft. Mac Miller & Ab Soul

3. U Looz

4. You Should Know ft. Dwele

5. Courtesy

6. Wishin’ ft. Common

7. To Me, To U ft. Jay Electronica

8. Underground Kings ft. Killer Mike & Schoolboy Q

9. Microphone Preem ft. Slaughterhouse

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Charles Singletary http://www.charlessingletaryjr.com/ <![CDATA[Big K.R.I.T. “Cadillactica” [New Music]]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=107233 2014-10-14T18:20:32Z 2014-10-14T05:23:15Z With the release creeping ever so close, Big K.R.I.T. has offered up the title track as a reward for pre-ordering Cadillactica on itunes. This is the track teases in an earlier that sparked the buzz for the project and it delivers. Heavily. This one will be rocking my car’s speakers pretty much every day until […]

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With the release creeping ever so close, Big K.R.I.T. has offered up the title track as a reward for pre-ordering Cadillactica on itunes. This is the track teases in an earlier that sparked the buzz for the project and it delivers. Heavily. This one will be rocking my car’s speakers pretty much every day until the album releases and then some.

Check out the song below, shoot us some comments, and be sure to pre-order Cadillactica. With this, Logic’s album,  and more on the way, this fall is looking to up the ante for Hip Hop.

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