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Quick Shots: Battlefield 4 Preset Loadouts — How is it?

Quick Shots: Battlefield 4 Preset Loadouts — How is it?

In this new recurring community-driven spot called “Quick Shots,” we ask the Pixel Enemy community what they think about a certain gaming topic. It can be a game’s feature, how you people feel regarding a certain title and so much more. This week, it’s all about Battlefield 4′s “preset” loadouts. Just in case you didn’t know, a few days ago, DICE has activated this feature on Battlelog. So, for those not familiar, what are preset loadouts? Allow DICE themselves to [...]

Sony launches PS4 in Singapore and Pixel Enemy was there for it all

Sony launches PS4 in Singapore and Pixel Enemy was there for it all

About 300 dedicated fans lined the sidewalk of the Wisma Atria shopping mall on Orchard Road today for the official launch of Sony’s PlayStation 4 in Singapore. With a champagne toast at 2pm, Hiroyuki Oda, Deputy President of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia and Atsushi Endo, General Manager, Singapore Marketing Center presented the PS4 set, and a PS Vita TV to the first and second pre-order buyers who had been lined up since just after 5am this morning. “This is [...]

PS4 and Xbox One in 2014: A list of games to grace our consoles

PS4 and Xbox One in 2014: A list of games to grace our consoles

Photo courtesy of Gizmodo As 2013 nears to its close, we’re left wondering what we can expect from the recently launched PS4 and Xbox One systems. Launch titles like Killzone: Shadow Fall, Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome and the rest that we’ve been enjoying over the past few weeks are a perfect way to bring us into this new generation, but they can only hold our attention for so long. With 2014 closing in fast, gamers are left [...]

YouTube cracks down on gaming channels

YouTube cracks down on gaming channels

In a blitz that still continues, gaming channels all across YouTube are experiencing a hammering of Content ID matches on their gameplay videos. Prominent “YouTubers” such as Ghost Robo and TheRadBrad are reporting rapidly increasing amounts of flagged videos, with money no longer being made from them. For those who live off YouTube ad revenue, this is a serious problem. The curious thing about the flagging though, is that it does not seem to be the game publishers who are [...]

Keep the Salt Handy: Disabled Gamer Doesn’t Need Hands to Ruin You in Fighting Games — Feature

Keep the Salt Handy: Disabled Gamer Doesn’t Need Hands to Ruin You in Fighting Games — Feature

Few things get the blood pumping more in gaming than a close match in a fighting game. Mastering the mechanics of any fighting title requires intense study of technical details like frame data and the interactions of specific game mechanics. A short visit to any populated fighting game forum can reveal dozens if not hundreds of posts detailing the ins and outs of what a player needs to know going into the game. On top of the knowledge required there [...]

Noob Souls: One Hour. One Brand New Player. One Game. Dark Souls.

Noob Souls: One Hour. One Brand New Player. One Game. Dark Souls.

Dark Souls is a game built with incredible mechanics and immersed in a difficulty that punishes players in all the right ways. Playing the game for the first time can be an exercise in frustration and discovery as you discover that the game only gets easier as you get better. After pouring hundreds of hours into the title I forgot what those first discoveries were like. So I found a gamer completely unfamiliar with Dark Souls and did what any [...]

Interstellaria: Indie Developer Aims to Bring Back Space Exploration

Interstellaria: Indie Developer Aims to Bring Back Space Exploration

A sci-fi space setting is not unfamiliar to gaming. There’s a certain something that’s hard to describe about a compelling sci-fi video game. While other media only allow for viewers gaming allows for participants, giving players a chance to change and explore these sometimes vast game worlds. While many will point to successful series such as the Mass Effect franchise to state that sci-fi spae exploration is alive and well, many purists would disagree. Titles like Starflight gave the player [...]

“Living Doll” goes for another gaming world record, a Pixel Enemy exclusive interview with Kinumi Cati

“Living Doll” goes for another gaming world record, a Pixel Enemy exclusive interview with Kinumi Cati

We previously reported on how Spanish gamer, musician and all around interesting girl Kinumi Cati broke the Guinness World Record for the longest time playing a Japanese RPG. At the time, we were also the only media outlet to get the story right about this young lady who most articles inaccurately described as Japanese, and incorrectly claimed she broke the record dressed in her “living doll” cosplay attire. As we dug a little deeper and connected with Kinumi, we discovered [...]

Why we still don’t have a review for Batman: Arkham Origins:Held up by game breaking bugs, your move, WB Games

Why we still don’t have a review for Batman: Arkham Origins:Held up by game breaking bugs, your move, WB Games

Pixel Enemy has been working hard to get through as much of Batman: Arkham Origins as possible so our review could be posted this week, but due to the technical issues we’ve previously reported on — we’ve been forced to hold off the review while we give WB Games a chance to release a patch and fix the damn thing. Our review copy didn’t make it, but that didn’t stop me from purchasing my own copy for review as I [...]

Battlefield 4 news roundup: Read all the important info before the game’s out

Battlefield 4 news roundup: Read all the important info before the game’s out

With Battlefield 4 set to hit store shelves next week, info about DICE’s upcoming shooter has reached an all-time high. Having said that, even if you’re a die-hard FPS fan, chances are there aresome news might have seeped through the cracks and that’s where we come in. Listed below are some of the pertinent BF4 news, info and videos that should tide you over until October 29. For convenience’s sake, we’ve divvied up the list so you can easily check [...]

Battlefield 4: DICE GM Karl Magnus on day one patches, free maps & modes and next-gen resolutions

Battlefield 4: DICE GM Karl Magnus on day one patches, free maps & modes and next-gen resolutions

Battlefield 4 is almost upon us and up to this day, some questions are still left unanswered when it comes to DICE’s upcoming blockbuster shooter. While BF4 info has not been scarce at all, we thought it best to talk directly to DICE General Manager (GM) and head honcho Karl Magnus Troedsson to try and answer some of the nagging questions we still have.  Questions such as: will there be free maps and modes in BF4 just like it was [...]

Top five games from the current-generation that didn’t do well but deserve a chance

Top five games from the current-generation that didn’t do well but deserve a chance

We don’t have long to go before we get our hands on our next-gen console of choice, so it isn’t a surprise to see a lot of writers compiling lists of what they consider the “best” games of this generation. The current lineup of hardware and software has undoubtedly made a massive contribution to the games industry and will be remembered for decades to come. However, I feel like there’s very little mention of games that didn’t do so well, [...]

What went wrong with Beyond: Two Souls and what’s next for “interactive storytelling”

What went wrong with Beyond: Two Souls and what’s next for “interactive storytelling”

Disclaimer: the following views are my own and do not represent Pixel Enemy. Our very own Alex is currently playing the game and will be reviewing it soon. I have always had an appreciation for David Cage’s work, especially Heavy Rain, which is one of my favorite games released during the current generation. I was, therefore, eagerly awaiting the launch of Beyond: Two Souls; but it seems  – to a lot of people’s disappointment — Quantic Dream failed at giving the [...]

SteamOS: Discussing the potential impact and unknowns of Valve’s next big thing

SteamOS: Discussing the potential impact and unknowns of Valve’s next big thing

Valve plans to make three big announcements this week. The first one, revealed on Monday, was SteamOS. Valve’s own operating system. Pixel Enemy’s Williams Pelegrin and Tyler Colp got together to analyze what it means for Valve and how it could affect the entire industry. Tyler: Alright, Williams. Valve’s just announced its own operating system, titled SteamOS. You wrote the story. Let’s start with the gist of Valve’s announcement, then we’ll dig into the unknowns and implications of it all. [...]

L.A. Noire design lead, Alex Carlyle, talks about his new indie studio, Whore of the Orient, next-gen and more

L.A. Noire design lead, Alex Carlyle, talks about his new indie studio, Whore of the Orient, next-gen and more

Little has been heard of Team Bondi since its dismemberment, but that changed recently when some of the team members resurfaced after opening up their own company, Intuitive Game Studios. Alex Carlyle, the L.A. Noire design lead and AAA industry veteran, teamed up with a few ex-Team Bondi and ex-Kennedy Miller Mitchell (Whore of the Orient) folks to open up his own studio. As a huge fan of L.A. Noire, I grabbed the opportunity to speak to Alex before he [...]

Lords of Shadow 2 chat with Dave Cox: Next-gen, frame-rates not”an issue” in LoS2, ending Gabriel’s story & more

Lords of Shadow 2 chat with Dave Cox: Next-gen, frame-rates not”an issue” in LoS2, ending Gabriel’s story & more

When Konami announced that they tasked Mercury Steam in rebooting the Castlevania franchise and once again bringing it into the 3D realm, people were understandably worried since the series is known for its amazing 2D gameplay and rich lore. Fortunately for everyone involved, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 1 was both a hit critically and commercially, which caught most people by surprise. Now, that element of surprise isn’t with Mercury Steam anymore, but instead is replaced by hope that Lords of [...]

Feature: Jack Thompson, I am not brain-impaired

Feature: Jack Thompson, I am not brain-impaired

Dear Mr. Jack Thompson, Yesterday, I reported on a little tiff between you and GameZone. We all know you for your crusades against violent video games. Before I begin, I’d like to specifically hone in on a few comments that you made that I found disgustingly ignorant. In one of your responses, you said that gamers “should be insulted, just as Jesus insulted the Pharisees.” You then went even further by saying that “the problem with gamers is that their [...]

Feature: Why does the Nintendo 2DS exist?

Feature: Why does the Nintendo 2DS exist?

Earlier, Nintendo revealed the Nintendo 2DS, a cheaper redesign of the company’s 3DS. There are several main differences, the key one being the form factor – a flat, slate design, as opposed to the 3DS’ clamshell design. In addition, there is no 3D function, one speaker, and a “Sleep” function. Finally, the screen sizes are equivalent to the original 3DS’. The main difference, however, is the price point: $129.99, versus the 3DS and 3DS XL’s $169.99 and $199.99, respectively, price [...]

Gamescom 2013 Pixel Enemy grades — Who won?

Gamescom 2013 Pixel Enemy grades — Who won?

With Gamescom 2013′s big announcements and press events already over, we thought it best to speak our mind and weigh in on the show’s pressers and what we thought of the reveals. In short, we’re “grading” each company and how impressed we were with their press events. Of course, that won’t stop us from letting you know how we feel on other things not associated with the actual press events and just in gamescom in general. So, without further chit-chat, [...]