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Stiq’ Tips: A Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn starter guide

Any MMO can be daunting if you go in blind. Although Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn isn’t nearly as hardcore as FFXI, it still has a few snags that newcomers can hit if you aren’t careful. Since many of you will be jumping in for the first time…
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Final Skylanders Swap Force character debuting next week at Times Square

Hundreds of ravenous Skylanders fans will swarm the streets of New York next week to herald the arrival of final Swap Force series character Doom Stone during a special giveaway event at Times Square.

On Wednesday, April 23, the first 500 customers…
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Behind-the-scenes ‘Final Hours of Titanfall’ app now available

The Final Hours of Titanfall, an in-depth look at the development of Respawn Entertainment’s first game, is now available to download on iPad, Windows Surface as well as PC and Mac via Origin for $ 1.99. Versions of the app are also planned for…
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Naughty Dog announces final season pass DLC for The Last of Us

Naughty Dog will finish out its planned season pass content for The Last of Us with new weapons, additional multiplayer maps, and a new single-player gameplay mode as part of the upcoming Grounded Bundle.

Grounded Mode puts a new, difficult spin on…
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Tackle ‘Son of the Crawmerax’ in final Borderlands 2 DLC

Developer Gearbox Software has released its final piece of Borderlands 2 DLC. Headhunter 5: Sir Hammerlock Versus the Son of the Crawmerax is available now via Steam, PlayStation Network and the Xbox Live Marketplace for $ 2.99.

The content sends…
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Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn surpasses 2 million registrations

This week’s PS4 launch of Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn helped the MMO pass the 2 million mark for registered accounts. Square Enix didn’t reveal any hard figures for how many players are exploring Eorzea on PS4, but we know six months ago the…
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GaymerX2 will be the final GaymerX — for the foreseeable future

Organizers of the annual GaymerX convention plan to discontinue the event after GaymerX2, which will still take place at the Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco July 11 – 13, 2014. …


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Moments – Dead Space 2’s Final Word

Dead Space 2 stands out amongst the Dead Space trilogy as being my favorite by a long shot, and much of that has to do with the game’s ending.

The ending of first Dead Space has a worthwhile twist, but its closing shot felt a little forced, maybe even unnecessary.  It also overshadowed the moments leading up to the ending, which could have offered a more interesting and somber note of closure. Dead Space’s decent ending, however, helped to cement Dead Space 2’s as my favorite in the series.

Isaac Clarke was not much of a character in the first game by design. He was a silent protagonist meant to server as a proxy to the player. By the time you made your way through the second game, Clarke had become a person with a voice, a goal, and perhaps most importantly, a willingness to sacrifice himself in order to do what needs to be done.

After Dead Space 2’s final boss, Clarke sits down to relax and resign himself to death as the Sprawl collapses around him. He’s done, finally prepared to rest, and as the player I am more than happy to let him to do so. The credits even begin to roll cementing the idea that this is the end.

But then Ellie appears – less your romantic interest, and more your partner is this disaster – to save you. It’s a surprise to see Ellie. The cutscene placing Clarke on her ship is an enjoyable spectacle, but it’s when Clarke is again afforded an opportunity to relax that cements Dead Space 2’s closing moments as one of my favorites.

As Clarke leans back, as he did in the ending of the original Dead Space, he looks over to Ellie, her eye bandaged from a previous incident, and she asks, “What?” Then it cuts to black. It’s my favorite type of ending: succinct and direct. It played with your expectations established from the first game, showcased the kinship between Clarke and Ellie, and created an indisputable sense of finality to the story, with just a tiny little bit of humor.

Other games tend to favor louder endings with large implications, but I will always appreciate the quick, almost quiet ending of Dead Space 2.

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Monaco’s final update is live now with a weekend Steam sale

The final, free update to Monaco is live now, including the “brutally difficult” fourth campaign that finishes the Gentleman’s story. The update is called Monaco: Fin, and it truly is the end of Monaco, at least in the sense of regular updates….
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Final Fantasy 14 – A Realm Reborn enters second PS4 beta today

The MMOs are coming. Just as The Elder Scrolls Online enters full launch, Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn is prepping for PS4 with the second phase of its beta, and it’s live right now. Just to remind you that it’s completely open to all, and free…
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