I realize that the release of the Playstation 4 Slim was two months ago, but this video took longer than I thought it would to make. Plus, there was my Pokemon Moon Unboxing and the first episode of the Cube Command Podcast to start to make, so I’ve had my hands full. So here’s my unboxing for Sony’s updated PS4 console, the PS4 Slim!
The Slim should run a lot smoother and quieter than its predecessor, and so far, it’s great! I’m enjoying every second I use it. The updated controller feels comfortable, and the light bar isn’t too much of a problem for me. I usually don’t pay attention to the controller when I play, and the sliver of light they added to the top of the controller is very small and at times unnoticeable. And yes, the PS4 is runs pretty silently, compared to the other consoles on the market. In my opinion, if you want a quiet, current-gen console that is a lot easier on the wallet than the recently released PS4 Pro, the PS4 Slim is a great option.
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Before Black Friday hits on Friday, November 25, Gamestop has announced that they will have some tempting Pre-Black Friday deals that will be available on November 22-23. Which means that they start today.
To start the event off, Gamestop has shaved off a good $50 off the 1TB Xbox One S system, as well as $20 off the Samsung Gear VR. This brings the 1TB Xbox One S to $250 and the Samsung Gear VR to $80. If you’re the owner of a samsung phone and looking for a cheap entry into the world of VR, this is your chance.
All iterations of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (which also includes a free VR game on PS4) are off $20, which means the base game is now $40 temporarily. The Legacy Edition and the Legacy Pro Edition are now $60 and $100, respectively.
The purchase of a new PS4 (be it a Pro or Slim) will get you a free copy of Destiny: The Collection. Also, you can pick up Overwatch: Origins Edition for $35.
During the event, anyone can enjoy 50% extra credit when trading in items. Gamestop also included that anyone is eligible for “Free Value Shipping” on orders over $35. One would assume that this would be for online orders.
These, among others, are the Pre-Black Friday deals which start today. Make sure you catch them while they’re out. Gamestop’s actual Black Friday deals start November 25 and include many of these deals above, including Overwatch for $35 and the Xbox One S for $250 (you can also nab a PS4 for the same price). On Friday, Gamstop will also be offering a Buy Two Get One Free for all pre-ownded products. On the subject of trade credit, you will still get extra, but only 20% more instead of 50%.
Pokemon Sun and Moon were released on Firday, November 18. I was able to pre-order a copy of Moon so I could make this little unboxing video. It’s me opening the case and taking a look at the cartridge. Check it out!
(In case you’re wondering where the unboxing for Sun is, there is none. Simply put, I didn’t buy one. There is a shot of my sister’s open copy at the end of the video, though.)
Are you enjoying the new installments of Pokemon so far? Check ou more Pokemon news, including the rumor of a Nintendo Switch game, Pokemon Stars, right here on Cube Command! Also, listen to the first episode of the Cube Command Podcast: Nintendo Switching Gears, where I analyze the Nintendo Switch reveal! Episode 2 is on the way.
With the release of Pokemon Sun and Moon in full peak, a curious new rumor has emerged regarding Pokemon’s presence on the upcoming Nintendo Switch. According to Eurogamer, it seems that GameFreak is developing a new, upgraded version of Pokemon Sun and Moon called Pokemon Stars.
The new entry will reportedly be a third version, similar to how the Pokemon games were structured before Pokemon Black/White/B2/W2. It will be on the Nintendo Switch and “feature the same map – the same routes and cities – and the same art style, although be built using separate, higher-resolution assets,” according to the report. Pokemon can also be traded between the 3DS and Switch versions through Pokemon Box. GameFreak may also be creating new features and Pokemon for the new entry.
The inclusion of a third entry in the Alola region would be a welcome return to form for the franchise, since the last entries to do this were Pokemon Diamond/Pearl and eventually Platinum. Pokemon Black/White had full-fledged sequels and Pokemon X and Y never saw the release of a third entry, going directly to the Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire remakes (OmegaRuby and Alpha Sapphire, respectively).
For those of you reconsidering purchasing Sun/Moon, the rumored Pokemon Stars will reportedly not be available at Summer 2017 at the earliest, with the possibility of being delayed further. So if you’re excited to jump into the Alola region, go ahead and nab a copy of Pokemon Sun and Moon.
GameFreak did announce before that they had a Pokemon title in development for the Nintendo Switch (referred to at the time as the NX). Pokemon Stars may very well be that game. It would certainly be a much-needed launch title for Nintendo’s next system.
As of November 2016, the Xbox One can now play Skate 3, a skating simulator, and Scary Girls, an adventure-platformer. Alongside those titles, the Xbox One can also play Guardian Heroes, a side-scrolling beat ’em up from 1996 and OFP: Red River, a first-person shooter. It should be noted that these games are only able to be played on the Xbox One if they are the physical disc versions.
These are Xbox 360 titles that Microsoft has given Xbox One support to. They join a long list of games that is expanded continuously. You can find the full list here, on Cube Command.
Microsoft has confirmed that more games, including three Bioshock games (Bioshock, Bioshock 2 and Bioshock Infinite) are on their way to the Xbox One. Are there any titles that you would like to see added to the future? Let us know in the comments below!
Nintendo recently dropped a trailer and new info on their upcoming mobile title, Super Mario Run. The game is set to release on December for iOS devices in 151 countries and regions. It is being made by an experienced team of developers, including the director Takashi Tezuka, who worked with Shigeru Miyamoto on the original 1985 classic Super Mario Bros.
Apparently, the first part of the game is free to download on any iPad, iPhone, or iTouch devices that run iOS 8.0 or any later versions. Once you try out the game’s three modes, you have the option to purchase the full version for $9.99.
You can check out the new trailer for Super Mario Run, which was uploaded today:
The game plays like you would expect from a modern Mario game, except with a few gameplay changes that come from being on a mobile device. Super Mario Run is an auto-runner, which you can play with one hand. Just tap the screen to make Mario jump while the level auto-scrolls. Do a quick tap to make the plumber hop and a long tap to make him jump higher.
If you don’t own an apple device, you may still be able to play it for yourself in the future. Nintendo has stated that it intends to put Super Mario Run on Android devices, too. They also stated that they plan to make Super Mario Run as popular as Pokemon GO. With the widespread popularity that the Mario franchise possesses, it may not be too hard to do.
Are you excited for Nintendo’s next addition to their mobile library? Let us know in the comments!
Call of Duty fans are no doubt excited about the release of Call of Duty: Infinite Warefare and Call of Duty: Modern Warefare Remastered late last week. Along with the release of those two games, Activision has shed some light on how they will distribute the Playstation VR extension of Call of Duty: Infinite Warefare.
A while ago, Activision stated that people who had a PS4 and a Playstation VR headset would be able to play the Call of Duty VR game, Jackal Assault, provided they purchase Call of Duty: Infinite Warefare for PS4.
But just recently, Activision changed that policy. Now, Any PS4 owners who possess a Playststion VR have free access to Jackal Assault. If you want this new title for your PSVR, you no longer have to purchase a full game to do so. Who would turn down a free game, and a free VR game at that?
The name Jackal Assault comes from the warship of the main character, which he calls Jackal. Back in September, Activision announced it during the Call of Duty XP Event and described that it “immerses you in the cockpit of a Jackal, the personal, multi-role fighter jet”. Another title to add to the small library of PSVR games is never bad for those who want to get the most out of Sony’s virtual reality headset.
Remember, Call of Duty: Infinite Warefare and Call of Duty: Modern Warefare Remastered just released. The PS4 versions have two bundles with the system. The “Standard Edition” includes a 500GB PS4 Slim with Uncharted 4, a controller, and Call of Duty: Infinite Warefare for PS4. The “Legacy Edition” includes a 500GB PS4 Slim with Uncharted 4, a controller, Call of Duty: Infinite Warefare, and Call of Duty: Modern Warefare Remastered for PS4. The bundles are currently priced at $352.91 and $378.88 respectively, with both having free shipping.
Are you excited for the new releases? Have you tried Jackal Assault on PSVR? Let us know in the comments!
Behold, the first episode of the Cube Command Podcast! The Cube Command Podcast will consist of me, Tommy Savoia, covering one gaming industry and community topic per episode. In the future, I may have guests on the show providing their opinion on the topic. I hope to grow this show and its listener base with your support.
We’ll be kicking the first episode off with an overview of the recent Nintendo Switch (NX anyone?) trailer and the news that followed. Think of it as a recap of sorts. I will delve into my thoughts on why Nintendo is going in the direction it is and what it means for the future of the company.
If you have any comments or questions about the show, or if you have a topic suggestion (please!), e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Each month, Nintendo distributes a free legendary Pokemon to players. This month, you can go to any participating Gamestop or GAME locations to snag a code for a free Genesect if you have Pokemon X, Y, Omega Ruby, or Alpha Sapphire. This offer is only available from November 1, 2016 to November 24, 2016, so you’d better hurry. This 20th Anniversary Pokemon event is the same worldwide.
To get the Genesect, first you have to is connect your 3DS system to the internet. After opening the game, select “Mystery Gift”, then choose “Recieve Gift” and “Get With Code”. All you have to do from there is put in the code you got and start your game. Find the nearest Pokemon Center and talk to the delivery person standing inside to receive Genesect. Along with Genesect, you will also get a Wonder Card, which you can find in the Card Album in the Mystery Gift menu. Keep in mind though that you can only hold 24 Wonder Cards in one Pokemon game cartridge.
Genesect is a Dual Bug/Steel type. The one you will receive is already Level 100 and has the ability Download, which adjusts the Pokemon’s stats based on their enemy’s stats. It has the moves Techno Blast, Magnet Bomb, Solar Beam, and Signal Beam. The Genesect will not hold any items upon receiving it.
What are your thoughts on this deal? Tell us in the comments below. Also get ready for December, because next month’s free legendary is Meloetta. Once this Pokemon is available details will be provided right here at Cube Command!
Allen Adham is the co-founder of gaming developer Blizzard, who left the company back in 2004. At the beginning of BlizzCon 2016, Blizzard has announced that Adham has indeed returned to the company. In an interview with Polygon, Blizzard president Mike Morhaime had to “reacquaint” Adham with the studio, which has changed a lot since his departure over a decade ago. Morhaime describes this process as “pretty elaborate”.
Having been at Blizzard for only a few months, Adham is already working on new projects. He won’t say what they are just yet. But Adham did touch on this detail in the interview, saying “I’ve been coached not to say too much, especially given the role that I’m in.” He did say “We are working on a bunch of cool new stuff”, though. What could it be?
Are you excited about Adham’s return? Curious about the new projects he has planned? Tell us about it in the comments!