NUReviews Plays presents: BatWeek


It is with great pleasure that I would like to announce the first NUReviews Plays special, BatWeek.  Read the details after the break, but first, a promo trailer:

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NUReviews Plays: Wind Waker HD


Join NUReviews staff members Brad and Andrew as they sail the high seas looking for adventure and booty, lots and lots of booty!  This is but the first installment of many games to come.  Tune in Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for more Wind Waker HD, Tuesdays and Saturdays for Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, and Thursdays and Sundays for a yet to be announced game

PSA: Drunk Streaming!


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Hey everyone! Tomorrow, Tuesday August 6th, we’re going to be trying something a little different with streaming.  Instead of just random streaming, we’ve got a theme, and that theme is Bar Fights!  Ok, we don’t really have a theme, we just want to fuel our secret alcoholism and play some good ole beat em ups.  So join your hosts, Brad and Andrew of NUReviews, and a couple of their select friends as they drink and fight their way through hoards of unfairly sober enemies.  We’ll be playing the newly released Dragons Crown, and when that becomes too much of a challenge, we’ll move on to Castle Crashers and Scott Pilgrim Vs The World!  We’ll be starting sometime around 8:30 (we believe), but for a more accurate time be sure to check our facebook page (and if you haven’t liked it, like it! We’ve still got our 3DS eShop Card/Professor Layton giveaway going).  After tomorrow our regularly scheduled streaming schedule should resume, so tune in as this may be a once in a life time opportunity (although probably not, cause we like to make fools of ourselves).

NUReviews’ 1st Giveaway! Win a 3DS Game or 3DS/WiiU eShop Points!


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Yup! It’s your chance to win some vidya prizes! You can either win a digital copy of Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask for the Nintendo 3DS or $5 in Nintendo eShop points(redeemable for either the WiiU or 3DS)! All you need to do is first head over to our Facebook page (be sure to ‘like’ the page), and then like or share the official giveaway status (you can do both). If you ‘like’ the status, you are entered to win $5 worth in eShop points. If you share the status, you are entered to win the ‘Professor Layton’ game.

Entries will be closed as soon as we reach 100 ‘likes’ on the NUReviews Facebook page. We will then randomly select two winners! Be sure to tell your friends! Good luck!

http://www.facebook.com/NUReviews

Public Service Announcement: Injustice: King of NUR Edition!


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Ladies and Gentlemen, as you may or may not know, Injustice: Gods Among Us releases tomorrow, April 16th.  If you’re like some of the people on the NUReviews team, you’re looking forward to the game’s release.  In honor of the game’s final release, we figured it’d be neat to get some friendly match ups going on release day.  Now, unfortunately, some of us won’t be getting our game until the evening, so the match ups won’t be happening until around 8 or 9pm EST.  The plan is to start up a King of the Hill match and, hopefully, stream it.  If you’re interested in duking it out and don’t mind some video evidence that you’re superior to the NUReviews team, then you can send a friend request on Xbox360 to either me (Sn0ochiBoochies) or Steve (HemispheresX1), stating in some way that you found us through NUReviews.  If this turns out to be something fun and popular then we may do more things like this in the future, and maybe even with some prizes!  If you aren’t getting the game on the Xbox 360 then we’re sorry, but we’ll try and figure out something to include you in at a later date.  Remember to send those friend requests to either Sn0ochiBoochies or HemispheresX1, when it comes time for the match ups to begin we’ll send out messages to any one who sent a request and make another post here with (hopefully) the stream link/embedded.  Here’s hoping we see you on the field of battle!

An Explanation of My Rating System


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I’ve been meaning to do this write up for a while, mainly due to some colleagues asking why I use a “1 – 6″ rating system. I figured now would be a good time as ever to do a break down of it, especially before I do reviews for ‘Fire Emblem: Awakening’ and ‘Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance’. I’ll go over what each rating is suppose to mean, one by one. Then, I’ll briefly explain my philosophy towards review ratings. Please note that I’ll primarily using video games to help describe the individual ratings. However, this rating system is universal for whatever I review, whether it’s a movie, TV show, hand soap, and so forth.

1  out of 6- Terrible

The game is absolute trash. There is absolutely no redeeming factors whatsoever. Avoid this at all costs, even if you can get the game for dirt cheap.

2  out of 6- Bad

The game fails on multiple levels, from a technical, storytelling, and  originality standpoint. There is little reason to play this particular game. There may be a certain aspect that is notable, but the game ultimately fails to deliver.

3 out of 6- Average (Meh)

The game is tolerable. This rating would be seen on games that are ‘run-of-the-mill’, meaning that the game has little to no surprises. The game is underwhelming, but it can have a bit of entertainment value.

4 out of 6- Average (Good)

The game is average, yet there’s an element that makes it more enjoyable. It could be the storytelling or a certain gameplay element. There is a yearning for more, but odds are you’ll find this game enjoyable.

5 out of 6- Great

The game, as a whole, is great. Overall, the game is very enjoyable. However, there is something that holds the game back. Examples: lacking multiplayer mode, little replayability, underwhelming ending, and so on. Nevertheless, this is a game worth playing.

6 out of 6- “Uncanny!”
This game is excellent. The game excels at accomplishes what the developers wanted the audience to experience, whether a unique twist with the story telling or gameplay mechanics. This doesn’t mean the game is perfect (what game is?) However, any imperfections with the game are easily overlooked. You need to experience this game. In other words, this game is…

Now that’s out of the way, let me explain why I decided to use this system, rather than an 100/10 point system or even 5 stars. I feel that 6 is the perfect number for a rating scale. It allows me to be specific while still having enough room for other ratings. Plus, the reason that why I opted for 6 rather than 5 is that it forces objectivity on my part. If a game turns out to be average, does that mean it necessarily mean that it’s a bad game? Well, that answer is subjective, but aren’t all reviews in a way subjective? It’s why I’ll do my best to be as unbiased in my critiquing as possible. However, in the rare case that I do have a bias (such as myself refusing to like PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale purely on the premise of its existence), I’ll hand the review to another contributor to the site.

Also, I’m not enforcing this rating system for all of NUReviews’ contributors, since I believe they should review how they feel they’re comfortable with. But no doubt that we aim to provide a solid critique of media we feel that audience wants to know.

Playstation Announcement Tonight (Expect A New ‘C’mon Step It Up Episode Too)


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Tonight’s the big night for Sony. Odds are we’re gonna be seeing the Playstation 4 for the first time. If you want to watch the announcement live, check it out here: http://us.playstation.com/meeting2013/

Also, we’ll be doing a C’mon, Step It Up episode immediately after the event. So be out on the lookout for that episode as well.