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E-Gamerz Podcast: #5 Happy Easter!
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Written by Matt Clements Jr.   

E-Gamerz PodcastEpisode five has arrived! Happy Easter everyone! And if you don't celebrate Easter, no biggie. We hope you had a great weekend anyway. This week Charlie, Matt and Paul talk about video game news, what they've been playing (some embarrassed to have been playing) and their favorite Easter Eggs found in games over the years.

 
Deception IV: Blood Ties (PS3, PS Vita) Review - Available Now
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Written by Benjamin Widdowson   

Deception IV: Blood Ties (PS3, PS Vita) Box Art(http://www.tecmokoeiamerica.com/deception4)  Rated M for Mature by ESRB.One of the most obscure, yet universally acclaimed franchises of all time was Tecmo’s Deception, which we last saw on the PS2 as Trapt. Fans of the series, myself included have been itching for a chance to once again inflict torturous punishment on home invaders for nearly a decade.  Deception has been called “home alone directed by Rob Zombie”, and few names fit quite as well. But is Deception 4 as terrible as literally everything Rob Zombie has ever touched? The answer is unequivocally  No!

 
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z (PS3, Xbox 360) Review - Available Now
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Written by Benjamin Widdowson   

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z (PS3, Xbox 360) Box Art(http://www.yaibangz.com)  Rated M for Mature by ESRB.  Some reviews are more difficult to write than others. They may take a few days to form a properly formulated opinion due to personal internal biases. I fully admit that I LOVE Team Ninja games. DOA and Ninja Gaiden are the top two of my five favorite game franchises, and for good reason. After Itagaki’s departure from Tecmo on the heels of Ninja Gaiden 2 back in 2008 the hardcore fans of both series split into two factions. Those of us that support and believe in the future with Yosuke Hayashi, who has proven himself time and time again, and those who shun anything that Itagaki didn’t touch. While I love Itagaki and think of him as a hero of mine, I also love Hayashi and firmly believe in his skill and leadership.  It is my opinion that the past few games Team Ninja has released have not been fairly received by the gaming media at large. Yaiba, however, is an odd case. The game was only over-seen by Team Ninja and Keiji Inafune, creator of Megaman. Yaiba was in fact developed by Spark Unlimited, who is now on my list of developers to be angry at.

 
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare (Xbox 360 and Xbox One) Review - Available Now
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Written by Matt Clements Jr.   

Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare (Xbox 360 and Xbox One) Box Art(http://www.pvzgardenwarfare.com)  Rated Everyone 10+ by ESRB.  Just when you thought you had enough zombie shooter games, PopCap of all people drop Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare in your lap. Garden Warfare is a surprisingly competent spinoff of the well known tower defense mobile game Plants vs. Zombies, but veers far from the strategy based gameplay of its roots instead manifesting itself as a third-person online only competitive multiplayer shooter. You'll be blasting zombies off rooftops as a Peashooter, sniping with cactus needles as ammunition and obliterating foes with your Dolphin Gun that fires volatile bubbles while making high pitched squeals. Weird, right? Believe me, it's a good weird.

 
Steelseries Siberia Elite Review
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Written by Paul Agnelli   

Steelseries Siberia Elite Box Art(http://steelseries.com/siberiaelite)  The Siberia Elite Headset is the latest entry in Steelseries popular Siberia headset lineup.  Right off the bat I have to say that this is one of the best physically designed headsets I’ve ever used. The Siberia Elite is a beautiful looking headset, and is appealing in all aspects. It features a big metal band across the top, an auto-adjusting padded headband, and big over-sized memory foam padded ear muffs. The sides of the headphones feature a circular LED dial, and also act as the main volume and microphone mute controls as well. You simply twist the right earmuff LED dial to adjust volume, and the left one mutes and unmutes the mic. The microphone is retractable as well. All in all the Siberia is a supremely comfortable headset. At first you might think the headset seems a bit large, but its size is due to the amount of padding placed in this headset. It feels like you’re wearing pillows on your ears basically. Besides, the Sibera series headsets are known for their comfort and construction, and the Siberia Elite doesn’t disappoint in the slightest. Nothing on the Siberia feels weak, and nothing feels uncomfortable either, although after a few hours you do need to adjust it a bit as you do with most headsets. The cables that come with the Siberia are all thin and rubberized to prevent tangling, which is greatly appreciated.

 
Steelseries 9H Wireless Review
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Written by Paul Agnelli   

Steelseries 9H Wireless Box Art(steelseries.com/us/products/audio/steelseries-9h) Steelseries kindly sent me their new H series wireless headset to review long with their latest Siberia headset to review as well. When I was first looking at the two, it seemed the Siberia was going to be the more gaming oriented headset, the thing looked like a loud and impressive piece of hardware, whereas the 9H wireless looked much more elegant and classy. However, I quickly learned that you should never judge a headset by how it looks, but how it feels and sounds. The 9H features individual pockets of foam along the headband, and over the ear memory foam cups as well. It’s the most comfortable headset I’ve worn, easily.

 
Steel Series Stratus Review
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Written by Paul Agnelli   

Steel Series Stratus Box Art(http://steelseries.com/us/products/controllers/steelseries-stratus-wireless-gaming-controller)  Rate E for Everyone by ESRB.  Gaming on mobile devices such as phones and tablet can be tricky sometimes, since not all games are fully utilizing the use of the phones touch screen, but thankfully, Steelseries has you covered with their new Stratus Controller. The Stratus is a wireless gaming controller that operates on Bluetooth 2.1 with Apple devices on iOS 7. It also has a very “classic console” controller layout, with two thumbsticks, a directional pad, four shoulder buttons, and A,B,X, and Y buttons. I was at first worried that my hands would be too big for the Stratus, since it is a portable controller and has a very small size. However, despite its smaller size, it was still very accommodating to my larger hands, and didn’t cause my hands to hurt after gameplay sessions.

 

 
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls (PC) Review - Available Now
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Written by Matt Clements Jr.   

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls (PC) Box Art(us.battle.net/d3/en/reaper-of-souls/)  Rated M for Mature by ESRB. Just when you thought you were out, Blizzard pulls you back in to the forever hellish and tormented world of Sanctuary. Evil never rests in the world of Diablo no matter how many heroes enter the fold. All have fallen eventually after succeeding in creating small pockets of peace, but just because the war rages on beyond our existence does not mean mankind should simply bow down and take whatever comes. In Diablo III Reaper of Souls, the same heroes that defeated the Prime Evil Diablo must take arms once more to defeat former Archangel of Wisdom, Maltheal, who now has a new title, the Angel of Death.

 
The E-Gamerz Podcast
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Written by Matt Clements Jr.   

Hello there, fellow gamers!

You may have seen a few of my reviews out here in the E-Gamerz column of the Seattle Chinese Times. I'm writing here today to announce in a more formal matter than my sporadic Twitter mentions over the past month that the featured writers here have decided to get together once a week and talk about video game news and things, simply sharing our opinions with our community (that's you!). We've been off to an interesting start, learning the tricks of proper audio, which members share console allegiances and also that you should probably come a little more prepared to an interview with oh, I don't know... the co-founder of Sucker Punch Productions. Our infancy aside, we are having fun making the show and we hope everyone that's been listening to the podcast has been enjoying it too. Currently, the show is going through approval processes with iTunes and Stitcher. The best way to listen to the show at the moment is by downloading the MP3 file for each episode right here on the Seattle Chinese Times website. (Pro Tip: click into the article and check the bottom to see additional links.)

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