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Aztecs versus E3: Day Three with Cody Franklin

June 14, 2013

Electronic Entertainment Expo 2013 went out with a bang for the Aztec Gaming crew. On previous day's we saw just a handful of games, but Day Three...

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Aztecs versus E3: Day Two with Cody Franklin

June 13, 2013

Day Two of the Electronic Entertainment Expo was quite a ride. Open a full two hours longer than the previous day, I had a chance to get my eyes on...

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Aztecs versus E3: Day One with Cody Franklin

June 11, 2013

So far, this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) has been a blockbuster affair. Surprise game announcements and stunning details have left gamers...

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‘Storm Legion’ focuses too much on endgame

April 17, 2013

When “Rift” launched in March 2011, it differed greatly from traditional massively multiplayer online game standards and inspired millions to pick...

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‘Defiance’ shows promise despite speedbumps

April 17, 2013

If you think the world is a scary place now, wait until it’s nearly been destroyed by alien technology and terraformed to suit new hosts. Trion Worlds’...

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Months after launch, ‘PlanetSide 2’ still rocks

March 26, 2013

When writing about video games, one of the most heated topics is massively multiplayer online games. Far too often, developers opt for the MMO route...

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Though nothing to cry over, ‘Crysis 3’ comes up short

February 28, 2013

One mode missing from the nanosuits in “Crysis 3” is “Maximum Disappointment.” Nonetheless, the game itself provides that feature for you. With...

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‘The Secret World’ is definitely worth discovering

February 12, 2013

Lovecraftian horror? Check. Egyptian pharaohs and mummies making amok of things? Yep. Vampires battling gypsies that are also vampire hunters? Most definitely....

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‘Creed’ sneaks its way onto PC

December 5, 2012

Aliens, assassins, Templars and memory-based time travel, oh my! The latest in the blockbuster Assassin’s Creed franchise has finally been released...

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343 Industries ushers in the ‘Halo’ renaissance

November 14, 2012

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time again. Master Chief is back once again in “Halo 4,” but Bungie is no longer at the helm. A lot of people...

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‘Heist’ earns its place in the hip-hop canon

October 17, 2012

Every generation has an artist who revolutionizes the game. Names like Michael Jackson, Led Zeppelin and Daft Punk come to mind. Ladies and gentlemen,...

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‘End of Watch’ brings realism to tired police procedural genre

October 9, 2012

When I first heard about “End of Watch,” I wasn’t very excited. “Oh look, another cop drama,” I said to myself. The trailers for the movie...

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‘Warface’ is a shot of awesome to the face

September 19, 2012

One of the great games I played at Penny Arcade Expo Prime was a relatively unknown shooter called “Warface.” Developed by Crytek, the makers of...

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Aztec Gaming’s Cody Franklin interviews Planetside 2 Executive Producer Josh Hackney

September 11, 2012

One of the most impressive displays of gaming greatness at Penny Arcade Expo Prime this year was “PlanetSide 2,” a game being developed right here...

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“Borderlands 2” will be more wild, gunslinging fun

September 11, 2012

Fellow gamers rejoice for the return of one of the greatest co-op games ever conceived is just a few short days away. That’s right, “Borderlands...

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Don’t let ‘Sleeping Dogs’ lie

August 20, 2012

Kung fu, fast cars, explosions, beautiful women, barbaric gangsters and undercover cops: there’s never been a Hong Kong quite like the one portrayed...

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“PlanetSide 2” throws a killer party

July 27, 2012

“Size always matters.” That's the motto for “PlanetSide 2,” Sony Online Entertainment's upcoming massively multiplayer first-person shooter....

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New ‘Guild Wars’ excites

May 9, 2012

Last month, hundreds of thousands of fans got the chance to play “Guild Wars 2” in ArenaNet’s first beta weekend event. The reaction was clear:...

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BioWare’s eagerly awaited third and final installment in the “Mass Effect” series delivers a mostly great experience, only to fall agonizingly short in the final minutes. The ending and controversial DLC have caused uproar. / MCT Campus

‘Mass Effect 3’ finale massively disappoints

March 13, 2012

Perhaps the best way to sum up “Mass Effect 3” is with an allusion to another recent sci-fi extravaganza. When “Battlestar Galactica” wrapped...

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“Act of Valor” features actual Navy SEALs as actors who deliver an authentic but admittedly stiff performance. | Courtesy of IATM LLC

‘Act’ meets expectations

March 7, 2012

“Act of Valor” recently released to rather negative reviews — earning a dismal 29 percent on Rotten Tomatos — something some may consider unfair...

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Aztec Gaming: Mass Effect 3 demo out + Battlefield 3 offer

February 15, 2012

Yesterday was Valentine's Day, but more importantly, it was also the release of the "Mass Effect 3" demo. If you haven't given it a play, go do so...

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Aztec Gaming: Skyrim Devs given one week to go crazy, and crazy they went

Aztec Gaming: Skyrim Devs given one week to go crazy, and crazy they went

February 11, 2012

At D.I.C.E. 2012, Bethesda unveiled what is quite possibly the coolest thing to come out of "Skyrim" yet. After release, the developers were given...

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Aztec Gaming: Skyrim modding, sale and surprises abound

Aztec Gaming: “Skyrim” modding, sale and surprises abound

February 7, 2012

A new era of "Skyrim" modding is upon us. Today was the official release of the Steam Workshop for Skyrim, the new home for "Skyrim" modifications. With...

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Martin Sheen in Mass Effect 3

Aztec Gaming: 1/30 – 2/3 Roundup

February 4, 2012

A slow news week for major announcements combined with some difficulties on our end put things on hold, but our coverage will be up to speed again...

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Aztec Gaming: Steam unveils mobile app

Aztec Gaming: Steam unveils mobile app

January 28, 2012

If you are a PC or Mac gamer, chances are you've heard of, and probably use, Valve's Steam software. Until now the program has been stuck on desktops...

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Aztec Gaming: BioWare’s new MMO, ‘Old Republic,’ a force

Aztec Gaming: BioWare’s new MMO, ‘Old Republic,’ a force

January 25, 2012

As soon as the player’s Imperial bounty hunter steps off the transport in Hutta, it is clear “Star Wars: The Old Republic” is going to be fun....

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Aztec Gaming: The Darkness II demo unleashed

Aztec Gaming: “The Darkness II” demo unleashed

January 25, 2012

Fans of the "The Darkness" comic series and video game released back in 2007 should be excited to find out that sequel game "The Darkness II" has just...

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Aztec Gaming: Meet the X-Rangers, XFXs newest fighting force

Aztec Gaming: Meet the “X-Rangers”, XFX’s newest fighting force

January 20, 2012

Video card manufacturer XFX released a new 7-minute long commercial that you MUST watch (video below). Words don't do it justice. A spoof of the...

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Aztec Gaming: Mass Effect 3 demo on February 14th

Aztec Gaming: Mass Effect 3 demo on February 14th

January 19, 2012

“Mass Effect 3” fans rejoice for an official date for the demo has risen up from the ashes of the Reaper invasion. Valentine's Day will be greeted...

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Aztec Gaming: The Year Ahead - PC

Aztec Gaming: The Year Ahead – PC

January 18, 2012

2011 was a spectacular year for PC gaming, to say the least. There were events like the long-awaited “Battlefield 3” released to critical acclaim and...

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Premiere: The all new “Aztec Gaming” section

January 18, 2012

When I arrived at SDSU last semester, I was a bit surprised to see not a drop of video game coverage in The Daily Aztec. After all, we're college...

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An inside look at video game PR with Sony

December 1, 2011

The Daily Aztec recently interviewed Taina Rodriguez, a senior public relations manager at the local Sony Online Entertainment headquarters and also a...

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‘Skyrim’ a clear game-of-the-year contender

November 21, 2011

“The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” is the latest in the blockbuster series from Bethesda Game Studios and has consumed the lives of millions across...

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BarCraft brings gaming to the mainstream

November 17, 2011

On an unassuming night, dozens of people are crowding into bars across the nation to watch their favorite teams and players clash in epic battles of...

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Explore the ‘DC Universe’ free of charge

November 8, 2011

A month like November, with so many game releases, can hit gamers hard in the wallet. Luckily, there’s one game this month that won’t cost a dime....

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‘Battlefield’ ravages rivals despite bugs

November 1, 2011

The long-awaited “Battlefield 3” was released last week and fans know the wait was well worth it. The wildly successful franchise’s latest installment...

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‘Person’ proves intriguing

October 27, 2011

In an industry of cop-and-crime dramas, how can “Person of Interest” hope to stand out from the pack? Try preventing crimes, rather than solving...

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Digitized: Amazon’s PC Perks, Mass Effect 3 and more

October 19, 2011

Break out the chips and dip, crack open a ice cold soda, and press play: Digitized is here to stay! Amazon's new digital pre-order system includes great...

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Digitized: Call of Duty Shocks, Sony Awes, Rage Disappoints

October 11, 2011

Games ahoy! Here's a quick rundown of this week's video game news -- so now you can't blame midterms for being behind on video game trends.   Sony's...

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2.0 strengthens ‘Witcher’

October 11, 2011

In a world full of monsters, spirits and the twisted ambitions of mankind, who can the innocent turn to for protection? Why, a group of half-man, half-mutant...

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‘RIFT’ shines in lucrative genre

October 5, 2011

Will Trion Worlds’ game cause a rift to form in gamers’ wallets any time soon? For those looking for something a bit different from traditional...

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Digitized: Battlefield and Diablo Betas Begin

October 5, 2011

SDSU gamers, rejoice! The first delivery of hot-off-the-presses gaming news has arrived! Battlefield 3: The hotly-anticipated shooter game revealed...

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Notch builds a sensation one block at a time

September 26, 2011

Who would have ever thought someone could do Legos better than, well, Legos? Anyone who has had the pleasure of playing “Minecraft” will know Markus...

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‘Deus Ex: Human Revolution’ dominates

September 21, 2011

In a world where terrorists attack regularly, humanity replaces limbs and organs with machines and a world-renowned biologist is about to shake the...

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