Payday: The Heist Review: Breaking Point

Posted on: November 20th, 2011 by Doug Scott No Comments

By: Doug Scott

Payday: The Heist is, as you’ve probably guessed, a game focused on the art of heists. Dallas, Chains, Hoxton and Wolf are four characterless personalities who work together to steal as much money as possible. They visit exotic locales such as a bank, a jewelry store and even a meth lab. They have six missions total that involve: getting in, getting the cash and getting out. Getting in and out is the easy part. It’s getting the cash that’s the most time consuming.  (more…)

New Releases for the week of 10-31-2011

Posted on: October 31st, 2011 by Michael DiMauro No Comments

uncharted 3

You know what is a cool date to release a game? 11/1/11.

It might be less cool than 11/11/11 as a date, but it’s a Tuesday, and that is when games come out, so it is most likely easier to release a game on 11/1/11 than 11/11/11. What is my point you ask? Well I’m looking for some reasoning behind the fact that there are about a million games being released this week.  (more…)

Eufloria Review – Minimalist RTS

Posted on: October 30th, 2011 by Michael DiMauro No Comments

Eufloria is an RTS game, but it is a different sort of RTS game. The gameplay is streamlined, the presentation is minimalist and the music is ambient. You control seedlings and Dyson trees, and you must explore space to find asteroids to inhabit. Not all of these asteroids are uninhabited though, and you will need to attack and fend off rival plant empires.  (more…)

New Releases for the week of 10-10-2011

Posted on: October 10th, 2011 by Michael DiMauro No Comments

Forza 4

So many cars.

This week we have Forza Motorsport 4 releasing (better known as 4za). As well as a crap-ton of Kinect games. Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster, which is developed by Double Fine, seems like a winner, but the rest make me wonder how games get made. A Michael Phelps swimming game? It seems like they could have been a bit more timely with that one. (more…)

Rochard Review – Heavy on the Fun

Posted on: October 4th, 2011 by Michael DiMauro 1 Comment

Imagine a world where portals didn’t exist, but Valve still went on to create an excellent physics based puzzle game using the gravity gun from Half Life. Luckily, you don’t need to move to an alternate dimension, because Rochard is pretty much that game, well, except that it was made by Recoil Games and not Valve, and is exclusive to PSN. (more…)

Thrifty Nerd Podcast for 10-03-2011

Posted on: October 3rd, 2011 by Michael DiMauro No Comments

Work week confirmed. Yes it is Monday, and yes that means another Thrifty Nerd Podcast! Check out the extensive bulleted list on the topics covered.

  • Battlefield 3 Beta
  • Uncharted 3 Beta
  • PS3 Sunday Ticket Update
  • General slagging on the PS3
  • Gears of War 3 Hoard Mode
  • Rochard
  • Binding of Isaac
  • Game of Thrones – Genesis
  • iPhone 5 Rumors
  • Kindle Fire
  • New Releases
  • The new schedule for Thrifty Thumbs
  • Fan Feedback
  • Contest Updates

This week’s hosts include Michael DiMauro (@thriftynerd), John Parie (@johnparie), Mike Dao (@mikedao) and Nick Bristow (@rbristow).

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New Releases for 10-3-2011

Posted on: October 2nd, 2011 by Michael DiMauro No Comments

October starts the official crazy season in the gaming world. This week we have some very interesting stuff with Rage and Dark Souls (the unofficial sequel to Demon’s Souls). Payday: The Heist comes from previous Grin employees, and is “the game they always wanted to make”. Don’t overlook the other downloadables including Orcs Must Die and Chrono Trigger. (more…)

Renegade Ops Review – Boom

Posted on: October 2nd, 2011 by Michael Dao No Comments

By: Michael Dao

Renegade Ops was an incredibly difficult game to review, especially considering the story is based on events from my own life. The details of the story are so entirely classified that their details will only be available to the public long after we’re both dead, but I can give you the gist of what happened without having to kill you after you’ve read this review. There’s a crazed mad man à la Cobra Commander who’s just demonstrated a horrifying weapon of mass destruction. When the governments of the world decide to negotiate with him as opposed to taking more, shall we say, direct action, the General quits and decides to take matters into his own hands. The player really doesn’t need to know much more about the story because sadly, it is quite forgettable and not key to the experience. (more…)

Chrono Trigger Leaps Through Time Warp to Arrive Oct. 4th

Posted on: September 30th, 2011 by Doug Scott No Comments

Tired of waiting for all the awesome games coming out this fall? Wish that you could just kick it old school in the SNES era? Good news, everyone! The JRPG classic Chrono Trigger will be arriving on the PSN Oct. 4th. Before you know it, you will  traveling through time to save the the world from the evil entity, Lavos. With all of the multiple endings, Chrono Trigger is easily worth playing again or for the first time. Do yourself a favor and check out this amazing classic game.


Source: Playstation Blog

New Releases for 9-26-2011

Posted on: September 25th, 2011 by Michael DiMauro No Comments

Who’s up for some footy? This is the week that all those US soccer fans can dig in to their choice of two different games. FIFA seems to be a much bigger deal than PES, but I wouldn’t know a hand ball from a corner kick. More into sports that allow you to use your hands? Enjoy simulated animal murder? May I suggest Cabela’s Big Game Hunter?

For the rest of us, you can play an X-Men game, or relive Team Ico’s glory years with the ICO and Show of the Colossus Collection. (more…)