Bravely Default sequel to launch in Japan this month

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The sequel to hilariously popular JRPG Bravely Default by Square Enix has a sequel named Bravely Second : End Layer that’s going to be hitting the market in Japan around the end of the month, while all we get is this fantastic teaser.

To the uninitiated Bravely Default is a turn based RPG for the Nintendo 3DS which could be best described as the spiritual successor of Final Fantasy the Four Heroes of Light, also for the 3DS. The new game will be set a few years after the events of Bravely Default and will feature the same land of Luxendarc with all the swords, sorcery and adventure that entails. Producer Tomoya Asano says that the game will expand more on the world of Luxendarc and some characters from the previous game (in this case Edea Lee) will make a cameo in Bravely Second.

Unfortunately there hasn’t been news as to when we will be getting an English release so all we can do is sit and jealously enjoy this stunning trailer.

via Kotaku

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Watch the Avengers goof off in new featurette

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As this summer’s most anticipated superhero movie,  Avengers: Age of Ultron is drawing nearer to the release date, we get another tantalizing taste of what’s to come as well as whet our appetites during the wait with this new featurette.

It must be hard trying to keep about ten actors in check while filming what is likely to be one of the most epic movies of 2015 with all the schenanigans that follow, like when Chris Hemsworth couldn’t stop giggling during a bunker scene with Chris Evans and even dragging around Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans around the Avengers set? They’ve given director Joss Whedon his share of headaches but we’re sure he loves them all the same.

The movie itself is set to hit cinemas on 1 May 2015 and we can barely wait.

via Cinemablend

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A new Fire Emblem to alight in 2016

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Nintendo has spilled the beans on a new Fire Emblem game  that’s set to hit the 3DS in 2016, which is great because due to bad sales Fire Emblem Awakening was meant to be the last of it’s series but it’s popularity allowed the title to make a come back. The game doesn’t have a name yet, but we’re happy enough that we’re getting another game!

The game will be the first in it’s series to star your very own customized character as the game’s main protagonist, as opposed to letting you take charge of the game’s main character as has been tradition for the series. Aside from puzzle solving and more classic RPG elements the game seems to sit heavily on your choices as this will forge your character’s fate.

Still, it looks like the game will follow the standard ‘kingdom at war’ scenario that’s a staple for practically the entire Fire Emblem series and your character will be in the tricky situation of being a member of the Hoshido royal family that was raised by the Kingdom of Nohr, who they are currently at war with.

So who would you choose?

You can check out the trailer here:

via Engadget.

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Classic Tomb Raider lands on Google Play Store

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If you’re a fan of the first Tomb Raider game, you can now get it on your phone. Square Enix has ported over the classic to mobile and they’ve done everything they could to keep the experience as genuine as possible. That’s right, angular boobs and all.

The only big difference you’ll notice is that they’ve loaded up support for MOGA Ace Power and Logitech Powershell controls if you don’t want to use the ones they’ve plastered on screen, which some comments on the store page indicate are pretty terrible.

Nonetheless, game only costs RM 4.48 ( $0.99 for our friends in the US) and you can get it on Google Play store here!

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Samsung debuts their Galaxy S6 and S6 edge in Malaysia

Samsung's new flagship isn't one but 2 phones
Samsung's new flagship isn't one but 2 phones
Samsung’s new flagship isn’t one but 2 phones

You read that right Malaysian Samsung fans. The South Korean giant has finally brought its latest flagship onto Malaysian shores. And unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple of months, you’ll know that it’s the prettiest looking Galaxy smartphone the company has come up with yet. That’s not all either, you’re getting not one but two Samsung Galaxy S6s, the Samsung Galaxy S6 proper and the dual side-curved screen version, the Galaxy S6 edge.

The return of Sammy’s hero

Sammy's new hero phone
Sammy’s new hero phone

We’re not kidding when we said it looks really good. It’s all glass and metal for the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge and you can say bye bye to plastic on it. It’s unibody design does come with some trade-offs though (yes yes Apple fans, we hear your loud boos and hisses of copycat), like the lack of expandable memory which means that you’re stuck with storage Samsung offers you, which in the case of Malaysia is only the 32GB version. It’s pretty razor thin and light as well measuring in at 6.8mm and weighing 138g.

Of course being the flagship of Sammy’s army of phones, the S6 edge does come with the latest and greatest in specs. So what’s on the list? There’s the octa-core Exynos processor, a nice and generous 3GB of memory, a 5.1 inch QHD (that’s 1440 x 2560 for those of you more detail oriented) screen that curves on one side, and of course the cameras, let’s not forget them. Samsung has improved their camera sensors on the S6 with a a 16MP sensor with OIS and a f/1.9 lens for the back and and more than decent 5MP sensor with OIS and a f/1.9 lens on the front. All of this powered by Android 5.0 Lollipop with Samsung’s own TouchWiz UI.

If you’re expecting some massive bump in battery capacity though, you might be dissapointed as the S6 2550 mAh battery isn’t that much more than it’s predecessor.

The S6 with an extra edge

Oh lookit here, a curved screen
Oh lookit here, a curved screen

Of course Samsung has deigned to not only release one but two versions of the S6. Plain vanilla S6 and it’s extra curvy sibling the S6 edge. Of course if you’re wondering just what’s the difference between vanilla flavoured S6 and the S6 edge, the most obvious difference is physical. Where the S6 is just like its predecessor before with a standard flat screen, the S6 edge throws in a wraparound curved screen into the mix. The curvesd screen isn’t just there for aesthetics as, together with the TouchWiz UI, it becomes an extension of the main screen, allowing notifications and such.

Aside that everything else you get with the S6 is also on the S6 edge when it comes to specs, though you also get a slight bump in battery capacity at 2600 mAh.

Look Ma, no wires

Time to charge with no wires
Time to charge with no wires

Specs and design aside both the S6 and S6 edge are the first phones from Samsung to offer wireless charging. Yep, no more messy cables attached to your phone. Both phones are WPC and PMA certified (those are basically some fancy wireless charging standards), which means they should work with other wireless chargers like the Nokia Wireless Charging Plate.

Still love them wires? Then you’ll be glad to know that both the S6s also sport fast wired charging, purportedly 1.5 times faster than their predecessor the S5. How fast you ask? How about 4 hours of usage after 10 minutes of charging?

Samsung’s most expensive phone yet

So how much you’re wondering, is Sammy’s new smartphones gonna cost you? Well they’ll cost you a pretty penny for sure. With the plain vanilla S6 ging for RM2,599 and the S6 edge going at RM3,099 (both prices inclusive of the new 6% GST by the way), they’re already pushing the Apple level price limits, and this is only on the 32GB versions! With that price you do have a choice of colours though as both come in White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum and an extra Blue Topaz for the S6 and Green Emerald for the S6 edge.

Pre-orders will start from 3rd to 12th April and you should be able to get your grubby hands on an actual unit once it hits stores on 17th April.

StarCraft II : Legacy of the Void campaign beta is live!

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Blizzard’s StarCraft II Protoss campaign we’ve been eagerly waiting for has officially begun it’s beta testing phase! This campaign is the last one in line following Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm and supposedly will be the one where we find all the answers to the current turns of events in game, including that of the Xel’Naga.

The beta includes a whole heap of new units, abilities and gameplay changes, including a multiplayer. Best part you only need a Battle.net account in order to join. If you already have signed up and have a Battle.net account, you will be automatically flagged (assuming you are chosen) and will have the option to test out the game directly from your Battle.net desktop app. The actual keys will be made available at a later date which Blizzard will announce.

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Simply head on over to your Beta Profile Settings in your Battle.net account management and check the box for StarCraft, then click Update preferences and you pretty much are ready to go. Beta testers from the pool will be chosen based on system specs, recent StarCraft II activity and what Blizzard says is a pinch of luck.

You can check out the rest of the FAQ here, or just enjoy the beta overview runthrough!

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Teh sexy Mind Blow team. From left: Nigel Yap, Alex Wong, Ben Hanif, Amin Ashaari, Vernon Chan and Najib Hamid.

Pardon the click baity title but considering the scope of this announcement, we figured we’d try to get your attention. And a big attention grabber this is going to be. Starting from today April 1st, three names you’re more than familiar with online, SoyaCincau.com, theSkop.com and TheHypedGeek.com, have merged to form Mind Blow, a digital publishing outfit that aims to deliver the best digital content offering in the consumer technology and geek lifestyle segments.

Teh sexy Mind Blow team. From left: Nigel Yap, Alex Wong, Ben Hanif, Amin Ashaari, Vernon Chan and Najib Hamid.
Teh sexy Mind Blow team. From left: Nigel Yap, Alex Wong, Afiq Hanif, Amin Ashaari, Vernon Chan and Najib Hamid.

Mind Blow hopes to grow its digital content offerings to other segments including automotive and travel, while at the same time, shift its content offering strategy with an increased focus on the mobile medium.

All three sites that form the core of Mind Blow are already very well known or growing in popularity here in Malaysia. SoyaCincau is widely considered as THE authority in anything and everything related to mobile tech in Malaysia and has grown a significant readership base since it started out as a mere hobby in 2007. The Skop on the other hand is one of the fastest growing Malay language tech portal in the country, gaining more and more readers with its constant push of insightful features and news offering a unique blend of easy reads and great up to date information.

And then there’s The Hyped Geek, the new kid on the block that focuses on the geek lifestyle that covers everything from cult comics to the latest ultra-rare Lego sets. With all three sites under one roof, Mind Blow is set to transform the digital publishing industry in Malaysia bringing it to a whole new level, offering readers quality reads and brands a great platform to connect to a wide range of audiences.

The formation of Mind Blow will be driven by leveraging on each site’s strengths, offering more value to readers as well as clients. Each founding member of the sites have their own expertise and strengths that make Mind Blow the complete package when it comes to delivering content in the consumer technology and geek lifestyle segment.

With the founders of SoyaCincau, Alex Wong and Amin Ashaari, Mind Blow gets the two top minds that have grown the site to the success it is today. With Afiq Hanif, The Skop’s founder Mind Blow gets one of the most in-tune editorial minds that understands what the Malay language market wants and needs to read. And with Nigel Yap and Vernon Chan, The Hyped Geek’s founders, Mind Blow gets the 15 years editorial management and experience of the former, as well as one of the most well-known influencers (and a pretty awesome marketing and creative whiz) in Malaysia in the latter. With a team like that, you can expect only great things to happen. The Mind Blow dream team will complement each other in making all the sites grow both in quality and commercially.

All five founding member form the management team of Mind Blow, with SoyaCincau founder Amin Ashaari spearheading the outfit. According to Amin,

“The digital content industry in Malaysia is at the right moment right now. The opportunity is now available for us to set the direction on where this industry should go and how we are going to get there.

In all aspects, digital media is growing and we’ve only just begun to scratch the surface when it comes to delivering consumer tech and geek lifestyle content in Malaysia, especially in the mobile medium. With the dream team that we have in Mind Blow, we want to lead this space.”

Fellow SoyaCincau founder Alex Wong will be CTO as well as overseeing the overall publishing operations of Mind Blow while, Afiq Hanif, The Skop’s founder will be in charge of Malay language editorials for the outfit with the help of his Senior Writer, Najib Hamid. Sales, Marketing and Branding for Mind Blow will be the responsibility of Vernon Chan while overall Editorial management will be handled by Nigel Yap.

So what does this mean for you, our readers? Actually it’ll still be business as usual, except now you’ll be getting more from us! Yep, expect more insider info on the latest toys, games and other content for you to sate your appetite for all things geeky as we grow. So stay tuned and get ready to be blown away!

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The Wizards are coming! Magicka 2 gets release date

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Paradox Entertainment’s lightning-slinging, goblin-kicking mayhem fueled multiplayer game is back for it’s second installment. It’s been quite a few years since the wizards have taken a roll through town and in this brand new game it looks like you’ll get to do much more than accidentally zap your friends on an epic adventure of unbelievably unknown proportions.

The game itself is about well, being a wizard. Players can unleash a huge array of spells by mixing elements for fantastic (and often badly aimed)results to push along the game. Play in single player or the more popular multiplayer up to four players at once for maximum mayhem! The graphics and gameplay have been given quite a bit of tweaking too, and you can even employ gaming changing artifacts to change up the experience.

Magicka is well known for their incredibly humourous take on things, and is as chock full of pop culture references as it is with the running theme of the players taking control of one to four bumbling wizards who are out to save the world but can’t do anything right. Just ask Vlad (not a vampire!)

The game will be available for both PC and PS4 and is coming on 26 May 2015, and preorders are open now starting from $ 14.99 USD (about RM 56) with extra loot like skins and stuff from Magicka Wizard Wars too. It’s likely that Steam would sell a four-pack on launch so keep your eyes peeled as the release date draws closer.

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The popular comedic, slice of life series Himouto! Umaru-Chan/干物妹!うまるちゃん is confirmed for July screening.

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Another face of Umaru, the serious girl

Animated by Toho Animation, the manga written by Sankaku Head has been in Weekly Young Jump since 2013 and has collected into four tankubon volumes so far. Proven to be popular with the readers thanks to the cutesy antics of the titular character, Umaru, it gained enough traction to be animated into full time TV series as announced in AnimeJapan 2015 recently.

Basically the story is about this perfect school girl who leads a double life at her house, she is bratty and very lazy girl who dotes on (or being doted on by) her responsible, serious but loving elder brother. So far, no confirmation on who is on the staff of the series or the voice acting crew yet.

On a glance, the series should be a fun, lighthearted watch for fans.

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