13th Jun2011

Hanging With Friends

by Patrick Adams

Hanging With Friends is the next game in the “With Friends” series after Words With Friends. I have to admit I was a little skeptical upon downloading it because I honestly didn’t think they could create a more fun game than Words With Friends. I was wrong. Hanging With Friends is  a lot better. This game is truly addictive.

As you may have guessed Hanging With Friends is a hangman-type game. When you start a game with someone you are given a random selection of letters in which you are to create a word with. Your opponent is then supposed to guess what the word is by selecting letters from A through Z. Your opponent is only given a select amount of times in which he can be wrong. If they don’t complete the word before running out of tries then one of their balloons pops. Each person has 5 balloons. Once your opponent has either figured out the word or failed they then create a word for you to figure out and so goes the game. You then try to guess their word. This goes back and forth until someone has failed 5 times. The better you do in the game the more your bonus meter grows. When your bonus meter gets filled you are given coins. You can spend these coins on perks. There are 3 different perks: The “Suspects” perk reveals four letters, one of which is in the word, the “Extinguish” perk removes four incorrect tiles, and the “Revive” perk removes one strike. These perks are free but you can only use each of them once per game. You can spend your coins to be able to use the perks more.

The cool thing about Hanging With Friends is that it is polished. The game has a cool background in which your characters are floating over lava holding on to whatever balloons they have left. It’s also nice that you have the option to watch how your opponent guessed their letters.

Overall Hanging With Friends is awesome. I currently have started a movement at work and everyone is playing it. As with all “With Friends” games, there is a free version with ads and a paid version without ads. I highly recommend this game. As of the time of writing this the game is only available on iPhone. I expect an Android and iPad version to surface soon.

11th Jun2011

EDG Podcast Ep. #111 – Podcasters of the Round Table

by Eric Bouchard

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Listen in as Eric Bouchard, Chris Maeurer, John Danforth and guest Jay Sims attempt to have a round table discussion on the games they have been playing. Yeah, attempt may be too kind of a word to use.

EDG Podcast Ep. #111


Intro – “Go” by Andy Hunter

Break – “Promises in the Dark” by Pat Benetar

Outro – “Invincible” by Pat Benetar


Our Weeks – 8:24

What We’ve Been Playing Part 1 – 42:28

What We’ve Been Playing Part 2 – 1:03:03

Twitter – 2:15:55


Majesty 2 (Android), Halo Reach, Hunted: The Demon Forge, Portal 2, Witcher 1 & 2, First Templar, Brink, Faery, Duke Nukem Forever Demo, Left 4 Dead 2, Assassins Creed 2, Plants vs. Zombies (Android), Thief: Deadly Shadows, Mass Effect 1, DJ Hero 2

08th Jun2011

EDG Podcast Special: E3 2011 – Day One

by Patrick Adams

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Listen in as Patrick Adams and Jordan de Boer talk about all things Nintendo! We discuss the 3DS as well as the newly announced Wii U.

E3 2011 Day One

08th Jun2011

E3 2011: Sony Press Conference

by Kevin Clark

With all of the controversy towards Sony over the past month, there is no doubt everyone was looking at Jack Tretton for some sort of apology over the PSN outage nightmare.  It’s no surprise that this is where the show would begin.  I felt that Tretton seemed very apologetic and understands what he has put, not only the consumers through, but game publishers and developers as well.  It’s an unfortunate event, but guess what people, it’s over with and all we can do from here is move on, and hope that we have an amazing finish to the 2011 year from Sony.

After the PSN talk things got right down to business.  Showing off one of the most amazing franchises of this generation, Uncharted 3.  I have been a huge Uncharted fan ever since the first game, and the series just keeps getting better and better.  The demo that was shown by Naughty Dog looked absolutely gorgeous.  The water effects and cinematic gameplay was like no other.  I don’t know about you, but I honestly can’t wait for this title, and I’ll be surprised if it doesn’t take Game of the Year for 2011, just like Uncharted 2 did back in 2009 when it won a handful of awards.

Then things moved quickly to Sony’s next big exclusive title, Resistance 3.  I’ve never been a big fan of the Resistance series.  Their not terrible games, I feel like their just missing something.  Whether or not the 3rd installment will bring that “something” I’m looking for remains to be seen.  But after the demo that was shown I wasn’t impressed at all.  Hopefully the full game will be much better.  Time will tell.

What I also thought was interesting was the 24 inch 3D monitor that was packaged with Resistance 3 and the 3D glasses all for 499.99$, Not bad.  I’ll skip though, I’m still not completely sold on the whole 3D thing yet.  I don’t want to have a seizure while I’m playing a game.

One thing that I was very satisfied with about Sony’s presser was the fact that we didn’t really get a lot of Move talk.  Sure they did some, but not nearly to the extent of Microsoft did with Kinect in my opinion.  They showed off NBA 2k11 with Move support, along with a few other titles I quickly forgot the names of.  What I didn’t forget was Dust 514, a Sony exclusive First-Person Shooter which seems to be set in the future.  We didn’t get a whole lot to look at it, but from what I saw I was pretty excited.

The end of the show is the thing we’ve all been waiting for.  We finally know the new name of the NGP, the PSVita.  Stupid name, but who cares, I thought the games on it looked very impressive for a handheld.  Also, with the $250 price tag on it, it will give some competition with the 3DS.  I really don’t think anyone saw that coming from Sony.  What a great move on their part. I thought Uncharted: Golden Abyss was definitely some eye candy,although I could do without the gimmicky touch screen functionality on the front of the screen.  But to each their own, they don’t force you to play the game that way if you don’t want too.  Ruin also caught my eye.  I like the fact that you can start a game on the go with your PSVita, and continue right where you left off, at home on your Playstation 3.  I can see a lot of games taking advantage of that, and it’s a great idea.

Overall, I really was pleased with the Sony Press Conference.  Not much Move talk, and the fact that you can get the PSVita for $249.99 stole the show for me.  Uncharted 3 is going to be huge for them this year, and I think that game is finally a system seller.  Everyone knows Sony has had a rough first half of 2011, and it remains to be seen how the second half of the year is for them.  But I think they are definitely heading in the right direction.

07th Jun2011

EDG Podcast Special: E3 2011 – Day Zero

by Patrick Adams

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Listen in as Patrick Adams and Jordan de Boer talk about Day Zero of E3 2011. Our discussion includes all things from the Microsoft and Sony press conferences as well as the EA and Ubisoft press conferences. Check back tomorrow for Day One of our E3 wrap-up where we talk about the Nintendo Press conference.

EDG Podcast E3 Special Day Zero