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There's nothing like coming home after a hard day and getting down to business of blowing sh*t up and saving the world from terrorists. With the next generation of gaming consoles about to drop this month, we figured the least we can do is give you a list of our favorite and most anticipated FPS ("first-person shooters" for the newbies) to hit the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. They're the best way to kill time and, depending on how much time, possibly your relationship.
1. "Battlefield 4" (Multiplatform)
Credit: Electronic Arts
EA's "Battlefield 4" has been one of the kings in the FPS genre. The latest version features more realistic combat maps, enhanced weapons inventory, robust multi-player campaigns and graphics that were worth the wait. "BF4" is a title that will make you drop the money for the next-gen consoles.
Your actual grandmother might not approve of the violence in "Grand Theft Auto V," which she heard about from Anderson Cooper once, but this British grandma -- whose YouTube account is GAMERGRAN87 -- is a huge fan of video game carnage.
Furious over an increase in her gas bill, which apparently is a huge issue across the pond right now, she took to Los Santos for some therapeutic mayhem. "Sorry about the language everyone but I got a letter from British Gas and I had to let my anger out!" she explained. "20% price hike?! You thieving bastards. Have some of this."
She then baked a tray of cookies, knitted a sweater and became Europe's meth kingpin.
The NBA season starts tomorrow. We're excited. We've spent most of the last week playing "NBA 2K14" and searching the Internet for fantasy basketball insider tips. This weekend, we stumbled upon a cool deal for NBA fans. If you buy a new adidas Stacked jersey at Champs Sports, you get coupon code for 2,000 "NBA 2K14" Virtual Currency points and a coupon for $10 off "NBA 2K14" at GameStop (in case you don't already own it or want to buy it for a Hanukkah gift).
That's a good deal. Especially if you still haven't bought a jersey to wear this season (D-Rose fans -- you know you wanna commemorate his comeback). The Stacked jerseys blend black and camouflage in with the teams' colors. It won't make you blend into the surroundings during a pickup game (we've tried), but it does look fly. And the extra Virtual Currency is nice to have, especially if you're building a monster new My Player in Career Mode.
Earlier this week, EA Sports celebrated the launch of "FIFA 14" by throwing a celebrity-filled party in New York City. We were on-hand (along with Drake and the NY Red Bulls soccer team) for some hands-on time with the game. Since multiplayer has specific codes to obey, we asked various attendees for tips on not competing like an a**hole.
1. No Gloating If You Win
...at least, not out loud. Red Bulls star midfielder Tim Cahill told us, "It's important to show some humility and respect for your opponent, whether they are behaving or not. If my boys beat me at the game, I make sure they don't parade around the house celebrating that they beat their dad."
2. No Quitting If You're Behind
You've gotta be graceful in defeat, according to NY Jets defenseman Leger Douzable. "I play with a lot of guys who get pissed off when something doesn't go their way and somehow try to turn the game off," he said. "Come on, man, keep playing and take the whooping. You can't be a sore loser when we play a game together, especially 'FIFA 14.'"
Fall is a magical time of year for sports fans -- football gets in full swing, hockey pucks start to fly, and let's not forget soccer. As if that weren't enough, the latest in sports video games are released. With killer graphics and much-improved multiplayer features, this year's roster will make you new friends both online and down the dorm room hall...
1. "Madden 25"
The namesake football title is back in its 25th year. With more realism than previous versions, "Madden 25" adds 30 new moves, allowing you to hit harder, juke quicker and stiff-arm your opponent without breaking a sweat. We especially liked the ability to follow your fantasy football league while in the game -- now there really isn't a reason for you to get off your ass on a Sunday.
There's a lot of debate about how women are depicted in the world of "Grand Theft Auto," specifically with the whole picking-up-prostitutes element. But maybe those ladies have more personality than the game itself suggests -- at least, that's what comedian Chet Siegel from Guyism imagines in this (NSFW) parody of newly released "GTA V." After watching it, you just might want to skip the solicitation and stick to other varieties of digital crime.
Gamers everywhere writhe in anticipation for the next "Grand Theft Auto." With every new trailer, tidbit and reveal, the wait for its release becomes even more aggravating. Our patience will be rewarded on September 17th, but until then, we have to make it through one last push. Here's a survivor's guide to keep you busy through the home stretch until you can let those e-streets know your name once again.
1. Make Time For Last Gen's Trifecta
Grab those PS2, Xbox or PC copies out of your closet and feel young again with "GTA III," "GTA: Vice City" and "GTA: San Andreas." The graphics and funky controls may put you off at first, but soon the games' chaotic, unfiltered spirit will recapture you. Five-star runs and hours of stupidity with cheat codes should occupy your attention span just fine.
2. Revel In The Physics Of "GTA IV"
Physics cause headaches in school, but yield unintentional comedy thanks to the Euphoria engine used for "GTA IV." It recreates real-world dynamics, but opens the floodgates for all kinds of nonsense. Put Niko through the paces via the game's secret jumps, hilarious rag doll effects and glitches.
Life is just like a video game: It's full of obstacles, bad guys, skills to be mastered and -- for those in the United States -- a sobering amount of gun violence. If you're looking to reboot your personal life, or just hoard plenty of coins, here are 8-bits (sorry) of advice on how gaming strategies can improve your life. For a heightened reading experience, please read while listening to Anamanaguchi.
1. Create A Custom Character
Think it's fun to select outfits for your fake wrestlers in "WWE '13"? Well, when people play dress-up in real life, it's called "fashion," and -- if you want a girlfriend or a lucrative job -- your appearance requires more thought and care than your XBOX Live avatar's. Be careful, though. Just like in video games, some people take customization a bit too far...
Calling Monopoly Empire the Jay Z of monopoly games sounds like a hyperbole, but it's more accurate than you'd think. HOVA changed the rap game and made it more fashionable for rappers to be entrepreneurs rather than gangstas. Empire is changing how you play Monopoly and making it so you can buy up corporations rather than real estate ... because, let's be real, who want to deal with real estate after the housing bubble burst?
What's everyone biggest complain with Monopoly? It takes way too damn long. I remember getting my first Monopoly set, playing it with my dad and loving it. However, my dad refused to ever play with me again. Took too damn long. Cut into his golfing time. The board game collected dust for years before being sent to Goodwill.
Monopoly Empire fixes that by speeding the game up significantly. We played two games in an hour. The most annoying thing is the set-up and figuring out the new rules, but once you get that down, it flies. But, don't just take my word for it.
If you went to San Diego Comic-Con a few weeks ago, you saw plenty of people dressed as video game characters. Usually, they just walk around the convention center and pose for photos. But then there's Chris Romwell, who took it to a whole other parkour level.
Romwell dressed up as the assassin from "Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag" and filmed himself running through crowded streets, climbing buildings, leaping over people, stealing drinks and climbing on board a pirate ship. There was a similar video released last year, but this one is even more amazing. Oh, there's also some hot pirate babes at the end. Do not try this at home, unless you are a ninja, which Romwell might be.