Category: Features


Sony's enhanced console, the PS4 Pro.

Are you upgrading for 4K resolution?

The PS4 Pro just dropped, and next year the Xbox One’s Scorpio is set to release. I don’t know how to feel about these enhanced consoles yet. They are cool in concept, but do they bring enough to the table to justify replacing your current machine? Continue reading

The Mass Effect Anomaly

A banner for Mass Effect Andromeda.

Mass Effect Andromeda is different, and sometimes not in a good way.

Mass Effect: Andromeda is a weird game. I’m not saying that I don’t enjoy it but playing it just feels strange, like something is off, and it’s not the animations. Keep in mind that I’ve only had enough time to complete a majority of the missions on planet EOS, so I still have a large portion of the game to get through. With that said, a few aspects stick out, shaping my early impressions of what the rest of it might be like.  Continue reading

Promo art for Metroid Fusion.

Oh Metroid, where art thou?

Boy, do I have a lot of woes lately. Anyway, I’ve had a recent craving for a Metroid– style game, and Nintendo seems unwilling to fill that void. It’s actually a bit frustrating to be a fan of the red-headed stepchild of the Nintendo family. Whenever the company does acknowledge that the series exist, it’s more like they are telling you “Here you go, now shut the fuck up.”

My only solution to these Metroid withdraws is to rummage through indie catalogs for the best imitators out there. I do this about once every year. It’s actually quite surprising how many of these developers are making amazing metroidvania games. Continue reading

maxresdefaultAs you can tell from the title of this piece, I have no problem with games that launch with only multiplayer. I liked games like Titanfall and Evolve. I know some are ready to call foul and say a game is nothing without a decent single player to craft its identity and story but I’m here to just say your wrong. First and foremost a game is about the gameplay. The narrative is just a concept that grabs and motives the player to play. Think cops and robbers. However, that is an argument for another day. The real problem is the pricing of these multiplayer only games.

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The cast of Blizzard's Overwatch.

Does Overwatch Deserve to be Game of the Year?

As I browsed through my monthly Game Informer magazine, I came across an interesting topic within the Q&A section. The magazine recently released their top 50 games of 2016 list and it was obvious that some of their readers didn’t agree. Many of its detractors questioned their choice of Overwatch as their Game of the Year. The magazine has every right to name whatever game they felt deserved the top spot. However, the comments brought up something I haven’t thought about before – What makes a game the full experience? Continue reading

 

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If you were a kid in the 90’s, chances are you had a Give Yourself Goosebumps book or two. One of the best children’s horror series ever (honestly they don’t make enough children’s horror series anymore). The allure of these books was that you were a part of the story and, even more than that, you chose how your adventure would unfold. Were you going to turn to page 54 to go down that dark scary ass basement? How about flipping the page to 99 to explore that creepy swamp your aunt told you to stay out of? The choice was up to you. Goosebumps is the reason for my love affair with today’s choice based narrative games.  Continue reading

Munchkin, the card/board game.

Munchkin just might break our friendship one day.

While video games take up a majority of my play time, I do make and play card and board games. They’re fun, they’re challenging, and require a lot of player interaction. In fact, at least once a month, a few friends and I get together for a game night. Our game of choice? MunchkinContinue reading

Microsoft's Xbox logo.

Microsoft has trouble competing when it comes to exclusive games.

 

One of Microsoft’s highly anticipated games, Scalebound, was canceled. News that shocked many fans eagerly anticipating this Platinum Games Xbox One exclusive. Honestly, this is worse news for Platinum than Microsoft. However, it is important to note that Microsoft has a problem. Where Sony champions their exclusive games, Microsoft still struggles to move past franchises like Halo and Gears of Wars. Continue reading

Inclusion Does Not Mean Exclusion

The cover art for Horizon: Zero Dawn.

I welcome diversity in games. Sadly, not everyone feels the same way…

It’s hard for me to understand why I find so many people online and on social media are outraged by women or persons of color taking on lead roles in video games. It boggles the mind, and I’m not just saying this because I’m black. I’m saying this as a fan of video games. Developers choosing to add a diverse cast of characters or main leads who are female, black, gay, transgender, etc. break up the monotony of playing as the same type of generic character that developers usually stick to.

All of the Heroes and Villains from Blizzard's Overwatch.

The diverse cast of Overwatch is a welcome change.

In all honesty, the plain generic white male character is boring. I don’t say this because they are white men. I say this because we have seen their type over and over again. They are the ever lovable sarcastic assholes or the tough-as-nails loner action hero. These characters don’t necessarily need to die, we just need something different and that comes from people of diverse backgrounds creating characters in their own image. Continue reading

Pictures of several 2017 video games.

2017 games are close, yet so far…

Let just all take a moment to salute the fact that it is only February and video games are absolutely killing 2017. Just look at the picture above! Among critics and fans, these games are making what is considered to be a contentious year bearable. Between a welcomed reinvention of Resident Evil to the arrival of great new IP’s like Nioh and For Honor, everyone has something to be excited about; no matter their taste. Sadly, there is only one problem with this – my ass is broke. Continue reading

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